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ISAAC BABCOCK
THE VOICE

Mike Rivera says he's
going to start drinking tap
water again. A year ago,
that would have repulsed
him, as his kitchen sink
pumped out yellow-
tinged water that smelled
like rotten eggs.
"I'd only drink bottled
water here," he said.
But not anymore.
Chuluota's water provid-
er, Aqua Utilities, unveiled
a new water treatment
system on Sept. 9 that's
already gotten some posi-
tive reviews from resi-
dents who've struggled
with water quality issues
for decades.
"It's been a long, tough
road," said Chris Franklin,
Aqua Utilities' president
of South and Midwest
operations. Speaking
behind a podium in front
of news cameras, he talk-
ed about a utility com-
pany that hopes to have
finally ended the area's
longtime water woes.
The utility held a grand
opening event Sept. 9 in
the shadows of a hand-
ful of 15-foot-tall water
tanks holding thousands
of gallons.
But the fix isn't free.
Aqua Utilities say a rate
increase is in the pipe-
line to cover the cost of
the new $2 million ion-

> turn to AQUA on PAGE 3


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PHlO CUUHILESY U- MARGARITA PUCKETT
Pastor Rodney McKinley stands at the makeshift pulpit of the newly resurrected Life Community Church in Winter Springs.

With an army of volunteers and hopeful prayers, a crumbling church rises again


KAREN McENANY-PHILLIPS
THE VOICE
Pastor Rodney McKinley
didn't use a pulpit during
the grand-opening cel-
ebration service at Life
Community Church in
Winter Springs.
He sold the wooden pulpit
to a local pastor who


needed it more. Now he uses
a black metal music stand
to hold his notes.Plans are
underway to sell the church
pews too and replace them
with individual chairs for
increased seating capacity.
But talk to Pastor Rodney
for a few minutes and you
quickly understand that it's
not about him or about fill-


ing up his new church.
And it's not about the
money.
At the Sept. 12 service, he
nearly dismissed the con-
gregation without collect-
ing an offering, but church
leaders gently intervened.
McKinley is a third-gen-
eration Florida pastor who
speaks with a Panhandle


twang, charms with
down-to-earth humor and
preaches about Jesus with
a passion.
He's been ministering
full time to Florida youth
for two decades, doing an
eight-year assignment in
Largo to most recently as

> turn to CHURCH on PAGE 3


Submerged

The first of a three-part series on homeowners dealing with foreclosure


MEGAN STOKES
THE VOICE

Shelly Coker has been beg-
ging for help.
The 38-year-old entre-
preneur called her bank
in March 2009 when her
pay was cut and her ex-
husband, who pays child
support for their son, lost
his job. She asked them to
reduce her mortgage pay-
ments.
"I was always one month
behind and things just
went downhill from there,"
she said.
She tried to hide the
stress of her lost income
from her son, but he knew
they were struggling. Her
boat was repossessed; she
had to refinance her truck








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and recently had to ask
her mother for money to
pay for her son's summer
lacrosse camp.
"He was stressed because
he knew we didn't have the
money. He would try to be
strong, saying it's not a big
deal, but it was," Coker said.
"Asking for help from other
people was, and still is, very
hard. I don't like to depend
on other people."
She was relieved when
the bank told her she
was pre-approved for a
loan modification, which
would help her afford her
payments. She sent in her
paperwork for the modi-
fication - bank state-
ments, pay stubs - three
times and each time the
modification was denied.


INDEX
Celery Stalks............. .............4..
Stetson's Corner ......................... 5
Interests....................8
Calendar ........................... 10
Young Voices .................... ....... 11
Letters................. ......... 11
Athletics................. ........ 12
Senior Voice ......................13


Something would go wrong
- the bank misplaced an
expense report or said she
neglected to send her pay
stub - and they'd tell her
she had to start the process
over.
In July, she called to get
the balance on her account
and the bank informed her
that they had begun fore-
closing on her home. She
still has not received offi-
cial notice from them.
"If I hadn't called, I
would have never known.
I felt empty," she said. "I get
the impression they don't
want to help me."

Is U.S. program effective?
Coker's experience is not
unique. With the availabili-
ty of government programs


such as Home Affordable
Modification Program -
an Obama administration
plan designed to help bor-
rowers afford their mort-
gage payments by lowering
their interest rate, extend-
ing the mortgage or hold-
ing a portion of the loan
in forbearance - it was
expected that the number
woulddecrease. But instead,
many of those people who
participated in HAMP are
defaulting again.
The number of foreclo-
sures in Central Florida has
increased since last year
and those in the indus-
try expect that number to
grow even more in 2011.
According to RealtyTrac,
in Orange County there
> turn to HOMES on PAGE 6


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Page 2 September 24 - October 7, 2010 Seminole Voice



Si THIS WEEK in history

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Temporary toys

Toys "R" Us looks to capitalize on the holiday season by opening an Oviedo store and 600 nationwide


KAREN MCENANY-PHILLIPS
GUEST REPORTER

The mall walkers were
among the first to discover
the new retail addition in
Oviedo Marketplace.
The wide-eyed toddlers
were next. They spotted the
Zhu Zhu hamsters, remote-
controlled tarantulas and
trains just above eye level at
the store's wood-trimmed
entrance.
Toys"R"Us Express, a
seasonal toy store, opened
about a month ago in the
Oviedo mall, directly across
from Bath & Body Works.
Mall merchants and man-
agement hope that Geoffrey
the giraffe and his team
will entice more customers
to do their holiday shop-
ping at their neighborhood
mall.
"We are thrilled to have
Toys"R"Us Express join the
exciting shopping, dining
and entertainment lineup
at Oviedo Marketplace,"
wrote General Manager
Ted Newkirk , who was
recently appointed to over-
see Oviedo Marketplace
and Altamonte Mall for
the mall's owner, General


Growth Properties, in an
e-mail.
"Seasonal retail-
ers, including Toys"R"Us
Express and Calendar Club,
complement our existing
merchants, and we believe
they provide outstanding
convenience and an excel-
lent shopping experience
for our patrons."
Oviedo Mall Merchants
Association President Jim
Pridemore is optimistic
about fall 2010 at Oviedo
Marketplace. The owner of
Ashton Photography Studio
and Snap Family Fitness is
anxious for October, when
General Growth Properties
plans to emerge from bank-
ruptcy and continue its
transitional restructuring
process.
"As small business own-
ers, we have confidence
that business will come
back, and we ask that the
public have confidence
too," Pridemore said.
Pridemore has hit his
own milestone. Ashton
Photography is celebrat-
ing its 10th anniversary in
Oviedo Marketplace next
week, and is offering "10
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Pridemore hopes that
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order to make a deeper
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The focused assort-
ment of the most wanted
toys, including the recent-
ly unveiled "Fabulous 15"
toys, is targeted at conve-
nience shopping for par-
ents, grandparents and last-
minute shoppers who can
quickly get in and get out
of a 4,000-square-foot store
- maybe a little closer to
home.
Additional staff will be
hired and trained above the
normal seasonal build and
Chairman and CEO Jerry
Storch expects to add about
10,000 additional employ-
ees nationwide.
"We are pleased that this
significant expansion of our


