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Sunday, June 2, 2013 V ol. 104 No. 66 13.30 feetLast Year: 11.70 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus tax Okeechobee News/ Katrina ElskenA Home Depot Work Crew came to the aid of local resident, Daniel Rickards last week, pitching it to help with yard work and spreading mulch. By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Okeechobee resident Daniel Rickards said he was “humbled and speechless” by an act of kindness this week. Mr. Rickards, who was left wheelchair bound by a 2008 automobile accident, went to Home Depot on Tuesday to buy 100 bags of mulch. He planned to ferry it to his home on Southwest Sixth Avenue a few bags at a time and unload it himself. He asked if they could load the mulch on the back of the truck where he could reach it. When they heard of Mr. Rickard’s plan, the Home Depot staff volunteered to deliver all of the mulch to his home at no charge. He said he was very appreciative of the Home Depot staff reaches out to help Okeechobee residentAre you ready for a storm? See the Hurricane Season Preparedness guide inside! See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Some South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) lands in the Kissimmee River and Lake Okeechobee region may soon be up for sale or transferred to other government or non-pro t agencies. The South Florida Water Management District is in the process of reviewing thousands o f acres of land that it owns within the 16-count y area the district serves. In the rst phase of this review, district staf f made recommendations for its fee-owned lands in the Kissimmee/Okeechobee region, which includes the Upper and Lower Kissimmee basins and the Lake Okeechobee watershed. At a public meeting Friday in the SFWMD of ce in Okeechobee, district of cials reviewed staff assessments and recommendations for the properties. The district owns 161,000 acres in the region and less than 4 percent of it is under consideration for change, said Ray Palmer, Real Estate SFWMD may dispose of public landsParcels in Okeechobee and Glades Counties under consideration for saleSee LAND — Page 5 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News The Florida Department of Education released some FCAT 2.0 results for third, fourth, eighth and 10th grade last week and the news was not rosy for Okeechobee Schools. Most of the Okeechobee County Schools had fewer students at the state standards in reading, math and writing, according to the FLDOE. The number of students at the third grade level, pro cient in reading dropped by 6 percent from 46 to 40 percent while the number of students pro cient in math improved from 46-48 percent, according to the state. Assistant Superintendent Joni Ard said several schools performed well in both reading and math. She pointed out North Elementary met the state average of 54 percent for students scoring at or above the state level. Central Elementary saw a decline from 49 to 38 percent in the number of students at state standards in reading at the third grade level. Math scores dropped from FCAT results show some problem areasSee HOME — Page 5 See FCAT — Page 5


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Hidden in Plain SightBy Calvin FryarBrighton Baptist Church 1 Corinthians 2:7—“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8 which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have cruci ed the Lord of glory.” I have always heard that the easiest way to hide something was to hide it in plain sight. I have to agree! Hiding something in “plain sight” means that although an object is out in the open, the “viewer” is not aware that it’s there. Unlike traditional hiding, such as stashing your diary under your bed, objects hidden in plain sight are supposed to be seen and ignored. You might, for example, hide your diary on a bookshelf next to encyclopedias no one reads or hide a sliver key chain among jewelry of the same color and shine.—“How to Hide Objects in Plain Sight.” eHow.com The Gospel is so simple and so open to anyone who wants to understand it can, but the world stumbles over it! The Bible tells us that the world did not know the Word of God when He dwelt among us in the esh, “for had they known it, they would not have cruci ed the Lord of glory.” In other words, THE TRUTH WALKED AMONG US and revealed the living Word of God in the esh and our world did not know Him (See Jn.1:10). The Jews were very familiar with the Scripture but they did not recognize the Word who was made esh (See Jn. 1:14). John only understood this truth after the resurrection. When questioned by the Jews, Jesus suggested that He was spoken of in the Scripture. He said…”they are they which testify of me.” (Jn. 5:39). There is a story in Luke 24:13 of two disappointed disciples discussing the death of Jesus when a stranger suddenly joined them. He began to reprimand them for being slow to believe what the Old Testament taught of the suffering and death of the Messiah. While they walked, He opened the Scripture to them concerning the suffering, death and resurrection until they came to the door of their dwelling and made as though He was going to continue on but they invited Him in: And as they sat at the table “He took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew Him; and he vanished out of their sight. 32 And they said one to another, “Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” (Luke 24:30-32). Just before He was cruci ed, Jesus wept over Jerusalem and said, “If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! But now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, and shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.” (Lu. 19:41-44). THE TRUTH WITNESSED TO US (when Jesus walked among us); Paul wrote: “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom.“ Hidden! Ho w could they not know Him? And an even greater question is how did the modern world miss Him as well? Does it have to do with this hidden wisdom—hidden in plain sight! “How is it, my dear,” inquired a school teacher of a little girl, “that you do not understand this simple thing?” “I don’t know,” she answered, with a perplexed look, “but I sometimes think I have so many things to learn that I do not have enough time to understand.”—Told by Charles Spurgeon. T oy gun Here we go again. A 6-year-old kindergarten student in Massachusetts was given detention after being accused of causing a disturbance and traumatizing other students b y bringing a tiny toy gun onto the school b us. The toy was about the size of a quarter. T his is insanity at its best. I just know that t hose poor children on the bus were terried and a plastic toy gun a little bigger than a quarter was going to kill them. They are going to be traumatised the rest of their lives b ecause of this. We have to make sure each and every one of them get counseling bec ause of this.  This is liberal madness at it’s best. A plastic toy, barely bigger than a quarter, and he’s accused of causing a “disturbance” and “traumatizing” other students? Nanny State Government, here we go!  How could a person, including a child, EVER confuse this miniature toy with a real w eapon? Or was this thing really a miniaturized killing ray gun or maybe they failed to mention there were lethal, itsy-bitsy bullets w ith this “weapon”?Stolen vehicles I cannot believe that these people leave their vehicles unlocked and the keys in the vehicle—either in the ignition or up in the visor, and then they are surprised when the cars are stolen. Leaving your vehicle unlocked is just asking for trouble. Leaving the keys in it is like putting a “steal me” sign on it. And in one case, a man left a loaded gun in an unlocked car, according to the report in the paper. What are these people thinking? Apparently they aren’t thinking at all. We live in dangerous times. Leaving a loaded gun in an unlocked car is like handing that loaded gun to a criminal to use on someone else, or maybe even on you or one of your friends or loved ones.  The city police and the county deputies have been warning people for years to lock their cars. Don’t leave anything valuable in the car, and especially don’t leave valuables in plain sight. The cops have enough to do without people making it so easy on the criminals to steal things. Don’t leave a purse, phone or other valuables in an unlocked car. Scam Got a call from 876-894-1788 in Jamaica. I never answer these calls. I ‘googled’ the number and of course, shocker, it is a known scam number. Who falls for this stuff? Community support for KOA Care CampsThe generosity of people in Okeechobee continues to amaze me. The 10th Annual Good Habits–Old Spirits Putt-Putt Golf Tournament was held at Okeechobee KOA on Memorial Day. It was a beautiful day for fun. We had 30, two-person teams compete for the honor of wearing the “Green Masters” jackets. There were lots of laughs and giggles all in support of KOA Care Camps. Your phenomenal support by entering the tournament, playing the poker holes, bidding on auction items and 50/50 raf e all while enjoying Kim and Mike’s BBQ and pool side music by Wayne Purvis made for a wonderful afternoon of fun and shows your dedication to this very special cause and very special children. Children’s cancer camps are designed to meet the special needs of children enduring the physical and emotional challenges of this horrible disease. Your donation allows a memorable summer camp experience for these special children. Each year about 5,000 children with cancer are helped by KOA Care Camps. Since it began in 1984, KOA Care Camps has grown from an initial distribution of $8,000 bene ting six camps to the $350,000 that was distributed to 52 camps in 2012. The great people of Okeechobee ar e considerable contributors to this cause. This Memorial Day marked the 10th anniversary of the Good Habits – Old Spirits PuttPutt Golf event, sponsored by Good Spirits Lounge, and brought the 10-year cumulativ e total raised by this great community even t and personal donations to a whopping $134,365.18. Our Okeechobee KOA campers and seasonal residents also plan man y fundraising events throughout the year. Thei r creative and fun-loving events are why ou r combined efforts have generated $282,000 over a 10-year period. WOW! Just think o f the smiles you help put on children’s faces. We couldn’t do it without the communit y support. Your door prizes, auction items and participation in events make it happen. On behalf of the KOA Care Camps and the kids you have helped I want to THAN K YOU. Wendy Woodman General Manager Okeechobee KOA June 2, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Letters to the editor 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! Re ections from the pulpit


