Okeechobee news
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Title: Okeechobee news
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee, Fla
Creation Date: July 27, 2008
Publication Date: 2000-
Frequency: daily
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Okeechobee (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Okeechobee County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States of America -- Florida -- Okeechobee -- Okeechobee
Additional Physical Form: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
General Note: Latest issue consulted: Vol. 91, no. 182 (June 30, 2000).
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Vol. 99 No. 209

OC SO upgrades
phone system
On Tuesday, July 29, the
phone system at the Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff's Office will
be upgraded. As a result, the
phone system will be non-oper-
ational from 5 until 8 p.m. The
only phone line that will still be
working will be the 9-1-1 line.
Club Soccer to hold
fund raiser
A Celebrity server night will
be held on Tuesday night, July
29, at Golden Corral to help
raise funds for the Okeechobee
Club Soccer program.
The team will collect do-
nations from 5-8 p.m. at the
restaurant on South Parrott Av-
enue in Okeechobee.
For information on how
you can sponsor or assist the
team please call Celia Fox at
863-697-9614, David McGee
at 863-697-1641, Brian King at
863-610-0084, or Lonnie Sears
at 863-634-1334. The club is in
need of sponsors for their ac-

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#4701. The meeting will begin
at 7 p.m.:Fdo information call
Bill Huston at 863-763-1187.

Drought Index
Current: 219
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

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Last Year: 9.11 feet
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Classifieds................................. 9
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword................................. 7
Obituaries.................................. 6
Opinion...................................... 4
Speak Out................................. 4
Sports...................................... 10
TV ............................................. 7
W eather................................. 2
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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Day of the Cowboy: Cattle Drive down State Road 70

Levins vows to work

for local community

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Tom Levins will square off
against incumbent Paul May
when local voters go to the
polls next month to pick their
sheriff for Okeechobee County.
Mr. Levins, the current war-
den at the correctional institu-
tion in Moore Haven, feels that
two of his strengths are experi-
ence and management.
With over 23 years of ex-
perience in law enforcement,
Mr. Levins has worked his way
up from correctional officer to
warden and has been a certi-
fied police officer for the past
14 years. He also has 14 years
of experience in administra-
tion, and currently supervises
264 employees and manages a
budget of over $18 million.
In seeking the office of sher-
iff, he said he believes that pub-
lic relations are job one.

"I will work for the commu-
nity, they don't work for me,"
he said. "The sheriff is a public
servant to the citizens of this
county. I really feel that two de-
cades of managing budgets has
given me an
advantage '
because I've 1
been tested - -,
with fiscal
manage- i
ment. I will
bring bud-.
get experi-
ence to the Tom
tabe Levins
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Levins states that he is also a
state certified law enforcement
instructor and has taught po-
lice and correctional cadets in
five different counties, and has
trained with and commanded
both K-9 and SWAT teams.
In speaking of his plans, he

assures current employees of
the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) that if elect-
ed, he will not begin terminat-
ing personnel.
"No one will lose their job
as a result of this election," he
He went on to .say that he
doesn't believe that anyone
should be "put on the unem-
ployment line" just because a
new sheriff takes office. He did
add, however, that positions
may be aligned later.
Another campaign plank on
which he stands is advancing
the department's technology.
"Okeechobee is still 10 to 15
years behind. They still don't
have cameras in every car," he
He went on to say that he
plans to explore technological
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By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Mike Faulkner, the Emergen-
cy Operations Center director is
trying to get everyone prepared
for any disaster by providing a
preparedness packet which is
available online and at his of-
The Division of Emergency
Management has two goals that
they are striving to promote this
season. The first goal is state driv-
en, to change the language in all
of the emergency management
taking out the word "victim" and
replacing it with survivor. "
The victim mentality peaked
with the 2004 storms and the
EOC has been concentrating
on eradicating this mentality.
Everyone has to realize and ex-
pect that they are going to have
to maintain a personal level of
security and responsibility for
themselves and their families by
planning for disasters.
When people begin to view
themselves as survivors, they
are more able to reach down
and assist themselves. and their
community in times of need.
Ultimately this will eventually
change the view of disasters in
our communities.
In order to enhance the sur-
vivor mentality, one can use the
skills that they have from Lheir
personal and professional life
to assist themselves, their family
and their neighborhood during,a
crisis situation.
With Hurricane Katrina, there
were problems with emergency
personnel leaving their posts to
go take care of their own fami-
lies. Mr. Faulkner is trying to as-
sist local emergency responders
as well as everyone else at pre-
paring a plan so that they know
their families are safe in advance
and they can then give their at-
tention to their responsibilities
with their service to the com-
Mr. Faulkner is challenging all
individuals, especially those in
"positions of authority" to go to
the Emergency Operations Cen-
ter website and download the
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Little Cowgirl
The Okeechobee County 4-H Bits and Spurs Horse Club
provided horse rides at the Day of the American Cowboy
celebration at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center on Satur-
day. The rides were free, but donations to the 4-H Club were
accepted. Leah Easterday, who is "almost 2" was among
the children who mounted up. 4-H Club member Laranda
Sutherland carefully led the horse while another 4-H member
walked beside the horse to ensure the little cowgirl's safety.

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Members of the Okeechobee Cattleman's Association, led by trail boss Haynes Williams rode in the second annual Na-
tional Day of the Cowboy parade where they herded 75 head of cattle down State Road 70 on Saturday, July 26.

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Members of the Sheriff's Posse. Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. and the Okeechobee Cattleman's Association rode in the
second annual National Day of the Cowboy parade where the association herded 75 head of cattle down State Road 70
on Saturday, July 26.




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Continued From Page 1
changes within the department
that will not only help deputies do
their jobs, but will improve ser-
vices to the community.
Mr. Levins also states that if
elected, he will put the depart-
ment's salary structure in writing
so that employees know what to
expect, and to do away with any
appearance of favoritism.
"This will establish consistency
across the board," he said.
He went on to say that institut-
ing a competitive pricing program
will not only help the department,
but will allow more local vendors
the chance to do business with
the sheriff's office.

Continued From Page 1
necessary information to create
their own complete emergency
family plan.
The documents can be down-
loaded at http://okeechobeeeoc.
The packet includes everything
that you could need to know to
ready your family for a disaster.
The kit should be compiled in a
three-ring binder with five tabs.
Tab 1 is the family disaster
plan tab. This includes a 46-page
plan detailing various topics such
as checklists on what to do before

Mr. Levins said when depart-
mental purchases are necessary
he will put as much as he an out
for bid.
"I will invite local merchants
to submit their proposals. You
can't get trapped using the same
vendor without at least surveying
if there is something better out
there," he said. "It doesn't matter
who they are."
And for those who tire of
seeing political signs dotting
the commercial landscape, Mr.
Levins said he would work with
the Okeechobee City Council and
the Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners to come
up with an ordinance to ban po-
litical signs on local businesses.
"Yard signs belong in yards,"
he said. "It almost makes it look

you evacuate your home; when
and where to evacuate; steps to
take in various types of disasters;
tips on recovery; and what to
include in your family's 72-hour
survivor kit.
In Tab 2, he has prepared a
family disaster supplies calendar
which lists ways for a family to
create their comprehensive emer-
gency kit while still maintaining a
The calendar breaks the job of
assembling your kit into smaller,
achievable steps, so that one can
put the kit together without a large
initial outlay of time and money.
Each week, there is a shopping
list that allows you to purchase a
small number of items to store in

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The Diamond Divas held the flags of the different brands
of Okeechobee County high in the National Day of the
American Cowboy parade on Saturday, July 26.

like a rummage sale of candi-
On a personal note, Mr. Levins
and his wife Lynn have been
married for 23 years. The couple
has three children -- Bryan, 13,
Ben 11, and daughter Leslie, 21,
who is currently married to Justin
The Auburndale native has
lived in Okeechobee for nine
years and is an ordained deacon
and member of the First Baptist
Church. He and his wife teach
adult Sunday school and disciple-
ship courses.
Mr. Levins graduated Magna
Cum Laude from Mountain State
University where he earned a
bachelor's degree in the adminis-
tration of criminal justice, which
is designed for those holding or

a safe dry place such as a large
plastic garbage can with wheels.
Goods may be kept in the disaster
kit or on kitchen shelves. Remem-
ber to rotate your perishable sup-
plies and change water every six
Each week, there is also a "To
Do" list with something for you to
check around your household or
a specific task to complete.
In Tab 3, you should organize
all of your legal documents such
as power of attorney and wills.
In Tab 4, place copies of all of
your insurance papers, not just
your home insurance, but health
insurance, car insurance, flood
insurance, etc.
Any other documents should

seeking upper management posi-
He has coached T-ball, softball
and football for the Okeechobee
Citizens Recreation Association
(OCRA), as well as spent five
seasons as an Upward basket-
ball coach and one season as a
football coach at the First Baptist
Church. He also has helped with
and sponsored the Okeechobee
Wrestling Club.
He is a member of a regional
audit team and has traveled to
facilities in Florida, Pennsylvania,
Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Vir-
ginia and Puerto Rico to conduct
audits on prison policies, proce-
dures and protocols.
For more on his plans and
goals for the OCSO, visit his web-
site at LevinsForSheriff.com.

be put in Tab 5. These items
could be passports, pet veterinary
records and any other important
documents that pertain to your
Also assemble a "Go-Pack,"
which is a backpack, daypack or
similar carrier that can be easily
taken with you. It should contain
your most important items such
as a change of clothes, quarters
for pay phones, out of state con-
tact information, medications and
important papers.
Post your opinions in the
Public Issues Forum at www.
newszap.com. Reporter Chauna
Aguilar can be reached at cagui-

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The Seminole Tribe of Florida Board, Inc. provided this
Territorial Prison carriage that simulates the prison carts
that were used back in the day by the U.S. Marshal.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Double M Feed and Tack rode in their horse and buggy in the National Day of the American
Cowboy parade on Saturday, July 26.

