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Vol. 99 No. 182 Monday, June 30, 2008


VFW honors soldier
The Ladies Auxiliary of the
VFW North Post #4423 will host
an appreciation party for their
adopted soldier SSG Greg Mae-
rki on Monday, June 30, at 5:30
p.m. at the Post. SSG Maerki,
who has been in the U.S. Army
for 17 years, will be home on
leave from Iraq where he is the
pit sergeant for the maintenance
pit and is in charge of 38 soldiers.
The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) will be joining
in this celebration. SSG Maerki is
the son of OCSO Deputy Bill Mae-
rki. Feel free to join the celebra-
tion at Post #4423, 300 N.W 34th
St., and show your support. For
information, contact, Gina or Jan
at the VFW Post, 813-763-0818.

Fourth of July
fireworks planned
The Okeechobee Jaycees
Fireworks Committee will host
the Fourth of July celebration at
the Okeechobee County Agri-
Civic Center. The display will
be provided by Zambelli Interna-
tionale. The show will begin at
dark or approximately 9 p.m.
Remember, you must enter
the Agri-Civic Center off of S.R.
710. Gates will open at 7 p.m.
,Donations of $3 per carload will
.be requested at the gate.
Please remember that ab-
solutely no personal fireworks
are allowed.
Businesses or individuals in-
terested in supporting the fire-
works through donations may
contact us at 863-634-7021.

Parent education
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will be
offering parenting education
classes for infants to age 3. All
pregnant women and parents
are encouraged to attend. Each
participant will receive a gift. This
adults-only parenting class con-'
sists of six, one-hour classes. You
must attend all six classes to get
a certificate of completion. Call
863-462-5877 for registration.

Drought Index

Current: 397
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.58 feet
Last Year: 8.90 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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Summer fun: Catholic Charities Youth Camp

Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon
Angel Medrano, Erick Vallejo, Anthony Jimenez (front), Adrian Chavez, Briceyda'
Grandaos, Kaitlyn Hoyle, Tyla Harper, Sarah Gabor and Jonathan Jimenez (back) all
enjoyed an afternoon at the Stardust Lanes bowling ally on June 24 as part of a field
trip with the Catholic Charities Youth Summer Camp. Bonnie Burch, the site coordina-
tor, stands behind the children.

By Victoria Hannon
Okeechobee News
Catholic Charities Youth
Summer Camp is under way in
Okeechobee, keeping partici-
pants busy with fun activities.
The children went to the
bowling ally on June 24.
Besides bowling, children
taking part in this'camp go on
lots of other field trips.
"This morning we went
to the Library and Ms. Pat
[O'Conner] read stories to
them," Bonnie Burch, the site
coordinator, ,aid.
The children also go skating,
to the Indian River Mall and. to
the pool.
When they are not on a
field trip, the children do out-
side activities and play educa-
tional games at Osceola Middle
"We read books and play
educational board games that
enhance their reading," Ms.
Burch said.
Along with Ms. Burch, Patri-
cia Baul and Sherry Wilson run
the camp.
"We keep them very active,"
Ms. Burch said. "We run from
9 to 5."
Twenty-three children are
taking part in this two-week
program. Children do not
need to be associated with any
church to attend.
"Usually the summer pro-
gram would be 8 to 14," Ms.
Burch said.

enjoy field trips
This year the program was ly attending a public school.
open to children from kinder- "Registration will take place
garten to age 14. before school [starts again],"
That is not the only-change Ms. Iurch said.
to the program this year.Formoreinformationonthe
This is the first year that this For more information on the
summer program has been of- after school program, parents
fered to children that are not should contact Bonnie Burch at
part of the Catholic Charities af- 863-532-0694 or Marcus Dixion,
ter school program throughout the director, at 772-979-0857.
the year. This summer camp is host-
Of the children attending, ed by Catholic Charities, a non-
seven are not part of the after profit organization based out
The after schoolprogram is. of West Palm Beach and spon-
open to any child that is current- scored by the Diocese of Palm

Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon
Gerneisha Louis bowled at the Stardust Lanes Bowling
Ally on June 24 as part of a field trip with the Catholic
Charities Youth Summer Camp.

Are you prepared for lightening?

Lightning occurs with all
It averages 93 deaths and
300 injuries each year. It also
causes several hundred mil-
lion dollars in damage to prop-
erty and forests annually. You
should be aware of the dangers
of lightning and how to protect
yourself and your family from
becoming victims.
Here are some helpful facts
about nature's fireworks:
What is lightning? Light-
ning occurs when the action of
rising and descending air within
a thunderstorm separates posi-
tive and negative charges. Light-
ning results from the buildup
and discharge of electrical en-
ergy between positively and
negatively charged areas.
The average flash of light-
ning could light a 100-watt
light bulb for more than three
Most lightning occurs
within the cloud or between the
cloud and ground.

The air near a lightning
strike is heated to 50,000 degrees
F hotter than the surface of
the sun! The rapid heating and
cooling of air near the lightning
channel causes a shock wave
that results in thunder.
To estimate the distance
in miles between you and the
lightning flash, count the sec-
onds between the lightning and
the thunder and divide by five.
Most lightning deaths and
injuries occur when people
are caught outdoors. Most ca-
sualties occur in the summer
months and during the after-
noon and early evening.
Your chances of being
struck by lightning are estimat-
ed to be one in 600,000.
In recent years, people
have been killed by lightning
while boating, swimming, golf-
ing, bike riding, standing under
a tree, riding on a lawnmower,
talking on the telephone, load-
ing a truck, playing soccer,
fishing in a boat and mountain

Lightning Myths
and Facts
* MYTH: If it is not raining,
then there is no danger from
FACT: Lightning often strikes
outside of heavy rain and may
occur as far as 10 miles away
from any rainfall.
MYTH: The rubber soles of
shoes or rubber tires on a car
will protect you from being
struck by lightning.
FACT: Rubber-soled shoes
and rubber tires provide NO
protection from lightning.
However, the steel frame of a
hard-topped vehicle provides
increased protection if you are
not touching metal. Although
you may be injured if lightning
strikes your car, you are much
safer inside a vehicle than out-
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First execution

since foul up

Florida prepares
for its first execu-
tion tomorrow since
the last botched
execution in 2006

By Ron Word
Associated Press Writer
STARKE, Fla. (AP)-Florida's
new procedure for.lethal injec-
tions could be tested tomorrow
when executioners strap down
a condemned inmate for the
first time since a botched' ex-
Mark Dean Schwab, 39, is
scheduled to die exactly 16
years after he was sentenced in
the 1991 kidnapping, rape and
murder of 11-year-old Junny
Florida officials say they have
resolved problems with the
December 2006 execution of
Angel Diaz when needles were
.accidentally pushed through his
veins, causing the lethal chemi-
cals to go into his muscles in-
stead, delaying his death for
34 minutes twice as long as
normal. Some experts said that
would cause intense pain.
Then-Gov. Jeb Bush stopped
all executions after Diaz was
killed, but Florida and other
states were also held up as they
waited for the U.S. Supreme
Court to rule the three-drug
method of lethal injection used

by Kentucky was constitutional.
Thirty-four other states, includ-
ing Florida, use a similar meth-
Florida's new procedure re-
quires the warden to make sure
the inmate is unconscious fol-
lowing the injection of the first
chemical, sodium pentothal.
Then the executioner will inject
pancuronium bromide to' para-
lyze his muscles and potassium
chloride to stop his heart. It also
requires people with medical
training to be involved in the
Schwab and his attorneys
aren't so sure the problems
are fixed. An analysis done for
Schwab's lawyers showed that
nine of the 30 mock executions
performed by Florida's Depart-
ment of Corrections .between
September 2007 and May were
failures, said one of his state-
paid attorneys, Mark Gruber.
The corrections department
said its mock exercises have in-
cluded preparation for potential
problems such as a combative
inmate, the incapacity of an ex-
ecution team member, power
failure and finding a vein.
"Training for the unexpected
is not a failed mock execution,"
said Gretl Plessinger, a correc-
tions department spokeswom-
an. "We're planning for contin-
Schwab's legal options are
running out. On Friday, the
See Execution Page 2

Biologist saves bear

A 375-pound male black
bear with a penchant for beach-
front browsing was on dry land
'Saturday after a Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) biologist pulled the
tranquilized animal from Gulf
of Mexico waters in Florida's
"I wasn't sure what I was
going to do when I jumped in,"
said biologist Adam Warwick,
who saw the bear struggling
. in the warm Gulf waters after it
had been hit with a tranquilizer
"It was a spur of the moment
decision," he said. "I had a lot
of adrenaline pumping when I
saw the bear in the water."
The bear was roaming

through a residential area Tues-
day on Alligator Point, a neigh-
borhood of,about 100 homes
on a small peninsula about 40
miles south of Tallahassee.
To prevent bears from wan-
dering into residential neigh-
borhoods, the FWC urges resi-
dents to secure garbage cans
and other sources of food that
might attract bears.
FWC officials responded to
reports of a bear in the area and
found the animal underneath a
beachfront home. Their plan
was to move it to a remote lo-
cation, back in the wild.
The tranquilizer dart took
longer than expected to work,
See Bear Page 2

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and Warwick said the animal
bolted into the Gulf in an effort to
Warwick was worried the bear
was already showing the effects
of the immobilizing drug and that
the bear couldn't swim the four
miles to land.
"At that point, I decided to
go in after the bear," Warwick
said. "I wanted to keep him from
swimming into deeper water."
The animal was about 25 yards
from shore when he jumped into
the water.
"I was in the water swimming
toward the bear, trying to prevent
him from swimming into deeper
water," Warwick said. "He was
now losing function (an effect of
the drugs) in his arms and legs,
and was obviously in distress."
Warwick said he tried to
splash and create commotion in
an attempt to get the bear to head
back to the shore.

