Vol. 99 No. 171
Thursday, June 19, 2008
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Main Street Mixer
today from 5-7
Okeechobee Main Street in-
vites you to the Main Street Mix-
er on Thursday, June 19, from
5 to 7 p.m. This month's mixer
will be hosted by the Law Offic-
es of Hoskins and Turco, locat-
ed at 212 South Parrott Avenue.
Mark your calendar and invite
a friend, this is a great way to
network in the community and
meet our local business repre-
sentatives. There will be door
prizes and refreshments will be
served. For more information
please contact Main Streets Ex-
ecutive Director Toni Doyle at
UF/IFAS Okeechobee Coun-
ty 4-H program, along with the
Okeechobee Agri-Civic 'enter
and the Okeehcobee Chi' '-"n's
Services Council, will be offer-
ing the Second Annual "Just
Horsing Around" horse day
camp. Each of the three weeks
will have a unique theme. The
first week, June 23-27, will fo-
cus on basic horsemanship and
horse care. The second week,
July 7-11, will expose campers
to ,various equine disciplines.
The third week, July 14-18, will
offer campers insight into the
rodeo world focusing on pole
bending, barrel racing, goat
tying, roping and other "non-
roughstock" events. For more
information and to register
please contact the Okeecho-
bee County Extension Office at
863-763-6469. Camp fee is $100
plus a $25 stall fee per week.
Pre-registration is required.
Current: 529 '
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: None
Last Year: 8.92 feet
Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level
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Retiree frozen out by bank
Man goes to court
for access to Social
By Eric Kopp
When Clyde Harris wrote a
check for his $10 haircut, he had
no idea the check was no good.
He also assumed the bank
would pay his rent, his car insur-
ance and cell phone through the
debit system. But, they didn't.
Later, the 65-year-old retired
school teacher found out that the
National City Bank had frozen his
entire checking account, which
only consisted of his $1,200 So-
cial Security check and his $306
It got to the point where the
only food he had were eggs and
"But, I was able to borrow
some money from friends a few
days ago to buy some food," said
Mr. Harris on Wednesday, June
His troubles began when he
ran up a credit card debt, which
was subsequently written off by
the credit card company. The
debt was then sold to Bureau
Investment Group, a collection
On June 5, the collec-
tion agency filed a claim in an
Okeechobee County Court and
National City Bank then froze his
account, which contained a little
more than $1,500.
Mr. Harris contacted the bank
and the attorney for the collec-
tion agency and told them it was
against federal law to freeze his
entire account. According to
Section 207 of the Social Secu-
rity Act, Social Security funds are
protected from garnishment. In
the most severe of situations, the
law only allows for a 60 percent
garnishment of funds.
Richard P. Joblove, the Miami
attorney for the collection agen-
cy, then faxed a release form to
"I made arrangements to sat-
isfy the collection agency but the
bank won't honor it," said Mr.
When the bank still did not
release his money, Mr. Harris
went before Okeechobee Coun-
ty Judge Jerald Bryant who, on
June 13, issued a court order di-
recting the bank to free the ac-
"(National City) Branch Man-
ager Karen Bowers faxed the or-
der to the bank's headquarters at
4:15 p.m. on June 13," said Mr.
He was then told that he
would have access to his money
by Monday, June 16.
See Funds Page 2
By Victoria Hannon
Summer is for fun.
At least that is the take of the
Summer Play Camp;
This camp provides fun ac-
tivities for campers between
the ages of 6 and 12 throughout
seven, week-long sessions this
summer, from June 16 through
Currently about 165 children
are enrolled in the camps.
There are indoor and out-
By Chauna Aguilar
Local preschooler Patrick
Lehman will be the star of PBS
Kids Sprout Sharing Show on
June 22, at 5:15 p.m. He is the
son of local residents, Beth and
Sprout makes viewers the
stars of its afternoon block, The
Sprout Sharing Show. Mrs. Leh-
man with her son, Patrick up-
loaded a picture onto the com-
puter to submit to the PICME
door games, arts and crafts,
sports, swimming and field
trips for the children to enjoy.
These field trips include a
trip to the skating rink in Fort
Pierce, two trips to the bowling
ally, a weekly trip to the pool at
the sports complex, and a trip
to the Rapids Water Park near
the end of the camp.
The camp, sponsored by
Okeechobee County Parks
and Recreation, has sites at the
Douglas Brown Community
Center, the Okeechobee Civic
According to Mrs. Lehman,
Patrick loves the Sprout chan-
nel and the PICME show and it
was his idea to try to be a part.
of the fun on the show.
He attended Peace Lutheran
Kindergarten last year and is
looking forward to beginning
first grade at North Elemen-
tary School in the fall. Besides
working on the computer, Pat-
rick likes the outdoors where
he loves to swim, fish and play
with his two dogs.
The title of the episode that
Center and Everglades Elemen-
Space is still available at
The Douglas Brown Commu-
nity Center. The other two sites
have waiting lists.
Parents may go to the camp
sites to find out about available
spaces or waiting lists.
Since some of the campers
are only signed up for-part of
the program, the site managers
can add people from the wait-
ing list as the program goes
Patrick will star in is "Early to
PBS Kids Sprout is the first
24-hour preschool destination
available on TV, on demand
and online for kids ages 2-5 and
their parents and caregivers, is
making viewers the stars of its
new original afternoon block,
The Sprout Sharing Show.
The show launched on May
5, hosted by a group of fun and
lovable hand puppets who will
See TV Page 2
By Pete Gawda
Drought conditions have re-
sulted in record low lake levels
recently. However, when the
rains do come, a new lake regu-
lation schedule should limit the
large freshwater releases which
caused problems before.
A new lake regulation
schedule is now in effect that
will seek to maintain the lake at
a lower level year round.
The Lake Okeechobee Inter-
im Regulation Schedule (LORS)
went into effect April 30 when
it was signed by Brig. Gen. Jo-
seph Schroedel, commander of
the I S. S.xrmv Corps of Engi-
neers' (COE) Atlantic Division.
The general stated that LORS
is "technically sound, economi-
cally justified and in accordance
By Pete Gawda
It looks like the drawn out
code compliance case of Nix &
Nix I, LLC is closer to compli-
ance as a result of the Tuesday
June 17, hearing conducting by
Okeechobee County Code En-
forcement Special- Magistrate
Ms. Nichols also recom-
with environmental statues."
"The 2008 plan is based on
the best engineering, science
and water management analy-
sis available and it is the best
plan for balancing the entire
greater Everglades region," said
Jacksonville District COE Com-
mander Col. Paul Grosskruger
in a press release.
The goal of LORS is to keep
the lake between 12.5 feet and
15.5 feet. These lower levels
will put less strain on the Her-
bert Hoover Dike, which is un-
dergoing restoration as well as
decreasing the need for large,
fresh water releases to the es-
The old lake regulation sys-
tem, water supply environment
See Lake Page 2
mended to county commis-
sioners a substantial fine reduc-
tion in another case.
Building officials, attorney
William Wallace representing
Nix & Nix I LLC, county attor-
ney Laura McCall and Ms. Nich-
ols spent considerable time
discussing correction of code
violations involved with reno-
See Code Page 2
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Local preschooler Patrick Lehman (front center) will ap-
pear in the PICME show on Sprout television on June 22,
at 5:15 p.m. The show is 2-D animation where Patrick in-
teracts with characters (left to right) Gerty (giraffe), Juno
(lion), Umi (bird) and Neville (elephant).
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Summer fun: County hosts Play Camps
Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon
Colbe Burk, Tyler Snyder, Matthew Guroen and Hugo Torres play football on June 17 at
the Summer Play Camp at the Okeechobee Civic Center.
Camps provide fun
to meet code
to be on PICME TV show
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But, said the former elementa-
ry school teacher for Grace Chris-
tian School, the bank still did not
release his money.
What he did get was a National
City customer support number to
call. He called the number twice
and left a message on voice mail
both times. But no one returned
He then went online and start-
ed leaving messages that the col-
lection agency had dismissed the
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vating the Speckled Perch Steak
House. Mr. Wallace stated that his
client wanted to proceed with the
project in accordance with coun-
ty regulations. For various reason,
this case has been continuing for
After a lengthy and often con-
fusing discussion, Ms. Nichols
ruled that Nix & Nix must obtain
a permit by June 18, or be fined
$150 a day until a permit is ob:
tainted. She further stated that all
parties involved should have a
meeting in the very near future to
resolve any remaining problems.
Nix & Nix was directed to appear
at next month's hearing to report
on progress being made to com-
_ plete the task.
U.S. Bank National Association
has foreclosed on N.E. 54th Trail
property that has accrued a sub-
stantial code violation fine. Real-
tor David Hazellief represented
the bank and requested a reduc-
tion in the fine. A fine of $50 a day
was first imposed May 21, 2002.
The property was foreclosed on
by the bank July 25, 2007 with
the fine still running. Mr. Hazel-
lief stated that as soon as the
bank found out about the fine,
they began taking steps to come
into compliance. The property
came into compliance May 19,
2008, accruing a fine of $109,500.
While acknowledging the county
had incurred some expenses, Mr.
Hazellief.requested that he fine be
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showcase viewer-submitted vid-
eos featuring preschoolers show-
ing off their talents and 'Look
what I can do!' moments.
Debuting in this new block as
a Sprout linear channel exclusive
will be the innovative new show
PICME, licensed by HIT Entertain-
ment, a leading provider of qual-
ity preschool entertainment.
