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Publication Date: 11-11-2012
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Sunday, November 11, 2012 V ol. 103 No. 136 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 15.59 feetLast Year: 13.77 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus tax See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Local man’s life saved by blood donors ... Page 4 Hike around Lake Okeechobee planned ... Page 8 OHS Brahmans play CHS Tigers ... Page 20 Medical reserve corps meets ... Page 17 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyBrendon Jonassaint is anked by Pro Football Hall of Famer Bob Griese (left) and U.S. Army Sergeant Major Hershel Turner at Thursday's assembly at OHS. The Okeechobee community will honor Veterans Day with a public ceremony on Monday, Nov. 12 in Flagler Park at 10 a.m. All local veteran units are asked to have their unit colors present. This ceremony is sponsored by American Legion Post 64. While some who attend the Veterans Day ceremony may want to bring their own lawn chairs, this year there will be bleacher seating available. The ceremony will include a yover by vintage World War II aircraft, weather permitting. Veterans who do not have transportation to the ceremony can call Okeechobee County Commissioner Bryant Culpepper at 863-801-4097. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will waive day-use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at the more than 2,400 Corps-operated recreation areas nationwide on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. To discover the recreation site nearest you, please visit PublicMail. Okeechobee to honor veterans By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee High School Senior Brendon Jonassaint became one of only 10 athletes nationwide to be nominated for the U.S. Army Pro Football Hall of Fame Award for Excellence Thursday as he acJonassaint nominated for Award for Excellence See VETERANS — Page 16 See AWARD — Page 16 By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News Lessons learned long ago in a high school art class are still with an 85-year-old man from a pioneer Okeechobee family. When Howard Upthegrove was getting ready for his senior year in high school, he and a buddy planned their classes together. They were told that with the courses they wanted to take they had a total of 15 credits. However, 16 credits were needed for graduation. So they looked for another class that would not require too much effort. They signed up for typing and then discovered that typing would earn them only three fourths of a credit. Then they looked over the curriculum again and came up with art. That class was three fourths of a credit also. Therefore, both classes were enough for graduation. Mr. Upthegrove still has the rst drawing he did for art class with a number 2 pencil, a portrait of Spencer Tracy done in 1942. He has a notebook containing other pencil drawings from his high school art class including world leaders of the day done from newspaper phoArtist captures the famous and the not-so-famousSee ARTIST — Page 16 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaHoward Upthegrove holds up a pencil drawing he did of his son, David. Sudoku inside!


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Made in China?Like most good Americans, I voted. It’s my duty. It’s the American way. This year at t he election center, I noticed the pen they gave me to vote with was made in CHINA. I went back and asked for a pen that was made in the good ol’ U.S.A. There was none t o be found. What’s next? Will I or my children be sending our property and school tax t o the Bank of China?So what has changed since Tuesday? Other than the Postal Service losing the political ad delivery, nothing.  Nothing much has changed since only yesterday, but there has been plenty of change in the last four years. The terrible t hing is that the changes will keep coming and getting worse and worse.  Thank goodness it is over and I can w atch television again. The political ads this y ear were so bad I had to turn off the TV. I c ouldn’t take it. ”Success is not nal. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” W inston Churchill  Enough with all the left and right nons ense. We are all humans and we are in this t ogether. So let’s get our act together and get t ogether before things get worse.  Mitt Romney posted President Obama’s s peech on his website. President Obama has a meeting set with Mr. Romney and now reports are out that they are already discussing a role where Mr. Romney’s business skills c an be put to use in Washington. Maybe we c an follow their lead ... maybe we can treat each other with the respect that Obama and Romney are treating each other with. A good s tart to that would be to spend less time on s ocial media hating and hating and hating ... and more time listening and respecting and t reating those with whom we disagree with dignity.  While I somewhat appreciate the efforts of those with a positive outlook regarding the state of our economy/misery, I feel that someone should try to keep at the forefront what is really happening in this country. How can any individual citizen do anything to help if they are not even aware of what is going on? A good story, expressing a dream, does not make me or many, many others in this country feel good. What helps is a warm house, being able to pay our taxes or mortgage, being able to put fuel in our vehicles, and food on the table. Those who still can, I am happy for, but how long will it last for you? A wise and prudent person will now be storing up food, watching the use of their utilities, their trips to town and anything else that costs them money, because Obama is more interested in making a level playing eld all over the world than he is in preserving America’s greatness.  Half of the country voted for Obama. Half of the country did not, with Romney getting 48 percent and other candidates getting 2 percent. I think this shows that both sides need to compromise. There was no mandate. There was no landslide. It was pretty even. So both sides need to compromise, show each other respect and work together. They need to do that for the sake of the whole country. I hope they can all put the future of this country ahead of their own egos. Where do you stand?Pastor Jim WatersLife Community Church of Okeechobee“For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:17) By the time this article is available to you, it will be well known as to who has been elected the next president of the United States of America. The fact stands fast that no matter how the election turned out there undoubtedly remains a serious responsibility for all Christian followers of Jesus Christ. This awesome responsibility carries with it much joy as well as many unpleasantries. We are warriors for Christ and we must stand in the gap as watchmen on the wall to sound the trumpet at any given time. This goes for pastors as well as their congregations because we are all members of the body of Christ sealed by the Holy Spirit to live, act and articulate as believers of the King of Kings and Lord of lords. We are not here to condemn as Jesus himself has stated; that He did not come to condemn the world. We are here to shine with the light of Christ as He has told us to “let your light so shine before men that they will see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16). With this being said the question remains for you to personally answer. Where do you stand? Where do you stand on the issues of the day using Jesus as the perfec t example, not condemning but following His lead to speak out and make known the righ t according to Him and the wrong according to the world that seems so right to the world?... Such issues of mega importance: religious freedom, sanctity of human life, the marriag e union between a man and a woman, the family values and morals! Ridiculed we may b e but loving we should remain as articulators for Christ. Look to the Christ who leads th e way in love versus condemnation. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us! Where do you stand today? Local man gives backGeorge Marshall, owner of Mama Flego’s Italian Restaurant on NE 2nd Street, is a big supporter of community events including the Okeechobee Blood Roundup. George and his family along with the restaurant staff give back to the community as a way to show their appreciation for the restaurant’s success. George donates blood every year at the Blood Roundup to give back and show his appreciation to the blood donors who saved his life – not just once, but twice; here is his story. George was born prematurely with a rare blood disease. To overcome the illness, all of his blood was removed and new blood was put in his body. George is certain that he would not have survived that night had he not received donated blood to replace his diseased blood. In 1986, across the street from the Brahman Theatre, George was involved in a horri c accident when a drunk driver hit his motorcycle. The force of the impact knocked George off his bike into a street light pole. His leg, both arms and collarbone were broken and he lost a lot of blood at the accident scene. George is certain that he would not have survived that night had he not received donated blood to replace the blood that he lost. When George donates blood, he does so through ALYX, a new way for blood donors to be a hero to twice as many people in the community with fewer visits to the blood center. Through ALYX, donors are able to give two units of red cells during one visit – providing double the impact for patients requiring the most critically needed blood components. Donating blood is truly about life and generous blood donors are the only way we can ensure an adequate blood supply for our community. A single blood donation can help a trauma patient, a cancer patient and even a premature baby. Join George and me at the Seventh Annual Okeechobee Blood Roundup and help meet this year’s goal of 600 units o f donated blood. The Roundup will be held on Nov. 17 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Hammerhead’s on State Road 70 East. Susan Williams November 11, 2012 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the pulpit Re ections from the pulpit Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating! Today: Partly cloudy. High of 77F. Breezy. Winds from the ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 64F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Extended ForecastMonday : Partly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 81F. Winds from the East at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Monday Night : Partly cloudy with a chance of rain. Fog overnight. Low of 64F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Okeechobee Forecast George Marshal.


