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Title: The news-sun
Uniform Title: News-sun (Sebring, Fla.)
Alternate title: Sunday news-sun
News sun
Physical Description: v. : ill. ;
Language: English
Publisher: Sebring News-Sun, Inc.
Place of Publication: Sebring Fla
Publication Date: 12-24-2010
Frequency: triweekly (wednesday, friday, and sunday)[1996-<1997>]
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Edition: Sebring/Lake Placid ed.
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Additional Physical Form: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 62, no. 21 (Nov. 9, 1988)-
Numbering Peculiarities: Each day's issues carry distinct numbering schemes, <1997>.
General Note: Also published for Avon Park.
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By ED BALDRIDGE ed.baldridge@newssun.comAVON PARK It all happens at the end of the year, but the hustle is worth the effort, according to Lt. Robert Remick of the Avon Park Fire Department. Remick organizes the Toys for Tots program in Avon Park, and has done so for the last four years. "We have to put it together fast, and everyone pitches in," Remick said on Tuesday night as he checked off another bag of toys. "The local businesses help a lot, and the Flywheelers pitch in for collection. This year we have 80 kids on our list, and there is plenty for them," Remick said. Local organizations provide the lists, and they pass those along to Remick, who organizes them by gender and age. The toys were collected at the Avon Park Community Center the week before Christmas, where volunteers from the Middle School and the High School FFAprogram showed up to wrap and bag. This year, every child on the list got at least one big toy and several smaller ones, wrapped and bundled by number, so that they could retain anonymity. "We are make sure that the child or the family does not experience any embarrassment. It is about the spirit of Christmas, and we don't want to ruin that," Remick said while checking another name and number fro m his list, which was borrowed fro m By ED BALDRIDGE ed.baldridge@newssun.comAVON PARK It has only happened once so far, but there is hope that it will happen again. At least that is what the Avon Park Police Department Chief Michael Rowan has on his wish list when it comes to community. "This is really a unique event. Several officers planned a dinner to help out, and what they got was a lot of community response that was unexpected," Rowan said on Wednesday as he greeted people at the Avon Park Community Center for a traditional Christmas feast. The dinner idea was proposed by Det. Sgt. David Sass, Det. Christy Harbaugh and Det. Nate Coogan around the first week of December, and they were hoping originally to feed a 100 or so people and give back to the community they serve. "It was something that we have kicked around for some time, but Christy and Nate said Let's get moving on this'the last time I brought it up. But the contributions front the community have just amazed me," Sass said. After the three officers began contacting people about the idea, the food started pouring in. "We have 20 turkeys and 20 hams donated by local businesses. We can feed over 500," Sass said the day before the event. "The businesses have really put forward a lot of Christmas cheer. Bill Jarrett Friday-Saturday, December 24-25, 2010www.newssun.comVolume 91/Number 156 | 50 cents HighLow 68 43Complete Forecast PAGE #A Sunny for most of the day Forecast Question: Have you finished your Christmas shopping? Next question: Have you seen as much Christmas spirit' this year as in the past? www.newssun .com Make your voice heard at Online Obituaries Nicholas Chickerell Age 92, of Avon Park Regina Leedy Age 94, of Sebring Robert Skipper Age 87, of Sebring Leo Strapp Age 77, of Avon Park Obituaries, Page 5A Phone ... 385-6155Fax ... 385-2453Online: www.newssun.com Yes 63.4% No 36.6% 079099401001 Total votes: 71 Classifieds9A Community Briefs5A Dear Abby11B Editorial & Opinion4A Healthy Living5B Living12B Lottery Numbers2A Movie Reviews/Times11B Police Blotter2A Religion7B Sports On TV2B Index Lady Devils torch SHSPAGE1BKeep your house ship shape in '11PAGE1B Follow the News-Sun on www.twitter.com/thenewssun www.facebook.com/newssun and News-Sun photo by ED BALDRIDGE Avon Park's city manager presented his list to Santa during the Community Feast hosted by the Avon Park Police Department on Wednesday. APPD's Christmas feast a success A community Christmas News-Sun photo by ED BALDRIDG E Sheri and Jerry Whidden lend a hand to Santa on Tuesday as they wrap Toys for Tots. Avon Park Fire Department helps Santa in busy season We have to put it together fast, and everyone pitches in.'LT. ROBERTREMICK Avon Park Fire Department By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY christopher.tuffley@newssun.comSEBRING There were shoppers out and about at the Lakeshore Mall Thursday, but stores weren't crowded. Local retailers have to analyze their numbers before any conclusions can be made regarding the success of this Christmas season, but anecdotal reports from private retailers is mixed. "It's not as busy as you might think," said Liane Page, who sells therapeutic magnetic jewelry at the Time to Stop the Pain kiosk at the mall. "I expect a last-minute flurry," Page added. "Several people have stopped to shop and told me they would be back (today), which is a pay day. "We're doing okay, but not what we'd like." It was the first time Page Today is Santa's last chance to shop See HOLIDAY, page 8A See FEAST, page 8A See APFD, page 8A By ED BALDRIDGE ed.baldridge@newssun.comAVON PARK Almo st 8,000 residents around Avo n Park were without water or experienced low pressure o n Tuesday as crews struggl ed to restore a broken wat er main damaged by constru ction. Until Thursday, the cit y, Sebring Ridge and t he Crossing residents we re under a boil water notice. "We just got the all cle ar from the Health Departme nt testing, and we are callin g restaurants individually ," said Julian Deleon, Avo n Park's director of Publ ic Works, Thursday morning. According to Deleon, h is department was notifi ed around 2 p.m. on Tuesd ay that the 12-inch transmissio n line was damaged durin g construction on the Murphy 's Oil gas station in front of t he Avon Park Walmart. "This is a 20-year-old lin e. We believe the constructio n activities on site may ha ve disturbed or compromis ed the structural integrity on t he water main. At approximat ely this time, the Avon Pa rk Lakes service area was exp eriencing low water pressure ," Deleon wrote in a report to the city manager. From 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. the city attempted to isolate the break to the nor th of the city by turning off t he valves around the system in order to repair the ruptur ed 12-inch line without affec ting the other service area s, Deleon said. "In total, 19 main li ne valves were turned off b y Water outage affects 8,000 12-inch main break forces shutdown in AP See WATER, page 5A News-Sun photos by KATARASIMMONS Seven-month-old Abbigail Skalski isn't thrilled about her first visit with Santa Claus on Thursday morning at the Lakeshore Mall in Sebring.

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Special to the News-SunTALLAHASSEEWith signs that flu is increasing earlier than usual in some Florida communities, Florida Department of Health (DOH) officials are urging residents and visitors to take precautions to limit their risk of exposure to seasonal flu. "The most effective precautions we can take to fight illness are getting vaccinated against the flu virus and diligently practicing good hygiene," said Julia Gill, Ph.D., M.P.H., Disease Control Division director. "This season, everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated, even if they got a seasonal or 2009 H1N1 vaccine last season. With the holidays in full swing and many people traveling, this simple precaution can lessen your risk of exposure to the virus or transmission to others." Seasonal flu is an infection of the respiratory tract caused by the influenza virus. Compared with most other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, influenza infection often causes a more severe illness. Symptoms of influenza include headache, fever, cough, body aches or extreme tiredness. The following preventive measures can also help reduce risk of contracting the flu: Get re-vaccinated every flu season because flu viruses change each year. Persons who are sick with flu-like illness should stay home for at least 24 hours after fever has subsided without the use of fever-reducing medicine, except to get medical care. Persons with a chronic illness, or who are pregnant, should contact their health care provider if they suspect their illness that might be influenza. Health care providers can prescribe antiviral medication. Everyone should cover his or her nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw the tissue in the trash after use. It is advisable to avoid touching one's eyes, nose and mouth. Despite being sick or in good health, everyone should wash his or her hands with soap and water often. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Regardless of age, persons with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cancer are at higher risk for having a more severe case of influenza or of suffering from complications caused by influenza. In addition, people who have neurological and developmental disorders and who are obese are also at increased risk of severe influenza. To locate flu vaccine in the area, contact a local health care provider or visit www.doh.state.fl.us/ Disease_ctrl/ immune/flu/flu_locator.htm or contact a local county health department http://www.doh.state.fl.us/ch dsitelist.htm. Page 2ANews-SunFriday, December 24, 2010www.newssun.com Published every Sunday, Wednesday & Friday at 2227 U.S. 27 South € Sebring, Florida 33870 A Harbor Point Media Company OFFICE: 2227 U.S. 27 South, Sebring, FL 33870 OFFICE HOURS: 8 a.m.-5 p.m, Monday-Friday PHONE: 863-385-6155 MAIN FAX NUMBER: 863-385-1954 NEWSROOM FAX NUMBER: 863-385-2453 POSTMASTER: Send address change to: News-Sun, 2227 U.S. 27 S., Sebring, FL 33870 USPS … ISSN 0163-3988 Periodical postage paid at Sebring, FL and additional entry office(s)CIRCULATION SUNDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY EDITIONS: If you do not receive your home delivered newspaper by 6 a.m., please phone the circulation department before 10 a.m. on Wednesday and Friday publication days, and before 11 a.m. on Sunday publication days and a replacement copy will be delivered to you. Subscribers who notify us after the times mentioned will receive credit to their account. 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PB: Power Ball PP: Power Pla y Lottery Center Courtesy photo Lake Placid resident Vicky Tanabe was given the Christmas gift of a lifetime when Martha Stewart personally called her from her studio set to let her know she was the winner of an entire sleigh full of prizes accumulated throughout the month of December on The Martha Stewart Show (Hallmark Channel, 10 a.m.). Tanabe's surprise call will be featured today on a special Holiday Party Show' edition marking the end of Martha's Merry Gifts sweepstakes. Tanabe's list of fabulous gifts, totaling almost $5,000, includes everything from an LG Kompressor vacuum to a New York Yankee-signed baseball. When Stewart told Tanabe she was that lucky viewer, she couldn't believe her ears. Overcome with emotion, all Tanabe could reply was, "I can't believe I'm talking to you, this is nuts!" LP resident wins big from Martha Stewart 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 33870. The following people were booked into the Highlands County Jail on Wednesday, Dec. 22: Angela Michelle Abner, 20, of Wauchula, was arrested on an out-of-county warrant reference violation of probation ACC after the fact. Mayumi Elvira Benitez, 32, of Lake Placid, was charged with possession and or use of drug equipment. Antonio Alphonso Brown, 31, of Sebring, was charged with forgery of/alter bank bill note check draft, fraud/utter false bank bill note, and petit theft. Karen Lynn Largent, 34, of Lake Placid, was charged with fraud-insufficient funds. Michael Thomas McGrath, 34, of Avon Park, was charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Clifford Claud Melvin, 42, of Venus, was charged with possession of marijuana, battery and petit theft. Ernest Lee Moore, 53, of Lake Placid, was charged with resisting an officer without violence, possession of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a place of worship or business, distribution of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a place of worship or business. Mercedes Martille Muniz, 19, of Sebring, was charged with possession and or use of drug equipment, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and possession of marijuana. William Carl Ostrander, 26, of Lake Placid, was charged with failure to appear reference petit theft. Ryan William Schmidt, 27, of Tampa, was charged with violation of probation reference fleeing to elude. Brett Adrian Taylor, 46, of Lake Placid, was charged with two counts of failure to appear reference possession of cocaine, and possession or use of drug paraphernalia. Rodney Wayne Woodard, 21, of Sebring, was charged with possession of marijuana, and grand theft. The following people were booked into the Highlands County Jail on Tuesday, Dec. 21: Averi Anne Ammerman, 54, of Avon Park, was charged with DUI. Robert Alan Edwardson, 22, of Sebring, was charged with sex offender violation for failing to properly register. Christina Anne Hall, 31, of Lake Placid, was arrested on three out-of-county warrants reference open container of alcohol, driving while license suspended, and DUI. Tavaris Benjamin Harris, 30, of Atlantic Beach, was charged with violation of probation reference domestic violence battery and failure to appear reference knowingly driving with license suspended or revoked. Gianna Larecia Jacobs, 19, of Sebring, was charged with battery. Bobby Lee Jones, 46, of Lorida, was arrested on an out-of-state warrant reference flagrant non-support. Jessica Hope Kerce, 27, of Lake Placid, was arrested on an out-of-county and out-of-state warrant reference violation of parole for theft by taking. Duaine Andrew Knisely, 32, of Port St. Lucie, was charged with two counts of violation of probation reference utter forged instrument and forgery. Michael Anthony Lamb, 26, of Fort Myers, was charged with failure to appear reference misdemeanor offense. Sharon Jeanette Manganiello, 27, of Sebring, was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of marijuana, and possession and or use of drug equipment. Gerardo Abagail Matos, POLICEBLOTTER Continued on page 5A Flu season getting early start this year; shots urged PANAMACITY(AP) The purse a Florida school board member used to smack a man who was holding other board members at gunpoint has sold for more than $13,000 in an auction. Authorities say the Brahmin purse Ginger Littleton used Dec. 14 in an unsuccessful attempt to disarm gunman Clay Duke after sneaking up on him sold Wednesday for $13,100 on eBay. The buyer lives in Alexandria, Va., and asked to remain anonymous. The purse manufacturer, based in Fairhaven, Mass., says it will match the bid. That means the charity founded by Mike Jones, the security guard who shot and wounded Duke before he killed himself, will get a total of $26,200 from the sale. Purse from school board shooting purchased on eBay for $13,100 Associated PressTALLAHASSEE P rivate school vouchers f or all children and a m erger of Florida's envir onmental, community p lanning and transportat ion agencies were among t he suggestions of Gove lect Rick Scott's transit ion teams that were a lready stirring debate W ednesday. The incoming R epublican governor, w ho takes office Jan. 4, h as previously expressed s upport for universal v ouchers. What his education t ransition team calls "educ ation savings accounts" w ould provide a voucher w orth 85 percent of what t he state spends on a stud ent in public school to e ach child who goes i nstead to a private s chool. The vouchers also c ould be used for private t utoring, virtual schools a nd colleges or to purc hase books for dual e nrollment programs. The m oney also could be put i nto college savings p lans. The education transit ion team is chaired by P atricia Levesque, execut ive director of former G ov. Jeb Bush's F oundation for Florida's F uture. Bush has been a s trong voucher supporter. In a report to Scott this w eek, the team says the s tate would save 15 perc ent for every student w ho gets a voucher. Wayne Blanton, execut ive director of the Florida S chool Boards A ssociation, questioned t hat math. "What do you do with t he 500,000 kids already i n private schools?" B lanton asked. "It's a s imple solution to a comp licated problem that just w on't work." Blanton said another p roblem is private schools a re not held to the same a ccountability standards a s public schools. Ron Meyer, a lawyer f or the Florida Education A ssociation, said the prop osal also faces "a huge c onstitutional issue." The Florida Supreme C ourt stuck down a more l imited voucher program t hat Bush launched, ruling t hat it violated a provision i n the Florida C onstitution requiring a u niform system of public s chools. Meyer had a rgued the case on behalf o f the statewide teachers u nion and other chall engers. The transition team a cknowledged that pitfall b y also recommending a r eview of the constitut ion's education article to d etermine if it "is still a ppropriate for the changi ng environment of the 2 1st century." Scott's proposals stirring debate

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Eight-year-old Virginia O 'Hanlon wrote a letter to the e ditor of New York's Sun, and a n editorial reponse was printe d Sept. 21, 1897. The work of v eteran newsman Francis P harcellus Church has since b ecome history's most reprinte d newspaper editorial. The N ews-Sun is happy to reprint it e ach Christmas. We take pleasure in answeri ng thus prominently the comm unication below, expressing a t the same time our great grati fication that its faithful author i s numbered among the friends o f The Sun: "Dear Editor: I am 8 years o ld. "Some of my little friends s ay there is no Santa Claus. "Papa says, If you see it in T he Sun it's so.' "Please tell me the truth; is t here a Santa Claus? "Virginia O'Hanlon. "115 West Ninety-Fifth S treet." Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except (what) they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood. Page 4ANews-SunFriday, December 24, 2010www.newssun.com EDITORIAL& OPINION TODAY'SEDITORIALTODAY'SLETTERS 2227 U.S. 27 South Sebring, FL 33870 863-385-6155 NEWSROOMROMONA WASHINGTONPublisher/Executive Editor Ext. 515editor@newssun.com SCOTT DRESSELEditor Ext. 516scott.dressel@newssun.comDAN HOEHNESports Editor Ext. 528daniel.hoehne@newssun.com ADVERTISINGVICKIE JONESExt. 518vickie.jones@newssun.com CIRCULATIONTONY MCCOWANExt. 522anthony.mccowan@newssun.com PRE-PRESSKEN BAREFIELDProduction Coordinator Ext. 594prepress@newssun.com BUSINESS OFFICEJANET EMERSONExt. 596legals@newssun.com I still wish I hadn't peeked in the attic that year. It was Christmas 1972 and I was 10. It was the first year when I no longer believed in Santa Claus. Until that point, Christmas had been a magical time for me. Afew weeks after Thanksgiving, I would join with my father to pick out our tree. He'd wear his rattiest coat and work his mastery on the helpless Christmas-tree guy to knock the price down two or three bucks. Soon, my father and I would have our giant platform in place and the tree perfectly positioned. We'd string the lights thick old bulbs that burned fingers when touched and head to the attic to bring down boxes of Christmas decorations. My sisters would be called and our whole family would decorate the tree. As our stack of scratchy old Christmas records would play as Mitch Miller, Bing Crosby and the Chipmunks would sing our mother would make special note of old ornaments handed down from family members long gone and my sisters would show me how to hang the tinsel expertly, one strand at a time. The sun soon would go down and the light of our Christmas-tree bulbs reflecting off the tinsel would transform our living room into a kaleidoscope a brilliant glow of colors dancing on the walls and ceiling. My mother, a master at building up suspense, would talk about the days ahead church, family and the gifts Santa might bring. We would have the sense that a real event was about to happen. And it was. The next few weeks would take forever to pass. Finally, Christmas Eve would arrive. There would be no harder night, then or now, for a kid to sleep. But as Bing Crosby would sing "White Christmas" on the old stereo console as our father would grumble to our mother, "For godssakes, Betty, I'll never get this thing together by morning ..." we'd finally fall asleep, only to wak e three hours later to the glorious surpri se awaiting us downstairs. All that magic left me in 1972. What a fraud it all seemed to be. Yet there was m y mother, as cheerfu l and hopeful as ever. She whistled along with our Christmas albums as she decorated the house. She di d everything she could to bui ld up mystery and suspense, but I wanted none of it that year. I had become a cynic. All I cared about was tha t my gifts were hidden in the attic. I had pulled down the attic stairs and snuck up inside with a flashlight. I had been surprised to s ee one gift I really wanted but didn't think my parents could afford: a table-top hockey game! My excitement had quick ly turned to sadness. I had cheated my mother. I had robbed her of the mystery and suspense she put so much effort into building. I had to fake my surprise on Christmas morning. I fe lt like a rat. That happened 38 years ago. Here's what also happened: Every Christmas go t better after that. They're ge tting better still. My mother and father are doing well in their 70s. My mother is whistling along with old Christmas records as you read this. Despite all the noise our country faces every year materialism and arguing ov er public Christmas displays Christmas is very simple to me. In addition to its spiritua l origin, it is a celebration of the abundance of love and security my parents gave m y sisters and me so many yea rs ago the love and securit y we give each other still. I don't peek into attics anymore. Tom Purcell, a freelance writer, is also a humor columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and is nationally syndicated exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. E-mail Tom at Purcell@caglecartoons.com. Why Christmas has become better every year Guest Column Tom Purcell Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus More good news stories are wanted E ditor: Annually around this time of the year t he media treats us with many stories a bout the goodness of life both here in A merica and around the world. For that I am extremely thankful. But it also m akes me wonder if that's the only t ime of the year people actually do g ood things or does the media only f ocus on those events during the seas on. I tend to believe there are many, m any good people in this world and t hey are performing little acts of kindn ess and goodwill on a daily basis. I d on't just mean the billionaire, milliona ire or celebrity stories either. Why then do we mostly hear about t hem during the Christmas season? I suspect it sells better when everyo ne is in the Christmas spirit. There are m any organizations that exist soley to h elp those that need that step up; there a re churches that meet individual needs t hroughout the year as well as many i ndividuals that give year round to t hose that have been less fortunate than t hemselves. Some say we don't make the stories, w e just report them, however, the powe rs that be in any media select what t hey desire to report. Some say they r eport what the public desires, howeve r, many in the circles in which I travel t end to disagree. Could this be why so m any are tuning out and not reading, w atching or listening to the media? Lou Mezie Sebring Update on von Walter siblings E ditor: I could not let this momentum of Christmas spirit and celebration pass without giving thanks to our merciful, loving, Almighty God, through his Son, our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ for all the blessings He has bestowed on my children and me every second of our lives. ... I am talking about everything, including the accomplishments that my children, Astrid Ruth von Walter and Hans Friedrich von Walter, have attained so far, thanks to His magnificent and fabulous guidance and wisdom. Astrid is presently finishing her third year of residence in OBGYN at the University of Southern California (USC) downtown Los Angeles, after graduating doctor from the University of Loma Linda, Calif. Hans Friedrich recently gave the residents of Avon Park something exciting to follow on the small screen when he competed and finished third in the Jeopardy College Championship TVshow with Alex Trebek. He represented not only Southern Adventist University of Collegedale, Tenn., where he is a junior of bio-chemistry, but also the city of Avon Park, where he is a resident and the state of Florida in general. I extend my deepest gratitude to everybody who has been involved in the spiritual, intellectual and emotional development of these young people, because I believe what somebody said that "It takes a village to raise a child." God works through many "angels" in the form of humans to touch the lives of our children, to water that small "seed" in order to flourish and become honest and respectful citizens who will, in turn, be inspiration and an example to others coming after them. ... Some of those groups of individuals that I want to mention in a special place are my blood family, my brothers (Gilbert Gilson and Alberto Rodriguez) and sisters (Yolanda Sawica and Maria Balbina Mojocoa) and their families and my mother (when she was alive), my thoughtful neighbor Luis Zapata, my many understanding and nonencumbered friends, my dear church family (the Avon Park Seventh-day Adventist Church, English and Spanish speaking) from where we have received so much love and support, along with the Walker Memorial Academy, its principal Mr. William Farmer, its teachers who did not spare any effort to make it possible to receive the financial aid that I needed as a single mother ... There would not be enough space to thank everybody, like I said before, who have contributed to touch in a positive way our lives. ... Also I want to give thanks to my children themselves for receiving and accepting the wisdom and guidance from the Holy Spirit to take advantage of all the opportunities, talents and blessings they have received from God ... Doralba von Walter Avon ParkPleasure dealing with Hayes AutomotiveEditor: Monday morning I discovered an oil stain in my carport under my car and I made an appointment to bring it in to Hayes Automotive Service Center. This is my third visit there at 2805 U.S. 27 N just north of the Aldi store. They made repairs and had me back on the road in no time. I had been told by a neighbor that they were auto knowledgeable and honest and I have found this to be true every time. It is a pleasure dealing with John Hayes, an honest, local small business man. Mert Daniels Avon Park Bouquet EDITORIALPAGEPOLICYMake sure to sign your letter and include your address and phone number. Anonymous letters will be automati cally rejected. Please keep your letters to a maximum of 400 words We have to make room for everybody. Letters of loca l concern take priority. Send your letter to 2227 U.S. 27 South, Sebring, FL 33870; drop it off at the same address; fax 385-1954; o r e-mail editor@newssun.com. To make sure the editorial pages aren't dominated b y the same writers, letters are limited to two per month and a guest column can be submitted once every three months. Opinions expressed in letters or columns are solely the opinion of that author and not necessarily the opinion o f the staff or editors of the News-Sun. All items will run on a first-come basis as space per mits, although more timely ones could be moved up. We believe your viewpoints are just as important as any community leader or government official, so conside r this a personal invitation to get your two cents in. TheNews-Sunhas a long history of encouraging public dis cussion through letters, guest columns, and Reader' s Response questionnaires.

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Blood mobile sets up in Lake PlacidLAKE PLACID The F lorida Blood CentersH ighlands blood mobile will b e at the Publix Shopping P laza in Lake Placid from 10 a .m. to 2:30 p.m. today. Blood donors will receive a free movie ticket in the m ail.Resurrection Lutheran plans saleAVON PARK The Avon P ark Resurrection Lutheran C hurch yard sale will be f rom 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. S aturday, Jan. 15. The huge y ard sale will feature many d onated articles offered at g reat prices. The church is at 324 E. M ain St., corner of Main and M emorial, Avon Park. P roceeds will go for a feedt hehungry program in Avon P ark.Events planned at lodges, postsAVON PARK The Combat Veterans M emorial VFWPost 9853 w ill have music by Joe and J ackie from 5-8 p.m. today. S chedules are subject to c hange; call for details. For m ore information, call 4529 853. LAKE PLACID The Lake Placid Moose 2 374 will have Texas Holde m at 2 p.m. today. Music w ith Larry Musgrave will be f rom 6-10 p.m. For more i nformation, call 465-0131.Dance Club plans Christmas Eve PartySEBRING The Highlands Social Dance Club will host a Christmas Eve Party with ballroom dancing from 7-9:30 p.m. today at 3400 Sebring Parkway (former Lion's clubhouse). Music by Uptown Country. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Appropriate dress required. Snack bar is closed, so bring your own drinks and snacks For more information call 314-9215 www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 24, 2010Page 5A LIMITED SPACE … CALLTODAY! 5 DAYS a week$ 30 Get In Shape Learn Self Defense Improve Self Esteem Make Better Grades MARTIAL ARTS AMERICA471-2467 Best After School Program in SebringFREEPICKUP from: Kindergarten Learning Center, Cracker Trail, Sun-N-Lakes, Woodlawn, Fred Wild, Memorial, Hill Gustat, Sebring Middle/High Located on Kenilworth Sebring*Some Restrictions Apply Life Care, Not Day Care BUZZYŽ PETER C. RUSSO Miss you on your Birthday December 22nd. You and Mommy are in our Hearts For Ever! Dad, Kathy, Mari and Tony. COMMUNITYBRIEFS Imogene Rosalee Kennedy Hendry died December 17, 2010. Born February 5, 1931 to parents, Inez Lee Johnson Kennedy and Luther Edwin Kennedy in Manatee County. Imogene married Robert Lee Hendry on August 2, 1949. Imogene is preceded in death by her son, Robert Lee, Jr.; grandson, Lance Pierce; brothers, Luther Edwin, Jr. a n d O t t i sWinifred; sisters, Hermenia, Jacy Mercer, Doretha Lassiter, Ch ristine Mott, Teddy Robarts and Lillian Smith. She is survived by husband, Robert; son, James Earl; daughter,D ebra Ann Pierce; grandchildren, Ryan Swartzendruber,A yla Pierce and Leah Marie Hendry; great-granddaughters, Kylie, T eagan and Lara Swartzendruber. Burial to take place at Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery. Arrangements by Grif fith-Cline Funeral Home.IMOGENE ROSALEE KENNEDY HENDRY Nicholas ChickerellNicholas Chickerell, 92, of Avon Park died Dec. 21, 2010. Born in Oneonta, N.Y., he was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II. He was a retired salesman and of the Catholic faith. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marion; daughter, Olivia Scott; two granddaughters and four grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be sent to Good Shepherd Hospice, 4410 Sun 'N Lake Blvd., Sebring, FL 33872. Condolences may be expressed at www.morrisfuneralchapel.com. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Morris Funeral Chapel, Sebring.Regina LeedyRegina Eileen Hiatt Leedy, 94, of Sebring died Dec. 22, 2010. Born in Kokomo, Ind., she had been a resident of Sebring. She attended Peru Brethren Church and the Grace Church of Sebring. Regina is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Ralph R.; her daughter, Jean A. Stuber; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-greatgrandson. Amemorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Monday at Grace Church of Sebring with the Rev. Randall Smith officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice, 4840 Sun 'N Lake Blvd., Sebring, FL 33872 in her memory. Arrangements were entrusted to Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home, Sebring. Robert SkipperRobert Dink Skipper, 87, of Sebring died Dec. 20, 2010. Born in Crewsville, he was a fifth generatio n Floridian. He was a weld er by profession and w as involved in the citrus and ca ttle business. In the ear ly 1970s he ran for and w as elected to the Highlan ds County Board of Coun ty Commissoners, serving a total of 16 years. He is survived by a brot her, Roland; children, Le ta Mathews, Wendell Skippe r, Kelvin Skipper, and Caroli ne Hanken; four grandchildr en and three great-grandch ildren. Visitation will be fro m noon to 1 p.m. Friday, De c. 24 at Crewsville Bapti st Church with a service to fo llow at 1 p.m. Burial to follo w at Crewsville Baptist Chur ch Cemetery. Memorials a re requested to Hope Hospic e, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fo rt Myers, FL3390 8. Condolences may be expressed at www.morrisf uneralchapel.com. Morr is Funeral Chapel, Sebring, is in charge of arrangements. Leo StrappLeo Michael Strapp, 7 7, died Dec. 18, 2010. Born in Columbus, Ohio he had be en a resident of Avon Park sin ce 2000. He is survived by his wi fe of 55 years, Amy; childre n, Cynthia Mathis, Kar en Napper, Laurianne Riese r, Patricia Ramsey and Kenn y Strapp; eight grandchildr en and two great-grandchildre n. Afuneral service and bu rial will be held in Columb us later this month. Acelebr ation of Leo's life will be he ld in late January at Reflectio ns in Avon Park. Stephenso nNelson Funeral Home, Avo n Park, is in charge of loc al arrangements. Condolenc es may be expressed at stephe nsonnelsonfh.com. OBITUARIES s taff to try to isolate this n orthern area for repairs," D eleon said. Unfortunately, we believe o ne or more of these valves d id not hold." As water continued to f low towards the broken l ine, Deleon and City mana ger Bruce Behrens decide d to shut down the entire w ater treatment plant. Repairs were completed a round 7:50 p.m., accordi ng to Deleon, and the water treatment plant was back online by 8:10 p.m. Water service was restored to most residents by 8:40 p.m. "One of the issues was that not all of the valves were mapped on the master plans, and that some of the older valves were not holding. Getting all of those mapped onto the master plan and tracing out the older valves will be a priority this upcoming year," Deleon said. Continued from page 1A 27, of Sebring, was charged with failure to appear reference sex offender fail report change of address. Ivonne Duarte Montes, 49, of Laurinburg, N.C., was charged with DUI. Cody Adam Nicholas, 19, of Sebring, was charged with violation of probation reference possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Joshua Patrick Oshea, 18, of Sebring, was charged with possession of a harmful new legend drug without prescription, possession of marijuana and possession and or use of drug equipment. John Gerard Peloquin, 51, of Sebring, was charged with petit theft. David Lee Sharp, 51, of Sebring, was charged with two counts of violation of probation reference domestic violence and resisting arrest without violence, and withhold support of children or spouse. James Monroe Smith, 44, of Sebring, was charged with violation of probation reference simple battery. Continued from page 2A POLICEBLOTTER Water main break knocks out service GEOFFMULVIHILL Associated PressHe sees you when you're s leeping, he knows when y ou're awake, and he k nows how many foll owers you have on T witter. Not long ago, there were t wo ways to tell Santa C laus what you wanted for C hristmas: sitting on his lap o r writing a letter. Now, like w ith just about everything e lse, St. Nick is available by t ext or e-mail, Twitter or F acebook. Kids can watch his w orldwide journey online or take a phone call. Santa Claus is truly everywhere. A nd just as unfettered access somet imes tempts adults to lose their cool o n e-mail listservs or Facebook comm ents, spoiled kids can be tempted to f lame out on Santa. "Some people have texted Santa t hat aren't so happy with Santa," said D rew Olanoff, who plays Santa on a t ext messaging system. "They've b een a little rude. I've let them know t hat would be considered bad behavi or. You really shouldn't talk to Santa l ike that." The increased use of electronic s ervices to reach Santa Claus reflects a nother reality of life outside the N orth Pole. Some major post offices, i ncluding Philadelphia, say they're h andling far less mail directed to him. C hicago has handled about 10,000 lett ers to Santa this year, down from 1 5,000 to 20,000 in 2009. So tech services are finding they c an get a promotional boost from Kris K ringle without renting a red suit and a white beard. Most of them are in their first few years and use the gimmicks to show the power of their techologies. Portable North Pole, a project launched by Montreal-based video web developer UgroupMedia, sends kids personalized videos from Santa even those who deserve a lump of coal. Tell the site your kid hasn't been so good, and the video Santa peers over his glasses and tells the child: "You're on my naughty watch." Another site, TextSanta.net, expects to send out close to 100,000 texts this year. T.J. Kirgin Jr., CEO of the 2-yearold texting operation and also leader of an advertising firm in St. Charles, Mo., said the idea is to be greener not generating all those paper letters and to raise money for charity. From every $3.99 text, $1 is donated to the March of Dimes. Kirgin said it's a thrill for children not just to write to Santa, but to hear from him. "One parent said (his son) was so excited that he got a text message from Santa that he actually peed his pants," Kirgin said. The child then feared that Santa would be upset at him for not being a "big boy." The parents had Santa send another text to tell him it was OK. Sue Wangler, a grandmother who lives in Maryland Heights, Mo., has been using the service to have Santa send texts to her granddaughter and some other young friends for three years. She said the messages are helpful for her granddaughter and a close friend, both 9, who have been wondering whether Santa's real. "This text from Santa has prolonged the belief system a little longer," she said. Gogii, a mobile application development firm in Marina del Rey, Calif., for which Olanoff plays Santa, has an irreverent take on children's Christmas lists. Olanoff posts some requests on his blog at textingsantaclaus.com, along with some cheeky responses. One texter asked for a pony. "Really?" Olanoff wrote on the blog (not back to the child). "Kids still ask for those? Ponies are so like 1993." Texts, Web really do allow Santa to be everywhere these days Follow the News-Sun online on www.twitter.com/thenewssun

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www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 24, 2010Page 7A Brought to you byƒ Dear, Santa I have some qwestens for y ou. Can you give me some r aindeer food? Is Jack frost m ean at all? What is or number 1 efls name? Who is or fafret k id out of me and Will? Bay t he whay my brother sed you a re not rily. Who is or fafret r aindeer? Myn is rodof. Love Haylee Brunner Age 10 Cracker Trail Elementary S chool Fred Wild Elementary Mrs. Regina Jones'First Grade Class Dear Santa, I have been good this year.I w ant a bike for christmos. H appy christmas. Love, Kashone B. Dear Santa, I have been good this year. I want a Jaklbee and legos f or Christmas. Thank you. Love, Tyler B. Dear Santa, I have deen good this year. I want a DS and a mps playe r for christmas. Can I Please h ave new clothes too? Love, Madilynn M. Dear Santa, I have been good this year. I want a Pokit Rocit. and r emote control car for christm as Thank you Santa! Love, Tilon S. Dear Santa, I hav veen good this ye I want a remote cot truck. Love, Miguel C. Dear Santa, I have been good this year. I w ant a wii & xbox360 for c hristmas. Love, Alex M. Dear Santa, I have good this Year. I Want a wwe toy and a x Box for christmos. Love, David G. Dear Santa, I have been good this year.I w ant a trampoline. big and a t iger control.Have a safe trip a nd bring all of the gifts. Love, Kyrie B. Dear Santa, I have been good this year. I w ant a ds and a doll house for c hristmas please. Love, Yeimi L. Dear Santa, I have been good this year. I w ant a Remote control truck a nda train track. Merry chistm as Santa! Love, Jacob J. Dear Santa, I have been good this year. I w ant a doll house anda T eapster for christmas. Merry Christmas. I wanta X box 360 and a m p3 player please. Love, Mary A. Dear Santa, I have Been good this year. I want a P.S. forchristmas. Love, Patrick L. Dear Santa, Ihave been dood this year.I w ant a train track for christm as. Love, Jorge F. Dear Santa, I have Been good this year.I w ant a P.S3 and a WWe toy for C hristmas. Thank you. Love, Ivan L. Dear Santa, I have been good this yea.I w ant a DS for christmas please. Love, Daisy R. Mrs. Ouellette's Class Dear Santa, for Christmas I want ADSi and lots of games. Love, Malaysia O. Dear Santag, For Christmas I want a cun ppt Love, Iangelys C. Dear Santa, For Christmas, I want a dsi and I want the game Moreo and Cooke mama. Love, Liliana A. Dear Santa, I want for Christmas is a Tagol game and a Tagol casoll. Love, Emma N. Dear Santa, for christmas I want The book of Harry Potter and I want all of the books of Janny B. Jons. I Love Jonny B. Jons and I love Harry Potter and I want The D.S.I. I want the game of Moryos. Love Jailene F. Dear Santa, For Christmas, I want teck deck. Love, Roland R. Dear Santag, For christmas I want a bie Nreuf gun. Love, Sam C. Dear Santa, For christmas I want a patsosnn Love, Pedro S. Dear Santa, For christmas I want a wii. Love Cirenea B. Dear Santa, For Christmas, I want a adsi. Love, Mikey E. Dear Santa, for ol you dun for me brine tieme have a god christmas. Love, Matthew D. Dear Santa, I want a. toy samychruckfor. Christmas. Love, Jeremy W. Dear Santa, for Christmas I want EXBXO6 Love, Christian V. Dear Santa, I wouldwant a Drum. I would want a micphone. I am Leavingmilk and cookies. Love, Loxie A. Dear Santa, I wish for rip stik. I would leave you Chocolate milk for you for the carrotts for the reindeer. Love, Abby P. Dear Santa, I whont a DS. My mom is gono doo cookis for you. And I'm going Leave carrotts and milks for the reindeers. Love, Nelson L. Dear Santa, I wood likea rip stik scooter. I will leave you chocolate milk. Love, Wyatt D. Dear Santa, I would like a toy Qr. I am leaving cookies and milk for reindeer. Love, Pedro C. Mrs. Whidden's First Grade Class Dear Santa, I want a stuff anmale monkey that is 10000 feet. And I want real money. And I want reraring rabbits travl in time. I also want a trampoling. And I wanta new lego starwars. Love, Joshua Dear Santa, I want to be rich. How do you get your elfsi. You give as books and toys. How do you get your work shop. Love, Ahrendo Dear Santa, I don't know how you make toys. And I Wish I can ride in your slay.I want a XBOX 360 with Halo Reach. Love, Isaac Dear Santa, I want a computer. And my whole family want's a nice new car. My sister want's a toy car. Stop. Love, Trista Dear Santa, I want a x box 360. I want a Legos. Love, Pete Dear Santa, My mom wants to spend time with Me and my sister. My dad wants to play with me and my sister. I want to be happy. My sister wants a toy. Santa, I will set cooks and milk for you. Love, Chris Dear Santa, I Love you Santa how do you make so much toys? I would like an amaricen Girl Doll. Love, HayleyDear Santa, Can you make me a pranset? If you cant I still love you so. I want a Doll and piant stuff. Love, Jermiara Dear Santa Claus, May I have a Kit Doll for Haley? Can I have a Julie and a Molly Doll for Mema. Can I have Monstebig Dolls. Love, Laci Dear Jesus, I want a little little fourwheeler for my sister.I want a car that is fake.I want my car keys and some for my sister and we want some cake and candy and fruit. Love, Jasmine Dear Santa, I would really like a real horse in a barn. Love, Emma Dear Santa, How are you Santa? What are you doing Santa? I want a psp. Love, Damian Dear Jesus, I hope you are tacking care of my bruther.Dear Jesus I want a camra for christmas. Love, Kani Dear Santa, I want a wii with wii sports. And a real phone.And a 20 inch bike with a stand and a 26 inch for my Dad.And a baseball mitt for my mom. Love, Zachary Dear Santa, Howdid you get yourelfs? Howdo yuor reindeerfly. And how did yougot your workshop.KNight armour. Love, Ridge Dear Santa, How do you get the rainders to fly?How do you get your elfs?How did you get your workshop? Love, Morgan Dear Santa, I hope you come to my house. And I want a lot of presents. And I hope you give me money. Love, David Dear Santa, I wot a wii and I wot a eshoX box. Love, Anthony Dear Santa, I want a be 2 crismis efru and a X doX 3 6 d. Love, Xiomara Dear Santa, sf What I whot for crismis is a BaBey Doll. Love, Shyhogani Dear Santa, I Want a barbie doll hoes. Love, Chaliz Dear Santa, I wi ii ick a no Mozdrtuck F6r Ciz iz o2 I cun Pa o wiFr it. Love, Morgan Dear Santa, for chistmas i wot a scadrosrd. Love, Luiz Dear Santa, all I wot for kismes is a new powerwheel frotsets with siBelts nad Batsds with siBelts. Love, Nakeia Dear Santa, I wot a bisuc add a tantds. Love, Pedro Dear Santa, I wot ABiBe house Kab A Lotof AAb Anoowhos. Love, Estrella Dear Santa, I Wot u too Ples. Ne Mea tede brair. and Bro hosoo with some Bredoll. Love, Chloe Dear Santa, for crismis I wunt a Ntendods and a new playstachin and with a game. Love, Gaige Dear Santa, I wont some clos. and theledr spidmun clos and a spudr and a Lutop. Love, Emone'a Dear Santa, Helo gord up? Klun guin. Love, Jake Dear Santa, I like To get a toy a legos box bekus. I lik lego in a box bekus thar aer fafiel. Woodlawn Elementary Dear Santa, Imiam six years old. I am in first grade. Ho does Rudof's nose glow up? I wot a Ipod. I want a stuffed animal horse. I want roller skates. Merry Christmas, Rowan Moulds Dear Santa, Do you like toys? Hi myname is Madison.I love toys! I want Barbie Video Girl Tetty Bear.TinkerBell! Merry Christmas, Madison Dixon Dear Santa, Do you be sick on christmas days? I am in first grade.I live in Floridea. I will like a dollhouse, a pillow petanda gator shirt. Merry Chirtmas, Britney St. George Dear Santa, How long does it take to dliver peresints?I'm six years old. I like to spend time with my family.I want a dsi, a laptop, and a bunny. Merry christmas, Tori Morris Dear Santa, How old are you.I like dogs verry much.I wold like a puppy, a art kitt and a earring kitt. Marry Christmas and Thank You! Love, Ashley Bible Dear Santa, Do you ever visit florida, thats where I live? For Christmas I want cowboy boots, brown or black, you choose.I also want a d s i x l and a megamind game for that, please.I also want cowboy pants,shirt,and hat.Merry Christmas. Love, Alex Henry Dear Santa, Are you goiging to give me a lot of toys? Hi santa, my name is Lexi. I want a lot of toys. I love those toys that you got last christmas. Merry Christmas Santa. Love, Lexi Newgent P.S. I love you santa so much. Dear Santa, Do you ever get a massage? I am in Frirst Grade. This is what I want for Christmas. I want Jessie from toy Story. Your Love, and Christmas earrings. Merry Christmas. Love, Addyson Gose Dear Santa, Do you like the north Pole. My name is Madeline. I would like a plowpet. ABarbie, a Tinte bell Movie. Merry christmas. Love, Madeline Swaine Dear Santa, Doe's Dancer Dance? I Live in Florida. I lived with my mom and dad when I was tow. I want a Dsi, a guitar, and a American Gill Doll.Merry Christmas Santa. Love, Hannah Faith Hages P.S. I love Santa! Dear Santa, How is the other ways to get in My house? I like to set out food for the deers.I whint a newchristmas tree and a Charlie Brown Coloring Book anda deesI. Merry christmas. Love, Christiana Tomblin. P.S. I love you Santa. Dear Santa, How do you make all those toys in one night?I like to play outside with my little brother.I want for Chistmas is the joy of God's birth and some colt's stuff and a p neklis. Merry Christmas. Love, Peyton Spencer Dear Santa, How much elf's do you have? Does Dancer dances? I Live in forlda. I wantatv. I wanta stuffet dofan. I want a dsi. Merr christmas! Love, Jaidyn Britt Dear Santa, Do you ever lissen to DMXs music? I love palying football and baseball. I want a DS. And a xbox3sixty.also a Laptop. merry chismas. Love, Dimitri Vega Dear Santa, How does Roodof's nose glows up? I have a cat.His name is sam.What I wfant for Christmas is a kitten, a bell on your sleigh.and I want is everyone to have a best Christmas ever!!I blive in you Santa. Merry Christmas! Love, Jasmine Dear Santa, What are you geting my Sister? I am in frist grade. I want a laptop. I want dsi. A justin bieber Shrit. Merry hristmas. Love, Kiara Garcia Dear Santa, Hou wrere The elfe brnerne? Santa Iiam in First Grade and I am 6 hers old. Hers Whte I want for Christmas. I wanta baby or Kitty and a Aouther2 kite. Merrre Christmas. Love, Marie Medina Dobson Dear Santa, How doow you get all of thos presins? I Hav Bieengo od and would like You too Brei ng me a BMX bike. Mer ry Christma. Love, Xavier. Dear Santa, Wut Dus Tne rupyLp Lo ok Like? I wut a iPoD and a camra. I Ben a Good Girl in Woodlawn. I have 21 SyB u s. Merry Christmas! Love, Macia Dear Santa, How Dus cair fli? War do yau git avs? Wut do yau li ke too et? I hav bin gud. I wu ta electc gatrand a selfon. Mer ry chnistmas! Love, Braxton Dear Santa, Wiy do youiy haf to fi nd elfs? I hav Ben a gooD Bo y. Can I get a PlayStash3? Mer ry Christmas! Love, Michael Dear Santa, Werer do yuo get Thot ha t? Can I ples have The be st Chrimis ever? I wont a CD r decares onbo mosir truk c. Merry Chrimis. Love, Jevin Dear Santa, Wut si yor Wif name? De ar Santa I wut new make up and I wut a fone. Merry Chistmas! Love, Yessena Dear Santa, How do you get all the pr esis? I want for crismas a NeteDoDesixl. Mer ry Christmas! Love, Yasmin Dear Santa, How do you getels? Cany ou PLes getmea Dsi anD a GoGoDog. Merry Christmas Love, Alayna Dear Santa, What Dose yor raber lo ok lik? I've Been relgood. I wan t a zooful and a livw19. Mer ry Christmas! Love, Brigitte Dear Santa, My dos'e the reder fly? I b in a good girl all I want f or crismis IwantacPootr. Mer ry Christmas! Love, Jackie Manuel Dear Santa, Wher Did you get yo ur sleigh? I wod like if you w od give me legostarwars the t oy and Yogey the wii. Mer ry Christmas! Love, Austin Dear Santa, Whant do your elfst lo ok like? Dear Santa I've bin ve ry good. I want a dsiand I want a sckatbord. Merry Christmas! Love, Laurel Dear Santa, What Does Your Wife lo ok like? I Bin very good. I wont to haveacumplowdr and a DS I. Merry Christmas! Love, Serena P.L. Dear Santa, How Do You Get Yor elf? I wnte to Hav a vedeo camru I wnte a babey Doll. Mer ry Christmas! Love, Angie P.S. I ben good. Dear Santa, How do you get the elfs ?I would like a baby Doll.I ha ve bin very good and would li ke Cloes too. Merry Christmas! Love, Tatianna Dear Santa, Wit culr is youR sLay? I w at a baby a Lif. Merry Christma s. Love, Ianniya Dear Santa, Haw bo you get rendee r! Iwat a makeup Set. Mer ry Christmas. Love, Alexis