Today's Weather

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Okeechobee Forecast

Today: Partly cloudy. Scattered afternoon showers and thun-
derstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of rain 50 percent
Tonight: artly cloudy. Scattered evening showers and thunder-
storms. Lows in the lower 70s. Southwest winds around 5 mph
becoming south after midnight. Chance of rain 30 percent.

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

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Sage Keogh, age 4, en-
joyed cotton candy at
the Day of the American
Cowboy Celebration on
Saturday, July 26 at the
Okeechobee Agri-Civic
Center. The event attracted
a variety of food vendors,
along with booths and ac-
tivities sponsored by com-
munity organizations.




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Mr. & Mrs. Dwayne Tanner


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Edward and April Van Camp
of Okeechobee announce the
engagement of their daughter,
Vanessa Grace Van Camp, to Paul
John Brasino of Port St. Lucie.
The groom is the son is Sue
Lack of Port St. Lucie.
The wedding is planned for
July 25 at the bride's home in
The bride is a 2000 graduate
of Okeechobee High school and
a 2004 graduate of University of
Central Florida. She is employed
at Okeechobee High School as a
Language Arts Teacher.
The groom is a 1995 graduate
of Fort Pierce Central and a 2001
graduate of Indian River Commu-
nity College. He is employed as
an Associate in Training at Omni


James and


James and Delores Lashley
of Okeechobee celebrated their
52nd anniversary on July 26,
They were married on July 26,
1956 by Rev. John Thompson in
Miami, at 1st Christian Church of
N. Dade, Miami.
Their children are Jeff Parrott
of Marshailtown, Iowa; Linda
Chivari of Tampa; Lisa Lashley
of Bradenton; John Lashley of
Okeechobee; Jimmy Lashley of
Lake Wales.
They have 13 grandchildren
and six great grandchildren.
A celebration in their' honor
will be held at a later date in Bra-
denton, hosted by their children.


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Sheryl Dawn Crawford and Al-
vin Dwayne Tanner were joined
in marriage on July 12, 2008.
The bride is the daughter of
Mrs. Milton Davis of Okeechobee
and the late Don Crawford, Sr.
The groom is the son of the
late Eckie Bogert and Phillip and
father Alving Dorsey Tanner of Al-
bany, Ga.
The wedding ceremony was
held at the parents' home in
Okeechobee. Tammy Bunting of-
ficiated the ceremony.
The bride was given away by
her son, Joseph Coonfare.
The home was decorated

Vanessa Grace Van Camp and Paul John Brasino

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with candles, greenery and white
streamers all on and around the
fireplace with a portrait of the
bride's stepfather Milton Davis
on the mantel looking down on
The bride wore a white sun-
dress and a tiara. She carried a
bouquet of white blooming dog-
wood flowers and dark red carna-
tions with small accent flowers,
accent pearls and a bow.
The ring bearer was Joseph
Coonfare of Okeechobee, son of
Sheryl Coonfare.
Following the ceremony, a re-
ception was held at the Flamingo
Inn Cabana.
The couple is at home in
The groom is employed as a
cabinet manufacturer with Bush
Construction, Jacksonville. The
bride is employed as an Admii-
istrative Assistant with the Tucker
Group, LLC.

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James and Delores Lashley


Paisley Jo Rawls
Paisley Jo Rawls
Billy Joe and Crystal Hair-
Rawls of Okeechobee are proud
to announce the birth of their
daughter, Paisley Jo Rawls.
She was born on July 10, 2008
at Martin Memorial Hospital in
Stuart. She weighed 6 pounds,
9 ounces and was 18.5 inches
Maternal grandparents are
SRonnie and Rene Hair of Okeecho-
bee and paternal grandparents
are James and Barbara Smith of
Great-grandparents are Lew-
is and Ernestine Robertson of
Okeechobee and Wayne and
Carol Bishop of Okeechobee.
Great-great grandmother is Peggy
Hudson of Okeechobee and Bud-
Sdy and Esther Hair of Okeecho-
bee, Sue Bressler of Okeechobee,
.Jeannie Davis of Alabama and
SBilly Rawls of Pahokee.

Alivia Victoria Barnes
Brandon and Shirley Barnes of
Long Wood, Fla., are proud to an-
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Born at Orlando Regional
Medical Center on April 27, 2008
Sshe weighed 7 lbs. 7 ounces and
Swas 20.5 inches long at birth.
Grandparents are: Dan and
Becky McGough of Okeechobee,
Vicky Paulson of Iowa, and Tim
Mason of Illinois.


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OBAMA: I agree about Obama's background. He is mixed race
and should be very proud of that fact. Yes, he has an ad that tells about
his grandparents helping him but he omits the rest of his family and
actually omits his white mother but reveres his black father who he
gives no credit to in his upbringing. Something seems amiss with all
this. Why not tell it as it is?
COMMENT: I am calling in about the derogatory comment made
about our youth in the county. As a parent of several children, I would
just like to say that we as parents do not teach our children to be pro-
fessional beggars. Yes, if our children are involved in an organization
such as 4-H, cheerleading, youth baseball, youth football. Yes we do
seek out sponsors. It is a shame that this business who wrote that
derogatory comment couldn't put their name in there. Because if they
did I would make sure that, that was a business that I nor my children
would ever frequent again. Our economy is not the greatest right now
and we all need to do what we have to do. We are doing everything
we can to keep our kids off of the streets by keeping them involved in
functions that will keep them doing the right thing.
DOGS AND HORSES: I love dogs and I love horses too. If I walk
my dog and he relieves himself I clean it up. If your horse relieves
himself, shouldn't you be responsible for cleaning it also? I am tired of
coming down in Four Seasons and having to make a quick decision
of running over it or dodging it. Is this fair? At least shove it to the side
BOY: I am sure that people are tired of hearing about the 18 year
old boy who lost his left arm to an alligator. If he was my son, I would
have been ashamed to see his face on national television. When my
oldest son was younger he came home at 3:30 a.m. one morning. I
met him at my door and told him even if he was still living in my house
at the age of 31 he was to come in no later than 1 a.m. That was the
way it was until he got married. He was always home by 1 a.m.
BUMPER STICKER: I have been a lifelong Democrat. Can anyone
tell me where I can get a McCain bumper sticker?
SKUNK APE: I get my Okeechobee News this morning and I can-
not believe that the headline was about a Skunk Ape. Are you kidding
me? Are you serious? You have some eight year old picture on there
some anonymous person made up and sent to a sheriff and people
are looking at that going "oh, wow look, we found the Skunk Ape in
Okeechobee." What is wrong with you? News, News.
SPECKLED PERCH: I understand that there are some new rules
about the size of the Speckled Perch. We were told that there is a limit
and they have to be at least 10 inches long before you can keep them.
And the rule for the bass have changed to, you cannot keep anything
under 18 inches. If this is so, could someone please put all of these
new rules in the paper please before people get caught because of
the old rules. Editor's note: According to the Florida Freshwater Fish-
ing Regulations for Lake Okeechobee, including Harney Pond Canal
(C-41) north of S.R. 78 to water control structure S-71; Indian Prairie
Canal (C-40) north of S.R. 78 to water control structure S-72; all of
Taylor Creek and Nubbin Slough; C-38 Canal/ Kissimmee River south
of water control structure S-65E to S.R: 78, and C-41-A Canal, from
the intersection of the C-38 Canal upstream to the S-84 structure,
Okeechobee County: Black bass less than 18 inches in total length
must be released immediately; crappie (speckled perch) less than 10
inches in total length must be released immediately. For regulations
for other areas see www.floridaconservation.org/Fishing/rules.html.
SKUNK APE: We really enjoyed the story about the Skunk Ape. It's
great we have something to joke about this summer. We have had so
much bad news to deal with, it's nice to have something funny to pon-
der. Is there really a Skunk Ape? Maybe we can go and look for him.
Of course we don't really believe there is a Florida Big Foot out there,
but it's fun to talk about. Thank you for giving us something different
instead of the same old depressing news.
CAMPS: My family has been delighted with all of the camps and
special activities offered for local children this summer. The communi-
ty really came through for the kids this year. They have been very busy
and really learned a lot. I worry that next year with less tax money
going to the Children's Services Council, these opportunities will be
cut back. I think those who voted in favor of Amendment One did not
realize what it was going to mean in the form of loss of revenue for
local services for the small counties.
X-FILES: Regarding the discussion about whether or not there is
life on other planets, I find it interesting that early translation of the Bi-
ble stated that God created the heavens and the earths. With so many
other planets in the universe, why would he only put life on one of
them? That makes no sense to me.
SKUNK APE: I am pretty sure the Skunk Ape does attend the Mud-
fest every year. At least, it looks like him, but who canr tell for sure
under all that mud.
AGE: Regarding this fellow who was charged with sexual battery
and it says the girl and her parents thought he was 17 when really he
was in his 20s. You really can't tell age by looking at people. On televi-
sion they have actors playing teenagers, and many times they are actu-
ally in their mid or even late 20s. A couple years ago, the high school in
Immokalee got in trouble because some of the football players were
actually adults over the age of 21, but had passed for teenagers. If you
really want to know someone's age, I guess you have to ask for their

