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Vol. 99 No. 188 Sunday, July 6, 2008
Grief sharing for
parents of deceased
Have you had a recent or
past death of a child? A support
group is forming for parents
who have had a child precede
them in death. The parents to
meet and talk about their feel-
ings, emotions and their life go-
ing forward without their child.
If you are interested please
com. This support group would
be for parents only.
CCC sponsors back
to school supply
The Shared Services Net-
works Community Collabora-
tive Council is sponsoring its
annual Back to School Supply
Drive and you can help. School
supplies will be given to needy
and foster children in Okeecho-
bee before the new school year
starts. Help these children start
the first day of school with new
supplies just like everyone else.
My Aunts House will distribute
the items again this year. Item
suggestions are: pencils, pens,
markers, colored pencils, cray-
ons, highlighters, notebook
paper, construction paper, fold-
ers, binders, backpacks, glue,
scissors, rulers, erasers, index
cards and calculators. Supplies
may be brought to the Com-
munity Collaborative Coun-
cil during the July meeting.
Okeechobee County School
Board Office, 700 S.W. Seconfg
Ave., Room 301.. For more in-
formation call Sharon Vinson
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: None
Last Year: 8.83 feet
S red By-
Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level
Community Events..................... 6
O pinion.................................... 4
Speak Out ......................... .... 4
TV ........................................... 7
W eather..................................... 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
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Independence Day: Fireworks show
' . Okeechobee NewsKatrina Elsken
Okeechobee community members gathered at the Agri-Civic Center on Friday evening
for the community fireworks show, sponsored by the Okeechobee Jaycees. Some sat
on top of cars or trucks for an unobstructed view.
Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
The Okeechobee Community Fireworks show attracted local families who enjoyed the color-
ful 15 minute extravaganza.
Celebration lights up the night
Okeechobee residents gath-
ered at the Agri-Civic Center
Friday to celebrate the Fourth
of July with the annual fire-
works show, sponsored by the
The gates to the Agri-Civic
Center opened at 7, and al-
though the show was not
scheduled to start until 9 p.m.,
the parking lot started to fill up.
A steady stream of cars contin-
ued right up to the show, pack-
ing the parking lot with thou-
sandr of folks eager to see the
Some spectators brought
lawn chairs, Others backed in
their SUVs. Some kids climbed
on top of cars. A few put pil-
lows and blanklets in the bed of
a pickup truck and settled in.
Many brought their own
refreshments or visited the
concession stand set up by the
Vendors walking through
the crowd hawked glow-in-the-
Although the "no personal
fireworks" rules had been an-
nounced weeks before the
show, and posted clearly at the
entrance, a few sparklers could
be seenin the crowd. Deputies
patrolling the area issued re-
minders when necessary.
While waiting for the show
to start, the crowd did get to
watch fireworks being shot from
See Fireworks- Page 2
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is still low
Recent rains help
ease water short-
age, but conserva-
tion still needed.
By Pete Gawda
Above average rainfall is
helping to ease drought condi-
tions, but water restrictions will
probably be around for a while
As of July 3 the level of Lake
Okeechobee was 9.85. Even
though that is about four feet
below the average for this time
of year, it is better than last years
record low. On July 3,2007 Lake
Okeechobee hit a record low of
As of July 3, Lake Okeecho-
bee has been below 11 feet
for 478 consecutive days, more
than twice as long as any other
dry spell since 1931.
On July 3, 2006 the lake was
at 12.06 and on that date in 2005
the lake stood at 16.02.
South Florida Water Man-
agement District (SFWMD) an-
nounced that over the 16 county
area average rainfall for June
was 8.3 inches, about average
for that month. Locally we came
out better. The normal rainfall
lor June in Okeechobee is 6.16
inches. According to Okeecho-
bee County Airport Manager
V.nhon Gray, we had 10.11
inches of rain in June. During
the month of June measurable
rain on 17 days; There were
three major rainfalls - June 2,
1.35 inches, June 18, 2.56 inch-
es and June 25. 2.29 inches.
It looks like we are now in
the traditional summer pattern
of afternoon thundershowers.
The month of July got off to a
good start rain wise in Okeecho-
bee. On that date 3.16 inches of
rain fell at the airport. In the 20
minutes between 4:25 and 4:45
p.m. the airport recorded 1.75
inches of rain from a thunder-
storm with a maximum wind of
35 miles per hour.
As a means of water conser-
vation SFWMD is working on
rules for year-round landscape
Currently residents of .this
area are limited to watering their
lawns once a week. Odd num-
ber street addresses can water
on Monday and even number
addresses can water on Thurs-
days. On both days the hoursTor
watering are either between 4
and 8 a.m. or 4 and 8 p.m. Law
enforcement and code enforce-
ment officials are authorized to
issue citations for violators.
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Issues Forum at www.newszap.
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On June 30, the Ladies Aux-
iliary to VFW Post 4423 had the
honor of celebrating their ad-
opted soldier SSG Greg Maerki,
while he was home on leave.
SSG Maerki is Platoon. Ser-
geant for 38 soldiers stationed
in Baghdad. He has served in
the Army for 17 years and will
retire in three years.
He was married on June 26,
to Melanie, a Specialist in the
Army; she is stationed at Fort
At a special ceremony at
the VFW Post, SSG Maerki
was introduced and presented
a membership to VFW North
Post 4423 by Commander Ron
Sheriff Paul May spoke on
behalf of the Sheriff's Depart-
ment as the sergeant is the son
of Deputy Bill Maerki.
The program was a joint ef-
fort to pay tribute to the service
member for the sacrifices he is
making for his country.
The Auxiliary was also hon-
ored to have the District Com-
mander, Ron Stein and the La-
dies Auxiliary District President,
Phyllis Fish present.
Sheriff May also mentioned
1st Sgt. Marty Faulker, a detec-
tive in the Sheriff's Department
who is stationed in Iraq and
another adopted soldier for the
Ladies Auxiliary. His wife, Jan
Faulkner, was present.
All of the people in atten-
dance tried very hard to spend a
few quality moments with SSG
Maerki to let him know how
See Soldier - Page 2
VFW Post 4423 Ladies Auxiliary honored SSG Greg Mae-
rki with a special celebration at the Post.
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Fireworks nd "ahhed" at the pretty colors.
By 9:25 p.m., the parking lot lights
Continued From Page 1 were back on and cars lined up for
the slow departure from the park-
At 9 p.m., the parking lot lights ing lot. The long driveway between
went out leaving the crowd in dark- the parkling lot and the State Road
ness. Within minutes'the fireworks 710 exit, and deputies directing
show lit up the night and for about traffic at the intersection, helped
15 minutes, spectators "oohed" keep traffic flowing smoothly.
Continued From Page 1
much they appreciated him and
all the military personnel who are
making great sacrifices. The eve-
ning became somber when it was
time to say goodbye, but he was
sent on his journey with love and
put newborn in
-- '.-- .MiW LAUDERDALE LAKES (AP)
Submitted photos/FW - A 30-year-old Jamaican wom-
VFW Post 4423 Commander Ron Price was present to honor an faces an attempted murder
SSG Greg Maerki. charge in South Florida after al-
legedly placing her newborn
..-! ..-- daughter in a garbage bag.
The woman had been staying
with a Lauderdale Lakes couple.
According to a Broward County
sheriff's report, the couple re-
turned home June 14 and found
a blood trail and heard a baby
cry. The woman reportedly stood
in a doorway holding a garbage
, .l . bag.' Deputies say she initially
denied giving birth, then said the
baby was in the trash-filled bag.
The couple called 911.
Detectives interviewed the
woman Tuesday. The sheriff's of-
fice says she confessed to placing
the baby in the bag.
Officials say the baby is in
The mother was being held
Wednesday without bond, Au-
thorities also placed an immigra-
tion hold on her because she was
in the U.S. illegally.
it Paul May thanked SSG Greg Maerki for his service to our country.
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SGG Greg Maerki and dad Bill Maerki enjoyed the party at VFW Post 4423.
Va. fort's future in focus as Army plans pullout
.By Steve Szkotak
Associated Press Writer .
Hampton, Va. (AP) - Fort
Monroe a Union oasis where
fugitive slaves flocked during the
Civil War returns to Virginia's
control when the Army pulls out
in 2011, and historians are trying
to protect the future of the "Free-
Many slave descendants trace
the arrival of slavery in the U.S.
in 1619 to Old Point Comfort, the
hatchet-shaped peninsula where
Fort Monroe sits, and where slav-
ery would be ushered into its final
stages nearly 2 centuries later.
