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Publication Date: February 12, 2010
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Iconic eatery

can't reopen

KRISTY VICKERY
GUEST REPORTER

The aroma of homemade
barbecue that simmered
at C&W Barbecue Pit's for
the last six years has been
replaced by the smell of a
charred foundation, after a
fire devastated it on Nov. 3.
The city says to reopen,
C&W needs to install about
$10,000 worth of new safety
equipment, but the eatery's
insurance company won't
pay for it, and they can't
afford it.
Located at 298 Geneva
Drive, the small structure
was built in 1965, Barbeque
Pit owner Cora Mae White,
72, said.
Instead of a bustling
business, the structure sits
shuttered, with bright signs
taped to the window shout-
ing "closed" and "unsafe"
- put there by city and
state officials. Those signs
will stay there unless a new
hood suppression system,
which would cost about
$10,000, is installed.
"The requirements are
the requirements," City of
Oviedo Building Official
Patrick Hubbard said, "and
there's nothing I can do to
ease those requirements.
"But I have some pretty
interesting people contact
me in regards to this ... and
they want to see it put back
> turn to BURNED on A3


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PHOTO BY CARMEN CARROQUINO THE VOICE
About 30 children from the performing arts group sang for 12 hours straight on Friday, Jan. 29, to raise funds to keep their venue, called The Stage.

Winter Springs Performing Arts held a 12-hour concert to save its home


CARMEN CARROQUINO
GUEST REPORTER
With the words and fight-
ing spirit of "We're all
in this together," made
famous by Disney's mega-
hit "High School Musical,"
30 children sang for 12


hours straight to save their their home, aptly named
stage. The Stage, for the time
By keeping the music being.
going nonstop and hosting In addition to the sing-a-
a silent auction, the Winter thon earnings, they raised
Springs Performing Arts $3,700 over a two-week
group members raised an fundraising effort, and
estimated $1,900 on Jan. 29 have $15,000 in pledges.
to keep the doors open to But that still comes short


of their $30,000 goal.
"We are officially re-
opening the program,"
program founder Shanda
Batchelor said. "Our efforts
have been successful at
least temporarily. This gives

> turn to ARTS on A6


Local college enrollment on the rise

Seminole State easier on students' budgets, keeps them closer to home


KAREN McENANY-PHILLIPS
THE VOICE
Michael Presco is part of an
increasing demographic of
students that are pushing
aside four-year college bro-
chures in favor of spending
their first two years at a
smaller, local college.
A student at Seminole
State College of Florida,
Presco is taking advantage
of lower tuition costs and
being closer to his family's
home.
"I have friends who went
away to big schools like
FSU and LSU," Presco said,






What's oin' on


"but they had bad time-
management skills, failed
out and came back here.
"You're actually a per-
son here, not a number,
and home is right down
the road."
Statistics show that cost
is the No. 1 reason students
choose to attend two-year
colleges. However there
are equally compelling rea-
sons such as smaller class
size, one-on-one time with
professors, the ability to
get classes at desired times,
and the convenience of
being close to home.
> turn to COLLEGE on A3


INDEX
Celery Stalks ................... .......... A4
Stetson's Corner........................ A5
Interests ........... .... ........ A7
Calendar............... ..............Al
Letters...................... .. ......... A12
Young Voices.........................Al 2
Classifieds and Games................... 3
Athletics .................. ......... A1 4


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Page A2 February 12 February 25, 2010 Seminole Voice


THIS WEEK in history



Cruel was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military
because of their strong attachment to their wives, and had banned
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Safe travels for Oviedo treasure

Citizens Bank is complete now that its original cannonball safe has moved back into its headquarters


KAREN MCENANY-PHILLIPS
THE VOICE

Howdoyou remove a 3,600-
pound safe from a centu-
ry-old home, transport it
down Broadway Street and
maneuver it into a gleam-
ing glass bank foyer a mile
away? Carefully and by mak-
ing sure the move doesn't
coincide with church ser-
vices.
On Sunday, Jan. 24 the
original cannonball safe
returned to its home,
Citizens Bank of Florida, 64
years after its opening in
1946. But the manganese
steel treasure stubbornly
guarded its secrets. It would
take two weeks before the
combinations were discov-
ered by professional safe-
crackers.
Bank executives are
keeping the safe's secret
a little longer, said Lisa
Covelli, the bank's market-
ing officer, saving the big
reveal for the March share-
holders' meeting.
The cannonball safe was
built by Victor Safe & Lock
Company in the early 1900s
and arrived in Oviedo for
the newly formed Citizens
Bank of Oviedo. Oviedo's
first bank was destroyed
by a mysterious explosion
in November 1929, leav-
ing the Oviedo community
without a bank for nearly
17 years.
Business in post WWII
Oviedo boomed from key
industries: celery, citrus, cat-
tle and fertilizer, but those
folks were inconvenienced
by traveling to Winter Park
and Sanford for banking
transactions. Businessmen
were vulnerable to rob-
bery as large cash payrolls
moved by private car over
country roads.
Cannonball safes were


PHOTOS COURTESY OF CITIZENS BANK OF OVIEDO
The 3,600-pound, century-old safe was cautiously transported about a mile, from a building across from Lawton Elementary to the Broadway Street bank.


known for their gold paint,
hand jewelling and intricate
engravings and featured a
square safe on the bottom
and a round safe on top. It
could withstand dynamite,
its circular shape baffled
burglars and its lower lock
could only be opened in
daylight due to the triple
time locking mechanism.
Decades later when the
bank prepared for its new
location on Geneva Drive,
the stocky relic did not com-
plement the sleek, modern
decor, which included the
town's first elevator. In the
early 1970s bank director
Ben Ward moved it to his
insurance business located
within a building across
from Lawton Elementary
School. His friend and col-


league Bernie Blackwood
had an office down the
hall from Ward. "He used
the safe and of course he
knew the combination,"
Blackwood said.
Over the years business-
es rotated in and out of the
building and eventually it
was overlooked, its combi-
nations lost.
Bringing the safe home
became a top priority for
Vice Chairman Jonathan S.
Lukas, but making it hap-
pen took a lot of work. Lisa
Covelli documented the
entire nail-biting process.
"We scheduled it on
a Sunday because traf-
fic would be low. The
front loader drove down
Broadway while everyone
was in church service. We
removed the safe from the
house and lowered it on a
flatbed truck, then waited
until church was over to
transport it to the bank,"
Covelli said.
A custom extension cre-
ated by Black Hammock
Welding Company was
attached to the front load-
er in order to move the
safe. The long arm reached
through the back door and
into the hallway, raised the
safe off the wooden floor
and over the porch now
home to I-Net Realty. At the
bank it was lowered and
slowly rolled onto tracks to
avoid cracking the sidewalk
and interior tile floor. Then
the moving team careful-
ly slid it between the glass
doors into the bank foyer.
"It was truly remarkable
that there was no damage
to the house, the sidewalks


or the glass," Covelli said.
Her customers have been
curious about the new addi-
tion: "Where is the gold bul-
lion?" "What's the combi-
nation?" "How did you get
it here?" "What's inside?"
Mimi Bruce, President of


Oviedo Historical Society,
applauded the move.
"This recalls the past and
brings attention to not only
the city's beginnings, but
reminds us of how much
things have changed over
the ensuing years."