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h as sold in the mall, so she c ouldn't say if sales were up o r down from last year. The Butlers, on the other h and, have sold customized, h and-crafted fabric and wood i tems like sports team c ushions and dolls, bread b oxes and napkin holders f or five Christmas seasons at t he mall. "I figure we're 10 to 12 p ercent behind last year," s aid John Butler, who with h is wife Karen make their p roducts with their own h ands. Butler added, however, t hat last year had been an e xceptionally good year. "The last two shopping d ays are usually our busiest," h e said, because of special g ifts needed at the last m inute. He said that their p rice range and variety made t hem popular with secret S antas. The Butlers, who travel to c raft shows, are known in H ighlands County because of t heir regular participation at t he Lake Placid Fair and S ebring's Roaring 20s event. Julie Dean, of Julie's Gifts a nd Art, said considering the e conomy, sales were not too b ad. "I came here four years a go, when the economy was m uch better and didn't do w ell," Dean said. "You have t o think positive. If I do well I 'm going to open a perman ent gallery." Dean had warm words of p raise for the Lakeshore M all's management. She said o ther malls wanted four times a s much rent as she is paying h ere. "The mall management is v ery good. They help me to g ive a good price to my cust omers." Dean sells quality art p rints and smaller items like l ucky bamboo and wine cadd ies. Kim Gauger, a mother d onating her time for Project G raduation, was busy turning p urchases into Christmas g ifts by wrapping them with c olorful paper and fancy b ows. In exchange, shoppers m ake a donation to the proje ct, which provides graduati ng seniors a safe place to c elebrate. "They've kept us busy wrapping, especially since the 15th" she said with a smile, as she curled ribbons with the edge of her scissors. "Sometimes there's no time to even get a drink," she said. "Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were busier than the weekend. One day we made $2,000." JoAnn Nicodemus was relaxed as she strolled the mall. "I posted our gifts two weeks ago," she said with a twinkle, "so we did good." In fact, she said, she has already received a photo from her grandchildren posing in the pajamas she'd sent them, holding the accompanying dolls which are dressed in the same pajamas. Eileen May, CEO of the Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce, said that the feedback she's getting indicates while sales are not where retailers hoped they would be, they were better than last year. "I think in general it's a good year," she said. "Many winter residents are back and have guests. We're getting a lot of visitors stopping at the Chamber and asking for the names of stores and restaurants." According to a report by Michelle Chapman in the Associated Press, nationally retail revenue went up 5.5 percent last weekend. The number of shoppers that weekend rose by 3 percent over 2009. ShopperTrak, which collects and analyses retail spending, anticipates a 4 percent rise in national sales for the holiday season. Sales fell by 0.4 percent during the 2009 Christmas season. Anything over 4 percent is considered a healthy gain. ShopperTrak reported Black Friday sales nationally were $10.69 billion. The Associated Press also reported online sales have been strong. As of Dec. 17, $27.5 billion has been spent online since Nov. 1 up 12 percent from 2009. Page 8ANews-SunFriday, December 24, 2010www.newssun.com Carole Polk, CRS, GRI (863) 840-1083 www.carolepolk.com€carole@carolepolk.com Certified Residential SpecialistWishing all of my friends and clients a blessed Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year. CUSTOMORDERS AVAILABLEBEST SELECTION BEST QUALITY BEST PRICE€ Aluminum € PVC Sets € Wicker Sets € Bars & Bar Stools € Glider Chairs € Swivel Chairs € Outdoor Rugs € Outdoor Fireplaces € Umbrellas € Gas Fire Pits NEW STOCK JUST ARRIVED! Continued from page 1A Ford, the Wild Turkey Tavern, just to name a few, are the ones that made this happen. Without them, and a lot of others, this would have never happened," Sass said. Once the idea got started, the City of Avon Park opened the doors to the Community Center, and as the word got out, members of the VFWand families of the officers stepped up to help cook and to serve. "We were at the point quickly where we had to turn volunteers away, there just wasn't enough to do," said Harbaugh, who ran the serving and the assembly in the kitchen with military precision. As the date was getting closer, Avon Park's Code Enforcement Officers stepped in to act as hosts and to bus the tables. When the logistics of cooking that many turkeys and hams began to become a reality, the Avon Park Correctional Institute took action and lent the large grills and volunteers to handle the meat. "Man, can they cook or what? This is some of the best turkey I have ever tasted. It's moist and flavorful. It is wonderful," said Violet Simmon. At the dinner, over 200 people were fed in the first hour, and the service came partially from the City Manger Bruce Behrens. "Isn't this great?" Behrens asked as he waited in line to sit on Santa's lap with his list. "This is real community spirit." Councilman Paul Miller also attend the dinner, and lent a hand by wearing the beard and red coat for the kids. "Ho, ho, ho," was all th e comment he had for the record. "The contributions from the community have just amazed me," Sass said around 6:30 p.m. as citize ns continued to trickle in as the event wound down. The event was officially scheduled from 3 p.m. unt il 5 p.m., but it kept going because there was plenty o f food. "We started about 3 a.m today, and I am a little tired, but it was worth it," Sass said. Officer Coogan, who is officially on leave with a newborn boy, could not be stopped for comment. He was busy serving pie Continued from page 1A Santa, of course. After being bundled and numbered, the presents this year are returned to the APFD, where the families can come and pick up the toys. The reward, says Remick, is seeing the kids when they realized that Santa made a stop at the APFD and because of his busy schedule, left presents there instead of a home delivery. "Sometimes, you have to go out on a call, and you see the presents or the toys out there, and you know that you helped make that happen. And the look they have when they recognize you. They know they have a friend out there," Remick added. "This year, we have grown as to how many to ys and families we can touc h. We hope to expand that ne xt year. Our goal is to get ov er 100," Remick added, takin g a breather as the pizzas we re delivered to feed the volu nteers. "This is a great program and there is definitely a need out there, and the se folks are making it happen ," he said. Continued from page 1A Feast brings APcommunity together News-Sun photo by ED BALDRIDG E Big Vince Forest (left) and his son Officer Vincent Forest serve Christmas dinner at the Community Center on Wednesday. News-Sun photo by KATARASIMMONS J ulie Dean is selling artwork and bamboo plants Thursday morning and says she has been pleased with her sales during the holiday season at the Lakeshore Mall in Sebring. Holiday sales up and down APFD wraps Toys for Tots We were at the point quickly where we had to turn volunteers away, there just wasn't enough to do.'CHRISTYHARBAUGH APPD officer Follow the News-Sun on www.twitter.com/thenewssun www.facebook.com/newssun News-Sun photo by KATARASIMMONS John Butler says sales are down this year for he and his wife Karen, who operate a kiosk during the holiday season at Lakeshore Mall.

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ELLER, deceased, whose date of death was October 22, 2010, is pending in the Circuit Court for Highlands Court, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 590 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring, FL 33870. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative's 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 notice is served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claim with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OF MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 17, 2010. Personal Representative: /s/ JOHN THOMAS ELLER FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 24, 2010. Personal Representative: /s/ Janet Hermsen 410 Mac Lane Sebring, Florida 33875 Attorney for Personal Representative: /s/ Charlotte C. Stone Attorney for Janet Hermsen Florida Bar Number: 21297 Stone & Walder, P.L. 3200 US Hwy 27 S., Suite 304 Sebring, FL 33870 Telephone: (863)402-5424 Fax: (863)402-5425 E-Mail: Charlotte@StoneandWalder.com December 24, 31, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. 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ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET GRANTEE, ASSIGNEE, LIENOR, CREDITOR, TRUSTEE, OR OTHER CLAIMANT, BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST WILLIAM COLE that an action to foreclose on the following property in Highlands County, Florida: Legal: LOT 5, BLOCK 122, LA PALOMA, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 44, PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Leslie S. White, Esquire, the Plaintiff's attorney, whose address is, 109 E. Church Street, 5th Floor, P.O. Box 3146, Orlando, Florida 32802-3146 on or before January 7, 2011, and file the original with the clerk of the 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 or petition. DATED ON November 29, 2010. (SEAL) Highlands County Clerk of Circuit Court By: /s/ Toni Kopp Deputy Clerk December 17, 24, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No. 10-602-GCS WALKHAMPTON CAPITAL CORPORATION, Plaintiff, vs. ANY UNKNOWN PARTY WHO MAY CLAIM AS HEIR, DEVISEE, GRANTEE, ASSIGNEE, LIENOR, CREDITOR,, TRUSTEE, OR OTHER CLAIMANT, BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST WILLIAM COLE; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF WILLIAM L. COLE; PAULA LAMAR; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF PAULA LAMAR; CITY OF SEBRING; FIRST HOME FEDERAL SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION; and UNKNOWN TENANT, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: ANY UNKNOWN PARTY WHO MAY CLAIM AS HEIR, DEVISEE, GRANTEE, ASSIGNEE, LIENOR, CREDITOR, TRUSTEE, OR OTHER CLAIMANT, BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST WILLIAM COLE, last known address 400 Walnut Street, Sebring, FL 33870. Notice is hereby given to the ANY UNKNOWN PARTY WHO MAY CLAIM AS HEIR, DEVISEE, PLACID, FL 33852; 247 MADISON TERR, BRIDGEPORT, CT 06606; 22 DORIS ST., TRUMBULL, CT 06611; 1251 NW 90TH DRIVE, PLANTATION, FL 33322 If alive, and if dead, all parties claiming interest by, through, under or against WILLIAM J. MORAN; GAYLE P. MORAN and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property described herein. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: LOT 30, BOCK 60, OF PLACID LAKES, SECTION SIX, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 7, PAGE 68, PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. a/k/a 125 LIME RD NW LAKE PLACID, FL 33825 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if an, to it, on Diana Chung, Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is 2901 Stirling Road, Suite 300, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312 either on or before January 29, 2011. and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff's attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court this 20th day of December, 2010. ROBERT W. GERMAINE As Clerk of the Court By: /s/ Annette E. Daff As Deputy Clerk December 24, 31, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY CASE NO. 10001205GCS PHH MORTGAGE CORPORATION, Plaintiff, vs. WILLIAM J. MORAN, et. al. Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: WILLIAM J. MORAN Whose residence is: 125 LIME RD NW, LAKE PLACID, FL 33852; 247 MADISON TERR, BRIDGEPORT, CT 06606; 22 DORIS ST., TRUMBULL, CT 06611; 1251 NW 90TH DRIVE, PLANTATION, FL 33322 TO: GAYLE P. MORAN Whose residence is 125 LIME RD NW, LAKE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 10-1169-GCS HIGHLANDS INDEPENDENT BANK, Plaintiff, vs. SUN 'N LAKE BUILDERS, INC.; WILLIAM C. HAMM; JEFF ENDSLEY; JOSEPH D. ENDSLEY; FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL YACHTS, LLC; AND ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THEREIN NAMED DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; TENANT #1, TENANT #2, TENANT #3, AND TENANT #4, THE NAMES BEING FICTITIOUS TO ACCOUNT FOR PARTIES IN POSSESSION, Defendants. Notice of Action TO: William C. Hamm, III and Sun 'N Lake Builders, Inc. Last Known Address: 3131 West Xavier Road, Avon Park, FL 33825 Current Mailing Address: unknown Current Residence: unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property in Highlands County, Florida: Lots 26, 27 & 28, in Block 344, of SUN 'N LAKE ESTATES OF SEBRING, UNIT 16, according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 10, Page 4, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. Real Property Address: 4982, 4988, 4994 Myrtle Beach Drive, Sebring, FL 33872 Real Property tax ID #: C-04-34-28-160-3440-0280; C-04-34-28-160-3440-0270; C-04-34-28-160-3440-0260. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Mark A. Sessums, Plaintiff's Attorney, whose address is 625 Commerce Drive, Suite 304, Lakeland, FL 33813, on or before the 28th day of January, 2011, a date which is within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this Notice in the NEWS-SUN and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff's Attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED this 20th day of December, 2010 Bob Germaine Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Toni Kopp As Deputy Clerk December 24, 31, 2010 SESSION, Defendants. Notice of Action TO: George N. Jacobs and Delores A. Jacobs Last Known Address: 47 Meadowlake Circle S., Lake Placid, FL 33852 Current Mailing Address: unknown Current Residence: unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property in Highlands County, Florida: Lot 7 and 16, THE GROVE ON LAKE FRANCIS, according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 16, Page 68, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. Real Property Address: 2029 Jack Creek Drive, Lake Placid, FL 33852; and 2065 Jack Creek Drive, Lake Placid, FL 33852. Real Property tax identification numbers are: C-22-36-29-020-0000-0070; & C-22-36-29-020-0000-0160. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Mark A. Sessums, Plaintiff's Attorney, whose address is 625 Commerce Drive, Suite 304, Lakeland, FL 33813, on or before the 28th day of January, 2011, a date which is within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this Notice in the NEWS-SUN and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff's Attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED this 17th day of December, 2010 Bob Germaine Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Toni Kopp As Deputy Clerk December 24, 31, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 10-953-GCS HIGHLANDS INDEPENDENT BANK, Plaintiff, vs. GEORGE N. JACOBS; DELORES A. JACOBS; Husband and Wife; THE GROVE ON LAKE FRANCIS PROPERTY OWNERS' ASSOCIATION, INC.; AND ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THEREIN NAMED DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; TENANT #1, TENANT #2, TENANT #3, AND TENANT #4, THE NAMES BEING FICTITIOUS TO ACCOUNT FOR PARTIES IN POSIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 10-874-GCS HIGHLANDS INDEPENDENT BANK, Plaintiff, vs. GUILLERMO F. RUBIO; ERICA D. BROWN; AND ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THEREIN NAMED DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; TENANT #1, TENANT #2, TENANT #3, AND TENANT #4, THE NAMES BEING FICTITIOUS TO ACCOUNT FOR PARTIES IN POSSESSION, Defendants. Notice of Action TO: Guillermo F. Rubio Last Known Address: 11019 148th Ct., S.W., Miami, fL 33196 Current Mailing Address: unknown Current Residence: unknown Erica D. Brown Last Known Address: 820 Tivoli Circle, #208, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 Current Mailing Address: unknown Current Residence: unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property in Highlands County, Florida: Lot 5, in Bock 25, of SECOND RESUBDIVISION OF HOFFMAN'S GROVE ADDITION TO LAKE STEARNS, according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 96, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. Real Property Address: 204 Palmetto Avenue, Lake Placid, FL 33852; f/k/a 210 Palmetto Avenue, Lake Placid, FL 33852. Real Property tax identification number is: P-06-37-30-040-0250-0050. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Mark A. Sessums, Plaintiff's Attorney, whose address is 625 Commerce Drive, Suite 304, Lakeland, FL 33813, on or before the 28th day of January, 2011, a date which is within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this Notice in the NEWS-SUN and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff's Attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED this 20th day of December, 2010 Bob Germaine Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Toni Kopp As Deputy Clerk December 24, 31, 2010 property in Highlands County, Florida: Lot 17, in Bock 10, of HIGHLANDS PARK ESTATES, SECTION D, according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 86, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. Real Property Address: 106 Marshall Avenue, Lake Placid, FL 33852. Real Property tax ID #: C-20-36-30-040-0100-0170. AND Lot 3, in Block 10, of HIGHLANDS PARK ESTATES, SECTION D, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 86, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. Real Property Address: 134 Marshall Avenue, Lake Placid, FL 33852. Real Property tax ID #: C-20-36-30-040-0100-0030. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Mark A. Sessums, Plaintiff's Attorney, whose address is 625 Commerce Drive, Suite 304, Lakeland, FL 33813, on or before the 28th day of January, 2011, a date which is within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this Notice in the NEWS-SUN and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff's Attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED this 20th day of December, 2010 Bob Germaine Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Toni Kopp As Deputy Clerk December 24, 31, 2010 1050LegalsIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 10-790-GCS HIGHLANDS INDEPENDENT BANK, Plaintiff, vs. CASA BELLA DEVELOPERS, LLC; C & G FAMILY VENTURES, LLC; THREE (3) TEAM HOLDINGS, LLC; RICARDO D. GOMEZ; DENNISE S. AUSTIN; A NTHONY D. CASERTA; HIGHLANDS PARK ESTATES ASSOCIATION, INC; AND ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THEREIN NAMED DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR A LIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; TENA NT #1, TENANT #2, TENANT #3, AND TENANT #4, THE NAMES BEING FICTITIOUS TO ACCOUNT FOR PARTIES IN POSSESSION, Defendants. Notice of Action TO: Anthony D. Casserta, Three (3) Team Holdings, LLC; and C&G Family Ventures, LLC Last Known Address: 12121 NE 16th Avenue, Pembroke Pines, FL 33161 Current Mailing Address: unknown Current Residence: unknown Dennis S. Austin Last Known Address: 415 SW 183rd Way, Pembroke Pines, FL Current Mailing Address: unknown Current Residence: unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described 1050Legals 1000 Announcements Subscribe to the News-Sun Call 385-6155 Classified ads get fast results

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NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the ``Final Summary Judgment'' entered in the above-styled action, the property described below will be sold by the Clerk of this Court at public sale, 11:00 a.m. on January 4, 2011, to the highest bidder, for cash at 430 South Commerce Avenue, Sebring, Florida 33870-3867: Lot 1, Block 3, of Lake Blue Estates, according to the Plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 59, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Bob Germaine Clerk of the Circuit Court Highlands County, Florida /s/ Priscilla Michalak Deputy Clerk December 17, 24, 2010 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 10001500FCS JACK P. YOUNG, JR. Petitioner, And ANGELA DAWN TAYLOR Respondent. NOTICE OF ACTION To: Angela Dawn Taylor YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for dissolution of marriage has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of written defenses if any to: Jack P. Young, Jr., Petitioners, 2164 State Road 17 S. #2, Avon Park, Florida 33825, on or before January 3, 2011, and file the original with the Clerk of Court, 430 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring, Florida 33870, either before service on Petitioner or immediately Thereafter, otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Date: November 30, 2010 CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By: s/s Allie Riley Deputy Clerk December 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 10TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 09000778GCS RIVERSIDE NATIONAL BANK OF FLORIDA, Plaintiff, v. EDMOND MARTINO, III and MARY MARTINO, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE i hereby given pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated March 17, 2010, and entered in Civil Action No. 09000778GCS in the Circuit Court of the Tenth Judicial Circuit in and for Highlands County, Florida, wherein RIVERSIDE NATIONAL BANK OF FLORIDA, is the Plaintiff, and EDMOND MARTINO, III and MARY MARTINO are the Defendants, I will sell to the highest bidder for cash at the 430 S. Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870 at 11:00 A.M. on January 12, 2011, the following described property, as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure, to-wit: LOT NUMBERED 4 AND 5, IN BLOCK NUMBER 4, SECTION R, OF HIGHLANDS PARK ESTATES, A SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE MAP FILED MAP BOOK 5, PAGE 17, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. The sad property as aforesaid, together with all tenements, hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging, or in anywise appertaining are being sold to satisfy the said judgment. DATED this 17th day of December, 2010. CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA By: /s/ Priscilla Michalak Deputy Clerk (Circuit Court Seal) December 24, 31, 2010 NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Pursuant to a WRIT OF EXECUTION issued out of the County County Court of the Tenth Judicial Circuit in and for Highlands County, Florida, on the 29th day of September, 2010, in the cause wherein AUTO OWNERS INSURANCE COMPANY, is Plaintiff, and KENNETH R. WACASTER, and PATRICIA WACASTER, are Defendants, being Case No. 2008-SC-000606 in the said Court, I, Susan Benton, Sheriff of Highlands County, Florida,have levied upon all of the Defendant, PATRICIA WACASTER's right, title and interest in and to the following described PERSONAL property in Highlands County, Florida, to-wit: Blue 2001 Lincoln Navigator 4 Dr Wagon Sport VIN Number: 5LMFU28R11LJ08374 and on the 18th day of January, 2011 at Duck's Body Shop, 1153 Hawthorne Drive, in the City of Sebring, Highlands County, Florida, at the hour of 11:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, I will offer for sale all of the said defendant, PATRICIA WACASTER's, right, title and interest in aforesaid property at public outcry and will sell the same, subject to all prior liens, encumbrances and judgments, if any, to the highest and best bidder or bidders for CASH, the proceeds to be applied as far as may be to the payment of costs and the satisfaction of the above-described execution. Dated this, December 14, 2010 SUSAN BENTON, SHERIFF OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA By: /s/ Kevin Awbrey Deputy Kevin Awbrey DEPUTY SHERIFF In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the agency sending this notice at 434 Fernleaf Ave., Sebring, FL 33870, Telephone 863/402-7228 not later than seven days prior to the proceeding. If hearing impaired, (TTD) 1-800-955-8771, or Voice (V) 1-800-955-8770, via Florida Relay Services. December 17, 24, 31, 2010; January 7, 2011 NOTICE OF DISPOSITION ACCORDING TO THE FLORIDA SELF STORAGE FACILITY ACT THE FOLLOWING STORAGE UNITS LOCATED AT THE STORAGE PLACE OF AVON PARK, 395 CR 17A WEST, AVON PARK, FL 33825 WILL BE DISPOSED OF ON JANUARY 17, 2011, AT 10:00AM. ALL UNITS ARE SAID TO CONTAIN HOUSEHOLD GOODS UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. Names and unit numbers are as follows: NAME UNIT NUMBER Irene Handley 353 Calvin Crowell II 339 Eric Boswell 307 DISPOSITION BEING MADE TO SATISFY LANDLORD'S LIEN, MANAGEMENT RESERVES ALL RIGHTS, UNDER FLORIDA LAW, ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE IN CASH. December 24, 31, 2010 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 28-2009-CA-001611 SAXON MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC., Plaintiff, vs. MARK F. SMICIKLAS, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated December 06, 2010 and entered in Case No. 28-2009-CA-001611 of the Circuit Court of the TENTH Judicial Circuit in and for HIGHLANDS County, Florida wherein SAXON MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC., is the Plaintiff and MARK F. SMICIKLAS; JANET K. SMICIKLAS; are the Defendants. The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM IN THE BASEMENT OF THE HIGHLANDS COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 430 SOUTH COMMERCE AVENUE at 11:00 AM, on the 4th day of January, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOTS 3 AND 4, BLOCK K, SUN N LAKES ESTATES SECTION 4, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 8, PAGE 34, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 105 SUNFISH LANE, LAKE PLACID, FL 33852 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of the Court on December 6, 2010. ROBERT W. GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Priscilla Michalak Deputy Clerk Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F09104542 SAXONFID-SPECFHLMC **See Americans with Disabilities Act In accordance with the Americans Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the individual or agency sending the notice at Echevarria & Associates, P.A., P.O. Box 25018, Tampa, FL 33622-5018, telephone (813) 251-4766, not later than seven (7) days prior to the proceeding. If hearing impaired, (TDD) 1-800-955-8771, or voice (V) 1-800-955-8770, via Florida Relay Service. December 17, 24, 2010 from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of the Court on December 6, 2010. ROBERT W. GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Priscilla Michalak Deputy Clerk Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F09054324 SUNTRUST-SPECFHLMC **See Americans with Disabilities Act In accordance with the Americans Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the individual or agency sending the notice at Echevarria & Associates, P.A., P.O. Box 25018, Tampa, FL 33622-5018, telephone (813) 251-4766, not later than seven (7) days prior to the proceeding. If hearing impaired, (TDD) 1-800-955-8771, or voice (V) 1-800-955-8770, via Florida Relay Service. December 17, 24, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 28-2009-CA-000746 SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff, vs. GERALD CLOSE A/K/A GERALD W. CLOSE, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated December 06, 2010 and entered in Case No. 28-2009-CA-000746 of the Circuit Court of the TENTH Judicial Circuit in and for HIGHLANDS County, Florida wherein SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC., is the Plaintiff and GERALD CLOSE A/K/A GERALD W. CLOSE; REGIONS BANK D/B/A AMSOUTH BANK; TENANT #1 N/K/A JENNIFER EZELLE; are the Defendants. The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM IN THE BASEMENT OF THE HIGHLANDS COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 430 SOUTH COMMERCE AVENUE at 11:00 AM, on the 4th day of January, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: THE SOUTH 1/2 OF LOT 1, BLOCK 104, ORIGINAL TOWN OF SEBRING, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 1, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, OF WHICH HIGHLANDS COUNTY WAS FORMERLY A PART, AND IN TRANSCRIPT OF PLATS BOOK 1, PAGE 6, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT THE SOUTHWESTERLY CORNER OF SAID LOT 1 ON LAKEVIEW DRIVE, THENCE NORTHWESTERLY ALONG LAKEVIEW DRIVE ON THE WESTERLY LINE OF SAID LOT 1 A DISTANCE OF 50 FEET; THENCE NORTHEASTERLY PARALLEL TO AND 50 FEET NORTH OF LINE DIVIDING LOTS 1 AND 2 A DISTANCE OF 150 FEET MORE OR LESS TO THE WEST LINE OF FRANKLIN STREET, SAME BEING THE EASTERLY LINE OF LOT 1; THENCE SOUTHEASTERLY ALONG THE EASTERLY LINE OF SAID LOT 1 A DISTANCE OF 50 FEET TO THE SOUTHEASTERLY CORNER OF SAID LOT 1; THENCE SOUTHWESTERLY ALONG THE LINE DIVIDING LOTS 1 AND 2, A DISTANCE OF 150 FEET MORE OR LESS TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. A /K/A 401 S. FRANKLIN STREET, SEBRING, FL 33870 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 10-1140 GCS J. RUDY REINHARDT and SHIRLEY A. REINHARDT, his wife, Plaintiff, vs. ROBERT HOGGATT and PAULA HOGGATT a/k/a PAULA R. WOERDEMAN, husband and wife, Defendants. NOTICE OF SUIT-PROPERTY TO: Robert Hoggatt and Paula Hoggatt, a/k/a Paula R. Woerdeman and all other parties or persons claiming by or through them, 1933 N. Morningside Drive A von Park, Florida 33825 YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose on the following property in Highlands County, Florida: Lot 567 and Lot 568, AVON PARK LAKES, UNIT NO. 2, according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 89, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to Loretta J. Thompson, Esquire, MCCLURE & LOBOZZO, 211 South Ridgewood Drive, Sebring, FL 33870, the Plaintiff's attorney, and file the original with the Clerk of the above styled court on or before January 21, 2011; otherwise a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of said Court on the 8th day of December, 2010. ROBERT W. GERMAINE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: /s/ Toni Kopp Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Office of the Court Administrator 255 N. Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830, (863)534-4686, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. December 17, 24, 2010 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. PC 10-492 IN RE: ESTATE OF MILDRED JEAN RENFRO a.k.a. M. JEAN RENFRO TODD a.k.a. M. JEAN TODD a.k.a. JEAN JORDAN TODD a.k.a. JEAN M. TODD NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of MILDRED JEAN RENFRO a.k.a. M. JEAN RENFRO TODD a.k.a. M. JEAN TODD a.k.a. JEAN JORDAN TODD a.k.a. JEAN M. TODD, deceased, whose date of death was August 26, 2010, and whose social security number is 308-12-6328, is pending in the Circuit Court forHighlands County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 590 S. Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870. The names and addresses of the personal representatives and the personal representative's 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 notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) Y EARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 17, 2010. Personal Representatives: /s/ James A. Renfro 61 Grafton Road Upton, Massachusetts 01568 /s/ Jan L. Smith 1805 Crystal Street Anderson, Indiana 46012 A ttorney for Personal Representatives: / s/ David F. Lanier E-Mail Address: lanier@embarqmail.com Florida Bar No. 045399 DAVID F. LANIER P.O. Box 400 A von Park, Florida 33826-0400 Telephone: (863)453-4457 December 17, 24, 2010 4035 FOREST AVE. WESTERN SPRINGS, IL 60558 A ttorneys for Personal Representative: CLIFFORD M. ABLES, P.A. 551 SOUTH COMMERCE AVE. SEBRING, FL. 33870 (863) 385-0112 (863)385-1284 (FAX) cmables@cmablespa.net CLIFFORD M. ABLES, III Florida Bar Number 178379 JANE M. HANCOCK Florida BarNumber 341002 December 17, 24, 2010 1050Legals

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By KATE ROWLAND Special to the News-SunSEBRING Sebring's Devin Clarke and Avon Park's Alonzo Robertson were key players for the South squad in its 27-0 victory in Wednesday's 56th annual Florida Athletic Coaches Association North/South All Star Football Classic at Firemen's Field. Despite the lopsided score, defense was the name of the game, as the South All Stars led 6-0 at the end of the third quarter on two field goals from Lake Wales' kicker Marcelo Bonani. Bonani's 51-yard field goal about two minutes into the game was the longest in FACAAll-Star game history. South's defense kept North off the scoreboard twice from within 20 yards, and twice blocked punts and passes. After a quiet start, Robertson was a defensive warrior for the South and a terror to the North squad. His sack, along with two tackles behind the line of scrimmage, resulted in losses. The Red Devil also knocked a pass out of midair and recorded three quarterback hurries. "I kind of started slow and then I picked it up and started putting more pressure on the ball," Robertson said. "It felt pretty good." Clarke saw plenty of action, including a 23-yard catch in the first quarter and two kick-off returns for 27 yards. Clarke's second kick-off return came in the second quarter. Shaking off three defenders, Clarke stayed on his feet and kept going until two North defensive players were finally able to take him down. "It was fun," Clarke said. "It was a great experience just going against the North team." Clarke was set to return a punt in the fourth quarter when the ball took a funny bounce. Before he could touch the ball, he was leveled by a North defender, resulting in a 15-yard penalty against the North. "I saw him at the last minute and I just closed my eyes and went Oh, no'," Clarke said. "He just knocked the wind out of me. I could have gone back in the game. Sometimes hi ts aren't as hard as they look ." The North turned to an aggressive offense in t he By KATE ROWLAND Special to the News-Sun SEBRING Sebring's youth and inexperience came into play in Monday afternoon's 58-27 non-district girls basketball loss to the more seasoned, senior-loaded Avon Park Red Devils. "This was just a good oldfashioned butt whipping, that's all this was," said Sebring coach Mike Lee. "They took advantage of our mistakes and capitalized. That's what a well-coached, experienced team is going to do. "Avon Park has some great athletes who play hard, come prepared and play to win. I have a lot of respect for them." Sebring led 3-2 early on, but that was the team's only advantage in the game. Lone Blue Streak senior Shannon Williams brought her team to within one, 9-8, as the first quarter came to an end, but Avon Park responded with 14 straight points to put the Red Devils up 23-8 halfway through the second quarter. Red Devil senior Markida Hawthorne scored three of her four 3-point field goals in the second quarter, and teammate Brekayla English sank three 3-pointers in the first half. The Red Devils aren't a big team, Lee said, but they are predominantly seniors with plenty of experience and that makes them difficult to defend. "If you play a zone against teams like this you give up outside shots," Lee said. If you go man-to-man an d guard players like Marki da and Brekayla, who know ho w to penetrate and have be en playing together a long tim e, if Markida drives, she know s exactly where Brekayla is and can dish to her. "It's a trade off. You pi ck your poison. We're five sop homores and a freshma n. We're working, but it's dif ficult against a team that 's well-coached and has goo d athletes." Hawthorne led a ll scorers with 2 5 points. English talli ed 12 and sophomo re Tay Perry contribut ed 11 points for the R ed Devils. "It makes it easi er on you as a coa ch when you have seasoned, ve teran players," said Avon Pa rk coach Paulette Daly. "Th ey understand the game and th ey see the game. "At certain times, Marki da can see things on the flo or and make a suggestion. It helps." Sebring sophomore All ie Mann stopped Avon Park 's 14-point stretch with a 3pointer of her own, and t he Blue Streaks trailed 42-18 at halftime. "They're a rival and I fe el it," said Mann, who led h er team with 11 points. "B ut we're a young team and w e have to learn things like ho w to break a press. It's a jou rney. "They were definite ly more experienced shootin g wide. I think we'll come o ut SPORTS B SECTION News-Sun Friday, December 24, 2010 Page 4B News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE Markida Hawthorne goes up and under for two of her game-high 25 points in Avon Park's rout of Sebring Tuesday. Avon Park58Sebring27 Lady Red Devils scorch Sebring See AP, page 4B And Another Thing... Dan Hoehne MyFWC.comAnglers who plan on fishing during the holiday season may have some extra luck at lakes Walk-in-Water and Tiger, off State Road 60 near Lake Wales. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management staff, along with volunteers, recently installed five new fish attractors in 7,000-acre Lake Walk-in-Water, also known as Lake Weohyakapka. The fish attractors are marked by large, white buoys. Three brush piles were placed along the western side of the lake, while two others were placed on the eastern side. Tiger Lake, a 2,200-acre body of water northeast of Lake Walk-in-Water, received two fish attractors: one on the north side and the other on the south end of the lake. Each site contains approximately 100 individual pieces of brush in a 50-foot diameter around the buoy. The submerged brush piles, which were sunk in 710 feet of water, are composed of either orange or oak trees and should last many years. Crappie anglers should find the attractors especially productive for fishing this time of year, as crappie often school in large numbers and seek thick cover. Bass, panfish and catfish anglers who target the brush piles also will be rewarded, since these species a re attracted to woody cover as well. For more information o n freshwater fishing opport unities, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing or call the FWC regional offi ce in Lakeland at 863-648-320 0 during regular workin g hours. Two Polk County lakes receive fish attractors It shouldn't have ended t he way it did at least t hat's what we said a few w eeks ago when Brett F avre's amazing career s eemed done in by a should er injury suffered in a game a gainst Buffalo. They way it went down t his past Monday night, to m e anyway, now that was t he more appropriate ending. Granted, it should have e nded last offseason, when it s eemed fitting that after perh aps the best regular season o f his career, a costly mist ake from the gunslinger e nded his season just short o f the Super Bowl. For that was Favre's c areer in a nutshell. The excitement and exub erance that made for so m any wins. It also lead to those heartb reaking losses, but to the e nd, he stayed who he was, p layed it his way. And so while it was somew hat shocking to see him s uited up and ready to go M onday night barely more t han two weeks after the s houlder injury that most t hought had ended his seas on, if not career in a way i t shouldn't have been. All those years on the f rozen tundra of Green Bay, t hose meaningful December g ames with wind chill temp eratures in the single digits. So much of his legend was m ade in those games, in that s etting. With the collapse of the M etrodome taking Monday n ight's game from the comf ortable climbs of an indoor s tadium to the outdoors of t he University of Minnesota's T FC Bank Stadium, in the m iddle of a Minnesota wint er, it must have been too p erfect for him to pass up. That it was against his o ldest and most often played a gainst foe, the Chicago B ears, well, that just tipped i t over the edge. I mean, in the waning w eeks of a lost season, M innesota finishes up a gainst Philadelphia and D etroit yawn. But a Monday Night F ootball contest, out in the b itter cold, wind swirling, s now and sleet falling, a gainst da Bears? That was the stage, setting a nd foe he should strap it on f or, one more time. Hobbled and beaten down, i t was almost inevitable he w ould get knocked out of the g ame in some way, shape or f orm. Perhaps it was the mindset o f Butch Cassidy and the S undance Kid as they made t hat final charge against the B olivian army. Knowing it would end b adly, but sucking it up one l ast time. Some say it would have b een the perfect ending for h im to reach 300 regular s eason games started in a r ow and then hanging it up. But as we've known for so l ong and as this season has e xemplified more fully, Brett F avre is not perfect. Which is why, getting k nocked out of Monday n ight's game, by the Bears, o n a frozen field seems m uch more fitting. The right ending for Favre? Yep News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHN E Red Devil Alonzo Robertson gets an armful of ball carrier as he makes this tackle Wednesday night at Firemen's Field. Robertson was on the South team in the 56th Annual FACA All-Star Football Classic. Robertson, Clarke help South to win in FACA I saw him at the last minute and I just closed my eyes and went Oh, no.'DEVINCLARKE See CLASSIC, page 4B