"When you look at how im-
:migrants went to Ellis Island, our
,people couldn't.do this," said Ger-
�ri L. Hollins, who counts a fugitive
'slave among her ancestors. "This
is our Ellis Island."
Supporters want to see the fort
become a national park. A state-
appointed authority presented
a reuse plan to Gov. Timothy M.
Kaine on Monday that proposes
preservation and strict limits on
The panel is determining how
best to tell the fort's history, and
descendants of slaves who found While the Defense Depart- sustainable partner" to help man-
their freedom there are hopeful ment will review proposals for age, maintain and operate it once
their story will be featured. Fort Monroe's future, Kaine or his the military moves on.
It was at Fort Monroe that the successor will have the final say. H.O. Malone, the retired chief
.stage would be set for slavery's Kaine spokesman Gordon Hickey historian at Fort Monroe who lived
demise in May 1861, two years said the governor expects any on the base, now heads Citizens
before Abraham Lincoln issued plans to honor the history of Fort for a Fort Monroe National Park.
the Emancipation Proclamation. Monroe, keep it free and open to .He said the group is not deterred
A Union commander declared the public and make it economi- by the conclusions of the Park
that three fugitive slaves there call sound. Service study, which he said has
were contraband "war spoils" ef- Citizens for a Fort Monroe Na- been misinterpreted.
fectively freeing them. tional Park envision an economi- "They haven't said no. First of
The gesture sent a flood of cally sustainable national park all, what they said is, 'Yes, Fort
slaves to Fort Monroe in what similar to the Presidio, the former Monroe does measure up to be a
some historians say is one-of the Army base in San Francisco that national park,'" he said.
most powerful events of the Civil is now part of the Golden Gate Malone's group anticipates
War. National Recreation ,Area. They tourism dollars and limited leasing
"Slaves did not stand around in are fearful the state, which has of base buildings would generate
the fields singing spirituals wait- struggled to address growing the revenue needed to shore up
ing for the Union Army to save transportation demands, will be National Park Service resources.
them," said Ervin L. Jordan Jr., financially unable to sustain the William A. Armbruster, ex-
a University of Virginia research National Historic Landmark. ecutive director of the authority
archivist and Civil War historian. The six-sided, 63-acre fortress studying the base's future, said
"Slaves knew what freedom was, sealed by 1.3 miles of granite is historical purists should not fear
and they knew how to get it." the last active moated fort in the limited development, provided it
The fate of the "Gibraltar of the U.S. The property includes 264 is consistent with the history of
Chesapeake," the fort's nickname government buildings and hous- the fort. He said large-scale devel-
during 35 years as the home of ing, and a majority of the build- opment is not likely.
the Army's Training and Doctrine ings are deemed historic. "It is a treasure that we want
Command, is being pieced to- A Park Service study issued in to protect," Armbruster said of
gether by the state-appointed Fort May concluded that while Fort the fort. "We want future genera-
Monroe Federal Area Develop- Monroe is.a national treasure, the' tions to say, 'Thank God, we got
ment Authority. service would need a "strong and it right.'
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Get ready, get
By Angela Sachson
IFAS Extension Service
As we celebrate our nation's
beginnings, it is also time to think
ahead to August and Septem-
ber. Those are the months when
vegetable gardens are planted in
South Florida. Whether you are
an experienced veggie grower or
are thinking about raising your
own crops for the first time, now
is the time for choosing a place
to grow vegetables and getting it
ready to plant.
That's especially true if you
decide to use an excellent meth-
od of garden preparation called
Solarization. Solarization is just a
fancy word for putting clear plas-
tic on your moist garden site and
letting the sun bake out all of the
weed seeds, bad bugs and nema-
todes. It takes several weeks, so
choose your garden spot and
heat it up. When you are ready to
do it, check our website or call or
come by the Extension office. We
Choosing where- to plant is
also important. A vegetable gar-
den needs at least six hours of
sun every day. Get out your com-
pass and site your plot with the
long side pointing north-south.
Make sure you can get to it with
a source of water. And remem-
ber-you can also locate vegeta-
bles in your sunny flower beds-
some, like okra and eggplant are
A paper plan is a good idea,
using information about spacing
from seed packets. Oh, and don't
plant vegetables you hate to eat.
This year I plan to raise lots of
broccoli and not so many green
Another really important as-
pect of vegetable gardening is the
soil. If you have a chance it is a
great idea to add organic materi-
als to our sandy soil. This should
be done soon. You may not
have compost, but you can pur-
chase both compost and manure
where you buy plants and seeds.
And start a compost pile now
for next year. See articles on our
website about composting. Many
experienced gardeners believe it
takes several years to create really
rich garden soil so be patient. In
the meantime you will probably
want to use commercial fertil-
izer. The label will tell you how
to apply before, during, and after
When planting time comes-
August for many. crops-you
are ready to purchase seeds and
plants. This is fun. Buy disease- just think about
free bedding plants and also look ripened tomatoE
for disease resistant varieties. The that is picked an
University of Florida has informa- a truck on the hi
tion about which varieties grow pare to the tastE
well in south Florida so feel free pick fresh from
to consult us. We have lists. Plant And if you
seeds according to the directions help, please (
on the packets and water the way ing our series c
they tell you to. Planting depth is growing your
important for seedlings to thrive, begin Tuesday,.
Here is a tomato tip: remove low- tinue every-oth
er leaves on the seedling's stem three sessions.
and plant the stem also. This cre- free, hands-on \
ates a very healthy root system, you ready to pr
And speaking of disease, in great produce. I
our climate fungus disease is a lot of space w
common. The other key practice how to garden i]
is to watch your watering. And if 883-763-6469 to
need be, fungicides are available If you need
to help prevent some vegetable mation on vege
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so good in a vegetable garden. Okeechobee
If you have solarized your plot, stop by our office
your weed, nematode and fun- Nbrth in Okeec
gus problems will be less. our Okeechobe
Insects need to be managed Gardeners from
too, and the secret is to "scout" Tuesday afterno(
your crops. That means inspect
your plants carefully twice a week
and treat only affected plants.
We have another list of Florida
Friendly pest treatments which
are biological products.
If this sounds like a lot of work
the taste of vine-
es. No vegetable
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would like more
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July 8, and con-
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AP PHOTO/Tallahassee Democrat, Bill Cotterell
In this March 4, 2008 photo, Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida
�l6dlds hands with Cariel PRBVtri-at ' legislative reception, at
the Governor's Mansion in TallahaSsee, Fla. Crist, 51, asked
Carole Rome to marry him Thursday morning, July 3, 2008 at
his St. Petersburg apartment, giving her a blue sapphire ring
surrounded by diamonds. She immediately said yes.
Jacob Marshall Farmer'
Jacob Marshall Farmer was
born on June.15, 2008 at 1:26
p.m. in the Indian River Medical
He weighed 9 lbs 1 oz and
measured 21 2/3 inches. Jacob
is the son of Royce and Dionna
Farmer of Sebastian.
Maternal grandparents are
Ellen and Lew Williams of
Okeechobee and Tommy and
Rose Bunyard of Palm Coast.
is Ruth Bunyard of Okeechobee.
Paternal grandparents are Lucille
and the late Royce Farmer, Sr. of
Jacob was welcomed home
by his big sister, Hannah.
TALLAHASSEE (AP) - Gov.
Charlie Crist won't be sleeping
alone in the governor's mansion
much longer - he is engaged to
a woman he met in.New York City
last September who quickly cap-
tured his heart.
Crist, 51, asked Carole Rome
to marry him Thursday morning
at his St. Petersburg apartment,
giving her a blue sapphire ring
surrounded by diamonds. She im-
mediately said yes.
"I'm very happy and couldn't
be more pleased. What a great
way to celebrate America's birth-
day," said Gov. Crist, who has been
mentioned as a potential running
.mate for Republican presidential
candidate John McCairn
Ms Rorre, 3,, Is the presi-
dent of Franco American Novelty
Co., her family's New York-area
Halloween costume company,
though she stopped managing its
daily business when she moved
to Fisher Island near Miami in
2006. Crist said they met at a din-
ner where he and friends were
Asked what made him fall in
love, Crist said, "Her beautiful
smile, her sweetness, her bril-
liance - all of it."
Crist was briefly married while
in college, but was divorced in
less than a year. That experience
contributed to the long wait be-
"It made me be very selective,
candidly. Those things tend to
make you gun-shy a. little bit, but
I'm so blessed to have found such
a wonderful woman," Crist said.