Toys"R"Us Express initiative
also creates thousands of
new jobs beyond our usual
seasonal workforce build,"
Storch said.
Retailers have gone
back to the drawing board
looking for creative ways
to attract consumers. Wal-
Mart recently announced
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CHURCH I Pastor leaves church of 1,500 to rebuild one that dwindled to a dozen


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Youth Pastor of Celebration
of Praise church in Clermont
- a congregation of about
1,500.
He admits that assign-
ment felt secure. But God
had other plans.
"Sometimes He calls us
to climb out of our box,
to get out of the boat and
walk," McKinley said.
Over the summer, Church
of God state leaders asked
Rodney and his wife, Sherri,
to consider the senior pas-
tor position at a Winter
Springs church without a
leader.
Various pastors have
led the former Lord of Life
Church of God, but with-
out consistent leadership,
membership dwindled to
about a dozen folks, who
still remained loyal to the
gold church with the belfry
on Tuskawilla Road.
"We prayed on it and then
drove over," McKinley said.


"When we walked in the
sanctuary we knew - even
before meeting or talking
to anyone, it felt like home.
Even though there were
only a handful of people
left and very little money,
we looked at each other
and we just knew."
McKinley prayed for
resources to enable the
neglected facility to take
on the work needed to help
the community.
"People are hurting
today. It's not only about
the recession or about the
homeless. Relationships are
on the back burner - with
each other, within the com-
munity and with God -
they all need to be worked
on."
Rose Stella, executive
assistant to the pastor,
recalls McKinley's first mes-
sage to his tiny flock two
months ago.
"He started to speak, then
stopped and told us he was
just going to tell us what


was on his heart. He said,
'I'm going to be your new
pastor and I'm not going
anywhere. Sherri and I are
going to be here for a long,
long time.' At that moment,
he captured our hearts."

Church transforms
And so the transformation
began including the new
name - Life Community
Church.
McKinley and his team
in Winter Springs were
soon joined by dozens of
volunteers from his for-
mer ministries in Largo
and Clermont. A network
of skilled craftsman came
to lay new wood floors,
re-install sound systems,
repair water systems, strip
wallpaper, repaint rooms
and replace landscaping.
The word spread and
donations of money, mate-
rial and time appeared from
unexpected corners.
"The love and respect
that continues to pour


AQUA I New treatment should clean up water


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exchange water treatment
system.
Installed in June, the sys-
tem has already decreased
levels of sulfur and triha-
lomethanes, a chlorine
byproduct that is a suspect-
ed carcinogen.
"For the first time, we've
had customers stopping
by the plant and telling us
how much better the water
tastes and smells," Franklin
said.
In the past, Aqua has
added chlorine to decrease
the sulfuric smell of the
water, and more chlorine
raises trihalomethane
levels, which are regulat-
ed by the Department of
Environmental Protection
to be no more than 80 parts


per billion.
The ion-exchange system
takes out the sulfides and
the organic material, which
reactswith chlorine to cause
trihalomethanes, said Lisa
Kelley, spokeswoman for
the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection.
In June, trihalomethane
levels were down to 37.5
parts per billion, bringing
the 12-month average to
65.73. The 2008 average
was 86.58, Kelley said.
Aqua, which purchased
the private utility company
in 2004, supplies water to
about 1,500 homes in the
rural village. The residents
pay some of the highest
water rates in the county.

Impending rate increase
Franklin said a rate increase


won't happen until Aqua
gets the system working
perfectly.
"The only way a utility
can recover the cost that
is spent to make improve-
ments is through customer
rates, so ultimately this cost
will be recovered in rates,"
he said. "Right now we
don't have a rate case plan
and our single focus is in
water quality."
Seminole County
Commissioner Bob Dallari
recently told the Voice that
he strongly opposes a rate
increase.
For Rivera, a $ 100 month-
ly bill is already too high. He
fears that if it goes higher,
it'll be difficult to pay.
"It's expensive enough
already," he said.


PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK - THE VOICE
Tricia Williams of Aqua Utilities talks to U.S. House District 33 candidate Jason Brodeur at a grand-opening event for
their new water treatment facility, which is designed to cut down on byproducts of the sanitization process and clean up water.


out of his past congrega-
tions is amazing," Stella
said. "Rodney is not afraid
of hard work, - he spent
massive hours getting the
church ready."
Stella wears the many
hats necessary in a small
church, and she said she
bore witness to daily mira-
cles during the renovation.
"Pastor Rodney would
come in and there would be
an envelope with a check
from someone he hadn't
seen in years. We would
encounter a new prob-
lem and expense, then the
phone would ring and vol-
unteers were on the way
and someone was taking
care of the bill," Stella said.
Civil engineer Tom Neyer
helps run the audio and


video for church services.
Tom and his wife, Denise,
live in Oviedo and prefer a
small church.
"It's been a very excit-
ing few months. Rodney
and Sherri have brought us
together, and we look for-
ward to serving the com-
munity," Neyer said.
On the morning of
Sunday, Sept. 12, Life
Community Church was
reborn as babies napped in
the newly renovated nurs-
ery, food was prepared in
the kitchen, children's
church was under way and
nearly a hundred hands
and voices were lifted in
praise in the green glow of
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Here comes the holiday season


Where did those early days
of September go? Thursday,
Sept. 23 was the Autumn
Equinox - the first day of
fall. Do you feel cooler? I
didn't think so. Actually,
we are getting set now for
the pre-season holidays
coming up with Trick or
Treat at the end of October,
Turkey Day in November
and then the Jolly Old Man
in the Red Suit along with
the traditional religious
festivities in December and
then whoops! Another year
is here. You must admit -
it is a fun time of the year
enjoying friends and family,
especially with all the can-
dies with Halloween, tur-
key dinners and Christmas
cookies. Then there are the
New Year diets as top pri-
orities for the New Year's
resolutions (which are not
always kept).

Chicken Race
I hope it is not too late
for you all to enter the
Kiwanis Charity Chicken
Race from 9 a.m. to noon
Saturday, Sept. 25 at the
Oviedo Gym and Aquatic
Center, 148 Oviedo
Boulevard. Participate


in the Grand Parade of
Chickens, a chicken deco-
rating competition, a
photo contest, chicken
crafts, races and more.
Food, drinks, T-shirts, addi-
tional games and chicken
memorabilia will be for
sale. Call 407-810-6605
and ask for Kathy or e-mail
Kiwanischickenrace@bell-
south.net.

Bake sale
Need dessert for dinner on
Saturday, Sept. 25? You can
pop over between 8 a.m.
to 1 p.m. at the bake sale
that is being presented by
the Oviedo Presbyterian
Church, 2400 Lockwood
Boulevard, Oviedo. Need
more information, call 407-
366-2544.