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2: ank history

1912: First bank in Oviedo is established

S* 1929: Bank is destroyed by mysterious
explosion

SJuly 1, 1946: Citizens Bank of Oviedo is
established with opening day deposits of
$704,117
*
1972: cannonball safe is moved to Ben
Ward's insurance office on Broadway Street

March 1974: Citizens Bank of Oviedo moves
to its current location on Broadway Street

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BURNED I C&W Barbeque Pit owner says insurance won't cover new equipment


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in shape and up and run-
ning."
Although White paid
her insurance company,
Insurance Land, for three
years and the business was
inspected yearly, the com-
pany told her they are not
going to pay for the fire
damage, she said.
"What it all boils down to
is the insurance company
made changes on the insur-
ance, but did not notify her


and now they don't want to
pay," White's grandson Billy
White said. "It's been very
hard for her these last three
months."
Insurance Land declined
to comment since legal
action has since been taken
against them.
In the meantime, White
has been seeking help from
other outlets in the com-
munity.
The Vine Outreach Thrift
Store, in downtown Oviedo,
is just one of the business-


es that's come to her aide.
They hosted a bake sale to
pay for an electrician to fix
some of the fire's damage.
"We do what we can for
those in need," said Vine
owner Cindy Cook. "That's
what our store's about."
White said although she
is very grateful for all the
help she has received, she
still has a long way to go
before she can afford the
hood suppression system.
"They've (Vine) done all
they can," she said. "The


hood would have to be a
community thing every-
body would have to go in
together; it's too much for
one person."
She also recently con-
tacted Seminole State
College's Small Business
Development Center in
hopes to find other resourc-
es available for her small
business.
"We like to help the cli-
ent look at all the options
available," Seminole State
College Small Business


Development Center
Manager Robert Goetz said.
Goetz said he is hoping
that he can at least guide
White in the direction of
the help she needs and
resources she can trust.
"Her business has char-
acteristics and culture that
you want to protect, that
you want to continue," he
said. "Small businesses are
going to save American
Capitalism as we know it."


COLLEGE I Seminole saw a 32% hike in spring enrollment, Valencia a 10% increase


< continued from the front page

Seminole State College
and Valencia Community
College are both seeing a
steady increase in enroll-
ments, according to school
officials.

Seminole State
College of Florida
Formerly known as
Seminole Community
College, SSC boasts a 32 per-
cent increase in new stu-
dent enrollment this spring,
said Pamela Mennechey,
director of Admissions and
Recruiting for SSC.
With 65 pre-major choic-
es and its first baccalaure-
ate class in Interior Design,
SSC has experienced eight
straight quarters of double
digit enrollment increases
at its four sites.
Osteen resident Melissa
Bernosky began her col-
lege experience at SSC's
Heathrow campus in
January. She graduated from


Pine Ridge High School last
year then took a semester
off to analyze her options.
Bernosky plans to study
nursing at the University of
Central Florida, is major-
ing in respiratory care at
Seminole State College
and attends classes at the
Heathrow and Lake Mary/
Sanford campus.
"It's a totally different
environment than high
school you make your
own decisions," Bernosky
said.
Standing out at the SSC
Lake Mary/Sanford campus
is the new four-story, $30
million Partnership Center.
The building houses a new
library, classrooms, a stu-
dent communications cen-
ter and UCF Direct Connect
headquarters. Students will
find increased computer
access, interactive study
rooms and student servic-
es.
"We have many student
services including a team
that answers nothing but


financial aid, records and
admissions questions,"
Mennechey said.
Students holding Bright
Futures Scholarships expe-
rience significant savings,
which will continue for the
first two years at Seminole
State College, Mennechey
said.

Valencia Community College
Valencia Community
College accepts Bright
Futures as well and has
more than 4,000 recipi-
ents this semester, said
Lucy Boudet, assistant vice
president of Marketing and
Media Relations.
A credit hour at VCC is
$87.36 with $78 covered
through Bright Futures.
Valencia Community
College is also experienc-
ing significant growth in
enrollment. "Our snap-
shot this semester reflects
a 10 percent increase over
last year's enrollment
of 50,255," Boudet said.


"Valencia provides a huge
economic advantage for
parents who are struggling.
Their child gets a great edu-
cation for half the cost."
VCC participates in the
Direct Connect program
where registered students
are guaranteed acceptance
upon graduation into UCF.
VCC is the largest feeder
into UCF, which has become
a destination school for
students outside of Central
Florida.
Retention of students
from fall to spring has been
a major focus at Valencia
with positive results. While
the average retention rate
is 60 percent, Valencia's is
85 percent. Small classes,
teams of advisory counsel-
ors and a vision that "any-
one can learn given the
right circumstances" have
supported the effort.
"We put extraordinary
emphasis on not only help-
ing them succeed but to go
on. We want to build path-
ways with a team behind


them in, through and
beyond the community col-
lege experience," she said.
Feeding new student
enrollment is an even
greater escalation in appli-
cations. Last spring more
than 3,300 applications
were received at SSC com-
pared to 5,300 this spring.
Mennecheycautions that
the process takes time -
application for enrollment
and financial aid, verifica-
tion of Florida residency,
completion of entrance
exams and online orienta-
tion, providing transcripts,
and scheduling first-time-
in-college advisement.
"If I could give students
and parents one message it
would be to complete the
application process early.
Last year we had 350 appli-
cations we could not pro-
cess because they came in
too late. We like to do some
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Page A4 February 12 February 25, 2010


Goodbye to BB&B, hello to new plans


I'm just wishing all out
there a Happy Valentine's
Day. Love is in the air on
this special day, and true
love begins when nothing
is really expected in return.
I can just see the candy and
jewelry stores doing a very
good business. Enjoy the
day ladies.
I guess we all said
goodbye to Bed, Bath &
Beyond at the Oviedo
Marketplace mall this past
week. My walking group
has been watching the
moving-out progress and
nothing is left except a few
shelving items. I popped
over to the new store on
Vidina Place; it looks great,
a bit smaller but very nice,
and of course it still has
one of everything just like
the old store. The mall
looks very sad and empty if
one walks into that former
entrance there's nothing
to attract one to walk far-
ther. However I did notice
that there were quite a few
of the mall management,
store owners and city offi-
cials gathering for a meet-
ing. A short-term plan and
perhaps a long-range plan
could attract new tenants