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Community Calendar

Monday, July 28
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts),N.A. Sickest Of
The Sick (OD) 7 p.m.Open Discussion; SS-Step Study; BT-Basic Text;
*The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12
step fellowships.
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 meet-
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at
noon at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their
guests are invited. Please R.S.V.P. to 863-763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who
enjoys singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appear-
ance for your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at 1:30
p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W 16th St. The
meeting is open to anyone interested in tracing his or her ancestry.
The annual membership is $10 per person, and $12 for a family. For
information, call Eve at 863-467-2674; or, visit their web site at http://
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. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any inter-
ested persons to come by.
Tuesday, July 29
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W. Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972 (Behind Napa Auto Parts), N.A. Sickest Of The
Sick (OD) 7 p.m. *The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili-
ated with any 12 step fellowships.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34972, (Behind Napa Auto Parts),
NA. Nowhere Left To Go Group at noon; NA. Sickest Of The Sick
Group (OD) The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated
with any 12 step fellowships.
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone inter-
ested 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 in-
vited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 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, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only meet-
ing. 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. The public is invited.

Community Events

Contractors plan dinner
The Okeechobee Contractors Association Luau Dinner and Dance
is planned for Sept. 12, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Shrine Club. The
steak dinner will be served at 8 p.m. Hard Livin' Band will perform.
Tickets are $30 per person in advance, $50 at the door. For more in-
formation contact Kelli Chapman at 863-634-7226 or Lisa Stark at 863-
697-6541. Tickets are also available at Riverside Bank.

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 pro-
duced by the University of Florida on orchid cultivation will be shown.
Harry Hoffner, the club president will be available for orchid consulta-
tion. For more information call the extension office at 863-763-6469.

L dies Auxiliary Spaghetti Night
The VFW Post 10539 Ladies Auxiliary will hold a Tuesday night
spaghetti night. All you can eat spaghetti, garlic bread and salad for a
$5 donation. The dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For
more information call 863-763-2308.

Join the Red Hatters
For ladies looking for fun and meeting some new lady friends, the
Red Hat Group is looking for ladies to join who want to do things. For
information call 863-763-5836 or 863-357-1944.

Grief support group for parents
A grief and healing group dedicated to helping parents deal with
the loss of a child will meet at the Red Corss Building on Thursday
nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m. For more information contact Georgene at

Cypress Hut FOE 4509 holds special meeting
On Wednesday, July 30 the Cypress Hut Fraternal Order of the
Eagles 4509 will hold a special General Meeting for the Aerie and Aux-
iliary at Cypress Hut #4701. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. For infor-
mation call Bill Huston at 863-763-1187.

Scrapbooking crop gathering planned
An all-day scrapbooking crop will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, from
10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.
All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Please bring a covered dish
if you care to participate in our pot luck luncheon. Refreshments 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.

Charity group on radio show
Angel Aloma, executive director for Food for the Poor Inc. will be
the guest speaker on the wwFR 91.7 radio show on Aug. 2, at 7:30
a.m. Discussion will include the crisis in Haiti.

Membership drive at Moose Lodge
Come be a star at the Okeechobee Moose Lodge, 159 N.W 36th St.,
Karaoke contest. Only non professional singers may participate. It will

go on for six Sundays starting ending on Aug. 24. It will be from 3 until
7 p.m. each Sunday. The contest is open to all members and guests,
potential new members are welcome. There will be a 50/50 drawing
every week. Door prizes will be given away and food will be served.
For information call Robert Williams at 863-357-5906.

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
at 863-634-1755.


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Young Farmers & Ranchers

team with Second Harvest

GAINESVILLE - Florida Farm
Bureau's Young Farmers & Ranch-
ers (YF&R) program has teamed
up with America's Second Har-
vest, the largest charitable relief
organization in the U.S., to help
feed America. Young Farmers and
Ranchers across the nation have
been working in partnership with
Second Harvest since 2002 to
keep feeding the hungry.
Young Farmers and Ranchers-
Farm Bureau members between
the ages of 18 and 35 - are donat-
ing food and other items to local
food banks affiliated with Amer-
ica's Second Harvest. They also

donate money and time.
"Each food bank depends
heavily on individuals and groups
to help in the fight against hun-
ger," said Rachel Kudelko, Florida
Farm Bureau's Young Farmer and
Rancher coordinator. "Time do-
nated at the local food bank goes
a long way toward helping men,
women and children get the food
they desperately need."
Donations by county YF&R
groups will be calculated at the
Florida Farm Bureau Federation
Annual meeting Oct. 8-10, at the
Orlando Peabody Hotel and priz-
es will be awarded to each of the

county Farm Bureaus that donate
the most food, the most money
and the most volunteer hours, re-
The Florida Farm Bureau Fed-
eration is the state's largest gener-
al-interest agricultural association
with about 140,000 member-fam-
ilies statewide. Headquartered in
Gainesville, the Federation is an
independent, nonprofit agricul-
tural organization. More informa-
tion about Florida Farm Bureau
is available on the organization's
Web site, http://FloridaFarmBu-

Indiantown horse is world champ

FORT WORTH, Texas - Paint
Horse Smart Master Plan, owned
by Greg and Jonnie Flewelling
of Indiantown, captured a World
Championship title recently at the
2008 World Championship Paint
Horse Show. The show, which
was held in Fort Worth, Texas,
June 21 through July 5, is the pre-
mier event of the American Paint
Horse Association (APHA).
Smart Master Plan, an 8-year-
old stallion, captured the Cham-
pionship in Senior Working Cow
Horse and was shown by Law-
rence Steed. In the class, competi-
tors are judged on performing a
reining-type pattern and working
one-on-one to hold and turn a
cow as well as moving it in circles
all at a reasonable speed. Smart
Master Plan bested a field of 18

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Cows and bulls looked like they
were going to be way cheaper this
week, but ended up just a little
lower than last week. We didn't
have a big volume of cows which
probably helped the calf market.
Same ol' story on calf prices, big-
ger calves are selling good, lighter
calves aren't! Cecil Anastasio of
W Melbourne had the top calf
with $195.00. D Ranch of Miami
topped the cow market with a
high of $65.00.
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for the win.
Open competitors may be
youth, amateurs, or professional
trainers, and they can compete
on their own horses or horses
owned by another individual.
About the World Show and
the American Paint Horse Asso-
The World Championship
Paint Horse Show is the largest
gathering of Paint Horses on the
planet. For two weeks, competi-
tors and spectators witnessed
nearly 2,000 horses competing
in 187 events that showcased the
talents of each horse and rider.
The event is held annually at Will
Rogers Memorial Center located
in Fort Worth's cultural district.
Winning a World Champion-

ship means a particular horse
and rider are the best Paint Horse
team in the world in a particular
event. Total prizes and payouts
totaled more than $400,000.
APHA was founded 46 years
ago and has since registered
nearly 1 million American Paint
Horses. The association currently
serves more than 93,000 active
members. APHA works not only
to record Paint Horse pedigrees,
but also to preserve and promote
the history, breeding, training,
racing, showing, sales and enjoy-
ment of American Paint Horses.
For more information about
the World Show, including entry
details, results and a list of com-
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Consider 3 bays for Florida yards

