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Vol. 99 No.189


Briefs

Grief sharing for
parents of deceased
children
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-
inrg forward without their child.
If you are interested please
email grievingparent3@yahoo.
com. This support group would
be for parents only.

CCC sponsors back
to school supply
drive
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 Second
Ave., Room 301. For more in-
formation call Sharon Vinson
at 863-462-5000.

Drought Index

Current: 286
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.96 feet
Last Year: 8.92 feet

S onsored By:

Pogey's Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
763-7222
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

Index
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Com ics ...................................... 5
Community Events.................... 4
Crossw ord ................................. 5
O pinion............................. ....... 4
Speak Out ................................. 4
TV ........................................... 4
W weather ............................2........ 2

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Okeechobee Main Street, Okeechobee Historical Society and many interested citizens
would like to see Okeechobee's 1924 train depot restored for passenger service. This
view of the north side of the building shows its present condition.



City-Amtrak working to


restore passenger service


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The situation now looks
more promising for saving the
historic Okeechobee train de-
pot which appeared slated for
demolition not long ago.
At their meeting on Tuesday,
July 1 the Okeechobee City
Council approved, with some
modifications, the standard
CSX Transportation agreement
on donating train depots to a
local government.
The building and the rail-
road tracks are owned by CSX.
Amtrak, a government subsi-
dized organization, operates
passenger train service through
Okeechobee under an agree-
ment with CSX.
Officials hope CSX will ap-
prove the minor changes sub-
mitted by the city. Once an
agreement is reached and the
city takes possession of the de-
pot, Amtrak will come into the
picture.
Probably Okeechobee Main
Street (OMS), the civic organi-
zation that has been at the fore-
front of the restoration move-
ment, will enter into some type
of lease agreement with the city
for restoration of the building.
Then Amtrak will work
with either the city or OMS on
restoring the old building for
passenger service. Amtrak has
a program called The Great
American Stations that aids
in renovation of train depots.
Amtrak can provide communi-.
ties with engineering and de-
sign expertise and facilitate co-
ordination with host railroads.
Amtrak also helps with lease
agreements and other issues
associated with intercity rail


Okeechobee News/Pete uawda
This door, bearing the logo of the Seaboard Coast Line
Railroad which ceased to exist in 1982, was stored in the
western end of the Okeechobee train depot. The west-
ern end of the old building, originally used for freight,
is currently occupied by a livestock feed company. They
are currently trying to find a new location. If efforts to re-
store the depot are successful, no doubt this door will be
prominently featured.


stations.
In addition, Amtrak can
help local governments make
necessary local connections
and identify potential funding
sources.


SThere is precedent for CSX
donating the building to the
city. In 1998, the National Regis-
try of Historical Places (NRHP)
See Train - Page 2


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Viking




hunting




questioned


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
If someone own a piece of
property does that give him the
automatic right to hunt on ad-
joining properties?
The question of hunting
rights has come up in Viking,
a 25-square mile subdivision
in the northwestern part of the
county.
The hunting situation is as
clouded as the question of who
owns the roads in Viking. Some
people have the impression
that if they bought a piece of
property in Viking, it gave them
the right to hunt on all Viking
properties.
According to commissioner
Noel Chandler, whose family
has owned property in Viking
for many years, in the 1950s,
before lots in the area were
sold by developers, the area
was designated as a hunting
area.
However, hunting rights
over the entire area ceased to
exist as the hunting area went
out of existence and developers
bought the property and sold


individual lots.
It is necessary to have the
permission of a property own-
er to hunt on private property.
Hunting on private property
without the owner's permis-
sion is considered an armed
felony.
While there was never any
legal authorization to hunt over
the entire area once it was sold
by developers, that idea seemed
to persist.
According to former Coqui-
Sna Water Control District Su-
pervisor and real estate sales-
man, Haynes Williams, hunting
rights were never officially part
of any real estate transactions.
Mr. Williams explained that al-
leged hunting rights over all of
Viking was one of the many
gimmicks unscrupulous tele-
phone salesmen in Miami used
to sell lots in Viking.
The Viking area has been
developed by several com-
panies through the years. Be-
fore Okeechobee County was
formed, a company called
See Viking - Page 2


Local woman


rescues animals


By Victorias Hannon
Okeechobee News
A local woman has started
rescuing injured animals from
around Okeechobee.
Glenna Bolton rescued 32
animals in 2007 and has saved
28 so far this year.
She says most people who
contact her learn about her
through local newspapers, but
she has received a few calls
from the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office.
The first animal that she res-
cued was a mole that had been
attacked by a cat in January
2007:
For the most part, she picks
animals up after someone calls
her, reforms basic first aid and
then transports them to the re-
habilitation center.
"I want to make sure it [the


Submitted Photo
These two squirrels were
released back into the wild
in March after being res-
cued by Glenna Bolton.
animal]. goes somewhere that
people are on top of it and take
care of it," Ms. Bolton said.
She has already registered
with the state as a non-profit
cooperation, and is trying to get

See Rescue - Page 2


Lightning strikes can be dangerous


By Tonya Harden
Okeechobee News
Thunderstorms are created
when warm, moist air rises,
cools and condenses. It swells
into mounds of thick, billowy
cumulous clouds that quickly
darken into the towering, omi-
nous looking clouds character-
istic of thunderstorms. Strong,
gusty winds and heavy rains
with thunder and lighting will
soon follow.
According to Okeechobee
Emergency Management dur-
ing the summer months thun-
derstorms are more- likely to
occur over Lake Okeechobee
when the humidity and tem-
perature ashore is at a high.


. Recent weather activity
around Okeechobee has pro-
vided the right circumstances
for thunderstorms and light-
ning strikes. Showers during
the afternoons and continuing
through the night have pro-
vided ample high temperatures
and humidity for these storms
to flourish around our commu-
nity. Deputy Chief McCain of
Okeechobee Fire Rescue said
there have been approximately
18 brush fires two house fires
started by lightning reported
during June.
Mike Faulkner of Okeecho-
bee Emergency Management
warned that "anytime lightning
strikes anything its gonna dam-


age it."
A local family has lived that
truth and knows it all too well,
Jimmy and Dorothy Hayes.
On July 4, 2007 Mr. and
Mrs. Hayes were enjoying an
evening at home while a thun-
derstorm approached. Taking
some precautions for the im-
pending storm, they shut off
the television and maintained
a collected state as the storm
came through their area. Just
as they thought it had made
its way past Lazy 7 lightning
struck.
The lightning began as a
straight jolt atop the home
and made its way through the
See Lightening - Page 2


Submitted photo/Jimmy Hayes
This is an example of one of the holes left by the escaping
lightning in the roof of Dorothy and Jimmy Hayes home
when it was struck by lightning in July of 2007.