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 In a democracy, the highest office is that of citizens.Ž „ US Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. We agree. Yet too many citizens feel powerless to influence the flow of events. We give people a voice. Our Speak Out column is just one example. We consider it an extension of the secret ballot and a return of the values of the American Revolution. How are we doing? Let us know by emailing feedback@newszap.com or calling your editor.Community Service Through Journalism 5 Okeechobee News June 2, 2013 48 to 39 percent; 62 percent of students were below satisfactory in reading and 61-percent in math. The mean score dropped from 2012 by just one point. Everglades Elementary School third grade saw a decline from 44 to 39 percent in the number of students at satisfactory and above in reading but remained at 39 percent in the number of students reaching satisfactory in math. The mean development score did drop ve points in reading and two points in math. North Elementary School third grade saw a decline from 64 to 54 percent on the reading exam and remained at 68 percent on the math test. The mean development scores w ere virtually the same in both 2012 and 2013. "This places North Elementary scoring as w ell or better than 57 of the 67 school districts in math achievement at the third grade level. We are very proud of their achievement and applaud the success for students, parents and educators," Ms. Ard said. Seminole Elementary School saw a slight improvement in reading pro ciency as 31 percent of students were at satisfactory or above which compared to 30 percent last year. The math scores improved from 38 percent at satisfactory in 2012 to 48 percent in 2013. The mean development scores improved on both tests among Seminole third graders. South Elementary School had 39 percent of third graders who were at satisfactory or above in reading compared to 48 percent in 2012. Math scores improved from 39 percent at satisfactory in 2012 to 49 percent in 2013. Also released last week were the fourth grade writing scores. Central Elementary saw a 14 percent improvement in the mean score and nearly doubled the amount of fourth graders writing at fourth grade level, from 24 to 46 percent. The district saw an increase from 32 to 42 percent of the students who write at grade level in the fourth grade. Mrs. Ard said 4th grade scores increased but the district will focus more on the older grades to improve writing skills. Everglades declined from 31 to 30 percent, North rose from 31 percent to 51 percent, Seminole went from 41 percent to 40 percent, and South dropped from 51 percent to 45 percent on the number of students at grade level in writing. Also released were writing scores for the eighth grade. Overall the district saw a decline from 40 percent to 35 percent of students at grade level on the FCAT 2.0. Osceola Middle School saw a decline from 48 percent to 41 percent and Yearling from 35 percent to 30 percent. The nal test results released were in 10th grade writing. OHS saw a decline from 55 percent to 43 percent in the number of students writing at grade level. "While we are frustrated with this year's scores, we are determined to move forward in all areas and have already started on that improvement process," Ms. Ard noted, "An extensive review of FCAT data is underway and includes joint planning with district and school level staff." Ms. Ard said they intend to look closely at the district, school and statewide results and focus on determining which initiatives have been successful in the improvement of student achievement. "The district understands we have signi cant work ahead for us as we continue to move forward in achieving excellence," she added. At the state level, the number of third graders who were at grade level in reading rose from 56 to 57 percent. State wide, 58 percent of third graders were at grade level in math. In other school news the school board has scheduled an impasse hearing to resolve the contract issues with the classi ed employees for Wednesday, June 12 at 5 p.m. at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus Auditorium. FCATContinued From Page 1 Section Leader for the SFWMD Land Resources Bureau. He said the staff is reviewing all properties to determine if the land is being used in the w ay it was intended when it was purchased. Only a few parcelsor portions of parcelsin the region are currently under consideration for disposal. In most cases, there w ould be restrictions on any portions of the parcels that lie within the ood zone. One parcel under consideration for disposal is 20.2 acres in St. Cloud which was originally purchased for construction of a eld station. However, when an eagle was found nesting on the site, the district opted to build the eld station elsewhere. The property could be used for residential housing as long as they observed the required set backs from the eagle's nest. Another 19-acre parcel is in Highlands County south of U.S. Highway 98. Part of the property is uplands and could be used for a rural residential home. The lower elevation areas would be subject to a conservation easement. The Pearce Lockett Estate, which was donated to the district as part of a larger parcel, presents special issues. Deed restrictions require the property to be retained for historic and educational uses. However, the district does not have the funding necessary for upkeep of the buildings on the property, such as the old homestead and school house. "We need to nd someone to restore and maintain the structures," said Mr. Palmer. "We are looking for another government or nonpro t agency to take over the property." He said the property includes about 20 acres and there is room to build other educational buildings there. A 20-acre property in Okeechobee County is in the Platts Bluff area. The county is maintaining part of this property as a park. "We would like to discuss the county taking over the whole property as an expansion of the park," said Mr. Palmer. If the county is not interested in the land, the district could consider selling it to a private owner as there is suf cient "uplands" suitable for construction. "It would make a good home site," he said. The largest parcel under consideration for disposal is 305 acres in Okeechobee County in the northeastern Nubblin Slough area. The land, which is mostly uplands, is currently leased for cattle grazing. A small triangle of property close to U.S. Highway 441 could be transferred to local government, he said. This property is not needed for the district's core mission, he said. Parcels in the Paradise Run area in Glades County are also under consideration for possible sale or trade for other property along the Kissimmee River. However, the disposition of these parcels may be affected by the Lake Okeechobee Basin Management Plan which is currently under development. Mr. Palmer said they are currently proposing disposition of the southernmost parcels. The public hearings are just one step in the process, Mr. Palmer explained. All of the parcels will be reviewed for any land use restrictions required as part of the original purchase agreements. In some cases approval will be required from other governmental agencies. Ecological assessments will also be necessary in areas where endangered species are found. Before any land can be sold, each parcel must also be approved for sale individually by the SFWMD Governing Board. The land assessment is available online with more information and maps at www. sfwmd.gov, The forum for public comment is also at the www.sfwmd.gov website. Website visitors can also request to be added to the land assessment email list. Mr. Palmer said they have seen a lot of public interest in these plans. The district has received more than 300 public comments on the land assessment recommendations so far and more than 1,500 persons have been added to the email list. Public comments may also be submitted through June 10. In addition, the draft recommendations will be presented at the June meeting of the Water Resources Advisory Commission (WRAC). Final recommendations for the Kissimmee/Okeechobee region will be presented to the full Governing Board at its June 13 meeting. LANDContinued From Page 1 free delivery offer. But it didn't stop there. On Thursday morning, a Home Depot work crew showed up. "It was like an army showed upan army in orange," said Mr. Rickards. The crew wasted no time in getting to work on the yard. "They were pulling weeds, trimming bushes, removing dead palm fronds, spreading mulch, raking," he said. "I am grateful beyond words," he said. "It's not like I'm some huge customer or anything," Mr. Rickards continued. "Before Tuesday I didn't even know anyone at Home Depot." Now, he has a whole crew of friends there. "This is one of the most unexpected acts of caring and reaching out," he said. "It's pretty cool." The Home Depot work crew included Jeff Butzin, Bobby Wright, Jessica Arnold, Marlene Wiggins, Marc Elad, Charlie Whidden, Karen Dippolito and Maureen HallidayFerrara. HOMEContinued From Page 1