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How to Stay Safe During
Severe Weather
Thunderstorms are our most
common experience of severe
weather. They arrive suddenly,
with little warning except the
darkening sky as the thunder-
cloud approaches. If you see tall,
puffy cumulus clouds growing
and daylight rapidly dimming, ob-
serve these safety measures:
Before the Storm -
Check weather forecasts be-
fore leaving for extended periods
Watch for signs of approach-
ing storms.
Postpone outdoor activities

"Instead, the clearly confused
bear looked at me as if he was
either going to go by, through or
over me ... and at times lie even
looked as if he was just going to
climb on top of me to keep from
Warwick said that after a few
minutes the bear reared up on his
hind legs as if to lunge at him, but
instead fell straight backwards
and was submerged.
"At that point I knew I had to
keep the bear from drowning,"
he said. "After a few seconds the
bear popped his head up out of
the water and thrashed around a
bit, but could obviously no longer
keep his head above water."
Warwick kept one arm un-
derneath the bear and the other
gripping the scruff of its neck to
keep the bear's head above wa-
ter. Warwick said he walked bare-
foot over concrete blocks crusted
with barnacles in the 4-foot-deep
water as he tried to guide and use
the water to help float the bear
back to shore.
He said he cut his feet on the
barnacles and the bear scratched

if thunderstorms are imminent.
This is your best way to avoid be-
ing caught in a dangerous situa-
If You Are Near a House or
Other Building -
Make sure that all children
are accounted for.
Secure outdoor furniture.
Go indoors. If the storm is
severe, with frequent and close
lightning bursts, head for a base-
ment or a room in the middle of a
house or other building.
Keep away from objects that
might conduct electricity (such as
radiators, pipes and metal door
Stay away from windows.
Do not take a bath or show-
er during a storm. Water helps
to conduct electricity, and walls
don't always protect from the
high energy of a lightning bolt.

him once on the foot, but lie was
otherwise uninjured.
Area resident Wendy ('handler
said Warwick looked like a life-
guard, pulling a tired swimmer to
During Warwick's trek, FWC
Officer Travis Hluckeba and a by-
stander with a boat approached
Warwick and the bear in the
water. The bear was startled and
Warwick lost his grip until the
boat backed off.
Warwick said the bear's buoy-
ancy made his job less difficult.
"It's a lot easier to drag a bear
in 4-foot water than move him on
dry land," he said.
When Warwick and the bear
made it to shore, "A bystander ar-
rived out of nowhere with a back-
hoe and, with some assistance,
we were able to load the bear
into the bucket and then into an
FWC truck," Warwick said.
Thad Brett, a general contrac-
tor who lives in the area and had
a backhoe for work he was doing
to his house, said his wife had
seen the commotion and told
him Warwick was trying to get

Do not get close to electrical
appliances such as plug-in radios
and TVs. Use battery-operated
Restrict all calls to cell
If Caught Outdoors and No
Shelter Is Nearby -
Find a low spot away from
trees, fences and poles espe-
cially metal fences and poles.
Get to higher ground if flood-
ing is possible. Abandon cars and
climb to higher ground. Note:
Most flash flood deaths occur in
If you are in the woods, take
shelter under the shorter trees.
Move to a sturdy building or
car. DO NOT take shelter in small
sheds, under isolated trees, or in
convertible automobiles.
If you feel your hair start to
stand on end or your skin tingle,

the bear out of the water.
"I knew how hard it would be
to get that bear out," Brett said.
"I could see he was about waist-
deep in the water, and I came
down with the backhoe."
Brett said he positioned the
bucket of the backhoe in the wa-
ter so the bear could be lifted out
and moved to the truck bed.
"It's good to have good guys
like (Warwick) around," Brett
said. "We're real glad to have the
FWC come out and help us with
these bears, and we were real
glad the bear was going to be re-
The bear was transported to
the FWC Tate's Hell office and
Warwick and FWC's Ron Copley
relocated the bear to the Osceola
National Forest near Lake City.
"He was going up under
people's houses, probably trying
to cool off," Chandler said. "Kids
were going up and down the
stairs and anything might happen.
We're all pulling for the bear to
get adjusted in his new home."

or if you hear crackling sounds,
lightning may be about to strike
you. Squat low to the ground on
the balls of your feet. Place your
hands on your knees with your
head between them. Make your-
self the smallest target possible
and minimize your contact with
the ground. Do not lie flat.
In the City-
Do not stand on an apartm-
enthouse roof during a thunder-
If You Are in Water -
Get out of boats and stay
away from water.
If swimming, get out of the
lake or ocean at the first sign of
lightning or thunder. Find indoor
shelteror get into a car.
Stay out of the water for at
least 30 minutes without thunder.

Poster exhibit reinterprets 'Four Freedoms'

By Lisa Orkin Emmanuel
Associated Press Writer
More than 60 years after Nor-
man Rockwell's quintessentially
American "Four Freedoms" post-
ers were created, the illustrator
is inspiring other artists to delve
into the meaning of democracy
through art.
Sixty contemporary artists and
graphic designers were asked by
the Wolfsoniani-Florida Interna-
tional University design museum
to create works that reinterpret
Rockwell's posters, which were
themselves inspired by President
Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1941 ad-
dress to Congress.
The exhibit, called "Thoughts
on Democracy," opens July 5 and
runs until Dec. 7. It is part of "Cel-
ebrating America," four exhibits
on view this year and next that
will examine various aspects of
the American experience.
The basic idea was "to create
new work, but create work that
is looking at the past," said Tim
Hossler, the museum's art direc-
tor. "The political situation in
America, with an election, it just
,seemed like a perfect choice."
The posters will be displayed
in the lobby of the museum, so
that everyone can view the post-
ers without paying an entry fee.
Leonard A. Lauder recently

donated 150 posters, including
Rockwell's "Four Freedoms," to
the museum along with books
and newspapers from the WWII
Cathy Leff, the Wolfsonian's
director, said the idea behind the
exhibit was to provoke people to
think about democracy, but also
to stay true to the museum and its
identity as a design museum.
"We're really interested that
people understand graphics ...
the persuasive power of art and
design," she said. "We're hop-
ing that it really inspires people to
take part, to think about it in the
context of our times."
Many of the artists who par-
ticipated in the project put the
"four freedoms" freedom of
worship, freedom from fear, free-
dom of speech and freedom from
want in the context of politics
and world affairs.
Lawrence Weiner, a New York-
based artist, created a poster that
has the words "WATER FINDS
ITS OWN LEVEL" in yellow and
outlined with blue ink. The words
are gradually going up and then
fall into the word "WITH," which
is in red ink. The four freedoms
are listed below in black ink.
"It's about the fact that water
does find its own level, that if we
allow people to have freedoms
and take away the basic fears of
life, they will excel," Weiner said.

"Human beings are inherently
good, but without those freedoms
it becomes rather difficult."
Elliott Earls, designer-in-resi-
dence at the Cranbrook Academy
of Art in Michigan, used his then-
3-year-old daughter Scarlett as a
model for his poster, which was
loosely based on the French art-
ist Eugene Delacroix's painting of
"Liberty Leading the People."
A crying Scarlett, adorned with
a golden crown and a blue gown
pushed down to her waist, reveal-
ing her upper torso, is holding
what looks like a play swQrd. Be-
hind her is the U.S. flag and two
people are reaching for her. The
word "Liberty" is printed in blue
capital letters at the top of the
poster and "WEEPS" is at the bot-
tom with what looks like a splat-
tering of blood.
"The image is really supposed
to provoke an empathetic re-
sponse in the viewer," Earls said.
"Our political situation is pretty
rife with liberty itself that is under
assault... We're in desperate need
of leadership. We need to take a
good hard look at the Constitu-
tion and make sure we respect
civil liberties and the intentions of
the Founding Fathers."
Graphic designers William
Drenttel and Jessica Helfand of the
design company Winterhouse,
based in Falls Village, Conn., run
a design blog called designob-

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^^if;l. B9i,.., They plan to put up
a slideshow of several posters on
their blog and will mail the poster
they created to 1,000 people who
deal with public policy.
They thought about the four
freedoms in relation to the Inter-
net, including copyright online.
"I think it's actually a huge
territory where rights need to be
protected and discussed and paid
attention to," Drenttel said.
Originally, Rockwell did four
paintings that were selected and
published by the Office of War
Information as promotional post-
ers, and the images were used to
sell war bonds. They raised over
$133 million,, said Laurie Norton
Moffatt, director of the Norman
Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge,
Mass., which houses the origi-
nal paintings. The posters were
put up in every post office in the
country and are considered four
of the most widely reproduced
images of this nation of all time,
she said.
"Rockwell's work remains so
contemporary and universal,"
she said. "These are still the ide-
als that we strive for and fight to
protect today ... I think it's fair to
ask today how are we doing on
this freedom scale."

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Florida Supreme Court rejected
his latest appeal claiming the new
procedure still carries the risk of
causing intense pain and suffer-
The state has argued success-
fully in several courts that the pro-
cedure meets all constitutional
tests against cruel and unusual
punishment and that Schwab
cannot raise the issue again.
Schwab's attorneys did not
return calls after the appeal was
rejected Friday, but they. are ex-
pected to next turn to the federal
courts. The U.S. Supreme Court
has allowed eight lethal injections
to continue since upholding the
Kentucky case.
That ruling raised a lot of ques-
tions, said D. Todd Doss, an attor-
ney in northern Florida who has
handled several death penalty cas-
es but isn't involved in Schwab's
"I didn't think it cleared the le-
gal landscape," Doss said, because
it did not determine whether there
was a substantial risk that Schwab
would experience intense pain
and suffering.
Senior Assistant Attorney Gen-
eral Kenneth S. Nunnelley said
Schwab's claims in two previous
challenges to lethal injection have
also been rejected. "He does not
get another bite at the apple," he

Family of Schwab's victim are
counting down the days to execu-
tion with a timer on a Web site
devoted to the boy. They've been
through years of appeals, and they
decided not to comment on the
"The roller coaster has begun,
and we don't want to get on,"
Vickie Rios-Martinez, Junny's
mother, said recently.
Schwab raped and killed Junny
a month after he was released ear-
ly from a prison sentence he got
for raping a 13-year-old boy, who
was from Cocoa, a small town on
the Atlantic coast of Florida.
Schwab got close to the boy
and his family by posing as a re-
porter who promised to help the
boy with his dream of becoming
a professional surfer. On the day
of the rape and murder, Schwab
called the boy's school posing
as his father, then picked him up
The case prompted Florida's
Junny Rios-Martinez Act of 1992,
which prohibits sex offenders
from early release from prison or
getting credit for good behavior.
"The state is the one who is the
biggest victimizer. They let him
out. They knew who he was," the
boy's mother told The Associated
Press in November.
Schwab's execution is to be
held at the state's death chamber
in Starke, which is about 40 miles
southwest of Jacksonville.