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Viking
Continued From Page 1

Southern Colonization first plat-
te.d the area and sold 20-acre lots.
In later years the property was
further subdivided into one and a
quarter acres lots. These lots were
sold by a company called South-
east Florida Properties and then
Viking Communities Corporation,
which later became Communities
Financial Corporation.
A search of documents filed
by all these companies with the
Okeechobee County Clerk of Cir-
cuit Court, including deeds to in-
dividual buyers, failed to disclose
any mention of hunting rights.
At one time there was a gate


Train
Continued From Page 1

listed Tampa Union Station was
donated by CSX to the City of
Tampa. It has been restored and
now serves as an Amtrak station.
In 1994 the Division of Histori-
cal Resources determined that the
Okeechobee depot was eligible
for NRHP listing. The building has
been described as an excellent
example of mission type architec-
ture applied to industrial use.
The depot was built for the
Florida, Western & Northern
Railroad, a subsidiary of the Sea-
board Air Line Railway, in the ear-


Rescue
Continued From Page 1

the operation set up to be a 501c3
organization.
"Eventually, I want to get a li-
cence to rehabilitate here," she
said.
Currently she works at the
nursery at Folke Peterson Wildlife
Center in Palm Beach County.
"I started by volunteering," she
said. She has now worked there
for over a year.
She works in .the nursery for
"baby season," which lasts from
April to November and elsewhere
at the center for the remaining
four months.
That is why after retrieving the
animal and providing it with first
aid, she takes it into work with
her. ' n . * i -
"iTh permit thatlI Hiave'aio-~l s
rAe to keep animals for 24 hours,"
Ms. Bolton said. "I am able to do
something that others might not
be able to because I work in re-
hab."


Lightning
Continued From Page 1

electrical wiring throughout the
home. "From the time it hit the
house, burnt all the plugs, hit the
TV turning it orange and then
from orange to black and then
out of the TV and hitting me in
the chest, took about a total of
ten seconds."
Mr. Hayes said that once the
lightning hit him in the chest
he passed out and hit the floor.
"When I woke up the last thing I
remembered was my wife saying
'Oh God!'."
Later, Mr. Hayes learned
that the lightning had traveled
through the house and towards
the rooftop. Once it reached the
top it "went around and around
in circles trying to find a way out.
When it couldn't it came back to
a center point and blew two big
holes in the roof about 30 inches
around each, then it got out. As it
was leaving it caused the roof to
catch on fire."
While fire rescue had been
called to the scene, Mr. Hayes and
his wife weren't taking any chanc-
es of allowing any more damage
to be done to the home. By the
time the fire rescue arrived on
scene in Lazy 7 the fire had been
extinguished. "We contribute that
to good neighbors. Something
we have all seen for more than
200 years is that even if you don't.


If you don't like the feeling or
the sound of your spine "pop-
ping" when visiting your chiro-
practor, then maybe the Activa-
tor Method is more your speed:
quick and easy.
"There's no twisting or thrust-
ing with the hands when using
the technique" said Dr. Dean
Schincariol one of the chiroprac-
tors of The Chiropractic Group,
LLC and advanced proficient in
the Activator Method.


across the only entrance to Vi-
king. That was during the time
when Mr. Williams built many of
the roads in Viking. He said the
gate was put up to keep people
from vandalizing his equipment
and stealing batteries. At that
time, very few people lived in
Viking and they all had keys, he
explained.
Residents of the area now
complain of people who do not
live there coming to hunt and ride
four wheelers on their property.
In the 1970s when very few
people actually lived in Viking,
hunting was not as much of a
problem as it is now. In recent
years, property values have in-
creased and more people have
become permanent residents of
the area.


ly 1920s. It was designed by the
architectural firm of Henry Ste-
phen Harvey and Louis Phillips
Clarke who developed standard
plans for many Seaboard Air Line
depots.
These same architects de-
signed the depots at Deerfield
Beach and Delray Beach. Both of
those structures are NRHP listed.
Messrs. Harvey and Clarke also
custom designed the depots at
West Palm Beach and Hialeah
and the Palm Beach Town Hall
and Fire Station.
The importance of the railroad
to Okeechobee during those early
days is indicated by the fact that
in 1926 the Okeechobee News
carried this caption in large let-


She was motivated to start
rescuing animals and working to
rehabilitate them by her love for
wildlife. She started to preform
those actions in Okeechobee
because "there are animals here
that need help too."
"It makes me feel good," she
said of the work that she does.
Over 60 percent of the animals
that she has saved have been
birds.
"I've had some calls where
people thought that animals
needed help, when they didn't,"
Ms. Bolton said. She has had oth-
er calls where the person waited
too long to call and the animal
could not be saved.
"One time I had a call about
this vulture that had been wan-
dering around for ten days," Ms.
Bolton said.
The vulture had a broken wing
Shich had heal-.,dd ir' positions
~-thIat did not allo.\. flight. Birds
bones heal quickly. V
"If someone had called at first,
it could have been saved," she
said.
A lot of the younger animals


know the person or don't like
them, Americans always come
together in a time of adversity."
Mr. Hayes has noticed the bad
bouts of lightning for the past
few weeks in Okeechobee and
although he definitely does not
want to experience the same
situation again, he seems secure
with the improvements and re-
pairs that have been made to his
home.
"It took nearly seven months.
From July of last year to Janu-
ary of this year to get it all fixed
through our insurance coverage.
We had to move to three differ-
ent places. But it's taken care of.
It was just a freak of nature. That's
the only way to explain it."
Emergency management
warns, however, that lightning
does not strike just during the
height of a thunderstorm. The
greatest danger actually comes
with the first or last flash of light-
ning, when people' are least ex-
pecting it. Emergency Manage-
ment also warns that Florida leads
the nation in lightning deaths and
injuries. Here people are struck
most often by lightning during the
"rainy" season, usually from May
to October with the peak month
being July:
As we all know location is of-
ten a contributing factor to the
severity of a lightning strike. For
example a body of water is more
likely to draw more severe con-
sequences than dry land. The
beach, lakes, fishing -piers and


