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Free! www.SeminoleVoice.com Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 12, 2012 USPS 008-093 Publisher statement on page 2. Whats goin on?INDEX Turtle power > 2 Gymtastic > 6 Champions > 10These swimmers have the competition in their wake Local little gymnasts have big aspirations Oviedo institute draws researchers worldwideOviedo and Winter Springs both made strides forward in cutting budgets and keep ing up city services during a tough 2011. What can you expect in your city in 2012? Take a look at what your leaders had to say as they peered into their crystal ball.Oviedo City Council Mayor Dominic Persampiere:The city of Oviedo had many great accomplishments in 2011, but the top of the list is being named a top 10 family-friendly city by Family Circle magazine. It was quite an honor for our entire community to be recog nized as such, and being able to share with the entire world what we already knew. We have also once again done a tremendous job balancing our budget. Hopefully for us all the New Year will bring the end of this prolonged economic slump. Looking forward to 2012, we have many development projects we are working on for Oviedo: a medical facility, new downtown, re-development of the historic downtown and continued revitalization of the Oviedo Mall, to name a few. We have much to look forward to and to be thankful for. We also welcome our new City Manager Kathryn Breazeale and new Assistant City Manger Bryan Cobb. If the names sound familiar, they are, as your Council has pro moted from within to these two very impor Holmes and Watson play a deadly game of wits against their most daunting opponent, Professor Moriarty. Opening this week: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Calendar > 8The Environmental Studies Centers Winter Break Camp offers outdoor adventures for ages 8-12 on Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 2-6. Celery Stalks . ........................................... 4 Stetsons Corner . ...................................... 4 Interests . .................................................. 6 Calendar . .................................................. 8 Athletics . ................................................ 10 Ask Sandi . .............................................. 11 Young Voices . ......................................... 11 Classifieds . ............................................. 12Healthy habits for preschoolBRITTNI JOHNSON The Voice Please see KIDS on page 3For Marva Forbes and her family, dinner was coming home, hot oil in a pan and frying up some chicken. As a rule, she said. There was also lots of pizza, Mc Donalds and chips and candy for snacks. Not much thought went behind planning meals for her family, which includes three of her children and two grandchildren. Our eating habits were: we just ate, Forbes said. That is until four years ago, when her 6-year-old grandson started go ing to Winter Park Day Nursery. The nursery, which offers free training from their chef on how to make healthy, affordable meals, taught Forbes and her grandchildren the wonders of eating healthy. Adopting the programThough the nursery has always had a healthy meal plan, a year ago they adopted a new program offered by the Nemours obesity prevention initiative. The initiative has already helped 11,000 Central Florida kids and more than 600 child-care providers. With a recent $50,000 grant from the Winter Park Health Foun dation (WPHF), it will help 14 more A saintly Christmas PHOt T O BY ISAAC bBAbBCOCK t THE v V OICE SSt. Lucia girls perform the traditional Swedish procession at the St. Lucia Day celebration at the Museum of Seminole CCounty HHistory in Sanford on Dec. 10. Leaders offer resolutions for New Year PHOt T O BY ISAAC bBAbBCOCK t THE v V OICE OOviedos CCity CCouncil had reason to smile after the city made a top 10 list for family-friendly cities. Please see RESOlLUTIONS on page 5

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Page 2 Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 12, 2012 Seminole Voice THIS WEEK For the past 40 years Peter Prit chard has dedicated all aspects of his life to the research and conser vation of the worlds turtle and tortoise populations. Throughout his career, Prit chard, founder of the Chelonian Research Institute in Oviedo, has amassed a collection of nearly 14,000 different turtle and tortoise specimen ranging from four inch es to seven feet long, housed between the institute and his home. We are one of the biggest turtle and tortoise museums in the world, Pritchard said. Yet people drive by us everyday and never even know were here. Those who certainly do know of the institutes presence, howev er, are the researchers who travel from across the country and globe to visit it. I always like it when people go to the biggest museums in New York and Washington and ask if they have something and they have to tell them, Oh, youll have to go to Oviedo for that, Pritchard says. On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the Che lonian Research Institute hosted a Theater to commemorate the 40year milestone of Pritchards ca reer and bring together his friends, family and colleagues to honor his continued world-renowned work and research being done at the in stitute.The next generation Growing up in Northern Ireland, Pritchard said the main reason he started studying turtles was be cause he had such little access to them. We take them for granted here (the United States), he said. For me growing up, they werent an everyday thing that you saw. on a grade school trip to the Lon don Zoo and was instantly fasci nated and amazed by the durabil ity, mobility and body structure of the slow-moving creatures. Years later, when he went to study at Oxford, originally to study chemistry, his boyhood curiosity of discovering the unknown would be sparked again, starting him on the career he con tinues today. I was studying chemistry when I realized the kids study ing zoology were out traveling the world, uncovering new, rare species instead of sitting in a lab, he said. What they were doing looked like much more fun. He graduated Oxford with a degree in zoology, and after years more of research and schooling, eventually ended up at the University of Florida teaching biology before coming to Oviedo to open the Chelonian Research Institute in 1998. Studying, raising and search ing for tortoises and turtles eventually became the everyday norm for Pritchard, giving his own children the access to the creatures he had yearned for when he was young. Growing up, we had Galapagos tortoises that lived outside that we would bring inside during the winter, his son Cameron said. I would be laying around next to the heater with all these tortoises around while I was watching T.V. and I had no idea that wasnt nor mal until my friends would come over. The Chelonian Research In stitute provides local adults and children with similar access to the creatures; not in their living rooms but just around the corner in their neighborhood, and Pritchard says he hopes that will encourage their curiosity.World-class institute in OviedoThe institute, Pritchard said, is equal parts museum, library and art gallery. He said he has re searchers from across the globe come for weeks at a time to study his collections. from Torino University in Italy, visited Oviedo for a week in No vember to examine Pritchards collections for a book he is writing on turtles from the Mediterranean area. Maybe it seems strange, but for me the best thing I could do was to come here, he said. There