Sunday, May 27, 2018 75Â¢ plus tax V ol. 109 No. 63 13.71 feetLast Year: 11.10 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level See the special Memorial Day ... Page 4 Special to the Okeechobee NewsRepresentatives from the Okeechobee ChildrenÂs Mental Health System of Care, 211, MarthaÂs House, New Horizons, Suncoast Mental Health, Legacy and Tykes and Teens met with students throughout lunch periods at OHS on May 10. By Richard MarionOkeechobee News On May 19, the Nik Kayler Memorial Tournament was held to honor the late Â“sherman who tragically passed away in January on Lake Okeechobee as well as to raise money for his wife and daughter. Starting at safe light, over 100 boats launched onto Lake Okeechobee to compete in the tournament. And despite the rainy weather, the tournament had a great turnout. The memorial tournament also featured a rafÂ”e, silent auction and 50/50 drawing held at Okee-Tantie under the pavilion. First place in the tournament took home $2,500, with second winning $1,250 and third $1,000. Fifty percent of the entries were donated to the family of Nik Kayler, with the other half paid to the participating Â“eld. Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters owner Mike Krause reports that all together, the tournament raised over $23,000. ÂThe turnout was amazing,ÂŽ said Mr. Krause. ÂThe amount of people and just the support we had from the community was outstanding. I canÂt say enough good about Okeechobee. The people came out, knowing how bad the weather was going to be, sometimes for nothing more than to buy a barbecue sandwich. Tourney raises money for KaylerÂs family Marrero ... Page 11 ... Page 16 By Jane KaufmanSpecial to the Okeechobee News It seems that wherever we turn in 2018, someone is mentioning mental health. We see it in national news stories, read about it in internet commentary and even hear it discussed in scripted television series and movies. We are inundated with messages concerning the importance of positive mental health but rarely given a reason why. The Harvard University Center on the Developing Child (2013) helps us to Â“ll in those blanks: ÂSound mental health provides an essential foundation of stability that supports all other aspects of human development Â„ from the formation of friendships and the ability to cope with adversity to the achievement of success in school, work and community life.ÂŽ That is to say, our entire lives are affected by the status of our mental health, as positive mental health leads to positive growth. Life happens, however, and the world is not a perfect place. Traumas occur Â„ violently rattling psyches, genetics are passed from parent to child, and often mental illnesses occur. With seventy-Â“ve Okeechobee shows support for childrenÂs mental healthSee page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. 467-1545 ÂOur Focus is to Make You ComfortableÂŽ www.QualityACokee.com NEVER FORGET. ALWAYS HONOR. Happy Memorial Day See TOURNEY Â„ Page 5 See HEALTH Â„ Page 5 Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionFishermen hold up their catches during the weigh-in at the Nik Kayler Memorial Tournament on Saturday, May 19.
Special to the Okeechobee News May is the beginning of sea turtle nesting season on many of FloridaÂs sandy beaches. Beachfront property owners and beach visitors can help nesting turtles and hatchlings by turning off or shielding lights that are visible from the beach at night. ÂPeopleÂs efforts to keep our beaches as dark as possible at night, without affecting human safety, can make a tremendous difference for nesting sea turtles,ÂŽ said Robbin Trindell, head of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) sea turtle management program. ÂFemale sea turtles and their hatchlings can be disturbed or confused by artiÂ“cial light, whether it comes from a house, a Â”ashlight or a cellphone camera.ÂŽ Sea turtle nesting is starting now on beaches from the Gulf coast, including northwest Florida, to the stateÂs northeast Atlantic coast and from Miami-Dade County south to the Keys. Nesting began earlier in March along FloridaÂs southeast Atlantic coast from Brevard County south to Broward County. Florida is a critically important destination for nesting sea turtles. More loggerhead turtles nest here than anywhere else in the continental United States, with nearly 97,000 loggerhead nests counted statewide during the 2017 nesting season. Leatherback and green sea turtles also nest in signiÂ“cant numbers in Florida. What are the basics of being sea-turtle friendly? Â€ ItÂs a sea turtle night, turn off the light Â„ After sundown, turn off any lights not necessary for human safety. Use long-wavelength amber LED lamps for lights that must stay lit and shield lights so they are not visible from the beach. Remember to close shades or curtains. Â€ Sea turtles get lost in the light Â„ On the beach at night, donÂt take Â”ash photos or use bright cellphones or Â”ashlights. Â€ Sea turtles are protected and must be respected Â„ Stay back and give sea turtles space if you see one on the beach at night. DonÂt touch a nesting turtle because it may leave the beach without nesting if disturbed. Remember, it is illegal to harm or disturb nesting sea turtles, their nests, eggs or hatchlings. Â€ Clear the way at the end of the day Â„ Beach furniture, canopies, boats and toys left behind on the sand may become obstacles that block nesting and hatchling turtles. Fill in any holes dug in the sand. Â€ Help hatchings home by leaving them alone Â„ Do not handle hatchlings crawling toward the water. Any interference or disturbance by people, such as getting too close or taking Â”ash photos, increases the chances the hatchlings will get confused, go in the wrong direction and not reach the ocean quickly. The FWC works to conserve Florida sea turtles, including coordinating nesting beach survey programs around the state. People can help by reporting sick, injured, entangled or dead sea turtles to the FWCÂs Wildlife Alert Hotline: 1-888-404-3922, #FWC or *FWC on a cellphone or text Tip@MyFWC.com. Learn more about FloridaÂs sea turtles at MyFWC.com/SeaTurtle.2 Okeechobee News May 27, 2018 WE REMEMBER THOSE WHO CANNOT BE FORGOTTEN.MEMORIAL DAY, MAY 28, 2018 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939DonÂt make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING ÂAlways on Top of the JobÂŽRe-Roofing SpecialistsÂ€ Metal & Shingle Roofs Â€ Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 Today: Thunderstorms likely. High 78F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Low 72F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.Extended ForecastMonday: Thunderstorms likely. High around 80F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Monday Night: Scattered thunderstorms. Low 71F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Tuesday: Scattered thunderstorms in the morning becoming more widespread in the afternoon. High 82F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Tuesday Night: Thunderstorms during the evening, then cloudy skies overnight. Low 72F. Winds light and variable. Okeechobee Forecast Sea turtle nesting begins in May
By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News The Okeechobee County commissioners May 24 opted to delay the roof project for the score tower and dugout at the Darrell EnÂ“nger Sports Complex so they can also install shade cloth at the same time. At the May 24 meeting, the county administrator recommended the board award the re-rooÂ“ng bid to Close Construction LLC for $66,300. County Commissioner David Hazellief asked why the county had not combined the re-rooÂ“ng project with installation of shade cloth, which is also planned for that area. ÂTo do this project, you have to take the safety netting down,ÂŽ he said. ÂIt doesnÂt make any sense to take the netting down and put it back up, and then take it down again to replace the shade cloth.ÂŽ He said they will have to close the Â“eld for the re-rooÂ“ng and would have to close it again to put in the shade cloth. He said he wants the spectators to have shade. ÂLetÂs do it all at one time,ÂŽ agreed Commission Chairman Terry Burroughs. ÂIn order to do that, bring us back the estimates for the cloth, then when that is done, we can put the roof up and put the shade cloth up at one time.ÂŽ ÂItÂs silly to close the Â“eld down twice,ÂŽ said Commissioner Bryant Culpepper. Commissioner Hazellief noted it will be more expensive to put in shade cloth, Âbut it will be beneÂ“cial to have this area covered so the parents of the little kids there will have some protection from the sun.ÂŽ ÂI agree it would be very beneÂ“cial for everyone to have shade added,ÂŽ said Commissioner Bradley Goodbread. He said the commission should have information about the shade cloth options and the lifespan and warranty before they make a decision. ÂI agree shade is needed, but I need all of the information before the decision is made,ÂŽ said Commissioner Kelly Owens. New dugout roof, shade cloth planned for sports complex ball Â“eldMay 27, 2018 Okeechobee News 3 Experience the joy!Become a Foster Grandparent Volunteer in the Okeechobee schools and receive a stipend. We provide the training, lunch allowance, mileage reimbursement and you may receive a non-taxable stipend in return for sharing your life experience, wisdom and love. Call Sara Humphries @ 561-684-5885 or visit www.YourADRC.org Desktop Support Technician Description: The Okeechobee County ClerkÂs Senior Community Health Nursing Supervisor The registered nurse 12-month position supervises school health and school based dental sealant program for the FDOH Submit application to: https://jobs.myEEO/AA/VP Employer Special to the Okeechobee NewsCandidates for judge meetThe Republican Club of Okeechobee hosted the candidates for Okeechobee County judge at Cowboys restaurant on Monday, May 21. From left to right are Roger Azcona, Rebecca Boldt, Donald Chinquina, Deborah Hooker and William Wallace. Class of 1999 scholarshipsA Class of 1999 Scholarships page has been set up on GoFundMe.com/. The page states: ÂHere we are ... 20 years after walking across the stage in the OHS gym to receive our high school diploma. ItÂs time for us to give back Â„ to thank our community for taking care of us, remember the friends we walked alongside of but lost along the way, and give our support to a brighter future for the students graduating OHS in 2019. Your donation will go toward scholarships that will be given to OHS seniors for both a remembrance of classmates weÂve lost and a celebration of furthering education from the Class of 1999 at the 2019 OHS Scholarship Night.