Whale of a Sale
Your calendars are marked
(I hope) and you're ready
to attend the Harvest
Jamboree's Whale of a
Sale - the biggest garage
sale in town, presented by
The First United Methodist
Church of Oviedo, Friday
and Saturday, Oct. 1-2.
The church is located on
the corner of North Lake


Jessup and King Street -
just follow the crowd. The
sale begins at 8 a.m. and
goes to 4 p.m. each day. The
event will have a bake sale
on Saturday, silent auction
and chili cook-off with
prizes being given for 1st,
2nd, and 3rd place entries.
At this writing, the Harvest
Jamboree is looking for
more vendors and if you
are interested, please call
Debbie Gendron, 407-366-
7435. It is a fun time for all.

How bazaar
A craft bazaar is being held
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,
Oct. 2 at Ascension
Lutheran Church,
351 Ascension Drive,
Casselberry. It features
handmade items, includ-
ing afghans, stained glass,
tied quilts jewelry, seasonal
items, wooden ornaments,
selections for children,
baked goods and plants.
For more information, call
407-831-7788.

Get fit
Get Fit Lake Mary will be
held at 9 a.m. each Saturday
through Dec. 18 in Central
Park, 100 N. Country Club
Road, Lake Mary. Getting
fit features boot camp or
zumba for $2 a class. I was
up the other weekend and
this Get Fit program is great
and the program is held in
the same area as the Lake
Mary Farmers Market. One
can exercise, shop and eat.
There is a little something


for all.

'Hiding in the Spotlight'
I love to read and I under-
stand this book by Greg
Dawson is a very good
read. You may wish to
attend the Woman's Club
of Casselberry on Tuesday,
Oct. 5 at 11:30 a.m. located
at 251 Overbrook Drive,
Casselberry where Greg
Dawson, Orlando Sentinel
columnist, will discuss
his book "Hiding in the
Spotlight, a family story of
surviving the Holocaust".
Hear the rue story of how
the Dawson's Ukrainian
mother and her sister
avoided capture by posing
as piano-playing enter-
tainers for the unsuspect-
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fooled the Third Reich
and ended up the first
Holocaust survivors to
study at the renowned
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deadline is Friday, Oct. 1
and $10 includes lunch. For
additional information, call
407-695-2026.

Happy almost October
Since the strange and
unusual is associated with
the month of October, I
will leave you this item to
ponder by Charlie Carlson
who was a guest speaker
a few years back at the
Oviedo Historical Society.
He wrote this in his book
"Strange Florida - the
Unexplained and Unusual"
about the The Great Seal


Mystery:
Since Florida became a
state in 1845, there have
been four state seals. The
one in use the longest was
adopted in 1868. However,
it contained numerous
inaccuracies. It showed
mountains, two of which
appeared to be snow
capped, then there was an
Indian woman wearing
the headdress of a chief,
moreover she was a west-
ern plains Indian. Other
strange flaws included
a side-wheel steamboat,
which appeared to be sink-
ing, cocoa palms and a
bag of coffee. The artist is
unknown, but one story
says that he modified the
design of a seal intended
for a western state. In May
1985, a new state seal was
adopted that corrected the
oddities.

A thought
Nobody says you must
laugh, but a sense of humor
can help you overlook
the unattractive, tolerate
the unpleasant, cope with
the unexpected and smile
through the unbearable.
-Emma Taapken


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September 24 - October 7, 2010 Page 5


Getting to know your local politics


By Karen McEnany-Phillips


For better or for worse,
2010 is a political year.
Politics is kind of a strange
word these days. It's not
always a good thing to
be known as a politician.
Some candidates running
for office say proudly that
they are not political or
Washington insiders, while
many have never been
involved in politics before.
But the fact is that there
are three parts to our
government and one is
the legislative branch. To
participate in this branch
someone has to run for
office - what happens to
them after they are elected
is the big question.
The American people
are becoming much more
interested in learning
about the track records of
their candidates - What
have they done and said in
the past that will give us


clues to their future behav-
ior? What are their beliefs,
their view of America,
their grasp of history and
economics? What do they
hold as truths and how
consistent is their vision?
Who do they represent,
who do they owe, who are
they listening to and who
will they serve? Who holds
power over them, do they
seek power and for what
purpose?
No matter where you
fall between the left and
the right in the political
spectrum, answering these
questions will help you be a
more effective voter and a
less surprised citizen in the
months following the elec-
tion.

Constitution class
Last month, Reviving the
Constitution classes were
held at the Rural Heritage


Center, and I am thrilled to
share that these classes will
be offered for free three
additional times, this time
at Double R Private School
in Chuluota. Double R
Private School is just off
Snow Hill Road. Call 407-
365-6856 for directions.
Each session is com-
posed of three classes and
each class will be held from
7-9 p.m.
The first session is Sept.
28, Sept. 30 and Oct. 5; the
second session is Oct. 11,
Oct. 13, Oct. 18; the third
session is Oct. 20, Oct. 25
and Oct. 27. Note that these
fall on different weekdays
so grab your calendar and
see which works best for
you. Classes are limited to
20 people. Contact Paula
Marcinak at 407-349-5346
or marc 5346@bellsouth.net
or T. Mikeal 407-349-9651
or tmikeal@cfl.rr.com.

Free museum access
National Smithsonian Day
is Saturday, Sept. 25, and
Geneva is a great place to
be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.,
where the Geneva Museum
of History and the Rural
Heritage Center will both
be open. Bring your kids


and their grandparents
over to Main Street on
Saturday and enjoy old cars,
fine arts and crafts, great
exhibitions and artifacts,
square dancing demonstra-
tions, a variety of bluegrass,
harp, piano and dulcimer
music, a silent auction and
good food and fellowship.
Check out ways to finan-
cially support both the
Rural Heritage Center and
the Geneva Historical and
Genealogical Society. Buy
a book, a T-shirt, a map,
a commemorative brick,
even our favorite Possum in
a Can - I'm not kidding. It
was inspired by a song that
Mal Martin shared with us:
"Five Pounds of Possum"
(think early Christmas
shopping!). Learn about
all the fantastic classes
being offered at the Rural
Heritage Center by visiting
www.genevaschoolhouse.
org.
I know there are still
many of you who haven't
visited the RHC, the old
Geneva School House, since
it has been transformed.
Walk on over and check
out the beautiful displays
and rooms inside. You
will love it. Last year, the


Geneva of Museum History
was also reworked. All the
displays were freshened up
and re-arranged. It's worth
seeing and there is some-
thing for all members of
the family.
Timing is everything and
these are truly wonderful
events for individuals and
for families to get easily
educated and engaged in
the history of our coun-
try at a local level. It's
easy, it's free and it's all
right around the corner.
If you have extra time on
Saturday, check out other
Central Florida museums
that are also participating
in National Smithsonian
Day. For locations, check
out www.smithsonianmag.
com.