but they dont have as many ar cheological samples as they do here in Oviedo. In addition to the thousands of preserved specimens and doz ens of live turtles and tortoises housed at the 10-acre compound, Pritchard also has rooms in the the research areas for traveling and stay in right on property. not only materials from the U.S., no said. In this single place, you ThHIsS wee WEEK in history Dec. 22, 1900 The first car to be produced under the Mercedes name is deliv ered to its buyer, Emil Jellinek, an Austrian car racer and auto dealer to the rich and famous. In exchange for buying 36 of the cars, the auto company agreed to name its new machine after Jellineks 11-year-old daughter, Mercedes. Published Friday, Dec. 16, 2011PUBLISHER KKyle Taylor, 407-563-7009 kyle@observernewspapers.com ASSOCIATE EDITORen IIsaac Babcock 407-563-7023en isaacb@observernewspapers.com MANAGING EDITORen Jenny Andreasson, 407-563-7026en editor@observernewspapers.com DESIGNERen Jonathan Gallagher, 407-563-7054en jgallagher@observernewspapers.com ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER Tracy Craft, 407-515-2605 tcraft@observernewspapers.com CLASSIFIEDS LISTINGS classieds@observernewspapers.com pP hone 407-563-7000 SeminoleVoice.com F ax 407-563-7099 Volume 21 Issue No. 50 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, FFL 32790 SUBSCRIPTIONS/CIRCULATION Amanda Rayno 407-563-7073 arayno@golfweek.com COPY EDITOR Padrick Brewer COLUMNISTS KKaren McEnany-Phillips of Genevaen kphillips@observernewspapers.com Janet FFoley of Oviedo 407-365-6859 celerystalks@att.net Sandi Vidal of Casselberryen sandi@christianhelp.org Tom Carey of Oviedoen sundewgardens@gmail.com ADVERTISING SALES Jessica McCord, 843-870-7650 jmccord@observernewspapers. com 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 Turtle tycoonOviedo resident celebrates 40 years of working in turtle and tortoise research and conservation SSARAH WIlLSON The Voice PHOt T O BY ISAAC bBAbBCOCK t THE v V OICE With nearly 14,000 different turtle and tortoise specimen on site, the C Chelonian Research I Institute has drawn research ers worldwide to OOviedo. Peter Pritchard, who has spent 40 years studying the creatures, founded the institute in 1998. The Chelonian Research IInstitute is located at 402 S. Central Ave. in Oviedo. FFor more information on Peter Pritchard and the institute, visit www.chelonianri.org. Learn moreDear readers, By the time this newspaper is in your hands, you may be having a Christmas Eve feast, watching your children open presents on Christmas morning, watching the ball drop on 2012, or lounging on the couch on New Years Day. We at the Voice hope every one of those times brings you happiness and joy. We also hope this issue is packed with enough news and information to keep you tided over through the holidays, because it will be on the news stands until Jan. 12. The next printed issue of the Voice will arrive on Jan. 13, but please stop by our website, SeminoleVoice.com, for updates throughout the holiday season. Happy holidays, Your Seminole Voice staff

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Page 3 Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 12, 2012 Seminole Voice providers in the area. Preschools are struggling when it comes to teaching healthy habits, said Dr. Lloyd Werk, director of Nemours Florida Preven tion Initiative. Theres a knowledge gap, and we can make a difference. They hope to saturate the area with their program. Nemours will have volunteers and paid staff train the child-care providers on two programs: Nemours Healthy Habits for Life and the Nemours plan for a healthy lifestyle: 5-2-1 Almost None. Healthy Hab its teaches preschool children about some times and anytime food, eating the colors of the rainbow and including move ment in all play. Almost None focuses on more exercise, reducing TV and computer time, making nutrition interesting and lim iting sugary drinks. Were trying to build a culture of well ness, Werk said. Many of our lifelong habits are developed in this time period. WPHF President Patricia Maddox agreed and said this program will help expand their current efforts, which include teaching public school children healthy habits, to an even younger group. The earlier habits are engrained in our lives the better chance we have to keep them, Maddox said.Changes to the nurserySince implementing Nemours program, the Day Nursery has most changed their movement policy. Now, they include move ment at least two to three more times than they did before. There isnt any sitting around and waiting to start activities there. Kids are encouraged to play a slow-motion game, copy the leader and act like animals. They hop and skip to their next activity. Its all about integrating movement into parts of the day they never thought they would. And its the kids favorite part of the day moving and playing is natural for them, unlike sitting quietly, Nursery Director Ali DeMaria said. Games to teach nutrition include learn ing sometimes and anytime foods. Pizza pops up, and the children crouch down for sometimes, she shows cereal with fruit so they hop up and down from the energy they would get from that any time food. Next, they roll dice to see what move ment theyll do and how many times theyll do it. The children obviously love it, excit edly hopping around, dancing and wig gling. DeMaria loves that the teachers have a new resource to teach children about nutri tion, and the children are really grasping the concepts. They know more about what theyre given, she said. And while the nursery has always had healthy meals, chef Shirley Shankle has made the change from canned to fresh fruit. She exposes the children to vegetables every day, and they are encouraged to try new things. She likes making eating broccoli a game dinosaurs eating trees. Parents tell her that their children know what theyre eating and request anytime foods. Shan kle said she loves getting the kids to try new things, and, eventually, like them. I feel that this is their most impression able age, she said. Changes at homeForbes sees those habits growing stron Her children now ask for carrots instead of candy, she bakes everything and her micro wave has gotten dusty. Her picky family eats asparagus, which Forbes never imagined in a million years. They spend lots of time walking and outside, and television and computer time is stopped at 30 minutes each from the ding of an egg timer. They feel healthy. Its funny because I never thought changed. STRESSBALL MEATBALLMAITLANDORLAND O | FLORIDA MALL Stress less this holiday... leave your party to Buca This Holiday Season, think of Buca when planning office parties or family get-togethers. Whether you bring them to Buca, or bring Buca to them, we know how to feed a crowd.HO LIDA Y G AT H ERIN GS GIFT C ARDS | P ART Y P ANS T O GOPerfect for bucadibeppo.comBOOK YOUR HO LIDA Y EV ENT TODAY!OP EN CH RISTMAS DA Y Individual & Family health plans For an Instant Quote or to apply, visit our website www.HealthInsuranceIBS.com407-831-5166 IIf youd like to volunteer, or are interested in getting this program at your child care center, email FFLPrevention@nemours.org Learn more KIdsDS | New program teaches children to adapt to healthier lifestyles they can sustain through adulthood CC OONTIINUEED FRO OM frFR OntNT pP AGE PHOt T O BY ISAAC bBAbBCOCK t THE v V OICE SStudents pretend theyre dinosaurs and broccoli are trees to encourage them to eat healthier. PHOt T O BY ISAAC bBAbBCOCK t THE v V OICE Winter Park D Day N Nursery chef Shirley Shankle prepares peanut butter bagels for the kids.

