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State Again

South Florida Community College getting
ready to take on defending state champi-
ons in second trip to state SPORTS

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Writer tells SFCC audience a Li r 311-70S
10 books every Floridian should
read PAGE 2A

Highlands County's Hometown Newspaper Since 1927


Fridav-Saturdav. April 27-28, 2007


Volume 88/Number 50
50 cents

Tax plan could cripple county budget

Gov. Crist's plan could result in layoffs for 20 percent of county employees

administrator Carl Cool called
a ninth-inning meeting
Thursday to discuss Gov.
Charlie Crist's tax reform
Crist announced his plan
earlier in the day, suggesting
$34 billion of "relief" to
Florida taxpayers in five

Cool, commissioner Edgar
Stokes, the county budget
team and representatives from
three constitutional offices
huddled around a conference
call with several counties.
Their expressions grim,
they listened to Chris Holly of
the Florida Association of
"This governor's proposal

is a lot more onerous on coun-
ty government," Holly said,
comparing it to House and
Senate proposals and predict-
ing a harder hit on cities. "The
governor is saying you can
make these cuts without any
essential services being
The House plan calls for
rolling ad valorem taxes back
to fiscal 2001 taxable values,

the Senate to 2005 and Crist's
to 2003.
"The revenues of local gov-
ernments have ballooned over
$17 billion beyond a responsi-
ble growth rate during the
past five years," Crist said in
press release. "We must give
the people of Florida hope
that relief from this tax bur-
den is on the way."
Jared Lee, of the county's

budget office, crunched the
numbers for Cool as they
waited for the teleconference
to begin shortly after 4 p.m.
Originally estimating that
Highlands would have to cut
$21 million from its current
budget under Crist's plan,
Cool said one in five employ-
ees 80 people would be
laid off.
"We'd be closing libraries,"

e That's
we're talking about

County administrator
he said. "That's what we're
talking about here."
Highlands property.
appraiser Raymond McIntyre
See PLAN, page 5A

'You pray for the best and plan for the worst'

Disaster drill tests readiness for chemical spill \

SEBRING It could have been their
worst nightmare 16 people contami-
nated at Firemen's Field.
The scenario: A livestock event was
held. Afterward, workers used a fumi-
gant to eradicate fleas. A bottle fell, hit
the metal bleacher, a chemical leaked out
and mixed with other chemicals.
Half the workers were unconscious.
Some of the conscious wounded were
ambulatory. All were contaminated.
The response: E-911. dispatched the
Highlands County "Sheriff's Office, the
Hazardous Material Response Team,
Highlands County ,Fire Services,
Emergency Medical Services, the
Emergency Operations Center and the
Sebring Fire Department.
Highlands Regional Medical Center
treated the patients.
But Wednesday's "chemical spill" was
just a drill.
"God forbid we ever have, to do this
for real," Highlands Regional chief exec-
utive officer Robert Mahaffey said after-
ward, thanking the volunteers and the
government agencies. "You pray for the
best and plan for the worst."
With a federal grant for interdiscipli-
nary bio-terrorism planning and pre-
paredness, the hospital bought a deconta-
mination tent, 12 powered-air purifying
respirator suits, two portable oxygen
ventilators and communications equip-
Kathleen Border, Highlands Regional
director of marketing and public rela-
tions, asked the county to create a sce-
nario to test the hospital.
Volunteers from the Red Cross, Home
Depot, Highlands Independent Bank and
South Florida Community College
played the victims.
The exercise began about 9:15 a.m.

Steven Ritenour, of the West Sebring Volunteer Fire
Department, participates in a chemical spill drill at
Firemen's Field in Sebring.

Protecting yourself

in the event of a spill

News-Sun photos by KATARA SIMMONS
Billy Kingston, of the West Sebring Volunteer Fire Department, is decontaminated
Wednesday by Highlands Regional Medical Center staff during a chemical spill
drill at the hospital in Sebring.

More Photos Online


with the spill. Units staged nearby
reduced the "real world" response time.
Sebring firefighters "snatched and

grabbed" a few victims from a less con-
taminated "warm zone," but the haz-
ardous material team didn't enter the
arena's "hot zone" until about 10:3.0 a.m.
Watching from the command post
manned by Fire Chief Brad Batz, county
fire services training director Charles
Andrews said handling hazmat is a. slow,
deliberate and methodical process.
"Research, research, research," he
said, watching the team gear up. "That's
the biggest part of this."
Before a hazmat team can effectively

See DRILL, page 6A

kevin.shutt@newssun. corn
Communication is key when
reacting to chemical contami-
nation, said Charles Andrews
of Highlands County Fire
Andrews coordinated the
chemical spill drill
Wednesday that began at
Firemen's Field and ended at
Highlands Regional Medical
The exercise put the subject
matter experts through the
paces firefighters, haz-
ardous materials response
team, law enforcement and
hospital staff.
But what do you do'if

you're the victim in a chemi-
cal spill? Or you're a witness?
. "The more you can identify
the situation that got you
there, the better off you will
be," Andrews said.
When using chemicals at
home or work, adhere to the
manufacturer's precautions,
such as wearing protective
gloves, respirators, eye pro-
tection and being in a well-
ventilated space.
Be aware of the type of
chemical you're working with
and its manufacturer.
Communicating this later
could help the first respon-
ders help you. And become
familiar with the appropriate
See SPILL, page 6A

High tech, high cost, no results?

State study says costly software programs have no
benefit for students, but some local teachers disagree

School boards across the nation are
rethinking their decision to spend bil-
1 lions out of tight educational budgets
on pricey software programs aimed to
improve student achievement.
A recent study by .the U.S.
Department of Education found test
scores for children using computer-
based reading and math products did
not improve over students not using the
Two of the reading products evaluat-
ed, The Waterford Early Reading

Program and Read 180, are used local-
With millions of dollars spent each
year in Florida alone, software compa-
nies have tried hard to discredit the
. "Proper implementation of education
software is essential for success," the
Software & Information Industry
Association, a group that represents
companies making educational soft-
ware said in a press release.
"Unfortunately, it appears the study
See STUDY, page 7A

News-Sun photo by KATARA SIMMONS
Tiana Miller, 15, works at a Read 180 lab at Lake
Placid Middle School.

Hill-Gustat teacher goes

weightless with Hawking
News-Sun correspondent
SEBRING When famed astrophysicist
Stephen Hawking left the surly bounds of
Earth Thursday for a Zero Gravity flight, Hill-
Gustat- Middle School seventh-grade teacher
Susan Harris was on board the plane with him.
While it was Hawking's first flight and
indeed the first flight for a person with a dis-
ability on the Zero G jet Harris is an old
hand on the specially-equipped Boeing 727-
"This actually was my fifth time," Harris
said. "My fourth time was on Wednesday."
Harris first flew the aircraft two years ago
in the first offering by Zero Gravity
See TEACHER, page 7A

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in brief

Oliva golf fundraiser
is Saturday
Lakeside Golf Resort is
holding a fundraiser for
Marcos Oliva Saturday.
All proceeds from
Saturday, including
greens fees and food, will
be given to Marcos and
his family to offset med-
ical expenses.
Marcos had surgery to
remove a brain tumor last
summer, and he is cur-
rently undergoing
chemotherapy treatments
that require weekly trips
to St. .Petersburg for
The golf course is at
1063 Lake Sebring Drive
in Sebring. For more
information, call 385-

Hydrilla treatment
on Istokpoga begins
There will be a hydrilla
treatment on Lake
Istokpoga on the east side
of Big Island beginning
at 8 a.m. Monday through
May 1.
If you have any ques-
tions, call the Parks and
Recreation Department at

LP Chamber Golf
tourney is Saturday
14th Annual Lake Placid
Chamber Golf
Tournament will be
Saturday at Placid Lakes
Country Club and is
being sponsored by
Highlands Independent
Alan Jay Automotive
Network has agreed to
sponsor the hole-in-one
contest again this year.
Entry forms are avail-
able on line at www.visit-
lakeplacidfloirda.com or
can be obtained by call-
ing the chamber at 465-

Pro wrestling set
for fairgrounds
Championship Wrestling
and the Highlands
County Fair Association
will present a night of
wrestling to benefit the
Sergeant Nicholas Sottile
Scholarship Fund on
Saturday, May 5, in the
main pavillionof the
Highlands County
This special program
will feature double tag-
team main events.
Kahagas and Dustin
Rhoades will face Phi
Delta Slam in a "Sebring
Street Fight." There will
be a special appearance
by World Wrestling
Federation legend
"Superfly" Jimmy Snuka.
Hack "The Dog"
Meyers partners up with
"Sheriff" Howie Godwin
to battle the 6-foot-10,
325-pound Super
Destroyer with Hardcore
Harry Venis at his side.
"Howie Godwin will
leave in my custody," the
Super Destroyer has said.

Advance tickets are
now on sale at the Arcade
Pet Shop at 1010 U.S. 27
North, Sebring. General
admission $10/Ringside
Sponsorships and
donations to the Sgt.
Sottile Scholarship Fund
are also accepted.
For more information,
call 471-0080 or contact
Chief Tom Dettman at the
Sebring Police

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Getting to know Florida ...

through the printed page

Writer lists 10 books every Floridian should read

r know the "real Florida."
Htm? By getting chummy
SIth -some of what has been
written about the state. His talk
%%, called, "Ten Books Every
Floridin Should Read."
..Hi recommendations include
clentitfic books, travel guides, histo-
ry books, nature books, novels, even a
By LARRY LEVEY play. Several of his favorites are
News-Sun correspondent unfortunately out-of-print.
AVON PARK Florida is a Here are some of his picks (all are
strange, intoxicating mix of contrasts. still available):
"It's a place of major cities, of "Oranges," by John McPhee,
world-class universities, of fine din- 1966. This book will interest many
ing, of art galleries. And yet it's a central Floridians. The book began as
place where you can wander into a a search for fresh-squeezed orange
lake and be ,devoured by something juice in Florida. It soon became a
from Jurassic Park. It's civilization description of the citrus industry at a
and the dinosaur age time when most citrus groves were
in one fell swoop." family-owned, when both sides of
That's how St. .4.. U.S. 27 up to Ocala were completely
Petersburg Times covered by groves, rather than hous-
writer and award- ing developments. The book also
winning journalist ',.' devotes space to a man well known
Jeff Klinkenberg here in Highlands County: Ben Hill
sums up his love .Griffin.
affair with Florida. Klinkenberg 0 "Their Eyes Were Watching
His boyhood was God," by Zora Neale Hurston, 1937.
spent exploring the Florida Keys and This novel centers around African-
the Everglades, and his writings American life in central Florida just
reflect Florida nature, history and cul- before the Depression. Hurston, an
ture and people, all neatly captured in anthropologist, wrote much of this
the title of his latest collection of his book in black dialect, which takes
newspaper columns: The Seasons of some getting used to and which gener-
Real Florida. ated some controversy among
Klinkenberg appeared at the African-American intellectuals at the
University Center Auditorium at time. The novel ends with a horrifying
South Florida Community College description of the death of thousands
Tuesday evening in a program spon- of migrant workers resulting from the
scored by the Florida Humanities 1928 Okeechobee hurricane. Some
Council designed to help folks get to victims of that hurricane are buried in

"The Yearling," by Marjorie
Kinnan Rawlings, 1939. This
Pulitzer-prize winning novel was also
made into a movie. The story,
Klinkenberg said in one of his
columns, "describes a boy's beautiful
and heart-breaking coming of age" in
Florida's Cracker country in the 19th
"Everglades: River of Grass,"
by Marjory Stoneman Douglas,
1947. Before this book came out,
Klinkenberg said, "People wanted to
drain it and pave it. It was just a
swamp. Florida's environmental
movement was born on the day this
book was published."
"Florida: A Short History," by
Michael Gannon, 1993. "This is a
good, concise introduction to Florida,
from pre-historic times to the 1990s,"
Klinkenberg said. "It's an excellent
place to start and it leaves you want-
ing more."
"A Land Remembered," by
Patrick Smith, 1984. This popular
novel traces Florida history between
1858 and 1968 through the struggles
of a family during changing times.
"The book is marketed to young
adults, but I loved it," Klinkenberg
said. Smith, by the way, has appeared
at several Highlands County outdoor
events promoting his books.
"A Naturalist in Florida: A
Celebration of Eden," by Archie
Carr, 1994. Carr, Klinkenberg said,
was one of the great science writers of
the 20th century. The book trumpets
Carr's belief that "wild Florida,
though battered and bruised by civi-

lization, is far from gone."
"Condominium," by John D.
MacDonald, 1977. This is a novel
about a "badly constructed, let's-
fleece-the-old-folks ,condo in south-
west Florida just as a Category 5
hurricane is bearing down. If this
doesn't scare you, nothing will."
"Tourist Season," by Carl
Hiaasen, 1987. Klinkenberg describes
this as a "wicked, take-no-prisoners
novel where rapacious developers,
despoilers, hustlers and dunderheads
meet their just desserts at the jaws of
reptiles ..."
"Killing Mr. Watson," by Peter
Mattheissen, 1991. A fictionalized
version of a factual happening, the
novel is about an escaped outlaw, Ed
Watson, who escaped to the Ten
Thousand Islands of the Everglades.
He was shot to death in 1910 by
neighbors he had once befriended. The
book is written in an oral-history
style, with contradictory points of
view about the same person.
"Anna In The Tropics," by Nilo
Cruz, 2002. This play, a Pulitzer prize
winner for drama, captures the old-
time cigar-making industry in Ybor
City. In the factories, the illiterate
workers were entertained and edu-
cated by "readers" reading newspa-
pers, cliff-hanging soap operas and
classics like Tolstoy's Anna Karenina,
which served as the inspiration for the

Jeff Klinkenberg's columns can be
found on the Internet by clicking on

Sebring chamber s move has been an early success

matt.murphy @newssun.comrn
SEBRING The reloca-
tion of the Greater Sebring
Chamber of Commerce has
already begun to pay divi-
The Chamber moved into
its new location off U.S. 27
last month, and the organiza-
tion is already seeing an
increase in visitors.
"Walk-in traffic has already
increased five to six times,"

Chamber President and CEO
Dan Andrews said,
adding that the
numbers are par- Wa,
ticularly encour- traffic
aging because it
the off-season. He alr
said he expects the
number of visitors ilcft
to double during ..
the peak season, five
which starts in tim
The Chamber
had debated a DA a
move to a location Chami
on U.S. 27 for
years, Andrews said, after
studying the traffic counts and
patterns on the highway.
"We concluded 10 years
ago that we needed a promi-
nent location on the high-
way," he said. "It took that
long to become a viable con-
When the location at 227
U.S. Highway 27 North came
open, the Chamber decided
that the time was right to
make the move.
"We have an obligation to
put the Chamber in front of as
many people as possible,"
Andrews said.
The Chamber has had over
200 unique visitors per week
in its new location, Andrews
said, a sharp increase over the
40 visitors a week at the old
downtown location. (The
unique visitor number does

not include repeat visitors or
people that come to the build-
ing for meetings.)
The Chamber couldn't
afford to build a brand-new
building, Andrews said, so it
was looking for a building on
Highway 27 that would be
large enough. Andrews said
the Chamber was looking for
4,000 to 5,000 square feet of
space (the new building has
4,800 square feet of space),
that also gives it the visibility
on the highway they it's look-
ing for.
-i The colorful
design of the new
Shas building has
attracted attention.
ady "The building
sticks out like a
2Sed sore thumb," he
said. "It's in your
0 SiX face."
S.> The old
Chamber of
DREWS Commerce build-
r CEO ing downtown
Circle is currently
vacant, but plans
are underway to refurbish the
building over the summer.
The building had needed
repainting and remodeling for
a while, Andrews said, and
volunteers and work crews
will work there over the next
couple of months.
Andrews said the goal is to
utilize the downtown building
as an extension of the main
location that will be staffed by
Andrews hopes to be able
to have the downtown build-
ing open for visitors even if
no volunteers are working, so
visitors can get the informa-
tion they need on their own.
The plan is to finish the work
before the winter residents
As for the Chamber's cur-
rent home, Andrews said the
new, more prominent location

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News-Sun photo by KATARA SIMMONS
The Sebring Chamber of Commerce mixer attracted a large crowd Tuesday evening at their
new location on U.S. 27 in Sebring.

has allowed the. Chamber to
show visitors that "there's
more to Sebring than 27."
"We've heard about people
who saw our sign, turned
around and came back
because they x anted informa-
tion," Andrews said. "We
want to open their eyes to our
members and showcase the
assets that this community has
to offer."

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Friday, April 27, 2007 3A

Avon Park Correctional Institution celebrating 50th anniversary

* First of two parts.
christopher tuffley @newssun.coin
AVON PARK In 1957,
two important things hap-
pened within the Florida
prison system: Supervision of
inmates was removed from
the control of the
Commissioner of Agriculture
- where it had been placed in
1877 with the creation of a
department of corrections in
July; and the Avon Park
Correctional Institution
opened its gates in April.
These events were not
unrelated they each sig-
naled a bellwether change in
how convicts were perceived
and treated.

Forced labor
According to the depart-
ment's timeline history, which
can be found at
www.dc.state.fl.us, the state
of Florida found itself unable
to afford the cost of building
and manning prisons follow-
ing the Civil War.
That led to a policy of leas-
ing out prisoners .to private
businesses for use as an inex-
pensive workforce in the
1870's. The state received a
fee for each prisoner leased
out and the business was
responsible for the clothing,
housing, feeding and all-
around care of the prisoner.
According to an article by
Marlene Womack, which was
published by the Panama City
News Herald on June 24,
2001, life for these prisoners
was extremely harsh. Because,
businesses 'expected a high
return on their investment,
convicts worked from sunup
to sundown six days a week,
typically under brutal condi-
"(The public) wanted crim-
inals punished and earning
-their keep through forced
labor," she wrote. "They
believed that hard work
served as a deterrent against
future crimes."
By 1920, however, high
rates of convict mortality and
extensive graft had begun to
draw protests.
Then, in 1921, Womack
continued, a young man
named Martin Tabert was
arrested for vagrancy as he
hopped onto a freight train in
Leon County.
A North Dakota resident, he
was ordered to pay a fine of
$25 or serve three months at
hard labor. Although his fami-
ly sent enough money to
cover the fine and the cost of
his return home, through a
bureaucratic error, the court
never received the money.
Tabert ended up assigned to
the Ptitman Lumber
Company, where he worked
cutting and clearing timber
from the swamps in Dixie
His health deteriorated and
he became unable to meet his
daily quota. That led to a 50
lash flogging. Tabert died
later that same night.
"(His) family brought the
death of their son to the atten-
tion of those in charge in
Tallahassee," Womack wrote.
"Newspapers all over the
country covered the story ..
As a result of Tabert's death,
Governor Cary Hardee signed
bills which forbid flogging of
prisoners and outlawed the
convict leasing system."
By 1927, largely due to the
abolition of leasing, the
state's prison population had
doubled to 2,558.

State prison farms
In 1913, the state estab-
lished Florida's State Prison
Farm at Raiford. It has
become the state's oldest and
largest correctional institu-
Originally, Raiford housed
both men and women who

were too old or unable to

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work. It wasn't until 1956,
when a new facility was built
just to house them, that
female inmates were removed
from the prison.
While an improvement over
leased labor, prison life con-
tinued to be seen as justifiable
punishment, with leg-irons,
chain gangs, whippings and
sweat boxes commonly used.
By 1932 Raiford's popula-
tion reached 2,000 out of a
state-wide count of 3,210.


That same year, Leonard
Chapman was appointed the
new warden at the prison. He
went on to serve for 25 years.
It was Chapman, according to
the department of corrections,
who began to change the way
convicts were treated.
For example, he encour-
aged the use of the word
inmate over convict and intro-
duced better health services
and education, including a
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training. He also promoted
greater professionalism with
his staff.
Chain-link fences replaced
solid barriers so prisoners
could keep at least a visual
connection to the outside
world, and at the same time
the outside world was encour-
aged to come in.
But some old traditions lin-
gered on. Sweat boxes, for
example, were still in use. A
box measured 6 feet by 3 feet.

If two men were in one, they
could not lay down to sleep.
In addition, conditions in
Florida prisons continued to
be overcrowded and unsafe.
Which is why, on July 1,
1957, a Division of
Corrections was created with
R.O. Culver appointed its first
With this change came a-
shift in philosophy, the aim of
incarceration to be correction
not punishment.

As a way of making the
point, penitentiaries were
renamed correctional institu-
But the change wasn't sim-
ply about semantics. That
year, Athe Avon Park
Correctional Institute was
founded, created as a model
for other institutions to fol-

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Breylinger chosen to help build 9 homes in 5 days

Courtesy photo
Levetria Kerney and family (left) are receiving a hand up
from Alan Wildstein. Wildstein is presenting a $100,000
check to Habitat for Humanity directors Diana Albritton and
Mike Fitch to help build homes for Kerney's family and the
family of Chinita Methelus. Also on hand were Rick Burstyn
and Todd Harlib, with Alan Jay Automotive Network. Behind
the crowd are other Sage Street families helped by Wildstein
and Habitat for Humanity.

Wildstein donates

$100,000 to Habitat

Special to the News-Sun
Avon Park woman has been
selected from nearly 600
applicants to participate in a
week-long build that will
result in the completion of
nine homes in five days on a
recently donated piece of land
in Guadalupe, Ariz., a small
community located between
Phoenix and Tempe.
Jane Breylinger, executive
director with Highlands
County Habitat for Humanity,
will join nearly 300 other vol-
unteers from across the coun-
try, including more than 120
Whirlpool employees, in May
for the Whirlpool Building
Blocks project.
To identify Breylinger and
other volunteers from across
the country, Whirlpool,
Habitat for Humanity
International, and the Habitat
for Humanity Valley of the
Sun affiliate, located in
Phoenix, invited consumers to
submit essays describing how
they act as "building blocks"

within their communities. The
response was astounding, and
the group's panel of judges
received applications from
nearly 600 people wishing to
Breylinger was chosen
based on her work through
Highlands County and contri-
butions to Avon Park.
"The volunteers we have
selected have dedicated their
hands, hearts and time to act-
ing as building blocks in their
individual communities," said
Yvonne Erickson, marketing
director, Whirlpool
Corporation. "We are excited
and honored that they will
join us in May for the second
annual Whirlpool Building
Blocks project, where they
will have the opportunity to
change the lives of families in
Breylinger and the other
volunteers will raise walls,
landscape, paint and perform
other tasks for the week-long
"The Whirlpool Building

Blocks event is a week long
build in Phoenix that will be
intense, as we complete nine
homes in just one week, but I
feel blessed that my board of
directors allows me the time
to participate on the national
level and honored to be cho-
sen by the Whirlpool
Corporation," said
Breylinger. "Whirlpool has
done so much to help our
rural affiliate, as we have
increased our building of
homes from two per year, up
to 20 this year. Their sponsor-
ing me to build in Phoenix is
a great gift to me personally.
And they just keep on giv-
Breylinger first became
involved with Habitat for
Humanity through her local
church in Marco Island in
1985 as a volunteer in the
Immokolee project. It wasn't
until she volunteered in
Sebring, on building the affil-
iate's third home, that became
more actively involved.
Whirlpool is one of Habitat
for Humanity's largest corpo-

rate partners. The company
donates a range and ENERGY
STAR@-qualified refrigerator
to every new Habitat for
Humanity home built in North
America. Each year, thou-
sands of Whirlpool employees
volunteer their own time to
Habitat builds around the
The partnership began in
1999, and Whirlpool plans to
support every new Habitat
home built globally by 2011,
either through product dona-
tions, cash or home sponsor-
ship. Whirlpool Building
Blocks began in November
2006 in Nashville, Tenn.,
where 300 volunteers from
around, the nation joined
forces to build homes with 10
partner families in one week.
Each year, Whirlpool
Building Blocks recognizes
an outstanding Habitat for
Humanity affiliate in the
United States and its relation-
ship with its local community
by holding a similar ,week-
long building blitz.

Special to the News-Sun
SEBRING Alan Jay has
done it again. Earlier this
month Alan Wildstein of Alan
Jay Automotive Network
donated to Habitat for
Humanity one of his homes
that had been damaged by a
Volunteers removed doors,
windows, air conditioning
units, hot tubs, washer and
dryer, and many other usable
items from the home. These
items will be used in new
Habitat homes or placed for
sale at the Habitat Home
He now donated $100,000
to build two homes in
Highlands County. The lucky
families, Levetria Kerney and
her family Hezikiah and
Travis and Chinita
Methelus and her family -
Shanice, Phillip, and the new
baby will benefit from his

This donation was present-
ed to Habitat for Humanity
Board of Directors, secretary
Diana Albritton and treasurer
Mike Fitch at the Sage Street
family of homes. Wildstein
had previously donated five
homes in this complex and all
the homeowners came out to
help thank him. This was
done in front of Weldon and
Collen Jacobs home, while
the other families from Sage
looked on.
Wildstein with his Chief
Operations Officer Todd
Harlib and Chief Financial
Officer Rick Burstyn present-
ed the check to Habitat for
I feel like we don't have
enough housing for people
that's affordable," Wildstein
said.' "These are good hard
working people who need a
hand up ... It's nice to see
families get a fresh start."

More pet food being made

in household kitchens

Special to the News-Sun
SEBRING A visit to the
kitchen to prepare a home-
cooked meal for a pet is
becoming more frequent.
In response to tainted pet
food causing numerous deaths
and sicknesses, pet owners
have tackled this problem by
producing homemade meals
from their own kitchens. By
producing the food at home,
pet owners feel that they can
rest assured knowing exactly
what they are feeding their
beloved pets.
"It is a great idea if it is
done in a way to ensure that
pets get all the nutrients that
they need in their diets," said
Deena Caruso, a representa-
tive for pet health food dis-
tributor Flint River Ranch.
Amazon.com has experi-
ences an increase in sales for
pet cookbooks such as "Real
Food for Dogs" and "Home-
Prepared Dog and Cat Diet."
All veterinarians do not
agree with pet owners run-
ning out to buy pet cookbooks
or downloading recipes from
the Internet.
"Pet food companies put a
lot of research into the prepa-
ration of pet food," said Tracy
Forst, veterinary assistant at
the Sebring Animal Hospital.
"If a pet owner is to cook for
a dog and have a balanced
meal, that would be OK, but
in general we do not promote
cooking for pets."
The hospital has been
receiving a lot of calls from
concerned pet owners in

regards to dieting and other
food related concerns, Forst
Other pet owners are turn-
ing to all-natural and holistic
pet foods. These pet food
makers have been taking
advantage of pet owner's dis-
trust of large manufacturers
and potentially hazardous
All-natural pet food is
healthier because it contains
no by-products, no harmful
fillers and human-grade
ingredients, Caruso said.
"Pets who eat our food
have healthy coats, clean
teeth and are more happy ani-
mals," Caruso said.
The problem is the large
manufacturers, Caruso said.
They use cheap products such
as chicken parts that humans
would never consider, eating
and spend a lot of money on
advertising without deliver-
ing their promises.
"At Flint River Ranch,
however, our food is made
with delicate care," Caruso
said. "The food is oven baked
twice at a low temperature,
using only human-grade
Forst said that it is impor-
tant to remember that pet food
makers put a lot of research
into their food. Balancing a
pet's diet is unlike a human
diet. Dogs and cats need more
high-quality protein than
"The best advice in decid-
ing what food is best for your
pet is to talk to a veterinari-
an," Forst said.

Wildfire mitigation specialist speaks to MOAA

Special to the News-Sun
SEBRING Due to the weather
reporting on television stations through-
out each day, most Florida residents are
aware that Highlands County has the
highest rating for potential wildfires due
to its dryness.
The Florida Division of Forestry has
continued to try to inform the public
regarding wildfire dangers and how to
prevent and protect one's property and
Melissa Yunas, wildfire mitigation
specialist with the Division of Forestry,

will be presenting the Firewise
Community Program to members of the
South Central Florida Chapter of the
Military Officers Association of America
Saturday, May 5, announced chapter
president retired Air Force Colonel Roy
P. Whitton, Lake Placid.
The presentation will start at 9:30 a.m.
at the Candlelight Restaurant of the
Sebring Sun 'N Lake Golf and Country
Club prior to the chapter's regularly
scheduled board meeting.
Yunas is a graduate of Florida Atlantic
University with a bachelor's degree in
marketing. Her experience has included

working for the Arizona Beverage
Company and the South Florida Water
Management District. She joined the
Florida Division of Forestry in
December 2004 with duties that now
include assisting development of county
wildfire risk assessment plans as well as
serving as the information officer and
assisting in preparing and writing wild-
fire mitigation grants.
It was emphasized that this is a strict-
ly "Coffee An" session with coffee and
rolls served and is a very informal ses-
sion with no reservations needed to


Harry DeGrassa
Harry DeGrassa,
80, of Sebring died
April 22, 2007, in
Born in Vineland, N.J., he
was a Navy veteran of World
War II.
Survivors include his
daughters, Vicki DeGrassa,
Toni DeGrassa and Terri
Harrison; son, Rusty; eight
grandchildren and four great-
Arrangements were han-
dled by ICS Cremation
Society Inc., Sebring.

Clinton Jacobs
Clinton Murray Jacobs, 45,
of Tampa died April 20, 2007,
in Tampa.
Born in
Sebring, he
had been a
resident of
Sebring. He
was a mem-
ber of
Church of
God in
Christ in
JACOBS Sebring.

Survivors include his
father, Murray; sisters, Sylvia
Arnold, Rosella Mallard and
Valerie Williams, all of
Orlando, Edna Jean Taylor of

San Antonio, Denise Brown
of Tampa and Benni Hicks of
Sebring; and brother, Kent
Dudley of Lakeland.
Visitation will be from 6-8
p.m. today at Bountiful
Blessings Church of God in
Sebring. A funeral service
will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at.
the church with the Rev.
Robert Shannon officiating.
Interment will be in Lakeside
Cemetery in Sebring.
Arrangements are being
handled by Swann's
Mortuary, Sebring.

Raymond Ricketts
W Raymond E.
Ricketts, 84, of
Lake Placid died
April 24, 2007.
Born in Muscatine, Iowa,
he had been a resident of Lake
Placid since 1975. He retired
as a rural mail carrier from
the Lake Placid Post Office.
In 1968, he retired frdm the
United States Marine Corp.,
serving during World War II,
Korea and Vietnam. He was a
member of Placid Lakes No.
282 (Free and Accepted
Masons). He was a lifetime
member of the Veterans of
Foreign Wars in Bettendorf,
Iowa, and American Legion
Post 25 in Lake Placid. He
was a member of Eastside
Christian Church of Lake




Survivors include his wife,
Trudy; sons, Dennis of
Davenport, Iowa, and Jon of
Gainesville, Ga.; daughter,
Suzanne of Lake Placid; sis-
ter, Phyllis Entwistle of
Sebring; brother, Lewis R. of
Port Bryron, Ill.; nine grand-
children and one great-grand-
A memorial service will be
at 4 p.m. Saturday at Eastside
Christian Church in Lake
Placid. Interment will be in
the National Cemetery at the
Rock Island Arsenal in Rock
Island, Ill.
Memorial contributions
may be made to Eastside
Christian Church, 101 Peace
Ave., Lake Placid, FL 33852.