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The Eagles North is located at 9985 U.S. 441 N.Legion hosting Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunday night Bingo on Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. A smoking section will be provided in the bingo hall. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the Anerican Legion veterans' programs. The event is open to the public. Relay for Life bene t slatedScott Driver Park will be host to a boat tournament with the Buckhead Ridge YaYa A ngels to bene t Relay for Life on Sunday, Nov. 11 Sausage and pepper subs available for $5 donation.Masons to host breakfastThe Okeechobee Masonic Lodge will host Sunday breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 8-11 a.m. at 107 N.W. Fifth St. Big Sunday breakfast for just $6 donation. Breakfast is held every other Sunday carry out is available. Proceeds to bene t local Mason giving programs.Fundraiser staged to beneft Mounted Drill TeamBits & Spurs 4-H Club is having a Saddle Cleaning Fundraiser is at Tractor Supply on Sunday, Nov. 11 from 10:30 a.m. 2 p.m. Saddles, $15, full set $20, silver cleaning, $5. The money is going to be used to support our Equestrian Mounted Drill Team for competitions in 2012-2013.Amateur Radio Club to meetThe Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will hold its November Business Meeting on Monday, Nov. 12 at the Five Guys on Parrott Avenue. The club meets for a meal at 6 p.m. and the business meeting begins promptly at 7 p.m. ALL members of the club are urged to attend, as this is the last planning meeting before the Hamfest which takes place on Saturday, Nov. 24. There is still a good amount of planning to be done, and jobs to be assigned to make the Hamfest a success. Any community members, interested in Amateur Radio are invited to attend as well, as the meetings are mostly informal and it's a good way to meet some of the club members. For more information about the meeting, contact Tom Timmons, club president, at 863-467-5435.OREA to hold monthly meetingThe Okeechobee Retired Educators (OREA) will meet on Monday, Nov. 12 at 11:15 a.m. in the meeting room of Beef O'Brady's. Any retired educator is invited to attend.Health & nutrition lecture setA lecture on health and nutrition will be held on Monday, Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m., 916 N.W. Park St., Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Center. Dr. Douglas will be the speaker. The public is invited.Coffee with the Commissioner setCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Ray Domer on Tuesday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. noon, in room 245 of the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863763-6441, to schedule an appointment.Autism support group meetsOkeechobee Parents Group for Parents of Children with Autism will meet to network with other parents for support, information, training, and resource information, on Nov. 13 and Dec. 11, from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. For more information call Linda Peirce 772-873-3422.Chamber announces November Investor LuncheonThe November Investor Luncheon is scheduled for Nov. 14 beginning at 11:30 a.m. and concluding at 1 p.m. at the Williamson Center. Culpepper and Terpening, Inc. will be the Business Spotlight featuring Butch Terpening as the speaker. Maureen Budjinski will be the guest speaker introducing the Chamber's newest project: Leadership Okeechobee.Healthy Start Coalition board will meet Nov. 14Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board of directors will meet Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 11:30 a.m. at their of ce, 1132 S. Parrott Ave. in the White House Plaza. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For information please contact executive director Kay Begin at the Coalition of ce, 863-462-5877.Weapon permit class offeredThe November Concealed Weapon Permit class will be conducted at the Chamber of Commerce, on Nov. 15 and range class on the following Saturday. You may register on-line at www.okeechobeebusiness.com, click on the calendar, then click on the date of the event, then click online registration, once this window opens click on the non-member login, then ll out the application and then click nish when you have completed the form. You must come by the Chamber of ce and pay in advance. The cost for this class is $35. Weapons will be provided or you may bring your own,Elks to host meeting, dinnerThe Okeechobee Elks will meet on Nov. 15 at the VFW South at 7 p.m. Come early for a roast pork dinner for $6. Proceeds will bene t the Veterans Homeless fund. Community Events


Allen and Nicki Smith, owners of Southern Accent Farm in Okeechobee, have received the 2012 Commissioner’s AgEnvironmental Leadership A ward. This award recognizes innovative, outstanding natural resource management by farm producers who supply us with food, ber and renewable fuels. The couple received the award from Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam during Florida Farm Bureau’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Ponte V edra Beach on Oct. 26. The Smith beef cattle operation has implemented various strategies to protect wetlands. The couple has also installed the largest array of commercial solar panels in the territory served by the Glades Electric Cooperative. “It is an honor to highlight the efforts and accomplishments of Allen and Nicki Smith,” Commissioner Putnam said. “Together we can protect and preserve our state’s vital natural resources.” 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Choose how you want your news publishedPut yourself in print! 100 words and one photo for only $25!Publish Your News today!Just visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News. The Okeechobee News Front Of ce will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22 & Friday, Nov. 23 for THANKSGIVING FRIDAY, NOV. 23 DEADLINE Noon on Tuesday, Nov. 20SUNDAY, NOV. 25 DEADLINE 3pm on Wednesday, Nov. 21 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Nov. 9TH Thurs., Nov. 15THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “LOOPER”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “SKYFALL”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:30, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:30, 7:00 & 9:30, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 R III: “WRECK-IT-RALPH”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00THURS., NOV 15TH @ 10PM • $8 TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN, PART II DOOR PRIZES! PG-13 PG 7 Okeechobee News November 11, 2012 Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Local family earns statewide environmental award Special to the Okeechobee News/ FFBFarm Bureau state board memberJacob Larson, an Okeechobee County local dairy farmer, has been elected as a member of the Florida Farm Bureau state board of directors. The election was held on Oct. 26 during Florida Farm Bureau’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach. Mr. Larson will represent Farm Bureau members in Okeechobee, Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie counties. Special to the Okeechobee NewsAllen and Nicki Smith, owners of Southern Accent Farm, receive an award from Adam Putnam (far right), Florida agriculture commissioner. Cows & Bulls came up quite a bit this week after being off a couple of weeks, up $3-5. Lighter weight calves under 300# were a little cheaper but from #300 and up they were considerable higher, $2-4. Looks like prices are going to stay relatively good. We lost a good man and good friend this past week. We’re going to miss you, Emory Walker! We know where you are and we’ll see you again one day! Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Walker family. Charlie Stratton, Okeechobee, topped the calf market with a high of $2.85 bought by D & S Cattle Co. Larry Overton, Loxahatchee, topped the cow market with a high of 90.00 bought by Central Beef. See ya next week, Todd


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Ellen G.Receiving InterStim Therapy since 2007Imagine everyday freedom.Is your bladderalwayson your mind?Important Safety Information About InterStim Therapy InterStim Therapy for Urinary Control treats urinary retention (inability to completely empty the bladder) and the symptoms of overactive bladder, including urinary urge incontinence (leakage) and signicant symptoms of urgency-frequency. It should be used after you have tried other treatments such as medications and behavioral therapy and they have not worked, or you could not tolerate them. You should have a successful trial assessment before receiving InterStim Therapy. You cannot have diathermy (deep heat treatment from electromagnetic energy) if you have an InterStim device. InterStim Therapy is not intended for patients with a urinary blockage. Safety and eectiveness have not been established for pregnancy and delivery; patients under the age of 16; or for patients with neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis. In addition to risks related to surgery, complications can include pain at the implant sites, new pain, infection, lead (thin wire) movement/migration, device problems, interactions with certain other devices or diagnostic equipment such as MRI, undesirable changes in urinary or bowel function, and uncomfortable stimulation (sometimes described as a jolting or shocking feeling). This therapy is not for everyone. Please consult your physician to decide whether InterStim Therapy is right for you. A prescription is required. For further information, please call Medtronic at 1-800-328-0810 and/or consult Medtronics website at www.medtronic.com. USA Rx Only. Rev 0110 For more information, visit www.everyday-freedom.com or call 1-800-664-5111. If youve tried treatments that havent been successful, dont lose hope. Finding relief from bladder control problems can be a long journey. InterStim Therapy may be an option for patients who have not had success with, or could not tolerate, more conservative treatments for overactive bladder or urinary retention.Co-sponsored by MedtronicDavid A. Sigalow, M.D. Lakeshore Urology 215 NE 19th Drive Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-763-0217 Make an appointment today to nd out if InterStim Therapy can eliminate or greatly reduce your bladder control problems by calling Lakeshore Urology at 863-763-0217. 