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Page 4 Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 12, 2012 Seminole Voice One of my very favorite things about Geneva at Christmas is the glow of candles, lights and man gers. Rural areas are naturally of ground light. So whether the lights are strung across roof tops, fence lines, azalea bushes or around the trunks of palms and live oaks, they embrace our spirits with serenity and hope. There are three lovely crches that are lit at night, on State Road 46 at the end of Avenue C and on Main Street, and we thank our churches for sharing their nativities with us.Geneva mournsOur heartfelt condolences go out to the family of 5-year-old Liam Dorst in the wake of a tragic accident last weekend. Liam died when a car his dad was work ing on slipped off its temporary foundation and the child was pinned beneath it. Our thoughts and prayers are with this family struck by tragedy in a season that should be joyous.Newest Eagle ScoutGeneva celebrates the milestone of our own Talon Michael Falconer, who has achieved his ship service project involved rebuilding and erecting two stor age sheds at Fort Lane Park. The Geneva Historical & Genealogical Society newsletter describes to Randy Deavers (Scout Master) Talon Falconer, we now have installing ceiling fans, a water heater and the sheds this year. We are truly grateful for their work with our organization and look forward to continuing to make improvements in the future of Honor will be held for Talon on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 4 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Geneva.Historical Society holiday gift sale gifts for a history buff or new Geneva neighbor, check out lot sale on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Find stocking stuffers, Geneva Historical Society gift memberships, prints, note-cards, T-shirts and old-fash ioned toys.Christmas Horse ParadeSanta arrives at Focal Point Landscape Nursery & Gift Shop on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. including pictures with Santa and sleigh rides. Stick around for the Christmas Horse Parade.Happy New Year Geneva Peas and PlentyPlan to come on out Sunday, Jan. 1, to the third annual Peas and Plenty celebration at the Com munity Center. Black-eyed peas, rice and corn are said to bring luck because they swell when they cook, as we hope good luck will too. Pork is also offered because hogs root in a forward motion symbolizing forward progress. Greens are delicious and are also the color of money. This feast will be provided free to all Genevans. If you are able consider bringing a pot of turnip, mustard greens or cabbage, a pan of cornbread, a vegetable side dish or a pie. Donations to offset the cost of the pulled pork are gratefully a.m. to 2 p.m. or until the food runs out. For more information contact Wanda Currie at wanda_ currie@yahoo.com, 407-519-8838 or Cindy Simonton at tacybell@ earthlink.net 407-312-2204. Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, joyous Kwanzaa and Happy New Year! See you in 2012! Its time for the jolly man in the red suit to come visiting lots of us. Did you write your letter to Santa? I know of a great mailbox to put your letter to Santa in. The mailbox is located in the front of the Lawton House, and a little elf told me that lots on letters have been received already. So, my little friends, hurry up, because Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa. I remember seeing him Satur day, Dec. 3, in the evening at the Lawton House, and to all out there, do have a very happy and wonderful holiday. I wish you well.Mall is business of the yearDid you know that the Oviedo Mall was named Business of The Year? The Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce named the Oviedo Mall the Busi ness of the Year for 2011 at the December awards luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Oviedo Mall. Ten awards were given out during the luncheon, honoring various chamber members and their organizations. Receiving this award is a true surprise and honor to the entire management at Oviedo Mall, marketing manager Sara Steffes said as she and general manager Brian Olivi accepted the award together. We are ecstatic that our ef forts thus far have made such a positive impact, Olivi said. I have never seen a business make such drastic and positive changes in such a quick amount of time, said Cory Skeates, he presented the awards with the chamber chairman Todd Cluxton of Citizens Bank. Santa visitsSanta Claus is coming to Geneva at the Focal Point Landscape Nursery & Gift Shops Annual Christmas Celebration on Satur day, Dec. 17. Pictures with Santa and sleigh rides will be 10 a.m.noon and 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. There will be a Christmas Horse Parade from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Geneva JamAlso on Saturday, Dec. 17, come for a free evening of old-time music at the Geneva Jam at the Geneva Community Center. This is a mix of several musical genres for you to enjoy. Food and drinks are available for purchase from 6-7 p.m. (or until the food runs out). Music will start around 6:30 month with half of the pot and the food proceeds going to help pay for the upkeep of the Geneva Community Center.Christmas in the City is hosting a Christmas in the City event at the Oviedo Baptist songs of the season, a shared meal, children playing and more. Last year, more than 500 families toys, shoes, gift cards, clothing and a pre-packaged Christmas dinner. Police car show Car Show will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Oviedo Mall, 1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd. This event will be hosted by the Winter Springs Optimist Club in cooperation with the Oviedo and Winter Springs police. The show will include hundreds of classic, modern and antique ve hicles of all types; numerous law vehicles; military vehicles as well as helicopters from the sheriffs Floridas Blood Centers Big Red Bus and specialized public safety equipment from multiple agencies will also be present. Local area clubs can also com pete. Registration for vehicles is $25-$35 depending on the date of registration. There will also be a the Optimist Clubs youth, family and special needs programs as well as early childhood cancer campaigns. Free admission and if you need more information, call 407-971-5591Glass showI love going to the Depression Glass Show to be held Satur day, Jan. 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m-4 p.m. in the Sanford Civic Center, 401 Sanlando Depression Glass Show will feature authors Barbara and Jim Mauzy, displays, seminars and hourly door prize drawings. $4.50 admission good for both days. Call 407-298-3355 if you need more information.A thoughtThe day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise. Alden Nowlan, Between Tears and Laughter TAX DEFERREDFIXED ANNUITY RATE FOR 5 YEARS.Bob Adams 407-644-6646THE NATIONAL 5 YEAR CD RATE IS 1.34%*3.65%* OF CENTRAL FLORIDA CELEBRATING OVER 25 YEARS SERVING YOUR COMMUNITYBernard S. Zeffren, MD Eugene F. Schwartz, MD Winnie Whidden, MSN, ARNP-CVoted Best Doctors of Central FL, Orlando Magazine for 7 consecutive yearsDiplomates American Board of Allergy and Immunology Evening Hours Available793 Douglas Ave. Altamonte Springs, FL 32714407-862-5824 2 locations in Seminole County7560 Ste. 2064 407-366-7387www.orlandoallergy.com Oviedo Antique MallOpening December 1stNew 5,000 square foot antique & collectibles mall in downtown Oviedo.Primitives, furniture, jewelry, lp albums, collectibles, coins & moreOpen 7 Days! Limited Dealer Space AvailableKay Halley & other Halleys Antiques dealers are now located at Oviedo Antique Mall Dec. 1-8 watch batteries installed $2.00+tax each CELERYBy Janet Foley theBetweenStalksSend word to Janet Foley about events and let her know whats going on around town by e-mailing celerystalks@att.netTALK tT O JANET > 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 tT O KAREN > Holiday cheer Have a peaceful Christmas Sign of the times The recently redubbed Oviedo Mall continues to spruce up its image, garnering the OviedoWinter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce award for Business of the Year for 2011. PHOTO bBY ISAAC bBAbBCOCK THE VOICE