Garth Whalley
Garth A. Whalley,
84, of Sebring died
April 24, 2007, in
Born in Eau Claire,
Ontario, Canada, he had been
a resident of Sebring since
1988 and a permanent resi-
dent since 2004, coming from
Lake Placid, N.Y. He was an
estate superintendent. He
served in the Canadian
Armored Corps during World
War II. He was a member of
First United Methodist
Church of Sebring; The

Gideon's Association; United
Methodist Men; and a barber-
shop singer.
Survivors include his wife,
Shirley E. daughters, Florie
Ashley of Sebring, Penny
Kolba of Seminole and Lisa
Smith of Jay, N.Y.; brothers,
Donald of Jay, William and
Keith, both of Canada; sisters,
Doris McLaren, Lorna
Chicquen, Sheila Wunsch,
Ruth Snider and Hazel
Whalley, all of Canada; nine
grandchildren and one great-
Visitation will be from 10-
11 a.m. Saturday at
Stephenson-Nelson Funeral
Home, Sebring. A funeral
service will follow at 11 a.m.
at the funeral home with the
Rev. Ron Daniels officiating.
Interment will be in North
Elba Cemetery, Lake Placid,
Memorial contributions
may be made to Gideons
International or First United
Methodist Church Music
Department, 126 S. Pine St.,
Sebring, FL'33870.


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Cool spoke with him between the governor's
announcement and the conference call.
"The legislature basically thinks county gov-
ernments are crooks," Cool said of his conver-
sation with McIntyre, explaining they don't
believe warnings from local officials.
Crist argued the counties' reserves (rainy day
funds, in essence) could absorb the cuts, Holly
said, noting the governor's office put statewide
county reserves at 35 percent of their collective
budgets, Holly said.
"We won't be able to operate," a Charlotte
County official said on speaker phone, citing a
59 percent budget decrease. "Do they under-
stand that?"'
For Highlands, the reduction would amount
to about 30 percent (bringing the cut to $15
million instead of $21 million), including the
governor's allowances for inflation and growth,
Cool said.
He added that 70 percent of the general fund
budget is salaries.
With Highlands County Sheriff's Office
chief of staff Lisa McGehee, HCSO budget
manager Penny Robinson, Sebring assistant
city administrator Scott Noetlich, Supervisor of

Elections Joe Campbell and Bob Germaine,
director of court services for the clerk of courts,
present, there was brief discussion about the
impact longer response times from law
enforcement and ambulances to reducing cul-
tural services.
"The problem we're at is people on the out-
side don't believe us," Germaine said. "They
think we can cut it."
McGehee called it a "no-win" situation.
Though the county's budget grew approxi-
mately 30 percent since 2003, the population
grew an estimated 5 percent about 90,000 to
95,000, Lee said.
Budget manager Tim Mechling noted that the
population numbers are state projections based
on official census data with periodic updates.
The real numbers could be more or less,
depending on the actual climate.
In addition, Mechling explained that several
factors affect a budget's growth from one year
to the next, including revenue from grants
received and the forwarding of funds from proj-
ects planned but not executed the previous year.
"It's the ninth inning," Holly said, anticipat-
ing the three plans could be resolved into a sin-
gle bill by the middle of next week.
Or, "It could go extra innings. It could go
past next week and into special session."

Honoring volunteers

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News-Sun photo by TREY CHRISTY
Walter Daniels and 25 other local volunteers are honored Tuesday night at the
Highlands County School Board meeting for their service to the School District.
Daniels volunteered at Woodlawn Elementary School. In the 2005-2006 school year,
Highlands County school volunteers amassed over 35,000 hours, contributing an
estimated $580,000 of their time. 'They are priceless treasures," said Dr. Laura Van
Horn, District Volunteer Coordinator.


Moose plan to serve ,
wings, burgers, fish
Placid Moose will have these
events this week in the lodge
for members and qualified
0 Today Wings, burgers
and fish 6 p.m. Music by Bob
Weed 7-11 p.m.
*Saturday Steak by the
ounce. Music by Southern
Ridge 7-11 p.m.

VFW Men's Auxiliary
serves pizza
SEBRING The Veterans
of Foreign Wars Post 4300 in
Sebring will host the follow-
ing events during the month
of April:
0 Today VFW Men's
Auxiliary serve pizza from 5-.
7 p.m. Music by Mega Sounz
to follow.
0 Saturday MAVFW
serves brats from 5-7 p.m.
Music by Todd Allen to fol-

Booze Brothers play
for Moose Lodge
SEBRING The Sebring
Moose Lodge 2259 will host
the following events during
the month of April:
0 Today Happy hour 2-4
p.m. Menu 5-9 p.m. Music by
the Booze Brothers 7-11 p.m.
0 Saturday Happy hour
3-6 p.m. Menu 5-9 p.m.
Music by Frankie 7-11 p.m.

Eagles host a number
of events
SEBRING The Sebring
Eagles 4240 will host the fol-
lowing events during the
month of April:
0 Friday Chicken or fish
basket from 5-7 p.m., for a
donation of $4.
0 Saturday Cabbage
rolls, mashed potatoes dinner
will be from 5-7 p.m., for
$6.50 donation.
Entertainment provided by
Crazy Ed Barnaby to follow
7-10 p.m.

Dance club plans final
dance of season
Highlands Social Dance Club
will host a dance from 7-10
p.m. today at the Sebring
Lions Club on Sebring
Parkway, one mile east of
U.S. 27.
The G.I. Joe Band will
play for dancing and listen-
ing pleasure. Dance the night
away to waltzes, cha-chas,
fox-trots, rumbas, tangos and
other ballroom steps.
Admission is $4 for mem-
bers and $6 for non-mem-
bers, and club membership is
available. The dance is open
to the public. Free ballroom
dance class at 6:30 p.m. The
Friday night dances will
resume on Sept. 7.
For more information, call
471-0559 or 385-6671:

Single Seniors club
meet at Dot's
SEBRING The Single
Senior Connections Club will
meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday at
Dot's Restaurant for break-

If single and over the age
of 50 and would like to join
the club for breakfast, call

Tanglewood dance set
for Saturday
Tanglewood dance will be
from 7-10 p.m. (doors open
at 6:30 p.m.), on Saturday in
the clubhouse. Music will be
by Don and Allen.
Cost is $3 for residents
(badges required) and $5
Bring food and drinks.

OES serves ham dinner
SEBRING Sebring No.
126 Order of Eastern Star
will host a ham dinner on
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1:30
p.m., at 1809 Home Avenue.
Cost $6.50 each. Phone 655-
0371 for reservations.

Lavoy speaks at
society luncheon
Lavoy, education coordinator
and researcher at Archbold
Biological Station, is fea-
tured speaker at the Sebring
Historical Society's quarterly
luncheon at noon Saturday at
the Sebring Civic Center on
Lake Jackson. The public is
invited to attend the luncheon
and program.
Lavoy has been with
Archbold since 1998, coming
to Lake Placid from Ottawa,
Ontario, Canada. He is
involved in many elementary
and middle school education-
al programs, an ecology sum-
mer camp program, adult
tours and talks, as well as
scientific research projects.
Lavoy holds a bachelor of
science degree in forestry
and is currently working on
his master of arts degree in
environmental education.
The Archbold Station was
established by Richard
Archbold in 1941, after
acquiring the property from
Donald Roebling, son of John
and Margaret Roebling. The
station is an independent sci-

entific research facility locat-
ed south of Lake Placid, at
the southern end of the Lake
Wales Ridge, a unique prop-
erty that is an ecosystem
comprised of a narrow, north-
south ridge of sandy uplands
(also known as "Florida
scrub"). This piece of land is
the result of deposits of
beach and made over time
beginning more than two mil-
lion years ago by the ocean
in its many sweeps across the
states bordering the Gulf of
The public is invited to
this event. Just bring a dish
to share and $1.50 each for
table service and rent of the
building. For further informa-
tion, contact the Sebring
Historical Society at 471-

World Tai Chi Day
celebrated at park
SEBRING Saturday at
10 a.m., in each time zone
around the world Tai Chli
parishioners will perform
various forms of T'ai Chi.
Groups will gather in parks,

on beaches, on mountains
and in various buildings to .
enjoy the ancient form of
health maintenance.
Highlands County's partic-
ipation in the World T'ai Chi
Day celebration will take
place at Highlands Hammock
State Park. Participants are
asked to arrive before 9:45
Gently stretching, deep
breathing, slow exercises that
increase flexibility,
endurance, balance and
strength Tai Chi is recom-
mended to patients by many
health care professionals.
Studies have shown health
improvements with T'ai Chi
practice a recent study
linked resistance to shingles
with older people that prac-
ticed T'ai Chi.
Various classes are around
Highlands County; informa-
tion will be available at the
Observe, ask questions or
participate with many differ-
ent groups from Highlands
County. Bring lawn chairs
and enjoy the morning. Bring,
a lunch or enjoy the restau-

rant at Highlands Hammock.
For details, call Lea Ann at
385-1234 or Sally at 314-

Musiclub graduates
winter students
SEBRING Fletcher
Musiclub announces the
graduating class of its School
of Music for the winter
Musiclub members, past
and present, are welcome to
attend. The ceremony will be
at 11 a.m. Saturday and will
be followed by a potluck
Registration for the new
semester will begin at 1 p.m.
Fletcher Musiclub meets at
Lakeshore Mall in Sebring.
For new member informa-
tion, call 385-3288.

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Spring Lake club
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night Friday and Saturday.

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treat victims, it must protect
itself which means getting
all available information
about the chemical from vic-
tims or witnesses to dictate
what kind of protective suit
they'll wear.
The chemical also deter-
mines how big exclusion
zones are and whether there's
a risk of downwind exposure.
"By the time they scramble
the hazmat team, it's a two-
hour operations," said Steven
"Plunket" Coltharp, EMS
medical officer.
While Firemen's Field was
buzzing with rescuers pulling
victims out and spraying them
down with fire' hoses (gross
decontamination), erecting .a
two-lane tent (technical
decontamination) and
researching the chemical
agent, Highlands Regional
implemented it decontamina-
tion response plan.
Unlike the first responders
at the scene who cordon off
the entire area to prevent
access and cross contaminia-

tion, the hospital had to. con-
tinue treating patients unrelat-
ed to the chemical spill -
both during the drill or during
an actual incident.
"You don't know how many
people you're going to have
to decontaminate," said Julie
D'Amico, HRMC director of
risk management and quality
The exercise began with a
known 16 victims, but any-
thing could happen from
there, she explained, such as
four victims who .left on their
own and showed up at the
They came in the main
doors, causing a stir when
they told staff they were vic-
tims from Firemen's Field.
The hospital departments
worked together to establish
the holding areas, transition
routes and exclusion areas to
manage the pending influx of
contaminated patients. The
unexpected contamination of
its main corridor added to the
realism of the drill.
"They threw a lot of curves
at us, but that's good," said
Debbie Baker, the emergency
room and intensive care unit

Courtesy illustration
Highlands Regional Medical Center has a detailed plan in
place to deal "ilh a chemical spill.,

News-Sun photo by KATARA SIMMONS
After being hosed off by firefighters nursing student Jennifer Barlitt, of Lake Placid, waits to
be transported to a decontamination tent during a safety drill.

director who's the incident
commander during a "Code
Normally, she's based at
the command center in admin-
istration, but couldn't get
there because of the victims
< who contaminated the corri-
Though not all hospital

Continued from 1A
first aid before commencing the
task at hand.
Because chemicals react differ-
ently with various agents,
Andrews said treatment varies
However, basic first aid
includes avoid rubbing the con-
taminated skin, which can spread
the chemical or grind it into the
In addition, always use a run-
ning source of water such as a gar-
den hose, faucet or eye-station to
rinse chemicals away. Some
chemicals are water activated and
using a limited-supply source such
as a cup of water could do more
harm than good, explained
Material Safety Data Sheets
should be available in work envi-
ronments where chemicals are reg-,

staff were directly involved in
the exercise, they were affect-
ed ih freedom of movement. A
few who unwittingly crossed
into a contaminated exclusion
zone had to pass through the
decontamination tent, and
were sprayed down with real
Most. of the victims were

'The more you

can identify the

situation that

got you there, the

better off you

will be.'

Highlands Co. Fire Services
ularly used.
In case of emergency, call 911.
For pressing concerns about a
chemical, call the Poison Control
Center at (800) 222-1222.
For more information about first
aid treatment of chemical burns,
inhalation or eye contamination,
visit the Center for Disease
Control's National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health on
the Web, www.cdc.gov/niosh/npg/

drenched three times first by
a fire hose, then by the decon
tent at the scene and again in

HRMC's decon tent.
"That decon team rocked,"
D'Amico said of the mostly-
non-clinical support staff,
who constituted the hospital's
decon team and erected the
tent in four minutes, seven
The original idea was to
keep medical personnel free
to treat patients, but the
quickness of the team caused
D'Amico to rethink her strate-
gy, adding more people and
creating separate teams for
decon and tent set-up.
"You learn anytime you go
through a drill," she said.
"There's always something
Syou can improve or there'd
be no point in having them."
The three-hour scenario
concluded at the hospital with
a catered barbecue lunch and
an overview of the exercise
led by Andrews.
The hospital and the county
conducted separate, detailed
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LP Scout builds flag retiring station at American Legion

Eagle Scout project, Mark
Paeplow has chosen to help
out the American Legion Post
Paeplow, 17, of Lake
Placid, decided to build a flag
retiring station in front of the
American Legion building off
of U.S. 27 in Lake Placid. He
chose the American Legion
because their old way of retir-
ing flags was "falling apart,"
he said.
The station is designed to
facilitate the burning of flags
that can no longer be flown.
The United States Flag Code
says flag burning is the pre-

ferred method of disposing of
unusable flags.
Paeplow has been in the
Scouts for around seven
years. He is a member of
Troop 482 in Lake Placid, and
he is currently taking GED
courses at South Florida
Community College.
Paeplow's station features a
concrete base, brick interior
and exterior walls, and metal
doors on both ends. The struc-
ture will stand about 30 inch-
es high, and measure 3-by-4
feet. The doors on the sides
will allow easy access to
clean out the structure, and
.the station will be topped with
, a metal covering to keep out
moisture and debris.

To accomplish the task,
Paeplow has gotten eight vol-
unteers to help out, most of
whom are from his Scout
troop. He also solicited dona-
tions for a portion of the
bricks, bags of concrete and
mortar mix. Jahna Concrete
donated some of the red
bricks, W&W Lumber in Lake
Placid helped with the bags of
concrete base, and Paeplow
bought most of the other
materials himself.
The structure should be
completed by the end of April
or the first week in May,
Paeplow said. The retiring
station will be presented to
the American Legion after it
is completed. Paeplow started

construction last Monday, and
he laid the foundation last
In order to earn the rank of
Eagle Scout, Paeplow is
required to perform a public
service project in order to
demonstrate his leadership
abilities. -Paeplow was also
required to solicit volunteers
and find businesses willing to
donate materials.'
Paeplow was originally
going to do a project at South
Florida Community College,
but changed his mind after
hearing about the American
Legion's need for a new way
to properly retire American

News-Sun photo by MATT MURPHY
Mark Paeplow, 17, of Lake Placid, stands in front of the
American fltg retiring station he is building in front of the
Lake Placid American Legion building.

Continued from 1A
itself may not have adequate-
ly accounted for this key fac-
The DOE refutes this point.
"Because the study imple-
mented products in real
schools and with teachers
who had not used the prod-
ucts, the findings provide a
sense of product effectiveness
under real-world conditions,"
the study said in a report to
DOE said they worked to
ensure teachers received
appropriate training to use the
products, and vendors were
responsible for providing
technical assistance and
working with teachers to
encourage them to use prod-
ucts more or differently.
Locally, both school offi-
cials and teachers agree on
two aspects of the software:
They know it's expensive and
think it helps raise student
"I can tell you the cost in
one word, expensive,"
Elementary Education and
Federal Programs
Coordinator Pat Landress
said. "You hare it for a few "
years and-.then you need to
upgrade it."
All middle and high
schools use the Read 180 pro-
gram, and the Waterford pro-
gram was purchased eight
years ago and is used at Lake
Country, Lake Placid and
Woodlawn elementary
schools, Landress said.
To update the Waterford
program the district has, it
would cost about $17,000-
not including support or train-
ing, just the licenses, she said.
Lake Placid Middle School
reading coach Julia Burnett
works with the Read 180 pro-
gram and disagrees with the
findings of the study.
"Our district data says dif-
ferently," Burnett said.
"There is a difference in
teachers that use Read 180
who are properly trained."
LPMS employs four Read
180 teachers, each with Read
180 computers in their class-
School officials allocated
about $800,000 to hardware
and software this year -
$8,000 was spent to upgrade
the Read 180 program already
in place at Lake Placid
A new Read 180 lab costs
about $50,000 including com-
puters and software, but not
upgrades or new equipment as
the program evolves.
With more stuff to buy year
after year, these programs can
get expensive fast.
"Every time you turn
around they have a better
product," Landress said. "Its
like TV's or computers. The

'There is a

difference in

teachers that use

Read 180 who are

properly trained.'

LPMS reading coach

next year there's always
something bigger and better
to come out."
Still, Landress loves the
Read 180 program and wishes
it was at every elementary
"The thing I like about
Read 180 is that it's not just a
computer program," she said.
Read 180 classes at LPMS
have 15 students each.
Students break into groups of
five after a short 10-minute
whole group lesson and rotate
in and out of three stations in
20-minute increments, spend-
ing the majority of class time
with the program.
One major flaw in the study
is it doesn't separate the 15
computer-based products'
individual effectiveness,
instead only showing the
overall ineffectiveness of
products in their fields and
target age groups.
Also, teachers in the study
used Read 180 much differ-
ently than they do locally.
The study on reading pro-
grams showed students used
the products for only 10 per-
cent of instructional time.
This is in sharp contrast to the
amount of instruction time
teachers at LPMS use the pro-
The Read 180 classes are
double period 84 minutes
instead of the traditional 42,
but even with so much time
spent with the program stu-
dents are seldom bored.
"Movement in the class-
room and being in groups for
20 minutes or less helps them
learn to focus and pay atten-
tion to what they are doing,"
said Martha Carter, a teacher
at LPMS who has worked
with Read 180 for the past
five years. "It helps them stay
on task."
The study also found in
certain age groups smaller
class sizes were better, so the
15-student Read 180 classes
at LPMS make an ideal learn-
ing environment.
These facts hurt the find-
ings of the study, showing the
program may be effective the
way it's implemented locally.
A second year of the study
will be released next year,
focusing on whether or not
products were more effective
when teachers had more expe-
rience using them, and the
data will also include separate
results for the 15 different

AP Community Center

expanding availability

Morning or afternoon meetings

welcome at under-used building

Special to the News-Sun
AVON PARK Officials
in the City of Charm are test-
ing the notion that current
rental policies at the Avon
Park Community Center have
left it under used.
So instead of day-long
rentals for parties or wedding
receptions, they want to tap
into the market for those who
want to hold morning or after-
noon meetings by making
some. provisions for short-

had hurricane damage, and
there were some holes made
and nails left where people
had been hanging decorations
for wedding receptions and
parties and things like that,"
he said
He repaired the lighting
system, then fixed the locks,
then working his way through
the. cosmetic repairs and
finally painting everything
from the restrooms to the
hallways to the walls of the
main facility.

term use. Kemme
The hope is to get more literally
clubs, groups and organiza- holes e'
tions in for meet-
ings, workshops 'This will
and other such
gatherings, help increase
The Avon Park
City Council usage,
cleared the way especially
Monday night by
giving the go- during the
ahead for staff to
set a fee schedule weekdays
for rentals of the
building up to a when it has
half day during been sitting
business hours.
Preliminary plans empty for the
are to rent the
upstairs rooms for most part.
$15 per hour, with
a $50 refundable C.B. SHIREY
deposit. City Manager
"This will help Manager
increase the
usage, especially during the condition
weekdays when it has been ing out th
sitting empty for the most lines ant
part," Avon Park City said. "We
Manager C.B. Shirey said. the service(
When people do show up, working r
they'll find a facility that And ev
actually may be in better con- accomplish
edition than it was when it first ple of w
was opened as a community said it's
center. Formerly an NCNB recently
bank building, the community tricity to t
center has been shut down for a dedicat
the past two weeks while it service th,
was totally refurbished. Avon to handle
Park Facilities Manager Neal plans to
Kemmerline did a major over- area.
haul on the structure. After th
It apparently was the first ished, Kei
such comprehensive refur- upstairs, v
bishing since the building was ier.
purchased by the city. "That's
"It was a pretty big .proj- edition up
ect," he said. "But it's part of In t
my job and I had a lot of Kemmerli
time." who now
Kemmerline said the reno- center ca
vation covered a wide array closer ins
of problems, ranging from turn the ki
lingering hurricane damage to "It was
remnants of parties and func- before bui
tions long past. now," he s
"I had to replace a lot of the Call Cl
dropped ceiling tiles that still 4405, for'

erline said that there
were nails and nail
everywhere in the
downstairs area.
In addition to the
repairs, new appli-
ances have been
installed in the
downstairs kitchen,
moving the old
refrigerator up-
stairs along with a
microwave oven as
additional ameni-
Taking the next
step, Kemmer-
line now has insti-
tuted a preventa-
tive maintenance
program to try and
stay ahead of any
potential pitfalls.
"We have a
schedule now for
replacing the. air
ing filters and clean-
e coils and the drain
d drain pans," he
just want to keep
e up so everything is
'en with all he has
shed in the past cou-
reeks, Kemmerline
not yet done. He
upgraded the elec-
he stage area adding
ed, double 40-amp
at will be better able
e bands. Next, he
resurface the stage

ie downstairs is fin-
mmerline will do the
which should be eas-

in pretty good con-
there," he said.
the wake of
one's efforts, those
rent the community
an expect a much
inspection once they
eys back in.
s abused in there
t it's all cleaned up
heryl Tietjen, 452-
rental information.


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Corporation and The
Endeavor Academy. The
'innovative program allowed
educators to try what astro-
nauts had been 'experiencing
for years reduced gravity
and weightlessness. She was-
n't alone another Hill-
Gustat teacher, Cathy
Hardesty, went along for that
ride as well.
Harris has made good use
of her experiences since that
"I have been able to film
some science experiments on
one flight that I showed in my
classroom and used for part of
the curriculum. Later, I was
able to fly and serve as a men-
tor when they took some
other teachers up," she said.
On Thursday, Harris had
duty as a flight coach, assist-
ing another group of. educa-
tors to learn more about the
effects of weightlessness. She
said like other things, maneu-
vering under the -weightless
condition grows easier each
successive time.
"You get more secure in
how you move and what kind
of movements you can make,"
she said
In order to achieve the 25-
30 seconds of weightlessness,
the big jet is flown through
what is known as a parabolic
flight maneuver. Described
as being like a roller coaster,
the craft first climbs, then
dives. Pilots generally per-
form the parabolas at an alti-
tude between 24,000 and
34,000 feet. It takes about 10
miles of airspace to complete
each of the loops.
"During the maneuver, you
have the opportunity to expe-
rience a variety of. different
types of gravitational pull as
they go through it," she
explained. "You start with
Martian gravity; then increase
to lunar gravity."
Officials of the space
tourism company said

Martian gravity was about a
third of the Earth's pull, while
lunar gravity was equal to
about a sixth of what Earth-
bound humans experience.
"Then they do several
parabolas where there's zero
G's so you're floating in the
middle of the plane. Then you
can do any kind of maneuver
an astronaut would on the
space shuttle or at the space
station. It's the next best thing
to being there," she said.
Following each of the
weightless intervals, the plane
pulls out, giving passengers
up to a 1.8-G pull, or about
1.8 times the amount of nor-
mal gravity.
Harris, who calls herself "a
true Florida cracker," was
born and raised in Lake
Placid, graduating from Lake
Placid High School. Later she
earned an associate of arts
from South Florida
Community College, continu-
ing on to Florida State
University where she earned
her bachelor's and master's
degrees. She said being locat-
ed so close to the Kennedy
Space Center and watching
the launches helped spur her
-" 'Being a native- Floridian,
I've always had a fascination -
with space and space travel,"
she said.
However, Harris has had
her share of more terrestrial
adventures as well. Earlier
this year, she went to Japan
for a teacher exchange pro-
gram. As part of that program,
she simulated a number of the
award-winning experiments
performed with Hill-Gustat
seventh-graders at Archbold
Biological Station and
MacArthur Agro-Ecology
Research Center. There, as
part of the program, her stu-
dents tested water samples for
nitrates, phosphates and dis-
solved oxygen.
The class was recognized
for its efforts by the
Southwest Florida Water
Management District.

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Art on the Waterfront brings Far East close to home

News-Sun photo by SUSAN FOSTER
Zhang Yao with the Amerina Performing Group dramatizes
'Dance of the Long Sleeves,' a Chinese folk dance, Friday
evening at the Highlands County Art League's, annual fundraiser
'Art on the Waterfront.' The Amerina group filled the evening's
entertainment with music as they sang and danced in all the
vvid'colorsand' coistiines of their heritage.

News-Sun correspondent
SEBRING With all the merriment
and splendor of a Chinese New Year, the
Highlanrds Art League celebrated its
third annual. "Art on the Waterfront"
fundraiser Friday at Tim and Martile
Blackman's expansive home overlook-
ing Lake Charlotte just east of Sebring.
The weather was prefect for an out-
door event. A gentle breeze wafted over
the crowd of better than 200 guests,
fluttering the dragon banner on the back
veranda, which gave an indication of the
theme for the evening. From food to
performances, it came from the Far
The entertainment was provided by
the Orlando-based Amerina Performing
Grotip, which is world renowned for its
variety and presentation of Chinese
dance and music.
Clad in the traditional costumes their
performances included the "Dance of
the Long Sleeves" and "Peking Opera,",
a type of Chinese folk dance, which have
.remained unchanged for more than
5,000 years. The group gave a whole
new meaning to "line dancing" when
Yong Yong and 'Zhang Yao donned a
Chinese lion custom and danced the
canonical Lion Dance.
"This is what we have always tried to
make Art on the Waterfront, a visual art
experience from the time they walk in
the door.
"The Amerina Group gave us a vivid
exposure to the authentic Chinese per-
forming arts and it is wonderful way of
giving people the opportunity to enjoy
expressions of art from outside our
community," said Martile Blackman,
chairperson for Art on the Waterfront
The food was provided by Golden
Palms Catering. There were pot-stickers
and egg rolls, plus lots of rice and for-
tune cookies. Although most of the
- guests used the silverware-that was pro-
vided, some of the more adventuresome

News-Sun photo by SUSAN FOSTER
Tang Chang Kui with the Ameriana Performing Group from Orlando entertains
guests at the third annual Art on the Waterfront Friday with some traditional
Chinese music. Behind Kui is a replica of the Highlands Art League's 'Village
Where Art Lives' .logo. The metal art work was made by Precision Machine
Works in Sebring and presented to Executive Director Alice Stroppel for all her
work and dedication to the league.

tried their hand at using complimentary
chopsticks. In addition to the entertain-
ment, attendees had their choice of two
types of auctions, featuring a variety of
art work donated by the league's profes-
sional artists.
One of the highlights of the evening
came when HAL board members Jeri
Wohl and Marie Boley honored HAL
Executive Director Alice Stropel with a
special presentation for her work and
dedication to the creation and develop-
ment of the Artist's Village; The Place
Where Art Lives.
They unveiled a large version of the
logo that has come to depict the artists'
village. The three-house design origi-
nally was designed by Stroppel and now
adorns all of the official letterhead and
communications of the Highlands Art
"It was especially meaningful
because they put my maiden name
(Simpson) on it too, and that's impor-
-tant,-I-mean;:my.bole family is here,
my mom and dad; my -grandma and

grandpa. I was so surprised, it made me
cry," she said.
Stroppel still wasn't sure exactly
where the logo would be placed, but she
said it would be displayed prominently.
"Precision Machine really did a great
job on this; we want to put it where
everyone will see it," she said.
The league is currently working, on
the restoration of the Magnolia
Restaurant as part of the village. When
complete, the village will be used to
house aspiring students as well as for
classrooms to teach a variety of art
"We are planning to have the village
ready for next year's Art on 'the
Waterfront. When it is complete, the
Village will be a perfect site for many of
our future events," Martile Blackman
Stroppel said the money from Friday
night's event would be used to help with
reconstruction of the village and.further
enhance the league', p pi.i i.,m and serv-
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Editorial & Opinion

Serving Highlands County since 1927
Publisher Executive Editor

Design Editor

A job well done
Monday will start a new era in Highlands County
one that will see Kevin Roberts taking on a roll
familiar enough to him, but different from what
Highlands County has seen him in for the past near
two decades.
It has been a hectic two months for Roberts since
announcing his decision to retire. He has interviews
with media forums, fundraiser events for organiza-
tions he has been involved, banquets and parties in
his honor. You name it, and his presence has been
sought after.
As was mentioned at the United Way's annual
meeting in which Roberts was named Citizen of the
Year, his "primary passion is for the God he attributes
for all his blessings and his family, of which brings
him the most joy in life." Anyone who has spent even
just a little bit of time with Roberts knows that his
faith is his foundation.
Roberts has served Highlands County as its director
of human services for the past 17 years. His leader-
ship has greatly changed the topography of human
services available in this community. His personal
commitment, vision and perseverance have been the
catalyst to mobilize hundreds of citizens and agencies
to work together to create measurable, positive
Aside from the work he has done as the county's
human services director, he has also served the coun-
ty's residents as a supervisor of Child Protective
Investigations in Department of Children and
Families and worked in the mental health field.
During his tenure, Roberts initiated or saw to com-
pletion a safehouse for battered women and children.
He brought a toll-free crisis hotline for kids to call
when they felt they needed a place to turn. The Avon
Park Youth Academy, a rehabilitative placement for
male youth felons, was another project Roberts was
heavily involved in.
The Children's Advocacy Center and Faye's Place
are places where children or abused women can go
for additional help trying to put their lives back
together. Vision Quest helps keep the eyesight healthy
- of pre-school and elementary age children. Healthy
Kids Insurance -helps make sure all children have
medical insurance when they are uninsured and do
not qualify for Medicaid. Resource Mothers is a men-
toring program for expecting parents.
With the help of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Cox, Roberts
helped establish the Kinsley L. Cox Memorial Fund
to provide relief to families with children suffering
from a life threatening injury or illness.
And of course Roberts has always been big into
recognizing those deserving individuals who have
made significant impact in the lives of children. He
brought forth the idea of the Judge Clifton M. Kelly
Champion for Children award several years ago and
has recognized the good works of many fine people in
the county.
With his "can do" attitude, Roberts has been a much
wanted .servant on many community boards. He has
been a past board member of United Way, is the chair-
man for the Highlands County Children's Services
Council, the executive director of the Children's
Services Foundation of Highlands County and past
chairman of the Central Florida Area Council on
His work and dedication to the less fortunate and
the children of Highlands County has been noticed by
others as well. He received the Rotary International's
Presidential Recognition Award in 1996, the Dave
Thomas Child Advocate of the Year Award in 1997,
and was named the final recipient of the "Peace at
Home" award by Governor Jeb Bush in 2005.
Roberts is retiring to spend more time with his
lovely wife Debi. He will be sorely missed around the
county's Human Services office but he's not com-
pletely gone. We are fortunate that Roberts has agreed
to continue his w6rk as executive director of the
Children's Services Foundation.
Whoever is hired to fill the shoes left empty by
Roberts departure will have some big footprints to
fill. It's nice to know he will still be involved, even to
a limited degree.
Enjoy your retirement, Kevin. You've earned it.