Give Âem Watts, boys!By Loy MershimerOkeechobee Presbyterian Church This week I visited with Dick and Marlene Burns, true stalwarts of church and community who have led a faithful life. For example, Marlene has authored a book titled ÂKids, Kids, Kids: My life raising 100 foster children over 30 years.ÂŽ And another person recently witnessed, ÂShe brought me to God!ÂŽ Anyway, while talking with this amazing couple, I learned yet another amazing fact: Dick claims Isaac Watts as a great-great-grandfather! When I heard this, I exclaimed, ÂNot THE Isaac Watts!ÂŽ ÂNot the proliÂ“c hymn writer and theologian!ÂŽ To which they responded, with big smiles, ÂOh, yes!ÂŽ (Note: Isaac Watts wrote Joy to the World and When I Survey the Wondrous Cross along with 750 more hymns and theological reÂ”ections. Watts wrote gospelcentered songs, clearly teaching the theology of grace and sovereignty of God Â„ and he paid for his biblical views, banished from Oxford and Cambridge and state-religion pulpits. This didnÂt stop him from excelling as a pastor, singer, writer, and tutor, though. He put the Psalms in ÂNew Testament form,ÂŽ and gave them music, leading a whole generation in biblical worship. By the time of the Revolutionary War, most freedom-loving American churches used the Watts Hymnal Â„ psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs framed with WattsÂ anointed pen.) Dick and Marlene regaled me with Isaac WattsÂ exploits, and suddenly, a portion of Revolutionary War history Â”ashed into my mind. ÂLet me tell you a story of your ancestor, which you probably donÂt know!ÂŽ I said. And so the scene shifted from Okeechobee to Colonial America, in a moment. On June 23, 1780, British forces engaged the Continental Army at the Battle of SpringÂ“eld. The smoke of the guns Â“ltered in the summer haze, and the American Â“ghters began to give ground, running low on paper wadding needed to pack ball and powder in the muskets. Present at the battle was a Presbyterian chaplain, Rev. James Caldwell. Caldwell was a Â“ghting chaplain, one of the Âlong regiment of black coats,ÂŽ which the Redcoats feared: Preachers who would lead Colonials in battle, treating it as a spiritual war Â„ a war for the souls of humans, in freedom of worship. Caldwell paid a heavy price for his patriotism Â„ his wife had been shot through an open window by a British unit, and Caldwell would soon be assassinated himself, by a Loyalist to the British Crown. But here, at the Battle o f SpringÂ“eld, Caldwell was very much alive Â… and undaunted by the mere absence of paper wadding for the weapons. As the American soldiers wavered Â„ crying out for ÂWadding! Wadding!ÂŽ Â„ Caldwell dashed into a nearby church and grabbed the WATTS HYMNALS! He ran back to the men, tearing out the pages, shouting, ÂGIVE ÂEM WATTS, BOYS! GIVE ÂEM WATTS!ÂŽ The eager warriors of the Continental Arm y grabbed the sacred pages, and wadded their weapons with aplomb. They now returned the British Â“re Â„ with spiritual as well as physical projectiles! And need it be said that they won the day? The Battle of SpringÂ“eld was the last major engagement in the northern colonies, and it was an American victory Â„ because o f Isaac Watts and a Â“ghting, singing chaplain! Friends, on this Memorial Day, let us give thanks for faithful spirit warriors such as Isaac Watts, James Caldwell, Dick and Marlene Burns, and a host of others Â„ men and women Âof whom the world is not worthy.ÂŽ ÂTherefore, since we are surrounded b y such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw of f everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, Â“xing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand o f the throne of God.ÂŽ (Heb. 12:1-2) Happy Memorial Day! 13 Reasons WhyThe Okeechobee NewsÂ stories about a teen suicide pact continues to spark discussion online, especially in regard to the report that the teenÂs suicide attempt mimicked a scene in Â13 Reasons WhyÂŽ and the teen referenced the NetÂ”ix series in texts. Â€ ÂSad situation. But I donÂt see how a parent could blame a TV show, instead of taking a step back and assessing the situation. Yeah, she clearly used it as a guideline of how and what to do, but if you didnÂt teach your kids that TV is entertainment and there is a difference between TV and real life, thatÂs on you. Sorry, it might sound rough, but maybe this could act as a warning for other parents.ÂŽ Â… Frankie Hodges Â€ ÂThe link between the rise of smartphone use and the rise of teen depression is well documented by the Centers for Disease Control. Parents need to get kids off the cellphones, get them to talk to people face to face again. Turn the phones off at night so they can get some sleep.ÂŽ Â… K. Booker Â€ ÂItÂs really not that hard to set a parental control on NetÂ”ix or control your kidsÂ phones. This show wasnÂt made for kids. It was made for both young and old people to understand the realities of the world.ÂŽ Â… Barron JonesBurglariesThe Okeechobee NewsÂ story about a rash of burglaries in Kings Bay and the Treasure Island area lead to these reader comments. Â€ ÂWhat about the cameras in Kings Bay? Also, many homeowners have them that may have picked up something.ÂŽ Â… Tina Troendle Â€ ÂMy valuables come out of my vehicle with me and are next to me and my .45. Sad that it has to be that way, but this is now our reality.ÂŽ Â… Margie Billie Â€ ÂI keep my gun loaded. Trust me, itÂs not worth it.ÂŽ Â… Anthony Neswick Â€ ÂBe smart. Lock your doors. Do not leave valuables in your car. Do not leave your car unlocked. Do not leave your keys in the car. DonÂt make it easy for the thieves to take what is yours. Get to know your neighbors. Know who belongs in your neighborhood and who does not. Call the cops if you see suspicious activities. We can all be part of the solution.ÂŽ Â… J. Zimpel May 27, 2018 4 OPINION Okeechobee News Public Forum/Speak Out Publisher/Editor: Circulation Manager: The Okeechobee News is published by Independent NewsMedia Inc, USA. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are margins below industry standards. All aftertax surpluses are reinvested in IndependentÂ’s mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communityÂ’s deliberation of public issues.Speak Out comments can be shared in several ways. Comments on local issues are welcome on the newspaperÂs website at okeechobeenews.net, in the comments section following each article. Or, you can mail or drop off written, anonymous or signed opinions at the Okeechobee News ofÂ“ce, 107 S.W. 17th St. Suite D., Okeechobee, FL 34974; or, email anonymous or signed Speak Out comments to Okeenews@ newszap.com. Thanks for participating in our discussion of local issues! REVIVE Youth Event is Thursday, May 31 ReÂ”ections from the Pulpit Special to the Okeechobee News Local youth pastor and writer Aaron Hall is the catalyst for bringing the REVIVE Outreach event to Okeechobee. REVIVE is all about proclaiming Jesus and praying for revival! Their hope is to see students and young adults come into an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ and empower them to pray for revival. REVIVE is putting on its Â“rst ÂRevive NightÂŽ on Friday, June 1, at Oakview Baptist Church in Okeechobee. REVIVE Outreach will also be teaming up with other youth groups and churches for mission and outreach opportunities in the future. The best way to describe the event is, itÂs a simple, gospel-saturated multi-church event to bring youth (sixth through 12th grades) together who need to hear about Jesus Christ. Mr. Hall said: ÂREVIVE began when I was in Asheboro, N.C., in February 2018 speaking at Winter Splash for my friend, Jericho. I sensed the Lord putting this desire in my heart to put this event together.ÂŽ He continues, ÂItÂs twofold, really ... to see people come together with the hope of reaching more students and young adults with the hope found in Christ and to pray for revival. If we want to see our town reached, our schools, our homes, it must begin with each of us crying out to God for revival within ourselves.ÂŽ Preceding REVIVE, on Thursday, May 31, at 6:30 p.m. there will be a prayer service at Oakview Baptist Church to pray for the event the next day. All people are welcome to come together to pray for those serving, those attending and, most importantly, for God to pour out His Spirit on our young people. Six churches have partnered to bring this event to Okeechobee, with the hope of reaching people for Jesus and praying for God to send revival again. There will be a $200 door prize for one lucky attendee. Popcorn and snow cones will be served as well. You can follow Revive on Facebook: FB.com/ReviveEvent and on Instagram: @ReviveEvent. Local youth pastors participating, in addition to Mr. Hall, are: Matt Bowen of Christ Fellowship Okeechobee Campus. Connect with him on Facebook: FB.com/Matthew.Bowen.7127. Carson Harris, associate worship pastor at FBC Okeechobee. Connect with him on Facebook: FB.com/Carson.Harris.39. Ryan Reister, director of worship and youth at Oakview Baptist Church. Connect with him on Instagram: @Rysquared95. Etienne Doucet of Grace Bible Church in Sebring. Connect with him on Facebook: FB.com/Etienne.Doucet.54.