Real Life Children’s Ranch Y ard Sale to close for summerStarting next week, Real Life Children’s Ranch Yard Sale will be closed for the summer. The sale will re-open in the fall.Train-In-A-Day to be heldTrain-In-A-Day to become an American Red Cross Volunteer! Saturday, June 1 from 8:45 a.m. 4:30 p.m. at the American Red Cross Service Center, 323 N. Parrot Ave. Space is limited and pre-registration is required! For more information or to register, call 772-878-7077 or email at Eileen.Halatyn@redcross.org.Sign up to audition for ’Chobee Idol contestThe Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition once again presents Chobee Idol talent show. The Chobee Idol show will hold auditions at the Hampton Inn on Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 863-623-7336, for more information. Finalists will compete in the show on Saturday, June 29, at 7 p.m. at the KOA.Legion holds Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64 will once again host Sunday night Bingo beginning on June 2 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. All proceeds to bene t the American Legion veterans’ programs. The event is open to the public.ConKerr Cancer “sit & sew”ConKerr Cancer’s mission is to provide children with cancer or other life changing illnesses a feeling of warmth and love through the simple gift of a pillowcase. Our next “sit & sew” will be held on Tuesday, J une 4 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church on Parrott Avenue. Bring your sewing machine and fabric and sew with other ladies in our community who want to help make a difference to a sick child. We will sew pillowcases to celebrate the 4th of July and will have some kits available for you to sew. All of our pillowcases will be donated to St. Mary’s Hospital, Palms West and Lakeside Hospital in Belle Glade. If you have child-friendly cotton fabric you would like to donate, please call Joan at 863-467-0290.Tobacco-Free Partnership meeting plannedOn Tuesday, June 4 at 5:30 p.m. a special Tobacco-Free Partnership meeting will honor SWAT students and SWAT advisors. Dinner will be served so please RSVP. The meeting location will be at The Thompson Hall at The Pentecostals of Okeechobee, 405 S.W. 10th Ave. Please RSVP at 863-447-9140.Domer hosts Coffee with the CommissionerCoffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Ray Domer on Tuesday, June 4 from 10 a.m. – Noon and will be held in Commissioner Domer’s ofce located at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St., Room 245. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment.Chamber plans After Hours eventsThe Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County would like to announce the initial Chamber After Hours event to be held on Tuesday, evening June 4 between 5 6 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce, 55 South Parrott Ave. Members & the public alike are encouraged to attend to network with your fellow business members. We encourage you to join us and bring your Business Card for a drawing! For more information please visit www.okeechobeebusiness.com or call Mariah at 863-467-6246.Jr. Cattlemen host annual BBQ on June 7The Okeechobee Jr. Cattlemen are holding their annual BBQ Dinner on Friday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for $10 per plate. Dinner consists of BBQ beef, two sides and dessert. The event will be held in the CenterState Bank parking lot. For delivery, call 863-447-6018. Email: okeejrcattle@ gmail.com.HMC Cross Country Bike Ride starts June 8Hope Ministry Centers will host a crosscounty bike ride on June 8 15, and 22. Climax July 6. Meet at 5 a.m. at the HMC Fellowship Hall, 1109 S.E. 7th St. For more information, contact First Lady Williams at 863-357-1319 or email to Hopeministryc@aol.com. 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. 6 Okeechobee News June 2, 2013 Civil Air Patrol plans Open House for June 7The Okeechobee County Civil Air Patrol will host a summer Open House on June 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Airport, hangar 1. CAP representatives will answer questions and give presentations on summer activities, including a tour of one of the aircraft from CAP pilots. The Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program is for ages 12-18. The Civil Air Patrol is a non-pro t organization.Cancer Support Group meetingThe Cancer Support Group meets the rst Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. The meetings are held at the Cancer Support Center located in the Big Lake Cancer Center. The address is 1115 N. Parrott Ave. The leader of the support group is Tom Barber. Please feel welcome to join us and be uplifted. Due to scheduling con ict, this meeting will be held Monday, June 10 For more information, please call 863-532-0137.“Just Horsing Around” heldOkeechobee County 4-H program and Children’s Services Council of Okeechobee County presents: “Just Horsing Around” a horse day camp. Youth may attend all weeks. You must provide your own horse. Participants must be 8 years old or older as of Sept. 1, 2012. Camp starts June 10 and goes through Aug. 2. For more information or to register, contact the Okeechobee Extension Of ce at 863-763-6469.Facility Hosts Diabetic SeminarNoreen Williams, a certi ed diabetic educator, will be presenting a free Diabetic Seminar to the public on Tuesday, June 11 at 2 until 3:30 p.m. at The Heritage Assisted Living Facility. Everyone is welcome. For further information, please, call 863-763-1700.Healthy Start holds meetingOkeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board of directors will meet Wednesday, June 12 at 11 a.m. at their of ce, 1132 S. Parrott Ave. in the White House Plaza. The meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For information, contact executive director Kay Begin at 863-462-5877. Community Events Brought to you by:“Your Air Conditioning and Plumbing Specialist”863.763.6461Lic#CAC1817236 Wild Orchid Hunt to be heldThe Okeechobee Orchid Club will go on its annual wild orchid hunt on Saturday, June 15 meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the Chandler Slough Wildlife Area located 17 miles north of Okeechobee on Highway 98N. Look for a sign by the gate on your left. I f you reach the Kissimmee River you’ve gone too far. Bring water, binoculars, and a camera. The walk will be led by Victor Elliott, an authority on orchids of the area. The group will visit the orchid nurseries of Jim Elliott and of Victor Elliot afterwards. The regular meeting will be held on Monday, June 17, at the Extension Center. The public is invited to both events. For more information, call Jan at 863-357-9980.Humane Society hosts spaghetti dinnerThe Humane Society Pet Rescue Fla., Inc in Okeechobee is hosting a spaghetti dinner with a Chinese auction and door prizes. Dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children, 10 years old and under on Saturday, June 15, at the VFW Post 10539, 3912 Highway 441 S. from 2 6 p.m. Come out and join us for some good food and fun. All proceeds go to the Pet Rescue for care of the animals.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 772-4656011 or e-mail hr@castletc.org for more information.Faith Academy Preschool offers summer programA Christian-based Summer VPK program is planned for this summer. Cassie Peaden will be the Summer VPK Teacher. She is sure to make the summer classes fun while getting your child ready for kindergarten in the fall. Classes start June 17. Faith Academy will also have a summer program for ages 2-6. For information, call 863-763-8800.


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MurphyOkeechobee News The Okeechobee High School track team celebrated a solid 2013 season as seven seniors were honored and awards were handed out to ve athletes, when they held their awards banquet on Wednesday, May 29 at OHS. The team sent seven athletes to the regional this year and one athlete, Tabatha Henry advanced to the state nals in Jacksonville. Coach A.J. Mayernik said he was impressed with all the support and cooperation from all of the athletes this year, as he addressed the crowd. "I feel like we did an excellent job this y ear. We had a lot of multi-sport athletes and even some athletes who were able to focus on track this year," he noted. Mayernik said the team loses some very impressive seniors but hopes to ll those gaps with the freshman class next year. He said this team focused a lot more on practice running and conditioning. "I believe we did take a step forward this y ear. You are supposed to hurt at practice and the races are supposed to be the easy part," he added. Mayernik also emphasized that the kids run all year round so they can become top performers. He said a goal this year will be to purchase uniforms for both the track and cross country teams. A variety of fundraisers including a wing eating contest on June 29 at Shenanigans is planned. They might also host a 5 K race in town to generate interest in running. The MVP Award for the Brahman boys'team went to Frank Adamo. The senior has received a track scholarship to run for Washington-Jefferson University in Pennsylvania. Adamo said he felt he put a lot of work into running over the past four years, improved his times, and was satis ed with what he accomplished. A former track coach told him about Washington and Jefferson and invited him to visit the school. He said he really looks forward to running in college as he competes in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. "I appreciate everything my coaches did for me and the team. My advice to the younger runners is to never quit. The more you put into the sport and more you will get out of it," he added. The Brahman Award for the boys team went to sophomore Emmanuel Gaona. He said he loved his teammates on the track team and mentioned Adamo as a great role model, mentor and teammate. He said it felt great to win the award. "I went to practice every day and didn't complain. Coach has faith in me that one day I'll get better." Sha'Dajia Williams and Tabatha Henry shared the Most Valuable Player Award for the Lady Brahmans. The Brahman Award winner went to Sandra Luviano. Henry has now received six most valuable player trophies for track and cross country, a school record. She said she felt the team was more successful and dedicated this year. She also said the coaches were very good and pushed the athletes to the limit in practice. Henry said her happiest moment of the year was when she quali ed for the state nals. "I can't even explain that feeling. I pushed myself so hard and I nally got what I wanted. I pushed myself at the nals and did my best," she added. Henry plans to dedicate herself to off season conditioning this summer and wants to improve her times. She nished 13 in the state this year. She really holds out hope that she will receive a college scholarship. Luviano said she was happy she won the Brahman Award. She said she tried her hardest in practice and was glad the coaches noticed her work. "I think the team improved a lot since last year. I've enjoyed running since I was little. I plan to work really hard this summer and run six to eight miles per day," she added. Williams said it felt amazing to win the Most Valuable Player Award. She did it while also playing ag football. Williams, a sophomore, said scouts from Florida State and other schools noticed her at meets. She might focus on only track for the next two years and hopes to get a college scholarship. "I think the season went very well for me. I thought I was very consistent. I went out there and gave it my all and I didn't play around and I didn't complain," she added. Athletes on the boy's squad this year included Christian Garcia, Sylvester Butler, Michael Thomas, Manuel Ramirez, Isaac Garcia, Eddie Neal, Kain Sarros, Sidarius Whitaker, Cole Owens, Kenneth Sarros, Alejandro Gaitan, Victor Nunez, Hernan Baltazar, Zachary McCorkle and Sergio Vargas. Athletes on the Lady Brahman squad included Charleigh Heater, Rosa Borja, Christen Bennett, Emilse Serrano, Shania Bays, Carolanne Lundy, Anissa Demezier, Rael a Ridley, Ami Edwards, Claresha Blair, Alexis Muller, Natali Garcia, Crystal Castaneda, Cameron White, Mercedes Washington, Hannah Raulerson and Keirstin Bostwick. Coach Tyrone Smith handled the boys team and Mayernik and his wife, Regina, handled the girls team and the running events. Mayernik said he hopes to see more girls and guys come out next year. His goal is to make the OHS Track team a team other schools fear. He said the new uniforms will help with team unity and pride. "I gave everything I had when I ran competitively and I want that to spread to the athletes. I want to build excitement for the team in the entire school, so more kids can realize it's fun to be a runner and on the track team," he added. Okeechobee High track team honored at banquet


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Happy 25th Anniversary Roger and Judy To Mom and Dad: An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today. The two lovebirds still in love after more than two and a half decades. Loving their life. An anniversary is a time to celebrate the memories of yesterday. The day you both said, I do. Everyone surrounding the newlyweds. The people they love and cherish at their side. An anniversary is a time to celebrate the hopes of tomorrow and the many years to follow. Both together forever because true love stories have no endings.Ž Love, The Kelly Kids ROGER KELLY ANNIVERSARY JUDY KELLY & 11 Okeechobee News June 2, 2013 Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySandra Luviano enjoys her recognition as the 2013 Brahman Award winner for OHS Lady Brahman Track. She received the award from the track coach at OHS, A.J Mayernik. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyEmmanuel Gaona was all smiles when they announced he had won the Brahman Award for the boys track team at OHS. Coach Tyrone Smith announced the award. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyTabatha Henry collected her six MVP Trophy for sports Wednesday. She received the award from the OHS track coach A.J. Mayernik. Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphyFrank Adamo poses with his MVP Trophy for the boys track team with coach Tyrone Smith (right). Okeechobee News/ Charles MurphySha’Dajia Williams receives the MVP Award for the Lady Brahman track team. Also in the photo is OHS track coach A.J. Mayernik.