Today's Weather

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Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Partly cloudy. Scattered afternoon showers and thun-
derstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of rain 50 percent.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Isolated evening showers and thunder-
storms. Lows in the lower 70s. Southeast winds around 5 mph until
around midnight becoming light. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Extended Forecast
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Scattered afternoon showers and thun-
derstorms. Highs around 90. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance
of rain 50 percent.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Isolated evening showers and
thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunder-
storms. Highs around 90. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Isolated evening showers and
thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunder-
storms. Highs around 90. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Isolated evening showers and
thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Independence day: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and
thunderstorms. Highs around 90. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Friday night: Partly cloudy. Isolated evening showers and thun-
derstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 20 percent.


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Favorites and bookmarks save time on typing

Diane Timmons
Okeechobee News

For seniors, a significant use
for computers is browsing the
Internet using either Internet
Explorer (IE) or Firefox. After a
while, we find some really great
Internet sites that we don't want
to lose track of. I have lots of site
addresses saved that pertain to
crafts and hobbies, favorite TV
programs, computer program
tutorials and my favorite search
engine sites.
What a pain it would be if
we had to type in the full web
site address every time we visit.

Fortunately, there's a shortcut.
Favorites (Internet Explorer) and
bookmarks (Firefox) let us save
the addresses of sites to easily re-
trieve them.
First, go to the webpage that
you want to add to your Favorites
list. Look at the top of the browser
you are using. In Internet Explorer,
you will find favorites represented
by a yellow star or the word favor-
ites listed as a menu item. Click
on favorites with your mouse. A
new window appears either on
the left side of your screen or as a
drop down menu.
Click on either:
*Add Favorite (in IE), or
*Bookmark This Page (in
The site will be added to a
master list. You will get a dialog
box that allows you to type a new
name for the page if you want to.
Click OK. When you want to re-
turn, just go to your favorites or
bookmarks, click the item and
you're there without any extra
It's a good idea to edit your
bookmarks or favorites occa-
sionally to weed out sites you no
longer care to visit or ones that
have gone belly up. Not all Web
sites last for life, and it's nice to
keep your list useful and current.
You can also create sub folders to
keep them more organized.
Deleting and organizing
your favorites

Sometimes you'll come across
a Favorite that you have no use
for, and can't really figure out why
you added it in the first place. This
is where the delete key comes in
handy. Click on the Favorites icon,
and select Organize Favorites.
From the dialog box that pops
up, select the Favorite you want
to delete, and click on the Delete
button. You'll be asked if you are
sure you want to delete this; click
Organizing your Favorites in
folders is easy:
Click on the Favorites icon,

then on the Organize Favorites
Select the New Folder button.
Pick an intuitive name, such as
"Favorite Travel Sites," and click
Now, select the Favorite site
you want to organize, and click
on the Move button. From the
box that opens, select the folder
you want to move this Favorite to,
and click OK.
The best way to keep your
Favorites useable is to move the
Favorite to a folder as soon as you
add it.

Get the most out of your doctor visit

Use "History" to find click the site you want to go to.
You can change the way in which
pages you didn't save the websites you have visited are
If you recently visited a web- displayed. You can sort them by
page and want to find it again but date, site name, most frequently
you didn't save the link, click the visited, or most recently visited.
Favorites button, and then click To do this, click the arrow to the
History. Click the day that you vis- right of the History button, and
ited the website. In the list of web- then choose an option from the
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By Rebekah Bernard,
Like many physicians, I feel like
I am always doing a lot of apolo-
gizing to my patients for running
behind schedule. Staying on time
is a challenge that most doctors
face for a variety of reasons. Of-
ten emergencies come up dur-
ing the day a person with chest
pain, or a bleeding cut which
forces us away from scheduled
patients. Sometimes we have to
leave a patient while we wait for
additional information, like labo-
ratory reports or hospital records.
Other times a computer glitch can
bring the entire doctor's office to
a grinding halt. One of the most
common reasons for running late
is over-scheduling patients for of-
fice visits.
While we hate to do this,
sometimes there are more sick
people than there are doctors to
see them, so we try to squeeze
everyone in as best we can. Un-
fortunately, this leaves the doc-
tor and staff somewhat rushed,
which can be frustrating for the
doctor and the patient as well.
Although there is not a com-
plete solution to this problem,
there are some things that you
can do to avoid a long wait, and
to be sure that your doctor ad-
dresses all (or at least the most
important) of your problems dur-
ing the visit.
1. Make an appointment. Pa-
tients that come to the clinic with-
out an appointment are usually
squeezed into the schedule in be-
tween those with appointments,
and in the order of urgency.
In general, wait time is much
less when you have an appoint-
ment. It's not a bad idea to go
ahead and schedule your next
appointment as you are checking

out, since many doctor's sched-
ules fill up rather quickly.
2. Schedule an early morning
or early afternoon appointment.
Doctors tend to be the most on-
time during these hours. At our
clinic, the mornings are much
more hectic due to
tients, so afternoon appointments
may be seen quicker.
3. Bring your medical records.
If you are a new to the clinic, bring
a copy of your records from previ-
ous doctors, or at a minimum, the
name and phone number of your
doctors. Records are a tremen-
dous help to your new doctor,
and will prevent you from having
tests repeated. Also, you and your
doctor won't have to wait for re-
cords to be faxed or mailed.
4. Bring your medications.
Even though your doctor should
have a list of your medicines, she
will want to check that they have
been dispensed correctly from
the pharmacy and see if any new
medicines have been added by
other doctors. She can also see
if you need refills which will save
you time later.
5. Bring your sugar or blood
pressure logs. If you have diabe-
tes or hypertension, your doctor
may ask you to keep a log. This
information can help your doctor
to adjust your medication better
and prevent frequent follow-up
6. Bring a list of questions and
concerns. Having your concerns
on paper will keep your focus
and avoid forgetting questions.
Bring up your questions early in
the visit so that your doctor can
give you enough time. If you have
many concerns, your doctor may
need to discuss the most pressing
issues and schedule a follow-up
visit to complete the list.
7. Stay comfortable. Doctors'

offices are not known for out-
standing reading material, so bring
something to read or do. A book,
magazine, or game may help to
pass the time. Bring a sweater, as
many offices can be chilly. Avoid
hunger by eating a snack before
your appointment, or bring some-
thing to eat for later if you have to
be fasting for lab tests.
8. Communicate with the staff.
Be sure to let the receptionist
know that you have arrived, and
if you are waiting past your ap-
pointment time, mention it to the
front desk. Occasionally patients
forget to check-in, or somehow
a chart gets missed and the pa-
tient has to wait for nothing. The
staff can also let you know if the
doctor is running behind, and
can offer you the opportunity to
reschedule if the wait will be too
long for you.
9. Plan to come in for lab re-
sults. It seems like getting results
should be easy enough either
they are normal, or not, right?
On the contrary, results of tests
can be very complicated there
are many variations of normal,
and abnormal results take time
to explain and likely need follow-
up planned, such as more tests,
referral to a specialist, medical
treatment, or lifestyle changes.
Your doctor will want to discuss
in detail the results of your tests,
and answer all of your questions.
Scheduling an appointment for
lab results a week or two after the
tests will help ensure that you re-
ceive all of the necessary informa-
tion to ensure your health.
10. Forget about getting pre-
scriptions by phone. Although it
seems like a simple enough thing
to have your doctor call in antibi-
otics for a minor infection, pre-
scribing by phone is dangerous.
Your doctor needs to talk with and


examine you before she can cor-
rectly diagnose your illness and
prescribe the correct treatment.
Calling in prescriptions by phone
is not good medicine, and should
rarely if ever be done.
11. Don't run out of refills! Try
to keep an eye on your medicine
bottles, and when you see only
one or two refills left, call for a
doctor appointment. Your doctor
prescribes enough refills until the.
time that she wants to check you
again, so running low on medi-
cines is your sign that it's time to
follow-up. Don't wait until you
are completely out of pills, or
have only a few left. Your doctor
may not be able to call in refills
in time if it is the weekend, or the
office is too busy at that moment.
It is better to anticipate the need
than to run out of medicine.
12. Don't use refills as the only
signal to schedule an appoint-
ment. Sometimes doctors will
prescribe maintenance medica-
tions such as blood pressure pills
with six months or a year's worth
of refills. This does not necessar-
ily mean that she doesn't want
to see you for a year! Usually this
is done as a convenience for the
patient, to prevent running out of
medication. Waiting too long be-
tween doctor visits can lead to a
delay in follow-up, or too many
problems trying to be crammed
into a short visit, which is not sat-
isfactory for the doctor nor the
patient. Check with your doctor
at the end of the visit to find out
when she wants to see you again,
and schedule an appointment to
Doctors and patients are a
team -- working together will en-
sure your optimum health care,
with minimum waiting.