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Page 5 Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 12, 2012 Seminole Voice tant positions. Mrs. Breazeale and Mr. Cobb are very familiar with Oviedo and have sat in on and helped craft our strategic plan, goals and visions for the upcom ing years. We are quite fortunate to have such talent in Oviedo for now and years to come! Wishing everyone a joyous, healthy and prosperous New Year!Steve Henken:portant event/accomplishment in 2011? The best thing we did was hire one of the most impressive people I have ever met to be our city manager: Kathryn Breazeale. She is a woman with an outstanding vision who is well respected by the Council and all of the employees. She has made an im mediate impact and is someone who in my opinion will go down the history of the city of Oviedo. lution for the city in 2012? I want to ensure that we work very hard to deliver the long-awaited hospital medical facility and to start deliver that vision that our residents have waited on for so long. I also want to thank the residents for electing me to a fourth term on Council. Their friendship, advice and trust they have in me is something I appreciate very much. They can expect another solid effort and results as Oviedo is going to do some great things in the next two years. Merry Christmas, and happy New Year to all.Stephen Schenck: Oviedo has accomplished a lot this year, being named a Family Circle magazine top 10 best town in America for families in 2011 and again being named to the Relocate America top 100 places to live in 2009, 2010 and 2011. These awards showcase the direction the City Council has been moving toward the past few years: kids and cul-de-sacs. We are a familyoriented community that is great to live in, and has a boundless future. We look forward to new opportunities that are just on the horizon, some that have been in the works for years and are now just coming forth. We have incorporated the Alafaya Utilities acquisition and are beginning to gle-source utility system. I look forward to the New Year and to enjoying new restaurants, new employers and a new overpass to link the trails into Oviedo. I wish everyone a happy holiday season, and a safe and enriching entry into the New Year. KKeith Britton: By far our most prestigious accomplishment of 2011 was being named one of the Top 10 Best Cities for Families by Family Circle magazine. The distinction recognizes the many qualities of Oviedo, including its parks, low crime, support to schools and a community that has always given a helping hand to those in need. We are very fortunate to be able to enjoy the many amenities that are available to us. I am thankful for these blessings. The City Council will work with our new city manager and her team to continue our efforts to improve services and reduce costs through a streamlined city organization. Recognizing that making the government more accessible to the citizens is a continuous process; my personal resolution is to continue to serve the citizens of Oviedo through open communications and trans parent government.Cindy Drago:It has been a pleasure to serve you as an Oviedo City Council member in 2011 and it was a memorable year. Our city accomplished many things during this time, including a balanced budget without cutting services or raising taxes. This is quite an accomplishment considering the turbulent economic times were living in now. Im very proud to say that Family Circle magazine selected Oviedo to be one of the 10 best towns for families to call home because of our top-notch schools, affordable housing, green-space, access to health care, and our giving and helping spirit. Our city was also selected by RelocateAmerica.com as one of Americas Top 100 Places to live for 2011 for the third consecutive year. The year 2012 has many goals on the horizon. One is to continue on this successful path, bring emergency hospital/healthcare into our community, make strides at developing Oviedo on the Park, bring more business into our city, improve upon open ways to balance the budget again while maintaining high levels of customer service, productivity, is to help Oviedo be the best and safest city it can be. From my family to all Oviedo: merry Christmas and happy New Year!Winter Springs Commission Mayor Charles Lacey:Four years ago, the prevailing wisdom was that the city of Winter Springs had scrubbed all ment and that the circa 2007 budget and revenue levels were as tight as they could get. Against this backdrop, in 2009 the city rejected that assumption and began an effort to make itself more cost-effective without any reduc tion in service levels. A milestone was reached in 2011 when we approved a budget that reduced taxes to Winter Springs residents. No other city in Seminole County can make that claim. In 2012, I want to see Winter Springs make progress to expand its tax base to include more commercial enterprises, particularly in the Seminole Way Research will be enormous: reduced tax burden to homeowners, higher home valuations and more varied places to shop, eat and work. Joanne KKrebs: All events are important to our citizens and business partners, but for me the most important event is our Fourth of July event. We celebrate our nations independence and what America means to be free. At that time, made to become and remain a free country. It is truly a family and community celebration and remembrance. Our most important accom plishment in 2011 Our goal was to hold the line on taxes. We were actually able to reduce taxes without reducing services. This is directly attributable to leader ship, teamwork and dedication of the entire city staff, who are to be congratulated for their efforts and input helping reach this goal! My New Years resolution for our city Provide better economic development strategies to ensure current and future busi ness successes.Rick Brown:In my opinion, the biggest accom plishment of the city of Winter Springs last year was that we lowered taxes! And we lowered taxes while not cutting services, not laying off employees, lower ing our crime rate another 20 per cent and investing in economic development. While lowering taxes we still made a national list of best places to live proving once again it cost more every year to be worldclass. My New Years resolution for the city is for the city of Winter Springs to continue to be the shining example of municipal government transparency, and that through additional budget tightening, spending controls and careful planning we can continue a way to reduce taxes again in 2012 while maintaining the high standard of quality our community has become known for.Cade Resnick:In 2011, Winter Springs re ceived a top 100 cities award. In my opinion, this reward is well deserved due to a depth of citizenry that is cohesive, strong, vocal and in many ways collegial. Winter Springs may be a city of thousands, yet within the city we work to the betterment of our own success. With