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Free! www. Seminole Voice .com Nov. 18 Dec. 1, 2011 USPS 008-093 Publisher statement on page 2. Whats goin on? INDEX Calendar > 8 Winter Springs Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting kicks off at 5 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Town Center. Call 407327-1800 for details. Celery Stalks ........................................... 5 Stetsons Corner ...................................... 5 Interests .................................................. 6 Calendar .................................................. 8 Athletics ................................................ 10 Ask Sandi .............................................. 11 Young Voices ......................................... 11 Classifieds ............................................. 12 One of the most powerful posi tions in Oviedo has a new face city manager on Nov. 7. after the City Council appointed her on Oct. 20 was a contentious one, ending in the Council pro posing new rules in how the city deals with the media. Breazeale may seem like a familiar face for those who deal power in Oviedo comes after a long career in city management. The highest position shed held previously was administrative services director for Wilming ton, N.C., where she worked for seven years. for the opportunity given to me, Breazeale said following her swearing-in. The unanimous vote, the support and encourage Media policy week she had as city manager had some on the Council upset least one councilman to suggest new policies for granting inter views to city staff. suggested that the city change its policy toward the media to pre vent harassment of city staff. I think whats happened in the last couple years, the media Edward and Bella celebrate their marriage while a werewolf pack and a council of vampires close in on them. Opening this week: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn These two teens heard their music at the Bob Carr Composer > 6 Blanket girl > 7 Nikki Kingsland has warmed up more than 2,000 people Check out our gallery of Oviedos biggest festival Great Day > 4 South County Road 419, in an un advertised, washed-white strip For the residents of Chuluota, this was their community post of now. resident since 2000. A history of instability closed in 2005 after the USPS failed to make a good deal with the cur rent contractor. That same year, In 2004, though, another con use now, opened. While the Oviedo Paris Patel and her family. They get Chuluota post ofce is back BRITTNI JOHNSON The Voice Please see POST Page 2 ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice PHO T O BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE V OICE New Oviedo City Manager Kathryn Breazeale rose quickly through the management ranks since December. Breazeale sworn in Please see MANAGER Page 2 Before heading out to shop this holiday sea son, local merchants want you to consider Sean Snaith, director of the Institute for Economic Competitiveness at the University of Central Florida, said the trend to spend during the holiday season has shifted greatly people dont shop there. merce, said this can put a strain on the local economy and the very people that fuel it: lo to church with and socialize with, Skeates said. Around the holidays I think its really across the country during the holiday sea called Small Business Saturday. Its on Nov. Nov. 28. Though the overall tally result of this day Snaith said the day may help people give a second thought as to where they shop. It can help get more people to think ing leave the area, he said. A greater percentage of money spent at local economic situation as a whole. The more money that is kept in the area, said. Yet, he said, over the past few years con Please see SHOP Page 3 Support for local shops SARAH WILSON The Voice PHO T O BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE V OICE Christy Ridgely hopes Small Business Saturday is a success for her Tropical Cat Creations in Oviedo.

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Page 2 Nov. 18 Dec. 1, 2011 Seminole Voice THIS WEEK said. We need to have a policy the way it is right now, its not working for us. said an audio recording release Breazeale to sign was an out rage, saying that it removed her chances of suing successfully if nal recording. Thats what outraged me Whatever little protection you do have, the form takes it away. In the end that interview was declined, though the Council said to the media. over the line, Mayor Dominic Persampiere said. Connecting Despite the unusual start to her tenure as city manager, Breazeale said shes looking forward to helping improve the citys con I look forward to the visions and opportunities [Council and I] discussed, Breazeale said. I look to put customer service and Mrs. Breazeale is very ener has two young children at home, Persampiere said. She really is a good things for her and our city. no money from USPS. closed to update its computer sys tem and train the two employees, including Patel, on the new sys most Chuluota residents. A lot of people dont know we are open, Patel said. Reluctantly using Oviedos ofce There are no signs pointing resi no announcements of reopening, and the only way someone would to visit the gas station in the same Patel said they dont have any money for advertising, and though the USPS said they would try to help, they havent. In the meantime, residents have But they arent pleased with that. ity and ease of parking, and, most residents have encountered. Some said they missed the atmosphere of their hometown Its a sense of community out here, Mary Dall said. Tough business provide all of their supplies from their own pocket, along with the they own. Business has always reopening, its gotten even worse. Patel said. Were trying hard for it. Jay Patel said. We never made a penny yet from that store. That isnt uncommon in this economy and time, when post lier this year, the USPS announced it would potentially close 3,700 of safe for now. Even though its hard for them to stay open, Patel said she loves her customers and giving them the service they need. She said she doesnt see them closing the post open as long as they can make it work. We are open to help the cus tomers out, Patel said. And while a younger genera tion might not understand the of sending some love through the mail. She likes sending her grand children letters with stickers in the mail, something you cant get through email. It really kind of connects us, she said. You want people to have THIS WEEK in history Nov. 24, 1971 A hijacker calling himself Dan Cooper leaps from a Northwest Orient Airlines 727 over Washington state carrying $200,000 he extorted from the airline. Wearing only sunglasses, a thin suit and a raincoat, Cooper parachuted into a thunderstorm with winds in excess of 100 mph. He was never found, making his the only unsolved hijacking in U.S. history. Published Friday, Nov. 18, 2011 PUBLISHER Kyle Taylor, 407-563-7009 kyle@observernewspapers.com ASSOCIATE EDITOR Isaac Babcock 407-563-7023 isaacb@observernewspapers.com MANAGING EDITOR Jenny Andreasson 407-563-7026 editor@observernewspapers.com DESIGNER Jonathan Gallagher 407-563-7054 jgallagher@observernewspapers.com ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER Tracy Craft 407-515-2605 tcraft@observernewspapers.com CLASSIFIEDS LISTINGS classieds@observernewspapers.com P hone 407-563-7000 SeminoleVoice.com F ax 407-563-7099 Volume 21 Issue No. 46 The Seminole Voice is published every other Friday by Community Media Holdings, LLC USPS #008-093 Periodicals postage is paid at Oviedo, Fla. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Seminole Voice, P.O. Box 2426, Winter Park, FL 32790 REPORTER Karen McEnany-Phillips kphillips@observernewspapers.com SUBSCRIPTIONS/CIRCULATION Amanda Rayno 407-563-7073 arayno@golfweek.com COPY EDITOR Padrick Brewer COLUMNISTS Janet Foley of Oviedo 407-365-6859 celerystalks@att.net Sandi Vidal of Casselberry sandi@christianhelp.org Tom Carey of Oviedo sundewgardens@gmail.com ADVERTISING SALES Jessica McCord 843-870-7650 jmccord@observernewspapers. com J & B NEW AUTO REPLACEMENT PARTS LOWEST PRICES IN TOWN CALL US TODAY @ 407-568-2131 OR 1-800-432-295217105 E. COLONIAL DR. ORLANDO, FL 32820 160 East Broadway PO Box 622143 Oviedo, FL 32765 Phone: (407) 365-3722 Fax: (407) 365-7786 www.signman.net (Located at the base of the Nelson & Co. water tower) Learn more The Chuluota full-service post ofce is located at 650 S. County Road 419, and can be reached by phone at 407-359-5987. POST | R eopened office still a secret to many residents MANAGER | Council blasts journalist C ONTINUED FR OM FR ONT P AGE C ONTINUED FR OM FR ONT P AGE PHO T O BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE V OICE Chuluotas P atel family has kept the post ofce alive, despite weak revenue and the chance of thousands of other USPS ofces closing nationwide. If you want to beat up on us, were public officials but if you want to beat up on staff, thats over the line. Mayor Dominic Persampiere

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Page 3 Nov. 18 Dec. 1, 2011 Seminole Voice Brit Beemer said that in a survey he conducted last year, said this compares drastically to when he would con duct such surveys 25 years ago, and nearly 80 percent said they would. Generally I would say the independent dealer has theres more of a challenge facing them. or personal customer service relationships. recession started, Snaith said. Its the Darwinian di Small business sound off using their locality to provide consumers with one-ofa-kind products and one-on-one customer service to stand out. Margo Meyer, owner of A Second Chance Quality Consignment in Winter Springs, said her store offers while supporting the local economy. what drive America, Meyer said. On Small Business Saturday, Meyer said she plans to offer small promotions to customers to help draw them and give them an incentive to shop. stores. Christy Ridgely, owner of Tropical Cat Creations of standout from the competition since it started with her munity, interacting with locals at craft fairs and art fes tivals, she said, sets her apart a perk of living and I live, I work and I play in Oviedo, so thats where I want my money to go, Ridgely said. I really think munities. new way to do that. and will have an impact, he said. Orlando Health Physician Specialists is excited to announce the arrival of family medicine physician Deborah Lauridsen, MD. Dr. Lauridsen specializes in well woman exams, minor dermatological procedures and management of chronic medical conditions. Serving Oviedo-area patients ages 2 and up, she provides family-oriented care in a location that is convenient and close to home. Same-day appointments are o en available. Dr. Lauridsen joins general surgeon Jon Wiese, MD, and pulmonologist Antonio Rodriguez, MD, both of whom have been caring for patients in Seminole County for over 20 years. Drs. Wiese and Rodriguez are now seeing patients in the Oviedo o ce, as well as their established practices in Longwood. To schedule an appointment with Orlando Health Physician Specialists, please call 321.842.3300.Expanding our family, to better serve yours. Orlando Health Physician Specialists 1000 W. Broadway St., Ste. 105-A Oviedo, FL 32765 southseminolehospital.com/oviedo Orlando Health Physician Specialists is excited to announce the arrival of family medicine physician Deborah Lauridsen, MD. Dr. Lauridsen specializes in Accepting New Patients Learn more If you register your American Express card online, and spend more than $25 at a small business on Small Busi ness Saturday, you can qualify for an automatic $25 credit. For more information on Small Business Saturday, on Saturday, Nov. 26, visit www.smallbusinesssaturday.com. A Second Chance Quality Consignments 407-327-3777 www.2dchanceconsignments.com Tropical Cat Creations 407-401-2601 www.tropicalcatcreations.com F ather and Son Imprints 407-221-8748 www.fasimprints.com SHOP | American Express offers $25 credit to small biz shoppers C ONTINUED FR OM FR ONT P AGE Honoring vets PHO T OS BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE V OICE Winter Springs honored vets on Nov. 11 while Palm Valley residents broke ground on a new veterans memorial that opens in February. S C A N HERE Use your smartphones Q R code reader app to view more photos or visit seminolevoice.com/ photos/galleries

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Page 4 Nov. 18 Dec. 1, 2011 Seminole Voice a representative feast while the larder is fully packed. Imag ine a local economy of remote settlers relieved that the crop was successful, the game in the forgiving. Today, our worldwide survivalist worries. A traditional North American spread, includ ing our efforts from the local to manifest our contemporary Thanksgiving holiday. The sit-down dinner is started simple leaf harvest is a grand way is started with a foundation of into the soil, emulating Mother Natures growing methods. The necessary thinning then provides lettuce plants mature, depend ing on convenience and growing space, individual leaves versus full heads are harvested. Complimenting the simple leaves of lettuce are a large group of plants, too numerous to men mustards range from the mild sharp tasting, dense spoon-leafed tatsoi. Dont worry, the spicy sharpness of individual pieces Tangy sorrel is a wake-up call a dressing. Dandelion greens greens. Garden fresh parsley has an essence easily overlooked when merely used as a garnish. Kale and collard greens commit that the lighter greens lack. Beyond the leaf, we can use many items from our garden colorizing the verdant greenness is a short cut to holiday decorat ing. The tops of the radish plant crunchiness that leaves lack. is proffered to your guests. Cherry tomatoes of all sizes, col ors and shapes grow well at this time of year depending on the tomato. The productivity of green advantage of, using the whole vertical inclination of the plant. The pilgrims depended on should. Be thankful and eat well, my friends! To learn more about brain development, scan this code. Babies arent fully developed until at least 39 weeks in the womb. Important development of their brains, lungs and eyes occurs in the last few weeks of pregnancy. If your pregnancy is healthy, wait for labor to begin on its own. marchofdimes.com / 39weeks 2011 March of Dimes Foundation Tom Carey GARDEN From my to yours Tom Carey is the owner of Sundew Gardens, a you-pick gardening business in Oviedo. Visit the Sundew Gardens Facebook page. WHO IS CAREY > Thanksgiving salad Stephen R. Jones, 33, of Winter Springs, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011. Mindy L. Godfrey, 54, of Winter Springs, Fla., passed away Wednes day, Nov. 9, 2011. Nenad Dukic, 53, Road 434 in Winter Springs. Obituaries Cool beans PHO T O BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE V OICE The Womans Clubs bean soup ew off the shelves at the 38th annual Great Day in the Country on Nov. 12, the largest annual festival in Oviedo. S C A N HERE Use your smartphones Q R code reader app to view more photos or visit seminolevoice.com/photos/galleries