By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture
The other day I noticed an at-
tractive Florida native tree. High
up in this tree were many beau-
tiful white flowers. They remind
me of a column that I've wanted
to write for some time on this at-
tractive native tree. And it gives
me a chance to highlight some
other trees that may be confused
with this "tree-mendous" choice
for Florida Yards.
The Loblolly Bay, Swamp Bay,
and Sweet Bay are all Florida na-
tives. Despite their names, they
are not related to each other, but
have the same shaped leaves.
The name 'Bay tree' comes from
the spicy Laurel Bay, Lauris no-
bilis. This is a Mediterranean na-
tive, rarely found here, but is the
source of Bay leaf seasoning and
the traditional victory headgear
for Greek Olympians. (http://
Loblolly Bay
The tree with the pretty white
flowers is called Loblolly Bay or
Sweet Bay. Botanists call it Gor-
donia lasianthus. This tree is usu-
ally single-trunked and can grow
to 35-60 feet tall. With glossy,
dark green leaves with light grey
undersides, add a little wind and
.it will give a two-toned effect. Al-
though evergreen, some leaves
turn a brilliant scarlet color in the
fall, adding to its color.
A nice feature about this native
is the single white flowers that dot
the canopy in mid summer. They
are 2-3 inches in size with five pet-
als. The inside of the cup-shaped
flowers are packed with lots of
yellow pollen-covered stamens.
Loblolly Bay produces small cap-
sule-shaped berries that are rarely
Loblolly Bay is well-suited to
low-maintenance landscapes.
They have shallow roots and like
partial shade with moist soil, but
can tolerate full sun only if kept
moist. In the wild, look for them
in wet sites along with maples,
cypress and pines. Form personal
experience I know they don't
work in dry sandy soils or if ex-
posed to salty conditions.
Swamp Bay
The Swamp Bay (Persea palus-
tris) is a member of the Laurel


family, which includes Avocado
(P. americana) and Sassafras (S.
albidum). Other Florida natives
that don't grow in Okeecho-
bee but may be confused with
Swamp Bay are the Red Bay/Bay
Oak (P. borbonia) and the Silk
Bay (P.humilis). At first glance all
these may look like a live oak with
leaning growth and red-brown
deeply furrowed bark.
The Swamp Bay grows to 30-
40 tall with a foot-wide trunk but
is often shorter in open areas. Of-
ten found in wetland thickets and
swamps, it can be planted where
soils are moist and where natural
landscapes are desired. It will not
grow in salty conditions, unlike
the so-called Bay oak, which does
just fine in coastal areas.
The evergreen leaves are
glossy, leathery, medium green,
and 4-6 inches long. Crushed
leaves give off a spicy fragrance
like the European bay and can be
used for flavoring stews and spa-
ghetti sauce.
Rusty red fuzz often covers
the bottom side of the leaves, es-
pecially along the veins, and the
fuzzy young twigs also help iden-
tify this tree. Leaves may have
swollen deformations (galls)
caused by tiny insects called psyl-
lids. These galls are unsightly, but
do not harm the plant.
In spring small flower clus-
ters appear on long stalks. They
can mature into small lustrous
blue-black berries with a seedy
pit. These half-inch sized-ber-
ries ripen in fall and are enjoyed
by birds and other critters. In the
landscape, keep this tree away
from sidewalks and driveways
to avoid getting bird surprises on
windshields or pavement. Anoth-
er feature that makes this an im-
portant wildlife plant is that some
Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars
eat Swamp Bay leaves.
Recently Redbay trees have
been attacked by a fungus (Oph-
iostoma sp.) carried by the Red-
bay Ambrosia Beetle (Xylebo-
rus glabratus), introduced from
Asia. Redbay wilt' is spreading
rapidly in coastal South Carolina,
Georgia, and Florida. It is feared

that Swamp Bay may also be af-
fected by this disease. because
other laurel family trees may be
susceptible. Moving infected fire-
wood seems to be a major way to
spread this disease.
Sweetbay Magnolia
Our last bay for the day is the
Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia
virginiana), a lesser know cous-
in of the well known Southern
Magnolia (M. grandifolia). It is a
smaller version of the Southern
Magnolia, with smaller fragrant
flowers. Cone-like seed capsules
with hanging red berries will be
produced on this tree.
A major difference is that the
Sweetbay Magnolia tends to be
"semi-evergreen" - this means it
will lose a lot of its leaves in the
fall, but some will hang on in mid-
winter. Sweetbay can glimmer in
the wind due to the whitish-green
undersides of the leaves. They are
very noticeable in water-logged
This is another important wild-
life tree, as deer and cattle fre-
quently browse on the leaves and
twigs. The fruits provide a good
food source to many small mam-
mals and wild birds. They re-
sprout from natural fires and can
form thickets in natural areas.
Because of its reduced size,
Sweetbay Magnolia fits into plant-
ing sites next to buildings, in nar-
row alleys or in otherurban areas
with limited horizontal space. Its
flood and drought tolerance can
make it a good candidate for ur-
ban use. A few improved cultivars
of this tree have been selected;
'Henry Hicks' is evergreen and
'Havener' has larger flower pet-
Scale insects sometimes infest
foliage and twigs, particularly on
dry sites, and lead to sttoy mold.
Leaf spots occasionally occur on
the foliage but are of little con-
I've placed photos of these
Bay and more information on our
Okeechobee web page, http://
okeechobee.ifas.ufl.edu. If you
need additional information on
these "Bay trees", please email
us at okeechobee@ifas.ufl.edu
or call us at 863-763-6469. Local
residents can stop by our office
at 458 Hwy 98 North in Okeecho-
bee, and visit our Okeechobee
County Master Gardeners from 1
to 3 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons.


John H. "Jack" Gordon
John H. "Jack" Gordon, age
82, of Okeechobee died Friday,
July 25, 2008 at his residence.
Born October 25, 1925 in Cen-
tral City, Pennsylvania, he has
been a resident of Okeechobee
for the last 10 years.
Having been a crane opera-
tor, he was a member of the Op-
erating Engineers, Local 66 for
over 50 years. An avid golfer, he
was a 32nd degree Mason and
belonged to the F&AM Lodge
#237 in Okeechobee. He was
also a member of the Scottish
Rite Consitory Valley of Harris-
burg, Pa., the Hebron Royal Arch
Chapter #272 of Meyersdale, Pa.,
the Jaffa Shrine of Altoona, Pa.,
Somerset County Shrine Club and
the Okeechobee Shrine Club. He
was also a member of the Order
of Eastern Star, Chapter 128, of
Okeechobee. While in Berlin, Pa.,
he was an active member of the

Brethren Church.
Preceded in death by his par-
ents, Joseph and Beatrice Gray
Gordon and his wife Mary Grem-
bi Gordon, he is survived by his
companion of 10 Years, Ferne
Bittner. In addition, he is survived
by three sisters and one brother;
Ganelle Hause of Somerset, Pa.;
Joan Fisher of Meyersdale, Pa.,
Patricia Litka (Lee) of Collegeville,
Pa. and William Gordon (Deloris)
of Berlin, Pa. Also surviving are
several nieces and nephews, his
special little girl, Debbie Huerta
of Corona, Calif. and Ferne's chil-
dren, grandchildren and great
Although there will be no local
services, memorial contributions
may be made to the Shriners Chil-
drens Hospital Crusade, in care
of Stan Landis, 173 MacDonalton
Road, Berlin, PA 15530.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Marilyn Ann Arnold
Marilyn Ann Arnold, age 76, of
Okeechobee, died Saturday, July
26, 2008 at Raulerson Hospital.
A resident of Okeechobee
since 1999, she enjoyed bowling
and her cat "Sugar." Having re-
tired as a cutter in a garment fac-
tory, she was born on March 23,
1932 in Cortland, N.Y.
Mrs. Arnold was preceded in
death by her husband Carl and
one son Bradley. She is survived
by three daughters; Carol Spaw
of Okeechobee, Laurie Lohr of
Oakland, Md. and Julie Pittsley of
Courtland, N.Y. In addition, she
is survived by one brother, Dick
(Beth) Baldwin of Hiawassee,
Ga,, one aunt, Flora Hammond of
Okeechobee and several grand-
children and great-grandchildren.
No services are planned and
all arrangements are under the
direction and care of Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory.