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HOMES I Bills to reduce monthly mortgage payments keep dying in Legislature


< continued from the front page

are 16,775 foreclosures
and 5,310 in neighboring
Seminole County.
"I'm hearing around 68
to 70 percent of those peo-
ple (who participated in a
loan modification) were
in default again within 12
months," said Sean Snaith,
a University of Central
Florida economist. "The
first time these programs
became available, states like


Florida that were hit the
hardest were not eligible
so the sickest patients were
not getting any medicine."
People under HAMP are
defaulting for several rea-
sons, said Matt Englett of
Kel Attorneys in Maitland,
which is currently handling
6,500 foreclosure cases, a
majority of which are in
Central Florida.
The HAMP process starts
as a trial modification pro-
gram, and in some instanc-


es people were never put
into the permanent pro-
gram either because of bank
error or borrower neglect.
He also said some lenders
were still putting people in
programs they could not
afford, or the borrowers
could afford it when they
signed up, but experienced
a pay cut or unemployment
and became unable to even
pay the reduced monthly
payment.
City Mortgage, who
funded Coker's loan, did
reduce her payment by
$600 last year, which helped
her tremendously, but they
bumped it back up after six
months.
"Every time I talked to
someone (about the modifi-
cation) it was a completely
different story. I don't know
why they're not willing to
work with someone who
wants to work with them,"
she said.

Banks, homeowners spar
U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, of
East Orlando's District 49,
has tried to pass several
bills designed to help peo-
ple stay in their homes. One
would reduce the monthly
cost, spreading the pay-
ments over time. That bill
was killed.
"The banks don't want
any reform whatsoever
because they're so nervous
about any change. It's tough
to pass anything but with
two of the highest foreclo-
sure zip codes in the nation
within the district, I have to
at least try."


Although he's trying to
find more relief for Florida
homeowners, Soto said
there is enough assistance
out there "but most peo-
ple are not crossing every T
and dotting every I, and the
banks are so overwhelmed
they're screwing up as
well."
Coker said the problem
is too many loopholes are
available for the banks in
the modification process.
She's afraid her bank is
stalling on her modifica-
tion so they can reap all the
late fees she's accrued.
"I think the help is
there, it's just hard to get
it, and a lot of people give
up because the banks are
making it so hard," Coker
said. "Someone has to step
in and take out these loop-
holes. I feel like I've been
pushed around for almost a
year now."

Help for underwater
not likely
One government program
local experts have little
faith in is Obama's Home
Affordable Foreclosure
Alternative program, which
is designed to create more
incentives for homeowners
who are underwater to refi-
nance their loan, leaving
the banks to take the loss of
the remaining principal.
"It's not going to hap-
pen," Englett said. "If banks
start doing that, everyone
will sign up, and with near-
ly half of all homeowners
in Central Florida under-


water and 23 percent of
homeowners nationally,
they can't absorb all those
losses.
Banks won't do it because
"they know people who are
underwater by-in-large will
continue to make their pay-
ments, and that's what they
want."
He added that govern-
ment would likely have to
step in to absorb the loss,
which would stick the tax-
payers with the bill. "So no,
this program would not be
best for the economy."
Snaith said government
lenders such as Fannie Mae
and Freddie Mac should
be able to buy underwater
mortgages so people can
take advantage of lower
interest rates and start
being able to afford their
payments.
The problem with the
way the Obama adminis-
tration handled the hous-
ing crisis, Snaith said, is that
it tried to juggle many big
problems at once such as
health care and clean ener-
gy.
"The administration
was working on too many
things at a time instead of
lasering in on getting the
economy back on track," he
said. "But we didn't do that,
and incidentally we prob-
ably did a worse job on all
these things. If all that ener-
gy would have went to the
economy, maybe we would
have been in a much bet-
ter situation than we are in
today."


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Return on investment


Our gardens are never big enough.
Constrained space, available main-
tenance time, bulk resources and
family economics determine size
limitation. Quantity has a qual-
ity all its own, but gazing at the
horizon (or the neighbor's fence)
is not the best way to pace out our
garden's perimeter. Some gardens
are as small as a window box, a
few clay pots on the patio, a 4-by-
4 garden or the entire tilled-up St.
Augustine lawn. Choosing the best


crops to grow for the space avail-
able calculates the greatest return
on our efforts invested in our gar-
dens.
The essence of time and money
applied to the refuge of our garden
is an unwelcomed mantra. How
can we relax while wondering if
our efforts are producing a harvest
worthy of the hours spent in such a
peaceful hobby? Everything in life
boils down to this decision: to be
happy or to avoid unhappiness. We


toil in the sun and sand because
of the enjoyment it creates. Even
at minimum wage, several hours
spent to grow a few carrots and
some scallions make our harvest
worth their weight in gold. That's
why "homegrown always tastes
better".
If we are growing our gardens
to save money, there are few crops
that will produce a dollar value
commensurate to our economy of
scale. Food pricing is an extremely
chaotic arrangement, having little
to do with supply and demand.
Government subsidies for com-
modity crops and fossil fuel inputs
skew any industrial agriculture
costs toward political chicanery.
The retail tricks of competitive
market share or artificially dis-
counted, limited-time sales further
disrupt a sane pricing structure.
What we should grow are the crops
we love to eat. The next consid-
eration is the crops that provide
the best nutrition, fresh from our
doorstep. Lastly should be the
economic return for the effort pre-
sented. Bottom line: market price
comparisons for our garden crop
choices are totally unrealistic.


September 24 - October 7, 2010 Page 7
Here are two examples to com-
pare the return on investment
in our gardens: Corn on the cob
produces very little return for the
space, fertilizers, water and pest
controls required to produce a suc-
cessful crop. But there is nothing
better to eat than a super sweet
cob of golden nuggets plopped in a
pot of boiling water minutes after
picking. Basil is incredibly nour-
ishing and easy to grow although
it is very tender, prone to bruis-
ing and wilting. And its taste is so
wonderful. Nutrition, personal and
economic contemplations almost
demand a space for basil at every
homestead.

Have a gardening question for
Tom?E-mail him at sundewgar-
dens@gmail. com.




S ISCAREY
Tom Carey is the owner of Sundew Gardens, a
you-pick gardening business in Oviedo. Visit the
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1 N THIS WEEK in human history

American David Kunst completes the first circumnavigation of the
globe on foot. He left his Minnesota town on June 20, 1970. Kunst
|. ;EET I went through 21 pairs of shoes on the 14,500 mile journey.