By using a hand held instru-
ment to help re-align the verte-
bra, Dr. Schincariol delivers a
controlled, fast, low-force thrust
to the spine and extremities giv-
ing the same desired affect as us-
ing a manual technique.
"The speed of the instrument
is so fast your body's muscles
are less likely to resist thereby re-
moving any undue strain to the
patient," he said.
It works great for acute cases


ter across the bottom of the front
page: "South Florida's Chicago -
Okeechobeethe highway, railway
and waterway center."
Although it did not stop in
Okeechobee, the famous Orange
Blossom Special "the fastest train
on the line" that the late Johnny
Cash sang about passed through
Okeechobee. The Orange Blos-
som Special was a luxury all-
Pulllman train providing over-
night service between New York
City and Miami.
Currently Okeechobee is
served by Amtrak's Silver Star
which also provides service be-
tween Miami and New York City.
According to figures furnished
by Amtrak, 2,858 people used the


that are taken in are "kidnapped,"
she said.
"There is no need to take
a baby animal if the mother is
there," Ms. Bolton said. "People
see a baby bird on the ground and
think it has been abandoned."
In fact in some of these cases
the bird is just trying to learn to
fly.
Of the animals that she has
taken into the rehab center, some
have healed and been able, to be
released in a week, others have
taken months to be ready to go
back to the wild.
"That's my favorite part, re-
leasing them," Ms. Bolton said.
"That's success; accomplishing
your goal.
After the rescued animal has
received medical care and reha-
bilitation, she reforms a soft re-
lease.
This means that she puts it into
an outdoor cage so that it gets a
chance to get used to being out-
side and the weather.
The cage is located in an area
where the animals can live safely.
Animals generally come back to


small boats often attract lightning
and the damage is certainly more
destructive. However, other vul-
nerable locations include open
areas with a few trees such as
ball fields, playgrounds and golf
courses.
To help you become more
familiar with the proper precau-
tions and procedures during thun-
derstorms and possible lightning
strikes follow these rules:
*If outside, get inside a build-
ing or an all metal vehicle (not a
convertible).
*Avoid leaning against a ve-
hicle. Get off bicycles or motor-
cycles.
*Get out of the water, off the
beach and out of small boats'
and canoes. If caught in a boat,
crouch down in the center of the
boat, away from metal hardware.
Avoid standing in puddles of wa-
ter. Rubber boots offer little pro-
tection.
*When there is no shelter,
avoid the highest object in the
area. If only isolated trees are
nearby, your best protection is
to crouch in the open, keeping
twice as far away from isolated
trees that are high.
*Avoid -hilltops, open spaces,
wire fences, metal clothes lines,
exposed sheds, and any electrical-
ly conductive, elevated objects.
*Do not use metallic objects
like golf clubs, fishing rods, tennis
rackets and tools.
*Do not work on fences, tele-
phone or power lines, pipelines,


such as whiplash or those who
are more delicate such as se-
niors," he explained.
He added the technique has
been around for 40 years, is
heavily researched and known
for its' reliability.
For more information call The
Chiropractic Group at 863-357-
3800 or visit the Activator web-
site www.activatormethods.com


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Okeechobee station in fiscal year
2006. That figure was up slightly
by 5.7 percent to 3,067 in fiscal
year 2007.
Lifelong Okeechobee resident
Betty Chandler Williamson, presi-
dent of the Okeechobee Histori-
cal Society, recalls waiting for the
train in the old train station which
she remembers as having a fire-
place. She said that the mail came
twice a day by train. Whenever
residents heard the train whistle
they knew that mail would be in
their post office boxes within an
hour.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
atpgawda@newszap.com.


areas that they have been given
food.
Most of the animals that are
successfully released are brought
in as babies. That means that at
the rehab center, they have to
teach the animals to fend for
themselves with live prey and
large cages where the birds can
fly.
"I'm learning so much about
'animals and rehab," Ms. Bolton
said. The center that she works at
has veterinarians and veterinary
technicians that have shown her
how to wrap wings and preform
first aid to injured animals.
"If anyone knows something, I
would like to know about it," Ms.
Bolton said.
She says that if a person sus-
pects that an animal might need
help, it is best to call so that some-
one can look�AUL. She can be
contacted at 6 3--.-1 1 . 55.
"It's good tlat people can call
and I can go out and check it
out," Ms. Bolton said. "I don't like
to take things without assessing if
it really needs help."


steel fabrications, antennae, or on
roof tops; or other high places.
*Stop tractor work and heavy
construction equipment, espe-
cially when pulling metal equip-
ment, and dismount. Do not seek
shelter under the equipment.
Tractors. and other implements in
metallic contact with the ground
are often struck by lightning.
*At construction sites, move
to a location beneath a solid roof.
Avoid openings such as windows
or doors.
*Don't be under a carport or
in an open garage.
SIndoors, stay away from open
doors and windows, fireplaces, ra-
diators, stoves, metal pipes, sinks,
and plug in electrical devices. Stay
out of the shower or bathtub and
off the toilet. Do not use a corded
telephone or a computer. Unplug
major appliances such as televi-
sions and air conditioners. Light-
ning can enter the house through
electrical, telephone and plumb-
ing connections.
*Persons struck by lightning
receive a severe electrical shock
and may be burned, but they car-
ry no electrical charge and can be
handled safely. A person "killed"
by lightning can often be revived
by prompt CPR. Other persons,
who appear only stunned, may
also need medical attention. Do
not let victims walk around. Give
them first aid for shock.


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Today: Partly cloudy. Isolated showers and thunderstorms 'late
in the morning. Scattered showers and thunderstorms early in
the afternoon...Then, numerous afternoon showers and thunder-
storms. Highs in the upper 80s. East winds 5 to 10 mph increasing
to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms
through midnight. Lows in the mid 70s. East winds around 5 mph.
Chance of rain 40 percent.

Extended Forecast
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunder-
storms. Highs around 90. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of
rain 50 percent.
Tuesday evening: Partly cloudy. Isolated evening showers and
thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday: Partly sunny with a slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday evening: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 70s.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunder-
storms. Highs in the lower 90s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Thursday evening: Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 70s.
Friday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunder-
storms. Highs in the lower 90s. Chance of rain 40 percent.