and events, which will in
turn attract citizens to visit.
Let's hope so!
This is a busy month and
I hope you will enjoy some
of the goings-on:
Let's start out with the
Greater Oviedo Political
Women's Network,
which will be meeting at
11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13,
at the Memorial Building
in downtown Oviedo.
Guest speaker Mike Ertel,
Seminole County supervi-
sor of elections, will be
speaking on the "Process
of Redistricting, the two
proposed constitutional
amendments, and state and
federal consequence of the
2010 election." The public
is welcome to attend.
St. Luke's Concert
Series will hold its next
event at 7 p.m. Saturday,
Feb. 13, at St Luke's
Lutheran Church, 2021
W. State Road 426 in
Oviedo. The University of
Central Florida Symphony
Orchestra, with conductor
Laszlo Marosi, will pres-
ent the program for the
evening, "Music from the
East." There will also be a
contemporary concerto


by guest Israeli composer
Eitan Avitsur, with his son
Haim Avitsur as the fea-
tured trombone soloist.
The public is more than
welcome and admission is
free.
The next meeting of
the Oviedo Historical
Society will be held at 7
p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18,
in the city's Memorial
Building. Please note: It's
Thursday, not the normal
Tuesday. The guest speaker
for the evening will be
Justice James Perry, Justice
of the Florida Supreme
Court, who will join in
the celebration of Black
History month. All are
welcome and light refresh-
ments will be served.
A group of local art-
ists are looking to exhibit
a few paintings in an
establishment at no cost to
you. All of the artists have
been in galleries and other
venues locally. If a busi-
ness has extra space, it can
be surrounded by nature
scenes, seascapes, animals,
abstracts, graphics, photog-
raphy, any subject it prefers.
"We hang our work for 4-6
weeks or longer, your deci-
sion, and then pick them
up at your convenience.
You are not responsible
for theft or damage of the
work as stated in a waiver
we provide. We contact
friends, patrons, newspa-
pers, etc. promoting our
work and mention your


business place. You receive
PR and the possibility of
reaching potential custom-
ers/clients and we reach
an audience. In this time of
recession we all need help
to promote each other and
this is a win-win program."
To see photos, jpegs and to
ask questions, please con-
tact artist Rusty Wahl at
rstywahl@bellsouth.net or
407-688-0537. Visit www.
jrustywahl.com.
Don't you just love to
take road trips at the spur
of the moment and visit
some place you have heard
of but never been and go to
another area to revisit and
an annual event?
My friends and I are
always ready to go when
someone says "road trip."
A week or so ago our road
trip was to Geneva Tavern
on east State Road 46. We
learned the tavern has been
around for many years, so
several of us popped over
for lunch. It was quite a
surprise in many ways a
nice yellow building set
among the trees. We cer-
tainly enjoyed the food; it
was top-notch and some of
the best pizza the girls had
tasted in a long time. We
met two couples who were
on their way to Mims; we
had the place to ourselves. I
must say what really caught
our eye was the "decor" on
the walls and in the rest-
rooms it was different.
The past weekend was


another road trip to the
35th annual Mount Dora
Art Festival; we were
among the 150,000 people
enjoying the arts in 285
booths. It was nippy but a
fun time for all. We try to
go each year. If you planned
on shopping in the local
stores, it was next to impos-
sible, and we suggested
going another day just for
that purpose. I really enjoy
going to Mount Dora and
another road trip for some
of us will be the annual
antique show, March 27-28.
Mark your calendar for that
goodie.
Just a reminder: The
annual Oviedo Woman's
Club Tasting Luncheon
will be from 11 a.m. to 1
p.m. Wednesday, March
17, at the clubhouse at
414 King St. (between the
Methodist church and the
high school). Tickets ($7)
may be purchased from any
member. For more infor-
mation, call 407-365-9420.
A thought- "Nothing
makes your sense of humor
disappear faster than hav-
ing somebody ask where it
is." -Ivern Ball, Saturday
Evening Post



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February 12 February 25, 2010 Page A5


In love with Geneva and its people


By Karen McEnany-Phillips


Love is in the air as
Valentine's Day sweeps into
February, and we celebrate
the love for our village as
well as the love we feel for
family, friends and lovers.
It's hard to put into
words the depth of feeling
that Geneva folks have for
its history, people, tradi-
tions, character and belief
system. It doesn't matter if
you were born here or have
been transplanted the
longer you live, work and
play in Geneva, the stron-
ger your bond and com-
mitment is to this magical
place and its people that
make it so special.
Let's start with the
weather, shall we? Yes it's
been a chilly winter but we
can agree that we'll take
temps in the 30s and 40s
any time versus the mas-
sive snow our northern and
mid-Atlantic friends are


receiving. Hoisting shovels
is no longer our cup of tea,
thanks.
With the 10th annual
Geneva Historical Bus Tour
fresh in our memory, we
definitely have a love of
history and rural tradition.
You don't even have to be
a history buff to appreci-
ate the legacies that were
carved by the many pio-
neers, diverse cultures and
courageous families that
took root here. They started
businesses, promoted edu-
cation, were self-sufficient
and worked hard with little
comforts, well before there
were paved roads, cars and
electricity. We see it in the
buildings, landmarks, arti-
facts and memorabilia that
are lovingly protected and
catalogued by the Geneva
Historical and Genealogical
Society in our museum.
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leadership of the members
of the newly formed Rural
Heritage Center as work-
shops, dances, movies and
volunteerism shows our
youngsters that the rural
lifestyle is organic and rel-
evant.
History comes alive for
our fourth-graders who
walk to the museum every
year and watch presenta-
tions by our own Dividend
volunteers on ancient fos-
sils, historical kids' games,
pioneer living and Civil
War soldiers, up close and
personal.
One of my personal joys
is enjoying all the wildlife
in our area. On a weekly
basis we see deer, wild tur-
key, red tail hawk, red bird,
dove, eagle and sand hill
cranes as well as our live-
stock and horses. Did you
see the white pelicans over
the weekend? Like many of
you, many years ago I had
one of those moments as in
"The Notebook" when the
white pelicans surrounded
us on Lake Harney. I had
never seen them before
much less hundreds up
close. They were silent,
lovely and magical. It was
one of my earliest memo-


ries of Geneva. Last Sunday
I looked out on the lake
and there they were. Some
soared and swooped on
the wind currents, others
gathered on the grasses
near the beach or on the
water. I was grateful to have
an hour or two with these
beautiful birds on their way
southbound.
Like most communities
that are special, it always
comes down to the people.
If you come to gatherings
like our yard sales, Fourth
of July parade and festival,
weekly community dinners
at the United Methodist
Church, monthly bluegrass
jams, Rural Heritage work-
shops, movies, and square
dances you get a sense of
what Geneva is all about.
You see it in the commit-
ment, the outreach and
the generosity of young
and old, who step up when
they feel the need to pitch
in. We see it in the amaz-
ing results of the Relay for
Life cancer fundraising and
in the backbreaking work
helping neighbors during
hurricane season. We see it
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impact our rural lifestyle
and liberties.
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Sign up for future
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Gregory, killed in the line of duty
on July 8, 1998. Geneva will never
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ARTS I Performing arts group not out of the woods yet, looking for support


