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The news-sun
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News-sun (Sebring, Fla.)
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Sunday news-sun
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By SAMANTHAGHOLAR samantha.gholar@newssun.comSEBRING Sebring has a lways been known for horsepowe r. But not this kind. Ten undeniably beautiful and m ajestic Clydesdales filled the s table area of the Highlands C ounty Fairgrounds Tuesday m orning prepping for a full day of b eauty routines. The 10 horses t raveled from Merrimack, N.H., t o Sebring to take part in Fridays C hristmas parade. On Tuesday, an eight-person c rew worked their way through t he daily routines of feeding, w atering and cleaning the enorm ous horses. Handlers Manny Meza and Pat L yons stood on stools in order to w ash the manes of two C lydesdales. Each of the four legs w ere shampooed to a fresh white c oat. Theyre usually good with the b aths. They dont like when their e ars get wet, though, said Meza, a 22-year-employee with the B udweiser Clydesdale crew. Lyons, whose only been a part o f the crew for one and a half y ears, said that the washing of all t he Clydesdales, which are all m ales, takes up the better part of t he day. Its a process, Lyons said. Two horses, Victor and D iamond, were getting the royal t reatment mid-morning as Lyons a nd Meza brushed their coats squeaky clean before leading each of the massive horses back to the stable with the remaining eight. We brought 10 with us. This is the traveling hitch. We have about five that stay in Merrimack. If one of them gets sick or something on the road we can trade him out from either there or St. Louis if its closer, said the lone female handler, Brittny Corrigan. Corrigan worked on feeding duty Tuesday morning, delivering bails of hay to the beautiful, gentle giants. They get along pretty well with each other and with people 079099401001 Phone ... 385-6155 Fax ... 385-2453 O nline: www.newssun.com Highlands Countys Hometown Newspaper Since 1927 Wednesday-Thursday, December 4-5, 2013 Volume 94/Number 145 | 50 cents www.newssun .com Business B10 Celebrations B7 Classifieds A9 Clubs B8 Crossword PuzzleB11 Dear Abby B11 Editorial & OpinionA4 Friends & NeighborsB9 Sudoku PuzzleB11 Whats CookingB12 Index Pleasant High 83 Low 62Details, A10 WAUCHULA STATE BANK/Cheryl Hen; 11.25"; 1.5"; Black plus three; process, front strip low down; 0 0 0 3 4 1 4 5 Streaks get defensiveSebring smothers rival Dragons for easy win SPORTS, B1 Healthy sweetsUse watermelon for a different take on INSIDEONB12Phone store robbedPolice searching for man who held up a MetroPCS store in Sebring INSIDEONA2 N EWS -S UN Katara Simmons/News-Sun Horse handler Manny Meza scrubs Victor on Tuesday morning, one of 10 Budweiser Clydesdales that are in town for a few upcoming events. Meza said he has been working with the horses for 22 years. By PHILATTINGER phil.attinger@newssun.comSEBRING Whether enjoying conversation around a backyard fire pit or gathering under a well-lit Christmas tree, holiday revelers can do a lot this season to prevent home fires and wildfires. The Florida Forest Service wants everyone to enjoy the winter holidays with safety in mind. Calin Ionita, senior forester with the Florida Forest Service, warns that a small fire in or near a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly, taking the house as well as nearby houses and wildlands when fanned by winter winds. Although Christmas tree fires are not common, when they do occur, they have a higher chance to be deadFresh trees help prevent holiday fires Met ro Picking a fresh tree and using the proper lights are keys to preventing what could turn out to be a deadly fire. Clydesdales spent Tuesday resting up for busy week Gentle giants get pampered Katara Simmons/News-Sun Clydesdales lovingly groom each other while waiting for a bath Tuesday morning at the Highlands County Fairgrounds. The famous horse team is in town to take part in the Sebring Christmas parade as well as some other area events. By BARRYFOSTER News-Sun correspondentSEBRING Highlands County commissioners Tuesday morning declined to waive the fees for the Sebring Firemen for the rental of the countys sports complex for t he Florida Athletic Coaches Association State All-Star footba ll practices. Instead, the $755 will be paid for from tourist tax funds. In moving the issue forward, Highlands County Commissioner Don Elwell, who currently serves as the commissions liaison to the Tourist Development Commission, suggested the action would be a precursor of things to come. This expense for the fields and the lighting is a general fund expense, he said.In the past we County to pay for field fees with TDC cash By BARRYFOSTER News-Sun correspondentSEBRING Tis the season for packing shipping and mailing, and local residents who want to get packages, boxes and bags to their destinations by Christmas day have a number of deadlines they need to heed. Some of those deadlines alread y have come and gone, making tha t famous whooshing sound as they flew by. The deadline for regular first class mail such as greeting cards for Africa, South America and Central America was Monday, Mailing a gift? Better get packing Shipping deadlines are coming up soon Elwell See CLYDESDALES, A7 See SHIPPING, A6 See COUNTY, A7 See FIRE, A7 Phil Attinger/News-Sun Reindeer and gingerbread dancers from Center Stage Dance Studio get into the holiday spirit for Mondays Avon Park Christmas Parade. The parade also featured racing lawnmowers, an airplane, marching bands and, of course Santa Claus. See more pictures on A3 and online at www.newssun.com. Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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News-Sun staffLAKE PLACID Police have identified both the pedestrian and driver in a fatal traffic incident on Thanksgiving Day. The victim Nicolas Juarez, 57, of Lake Placid died from his injuries on Friday at Lee Memorial Hospital after being transported from Florida Hospital Lake Placid. He was struck at 6 p.m. Thursday as he walked south on Main Avenue, heading toward U.S. 27. Police reports said Juarez walked out in front of a southbound truck driven by Jesus Ochoa Artega, 55, at the intersection of South Main Avenue and Payson Avenue. This is the fourth fatal crash in Lake Placid this year, police reports said. There is no word about whether or not charges are pending in this case. News-Sun staffSEBRING Police are searching for the man who held up the MetroPCS phone store Monday morning at the corner of Sebring Parkway and Kenilworth Drive in Sebring. Cmdr. Steve Carr of the Sebring Police Department said the robber was described as a middle-aged Hispanic man standing 5feet-9-inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. He was wearing a blue, long-sleeved shirt, jeans and a dark fedora-style hat, Carr said. The robbery took place at 9:26 a.m. No one was injured, but the suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. Sebring High School, which is across the street, was locked down for a time during the search for the suspect. Sebring police and Highlands County Sheriffs deputies canvassed the area with the help of the Sheriffs Office K-9 bloodhounds but Carr said the hunt for the suspect was unsuccessful. Anyone with information on the robbery is encouraged to call the Sebring police at 863-471-5108. Page A2 News-SunWednesday, December 4, 2013 www.newssun.com pub block; 5.542"; 4.5"; Black; publishers block; 0 0 0 2 6 4 0 3 Nov. 29 941434757MB: 5x4Next jackpot $257 millionNov. 26 2744597475MB: 3x5 Nov. 19 1415294963MB: 2x3 Nov. 30 182129303545x:5Next jackpot $38 millionNov. 27 2820333549x:5 Nov. 23 12136404445x:2 Dec. 2 419242527 Dec. 1 116293236 Nov. 30 420212224 Nov. 29 14172022 Dec. 2 (n) 4397 Dec. 2 (d) 7651 Dec. 1 (n) 6703 Dec. 1 (d) 1500 Dec. 2 (n) 766 Dec. 2 (d) 364 Dec. 1 (n) 833 Dec. 1 (d) 006 Nov. 29 1218434414 Nov. 26 715222316 Nov. 22 124303512 Nov. 19 113233384 Nov. 30 526444557 PB: 29Next jackpot $81 millionNov. 27 1825505557 PB: 17 Nov. 23 512435255 PB: 10 Lottery Center Christmas on Main set in LPLAKE PLACID Local businesses on Main Avenue in Lake Placid will be taking part in Christmas on Main from 3-8 p.m. Friday. There will be music, refreshments and a raffle drawing with multiple prizes. Participating merchants include All Dressed Up, Alpha Natural, Amber Louise Boutique, Chef Buddys, Chic Chick Boutique, Creative Hair Design, Mollys Treats, Old Friends, Schoonis Restaurant and Wings Of Eagles. You can pick up your raffle ticket at any participating merchant. Each participating merchant will stamp your ticket. Ticket must be returned to Alpha Natural to qualify for drawings. For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 465-4331.Country music returns to Shrine ClubAVON PARK Country music will start again from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Shrine Club. Refreshments will be available. Cost is $4 for a single and $7 per couple. The club is at 2604 State Road 17 South, just north of the Red Barn Furniture store. Phone 382-2208 for additional information.Financial advice at Lake Placid Memorial LibraryLAKE PLACID Tax Free Investing: Its Not What You Make, Its What You Keep, a free seminar, will be offered at 11 a.m. today. Cheryl S. Brown, a representative from Edward Jones Investments, will provide information about tax-free investment features, tax free-investments vs. taxable investment returns, how to purchase municipal bonds and goal achievement through taxfree investments. The Lake Placid Memorial Library is at 20 5 WInterlake Blvd. Payne featured at Scribblers and ScribesSEBRING The December meeting of the Florida Writers Association Sebring Scribblers and Scribes wi ll be held at Beef O Bradys in Sebring at 7 p.m. today with dinner earlier if desired. The speaker for the evening will be Mack Payne of Lake Placid. He is a Vietnam War veteran and a published author and speaker. He will introduce the Sebring writers to the ease in getting on various radio stations in order to get themselves know and their written word recognized. The meeting is open to the public. Membership in FWAor Scribblers is not required and membership applications are available. Call Barbara Beswick at 402-9181. Community Briefs Continued on A6 Phil Attinger/News-Sun Sebring Police and Highlands County Sheriffs deputies search for a robber Monday morning with the help of the Sheriffs Office K-9 bloodhounds. The Metro PCS store at Kenilworth Drive and Sebring Parkway was robbed at approximately 9:26 a.m., according to Police Cmdr. Steve Carr. No one was hurt. The suspect was described as a middle-aged Hispanic man standing 5-feet-9-inches tall, weighing 150 pounds and wearing a blue, longsleeve shirt, jeans and a fedora. Phil Attinger/News-Sun Detectives look for clues in the area outside Metro PCS at the Kenilworth Drive and Sebring Parkway intersection, which was robbed at approximately 9:26 a.m. Monday. Police searching for phone store robber Pedestrian identified in fatal Lake Placid accident Special to the News-SunLAKE WALES Bok T ower Gardens12th A nnual Sunset & S ymphony concert takes p lace Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m., with pre-show e vents beginning at 4:30 p .m. The Orlando P hilharmonic Orchestra a nd Singing Tower carill on will perform together i n a special holiday edit ion of one of Central F loridas favorite outdoor c oncerts in celebration of t he 85th anniversary of t he Gardens. Flaming torches will i lluminate the Olmstedd esigned pathways leadi ng up to the 205-foot S inging Tower, housing o ne of the worlds great c arillons and featuring the G ardensworld-class cari llonneur, Geert D hollander. Guests are e ncouraged to prepare e laborate picnics and e xperience a magical e vening as the sun sets a top Iron Mountain. The Orlando P hilharmonic will perform a program of holiday class ics, such as The N utcracker Suite, Sleigh Ride, Twas the N ight Before Christmas, Carol of the Bells, Its t he Most Wonderful Time o f the Year, and We W ish You a Merry C hristmas, among others. T he performance features g uest conductor Paul H ostetter, and guest v ocalists Priscilla Bagley a nd Kevin Kelly. Concert tickets include g eneral Gardensadmiss ion so guests may enter a nytime during the day f or picnics. The Holiday Home T our at Pinewood Estate a lso will be open until 6 p .m., but requires an addit ional entry fee. The I nstrument Petting Zoo, a c hance to meet the music ians and learn about their i ndividual instruments, b egins at 4:30 p.m. F amilies can try their h ands at a variety of i nstruments with the help o f Orlando Philharmonic m usicians on the Olmsted H ouse lawn. The popular picnic cont est will award prizes for M ost Original, Best H oliday Themed, and Best O verall. Judging takes place at 5 :30 p.m. and winners w ill be announced during i ntermission. Pre-ordered b oxed picnic selections a re available from the B lue Palmetto Caf, with f ood and beverages availa ble for sale at the Hilltop C af concession from 3 :30 to 8 p.m. The Gift Shop and V isitor Center will remain o pen until after the conc ert. Visitors are encoura ged to bring lawn chairs o r blankets, insect repell ent and flashlights. H andicapped parking and s huttle service will be a vailable. Tickets are $20 for the g eneral public and $18 for m embers. Day-of-concert t icket prices are $25 for b oth the general public a nd members. Children a ges 5 to 12 are $10 in a dvance; $12 at the gate; u nder 5 are admitted free. G roup discounts are availa ble. Tickets may be purc hased online at w ww.BokTowerGardens.o r g, by calling the Gardens a t 863-734-1222. Sunset & Symphony at Bok Tower Saturday Special to the News-SunSEBRING Cyclists from 11 states and Canada are expected to converge on Sebrings roads Friday through Sunday for the 16th Annual Highlands Bike Fest, hosted by Kenilworth Lodge and Highlands Pedalers Bicycle Club. Colorfully clad cyclists will take to the roads choosing from short rides of 20 to 30 miles all the way to metric century rides of 62 miles and one century ride of 100 miles on Saturday. The cyclists tour the scenic countryside of Highlands County and rest stops are provided as well as sag service, which provides on-the-road minor repairs. The cyclists are encouraged to ride safely and follow all traffic regulations. This is not a race. Cyclists say the events popularity is due to the renewing of friendships made, the scenic and good roads, the friendliness of the local community and the gourmet food provided by Chef Mac. Proceeds from the threeday event support local bicycle safety programs. The Highlands Pedalers recently helped send 10 young athletes from the TriPower Team to the Ironkids Championships in Iowa. Visit www.highlandsbikefest.com or www.highlandspedalers.com/ for details. 360 cyclists expected for 16th Bike Fest Courtesy photo Highlands Pedalers (from left) Judy Wright, Red Camp, Rita Bennett and Ken Reese check routes for the Highlands Bike Fest, which will be Friday through Sunday, centered at the Kenilworth Lodge in Sebring. This weeks question: Do you think Black Friday mania has gotten out of hand? Yes 94.4% No 5.6% Total votes: 126 www.newssun .comPoll open through Friday. Make your voice heard at

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By SAMANTHAGHOLAR samantha.gholar@newssun.comSEBRING Tis the seas on of giving and the S ebring Rotary is hoping c ommunity members will d ig deep into their cupboards t his year to help stock the p antry of the local Salvation A rmy this holiday season d uring Fridays annual C ircle of Cans. From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., S ebring Rotarians will be in d owntown Sebring on and a round the Circle collecting c anned goods and monetary d onations that will go to b enefit The Salvation Army. Each year, the Circle of C ans draws hundreds of part icipants who line Circle P arks sidewalk with cans of v arious foods including b eans, peas, soups, meats, e tc. The cans surround the C arousel of Lights througho ut the day before being coll ected and taken to The S alvation Army for needy f amilies and individuals. Hundreds of cans are coll ected each holiday season t hat go on to feed people throughout the holiday season and into the new year. Everyone is able to participate in the event, just simply bring a can good and/or money to drop into the famous Salvation Army holiday kettles. Cans may be placed directly onto the Circle Park sidewalk. For more information, call 385-8538. www.newssun.comNews-SunWednesday, December 4, 2013 Page A3 CARDIOLOGY ASSOCIATES; 5.542"; 5"; Black plus three; process, main A erectile dysfu; 0 0 0 3 4 0 7 9 MARTIAL ARTS (pp); 3.639"; 4"; Black; main A rhr top of ad stack; 0 0 0 3 4 0 8 4 KIFFLE KITCHEN; 3.639"; 5"; Black plus three; process, main a holiday orders; 0 0 0 3 4 1 5 2 Circle of Cans scheduled for Friday By BARRYFOSTER News-Sun correspondentSEBRING The Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Website has a whole new look. The new site at www.votehighlands.com went live on Monday morning. Our vendor, VR Systems, includes website upgrades as part of their contract every few years and this year was our year to update, said Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Penny Ogg. I think it is going to provide more information and be easier to navigate. In addition to hosting the supervisor of elections website, VR Systems also takes care of election night reporting numbers, which are posted to the supervisors website. The new site has been about four months in the making, with Ogg first getting a look at a number of potential templates back in August. Once the design was agreed upon, the group then set about moving the information from the old site onto the new one. Although visually the site is much different from its predecessor, the new incarnation still has basically much of the same information as before. We tried to keep a lot of it the same such as the top and side menus, she said. We did list them in alphabetical order to make them a little easier to access, Ogg said. One of the new features will be the candidate finance reporting section. That was given the OK by Highlands County commissioners at their Nov. 19 session. Starting later this month, candidates will hav e the reports they file displayed on the supervisors website available for publ ic review. Arotating slideshow ,which depicts scenes from around Highlands County, also has been added. Thos e include Main Street in Avo n Park, Sebrings Circle and the emblematic Town of Murals sign in Lake Plac id as well as shots from Highlands Hammock State Park and at Arbuckle Cree k. We wanted to make su re that all three towns were included at th e start, but we plan t o continue to add pic tures as we go alon g to include all of Highlands County, Ogg said. The rollout of th e new site has been relativel y uneventful with only a cou ple of glitches noted. One involved a search for the pre-filed candidates who already have announced they will be running for office. I figured out that we didnt have our committee s like the Republican Executive Committee and Democrat Executive Committees yet listed, sh e said. But when we went t o the General 2014menu you can find them. Ogg said one advantage is that the staff will be abl e to update the site themselves, making it easier to keep it updated. She said the new site is one of the more important things she has been able to accompli sh since becoming Superviso r of Elections. Between getting the campaign finance resolutio n passed through the board and now the new website we are moving ahead, sh e said. County elections office has new online look Ogg Phil Attinger/News-Sun Santa got some help from the Avon Park Fire Department to arrive f or his appearance in Mondays Avon Park Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. Believers in St. Nick had to wait almost two hours for his arrival, as the parade was delayed mid-step by a f reight train rolling through downtown Avon Park. Phil Attinger/News-Sun Mayda Rivera of Charming Thrift Shop in Avon Park gave out candy to children Monday at Candy Cane Lane, a display of Christmas Trees organized by Anne Marie Feeney of Royal 4 Home Services. Jayce Vanscooter, 3, got a lollipop, opened for him by grandmother, Janet McClugage (background right). Christmas season marches into AP Phil Attinger/News-Sun Accompanied by the Avon Park High School Grandiers Marching Band, the high school color guard welcomed in the Christmas season with a flourish during Mondays Avon Park Christmas Parade. Phil Attinger/News-Sun T his plane may seem to be flying through a snowstorm, but its only w inter for a few feet around the Longs Air-Conditioning float for Mondays Avon Park Christmas Parade. www.newssun .comMore photos online Phil Attinger/News-Sun An open air racer would be chilly in most Christmas parades, but not in Florida in Mondays Avon Park Christmas Parade.