May 27, 2018 Okeechobee News 5 think we raised over $1,000 on barbecue sandwiches alone.ÂŽ The winning weight at the tournament was 38 pounds and 5 ounces on a Â“ve-Â“sh limit, with the biggest Â“sh prize weighing in at a whopping 9 pounds, 11 ounces. It was a productive day on the lake for the Â“sherman, as more than a quarter of them caught over 20 pounds during the tournament. Mr. Krause, along with John Tavano and Breezy McMillan, played an instrumental role in pulling together the resources needed to have the tournament and fundraiser. The memorial tournament caps off what has been a tremendous outpouring of support for NikÂs wife, Kelly, and their daughter. In the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, people not only from Okeechobee but all around the world donated close to $90,000 to the family via a donation page set up on the website gofundme.com, completely blowing past the original goal of $15,000. Mr. Krause is unsure whether the tournament will become an annual event. ÂI had a number of people come up to ask me if this was going to be a yearly thing,ÂŽ he said. ÂI talked to Kelly that afternoon and told her I couldnÂt make a promise that I couldnÂt keep, because I put everything I had into this tournament, and physically and mentally I was just whipped. But sometime later on as our season starts up and I see everyone elseÂs schedule for next year, I will look at it again. IÂll see if itÂs something weÂre able to do. CanÂt say yes and canÂt say no; right now itÂs a possibility that weÂll bring it back yearly.ÂŽ In a post on the ofÂ“cial Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters Facebook page, Mr. Krause summed up the event by saying: ÂThere are no words that can truly describe what took place. Yes, there was a Â“shing tournament to honor one of us, but more importantly to me, it was about a family. The Fishing Family doing what the Fishing Family does.ÂŽ One commenter on the post made the case for why the memorial tournament should be an annual event, saying: ÂI know it was an incredible amount of work for everything involved, but there is no better way to honor Nik than an annual tournament that focuses on boater safety. Thank you, Mike!ÂŽ Regardless of whether the event becomes yearly, it was still an outstanding example of the Okeechobee community coming together to support a family in their time of need. TOURNEYContinued From Page 1 percent of mental health disorders developing by the age of 24 (National Institute of Mental Health), awareness of this issue is vital. The Â“rst step in supporting childrenÂs mental health is recognizing that, just like adults, mental disorders can, and do, exist in children of all ages, races, cultures and economic backgrounds. We must be aware that these disorders are medical conditions, rather than simply weaknesses or negative character traits. Just as type one diabetes isnÂt a personal lifestyle choice, neither is mental illness. Unfortunately, a pervasive stigma exists throughout our society, placing blame and shame on mental health disorders and those individuals coping with them. Beginning in 2006, SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Agency) launched a national day of awareness, drawing attention to the importance of mental health throughout childhood and youth and attempting to negate all stigmas attached to mental illness. This year, National ChildrenÂs Mental Health Awareness Day was on Thursday, May 10. After a statewide proclamation by Gov. Rick Scott, the State of Florida initiated a social media campaign to celebrate the occasion. You can share your support of childrenÂs mental health throughout the month of May by joining us and using the hashtags #notalone, #letstalkaboutit, and #itstartshere. Let children and youth across the state and the nation know that you support them. Share stories of your own struggles and triumphs, advice on ways youÂve made it through, and statements of afÂ“rmation for those who may still be struggling. We showed our support across Okeechobee by wearing green Â„ the color of childrenÂs mental health awareness month, and sharing knowledge and support through two local events. On the morning of May 10, students at OHS had an opportunity to chat with local mental health and community providers during their lunch periods, learning about services and opportunities available to teens in our area and taking pledges to support mental health. That evening, families across Okeechobee were invited to join us in the Williamson Education Center at IRSC for a fun and informative evening Â“lled with information about the educational rights of children with IEPs and 504 Plans. This event was hosted by the Okeechobee ChildrenÂs Mental Health System of Care and featured keynote speakers Wendy Coker, the Okeechobee County schoolsÂ director of ESE, and Sandy Akre, director of FDLRS Galaxy. Guests enjoyed a light meal, informative discussions and activities for all ages, including special activities for children ages 3 and up, throughout the presentations. Though National ChildrenÂs Mental Health Awareness Day is ofÂ“cially behind us, there are still things you can do to show your support. Help us create a community where the stigma of mental illness no longer exists. Ask questions to learn the truths about mental health, promote facts and honest information and keep an open mind when interacting with the world around you. For more information on the System o f Care, childrenÂs mental health awareness and awareness day events, contact Jane Kaufman, System of Care family coordinator, at 863-462-5125, extension 135. HEALTHContinued From Page 1 Scammers continue to con Facebook users out of thousands of dollars with phony government grant offers. You may be among the many Facebook users who have been approached by ÂfriendsÂŽ claiming you are eligible to receive a ÂfreeÂŽ U.S. government grant. In the end, there is no free government grant but, instead, an elaborate scheme to steal your personal information and money. The scam generally works like this: You receive a message on Facebook detailing information on free grant money from the government. This message may come from a recently added Facebook friend, a family member or a long-term friend. The message may reference other Facebook users, or people in your friends list, that have successfully received the grant. The message may even include a link to a law ofÂ“ce, phony government website or a real U.S. government website to appear legitimate. Sometimes the user sending you the message uses the name and photo of a real government ofÂ“cial or well-known public Â“gure. No matter who is sending the message, or how they word it, eventually you will be asked to supply personal information and a payment for processing fees. Unfriend and block these users immediately. If the message came from a person you know in real life, it is likely that their account has been hacked or their proÂ“le has been cloned. Contact them ofÂ”ine, as they may not be aware theyÂve been compromised and report the abuse to Facebook. According to BBB ScamTracker data, there have been 508 reports of Facebook government grant scams submitted to BBB in the past three years, with losses totaling $361,744. BBB has more information on grant scams in general and tips for avoiding them here. In addition, here are some tips you should always keep in mind on Facebook: Â€ Be careful with friend requests from strangers. We all want to have new friends, but try to keep your social-network friends to folks you know outside of the social media platform. If it appears the request is from a business contact or friend of a friend, send them a message after accepting to test their legitimacy. If they donÂt seem real or connected to your life, unfriend them. Â€ DonÂt blindly trust your current Faceboo k friends. You may receive a message from someone you have known all your life. That doesnÂt mean you must trust them explicitly. I f the message seems out-of-character, their account may have been hacked or cloned. Contact them ofÂ”ine and let them know. BBB scam alert: Impostors using Facebook for grant scams Okeechobee News/ Richard MarionOkeechobee Fishing Headquarters owner Mike Krause (center) performed master-of-ceremony duties during the weigh-in for the tournament. Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee, the Healthy Start Coalition, school district administrators, mental health agencies and the Okeechobee County Library were just some of the many locals who showed their support for childrenÂs mental health awareness by wearing green on May 10.