< continued from the front page

us the chance to hang on
and keep things going for a
little while longer."
Batchelor started Winter
Springs Performing Arts as
a way to pick up where a lot
of schools, who have fallen
victim to budget cuts, leave
off. She said arts programs
are usually the first to go
when schools are dealing
with financial crisis.
Money raised from the
program's Save the Stage
Campaign will pay rent
for the program's space
through April. Batchelor
said her building manage-
ment company has lowered
her monthly rent and "is
graciously working with"
her. She is guaranteed the
space through the end of
May, and she is confident
they will raise the money to
pay May's rent too.
Before the good news
even came about, Batchelor
and her band of theater
performers were all jazzed
up for their sing-a-thon.
With about 30 chil-
dren participating in the


impromptu musical num-
bers throughout the day,
about 2,500 songs were
performed in the 12-hour
period, Batchelor said.
For each song that was
sung, money was donated
to the program by commu-
nity members and parents
who love what the program
has done for their children.
Songs were counted based
on how many people par-
ticipated in performing
them, Batchelor said.
Singing and danc-
ing all day to those songs
from Broadway musicals
such as "Seussical" and
"High School Musical" was
Bachelor's 14-year-old
daughter, Alysha.
"This place is really
important to me," she said.
"It's so much like a second
home that I wouldn't know
what to do with myself
without it."
The eighth-grader at
Indian Trails Middle said
she cried all night at the
news of her mom possibly
having to shut down the
program.
"The closest place for a
program like this is an hour


away," she said. "I've been
here from the beginning
and would hate to see it all
go away."
For parents Diana
Strembicki and Tere
Lamontagne, the pro-
gram brings as much plea-
sure to them as it does to
their daughters, who have
formed a friendship over
their love of theater.
"This is a place they can
focus their energy and sup-
port one another's talents,"
Lamontagne said.
"Each child gets to
show their potential and
come out of their shell,"
Strembicki said.
With a continuing
theme of building self-con-
fidence found in the pro-
gram among parents, Tony
Johnson, parent to two
daughters, ages 13 and 11,
said the program allows
children to showcase their
personalities, become indi-
viduals and realize their
strengths and weaknesses.
He also said that the pro-
gram better prepares chil-
dren who want to pursue
theater in high school, col-
lege or even as a career.


Not completely out of
the woods yet, the Winter
Springs Performing Arts
program is now in phase
two of its Save the Stage
Campaign.
The program is in need
of a new executive director,
a working business plan, an
event-planning committee,
corporate sponsors, grants
and community support
through petitions and writ-
ten letters justifying a need
for the program to contin-
ue.
In regard to grants,
Winter Springs Mayor John
Bush said even if funding
was asked for by the pro-
gram, it would be unlikely
to get any. He said the city
just isn't in a position to
be giving money away right
now.
In the meantime,
Batchelor and her staff is
taking advantage of the
window of opportunity
by brainstorming ideas to
continue the fundraising
efforts.
In the works is a possible
partnership with another
local theater company that
could showcase perfor-


mances at The Stage where
a portion of the proceeds
would go to the program.
Batchelor even started
teaching a drama class at a
local private school to bring
in funds.
CorySkeates, president of
the Oviedo-Winter Springs
Chamber of Commerce,
said the WSPA could join
the Chamber for possible
help in fundraising efforts.
"We would love to see
them succeed, along with
any program related to arts
education," he said.
Discussions between the
Chamber of Commerce and
Winter Springs Performing
Arts were brought up a
while back, but no partner-
ships for fundraising events
have been made, Skeates
said, even though he would
like to see it happen.
However, for now,
Batchelor and her students
still have a stage to call their
very own.
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A parade for unsung heroes

Krewe of Leaders celebrates people
who quietly hold up their community A A .. A


KRISTY VICKERY
GUEST REPORTER

Royal kings and queens,
30-foot floats, Mardi Gras
masks and hats are all mak-
ing their way into Seminole
County, as Oviedo and
Winter Springs join hands
to partner with the Krewe
of Leaders to recognize and
celebrate those who give
back to their community.
"We rank these lead-
ers by their volunteerism,
their leadership skills and
their economic value they
have brought to the respec-
tive communities," Krewe
of Leader's Director Mary
Alice Wilder said.
The Krewe of Leaders, a
community social club that
promotes volunteerism,
is honoring these leaders
with a weekend of events to
celebrate and raise money
for the Oviedo Winter
Springs Regional Chamber
of Commerce scholarship
fund.
The weekend will kick
off with a luncheon where
the 2010 Krewe of Leaders
will be announced.
Wilder said the people
who vote on the Krewe of
Leaders don't know whom
they are voting for votes
will be based strictly on
their skills and involvement
with the community.
"It is based on a blind-


application process," she
said.
The celebration will
continue with several
more events throughout
the weekend, such as the
Crowning of the King and
Queen, a Children's Mardi
Gras Parade, a Gala Ball
and the Twin Cities Mardi
Gras Finale Night Parade on
Saturday, Feb. 27.
Although the goal is
to promote leadership in
the community, the event
will also help stimulate
local businesses in the
area, as well as businesses
located inside the Oviedo
Marketplace mall. Many
merchants are thrilled by
the idea.
"We are trying to get
as many events as possi-
ble moved to the Oviedo
Marketplace mall," Krewe
of Leaders member and
Merchants Association
Board member Sally Scarp
said. "We really want to let
the community know that
we are a neighborhood
family mall."
Mall Merchants
Association president Jim
Pridemore said he is also
pleased that they are reach-
ing out to the community
with events like these.
"Our goal is drive more
families there (Oviedo
Marketplace) and let them
see these shops that are


ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE
City Commissioners Rick Brown and Joanne Krebs throw beaded necklaces to attendees of the 2009 Mardi Gras festival. This
year's parade will run down Oviedo Boulevard and also offer live entertianment. There will also be a ball and crowning of royals.


coming in, and just make
it a nice place to come and
spend some time with the
family," Pridemore said.
"That's the whole Merchant
Association's goal right now
- community outreach."
He also said many peo-
ple in the community are
excited about the idea that
Oviedo and Winter Springs
are working together.
"It's a regional event,"
Wilder said. "We are trying
to touch base with each
city."

Announcement of new
Krewe of Leaders
The Oviedo Winter Springs
Regional Chamber of


Commerce will be hosting
a luncheon to announce
the new Krewe of Leaders
from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 18 at the
Tuscawilla Country Club.
Cost is $15 for Chamber
members and $20 for
guests.

Crowning of the
King and Queen
Meet your community lead-
ers and the Royal Court and
see the crowning of the
2010 King and Queen of
Mardi Gras presented by
the Krewe of Leaders Royal
Court at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19
at the Oviedo Marketplace
food court.


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first Children's Mardi Gras
Parade on Saturday, Feb. 20,
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at
the Oviedo Marketplace.
Prizes will be awarded to
kids who make the best box
floats, Mardi Gras funnel
hats and Mardi Gras masks.
Line up at the Bed Bath &
Beyond entrance at 11 a.m.
The parade starts at noon
toward Macy's.