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Sebring Elks Lodge 1529 Monthly Golf TournamentSEBRING The monthly Elks golf tournament will be held on Monday Jan. 3 at Harder Hall Country Club. Cost for the 8 a.m. shotgun start is $32 per player. To register either your team or as an individual player, contact Jack McLaughlin at 471-3295 or by email at jacknjudy33872@gmail.com Check in not later than 7:40 AM in the Harder Hall Golf Course restaurant area.New Year Golf BenefitSEBRING ANew Year's golf tournament to benefit Eddie Bateman will tee off Saturday, Jan. 15 on the Deer Run course at Sun N Lake. The four-person scramble format will kick off with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Cost is $55 per person/$220 per team. There are also sponsorships available. AGold sponsorship is $1,000 and gets four hole signs, a banner and one team entry. ASilver sponsorship is $500 and includes two hole signs, a banner and one team entry. ABronze sponsorship gets two hole signs and a banner and a single hole sponsorship, for $100, gets one hole sign. There are also single sponsor donations available for $25. For more information, contact Jady Prescott at 381-2117 or jady_52@hotmail.com .Panther Volleyball CampAVONPARK The South Florida Community College Volleyball program will be hosting a four week training camp running from Jan. 6-Feb. 3 for players from 6th to 12th grade. The camp will meet Tuesday's and Thursday's from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and provides individual skill development and basic tactics in a positive learning environment. All campers will receive individual and team instruction from Coach Kim Crawford and members of the 2010-11 Lady Panthers. Crawford is a three-time college AllAmerican and played professionally in Europe, on the Bud Light Professional Beach Tour for Team Nike and on the Pro California Grass Tour. She has been trained by many Olympic coaches and looks forward to sharing her vast volleyball knowledge with all camp participants. The camp cost is $100 and is limited to the first 30 to register. To register, go to www.southflorida.edu and select the vo lleyball site. Click on "volleyball camp," print o ut Admissions Application and Emergen cy Treatment forms. Mail Admissions Application an d Emergency Treatment forms as indicat ed on application form, or bring to t he Cashier's Office in Building B. For more information, contact t he SFCC Athletic Department at the follow ing campus phone numbers at extensio n 7037 Avon Park/Sebring, 784-703 7; Lake Placid, 465-5300; DeSoto, 49 47500; Hardee, 773-2252; or ema il kim.crawford@southflorida.edu .YMCA New Year's 5KSEBRING The Highlands Coun ty Family YMCAwill hold it's first annu al New Year's Day 5K Run/Walk starting at 9 a.m. at Highlands Hammock State Pa rk on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011. To register for the 5k run go to t he YMCAto pick up an entry form. Race day registration starts at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $20. For more information contact Jonath an at the YMCA, 863-382-9622.Panther 5KAVON PARK The second annu al South Florida Community Colle ge Panther 5K Run/Walk has been plann ed for Saturday, Feb. 26 at the SFC C Highland Campus. The SFCC Foundation, Inc. and B ill Jarrett Ford Mercury are sponsoring t he event, and proceeds benefit the college 's intercollegiate athletics programs. The entry fee for the SFCC Panther 5 K Run/Walk is $20 through Feb. 16 and $2 5 from Feb. 17 through the day of the rac e. Students with a current I.D. may regi ster for $15. Every participant receives a Dri-F it long-sleeve shirt sizes cannot be gua ranteed for those who enter after Feb. 17 Registration is 7-7:45 a.m. on race d ay in the parking lot in front of the SFC C University Center. The race begins at 8 a.m. Entry forms are available online at www.southflorida.edu/panther5k Participants can mail their copies an d entry fees to the SFCC Foundation, In c., 13 East Main Street, Avon Park, F L 33825; or fax forms to 863-453-8023 an d call 863-453-3133 with credit card info rmation. For more information about the SFC C Panther 5K, call the SFCC Foundation at 863-453-3133. The Foundation will be closed for wi nter break Saturday, Dec. 18 throug h Tuesday, Jan. 4. AMERICAN CONFERENCEEast WLTPctPFPA x-New England1220.857446303 N.Y. Jets1040.714295259 Miami770.500239261 Buffalo4100.286273353 South WLTPctPFPA Indianapolis860.571381342 Jacksonville860.571319365 Tennessee680.429322282 Houston590.357333386 North WLTPctPFPA x-Pittsburgh1040.714307220 Baltimore1040.714324253 Cleveland590.357252271 Cincinnati3110.214281362 West WLTPctPFPA Kansas City950.643322281 San Diego860.571388260 Oakland770.500353330 Denver3110.214292415NATIONAL CONFERENCEEast WLTPctPFPA Philadelphia1040.714412339 N.Y. Giants950.643360288 Washington590.357268343 Dallas590.357354396 South WLTPctPFPA x-Atlanta1220.857369261 New Orleans1040.714354270 Tampa Bay860.571280290 Carolina2120.143183350 North WLTPctPFPA Chicago1040.714293242 Green Bay860.571333220 Minnesota590.357244314 Detroit4100.286308329 West WLTPctPFPA St. Louis680.429258295 Seattle680.429279363 San Francisco590.357250314 Arizona4100.286255370 x-clinched playoff spot ___ Thursday's Game Carolina at Pittsburgh, late Saturday's Game Dallas at Arizona, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26 Tennessee at Kansas City, 1 p.m. San Francisco at St. Louis, 1 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Chicago, 1 p.m. Baltimore at Cleveland, 1 p.m. New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Detroit at Miami, 1 p.m. Washington at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. Houston at Denver, 4:05 p.m. San Diego at Cincinnati, 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Green Bay, 4:15 p.m. Seattle at Tampa Bay, 4:15 p.m. Minnesota at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27 New Orleans at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m.EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division WLPctGB Boston234.852 New York1712.5867 Philadelphia1118.37913 Toronto1019.34514 New Jersey921.3001512Southeast Division WLPctGB Miami219.700 Atlanta1912.613212Orlando1612.5714 Charlotte919.32111 Washington720.2591212Central Division WLPctGB Chicago189.667 Indiana1314.4815 Milwaukee1116.4077 Detroit1019.3459 Cleveland821.27611WESTERN CONFERENCESouthwest Division WLPctGB San Antonio253.893 Dallas235.8212 New Orleans1712.586812Houston1415.4831112Memphis1217.4141312Northwest Division WLPctGB Utah219.700 Oklahoma City2010.6671 Denver1611.593312Portland1514.517512Minnesota624.20015 Pacific Division WLPctGB L.A. Lakers218.724 Phoenix1314.4817 Golden State1018.3571012L.A. Clippers822.2671312Sacramento521.1921412___ Tuesday's Games Oklahoma City 99, Charlotte 81 Dallas 105, Orlando 99 Chicago 121, Philadelphia 76 New Jersey 101, Memphis 94 Golden State 117, Sacramento 109, OT Milwaukee 98, L.A. Lakers 79 Wednesday's Games Atlanta 98, Cleveland 84 Detroit 115, Toronto 93 Chicago 87, Washington 80 Boston 84, Philadelphia 80 New York 112, Oklahoma City 98 Utah 112, Minnesota 107 New Orleans 105, New Jersey 91 San Antonio 109, Denver 103 Houston 97, L.A. Clippers 92 Thursday's Games San Antonio at Orlando, late Milwaukee at Sacramento, late Miami at Phoenix, late Friday's Games No Games ScheduledEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division WLOTPtsGFGA Philadelphia22854911787 Pittsburgh231024811581 N.Y. Rangers201414110591 N.Y. Islanders71862067105 New Jersey92222059103 Northeast Division WLOTPtsGFGA Montreal19132408977 Boston17114388968 Buffalo14164328997 Ottawa141743281106 Toronto121742875102 Southeast Division WLOTPtsGFGA Washington2012444109100 Tampa Bay1910543105111 Atlanta1912543117104 Carolina15134349099 Florida15170308783WESTERN CONFERENCECentral Division WLOTPtsGFGA Detroit21844611092 Chicago1914341115104 Nashville17106408483 Columbus17133378591 St. Louis16125378693 Northwest Division WLOTPtsGFGA Vancouver19854310583 Colorado1911442121110 Minnesota15134347991 Calgary141833192103 Edmonton121552985110 Pacific Division WLOTPtsGFGA Dallas211034510092 San Jose181154110295 Anaheim181644098111 Los Angeles19121399575 Phoenix15107378993 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. ___ Tuesday's Games Buffalo 5, Anaheim 2 St. Louis 4, Atlanta 2 Columbus 3, Calgary 1 Washington 5, New Jersey 1 Dallas 5, Montreal 2 Los Angeles 5, Colorado 0 San Jose 2, Edmonton 1 Wednesday's Games N.Y. Islanders 2, Tampa Bay 1, OT Pittsburgh 5, Florida 2 Detroit 5, Vancouver 4, OT Chicago 4, Nashville 1 Thursday's Games Atlanta at Boston, late Florida at Buffalo, late N.Y. Islanders at New Jersey, late Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers, late Pittsburgh at Washington, late Montreal at Carolina, late Vancouver at Columbus, late Detroit at St. Louis, late Ottawa at Nashville, late Calgary at Dallas, late Minnesota at Colorado, late Edmonton at Los Angeles, late Phoenix at San Jose, late Friday's Games No Games Scheduled EAST Albany, N.Y. 63, Colgate 61 Boston College 84, Bucknell 80 Cent. Connecticut St. 71, New Hampshire 50 Connecticut 81, Harvard 52 Dayton 69, Seton Hall 65 Elon 73, Navy 58 Fordham 80, Kennesaw St. 63 George Mason 85, Duquesne 79, 2OT George Washington 82, East Carolina 80 Hofstra 71, Holy Cross 56 Penn 78, Delaware 68 Pittsburgh 61, American U. 46 Princeton 75, Towson 65 Quinnipiac 88, Niagara 63 Rhode Island 73, Lafayette 65 Rider 77, La Salle 68 Siena 62, Georgia Tech 57 Syracuse 93, Drexel 65 UCF 64, Massachusetts 59 Vermont 84, Iona 79 Villanova 76, Monmouth, N.J. 36 SOUTH Campbell 57, UNC Wilmington 56 Charlotte 57, Wright St. 53 Clemson 66, Coll. of Charleston 59 Fla. International 87, Florida A&M 82 Florida 66, Radford 55 Furman 91, South Carolina 75 Georgia Southern 74, Georgia St. 72, OT Hampton 62, Liberty 59 Howard 69, Loyola, Md. 65 Idaho St. 77, Troy 73 James Madison 80, Marshall 73 Kentucky 89, Winthrop 52 Louisiana-Monroe 78, N. Colorado 75 Louisville 114, W. Kentucky 82 Maryland 89, N.J. Tech 50 Mississippi 83, Texas St. 72 N.C. State 72, Delaware St. 70 New Orleans 73, Huntingdon 68 North Texas 75, LSU 55 Richmond 63, UNC Greensboro 53 Seattle 59, Virginia 53 The Citadel 67, S. Carolina St. 57 MIDWEST Bowling Green 70, Manhattan 57 Bradley 73, Detroit 65 Cent. Michigan 63, Cornerstone 60 Cleveland St. 69, South Florida 62 Creighton 58, Samford 40 DePaul 71, Florida Atlantic 62 Missouri 75, Illinois 64 Missouri St. 77, Arkansas St. 70 Mount Union 57, Muskingum 51 Notre Dame 93, UMBC 53 Otterbein 78, Wittenberg 64 S. Illinois 61, N. Illinois 49 South Dakota 82, Loyola Marymount 70 St. Thomas, Minn. 61, Wis.-Stevens Pt. 54 Temple 76, Ohio 65 Texas 67, Michigan St. 55 SOUTHWEST Arkansas 67, Texas Southern 59 Canisius 78, Lamar 72 Loyola of Chicago 84, Texas-Pan American 76 SMU 49, Alabama St. 38 Texas Tech 73, Texas-Arlington 56 FAR WEST Akron 72, Stetson 56 Arizona 82, Robert Morris 56 Ark.-Little Rock 52, Oral Roberts 49 CS Bakersfield 89, UC Riverside 80 Gonzaga 64, Xavier 54 Kansas 78, California 63 Miami 73, Rice 67 Montana 71, Cal St.-Fullerton 57 N. Arizona 74, Air Force 63 N. Iowa 67, Indiana 61 New Mexico 89, Colorado 76 Oregon St. 74, Ill.-Chicago 54 Portland 88, Boise St. 79 SIU-Edwardsville 78, Longwood 71 San Diego St. 56, IUPUI 54 San Jose St. 95, Puget Sound 62 Santa Clara 99, CS Northridge 79 Utah St. 78, W. Michigan 57 Washington 90, Nevada 60 Wis.-Green Bay 68, Wyoming 62 TOURNAMENT Cancun Governor's Cup First Round Colorado St. 82, Appalachian St. 79 Saint Louis 71, Northeastern 49 Southern Miss. 64, ETSU 60 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic First Round Baylor 83, San Diego 50 Butler 74, Utah 62 Washington St. 83, Mississippi St. 57BASEBALLAmerican League BOSTON RED SOXNamed Arnie Beyeler manager of Pawtucket (IL), Kevin Boles manager of Portland (EL), Bruce Crabbe manager, Kevin Walker pitching coach and Alex Ochoa hitting coach for Salem (Carolina), Dick Such pitching coach at Greenville (SAL), Carlos Febles manager and Paul Abbott pitching coach for Lowell (N.Y.-Penn), George Lombard manager and Dave Tomlin pitching coach for Gulf Coast Red Sox. KANSAS CITY ROYALSAssigned INF Joaquin Arias and INF Lance Zawadzki outright to Omaha (AAA). TAMPA BAY RAYSNamed Dave Eiland as a special assistant. National League HOUSTON ASTROSAgreed to terms with LHP Gustavo Chacin on a minorleague contract. MILWAUKEE BREWERSAgreed to terms with RHP Sean Green and INF Craig Counsell on one-year contracts. PITTSBURGH PIRATESDesignated RHP Joe Martinez for assignment. Named Dean Treanor manager of Indianapolis (IL), P.J. Forbes manager of Altoona (EL), Carlos Garcia of Bradenton (FSL), Gary Robinson manager of West Virginia (SAL), Dave Turgeon manager and Justin Meccage pitching coach for State College (NYPenn), Brad Fischer advisor-player development, Frank Kremblas coordinator of instruction, Jeff Livesey hitting coordinator, Gary Green infield coordinator, Luis Dorante, Latin America field coordinator and Scott Mitchell assistant pitching coordinator. SAN DIEGO PADRESNamed John Abbamondi vice president of strategy and business analysis. WASHINGTON NATIONALSAssigned LHP Matt Chico outright to Syracuse (IL)BASKETBALLNational Basketball Association CHARLOTTE BOBCATSAnnounced the resignation of coach Larry Brown. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERSSigned F Ike Diogu. LOCALSCHEDULE SPORTSSNAPSHOTS THESCOREBOARD Lake Placid MONDAY,Jan.3: Girls Basketball at Sebring,6/7:30 p.m. TUESDAY,Jan.4: Boys Basketball at Mulberry,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Basketball vs. Mulberry,6/7:30 p.m.; Boys Soccer at McKeel,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Soccer vs.McKeel, 6/7:30 p.m. Sebring MONDAY,Dec.27: Boys Basketball hosts Taveniere Tournament,TBA TUESDAY,Dec.28: Boys Basketball hosts Taveniere Tournament,TBA WEDNESDAY,Dec.29: Boys Basketball hosts Taveniere Tournament,TBA; Girls Weightlifting at Charlotte,2 p.m. Walker TUESDAY,Jan.4: Girls Basketball at Sebring JV,6 p.m. THURSDAY,Jan.6: Girls Basketball at Victory Christian,6 p.m.; Boys Basketball at Victory Christian,7:30 p.m. SATURDAY,Jan.8: Boys Basketball at Heartland Christian,6:30/8 p.m. Heartland Christian TUESDAY,Jan.4: Boys Basketball at Wellington Christian,American Airlines Arena, Miami,2 p.m. THURSDAY,Jan.6: JV Basketball vs.Moore Haven,6 p.m. SATURDAY,Jan.8: Boys Basketball vs.Walker Memorial,6:30/8 p.m. Avon Park TUESDAY,Dec.28: Boys Basketball at Hitchcock Challenge,Santa Fe,TBA WEDNESDAY,Dec.29: Boys Basketball at Hitchcock Challenge,Santa Fe,TBA; Girls Weightlifting at Charlotte,2 p.m. TUESDAY,Jan.4: Boys Basketball at McKeel,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Basketball vs.McKeel, 6/7:30 p.m.; Boys Soccer vs.Tenoroc,6:30 p.m.; Girls Soccer at Tenoroc,6:30 p.m. S S K K I I I I N N G G S SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 1 1 p p . m m . 2010 American Ski Classic . . . . . . . . . C C B B S S 1 1 0 0C C O O L L L L E E G G E E B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L F FR R I I D D A A Y Y 7 7 p p . m m . Governor's Cup Teams TBA . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2 9 9 p p . m m . Governor's Cup Final Teams TBA . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2S SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 7 7 : : 3 3 0 0 p p . m m . Diamond Head Classic Teams TBA . . E E S S P P N N 2 2 9 9 : : 3 3 0 0 p p . m m . Diamond Head Classic Teams TBA . . E E S S P P N N 2 2C C O O L L L L E E G G E E F F O O O O T T B B A A L L L L F FR R I I D D A A Y Y 8 8 p p . m m . Hawaii Bowl Hawaii vs. Tulsa. . . . . . . E E S S P P N NTimes, games, channels all subject to change N N B B A A S SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y N N o o o o n n Chicago at N.Y. Knicks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2 : : 3 3 0 0 p p . m m . Boston at Orlando . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A A B B C C 5 5 pp . m m . Miami at L.A. Lakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A A B B C C 8 8 p p . m m . Denver at Oklahoma City . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 1 1 0 0 : : 3 3 0 0 p p . m m . Portland at Golden State . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N LIVESPORTSONTV Major League Baseball College Basketball NBA NHL Transactions Page 2BNews-Sun Friday, December 24, 2010www.newssun.co m NEWS-SUN

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www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 24, 2010Page 3B 0002989103-01 US 27 between Avon Park and SebringAVON PARK & SEBRING 453-6644 LAKE PLACID & OTHER CITIES TOLL FREE 1-888-453-6644www.WellsMC.com In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of

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Golf HammockLast Monday, Dec. 13,the Mezza group played Individual ProAm Points at Golf Hammock. Winning first place in A group was Jim Gulick at minus 1, while second place was a tieat minus 6 and went to Mike Anselm and Doug Haire. B group first place was Danny Geirer at plus 3 and Jerry Patterson took second place while Aaron Heidemann took third place at minus 4. C group first place was Sal Sboto with plus 4, second place was Bill Alesi with plus 3 and third place went to Vince Johnston at minus 2. Next Monday will be a shotgun start beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Golf Hammock.Please arrive early to register. To play or sign up, please call Pete at 382-1280.PinecrestThe Men's Association played Team and Individual Pro-Am Points on Wednesday, Dec. 22. The team of Bob Watkins, Larry Holzworth and Roger Dowe took top honors with +11 while Don Lamb, Bib Kistler, Norm Demina and Bill Kays were second with +3. Jim Underwood won A Division with +8 and Watkins was second with +2. B Division saw a tie between Jack Litalien and Jim Elliott at +2 while Earl Plemmons took C Division with +5 and Terry Crocker, Demina and Ed Truax were tied for second at +3. D Divison went to Dowe at +7 with Bob Fidlin second at +3.River GreensA morning scramble was played Friday, Dec. 17. Tying for first/second/third/fourth/fifth places were David and Anne Kelly, Jeannie and Leo Persails, Terry Lewis, Keith and Pat Kincer, Harold Lee, Cliff Steele and Jack Sayre with 57 each. An afternoon scramble was played Friday, Dec. 17. Tying for first/second places were the teams of John and Laura Smutnick, Tim Thomas, John Hierholzer and Dick McClay; Emilo and Bobbie Mora, Tony Lankford, Dale Duncan, Jim Sizemore and Aurel Mack with 14-under each. The ladies association played a pro am tournament on Thursday, Dec. 116. Winning first place was the team of Dianne Stoddart, Pat Kincer, Marybeth Conroy and Donna Johnson with plus-15. Individual winners were: First place, Pat Kincer with plus-7.5; and second place, Pat Gower with plus6.5. The day of the "Pats." The Morrison Group played a game Thursday, Dec. 16. The winners were: First place, Cliff Steele and Romy Febre with minus-15; second place, Lefty St. Pierre and Jim Cercy with minus-14; and third place, Vince Boever and Larry Roy with minus-13. The men's association played a pro am tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 15. Winning first place was the team of Peter March, J.R. Messier, Vince Boever and Johnny Wehunt with plus11; and second place, Leo Persails, Ken Brunswick, Lefty St. Pierre and Clark Austin with plus-3.5. Individual winners were: A Flight: Vince Boever with plus-4.5. B Flight: Ken Brunswick with plus2.5. C Flight: Johnny Wehunt with plus7.5.SpringLakeAfter several weeks of no golf, the SpringLake Women's Golf Association members were certainly ready for some warmer, sunnier days. A four-person team Pro-Am Points Tournament was held Wednesday, Dec. 22 on the Panther Course with five teams competing. First place winners were Pearl Bradford, Debbie Delaney, Ann McWilliams and Julia Starr who finished with a total of 58 points. Second place was won by the team of Barb Stevens, Jan Nelson, Rosie Foote and Carolyn Irvine with 48 points. The Spring Lake Men's Golf Association held a Two Man Team Pointstournament on Tuesday, Dec. 21. In this competition, a bogey counted as one point, a par was two points, a birdie as four points and an eagle as six points on a netof-handicap basis. The A Flight was won by Edd Vowels and Bob Rogers with 84 points, strongly influenced by Mr. Vowels hot net 67. Second place was taken by Wayne Nelson and Gene Hearn, who scored 80 points. In third place was Joe Austin and Ron Brochu, who came in with 79 points. The B Flight was won by Gale Monda and Dave Docherty with 96 points. In second place was Dan Porter and Bill Robbins with 87 points also heavily influenced by(88 year old) Mr.Robbins net 67. Coming in third was Chips Ryan and Ken Willey with 72 points. The warmer weather was greatly appreciated. Page 4BNews-SunFriday, December 24, 2010www.newssun.com 6 MONTH MEMBERSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE (863) 382-0500 € 3201 Golfview Rd. € Sebring(863) 382-0744for 9 Hole Executive RatesPrices good thru 12/31/10 Incl. Tax & CartMonday thru Friday:8am … 1pm $25By 8, After 1 $20 Saturday & Sunday: $20 stronger the rest of the year, especially in district games." The Red Devils began the second half with a 12point streak and outscored the Blue Streaks 12-2 in the third quarter. Hawthorne's lay up with a couple of minutes to go in the third put Avon Park on top 54-18, putting the running clock into effect. Sebring freshman Jamiese Wiley was fouled at the end of the third and sank both free throws to account for her team's total points in the quarter. "Every time we play Sebring we play our hardest," said Hawthorne. "They're a rival and we wanted to win. This was my last game against Sebring, so I'm happy. "We want to win districts. That's our next main goal." The two teams played a closer game in midNovember, with Avon Park winning 57-42 at home. Sebring senior Shannon Williams said she has played the Red Devils eight times during her high school career and can recall two victories, once as a freshman and the second last year. "I'm glad I'm done playing them," she said. "I don't really pay attention to the rivalry, though. I'm looking forward to college, hopefully." Sebring travels to Lake Placid for a non-district game on Jan. 3 and Avon Park is off until Jan. 6, when they travel to Lake Region. Continued from 1B News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE Allie Mann lead Sebring with 11 points Tuesday but it wasn't nearly enough as the Lady Streaks took a loss to visiting Avon Park. AP goes to break on a winning note CLASS 6A 1. Miami Central (6), 14-1, 60, 3 2. Orlando Dr. Phillips, 14-1, 54, 1 3. Sanford Seminole, 11-3, 37, 10 4. Weston Cypress Bay, 11-3, 34, NR 5. Homestead South Dade, 11-2, 33, 6 6. Miami Northwestern, 9-3, 24, 7 7. Miami Southridge, 10-2, 17, 8 T8. Loxahatchee Seminole Ridge, 11-2, 15, NR T8. Miami Columbus, 10-1, 15, NR 10. Winter Park, 11-1, 14, 5 Others Receiving Votes: Apopka 11, Oakland Park Northeast 8, Orange Park 8 CLASS 5A 1. Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (6), 15-0, 60, 1 2. Tampa Plant, 12-3, 54, 6 3. Bradenton Manatee, 13-1, 48, 2 4. Lakeland, 13-1, 41, 3 T5. Clearwater Countryside, 12-1, 30, 8 T5. Fleming Island, 12-1, 30, 6 7. Jacksonville First Coast, 11-1, 18, 3 8. Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson, 9-4, 17, NR 9. Venice, 8-4, 8, NR T10. Palm Bay Bayside, 10-4, NR T10. Pompano Beach Blanche Ely, 9-3, 9 Others Receiving Votes: Hollywood South Broward 5, St. Petersburg 5, Tampa Bay Tech 2 CLASS 4A 1. Tallahassee Lincoln (6), 11-4, 60, NR 2. Seffner Armwood, 14-1, 54, 1 3. Dwyer, 12-2, 46, 2 T4. Navarre, 11-2, 35, 8 T4. Punta Gorda Charlotte, 12-1, 35, 3 6. Melbourne Palm Bay, 12-1, 32, 4 7. Gainesville, 11-3, 26, 7 8. Pensacola Pine Forest, 9-3, 18, 5 9. Cape Coral, 10-2, 8, 6 10. Lakeland Lake Gibson, 9-4, 7, NR Others Receiving Votes: Niceville 5, Tampa Hillsborough 4 CLASS 3A 1. Tampa Jefferson (6), 15-0, 60, 1 2. Miami Norland, 13-2, 54, NR 3. St. Augustine, 13-1, 47, 3 4. South Fort Myers, 12-1, 42, 5 5. Pensacola, 12-1, 33, 2 6. Bradenton Southeast, 10-3, 25, NR T7. Naples, 11-1, 16, 6 T7. Ocala Vanguard, 10-3, 16, NR 9. Southwest Ranches Archbishop McCarthy, 10-2, 8, NR T10. Citra North Marion, 10-2, 7, NR T10. Winter Haven, 10-2, 7, NR Others Receiving Votes: Fort Pierce Westwood 4, Green Cove Springs Clay 4, Miami Belen Jesuit 4, Lake Wales 2, Miami Washington 1 CLASS 2A 1. Cocoa (6), 14-0, 60, 1 2. Belle Glade Glades Central, 13-2, 54, 4 3. Madison County, 12-1, 48, 2 4. Tampa Robinson, 11-2, 40, 7 T5. Orlando Bishop Moore, 9-3, 31, 5 T5. Orlando Jones, 9-2, 31, 7 7. Tampa Jesuit, 11-1, 23, 3 8. Plantation American Heritage, 7-5, 13, 10 9. Jacksonville Ribault, 8-3, 10, 6 10. Jacksonville Raines, 8-3, 7, NR Others Receiving Votes: Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons 5, Titusville Astronaut 5, Tallahassee Godby 3 CLASS 2B 1. Ocala Trinity Catholic (6), 14-0, 60, 2 2. Davie University School, 13-1, 54, 3 3. Pensacola Catholic, 8-5, 44, 4 4. Jacksonville Bolles, 11-1, 39, 1 5. Cape Coral Island Coast, 11-2, 35, 7 6. Perry Taylor County, 11-1, 30, 6 7. Miami Monsignor Pace, 10-1, 26, 5 8. Orlando Lake Highland Prep, 9-3, 17,9 9. Yulee, 8-3, 16, 8 10. West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman, 7-4, 5, NR Others Receiving Votes: Fort White 3, Mount Dora 1 CLASS 1A 1. Jacksonville Trinity Christian (6), 12-2, 60, 1 2. Delray Beach American Heritage, 10-4, 54, 7 3. Fort Meade, 11-2, 46, 3 4. Jacksonville Providence, 10-2, 37, 4 5. Tampa Berkeley Prep, 9-3, 30, 5 6. West Palm Beach King's Academy, 10-2, 25, 8 7. Melbourne Central Catholic, 10-1, 23, 2 8. Bratt Northview, 11-2, 14, NR 9. Orlando First Academy, 9-2, 11, 6 10. Jasper Hamilton County, 7-4, 10, NR Others Receiving Votes: Freeport 9, Miami Dade Christian 9, Bristol Liberty County 2, The Villages 1 CLASS 1B 1. Belle Glade Glades Day (6), 10-4, 60, 10 2. South Daytona Warner Christian, 13-1, 54, 1 3. Lakeland Victory Christian, 12-1, 45, 2 4. Monticello Jefferson County, 10-3, 39, 7 5. Jupiter Christian, 10-2, 36, 3 6. St. Petersburg Admiral Farragut, 10-2, 29, 8 7. Mayo Lafayette, 10-2, 28, 4 8. Fort Myers Evangelical Christian, 9-2, 17, 5 9. Deltona Trinity Christian, 10-2, 11, 6 10. Florida City Barrington Christian, 7-3, 7, NR Others Receivin g Votes: Hawthorne 3 Final Florida High School Football Rankings News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHN E Sebring's Devin Clarke makes a move on this screen pass, leading to a 20-yard gain, in Wednesday's FACA All-Star Football Classic. fourth quarter, resulting in two South interceptions for touchdowns as Robertson and his teammates hurried the quarterback. Robertson said the game was a big boost and made him feel better about his ability to play college ball. "My confidence is pretty high going into the next level," he said. Clarke will be playing in one last all-star game, t he NUC All-World Gridiro n Classic in Charleston, S.C "I have four days to re st up and get ready for th at one and I leave on t he 27th," Clarke said. "I' m really looking forward to it." Continued from 1B Classic sees a win for the South Classified Ads € 385-6155 NEWS-SUN

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Family FeaturesOne in every 10 Americans has hearing loss. Yet research indicates that most wait up to ten years before seeking help. While 95 percent of Americans with hearing loss could be successfully treated with hearing aids, only 22 percent currently use them. Often neglected due to the stigma associated with the condition, hearing loss can create social and emotional barriers for the individuals living with it, or the families of those it affects. When left untreated, hearing loss can lead to reduced earning power, disruptions in family life and can cause a wide range of other psychological problems. If you are experiencing hearing loss, speak to a local hearing health professional who can do a full hearing screening and walk you through available solutions. Modern hearing aids are small, comfortable, nearly invisible and work with digital technology to ensure better sound quality and even wireless connectivity. The Audo S Smart by Phonak, for example, is the world's smallest hearing system with full wireless functionality allowing you to connect to telephones, TV, MP3 music players and other audio transmitters at the push of a button. Modern hearing devices improve hearing ability, speech recognition and hearing comfort and have made it possible for those who need a hearing aid to wear their devices with ease and confidence. The earlier you recognize hearing loss and take action, the earlier you are able to recover your hearing ability and increase your quality of life. There are two basic types of hearing aids: Custom models are made to fit the shape of your ear canal for maximum benefit, cosmetic appeal and the best possible comfort. These models are suitable for mild to severe hearing loss. Behind-the-ear models are available for all degrees of hearing loss and can be worn comfortably behind the ear. Incoming signals are amplified and transmitted into the ear via very small, unobtrusive tubes. If it's time to improve your hearing with a hearing aid, or you need to upgrade to a new one, here are three easy steps to choosing the one that's right for you. Step 1: Consult with a hearing health professional or ENTdoctor When deciding what hearing aid is best for you, it is important to consider the degree of hearing loss you have, the shape of your ear canals, your personal needs, your taste and your budget. Your local hearing health professional or ENTdoctor can help you answer these questions. Step 2: Have your hearing aids fitted Your hearing health professional will adjust your hearing aid to your hearing loss and your hearing preferences. Over the first few days, you should wear it for a few hours per day to familiarize yourself with it. Take note on how you feel in different hearing situations. Additional fine-tuning might be necessary after your initial fitting. Step 3: Using your new hearing aids Just like glasses or contact lenses, a hearing aid can feel strange at first. This will change. Give yourself a little time to get used to it. You will learn how to make the best use of your hearing aid and will soon be enjoying all the benefits it has to offer. However, if you experience any problems or pain, please contact your local hearing health professional. For more about finding the right hearing solution for you, visit www.phonak.com. www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 24, 2010Page 5B Pool Enclosures & Rescreening Screen Rooms „ Vinyl & Glass RoomBobby Lee Aluminum Inc.863-453-254345 N.Central Ave.,Avon Park SERVING HIGHLANDS, HARDEE & POLK COUNTIESLicensed & Insured HC 01918 Rescreen Your Pool Enclosure or Screen Room COUPONREQUIRED CEILINGS 85¢ per sq. ft. (Reg. $1.10)WALLS 75¢ per sq. ft. (Reg. $1.00)Some restrictions apply. Not valid with any other offer. EXPIRES 11/30/10 Phifer Screen AVON PARK BINGO1091 W. Main St., Avon Park € 863-453-2727 (Corner of SR 64 & US 27) 7 NIGHTS A WEEK! MATINEE SUN & WED ELECTRONICPOWER TOUCH LIVING BRINGS IT IN. WE TAKE IT OUT.Call for Our Weekly Specials.AVON PARK 452-5800 SEBRING 382-3363 LAKE PLACID 465-1530 130 S. Commerce Ave. Sebring, Florida863-385-3497Mon. Fri. 9am 4pm Closed Wednesdays 100% INVISIBLE100% amazing Largest American made hearing aid company The only 100% custom, invisible, digital and fully programmable hearing aid. Deep Canal aid with Comfort Fit Designed to be removed daily to promote better ear health Virtually no whistling or buzzing Natural sounding Custom designed for your ear Works great on the phone Lakeshore Car Wash 991USHwy27NorthSebring (863) 471-9274 LubeOil&Filter $22. 95 YourFullService Wash&DetailCenterŽ 5005 Sun N Lake Blvd., Sebring, FL 33872863-386-1060 Care You Can Trust, Service You DeserveŽ € Secured Memory Care Unit € Now Accepting Medicaid Diversion € Respite Care € Independent Living € Assisted Living HEALTHYLIVING Associated PressTALLAHASSEE Chief Financial Offic er Alex Sink has released a study showing a propos al to shield Medicaid do ctors from malpracti ce claims would cost Flori da $69 million annually. Sink, a Democrat wh o narrowly lost to Republican Rick Scott in last month's gubernatori al election, sent a letter to leaders of the GOP-co ntrolled Legislature outli ning the potential cos ts Tuesday. Lawmakers are consi dering a proposal to exten d the state's limited imm unity from lawsuits to Medicaid providers. Sink said that mea ns taxpayers, rather th an doctors and their insurer s, would pay verdicts or se ttlements of up to $100,000 per person f or their mistakes a lim it that will increase to $200,000 next October. The Legislature al so can lift the cap on a cas eby-case basis. Family Features Technological advances have made it possible to house full wireless connectivity in one small hearing aid at the push of a button, you can connect a hearing device to telephones, TV, MP3 music players and other audio transmitters. DearReaders: Each h oliday season I become m ore introspective. R ecently, I counted my b lessings and I realized h ow fortunate I am to have a great doctor. Feeling well i s one of the best gifts in l ife. My story is about one m an who has made it his m ission to help others. H e's brought over 10,000 b abies into this world duri ng his career. His name is D r. Douglas Hall. A lthough 70 years old, he l ooks 50 and has the energ y of a 30 something. I i magine it's because he has a really good physician ... h imself. He will laugh out l oud when he reads this, b ut allow me to digress. Hall is what I call "good p eople" and we have these w onderful souls all over t he world. Doctors who t ake care of strangers as t hey wish to be treated t hemselves. It's a good m essage this holiday seas on: Do unto others as you w ould have others do unto y ou. I have met many physic ians in my life and while I 'm grateful for their e xpertise and attempts to h eal the ills of humanity, I 've noticed that most are a n overly stressed and b usy lot. Too many confine t heir education to drug c ompany-sponsored semin ars only. Most finish s tudying once they have t hat coveted medical diplom a in hand. Very few ever r eview clinical trials as if y our life depends on it. N ews flash, it does! Being a functional medic ine practitioner, Dr. Hall o rders unique tests to find o ut exactly what is wrong a nd uses dietary supplem ents as part of his protoc ol. Sometimes medicat ions are needed, but you a re not reduced to a dise ase requiring a prescript ion for the drug of the m onth. Having shadowed him, I k now it would be easier to h and out prescriptions all d ay rather than explain y our nutrient deficiency a nd offer high quality supp lements which correct it. S ometimes, he runs late, but that's because he's busy explaining (with powerpoint slides) what needs to change in order for you to get well. Is it an iron-deficiency? Mercury overload? Estrogen dominance? Testosterone deficiency? Gluten allergy? Parasites? Candida overgrowth? These are common misdiagnosed conditions that cause terrible symptoms. I've often seen him do a fist pump like a champ in his hallway because he was so excited to have made an important discovery for a sick patient. And when was the last time your doctor high-fived you over your newest blood work? I got one when my vitamin D levels normalized. By Dr. Hall's age, most physicians retire. I asked him why still practices, and pores over medical studies like this. "Suzy," he emphatically replied, "If I help even one patient today by learning something new, then I have done my job." So serious is he, that he wakes at 4 a.m. every morning to review new studies before opening the clinic. To some, ignorance may be bliss, but if you are a physician, it's downright dangerous. I hope you feel inspired this Christmas to give yourself the gift of health, by finding a local physician who stays current and really cares about you. Suzy Cohen is a registered pharmacist and the author of The 24-Hour Pharmacist' and Real Solutions.' For more information, visit www. DearPharmacist. com. This information is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure your condition. Doctors should do unto others... Dear Pharmacist Suzy Cohen How to chose the right hearing aid Sink: Medicaid proposal would cost Fla. millions Special to the News-SunHOUSTON Exercise c an't stop the aging p rocess, but experts at B aylor College of Medicine i n Houston say that for the e lderly, whether it's weight t raining, walking, swimm ing or biking, 30 minutes o f exercise three to five t imes a week is a good pres cription for aging. "It's never too late to s tart exercising," said Dr. R obert Roush, an associate p rofessor of medicine-geria trics at BCM. "Being p hysically active and exerc ising regularly can help prevent or delay some diseases and disabilities as people age." Loss of muscle mass typically begins in the 30s or 40s. As muscles shrink, fat cells take their place and that leads to a slowdown in metabolism and weight gain even if caloric intake and expenditure remains the same. "Any type of movement can be considered exercise, but resistance weight training has been shown to be the best way to reduce the loss of lean muscle," Roush said. Exercise does the elderly body good Classified ads get results! Call 385-6155 NEWS-SUN Classified Ads € 385-6155 NEWS-SUN

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Page 6BNews-SunFriday, December 24, 2010www.newssun.com Some Risks Are Worth Taking. Your Health Isnt One of Them. First, 32 people die every day of skin cancer in the USA. Second, most skin cancer deaths are preventable. Therefore, forgiveness is the chance to prevent skin cancer with a Dermatology skin exam. Therefore, forgiveness is the Lord offering you free will to not be a statistic. SAVE YOUR OWN LIFE. OR LET US DO IT FOR YOU.Darrin A. Rotman, M. D. Julie L. Iellimo, P. A. C. Jennifer A. Wolf, P. A. C.863-386-0786Darrin A. 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Beautiful appointed comfort rooms, group support and follow ups. € Coming Soon New Digital Mammography Center € Highlands Medical Group, A Medical Practice that includes 14 physicians and 10 locations in Sebring and Lake Placid serving Highlands County. Specialties include: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, OB/GYN, Orthopedics, Urology, General Surgery and Vascular Surgery. For more information or to schedule an appointment (863) 471-9964. € The Wound Care Center 7200 South George Boulevard, Sebring. The Center is staffed with a unique team of doctors and nurses all dedicated to the healing of Chronic Wounds. For more information (863) 382-2032. No referral necessary. € Highlands Regional Rehabilitative Services Out-patient Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, 3345 Medical Hill Road, Sebring. For more information (863) 471-6336. Life is about making choicesƒ Shouldnt they all be this easy? 3600 Highlands Avenue, Sebring 863-385-6101 www.highlandsregional.com Exclusively Available at Highlands Regional Medical CenterExtra Fast, Extra Easy, Extra Great Emergency Care Dr. Rey Pardo, M. D.13 Ryant Blvd., Sebring, FL 33870 (863)382-2110IMAGINE YOUR LIFEƒ WITHOUT PAIN!CALL TODAY FOR A CONSULTATION!NOW OPEN HEALTHYLIVING By DAN ELLIOTT Associated PressCOLORADO SPRINGS, C olo. Strangers somet imes ask if they can touch 1 -year-old Coltyn H ermanstorfer on the head o r take his photo after he a nd his mother, Tracy, recove red from a near-death exper ience during childbirth last C hristmas Eve. "People feel that he is, l ike, somehow connected r ight directly with God," s aid Coltyn's father, Mike H ermanstorfer. Mike Hermanstorfer isn't c onvinced of that "We'll f ind that out later in life," he s aid but he has no doubt i t was a miracle, and he u nderstands if others want to g et as close to it as they can. "I'm not going to deny a nybody," he said. Tracy Hermanstorfer, now 3 4, went into cardiac arrest w hile preparing to give birth a t Memorial Hospital in C olorado Springs on Dec. 2 4. Doctors quickly delive red Coltyn by emergency C esarean section, but he a ppeared lifeless, Mike H ermanstorfer said. Hermanstorfer was at his w ife's side when her heart s topped beating. He thought h e had lost both her and t heir newborn son. But doct ors revived Coltyn in his f ather's arms. And then a n urse told Hermanstorfer his w ife's pulse had inexplicably r eturned and that she would p robably survive. She was without a pulse f or about four minutes, her d octor said. Mother and child are h ealthy, with no apparent a fter effects and no medical e xplanation for what happ ened. "That's why I mark this u p as a miracle," said H ermanstorfer, 38. "There's n o other explanation anyw here from anybody that can e xplain anything different to m e." Coltyn squirmed, pushed a nd babbled happily as his p arents and two brothers w atched during a recent i nterview. "He's developing and at t he right level he's supposed t o," Tracy Hermanstorfer s aid in a quiet, happy voice. "I've done a couple tests and I come out just perfectly healthy. We still haven't figured it out, how it happened and why it happened." Stephanie Martin, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Memorial Hospital, said she referred Tracy Hermanstorfer to specialists who explored various theories but came up empty. "We don't have a medical explanation for what happened," she said. "We have theories but nothing we can prove." Those theories included an overactive component of the nervous system and a reaction to an anesthetic, but neither held up. Mike Hermanstorfer still seems rattled by the experience. "I witnessed my wife die in front of my face. I witnessed my child I don't really want to say dead, because you've got to live first. But he wasn't breathing," Hermanstorfer said. Hermanstorfer said he suffers nightmares and frequently awakens at night to make sure his wife and baby are still there. "With Tracy already going into cardiac arrest ... you never know if it's going to happen again," he said. The Hermanstorfers have hit hard times since Coltyn was born. Mike Hermanstorfer said he lost his job with a towing company because he missed so much work looking after his wife and baby. The family was evicted from their home when they fell behind on the rent and had to move in with Tracy's mother. Hermanstorfer said he also fell behind on alimony payments to an ex-wife and spent time in jail because of it. The couple said they have no health insurance. "We're having trouble finding the tunnel, let alone the light at the end of it," Mike Hermanstorfer said. The couple said they have found comfort in family, which they say has drawn closer since Coltyn's birth. Their 4-year-old son, Kanyen, has become Coltyn's "big brother-protector." Twelve-year-old Austin, Tracy Hermanstorfer's son from a previous marriage, has buckled down at school. The only sign that either older brother felt left out amid the fuss about Coltyn was when producers for "Oprah" didn't invite them to accompany their parents and baby brother to Chicago in February to tape a segment for the show. Aspokeswoman for the show said she did not know when it might be broadcast. Austin was upset by that, Tracy Hermanstorfer said. "He was like, OK, we're part of this family.'And I think we're learning that with a lot of people now. We point out to them that we're a family of five, not three." Family still in awe of mom, baby's recovery after Christmas Eve miracle MCTphoto Tracy Hermanstorfer kisses her son, Coltyn, in the hospital shortly after his birth last year. I witnessed my wife die in front of my face. I witnessed my child I don't really want to say dead, because you've got to live first. But he wasn't breathing.'MIKEHERMANSTORFER father Follow the News-Sun on www.twitter.com/thenewssun www.facebook.com/newssun Panic attack and anxiety support groupPanic Relief Inc., a nonp rofit educational organizat ion, is now offering free t elephone support groups a nd seminars from 7-7:30 p .m., each Wednesday. The groups will discuss h ow you can feel better as w ell as creating a life that c an be filled with joy and s atisfaction. Discussion is very import ant. For those who do not w ant to talk, you will benefit f rom what others have to s ay. Each week is independent s o if you cannot join the c all, you can just participate at a time that works for you. Call (218) 844-3388, access code 121942. For more information, visit panicreliefinc.com.Community outreachAce Homecare community outreach events for the upcoming week: Monday, 1 p.m., Caregivers Support Group, Crown Pointe Assisted Living Community, Sun n Lake Blvd., Sebring. Tuesday, 9 a.m., Health Fair, Groves, behind Sebring Diner, U.S. 27, Sebring. Wednesday, 9 a.m., Health Fair, Avon Park Meal Site, Main Street, Avon Park. Snapshots The news is just a click away!www.newssun.com NEWS-SUN Associated PressLOS ANGELES For nearly a decade, Cristina Iaboni tried to tame her diabetes the usual way, through daily shots of insulin and other medicine. Still, her blood sugar raged out of control. So Iaboni combed the Internet for another solution and found a doctor who is testing weight loss surgery on diabetics who, like herself, are merely overweight or a tad obese in an attempt to curb the chronic disease. Scientists in recent years have discovered that diabetes all but disappears in some obese patients soon after the operation. Many were able to achieve normal blood sugar and ditch their medications. But does the benefit extend to diabetics who are not quite as hefty? Performing surgery on the not-as-obese with the goal of reversing diabetes is provocative. Iaboni's surgeon is one of a handful of doctors around the world stretching the rules to see if the weight loss operation helps. Iaboni had gastric bypass surgery last fall at New York-Presbyterian/Wei ll Cornell Medical Center as part of a study. In gastr ic bypass or stomach staplin g surgery, the stomach is reduced to a thumb-siz ed pouch that holds less food Now 50 pounds lighte r, she has stopped taking di abetes medications. H er blood sugar is almost no rmal. "I didn't care if I lost an y weight. I just wanted t he diabetes to go away," sa id the 45-year-old Connectic ut mother of two teenagers. The twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes a re fueling an international pu blic health threat. In t he United States, one out of five people with obesit ylinked Type 2 diabetes a re morbidly obese defin ed as 100 pounds overweight There are strict rules f or who can go under the knif e. Federal guidelines s ay surgery candidates must be morbidly obese with a bod y mass index over 40, or a BMI over 35 plus a weigh trelated medical problem li ke diabetes or high blood pre ssure. Insurers use the cutoffs in deciding whether to pay f or the procedure. Diabetics eye obesity surgery to tame blood sugar levels

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www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 24, 2010Page 7B RELIGION Atonement Lutheran SEBRING Everyone is invited to join today at 7 p.m. for a special Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with Communion. Dave Thoresen will be the worship leader for this special service. With minor modifications, this is the identical service that was done by the beloved former interim pastor, the Rev. Dr. Harry L. (Jack) Biemiller. This service is being performed in memory of Jack. Sunday of Christmas worship will be led by the Rev. Jim Hornwith Holy Eucharist. The church will also have the installation of the new council members. The council meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3. At 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16 Thoresen will be consecrated as a Deacon in ELCA. Bishop Ed Benoway of the Florida Bahams Synod and other dignitaries will participate in the service. Avon Park Church of ChristAVON PARK "Getting Spiritually Ready for 2011" (Philippians 2:14-16) will be the message Sunday morning presented by Minister Larry Roberts. The Sunday evening service will be a Bible study from the book of Psalms. Avon Park Church of Christ is at 200 S. Forest Ave. Call 453-4692.Christ Lutheran AVON PARK Pastor Scott McLean will preach a sermon today titled "It's About Time!" The traditional Lutheran Candlelight, Carols and Communion service is at 7 p.m. The church is at 1320 County Road 64, east the Avon Park High School. Call 471-2663 or search the Internet for christlutheranavonpark.org.Christian Science SEBRING The lesson sermon on Sunday morning is titled "Christian Science." The keynote is from Isaiah 60:1 thy, "...thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. The church is at 146 N. Franklin St.Christian Training SEBRING Associate Minister Casey L. Downing will bring the message titled "After Christmas" at the Sunday morning service. The Wednesday night Bible study will continue the book of Hebrews. Eastside Christian LAKE PLACID Aspecial Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is planned for 6:30 p.m. today There was not a Bible study Wednesday, but it wi ll start again at 6:30 p.m. Dec 29. Emmanuel United Church of ChristSEBRING Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of hymns, lessons and carols i s at 7 p.m. today. The Rev. George Miller will deliver a message Sunday morning based on Matthew 2:12. The church is 1.7 miles west of U.S. 27 on County Road 634 (Hammock Road ). Call 471-1999 or visit sebringemmanuelucc.com.First Baptist Church of Placid LakesLAKE PLACID Pasto r Darryl George will preach on Sunday the sermon titled "The Purity Series The Heresy of Partial Obedience!" with regards t o I Timothy 4:1-10. The church is at the corn er of Washington and Kemper Avenues in Placid Lakes. Call 465-5126 from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday or e-mail the church at placidlakes@hotmail.com.First Baptist Church of SebringSEBRING Sebring First Baptist Church will host a Christmas Eve Servi ce at 5 p.m. today. The church office will be closed today through Monday and again on Friday, Dec. 31. Dr. David Richardson announced that Sunday, De c. 26 the only service of the day will be at 10:30 a.m. an d will be a combined morning celebration of our Savior's birth.First Christian AVON PARK Saturda y is the day that we celebrate the birthday of Christ Jesus our King. As you celebrate with family and/or friends take time to remember why we celebrate and why we give. God gave His one and only son for you. This gift of Jesus is the ultimate gift ever given. President Bill Behrman o f Florida Christian College will teach the Sunday schoo l hour Sunday and preach the sermon during the worship hour. The next Sunday evening program will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 and the next Wednesday program will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 12. First Christian Church of Avon Park is at 1016 W. Camphor (behind the Wachovia Bank). Call 453Continued on page 8B Church News Special to the News-SunSEBRING Bible F ellowship Church of Sebring w elcomes Lynda Randle in c oncert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, J an. 8. Randle is an accomplished C hristian vocalist, author and s peaker who has touched c ountless people worldwide w ith her cross-cultural and c ross-generational message in m usic. She has been an integ ral part of the Gaither H omecoming Tour for more t han 13 years, and is bringing h er talents and gifts to S ebring for a one-night-only c oncert. Tickets are only $15 genera l admission and $20 for pref erred seating. Seating is limi ted. Tickets are available at t he Bible Fellowship Church o ffice at 3750 Hammock R oad, or by PayPal at w ww.bfcsebring.com. Call t he church at 385-1024. Lynda Randle in concert Jan. 8 Courtesy photo Lynda Randle has been an integral part of the Gaither Homecoming Tour for more than 13 years. She brings comes to Sebring on Jan. 8. Part of being a good wife i s being thrifty. Now I'm not t he most creative person in t he world but I remember s ome simple things from my c hildhood. My mom was an e clectic hoarder of mism atched whatnots, but she s ure knew how to decorate a C hristmas tree. When I was a young child w e didn't have much money. T hat didn't stop my mom f rom making things pretty. I r emember cutting strips of c olored construction paper a nd stapling or taping the e nds together. We would loop t he ends through other rings, t hus making a chain. We w ould pop popcorn and s tring it on thread. We would u se white paper and cut out s nowflakes and angels. We w ould decorate the tree with t hem and sprinkle tinsel over t he branches of the tree. We w ould ball up small pieces of a luminum foil and lay them a mong the branches to add s ome sparkle. Pieces of felt cut in shapes o f bells, balls, or other C hristmasy objects can be p laced in strategic places a round the room. Mom e njoyed life when she wasn't s tewing about something that u pset her long ago. When she w asn't moody she could m ake home a fun place to be. I learned that if we couldn 't afford wrapping paper, a p aper bag with a few splashe s of water color paint or the c omics from a discarded S unday newspaper would s till brighten up a package. We didn't have to spend a l ot of money on presents. We d idn't have much money. M om sometimes found some n eat toys that had been disc arded by others. She would p ut them away and wrap t hem up. There were a few t imes that we didn't have a nything, but there were m ore times when Mom w ould use her imagination a nd make something special o ut of nothing. You can too. A leta Kay can be reached at themarriagementor@yahoo.com Decorating on a shoestring Marriage Mentor Aleta Kay For believers, we are in a special time of year in which we emphasize the birth of Jesus. Realistically, we should appreciate His birth all year. In my previous article, "Take Time to Have Holiday Coffee with Jesus," I encouraged you to sit and have some holiday coffee with Him so that you could turn your cares over to Him and shift your focus onto His greatness and off of the difficult circumstances in your life that may have a tendency to pull you down. Now that your focus is back on Christ, let's take time to actually consider the true significance of His birth. Some of you might be saying to yourself, "I know already, I hear the story every year." Others might say, "Babies are born every day." What is so much more special about Christ's birth compared to other babies? Luke 2:1-20 gives a short version of Christ's conception and His birth. Verse 7 points out that Mary wrapped the baby in swaddling clothes." Swaddling clothes were strips of cloth. In most cases today, babies are dressed with cute outfits that may cost a little more economically. After Jesus was wrapped up, he was placed in a manger, which was a trough that animals normally would eat from. Considering where Jesus was born and what He was dressed in, it would seem evident He was brought into a family who was very poor. Humility was an obvious characteristic of this family because they were thankful to sleep in the barn outside of the hotel in order to care for baby Jesus. This shows that God had a special plan for this baby's life because He provided shelter and protection for Him and His family. Verses 8-11 announce the birth of Jesus from an angel sent by the Lord. In verse 11, the baby is referred to as "a Savior." Matthew 1:23 refers to Him as "Immanuel" or "God with us." In other words, God sent His son into the world in human form to be the Savior of the world. In the Old Testament, the coming of Jesus was prophesied in Isaiah 9:6. "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God; Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." In our human minds, it is normal to think that this child, who was the son of God, would have the most perfect life on earth. It would be easy to perceive this considering He would have such a position rewarded to Him by His Heavenly Father. However, this was not the case. Jesus lived the most difficult and sacrificial life on earth, and He lived it all for the honor and glory of God for us out of pure love. Please note that the life that Christ lived was more difficult than any human being has ever lived or ever will live, and He remained sinless in the process. Part 2 and 3 will go into more detail about Jesus'life on earth, but until then, let's focus on celebrating His birth and rejoice in our salvation. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). Leslie Deese is a Sebring resident. She can be reached at ljb_628@yahoo.com. No ordinary baby: Part 1 Come To The River Leslie Deese Eastside Christian Church has candlelight serviceLAKE PLACID Everyone is welcome to Eastside Christian Church for a special Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6:30 p.m. today.Church of Brethren plans Christmas Eve serviceSEBRING Sebring Church of the Brethren will have its Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. today. It will be a service of music. The Scripture reading will be Matthew 2:1-12. The Angels Sing' SEBRING "The Angels Sing," taken from Luke 2:1-20, will be the topic for candlelight services to be held at 5 and 7 p.m. today at St. John United Methodist Church. The Rev. Ronald De Genaro's topic for Sunday morning will be "The God Who Saves," with text from Isaiah 63:7-9.FBC Sebring has service tonightSEBRING Sebring First Baptist Church will host a Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. today. The church office will be closed today through Monday and again on Friday, Dec. 31. First Baptist will host the annual return of Tim Zimmerman and The King's Brass at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11. This evening of horn showmanship is free to the public.Atonement Lutheran Church plans Christmas Eve serviceSEBRING Atonement Lutheran Church will have a special Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with Communion at 7 p.m. today. Dave Thoresen will be the worship leader for this special service. Snapshots Courtesy photo Spring Lake Presbyterian Women were recognized for their work on the heart pillow project after which a heart pillow blessing was done in November. Four hundred heart pillows have been completed by this group and sent to Highlands Regional Medical Center. This year heart pillows are now being made for shut-ins. Pictured are (from left) Dottie Baird, district coordinator from Central Florida Presbytery, Linda Ross, Kitty Singh, Tillie Bohanon, Ilene Stephey, Jackie Hunt, Vee Brammeier, Jeanette Donahoe and Mary Schantz. Those not pictured include Margaret Miles, Mary Ulmer, Dori Schmiedeknecht and Betty Baughman. Heart pillows