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TODAYSEDITORIALTODAYSLETTERS SCOTT DRESSELEditor editor@newssun.comDAN HOEHNESports Editor daniel.hoehne@newssun.com BUSINESS OFFICEJANET EMERSONlegals@newssun.com NEWSROOMROMONA WASHINGTONPublisher/Executive Editor publisher@newssun.com VICKIE WATSONvickie.jones@newssun.comMITCH COLLINSmcollins@newssun.com ADVERTISING Editorial & Opinion Page A4 News-SunWednesday, December 4, 2013 www.newssun.com Serve the peopleEditor: It is an interesting point that when the majority of politicans get elected to office they forget the basic reason for being elected. To serve at the will of the people. The compensation and benefits for the office come from the tax paying citizens. It is those same citizens that deserve the opportunity to attend public meetings and have their voice/s heard. The new alignment of county commissioners has chosen to reduce the number of meetings by 50 percent and to eliminate the only regularly scheduled night meeting that gave those that were unable to attend during the daytime. It appears that the will of the people and the provider of the compensation packages are not being fully served. The question is with the amount of on-thejob time reduced, should the compensation packages be reduced also? John Larsen SebringFull belly hinders the huntEditor: I agree with Hank Kowalski, that feral cats do prey upon small birds and other wildlife. Thats why I feed feral cats. With a full belly, the cats tend to ignore wildlife and take a nap instead. Sheila Ryan SebringSold for 20 pieces of silverEditor: The Obama Administration has sold o ut the Israel nation, to the brotherhood of Muslems. Centuries ago our Supreme Commandants Son was sold for 20 piece s of silver. The Veteran Administration has also sold out my disability claim along with millions of disabled military claim s. This has been going on fo r more than 40 years. Its called co-pay. The disable d veteran whose claim has not been allowed, or denied, if he wants to use a VAfacility or hospital, he is charged a co-pay. As many operations can cost many thousands of dollars he could be and has been bankrupted. This is VA hospitals and VAfacilities that have cost the American taxpayers trillions of dollars. Yet millions of disabled veterans have to pay co-pays. My social security is being stolen as I write thi s article. Subvention Bill HR 814 will correct this theft of disabled veterans. Please call your senator and congress to correct this theft. The youth of this nation have also been sold out to the insurance companies. It is called Obamacare. In this merry go round of death and taxes, He is watching. He is the wind beneath my wings. Billie E. Jewe tt Sebrin g In 2008, the Florida legisl ature decided recycling is so i mportant to the future it m andated a new goal and t ime table for all communit ies of 100,000 or more b y 2020 (seven years away) t hey must be recycling 75 p ercent of their solid waste. Those communities with p opulations under 100,000 a re urged to recycle too, but p articipation is optional. Highlands Countys popul ation at the last census was 9 8,786, so it wont be long b efore we face mandates too. What the News-Sun does n ot understand is why count y commissioners, over at l east two elections, have d one nothing about recycling d espite its value and import ance. There are two main reasons to recycle. One is that the demand for products continues to outpace the supply of raw resources, especially energy sources like oil. When demand is greater than supply it brings high prices and competition with it. With rising expectations around the world, demand and therefore competition will only increase. Recycling making resources stretch farther is enlightened self-interest. The second reason is the political response to the first. In its efforts to get people and businesses to recycle more, the state legislature set recycling goals almost six years ago. Instead of thinking ahead and doing its homework, however, the county commission has been timid and unsure, rejecting several proposed recycling contracts, seemingly fearful of unknowns that they should have already explored. For example, at the board of county commission meeting Aug. 28, 2012, during a discussion about an interested recycling vendor, then county commissioner Barbara Stewart said, I strongly urge you to be cautious. Ive sat here for eight years and have seen the county to be so quick to grab solutions without getting into deep details. Please, please dont rush in. It turns out the commission took Stewarts plea to heart. It hasnt rushed into anything. In fact, it is more accurate to describe the members as dragging their feet. The reluctance directly affects us. Currently, the people of Highlands County recycle 16 percent of our solid waste. In 2012 the states goal was to recycle 40 percent. The 40-16 difference between what was asked and what was accomplished is so large that if it was a youth baseball score, we would have been taken off the field under the mercy rule. Single-stream programs may not be the most effective or efficient. This is all relatively new; there will be lessons to learn. But even these early recycling systems work to help the economy and environment. They are a definite step in the right direction. If we as a county are serious about supporting our nation, about changing to healthier habits and protecting the natural world around us, we all need to rise to the occasion. Avon Park has shown it is possible to create a viable recycling system. The commission needs to stop hemming and hawing, and get a program into place. Then it will be our responsibility to fill the bins. Recycling plan long overdue W e thank the county commissioners for allowing County Administrator June Fisher to b egin negotiations for an curbside recyc ling program here in Highlands County. I t is about time. Ive heard a lot of intere sting stories of people tryi ng, and failing, to sign up f or ObamaCare, but this one t akes the cake. According to UPI, Shane S mith, of Fort Collins, C olo., had his new O bamaCare insurance o pened under his dogs n ame. As it goes, Smiths existi ng plan was canceled b ecause it failed to meet the r equirements of ObamaCare. A fter considerable effort, he w as finally able to establish a n ObamaCare policy but t he government service repr esentative accidentally a ssigned the policy to B axter, Smiths 14-year-old Y orkshire terrier. Ill bet that could lead to s ome interesting medical situ ations: Smith: Doctor, I strained a t endon in my foot pretty b adly. Doctor: You were chasing t he mailman? Such is the law of unint ended consequences when t he government to keep o ur dog analogy going b ites off way more than it c an chew. Doctorsappointments w ill be the least of Smiths p roblems, though. If the g overnment assigned his i nsurance policy to his dog, what other information might it have gotten wrong? What happens when he needs to make use of his insurance policy? Smith to ObamaCare representative: I had cataract surgery, but my insurance company refuses to pay the claim! ObamaCare representative: Im sorry, Baxter, but your policy doesnt cover DOG cataracts. Smith: My name isnt Baxter and I am not a dog! ObamaCare representative: Then why are you barking at me? Baxter will likely be upset with his new insurance policy, too. His premium will likely be double or triple what he was able to get before ObamaCare. Hell bark when he realizes he has to carry maternity coverage despite getting neutered in 1999. Hell growl when sees how high his deductibles will be and that Smiths middle-class income disqualifies him for government subsidies. Hell howl when he loses his biscuits especially since President Obama promised him that if he liked his biscuits, he could keep his biscuits! Where government bureaucracy is concerned, bureaucratic errors have a way of multiplying. Will Smith endure a full IRS audit for taking interest deductions on a doghouse? What happens when Smith retires and begins receiving Social Security and the payments are to Baxter? Baxter, already 98 in dog years, likely wont be cashing checks for long. When he passes, will Smith spend the rest of his retirement trying to correct an error that originated with ObamaCare? Anyone who has ever dealt with government bureaucracy anyone who has ever sat at the Department of Motor Vehicles, waiting to get a license photo taken is aware of the limitations of government bureaucracy. Sure, there are always going to be functions that we should rely on local, state and federal governments to do but shouldnt we limit these functions? Do we really want something as personal and important as our health care to be managed by government bureaucracies? The many unintended consequences of ObamaCare are rearing their ugly heads, causing many of the programs most enthusiastic supporters to pause and ask, Isnt there a better way to help the uninsured without the government playing such a hands-on role? Well, Smith says that after some effort, he thinks he got his dogs name removed from his policy. But with government bureaucracy being what it is, there are no guarantees his problem is solved. Hell know for sure if a high-ranking ObamaCare bureaucrat makes this promise to him: If you want to keep your name on your insurance policy, you can keep your name on your policy! Tom Purcell, author of Misadventures of a 1970s Childhood and Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty! is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review humor columnist and is nationally syndicated by Cagle Cartoons Inc. Send comments to Purcell@caglecartoons.com/. Guest columns are the opinion of the writer, not necessarily those of the News-Sun staff. Dog days of Obamacare Guest Column Tom Purcell Make sure to sign your letter and include your address and phone number. Anonymous letters will be automatically rejected. Please keep your letters to a maximum of 400 words. We have to make room for everybody. Letters of local concern take priority. Send your letter to 2227 U.S. 27 South, Sebring, FL33870; drop it off at the same address; fax 385-1954; or e-mail editor@newssun.com. 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 of the staff or editors of the News-Sun. EDITORIALPAGEPOLICY

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said Erica Search of Goin Postal. Those countries generally take a little longer to get through. Search said those who missed the deadlines still have options, such as priority mail and express mail. Deadlines on that are set for Friday, Dec. 13, but that will cost more, she said. Other overseas shipments, such as those going to European and Asian destinations, should really be packed up and shipped out by Monday, Dec. 9, for regular, first-class mail. For military bases, you are going to want to get priority mail, she said. You are going to want to have that in by Dec. 10 to get it there for Christmas. Standard mail deadlines passed last month for most of the APO addresses, since they may take as much as three to four weeks for transit. Those generally are mailed by ZIPcode. The good thing about APOs is that generally you are only going to pay for domestic postage, Search said. Once it gets to the APO center within the U.S., the military takes it. The last day for standard mail within the United States is Dec. 13. Standard mail is the new terminology for what used to be called parcel post. After that, said Search, it is onto the private sector services such as United Parcel Service and Federal Express for their ground services. Depending upon where you are shipping to, that could be anywhere from Dec. 16 to Dec. 20 to still get it there, Search said. The benefit to that is they come with tracking and an insurance policy automatically on them. Search also cautioned that as the dates get closer to Christmas Day, the amount of packages being shipped around the United States and overseas begins to increase. Those who mail early will be able to avail themselves of less expensive services and not get caught in the ever increasing volume of packages We are predicting that the week of Dec. 16 will be the busiest this year, she said. That is generally when we get slammed pretty hard and couriers will be carrying a lot more around that time. It will be better if they can get it out before that week. She also pointed out that for international destinations, FedEx and DHLare options that may get items delivered as late as Dec. 1820 depending upon the country. There also are FedEx and UPS Air services within the United States that are guaranteed for one-, twoor three-day transit times. Those who do not do a lo t of shipping may not know that there are some fairly standard items that cannot b e sent, especially by air. For instance, among the commo n no-nos are aerosol cans, perfume and nail polish, since they are flammable. Also prohibited is the shipment of fresh Florida citrus You still cannot ship citrus out of the state of Florida without a limited distribution permit, she said. GoinPostal also does not ship firearms. They suggest a local firearms dealer for that. The business does have a website (www.goinpostalsebring.com/) for tho se who need additional information on the proper packing of items so they are safe in transit. There also is a tracking link so people can monitor the progress of their packages For those who miss their appointed deadline, miracles happen, Search said. Page A6 News-SunWednesday, December 4, 2013 www.newssun.com CENTRAL FLORIDA CASKET STORE &; 1.736"; 6"; Black; obit page dec ads tv p/u; 0 0 0 3 4 0 8 7 PUBLIX-National Newspaper Plac; 11.25"; 4"; Black plus three; process, 105052 IO13124PP5; 0 0 0 3 4 1 3 6 SHERWIN-WILLIAMS CO.; 3.639"; 10"; Black; IO557599 main RHP top outside ; 0 0 0 3 4 1 4 2 PASR meets Dec. 10 SEBRING The Citrus C hapter of the P ennsylvania Association o f School Retirees (PASR) w ill meet Dec. 10 at C hicanes Restaurant in the I nn on the Lakes. Social time will begin at 1 0:30 a.m. with the busin ess meeting to start at 11 a .m. All former P ennsylvania school staff m embers and their guests a re invited to attend the m eeting and the luncheon. For information or reserv ations, call Marjorie B landa at 402-0654 no later t han today. Pine Ridge Promenaders to host dance LAKE PLACID The P ine Ridge Promenaders w ill host a square dance T hursday at Sunshine RV R esort. Ron Reardon will be c alling with the first tip s tarting at 7:30 p.m.. V isitors are especially welc ome, and either square d ance or casual attire may b e worn. The Resort is 1,000 feet e ast of U.S. 27 on State R oad 70, south of Lake Placid. Call 465-1737 for information.Kenilworth Neighborhood Watch group meetsSEBRING The Kenilworth Neighborhood Watch serving Kenilworth Avenue, Highlands Homes, and adjoining streets will meet at the Military SEA Services Museum on the corner of Kenilworth Boulevard and Roseland Avenue. Watch meetings are the first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. Open to all who wish to attend.AMVETS plan New Years partySEBRING AMVETS Post 21 will have a New Years Eve party with finger foods, party favors and champagne from 8-12 p.m. with music by Diane. Tickets will be available at the Post and are $8 per person or $15 per couple.Chamber hosts breakfastAVON PARK Avon Park Chamber of Commerces Christmas breakfast will be at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Hotel Jacaranda. Highlands Independent Bank is this months sponsor. There will be Christmas songs performed by young students to set off the day in a great way. RSVPby noon Wednesday to 453-3350.ABATE prepares for Toy RunSEBRING The 28th annual Toy Run sponsored by the ABATE of Florida, Inc. Inerstate Chapter is planned for Saturday. Cost is $10 per person and all participants are asked to donate an unwrapped toy. Line up will begin at 11 a.m. at the Blue Crab Restaurant, 825 N. Ridgewood Drive. The ride will begin promptly at 1 p.m., ending at the Elks Lodge, 2618 Kenilworth Blvd. There will be a 50/50, auction and turkey dinner to help bring the run to a close at 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit local children in need during the holidays. For information, contact Ernie G-Man Gelinas, Inerstate Chapter president, at 873-6202 or Dale Moore, Inerstate Chapter vice president, at 414-4213. Continued from A2 Special to the News-Sun AVON PARK Seacoast National Bank i s co-sponsoring a reception and lecture for c onservation photographer Carlton Ward Jr. a t the South Florida State Colleges M useum of Florida Art and Culture, 600 W College Drive, on Thursday. The recept ion begins at 6 p.m., followed by the lect ure at 7 p.m. There is limited seating and reservations c an be made by calling Victoria Kelley at ( 772) 221-7002. The lecture compliments t he Florida Wildlife Corridor Exhibition a nd coincides with the Images of Florida e xhibit by photographer Lee Dunkel. Carlton Wards presentation is a fascinating look at a Florida that few of us have ever seen, said Linda Frost, Vice President Wealth Management for Seacoast National Bank We are delighted to bring his wonderful and interesting presentation to the museum. Ward established the Florida Wildlife Corridor as a public awareness initiative in 2009. The exhibition highlights the journey of four explorers who traveled 1,000 miles in 100 days from the Everglades to the Okefenokee Swamp in southern Georgia. Wards photographs are featured in magazines including Audubon, Smithsonian, Geo, Nature Conservancy and National Wildlife. Photographer Carlton Ward to be featured at SFSC Thursday Photo by Mac Stone A cclaimed conservation photographer Carlton Ward Jr. will give a lecture at SFSC on T hursday. Continued from A1 Shipping deadlines for gifts vary depending on destination Community Briefs r

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h ave instructed similar g roups to apply for TDC f unds to pay for such t hings. Calling it a setting point f or the future, Elwell sugg ested that by taking the a ction and proactively a pproving the fee payment, t he countys general fund w ould be reimbursed. The r est of the board agreed, noti ng that although the proced ure was a bit backwards, t he move had the approval of b oard attorney Ross M acbeth.that it was an a llowable expense. Macbeth told commissione rs, however, there were s ome statutory hoops they h ad to jump through as part o f the process. The event must have as part of its purpose the attraction of tourists to the county, Macbeth said. Elwell assured the board that the event indeed had been advertised to tourists, prompting a motion from Commissioner Jack Richie to approve the action. Commissioner Ron Handley also asked that the Sebring Firemen Inc. be sent a letter with instructions on how the application would work for future events. As part of the consent agenda, the board also approved a number of other TDC requests including: a $1,000 grant to the Highway Park Neighborhood Preservation and Enhancement District, Inc for advertisement ofits Rising February Black Tie Gala, as well as $1,000 grants to the Caladium Arts & Crafts Cooperative, Inc. for the design and printing of a brochure, the Greater Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce for advertisement for the 24th Annual Caladium Festival and to the Lake Placid-based Toby the Clown Foundation for a brochure for its organization. ly, Ionita said. One out of every five tree fires is caused by a heat source, but one in every three is caused by electrical problems, often Christmas lights. The first step to prevent such fires, Ionita said, is to pick a fresh tree one with green needles that do not fall off when touched. Then cut at least an inch off the trunk, or ask the vendor to do it for you. This new cut will allow water to be taken up. Put your tree in water as soon as you get home and be sure to top-up daily, Ionita said. Afresh tree will drink about a pint a day for the first couple of days. Atree needs to stay wet because dried-out trees become a fire danger, Ionita said. Once a tree is placed in a stand, properly secured with plenty of water, it should be set it three feet away from any heat source: fireplace, radiator, space heater, candle, heat vent or light. Also, make sure the tree is not blocking an exit. Even if the tree isnt live, revelers always should follow safety guidelines with lights: Use only lights that have an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only tested for indoor or outdoor use. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections, and connect no more than three strands of mini string sets or a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturers instructions for number of LED strands to connect. Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed. Check on them frequently if you are not in the same room. Also, bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer. Dont think the danger ends just because the holidays are over and the tree is down. Once a tree has gotten old and dry, it can catch fire too easily to be left alone in the home, in the garage or leaning against the outside of the house. Its safer to consider recycling your tree, if there are local programs for it, said Melissa Yunas, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist Florida Forest Service. Contact the solid waste department in your city or county for such programs. Christmas trees may also be ground up for mulch or used to help stabilize sand dunes, build structure for fish in a lake or pond or provide shelter for birds and other wildlife, Yunas said. But if you decide to burn, know the rules. For example, a fire in Florida must be contained within an 8foot diameter pile or noncombustible barrel and must be at least 25 feet from forests, 25 feet from your house, 50 feet from a paved public road and 150 feet from other occupied buildings. Burning yard waste does not require an authorizatio n from the Florida Forest Service, but you should check with your local city county or Florida Forest Service officials to see if there are any restrictions i n your area, Yunas said. Get to know the burn laws in your area before your strike that match, Yunas said. It is unsafe and illegal to burn wrapping paper and gift boxes. In Highlands County, call 462-5161 or 655-6407 for the local Florida Fores t Service office. Other outdoor burning tips are: Never leave a fire unattended, and make sure it is out before you leave. Keep a shovel and water hose handy. Dont burn on windy days or when the humidity is below 35 percent. If your fire escapes, you may be held liable for suppression costs and damage to the property of others. For details about picking out the perfect tree, contac t Ionita, senior forester of th e Okeechobee District at (863) 655-6409 or Calin.Ionita@FreshFromF lo rida.com For additional fire prevention tips, burning rules and regulations contact your local Florida Forest Service office online at www.floridaforestservice.c o m or by phone at the following numbers: Sebring, 655-6407 Okeechobee, 863-46 25160 Port St. Lucie, 772468-3915 Stuart, 772-221-4045 Vero Beach, 772-7785085 Palmdale, 863-6744000 www.newssun.comNews-SunWednesday, December 4, 2013 Page A7 ORANGE BLOSSOM TOURS; 3.639"; 4"; Black plus three; process, 12/1,4; 0 0 0 3 4 0 8 5 CENTRAL SECURITY; 3.639"; 3"; Black plus three; process, main a ad #1; 0 0 0 3 4 1 4 1 f or the most part. Some of t he older ones are very part icular. They only want to be t ouched in certain places at c ertain times and they let y ou know if its not what t hey want. They help each o ther out a lot, also. Theyre s o big they cant reach cert ain spots on themselves to s cratch so they do it for each o ther, Corrigan said. Its f eeding time now so theyre g etting antsy. Corrigan said that the C lydesdales eat between 40 and 50 pounds of hay, 5-13 pounds of grain and drink approximately 30 gallons of water daily. Along for the ride, another friendly, furry face was wandering in and out of the stable and wash area. Brewer, the Budweiser Clydesdales Dalmatian mascot, stood a close watch as the horse were groomed and fed. Hes very friendly and a sweet boy, Corrigan said. The Clydesdales have a full week of appearances before being seen by the Sebring community in the annual Christmas parade Friday at 7 p.m. Asecond opportunity to see the Clydesdales will take place at the Lakeshore Mall on Saturday. Astop in Lakeland Thursday and one other hitch has the handlers and horses busy throughout the week. We love it this way, though. Its fun being busy, Corrigan said. We work about 320 days out of the year, said Lyons. Continued from A1 Continued from A1 Continued from A1 Special to the News-SunSEBRING The historic C ircle of downtown Sebring r ecently got just a little more m agical. Champion for Children F oundations ongoing r estoration and opening of t he Circle Theatre has added y et another element to catch t he eye, and imagination, of v isitors and residents of the c ity. Anew mural has been p ainted on the exterior wall o f the theatre. Designed and painted by t he artist team of James R. H ahn Productions, the work w as in incubation for quite s ome time before being a pproved by both the H istoric Preservation and C ommunity Redevelopment b oards of Sebring. The idea for the mural w as started in 2011, when K evin Roberts, CEO of C hampion for Children F oundation, and his wife, Debbe, saw one of James R. Hahns live painting shows. They asked the artist if a mural could be created for the theatre. Over time, the two groups worked together on other aspects of the theatre while the mural concept continued to be developed in the background. James and his wife, Kay, work together as a mural and transformation team, and have created the marquee and interior artscape for the theatre, which had its grand opening earlier in 2013. James Hahn says of the theatre projects, Nothing pleases us more than having our work be a part of bringing back historic buildings into creative community use. With Kevin Roberts vision, the imagination of artisans, and the backing from the citys progressive leaders, the theatre revitalization has breathed new life into the historic downtown with the Circle Theatre becoming a hub for activity. The story book mural specifically incorporates many different techniques with whimsical style. James Hahn defines aspects of the work: We took Art Nouveau lattice work elements from our interior Artscape design and used them to create an arbor for a little girl to sit on and reach for a butterfly, which is meant to symbolize reaching for dreams and aspirations. The mural also includes huge, colorful butterflies and a tree that starts out as an illustration style image, then breaks out of the book and becomes a realistic tree limb. I wanted to morph a twodimensional tree into something that looked real, using trompe loeil (fool the eye) and shadowing technique, Hahn said. Having a boy swing from a tire swing from the extended tree completes the mural that seems to pop off the wall. The mural is designed to catch attention and make the Circle Theatre visually pleasing to children and adults alike. Circle Theatre gets magical with story book mural Courtesy pho to The story book mural on the side of the Circle Theatre catches the eye, and imagination, of visitors and residents of the city. The mural has been painted by James R. Hahn Productions. Fire danger can be lessened by picking right tree, lights Calin Ionita senior forester with the Florida Forest ServicePut your tree in water as soon as you get home and be sure to top-up daily. A fresh tree will drink about a pint a day for the first couple of days. Clydesdales getting ready for Sebring parade appearance County TDC to pay field rental for FACA All-Star football teams Katara Simmons/News-Sun Grounds manager Jackie Turner of the Highlands County Fairgrounds and the Budweiser Clydesdales Dalmatian mascot Brewer keep a lookout Tuesday morning as both the horses and the trucks get cleaned up and scrubbed down. Two of the semis transport horses, while the third one hauls the famous beer wagon.