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ents its 2010 Regional
Mardi Gras Ball at 7:30 p.m.

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Family


Calendar


Target Family Day will be from
10 a.m. to noon on Saturday,
Feb. 13, at the Orlando Museum
of Art. The free event, sponsored
by Target, will give families the
chance to celebrate planet Earth
with eco-friendly activities that
include gallery hunts and art
projects. OMA is also offering
free admission into the galleries
from noon to 4 p.m. Visit www.
omart.org or call 407-896-4231
for more information.

Couples looking to enjoy
a romantic night out on
Valentine's Day weekend can
drop their children off at the
Roth JCC of Greater Orlando in
Maitland on Saturday, Feb. 13.
Children between 18 months and
six years can eat pizza and play
gym games from 6:30 p.m. to
11:30 p.m. Prices for members
are $32 plus $15 for each
additional child; non-members
are $42 plus $25 for each
additional child. Children 7 to 12
will enjoy Wii tournaments and
candy creations at a sleepover
party from 6:30 p.m. to 9 a.m.
Member prices are $40 and $20
for each additional child; non-
members are $50 plus $30 for
each additional child. Visit www.
orlandojcc.org or call 407-645-
5933 for more information.

School might be out for
President's Day on Monday,
Feb. 15, but My Gym in Lake
Mary is open for gymnastics,
games, relays, sports and more.
The President's Day Camp will
be from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at My Gym, 3581 Lake Emma
Road. Go toMyGymLakeMary.
com or call 407-333-8069 for
more details.

Family bingo night begins at
7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19 at
Riverside Park in Oviedo. Each
bingo card costs $2, and there
is a maximum of five cards per
person. Prizes will be awarded to
the winners. Space is first come,
first served. Call 407-971-5575
for more information.

The Twin Cities Children's
Mardi Gras Parade will begin
at noon on Saturday, Feb. 20 at
Oviedo Marketplace. Children
are encouraged to dress up
in Easter bonnets and Mardi
Gras costumes. The parade is
sponsored by Krewe of Leaders,
and they are still looking for
vendors, music, and groups and
clubs to participate. Call 407-
484-5461 for more information.

Youth ages 8 to 16 can learn
about native birds and nature
through an interactive Eco
Adventures Class from 1 p.m.
to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21 at
Sylvan Lake Park in Sanford. The
class will include discussions,
live animal demonstrations and
hiking, and costs $5. Call Jane
Millen at 407-349-0959 for
more information.


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The classic film "Casablanca" will be shown as part of the Enzian Theater's "Here's Looking At You Kid: A Casablanca Valentine's Brunch" on Feb. 14.

Celebrate on Sunday with edible art, star gazing and paranormal investigations


Love is in the air this week,
as Valentine's Day, Sunday,
caps off the weekend. Here
are some activities and gift
ideas for this week, wheth-
er you're celebrating with
the kids or without them:

Singing Valentines are
available from a Quartet at
the Barbershop Harmony
Society, Orlando Chapter.
You can order yours
on the Web by visiting
Orlandobarbershopchorus.
com or by calling 407-831-
6498 by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb.
12. Delivery will be made to
specified locations (within
reason) and the quartet
will deliver on your behalf,
a rose, box of fine choco-
lates, card with message,
and two songs ("Heart of
My Heart" and "Let Me Call
You Sweetheart"). Delivery
dates are from 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 or
Saturday, Feb. 13 or from
1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14.
Prices start at $60.

Drop off the kids at
the Roth JCC of Greater
Orlando in Maitland on
Saturday, Feb. 13 and enjoy
a romantic night out on
Valentine's Day weekend
while your kids enjoy fun
and entertainment! The
sleepover party from 6:30
p.m. to 9 a.m. is for chil-
dren ages 7-12 years and
includes gym games, Wii
Tournaments, candy cre-
ations and pizza dinner.
Members prices are $40 plus
$20 for an additional child;
non-members are $50 plus



Check out the Valentine
Social on Saturday, Feb.
13 at Dance Orlando, 311
Dane Lane, in Longwood.
The singles ballroom danc-
ing class starts at 7:30
p.m. with music by DJ Bob
Jaegar from 8:30
to 11:30 p.m.
Admission is $12
and includes a soda
and snacks. There
is a cash bar. Visit
DanceOrlandoClub.com for
more information.


$30 for additional child.
Please call 407-645-5933
or visit Orlandojcc.org for
more information.

NightFlight is unique in
its approach to paranormal
investigations. Beginning
at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday,
Feb. 13, a limited number
of guests will be admit-
ted to Fantasy of Flight as
they join API's paranormal
exploration guides for a
four-hour after-dark expe-
rience to search between
this world and the next for
signs of supernatural activ-
ity. Priced at $75 plus tax
per person, participants are
encouraged to bring a cam-
era, voice recorder, video
recorder and extra batter-
ies. Participants must be
at least 16 years old and
accompanied by an adult
if under 21 years old. For
more information, visit
Fantasyofflight.com. To
make a reservation, call
863-984-3500.

Fresh: An Edible
Performance Art Event
for Your Valentine offers a
WillyWonka-like edible fan-
tasy world where couples
will watch dancers perform
with food, stroll through an
art and candy market, and
indulge in a four-course,
hands-on dinner. There are
showings Feb. 11-14 at The
Cameo Theatre, 1013 East
Colonial Dr. in Orlando.
Tickets start at $55 per per-
son. To reserve tickets or
for more information, visit
ILoveDRIP.com or call 517-
449-3765.

The Planetarium at
Seminole State College
of Florida offers romantic
Valentine's Day fare this
month as well as a new
show exploring the myster-
ies of life from outer space.
The planetarium will pres-
ent a special Valentine's
Day show called "Heavenly
Love" at 8:30 p.m. on Friday,
Feb. 12 and Friday, Feb.
26. This original show will
explore three mythologi-
cal love stories and how
ancient storytellers used
them to explain the night
sky.
Enzian launches its


year-long 25th anni-
versary celebration on
Valentine's Day with the
afternoon brunch and
movie showcase, "Here's
Looking at You Kid: A
Casablanca Valentine's
Brunch", at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, Feb. 14. Indulge in
an elegant brunch buffet -
all while a pianist belts out
the hit song, "As Time Goes
By". Event-goers will then
experience the screening
of cinema romance clas-
sic "Casablanca". Table for
Two Packages are $125 per
couple or $100 for Enzian
Film Society members. Visit
Enzian.org or call 407-629-
1088.

"Music at the Casa"
Sunday Open House pres-
ents Beautiful Music with
Shannon Caine from noon
to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb.
14. It is at the Casa Feliz
Historic Home Museum,
at 656 N. Park Ave., Winter
Park. For more information,
call 407-628-8200, ext. 3 or
e-mail casafeliz2@earth-
link.net. Listen to beautiful
music and take a tour of
the house and the James
Gamble Rogers II Studio by
trained docents. It is open
to the public and the sug-


gested donation is $3 per
person.