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Page 8BNews-SunFriday, December 24, 2010www.newssun.com 5 334 or e-mail f irstchristianap@embarqmail.com. T he church Web site is w ww.firstchristianap.com.First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)SEBRING At the Lord's T able this Sunday morning will be B etty Simpson and Betty Harcourt. C ommunion will be served by M ichael Graves, Marla Null, B arbara Slinkard and Carol Graves. Greeting the congregation will b e Jayne Weldy. Lynne Warman w ill lead the Call to Worship. Noel and Juanita Roberts will w ork with children's church. Lighting the candles during the m onth of December has been Nina K unsak. Sherry Kunsak will be w ith the children in the nursery. The Rev. Juanita Roberts will b ring the message. Her sermon title i s "Time for Action," taken from M atthew 21:28-31. The church is at 510 Poinsettia A ve. Call 385-0352.First Presbyterian Church A. R. P.AVON PARK On Sunday, the p astor's sermon is titled "The S trong Shepherd" based on M atthew 2:1-12. Special music will be provided b y Bob and Maxine Johnson. Guest o rganist will be Lenora Copsey. Maxine Johnson, adult Bible s tudy teacher, continues the study of David in II Samuel Chapter 8 in which David extends his kingdom. The church office will reopen Jan. 3. The church is at 215 E. Circle St. Call 453-3242.First Presbyterian SEBRING "The Best New Year's Resolution" is the title of Sunday morning's sermon given by the Rev. Darrell A. Peer.First United Methodist Church of SebringSEBRING The Christmas Eve Services include a 5 and 7 p.m. traditional service in the Sanctuary with Communion following each service. A9 p.m. Contemporary Service will be held in the Family Life Center with Communion. The Rev. A.C. Bryant will bring the message on Sunday. Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 5:30 p.m. the "Growing with God" family night resumes in the Family Life Center. The church is downtown at 126 S. Pine St. Visit the Web site at www.sebringfirstumc.com. Call 385-5184.Heartland Christian SEBRING The Praise and Worship Service begins at 10 a.m. with George Kelly singing "Mary Did You Know?" and Walt Malinowski singing "Beautiful Star of Bethlehem." Pastor Ted Moore's sermon this week will be "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" with Scripture from Haggai 2: 3-7. "I & II Peter and Jude" is the Sunday Bible study lesson taught by Fran VanHooreweghe. At 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2 the church will have its 10-year birthday celebration. Starting on Sunday, Jan. 9 there will be two morning services. The church is at 2705 Alternate Route 17 South (behind Publix).Memorial United Methodist ChurchLAKE PLACID There will be one combined worship service in the sanctuary at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Claude Burnett, pastoral assistant, will preach the sermon. There is no Sunday school, youth fellowship, or Sunday evening Bible fellowship today. The church is at 500 Kent Ave. Call 465-2422.Parkway Free Will Baptist ChurchSEBRING The Sunday morning Bible lesson, "I Will Be With You," is taken from the 43rd chapter of Isaiah. Pastor Jim Scaggs will bring the message Sunday morning. Resurrection Lutheran AVON PARK On the First Sunday of Christmas, the pastor's sermon will be based on the second chapter of Matthew. Bob Theil will be the Worship assistant at the early service. Ed Mosser will be the Communion assistant and Barb Marazza will be the Lector. At the mid-morning service, Paul Willcox will be the Worship assistant, Sonia Altman will be the Communion assistant, Betty Serff will be the Lector and Nicholas McGinnis will be the acolyte.St. John United Methodist ChurchSEBRING "The Angels Sing," taken from Luke 2:1-20, will be the topic for candlelight services to be held at 5 and 7 p.m. today. The Rev. Ronald De Genaro's topic for Sunday morning will be "The God Who Saves" with text from Isaiah 63:7-9.Sebring Church of the BrethrenSEBRING Ellen Swihart will preach on "What God is Like." The Scripture will be on Isaiah 63:7 and 64:12. Sunday school will be led by the Rev. Wendell Bohrer and will meet in the Fidelis Room. They will study "I Will Be With You." They will also look at the Scripture Isaiah 43:1-7, 11-12. Don't forget "The Kids'Zone" on Wednesdays after the meal.Southside Baptist ChurchSEBRING The Rev. David Altman will bring a Christmas message in the Sunday morning worship service. Special music w ill be presented by Stacy Jingst. The re will be no Sunday evening service this Sunday only. The church is at 379 S. Commerce Ave. Call 385-0752.Spring Lake Presbyterian SEBRING "Responding to God's Call" is the title of Sunday morning's sermon given by the Rev. Barbara Laucks.Spring Lake United Methodist ChurchSEBRING Spring Lake United Methodist Church is at 8170 Cozumel Lane. The Rev. Clyde Weaver's sermo n will be "Where is He That is Born a King? Fellowship follows the service. There will be a Watch Night Service at 11:30 p.m. Friday, Dec 31. Fellowship and refreshments a t 11 p.m.The Way ChurchSEBRING "Out With the Old" will be Pastor Reinhold Buxbaum's message the Sunday morning after Christmas. On Christmas Eve at 8 p.m. there will be a candlelight service The Way Church is at 1005 N. Ridgewood Drive. The church phone is 471-6140; the pastor's cell is 214-6190. For church infor mation and the pastor's messages go to www.thewaychurch.org. Continued from page 7BPlaces to Worship is a paid advertisement in the News-Sunthat is published Friday and Sunday. To find out more information on how to place a listing in this directory, call the NewsSunat 385-6155, ext. 502. APOSTOLIC Greater Faith Apostolic Church, 24 Rainer Drive, Lake Placid, FL33852. invites you to come worship with us in spirit and truth at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. For information contact 840-0152. Pastor Larry Carmody. ASSEMBLY OF GOD 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, 5 p.m. Wednesday: Worship, 7 p.m. Pastor Eugene Haas. Phone 4710924. Crossroads Community Church 114 South Central Ave., Avon Park, FL33825. Phone: 4534453. 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, 4301 Kenilworth Blvd., Sebring. 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 385-6431. BAPTIST Avon Park Lakes Baptist Church, 2600 N. Highlands Blvd., AvonPark, FL33825. George Hall, Pastor. Christ centered and biblically based. Sunday worship services, 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nursery facilities are available. Bible studies at 9:45 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Prayer Time 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Bible classes at 9:45 a.m. are centered for all ages. Choir practice at 5 p.m. Sunday. Church phone: 452-6556. Bethany Baptist Church (GARBC) We are located at the corner of SR17 and C-17A(truck route) in Avon Park. Join us Sunday morning at 9:00 AM for coffee and doughnuts, followed with Sunday School for all ages at 9:30. Sunday morning worship service begins at 10:30 a.m., andevening worship service is at 6 p.m.On Wednesdays, the Word of Life teen ministry and the Catylist class (20's+) begin at 6:30 PM. The adult Bible and Prayer Time begins at 7 p.m. For more information go to www.bethanybaptistap.com or call the church office at 863-452-1136. 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., AvonPark, FL 33825. Sunday: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10:45 a.m.; Wednesday: Evening Service, 7 p.m.; Children/Youth, 7 p.m. Telephone: 453-4256. Fax: 453-6986. E-mail: office@apfellow ship.org; Web site,www.apfellow ship.org. First Baptist Church ofAvon Park 100 N. Lake Ave., Avon Park. Rev. Jon Beck, pastor; Jared Hewitt, youth minister; and Joy Loomis, music director. Regular Sunday schedule: 8:30 a.m. Orchestra rehearsal; 9 a.m. Library open; 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 11 a.m. Morning Worship; 11 a.m. Children's Church; 4 p.m. Evening Service. Tuesday schedule: 8-10 a.m., basic computer class/Sonshine House; 7-9 p.m. conversational English and citizenship classes/Sonshine House. Regular Wednesday schedule: 5:15 p.m. Family Night Supper; 6 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer; 6 p.m. Adult Choir Practice; 6:30 p.m. children's choir rehearsals; 7 p.m. children's mission groups. Call 4536681 for details. Primera Mision Bautista, 100 N. Lake Ave., Avon Park, Johnattan Soltero, Pastor. Regular Sunday schedule: 10 a.m., Bible Study; 11 a.m., Worship Service. Wednesday schedule: 7 p.m., Bible study. First Baptist Church of Lake Josephine, 111 Lake Josephine Drive, Sebring (just off U.S. 27 midway between Sebring and Lake Placid). Your place for family, friends and faith. Sunday morning worship service is 11 a.m. Nursery is provided 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 Lake Placid, Knowing God's Heart and Sharing God's Hope, 119 E. Royal Palm Street. (2 blocks south of Interlake Blvd) Lake Placid, FL 33852 (863) 465-3721, Email: www.fbclp.com. Pastor Brett Morey, senior pastor. Sunday services Traditional Service 9 a.m., Contemporary Service 10:30 a.m. Link Groups at 9 and 10:30 a..m., Senior Sunday Night and Sunday Evening Bible study at 6 p.m. Wednesday Activities: Family dinner at 5 p.m. ($3 per person, reservations required). Adult-LifeSource classes, prayer meeting, Youth Intersections, and Kids K-5MaxKidz Extreme meet at 6:15 p.m. Men meet at 8 a.m. every Tuesday for prayer breakfast and women's prayer breakfast is at 8 a.m. every Wednesday, both at the Family Restaurant. 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 services are at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Preschool care is provided at the 11 a.m. worship service. Wednesday evening Bible Study and Prayer meeting is at 6:30 p.m., followed by adult choir rehearsal. From September to May our youth group meets. First Lorida is the "Place to discover God's love." For more information about the church or the ministries offered, call 6551878. First Baptist Church, Sebring, 200 East Center Ave., Sebring, FL 33870. Telephone: 385-5154. Dr. David E. Richardson, senior pastor; Rev. Joe Delph, minister of youth and activities. Contemporary Service, 8:30 a.m.; Group Bible Studies, 9:45 a.m.; Traditional Worship, 11 a.m.; Mision Buatista Hispana, 2 p.m.; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday night programs at the ROC begin 5:30 p.m., at church begin 6:30 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 S. Florida Ave., Avon Park. Mailing address is 710 W. Bell St., AvonPark, FL33825. Telephone, 453-5339. Rev. John D. Girdley, pastor. Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Worship, 11 a.m.; 11 a.m. Children's Church; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday night programs for children, youth and adults at 7 p.m. Independent Baptist Church 5704 County Road 17 South, Sebring, FL33876. 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, mission-minded, King James Bible Church. Larry Ruse, pastor. Phone 655-1899. Bus transportation. Leisure Lakes Baptist Church 808 Gardenia St., Lake Placid (just off of Miller at the west end of Lake June) "Where the old fashion gospel is preached." Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Worship service at 11 a.m.; Sunday Evening Service is at 6 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 7 p.m. Call the church at 699-0671 for more information. Maranatha Baptist Church (GARBC), 35 Maranatha Blvd., Sebring, FL33870 (Ahalf 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 Pastors Don Messenger and Ted Ertle. Phone 382-4301. Parkway Free Will Baptist Church, 3413 Sebring Parkway, Sebring, FL33870. 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. J.S. Scaggs, pastor. Church phone: 382-3552. Home phone: 214-3025. Affiliated with the National Association of Free Will Baptists, Nashville, Tenn. Sparta Road Baptist Church, (SBC) 4400 Sparta Road. Rev. Ken Geren, interim pastor. Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship, 11 a.m.; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer/Bible Study, 6 p.m. Nursery provided. For information, call 3820869. Southside Baptist Church (GARBC), 379 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring. David C. Altman, Pastor; Aaron Snider, Youth Pastor. Sunday School for all ages, 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship Service, 10:45 a.m.; Awana kindergarten through fifth grade, 5:30 p.m.; Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Student ministry, 6:30 p.m.; Adult Midweek Prayer and Bible Study, 7 p.m. Anursery for under age 3 is available at all services. Provisions for handicapped and hard-of-hearing. Office phone, 385-0752. Sunridge Baptist Church, (SBC) 3704 Valerie Blvd. (U.S. 27 and Valerie, across from Florida Hospital), Sebring. Ed Howell, transitional pastor. Sunday School, 9;30 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship, 10:45 a.m.; and Sunday Evening Service, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer, Bible Study, and Youth, 6:30 p.m.Nursery provided. For information, call 3823695. CATHOLIC Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 595 East Main St., Avon Park, 453-4757. Father Nicholas McLoughlin, pastor. Saturday Vigil Mass is 4 p.m. in English and 7 p.m. in Spanish; Sunday mass 8 and 10:30 a.m. in English; 6 p.m., Life Teen Mass. Weekday mass at 8 a.m. Confessions are at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Religious Education Classes are 9-10:20 a.m. Sunday for grades K through 8th. Confirmation class is from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday. Youth Nights grades 6th and up, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday. St. Catherine Catholic Church, 820 Hickory St., Sebring. Mailing address: 882 Bay St., Sebring, FL 33870, 385-0049. www.stcathe. com. Very Rev. JosŽ Gonz‡lez, V.F., Pastor. Masses Saturday Vigil: 4 p.m. Sunday: 7:30, 9 and 10:30 a.m. and noon Spanish Mass. Daily Masses 8 a.m. and noon Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. Saturday. Confessions: 3-3:45 p.m. Saturdays, 7:15-7:45 a.m. first Friday, or by appointment. Enrollment for Catholic School grades K3 through 5 not being accepted. St. James Catholic Church, 3380 Placidview Drive, Lake Placid, 465-3215. Father Michael J. Cannon. 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. December thru Easter 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. CHRISTIAN Eastside Christian Church, 101 Peace Ave., Lake Placid, FL 33852 (two miles east of U.S. 27 on County Road 621), 465-7065. Ray Culpepper, senior pastor. Sunday: Bible classes, 9 a.m.; Worship Celebration with the Lord's Supper each week 10:15 a.m. Thelma Hall, organist; and Pat Hjort, pianist. Wednesday: Praise and Prayer, 6:30 p.m.; "Building God's Kingdom for Everyone." "Jesus Christ, the Way, Truth and Life!" "Alive and Worth the Drive!" Sebring Christian Church, 4514 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33872. Tod Schwingel, Preacher; Marco Gallardo, Youth Pastor. Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School, 11 a.m.; Sunday Youth Service, 6 p.m; Evening service at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night meals, 5:30 p.m. followed by classes at 6:30 p.m. Office hours, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Phone 382-6676. First Christian Church, 1016 W. Camphor St., Avon Park, FL 33825; (863) 453-5334; on the Web at www.firstchristianap.com. Our motto is "Jesus is First at First Christian Church."Greg Ratliff, Senior Minister; Ray Culpepper, Family Life Minister; Jon Carter, Music Director. Bible School 9 a.m.; Worship 10 a.m.; Bible Study, 6 p.m.; Wednesdaystudies for all ages, 6 p.m. Nursery provided for all events. First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 510 Poinsettia Avenue, (corner of Poinsettia and Eucalyptus), Sebring, FL33870. Phone: 3850358 or 385-3435. The Rev. Ronald Norton, Pastor; Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Praise Breakfast, 10 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. CHRISTIAN & MISSIONARY ALLIANCE The Alliance Church of Sebring, 4451 Sparta Road, Sebring, FL33875. Call 382-1343. Rev. Steve Hagen, pastor. Sunday services: Sunday School meets at 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship Service meets at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday Evening Bible Study meets at 6 p.m. (off site); Wednesday Prayer Gathering meets at 6 p.m. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE Christian Science Church, 146 N. Franklin St. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. morning worship and Sunday school. Testimonial meetings at 4 p.m. each second and fourth Wednesday. Afree public reading room/bookstore, located in the church, is open before and after church services. 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 BRETHREN Church of the Brethren 700 S Pine St., Sebring, FL33870 Sunday: Church School, 9 a.m .; Morning Worship, 10:15 a.m Wednesday: Temple Choir, 7:3 0 p.m. Phone 385-1597. CHURCH OF CHRIST Avon Park Church of Chris t, 200 S. Forest Ave.,Avon Park, F L 33825. Minister: Larry Roberts Sunday Worship Services, 10:3 0 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nursery facilitie s are available at every service. Bibl e Study: Sunday, 9:30 a.m. an d Wednesday, 7 p.m. Bible centere d classes for all ages. Church phone : 453-4692. Sebring Parkway Church o f Christ, 3800 Sebring Parkwa y, Sebring, FL33870; 385-7443. W e would like to extend an invitatio n for you and your family to visit wit h us here at Sebring Parkway. Ou r hours of service are: Sunda y Worship Service, 9 a.m.; Sunda y Bible Class, 10:15 a.m.; Sunda y Evening Service, 6 p.m .; Wednesday Service, 7 p.m. CHURCH OF NAZARENE First Church of the Nazaren e of AvonPark, P.O. Box 1118 ., AvonPark, FL33825-1118. 707 W Main St. Randall Rupert, Pasto r. Sunday: Sunday school begins a t 9:45 a.m. for all ages; morning wo rship at 10:45 a.m.; and evenin g service at 6 p.m. Wednesda y evening service is at 7 p.m. wit h special services for children an d adults. Special services once a month for seniors (Prime Time) an d Ladies ministries. If you need an y more information, call 453-4851. First Church of the Nazaren e of Lake Placid, 512 W. Interlak e Blvd., Lake Placid, FL33852 Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; Mornin g worship, 10:45 a.m.; Evening serv ice, 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, 7 p.m. Classes for adult children an d youth. Call 465-6916. Pastor Tim Taylor. CHURCHES OF CHRIST IN CHRISTIAN UNION Community Bible Church Churches of Christ in Christia n Union, (Orange Blossom Conference Center) 1400 C-17 A North (truck route), AvonPark Presenting Jesus Christ as th e answer for time and eternit y. Sunday morning worship service 10:30 a.m. Nursery provided Junior Church activities at sam e time for K-6 grade. Sunday Schoo l Bible hour (all ages), 9:30 a.m (Transportation available.) Sunda y evening praise and worship serv ice, 6 p.m. Wednesday evenin g prayer service, 7 p.m. Children an d youth activities at 7 p.m Wednesday. Everyone is welcome please come worship with us. Do n Seymour, Senior Pastor. Phon e 452-0088.PLACESTOWORSHIP RELIGION

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www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 24, 2010Page 9B EPISCOPAL The Episcopal Church of the R edeemer .Service time is 9:30 w ith Holy Communion. Coffee hour f ollowing services. Newcomers w elcome. Call 453-5664 or e-mail r edeemer1895@aol.com Web site: r edeemeravon.com. The church is a t 839 Howe's Way, Avon Park ( two miles north of Sun 'N Lake B oulevard, across from Wells D odge.) St. Agnes Episcopal Church 3 840 Lakeview Drive, Sebring, FL 3 3870. Sunday Services: Holy E ucharist Rite I 7:45 a.m., Holy E ucharist Rite II 10 a.m. Midweek s ervice on Wednesday at 6 p.m. S unday School for all ages at 9 a .m. The nursery is open 8:45 a.m. u ntil 15 minutes after the 10 a.m. s ervice ends. Wednesday: Adult B ible study, 9:30 a.m. Visitors are a lways welcome. The Rev. Jim K urtz, rector. Church office 3857 649, for more information. St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal C hurch, 43 Lake June Road, Lake P lacid, FL33852. Phone: 4650 051. Rev. Elizabeth L. Myers, R ector. Sunday Worship, 8 a.m., 1 0:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday e vening: Holy Communion with H ealing Service, 6:15 p.m. Child c are available at the 8 a.m. and 1 0:30 a.m. Sunday service. Come s ee what makes us different. GRACE BRETHREN Grace Brethren Church, 3626 T hunderbird Road, (863) 8350 869. Dr. Randall Smith, senior p astor. Sunday services at 9 a.m., 1 0:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday s ervices at 7 p.m. We offer "Kid C ity" Children's Ministry throughout a ll services, and there are variosu o ther classes for teens, married c ouples, "prime-timers," and Bible s tudies in Spanish. "Kid City" Day C are, Preschool and After-School M onday-Friday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (For r egistration call: 385-3111). Check u s out on the Web atwww.sebringg race.org. INTERDENOMINATIONAL World Harvest and Restoration M inistries, (non-denominational) 2 200 N. Avon Blvd., AvonPark, FL 3 3825. Phone: 452-9777 or 4533 771. Sunday service: Sunday S chool, 10 a.m. and worship, 11 a .m. Wednesday services: 7 p.m. p rayer meeting/Bible study. Pastor: W .H. Rogers. JEWISH Temple Israel of Highlands C ounty, 382-7744. Rabbi Lorraine R udenberg; www.templeisr aelofhcfl.org.Temple Israel is a R eform Temple that promotes the e nduring and fundamental princip les of Judaism. Through prayer, s tudy and friendship we strive to e nrich our lives and insure Jewish c ontinuity in Highlands County. F riday Evening Erev Shabbat S ervice, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday M orning Shabbat Minyon Service, 9 :30 a.m.; Saturday Morning Torah S tudy, 10:30 a.m.; Saturday A fternoon Shabbat Study, 3:30 p .m.; Havdallah, 5 p.m. On the foll owing dates: Oct. 1-2, Simchat T orah; Oct. 14-15, Oct. 29-30, Nov. 1 2-13, Nov. 26-27, Dec. 10-11, D ec. 24-25, Jan. 7-8, Jan. 21-22, F eb. 4-5, Feb. 18-19. Every T hursday will be Hebrew and Bible c lasses with Howard Salles, 12:304 :30 p.m. LUTHERAN Atonement Lutheran Church (ELCA), 1178 S.E. Lakeview Drive., Sebring. David Thoresen, Deacon, Spiritual Leader. Jim Helwig, organist/choir director. Worship service at 9:30 a.m.; Holy Eucharist is every Sunday. Coffee hour on the first and third Sunday of each month. Council meeting on the first Monday of month; Ladies Group WELCAmeets at noon second Monday of month with lunch. Bring a dish to pass. Church Vegetable Garden Club meets as needed. Labyrinth Prayer Garden open seven days a week to congretation and community. Like to sing? Come join the choir. Visitors always welcome. Come grow with us. Phone 385-0797. Christ Lutheran Church Avon Park, 1320 County Road 64, 1/2 mile east of Avon Park High School. Sunday Divine Worship is at 10 a.m. Holy Communion is celebrated every week with traditional Lutheran Liturgy, hymns and songs of praise. Fellowship time with coffee and refreshments follows worship. Come worship and fellowship with us. For information call Pastor Scott McLean at 471-2663 or seechristlutheranavonpark.org. Faith Lutheran Church LCMS, 2740Lakeview Drive, Sebring. Church phone: 385-7848, Faith Child Development Center, 385-3232. 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 service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Communion is served the first and third and fifth Sunday of the month. Sunday worship service is broadcast on WITS 1340 AM at 8 a.m. each Sunday. Educational opportunities include weekly adult Bible studies. Faith's Closet Thrift Store (385-2782) is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. All are warmly welcome in the Family 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, 9 a.m. Sunday. Bible Study, 11 a.m. Nursery provided. Social activities: Choir, Missions, Evangelism. Phone 3851163. 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.; Bible Study, 9 a.m. For more information, call Pastor Brian Klebig at 385-2293 or visit the Web site at www.newlife sebring.com. ResurrectionLutheran Church ELCA 324 E. Main St., Avon Park. Pastor: Rev. John C. Grodzinski. Early Sunday service, 8 a.., Sunday school at 9:10 a.m. and the second service at 10:30 a.m. Coffee and fellowship hour follow the service. Midweek Fragrance Free Wednesday worship, (year round) 7 p.m. Office phone number is 453-6858. Trinity Lutheran Church LCMS, 25 Lakeview St., Lake Placid, FL33852; 465-5253. The Rev. Richard A. Norris, pastor; and Noel Johnson, youth and family life. Worship schedule for December 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. Music: 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: www.vchurches.com/trinitylutheranlp. NON-DENOMINATIONAL Bible Fellowship Church, 3750 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33872. Sunday: American Sign Language: First Worship sermon, songs signed first and second Worship services. First Worship service, 9 a.m.; Second Worship service, 10:45 a.m. Nursery (up to 2 years old) and Sunday school classes both hours. BFC Youth, 6 p.m.; Evening Service, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: Children, ages 4 years to fifth grade, 6 p.m.; Youth, 6-7:30 p.m.; Prayer time, 6:15 p.m. Todd Patterson, pastor; Andy McQuaid, associate pastor. Church office 385-1024. Calvary Church, 1825 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33872; 386-4900. An independent community church. Sunday morning worship, 10 a.m.; Bible study, 11:15 a.m.; Sunday evening worship, 6 p.m. Youth group meets at 5 p.m. Friday. Pastor Lester Osbeck. Asmall 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.; Wednesday Bible study at 7 p.m. Anursery and children's church are provided. The church is part of Christian International Ministries Network, a full gospel, non-denominational ministry. Linda M. Downing, minister: Phone, 3140482, lindadowning@live.com.Casey L. Downing, associate minister: Phone, 385-8171, caseydown ing@hotmail.com. Web site is www.christiantrainingministries.net Grace Bible Church, 4541 Thunderbird Road, (second church on left) Sebring, FL33872. Phone, 382-1085. Andrew Katsanis, senior pastor. Saturday Worship, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, 9 and 11 a.m. Tuesday 6 p.m. Grace Bible Academy Adult Investigating Truth; first and third Tuesday, Prayer Gathering, 7:15 p.m.; Wednesday, Children's & Youth Programs, 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., College Ministry.www.GBCconnected.org Highlands Community Church a casual contemporary church, meets at 3005 New Life Way. Coffee at 9:30 a.m.; Worship at 10 a.m. Nursery and Kid's World classes. Small groups meet throughout the week. Church phone is 402-1684; Pastor Bruce A. Linhart. Union Congregational Church 106 N. Butler Ave., Avon Park, FL 33825. Sunday worship services are at 7:45 a.m. (informal), 9:15 a.m. (traditional) and 10:45 a.m. (contemporary) in the main sanctuary. Sunday school for all ages is at 9:15 a.m. We also offer Wednesday and Saturday services at 6;15 a.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. Nursery/child care is available for all services. Senior Pastor is Bill Breylinger. Office: 453-3345. Web page at www.weareunion.org. All teachings are taken from the Manufacturer's Handbook The Holy Bible. Come join us. Unity Life Enrichment Centre, new location, 10417 Orange Blossom Blvd. S., Sebring, FL 33875; 471-1122; e-mail unity@vistanet.net. Web site, www.unityofsebring.org. 10:30 a.m. Sunday Celebration Service, Nursery and Children's Church. Weekly Classes, Christian Bookstore and Cafe, Prayer Ministry, Life Enrichment Groups. Rev. Andrew C. Conyer, senior minister transforming lives from ordinary to extraordinary. The Way Church, 1005 N. Ridgewood Drive, Sebring. Sunday school and worship service at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Youth activities, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 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 Aplace for you. Office Phone:471-6140, Church Cell Phone:381-6190. Email: theway church@hotmail.com. Web site:www.TheWayChurch.org PRESBYTERIAN Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) 4500 Sun N Lake Blvd., Sebring, 33872-2113. A Congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America. Worship services: Sunday morning worship, informal, 8 a.m.; regular, 10:30 a.m. Sunday School, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday evening, 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday evening Prayer Meeting, 6 p.m.; Youth Group and Kids Quest, 5:307 p.m.; choir practice, 7:15 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 Thursday. First Presbyterian Church ARP, 215 E. Circle St., (two entrances on LaGrande), Avon Park, FL33825. Phone: 453-3242. The Rev. Robert Johnson is the pastor. Sunday School, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday Worship, 10:45 a.m.; Wednesday Bible study, 10:30 a.m.; Potluck dinner, 6 p.m. third Wednesday; choir practice, 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday; Esther and Mary Circles business meeting, 3:30 p.m. third Thursday; Sarah Circle business meeting, 7 p.m. second Tuesday; Women's Ministries Combined Bible study, 4 p.m. third Thursday; Family Movie, 4 p.m. third Sunday. Be a part of a warm, caring church family with traditional services, following biblical truth. First Presbyterian Church, ARP, 319 Poinsettia Ave., Sebring, FL33870. 385-0107. Sunday School, all ages, 9:30 a.m.; Worship Service, 11 a.m.; Tuesday: Youth Group, 6-7:30 p.m.; Senior High Youth Group, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Wednesday: Adult Bible Study, 10:30 a.m.; choir rehearsal, 5:30 p.m. Nursery available for Sunday worship. Call the church office for more information and other classes. Rev. Darrell A. Peer, pastor. Gayle Sparks, director of youth ministry. First Presbyterian Church, ARP, www.fpclp.com,118 N. Oak Ave., Lake Placid, 465-2742. The Rev. Ray Cameron, senior pastor; the Rev. Drew Severance, associate pastor. Sunday morning traditional worship is at 8:15 and 9:30 a.m.; and contemporary worship is at 11 a.m. in Friendship Hall. Avariety of Sunday school classes for adults and children are at 9:45 and 11 a.m. in the educational building. 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 knowledge. Spring Lake Presbyterian Church (USA), 5887 U.S. 98, Sebring, FL33876. Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Worship Service, 10 a.m. Session meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month, September throughJune. 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. Organist: Richard Wedig. Choir Director: Suzan Wedig. Church phone, 655-0713; e-mail,springlakepc@embarqmail.com,Web site, http://slpc.presbychurch.org. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST Avon Park Seventh-day Adventist Church 1410 West Avon Blvd., AvonPark. Phone: 453-6641 or e-mail: avonparksda@embarqmail.com,Sabbath School, 9:30 a.m Saturday. Church Service 10:45 a.m. Saturday. Wednesday prayer meeting 7 p.m. Community Service hours on Tuesday and Thursday is from 9:00 a.m. till 2 p.m. Asale takes place the first Sunday of each month. Senior Pastor Paul Boling; and Associate Pastor Kameron DeVasher. Walker Memorial Academy Christian School offering education for kindergarten through 12th grades. ALLARE WELCOME. Website is www.discoverjesus.org Sebring Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2106 N. State Road 17, Sebring; 385-2438. Worship Services: 9:15 a.m. Worship hour, 11 a.m. Prayer meeting, Tuesday, 7:15 p.m. Community service: every Monday 9-11 a.m. Health Seminar with Dr. Seralde, every Friday, 10:00 a.m. Pastor Amado Luzbet. THE CHURCH OF LATTER DAY SAINTS The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 3235 Grand Prix Drive, Sebring, FL33870. Phone: 382-9092. Dale Bargar, bishop; David Ward, first counselor; and Steve Austin, second counselor. Family History Center: 3821822. Sunday services: Sacrament meeting, 10 a.m.; Sunday school, 11:20 a.m.; and Priesthood/Relief Society, 12 p.m. Primary for children, 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Youth activities from 7-8:20 p.m. Wednesday: 11-year-old Scouts, 78:20 p.m. first and third Wednesday; and activity days for 8-11 year old boys and girls from 78:20 p.m. second and fourth Wednesday. THE SALVATION ARMY The Salvation Army Center for Worship Sunday: Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.; Holiness meeting, 11 a.m.; and Praise meeting and lunch, noon. Tuesday: Bible study, 6:30 p.m.; and Women 's Ministries, 7 p.m. Wednesda y: Youth Ministries, 4 p.m. All mee tings are at 120 N. Ridgewood Ave ., Sebring. For more information, vis it the Web site www.salvationarm ysebring.com or call Major Bruc e Stefanik at 385-7548, ext. 110. UNITED METHODIST First United Methodist Church 105 S. Pine St., Sebring,FL3387 0. The Rev. A.C. Bryant, pasto r. Traditional Worship Service at 8:1 0 and 10:50 a.m. in the sanctuar y, Contemporary Worship in the FL C at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School at 9:3 0 and 10:30 a.m. Methodist You th Fellowship at 5:30 p.m. Sunday s with Rick Heilig, youth directo r. The 10:55 a.m. Sunday worsh ip service is broadcast over WIT S 1340 on AM dial. There is a nurse ry available at all services. First United Methodist Church 200 South Lake Avenue, Avo n Park, FL33825. (863) 453-3759, R James Weiss, Pastor, Summe r Schedule, Sunday School 9:0 0 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. Memorial United Methodis t Church, 500 Kent Ave., (overloo king Lake Clay) Lake Placid, F L, 33852. The Rev. Fred Ball. pasto r. Claude H.L. Burnett, pastor al assistant. Sunday schedul e: Heritage Worship Service, 8:3 0 a.m. (October-May only); Scho ol School for all ages, 9:30 a.m .; Celebration Worship Service at 10:45 a.m.; New Song worsh ip service at 10:45 a.m. Loving nur sery care provided every Sunda y morning. Youth Fellowship, 5 p.m Bible Fellowship Class, 6 p.m (October-May only). We offe r Christ-centered Sunday scho ol classes, youth programs, Bib le studies, book studies and Christia n fellowship. We are a congregatio n that want to know Christ and mak e Him known. Call the church offic e at 465-2422 or check out ou r church Web site at www.memo rialumc.com. St. John United Methodis t Church, 3214 Grand Prix Driv e, Sebring, FL33872. The Re v. Ronald De Genaro Jr., Pasto r. Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; Sunda y Morning Worship, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m and 11 a.m. Nursery provided for a ll services. Phone 382-173 6. www.stjohnsebring.org Spring Lake United Methodis t Church, 8170 Cozumel Lan e, (Hwy 98) Sebring. The Rev. Clyd e Weaver Jr., Pastor. Worship ser vice starts at 9:55 a.m. Bible Stud y meets at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesda y. Choir Practice at 4:00 p.m. o n Thursday. Church office phon e: 655-0040. UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Emmanuel United Church o f Christ, where God is still speaking. 3115 Hope Street, Sebring, F L 33875 (1.8 miles west of U.S. 2 7 and Hammock Road). Sunday wo rship, 9:30 a.m.; Communion wi th worship first Sunday of mont h; Chapel Communion, 8:45 a.m. a ll other Sundays. All are welcome to receive the sacrament. For mor e information, call the church office at 471-1999 or e-mail eucc@ea rth link.net or check theWeb si te sebringemmanuelucc.com. N o matter who you are or where yo u are on life's journey, you're we lcome here.PLACESTOWORSHIP Last week we determined M atthew possibly received his vers ion of the birth story from his U ncle Joseph. So how did Luke r eceive his information? In Luke 1 :2 he tells Theophilus, possibly a b enefactor, his account is from those who from the beginning w ere eyewitnesses and servants of t he word". Looking at the details, the conv ersations and minute descriptions, i t is evident Luke's source was M ary, the only eyewitness to many o f these events. Knowing his account was accur ate, Luke felt obligated to fill in p arts of the birth story he knew w ere missing from Matthew's a ccount. Luke begins his version with the a ngel, Gabriel, visiting Zechariah a s he was performing a once in a l ifetime service in the temple. Then L uke describes every detail of M ary's conversation with Gabriel. According to Luke 1:39, "At that t ime Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea." Who would have known this and why did Mary hurry? She had just been bestowed the greatest honor possible for any Jewish woman. Why didn't she stay and celebrate with her friends and family? Matthew tells us Joseph didn't believe Mary's story. Having been branded as an adulteress, Mary knew she could be stoned to death. She had to wonder why Gabriel didn't appear to Joseph to tell him the awesome truth. Searching for an answer, the young, pregnant girl recalled her conversation with Gabriel. She realized the angel was directing her path when he said Cousin Elizabeth was also with child. Fearing for her life, Mary hurried to her cousin's house. Luke's detailed descriptions of this visit: John leaping in Elizabeth's womb, Mary's heartfelt song, John's birth and Zechariah's song had to come from Mary, who was an eyewitness. God sent Mary to Elizabeth's house because He knew Mary needed to hear the devout woman's confirmation that Mary truly was bearing the seed of her Lord. God also wanted Mary to learn all she could from the birthing experiences of Elizabeth because He knew where Mary was going to be when she gave birth to His son. The other details in Luke's writing are things a young mother would have remembered: the frantic search for a room as her labor pains increased, Joseph filling the feeding trough with fresh straw, wrapping the newborn baby Jesus in swaddling cloths, and carefully laying the baby in the makeshift manger. Mary would have cherished the visit from the shepherds and the way they knelt at the manger to worship their Savior. In 2:19, Luke identifies Mary as his source for this story by writing "Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart." At Jesus'presentation in the temple, the meeting of Anna and Simeon's prophecy of the sword piercing Mary's own soul was a divine revelation Mary would not forget. Since the family left for Egypt in such a hurry, Mary did not have a chance to tell anyone about that visit. The writer of Luke could only assume the family returned to Nazareth. Luke is the only writer who tells about the incident in the temple when Jesus was 12 years old. Again Luke identifies Mary as his source in 2:51, "His mother treasured all these things in her heart." Luke further shows a relationship with Mary by tracing Jesus' lineage from David through the line of Mary. In verse 1:3, Luke says he "investigated everything carefully from the beginning." Did the young doctor talk to Mary who, through God's direction, related t he entire story from the beginning? Did his father, who was probably also a doctor, care for Mary or he r son while they were in Bethlehem those forty-one days between the birth and the presentation in the temple? We only know someone heard theses stories from Mary while they were still fresh in her mind and God inspired Luke to write them in his gospel so we would know the complete story. I pray you have received a bles sing from sharing Mary's view of the birth story. I also pray your new year is filled with all the blessings God wants you to have. Mary Bailey is the author of Jesus My Son: Mary's Journal of Jesus' Early Life.' For more information, visit www.jesusmyson.com. Luke's version of the story of Jesus' birth RELIGION Mary's View Mary Bailey

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By DAVID GERMAIN APMovie WriterMeet "Little Fockers," the latest in Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller's comedy franchise. Grit your teeth through the fairly short though agonizing duration of its stay. Then wave goodbye in relief as its huge cast of characters departs like the annoying in-laws they are. "Meet the Parents" from 2000 was a tolerable trifle and 2004's "Meet the Fockers" was a bloated bore. But "Little Fockers" is tasteless trash, filled with abysmally unfunny gags involving vomit, enemas, erectile dysfunction and the like as De Niro's Byrnes clan and Stiller's Focker family stumble through another mindless reunion. The only positive thing De Niro, Stiller and such costars as Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Alba and Owen Wilson honestly could say about "Little Fockers" is that they were paid well. Jay Roach, who directed the first two movies, only produces this time, with Paul Weitz filling in as director on "Little Fockers." Weitz's past work ranges from sweet and sharp ("About a Boy") to gross but edgy ("American Pie"). He's delivered an awful mess here, working from a witless screenplay credited to John Hamburg, co-writer of the first two movies and a producer on this one, and Larry Stuckey, an associate producer on "Meet the Fockers." Astring of dumb episodes, "Little Fockers" strains to find new reasons for De Niro's father-in-law from hell Jack Byrnes to revive his suspicions about Stiller's Greg Focker, the male nurse his darling daughter Pam (Teri Polo) has chosen for a mate. It all goes down as Jack and his wife (Blythe Danner) visit Greg and Pam for the birthday bash of the couple's twins. Ex-CIAagent Jack resumes his surveillance of Greg, who has an innocent flirtation with a gorgeous pharmaceutical rep (Alba) peddling Sustengo, a new drug to treat impotence. Really. This is what the filmmakers expect you to pay to see. Wilson is back as Pam's old flame, doing the same passive-aggressive pining and whining he did in the first two movies. Streisand and Hoffman return as Greg's touchy-feely parents, whose sexual frankness again leaves the upright Jack unsettled. Laura Dern joins the cast in a pointless role as head of a school that Greg and Pam are considering for their kids. Aconfrontation between De Niro and Harvey Keitel as Greg's housing contract or could have been a real ho ot given the long histo ry between the two actors, pa ls since their early days in Martin Scorsese films. B ut it's just stiff, awkward an d humorless, like the rest of t he movie. The jokes are beyon d lame, including a terrib le play on words involvin g "The Godfather" that appa rently had the filmmakers in stitches, since the mov ie repeats it so often. There 's even a dreadful, prolong ed "Jaws" gag (the same stud io made both movies, so at lea st the "Fockers" gang cou ld poach the "Jaws" them e music on the cheap). It's remarkable so man y stars could be lured into th is rubbish, no matter how b ig the paychecks. But then, Hoffman initial ly said no to reprising his rol e, coming on board only aft er most of "Little Fockers" h ad been shot. His scenes were add ed later, pairing him mostly wi th Streisand and Stiller, th en clumsily interspersed am id the main action. Hopefully, there will be n o call for any of the actors to repeat their roles after th is. Let's pray these in-law s never come to visit again DearAbby: From time to t ime you print letters about r andom acts of kindness. M ay I share something that h appened to me? On Jan. 30, 2 009, my husband and I took o ur three kids to a restaurant f or breakfast to celebrate our t wins'fourth birthday. When i t was time to pay our bill, t he waiter told us that a coup le who had been sitting b ehind us had taken care of o ur tab. What that couple didn't k now was that the day b efore, my doctor had i nformed me a lump in my n eck was probably lymp homa and that he needed to d o a biopsy as soon as possib le. He had wanted me to m eet with a surgeon that m orning, but I told him no. I t was the twins'birthday, a nd I didn't want them to a ssociate their birthday with t he day Mommy got sick. What that couple did was m ore than pay for our meal; i t gave me hope. I felt it was a sign that everything would b e "taken care of." To pay it f orward, we left the waiter a l arge tip. I did end up with H odgkin's disease, but I h ave been in remission since A ugust 2009. Blessed in Wisconsin DearBlessed: Your letter m ade me smile. Your hope w as rewarded and everything w as "taken care of." And b ecause Hodgkin's lymp homa is a treatable cancer, I hope you will continue to enjoy good health for many decades to come. DearAbby: I have a big problem. My father refuses to spend time with me. He is a firefighter and says he has a busy schedule. I understand that. But when he has extra time, he will find anything else to do. I tried talking to him it was like talking to a brick wall. My mom has comforted me a lot, but I feel there is something missing in my life. That missing part is my dad. Please help me to figure out how I can make the situation better. Girl in Need in Baltimore DearGirl in Need: You have already done as much as you can. It is now up to your mother and/or your grandparents to help your father understand that there is more to being a parent than providing financial support. I hope he gets the message before it's too late for him, not you. DearAbby: An odd custom is beginning to surface in my local church. Showers for new brides and new mothers are being announced from the pulpit at Sunday services. All church members are invited to attend, and in one or two instances even told what to bring for gifts. I have always understood that showers are given by close friends, relatives, associates, etc. Just what is proper procedure for this? How does one respond to these "open" invitations? I have not responded. Am I wrong? Please help. Socially Naive in South Carolina DearSocially Naive: You are not wrong; you are correct. Approach your pastor and ask why this is being done. If the reason is that the bride-to-be or mother-to-be is financially needy, and you would like to contribute, then attend the showers. If not, then treat the announcement as you would any open invitation. If you choose not to attend, you are not obligated to give a gift. P.S. I agree with you. It is an "odd" custom. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. 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But it's a minor entry f rom the writing-directing b rothers, especially when y ou consider the inventiven ess and strength of their c anon and the close aestheti c resemblance to "No C ountry for Old Men," their m asterpiece. While "True G rit" is entertaining, it's a lso surprisingly lacking in e motional resonance, as w ell as the intriguing sense o f ambiguity that so often p ermeates Coen pictures. O nly toward the end does it f eel like anything is at stake, b ut at least it's enjoyable w hile you're waiting. Based on the title, this w ould seem like a remake of t he 1969 Western that e arned John Wayne his only A cademy Award, for best a ctor. But the Coens were a ctually more interested in c reating a truer version of t he original source material, C harles Portis'novel of the s ame name. The absurd humor that is o ne of the Coens'tradem arks exists here alongside t he kinds of quick bursts of v iolence that often erupt in their films. And the dialogue is so Coens-y: the specificity of the word choices; the cadence of the exchanges; the repetition of certain phrases. And while Jeff Bridges is stepping into a role so closely associated with The Duke, he infuses it with unmistakable shadings of The Dude. Bridges plays U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn as a guy who is gruff and grizzled, lived a long and welllubricated life, but who has also attained a certain Zenlike self-possession about it. There's a pleasingly shambling way about him, an easygoing ramble to his storytelling. He even says the word "abide" at one point. If you're a fan or even an "achiever" it will make you smile. That's just part of what makes this version of "True Grit" so amusing, though. There's also Bridges'competitive interplay with Matt Damon, a bit of a buffoon as a preening Texas Ranger, which Damon plays with some of the same goofy humor he showed last year in "The Informant!" It's yet another reminder that he can do anything. But the real revelation is Hailee Steinfeld, making her astonishingly selfassured film debut as Mattie Ross, the 19th-century pioneer girl who sets the story's action in motion. She was only 13 when she shot the movie, and to say she holds her own with Bridges, Damon, Josh Brolin and the rest of the cast would be an understatement. She dominates "True Grit" carries the film, practically handling the difficult language as well as the physical challenges with equal aplomb. The determined, puritanical Mattie intends to find her father's killer, a wanderer named Tom Chaney (Brolin, the "No Country" star who doesn't appear here nearly enough). She uses her formidable wit and unshakable sense of right and wrong to persuade pretty much whomever she wants to do whatever she wants, as evidenced by an early scene in which she goes toe-to-toe with a veteran horse trader (Dakin Matthews, who's perfect in just a couple of scenes). True Grit' a screwball western Movie Review True Grit' Rating: PG-13 (some intense sequences of violence, disturbing images) Running time: 110 minutes Review: (of 4) Paramount Pictures J eff Bridges stars as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit.'