6 Okeechobee News May 27, 2018Lorene P. Mott, 88 MARIANNA Â„ Lorene P. Mott passed from this life Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at Marianna Nursing and Rehab Center. She was born in Bartow, Fla. on June 23, 1929, to Jason Hudson and Sylvia Merritt Parker. Lorene worked as a homemaker for most of her life. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Steve and Buddy Parker. Lorene is survived by her son, Freddy Lee Mott; and her sister-in-law, Linda Parker. Memorialization will be by cremation. Family and friends may sign the online register at www.brownfh.netHarold Athel Douglas, 87 Theresa Nix Douglas, 80 INDIANTOWN Â„ Harold Athel Douglas died May 24, 2018. He was born June 3, 1930 in Okeechobee to Elisha Jefferson and Lillian Mae (Hulsey) Douglas. He proudly served our country in the United States Ma rines during the Korean W ar. Theresa Nix Douglas died May 22, 2018. She was born Sept. 12, 1937 in Okeechobee to Rual Eugene and Emma Lee (Underhill) Nix. She was a homemaker. Harold and Theresa were lifelong residents of Indiantown. They were a perfect team in raising their children and their cattle. She volunteered with Hospice of Okeechobee. He enjoyed Â“shing. They had the gift of hospitality. They were members of the Family Worship Center and faithful ministers of their Lord. Harold and Theresa were preceded in death by their son, Steve Douglas. Harold was preceded in death by his brothers, Travis and Milton Douglas; and sister, DeeCee Douglas Bass. Theresa was preceded in death by her brother, Norris Eugene Nix. They are survived by their son, Marshall Douglas (Susan), of Indiantown; daughter, Robin Douglas McDonald (John), of Oviedo; HaroldÂs brothers, Dr. Edward Douglas and David Douglas (Carolyn); HaroldÂs sister, J uanita Walker, all of Okeechobee, TheresaÂs sisters, Betty Sweatt, of Okeechobee, and Martha Upthegrove, of Bartow; four grandchildren, Austin Douglas, Dominique Spears, Katrina Alvarez, and Brittany Durden; and ten great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, J une 2, 2018 at Family Worship Center of Indiantown. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence may sign the register book at, w ww.OkeechobeeFuneralHome.com All arrangements are entrusted to the direction and care of the Buxton & Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, 400 North Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida, 34972. Obituaries Obituaries should be submitted to t he Okeechobee News by e-mailing o email@example.com. Customers may also r equest photos and links to online guest b ooks. A link to the obituaries is available at w ww.newszap.com. Legion opens Sunday bingoAmerican Legion 64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host Sunday night bingo on May 27 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. in the bingo area. All proceeds will beneÂ“t the American Legion veteransÂ programs. The event is open to the public.VFW hosts lasagna dinnerVFW Post #4423, 300 N.W 34th St., will host a lasagna dinner on Sunday, May 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. For information, call 863763-0818.Amvets host 5-card bingoJoin Amvets Post 200, 3651 U.S. 441 S.E. Suite 6, on Sunday, May 27 at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, May 29, at 2 p.m. for Â“ve-card bingo. For information, call 863-484-8135.Legion will host 5-card bingoAmerican Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host Â“ve-card bingo on Monday, May 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. For information, call 863-763-5309.Shrine Club hosts dinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1855 S.W. 53rd St., off of U.S. 78 W., next to Fast Break will hold a spaghetti dinner Tuesday, May 29 from 4 until 7 p.m., for an $8 donation. The event is open to the public and all members of the Shrine Temple. For information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club or to lease the club, contact the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.Summer play camp setSummer play camp will be held from June 11 through July 27, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Civic Center, 1750 U.S. 98 N., for kids ages 5 to 13. Registration is from now through May 31 Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Park and Recreation Dept., 1718 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call 863-763-6950.Library will host programsEach week, beginning June 1 the Okeechobee Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., will host a free program. From cooking to crafts to giant games, every week will be a different and fun experience. Be sure to check the summer calendar to see what programs youÂd like to attend. All events are free and open to all ages. You must be registered to attend. For details and to register, call 863763-3536 or come in to sign up.Join the Wild Orchid walkThe Okeechobee Orchid Club will be on the annual Wild Orchid walk on June 2 Anyone interested in joining, contact Sue at 561-762-2788.Trash Fish tourney to be heldThe 10th annual Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association Trash Fish tournament will be held on Saturday, June 2 at Okee-Tantie Airboat Landing, 1043 U.S. 78. For information, call Jamie Mellette at 561-718-3077 or Rob Jones at 561-722-6572.DOH will hold CPR classesOkeechobee Department of Health, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave., will hold CPR/AED and basic Â“rst aid certiÂ“cation class on Tuesday, June 12 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, call Chuck Akers at 772-260-9026 or Sara Yates at 863-532-3436.Library hosts Reading CampMs. Kim at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., is excited to announce that the ÂSummer Reading CampÂŽ will be every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. from Wednesday, June 20 through July 25. Camp is for ages 8 years old and under. If they have a sibling that is older, they may attend as well. Parents must attend! Call 863-763-3536.Democrats to meet June 20The Okeechobee Chapter of the Democratic Party of Florida welcomes you to attend the monthly meeting held Wednesday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Beef OÂ Bradys, 608 S. Parrott Ave. Please arrive by 6 p.m. if placing a food order.DOH will hold CPR classesOkeechobee Department of Health, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave., will hold CPR/AED and basic Â“rst aid certiÂ“cation class on Saturday, June 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For information, call Chuck Akers at 772-260-9026 or Sara Yates at 863-532-3436.Swimming lessons offeredSwimming lessons are offered in Okeechobee for ages six months and up at the Okeechobee County Sports Complex Swimming Pool in June and July. Registration for the classes starts on June 7 and 8 between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. For more information on the lessons, youÂre encouraged to contact the swimming pool located in Sports Complex at 863-467-7667.Library hosts challengeThe Okeechobee Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., will team up with Scholastic from now through Sept. 7 as students take the pledge to read as many minutes as they can this summer! To join, simply call the library at 863-763-3536 or come in to sign up with a librarian. Students will receive a pledge certificate along with a username and password. By logging reading minutes on the Scholastic website, students can unlock digital rewards and complete weekly reading challenges online. Reading minutes will also count towards special summer prizes and events at the library. Join the fun and sign up today!Skate Park is open againThe Parks & Recreation Department is proud to announce the re-opening of the Okeechobee Skate Park at Kiwanis Park located at 350 N.W. Sixth Avenue. The Skate Park has been closed for several months in anticipation of installing new skate-lite wood surfaces on all of the ramps and some structural repairs to several modular frames. The Skate Park is open seven days a week from dawn to dusk.Fire/Rescue offers free blood pressure checksOkeechobee County Fire/Rescue is offering free blood pressure checks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at: Â€ Fire Station #1, 504 N.W. Sixth Street, Â€ Fire Station #2, 3511 S.E. 38th Ave., and, Â€ Fire Station #4, 1199 N.E. 168th St. Please understand that if you stop by a station and there is no staff there, they are out on an emergency call. Please stop back later.CSC meeting canceledThe ChildrenÂs Services Council meeting for June 14, has been canceled. There will be a special meeting held on Tuesday, June 12 at 5 p.m.AA meetings scheduled in Okeechobee CountyAlcoholics Anonymous meetings are regularly scheduled in the Okeechobee: Â€ Monday through Friday: noon open meetings at First United Methodist Church. 200 N.W. Second St.; Â€ Monday, 6:30 a.m., closed meeting at Okeechobee Christian Church 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace (Wolff Road); Â€ Monday at 6:30 p.m. open meeting at, Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott; Â€ Tuesday at 8 p.m. closed discussion meeting at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. Â€ Wednesday at 8 p.m. closed menÂs meeting at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St.; and, Â€ Wednesday, at 7 p.m., a speakers meeting at Detox of South Florida, 608 N.E. Second Ave.; Â€ Thursday, noon, closed Step Study, at Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Â€ Thursday at 8 p.m., Big Book meeting at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St.; Â€ Thursday at 6 p.m., open womenÂs meeting at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. Â€ Friday at 8 p.m., speaker meeting at Church of Our Saviour 200 N.W. Third St.; Â€ Saturday at 7:30 p.m., closed meeting at Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott; Â€ Sunday at 7:30 p.m., open meeting, Step Study, at Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St.More Community Events can be found at OkeechobeeNews.net in the Community section. Community Events Brought to you by: Lic#CAC053793 Â• Lic#CFC022585863.763.6461 Plumbing Â• AC Septic
Special to the Okeechobee News The Okeechobee Tractor Supply Company store is hosting a FarmersÂ Market on Saturday, June 2. From 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., local farmers will sell locally grown, fresh produce, along with other seasonal products. ÂThis is a great opportunity for members of our community to support local farmers while also getting to enjoy deliciously fresh food,ÂŽ said Todd Thomas, manager of the Okeechobee store. ÂAs a company, we believe in fostering community relationships and this event allows us to do just that.ÂŽ Shoppers can expect to Â“nd many goods for sale including arts and crafts, baked goods, homemade crafts and jewelry. Participating vendors will have tables set up at the tented space by the storefront where they will showcase their goods. Some of the local vendors participating include: Â€ 441 BBQ & Grill Â€ Everlovin Evelynns Empanadas Â€ Cheesy Cakes Â€ Sassy Button Bows This event is open to the public and will take place at 3371 U.S. 441 South. For more information, please contact the Okeechobee Tractor Supply store at 863-467-7844. About Tractor Supply Company Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO) is in its 80th year of operation and, since being founded in 1938, has grown to become the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States. With 28,000 team members, 1,700 stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website, Tractor Supply is passionate about serving its unique niche, as a one-stop shop for recreational farmers, ranchers and all those who enjoy living the rural lifestyle. Tractor Supply offers an extensive mix of products necessary to care for home, land, pets and animals with a focus on product localization, exclusive brands and legendary customer service that addresses the needs of the Out Here lifestyle. May 27, 2018 Okeechobee News 7 Okeechobee Livestock MarketCattle Auction Monday & Tuesday Restaurant Open Monday Wednesday Â“Best Burgers in South Florida!Â” 863.763.3127 CAC057219 Offer expires 6/15/2018. *On a qualifying system purchase. Lennox system rebate offers range from $150 to $1,700. Some restrictions apply. One offer ava ilable per qualifying purchase. See your local Lennox dealer or www.lennox.com for details. **Valid through 05/30/2018. See your local dealer for details. Financing available to well qualiÂ“ed buyers on approved credit at a 0% APR for 72 months, with equal monthly payments. No down payment required. You may prepay your account at any tim e without penalty. Financing is subject to credit requirements and satisfactory completion of Â“nance documents. Any Â“nance terms advertised are estimates only. Normal late charges apply. See your Truth in Lending Disclosures for more information. 2018 Lennox Industries Inc. Lennox Dealers are independently owned and operated businesses. with purchase of a Lennox home comfort system.GET UP TO$1,700 IN REBATES*UP TO 72 MONTHS 0% INTEREST FINANCINGRegular maintenance keeps your home comfort system running smoothly. Call for a checkup today. COOLING & HEATING PRO TIP OR20% OFF CHECKUP.** (863) 763-6742www.emorywalker.com 208 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974 OkeechobeeÂs Longest-Established Lennox Dealer Since 1975 Prices were mixed this week. Slaughter classes were $1-$3 higher on cows and bulls. Feeder calves were $1-$3 lower. Cow prices could have been sparked by Memori al Day. Feeder calf market is in a lull probably having to do with winter pasture, yearling clean up and transitioning into summer pasture. We could see a little rise after the bottleneck effect is over and the China trade deal worked out, hopefully sooner than lat er. No sale Monday, May 28. Thank all those whoÂve served our country! WeÂll be receiving cattle on Monday for TuesdayÂs sale on May 29. Mike & Quinn Ashton, Lorida, topped the calf market with a high of $2.80 bought by Oak Creek. Blocker Ranch, Immokalee, topped the slaughter cow market with a high of $.63 bought by Florida Beef. For sale: Six Brahman bulls, 2-3 yrs old and 125 crossbred mid-age pairs. Call Matt or Jeff Okeechobee Livestock Market Report Okeechobee Tractor Supply to host farmersÂ market Kindergarten registration openThe Okeechobee County School Board will conduct kindergarten registration at the following schools: Â€ Wednesday, May 9, Central Elementary School Â… 863-462-5077 Â€ Friday, May 11, Everglades Elementary School Â… 863-462-5108 Â€ Monday, May 14, South Elementary School Â… 863-462-5087 Â€ Wednesday, May 16, Seminole Elementary School Â… 863-462-5116 Â€ Friday, May 18, North Elementary School Â… 863-462-5100 If your child will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2018, you should begin gathering the following information required by law to enter public school: Â€ Legal proof of birthdate Â€ Up-to-date immunization record Â€ Health exam record that has been completed by a physician since Sept. 1, 2017 Â€ Proof of residence (FPL statement; OUA statement, etc.) Please contact the school your child will attend to schedule an appointment for kindergarten registration. If you do not know which school your child should attend, contact the Student Services OfÂ“ce at 863-462-5000, extension 260.