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Dear Abby

Overseas houseguest fears


DEAR ABBY: I am a 43-year-
old male with major dental issues
to take care of. Because I have
no insurance, and dental work
is costly, I plan to have my treat-
ment overseas. A close friend has
arranged for me to stay with his
parents for two weeks while I'm
The parents were here on
vacation recently, and I spent
a lot of time with them and we
got to bond a little. Everything
was comfortable because my
friend was there as a "buffer" to
enhance the conversation. How-
ever, because of the difference
in our background, culture and,
particularly, our ages, I know I'll
feel awkward being in their home
during my stay. I'm afraid of run-
ning out of topics to talk about. I
would rather stay in a hotel and
spend some time with them, but
that would probably be an insult
to my friend who graciously of-
fered his help.
Cancelling my trip is obviously
not an option. I need some wise
advice and. suggestions on what
I can do while staying with this
elderly couple. -- SHY GUY IN
DEAR SHY GUY: First, ask
your friend what you should
bring his parents as a house gift.

conversational ball

Second, take along an English/
speak dictionary to help you all
translate what you need to say.
Third, just be yourself. And
last but not least, remember that
older people are just like you,
with the same feelings you have,
just grayer. Because you are hav-
ing extensive dental work done,
they will understand if you aren't
a fountain of conversation. But do
try, and I'm sure whatever efforts
you make will be appreciated.
DEAR ABBY: I am 25, and
over the last two years a patch
of gray hair has appeared on the
front of my head. It's small, but
noticeable. The problem is, peo-
ple constantly mention it to me,
especially co-workers I barely
At this point, I have chosen not
to dye it because it doesn't really
bother me. I just think it's rude
for people to go out of their way
to bring it up. I would never say
something like that to someone
else. What's the proper response
to these people? -- YOUNG MAN,
and say, "Yes, I've noticed it. And
sooner or later it will happen to
you, too." Then change the sub-

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend,
"Ernie," and I have been together
almost a year. He has two won-
derful children from a previous
marriage. I love Ernie dearly, al-
though we have only been dat-
ing for what seems like a short
The other night he brought up
the subject of marriage and said
he wanted to get me a promise
ring. I was caught off guard. I
know his feelings were hurt when
I shied away from him when he
mentioned it. What should I say
to him? I don't know if I'm ready
for the next step, but I don't want
to hurt his feelings by rejecting
him. Give me the words, Abby. --
Ernie that although you care for
him, you are not ready to make
a lifetime commitment. And un-
less you are sure that you want to
be married to Ernie (which you
are not) and are prepared to help
him raise his children, you should
not accept his promise ring.
It will then be up to Ernie to
decide whether he wants to wait
around, hoping you will change
your mind, or move on and look
for someone else.

At the Movies Today in History

The following movies are
now showing at the Brahman
Theatres III. Movie times for Fri-
day, July 25, through Thursday,
July 31, are as follows:
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9:35 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. Only.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2:00
and 7:00 p.m. Only.
Theatre II - "Hellboy II"
(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. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 antd Q:15 p.m.
Theatre III - "Space Chimps"
(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.nL Tuesday. 1,c.-dnesdaj
and Thursday at 2. 4:3'! J~id
and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12yrs and under are
$4.50; senior citizens are $4.50
and matinees are $4.00

By The Associated Press
Today is Sunday, July 27, the
209th day of 2008. There are 157
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On July 27, 1789, President
Washington signed a measure
establishing the Department of
Foreign Affairs, forerunner of the
Department of State.
On this date:
In 1694, the Bank of England
received a royal charter as a com-
mercial institution.
In 1794, French revolutionary
leader Maximilien Robespierre
was overthrown and placed un-
der arrest; he was executed the
following day.
In 1861, Union Gen. George B.
McClellan took command of the
Arm\n ol the Potomac,: :
In IS66, Cvrus W.'Field fin-
ished laying out the first suc-
cessful underwater telegraph
cable between North America
and Europe. (A previous cable in
1858 burned out after only a few

weeks of use.)
In 1953, the Korean War armi-
stice was signed at Panmunjom,
ending three years of fighting.
In 1960, Vice President Rich-
ard M. Nixon was nominated for
president at the Republican Na-
tional Convention in Chicago.
In 1967, in the wake of ur-
ban rioting, President Lyndon B.
Johnson appointed the Kerner
Commission to assess the causes
of the violence, the same day
black militant H. Rap Brown said
in Washington that violence was
"as American as cherry pie."
In 1974, the House Judiciary
Committee voted 27-11 to adopt
the first of three articles of im-
peachment against President
Nixon, charging he had personal-
ly engaged in a course of conduct
designed tr obstruct justice in Ihe
\Vatergate case.
In 1980, on day 267 of the Ira-
nian hostage crisis, the deposed
Shah of Iran died at a military
hospital outside Cairo, Egypt, at
age 60.

Sunday Crossword Page 10

Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis


1 "Oops"
5 Orderly place?:
9 Mosque leader
13 Salmon
19 Final preceder
20 Cotopaxi's
country: Abbr.
21 Smoked salmon
22 Land
23 Good time to
catch up on your
26 Driver in a
record 35 Indy
500 races
27 With some
trimmings, on a
28 Keen
29 Town name
31 Nietzsche's
32 Swift strength
34 Transported
some Balkans?
37 House electee
40 Strength
41 Something to
42 Reason to say
45 Those, to
47 Adrien of
51 Joseon Dynasty
country: Abbr.
52 Soda floater
54 Med. research
57 Semi-serious "I
58 Basra natives
61 What you have
to pay to get the
bread bits
released from
your salad?
65 Siouan speaker
66 Musician heard
in "Memoirs of a
68 "Kim" actor
69 It's removed
71 Tartan wearers
73 Trig functions
75 Pi, e.g.
76 "Mona Lisa," for
79 Mandates
81 Reckless
84 Sitcom actress
85 Sound from a
huge frog?

88 Not inclined to
go on
89 Hot times in
91 _butter:
92 Ashram visitors
94 Surprised cries
95 Colorful flowers
97 Radio switch
100 Deteriorated
103 WWillfoo
fighters, e.g.
106 Companyless
108 Salon
109 Conveniently
113 _Gump
Shrimp Co.:
restaurant chain
115 Rocks at the bar
116 Pet that needs
only water
117 Rock-boring tool
119 Huggable sci-fi
123 Until this point
125 One bend too

128 Key of Dvorak's
"New World
129 Loot
130 Working hard
131 Former Lacoste
132 Lookout
133 Disk add-on?
134 Ilk
135 Soft footwear

1 Org. with cutters
2 Wife of Zeus
3 Barbra's "Funny
Girl" costar
4 Tyrannical boss,
5 Hack down
6 Wave source
7 Melodramatic
8 Huff and puff
9 About to happen
10 Old Fords
11 Gardnerof film
12 "There's a
13 Hard to dig p
14 Island NE of
15 Voltaae letters

16 Soprano
17 "Have one"
18 Gorges
24 Added help
25 Money abroad
30 Like a sock
without a mate
33 Evil Tolkien
35 Best New Artist
Grammy winner
two years after
36 Pod vegetable
37 First sports
commentator to
receive an
38 Ecuadoran
province named
for its gold
production *
39 Basket for
40 Stories
43 NC State is in it
44 Folk legend
46 They're often
48 Farm produce
caught on film?,

49 Start of Idaho's
50 Aerobatic stunt
53 Opposite of
55 Large: Pref.
56 Whiskey's
59 Cloth quantity
60 Gushing flattery
62 Mixer or elixir
63 Kate of Chicago
64 Allow to attack
67 Author Nin
70 Vast
72 [What a relief!]
74 Fall guy
76 Trial run
77 Swearing in
78 "_-Team"
80 Palm starch
82 "For want of _

83 Annoyances
86 Daughter of
87 Flesh and blood
90 Trouble,
informally, with

93 Novi Sad native
96 Unpredictable
98 Without
99 Ochlocracy
101 Himalayan land
102 Capriciously
104 Like some earth
105 Powder parter
107 Tiny amt. of
109 Yahoo! and
110 "_ to bury..."
111 Selected, as on
a survey
112 Secret
113 Bonkers
114 Square
118 "Cool" relative
120 Greek liqueur
121 "Grinding It Out"
122 Benchmarks:
124 Queen's
126 Tell (on)
127 Duo in

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ARIES (March 21-April 19):
You can mesmerize, monopolize
and mystify others, putting you in
a very good position should you
network with people in an indus-
try in which you want to advance.
Do your thing and you will not be
denied success. 4 stars
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
You may be barking up the wrong
tree or looking for something that
doesn't exist. Slow down and
consider what is going on around
you and who is involved. This is
not the time to trust your percep-
tion. Be cautious. 3 stars
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
Don't get involved in arguments
or heavy conversations that could
lead to aggressive action. Focus
on love and relationships. Expect
someone to try to dump respon-
sibilities in your lap or coerce you
into doing something you don't
agree with. 3 stars
CANCER (June 21-July 22):
It's up to you to make a move or
say something that will encour-
age others to do what's right.
Someone trying to use others for
his or her own benefit must be
held responsible. A partnership
will help enhance your humani-
tarian actions. 4 stars
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22):