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LIVING 12B PAGE News-Sun Friday, December 24, 2010 Just a few simple projects a month, and you can make this the year your house stays in tip-top shapeBYJOAN MORRIS/CONTRACOSTATIMES REID BROWN/SAN JOSE MERCURYNEWS /MCT FEBRUARY You know what's romantic? Fixing that leaky toilet. Well, no, it's not, but it will be more appreciated than that $26 box of chocolates. To check for leaks, add a drop or two of food coloring in the tank at bedtime. If the water in the bowl is tinged the same color, your flapper is leaking. It's an easy fix by replacing the mechanism. And while you're in a bathroom state of mind, how about replacing those old shower heads with low-flow models? Check with your water provider for deals or discounts. Afew minutes of work can save a lot of water and money throughout the year. MARCH Can you feel it? Spring is just around the corner. Time to get the house and yard ready for the warm weather and sunshine. Start by fixing window screens, repairing sagging fences and arbors, and making sure your deck is shipshape. Now would be a good time to give the deck a good cleaning and a fresh coat of sealer. Check for dry and rotted wood. Consider renting a power washer to scrub the deck, siding, driveway and even your house. And here's something we don't think about often: the mailbox. Do you need a new one? Or maybe the old one would look better with a new paint job? Stretch those creative muscles and paint a unique design. JUNE Before you hang the stars and stripes for Flag Day, check your flagpole holder to make sure it's still secure. As we reach the midway point in the year, check that list of projects you made in January. How are you doing? Rethink the list by moving some projects to the bottom, some to the top and adding a few more. Then look at all those "once a year" chores, such as cleaning behind the refrigerator and vacuuming coils, checking and replacing, if needed, the water hoses to the washing machine, checking for leaks under the sinks and dishwasher, and testing circuit breakers. If you haven't already, label the breakers so you'll know what switch controls what part of the house. JULY We may be cranking up the air conditioner this month, so make sure the condensation drip tube flows freely. And take the time to update your emergency kit. Don't have one? Then make one. Experts recommend a three-day supply of drinking water and food you don't have to refrigerate or cook; first aid supplies; a portable NOAAweather radio; a wrench and other basic tools; a flashlight; work gloves; emergency cooking equipment; portable lanterns; fresh batteries for each piece of equipment; clothing; blankets; baby items; prescription medications; extra car and house keys; extra eyeglasses; credit cards and cash; important documents, including insurance policies. OCTOBER Ugh, it's time to clean those gutters and downspouts. For fun, replace a downspout with a decorative "rain chain." Arain barrel or two wouldn't go amiss, either. Time to start wrapping up the house for the coming winter, and don't forget the hot water heater. If it's warm to the touch and in an unheated garage or utility room, invest in an insulating blanket. Decorators may hate those ceiling fans, but they can help move warm air around your house. Reverse the fans to blow upward in the winter, pushing warm air across the ceiling and down the walls. NOVEMBER You may have some unexpected company this month, and we're not talking about crazy Uncle Harry and Aunt Prudence. We're talking, gulp, mice and rats who will be looking for a home in your garage and house. Seal holes in the foundation especially those around pipes and wires and look for places where they might sneak in. An easy way is to plug holes with steel wool. Make sure doors fit at the bottom. Have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned before lighting fires. Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and replace batteries. JANUARY New year, fresh start. Instead of making resolutions, make a list of projects you want to complete this year, then post it somewhere that you'll see it every day. Nothing like a little guilt to motivate you. Be careful when taking down those holiday decorations. Pack and label the boxes, invest in some Christmas light reels to keep those strands tidy you'll thank us later and take some time to cull out any broken ornaments or decorations you don't care for. APRIL Afresh coat of paint can brighten up the old homestead. Not up to painting? Then get outside and scrub that aluminum siding and wash down the stucco. While you're at it, check for damage. Fixing cracks and breaks now can prevent trouble down the road. And as long as we're in a cleaning mood, those windows can use a wash (use newspaper to wash and dry for a streak-free finish). Inside, clean your blinds, ceiling fans and heating/air conditioning vents. Schedule a checkup on your heating and cooling system. MAY Ah, May. Memorial Day. Backyard barbecues. Smart you, working on your deck in the spring. Now it's time to pull out the Weber and fire up the grill. But before striking a match, remove rust from the grill with a little elbow grease and a stiff brush. Freshen up the trim on your home, wash off your driveway and check for damage that may have worsened over the winter. This also would be a good time to check the foundation around your home and crawl space, looking for signs of termite damage. You also can expect to find ants out and about. Keep them out of your home by sealing cracks and putting bait traps around. Be careful using them around children and pets. AUGUST If you're planning a vacation this month, update your security with door and window alarms, motion-sensor lights and timers. Don't forget to stop newspaper and mail deliveries, and ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on things. Give them contact information in case there's an emergency. If you're planning a staycation, how about devoting a few hours to organize your gardening and household tools in your garage or shed. Sell or donate tools that you aren't using. Seriously? How many drills and rusty pruners does one person need? SEPTEMBER Take a look at your landscape with an eye toward safety. Your trees grew this spring and summer. Are they crowding power lines or brushing against your roof? Contact a professional to trim them. Check for plants growing too close to the foundation. They can encourage insect damage, weaken the foundation or create a fire hazard. And as loath as we are to admit it, cooler weather is just around the corner. Caulk windows and doors, add weather stripping and new sweeps on doors, and check to see if you've got enough insulation in your attic or crawl spaces and that loose insulation isn't blocking vents. DECEMBER The first rule of hanging holiday lights and decorations: "Stay off the roof." Not only is it dangerous to be up there, you can damage tiles and create leaks in the roof. Don't hammer directly into the roof to secure decorations; you're only asking for problems when it starts raining. If you followed our advice in January about storing lights and decorations, you'll be thanking us now when it's much easier to work with them. But still be mindful of damaged cords and old lights that may malfunction. Consider replacing older lights with newer LED lights that are safer and more energy efficient.



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By ED BALDRIDGE ed.baldridge@newssun.comAVON PARK It all happens at the end of the year, but the hustle is worth the effort, according to Lt. Robert Remick of the Avon Park Fire Department. Remick organizes the Toys for Tots program in Avon Park, and has done so for the last four years. We have to put it together fast, and everyone pitches in, Remick said on Tuesday night as he checked off another bag of toys. The local businesses help a lot, and the Flywheelers pitch in for collection. This year we have 80 kids on our list, and there is plenty for them, Remick said. Local organizations provide the lists, and they pass those along to Remick, who organizes them by gender and age. The toys were collected at the Avon Park Community Center the week before Christmas, where volunteers from the Middle School and the High School FFAprogram showed up to wrap and bag. This year, every child on the list got at least one big toy and several smaller ones, wrapped and bundled by number, so that they could retain anonymity. We are make sure that the child or the family does not experience any embarrassment. It is about the spirit of Christmas, and we dont want to ruin that, Remick said while checking another name and number fro m his list, which was borrowed fro m By ED BALDRIDGE ed.baldridge@newssun.comAVON PARK It has only happened once so far, but there is hope that it will happen again. At least that is what the Avon Park Police Department Chief Michael Rowan has on his wish list when it comes to community. This is really a unique event. Several officers planned a dinner to help out, and what they got was a lot of community response that was unexpected, Rowan said on Wednesday as he greeted people at the Avon Park Community Center for a traditional Christmas feast. The dinner idea was proposed by Det. Sgt. David Sass, Det. Christy Harbaugh and Det. Nate Coogan around the first week of December, and they were hoping originally to feed a 100 or so people and give back to the community they serve. It was something that we have kicked around for some time, but Christy and Nate said Lets get moving on thisthe last time I brought it up. But the contributions front the community have just amazed me, Sass said. After the three officers began contacting people about the idea, the food started pouring in. We have 20 turkeys and 20 hams donated by local businesses. We can feed over 500, Sass said the day before the event. The businesses have really put forward a lot of Christmas cheer. Bill Jarrett Friday-Saturday, December 24-25, 2010 www.newssun.com Volume 91/Number 156 | 50 cents HighLow 68 43Complete Forecast PAGE #A Sunny for most of the day Forecast Question: Have you finished your Christmas shopping? Next question: Have you seen as much Christmas spirit this year as in the past? www.newssun.comMake your voice heard at Online Obituaries Nicholas Chickerell Age 92, of A von Park Regina Leedy Age 94, of Sebring Robert Skipper Age 87, of Sebring Leo Strapp Age 77, of Avon Park Obituaries, Page 5A Phone ... 385-6155 Fax ... 385-2453 Online: www.newssun.com Yes 63.4% No 36.6% 079099401001 Total votes: 71 Classifieds 9A Community Briefs5A Dear Abby 11B Editorial & Opinion4A Healthy Living 5B Living 12B Lottery Numbers2A Movie Reviews/Times11B Police Blotter 2A Religion 7B Sports On TV 2B Index Lady Devils torch SHSPAGE1BKeep your house ship shape in PAGE1B Follow the News-Sun on www.twitter.com/thenewssun www.facebook.com/newssun and News-Sun photo by ED BALDRIDGE Avon Parks city manager presented his list to Santa during the Community Feast hosted by the Avon Park Police Department on Wednesday. APPDs Christmas feast a success A community Christmas News-Sun photo by ED BALDRIDG E Sheri and Jerry Whidden lend a hand to Santa on Tuesday as they wrap Toys for Tots. Avon Park Fire Department helps Santa in busy season We have to put it together fast, and everyone pitches in.LT. ROBERTREMICK Avon Park Fire Department By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY christopher.tuffley@newssun.comSEBRING There were shoppers out and about at the Lakeshore Mall Thursday, but stores werent crowded. Local retailers have to analyze their numbers before any conclusions can be made regarding the success of this Christmas season, but anecdotal reports from private retailers is mixed. Its not as busy as you might think, said Liane Page, who sells therapeutic magnetic jewelry at the Time to Stop the Pain kiosk at the mall. I expect a last-minute flurry, Page added. Several people have stopped to shop and told me they would be back (today), which is a pay day. Were doing okay, but not what wed like. It was the first time Page Today is Santas last chance to shop See HOLIDAY, page 8A See FEAST, page 8A See APFD, page 8A By ED BALDRIDGE ed.baldridge@newssun.comAVON PARK Almo st 8,000 residents around Avo n Park were without water or experienced low pressure o n Tuesday as crews struggl ed to restore a broken wat er main damaged by constru ction. Until Thursday, the cit y, Sebring Ridge and t he Crossing residents we re under a boil water notice. We just got the all cle ar from the Health Departme nt testing, and we are callin g restaurants individually , said Julian Deleon, Avo n Parks director of Publ ic Works, Thursday morning. According to Deleon, h is department was notifi ed around 2 p.m. on Tuesd ay that the 12-inch transmissio n line was damaged durin g construction on the Murphy s Oil gas station in front of t he Avon Park Walmart. This is a 20-year-old lin e. We believe the constructio n activities on site may ha ve disturbed or compromis ed the structural integrity on t he water main. At approximat ely this time, the Avon Pa rk Lakes service area was exp eriencing low water pressure , Deleon wrote in a report to the city manager. From 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. the city attempted to isolate the break to the nor th of the city by turning off t he valves around the system in order to repair the ruptur ed 12-inch line without affec ting the other service area s, Deleon said. In total, 19 main li ne valves were turned off b y Water outage affects 8,000 12-inch main break forces shutdown in AP See WATER, page 5A News-Sun photos by KATARASIMMONS Seven-month-old Abbigail Skalski isnt thrilled about her first visit with Santa Claus on Thursday morning at the Lakeshore Mall in Sebring.

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Special to the News-SunTALLAHASSEEWith signs that flu is increasing earlier than usual in some Florida communities, Florida Department of Health (DOH) officials are urging residents and visitors to take precautions to limit their risk of exposure to seasonal flu. The most effective precautions we can take to fight illness are getting vaccinated against the flu virus and diligently practicing good hygiene, said Julia Gill, Ph.D., M.P.H., Disease Control Division director. This season, everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated, even if they got a seasonal or 2009 H1N1 vaccine last season. With the holidays in full swing and many people traveling, this simple precaution can lessen your risk of exposure to the virus or transmission to others. Seasonal flu is an infection of the respiratory tract caused by the influenza virus. Compared with most other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, influenza infection often causes a more severe illness. Symptoms of influenza include headache, fever, cough, body aches or extreme tiredness. The following preventive measures can also help reduce risk of contracting the flu: Get re-vaccinated every flu season because flu viruses change each year. Persons who are sick with flu-like illness should stay home for at least 24 hours after fever has subsided without the use of fever-reducing medicine, except to get medical care. Persons with a chronic illness, or who are pregnant, should contact their health care provider if they suspect their illness that might be influenza. Health care providers can prescribe antiviral medication. Everyone should cover his or her nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw the tissue in the trash after use. It is advisable to avoid touching ones eyes, nose and mouth. Despite being sick or in good health, everyone should wash his or her hands with soap and water often. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Regardless of age, persons with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cancer are at higher risk for having a more severe case of influenza or of suffering from complications caused by influenza. In addition, people who have neurological and developmental disorders and who are obese are also at increased risk of severe influenza. To locate flu vaccine in the area, contact a local health care provider or visit www.doh.state.fl.us/ Disease_ctrl/ immune/flu/flu_locator.htm or contact a local county health department http://www.doh.state.fl.us/ch dsitelist.htm. 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PB: Power Ball PP: Power Pla y Lottery Center Courtesy photo Lake Placid resident Vicky Tanabe was given the Christmas gift of a lifetime when Martha Stewart personally called her from her studio set to let her know she was the winner of an entire sleigh full of prizes accumulated throughout the month of December on The Martha Stewart Show (Hallmark Channel, 10 a.m.). Tanabes surprise call will be featured today on a special Holiday Party Show edition marking the end of Marthas Merry Gifts sweepstakes. Tanabes list of fabulous gifts, totaling almost $5,000, includes everything from an LG Kompressor vacuum to a New York Yankee-signed baseball. When Stewart told Tanabe she was that lucky viewer, she couldnt believe her ears. Overcome with emotion, all Tanabe could reply was, I cant believe Im talking to you, this is nuts! LP resident wins big from Martha Stewart 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 33870. The following people were booked into the Highlands County Jail on Wednesday, Dec. 22: Angela Michelle Abner, 20, of Wauchula, was arrested on an out-of-county warrant reference violation of probation ACC after the fact. Mayumi Elvira Benitez, 32, of Lake Placid, was charged with possession and or use of drug equipment. Antonio Alphonso Brown, 31, of Sebring, was charged with forgery of/alter bank bill note check draft, fraud/utter false bank bill note, and petit theft. Karen Lynn Largent, 34, of Lake Placid, was charged with fraud-insufficient funds. Michael Thomas McGrath, 34, of Avon Park, was charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. Clifford Claud Melvin, 42, of Venus, was charged with possession of marijuana, battery and petit theft. Ernest Lee Moore, 53, of Lake Placid, was charged with resisting an officer without violence, possession of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a place of worship or business, distribution of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a place of worship or business. Mercedes Martille Muniz, 19, of Sebring, was charged with possession and or use of drug equipment, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and possession of marijuana. William Carl Ostrander, 26, of Lake Placid, was charged with failure to appear reference petit theft. Ryan William Schmidt, 27, of Tampa, was charged with violation of probation reference fleeing to elude. Brett Adrian Taylor, 46, of Lake Placid, was charged with two counts of failure to appear reference possession of cocaine, and possession or use of drug paraphernalia. Rodney Wayne Woodard, 21, of Sebring, was charged with possession of marijuana, and grand theft. The following people were booked into the Highlands County Jail on Tuesday, Dec. 21: Averi Anne Ammerman, 54, of Avon Park, was charged with DUI. Robert Alan Edwardson, 22, of Sebring, was charged with sex offender violation for failing to properly register. Christina Anne Hall, 31, of Lake Placid, was arrested on three out-of-county warrants reference open container of alcohol, driving while license suspended, and DUI. Tavaris Benjamin Harris, 30, of Atlantic Beach, was charged with violation of probation reference domestic violence battery and failure to appear reference knowingly driving with license suspended or revoked. Gianna Larecia Jacobs, 19, of Sebring, was charged with battery. Bobby Lee Jones, 46, of Lorida, was arrested on an out-of-state warrant reference flagrant non-support. Jessica Hope Kerce, 27, of Lake Placid, was arrested on an out-of-county and out-of-state warrant reference violation of parole for theft by taking. Duaine Andrew Knisely, 32, of Port St. Lucie, was charged with two counts of violation of probation reference utter forged instrument and forgery. Michael Anthony Lamb, 26, of Fort Myers, was charged with failure to appear reference misdemeanor offense. Sharon Jeanette Manganiello, 27, of Sebring, was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, possession of marijuana, and possession and or use of drug equipment. Gerardo Abagail Matos, POLICEBLOTTER Continued on page 5A Flu season getting early start this year; shots urged PANAMACITY(AP) The purse a Florida school board member used to smack a man who was holding other board members at gunpoint has sold for more than $13,000 in an auction. Authorities say the Brahmin purse Ginger Littleton used Dec. 14 in an unsuccessful attempt to disarm gunman Clay Duke after sneaking up on him sold Wednesday for $13,100 on eBay. The buyer lives in Alexandria, Va., and asked to remain anonymous. The purse manufacturer, based in Fairhaven, Mass., says it will match the bid. That means the charity founded by Mike Jones, the security guard who shot and wounded Duke before he killed himself, will get a total of $26,200 from the sale. Purse from school board shooting purchased on eBay for $13,100 Associated PressTALLAHASSEE P rivate school vouchers f or all children and a m erger of Floridas envir onmental, community p lanning and transportat ion agencies were among t he suggestions of Gove lect Rick Scotts transit ion teams that were a lready stirring debate W ednesday. The incoming R epublican governor, w ho takes office Jan. 4, h as previously expressed s upport for universal v ouchers. What his education t ransition team calls educ ation savings accounts w ould provide a voucher w orth 85 percent of what t he state spends on a stud ent in public school to e ach child who goes i nstead to a private s chool. The vouchers also c ould be used for private t utoring, virtual schools a nd colleges or to purc hase books for dual e nrollment programs. The m oney also could be put i nto college savings p lans. The education transit ion team is chaired by P atricia Levesque, execut ive director of former G ov. Jeb Bushs F oundation for Floridas F uture. Bush has been a s trong voucher supporter. In a report to Scott this w eek, the team says the s tate would save 15 perc ent for every student w ho gets a voucher. Wayne Blanton, execut ive director of the Florida S chool Boards A ssociation, questioned t hat math. What do you do with t he 500,000 kids already i n private schools? B lanton asked. Its a s imple solution to a comp licated problem that just w ont work. Blanton said another p roblem is private schools a re not held to the same a ccountability standards a s public schools. Ron Meyer, a lawyer f or the Florida Education A ssociation, said the prop osal also faces a huge c onstitutional issue. The Florida Supreme C ourt stuck down a more l imited voucher program t hat Bush launched, ruling t hat it violated a provision i n the Florida C onstitution requiring a u niform system of public s chools. Meyer had a rgued the case on behalf o f the statewide teachers u nion and other chall engers. The transition team a cknowledged that pitfall b y also recommending a r eview of the constitut ions education article to d etermine if it is still a ppropriate for the changi ng environment of the 2 1st century. Scotts proposals stirring debate

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Eight-year-old Virginia O Hanlon wrote a letter to the e ditor of New Yorks Sun, and a n editorial reponse was printe d Sept. 21, 1897. The work of v eteran newsman Francis P harcellus Church has since b ecome historys most reprinte d newspaper editorial. The N ews-Sun is happy to reprint it e ach Christmas. We take pleasure in answeri ng thus prominently the comm unication below, expressing a t the same time our great grati fication that its faithful author i s numbered among the friends o f The Sun: Dear Editor: I am 8 years o ld. Some of my little friends s ay there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, If you see it in T he Sun its so. Please tell me the truth; is t here a Santa Claus? Virginia OHanlon. 15 West Ninety-Fifth S treet. Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except (what) they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be mens or childrens, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but thats no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. You may tear apart the babys rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Thank God he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood. Page 4ANews-SunFriday, December 24, 2010www.newssun.com EDITORIAL& OPINION TODAYSEDITORIALTODAYSLETTERS 2227 U.S. 27 South Sebring, FL 33870 863-385-6155 NEWSROOMROMONA WASHINGTONPublisher/Executive Editor Ext. 515editor@newssun.com SCOTT DRESSELEditor Ext. 516scott.dressel@newssun.comDAN HOEHNESports Editor Ext. 528daniel.hoehne@newssun.com ADVERTISINGVICKIE JONESExt. 518vickie.jones@newssun.com CIRCULATIONTONY MCCOWANExt. 522anthony.mccowan@newssun.com PRE-PRESSKEN BAREFIELDProduction Coordinator Ext. 594prepress@newssun.com BUSINESS OFFICEJANET EMERSONExt. 596legals@newssun.com I still wish I hadnt peeked in the attic that year. It was Christmas 1972 and I was 10. It was the first year when I no longer believed in Santa Claus. Until that point, Christmas had been a magical time for me. Afew weeks after Thanksgiving, I would join with my father to pick out our tree. Hed wear his rattiest coat and work his mastery on the helpless Christmas-tree guy to knock the price down two or three bucks. Soon, my father and I would have our giant platform in place and the tree perfectly positioned. Wed string the lights thick old bulbs that burned fingers when touched and head to the attic to bring down boxes of Christmas decorations. My sisters would be called and our whole family would decorate the tree. As our stack of scratchy old Christmas records would play as Mitch Miller, Bing Crosby and the Chipmunks would sing our mother would make special note of old ornaments handed down from family members long gone and my sisters would show me how to hang the tinsel expertly, one strand at a time. The sun soon would go down and the light of our Christmas-tree bulbs reflecting off the tinsel would transform our living room into a kaleidoscope a brilliant glow of colors dancing on the walls and ceiling. My mother, a master at building up suspense, would talk about the days ahead church, family and the gifts Santa might bring. We would have the sense that a real event was about to happen. And it was. The next few weeks would take forever to pass. Finally, Christmas Eve would arrive. There would be no harder night, then or now, for a kid to sleep. But as Bing Crosby would sing White Christmas on the old stereo console as our father would grumble to our mother, For godssakes, Betty, Ill never get this thing together by morning ... wed finally fall asleep, only to wak e three hours later to the glorious surpri se awaiting us downstairs. All that magic left me in 1972. What a fraud it all seemed to be. Yet there was m y mother, as cheerfu l and hopeful as ever. She whistled along with our Christmas albums as she decorated the house. She di d everything she could to bui ld up mystery and suspense, but I wanted none of it that year. I had become a cynic. All I cared about was tha t my gifts were hidden in the attic. I had pulled down the attic stairs and snuck up inside with a flashlight. I had been surprised to s ee one gift I really wanted but didnt think my parents could afford: a table-top hockey game! My excitement had quick ly turned to sadness. I had cheated my mother. I had robbed her of the mystery and suspense she put so much effort into building. I had to fake my surprise on Christmas morning. I fe lt like a rat. That happened 38 years ago. Heres what also happened: Every Christmas go t better after that. Theyre ge tting better still. My mother and father are doing well in their 70s. My mother is whistling along with old Christmas records as you read this. Despite all the noise our country faces every year materialism and arguing ov er public Christmas displays Christmas is very simple to me. In addition to its spiritua l origin, it is a celebration of the abundance of love and security my parents gave m y sisters and me so many yea rs ago the love and securit y we give each other still. I dont peek into attics anymore. Tom Purcell, a freelance writer, is also a humor columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and is nationally syndicated exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate. E-mail Tom at Purcell@caglecartoons.com. Why Christmas has become better every year Guest Column Tom Purcell Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus More good news stories are wanted E ditor: Annually around this time of the year t he media treats us with many stories a bout the goodness of life both here in A merica and around the world. For that I am extremely thankful. But it also m akes me wonder if thats the only t ime of the year people actually do g ood things or does the media only f ocus on those events during the seas on. I tend to believe there are many, m any good people in this world and t hey are performing little acts of kindn ess and goodwill on a daily basis. I d ont just mean the billionaire, milliona ire or celebrity stories either. Why then do we mostly hear about t hem during the Christmas season? I suspect it sells better when everyo ne is in the Christmas spirit. There are m any organizations that exist soley to h elp those that need that step up; there a re churches that meet individual needs t hroughout the year as well as many i ndividuals that give year round to t hose that have been less fortunate than t hemselves. Some say we dont make the stories, w e just report them, however, the powe rs that be in any media select what t hey desire to report. Some say they r eport what the public desires, howeve r, many in the circles in which I travel t end to disagree. Could this be why so m any are tuning out and not reading, w atching or listening to the media? Lou Mezie Sebring Update on von Walter siblings E ditor: I could not let this momentum of Christmas spirit and celebration pass without giving thanks to our merciful, loving, Almighty God, through his Son, our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ for all the blessings He has bestowed on my children and me every second of our lives. ... I am talking about everything, including the accomplishments that my children, Astrid Ruth von Walter and Hans Friedrich von Walter, have attained so far, thanks to His magnificent and fabulous guidance and wisdom. Astrid is presently finishing her third year of residence in OBGYN at the University of Southern California (USC) downtown Los Angeles, after graduating doctor from the University of Loma Linda, Calif. Hans Friedrich recently gave the residents of Avon Park something exciting to follow on the small screen when he competed and finished third in the Jeopardy College Championship TVshow with Alex Trebek. He represented not only Southern Adventist University of Collegedale, Tenn., where he is a junior of bio-chemistry, but also the city of Avon Park, where he is a resident and the state of Florida in general. I extend my deepest gratitude to everybody who has been involved in the spiritual, intellectual and emotional development of these young people, because I believe what somebody said that It takes a village to raise a child. God works through many angels in the form of humans to touch the lives of our children, to water that small seed in order to flourish and become honest and respectful citizens who will, in turn, be inspiration and an example to others coming after them. ... Some of those groups of individuals that I want to mention in a special place are my blood family, my brothers (Gilbert Gilson and Alberto Rodriguez) and sisters (Yolanda Sawica and Maria Balbina Mojocoa) and their families and my mother (when she was alive), my thoughtful neighbor Luis Zapata, my many understanding and nonencumbered friends, my dear church family (the Avon Park Seventh-day Adventist Church, English and Spanish speaking) from where we have received so much love and support, along with the Walker Memorial Academy, its principal Mr. William Farmer, its teachers who did not spare any effort to make it possible to receive the financial aid that I needed as a single mother ... There would not be enough space to thank everybody, like I said before, who have contributed to touch in a positive way our lives. ... Also I want to give thanks to my children themselves for receiving and accepting the wisdom and guidance from the Holy Spirit to take advantage of all the opportunities, talents and blessings they have received from God ... Doralba von Walter Avon ParkPleasure dealing with Hayes AutomotiveEditor: Monday morning I discovered an oil stain in my carport under my car and I made an appointment to bring it in to Hayes Automotive Service Center. This is my third visit there at 2805 U.S. 27 N just north of the Aldi store. They made repairs and had me back on the road in no time. I had been told by a neighbor that they were auto knowledgeable and honest and I have found this to be true every time. It is a pleasure dealing with John Hayes, an honest, local small business man. Mert Daniels Avon Park Bouquet EDITORIALPAGEPOLICYMake sure to sign your letter and include your address and phone number. Anonymous letters will be automati cally rejected. Please keep your letters to a maximum of 400 words We have to make room for everybody. Letters of loca l concern take priority. Send your letter to 2227 U.S. 27 South, Sebring, FL 33870; drop it off at the same address; fax 385-1954; o r e-mail editor@newssun.com. To make sure the editorial pages arent dominated b y the same writers, letters are limited to two per month and a guest column can be submitted once every three months. Opinions expressed in letters or columns are solely the opinion of that author and not necessarily the opinion o f the staff or editors of the News-Sun. All items will run on a first-come basis as space per mits, although more timely ones could be moved up. We believe your viewpoints are just as important as any community leader or government official, so conside r this a personal invitation to get your two cents in. TheNews-Sunhas a long history of encouraging public dis cussion through letters, guest columns, and Reader s Response questionnaires.

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Blood mobile sets up in Lake PlacidLAKE PLACID The F lorida Blood CentersH ighlands blood mobile will b e at the Publix Shopping P laza in Lake Placid from 10 a .m. to 2:30 p.m. today. Blood donors will receive a free movie ticket in the m ail.Resurrection Lutheran plans saleAVON PARK The Avon P ark Resurrection Lutheran C hurch yard sale will be f rom 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. S aturday, Jan. 15. The huge y ard sale will feature many d onated articles offered at g reat prices. The church is at 324 E. M ain St., corner of Main and M emorial, Avon Park. P roceeds will go for a feedt hehungry program in Avon P ark.Events planned at lodges, postsAVON PARK The Combat Veterans M emorial VFWPost 9853 w ill have music by Joe and J ackie from 5-8 p.m. today. S chedules are subject to c hange; call for details. For m ore information, call 4529 853. LAKE PLACID The Lake Placid Moose 2 374 will have Texas Holde m at 2 p.m. today. Music w ith Larry Musgrave will be f rom 6-10 p.m. For more i nformation, call 465-0131.Dance Club plans Christmas Eve PartySEBRING The Highlands Social Dance Club will host a Christmas Eve Party with ballroom dancing from 7-9:30 p.m. today at 3400 Sebring Parkway (former Lions clubhouse). Music by Uptown Country. Admission is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Appropriate dress required. Snack bar is closed, so bring your own drinks and snacks For more information call 314-9215 www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 24, 2010Page 5A LIMITED SPACE CALLTODAY! 5 DAYS a week$ 30 Get In Shape Learn Self Defense Improve Self Esteem Make Better GradesMARTIAL ARTS AMERICA471-2467Best After School Program in SebringFREEPICKUP from: Kindergarten Learning Center, Cracker Trail, Sun-N-Lakes, Woodlawn, Fred Wild, Memorial, Hill Gustat, Sebring Middle/High Located on Kenilworth Sebring*Some Restrictions Apply Life Care, Not Day Care BUZZY PETER C. RUSSO Miss you on your Birthday December 22nd. You and Mommy are in our Hearts For Ever! Dad, Kathy, Mari and Tony. COMMUNITYBRIEFS Imogene Rosalee Kennedy Hendry died December 17, 2010. Born February 5, 1931 to parents, Inez Lee Johnson Kennedy and Luther Edwin Kennedy in Manatee County. Imogene married Robert Lee Hendry on August 2, 1949. Imogene is preceded in death by her son, Robert Lee, Jr.; grandson, Lance Pierce; brothers, Luther Edwin, Jr. a nd O tti sWinifred; sisters, Hermenia, Jacy Mercer, Doretha Lassiter, Ch ristine Mott, Teddy Robarts and Lillian Smith. She is survived by husband, Robert; son, James Earl; daughter,D ebra Ann Pierce; grandchildren, Ryan Swartzendruber,A yla Pierce and Leah Marie Hendry; great-granddaughters, Kylie, T eagan and Lara Swartzendruber. Burial to take place at Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery. Arrangements by Grif fith-Cline Funeral Home.IMOGENE ROSALEE KENNEDY HENDRY Nicholas ChickerellNicholas Chickerell, 92, of Avon Park died Dec. 21, 2010. Born in Oneonta, N.Y., he was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II. He was a retired salesman and of the Catholic faith. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marion; daughter, Olivia Scott; two granddaughters and four grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be sent to Good Shepherd Hospice, 4410 Sun N Lake Blvd., Sebring, FL 33872. Condolences may be expressed at www.morrisfuneralchapel.com. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Morris Funeral Chapel, Sebring.Regina LeedyRegina Eileen Hiatt Leedy, 94, of Sebring died Dec. 22, 2010. Born in Kokomo, Ind., she had been a resident of Sebring. She attended Peru Brethren Church and the Grace Church of Sebring. Regina is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Ralph R.; her daughter, Jean A. Stuber; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-greatgrandson. Amemorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Monday at Grace Church of Sebring with the Rev. Randall Smith officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice, 4840 Sun N Lake Blvd., Sebring, FL 33872 in her memory. Arrangements were entrusted to Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home, Sebring. Robert SkipperRobert Dink Skipper, 87, of Sebring died Dec. 20, 2010. Born in Crewsville, he was a fifth generatio n Floridian. He was a weld er by profession and w as involved in the citrus and ca ttle business. In the ear ly 1970s he ran for and w as elected to the Highlan ds County Board of Coun ty Commissoners, serving a total of 16 years. He is survived by a brot her, Roland; children, Le ta Mathews, Wendell Skippe r, Kelvin Skipper, and Caroli ne Hanken; four grandchildr en and three great-grandch ildren. Visitation will be fro m noon to 1 p.m. Friday, De c. 24 at Crewsville Bapti st Church with a service to fo llow at 1 p.m. Burial to follo w at Crewsville Baptist Chur ch Cemetery. Memorials a re requested to Hope Hospic e, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fo rt Myers, FL3390 8. Condolences may be expressed at www.morrisf uneralchapel.com. Morr is Funeral Chapel, Sebring, is in charge of arrangements. Leo StrappLeo Michael Strapp, 7 7, died Dec. 18, 2010. Born in Columbus, Ohio he had be en a resident of Avon Park sin ce 2000. He is survived by his wi fe of 55 years, Amy; childre n, Cynthia Mathis, Kar en Napper, Laurianne Riese r, Patricia Ramsey and Kenn y Strapp; eight grandchildr en and two great-grandchildre n. Afuneral service and bu rial will be held in Columb us later this month. Acelebr ation of Leos life will be he ld in late January at Reflectio ns in Avon Park. Stephenso nNelson Funeral Home, Avo n Park, is in charge of loc al arrangements. Condolenc es may be expressed at stephe nsonnelsonfh.com. OBITUARIES s taff to try to isolate this n orthern area for repairs, D eleon said. Unfortunately, we believe o ne or more of these valves d id not hold. As water continued to f low towards the broken l ine, Deleon and City mana ger Bruce Behrens decide d to shut down the entire w ater treatment plant. Repairs were completed a round 7:50 p.m., accordi ng to Deleon, and the water treatment plant was back online by 8:10 p.m. Water service was restored to most residents by 8:40 p.m. One of the issues was that not all of the valves were mapped on the master plans, and that some of the older valves were not holding. Getting all of those mapped onto the master plan and tracing out the older valves will be a priority this upcoming year, Deleon said. Continued from page 1A 27, of Sebring, was charged with failure to appear reference sex offender fail report change of address. Ivonne Duarte Montes, 49, of Laurinburg, N.C., was charged with DUI. Cody Adam Nicholas, 19, of Sebring, was charged with violation of probation reference possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Joshua Patrick Oshea, 18, of Sebring, was charged with possession of a harmful new legend drug without prescription, possession of marijuana and possession and or use of drug equipment. John Gerard Peloquin, 51, of Sebring, was charged with petit theft. David Lee Sharp, 51, of Sebring, was charged with two counts of violation of probation reference domestic violence and resisting arrest without violence, and withhold support of children or spouse. James Monroe Smith, 44, of Sebring, was charged with violation of probation reference simple battery. Continued from page 2A POLICEBLOTTER Water main break knocks out service GEOFFMULVIHILL Associated PressHe sees you when youre s leeping, he knows when y oure awake, and he k nows how many foll owers you have on T witter. Not long ago, there were t wo ways to tell Santa C laus what you wanted for C hristmas: sitting on his lap o r writing a letter. Now, like w ith just about everything e lse, St. Nick is available by t ext or e-mail, Twitter or F acebook. Kids can watch his w orldwide journey online or take a phone call. Santa Claus is truly everywhere. A nd just as unfettered access somet imes tempts adults to lose their cool o n e-mail listservs or Facebook comm ents, spoiled kids can be tempted to f lame out on Santa. Some people have texted Santa t hat arent so happy with Santa, said D rew Olanoff, who plays Santa on a t ext messaging system. Theyve b een a little rude. Ive let them know t hat would be considered bad behavi or. You really shouldnt talk to Santa l ike that. The increased use of electronic s ervices to reach Santa Claus reflects a nother reality of life outside the N orth Pole. Some major post offices, i ncluding Philadelphia, say theyre h andling far less mail directed to him. C hicago has handled about 10,000 lett ers to Santa this year, down from 1 5,000 to 20,000 in 2009. So tech services are finding they c an get a promotional boost from Kris K ringle without renting a red suit and a white beard. Most of them are in their first few years and use the gimmicks to show the power of their techologies. Portable North Pole, a project launched by Montreal-based video web developer UgroupMedia, sends kids personalized videos from Santa even those who deserve a lump of coal. Tell the site your kid hasnt been so good, and the video Santa peers over his glasses and tells the child: Youre on my naughty watch. Another site, TextSanta.net, expects to send out close to 100,000 texts this year. T.J. Kirgin Jr., CEO of the 2-yearold texting operation and also leader of an advertising firm in St. Charles, Mo., said the idea is to be greener not generating all those paper letters and to raise money for charity. From every $3.99 text, $1 is donated to the March of Dimes. Kirgin said its a thrill for children not just to write to Santa, but to hear from him. One parent said (his son) was so excited that he got a text message from Santa that he actually peed his pants, Kirgin said. The child then feared that Santa would be upset at him for not being a big boy. The parents had Santa send another text to tell him it was OK. Sue Wangler, a grandmother who lives in Maryland Heights, Mo., has been using the service to have Santa send texts to her granddaughter and some other young friends for three years. She said the messages are helpful for her granddaughter and a close friend, both 9, who have been wondering whether Santas real. This text from Santa has prolonged the belief system a little longer, she said. Gogii, a mobile application development firm in Marina del Rey, Calif., for which Olanoff plays Santa, has an irreverent take on childrens Christmas lists. Olanoff posts some requests on his blog at textingsantaclaus.com, along with some cheeky responses. One texter asked for a pony. Really? Olanoff wrote on the blog (not back to the child). Kids still ask for those? Ponies are so like 1993. Texts, Web really do allow Santa to be everywhere these days Follow the News-Sun online on www.twitter.com/thenewssun

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And I wanta new lego starwars. Love, Joshua Dear Santa, I want to be rich. How do you get your elfsi. You give as books and toys. How do you get your work shop. Love, Ahrendo Dear Santa, I dont know how you make toys. And I Wish I can ride in your slay.I want a XBOX 360 with Halo Reach. Love, Isaac Dear Santa, I want a computer. And my whole family wants a nice new car. My sister wants a toy car. Stop. Love, Trista Dear Santa, I want a x box 360. I want a Legos. Love, Pete Dear Santa, My mom wants to spend time with Me and my sister. My dad wants to play with me and my sister. I want to be happy. My sister wants a toy. Santa, I will set cooks and milk for you. Love, Chris Dear Santa, I Love you Santa how do you make so much toys? I would like an amaricen Girl Doll. Love, Hayley Dear Santa, Can you make me a pranset? If you cant I still love you so. I want a Doll and piant stuf f. Love, Jermiara Dear Santa Claus, May I have a Kit Doll for Haley? 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I want a Dsi, a guitar, and a American Gill Doll.Merry Christmas Santa. Love, Hannah Faith Hages P.S. I love Santa! Dear Santa, How is the other ways to get in My house? I like to set out food for the deers.I whint a newchristmas tree and a Charlie Brown Coloring Book anda deesI. Merry christmas. Love, Christiana Tomblin. P.S. I love you Santa. Dear Santa, How do you make all those toys in one night?I like to play outside with my little brother.I want for Chistmas is the joy of Gods birth and some colts stuff and a p neklis. Merry Christmas. Love, Peyton Spencer Dear Santa, How much elfs do you have? Does Dancer dances? I Live in forlda. I wantatv. I wanta stuffet dofan. I want a dsi. Merr christmas! Love, Jaidyn Britt Dear Santa, Do you ever lissen to DMXs music? I love palying football and baseball. I want a DS. And a xbox3sixty.also a Laptop. merry chismas. Love, Dimitri Vega Dear Santa, How does Roodofs nose glows up? I have a cat.His name is sam.What I wfant for Christmas is a kitten, a bell on your sleigh.and I want is everyone to have a best Christmas ever!!I blive in you Santa. Merry Christmas! Love, Jasmine Dear Santa, What are you geting my Sister? I am in frist grade. I want a laptop. I want dsi. A justin bieber Shrit. Merry hristmas. Love, Kiara Garcia Dear Santa, Hou wrere The elfe brnerne? Santa Iiam in First Grade and I am 6 hers old. Hers Whte I want for Christmas. I wanta baby or Kitty and a Aouther2 kite. Merrre Christmas. Love, Marie Medina Dobson Dear Santa, How doow you get all of thos presins? I Hav Bieengo od and would like You too Brei ng me a BMX bike. Mer ry Christma. Love, Xavier. Dear Santa, Wut Dus Tne rupyLp Lo ok Like? I wut a iPoD and a camra. I Ben a Good Girl in Woodlawn. I have 21 SyB u s. Merry Christmas! Love, Macia Dear Santa, How Dus cair fli? War do yau git avs? Wut do yau li ke too et? I hav bin gud. I wu ta electc gatrand a selfon. Mer ry chnistmas! Love, Braxton Dear Santa, Wiy do youiy haf to fi nd elfs? I hav Ben a gooD Bo y. Can I get a PlayStash3? Mer ry Christmas! Love, Michael Dear Santa, Werer do yuo get Thot ha t? Can I ples have The be st Chrimis ever? I wont a CD r decares onbo mosir truk c. Merry Chrimis. Love, Jevin Dear Santa, Wut si yor Wif name? De ar Santa I wut new make up and I wut a fone. Merry Chistmas! Love, Yessena Dear Santa, How do you get all the pr esis? I want for crismas a NeteDoDesixl. Mer ry Christmas! Love, Yasmin Dear Santa, How do you getels? Cany ou PLes getmea Dsi anD a GoGoDog. Merry Christmas Love, Alayna Dear Santa, What Dose yor raber lo ok lik? Ive Been relgood. I wan t a zooful and a livw19. Mer ry Christmas! Love, Brigitte Dear Santa, My dose the reder fly? I b in a good girl all I want f or crismis IwantacPootr. Mer ry Christmas! Love, Jackie Manuel Dear Santa, Wher Did you get yo ur sleigh? I wod like if you w od give me legostarwars the t oy and Yogey the wii. Mer ry Christmas! 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h as sold in the mall, so she c ouldnt say if sales were up o r down from last year. The Butlers, on the other h and, have sold customized, h and-crafted fabric and wood i tems like sports team c ushions and dolls, bread b oxes and napkin holders f or five Christmas seasons at t he mall. I figure were 10 to 12 p ercent behind last year, s aid John Butler, who with h is wife Karen make their p roducts with their own h ands. Butler added, however, t hat last year had been an e xceptionally good year. The last two shopping d ays are usually our busiest, h e said, because of special g ifts needed at the last m inute. He said that their p rice range and variety made t hem popular with secret S antas. The Butlers, who travel to c raft shows, are known in H ighlands County because of t heir regular participation at t he Lake Placid Fair and S ebrings Roaring 20s event. Julie Dean, of Julies Gifts a nd Art, said considering the e conomy, sales were not too b ad. I came here four years a go, when the economy was m uch better and didnt do w ell, Dean said. You have t o think positive. If I do well I m going to open a perman ent gallery. Dean had warm words of p raise for the Lakeshore M alls management. She said o ther malls wanted four times a s much rent as she is paying h ere. The mall management is v ery good. They help me to g ive a good price to my cust omers. Dean sells quality art p rints and smaller items like l ucky bamboo and wine cadd ies. Kim Gauger, a mother d onating her time for Project G raduation, was busy turning p urchases into Christmas g ifts by wrapping them with c olorful paper and fancy b ows. In exchange, shoppers m ake a donation to the proje ct, which provides graduati ng seniors a safe place to c elebrate. Theyve kept us busy wrapping, especially since the 15th she said with a smile, as she curled ribbons with the edge of her scissors. Sometimes theres no time to even get a drink, she said. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday were busier than the weekend. One day we made $2,000. JoAnn Nicodemus was relaxed as she strolled the mall. I posted our gifts two weeks ago, she said with a twinkle, so we did good. In fact, she said, she has already received a photo from her grandchildren posing in the pajamas shed sent them, holding the accompanying dolls which are dressed in the same pajamas. Eileen May, CEO of the Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce, said that the feedback shes getting indicates while sales are not where retailers hoped they would be, they were better than last year. I think in general its a good year, she said. Many winter residents are back and have guests. Were getting a lot of visitors stopping at the Chamber and asking for the names of stores and restaurants. According to a report by Michelle Chapman in the Associated Press, nationally retail revenue went up 5.5 percent last weekend. The number of shoppers that weekend rose by 3 percent over 2009. ShopperTrak, which collects and analyses retail spending, anticipates a 4 percent rise in national sales for the holiday season. Sales fell by 0.4 percent during the 2009 Christmas season. Anything over 4 percent is considered a healthy gain. ShopperTrak reported Black Friday sales nationally were $10.69 billion. The Associated Press also reported online sales have been strong. As of Dec. 17, $27.5 billion has been spent online since Nov. 1 up 12 percent from 2009. Page 8ANews-SunFriday, December 24, 2010www.newssun.com Carole Polk, CRS, GRI (863) 840-1083 www.carolepolk.comcarole@carolepolk.comCertified Residential SpecialistWishing all of my friends and clients a blessed Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year. CUSTOMORDERS AVAILABLEBEST SELECTION BEST QUALITY BEST PRICE Aluminum PVC Sets Wicker Sets Bars & Bar Stools Glider Chairs Swivel Chairs Outdoor Rugs Outdoor Fireplaces Umbrellas Gas Fire Pits NEW STOCK JUST ARRIVED! Continued from page 1A Ford, the Wild Turkey Tavern, just to name a few, are the ones that made this happen. Without them, and a lot of others, this would have never happened, Sass said. Once the idea got started, the City of Avon Park opened the doors to the Community Center, and as the word got out, members of the VFWand families of the officers stepped up to help cook and to serve. We were at the point quickly where we had to turn volunteers away, there just wasnt enough to do, said Harbaugh, who ran the serving and the assembly in the kitchen with military precision. As the date was getting closer, Avon Parks Code Enforcement Officers stepped in to act as hosts and to bus the tables. When the logistics of cooking that many turkeys and hams began to become a reality, the Avon Park Correctional Institute took action and lent the large grills and volunteers to handle the meat. Man, can they cook or what? This is some of the best turkey I have ever tasted. Its moist and flavorful. It is wonderful, said Violet Simmon. At the dinner, over 200 people were fed in the first hour, and the service came partially from the City Manger Bruce Behrens. Isnt this great? Behrens asked as he waited in line to sit on Santas lap with his list. This is real community spirit. Councilman Paul Miller also attend the dinner, and lent a hand by wearing the beard and red coat for the kids. Ho, ho, ho, was all th e comment he had for the record. The contributions from the community have just amazed me, Sass said around 6:30 p.m. as citize ns continued to trickle in as the event wound down. The event was officially scheduled from 3 p.m. unt il 5 p.m., but it kept going because there was plenty o f food. We started about 3 a.m today, and I am a little tired, but it was worth it, Sass said. Officer Coogan, who is officially on leave with a newborn boy, could not be stopped for comment. He was busy serving pie Continued from page 1A Santa, of course. After being bundled and numbered, the presents this year are returned to the APFD, where the families can come and pick up the toys. The reward, says Remick, is seeing the kids when they realized that Santa made a stop at the APFD and because of his busy schedule, left presents there instead of a home delivery. Sometimes, you have to go out on a call, and you see the presents or the toys out there, and you know that you helped make that happen. And the look they have when they recognize you. They know they have a friend out there, Remick added. This year, we have grown as to how many to ys and families we can touc h. We hope to expand that ne xt year. Our goal is to get ov er 100, Remick added, takin g a breather as the pizzas we re delivered to feed the volu nteers. This is a great program and there is definitely a need out there, and the se folks are making it happen , he said. Continued from page 1A Feast brings APcommunity together News-Sun photo by ED BALDRIDG E Big Vince Forest (left) and his son Officer Vincent Forest serve Christmas dinner at the Community Center on Wednesday. News-Sun photo by KATARASIMMONS J ulie Dean is selling artwork and bamboo plants Thursday morning and says she has been pleased with her sales during the holiday season at the Lakeshore Mall in Sebring. Holiday sales up and down APFD wraps Toys for Tots We were at the point quickly where we had to turn volunteers away, there just wasnt enough to do.CHRISTYHARBAUGH APPD officer Follow the News-Sun on www.twitter.com/thenewssun www.facebook.com/newssun News-Sun photo by KATARASIMMONS John Butler says sales are down this year for he and his wife Karen, who operate a kiosk during the holiday season at Lakeshore Mall.