The show is set inside a home-
made cardboard puppet theater
and features the Sprout House
Band, composed of: Patty, a love-
able and positive pig emcee who
encourages everyone to let their
talents shine; Ricky, a colorful
rabbit showman, on keyboards;
and Curtis E. Owl, a beatnik owl
who plays the stand-up bass.
The band will performs songs
and introduces videos submitted
by viewers. These original shorts
promote sharing, imagination
and family interaction.
PICME puts children directly
into the story alongside animal
friends Juno, Gerty, Banjo, Umi,
Clarence and Neville. Using pro-
prietary software called Head-
hunter, PICME's 2-D Flash anima-
tion was developed in-house by
Jam Media and enables parents
to superimpose a digital image of
their child onto an animated body
to give them a chance at a "star-
ring role" in the show. Sprout will
choose a new child's photo every
weekday at random to appear in
In 2005, PICME was awarded
the Best Digital Storytelling Cat-
egory at the Digital Media Awards
and received first at the Kidscreen
Pitch It Summit. PICME also
picked up the award for Best
Youth Programme at the Irish
Film and Television Awards.
garnishment and had faxed the
Okeechobee branch a letter of
After receiving three generic
messages, he finally received a
message telling him to call the
National City Special Services de-
partment. He was also given an
apology for the inconvenience.
He called the number and was
told to leave a message. But, as
before, no one returned his call.
Sometime later he did receive an
e-mail apologizing for the incon-
venience but they needed an offi-
cial release from the court and at-
torney handling the case-despite
the fact that one had already been
reduced. Ms. Nichols noted that
property was now in compliance
and the bank had acted in good
faith to clean up the property even
though the bank was not respon-
sible for the violation. She recom-
mended the county commission
reduce the fine to $16,500.
Turning to other matters, Ker-
ry Lynn McGehee was given until
July 10, bring his Center Street
property into compliance or face
a fine of up to $250 a day.
Attorney Devin Maxwell stated
that his client Donald Spath has
achieved partial compliance on
his N.W 39th Circle property. He
had hired a contractor and ob-
tained the necessary permits. Ms.
Nichols imposed a fine of $75 a
day for every day of noncompli-
ance beginning that day.
Code enforcement officer Beth
Albert stated that Larry Black had
been working on his N.E. Fifth
Street property and was almost
in compliance. He was given until
next month to complete the job.
The properties of Fitzroy and
Ivonne Buckley, Ancy and Push-
pamma Thomas, Carolyn Jones
and Maria and Angel Flores were
found to be in compliance and
those cases were not heard.
The case of Earlon Eughley
was not heard because of lack of
The case of Lawrence Elwell
was continued until next month
because Mr. Elwell desired to
have an attorney present.
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PBS KIDS Sprout, the first 24-
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with its distinctive programming.
Currently, Sprout is available in 37
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The network's program lineup
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Sesame Street, Bob the Build-
er"', Barney & Friends'", Thomas
& Friends"', Angelina Ballerina'",
Sagwa: The Chinese Siamese
Cat'", Caillou, The Berenstain
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Teletubbies'", Dragon Tales'",
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faxed to the bank's headquarters.
He again contacted Mr. Joblove
who immediately faxed the order
of dismissal to the judge, who is-
sued a notarized signed order to
the collection agency's attorney,
National City and Mr. Harris.
Mr. Harris hand-carried the or-
der to the bank and Ms. Bowers
faxed it to the bank's headquar-
ters a second time. Mr. Harris said
she even tried to contact some-
one at headquarters by phone,
but she was told to leave a mes-
sage. They waited for about 30
minutes but heard nothing from
Mr. Harris then contacted the
Okeechobee News, who called
the local branch office of National
City for comment about why the
man's funds were still being held.
Ms. Bowers was unavailable, but
not long after leaving a message,
a call was received from Todd
Morgano, the vice president of
corporate communications for
At that time, Mr. Morgano said
he had no knowledge of what
had happened but would try to
find and out. By late afternoon on
June 18, Mr. Morgano said he was
still trying to find out just what
had happened and that he could
not comment until he had that in-
But Mr. Harris wasn't wait-
ing-he had a court date with
Judge Bryant at 1:30 p.m. on
When the judge called the case
but saw only Mr. Harris standing
in front of him he asked about the
whereabouts of the bank's repre-
sentatives. He was told there were
none in the courtroom.
"They were given notice to be
here," he said.
He then asked Mr. Harris if the
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(WSE) was instituted in 2(000 and
water managers found it to be too
inflexible to address extreme wet
weather conditions. The WSE
caused delay in releasing water
from the lake causing high lake
levels and requiring larger volume
discharges to the St. Lucie and Ca-
Some environmentalists have
claimed that freshwater discharg-
es from Lake Okeechobee have
upset the balance of salinity in the
Because the WSE was not suit-
ed to handle persistent high lake
levels such as those experienced
in 2004 and 2005 and because of
seepage problems in the Herbert
Hoover Dike, a study was initiated
in 2006 to revise the regulation
Public hearings were held
around the lake before the final
plan was adopted in April of this
The new plan is designed to
allow for greater flexibility by al-
lowing low volume releases to
the estuaries earlier than under
the old system. This is designed
to help lessen the need for high
The goal of the new schedule
bank had released his money, to
which Mr. Harris answered no.
Without hesitation, Judge Bry-
ant found National City to be in
contempt of court and said he
would also impose a civil fine.
The amount of that fine was not
known as of newspaper dead-
Then, around 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, National City re-
leased Mr. Harris' account.
"But now I have these fees to
pay-a $38 late fee on my car pay-
ment and late fees on my rent,"
said Mr. Harris after his bank ac-
count was freed. "They (National
City) waived fees for the bounced
checks. I guess they had enough
sense to do that."
He was also now able to pay
his electric bill and his $378.76 car
"But, I'll have an additional
$38 fee on top of that," he said of
his car payment.
After this fiasco, Mr. Harris said
he will start looking for another
bank because he's lost confi-
dence in National City.
"I'm not going to do anything,
though, until all my bills are set-
tled," he said.
He went on to say that he
wants the bank to pay the late
fees even though it really isn't
"They shouldn't be allowed
to get away with this," he said.
"I'm not going to take it anymore.,
It's not a big amount of money
but why should I have to absorb
But now Mr. Harris can be as-
sured of one thing-he won't be
charged a. fee for the bounced
check he gave his barber.
is to manage thelake at a lower
level and give more weight to the
environment than the WSE.
However, LORS is considered
an interim plan. Officials are not
certain how long it will remain
in effect. There is an ongoing
study to develop a permanent
plan which will take into account
completion of Comprehensive
Everglades Restoration Program
projects allowing for more water
storage and the status of the dike
rehabilitation project. As with the
current plan, it will seek to bal-
ance all factors current at that
Currently no water is being re-
leased from the lake unless there
is a specific demand for it. The
COE is operating under the water
conservation regulations set by
South Florida Water Management
District. Lake Okeechobee has a
surface area of 730 square miles.
If one foot of rain fails in the Kis-
simmee Basin, it can result in a
four foot rise to the lake.
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Drug Court gives offenders a chance to change
By Victoria Hannon
A group of graduates complet-
ed Drug Court on June 17. The
eight graduates are the second
group to complete the program
since its inception last August.
The first group of graduates
completed the program on March
The program in divided into
two parts, one for those facing
misdemeanor charges and one
for those with felony charges.
The misdemeanor drug court
lasts a minimum of six months
and the felony drug court lasts at
least a year.
Currently, 65 students are in
"I saw after 25 years in private
practice, I saw the same people
over and over," County Court
Judge Jerry Bryant said. "Regular
probation just didn't seem to be
doing the job."
In order to complete Drug
Court, participants must attend
counseling sessions, both group
and individual, maintain a job and
submit to random drug testing.
Once they have completed the
requirements, the charges against
participants are dismissed, unless
they were put into the program as
part of their probation.
Sheriff Paul May attended the
graduation ceremony and con-
gratulated the graduates.
"This is an opportunity to
change your life," Sheriff May
said. "This is an opportunity the
judge has worked very hard to
The program participants must
meet mandatory court dates, be-
ginning every two weeks and
then lessening as the program
Two of the participants in the
program took the opportunity
presented during the graduation
ceremony to share how they felt.
"I'm not going to say that life is
gravy, but it's a lot better now that
I'm not on drugs," Joshua said.
They both felt grateful for the
opportunity to turn their lives
"The program has given me
the opportunity to see what drugs
did to me," Angel said. "My life
will never be the same."
At the end of the graduation,
graduates were presented with
certificates and key chains or pen-
dants of an eagle.
Florida student pleads
guilty to aiding terrorists
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- An Egyp- Tampa university's reputation as with a 12-minute video that had
tian college student pleaded guilty "Jihad U," a nickname coined been uploaded to the video-shar-
Wednesday to making a video after an Egyptian professor, Sami ing Web site YouTube.
ntrartsnomed how to bid A A -i h di h I
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remote bomb detonator to help
terrorists kill enemies, including
Ahmed Abdellatif Sherif Mo-
hamed, 26, one of two University
of South Florida students arrested
after a South Carolina traffic stop
in August, pleaded guilty to pro-
viding material support to terror-
ists. He faces up to 15 years in
prison when he is sentenced in
The arrests perpetuated the
AJ r ian, wasUA Iislc- a wtLl VIL ll-
ing money for terrorist attacks by
the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. He
pleaded guilty to one count of
providing support to terrorists and
is in jail awaiting deportation.