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Speak Out
Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and
easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the community name and your
local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You .can also e-mail
comments to or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
SUGAR BUY OUT: I can't be the only one to think the timing of
this is fishy. The sugar subsidies are about to run out, so U.S. Sugar
is finally looking at having to compete at a fair market price. Then
it's Charlie Crist to the rescue, don't compete, just sell out. We real-
ize nobody can sell so much as an outhouse right now, don't worry.
The "STATE" will pay for it! This reeks of back room deals and special
interests. I fail to see how we can justify this expense for one of the
many sugar growers around the lake. Does this mean that Alico will
no longer farm cane? I really doubt it. Charlie, you are selling us out.
To think there was talk you could be the next vice president.
ALLIGATOR: I do feel sorry for the young man who lost an arm
to the alligator. That is tragic. But I also feel sorry for the alligators
that were killed. Future tragedies can be avoided by following simple
precautions such as don't swim in areas known to be frequented by
alligators. Who in Okeechobee does not know that Nubbins Slough is
a place you can often see alligators?
VOTING: First, I think everyone should register to vote. That is just
part of being a citizen. If ybu don't want to participate in our society,
move to another country. If you are not going to take the time and
trouble to vote, you are not a citizen. You are an apathetic parasite.
on society. However, while voter registration is a very common way
to prove residency for homestead exemption, and many people do
register to vote just to qualify for Homestead Exemption, it is not the
only way to qualify. There are other ways to prove full-time residency
if you can't register to vote. Registering to vote is probably one of the
easier ways to qualify, but not the only way.
VOTERS: Everyone should register and vote. If you don't vote, you
are giving up your chance to participate in local, state and national
government. If you don't vote, you have no right to complain about
what government does. You have a chance to make a difference, to
choose your elected officials. Even if you don't like either of the presi-
dential candidates you should still vote in the local and state elections.
People say they are worried about losing their rights. If you don't vote,
you voluntarily give up your right to choose and to be part of the pro-
JURY DUTY: I had a good laugh about the comment that some
people don't register to vote because they are worried they will be
called for jury duty. I know that is true, but it is sad. They haven't used
voter registration for jury duty for many years. These people appar-
ently don't read or watch the news or they would know better.
ECOLOGY: The alligators are an important part of the Florida ecol-
ogy just like the birds, fish and other wildlife. People can live with
wildlife if they use some common sense. You have to respect wildlife
and leave it alone. Even little kids know better than to jump in the
water with alligators.
HISTORY: Can someone explain why at the middle school in
American History Class, they spend an entire nine weeks on the Ho-
locaust? That is European History or World History. It is not American
History. I could understand if they were spending nine weeks on the
American involvement in World War I and World War II and included
information about the Holocaust'as part of that, And I don't object to
the kids learning about the Holocaust. But the problem is they don't
teach them enough about World War I for the students to understand
how or why the Holocaust happened.
SUGAR BUY OUT: I have a problem with the buy out. It seems
only the counties surrounding the buy out area .are going to be the
ones paying for it. Not the whole state. That seems a little unfair.
EVERGLADES: I agree that we need to do something to save the
Everglades and to store water instead of sending freshwater down the
Caloosahatchee and dump it in the ocean. However, I don't think it
is fair fo just take away the only industry that Clewiston and Moore
-- Haven have. If the state is going to put 2,000 people out of work, the
state should help find and place some kind of industry down there to
provide jobs. Shutting down U.S. Sugar is for the good of the whole
state. Why should the people of Clewiston have to suffer so much?
Something should be done to help them.
BUY OUT: The really sad thing about this is that USSC has already
hurt so many of its employees. Look at all the people who got laid
off a few years ago. Not only that, but when the Bryant Sugar, House
closed last year, thousands lost their jobs there too. Some went to
the new refinery in Clewiston, but a 10t ofothers just got messed
over. Now they have recently sent out letters that they can no longer
give. any of the people who have shares invested in the company a
dividend check. Well what is going to happen to all the thousands
of people who worked there entire lives for USSC? That was their
retirement. Personally, I don't care about USSC, but being from the
Glades, and growing up a "Sugar Baby" I do care about the folks in
the community. Some folks just cannot start over from scratch and
take it elsewhere. They do not have the time left in their lives. To the
many families that this affects, to my families friends and associates,
my prayers go out to you all.
VIKING: It amazes me that the people who have read all the posts
about the Viking area, still don't get it! It was never a public designated
area for anything. Not hunting, not fishing or even ATV riding. It is not
now, nor ever has been, a public recreation" area regardless of what
people were "told". It doesn't matter whether there was a gate or you
needed a key to get in. Hunting, fishing, etc. on other people's prop-
erty, without permission, is and always has been illegal. Because the
law wasn't enforced doesn't change this fact. If people in years past
bought land out here because they were told it was a public hunting
area and failed to check it out, it is their fault. If you used to hunt out
here and can't now, well consider yourself lucky you were able to
hunt illegally in the past and never got caught. No one's "rights" have
been lost orviolated now that the Sheriff is.concerned about bullets
going right past someone's head and into their home. Those rights
aren't being violated because they never existed ... plain and simple.

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Guest Commentary

Historic buy out
benefits Everglades
By Everglades Trust
Chairman Thorn
This week we became historic
witnesses to what once seemed
remote and unimaginable. Imme-
diately a few uninformed critics
began trying to spin our brightest
moment into something dark and
Those of us who have devoted
decades to reversing the devas-
tation visited upon the nation's
Everglades dared not even dream
any longer that this day might
Yet in the mind and heart of
every lover of the Everglades
this was the one great, perpetual
wish: To buy back as much land
as possible for the restoration of
the Everglades.
And then, incredibly, there we
stood Tuesday upon that very
land in the Everglades as Gov.
Charlie Crist,- U.S. Sugar CEO
Robert Buker and South Florida
Water Management District Vice
Chair Shannon A. Estenoz took
the stage.
In his clear and purposeful
way, the governor announced
the state's planned purchase of
187,000 acres of the most eco-
logically critical real estate in the
The purchase will directly ben-
efit millions of residents of South
Florida, providing clean water
through a replenished aquifer.
The purchase will benefit the
dwindling populations of birds,
endangered species, and all other
wildlife. And above all this pur-
chase will hasten the hour when
the toxic streams of farming-relat-
ed pollution that now course cor-
rosively through the Everglades'
delicate web of life will become
but a murky memory.
We were aware that discus-
sions leading up to the announce-
ment were underway as long ago
as November and so we are more
than a little troubled by the sug-
gestions this week by some se-
verely misinformed critics who
have pounced on the governor's
move as some sort of political
People should ignore the snip-
ing. First, it's important to allow
us a chance to enjoy this uniquely
nonpartisan moment. Secondly,
many supporters of the Ever-
glades have given political sup-

port and contributions to both
Republicans and Democrats.
The hundreds of environmen-
tal groups, attorneys, individual
citizens and government officials
who have contributed to this
moment -- especially our for-
ward looking South Florida Wa-
ter Management District lead by
Chairman Eric Buermann and Ex-
ecutive Director Carol Ann Wehle
-- deserve more than seeing their
hard work drowned out by the
fussing of political opportunists.
Those political long knives
who suggest the governor an-
nounced the land purchase this
week to improve an undeclared
shot at becoming a vice presiden-
tial running mate, or to somehow
deflect scrutiny of his current call
for a reasoned look at whether
our changing geopolitical world
requires reconsidering our state's
traditional opposition to drilling
for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, are in
need of a serious reality check.
The relevant context for the an-
nouncement is this. The conversa-
tion over the purchase of this land
began eight months ago -- long
before there was talk about Goy.
Crist joining a presidential ticket.
Additionally, the announcement
was made this week because it
was ripe for announcing. And
what better time than on the eve
of the second Florida Summit
on Global Climate Change when
most of the state's environmental
groups, the water management
district, and the state's news me-
dia are present? That's just smart
And in fairness, the same con-
text is needed when considering
the claim that the governor an-
nounced his Everglades home
run only to soften the effect of his
call for a reconsideration of sup-
port. for drilling. I firmly believe
the Everglades announcement
would have been made anyway --
regardless of any talk or absence
of talk about drilling. So could the
cynics remind me again what the
rational connection is? Here is
mine: coincidence of timing.
Sometimes when courageous
legacy building steps are taken by
a bold policy maker eager to deal
with the new realities in ways to
benefit every single one of us, the
graceful response is appreciation,
praise, or humble silence.
Thom Rumberger is Chairman
of the Everglades Trust and has
been defending the Everglades
tfor more than two decades.

Community Calendar

Monday, June 30
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at the Just
for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.

Tuesday, July 1
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the pub-
lic. For information, contact Chad Rucks at 863-763-8999.
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For information, call Mim Kapteina at

Community Events

Chamber of Commerce accepting applications
The Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the
Labor Day Festival. Call 863-763-6464 or stop by the office to reserve a
spot in the Labor Day Festival held in Flagler Park. Spaces are limited!
The dates this year for the festival are Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1, rain or
shine. Come join the fun.

Assistance available for summer camps
Attention parents! Financial assistance for summer camps is avail-
The Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeecho-
bee County has funding available for qualifying families for summer
camp for children ages 4-12 years old.
Don't let your child miss out on a fun-filled summer experience. For
more information, call 1-877-220-1223 ext 260.

Victory Baptist Church VBS
Victory Baptist Church will be hosting their vacation bible school
from July 20 through the 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 500 S.W. 9th
Street. The themed, "Friendship Trek, Jesus our forever friend", VBS
will be where kids will discover good news about Jesus at every camp
site. They will meet new friends at Friendship Summit, play fun Sur-
vivor games, experience Buddy Porcupine's Bible Challenge, enjoy
delicious backpack snacks, listen to campfire bible stories, create wil-
derness crafts, and much much more. All while learning about their
forever friend, Jesus Christ! For more information call Joy Jarriel at

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.

Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of
Eagles 4509 BBQ
The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of Eagles 4509 will be hosting a
barbeque on July 5 at 2 p.m. The dinner will include ribs and chicken
will all the trimmings. There will be a 50/50 drawing, a bottle of cheer
drawing all for a $7 donation. The proceeds will go to the building
fund. For more information call 863-467-1154.

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, storytellers, poets 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@rhainstreetokeecho- 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.