"It sure is great to find the right
The couple is discussing a fall
ceremony. Crist said the wed-
ding will likely be a more intimate
gathering in -St. Petersburg fol-
lowed by a larger reception at the
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MYSPACE: If you really want to know the other factors influencing
what happened at Nubbin Slough regarding the swim with the alliga-
tors, ask a teenager; check the comments on MySpace.
SENSE: I don't know much about the Skunk Ape, but I suspect he
is smart enough not to swim with the alligators.
BE PREPARED: This is Florida. We should always be prepared to
take care of ourselves and our neighbors and not expect the govern-
ment to be there at the snap of a finger afterwards. Start with baby
steps -- a few days a week turn off the A.C. - get your body acclimated
to being hot so you can go through the no air conditioning period
after the storm. I think that's about the biggest beef people have -- be-
ing hot. Start making stews and soups etc. and freeze them for just in
case. You can also reheat on the grill.
HURRICANES: When Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne came
through, I had been in my new mobile on the Prairie for less than
a year. My husband had just died the month before. My son and his
kids were with me, and after listening to all the reports we decided to
evacuate for Frances. Came home to no damage. Hmmm. Then along
comes Jeanne. We stayed and rode it out. Kind of scary, but again, no
major damage. Lost some skirting, a few pieces of siding, a pig got
under the mobile and laid on the duct work, had to replace that, and
had to replace the water conditioner. We were only without power for
a couple of days. Although we did have a lot of standing water, hope-
fully the new drainage work will take care.of that in the future. Again,
when Wilma came through, we stayed. Only had a few fence panels
blow down. I have a huge generator that sits under the kitchen win-
dow and a couple of really good extension cords. I can run the fridge,
microwave, a light, the window a/c, tv, computer and pretty much
anything else. Looking at the damage on the coast, I'm glad we were
out here. And for the uneducated who still think mobiles are trailers,
I'll put my mobile up against a stick built house anytime. And, as for
thieves...no problems. I guess we're too far out for people to bother
after a storm and gas is in short supply.
GENERATORS: After living through Hurricanes Frances and
Jeanne and Wilma, I invested in a good generator to be prepared for
hurricane season: But,the concern I have now is the cost of gasoline.
At $4 a gallon, it will be pretty expensive to run a generator. I think
while people here know more about hurricanes now, many will still
be in trouble because they just can't afford to prepare the way they
would like to. They don't have the money to buy gasoline arid food'
HIURRICANES: If a hurricane is more than a Category,3, all you
will see is my dust. When Wilma went through we lost a few shingles
and a storm door along with our skirting. I have a modular. I sat and
watched my chandelier over my dining room table swing, that was a
little unnerving. After all was over, we went and checked on the peo-
ple around us to make sure they didn't need any help. This year, get
ready because with the economy the way it is, if we have a hurricane,
there will be a lot of stealing going on. Bolt down your generator to a
concrete slab for safety.
STORMS: My main concern for Okeechobee is the dike, and how
city officials handle things. When Andrew hit Homestead, they made
the city hall the point of information/communication. They had the
people from the base come out and set up satellite phones and com-
puters. Here in Okeechobee during all the storms, our emergency
management system had nothing.set up for the community. I went
in to find out some information and was basically told that nothing
was being done for the citizens of Okeechobee. The Red Cross is a life
saver during storms. You really get to see where your dollars and do-
nations are going after a storm. The Red Cross basically fed the entire
city of Homestead for months and months after Andrew.
PREPARE: Here's a hurricane tip that might help some people. All
of those important papers -- scan them, then put the files on a flash
drive attached to your key chain or a chain around your neck. Then
make a second back-up on a cd and if you have a safe deposit box,'
put it in there. If your papers ever get lost, burnt or water logged, you
still have the copies. I also put the major family photos on a disc, you
know, kids school pictures, stuff like that. If I evacuate or my house
gets destroyed, I still have the photos and papers.
PREDICTION: Big Bertha will come close enough to the Florida
East Coast to panic everyone and I predict that our new Home Depot
will make its sales quota for the month.
SKUNK APE SIGHTING: This is in reference to the possible skunk
ape sighting. I know someone who lives in the Lazy 7 area, and has
been hearing strange noises, and also bushes crashing around their
property. They also have been noticing their animals acting strange-
ly. It could be a bear but who knows. Could you describe what you
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Reflections from the Pulpit
Rev. John R. Hodge
Pastor, Abundant Blessings
Assembly of God
Are you ready?
In Matthew 24:44 in the Bible
Jesus tells us "...Therefore be ye
also ready for in such an hour ye
think not, the Son of man (Christ)
The question you the reader
need to ask yourself today is: "Are
you ready to meet God Almighty
in heaven? Are you born again
(saved) and have you lived a life-
style that is acceptable to inherit
God's -Eternal Kingdom?" Even
though I believe that a person
may find an altar, and sincerely
ask for forgiveness for their sins,
and for Jesus to come into their
life. I also believe this born again
experience must be accompa-
nied by a lifestyle of moral Chris-
In the Bible Galatians 5:19-21
says: "Now the works of the flesh
are manifest; which are these;
adultery, fornication (pre-marital
sex), uncleanness, lasciviousness
(sexual immorality, homosexual-
ity, lesbianism), idolatry (wor-
shipping other gods), witchcraft,
hatred, variance (contentions),
emulations (jealousies), wrath,
strife, seditions, (dissensions),
heresies, (false doctrine),, envy-
ings, murders (& suicides), drunk-
enness, revelings and such like
of which I tell you...they that do
such things shall NOT inherit the
Kingdom of God." We see these
lifestyles all around us everyday.
Either people do not know these
things are wrong, or' don't want
to know, or they choose to live
this way. However, God's Word
exclaims that those who practice
these lifestyles will not inherit His
As a Minister of the Gospel, my
job is not to judge or condemn
anyone, but my job is to proclaim
the truth of God's Word (The Holy
Bible). I believe every person
needs to know and understand
the truth, and make a decision on
their own to accept Jesus as Lord.
Yes! The choice is yours whether
or not you go to heaven. In the
Bible, Joshua says "...choose this
day whom ye will serve... " First,
it is your decision to accept Christ
as your savior. Second, if you do
choose Him as your Lord, under-
stand there is a right way to live.
Thirdly, that lifestyle is found in
the Bible. We find this lifestyle
written in the book of Galatians
as well. It is called the fruit of His
Spirit. They are: "Love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness,
gentleness, faith, and self-control.
The Bible also teaches that I am to
"...Love my neighbor as myself..."
in doing that is why I am writing
this article, so that you, the reader,
be not deceived and miss out on
what God is preparing for those
who love Him.
In conclusion, we do not
know the day or the hour Jesus
will return, that is why it is impor-
tant to always be ready and main-
tain your life in Christ. For this
minister, my hope is that you, the
reader, will understand that this
message is a message of love. For
my desire is the'same as Christ's,
that none should perish, but that
all may have eternal life. Remem-
ber this, life is but a vapor here for
a moment and gone the next, but
eternity is forever.
May we all be joined together
in heaven one day. God bless
Sunday, July 6
AA. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m.
at the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p:m. atnthe' irstvbUnited
Methodist Church, 200:N.W. second St This will.be an openTmeeting.
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N.W 23rd Lane at 7 p.m. For information,
contact Robert Rosada at 863-467-5440.
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.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone, who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at the
Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.
Tuesday, July 8
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is for women who are
hurting, homeless or been abused. They meet on the first and third
Tuesday of every month from noon until 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church,
401 S.W Fourth St., and on the second and fourth Tuesday of every
month from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave.
For more information call -Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-357-
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets the second
Tuesday of the month, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, lunch is provided. For information contact Jim Vensel at 863-
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, at Maureen Budjinski 863-484-0110.
NewA.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.
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at the
Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone
currently home schooling or interested in home schooling is welcome..
For information, call Lydia Hall 863-357-6729 or Betty Perera 863-467-
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W. Third St., at-8 p.m.
AA Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone
is welcome. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-
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 863-763-6510.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
is invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall at 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church,, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
AAA. meeting will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets every second
Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church. For
information contact Jim Vensel at 863-697-1792.
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Confirmed cases of EEE on the rise Market Report
TALLAHASSEE - Florida Ag-
riculture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son is urging horse owners to get
their animals vaccinated as the
number of Eastern Equine En-
cephalitis (EEE) cases is on the
As of June 30, there are four
times as .many EEE cases com-
pared to the same time period
during the two previous years.
There have been 45 confirmed
cases covering 21 counties as far
south as Palm Beach County. In
the first six months of 2007, there
were 11 cases and the same num-
ber in 2006.