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NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OF MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 17, 2010. Personal Representative: /s/ JOHN THOMAS ELLER FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 24, 2010. Personal Representative: /s/ Janet Hermsen 410 Mac Lane Sebring, Florida 33875 Attorney for Personal Representative: /s/ Charlotte C. Stone Attorney for Janet Hermsen Florida Bar Number: 21297 Stone & Walder, P.L. 3200 US Hwy 27 S., Suite 304 Sebring, FL 33870 Telephone: (863)402-5424 Fax: (863)402-5425 E-Mail: Charlotte@StoneandWalder.com December 24, 31, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. 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Box 3146, Orlando, Florida 32802-3146 on or before January 7, 2011, and file the original with the clerk of the 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 or petition. DATED ON November 29, 2010. (SEAL) Highlands County Clerk of Circuit Court By: /s/ Toni Kopp Deputy Clerk December 17, 24, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No. 10-602-GCS WALKHAMPTON CAPITAL CORPORATION, Plaintiff, vs. ANY UNKNOWN PARTY WHO MAY CLAIM AS HEIR, DEVISEE, GRANTEE, ASSIGNEE, LIENOR, CREDITOR,, TRUSTEE, OR OTHER CLAIMANT, BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST WILLIAM COLE; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF WILLIAM L. COLE; PAULA LAMAR; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF PAULA LAMAR; CITY OF SEBRING; FIRST HOME FEDERAL SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION; and UNKNOWN TENANT, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: ANY UNKNOWN PARTY WHO MAY CLAIM AS HEIR, DEVISEE, GRANTEE, ASSIGNEE, LIENOR, CREDITOR, TRUSTEE, OR OTHER CLAIMANT, BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST WILLIAM COLE, last known address 400 Walnut Street, Sebring, FL 33870. Notice is hereby given to the ANY UNKNOWN PARTY WHO MAY CLAIM AS HEIR, DEVISEE, PLACID, FL 33852; 247 MADISON TERR, BRIDGEPORT, CT 06606; 22 DORIS ST., TRUMBULL, CT 06611; 1251 NW 90TH DRIVE, PLANTATION, FL 33322 If alive, and if dead, all parties claiming interest by, through, under or against WILLIAM J. MORAN; GAYLE P. MORAN and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property described herein. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: LOT 30, BOCK 60, OF PLACID LAKES, SECTION SIX, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 7, PAGE 68, PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. a/k/a 125 LIME RD NW LAKE PLACID, FL 33825 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if an, to it, on Diana Chung, Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is 2901 Stirling Road, Suite 300, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312 either on or before January 29, 2011. and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff's attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court this 20th day of December, 2010. ROBERT W. GERMAINE As Clerk of the Court By: /s/ Annette E. Daff As Deputy Clerk December 24, 31, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY CASE NO. 10001205GCS PHH MORTGAGE CORPORATION, Plaintiff, vs. WILLIAM J. MORAN, et. al. Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: WILLIAM J. MORAN Whose residence is: 125 LIME RD NW, LAKE PLACID, FL 33852; 247 MADISON TERR, BRIDGEPORT, CT 06606; 22 DORIS ST., TRUMBULL, CT 06611; 1251 NW 90TH DRIVE, PLANTATION, FL 33322 TO: GAYLE P. MORAN Whose residence is 125 LIME RD NW, LAKE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 10-1169-GCS HIGHLANDS INDEPENDENT BANK, Plaintiff, vs. SUN 'N LAKE BUILDERS, INC.; WILLIAM C. HAMM; JEFF ENDSLEY; JOSEPH D. ENDSLEY; FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL YACHTS, LLC; AND ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THEREIN NAMED DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; TENANT #1, TENANT #2, TENANT #3, AND TENANT #4, THE NAMES BEING FICTITIOUS TO ACCOUNT FOR PARTIES IN POSSESSION, Defendants. Notice of Action TO: William C. Hamm, III and Sun 'N Lake Builders, Inc. Last Known Address: 3131 West Xavier Road, Avon Park, FL 33825 Current Mailing Address: unknown Current Residence: unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property in Highlands County, Florida: Lots 26, 27 & 28, in Block 344, of SUN 'N LAKE ESTATES OF SEBRING, UNIT 16, according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 10, Page 4, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. Real Property Address: 4982, 4988, 4994 Myrtle Beach Drive, Sebring, FL 33872 Real Property tax ID #: C-04-34-28-160-3440-0280; C-04-34-28-160-3440-0270; C-04-34-28-160-3440-0260. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Mark A. Sessums, Plaintiff's Attorney, whose address is 625 Commerce Drive, Suite 304, Lakeland, FL 33813, on or before the 28th day of January, 2011, a date which is within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this Notice in the NEWS-SUN and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff's Attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED this 20th day of December, 2010 Bob Germaine Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Toni Kopp As Deputy Clerk December 24, 31, 2010 SESSION, Defendants. Notice of Action TO: George N. Jacobs and Delores A. Jacobs Last Known Address: 47 Meadowlake Circle S., Lake Placid, FL 33852 Current Mailing Address: unknown Current Residence: unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property in Highlands County, Florida: Lot 7 and 16, THE GROVE ON LAKE FRANCIS, according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 16, Page 68, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. Real Property Address: 2029 Jack Creek Drive, Lake Placid, FL 33852; and 2065 Jack Creek Drive, Lake Placid, FL 33852. Real Property tax identification numbers are: C-22-36-29-020-0000-0070; & C-22-36-29-020-0000-0160. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Mark A. Sessums, Plaintiff's Attorney, whose address is 625 Commerce Drive, Suite 304, Lakeland, FL 33813, on or before the 28th day of January, 2011, a date which is within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this Notice in the NEWS-SUN and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff's Attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED this 17th day of December, 2010 Bob Germaine Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Toni Kopp As Deputy Clerk December 24, 31, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 10-953-GCS HIGHLANDS INDEPENDENT BANK, Plaintiff, vs. GEORGE N. JACOBS; DELORES A. JACOBS; Husband and Wife; THE GROVE ON LAKE FRANCIS PROPERTY OWNERS' ASSOCIATION, INC.; AND ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THEREIN NAMED DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; TENANT #1, TENANT #2, TENANT #3, AND TENANT #4, THE NAMES BEING FICTITIOUS TO ACCOUNT FOR PARTIES IN POSIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 10-874-GCS HIGHLANDS INDEPENDENT BANK, Plaintiff, vs. GUILLERMO F. RUBIO; ERICA D. BROWN; AND ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THEREIN NAMED DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; TENANT #1, TENANT #2, TENANT #3, AND TENANT #4, THE NAMES BEING FICTITIOUS TO ACCOUNT FOR PARTIES IN POSSESSION, Defendants. Notice of Action TO: Guillermo F. Rubio Last Known Address: 11019 148th Ct., S.W., Miami, fL 33196 Current Mailing Address: unknown Current Residence: unknown Erica D. Brown Last Known Address: 820 Tivoli Circle, #208, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 Current Mailing Address: unknown Current Residence: unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property in Highlands County, Florida: Lot 5, in Bock 25, of SECOND RESUBDIVISION OF HOFFMAN'S GROVE ADDITION TO LAKE STEARNS, according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 96, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. Real Property Address: 204 Palmetto Avenue, Lake Placid, FL 33852; f/k/a 210 Palmetto Avenue, Lake Placid, FL 33852. Real Property tax identification number is: P-06-37-30-040-0250-0050. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Mark A. Sessums, Plaintiff's Attorney, whose address is 625 Commerce Drive, Suite 304, Lakeland, FL 33813, on or before the 28th day of January, 2011, a date which is within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this Notice in the NEWS-SUN and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff's Attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED this 20th day of December, 2010 Bob Germaine Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Toni Kopp As Deputy Clerk December 24, 31, 2010 property in Highlands County, Florida: Lot 17, in Bock 10, of HIGHLANDS PARK ESTATES, SECTION D, according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 86, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. Real Property Address: 106 Marshall Avenue, Lake Placid, FL 33852. Real Property tax ID #: C-20-36-30-040-0100-0170. AND Lot 3, in Block 10, of HIGHLANDS PARK ESTATES, SECTION D, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 86, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. Real Property Address: 134 Marshall Avenue, Lake Placid, FL 33852. Real Property tax ID #: C-20-36-30-040-0100-0030. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Mark A. Sessums, Plaintiff's Attorney, whose address is 625 Commerce Drive, Suite 304, Lakeland, FL 33813, on or before the 28th day of January, 2011, a date which is within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this Notice in the NEWS-SUN and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff's Attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED this 20th day of December, 2010 Bob Germaine Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Toni Kopp As Deputy Clerk December 24, 31, 2010 1050LegalsIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 10-790-GCS HIGHLANDS INDEPENDENT BANK, Plaintiff, vs. CASA BELLA DEVELOPERS, LLC; C & G FAMILY VENTURES, LLC; THREE (3) TEAM HOLDINGS, LLC; RICARDO D. GOMEZ; DENNISE S. AUSTIN; A NTHONY D. CASERTA; HIGHLANDS PARK ESTATES ASSOCIATION, INC; AND ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THEREIN NAMED DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR A LIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; TENA NT #1, TENANT #2, TENANT #3, AND TENANT #4, THE NAMES BEING FICTITIOUS TO ACCOUNT FOR PARTIES IN POSSESSION, Defendants. Notice of Action TO: Anthony D. Casserta, Three (3) Team Holdings, LLC; and C&G Family Ventures, LLC Last Known Address: 12121 NE 16th Avenue, Pembroke Pines, FL 33161 Current Mailing Address: unknown Current Residence: unknown Dennis S. Austin Last Known Address: 415 SW 183rd Way, Pembroke Pines, FL Current Mailing Address: unknown Current Residence: unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described 1050Legals 1000 Announcements Subscribe to the News-Sun Call 385-6155 Classified ads get fast results

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NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the ``Final Summary Judgment'' entered in the above-styled action, the property described below will be sold by the Clerk of this Court at public sale, 11:00 a.m. on January 4, 2011, to the highest bidder, for cash at 430 South Commerce Avenue, Sebring, Florida 33870-3867: Lot 1, Block 3, of Lake Blue Estates, according to the Plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 59, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Bob Germaine Clerk of the Circuit Court Highlands County, Florida /s/ Priscilla Michalak Deputy Clerk December 17, 24, 2010 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO: 10001500FCS JACK P. YOUNG, JR. Petitioner, And ANGELA DAWN TAYLOR Respondent. NOTICE OF ACTION To: Angela Dawn Taylor YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for dissolution of marriage has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of written defenses if any to: Jack P. Young, Jr., Petitioners, 2164 State Road 17 S. #2, Avon Park, Florida 33825, on or before January 3, 2011, and file the original with the Clerk of Court, 430 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring, Florida 33870, either before service on Petitioner or immediately Thereafter, otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Date: November 30, 2010 CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By: s/s Allie Riley Deputy Clerk December 3, 10, 17, 24, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 10TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 09000778GCS RIVERSIDE NATIONAL BANK OF FLORIDA, Plaintiff, v. EDMOND MARTINO, III and MARY MARTINO, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE i hereby given pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated March 17, 2010, and entered in Civil Action No. 09000778GCS in the Circuit Court of the Tenth Judicial Circuit in and for Highlands County, Florida, wherein RIVERSIDE NATIONAL BANK OF FLORIDA, is the Plaintiff, and EDMOND MARTINO, III and MARY MARTINO are the Defendants, I will sell to the highest bidder for cash at the 430 S. Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870 at 11:00 A.M. on January 12, 2011, the following described property, as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure, to-wit: LOT NUMBERED 4 AND 5, IN BLOCK NUMBER 4, SECTION R, OF HIGHLANDS PARK ESTATES, A SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE MAP FILED MAP BOOK 5, PAGE 17, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. The sad property as aforesaid, together with all tenements, hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging, or in anywise appertaining are being sold to satisfy the said judgment. DATED this 17th day of December, 2010. CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT, HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA By: /s/ Priscilla Michalak Deputy Clerk (Circuit Court Seal) December 24, 31, 2010 NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Pursuant to a WRIT OF EXECUTION issued out of the County County Court of the Tenth Judicial Circuit in and for Highlands County, Florida, on the 29th day of September, 2010, in the cause wherein AUTO OWNERS INSURANCE COMPANY, is Plaintiff, and KENNETH R. WACASTER, and PATRICIA WACASTER, are Defendants, being Case No. 2008-SC-000606 in the said Court, I, Susan Benton, Sheriff of Highlands County, Florida,have levied upon all of the Defendant, PATRICIA WACASTER's right, title and interest in and to the following described PERSONAL property in Highlands County, Florida, to-wit: Blue 2001 Lincoln Navigator 4 Dr Wagon Sport VIN Number: 5LMFU28R11LJ08374 and on the 18th day of January, 2011 at Duck's Body Shop, 1153 Hawthorne Drive, in the City of Sebring, Highlands County, Florida, at the hour of 11:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, I will offer for sale all of the said defendant, PATRICIA WACASTER's, right, title and interest in aforesaid property at public outcry and will sell the same, subject to all prior liens, encumbrances and judgments, if any, to the highest and best bidder or bidders for CASH, the proceeds to be applied as far as may be to the payment of costs and the satisfaction of the above-described execution. Dated this, December 14, 2010 SUSAN BENTON, SHERIFF OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA By: /s/ Kevin Awbrey Deputy Kevin Awbrey DEPUTY SHERIFF In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the agency sending this notice at 434 Fernleaf Ave., Sebring, FL 33870, Telephone 863/402-7228 not later than seven days prior to the proceeding. If hearing impaired, (TTD) 1-800-955-8771, or Voice (V) 1-800-955-8770, via Florida Relay Services. December 17, 24, 31, 2010; January 7, 2011 NOTICE OF DISPOSITION ACCORDING TO THE FLORIDA SELF STORAGE FACILITY ACT THE FOLLOWING STORAGE UNITS LOCATED AT THE STORAGE PLACE OF AVON PARK, 395 CR 17A WEST, AVON PARK, FL 33825 WILL BE DISPOSED OF ON JANUARY 17, 2011, AT 10:00AM. ALL UNITS ARE SAID TO CONTAIN HOUSEHOLD GOODS UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. Names and unit numbers are as follows: NAME UNIT NUMBER Irene Handley 353 Calvin Crowell II 339 Eric Boswell 307 DISPOSITION BEING MADE TO SATISFY LANDLORD'S LIEN, MANAGEMENT RESERVES ALL RIGHTS, UNDER FLORIDA LAW, ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE IN CASH. December 24, 31, 2010 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 28-2009-CA-001611 SAXON MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC., Plaintiff, vs. MARK F. SMICIKLAS, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated December 06, 2010 and entered in Case No. 28-2009-CA-001611 of the Circuit Court of the TENTH Judicial Circuit in and for HIGHLANDS County, Florida wherein SAXON MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC., is the Plaintiff and MARK F. SMICIKLAS; JANET K. SMICIKLAS; are the Defendants. The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM IN THE BASEMENT OF THE HIGHLANDS COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 430 SOUTH COMMERCE AVENUE at 11:00 AM, on the 4th day of January, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOTS 3 AND 4, BLOCK K, SUN N LAKES ESTATES SECTION 4, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 8, PAGE 34, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 105 SUNFISH LANE, LAKE PLACID, FL 33852 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of the Court on December 6, 2010. ROBERT W. GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Priscilla Michalak Deputy Clerk Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F09104542 SAXONFID-SPECFHLMC **See Americans with Disabilities Act In accordance with the Americans Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the individual or agency sending the notice at Echevarria & Associates, P.A., P.O. Box 25018, Tampa, FL 33622-5018, telephone (813) 251-4766, not later than seven (7) days prior to the proceeding. If hearing impaired, (TDD) 1-800-955-8771, or voice (V) 1-800-955-8770, via Florida Relay Service. December 17, 24, 2010 from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of the Court on December 6, 2010. ROBERT W. GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Priscilla Michalak Deputy Clerk Florida Default Law Group, P.L. P.O. Box 25018 Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 F09054324 SUNTRUST-SPECFHLMC **See Americans with Disabilities Act In accordance with the Americans Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the individual or agency sending the notice at Echevarria & Associates, P.A., P.O. Box 25018, Tampa, FL 33622-5018, telephone (813) 251-4766, not later than seven (7) days prior to the proceeding. If hearing impaired, (TDD) 1-800-955-8771, or voice (V) 1-800-955-8770, via Florida Relay Service. December 17, 24, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 28-2009-CA-000746 SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff, vs. GERALD CLOSE A/K/A GERALD W. CLOSE, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated December 06, 2010 and entered in Case No. 28-2009-CA-000746 of the Circuit Court of the TENTH Judicial Circuit in and for HIGHLANDS County, Florida wherein SUNTRUST MORTGAGE, INC., is the Plaintiff and GERALD CLOSE A/K/A GERALD W. CLOSE; REGIONS BANK D/B/A AMSOUTH BANK; TENANT #1 N/K/A JENNIFER EZELLE; are the Defendants. The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM IN THE BASEMENT OF THE HIGHLANDS COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 430 SOUTH COMMERCE AVENUE at 11:00 AM, on the 4th day of January, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: THE SOUTH 1/2 OF LOT 1, BLOCK 104, ORIGINAL TOWN OF SEBRING, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 1, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF DESOTO COUNTY, FLORIDA, OF WHICH HIGHLANDS COUNTY WAS FORMERLY A PART, AND IN TRANSCRIPT OF PLATS BOOK 1, PAGE 6, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT THE SOUTHWESTERLY CORNER OF SAID LOT 1 ON LAKEVIEW DRIVE, THENCE NORTHWESTERLY ALONG LAKEVIEW DRIVE ON THE WESTERLY LINE OF SAID LOT 1 A DISTANCE OF 50 FEET; THENCE NORTHEASTERLY PARALLEL TO AND 50 FEET NORTH OF LINE DIVIDING LOTS 1 AND 2 A DISTANCE OF 150 FEET MORE OR LESS TO THE WEST LINE OF FRANKLIN STREET, SAME BEING THE EASTERLY LINE OF LOT 1; THENCE SOUTHEASTERLY ALONG THE EASTERLY LINE OF SAID LOT 1 A DISTANCE OF 50 FEET TO THE SOUTHEASTERLY CORNER OF SAID LOT 1; THENCE SOUTHWESTERLY ALONG THE LINE DIVIDING LOTS 1 AND 2, A DISTANCE OF 150 FEET MORE OR LESS TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. A /K/A 401 S. FRANKLIN STREET, SEBRING, FL 33870 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 10-1140 GCS J. RUDY REINHARDT and SHIRLEY A. REINHARDT, his wife, Plaintiff, vs. ROBERT HOGGATT and PAULA HOGGATT a/k/a PAULA R. WOERDEMAN, husband and wife, Defendants. NOTICE OF SUIT-PROPERTY TO: Robert Hoggatt and Paula Hoggatt, a/k/a Paula R. Woerdeman and all other parties or persons claiming by or through them, 1933 N. Morningside Drive A von Park, Florida 33825 YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose on the following property in Highlands County, Florida: Lot 567 and Lot 568, AVON PARK LAKES, UNIT NO. 2, according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 89, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to Loretta J. Thompson, Esquire, MCCLURE & LOBOZZO, 211 South Ridgewood Drive, Sebring, FL 33870, the Plaintiff's attorney, and file the original with the Clerk of the above styled court on or before January 21, 2011; otherwise a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of said Court on the 8th day of December, 2010. ROBERT W. GERMAINE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: /s/ Toni Kopp Deputy Clerk If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Office of the Court Administrator 255 N. Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830, (863)534-4686, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. December 17, 24, 2010 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. PC 10-492 IN RE: ESTATE OF MILDRED JEAN RENFRO a.k.a. M. JEAN RENFRO TODD a.k.a. M. JEAN TODD a.k.a. JEAN JORDAN TODD a.k.a. JEAN M. TODD NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of MILDRED JEAN RENFRO a.k.a. M. JEAN RENFRO TODD a.k.a. M. JEAN TODD a.k.a. JEAN JORDAN TODD a.k.a. JEAN M. TODD, deceased, whose date of death was August 26, 2010, and whose social security number is 308-12-6328, is pending in the Circuit Court forHighlands County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 590 S. Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870. The names and addresses of the personal representatives and the personal representative's 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 notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) Y EARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 17, 2010. Personal Representatives: /s/ James A. Renfro 61 Grafton Road Upton, Massachusetts 01568 /s/ Jan L. Smith 1805 Crystal Street Anderson, Indiana 46012 A ttorney for Personal Representatives: / s/ David F. Lanier E-Mail Address: lanier@embarqmail.com Florida Bar No. 045399 DAVID F. LANIER P.O. Box 400 A von Park, Florida 33826-0400 Telephone: (863)453-4457 December 17, 24, 2010 4035 FOREST AVE. WESTERN SPRINGS, IL 60558 A ttorneys for Personal Representative: CLIFFORD M. ABLES, P.A. 551 SOUTH COMMERCE AVE. SEBRING, FL. 33870 (863) 385-0112 (863)385-1284 (FAX) cmables@cmablespa.net CLIFFORD M. ABLES, III Florida Bar Number 178379 JANE M. HANCOCK Florida BarNumber 341002 December 17, 24, 2010 1050Legals

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By KATE ROWLAND Special to the News-SunSEBRING Sebrings Devin Clarke and Avon Parks Alonzo Robertson were key players for the South squad in its 27-0 victory in Wednesdays 56th annual Florida Athletic Coaches Association North/South All Star Football Classic at Firemens Field. Despite the lopsided score, defense was the name of the game, as the South All Stars led 6-0 at the end of the third quarter on two field goals from Lake Wales kicker Marcelo Bonani. Bonanis 51-yard field goal about two minutes into the game was the longest in FACAAll-Star game history. Souths defense kept North off the scoreboard twice from within 20 yards, and twice blocked punts and passes. After a quiet start, Robertson was a defensive warrior for the South and a terror to the North squad. His sack, along with two tackles behind the line of scrimmage, resulted in losses. The Red Devil also knocked a pass out of midair and recorded three quarterback hurries. I kind of started slow and then I picked it up and started putting more pressure on the ball, Robertson said. It felt pretty good. Clarke saw plenty of action, including a 23-yard catch in the first quarter and two kick-off returns for 27 yards. Clarkes second kick-off return came in the second quarter. Shaking off three defenders, Clarke stayed on his feet and kept going until two North defensive players were finally able to take him down. It was fun, Clarke said. It was a great experience just going against the North team. Clarke was set to return a punt in the fourth quarter when the ball took a funny bounce. Before he could touch the ball, he was leveled by a North defender, resulting in a 15-yard penalty against the North. I saw him at the last minute and I just closed my eyes and went Oh, no, Clarke said. He just knocked the wind out of me. I could have gone back in the game. Sometimes hi ts arent as hard as they look . The North turned to an aggressive offense in t he By KATE ROWLAND Special to the News-Sun SEBRING Sebrings youth and inexperience came into play in Monday afternoons 58-27 non-district girls basketball loss to the more seasoned, senior-loaded Avon Park Red Devils. This was just a good oldfashioned butt whipping, thats all this was, said Sebring coach Mike Lee. They took advantage of our mistakes and capitalized. Thats what a well-coached, experienced team is going to do. Avon Park has some great athletes who play hard, come prepared and play to win. I have a lot of respect for them. Sebring led 3-2 early on, but that was the teams only advantage in the game. Lone Blue Streak senior Shannon Williams brought her team to within one, 9-8, as the first quarter came to an end, but Avon Park responded with 14 straight points to put the Red Devils up 23-8 halfway through the second quarter. Red Devil senior Markida Hawthorne scored three of her four 3-point field goals in the second quarter, and teammate Brekayla English sank three 3-pointers in the first half. The Red Devils arent a big team, Lee said, but they are predominantly seniors with plenty of experience and that makes them difficult to defend. If you play a zone against teams like this you give up outside shots, Lee said. If you go man-to-man an d guard players like Marki da and Brekayla, who know ho w to penetrate and have be en playing together a long tim e, if Markida drives, she know s exactly where Brekayla is and can dish to her. Its a trade off. You pi ck your poison. Were five sop homores and a freshma n. Were working, but its dif ficult against a team that s well-coached and has goo d athletes. Hawthorne led a ll scorers with 2 5 points. English talli ed 12 and sophomo re Tay Perry contribut ed 11 points for the R ed Devils. It makes it easi er on you as a coa ch when you have seasoned, ve teran players, said Avon Pa rk coach Paulette Daly. Th ey understand the game and th ey see the game. At certain times, Marki da can see things on the flo or and make a suggestion. It helps. Sebring sophomore All ie Mann stopped Avon Park s 14-point stretch with a 3pointer of her own, and t he Blue Streaks trailed 42-18 at halftime. Theyre a rival and I fe el it, said Mann, who led h er team with 11 points. B ut were a young team and w e have to learn things like ho w to break a press. Its a jou rney. They were definite ly more experienced shootin g wide. I think well come o ut SPORTS B SECTION News-Sun Friday, December 24, 2010 Page 4B News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE Markida Hawthorne goes up and under for two of her game-high 25 points in Avon Parks rout of Sebring Tuesday. Avon Park58Sebring27 Lady Red Devils scorch Sebring See AP, page 4B And Another Thing... Dan Hoehne MyFWC.comAnglers who plan on fishing during the holiday season may have some extra luck at lakes Walk-in-Water and Tiger, off State Road 60 near Lake Wales. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissions (FWC) Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management staff, along with volunteers, recently installed five new fish attractors in 7,000-acre Lake Walk-in-Water, also known as Lake Weohyakapka. The fish attractors are marked by large, white buoys. Three brush piles were placed along the western side of the lake, while two others were placed on the eastern side. Tiger Lake, a 2,200-acre body of water northeast of Lake Walk-in-Water, received two fish attractors: one on the north side and the other on the south end of the lake. Each site contains approximately 100 individual pieces of brush in a 50-foot diameter around the buoy. The submerged brush piles, which were sunk in 710 feet of water, are composed of either orange or oak trees and should last many years. Crappie anglers should find the attractors especially productive for fishing this time of year, as crappie often school in large numbers and seek thick cover. Bass, panfish and catfish anglers who target the brush piles also will be rewarded, since these species a re attracted to woody cover as well. For more information o n freshwater fishing opport unities, go to MyFWC.com/Fishing or call the FWC regional offi ce in Lakeland at 863-648-320 0 during regular workin g hours. Two Polk County lakes receive fish attractors It shouldnt have ended t he way it did at least t hats what we said a few w eeks ago when Brett F avres amazing career s eemed done in by a should er injury suffered in a game a gainst Buffalo. They way it went down t his past Monday night, to m e anyway, now that was t he more appropriate ending. Granted, it should have e nded last offseason, when it s eemed fitting that after perh aps the best regular season o f his career, a costly mist ake from the gunslinger e nded his season just short o f the Super Bowl. For that was Favres c areer in a nutshell. The excitement and exub erance that made for so m any wins. It also lead to those heartb reaking losses, but to the e nd, he stayed who he was, p layed it his way. And so while it was somew hat shocking to see him s uited up and ready to go M onday night barely more t han two weeks after the s houlder injury that most t hought had ended his seas on, if not career in a way i t shouldnt have been. All those years on the f rozen tundra of Green Bay, t hose meaningful December g ames with wind chill temp eratures in the single digits. So much of his legend was m ade in those games, in that s etting. With the collapse of the M etrodome taking Monday n ights game from the comf ortable climbs of an indoor s tadium to the outdoors of t he University of Minnesotas T FC Bank Stadium, in the m iddle of a Minnesota wint er, it must have been too p erfect for him to pass up. That it was against his o ldest and most often played a gainst foe, the Chicago B ears, well, that just tipped i t over the edge. I mean, in the waning w eeks of a lost season, M innesota finishes up a gainst Philadelphia and D etroit yawn. But a Monday Night F ootball contest, out in the b itter cold, wind swirling, s now and sleet falling, a gainst da Bears? That was the stage, setting a nd foe he should strap it on f or, one more time. Hobbled and beaten down, i t was almost inevitable he w ould get knocked out of the g ame in some way, shape or f orm. Perhaps it was the mindset o f Butch Cassidy and the S undance Kid as they made t hat final charge against the B olivian army. Knowing it would end b adly, but sucking it up one l ast time. Some say it would have b een the perfect ending for h im to reach 300 regular s eason games started in a r ow and then hanging it up. But as weve known for so l ong and as this season has e xemplified more fully, Brett F avre is not perfect. Which is why, getting k nocked out of Monday n ights game, by the Bears, o n a frozen field seems m uch more fitting. The right ending for Favre? Yep News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHN E Red Devil Alonzo Robertson gets an armful of ball carrier as he makes this tackle Wednesday night at Firemens Field. Robertson was on the South team in the 56th Annual FACA All-Star Football Classic. Robertson, Clarke help South to win in FACA I saw him at the last minute and I just closed my eyes and went Oh, no.DEVINCLARKE See CLASSIC, page 4B

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Sebring Elks Lodge 1529 Monthly Golf TournamentSEBRING The monthly Elks golf tournament will be held on Monday Jan. 3 at Harder Hall Country Club. Cost for the 8 a.m. shotgun start is $32 per player. To register either your team or as an individual player, contact Jack McLaughlin at 471-3295 or by email at jacknjudy33872@gmail.com Check in not later than 7:40 AM in the Harder Hall Golf Course restaurant area.New Year Golf BenefitSEBRING ANew Years golf tournament to benefit Eddie Bateman will tee off Saturday, Jan. 15 on the Deer Run course at Sun N Lake. The four-person scramble format will kick off with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Cost is $55 per person/$220 per team. There are also sponsorships available. AGold sponsorship is $1,000 and gets four hole signs, a banner and one team entry. ASilver sponsorship is $500 and includes two hole signs, a banner and one team entry. ABronze sponsorship gets two hole signs and a banner and a single hole sponsorship, for $100, gets one hole sign. There are also single sponsor donations available for $25. For more information, contact Jady Prescott at 381-2117 or jady_52@hotmail.com.Panther Volleyball CampAVONPARK The South Florida Community College Volleyball program will be hosting a four week training camp running from Jan. 6-Feb. 3 for players from 6th to 12th grade. The camp will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and provides individual skill development and basic tactics in a positive learning environment. All campers will receive individual and team instruction from Coach Kim Crawford and members of the 2010-11 Lady Panthers. Crawford is a three-time college AllAmerican and played professionally in Europe, on the Bud Light Professional Beach Tour for Team Nike and on the Pro California Grass Tour. She has been trained by many Olympic coaches and looks forward to sharing her vast volleyball knowledge with all camp participants. The camp cost is $100 and is limited to the first 30 to register. To register, go to www.southflorida.edu and select the vo lleyball site. Click on volleyball camp, print o ut Admissions Application and Emergen cy Treatment forms. Mail Admissions Application an d Emergency Treatment forms as indicat ed on application form, or bring to t he Cashiers Office in Building B. For more information, contact t he SFCC Athletic Department at the follow ing campus phone numbers at extensio n 7037 Avon Park/Sebring, 784-703 7; Lake Placid, 465-5300; DeSoto, 49 47500; Hardee, 773-2252; or ema il kim.crawford@southflorida.edu.YMCA New Years 5KSEBRING The Highlands Coun ty Family YMCAwill hold its first annu al New Years Day 5K Run/Walk starting at 9 a.m. at Highlands Hammock State Pa rk on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011. To register for the 5k run go to t he YMCAto pick up an entry form. Race day registration starts at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $20. For more information contact Jonath an at the YMCA, 863-382-9622.Panther 5KAVON PARK The second annu al South Florida Community Colle ge Panther 5K Run/Walk has been plann ed for Saturday, Feb. 26 at the SFC C Highland Campus. The SFCC Foundation, Inc. and B ill Jarrett Ford Mercury are sponsoring t he event, and proceeds benefit the college s intercollegiate athletics programs. The entry fee for the SFCC Panther 5 K Run/Walk is $20 through Feb. 16 and $2 5 from Feb. 17 through the day of the rac e. Students with a current I.D. may regi ster for $15. Every participant receives a Dri-F it long-sleeve shirt sizes cannot be gua ranteed for those who enter after Feb. 17 Registration is 7-7:45 a.m. on race d ay in the parking lot in front of the SFC C University Center. The race begins at 8 a.m. Entry forms are available online at www.southflorida.edu/panther5k Participants can mail their copies an d entry fees to the SFCC Foundation, In c., 13 East Main Street, Avon Park, F L 33825; or fax forms to 863-453-8023 an d call 863-453-3133 with credit card info rmation. For more information about the SFC C Panther 5K, call the SFCC Foundation at 863-453-3133. The Foundation will be closed for wi nter break Saturday, Dec. 18 throug h Tuesday, Jan. 4. AMERICAN CONFERENCEEast WLTPctPFPA x-New England1220.857446303 N.Y. Jets1040.714295259 Miami770.500239261 Buffalo4100.286273353 South WLTPctPFPA Indianapolis860.571381342 Jacksonville860.571319365 Tennessee680.429322282 Houston590.357333386 North WLTPctPFPA x-Pittsburgh1040.714307220 Baltimore1040.714324253 Cleveland590.357252271 Cincinnati3110.214281362 West WLTPctPFPA Kansas City950.643322281 San Diego860.571388260 Oakland770.500353330 Denver3110.214292415NATIONAL CONFERENCEEast WLTPctPFPA Philadelphia1040.714412339 N.Y. Giants950.643360288 Washington590.357268343 Dallas590.357354396 South WLTPctPFPA x-Atlanta1220.857369261 New Orleans1040.714354270 Tampa Bay860.571280290 Carolina2120.143183350 North WLTPctPFPA Chicago1040.714293242 Green Bay860.571333220 Minnesota590.357244314 Detroit4100.286308329 West WLTPctPFPA St. Louis680.429258295 Seattle680.429279363 San Francisco590.357250314 Arizona4100.286255370 x-clinched playoff spot ___ Thursdays Game Carolina at Pittsburgh, late Saturdays Game Dallas at Arizona, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26 Tennessee at Kansas City, 1 p.m. San Francisco at St. Louis, 1 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Chicago, 1 p.m. Baltimore at Cleveland, 1 p.m. New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Detroit at Miami, 1 p.m. Washington at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. Houston at Denver, 4:05 p.m. San Diego at Cincinnati, 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Green Bay, 4:15 p.m. Seattle at Tampa Bay, 4:15 p.m. Minnesota at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27 New Orleans at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m.EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division WLPctGB Boston234.852 New York1712.5867 Philadelphia1118.37913 Toronto1019.34514 New Jersey921.3001512Southeast Division WLPctGB Miami219.700 Atlanta1912.613212Orlando1612.5714 Charlotte919.32111 Washington720.2591212Central Division WLPctGB Chicago189.667 Indiana1314.4815 Milwaukee1116.4077 Detroit1019.3459 Cleveland821.27611WESTERN CONFERENCESouthwest Division WLPctGB San Antonio253.893 Dallas235.8212 New Orleans1712.586812Houston1415.4831112Memphis1217.4141312Northwest Division WLPctGB Utah219.700 Oklahoma City2010.6671 Denver1611.593312Portland1514.517512Minnesota624.20015 Pacific Division WLPctGB L.A. Lakers218.724 Phoenix1314.4817 Golden State1018.3571012L.A. Clippers822.2671312Sacramento521.1921412___ Tuesdays Games Oklahoma City 99, Charlotte 81 Dallas 105, Orlando 99 Chicago 121, Philadelphia 76 New Jersey 101, Memphis 94 Golden State 117, Sacramento 109, OT Milwaukee 98, L.A. Lakers 79 Wednesdays Games Atlanta 98, Cleveland 84 Detroit 115, Toronto 93 Chicago 87, Washington 80 Boston 84, Philadelphia 80 New York 112, Oklahoma City 98 Utah 112, Minnesota 107 New Orleans 105, New Jersey 91 San Antonio 109, Denver 103 Houston 97, L.A. Clippers 92 Thursdays Games San Antonio at Orlando, late Milwaukee at Sacramento, late Miami at Phoenix, late Fridays Games No Games ScheduledEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division WLOTPtsGFGA Philadelphia22854911787 Pittsburgh231024811581 N.Y. Rangers201414110591 N.Y. Islanders71862067105 New Jersey92222059103 Northeast Division WLOTPtsGFGA Montreal19132408977 Boston17114388968 Buffalo14164328997 Ottawa141743281106 Toronto121742875102 Southeast Division WLOTPtsGFGA Washington2012444109100 Tampa Bay1910543105111 Atlanta1912543117104 Carolina15134349099 Florida15170308783WESTERN CONFERENCECentral Division WLOTPtsGFGA Detroit21844611092 Chicago1914341115104 Nashville17106408483 Columbus17133378591 St. Louis16125378693 Northwest Division WLOTPtsGFGA Vancouver19854310583 Colorado1911442121110 Minnesota15134347991 Calgary141833192103 Edmonton121552985110 Pacific Division WLOTPtsGFGA Dallas211034510092 San Jose181154110295 Anaheim181644098111 Los Angeles19121399575 Phoenix15107378993 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. ___ Tuesdays Games Buffalo 5, Anaheim 2 St. Louis 4, Atlanta 2 Columbus 3, Calgary 1 Washington 5, New Jersey 1 Dallas 5, Montreal 2 Los Angeles 5, Colorado 0 San Jose 2, Edmonton 1 Wednesdays Games N.Y. Islanders 2, Tampa Bay 1, OT Pittsburgh 5, Florida 2 Detroit 5, Vancouver 4, OT Chicago 4, Nashville 1 Thursdays Games Atlanta at Boston, late Florida at Buffalo, late N.Y. Islanders at New Jersey, late Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers, late Pittsburgh at Washington, late Montreal at Carolina, late Vancouver at Columbus, late Detroit at St. Louis, late Ottawa at Nashville, late Calgary at Dallas, late Minnesota at Colorado, late Edmonton at Los Angeles, late Phoenix at San Jose, late Fridays Games No Games Scheduled EAST Albany, N.Y. 63, Colgate 61 Boston College 84, Bucknell 80 Cent. Connecticut St. 71, New Hampshire 50 Connecticut 81, Harvard 52 Dayton 69, Seton Hall 65 Elon 73, Navy 58 Fordham 80, Kennesaw St. 63 George Mason 85, Duquesne 79, 2OT George Washington 82, East Carolina 80 Hofstra 71, Holy Cross 56 Penn 78, Delaware 68 Pittsburgh 61, American U. 46 Princeton 75, Towson 65 Quinnipiac 88, Niagara 63 Rhode Island 73, Lafayette 65 Rider 77, La Salle 68 Siena 62, Georgia Tech 57 Syracuse 93, Drexel 65 UCF 64, Massachusetts 59 Vermont 84, Iona 79 Villanova 76, Monmouth, N.J. 36 SOUTH Campbell 57, UNC Wilmington 56 Charlotte 57, Wright St. 53 Clemson 66, Coll. of Charleston 59 Fla. International 87, Florida A&M 82 Florida 66, Radford 55 Furman 91, South Carolina 75 Georgia Southern 74, Georgia St. 72, OT Hampton 62, Liberty 59 Howard 69, Loyola, Md. 65 Idaho St. 77, Troy 73 James Madison 80, Marshall 73 Kentucky 89, Winthrop 52 Louisiana-Monroe 78, N. Colorado 75 Louisville 114, W. Kentucky 82 Maryland 89, N.J. Tech 50 Mississippi 83, Texas St. 72 N.C. State 72, Delaware St. 70 New Orleans 73, Huntingdon 68 North Texas 75, LSU 55 Richmond 63, UNC Greensboro 53 Seattle 59, Virginia 53 The Citadel 67, S. Carolina St. 57 MIDWEST Bowling Green 70, Manhattan 57 Bradley 73, Detroit 65 Cent. Michigan 63, Cornerstone 60 Cleveland St. 69, South Florida 62 Creighton 58, Samford 40 DePaul 71, Florida Atlantic 62 Missouri 75, Illinois 64 Missouri St. 77, Arkansas St. 70 Mount Union 57, Muskingum 51 Notre Dame 93, UMBC 53 Otterbein 78, Wittenberg 64 S. Illinois 61, N. Illinois 49 South Dakota 82, Loyola Marymount 70 St. Thomas, Minn. 61, Wis.-Stevens Pt. 54 Temple 76, Ohio 65 Texas 67, Michigan St. 55 SOUTHWEST Arkansas 67, Texas Southern 59 Canisius 78, Lamar 72 Loyola of Chicago 84, Texas-Pan American 76 SMU 49, Alabama St. 38 Texas Tech 73, Texas-Arlington 56 FAR WEST Akron 72, Stetson 56 Arizona 82, Robert Morris 56 Ark.-Little Rock 52, Oral Roberts 49 CS Bakersfield 89, UC Riverside 80 Gonzaga 64, Xavier 54 Kansas 78, California 63 Miami 73, Rice 67 Montana 71, Cal St.-Fullerton 57 N. Arizona 74, Air Force 63 N. Iowa 67, Indiana 61 New Mexico 89, Colorado 76 Oregon St. 74, Ill.-Chicago 54 Portland 88, Boise St. 79 SIU-Edwardsville 78, Longwood 71 San Diego St. 56, IUPUI 54 San Jose St. 95, Puget Sound 62 Santa Clara 99, CS Northridge 79 Utah St. 78, W. Michigan 57 Washington 90, Nevada 60 Wis.-Green Bay 68, Wyoming 62 TOURNAMENT Cancun Governors Cup First Round Colorado St. 82, Appalachian St. 79 Saint Louis 71, Northeastern 49 Southern Miss. 64, ETSU 60 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic First Round Baylor 83, San Diego 50 Butler 74, Utah 62 Washington St. 83, Mississippi St. 57BASEBALLAmerican League BOSTON RED SOXNamed Arnie Beyeler manager of Pawtucket (IL), Kevin Boles manager of Portland (EL), Bruce Crabbe manager, Kevin Walker pitching coach and Alex Ochoa hitting coach for Salem (Carolina), Dick Such pitching coach at Greenville (SAL), Carlos Febles manager and Paul Abbott pitching coach for Lowell (N.Y.-Penn), George Lombard manager and Dave Tomlin pitching coach for Gulf Coast Red Sox. KANSAS CITY ROYALSAssigned INF Joaquin Arias and INF Lance Zawadzki outright to Omaha (AAA). TAMPA BAY RAYSNamed Dave Eiland as a special assistant. National League HOUSTON ASTROSAgreed to terms with LHP Gustavo Chacin on a minorleague contract. MILWAUKEE BREWERSAgreed to terms with RHP Sean Green and INF Craig Counsell on one-year contracts. PITTSBURGH PIRATESDesignated RHP Joe Martinez for assignment. Named Dean Treanor manager of Indianapolis (IL), P.J. Forbes manager of Altoona (EL), Carlos Garcia of Bradenton (FSL), Gary Robinson manager of West Virginia (SAL), Dave Turgeon manager and Justin Meccage pitching coach for State College (NYPenn), Brad Fischer advisor-player development, Frank Kremblas coordinator of instruction, Jeff Livesey hitting coordinator, Gary Green infield coordinator, Luis Dorante, Latin America field coordinator and Scott Mitchell assistant pitching coordinator. SAN DIEGO PADRESNamed John Abbamondi vice president of strategy and business analysis. WASHINGTON NATIONALSAssigned LHP Matt Chico outright to Syracuse (IL)BASKETBALLNational Basketball Association CHARLOTTE BOBCATSAnnounced the resignation of coach Larry Brown. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERSSigned F Ike Diogu. LOCALSCHEDULE SPORTSSNAPSHOTS THESCOREBOARD Lake Placid MONDAY,Jan.3: Girls Basketball at Sebring,6/7:30 p.m. TUESDAY,Jan.4: Boys Basketball at Mulberry,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Basketball vs. Mulberry,6/7:30 p.m.; Boys Soccer at McKeel,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Soccer vs.McKeel, 6/7:30 p.m. Sebring MONDAY,Dec.27: Boys Basketball hosts Taveniere Tournament,TBA TUESDAY,Dec.28: Boys Basketball hosts Taveniere Tournament,TBA WEDNESDAY,Dec.29: Boys Basketball hosts Taveniere Tournament,TBA; Girls Weightlifting at Charlotte,2 p.m. Walker TUESDAY,Jan.4: Girls Basketball at Sebring JV,6 p.m. THURSDAY,Jan.6: Girls Basketball at Victory Christian,6 p.m.; Boys Basketball at Victory Christian,7:30 p.m. SATURDAY,Jan.8: Boys Basketball at Heartland Christian,6:30/8 p.m. Heartland Christian TUESDAY,Jan.4: Boys Basketball at Wellington Christian,American Airlines Arena, Miami,2 p.m. THURSDAY,Jan.6: JV Basketball vs.Moore Haven,6 p.m. SATURDAY,Jan.8: Boys Basketball vs.Walker Memorial,6:30/8 p.m. Avon Park TUESDAY,Dec.28: Boys Basketball at Hitchcock Challenge,Santa Fe,TBA WEDNESDAY,Dec.29: Boys Basketball at Hitchcock Challenge,Santa Fe,TBA; Girls Weightlifting at Charlotte,2 p.m. TUESDAY,Jan.4: Boys Basketball at McKeel,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Basketball vs.McKeel, 6/7:30 p.m.; Boys Soccer vs.Tenoroc,6:30 p.m.; Girls Soccer at Tenoroc,6:30 p.m. S S K K I I I I N N G G S SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 1 1 p p . m m . 2010 American Ski Classic . . . . . . . . . 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www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 24, 2010Page 3B 0002989103-01 US 27 between Avon Park and SebringAVON PARK & SEBRING 453-6644 LAKE PLACID & OTHER CITIES TOLL FREE 1-888-453-6644www.WellsMC.com In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of