Parent Education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering par-
enting education classes for parents with children, 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
classes. You must attend all six classes to get a certificate of completion.
Day and evening classes are available. No child care will be available.
Call 863-462-5877 for registration.

Welcome House offers programs
Welcome House is now accepting applications. Membership is free, if
you are at least 18 years of age and have an emotional or psychiatric diag-
nosis, 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.

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Big Lake Signs and Window Tinting opens locally

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Big Lake Signs and Window
Tinting is now open to supply
your design, printing and even
window tinting needs.
Co-owners Matt Jones and Ja-
son Thomas opened their current
location, 238A U.S. 441 SE, down
by the lake in January.
Mr. Jones, the manager of the
business has lived in Okeechobee
for 21 years. His designer Bran-
non Sweatt was born in Okeecho-

bee and is the youngest designer
in Okeechobee who already has
almost seven years of experience
in his field,
The assistant manager of Big
Lake Signs and Window Tinting
is Mark Betscher.
This group of young men strive
to provide the true Okeechobee
customer service to an extreme
"Treat every single customer
like they're your only customer!"
That is their motto and how they

work everyday in their business
which provides all of your print-
ing needs.
They design logos, etc.; print
signs, banners and many other
media such as business cards,
magazines and mailers. Post
cards, tri-folds, door hangers, fly-
ers and more are available. Just
come talk to this group and tell
them what your needs are. They
also print on novelty items, do
screen printing, embroidery, ve-
hicle lettering and graphics.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Local business Big Lake Signs and Window Tinting is located at 238A U.S. 441 SE, by Lake

They also provide bulk mailing
for their printing products.
They provide Llimar preci-
sion cut window film tinting for
residential, commercial and auto-
I nobiles.
While their location is new,
they have been in operation for
three years and have worked with
local businesses at various levels
such as: Quality A/C; Ridge Run-

net Airboats, Inc.; Martin French
Flooring; Zachary Inc.; Ding a
Ling Deli; Mac Steel; Martin Ag
Construction; and the Seminole
Tribe of Florida.
Recently they also produced
The Battle of ()keechobee Feb. 2
and 3, program booklet for their
annual event.
According to their designer,
Mr. Sweatt they "take out time to

accommodate needs of custom-
ers individually."
Big Lake Signs Mon-
(lay thru Friday from 8 a.m. until 5
p.m. You can also visit their web-
site at or
call 863-357-0270 or fax 863-357-
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at



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Take precautions to help

prevent identity theft

By Tabitha Trent, Branch
Manager/Vice President
Riverside National Bank
Everywhere you turn these
days there are ads and offers for
identity theft protection. And no
wonder. Last year the Federal
Trade Commission (FTC) report-
ed that it received more com-
plaints of identity theft than any
other crime. The FTC estimates
there are 8.3 million identity theft
victims in the United States every
year, losing an average of $500.00
So, should you spend $12.00,
$15.00 or more per rnonth to pro-
tect yourself from the frustration
and financial loss associated with
this crime?
You can protect yourself.
Identity theft generally follows
some predictable patterns many
of which you can protect yourself
Pattern: Phishing
Protection: Although phish-
ing emails get a lot of publicity,
these scams can also take place
via email or in person. A simple
rule of thumb: no credible finan-
cial or government institution will
ever ask you for your personal in-
formation. If anyone claiming to
be a credit card company, bank,
or store asks for your account
number, password, social secu-
rity number, date of birth or other
personal information, just say no.
Pattern: Mail theft
Protection: You may be sur-
prised how much personal infor-
mation passes through the mail.
Credit card offers, bank state-
ments, and invoices all contain
potentially exploitable informa-
tion. To protect yourself, take
these steps:

There's a wonderful world around us. Full of
fascinating places. Interesting people. Amazing
cultures. Important challenges. But sadly, our
kids are not getting the chance to learn aboul
their world. When surveys show that half of
America's youth cannot locale India or Iraq on
a map, then we have to wonder what they do
know about their world. That's why we created
(/Worvde!', .1,r l' o. It's part of a free National
Geographic-led campaign to give your kids the
power of global knowledge. Go there today and
help them succeed tomorrow. Start with our free
parent and teacher action kits. And let your kids
begin the adventure of a lifetime.
It's a wonderful world. Exptorel

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Prevent dumpster diving
by shredding documents before
throwing them away. The same
goes for credit card offers and
courtesy checks.
Remove mail from your
mailbox promptly and have the
post office hold your mail when
you are out of town. Send mail
from a securemailbox.
Know when to expect
monthly financial statements and
follow up if they do not arrive.
Thieves steal statements or divert
them to other locations by filing
a change of address without your
knowledge. Make sure your bank
confirms all address changes be-
fore mailing your statement.
Pattern: Electronic theft
Protection: Methods for steal-
ing electronic data both online
and from your home computer
are growing increasingly sophis-
When shopping online
use protected sites and avoid easy
to guess passwords like your date
of birth or phone number.
Make sure no one over-
hears or sees you enter your
password, and never write your
password on your debit card or
Use firewalls and anti-
spyware and anti-virus software
to protect your computer.
If discarding an old com-
puter, hard drive, or discs use a
reputable program to completely
erase your personal information,
or break the drive with a ham-
Pattern: Physical theft
Protection: Yes, thieves still
steal wallets and purses. Think
twice about carrying sensitive
personal documents with you.
Leave social security cards, birth

certificates and passports at home
whenever possible. Use a locking
file for sensitive information es-
pecially if you have roommates
or service people around. Keep
a record of all ID and credit card
numbers along with the company
contact number so you can report
the loss quickly in the event of
Monitor your information and
set up protections.
Instead of paying for a credit
monitoring service, get in the
habit of checking your statements
carefully when you receive them
- or sign up to review them on-
line. You can also request a free
credit report at www.annualcred-
Work with your bank to set up
protocols for establishing your
identity before sharing informa-
tion, and be patient if your bank
asks you identifying questions -
they are trying to protect you.
If you think you may be a
victim of identity theft, contact
the Federal Trade Commission
Identity Theft Hotline at 1-877-ID-
THEFT (438-4338). You should
also contact the Fraud Depart-
ment of the major credit bureaus
and ask them to flag your file and
contact you regarding any future
Taking these precautions may
add some short-term inconve-
nience to your banking, but will
protect you and your good credit
in the end.
For questions on this topic or
more information about banking,
Tabitha Trent can be reached at
863.824.0400, Ext. 61713.

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Okeechobee, FL 34972
(863) 763-5807

To All My Valued Patients
I will be closing my private practice on July 15, 2008. It has been a
pleasure and privilege to take care of your podiatric needs for the
past 35 years here in Okeechobee.
If you have any questions or would like to pick up your records,
please call the office as soon as possible to make arrangements.
If there is no answer, please leave a message and your call will
be returned within the 24 hours.


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Tractor operator also wildlife expert _

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By Greg Martin
many, a hike through the Charlotte
Flatwoods, a Charlotte County na-
ture park located south of Punta
Gorda, may seem like just a walk
through a maze of grass, palmetto
fronds and pine trees.
But, to Nature Dave Mathews-
on, who knows the thousands
of plants, animals, insects and
birds that inhabit the woods by
both their common and scientific
names, such a hike is a fascinat-
ing journey through the wonders
of nature.
Saturday, Mathewson could
be foupd poking around a gopher
tortoise burrow with a golf-club-
like tool designed to trap rattle-
snakes by pressing their heads to
the ground.
He was hoping to capture an
eastern diamondback for his next
nature talk program, which he is
to give to a group of elementary
school children at a day camp at
the Charlotte County Historical
Center today.
To Mathewson, a gopher tor-
toise burrow isn't just a hole in
the side of an earthen mound. He
knows the burrows are also often
inhabited by freeloading snakes,
frogs, mice, foxes, skunks, opos-
sums, rabbits, quail, armadil-
los, burrowing owls, lizards and
Gopher tortoise burrows are
used by about 250 species of
animals,he says, as he peers into
one in the woods along Zemel

Today is Monday, June 30, the
182nd day of 2008. There are 184
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
One hundred years ago, on
June 30, 1908, the Tunguska Event
took place in Russia as an aster-
oid exploded above Siberia, leav-
ing 800 square miles of scorched
or blown-down trees.
On this date:
In 1859, French acrobat Blon-
din (born Jean Francois Gravelet)
walked a tightrope above the
gorge of Niagara Falls as thou-
7 sands of spectators watched.
In 1906, President Theodore
Roosevelt signed the Pure Food
and Drug Act and the Meat In-
spection Act.
In 1921, President Harding
nominated former President Taft
to be chief justice of the United
States, to succeed the late Edward
Douglass White.
In 1934, Adolf Hitler carried
out his "blood purge" of political

epalrtmentI since 199l. DLbI ie
doubles as the department's resi-
dent wildlife expert and nature
program leader.
When Mathewson isn't grad-
ing a trail with a tractor or build-
ing a picnic shelter for the county,
he might be found leading walks
and hayrides through the county's
four nature parks.
- He's also an artist who paints
portraits of many of the animals
he has observed. Currently, he's
working on a series depicting
exotic hummingbirds he photo-
graphed in a Caribbean jungle.
Nature, I just absolutely love it,
said Mathewson. I think about it, I
paint it, I work in it. I eat it, dream
it, talk about it. It's my life.
A showing of his artwork titled
Florida, Naturally! is currently on
display through July 26 at the His-
torical Center, 22959 Bayshore
Road, Charlotte Harbor.
Two weeks ago, Mathewson
showed a group of,kids a brown
widow spider and a corn snake as
part of their day camp program.
The kids were wide-eyed with
wonder when he told them he
had watched the spider use its
deadly venom to subdue a queen
wasp before devouring it.
The venom actually digests the
insides of its prey, he told them.
It was just like it sucked it through
a straw.
By the way, he added. This
spider's web is 18 times stronger
than steel, by weight.
He then showed the kids
the belly of the corn snake. The
checkerboard markings were
what led explorers in 1755 to

and military rivals in Germany in
what came to be known as "The
Night of the Long Knives."
In 1936, the novel "Gone with
the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell
was published in New York.
In 1958, the U.S. Senate passed
the Alaska statehood bill by a vote
of 64-20.
In 1963, Pope Paul VI was
crowned the 262nd head of the
Roman Catholic Church.
In 1971, a Soviet space mission
ended in tragedy when three cos-
monauts aboard Soyuz 11 were
found dead inside their spacecraft
after it had returned to Earth.
In 1985, 39 American hostag-
es from a hijacked TWA jetliner
were freed in Beirit after being
held 17 days.
In 1986, the Supreme Court,
in Bowers v. Hardwick, ruled 5-4
that states could outlaw homo-
sexual acts between consenting
adults. (However, the nation's
highest court effectively reversed
this'decision in 2003 in Lawrence