"We have had two relatively
quiet years in a row and I am con-
cerned that horse owners may get
complacent and delay having their
animals properly vaccinated," Mr.
Bronson said. "But with the rainy
season starting to resume, we are
likely to see a lot more mosqui-
toes than we have during the two
years of drought."
EEE is a viral disease that af-
fects the central nervous system
and is transmitted to horses by
infected mosquitoes. Signs of
the virus include fever, listless-
ness, stumbling, circling, coma
and usually death. The disease
is fatal in horses in 90 percent of
the cases. The first case of West
Nile Virus (WNV) has also been
detected in a horse in Madison
Mr. Bronson said the major-
ity of cases of EEE and WNV can
be prevented through proper
vaccinations against mosquito-
borne illnesses and he is remind-
ing horse owners that now is the
time to take action. Horse own-
ers are urged to check with their
veterinarian to make sure their
animals have received current
vaccinations and booster shots
against WNV and EEE, and that
these shots are kept up to date.
There are ongoing efforts to keep
the mosquito populations down
but, because there is no foolproof
method to prevent the diseases,
vaccinations are critical.
Mr. Bronson said EEE can also
be contracted by people and is of-
ten deadly. Floridians and visitors,
especially in rural areas that don't
have regular mosquito control
programs, can take simple steps
to protect themselves against
mosquito-borne diseases by fol-
lowing a few simple steps:
* Limit time outside during
dusk and dawn when mosqui-
toes are most active.
* Wear light-colored, long-
sleeved shirts and long pants to
cover skin and reduce the chance
of being bitten when outside be-
tween dusk and dawn.
* Eliminate standing water
in yards, such as in birdbaths,
kiddie pools, old tires and other
receptacles, as stagnant water is
an excellent breeding ground for
* Use insect repellent that con-
tains DEET, which is an effective
* Keep window screens in
* Clean out rain gutters and
keep them unclogged to avid
pockets of standing water.
Salmonella scare hurts tomato sales
By Garance Burke
Associated Press Writer
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Expect
fewer slices of red, ripe tomatoes
next to the grill this holiday week-
With a salmonella scare caus-
ing many customers to shun
what's normally a summertime
favorite, tomato farmers nation-
wide have had to plow under
their fields and leave their crop to
rot in packinghouses.
As losses across the supply
chain top $100 million, industry
leaders are calling for a congres-
sional investigation into the gov-
ernment's handling of the out-
break, the source of which hasn't
During one of the biggest
barbecue weekends of the year,
tomato farmers say their sum-
mer season has already withered
despite the government's recent
announcement that some other
type of fresh produce might have
caused the salmonella outbreak,
which has sickened 922 people.
"Now the government has a
doubt as to whether it was toma-
toes after they've already black-
ened our eye?" said Paul DiMare,
president of The DiMare Compa-
nies in Johns Island, S.C. "June
and July are the best time of the
year for tomatoes, but our move-
ment has completely stopped in
the United States."
Farmers, packers and ship-
pers fear it could take months to
rebuild the $1.3 billion market for
In Ruskin, where DiMare's son
Tony oversees, the family busi-
ness' packing facilities, the price
per 25-pound box of red round
tomatoes dropped from $16 to
just $10 after the outbreak began
in early June. Tony DiMare said he
had no choice but to let the fruit
turn to mush, since his customers
refused to pick up their orders. .
"It's like pulling teeth right
now trying to move product," he
said. "We've been kind of guilty
by association in this blunder of
Like others in the produce
trade, DiMare is critical of the
Food and Drug Administration's
progress on the investigation.
Officials with the FDA and
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention have said the sheer
complexity of the outbreak and
the industry's vast international
supply chain have hampered ef-
forts to find the sources of con-
In April, before the first victim
fell ill, federal agriculture authori-
ties visited Florida packinghouses
and tomato farms on a special
mission to assess food safety con-
At a handful of stops near
Immokalee - located in one of
the domestic regions still consid-
ered a possible origin of the out-
break - they found "conditions
and practices of concern," in-
cluding the presence of domestic
animals, problems with the water
system and poor sanitation, agen-
cy officials said.
All facilities corrected the
problems immediately and none
were deemed "egregious," FDA
spokesman Michael Herndon
New rule governs horse sales
TALLAHASSEE - Florida
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices Commissioner Charles H.
Bronson has announced a new
rule requiring a bill of sale, dual
agency disclosure and access to
medical records:whenever horses
are bought and sold in Florida.
Public workshops held by the
Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services to elicit
comments from interested par-
ties prior to promulgating the rule
drew horse owners, breeders,
trainers, veterinarians, buyers,
sellers, attorneys, public relations
executives, lobbyists and the gen-
The new rule requires a private
horse seller to provide to the pur-
chaser, a written bill of sale which
The name, address, and signa-
ture of the purchaser, the owner,
or their duly authorized agents.
The name of the horse, its sire
and dam if known, its breed and
registry status if known, its age if
The sale date and purchase
The bill of sale must also con-
tain a statement by the seller or
agent attesting to ownership and
the right to convey legal title. A
statement by the buyer or agent
must be on the bill of sale ac-
knowledging awareness that any
warranties or representations --
including the horse's age, medi-
cal condition, prior medical con-
ditions and treatments - should
be stated in writing as part of the
bill of sale. Any liens or encum-
brances must also be revealed on
If a sale is a public sale or a
public auction, the issuance of
an auction receipt identifying the
horse, showing the date of pur-
chase, stating the purchase price,
and signed by the buyer or agent
will satisfy the requirement for a
bill of.sale for licensed thorough-
bred horses. The receipt must
state or incorporate by reference
all conditions of the sale, includ-
ing the terms of any warranties.
In addition, the rule prohibits
horse owners, buyers, sellers, and
agents from acting as dual agents
(representing both the buyer and
the seller in a transaction) with-
out full disclosure of the relevant
relationships. Horse buyers are
also given, the'right under therule,
to ask to see any medical ;docu7e
ments that pertain to a horse be-
ing considered for purchase.
The new rule, 5H-26, takes ef-
fect July 2. Failure to comply with
its provisions will be considered
to be a deceptive and unfair trade
The Florida horse industry
produces goods and services val-
ued at $2.2 billion, and generates
a $6.5 billion economic impact
on the state's gross domestic
product when including spend-
ing by industry suppliers and em-
ployees. Over 244,000 Floridians
are involved in the industry as
horse owners, service providers
and employees. There are around
300,000 horses in Florida, with
more than 70 percent involved in
showing or recreation.
said. Still, officials can't rule out
the possibility that the salmonella
may be linked to one of those lo-
Red plum, red Roma and red
round tomatoes harvested in the
area during that period were later
shipped out to market, and have
yet to be cleared of suspicion. But
they also have not been directly
tied to the outbreak.
DiMare, who volunteered to
lead officials through the compa-
ny's repacking facility in Ruskin
as part of the initiative; said in-
spectors would be hard-pressed
to find traces of salmonella on
farms now, weeks after harvest
ended. He said authorities found
no concerns at his company.
4-H horse camp starts
UF/IFAS Okeechobee County
4-H program, along with the
Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center
and the Okeechobee Children's
Services Council, is offering the
Second Annual "Just Horsing
Around" horse day camp.
The camp for July 14-18, will
offer campers insight into the ro-
deo world focusing on pole bend-
ing, barrel racing, goat tying, rop-
ing and other "non-roughstock"
events. For more information
and to register please contact the
Okeechobee County Extension
Office at 86 -7..;'-6469. CamP` fee
'is $100 plid a'$25 stall' fee' er
week. Pre-registration is required.
Due to the holiday, there is no . you back on Monday, June 7th."
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Red Cross offers summer classes
The Okeechobee Branch of the American Red Cross will be offer-
ing the following Health & safety classes in July:
* Thursday, July 10 - First Aid Basics at 6 p.m.
* Wednesday, July 16 - Infant/Child CPR at 6 p.m. * Tuesday, July
29 - Adult CPR/AED at 6 p.m.
All classes are held at their Branch office located at 323 N. Parrott
Ave. To register, or for more information call 863-763-2488.
Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of Eagles 4509
The Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of Eagles 4509 will host a bar-
beque 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.
Hospice to host yard sale fundraiser
Hospice of Okeechobee will host a 3-day Yard Sale at the Blue Vol-
unteer Building, next to The Hamrick Home (411 S.E. Fourth Street)
on Thursday, July 10, 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. Friday July 11, from 8
a.m. until noon and Saturday, July 12, 8 a.m. until noon. Bar-
gains galore, all new items available. All proceeds benefit patient care
in Okeechobee including services offered in The Hamrick Home. For
information, call Cathy at 863-467-2321 or 863-697-1995.