8 Okeechobee News November 11, 2012 Walk around Lake Okeechobee during the 2012 Big “O” Hike. It’s never too early to plan for this event. During Thanksgiving week of November 2012, the Florida Trail Association will celebrate its 21st annual Big “O” Hike, a 9-day, 110-mile walk around Lake Okeechobee. This is South Florida’s biggest (nonfundraising) walking event and participants come from many areas of the United States and Canada. On opening day this year, Nov. 17, walkers will begin at the Pahokee Marina and head north on the Herbert Hoover Dike. There will be some variations this year due to Corps of Engineer construction projects. Nine days later the walkers will somehow return to the starting point. The purpose of the walk is threefold: 1. To draw attention to Lake Okeechobee and the communities around the lake; 2. To highlight the Lake Okeechobee section of the Florida National Scenic Trail; and, 3. To introduce people to walking as an enjoyable and healthful pastime. The walkers support the local economies by spending thousands of dollars each year in campgrounds, restaurants, gas stations, and retail outlets. This year the event is being sponsored by the members of the Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association. A nnual Big O Hike around Lake Okeechobee planned The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce investigated the reports of the following crimes during the past week. ASSAULT  3200 block of U.S. 441 S.  1000 block of N.W. 34th St. BURGLARY  4500 block of N.E. Ninth Lane  8300 block of S.E. 59th Drive  8100 block of N.E. 12th St.  3200 block of S.E. 20th Court  1300 block of N.W. 98th St. CRIMINAL MISCHIEF  4700 block of S.W. 16th Ave.  600 block of U.S. 441 S.E. COUNTERFEIT MONEY  3400 block of U.S. 441 S. FRAUD  3200 block of U.S. 441 N.  4700 block of U.S. 441 S.E. SHOOTING  N.E. 13th Ave. THEFT  8500 block of S.E. 57th Drive (vehicle)  3500 block of S.W. 16th Ave. (leaf blower)  2800 U.S. 441 N. (wallet)  1500 block of S.W. 35th Circle (license tag)  1900 block of U.S. 441 N. (identity) Okeechobee Investigations Health Expo open to vendorsThe Sixth Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at the Agri-Civic Center. Vendors, please sign up now to secure booth space at this event. Vendors may set-up at no cost to share health or safety related information or to provide free screenings or demonstrations. The 2012 Expo hosted over 120 vendors and attendance was over 2,000. For more information call Sharon Vinson, Shared Services Network, 863-462-5000 ext. 257 or Donny Arnold, Okeechobee County Fire Rescue, 863-634-6464.Photos: Just in time for ChristmasMartha’s House will offer the Classic Color Portraits on Dec. 1, which is an 8”X10” portrait for only $10. Please schedule your appointment by Nov. 27 Your photos will be back in time for Christmas. This is a fundraiser for Martha’s House. For more information contact: Martha’s House at 863-763-2893, Monday Friday. 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Big Lake Missions Outreach will once again be serving Thanksgiving dinners for the homeless and needy on Thanksgiving Day at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. eat in or take out. Donations of cooked food or monetary donations are needed. They also have dinners donated from Christ Fellowship in Palm Beach Gardens to be delivered out in the community. If you know families, neighbors or an area that will need a meal, be a servant and come and pick up meals and deliver them to those who need them. For more information, call 863-763-5725 or 863-610-1815. Donations needed for annual Thanksgiving dinner for needy


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Federally insured by NCUA.Oers valid as of April 10, 2012. A minimum $5 account is required for membership with MIDFLORIDA and access to these oers. O ers are available for a limited time only and may be cancelled without notice. Existing MIDFLORIDA loans and credit cards do no t qualify for the incentive or the special advertised Annual Percentage Rates (APR). Checking incentive is deposited to new checking account. Loan and credit card incentives will be applied to a MIDFLORIDA Visa P latinum credit card. Other rates and terms are available and are based on credit. Visit midorida.com or see an associate for d etails. 1.Anyone who has held a checking account with MIDFLORIDA in the past will not qualify for the $77 incentive. In addition to ope ning a new checking account, you must accept and open online banking, online bill payment, eStatement, eNotice, direct deposit ($500 minimum which must post within 30 days of account opening) and a debit card. For RT4T checking accounts, you must make 5 debit card transactions in the rst 30 days in lieu of the direct deposit requireme nt. Freedom accounts do not qualify for this incentive. Minimum to open is $50. 2. To qualify for the incentive, you must ren ance a loan of $15,000 or more from another nancial institution. Loans of $5,000 to $14,999 will receive a $100 credit. 3. Incentive is oered on new credit card accounts only. The introductory Annual Percentage Rate a vailable on balance transfers is valid for the rst 12 months on new accounts only. A 1% balance transfer fee will apply. START TODAY! CREDIT CARDGET $50 creditwith a new Visa Platinum Credit Card30% Intro APR on balance transfers No annual fee FREE CHECKINGGET $77 cash with a new FREE checking account1 REFI LOANGET $200 creditwith your renanced loanRates as low as 2.99%2APR MORE POWER TO YOU.Feeling powerless at your big bank? All banks and credit unions arent alike … so when it comes to deciding where to bank, ta ke control. www.mid”orida.com Toll Free (866) 913-3733Habla Espaol (877) 834-6376OKEECHOBEE 3261 U.S. Hwy. 441 S. Earn up to $327 with MIDFLORIDA is here to work with you and your schedule … with features like: plus 9 Okeechobee News November 11, 2012 PJ Day at Rock Solid Christian AcademyRock Solid Christian Academy students and teachers got to sleep in a couple extra minutes the morning after Halloween. They enjoyed a school-wide Pajama Day on Nov. 1. Special to the Okeechobee News/ SEMStudents of the WeekSeminole Elementary would like to congratulate their Students of the Week for the week of Nov. 2: Gabriel Telez, Haley Wester, Juan Baltazar, Gabriel Ruiz, Jesus Olivera, Katelyn Comer, Eutimio Bucio, Garrett How, Mayte OrtaSantos, Brooke Widdows, Karina Maldonado, Maritzel Roman, Laurin Jackson, Alyssa Hudson, Adelita Pina, Aaralynn Vanegas, Daisey Campos, Tyler Murphy, Eli Deckard, Denise Curbelo, Denis Gutierrez, Daniel Duran, Bryan Rosas, Jennifer Loredo, Rance Pendrey and Jorge Quiroz. Special to the Okeechobee News/ RSCA CASTLE calls for volunteers for safe parenting programIf you have a few hours to spare and share your great parenting techniques, call CASTLE today. Teaching Safe Parenting, CASTLE’s mission is to stop child abuse before it even happens by empowering parents with the education necessary to create successful, loving, and nurturing families. We are currently seeking volunteers for our Safe Families Program. We’re making a difference, one family at a time. Call 772-465-6011 or e-mail hr@castletc.org for more information.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 valid through December 31, 2012Coupon must be presented at time of service 10 Okeechobee News November 11, 2012 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News Three employees of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) and one volunteer were honored recently by being picked as the top employees of the third quarter. Employees are chosen for the honor in one of four classi cations: administrative; citizen volunteer; detention deputy; and, law enforcement. Cindy Kemp was nominated as the administrative employee of the quarter by Juanita W hite. “I have always seen the work that Cindy does in this department, even though I am not her supervisor,” stated Mrs. White. “She has always gone above and beyond her job to help other departments. She has helped w ith getting the new computer system implemented and her help has been so valuable.”OCSO Deputy Sergeant Keith Stripling nominated Citizens on Patrol (COP) member J ohn Munger as the citizen volunteer for the third quarter because of his dependability.