Life-saving lights

Hagerty High physics teacher and Rollins students develop method that uses lasers to find landmines


SARAH WILSON
GUEST REPORTER
Accidentally finding a land-
mine could be an explosive,
even deadly discovery.
Accidentally discover-
ing a way of finding land-
mines, however, as Ashley
Cannaday found out,
can lead to three years
of research and a patent-
pending procedure with
the potential to be used
across the globe.
While the senior phys-
ics major and her Rollins
College classmate fiddled
around in the lab, trying
to make a tuna can - the
closest and safest alterna-
tive to using an actual land
mine - vibrate, Cannaday
stumbled upon a method
for detecting an explosive
mine's vibrations in an
unconventional way. Her
tools: a single laser, a lens,
camera, loud speaker, kid-
dy-pool, several pounds of
sand and the tuna can.
"This whole thing was
a complete accident," she
said. "We had this whole
complicated setup with
a beam going here and a
beam going there, and they
had to come together at
exactly the right point, and
one beam was going where
it should and one was going
up at the ceiling some-
where, but it still worked."
That was nearly three
years ago. Today Cannaday
and Sarah Zietlow, a phys-
ics teacher at Hagerty High
School, have developed
and refined this new pro-
cess of detecting buried


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landmines as part of the
Rollins Student-Faculty
Collaborative Scholarship
Program, in partnership
with Rollins professor
Thomas Moore.
The trio had their find-
ings published in the August
edition of the Journal of the
Optical Society of America.
"Essentially, the research
started by just trying to find
a better way for the detec-
tion of landmines because
they currently don't have
one out there," Zietlow said.
"Currently the best way out
there is some guy out in
the field just prodding the
ground with a stick."
The procedure they
developed revolutionized
this process into one using
acoustic dissizement cou-
pling, or simply the use of
sound vibrations to vibrate
a buried object, causing
the substance it is buried
in to move. Once the pro-
cess is patented, they hope
to submit their findings
to the Army for use as a
safer, more practical way
to detect landmines and
prevent landmine-related
deaths.
"It's just directing a laser
at the ground, expanding it
so it covers the whole area
you want to look at, and
a camera. That's the basic
set up, it doesn't get more
complicated than that,"
Cannaday said.
The vibrations are
detected by the laser and
recorded by the camera.
The images are then pro-
cessed by a computer that
distinguishes whether the


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PHOTO COURTESY OF SEMINOLE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Hagerty High School physics teacher Sarah Zietlow, left, and Rollins College student Ashley Cannaday, right, say they have a
100 percent success rate for detecting dangerous landmines using laser beams.


detected vibrations are that
of a land mine.
"There are just a bunch of
advantages of it over what
they're currently using,"
Cannaday said. "You don't
have to be looking straight
down at the object, which
is good because if you don't
know where it's at, you
don't know if you're look-
ing straight down at it or
not. And this whole process
to get a picture of where the
mine is at takes a second, or


even less than a second...
and we'll be able to tell you
definitely there is one here,
or definitely there is not."
After an intensive eight-
week research period over
the summer, eight hours
a day, five days a week,
Zietlow said the team has a
100 percent success rate of
detecting the presence of a
mine.
Though the method of
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and Moore was one year in
the making. Zietlow had
Moore as a professor when
she studied at Rollins, and
Cannaday was a student in
Zietlow's advanced place-
ment high school physics
class.
A grant by the National
Science Foundation made
their reunion possible.
The grant allows Zietlow
to work on the research at
Rollins and in turn share
the process and findings
with her high school phys-
ics students.
"The kids really respond
to stuff like this because
they can actually see what
they're learning in action,
which is really nice," Zietlow
said. "And as a teacher, the
No. 1 question you get is,
'Why are we doing this?
What is this good for?' So
something like this is really
useful to show the kids."
Though Cannaday is
scheduled to graduate in
the spring, the future of
her laser land mine detec-
tion method has just begun.
Their true success, they say,
will come once the proce-
dure can be effectively used
for landmine detection in-
field.
Zietlow and Moore
have high hopes that the
partnership connection
between Zietlow's high
school students and Rollins
College will not end with
Cannaday.
"I think after me, they've
kind of developed a quota
for incoming students,"
Cannaday joked.






September 24 - October 7, 2010 Page 9


Family Walk to save lives

Calendar It's not too late to sign up for American Heart Association event held Oct. 2


The 12th Annual Miracles Miles
and 35th NICU Reunion and Walk-
Around-Winnie, a 15K, 5K and
Kids' Fun Run, will be held from
6-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 at
the Arnold Palmer Medical Center
campus. Visit miraclemilesrun.
com for more information.

The Seminole County Supervisor
of Elections will hold a political
forum at Crooms Academy of
Information Technology, 2200 W.
13th St., Sanford, from 6-8:30
p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28. Candidates
from congressional races as
well as the Sanford mayoral race
will take student and resident
questions. Visit VoteSeminole.org
for more information.

The Oviedo Rotary Club and the
Winter Springs Rotary Foundation
will be holding a charity golf
tournament to benefit Bikes for a
Kid, a program that collects bikes
and distributes them to needy
families in the area. The event will
take place at Two Rivers Country
Club, 2100 Ekana Road, in Oviedo,
beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Friday,
Oct. 15. Tickets for single players
cost $85 and $340 for a foursome.
Tickets include lunch and an award
banquet. For more information,
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The American Red Cross
Babysitter's Course is offering
classes to students ages 11-15
on the importance of leadership,
infant care, accident prevention,
basic CPR and first aid. Deadline
for registration is one week prior
to course date, or until full. A class
will be taught at Riverside Park,
1600 Lockwood Blvd., from 10:30
a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18.
The course costs $45 for Oviedo
city residents and $55 for non-
residents. For more information,
call 407-971-5575.

The Seminole County Gun &
Archery Range is hosting a Youth
Rifle Safety Training Program on
the first Sunday of each month
through Dec. 5. This event is
free for ages 10-17, but requires
reservations. The program offers
instructions on safe rifle handling
and a one-on-one training and
shooting exercise with a rifle
instructor. Kids receive a free shirt,
pin, certificate of accomplishment
and bragging targets. The range is
located on East Osceola Road in
Geneva. For more information, call
407-327-1507.

The Little People's Theatre
Company in Winter Springs is
offering free admission to its live,
interactive storybook plays to
children'scharitiesandfoundations,
as well as other Central Florida
organizations and businesses
who help young children in need.
Free tickets will be provided for
both children and their families
who belong to qualifying groups.
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Walkers cross the finish line at the 2009 American Heart Association Start! Heart Walk on Princeton Street in Orlando. Walks are held all over the country to raise
money for vital research.


BRITTNI JOHNSON
GUEST REPORTER
Riley Kelly was born with
a hole in his heart. At just
2 days old, he had his first
surgery. Three surgeries and
lots of healing later, Riley
lives life like any other
9-year-old.
"If you look at him, you
can't tell," said Tom Kelly,
Riley's dad.
The little boy now main-
tains an "uninterrupted"
life. Kelly said he's extreme-
ly active and loves playing
soccer and lacrosse. There's
one thing Kelly is sure of -
his son wouldn't have such
a bright future if it wasn't
for the American Heart


Association.
And so, as a father with
a personal passion for the
Heart cause, Kelly has spent
the last eight years work-
ing to help the Association
in what he says is the most
critical way - raising funds
for heart research.
Since 2002, Kelly has
been a part of the AHA's
Start! Heart Walk annual
fundraiser. This year, Kelly is
the Walk's community team
leader, and he has raised
$11,500 toward the cause,
but has a goal of $15,000.
"We'll get there," said
Kelly, whose team is associ-
ated with CNL Bank, where
he is the senior vice presi-
dent.