Scrapbooking party set for July 12
An all-day scrapbooking crop will be held on Saturday, July 12,
from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W Sec-
ond St. All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Please bring a covered
dish if you are interested in participating in our pot luck luncheon.
There will be a demonstration using Tyvek paper and Lumiere paints
to enhance your scrapbooking and caremaking projects. Refresh-
ments will be served and there will be plenty of door prizes. Bring
any scrapbook pages on which you are currently working. For more
information call Joan at (863) 467-0290 or Carolyn at (863) 634-1885.
State parks announce free admission July 13
To celebrate July as Recreation and Parks Month, the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection's Division of Recreation & Parks is
encouraging family friendly, outdoor recreation with the launch of its
"Family. Friends. Fun." campaign to reconnect children and families
with nature. Since 1985, the National Recreation and Park Associa-
tion has designated July as Recreation and Parks Month. To celebrate
this designation, Florida is waiving admission to all state parks on
Sunday, July 13.
Summer Book Club meetings planned
Friends of the Okeechobee Book Club will meet on Thursday, July
24. The book for discussion will be Cannery Row by John Stein-
beck. The book for Thursday, Aug. 28, is The Book of Salt by Monique
Truong, and for Thursday, Sept. 25, it is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by
Barbara Kingsolver. For more information call Jan Fehrman 863-357-
9980. Free and open to the public.
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
Saturday, July 26. The event will start at 10 a.m. with a cattle drive be-
ginning downtown.and ending at the Agri-Civic Center on State Road
0T East The festival at the Agri-Civic center will include a ranch rodeo,
backyard beef barbecue contest, storytellers, poets, farriers and dis-
plays of the heritage of the American Cowboy. If you're interested in
helping to sponsor this event, participant for the Backyard BBQ con-
test or a vendor for the event, all forms and applications can be picked
John Ellis Hamrick
John Ellis Hamrick, age 66,
of Okeechobee, formerly of Ft.
day, . fJuly 2,
2008. John was
born April 23,
born and raised
generations of Hamrickn Ellis
early Florida pi- amr
oneers and settlers. He graduated
from Dan McCarty High School,
Class of 1960 and went on to be
part of the first class of Indian
River Junior College. He received
both a Bachelor's Degree (1965)
and Master's Degree (1970) in
Physical Education from the Uni-
versity of Florida. He excelled in
basketball and baseball as a stu-
dent, and later he played softball
in city, church and state leagues
as an adult.
Mr. Hamrick served our coun-
try in the U.S. Army during the
Vietnam War. He returned to Ft.
Pierce where he taught Physical
Education for more than 35 years
in the St. Lucie County District. He
maintained a part time lawn ser-
vice in Ft. Pierce and Port St. Lucie
for more than 35 years. After he
and his wife retired from teaching
in St. Lucie County, they moved
to Okeechobee and built a new
home on a section of his family's
ranch. He enjoyed observing the
cattle and the wildlife from his
Mr. Hamrick is survived by
his wife of 35 years, Cheryl
Beach Hamrick of Okeechobee;
two daughters, Rachel (Steven)
Bonda of Tallahassee and Paige
(Abed Ali) Hamrick of Arlington,
Va.; sister, Mary Ann Hamrick of
Ocala; uncle and aunt David and
Betty Hamrick of Bradenton; and
many cousins, friends and neigh-
Visitation will be 4 p.m: to 7
p.m. Monday, July 7, 2008 at Bass
Okeechobee Chapel, Funeral
services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday,
July 8, 2008 at Bass Okeechobee
Chapel with Brother Jim Day of
Okeechobee Church of Christ of-
ficiating. Interment will be at Ev-
In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to Hospice of
Okeechobee - Hamrick Home,
PO Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.
up at the Main Street Office, 111 Northeast Second Street, Okeechobee
or email Toni Doyle, Executive Director at okms@mainstreetokeecho-
bee.com. For more information call 863-357-MAIN (6246).
Sons of the American Legion Steak Dinner
The Sons of the American Legion will sponsor their monthly Ribeye
steak dinner on Sunday, July 27, from 3 until 6 p.m. at the American
Legion Post 64, 501 S.E. Second St. Dinner includes, steak, baked po-
tato, salad, roll and dessert. Donation of $12. The public is welcome.
Orchid Club meeting planned
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will meet Monday, July 28, at 7 p.m.
at he Cooperative Extension Office at 458 Highway 98 N. A DVD
produced by the University of Florida on orchid cultivation will be
shown. Harry Hoffner, the club president will be available for orchid
consultation. For more information call.the extension office at 863-
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.
Rescue available for local wildlife
Florida Wildlife Rescue Service Inc. is a non profit organization pro-
viding free rescue, pick up, and transport of sick, injured and orphaned
wildlife in the Okeechobee area. We are licensed by the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission to provide these services. If
you find a wild bird or animal in need of assistance please contact us
Donate cars to Boys and Girls Clubs
Now that the price of scrap metal has sharply risen, the Boys and
Girls Car Campaign will accept most any car with no restrictions. Cars
will be picked up anywhere in Florida, usually within a week, and ate
sold at auction. To donate, call 800-246-0493. Funds obtained by the
sales go directly to help the Florida clubs.
Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings for
membership. The members of the volunteer council protect and ad-
vocate for a better quality of life for Floridians with unique needs.
Volunteers are appointed by the governor for a four-year term. Local
meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in Fort Pierce.
Call Penina Popper at 800-342-0825 forinformation; or, visit www.
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 consists of six, one-hour classes.
You must attend all six classes to get a certificate of completion. We
now have day and evening classes available. No child care will be
available. Call 863-462-5877 for registration.
Career Center helps in job search
The One Stop Career Center, 209 S.W Park St.; has services avail-
able at no charge to help people in their search for the right employee
or job. For more, visit their web site at www.tcjobs.org; or, call 863-
Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for money.
Martha's House can also have them 9-' 1' activated for 'iticipaints. If
you have any used cell phones to donate call 863-763-2893, or drop
them off at their administrative office at 103 N.W Fifth St.
My Aunt's House seeks volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two
to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday
through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also
looking for a volunteer to become the director and a board member
of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate well with
the public and should be able to seek support from city and county
officials, business executives and other organizations. Work days and
hours are flexible. Call 863-634-2306 for information.
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Okeechobee News, Sunday, July 6, 2008
Cheating to get ahead puts student further behind
DEAR ABBY: I am 12 and have
bad problems at school. When-
ever I'm behind, can't figure out
a problem or just want to get it
done, I cheat.
I'm home-schooled, and my
mom is my teacher, which means
the answer books are in my "class-
room." I have tried to stop, but
some-times I can't resist the temp-
I have asked Mom to lock away
the answer books, but she won't.
There-for I continue to cheat.
What should I do? -- CHEATER
DEAR CHEATER: Quit cheat-
ing, reorganize your time, and get
extra help with your subjects if
you need it. It is vital that you un-
derstand that when you cheat, the
only person who gets cheated is
yourself. Yes, you can "ace" a test
-- but if you haven't learned the
material, you will eventually pay a
Take another look at your let-
ter. It contains two errors. At some
point you will have to take respon-
sibility for your actions -- and from
my perspective, the sooner you do
it, the better offyou'll be.
DEAR ABBY: I'm a longtime
faithful reader who has managed
to ruin her marriage. I have been
married to "Jim" for three years.
We married after a very short
courtship and had been generally
happy, although I am admittedly
We bought a house six months
ago. At the time, our finances
were OK. Then Jim lost his job
and had to get one that paid less.
He forged on, but I wanted him
to find something that paid more
because the bills were eating us
alive. I also discovered his account
was always overdrawn. (We don't
have join checking accounts for a
To make a long story short,
when I found out he wasn't be-
ing forthright, I got upset. An-
other overdraft notice came to
the house, and I yelled again. Jim
didn't come home that night, and
now he refuses to take my phone
calls or respond to my text mes-
I sent him a message saying I
wanted a divorce and didn't want
to be married to him anymore, but
only because I thought HE wanted
out. I folded his things the day I
sent it, and when I came home af-
ter work I found his keys and wed-
ding band on the kitchen counter
-- no note or anything.
I have tried calling to apolo-
gize. His sister says he will eventu-
ally talk to me "when he's ready."
Abby, I love my husband. I would
go get counseling if that's what it
takes to bring him back and make
our marriage work, but I can't if
he won't meet me halfway. Please
help me. I don't know what to do.