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Golf HammockLast Monday, Dec. 13,the Mezza group played Individual ProAm Points at Golf Hammock. Winning first place in A group was Jim Gulick at minus 1, while second place was a tieat minus 6 and went to Mike Anselm and Doug Haire. B group first place was Danny Geirer at plus 3 and Jerry Patterson took second place while Aaron Heidemann took third place at minus 4. C group first place was Sal Sboto with plus 4, second place was Bill Alesi with plus 3 and third place went to Vince Johnston at minus 2. Next Monday will be a shotgun start beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Golf Hammock.Please arrive early to register. To play or sign up, please call Pete at 382-1280.PinecrestThe Mens Association played Team and Individual Pro-Am Points on Wednesday, Dec. 22. The team of Bob Watkins, Larry Holzworth and Roger Dowe took top honors with +11 while Don Lamb, Bib Kistler, Norm Demina and Bill Kays were second with +3. Jim Underwood won A Division with +8 and Watkins was second with +2. B Division saw a tie between Jack Litalien and Jim Elliott at +2 while Earl Plemmons took C Division with +5 and Terry Crocker, Demina and Ed Truax were tied for second at +3. D Divison went to Dowe at +7 with Bob Fidlin second at +3.River GreensA morning scramble was played Friday, Dec. 17. Tying for first/second/third/fourth/fifth places were David and Anne Kelly, Jeannie and Leo Persails, Terry Lewis, Keith and Pat Kincer, Harold Lee, Cliff Steele and Jack Sayre with 57 each. An afternoon scramble was played Friday, Dec. 17. Tying for first/second places were the teams of John and Laura Smutnick, Tim Thomas, John Hierholzer and Dick McClay; Emilo and Bobbie Mora, Tony Lankford, Dale Duncan, Jim Sizemore and Aurel Mack with 14-under each. The ladies association played a pro am tournament on Thursday, Dec. 116. Winning first place was the team of Dianne Stoddart, Pat Kincer, Marybeth Conroy and Donna Johnson with plus-15. Individual winners were: First place, Pat Kincer with plus-7.5; and second place, Pat Gower with plus6.5. The day of the Pats. The Morrison Group played a game Thursday, Dec. 16. The winners were: First place, Cliff Steele and Romy Febre with minus-15; second place, Lefty St. Pierre and Jim Cercy with minus-14; and third place, Vince Boever and Larry Roy with minus-13. The mens association played a pro am tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 15. Winning first place was the team of Peter March, J.R. Messier, Vince Boever and Johnny Wehunt with plus11; and second place, Leo Persails, Ken Brunswick, Lefty St. Pierre and Clark Austin with plus-3.5. Individual winners were: A Flight: Vince Boever with plus-4.5. B Flight: Ken Brunswick with plus2.5. C Flight: Johnny Wehunt with plus7.5.SpringLakeAfter several weeks of no golf, the SpringLake Women's Golf Association members were certainly ready for some warmer, sunnier days. A four-person team Pro-Am Points Tournament was held Wednesday, Dec. 22 on the Panther Course with five teams competing. First place winners were Pearl Bradford, Debbie Delaney, Ann McWilliams and Julia Starr who finished with a total of 58 points. Second place was won by the team of Barb Stevens, Jan Nelson, Rosie Foote and Carolyn Irvine with 48 points. The Spring Lake Mens Golf Association held a Two Man Team Pointstournament on Tuesday, Dec. 21. In this competition, a bogey counted as one point, a par was two points, a birdie as four points and an eagle as six points on a netof-handicap basis. The A Flight was won by Edd Vowels and Bob Rogers with 84 points, strongly influenced by Mr. Vowels hot net 67. Second place was taken by Wayne Nelson and Gene Hearn, who scored 80 points. In third place was Joe Austin and Ron Brochu, who came in with 79 points. The B Flight was won by Gale Monda and Dave Docherty with 96 points. In second place was Dan Porter and Bill Robbins with 87 points also heavily influenced by(88 year old) Mr.Robbins net 67. Coming in third was Chips Ryan and Ken Willey with 72 points. The warmer weather was greatly appreciated. Page 4BNews-SunFriday, December 24, 2010www.newssun.com 6 MONTH MEMBERSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE(863) 382-0500 3201 Golfview Rd. Sebring(863) 382-0744for 9 Hole Executive RatesPrices good thru 12/31/10 Incl. Tax & CartMonday thru Friday:8am 1pm $25By 8, After 1 $20 Saturday & Sunday: $20 stronger the rest of the year, especially in district games. The Red Devils began the second half with a 12point streak and outscored the Blue Streaks 12-2 in the third quarter. Hawthornes lay up with a couple of minutes to go in the third put Avon Park on top 54-18, putting the running clock into effect. Sebring freshman Jamiese Wiley was fouled at the end of the third and sank both free throws to account for her teams total points in the quarter. Every time we play Sebring we play our hardest, said Hawthorne. Theyre a rival and we wanted to win. This was my last game against Sebring, so Im happy. We want to win districts. Thats our next main goal. The two teams played a closer game in midNovember, with Avon Park winning 57-42 at home. Sebring senior Shannon Williams said she has played the Red Devils eight times during her high school career and can recall two victories, once as a freshman and the second last year. Im glad Im done playing them, she said. I dont really pay attention to the rivalry, though. Im looking forward to college, hopefully. Sebring travels to Lake Placid for a non-district game on Jan. 3 and Avon Park is off until Jan. 6, when they travel to Lake Region. Continued from 1B News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHNE Allie Mann lead Sebring with 11 points Tuesday but it wasnt nearly enough as the Lady Streaks took a loss to visiting Avon Park. AP goes to break on a winning note CLASS 6A 1. Miami Central (6), 14-1, 60, 3 2. Orlando Dr. Phillips, 14-1, 54, 1 3. Sanford Seminole, 11-3, 37, 10 4. Weston Cypress Bay, 11-3, 34, NR 5. Homestead South Dade, 11-2, 33, 6 6. Miami Northwestern, 9-3, 24, 7 7. Miami Southridge, 10-2, 17, 8 T8. Loxahatchee Seminole Ridge, 11-2, 15, NR T8. Miami Columbus, 10-1, 15, NR 10. Winter Park, 11-1, 14, 5 Others Receiving Votes: Apopka 11, Oakland Park Northeast 8, Orange Park 8 CLASS 5A 1. Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (6), 15-0, 60, 1 2. Tampa Plant, 12-3, 54, 6 3. Bradenton Manatee, 13-1, 48, 2 4. Lakeland, 13-1, 41, 3 T5. Clearwater Countryside, 12-1, 30, 8 T5. Fleming Island, 12-1, 30, 6 7. Jacksonville First Coast, 11-1, 18, 3 8. Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson, 9-4, 17, NR 9. Venice, 8-4, 8, NR T10. Palm Bay Bayside, 10-4, NR T10. Pompano Beach Blanche Ely, 9-3, 9 Others Receiving Votes: Hollywood South Broward 5, St. Petersburg 5, Tampa Bay Tech 2 CLASS 4A 1. Tallahassee Lincoln (6), 11-4, 60, NR 2. Seffner Armwood, 14-1, 54, 1 3. Dwyer, 12-2, 46, 2 T4. Navarre, 11-2, 35, 8 T4. Punta Gorda Charlotte, 12-1, 35, 3 6. Melbourne Palm Bay, 12-1, 32, 4 7. Gainesville, 11-3, 26, 7 8. Pensacola Pine Forest, 9-3, 18, 5 9. Cape Coral, 10-2, 8, 6 10. Lakeland Lake Gibson, 9-4, 7, NR Others Receiving Votes: Niceville 5, Tampa Hillsborough 4 CLASS 3A 1. Tampa Jefferson (6), 15-0, 60, 1 2. Miami Norland, 13-2, 54, NR 3. St. Augustine, 13-1, 47, 3 4. South Fort Myers, 12-1, 42, 5 5. Pensacola, 12-1, 33, 2 6. Bradenton Southeast, 10-3, 25, NR T7. Naples, 11-1, 16, 6 T7. Ocala Vanguard, 10-3, 16, NR 9. Southwest Ranches Archbishop McCarthy, 10-2, 8, NR T10. Citra North Marion, 10-2, 7, NR T10. Winter Haven, 10-2, 7, NR Others Receiving Votes: Fort Pierce Westwood 4, Green Cove Springs Clay 4, Miami Belen Jesuit 4, Lake Wales 2, Miami Washington 1 CLASS 2A 1. Cocoa (6), 14-0, 60, 1 2. Belle Glade Glades Central, 13-2, 54, 4 3. Madison County, 12-1, 48, 2 4. Tampa Robinson, 11-2, 40, 7 T5. Orlando Bishop Moore, 9-3, 31, 5 T5. Orlando Jones, 9-2, 31, 7 7. Tampa Jesuit, 11-1, 23, 3 8. Plantation American Heritage, 7-5, 13, 10 9. Jacksonville Ribault, 8-3, 10, 6 10. Jacksonville Raines, 8-3, 7, NR Others Receiving Votes: Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons 5, Titusville Astronaut 5, Tallahassee Godby 3 CLASS 2B 1. Ocala Trinity Catholic (6), 14-0, 60, 2 2. Davie University School, 13-1, 54, 3 3. Pensacola Catholic, 8-5, 44, 4 4. Jacksonville Bolles, 11-1, 39, 1 5. Cape Coral Island Coast, 11-2, 35, 7 6. Perry Taylor County, 11-1, 30, 6 7. Miami Monsignor Pace, 10-1, 26, 5 8. Orlando Lake Highland Prep, 9-3, 17,9 9. Yulee, 8-3, 16, 8 10. West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman, 7-4, 5, NR Others Receiving Votes: Fort White 3, Mount Dora 1 CLASS 1A 1. Jacksonville Trinity Christian (6), 12-2, 60, 1 2. Delray Beach American Heritage, 10-4, 54, 7 3. Fort Meade, 11-2, 46, 3 4. Jacksonville Providence, 10-2, 37, 4 5. Tampa Berkeley Prep, 9-3, 30, 5 6. West Palm Beach King's Academy, 10-2, 25, 8 7. Melbourne Central Catholic, 10-1, 23, 2 8. Bratt Northview, 11-2, 14, NR 9. Orlando First Academy, 9-2, 11, 6 10. Jasper Hamilton County, 7-4, 10, NR Others Receiving Votes: Freeport 9, Miami Dade Christian 9, Bristol Liberty County 2, The Villages 1 CLASS 1B 1. Belle Glade Glades Day (6), 10-4, 60, 10 2. South Daytona Warner Christian, 13-1, 54, 1 3. Lakeland Victory Christian, 12-1, 45, 2 4. Monticello Jefferson County, 10-3, 39, 7 5. Jupiter Christian, 10-2, 36, 3 6. St. Petersburg Admiral Farragut, 10-2, 29, 8 7. Mayo Lafayette, 10-2, 28, 4 8. Fort Myers Evangelical Christian, 9-2, 17, 5 9. Deltona Trinity Christian, 10-2, 11, 6 10. Florida City Barrington Christian, 7-3, 7, NR Others Receivin g Votes: Hawthorne 3 Final Florida High School Football Rankings News-Sun photo by DAN HOEHN E Sebrings Devin Clarke makes a move on this screen pass, leading to a 20-yard gain, in Wednesdays FACA All-Star Football Classic. fourth quarter, resulting in two South interceptions for touchdowns as Robertson and his teammates hurried the quarterback. Robertson said the game was a big boost and made him feel better about his ability to play college ball. My confidence is pretty high going into the next level, he said. Clarke will be playing in one last all-star game, t he NUC All-World Gridiro n Classic in Charleston, S.C I have four days to re st up and get ready for th at one and I leave on t he 27th, Clarke said. I m really looking forward to it. Continued from 1B Classic sees a win for the South Classified Ads 385-6155 NEWS-SUN

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Lawmakers are consi dering a proposal to exten d the states limited imm unity from lawsuits to Medicaid providers. Sink said that mea ns taxpayers, rather th an doctors and their insurer s, would pay verdicts or se ttlements of up to $100,000 per person f or their mistakes a lim it that will increase to $200,000 next October. The Legislature al so can lift the cap on a cas eby-case basis. Family Features Technological advances have made it possible to house full wireless connectivity in one small hearing aid at the push of a button, you can connect a hearing device to telephones, TV, MP3 music players and other audio transmitters. DearReaders: Each h oliday season I become m ore introspective. R ecently, I counted my b lessings and I realized h ow fortunate I am to have a great doctor. Feeling well i s one of the best gifts in l ife. My story is about one m an who has made it his m ission to help others. H es brought over 10,000 b abies into this world duri ng his career. His name is D r. Douglas Hall. A lthough 70 years old, he l ooks 50 and has the energ y of a 30 something. I i magine its because he has a really good physician ... h imself. He will laugh out l oud when he reads this, b ut allow me to digress. Hall is what I call good p eople and we have these w onderful souls all over t he world. Doctors who t ake care of strangers as t hey wish to be treated t hemselves. Its a good m essage this holiday seas on: Do unto others as you w ould have others do unto y ou. I have met many physic ians in my life and while I m grateful for their e xpertise and attempts to h eal the ills of humanity, I ve noticed that most are a n overly stressed and b usy lot. Too many confine t heir education to drug c ompany-sponsored semin ars only. Most finish s tudying once they have t hat coveted medical diplom a in hand. Very few ever r eview clinical trials as if y our life depends on it. N ews flash, it does! Being a functional medic ine practitioner, Dr. Hall o rders unique tests to find o ut exactly what is wrong a nd uses dietary supplem ents as part of his protoc ol. Sometimes medicat ions are needed, but you a re not reduced to a dise ase requiring a prescript ion for the drug of the m onth. Having shadowed him, I k now it would be easier to h and out prescriptions all d ay rather than explain y our nutrient deficiency a nd offer high quality supp lements which correct it. S ometimes, he runs late, but thats because hes busy explaining (with powerpoint slides) what needs to change in order for you to get well. Is it an iron-deficiency? Mercury overload? Estrogen dominance? Testosterone deficiency? Gluten allergy? Parasites? Candida overgrowth? These are common misdiagnosed conditions that cause terrible symptoms. Ive often seen him do a fist pump like a champ in his hallway because he was so excited to have made an important discovery for a sick patient. And when was the last time your doctor high-fived you over your newest blood work? I got one when my vitamin D levels normalized. By Dr. Halls age, most physicians retire. I asked him why still practices, and pores over medical studies like this. Suzy, he emphatically replied, If I help even one patient today by learning something new, then I have done my job. So serious is he, that he wakes at 4 a.m. every morning to review new studies before opening the clinic. To some, ignorance may be bliss, but if you are a physician, its downright dangerous. I hope you feel inspired this Christmas to give yourself the gift of health, by finding a local physician who stays current and really cares about you. Suzy Cohen is a registered pharmacist and the author of The 24-Hour Pharmacist and Real Solutions. For more information, visit www. DearPharmacist. com. This information is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure your condition. Doctors should do unto others... Dear Pharmacist Suzy Cohen How to chose the right hearing aid Sink: Medicaid proposal would cost Fla. millions Special to the News-SunHOUSTON Exercise c ant stop the aging p rocess, but experts at B aylor College of Medicine i n Houston say that for the e lderly, whether it's weight t raining, walking, swimm ing or biking, 30 minutes o f exercise three to five t imes a week is a good pres cription for aging. It's never too late to s tart exercising, said Dr. R obert Roush, an associate p rofessor of medicine-geria trics at BCM. Being p hysically active and exerc ising regularly can help prevent or delay some diseases and disabilities as people age. Loss of muscle mass typically begins in the 30s or 40s. As muscles shrink, fat cells take their place and that leads to a slowdown in metabolism and weight gain even if caloric intake and expenditure remains the same. Any type of movement can be considered exercise, but resistance weight training has been shown to be the best way to reduce the loss of lean muscle, Roush said. Exercise does the elderly body good Classified ads get results! Call 385-6155 NEWS-SUN Classified Ads 385-6155 NEWS-SUN

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Page 6BNews-SunFriday, December 24, 2010www.newssun.com Some Risks Are Worth Taking. Your Health Isnt One of Them. First, 32 people die every day of skin cancer in the USA. Second, most skin cancer deaths are preventable. Therefore, forgiveness is the chance to prevent skin cancer with a Dermatology skin exam. Therefore, forgiveness is the Lord offering you free will to not be a statistic. SAVE YOUR OWN LIFE. OR LET US DO IT FOR YOU.Darrin A. Rotman, M. D. Julie L. Iellimo, P. A. C. Jennifer A. Wolf, P. A. C.863-386-0786Darrin A. Rotman, M.D. 126 Bed Inpatient, Acute Care Hospital 16 Bed Intensive Care Unit New 13 Bed Emergency Department with fully integrated Electronic Medical Records at each Bedside 12 Bed Ambulatory Care Center 7 Labor Delivery Recovery Postpartum (LDRP) Beds in the OB Unit Our newly transformed digitally integrated Operating Rooms featuring state of the art Smart ORs consist of ve suites one cysto room and four major suites as well as two Endoscopy Suites. Cardiac Catheterization Lab Vascular Care Unit with focus on dialysis, stula, and shunt revisions Outreach Laboratory with extended hours and accredited by CAP and AABB CT Scanner, MRI, PET CT Scanner, and fully functional PACS System New Sleep Center offering week-end appointments. Three Board Certified Physicians. Beautiful appointed comfort rooms, group support and follow ups. Coming Soon New Digital Mammography Center Highlands Medical Group, A Medical Practice that includes 14 physicians and 10 locations in Sebring and Lake Placid serving Highlands County. Specialties include: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, OB/GYN, Orthopedics, Urology, General Surgery and Vascular Surgery. For more information or to schedule an appointment (863) 471-9964. The Wound Care Center 7200 South George Boulevard, Sebring. The Center is staffed with a unique team of doctors and nurses all dedicated to the healing of Chronic Wounds. For more information (863) 382-2032. No referral necessary. Highlands Regional Rehabilitative Services Out-patient Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, 3345 Medical Hill Road, Sebring. For more information (863) 471-6336. Life is about making choices Shouldnt they all be this easy? 3600 Highlands Avenue, Sebring 863-385-6101 www.highlandsregional.com Exclusively Available at Highlands Regional Medical CenterExtra Fast, Extra Easy, Extra Great Emergency Care Dr. Rey Pardo, M. D.13 Ryant Blvd., Sebring, FL 33870 (863)382-2110IMAGINE YOUR LIFE WITHOUT PAIN!CALL TODAY FOR A CONSULTATION!NOW OPEN HEALTHYLIVING By DAN ELLIOTT Associated PressCOLORADO SPRINGS, C olo. Strangers somet imes ask if they can touch 1 -year-old Coltyn H ermanstorfer on the head o r take his photo after he a nd his mother, Tracy, recove red from a near-death exper ience during childbirth last C hristmas Eve. People feel that he is, l ike, somehow connected r ight directly with God, s aid Coltyns father, Mike H ermanstorfer. Mike Hermanstorfer isnt c onvinced of that Well f ind that out later in life, he s aid but he has no doubt i t was a miracle, and he u nderstands if others want to g et as close to it as they can. Im not going to deny a nybody, he said. Tracy Hermanstorfer, now 3 4, went into cardiac arrest w hile preparing to give birth a t Memorial Hospital in C olorado Springs on Dec. 2 4. Doctors quickly delive red Coltyn by emergency C esarean section, but he a ppeared lifeless, Mike H ermanstorfer said. Hermanstorfer was at his w ifes side when her heart s topped beating. He thought h e had lost both her and t heir newborn son. But doct ors revived Coltyn in his f athers arms. And then a n urse told Hermanstorfer his w ifes pulse had inexplicably r eturned and that she would p robably survive. She was without a pulse f or about four minutes, her d octor said. Mother and child are h ealthy, with no apparent a fter effects and no medical e xplanation for what happ ened. Thats why I mark this u p as a miracle, said H ermanstorfer, 38. Theres n o other explanation anyw here from anybody that can e xplain anything different to m e. Coltyn squirmed, pushed a nd babbled happily as his p arents and two brothers w atched during a recent i nterview. Hes developing and at t he right level hes supposed t o, Tracy Hermanstorfer s aid in a quiet, happy voice. Ive done a couple tests and I come out just perfectly healthy. We still havent figured it out, how it happened and why it happened. Stephanie Martin, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Memorial Hospital, said she referred Tracy Hermanstorfer to specialists who explored various theories but came up empty. We dont have a medical explanation for what happened, she said. We have theories but nothing we can prove. Those theories included an overactive component of the nervous system and a reaction to an anesthetic, but neither held up. Mike Hermanstorfer still seems rattled by the experience. I witnessed my wife die in front of my face. I witnessed my child I dont really want to say dead, because youve got to live first. But he wasnt breathing, Hermanstorfer said. Hermanstorfer said he suffers nightmares and frequently awakens at night to make sure his wife and baby are still there. With Tracy already going into cardiac arrest ... you never know if its going to happen again, he said. The Hermanstorfers have hit hard times since Coltyn was born. Mike Hermanstorfer said he lost his job with a towing company because he missed so much work looking after his wife and baby. The family was evicted from their home when they fell behind on the rent and had to move in with Tracys mother. Hermanstorfer said he also fell behind on alimony payments to an ex-wife and spent time in jail because of it. The couple said they have no health insurance. Were having trouble finding the tunnel, let alone the light at the end of it, Mike Hermanstorfer said. The couple said they have found comfort in family, which they say has drawn closer since Coltyns birth. Their 4-year-old son, Kanyen, has become Coltyns big brother-protector. Twelve-year-old Austin, Tracy Hermanstorfers son from a previous marriage, has buckled down at school. The only sign that either older brother felt left out amid the fuss about Coltyn was when producers for Oprah didnt invite them to accompany their parents and baby brother to Chicago in February to tape a segment for the show. Aspokeswoman for the show said she did not know when it might be broadcast. Austin was upset by that, Tracy Hermanstorfer said. He was like, OK, were part of this family.And I think were learning that with a lot of people now. We point out to them that were a family of five, not three. Family still in awe of mom, babys recovery after Christmas Eve miracle MCTphoto Tracy Hermanstorfer kisses her son, Coltyn, in the hospital shortly after his birth last year. I witnessed my wife die in front of my face. I witnessed my child I dont really want to say dead, because youve got to live first. But he wasnt breathing.MIKEHERMANSTORFER father Follow the News-Sun on www.twitter.com/thenewssun www.facebook.com/newssun Panic attack and anxiety support groupPanic Relief Inc., a nonp rofit educational organizat ion, is now offering free t elephone support groups a nd seminars from 7-7:30 p .m., each Wednesday. The groups will discuss h ow you can feel better as w ell as creating a life that c an be filled with joy and s atisfaction. Discussion is very import ant. For those who do not w ant to talk, you will benefit f rom what others have to s ay. Each week is independent s o if you cannot join the c all, you can just participate at a time that works for you. Call (218) 844-3388, access code 121942. For more information, visit panicreliefinc.com.Community outreachAce Homecare community outreach events for the upcoming week: Monday, 1 p.m., Caregivers Support Group, Crown Pointe Assisted Living Community, Sun n Lake Blvd., Sebring. Tuesday, 9 a.m., Health Fair, Groves, behind Sebring Diner, U.S. 27, Sebring. Wednesday, 9 a.m., Health Fair, Avon Park Meal Site, Main Street, Avon Park. Snapshots The news is just a click away!www.newssun.com NEWS-SUN Associated PressLOS ANGELES For nearly a decade, Cristina Iaboni tried to tame her diabetes the usual way, through daily shots of insulin and other medicine. Still, her blood sugar raged out of control. So Iaboni combed the Internet for another solution and found a doctor who is testing weight loss surgery on diabetics who, like herself, are merely overweight or a tad obese in an attempt to curb the chronic disease. Scientists in recent years have discovered that diabetes all but disappears in some obese patients soon after the operation. Many were able to achieve normal blood sugar and ditch their medications. But does the benefit extend to diabetics who are not quite as hefty? Performing surgery on the not-as-obese with the goal of reversing diabetes is provocative. Iabonis surgeon is one of a handful of doctors around the world stretching the rules to see if the weight loss operation helps. Iaboni had gastric bypass surgery last fall at New York-Presbyterian/Wei ll Cornell Medical Center as part of a study. In gastr ic bypass or stomach staplin g surgery, the stomach is reduced to a thumb-siz ed pouch that holds less food Now 50 pounds lighte r, she has stopped taking di abetes medications. H er blood sugar is almost no rmal. I didnt care if I lost an y weight. I just wanted t he diabetes to go away, sa id the 45-year-old Connectic ut mother of two teenagers. The twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes a re fueling an international pu blic health threat. In t he United States, one out of five people with obesit ylinked Type 2 diabetes a re morbidly obese defin ed as 100 pounds overweight There are strict rules f or who can go under the knif e. Federal guidelines s ay surgery candidates must be morbidly obese with a bod y mass index over 40, or a BMI over 35 plus a weigh trelated medical problem li ke diabetes or high blood pre ssure. Insurers use the cutoffs in deciding whether to pay f or the procedure. Diabetics eye obesity surgery to tame blood sugar levels

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www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 24, 2010Page 7B RELIGION Atonement Lutheran SEBRING Everyone is invited to join today at 7 p.m. for a special Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with Communion. Dave Thoresen will be the worship leader for this special service. With minor modifications, this is the identical service that was done by the beloved former interim pastor, the Rev. Dr. Harry L. (Jack) Biemiller. This service is being performed in memory of Jack. Sunday of Christmas worship will be led by the Rev. Jim Hornwith Holy Eucharist. The church will also have the installation of the new council members. The council meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3. At 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16 Thoresen will be consecrated as a Deacon in ELCA. Bishop Ed Benoway of the Florida Bahams Synod and other dignitaries will participate in the service. Avon Park Church of ChristAVON PARK Getting Spiritually Ready for 2011 (Philippians 2:14-16) will be the message Sunday morning presented by Minister Larry Roberts. The Sunday evening service will be a Bible study from the book of Psalms. Avon Park Church of Christ is at 200 S. Forest Ave. Call 453-4692.Christ Lutheran AVON PARK Pastor Scott McLean will preach a sermon today titled Its About Time! The traditional Lutheran Candlelight, Carols and Communion service is at 7 p.m. The church is at 1320 County Road 64, east the Avon Park High School. Call 471-2663 or search the Internet for christlutheranavonpark.org.Christian Science SEBRING The lesson sermon on Sunday morning is titled Christian Science. The keynote is from Isaiah 60:1 thy, ...thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. The church is at 146 N. Franklin St.Christian Training SEBRING Associate Minister Casey L. Downing will bring the message titled After Christmas at the Sunday morning service. The Wednesday night Bible study will continue the book of Hebrews. Eastside Christian LAKE PLACID Aspecial Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is planned for 6:30 p.m. today There was not a Bible study Wednesday, but it wi ll start again at 6:30 p.m. Dec 29. Emmanuel United Church of ChristSEBRING Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of hymns, lessons and carols i s at 7 p.m. today. The Rev. George Miller will deliver a message Sunday morning based on Matthew 2:12. The church is 1.7 miles west of U.S. 27 on County Road 634 (Hammock Road ). Call 471-1999 or visit sebringemmanuelucc.com.First Baptist Church of Placid LakesLAKE PLACID Pasto r Darryl George will preach on Sunday the sermon titled The Purity Series The Heresy of Partial Obedience! with regards t o I Timothy 4:1-10. The church is at the corn er of Washington and Kemper Avenues in Placid Lakes. Call 465-5126 from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday or e-mail the church at placidlakes@hotmail.com.First Baptist Church of SebringSEBRING Sebring First Baptist Church will host a Christmas Eve Servi ce at 5 p.m. today. The church office will be closed today through Monday and again on Friday, Dec. 31. Dr. David Richardson announced that Sunday, De c. 26 the only service of the day will be at 10:30 a.m. an d will be a combined morning celebration of our Saviors birth.First Christian AVON PARK Saturda y is the day that we celebrate the birthday of Christ Jesus our King. As you celebrate with family and/or friends take time to remember why we celebrate and why we give. God gave His one and only son for you. This gift of Jesus is the ultimate gift ever given. President Bill Behrman o f Florida Christian College will teach the Sunday schoo l hour Sunday and preach the sermon during the worship hour. The next Sunday evening program will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 9 and the next Wednesday program will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 12. First Christian Church of Avon Park is at 1016 W. Camphor (behind the Wachovia Bank). Call 453Continued on page 8B Church News Special to the News-SunSEBRING Bible F ellowship Church of Sebring w elcomes Lynda Randle in c oncert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, J an. 8. Randle is an accomplished C hristian vocalist, author and s peaker who has touched c ountless people worldwide w ith her cross-cultural and c ross-generational message in m usic. She has been an integ ral part of the Gaither H omecoming Tour for more t han 13 years, and is bringing h er talents and gifts to S ebring for a one-night-only c oncert. Tickets are only $15 genera l admission and $20 for pref erred seating. Seating is limi ted. Tickets are available at t he Bible Fellowship Church o ffice at 3750 Hammock R oad, or by PayPal at w ww.bfcsebring.com. Call t he church at 385-1024. Lynda Randle in concert Jan. 8 Courtesy photo Lynda Randle has been an integral part of the Gaither Homecoming Tour for more than 13 years. She brings comes to Sebring on Jan. 8. Part of being a good wife i s being thrifty. Now Im not t he most creative person in t he world but I remember s ome simple things from my c hildhood. My mom was an e clectic hoarder of mism atched whatnots, but she s ure knew how to decorate a C hristmas tree. When I was a young child w e didnt have much money. T hat didnt stop my mom f rom making things pretty. I r emember cutting strips of c olored construction paper a nd stapling or taping the e nds together. We would loop t he ends through other rings, t hus making a chain. We w ould pop popcorn and s tring it on thread. We would u se white paper and cut out s nowflakes and angels. We w ould decorate the tree with t hem and sprinkle tinsel over t he branches of the tree. We w ould ball up small pieces of a luminum foil and lay them a mong the branches to add s ome sparkle. Pieces of felt cut in shapes o f bells, balls, or other C hristmasy objects can be p laced in strategic places a round the room. Mom e njoyed life when she wasnt s tewing about something that u pset her long ago. When she w asnt moody she could m ake home a fun place to be. I learned that if we couldn t afford wrapping paper, a p aper bag with a few splashe s of water color paint or the c omics from a discarded S unday newspaper would s till brighten up a package. We didnt have to spend a l ot of money on presents. We d idnt have much money. M om sometimes found some n eat toys that had been disc arded by others. She would p ut them away and wrap t hem up. There were a few t imes that we didnt have a nything, but there were m ore times when Mom w ould use her imagination a nd make something special o ut of nothing. You can too. A leta Kay can be reached at themarriagementor@yahoo.com Decorating on a shoestring Marriage Mentor Aleta Kay For believers, we are in a special time of year in which we emphasize the birth of Jesus. Realistically, we should appreciate His birth all year. In my previous article, Take Time to Have Holiday Coffee with Jesus, I encouraged you to sit and have some holiday coffee with Him so that you could turn your cares over to Him and shift your focus onto His greatness and off of the difficult circumstances in your life that may have a tendency to pull you down. Now that your focus is back on Christ, lets take time to actually consider the true significance of His birth. Some of you might be saying to yourself, I know already, I hear the story every year. Others might say, Babies are born every day. What is so much more special about Christs birth compared to other babies? Luke 2:1-20 gives a short version of Christs conception and His birth. Verse 7 points out that Mary wrapped the baby in swaddling clothes. Swaddling clothes were strips of cloth. In most cases today, babies are dressed with cute outfits that may cost a little more economically. After Jesus was wrapped up, he was placed in a manger, which was a trough that animals normally would eat from. Considering where Jesus was born and what He was dressed in, it would seem evident He was brought into a family who was very poor. Humility was an obvious characteristic of this family because they were thankful to sleep in the barn outside of the hotel in order to care for baby Jesus. This shows that God had a special plan for this babys life because He provided shelter and protection for Him and His family. Verses 8-11 announce the birth of Jesus from an angel sent by the Lord. In verse 11, the baby is referred to as a Savior. Matthew 1:23 refers to Him as Immanuel or God with us. In other words, God sent His son into the world in human form to be the Savior of the world. In the Old Testament, the coming of Jesus was prophesied in Isaiah 9:6. For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God; Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. In our human minds, it is normal to think that this child, who was the son of God, would have the most perfect life on earth. It would be easy to perceive this considering He would have such a position rewarded to Him by His Heavenly Father. However, this was not the case. Jesus lived the most difficult and sacrificial life on earth, and He lived it all for the honor and glory of God for us out of pure love. Please note that the life that Christ lived was more difficult than any human being has ever lived or ever will live, and He remained sinless in the process. Part 2 and 3 will go into more detail about Jesuslife on earth, but until then, lets focus on celebrating His birth and rejoice in our salvation. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). Leslie Deese is a Sebring resident. She can be reached at ljb_628@yahoo.com. No ordinary baby: Part 1 Come To The River Leslie Deese Eastside Christian Church has candlelight serviceLAKE PLACID Everyone is welcome to Eastside Christian Church for a special Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6:30 p.m. today.Church of Brethren plans Christmas Eve serviceSEBRING Sebring Church of the Brethren will have its Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. today. It will be a service of music. The Scripture reading will be Matthew 2:1-12. The Angels Sing SEBRING The Angels Sing, taken from Luke 2:1-20, will be the topic for candlelight services to be held at 5 and 7 p.m. today at St. John United Methodist Church. The Rev. Ronald De Genaros topic for Sunday morning will be The God Who Saves, with text from Isaiah 63:7-9.FBC Sebring has service tonightSEBRING Sebring First Baptist Church will host a Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. today. The church office will be closed today through Monday and again on Friday, Dec. 31. First Baptist will host the annual return of Tim Zimmerman and The Kings Brass at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11. This evening of horn showmanship is free to the public.Atonement Lutheran Church plans Christmas Eve serviceSEBRING Atonement Lutheran Church will have a special Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with Communion at 7 p.m. today. Dave Thoresen will be the worship leader for this special service. Snapshots Courtesy photo Spring Lake Presbyterian Women were recognized for their work on the heart pillow project after which a heart pillow blessing was done in November. Four hundred heart pillows have been completed by this group and sent to Highlands Regional Medical Center. This year heart pillows are now being made for shut-ins. Pictured are (from left) Dottie Baird, district coordinator from Central Florida Presbytery, Linda Ross, Kitty Singh, Tillie Bohanon, Ilene Stephey, Jackie Hunt, Vee Brammeier, Jeanette Donahoe and Mary Schantz. Those not pictured include Margaret Miles, Mary Ulmer, Dori Schmiedeknecht and Betty Baughman. Heart pillows