8 Okeechobee News May 27, 2018 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Se Habla Espaol1200 S. Parrott Ave. Â€ OfÂ“ce: 863-763-2104 Visit our website to view more listings | www.Century21okeechobee.com | firstname.lastname@example.org 1016-H: IN THE CITY Freshly painted 2BD/1BA Frame Construction home. 1,148 Total Sq Ft/760 under air. Great location close to everything! MLS # 212339 $75,000 2002-H: Taylor Creek 5BD/3BA on a beautiful lake access lot, balcony overlooks the water. 3,226 Total Sq Ft/2,358 Screened back porch with fenced back yard, seawall and boat dock. $265,000 MLS # 212118 L-1790: Kissimmee River Estates Rental Income Property Two turn-key furnished homes plus 1000 sf work shop. The Â“ rst home, a CBS 3/1, has been remodeled. The second home, 3/2 MH, has two living areas, separate dining room and an en-suite master bath. Both have alarm systems. $160,000 Call Dallon 863-697-213 863-763-5335 425 SW Park Street BERGER REAL ESTATE www.cbbergerrealestate.comPhilip Y. Berger Â€ Lic. RE Broker PRISTINE 3/2/2 CBS HOME Concrete walkway. French doors lead to a screened in patio porch w/access from master bdrm. Pass through window from inside home to patio. The kitchen is beautifully lit with recessed lighting. There is a large walk-in pantry, and laundry room. Master bath has 2 vanities, soaking tub, stand up shower, private toilet rm, and his and hers closets. MLS# 211932 $242,500 Call Kari Berger at 863-2 27-0339 Lori Mixon Lic. Real Estate Broker (863)634-1457LMixon@MixonGroup.com ~Our Priorities are simple..TheyÂ’re Yours! SEMINOLE COVE RIGHT UP TOWN! ~ Delightfully charming and beautifully maintained DWMH. 2 Bd/ 2 Ba/ 41 ft long Carport.10x14 Florida Room. Country kitchen w/ sparkling white cabinets. Large foyer and wide hallway. Both spacious baths. Newer metal roof and 2013 A/C. Irrigation with well. Concrete slab under home. 11x13 workshop. 1258 Sf under air Â– 2255 TLA. Turnkey with furniture. PERFECT! MLS#212562 $110,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 ~Three blocks from launching your boat! Great Winter Home. Well maintained 2 bd/ 1 ba/ 14x40 carport. MH has 12x25 same level addition.1140 Sf under air 2148 TLA. Fully furnished. 14x20 workshop, storage shed. NEW 12x14 screened room. This property has plenty of concrete parking plus RV parking. THIS ONEÂ’S A KEEPER! MLS#212372 $78,000 Call Lori (863) 634-1457 Vicki Anderson, Lic. RE Broker863.634.4106 Waterfront Lots with Lake Okeechobee Access. $85,000 eachBLUE HERON COUNTRY CLUB MLS# 209428 MLS# 209429 Julia Parker863.801.3489 | OfÂ“ce: 863.763.6000NE SECTION~ 4bed/2bath 1973 manufactured home on 1 acre, fully fenced. 2,830 sq feet under roof, Wood burning Â“re place. Spacious laundry/utility w/ new dryer in 2018. Encl Fl room runs length of home, screened patio, attached 2 car carport, above ground pool installed 2016, new pump in 2017. Septic pumped in 2018, New well pump in 2015, metal roof in 2008. Detached 512 sq ft work shop w/ carport overhang. Offered at $99,000 Call Julia Parker at 863-801-3489 Home on 1 Acre R E D Are you a local realtor looking to maximize your reach to potential clients? Feature your best properties in this weekly real estate directory. Contact 863.763.3134 to discuss advertising today! Advertise Here! 863.763.3134 email@example.com Advertise Here! 863.763.3134 firstname.lastname@example.org
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10 Okeechobee News May 27, 201815 MONTHCD SPECIAL 2.03%APY*$500 MINIMUM OPENING DEPOSIT 2100 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL 34974 Phone (863) 763-5573 Fax: (863) 763-2382 CenterStateBank.com*Annual Percentage Yield WEÂLL HELP YOU PREPARE! Hurricane Panels Storm Shutters Awnings Hoss & Son Hoss & Son ALUMINUM (863) 634-7442 (863) 634-7442 Lic# OCSL 1583-01 INSURED SEASON IS NEAR By OCSOSpecial to the Okeechobee News The Okeechobee County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce (OCSO) Citizens Observation Patrol (COP) V olunteer Program has been credited numerous times with being a primary factor in decreasing crimes such as theft, burglaries and motor vehicle theft. COPs provide a visible presence in the community while fostering partnerships with local businesses and residential areas to identify and expand opportunities to deter criminal activity and reduce crime. Now, with over 30 members, the COP V olunteer Program is making a positive impact in Okeechobee County. Members help to deter crime by conducting patrols in agency cars and on foot. At 10:53 a.m. Sunday, May 20, COP partners Jim and Beverly McVeigh were conducting house checks in the area of Oasis Village. The pair noticed an unfamiliar vehicle at one of the residences and spoke with the driver of the vehicle, who gave them a story that they knew to be false. The McVeighs documented the description of the suspect, vehicle and the tag, photographed the vehicle and contacted OCSO dispatch. Deputies arrived and retrieved the information from the McVeighs. Subsequently, a suspect was arrested and charged with burglary. OCSO Sheriff Noel E. Stephen stated: ÂThese men and women provide an extension of our eyes and ears that we otherwise could not afford. This is an excellent example of great teamwork! I appreciate the job done by all my men and women, both paid and volunteers, to making our community better each and every day!ÂŽ OCSO extends a sincere ÂThank youÂŽ for a job well done. Citizen Observation Patrols an invaluable resource Okeechobee News/ OCSOOn behalf of the Okeechobee County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce (OCSO), Deputy Jack Nash (left) acknowledged the actions taken by the agencyÂs Citizen Observation Patrol volunteers Beverly (center) and Jim McVeigh (right). On Sunday morning, May 20, the pair conducted house checks at Oasis Village and took note of an unfamiliar vehicle. They spoke with the driver, who provided information they knew to be false, then notiÂ“ed the sheriffÂs ofÂ“ce. A suspect was found, arrested and charged with burglary. OCSO extends a Âthank youÂŽ for a job well done. The Okeechobee County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week: ASSAULT Â€ 7200 block of U.S. 441 North Â€ 4500 block of Southeast 23rd Court Â€ 7200 block of U.S. 441 North BURGLARY Â€ 2500 block of Northwest Fourth Street Â€ 4600 block of Southeast 28th Street Â€ 1600 block of U.S. 441 Southeast Â€ 1600 block of U.S. 441 Southeast Â€ 2500 block of Northwest Fourth Street Â€ 2800 block of Northeast Fifth Trail Â€ 900 block of Northwest 36th Street CRIMINAL MISCHIEF Â€ 1600 block of U.S. 441 Southeast Â€ 2300 block of Northwest Sixth Street Â€ 7200 block of Northeast 11th Lane Â€ 3000 block of Southeast 21st Court Â€ 1600 block of Northeast 14th Lane Â€ 500 block of Northeast 14th Avenue FRAUD Â€ 500 block of Northwest Fourth Street Â€ 4000 block of U.S. 441 Southeast Â€ 6600 block of Southwest Ninth Street Â€ 1600 block of State Road 78 West Â€ 3400 block of Northwest 24th Avenue THEFT Â€ 8100 block of U.S. 441 Southeast Â€ 600 block of State Road 78 West Â€ 3700 block of Southeast 36th Avenue Â€ 500 block of Northwest Fourth Street Â€ 6600 block of Southwest Ninth Street Â€ 1500 block of State Road 70 East Â€ 100 block of U.S. 98 North Â€ 900 block of Northwest 23rd Lane Â€ 3000 block of Southeast 38th Avenue OCSO Investigations