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Fountain of Youth travel mug

Few people know this, but
Florida was discovered by
someone who got sucked into a
telemarketer's scheme.
In 1513, Ponce de Leon dis-.
covered the Sunshine State
after he received via a bottle
that swept up on the shores of
Spain the news that he had
received a free stay at a four-
star hotel and four tickets to
the Mouse-ic Kingdom if he
would be willing to listen to a
spiel on timeshares.
The natives of the land knew
a good scam when they could
see one. Pale Face couldn't
turn down a deal that seemed
too good to be true. So, they
set up hotels and the Rat Traps
as they sold timeshares on the
In any case, the note said if
Ponce acted quickly by dialing
this particular number he could
be credited as being the
founder of the Fountain of
What few historians realize
was that Florida's "founder"
probably was going through a
middle-age crisis and wanted
to sell his minivan for a
Corvette and date women half
his age. His wife was looking a
little frumpy, and middle-age
sag had taken place in his own
body. The Fountain of Youth
was the answer to all his prob-
He took several men with
him who were his golfing bud-
dies. The women were too sen-
sible and stayed home. They
could sense a scam from a
flotilla away.
He named the state Florida,

Kathy Grant

because of all the flowers
blooming, according to legend.
Now I don't know about
you, but I seem to think that he
couldn't have "discovered"
Florida in the summer, when
nothing is in bloom and it's so
hot it would melt the recording
of any telemarketer's spiel, so
if you punch the number "one"
you can reach so-and-so, but if
you dial "two" someone else's
voice will come on the line.
I think if the great discover-
er had come to Florida during
the summer, he would have
named it "Purgatory" and com-
plained that the conditions
"back home" wouldn't have
been as bad. No, I envision
Ponce being the first snowbird
who arrived probably in
October, when weather condi-
tions are mild and native flow-
ers are in bloom.
History says he arrived
sometime after March through
May, but I disagree. That peri-
od is usually when Easter
arrives and we all know that's
when snowbirds go back

home. No, Ponce was looking
for a good time away from the
beastly weather in Spain.
Of course, as a snowbird, it
was his God-given right and
duty to seek out the clubhouse
of the nearest trailer park,
preferably one that had a golf
course. One thing that most
people don't know is that
Ponce was responsible for
bringing the games of euchre
pinochle to Florida. He is also
the Father of Shuffleboard.
Depending on whether you
are a revisionist or traditional

historian, what happened next
is up to you. Most of the devel-
opment took place in Central
and South Florida and the East
Coast. The revisionists say that
the white man brought diseases
and bocce ball to Florida and
wiped out the Native American
population and took over the
hotels. It was only a matter of
time that these "Founding
Fathers" would push north, so
that everyone could have a
chance at time shares.
The traditionalists say no,
that that wasn't all that hap-
pened. The Seminoles and the
Spaniards struck a partnership,
but Bobby Bowden backed out
of the deal when the economy
went sour, leaving the
Founding Fathers holding the
bag. When times improved, the
Founding Fathers pushed
northward but didn't trust the
Seminoles not to back out
,again, so they assumed total
ownership of the timeshares, et
See GRANT, page 11A

Modesto E.
Guest Columnist

Boosting efforts

to keep needy

kids healthy

Florida KidCare, our
state's version of the federal
State Children's Health
Insurance Program, once was
a model for the nation. Now,
having become one of the
most complicated programs
in the country, hundreds of
thousands of our neediest
children have fallen off the
enrollment books and the
number of casualties will
grow unless we act.
Because KidCare enroll-
ment numbers have fallen,
Florida has lost $139.7 mil-
lion of its federal allotments
for children's health insur-
ance to other states. For a
funding opportunity that
returns 71 cents from
Washington for every 29
cents Florida invests, this is
worth throwing a tantrum
Created in 1997 in a bipar-
tisan thrust to cover children
whose parents could not
afford private health insur-
ance, SCHIP has enjoyed
extraordinary national suc-
cess. The legislation expires
in September, however and
Congress must move to reau-
thorize this program that
remains remarkably able to
generate bipartisan support.
During the past decade, this
program has added hundreds
of thousands of children
from the neediest families to
the rolls of the health-
insured. Everywhere the
numbers of enrolled children
have increased steadily.
Except in Florida. We are
the odd kid out. The percent-
age of uninsured children in
our state has increased to 17
percent the second worst in
the nation. Meanwhile, the
number of our uninsured
children has increased to
719,000 from 500,000, while
the number of children
enrolled in Florida KidCare
has dropped. Most of these
children approximately
500,000 are eligible to
enroll. Yet many still don't
know about the program and
administrative barriers have
prevented or deterred fami-
lies from entering and
remaining in KidCare.
In 2001-02, 86 percent of
KidCare applicants became
enrolled. As administrative
See ABETY, page 11A


Vote for Mahoney was
a wrong choice
Recently a writer wrote
regarding flying the American
flag -in regard to our soldiers
who have died in the Iraq war
and I guess the Afganistan War
equal to the flag being flown
for the deaths of those college
students in Virginia.
According to the writer's
many articles, it surprises me
that the writer even cares about
the American flag and how it is
The American Legions,
Veterans of Foreign War posts
and all the other organizations
are always involved in matters
caring about the American sol-
diers' deaths in the wars in Iraq
and Afganistan and every other
war that the United States
fought in, but maybe the writer
is too busy reading anything
' she can find that makes the
United States look bad and
evil. The writer misses the
good that is done in this coun-
try in regard to the death of the
fighting soldiers.
The soldiers in the Iraq and
Afganistan wars, and any other
country our soldiers are serv-
ing over seas to keep those
countries free and safe, are in
our prayers every day. Why are
there no complaints about
those other countries where our
American soldiers are sta-
They certainly are over there

to keep those people free and
safe, the same as our soldiers
fighting in Iraq and
Important facts are now
coming out.
In the National Review
dated April 30, 2007, E.
Howard Hunt, who served 33
months in jail for his involve-
ment in Watergate, made this
"I have no regrets, If our
Watergate team had found that
the Democrats were indeed
being financed by,the
Communist enemies, then our
criminal actions might have
been judged heroic." Finally,
after 36 years it is now coming
out what Watergate was all
We now know what
Watergate was all about ... evi-
dently the Democratic Party
did not care where their money
came from and the American
people cared less. No wonder
the Communist Party in the
United States grew during
those 36 years ...
Now the following is not for
Democrats but for Republicans
who voted Democratic in the
2006 Federal Election in the
16th District of the U.S. House
of Representative.
Did not those who voted
from the 16th district from
Florida put Tim Mahoney in
Washington or was it Rep.
Nancy Pelosi who voted him
in office. If one is interested

how Mahoney voted, go to the
www. therealdemocratstory.com
Mahoney voted for the
Nancy Pelosi agenda to turn
over the United States home-
land security protections to the
United Nations. Unbelievable,
but true.
.Did Rep. Mahoney notify
the conservatives who voted
him in office how and what he
was going to vote for. Did
those Republicans, who
believed what Tim Mahoney
said during his campaign ever
check on how he is now vot-
Rep. Mahoney has compiled
a voting record that is almost
identical to liberal San
Francisco Speaker Nancy
Check Rep.Manhoney out
and go to www.therealdemoc-
ratstory.com and find out what
he said during his champaign
and how he is now voting in
Washington: D.C.
The 16th District has been
conservative, not liberal and he
only has a few months less
then two years to put him out
of office.
Did Rep. Mahoney convince
Republicans he was a conser-
vative? Do you want the
United States completely under
the control of the United
Keep voting in Democratic
liberals and this is exactly what
is going to happen and we will

soon be seeing the United
Nations flag flying in our
country, not the Red, White
and Blue stars on every flag
Eleanor Jeane Thomas

Is it starvation or
negligent homicide?
As I watched the pictures of
poverty and starvation in
Africa and America
(Wednesday) on American
Idol, I was appalled and out-
raged at how these innocent
children suffer and die. I can-
not think of a more heinous
crime upon humanity and I
cannot think of a punishment
great enough for those who
cause, it. How dare these ani-
mals keep spitting out child
after innocent child knowing
full well that enormous suffer-
ing and a significant chance of
starvation are the fates that
their offspring are most likely
to endure.
However well intentioned
the do-gooders of the world
are, they should take responsi-
bility for the sad fact that feed-
ing this problem money has
only perpetuated it and made it
worse. Of course, some
amount of poverty and starva-
tion is due to genuinely unpre-
dictable and non-preventable
circumstances. But the large
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Continued from 10A
majority of this is so predictable that most star-
vation deaths must be judged as what they really
are, a negligent homicide. The main priority of
any realistic solution has to be to stop these ani-
mals from having children that they most likely
cannot, or will not, provide very favorable odds
of supporting adequately. Nobody has the right
to cause this to happen to a child.
Warren Winter

Good reasons to be involved in
Cancer Society's Relay for Life
On April 28, several hundred people from
Sebring and the surrounding area will be gath-
ered at Firemen's Field to conduct the 2007
American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
Each year throughout the nation in hundreds
of cities, thousands gather for this event, which
is a way to raise the money needed to continue
the research for a cure for cancer.
I have been active for the last eight years in
this project and am very excited about the
strides made each year toward a cure.
People have asked me why I get so involved,
I would like to tell you. The following list is
Deaths Burlin V. Haggerty, Aleatha

Haggerty, Victor L. Haggerty. Diane Haggerty,
Renia Spicher, Lindia L. Truex and Bea Blyton;
Survivors Shelia M. Haggerty (my daugh-
ter), Kathryn E. Haggerty (my daughter), Andl
Tullis, Charlotte Huber, James Spicher, Cindy J.
Haggerty-Horne (my daughter) and Alana
Stander (22).
This is only family members. My daughter
Cindy is the most recent victim. During the
course of having her yearly mammogram it was
discovered she had cancer in both breasts. Both
breasts were removed. We praise God everyday
the cancer was caught early, and she will not
need to endure chemotherapy.
Now I have five beautiful grandchildren, and
I want to do everything in my power to prevent
them from having to go through the suffering
the generations before them have endured. I
really want to be able to dance at their wedding
and not cry at their funerals.
I will be at the relay this year and walking the
track for as long as I can. Please come out and
join us in the never-ending cause and have a day
of fun with your family and help us in this fight
for a cure. Any amount you can give will be a
huge help. And please remember, the dollar you
donate may be the one that finds the cure. Also
your donation is tax-deductible. Just mark on the
check tax deduction.
My daughter Cindy will be walking in the
three-day cancer walk in Washington, D.C. on
Wednesday, Thursday and Friaay, May 2, 3 and
4, which is sponsored by the Avon Corp. and she
is still recovering.

Thank you so very much for your support and
may God bless you all.
Kay Haggerty

Amendment needed for politics
I would like to see a constitutional amend-
ment wherein any person holding public office
decides to run for office different from the one
they hold, should immediately resign from their
present office. 1 believe this would prevent
many from running, knowing if they were not
elected they could not return to the office they
are presently holding.
It's quite possible they would tend to the peo-
ple's business and quit playing politics at the
expense of the voters who put them in office.
Would this amendment ever happen? Dream
Charles A. Marr
Avon Park

Loyalty Day deserves attention
Perhaps many of you have not heard of
Loyalty Day, which is the first day of May. This
day has become a tradition with the Veterans of
Foreign Wars of the United States of America
with the passage of Public Law 85-529 on July
18, 1.958.
The VFW won a long, hard battle to have this
day approved by Congress. However, this day
does not belong to the VFW alone, it belongs to

all Americans. We must pledge ourselves to
maintain a free society in which loyalty is
always encouraged and respected. Especially in
this time of strife, global turbulence and unrest
in which our country is involved in. For without
loyalty, the United States, hopefully the world's
best hope for a future blessed with freedom,
cannot survive long and, if we fail, the flame of
freedom will diminish and fade forever.
Fly the stars and stripes, your flag, not my
flag, with pride and let the world know that we
Americans are still behind our country and that
America, because of this, is still a strong and
vibrant nation.
Be proud to be an American and count your
blessings daily to have the opportunity to live in
this great country of ours. Remember freedom is
not free. It comes at a great price.
In closing, on behalf of the Ladies Auxiliary
of VFW Post 3880 and all our veterans and mili-
tary, wherever they may be serving our country,
we ask you to fly our flag proudly. Do not dese-
crate it, but love it and respect it. It is our sym-
bol of freedom and we enjoy this freedom, don't
you? So let us protect it as long as we can.
I ask each one of you in your own special
way, to pray for the safety of our military and
that America will be kept safe. We are proud of
this great nation ... are you? Show it.
Suzanne Krueger
Lake Placid

The writer is a member of VFW 3880 Ladies
Auxiliary in Lake Placid.

Continued from 10A
Since I wasn't there, I can't
say whether I am a revisionist or
traditionalist. I'm just glad that
Steve Spurrier is still not much
of a threat in the Southeastern
I guess Ponce didn't know at
the time that Florida would be
notorious for attracting the less
than honest. In this transient
state it's harder to track people
down. Crooks, schemers, shys-
ters, thieves name them what
you will. They are here in large
numbers, although I can't back it
up with statistics. All of my evi-
dence is anecdotal.
But a day doesn't go by when
you don't hear of some sneakys
telemarketer scamming a poor
elderly person of his life's sav-
ings over the telephone. "You
have a prize, but in order to
claim it you have to wire us (fill-
in-the-blank amount) hundred
thousand dollars."
Oi a h'andynian 'will promise a

widow that he'll paint her house
if she gives him the money for
paint. He never shows up.
And who hasn't heard of the
crooked developer who takes a
young couple's money up front,
never finishes their "dream
home" and skips town? He is
never found again.
There are also many plentiful
stories about lonely people who
get sucked into the schemes of
fortune tellers. They see their
life's savings dwindling away.
They always seem to hit when
you're down. You have high con-
sumer debt and creditors are call-
ing you daily. The interest rate
on your mortgage is eating you
alive and you want to refinance.
You owe a lot due to medical
bills and they've just turned you
over to a billing agency.
But, Ponce didn't know all
that at the time.
Former Orlando Sentinel
columnist Bob Morris said it
best: "To live in Florida is to live
with a sense of loss." It can also
mean a hit on your pocketbook,

It doesn't hurt to be a little
more cynical about people when
you move to La-La Land. After
all, you don't know what your
neighbor may be doing behind
closed doors maybe plotting
the next high jacking of a Boeing
747. If you find out he's taking
flying lessons, watch out and call
AAA for your next automobile
trip ticket.
Maybe Ponce was a little
gullible. Maybe he didn't sense
that this was something that was
too good to be true. Maybe he
didn't discover that Fountain of
Youth. But he had something
going for him ...
Squander-lust. He didn't have
enough sense to walk away from
something that seemed too good
to be true.
Did he buy into the timeshare
concept? History is silent about
this. But one thing is for sure,
Hasta la vista, senor.

Kathy Grant is a former lifestyle,
editor of the News-Sun. She contin-
ues to write on a freelance basis for
the newspaper

Continued from 10A
barriers increased, that percentage slipped,
then tumbled in 2004-05. By 2005-06, just
51 percent of children who applied man-
aged to register.
When children lack health insurance,
the consequences are grave. Uninsured
children are three times less likely to have
seen a doctor in the past year and 13 times
more likely to lack a usual source of care.
If Washington pursues an adjustment to
the SCHIP formula because unspent
KidCare dollars are left on the table,
Florida's children will suffer the conse-
quences, but this need not be the case.
The Florida KidCare Coordinating
Council offers a clear roadmap that pin-
points four areas for improvement: pro-
gram accountability, transparency, plan-
ning and evaluation; outreach and eligibil-
ity; quality, access and funding; and
administration. Eligibility requirements
for KidCare must be simplified.
The way out of the KidCare maze is
clear and Florida is at a critical juncture.
Our representatives need to move quickly
to show-progress in addressing the

KidCare maze that inhibits and prohibits,
children and families from enrolling in a
program for which they are eligible. An
estimated additional $60-$70 billion is
needed during the next five years so that,
as a nation, we can enroll more children in
healthcare programs.
Thankfully, winds of change in
Tallahassee offer hope. A number of pro-
posals are being introduced early in the
session and the governor's office-has com-
municated its willingness to address both
the eligibility process and the consolida-
tion of the program at the same time.
House Speaker Marco Rubio listed
KidCare as one of his top 100 ideas.
A KidCare overhaul is overdue. In
Florida, we must set our house in order, so
that federal representatives who believe in
our children can expand the critical
SCHIP legislation. Florida, where KidCare
received such a celebrated launch, has
been the odd kid out for far too long.

Modesto Abety is president and chief executive
officer of The Children's Trust and president of
the Florida Children Services Council.

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Community Calendar

The Community Calendar pro-
vides a brief listing of local
clubs and organizations who
meet on a regular basis. It is
the responsibility of the group
to update the News-Sun on any
changes in this listing by calling
385-6155, ext. 528; send any
changes by e-mail to
cindy iarshall@newssun.com;
or mail them to News-Sun
Community Calendar, 2227
U.S. 27 South, Sebring, FL

* Alcoholics Anonymous
One Day At A Time group
meets for a closed discussion
at 9:30 a.m. Monday and
Friday at Covenant
Presbyterian Church,.4500 Sun
'N Lakes Blvd., Sebring. For
details, call 314-0891.
* American Legion Post 25
hosts a fish fry from 5-7 p.m. at
the post, 1490 U.S. 27, Lake
Placid. Cost is $6. Shrimp also
is available for same price.
Open to the public. Tickets in
the lounge on Friday night.
Lounge hours are from 11 a.m.
to 9 p.m. For details, call 465-
* American Legion Post 74
has karaoke from 6:30-9:30
p.m. at the post, 528 N. Pine
St., Sebring. For details, call
* AmVets Post 21 plays darts

from 5-8 p.m. for members and
guests. For details, call 385-
* Avon Park Breakfast
Rotary Club meets 7 a.m.,
Rotary Club building.
* Bridge Club of Sebring
(American Contract Bridge
Club) plays duplicate games at
12:30 p.m. at 347 Fernleaf
Ave., Sebring. For details, call
* Harmony Hoedowners
Square Dance Club offers a
class in Lake Placid at the
Sunshine RV Resort from 9-11
a.m. Friday. For more informa-
tion, call Sam Dunn at 382-
6792 or e-mail him at sam-
* Highlands Social Dance
Club enjoys ballroom dancing
with live musical groups per-
forming from 7-10 p.m. at the
Sebring Lions Club, located on
Sebring Parkway about one
mile east of U.S. 27. Members
pay $5 donation; non-members
$6. For details, call 471-0559
or 385-6671.
* Lake Placid Elks Lodge
,2661 has lounge hours from 2
p.m. to 12 a.m. There is a fish
fry from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost is
$8.50 per person. Live music is
from 6:30-10:30 p.m. The lodge
is open to members and their
guests. For details, call 465-
* Lake Placid Hi-12 Club

meets at noon on the fourth
Friday at the Lake Placid Elks,
except in June, July and
August. All Masons and their
ladies are welcome. For reser-
vations or information, call 465-
* Lake Placid Moose serves
wings, fish and burgers at 6
p.m. Music provided from 7-11
p.m. Pool tournament is at 8
p.m. Open to members and
qualified guests only.
* Sebring Bridge Club plays
at 12:30 p.m. at 347 Fernleaf,
* Sebring Eagles Club 4240
serves chicken or fish baskets
from 5-7 p.m. at the club,
12921 U.S. 98, Sebring, for a
$4 donation. Blind darts is
played at 7 p.m. For details,
call 655-4007.
* Sebring Elks Lodge 1529
serving buffet dinner from 5-7
p.m. Elks and guests invited.
Dance music in ballroom at 7
p.m. Dinner and dance is $9
donation. For reservations, call
385-8647 or 471-3557. Lounge
is open from 3-10 p.m.
* Sebring Moose Lodge 2259
serves beef franks and Italian
sausages served from 1 p.m. to
closing at 11675 U.S. 98,
Sebring. For details, call 655-
* Sebring Recreation Club
plays bridge at 12:30 p.m. and
mini shuffleboard tournament at

Deed Transfers

Nov. 2, 2006
Christine C. Taylor to John P.
Sheehan, Unit 9-B So. Bldg. Edgewater
Arms Condo, $190,300.
Heartland National Bank to
Silverchase Corporation, L16 PT L13 BIk
64 Avon Park, $190,000.
J* Oscar Padron Nunez to Bette R.
Jones, L1i BIk 1 Villa Road Sub,
Willie E. Davis to Entocon Inc.,
L6323/6324 PT L6325 Avon Park Lakes
Unit 20, $189,500.
Nov. 3
Ana Carranza to Ruben Griffin,
Tract 19 Lagro Sub Unrec, $189,000.
Ruben Griffin to Ruben Griffin,
Tract 19 Lagro Sub Unrec, $187,000. ,
Arcadio Diaz Jr. to Jerry M.
Peterson, L29 BIk 4 Harder Hall Country
Club II, $187,000.
Ben Walker to Ben Walker, L15 BIk
D Tulane Sub, $185,500.
William A. Shaw to William A.
Shaw, 'L9817/9818 PT L9816 Avon Park
Lakes Unit 30, $185,000.
0 Jacklin 33 35 to Raul Travieso, L5
--Bk 11 Avocado Park Sub, $184,000.
Eleanore R. Havelena to William J. -
Havelena, Cluster 5 Unit A Country Club
Villas I Spring Lake, $184,000.
urtis G. Bidwell to Rabco
Development Corp., L86-B Vantage
Pointe Phase II, $183,500.
Bob Paul Inc. to Lake June
Properties Inc., PT Sec 30-36-30,
Rehabitat USA Inc. to Shelter I
Inc., PT L1/2 BIk A Cherokee Heights,
Beatrice C. Stewart to Rachna
Mehra, L19/20 BIk 5 Lake View Heights,
Roger Barnes to George P.
McPhail, L6 Golfside of Sun 'N
Lakes/Other, $180,000.
Michael R. Finch to Dawg House
Boarding & Grooming Inc., PT Sec 12-
36-28/Easement, $180,000.
Premchand Beharry to Luis Frias
Taboas, L17 Bik 123 Sun 'N Lakes Est.
Sec 13, $180,000.
Yeleines Viera-Cruz to Theodore
G. Glarner, L20 BIk 214 Leisure Lakes
Sec 14, $179,900.
Veronica Shields to Simbne
Properties. Inc., PT Sec 12-38-
30/Easements, $178,000.
J & A Development to Jabbori
Property, PT Sec 12-35-28, $175,000.
Mary Ann Strang to M R J
Enterprises Inc., L9 BIk 9, Orange
Blossom Est. Unit 11/Corrective,
Winton E. Gross Sr. to Mary Ann
Strang, L9/10 Blk 9 Orange Blossom Est.
Unit 11, $175,000.
Donald Richards Jr. to Salvatore
Meliti, L4 Blk 269 Sun 'N Lakes Est.
Sebring Unit 13, $175,000.
Philip H. Burgh to Frances B.
Miller, Unit 528 Interlake
Condominium/Other, $175,000.
Julio Landaverde to Donald Wolfe,
L9331-9335 Avon Park Lakes Unit 28,
Michael A. Berrones to Froilan
Barinas, L13303/13304 Avon Park Lakes
Unit 42, $172,500.
Ruth Wood Reynolds to Damon P.
Reynolds, PT L11 BIk 2 Lake Grassy
Homesites, $172,200.
John Arthur Reynolds to -John
Arthur Reynolds, PT L11 Blk 2 Lake
Grassy Homesites, $170,000.
John H. Svoboda III to Eric
Manuel Gonzalez, L22 BIk 190 Sun 'N
Lake Est. Sec 17, $170,000.
Luis Gustavo Torres-Malaga to
Nancy Grabinski, L5 Blk 3 Highlands
Park Est. Sec D, $168,500.
1* Terry R. Eichas to Tina N. Lovett,
L7 PT L8 Blk 55 Lake Lillian Sec
Highlands Lakes Sub, $166,000.
Melrose T. Boxe to John A. Finch,
L17 BIk 252 Placid Lakes Sec 20,
Yolby Joseph to Joseph Youlby,
L15 BIk 135 Leisure Lakes Sec 6,
Yosvel Broche to Michael J.
Gilliam, PT L2/3 BIk 267 Lake Sebring
Sub, $165,000.
H. Christine Filip to George W.
Filip, PT Li BIk 231 Placid Lakes Sec
20/Others, $164,900.
George W. Filip to George W. Filip,
L5 Blk 220 Placid Lakes Sec 20/Others,
John Jenness to Helen Rose Rape,
L9 BIk 10 Leisure Lakes Sec 1,

Daniel LaMarre to Jack R. Hendry,
L442 Sebring Ridge Sec E, $160,000.
Merlin J. Thomas to Glenn
Thomas Barrett Jr., L7 PT L6 BIk 270
Lake Sebring Sub, $159,600.
David Weires to Douglas Powell,
L5 BIk K Spring Lake Village II,
Highlands Landing to Leonard C.
Smith III, PT Sec 7-37-33/Easements,
John L. Oberheuser to,John L.
Oberheuser, L13-16 BIk 70 Avon Park
Lakes Red Hill Farms Add Unit C,
James W. Bullis to Gary L. Scobie,
L11/12 BIk 281 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring
Unit 13/Corrective, $155,000.
Annette Spencer to Robert
Cushing, L5-8 BIk 9 Red Hills Farms
Resub, $152,900.
Nov. 6
Cherie C. Martinez to Cherie C.
Martinez, PT L5 BIk 64 Hillside Lake
Est./Corrective, $150,000.
Cherie C. Martinez to Cherie C.
Martinez, Tract 3/4 BIk 64 Hillside Lake
Est./Corrective, $150,000.
Cherie C. Martinez to Cherie C.
Martinez, PT Tract 62 Hillside Lake
Replat/Corrective, $150,000.
Affordable Homes of Highlands
County to Jeffery Duane Jackson, L1-
3/5/7-9 BIk A Avondale/Others,
1506 Elgin Road Land Trust to
Mable Antley, L13002-13006 Avon Park
Lakes Unit 41/Others, $148,500.
Dolores Young Trust to Dolores
Young, L21 BIk 12 Orange Blossom Est.
Unit 8, $148,000.
Tony M. Davis to Irma E. Acosta,
L38 BIk 10. Orange Blossom Est. Unit 6,
loannis Stratis to Dominic B.
Distefano, PT L3 BIk 245 Placid Lakes
Sec 20, $145,000.
Tonya Gifford to Mildred Boone,
PT Tract A Lake Ridge Est., $145,000.
William B. Londono to Maronda
Homes Inc., L3 BIk 703 Sun 'N Lake Est.
Sebring Replat Unit 4, $145,000.
M. Cheeley P.A. to Oeun
Jacobson, PT L95-99 Orange Blossom
Est. Unit 1/Others, $142,000.
M. Cheeley P.A. to Jacobson
Auction Co. Inc., L671 Orange Blossom
Est. Unit 2/Others, $142,000.
Braulio Gomez to Sunbelt Homes
Inc., L15/16 BIk 22 Avon Park Lakes
Red-Hill Farms Add Unit B, $140,955.
Ruben J. Aleman to Maronda
Homes Inc. of Florida, L4 BIk 703 Sun 'N
Lake Est. Sebring Replat Unit 4,
Amelia Carreno to Lester L. Black,
L10 BIk 63 Sebring Country Est. Sec 3,
Clark D. Plott to Dexter E. White,
L8 Blk 20 Sebring Country Est. Sec 1,
Tomas Cotto Lara to American
Land Investment Corp., L22 BIk 3
Sebring Hills South Unit 4, $139,000.
Susan E. Weber to Michael J.
Bennis, L339 Sylvan Shores Est. Sec D,
Charles McKibben to Benny G.
McPherson, L5504/5505 PT 5506 Avon
Park Lakes Unit 17/Others, $135,000.
Nancy Crawford to Don Larabie,
L25 BIk 197 Sun 'N Lake Est. Sebring
Unit '11, $135,000,
Anthony Scalzullo to Jean E.
Jodesty, L62 BIk 182 Sun 'N Lake Est.
Sebring Unit 10, $135,000.
Jerome P. Springer to BP
Properties Group, L14 BIk 352 Sun 'N
Lake Est. Sebring Unit 16, $134,000.
Jerome P. Springer to BP
Properties Group, PT L9 BIk 42 Sun 'N
Lake Est. Sec 1, $132,500.
Jerome P. Springer to BP
Properties Group, L16 BIk 349 Sun 'N
Lake Est. Sebring Unit 16, $132,000.
Jerome P. Springer to BP
Properties Group, PT L8 Blk 42 Sun 'N
Lake Est. Sec 1, $131,000.
VC Properties to BP Properties
Group, L4 BIlk 357 Sun 'N Lake Est.
Sebring Unit 16, $130,000.
VC Properties to BP Properties
Group, L43 BIk 357 Sun 'N Lake Est.
Sebring Unit 16, $130,000.
VC Properties to BP Properties
Group, L13 BIk 352 Sun 'N Lake Est.
Sebring Unit 16, $130,000.
VC Properties to BP Properties
Group, L4 BIk 42 Sun 'N Lakes Est. Sec
1, $129,900.
S* American Land Investors Corp. to
David M.E. Cho-Chu, L33 BIk 185 Sun 'N

Lake Est. Sebring Unit 11, $129,000.
Jonathan Miele to Norman E.
Dawkins, L29 Sunshine Villas,
Ruth A. Richards to Ruth A. Wiles,
L12 BIk 5 Sirena Shores East/Other,
Bryan G. Hoffman to Jordan
Saunders, L5383/5384 Avon Park Lakes
Unit 17, $125,000.
Gregory A. Guffin to Sebring Land
Ltd. Ptn., L41 BIk 1 Villages of Highlands
Ridge Phase V, $125,000.
John M. Wright to Anthony J.
Lutkus, L418 Villages of Highlands
Ridge Phase IV, $123,500.
Wayne A. Dudash to Ralph Lopez,
L39/40 Lake Josephine Sub No. 2,
William R. Leis to Jeanne H. Leis,
L4A BIk C Tomoka Heights Sec 4,
Jeanne H. Leis to Jeanne H. Leis,
L4A BIk C Tomoka Heights Sec 4,
'* Edward L. Smoak to Anne B.
Clinard, L30 Watersedge Sub, $120,000.

1:15 p.m. at 333 Pomegranate
Ave. For details, call 385-2966
or leave a name, number and
* Teamster Retirees meet at
the Teamster's Local 444 Union
Hall at 211 Potontoc St.,
Auburndale at 11 a.m. on the
last Friday of the month (except
June, July and August). For
details, call Paul Thomas at
* Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 3800 hosts a fish fry at
5:30 p.m. every fourth Friday at
the post, 1224 County Road
621 East, Lake Placid. For
more details, call 699-5444.
m Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 4300 serves pizza from
5:30-7 p.m. and music is from
6-9 p.m. at the post, 2011 SE
Lakeview Drive, Sebring. For
details, call 385-8902.

* American Legion Post 25
serves sirloin burgers from
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the
post, 1490 U.S. 27, Lake
Placid. Jam session is from 2-4
p.m. The lounge hours are 11
a.m. to 9 p.m. Members and
guests invited. For details, call
* Amrerican Legion Post 69 in
Avon Park serves dinner at 5
p.m. and music is from 6-9 p.m.
* American Legion Post 74 in
Sebring has karaoke from 6-9
p.m. For details, call 471-1448
* Avon Park Public Library
has a free Adult Film Series at
noon. For details, call 452-
* Heartland Horses &
Handicapped Inc. provides
free assisted riding sessions for
adults and children with special
needs from 9-11 a.m.
Wednesday, Thursday and
Saturday at 118 W. College
Drive, Avon Park. For details or
to volunteer, call Mary
McClelland, coordinator, 452-
* Highlands County
Democratic Women's Club
meets 9:30 a.m. fourth
Saturday of the month in the
Democratic Party
Headquarters, 4216 Sebring
Parkway, Sebring. For details,
call 385-7055.
* Highlands County Housing
Authority meets 7 p.m., 3909
Kenilworth Blvd., Sebring.