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Hunting is only one of the
problems faced by area residents.
There is also the issue of road
maintenance. The only county
maintained roads in the area are
Peavine Trail, East Grade and 101
Ranch Road. Many of the other
216 miles of roads are simply
easements with adjoining proper-
ty owners each contributing half
of the easement. Coquina Water
Control District has easements on
the roads following the section
lines. Coquina's main purpose is
to control drainage in the district.
While Coquina collects an as-
sessment from all property own-
ers, that money is primarily used
to maintain 25 miles of canals,
over 10 acres of retention area
and two major outfall structures.
Coquina has limited road main-


tenance authority dealing with
roads giving access to their water
control structures.
There is also the problem of
garbage collection. Because many
of the Viking roads are impassible
to garbage trucks, the area does
not have curb side garbage col-
lection like the rest of the county.
Residents have to take their gar-
bage to a central collection point.
As the population of the area
increases, these problems will be-
come more acute. No one seems
to have the answer but the con-
sensus seems to be that, in time,
as the population continues to
increase, these problems will be
solved in some way.
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News Briefs

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 restric-
tions. Cars will be picked up anywhere in Florida, usually within a
week, and are 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
advocate for a better quality of life for Floridians with unique needs.
Volunteers are appointed by the governor for a four-year term. Lo-
cal meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in Fort
Pierce. Call Penina Popper at 800-342-0825 for information; or, visit
www.floridasac.org.

Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offer-
ing parenting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encouraged to attend. Each participant will
receive a gift. This adults-only parenting class consists of six, one-
hour classes. You must attend all six classes to get a certificate of
completion. We now have day and evening classes available. No
child care will be available. Call 863-462-5877 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 em-
ployee or job. For more, visit their web site at www.tcjobs.org; or,
call 863-462-5350.

Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for mon-
ey. Martha's House can also have them 9-1-1 activated for partici-
pants. 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.



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Okeechobee News, Monday, July 7, 2008 3


Gloria's Sweet-N-Blooms opens


By Victoria Hannon
Okeechobee News
A new floral business has
opened in Okeechobee that offers
much more than just flowers.
Gloria's Sweets-N-Blooms, lo-
cated at 215 S.W. Park St., offers a
wide variety of merchandise that
will appeal to almost anyone.
"We figured out what we like
and tried to broaden that," Gloria
Vonderau, the owner, said. "We
try to be able to accommodate
the public."
Their hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday through Saturday and 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
"If our hours don't work for
someone, we are happy to stay
later by appointment," Ms. Von-
derau said.
This shop offers fresh and
silk flowers, gift baskets, cakes,
candies, other deserts, collect-
ibles like Fayzahspanos dolls
and Thomas Kinkade flags, hand
poured candles, stepping stones
and much more.
They are even selling all natu-
ral dog treats.
"We're going to figure some-
thing out for cats," Ms. Vonderau
said.
Tyna Wilkins, the co-owner,
and her seem to be ready to try
their hand at anything.
"We're open for anything,"
Ms. Vonderau said. "You give us
your idea and we'll see if we can
work with it."
They are already planning to
try things that they are not already
doing.
This includes trying to make
things out of blown sugar.


"Come season, I'm going to
try my hand at blowing sugar,"
said Ms. Vonderau. This process
is similar to blowing glass and the
current plan is to try and make
Christmas tree ornaments.
Another one of the things that
*they are planing to do is have a
plan that people can buy so that
they send the same person flow-
ers once a month for however
long they wish.
A lot of the things that Gloria's
Sweets-N-Blooms sells are hand
made.
The candles are hand poured
and triple scented,.the tiles and
stepping stones are all made by
people at the shop and even some
of the tags that they sell are made
by senior citizens in Florida.
"It gives it some depth that it is
hand made," Ms. Vonderau said.
With all of the additional things
that they sell, they do sell cakes
and flowers in a wide variety.
They decorate cakes for any
occasion. Ms. Vonderau worked
for 19 years as a cake decorator
for Publix.
"Gloria does speciality cakes
that are very unique," Ms. Wilkins
said. "We wanted to offer things
that you couldn't find somewhere
else."
Ms. Vonderau expressed the
same faith in Ms. Wilkins abili-
ties.
"Tyna (Wilkins) is the same,"
Ms. Vonderau said. "She has been
at it for longer than I have."
Ms. Wilkins grew up around
floral design and has been a floral
designer most of her life.
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TERMS OF ENDEARMENT: I agree that it is not appropriate for
words such as "sweetie, honey, dear and darling" are not appropriate
for use in any business setting. You can be polite and cordial with-
out using such familiar terms. At worst, using such words might be
viewed as sexual harassment. Or these words may be sending the
wrong message. This is something managers should review with any-
one who works with the public. Be friendly, but not too friendly and
watch what you say. Some people do not like being called "sweet-
heart" by anyone other than their significant other.
HURRICANE: Watching this tropical storm out in the Atlantic, I
can't help but think that it would be good for Florida if it does come
ashore. We need the rain. Besides, we all know how to get through
a hurricane.
SKUNK APE: I am glad to read about the local Skunk Ape sight-
ings. It gives people something fun to speculate about. I believe there
is a Seminole legend about a creature they call 'the hairy man' who is
about seven or eight feet tall, covered in hair, living in the Everglades.
Maybe the Florida version of Bigfoot does exist. And maybe we could
get a few tourist dollars out of the deal.
TEEN PREGNANCY: In this day and age, when birth control is
available I do not understand why these teenage girls are getting preg-
nant. They have choices. If they chose to engage in that kind of behav-
ior, the least they could do is use birth control. These babies growing
up with mothers who are still children themselves is taking a toll on
this country. It is straining the public services such as Medicaid, Food
Stamps and Welfare.
GATORS: I looked up the information on the FWC Web site about
alligator attacks and found that it appears alligators are no more ag-
gressive today than they were 30 years ago. It was always a very bad
idea to swim in a waterway known to be home to alligators. And you
should never walk a dog near a gator's territory. The report lists the
following fatal attacks, starting in the 1970s. Sharon Holmes, 16, was
attacked while swimming in Oscar Scherer State Park, Sarasota Coun-
ty, on Aug. 16, 1973 at dusk. George Leonard, 52, was attacked while
swimming in the Peace River Canal, Charlotte County, on Sept. 28,
1977 at 8:35 p.m. Phillip Rastrelli, 14, was attacked while swimming
across the Hidden River Canal off Bessie Creek in Martin County on
Sept. 10, 1978 at noon. Robert Crespo, 11, was attacked while swim-
ming in a canal in St. Lucie County on Aug. 6,1984 at 4:30 p.m. George
Cummings III, 29, was attacked while snorkeling in the Wakulla River
on July 13, 1987 at 2 p.m. Erin Glover, 4, female, was attacked while
walking along the shore of Hidden Lake, Charlotte County on June
4, 1988 at 6:10 p.m. According to reports, the gator bit her after she
stepped on the submerged animal. Bradley Weidenhamer, 10, 'was
attacked while wading in the Loxahatchee River at Jonathan Dickin-
son State Park in Martin County on June 19, 1993. Grace Eberhart, 70,
female, was attacked at Lake Serenity in Sumter County on Oct. 3,
1993. Adam Binford, 3, was attacked at Lake Ashby in Volusia County
on March 21, 1997. The child strayed outside the roped-off swimming
area in a county park to pick some lily pads when an 1.1-foot alligator
attacked him. Splashing dogs in the area may have attracted the alliga-
tor. Samuel Wetmore, 70, was attacked in a pond near his residence in
Venice in Sarasota County. Alexandria Murphy, 2, female, was attacked
at Lake Cannon in Polk County on June 23, 2001. She wandered 700
feet from her fenced backyard where she had been playing when last
seen by her mother. Robert Steele, 82, was attacked near his house
o n Rabbit Road in Sanibel on Sept. 11, 2001. Steele was walking his
terrier on a narrow path that ran between two wetland areas. Brian
Griffin, 12, was attacked while swimming near a boat ramp in the
Dead River in Lake County on June 18, 2003. That alligator and several
other large alligators were destroyed. Janie Melsek, 54, was attacked
while landscaping along Poinciana Circle, Sanibel on July 21, 2004.
Michelle Reeves, 20, was attacked while swimming after midnight in
a retention pond at the Lee Memorial Health Park in Lee County on
Sept. 26, 2004. Kevin Murray, 41, was attacked while swimming in a
canal in Port Charlotte on July 15, 2005.
, SKUNK APE: I saw an article online that there were a lot of Skunk
Ape sightings in the Lakeport area some years ago. Does anyone re-
member that?.
GOVERNMENT: The scary part is that there are still people who
think that all the woes of society can be solved by the government.
Thus, we are in about our fourth generation of people in this coun-
try who have been provided for by a society that required nothing of
them as far as effort to provide for themselves, who have neither the
desire nor the reason to work to better themselves, who have been
encouraged by "public assistance" programs fostered by a Demo-
cratic idealism to have multiple children out of wedlock so they can
receive more "benefits," and who have the appreciation of a coon in
the garbage can for what the rest of us have to do to provide them
with what they now consider "entitlements." And the ones Who have
invested, studied, researched, worked, and taken the risks to accom-
plish good things in this society, including the companies which have
helped us become as successful a nation as we are, are made out to
be the bad guys while our pockets are being stripped so the freeload-
ers in this country, legally or illegally, are sitting at home laughing at
us. "Give a man a fish" and he will sit at the dock like a smug pelican
expecting the fishermen to keep giving him fish without any intention
of picking up a pole.