“John is always good to volunteer for w hatever needs to be completed as it pertains to the COP—whether it be patrol or special activities, he is always there,” Sgt. Stripling pointed out. The nominee for the detention deputy of the third quarter was Detention Deputy Robert Ridley, who was nominated for that honor by Sergeant Larry Lanier. Sgt. Lanier pointed to Deputy Ridley’s work ethic and his quality of work as two reasons for the nomination. “This is the time of year we prepare for our annual Florida Model Jail Inspection. Deputy Ridley has worked hard to ensure the jail is inspection ready,” said Sgt. Lanier. “Robert does all his work with a helpful attitude.” Detective Mark Shireman was nominated for the third quarter award by his supervisor, Detective Lieutenant Brad Stark. “Detective Shireman received a call regarding a home invasion robbery where three masked subjects broke into a home and ordered the victims on the ground,” said Lt. Stark. “Only a partial description was received. Detective Shireman tracked the cell phones and ATM transactions. He pursued his leads and, ultimately, all three were arrested and are awaiting sentencing.” Lt. Stark also nominated the OCSO Criminal Investigations Division (CID) for a unit citation because of their tireless efforts to recover stolen property and make arrests in connection with 16 homes in the Oasis Trailer Park that were burglarized. CID members were also able to recover property that was stolen when several vehicles were burglarized, then made arrests in connection with those thefts. Those nominated for the citation were: Detective Javier Gonzalez; Detective Mark Shireman; Detective Bryan Lowe; Detective Ted Van Deman; Detective William Suggs; Detective Marty D. Faulkner; Detective Susan Morrison; Detective Rosemary Farless; Detective Augustin Saucedo; Analyst Connie Curry; CID Assistant Michele Bell; and, Deputy Howard Pickering. At the end of the year a committee will review all those nominated for the quarterl y awards and will then pick an employee of the year for each classi cation. OCSO names top employees for third quarter Submitted photo/ OCSOThe Criminal Investigations Division (CID) at the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce was recently honored with a unit citation for their work in recovering some stolen property and arresting those involved in the burglaries. CID members are: (left to right) Detective Augustin Saucedo; Detective Marty D. Faulkner; Detective Javier Gonzalez; Detective Lieutenant Brad Stark; Detective William Suggs; CID Assistant Michele Bell; Detective Bryan Lowe; and, Detective Rosemary Farless. On hand for the presentation of their certi cate was Sheriff Paul May (second from right) and Major Noel Stephen (far right). Not pictured are detectives Ted Van Deman, Susan Morrison, Mark Shireman, Criminal Analyst Connie Curry and Deputy Howard Pickering. Submitted photo/ OCSOCindy Kemp (second from left) was recently named the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce employee of the quarter for the third quarter in the administrative classi cation. Presenting Ms. Kemp with her certi cate of recognition was (left to right) Jail Administrator Ronnie White, Major Noel Stephen and Sheriff Paul May. Submitted photo/ OCSOMajor Noel Stephen (left) and Deputy Sergeant Keith Stripling (right) were on hand when John Munger (center) was named the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce employee of the quarter for the third quarter in the citizen volunteer classi cation. Submitted photo/ OCSOThe Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Ofce employee of the quarter for the third quarter in the law enforcement division was Detective Mark Shireman (second from right). On hand for the presentation of his certi cate was (from left to right) Sheriff Paul May, Detective Lieutenant Brad Stark and Major Noel Stephen. Submitted photo/ OCSODetention Deputy Robert Ridley (right) was recently named the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce employee of the quarter for the third quarter in the detention deputy division. Presenting Deputy Ridley his certi cate is Jail Administrator Ronnie White.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Dr. Charles W. BartelsBoard Certified Optometric Physician Comprehensive Eye Exams Contact Lens Fitting Variety of Colored ContactsState of the Art Optical Service Glaucoma Exams & TreatmentDiabetic Eye Exams Cataract Evaluations Foreign Body Remova l Test & Treatment for Dry Eye We Accept and Bill Most Major Insurance, Medicare, Medicaid & Blue Cross Blue ShildHlthKid We Accept and Bill Most Major Insurance, Medicare, Medicaid & Blue Cross Blue Shield, & More Present this advertisement & receive May be used by multiple family members at time of visit Must be presented at time of visit Cannot be combined with any other offers*** The patient and any other person responsible for payment has the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed fo r payment for any other service, examination or treatment that is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement $25toward any purchase or exam. Six GOOD reasons why you should see us 1. HEALTH Here at Big Lake Eye Care we believe in investing in the health of our patients. Dr. Bartels and his associates use state of the art equipment to diagnose and treat many diseases of the eyes including: Many serious eye diseases often have no symptoms. Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes vision loss with or without symptoms and is commonly known as the sneak thief of sight.Ž Conditions such as macular degeneration or cataracts develop so gradually that you may not even realize your vision has decreased. Diabetic retinopathy is a condition that commonly affects diabetic patients. Early detection of these and other eye diseases is important for maintaining overall health and vision.2. STYLE There is nothing wrong with having a little fun. While your exam is crucial for great vision, so is your eyewear. Big Lake Eye Care offers eyewear that keeps up with the latest fashions and most of all; quality. Lens-making technology continues to improve. If you havent updated your glasses in a while, you may be pleasantly surprised at the many new options available to you today. Sunglasses have also become a fashion accessory...let our licensed optician and other associates help you make a selection that “ts your lifestyle and personality.3. INSURANCE We are a provider for many vision and health insurance companies and our friendly staff will be happy to help you with the billing process, as well as help determine your bene“ts under your plan. The following is a partial list of insurance companies we accept: Medicare, UHC, AARP, BCBS, Cigna, Medicaid, Healthy Kids, Seminole Tribe VSP, VCP, Eyemed, Spectera, Superior, Davis Vision, Optum Health4. TECHNOLOGY Big Lake Eye Care uses advanced computerized solutions for your eye care. We employ the most technologically advanced equipment to measure 100% of your visual system. High De“nition Digital Imagery and Scanning Lasers allow a comprehensive retinal and optic nerve assessment.5. VISION Many times annoying headaches, general eye fatigue, and blurry vision can often be caused by the need for eyeglasses or changes in your prescription. We can diagnose vision problems for you such as 6. QUALITY OF CARE Our main goal when you come in or call our of“ce is to make you feel comfortable. You can trust that your eye care is in the best of hands. Dr. Bartels and associates have specialized training and a combination of over 40 years experience in the “eld. Let us make your eye care experience the best it can be. Since we opened our doors in August 2004, Big Lake Eye Care has strived to always have a friendly hometown atmosphere, while having the latest technology of a state of the art practice. Dr. Bartels and family are lifetime residents of Okeechobee. A graduate of Okeechobee High School and continued his premed studies at the he received his degree as a Board Certi“ed Optometric Physician. Dr. Bartels values the importance of serving the community he grew up in. 11 Okeechobee News November 11, 2012


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 TRANS-ATLANTIC 2012 / 2013 1977 College Drive | Belle Glade FESTIVAL OF TREES NASHVILLEBUY TICKETS @ www.dollyhand.org BOX OFFICE 561.993.1160 AFRICA All dates, artists and programs subject to change. SPAIN THE LAND OF OZ TEXAS AMERICACome early and kick-o our Festival of Trees event in the theatre lobby. Doors open at 6:30pm! 12 Okeechobee News November 11, 2012


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Annual Spaghetti Dinner $7.00 DONATION FOR OCA’S SIGNATURE SPAGHETTI, GREEN BEANS, AND A ROLL. Friday, Nov. 30 Lunch 11– 1:00pm Drive Thru Delivery of 5 or more orders Saturday, Dec. 1 Dinner 3– 7:00pm Dine in Bake Sale Iced Tea dine-in only Silent Auction Saturday 3-6pm Okeechobee Christian Academy 701 S. Parrott Ave, Okeechobee Phone: (863) 763-3072 Our Surgical Services Department performs a variety of inpatient and outpatient procedures for patients everyday.Some of the Surgical Procedures available include: Total Knee and Hip Replacements Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Laparoscopic Appendectomy Single-Site Gall Bladder Removal InterStim Therapy for bladder or bowel incontinence Pacemaker and AICD implementation And many more Our highly trained Surgical Services Department utilizes the latest technology and state of the art devices. The patient care they provide is from the heart. Raulerson Hospital has been caring for the health needs of our community for more than 33 years. Trust our skilled medical staff to provide you and your family with the quality care you deserve and expect. For more information about the surgical services available at Raulerson Hospital, visit our website at RaulersonHospital.com. Our website also includes a health and video library to help you understand and become educated about the conditions that are important to you. 13 Okeechobee News November 11, 2012 Dr. Gregory Sainnoval is the newest General Surgeon to join Raulerson Hospital’s Medical Staff. On Tuesday, Nov. 27, Dr. Sainnoval will be the featured speaker at Raulerson Hospital’s Dine with the Doctor physician lecture series. Dr. Sainnoval will speak to the audience about two common conditions, hernias and gallstone attacks. He will also present information about minimally invasive options for both procedures.What is a hernia?A hernia is a bulge at a weak spot in the wall of the abdomen. Tissue or organs may press into the weak spot. This may cause symptoms of discomfort or pain. If left untreated, a hernia can get worse and may lead to serious problems. Surgery can be done to repair a hernia. Fixing the weakness : Surgery treats a hernia by repairing the weakness in the abdominal wall. Most hernias are treated using “tension-free” repairs. This is surgery that uses special mesh materials to repair the weak area. The mesh covers the weak area like a patch. The mesh is made of strong, exible plastic that stays in the body. Over time, nearby tissues grow into the mesh to strengthen the repair.What are gallstones?The gallbladder stores bile, a uid made by the liver. Bile helps digest fats in the foods you eat. Gallstones form when certain substances in the bile crystallize and become solid. In some cases, the stones don’t cause any symptoms. In others, they irritate the walls of the gallbladder. More serious problems can occur if stones move into nearby ducts—such as the common bile duct—and cause blockages. This stops the ow of bile and can lead to pain, nausea, and infection. If you’ve had painful attacks caused by gallstones, your doctor may want to remove your gallbladder. This surgery is called cholecystectomy. Removing the gallbladder can relieve pain and will also prevent future attacks. You can live a healthy life without your gallbladder. You may also be able to go back to eating foods you enjoyed before your gallbladder problems started. There are two methods for removing the gallbladder. Your doctor will choose which method is safer for you. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is most common. During surgery, two to four small incisions are made. A thin tube with a camera is used. This is called a laparoscope. The scope is put through one of the incisions. It sends images to a video screen. Surgical tools are put through other incisions. The gallbladder is removed using the scope and these tools. Open cholecystectomy. One larger incision is made. The surgeon sees and works through this incision. If you would like to learn more about hernia repair or gallbladder surgery at the Dine with the Doctor event on Nov. 27, featuring Dr. Gregory Sainnoval, RSVP to 863763-9228. The event will take place in the Raulerson Hospital Cafeteria. Dinner begins at 4:30 p.m. ($5 per person) and the lecture (free) begins at 5 p.m. If you need a physician referral, Raulerson Hospital sponsors a free physician referral service called Consult-a-Nurse at 863-763-9228. Consult-a-Nurse also provides registered nurses to answer healthcare questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Surgeon’s lecture topics: Hernias and gallbladders Dr. Gregory Sainoval Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaPrematurity Awareness MonthAt their meeting on Thursday, Oct. 25, Okeechobee County Commissioners proclaimed the month of November to be Prematurity Awareness Month and Nov. 17 to be World Prematurity Day in the county. Commission Chair Margaret Garrard Helton (right) presented the proclamation to Laura McCall (left,) and Magi Cable (center) representing the March of Dimes, sponsors of the proclamation. Mrs. McCall said the emphasis of March of Dimes is on preventing premature births through such things as encouraging the cessation of smoking and alcohol use during pregnancy, promoting genetic research and encouraging prenatal care. She said that nationwide one baby in eight is born prematurely and that the ratio in Florida is 1-in-7.


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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 How fast are you aging?W e now have a window to not just a person’s chronological age but how does one’s chronological age compare to how their cells are aging biologically. It is called Telomere Analysis and it is a fascinating, new tool for medical science. Telomeres are sections of DNA at the end of each chromosome that serves as a “cap” to your genetic material. Every time one of your body’s cells replicates, the telomere will become shorter, and shorter telomeres imply a shorter life span for the cell. Shorter telomere length implicates advanced biological aging. Evaluation of this telomere length is an indicator of how rapidly one is aging relative to the normal population. When measured, your telomere length is compared to a sample of the American population in your same age range. The higher the telomere score, the “younger” the cells. Shorter telomeres have been associated with metabolic abnormalities, obesity, cancer, dementia and heart disease. Diet also plays a role in telomere length. A diet consisting of rened carbohydrates, fast foods, processed foods, sodas, articial sweeteners and saturated fats will lead to shortening of the telomeres, while a diet consisting of fresh, uncooked fruits and vegetables, mixed ber, omega-3 fatty acids, cold water sh, and high quality vegetable proteins will prevent shortening. Achieving an ideal body weight with low body fat, regular aerobic and resistance exercise, 8 hours a night sleep, no tobacco products, and stress reduction all help to maintain normal telomere length. The Florida Institute of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine in Okeechobee, under the direction of Dr. Glenn H. Osterweil, D.P.M., L.Ac., a licensed Board Certied Acupuncturist and Podiatrist, is pleased to be able to offer Telomere Analysis to his patients. It is a simple, non-painful test to do, only requires a blood sample and then you will be on your way to increasing your longevity and a healthier life! Please call (863) 398-4182 or visit us on the web at www.okeechobeeacupuncture.com to request an appointment, information, view our free patient newsletters, and see our location and contact information. Dr. Glenn H. Osterweil, DPM, L.Ac. Licensed Acupuncturist/Podiatrist • Insomnia • Anxiety/Stress • Lower Back Pain • Sciatica • Headaches • Neck Pain • Depression • FibromyalgiaAssistant Dean of Western Medicine at the Florida College of Integrative MedicineVisit us at www.okeechobeeacupuncture.comOkeechobee LocationOkeechobee Medical Park 1713 US Hwy 441 N, Suite D Okeechobee, FL 34972863-398-4182contactus@okeechobeeacupuncture.com• Fatigue • Diabetic Neuropathy • Weight Loss • Thyroid Conditions • Heel Pain • Arthritis • Micronutrient Nutritional Analysis • Biopuncture Pain Control 15 Okeechobee News November 11, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee NewsSacred Heart Church dedicationSacred Heart Catholic church dedicated the newly renovated church on Saturday, Nov. 4. Bishop Gerald Barabarito, the Bishop of the Diocese of Palm Beach, Father Hugh Duffy and Father Sean Mulchaey concelebrated a Mass of Dedication with more than 600 in attendance. Atlanta-based Hotel Equities (www.hotelequities.com) recently promoted Kyle V on Kohorn to the position of General Manager of the Hampton Inn, 1200 S.R. 70, in Okeechobee. The 85-room, award-winning hotel is managed by Hotel Equities through a joint v enture partnership with Vero Beach-based developer Kite Properties, LLC. Mr. Von Kohorn has responsibility for overseeing all nancial and management operations of the hotel, including hiring the employees and setting and meeting budget goals. "Kyle brings both a strong academic background and practical experience to his new position," said Brad Rahinsky, vice president of Hotel Equities. "The hotel will bene t from his knowledge, his leadership and his genuine concern for people." Mr. Von Kohorn joined Hotel Equities in 2010 as an intern at the Spring Hill Suites in V ero Beach, where he started his training on the front desk. Working as an integral member of the hotel's management team, he helped the hotel win signi cant community and industry awards including the Spring Hill Suites' 2011 Chairman's Award for the brand's top Guest Satisfaction scores for the y ear and the Spring Hill Suites' 2011 Hotel of the Year. Hotel Equities next promoted Mr. Von Kohorn to operations manager at the Spring Hill Suites hotel in Lake Charles, La., where he served before taking the top post at his current hotel. "I enjoy the camaraderie, teamwork and distinct culture Hotel Equities exempli es," said Mr. Von Kohorn. "We strive to make a distinct difference in our stakeholders' lives and that sets our management company and our hotels apart." A resident of Okeechobee, Mr. Von Kohorn graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor in entrepreneurship from the University of North Florida. In his free time, he enjoys scuba diving, spear shing, offshore shing and sur ng. Hampton Inn has new local general manager


tographs and drawings of old girl friends. Upon graduation from high school, Mr. Upthegrove went on with his life, started to w ork and got married, without any thoughts of drawing. Then about 1990, his wife suggested he take art classes at what is now Indian River State College. She said she would accompany him. However, she dropped out after the rst semester. He continued with his art classes for four years and was the only man in the class. In his high school art class, Mr. Upthegrove preferred to draw portraits. At Indian River his art teacher wanted him to draw owers and other still life objects. However, Mr. Upthegrove still preferred to the challenge of drawing portraits. While most of Mr. Upthegrove's drawings are still done with a number 2 pencil, he has done some with pastels, colored pencils and white charcoal on a black surface. His pencil drawings have the clarity of black and white photographs and are drawn from photographs. Mr. Upthegrove said his subjects would probably die of old age if they had to sit for his drawings. His drawings include the locally known such as his wife, other family members, the late Charles Harvey and other friends, and the nationally known such as author William F. Buckley, Jr., Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, former presidents Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, and Jimmy Carter and Dr. Oz which were drawn from magazine photographs. Many of the drawings have a story behind them. The walls of Mr. Upthegrove's home are covered with his framed drawings. He said his wife told him to quit hanging his drawings, there wasn't enough room. Some of Mr. Upthegrove's artwork is currently on display at the Okeechobee County Library. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 16 Okeechobee News November 11, 2012 cepted the award from Miami Dolphin Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese. OHS principal Toni Wiersma called it a special day that she hopes will re ect well on all the students at Okeechobee High School. Brock Richards with the Pro Football Hall of Fame said the award honors the excellence of America's high school students. He explained that over 22,000 players have played pro football and only 273 are in the hall of fame. The students honored will take part in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl w hich showcases great student athletes. "The Award for Excellence honors athletes who exemplify strengths and values similar to Army Strong soldiers, and who not only excel athletically, but also excel academically and are active in their communities," he added. Command Sergeant Major Hershel Turner told the crowd of students in the OHS gym that it takes mental, emotional and physical strength as well as a sense of duty, integrity, personal courage and loyalty to become an athlete or a soldier. He also emphasized the importance of being a team player. "It is these strengths, along with dedication, determination, leadership and teamw ork that allow them to succeed and excel in school, in training and in life," he added. Mr. Griese, who has excelled on and off the football eld as a player and now a broadcaster, said he was proud to be a part of the presentation to Jonassaint. He explained the road to the Pro Football Hall of Fame demands excellence at all levels on and of the eld. He compared it to being a member in the U.S. Army. "That is why this partnership is a perfect t and why we are pleased to honor today's recipient and pass on some of the lessons that I have learned that will help all of you students in your given pathway," he added. Griese said it is still hard for him to believe he became a Hall of Famer. He told the kids about goal setting and overcoming obstacles. He said a desire to be better will serve anyone in their chosen eld. "I just love competition. Success isn't nal and failure isn't permanent. We lost our rst Super Bowl. The following year w e played them again and we kicked their butt, because we went back, studied it, and learned from our loss. I learned more from losing than I ever did from winning," he suggested. Griese admitted he wouldn't have gotten to college without the football scholarship. W hen he arrived he was listed seventh on the depth chart. At the end of spring practice he was the starter and started for the Boilermakers for three seasons. "I don't set goals. All I wanted to be was the best that I can be. In school I wanted to get As and be the best person I could be at practice, no matter what sport. If I took a test, I wanted to be the best that I could be that day." He said kids should just take care of one day at a time and not look down the road too far. He urged them to take it step by step. "I enjoyed class, went home, did my homework, be a good person, be a smart person and good things will happen down the road." Griese started his athletic career at Purdue University, became a top quarterback, was second in the 1966 Heisman Trophy voting to Steve Spurrier, and was drafted fourth overall by the Dolphins in 1967. He went on to lead the Dolphins to three Super Bowls and was able to win two of them. He was also a part of the only NFL team to have a perfect season, the 17-0, 1972 Dolphins. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990. Jonassaint thanked his parents, his sister, his high school teachers and administrators, coaches, and friends for all of their support. "I also thank the class of 2013 and my Brahman family. I feel blessed, honored and humbled to be one of the nalists for this award." Jonassaint said it felt awesome to be considered for the award and to have all of the student body clapping and cheering him on gave him a great feeling. "I enjoy giving back both in the community, on the court, and in the classroom. I'm excited to travel to Texas and I'll get to see other Hall of Famers and talk to kids just like me," he added. The winner of the national award will be named on Jan. 4, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas. Jonassaint has been team captain for the varsity tennis team and won the most valuable player award last spring. He also is a three-year letterman on the varsity boys basketball team. He was recently named team captain for his senior year. Jonassaint was also voted Mr. OHS by his colleagues this fall. A WARDContinued From Page 1 CESAJ-CC@usace.army.mil. In honor of our nation's veterans and active military personnel, day-use entry will be free to everyone at Florida's state parks on Veterans Day -Sunday, Nov. 11. Florida's state parks also offer free or discounted Annual Entrance Passes to those who currently serve or have served in the U.S. military branches, veterans with servicerelated disabilities and surviving spouses o f members of the U.S. military who have fallen in combat. The discounted or free Florid a State Parks Annual Entrance Pass is available at any Florida State Park staffed ranger station. For more information about area parks online, go to www. oridastateparks.org. VETERANSContinued From Page 1 A RTISTContinued From Page 1 Okeechobee News/ Pete GawdaHoward Upthegrove contemplates a few of his many pencil drawings. The two in the foreground are of former presidents Jimmy Carter and Harry Truman, the other two are of his wife and his son. CorrectionAn advertisement in the Friday, Nov. 2 edition of the Okeechobee News contained an error. The advertisement "Vote on Nov. 6 to re-elect Mike O'Connor for Okeechobee City Council" stated, "Member in the U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Soldiers Association." It should have stated "Member in the U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Shooters Association." We regret the error and any confusion if may have caused.


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Citizen Corps, along with the Corporation for National and Community Serv ice, and the Peace Corps are all part of the President’s USA Freedom Corps, which promotes volunteerism and service throughout the nation. Upcoming Events:  Nov. 17 –Basic Life Support;  Nov. 29 – Orientation Meeting;  Dec. 4 End of Year Appreciation Meeting, Semi Formal;  Jan. 12 & 26 P.H.T.L.S. (Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support);  Jan. 31 – MRC meeting Pet Care;  Feb. 9 & 16 – C.E.R.T. Training (Community Emergency Response Team);  Feb. 23 –Orientation FEMA 100b & 700b course. MRC units are community–based and function as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers—medical professionals and others—who want to donate their time and expertise to promote healthy living throughout the year and to prepare for and respond to emergencies. MRC volunteers supplement existing local emergency and public health resources. To join the MRC or obtain information, call Brian Sell at 863-462-5865 or email brian_sell@doh.state. .us. Okeechobee Medical Reserve Corps partners with IRSC By Katie Sebris, NEAs the end of the year approaches; the holiday season begins. Many wonderful holiday treats will be enjoyed by all. With the many holiday foods available it’s important to practice food safety in their preparation and storage. Keep in mind four basic steps of food safety; clean, separate, cook and chill all foods. First, keep surfaces and hands clean. Wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds and clean all surfaces with warm soapy w ater before and after food preparation. A lso, rinse fruits and vegetables under cool running water and do not rinse raw meats before preparation because of possible cross contamination. Second, keep foods separate. As you shop, store, and prepare foods, keep raw meats away from raw vegetables and fruits. A lso, use separate cutting boards; one for raw meats and one for raw fruits and vegetables. Third, cook food to the right temperature. Use a food thermometer when checking meats. For example, as you cook your turkey, be sure the internal temperature is 165Farenheit to be completely cooked. Fourth, chill foods to the appropriate temperatures. Refrigerate foods promptly after enjoying them. All foods should be refrigerated two hours after preparation to assure food safety. Finally, don’t try foods that look or smell questionable. Keep in mind food safety is important to your health and to those that you love. Make your holiday season a time to enjoy with friends and family; eating delicious holiday foods, safely prepared for all to enjoy. Here is a list of useful websites focused on food safety: www. ghtbac.org, www. befoodsafe.org, www.foodsafety.gov, www. fda.gov, www.fsis.usda.gov Keep your family safe by practicing food safety The Okeechobee Golf and Country Club is pleased to announce winners for this w eek’s Gold Tee for the week of Nov. 2 including: First place George Guydosh, second place tie Howard Shelkie, Ray Warren; third place tie Vern Johnson and Ron Lawrence; fourth place tie Chet Hendern and Wally Dierig. Hurricane Sandy rained us out last week. Also a get well Brad Shelpra after major surgery. OGCC Gold Tee WInners Main Street taking applications for Christmas FestivalOkeechobee Main Street is now taking applications for the annual Top of the Lake Christmas Festival and Lighted Night Parade. Join us for the most exciting event of the season on Saturday, Dec. 8, in Flagler Park. The festival will open at 10 a.m. and the parade will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Take this perfect opportunity to visit with friends and family and enjoy a stroll through the parks. Great food and one-of-a-kind gift ideas for Christmas. Applications are available at Okeechobee Main Street, 55 South Parrott Ave., or can be e-mailed directly to you. Please call 863-357-6246 or e-mail okms@okeechobeemainstreet.com for additional information.