* Highlands County
Narcotics Anonymous meets
at 5:30 p.m. at the Lakeside
house, 1513 S. Highlands Ave.,
Avon Park. For details, call the
24-hour hotline 1-800-850-7347
or (941) 616-0460.
* Highlands Shrine Club,
2606 State Road. 17 South,
Avon Park (between Avon Park
and Sebring) has a flea market
from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., country
store open from 8 a.m. to noon
and pancake breakfast served
from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Vendors are welcome. No
setup fee is charged for the
summer months. Plenty of off
road parking. For details, call
* Lake Placid Elks Lodge
2661 opens the lounge at 1
p.m. Card games are played
from 1-4 p.m. The lodge is
open to members and their,
guests. For details, call 465-
* Overeaters Anonymous
meets at 10:30 a.m. at First
Presbyterian Church, Oak
Street, Lake Placid. For more
details, call 382-1821.
* Sebring Eagles Club 4240
serves dinner from 5-7 p.m. at
the club, 12921 U.S. 98,
Sebring. Music is from 7-10
p.m. For details, cal) 655-4007.
* Sebring Recreation Club
plays ice cream shuffleboard at
1:15 p.m. at 333 Pomegranate
Ave. For details, call 385-2966
or leave a name, number and
* Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 3800 serves breakfast
from 8-11 a.m. every second
and fourth Saturday at the post,
1224 County Road 621 East,
Lake Placid. For more details,
call 699-5444.
* Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 4300 serves a meal for $6
from 5:30-7 p.m. and music is
from 6-9 p.m. at the post, 2011
SE Lakeview Drive, Sebring.
For details, call 385-8902.,

* American Legion Post 25
Lake Placid has lounge hours
from 1-9 p.m. Live music is
from 5-8 p.m. For details, call
* AmVets Post 21, serve 12
ounce New York strip steak din-
ner from 4-6 p.m. on fourth
Sunday at 2029 U.S. 27 S.

Cost is $7.50. For details, call
* Highlands County
Narcotics Anonymous meets
at 8 p.m. at the Lakeside
house, 1513 S. Highlands Ave.,
Avon Park. For details, call the
24-hour hotline 1-800-850-7347
or (941) 616-0460.
* Highlands Shrine Club, on
State Road 17, Avon Park, has
country western bluegrass
music from 2-4 p.m. until the
last of March. Refreshments
available. For more information,
call 471-2288.
* Lake Placid Elks Lodge
2661 opens the lounge from 2-
8 p.m. Card games start at
2:30 p.m. The lodge is open to
members and their guests. For
details, call 465-2661.
* Lake Placid Moose has
karaoke in the pavilion.
Horseshoes played at 9:30
a.m. Food available at 4 p.m.
Open to members and qualified
guests only.
* Overeaters Anonymous,
meets from 4-5 p.m. in second
floor conference room at
Florida Hospital Heartland
Medical Center, 4200 Sun 'N
Lake Blvd., Sebring. For
details, call 385-4277. For
details on the organization, go
to www.oa.org.
* Sebring Eagles Club 4240
serves lunch at 2 p.m. at the
club, 12921 U.S. 98, Sebring.
For details, call 655-4007.
* Sebring Moose Lodge 2259
offers NASCAR racing in the
pavilion at 1:30 p.m. Bar open
and kitchen open from 2-5 p.m.
Lodge is at 11675 U.S. 98,
Sebring. For details, call 655-
* Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 3880 plays poker at 5:30
p.m. at the post, 1224 County
Road 621 East, Lake Placid.
For details, call 699-5444.
* Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 4300 plays euchre at 1:30
p.m. and E&J Karaoke is from
4:30-7:30 p.m. at the post,
20f1 SE Lakeview Drive,
Sebring. For details, call 385-
* Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 9853 plays euchre at 1
p.m. in the canteen in Avon
Park. Open to members and
guests only. Music is provided
from 5-8 p.m. The public is

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The News-Sun would like to remind
the readers that the names listed below
reflect those who have been charged
with a crime, but they are all innocent
until proven guilty by a court of law. If
anyone listed here is acquitted or has
charges dropped, they can bring in proof
of such decision or mail a copy to the
paper and the News-Sun will be happy to
report that information. The News-Sun is
at 2227 U.S. 27 South, Sebring, FL

The following people were booked
into the Highlands County Jail on
Wednesday, April 25:
Cierra Dawn Brantley, 19, of
Sebring, awaiting trial for probation vio-
lation, misdemeanor or community con-
trol for possession of cannabis.
William Ray Bryson, 25, of
Sebring, probation violation, misde-
meanor or community control for
domestic violence or battery.
Carlos Emilio Carias, 23, of Lake
Placid, awaiting trial for driving under
the influence of alcohol or drugs, second
offense; driving while license suspend-
ed, second offense.
Rene Mendoza Chavez, 32, of
Haines City, was charged with operating
motor vehicle without valid license.
Corey Carnell Denson, 36, of Lake
Placid, awaiting trial for possession of
controlled substance without prescrip-
Pedro Luis Dominguez, 27, of
Sebring, awaiting trial for failure to
appear for domestic violence or battery.
Stephanie Gladwell, 20, of Lake
Placid, awaiting trial for battery, touch or
Juan Martinez Gonzalez, 30, of
Lake Placid, was charged with driving
under the influence of alcohol or drugs,
second offense.
Moises Gonzalez, 34, of North

Port, awaiting trial for probation viola-
tion, felony or community control for
fleeing to elude; and driving while
license suspended or revoked, habitual
Keith Eugene Hamilton, 28, of
Avon Park, was charged with possession
of narcotic equipment and/or use.
John Michael Harrison, 50, of
Frostproof, was charged with probation
violation, felony or community control
for three counts of forgery; and uttering
forged instrument, three counts.
Kenneth Alphonso Hawthorne Jr.,
30, of Lake Placid, awaiting trial for pos-
session of new legend drug without pre-
Gerald Dwayne Jackson, 42, of
Sebring, awaiting trial for motion to
transport prisoner for municipal ordi-
nance violation.
April Lyn Losey, 22, of Sebring,
was charged with probation violation,
felony or community control for posses-
sion of methamphetamine; and sale of
Thomas Joseph Markland, 58, of
Sebring, awaiting trial for probation vio-
lation, misdemeanor or community con-
trol for driving under the. influence of
alcohol or drugs.
Cayetano Martinez, 32, of Bartow,
was charged with operating motor vehi-
cle without valid license.
Detrick Devon McGriff, 40, of Lake
Placid, was charged with possession of
James Walden Meredith, 39, of
Lake Placid, was charged with probation
violation, felony or community control
for dealing in stolen property.
William Woodrow Musick, 42, of
Sebring, awaiting trial for possession of
Alprazolam with intent to sell or deliver;
and possession of cannabis.
Jorge Ojeda, 38, of Avon Park,
awaiting trial for probation violation,

misdemeanor or community control for
driving under the influence of alcohol or
Ever Aguilar Perez, 30, of Lake
Placid, awaiting trial for operating motor
vehicle without valid license.
Guilebaldo Perez, 31, of Lake
Placid, awaiting trial for,operating motor
vehicle without valid license.
Amanda Rose Polumbo, 28, of
Orlando, awaiting trial for motion to
transport prisoner for municipal ordi-
nance violation.
Thomas Craig Robinson, 29, of
Sebring, awaiting sentencing for failure
to appear for driving under the influence
of alcohol or drugs; driving under the
influence of alcohol or drugs and prop-
erty damage, two counts; and knowingly
driving while license suspended or
Jonathan Rodriguez, 18, of Avon
Park, awaiting trial for participating in
unlawful race.
Robert Joseph Rotolo, 22, of
Sebring, was charged with probation
violation, misdemeanor or community
control for possession of cannabis;. pos-
session of paraphernalia; and posses-
sion of cannabis.
Shannon Nicole Sands, 18, of
Sebring, awaiting trial for public order
crimes, accessory after the fact, third
degree felony; and burglary of structure
or conveyance, unarmed, without person
Rebecca Jane Spinks, 35, of
Sebring, was registered as a convicted
Louis Byron Taylor, 56, of Sebring,
awaiting trial for motion to transport
prisoner on several municipal ordinance
Mykel Laron Treadwell, 19, of Lake
Placid, awaiting trial for fleeing or elud-
ing police, fleeing with disregard to safe-
ty of persons or property.

, Adrian Tyrone Turner, 28, of Lake
Placid, was charged with possession of
cocaine with intent to sell, etc., within
1,000 feet of worship or business,
Schedule I1.

The following people were booked
into the Highlands County Jail on
Tuesday, April 24:
Lorenzo Anthony Allen, 42, of Lake
Placid, awaiting trial for possession of
marijuana, not more than 20 grams;
possession of cocaine; and possession
of narcotic equipment and/or use.
James Joshua Fleming, 18, of
Sebring, awaiting trial for three counts of
burglary of structure, conveyance,
unarmed, without person inside; two
counts of damaged property, criminal
mischief; and vehicle theft, grand, third
Kevin Devon Hawthorne Jr., 28, of
Sebring, awaiting trial for possession of
cocaine; possession of marijuana, man-
ufacturing within 1,000 feet of place of
worship or business, Schedule I; and
possession of narcotic equipment and/or
Luis Alegria Hernandez, 21, of
Avon Park, was charged with probation
violation, felony or community control
for domestic violence or battery. -
Dennis Earl Javely, 63, of Sebring,
awaiting trial for city ordinance violation.
Ryan Dale Jeffs, 22, of Lake Placid,
awaiting trial for failure to appear for
possession of prescription drug without
prescription; and possessing and using
drug paraphernalia.
Angela Patrice Louis, 40, of
Wauchula, awaiting trial for failure to
appear for two counts of issuing or
obtaining property with worthless
Christopher Deloss Lyons, 37, of
Ostean, awaiting trial for possession of

Donald Clarence Myers Jr., 35, of
Sebring, awaiting trial for battery, felony
battery resulting from bodily harm or
Americo Paniccia Jr., 30, of
Sebring, awaiting trial larceny, petit, first,
Elizabeth Vickie Sanders, 23, of
Sebring, awaiting trial for fraud or swin-
dling to obtain property; use or posses-
sion of another person's identification
without consent; larceny or theft; larce-

ny, petit, first degree of property.
Sean Michael Vela, 18, of Avon
Park, awaiting trial for aggravated
assault with deadly weapon without
intent to kill.
Ecoya Tylnn Wilson, 32, of Lake
Placid, awaiting trial for possession of
controlled substance without prescrip-
tion; and possession of narcotic equip-
ment and/or use.






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Presented by the News Sun in cooperation with the Highlands County Sheriff's Office

Herman Nibbe
339 Lemon St.
Sebring, Florida
IDOB: 5/19/59
Height: 5' 9"; Weight: 190
Charge: Failure to appear for
tampering with physical evi-
dence, carrying concealed

Lisa Danieley
3061 Glacier Ave.
Avon Park, Florida
DOB: 2/25/67
Height: 5'4"; Weight: 120
Charge: Violation of probation
for grand theft

Crystal Losey William Musick
1801 Kent Drive 3333 Mildred St.
Sebring, Florida Sebring, Florida
DOB: 1/13/82 DOB: 6/9/64
Height: 5' 6"; Weight: 140 Height: 5' 10"; Weight 175
Charge: Violation of probation Charge: Violation of probation
for possession of drug parapher- for possession of alprazolam,
nalia possession of cannabis

Alfred E. Moore
639 Tangerine St.
Sebring, Florida
DOB: 1/19/61
Height- 5'10"; Weight: 155
Charge: Violation of probation
for possession of cocaine

Nick Losey
1800 Kent Drive
Sebring, Florida
DOB: 8/31/80
Height: 5' 6"; Weight: 210
Charge: Violation of probation
for purchase of cannabis

Leslie Clunis
7 Adam St.
Avon Park, Florida
DOB: 9/21/61
Height: 5' 9"; Weight: 175
Charge: Failure to appear for
lewd, lascivious molestation,
lewd or lascivious four counts

Roman Lee Walker
3139 Lake June Blvd. Apt. 29
Lake Placid, Florida
DOB: 9/7/78
Height: 6' 3"; Weight: 218
Charge: Violation of probation
felony or community control

Terrence Salas Williams
22 E. Walnut St. Apt. 3
Avon Park, Florida
DOB: 4/29/80
Height: 6'1"; Weight: 160
Charge: Violation of probation
for felony or community control

Cornelio Fragoso
1209 W. Circle St.
Avon Park, Florida
DOB: 2/2/74
Height: 5' 6"; Weight: 145
Charge: Violation of probation
forgery three counts, uttering a
forgery three counts


The Highlands County Sheriff's Office is committed to responding to the needs of its community

through the delivery of professional services. Our mission is to protect life, property, and individual

rights while maintaining peace and order

This special feature appears weekly in the News-Sun, with photos and information provided by the

;o 1Highlands County Sheriff's Office on active Warrants as of April 24. If you know the whereabouts of any
.0 of these individuals, you are asked to call the sheriff's office at 402-7200 immediately. Call Heartland
Crime Stoppers at 800-226-TIPS to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. To
P' f& ...date, the News-Sun has assisted, through printing this page, in making 10 arrests.

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14A* Friday, April 27, 2007

Sebring residents, Cindy and Scott Maxon, participated as Ridge Ranger
volunteers during Highlands Hammock State Park's recent Earth Day
event. Ridge Rangers, facilitated by Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission, complete resource management projects on
the Lake Wales Ridge.

Courtesy photos
Chloe Aul, just 6 years old, helps to pull exotic
Dianella lillies near the Big Pavilion at Highlands
Hammock State Park during Earth Day.

44 help at
for Earth Day
Volunteers pulled out
18,500 Dianella lillies
Special to the News-Sun
SEBRING Forty-four
people came to Highlands
Hammock State Park to par-
ticipate in the Earth Day
Resource Management
Activity on April 21.
These volunteers removed
18,500 Dianella lillies, which
is a non-native plant at the
The work day added up to a
total of 103 volunteer hours
by participants ranging in age
from just 6 years old to the
mature age of 83!
Overall, nearly 900 people
came to the park to help cele-
brate Earth Day in "the
REAL Florida."

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Friday, April 27, 2007 www.newssu.com Section B

After living through Castro's terror in Cuba and making a new life in America ...


News-Sun correspondent
Sergio Smith turned 72 on April 20. That date has spe-
cial meaning because he and his wife Lilia also cele-
brated their 54th anniversary the same day.
Sergio's grandfather, Charles David Smith, was an
American from Chicago who went to Cuba in 1895 to fight in
the Spanish-American War. He married there and stayed. To
him, Cuba was paradise.
Living in Santiago de Cuba (Province Oriente) Lilia had
five sisters and three brothers. Sergio was friends with her
brothers. They first met when she was 13 and dated when she
turned 15, always chaperoned by her five sisters.
"I was immediately attracted to her. She was built and had
quite a body- I knew she was the woman I wanted to marry,"
Sergio said.
Life was wonderful after they married. They'd go dancing
on weekends, out to eat at restaurants, and they had money-
But when Castro took over in 1959, things changed.

5 a.m. killings
Lilia was working in a clothing store when armed men
arrived unannounced and told the owners to leave, it was no
longer theirs. They took over the store, nationalizing it for the
Lilia preferred to stay at home with Lili, their 8-year old
daughter, rather than work for them. In fact, she mastered her
sewing skills while Sergio worked at the Cuba Nickel
Three years passed, and in 1962 a vial of nitro- '7
glycerine (used for bombs) was found at Sergio's
workplace. The culprit was never discovered, but
Sergio and six of his fellow workers were taken to Udi
jail. He spent three weeks there and was fortunate to
come out alive after enduring pistol whippings, Ct
spending several nights in a walk-in freezer, and lis-
tening to routine 5 a.m. killings. L
"The people in the street were the judges ... they h
were strangers, communists. Luckily, I sewed for an
important communist woman who intervened with O
our other friends for Sergio's release. After all, he'd
done nothing wrong. He'd just been at the wrong S TlV;
- place at the wrong time.
-Afterwards, Sergio would hallucinate and see
people looking into our windows. He had a nervous LILIA
breakdown," Lilia said.
When he returned to work, men with guns stood
guard at his back. He constantly had to report in and account
for his whereabouts. Because of the stress, they applied to
leave the country. A brother already in the United States was
willing to sponsor them. The government immediately arrived
at their home and inventoried everything.
"You couldn't hide .anything ... neighbors communists
knew what you had. Of course, you immediately lost your
job upon application. And they didn't care how you'd sur-
vive," Lilia said. Sergio was then forced to repair cars in the
street in order to make money.

Fighting to stay alive
Today, their daughter, Dr. Lili Smith, is a clinical psycholo-
gist in Miami. She remembers how overprotective the women
were, always trying to shelter the children from difficulties.
The displaced men were forced to sit and wait for the unfore-
seen future,'so anxious to resume their traditional roles as
providers and protectors.
"Food was a persistent preoccupation. My father always
had his fishing gear prepared and when I arrived from school
we'd catch the bus to Cuidad Mar," Lili said. "We'd fill the
straw bag with red snapper and yellowtail for roasting and
sharing with family and friends.
"Other times, my father would go crab digging and return
with a big jute sack full to throw in a five-gallon pot of boil-
ing water. The women prepared ingredients for the sauce. We
all collaborated to eat."
And things got worse. The 25-room, four-bath house they
shared with his parents and siblings and their families was
now required by the government to accept total strangers to
live with them.
"For two years, we shared the same bath. One man was a
crazy guy who'd regularly scream at midnight. Another man
and his wife had another bedroom. He was the one who
inflicted the "grace shot" between the eyes to the people in
jail. He'd come home and brag about how many he killed that
night. He'd smile and laugh about it. His wife finally left
him," Lilia said.



During that five-year waiting
period, everyone had to be cre-
ative to stay alive. The police --'
arrived one night sa% ing they
planned to take her brother
Horacio dead or alive. He clever-
ly covered himself with blankets
and hid in a baby crib. Later, he
dressed as a female to get into the
safe refuge of Guantanamo Ba
during a time when his friend, a
Cuban guard, would be on duty.
Many people risked their lives hiding
and helping Horacio get away.
Lilia's friend Miriam Diaz decided
her best escape would be to swim to
Guantanamo Bay. although she didn't
yet know how to swim. Every day she
went to the beach and practiced for that
final six-hour night swim to freedom.
While waiting to leave, Lilia's biggest
concern was that she not get pregnant so as
not to be allowed to fly out of the country.
"As soon as I expressed this to Sergio. I
got pregnant that month. Luckily. Sergio Jr.
was seven months old when we finally left. We
weren't able to take anything with us just
the clothes on our back. I was so ashamed that
my daughter Lili didn't have shoes that I cut an

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(From top) Sergio and Lilia Smith on their couch
in their first apartment in Los Angeles in 1967, on
their current conch in Lake Placid and with their
children celebrating their 54th wedding anniver-
sary on April 20.

See PARADISE, page 6B

Stamps more than just postage these days ,JN

You can print your own
official United States Postal
Service postage at home on
your own printer: (www.
I remember the thrill I had
the day our office got its own
postage meter. The meter
had a sealer built in that
would seal the envelopes at
the same time postage was
stamped onto the envelope.
During the holidays, we
could personalize the sea-
son's greetings we attached
to our mail (pitneyworks.
I never seemed to mind
doing a bulk mailing after
that; it was such fun to make

the envelopes zoom through
the trough. Maybe it was
really the smell of the ink
that did it?
Did you know the Pony
Express lasted only about one
and one-half years? (www.
It's motto was: "In rain
and in snow, in sleet and in
hail over moonlit prairie,
down tortuous mountain path
... pounding pony feet knitted
Sounds reminiscent of the
USPS slogan, doesn't it?
At www.mysticstamp.
corn or www.kenmore.
stamp.corn, you can get a free
color catalog of collectible

stamps. The kenmorestamp
site is very easy to navigate,
and informative. They actual-
ly have stamps separated into
categories of interest, such
as: Princess Diana, Disney,
Space, and countries.
While looking at postage
stamps, I came across the
hobby of "stamping." This is
a whole different hobby from
being a philatelist (www.
stamps.org/). There is actu-
ally a club to join that's
specifically dedicated to rub-
ber stamping.
When my friend moved
into her first home, she
designed and stamped a bor-
der throughout her house. If

you wish to carry this hobby
another step, you can become
a scramper, a person who
does scrapbooking and
In northern days, rapidly
vanishing stamping plants
used "a metalworking
process by which sheet metal
strips were punched using a
press tool, which was loaded
on a machine press or stamp-
ing press to form the sheet
into a desired shape.
"This could be a single
stage operation where every
stroke of the press produced
the desired form on the sheet
metal part, or could occur
through a series of stages."

(http://en. wikipedia.org/wiki/
Years ago, a friend's father
was a leather stamper. He
tooled the handles for our
first set of handbells, as well
as sundry other gifts and nov-
elties (http://en.wikipedia-
The handbell handles were a
rich green with gold trim-
Leather dying usually
involves the use of spirit or
alcohol based dyes where
alcohol quickly gets absorbed
into moistened leather, carry-
ing the pigment deep into the
One interesting note, old

gun rigs, saddlebags, wallets
and cantanas -used by cow-
boys and buckaroos were
rarely colored in the old
west. The red, brown, and
black tones develop naturally
as the oiled leathers absorb
the rays of the desert sun.

unny Z is a musician, licensed
genealogist and computer con-
sultant in Sebring. She may be
contacted at
SunnyZ10221 @vistanetnet


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2B Friday, April 27, 2007

~ dk~

Verlon Carrell

All of us


the Valley of

"Elijah was a man with a
nature like ours ..." James
5:17. When we compare
our lives and experiences
with that of Elijah, ours
seems rather drab and
insignificant compared with
Didn't he stand before
Ahab the King and
denounce him face to face?
Didn't he lift a dead boy to
life again? Wasn't he victo-
rious over 400 prophets of
Baal at Mt. Carmel? Didn't
he carry the key to heav-
en's door for more than
three years? And didn't he
exchange worlds in a chari-
ot of fire and whirlwind?
But brace yourself. There
is only a short distance
from the mountaintop of
victory to the valley of
despair. The Bible says of
Elijah, "and he came and
sat under a juniper tree."
The victorious, hard-
fighting prophet was very
much like us after all. He
- too got down in the dumps
and felt the dregs of defeat.
Sooner or later we all have
sat under the juniper tree.
We have all known our
valleys of depression and
failures. We have suffered
the pain of defeat. Maybe
some illness, or a rebellious
child, a moral lapse, a
wreaked marriage, a finan-
cial set back. They come in
various forms and we, like
Elijah, feel alone, desperate
and like a failure.
How God dealt with his
prophet gives us an insight
into his love and care.
Elijah was tired, wiped out
and spent. God rested and
fed him.
His experience at Mt.
SCarmel had left him
drained mentally, emotion-
ally and physically. Elijah
had lost faith in himself,
and in others.
He felt alone. He thought
that no one else in all of
Israel was true to God. God
reminded him that it wasn't
his business to keep books.
God said he had 7,000 who
were still true in Israel.
We too are limited and
our view is too narrow to
keep books for God. That's
a lesson we need to learn.
After dealing patiently with
Elijah's blues, God com-
missioned him to go and
stand before the king.
It's one thing to sit under
our juniper tree, but it's
something else to stay
We must not languish in
self pity and despair. The
time comes when we must
get up and act..Paul said in
2 Corinthians 4:8-9, "We
are hard-pressed on every
side, yet not crushed; we
are perplexed, but not in
despair; persecuted, but not
forsaken; struck down, but
not destroyed."
May God help us to rise -
from defeat, get from under
our juniper tree and accept
our victories.

Verlon Carrell is the minister
at Lake Placid Church of
Christ. He can be reached at

465-4636 or e-mail him at
Vman4 underpar@ aol.com.


'Aqua Teen' a blast ... if you're a fan

Does a movie about a talk-
ing milkshake, a talking box
of French fries and a talking
ball of uncooked meat sound
entertaining to you?
If it doesn't then please, for
your own sake, don't see
"Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Colon Movie for Film
Theaters." For your own
But if it does, then you'll
love the film, which is basi-
cally an expanded version of
the popular TV show on
Cartoon Network's Adult
Swim programming block.
And if you're a fan of the
show, then you're probably
going to go see the movie
For the uninitiated, the
show and the movie revolve
around four characters:
Frylock (the aforementioned
box of fries, obviously),
Master Shake (the milkshake
again, obviously), and
Meatwad (guess which one he
According to show creators
Matt Maiellaro and Dave
Willis, the group was origi-
nally intended to be a crime-
fighting group that solved
mysteries. But the creates
got bored with that plot line
pretty quickly, so they ended
up making the show about
random things happening to
the group.
A typical "Aqua Teen"
episode starts off with Shake
hitting Meatwad with some-
J thing and Frylock telling him
to stop. Then a strange char-
acter (sometimes an alien,
sometimes a robot, sometimes
something else) comes in and
does something bad. Shake,
Meatwad and Frylock then
end up either not caring about
the character but accidentally
foiling his evil plan, or watch-
ing him follow through with
his evil plan and ... well ... not
caring again.
Believe it or not, the show
is one of the funniest shows
on television. But unfortu-
nately, it just doesn't translate
all that well to the movie the-
ater. Each episode of the TV
show is a mere 12 minutes
long, so it takes quite an
adjustment to sit through 90
minutes worth of movie. But
despite some slow parts, 'the
movie is still quite funny if
you're a fan of the show.
The plot can be described
as rambling at best, but it
loosely deals with the origins
of Shake, Meatwad and
Frylock. Then it deals with
the group halfheartedly fight-
ing a giant exercise machine
that's terrorizing their New
Jersey town. Then it deals

Mu iFphy

Murphy Movie Rating
1 M = Miserable
2 M = Mediocre
3 M = Marginal
4 M = Magnificent
5 M = Masterpiece

'Aqua Teen' gets

(if you're a fan of the show)

(if you're not)

with an amusement park, a
giant chicken and aliens who
steal furniture. Then it gets
And no, I didn't make any
of that up.
As you can probably tell,
"Aqua Teen" is a film that
appeals to a specific (and
odd) audience. The film is
funny, but funny in a "what in
the world is going on?" kind
of way, that some people like
and others don't.
I've been a fan since I knew
the show existed (which prob-
ably says a lot about me) and
it definitely has a loyal fan
base. The film has recieved
some mainstream attention,
however, due to some unusual
marketing techniques.
In, January the movie got
some serious publicity after a
guerrilla marketing campaign
featuring ads for the film
were mistaken for bombs,
resulting in a shutdown of
Boston by overly panicky
police. You just can't buy that
kind of publicity (although
apparently Cartoon Network
had to, as it agreed to fork
over $2 million to pay for the
Boston shutdown and the
head of the network was
forced to resign).
In March, Cartoon Network
said they would be showing
the movie on free TV on April
Fool's Day. What was thought
to be a simple April Fool's

The Basics
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joke turned out to. be reality
(sort of) as the movie was
shown albeit in a tiny box in
the corner of the screen.
So while the finished the-
atrical product doesn't quite
live up to the advertising
hype, "Aqua Teen Hunger
Force Colon Movie Film for
Theaters" (gotta love that
title) is still a solid, funny
film if you're a fan of the
But if you've never heard
of the show, either watch an
episode on TV first or just
avoid it altogether. And if you
think that you'll be distracted
by talking fast food, then you
might want to avoid even
thinking about this film
- although you will at least
enjoy the hilarious opening
sequence of the movie (which
involves a dancing popsicle,
an all-food rock band and lots
of cursing it just has to be
seen to be believed).
But "Aqua Teen" fans
should check the movie out.
It's funny, it's entertaining,
and it features most of the vil-
lains from the TV show. And
as a bonus, you'll find out
who the parents of Shake,
Meatwad and Frylock really
And I'll give you a hint: It
involves a burrito and water-
melon. Seriously.

Matt Murphy, a reporter at the
News-Sun, studied film at the
University of Tennessee in
Knoxville. Ever since, he has
developed a keen interest in
films of all genres, particularly
films of the 1960s and '70s. He
can be reached at 385-6155,
ext. 526, or by e-mail at
matt.murphy@ newssun.com.

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Atonement Lutheran
Lived Happily Ever After"
will be the sermon topic at
the 9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist
service for the fourth Sunday
of Easter by the Rev. Dr. Jack
Biemiller, interim pastor.
Serving will be June
Townsend, Eucharistic assis-
tant; Elsa Raushi, lector;
Anita Metz, Communion'
assistant, and Amanda
Gossett, acolyte.
The First Edition Bible
Class will meet at 10 a.m.
Monday in the parish hall
with Biemiller leading the
class. The First Edition Bible
Class explores the Scriptural
texts for the following
Sunday's service.
Everyone is invited to par-
ticipate in this class.
Mary/Martha Circle will
meet-at noon Tuesday in the
parish hall for a lesson and
salad luncheon.
All ladies of the church are
invited to attend. Those
attending are asked to bring a
salad to share.
Thanks offerings will be

Avon Park Church of
the Center of Your Life!,"
based on Colossians 1:16-18,
will be the message presented
by Larry Roberts, minister, at
10:30 a.m. Sunday. The
Lord's Supper is served every
The evening service will
be a devotional with Timothy
Class participating.
Jeff Parker will be in
charge of the program.
A fingerfood fellowship
will follow the devotional.

Avon Park Lakes
Baptist Church
church will have a dinner on
the grounds after morning
worship service Sunday.
Following lunch, Brenda
McCollum will be guest
speaker. She will speak about
"In Kind Giving."
McCollum leads up the
Strategic Endowed Giving
Department with the Florida
Baptist Convention.
Women On Mission will
meet at 6 p.m. Monday, May
7, in the fellowship hall. All
women are invited, come
share fellowship and' dessert.
The Royal Care monthly
birthday party is at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, May 9. To help,
call Leila Wakefield at 453-
Donations for the Church
Service Center are appreciat-
ed. This is an ongoing min-
istry that all can help with.
Canned goods, good clean
clothes or household items
are needed.

Christian Science
SEBRING The lesson
sermon on Sunday will be
"Probation After Death." The
keynote is from Romans 8:2,
"... the law of the spirit of
life in Christ Jesus hath made
me free from the law of sin
and death."

Christian Training
Ministries Inc.
Downing, associate minister,
will bring the message enti-
tled "Beauty For Ashes" at
the 10 a.m. service Sunday.

Cornerstone Baptist
SEBRING Pastor Randy
Gaines will bring a message
on the indwelling Spirit of
God in believers.
Cornerstone currently is

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Services are at 10:30 a.m.
and 6 p.m. Sunday. During
all services there is a pro-
gram for children.
For more information, call

Covenant Presbyterian
Darrell Arnold's sermon dur-
ing the 10:30 a.m. worship
service Sunday will be on the
Life of David, based on 1
Samuel, Chapter 28.
The kids and youth pro-
grams will resume at 5:30
p.m. Wednesday. Prayer
meeting will be at 6 p.m. as
will Ladies Bible Study.
Choir practice begins at 7:15
The Youth Group will be
heading to the "World on
Fire" Tour at the Restoration
Center, sponsored by Youth
for Christ, today.
The church is at 4500 Sun
'N Lake Blvd., Sebring.
Phone number is 385-3234.

Eastside Christian
hamburger and hot dog cook-
out and picnic will be on the
church grounds at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday. There will be
games and activities for the
kids and adults. Skook and
Gayle Wright will be present-
ing a 6 p.m. concert. The
community is invited to the
picnic and concert:
Pastor Stephen Bishop will
preach at the 10:15 a.m. wor-
ship celebration Sunday. The
choir is singing "Great Is the
Lord." Those serving the
Lord's Supper are Steve
Lucchesi, Bob Pease, Skook
Wright, and Bob Kules. The
communion meditation will
be given by Fred Soderstrom.
The church would like to
welcome its recent new mem-
bers: Larry and Carol
Watson, Herb and Nancy
Shroeder, -and Sam and Elena
All ladies and guests are
reminded to sign up for the
"Tea Party" luncheon at
11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5.
Tickets for $2 are available
again Sunday.