The Heart Walk is the
AHA's signature fundraiser
of the year, with more than
1 million walkers partici-
pating in more than 450
events across the country.
The goal is to raise funds to
combat America's No. 1 and
No. 3 killers - heart disease
and stroke.
This year, Loch Haven
Park will be the start of the
Walk at 8 a.m. on Saturday,
Oct. 2, where an expected
11,000 greater Orlando resi-
dents will stroll to save lives.
The view is inspiring, said
Sy Saliba, the vice president
of marketing and planning
for Florida Hospital.
"It's very satisfying ... to
see thousands of people
standing together for a
common cause," said Saliba,
also a member of the Heart
Walk's executive leadership
team.
Kelly walks alongside
Riley, his other two sons, his
wife and friends each year.
"It's very exhilarating,"
he said.
All the Orlando Walk's
fundraising money will go
to Central Florida heart
education and research,
Kelly said.

Making people aware
But the event isn't just about
celebrating the money
raised, it's also about edu-
cating and inspiring par-
ticipants about their own
heart health, said James
Henningsen, the interim
vice president of education-
al programs for Seminole
State College.
"This is a wonder-
ful opportunity to edu-
cate folks across Central
Florida," Henningsen said.
"That's one of our critical
missions."
Saliba said another goal


is to make people realize
that their heart is in their
hands, and the AHA can give
them the tools to make the
right decisions about their
heart health.
"It boils down to individ-
ual responsibility," he said.
Henningsen agreed. He
said he's been stirred by the
cause personally because of
his family history of heart
disease and his own strug-
gle with it, and made the
choice to change this year.
He hopes to spread the
word, and has started with
his Seminole State "family."
One goal of the Heart
Walk is to get companies to
get their employees to form
Walk teams. Henningsen
has done that at the college.
They have 17 teams, with
a total of 114 walkers, and
have raised $5,500 of their
$15,000 goal.
"It's a great team-build-
ing experience," Kelly said.
"It also promotes good
health, which leads to a
better workplace."
All three of the men said
they can't wait to see their
goals - fundraising, inspi-
ration and education -
come together at the Walk.
"There's a wonderful
affirming feeling that comes
from doing it," Saliba said.
"We've become addicted."



You can still sign up to partici-
pate in this year's Heart Walk
at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 at
Loch Haven Park. Visit www.
GreaterOrlandoHeartWalk.org
to sign up. If you can't join in
the Walk, but want to help,
there's also a link to donate.


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KERRI ANNE RENZULLI
THE VOICE
Samantha Hack had
never seen the dark soil of
Kentucky Horse Park.
As she rode through its
shadowed gate at a walk-
ing pace, white wooden
fencing spread wide, ring-
ing the grounds of the big-
gest equestrian coliseum
in the country. She'd rid-
den against the best. Now
she had to prove her team
belonged on top.
Six years ago, Hack
couldn't have dreamed of
this chance. The Equestrian
Club at the University of
Central Florida didn't even
exist. Now she was on the
national stage, on the verge
of winning it all.
"It was so quiet in there
you could hear a pin drop,"
Hack said. "I could hear
everything, but I just kept
reminding myself, 'you're
here already, you've already
made it.'"
By the time she had fin-
ished traversing the course,
she was among the top
four in the country. At the
Intercollegiate Horseshow
Association national cham-
pionships in May, the UCF
club found its spotlight.

A rocky start
For the last six years, what's
become the best collegiate
equestrian team in the state
has had as much funding as
the Chocolate Club.
The spoils from multi-
ple state-level victories
had been slow in coming
for UCF's prolific equestri-
ans, who had languished
in the lowest tier of club


Jumping
funding while competing
against America's top col-
lege teams.
Once they'd left hoof
prints on the national stage,
the school took notice.
They rank first in the
state and third in their *
Intercollegiate Horseshow
Association region out of
13 other universities from
Florida, South Carolina and :.-� j
Georgia. This spurred an
exit from their spot among
the school's more than 300
varied clubs. They are now
one of the 37 sports clubs
recognized by the Club
Sport Council.
"We've grown up as a
club, and we want people to
know we're doing this well,"
said Coach Lesli Isaacson, UCF's equestria
who's been with the team at the university.
since its inception.
Their new club stand- trian teams
ing will provide greater sage and w
funding and greater recog- huntseat is
nition, both of which the lar and rec(
equestrian club needs in Last sea
its attempts to edge out its bers from tl
competitors. of 16, Sam
"We're a team that's Sonja Muri
really come from the bot- nationals
tom," club officer Alisha Horse Parl
Mays said. "The two schools Ky. They b(
that beat us in our region in the top
are fully funded equestri- respective
an programs. They recruit "Nation;
nationally; they have an dating," sa
equestrian major; they get competed
everything. We don't have riders in th
that." tion over


On a national stage
The 60-member club con-
sists of horse enthusiasts;
the Pegasus Mascot Team,
which cares for Pegasus
and can be seen with him
at football games; and
three competitive eques-


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s: huntseat, dres-
estern, of which
the most popu-
ognized.
son, two mem-
'he huntseat team
antha Hack and
illo, went on to
at the Kentucky
k in Lexington,
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p four for their
event.
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aid Hack, who
against 20 other
ie novice equita-
fences category.
on a horse I've
en before, feeling
because I'm just
thing everyone
te.
g out, I was
as done, but also
ted about plac-
), the club also


went to nationals, this time
sending huntseat captain
Mays, who placed second.
The team competes in
about eight shows through-
out the school year. Each
member who competes is
required to attend lessons
once a week and usually
rides three to four other
days a week at stables near
the UCF campus.

Honoring their leader
Isaacson acts as the energy
and support of her team,
encouraging them but also
being necessarily critical,
often yelling "pull your
reins up" or motioning for a
change in position of either
horse or rider.
"When I was training
for nationals, [Isaacson] let
me ride every day usually


on multiple
horses,"


Hack said.
Fellow club mem-
ber Laura Roberts added:
"[Isaacson] puts her heart
and soul into this and real-
ly dedicates herself to the
team, but she gets no rec-
ognition for it other than
what's on our website."
To honor Isaacson and
the team's achievement,
the girls wanted to build
her something special.
A shadowbox now
adorns a wall in Isaacson's
office. Inside, long ribbons
hang by the dozens. But
Isaacson is sure more will
soon be added as she and
the team plan to continue
"kicking butt."
"We can now say, look
at what we've done, look
at the awards we've won,"
Isaacson said.


Equestrian
The Greater Orlando Hunter Jumper Association will
host the Barrett Farm Horse Show on Oct. 8-9. Warm-ups
start at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8. The show begins at 5:30
p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8 and runs until Saturday Oct. 9 at 5
p.m. at Clarcona-Ocoee Horseman's Park.

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Comprehensive English Show Barn located at 7770 Stone
Rd. in Apopka - from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17.
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creating a strong partnership. The cost is $75 to bring
your horse and $25 to audit (pre-registration required).
Please contact BobbieMillerTraining@hotmail.com or
407-865-2713 for more information.