this in mind, I feel that one of the most important accom plishments Winter Springs found in 2011 was at City Hall. Through the ongoing effort of an amazing staff, the people at City Hall were able to lower taxes in a time of economic hardship. We worked hard to facilitate incoming businesses and projects to streamline permits for future growth within the city. Within the community we were able to maintain a very low crime rate in our city thanks to a team approach from the po lice department. Our parks and recreation department worked hard to maintain success through their whole organization. There are many people who are part of this systemic success, and it is all led by leaders who know how to get the job done. My desire for the city in 2012 is to continue to move forward with streamlining our services, maintaining the highest level of customer service to the citizens and to seek out positive economic development that can bring people, jobs and success for the future of Winter Springs.Jean Hovey: event/accomplishment was lowering the millage rate for our citizens without affecting ser vices, providing our employees with a pay increase and holding three community events without using tax dollars. My New Years resolution for the city is to add lots of businesses to our city! Please keep in mind, past performance is not indicative of future results and an investor would incur commissions or fees (and interest charges if transacted in a margin account) related to investing in these recommendations. On a total return basis through November 8, 2011, with performances averaged as if an equal dollar allocation were made to each stock at the beginning of the period and held until December 31 of the following year. Individual results will vary and transaction costs related to investing in these stocks will affect overall performance. There is no assurance that the list will achieve the results expected, and investors may incur prots or losses. The results presented should not and cannot be viewed as an indicator of future performance. The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index of 500 widely held stocks and is generally considered representative of the U.S. stock market. Investors cannot invest directly in an index. Since 2002, the Analysts Best Picks list has recommended 117 stocks. Of those, 79 (68%) advanced and 38 (32%) declined within the recommended holding period. The holding period for each years list is approximately 55 weeks from the inception date to December 31 of the following year. A complete record of all Analysts Best Picks since inception is available upon request. Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC 11-BDMKT-0679 SFS/FJD 11/11Around this time of year, theres one list on every investors mind: the popular Raymond James Analysts Best Picks list of recommended stocks. This year is no different. The list highlights individual stocks that Raymond James seasoned analysts expect to produce superior overall results during the year ahead. Over the past 10 years, the names on this list produced an average total return of 18.1% compared to just 6.5% for the broad-market S&P 500.* Thats quite nice indeed. Dont miss it; contact me today to receive a copy of your own when it becomes available. LIFE WELL PLANNED.WEVE MADE OUR LIST AND CHECKED IT TWICE. YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHECK IT OUT, TOO. Raymond James Award-Winning Equity Analysts to Release 2012 Best PicksWEVE MADE OUR LIST AND CHECKED IT TWICE. YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHECK IT OUT, TOO. Scott R. Nickerson Associate Vice President, Investments 301 East Pine Street Suite 1100 Orlando, FL 32801 scott.nickerson@raymondjames.com www.fortresswmrj.com Tom Carey SundewGardens@gmail.comEvery home should have a garden Experience homegrown gardening: resolRESOLUtTIonsONS | Hospital in 2012? CC OONTIINUEED FRO OM frFR OntNT pP AGE Christmas on the lawn PHOt T O BY jJENNY ANDREASSON t THE v V OICE SSanta CClaus greets visitors at OOviedos Lawton HHouse at the citys tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 3.

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Page 6 Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 12, 2012 Seminole Voice INTERESTS THIS WEEKin human history Dec. 28, 1895 The worlds first commercial movie screening takes place at the Grand Cafe in Paris. The film was a series of short scenes from every day French life. Admission was charged for the first time.They may only be in elementary school, but Caleb Marcum, Evan Johnson, GianCarlos Coris and Raiden Donlon already have their sights set on athletic gold. From starting in mommy and me classes and moving on to practicing five days a week at ACE Gymnastics in Longwood, these Seminole County kids are on the fast track to the top. Ive been coming to the gym since I was in a car seat, said Raiden, 10. My mom says even when I was in the womb I did gymnastics. Earlier this year the four boys, ages 8-10, were selected to participate in the Future Stars Program, a developmental feeder program for the Junior National Development Team. Their coach, Greg Weller, says it serves as a gifted program for the top young gymnasts across the country. These kids are good, he said. By doing this theyre only getting better, and theyre get ting a few steps ahead of their competition. As their competition sea son looms closer, with 10 meets scheduled from December through April in places ranging from Miami to Tallahassee, the boys are trying to get a jumpstart on not only their competi tion, but also their futures.Flipping out Whether theyre in the gym, at home or out running errands, each of the kids parents say the boys live and breathe gymnastics. We cant go to Target with out Caleb trying to use the big cement balls outside as a pommel horse, said Doug Marcum, Calebs father. Sometimes hell stop traffic, and theyll be a whole crowd and I have to tell him to get off so he doesnt get hurt. GianCarlos used to play soc cer, and when they scored hed start doing flips up and down the field, said Melissa Coris, his mother. Thats how you could tell gymnastics was just his thing. When theyre out together, the parents say its quadruple trouble. Well go out together after meets, and theyll start flipping and walking on their hands, Coris said. Its hilarious, but he always have to reel them in and get them to stop. In the gym, its Coach Wellers job to keep the boys focused, something he says is not always easy, but is also never boring. Theyve definitely got a lot of energy, he said with a laugh. But, he adds, the training they do is serious stuff.Training timeThe boys practice, depending on their age, four or five days a week. Half of their practice is spent on conditioning and the other on different skill sets, from parallel bars to vaulting and floor routines. The kids go to school all day and then maybe have an hour or two break and come straight here, Weller said. Its a big un dertaking. An undertaking the boys hope will pay off. As participants of the Future Stars Program, their intensive practice schedule, Weller says, helps prepare for and introduce them to what its like to be mem bers of the Junior National Development Team and helps build the skills they need not only as a gymnasts, but as a people. This teaches them hard work, dedication, sportsmanship and sacrifice all lessons thatll help them outside of gymnastics as well, he said. The boys say the training is hard, but worth it. Each of them says theyve eventually got their eyes set on Olympic gold. After all, 8-year-old Evan said with his mischievous grin, if gymnastics was easy theyd call it football. Fresh Fruit Vine Ripe Tomatoes Vegetables Thomas Produce110 Geneva Dr., Oviedo (Across from Ace Hardware) Get Healthy From the Inside Out! PLEASE MARK YOUR RESPONSE HERE:Will you please review and respond as soon as possible? We are waiting for your approval. Please NOTE: this is NOT a second opportunity to design the ad. 