-- ADRIFT IN ANDERSON, S.C.
DEAR ADRIFT: Take your cue
from your sister-in-law, and give
Jim some time to cool off and
sort out his feelings. He probably
knows you want to reconcile, and
the ball is now in his court.
Frankly, it appears that neither
of you was ready for the marriage
you rushed into. Premarital coun-
seling would have shown you that
your attitudes about money were
not in harmony. And sending him
a message (texting?!) that you
wanted a divorce because you
thought he wanted out was rash
IF Jim wants to try again, it is
extremely important that the two
of you improve your level of verbal
communication. However, if he
doesn't, you will have to accept it
and learn from this painful experi-
ence that you can't unring the bell,
so choose your words and your
Dear Abby is written by Abigail
Van Buren, also known as Jeanne
Phillips, and was founded by her
mother, Pauline Phillips. Write
Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.
com or PO. Box 69440, Los Ange-
les, CA 90069.
Today in History
Today is Sunday, July 6, the
188th day of 2008' There are 178
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On July 6, 1928, the first all-
talking feature, "The Lights of
New York," had its gala premiere
in New York.
Ten years ago: Protestants
rioted in many parts of Northern
Ireland after British authorities
blocked an Orange Order march in
Portadown. Singing cowboy star
Roy Rogers died in Apple Valley,
Calif., at age 86. Se Ri Pak, a 20-
year-old golf rookie from South
Korea, became the youngest win-
ner of the U.S. Women's Open,
defeating American amateur Jen-
ny Chuasiripom in sudden death.
Five years ago: Liberian
leader Charles Taylor accepted an
offer of asylum in Nigeria. Roger
Federer became the first Swiss
man to win a Grand Slam tennis
title, defeating Mark Philippous-
sis 7-6 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (3) in the
Wimbledon final. Actor Buddy
Ebsen died in Torrance, Calif., at
One year ago: A man on a
balcony over the New York-New
York casino floor in Las Vegas
opened fire on the gamblers be-
low, wounding four people before
he was tackled by off-duty mili-
tary reservists. (Steven Zegrean
faces attempted murder charges.)
Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, pioneer
of the modem historical romance
novel, died in Princeton, Minn., at
Thought for Today: "Grow-
ing old is no more than a bad habit
which a busy man has no time to
form." Andre Maurois, French
At the Movies
The following movies are
now showing at the Brahman
Theatres III. Movie times for Fri'-
day, June 27, through Thursday,
July 3, are as follows:
Theatre -'i "Incredible
Hulk" .i;P.G-:132 Sho\ times. Fri-
day at 7Tand 9p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at.2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tues-
day, 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 Sun-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tues-
day, Wednesday and Thursdav
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m.
Theatre IIl - "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 under are
$4.50; senior citizens are $-l 5i1
fr', ai. movies;vl and, matinees
For information, call 863-
"SAIL AWAY" By
1 Magnums, e.g.
5 "Just kidding!"
14 Singers' ,
18 Boarded up
19 Airport in "Home
20 Event at L.A.'s
21 Arabian arroyo
22 Cuba libre
23 Bring down
25 Goat with
26 Struggling to
stay up at sea?
29 Hook or Cook:
30 Response to a
31 One taking off
32 Harbor wall
33 Boundary: Abbr.
35 Marquis de _
37 Some choirboys
40 Request to a
48- What happens
there, so it's said
49 Sign on
50 Jon Arbuckle's
51 Mimed song title
53 "Let me?"
54 Modem record
58 Bear's sailing
61 Start to correct
65 Part of IVF
68 "Who Will Save
71 Transport for
76 Pub suds
81 Swiss miss,
83 Farrow and
85 Aid lead-in
87 Cooks tuna, in a
88 Major mooring
93 English topic
94 Warts and all
95 Classic O'Brien
99 Before, before
101 It's very familiar
106 Pundit's page
107 Build Captain
115 Kind of a bore
116 Like Hubbard's
117 Most fit to serve
118 Reid's rescuer in
119 100 clams
121 Medium, for
122 ER readouts
123 Familiar 18
124 Cabs on a menu
1 Cravat's cousin
2 French wine
3 Disney film
based on a
4. Squirrel away
5 Body type?
6 Class requiring
7 Harsh cry
8 Manitoba native
9 Mister, abroad
10 Make _of
12 Lunch bag treat
13 Irritating sound
14 Less likely to be
16 More than
20 How a .
28 When tripled, a
85 Font flourish
36 Japanese P.M.
quaint, to a Brit
41 "A Death in the
42 Daffy walk
43 Cretan of myth
44 "How'm I
45 Poet Lazarus
47 Talk excitedly
48 Large container
54 Sits on a sill. sa\
56 Lord's worker
59 Eric Bana title
62 " Room":
former tots' TV
65 Automaker in
66 San Bemardino,
67 Water tester
68 Door feature
69 "Grace Before
73 "Dies "
74 The stuff of
75 10 of them are
about 6.2 mi.
78 Group with stores
80 "Don't look!"
84 Roadblock sight
86 It makes MADD
87 Field support
89 Steel giant, in
90 Tries, with "at"
91 Letters before a
92 Uses a powerful
97 Chime in
98 She played
Betty in "Nurse
100 Uses for a while
102 Keep out
103 Defense against
105 "_ dinner?"
107 Tiny parasite
108 One way to run
109 Restless longing
110 Barbera or
111 Loved one
112 Thurmond of the'
7/6/08 firstname.lastname@example.org @2008 Tribune Media Services, Inc.
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
A short trip will enhance your
business quests. Your unusual ap-
proach to what you do will interest
the people you meet along the way.
Mixing business with pleasure will
be the vehicle that takes you to the
top. 5 stars
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Spend time with family or friends.
Decorating or just enjoying your
surroundings will end up in memo-
rable and informative conversa-
tions. What you really need is
relaxation and good fun with the
people who treat you the best. 4
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
Be creative and pull out the hob-
bies or other interests you've had
sitting in the background. Make
time to enjoy the things you never
have time for. Take that much-
needed break. Let your imagina-
tion wander. 4 stars
CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Enjoy the moment. An emotional
conversation with someone close
to you will reveal what's really
going on so you can deal with the
matter, lower your stress and know
where you stand. 3 stars
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): It
may be time to rework some in-
vestments or redo a contract that
is coming due. Pay attention to
detail. It's the perfect time to clear
up loose ends and prepare for the
future. 3 stars
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Don't get angry, get moving. You
can make adjustments that will
clear your mind so you can pursue
who and what you want. Change
is good. Make a decision and act
quickly to turn it into a reality. 3
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Be
a Good Samaritan and get involved
in something that will benefit oth-
ers. A community service or a
fundraising event will lead to new
friendships. Don't let a love prob-
lem get you down -- it will pass.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
Some of your ideas will spark
what's needed to turn something
you are working on into a profit-
able venture. Put time aside in
the evening hours for love and
romance. It will nurture a relation-
ship that means a lot to you. Be
spontaneous. 4 stars
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.
21): Don't brag or someone will
stop you in your tracks. Be the qui-
et observer and you will stay out
of trouble. Someone who has an
emotional tie to you will be ready
to take you down if you have done
anything at all to harm this person
emotionally in the past. 2 stars
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): Everything is coming up
roses and gains can be made if you
play your cards right. Money and
gifts are heading your way and the
chance to try something new that
will be profitable is present. Love
is looking good. 5 stars
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): Take a look at your personal
life and your partnerships. You
may have to make a move in one
direction or another if you have
been sitting on the fence. Talks
will bring about a solution. 3 stars
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
Relationships are in a high cycle,
so put your time and effort into
nurturing the ones who mean the
most to you. Love, promises and
talks about your future plans will
help you formulate where you
want to head. Change can be ex-
pected. 3 stars
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Growing Food Nearby
Farming in the City
Do you live in a city, a suburb or a
small town? You might live on a farm
where animals and crops are raised.
Growing our food
In many cities, people are starting
urban farms. An urban farm is any plot
of land, no matter what size, within a city
that is used to grow food for sale.
The Mini Page visited an urban farm
in Kansas City, Kan., to find out more
about how they work.
In the 1850s, before there were tractors and
other farm machines, farmers used cattle or
horses to pull plows through the fields.
About 150 years ago, around half of
Americans lived on farms. They raised food,
such as chickens and corn, and grew fiber,
such as cotton, mostly for their own use.
Today fewer than 3 percent of
Americans live on farms. Because of
machines, we can grow and process more
food in less time. Many of the products
that American farmers grow today are
exported, or-sold, to other countries.