Emmanuel United
Church of Christ
Barbara Laucks will deliver
the' sermon, "Leaps of
Faith!," based on the gospel
of John 20:19-31.
An adult discussion group
meets every Friday to discuss
social, moral and religious
issues using a variety of
resources that encourage
thoughtful and stimulating
dialogue from the Christian
perspective that God is still

Faith Lutheran Church
SEBRING The pastor's
sermon title for Sunday will
be "If We Are the Body,"
based on I Corinthians 12:12-

First Christian Church
AVON PARK Celebra-
tion hour begins at 10 a.m.
led by Jon Carter, music min-
ister. Bill Raymond, minister,
will bring a message from
Chapter 8 of Romans. J.A.M.
is provided for children Pre-
Kindergarten through third
Teens will be attending

Sebring Aglow
Lighthouse meets
Aglow Lighthouse will meet
Saturday, May 5, at Union
Congregational Church, at
106 N. Butler Ave., Avon
Park. Breakfast will be at 9
a.m., no charge. The meeting
follows at 9:45 a.m. Aglow
is an inter-denominational
women's fellowship monthly.
Guest speaker this month
is Veloney Gillespie.
Gillespie is an active mem-
ber of Greater Dimensions
Church in Sebring. She lives
by the motto: "When I leave
this world, I hope it is a bet-
ter place because I was ,
here." Gillespie believes in
going any place necessary to
compel hearts to the Lord
and help change people's
She will be sharing about
the attributes of Jesus and
how his power will help
women to stop living

"The World on Fire" concert
tour in Sebring tonight. Call
Bart Culpepper today, if any-
one has not already.
The youth are hoping all
will support them as they
"Walk for Life" Saturday,
May 19. This is the second
annual "Walk For Life" spon-
sored by the Orange Blossom
.Pregnancy Care Centers.
As one of the outreach
ministries, the church contin-
ues to collect items for the
Church Service Center.
The church meets at 1016
W. Camphor St. (next to
Wachovia Bank). Call 453-
8929 for more information or
check the Web site,

First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ),
SEBRING Pastor Ron
Norton's sermon title will be
"John Baptizes Jesus." The
Scripture reading will be
from Matthew 3:13-15. At
the Lord's Table this Sunday
will be Walter and Anna
Coley. Serving Communion
will be Phyllis Holbert, Clara
Moore, Paul Holbert and
Barbara Slinkard. Greeting
the congregation will be
Carol Coss and Janice
The Choir Chime Ringers
will rehearse at 6:30 p.m.
The CWF Service Day will
be at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Choir rehearsal will be at
6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Praise worship is at 6:45
p.m. Thursday. Youth fellow-
ship meets at 7:15 p.m.
Thursday. Midweek Bible
study is at 7:15 p.m.

First Presbyterian
Church A. R. RP.
Sunday morning worship
service, pastor Bob Johnson
will give a sermon on
"Equipped For the Job"
based on Acts 2:1-13. The
choir anthem will be "I Shall
Not Be Moved."
The morning fellowship
will begin at 9 a.m. in the
fellowship hall. The adult
class will study II Samuel
Chapter 20 "How to Lose
Your Head." The Berean

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Come and share a time of
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(The building is wheel-
chair accessible).

Lake Placid Christian
Ministers hosting
National Day of
Prayer Service
noon Thursday, the Lake
Placid Christian Ministers'
Association will again host a
concert of prayer at the
gazebo in Devarie Park.
All Christians in the com-
munity are welcome. All
pastors are welcome to come
and share.
Any questions and con-
cerns should be directed to
Tim Huffman of Placid
Lakes Baptist Church at

class will continue in its
study of the book "What's So
Amazing About Grace?"
Johnson will conduct the
Communicant's Class at 3
The Prayer Group will
meet at 9:30 a.m..in the
Parlor, followed by Bible
Study at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday continuing their
study of the book "He Chose
the Nails." First Wednesday
lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. in
fellowship hall. Choir prac-
tice will be at 6:30 p.m.
National Day of Prayer is
Tuesday. Members are asked
to set aside a special time to
pray for the needs of the
town and community as well
as the nation, its leaders and
the world.
World Witness Dinner at
the Best .Western in Winter
Haven is Friday, May '4. The
reception begins at 6:45 p.m.,
and dinner is at 7:30.
Speakers are the Rev. Frank
Van Dalen, executive direc-
tor, and Heiko Burklin, mis-
sionary to Germany.
The church is on the shore
of Lake Verona at 215 E.
Circle St., with two entrances
on LaGrande Street; phone

First Presbyterian
SEBRING "The Fear of
God" is the title of the ser-
mon for Sunday's sermon by
the Rev. Darrell A. Peer.
Ruth Circle meets at 10
a.m., Senior High youth
group meets from 6:30-8:15
p.m. and Rebekah Circle
meets at 7 p.m. in the adult
classroom Tuesday.
Kids for Christ youth
group meets from 3:10-4:10
p.m., in fellowship hall, and
Choir practice is at 5:30 p.m.
Miriam Circle meets at 1
p.m. Thursday.

First United Methodist
Church of Sebring
Ron Daniel's continuing ser-
mons of "God's Recipe for
your Life" will be "The
Ingredient of Baptism A

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Clean Heart." The scripture
is taken from Psalm 51:10,
Matthew 3:13-17, and I Peter
The annual Mother and
Daughter Banquet will be at
6 p.m. Tuesday in the Family
Life Center. The event is
sponsored by the United
Methodist Women.
The youth will be attend-
ing a Birthday Party -
"Give Kids the World" -
from 3-11:30 p.m. Saturday.
For information, call the
church office at 385-5184.

Frostproof Church
of Christ
Frostproof Church of Christ
would like to extend an invi-
tation to visit and study
God's word. The church is
non-denominational and has
no earthly headquarters.
Members believe that the
Bible is the inspired word of
God and as such is infallible.
The purpose of the church is
to reach out and tell others of
the good news about Jesus
and what the Bible teaches of
what must be done to be
This week's Sunday morn-
ing lesson will be a study of
Jephthah from Judges 10 and
11 in the Old Testament. The
evening sermon will be a les-
son from the book of
Revelation chapters 21 and
The church's worship serv-
ice will include congrega-
tional singing, earnest
prayers arid supplications to
God, partaking of the Lord's
Supper and plain Bible les-
sons presented from God's
All visitors are welcome to
attend any and all services.
Bible Study Classes are
offered at 10 a.m. Sunday
and 7 p.m. Wednesday.


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Worship Service starts at 11
a.m. and again at 6 p.m.
Frostproof Church of
Christ is at 40 W. "A" St.,

Heartland Christian
SEBRING During the
praise and worship service
starting at 10 a.m. Sunday,
Lyn Butterfield, Flossi Moore
and Mary VanHooreweght
will sing a hymn entitled "A
Personal Savior." Dick
Swenson will also perform a
Pastor Ted Moore's sermon
will be "A Witness's
Qualifications" from the
book of John 5:30-47.

Lake Placid Church
of Christ
Lake Placid Church of Christ
invites the public to come
and worship each and every
Sunday. Bible classes for all
ages begin at 9 a.m. and wor-
ship begins at 10 a.m.
Minister Verlon Carrell's
message Sunday will be
"Sharing the Stockpile."
Worship begins at 6 p.m.
Sunday. Sunday night is the
church's fifth Sunday night
singing and devotion. The
church invites all to come
and experience Jesus with
them this Sunday.

Parkway Free Will Baptist
SEBRING The 10 a.m.
Sunday Bible lesson, "Christ
Is Our Protector," is taken
from the seventh chapter of
Revelation. The 6 p.m. serv-
ice will be the end of the
month sing and fellowship
time. All are welcome to all

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Resurrection Lutheran
On the fourth Sunday of
Easter, Pastor John
Grodzinski's sermon will be
based n the 10th chapter of
John. he worship assistant.
will b, Paul Willcox, the
acolyte will be Dayna Hoke,
the lector will be Jack
Essenberg, and the
Communion assistant will be
Bert Kohler. The Lord's
Supper is served at each serv-
ice. Join for coffee and fel-
lowship in Burke Hall after
the 10:30 service.
A fragrance-free service is
held every Wednesday at 7
All proceeds from the alu-
minum can collection benefit
Evangelical Lutheran Church
in America World Hunger.
The recycling bin is on the
southwest corner of the
church property. Put cans in
a plastic grocery sack and tie
it securely with a knot. Bring
them on Sunday morning or

Wednesday evening.
Reach out to the ladies and
children at the Highlands
County Family Safe House
by donating flip flops, tennis
shoes, and blue jeans.
Monetary donations are
always welcomed. Keep the
project in your prayers.
The Congregational Care
Meeting is at 9:30 a.m.
Also on.Tuesday, Women
of Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America meets at 1
p.m. and the Worship and
Music Committee meets at 3
Soup will be served at 6:15
p.m. Wednesday, followed by
mid-week service. The
J.O.Y. Gathering is at 2 p.m.

St. Francis of Assisi
Episcopal Church
will be a breakfast at 9:15
a.m. Sunday, May 6, and both
services will commemorate
the National Day of Prayer.
The Thrift Shop will be
open from 9:30 a.m. to noon
both'Tuesday and Friday.

St. John United
Methodist Church
SEBRING At the 8 a.m.
and 10:30 a.m. services, the
Rev. Ronald De Genaro will
deliver the message, "Do You
Hear Me Now?" based on
text from John 20:22-30. St.
John is planning to continue
both the 8 a.m. and 10:30
a.m. services throughout the

Sanctuary Church of
for a life changing, Spirit
filled, glorious time with the
Lord starting Sunday through
Wednesday. Don't miss'
"Word + Spirit = Power."
This conference will
change lives, body, mind and
spirit. Invite family, friends,
co-workers, anyone who is
ready for God to move in
their lives. Come one, come
all starting at 10:30 a.m. and
6 p.m. Sunday, nightly at
7:30 p.m. Monday through
Guest speakers are evan-
gelist Keith Barron, pastor
Kevin Grissom and pastor

Raymond Kilgore.
Check the Web at
www.thesanct.org for more
Mother's Day, a Global
Women's connection interna-
tional brunch, is at 10 a.m.
Saturday, May 12. Bring a
favorite ethnic breakfast
food. There will be a special
service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday,
May 13. Wear an internation-
al costume if possible. There
will be gifts for all mothers.
A nursery will be provided.
Walk for Life, Orange
Blossom Pregnancy Care
Center is Saturday, May 19,
at Highlands Hammock State
On the radio, tune in to
WHFT 1390- AM every
weekday at 5:05 p.m. for
"Freedom." Watch River
Reflection on Cable Channel
4 at 1 p.m. Friday.
Scripture for the week "So
there was great joy in the
city." Acts 8:8.

Sebring Church of the

SEBRING The guest
pastor is the Rev. Phil

Lersch, retired pastor from
St. Petersburg, at the 10:15
worship service Sunday. He
will deliver God's message
entitled, "What Shall We Do
with a Risen Savior?"
The Temple Choir will pro-
vide special music. The
Friendship Class will meet at
9 a.m. and will be led by the
minister of visitation,
Wendell Bohrer, on the topic
"Christ is our Protection."

Southside Baptist

David Altman will bring a
message from the Second
Peter series titled "Have
Patience" in the 10:45 a.m.
worship service Sunday.
Teresa Altman will sing a
solo, and Emily Pausley will
play a piano solo. Children's
church and a nursery are
Altman will continue the
series Surveying the
Scriptures with a message
titled "Romancing Ruth" in
the 6:30 p.m. worship serv-
ice. Laura Ritenour will sing
- a solo, and Gary Hilliker will

play a trumpet solo.
The AWANA clubs and the
youth group will meet at 6:30
p.m. Wednesday. Adult Bible
study and prayer meeting
begins at 7 p.m.
The church is at 379 S.
Commerce Ave. For informa-
tion, call 385-0752 or log on
to ssbcs.homestead.com

Spring Lake United
Methodist Church
Exalted" is the title of the
Rev. Dale Schanely's mes-
sage for the fourth Sunday of
Easter. The triumphal mean-
ing of Philippians 2:9-10
brings Christ to his heavenly
place after his ascension and
the place of everyone in
humility before his name.
The choir will sing Jack
Hayford's "Majesty" as an
offertory and the Rev. Seth
Bliven will sing "His Name
is Wonderful," repeated by
the congregation. For this
fifth Sunday of the month,
there will be a special offer-
ing for the United Methodist
Children's Home. The instru-

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Places to Worship is a paid
advertisement in the News-Sun
that is published Friday and
Sunday. To find out more infor-
mation on how to place a listing
in this directory, call the News-
Sun at 385-6155, 465-0426 or 452-
1009, ext. 518.


Christ Fellowship Church
(Assembly of God), 2935 New Life
Way. Bearing His Name; Preaching
His Doctrine; and Awaiting His
Coming. '"Worshiping God in Spirit
and in Truth." Sunday School, 9
a.m.; Morning Worship, 10 a.m.;
Evening Worship, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Worship, 7 p.m. Pastor
Eugene Haas'. Phone 471-0924.
First Assembly of God, 114
South Central Ave., Avon Park, FL
33825. Phorie: 453-4453. Sunday
--- School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship:
10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday
Children's Church: 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday Adult Bible Study and
Youth/Royal Explorers, 7 p.m.
Pastor: John E. Dumas.
First Assembly of God, 4409
Kenilworth Blvd. The Rev. Wilmont
McCrary, pastor. Sunday School, 10
a.m.; Morning Worship and KIDS
Church, 11 a.m.; Evening Worship,
7 p.m. Wednesday Family Night,
(Adult Bible Study), LIFE Youth
Group, Royal Rangers,
Missionettes, 7:30 p.m. Phone 385-


Avon Park Lakes Baptist
Church, 2600 N. Highlands Blvd.,..
Avon Park, FL 33825. Christ cen-
tered and biblically based. Sunday
worship services, 11 a.m. and 6
p.m. Children's worship service, 11
a.m. Nursery facilities are available.
Bible studies at 9:45 a.m. Sunday
and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Bible class-
es at 9:45 a.m. are centered for all
ages. Spanish worship service, 7
p.m. Friday. Choir practice at 4:45
p.m. Sunday. Church phone: 452-
6556. Rev. Marcus Marshall as
Bethany Baptist Church,
(GARBC), Christ-centered, biblical-
ly based, family focused church on
798 C-17A South, Avon Park, FL
(corner of SR-17 and C-17A Truck
Route). Pastor: David L. Conrad.
9:00a.m. Bible study for all ages.
9:45 a.m. Fellowship and refres-
ment time. 10:30 a.m. Morning
Worship service. Evening Service, 6
p.m.; AWANA Club for children age
3 to sixth grade is 6:45-8:15 p.m.
Wednesday. Team45 teen group
(with Pastor Ben Kurz) and Adult
Prayer and Praise time meet at 7
p.m. Wednesday. Nursery care is
provided for all services. For more
information, phone 452-1136.
Cornerstone Baptist Church -
No matter where you come from, no,
matter who you are, there is a place
for you at Cornerstone. You'll enjoy
a blend of traditional and praise and,
worship music, friendly people, and
relevant messages from God's
Word. Currently meeting in the con-
ference room of the new Holiday Inn
Express, 4400 U.S. 27 North,
Sebring, across from Tanglewpod
Resort. Service times are 10:30
a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Nursery
and childcare provided for morning
service. For information, call 314-
0932. Pastor Randy Gaines.
Faith Missionary Baptist
Church, off State Road 17 North of
Sebring at 1708 LaGrange Ave.
Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Morning
Worship, 11 a.m.; Evening Worship,
6 p.m. Wednesday Service, 7 p.m.
Deaf interpretation available. Ken
Lambert, Pastor. Phone 386-5055.
Fellowship Baptist Church,

1000 Maxwell St., Avon Park, FL
33825. Sunday: Sunday School,
9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10:45
a.m.; Evening Worship, 5 p.m.
Wednesday: Evening Service, 7
p.m.;' Children/Youth/Young Adult
Ministries, 7 p.m. Michael Roberts,
Pastor. Telephone: 453-4256. Fax:
453-6986. E-mail: fellowsh@stra-
* First Baptist Church of Avon
Park, 100 N. Lake Ave., Avon Park.
Regular Sunday schedule: 8:30
a.m. Orchestra rehearsal, 9 a.m.
'Library open, 9:30 a.m. Sunday
School, 9:30 a.m. Spanish Bible
Study (chapel), 10:30 a.m. Library
open, 11 a.m. Morning Worship, 11
a.m. Spanish Worship Service
(chapel), 4 p.m. ESL, 4:30 p.m.
Youth choir rehearsal, 5:15 p.m.
TeamKid (FLC), 6 p.m. Evening
worship service, 7 p.m. Creative
Movement Ministry. ESL Tuesday ,
schedule: 9-10 a.m., computer class;.
10 a.m. to noon conversational
English; 7-9 p.m. computer class
and conversational English. Regular
Wednesday schedule: 5 p.m.
Family Night Supper; 6 p.m. chil-
dren's choir rehearsals, youth activ-
ities and prayer meeting; 6:30 p.m.
Bible study and worship choir prac-
tice; 7 p.m. Spanish Bible study
(chapel) and mission groups.
Friday: 7 p.m. Spanish prayer meet-
ing. Nursery provided for all servic-
es. LifeGroups (Bible studies) are
offered on various days and times.
Call 453-6681 for details. The 24-
hour prayer line is (863) 452-1957.
* First Baptist Church of Lake
Josephine, 111 Lake Josephine
Drive, Sebring (just off U.S. 27 mid-
way between Sebring and Lake
Placid). Your place for family, friends
and faith. Sunday morning worship
service is 11 a.m. Nursery is provid-
ed for both services with Children's
Church at 11 a.m. Life Changing
Bible Study for all ages starts at
9:45 a.m. Associate Pastor Allen
Altvater leads the youth in their
quest to become more like Christ.
Sunday night worship at 6 p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study and Prayer
meeting at 7 p.m. along with youth
worship in the youth facility, and,
missions training for all children.
Call the church at 655-1524.
* First Baptist Church of Lorida
located right on U.S. 98 in Lorida.
Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m.
for all ages. Sunday worship servic-
es are at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Preschool care is provided at the
11:00 a.m. worship service.
Wednesday evening, a youth group
meets at 6:20 p.m. and is for ages 3
through 12th grade. Also at 6:30
p.m., is a prayer service followed by
adult choir rehearsal First Lorida is
the "Place to discover God's love."
Toby Cribbs, Youth/Children
Ministries; Mike, Ford, bus captain.
Bus rides to Sunday School and
11:00 a.m. worship service are pro-
vided for children grades first
through adults by calling 655-1878.
For more information about the
church or the ministries offered, call
First Baptist Church, Sebring,
200 East Center Ave., Sebring, FL,
33870. Telephone: 385-5154. Dr.
James Henry, pastor; Rev. David
Thomas, associate pastor music
and senior adults; Rev. Bill Cole,
associate pastor education; Arnie
Belcher, student ministry adviser.
Sunday School, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday
Worship, 10:30 a.m.; Sunday
Evening Worship, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday night programs for chil-
dren, youth and adults from 5:30-
7:30 p.m. Preschool and Mother's
Day Out for children age 6 weeks to
5 years old. Becky Gotsch, director.
Call 385-4704.
Florida Avenue Baptist Church,
401 South Florida Ave., Avon Park.
Mailing address is 710 W. Bell St.,


Avon Park, FL 33825. Sunday: 9:45
a.m. Sunday School for all ages; 11
a.m. worship service; 11 a.m. chil-
dren's and junior church; 4:30 p.m.
choir practice; 6 p.m. evening wor-
ship service. Wednesday prayer
and Bible study is 7 p.m. for chil-
dren, youth and adults. Pastor is the
Rev. John D. Girdley. Office hours
are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through
Friday. Phone is 453-5339; fax is
453-5556; e-mail is
theavenue@earthlink.net, and Web
site is www.ourchurch.com/mem-
ber/t/thea venue.
* Independent Baptist Church,
5704 County Road 17 South,
Sebring, FL 33876. Sunday School
- 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship -
10:30 a.m. Sunday evening 6
p.m. Wednesday service 7 p.m.
Fundamental, soul-winning, mis-
sion-minded, King James Bible
Church. Dr. John Hankins, pastor:
Larry.,Ruse, youinr, pastor. Phone
655-1899. Bus transportation..
* Maranatha Baptist Church
(GARBC), 35 Maranatha Blvd.,
Sebring, FL 33870 (A half mile east
of Highlands Avenue on Arbuckle
Creek Road.) Sunday School, 9
a.m.; Morning Worship, 10:15 a.m.;
Evening Service, 6 p.m. Mid-week
service, Wednesday, 6 p.m. Daily
Prayer and Bible Study, 8 a.m.,
Hamman Hall. Pastor Gerald
Webber and Associate Pastor Stan
Mohr. Phone 382-4301.
* Open Door Baptist Church,
located in the Sebring Square shop-
ping center in the Music Makers
Music Store (between Winn Dixie
and the pet store). The Bible is our
doctrine. Our faith is the Lord Jesus
Christ. "Come let us search the
Scriptures together." Everyone is
cordially invited to attend. Bible
study, 10 a.m.; morning worship, 11
a.m.; evening worship, 6 p.m.; and
Wednesday evening service, 6 p.m.
Pastor Rev. James R. Stevens. For
information, call 402-5699.
* Parkway Free Will Baptist
Church, 3413 Sebring Parkway,
Sebring, FL 33870. Welcome to the
church where the "Son" always
shines. Sunday School, 10 a.m.;
Morning Worship, 11 a.m.; Sunday
Evening Worship, 6 p.m.; and
Wednesday Evening Worship, 7
p.m. End-of-the-Month-Sing at 6
p.m. on the last Sunday of each
month. The Rev. John D. Cave, pas-
tor. Church phone: 382-3552. Home
phone: 655-0967. Affiliated with the
National Association of Free Will
Baptists, Nashville, Tenn.
* Sparta Road Baptist Church,
.(SBC) 4400 Sparta Road. Mike
Adams, Pastor. Sunday School,
9:45 a.m.; Sunday Morning
Worship, 11 a.m.; Sunday Evening
Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday:
Prayer/Bible Study, 7 p.m.; Choir
practice 8 p.m. Nursery provided.
For information, call 382-0869.
* Southside Baptist Church
(GARBC), 379 S. Commerce Ave.,
Sebring. David C. Altman, Pastor;
Chuck Pausley, Youth Pastor; Ralph
0. Burns, Assistant to the Pastor.
Sunday School for all ages, 9:30
a.m.; Morning Worship Service,
10:45 a.m.; Evening Worship, 6:30
p.m. Wednesday: Awana kinder-
garten through fifth grade, 6:30
p.m.; Youth Meeting for Teens, 6:30
p.m. Adult Midweek Prayer and
Bible Study, 7 p.m. A nursery for
under age 3 is available at all serv-
ices. Provisions for handicapped
and hard-of-hearing. Office phone,
Spring Lake Baptist Church,
7408 Valencia Road, Sebring, FL
33876. Phone: 655-2610. Pastor
Tom Kesinger. Independent, funda-
mental, affiliated with the GARBC.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Sunday
morning service, 10:45 a.m.;
Sunday evening service, 6 p.m.
Wednesday prayer meeting and

Bible study, 7 p.m.
* Sunridge Baptist Church,
(SBC) 3704 Valerie Blvd. (U.S. 27
and Valerie, across from Florida
Hospital), Sebring. Dr. George R.
Lockhart, pastor; and Nathan
Didway, director of student min-
istries. Sunday School, 9;30 a.m.;
Sunday Morning Worship, 10:45
a.m.; and Sunday Evening Service,
6 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer, 6 p.m.;
Bible Study, 6:30 p.m. Youth
Worship, 6:30 p.m. and Team Kids,
6:30 p.m. Nursery provided Sunday
and Wednesday. For information,
call 382-3695.
* Whispering Pines Baptist
Church, 303 White Pine Drive,
Sebring. Phone: 382-6265, Prayer
line, 385-6788. Pastor Steve
Trinkle. Sunday: Worship Services,
10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Sunday
School for all ages at 9:15 a.m.
Wednesday: Prayer Service, 6:30
p.m. Ministry opportunities for the
entire lamiiy Irrough Worship, Bible
Study, Discipleship, Music, Student
and Children's Ministries, Missions
and Fellowship. Child Development
Center available for ages 1-5 from 7
a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through
Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.


* Our Lady of Grace Catholic
Church, 595 East Main St., Avon
Park, 453-4757. Father Nicholas
McLoghlin, pastor. Saturday Vigil
Mass is 4 p.m. in English and 7 p.m.
in Spanish; 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
Sunday; Weekdays at 8 a.m.
Monday through Friday.
Confessions are at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday. Religious Education
Classes are 8:50-10 a.m.
September through May for grades
1st through 12th. Youth Nights for 6
years and older are frown 6:30-8:30
p.m. Wednesday.
* St. Catherine Catholic Church,
820 Hickory St., Sebring (mailing
address: Parish Office, 882 Bay St.,
Sebring, FL 33870), 385-0049. The
Rev. Jose Gonzalez, pastor.
Masses Saturday Vigil: 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m.,10:30 a.m.and
noon Spanish Mass. Confessions:
4-4:45 p.m. Saturday and 7:00 a.m.
on first Friday, or on request. Daily
Mass, 8 a.m., and' 12 noon Monday
through Friday. Faith Formation
Classes for grades kindergarten
through fifth, 9-10:15 a.m. Sunday
in the parish hall (Rebecca Propst,'
coordinator of Faith Formation.for
grades kindergarten through eighth,
385-7844.) The Edge Program for
grades sixth through eighth is from
6:45-8:15 p.m. Wednesday in the
Youth Center (Rebecca Propst). Life
Teen for high school students from
6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday in the Youth
Center. (William Sr. and Sandy
Manint, youth ministers, 382-2222).
Adult Faith Formation and people
waiting to be Catholic in the Youth
Center from 7-9 p.m. Thursday.
(William Manint Sr., program direc-
tor, 385-0049). Choir rehearsal from
7-9 p.m. Wednesday in church.
Robert Gillmore, director of music.
* St. James Catholic Church,
3380 Placidview Drive, Lake Placid,
465-3215. Father Vincent Llaria,
Pastor. Mass schedule: Summer
(May 1 to Oct. 31) Saturday Vigil, 4
p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.;
Weekdays, 9 a.m. Winter (Nov. 1 to
April 30) Saturday, 4 p.m.;
Sunday, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11
a.m:; Weekdays 9 a.m.; and Holy
Days 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.,
first Saturday at 9 a.m.


Eastside Christian Church, 101
Peace Ave., Lake Placid, FL 33852
(two, miles east of U.S. 27 on
County Road 621), 465-7065.

Stephen Bishop, pastor. S.C.
Couch, associate pastor. Sunday:
Bible classes, 9 a.m.; fellowship,
9:45 a.m. with refreshments; and
Worship Celebration with the Lord's
Supper each week 10:15 a.m. Youth
Church with Martha Crosbie, direc-
tor at 10:40 a.m. Janet Couch, sec-
retary; Thelma Hall, organist; and
Pat Hjort, pianist. Wednesday:
Praise and Prayer, 6:30 p.m.;
"Building for all generations." "Jesus
Christ, the Way, Truth and Life. Alive
and worth the drive."
* Sebring Christian Church, 4514
Hammock Road, Sebring, FL
33872. Tod Schwingel, Preacher;
Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday
School, 11 a.m.; Sunday Evening
Worship, 6 p.m.; Wednesday night
meals, 5 p.m.; and Wednesday
Bible Study, 6 p.m. Phone 382-
* First Christian Church, 101.6 W.
Camphor Street Avon. Park, FL
33825. "Where truth is .taught and
love abounds." Bill Raymond,
Minister, Tammy Johns, Secretary,
and Children's Director Jon Carter,
Miusic Minister. Sunday: Bible
School-9 a.m. Worship-10 a.m.
Wednesday: Choir Practice-6 p.m.
Study Groups (all ages)-6;30 p.m.
Nursery provided for all events.
* First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ), 510
Poinsetta Avenue, Sebring, FL
33870. Phone: 385-0358 or 385-
3435. The Rev. Ronald Norton,
Pastor; The Rev. Juanita Roberts,
Ministerial Assistant. Sunday
School, 9:00 a.m.; Praise Breakfast,
10:00 a..m., Morning Worship,
10:30 a.m.; Children's Church,
10:30 a.m. Thursday, Praise and
Worship, 6:45 p.m. Youth
Fellowship, 7:15 p.m.; Midweek
Bible Study, 7:15 p.m.


* The Alliance Church of Sebring,
4451 Sparta Road, Sebring, FL
33875. "A friendly, family, Bible
church with a heart for missions."
Services: Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.;
Sunday worship service, 10:30
a.m.; Sunday evening service, 6
p.m.; and Wednesday prayer meet-
ing, 6 p.m. Rev. Emerson C. Ross,
Intern Pastor. A welcome awaits
you. Call 382-1343.


* Christian Science Church, 146
N. Franklin St. Sunday: 10:30 a.m.
Morning Worship and Sunday
School. Testimonial meetings at 5
p.m. each second and fourth
Wednesday. A free public Reading
Room, located at the church, is
open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday. The Bible
and the Christian Science textbook,
"Science and Health with Key to the
Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy are
our only preachers. All are welcome
to come and partake of the comfort,
guidance, support and healing
found in the lesson-sermons.


* Church of the Brethren, 700 S.
Pine St., Sebring, FL 33870.
Sunday: Church School, 9 a.m.;
Morning Worship, 10:15 a.m.
Wednesday: Temple Choir, 7:30
p.m. Phone 385-1597.
Lorida Church of the Brethren
332 Palms Estates Road, Lorida
(three blocks south of U.S. 98)
Mailing address is P.O. Box 149,
Lorida, FL 33857. Phone 655-1466.
Sunday School classes for children,
youth and adults at 9:30 a.m.

Christian worship at 10:30 a.m.
Pastor, Rev. Jim Baker.


* Avon Park Church of Christ,
200 S. Forest Ave., Avon Park, FL
33825. Minister: Larry Roberts.
Sunday Worship Services, 10:30
a.m. and 6 p.m. Nursery facilities
are available at every service. Bible
Study: Sunday, 9:30 a.m. and
Wednesday, 7 p.m. Bible centered
classes for all ages. Church phone:
* Sebring Parkway Church of
Christ, 3800 Sebring Parkway,
Sebring, FL 33870; 385-7443. We
would like to extend an invitation for
you and your family to visit with us
here at Sebring Parkway. Our hours
of service are: Sunday Bible Class,
9 a.m.; Sunday Worship Service, 10
a.m.; Sunday Evening Service, 6
p.m.; Wednesday Bible Class, 7


* Living Waters Church of God,
4571 Sparta Road, Sebring, FL
33875. Sunday: Homecoming serv-
ice, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 9:45
a.m.; prayer, 9:45 a.m.; Encounter
worship service, 10:45 a.m. and it is
bilingual; nursery at 10:45 a.m.; kids
church, 9 and 10:45 a.m. and
evening worship, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday: Pastor's prayer partners,
6 a.m.; Intercessory prayer, noon;
and Bread of Life Food Pantry, 4-6
p.m. Wednesday: Fellowship meals,
5:30 p.m.; Awana Kid's Bible Club,
6:30-8 p.m.; School of ministry,
6:30-8 p.m.; and worship team
rehearsals, 8 p.m. Thursday: Youth
night/cafe and game room, 6 p.m.
and worship, 7 p.m. Phone: 385-


* First Church of the Nazarene of
Avon Park, P.O. Box 1118, Avon
Park, FL 33826-1118. Sunday:
Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m.
for all ages; morning worship at
10:45 a.m.; and evening service at 6
p.m. Wednesday evening service is
at 7 p.m. with special services for
children and adults. Special servic-
es once a month for seniors (Prime
Time) and Ladies ministries. If you
need any more information, call
Pastor John Sluyter at 453-4851.
* First Church of the Nazarene of
Sebring, 420 Pine St., Sebring.
Sunday: Sunday School begins at
9:45 a.m. for all ages; Morning
Worship at 10:45 a.m.; Service at 6
p.m. Wednesday evening service at
7 p.m. with special services for chil-
dren, youth and adults. Special
services once a month for seniors
(Prime Timers), and young adults
and families. Call for details at 385-
0400. Pastor Emmett Garrison.