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Page 5 Nov. 18 Dec. 1, 2011 Seminole Voice Thankfulness is a simple concept, but determining what were thankful for often varies with our version of thankfulness usually sounds like Im thankful for my friends and family. This year many of us are thankful beyond this knee-jerk answer. A job and home take on deeper value than what the accountants see when we face the fact that so many among us have neither. Some give thanks that home is a motel room instead of a car. Parents whisper thanks as they drive from the food pantry parking lot with a bag of food for their family. If were wise, when we see loss happen to others around us, we should reevaluate our priori ties and our choices. Sometimes its the little things that become more valuable, sometimes its the intangibles. True friend ships, loyal relationships and active support truly are priceless. Giving up our time and treasure to help others in need brings a satisfaction to the soul. Think about inviting someone over to dinner during the Thanksgiving holiday or bringing a dish or two to a neighboring family. Thankful for our beds Ive mentioned before that the movie The Blind Side is one of my favorite movies of re cent time. The Tuohy family is clustered around the television screens on Thanksgiving Day glued to the college pigskin com petitions and juggling heaping plates on their laps. Then Mrs. Tuohy notices Michael Oher sit ting alone at the polished dining room table. In that split-second everything that really mattered became clear and she clicked the off button on the remote. What a message and memory for her children to carry the rest of their lives. And then later, the famous scene after she furnishes a room for Michael and he said that he never had one before. A room of your own? she asks. A bed, he replies. Most of us cannot conceive of never having a bed but sadly it is a reality for thousands of children. The term teachable moment is overused, but the upcoming holiday will hold many op memories for your family that have nothing to do with Black Friday or football. Communicate your school views If you missed the Geneva Citi zens Association meeting held on Monday, Nov. 7, you missed a chance to watch some interesting dynamics. Commissioner John Horan came prepared to discuss the status of issues in the county such as the budget, SunRail, sunset of the penny sales tax and the disposal of unnecessary FEMA signs Turn Around, Dont Drown. Unfortunately he appeared to be completely unprepared to address the two topics folks came out to hear. The two front rows of the Geneva Community Center passionate about the Boars Nest land issue. Toward the back of the room, a row and a half of schoolteachers came to hear up dates on possible school closings in the district. Regardless of your stance on these issues, it was truly a study in communication and listening skills, or lack thereof. Mr. Horan could have simply said to the Boars Nest folks, What youre telling me is different than what I am hearing from my staff. Let me look into it. But for at least 15 minutes frustration grew because he argued and marginalized their feedback instead of actively listening to them. The school issue was no bet ter. Horan dismissed the issue saying he had nothing to do with school board budget cuts and had no control over it, and seemed completely unaware that it was a concern for his audience. In the end people just want to be heard, want their leaders to show an openness, behave like their advo cate and to be educated on issues of concern to them. These are leaders we can be thankful for. Chatting with my walking group the other day, some of my gals have said, I have already started Christmas shopping. It is a wee bit too early for that. I am just getting over Halloween, our Farmers Market, which I work each time, and then Great Day, which the Oviedo Womans Club plans all year long. I enjoy Thanksgiving, and one now can occasion. Santa is taking over. Oh, maybe I am behind the times, but I think Thanksgiving should have a bit more publicity. Dont you all remember the pilgrims and their Big day I understand that the 38th Great Day in the Country last weekend was one of the Womans Clubs biggest and certainly very well chiefs about 66,000. I watched a lot of the crowd leave with Christmas gifts, toys and all sorts of other goodies, praises were given on the entertainment, food was great and the childrens ac tivities were a big hit. The Oviedo Womans Club works hard all year to put it on, and the pro charities and organizations in our community. Rockin run Jim Weber, my youngest, and sev eral of my friends from Oviedo entered and ran the Rock n Roll Marathon in Savannah, Ga., on minutes, and we should say con gratulations to Shawn Green of marathon. Another arts fair Are you ready for another arts and crafts fair? Come and visit the show 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat urday, Nov. 19, and 9 a.m. to Longwood Historic District, Church and Warren avenues in Longwood. The Central Florida Society for Historic Preservations 35th annual event is a juried arts and crafts show with food ven dors. Admission is free. Beethoven concert St. Lukes concert series at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, at St. be presenting the University of Central Florida Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Laszio Marosi. They will present Beethoven Forever. Admission is free. Need more information, Quilt documenting Mark your calendars for Satur for a Quilt Documentation Day, to be hosted by the Oviedo Wom cords of the wonderful quilts cur rently residing in Florida. They do not need to have been made in Florida. The information col lected will be entered in the Quilt Index website. The data and pho tos will be available to anyone who wants view and study them online. Owners personal infor mation is not part of the viewable historical record. One must bring their quilt to the event where you will go to several stations where volunteers measure and examine in the form that collects all the information available. The quilt is photographed with a number on a card so the digital image can be matched to the correct paper work. Cost is free. There will be a professional quilt appraiser, Nan Moore, who will be avail basis to offer a verbal evaluation for you quilt for $10 or a written have this done. If you need more information, please email sew ing@oviedowomansclub.org or New eatery in town I keep hearing good things about a new restaurant that opened a short time ago in the Publix shopping center off State Road IHOP called Local Afare. They had a booth at Great Day in the Country and after the event was over, several of the event Great Day committee of OWC went over to have dinner there. We all enjoyed our stay there, as the food was excellent, prices very affordable, the service was good and was a place to unwind so that you can really spend time with friends. Do come! Gift Fair Coming up, mark your calendar: nual Gift Fair, with more than 75 exhibits by local craftspeople and businesses plus food vendors. The event will take place at St. is free. Farmers Market The Oviedo Historical Society presents its annual Farmers Mar ket on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on the Lawton House Grounds and also that evening the society will host our second annual Hometown Holiday Tree Lighting community event. This year we will have Christmas mu sic from Partin Elementary School Star Shine. In addition, we are working on securing other per formers from the nearby church es. The evening will include refreshments with hot dogs, cookies donated by the Oviedo Womans Club and drinks. I hear that Santa will arrive promptly of the towns favorite events, and this one event is not to be missed. Everybody young and old wants to see Santa. Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! A thought Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. Robert Brault Fresh Fruit Vine Ripe Tomatoes Vegetables Thomas Produce110 Geneva Dr., Oviedo (Across from Ace Hardware) Get Healthy From the Inside Out! CELERY By Janet Foley the Between Stalks Send word to Janet Foley about events and let her know whats going on around town by e-mailing celerystalks@att.net TALK T O JANET > Its turkey time, not Christmas Give thanks before its lost Stetsons Corner By Karen McEnany-Phillips Please share your thoughts about Geneva at 407-221-7002 kphillips@observernewspapers.com with Stetsons Corner in the subject line, or fax 407-349-2800 Thanks! This column is dedicated to Deputy Sheriff Gene Stetson Gregory, killed in the line of duty on July 8, 1998. Geneva will never be the same because of Deputy Gregory it will be better. TALK T O KAREN >

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Page 6 Nov. 18 Dec. 1, 2011 Seminole Voice INTERESTS THIS WEEK in human history Nov. 28, 1582 William Shakespeare, 18, and Anne Hathaway, 26, pay a 40-pound bond for their marriage license in Stratford-upon-Avon. Six months later, Anne gave birth to their daughter, Susanna, and two years later, to twins. Shakespeares plays were not published until after his death, when two members of his troupe collected copies of his plays and printed the First Folio (1623). Call today for your FREE estate planning consult Now accepting Visa, Discover and Mastercard Individual & Family health plans For an Instant Quote or to apply, visit our website www.HealthInsuranceIBS.com407-831-5166 In a small conference room back stage at the Bob Carr Perform ing Arts Centre, Caleb Bancroft members of the Orlando Philhar monic Orchestra play his piece for He sits, suit and tie, his hands wringing the rolled score of the Shining Brass March he wrote, nodding his head as the melodies he crafted play out through the room. Meanwhile on stage, Joseph Prior of Winter Park sits similarly under bright lights as a quartet of string players and a pianist re hearse his Reverie and Song. of his score, keeping tabs on what he has written and what he hears. Can we take that faster? he halts the ensemble mid-song. What if I count off? And with his count time, the music resumes. Upon only hearing the music for this Sunday, Nov. 13, perfor mance it could appear to the ear as just a normal rehearsal for these music professionals, but a look at the program reveals each compos er on the bill was born after 1993 Prior is 17, and Bancroft is 15. These local teens were two of seven 13to 18-year-old compos ers chosen nationally as part of lenge, created by Orlando-native Steve Goldman, to have their orig inal works rehearsed, critiqued and performed by members of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. For these kids, its not just an interesting local award they won, Goldman said. This is a big national honor. Crafting local talent Goldman said, has grown from a local movement to attracting sub missions from across the United States. I guess no one had ever really thought that this would be some thing worthwhile, having profes sionals play kids pieces, because I think people really underestimate how good some of these kids are, Goldman said. This year, he said the judges of the challenge, including music and composition professors from Full Sail University, Rollins Col lege and the University of Central Florida, selected the seven win different states. For these two local kids to have placed is really quite amaz ing, Goldman said. Theyre both very talented local musicians. Im proud that were doing so well in Central Florida that these two kids are able to compete nationally. Both Caleb Bancroft and Jo seph Prior are homeschooled and compose in their free time not spent on schoolwork or playing in the Greater Orlando Homeschool Band. Prior, who is a second-time winner of the challenge, having placed last year with his piece Dance Royale, said hes been and playing the French horn since he was 7 years old. His mother, Rebecca Prior, said Joseph has had music around him forever, from his father play ing guitar to lull him to sleep as a baby, to Joe humming constantly as a child. He started on the French horn when he tagged along for his older sisters beginning band class. On a whim he tried it out, and the rest is history. I guess it kind of chose me, he said with a smile and a shrug. Bancroft, who has been play he was equal parts surprised and excited when he learned that he ers Challenge. wrote, he said. I mean I thought maybe I had a pretty good shot, but I was still surprised that I won. After attending a workshop ers Challenge earlier in the year, Bancroft said he began self-teach ing himself the art of composing through books and online. When he gets interested in something, hell pretty much go all out, his mother, Cheryl Ban croft, said. And thats what hes done with composing. Making music Christopher Wilkins, the music director and conductor of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Composers Challenge pieces, said he was very impressed with the skill and stylistic nuances in both Prior and Bancrofts works. Both Bancroft, a woodwind player who composed a brass quintet, and Prior, a brass player who wrote a string quintet, went out of their own instrument fami lies for their works. Both of their pieces had a very distinct American quality to them, Wilkins said. Joe and Caleb both, particularly, showed the ability to be able to pick up on styles of music and recreate and invent them. Both Goldman and Wilkins said the local pair, as well as all other participants in the chal lenge, have a bright future in front of them. They said many former participants have used the re Composers Challenge Compo sium to help them gain entrance to various prestigious music con servatories. change lives as a regular aspect of what you do, Wilkins said. But has been doing that for years. PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE Caleb Bancroft turned a passion for music into an opportunity of a lifetime. His piece was played at the Bob Carr. Childs play SARAH WILSON The V oice Learn more To learn more about the Young Composers Challenge, visit www. youngcomposerschallenge.com