Someone won't be happy with
a decision you make if it influ-
ences what he or she expects
to receive. You can't pay for oth-
ers' mistakes. Before trying to
fix things, consider if you should
walk away. 2 stars
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Clear up issues you have with
someone you feel hasn't been
honest or straightforward with
you in the past. Bring things out
into the open and you'll gain
greater vision. An opportunity
you least expect will present.it-
self. 5 stars
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
You'll dazzle everyone with your
insight, talent and creativity.
Entertain and the connections
made will be lasting and will
bring good fortune, leading to
emotional, personal and profes-
sional gains. 3 stars
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov.
21): Don't volunteer any infor-
mation that you don't have to.
Avoid any aggressive action or
arguments. Concentrate on your-
self, your talents and what you
want to achieve instead of wast-
ing your time on trivial matters. 3
Dec. 21): Someone older and

wiser will have plenty to say but
that doesn't necessarily mean
it will work or be right for you.
Love is on the rise and your heart
will be set on adventure. Have
fun and expect to hear an "I told
you so." 3 stars
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22,Jan.
19): You'll have a great idea but
it may not be as cost-efficient
as you think. Don't be fooled
by someone who exaggerates
the possibilities of a deal. Pro-
ceed with caution and refuse to
become entangled in someone
else's plot. 3 stars
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): Plan to have fun with the
one you love or, if single, with
friends who can introduce you to
someone special. Love is in the
air and the chance to become
involved in a one-on-one affair is
ripe. Emotions are running wild.
Make this a memorable day. 5
PISCES (Feb. 19-March
20): You'll be better off work-
ing alone or doing something
that will be productive. Your in-
volvement in a service or busi-
ness plan will bring you. the best
results. Don't mix business with
pleasure. 2 stars

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Protecting the Animals

Zoos Plan for Disasters

You have probably heard or read news
about recent scary events such as
tornadoes, floods, fires and disease.
Fortunately, people usually can survive
disasters because they have made plans
to protect themselves. People also have
plans to protect zoo animals in their care.
Zoo animals can't always escape as
they could in the wild. Also, many zoos
are homes for endangered animals. The
last members of some species, or types,
of animals may be found only in zoos. This
makes it extra important for zookeepers
to make plans to protect the animals.
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums
makes sure all American zoos and
aquariums have disaster plans to protect
the animals. The Mini Page found out
how some zoos watch over the animals in
their care.
This cheetah,
named Majani,
was one of the
animals that . '
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during the
threatening the . '
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In October 2007, wildfires swept
through Southern California. Some of
these fires
threatened the
San Diego
Zoo's Wild
Animal Park. -
staff reported
a dangerous fire about 20 miles from the
Wild Animal Park. Immediately, zoo
workers raced to the park in case they
had to evacuate animals. Within an hour,
high winds had pushed the fire to only 10
miles away.
Zoo workers pulled out equipment such
as nets, crates, headlamps and
flashlights. They knew they might need
to move the animals to safety in the dark
of night.

Last fall, wildfires threatened wildlife in
California as well as the animals at the San
Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park*. This NASA
photo shows how smoke from many fires
spread out over the ocean. Winds of 50 to
75 miles per hour pushed the fire quickly
toward animals and people. Softball-sized
fireballs were jumping across eight-lane
highways to set other areas on fire. The fire
ended up burning 600 acres of the Wild
Animal Park. It also burned many zoo
workers' homes.
3 *At wild animal parks, animals can roam
Freely in habitats where they feel at home.

Deciding what to do
With the fire rushing toward them, zoo
workers had to decide quickly what the
best plan would be. If workers needed to
evacuate wild animals, they had to
capture them first. Animals were already
stressed by the smell of smoke. Moving
the animals would be more stressful.
it can take
hours to move
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animals. There
are ,about
3,500 animals
at the Wild
Animal Park.
There are
hundreds of species, ranging from
elephants to hummingbirds. Each needs
to be handled differently.

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3. Spoon mayonnaise mixture into bowl with tuna.
4. Add chopped celery, cranberry raisins and seasoning. Stir gently
until well mixed.
5. Serve with bread as sandwiches or with crackers for a snack.
*You will need an adult's help with this recipe.

Meet Dr. Deborah Manchester
Dr. Deborah Manchester is the creator of the
TV series "The Zula Patrol." It was designed to
S help kids love science. The animated characters
use science to solve problems. It airs on NBC,
ION Television and the Spanish-language
station Telemundo.
- Deborah is a hearing specialist. She worked
S for 18 years in Columbus, Ohio, testing the
hearing of newborn babies.
She added a new job after she had surgery
on her foot. It was winter, and her toes were uncovered and cold in
her cast. She began designing and selling cast-covers to keep people's
feet warm.
She wanted to make her cast-covers more fun for kids, so she made
up an imaginary planet named Zula. She decorated the cast-covers
with stories about Zula. She then wrote a storybook about this
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all-star - showed that he still has plenty of glitter left in his game.
As part of the "Big Three" that included Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett,
Allen averaged 17.4 points and shot almost 40 percent from three-point
range to help the Celtics win their 17th NBA championship.
In the sixth and decisive playoff game against the rival Los Angeles
Lakers, Allen took a first-quarter hit in the face. Like a determined boxer, he
returned and landed the last lick - scoring 26 points and converting 7 of his
9 three-point attempts.
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Connecticut incollege. Now, in the city of champions, he's still an all-star
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Fire Threatens Animals

Braving the fire
The wildfires in Southern California
closed highways, separating many zoo
workers from their homes. Some
workers didn't know if their own
families and homes were safe. Others
had trouble getting to the park.
Even though they didn't know if their
own homes were burning, San Diego
Zoo and park staff rushed to help the
In the meantime,
another fire started on
park property. Experts
decided to evacuate some
of the animals. All night,
the staff moved endangered birds, such
as condors and Micronesian kingfishers.
Zookeepers moved these birds and
some of the animals to a new fireproof
veterinary hospital on the grounds.
They evacuated 33 bird species, 16 of
which are endangered.
Fire sweeps through park
By early the next morning, the fire
covered so much of the park that the
workers were forced to leave. They were
afraid they would lose the whole park.

A condor is a large bird with a wingspan of
about 91/2 feet Wild Animal Park staff had to
catch and crate 23 condors in total darkness
and move them to safety.

A narrow escape
An hour after workers were forced to
leave the park, the winds changed and
the fire moved away from the park.
Only two buildings were burned to
the ground, a storage shed and the
condor area.

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A good plan
Out of 3,500 animals, the park lost
only two in the fire. These animals died
when they panicked in the smoke. They
did not die directly from the fire.
Because there was a plan in place, and
because workers were so dedicated,
most animals remained safe.
Most of the large animals, such as
giraffes, have enough space in their
exhibits that they were able to escape to
safe places on their own...
Zoo staff are studying this fire to see
if there is something else they could do
to protect the animals. They continue to
have drills for every disaster they can
think of, such as earthquakes.

The animal exhibit areas at the Wild Animal
Park are surrounded by irrigated pasture
land. This helped stop the fire in time.

Protecting Zoo Animals

Plans to fight disease
Zoos are at the forefront in the fight
against animal diseases. Most zoos test
all their animals every year. This allows
zoo workers to check previous years'
records to see if a disease is spreading.
For example, if zoo birds are getting
sick, it could mean birds in the wild are
getting sick, too.
The Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago is
the American command center in the
fight against diseases such as West Nile
virus and avian influenza H5N1, or bird
flu.* The Lincoln Park Zoo and the San
Diego Zoo have labs to study bird
diseases. All zoos send their bird test
samples to the Lincoln Park Zoo for
*There are many types of bird flu, and most
cause little or no harm to birds. It is one bird
flu strain, H5N1, that has killed many birds
and can kill people.
The Bali
mynah is
one of the
birds the
Lincoln Park
Zoo is
The Bali
mynah is so
endangered -
that there
are none left "
in the wild.

The Mini Page thanks Michael Mace, curator
of birds, San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park;
Christina Simmons, San Diego Zoo; and
Megan Ross, curator, Lincoln Park Zoo,
Chicago, for help with this issue.

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The Micronesian kingfisher is one of the
most endangered birds in the world. There
are only about 100 still alive, and all of those
are in zoos. The Lincoln Park Zoo and the
San Diego Zoo are' part of a worldwide effort
to help save this rare species of bird.