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Page A8 News-SunWednesday, December 4, 2013 www.newssun.com LAMPE & KEIFFER; 5.542"; 10.5"; Black; 12/4/13; 0 0 0 3 4 1 4 7 By JIM FITZGERALD and FRANK ELTMAN Associated PressYONKERS, N.Y. The revelat ion that a New York City comm uter train derailed while barreling a round a sharp curve at nearly t hree times the speed limit is fueli ng questions about whether autom ated crash-avoidance technology c ould have prevented the carnage. Safety officials have championed w hats known as positive train cont rol technology for decades, but the r ailroad industry has sought to p ostpone having to install it b ecause of the high cost and techn ological issues. Investigators havent yet determ ined whether the weekend wreck, w hich killed four people and i njured more than 60 others, was t he result of human error or m echanical trouble. But some safet y experts said the tragedy might n ot have happened if Metro-North R ailroad had the technology, and a l awmaker said the derailment u nderscored the need for it. This incident, if anything, h eightens the importance of addit ional safety measures, like that o ne, said U.S. Sen. Richard B lumenthal, a Democrat from C onnecticut, which also is served b y Metro-North. Id be very loath t o be more flexible or grant more t ime. The train was going 82 mph as it e ntered a 30 mph turn Sunday m orning and ran off the track, N ational Transportation Safety B oard member Earl Weener said M onday. He cited information e xtracted from the trains two data r ecorders; investigators also began i nterviewing the trains crew. The speed stunned officials I g ulped, said U.S. Sen. Charles S chumer, D-N.Y. Gov. Andrew C uomo said the NTSB findings m ake it clear extreme speed was a c entral cause of the derailment a nd vowed to make sure any r esponsible parties are held a ccountable after investigators d etermine why the train was going s o fast. At this point in time, we cant tell whether the answer is faulty brakes or a human mistake, Weener said. The New York Police Department is conducting its own investigation with assistance from the Bronx district attorneys office in the event the derailment becomes a criminal case. Weener sketched a scenario suggesting that the throttle was let up and the brakes were fully applied way too late to stave off the crash. He said the throttle went to idle six seconds before the derailed train came to a complete stop very late in the game for a train going that fast and the brakes were fully engaged five seconds before the train stopped. It takes about a quarter-mile to a half-mile to stop a train going 82 mph, according to Kevin Thompson, a Federal Railroad Administration spokesman. Investigators are not aware of any problems with the brakes during the nine stops the train made before the derailment, Weener said. Weener would not disclose what investigators know about the engineers version of events, and he said the results of drug and alcohol tests were not yet available. Investigators are also examining the engineers cellphone; engineers are allowed to carry cellphones but prohibited from using them during a trains run. The engineer, William Rockefeller, is totally traumatized by everything that has happened, said Anthony Bottalico, executive director of the rail employees union. Hes a sincere human being with an impeccable record that I know of. Hes diligent and competent, Bottalico said. Rockefeller, 46, has been an engineer for about 11 years and a Metro-North employee for about 20, he said. Positive train control, or PTC, is designed to forestall the human errors that cause about 40 percent of train accidents, and uses GPS, wireless radio and computers to monitor trains and stop them from colliding, derailing or going the wrong way. The transportation safety board has urged railroads to install PTC in some form since 1970, and after a 2005 head-on collision killed 25 people near Los Angeles, Congress in 2008 ordered rail lines to adopt the technology by December 2015. Metro-North has taken steps toward acquiring it but, like many rail lines, has advocated for a few more years to implement a costly system that railroads say presents technological and other hurdles. Grady Cothen, a former FRA safety official, said a PTC system would have prevented Sundays crash if the brakes were working normally. And Steve Ditmeyer, a former FRAofficial who teaches at Michigan State University, said th e technology would have monitored the brakes and would not have allowed the train to exceed the speed limit. Aproperly installed PTC system would have prevented this train from crashing, he said. If the engineer would not have taken control of slowing the train down, the PTC system would have. The Metropolitan Transportatio n Authority, which runs MetroNorth, began planning for a PTC system as soon as the law was put into effect, spokeswoman Marjori e Anders said. After some earlystage work such as buying radio frequencies, the MTAawarded $428 million in contracts in September to develop the system for Metro-North and its sister Lon g Island Rail Road. But the MTAhas advocated for an extension to 2018, saying its difficult to install such a system across more than 1,000 rail cars and 1,200 miles of track. Its not a simple, off-the-shelf solution, Anders said Monday. On Sunday, the train was about half full, with about 150 people aboard, when it ran off the rails while rounding a bend where the Harlem and Hudson rivers meet. The lead car landed inches from the water. The dead were identified as Donna L. Smith, 54, of Newburgh ; James G. Lovell, 58, of Cold Spring; James M. Ferrari, 59, of Montrose; and Kisook Ahn, 35, o f Queens. Some of the injured remained hospitalized Monday, including seven in intensive care at one hospital and two patients in critical condition at another. The train was configured with i ts locomotive in the back instead of the front. Weener said that is common, and a trains brakes work the same way no matter where the locomotive is located. Ditmeyer said the locomotives location has virtually no effect on train safety. NYC train derailment airs queries about technology MCT Four people were killed and more than 60 were injured this weekend when a train derailed in Yonker, N.Y. The train was reportedly going three times the speed limit when it left the tracks on a sharp turn. By KIMBERLYHEFLING APEducation WriterWASHINGTON A merican students once a gain lag behind many of t heir Asian and European p eers on a global exam, a c ontinuing trend that often is b lamed on child poverty and a diverse population in U.S. s chools. Education Secretary Arne D uncan called the results a picture of educational stagn ation as U.S. students s howed little improvement o ver three years, failing to s core in the top 20 on math, r eading or science. Students in Shanghai, C hinas largest city, had the t op scores in all subjects, and S ingapore, South Korea, J apan and Hong Kong stud ents werent far behind. E ven Vietnam, which had its s tudents participate for the f irst time, had a higher avera ge score in math and science t han the United States. These results again raise t he question of whether the U nited States is consistently o utperformed because of the w idely varied backgrounds of i ts students. Some are from l ow-income households, for e xample. Others dont have E nglish as their primary lang uage. But some countries that o utperform the United States a lso experience such chall enges. Americans have got a t housand reasons that one c ountry after another is surp assing our achievement, and I have yet to find a good e xcuse, said Mark Tucker, p resident of the National C enter on Education and the E conomy. About half a million stud ents in 65 nations and educational systems took part in the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, which is coordinated by the Parisbased Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD. Most results come from a sampling of scores from countries as a whole, but in China it was given in select regions. The Education Departments National Center for Education Statistics released the results. The test, given every three years to 15year-olds, is designed to assess studentsproblemsolving skills. U.S. scores on the PISA havent changed much since testing started in 2000, even as students in countries like Ireland and Poland have shown improvement and surpassed U.S. students. Irish Education Minister Ruairi Quinn said the results reflected improvements among Irelands lowerachieving students, even as the countrys top students underperformed compared to those in other countries. In Britain, scores were about the same as three years ago, prompting debate about why the country has not improved despite increased spending on education. The nation did better than the United States in math and science but was not among the top performers in any subject. Since the 1990s, our performance in these league tables has been at best stagnant, at worst declining, said Britains Education Secretary Michael Gove, adding that the results underline the urgent need for our reforms. Goves ruling Conservative Party and the opposition Labour Party both blamed each others policies for the results. Meanwhile a business organization said Britain has fallen behind in part because of historic complacency and a lack of focus on achievements and results compared to Asian countries. Countries with an unrelenting focus on the quality and rigor of their education system will be the ones who win, said Mike Harris at the Institute of Directors. Tom Loveless, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, cautions about reading too much into the results from Shanghai, which also dominated the test in 2009. The students tested are children of the elite. They are the ones allowed to attend municipal schools because of restrictions such as those that keep many migrant children out, he said. The Shanghai scores frankly to me are difficult to interpret, Loveless said. They are almost meaningless. Asian students dominate international test results Mark Tucker president of the National Center on Education and the EconomyAmericans have got a thousand reasons that one country after another is surpassing our achievement, and I have yet to find a good excuse.

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Name in which assessed: LESSONN VEDRINE; MIFRANE VEDRINE; All of said property being in the County of Highlands,State of Florida.Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at Highlands County Government Center in the Board of County Commissioners Boardroom in accordance with Chapter 45,Florida Statutes at 10:00 A.M.,or thereafter on 8th day of January, 2014. Dated this 7th day of October,2013. ROBERT W.GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court of Highlands County,Florida Signature:/s/ Misty Blackburn MISTY BLACKBURN,Deputy Clerk December 4,11,18,25,2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 13000147TDS CHAPTER 197.512 F.S. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN,that US BANK AS C/F FL DUNDEE LIEN INV LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon.The certificate number and year of issuance,the description of the property,and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No.:10126 Year of Issuance:06-01-2010 Tax ID:C-32-35-29-050-0200-0260 Description of Property: LOT 26,BLOCK 20,OAK BEACH COLONY 1ST ADDITION,ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 7,PAGE 26 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. Name in which assessed: RONALD C.BROOMHALL; SONDRA L.BROOMHALL; All of said property being in the County of Highlands,State of Florida.Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at Highlands County Government Center in the Board of County Commissioners Boardroom in accordance with Chapter 45,Florida Statutes at 10:00 A.M.,or thereafter on 8th day of January, 2014. Dated this 7th day of October,2013. ROBERT W.GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court of Highlands County,Florida Signature:/s/ Misty Blackburn MISTY BLACKBURN,Deputy Clerk December 4,11,18,25,2013 ROBERT W.GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court of Highlands County,Florida Signature:/s/ Misty Blackburn MISTY BLACKBURN,Deputy Clerk December 4,11,18,25,2013 1055HighlandsCounty Legals NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 13000146TDS CHAPTER 197.512 F.S. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN,that US BANK AS C/F FL DUNDEE LIEN INV LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon.The certificate number and year of issuance,the description of the property,and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No.:10125 Year of Issuance:06-01-2010 Tax ID:C-32-35-29-050-0190-0010 Description of Property: LOT 1,BLOCK 19,OAK BEACH COLONY 1ST ADDITION,ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 7,PAGE 26 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. Name in which assessed: YVON DAMOUR; GERMAIN MICHELE; All of said property being in the County of Highlands,State of Florida.Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at Highlands County Government Center in the Board of County Commissioners Boardroom in accordance with Chapter 45,Florida Statutes at 10:00 A.M.,or thereafter on 8th day of January, 2014. Dated this 7th day of October,2013. NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 13000145TDS CHAPTER 197.512 F.S. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN,that US BANK AS C/F FL DUNDEE LIEN INV LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon.The certificate number and year of issuance,the description of the property,and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No.:10121 Year of Issuance:06-01-2010 Tax ID:C-32-35-29-040-0200-0080 Description of Property: LOT 8,BLOCK 20,OAK BEACH COLONY SUBDIVISION,ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 7,PAGE 20 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. Name in which assessed: RONALD C.BROOMHALL; SONDRA L.BROOMHALL; All of said property being in the County of Highlands,State of Florida.Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at Highlands County Government Center in the Board of County Commissioners Boardroom in accordance with Chapter 45,Florida Statutes at 10:00 A.M.,or thereafter on 8th day of January, 2014. Dated this 7th day of October,2013. ROBERT W.GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court of Highlands County,Florida Signature:/s/ Misty Blackburn MISTY BLACKBURN,Deputy Clerk December 4,11,18,25,2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 13000144TDS CHAPTER 197.512 F.S. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN,that US BANK AS C/F FL DUNDEE LIEN INV LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon.The certificate number and year of issuance,the description of the property,and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No.:10108 Year of Issuance:06-01-2010 Tax ID:C-32-35-29-020-0050-0140 Description of Property: LOT 14,BLOCK 5,LAKE VIEW VILLAGE,ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 5,PAGE 86 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. Name in which assessed: YANETH XIOMARA SANTOYO; All of said property being in the County of Highlands,State of Florida.Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at Highlands County Government Center in the Board of County Commissioners Boardroom in accordance with Chapter 45,Florida Statutes at 10:00 A.M.,or thereafter on 8th day of January, 2014. Dated this 7th day of October,2013. ROBERT W.GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court of Highlands County,Florida Signature:/s/ Misty Blackburn MISTY BLACKBURN,Deputy Clerk December 4,11,18,25,2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 13000143TDS CHAPTER 197.512 F.S. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN,that US BANK AS C/F FL DUNDEE LIEN INV LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon.The certificate number and year of issuance,the description of the property,and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No.:15712 Year of Issuance:06-01-2010 Tax ID:C-03-35-29-031-0000-00H0 Description of Property: LOT H,TIA JUANA VILLA AND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS:A PORTION OF LOTS 3 AND 4, BLOCK 1016 AND A CLOSED STREET,TIA JUANA VILLA,ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2,PAGE 80 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. Name in which assessed: SANDRA L.BROOMHALL; All of said property being in the County of Highlands,State of Florida.Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at Highlands County Government Center in the Board of County Commissioners Boardroom in accordance with Chapter 45,Florida Statutes at 10:00 A.M.,or thereafter on 8th day of January, 2014. Dated this 7th day of October,2013. ROBERT W.GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court of Highlands County,Florida Signature:/s/ Misty Blackburn MISTY BLACKBURN,Deputy Clerk December 4,11,18,25,2013 bid.Bids must be delivered to the City Of Sebring Purchasing Office Attn:Kirk Zimmerman so as to reach the said office no later than 2:00 PM, Thursday,December 19,2013,of the official time clock in the purchasing office.Proposals received later than the date and time specified will be rejected.The City will not be responsible for the late delivery of any bids that are incorrectly addressed, delivered in person,by mail,of any other type of delivery service.There will be a mandatory pre-bid meeting on December 5,2013 located across the Sebring Parkway from the New Testament ission next to the mini warehouses in Sebring,Florida at 10:00 AM. The submitting firm will be required to comply with all applicable laws,regulations,rules and ordinances of local,state and federal authorities having jurisdiction,including,but not limited to:all provisions of the Federal Government Equal Employment Opportunity clauses issued by the Secretary of Labor on May 21,1968 and published in the Federal Register (41 CFR Part 60-1,33 F.2 7804); all provisions of the Public Entity Crimes (Fla.Stat. §287.133,et seq,as amended) and the provisions in Fla.Stat.§287.134,et seq,as amended,regarding discrimination. The Sebring City Council reserves the right to accept or reject any or all bids or any parts Thereof; and the award; if an award is made,will be made to the most responsible bidder whose bid and qualifications indicate that the award will be in the best interest of the City of Sebring.The council reserves the right to waive irregularities in the bid. Kirk Zimmerman,CPPB Purchasing Agent Sebring,Florida November 27; December 4,2013 1055HighlandsCounty LegalsThe City of Sebring will receive sealed bids in the City Purchasing Department for: ITB #14-015:GRAVITY SEWER LINE NEW TESTAMENT MISSION Specifications & General Terms and Conditions may be obtained from publicpurchase.com.or by contacting Kirk Zimmerman,CPPB by phone 863-471-5110,Fax 863-471-5168,or email: purchasing@mysebring.com at the City purchasing office located at 368 South Commerce Ave Sebring,FL 33870.If obtaining documents via the website,it shall be the bidders responsibility to check for amendments/changes made to the document. Bid envelopes must be sealed and marked with the bid number and name as to identify the enclosed 1055HighlandsCounty Legals PUBLIC AUCTION:DECEMBER 20,2013 AT: 9:00 AM LOCATION:AVON TOWING 1102 KERSEY ST.AVON PARK,FL 33825 YEAR MAKE VIN # 2002 FORD 1FMZU72K02ZC96151 December 4,2013 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 TO AN AUCTIONEER ON DECEMBER 20, 2013 AT 10:00 AM.ALL UNITS ARE SAID TO CONTAIN HOUSEHOLD GOODS UNLESS OTHER WISE STATED. Names and unit numbers are as follows: NAME UNIT NUMBER Calvin Crowell II 339 DISPOSITION BEING MADE TO SATISFY LANDLORDS LIEN MANAGEMENT RESERVES ALL RIGHTS,UNDER FLORIDA LAW, ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE MADE IN CASH. November 27; December 4,2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA JUVENILE DIVISION CASE NO.JP13-000349-XX IN THE INTEREST OF: S.,K. 10/13/1998 S., A. 01/04/2000 Minor children DOB SUMMONS AND NOTICE OF ADVISORY HEARING FOR TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS AND GUARDIANSHIP THE STATE OF FLORIDA TO: LEANDRO SEGURA DOB:08/16/54 or 08/15/53 Address unknown YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that a Petition for Termination of Parental Rights under oath has been filed in the above-styled Court by the Department of Children & Families,seeking the termination of your parental rights to: K.S. a white female child born October 13,1998 mother Kelly Meredith and A.S. a white female child born January 4,2000 mother Kelly Meredith and you are hereby commanded to personally appear before the Honorable Sheryl D.Snodgrass,a Magistrate/hearing officer in the Juvenile Division of the Circuit Court in and for Highlands County,State of Florida,on the 18th day of December,2013 at 10:00 A.M.,at the Highlands County Courthouse, 430 South Commerce Avenue,Sebring,Florida, Courtroom 1A. YOU MUST PERSONALL Y APPEAR ON THE DAY AND TIME SPECIFIED OR YOU WILL LOSE ALL RIGHTS AS A PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN THE PETITION. YOUR FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR WILL BE DEEMED TO BE YOUR CONSENT TO THE TERMINATION OF YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS TO THE CHILDREN NAMED IN THE PETITION.YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE AN ATTORNEY REPRESENT YOU IN THIS MATTER.IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD AN ATTORNEY,YOU MUST BE PRESENT AND REQUEST THAT THE COURT APPOINT AN ATTORNEY FOR YOU IF YOU WANT ONE.In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act,persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the individual or agency sending the notice at 1968 Sebring Parkway,Sebring FL 33870,Telephone (863)402-7722,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. ROBERT W.GERMAINE,CLERK DATED THIS 8TH DAY OF NOVEMBER,2013. By:/s/ Anita E.Reiley Deputy Clerk (Clerk's Seal) November 13,20,27; December 4,2013 Century Storage Bayview 2609 Bayview St. Sebring,FL 33870 (863) 386-0880 Notice of this Public Sale or Auction of the contents of the following storage units lcoated at Century Storage Bayview 2609 Bayview Street,Sebring,FL 33870 on 12/20/13 at 11:00 AM.Contents are to contain Household Goods/Business Items unless otherwise specified. Unit Number Tenant Name A048 Fredlund,Mathew K767 Muha,Zachary L1123 Bringham,Clauda L859 Brown,Latoria L860 Brown,Latoria L903 Brown,Latoria Sale is being made to satisfy landlord's lien. Cash Only.Contents to be removed within 48 hours of the sale. December 4,11,2013 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS 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 November 27,2013. Personal Representative: /s/ Arthur F.Miller Sr. 146 Lake Drive Blvd. Sebring,Florida 33875 Attorney for Personal Representative: /s/ Michael M.Disler MICHAEL M.DISLER Attorney for Co-Personal Representatives Florida Bar No.606782 Email:mikedisler@yahoo.com 329 South Commerce Avenue Sebring,FL 33870 Phone:863 385-5139 Fax:863 385-2566 November 27; December 4,2013 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.PC 13-456 Division:COWDEN IN RE:ESTATE OF HILDA SUE KEMP, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of HILDA SUE KEMP,deceased,whose date of death was October 10,2013,and whose social security number is XXX-XX-55XX,is pending in the Circuit Court for Highlands Court,Florida,Probate Division,the address of which is 430 South Commerce Avenue,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 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 claim 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 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.PC 13-455 Division:COWDEN IN RE:ESTATE OF DOLORES L.BANASIK, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of DOLORES L.BANASIK,deceased,whose date of death was October 14,2013,and whose social security number is XXX-XX-96XX,is pending in the Circuit Court for Highlands Court,Florida,Probate Division,the address of which is 430 South Commerce Avenue, 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 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 claim 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) YEARS OF MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is November 27,2013. Personal Representative: /s/ Susan Lowrance 1803 Evergreen St. Sebring,Florida 33870 /s/ Sherrie Lee Banasik 4813 Second Street Sebring,Florida 33870 Attorney for Personal Representative: /s/ Michael M.Disler MICHAEL M.DISLER Attorney for Co-Personal Representatives Florida Bar No.606782 Email:mikedisler@yahoo.com 329 South Commerce Avenue Sebring,FL 33870 Phone:863 385-5139 Fax:863 385-2566 November 27; December 4,2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.PC 13-438 Division Probate IN RE:ESTATE OF RICHARD D.KOHLER Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Richard D.Kohler,deceased,whose date of death was July 29,2013,is pending in the Circuit Court for Highlands County,Florida, Probate Division,the address of which is 590 S.Commerce Avenue,Sebring,Florida 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 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) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is November 27,2013. Personal Representative: /s/ Linda Ross 2154 Dog Leg Drive Sebring,Florida 33872 Attorney for Personal Representative: /s/ Charlotte Stone Charlotte C.Stone,Esq. Attorney for Linda Ross Florida Bar Number:21297 STONE LAW GROUP,P.L. 3200 U.S.Hwy 27 S.,Suite 307 Sebring,FL 33870 Telephone:(863)402-5424 Fax:(863)402-5425 E-Mail:Charlotte@StoneLawGroupFL.com November 27; December 4,2013 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No.PC 13-441 Division IN RE:ESTATE OF BYRON G.WALLACE,JR.a/k/a BYRON GERARD WALLACE,JR. Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of BYRON G.WALLACE,JR.a/k/a BYRON GERARD WALLACE,JR.,deceased,whose date of death was September 9th,2013,is pending in the Circuit Court for Highlands County, Florida,Probate Division,the address of which is 590 S.Commerce Avenue,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 required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against 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) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is December 4,2013. Personal Representative: E.Shannon Wallace 09961 County Road 21 N. West Unity,OH 43570 Stephanie A.Davenport 427 Parkview Avenue Bryan,OH 43506 LAW OFFICES OF JOHN D.SPEAR,P.A. Attorneys for Personal Representative 9420 BONITA BEACH ROAD SUITE 100 BONITA SPRINGS,FL 34135-4515 Florida Bar No.0521728 December 4,11,2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 10TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.13000341GCAXMX BANK OF AMERICA,N.A. Plaintiff, vs. CHRISTOPHER L.MALONE; STACY A. MALONE; HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA, UNKNOWN PERSON(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY; Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 26,2013,and entered in Case No. 13000341GCAXMX,of the Circuit Court of the 10th Judicial Circuit in and for HIGHLANDS County,Florida.BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.is Plaintiff and CHRISTOPHER L.MALONE; STACY A.MALONE; UNKNOWN PERSON(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY; HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA; are defendants.I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at IN THE JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM,IN THE BASEMENT OF THE HIGHLANDS COUNTY COURTHOUSE,AT 430 SOUTH COMMERCE AVENUE,SEBRING IN HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA 33870-3867,at 11:00 a.m.,on the 13th day of January,2014,the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment,to wit: LOT 2,BLOCK 21,ORANGE BLOSSOM COUNTRY CLUB COMMUNITY,UNITS 13 THROUGH 19 INCLUSIVE,UNIT 14,ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 10,PAGE 6,OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. A 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. Dated this 26th day of November,2013. ROBERT W.GERMAINE As Clerk of said Court By:/s/ Toni Kopp As Deputy Clerk This notice is provided pursuant to Administrative Order No.2.065. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act,if you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding,you are entitled,at no cost to you,to provisions of certain assistance.Please contact the Court Administrator at 430 South Commerce Avenue,Sebring,Fl 33870,Phone No. (863)534-4690 within 2 working days of your receipt of this notice or pleading; if you are hearing impaired,call 1-800-955-8771 (TDD); if you are voice impaired,call 1-800-995-8770 (V) (Via Florida Relay Services). File No.13-01425 December 4,11,2013 by,through,under and against the herein individual defendants who are not known to be dead or alive,whether said unknown parties may claim an interest as spouse,heirs,devisees,grantees or other claimants.I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash auction held at the Highlands County Courthouse,Jury Assembly Room,430 South Commerce Avenue,Sebring,FL 33870,at 11:00 a.m.after having first given notice as required by Section 45.031,Florida Statutes on the 16th day of January,2014. The property located in HIGHLANDS County, Florida described as: LOT 6,BLOCK 109 SUN 'N LAKES ESTATES OF SEBRING,UNIT 8,ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 9,PAGE 58,OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. AKA 5100 SAN JUAN AVENUE,SEBRING,FL 33870 A person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale,if any,other than the property owners as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated this 7th day of November,2013. By:/s/ Priscilla Michalak DEPUTY CLERK Clerk of the Circuit Court November 27; December 4,2013 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA CASE NO.2009 CA 314 GCS FCDB GMPL 2008-1 TRUST PLAINTIFF, V JOHN SAMPLES,et al DEFENDANTS. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 6,2013 and entered in Case No.2009 CA 314 GCS in the 10th Judicial Circuit Court of Highlands County,Florida.Plaintiff is Foreclosed Assets Sales and Transfer Partnership,and the Defendants are JOHN SAMPLES,et al and any and all parties claiming IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA CASE NO:12-1128-CA U.S.BANK,N.A.as trustee on behalf of MANUFACTURED HOUSING CONTRACT SENIOR/SUBORDINATE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATE TRUST 1996-8,acting by and through GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC, as Servicing Agent 7360 S.Kyrene Road Tempe,AZ 85283, Plaintiff, v. JOSEPH W.WEEKS,IF LIVING,BUT IF DECEASED,THE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES,GRANTEES,ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS,LIENORS,AND TRUSTEES OF JOSEPH W.WEEKS,DECEASED,et al., Defendants. CORRECTED NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT,pursuant to Plaintiff's Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-captioned action,I will sell the property situated in Highlands County,Florida,described as follows,to wit: LOT 12,BLOCK 137,THE MAP OF NORTHSIDE SUBDIVISION,ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3,PAGE 32,HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA,TOGETHER WITH THE SOUTH 1/2 OF A VACATED STREET LYING NORTH OF A ND ADJACENT TO LOT 12; TOGETHER WITH CERTAIN 1995 STONECREEK MOBILE HOME,SERIAL NUMBER FLFLR70AB22973SK21 Commonly known as:6501 OLD OAK A VENUE,SEBRING,FL 33870 at public sale,to the highest and best bidder, for cash,at the Highlands County Courthouse,430 S.Commerce Avenue,Sebring, Florida 33870,at 11:00 AM (EST),on the 10th day of January,2014. If you are a subordinate lien holder claiming a right to funds remaining after the sale, you must file a claim with the Clerk of Court no later than 60 days after the sale.If you fail to file a claim,you will not be entitled to any remaining funds. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT.If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding,you are entitled,at no cost to you,to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact 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. Dated on this 13th day of November, 2013. ROBERT W.GERMAINE,CLERK Clerk of the Circuit Court By:/s/ Priscilla Michalak Deputy Clerk November 27; December 4,2013 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO.PC 13-451 IN RE:ESTATE OF NEILE L.CARPER Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Summary Administration) TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: You are hereby notified that an Order of Summary Administration has been entered in the estate of NEILE L.CARPER,deceased, File Number PC13-451,by the Circuit Court for Highlands County,Florida,Probate Division,the address of which is Clerk of the Court,Highlands County Courthouse,430 South Commerce Avenue,Sebring,Florida 33870; that the decedent's date of death was December 26,,2012; that the total value of the estate is $15,000.00 and that the names and addresses of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are: Joan Berglund,301 E.Walnut St.,Avon Park,FL 33825; Joseph Carper,65 Springcreek Rd.,Hill 'N' Date Farm,Barrington,IL 60010,Jennie Carper Finik,1006 Oak Grove Ct.,Valparaiso,IN 46383. A LL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All creditors of the estate of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent other than those for whom provision for full payment was made in the Order of Summary Administration must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE.ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD,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 November 27,2013. A ttorney for Person Giving Notice: John K.McClure A ttorney for Joan Berglund Florida Bar No.286958 MCCLURE & LOBOZZO 211 South Ridgewood Drive Sebring,Florida 33870 Telephone:(863) 402-1888 Fax:(863) 402-2436 E-Mail:jkmpleadings@mllaw.net Secondary E-Mail:johnmc@mllaw.net Person Giving Notice: Joan Berglund 301 E.Walnut St. A von Park,Florida 33825 November 27; December 4,2013 1050Legals 1000 Announcements