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MLS #206788. 14 Okeechobee News June 2, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Abidiel Zamora won All Around Cowboy and Matti Moyer All Around Cowgirl at the Florida Junior Rodeo Association Finals held during May at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center. Boys competed in bull riding, steer riding, break-away calf roping, chute doggin’, cutting horses and tie-down calf roping. The girls competed in barrel racing, break-away calf roping, goat tying, team roping, cutting horses and pole bending. In the bull riding, Weston Williams scored 71 points to win the rst go ’round. Kailer McCoy took the second go ’round with a score of 71. In steer riding, Jace Tingley won the rst go ’round with a score of 63. Zamora won both go ’rounds in the tie down calf roping event with times of 10.83 and 20.96. Carlie Cooper won the rst race in the barrel racing event in a time of 17.026 seconds. Matti Moyer nished in second place. McKenna Hickson of Okeechobee nished in sixth place. Amanda Coleman took the second race with a time of 16.901 seconds. Cooper w as second. Hickson nished in eighth position. Coleman won the break-away calf roping w ith times of 3.67 and 2.86. Andy Albritton took second and Zamora took third. In the Goat Tying competition, Moyer w on both go ’rounds with times of 11.73 and 10.84. Coleman was a close second. Hickson took third in the rst go ’round and sixth in the second go ’round. Albritton won the rst go round for team roping-heelers and Zamora took the second go ’round. Mallorie Williams won the rst go ’round in pole bending and Hickson won the second go ’round. Moyer won the chute doggin rst go round and Zamora took the second with a fast time of 2.95 seconds. Moyer won the rst go ’round of cutting with a score of 144, while Albritton was second at 141 points. Moyer also took the second go ’round. The nal season standings were also determined at the nals. Kailer McCoy was the bull riding champion with 121 points accumulated this season. He won the contest in Kenansville in April. Ryan Albers was second and Tanner Martin nished third. Mason Hodge is the 2013 steer riding champion with 127 points which included a win in Kenansville in April. Jace Tingley nished in second place. Zamora was the overall champion in tie-down calf roping with 186 points. Moyer was the runner up. Moyer was the barrel racing champion for 2013. Morgan Tripp nished in second place. Hickson nished in ninth place in the season standings in this event. Zamora was the season champion in breakaway calf roping with 141.5 points. Parker Carbajal was a close second with 138.5 points. Coleman nished in third place. Hickson nished in seventh place. Matti Moyer won the goat tying with 153 points this season. Victoria Colvin was in second with 117 points. Hickson nished fourth overall. Chad Hewitt won the team roping headers championship and Zamora the team roping heelers season title. Sierra Knapik Weaver was the pole bending champion while Hickson nished in fourth place. Zamora was the chute doggin’ champion and Albritton narrowly edged Moyer for the cutting championship. The girls all around standings were Matti Moyer with 917 total points. Morgan Tripp nished second and Hickson took third. The boys all around standings had Zamora on top with 607.5 points, Andy Albritton with 462.5 points in second place and Parker Carbajal in third place with 268.5 points. Tristyn Tate won the girls rookie of the year contest and Chase Dixon won the boys rookie contest. Okeechobee hosts Junior Rodeo Association nals Seniors play bluegrass musicThe senior country music program has begun again this year at the Okeechobee Senior Center. All persons age 60 and over t are invited to participate every Wednesday from noon to 1:30 p.m.


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Employment Full Time LOCAL & REGIONAL DRIVERS Call Cassie at (800) 741-6500 or apply online www.walpoleinc.com EOE/DFWPWalpole is looking for local and regional Class A company CDL drivers with a minimum of two years driving experience and a clean driving record. Our package includes: 401K, paid training, safety bonuses, paid vacations, professional uniforms, uniform cleaning service, boot program & more! INTERVIEWERS Westat seeks motivated, detail-oriented individuals to work part time on an important study, the National Study of Health-Related Behaviors (NSHB). Interviewers will collect information from respondents about tobacco use and its effects on health. Interviewers will show respondents how to collect cheek cells and urine samples using a self-collection kit and coordinate appointments for a blood sample to be taken by a trained health professional. To learn more about this position and apply, go to www.westat.com/ eldjobs and enter Job ID 6345BR EXPERIENCED COOK Now Hiring Must have references Apply in person between 7am & 2pm @ Crossroads Restaurant 5050 NE 128th Ave. Okeechobee, FL (863)763-8333.DRUG FREE WORK PLACE Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. Employment Full TimeCLASS ACDL DRIVER Must have Tanker experience and related work history. Call Mon Fri only. 863-467-9800. Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Employment Full Time 107 SW 17th St Suite DApply WithinNO PHONE CALLSMUST HAVE: • Valid Driver’s License • Cash handling skills Must be available day and night Circulation Assistant Needed Employment Part TimeFWC Nuisance Alligator Hotline Call Center Operator 8am till 5pm, Tue-Wed-Thur Salary starts at $8/hour Send Resume to SNAP@myfwc.com Your next job could be in todays classifieds. Did you look for it? Employment Full Time Employment Part TimePART TIME HELP NEEDED AT LOCAL CAR WASH, MECHANICAL MAINTENANCE PRIOR EXPERIENCE A PLUS! CALL 772-777-0711 One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. 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. Horses Horseshoeing Shoes & Trim only 80.00 and 35.00 (786) 523-5284 Mauro Professional Horseshoeing (786) 523-5284 Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! Lawn & GardenCOMPOST for Organic Gardening and Farming Okeechobee Recycling Facility, enter at Waste Management, 10800 NE. 128th Avenue. Pickup or Delivered *Public Welcomed* Please call. (216)956-0949 Apartments2bdrm/1bath Duplex in town. Walking distance to stores, NO PETS, First, Last & Security $550.00 a month 863-634-2820 Beautiful Samantha’s Garden Apartments 2BR/2BA, in town, W&D, $800 mo. + $500 sec. Call (863)467-9250 or (863)634-5780 Condos/Townhouses RentTaylor Creek Condo 2/1, On water, Pool, Dock. $850/mo + 1st & sec. Short term rates also available Call (863)634-8756 Houses Rent1 & 2 BEDROOM NICELY FURNISHED HOUSES WITH OR WITHOUT UTILITIES LONG OR SHORT TERM LEASE (863)447-0742. Adorable (In Town Okee.) 2br./2ba. WDlaundry rm., Screened Porch, lawn service included. Non smkg. Envmt. Sm. Pet OK. $800 mo., 1st, last, & Sec. 941-504-3954. Houses SaleOwner Financing3 bdrm 2 bath 8 year old house on 1 acre $3,500.00 down $931.42 a month. Call Beverley 863-634-2820 Lots SaleBuild your dream home on a beautiful lot adjoining the golf course in The Oaks of Blue Heron. $25,000.00 Call 863-634-2820 Large fenced lot with oak trees in Treasure Island Zoned for houses or mobile homes. $18,000.00 Call 863-634-2820 Recently Foreclosed, Special Financing Available, Any Credit, Any Income, Vacant Land, located at: 20 NE 363rd Ct., Okeechobee $27,900. Visit: www.roseland co.com\82H Drive by then call (866) 523-5742 Mobile Home LotsFor SaleLot in beautiful Ancient Oaks RV Resort. Ready for RV, 5th wheel or park model. Asking only $14,000 Fitzsimmons Realty 954-214-6903 Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Mobile Home LotsLOT FOR RENT 55 PLUS PARK, GATED COMMUNITY, ANNUAL RENTER, FREE WI-FI, WATER AND SEWE R INCLUDED. PAY YOU R OWN ELECTRIC, PHONE & TV. CALL 863-357-1344 Mobile Home Rent1bd Park Model Resort Home in Ancient Oaks RV Resort. Newly remodeled, fully furnished, W/D,loads o f amenities, 55+ park. $600 per month. Fitzsimmons Realty 954-214-6903 BUCKHEAD RIDGE 2bd/2ba Dble Wide, central air, yearly lease. $500 monthly plus security. No pets Call 863-763-4031 OKEECHOBEE Lrg. 3br./2ba. DW. $900 month. $2300 move in. Lrg. 2br./2ba. DW. $800 month. $2100 move in. Yearly lease required. 863-634-9119. Mobile HomeSaleBeautiful Lake Front Park Model Home in Ancient Oaks RV Resort. Large Fl. room, 1bd/1ba, W/D, furnished, 55+. Ready to move in asking $73,900.00 o.b.o. Trade?, Finance? Fitzsimmons Realty 954-214-6903 For Sale 2br/1ba Mobile Home in 55+ Park on canal with Lake access, screened porch & shed. $2,200.00 O.B.O. Call 863-623-6256 Treasure Isles 2br./2ba with add-on room & garage/carport on big corner lot. 2 oa k trees, very nice. 1933 SE 27th St. $69,000. Call 863-357-6530. 16 Okeechobee News June 2, 2013