3 Posters such
During World Wars I and II, American,
Canadian and British citizens started
victory gardens. People grew their own
food so that large amounts of food grown on
farms could be sent to the soldiers overseas.
Many people who lived in towns or
cities during the wars had grown up on
farms and knew how to grow their own
vegetables and fruits.
A farmer loads lettuces he has
S|harvested into a cart. The
plants will be rinsed with water
before being sold at a nearby
farmers' market the next day.
Where does food come from?
Many years ago, about 80 percent of
the food people ate was grown at home or
nearby. Today, that number is less than 2
Do you know where the food on your
family's table comes from? Many kids will
answer, "the grocery store" when asked
this question. But where does the store
Grocery shopping in the city
Some people who live in large cities
don't have many choices about where to
buy food. There aren't as many
supermarkets in the inner city, and small
stores might sell only packaged foods,
such as chips, soup and frozen items.
Urban farms help inner-city people
with this problem. They can grow or buy
fresh vegetables and fruits nearby.
Meet Alyson Stoner
S Alyson Stoner stars as Alice in the movie
"Alice Upside Down."
She has appeared in several movies,
including "Cheaper by the Dozen," "Cheaper
by the Dozen 2" and the Disney Channel
movie "Camp Rock."
She has also appeared in several TV series,
including "The Suite Life of Zach and Cody,"
"Drake and Josh" and "That's So Raven." She
is the voice of Isabella in the Disney animated series "Phineas
and Ferb." She has also danced in music videos.
Alyson, 14, was born in Toledo, Ohio. She took tap, ballet, hip-
hop and jazz dance lessons. She now lives in Los Angeles with
her parents and two older sisters.
She enjoys writing her own music and lyrics. She also enjoys
basketball, tennis, gymnastics, softball and golf.
SGs G oo'port's apo
Supersport: Jon Lester
SHeight 6-2 Birthdate: 1-7-84
Weight: 190 Hometown: Tacoma, Wash.
, The toughest opponent Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester
has ever faced wasn't swinging at. It was lymphoma, a life-
threatening disease that struck the 24-year-old left-hander
prior to the 2007 baseball season.
Lester went through rehab treatments during 2007, rejoined the Red Sox
in midsummer, then won the clinching game of the World Series. And now
the rest of the story.
The resilient hurler Lester added a no-hitter to his comeback story in
May, blanking the Kansas City Royals 7-0 while throwing fastballs at 90-'
plus miles per hour.
After capping that memorable performance with his ninth strikeout,
Lester pumped the air with both arms, got hugs from catcher Jason Varitek
and manager Terry Francona, and cheers from Fenway Park fans.
Now Lester is not only the comeback kid; but also the "no-hit pitcher" in
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Buying Food Nearby
Today, much of the food we buy in
grocery stores comes from faraway
places. That makes it possible for us to
have strawberries in November and
apples all year round. But it also means
travel thousands of miles to get to us In
fact, the food on your dinner plate may
have traveled 2,500 miles to reach you!
That trip uses a lot of fuel.
Some people are trying to reduce that
energy need by buying and eating foods
that are grown or produced nearby.
People also like the idea of supporting
local farmers, who then put their money
back into the local economy, or money
Food grown nearby is also fresher
when you eat it, so it tastes better and
is healthier for you.
The Mini Page thanks Tim Schlitzer, executive
director of the Food Routes and Buy Fresh
Buy Local Network, for help with this section.
In Des Moines, Iowa, a farm family sells its
produce at a farmers' market. In some
cities, farmers' markets are open once or
twice a week for shoppers. Some
supermarkets are starting to.sell locally
grown fresh foods, too.
Look in your grocery store for fresh foods
that are grown by local farmers.
Farm to School
In about 1,900 school districts around
the country, the Farm to School program
is helping schools serve locally grown
foods at lunchtime. Participating schools
are also teaching kids about nutrition
and how foods are.grown.
Schools buy foods from local farms
and have lessons about good eating
habits. The kids also visit the farms.
People hope that these programs will
help kids'make better choices about
what they ;eat now and avoid health'-
problems in the future.
Some smaller farms use organic
farming methods. Organic means that
farmers don't use chemicals, such as
pesticides or antibiotics, to grow their
food. Organically grown food is easier on
the environment and better for the
humans who eat it.
Foods that are
SD certain rulescan use
this label from the
U.S. Department of
Delivering Fresh Food
How does it work?
Land for an urban farm might be:
* bought by a farmer or an
* borrowed, without rent.
* rented. A farmer might pay rent in
cash or in products grown.
Urban farms have different ways
of selling their products to make
* Farmers' markets. Vegetables and
other foods may be sold at markets in
the community. Some towns and cities
have markets one or two days a week.
Farmers bring their harvested
vegetables to sell.
* CSA, or community supported
In a CSA,
a farm in
farmer uses that money to buy plants,
seeds and supplies. Then during the
harvest, CSA members receive fresh-
picked produce on a regular basis, such
as every week. The farmer chooses
which vegetables to distribute each
Feeding the hungry
It can be hard for people in inner
cities to find and pay for fresh food.
Some urban farms raise crops for food
. banks, which distribute food to people
who can't afford it. People who live
nearby can work together to help raise
The Mini Page thanks Katherine Kelly,
executive director and farmer, Kansas City
Center for Urban Agriculture, for help with this
In Kansas City,,
Kan., urban farmers
harvest carrots and
lettuces to take to a
farmers' market the
Below, a young
man from Prepare
House in Kansas
City, Kan., waters
plants that students
have grown from
students will sell
the plants to raise
Who works there?
An urban farm may have a head
farmer and others who work for a
salary. Some farms also offer jobs for
apprentices, or trainees, to learn more
Many farms also have active
volunteer programs. School, church and
youth groups may volunteer on a
! and bring
their kids along to help. "If kids have a
story or experience with vegetables,"
says farmer Katherine Kelly, they end
up liking to eat them more.
Urban farmers can be found all
around the world. At the KC
Community Farm in Kansas City, Kan.,
immigrant farmers are working with
local farmers to learn from each other
about growing different foods and
farming in different weather conditions.
Some foods that are grown
organically have more vitamins. And
most people think fresh foods that
haven't been frozen or refrigerated taste
Many farmers' market and CSA
customers like the idea of meeting the
farmers and knowing how they grow
Look in your newspaper for notices about
farmers' markets in your area.
Sites to see:
Kansas City Center for Urban Agriculture:
Food Routes Network: www.foodroutes.org
Farm to School:
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Victor: "Where is my popcorn?"
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- Vicky: With tomato paste!
Vanna: What would you get if you crossed
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Vinnie: A potato with watery eyes!
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Words that remind us of farming in the city are hidden in the block below. Some
words are hidden backward or diagonally, and some letters are used twice. See
if you can find: URBAN, PLANT, FOOD, FIBER, VICTORY, VEGETABLE,
GROCERY, SOURCE, ENERGY, ECONOMY, SCHOOL, ORGANIC, FARM,
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they always bring their own baskets and bags. See if you can find:
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* number 3
* cheese wedge
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BETTY DEBNAM - Founding Editor and Editor at Large
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Pizza Tortilla .
* 1 medium-size flour tortilla
* 2 tablespoons spaghetti sauce
a 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
S8 turkey pepperoni slices
* 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
What to do:
1. Spray a small skillet with cooking spray.
2. Place tortilla in pan and spread spaghetti sauce evenly over the top.
3. Sprinkle Italian seasoning over the sauce.
4. Layer pepperoni slices and cheese to make an individual pizza.
5. Cover and cook on medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes until cheese
melts. (Be careful not to burn the bottom.)
6. Slice in quarters for small slices. Makes 1 serving.
*You will need an adult's help with this recipe.
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A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN THE EAST ONE-HALF (E.1/2 OF SECTION 32,
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Okeechobee News, Sunday, July 6, 2008
Kenyan village gets clinic
from brothers it helped
By Travis Loller
Associated Press Writer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -
When residents of a tiny Kenyan
village sold their chickens and cat-
'tle to buy Milton Ochieng's $900
plane ticket to Dartmouth College,
they told him they wanted some-
thing in return.
Eight years later, he's a Van-
derbilt University Medical School
.graduate preparing for his residen-
,cy. In his home village of Lwala, a
clinic he and younger brother Fred
established serves about 100 pa-
tients a day.
A documentary about their
struggles to raise $150,000 to build
the clinic while attending school
full-time and coping with their par-
ents' deaths will soon be screened
at universities across the country.