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www.newssun.comNews-SunWednesday, December 4, 2013Page A11HONDA CM,1982, 450E. Excel paint. Very good cond. $1000. Call 863-452-9899 9100Motorcycles& ATVs 9000 Transportation88 CLUBCar DS in good condition. Runs well. headlights and taillights. shade and rear view mirrors. Asking $700. call 863-414-1227. 8500Golf CartsGOLF CLUBS& MISC. Good cond. Call 863-471-9710 ask for Clyde. 8350Sporting Goods 8000 RecreationNOTICEFlorida statute 585.195 states that all dogs and cats sold in Florida must be at least eigh t weeks old, have an official health certificate and proper shots and be free of intestinal and external parasites. 7520Pets & Supplies SEBRING 204Ibis Ave. Thur, Fri & Sat Dec 5, 6 & 7, 8am 2pm. Scooter Carrier, 3 wheel bicycle, 2 wheel bicycle, Oak coffee table, Truck or Van lift, Sm. wheel chair, tools & Lots of Miscellaneous. SEBRING *BIGGARAGE SALE Francis I 463 Sunrise Blvd. Fri & Sat, Dec. 6 & 7, 8am ? Too Much To List!!! SEBRING YARD&CRAFT SALE!! Thurs. Sat. Dec. 5th 7th. 8 ?. New hand made items, household goods, tools, misc. SEBRING -GARAGE/SIDEWALK SALE! DOWNTOWN at the CIRCLE.OVER 20 VENDORS DECEMBER 6 & 7TH 7am 1pm. SEBRING -*MULTI FAMILY SALE!* 4119 Lakewood Rd., Fri & Sat, Dec 6 & 7, Antiq., tools, toys, clothes, jewelry, western books, fish. equip., old fishing lures, cooking pans, glassware, pocket knives, & misc. Much More! SEBRING *WOODHAVEN ESTATES CHRISTMAS FAIR 2122 Jacaranda Way (off Brunns Rd) Fri Dec 6, 8am 12pm. Raffles, Bake Goods, Crafts & Rummage Sale! SEBRING *MAKE OFFER SALE 801 S Egret St., Fri & Sat, Dec 6 & 7, 8am 2 pm. Too Much To List! Something For Everyone!! SEBRING *HUGE YARD SALE 3208 Golfview Rd. ( Harder Hall ) Fri & Sat / Dec 6 & 7, 8am ? Lots & Lots of Miscellaneous Household Items. SEBRING *Garage Sale & Auction Every Sat. starting 12/ 7, 9am/3pm. Highlands Mini Storage, Barte Rd. (off Cooper Rd.) At 3pm an auction will be held for any Mdse. left. SEBRING *FAMILY SALE 3920 Ann Ave. Fri & Sat, Dec 6 & 7, 9am 4pm. Furn., Sm. Appliances, Household Items, Picture frames, Clothing. Too Much To List! LAKE PLACIDSat. Only. 7 2pm. 1520 Buck St. Toys, tools, fishing rods, clothes & more. LAKE PLACIDFri. & Sat. Dec. 6 & 7th. 28 8 2pm. Patton Ave. Huge Multi-Family Yard & Estate Sale! Clothing-Collectibles-Tools-Fishing gear-Decor-Furn.-Household-100's more...US 27 to CR. 621E to left on Fox Run Ave. across to 28 Patton Ave. LAKE PLACIDEstate Sale! Thur. Sat. 8 3pm. 227 Hillside Dr. Of f Lake Francis Rd. Kitchenware, pots, pans, woman's clothing, sheets, blankets, folding chairs & other good stuff at great prices! LAKE PLACID** SUN 'N LAKES ** Fri & Sat, Dec. 6 & 7, 8am/ 5pm. Low Prices on Nice, Clean Items! Furniture to Filberts. South End Lake Grassy. Follow "113 Garage" Signs to 113 Golfpoint Drive 7320Garage &Yard Sales ESTATE/MOVING SALE:LOTS OF TOOLS AND CONSTRUCTION SUPPLIES; HOUSEHOLD ITEMS; NEW ITEMS ADDED EVERYDAY SO DON'T MISS OUT! START TIME 8AM-2PM. DEC. 5-7 (THURS., FRI., SAT.) 4923 STURGEON DR., SEBRING, FL. AVON PARK*MULTI FAMILY SALE 1940 State Rd. 17 S, Fri & Sat, Dec. 6 & 7, 8am ? Lots Of Good Sales! Too Much To List! AVON PARKFri. Sat. Dec. 6 & 7th. 1711 N. Morningside Rd. Pool table, w/slate top, croquet set, furn., clothes & tools. 70 gal. fish pond w/pump & more. AVON PARKFri. Sat. 8 5pm. 1333 Memorial Dr. Something For Everyone! AVON PARK* MOVING SALE 198 E Canfield St. Fri & Sat, Dec 6 & 7, *8am ? Furn, Baby Items, Household Items, Bunk Beds, Clothing (adult to children). 7320Garage &Yard Sales TREADMILL EPICfolding model. Excel cond. $100. Must pick up. 863-699-0465 or 863-243-9384. RUBBER BEDMAT for a short bed pickup, in very good condition. $30. 863-453-7027 RCA TV27" Older model. Perfect working condition. $25. 863-382-7647 POOL CUES(2) Professional in cases. Like New! Great Christmas Gifts. Both for $100 OBO 863-273-9152 (Evenings) MIKASA DISHESservice for 14 plus extras. Wave Pattern. All for $50. 863-278-9152 (Evenings) METAL BAKERSRACK with Darwer at Bottom. $50. OBO 863-414-0831 LUGGAGE, PROTOCOL,2 wheel upright cases, 28" & 24" + travel bag. Navy. $50. Like new, will sell separate. 863-453-3104 LADDER ALUM.20' ext. Good Cond. $50. 863-381-1161 ELLIPTICAL EXERCISEMACHINE & Ab roller. New. Both $100. 863-381-1161 ELLIPTICAL -Exercise Machine plus Ab Roller. New! Both for $100. 863-381-1161 DEEP FRYERFamily Size / TFal brand. Used 3 times. $25. 863-382-7647 COMPUTER DESK/ Hutch Black wood with Doors. $50. 863-414-0831 CALLAWAY DRIVERLadies 10 degree $45. Golf Hammock Area. 269-963-7817 CABELA OUTFITTERCOTS (2) XL-Huge 85"X40"X20" (set up size) Heavy duty 600 lb capacity. Used 3 times. Orig. cost ea. $129 Sell both for $100. 863-414-8685 BICYCLE WOMAN'S26" Gray Ultra Terrain 18 sp. Men's 26" red. Roadmaster Mountain Pass 18 sp. $35. 863-452-9899 AIR CONDITIONERCover for a 13,500 A/C, on a R.V. Like New, White. $10. 863-453-7027 4 FT.CHRISTMAS TREE Artificial Green color, Excellent Condition. $15. Golf Hammock Area. 269-963-7817 7310Bargain BuysGREENHOUSE SMALLER,Turner, metal lean to w/door & vent. Needs new screening. $150. You remove. Original cost $587. Call 863-385-4648 7300MiscellaneousANTIQUE OAKArmoire With Full Door Mirror And Matching Men's Dresser. $400. OBO 863-835-1734 7180FurnitureG EWASHER Bisque Color Purchased April 2013 ($475). Changing all appliances to white. Selling for $250 FIRM. SOLD!!!! 7040Appliances 7000 MerchandiseSEBRING VERYSpacious, 2, 9,000lb. Car lifts, A/C compressor & lines equipped. Mechanic ready. 10,000sq.ft. Rent negotiable. Call 863-253-7514 6600Business & OfficesFor Rent SEBRING 3/2/1Quiet area. Close to Florida Hospital. Fairly new. All tile floors. Small pets welcome. $810/mo. + First, Last + Security. Call 863-414-0942 SEBRING -2 STORY TOWN HOME 3 BR, 2 1/2 BA, 1 CG $800/Monthly No Smoking, No pets. 863-402-1142 NICE 3bedroom 2 bath house. new paint carpet & tile. near mall, $850. (561)662-7172 AVON PARK2 bedroom/1bath/carport.$650 per month,1st and last, plus $300security.863-257-0726 6300Unfurnished HousesCOME ENJOYthe lifestyle on beautiful Lake June Available for either seasonal or annual rental (minimum of two months). Call Tony at 561-339-1859 6250Furnished Houses 6200UnfurnishedApartmentsSEBRING -2/1 Villa. Wood floors, new fans, W/D, fridge, tile floors, patio, newly renovated. Very Private & Nice. $550/mo. Call 561-967-7161/ 561-386-0051 6100Villas & CondosFor RentAVON PARKBeautiful Lake View. 2BR/1BA. Includes Water & Garbage. Washer & Dryer connection. Safe neighborhood. Dead End St. Pets allowed. No Pitt Bulls. $450 + Deposit. 863-453-4914 or 863-414-2871 6050Duplexes for Rent 6000 RentalsVENUS -New 4BR/2BA (jacuzzi in Master) A/C, tile, W/D, porch, w/option 20 acres. 8 horse barn, privacy fence, 1 bl. from Hwy 27. 731 CR 201. 786-370-2778 5150Mobile HomesFor Rent PALM HARBORHOMES 4/2 Stock Sequoia 2,200 sq. ft. $12K OFF! Starting at $499/month John Lyons @ 800-622-2832 ext 210 for details MOBILE HOME,MUST SELL QUICKLY 1995 Palm Harbor double wide, 2 bedroom and 2 bath. Loaded with updates. $17,000. 863-446-2636. 5050Mobile HomesFor Sale DOUBLE WIDEmobile home on large lot in Paradise Village 55+ Park in Lake Placid. Freshly painted and cleaned throughout. New wood flooring. Great view of Lake Clay. Boating and boat slips available. New pavilion with activities. Sellers motivated and priced to sell. 517-260-1994 AVON PARK*PRICE REDUCED Furn. 2br / 2ba, w/ Land. Rent Free. Renovated / Painted / New Laminate / Carpets / Kit Cupboards. Just bring a toothbrush. 863-453-3261 5050Mobile HomesFor Sale 5000 Mobile HomesAVON PARK* SELL / LEASE OPTION 3BR, 2BA. Just Remodeled! Large Corner Lot. $137,500. Owner Will Finance if needed. 954-270-5242 4060Homes for SaleAvon ParkFROSTPROOF 4BR,2BA, on Lake Clinch, where a yearly bass fishing tournament is held. Completely remodeled, new roof, bathroom, kitchen, tile floor, French door, patio, very flexible Lease-Option, or sell price $117,500. Owner financing. 954-270-5242 4040Homes For Sale 4000 Real EstateVENDORS WANTEDStarting Dec 7 & every Sat, thereafter at Highlands Mini Storage on Barte Rd, (off of Cooper Rd) $10 per week. Call Wendy at 1-603-542-2997 For Space. 3100BusinessOpp. Wanted 3000 Financial ST AFF ASSIST ANTS NURSING EDUCATION (F/T) EMS/APPRENTICESHIP (P/T) Application Deadline: 12/5/13. Please visit http://sfsc.interviewexchange.com for detailed position posting. 863-784-7132. EA/EO/VETERAN'S PREF. SECURITY GUARD(P/T) Application Deadline: 12/10/13. Please visit http://sfsc.interviewexchange.com for detailed position posting. 863-784-7132. EA/EO/VETERAN'S PREF. RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT (F/T) Application Deadline: 12/6/13. Please visit http://sfsc.interviewexchange.com for detailed position posting. 863-784-7132. EA/EO/VETERAN'S PREF. EXPERIENCE THEJOYS AND REWARDS Of Being A Comfort Keeper. If you have a passion for improving the quality of life for others while helping people live independently and happily in their own homes, you could be a Comfort Keeper! We are now hiring CNA, HHA and Homemaker Companion Positions in the Highlands County area. We offer flexible full-time or part-time hours. Contact us to learn more about how you can develop a rewarding career enriching the lives of others with Comfort Keepers. Apply online today at: http://ck381.ersp.biz/employment 863-385-9100 DIRECTOR, CULTURALPROGRAMS (F/T) Application review begins: 1/6/14. Please visit http://sfsc.interviewexchange.com for detailed position posting. 863-784-7132. EA/EO CHRIST ACADEMYis looking for a one year Teacher for Christian Preschool. Experience is required. Please contact 863-402-2408 BADCOCK &MORE (Lake Placid) F/T Furniture Delivery/Warehouse Position available. Apply in person at 594 US Hwy. 27N Lake Placid. 863-465-2616 AVON PARKLooking for FT. Warehouse & Delivery to work Tues. Fri. 10-4:30. Valid Florida D.L. Able to lift 75lbs or more. Subject to background check. Apply in person at Main Store Tues. Fri. Located at 2900 US. 27 S. 2100Help Wanted 2000 EmploymentCHECK YOUR AD Please check your ad on the first day it runs to make sure it is correct. Sometimes instructions over the phone are misunderstood and an error can occur. If this happens to you, please call us the first day your ad appears and we will be happy to fix it as soon as we can. If We can assist you, please call us:314-9876 News-Sun Classified 1100Announcements NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 13000165TDS CHAPTER 197.512 F.S. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN,that US BANK AS C/F FL DUNDEE LIEN INV LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon.The certificate number and year of issuance,the description of the property,and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No.:11302 Year of Issuance:06-01-2010 Tax ID:C-14-37-29-112-2160-0320 Description of Property: LOT 32,BLOCK 216,PLACID LAKES,SECTION 11, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 8,PAGE 77 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. Name in which assessed: PAUL MORRISON TRUST; All of said property being in the County of Highlands,State of Florida.Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at Highlands County Government Center in the Board of County Commissioners Boardroom in accordance with Chapter 45,Florida Statutes at 10:00 A.M.,or thereafter on 8th day of January, 2014. Dated this 7th day of October,2013. ROBERT W.GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court of Highlands County,Florida Signature:/s/ Misty Blackburn MISTY BLACKBURN,Deputy Clerk December 4,11,18,25,2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 13000164TDS CHAPTER 197.512 F.S. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN,that US BANK AS C/F FL DUNDEE LIEN INV LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon.The certificate number and year of issuance,the description of the property,and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No.:11291 Year of Issuance:06-01-2010 Tax ID:C-14-37-29-110-1390-0400 Description of Property: LOT 40,BLOCK 139,PLACID LAKES SECTION 11, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 8,PAGE 7 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. Name in which assessed: JAMES G WHITE SR; RITA WHITE; All of said property being in the County of Highlands,State of Florida.Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at Highlands County Government Center in the Board of County Commissioners Boardroom in accordance with Chapter 45,Florida Statutes at 10:00 A.M.,or thereafter on 8th day of January, 2014. Dated this 7th day of October,2013. ROBERT W.GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court of Highlands County,Florida Signature:/s/ Misty Blackburn MISTY BLACKBURN,Deputy Clerk December 4,11,18,25,2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 13000163TDS CHAPTER 197.512 F.S. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN,that US BANK AS C/F FL DUNDEE LIEN INV LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon.The certificate number and year of issuance,the description of the property,and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No.:11239 Year of Issuance:06-01-2010 Tax ID:C-14-37-29-071-0800-0270 Description of Property: LOT 27,BLOCK 80,REPLAT OF RESUB SECTION 7, PLACID LAKES,ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 9,PAGE 42 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. Name in which assessed: GEORGE CARMICHAEL COKE; JACQUELINE MARIE MINTO; All of said property being in the County of Highlands,State of Florida.Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at Highlands County Government Center in the Board of County Commissioners Boardroom in accordance with Chapter 45,Florida Statutes at 10:00 A.M.,or thereafter on 8th day of January, 2014. Dated this 8th day of October,2013. ROBERT W.GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court of Highlands County,Florida Signature:/s/ Misty Blackburn MISTY BLACKBURN,Deputy Clerk December 4,11,18,25,2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 13000162TDS CHAPTER 197.512 F.S. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN,that US BANK AS C/F FL DUNDEE LIEN INV LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon.The certificate number and year of issuance,the description of the property,and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No.:11236 Year of Issuance:06-01-2010 Tax ID:C-14-37-29-071-0790-0220 Description of Property: LOT 22,BLOCK 79,A RESUBDIVISION OF PLACID LAKES SECTION 7,ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 8,PAGE 72 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. Name in which assessed: LIZ ERNA COLLINS; SHELY LLANES; All of said property being in the County of Highlands,State of Florida.Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at Highlands County Government Center in the Board of County Commissioners Boardroom in accordance with Chapter 45,Florida Statutes at 10:00 A.M.,or thereafter on 8th day of January, 2014. Dated this 7th day of October,2013. ROBERT W.GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court of Highlands County,Florida Signature:/s/ Misty Blackburn MISTY BLACKBURN,Deputy Clerk December 4,11,18,25,2013 1055HighlandsCounty Legals NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 13000161TDS CHAPTER 197.512 F.S. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN,that US BANK AS C/F FL DUNDEE LIEN INV LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon.The certificate number and year of issuance,the description of the property,and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No.:11223 Y ear of Issuance:06-01-2010 Tax ID:C-14-37-29-062-0580-0170 Description of Property: LOT 17,BLOCK 58,PLACID LAKES SECTION 6 RESUB,ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 8,PAGE 42 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. Name in which assessed: C C ZIMMERMAN; ANNIE R ZIMMERMAN; A ll of said property being in the County of Highlands,State of Florida.Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at Highlands County Government Center in the Board of County Commissioners Boardroom in accordance with Chapter 45,Florida Statutes at 10:00 A.M.,or thereafter on 8th day of January, 2014. Dated this 8th day of October,2013. ROBERT W.GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court of Highlands County,Florida Signature:/s/ Misty Blackburn MISTY BLACKBURN,Deputy Clerk December 4,11,18,25,2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 13000160TDS CHAPTER 197.512 F.S. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN,that US BANK AS C/F FL DUNDEE LIEN INV LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon.The certificate number and year of issuance,the description of the property,and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No.:1121 Y ear of Issuance:06-01-2010 Tax ID:C-22-33-28-010-0290-0030 Description of Property: THE NORTH ONE-HALF OF LOT 3,BLOCK 29,SECTION 22,TOWNSHIP 33 SOUTH,RANGE 28 EAST, TOWN OF AVON PARK,AS RECORDED IN OR BOOK 1767 PAGE 1729 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. Name in which assessed: MICHAEL MARSHALL; A ll of said property being in the County of Highlands,State of Florida.Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at Highlands County Government Center in the Board of County Commissioners Boardroom in accordance with Chapter 45,Florida Statutes at 10:00 A.M.,or thereafter on 8th day of January, 2014. Dated this 8th day of October,2013. ROBERT W.GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court of Highlands County,Florida Signature:/s/ Misty Blackburn MISTY BLACKBURN,Deputy Clerk December 4,11,18,25,2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 13000159TDS CHAPTER 197.512 F.S. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN,that US BANK AS C/F FL DUNDEE LIEN INV LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon.The certificate number and year of issuance,the description of the property,and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No.:11199 Y ear of Issuance:06-01-2010 Tax ID:C-14-37-29-050-0370-0800 Description of Property: LOT 80,BLOCK 37,PLACID LAKES SECTION 5,ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 7,PAGE 65 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. Name in which assessed: BHARATI HARPARSAD; A ll of said property being in the County of Highlands,State of Florida.Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at Highlands County Government Center in the Board of County Commissioners Boardroom in accordance with Chapter 45,Florida Statutes at 10:00 A.M.,or thereafter on 8th day of January, 2014. Dated this 7th day of October,2013. ROBERT W.GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court of Highlands County,Florida Signature:/s/ Misty Blackburn MISTY BLACKBURN,Deputy Clerk December 4,11,18,25,2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 13000158TDS CHAPTER 197.512 F.S. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN,that US BANK AS C/F FL DUNDEE LIEN INV LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon.The certificate number and year of issuance,the description of the property,and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No.:11154 Y ear of Issuance:06-01-2010 Tax ID:C-14-37-29-010-0100-0050 Description of Property: LOTS 5 AND 6,BLOCK 10,PLACID LAKES SUBDIVISION,ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6,PAGE 4 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. Name in which assessed: GGH 18 LLC; A ll of said property being in the County of Highlands,State of Florida.Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at Highlands County Government Center in the Board of County Commissioners Boardroom in accordance with Chapter 45,Florida Statutes at 10:00 A.M.,or thereafter on 8th day of January, 2014. Dated this 7th day of October,2013. ROBERT W.GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court of Highlands County,Florida Signature:/s/ Misty Blackburn MISTY BLACKBURN,Deputy Clerk December 4,11,18,25,2013 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED 13000157TDS CHAPTER 197.512 F.S. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN,that US BANK AS C/F FL DUNDEE LIEN INV LLC the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificates for a tax deed to be issued thereon.The certificate number and year of issuance,the description of the property,and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No.:11146 Y ear of Issuance:06-01-2010 Tax ID:C-14-37-29-010-0050-0170 Description of Property: LOT 17,BLOCK 5,PLACID LAKES SUBDIVISION, A CCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6,PAGE 4 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY,FLORIDA. Name in which assessed: LEE UNDERWOOD; A ll of said property being in the County of Highlands,State of Florida.Unless said certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at Highlands County Government Center in the Board of County Commissioners Boardroom in accordance with Chapter 45,Florida Statutes at 10:00 A.M.,or thereafter on 8th day of January, 2014. Dated this 7th day of October,2013. ROBERT W.GERMAINE Clerk of the Circuit Court of Highlands County,Florida Signature:/s/ Misty Blackburn MISTY BLACKBURN,Deputy Clerk December 4,11,18,25,2013 ************************************* **** HIGHLANDS COUNTY LEGAL NOTICES ************************************* **** T he following legal notices are from the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners and are being published in the font, size, and leading as per their specifications. 1055HighlandsCounty LegalsCLASSIFIED ADS GET FAST RESULTS AVON PARK HOUSING 1X3 AD # 00034092 AVON PARK HOUSING 1X3 AD # 00034091SUBSCRIBE TO YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER THE NEWS-SUN CALL 385-6155 TODAY!