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Page 7 Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 12, 2012 Seminole Voice DEEC. 17 SStrolling carolers will be at the Oviedo Mall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. SSanta Claus is coming to Geneva at the Focal Point Landscape Nursery & Gift Shops annual Christmas Cel ebration on Saturday, Dec. 17. Focal Point is located between the Geneva General Store and the Subway. Pic tures with Santa Claus and sleigh (hay) rides will be from 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3:30 p.m. There will be a Christmas Horse Parade from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Contact 407-3492200 or liz@focalpointlandscape. com for more information. On Saturday, Dec. 17, the Seminole Audubon Society is leading its efforts for the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count at Spring Hammock Re serve (2984 Osprey Trail, Longwood). No fee. The bird count begins at 8:30 a.m. and we walk the trails to Lake Jesup and Soldiers Creek document ing birds. RSVP is required; please contact Joy at joy7audubon@aol.com or Shirley at 407-977-4389. Christmas in the City a day the community 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. Visit www.hopehelps.org. DEEC. 18 Ballet South and The School of Per forming Arts, a student dance company based in the Maitland/Fern Park area, will be presenting a benet performance of Claras Nutcracker Dream on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Preparatory School Auditorium at 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park. Ticket prices are $15 and may be purchased at the door only. Call 321-282-2508 or at papinj@trinityprep.org. HHoliday caricatures is 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at the food court at the Oviedo Mall. Its free. DEEC. 22 Seminole County Schools winter break is Thursday, Dec. 22, to Fri day, Jan. 6. Enjoy the holidays with your family! School starts back up on Monday, Jan. 9. DEEC. 23 Come join the holiday festivities in downtown Sanford on Friday, Dec. 23, with the holiday Art W W alk On the fourth Friday of each month begin ning at 6 p.m. and lasting until 9 p.m., downtown Sanford hosts the Sanford Art Walk, a gallery tour around town. The event is open to the public and ad mission is free. In conjunction with the Sanford Art Walk, The Sanford Welcome Cen ter will be hosting the Friday, Dec. 23, Calling All H Holidays art show from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. If you would like to submit your artwork or if you have any additional questions, contact 407302-2586 or visit www.sanfordwelcomecenter.com. DEEC. 25 The First United Methodist Church of Geneva is having their Christmas Cantata at 10:30 a.m. on Christmas Day. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy this Christmas Day musical program. JAN. 1The Third Annual Peas & Plenty New Years Day Meal at the Geneva Com munity Center on First Street is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1. New Years food, barbecued pork, chicken, sandwich rolls and beverages will be pro vided. Bring a traditional New Years Day side dish, or any family favorite side dish, and enjoy food, fun and fellowship. Call or email Wanda (407519-8838, wanda_currie@yahoo. com) or Cindy (407-312-2204, tacybell@earthlink.net) with any questions and to let us know how many from your group of family, neighbors and friends will be attending. ONGOIING Oviedo Malls Photos with S Santa run through Saturday, Dec. 24, with a spe cial pet night on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Its located in the west court near Dil lards. Light Up UCF features an outdoor skating rink, holiday movies, music and a world-class holiday light show. The event runs through Sunday, Jan. 1. Enjoy music, ice-skating and car nival-style rides. Entry is free, with skating and ride prices varying. Call 407-823-6006 for more details or visit lightupucf.com. Oviedo VISION Center From our family to yours, Wishing you a safe and joyful Holiday Season! Dr. Gary D. McDonald and Dr. Jason R. Wallace Optometric PhysiciansLook Good and See Better...This Holiday Season!Fashion Frames Custom Contact Fittings Eye Exams for All Ages Designer & Rx Sunglasses Treatment of Red Eyes In-House Optical Lab Surgery Co-Management875 Clark Street,Suite A Oviedo, FL 32765 www.OviedoVision.com 407.366.7655 MindGymDecember 12, 2011 HH o l i r a d n e l a C d a y Grinch that stole a parade PHOt T O BY JENNY ANdDREAssSSON t THE v V OICE Studio 5D Dynasty Dance CCompany performs a Grinchmas routine during the Winter SSprings HHoliday Parade and CChristmas Tree Lighting event on Dec. 3.

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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 Happy Holidays from Savannah Court and Cottage of Oviedo DEEC. 17 There is a gun safety class for women taught by Dawn Kight at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E. Main Street, Geneva. It begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, and lasts until about 1 p.m. The class is $30 per person. Participants need to bring a handgun, ammunition, cleaning kit and targets. You must pre-register by contacting Dawn Kight at 407-491-4171 or dm kight4@att.net. Come for a free evening of old-time music at the Geneva Jam at the Geneva Community Center on Sat urday, Dec. 17. (To celebrate the season, Christmas music will also be played.) This is toe-tapping and acoustic music bluegrass, old country and gospel for you to enjoy. Hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, chips, dessert and drinks are for sale at a very modest cost from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. (or until the food runs out). The music starts around 6:30 p.m. If you play an acoustic instru ment, come get a chair up front. A 50-50 rafe is held each month where the winner gets half the pot. The other half of the pot and the food proceeds help pay for the upkeep of the Geneva Community Center. DEEC. 26 Join us at the Environmental Studies Center in Longwood for an exciting Outdoor Adventure! Campers ages 8-12 will have hands-on experi ence with plants and animals, dis covering their unique adaptations. Theyll have fun with nature games, wildlife arts and crafts and more! Winter Break Camp is an Outdoor Adventure and Environmental Edu cation program that is committed to promoting individual growth and environmental awareness for chil dren. Dates are Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 2-6. Call 407-349-0959 for more information.JAN. 10On Tuesday, Jan. 10, Heathrow Womens Club will feature the wellknown local community players Celery S Soup, Floridas Folk Life Play. The group will present vignettes from Touch and Go. This inaugural production tells the col lected stories and memories of the people of Sanford, their struggles, losses and indomitable spirit. The award-winning production, with singing and dancing, is a must-see for those interested in the heritage of our community. Spouses and partners are invited to this fun eve ning held at the Heathrow Country Club. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is at 6 p.m. Open to all. Reg ister online: www.heathrowwom ensclub.com by Thursday, Jan. 5, $21JAN. 11Epiphany Lutheran Church, 1498 Tuskawilla Road, Oviedo, will be hosting Dave Ramseys Financial Peace University starting with a preview date Wednesday, Jan. 11. This life-changing program teaches you to achieve your nancial goals by eliminating debt, saving for the future and giving like never before. You will be challenged and motivated to make a plan for your money and change your family tree forever. Call 407-678-6672.JAN. 12Kick off the 2012 Alive After 5 sea son with our famous Chili Cook-Off on Thursday, Jan. 12. With food and beverage samples, live music, local art and community businesses, its the perfect excuse to go out on a Thursday. For the Chili Cook-Off this month, come and sample all types of chili, then vote on your favorite for the Peoples Choice award. Only $7 per person. Alive After 5 is every second Thursday of the month from 5-8 p.m. For further questions con tact The Historic Sanford Welcome Center at 407-302-2586, info@ sanfordwelcomecenter.com, or visit us at 230 E. 1st St. in Sanford.JAN. 21The seventh annual Central Flor ida Law E Enforcement Car S Show returns to the Oviedo Mall on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with activities, displays and demonstrations to thrill children, adult family members and car enthusiasts alike. There is no admis sion cost for spectators of any age. Event information, judging classes, registration instructions, sponsor ship details plus photos and a video of the 2011 show are online at www.CopsAndCarsForKids.com or www.OviedoOptimist.com.Calendar This years holiday food trend will be a throwback to tradition when foods were lovingly made by hand. This trend is also indicative of a desire for simplicity, value and comfort. Filling gift baskets or decorating your party table with old fashioned cookies, cakes, pies and sweet breads brings back some of the comfort that comes with smelling and eating food from our childhoods. Homemade food items also make an excellent centerpiece for a buffet or traditional family holiday dinner. For example, a whimsical gingerbread house or tower of dec orated cookies or cupcakes will es pecially delight the children at the table. Simplicity, value and com fort can still be elegant. Varying the heights of food on a buffet table adds interest and is a great way to showcase a pretty serving bowl or to make sure everyone notices a special treat youve prepared. For adults, wrap one of your favorite sweet breads in clear cel lophane wrapping secured with an elegant holiday ribbon and name tag as a welcome or parting gift for holiday party guests. Remember to keep your menu manageable and not overcomplicate your party or you will be overwhelmed and miss out on the fun. I am getting married in December, and I am not only planning my own wedding, but catering my own reception, too. I use magazines to help inspire me with ideas that are fresh and ignite my imagination. You can do the same for your holi decoration ideas, Southern Living and Food Network magazines are useful. The recipes are simple, good and reliable. The key to a memorable holiday made from scratch with the freshest ingredients in their purest forms. If you are making your own baskets, make sure to include a comple menting beverage, such as a bottle of wine with a chocolate or Italianthemed basket; or coffee, teas and hot cocoa mix for sweet breads and cookies. For example, sweet holiday breads, handmade with the sights, smells and taste of tradition, from bread, to a really decadent cocoabased kirsch-infused bread loaded with chocolate chips, and bing and maraschino cherries. with pre-packaged cookies and crackers from Europe which, I guess, is supposed to make the item appear special or somehow worth these items less than tasty and often these foods are packaged weeks or months in advance of them appear ing in your gift basket, hence they are dry and sometimes stale. Kim Pearson is an executive chef with a culinary arts degree from Johnson & Wales University and the owner of Pearsons Catering. KKIM PEARsSON Guest WriterGive the gift of food

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Page 9 Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 12, 2012 Seminole Voice New 4 Rivers location The new 4 Rivers Smokehouse Longwood location (1855 W. State Road 434, Suite 230 Long wood, FL) ofcially opened on Dec. 5. 4 Rivers Smokehouse has an in-house bakery and ice creamery exclusive to this location called The Sweet Shop, helmed by Amanda Eubanks.Good Deed winnerCasselberry Dentist Dr. Tim Chatterley sponsored a Good Deed Contest. The winning es say was submitted by 17-year-old Lake Howell High School student Omeed Zarae, who received a brand new laptop computer. Omeed has volunteered at various non-prot organiza tions and believes that good deeds are impor tant because you never know how they can impact someones life and how they can cause a ripple effect. Visit http://dentistcasselberry. com/index.php/category/community/Toy drivesSeminole County Fire Department Toy Drive collection bins have been placed at 17 of our Seminole County Fire Stations and are ready for your holiday donations of dried/canned goods and/or toys throughout December. There are currently over 1,000 homeless students in Seminole County. To nd the Seminole County Fire Station located most conveniently to you, please visit: http://www.seminolecounty.gov/ dps/ems/pdf/stationlisting.pdf Casselberry Dentist Dr. Tim Chatterley is also hosting a Toy Drive. Drop off new, unwrapped toys at his ofce, Bright Smiles Dental, located at 1012 State Road 436, Casselberry through Dec. 21. All of the collected toys will be donated to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.Volunteers neededVolunteers are needed in Hopes Sonshine Thrift Store & Food Pantry Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. We also need a volunteer to be at the Welcome Desk Monday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Please contact Karol at volunteer@hopehelps. org if you can volunteer for any of these dates.Court nomineesKrewe of Leaders recently announced the nom inees for the 2012 Krewe of Leaders Royal Court. Members of the Royal Court are highly esteemed individuals who assist in community efforts and business advancement. This years nominees are: Ramon Ojeda, Richard Blystone, Del Burt, Pam Carroll, Barbara Watkins, Felicia Slattery, Kevin Boyle, Alex Rolenski, Mike Ertel, Laura Donaldson, Laura Leigh Wood, Jeremy Donaldson, Phyllis Kent, Amir Ladan, Joe Horn stein, Lillian Casselberry, Karen Monteleone, Don Ellison, Jim Boswell, Marci Gordon, Linda McKenzie and Johnny Lynaugh. Visit www. kreweoeaders.com for more information. Local scholarsLocal residents have been named to the Deans List at the Savannah College of Art and Design for fall quarter 2011. Local residents include: Biz newsOviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce named Oviedo Mall Business of the Year for 2011 at the December awards lun cheon at Oviedo Mall. Ten awards were given out during the luncheon. The Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Cham ber of Commerce Board of Directors unani mously approved new leadership titles. Todd Cluxton of Citizens Bank of Florida has been ap pointed president to chairman of the board un til year-end. Paul Sladek will take his place as chairman for the course of 2012. Cory Skeates, formerly the executive director, will be the Chambers new president and CEO. The Board also approved a more concise mission state ment: Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Cham ber of Commerce: An advocate for business and civic interests within our communities. Big Ideas for your Growing Business Mpact Understands in Todays Economy Reaching Your Customers Now is Most Important and That is Why We Provide Quick Turnaround and Even Quicker Results. Call Mpact Today for a Free Consultation Talent Mpact Marketing will maximize your business, saving you TIME and MONEY!!Office: 407.951.5100 www.MpactOrlando.com $100 to $500 OFFAny Servicewith this ad On Call 24 Hours A DayServing Central Florida Since the s Let Us Handle Your Emergency!Call Our Hotline 877-936-8998 www.EmergencyServices24.comServing Floridas Residential & Commercial Community Since 1990 IMMEDIAT E RESPONSE Whats Your Emergency?CBC057844 F lood l Leaks l Mold l F ire l Storm l Smoke l Roong Notes 4 Rivers sweet sister Good Deed winner