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Page 7 Nov. 18 Dec. 1, 2011 Seminole Voice Family Calendar Oviedo VISION Center 875 Clark Street,Suite A Oviedo, FL 32765 www.OviedoVision.com 407.366.7655 Dr. Gary D. McDonald and Dr. Jason R. Wallace Optometric PhysiciansFashion Frames Custom Contact Fittings Eye Exams for All Ages Designer & Rx Sunglasses Treatment of Red Eyes Treatment of Infections & Glaucoma In-House Optical Lab Surgery Co-Management tain an iPod, video games or a new laptop. Theres just one thing the 11-year-old is asking for this year blankets. Her focus is not on what she can get, but what she can give to many Central Floridians in need. This will be the third season that the Oviedo resident has made collecting blankets for Cen tral Floridas homeless her mission, and her the day she decided on the idea. I feel really happy to help people, because when I give out a blanket their faces just look so happy and I know that Im helping some one, Nikki said. video in her third-grade class about homeless children and knew she had to do something to help. It showed 100 kids living in a homeless shelter, with beds and cots with nothing on them, so I went home and asked my parents if I could do something about it, Nikki said. kept asking them and they sent out emails and started Facebooking it, and blankets started rolling in. kets within six weeks, and last year, with the help of the community, she collected around 1,500. With the help of community partners StorAll Storage in Oviedo, local churches, doctors Outreach Prevention Education), they have high expectations that they can surpass last years number and have enough blankets for those in need. HOPE Executive Director Joan Faulkner said she looks forward to working with Nikki at HOPEs Christmas in the City every year. To see a child doing something to help people in need is really an inspiration to all of us at HOPE, Faulkner said. Its not only wonderful to the faces of those receiving that day, at Christmas in the City, but the joy of the faces that give she is like a little angel pro viding for those in need. Nikkis 11-year-old sister, Haley, also enjoys helping out with Nikkis mission, and said it always reminds her to appreciate how much their own family has. I always think about how lucky we are that we have stuff, and other people dont, and if it were the other way around, how would we feel if we got blankets from people, Haley said. Wed be really grateful. daughters and their mission to give so unself ishly. He said its a very humbling experience. We are proud of them anyway, but now its just one more reason to be proud, he said. Were so blessed, and its incredible that they blessed they are; its a great lesson for all of us. Nikki and her family are grateful for all that they have, and are looking forward to the gifts they will receive this Christmas season, not for themselves, but for those less fortunate. We are very thankful for what we do have, and thankful that were able to give, Tammie said. We get so much out of this; we feel like we are the ones getting the gift. PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE Nikki Kingsland has donated more than 2,000 blankets to needy families, a charity that started three years ago after she saw a video about homelessness. A gift of warmth for the needy KRISTY VICKERY The V oice Learn more Between now and Jan. 1, new or gently used blankets, adult sleeping bags and large back packs can be dropped off at Stor-All in Oviedo (1931 W State Rd. 426) during business hours. The organization can also pick up donations and will accept cash donations. For more information about Nikkis Blankets, visit www.nikkisblan kets.webs.com or email nikkisblankets@gmail. com or for more information on HOPE or Christ mas in the City visit www.hopehelps.org Light Up UCF features an outdoor skating rink, holiday movies, mu sic and a world-class holiday light show. The event runs through Jan. 1. Enjoy music, ice-skating and carnival-style rides. Entry is free, with skating and ride prices vary ing. Call 407-823-6006 for more details or visit lightupucf.com. Santa will be available for pho tos through Dec. 24 at Oviedo Mall. Stay tuned to www.myOvie doMall.com for details on special photo nights including Pet Nights and School Spirit Nights. The Cutest Santa Photo Con test will be hosted on Seminole Towne Centers Facebook page. Post your favorite photo of your kid with Santa on the Santa Photo App on Seminole Towne Centers Facebook page before noon on Wednesday, Dec. 14. The win ner gets a visit from Santa before Christmas Eve, with a sleigh full of prizes valued at more than $2,000. Visit Seminole Towne Centers Fa cebook page. Story time at the zoo is every Wednesday in November (Nov. 23 and 30) from 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. in the Rainforest Pavilion at Central Florida Zoo. Programs are presented by the Orange County Library System Storytellers. Call 407-323-4450 extension 123 for information. Join Seminole County Natural Lands Program for guided hikes and programs throughout the county. Come learn about habi tats and the wonderful and some times mysterious creatures that live there. For information about any of the hikes or programs, call 407-349-0959. Its $3 per person. Please register in advance. (*for swamp walks, children must have completed fth grade). November guided hikes: Friday, Nov. 18: Owl Prowl, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Geneva Wilder ness Area Before you hit the road to cel ebrate all you have to be thank ful for this holiday season, have your childs car seat inspected for proper installation. Certi ed technicians from Seminole County Safe Kids Coalition will be waiting to help you at no cost at David Maus Chevrolet located off of Towne Center Boulevard and Rinehart Road in Sanford on Mon day, Nov. 21, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Call 407-665-5641. Spend a wild night at the Cen tral Florida Zoo with a special overnight camping adventure at the Rainforest Pavilion on Dec. 3. Including an exciting ashlight tour of the zoo, and a continental breakfast, members will also have an opportunity to re-enter the zoo in the morning before anyone else arrives. Its $17 per person. Camp ers must be 5 years or older. Call 407-323-4450 extension 123. Email calendar submissions to editor@observernewspapers.com

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Page 8 Nov. 18 Dec. 1, 2011 Seminole Voice Rebecca Weber, M.D.We are excited to announce the addition of Dr. Rebecca Weber who has joined us to even better accommodate your healthcare needs. We thank you for being a patient of Womens Care Florida OB & GYN Specialists and for entrusting us with your care. We hope you will help us welcome Dr. Weber into our family. Healthy Regards,1551 Clay Street Winter Park, FL 32789 1000 West Broadway St., Suite 110 Oviedo, FL 32765 PH 407.644.5371 / FAX 407.644.1417www.obandgyn.cc ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENCE 395 Alafaya Woods Blvd., Oviedo, FL 32765 407-977-8786ALF License No. 9235, 9308, 9307 www.slm.net/SCOviedo1 Signature property of Located on a beautiful campus setting, our two Savannah Court communities provide full assisted living services while Savannah Cottage offers a secured residence for those with memory loss. Call us today, stop by for a visit, join us for lunch, or all of the above! You are always welcome at Savannah Court and Cottage of Oviedo. MEMORY CARE RESIDENCEWhere hospitality is truly a way of life! Savannah Court and Cottage ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENCE 395 Alafaya Woods Blvd., Oviedo, FL 32765 407-977-8786ALF License No. 9235, 9308, 9307 www.slm.net/SCOviedo1 Signature property of Located on a beautiful campus