* Community Bible Church -
Churches of Christ in Christian
Union, (Orange Blossom
Conference Center) 1400 C-17A
North (truck route), Avon Park.
Presenting Jesus Christ as the
answer for time and eternity.
Sunday morning worship service,
10:30 a.m. Nursery provided. Junior
Church activities at same time for K-
6 grade. Sunday School Bible hour
(all ages), 9:30 a.m. (Transportation
available.) Sunday evening praise
and worship service, 6 p.m.
Wednesday evening prayer service,
7 p.m. Children and youth activities
at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Everyone is
welcome, please come worship with
us. Tom Schankweiler, Pastor.
Phone 453-6052.


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mental prelude for this worship service
will begin at 9:55 a.m. All are invited
The United Methodist Women will
enjoy the annual May Ten in the fellow-
ship hall at noon Thursday. Sandy
Watson will preside over the celebration
and activities. At 1 p.m., following the
women's meeting, the church is invited
to join them in the sanctuary for the
National Day of Prayer. A proclamation
by the president of the United States of
America for this special day will be
read, along with Bible portions which
encourage all to pray. There will be time
for audible and silent prayer; especially
regarding the needs of the nation.
For further information, call 655-
0040, or e-mail slumc@strato.net.

The Way Church
SEBRING Pastor Reinhold
Buxbaum's message Sunday is titled
"The Trinity." Scripture is from John 14

and 16. Sunday school is at 9:30 and
worship is at 10:30.
The Lake Haven small group contin-
ues at the Appels at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Men's Fellowship Breakfast is at 8
a.m. Saturday, May 5, at Dee's Place.
A "Spring in Paris" Banquet will be
at the Spring Lake Community Center at
6 p.m. Saturday, May 12.

Trinity Lutheran Church
LAKE PLACID Pastor Richard
Norris will officiate at the 9 a.m. serv-
ice. The topic of his sermon will be "An
Extreme Makeover" based on Galatians
The education hour will start follow-
ing the service at 10;15 a.m.
The Junior and Senior High youth
group meets from 6-8 p.m. every
Visitors are welcome to attend any of
the church functions.
Trinity Lutheran Church is at 25
Lakeview St. For more information, call
. the office at 465-5253 or visit the Web
site at www.vchurches.com/trinityluther-

Walker Memorial Seventh-day

Adventist Church
AVON PARK Women's Ministries
of Walker Memorial Church, under the
leadership of Mavis Sager, has invited
the three talented Micheff sisters -
Linda Johnson, Cinda Sanner and
Brenda Walsh to be the guest speak-
ers and entertainers for the yearly fes-
tivities in honor of women. This week-
end, they will minister to the church and
its women guests. The theme is "Women
of the Times."
Saturday morning, afternoon and at
vespers they will speak at the services,
narrating their experiences here and
To end the day, they will sign auto-
graphs to the book they authored.
Instead of the annual evening Mother-
Daughter Banquet this year, there will
be a catered brunch at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Women Ministry has invited the three
sisters as guest entertainers to involve
the women of the church and their
guests in a weekend of relaxation and

Friday, April 27, 2007 5B

Class of '44 reunion

Courtesy photo
Ned Hill of Rhode Island (from left), Ruth Pendleton
Perdue from Vero Beach and Wilma (Wendell) Smith of
Wauchula catch up during the annual reunion of the
Avon Park High School Class of 1944, which recently
celebrated its 63rd anniversary with a picnic at Garland
Barringer's Horse Hammock residence. The class has
been meeting annually since 1994. There were 16 class
members (of 44 graduates) present.




* The Episcopal Church of the
Redeemer 839 Howe's Way, Avon
Park.Service times are 8:30 and 10
a.m. with Holy Communion and
blended music at each service.
Coffee hour following services..
Babysitting available. Newcomers
welcome. Rector is the Rev. Joyce
Holmes. Call 453-5664 or e-mail
redeemer1895@aol.com Web site:
* St. Agnes Episcopal Church,
3840 Lakeview Drive, Sebring, FL
33870. Sunday Services: Holy
Eucharist Rite I 7:45 a.m., Holy
Eucharist Rite II 10 a.m. Midweek
service on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday School for all ages at 8:45
a.m. The nursery is open 8:45 a.m.
until 15 minutes after the 10 a.m.
service ends. Wednesday: Adult
Bible study, 9:30 a.m. Visitors are
always welcome. The Rev. Jim
Kurtz, rector. Church office 385-
7649, for more information.
* St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal
Church, 43 Lake June Road, Lake
Placid, FL 33852. Phone: 465-0051.
Rev. Elizabeth L. Myers, Rector.
Sunday Worship, 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
and 6 p.m. Wednesday evening:
Holy Communion with Healing
Service, 6:15 p.m. Child care avail-
able at the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Sunday service. With our Lenten
season started, we are having a
preaching series entitled Christ On
Trial. Come and join us.


* Grace Brethren Church, 3626
Thunderbird Road, Sebring. Sunday
morning activities: Kid City
Children's Ministries, 9 a.m. to noon;
first church service, 9-10:15 a.m.;
drinks, doughnuts and fellowship
under the tent, 10:15-10:45 a.m.
and second church service, 10:45
a.m. to noon. Sunday evening serv-
ice, 6-7 p.m. Wednesday evening
activities, 7-8: "Crave" Youth
Ministry, adult Bible fellowship and
prayer circles. Kid City Preschool
Day Care is from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday through Friday. It is for
nursery age through fifth grade. For
preregistration, call 385-3111. Dr.
Randall Smith, senior pastor; the
Rev. Vince Lohnes, associate pas-
tor; the Rev. Ralph Wiley, senior
adults pastor; and Matt Wheelock,
pastoral assistant. Phone 835-0869.


* Spirit of Life Ministries
International, an interdenomina-
tional full-gospel ministry, 4011 U.S.
27 South, Sebring, across from the
Sebring Diner and behind Sonshiihe
Medical and Surgical Supplies.
Pastors, Jim and Helen Todd.
Phone: 214-6133. Sunday service,
10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday at
7 ,p.m. Second Saturday of each
month is singles night. Call 414-
0986 for details. Thrift shop opens
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday,
Friday and Saturday. Visit our Web
site: www.spir itoflifeintl.org. "Where
the future is as bright as the promis-
es of God."
* World Harvest and Restoration
Ministries, (non-denominational)
2200 N. Avon Blvd., Avon Park, FL
33825. Phone: 452-9777 or 453-
3771. Sunday service: Sunday
School, 10 a.m. and worship, 11
a.m. Wednesday services: 7 p.m.
prayer meeting/Bible study. Pastor:
W.H. Rogers.


* Temple Israel of Highlands
County, 1305 Hillside Drive,
Sebring, FL 33870. Shabbat servic-
es held on first and third Friday at
7:30 p.m. All are welcome. Women's
luncheon, fourth Tuesday of every
month at noon at different restau-
rants. Torah Commentary at 3 p.m.
every Thursday. Adult educational
movies at 2 p.m. every second

Sunday. Open to the public. For fur-
ther information, call Bernie
Wolkove, lay leader, 385-1925, or
the office at 382-7744.


* Atonement Lutheran Church
(ELCA), 1178 S.E. Lakeview Drive.,
Sebring. The Rev. Dr. Jack
Biemiller, interim pastor. Dr. Robert
Fritz, organist. Holy Eucharist at
9:30 a.m.; Parish Choir at 6:45 p.m.
Wednesday; Mary/Martha Circle
meets at noon first Tuesday for
lunch; and Lutheran Men meet at 6
p.m. third Monday. Phone 385-
* Christ Lutheran Church
Missouri Synod, Sunday services
are at the Good Shepherd Church,
4348 Schumacher Road, Sebring.
Sunday morning service.is at 9 a.m.
Bible study is at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday devotion is at 7 p.m. The
pastor is Scott McLean. Phone:
* Faith Lutheran Church LCMS,
2140 Lakeview Drive, Sebring.
Church phone: 385-7848, Faith's
Closet phone: 385-2782. Gary
Kindle, Pastor; Lea Ann Curry,
Parish Nurse. Worship services: 8
a.m. Sunday; Sunday School for
children and adult Bible classes is
9:15 a.m.; and Praise worship serv-
ice, 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Youth group
meets at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Communion is served the first and
third and fifth Sunday of the month.
Sunday worship service is broad-
cast on WITS 1340 AM at 8 a.m.
each Sunday. Educational opportu-
nities include weekly adult Bible
studies. Special worship services
are on Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas
Eve, New Year's Eve and Easter.
Midweek services are during Advent
and Lent. Faith's Closet Resale
Shop is open to the community from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through
Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
All are warmly welcome in the fami-
ly of faith.
* Good Shepherd Lutheran
Church (AALC) American
Association of Lutheran
Churches, 4348 Schumacher
Road, Sebring, one mile west of
Wal-Mart. James Weed, pastor.
Worship Service, 10:30 a.m.
Sunday. Bible Study, 9 a.m. Nursery
provided. Social activities: Choir,
Missions, Evangelism. Phone 385-
* New Life Evangelical Lutheran
Church, 3725 Hammock Road, a
Congregation of the Evangelical
Lutheran Synod (ELS) in fellowship
with the Wisconsin Evangelical
Lutheran Synod (WELS). Sunday-
Worship at 10 a.m. Sunday School,
9 a.m.; Bible Study, 9 a.m. Weekday
Bible Study on Tuesdays at 9:30
a.m. For more information, call Rev.
Richard Fyffe at 385-2293 or 385-
* Resurrection Lutheran Church
- ELCA, 324 East Main Street, Avon
Park. Pastor: Rev. John C.
Grodzinski. Sunday school is at
9:15 a.m. Holy Eucharist, 8 a.m. and
10:30 a.m. Sunday (October
through May 6). Coffee and fellow-
ship hour follow the service.
Wednesday worship, (year round) 7
p.m. Office phone number is 453-
* Trinity Lutheran Church -
LCMS, 25 Lakeview St., Lake
Placid, FL 33852; 465-5253. The
Rev. Richard A. Norris, pastor; and
Noel Johnson, youth and family
life.Pastor Norris will officiate at the
8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Communion
Services. Worship schedule for
November through Easter: Worship
service 8 and 11 a.m.; Communion
services, first and third Sundays;
(Children's Church, 11 a.m. only);
and Education Hour, 9:30 a.m.
Worship schedule for summer
through fall: Worship service, 9
a.m.; Communion services, first and
third Sundays; Education Hour
10:30 a.m. Additional services: Lent
and Advent season, 6 p.m.; Maundy
Thursday and Good Friday, 7 p.m.;
Easter Sunday, 7 and 10 a.m.;
Christmas Eve, 7 p.m.; Christmas
Day, 10 a.m.; Thanksgiving Eve,

Wednesday, 7 p.m. Fellowship
activities: Youth Group, Senior
Citizens, Younger Side Adults,
Ladies Missionary League, Ladies
Guild, Small group studies as
scheduled. MWsic: Choir and hand
chimes. Trinity Tots Preschool (3-5
years old): 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday. License:
C14H10020: Susan Norris, director.
Visit us online at:


* Bible Fellowship Church, 3750
Hammock Road, Sebring. Sunday:
First Worship Service and Sunday
School, 9 a.m.; Second Worship
Service and Sunday School, 10:45
a.m. A nursery is provided for chil-
dren up to 2 years old. Evening:
Junior and Senior Youth, 5:06 p.m.
and evening service, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Friends (ages 3 years
to fifth grade), 6:15 p.m. and adult
Bible studies, 6:30 p.m. Dr. Eugene
Bengtson, pastor; Todd Patterson,
associate pastor; and Wayne
Henderson, youth pastor. Church
office 385-1024.
* Calvary Church, 1825 Hammock
Road, Sebring, FL '33872; 386-
4900. An independent community
church. Sunday morning worship,
9:45 a.m.; Sunday School, 11 a.m.;
Wednesday Bible studies, 10 a.m.
and 6:30 p.m. Pastor Lester
Osbeck. A small friendly church
waiting for your visit.
* Christian Training Ministries
Inc., on Sebring Parkway. Enter off
County Road 17 on Simpson
Avenue. Sunday service is at 10
a.m. A nursery and children's church
are provided. The church is part of
Christian International Ministries
Network, a full gospel, non-denomi-
national ministry. Linda M. Downing,
minister: Phone, 314-9195, lindad
,owning@hotmail.com. Casey L.
Downing, associate minister:
Phone, 385-8171,
caseydowning@hotmail.com. Web
site is www.christiantrainingmin-
* Highlands Community Church
is meeting at the Community
Christian Church at 3005 New Life
Way. Highlands Community Church
features a casual contemporary
church. Our Celebration Service is
at 10 AM and includes a quality
nursery and Kid's world for ages
through elementary age. Church
phone is 471-1236, or Pastor Bruce
Linhart's cell is 402-1684. website:
highlandscommunity.com email:
* Iglesia Cristo Te Ama Outreach
Community Church, 1900 State
Road .64 West, Avon Park, FL
33825. Sunday Bible study, 10 a.m.
Domingo Estudio Biblico 10'a.m.
Sunday Worship, 11 a.m. Domingo
Adoracion, 11 a.m. Sunday night
miracle healing service, 7:30 p.m.
Domingo noche servicio de milagros
y sanidad, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Bible service and prayer, 7:30 p.m.
Miercoles studio Biblico y oracion,
7:30 p.m. Come visit us and experi-
ence the power of the word of Jesus
Christ in salvation, deliverance, mir-
acle and healing. It is bilingual.
Pastor Candi Garcia, 471-6893.
* Unity of Sebring Family
Worship Centre at the Centre for
Positive Living, member of the
Association of Unity Churches, 204
S. Orange St., Sebring, FL 33870
(between Highlands County
Courthouse and Sebring Middle
School). Sunday Celebration
Service, 10:30 a.m. Nursery care
available. Adult Discussion Group, 9
a.m. Sunday. Weekly classes,
Christian Bookstore, Prayer Ministry'
and Spiritual Counseling also avail-
able. Rev. Andrew C. Conyer, senior
minister. For information, call 471-
* Visions Christian Community
Church, 105 Jim Rodgers Ave.,
Avon Park (in the historical build-
ing). Pastor is Alvin Conner. Sunday
worship, 11:15 a.m. Wednesday -
Youth Cultural Arts Ministry, 5:30
p.m.; Youth Bible Study, 7 p.m.; and

Adult Bible Study, 7 p.m. Holy
Communion is first Sunday of each
month. Youth ministry is fourth
Sunday. Women's Ministry is fifth
Sunday. 'Where there is no vision
my people perish."
* The Way Church meets at Dee's
Place, 128 N. Ridgewood Drive,
Sebring. Time schedule for Sunday
is refreshments and fellowship at 9
a.m., Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.
and worship service at 10:30 a.m.
The Way is a church family who
.gathers for contemporary worship,
teaching of God's Word, prayer and
fellowship. Come early and stay
after for fellowship time. Child care
and children's church are provided.
Reinhold Buxbaum is pastor. The
Way A'place for you. Office
Phone:471-6140, Church Cell
Phone:381-6190. Email:theway-
church @ hotmail.com.


* Covenant Presbyterian Church
(PCA), 4500 Sun 'N Lake Blvd.,
Sebring, 33872-2113. A
Congregation of the Presbyterian
Church in America. Worship servic-
es: Sunday morning worship, 10:30
a.m. Sunday School, 9:15 a.m.;
Sunday evening, 6:30 p.m.;
Wednesday evening Prayer
Meeting, Youth Group and Kids
Quest, 6 p.m. Phone: 385-3234;
Fax: 385-2759; e-mail:
covpres@strato.net; Web site:
www.cpcsebring.org. Rev. W.
Darrell Arnold, pastor. Office hours:
8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday through
* First Presbyterian Church ARP,
215 E. Circle St., (two entrances on
LaGrande), Avon Park, FL 33825.
Phone: 453-3242. The Rev. Robert
Johnson is the pastor. Fellowship
time, 9 a.m.; Sunday School, 9:30
a.m.; Adult Bible Study, 9:30 a.m.;
Sunday Worship, 10:45 a.m.;
Children's Church, 10:45 a.m.; and
Women's Bible Study, 6:30 p.m.
Other weekly activities: Wednesday
Prayer, 9:30 a.m.; Pastor's Bible
study, 10:30 a.m.; First Wednesday
lunch, 11:30 a.m.; Circles: Second
Tuesday, 1 and 7:30 p.m. and sec-
ond Wednesday, 1 p.m.; Potluck
dinner, 6 p.m. third Wednesday; and
choir practice, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday. Be a part of a warm,
caring church family with traditional
services, following biblical truth.
* First Presbyterian Church, ARP,
319 Poinsettia Ave., Sebring, FL
33870. 385-0107. Sunday School,
all ages, 9:30 a.m.; Worship
Service, 11 a.m.; Tuesday: Senior
High Youth Group (teens), 6:30-8:15
p.m. Wednesday: Adult Bible Study,
10:30 a.m.; "KFC" Kids for Christ
Youth Group (grades first through
fourth), 3-4 p.m.; choir rehearsal,
5:30 p.m. Rev. Darrell A. Peer, pas-
tor. Tracey A. Bressette, director of
Christian education.
* First Presbyterian Church, ARP
118 North Oak Ave., Lake Placid,
465-2742. E-mail: fpclp@earth-
link.net. The Rev. Ray Cameron,
senior pastor; the Rev. Drew
Severance, associate pastor.
Sunday morning worship is at 8:30
and 11 a.m.; and contemporary wor-
ship is at 10:45 a.m. in Friendship
Hall. A variety of Sunday school
classes for adults and children are
at 9:30 a.m. Call the church office
for more information about the
classes offered. Nursery is provided
for babies and toddlers; while young
children up to second grade have a
special Children's Church offered
during the worship service to help
them grow in their spiritual knowl-
* Spring Lake Presbyterian
Church (USA), 5887 U.S. 98,
Sebring, FL 33876. Sunday School,
9 a.m.; Worship Service, 10 a.m.
Session meets at 6;30 p.m. the sec-
ond Thursday of the month,
September through June. Board of
Deacon's meet at 5:30 p.m. first
Monday of the month. Choir
rehearses at 7 p.m. each
Wednesday, September through
April. Presbyterian Women meet at

10 a.m. the third Thursday of the
month. Pastor: The Rev. Kathryn
Treadway. Organist: Richard Wedig.
Choir Director: Suzan Wedig.
Church phone, 655-0713; e-mail,
slpc@tnni.net, Web site,


* Sebring Seventh-Day Adventist
Church, 2106 N. State Road 17,
Sebring; 385-2438. Worship
Services: 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Bible
study; 11 a.m. Saturday, preaching;
7:15 p.m. Tuesday, prayer meeting.
Community service: 9-11 a.m. every
Monday. Health van ministry: 9-11
a.m. every second Thursday of the
month. Pastor Gregg Aguirre.
* Walker Memorial Seventh-day
Adventist Church, 1410 West
Avon Blvd., Avon Park. Phone: 453-
6641 or e-mail: wmc@strato.net.
Saturday morning worship service is
at 11 a.m.; Sabbath School, 9:30
a.m.; Adventist Youth in Action
(AYA), 4 p.m. and Vespers one hour
before sunset. Wednesday prayer
meeting 7 p.m. Community Service
hours on Tuesday and Thursday is
from 9:00 a.m. till Noon. Senior
Pastor Paul Boling; Associate
Pastor Eben Aguirre; and Youth
Pastor Tom Baker. Walker Memorial
Academy Christian School offering
education for kindergarten through
12th grades.


* The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints, 3235 Grand Prix
Drive, Sebring, FL 33870. Phone:
382-9092. Dale Bargar, bishop;
Robert Guris, first counselor; and
Butler Tyler, second counselor.
Family History Center: 382-1822.
Sunday services: Sacrament meet-
ing, 10-11:10 a.m.; Gospel Doctrine,
11:20 a.m. to noon; and
Priesthood/Relief Society, 12:10-1
p.m. Youth activities from 7-8:20
p.m. Wednesday: 11-year-old
Scouts, 7-8:20 p.m. first and third
Wednesday; and activity days for 8-
11 year old girls from 7-8:20 p.m.
second and fourth Wednesday.


* The Salvation Army Center
for Worship. Sunday: Sunday
School, 9:45 a.m.; Holiness meet-
ing, 11 a.m.; and Praise meeting
and lunch, noon. Tuesday: Prayer,
6:30 p.m.; and Women's Ministries,
7 p.m. Wednesday: Youth
Ministries, 5 p.m. Every fourth
Thursday is Men's Fellowship, 6:30
p.m. All meetings are at 120 N.
Ridgewood Ave., Sebring. For more
information, visit the Web site
www.salvationarmysebring.com or
call Captain Mary Holmes at 385-
7548, ext. 110.


* First United Methodist Church,
200 S. Lake Ave., Avon Park, FL
33825. Phone: 453-3759. Weekly
services: 6 p.m. Saturday; 8:30 and
11 a.m. Sunday; 9:45 a.m. Sunday
School; Youth Fellowship, 6 p.m.
Sunday; choir practice 4:15 p.m.
Wednesday; Cub Scouts, 6 p.m.
Monday; Boy Scouts, 7:15 p.m.
Monday. Karen Wilson, choir direc-
tor/organist; Rev. Edward Wilson,
minister of visitation; Rev. Robert
Thorn, pastor. Everyone is wel-
* First United Methodist Church,
105 S. Pine St., Sebring, FL 33870.
The Rev. Ron Daniels, pastor.
Traditional Worship Service at 8:15
and 10:55 a.m. Contemporary
Sunday Worship at 9:40 a.m.
Sunday School at 9:40 and 10:55
a.m. Youth meeting, 5:30-8 p.m.
Sunday. Youth After School Ministry,
3-5 p.m. Tuesday. Rick Heilig, youth
director. Children's After School
Ministry, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday. The 10:55 a.m. Sunday
worship service is broadcast over
WITS 1340 on AM dial. There is a
nursery available at all services.
* Memorial United Methodist
Church, 500 Kent Ave., Lake
Placid, FL, 33852. The Rev.
Douglas S. Pareti, senior pastor.
Claude H.L. Burnett, pastoral assis-
tant. Sunday schedule: Heritage
worship service at 8:30 a.m.;
Sunday school for all ages at 9:30
a.m.; Celebration worship service at
10:45 a.m.; Youth fellowship for
sixth through 12th graders at 5-7
p.m.; Bible fellowship class at 6
p.m.; and modern worship experi-
ence at 7 p.m. Nursery care provid-
ed every Sunday morning: We offer
Christ-centered Sunday school
classes, youth programs, Bible stud-
ies, book studies and Christian fel-
lowship. For more details, call the
church office at 465-2422 or go to
the Web site at www.memori-
* St. John United Methodist
Church, 3214 Grand Prix Drive,
Sebring, FL 33872; Sebring Country
Estates. The Rev. Ronald_
DeGenaro Jr., Pastor. Sunday
School, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday Morning
Worship, 8 a.m. (November-April)
and 10:30 a.m. (all year). Hispanic
worship is at 10 a.m. Sunday.
Sunday school classes are for all
ages, both English and Hispanic.
Phone 382-1736.
* Spring Lake United Methodist
Church, 8170 Cozumel Lane,
Sebring. The Rev. Dale Schanely,
Pastor. Sunday Morning Worship,
9:55 a.m., adults and children;
Fellowship hour, 11 a.m. after wor-
ship service; Prayer and Bible
Study, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Choir
rehearsal 7 p.m., Thursday. United
Methodist Men, 8 a.m. second
Saturday. United Methodist Women,
1 p.m. first Thursday. Church office
phone, 655-0040.


* Emmanuel United Church of
Christ, 3115 Hop5e Street, Sebring,
FL 33875. Sunday worship, 9:30
a.m. Children's Christian Education,
9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome at
Emmanuel. We are located 1.7
miles west of U.S. 27 on Hammock
Road. For more information, call the
church office at 471-1999 or e-mail
to eucc@strato.net or check our
website sebringemmanuelucc.com.


* Union Congregational Church,
106 North Butler Ave., Avon Park,
FL 33825; 453-3345. Pastor: The
Rev. Bill Breylinger. Sunday servic-
es are at 7:45 a.m. at the Historic
Church, 101 Jim Rodgers Ave., 9
a.m. and 10:45 a.m. at Millennium
Church, 106 North Butler Ave.
Sunday school: 9 a.m. Bible study: 5
p.m. Wednesday worship service: 6
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* Heartland Vineyard, 2523 U.S.
27 South, (just past the Wild Turkey
Tavern) Avon Park. Contemporary
Worship is at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
Children's Church and
Preschool/Nursery provided
Sunday. Pastor, Gerry Woltman.
Telephone: 453-9800. Casual, con-
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6B Friday, April 27, 2007
Cubs and Organizations

Lake Pladd Garden Club hosts
guests, presents new officers
LAKE PLACID Lake Placid Garden
Club had its April meeting at Eastside
Christian Church, Agape Family Center with
58 members and two guests, Zola Truitt and
Grace Vest.
President Sandy Otway welcomed every-
one and introduce club member John Moody,
who presented a program on Florida bromeli-
ads and mosses.
The nominating committee presented the
following slate of officers for the 2007-08
club year: President, Otway; first vice presi-
dent, Rosalie Leoni; second vice president,
Norma Sheeran; recording secretary, Joan
Herrold; treasurer, Patsy Stamm. The new
officers will be installed May 9.
Scholarship chairman Mary Flummer
reported 29 applications have been received
from the Lake Placid High SchooL
The board had recommended that the Lake
Placid Garden Club award four additional
$500 high school scholarships for 2006-07.
A vote was taken and the motion carried. A
third Wekiva campership will be funded by
the garden club as there are three interested
Sheeran reported a very successful March
24 Plant and Bake Sale in Stuart Park and
thanked all the members for their participa-
tion and hard work.
The club meets every second Wednesday

Continued from 1B
Lii remembers that time,
too. She was confused,
socially isolated because she
was unable to speak the lan-
guage and often in tears.
Lilia eventually found
work at a sewing place, but
struggled at first.
"I was not used to a facto-
ry machine, having only
sewn on a home machine,"
she said. "After my first
attempt my boss said, 'This
is not good.' Those were the
first words I learned to speak
in English.".
However, within six
months her work became
good enough for her to
advance to the sample
department. She was consid-
ered among the best sewers
and received a salary.

from September through May. For more
information, call Jimmie Kay Fortunato at
Friendly Neighbors Cub meets
LAKE PLACID The Friendly Neighbors
Club met at the Toby's Clown Foundation in
Lake Placid on April 17. Members of the club
present were Doris McCloskey, Gert Lacy,
Barbara Randall and Louise Pick.
Six members of the Clown Foundation
joined the group to stuff clowns. They were
Lanore Raymond "Wizzybang," Dianne
Kurek, "Daisy," Al Pelski "Big AI," Linda
Prell, "Sprinkles," Donna Leonard "Tickles,"
Marilyn Gregg "Pom Pom" and June Smith,
wife of a clown.
Refreshments were served by McCloskey,
the hostess. Randall opened the meeting with
a devotion, "I Asked God," and gave a
It was noted that Winifred Cole, former
member of the Friendly Neighbors, will be
celebrating her 103rd birthday this April. She
is a resident of the Lake Placid Health Care
Center in Lake Placid-
Hostess for the May meeting will be Lacy-
Members will be meeting at the Toby's
Clown Foundation each month.
After the business meeting, the group
stuffed clowns and more than 50 clowns were
stuffed. They will be given to the Lake Placid

"I no longer was paid for
piecework," she said. "At 5
cents each, I used to put in
300 zippers and make $15 for
the day. The minimum wage
was $1.65 an hour. People
said we were loco because
we worked day and night."
Because they did not like
the prevalent hippy atmos-
phere of the area for their
children, they moved from
Los Angeles to the small
community of Ontario, Calif.
They worked, saved
money and later put three
sewing machines in their
garage. Even Sergio took up
sewing. "We had $200 in the
bank then and lots of work
supplying companies. Sergio
drove the truck to L.A. with
our clothes. Even Lili sewed
on buttons at night," Lilia
By 1970 (in three short
years) they had $60,000 in
the bank and were able to

buy their first home. That
was good, because Lilia was
pregnant with her third child,
Twelve years passed in
California, and in 1979 they
moved to Miami. They con-
tinued their sewing enter-
prise, manufacturing exclu-
sive western wear. In January
2005, they retired to Lake
"We are so thankful to the
United States. Here you can
achieve whatever you can
dream. You can be some-
thing," Lilia said. "My only
regret is that I don't speak
better English. All three of
our kids can speak, read and
write both languages. They
have all done well and we
have six grandchildren.
"Now, we have lived here
longer than in Cuba. All of
our friends there died or were
"To us, this is paradise."

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were damaged irom storms and daily play and the porch was no longer screen enclosed.
Clarence Polston, of E.O. Koch, donated the screen and spline for the Kiwanis to
install. Hearing that, a friend of Clarence's, contractor Michael Knott, offered to replace
the screen door on the porch as well. Once the screening was done, the Kianis had
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1050 Legals
File No. PC 07-75
Mary Ann F. Rodriguez
(Summary Administration)
You are hereby notified that an Order of
Summary Administration has been entered in
the estate of Mary Ann F. Rodriguez, de-
ceased, File Number PC 07-75; by the Circuit
Court for Highlands County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which is 590 S. Com-
merce Avenue, Sebring, Florida 33870; that
the decedent's date of death was September
3, 2006; that the total value of the estate is
$2,194.00, and that the name and address of
the person to whom it has been assigned by
such order is: Frances M. Ozyjowksi, 1173
SW Bellevue Avenue, Port St. Lucie, Florida
All creditors of the estate of the decedent
and persons having claims or demands
against the estate of the decedent other than
those for whom provision for full payment
was made in the Order of Summary Adminis-
tration must file their claims with this court
The date of the first publication of this No-
tice is April 20, 2007.
Person Giving Notice:
/s/ Frances M. Ozyjowski
1173 SW Bellevue Avenue
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34953
Attorney for Person Giving Notice:
/s/ Patricia A. Baldwin
i lorida Bar No. 0072494
Patricia A. Baldwin, P.A.