The following events
will be held at Whole
Foods Market at 1989
Aloma Ave. in Winter Park:
Friday Night Pour:
Valentine's Special will
be held from 4:30 to 6:30
p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12 and
includes an evening of wine,
sweets and live music in
the Specialty Department.
They'll also be raffling off a
Basket of Romance includ-
ing wine, chocolate, can-
dles, lotion, flower voucher,
and a pair of massages.
Kids Club: Make Your
Own Valentine will be held
at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13.
Registration is required at
customer service. Kids, join
us for a hands-on class as
we make our own valen-
tines, Whole Foods Market-
style of course. Class is for
children ages 6 to 12 and
space is limited to the first
15 to register. All children
must be accompanied by an
adult.
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Morales, MD, of Oviedo Family Medicine
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Dr. Morales is relocating out of the area.
We apologize for any inconvenience this
may cause.
Your medical records will continue to
reside at Oviedo Family Medicine
Specialists. If you would like to request a
transfer of your medical records, please
call 407-366-8856.
Please note that Perri Dumbacher, MD,
will continue to see patients at OFMS. If
you have any questions, please call
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February 12 February 25, 2010 Page A9


A throne for do-gooders

Mary Alice Wilder created the Krewe of Leaders nonprofit organization which hosts Mardi Gras


MEGAN STOKES
THE VOICE
Mary Alice Wilder has dedi-
cated her adult life to the
East Orlando community.
During her years work-
ing with various nonprofit
organizations, she watched
countless people working
hard to improve the com-
munity without so much as
a pat on the back.
"I felt if only the com-
munity knew what these
people did day after day,
they would value them and
be inspired," Wilder said.
"People pay more attention
to the bad rather than the
good these days and that
only rewards the bad. They
should give more recog-
nition to the person who
does good, rather than the
person robbing the bank."
This feeling inspired
Wilder to create the Krewe
of Leaders Inc., an organi-
zation that honors local
community contributors
in an annual Mardi Gras
event, where the nominees
from 25 different com-
munity organizations ride
on a float, applauded by
the community they have
donated so much of them-
selves to. Organizations
nominate Krewe members
based on longevity in the
organization, the time they
dedicate and impact they
have on the community.
March 2009 was the
inaugural event in Winter
Springs but Wilder wants
the 2010 Mardi Gras, being
held Feb. 19-27, to be bigger
and better, so she's includ-
ing a scholarship compo-


nent to help local students
get to college. She started
seeking sponsorship from
big corporations such as
Darden Restaurants and
Chase Bank but realized she
needed to be a 501(c)(3)
organization first so these
corporations could write
off their donations on their
taxes.
"Everyone I was
approaching kept asking,
'Are you a 501(c)(3)?'" she
said.
When she started her
quest to become official
she found herself in front
of piles of paperwork filled
with jargon she couldn't
understand. "There is not
much help out there for
organizations who want to
become a 501(c)(3)," she
said.
Then she found OC Grant
Consulting Associates, an
Orlando-based company
that offered a series of infor-
mative seminars to help
local organizations attain
nonprofit status, form a
board, design the program
and write grant applica-
tions.
Olivette Carter started
OC Grant Consulting in
the University of Central
Florida Incubator two years
ago. In a sense, she said, she's
doing for seminar attend-
ees what was done for her
in the incubator, only on a
smaller scale.
"There are a lot of people
in the class who are already
doing good in the commu-
nity and providing services,
but they are not formulized
yet," she said.
Carter has taught many


PHOTO COURTESY OF MARY ALICE WILDER
The king and queen of the royal court visit during the 2009 Regional Mardi Gras Ball, which was held at the Winter Springs
Civic Center. This year's Mardi Gras celebration kicks off on Feb. 19. See story on A7 for more information and for a schedule.


people in the workshops.
Some have a business back-
ground but Carter said a
majority of them are just
passionate about making a
difference in the commu-
nity.
"This is an inexpensive
way for them to get the help
they need. They could take
a course somewhere like
Rollins (College) but this is
much more affordable," she
said, of the program which
costs $25 a workshop.
Wilder took three of the
workshops and expects
her 501C3 nonprofit sta-
tus to be approved within
a month. Carter walked her
through the most essential
steps in forming a non-
profit including writing the
organization's bylaws and
developing the board of
directors.


"I work all day on
Saturday and Sundays on
this," she said.
Recently nominated
Krewe member Cynthia
Sucher, who has belonged
to dozens of commu-
nity organizations and
served on the boards of
the Epilepsy Association
of Central Florida and the
Albin Polasek Museum, said
she was most excited to be
a part of the organization
when she heard about the
student scholarship.
"Mary Alice is giving an
elevated level of purpose
to the event by having it
benefit scholarships. In
a time where we are find-
ing ourselves economically
challenged, education is so
important," she said.
Wilder said the scholar-
ships target students who


come from families too
wealthy to receive finan-
cial aid but too financially
challenged to pay for their
child's education. The stu-
dent should participate in
community service but earn
a B+ average, which usually
limits scholarship opportu-
nities. She is hoping to raise
enough money to hand out
five $1,000 scholarships.
Wilder said she got her
passion for the commu-
nity from her father who,
after being diagnosed with
polio, did a lot of work with
the March of Dimes and
the American Disability
Association.
"I guess I learned this
from him," she said. "I just
want to do my part."


MARDI GRAS I Proceeds from event benefit scholarship fund for local students
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The Wayne Densch Performing
Arts Center, 203 S. Magnolia
Ave., Sanford, presents Rodgers
and Hammerstein's glorious
musical "The King and I" on Feb.
12, 13,19 and 20, at 7:30 p.m.
and Feb. 14 and 21, at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $15, $18 and $23,
Students $10. Please call the
box office at 407-321-8111 or
WayneDenschPerformingArts
Center.com.
Festival of Orchestras presents
the acclaimed Detroit Symphony
Orchestra at the Northland
PerformingArts Center(Northland
Church) in Seminole County at
7:30 p.m. Feb. 12. Single tickets
start at $20. For more information
visit Festivaloforchestras.org.
The Orlando Idol Voice
Competition will be held from
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday,
Feb. 13 at the Trinity Prep
School Auditorium in Winter
Park. Although the competition,
which has a first place prize of
$1,000, is no longer accepting
applications for contestants, it is
open to the public. Tickets cost
$20 and can be purchased by
calling 407-260-8103.
Celebrate jazz music with
Seminole High School's second
annual Journey Thru Jazz, which
willfeaturemusicalcollaborations
between professional jazz
musicians and Seminole High
School's Jazz Chiefs. The event
begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb.
16 at the Seminole High School's
Auditorium in Sanford. Tickets
cost $10 for adults and $7 for


children and are available at the
door.
Seminole State College is
hosting Dr. Joe Gennaro's
presentation "Early Influences
on the Beatles" as part of its Art
Matters seriesfrom 12:15 p.m.to
1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at
the college's Sanford/Lake Mary
campus. For more information,
visit www.seminolestate.edu/
arts/music.
Learn about Oviedo's history
during a downtown walking tour.
Tours will depart every half hour
from at 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
on Saturday, Feb. 20 from the
First United Methodist Church of
Oviedo. A pancake breakfast will
also be served from 8 a.m. to
11 a.m. at the church. The cost
for both is "whatever you can
afford," and the day's profits will
go to help students and those in
need.
Oviedo High School is hosting
a Fashion Show at 7 p.m. on
Monday, Feb. 22 to highlight
the new dress code for the
2010/2011 school year. Call
Cindy Daniel at 407-320-4050
to obtain a program or schedule.
"Lightning Stalker" David
Stillings will be presenting the
lightning photos he's captured at
6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23
at Indian Trails Middle School.
His work has been featured
on The Discovery Channel,
and his presentation will be a
collaboration of music, poetry
and images.