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Letters to the Editor


Okeechobee says,
'Goodbye Mrs. Wells'
Okeechobee lost a wonderful
educator and citizen on June 26,
when Valerie White Wells passed
away suddenly. Known to us as
Valerie White until her recent
marriage, she taught for many
years in Okeechobee's school
system and, with her unique per-
sonality, endeared herself to in-
numerable students, parents, and
co-workers. But she was much
more than a teacher.
I was first introduced to Val-
erie many years ago at a youth
baseball game by my wife, Carol,
who worked with Valerie in the
school system. She quickly im-


pressed me as a warm, friendly,
funny lady, but also quite intelli-
gent and knowledgeable. I came
to have much respect for her and
valued her friendship. She clearly
cared for not only her own chil-
dren, but every child she came
into contact with. And there was
no mistaking that they cared for
her. Our own 18 year old son has
enjoyed a consistent humorous
exchange of greetings with "Mrs.
White" for many years, one that
always started their encounters
with smiles. He will miss that, as
I will miss seeing her waving to
me in her shiny pick-up when we
passed each other frequently in
years gone by.
Valerie was humorous, but
that trait was not a shield for an


Community Calendar
Monday, July 7
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.
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 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys sing-
ing 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 Monday 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-
2106.
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 863-697-1792.
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, at Maureen Budjinski 863-484-0110.
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 offU.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 infor-
mation, call Lydia Hall 863-357-6729 or Betty Perera 863-467-6808.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. -at
the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone is
welcome. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church of
SJesus 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.
. A.A. 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 meeting.


otherwise diffident or shy nature,
as is so often the case. No, Val-
erie was genuinely outgoing and
self-confident. She was educated,
of course, but she accomplished
this during a time when obtaining
a college education was not easy
for a black woman. Her deter-
mined spirit and self-assuredness
got her through to her college de-
gree, but also gave her the cour-
age and strength to speak her
mind when she had something to
say. I always admired that about
Valerie.
Okeechobee will miss Valerie
White Wells in the school system,
but also in the community itself.
Her service on the boards of Hos-
pice and the Public Library, and
being honored as Woman of the


Year by the Business Women's
Association, are but snapshots
from her life of involvement in
her neighborhood and this com-
munity as a whole.
While my family was shocked
to learn of her passing and mourns
our personal loss of a good friend,
our hearts go out to her family, es-
pecially to her husband, Angelo,
and her dear mother, Mrs. Mattie
White, for whom I know Valerie
had deep love and devotion. They,
much more than we, surely feel
the pain of her passing and have
empty places in their hearts that
now can only be filled by warm
memories of a wonderful, caring,
and admirable lady.
Jerry Bryant
Okeechobee


Community Events

Red Cross offers summer classes
SThe 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.

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.

Program for grandparents on radio

Saturday, July 12, at 7:30 a.m. on 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM, guest
speaker Jeffrey Ralicki, Executive Director; Janice Maier, Prevention
Specialist and Director of the Grand Program; Sheilah Newmann, a
grandparent bringing up two grandchildren will be on to discuss the
Grand (great relationships achieve noble dreams) program for grand-
parents facing the challenges of bringing up their grandchildren and
dealing with children issues. For more information contact Janice
Maier at Tykes and Teens - 772-220-3439 or online at www.tykesand-
teens.org.

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.