Protecting endangered birds
Birds migrating over zoos could
spread diseases to birds in the zoo. So
zoo workers keep the most endangered
birds inside a bird house where there is
no contact with migratory birds.
The most endangered birds are
protected from people, too. Visitors are
kept far enough away that they won't
spread diseases to the birds. Workers
have to completely change into
protective clothing before entering a
bird house to be sure they aren't
bringing in disease.

Acting as animals
The Association of Zoos and
Aquariums requires its zoos to have at
least four drills a year to prepare for
disasters. As with other zoos, the
Lincoln Park Zoo conducts drills to deal
with every disaster they can think of.
But it would be hard to conduct drills
with wild animals. In Lincoln Park,
staff members solve this problem by
acting as the animals during drills.
Staff members don't actually walk on
all fours, but they act like an animal
would if something happened.
For example, if a storm knocks a tree
into a wild dog pen, the wild dog could
A staff
act like
dog that
gotten loose.
Zoo workers try to herd the wild dog
actor to safety. Because dogs are pack
animals, they will be less afraid if they
can see or smell their packmates. So zoo
workers learn to herd the actor so he or
she can always see the other wild dogs.
If an animal would normally hide
when threatened, the actor in that drill
hides, too. Other zoo workers have to
find the animal actor.

Sites to see: * www.sandiegozoo.com
* www.lpzoo.org

Look through your newspaper for stories
and pictures of animals.

Next week The Mini Page is about the
Summer Olympics.


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Waldau Junior Golf holds Challenge

On July 24, a group of young
junior golfers challenged
seasoned golfers in a match
play tournament, hosted by
the Okeechobee Golf and.
Country Club. The tourna-
ment was organized by Jim
Waldau of Waldau's Junior
Golf to give the junior golfers
the experience of playing in a
match-play format.

Junior golfers participating
were Danny Busbin, Jayce
McCarron (visiting from
England), Kyle Mullins, Mike
Watson, Richard Donegan,
Kodi Stephen, Jordan Tomlin
(visiting from Canada), and
Corey White. Many ofithese
players will be on the'OHS
Golf team.
Participating adult golfers,

which included PGA pros and
former OGCC club champi-
ons, were Jim Waldau, Terry
Lanman, Leo Weaver, Rick
White, Bubba Mullins, Dan
Lanman, Joe Levy, and John
The morning play began
with a 9-hole match play.
Each junior played against an
After the match play, the
group was treated to lunch
by Jersey Mike's Subs. After
lunch, the tournament con-
tinued with a 9-hole, two-
man, best ball scramble. Two
juniors competed together
against two adults.
It was a challenging tour-
nament, with the adults win-
ning the tournament over the
juniors. Jim Waldau plans to

continue the tradition as it is
a good challenge for the ju-
nior golfers, who need all the
experiences they can get to
prepare for play on the golf
team and in other junior golf
Thanks go out to the
Okeechobee Golf & Country
club, to all the adults who
participated, Rick Donegan,
and Greg of Jersey Mike's
Waldau's Junior Golf's
next project is the second
summer golf clinic which will
take place on Aug. 4-8, at the
KOA Golf Resort. Informa-
tion and applications can be
found on Waldau's Junior
Golf website: www.floridaju-

Submitted photo/Bridgette Waldau
Golf challenge included (front row, left to right) Jim Waldau,
Richard Donegan, Dan Busbin, Kyle Mullins, Kodi Stephen,
Bubba Mullins. Back Row: Terry Lanman, Dan Lanman, Mike
Watson, Rick White, Corey White, John Smith, Jayce McCar-
ron, Jordan Tomlin, Joe Levy, Leo Weaver.

Okeechobee cross country runners keep busy

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
For some athletes there is no off sea-
son, just time to get stronger and more
physically fit.
Several members of the Okeecho-
bee track and cross country teams have
had a busy summer as they compete in
various 5K runs on the Treasure Coast
and Palm Beach County sponsored by
the Sailfish Striders group.
On June 20, several Brahmans and
former Brahmans competed in the 5K
run at South Fork High School. Okeecho-
bee's Bryan Suarez won the race with a

time of 17:37. The course is considered
a difficult one with mostly dirt and grass
trails to traverse. He won by 22 seconds
over John Reback of Jupiter.
The race is part of a three-race se-
ries held this summer involving Sailfish
Striders Running Club of Stuart and the
Martin County Parks and Recreation De-
Okeechobee had several runners in
the top 20 in the men's division. Alan
Najera finished fourth overall with a
time of 18:44. Misael Alvarado finished
seventh overall with a time of 19:01.
Billy Lusker finished 19th, Uniel Garcia,
20th, Shawn Horvath 22nd, and Chris

Hodum, 59th overall. The boys all com-
pete in the 15-19 year old age bracket.
Phillip Suarez of Okeechobee fin-
ished 46th overall and fifth in his age
group. The 14 year old had a time of
A record number of 182 runners
competed in the race this year.
Last week a number of Okeechobee
runners competed in the Ninth Annual
Downtown Dash 5K in Stuart. 285 run-
ners competed in the race.
Miguel Alvarado finished fifth overall
with a time of 18:12. Shawn Horvath
finished 28th overall with a time of
20:36. Matthew Bauer, 17, finished in

54th place, and Joe Janiero of Indian-
town, finished in 68th place.
On the girl's side, Isabella Penido fin-
ished 56th overall with a time of 22:39.
Laura Serrano finished in 65th place with
a time of 23:36. Graciela Verala finished
in 110th place, with a time of 26:52.
The final race in this series will be
held on Aug. 15. The Beach to Beach
5K run begins at 7 p.m. at the Jensen
Beach Public Beach parking area.
For information on these events you
can call 771-221-1419.

Miami Dolphins open up training camp

AP Sports Write:
DAVIE, Fla. (AP)- As the morning
sun baked the Miami Dolphins' prac-
tice field, Bill Par cells found refuge
in thei- shadow\ :%of a camera lot er He
si'"d \\ith arnis loided anrd a hriand on
his hin, lJdginJg the jot' he has done
so:, far
His elffo:rts to re\'ve the franchise
eritlerid a neTi\ Fpase Saturdad \\ ih, Ih
siart ':'I itrajiiln camp The 8ii player,
(in haiid included -45 rne\ corners, all
acquired. since" Pariceils took -v,\er s-
f:,oibLall czar lasl Decembe- r
SCamp Parcells began with two prac-
tices, and goodness knows the Dolphins
need them. A 1-15 record in 2007 was
their worst ever and the worst in the
NFL, and their six-year playoff drought
is the longest in franchise history.
Thus the biggest organizational
shakeup in decades, 'with Parcells pro-
tege Tony Sparano becoming Miami's
fifth head coach since 2004. The other
recent coaching changes led to tweaks
of the roster, but thistitne the Dolphins
are rebuilding from the foundation.
"It is a new beginning, and we need
to believe that," Sparano said. "You've
got to believe in what it is we're trying
to accomplish. There are no shortcuts.

I told the players, 'Right now it's very
dark. There's no light at the end of the
tunnel, so don't look for it. We'll find it
somewhere down the road.'"
Only 36 players are holdovers from
last year, and many of them are unlike-
I\' : su.r\e the final cut. The turnover
is such tIl- i the player with the deepest
D)lIphrs r:oo,,,s is Ricky Williams, who
l:.'ried ihierin in r2002 and is back after
playing onl\ 13 games the past four
An-jon ti.ho:s gone are defensive
tndw Ja,�on Tua, lur, and middle line-
backe.er Zach Tlhornas, the faces of the
francluse since Dan Marino retired.
Taylor was traded last Sunday to the
Washington Redskins, ending the soap
opera that resulted from his feud with
"When you get to training camp,
you want as few distractions as pos-
sible," Sparano said. "What's good in
this situation is there are no distrac-
With uniform Nos. 99 and 54 now
unclaimed, the new faces of the fran-
chise are Parcells, Sparano and general
manager Jeff Ireland. To the surprise of
Sparano, a first-time NFL head coach,
their pictures adorn highway billboards
promoting the upcoming season.