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By DAN HOEHNE daniel.hoehne@newssun.comLAKE PLACID Often a first game back after a h oliday break can show s ome rust, some kinks that n eed to get worked out. That was anything but t he case for Sebring M onday night as they l ooked fresh and inspired f rom the openinig tip, and r an away from the host G reen Dragons to a 77-45 w in. The key is our d efense, Blue Streak head c oach Princeton Harris said afterward. Thats what we work on every day for most of practice. Well spend a few minutes on o ffense, but we know were g oing to score. Im more c oncerned with us getting b etter on defense. Of course, the aggress ive, relentless defense S ebring employs is what o ften leads to scoring o pportunities, which is how t his one started out. After Gary Demarest p owered inside for the o pening score, a quick t urnover by the Blue Streak p ress got Demarest another s core down low. Another forced turnover t hen let Connor Cook get o ut on the break for a s core, foul and three-point p lay. Lake Placid finally s olved the press and got a b reak out score from Isaac Neverson to halt the early run. But Cook and Terrell Williams hit three pointers, surrounding a Scott Colley free throw, and Cook scored on another fast break to push the early lead to 15-3. Neverson then hit a free throw and turnaround jumper, but Cook lofted a rainbow J in and broke out for another score and Luke Ancrum got an inside bucket to make it 21-6. The young Dragon squad was able to find itsfooting and fight back some. By DAN HOEHNE daniel.hoehne@newssun.comLAKE PLACID It could have been better, but it certainly could have been worse as the Lady Dragons came away with a scoreless tie against visiting Mulberry Monday night. Fresh off the Thanksgiving break, the action belied the final score, as both teams were active and aggressive, each with their fair share of shots on goal. But in the end, the defenses and respective goal keepers took care of business and kept the opposing offenses off the board. And it was an ultimate extra effort on defense that turned away what could have been the game winner for the Lady Panthers. Late in the match, Dragon keeper Tamija Douglas came up in the box to defend a Mulberry shot. She deflected it, but it bounced back to the Lady Panther, who reloaded and shot it past. But defender Rosa Ramirez launched herself airborne and redirected the shot with her head and Douglas soon covered the loose ball to maintain the tie. Douglas had 14 saves on the night. We just have to capitalize when we have the chance, Douglas said. We had many chances to score Still, this was a strong Mulberry squad that is now 8-3-2 on the season 2-1-1 in District 10-2A play. The Dragons now stand at 2-3-2 and 1-1-2 in district, putting them solidly in third behind McKeel an d the Panthers. Up in Mulberry the Lake Placid boys climbed back from an early deficit to get a district win. The Panthers took an early 2-0 lead on goals from Elain Espinoza and Chris Gomez, but Yoyi Lake Placid boys top Panthers on late goal News-Sun Wednesday, December 4, 2013 BSection Sports NASCAR This WeekPAGEB3 Dan Hoehne/News-Sun Rosa Ramirez clears this ball as goal keeper Tamija Douglas looks on. Ramirez would later help Douglas and the Dragons out with a gamesaving play. Dan Hoehne/News-Sun Connor Cook drives for two of his game-high 19 points in Sebrings big win at Lake Placid Monday night. Lady Dragons draw even Lake Placid0Mulberry0 Sebring77Lake Placid45 Lake Placid3Mulberry2 See SOCCER, B4 Sebring storms past Lake Placid See STREAKS, B4 By MARK LONG Associated PressJACKSONVILLE Guard Uche Nwaneri has heard all sorts of excuses for opponents losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars in recent weeks. Theyre amusing and insulting. Its ridiculous, Nwaneri said Monday. Really, are we a high school team and you have to apologize to your city because you lost to us? Come on, man. This is the NFL. Every win is a hard-earned win. Theres rarely just easy sailing for any team throughout the season. When youre able to pull out a win, you celebrate it. When you lose, you try to be as gracious as you can in defeat. But dont trivialize our win because we came in here with a record that wasnt as good as yours. The Jaguars (3-9) have won three of their last four games, all since starting the season with eight consecutive losses by double digits. Its been a modest turnaround that coincides with coach Gus Bradleys team playing better and a considerably easier second-half schedule. The Jaguars host Houston (2-10) on Thursday night. Despite Jacksonvilles recent success, opponents have been less than complimentary afterward. Tennessee tight end Delanie Walker called losing to the Jaguars disgusting. Bradleys team was winless at the time. Im embarrassed, Walker said. Ateam thats 0-8 comes in here and beats us? Beats us on our home field, thats 0-8, the Jaguars? Come on. Houston running back Ben Tate said he felt bad for the city following a 13-6 loss to Jacksonville on Nov. 23. Receiver Andre Johnson called it the lowest point in his NFLcareer. Cleveland players were less dramatic after Sundays 32-28 loss to Jacksonville, but they made it clear they felt like they blew a winnable game. Its funny cause were all professional athletes here, Nwaneri said. I remember when they used to have jokes about the Bengals, the Browns. The stuff they say after they los e to us, its like, Whats somebody going to say if they lose to you, you know because you lost to us.Its funny. I dont really care, but it is amusing to be on t he field and to hear them complain. It sounds like a child complaining because they cant have their way. The Jaguars drove 80 yards in the closing minute s to beat the Browns. Chad Henne found Cecil Shorts III for a 20-yard touchdown with 45 seconds Jaguars find opponents comments funny, insulting See JAGS, B4 MCTphoto Chad Henne has helped the Jaguars recent turnaround, w hich has left their opponents a little embarrased. By RONALD BLUM Associated PressNEWYORK On a night usually dominated by news of players let loose, the Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics filled pitching needs with trades. Washington obtained righthander Doug Fister from Detroit for infielder Steve Lombardozzi and left-handers Robbie Ray and Ian Krol on Monday. Oakland acquired closer Jim Johnson from Baltimore for infielder Jemile Weeks and a player to be named. Fister was 14-9 with a 3.67 ERAlast season for the AL Central champions, who last month traded slugging first baseman Prince Fielder to Texas for second baseman Ian Kinsler. It gives us some flexibility for some other things we want to do, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said, insisting the trade wasnt made to free money for a long-term deal for ALCy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, who can leave after next season. Fister joins a talented Nationals rotation that already includes Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez. Oakland, which also closed in on a $22 million, two-year contract with left-hander Scott Kazmir, is revamping after losing to the Tigers in the ALdivision series. The 30-year-old Johnson led the majors with 51 saves in 2012 and tied for the big league lead last season with 50. The two-time ALWest champion As found their closer to replace All-Star Grant Balfour, who became a free agent after the season and is expected to command a multiyear deal. Meanwhile, 43 players became free agents at midnight ESTwhen their teams failed to offer 2014 contract s, a group that included 2009 NLRookie of the Year Chris Coghlan (Miami) and St. Louis reliever John Axford. Clubs often use the socalled tender deadline as leverage to force agreement s with players they wont go to arbitration with. Among the players let loose were Toronto catcher J.P. Arencibia, Boston righthander Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Kalish, Met s right-hander Jeremy Hefner Yankees infielder Jayson Ni x, Tampa Bay outfielder Sam Fuld and Kansas City infielder Chris Getz. The Los Angeles Angels gained nearly $10 million o f payroll flexibility, declining to offer contracts to pitchers Tommy Hanson, Jerome Williams and Juan Gutierrez along with third baseman Chris Nelson. With an excess of catchin g after reaching an agreement to sign Brian McCann, the New York Yankees traded Wheeling and dealing in MLB See MLB, B4