Freedom Ride, which offers horse therapy to people with
special needs, will host Central Florida Dressage Fabulous
Freestyle Fundraiser 2010 at 10 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 7 at
the Silver Sands Arena. It will be a day of Equestrian fun
in which riders perform musical freestyles. All levels are
welcome! Visit freedomride.com.

Knoll Dressage in Chuluota offers high-quality boarding
for your horse on 50 acres. They also have several trainers
who are available for lessons. For more information,
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The Oviedo-Winter Springs
Chamber of Commerce has chosen
Nancy Baur Dillen and Michele Tuegel
to be the judges for the third annual
Winter Springs Art Festival, which
will be held on Oct. 16 and 17 at
the Winter Springs Town Center.
Both Dillen and Tuegel have been
featured in exhibitions, nationally
and internationally, and served as
guest lecturers and jurors in the arts
arena. Dillen is a retired art professor
of Brevard Community College, while
Tuegel was the founding executive
director of Florida Craftsmen from


1996-2004, which promotes the
work of artists of all levels. This free
two-day event celebrates fine art with
music, food and beverages. For more
information, visit www.wsfota.org or
call 407-278-4871.

On Tuesday Sept. 14, school board
attorney Ned Julian was presented
the C. Graham Carothers Award of
Excellence, which is given annually to
honor a Florida school board attorney
who has demonstrated excellence in
the profession.


The Seminole County Public
Schools Class of 2010 graduating
seniors posted an average score of
1552 on the SAT Reasoning test, an
increase of 19 points from last year.
A student's readiness for college is
assessed using an 800-point scale in
three sections: mathematics, critical
reading and writing. Statewide, total
average scores dropped by 2 points
and remained flat at the national
level.

Resilience Counseling Center is
offering free depression screenings.


No appointment is necessary during
the hours of 9 a.m. and noon on
Monday and Tuesday mornings. For
other times, call the office and set-
up an appointment. The Center is
located at 1759 W. Broadway St., in
Oviedo. Call 407-977-4335 or visit
www.resiliencecc.com for more
information.

Construction of the new
53,351-square-foot aircraft
maintenance facility for Avocet
Capital is on schedule at Orlando
Sanford International Airport. Diane


Crews, vice president of administration
at Orlando Sanford International
Airport, said block work is done and
the steel framing for the hangar is 75
percent complete. When it opens in
January, the $5 million Avocet facility
will include 44,000 square feet of
hangar space with 4,000 square
feet of maintenance shop and 5,351
square feet of administrative office
space.


Calendar


Five venues in Historic Downtown
Sanford will participate in the
Sanford Art Walk from 6-9 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 24. Sharon Rae Hyder and Lori
Anne Harris will hold an opening
reception for their show "Mad About
Art" at Gallery on First. Visit www.
galleryonfirst.com.

The Fine Arts Theatre at Seminole
State College opens its 2010-11
season with "Dead Man's Cell Phone"
in the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
Theatre, starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 24-Oct. 3. Tickets are $10, $8
for seniors and students. Call 407-
708-2040 for more details.

In honor of Smithsonian Day, The
Rural Heritage Center, 1st and Main
Street in Geneva, will hold a free


artisan's display from 9 a.m.-3:30
p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. To display
your talent or for more information,
visit www.genevaschoolhouse.org.

Christians in Public Education will
hold their Ninth Annual Back to School
Prayer Breakfast from 9-11 a.m. on
Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Orlando
Marriott in Lake Mary. Tickets cost
$20 and can be purchased at www.
christiansinpubliceducation.org.

On Sept. 25, Seminole County police
departments will be participating
in a prescription turn-in program
developed by the Drug Enforcement
Administration. From 10 a.m.- 2
p.m. anyone can bring in expired or
unused prescriptions to any police
department lobby and safely dispose


of them.

The Planetarium at Seminole
State College of Florida will present,
"Terra", which takes visitors back to
the Earth's beginnings, from 8:30-
9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. For
more information or a schedule of
events, visit www.seminolestate.edu/
planet.

The Double R Private School, 725
Country School Road, in Chuluota will
be holding classes aimed at reviving
the Constitution beginning on Sept.
28. For more information, call 407-
349-5346.

Both sides of the Fair Districts
debate will be presented at a free
Seminole County League of Women


Voters forum at 6:30 p.m. on
Thursday, Sept. 30, at the Seminole
State College Heathrow Campus,
1055 AAA Drive. Call 407-339-9266.

The Small Business Services
Department at Seminole State
College of Florida is sponsoring
"New Horizons: Entrepreneurship for
the Boomer Generation," a six-week
program designed for individuals
interested in starting their own
business. It will be held from 7-9 p.m.
on Thursday, Sept. 30-Nov. 4 at First
Baptist Church Orlando Counseling
Center, 3125 Bruton Blvd. The cost is
$99 or $75 for First Baptist members.
Call 407-321-3495.

The First United Methodist Church
of Oviedo, 263 King St., will host its


Harvest Jamboree Whale of a Sale
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1-2. The
event will feature a BBQ lunch, health
fair, silent auction and bake-off. Call
407-365-3255.

Jewish Pavilion's "A Walk in the
Park" will be held on Sunday, Oct.
3 at Crane's Roost Park in Altamonte
Springs. For more information
or to register to walk, visit www.
jewishpavilion.org.

The German-American Society of
Central Florida will be hosting their
own Oktoberfest with live bands,
dance performances and German
cuisine from 2 p.m. until midnight
Saturday, Oct. 9 at 381 Orange Lane
in Casselberry. For more information,
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A ATHLETIC THIS WEEK in sports history

Sept. 25, 1 789 - The Brooklyn Dodgers finally beal the NeiJ York
Yankees in the World Series. The Dodgers had lost to the Yankees
five times previously (the 1941,1947,1949,1952 and 1953 World
JI JL J KSeries).



Knights rally past Bulls

A slow start by the offense led to a tight game, but UCF came up with 14 points in the final quarter


PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK- THE VOICE
Freshman quarterback Jeff Godfrey proved he can win with a late rally to bring the
Knights two scores and beat the Buffalo Bulls. He'll start against Kansas on Saturday.