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attempts to capture it, but its teeth
are too close together to cause
harm when it bites, he said.
The day that I caught it, it bit
me about 10 times before I got
it into the sack, he told the chil-
After a lecture about how to
identify venomous snakes from
nonvenomous ones, Mathewson
tried to explain how he got his
vast knowledge.
I've been playing with stuff like
this since I was about half your
size, he told a young boy. I rassled
my first alligator when I was nine-
years old.
Since he was young, Mathew-
son said, he's been cataloging
the wildlife he's encountered in
a series of journals. Just in his
backyard alone, Mathewson has
recorded trees from 19 countries.
So far I have documented 51
different species of butterfly, he
said. Every time you're out in the
yard, observe what's growing out
The son of a retired state game
officer, Arcadia locksmith Dave
Mathewson Sr., and the grandson
of a commercial fisherman, Rob-
ert Jones Jr., Mathewson learned
his love of nature from his expo-
sure to the outdoors as he was
growing up in Punta Gorda and
At age five, Mathewson joined
his brother, uncle and grandfather
in building a small house out of
cypress logs and salvage materi-
als. It was built on pilings in the
Big Cypress Swamp, which is
now a federal wildlife preserve.

v. Texas).
Ten years ago: Linda Tripp,
whose tape-and-tell friendship
with Monica Lewinsky spurred
a White House crisis, spent six
hours testifying before a grand
jury in Washington. Officials con-
firmed that the previously uniden-
tified remains of a Vietnam War
serviceman buried in the Tomb
of the Unknowns at Arlington Na-
tional Cemetery were those of Air
Force pilot Michael J. Blassie.
Five years ago: Israeli and
Palestinian commanders shook
hands as bulldozers dismantled
checkpoints and Palestinian traf-
fic flowed freely in the Gaza Strip.
Comedian Buddy Hackett died in
Malibu, Calif., at age 78.
One year ago: Two men
rammed a jeep loaded with gaso-
line canisters into the main termi-
nal at Glasgow Airport in Scotland,
failing to set off an explosion, but
seriously burning one of suspects;
the attack came a day after two
cars rigged as bombs were found

the swamp buggy, it would take
you nine hours to go the 35 miles
to get there, he said. It was really
wild and thick and deep in water;
lots of cypress heads, pine pal-
metto, oak hammocks.
After graduating from Charlotte
High School in 1972, Mathewson
attended Southern Missionary
College, now Southern Adven-
tist University, near Chattanooga,
Tenn. Working off and on at a
nearby farm, he graduated eight
years later.
Mathewson excelled in art
and authored a popular column
for the student newspaper called
Woods Talk.
While working construction
jobs, Mathewson spent his free
time exploring several areas of
the Everglades, including Fak-
kahatchee Strand and the Loxa-
hatchee wilderness area.
Word got around that Mathew-
son was an expert panther track-
er. So, when National Geographic
came to the Everglades to film a
documentary about panthers, the
magazine hired Mathewson as its
Mathewson said he's seen
the reclusive animals some 400
I've seen four of them in the
last six months,he said.
Mathewson has also become
an herbalist, preparing natural
remedies from plants. A number
of the plants, such as pennyroyal,
which was used by the Calusa
Indians to ease the pain of flesh
wounds, are found growing wild
in local woods, he said.

in London.
Today's Birthdays: Singer
Lena Horne is 91. Actor Tony
Musante is 72., Actress Nancy
Dussault is 72. Singer Glenn Shor-
rock is 64. Jazz musician Stanley
Clarke is 57. Actor David Gar-
rison is 56. Rock musician Hal
Lindes (Dire Straits) is 55. Actor-
comedian David Alan Grier is 53.
Actor Vincent D'Onofrio is 49. Ac-
tress Deirdre Lovejoy is 46. Actor
Rupert Graves is 45. Boxer Mike
Tyson is 42. Rock musician Tom
Drummond (Better Than Ezra) is
39. Actor Brian Bloom is 38. Actor
Brian Vincent is 38. Actress Moni-
ca Potter is 37. Actor Rick Gonza-
lez is 29. Actress Lizzy Caplan is
26. Rhythm-and-blues singer Fan-
tasia ("American Idol") is 24.
Thought for Today: "Many
a man thinks he is patient when,
in reality, he is indifferent." B.C.
Forbes, Scottish journalist (1880-

Spotted Near Faith Farm Ministries on
Saturday, June 21st

.. Okeechobee _


Supports Fair Housing
The Okeechobee County Board of County
Commissioners has enacted a fair housing
ordinance that supports the state and federal
fair housing laws. It is illegal to discriminate
in the sale, lease, financing or advertising of
housing if the discrimination is based upon
race, color, religion, national origin, gender,
family status, disability or age. There are
some exceptions to these laws, such as
housing for elderly residents in certain
circumstances or religious organizations
providing housing for members.
If you believe you may have been illegally
discriminated against, or if you wish to receive
additional information, you may call the HUD
hotline, 1-800-440-8091. Information is also
available at
Equal Housing
Opportunity. "
It's Fair, It's Right, It's for Everyone EQUALHOUSING
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Bird illness spreads

in Florida Keys

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) Wild-
life officials are trying to figure out
what's causing dozens of doves
to die -in the Florida Keys.
Officials say the doves are lit-
erally falling out of trees, seeming
lethargic, wobbly and unable to
fly straight. They typically die a
half-hour to 24 hours later.
The director of the Marathon
Wild Bird Center and the Key

West Wildlife Center says she's
seen a dozen dead doves in Mara-
thon, and one to two dozen in
Key West.
The director of the Upper Keys
Wild Bird Center says several doz-
en doves have been found in the
Upper Keys as well.
A necropsy on one of the car-
casses is planned. Results are ex-
pected within days.

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Marketing tool to help increase agricultural exports

Kingdom is Europe's second-lead-
ing importer of Florida agricultural
products, with more than $41 mil-
lion worth of goods purchased in
2007. A new report released Fri-
day by Florida Agriculture Com-
missioner Charles H. Bronson
details Florida's ongoing efforts to
expand agricultural exports and
offers insight and information to
Florida growers wishing to enter
the important U.K. consumer mar-
The 40-page publication titled
"Exporting: United Kingdom Re-
port" provides an overview of
irade initiatives conducted in re-
cent years by the Florida Depart-

ment of Agriculture and Consumer
Services intended to boost Florida
agricultural exports to retailers
in England, Wales, Scotland and
Northern Ireland. The report pro-
vides geographic, economic and
demographic information about
the countries, as well as profiles of
the region's major grocery retailers
Waitrose, ASDA and SuperQuinn.
It also contains research findings
about U.K. consumers' attitudes
and habits in regard to buying im-
ported fruits and vegetables.
Marketing representatives from
the Florida Department of Agricul-
ture and Consumer Services, often
in conjunction with the U.S. South-
ern Trade Association and Florida

grower associations, partner with
U.K. grocery retailers in programs
that generate millions of dollars in
sales of Florida products. These
programs -- which include adver-
tising, onsite culinary demonstra-
tions and product samplings, and
recipe card distribution -- also help
build awareness of "Fresh from
Florida" products among U.K.
"Exports are extremely impor-
tant to Florida's economic well-
being," Mr. Bronson said. "In fact,
nearly one-fifth of our state's yearly
agricultural production is export-
ed. It is important that we con-
tinually work to maintain and ex-
pand overseas markets for Florida

agricultural products in this highly
competitive global economy."
The Florida Department of Ag-
riculture and Consumer Services
is statutorily mandated to provide
professional marketing services
to Florida's agricultural commu-
nity through its Division of Mar-
keting and Development. These
marketing promotions are part of
the ongoing "Fresh from Florida"
campaign, an identification and
promotional program designed to
boost the image of Florida agricul-
ture and increase sales by helping
consumers to easily identify Flor-
ida-grown agricultural products
at retail stores. The "Fresh from

People food is junk food to animals

Let's face it; most of us are
guilty of- offering a "treat" to a
wild animal. We think it is harm-
less and that we are helping the
animal. The Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion (FWC) says feeding wildlife
is not helping the animals and
may actually be harming them.,
In addition, it -is illegal in Florida
to feed sandhill cranes, bears,

raccoons, foxes, alligators and
Human food is not suitable for
wild animals and can cause seri-
ous health problems.
"Food being fed to animals
usually offers inadequate nutri-
tion," said Anni Mitchell, FWC
biologist in Lake City. "This
'people' food is 'junk' food for

Food meant for humans can
cause all kinds of problems for
animals. Some people food
contains many ingredients that
are toxic to animals of the furry
kind. Also, bones from chicken
can splinter and get stuck in the
throat or intestines, causing dam-
age to organs or death. Other
foods including nuts, potato peel-
ings, some vegetables and even

moldy, spoiled food can cause
mild digestive illnesses or vomit-
ing. While most cases are mild,
some may be fatal.
"If you are a wildlife lover
and get the urge to toss food to
an animal you think is hungry,
remember, your generous offer
may actually cause more harm
than good," Mitchell said.