Mohamed and fellow Egyp-
tian student Youssef Samir Mega-
hed were arrested after deputies
stopped them for speeding near
Charleston, S.C., and found what
they described as pipe bombs in
Deputies also found a laptop
In the video, Mohamed demon-
strates how to convert a remote-
controlled car from Wal-Mart into
a bomb detonator. He speaks in
Arabic, saying he wants to teach
"martyrdoms" and "suiciders"
how to save themselves so they
can continue to fight invaders.
One of Mohamed's attorneys,
Linda Moreno, said he accepted
the deal because he faced a maxi-
mum life sentence if convicted of
all charges at trial.
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
Tomas Landa, 28, S.R. 70 E.,
Okeechobee, was arrested June
16 by Officer P. Eddings on a felo-
ny charge of driving while license
suspended. He was also charged
with the misdemeanor of attach-
ing an unassigned license tag. His
bond was set at $3,250.
Ruben Cliff Stone, 39,
Okeechobee, was arrested June
17 by Deputy Bart Potter on a
felony charge of aggravated as-
sault. He was also charged with
the misdemeanors of domestic
battery and battery. His bond was
set at $5,500.
Dale M. Bell, 42, N.E. 28th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
June 17 by Deputy Harold Han-
cock on a warrant charging him
with failure to appear uttering a
forged instrument (four counts).
He is being held without bond.
Christine Boner, 37, S. C St.,
Lake Worth, was arrested June
17 by Deputy Harold Hancock
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging her with the felony
of violation of probation driv-
ing while license suspended. Her
bond was set at $15,000.
Justin Kase Mosteller, 17,
N.W. Seventh Court, Okeechobee,
was arrested June 17 by Deputy
Harold Hancock on an Okeecho-
bee County warrant charging him
with the felonies of burglary of a
structure and possession of bur-
glary tools. He was also charged
with the misdemeanor of crimi-
nal mischief. His bond was set at
James Lehi Clark, 24, U.S.
441 S.E., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested June 17 by Officer Jack
Boon on a charge of burglary of
an occupied structure. His bond
was set at $15,000.
Justin Adam Pennington, 18,
U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee, was
arrested June 17 by Officer Jack
Boon on a charge of burglary of
an occupied structure. His bond
was set at $15,000.
Jaimes Landa, 28, N.W.
179th St., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested June 17 by Deputy Donald
Ellis on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation no valid driv-
er's license. His bond was set at
$10,000. He was arrested on an-
other Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with violation
of probation driving under the
influence, violation of probation
resisting arrest without violence
and violation of probation no
valid driver's license. His bond on
these charges was set at $10,000.
Leonard Alexander, 53, N.E.
11th St., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed June 18 by Deputy Cari Arnold
on a charge of aggravated assault.
His bond was set at $2,500.
This column lists arrests _nd
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.
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ROADS: These people who complain about the roads should re-
member the roads were that way when they bought their homes. If
you didn't want to live on a dirt road, you should have bought a home
on a paved road. Also, you should check out the services available
before you buy a home.
OUTSIDERS: It seems to be the real problem in the Viking area is
the outsiders coming in and tearing things up. I think we need more
law enforcement out there on the weekends and they need to check
IDs and arrest the trespassers. It is all private property. If you don't
own property out there, you have no business being out there.
VIKING: I lived on a dirt road in Palm Beach County for years and
watched everything build up around me. Soon I was being told what,
I could and couldn't do or own on my own property. We bought land
in the Prairie and recently built a home. I moved here so my family,
could live the life I dreamed of ... without a homeowners association
and overcrowded roads! I was thrilled when the cops started camping
out around here. I was fed up with all the riffraff that came out here
and caused problems, as well as the'local hoodlums. But now they
are stopping me from even riding on my own dirt road. I am wonder-
ing why I even moved here.
RIFFRAFF: On the prairie, outside riffraff is not the whole prob-
lem. Before I moved here permanently, my property was vandalized
and my possessions were stolen. Not by outside riffraff, but by the
'children of this community. The signs in this community and the mail-
boxes are damaged by kids who live here. The parents out here seem
to think that they can set their teenage kids free 'til all hours of the
night because this is in the middle of nowhere. I would like to see the
parents held accountable for the damage their children do. And as far
as shooting, some people out here don't seem to care what direction
they are shooting in. One even shoots skeet over the roof of my house.
I have had to bring my children inside several times for fear that a
stray bullet might strike them. What is wrong with these people? How
about some basic gun safety, folks? So lets not blame everything on
ROAD: Why doesn't the city fix a road that has been cut in two on
Fifth Drive? It has been cut in two for better than six months. They cut
the pavement in two in another place and it was don e same day
and they just weakened the road there. I would like to know why they
don't fix it.
GRIEF: I am calling in regards to the column that was in the speak
out on Grief in Sunday's paper. My heart goes out to this family and
I just want to let you know that you are not the only family that has
been done like this by a funeral home. Nothing can take the place of
mourning and grief. These people need to be accountable. It won't
bring your loved one back, but they need to be accountable for what
they did. And if you check further they can be accountable, you just
have to check into it more. My heart goes out to you and my prayers
because our family went through the same thing, but we made them
accountable, and you can do the same thing.
PRESIDENTS: I am not a racist because if Colin Powell was run-
ning for president, I would vote for him, but I definitely will not vote
for Obama. I'm a Democrat, but I will be voting for a Republican this
COMMENTS: I would like to know what I have to do to get my
comments printed in speak out. The last half a dozen times I have
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common with cell phones than with regular pones. We invite you
to call again, email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or
post your comments online at www.newszap.com.
OIL: It does not matter where we purchase our oil from, prices will
not come down. as long as we let them drill wherever they want, no
serious time or energy will be put into alternative energy research. As
has been said they have wells full of oil that have been capped, they
should open them up before being allowed to drill new ones. I don't
just want us to be free from foreign oil. We need to free ourselves
from oil period. We are killing ourselves, we probably only have 50-
100 years left to be able to survive because of what the use of oil is
doing to the planet. Letting them go after more in places we set aside
from them affecting, its counter productive and useless. Its greedy on
everyone involved account. Not to mention just down right WRONG.
Selling your soul for oil.
VOLKSWAGENS: I think this country needs an American version
of the Volkswagen concept. The Volkswagen, or people's car was de-
signed to be an inexpensive, no frills, efficient car. That's what we
need -- small, inexpensive cars that are fuel efficient. We need hybrid
cars that are affordable. These billionaires who say they want to help
this country, they should help the common folks by producing some-
thing like that.
FUEL: Some have mentioned locking gas caps etc. These would
also be a good item for the thieves to acquire. During high prices be-
fore -- what we thought were high -- you could see neighbors coming
home with their company trucks and dumping a 5 gal. can of gas in
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Thursday, June 19
-Cancer Support Group will meet on the third Thursday of the
month to help and encourage women who have been diagnosed with
cancer. The meeting will be held at the American Red Cross office at
323 N. Parrott Ave. from 5:15 until 6:15 p.m. For information, call Janet
Topp at 863-824-2899.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret at 863-467-8020, or Belinda at 863-357-0166.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus. Ministries will
meet for a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m. at the
Basinger Civic Center. For information, call Doyle McDuffie at 863-763-
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 Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at 863-763-6510.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center at 412
N.W Sixth St. For information, call 863-763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fel-
lowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call 863-763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
at The American Legion Hall, 501 S.E. Second Street, Okeechobee. All
Kiwanis and the public are welcome. For information, contact Frank
Irby at 863-357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join
us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at 863-467-8636, or Hazel at 863-763-
4920, for information.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for wom-
en who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m.
For information call 863-763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene
Luck at 863-763-2893 or 863-763-0202.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group ev-
ery Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member
is welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an
opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, information
and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For
information, call 863-467-2321.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to I p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday night for a Basic Text
meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Believers Fellowship, 300
S.W Sixth Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at 863-801-3244.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from 6:30
until 8 p.m.
Friday, June 20
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is in-
vited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight
and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at 800-
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Sock Hop Night at the VFW
The VFW Post 10539 will host a Sock Hop Night with Frank Mazur
and "Road Fever" on Friday, June 20, at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
There will be a best dressed contest, twist contest, trivia questions and
a hula hoop contest. For more information call 863-763-2308.
Hospice hosts 'Bargain Sale' benefit
Hospice of Okeechobee is having a three-day Bargain Sale starting
Thursday, June 19, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.; clearance sale, Friday,
June 20, 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and a special sale on Saturday, June 21,
8 a.m. until noon. There will be bargains galore! All proceeds benefit
patient care in Okeechobee including services offered in The Hamrick
Home. For information, call Cathy at 863-467-2321 or 863-697-1995.
Summer sunset series
The IRCC Lifelong Learning Summer Sunset Series presents classi-
cal duo guitarist Rafael Padron and Aisa Campo on piano Thursday,
June 26, 8 p.m. at the Wynne Black Box Theatre on the IRCC Main
Campus at 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce. Tickets are $10. Call
1-866-866-4722 ext. 7880.
VFW Post 9528 membership drive
If you are a war veteran: join the Elite. The VFW Post 9528 will be
hosting a membership drive and barbecue on July 4, at the Post home,
2002 Hwy 78 W in Buckhead Ridge, starting at 11 a.m. All military
and ex-military men and woman are encouraged to continue serv-
ing your country and your community by joining the VFW or Ladies
Auxiliary. Representatives from Amvets, Amvets Ladies Auxiliary and
the VFW Men's Auxiliary will also be available. We will be serving
chicken and pork with all the fixings. All those who join the VFW on
this day will receive a free meal. There will be patriotic music, 50/50
drawings, a cake walk by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and other activities
by the Amvets Ladies Auxiliary. All drinks will be happy hour prices
all day, Margaritas $1.50 all day. For all who are VFW members and
guest the barbecue will be a $7 donation per person. The public is
welcome and encouraged to attend this function in commemoration
of our country's birthday. For more information call 863-467-2882.