Glades Gun Club to host shooting event
The Glades County Gun club will hold an open range shooting
event.
On Saturday, July 12. The range is located at the Glades County
Sheriff's
Gun Range at Gun Club Road on S.R. 78, 4.2 mi N.E. of U.S. 27.
Glades County residents are welcome at no charge. Insurance re-
quires 11 guests to register, attend a short range safety briefing and sign
a waiver. Eye and ear protection is mandatory and will be available
by the club.
The gate will open at 8 a.m., registration from 8:15-8:45 p.m.,
briefing at 8:45 p.m. Shooting to begin after briefing till about 11 a.m.
Guests will accompanied and supervised by a club member at the
firing line for safety. Black powder guns are welcome. For further in-
formation call 863-946-2566.

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.


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At the Movies

The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres III..Movie times for Friday, June
27, through Thursday, July 3, are as follows:
Theatre I - "Hancock" (PG-13) Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II - "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.


CLOSE TO HOME


With neither candidate wanting to be seen as
weak for taking a vacation, McCain and Obama
agree to vacation together.


Dear Abby


Husband's road behavior driving wife nuts


DEAR ABBY: "Robert" and I
have been married seven years
and have two sons, ages 1 and 3.
Something is bothering me that
didn't before -- Robert's driving.
My husband speeds, tailgates,
honks his horn to make others
go faster and uses racial epi-
thets. If I say anything to him, he
accuses me of not trusting him
or says I'm looking for some-
thing to complain about.
I am concerned for our safety
and the impact Robert's behav-
ior has on our sons, not to men-
tion my worry about road rage.
If either of our mothers drove
with us they would cringe. What
can I do? -- ROAD BULLY'S
WIFE IN SAN FRANCISCO
DEAR WIFE: You are right
to be concerned. Your husband
is setting a terrible example for
the children. His behavior be-
hind the wheel could cause an
accident or worse.
Drivers who behave the way
he does are often using their
vehicles as an outlet to vent an-
ger or frustration about other
things than the flow of traffic.
Your husband appears to be
unhappy about something, and
it's important for both of you to
get to the bottom of it before he
hurts someone, or someone in
your family gets hurt.


DEAR ABBY: My husband,
"Ollie," and I have been married
three years, together for almost
six. Everything is going well, but
his parents are a problem. They
pressure us to visit them when-
ever we have time off. They live
on the East Coast and we live in
the Southwest, so visiting them
is expensive.
Ollie wants to visit them
whenever we have time off.
I feel once a year is enough. I
know he enjoys spending time
with his parents, and I hate to
have him not go because of me.
But I'm beginning to resent my
in-laws because I have spent all
my vacations with them.
Abby, Ollie and I have never
been on a trip by ourselves -- not
even a honeymoon. I can't keep
doing this. We have no children
yet. How am I supposed to deal
with it when we do if I'm hav-
ing a hard time now? Any sug-
gestions would be appreciated.
-- STRESSED IN THE SOUTH-
WEST
DEAR STRESSED: That you
and Ollie have never taken a trip
alone is sad. It appears he and
his parents are so bonded they
are unable to let each other go.
Perhaps a compromise is in
order. Divide up your vacation
time. Suggest that Ollie visit his


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parents alone, and use the rest
of the vacation time to take a
trip together.
If you don't assert some in-
dependence now, by the time
grandchildren start arriving,
it will be more difficult to es-
tablish family traditions of your
own.
You can try getting this mes-
sage across to Ollie, but you
may need the help of a family
therapist to convince him to
see the light. Please consider
it.
DEAR ABBY: I am a "tween"
who loves to share stories with
my mom. When I tell Mom
about my crushes .and prob-
lems with my friends, I always
tell her, "Don't tell Dad, please
." She says she won't, but I
found out that she tells my fa-
ther everything. I am really em-
barrassed. Can I trust her any-
more? -- LILLI IN THE CITY
DEAR LILLI: Your mother
should not have made'you a
promise, and then have bro-
ken it. It may have happened
because she thought your fa-
ther had a right to know what
was going on with his little girl.
That said, there's something
YOU should know: A secret is
no longer a secret when more
than one person knows it.


Astrology
By Eugenia Last


ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Take a position and stay with it
when dealing with colleagues or
horiz presenting something you want
THEIo to do. You will get the support
ers spell you need.if you are persistent and
confident. Tread carefully with the
Letters ones you love. 3 stars
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
A E Set things up, make plans and
refuse to take no for an answer.
U S Network with colleagues or get
T O together with people who in-
'spire you. Love is in the stars and
A T partnerships of all kinds will be
E T worthwhile. 5 stars
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
R O Don't get all worked up over
T S nothing. Weakness on your part
will give someone who is oppos-
E I ing you the edge. Erratic behavior
will be your demise but, with in-
A R genuity, calm and an unexpected
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contend with. 2 stars
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1 O Surround yourself with the people
you love most. Seniors or experi-
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p y realize what possibilities are avail-
able to you. It's not the time to be
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7/7 well-thought-out change. 4 stars
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rated, will give you the edge. A change
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trouble and help you discover
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you say that will count. Entertain
someone you are trying to impress
but let him or her do the talking.
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to be self- Don't ruffle feathers or push
t' someone who is likely to push
ofcrime back. Low-key is your best bet.
supporters
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threaten your personal or profes-
taker sional position. 3 stars
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov.
McLean 21): There is a lot more going on
cces around you than you realize. Talk
PUZZLE: to people and find out what they
really expect of you. Once you.
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depending on how you feel about
the contributions this person has
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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
S 18): What you have to do and
what you want to do will conflict.
Consider trying to combine the
38 3 two by including both friends and
colleagues in your plans. A little
friendly push on your part will
help others align themselves with
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Chain letters and hoaxes often found in your e-mail


Diane Timmons
Okeechobee News
It happened again last week.
An -acquaintance of mine sent
me an email that promised a $50
gift certificate to a well-known
restaurant if I would just forward
the email to nine of my closest
friends. The email, of course, asks
them to forward it to their nine
closest friends, and so on.
What I have described here is
a chain letter email style. Or, you
may know it as a form of spam.
Spam can be definedas asn un-
solicited bulk message you find
in your email. It includes, chain
letters, items for sale and get rich
quick schemes. They should all
be investigated further before you
pass them on.
Instead of forwarding these
emails, here's a suggestion. Take