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THIS WEEK in political history


sworn into the U.S. Senate, becoming the first African-American
ever to sit in Congress. During the Civil War, Revels, a college-
educated minister, helped form black army regiments for the Union
VOICE 1 cause.


A handwritten note seals the interview

EMPLOYMENT week!). I wondered what changed job. A handwritten note is ideal, but if
for the people I spoke with and If you go in prepared to deal time is of the essence, an e-mail
A k they said it was their attitude. with objections, you will be better can work.
A s They believed that the interview equipped to give good answers. If Think positive and choose your
would result in a job. It sounds someone says you are overquali- attitude.
Sancli simple, but after talking to many fled, let them know they don't have Until next time,
human resources professionals, it to settle for someone with fewer Sandi
seems that many people are not qualifications. End the conversa-
Last week, the Central Florida confident in their abilities or are tion asking about the next steps T
Employment Council and not prepared for the interview, and if you are interested in the job, >T SANDI
Christian HELP had an employ- Go into all interviews prepared. let them know this. S
ment seminar. More than 150 Research the company prior to Finally, follow up. Get the hir- Sand das the executive director for Chistlan
HELP and the Central Florida Employment Council,
people, mostly professionals, came your visit and come armed with ing manager's business card and with more than 10 years of recruiting and human
to find out more about networking good questions. Ask about a typical send a note. If there is anything resources experience. Please send questions
and creating a job-search plan. day at the company as well as what you did not cover in the interview about employment by fax 407-260-2949, sandi@
We've heard several success the culture is like. Do they have and wish you had, this is a good christianhelp.org, or mail Ask Sandi C/O Christian
stories since then (after only one core values? Picture yourself in the time to say what you wanted to say. HELP, 450 Seminola Blvd., Casselberry, FL 32707.


Letters to the Editor
Commission owes apology this organized witch hunt the city well for many sands of U.S. citizens, Department of Child and
to former manager was one of many tactical years. foreign nationals and Family Services to the U.S.
Arrogance, as that shown efforts to get rid of the city Does anyone in our city Haitians would seek refuge Transportation Security
by the White House and at manager, and the reasons really believe that the city from the devastation, The Administration and offi-
times by our elected offi- were more personal than manager resigned will- Department of Homeland cials from customs, immi-
cials, should only be taken professional. ingly? A look at the record Security chose Orlando gration and security agen-
so far, after which a more The City Commission will show that he had two Sanford International cies as well as local law
ameliorating fork in the authorized the negligent years to go in order to be Airport as one of the pri- enforcement and fire/EMS
road should be the logical expenditure to hire nuclear able to retire and collect a mary receiver airports to departments, churches,
choice in order to soothe auditors in order to have well-earned pension same coordinate their arrival hospitals and volunteers.
all injuries/damage created the needed proof to fire as every other civil servant. in the U.S., local accom- As the Orlando Sentinel
by one's arrogance. the city manager without This is like saying that an modations, and transfer to has reported, coordination
Vindictiveness, on the exposing the vindictive individual committed sui- other travel centers, such of the arrivals has been a
other hand, is an action nature of the act. The ulti- cide when he had every as Orlando International huge task. As of Jan. 27,
that should never have a mate goal of the hatchet wish and desire to live and Airport. 92 emergency flights have
place or be practiced by persons was for the audit to enjoy life. Orlando Sanford delivered more than 7,600
politicians elected by the show criminal activity with I earnestly believe that International Airport evacuees to our reception
people to serve. which to charge the city the City Commission of President Larry Dale imme- center, including 5,600 U.S.
In many of your printed manager, thereby destroy- Winter Springs needs to diately began contacting citizens and 2,000 foreign
issues, professionalism and ing his career and any pos- make a public apology to more than 15 local, state nationals.
clean journalism had made sibility of future employ- our former city manager and federal agencies for Altogether, these flights
a difference when dissemi- ment. for their dereliction, thus support and organized vol- delivered 63 earthquake
nating information for the It was a sad day in allowing the residents of unteers to assist them. Less victims who were classified
public to digest. Winter Springs politics our city to change their than 24 hours later, when as medical transports.
While doling out con- when the Commission psychologically imbued the first planes began arriv- All of us continue to pray
structive criticism of a sub- opted to negligently spend opinion about the former ing, Central Florida was for the victims of this disas-
ject well-known to the peo- the amount of money city manager. prepared. ter, and Americans have
ple of our city, your media misspent to injure one of Thank you. National security was a been generous with their
source has been criticized their own for political gain -Edward Martinez Jr. principal concern of feder- private donations and pub-
because in reality politi- and self-aggrandizement. Winter Springs al officials, so the reception lic assistance in the relief
cians do prefer to have People need to get rid of effort required a substantial effort.
the truth swept under the power brokers. Central Florida responds security contingent. The Here in Central Florida,
rug. However our mayor Employees were laid off to Haitian disaster earthquake's devastation more than 300 agency
demonstrated intestinal and civic activities were Within hours of the cata- included Haitian jails and workers and volunteers
demonstrated intestinal Within hours of the ata-t
fortitude while standing not approved and threats strophic earthquake i prisons, and we were alert- can take pride in their own
tall and holding his ground ofcuts n services were the ed that some of the thou- relief effort, which is ongo-
while the former city man- call of the day under the nte sandocal vol- state and sands of escaped prisoners ing.
agelr was bei~g vit~dicated name of "Financia~lCrisis," unteers and local, state and of eape prisoner i g.
ager was being vindicated name of "Financial Crisis," federal agencies swung into might make their way onto -Geof Longstaff, chairman
and I offer kudos for his but the budget could pro- action right here in Centralrefugee transports of the Sanford Airport Authority,
action. The inquisition vide for a hateful act in Florida Their efforts Emergency respond- which operates Orlando Sanford
should now be over order to destroy the char- ers here on the ground International Airport
As I wrote months ago, acter and good name of an desee prais thou- in Central Florida
individual that had served knowing that thou ranged from the Florida


Students from Winter
Springs Elementary
talk about their
Valentine's Day plans.