May 27, 2018 Okeechobee News 11 MICHAEL SCHWARTZ, DO, FACGis a gastroenterologist joining the Treasure Coast Medical Specialists family. He specializes in treating conditions of the digestive tract, including the liver and pancreas. His oce welcomes new patients. Our primary and specialty care ofÂ“ces are conveniently located near Raulerson Hospital:WELCOME to the family Treasure Coast Medical Specialists Gastroenterology 245 NE 19th Drive, Suite 245 863-824-5955 Treasure Coast Medical Specialists Primary Care1713 Hwy 441 N Suite C 863.467.2159Denise Ricketts, MDTreasure Coast Medical Specialists Cardiology225 NE 19th Dr. Suite 225 863.763.0120Oral Waldo, MDRaulerson Surgical Specialists1713 Hwy 441 N Suite H 863-357-1510Carlos Alejo, MDOrthopaedic Specialists at Raulerson1924 Hwy 441 N 863.357.0540 Benjamin Epstein, DORaulerson GYN1713 Hwy 441 N Suite F 863.763.8000 James BradÂ“eld, MD GET READY FOR SUMMERALL YOU CAN EAT SALAD BARwith your choice of Grilled Salmon Â€ Blackened Dolphin Skewered Shrimp Â€ Grilled Chicken Breast 11am to 3:30pmOne coupon per table May not be combined with any other offersHurry! Offer good from 5-18-18 through 6-2-18$999with By Matteo TullioOkeechobee NewsOfÂ“cer Raul Marrero was born as the middle child, having an older and younger brother, in 1968 and grew up in a town located on a beach in Puerto Rico. He has been a resident of Okeechobee for the past 18 y ears. ÂI was asked to come to the Okeechobee County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce (OCSO) in 2000 to help with the disturbance in the jail, and was then asked by then-Okeechobee County Sheriff O.L. Raulerson to stay,ÂŽ OfÂ“cer Marrero stated. As a youngster in a beach town, OfÂ“cer Marrero Âspent every minute of it at the beach,ÂŽ noting that there was no lack of activities. ÂThere were lots of things to do: Â“shing, snorkeling, watching the birds, surÂ“ng, hanging out with the commercial Â“shermen at the wharf and helping them catch Â“sh. They w ould always give me part of the catch, and my parents loved that; I always came home w ith seafood,ÂŽ he said. The infrequent moments when he was not at the beach were spent playing with friends. ÂWe would play w ar in the woods close to the river, it was like capture the Â”ag but with BB guns. Man, we w ere rough!ÂŽ OfÂ“cer Marrero graduated from high school at age 16 from the Ramey Job Corps Center. His favorite subject was history, and about that he said, ÂIt fascinated me to learn about the historical connections between events that happened and how they played a role in our present.ÂŽ His favorite sport was football. ÂI loved playing football! You could let out your frustration and the pent-up energy. I believe that football kept me from getting into a lot of trouble growing up,ÂŽ he said. His favorite part of attending school was getting to see his friends who lived in other neighborhoods, while he held a dislike for his school food and for bullies, stating: ÂOur cafeteria was awful! I also could not stand the bullies, and since I was kind of rough, I would ask them to pick on me, but most of them would not as they were chickens anyway.ÂŽ OfÂ“cer Marrero is also a veteran of the United States Army, having served for Â“ve years on active duty and attained the rank of specialist (E-4) with a primary military occupational specialty Â„ which identiÂ“es a speciÂ“c job Â„ as a combat medic and his secondary specialty of artillery. He explained: ÂI wanted to be in the Army since I was a kid. My dad, his grandpa and my great-uncle had all been in the military also, so to me it was natural to join the Army.ÂŽ OfÂ“cer MarreroÂs military life took him across the PaciÂ“c Ocean to the Korean peninsula, where he turned 18. ÂIt was during the Cold War, and at that time it was the most dangerous place you could go in the Army. It was an experience that I am glad to have had.ÂŽ He said the most difÂ“cult aspect of participating in the military was his time spent away from those who meant the most, family and friends. OfÂ“cer Marrero explained: ÂWhen I left for Korea, Raul Jr. was 11 months old, and when I returned he was almost 2 years old. He was walking and talking, and had no clue who I was.ÂŽ OfÂ“cer Marrero began working at the age of 13, delivering on a newspaper route. His worst job, he conveyed, was at the Okeechobee Boys School. When asked why he chose a profession in law enforcement, OfÂ“cer Marrero answered, ÂI was recruited into this profession, and then after a few years, I realized that I liked it.ÂŽ As mentioned earlier, OfÂ“cer Marrero has worked for OPD for two years but actually has 20 years in total as a law enforcement ofÂ“cer, as he was an OCSO deputy and police ofÂ“cer in his hometown in Puerto Rico previously. He said the job has taught him: ÂIf you do not take care of the community that you live in, then you are not going to like the community you live in. Some people do not like us (cops), but without us they would not like to live here too much. The thin line between order and chaos is what ensures our happiness.ÂŽ OfÂ“cer Marrero credited OCSO Captain John Rhoden as his biggest career inÂ”uence, stating, ÂHe would tear up your police reports and pick out all of the grammar errors, get your attention when you were not being safe and, above all, taught me that Âyou can do this job even if it tears you up inside.Â He used to tell me all the time, ÂTheyÂre people, too,Â and to have compassion and respect for the people that we deal with.ÂŽ OfÂ“cer Marrero is not the Â“rst member of his family to work in the law enforcement Â“eld, as his dad, uncle and older cousin all were correctional ofÂ“cers. He also has an uncle who was a prosecutor and another cousin who is a judge. OfÂ“cer Marrero is also currently working on his associateÂs degree in criminal justice from Indian River State College. He noted that his favorite subject to study is constitutional law and that one of his most memorable moments was from a midterm exam. ÂDr. Ackerman asked us to summarize six chapters in Modern Language Association style o f 300 words for each chapter, complete with citations, in under four hours for a midterm exam. In other words, he wanted you to do six 300-word essays in four hours.ÂŽ OfÂ“cer Marrero is the father to six children: Raul Jr., 32; Ivan, 29; Katelyn, 22; Joseph, 20; Alivia, 10; and Noah, 9. He enjoys his spare time with his family, going to church and adventuring to new places as they love to travel. Other than the present time period, OfÂ“cer Marrero said he would like to have lived during the American Revolution and that he would like to have met Benjamin Franklin and French aristocrat and military ofÂ“cer Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette. ÂFranklin thought outside of the box, bettered himself through self-teaching and was one of the Â“rst American philosophers. Lafayette believed in our innate yearning for freedom, regardless o f country or race,ÂŽ OfÂ“cer Marrero said of the historical Â“gures. If he could possess one superhuman power, OfÂ“cer Marrero said he would like Âthe power to detect veracity,ÂŽ or conformity to facts. ÂThat way you could sort out the truth.ÂŽ Meet the ofÂ“cer: OPDÂs Raul Marrero Raul Marrero
12 Okeechobee News May 27, 2018 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Accountant II FDOH-Okeechobee County. M-F, 8-5. Accounts Payable professional level accounting State health insurance and FRS retirement. Submit application to: OKEECHOBEE-ACCOUNTANT-II-64001764 EEO/AA/VP Employer Auctions AUCTION Every Friday & Saturday nights at 5:30 917 SW Park St.(Behind EliÂ’s Western Wear) Quality Consignments Accepted. Watford Auction 10% BP 863-697-8906 AU1843 AB1583 We Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Employment Full Time BUFORD BAIT IS LOOKING FOR MOTIVATED INDIVIDUAL TO DELIVER BAIT & TACKLE IN SOUTH CENTRAL FL. MUST HAVE CLEAN DRIVING RECORD CONTACT HERBERT 615-210-2555 CDL DRIVERS CALL TODAY CLASS A Must have DOT medical, drug free, clean driving history & tanker endorsement. Call M-S(863)467-9800 CarpenterÂ’s and laborers needed. Competitive pay. Contact Jim @ 863-287-9687. Employment Full Time Medical Assistant / LPN Should be willing to work in all areas of the office Competitive Salary. Fax Resume (863)467-1156 Mail: PO Box 1268 Okeechobee, FL 34973 Employment Full Time Okeechobee Christian Academy is seeking a highly motivated, professional certified teacher who promotes rigor, excellence, and Christian values in the area of high school math for the 2018-2019 school year. A willingness to enhance the existing team atmosphere while maintaining an attitude of ambition is a must. Applications may be acquired in the Okeechobee Christian Academy office, located at 701 S. Parrott Ave. Okeechobee, FL. Call the office with questions (863) 763-3072. ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! Business Opportunities NOTICE Independent 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 chec k with the Better Business Bureau at 772878-2010 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 o f 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. Air Conditioners USED A/C UNITS FOR SALE Good Condition, many sizes and types available. 