ISAAC BABCOCK
THE VOICE
The spotlight fell on quar-
terback Jeff Godfrey last
Saturday against Buffalo,
and the freshman delivered
a performance that solidi-
fied his place as the Knights'
new starter.
Godfrey led the Knights
(2-1) in their second
straight fourth-quarter
comeback, this time com-
ing out on top 24-10 over
the Bulls in Buffalo.
Godfrey got his first start
of his college career Satur-
day, taking the first snap
with the vigor he'd shown
in his relief effort against
N.C. State the week before.
Massive defensive plays
by the Knights forced the
ball back into UCF's hands
after the first drive of the
game, and Godfrey took


command, launching into
a tirade of air and ground
attacks that brought the
Knights 54 yards over the
course of seven minutes.
That drive would final-
ly stall inside of field goal
range, with Nick Cattoi
kicking the Knights' first
score through the uprights.
The Bulls would answer
with a field goal of their
own early in the second
quarter, and a UCF drive
fizzled.
That's when UCF's
defense stepped up to get
the ball back. Bruce Mill-
er, the Knight's 248-pound
defensive end, snatched
an interception and ran
back 30 yards for a touch-
down. Defensive back Reg-
gie Weams would also come
up with an interception in
the game, returning seven


yards.
After the half, the Bulls
came back again, marching
80 yards down the field to
tie the game.
That's when Godfrey
and running back Ronnie
Weaver went into overdrive,
going on two long drives
that ended with Weaver
runs into the end zone.
Godfrey would net 130
yards in the air and 44 on
the ground. Weaver led
the team with 49 rushing
yards.
At 12:30 p.m. Saturday,
the Knights will face Kansas
State in Manhattan, Kan.
The Wildcats (3-0) have
had a strong season so far,
decimating UCLA, Missouri
State and Iowa State to start
the season, winning by a
combined total of 106-66.


Hagerty falls

Driskel's passing magic not enough to beat Seminole


ISAAC BABCOCK
THE VOICE
After trouncing Lyman the
week before, Hagerty felt
the pain of defeat against a
tough Seminole team that
wouldn't stop scoring.
The Huskies fell 28-14
after watching a highlight-
reel performance from run-
ning back Ron Moore.
And yet again Hagerty
quarterback Jeff Driskel
watched in frustration
as laser-accurate passes
slipped through the hands
of his receivers, killing any
chance of a comeback.
Now the team, which
only won two games all of
last season must deal with
an unusual feeling - the
end of an undefeated sea-
son.
The Huskies are now 2-1


after the loss, but there's
a light at the end of that
tunnel. At 7:30 p.m. Friday
they'll travel to face Lake
Howell (0-3). In only three
games, the Silver Hawks
have been blown out by a
combined score of 131-21.
Against Lake Brantley last
week, the Hawks allowed
five sacks and two turn-
overs.

Oviedo
The Lions emerged victori-
ous in a tight battle against
Lake Mary, edging the Rams
21-17. The win marked the
third game this season for
the Lions that was decided
by a touchdown or less.
Now the Lions (2-1) will
look for their first winning
streak of the year against
Timber Creek. The Wolves


are coming off a 34-7 mas-
sacre at the hands of Weki-
va, thanks to three key
interceptions and a safe-
ty. The Lions will host the
Wolves (1-3), kicking off at
7:30 p.m. Friday.

Winter Springs
The Bears have their first
victory of the season after
decimating Lyman 49-28.
The Bears (1-2) had only
managed one score in their
first two games, but explod-
ed against the Greyhounds,
finding the end zone seven
times. Their defense fal-
tered though, giving up four
touchdowns.
This week the Bears host
an Evans team that's 1-1
after a big 46-14 loss to Oak
Ridge. They'll kick off at
7:30 p.m. Friday.


PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK - THE VOICE
After a rocky start to the season, Winter Springs picked up its first win against
Lyman Sept. 17. They'll face an inconsistent Evans team at 7:30 Friday night.


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Homeownership and stable

communities go hand-in-hand


Homeowners are more
active in their communi-
ties, benefit from improved
education opportunities
and report higher levels of
self-esteem and happiness
when compared to rent-
ers, according to the new
report Social Benefits of
Homeownership and Stable
Housing.
The study, from the
National Association of
Realtors, examines leading
research from government,
industry and academia to
explore the impact of sta-


Zip Code
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Single Family
Overall
Bank Owned
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Multi Family
Overall
Bank Owned
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Zip Code
32765
Overall

Single Family
Overall
Bank Owned
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Normal

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Overall
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Short Sales
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4
16


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Sales
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ble housing and the posi-
tive social outcomes result-
ing from homeownership.
It finds that homeowners
move far less frequently
than renters, and therefore
are embedded into the same
neighborhood and commu-
nity for longer. This allows
for social cohesion, ulti-
mately resulting in social
benefits and stronger com-
munities.
Several research studies
cited in the NAR report have
found that homeownership
has a significant impact on


Avg List $
$210,538


$239,934
$124,181
$129,475
$325,425


$107,652
$90,140
$99,999
$155,258



Avg List $
$178,202


$224,779
$143,227
$237,580
$273,082


$70,338
$49,654
$86,250
$129,608


educational achievement.
For instance, the decision
by teenage students to stay
in school is higher for those
raised by parents who are
homeowners compared to
those whose parents are
renters. Access to economic
and educational opportu-
nities are also more preva-
lent in neighborhoods with
high rates of homeowner-
ship. Furthermore, studies
have shown that changing
schools frequently due to
moving impacts negatively
a child's educational out-


Average
$200,511


$228,316
$120,606
$124,125
$308,219


$103,191
$84,900
$100,000
$150,515



Average
$170,108


$214,654
$139,200
$237,200
$257,116


$66,947
$47,923
$81,750
$121,375


Median
$170,500


$237,500
$92,813
$96,500
$291,000


$94,500
$87,000
$100,000
$150,515


Median
$149,900


$214,000
$131,000
$255,000
$259,500


$48,000
$43,000
$81,750
$115,250


come.
Civic participation is
another social benefit
resulting from homeown-
ership and stable housing.
Homeowners are proven to
be more politically active
and are more likely to vote
in local elections compared
to renters. In addition,
homeowners have a higher
membership in voluntary
organizations.
Studies have shown that
homeowners are more like-
ly to believe that they can
do things as well as anyone


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else, and they self-report
higher ratings on their
physical health.
When it comes to prop-
erty, homeowners have
more invested both finan-
cially and emotionally.
Property crimes affect hom-
eowners directly, but non-
violent property crimes can
impact the property values
of the entire neighborhood.
Therefore, homeown-
ers are more motivated to
deter crime by forming and
implementing voluntary
crime prevention programs.
In addition, it is easier for
homeowners to recognize
perpetrators in stable neigh-
borhoods because of exten-
sive social ties. Unstable
neighborhoods often dis-
play social disorganization,
which can lead to higher
levels of crime.
Along with protecting
their home and neighbor-
hood from crime, hom-
eowners spend more time
and money maintain-
ing their home than rent-
ers. Neighbors also influ-
ence other homeowners
to improve their property,
resulting in a better overall
quality of the community.
"Homeownership cer-
tainly contributes to posi-
tive social outcomes, but
those outcomes are truly
a result of stable housing
communities," says Orlando
Regional RealtorAssociation
Chairwoman of the Board
Kathleen Gallagher Mclver,
of RE/MAX Town & Country
Realty. "With strong social
ties and a cohesive commu-
nity, homeowners can enjoy
not only the long-term
financial benefit of own-
ing a home, but also a more
satisfying life - which is
what's really at the heart of
the American Dream."
-Courtesy of Orlando
Regional RealtorAssociation


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* 1,440 Sq Ft.
* Not a Short Sale!
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* Newer kitchen
* Park like setting
* Garage w/workshop
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(407) 921-2496
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