Mobile HomeSale Palm Harbor Factory liquidation sale http://www.palm harbor.com/ model-center/plantcity/ $39K off select 2012 models (3) John Lyons 800-622-2832 ext 210 Campers/RVsWanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 Autos WantedCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Located in Okeechobee Call (863)484-2012 Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF MEETING OF THE COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2013 AT 9:00 A.M. AT 17429 NW 242ND STREET, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (FIELD OFFICE). A COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING; THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PRECEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRECEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT’S OFFICE BY CALLING (863)763-460 1 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE. WILLARD M. BYARS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 17429 NW 242ND STREET OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (863)763-4601 OR (863)634-3166 444807 ON 6/2/2013 Public NoticePUBLIC HEARING NOTICE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN TEXT AMENDMENT NOTICE: The City of Okeechobee Planning Board will meet as the Local Planning Agency on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 6 PM or as soon thereafter as possible, at City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave, Rm 200, Okeechobee, FL., to consider and receive input submitted by City Staff or citizens, concerning Textual Amendments to the Comprehensive Plan Goals, Objectives and Policies for the Future Land Use Element and Intergovernmental Coordination Element. The text amendment to the Future Land Use Element proposes to add a new objective and policy addressing compatibility of land uses located near or within a certain distance of airport runways.The text amendment to the Intergovernmental Coordination Element proposes to add a new policy providing for the appointment of a representative from the Okeechobee County School Board to sit as a nonvoting member of the Local Planning Agency when it is considering amendments to the Comprehensive Plan or Zoning that would result in increases in residential density.The amendments will be forwarded with a recommendation, to the City Council for consideration and transmittal to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. Please contact General Services at 863-763-3372, or website, cityofokeechobee.com, to obtain a copy of the agenda. The proposed amendments may be reviewed on the City website or at the Of ce of the City Clerk, during normal business hours, at the address above. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that no stenographic record by a certi ed court reporter will be made of the foregoing meeting. Accordingly, any person who may seek to appeal any decision involving the matters noticed herein will be responsible for making a verbatim record of the testimony and evidence at said meeting upon which any appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 persons needing special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the General Services Of ce at 863-763-3372 for assistance. BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator 444788 ON 6/2,12/2013 Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 2012-CA-000550 JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, VS. LUCINA CALZADA; ODILON CALZADA; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF LUCINA CALZADA; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF ODILON CALZADA; UNKNOWN TENANT I; UNKNOWN TENANT II; JUANA VILLANUEVA, and any unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, and other unknown persons or unknown spouses claiming by, through and under any of the above-named Defendants, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: ODILON CALZADA 8880 NE 12TH LANE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 ODILON CALZADA 8870 NE 12TH LANE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 ODILON CALZADA 3783 NW 21ST AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF ODILON CALZADA 8880 NE 12TH LANE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF ODILON CALZADA 8870 NE 12TH LANE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974 UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF ODILON CALZADA 3783 NW 21ST AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 LAST KNOWN ADDRESS STATED, CURRENT RESIDENCE UNKNOWN YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose Mortgage covering the following real and personal property described as follows, to-wit: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN THE NW QUARTER OF SECTION 16, TOWNSHIP 37 SOUTH, RANGE 36 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCING AT THE NE TURNER OF THE SAID NW QUARTER OF SECTION 16, BEARS S 000 18’ 01” E ALONG THE EAST LINE OFTHE NW QUARTER OF SECTION 16 TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF N.E. 12TH LANE, A DISTANCE OF 1484.82 FEET; THENCE BEAR N 840 40’ 15” W ALONG SAID SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF NE 12TH LANE, A DISTANCE OF 56.89 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE N 840 40’ 15” W ALONG THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF NE 12TH LANE TO THE NORTHEAST TURNER OF THAT LAND DESCRIBED IN O.R. BOOK 285, PAGE 1212, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, A DISTANCE OF 105.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR S 050 19’ 45” W ALONG THE EAST LINE OF THE SAID LAND DESCRIBED IN O.R. BOOK 285, PAGE 1212, A DISTANCE OF85.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR S 840 40’ IS” E, A DISTANCE OF 105.00 FEET; THENCE BEAR N 050 19’ 45” E, A DISTANCE OF85.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. has been led against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on David M. Cozad, Butler & Hosch, P.A., 3185 South Conway Road, Suite E, Orlando, Florida 32812 and le the original with the Clerk of the above-styled Court on or before 30 days from the rst publication, otherwise a Judgment may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of said Court on the 29th day of May, 2013. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Corrie Johnson, ADA Coordinator, 250 NW Country Club Drive, Suite 217, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986, (772) 807-4370 at least 7 days before your scheduled appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Linda F. Young Deputy Clerk 444954 ON 6/2,9/2013 17 Okeechobee News June 2, 2013 READING A NEWSPAPER...makes you a more informed and interesting person. No wonder readers are more successful! ACROSS 1 Aaron of Cooperstown 5 Fast ender 9 Drink in a Dixie cup? 14 Lotion additive 15 ___ breve: 2/2 time 16 Get under one umbrella, so to speak 17 Filled to capacity 19 Panel member 20 Soaking and relaxed 21 One seeking repayment 23 Form W-4 fig. 24 NFL mike wearer 26 Ballpark fig. 27 Certain wildlife refuge 34 Annoying kid at the pool 36 Catch, as a podcast 37 Panache 38 What a fluid oz. measures 40 Half of MCDII 41 Geometry measure 44 Was in pain 47 Hit from the Moulin Rouge!Ž soundtrack 49 Ending with Cray 50 CBSs Rather 51 Shakespearean exclamations 54 Ticking danger 59 Summer pitcherful 61 Stradivaris tutor 62 Spineless one 64 Star in the same constellation as Betelgeuse 65 Latin 101 infinitive 66 Collette of United States of TaraŽ 67 Ouzo flavoring 68 White House maiden name 69 Name-dropper, often DOWN 1 Pilgrims to Mecca 2 Greenspan and Turing 3 Area of uncertainty 4 Held on to 5 Shakespeares shortest tragedy 6 Yellowstone grazer 7 Guinness of Star WarsŽ 8 Soup kitchen volunteer 9 Martial art emphasizing throws 10 Word on a dime 11 Pre-euro Italian currency 12 Harrow rival 13 Cheeky 18 New Age-y emanations 22 Words before of rulesŽ 25 Have a hunch 28 Like some barbecue sauce 29 Periscope part 30 Wrapped up 31 Hiking or biking 32 Nasty habit 33 Oklahoma city 34 Brokers order 35 Entreaty 39 Four-sided campus space 42 BlackBerry network choice 43 Saintly ring 45 Made things harder for the lifeguard 46 Ornate 48 Engine for missiles 52 Like some easy questions 53 Indian honorific 54 OHara plantation 55 See you,Ž in poker 56 Star-struck trio? 57 Hot times in the cit 58 Ankas Eso __Ž 60 Young newts 63 Source of some 60s trips By Jeff McDermott (c)2011 Tribune Media Services, Inc. 07/26/11 07/26/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle By Bobbi PooleSpecial to the Okeechobee News The Cattlemens Rodeo Arena on U.S. 441 w as full of riders, horses and enthusiasm on Saturday, May 25, for the Fast and Furious barrel racing event. More than 200 riders came from Ft. Myers, Kissimee, Jacksonville, Vero and Okeechobee, to compete to see whose horse would take home the money. It was considered a “no time” if a barrel was knocked over. Six of the riders were “Pee-Wees,” young riders who are just beginning in the event of barrel racing. The parents may lead the child around, with the horse, for the pattern. Each participant was to pay a $10 entry fee to ride. Each rider then received $5 back as a prize and a gift. The event was publicized through emails and iers by members of the Professional Barrel Racing Association. Moleetha Gomez said they spread the news of the event by way of e-mails, and iers and networking. Heather Clemons was v ery helpful in getting great sponsorships to add to the prize money, and getting the arena. Everyone worked together and made this event very worthwhile to so many, as the Cattlemen are more than willing to assist and encourage those who desire to use the arena. Because Fast and Furious was a WPRAsanctioned event, the points are calculated and counted for the divisional nals, normally held in Jacksonville. So far there has been great feedback as to when another barrel race will be held. It is in the plans to do a series of events in the fall, meaning the points are tallied, money is given and prizes awarded after the points are completely turned in. Prizes are as big and valuable as a saddle for the top winning riders. When asked why the interest in this arena, Mrs. Gomez stated her father rode rodeo there and she competed in barrel races there 23 years ago. It seems most anyone who you speak to, has a direct tie, or history to this treasured gem of a place.Fast and Furious results were:Youth Division, 47 entries 1-D 1st Place Abbie Crews Dream 16.731 $180 2nd Place Abbie Crews Blondi 16.835 $138 3rd Place Lauren Santagata Alice 16.865 $100 2-D 1st Place Kaileich Wondtke 17.806 $138 2nd Place Katie Sherman 17.846 $106 3rd Place Ava Grayce Sanders 17.897 $77 3-D 1st Place Lilly Hite 18.763 $100 2nd Place Ashalee Drehes 18.826 $77 3rd Place Mahayla Cooley 18.975 $56 Pee Wee Division 1ST Addie Reittinger Pepper 29.143 $5 2nd AJ D’Ariano Milly 38.028 $5 3d Kasey Ray Hanchey Chubby Man 41.592 $5 4th Chuter Carter Missy 43.242 $5 5th Lindsey Sartagata Alice 54.369 $5 6th Dally Espositi Gracie 44.479++ $5 Fast and Furious barrel racing held in Okeechobee Special to the Okeechobee News/ Bobbi PooleMiss Ashalee Dreher, daughter of Pete Dreher, warms up her newest mare, “Ninstey’s Zipper” a 13-year-old experienced barrel horse. Ashalee is a 17-year-old, home schooled student rider/runner who loves the opportunity to race in the old Cattlemen’s Arena.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 www.harborcb.com(863)357-6880 valid through June 30, 2013Coupon must be presented at time of service 18 Okeechobee News June 2, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee NewsRotary Club hosts Freeman NettlesThe Okeechobee Rotary Club hosted Freeman Nettles of YWAM (Youth With A Mission) who has been working for the last several years in Haiti in collaboration with our club. His presentation updated club members on our combined efforts to bring education and fresh water to the people of Haiti. Mr. Nettles poses for a picture with Jim Benton, club president on May 28. Five wishes workshop offered Hospice of Okeechobee presents hands on workshop on communicating your ve wishes. Five wishes is a check list which explains the ve wishes in case of serious illness. The dates through 2013 are June 6, July 11, Aug. 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5. The workshop will be held at the Okeechobee Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., at 2 p.m. For information, call 863-467-2321.