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Jingle Bell runAVONPARK The 2nd Annual Jingle Bell Fun 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run will take place Friday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. at the Union Church, 106 Butler Ave., Avon Park. Adult entry fee, by Nov. 30 its $20 and up to Dec. 12, $25. There will be no race day registrations. Childs entry fee for the 5K is $10, for the 1-Mile Fun Run, $5. All proceeds will benefit the five Avon Park area schools as they partner together to develop leadership skills in the children of our community. Email questions to Karin Doty at dotyk@highlands.k12.fl.us. Checks should be made payable to Jingle Bell Run, Attn: Lisa Jarrett and sent to 1305 US North 27, Avon Park, FL, 33825.Meals on Wheels Golf TournamentSEBRING The 14th Annual Meals on Wheels Golf Tournament will be teeing off on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 8:30 a.m. at the host Sun N Lakes Golf Course. The tournament will be a four-person scramble format and will include a $20,000 putting contest, Hole-in-One on all holes with a car sponsored by Alan Jay Automotive. The entry fee of $75 per player, $300 per team, includes golf, continental breakfast, lunch and awards. Proceeds from the event go to benefit Sebrings Meals on Wheels. For more information, call 202-6094.Doty Memorial Golf TourneySEBRING The Annual Brad and Aaron Doty Memorial Childrens Christmas Golf Classic sponsored by All About Lawns will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at Sun N Lakes Golf and Country Club. The event will be a four-person scramble format, with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Entry fee is $65, which includes greens fee and cart, lunch, beverages on and off the course, raffle and door prizes, range balls and lots of fun. The Cohan Radio Group will provide Hole-in-One prizes. Sponsorships are available, starting at just $100. Two Tampa Bay Buccaneer cheerleaders will also be on hand for autographs and pictures. The tournament benefits the Champions for Children foundation, helping less fortunate, local children during the Christmas season and throughout the year. For additional information, contact Kip Doty at 446-4008.LP Elks Hoop ShootLAKEPLACID Lake Placid Elks Lodge 2661 announces their annual local Hoop Shoot on Saturday, Dec. 14, where Lake Placid youth ages 8-13 can show their free-throw talents. The competition is free. Acopy of the childs birth certificate will be required at registration. Registration forms can be obtained in advance at the Lake Placid Elks Lodge by calling 465-2661. Registration will also be held at 8 a.m., prior the contest at the Lake Placid High School. Boys and girls participate in separate contest/divisions and three age categories per division: ages 8-9; 10-11, and 12-13. Contestants must be 8-years old and no more than 13-years old as of April 1, 2013, to participate. For state contests and beyond, the Elks National Foundation covers all program costs, including participant transportation, food and housing expenses. Lake Placid local winners of each div ision and age category advance through to the Florida District, State, Regional and National competitions. Names of the national winners will be inscribed on the Elks National Hoop Shoot plaque, on permanent display in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and the contest begins at 9 a.m. Any questions, contact John Holbroo k at 465-5941.Senior 70s SoftballSEBRING The Highlands Coun ty Senior 70s plus league will start Tuesda y, Jan. 7 at the Highlands Sports Complex Sign up on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. For more information call John Kloet at 414-4245 or Bill Todd at 385-5632.Sebring Elks Golf TourneySEBRING The Sebring Elks Lod ge No. 1529 monthly golf outing will be he ld at Golf Hammock Golf and Country Clu b on Monday, Dec. 2, beginning at 8 a.m. Cost is $32 which includes golf, ca rt, lunch and prize fund. To sign up contact Jack McLaughlin at jacknjudy33872@gmail.com or leave a message on (863) 471-3295. Check in not later than 7:40 a.m. by t he Pro Shop.Hammock Half Marathon/5K SEBRING The 6th Annual Hammo ck Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk is set f or Highlands Hammock State Park o n Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 with a 7:30 a.m starting time. Custom long-sleeve Dri-fit for Ha lf Marathon and short-sleeve Dri-fit for t he 5K. This years Half Marathon will al so feature a team relay made up of up to fo ur individuals running 3.0, 3.0, 3.0, and 3 .1 mile sections. Relay entry rates apply to all relay tea m members and should be submitted toget her with team name by January 17 in ord er for proper awards to be ordered. Those desiring an entry form may co ntact race director Chet Brojek at cbr ojek@comcast.net or by calling 385-473 6 and leaving a message. Entry fee for t he 5K is $20 thru January 17 and $30 aft er the 18th thru race day. Hammock Half Marathon fees are $3 5 thru January 17 and $45 after the 18th. Race day registration will be fro m 6:45-7:10 a.m. The race features custom trophies or plaques for overall, master and gran d master champions, trophies for first th ru third in 16 male and female age groups in the Half and Trophy to first in age grou ps and medals for 2nd and 3rd in the 5 K Run/Walk. Chip timing will be provided by Centr al Florida Striders. The Half Marathon is made up of tw o 6.5 mile loops that utilize the trails an d portions of the loop road. It is a challen ging course, but provides you a chance to see areas of the park that you would n ot ordinarily see, said a Striders club mem ber. Astep beyond the ordinary, you shou ld try running the Hammock Half on Janua ry 25. The proceeds of the race benefit t he Friends of Highlands Hammock Sta te Park who provide thousands of dollars of support to the park each year. Visit friendsofhighlandshammock.o rg for more information. Come join the fun at our 6th Annu al Hammock Half Marathon and 5 K Run/Walk. AMERICAN CONFERENCEEast WLTPctPFPA New England930.750322261 Miami660.500252248 N.Y. Jets570.417189310 Buffalo480.333267307 South WLTPctPFPA Indianapolis840.667285274 Tennessee570.417264267 Jacksonville390.250174352 Houston2100.167230323 North WLTPctPFPA Cincinnati840.667292216 Baltimore660.500249235 Pittsburgh570.417263278 Cleveland480.333231297 West WLTPctPFPA Denver1020.833464317 Kansas City930.750298214 San Diego570.417279277 Oakland480.333237300NATIONAL CONFERENCEEast WLTPctPFPA Dallas750.583329303 Philadelphia750.583300281 N.Y. Giants570.417237297 Washington390.250269362 South WLTPctPFPA New Orleans930.750312230 Carolina930.750285157 Tampa Bay390.250217285 Atlanta390.250261340 North WLTPctPFPA Detroit750.583326287 Chicago660.500323332 Green Bay561.458294305 Minnesota381.292289366 West WLTPctPFPA x-Seattle1110.917340186 San Francisco840.667297197 Arizona750.583275247 St. Louis570.417279278 x-clinched playoff spot ___ Sundays Games Minnesota 23, Chicago 20, OT New England 34, Houston 31 Indianapolis 22, Tennessee 14 Jacksonville 32, Cleveland 28 Carolina 27, Tampa Bay 6 Philadelphia 24, Arizona 21 Miami 23, N.Y. Jets 3 San Francisco 23, St. Louis 13 Atlanta 34, Buffalo 31, OT Cincinnati 17, San Diego 10 Denver 35, Kansas City 28 N.Y. Giants 24, Washington 17 Mondays Game Seattle 34, New Orleans 7 Thursday, Dec. 5 Houston at Jacksonville, 8:25 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 Atlanta at Green Bay, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Kansas City at Washington, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Miami at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Detroit at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Cleveland at New England, 1 p.m. Oakland at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Denver, 4:05 p.m. Seattle at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. N.Y. Giants at San Diego, 4:25 p.m. St. Louis at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. Carolina at New Orleans, 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 Dallas at Chicago, 8:40 p.m.EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division WLOTPtsGFGA Boston1872387555 Montreal1693357659 Detroit1477357873 Tampa Bay1691337666 Toronto14103317573 Ottawa10134247890 Florida7155195991 Buffalo6202144885 Metropolitan Division WLOTPtsGFGA Pittsburgh1891378664 Washington14112308278 N.Y. Rangers14140286271 New Jersey11125276167 Philadelphia12132265765 Carolina10125255778 Columbus10143236780 N.Y. Islanders8154207293WESTERN CONFERENCECentral Division WLOTPtsGFGA Chicago20444410276 St. Louis1853399160 Colorado1960387652 Minnesota1685377067 Winnipeg13124307882 Nashville13113296275 Dallas1294287073 Pacific Division WLOTPtsGFGA San Jose1835419260 Anaheim1874409177 Los Angeles1774387360 Phoenix1574348584 Vancouver14105337777 Calgary9134227093 Edmonton9172207395 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. ___ Saturdays Games Philadelphia 3, Nashville 2, SO Colorado 3, Minnesota 2, SO San Jose 4, Anaheim 3, SO N.Y. Rangers 5, Vancouver 2 Boston 3, Columbus 1 Montreal 4, Toronto 2 Pittsburgh 5, Florida 1 New Jersey 1, Buffalo 0, OT Washington 3, N.Y. Islanders 2, OT Chicago 5, Phoenix 2 Calgary 2, Los Angeles 1 Sundays Games Edmonton 3, Dallas 2, SO Vancouver 3, Carolina 2 Detroit 4, Ottawa 2 Mondays Games Winnipeg 5, N.Y. Rangers 2 Montreal 3, New Jersey 2 Minnesota 2, Philadelphia 0 Los Angeles 3, St. Louis 2 Tuesdays Games San Jose at Toronto, late Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders, late Carolina at Washington, late Tampa Bay at Columbus, late Ottawa at Florida, late Dallas at Chicago, late Vancouver at Nashville, late Phoenix at Edmonton, late Los Angeles at Anaheim, late Wednesdays Games Montreal at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Detroit, 8 p.m. Phoenix at Calgary, 10 p.m.SCORINGLEADERSGPGAPTS Crosby, PIT28132336 Malkin, PIT2872835 Steen, STL26201131 Getzlaf, ANH26131831 Kane, CHI28161430 Tavares, NYI27111930 Zetterberg, DET28111930 Ovechkin, WAS2521829 Perry, ANH29151429 Thornton, SJ2642529GOALIESGPIMINSGAAVG Harding, MIN221241301.45 Scrivens, LA15770201.56 Schneider, NJ12732211.72 Talbot, NYR9503151.79 Rask, BOS221329421.90 Price, MON221323442.00 Mazanec, NASH11631212.00 Fleury, PIT231338462.06 Bishop, TB201156402.08 Mason, PHI191120392.09EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division WLPctGB Toronto 610.375 Boston 712.368.5 Philadelphia612.3331 Brooklyn512.2941.5 New York313.1883 Southeast Division WLPctGB Miami 143.824 Washington99.5005.5 Atlanta 910.4746 Charlotte810.4446.5 Orlando 611.3538 Central Division WLPctGB Indiana 162.889 Chicago 79.4388 Detroit 710.4128.5 Cleveland512.29410.5 Milwaukee313.18812WESTERN CONFERENCESouthwest Division WLPctGB San Antonio153.833 Houston136.6842.5 Dallas 108.5565 New Orleans98.5295.5 Memphis88.5006 Northwest Division WLPctGB Portland153.833 Oklahoma City123.8001.5 Denver 106.6254 Minnesota910.4746.5 Utah 415.21111.5 Pacific Division WLPctGB L.A. Clippers126.667 Golden State108.5562 Phoenix 98.5292.5 L.A. Lakers99.5003 Sacramento411.2676.5 ___ Saturdays Games Atlanta at Washington, late Chicago at Cleveland, late Brooklyn at Memphis, late Minnesota at Dallas, late Houston at San Antonio, late Utah at Phoenix, late Boston at Milwaukee, late Sundays Games Denver 112, Toronto 98 Indiana 105, L.A. Clippers 100 Detroit 115, Philadelphia 100 Golden State 115, Sacramento 113 Miami 99, Charlotte 98 Oklahoma City 113, Minnesota 103 New Orleans 103, New York 99 Portland 114, L.A. Lakers 108 Mondays Games Washington 98, Orlando 80 New Orleans 131, Chicago 128,3OT San Antonio 102, Atlanta 100 Utah 109, Houston 103 Portland 106, Indiana 102 Tuesdays Games Orlando at Philadelphia, late Denver at Brooklyn, late Milwaukee at Boston, late Detroit at Miami, late Phoenix at Memphis, late Charlotte at Dallas, late Oklahoma City at Sacramento, late Toronto at Golden State, late Wednesdays Games Denver at Cleveland, 7 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Phoenix at Houston, 8 p.m. Detroit at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Dallas at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Indiana at Utah, 9 p.m. San Antonio vs. Minnesota at Mexico City, Mexico, 9:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Portland, 10 p.m.LEAGUELEADERSSCORING FGFTPTSAVG Durant, OKC12614642428.3 Anthony, NYK15010342126.3 James, MIA15810444526.2 George, IND1598144824.9 Harden, HOU11011636724.5 Love, MIN14711645023.7 Martin, MIN13210841723.2 Aldridge, POR1687340922.7 Curry, GOL1223933422.3 Ellis, DAL1419639521.9 REBOUNDS OFFDEFTOTAVG Love, MIN7318625913.6 Jordan, LAC8015123112.8 Howard, HOU6117223312.3 Drummond, DET7812920712.2 Griffin, LAC4115819911.1 Vucevic, ORL5213318510.9 Ibaka, OKC4410915310.2 Davis, NOR6010316310.2 Hawes, PHL3013216210.1 Cousins, SAC3511615110.1 ASSISTS GASTAVG Paul, LAC1720512.1 Wall, WAS181669.2 Curry, GOL151308.7 Rubio, MIN191628.5 Jennings, DET151268.4 Lawson, DEN161318.2 Teague, ATL191538.1 Holiday, NOR171368.0 Blake, LAL181387.7 Dragic, PHX141017.2MLS CUPSaturday, Dec. 7: Real Salt Lake at Sporting KC, 4 p.m.BASEBALLAmerican League BALTIMORE ORIOLESAgreed to terms with OF Steve Pearce and OF Nolan Reimold on one-year contracts. Declined to offer 2014 contracts to RHP Eddie Gamboa and OF Jason Pridie. BOSTON RED SOXDeclined to offer 2014 contracts to RHP Andrew Bailey and OF Ryan Kalish. OAKLAND ATHLETICSAgreed to terms with RHP Fernando Rodriguez on a one-year contract. Acquired RHP Jim Johnson from Baltimore for INF Jemile Weeks and a player to be named. TAMPA BAY RAYSAgreed to terms with C Jose Molina on a two-year contract. Declined to offer 2014 contracts to OF Sam Fuld and LHP Wesley Wright. National League ATLANTA BRAVESDeclined to offer 2014 contracts to 3B Paul Janish, 2B Elliot Johnson and RHP Cristhian Martinez. Agreed to terms with LHP Jonny Venters and INF Ramiro Pena on one-year contracts. CHICAGO CUBSDeclined to offer 2014 contracts to RHP Daniel Bard, 1B Mat Gamel and RHP Chang-Young Lim. LOCALSCHEDULE SPORTSSNAPSHOTS THESCOREBOARD Lake Placid THURSDAY: Boys Basketball at Labelle,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Basketball vs.LaBelle, 6/7:30 p.m.; Boys Soccer at Frostproof,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Soccer vs.Frostproof,6/7:30 p.m. MONDAY: Girls Basketball at Clewiston,6/7:30 p.m. TUESDAY: Boys Basketball at Mulberry,7:30 p.m.; Girls Basketball vs.Mulberry,6 p.m.; Boys Soccer vs.McKeel,8 p.m.; Girls Soccer vs.McKeel,6 p.m. Sebring THURSDAY: Girls Basketball vs.Lake Wales,6/7:30 p.m.; Boys Soccer at Hardee, 6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Soccer vs.Hardee,6/7:30 p.m. FRIDAY: Boys Basketball vs.Lemon Bay,6/7:30 p.m.; GirlsBasketball at Lemon Bay, 6/7:30 p.m. SATURDAY: Wrestling at Avon Park Duals,10 a.m.; Boys Soccer at Avon Park,Noon; Girls Soccer at Avon Park,10 a.m. Avon Park THURSDAY: Boys Basketball at McKeel,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Basketball vs.McKeel, 6/7:30 p.m.; Boys Soccer at McKeel,8 p.m.; Girls Soccer at McKeel,6 p.m. SATURDAY: Boys Soccer vs.Sebring,Noon; Girls Soccer vs.Sebring,10 a.m. MONDAY: Boys Soccer vs.Hardee,8 p.m.; Girls Soccer vs.Hardee,6 p.m. N B A T H U R S D A Y 7 p m New York at Brooklyn . . . . . . . T N T 9 : 3 0 p m Miami at Chicago . . . . . . . . . T N T C O L L E G E B A S K E T B A L L W E D N E S D A Y 7 p m Maryland at Ohio State. . . . . . . E S P N 7 p m Wisconsin at Virginia . . . . . . . E S P N 2 8 p m Houston at Texas A&M . . . . . . . S U N 9 p m North Carolina at Michigan State . . . E S P N 9 p m Boston College at Purdue . . . . . E S P N 2 T H U R S D A Y 7 p m West Virginia at Missouri . . . . . E S P N 2 9 p m Mississippi at Kansas State . . . . E S P N 2 U E F A C H A M P I O N S L E A G U E S O C C E R W E D N E S D A Y 9 : 3 0 a m Juventus FC vs. FC Copenhagen . . . S U N C O L L E G E F O O T B A L L T H U R S D A Y 7 : 3 0 p m Louisville at Cincinnati . . . . . . . E S P N Times, games, channels all subject to change G O L F T H U R S D A Y 1 1 : 3 0 a m EuroPGA Hong Kong Open . . . . G O L F 3 p m Northwestern Mutual World Challenge G O L F N H L T H U R S D A Y 7 : 3 0 p m Ottawa at Tampa Bay . . . . . . . . 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r emaining to put J acksonville up four. Shorts beat cornerback Joe H aden with a double move o n a third-and-9 play. It was a happy homecomi ng for Shorts, who grew up i n Cleveland rooting for the B rowns. He bristled Monday when a sked about opponents hitt ing rock bottom by losing t o Jacksonville. I couldnt care less what t hey think, Shorts said. Its t he NFL. Youre going to w in or lose each week. Y ouve got to bring your b est that week. For us, were getting better. Weve been 31 since the bye week, so if theyve got a problem with it come see us. Thats how I feel about it. The Jaguars scored 15 points off turnovers against Cleveland, taking advantage of three turnovers late in the first half and a botched snapped in the fourth that resulted in a safety. Those points surely helped Jacksonville keep it close, especially since the Jaguars struggled to cover Josh Gordon (10 catches for 261 yards and two touchdowns). Gordons 95-yard score with 4:09 remaining looked like it would seal a victory for Cleveland. But the Jaguars answered and left another team searching for answers. Its any given Sunday in this league, Henne said. Anybody can come out and beat anybody. You saw what happened. Look at Atlanta. You thought they were going to be a Super bowl contender this year and you see what happened to them. Teams are going to have struggles, but the best teams are the ones that finish strong and just keep getting better each and every week like we said and play their best football in December. AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org Marvin Sholtz scored in the paint and Anfernee Munnings hit a pair at the line. Jose Rinald then split a pair to cut the lead to 10, but Keizhawn Hester hit a jumper and tipped in a follow, sandwiching a Cook free throw, before Munnings hit two more free throws to make it a 26-13 margin at the break. Sebring continued to stretch the lead out early in the second quarter as Cook, Ancrum and Williams all scored in the lane and Quantrae Rouse tickled the twines with a trey. Lake Placids lone score during the run was a Munnings free throw, making it a 35-14 Blue Streak lead. AColley free throw was followed by a Williams jumper with Munnings then stepping up to single handedly dig into the difference. Munnings scored three consecutive hoops and Colley hit another free throw to get it back down to 37-22. Munnings would add another pair at the line, and Kaetwon Lowe hit a jumper and Neverson scored inside. But Sebring would see Rolando Powery power into the paint for two buckets, Cook hit a free throw and Demarest a basket, for a 44-28 lead at the half. Any hope for Lake Placid to keep it relatively close in the second half were soon disspelled as the Streaks blew it open in the third. Ancrum would score eight points over the eight minute period, with Demarest adding six as Sebring outscored the Dragons 24-7. And to add injury to insult, late in the third, Munnings hit the deck hard after being fouled on a drive to the basket and injure his left thumb. He would shoot his free throws, but soon came out of the game for the rest of the night. With the lead at 68-35 heading into the fourth, the running clock came when Dylan Neilander put back a missed free throw for a 35-point lead. It was a good effort and the guys came out aggressive, Harris said. We can be aggressive because we are a deep team. The talent level is pretty even so when we go to the bench, there really is no drop off. But it was good that everyone got a chance to play and I could rest some guys with some big district games coming up. Sebring got their District 11-5Aschedule starte Tuesday night with a visit from DeSoto and will host Lemon Bay Friday night. The Dragons started their District 9-4Aslate Tuesday against Frostproof at home and then go back out of district Thursday with a trip to LaBelle. Page B4 News-SunWednesday, December 4, 2013 www.newssun.com UNIVERSAL CENTER OF NATURAL MA; 3.639"; 5"; Black; dec ads; 0 0 0 3 4 1 4 3 SPRINGLAKE GOLF RESORT* NEW; 3.639"; 3"; Black; sports tv p/u ads; 0 0 0 3 4 1 5 6 Dan Hoehne/News-Sun Luke Ancrum powers inside for a score Monday night, and would wind up with 12 points as Sebring ran away from the Green Dragons. Dan Hoehne/News-S un Anfernee Munnings drives the baseline and would lead the Dragons with 16 points, but it wasnt nearly enough in Sebrings lopsided win. Dan Hoehne/News-Sun Claire LeBlanc gets her leg up to redirect this ball during the Lady Dragons 0-0 tie with Mulberry Monday. G omez got the Dragons on t he board with one goal, and e vened it up by halftime on a nother. From there, it was a d efensive battle throughout t he second half, and it l ooked as though it would be a night of dualing ties. But in the waning m oments, Osvaldo Orduna f ired in the game winner and s end Lake Placid home with t he 3-2 win. This was Mulberrys first d istrict loss and has them at 2 -1-1 in District 10-2A, 6-21 overall. The Dragons now sit alone a top the district at 2-0-1, 50 -1 overall. Lake Placid is back in dist rict play Thursday night, w ith the boys traveling to F rostproof and the girls gett ing a visit from theLady B ulldogs. Continued from B1 Soccer sees Dragons facing Frostproof Thursday Continued from B1 Streaks stay clear of Dragons Continued from B1 Chad Henne Jacksonville quarterbackIts any given Sunday in this league. Anybody can come out and beat anybody. Jags turning teams into whiners Chris Stewart to Pittsburgh for a player to be named, and Stewart agreed to a $1 million, one-year deal with the Pirates. The Yankees also finalized a $5 million, two-year contract with shortstop Brendan Ryan, who became their starter in September when Derek Jeter went back on the disabled list. Kazmirs deal with Oakland hadnt been finalized and is pending a physical. The 29-year-old left-hander went 10-9 with a 4.04 ERAin 29 starts and 158 innings last season for Cleveland and becomes part of a rotation that includes Sonny Gray and A.J. Griffin. Catcher Dioner Navarro agreed to an $8 million, two-year contract with Toronto that pays $3 million next year and $5 million in 2015. The 29-year-old batted .300 with a career-high 13 homers and 34 RBIs in 89 games for the Chicago Cubs last season. An All-Star in 2008, he has not played more than 89 games in a season since 2009 because of injuries. Another catcher, Jose Molina, agreed to a $4.5 million, two-year contract to remain with Tampa Bay Thirteen players eligible for arbitration agreed to one-year deals: San Diego left-hander Eric Stults ($2.75 million) and righthander Tim Stauffer ($1.6 million); Baltimore outfielders Nolan Reimold ($1,025,000) and Steve Pearce ($850,000); Atlanta left-hander Jonny Venters and infielder Ramiro Pena ; Washington right-hander Ross Ohlendorf ($1.25 million); Detroit outfielder Don Kelly ($1 million); White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers ($950,000); Philadelphia first baseman Kevin Frandsen ($900,000 ); Oakland right-hander Fernando Rodriguez ($600,000); and Cleveland right-handers Frank Herrmann and Blake Woo d ($560,000 each). In agreements announced Friday, the Los Angeles Dodgers reached deals with outfielder Mike Baxter and catcher Drew Butera ($700,000 each) and lefthander Scott Elbert ($575,000). 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Page B6 News-SunWednesday, December 4, 2013 www.newssun.com health page; 11.25"; 16"; Black plus three; process, health page dummy; 0 0 0 2 6 3 9 9 By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated PressWASHINGTON The m an who lives at 1600 P ennsylvania Ave. is more t han just another celebrity, o r the famous face behind t he governments troubled h ealth care website. Here are f ive new things about P resident Barack Obama: He sings in the bathroom Obama showed off his p ipes when he sang the o pening lines of the Al G reen classic Lets Stay T ogether at a New York f undraiser in January 2012. H e apparently has had a lot o f practice. Asked during an i nterview on BETs & P ark about her husbands unexpected turn as a balladeer, first lady Michelle Obama said he sings all the time. Oh, yes, hes in the bathroom all the time just singing. He is always willing to sing. Hes like, You want me to sing now, want me to sing something for you?This President can cookObama said the mothers of the Pakistani roommates he had in college in 1980 taught him how to cook a traditional South Asian meat dish called keema, a lentil dish known as daal and other very good Pakistani food. (Obama studied at Occidental College in Los Angeles from 1979-81.) Sam Kass, the chef Obama brought with him from Chicago to cook meals for the first family, didnt sound too worried about his pots and pans in the presidents hands. If he wants to make dinner now and again, thats fine by me, Kass said in an interview.He broke his nose playing basketballAn avid basketball fan, Obama got a busted lip, and 12 stitches, playing basketball the day after Thanksgiving in 2010. He revealed the past broken nose while arguing that his health care law has made the monthly cost of insurance so cheap that young adults who often feel immune to illness or injury should buy a policy to protect themselves. I kind of remember when I was in my 20s and early 30s I thought I was invincible, but it turns out I broke my nose playing basketball, he told the Fusion television network in an interview. There were times where I had unexpected illnesses or accidents, and making sure that youve got coverage insures that youre not ending up paying out of pocket thousands of dollars that you may not have. World travelerBesides the years spent growing up in Hawaii and Indonesia, Obama traveled the globe before landing his current job. Italy and Pakistan were on the preWhite House itinerary; he has been to Italy as president, but not Pakistan. Obama said he went to Pakistan in 1980 because of his college roommates. It was a wonderful trip for me, and created a great appreciation and a great love for the Pakistani people, he said after an Oval Office meeting with that countrys prime minister, Nawaz Sharif. As for Italy, he revealed after a separate Oval Office meeting with Prime Minister Enrico Letta that he and Michelle had been to Tuscany before he became president. Letta invited him to come back, but Obama didnt commit to returning before his term ends in January 2017. Daughter has peanut allergyWhen Obama signed a bill encouraging schools to stockpile epinephrine, which is used to treat people with severe allergies, he reveale d that his 15-year-old daughter, Malia, has a peanut allergy. It was known that she has other allergies, which is why the Obamas chose Portuguese water dogs as the family pets. The breed is said to be good for allergy sufferers. Obama said making sure epinephrine is read ily available in schools in case of emergency is something that every parent can understand. Five new things we now know about President Obama Obama

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Reagan Benson Adrian M. Benson and K elly J. Johnson, both of S ebring, announce the birth o f a daughter, Reagan Kenna M alo Benson, at 11:02 a.m. o n Nov. 14, 2013 at Florida H ospital Heartland Medical C enter. Reagan weighed 8 pounds a nd was 19.5 inches in l ength. Maternal grandparents are S cott and Lois Johnson of S ebring. Paternal grandpare nts are Rick Benson of F rostproof and Mary Benson o f Wesley Chapel. Mieko Chavez Julio Chavez and Angela C layton, both of Frostproof, a nnounce the birth of a son, M ieko Ronald, at 2:44 a.m. o n Nov. 18, 2013 at Florida H ospital Heartland Medical C enter. Mieko weighed 5 pounds, 1 2 ounces and was 19 inches i n length. Maternal grandmother is L inda Richards of W alkerton, Ind. Paternal g randmother is Ana Castro o f Frostproof. A melia DaughertyJeremy and Julia Chavez D augherty of Sebring a nnounce the birth of a d aughter, Amelia Grace C havez Daugherty, at 2:07 p .m. on Oct. 25, 2013 at F lorida Hospital Heartland M edical Center. Amelia weighed 5 pounds a nd was 18 inches in length. Maternal grandmother is A ngelica Mendoza of Sebring. Paternal grandparents are Tom Daugherty, and Jon and Judy Spegiel of Sebring.Kimber GodinezRosendo and Jessica Lynn Godinez of Lake Placid announce the birth of a daughter, Kimber Lee, at 4:07 a.m. on Dec. 1, 2013 at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Kimber weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 19 inches in length. Maternal grandparents are Lynn and Carlos Resendiz. Paternal grandparents are Rosendo Godinez and AnaMaria Herrera.Calla GuillenAbraham and Roxanne Guillen of Sebring announce the birth of a daughter, Calla Olivia, at 5:39 p.m. on Nov. 4, 2013 at Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center. Calla weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 18.5 inches in length. Maternal grandparents are Mike Haynes and Susan James, both of Sebring. Paternal grandmother is Narcissa Guillen of Sebring.Camarion HankersonFrederick Alexander Sr. and Carmela Peralta Hankerson of Sebring announce the birth of a son, Camarion Alexander, at 9:02 p.m. on Oct. 12, 2013 at Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center. Camarion weighed 7 pounds and was 21 inches in length. Maternal grandparents are Carmen and the late Francena Peralta. Paternal grandparents are Elijah and Sandra Hankerson of Sebring.Ivan MendozaAzaias and Maria E. Hernandez of Sebring announce the birth of a son, Ivan Hernandez Mendoza at 5:15 a.m. on Dec. 1, 2013 at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Ivan weighed 8 pounds and was 20 inches in length. Maternal grandparents are Margarito Mendoza and Maria dela Paz. Paternal grandmother is Celia Ramirez.Jocelyn MillerBill and Emily Miller of Sebring announce the birth of a daughter, Jocelyn Sue, at 5:54 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2013 at Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center. Jocelyn weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 19 inches in length. Maternal grandparents are Dan and Mary Craig. Paternal grandparents are Scott Miller and Kim Burroughs.Carter RidenourAnderson Ridenour and Erica White Scott, both of Sebring announce the birth of a son, Carter Cole, at 8:52 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2013 at Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center. Carter weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 19.5 inches in length. Maternal grandmother is Erin Leone. Paternal grandparents are Kathy and George Ridenour of Sebring.Ava SanchezJoshua Derek Sanchez and Lucia Silva, both of Wauchula, announce the birth of a daughter, Ava Brooke, at 5:33 p.m. on Oct. 25, 2013 at Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center. Ava weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20 inches in length. Maternal grandparents are Hector and Maria Silva of Wauchula. Paternal grandparents are Henry and Flora Sanchez of Wauchula.Elisiah TuckerMatt Tucker and Brooke Bateman of Sebring announce the birth of a son, Elisiah Andrew Tucker, at 2:25 p.m. on Nov. 29, 2013 at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Elisiah weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 inches in length.Jesse VelascoJesse Velasco of Avon Park and Janet Velasco of Frostproof announce the birth of a son, Jesse James, at 8:52 a.m. on Oct. 25, 2013 at Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center. Young Jesse weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces. Maternal grandparents are Antonia and Guadalupe Resendiz of Frostproof. Paternal grandparents are Bertha and Jesus Velasco of Avon Park.Logan WestrickPhillip Westrick and Fawn Hodges, both of Avon Park, announces the birth of a son, Logan Keith, at 12:07 a.m. on Nov. 5, 2013 at Florida Hospital Heartland Medica l Center. Logan weighed 8 pounds 10 ounces and was 20 inche s in length. Maternal grandparents ar e Ferrando Flores of Barger, Texas and Kathy Smiley of Stafford, Kansas. Paternal grandparents are Logan and Nancy Westrick of Tipton, Ind.Amyla WilcoxMarvin Wilcox and Kristina Vasquez of Avon Park announce the birth of a daughter, Amyla Wilcox, at 1:34 a.m. on Nov. 29, 2013 at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Amyla weighed 7 pounds and was 19 inches in length Maternal grandmother is Melinda Pough.Miles WohlMarty and Merideth Wohl of Sebring announce the birth of a son, Miles Kevin, at 8:25 p.m. on Oct. 10, 2013 at Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center. Miles weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19.5 inch es in length. Maternal grandparents ar e Perry and Deb Kilen of Olathe, Kansas. Paternal grandparents are James and Jeri Wohl of Avon Park. www.newssun.comNews-SunWednesday, December 4, 2013 Page B7 hometown biz; 9.347"; 13"; Black plus three; process, hometown biz dummy; 0 0 0 2 6 3 9 7 Celebrations Births Taylor Air Force Airman Randall A Taylor graduated from b asic military training at Joint B ase San Antonio-Lackland, S an Antonio. The airman completed an i ntensive, eight-week program t hat included training in milit ary discipline and studies, Air F orce core values, physical fitn ess, and basic warfare princip les and skills. Airmen who complete basic t raining earn four credits t oward an associate in applied s cience degree through the C ommunity College of the Air F orce. Taylor is the son of Cherie S tarr of Lake Placid and J oseph Starr of Sebring. He is a 2009 graduate of Lake P lacid High School. Military News A ir Force Airman Randall A. T aylor CELEBRATIONSGUIDELINES: The News-Sunpublishes announcements about births,engagements, weddings and anniversaries on Wednesdays. Anniversaries are accepted starting at the 50th and then in five-year incriments. Photos are accepted and are returned when accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Forms are available at the NewsSun The submission deadline is noon Friday to be considered for publication in the following Wednesdays paper. Submit items to the News-Sun from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; fax to 3852453; send e-mail toeditor@newssun.com ; or mail to Lifestyle Editor,NewsSun ,2227 U.S. 27 South, Sebring,FL 33870. For information,call 385-6155, ext. 516.