Summer camp at Lake Denton
Summer camp at Lake Denton is back! Camps in June will be avail-
able for children in second through fifth grades, sixth through eighth
grades and K5 through second grades. The K5-seconnd is one night
with parent participation encouraged. In July they will have camps for
sixth through eighthth grades and 9th through 12th grades. Applica-
tions for camp can be 'obtained from the website at www.lakeden-
toncamp.org or by calling Pam Elders at 863-634-9280 or Phil Elders
Day of the American Cowboy set for July
The Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association and Okeechobee Main
Street will hold the 2008 National Day of the American Cowboy on Sat-
urday, July 26. The event will start with a cattle drive beginning down-
town and ending at the Agri-Civic Center on Highway 70 East. The
festival at the Agri-Civic Center will include a Ranch Rodeo, Backyard
Beef BBQ Contest, storytellerspoets and displays of the heritage of the
American Cowboy. If you're interested in being a participant/vendor
for the BBQ Contest or event all forms and applications can be picked
up at the Main Street Office 111 Northeast Second Street, Okeechobee
or email Toni Doyle, Executive Director at okms@mainstreetokeecho-
bee.com. For more information call 863-357-MAIN (6246).
Ladies Auxiliary Spaghetti Night
The VFW Post 10539 Ladies Auxiliary will hold a Tuesday night
spaghetti night. All you can eat spaghetti, garlic bread and salad for a
$5 donation. The dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For
more information call 863-763-2308.
Join the Red Hatters
For ladies looking for fun and meeting some new lady friends, the
Red Hat Group is looking for ladies to join who want to do things. For
information call 863-763-5836 or 863-357-1944.
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The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres Ill. Movie times for Friday, June
13, through Thursday, June 19, are as follows:
Theatre I "Incredible Hulk" (PG-13) 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
Theatre II "What Happens in Vegas" (PG-
13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m.
Theatre III -' "Kung Fu Panda" (PG) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:30, 7 and 9 p.m., Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:30 and
7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and un-
der are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all mov-
ies; and, matinees are $4.
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Bank presents scholarship to local IRCC student
By Chauna Aguilar
Local 2007 graduate of
Okeechobee High School and
student at Indian River Communi-
ty College, Eric Till was chosen to
receive a $1,000 scholarship from
Tabitha Trent, Riverside Bank
Branch Manager, announced that
Mr. Till received a $1,000 schol-
arship in the bank's sixth an-
nual Riverside Bank Scholarship
Program. For this scholarship,
students were selected based on
their academic goals, community
service and written essays-about
why they feel they deserve the
Mr. Till is currently enrolled
at IRCC where he is working to-
wards an Associates Degree in
Music. He plans to continue pur-
suing both bachelors and gradu-
ate degrees in Music Education at
a major university. Mr. Till plays
He is a member of the
Okeechobee High School Bank
Alumni and each year hosts the
Florida Band Masters Association
-Marching Festival. He has assisted
with the Gang-Free Bike Rally
sponsored by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office. In addi-
tion, Mr. Till walks each year in
the Making Strides Against Breast
"I am the son of a single par-
ent. My mother, Shirley Till, is the
'salt of the earth.' Not only did she
have the untimely task of burying
my older brother several years
ago, she currently works two jobs
to help finance my education,"
said Mr. Till. "My plan is to con-
tinue my education and later take
care of my mother the same way
she has taken care of me."
Seventeen other students
throughout. the bank's service
area will each receive similar
scholarships to help pay for their
college expenses. "Riverside
Bank's scholarship program is
another example of our commit-
ment to the citizens in the home
towns we serve," said Mrs. Trent.
"Riverside is truly committed to
supporting youth education. We
know this program will make a
difference in the lives of the schol-
In addition, Mrs. Trent received
recognition on behalf of Riverside
National Bank from the Okeecho-
bee County School Board for their
partnership with the OHS Migrant
Riverside offers a variety of
products to help customers meet
the costs of higher education,
including educational loans and
savings accounts. However, these
scholarships are unique because
students can use the money any
way they need to help offset the
expense of a college education.
The Riverside Bank Scholar-
ship Program runs annually in
all ten Florida Counties the Bank
services: St. Lucie, Indian River,
Brevard, Highlands, Martin, Lake,
Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Polk,
and Volusia Counties. Students
attending either a two or four-
year post-secondary school are
eligible to enter online at www.
About the Bank
Since 1982, Riverside Bank
has been helping people across
Florida manage their money and
achieve financial goals through
a hometown style of banking.
The bank is known in the home-
towns it serves for friendly ser-
vice, helpful solutions and local
decision-making, as well as lo-
cal community involvement. Its
hometown style of banking has
made Riverside one of Florida's
fastest-growing, independent and
locally owned community banks
serving customers in 41 home
towns throughout Florida.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at email@example.com.
Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Riverside National Bank Branch Manager Tabitha Trent
(right) presented local 2007 OHS graduate Eric Till (left) with
a $1,000 scholarship.
Today in History
Education News in Brief
By The Associated Press
.Today is Thursday, June 19, the
171st day of 2008. There are 195
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On June 19, 1865, Union
troops commanded by Maj.
Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in
Galveston, Texas, with news that
the Civil War was over, and that
all remaining slaves in Texas were
free. (This event is celebrated as
On this date:
In 1862, slavery was outlawed
in U.S. territories.
In 1910, Father's Day was cel-
ebrated for the first time, in Spo-
In 1917, during World War 1,
King George V ordered the Brit-
ish royal family to dispense with
German titles and surnames; the
family took the name "Windsor."
In 1934, the Federal Commu-
nications Commission was cre-
ated; it replaced the Federal Radio
In 1938, four dozen people
were killed when a railroad bridge
in Montana collapsed, sending a
train known as the "Olympian"
hurtling into Custer Creek.
In 1952, the celebrity-panel
game show "I've Got A Secret"
made its debut on CBS-TV with
Garry Moore as host.
In 1953, Julius Rosenberg, 35,
and his wife, Ethel, 37, convicted
of conspiring to pass U.S. atomic
secrets to the Soviet Union, were
executed at Sing Sing Prison in
In 1964, the Civil Rights Act of
1964 was approved by the Senate,
73-27, after surviving a lengthy fili-
In 1977, Pope Paul VI pro-
claimed a 19th-century Philadel-
phia bishop, John Neumann, the
first male U.S. saint.
In 1986, University of Maryland
basketball star Len Bias, the first
draft pick of the Boston Celtics,
suffered a fatal cocaine-induced
Ten years ago: Switzerland's
three biggest banks offered $600
million to settle claims they'd
stolen the assets of Holocaust
victims; outraged Jewish leaders
called the offer insultingly low.
Pope John Paul II began his third
visit to Austria. A study published
in the British medical journal The
Lancet said smoking more than
doubles the risk of developing de-
mentia and Alzheimer's disease.
Five years ago: The FBI put
cosmetics heir Andrew Luster
aboard a plane in Mexico and
flew him back to California, five
months after he'd been convicted
in absentia of drugging and rap-
ing three women. Federal au-
thorities said an-Ohio truck driver
who met Osama bin Laden and
admitted plots against trains and
the Brooklyn Bridge had pleaded
guilty to felony charges. The U.S.
Air Force dropped manslaughter
and aggravated assault charges
against two fighter. pilots who'd
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mistakenly bombed Canadian
soldiers in Afghanistan in 2002.
One pilot was later found guilty
of dereliction of duty, and repri-
One year ago: A truck bomb
struck a Shiite mosque in cen-
tral Baghdad, killing at least 87
people. President Bush and visit-
ing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert sided emphatically with
Palestinian President Mahmoud
Abbas in his standoff with the
militant group Hamas. The space
shuttle Atlantis undocked from
the international space station for
its return to earth.
Today's Birthdays: Actress
Gena Rowlands is 78. Singer
Spanky McFarlane (Spanky and
Our Gang) is 66. Nobel peace
laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is 63.
Actress Phylicia Rashad is 60.
Rock singer Ann Wilson (Heart)
is 58. Musician Larry Dunn is 55.
Actress Kathleen Turner is 54.
Country singer Doug Stone is 52.
Singer Mark DeBarge is 49. Sing-
er-dancer-"American Idol" judge
Paula Abdul is 46. Actor Andy
Lauer is 45. Rock singer-musician
Brian Vander Ark (Verve Pipe) is
44. Rock musician Brian "Head"
Welch is 38. Actress Robin Tun-
ney is 36. Actor Bumper Robinson
is 34. Actress Poppy Montgomery
is 33. Actress Zoe Sald.ana is 30.
Actor Paul Dano is 24.
Thought for Today: "One
has two duties to be worried
and not to be worried." E.M. For-
ster, British author (1879-1970).
The Okeechobee County Healthy
and the stories told about them date Pre-School supports
back 5,000 years and more. Come and
learn more about the stars.
Tickets are $3. Call the IRCC Box
Start Coalition will offer parenting ed- Office at 1-800-220-9915.
ucation classes for infants to age 3.