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Do-it-yourself publishing at Newszap.com Wedding, engagement, birth, graduation, birthday and anniversary announcements in print and online! Publish your community news item or press release. Get 100 words and one photo for only $25Visit www.newszap.com, click on your community, and then on the link for Publish Your News 19 Okeechobee News June 2, 2013 By Tamara KellyOkeechobee News Izzy’s is a tire and repair shop located on Highway 441 N. that has been there for many y ears, but is now under new ownership. Izzy’s is a family-owned business operated by George, Joe and Lori Menendez. It is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed on Sunday. “We’ve wanted to open a business in Okeechobee for a long time because we have always been an active part of the community, but we wanted to join the business side of it as well,” said Joe Menendez, the A SC certi ed mechanic and vice president of Izzy’s. George Menendez is the president of Izzy’s Tire & Service/G.A.S. Inc. “The fact that we are family owned and operated and a full-service facility is what makes us unique,” said Lori Menendez. Izzy’s stocks new and used tires and rims from 4-22 inches. You can contact Izzy’s Tire & Service/ G.A.S. Inc. by phone at 863-467-8600, email them at Izzystires@centurylink.net or just check out and like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IzzysTire. Izzy’s Tires & Service/G.A.S. Inc. is located at 10173 Highway 441 North, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Izzy’s Tire & Service/G.A.S. Inc. under new owners Okeechobee News/ Tamara KellyGeorge, Lori and Joe Menendez will be happy to help you with all your tire and repair needs. Shrine Club collects aluminum can tabsThe local Shrine Club is collecting the “pull tabs” from aluminum cans. 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.




2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 1 Okeechobee News ~ 2013 Hurricane Preparedness Guide June 2, 2013 Are you ready for a hurricane?Hurricanes are strong storms that cause lifeand property-threatening hazards such as ooding, stormsurge, high winds and tornadoes. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane.Know the differenceHurricane Watch Hurricane conditions are a threat within 48 hours. Review your hurricane plans, keep informed and be ready to act if a warning is issued. Hurricane Warning Hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours. Complete your storm preparations and leave the area if directed to do so by authorities.What should I do BEFORE a hurricane? Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS). Check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed. Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture). Close windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood. Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out. Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances. Fill your car's gas tank. Talk with members of your household and create an evacuation plan. Planning and practicing your evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event. Learn about your community's hurricane response plan. Plan routes to local shelters, register family members with special medical needs as required and make plans for your pets to be cared for. Evacuate if advised by authorities. Be careful to avoid ooded roads and washed out bridges. Because standard homeowners insurance doesn't cover ooding, it's important to have protection from the oods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S. For more information on ood insurance, please visit the National Flood Insurance Program web site at www.FloodSmart. gov.What should I do AFTER a hurricane? Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates. Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent ooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended. If you evacuated, return home only when of cials say it is safe. Drive only if necessary and avoid ooded roads and washed-out bridges. Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediatel y to the power company. Stay out of any building that has water around it. Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes. Use ashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles. Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it's not contaminated. Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out. Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury. Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control. Use the telephone only for emergency calls.Let your family know you’re safeIf your community has experienced a hurricane, or any disaster, register on the American Red Cross Safe and Well web site available through RedCross.org/SafeandWell to let your family and friends know about your welfare. If you don't have Internet access, call 1-866-GET-INFO to register yourself and your family. Photo Credit: NOAAFeatured Inside: Hurricane Tracking Map . . . . . . . .4 and 5  Hurricane Names . . .5  Emergency Numbers . .5  Tips for Pet Owners . .6  Hurricane Shelters . . .7 Plus Preparation Tips and Much More!


LawrenceInsurance Agency Call for a Free Quote Okeechobee ~ 467-0600 www.law renceinsuranceagency.com “Always on Top of the Job” FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838 2 Okeechobee News ~ 2013 Hurricane Preparedness Guide June 2, 2013Be prepared for 2013 storm seasonBeing prepared means being equipped w ith the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with y ou in case you must evacuate. At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below:  Water—one gallon per person, per day (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home)  Food—non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (three-day supply for evacuation, twow eek supply for home)  Flashlight  Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)  Extra batteries  First aid kit – Anatomy of a First Aid Kit  Medications (seven-day supply) and medical items  Multi-purpose tool  Sanitation and personal hygiene items  Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certi cates, insurance policies)  Cell phone with chargers  Family and emergency contact information  Extra cash  Emergency blanket  Map(s) of the area Consider the needs of all family members and add supplies to your kit. Suggested items to help meet additional needs are:  Medical supplies (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)  Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)  Games and activities for children  Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)  Two-way radios  Extra set of car keys and house keys  Manual can opener Additional supplies to keep at home or in your kit, based on the types of disasters common to your area:  Whistle  N95 or surgical masks  Matches  Rain gear  Towels  Work gloves  Tools/supplies for securing your home  Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes  Plastic sheeting  Duct tape  Scissors  Household liquid bleach  Entertainment items  Blankets or sleeping bagsMake a planKnow What to Do in Case of Emergency It is important to make sure that the entire family is prepared and informed in the event of a disaster or emergency. You may not always be together when these events take place and should have plans for making sure you are able to contact and nd one another. The American Red Cross suggests some basic steps to make sure you remain safe:  Meet with your family or household members.  Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play.  Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team.  If a family member is in the military, plan how you would respond if they were deployed. Plan what to do in case you are separated during an emergency  Choose two places to meet:  Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency, such as a re  Outside your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate  Choose an out-of-area emergency contact person. It may be easier to text or call long distance if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service. Everyone should have emergency contact information in writing or saved on their cell phones. Plan what to do if you have to evacuate  Decide where you would go and what route you would take to get there. You may choose to go to a hotel/motel, stay with friends or relatives in a safe location or go to an evacuation shelter if necessary.  Practice evacuating your home twice a year. Drive your planned evacuation route and plot alternate routes on your map in case roads are impassable.  Plan ahead for your pets. Keep a phone list of pet-friendly hotels/motels and animal shelters that are along your evacuation routes.Be informedKnow important information to stay safe Learn the types of disasters or emergencies that may occur in your area. These events can range from those affecting only you and your family, like a home re or medical emergency, to those affecting your entire community, like an earthquake or ood.  Identify how local authorities will notify you during a disaster and how you will get information, whether through local radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio stations or channels.  Know the difference between different weather alerts such as watches and warnings and what actions to take in each.  Know what actions to take to protect yourself during disasters that may occur in areas where you travel or have moved recently. For example, if you travel to a place where earthquakes are common and you are not familiar with them, make sure you know what to do to protect yourself should one occur.  When a major disaster occurs, your community can change in an instant. Loved ones may be hurt and emergency response is likely to be delayed. Make sure that at least one member of your household is trained in rst aid and CPR and knows how to use an automated external de brillator (AED). This training is useful in many emergency situations.  Share what you have learned with your See BE PREPARED — Page 3