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to m
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giving valentines
y new baby
n, my other
n Taylor and


to my Aunt Becky
because I love them
a lot. We give hearts
to celebrate the spirit
of Valentine's Day.
-Victoria S.
8 years old


I'm giving valenetines
to my mom and dad
and to my little sister
Brianna who is 3
years old. I like when
people write letters
and say nice things.
-Alexander G.
8 years old


rm going to sena my
mom a Valentine's
Day card because
she is in Ecuador. It
will have hearts and
smiley faces on it.
Valentine's Day lets us
celebrate people we
care about.
-Marissa R.
7 years old


I'm in first grade and will give a
Valentine's card to my friend Chris. He
is my friend at school. He makes sol-
diers and plays cool games with me.
-Devon H.
6 years old



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THIS WEEK in sports history

V', The underdog U.S. hockey tearn, made up of college players,
defeated the four-time defending gold-medal winning Soviet team
at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y. Two days later,
Ithe Americans defeated Finland 4-2 to clinch the hockey gold.




Knights course-correct in conference

UCF rounds out eight shaky C-USA games with a team-building 67-56 victory against East Carolina


PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE
Despite lackluster shooting, the Knights rebounded last week, ending a 3-game conference slide. Now with C-USA play dominating their schedule, they're looking to build momentum heading to the postseason.


ISAAC BABCOCK
THE VOICE
On Feb. 2 the UCF men's
basketball team bounced
back against C-USA bottom-
dweller East Carolina with


a 67-56 win. It was only the
second time this season the
Knights have shot below 48
percent and won.
After a long break, the
Knights returned to the


court Wednesday at press
time, hoping to maintain
their turnaround.
Against ECU, Taylor
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leading his team with 16
points in the game, plus 6
assists. AJ. Tyler was instru-
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10 points.
Nearly absent from the
scoreboard despite play-
ing 25 minutes as a starter,
Keith Clanton scored just
2 points in the game after
acting as his team's top gun
in the past week. But other
Knights came together to
even out the score for the
win.
The game was a big rever-
sal for the Knights, who had
struggled against confer-
ence foes so far.
They were three games
into their longest losing
streak of the season at the
start of the week, coming
off a devastating 55-50 loss
to Tulsa on Saturday night.
Thirty seconds before
that moment, the Knights
(11-11, 3-5) were poised to
tie the game and nearly even
out their Conference USA
record. After the final ball
dropped, the Knights held
the dubious distinction of


the second-worst record in
the 12-team conference.
Three of their five con-
ference losses had come on
their home court, on which
the Knights had only lost
one game all season before
conference play began.
That recent home court
disadvantage couldn't have
been more apparent than
Saturday night against Tulsa,
when the Knights were
down by only a 3-pointer
in the final minute of the
game, but wild shooting and
other offensive flubs threw
the Golden Hurricane's
defensive prowess into stark
relief.
In the entire game, the
Knights would average only
37.3 percent shooting, but
only picked up 10 offensive
rebounds. The Hurricane,
on the other hand, picked
up 25 defensive rebounds
after Knight shots missed,
taking away second chanc-
es and easily spreading the
scoring gap.
Despite near-season lows
in shooting in the second
half of the game, Coach Kirk
Speraw praised his team for
its defense.
"For us to shoot 28 per-
cent in the second half ...
and [Tulsa is] fighting to


hang on in the second half
that tells you what a good
job our guys did on defense,"
he said.
The Knights substantial-
ly improved against Tulsa,
whom they were facing for
the second time this year.
In their last meeting the
Knights fell 90-70.
Aggressive C-USA defens-
es have proved the bane
of the Knights' shoot-
ing as of late. During the
past four games, including
their recent win over East
Carolina, they averaged 37
percent shooting from the
floor. In their 78-71 win over
Houston before the start of
the streak, they'd shot more
than 50 percent.
Only four of the Knights'
10 wins this season have
come after they made less
than 50 percent of their
shots.
When they've shot less
than 47 percent, they've
onlywon two games, includ-
ing a dismal performance
against Howard on Nov. 17
in which the Knights were
actually out-shot 41.5 per-
cent to 37.9 percent, but
took enough shots to win
68-59.
They'll take on Tulane at
4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13.






February 12 February 25, 2010 Page A15


Breaking records on the mat


Winter Springs wrestler Matt Nereim's lightning-fast pin highlighted the Bears' district victory


ISAAC BABCOCK
THE VOICE
It's one of the most hallowed
moments in sports history. Babe
Ruth, standing in the batter's box
during the World Series, stares
down the pitcher then points to
the outfield. Seconds later he blasts
a shot more than 440 feet beyond
the center field fence. A legend was
born or maybe a myth.
On Saturday afternoon, Matt
Nereim called his shot before a
wrestling match. He was going for
a pin, he said, and not just any pin.
He was going to be the fastest in
school history. Little did he know,
he was about to challenge a nation-
al record.
The cameras were rolling when
the 140-pound Winter Springs state
champion pulled off his warm-up
sweats to reveal a gold singlet, and
shook hands with Hagerty's Kevan
Cooper. It was the district champi-
onship tournament, with the post-
season at stake. Since entering his
first district tournament four years
ago, Nereim had never lost.
"He said to me about 20 minutes
before the match, 'this is what I'm
gonna do,"' Winter Springs Coach
Scott Gomrad said. "'I'm going for
the record.' I've never seen anything
like it."
The record for the fastest pin
was 6 seconds, held by former Bears
standout Dwayne Tolleson, who at
one time shared Nereim's weight
class. That was already a quick
number. In wrestling, the bigger the
weight class, the harder it is to pin
your opponent, Oviedo wrestling
Coach Tom Coffman said. In the
lightest weight classes, down to 103
pounds in high school, pins can
happen much more quickly.
As the referee blew his whistle
to start the match, Nereim leapt
forward, a surprise attack that went
right for the face as his feet nearly
left the ground. Within a second,
the wrestlers were already down to
the mat, with Nereim quickly spin-
ning his opponent as an eternity
passed in seconds and the referee
scrambled to call the pin. Four sec-
onds after the clock had started, it
stopped, and Nereim leapt to his
feet.


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PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE
Matt Nereim's senior year has been filled with shattered athletic records and accolades, including being named a high school All-American. He was presented
with that award at a football game last September, below. He led his team to a district championship last weekend, with seven teammates earning individual titles.


By that night, the Bears were dis-
trict champions, with seven indi-
vidual champions among them -
Mike Riccard, Eric O'Neill, Nereim,
Ariel Serrano, Brent Basich, Robert
O'Neill and Ryan Petro and 13
wrestlers qualifying for regionals -
a school record in its own right.
Nereim left the mat holding every
wrestling record in the school, and
possibly a national record, though
that is being verified. As it stands,
he holds a tenuous tie for the fast-
est high school wrestling pin in U.S.
history, and the Bears, once again,
are regional bound.
"We're definitely trying to win
our first regional championship,"
Gomrad said.
The action starts at 10 a.m. Friday
at Forest High School in Ocala.


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