All pregnant women and parents Parenting classes
are encouraged to attend. Each par- are offered
ticipant 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 avail-
Free parenting classes are held
every Monday from 7 until 8 p.m. at
New Endeavor High School. Classes
Stepping Stones Academy I, will
be collecting the following items
throughout the month of April and
May to help support Martha's House:
women's toiletries, sheets, tow-
" els, washcloths, paper goods, and
any products to help with everyday
include topics about children from A Childs World
birth to teens.
For information or to have an in- Offers VPK sign ups
able. Call 863-462-5877 for registra- terpreter available call Lori Jaquith
Preschool enrollment Free GED
Peace Lutheran Preschool is now
taking enrollment for the coming
They have openings in Jr. Pre-
school, 3 and 4 year old's and Kinder-
garten. Call the school for more infor-
Constellations at IRCC
VPK is a quality early education
toenter school ready and eager to
The Summer 2008 program is
available to children who are eligible
for kindergarten in Fall of 2008 and
Indian River Community College have not attended VPK, birth date
will be offering free adult basic educa- ranges Sept. 2, 2002 Sept. 1, 2003.
tion/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes at these locations: Dixon
Hendry Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave.,
English as second language classes,
Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m.
until noon, adult basic education/GED,
Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.
The Fall 2008-2009 program is
available to all children who will be 4
years old, but not 5 years of age or old-
er, on Sept. 1, 2008 and are eligible for
kindergarten in Fall of 2009. Birth date
range Sept. 2, 2003 Sept. 1, 2004.
To register, bring proof of Florida
until 8:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. residency Drivers License, utility bill,
until 4 p.m.; Yearling Middle School, residential rental agreement or Florida
The Constellations, Friday, June 6, 925, N.W. 23 Lane, English as a second identification card, (no PO Box) Birth
at 7 and 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 7, at
2 and 3 p.m. at the Hallstrom Planetar-
ium, IRCC Main Campus 3209 Virginia
Avenue, Ft. Pierce.
The constellations are very old,
language classes, Monday-Wednes-
day 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.; Everglades El-
ementary, 3725 S.E. Eighth St., English
as a second language classes, Tuesday
and Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m.
Certificate/proof of age. Staff from the
Early Learning Coalition of Indian Riv-
er, Martin, and Okeechobee will be on
hand to answer questions and inform
parents of program specifics.
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offers CPR classes
The Okeechobee American
Red Cross will be offer Adult CPR
classes on Wednesday, June 25,
at 6 p.m. On Saturday, June 21,
the Red Cross will offer a class
which will include Adult CPR,
Infant/Child CPR and First Aid Ba-
sics. This class will be held from 9
a.m. until 5 p.m. To register, or for
more information call 863-763-
2488 or stop by their Branch of-
fice located at 323 N. Parrott Ave.
Business Women to
hold blood drive
The Okeechobee Business
Women's Referral Networking
Group and Okeechobee Main
Street are sponsoring a blood
drive this Friday, June 20, from
9 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will be
two locations to donate at: Be-
hind Walgreens across from Bank
of America and next to Philip De-
Berard's Office across from Main
Street on N.E. -Second Street. Ev-
ery donor will get a coupone for a
Dairy Queen Moolata and chicken
plus a donor t-shirt.
Welcome House is now ac-
cepting applications. Membership
is free, if you are at least 18 years
of age and have an emotional or
psychiatric diagnosis, or if you are
under a doctor's care or simply
taking medication for emotional
problems, they welcome you
to drop in and join the circle of
friends. Welcome House offers
scheduled activities at least three
times a week such as: arts and
crafts, support groups, outings,
and presentations. they are open
7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. For more information, call
Hilda or James at 863-467-1026.
health support group
Do you suffer with depression,
anxiety or other mental illness?
The Christian Mental Health Sup-
port group meets on the second
and fourth Thursday of the month
at 6 p.m. on Martin County Grade.
Call 772-597-0463 for more infor-
mation. Family members are wel-
Quit Smoking Now
The Okeechobee County
Health Department (OCHD) of-
fers a Tobacco Prevention and
Education Program for the com-
munity. The purpose of the pro-
gram is to reduce adult and youth
tobacco use, and provide tobacco
resources to residents, businesses
and community organizations in
the county. For information, call
Group at Hospital
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
Red Cross offers HIV/
The American Red Cross-
Okeechobee Branch offers a ba-
sic HIV/AIDs instruction course
that complies with Florida em-
ployment requirements for indi-
viduals working in various voca-
tions. This is a self-study course
that includes text work and the
successful completion of a mul-
tiple choice written test. The cost
of the course is $15. Call the local
Red Cross office at 863-763-2488
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 Re-
source at 866-649-1594 for a free
confidential consultation. Or, go
to the website at www.drugreha-
group to meet
Okeechobee County Cancer
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 oth-
er. They meet the first Thursday of
each month at 5:30 p.m. at First
Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth
St., (entrance is the door to the W
in front of church). Please contact
Susie Pickering at 863-467-5831
or First Baptist Church at 863-763-
2171 for more information.
Cancer Society seeks
The American Cancer Society
is recruiting volunteers who are
interested in making a difference
in the fight against cancer. Volun-
teers with the American Cancer
Society's Florida Division par-
ticipate in programs that support
research funding, educate the
community, deliver services to
patients and advocate for policies
that help defeat cancer. To get in-
volved, call the American Cancer
Society at 800-ACS-2345.
Narcotics group to
Narcotics Anonymous will
begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at
the Just for Today Club, 101 N.W
Fifth St. For information, call 863-
Healthy Start group
The Healthy Start Coalition
is accepting donations of baby
items such as furniture, shoes,
clothing, maternity clothes, stroll-
ers and other items for infants
and toddlers. Proceeds from the
sale of donated items will be used
to benefit infants and pregnant
women in the community. For in-
formation, call 863-462-5877.
Depending on Christ is a new
support group for men and wom-
en suffering from depression.
They meet every Thursday. For
information, call 772-597-0463.
Florida's Blood Centers is look-
ing for blood donors in Okeecho-
bee. The Big Red Bus mobile unit
will be at the Wal-Mart parking
lot, 2101 S. Parrott Ave., on the
last Saturday of each month from
10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For informa-
tion, call 561-845-2323, ext. 1203
or 772-215-8360. All blood types
are needed. There is no upper age
limit, and most medications and
conditions are acceptable. Diabe-
tes and blood pressure donations
can also be accepted. A picture ID
is needed for all donors.
Migraine without the pain
is more than meets the eye
HOUSTON-Most migraine suf-
ferers just want the aching to go
away, but Baylor College of Medi-
cine ophthalmologists say even
"painless" migraines can still pack
a punch. An estimated 20 percent
of migraine sufferers experience
migraine without a headache.
However, they have other prob-
lems including visual disturbanc-
es driving many of them to seek
the help of an ophthalmologist.
"People are usually surprised
they can be diagnosed with mi-
graines without ever having a
headache," said Dr. Rod Foroo-
zan, assistant professor of oph-
thalmology at BCM. "Most peo-
ple are used to understanding a
migraine to mean pain." Some
common symptoms of migraine
without headache that affect sight
are transient loss of vision, blind
spots, flashing light or shadowy
spots and double vision.
"It's not uncommon for me
to see one or two people a week
with visual problems related to
migraines," Dr. Foroozan said. "If
it's strictly a migraine issue rather
than an eye problem, we'll refer
them to a neurologist."
Migraines without headaches
are not directly related to the
eyes. Instead the migraine activ-
ity occurs in the visual cortex of
the brain located in the back of
the skull. Many factors can'con-
tribute to migraine, some serious
and some less so. For example, in
some rare cases a prolonged mi-
graine, with or without headache,
can cause a stroke. Foroozan said
it is important to identify the ac-
One way doctors rule out sight
problems is by giving a visual
field test. It is a computer-based
test that displays lights in different
parts of the field of vision while
the eye is focused on a target.
When the patient sees a flash of
light, he or she hits the buzzer.
This lets the doctor know what
areas of the eye detect the light.
Foroozan said once the cor-
rect diagnosis is given, the proper
treatment can be determined
to help prevent or minimize mi-
graine side effects.
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Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160
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'Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Wanted: Retired women to
help retired man. Must be
able to do some traveling.
Room & board and small
salary provided. Call
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establishing and main-
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educating them in the use
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equipment. Knowledge of
basic selling skills, must
have excellent human
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computer literate. We
offer a competitive salary
and benefits package.
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Sporting Goods 705
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Television- 57" Sony rear pro-
jection, Good condition w/re-
mote, Silver, Reduced $500
(863)763-2763 leave msg
/ 1-877-354-2424 (Tro Free)
/ Monday Friday
F,'dao 12 noon to. Monday publ.carion
/ Tuesday through Friday
1 a m for r.ext day i publ.cator.
/ Saturday _J
'- Th.jurdao 12 noon for Sat publ.caton
Faday 10 a m for Sunday publ.canon
Thursday June 19th 4p.m.
5 ACRE RANCHETTE
Also Selling Tools. Aursery Equipment & Stock. Household liems
LcI 3 N ti vF tD mFo .
El i1 c
* Home built 2003 by Wausau homes
* Property dimensions. 315' x 660'
* Pond with viewing dock
* Extensive mature landscaping
* Hundreds of oaks and queen palms
* Extensive irrigation system
* Quiet country living
* Easy access to FL Turnpike
",:t m Drum
*'86 Chevy S-10
* Tools air compressor elec angle
gnnder elec impact driver
* Nursery Equipment- mowers carts
sprayers drip irrigation hose
*Nursery Stock 100's or potted
S trees & plants
* Household Items LCD TV -.22 cat
TERMS: Everything sells REGARDLESS'OF PRICE! Cash to Bid *
10% Buyer s Premium Broker Participation Available Call to Qualify!