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Emergency contact cards for all household members  Print one card for each family member.  Write the contact information for each household member, such as work, school and cell phone numbers.  Fold the card so it ts in your pocket, w allet or purse.  Carry the card with you so it is available in the event of a disaster or other emergency.  You can download an emergency contact card template at http://www.redcross. org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/ m4240194_ECCard.pdf.ChildrenReducing fear in uncertain circumstances Disasters strike quickly and without warning. They are frightening for adults, and can be traumatic for children, especially if they don’t know what to do. During a disaster, your family may have to leave your home and depart from your daily routine. Children may become anxious, confused, or frightened. It is important to give children guidance that will help them reduce their fears. Children and Their Response to Disaster Children depend on daily routines. They w ake up, eat breakfast, go to school, play w ith friends. When emergencies or disasters interrupt this routine, many children may become anxious. In a disaster, they’ll look to you and other adults for help. How you react to an emergency gives them clues on how to act. If you react with alarm, your child may become more scared. They see your fear as proof that the danger is real. If you seem overcome with a sense of loss, your child may feel their losses more strongly. Children’s fears may also arise from their imagination, and you should take these feelings seriously. A child who feels afraid is BE PREPAREDContinued From Page 2afraid. Your words and actions can provide reassurance. When talking with your child, be sure to present a realistic picture that is both honest and manageable. Feelings of fear are healthy and natural for both adults and children. But as an adult, you need to keep control of the situation. When you’re sure that danger has passed, concentrate on your child’s emotional needs by asking the child what’s uppermost in his or her mind. Having children participate in the family’s recovery activities will help them feel that their life will soon return to “normal.” Your response during this time may have a lasting impact.People with disabilitiesBeing prepared means planning ahead Emergencies can happen at a moment’s notice. Mobility problems and hearing, learning, or seeing disabilities can add complication. It is important to plan ahead so you are better prepared for any urgent situation. The Red Cross booklet Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs gives tips on getting informed, making a plan, assembling a kit, and keeping your plans up to date. These tips provide people with disabilities and their caregivers with guidance in managing communications, equipment, pets and home hazards. The materials were co-authored by the American Red Cross and Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.SeniorsThe Importance of a Personal Support Network The American Red Cross recommends that senior citizens create a personal support network made up of several individuals who will check in on you in an emergency, to ensure your wellness and to give assistance if needed. This network can consist of friends, roommates, family members, relatives, personal attendants, co-workers and neighbors. Ideally, a minimum of three people can be identi ed at each location where you regularly spend time, for example at work, home, school or volunteer site. There are seven important items to discuss and implement with a personal support network: 1Make arrangements, prior to an emergency, for your support network to immediately check on you after a disaster and, if needed, offer assistance. 2Exchange important keys. 3Show them where you keep emergency supplies. 4Share copies of your relevant emergency documents, evacuation plans and emergency health information card. 5Agree on and practice methods for contacting each other in an emergency. Do not count on the telephones working. 6You and your personal support network should always notify each other when you are going out of town and when you will return. 7The relationship should be mutual. You have a lot to contribute! Learn about each other’s needs and how to help each other in an emergency. You might take responsibility for food supplies and preparation, organizing neighborhood watch meetings and interpreting, among other things.Other ways to stay safe  Subscribe to Lifeline Knowing that you can’t always be there when a loved one might need you, the Red Cross is proud to offer Lifeline. The Lifeline service allows people to get access to fast help, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with the push of a button. Learn more here.  Get Informed Want to know what else you can do to better care for your loved ones as they get older? You can start by purchasing a copy of our Family Caregiving reference guide and learn what you can do to improve home safety, encourage healthy eating and prepare for legal and nancial issues. Download our Disaster Preparedness guide so you both can prepare for emergencies.Family preparedness made easyMake family preparedness easy with oneminute drills In an effort to help you and your family prepare now, here are some one-minute drills that are short on time, but big on impact. Drill 1 – Get a Kit Visit the American Red Cross Store and buy the Deluxe Emergency Preparedness Kit. Drill 2 – Discuss Kit Rules Once you get the kit, make sure that everyone knows where it is and that the items are to be used for emergencies only. You don’t want someone taking the water packet from the kit just because they don’t want to make the trip to the kitchen. Drill 3 – Personalize Your Kit Have each family member pick their favorite canned foods and personal items and add them to the kit. Drill 4 – Make an Evacuation Plan This is much easier and less time consuming than it seems. Pull out a map and highlighter and determine two or three destinations and the routes to get there. Drill 5 – Be Informed It is important to know what natural disasters can affect your area and what to do in the event of one striking. Read through the appropriate Disaster and Emergency guides. Watch the weather and stay on top of the news if a hurricane or other severe weather is predicted to come your way. If local authorities are telling you to evacuate, then EVACUATE! If you followed the drills above, then you already have an evacuation plan. How the Red Cross can help after a disasterAfter a disaster, communities and families turn to the Red Cross for help—and we stand ready to provide comfort and care— free of charge. The Red Cross helps disaster victims b y providing safe shelter, hot meals, essential relief supplies, emotional support and health services like rst aid. Trained Red Cross workers often meet one-on-one with families to develop individual plans and identif y available resources to help aid recovery. Red Cross disaster relief focuses on relieving immediate disaster-caused needs so that families can get back on their feet and resume their lives as quickly as possible. The Red Cross also supports emergenc y workers, links family members outside the disaster area, and provides blood and blood products to disaster victims.


4 June 2, 2013 5 Okeechobee News ~ 2013 Hurricane Preparedness Guide Okeechobee News ~ 2013 Hurricane Preparedness Guide 2013 Hurricane names Atlantic Basin Hurricane Tracking Chart • National Hurricane Center, Miami, FL Okeechobee County (FL) • Latitude: 27: 25’ Longitude: -81: 5’ Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms had been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center. The y are now maintained and updated through a strict procedure by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization. The lists are recycled every six years, i.e., the 2013 list will be used again in 2019. The only time that there is a change in the list is if a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate fo r reasons of sensitivity. If that occurs, then at an annual meeting by the WMO committee (called primarily to discuss man y other issues) the offending name is stricken from the list and another name is selected to replace it. If a storm forms in the off-season, it will take the next name in the list based on the current calendar date. For example, if a tropical cyclone formed on Dec. 28, it would take the name from the previous season’s list of names. If a storm formed in February, it would be named from the subsequent season’s list of names. In the event that more than twenty-one named tropical cyclones occur in the Atlantic basin in a season, additional storms will take names from the Greek alphabet.The 2013 hurricane names are:EMERGENCY NUMBERSOkeechobee Emergency Management . .863-763-3212 Okeechobee County Sheriff’s of ce . . . . .863-763-3117 Okeechobee City Police Department . .863-763-5521 Okeechobee County Fire & Rescue. . . . .863-763-5544 Okeechobee City Fire Department . .863-467-1586Andrea Barry Chantel Dorian Erin Fernand Gabrielle Humberto Ingrid Jerry Karen Lorzeno Melissa Nestor Olga Pablo Rebekah Sebastian Tanya Van Wendy SERVING OKEECHOBEE OVER 30 YEARSWe’re in your neighborhood there when you need us INSURANCE FOR YOUR NEEDS BRUCE HOME R INSURANCE AGENCYWe’re a single source for ALL your insurance needs Call me... Stop by... Log on... it’s your choice 863-467-4522 Call now...se habla espaol 900 So. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee Suncoast Medical EquipmentComplete Line of Medical Supplies412 NE Park St € Okeechobee € 467-8711suncoastmedicalequipment.comContracted Medicare AssignmentHours: M-F 9am-5pm € 24 Hour Oxygen Service € Manual & Motorized Wheelchairs € Li Chairs & Hospital Beds € Rentals Available CFA022585CAC1817481 Echols Now Offers A/C & Refrigeration SINCE 19752233 Hwy 98 North • Okeechobee PVC agricultural pipe P olyethylene irrigation tubing Drip tape Irrigation pumps Irrigation system lters Fittings and valves Irrigation emmiters Corrugated pipe Spray systems: tanks, guns, boom nozzles, TeeJet, HyPro, Honda pumps Drainage Other supplies needed to complete an agricultrural irrigation system for the farming industry at competitive pricesSpecializing in:125 NW 110th St Okeechobee 863.824.0852 8am-4pm EST csagriculturesupply.comResidential irrigation supplies availablePublic Welcome