"I was driving from Hilton Head
back to Miami with my wife," he said,
"and I saw that thing out there, and I
almost ran off the road."
Another new face at camp was New
York real estate billionaire Stephen
Ross, who bought 50 percent of the
team from Wayne Huizenga last winter
and watched the first practice.
Parcells stood off to one side and
didn't talk to players or reporters. He
has assigned Sparano and Ireland to be
the voices of the franchise, but there's
no doubt regarding who's in charge.
Redskins executive vice president
Vinny Cerrato said he talked by phone
with Parcells three times the day the
Dolphins traded Taylor.
Parcells and Ireland have patched
together a roster that's very much a
work in progress. There will be frantic
battles for playing time in every area ex-
cept at running back, Miami's deepest
position thanks to the one-two punch
of Ronnie Brown and Williams.
Jake Long, the top overall pick in
this year's draft, lined up with the first
team at left tackle for the first practice.
There were three other newcomers up
front & tight end Anthony Fasano and
guards Justin Smiley and Trey Darilek.
Other offseason acquisitions in-

clude quarterback Josh McCown, nose
tackle Jason Ferguson, receiver Ernest
Wilford, and linebackers Reggie Torbor
and Akin Ayodele.
Second-round draft choice Phillip
Merling, a defensive end, signed Fri-
day and took part in -.e first practice.
That left as the lone unst ned draft
pick quarterback Chad Heiir, another
second-round selection.
Brown, still recovering from a sea-
son-ending knee injury last October,
took part in the first workout. Line-
backer Joey Porter (ankle) and corner-
back Michael Lehan (ankle) sat out and
were placed on the physically unable
to perform list, but both are expected
to join workouts soon.
Sparano said he wants ..to. make
practice harder than the games. He
wants to educate his team on how to
win, and how to lose.
Most of all, he wants to convince his
players that the Parcells era will be dif-
ferent from the Dolphins' other recent
"The biggest challenge is that they
believe in what it is we're trying to do
-- myself, Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland,"
Sparano said. "I told my players last
night, 'We picked you to be here.' It's
important for them to know that."

Miami's vice? City is at bottom in volunteering

Associated Press Writers
MIAMI (AP) - Blame it on the traf-
fic. Or the number ofnew immigrants.
Or the allure of the beach. Whatever the
reason, Miami has secured the bottom
spot No. 50 among major U.S. cities
in new rankings of the percentage of
adults who volunteer.
Nationally, the volunteer rate fell in
2007 for the second year in a row, to 26.2
percent, according to the Corporation
for National and Community Service,
which is releasing its report Sunday. It
showed Miami with a volunteerism rate
of 14.5 percent, replacing Las Vegas in
last place among major metropolitan
To be fair, the study found 620,000
volunteers were recruited in Miami last
year, more than 60,000 over the previ-
ous year. And many local nonprofits say
they have more volunteers than ever.
But there's no denying how far Miami
lags behind other cities, particularly No.
1 Minneapolis-St. Paul, with a 39.3 per-
cent rate.
The study notes that Miami's poverty
rate and average commute times are
slightly higher than the national aver-
age, while other factors influencing vol-
unteerism home ownership and educa-
tion level are slightly lower.
Robert Grimm, director of research

for the Corporation for National and
Community Service (CNCS), said an-
other factor was at play, what he calls
"the leaky bucket" of volunteerism.
Nationally, about one in three people
who volunteer in a given year do not do
so the following year. In Miami, the rate
is six in 10.
"There's interest in volunteering in a
lot of people but they're just not staying
with it," Grimm said.
Rapid turnover is a problem across
the country, and one of the reasons the
national rate dropped again in 2007
after reaching 28.8 percent in 2005. In
all, 60.8 million Americans 16 and older
performed roughly 8.1 billion hours of
volunteer service in 2007.
On the bright side, the report con-
cluded that "volunteer intensity" is in-
creasing, with 34 percent of volunteers
contributing more than 100 hours of
service in a year the highest rate for that
category since 2002.
On the worrisome side were mount-
ing concerns that economic woes in-
cluding high gasoline prices and job
insecurity a" would be deterrents for
some would-be volunteers.
"With more people in need losing
houses, losing jobs there are more peo-
ple to serve," said CNCS board chair-
man Stephen Goldsmith. "You have
fewer people helping and more people
needing help."
By region, the Midwest had the high-

est volunteer rate at 31.1 percent, fol-
lowed by the West at 26.1, the South
with 24.7 and the Northeast at 23.4.
By state, Utah had the highest rate,
43.9 percent, followed by Nebraska,
Minnesota, Alaska and Montana. Ne-
vada had the lowest state rate, 17.7
percent; Florida and New York were the
next lowest.
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Salt Lake City
and Portland, Ore., were the highest-
ranked big cities,.while New York City
and Las Vegas were the lowest-ranked
after Miami. Among 25 mid-size cities,
Provo, Utah, came first with a 63 per-
cent rate the highest of any jurisdiction
in the report.
The high volunteer rates in Utah and
several of its cities are attributed in part
to civic-mindedness among the state's
many Mormons, but Bill Hulterstrom,
president of the Provo-based United
Way of Utah County, said other factors
also were at work.
"I believe that people here really feel
like they can make a difference," he
said. "We do not wait for others to 'fix'
our problems or neighborhoods."
The CNCS, an independent federal
agency, used Census Bureau data to
determine its state and city rankings,
which are based on three-year averages

for 2005 through 2007.
In Florida, Harve Mogul, president
and CEO of the United Way of Miami-
Dade, said Miami's low ranking wasn't
surprising because of the number of
new immigrants.
"We have such a high number of re-
cent immigrants who come from coun-
tries without the same organized phi-
lanthropy found in the United States,"
he said. "We've found that as people
spend more time in the United States
and see the value of philanthropy and
community service, they are more likely
to donate their time and money."
Still, Hands on Miami, which coordi-
nates volunteer efforts for the local Unit-
ed Way, reported a marked increase in
the number of volunteer hours: from
58,232 in its 2006-07 tally to 70,000 in
Lynn Heyman, who heads the volun-
teer program at Miami Children's Hospi-
tal, said she has 600 active volunteers at
any given time, more than ever. But the
hospital must hold orientations twice
monthly to keep volunteers streaming
in to replace departing ones.
"I don't think the days of people vol-
unteering with an organization for years
and years are still with us," Heyman


Tourist Commission receives grant

half of the Florida Com-
mission on Tourism, the
private/public partnership
responsible for marketing
Florida as a visitor destina-
tion, has awarded an Adver-
tising Matching Grant to the
Okeechobee County Tour-
ist Development Council for
the 2008-2009 Fiscal Year.

The Announcement of
the grant, in the amount
of $2,500, came during the
Commission's June 19,
meeting in Saint Augustine.
"The purpose of these
grants is to help local gov-
ernments and nonprofit
entities do more effective
tourism marketing."
"We were pleased that

Florida Commission on
Tourism selected us from
among a large number of
grant applicants" said Kathy
Scott, Tourism Coordinator.
"These funds will be used
to produce a new rack
brochure to be distributed
throughout Florida and to
out-of-state visitors."

The Okeechobee County
Tourist Development Coun-
cil promotes Okeechobee
County as a desirable tourist
destination by funding mar-
keting campaigns and local
events that enhance our
economy while preserving
our natural resources and
quality of life.





Okeechobee News, Sunday, July 27, 2008

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Color Guard
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Ranch Rodeo
The Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association sponsored a
Ranch Rodeo at the Agri-Civic Center as part of the Nation-
al Day of the American Cowboy Celebration on Saturday.

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken

Gator tales
Frances Bosworth holds a baby alligator at the Arnold's
Wildlife Booth at the Day of the American Cowboy cele-
bration at the Agri-Civic Center on Saturday.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Day of the Cowboy Cattle Drive
The Seminole Tribe of Florida Council, Inc. provided this
covered wagon that rode in the National Day of the Ameri-
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By Baird Helgeson
The Tampa Tribune
MYAKKA CITY, Fla. (AP) - Mi-
chael and Denise Pfalzer's new
home will have walls made of old
car tires, recycled bottles and cans.
Rainwater gathered from the
rooftop will be used for drinking,
washing dishes and flushing toi-
lets before it trickles back out to
nourish the gardens.
Solar energy will power the
home and the Earth's soil will
keep it cool.
Sometime around January, the
Pfalzers will become the owners
of Florida's first Earthship, a one-
bedroom, two-bathroom home
built largely from recycled mate-
rial. The home has emerged as a
model for those who want to live
more in tune with nature, discon-
nected from utilities.
Although homes such as this
were once the domain of fringe
environmentalists, the rising price
of electricity, food and gas have
pushed many of the ideas into the
The technology used in the
Pfalzers' new home would work
in a bungalow in Seminole Heights
or a ranch home in Lutz. During
construction, the worksite will be
a laboratory for those who want
to learn about sustainable living.
After that, students will continue
environmental testing to see how
the home and nature coexist.
"This is our dream," said Mi-
chael Pfalzer, who lives in Tampa.
"We like the simple, clean nature
of it - the elegant simplicity."
With a budget of $300,000, the
cost per square foot is about the
same as a traditional house.
Michael Reynolds, founder
of Earthship Biotecture in New
Mexico, came up with the idea
in the 1970s. He wanted to find
a way to build affordable homes
from natural and recycled materi-
als that didn't need to be hooked
up to local utilities.
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feature. The tires are packed with
soil and stacked to create exterior
walls. Each tire weighs about 350
pounds, making the homes stur-
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