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Seniors
a few minutes to find out if what
it promises is real. Ninety percent
of the time it's a fake. The $50 cer-
tificate will never come, the boy
who's going to die isn't really sick,


and there is no petition circulating
that desperately needs your name
put on the end of a list. To check
this out, go to a favorite site of
mine known as Snopes at www.
snopes.com. I invite you to try it.
Near the top of the Snopes web
page you will find a box called
"Search." Type in the pertinent
words from the suspect email.
For example, from the above
message, I typed in "$50 gift cer-
tificate to restaurant." Then press
Go. This search box looks at all
the spam email that Snopes has
researched and returns the results
that most resemble the search
words you used. In this case, the
search words above returned two
examples.
I clicked on the first example
which read "snopes.com: Ap-
plebees Gift Certificates." When I


click on that line, it takes me to
a page that further describes the
hoax and tells you whether it is
true or false. Interestingly, it also
gives you a little history about
how Ipng it's been around and if
it has appeared in any other form.
Let me tell you, there are some
really old hoaxes still circulating.
And now to the important
part, don't send this on to your
email friends. Junk email like this
overloads the Internet in its most
virulent form. In its mildest form,
it makes you look a little foolish.
I'm sorry to have to report to
my friend who thinks he's getting
a $50 give certificate that it's never
going to arrive. Happy comput-
ing.
Please send your questions or com-
ments to dtimmons@newszap.com.
We welcome your input.


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Improved health care and life-
style changes have more Ameri-
cans living into their 80s and be-
yond. The result is that the grown
children of many of these seniors
now find themselves facing in-
creasing demands for help. Some-
times it's a hard demand to meet.
SWhile none of us want to
abandon an elderly parent facing
mounting physical and psycholog-
ical challenges, the needs of our
own lives and families can make it
difficult to always be available.
The result is often increased
personal anxiety and stress, and a


tional energy tnat an elderly parent
may require might mean that the
grown child's owri life and imme-
diate family is paying the price as,
their own needs are neglected.
It's an increasingly common
situation with no easy cures. But
if such stress is something you're
facing, try asking yourself some
basic questions:
Are the needs of your aging par-
ent real, or simply the demands of
an elderly parent who feels you
"owe" help when and where he
or she wants it?
Can siblings help? Even chil-
dren who are living far away, or
are emotionally not close to that
parent, can sometimes surprise
with offers of aid when invited to


lNeignoors or rnienas may be eager
to offer help and reduce some of
your burden. Your local Council
on Aging can provide advice on
appropriate services available.
Are you prioritizing your time
and activities? Your own family, as
well as you yourself, deserve your
attention and care. Sometimes say-
ing "no" because your own needs
and those of your family must be
met is simply something that must
be done sometimes.
Are you managing your time
well? Create a schedule to help an
aging parent with small chores,
like shopping or bill paying, rather
than just being available on de-
mand.
While it's natural to .want to


on their own, it's important to
recognize that each of us have
limits. Overextending yourself to
help that elderly parent can result
in negative consequences for you
and your family that can bring a
heavy price. Be realistic and rea-
sonable about the help that you
can provide and you'll better ben-
efit yourself, your own family and
your aging parent.
"The Counseling.Corner" is provided
as a public service by the American
Counseling Association, the nation's
largest organization of counseling
professionals. Learn more about the
counseling profession at the ACA web
site, www.counseling.org.


Today in History


Today is Monday, July 7, the
189th day of 2008. There are 177
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
tory:
On July 7, 1865, four people
were hanged in Washington, D.C.,
for conspiring with John Wilkes
Booth to assassinate President
Lincoln.
On this date:
In 1807, Napoleon I of France
and Czar Alexander I of Russia
signed a treaty at Tilsit ending war
between their empires.
In 1898, the United States an-
nexed Hawaii.
In 1908, the Democratic Na-
tional Convention opened in Den-
ver.
In 1930, construction began
on Boulder Dam (later Hoover
Dam).
In 1948, six female reservists


became the first women to be
sworn into the regular U.S. Navy.
In 1958, President Eisenhower
signed the Alaska Statehood Act,
which went into effect in January
1959.,
In 1981, President Reagan an-
nounced he was nominating Ari-
zona Judge Sandra Day O'Connor
to become the first female justice
on the U.S. Supreme Court.
In 1983, 11-year-old Samantha
Smith of Manchester, Maine, left
for a visit to the Soviet Union at
the personal invitation of Soviet
leader Yuri V Andropov..
In 2005, suicide terrorist
bombings in three Underground
stations and a double-decker bus
killed 52 victims and four bomb-
ers in the worst attack on London
since World War II.
Ten years ago: A jury in
Santa Monica, Calif., convicted


Mikhail Markhasev of murdering
Ennis Cosby, Bill Cosby's only
son, during a roadside robbery.
(Markhasev was sentenced to life
in prison without possibility of
parole.) Imprisoned Nigerian op-
position leader Moshood Abiola
died of what the government said
was a heart attack. The American
League defeated the National
League 13-8 in baseball's All-Star
Game, played in Denver.
Five years ago: A chunk of
foam insulation fired at shuttle
wing parts blew open a gaping
16-inch hole, yielding what one
member of the Columbia investi-
gation team said was the "smok-
ing gun" proving what brought
down the spaceship. NASA
launched its second Mars rover.
A federal judge approved a' settle-
ment fining WorldCom $750 mil-
lion for its $11 billion accounting


Senior citizens more socially


Most people think that people
become more socially isolated as
they reach into their senior years
and beyond. That is just not true,
say researchers at the Univer-
sity of Chicago. Their study finds
them remaining vital and active
members of society. Many in their
80s are more active than when
they were 50.
The research team found that
although older individuals have
fewer intimate relationships, they
may respond to social loss by
becoming more likely to volun-
teer, attend religious services and
spend time with their neighbors
than those in their 50s.
"A person's social network will
inevitably shrink a little as they re-
tire, as they begin to experience
bereavements, and so on. That
is where the stereotype comes
from," said University researcher
Benjamin Cornwell.
"But that stereotypical image
of the 'isolated elderly' really falls
apart when we broaden our con-
ception of what social connected-
ness is. In our study, we looked at
other forms of social involvement
as well and found that older adults
are more socially engaged in the
community than we thought," he


said. The study, the first systemat-
ic, nationally representative look
at both social networks and com-
munity involvement among older
Americans, revealed these details
of social involvement:
About three-quarters of older
adults between the ages of 57 and
85 socialize with their neighbors,
attend religious services, volun-
teer or attend meetings of other
organized groups on at least a
weekly basis. Those in their 80s
were twice as likely as those in
their 50s to engage in one of these
activities.
Whereas about 50 percent of
people in their 70s and 80s social-
ize with neighbors on at least a
weekly basis, about 40 percent of
people in their 50s and 60s do. In
fact, people in their early 80s are
more than twice as likely to so-
cialize with their neighbors than
people in their late 50s.
About 50 percent of those in
their 70s and 80s attend religious
services on at least a weekly ba-
sis, compared to 40 percent of
people in their 50s and 60s. Peo-
ple in their 70s are twiceas likely
to attend religious services on at
least a weekly basis as people in
their late 50s, and those in their