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In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com ExcavationLESLIE SUMMERFORD EXCAVATING LLC. Call us for your excavation needs; land clearing ponds, hauling of ll dirt, shell, millings (when available) transportation of heavy equipment. 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Large pull-thru lot boat ramps into canal access Okeechobee lake, lot concrete and pavers $250 a month annually (electric extra) or $650.00 monthly with electric (seasonal). (954)444-6614 or (954)214-7391 Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? Mobile HomeSale For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public NoticePUBLIC NOTICENotice is hereby given that the Okeechobee Utility Authority intends to apply for a Wastewater Loan/Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service for the design and construction of the East Side Wastewater Expansion Project. The project is intended to remove septic tanks and package wastewater treatment plants near the north shore of Lake Okeechobee and to replace these with a publicly owned and operated collection system. In addition to the collection system, the project will also include a regional pump station and sanitary force main to transport the collected wastewater to the OUA regional plant located on Cemetery Road for treatment and disposal. The result of this project is intended to be a part of the overall plan to clean up and improve water quality within Lake Okeechobee and the headwaters to the Everglades. Any questions or comments should be directed to the Okeechobee Utility Authority, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL, 34974, or by telephone during the hours of 7 AM to 6 PM Monday through Thursday, telephone 863-763-9460. 430388 ON 11/9,11/2012 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF DUTCHESS SPENCER DAVID BUNNELL Plaintiff -againstLAURA JEAN ADAMS Defendants ACTION FOR A DIVORCE To the above named Defendant: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to answer the complaint in this action and to serve a copy of your answer on the Plaintiff’s Attorney(s) within twenty (20) days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service, where service is made by delivery upon you personally within the state, or within thirty (30) days after completion of service where service is made in any other manner. In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment will be taken against you by default for the relief demanded in the complaint. Steven Nesheiwat, Esq. Attorney for Plaintiff 224 Church Street, First Floor Poughkeepsie, New York 12601 Phone No.: (845) 452-7528 Dated: June 1st, 2012 Poughkeepsie, New York 430565 ON 11/11,18,25/2012 Change to School Board Meeting Date The regular meeting of the Okeechobee County School Board for November will take place on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is the annual reorganization of the School Board, swearing in of newly-elected and re-elected School Board members, and consideration of regular School Board business. The meeting will be in the School Board Administrative Of ce, Room 303, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. The meeting is open to the public. There will be no School Board meeting on November 13, as previously scheduled. Ken Kenworthy Superintendent 429301 ON 11/4,11/2012 Public Notice Public Notice ADVERTISEMENT LOCATION: Okeechobee County Airport Okeechobee, Florida FDOT F.M. No.: 429273-1-94-01 COUNTY PROJECT No.: 2013-01 PROJECT: Upgrade Airport Security and Access DATE: November 11, 2012 1. SEALED BIDS will be received by the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners at the Okeechobee County Historic Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Room #222, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, on or before December 11, 2012 until 3:00PM (Local Time). The Bids shall be based on procurement and installation of multiple gate openers, card access readers, lighting, cameras, and replacement of pedestrian gate locks near the Okeechobee County Airport terminal building. Access and monitoring support software and hardware are also included in this project. The work is separated into ve (5) bid schedules to allow for Owner exibility and budget control. The Owner reserves the right to hold all bids for a maximum period of ninety (90) days prior to awarding the contract or rejecting all bids. 2. At the time mentioned above, bidding will be closed and those proposals received will be publicly opened and read aloud in the of ce. 3. One (1) Original and three (3) copies of the Proposal shall be submitted on the forms furnished by the Owner. Each proposal submitted shall be placed with all required attachments in a sealed envelope, and this envelope shall in turn be placed in a 9 x 12 inch envelope. Both envelopes must be sealed and marked as follows: BID UPGRADE AIRPORT SECURITY AND ACCESS OKEECHOBEE PROJECT NO. 2013-01 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY AIRPORT OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FL To Be Opened: Firm Submitting Bid: 4. Copies of plans and speci cations will be available November 13, 2012 and may be examined after this date at the of ce of: Mr. Donnie Oden, Capital Projects, FMDS, Director, 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Suite C, Okeechobee, FL 34972; (863) 763-0805. 5. Plans and Speci cations may be purchased beginning November 12, 2012 for a fee of $100 per set from AVCON, INC., 5555 E. Michigan Street, Suite 200, Orlando, Florida 32822 (407) 599-1122. Contract Documents will be sold only as complete sets. Plan set purchases will be non-refundable and will become property of the bidder. 6. A mandatory pre-bid conference will be held on December 4, 2012 at 2:00PM, 1700 NW 9th Avenue, Suite C, Okeechobee, FL 34972. BIDS RECEIVED FROM CONTRACTORS WHO DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE PRE-BID CONFERENCE WILL BE RETURNED UNOPENED. 7. Any questions relative to this project shall be addressed no later than December 6, 2012 at 2:00PM in writing to AVCON, Inc., 5555 E. Michigan Street, Suite 200, Orlando, Florida 32822, Attention: Hilary Maull, P.E.; email: hmaull@avconinc.com, phone: (407) 599 1122, fax: (407) 599-1133. Copies of written responses will be provided to plan holders of record who purchase bidding contract documents. 8. A certi ed check, drawn upon a state or national bank, or a bid bond issued by a corporate Surety licensed to conduct business in the State of Florida, in a sum not less than ve percent (5%) of the total amount bid, made payable to the “Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners,” is required with each bid. 9. This is a federally funded project and the use of certi ed disadvantaged businesses (DBE) is encouraged. The DBE goal for this project is 10% of the total contract value. 10. A Performance Bond for an amount not less than 100% of the bid price and a Payment Bond for an amount not less than 100% of the bid price will be required from the selected bidder within 15 days after written notice of the award of contract. at the time he/she enters into a contract with the County. 11. Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation or delivery of proposals. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bids, accept Bids in any order or combination, accept or reject portions of Bids, make modi cations to the work after bidding, and waive any formality in the Bids if they deem it in their best interest to do so. The General Contractor will provide additional information including, but not limited to, a list of similar projects constructed within the past ve (5) years, client references, and an audited or certi ed nancial statement or other nancial references deemed appropriate to Contract Award. 12. Bidders will con ne their bids to the project in its entirety. Partial bids will not be accepted. 13. Each bidder will submit with this bid evidence that the bidder is licensed to perform the work and services or quali ed by examination to be so licensed. 14. If in the opinion of the bidder, inconsistencies appear to exist in the speci cations, it is the bidder’s responsibility to seek clari cation from the Engineer. Additionally, it is incumbent upon all bidders to conduct a personal investigation as to requirements of the County. 15 No proposal may be withdrawn after the scheduled closing time for the receipt of proposals for a period of ninety (90) days. Margaret Garrard Helton, Chair Board of County Commissioners Okeechobee County, FL Sharon Robertson, Clerk of Court Okeechobee County, FL 430570 ON 11/11/2012 Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2011-CA-000326 JAMES B. NUTTER & COMPANY, Plaintiff VS. CAROLYN HAYES RIPPY, et al, Defendant(s) NOTICE OF ACTION FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGSPROPERTY TO: DAVID NIPPY : ADDRESS UNKNOWN BUT WHOSE LAST KNOWN ADDRESS IS: 2123 GRAVES LIGHT DR D INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46217 Residence unknown and if living, including any unknown spouse of the Defendant, if remarried and if said Defendant is dead, his/her respective unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, creditors, lienors, and trustees, and all other persons claiming by, through, under or against the named Defendant; and the aforementioned named Defendant and such of the aforementioned unknown Defendant and such of the unknown name Defendant as may be infants, incompetents or otherwise not sui juris. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following described property towit: Lot 3 of TAYLOR CREEK ISLES, UNIT 1, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Pages 54 and 55, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. more commonly known as: 2758 SE 18TH TERR, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974-6436 This action has been led against you, and you are required to serve a copy of your written defense, if any, to it on the Plaintiffs attorney, FLORIDA FORECLOSURE ATTORNEYS, PLLC, whose address is 601 Cleveland Street, Suite 690, Clearwater, FL 33755, on or before 30 days after date of rst publication, and le the original with the Clerk of the Circuit Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on the 6th day of Nov. 2012. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Court OKEECHOBEE County, Florida BY: Arlene Nealis Deputy Clerk 430571 ON 11/11,18/2012 Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž When you want something sold, advertise in the classifieds. 19 Okeechobee News November 11, 2012 ACROSS 1 Put ones hands at ten and two 6 Aptly named lotion 10 1970 NBA expansion team 14 Poet Neruda 15 Affect, in slang 16 Reed in a pit 17 Entrance exam study guide? 19 Jim Davis pooch 20 Parlor treat 21 Break a legŽ 23 Mediterranean high spot 25 Dazes 26 They go nowhere 30 Lead singer Michaels of Poison 31 Sphere 32 American patriot Deane 34 Legally prevent 37 Game with a Ural territory 39 Only part of Egypt in Asia 41 DittoŽ 42 Theyre tucked in a cannonball 44 Suisse capital 46 Selfish sort 47 Russian refusal 49 Squash relative 51 Flanders city 54 Sink or swim, perhaps 55 Cross, often 57 Title for Bovary 61 Man __ 62 Behars home? 64 John __, the Lone Ranger 65 Atty.-to-bes exam 66 Maternally related 67 Six-sided rooms 68 Guidelines: Abbr. 69 Battle of the __ DOWN 1 Mudbath offerers 2 House of Dana perfume 3 By a swans __ billŽ: Keats 4 Gave the runaround 5 Spins 6 Back 7 Throat trouble 8 Card worth a fortune? 9 Engross 10 Snoopywearing-shades trait 11 Steal office supplies? 12 Declare 13 Looks for 18 Menace with a blond cowlick 22 Schoolyard pressure 24 Stage surprise 26 Doofus 27 __ BrockovichŽ 28 Missing letters? 29 Less fruity? 33 Wrap around a wrap, maybe 35 Drop 36 Identifies 38 Googling elements 40 Net __ 43 8-Down user 45 Puts on a par (with) 48 Olympic qualifying events 50 Incomplete 51 Martins Thats __Ž 52 Staircase support 53 Its maker claims it won a blue ribbon in 1893 56 Pack 58 Trojan War hero 59 Floating speck, perhaps 60 Looks closely at 63 Some NFL linemen By Jeff McDermott (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 04/29/11 04/29/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle


By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Okeechobee avoided a losing season by showcasing an explosive running game as they defeated their ercest rival Clewiston (4-6) 37-17 at the Tigers Home Field on Friday night. DJ Washington ran and threw for a score and Elijowan Williams ran for two touchdowns in the second half to lead Okeechobee to a (5-5) record, their rst non-losing season in four years. Adel El Hindi added a 43-yard eld goal in the rst quarter that got the Brahmans off to a good start. Washington capped a long drive in the second quarter with a 29-yard touchdown gallop to put Okeechobee up 10-0. Unfortunately for Okeechobee, the offense wouldn't touch the ball again with the lead thanks to a determined Tiger team. The Tigers got an amazing 23-yard catch from Cedric Brown on a third and goal and D. Jackson caught a two-yard pass from quarterback Tyler Clemmons for a touchdown with just four seconds left in the half to give the Tigers momentum. Tiger star running back Virthavious Robinson gave them another big boost when he scooped up the second half kickoff and returned it 72 yards for a score to give Clewiston a 14-10 lead. In the past Okeechobee might have been discouraged and folded their tent. With 12 players ending their high school football career, the team remained determined and w as able to respond with four touchdown drives in the second half. The defense also played their part in the v ictory as they made two key fourth down stops when the Tigers were driving in their territory. Okeechobee slowly but surely drove down the eld in the third quarter behind tough runs from Washington and Williams. Both runners followed the blocks up front of a young and improving offensive line led by senior Cade Stokes, and juniors Corey Vickers, Cody Walker and Bobby Joe Garza. He carried in for a six-yard touchdown run to make it 17-14. On the next drive, Okeechobee went to senior Fabian Howard who did his best impression of a ping pong ball as he bounced off two or three would-be tacklers at mid eld and broke loose for a 63-yard touchdown run. Okeechobee put the exclamation point on the victory late in the game as Washington found Spivey open for a 37-yard touchdown pass. Spivey set up the score with a 43-yard kick return. Okeechobee scored their nal touchdown again on a hard nose rushing strategy. Williams carried for 52 yards on the drive that ate up four minutes. His 11-yard run made the score 37-17. Howard said he felt Okeechobee kept the pressure on all night and that Clewiston was afraid to make tackles in the nal quarter. Offensive linemen Stokes, the only senior in the group, said he felt the line improved a lot during the year and that they did their assignments well against Clewiston. "We started out slow but we got on track in the second half," he explained. Williams stated he knew he would have to run the ball late in the game and that he would have to be physical throughout the contest. "I wanted to do this for my team. I felt the offensive line blocked well," he added.Game notesCorey Vickers and Eddie Neal combined on a sack in the fourth quarter. Khalil Smith added a sack on a blitz in the second half. Al Fludd intercepted a Clemmons pass in the rst half. Williams dropped Robinson for a three-yard loss with a big hit in the third quarter. Fabian Howard had 82 yards rushing and a 31-yard pass reception. Williams rushed for 94 yards which included a 26-yard run in the third quarter. Washington rushed for 64 yards. Robinson had 89 yards rushing and Cedric Brown had 70 yards in receptions for Clewiston. It was Okeechobee's 13th win in 57 meetings with Clewiston. Several of the Brahman seniors are expected to be nominated to play in postseason games this year in Sebring and in Jupiter. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 22 Okeechobee News November 11, 2012 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Raye DuesingerRoundup helpEric Evans, a senior in Okeechobee High School JROTC has just nished packing a trailer with 600 lled goody bags which will be given out at the Okeechobee Blood Roundup. The ROTC did all the bagging to help the Roundup. The bags are full of items donated by local businesses in support of the Roundup which will be held at Hammerhead's Banquet Hall, 202 N. 7th Ave. on Saturday and Sunday Nov. 17 and 18, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Simply by donating blood you not only get a goody bag, but have a chance at winning one of more than 250 donated prizes. There are also seven grand prizes ranging from weekend hotel stays to shing trips to a freezer and two tickets, valued at $500, to see the Orlando Magic play at Amway Stadium. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Bobbi PooleHappy to beTony Bowers, 20, a cancer survivor owns, and is showing his street ready 2011 Camaro Lt/RS. Done up in one-of-a-kind Synergy green at Sunday, Oct. 14, Car Show at the Philippine Cultural Center. The car show was organized as a fundraiser to support ARC. Tony says, he was happy to be there to support the cause and happy to be alive! Okeechobee news/ Pete GawdaEmployee recognitionAt the Thursday, Sept. 27, meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission, Commission Chair Margaret Garrard Helton (left) honored William Jackson, park maintenanace technician I with facilities services for ve years' service to the county. He has resided in Okeechobee County since 1995 and began employment with the county cemetery division in April 2007. Special to the Okeechobee News/ FUMCBetween generationsEighteen young people participating in the First United Methodist Youth Program visited with residents of Okeechobee Health Care Facility recently for their rst monthly intergenerational activity of the school year. After having a snack and talking with the residents about their younger years and church involvement, the students shared a summary of their interview with the group. (Above left) Dino Dowd, 70, is pictured with Cody Walker, 16. (At left) J.C. Webb, 80, is pictured with Anothy Metcalf, 14. (Above right) Audrey Barrett, 86, is pictured with Kristin Higgins, 15. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sean DowningRotary guestThe Rotary Club of Okeechobee was visited by Dr. Cary Pigman, fellow Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Highlands County on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Dr. Pigman shared some of his experiences from his deployment to Fallujah, Iraq. Pictured with Dr. Pigman (left) is Jim Benton, Rotary Club of Okeechobee president. The Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at noon every Tuesday at the Golden Corral in Okeechobee. Shrine Club collects can tabsThe local Shrine Club is collecting the “pull tabs” from aluminum cans. Bring yours to the Shrine Club where we convert them into gas money for the free transportation van of local patients to the Shriners Hospital. For more information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, contact Kip Gardner at 863357-0427, Mac Simpson at 863-484-0427 or the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.


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