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Heart of Highland, Sweet Adelines LAKE PLACID The H eart of Highland, Sweet A delines recently held its AdelinesFashions on P arade Fashion Show and L uncheon at the Lake Placid E lks Lodge 2661. The fashi on show, attended by 200, w as a huge success. The chor us thanks its models for A mber Louise, BonWorth, D ress Barn, and Sues Cubby H ole. Many thanks to the chorus m embers who donated door p rizes and items for the o pportunity table. Some d onations were a gift certific ate from BonWorth and a b eauty basket from Sylvia H ayes Salon of Avon Park. S incere thanks are extended t o members who created the l ovely table decorations. T hanks to the member who c reated the poster for the F ebruary show, Broadway B ound, and for the Reserved T able Signs. Thanks to the Quartets C razy and Girls Night Out, a nd chorus members who p erformed under the direction o f the fabulous director, B etty Meinholz, and to all t he chorus members who h elped in making this fashion s how such a success. Special t hanks to Don Sansoussi, p resident of the Elks Lodge 2 661, and his staff, for creati ng an elegant setting and a t ruly delicious meal. The c omments were so very f avorable, such as Its the S weet Adelines very best f ashion show! We also thank Sandy L opes and the young ladies f rom Potter House, who w orked so swiftly and effic iently in serving the delic ious meal. Most of all, t hanks to all of the ladies and s everal gentlemen who b ought tickets and helped to m ake this fashion show a g reat success. The support of these schola rship fundraisers has e nabled the Heart of H ighland, Sweet Adelines S how Chorus to award 30 s cholarship certificates to f emale high school students i n Highlands County. The n ext scholarship fundraiser is t he annual February show, Broadway Bound, on S aturday, Feb 15 at the P erforming Arts Center of S outh Florida State College i n Avon Park. For informat ion call 452-1927, 414-4914, o r 699-0743. Lake Placid Garden Club LAKE PLACID Fortyo ne members and one guest e njoyed a delicious T hanksgiving Dinner, catered b y Harzel Catering, and s erved by the hostess comm ittee on Nov. 13 at the Lake P lacid Womans Club. House p lants in baskets, designed by M arciaPrice, adorned the fall t able settings. The program Introductions to Highlands C ounty Extension Office S ervices was given by D avid Austin, of Highlands C ounty Extension Office. Q uestions on citrus greening w as also explained. President Alice Stahr r eported on the District IX m eeting that was attended by s even members on Oct. 18. S tahr accepted the Lake P lacid Garden Club Ruby c ertificate for 60 years of m embership, and thank you c ertificates for member Mary M eisenheimer and her husb and Jerry for volunteering at C amp Wekiva.Stahr presente d a surprised Meisenheimer w ithhercertificates. Prison Project chairman P atsy Stamm and her comm ittee, Diane Brouhle and S ue Rood, will be working w ith theinmates identifying t rees on the islands. Avon P ark Correctional Institute w ill donate plantsand members are being asked to start plants for the March 22 Plant Sale. All proceeds will go for the Prison Project. Shirley Puzey introducednew member Lois Krebs. Members welcomed her and Marion Chambers, who also attended her first meeting since becoming a member. Garden Therapy chairman Marcia Price thanked the garden club members for their generous contributions for the Christmas bags for the residents at theLake Placid Health Care Center. Thirteen women and one man attended therapy on Nov. 12. Trudy Ricketts, Joan Herrold, Dianne Kurek and Nancy Horney helped with the project. During Fuss and Brag, Stahr recognized Shirley Puzey and Carol Knopf with Thank You pins for bringing in new members and taking on new duties. Wynelle Conley showed a beautiful Christmas cactus and a vase filled with yesterday, today and tomorrow flowers from a plant in her yard, She also gave a little history about the plant. Tickets are still available for the Dec. 6Home & Garden Tour. For tickets or information, call 465-1269 or 465-0487. The Lake Placid Garden Club meets every second wednesday of the month from September through May. Anyone interested in visitingor joining callShirley Puzey at 4653008.Placid Lakes Garden ClubLAKE PLACID Placid Lakes Garden Club will hold their monthly meeting Monday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. until noon at Placid Lakes Town Hall. There will be a short meeting and brunch. Everyone attending is asked to bring an item for the brunch. There will be lots to eat, games to play and socializing to celebrate the holiday season. Please bring canned goods for a well deserving family for Christmas. Please RSVP to 465-4888 (Town Hall office). Sebring Model Railroad ClubSEBRING Visit the Lakeshore Mall on Dec. 6-8 and Dec. 13-15 to see trains run on the HO and N Gauge modular layouts. There will be about 40 different trains ranging from the 1930s to the present day passenger trains running over the five scale miles of track during the six days. Some of the trains you may see are the Florida East Coast, Amtrak, Thomas the Tank, a Publix train and many others. There will also be a Lego train and Lionel trains at times. There will be club members present to answer questions about trains you may have collecting dust. New modules and details have been added, along with a change in the layout. Limited analysis will be offered on a test track free of charge as time permits. The club has added an N scale layout and the One-ofa-kind-Airtrain will be running. It floats on forced air instead of metal rails. The train was designed and built by the Archer family. The club usually meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month (except July, August and December) at the church of Christ, 3800 Sebring Parkway. Membership is open to all train buffs. One does not have to build a module and all members are encouraged to run their trains on the layout. The club maintains an NScale train at the Childrens Museum of the Highlands and assisted in setting up a layout at Nu-Hope retirement home in Avon Park. The club will set up again in March at the mall. For more information, call Curt Petersen at 382-6967 or Gene Archer at 452-0334. Call to confirm meeting location. Applications for membership will be available for $15 per year ($20 for family).Tops 632LAKE PLACID TOPS 632 meets every Monday at the Womans Club House in Lake Placid. Weigh in is between 3-3:45 p.m., and the meetings starts at 4 p.m. Leader Judy OBoyle asked the group about their special Thanksgiving plans. Members had some very touching plans such as having a son home after a years absence. At TOPS everyone has so much to be thankful for and the support and caring of each other is one of the important ones. There were 31 people weigh in with another loss this week. Faye Nutt was the best loser. The program was given by the newest KOPS, Ethel Emanuel. She gave an interesting talk on the importance of water. After she finished, she asked for tips on how to change our diet habits. Members heard some great ideas. Aspecial honor was bestowed on Debbie Luddington as she had been nominated by the leader as an individual who has contributed the most to the chapter. As OBoyle said, Luddington never says No. Speaking of no, the no-no this week will be macaroni and cheese, and the yeses are green beans and turkey. Contest winners this were were: Team I, Ida Wyland; Team II, Patty Hynes; Team II, Arlene Jordan; and the KOPS Team, Joan Dunn. Next week the gifts must start with the letter L. Two of those winners are our new members. Jean Ottoway is on her third week of winning the travel gift. The club would like to invite the public to attend meetings on Mondays. Page B8 News-SunWednesday, December 4, 2013 www.newssun.com E.O. KOCH CONSTRUCTION CO.; 5.542"; 4"; Black; dec ads; 0 0 0 3 4 0 8 1 Courtesy photo Sebring Elks 1529 celebrated Thanksgiving at its Nov. 22 Friday dinner/dance. It was a delicious turkey and ham dinnerwith all the trimmings for more than 240 reserved members and quests. Also in attendance was Elk member Joe Buchko, 96 years young, and his lovely wife Madge, 92 years young,celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary along with 43 of their closest friends/relatives. Courtesy photo On Dec. 1 Sebring Elks 1529 held a memorial service (above) for the 20 Elk members who havedeparted in the previous 12 months. The memorial was attended by more than 50 people. PDDGER Jim Mason gave an Eleven O Clock Toast and shared the origin of the Toast with the attendees, The Avon Park High School Show Choir and Director Joy Loomis shared their gift of music at the event. Pictured (from left) are Ron Schilffarth, PDDGER Jim Mason and ER Donna Masonin front of the 20 memorial candles. Clubs & Organizations Sebring Elks Cooking is a basic life skill, as far as Im concerned. Knowing how tocook is as important as knowing how to brush your teeth or how todrive a car. Well, knowing how to cook is probably more important thanknowing how to drive a car because you have to eat three times everyday of your life. Perhaps youre just now learning to cook. Maybe youre starting out asa newlywed, setting up a kitchen as a college student, or perhapsyoure simply adopting a healthier lifestyle that requires you tolearn how to cook. Whatever the reason, as a new cook, you need tostock your kitchen with the proper tools. If you dont have a fortuneto spend on kitchen tools (who does?), youre going to love me becauseIve put together a list of what I consider to be the essential basicitems each kitchen must have.KnivesYoull need an eightinch chefs knife for chopping and a small paringknife for peeling. Theres no need to buy an expensive knife set whenyoure just learning to cook. If you have these basics, youll be ableto make just about anything.Cutting boardsGet two cutting boards one for meat and one for other items. I dontcare if theyre plastic, wood or bamboo, but you will need a couple ofcutting boards.Pots and pansGet a good solid 10-inch stainless steel or cast iron skillet. Dontbuy non-stick cookware no matter how small your budget is. It is veryunhealthy for you. You should have two pots: a large one for soup or pasta and a smallerone for grains and veggies. Ajelly roll pan, a covered casserole and an 11by-9-inch pan will help youcook a variety of items from roasting a chicken to broiling chickenbreasts. While they dont necessarily fit in the pots and pans category, youwill al so need a set of mixing bowls.UtensilsYoull need a can opene r, a vegetable peeler, a slotte d spoon, asilicone spatula, a couple of wooden spoons, dry and liquid measuringcups, measuring spoons and a set of tongs. These basic items migh t be plenty to keep you going indefinitely. Ifyou find that youre enjoying cooking more and more, youll likelystart picking up odds and ends like a steaming basket, a salad spinneror a garlic press. All of these items help to cut down on a bit ofprep work, but they really are simply convenience items. You can steamveggies without a basket, you can dry salad greens with a dish toweland you can mince garlic with a knife. Leanne Ely is a New York Times bestselling author of 'Body Clutter' and the Saving Dinner series. The Dinner Diva syndicated newspaper column appears in 250 newspapers nationwide. Learn how to cook great and save significant money with the Dinner Diva;s menus, recipes and shopping lists at www.savingdinner.com. Basic tools for every new cook Dinner Diva Leanne Ely Food MACYSFALSEAKONDAB ADASHBAHAMADERISIVE HELLOMARYLOUDYSTOPIA ELLREDMEATWIFEUPON RETITLESWEETCAROLINE OCTO ROTCUSN COMEONEILEENTITGPA APIANNBATVCOSAOUT MANXONEEYESARASMILE PHDGNUMRPIMBAILEE JULIEDOYALOVEME AYEAYERUNTSOLEPSI SEXYSADIEITALIABLOT HATSVONMETALCOALS ERRREGHELPMERHONDA AECETTU EAST WALKAWAYRENEEBRITCOM ALAIATRAELLIMANELA FERNANDOLAYDOWNSALLY TUGGEDONOLSENSALLIE STERAGEPEERSWISER CROSSWORDSOLUTION

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LAKE PLACID The P lacid Lakes litter campaign w ill have its first pick-up on D ec. 7 starting at 8 a.m. The c ounty will pick up your old t ires allowing six to a househ old a year. Even so, Seldon a nd Mathias have picked up a mountain of them already, a nd began the pick-up ahead. T here will be gloves, bags, a nd safety vests available at t he sign in. Lets clean it up a nd keep the village green. The Dalton Gang is partyi ng on Dec. 5 at the Placid L akes Country Club.Try to l et us know how many are c oming by calling Joyce at 6 99-6331 or Susie at 6990 886. Remember to bring a w rapped gift under $10. The p arty starts at 4 p.m. with d inner, a very short meeting, a nd then fun and games. B onnie Thompson and B arbara High will have lots o f surprises for the group. Do call Bonnie at 4654 888 if you spot a great deco rated home, or if you have a decorated one. The Dalton G ang will judge the best one o n Dec. 14, and the prize w ill be awarded at the P LHOAChristmas p arty/meeting on Monday, D ec. 16. The prize is a l oaded basket with gift cert ificates, Christmas cheer, c hocolates, nuts, fruit and m ore along with a framed c ertificate. This is a local c hallenge for the Placid L akes subdivision; go for it! The Lake Placid Ballroom D ancers will be having their R ed & White Christmas D inner/Dance on Dec. 21 at t he Elks Hall. Tickets are $ 10 for LPBD members; $12 f or non-members. Everyone i s welcome. The Snowbirds are a rriving daily now, and its n ot just human ones. We h ave goldfinches arriving at t he feeders; the scouts, that i s, the GPS for the f lock.There will be hund reds before Christmas. The r obins are due as the berries r ipen.Their visit lasts about t wo weeks, and then they go f urther south.Our baby d ucks are all full-grown n ow, and cavort up and d own the waterway.So much f or Mother Nature, so awes ome and wonderful! LAKE PLACID What a w onderful Thanksgiving we w ere just treated to. We all s aid the pledge to the flag a nd then Arlene Dammer s aid grace. We have so much t o be thankful for, more than w e realize. Agreat T hanksgiving meal was s erved on pretty decorated t ables. Everyone had all the f ood that they could eat. M arilyn Cromer and M arysue Willeke chaired the c ommittee. Abig thank you t o all the many people that w orked and made this festive m eal possible. Trash or Treasure on Nov. 2 3 was a real treasure for N u-Hope. They took in $887 f or our local Nu-Hope Elder C are Services. Ingrid Taft s old 30 table spaces and t ook in $110, which she gave t o Nu-Hope. Brenda and R ick Knoche captained the c ause. We thank everyone f or working or buying and m aking this sale so successf ul. Monday morning coffee, Nov. 25, was set up and hosted by Gloria and Louis Wackershauser. Peggy Sue Teague was the emcee and she introduced our manager Jodie Suso, who wished us all a Happy Thanksgiving. She will be spending the day with family in Iowa. Rick Knoche showed a threeminute film that was a Veterans Day acknowledgment. Next on the agenda was birthdays and the only person present was Phil Robenge so we sang happy birthday to him with the accompanist Marilyn Cromer on the piano. Peggy Sue asked if there were any new people this week and Northerners and Canadians raised their hands: John and Heather from Canada; Tom Clements from Canada; Melanie and Murray Cornwell from Norwich, Ontario, Canada; Our Canadian Twins, Heurtha Thomson and Helen Weylie from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Doris True and Art Schoening from McHenry, Ill.; and Farmer Phil, Phil Bennett from New York. They were all glad to leave the snow and cold weather behind them. Our Sunshine person, Carol Noel, was glad that there were no new people but that there still are friends of ours whom need our thoughts and prayers: Fran Turley, Mary Ann Layne, James Maynard, James Hogan and Evelyn Guiney. Carol Noel thanked Peggy Sue Teague for the lovely caring cards she makes for our people. We have a volunteer nurse, Beverly Purdue, who will be taking our blood pressure on the first Monday of each month, w which will be before our coffee hour. Beverly will also be the coordinator. Vickie Echelberry announced that the Red Cross Blood Mobile will be in the park the morning of Dec. 15. Blood donations are always needed, so please give. Derek Willeke reminded everyone that this Sunday is Pancake Breakfast put on by the men. Don't forget to bring your place setting along with your appetite. It's a big breakfast for $3. The second Tuesday of the month, Dec. 10, is the noon carry-in. Bring a dish to pass, your place setting, enjoy your lunch and neighborly conversation. Try it, you'll like it. The Red Hats will be going out Dec. 12. They'll be going to the Red Lobster for their Christmas luncheon as they do each year. The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m., but we'll meet here in the clubhouse at 10:30 for a meeting before we leave for Red Lobster. The Ladies Coffee was made by Marilyn Cromer and she also held the meeting. The topic was So Many Activities and So Much to Do the Deck the Halls party, decorating the clubhouse, decorating the float for the Lake Placid Christmas Parade on Dec. 14, the Christmas Follies on Dec. 21, Christmas dinner and caroling through the park. People are needed to arrange all these festivities and people are needed to work. The Ladies Lunch out will be a dressy affair as we will be going to the Chateau Elan on Dec. 17 at 11:30 a.m. There will be a collection of unwrapped toys for Manna Ministries to give to children. The Mustangs will be going to the Hibachi Buffet in Sebring on Dec. 17 for their Christmas lunch. Jim Becker is making the arrangements. Happiness is not the absence of problems; it's the ability to deal with them. ScoreboardSebring Bridge ClubFriday, Nov. 22 North/South Bill George and Clayton Farrar 1st in A Pat Sickinger and Val Young 2nd in A Mailyn Miller and Bill Scroggins 3rd in A Dennis Larson and Doothy Macleod East/ West Stephen Popham and Diane Kelsey 1st in A Ruth Harris and Barbara McNany 2nd in A Gladys Zitelli and Shirley Holt 3rd in A Mary Beth and Steve Cordray 4th in A Mary Ellen Anderson and Richard Russell 3rd in C Monday, Nov. 25 North/South Beth and Jack Sayre Tied for 1st and 2nd in A Dennis Larson and Dorothy Macleod Tied for 1st and 2nd in A Philippine Benners and Shirley Holt 3rd in A Marilyn Redenbarger and Pat Reading 2nd in C East/West Caroline Duncan and Ellen Anderson 1st in A Pat Sickinger and Diane Beidler 2nd in A Penny Ericson and Margaret Like 3rd in A Bruce Ridley and Denis Jutras 1st in B Marcy Vance and Jim Pollard 2nd in B Wednesday, Nov. 27 North/South Diane Kelsey and Barb Shreiber 1st in A Pat Sickinger and Emily Myers 2nd in A Jerry and Paula Brennan tied for 3rd and 4th in A Marilyn Miller and Bill Sroggins tied for 3rd and 4th in A East West Shirley Holt and Glenda May 1st in A Jeanne and Rob Colton 2nd in A Mary Ellen Anderson and Barbara McNany 3rd in A Friday, Nov. 29 Pat Sickinger and Janet Lipe 1st in A Mike Hughes and William George 2nd in A Arline Hunter and Peggy Curiel 3rd in A Claire Tracy and Jim Pollard 4th in A Denis Larson and Dorothy Macleod 2nd in B Shirley Holt and Ethel Cronshaw 3rd in B Marcella Vance and Val Young 4th in B www.newssun.comNews-SunWednesday, December 4, 2013 Page B9 COCHRAN BROTHERS ROOFING; 5.542"; 3"; Black; dec ads p/u; 0 0 0 3 4 0 8 3 DR. PALOSKY, D.D., ERIC; 3.639"; 3"; Black; dec ads; 0 0 0 3 4 0 8 6 Friends & Neighbors Placid Lakes Party Line B y Susie Lee Tropical Harbor Estates B y Arlene Clouston Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/MC T Adriana, bottom, and her husband Robert Potter with their two 2-year-old twins Matteus, center left, and Anabella play in their Elmhurst, Ill., home. The children were conceived through in vitro fertilization. Associated PressBOSTON Doctors are reporting an epidemic of twins. Nearly half of all babies born with advanced fertility help are multiple births, new federal numbers show. In the five years since the Octomom case, big multiple births have gone way down but the twin rate has barely budged. Twins arent always twice as nice; they have much higher risks of prematurity and serious health problems. Now fertility experts are pushing a new goal: One. A growing number of couples are attempting pregnancy with just a single embryo, helped by new ways to pick the ones most likely to succeed. New guidelines urge doctors to stress this approach. Abigail and Ken Ernst of Oldwick, N.J., did this to conceive Lucy, a daughter born in September. Using one embryo at a time just seemed the most normal, the most natural way to conceive and avoid a highrisk twin pregnancy, the new mom said. Not all couples feel that way, though. Some can only afford one try with in vitro fertilization, or IVF, so they insist that at least two embryos be used to boost their odds, and view twins as two for the price of one. Many patients are telling their physicians I want twins,said Barbara Collura, president of Resolve, a support and advocacy group. We as a society think twins are healthy and always come out great. Theres very little reality about the increased medical risks for babies and moms, she said. The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions most recent numbers show that 46 percent of IVF babies are multiples mostly twins and 37 percent are born premature. By comparison, only 3 percent of babies born without fertility help are twins and about 12 percent are preterm. Its mostly an American problem some European countries that pay for fertility treatments require using one embryo at a time. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine is trying to make it the norm in the U.S., too. Its guidelines, updated earlier this year, say that for women with reasonable medical odds of success, those under 35 should be offered single embryo transfer and no more than two at a time. The number rises with age, to two or three embryos for women up to 40, since older women have more trouble conceiving. To add heft to the advice, the guidelines say women should be counseled on the risks of multiple births and embryo transfers and that this discussion should be noted in their medical records. In 2014, our goal is really to minimize twins, said Dr. Alan Copperman, medical director of Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York, a Manhattan fertility clinic. This year Im talking about two versus one. Several years ago I was talking about three versus two embryos. The one-at-a-time idea is catching on. Only 4 percent of women under 35 used single embryos in 2007 but nearly 12 percent did in 2011. Its less common among older women, who account for fewer IVF pregnancies, but it is gaining among them, too. Patients dont really want multiples. What they want is high delivery rates , said Dr. Richard T. Scott Jr., scientific director for Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, which has seven clinics in that state. Better ways to screen embryos can make success rates for single embryos nearly as good as when two or more are used, he contends. The new techniques include maturing the embryos a few days longer. That improves viability and allows cells to be sampled for chromosome screening. Embryos can be frozen to allow test results to come back and more precisely time the transfer to the womb. Taking these steps with single embryos results in fewer miscarriages and tubal pregnancies, healthie r babies with fewer genetic defects and lower hospital bills from birth complications, many fertility specia lists say. Multiple studies back th is up. In May, doctors from the New Jersey clinics did the kind of research considered a gold standard. They randomly assigned 175 women to have either a single embryo transferred aft er chromosome screening or two embryos with no screening, as is done in most IVF attempts now. Fertility doctors aim to lower rate of twin births Jim Stevens/Bay Area News Group/MC T The freezing platform for an embryo, top, also known as a straw, in the in vitro fertilization lab at the Reproductive Science Center in San Ramon, Calif.