setting, our two Savannah Court communities provide full assisted living services while Savannah Cottage offers a secured residence for those with memory loss. Call us today, stop by for a visit, join us for lunch, or all of the above! You are always welcome at Savannah Court and Cottage of Oviedo. MEMORY CARE RESIDENCEWhere hospitality is truly a way of life! Savannah Court and Cottage Located on a beautiful campus setting, our two Savannah Court communities provide full assisted living services while Savannah Cottage offers a secured residence for those with memory loss. You are always welcome at Savannah Court and Cottage of Oviedo www.savannahcourtoviedo.com395 Alafaya Woods Blvd., Oviedo, FL 32765407-977-8786 Call us today, stop by for a visit, join us for lunch, or all of the above! Calendar H o l i d a y c a l e n d a r NOV. 18 UCF Opera presents a free Master Class with Dolora Zajick from the Metropolitan Opera at Hagerty High School, 3225 Lock wood Blvd., at 7 p.m. Nov. 18. Call 407-8234680. Laugh Your W ay to a Better Marriage a seminar hosted by pastor Mark Gungor, is Nov. 18 from 7-10 p.m. and Nov. 19 from 9-12 p.m. at Metro Church in Winter Springs. The cost is $40 per person or $79 per couple. Call 407-366-7714 or visit metrocc.org Winter Springs Police Explorer Annual Charity Golf Tournament which benets the Shop with a Cop Program, is 8:30 a.m. Fri day, Nov. 18, at Twin Rivers Golf Club, 2100 Ekana Drive, Oviedo. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Tickets $65/person or $260/four some. Call 407-327-1000 Extension 574 or email kchaulk@wintersprings.org St. Stephen Catholic Churchs annual craft fair is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 18-19 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 20 at 575 Tuskawilla Road, Winter Springs. Call 407-767-5069. NOV. 19 The rst Seminole County South Rotary Club art, craft and wine festival at Cranes Roost in Altamonte Springs is Nov. 19 -20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.ssrotary.com or contact Paul Crouch at 407 774-5905. St. Lukes Concert Series presents the UCF Symphony Orchestra performing Beethovens Symphony No. 8 at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. Admission is free. Its at St. Lukes Lutheran Church, 2021 W. SR #426, Oviedo. Join the Florida Native Plant Society at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, on a walk through the Black Hammock Wilderness Area, 3276 Howard Ave., Oviedo. Its free. Call 407-3027616 for more information. NOV. 21 Tai Chi Class is Mondays at 9 a.m. at Adventure Martial Arts, 1425 Tuskawilla Road. Cost is $12. They also offer weekly Womens Self-De fense Training classes. Call 407-695-7555. DEC. 3 Create a Backyard Habi tat is 9-11 a.m. Dec. 3 at Ed Yarborough Nature Center in Geneva. Its free but preregistration is required. Call 407-349-0959. NOV. 25 Celebrate the unofcial kickoff to holiday shopping at Oviedo Malls Friday Frenzy Shopping Spree on Nov. 25. Doors open at 6 a.m. with a free gift for the rst 100 people, DJ, prizes, snack stations and more! The Sanford Welcome Cen ter will be hosting the Wild Planet art show in conjunc tion with the Sanford Art Walk on Nov. 25. This event will in clude a book signing with Judy Martin, a local author and artist that has produced Eyes on the Endangered, a book that draws attention to endangered animals around the world. The event is open to the public and admis sion is free. DEC. 2 Celebrate the holiday season at Seminole State College of Flori da with one of the planetariums most popular shows: The Star of Bethlehem. This plan etarium favorite explores the mystery behind one of historys most famous stars and will be presented on two consecutive weekends: Dec. 2 and 3 and Dec. 9 and 10. Shows are at 7 p.m. and at 8:30 p.m. The Candlelight Tour of Homes is Friday, Dec. 2, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. starting at the Sanford Welcome Center, 230 E. 1st St., Sanford. The Day Tour of Homes is Saturday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Food and beverage samples will be offered from local restaurants. Tickets are $25. St. Lukes Concert Series pres ents the Brass Band of Central Florida playing a delightful pro gram of Christmas and holiday favorites at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sat urday, Dec. 3. Admission to the concert is free. Its at St. Lukes Lutheran Church, 2021 W. State Road 426, Oviedo. Call 407365-3408 or visit www.stlukesoviedo.org DEC. 3 Join the city of Winter Springs as it kicks off its holiday fes tivities with the Holiday Parade and Christmas Tree Light ing The event will feature fun, games, music and a visit by Santa Claus. The parade starts at 5 p.m. Dec. 3, followed by the Christmas Tree Lighting event at 6:30 p.m. Its all free, and its all at the Winter Springs Town Center. For more information, call 407-327-1800. International Holiday Festival presented by AFS Central Florida is Dec. 3 from 2-5 p.m. Experi ence holiday traditions, food, music and games from around the globe with our hosted stu dents. Auction proceeds will establish a scholarship for high school international exchange. Bring your friends and neigh bors and join us at 4725 E. Lake Drive, Winter Springs (Willow Creek Church). For more infor mation, call 407-977-0286. Frontier Civitan Club Tour of Homes is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3 and noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 4. Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season by touring festive holiday home designs in Winter Springs, Baldwin Park and Winter Park. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the tour. Visit www.frontier civitanclub.org or call 407-3598941. DEC. 4 Pet lovers can have their com panion animals photo taken with Santa at the Seminole Towne Center Santa set located in the malls Center Court during the Claus & Paws Pet Photos event from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Call 407-3232262 or visit www.simon.com Oviedo Holiday Parade is Dec. 10

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Page 9 Nov. 18 Dec. 1, 2011 Seminole Voice Kids Together honored Florida Educators of Deaf/Hard-ofHearing Individuals presented its Honors of the Association Award to Kids Together Development Center in Oviedo. Three years ago a 4-monthold deaf child was enrolled at Kids Together. From the beginning Kids To gether rose to the challenge and has worked closely with the little girls family to meet her educational and developmental needs. ZumbaFest raises $3K CFE Federal Credit Union organized a ZumbaFest this year at Oviedo Mall to raise funds for A Gift for Teaching. Casa de VIBE Dance Studio donated their time to lead the participants. The ZumbaFest raised almost $3,000 and collected 30,650 school supplies. Teacher of the year Shawn Olmstead, ASL (American Sign Language) teacher at Winter Springs High School, has been named Teach er of the Year by the Florida American Sign Language Teacher Association (FASLTA). Mrs. Olmstead received this award at the Florida Foreign Language Association Conference in Cape Canaveral on Oct. 15. Featured runner Rebecca Barnes Babb of Lake Mary, Fla., was selected as one of six Fea tured Runners in the ING New York City Marathon 2011 on Sunday, Nov. 6. Babb, an ofce administrator and mother of two boys in the Lake Mary area, ran in the world-renowned 26.2-mile event for the rst time. Rebecca