Miami dad and daughter join the Army together

*soldier Gabrielle Alejandrino
slowly does a set of crunches up
and down on the damp soccer
field at Coral Springs Park, urged
on by her unusually close Army
"C'mon, baby, c'mon, baby,"
he says, his green eyes sparkling.
For some new Army recruits,
being called 'baby' would be de-
But for Gabrielle, who's 18,
it's comforting. Her Army buddy
is her dad, Mario, and she is his
only daughter.
In what Army recruiters de-
scribe as a rare move, the father
and daughter enlisted this month
to become first-time soldiers.
They are now heading out
together for basic training. To
prepare for combat drills, they
worked out at the park with other
recruits and soldiers.
"We're gone. We're out of
here," Mario Alejandrino, 36,
said. "A new life is ahead of us.
Luckily, we're doing it together."
As they ship out to begin their

five-year commitments, they are
leaving the rest of their family in
west Broward. Alejandrino's for-
mer wife Karina will take care of
their two sons, Gabrielle's broth-
ers Jonathan, 15, and Joseph, 12.
Karina Alejandrino said when
the two told her of their decision,
she was a little shocked and ap-
"We're going through a war
and you hear the worst, and
she's my baby girl," she said. But
their excitement, and the fact that
they're going together, reassured
her. "I trust him with her."
The Alejandrinos will train
together, first basic combat train-
ing at Fort Jackson, S.C., then
advanced training in satellite and
radio communications at Fort
Gordon, Ga.
After that, the Army decides
where they go and whether they
go together. They've discussed
the strong possibility of being
sent to fight in a war abroad.
"The war and leaving our fam-
ily, my kids, behind is the rough-
est part," Alejandrino said. "But

everything else, she's with me
and it's a career."
They have not broached the
subject of fighting in a war and
not coming back.
"We'll cross that bridge if we
get to it," he said.
Joining the Army has meant
major changes for both father
and daughter.
Alejandrino, whose parents
come from Puerto Rico and Co-
lombia, recently left his job at a
South Florida insurance agency.
Gabrielle, who was born in
California and grew up in South
Florida, just graduated from Coral
Springs Charter School.
Both have hopes of earning
a college degree through their
Army career, Alejandrino in the
biomedical engineering field and
Gabrielle in telecommunications.
Alejandrino talks about the
Army with a nearly giddy excite-
ment. College has long been a
goal, but one that seemed out of
Gabrielle had the idea first.
Last year, the she came home

from school wearing a military
beanie and talking "Army, Army,
Army," her dad said.
He was not thrilled. Plan A for
Gabrielle was college.
That plan didn't work out, as
she was wait-listed. Eager to start
college, she thought the Army
was the quickest route.
About the same time, Mario
Alejandrino started considering
the Army for himself.
He visited a recruiting office in
He called Gabrielle, and to-
gether they discussed it. "We
made all these plans and goals
right then and there," she said.

Florida" campaign also helps in- agriculture, visit www.Florida-Ag-
crease public awareness of the
importance of Florida's agriculture To obtain a copy of "Exporting:
industry, which has an estimated United Kingdom Report," contact
overall economic impact of more the Division of Marketing and De-
than $100 billion annually. For velopment at (850) 487-0785 ot
more information about Florida email


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USSSA Softball
Tournament "Sizzle
There will be a World Series
warm up hosted by Okeecho-
bee July 12 and 13. There will be
a barbeque pork dinner sold to
benefit the OCRA and the Chobee
Firestix. The tournament will be
held at the Sports Complex, high-
school and men's softball fields.
Any questions call Chad Douglass
at 863-697-8794.

Register for free
Sports Camp
July 14-17, from 6-8 p.m., the

ROC (Recreational Outreach Cen-
ter) will host a free sports camp.
The camp will be open to boys
and girls who have completed
kindergarten and/or all grades
through sixth. Sports offered in-
clude basketball, t-ball, flag foot-
ball, soccer, cheerleading, tennis,
fishing, golf and inline skating/
skateboarding. Register NOW
as some sports are limited at the
First Baptist Church office located
at 401 S.W Fourth Street or at
the ROC. For more information,
please call 863-763-2171.

Pop Warner sign ups
Pop Warner is accepting late

When you invest in either our 24 or 36-
month CD, we'll allow you to make a
one-time BUMP* up on your rate. Just
choose your term and should interest

sign ups until June 30, for ages 5
to 15 years. For more information
or to sign up call 863-634-3482.

TCBC meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge VFW
Post 9528 on the second Thursday
of each month. Tournaments are
held the following weekend. New
boaters and (especially) non-boat-
ers are welcome. For information
call Dave Stout at 863-467-2255.
The club also sponsors and
presents the annual Lee McAllister
Memorial Kid's Fishing Festival.

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photos upon request by scheduling an appointment at the Okeechobee News
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At the Movies
The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres Ill. Movie times for. Friday, June
27, through Thursday, July 3, 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
9 p.m.
Theatre II "Get Smart" (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 "Wall-E" (G) Showtimes: 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, Wednes-
day 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.
For information, call 863-763-7202.

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Announcements ..... '., .100
Employment ...... .... .200
Financial ............. 300
Services ........... .. .400
Merchandise .......... 500
Agriculture ........... 800
Rentals ...............900
Real Estate ..... .. .1000
Mobile Homes ... .,2000
Recreation ...... . .3000
Automobiles. ...... .. .4000
Public Notices . .5000

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


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

DONKEYS (2) Call to de-
scribe. (863)357-3225
LAB young, black, female,
sweet & gentle, nice family
dog, well trained, needs a
loving home. (863)763-2692

brown & white, in Okeecho-
bee, small, female, Childs
Spent (863)634-7515
'GOATS Lost behind Four
Seasons, 9 goats total,
brown, white & red. If found
please call (863)824-7593
Yellow Lab mix, white w/
cream ears, M, neutered, 45
lbs., Border Collie mix-black
w/ some white, F, 45 Ibs.
Spotted near Faith Farm Min-
istries on June 21,REWARD
Please call (772)344-5017

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

24/7 Mon-Sun., Will travel.
Call (863)467-4285

Florida Licensed
Only serious self-
motivated need
apply. Must Have
good driving record.
Weekly Travel
required in FL, Paid
travel time, overtime,
per diem. DFWP,
Benefits, 401K, Paid
Holiday. & Vacation
Wilson's Petroleum


Opportunities 305.
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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

Services i

Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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today's competitive
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Immokalee Bulletin, Okeechobee News, and The Sun
Ads will run in Wednesday daily editions and weekly publications.

or call

1-877-353-2424 1Tol Free)


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Glades Electric Cooperative is seeking a qualified
individual to take charge of its Okeechobee office.
We seek an individual with strong oral and written
communication skills, a professional demeanor
and must be comfortable with change in the work
environment. The successful candidate should
have 5-7 years experience in Customer Service in
a supervisory capacity. GEC offers an excellent
salary commensurate with experience and an out-
standing benefit package. Applications may be
obtained at any GEC Office. Resumes may be
e-mailed to:
or faxed to (863)946-6266

,GEC is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action
Employer and a Drug Free Workplace.


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

Appliances For Sale, Like new,
stove, washer & dryer, $300
for all, or will separate

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Church Pews- 15 in all, wood-
en with top and bottom
cushions, 12 ft. $2,250 or
will separate (863)610-0165
Golf Cart Club Car- White,
Single seat
$800 (863)697-3299
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Kegerator Haier Brewmaster
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condition, $500
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Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

Move In Special!
Y1 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

2/2-W&D-Lg. screened patio
2 util. rooms. $850 mo., 1st
last & sec. (863)634-3313
1BR, 1BA, pool, electric &
water incl. $750/mo. + sec.
dep. Call 863-824-0981

Houss- ent 930

2br/2ba w/ 1 car garage,
100x100 lot, Okeechobee
Hammock, $850 month 1st,
last & sec. (561)254-0478
3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$1050. Buy 130K Financing
Available (754)423-8202
2Ba, $1100 Mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461


Waterfront, LG. 3 BR, 2 BA
w/Sea Wall. $850/month.
2BR/1.5BA. fenced yard,
screened porch, $850 mo.
(863)634-9411 for details
Rent to Own 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
863-599-0156 or
Treas. Island 3036 SE 36th
St., 2BR/1.5BA, Ig. garage,
shed, on water, very clean,
$800 mo. (561)308-7566

Professional Office Space
for Lease Near Courthouse.
Immediate Occupancy.

2 roommates needed, male or
female, prefer non-smoker,
all utilities incl. $125 wk. Call
for details (863)228-1865

Mobile Homes

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

2br/2ba Great location on cul-
de-sac & main power grid,
W/D, dishwasher, new car-
pet $900/mo (863)610-7006
fully furn, long or short term
lease. June FREE. $775/mo.
+ sec. dep. (863)824-0981
OKEECHOBEE 3br, iba,
newly remodeled, $800/mo,
1st, last & sec. No Pets
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/lba,
$475/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets. Call
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 3br/lba
doublewide in town. No pets.
$675/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. Call (863)763-6232
on water, June FREE.
$750/mo. + sec. dep. Call

Mobile Home Angels
DISTRESS SALE- 2008, 70 x
14 Brand new Never lived in
Scott built mob home. Turn
Key on your land or our land,
$30,000 or best offer
863)673-6417 or

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Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles,'ATVs 3035

SCOOTER, '60 $4,000.