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Page B10 News-SunWednesday, December 4, 2013 www.newssun.com GRIFFIN'S CARPET MART; 7.444"; 10"; Black; 12/4/13; 0 0 0 3 4 1 4 6 Courtesy Murray Close/MCT Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin, left) and Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. By JESSICAHERNDON APFilm WriterThe Hunger Games: C atching Fire and 3-D anim ated musical Frozen d ished up box office records o ver the Thanksgiving holid ay. Lionsgates sequel earned a prodigious $75 million in i ts second weekend, while D isneys frosty fete opened w ith $67 million, according t o studio estimates Sunday. Both films bested the prev ious Thanksgiving record h older, Harry Potter and the S orcerers Stone, which e arned $57.5 million in 2001 o ver a three-day period. Snowballing its way to the t op, Frozen became the b iggest Thanksgiving openi ng ever and the largest o pening for Walt Disney A nimation Studios. For a company whose f oundation was built on anim ation, to have this as the b iggest opening ever is a p retty extraordinary thing, s aid Dave Hollis, executive v ice president of distribution a t Walt Disney Studios, a dding that the box office d raw of Frozen exceeded s tudio expectations. We came into the weeke nd feeling like anything t hat would exceed the result f rom Tangledfrom a coup le years back would be g reat, Hollis added. Tangled opened with $68.7 m illion in 2010. We thought s omething in the $70-$80 m illion range is what might b e possible with Frozen. W e are hoping it lends itself t o a big, long payoff after t his great start. The films topped records f or the highest domestic box o ffice grosses for the threed ay and five-day holiday w eekend. Catching Fire b lazed the trail to No. 1 and Frozen slid in at No. 2. Catching Fire earned the b iggest-ever gross for a film f rom Wednesday to Sunday o ver the Thanksgiving holid ay. It brought in $110.2 m illion, raising its domestic t otal to $297 million. Frozen scored $93 million o ver the five days, topping D isneys previous five-day c hamp, Toy Story 2, which e arned $80.1 million in 1 999. All of these records b eing broken, its like a true s nowball effect, said Paul D ergarabedian, senior media a nalyst for box-office tracker R entrak. Overall, this is the b iggest Thanksgiving weeke nd for the industry ever. L ast year was the T hanksgiving record holder, b ut this one-two punch with Catching Fireand Frozen w as just amazing. Internationally, Catching F ire continued to bring the h eat, earning a total of $276 m illion through Sunday. O pening No. 1 in France, I taly and Belgium, the s equel exceeded the opening w eekend of The Hunger G ames in all three markets. O verall, the sequel has g rossed $573 million worldwide. After dominating the box office during its first two weeks in theaters, Disneys Thor: The Dark World dropped to No. 2 last weekend and was knocked down one more spot to No. 3 this weekend, earning $11.1 million. Globally, it continues to keep Disney on the map with a total of $591.1 million. Maintaining a healthy position at the box office, Universals romantic comedy The Best Man Holiday held the fourth slot with $8.5 million, while thriller Homefront, starring Jason Statham and James Franco, opened in the No. 5 slot with $7 million. Also debuting over the holiday, Fox Searchlights Black Nativity landed in the top 10 with $3.9 million, while the Weinstein Co.s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba, saw a solid launch, earning $100,306 despite playing in just four theaters. Opening with $850,000, Spike Lees Oldboy failed to make an impressive impact at the box office. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday. 1.The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, $75 million ($92.5 million international). 2.Frozen, $67 million ($16.7 million international). 3.Thor: The Dark World, $11.1 million ($12.2 million international). 4.The Best Man Holiday, $8.5 million. 5.Homefront, $7 million ($1.2 million international). 6.Delivery Man, $6.9 million. 7.The Book Thief, $4.9 million. 8.Black Nativity, $3.9 million. 9.Philomena, $3.8 million. 10.Last Vegas, $2.8 million ($2.2 million international). Estimated weekend ticket sales Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada) for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak: 1.The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, $92.5 million. 2.Gravity, $25.4 million. 3.Frozen, $16.7 million. 4.Thor: The Dark World, $12.2 million. 5.The Cartel War, $11.5 million. 6.Captain Phillips, $6.8 million. 7.The Counselor, $5.8 million. 8.Fack Ju Gohte, $5.75 million. 9.Bullett Raja, $5.5 million. 10.Carrie, $3.6 million. Jessica J. Trevino/Detroit Free Press/MC T Supporters of Good Jobs Now, along with fast food employees, rally for better wages in front of Taco Bell on 8 Mile and Dean in Warren, Mich., on July 31. A similar protest is planned for Thursday. Associated PressNEWYORK Fast-food workers in about 100 cities will walk off the job this Thursday, organizers say, which would mark the largest effort yet in their push for higher pay. The actions are intended to build on a campaign that began about a year ago to call attention to the difficulties of living on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, or about $15,000 a year. The protests are part of a movement by labor unions, Democrats and other worker advocacy groups to raise pay in low-wage sectors. Last month, President Barack Obama said he would back a Senate measure to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10. Protesters are calling for $15 an hour, although many see the figure as a rallying point rather than a near-term possibility. Its not clear how large the turnout will be at any given location, or whether the walkouts will be enough to disrupt operations. Similar actions this summer had varying results, with some restaurants unable to serve customers and others seemingly unaffected. The National Restaurant Association, an industry lobbying group, called the demonstrations a campaign engineered by national labor groups, and said the vast majority of participants were union protesters rather than workers. The group added that past demonstrations have fallen well short of their purported numbers. Kendall Fells, a New York Citybased organizer for Fast Food Forward, said demonstrations are planned for 100 cities, in addition to the 100 cities where workers will strike. He said plans started coming together shortly after the one-day actions in about 60 cities this summer. They understand theyre not going to win from a one-day strike, Fells said of workers. Still, organizers face an uphill battle in reshaping an industry that competes aggressively on low prices, a practice that has intensified as companies including McDonalds Corp., Burger King Worldwide Inc. and Yum Brands Inc. face growing competition and slow growth in the weak economy. Fast-food workers are also seen as difficult to unionize, given the industrys high turnover rates. But the Service Employees International Union, which represents more than 2 million workers in health care, janitorial and other industries, has been providing organizational and financial support to the push for higher pay ov er the past year. Berlin Rosen, a political consulting and public relations firm based in New York City, has also been coordinating communications efforts and helping organizers connect with media outlets. In the meantime, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has promised a vote on the wage hike by the end of the year. But the measure is not expected to gain traction in the Hous e, where Republican leaders oppose it. Supporters of wage hikes have bee n successful at the state and local level. Last month, voters in New Jersey approved a hike in the minimum to $8.25 an hour, up from $7.25 an hour California, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island also raised their minimum wages this year. Fast-food strikes aim at 100 cities Business Kendall Fells organizer of Fast Food ForwardThey understand theyre not going to win from a one-day strike. Entertainment Catching Fire, Frozen break box office records

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www.newssun.comNews-SunWednesday, December 4, 2013 Page B11 H ITS& MS.ESBy GARYCEE ACROSS 1 Parade organizer 6 Fake 11 One-named singer with the hit Locked Up 15 Pat gently 18 Recipe amount 19 ___ mama (tropical drink) 20 Belittling 22 Greetings, Ms. Retton! 24 Orwellian state 25 Right angle 26 Turkey isnt one 27 One whos done the I dos 28 ___ further review 29 Handle again? 31 Very nice, Ms. Kennedy! 34 Eight, for starters? 35 March org.? 36 Admirals inits. 37 Hurry up, Ms. Brennan! 44 Little birdie 46 3.0 or 4.0 49 Like some queens 50 Sports-leaguebacked cable network 51 Market makeup: Abbr. 52 Summer month in France 53 Kind of cat 54 Feature of Ozs Wicked Witch of the West 55 Cheer up, Ms. Teasdale! 57 Advanced deg. 58 Bearded one 59 Title character in an A. A. Milne play 61 Person who holds property in trust 62 Am I the one, Ms. Andrews? 66 S! at sea 69 Shorties 70 Hurrah! 71 Scuba tank meas. 74 You look hot in a thong, Ms. Hawkins! 76 Firenzes home 79 Bad mark 80 ___ off! 81 German name part 82 Rock genre 83 Barbecue needs 84 Go off 85 Nothing special: Abbr. 86 I need a hand, Ms. Fleming! 88 N.R.C. forerunner 90 Classical You too? 93 Big ___ Conference 94 Leave it alone, Ms. Zellweger! 100 Absolutely Fabulous or Father Ted 103 Jai ___ 104 First razor with a pivoting head 105 Yvonne with the 1978 #1 hit If I Cant Have You 107 Portuguese she 108 Pitcher Valenzuela 110 Time to show your cards, Ms. Field! 112 Pulled 113 TVs Ashley and Mary-Kate 114 Kates TV partner 115 Maxime or Marie: Abbr. 116 Fury 117 Agemates 118 More Solomonic DOWN 1 HBO host Bill 2 Singer with the hit albums and 3 Remember 4 Designer inits. 5 2,000 pounds 6 Food source 7 Oh, now I see 8 1980s-s Corbin Bernsen TV drama 9 Cuffed 10 ___ de Nil (pale yellowish green) 11 Hound 12 Main cause 13 Figure skating champion Brian 14 Cavil 15 Bread flavorer 16 Par ___ 17 Moneyball subject Billy 19 Urged 21 All ___ Day 23 Breakfast order 27 Global commerce grp. since 1995 30 Alpine climbers tool 32 Seaside eagle 33 No longer closeted 37 Not serious, in a way 38 Sushi fish 39 Cause of yawning 40 Can ___ next? 41 Port city from which Amelia Earhart last flew 42 Older form of a word 43 Always 45 La ___, Dominican Republic (first Spanish settlement in the Americas) 47 Whine 48 Suit to ___ 51 Military wear, for short 52 Date for Denis 54 Away for a while 55 The S of R.S.V.P. 56 Matching 58 Blokes 60 Aqua, e.g. 62 Noisy birds 63 Fairies land 64 Having a projected date of 65 Drapery material 66 Athlete who wrote A Hard Road to Glory 67 Juniors, e.g. 68 Egg choice 71 Botanists microscopic study 72 Persuaded 73 ___ jungle out there 75 Cutthroat 77 Sports org. supported by 66-Down 78 Beat it 79 Hype 83 Logging aid 85 Home theater brand 86 Aqua, e.g. 87 Broadcast as an encore 89 Barely managing, with out 91 Power in old Hollywood 92 Singsong syllable 94 Drifts 95 Northern native 96 Film fish 97 Football Hall-of-Fame coach Greasy 98 Family Ties mom 99 Black-berried tree 100 Gran Turismos and others 101 Dragon puppet 102 One-third of an old Hollywood trio 106 They carry charges 109 ___ Lingus 110 Cut 111 Rope-a-dope boxer 12345 67891011121314151617 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 3738 3940414243 4445 464748 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 5960 61 62 6364 65 666768 69 70 717273 74 75 767778 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 8889 909192 93 9495 96 979899100 101102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 Solution on page B8 Diversions/Puzzles It is hard to believe it is December and we only have 21 days until Christmas. The holiday season is 100 percent upon us. Every time you open the newspaper, sale ads tailored for the holidays pop out and if you brave the stores then you know everything is on sale, but a sale does not mean that it is the best time to buy. In December the items that will be at the deepest discount all year are toys, HDTVs and electronics, wedding dresses (really anything wedding related), home goods, tools and gift cards. Contrary to popular beliefs, jewelry, linens, gym memberships and major appliances are not smart purchases in December. You will find better discounts on those later in the year. Toys: Actually the two weeks before Christmas are the best time to buy the hottest toys of the year. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are great for toy discounts, but now if you wait until Dec. 15 and beyond to get that hot toy, your checkbook will thank you. HDTVs and electronics: The newest models are out on display from the top brands, but your biggest discount if you did not buy on Black Friday will be on last years models and lesser known brands for HDTVs and other electronics. You will save hundreds of dollars purchasing last years models or looking at a lesser known model that is just as good as the big brands as reported by Consumer Reports. What about tablets, laptops and digital cameras? In December you will see sales for all electronics, but this is not the month you will see the biggest discounts. Wedding dresses: If you are in the market for a wedding dress December is definitely the best time to buy your dress and bridesmaid dresses. Stores are anxious with anticipation for the afterChristmas/New Years engagements and until then they need to move the dresses. Take advantage of this time and you will find your dress drastically reduced Tools: Men can be hard to shop for but in December you can feed your Do It-Yourself addiction and save big on tools. You wi ll find the best deals on drills, screwdriver sets, Shop Vacs, saws and just about every tool. Home Goods (kitchen): Moms wish list is always kitchen related (I love my kitchen and any tool that will help in the kitchen). In December, pots/pans, kitchen gadge ts, mixers, Keurigs and just about anything kitchen related will save you big dollars in December. Gift Card Offers: Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $20 gift card free are examples of the hot gift card incentives you will find in December. Gift cards are versatile and make a great gift for any one, and right now many retailers and restaurants are offering big discounts when you buy with them One of my local restaurants has a great offer for a $10 gift card when you buy $50 in gift cards. Fo r my family, we are going to eat out, why not eat ou t and save $10 too. They also make great gifts for co-workers, family and stocking stuffers. Other items you will find deeply discounted this month are DVDs, CDs, Blu-ray movies, perfume and seasonal clothing. Tanya Senseney has more than 16 years experience saving and teaching others how to reduce their monthly grocery budget and give back to the community. Her focus and passion is to teach others how to never go without. In addition to her workshops, Senseney is a syndicated columnist and radio show personality. Senseney travels the country to speak at numerous workshops and events to teach, enlighten and engage audiences large and small on how to shop for free. Contact her for more information at Tanya@DivineSavings.com or visit www.DivineSavings.com for more information. What to buy and not buy in December Savings Diva Tanya Senseney DearAbby: I have been with my fiance since 2006. We expected to be married in 2008, but my grandmother died a month before my wedding, and then he was arrested because of charges stemming from a sexual relationship hed had with a 17-year-old girl he had been counseling. Since then, we have had a daughter, but through it all there has been cheating, drugs, jail, no job, and constant excuses about why our sex life no longer exists. We have also had physical altercations, which he was arrested for. I am no longer happy with this relationship. The only reason I stay is because of our children. Im only 33 and dont want to live my life in misery anymore, but I will sacrifice my happiness for my children. I am confused and dont know what to do. Im just going through the motions in life. I work full time, coach my sons soccer team and am living with MS. He does help somewhat, but it would be better if he would get a job. My mother watches my kids while I am working and after they get out of school. He claims because he doesnt have a drivers license he cant get a job. Really? How many people in this world dont drive and still have a job? Please give me some advice. I have reached my breaking point. Doing The Best I Can DearDoing The Best You Can: You say you are willing to sacrifice your happiness with this loser for your children. Why? You are not married to him, and he is emotionally neglectful, physically abusive and contributes nothing financially. Admit to yourself that the romance has been a mistake, and as soon as its safe, get away from him. If he ever finds a job, the state will help you collect child support, but if he doesnt, youll have one less mouth to feed. DearAbby: My mom insists on including my exhusband and his wife at our family gatherings. I have told her repeatedly that it makes me very uncomfortable, but she even included them in the gift exchange last Christmas. What should I do? Not go? My sister has already laid a guilt trip on me. Must I go and have Christmas with my ex like were one big happy family? (If we had been happy, we would not have gotten divorced.) What are your thoughts on this? Living in Dysfunction Junction DearLiving: If you and your ex were married for a long time, I can see why your mother might consider him still part of the family and want to include him. However, out of consideration for your feelings, it should be on a limited basis not every holiday. (Could she be trying to punish you because she blames you for the divorce?) Because it would make you uncomfortable and your mother knows it, make plans to do something you would enjoy perhaps a trip out of town to be with friends or to a different climate. And please, dont feel guilty if you do regardless of what your sister says. Dear Abby: What do you say to your only son who cant even call to tell you he is getting married? He posted it on Facebook, and I was notified via a text from my sister. Our relationship isnt the issue. He just doesnt seem to be able to use his phone for talking. Your thoughts? Outside the Loop in Oregon DearOutside the Loop: Because your son seems oblivious to the fact that news of this kind should be conveyed to the immediate family personally rather than in a bulletin, explain to him how it made you feel to receive the news the way you did. He owes you an apology. 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. For everything you need to know about wedding planning, order How to Have a Lovely Wedding. Send your name and mailing address, plus check or money order for $7 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby, Wedding Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Shipping and handling are included in the price.) Woman in unhappy relationship should cut her losses and go Dear Abby By FRAZIER MOORE APTelevision WriterNEWYORK Good M orning America weather a nchor Sam Champion is l eaving ABC News to join T he Weather Channel. Champion will anchor the n etworks new flagship m orning show, which is set t o debut in early 2014, The W eather Channel president D avid Clark said Monday. Based at The Weather C hannel headquarters in A tlanta, Champion will also a ssume managing editor r esponsibilities at the netw ork. With his commitment to u nderstanding, predicting a nd explaining the power of w eather in our lives, Sam p erfectly embodies The W eather Channel brands p hilosophy, Its Amazing O ut There,Clark said. Champion called his new p ost a once-in-a-lifetime o pportunity for me to do w hat I love most at a netw ork that lives and breathes t he weather. His last day on GMA is W ednesday. He had been on that prog ram since 2006, and joined A BC-owned local New York s tation WABC in 1988. For 25 years, Sam has b een a vital member of the A BC News family, said A BC News president Ben S herwood in announcing C hampions departure. He said Champions fell ow meteorologist Ginger Z ee will take over his weathe r responsibilities at Good M orning America and a cross the news division. Champion to exit ABC News for TWC

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Page B12 News-SunWednesday, December 4, 2013 www.newssun.com W hats Cooking Last week, Lauren and I w ent to Tennessee to visit m y grandparents as well as m y mother and step-father. W hile we were there we p layed some very cold golf a nd spent some time in the w oods on my grandfathers l and. It was the opening day o f rifle season and it seemed l ike there was a lot of e xcitement in the area with e veryone getting prepared f or hunting season. On Sunday, we had our f amily dinner, which served a s our Thanksgiving because w e had to come back home s o I could come to work on T hanksgiving Day. Of c ourse, I was doing the c ooking and I was excited to p repare some venison that w as harvested the day b efore. I was given two venison t enderloins and I decided to e ncrust them with Parsilade, w hich is a mixture of parsl ey, garlic, and breadcrumbs, h owever the little country m arket that I was shopping a t didnt carry fresh parsley. I wondered what I was g oing to substitute the parsl ey with. I noticed a bag of f resh turnip greens so I used t hem instead. It had great f lavor and I believe I will u se them from now on. One of the sides I made w as roasted acorn squash. T hey were nice and ripe and h ad an awesome bright o range color, both inside and o ut. Acorn squash are very e asy to prepare. I just cut t hem in half, scoop out the s eeds, put about 1/2 ounce o f cold butter in them and d rizzle them with fresh m aple syrup, place them on a cookie sheet pan and roast t hem in the oven for about 4 5 minutes at 350 degrees. When it came time to p late, I decided to stuff the s quash with green beans and r ed onion for a nice present ation and I think all were p leased. I have included my s imple recipe for acorn s quash and hope you decide t o make that one of your s ides for your next holiday m eal. Cheers, Chef. Roasted acorn squash 4 ripe acorn squash 1 stick of butter 2 ounces of maple syrup 1. Slice the squash in half a nd remove the seeds 2. Place them on a cookie s heet 3. Place 1/2 ounce of cold b utter in them 4. Drizzle them with m aple syrup 5. Season them with salt a nd pepper 6. Roast them in the oven a t 350 for 45 minutes. Tim Spain is System Executive Chef with Florida Hospital H eartland Medical Center and M orrison Healthcare Food Service. He can be reached by email at timmiespain@iammorrison.com/. Guest columns are the opinion of the writer, not necessarily those of the NewsSun staff. Acorn squash is easy Chefs Corner Tim Spain Lips and Love Basket 1 to 2 long, oval-shape d seedless watermelons Cutting board Green dry erase marker Kitchen and paring knives Melon baller Assorted cookie cutters ( X, O and heart shapes), if desired Wooden skewers Toothpicks Strawberries Fruits to make fruit sala d filling Large bowl and spoon Wash watermelon und er cool running water and pat dr y. On cutting board, place wate rmelon on its side and cut o ff 1/4 to 1/2 inch from stem en d being careful not to cut to o deep into white part of rind to provide sturdy base. With marker, draw scallop ed line around width of middle of watermelon. Use paring kni fe to cut along marker line, th en separate the two halves. U se melon baller to scoop o ut watermelon for your base. Cut top half of watermelo n in half and use dry erase mar ker to draw large set of lips o n one half. Use paring knife to cut out lips. Once you ha ve general shape, carefully car ve away rind. Use paring knife to shape lips into more finish ed look. Cut remaining 1/4-inc hthick slices and cut hearts, X 's, O's or other shapes, discardin g rind. Attach lips to top of ba se using wooden skewers an d toothpicks. Slice strawberries lengt hwise into 1/4-inch slices, kee ping strawberry tops on for de coration, if desired. Attach sli ce of strawberry with green top to center of each scallop usin g toothpick. Use rest of straw berry slices in fruit salad f or fruit bowl. Place fruit bowl on servin g platter, fill with fruit salad an d garnish with slices of fruit c ut into hearts, X's and O's, if desired. Family FeaturesIts easy to share in the fun of Valentines Day by serving those you love sweet treats that are a healthier alternative to ordinary, heart-shaped confections. Forget the expensive flowers, wines and chocolates. To really show you care, be a cupid and give your sweetie healthy, delicious treats that feature juicy watermelon. Naturally dressed in the holidays hue of vibrant red, using this fabulous fruit in recipes adds color to the spread of any Valentines Day party, whether large or intimate. Mouthwatering watermelon treats For an elegant, upscale treat, serve Watermelon Petit Fours, which feature sweet watermelon, candied almonds and is topped with your favorite decadent frosting. Get the kids in the kitchen with Watermelon Cupcakes for a new take on the beloved classic. Served with pineapple cream cheese frosting, kids will love helping you decorate these darling delights. If you really want to make their hearts skip a beat, carve an adorable Lips and Love Basket. Fill it with all of your sweeties favorite fruits for a fresh, flavorful display theyll devour in a heartbeat. Remember, nothing shows your love more than edible gifts crafted by hand. For more sweet ideas, visit www.watermelon.org. Hearts love watermelon Beyond adding color and variety to your familys diet, watermelon has other great benefits. Here are a couple of these hearthealthy reasons: Fresh watermelon is certified by the American Heart Associations Heart Checkmark program as being low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Watermelon is the primary source of an amino acid called citrulline found in fruits and vegetables. Citrulline can help maintain blood flow within the heart and cardiovascular function. Vitamin A: Known to enhance eye health and boost immunity by enhancing the infection-fighting actions of white blood cells. Vitamin B6: Helps the immune system produce antibodies which fight diseases. Vitamin C: Boosts the immune systems defenses against infections. Watermelon Cupcakes Yield: 8 servings 8 cupcake liners 8 cupcake shaped pieces of seedless watermelon 2 cups pineapple cream cheese frosting Sprinkles forgarnish Place liners in 8-cup cupcake tin. Cut 3-inch-thick slices of seedless watermelon. Cut round cupcake-sized pieces from slices. Put watermelon cupcake in each liner. Place dollop of frosting on each cupcake. Decorate as desired with sprinkles. Watermelon Petit Fours Yield: 12 servings 12 (3-inch) cubes of seedless watermelon 3/4 cup frosting 12 candied almonds Sugarin the Raw, forsprinkling Arrange watermelon cubes on serving platter. Place frosting in zipper bag and trim off bit of one bottom corner. Decoratively pipe frosting onto each watermelon cube. Place almond at top of frosting on each petit four. Sprinkle with raw sugar and serve immediately.