467-1545 Quality A/C & Heating Farm Feed/ Products HERMATHIA HAY FOR SALE, STORED UNDER BARN, ROUND BALES $40.00 CALL 863-6346386 TIRED OF STAYING IN A MOTEL, WORKING IN OUR AREAFULLY FIRNISHED 1 and 2 BEDROOM PROPERTIES. WEEKLY OR MONTHLY RATES AVAILABLE (863) 467-4371 ApartmentsN.W. OKEE 2 BR, 1 BA, $675 + $50 rent per month. $2025 to move in. 561-346-1642 Commercial Property TREASURE ISLAND 2100SQ. FT. METAL BUILDING 2 ROLL UP DOORS BEHIND LAKESIDE CARWASH. $1,000/MO. YEARLY LEASE, FIRST-LAST+ SEC. CALL TAB 863610-1027 Mobile Homes Rent BHR-MOBILE HOMEÂ’S 3BD/2BA & 2BD/2BA STARTING AT $625.00. MO. PLUS SECURITY, 1YR LEASE, NO PETS CALL 863-763-4031 Mobile Homes Rent FURNISHED 1BD/1BA MOBILE HOME LOCATED ON KISSIMMEE RIVER IN QUIET COMMUNITY INCLUDED SMALL PET WELCOME(863-447-0742) Campers / RVs Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 954-789-7530 Autos WantedAAA Auto AnalysisAll makes, all price ranges. We buy cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Established 1981. 772-260-9707 Administration of Estates IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 472018CP000075CPAXMX IN RE: ESTATE OF Sarah Nieves a/k/a Sarah Heredia a/k/a Sarah A. Ruiz Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the Estate of Sarah Nieves a/k/a Sarah Heredia a/k/a Sarah A. Ruiz, Deceased, whose date of death was June 28, 2016, is pending in the Circuit Cour t for Okeechobee County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972. The names and addresses o f the personal representative and the IMMEDIATE OPENING OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY (OUA) has an immediate opening for a Meter Reader Applicant must be willing and able to perform light to heavy physical labor, courteous and professional in dealing with general public and fellow workers. Applicant must have neat and legible handwriting, basic mathematical skills and possess a high school diploma or the equivalent. This position will entail working outside with the reading, installation and repairs of water meters. Applicant must possess a valid FL OperatorÂs DriverÂs License (requires clean driving record for the last three years). Please visit our ofces at 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 to complete the application paperwork or you may obtain an application at www.oua.com. Applications will be accepted until 6pm, June 18, 2018 AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DRUG FREE WORKPLACE
May 27, 2018 Okeechobee News 13 Public Notice Public Notice IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 47-2018-CA-000050PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO NATIONAL CITY BANK, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO HARBOR FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK, Plainitiff vs. CARSON A. BENJAMIN, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF ACTION To: NYSOLA GRANT Last Known Address: 209 NE 5th Avenue Okeechobee, FL 34972 Current Address: Unknown ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS. Last Known Address: Unknown Current Address: Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Okeechobee County, Florida: A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION 22, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 34 EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF THE WEST ONEHALF (W ) OF SECTION 23, TOWNSHIP 34 SOUTH, RANGE 34 EAST; THENCE N 00 DEGREES 06 MINUTES 16 SECONDS W, ALONG THE EAST LINE OF SAID W OF SECTION 23, A DISTANCE OF 2567.70 FEET TO POINT PAS SHOWN ON MAP OF SIMONE ESTATES, DATED JUNE 21, 2004; THENCE S 88 DEGREES 17 MINUTES 54 SECONDS W, ALONG THE LINE DEFINED BY POINT P AND POINT O OF SAID MAP, A DISTANCE OF 2383.82 FEET TO SAID POINT O; THENCE S 86 DEGREES 45 MINUTES 18 SECONDS W, ALONG THE LINE DEFINED BY SAID POINT O AND POINT JON THE CENTERLINE OF THE 70.00 FOOT WIDE INGRESS, EGRESS AND UTILITY EASEMENT AS SHOWN ON SAID MAP OF SIMONE ESTATES, A DISTANCE OF 2029.66 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE S 86 DEGREES 45 MINUTES 18 SECONDS W, ALONG SAID LINE WHICH IS NON RADIAL, A DISTANCE OF 2123.33 FEET TO SAID POINT JON SAID CENTERLINE AND THE POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE SOUTHEAST AND HAYING A RADIUS DISTANCE OF 300.00 FEET; THENCE NORTHEASTERLY ALONG SAID CENTERLINE AND ARC OF SAID CURVE, THROUGH A DELTA ANGLE OF 46 DEGREES 11 MINUTES 08 SECONDS AND A CHORD OF 235.33 FEET BEARING N 23 DEGREES 05 MINUTES 39 SECONDS E, AN ARC DISTANCE OF 241.83 FEET TO POINT KON SAID CENTERLINE AND A POINT OF TANGENCY; THENCE N 46 DEGREES 11 MINUTES 13 SECONDS E, ALONG SAID CENTERLINE, A DISTANCE OF 1264.84 FEET TO A POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE SOUTHEAST AND HAYING A RADIUS DISTANCE OF 300.00 FEET; THENCE NORTHEASTERLY ALONG SAID CENTERLINE AND ARC OF SAID CURVE, THROUGH A DELTA ANGLE OF 41 DEGREES 54 MINUTES 05 SECONDS AND A CHORD OF 214.54 FEET BEARING N 67 DEGREES 08 MINUTES 16 SECONDS E, AN ARC DISTANCE OF 219.39 FEET TO A POINT OF TANGENCY; THENCE N 88 DEGREES 05 MINUTES 18 SECONDS E, ALONG SAID CENTERLINE, A DISTANCE OF 814.47 FEET TO POINT MON SAID CENTERLINE; THENCE S 05 DEGREES 26 MINUTES 46 SECONDS E, A DISTANCE OF 1087.37 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. SUBJECT TO AND TOGETHER WITH THE RIGHT OF INGRESS, EGRESS AND PUBLIC UTILITIES UNDER THAT CERTAIN GRANT OF EASEMENT RECORDED AUGUST 5, 2004 IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 539, PAGE 192, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A NW 72ND AVE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses within 30 days after the first publication, if any, on Albertelli Law, Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is P.O. Box 23028, Tampa, FL 33623, and file the original with this Court either before June 8th, 2018 with service on Plaintiffs attorney, or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entred against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint or petition. This notice shall be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in the Okeechobee News. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this court on this 2nd day of May, 2018. SHARON ROBERTSON Clerk of the Circuit Court BY: Sharon Bennett Deputy Clerk **See the Americans with Disabilities Act In Accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, 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 court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. ON 5/20,27/2018 Administration of Estates personal representativeÂ’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedentÂ’s estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedentÂ’s estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN T HE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, AN Y CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS O R MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTÂ’S DATE Administration of Estates OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is May 20th, 2018. Eric C. Barkett 2165 15th Avenue Vero Beach, FL 32960 Personal Representative Eric C. 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14 Okeechobee News May 27, 2018 We offer: Fall Prevention Care Medication Prompting Small Group Outings Doctor Appointments Hospital Discharge Assistance Companion/Sitters Homemaking Meal Preparation and more(863) 532-5976 Call for a free Consultation!Lighthouse Â“At Home CareÂ”Companion Homemakers who are Compassionate and Skilled!We are a provider (APD) for persons with disabilities. Reg #234809 Johnny Trent1677 SW 8th Street Okeechobee, FL 34974Office: (863) 763-7704 Mobile: (863) 634-7125 Email: email@example.comJT Guttering Systems Inc.Aluminum Seamless Guttering Installations & RepairÂServing Okeechobee since 1999ÂŽ DanceLike the StarsBallroom Dance LessonsPrivate or Group Saturdays Robert Scott 772-794-9040 email:firstname.lastname@example.org COMPLETE SERVICESof South Florida, IncDale RoopProject Manager Estimator863. 