OWNER: William Reynolds
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
1st month rent FREE to
approved applicants- $700
security deposit, 2br/lba
Move In Special!
v2 off 1st months rent!
2BR/1.5BA, carpet, tile
all apple's, a/c & heat, 1
blk. North of Wal-Mart
$650 mo. (863)763-8878
financing, no money down,
Call Warren (954)602-5933
OAK LAKE VILLAS Remodeled
2/2-W&D-Lg. screened patio
2 util. rooms. $850 mo., 1st
last & sec. (863)634-3313
TAYLOR CREEK CONDO -
1BR, 1BA, pool, electric &
water incl. $750/mo. + sec.
dep. Call 863-824-0981
BASSWOOD Affordable 3br,
2ba, 2 car garage, Large
house. $1200 mo. + Sec.
BASSWOOD newer home,
3br, 2ba, 1car garage, 3818
NW 29th Ave. $1000/mo,
1st & Sec. (863)634-6210
or (561)662-2298 Kirk
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
LAKEPORT, For sale or Rent
by owner 3br/2ba, pets ok,
$850 mo. or $165,000 to
N.W. section- 2br/2ba, un-
furnished, cats only, $900
month + $900 security
(863)763-6975 leave msg
OKEE. 2br/1ba, unfurnished
duplex. $550/mo + $550
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
OKEECHOBEE 4/2, rentals
available, tile throughout,
$1295/mo & $1095/mo, No
pets 561-248-3888 or
OKEECHOBEE 3BR, 25BA,
newly renovated, new septic
system, detached garage,
corner lot, 1310 SE 5th St.
$850 mo. + $850 sec. Op-
tion to buy. (239)707-5155
OKEECHOBEE- 3br, 2ba, tile
throughout, good neighbor-
hood SW sec. $1200/mo.
OKEECHOBEE ESTATES 2
br/1.5ba, with dock, tile floors
& garage. $800/mo. Call
Okeechobee Estates 3/1,
$850 mo. + $200 sec. dep.
OKEECHOBEE- On the water,
dock, 1br, 1ba, fully furn.
W&D, Elec & satellite incld.,
RANCH SETTING 3/1/ and
a 2/1 available, very clean,
no pets, 1st & sec.
Treas. Island 3036 SE 36th
St., 2BR/1.5BA, Ig. garage,
shed, on water, very clean,
$800 mo. (561)308-7566
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Okeechobee News, Thursday, June 19, 2008
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property.- Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
HUNTING LEASE in Brown-
wood, Texas. For Nov. 2008
3 Available! $1750 /person.
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes,-Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2br, 2ba,
fully turn, long or short term
lease. June FREE. $775/mo.
+ sec. dep. (863)824-0981
RV's & LOTS (3) rent for
$395/mo. in Okeechobee
Call Warren (954)602-5933
TAYLOR CREEK 3BR, 2BA,
on water, June FREE.
$750/mo. + sec. dep. Call
TREASURE ISLAND -2 br, 2
ba, tile, remodeled, partly
furnished, pets okay.
$800/mo + 1st, last & sec.
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles'ATVs 3035
SAILBOAT Cape Dory 24 ft,
freshly painted. $4200
HARLEY DAVIDSON '03 Su-
per Glide, 1450cc, 100th An-
niversary Edition, 5000
miles, like new. $8,900 or
best offer (863)946-6639
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
WILLY'S WAGON 4 x 4, nice
& runs $4600
Ford F150- 1986, 300 6 cyl.,
4 speed, bed, matt & topper,
chrome wheels, good shape
$1500 firm (863)467-9465
TIME BY HELPING YOU
PLAN YOUR TIME
So wonder newspaper
readers enjoy life morel
I Public Notice 5005II
Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
CITIZEN VOLUNTEER NEEDED
The Okeechobee County School Board
is seeking a citizen volunteer for ap-
pointment to the Value Adjustment
Board To qualify for consideration,
the individual must be a business
owner un Okeechobee County and will-
ing to meet several times dunng the
year as a member of the County's Val-
ue Adjustment Board Interested par-
ies should call the School Board
Office at 462-5000, Ext. 226. Appoint-
ment will take place at the School
Board meeting on Tuesday, July 8,
2008, at 6'00 pm.
278274 ON 6/15,17,19/08
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO 472007CAOOO350XXXXXXD
BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE FOR
THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS CWABS,
INC. ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES,
RONALD KEITH SAGE, JR., et al.,
RE-NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to
an Order or Summary Final Judgment ol
foreclosure dated May 6. 2008, and en-
tered in Case No.
472007CA000350XXXXX of the Circuit
Court of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit in
and for Okeechobee County, Florida,
herein BANK OF NEW YORK AS TRUS-
TEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLERS
CWABS, INC. ASSET-BACK CERTIFI-
CATES, SERIES 2006-18 is Plaintiff and
RONALD KEITH SAGE, JR.; MORTGAGE
ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS,
INC. AS NOMINEE FOR CHERRY CREEK
MORTGAGE CO., INC. MIN NO.
TENANT NO. 1 UNKNOWN TENANT NO.
2; and ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIM-
ING INTERESTS BY, THROUGH. UNDER
OR AGAINST A NAMED DEFENDANT TO
THIS ACTION, OR HAVING OR CLAIMING
TO HAVE ANY RIGHT, TITLE OR INTER-
EST IN THE PROPERTY HEREIN DE-
SCRIBED are Defendants, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for cash Jury As-
sembly Room, 2nd Floor, Okeechobee
Judicial Center, 312 N.W. 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972 in Okeecho-
bee County, Florda, at 11:00 a.m. on
July 16, 2008, the following descnbed
property as set forth in said Order or Fi-
nal Judgment, to-wit:
COMMENCING AT THE 1/4 SECTION
CORNER ON THE WEST BOUNDARY
LINE OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP 37
SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, RUN THENCE
89 DEGREES 24'08" EAST ALONG THE
1/4 SECTION LINE FOR A DISTANCE OF
1825.30 FEET TO A POINT ON THE
WEST R/W LINE OF FOUR SEASONS
DRIVE THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEGREES
04'22" EAST ALONG THE WEST R/W
LINE OF SAID FOUR SEASONS DRIVE
AND PARALLEL WITH THE WEST BOUN-
DARY LINE OF THE NORTH 1/2 OF SAID
SECTION 17 FOR A DISTANCE OF
1388.00 FEET, THENCE RUN NORTH 89
DEGREES 24'08: WEST PARALLEL WITH
THE SOUTH BOUNDARY LINE OF THE
NORTH 1/2 OF SAID SECTION 17 FOR A
DISTANCE OF 200.00 FEET FOR PO..
THENCE RUN NORTH 0 DEGREES 04'22"
EAST FOR A DISTANCE OF 100.00 FEET,
THENCE RUN NORTH 89 DEGREES
24'08" WEST FOR A DISTANCE OF
100.00 FEET, THENCE RUN SOUTH 0
DEGREES 04'22" WEST FOR A DIS-
TANCE OF 100.00 FEET, THENCE RUN
SOUTH 89 DEGREES 24'08" EAST FOR A
DISTANCE OF 100.00 FEET TO PO.B.
AND COMPRISING A PART OF THE
NORTH 1/2 OF SECTION 17, TOWNSHIP
37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, ALSO BE-
ING DESCRIBED AS LOT 55B OF AN UN-
RECORD5 PLAT OF FOUR SEASONS.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF
ANY OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNERS AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS
PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN
60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
in accordance with the Amencans with
Disabilities Act of 1990, persons needing
special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact the Clerk
of the Court not later than five business
days prior to the proceeding at the Hend-
ry County Courthouse. Telephone
941-675-5217 or 1-800-955-8770 via
Forida Relay Service.
DATED at Okeechobee, Florida,. on
As Clerk, Circuit Court
By: Linda L Young
As Deputy Clerk
278509 ON 6/19,26/08
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2007-CA510
DEUTSCHE BANK TRUST COMPANY
AMERICAS FORMERLY KNOWN AS
BANKER'S TRUST COMPANY, AS
TRUSTEE FOR IXIS 2006-HE2 BY.
SAXON MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC.