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Telephone: (772) 336-1661
April 20, 27, 2007

CASE NO.: GC07-175
unknown spouse, heirs, devisees, Grantees,
and creditors of LLOYD G. HOPKINS,
deceased, and all other parties claiming by,
through, under, or against him; and all
claimants, persons or parties, natural or
corporate, of whose exact legal status is
unknown, claiming under any of the above
named or described defendants or all
parties having or claiming to have any
right, title or interest in and to the property
hereafter described;
TO: LLOYD G. HOPKINS, deceased, etal.
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to Quiet
Tax Deed Title regarding the following descri-
bed property in Highlands County, Florida:
Lots 13668 and 13672, inclusive Avon
Park Lakes, Unit 43, as recorded in the plat
thereof in Plat Book 5, Page 90, Public Re-
cords of Highlands County, Florida.
has been filed against you and you are re-
quired to serve a copy of your written defens-
es, if any, to it on: Sean R. Parker, Esquire,
the Plaintiff's attorney, whose address is 245
South Central Avenue, Post Office Drawer 30,
I Bartow, Florida 33831, on or before the 2nd
day of May, 2007, and file the original with the
Clerk of this Court either before service on the
Plaintiff's attorney, or immediately thereafter;
otherwise a default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the Complaint.
DATED on this 23rd day of March, 2007.
BY: /s/ Priscilla Michalak
April 27; May 4,11,18,2007
FILE NO. PC 07-234
Beulah May Clark,
The administration of the estate of Beulah
May Clark, deceased, File Number PC 07-234,
is pending In the Probate Court, Highlands
County, Florida, the address of which is:
L.E. "Luke" Brooker
Clerk of Courts
590 South Commerce Avenue
Sebring, Florida 33870




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representative and the personal representa-
tive's attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent, and other
persons having claims or demands against
the decedent's estate, including unmatured,
contingent or unliquidated claims, on whom a
copy of this notice is served, must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF
All other creditors of the decedent, and
other persons having claims or, demands
against decedent's estate, including unma-
tured, contingent, or unliquidated claims,
must file their claims with this court WITHIN
The date of the first publication of this no-
tice is April 20, 2007.
Personal Representative:
Gerald Edward Clark
23 Forester Court
Northport, New York 11768
Ist W. Roy Wilkes
Attorney For Personal Representative
3750 U.S. 27 North, Suite #9
Sebring,FL 33870
Telephone: (863) 382-7700
Florida Bar Number: 0608475
April 20, 27, 2007
FILE NO. PC 07-236
The administration of the estate of FLOR-
YNCE ANNIE BRACE, deceased, whose date of
death was November 15, 2006, and whose
Social Security Number is 592-30-4163, is
pending, in the-Circuit Court for Highlands
County, Florida, Probate Division, the address
of which is 590 S. Commerce Avenue, Sebr-
Ing, Florida 33870. The names and addresses
of the personal representative and the person-
al representative's attorney are set forth be-
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands against
decedent's estate on whom a copy of this no-
tice is required to be served must file their
claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AF-
Personal Representative:
/s/ Ruth Geldart
1545 Oleander Drive
Avon Park, Florida 33825
Attorney for Personal Representative:
/s/ David F. Lanier
Florida Bar No. 045399
P.O. Box 400
Avon Park, Florida 33826-0400
Telephone: (863) 453-4457
April-27; May 4, 2007

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FILE NO.: PC-07-215
The administration of the estate of HENRY
EARL CRUTCHFIELD, deceased, File Number
PC-07-215, is pending in the Circuit Court for
Highlands County, Florida, the address of
which is 590 S. Commerce Avenue, Sebring,
Florida 33870. The names and addresses of
the personal representative and the personal
representatives' attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other per-
sons having claims or demands against dece-
dent's estate, including unmatured, contingent
or unliquidated claims, on whom a copy of
this notice is served must file their claims with
All other creditors of the decedent and per-
sons having claims or demands against the
decedent's estate including unmatured or unli-
quidated claims, must file their claims. With
The date of the first publication of this No-
tice is April 20, 2007.
Personal Representative:
149 E. Center Avenue
Sebring, FL 33870
Attorney for Personal Representative:
John G. Grimsley
Grimsley, Marker & Iseley, P.A.
Florida Bar No. 032039
50 North Laura Street, Suite 2150
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Telephone: (904) 354-9900
Fascimile: (904) 354-9994
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FILE NO. PC 07-242
The administration of the ESTATE OF
EARL P. JONES, deceased, whose date of
death was March 3, 2007, is pending in the
Circuit Court for Highlands County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which is 590
South Commerce Avenue, Sebring, Florida
33870. The names and addresses of the per-
sonal representatives and the personal repre-
sentatives' attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands against
decedent's estate on whom a copy of this no-
tice is required to be served must file their
claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AF-
The date of first publication of this Notice
is: APRIL 27, 2007.
Personal Representatives:
/s/ Gloria S. McNorton
c/o P.O. Box 3018
Sarasota, Florida 34230
/s/ L.C. Smith 111
c/o P.O. Box 3018
Sarasota, Florida 34230
/s/ Julia Ann Finnigan
c/o P.O. Box 3018
Sarasota, Florida 34230
/s/ Tracy Lynn Fitch
c/o P.O. Box 3018
Sarasota, Florida 34230
Attorney for Personal Representatives:
/s/ James 0. Fergeson, Jr.

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1050 Legals
CASE NO. 06-597-GC
MYCO FUNDING, INC., a Florida corporation
GREEN, HER HUSBAND, etc., et al.,
Order Rescheduling Foreclosure dated the
17th day of April, 2007 entered in the above
captioned action, Case No. 06-597-GC, I will
sell tot he highest and best bidder for cash in
the jury assembly room, Highlands County
Courthouse, 430 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring,
FL 33870 at 11:00 o'clock A.M. on the 15th
day of May, 2007, the following described
property as set forth in said final judgment,
Lot 11 in Block B of SILVER FOX RANCH,
according to the plat thereof, as recorded in
Plat Book 10, Page 41, of the Public Records
of Highlands County, Florida. Together with a
1990 Merit Doublewide Mobile Home having
ID #HMLCP 28242215351A and ID
#HMLCP28242215351B and Title No(s)
48864470 and 48877965, and together with
any additions, substitutions and accessions
thereto and replacements thereof that may be
located thereon.
DATED at Sebring, Highlands County, Flor-
ida this April 17, 2007.
Clerk, Circuit Court
BY: /s/ Priscilla Michalak
As Deputy Clerk
Eric R. Schwartz, Esquire
Attorney for Plaintiff
Commercial Point, Suite 31
3601 W. Commercial Blvd., Suite 31
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
(954) 484-3544
April 27; May 4, 2007
HEARING will be held before the HIGHLANDS
COUNTY Board of Adjustment on the 8th day
of May, 2007, beginning at 3:00 P.M., or as
soon thereafter as possible, in the County
Commissioners' Board Room, Highlands
County Government Center Building, 600.
South Commerce Ave., Sebring, Florida, to
consider a special exception to allow commer-
cial activity directly serving agricultural pur-
. suits and limited to the service of agricultural
pursuits, within the area described as follows:
Two lots on the North side of Flagler Street,
just East of the intersection with Broward Ave-
nue in Sun 'N Lake Estates, Lake Placid, and
legally described as follows: Lots 10 and 11,
Block 8, Sun 'N Lake Estates Acres, located in
Section 34, Township 37 South, Range 30.
East, recorded in Plat Book 8, Page 24, of the
Public Records of Highlands County, Florida.
Any person or persons interested or affected
by this change are invited to attend this hear-
ing. You may submit comments in writing to
the attention of Linda Conrad, Acting Zoning
Supervisor, P.O. Box 1926, Sebring, Florida
33871-1926, or you may call (863) 402-6638,
for further information. Please reference the
above hearing number when calling or
Anyone requiring reasonable accommodation
as provided for in the Americans with Disabili-
ties Act or Section 286.26, Florida Statutes,
should contact Mr. Freddie Carino, ADA Coor-
dinator at: 863-402-6509 (Voice), 863-402-
6508 (TTY), or via Florida Relay Service 711,
or by e-mail: fcarino@bcc.co.highlands.fl.us.
Requests for CART or interpreter services
should be made at least 24 hours in advance
to permit coordination of the service.
Mr. Jim Brooks, Chairman
April 22, 27, 2007

a Florida Corporation
CFD, Inc.,
a Dissolved Florida Corporation,
TO: CFD, Inc., a dissolved Florida Corporation
to quiet title on the following property in High-
lands County, Florida:
Lot 2, Block 418, SUN 'N LAKE ESTATES
OF SEBRING, according to the map or plat
thereof as recorded in Plat Book 10, Page 32,
Public Records of Highlands County, Florida.
has been filed against you and you are re-
quired to serve a copy of your written defens-
es, if any, to William J. Nielander, Esquire of
William J. Nielander, P.A., 172 E. Interlake
Boulevard, Lake Placid, Florida 33852, the
Plaintiff's attorney, and file the original with
the Clerk of the above styled court on or be-
fore May 15th, 2007; otherwise a judgment
may be entered against you for the relief de-
manded in the Amended Complaint.
WITNESS my ha anand seal of said Court on
the 9th day of April, 2007.
By: /s/ Maria Simpson
Deputy Clerk
April 13, 20, 27; May 4,2007

0 10 5 Highlands
1055 County Legals
The following legal notices are from the Highlands
County Board of County Commissioners and are be-
ing published in the font, size, and leading as per their

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2100 Help Wanted
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Days Free Samples. Call Yolanda.
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at least 25. Call Yellow Cab 382-6119
FT Floral Designer experienced only. Apply in
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wood Dr. Sebring.
Help Wanted Grounds Maintenance Exp. pre-
fered. Apply in person at 3000 Tanglewood
Parkway. Sebring FL. Full time good pay.
Hiring for F/T or P/T teacher. U & Me Activinty
Learning Center. Call 863-386-1040.

2100 Help Wanted
office exp., est. plan., probate, lit, RE. Email
resume to: elmacbeth@earthlink.net.
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Avon Park, Florida
TU-CO Peat is Florida's premier manufacturer
of Custom Blended Potting Soil, and is cur-
rently in search of a Marketing Coordinator.
The highly creative candidate is an experi-
enced marketing professional with excellent
verbal and written communication skills. This
newly created position requires a self starter
with a strong attention to detail and deadlines.
*Work with the sales team to develop custom-
er target lists and research advertising op-
*Identify Web site design firm & assist in de-
velopment and maintenance of.site.
*Coordinate and implement direct mail, email
and advertising tactical campaigns.
*Complete trade show management
*Development of marketing materials both in
electronic and print formats.
*Manages marketing and sales costs and as-
sists in the development of budgets.
We offer and excellent salary and benefits
package, which include paid vacation and
medical benefits. Please email your resume to
lisa hudec@tucopeat.com or fax to 239-348-

2100 Help Wanted
LMT/ LIC and experienced needed for medical
/personal messages at doctor's office. Nego-
tiable terms. Fax resume to 863-382-8564.
Administrative Assistant needed F/T 8-
4:30p.m. Monday-Friday., Experience a must.
Multi-Task and detail oriented a plus. Call Ya-
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2100 Help Wanted
DENTAL ASSISTANT for busy office, to apply
please call 863-382-9090 for information or
apply in person at 1735 US 27 South, Sebr-
Full Time Cook Fairway Pines at Sun N' Lake
is seeking a FT Cook for our assisted living fa-
cility. Please apply in person to Fairway Pines,
5959 Sun N' Lake Blvd, Sebring, FL 33872, no
calls please.
Home Help wanted. Must be Licensed to as-
sist with bathing feeding, toileting, must be
able to lift. Must have clean drivers license
and references. $9.00/hr for detail call 863-
LPN FOR 24 BED forlCF/DD Low stress.
Casusel dress. Great work environment. Small
case loads. Full time, 2nd and 3rd shifts avail-
able. Excellent benefits. Under new owner-
ship. Call Barbara or Kathy at 452-5141.
Lifeguards Needed for South Florida Com-
munity College's Summer Youth Camp ( June,
2007 ). Must be certified Lifeguard. Hourly
rate: $8.25. Open until filled. Log on to
www.southflorida.edu or call 863-784-7132
for details. EA/EONET.PREF.
MECHANIC FULL time to be part of a 30 yr old
company. Must have own tools, disel exp a
plus benefit available. 40 hrs. Health, IRA, va-
cation, uniforms. Must be able to lift 50lbs.
Smoke/Drug free work place, EOE. Send-fax-
email-resume.130 Madrid Dr Sebring 33876.
655-6207 personal safety@annettbuline.com
or fill out application. M/F, 9-4pm. No phone
calls please.
MEDICAL ASSISTANT or LPN for Sebring and
Lake Wales offices. Basic X-ray certification a
plus or must be willing to uptain lic upon hir-
ing. Excellent benefits. The Barranco Clinic,
160 E. Lake Howard Dr., Winter Haven, FL
33881. Fax: 863-299-7666, info@barranco-

* General Labor Construction
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Office Hours 6:00 A.M. 6 P.M.
Applications accepted daily
with proper ID.
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Companies desperately need employees to as-
semble products at home. No selling, any
hours. $500 weekly potential. Information, call
1-985-646-1700 Dept. FL-6654
Paralegals Needed two position. Real Estate
and Personal Injury. New law firm coming to
area some, exp required, Bi-lingual plus.
Please send resume to Reply Box#2194 atr
News Sun 2227 Us Hwy 27 South Sebring Fl
Part Time Receptionist, Fairway Pines at Sun
N' Lake is seeking a Receptionist to answer
telephones, and support staff & residents
please apply in person to Fairway Pines, 5959
Sun N' Lake Blvd. Sebring, Fl 33872, no calls
Real Estate Assistant
Licensed or willing to obtain
Real Estate License, computer literate,
able to multftask & have good customer
service skills a must,
Fax Resume to (863) 465-7130'
place, 863-385-0351.

2100 Help Wanted
Technicians, Hvac Installers and Helpers. Full
Time. Benefits and 401 available. Apply in per-
son Mon-Fri 8-12. 116 W. Interlake Blvd. in
Lake Placid. Call 863-699-1411.
District Director Elder Care. Do you have a
passion to serve the elderly? American Home
Companions, Florida's largest live-in compan-
ion agency, seeks entrepreneurial professio-
nals for District Director position in Highlands
County to develop new business, monitor cli-
ents and recruit & assign compassionate care
givers. Need to be organized, self motivated
and have excellent people skills. Healthcare
background is not required. Call 877-242-
2255 or email resume to jobs@AHCcares.com

O5 Part-time
2150 Employment
PROOF READER for Court Reporter must have
great English skills. Call 863-382-3400

2300 Work Wanted
Will Clean your house or mobile home & do a
thorough job. Reasonable rates, has supplies
Lake Placid or Sebring. Call anytime 243-3995

5050 Mobile Homes
505 For Sale
1ST DAY! Avon Park 55 + Villa Del Sol,
24x48 2005 Fleet wood. Furnished 2 br 2 ba.
Nice view. $67,995. Make offer. Call 863-368-
0207 for Appt.
SEBRING: OWNER financing in family park,
SW & DW homes available, use tax check for
down payment. 385-0417
SELECTION of 1 & 2 bedroom units for sale,
friendly/active 55+ park, located near shop-
ping, banks, hospital, reasonable lot rent incl.
SWG and lawn mowing. Call for more info. or
to see units. No Pets Please, (863)385-7034

5 1 Mobile Homes
5 50 For Rent
Mobile Home for rent. 2BR/1.5BA. on 2.5
acres. Central air. $425 month. Call 863-465-
SEBRING FRANCIS 55+ park. 2/2/1 and Flori-
da room. $575/mo also 2/1. Florida room
$525/mo. Both furnished. Call 863-235-0152
St. Agnes area. Lg. 3BR/2BA. Mobile home on
it's own lot. Nice and some furniture, stove
and refrigerator. Washer/Dryer. Carport and
Shed. Small pet, Non-inside smoker, Central
heat and air. $600 deposit, $600 rent, 1 yr
lease. Call 863-382-8950.
Tastefully Furnished, 2/1 completely remod-
eled interior, new kitchen, stove, refrigerator,
new bath, new washer & dryer. New flooring
covering, 55+, no pets, $565/mo. yearly lease.
Close to Restaurants, Drug Store & Shopping.
863-382-3959 or 202-5169.

3250 Loans & Savings

4040 Homes For Sale
1999 Mobile. 4br/2ba. 4.8 acres. Preferred
Properties of Okeechobee 655-3891 or Jenni-
fer 214-4396.
2BD/1BA/1CG IN Avon Park. On corner lot.
Has new carpet living/dining room with Flori-
da room. Has utility shed in back with chain
fence. Must sell $120,000. Call 407-277-2205
Ask for Bruce
ATTENTION: Cash for your home, duplex,
apartment, commercial property. Rapid
closing, "as is" condition, 863-441-2689
Avon Park 3/3/2 + Pool Acre. Move in
ready. Appraise $207K ask $180K.
Lake Placid 3/2, 2002. By school, lake + park.
$2,000 cash back! ONLY $129K.
MUST SELL MAKE OFFER! (954) 839-8725
For Sale By Owner, Placid Lakes.
2BD/2BA/1CG Newly remodeled, Tile through-
out, New cabinets, Great price, Make an offer
Open House Sat 4/28 12-2 @ 377 Sun N
Lakes Blvd L.P. Huge 4BD/4BA Pool home
w/access to Lake Grassy! Beautiful like new
2 Master suites. Easily converted into mother-
in-law suite. Reduced to $299,900. Call Cheryl
Davis @ Brantley Properties 441-0881.


4080 Homes for Sale
408 Sebring
3BR/1.5BA Completely remodeled, like new.
Great home and neighborhood. 925 LaGrande'
Blvd, (off scenic Hwy). $134,000. 863-381-
5229 or 863-381-3481
GOLFCOURSE HOME 2 or 3/2/2 great home,
view and neighborhood. 757 Golfside Lane.
$219,900 Call 863-381-3481 or 381-5229

4100 Homes for Sale
41' Lake Placid
Lake Placid 112 Kings Ct, Placid Lakes, Coun-
try Club Golf. 3 br 2 ba, 2 car garage, central
air on cul-de-sac, fam. rm., 2800 sq ft. screen
porch, on the 18th hole, sprinkle system, with
over sized lot. Reduced to $249K. 863-699-

4 2 Villas & Condos
4'2O For Sale
Condo For Sale or Lease 2BR/2BA on Lake
Jackson, tile thru out. Call 863-273-2117

4220 Lots for Sale

6050 Duplexes for Rent
1BR/2BA. Completely Remodeled., Tile
throughout, No pets. $525 per month. $ 1,425
to move in. Call 453-0414
2/2 IN Orange Blossom- tile floors and cen-
tral ac, w/d hook ups, no pets, close to shop-
ping & YMCA, private yard, dead end street
$675.00 month, $500.00 Security. 314-9098
6 r 446-6226

j Villas & Condos
6100 For Rent
BRAND NEW villa 3/2 with garage, $900 per
month. 2/2 with garage, $850 per month, first
last & security, close to down town, no pets,
no smokers, gorgeous. Call 863-314-9098 or
FOR RENT 2/1 -fully furnished villa in Las
Palms resort, 600 East Canfield St. $795/mo
Call 305-215-0490

& 1 Furnished
6 1 5 Apartments
all utilities included, $120 per week. $300 se-
curity deposit, (863)655-4610.

Small 1 BR, upstairs, non-smoker deposit
$150, rent $425. 385-1806

6200 Unfurnished
6 0 Apartments
1741 Lakeview Dr.
Days (863)202-4271, Eves. (863)202-4271
Banyan Woods Apartments has 1BR apart-
ments available. Starting at $404.00. Also 1BR
Handicapped available. Call 863-452-0800.
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, or Tuesday
and Friday 863-635-4264 both 9-4p.m. Equal
Housing Opportunity.

Brae Locke Villas
1 & 2 Bedroom Apts.
Monthly rent beginning at $551
plus utilities.
Rental Info & Applications
Brae Locke Villas, 4071 Thunderbird Road
1:00-6:OOPM, Mon.-Fri
Sebring call 382-6216
(TDD 1-800-955-8771)
Equal Housing Opportunity.
Hope Villas
2 & 3 Bedroom Apts.
Monthly rent beginning at $463
plus utilities.
Applicants must be employed
in Farm/Grove Labor receiving
Minimum annual gross income $3998
Rental assistance available
to qualified applicants.
Handicapped units available.
Rental Info & Applications
Hope Villas, 2300 Hope Circle
Sebring call 382-3144
(TDD 1-800-955-8771 ),
Equal Housing Opportunity

Sebring Clean, Quite 1 bedroom. All Utilities
included. $695/mo. 3 bedroom house.
$600/mo plus utilities. Avon park 2/2, $595.1
bedroom $495. Call 863-991-2454 or 1-877-

6250 Furnished Houses
3/2 Partially furnished house, fully tiled, wash-
er & dryer, large screened in back patio. Avail-
able May 1st. $1,000 month (1st, last, sec)
Call Minerva 305-528-7020


For Rent. 2BA/1BA House. No-smoking, No
pets. $600 a month and $600 security depos-
it. 3 N. Westrick Ave. Avon Park near the-High
School. Call 863-453-6897.
LP Be the first to live in this Brand New
3Bedroom/2Bath/1 1/2 Car garage. 2000sqft.
Rear patio. Large rooms, Deluxe appliances,
Quiet neighborhood. First month discounted
Non-smokers. Call for details 863-465-3838
or 863- 441-2844.
NICE 2/1 New Cent. AC/Heat. Carport. Large
backyard, new roof. $700.00 1st & Sec..

SEBRING 2/2 CBS Home, Pool,garage and
shed. Rent $1000.00 Per Month
Duplexes- 3/2 CBS for rent (New) Rent is
$900 Per Month. First Month and Security due
on acceptance. Call 561-691-1156

SEBRING/LORIDA. Direct Lake Front. Spec-
tacular view. 30,000 acre lake, best fishing,
Remodeled 2/2, boathouse. Monthly or week-
ly. Call 1-954-683-2407.

6550 Warehouses for Rent
Warehouse For Rent -1075 Memorial Dr.
Avon Park. Water/ Elec available 20x30 -
$350/mo, 25x50 -$750/mo 16" walls. Larger
sizes available. Owner Lic Real Estate Broker
Call Jim Wood 863-449-0006. r
Warehouse For Lease,2500- 5,000 sq ft, easy
access, with dock availability, on major Hwy.
call 863-382-7666

7020 Auctions

7040 Appliances
FRIGIDAIRE SIDE by side 22.6 cu. ft white
ref- freezer w/ auto ice/ water dispenser.
$700.00 (863)699-6930
We will run it free!
Either mail to or drop it off at our office
2227 US 27 S. Sebring, FL. 33870
KENMORE 22 cu ft upright freezer. Excellent
condition. $150. Call 863-452-9261
SALE Reconditioned
Appliances Guaranteed
Washers, Dryers, Refrigerators, A/C's
Appliance Hospital Sales and Service.
Call 385-5600

7 100 TV, Radio, & Stereo
52" High Definition Flat Screen T.V. with
stand. Excellent condition. $800.00. Moving.
Call 863-441-1654.

7180 Furniture

3 pc, floral sectional ................ '399.95
Queen sleeper sofas ................1299.95
Sofas several styles................... 199.95
7 pc. contemporary dining set ......s395
5 pc. wash dinette set ............S195.95
Sofa & Loveseat (2 sets) ..............'295
5 pc. dinette set '195
Recliners 199.95
Electric bed w/mattress ................1295
Queen sleeper w/rattan trim ..........s295
Twin sleeper w/rattan trim ............1195
Queen size mattress set ................1195
King size mattress set.....................295
Entertainment Ctr s95
Bookcase Headboard ......................49
3pc. Bistro Set S95
Occasional chairs 145
Futon New with Deluxe pad ..........s195
10% Discount on these items
and many more in Stock.
Also 10% Discount on All NEW
ITEMS on our floor.
We are Accepting Quality
Like New Consignments
West Coast Furniture
5535 US 27 South

We will run
Either mail to or drop
2227 US 27 S. Sebr


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New Dark wood lift coffee table with two end
table, drawer space, new condition $300. Call

7260 Musical Merchandise
Instruments will be cleaned, repaired, and put
in the hands of students who otherwise would
not be able to participate in band. Donors will
be offered a tax deduction letter for the esti-
mated value of the instrument. Thanks!!!!!
Lowery Lincoln Wood. Asking $3,000. Call

7300 Miscellaneous
ANTIQUE WOOD tractor. Benson gyrocopter
with foot control system. (863)385-1675

We will run it free!
Either mail to or drop it off at our office .
2227 US 27 S. Sebring, FL. 33870

Looking For someone with a BIG HEART to
donate used, working golf cart, to local, won-
derful conservative Christian husband, father,
pastor. Will pick up. For more details, please
call Rebecca 863-381-5553
Restaurant Equipment. Triumph doe Mixer 20
to 30 qt. $550 0.B.0. #10 Can rack holds 30-
40 cans $100.00. Call 863-243-3434.

1 Vanity $50.00, 1 chester drawer $20.00, 2
side table's $10.00 each, 1 child steal shelves
stand with chair $40.00, 1 child chester draw-
er. $15.00. Call 863-699-1033.
3 AREA carpet rugs off white like new 1-
46"x120 2-48"26" very nice $25. buys all. Call
Bench, very nice upholstery. .41" W x 17" D.
Nice decorator item. $100. Call 863-314-9249
Bunk Beds, bottom full size, excellent condi-
tion, $125.00. Call 655-2774
Coffee Table, round, 38" across, 17 high,
wood $40.00. Call 863-471-3234
Drum Set, 5 piece, blue Verbe, 5 1/2" snare
drum, Zildjin Rock ZXT symbol set; 14" high-
hats, 20" ride, 18" crash, total China,
Call 655-2774
End Tables, set of 2, 26" X 20" high with class
inserts on top, $30.00. Call 863-471-3234
Ficus Tree-artificial, 7' tall. nice decorator
item. $25.00. Call 863-314-9249
863-458-0551. "
CALL 863-458-0551.
Inversion Table cost $169 new $65 firm Call
G.E Microwave oven 700w Great for reheating
$20 Call 655-4966

Ski machine exerciser $25. Call 655-4966
LAMP Parts box of switches sockets and etc.
$10.00. Will Sep, Pictures box of 17 for $20
various sizes will separate, dolls 5 for $10. In-
dian Dressed. Call 863-382-9022
Lamps & Ceiling light $40 for all, Electric Ice
Cream maker. $20. Call 385-1187 Leave Mes-

$250.00. CALL 863-458-0551.

3108 Marlin Dr. Fri & Sat, April 27-28, 8am -
? something for everyone.
AP- 1707 N Lake Pioneer Dr (off C17A/Stryker
& 27) Sat 4/28, 8am-? Books, Baseball cards,
decoration, many $1 items & misc.

Garage Sale, two family sale, small applian-
ces, big men's clothes, much misc. Fri & Sat.,
April 27 & 28 at 1008 Lake Damon Dr, Avon
LP- ESTATE SALE, Fri-Sat. April 27-28, 8-?.
203 Washington Blvd. Highlands Park Estates,
Everything must go!
Moving Sale one day only Sunday April 29,
1408 Stratford rd, Avon Park.
Multi Family garage sale, furniture, dishes,
clothing, tools, you nanfe it we have it, 2106
State Rd 17 north, Sebring Seven Day Adven-
tist church, cheep everything must go. Wed
and Thur, May 2 and 3, from 8-2 pm

3660 Us 27 South Sebring Side walk
Sale Thur-Sat May 3-5, 9am-6pm.

Used Furniture Sale: Leather Sofa & Love Seat
Orig-$2200 Sale Price $999,00, Queen Cherry
Bed Room set Orig $2600-$1100, Twin elec-
tric Bed $699. Clearance Floor Sample New pc
Sofa & Love seat $499.95-$799.95, Recliner
$299,99 5x8 designer Area Rugs $99.95
Wood Bunk Beds $199.95, 75$ off on select
accessories and comforter sets Clearance on
furn, full and Queen mattress set, new kids
B/R Reg $699,95-$350.00. Come early Limit-
ed items.
SB- 2805 Wallaco Dr, Sat-Sun 7am?. 3f=amil-
ty, furn, toys,misc.
SB-3302 Dolphin Dr., Thurs, Fri, & Sat., 8-
2p.m. Washer/Dryer, Mower, Freezer, Refrig.,
D/wshr, Furniture, Misc. Call 863-458-0551.
SB-MOVING SALE/ 4421 Elson Ave. Thurs-
Sat. April-26th, 27th & 28th from 9-4p.m.
Lots of Misc items.
YARD SALE furniture, baby items, misc.
Sat., April 28, 8 12. 1633 South Lakeview
Ter., Sebring.

7400 Lawn & Garden
S&D Tree service & land scaping, prehurri-
cane clean ups on all tree work 863-633-8951

7480 Nursery, Gardening,
748 & Supplies
Knowledge in Water Ponds, Perennials, An-
nuals, Tropical, Trees, Natural Stones, Patio
and Walls. Relocating to area, Call Joe @ 260-
242-0010 or joehaw61@yahoo.com

7520 Pets & Supplies
Free Kittens liter train 6wk old gray and white.
Call after 3pm. Call 381-1782 -
FREE TO good home- Adult female cat, Black
w/green eyes- spayed- declawed- shots up to
date. Call 863-382-6301 .
Gentle, Litter trained, Gold, 2 yr old, Neutered
Male. ( Lap Cat ) Shots current. Free. Call'
GOLDIDORS/ GOLDEN Retriever Laps Cham-
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May 1, $300. Dep $150 and pick up $150.

You Heard about us now see'fbr"yourself with
a visual tour at www.dogdesignsbydana.com:
Call 863-314-9883.

8050 Boats & Motors
Bass Tracker, 16 ft. bass boat with 70 hp Mer-
cury Motor, & Trolling motor, Garmin 168
GPS chart plotter, fish finder, depth finder,
bilge pump, Bimini Top, storage cover and
trailer, $2500.00. Call 863-214-3083

8 150 Fitness & Exercise
8 1 Equipment
Bowflex 3 series tread mill, $750.00 OBO,
brand new, call 863-465-7677

8400 Recreational Vehicles
REDUCED PRICING- great opportunity for a
good RV at a great price! 1989 Winnebago
Chieftan 28ft motor home. A/C, 6kw Gen,
newly tiled floor, queen bed, plus 2 singles
fridge, stove, bathroom w/shower, lots of
storage. Great running condition. Reduced to
$10,000. Ed Algreen 863-452-2964 or 273-
0897. Can be seen at 2073 N Olivia Dr, AP



9 1 00 Motorcycles & ATVs
1100 Honda Shadow Sprite 2001 8K miles
black, all chrome out, nice ride $5600. Call
Andy 863-441-0670
2002 Suzuki Savage. Low mileage, good
shape. $3,500. Call John 863-471-0900.

9200 Trks
1997 Ford Ranger pickup $3600.
Call: 863-314-8993.

9420 Antiques -Classics

9450 Automotive for Sale
1987 Chevy Corvette Convertible, low miles,
call away look-a-like $11,000 OBO. Call 863-
1992 GMC 1500 new tires, new transmission,
new exhaust, runs great $4500 obo. Call Mike

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High School Baseball

Sebring streaks to

District Final

Seven-run second dooms Hardee

SEBRING In the father versus
son match-up, Sebring head coach
Hoppy Rewis' bunch showed that
perhaps father still knows best, as the
Blue Streaks cruised to a 10-3
District 10-4A semifinal win over
Steve Rewis' Hardee Wildcats
Thursday night.
Staff ace Chaz Abeln took Se
the hill for the Streaks and held
the visiting Wildcats hitless
over the first three innings. 1
"Any time I have a must-win Ha
game, I'm going to throw my
ace," Rewis said. "And this
time of year, if you lose, you're
And while Abeln was proving his
coach point, the Sebring offense
unloaded on Hardee starter Carl
Basey for a seven-run second inning,

providing more than
enough of a margin to
Adam Simmons led
off the second frame
with a single and Tony
Vazquez 'took one for
the team' in getting hit
by a pitch to put runners
on first and sec-




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J.C. Shoop sends a high pitch into left field for a run-scoring single Thursday nigh


allowed with a run-scoring Vazquez almost continued the
ngle to bring Simmons onslaught, but a running, shoe-string
ome, and Vazquez came in catch by Hardee left-fielder Cody
hen Colt Williams attempt- Greene ended the inning.
d sacrifice bunt was thrown But with the seven-run lead, the
way. Streaks could breath a little easier.
One out later, Nick "They just didn't have enough
ripped an RBI single before pitching to stop our offense," Rewis
Sbriing in Williams before said of the third game in four days
Peck doubled in two more the Wildcats had played, depleting
their pitching options. "If they'd

been able to bring
might have been a d
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column in the fo
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run back in the fifth
running for Shoop
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ready for

2nd state

AVON PARK The time
in between the regular sea-
son and the playoffs would
normally be a time to amp
Sup the intensity and get
ready for the second smeason.o
urthBut with three weeks in
hoto by SCOTT DRESSEL between the regular season
mt against Hardee. finale and the state playoff
towhenrnament, theCory Watt, Falla South
someone had sin, it Florida Community Colleamge
different game." softball team didn't want to
EAKSinto the scoring get into playoff mode too
purth, with Mike quickly.
ag home Weston "We took a few days off
doubled but the after the season ended to just
mess enough. let the girls rest and get refo-
Sebring got that caused head coach Carlos
when Cory Watt, Falla said.
who had singled, But since then the team
at error. has been steadily getting
EAKS, page 4D back into game mode with
practices and intrasquad
games to rework and tighten
up the fundamentals..
All in preparation for the
r U Lady Panthers (seeded third
irc Li in the Suncoast Conference)
first-round matchup against
Gulf Coast Community
College, in Panama City ,of
the Panhandle Conference,
Friday, May 4 at noon in
"We haven't faced them
this year, but a few teams in
our conference have and I
more spthink we've got a pretty
good read on them" Falla
said. "They have a couple of
.... big hitters, but the
Panhandle Conference does-
n't usually-have much in the
way of hard throwers. They
usually see more control
.. .pitchers, pitchers that use
more spin so we've been
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Avon Park


SATURDAY: Track and Field (Alex Ware) at State Meet,TBA

STODAY: Baseball vs. Palmetto (District Championship), 7 p.m.