80s are nearly 50 percent more
likely to do so.
About 22 percent of people in
their 70s and 80s volunteer on a
weekly basis, compared to about
17 percent of those in their older
50s. People in their 70s and 80s
are about 36 percent more likely
to volunteer on at least a weekly
basis than people in their 50s.
Cornwell, Postdoctoral Fellow
in the Center on Demography
and Economics of Aging at the
University of, Chicago, is the lead
author of the paper, "The Social
Connectedness of Older Adults: A
National Profile," published in the
April issue of the American Socio-
logical Review. Other authors are
Edward O. Laumann, the George
Herbert. Mead Distinguished Ser-
vice Professor of Sociology at the
University of Chicago, and L. Phil-
ip Schumm, Senior Biostatistician
in the Department of Health Stud-
ies at the University of Chicago.
The study was based on in-
home interviews with 3,005 peo-
ple, ages 57 to 85, between July
2005 and March 2006, as part of
the National Social Life, Health;
and Aging Project supported by
the National Institutes' of Health.
The National Opinion Research


scandal. Golfer Hilary Lunke won
the U.S. Women's Open.
One year ago: A truck bomb
devastated the public market in
Armili, Iraq, killing at least 115
people. A 24-hour music mara-
thon spanning seven continents
reached the Western Hemisphere
with rappers, rockers and country
stars taking the stage at Live Earth
concerts to fight climate' change.
Venus Williams claimed her
fourth Wimbledon title with a 6-4,
6-1 victory over Marion Bartoli.
Thought for Today: "There
is no.escape; man drags man
down, or man lifts man up." At-
tributed to Booker T. Washington,
American educator and author
(1856-1915).



engaged
Center at the University of Chi-
cago conducted the survey.
Laumann said the research
provides a new way of looking at
how people relate to society as
they age. Additional time spent
on social activities isn't necessar-
ily a response to older Americans
having more time, he said, or the
result of a different perspective
among older Americans as com-
pared with baby boomers, many
of whom are in their late 50s.
"In this light, we may better
understand the greater involve-
ment of the oldest adults in civic
activities not as an outcome of
generational differences in com-
mitment to community or civic
spirit, but as an effort to regain
control over their social environ-
ments," he said.
Cornwell said, "The new im-
age of the older American is this:
Far from being helpless isolates,
they are actually extraordinary
adaptive creatures. Not only are
older adults exceptionally adap-
tive to social loss, but we specu-
late that they may also be more
proactive than younger adults in
establishing ties to the commu-
nity. In short, they appear to be
more socially engaged."


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To All My Valued Patients
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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
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and wastewater collection maintenance department. All candi-
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and daily outdoor labor assignments in the installation and
maintenance of the Okeechobee utility system. Applicants
must be courteous and professional in dealing with our cus-
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training, uniforms, health benefits, paid vacation/sick leave and
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Employment -
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Employment -
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Employment
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Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230




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Equipment 665
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Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
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Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
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Apartments ' 905
Business Places 910
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House - Rent 930
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Roommate 950
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OAK LAKE VILLAS Remodeled
2/2-W&D-Lg. screened patio
2 until. rooms. $850 mo., 1st
last & sec. (863)634-3313


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CBS home, all new applianc-
es, off 15A, $700 month+
security (305)794-0239
BUCKHEAD RIDGE:
LAKE ACCESS:
Waterfront, large 1800 sf,
3 BR, 2 BA w/Sea Wall.
$850/month. 863-634-5236
Dream House- 3br/2ba, Stain-
less appl., more upgrades,
$1300 month includes lawn
main. (941)780-3164
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & rets. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
OKECHOBEE - 3BR/1BA Du-
plex, washer & dryer hook-
up, central a/c & heat. $775
mo. + $500 sec. Move in
NoW! (863)763-4414
OKEE- 2br, lba, on 2 city lots
w/ oak trees. $750 mo.
+Sec. Dep. 920 NW 4th St.
Call (561)762-7660
OKEECHOBEE - 3/2, furnished,
1550 sq ft, exc cond., fire-
place, W/D, $210 weekly
(561)202-7702
RANCH SETTING - 2 Bdrm., 1
Ba. Available now! Very
clean, no pets. $525 mo. +
sec. (863)467-1717
Rent to Own - 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
863-599-0156 or
561-248-3888
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.
(863)467-0831


2 roommates needed, male or
female, prefer non-smoker,
all utilities incl. $125 wk. Call
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Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
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Condos/
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Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property - Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
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Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
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Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



4br/2ba with loft, office and
laundry room combined, fire-
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OKEECHOBEE PARK- Corner
lot #24. $20,000
(561)434-9639

Mobile Homes



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




BHR - 4 br, 2 ba,-fenced yard,
on canal, $900/mo + sec dep.
(863)824-0981


BHR - MH for rent, 1br, Iba,
$350/mo + sec, yearly pref.
Avail now 55+ Park
(863)763-7164
BUCKHEAD RIDGE - 2br, 2ba,
furn or unfurn; move in for
$1000, must have ref's
(863)824-0981
DOUBLEWIDE - 3/2 on 2
acres E. of town, non-smok.
env. No pets. $950/mo 1st &
sec (772)473-6072
MH - 1BR/1BA, all util, fur-
nished $650 mo. + $200
sec. dep. 828 Hwy. 441 SE.
863-763-4460/610-1386
OKEECHOBEE - North of town,
guiet family neighborhood,
3br, 2ba dbl wide on 1 acre.
Pets ok. $850/mo, 1st, last
& sec. Will work with right
person (863)697-6713
OKEECHOBEE ON RIM CANAL
- 2br, 2ba, nice lot,
$850/mo. (863)467-6309



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Recreation



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




HONDA DIRTBIKE, '05 - CRF
250R, been in storage less
than 10 hrs., mint cond.,
$3500 neg. (863)697-8056


Automobiles



Automobiles 41005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts - Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailets 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
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