F/K/A MERITECH MORTGAGE SER-
VICES, INC. ATTORNEY-IN-FACT,
JUAN MARIO URBINA A/K/A JUAN URBI-
NA NAK/A JUAN N. URBINA, et al,
AMENDED NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: JUAN MARIO URBINA A/K/A JUAN
URBINA A/K/A JUAN N. URBINA
LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 705 SE 12th
Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34974
Also Attempted al: 16244 E. Brighton
Dr., Loxahalchee, FL 33470 and 2201
SW 28th St., Apt 44, Okeechobee, FL
Current Residence Unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
Foreclosure ol Mortgage on the follow-
ing described property
LOT 3 AND 4, BLOCK 16, WRIGHT'S
FIRST ADDITION TO OKEECHOBEE,
ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF
RECORD RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK
1, PAGE 13, PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it, on Marshall
C. Watson, PA., Attorney for PlaintiT,
whose address is 1800 NW 49TH
STREET, SUITE 120, FT. LAUDER-
BALE, FL 33300 within thirty (30)
days after the first publication of Iths
Notice in THE OKEECHOBEE NEWS
and file the original wilh the Clerk of
this Court either before service on
Plaintiffs attorney or immediately
thereafter, otherwise a default will be
entered against you for the relief de-
manded in the complaint
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) disabled
person who, because of thoir
disabilities need special accommoda-
tion to participate in this proceeding
should contact not later than seven (7)
days prior to the proceeding Court Ad-
ministraton at 772 .807.4370,
1.800.955.8771 (hearing impaired) or
1.800 955.8770 (voice impaired)
WITNESS my hand and lihe seal of his
Court this 16th day of June, 2008
As Clerk o lihe Court
By:IS/Linda E Young
As Deputy Clerk
278754 00 6/19,26/08
Date & Time Wednesday,
June 25,2008- 8:00 a.m
Place: Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
584 NW University Blvd ,Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
PURPOSE To discuss matters concern-
ing the Workforce Investment Act,
Workforce Employment Opportunities,
the Wellare Transition Program, One-
Stop Career Centers and the Work-
force Development Board. A copy of
the agenda may be obtained by con-
Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
584 NW University Blvd.. Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
Should any person wish to appeal any
decision made by the Board with re-
spect to any matter considered at the
above referenced meeting, they will
need to ensure a verbatim recording of
the proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based, in or-
der to provide a record or judicial re-
278825 ON 6/19/08
Public Auction will be held at Johns Tow-
ing Service storage lot located at 704
Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972 on JULY 4, 2008, at
900 AM Pursuant to Florida Statute
713.78 for unpaid towing and storage
charges. Year, make, nodel and VIN
are as follows.
1994 Ford F150
1999 Chrysler Town & Country
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. Seller reserves the
rightof final bid. ALL SALES ARE FI-
NAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADE
Said automobiles will be sold in "As Is"
condition with no guarantee's.
277001 ON 06/19/08
School Board Executive Session
and Contract Negotiations
The Okeechobee County School Board
will meet in Executive Session on
Monday, June 23, 2008, at 8.00
a.m. in the office of the Superinten-
dent, 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okee-
chobee The meeting is between the
Board, their attorney and chief ne-
gotiator in preparation for contract
negotiations with instructional and
classified employee bargaining
At 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 23,
2008, the School Board will enter
contract negotiations with the Okee-
chobee County Education Associa-
tion #1604 and will continue as
needed through Wednesday, June
25, 2008. Bargaining sessions are
open to the public and will be held
in Room 303 of the School Board
Administration Building at 700 S.W.
2nd Avenue, Okeechobee.
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
278382 ON 6/17.19/08
Service Club News in Brief
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEES OF THE DISTRICT
BOARD OF TUSIEES Of INDIAN RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE WILL MFET
TUESDAY JUNE 2.1. 2008 IN ROOM B-208 AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE FORT
PIERCE, FLORIDA 3.1981- 5596,
FINANCE & AUDIT COMMITTEE I P'M
CLARK ADVANCED LEARNING CENTER COMMIT I EE 2 30 I'M
PHYSICAL PLANT COMMITTEE 3 I'PM
ANY PERSONS SEEKING TO APPEAL TIE DECISIONS OF [HE BOARD WITH RE-
SPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A
RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO EN-
SURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING IS MADE
279033 ON 6S19'08
Legion Post 64
501 SE Second Street -
Office 863-763-2950 Lounge
We can accommodate Meet-
ings, Weddings, Parties of any
Public is always welcome un-
less it's a members only event.
*Sunday: Sports of BIG Screen
Regular Bingo 6:30 p.m.to ?
Monday: Social Bingo 1 -4
*Tuesday: Members Only
Legion and Auxiliary meet sec-
ond and fourth Tuesdays 7 p.m.
(Fourth Tuesday includes a
carry in dinner at 6 p.m.)
SAL meets the third Tuesday at
*Wednesday: "Taco Day" 11
a.m. to 6 p.m.
Music with Jim Elders 2-6
*Thursday: Social Bingo 6-9
*Friday: Dinner Served 4:30 to
6:30 p.m. (Call for Menu)
Music 6 p.m.. to close with BP
Productions (Bobby & Penny Ka-
(Anyone wishing to perform in
the Lip Sync Programs see Bobby
*SAL Steak Dinner third Sun-
day each month $12 donation
*LIP SYNC June 14 2 to 4
p.m. FREE Admission
Kitchen will be open.
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold
a regular informational meeting
on the first Saturday of the month
at the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528,2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members
are available. Call. Lou Eder at
863-357-0467 or Jerry Lee Shields
at 863-467-8779 or 863-467-2882.
Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are the first Saturday of
the month at 10 am. Contact the
Post at 467-2882 for information.
Eagles Aeries #4137
Eagles Aeries #4137 is located
at 9983 U.S. 441 N. For informa-
tion on events, call 863-763-2552.
Every Tuesday bingo at 1
p.m. Food will be available for a
Wednesday: bar bingo
starting at 4 p.m. Food will be
Every Thursday: washer toss
at 1 p.m.
First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $12 do-
nation. Music will be by Jimmy
Saturday and Sundays: mu-
sic at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday:
breakfast cooked to order from 9
until 11 a.m. for $5 donation.
Masonic Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Children's Miracle Network
Deborah Hall, Assistant Manager, Okeechobee Golden
Corral accepts award from Dr. Richard Bucciarelli, UF Col-
lege of Medicine pediatrics chair at the 16th Annual Chil-
dren's Miracle Network South Florida Corporate Sponsor
Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, May 21.
Lodge is located at 107 NW. Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Jose Verano
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Monday of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.
Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star
has many fun activities planned
on the first and third Tuesday of
each month. For upcoming ac-
tivities, contact Mary Ann Holt at
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S.
78 W. in Buckhead Ridge. The
Lodge's phone number is 863-
Sunday: breakfast will be
served from 9 until 11 a.m. With
many items to choose from.
Sunday: Karaoke with open
mike at 7 p.m.
Tuesday: May 20 at 8 p.m.,
Moose Membership Meeting. All
members should attend.
Tuesday: May 27, age 7 p.m.,
Moose Enrollment. All prospec-
tive members should attend.
Wednesday: Bingo and
food, food served at 5 p.m. and
bingo starts at 6 p.m.
Thursday: dinner will be
served from 5 until 7 p.m. Call the
Lodge for the menu.
Thursday: karaoke night
starting at 7 p.m.
Thursday: Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who
Friday: dinner served from
5 until 7:30 p.m. Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who
Saturday: dinner starting at
Saturday: karaoke night
starting at 8 p.m.
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 156 N.W 36th
St. in Okeechobee. Please call the
Lodge at 863-763-4954 for further
information, sudden changes
and menus. Guests are invited to
enjoy the activities and consider
Every Sunday breakfast from
8 to 11 a.m.
Horseshoe practice every
Sunday at 2 p.m. and Thursday
Every Monday, Pool tourna-
ments sign up, 7 p.m. Food is
Women's meeting second
and fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Officers meetings first and
third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Men's meetings, second and
fourth Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Moose Legion meetings third
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Bar Bingo Thursday at 1 p.m.
and Friday night at 7 p.m. Food
Served. (you must be a member
to play bar bingo)
Dinner and music almost ev-
ery Saturday night.
VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is
located at 300 N.W. 34 St. Events
are seasonal, contact the Post at
863-763-0818 for information or
write the Post at P.O. Box 1137,
Okeechobee Fl. 34973. The Post
opens at noon Monday through
Monday through Thursday:
happy hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
Monday: 50-cent hot dogs
Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Food will be
available. Everyone is welcome.
Wednesday: dinner from 4
until 6 p.m. for a donation.
Friday: bingo starts at 1 p.m.
for members and guests. Food
will be available. Karaoke will be
from 6 until 10 p.m.
Friday: hot food by David
Lee from 5 until 8 p.m.
Saturday: bar bingo at 1
p.m. for members and guests. Ka-
raoke will be from 6 until 10 p.m.
Food will be available.
Sunday: dinner will be
available from 2 until 4 p.m., and
will be followed by karaoke from
6 until 10 p.m.
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting and ladies aux-
iliary meeting at 11 a.m.
The post membership drive
is under way, and the post is striv-
ing for 100 percent. For informa-
tion, contact the quartermaster at
Big screen TV for all events.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is locat-
ed at 2002 S.R. 78 W in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call 863-
467-2882. Post opens at noon,
Monday through Sunday.
We are taking applications for
new members for the VFW, Ladies
Auxiliary, Male Auxiliary, AMVETS
and AMVETS ladies auxiliary.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxil-
iary dinner and Men's Auxiliary or
AmVets. Music will be available.
Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be avail-
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for an $11 donation. Danc-
ing immediately follows the din-
Membership meetings are
held on the second Saturday of
the month beginning at .10 a.m.
The House Committee meeting is
on the fourth Saturday.
For information, contact Com-
mander Henry Zaskowski at 863-
I All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and at
1 p.m. on Sunday.
Canteen is open Monday
through Saturday from 10 a.m.
until closing and Sunday from 1
p.m. until closing.
Monday: Card Bar Bingo
Okeechobee NewsN/Victoria Hannon
*Amber Fessi and Brittany Martin attended the Christian
rock concert at Flagler Park on June 6. The free concert
was presented by Reach FM to raise money for local char-
starting at 6 p.m.
Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary
Dinner 5:30 p.m. ($6). Shuffle
Board tournament starting at 7
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Auxil-
iary. Music Kitchen is open from
5 until 8 p.m. Second Wednes-
day of the month Mens Auxiliary
meeting at 7 p.m.
Thursday: Music Kitchen is
open from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: Music and Kitchen
open from 5 until 8 p.m.