"It's not common to have a
,couple of village boys come to
the U.S. and advocate for a clinic
to be built in their country," said
Barak Bruerd, program director of
,Blood:Water Mission, a Nashville-
'based nonprofit that has contrib-
uted to the clinic. "The fact that
they were able to bring so much
support to their community is
Before the clinic, Ochieng' says,
sick villagers often had to be car-
ried for miles just to get to a paved
As a child, he remembers see-
ing a friend's mother taken away
in a wheelbarrow during a difficult
'labor. Neighbors pushed her for 45
.minutes before she died.
The image stuck with him.
'His father, high school chemistry
teacher Erastus Ochieng', em-
phasized the need for health care
,closer to the community. It was
'his dream to see a clinic in Lwala,
a village of about 1,500 people in
It wasn't until a college service
trip to Nicaragua, where students
worked alongside villagers to
build such a facility, that Ochieng'
started to think his father's dream
could become reality.
The elder Ochieng' would not
Live to see the project completed.
'He died in 2005 of AIDS, the same
disease that killed Ochieng's moth-
er the year before.
For several years, Ochieng'
made plans. Fred followed him to
Dartmouth and then on to medi-
caJ school ataderbilt. By 2005,
Ochieti' was ready to build, ex-
cept he had:no money. So he put
Fred in charge of fundraising.
That weekend, Fred Ochieng'
,raised $9,000 at a conference. for
,a Christian ministry group . But it
'took another two years to raise the
c$150,000 they needed.
They were finally able to open
the clinic in April 2007. helped
AP Photo/Christopher Williams
Milton Ochieng' visits the clinic he and his brother Fred
founded in their home village of Lwalp, Kenya while attend-
ing medical school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
The Erastus Ochieng' Lwala Community Memorial Health
Center was named after their father, who died of AIDS before
it could be completed.
by a $45,000 donation from
Blood:Water Mission, which was
founded by Christian rockers Jars
of Clay to reduce the impact of HIV
and AIDS in Africa.
In its first year, the clinic saw
20,000 patients at a cost of about
"It's important for people to get
a sense of how far the U.S. dollar
can go," Ochieng' says, noting that
one woman had emergency sur-
gery for an ectopic pregnancy at a
cost of only $250. A similar proce-
dure could cost at. least $10,000 in
The volume of patients is grow-
ing, Ochieng' says, because of the
high standard of care the clinic pro-
vides, even without running water
or a consistent electrical supply.
Many relatives of Lwala resi-
dents come from other communi-
ties. The clinic, which serves about
4,000 residents of Lwala and the
area surrounding it, turns no one.
away and treats about 85 percent
of its patients for free.
The clinic now benefits from
a U.S.-based nonprofit, the Lwala
SCommunity Alliance, but Ochieng'
says it struggles to raise operating
funds, even as staffers plan to ex-
pand with a maternity ward and
Babies are currently delivered
in the kitchen.
"It's not ideal," Ochieng' says.
The clinic is also getting help
from former television reporter
Barry Simmons, who quit his job
after interviewing the Ochieng'
brothers to work full time on a
documentary about their struggles
to build the clinic. "Sons of Lwala"
has so far raised about $230,000.
"It was always the plan to give
them a platform to raise money
and spread their story," Simmons
Ochieng' spent April in Lwala,
but the clinic also employs two
clirical officers the equivalent of
a physician's assistant in the U.S.
and three nurses. Ochieng' hopes
to be able to shuttle between Ke-
nya and the U.S., where he will do
his residency at Washington Uni-
versity in St.'Louis.
"There's such a sense of love.
and people feeling they've gained
so much from the health center,"
he says. "It keeps me going. .. It
makes you realize how great it is
to be a doctor, how great it is to be
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Billy attended an all-terrain ve-
hicle safety course at L-Cross Ex-
treme Events in order to ride his
ATV and dirt bike legally in Florida.
Under a new law, ATV and dirt
bike riders ages 6 through 16
must have certification proving
they completed an off-highway
vehicle safety course to ride on
Too many deaths and injuries
"have given a black eye to ATV
and off-highway vehicles," said
John Waldron, Forest.Recreation
Administration coordinator for
the Division of Forestry.
SIn 2006, the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission re-
ported 555 died while ATV riding.
Children younger than 16 made
up 111 of those deaths.
The Florida Department of
Highway Safety and Motor Ve-
hicles reported in 2006 that 771
crashes were related to ATVs.
More than 680 involved injuries,
while 23 were fatal.
Waldron said the original Flor-
ida law created in 2002 was to
find areas for off-highway vehicle
But the number of minors' fa-
talities prompted the safety revi-
sion, which passed last year and
gives young riders a year to com-
plete the training course.
Waldron said children be-
tween the ages of 6 and 16 must
have their certificates when rid-
ing on public land. Those without
their certificates will be charged
for a noncriminal infraction and
may be fined up to $100, or have
their privilege revoked.
The law does not pertain to
private property. According to the
Lee County Sheriff's Office, ATV
driving is prohibited in the county.
except on private property.
Hagn has mixed feelings about
the new law.
He said there are children who
need the training because of their
unsafe driving habits, but the pro-
vision is unfair for parents, like
him, who make sure their chil-
dren ride safely.
"It's an extra burden," he
Paul Carrington is one of 123
By Tim Reynolds
AP Sports Writer
MIAMI (AP) - Everywhere
Mario Chalmers goes these days,
someone asks about The Shot.
You know the one..Down by
three, 2.1 seconds left, NCAA
title game, Kansas vs. Memphis.
Chalmers gets the ball near the
top of the key, lets fly over the
outstretched arm of Memphis
guard Derrick Rose and waits for
the crowd to roar. They did, the
Jayhawks head to overtime and
minutes later, they're the national
champions and Chalmers is the
hero of the Sunflower State.
"The biggest shot in Kansas
history," Kansas coach Bill Self
said. "It'll never be forgotten."
Fast forward 2/2 months.
Somehow, on NBA draft night,
Chalmers felt he was forgotten.
Fortunately for him, the Miami
Now, Chalmers starts anew.
Drafted 34th overall by the Min-
nesota Timberwolves and subse-
quently traded to the Heat for two �
second-round picks and cash,
the boyish-looking 6-foot-1 guard
who.grew up amid the long win-
ters of Anchorage now heads to
sultry .South Beach. He expected
to be a first-round selection -
and so did the Heat, who had him
ranked 12th on their draft board
- but both sides couldn't be hap-
pier with the outcome.
"For them to think that highly
of me, it's a great honor," Chalm-
Chalmers will likely see plenty
of minutes this coming week
at summer league in Orlando,
where the Heat will play five
games in five days starting Mon-
day. Sure, most eyes in the stands
at Miami's summer games will
likely be tuned on No. 2 overall
pick Michael Beasley - Chalm-
ers' rival from Kansas State this
past season - but the Heat will
be paying attention to what Chal-
mers can do as well.
instructors from the ATV Safety
Institute conducting classes in
Florida. The ATV' Safety institute
is a division of the Specialty Ve-
hicle Institute of America, which
is based in Irvine, Calif., and fo-
cuses on safety, education and
"I make sure everyone knows.
their four-wheelers," Carringlon
Carrington, has been training.
students since 2003. He said the
courses usually last about four
The ATV institute trains riders
on three primary components.
First, they're taught about pre-rid-
ing inspection as well as starting,,
stopping and swerving in. emer-:
Second. the\ learn about pro-
tecion helmets. e\e gear, long
shirts and pants, glo es and over-
Third, lhe\ 're taught about en-
%ironmental responsibility. how\
to cross streams and share nature
"I have never had a kid have
a problem," Carrington said '"'ve'
had adults, but l've neyer hqd i
.id The\ lisien better."
Missy Licourt dro e her two
daughters Nichole, 10, and Erika,
13, from Naples for the safety
training course in Okeechobee
She said her daughters have
been riding ATVs since they were
4. She likes the-law because it.
"I don't thinly the four-I\ heel-
�rs are unsafe, but the riders are."
The four-children in the class
participated in an Observer
Course where they watched adult Pa
riders perform safety and riding 20
Carrington's riders showed Th
them proper posture, leaning and
the placremnent of hands and feet
in different riding scenarios
"I thought it \\as helpful." BilI
He said he learned about ap-
pling all three brakes when rid-
ing arid also the importance of
\ earinri his safety geair
The children didn't have the
proper AT\ for their agce, so thev
ad to observe the course, Car-
ringlon said .
"I know the\ would have a lot
more fun it they \\rei ending, but
they're still earningg" Carrington
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I body adjusts when swerving and the importance of wearing safety gear such as helmets.
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