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

2000 Ford Explorer, power
windows, power locks, stan-
dard transmission, cold A/C,
$1,650 neg. (863)763-0859

FORD 150 PU '93 crew cab,
runs exc. & looks good, 3
tool boxes, 5sp. 4wd, a/c,
S6, $1800 (863)763-6216




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Highlands County HOME Consortium
Third Pronram Year Action Plan
The Heartland Rural HOME Consortium (which includes DeSoto, Glades,
Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee Counties, Florida) is applying
to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the
2008-2009 allocation under the HOME Investment Partnership Program
(HOME). This Third Program Year Action Plan is submitted under the
Consolidated Plan for 2006-2011.
The preliminary activities, with the estimated dollar amount for which the
Consortium is applying are:

Funding Source
HOME Investment Partnership
Amercan Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI)
Planned Activities
HOME Homeownership
ADDI & County Buy-In Homeownership
Community Housing Development Corporations (15%)

$ 598,098
$ 3.o96
5 301,195
S 448,489
$ 3,096
$ 89,766
S 59,844

Each County in the Consortia has adopted a single anti-displacement and
relocation plan before submission of the Consolidated Plan The Consortia
will assist displaced persons with grant funds, as indicated in the budget
and policy. A required 25% match will be covered by on-going activities in
each County under the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP)
Two Public Hearings to provide citizens an opportunity to comment on the
Third Program Year Action Plan will be held at 201 E Oak Street, Ste. 201,
Arcadia FL beginning at 11:00 a.m. on July 9, 2008, and at 165 S. Lee
Street LaBelle, FL, on July 9, 2008 beginning at 2:00 p.m.
A draft copy of the Annual Plan will be available for review at that time. A
final copy of the application will be made available at the Highlands County
Housing Department, 501 S. Commerce Avenue, Sebnng, FL 33870 on
July 30, 2008 Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to
4:00 p.m. The Third Progaram Year Action Plan will be submitted to U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on or before August
14, 2008. To obtain additional information concerning the application and
the Public Hearings contact Teresa Hofer, Acting Highlands County Housing
Director, at (863) 402-6717.
The public hearing is being conducted in a handicapped accessible loca-
tion. Any handicapped person requiring an interpreter for the hearing
impaired or the visually impaired should contact Teresa Hofer at least five
calendar days prior to the meeting and an interpreter will be provided. Any
non-English speaking person wishing to attend the public hearing should
also contact Teresa Hofer at (863) 402-6917 at least five calendar days
prior to the meeting and a language interpreter will be provided. To access
a Telecommunication Device for Deaf Persons (TDD) please call (800) 955-
8771. Any handicapped person requiring special accommodation at this
meeting should contact Teresa Hofer at (863) 402-6917 at least five calen-
dar days prior to the meeting.
Pursuant 91.225, the following certifications will be submitted to HUD with
the Third Prosram Year Action Plan. The certifications will be made avail-
able by Highlands County Housing Department and HUD for public inspec-
tion upon request. These certifications will be available on and after the
date of submission of the application and shall continue to be available for
a minimum period of five years.
1. Affirmatively furthering fair housings:
2. Anti-displacement and relocation plan;
3. Drug-free workplace;
4. Anti-lobbying;
5. Authonty of Jurisdiction:
6. Consistency with Plan.
7. Acquisition and Relocation, and
8. Section 3.

Notice of Special Meeting of the
Grove Community District
The Board of Supervisors of the Grove Community District will hold a Special Meet-
ing on July 8, 2008, at 2:00 p in. at the Indian River Community College, Dixon
Hendry Campus, Room 8B11, 2229 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flonda 34972.
The purpose of the Special Meeting is for the Board to consider any business to
propery come before the Board. The Agenda may be obtained during normal
business hours at the offices of the District Manager, at Special istnct Services,
Inc., 2501 Burns Road. Suite A, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33410, The meet-
ing is open to the public and will be conducted in accordance with the provisions
of Flonda.Law for Community Districts. Said meeting may be continued as found
necessary to a time and place specified on tie record
There may be occasions when one or nlore Supervisors will participate by tele-
phone; therefore, a speaker telephone will be present at the meeting location so
h '1. ... ,,,h, 'I,,'1 1..0n '.I ,, .,, .. ,,, I .
In accordance with tile provisions of the Americans will Disabilihes Act, any person
requiring special accommodations or ... ..:i. ,.,,' ,, ,,,, .i, ,ii ,, eet-
gI s should contact the District Ma .. i . ,, at
(877) 737-4922, at least seven (7) days pnor to the date of the meetings.
If any person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter con-
sidered at this Special Board Meeting, such person will need a record of the pro-
ceedings and such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made at his or her own expense and which record includes the
testimony and evidence on which the appeal is based

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Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee Counties, Inc.

SAnnual Report 2006-2007

"As the new Chairman
my focus is on
quality enhancement
for all programs,
along with seeking to
educate and inform
the community about
the benefits of Early

Filiberto Valero

FreeVoluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program
The VPK program was signed into law by Governor Jeb Bush. This voter initiative
created a program to prepare every Florida four-year-old for kindergarten and build a strong
foundation for their continued educational success. There is no charge for the program
and parents have the option of choosing the provider that meets their family's needs,
including private and public schools, private and faith-based child care centers and licensed
family child care homes. All VPK providers must meet high standards set by Florida law and
the curriculum must be developmentally appropriate, focus on early literacy skills and
prepare the child to be ready for kindergarten.

"/'7 am proud
to be a part
of this
and serve
as their

Nancy Kline

Current Coalition Board Members
The Coalition is comprised of board members with a broad
level of experience from the private sector, educational
institutions, faith-based organizations and government
agencies serving children and families.
Filiberto Valero Senior Vice President /
Bank Atlantic
Nan Griggs Griggs Industrial Park
Vern Melvin Director / Department of
Children & Families
Dr. Harry Lacava Superintendent / Indian
River County School
Gwenda Thompson Chair / Workforce
Development Board of the
Treasure Coast
Cheryl Dunn Environmental Manager, of
Indian River County Health
Sam Smith Provost / Indian River
Community College
Mark Chittum Administrator / Okeechobee,
Martin County Health Department
Anne Cahn Director / Head Start
Valerie Edwards Director / Roseland Christian
Sandy Akre Director / FDLRS/Galaxy
Cathleen Blair Executive Director / Children's
Services Council of
Okeechobee County
Sandy Perry President / Okeechobee
Health & Rehabilitation
Peter Engle President, Joy Communications
Paula Younger Certified Public Accountant
Dawn Hoover Classic Asphalt Sealing
Stripping, Inc.
Tom Peer DCF Licensing Supervisor
Malissa Morgan Owner/Director-A Child's
World Childcare
Children Served Birth 5
VPK & School Readiness
Fiscal ntr 2c0062007

SeoO Readina 1,971 8,188.647
PMe-Kmde~gart 1,506 4,451.837
Chifrten Semvd

Children Served by County

adin Rver 1.335
Martin 1,727
OCeechoble 943
Grand T 4.005


Additional Funding: Children's Service Council of Martin & Okeechobee Counties, United Way
of Indian River & Okeechobee Counties, Indian River Children's Advisory Council, Allegany
Franciscan Ministries, Inc., Bank Atlantic, and Private Donors

Early Learning Coalition Programs and Services are:

School Readiness Eligibility Determination
Utilizing guidelines established by the State of Florida, the Coalition's Eligibility Specialists interview clients to
determine their eligibility for programs and services. The consultation includes explaining programs and discussing the
needs, preferences and income of the family. This personalized consultation also allows the Specialist to present other
services available in the community that may assist the family.
By the end of the consultation the family will have a clear understanding of their eligibility for programs and services
offered by the coalition and the financial assistance that can be provided for child care and educational programs.
Parent Involvement & Skill Building
Support and skill-building opportunities are offered to parents through the providers' parent involvement and
education programs, along with direct training the Coalition delivers to parents.

Child Assessments & Screenings
'Age-appropriate screenings of children's health and development are administered to identify areas in need of further
evaluation and referral. Parents are partners in this process as the child's progress in the program is assessed upon
entry and at the time of exit. More than 4,460 screenings and assessments were completed during the past year.
Provider Training & Technical Assistance
The Coalition's focus on training is designed to increase the knowledge, skills, and improve the quality
of child care. Over 75 training sessions were held during the past year for more than 1,230 participants.
Infant/Toddler Services
Providers caring for infants and toddlers received on-site, specialized training and assistance in room arrangement,
health and safety issues, child growth and development, and adult/child interaction. Approximately 40 centers
are visited per month and 25 training sessions were held for 275 participants. The individual attention provided
by the Coalition has resulted in numerous success stories, an increase in teacher's confidence, and the quality
of the classroom experience has been enhanced.
Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R)
Child Care Resource & Referral links parents to child care providers and other agencies in the community, by
referring families to a database of all legally operating child care providers according to family needs, circumstances
and preferences. Currently, the Coalition refers to over 160 child care centers and family childcare homes in the
three counties, in addition to Head Start, Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA), Community Child
Care Resources (CCCR), After school, Summer Camps, and Au-Pair programs. During the year, the Resource
& Referral Specialists in the threecounties assisted over 1,200 families in making the best choice of early learning
programs by providing comprehensive information on regulations and quality indicators. Additionally, over 2,800
clients were referred to other agencies and family support services in the community.
Quality Initiatives
Using mini-grants from the community, the Coalition was able to provide educational funding for provider teachers
to take courses and attend the Treasure Coast Children's regional conference.
Infant/Toddler mini-grants were used to distribute materials to 94 providers to enhance their training materials and
improve their assessment scores from the previous year.
Fast Facts
* The School Readiness program served 1,335 children in Martin county, 1,727 children in Indian River county and
943 children in Okeechobee county, for a total of 4,005 children served at a cost of approximately $4,150 per child
1,889 children attended the fall VPK program and 117 children attended the summer sessin at a cost of $2,956 per child
The Coalition conducted over 75 training sessions for child care providers
Over 1,200 families were assisted through the Resource & Referral program and more than 2,800 clients were
referred to other agencies and family support services

Ensure quality resources and environments that
prepare all children for a successful
educational experience.

Mission Statement
Provide quality opportunities for social, physical,
emotional, and intellectual development of children,
by partnering with parents, providers,
and communities.

"This has been
a very exciting
year for our
Coalition and I
am honored to
have lead the
as we served
children and
families in
our three
county region."

Gerald T. Roden
Outgoing Chairman 2005-2007

Thank you for your gift in any amount. Your gift not only brings hope to others, but it also enriches your own life.
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