is raising awareness for Autism Speaks, the nations largest autism science and advocacy orga nization. Her oldest son, Kadin, was diagnosed with autism two years ago. Visit http://www.facebook.com/ INGRunnersNation Crooms is No. 1 U.S. News and World Report ranked Crooms Academy of Information Tech nology No. 1 in their Most Connected Classrooms ranking. The Most Con nected Classrooms rankings measure the modernity and sophistication of high schools online infrastructures, and the access students, faculty and parents have to them at school and home. Crooms Academy of Informa tion Technology is Seminole Countys only district-wide technology magnet high school. Principal Dr. Connie Col lins said, Crooms is indeed connect ed! Were educating millennials and our classrooms match up well with their talents and strengths. Food for Fitness Breakthrough Fitness is doing their second annual food drive to help less fortunate families and kids have a fruitful Thanksgiving and a wonder ful Christmas. Donate $10 worth of non-perishable food items or a new toy and receive unlimited access to the high-energy small group (eight person max) workouts for 30 days! Donations are accepted through Dec. 15 (30 days start at time of donation). Call 407-542-5910 or visit 269 Aulin Ave., Ste. 1011, Oviedo. Local considered for Readers Digest Mary Garrett of Altamonte Springs is one of the 150-word life stories be ing considered for publication in an upcoming issue of Readers Digest magazine. Locals can show support by voting for Garretts story or any others they like at facebook.com/ ReadersDigest Donations needed Christmas in the City, a day the com munity unites to provide the spirit of Christmas to families in need, is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at First Baptist Church of Oviedo, 45 W. Broadway Ave. Donate new unwrapped toys, socks and under wear, gift cards to Target, Walmart or grocery stores, school supplies, and jeans. Several volunteers are needed to help with sheparding/fam ily guides, wrapping gifts, sorting toys and clothes, set up and clean up. Your business or church can sponsor the event. Visit www.hopehelps.org to sign up. Families in need must preregister at HOPE, 149 E. Broadway Ave., Oviedo, before Dec. 3. Send 100-200 word submissions to editor@observernewsapers.com Fr iday December 2ndSa nta will arrive by fire engine at 10 a.m. at 156 Geneva Dr ive in Oviedo. He will be in our lobby to greet childre n from 10 a.m. until 12 noon and from 1 p. m. until 5 p. m.J oin us for p unch and c ookies !Santa Claus I s Coming To Citizens Bank o f Florida! 407-365-6611 www.mycb.com Member FDIC J & B Used Auto Parts10 Acre U-Pull-It Yard17105 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL407-568-2131 We Buy Cars And Trucks Any ConditionNo Entry FeeOpen Saturdays Notes ZumbaFest raises $3K Kids Together wins award

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Page 10 Nov. 18 Dec. 1, 2011 Seminole Voice ATHLETICS The Oviedo Lions are headed to the play offs, despite a 31-7 blowout loss they suf fered at the hands of Lake Mary to end the regular season Nov. 11. The Lions took the lead early in that But Oviedo would not score again in that game, watching Lake Mary walk away with it as they scored four unanswered Now the Lions (7-3, 3-1) get to face an East Ridge team that went 7-3 in the regu lar season and carries four straight wins into the postseason. Lucky for the Lions, gional playoffs at home. That game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18. Winter Springs For the Bears (1-9, 0-4), an unfortunate sea son came to an ignominious end when they dropped their seventh straight game to end the season Nov. 11. This time it was against a Seminole (3September. The Seminoles blew the Bears throwing for 230 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown pass. A scoreless second half ended the worst season in team history. Hagerty ond-best season in history with a 18-13 win over Lake Howell on Nov. 11. son with a three-game win streak. Unfor tunately for the Huskies, their district was stacked this season with two teams (Lake Brantley and Lake Mary) that ran away with the district crown and runner-up spot, putting the Huskies in a solid third place but out of the running for the postseason. the season with a shot at a bowl game. The Knights (4-6, 2-4) watched a thrill fell 30-29 to then-No. 25 Southern Miss on Saturday, Nov. 12. The Golden Eagles rose to No. 22 after the win, and the Knights fell deeper into a losing record after com than they had all season. The game started as a slow one on of fense for both teams, as they struggled to the night after failed drives. nal 2:47 that ended in a leaping touchdown by three defenders as time expired. two-point conversion to win the game rath er than attempt a tying extra point and risk an overtime period against the dynamic Eagles offense. That attempt would fail when a Bortles pass nearly sailed into the outstretched hand of Southern Miss defensive end Jaco rius Cotton, who batted it away shy of its intended target, tight end Adam Nissley. the Knights will face two teams who have Carolina. Thankfully for the Knights, East Carolina (4-6, 3-3) is also on a two-game losing streak after being blown out by Southern Miss 4828 on Nov. 5 and edged by UTEP 22-17 on That game kicks off in Greenville, N.C., at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19. the season, the Knights return home to face UTEP (5-5, 2-4) at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25. The Miners have suffered some very nar row losses this season but edged the Pirates on Nov. 12. The last time the Knights faced the Miners in 2008, they were blown out 5813. THIS WEEK in sports history Nov. 19, 1969 Brazilian soccer great Pele scores his 1,000th professional goal. Under Peles leadership, Brazil won the World Cup in 1958, 1962 and 1970. During his career, Pele scored 1,282 goals in 1,363 games. PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE Oviedo hosts East Ridge on Nov. 18 in the regional quarternal after a strong district showing. Lions playoff bound ISAAC BABCOCK The V oice ISAAC BABCOCK The V oice Knights need two wins Letters to Santa Contest Kids, submit your letters to Santa Claus, starting with The gift I most want to give is The winner of the contest will ride for one night on an Oviedo re truck with Santa Claus as he greets residents on the week of Dec. 12-17. The winner will also win four tickets to Light Up UCF and their letter will be published in The Voice. Letters to Santa Contest entries are to be no longer than one page and are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, either by email, editor@observernewspapers.com, or physical mail, 1500 Park Center Drive, Orlando, FL 32835. Include the authors name, age, phone number, address and email. Sponsored by:

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Page 11 Nov. 18 Dec. 1, 2011 Seminole Voice VOICES Young Voices We would love to hear your from Young Call 407-563-7026 or e-mail editor@observernewspapers.com to have The Voice visit your class or group. Voices! THIS WEEK in political history Nov. 25, 1783 Nearly three months after the Treaty of Paris was signed end ing the American Revolution, the final British soldiers withdraw from New York City, the last British military position in the United States. The city had been in British hands since 1776. Heres what kids at Great Day in the Country in Oviedo said they are thankful for: I am thankful for my family and friends. I am also thankful to live in a house because I feel pro tected there. Baked turkey and stuffing are my favorite Thanksgiving foods. Chloe C. 10 years old For Thanksgiving my favorite food is turkey and rolls. I am thankful for my friends and fam ily and for our dog Bella. She is a Yorkie. We live in Oviedo, and Im in the first grade. Madison T. 7 years old I am thankful for everything, for my family and for nature, animals and our two dogs. I am also thankful for God because he made everything. I love cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Hannah C. 8 years old I am thankful for my family and friends. We always have good relationships in our family and I get to play with my friends every day and I dont have to be lonely. Kevin C. 8 years old I am thankful for my friend in California. We are pen pals and he wrote that he was thankful for me as his friend. I like turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans and aspara gus. Erik S. 6 years old EMPLOYMENT Ask Sandi Sandi Vidal is the executive director for Christian HELP and the Central Florida Employment Council, with more than 10 years of recruiting and human resources experience. Please send questions about employment by fax 407-260-2949 sandi@chris tianhelp.org or mail Ask Sandi C/O Christian HELP, 450 Seminola Blvd., Casselberry, FL 32707. TALK T O SANDI > After graduating from Oviedo High in 2006, I set off for Tallahassee to attend Flor ida State as a biology student on the premed track, because I absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt, knew that I wanted to be a doctor. I wanted to help people, and what better way to do that than cut crisis later I graduated from FSU with a BS double major in international affairs and anthropology, still wanting to help people, just in a different way. Mere months after that I was on my way to Senegal as a Peace sire halfway around the world. I have now been in Senegal for 15 months, living with my host family in a village of about 800 people. In February, with the help of Peace Corps trainers, we people of Jammagen to voice their opin ions about their needs and wants in order years. The projects that were voted most important were all dealing with water sanitation, or the lack thereof. Because of lacking sanitation infrastructure, diarrheal diseases plague the villagers, mainly chil dren, especially during the rainy season. As a Sustainable Agriculture volunteer, my primary focus is to extend improved but their desire to improve the sanitation standards of the community and thus pre vent children from getting sick year after year inspired me to take on the challenge of a community-wide latrine project. Soon after that meeting, my village work partner and I went to all 100 compounds to speak out exactly how many families had accept able latrines. The results of that survey were shocking; only four cement-lined latrines were in usable condition in the entire village, and one of those was mine. Some families dig direct latrines every cement bricks and reinforce them properly and because of the extremely sandy soil in our region those usually collapse during happens to our water supply when tor rential rains bring rivers of water through After getting over the shock that we were going to have to build almost 100 latrines, I was struck with an even more the total cost of the project to be around $15,000. My assistant Peace Corps director told me that a Peace Corps Partnership, a program that allows donors back home in the U.S. to make tax deductible contri would be the only hope of raising enough money to complete the project. I am so thankful to be able to say that we have already had about $6,000 donated to the project, but that still leaves almost $9,000 to raise by the end of the year. People in the village are excited and ready to dig the hole for their latrines, but that cannot begin until the full cost has been donated. As you sit down this week for Thanks giving dinner with your families and are reminded of all the wonderful things we often take for granted in life, please take a minute to think about the people of Jam to change their situation, but with small steps, such as these latrines, they can begin to move in the right direction to build a your support and contribution we can change the lives of an entire village. You can read more about the project tinyurl.com/senegallatrineproject Hyatt is an Oviedo resident and Peace Corps volunteer. I am always looking for ways to help job seekers in their job search. Some times it is helping people to tailor their approach, helping people to network or suggesting tools that will help job A couple of years ago at one of our employment seminars hosted by the Central Florida Employment Council, I met Georgia Lee Stuart. She has a phenomenal grassroots email that she sends out on a regular basis with job leads and job seeker events. of the people I have referred to her get jobs as a result of her leads. She receives emails from employers (many are small businesses you wont see advertised anywhere) about their job openings, she scours websites for other ones, and she will let you know about every now hiring sign she sees. I love when she celebrates a job seeker getting a job. Many ask to stay on the list so they can continue to for ward her emails to friends they know who are still looking. great for job seekers? I would love to email. the Life Center at College Park Baptist Church. Where to look for job leads Staff opinion get people to actually do it. taken a huge chunk of the retail pie, stores that used to be the backbone of America. But over the past several years, those locally owned shops and restaurants. compete with. People might go to these stores for special occasions, like a birthday gift for a friend or an anniversary dinner, but is that enough to keep these small busi pop, many shoppers use big-box retailers for their everyday goods, such as groceries, and for big-ticket items like televisions or tools. The reason is simple: Smaller shops have trouble matching big store prices. For the second year, a movement called Small Business Saturday will encourage shoppers to spend Saturday, Nov. 26 wedged between Black Friday on Nov. 25 ing locally owned shops. Many businesses will offer slashed prices, just like the pricecutting usually seen in chain retailers. But to really make an impact on the incorporate local shopping into their rou tines. Another big reason big-box stores are than it does to go to big retailers, which often offer a one-stop-shop environment. Shopping local is about more than just helping out your neighbor who owns it. money you earn to go to your neighbor who owns the bakery down the street because that money could in turn be spent buying ingredients at a locally owned grocer. Instead of waiting until the last minute to check off items on your shopping lists, use a free afternoon and search these local on the stuff you use daily. Yes, some prices are not competitive, and in a recession we need the best price. But instead of waiting daily, weekly or monthly routine. Shop local and your neighbor, your community and, over time, your pocket book will thank you. Support small businesses all year-round MEGHAN HYATT Guest Writer Small steps to big change

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