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Page 8BNews-SunFriday, December 24, 2010www.newssun.com 5 334 or e-mail f irstchristianap@embarqmail.com. T he church Web site is w ww.firstchristianap.com.First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)SEBRING At the Lords T able this Sunday morning will be B etty Simpson and Betty Harcourt. C ommunion will be served by M ichael Graves, Marla Null, B arbara Slinkard and Carol Graves. Greeting the congregation will b e Jayne Weldy. Lynne Warman w ill lead the Call to Worship. Noel and Juanita Roberts will w ork with childrens church. Lighting the candles during the m onth of December has been Nina K unsak. Sherry Kunsak will be w ith the children in the nursery. The Rev. Juanita Roberts will b ring the message. Her sermon title i s Time for Action, taken from M atthew 21:28-31. The church is at 510 Poinsettia A ve. Call 385-0352.First Presbyterian Church A. R. P.AVON PARK On Sunday, the p astors sermon is titled The S trong Shepherd based on M atthew 2:1-12. Special music will be provided b y Bob and Maxine Johnson. Guest o rganist will be Lenora Copsey. Maxine Johnson, adult Bible s tudy teacher, continues the study of David in II Samuel Chapter 8 in which David extends his kingdom. The church office will reopen Jan. 3. The church is at 215 E. Circle St. Call 453-3242.First Presbyterian SEBRING The Best New Years Resolution is the title of Sunday mornings sermon given by the Rev. Darrell A. Peer.First United Methodist Church of SebringSEBRING The Christmas Eve Services include a 5 and 7 p.m. traditional service in the Sanctuary with Communion following each service. A9 p.m. Contemporary Service will be held in the Family Life Center with Communion. The Rev. A.C. Bryant will bring the message on Sunday. Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 5:30 p.m. the Growing with God family night resumes in the Family Life Center. The church is downtown at 126 S. Pine St. Visit the Web site at www.sebringfirstumc.com. Call 385-5184.Heartland Christian SEBRING The Praise and Worship Service begins at 10 a.m. with George Kelly singing Mary Did You Know? and Walt Malinowski singing Beautiful Star of Bethlehem. Pastor Ted Moores sermon this week will be Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow with Scripture from Haggai 2: 3-7. I & II Peter and Jude is the Sunday Bible study lesson taught by Fran VanHooreweghe. At 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2 the church will have its 10-year birthday celebration. Starting on Sunday, Jan. 9 there will be two morning services. The church is at 2705 Alternate Route 17 South (behind Publix).Memorial United Methodist ChurchLAKE PLACID There will be one combined worship service in the sanctuary at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Claude Burnett, pastoral assistant, will preach the sermon. There is no Sunday school, youth fellowship, or Sunday evening Bible fellowship today. The church is at 500 Kent Ave. Call 465-2422.Parkway Free Will Baptist ChurchSEBRING The Sunday morning Bible lesson, I Will Be With You, is taken from the 43rd chapter of Isaiah. Pastor Jim Scaggs will bring the message Sunday morning. Resurrection Lutheran AVON PARK On the First Sunday of Christmas, the pastors sermon will be based on the second chapter of Matthew. Bob Theil will be the Worship assistant at the early service. Ed Mosser will be the Communion assistant and Barb Marazza will be the Lector. At the mid-morning service, Paul Willcox will be the Worship assistant, Sonia Altman will be the Communion assistant, Betty Serff will be the Lector and Nicholas McGinnis will be the acolyte.St. John United Methodist ChurchSEBRING The Angels Sing, taken from Luke 2:1-20, will be the topic for candlelight services to be held at 5 and 7 p.m. today. The Rev. Ronald De Genaros topic for Sunday morning will be The God Who Saves with text from Isaiah 63:7-9.Sebring Church of the BrethrenSEBRING Ellen Swihart will preach on What God is Like. The Scripture will be on Isaiah 63:7 and 64:12. Sunday school will be led by the Rev. Wendell Bohrer and will meet in the Fidelis Room. They will study I Will Be With You. They will also look at the Scripture Isaiah 43:1-7, 11-12. Dont forget The KidsZone on Wednesdays after the meal.Southside Baptist ChurchSEBRING The Rev. David Altman will bring a Christmas message in the Sunday morning worship service. Special music w ill be presented by Stacy Jingst. The re will be no Sunday evening service this Sunday only. The church is at 379 S. Commerce Ave. Call 385-0752.Spring Lake Presbyterian SEBRING Responding to Gods Call is the title of Sunday mornings sermon given by the Rev. Barbara Laucks.Spring Lake United Methodist ChurchSEBRING Spring Lake United Methodist Church is at 8170 Cozumel Lane. The Rev. Clyde Weavers sermo n will be Where is He That is Born a King? Fellowship follows the service. There will be a Watch Night Service at 11:30 p.m. Friday, Dec 31. Fellowship and refreshments a t 11 p.m.The Way ChurchSEBRING Out With the Old will be Pastor Reinhold Buxbaums message the Sunday morning after Christmas. On Christmas Eve at 8 p.m. there will be a candlelight service The Way Church is at 1005 N. Ridgewood Drive. The church phone is 471-6140; the pastors cell is 214-6190. For church infor mation and the pastors messages go to www.thewaychurch.org. Continued from page 7BPlaces to Worship is a paid advertisement in the News-Sunthat is published Friday and Sunday. To find out more information on how to place a listing in this directory, call the NewsSunat 385-6155, ext. 502. APOSTOLIC Greater Faith Apostolic Church, 24 Rainer Drive, Lake Placid, FL33852. invites you to come worship with us in spirit and truth at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. For information contact 840-0152. Pastor Larry Carmody. ASSEMBLY OF GOD 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, 5 p.m. Wednesday: Worship, 7 p.m. Pastor Eugene Haas. Phone 4710924. Crossroads Community Church, 114 South Central Ave., Avon Park, FL33825. Phone: 4534453. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday Childrens Church: 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Adult Bible Study and Youth/Royal Explorers, 7 p.m. Pastor: John E. Dumas. First Assembly of God, 4301 Kenilworth Blvd., Sebring. 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 385-6431. BAPTIST Avon Park Lakes Baptist Church, 2600 N. Highlands Blvd., AvonPark, FL33825. George Hall, Pastor. Christ centered and biblically based. Sunday worship services, 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nursery facilities are available. Bible studies at 9:45 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Prayer Time 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Bible classes at 9:45 a.m. are centered for all ages. Choir practice at 5 p.m. Sunday. Church phone: 452-6556. Bethany Baptist Church (GARBC) We are located at the corner of SR17 and C-17A(truck route) in Avon Park. Join us Sunday morning at 9:00 AM for coffee and doughnuts, followed with Sunday School for all ages at 9:30. Sunday morning worship service begins at 10:30 a.m., andevening worship service is at 6 p.m.On Wednesdays, the Word of Life teen ministry and the Catylist class (20's+) begin at 6:30 PM. The adult Bible and Prayer Time begins at 7 p.m. For more information go to www.bethanybaptistap.com or call the church office at 863-452-1136. 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., AvonPark, FL 33825. Sunday: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10:45 a.m.; Wednesday: Evening Service, 7 p.m.; Children/Youth, 7 p.m. Telephone: 453-4256. Fax: 453-6986. E-mail: office@apfellow ship.org; Web site,www.apfellow ship.org. First Baptist Church ofAvon Park, 100 N. Lake Ave., Avon Park. Rev. Jon Beck, pastor; Jared Hewitt, youth minister; and Joy Loomis, music director. Regular Sunday schedule: 8:30 a.m. Orchestra rehearsal; 9 a.m. Library open; 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 11 a.m. Morning Worship; 11 a.m. Childrens Church; 4 p.m. Evening Service. Tuesday schedule: 8-10 a.m., basic computer class/Sonshine House; 7-9 p.m. conversational English and citizenship classes/Sonshine House. Regular Wednesday schedule: 5:15 p.m. Family Night Supper; 6 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer; 6 p.m. Adult Choir Practice; 6:30 p.m. childrens choir rehearsals; 7 p.m. childrens mission groups. Call 4536681 for details. Primera Mision Bautista, 100 N. Lake Ave., Avon Park, Johnattan Soltero, Pastor. Regular Sunday schedule: 10 a.m., Bible Study; 11 a.m., Worship Service. Wednesday schedule: 7 p.m., Bible study. First Baptist Church of Lake Josephine, 111 Lake Josephine Drive, Sebring (just off U.S. 27 midway between Sebring and Lake Placid). Your place for family, friends and faith. Sunday morning worship service is 11 a.m. Nursery is provided for both services with Childrens 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 Lake Placid, Knowing Gods Heart and Sharing Gods Hope, 119 E. Royal Palm Street. (2 blocks south of Interlake Blvd) Lake Placid, FL 33852 (863) 465-3721, Email: www.fbclp.com. Pastor Brett Morey, senior pastor. Sunday services Traditional Service 9 a.m., Contemporary Service 10:30 a.m. Link Groups at 9 and 10:30 a..m., Senior Sunday Night and Sunday Evening Bible study at 6 p.m. Wednesday Activities: Family dinner at 5 p.m. ($3 per person, reservations required). Adult-LifeSource classes, prayer meeting, Youth Intersections, and Kids K-5MaxKidz Extreme meet at 6:15 p.m. Men meet at 8 a.m. every Tuesday for prayer breakfast and womens prayer breakfast is at 8 a.m. every Wednesday, both at the Family Restaurant. 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 services are at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Preschool care is provided at the 11 a.m. worship service. Wednesday evening Bible Study and Prayer meeting is at 6:30 p.m., followed by adult choir rehearsal. From September to May our youth group meets. First Lorida is the Place to discover Gods love. For more information about the church or the ministries offered, call 6551878. First Baptist Church, Sebring, 200 East Center Ave., Sebring, FL 33870. Telephone: 385-5154. Dr. David E. Richardson, senior pastor; Rev. Joe Delph, minister of youth and activities. Contemporary Service, 8:30 a.m.; Group Bible Studies, 9:45 a.m.; Traditional Worship, 11 a.m.; Mision Buatista Hispana, 2 p.m.; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday night programs at the ROC begin 5:30 p.m., at church begin 6:30 p.m. Preschool and Mothers Day Out for children age 6 weeks to 5 years old. Becky Gotsch, director. Call 385-4704. Florida Avenue Baptist Church, 401 S. Florida Ave., Avon Park. Mailing address is 710 W. Bell St., AvonPark, FL33825. Telephone, 453-5339. Rev. John D. Girdley, pastor. Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Worship, 11 a.m.; 11 a.m. Childrens Church; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday night programs for children, youth and adults at 7 p.m. Independent Baptist Church 5704 County Road 17 South, Sebring, FL33876. 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, mission-minded, King James Bible Church. Larry Ruse, pastor. Phone 655-1899. Bus transportation. Leisure Lakes Baptist Church 808 Gardenia St., Lake Placid (just off of Miller at the west end of Lake June) Where the old fashion gospel is preached. Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Worship service at 11 a.m.; Sunday Evening Service is at 6 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 7 p.m. Call the church at 699-0671 for more information. Maranatha Baptist Church (GARBC), 35 Maranatha Blvd., Sebring, FL33870 (Ahalf 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 Pastors Don Messenger and Ted Ertle. Phone 382-4301. Parkway Free Will Baptist Church, 3413 Sebring Parkway, Sebring, FL33870. 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. J.S. Scaggs, pastor. Church phone: 382-3552. Home phone: 214-3025. Affiliated with the National Association of Free Will Baptists, Nashville, Tenn. Sparta Road Baptist Church, (SBC) 4400 Sparta Road. Rev. Ken Geren, interim pastor. Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship, 11 a.m.; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer/Bible Study, 6 p.m. Nursery provided. For information, call 3820869. Southside Baptist Church (GARBC), 379 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring. David C. Altman, Pastor; Aaron Snider, Youth Pastor. Sunday School for all ages, 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship Service, 10:45 a.m.; Awana kindergarten through fifth grade, 5:30 p.m.; Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Student ministry, 6:30 p.m.; Adult Midweek Prayer and Bible Study, 7 p.m. Anursery for under age 3 is available at all services. Provisions for handicapped and hard-of-hearing. Office phone, 385-0752. Sunridge Baptist Church, (SBC) 3704 Valerie Blvd. (U.S. 27 and Valerie, across from Florida Hospital), Sebring. Ed Howell, transitional pastor. Sunday School, 9;30 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship, 10:45 a.m.; and Sunday Evening Service, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer, Bible Study, and Youth, 6:30 p.m.Nursery provided. For information, call 3823695. CATHOLIC Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 595 East Main St., Avon Park, 453-4757. Father Nicholas McLoughlin, pastor. Saturday Vigil Mass is 4 p.m. in English and 7 p.m. in Spanish; Sunday mass 8 and 10:30 a.m. in English; 6 p.m., Life Teen Mass. Weekday mass at 8 a.m. Confessions are at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Religious Education Classes are 9-10:20 a.m. Sunday for grades K through 8th. Confirmation class is from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday. Youth Nights grades 6th and up, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday. St. Catherine Catholic Church, 820 Hickory St., Sebring. Mailing address: 882 Bay St., Sebring, FL 33870, 385-0049. www.stcathe. com. Very Rev. Jos Gonzlez, V.F., Pastor. Masses Saturday Vigil: 4 p.m. Sunday: 7:30, 9 and 10:30 a.m. and noon Spanish Mass. Daily Masses 8 a.m. and noon Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. Saturday. Confessions: 3-3:45 p.m. Saturdays, 7:15-7:45 a.m. first Friday, or by appointment. Enrollment for Catholic School grades K3 through 5 not being accepted. St. James Catholic Church, 3380 Placidview Drive, Lake Placid, 465-3215. Father Michael J. Cannon. 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. December thru Easter 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. CHRISTIAN Eastside Christian Church, 101 Peace Ave., Lake Placid, FL 33852 (two miles east of U.S. 27 on County Road 621), 465-7065. Ray Culpepper, senior pastor. Sunday: Bible classes, 9 a.m.; Worship Celebration with the Lords Supper each week 10:15 a.m. Thelma Hall, organist; and Pat Hjort, pianist. Wednesday: Praise and Prayer, 6:30 p.m.; Building Gods Kingdom for Everyone. Jesus Christ, the Way, Truth and Life! Alive and Worth the Drive! Sebring Christian Church, 4514 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33872. Tod Schwingel, Preacher; Marco Gallardo, Youth Pastor. Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School, 11 a.m.; Sunday Youth Service, 6 p.m; Evening service at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night meals, 5:30 p.m. followed by classes at 6:30 p.m. Office hours, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Phone 382-6676. First Christian Church, 1016 W. Camphor St., Avon Park, FL 33825; (863) 453-5334; on the Web at www.firstchristianap.com. Our motto is Jesus is First at First Christian Church.Greg Ratliff, Senior Minister; Ray Culpepper, Family Life Minister; Jon Carter, Music Director. Bible School 9 a.m.; Worship 10 a.m.; Bible Study, 6 p.m.; Wednesdaystudies for all ages, 6 p.m. Nursery provided for all events. First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 510 Poinsettia Avenue, (corner of Poinsettia and Eucalyptus), Sebring, FL33870. Phone: 3850358 or 385-3435. The Rev. Ronald Norton, Pastor; Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Praise Breakfast, 10 a..m., Morning Worship, 10:30 a.m.; Childrens 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. CHRISTIAN & MISSIONARY ALLIANCE The Alliance Church of Sebring, 4451 Sparta Road, Sebring, FL33875. Call 382-1343. Rev. Steve Hagen, pastor. Sunday services: Sunday School meets at 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship Service meets at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday Evening Bible Study meets at 6 p.m. (off site); Wednesday Prayer Gathering meets at 6 p.m. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE Christian Science Church, 146 N. Franklin St. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. morning worship and Sunday school. Testimonial meetings at 4 p.m. each second and fourth Wednesday. Afree public reading room/bookstore, located in the church, is open before and after church services. The Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scripturesby 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 BRETHREN Church of the Brethren 700 S Pine St., Sebring, FL33870 Sunday: Church School, 9 a.m .; Morning Worship, 10:15 a.m Wednesday: Temple Choir, 7:3 0 p.m. Phone 385-1597. CHURCH OF CHRIST Avon Park Church of Chris t, 200 S. Forest Ave.,Avon Park, F L 33825. Minister: Larry Roberts Sunday Worship Services, 10:3 0 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nursery facilitie s are available at every service. Bibl e Study: Sunday, 9:30 a.m. an d Wednesday, 7 p.m. Bible centere d classes for all ages. Church phone : 453-4692. Sebring Parkway Church o f Christ, 3800 Sebring Parkwa y, Sebring, FL33870; 385-7443. W e would like to extend an invitatio n for you and your family to visit wit h us here at Sebring Parkway. Ou r hours of service are: Sunda y Worship Service, 9 a.m.; Sunda y Bible Class, 10:15 a.m.; Sunda y Evening Service, 6 p.m .; Wednesday Service, 7 p.m. CHURCH OF NAZARENE First Church of the Nazaren e of AvonPark, P.O. Box 1118 ., AvonPark, FL33825-1118. 707 W Main St. Randall Rupert, Pasto r. Sunday: Sunday school begins a t 9:45 a.m. for all ages; morning wo rship at 10:45 a.m.; and evenin g service at 6 p.m. Wednesda y evening service is at 7 p.m. wit h special services for children an d adults. Special services once a month for seniors (Prime Time) an d Ladies ministries. If you need an y more information, call 453-4851. First Church of the Nazaren e of Lake Placid, 512 W. Interlak e Blvd., Lake Placid, FL33852 Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; Mornin g worship, 10:45 a.m.; Evening serv ice, 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, 7 p.m. Classes for adult children an d youth. Call 465-6916. Pastor Tim Taylor. CHURCHES OF CHRIST IN CHRISTIAN UNION Community Bible Church Churches of Christ in Christia n Union, (Orange Blossom Conference Center) 1400 C-17 A North (truck route), AvonPark Presenting Jesus Christ as th e answer for time and eternit y. Sunday morning worship service 10:30 a.m. Nursery provided Junior Church activities at sam e time for K-6 grade. Sunday Schoo l Bible hour (all ages), 9:30 a.m (Transportation available.) Sunda y evening praise and worship serv ice, 6 p.m. Wednesday evenin g prayer service, 7 p.m. Children an d youth activities at 7 p.m Wednesday. Everyone is welcome please come worship with us. Do n Seymour, Senior Pastor. Phon e 452-0088.PLACESTOWORSHIP RELIGION

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www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 24, 2010Page 9B EPISCOPAL The Episcopal Church of the R edeemer.Service time is 9:30 w ith Holy Communion. Coffee hour f ollowing services. Newcomers w elcome. Call 453-5664 or e-mail r edeemer1895@aol.com Web site: r edeemeravon.com. The church is a t 839 Howes Way, Avon Park ( two miles north of Sun N Lake B oulevard, across from Wells D odge.) St. Agnes Episcopal Church 3 840 Lakeview Drive, Sebring, FL 3 3870. Sunday Services: Holy E ucharist Rite I 7:45 a.m., Holy E ucharist Rite II 10 a.m. Midweek s ervice on Wednesday at 6 p.m. S unday School for all ages at 9 a .m. The nursery is open 8:45 a.m. u ntil 15 minutes after the 10 a.m. s ervice ends. Wednesday: Adult B ible study, 9:30 a.m. Visitors are a lways welcome. The Rev. Jim K urtz, rector. Church office 3857 649, for more information. St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal C hurch, 43 Lake June Road, Lake P lacid, FL33852. Phone: 4650 051. Rev. Elizabeth L. Myers, R ector. Sunday Worship, 8 a.m., 1 0:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday e vening: Holy Communion with H ealing Service, 6:15 p.m. Child c are available at the 8 a.m. and 1 0:30 a.m. Sunday service. Come s ee what makes us different. GRACE BRETHREN Grace Brethren Church, 3626 T hunderbird Road, (863) 8350 869. Dr. Randall Smith, senior p astor. Sunday services at 9 a.m., 1 0:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday s ervices at 7 p.m. We offer Kid C ity Childrens Ministry throughout a ll services, and there are variosu o ther classes for teens, married c ouples, prime-timers, and Bible s tudies in Spanish. Kid City Day C are, Preschool and After-School M onday-Friday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (For r egistration call: 385-3111). Check u s out on the Web atwww.sebringg race.org. INTERDENOMINATIONAL World Harvest and Restoration M inistries, (non-denominational) 2 200 N. Avon Blvd., AvonPark, FL 3 3825. Phone: 452-9777 or 4533 771. Sunday service: Sunday S chool, 10 a.m. and worship, 11 a .m. Wednesday services: 7 p.m. p rayer meeting/Bible study. Pastor: W .H. Rogers. JEWISH Temple Israel of Highlands C ounty, 382-7744. Rabbi Lorraine R udenberg; www.templeisr aelofhcfl.org.Temple Israel is a R eform Temple that promotes the e nduring and fundamental princip les of Judaism. Through prayer, s tudy and friendship we strive to e nrich our lives and insure Jewish c ontinuity in Highlands County. F riday Evening Erev Shabbat S ervice, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday M orning Shabbat Minyon Service, 9 :30 a.m.; Saturday Morning Torah S tudy, 10:30 a.m.; Saturday A fternoon Shabbat Study, 3:30 p .m.; Havdallah, 5 p.m. On the foll owing dates: Oct. 1-2, Simchat T orah; Oct. 14-15, Oct. 29-30, Nov. 1 2-13, Nov. 26-27, Dec. 10-11, D ec. 24-25, Jan. 7-8, Jan. 21-22, F eb. 4-5, Feb. 18-19. Every T hursday will be Hebrew and Bible c lasses with Howard Salles, 12:304 :30 p.m. LUTHERAN Atonement Lutheran Church (ELCA), 1178 S.E. Lakeview Drive., Sebring. David Thoresen, Deacon, Spiritual Leader. Jim Helwig, organist/choir director. Worship service at 9:30 a.m.; Holy Eucharist is every Sunday. Coffee hour on the first and third Sunday of each month. Council meeting on the first Monday of month; Ladies Group WELCAmeets at noon second Monday of month with lunch. Bring a dish to pass. Church Vegetable Garden Club meets as needed. Labyrinth Prayer Garden open seven days a week to congretation and community. Like to sing? Come join the choir. Visitors always welcome. Come grow with us. Phone 385-0797. Christ Lutheran Church Avon Park, 1320 County Road 64, 1/2 mile east of Avon Park High School. Sunday Divine Worship is at 10 a.m. Holy Communion is celebrated every week with traditional Lutheran Liturgy, hymns and songs of praise. Fellowship time with coffee and refreshments follows worship. Come worship and fellowship with us. For information call Pastor Scott McLean at 471-2663 or seechristlutheranavonpark.org. Faith Lutheran Church LCMS, 2740Lakeview Drive, Sebring. Church phone: 385-7848, Faith Child Development Center, 385-3232. 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 service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Communion is served the first and third and fifth Sunday of the month. Sunday worship service is broadcast on WITS 1340 AM at 8 a.m. each Sunday. Educational opportunities include weekly adult Bible studies. Faiths Closet Thrift Store (385-2782) is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. All are warmly welcome in the Family 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, 9 a.m. Sunday. Bible Study, 11 a.m. Nursery provided. Social activities: Choir, Missions, Evangelism. Phone 3851163. 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.; Bible Study, 9 a.m. For more information, call Pastor Brian Klebig at 385-2293 or visit the Web site at www.newlife sebring.com. ResurrectionLutheran Church ELCA, 324 E. Main St., Avon Park. Pastor: Rev. John C. Grodzinski. Early Sunday service, 8 a.., Sunday school at 9:10 a.m. and the second service at 10:30 a.m. Coffee and fellowship hour follow the service. Midweek Fragrance Free Wednesday worship, (year round) 7 p.m. Office phone number is 453-6858. Trinity Lutheran Church LCMS, 25 Lakeview St., Lake Placid, FL33852; 465-5253. The Rev. Richard A. Norris, pastor; and Noel Johnson, youth and family life. Worship schedule for December through Easter: Worship service 8 and 11 a.m.; Communion services, first and third Sundays; (Childrens 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. Music: 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: www.vchurches.com/trinitylutheranlp. NON-DENOMINATIONAL Bible Fellowship Church, 3750 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33872. Sunday: American Sign Language: First Worship sermon, songs signed first and second Worship services. First Worship service, 9 a.m.; Second Worship service, 10:45 a.m. Nursery (up to 2 years old) and Sunday school classes both hours. BFC Youth, 6 p.m.; Evening Service, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: Children, ages 4 years to fifth grade, 6 p.m.; Youth, 6-7:30 p.m.; Prayer time, 6:15 p.m. Todd Patterson, pastor; Andy McQuaid, associate pastor. Church office 385-1024. Calvary Church, 1825 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33872; 386-4900. An independent community church. Sunday morning worship, 10 a.m.; Bible study, 11:15 a.m.; Sunday evening worship, 6 p.m. Youth group meets at 5 p.m. Friday. Pastor Lester Osbeck. Asmall 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.; Wednesday Bible study at 7 p.m. Anursery and childrens church are provided. The church is part of Christian International Ministries Network, a full gospel, non-denominational ministry. Linda M. Downing, minister: Phone, 3140482, lindadowning@live.com.Casey L. Downing, associate minister: Phone, 385-8171, caseydown ing@hotmail.com. Web site is www.christiantrainingministries.net Grace Bible Church, 4541 Thunderbird Road, (second church on left) Sebring, FL33872. Phone, 382-1085. Andrew Katsanis, senior pastor. Saturday Worship, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, 9 and 11 a.m. Tuesday 6 p.m. Grace Bible Academy Adult Investigating Truth; first and third Tuesday, Prayer Gathering, 7:15 p.m.; Wednesday, Childrens & Youth Programs, 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., College Ministry.www.GBCconnected.org Highlands Community Church a casual contemporary church, meets at 3005 New Life Way. Coffee at 9:30 a.m.; Worship at 10 a.m. Nursery and Kids World classes. Small groups meet throughout the week. Church phone is 402-1684; Pastor Bruce A. Linhart. Union Congregational Church 106 N. Butler Ave., Avon Park, FL 33825. Sunday worship services are at 7:45 a.m. (informal), 9:15 a.m. (traditional) and 10:45 a.m. (contemporary) in the main sanctuary. Sunday school for all ages is at 9:15 a.m. We also offer Wednesday and Saturday services at 6;15 a.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. Nursery/child care is available for all services. Senior Pastor is Bill Breylinger. Office: 453-3345. Web page at www.weareunion.org. All teachings are taken from the Manufacturers Handbook The Holy Bible. Come join us. Unity Life Enrichment Centre, new location, 10417 Orange Blossom Blvd. S., Sebring, FL 33875; 471-1122; e-mail unity@vistanet.net. Web site, www.unityofsebring.org. 10:30 a.m. Sunday Celebration Service, Nursery and Childrens Church. Weekly Classes, Christian Bookstore and Cafe, Prayer Ministry, Life Enrichment Groups. Rev. Andrew C. Conyer, senior minister transforming lives from ordinary to extraordinary. The Way Church, 1005 N. Ridgewood Drive, Sebring. Sunday school and worship service at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Youth activities, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The Way is a church family who gathers for contemporary worship, teaching of Gods Word, prayer and fellowship. Come early and stay after for fellowship time. Child care and childrens church are provided. Reinhold Buxbaum is pastor. The Way Aplace for you. Office Phone:471-6140, Church Cell Phone:381-6190. Email: theway church@hotmail.com. Web site:www.TheWayChurch.org PRESBYTERIAN Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA), 4500 Sun N Lake Blvd., Sebring, 33872-2113. A Congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America. Worship services: Sunday morning worship, informal, 8 a.m.; regular, 10:30 a.m. Sunday School, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday evening, 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday evening Prayer Meeting, 6 p.m.; Youth Group and Kids Quest, 5:307 p.m.; choir practice, 7:15 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 Thursday. First Presbyterian Church ARP, 215 E. Circle St., (two entrances on LaGrande), Avon Park, FL33825. Phone: 453-3242. The Rev. Robert Johnson is the pastor. Sunday School, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday Worship, 10:45 a.m.; Wednesday Bible study, 10:30 a.m.; Potluck dinner, 6 p.m. third Wednesday; choir practice, 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday; Esther and Mary Circles business meeting, 3:30 p.m. third Thursday; Sarah Circle business meeting, 7 p.m. second Tuesday; Womens Ministries Combined Bible study, 4 p.m. third Thursday; Family Movie, 4 p.m. third Sunday. Be a part of a warm, caring church family with traditional services, following biblical truth. First Presbyterian Church, ARP, 319 Poinsettia Ave., Sebring, FL33870. 385-0107. Sunday School, all ages, 9:30 a.m.; Worship Service, 11 a.m.; Tuesday: Youth Group, 6-7:30 p.m.; Senior High Youth Group, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Wednesday: Adult Bible Study, 10:30 a.m.; choir rehearsal, 5:30 p.m. Nursery available for Sunday worship. Call the church office for more information and other classes. Rev. Darrell A. Peer, pastor. Gayle Sparks, director of youth ministry. First Presbyterian Church, ARP, www.fpclp.com,118 N. Oak Ave., Lake Placid, 465-2742. The Rev. Ray Cameron, senior pastor; the Rev. Drew Severance, associate pastor. Sunday morning traditional worship is at 8:15 and 9:30 a.m.; and contemporary worship is at 11 a.m. in Friendship Hall. Avariety of Sunday school classes for adults and children are at 9:45 and 11 a.m. in the educational building. 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 Childrens Church offered during the worship service to help them grow in their spiritual knowledge. Spring Lake Presbyterian Church (USA), 5887 U.S. 98, Sebring, FL33876. Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Worship Service, 10 a.m. Session meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month, September throughJune. Board of Deacons 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. Organist: Richard Wedig. Choir Director: Suzan Wedig. Church phone, 655-0713; e-mail,springlakepc@embarqmail.com,Web site, http://slpc.presbychurch.org. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST Avon Park Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1410 West Avon Blvd., AvonPark. Phone: 453-6641 or e-mail: avonparksda@embarqmail.com,Sabbath School, 9:30 a.m Saturday. Church Service 10:45 a.m. Saturday. Wednesday prayer meeting 7 p.m. Community Service hours on Tuesday and Thursday is from 9:00 a.m. till 2 p.m. Asale takes place the first Sunday of each month. Senior Pastor Paul Boling; and Associate Pastor Kameron DeVasher. Walker Memorial Academy Christian School offering education for kindergarten through 12th grades. ALLARE WELCOME. Website is www.discoverjesus.org Sebring Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2106 N. State Road 17, Sebring; 385-2438. Worship Services: 9:15 a.m. Worship hour, 11 a.m. Prayer meeting, Tuesday, 7:15 p.m. Community service: every Monday 9-11 a.m. Health Seminar with Dr. Seralde, every Friday, 10:00 a.m. Pastor Amado Luzbet. THE CHURCH OF LATTER DAY SAINTS The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3235 Grand Prix Drive, Sebring, FL33870. Phone: 382-9092. Dale Bargar, bishop; David Ward, first counselor; and Steve Austin, second counselor. Family History Center: 3821822. Sunday services: Sacrament meeting, 10 a.m.; Sunday school, 11:20 a.m.; and Priesthood/Relief Society, 12 p.m. Primary for children, 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Youth activities from 7-8:20 p.m. Wednesday: 11-year-old Scouts, 78:20 p.m. first and third Wednesday; and activity days for 8-11 year old boys and girls from 78:20 p.m. second and fourth Wednesday. THE SALVATION ARMY The Salvation Army Center for Worship. Sunday: Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.; Holiness meeting, 11 a.m.; and Praise meeting and lunch, noon. Tuesday: Bible study, 6:30 p.m.; and Women s Ministries, 7 p.m. Wednesda y: Youth Ministries, 4 p.m. All mee tings are at 120 N. Ridgewood Ave ., Sebring. For more information, vis it the Web site www.salvationarm ysebring.com or call Major Bruc e Stefanik at 385-7548, ext. 110. UNITED METHODIST First United Methodist Church 105 S. Pine St., Sebring,FL3387 0. The Rev. A.C. Bryant, pasto r. Traditional Worship Service at 8:1 0 and 10:50 a.m. in the sanctuar y, Contemporary Worship in the FL C at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School at 9:3 0 and 10:30 a.m. Methodist You th Fellowship at 5:30 p.m. Sunday s with Rick Heilig, youth directo r. The 10:55 a.m. Sunday worsh ip service is broadcast over WIT S 1340 on AM dial. There is a nurse ry available at all services. First United Methodist Church 200 South Lake Avenue, Avo n Park, FL33825. (863) 453-3759, R James Weiss, Pastor, Summe r Schedule, Sunday School 9:0 0 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. Memorial United Methodis t Church, 500 Kent Ave., (overloo king Lake Clay) Lake Placid, F L, 33852. The Rev. Fred Ball. pasto r. Claude H.L. Burnett, pastor al assistant. Sunday schedul e: Heritage Worship Service, 8:3 0 a.m. (October-May only); Scho ol School for all ages, 9:30 a.m .; Celebration Worship Service at 10:45 a.m.; New Song worsh ip service at 10:45 a.m. Loving nur sery care provided every Sunda y morning. Youth Fellowship, 5 p.m Bible Fellowship Class, 6 p.m (October-May only). We offe r Christ-centered Sunday scho ol classes, youth programs, Bib le studies, book studies and Christia n fellowship. We are a congregatio n that want to know Christ and mak e Him known. Call the church offic e at 465-2422 or check out ou r church Web site at www.memo rialumc.com. St. John United Methodis t Church, 3214 Grand Prix Driv e, Sebring, FL33872. The Re v. Ronald De Genaro Jr., Pasto r. Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; Sunda y Morning Worship, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m and 11 a.m. Nursery provided for a ll services. Phone 382-173 6. www.stjohnsebring.org Spring Lake United Methodis t Church, 8170 Cozumel Lan e, (Hwy 98) Sebring. The Rev. Clyd e Weaver Jr., Pastor. Worship ser vice starts at 9:55 a.m. Bible Stud y meets at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesda y. Choir Practice at 4:00 p.m. o n Thursday. Church office phon e: 655-0040. UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Emmanuel United Church o f Christ, where God is still speaking. 3115 Hope Street, Sebring, F L 33875 (1.8 miles west of U.S. 2 7 and Hammock Road). Sunday wo rship, 9:30 a.m.; Communion wi th worship first Sunday of mont h; Chapel Communion, 8:45 a.m. a ll other Sundays. All are welcome to receive the sacrament. For mor e information, call the church office at 471-1999 or e-mail eucc@ea rth link.net or check theWeb si te sebringemmanuelucc.com. N o matter who you are or where yo u are on lifes journey, youre we lcome here.PLACESTOWORSHIP Last week we determined M atthew possibly received his vers ion of the birth story from his U ncle Joseph. So how did Luke r eceive his information? In Luke 1 :2 he tells Theophilus, possibly a b enefactor, his account is from those who from the beginning w ere eyewitnesses and servants of t he word. Looking at the details, the conv ersations and minute descriptions, i t is evident Lukes source was M ary, the only eyewitness to many o f these events. Knowing his account was accur ate, Luke felt obligated to fill in p arts of the birth story he knew w ere missing from Matthews a ccount. Luke begins his version with the a ngel, Gabriel, visiting Zechariah a s he was performing a once in a l ifetime service in the temple. Then L uke describes every detail of M arys conversation with Gabriel. According to Luke 1:39, At that t ime Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea. Who would have known this and why did Mary hurry? She had just been bestowed the greatest honor possible for any Jewish woman. Why didnt she stay and celebrate with her friends and family? Matthew tells us Joseph didnt believe Marys story. Having been branded as an adulteress, Mary knew she could be stoned to death. She had to wonder why Gabriel didnt appear to Joseph to tell him the awesome truth. Searching for an answer, the young, pregnant girl recalled her conversation with Gabriel. She realized the angel was directing her path when he said Cousin Elizabeth was also with child. Fearing for her life, Mary hurried to her cousins house. Lukes detailed descriptions of this visit: John leaping in Elizabeths womb, Marys heartfelt song, Johns birth and Zechariahs song had to come from Mary, who was an eyewitness. God sent Mary to Elizabeths house because He knew Mary needed to hear the devout womans confirmation that Mary truly was bearing the seed of her Lord. God also wanted Mary to learn all she could from the birthing experiences of Elizabeth because He knew where Mary was going to be when she gave birth to His son. The other details in Lukes writing are things a young mother would have remembered: the frantic search for a room as her labor pains increased, Joseph filling the feeding trough with fresh straw, wrapping the newborn baby Jesus in swaddling cloths, and carefully laying the baby in the makeshift manger. Mary would have cherished the visit from the shepherds and the way they knelt at the manger to worship their Savior. In 2:19, Luke identifies Mary as his source for this story by writing Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. At Jesuspresentation in the temple, the meeting of Anna and Simeons prophecy of the sword piercing Marys own soul was a divine revelation Mary would not forget. Since the family left for Egypt in such a hurry, Mary did not have a chance to tell anyone about that visit. The writer of Luke could only assume the family returned to Nazareth. Luke is the only writer who tells about the incident in the temple when Jesus was 12 years old. Again Luke identifies Mary as his source in 2:51, His mother treasured all these things in her heart. Luke further shows a relationship with Mary by tracing Jesus lineage from David through the line of Mary. In verse 1:3, Luke says he investigated everything carefully from the beginning. Did the young doctor talk to Mary who, through Gods direction, related t he entire story from the beginning? Did his father, who was probably also a doctor, care for Mary or he r son while they were in Bethlehem those forty-one days between the birth and the presentation in the temple? We only know someone heard theses stories from Mary while they were still fresh in her mind and God inspired Luke to write them in his gospel so we would know the complete story. I pray you have received a bles sing from sharing Marys view of the birth story. I also pray your new year is filled with all the blessings God wants you to have. Mary Bailey is the author of Jesus My Son: Marys Journal of Jesus Early Life. For more information, visit www.jesusmyson.com. Lukes version of the story of Jesus birth RELIGION Marys View Mary Bailey

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By DAVID GERMAIN APMovie WriterMeet Little Fockers, the latest in Robert De Niro and Ben Stillers comedy franchise. Grit your teeth through the fairly short though agonizing duration of its stay. Then wave goodbye in relief as its huge cast of characters departs like the annoying in-laws they are. Meet the Parents from 2000 was a tolerable trifle and 2004s Meet the Fockers was a bloated bore. But Little Fockers is tasteless trash, filled with abysmally unfunny gags involving vomit, enemas, erectile dysfunction and the like as De Niros Byrnes clan and Stillers Focker family stumble through another mindless reunion. The only positive thing De Niro, Stiller and such costars as Barbra Streisand, Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Alba and Owen Wilson honestly could say about Little Fockers is that they were paid well. Jay Roach, who directed the first two movies, only produces this time, with Paul Weitz filling in as director on Little Fockers. Weitzs past work ranges from sweet and sharp (About a Boy) to gross but edgy (American Pie). Hes delivered an awful mess here, working from a witless screenplay credited to John Hamburg, co-writer of the first two movies and a producer on this one, and Larry Stuckey, an associate producer on Meet the Fockers. Astring of dumb episodes, Little Fockers strains to find new reasons for De Niros father-in-law from hell Jack Byrnes to revive his suspicions about Stillers Greg Focker, the male nurse his darling daughter Pam (Teri Polo) has chosen for a mate. It all goes down as Jack and his wife (Blythe Danner) visit Greg and Pam for the birthday bash of the couples twins. Ex-CIAagent Jack resumes his surveillance of Greg, who has an innocent flirtation with a gorgeous pharmaceutical rep (Alba) peddling Sustengo, a new drug to treat impotence. Really. This is what the filmmakers expect you to pay to see. Wilson is back as Pams old flame, doing the same passive-aggressive pining and whining he did in the first two movies. Streisand and Hoffman return as Gregs touchy-feely parents, whose sexual frankness again leaves the upright Jack unsettled. Laura Dern joins the cast in a pointless role as head of a school that Greg and Pam are considering for their kids. Aconfrontation between De Niro and Harvey Keitel as Gregs housing contract or could have been a real ho ot given the long histo ry between the two actors, pa ls since their early days in Martin Scorsese films. B ut its just stiff, awkward an d humorless, like the rest of t he movie. The jokes are beyon d lame, including a terrib le play on words involvin g The Godfather that appa rently had the filmmakers in stitches, since the mov ie repeats it so often. There s even a dreadful, prolong ed Jaws gag (the same stud io made both movies, so at lea st the Fockers gang cou ld poach the Jaws them e music on the cheap). Its remarkable so man y stars could be lured into th is rubbish, no matter how b ig the paychecks. But then, Hoffman initial ly said no to reprising his rol e, coming on board only aft er most of Little Fockers h ad been shot. His scenes were add ed later, pairing him mostly wi th Streisand and Stiller, th en clumsily interspersed am id the main action. Hopefully, there will be n o call for any of the actors to repeat their roles after th is. Lets pray these in-law s never come to visit again DearAbby: From time to t ime you print letters about r andom acts of kindness. M ay I share something that h appened to me? On Jan. 30, 2 009, my husband and I took o ur three kids to a restaurant f or breakfast to celebrate our t winsfourth birthday. When i t was time to pay our bill, t he waiter told us that a coup le who had been sitting b ehind us had taken care of o ur tab. What that couple didnt k now was that the day b efore, my doctor had i nformed me a lump in my n eck was probably lymp homa and that he needed to d o a biopsy as soon as possib le. He had wanted me to m eet with a surgeon that m orning, but I told him no. I t was the twinsbirthday, a nd I didnt want them to a ssociate their birthday with t he day Mommy got sick. What that couple did was m ore than pay for our meal; i t gave me hope. I felt it was a sign that everything would b e taken care of. To pay it f orward, we left the waiter a l arge tip. I did end up with H odgkins disease, but I h ave been in remission since A ugust 2009. Blessed in Wisconsin DearBlessed: Your letter m ade me smile. Your hope w as rewarded and everything w as taken care of. And b ecause Hodgkins lymp homa is a treatable cancer, I hope you will continue to enjoy good health for many decades to come. DearAbby: I have a big problem. My father refuses to spend time with me. He is a firefighter and says he has a busy schedule. I understand that. But when he has extra time, he will find anything else to do. I tried talking to him it was like talking to a brick wall. My mom has comforted me a lot, but I feel there is something missing in my life. That missing part is my dad. Please help me to figure out how I can make the situation better. Girl in Need in Baltimore DearGirl in Need: You have already done as much as you can. It is now up to your mother and/or your grandparents to help your father understand that there is more to being a parent than providing financial support. I hope he gets the message before its too late for him, not you. DearAbby: An odd custom is beginning to surface in my local church. Showers for new brides and new mothers are being announced from the pulpit at Sunday services. All church members are invited to attend, and in one or two instances even told what to bring for gifts. I have always understood that showers are given by close friends, relatives, associates, etc. Just what is proper procedure for this? How does one respond to these open invitations? I have not responded. Am I wrong? Please help. Socially Naive in South Carolina DearSocially Naive: You are not wrong; you are correct. Approach your pastor and ask why this is being done. If the reason is that the bride-to-be or mother-to-be is financially needy, and you would like to contribute, then attend the showers. If not, then treat the announcement as you would any open invitation. If you choose not to attend, you are not obligated to give a gift. P.S. I agree with you. It is an odd custom. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. 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Sebring NOW SHOWINGFriday 12/24 Thursday 01/06 Suick CinemasInformation 385-9980 Office 385-9908New Dolby Digital SoundAll Seats $6.00for Matinee COMING SOONJan 7SEASON OF THE WITCH DIVERSIONS Small acts of kindness can give hope Dear Abby Fockers is house guest that just wont leave Movie Review Little Fockers Rating: PG-13 (mature sexual humor throughout, language and some drug content) Running time: 98 minutes Review: (of 4) CHRISTYLEMIRE APMovie CriticTrue Grit is one of the m ost mainstream, crowdp leasing films Joel and E than Coen have ever made. Its sort of a screwball W estern, if you will, with v ivid performances and s trikingly vast, picturesque v istas, the always gorgeous w ork of the always great R oger Deakins, the Coens f requent cinematographer. But its a minor entry f rom the writing-directing b rothers, especially when y ou consider the inventiven ess and strength of their c anon and the close aestheti c resemblance to No C ountry for Old Men, their m asterpiece. While True G rit is entertaining, its a lso surprisingly lacking in e motional resonance, as w ell as the intriguing sense o f ambiguity that so often p ermeates Coen pictures. O nly toward the end does it f eel like anything is at stake, b ut at least its enjoyable w hile youre waiting. Based on the title, this w ould seem like a remake of t he 1969 Western that e arned John Wayne his only A cademy Award, for best a ctor. But the Coens were a ctually more interested in c reating a truer version of t he original source material, C harles Portisnovel of the s ame name. The absurd humor that is o ne of the Coenstradem arks exists here alongside t he kinds of quick bursts of v iolence that often erupt in their films. And the dialogue is so Coens-y: the specificity of the word choices; the cadence of the exchanges; the repetition of certain phrases. And while Jeff Bridges is stepping into a role so closely associated with The Duke, he infuses it with unmistakable shadings of The Dude. Bridges plays U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn as a guy who is gruff and grizzled, lived a long and welllubricated life, but who has also attained a certain Zenlike self-possession about it. Theres a pleasingly shambling way about him, an easygoing ramble to his storytelling. He even says the word abide at one point. If youre a fan or even an achiever it will make you smile. Thats just part of what makes this version of True Grit so amusing, though. Theres also Bridgescompetitive interplay with Matt Damon, a bit of a buffoon as a preening Texas Ranger, which Damon plays with some of the same goofy humor he showed last year in The Informant! Its yet another reminder that he can do anything. But the real revelation is Hailee Steinfeld, making her astonishingly selfassured film debut as Mattie Ross, the 19th-century pioneer girl who sets the storys action in motion. She was only 13 when she shot the movie, and to say she holds her own with Bridges, Damon, Josh Brolin and the rest of the cast would be an understatement. She dominates True Grit carries the film, practically handling the difficult language as well as the physical challenges with equal aplomb. The determined, puritanical Mattie intends to find her fathers killer, a wanderer named Tom Chaney (Brolin, the No Country star who doesnt appear here nearly enough). She uses her formidable wit and unshakable sense of right and wrong to persuade pretty much whomever she wants to do whatever she wants, as evidenced by an early scene in which she goes toe-to-toe with a veteran horse trader (Dakin Matthews, whos perfect in just a couple of scenes). True Grit a screwball western Movie Review True Grit Rating: PG-13 (some intense sequences of violence, disturbing images) Running time: 110 minutes Review: (of 4) Paramount Pictures J eff Bridges stars as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit.

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LIVING 12B PAGE News-Sun Friday, December 24, 2010 Just a few simple projects a month, and you can make this the year your house stays in tip-top shapeBYJOAN MORRIS/CONTRACOSTATIMESREID BROWN/SAN JOSE MERCURYNEWS /MCT FEBRUARYYou know whats romantic? Fixing that leaky toilet. Well, no, its not, but it will be more appreciated than that $26 box of chocolates. To check for leaks, add a drop or two of food coloring in the tank at bedtime. If the water in the bowl is tinged the same color, your flapper is leaking. Its an easy fix by replacing the mechanism. And while youre in a bathroom state of mind, how about replacing those old shower heads with low-flow models? Check with your water provider for deals or discounts. Afew minutes of work can save a lot of water and money throughout the year.MARCHCan you feel it? Spring is just around the corner. Time to get the house and yard ready for the warm weather and sunshine. Start by fixing window screens, repairing sagging fences and arbors, and making sure your deck is shipshape. Now would be a good time to give the deck a good cleaning and a fresh coat of sealer. Check for dry and rotted wood. Consider renting a power washer to scrub the deck, siding, driveway and even your house. And heres something we dont think about often: the mailbox. Do you need a new one? Or maybe the old one would look better with a new paint job? Stretch those creative muscles and paint a unique design.JUNEBefore you hang the stars and stripes for Flag Day, check your flagpole holder to make sure it's still secure. As we reach the midway point in the year, check that list of projects you made in January. How are you doing? Rethink the list by moving some projects to the bottom, some to the top and adding a few more. Then look at all those "once a year" chores, such as cleaning behind the refrigerator and vacuuming coils, checking and replacing, if needed, the water hoses to the washing machine, checking for leaks under the sinks and dishwasher, and testing circuit breakers. If you haven't already, label the breakers so you'll know what switch controls what part of the house.JULYWe may be cranking up the air conditioner this month, so make sure the condensation drip tube flows freely. And take the time to update your emergency kit. Dont have one? Then make one. Experts recommend a three-day supply of drinking water and food you dont have to refrigerate or cook; first aid supplies; a portable NOAAweather radio; a wrench and other basic tools; a flashlight; work gloves; emergency cooking equipment; portable lanterns; fresh batteries for each piece of equipment; clothing; blankets; baby items; prescription medications; extra car and house keys; extra eyeglasses; credit cards and cash; important documents, including insurance policies.OCTOBERUgh, its time to clean those gutters and downspouts. For fun, replace a downspout with a decorative rain chain. Arain barrel or two wouldnt go amiss, either. Time to start wrapping up the house for the coming winter, and dont forget the hot water heater. If its warm to the touch and in an unheated garage or utility room, invest in an insulating blanket. Decorators may hate those ceiling fans, but they can help move warm air around your house. Reverse the fans to blow upward in the winter, pushing warm air across the ceiling and down the walls.NOVEMBERYou may have some unexpected company this month, and were not talking about crazy Uncle Harry and Aunt Prudence. Were talking, gulp, mice and rats who will be looking for a home in your garage and house. Seal holes in the foundation especially those around pipes and wires and look for places where they might sneak in. An easy way is to plug holes with steel wool. Make sure doors fit at the bottom. Have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned before lighting fires. Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, and replace batteries.JANUARYNew year, fresh start. Instead of making resolutions, make a list of projects you want to complete this year, then post it somewhere that youll see it every day. Nothing like a little guilt to motivate you. Be careful when taking down those holiday decorations. Pack and label the boxes, invest in some Christmas light reels to keep those strands tidy youll thank us later and take some time to cull out any broken ornaments or decorations you dont care for.APRILAfresh coat of paint can brighten up the old homestead. Not up to painting? Then get outside and scrub that aluminum siding and wash down the stucco. While youre at it, check for damage. Fixing cracks and breaks now can prevent trouble down the road. And as long as were in a cleaning mood, those windows can use a wash (use newspaper to wash and dry for a streak-free finish). Inside, clean your blinds, ceiling fans and heating/air conditioning vents. Schedule a checkup on your heating and cooling system.MAYAh, May. Memorial Day. Backyard barbecues. Smart you, working on your deck in the spring. Now its time to pull out the Weber and fire up the grill. But before striking a match, remove rust from the grill with a little elbow grease and a stiff brush. Freshen up the trim on your home, wash off your driveway and check for damage that may have worsened over the winter. This also would be a good time to check the foundation around your home and crawl space, looking for signs of termite damage. You also can expect to find ants out and about. Keep them out of your home by sealing cracks and putting bait traps around. Be careful using them around children and pets.AUGUSTIf youre planning a vacation this month, update your security with door and window alarms, motion-sensor lights and timers. Dont forget to stop newspaper and mail deliveries, and ask a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on things. Give them contact information in case theres an emergency. If youre planning a staycation, how about devoting a few hours to organize your gardening and household tools in your garage or shed. Sell or donate tools that you arent using. Seriously? How many drills and rusty pruners does one person need?SEPTEMBERTake a look at your landscape with an eye toward safety. Your trees grew this spring and summer. Are they crowding power lines or brushing against your roof? Contact a professional to trim them. Check for plants growing too close to the foundation. They can encourage insect damage, weaken the foundation or create a fire hazard. And as loath as we are to admit it, cooler weather is just around the corner. Caulk windows and doors, add weather stripping and new sweeps on doors, and check to see if youve got enough insulation in your attic or crawl spaces and that loose insulation isnt blocking vents.DECEMBERThe first rule of hanging holiday lights and decorations: Stay off the roof. Not only is it dangerous to be up there, you can damage tiles and create leaks in the roof. Dont hammer directly into the roof to secure decorations; youre only asking for problems when it starts raining. If you followed our advice in January about storing lights and decorations, youll be thanking us now when its much easier to work with them. But still be mindful of damaged cords and old lights that may malfunction. Consider replacing older lights with newer LED lights that are safer and more energy efficient.