Saturday: dollar dogs, sau-
sage dogs for $1.50 grilled or
steamed at noon. Live music and
dancing will start at 7 p.m.
Sunday: NASCAR on big
screen TV. First Sunday of the
month Post and Ladies Auxiliary
meeting at noon.
The Ladies Auxiliary is look-
ing for any family members of
Okeechobee residents currently
serving overseas. We are forward-
ing packages of needed items to
our active service personnel. For
more information or if you would
like to donate items please con-
tact us, Cheryl Benoit at 863-697-
The Post and Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are held the first Sunday
of every month at noon. Men's
Auxiliary meetings are the second
Wednesday of every month at
Call 863-763-2308 for the
schedule of events.
The Okeechobee Shrine
Club, S.R. 78 W, members will
meet the first and third Thursday
of each month at 8 p.m. The club
is also available for weddings and
parties. For information call the
club at (863) 763-3378, or Keith at
Sunday: Every second Sun-
day of the month there will be
a Bike Sunday from noon until
7 p.m. There will be food, juke-
box, big screen T.V and an Oasis
Lounge. For more information,
call the club at 863-763-3378.
The Cypress Hut Frater-
nal Order of Eagles post #4509
located at 4701 U.S. 441 S.E. is
now open to members Monday-
Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10
p.m., Sundays from 1 to 10 p.m.
Information can be found by visit-
ing www.foe4509.com, or calling
Food is served several eve-
nings a week.
Aerie meetings are at 7 p.m.
on the first and third Wednesday
of each month at the old Cypress
Hut flea market restaurant.
FOE Auxiliary meetings are
at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth
Wednesday of every month
Friday night: 16 oz rib eye
steak dinner with the trimmings
beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Editor's note: To add listings or
make changes to the service club
news, please email okeenews@
10 Okeechobee News, Thursday, June 19, 2008
Shorebird disturbances become a matter of survival
Many species of Florida's wa-
ter birds nest right on the beach,
including gulls, terns, black skim-
mers, plovers and oystercatchers.
Barrier islands and sandbars
are favored nesting sites because
they afford these ground-nesting
birds protection from land preda-
tors. The birds have adapted to
the temperature extremes, hur-
ricanes, high winds and coastal
flooding. However, human distur-
bance and domestic animals are
Human recreational activi-
ties and shorebird nesting peak
at about the same time. This can
leave the eggs and young birds
exposed and vulnerable to distur-
bance, according to Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) biologist Ron Log-
Beach-nesting birds often get
nervous around human recre-
ational activities, such as play-
ing beach volleyball, engaging in
kite surfing or allowing the family
pet to romp unleashed along the
beach. Frightened birds some-
times flee their nests, leaving their
chicks or eggs vulnerable to a va-
riety of hazards.
"We don't always think about
the effects we may be having, even
with an activity as simple as flying
a kite," Mr. Loggins said. "Shore-
birds often mistake the kites flying
over their nests for large preda-
tors, and that causes the birds to
When adult birds are flushed
off their nests, eggs and young are
exposed to the intense sun or cold
of night; they are exposed to aerial
predators, such as crows and gulls
or marauding dogs.
"Without the parent birds pro-
viding shade, it only takes a few
minutes for the summer sun to
cause temperatures in the nest
to rise above 100 degrees, which
can result in death for the chicks,"
"Many people also don't real-
ize when they're near beach-nest-
ing birds because the nests can
be difficult to detect," Mr. Loggins
said. "The nests are simple, shal-
low depressions in the sand, and
both the eggs and chicks are well-
camouflaged. When danger ap-
proaches, the young chicks freeze
in a prone position. It's easy for
people walking in nesting areas to
crush the eggs or kill young birds
The FWC, in cooperation with
other local, state and federal agen-
cies, coordinates efforts aimed at
educating the public and protect-
ing beach-nesting wildlife during
critical nesting periods. A cadre
of volunteers from the FWC and
private organizations, such as the
Audubon Society, maintain watch
over nesting sites and help with
Officials protect bird colonies
by posting signs, roping off af-
fected areas and contacting local
residents about temporary beach
"We're asking those who use
our state's beaches to avoid nest-
ing areas where colonies of shore-
birds are raising chicks. We're not
asking people to stop kite-flying or
enjoying the beach. We're just ask-
ing beachgoers to avoid a handful
of areas close to where there are
nesting birds," Mr. Loggins said.
For more information about
Florida's shorebirds, visit MyFWC.
How you can help
When enjoying the beach, re-
member that while you are there
to recreate, other creatures' sur-
vival may depend on your behav-
ior. Follow these simple rules to
minimize impacts on wildlife.
Keep your distance when you
see a concentration of birds, ei-
ther on the shore or in the trees.
A good rule of thumb is to stay
at least 300 feet away and avoid
causing birds to become agitated
or to fly away. Minimizing distur-
bance to concentrations of birds is
the key to conserving them.
Do not intentionally force birds
to fly. If you see birds on a beach,
island or sandbar, walk or steer
around them. Again, avoiding dis-
turbance to them is the best ap-
Avoid running your boat or
personal watercraft at high speed
near areas where birds are con-
centrated. Because habitat de-
struction has resulted in an ever-
decreasing amount of shoreline
available to wildlife, almost all
mangrove islands, beaches, mud
flats and other shallow water and
shoreline habitats provide impor-
tant resources for feeding, rest-
ing and nesting birds at different
Shore birds avoid contact with humans and keep their dis-
tance even when they are fed by humans at the lake.
Human recreational activities and shorebird nesting peak at
about sthesame time. This can leave the eggs and young birds
exposed and vulnerable to disturbance. For shorebirds nest-
ing and feeding has become a matter of survival for many
Turtle harvest limits proposed
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
has proposed a draft rule that will
set new limits for the harvest of
freshwater turtles. The proposed
change will be up for final action
- by the Commission at the Sept.
17-19, meeting in Jacksonville.
The new rule would limit the
harvest of native Florida freshwa-
ter turtles to five per day to pro-
tect freshwater turtle populations
while the FWC develops a long-
term comprehensive strategy for
sustainable use of amphibian and
reptile populations. Current pos-
session limits for turtle species
will not change.
"The FWC staff is aware of in-
creasing demand for freshwater
turtles nationally and internation-
ally," said Bill Turner, an FWC am-
phibian and reptile specialist. "We
are evaluating our management
of these animals to ensure these
populations aren't over-exploited
because of these demands."
Alabama, Michigan, Maryland,
North Carolina, South Carolina,
Tennessee and Texas recently
restricted their turtle harvests,
which may cause turtle harvest-
ers from those states to focus on
Florida, Mr. Turner said.
In March, the FWC received
two petitions for emergency rule-
making to restrict freshwater
turtle harvests, but these emer-
gency measures last only 90 days.
Instead, the FWC opted for this
draft rule as an interim measure.
IRCC swimmer is 'Athlete Of The Year'
The Florida Community Col- can Olympic Team competing in
leges Athletic Association named Beijing
Indian River Community College (50 M Free and the 400 M
Swim Team member Gideon Free Relay)
Louw, the 2008 FCCAA Athlete of Broke 13 NJCAA National Re-
the Year. cords
Gideon came to IRCC fol- (50, 100, 200 Free, 400 and
lowing a very successful stint 800 Free Relays and 400 Medley
of swimming and schooling in Relay)
South Africa: Gideon immediately *2-Time NJCAA Male Swim-
set his sights high and accom- mer of the Year
polished and surpassed all goals *14-time NJCAA All-American
he set forth to attain while attend- 14-time College Swim
ing the college. He not only had Coach's Association All-American
a successful athletic career at the *6-time National Champion
community college level, but be- individual events 50, 100 and 200
came the most decorated athlete yard free (2007 and 2008)
in the history of NJCAA Swim- *8-time National Champion
ming. He graduated from Indian relay events (2007 and 2008)
River in the spring term 2008 with 2-Time member of the South- Submitted photo
a 3.11 GPA and will continue his ern Conference Academic All- Gideon Louw
studies at the Auburn University America Team (2007 and 2008) a trip to the Olympic Games. His
this coming fall. Both academically and athleti- accomplishments are not only
In the competitive arena, Gide- cally, the above listed accomplish- outstanding, but astonishing over
on Louw was an integral part of ments have not been previously the span of only two years.
both the 2007 and 2008 NJCAA achieved in thesport of swimming, Gideon Louw has dedicated
National Champion Swimming at this level. Louw came to Indian himself to being the best he can
Teams at IRCC. While a member, River as a young man looking to be both in the water and in the
he accomplished a great deal on mature both athletically and aca- classroom as seen by his count-
an individual basis and contrib- demically. As a freshman, he lis- less accomplishments and ac-
uted to the team on many relays. tened and learned, thus allowing colades received in his tenure at
Individual accomplishments: him to become a world class ath- IRCC.
*Member of 2008 South Afri- lete achieving the ultimate goal,
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Shorebirds generally nest in the
same places from year to year. Be
on the lookout for large concen-
trations of birds in dunes or on is-
'lands, especially during the spring
and summer months. Get to know
where nesting colonies are in your
area. Avoid these colonies of birds
during the nesting season.
Keep your pets on a leash
when visiting the shore and never'
approach a bird colony accompa-
nied by your dog. Ground-nesting
birds are disturbed more easily
by the presence of a dog than the
presence of a person.
One unleashed dog can cause
all the adult birds in an entire colo-
ny of ground-nesting birds to leave
their nests in a matter of minutes,
leaving all the young vulnerable to
predators and the hot sun.
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