STARS take to tennis courts
AVON PARK Special STARS will
be kicking off a tennis league this
Saturday at South Florida Community
College tennis courts.
Athletes with physical and mental dis-
abilities will be training from 9-11 a.m.
this Saturday, April 28 and May 5. The
final day will be a competition day where
ribbons will be presented and an awards
ceremony will take place at Homer's
Smorgasbord afterwards. There is no
charge for special athletes to compete.
Volunteers who are knowledgable in
tennis are encouraged to contact Cindy
Marshall at 452-6607 to help. Special
STARS provides sports and recreational
training and competition for more than
200 children and adults with physical
and mental disabilities in Highlands
County. Athletes must have a medical
and release on file with the organization.
Basketball league for STARS
AVON PARK Special STARS will
offer a basketball league for athletes with
physical and mental disabilities from 9-11
a.m. Saturday, May 12, 19 and 26, at the
Avon Park Recreation Center.
Athletes will learn the basics of the
game with two different levels of the
sport being taught. The first hour will be
for those athletes who are wanting to
learn the fundamentals of the game and
the second hour will be for those wish-
ing to compete. Awards will be presented
the last day. There is no charge for spe-
cial athletes to compete.
Volunteers who are knowledgable in
basketball are encouraged to contact
Cindy Marshall at 452-6607 to help.
_ Special STARS provides sports and'
recreational training and competition for
more than 200 children and adults with
physical and mental disabilities in
Highlands County. Athletes must have a
medical and release on file with the
Highlands County Tennis
Association offers scholarships
SEBRING The HCTA is offering
$500 scholarships to graduating seniors
who have played on any county high
school tennis team in any yearss. Students
may attend college of their choice.
The HCTA has provided approximate-
ly $35,000 over the past 10 years to
community youth programs, after school
clinics, school teams and scholarships.
Application deadline is April 28. For
more information on HCTA membership
or scholarship applications, contact
Lynda at 471-0389.

SFCC Panther Baseball Camp
set for May 30-June 1
The SFCC Panther baseball camp will
be taking place May 30-June 1 and will
be directed by head coach Rick Hitt.
The camp is designed to provide qual-
ity baseball instruction, with emphasis
on fundamentals and improvement in all
areas of the game.
Each day, campers will have the
opportunity to improve their skills and
baseball knowledge with the help of a
qualified staff.
The staff also includes Panther assis-
tant coaches Darrell Heckman and Mike
Metcalf as well as high school, college
and professional baseball instructors.
Cost of the camp is $100, with each
additional family member costing $85;
registration can be done by mailing an
application and consent and release
Registration can also be done over the
phone to the following campus phone
numbers at ext. 7036: Sebring/Avon Park
863-784-7036, Lake Placid 863-465-
5300, DeSoto 863-494-7500 or Hardee
Each of the three days of the camp
will include drills, instruction, games,


trivia, hitting analysis, snacks and swim-
ming pool activities.
Campers should bring glove, cap, any
baseball attire, swim suit and a towel.
Kiwanis Charities Golf Classic
tees off Saturday, May 5
SEBRING The Kiwanis Charities
Golf Classic will be Saturday, May 5, at
Sun 'N Lake Golf and Country Club.
The two-person scramble will have an
8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Entry fee is $75
per player, which includes continental
breakfast, food and beverages on the
course, cart use, greens fees and a gener-
ous lunch.
The field will be flighted according to
team handicap and each team will play
"best ball." First prize in each flight/per
person will be $100 cash; second place,
$75 cash; and third place, $50 cash.
There will also be longest drive and
closest to the pin competition, awarding
$50 cash each. Hole-in-one competition
will be on each of the four par 3's. Hole-
in-one sponsor Alan Jay Automotive
Network has made available a 2007
Chevy Malibu, 36 dozen Nike,Power
Distance golf balls, a five-day, four-night
vacation stay at Fairmont Resorts, a
Nike SasQuatch Driver and a GMC
Smart Pack. Mr. Pete Coughlin of Cohan
Radio Group has put up $2,000 as a
hole-in-one sponsor.
A practice round is available on Friday
afternoon for $15. Call the Pro Shop at
Sun 'N Lake at 385-4830.
All proceeds go to serving the children
of Highlands County..For more informa-
tion or to register players or purchase T-
Sign sponsorship, call Kathryn at 835-
0230 or Wib at 835-0234.
A night of wrestling coming to
Fairgrounds Saturday, May 5
SEBRING Coastal Championship
Wrestling and the Highlands County Fair
Association present a night of wrestling
to benefit the Sergeant Nicholas Sottile
Scholarship Fund on Saturday, May 5.
This special program will feature dou-
ble tag-team main events. Kahagas and
Dustin Rhoades will face Phi Delta Slam
in a "Sebring Street Fight." There will be
a special appearance by WWF Legend
"Superfly" Jimmy Snuka. Hack "The
Dog" Meyers partners up with "Sheriff'
Howie Godwin to battle the 6-foot-10-
inch, 325-pound Super Destroyer with
Hardcore Harry Venis at his side. The
Super Destroyer announces "Howie
Godwin will leave in my custody!"
Advance tickets are now on sale at the
Arcade Pet Shop at 1010 U.S. 27 North,
Sebring. General admission $10/Ringside
$15. Sponsorships and donations to the
Sgt. Sottile Scholarship Fund are also
accepted. For more information, call 471-
0080 or contact Chief Tom Dettman at the
Sebring Police Department.
This may be the biggest night of pro
wrestling to ever hit Highlands County.
Please mark your calendars now.
Youth Sports Day in Lake Placid
LAKE PLACID Lake Placid Youth
Sports Day will be from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m., Saturday, May 5, at DeVane Circle
in Lake Placid. The event is being spon-
sored by Lake Placid High School
Athletic Department with the help of the
Lake Placid Athletic Association.
In an effort to let the younger athletes
get to know the older athletes, high
school and middle school athletes will be
running carnival games with prizes.
These games are free of charge to the
youth of Lake Placid. There also will be
a barbecue, concession stand, sports
information and fun.
All sports programs in Lake Placid
have been invited to have a booth or
table explaining what their program has
to offer, when and where it is played and
how to register.


April 26, 1997: Tim Criss of Bel Ari, Maryland, won the inaugural $110,000 Greater Sebring Open
at the Kegel Bowling Center.The fifth seeded Criss took down Darin Hays, Bob Belmont and Walter Ray
Williams, Jr. before topping Steve Jaros, 236-225 for the championship.
April 28, 1987: Avon Park rode some surprising power hitting to take the Region 2A-6 baseball
championship with a 7-5 win overTampa Catholic. Having hit just four home runs on the season, the
Devils blasted three, one from Anthony Gordon and two from Clyde Pough, to move to the Section 2A-3
championship against Mount Dora.


Playoff Glance
(Best of 7)
Detroit vs. Orlando
Detroit 100, Orlando 92
Detroit 98, Orlando 90, Detroit leads
series 2-0
Thursday: Detroit at Orlando; 8 p.m.
Saturday: Detroit at Orlando, 3 p.m.
Tuesday: Orlando at Detroit, TBD, if
Thursday, May 3: Detroit at Orlando,
TBD, if necessary
Saturday, May 5: Orlando at Detroit,
TBD, if necessary
Cleveland vs. Washington
Cleveland 97, Washington 82
Cleveland 109, Washington 102,
Cleveland leads series 2-0
Saturday: Cleveland at Washington,
5:30 p.m.
Monday: Cleveland at Washington, TBD
Wednesday, May 2: Washington.at
Cleveland, TBD, if necessary
Friday, May 4: Cleveland at Washington,
TBD, if necessary
Sunday, May 6: Washington at
Cleveland, TBD, if necessary
Toronto vs. New Jersey
New Jersey 96, Toronto 91
Toronto 89, New Jersey 83, series tied
Friday: Toronto at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Sunday: Toronto at New Jersey, 7:30
Tuesday, May 1: New Jersey at Toronto,
Friday, May 4: Toronto at New Jersey,
TBD, if necessary
Sunday, May 6: New Jersey at Toronto,
TBD, if necessary
Miami vs. Chicago
Chicago 96, Miami 91
Chicago 107, Miami 89, Chicago leads
series 2-0
Friday: Chicago at Miami, 8 p.m.
Sunday: Chicago at Miami, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, May 1: Miami at Chicago,'
TBD, if necessary
Thursday, May 3: Chicago at Miami,
TBD, if necessary
Saturday, May 5: Miami at Chicago,
TBD, if necessary
Dallas vs. Golden State
Golden State 97, Dallas 85
Dallas 112, Golden State 99, series tied
. 1-1
Friday: Dallas at Golden State, 10:30
Sunday: Dallas at Golden State, 10 p.m.
Tuesday, May 1, Golden State at Dallas,
Thursday, May 3, Dallas at Golden
State, TBD, if necessary
Saturday, May 5, Golden State at Dallas,
TBD, if necessary
Phoenix vs. L.A. Lakers
Phoenix 95, L.A. Lakers 87
Phoenix 126, L.A. Lakers 98, Phoenix
leads series 2-0
Thursday: Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, late
Sunday: Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, 3:30
Wednesday, May 2: L.A. Lakers at
Phoenix, TBD, if necessary
Friday, May 4: Phoenix at L.A. Lakers,
TBD, if necessary
Sunday, May 6: L.A. Lakers at Phoenix,
TBD, if necessary
San Antonio vs. Denver
Denver 95, San Antonio 89
San Antonio 97, Denver 88, series tied
Saturday: San Antonio at Denver, 8 p.m.
Monday: San Antonio at Denver, 10:30
Wednesday, May 2: Denver at San
Antonio, TBD
Friday, May 4: San Antonio at Denver,
TBD, if necessary
Sunday, May 6: Denver at San Antonio,
TBD, if necessary
Utah vs. Houston
Houston 84, Utah 75
Houston 98, Utah 90, Houston leads
series 2-0
Thursday: Houston at Utah, late
Saturday: Houston at Utah, 10:30 p.m.
Monday: Utah at Houston, TBD, if nec-
Thursday, May 3: Houston at Utah,
TBD, if necessary
Saturday, May 5: Utah at Houston, TBD,
if necessary

Playoff Glance
Buffalo over N.Y. Islanders, 4-1
New Jersey over Tampa Bay, 4-2
'N.Y. Rangers over Atlanta, 4-0
Ottawa over Pittsburgh, 4-1
Detroit over Calgary, 4-2
Anaheim over Minnesota, 4-1
Vancouver over Dallas, 4-3
San Jose over Nashville, 4-1
Buffalo vs. New York Rangers
Wednesday: Buffalo 5, N.Y. Rangers 2,
Buffalo leads series 1-0
Friday: N.Y. Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Sunday: Buffalo at N.Y. Rangers, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, May 1: Buffalo at N.Y.
Rangers, 7 p.m.
Friday, May 4: N.Y. Rangers at Buffalo,
7 p.m., if necessary
Sunday, May 6: Buffalo at N.Y. Rangers,
2 p.m., if necessary
Tuesday, May 8: N.Y. Rangers at
Buffalo, 7 p.m., if necessary
New Jersey vs. Ottawa
Thursday: Ottawa at New Jersey, late
Saturday: Ottawa at New Jersey, 8 p.m.

Monday: New Jersey at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 2: New Jersey at
Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 5: Ottawa at New Jersey,
8 p.m., if necessary
Monday, May 7: New Jersey at Ottawa,
7 p.m., if necessary
Wednesday, May 9: Ottawa at New
Jersey, 7 p.m., if necessary
Detroit vs. San Jose
Thursday: San Jose at Detroit, late
Saturday: San Jose at Detroit, 3 p.m.
Monday: Detroit at San Jose, 10 p.m.
Wednesday, May 2: Detroit at San Jose,


3 p.m.

NASCAR Busch Series Aaron's 312..................... A BC

9:30 p.m. Isreal Cardono vs. Zab Judah......................ESPN2
10 p.m. Jusan Dioz vs.Acelina Freitas .........................HBO

4 p.m. Florida at Vanderbilt .............................SUN
8 p.m. Florida St. at Miami................................SUN

4 p.m. Tennessee at LSU ................................ESPN2

1 p.m. PGA Nationwide Tour Henrico County Open, Second Round. GOLF
3 p.m. PGA EDS Byron Nelson Championship, Second Round..... GOLF
1 p.m. PGA Nationwide Tour Henrico County Open, Third Round.. GOLF
3 p.m. PGA EDS Byron Nelson Championship, Third Round ...... GOLF

8 p.m. Chicago Cubs at St. Louis ..........................WGN
9 p.m. Atlanta at Colorado..................................TBS
10 p.m. Tampa Bay at Oakland..............................IND
3:30 p.m. Boston at N.Y. Yankees/Cubs at St. Louis ............. FOX
7 p.m. L.A. Angels at Chicago White Sox ...................WGN
8 p.m. Atlanta at Colorado...............................TBS

7 p.m. First Round Playoff -Teams TBA.................ESPN2
8 p.m. First Round Playoff -Teams TBA.................. ESPN
10:30 p.m. First Round Playoff- Teams TBA...................ESPN
3 p.m. First Round Playoff-Teams TBA ....................TNT
8 p.m. First Round Playoff- Teams TBA...................ESPN
10:30 p.m. First Round Playoff -Teams TBA...................ESPN

Noon NFLDraft.......................................ESPN
8 p.m. NFLDraft.................... .................. ESPN2

3 p.m. Conference Semifinal-Game 2, Teams TBA ............NBC

1 p.m. Penn Relays........ ....................ESPN2
All Games and Times Subject to Change

10 p.m.
Saturday, May 5: San Jose at Detroit, 2
p.m., if necessary
Monday, May 7: Detroit at San Jose,
TBD, if necessary
Wednesday, May 9: San Jose at Detroit,
TBD, if 'necessary
Anaheim vs. Vancouver
Wednesday: Anaheim 5, Vancouver 1,
Anaheim leads series 1-0
Friday: Vancouver at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
Sunday: Anaheim at Vancouver, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, May 1: Anaheim at Vancouver,
10:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 3: Vancouver at
Anaheim, 9 p.m., if necessary
Sunday, May 6: Anaheim at Vancouver,
8 p.m., if necessary
Tuesday, May 8: Vancouver at Anaheim,
TBD, if necessary
Major League Baseball

East Division
W L Pct GB
Boston 13 7 .650 -
Baltimore 11 10 .524 2i%
Toronto 1 101.500 3
New York 8 11 .421 4A
Tampa Bay 9 13 .409 5
Central Division
W L Pct GB
Cleveland 12 7 .632 -
Detroit 12 9 .571 1
Chicago 11 9 .550 1%A
Minnesota 12 10 .545 1%/
Kansas City 7 15 .318 6'/
West Division
W L Pct GB
Los Angeles 12 10 .545 -
Oakland 11 11 .500 1
Seattle 8 9 .471 1%
Texas 8 13 .381 3Y%

Wednesday's Games
Cleveland 8, Texas 7, 11 innings
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees, ppd., rain
Boston 6, Baltimore 1
Kansas City 4, Minnesota 3
Detroit 6, Chicago White Sox 2
Seattle 2, Oakland 0
L.A. Angels 9, Tampa Bay 1
Thursday's Games
Cleveland 9, Texas 4
Minnesota 1, Kansas City 0, 11 innings
Seattle 4, Oakland 2
L.A. Angels 11, Tampa Bay 3
Detroit at Chicago White Sox, ppd., rain
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees, late
Boston at Baltimore, late
Friday's Games
Minnesota (Ortiz 3-1) at Detroit
(Verlander 1-0), 7:05 p.m.
Boston (Matsuzaka 2-2) at N.Y. Yankees
(Pettitte 1-0), 7:05 p.m.

Baltimore (Trachsel 1-1) at Cleveland
(Westbrook 0-2), 7:05 p.m.
Texas (Tejeda 2-1) at Toronto (Towers
1-2), 7:07 p.m.
L.A. Angels (E.Santana 2-2) at Chicago
White Sox (Garland 0-1), 8:11 p.m.
Tampa Bay (Shields 1-0) at Oakland
(Gaudin 1-0), 10:05 p.m.
Kansas City (De La Rosa 2-1) at Seattle
(Ramirez 1-1), 10:05 p.m.
East Division
W L Pat GB
New York 13 7 .650-
Atlanta 13 8 .619 'A
Florida 10 11 .476 3%
Philadelphia 9 12 .429 4'A
Washington 7 15 .318 7
Central Division
W L Pet GB
Milwaukee 13 8 .619 -
Pittsburgh 10 10 .500 2%
St. Louis 10 11 .476 3
Cincinnati 10 12 .455 3%
Houston 9 12 .429 4
Chicago 8 13 .381 5
West Division
W L Pat GB
Los Angeles' 13 8 .619 -
San Francisco 11 8 .579 1
San Diego 12 9 .571 1
Arizona 11 11 .500 2%
Colorado 9 13 .409 4'A

Wednesday's Games
Colorado 11, N.Y. Mets 5
Chicago Cubs 9, Milwaukee 3
Florida 4, Atlanta 3
Pittsburgh 4, Houston 3, 16 innings
Philadelphia 9, Washington 3
St. Louis 5, Cincinnati 2
Arizona 3, San Diego 2
San Francisco 6, L.A. Dodgers 4
Thursday's Games
Pittsburgh 5, Houston 3
St. Louis 7, Cincinnati 5
Washington 4, Philadelphia 2
San Diego at Arizona, late
San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers, late
Friday's Games
Cincinnati (Milton 0-3) at Pittsburgh
(Snell 1-1), 7:05 p.m.
N.Y. Mets (O.Perez 2-1) at Washington
(Chico 1-2), 7:05 p.m.
Florida (A.Sanchez 2-0) at Philadelphia
(Garcia 1-1), 7:05 p.m.
Milwaukee (Capuano 3-0) at Houston
(Oswalt 3-1), 8:05 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (Marquis 2-1) at St.
Louis (Reyes 0-3), 8:10 p.m.
Atlanta (James 2-2) at Colorado
(Francis 1-2), 9:05 p.m.
San Francisco (Zito 2-2) at Arizona
(Davis 1-2), 9:40 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers (Hendrickson 1-0) at San
Diego (Hensley 1-3), 10:05 p.m.

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Local Golf Report

Country Club of
The Friday Couples event was
played April 20.
Winning first place was the
team of Ted Schmalzried, Jerry
Moser, Marge Kaiser and Sandy
Weddle with 63; and tying for
second place were the teams of
Bob Cochran, Norm Zempel, Bev
Szelagowski and Onnalee
Schmalzried; Ray Plagens, C.V.
Weddle, Alice Rebec and Betty
Dagnan with 65 each.
The men's association played
a three best balls event on
Thursday, April 19.
Winning first place was the
team of Ron Poore, Jerry Moser,
Bob Whitacre and Bob Homrich 11
with 189; and second place, Ted
Schmalzreid, Ned Willey, Howard L
Wampler and Dennis Jacobs with
195. a
Jeanne Pieracini had a Hole-
in-One on Monday, April 9, using P
No. 3 3-wood club at 142 yards. a
It was witnessed by Bud
Pieracini, Jim Szelagowski and
Bev Szelagowski.
. A Monday Couples event was
played Monday, April 16.
The game played was four-
some, mixed best-ball.
Tying for first place were the
teams of Ed and Onnalee
Schmalzried, Ray and Merry
Brown; Bob and Jolene
Shearwood, Jean and Ron Poore
with 118 each. Third place was
the team of Ed and Annette
Whitner, Jean and Bud Pieracini
with 119.

Harder Hall
The ladies league played a
Convert One Hole to Par event on
Thursday, April 19.
SWinners were: First place,
Polly Blumm with 57; and sec-
ond place, Billie Aydelotte with

Highlands Ridge
The ladies association played
a Heavy Partner event.
Wednesday, April 25.
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for first place were L. Ferrrgaht 'and J
Hufford; J. Hannon and D. Landers with
minus-13 each; and third place, G.
Trissell and S. Wade with minus-9.
Flight 2 First place, K. Lawson and P.
Smart with minus-16; second place, F.
Seeley and S. Borrell with minus-13;
and third place, M. Keiwan and B.
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First place S. Hover and T. Kalis with
minus-16; tying for second place were
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and S: Currie with minus-13 each.
Flight 4 First place, B. Sweat and K.
Tulane with minus-17; second place, S.
Abercrombie and D. Albrecht with
minus-11; and third place, H. Dobbs
and N. Reardon with minus-10.

Lake June West Golf Club
A mixed scramble was played
Thursday, April 26.
Winning first, place was the team of
John and Virginia Simmons, Ken and
Norma Colyer, Joe and Joyce Swartz
with 48; and second place, Vince
Mathew, Rex Simmons, John Howartz,
Vera Jones and Leola Robillard with 49.
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Joyce Huggett, Gloria Childs; Tony and,
Gloria Notaro, Don and Beth Schuen.e,
Paul Sweet with 50 each.
Closest to the pin: (Ladies), No. 2,
Eva Huffman, O-feet-91/-inches; and No.
8, Beth Schuenke, 6-feet-9/2-inches.
(Men), No. 4, Walt. Nagel, 8-feet-21/-
The men's association played a best
ball event on Wednesday, April 25.
Winning first place was the team of
Ted Carteaux, Mario Cappelletti, John
Smithyman and Bill Brouhle with 37;
second place, Frank Gallagher, Dick
Denhart, John Byron and Don Boulton
with 39; and third place, Orville
Huffman, Vince Mathew, Bob Williams,
Don Bradley and John Gill with 40.
Closest to the pin: No. 2, Don
Bradley, 9-feet-1-inch; No. 4, John
Smithyman, 8-feet; and No. 8, Mike
Davis, 3-feet-8-inches.
The ladies association played a best
ball event on Monday, April 23.
Winning first place was the team of
Joyce Huggett, Lucy Saunders and
Patty Mancuso with 35; second place,
Gloria Notaro, Annie Hall, Margaret
Schultz and Vera Jones with 36; and
third place, Dee Block, Virginia
Simmons, Leola Robillard and Sue

Ruffo with 38.
Closest to the pin: No. 2, Lucy
Saunders, 10-feet-5-inches; and No. 8,
Annie Hall, 5-feet-6-inches.

On Wednesday, April 25, the men's
association played team and individual
pro am points.
Winning first place was the team of
Tom Rockola, Vern Gates, Jim Elliott
and Paul DuBrule with plus-21; and
second place, Jim Gulick, Joe Hyzny,
Jerry Grogan and Jack-Stemple with
Individual winners were: A division -
Tying for first place were Dick Woods
and Jim Gulick with plus-6 each. B divi-
sion Tying for first place were Bob
Luttrell and Vern Gates with plus-4. C
division First place, Jerry Grogan with
plus-7; and tying for second place were
Richard Ramazetti and Jim Elliott with
plus-6 each. D division First place,
Paul DuBrule with plus-14; and second
place, Billy Parr with plus-1i0.
On Tuesday, April 24, the ladies asso-
ciation played .individual pro am points.
Winners were: A division First
place, Liz Robinson with plus-3; and

second place, Ruth Smith with plus-3.
B division First, place, Mary Ann
Luttrell with plus-3;, and second place,
Sue Nolan with plus-3. C division First
place, Ann Litalien with plus-8; and sec-
ond place, Mary McCamic with plus-7.
On Thursday, April 19, the ladies
association played odd holes/even
holes on back.
Individual winners were: A division -
First place, Lois Kistler with 34; and
tying for second place were Pauline
Pleltak and Ruth Smith with 36 each. B
division First place, Miriam Redshaw
with 34; and tying for second place
were Ofelia Jones and Jane Gentry with
37 each. C division First place, Joyce
Erickson with 34; and second place,
Ann Litalien with 36. D division First
place, Sue Nolan with 34; and second
place, Phyllis Sutter with 35.

River Greens
The Morrison Group played a game
Saturday, April 21.'
Winning first place were Jim
Anderson and Al Farrell; second place,
Cliff Aubin and Tim Thomas; and third
place, Ken Koon and Dick Lynch.
A morning scramble was played

Friday, April 20.
Winning first place was the
team of Donald McDonald, Babe
McDonald, David Kelly and Ann
Kelly with 55; and second place,
Cecily Dray, Terry Dray, Neil
Purcell, Jack Sayre and Peggy
Nicholson with 56.
An afternoon scramble was
played Friday, April 20.
Winning first place was the
team of Dennis Dunn, Jerry
Back, Ann Farrell, Mary L.
Holloway, Jeanne Dunn, Jo
Sherman and Doris Auman with
17-under; and second place, Jim
Anderson, Paul Conkle, Tom
Stewart, Phil Kozak, Carol
Se McClay and Ray Read with 16-
y. The Lake Damon South event
h was played Thursday, April 19.
Winning first place was the
team of John Hierholzer, Glen
1g Kegler, Peter Bridge and Terry H.
Pe Lewis.
The ladies association played
a pro am tournament on
Thursday, April 19.
m TWinning first place was the
team of Coleen Posey, Linda
Therrien, Betty Leblanc and Anne
Purcell; second place, Peggy
Wehunt, Babe McDonald and
Fran Neil; and third place, Elaine
Keppler, Evelyn Read and Betty
Individual winners were: Tying
for first place were Linda
Therrien and Betty Leblanc with
plus-6%; and third place, Fran
Neil with plus-6.
The Morrison Group played a
game Thursday, April 19.
Tying for first place were Keith
Kincer and Leo Persails, Fred
Evans .and Bob Biever with
minus-15; and third place, Ken
Brunswick and Bill Mountford
with minus-14.
The men's association played
a pro am. tournament on
Wednesday, April 18.
Winning first place was the
team of Jay Procarione, Romy
Febre, John D'Amanda and John
Van Slooten with plus-i10/; sec-
ond place, Ed Westfield, Ed
Mosser, Bob Stevens and Jerry
Malabrigo with plus-91/2; and third
place, Elton Cate, Paul Conkle, Terry
Dray and Al Farrell with plus-41/2.
Individual winners were: A flight (26-
over): First place, Romy Febre; second
place, Peter Bridge; and third place, Jim
Anderson. B flight (22-25): First place,
Len Westdale; second place, Ed
Mosser; and third place, Jay
Procarione. C flight (20-21): First place,
Bob Stevens; second place, Elton Gate;
and third place, Lefty St. Pierre. D flight
(19-under): First place, Sol Petruzzi;
second place, Vin Stoddard; and third
place, Ray Knauf.
The Morrison Group played a game
Tuesday, April 17.
Tying for first place were the teams
of Fred Evans, Terry Dray, Jim Cercy
and Al Farrell; W. Herendeen, B. Biever,
Jim Anderson and Al Farrell with
minus-27 each. Third. place, Jerry
Wallace, Butch Smith, Cliff Aubin and
Tim Thomas.
The Golfettes played a game on
Tuesday, April 17.
Winning first place was the team of
Ann Kelly, Pat Gower, Colleen Posey
and Sally Dworak; and second place,
Barb Stuber, Annie Kozak and Jeannine

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working with Kasey (Barrett)
and Addie (Tallman) on just
working their fastballs and
riseballs up the ladder."
Gulf Coast was last sea-
sons' state champion and
natio l runner-up, but lost a
lot of players from that pow-
erful team.
But they do return two
National Junior College
Athletic Association All-
Americans in slugging first
baseman Debby Connor and
staff ace Sarah Dooley,
Barrett, however, has had
her own remarkable season
this year and should prove
quite a matchup for the Lady
Barrett finished the season
with 242 strikeouts in 175.1
innings pitched.
Opponents batted just .152
off her, leading to a minus-
cule 1.20 earned run average.
Such statistics would seem
to give SFCC a good shot in
their second consecutive trip
to the state tournament a
pretty impressive feat itself for'
the three-year old program.
"We went two and out last
year," sophomore left-fielder
Mallory Drooger said. "It was
a very intense atmosphere, but
we've got a lot of players
back, so we have some expe-
rience with it now."
And while the more experi-
enced players might be over
the nerves, so too, does it
seem, are the younger players.

News-Sun photo by DANIEL HOEHNE
Attention to detail is the theme of SFCC practices, as
Mallory Drooger focuses in on making contact and getting
this bunt down successfully.

"I'm not really nervous at
all," Barrett said. "I'm real
excited and can't wait."
But before the girls get
ahead of themselves and start
trying to do too much, coach
Falla is taking a sensible
"We're just stressing to'the
girls to play our game, do our

News-Sun photo by DANIEL HOEHNE
There was no shortage of intense play during Thursday's
practice, intrasquad game as catcher Kate DeLima blocks
the plate from hard-sliding Nicole Rose.

best and to excel at what
we're good at," Falla said.
"Obviously, we want to mini-
mize the things we don't do
well, but when you get to the
show, everyone's record is
zero and zero, so we're all
starting from scratch."
But to get the team to a
step above scratch, confer-
ence foe Miami-Dade will be
coming for a visit Sunday to
scrimmage the Lady Panthers
and get their timing and edge
back to game level.
The tournament is double-
elimination format, so an
opening game loss wouldn't
rule out a chance to get into
the national tournament, with
the top two teams from
Florida qualifying but Falla
doesn't even want to look.
that far ahead.
"It will just be nice to be
on the field and actually
playing again," he said. "This
is a great opportunity for the
girls and I just want to focus
on our game at noon on
Friday, then the rest will hap-
pen however it will happen."

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But Hardee started to make
things a bit more interesting
when with two on, Will
Krause blasted one that
looked destined for a roof
over the left-field wall.
The ever-so slight cross-
wind held it up, but it still
bounced off the wall to bring
both base runners in for an 8-
3 Blue Streak lead.
Abeln and the Sebring
offense, however, erased any
doubt in the bottom of the
inning by getting both of
those runs back.
Abeln launched a rocket
that also looked like it had a
chance, but his was to the
deepest part of the yard -
dead center where it hit
halfway up on the wall and
ricocheted back toward the
By the time Hardee center
fielder Bryant Shumard
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on third with a leadoff, stand-
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Peck reached on an infield
hit, but Abeln had to hold.
Simmons worked a walk to
load the bags and Vazquez
walked to keep them loaded
and bring Abeln home.
One out later, Williams sin-
gled to plate the final run,
with Steven Fortner coming
on in relief to finish a 1-2-3
seventh for the win.
"When we had the big
inning, it took away a lot of
their small-ball game," Rewis
said. "But they did battle back
a bit and showed us that we
can't lose our focus when we

get a lead like that."'
And they had better main-
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Championship game, facing
an unlikely foe.
Palmetto entered the tour-
nament as the lowest seed at
number seven, but the Tigers
toppled number two Braden
River as well as surprising
sixth seeded Booker to reach
the final game.
"We beat them twice this
year, but they seem to be
playing a lot better," Rewis

And despite the knowledge
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regional is confirmed, he's
not taking this one for granted
or looking ahead.
"We set our specific goals,"
Rewis said. "We wanted to
get the top seed, we got it, we
want to win District, so that's
what's next. It would be nice
to be able to play the next one
at home (which a District
Championship will do), so
that's what we need to do."

'News-Sun photo by SCOTT DRESSEL
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Blue Streaks 10-3 District semifinal win.

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