287.4285 Nita Salmon-President 505 NE Park Street Okeechobee, FL 34972863.532.9096State CertiÂ“ ed -CBC 1256085 Aluminum Builders Customer Additions Screen Rooms Car & Motor Ports Ralph KorpiGM CertiÂ“ ed Product SpecialistofÂ“ ce: 863.763.3154 direct: 863.824.3527 cell: 863.801.74843550 U.S. Highway 441 South Okeechobee, FL 34974 www.GilbertChevrolet.com Ralph.Korpi@GilbertHasIt.com Hoss & Son Hoss & Son CARPORTS Â• SCREEN ROOMS & MORE! ALUMINUM(863) 634-7442 (863) 634-7442 Lic# OCSL 1583-01INSURED OCSO ofÂ“ce closed MondayThe Okeechobee County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ce informs the public that the administration ofÂ“ces will be closed on Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day. As you gather with family and friends this weekend for barbecues, pool parties, the beach or wherever you are, please take a moment to remember why we acknowledge Memorial Day. Remember that all of the veterans have made sacriÂ“ces so that our freedoms may be preserved. OCSO would also like to extend a sincere Âthank youÂŽ to veterans of the past, present and future. Please be safe, and donÂt drink and drive! Okeechobee News/ OCSO Special to the Okeechobee NewsTALLAHASSEE Â„ Ahead of this Memorial Day weekend, Commissioner of Agriculture A dam H. Putnam is providing Floridians and v isitors simple tips to avoid identity-stealing card skimmers placed on gas pumps. ÂFloridians and visitors shouldnÂt have to w orry about losing their hard-earned money to scammers who prey on victims at gas pumps. A few simple steps can help prevent identity theft,ÂŽ said Mr. Putnam. Travelers can take the following steps to avoid skimmers at gas stations: Â€ Pay in cash inside the store to ensure credit card information stays safe. Â€ Check to make sure the gas pump dispenser cabinet is closed and has not been tampered with. Â€ Use a gas pump closer to the front of the store. Thieves often place skimmers at the gas pumps farther away from the store so they are not noticed as quickly. Â€ Use a credit card instead of a debit card. Credit cards have better fraud protection, and the money is not deducted immediately from an account. Â€ If using a debit card at the pump, choose to run it as a credit card instead of putting a PIN number in. That way, the PIN number is safe. Â€ Monitor bank accounts regularly to spot any unauthorized charges. Â€ Consumers who suspect their credit card number has been compromised should report it immediately to authorities and their credit-card company. Consumers who suspect that a gas pump has been tampered with should contact the gas station manager, local law enforcement or the departmentÂs consumer protection and information hotline at 1-800-HELP-FLA (4357352) or, for Spanish speakers, 1-800-FL-AYUDA (352-9832). The department regularly inspects gas stations and analyzes samples of petroleum products to ensure consumers are being offered quality products at a fair measure. For more information, visit FreshFromFlorida.com. A void gas pump card skimmers this Memorial Day weekend
May 27, 2018 Okeechobee News 15 Tree Trimming & Removal Debris Removal & Hauling Â• Bobcat Services Mike Owner/Operator Email: Mike@xpsinc.com PROPERTY SERVICES, INC. 863.634.7512 NEAL LONG CONSTRUCTION CO.GENERAL CONTRACTORS863.357.3313PLUMBING, MECHANICAL & ROOFING CONTRACTORS11781 SE HWY 441 OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974neallongconstruction.com email@example.comCGC1518089 Â• CMC1249343 Â• CFC058088 Â• CCC1328973Top Quality Attention to Detail On Time Reasonable Prices THE OKEECHOBEE BUILDING COMPANYCBC#1256185ALL PHASES OF ALUMINUMÂ• Screen Rooms Â• Patios Â• Storm Protection Â• Carports Â• Repair Work Â• And MoreAaron (863) 697-3898 Michael (863) 697-1447 Fully Licensed and Insured Â€ CCC1330759FREE ESTIMATESRicky Â€ 772.404.9121 All RooÂ“ng 10% Off Trading Post Flea & Farmers Market Celebrating Over 30 Years of Good Old-Fashioned Family Fun!Market Open 8am -3pm EVERY Saturday and Sunday AND LOW PRICES QUALITY MERCHANDISE 3100 Highway 441 South 863-763-4114 familyfunÂ”eamarket to advertise here call 863-763-3134 We have a deal for you! to advertise here call 863-763-3134 We have a deal for you! People and birds expected to enjoy FloridaÂs beaches this Memorial Day weekendSpecial to the Okeechobee NewsTALLAHASSEE Â„ Millions of visitors Â”ock to FloridaÂs beaches on Memorial Day w eekend, and Audubon Florida reminds beachgoers and boaters to enjoy the beach w hile respecting posted fencing around nesting shorebirds and their Â”uffy chicks. FloridaÂs beaches are nurseries for species such as snowy plovers, black skimmers and least terns. ÂJust like people, birds love our beaches, too! This Memorial Day weekend, w eÂre asking beachgoers and boaters to give nesting birds some space,ÂŽ said Julie W raithmell, Audubon FloridaÂs executive director. ÂEggs and Â”uffy chicks are on our sandy shores and tree islands right now, and the end of May is a critical time for FloridaÂs iconic coastal birds.ÂŽ Many nesting sites are visibly posted and well-marked on Florida beaches to protect them from human disturbance. Unfortunately, when boaters or beachgoers enter posted areas, they may unintentionally cause the death of chicks and eggs. When parents are frightened from nests, chicks and eggs are left vulnerable to predators, overheating in the summer sun, crushing under foot (in beach nests), or falling and drowning in water beneath the nest (from tree nests). A single disturbance can destroy an entire colony. ÂWhether or not human disturbance is intentional, the sad result for birds is the same,ÂŽ said Dr. Marianne Korosy, Audubon FloridaÂs director of bird conservation. ÂBy following AudubonÂs easy tips, we can all work together to ensure this holiday weekend is safe and enjoyable for people and birds.ÂŽ Volunteer Âbird stewardsÂŽ chaperone nesting bird colonies on many Florida beaches. These stewards help educate beachgoers about nesting colonies while reminding them not to enter protected areas. For more information or to volunteer, email FLConservation@audubon.org. AudubonÂs Memorial Day weekend beach tips: Â€ Keep your distance. Respect areas posted with signs, even if you donÂt see birds inside them. Birds, eggs and nests are well-camouÂ”aged. Â€ Leave no trace. Take all your trash with you and always dispose of Â“shing line and tackle appropriately. Â€ Avoid disturbing birds. If birds take Â”ight or appear agitated, you are too close. Â€ Keep pets leashed and far away from birds. Even on a leash, dogs are perceived as predators by birds. Â€ DonÂt feed birds or wildlife. Feeding attracts predators such as crows and gulls that will prey on eggs and chicks o f beach-nesting birds. Â€ Keep quiet and calm near nesting areas. Beach activities like Â”ying kites or using personal Â“reworks can cause parents to abandon nests. Help prevent a catastrophe for vulnerable chicks and eggs. Â€ Look out for nesting birds, even outside of posted areas. Beach-nesting birds sometimes nest outside of posted areas. I f you notice birds circling noisily overhead, you may be near a nesting colony. Leave quietly and enjoy from a distance. A udubon reminds beachgoers and boaters to share the shores Fire/Rescue offers free blood pressure checksOkeechobee County Fire/Rescue offers free blood pressure checks from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at: Â€ Fire Station #1, 504 N.W. Sixth Street, Â€ Fire Station #2, 3511 S.E. 38th Ave., and, Â€ Fire Station #4, 1199 N.E. 168th St. Please understand that if you stop by a station and there is no staff there, they are out on an emergency call. Please stop back later.
Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sandra PearceCole Verano showed a non-sale cow in the dairy show at the county fair.16 Okeechobee News May 27, 2018 Okeechobee Youth Livestock Dairy Show 2018 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sandra PearceAlyssa Marcum had a non-sale cow in the dairy show and received the award for Grand Champion Ayrshire. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sandra PearceKathryn Montes De Oca showed a non-sale cow in the dairy show at the county fair. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sandra PearceHannah Williams showed a non-sale cow in the dairy show at the county fair. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sandra PearceWilliam Castaneda showed a non-sale cow in the dairy show at the county fair. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sandra PearceSome who compete in the Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show work with the same animals for more than one year, rather than selling the animal at the end of the Â“rst year. Abby Arnold showed a non-sale cow in the Dairy Show. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sandra Pearce J osh Larson showed a non-sale cow in t he dairy show at the county fair. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sandra Pearce Z oe Walther showed a non-sale cow in t he dair y show at the count y fair. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sandra PearceLacey Campbell showed a non-sale cow in the dairy show at the county fair. Okeechobee City Hall to be closed for holidayOkeechobee City Hall ofÂ“ces will be closed Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day. The website, cityofokeechobee.com, allows you access 24/7. The ofÂ“ce will reopen on Tuesday, May 29, at 8 a.m.