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If not, what will happen to them. “Having an emergency plan in place for every member of your family, including your pets, is extremely important,” said Dr. Neil Shaw, chief medical of cer of BluePearl V eterinary Partners. “Most importantly, talk w ith your family veterinarian to formulate an emergency plan speci c to your pet’s needs.” Additionally, doctors from BluePearl recommend speaking with your veterinarian about micro-chipping your pet, so in the event you and your pet are separated, your pet can be quickly identi ed and reunited w ith you. Besides the destruction left in their paths, hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters are notorious for causing lengthy power outages and water shortages. Since y our veterinarian may also be forced to evacuate, make sure you have a two-week supply of your pet’s medications, food and w ater.Before a disaster Make sure that your pets are current on their vaccinations. Pet shelters may require proof of vaccines.  Have a current photograph.  Keep a collar with identi cation on y our pet and have a leash on hand to control y our pet.  Have a properly-sized pet carrier for each animal carriers should be large enough for the animal to stand and turn around.  Plan your evacuation strategy. Specialized pet shelters, animal control shelters, v eterinary clinics and friends and relatives out of harm’s way are potential refuges for y our pet during a disaster.  If you plan to shelter your pet work it into your evacuation route planning. Locate potential pet shelters in advance. Some hotels allow guests to bring pets. If you plan to evacuate to a hotel, make reservations as soon as you know where you want to go as hotels ll up quickly.During a disaster Animals brought to a pet shelter are required to have: Proper identi cation collar and rabies tag, proper identi cation on all belongings, a carrier or cage, a leash, an ample supply of food, water and food bowls, any necessary medications, speci c care instructions and newspapers or trash bags for clean-up.  Bring pets indoors well in advance of a storm reassure them and remain calm.  Pet shelters will be lled on a rst-come, rst-served basis. Call ahead and determine availability.After a disaster Walk pets on a leash until they become re-oriented to their home often familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and pets could easily be confused and become lost. Also, downed power lines, reptiles brought in with high water and debris can all pose a threat for animals after a disaster.  If pets cannot be found after a disaster, contact the local animal control of ce to nd out where lost animals can be recovered. Bring along a picture of your pet, if possible.  After a disaster, animals can become aggressive or defensive monitor their behavior.  Don’t forget your pet when preparing a family disaster plan.Pet disaster supply kit Proper identi cation including immunization records  Ample supply of food and water  A carrier or cage  Medications  Muzzle, collar and leashLarger animals During a hurricane, horses and cattle are safest in the pasture. Lock them out of the barn so they will not be trapped should the barn collapse. Horses and cattle will use their natural instincts to survive a storm, positioning themselves tail to the wind or even lying down to let strong winds pass over.  A hurricane may damage fences and horses and cattle may get loose. If possible have some kind of identi cation on large animals. The owner’s name and phone number may be written on a halter or the animal may be micro chipped. Another option is to clean a horse’s hoof, apply a piece of duct tape and write the owner’s name and phone number on the duct tape in permanent marker. (Some Okeechobee residents successfully used this method during the storms of 2004.)  If you leave halters on large animals, use the “break away” safety type so the animal can free itself if it becomes caught on something.  Take photos of your animals so the y can be more easily identi ed should they get loose during or after a storm.  Make sure all vaccinations are up to date.  After the storm, clean up debris from the pasture. Take special care to look for sharp objects such as roo ng nails that might be scattered by hurricane winds.  After the storm, check all fences for damage.What do hurricane categories mean?The Saf r-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane’s sustained wind speed. This scale estimates potential property damage. Hurricanes reaching Category 3 and higher are considered major hurricanes because of their potential for signi cant loss of life and damage. Category 1 and 2 storms are still dangerous, however, and require preventative measures. In the western North Paci c, the term “super typhoon” is used for tropical cyclones with sustained winds exceeding 150 mph. Category 1: 74-95 mph—Very dangerous winds will produce some damage. Well-constructed frame homes could have damage to roof, shingles, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees will snap and shallowly rooted trees may be toppled. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last from a few to several days. Category 2: 96-110 mph—Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage. Well-constructed frame homes could sustain major roof and siding damage. Many shallowly rooted trees will be snapped or uprooted and block numerous roads. Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks. Category 3: 111-129 mph—Devastating damage will occur. Well-built framed homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes. Category 4: 130-156 mph—Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months. Category 5: 157 mph or higher—Catastrophic damage will occur. A high percentage o f framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibl y months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months. Source: NOAA


7 Okeechobee News ~ 2013 Hurricane Preparedness Guide June 2, 2013 Name, Location, Capacity Osceola Middle School*, 825 SW 28th St., 650 South Elementary School*, 2468 SW 7th Ave., 500 Okeechobee High School, 2800 Hwy 441 N, 2000 Yearling Middle School, 925 NW 23rd Lane, 700 North Elementary School, 3000 NW 10th Terrace, 500 Everglades Elementary School, 3725 SE 8th St., 700 Seminole Elementary School, 2690 NW 42nd Ave., 700 Freshman Center Auditorium, 610 SW 2nd Ave., 660 New Endeavor High School, 575 SW 29th St., 500 American Legion Post #64, 501 SE 2nd St., 200 First Baptist Church, 401 SW 4th St., 65 Ft. Drum Community Church, 32415 441 N, 80 Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 SW 6th St., 500 Okeechobee County Health Dept.**, 1728 NW 9th Ave., 50* = Red Cross Shelter ** = Medical Needs ShelterThings to remember about shelters:  No citizen is assigned to any particular shelter. Shelters are opened based on need and capacity. Just because you reside near one shelter does not mean it will be opened. Please continue to check www.okeechobeeeoc.com and local news sources for the most current information regarding shelter openings.  Shelters are a last resort. For those whose homes are structurally sound and have proper defenses (such as shutters), it is generally advised to remain in your home. If you cannot, it is recommended that you stay with friends or family outside the affected area. If that is not possible, hotels and motels are a more comfortable option than a public shelter. If none of these options are available to you, only then should you seek refuge at a public shelter.  Special needs/medical needs shelter registration is conducted by the Okeechobee County Health Department. If you require shelter assistance, and have a special or medical need, please contact the Okeechobee County Health Department to register for the shelter. They can be reached at: P.O. Box 1879, Okeechobee, FL 34973-1879, or by calling, 863-462-5819.Red Cross plans annual hurricane seminarThe American Red Cross will hold the annual Hurricane Preparedness Seminar on Tuesday, June 11, from 5 to 7 p.m., to inform the public of the importance of being prepared for this hurricane season. The guest speakers will include; Arlene Moses/NOAA, Noel Stephen / Okeechobee County Sheriff, Jenny Pung/Raulerson Hospital, Mitch Smeykal/Emergenc y Management, Gary Ritter/SFWMD, Nick Blount/FPL, Charles Parker/American Red Cross, Jeff Sabin/Waste Management, Jon Geitner/Seacoast National Bank, and, Billy Dean/WOKC AM 1570 FM 100.9. This informational seminar will cover disaster related topics to educate the communit y on the following:  NOAA 2013 storm predictions;  Hurricane emergency supply lists;  Shelters;  Banking procedures;  Evacuation information;  Information resources;  Waste Management (before and after); and, much more... The seminar will be held at Seacoast National Bank, 1409 S. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee. A hurricane cooler and rst aid kit will be given to the winner of the raf e. Please register by calling the American Red Cross at 863-763-2488. Space is limited.Background Image Photo Credit: NOAA Qualilty ~ Commitment ~ Design221 NE Park Street 863-467-1933 Custom Home & RemodelsState Licensed & Insured Lic#CRC058109


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Before traveling, ensure local of cials have declared that it's safe to enter your community and that you have the supplies you will need. Follow the suggestions below for returning to, inspecting and cleaning your home.Items to take when returning home Government-issued photo ID and proof of address Important phone numbers Bottled water and non-perishable foods First aid kit Cleanser/hand cleaning gel for personal use Hygiene products and toilet paper Insect repellent and sunscreen Long-sleeved shirts, long pants, sturdy w aterproof boots and work gloves Flashlight, portable radio and extra batteries Cameras for photos of damage for insurance claimsBefore returning Find out if it is safe to enter your community or neighborhood. Follow the advice of your local authorities. Carry plenty of cash. ATMs may not w ork and stores may not be able to accept credit or debit cards. Bring supplies such as ashlights, batteries, bottled water and non-perishable foods in case utilities are out. Create back-up communication plans w ith family and friends in case you are unable to call from affected areas. Plan for delays when traveling. Bring extra food, water, pillows, blankets and other items that will make the trip more comfortable. Keep the fuel tank of your vehicle as full as possible in case gas stations are crowded, out of fuel or closed. Carry a map to help you route around heavy traf c or impassable roads. Find out if local medical facilities are open and if emergency services are functioning again. Do NOT call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number to do this. Understand that recovery takes time. Focus on the positive and have patience. Others will have similar frustrations.First inspection If possible, leave children and pets with a relative or friend. If not, keep them away from hazards and oodwater. Beware of rodents, snakes, insects and other animals that may be on your property or in your home. Before entering your home, look outside for damaged power lines, gas lines, foundation cracks and other exterior damage. It may be too dangerous to enter the home. Smell for gas. If you smell natural gas or propane, or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and contact the re department. If your home was ooded, assume it is contaminated with mold. Mold increases health risks for those with asthma, allergies or other breathing conditions. Open doors and windows. Let the house air out before staying inside for any length of time if the house was closed for more than 48 hours. Turn the main electrical power and water systems off until you or a professional can ensure that they are safe. NEVER turn the power on or off, or use an electrical tool or appliance while standing in water. Check the ceiling and oor for signs of sagging. Water may be trapped in the ceiling or oors may be unsafe to walk on.Using generators safely When using a portable generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Do not connect a portable generator to a home's electrical system. If you are considering getting a generator, get advice from a professional, such as an electrician. Make sure that the generator you purchase is rated for the power that you think you will need.Cleaning your home Wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots. Be careful when moving furnishings or debris since they may be water logged and heavier. Throw out all food, beverages and medicine exposed to ood waters and mud, including canned goods and containers with food or liquid that have been sealed shut. When in doubt, throw it out. Some cleaning solutions can cause toxic fumes and other hazards if mixed together. If you smell a strong odor or your eyes water from the fumes or mixed chemicals, open a window and get out of your home. Throw out items that absorb water and cannot be cleaned or disinfected (e.g. mattresses, carpeting, cosmetics, stuffed animals and baby toys). Remove all drywall and insulation that has been in contact with ood waters. Clean hard surfaces (e.g. ooring, countertops and appliances) thoroughly with hot water and soap or a detergent. Return to as many personal and famil y routines as possible.Caution: Carbon monoxide kills Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace, or any partiall y enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. 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