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Page 10 Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 12, 2012 Seminole Voice ATHLETICS A string of wins heading deep into the holiday season has carried the Knights mens basketball team to a compellingly strong start to the 2011-12 season, but with confer ence play on the horizon, things are about to get serious. After hosting the UCF Holiday Classic to end the year, the Knights will blast into their Con ference USA schedule with eight straight league games to start 2012. That could set the tone for how they handle their postseason and exorcise some demons at the same time. Their introduction to confer ence play this time around will be who play the Tulane Green Wednesday, Jan. 4. The Green Wave had already stormed to a nearly undefeated season start in schedule. The last time the Knights played Tulane, on Feb. 16 last sea son, they won a narrow 65-62 vic tory thanks to strong all-around play by the Knights, led in scoring by 18 points from forward Keith Clanton. The Knights will likely wel come team captain A.J. Rompza of conference play. Rompza was an energizing force last season, helping engineer inspiring cometeams. The action all kicks off at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the UCF Arena. ThHIsS w WEEkK in sports history Dec. 19, 1986 Michael Sergio, who parachuted into Game Six of the 1986 World Series at New Yorks Shea Stadium, is fined $500 and sentenced to 100 hours of community service. Sergio had landed on the infield with a Lets Go Mets banner in the first inning of the sixth game between the Mets and the Boston Red Sox. 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) JOHN BEDELL The VoiceWhat makes for competitive greatness? Maybe its the will to outwork any opponent. Maybe its having to compete with your triplet siblings. Maybe its both. Hagerty High School juniors Danielle Nuszkowski and Jason Coombs are both swimming from good to great. Danielle earned a pair of regional championships in the 200 meter and 500 meter free style for the Huskies this swim season, and Jason successfully de fended his Class 3A state champi onship in the 100 breaststroke. For this pair, the swimming doesnt end with the high school season. Both of them also swim the Oviedo Aquatic Center, where Jason logged a 70,000-yard week of swimming, rain or shine. For Jason, dry-land workouts can be just as challenging as time in the pool. Core workouts can focus on sit-ups, V-ups and pushups. Saturdays may mean a run of up to seven miles. In my opinion, it is way too much running, he said. But Ja son has the maturity to accept the tough stuff. I know my limits and when to push them, he said. Swimto work harder. In a job, I have an almost military-type respect for authority. I know how to work. Danielle knows about that, too; being a triplet will prime you for hard work. Sister Stephanie and brother Ricardo are also swim mers. Stephanie swims the 100 cardo competes in the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle. We all compete in school with our grades, Danielle said. When we arent competing, we are en couraging one another. My sister is the best cheerleader. Danielle defeated a longtime rival Gabi Gil from Olympia in both the 200 freestyle and the 500 200 in 1:54.17 to Gils 1:55.21 and her 5:02.95 effort in the 500 topped Gils 5:05.60. Even after dominant perfor mances in the regional championship, Danielle was a few strokes short of medaling at the state meet. She said the meet was a humbling experience. But she has a reprieve: she has another year in the pool to earn redemp tion. She plans on taking lessons from her losses. It is good to watch how oth ers approach the race, she said. I will take some of that strategy and apply it to state next year. I need to go out faster. Jason found it exhilarating to be defending his title in the 100 breaststroke at the state meet on Nov. 10. He said he felt some pres sure because he didnt want any one to have his title. He swam a personal best of David Morgan, from Palm Harbor University, who swam a 56.45. Jasons reputation in the breaststroke took another big step forward in December at the USA Swimming Junior Nationals in Austin, Texas 100 breaststroke in 54.92. Like Danielle, Jason had a humbling race at the state meet in the 200 individual medley. He came into the meet with the fast a disappointing ninth in the preliminary race and failed to qualify I can learn from that and move on, Jason said. This quick learner is gaining other life lessons too. He is learning the powerful com bination of talent and gratitude. I was blessed with talent, he said. I believe you should always thank God for what he has given you. He has given me the tools and I thank him for that. Danielle has seen her faith move her to strong performances too. She refers to some meets as her miracle races. She is con vinced those are the times her faith in God helped her to a strong One was last years district race when she posted a strong time in the 500 freestyle despite battling an illness. I have a quote book with Bible really inspirational and motivat ing. Both swimmers will continue this winter. Their workouts will point toward the Florida Senior Championships at the YMCA Swim Center on International Drive in Orlando at the end of February. Danielle and Jason will also keep aiming at a bar set high for hard work and competitive ex cellence. PHOt T OS BY ISAAC bBAbBCOCK t THE v V OICE HHagerty H High S School juniors D Danielle N Nuszkowski and Jason C Coombs practice at the OOviedo Aquatic CCenter with the BBlue Dolns swim team on Monday. Flying on the waterKnights ready for redemption on court IISAAC BAbBCOCK The Voice

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Page 11 Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 12, 2012 Seminole Voice VOICES Young Voices We would love tohear yourfromYoungCall 407-563-7026 or e-mail editor@observernewspapers.com to have The Voice visit your class or group.Voices! The only television show I watch with any regularity is The Big Bang Theory. A dose of laughs is not a bad thing when delving into the 11 dimensions of quantum physics. As a mere gardener, I feel lucky to comprehend four dimensions as I cope on a daily basis. How does understand ing our journey through the space-time continuum help us grow better crops? When surveying the gar den, the obvious dimensions of width and length spread before our gaze. The depth of our laboriously improved soil delves beneath our feet. These 3-D physical characteristics, measured by comparisons to our anatomy, are quoted in feet and inches. Even the metric system is conjured by pacing the spread of land. How quickly can a row of beans be weeded? How hard must a pebble be thrown to ward off a squirrel in the carrots? Can I turn the whole compost pile before breakfast? Now we are comparing dimensions over time. The result of actions on physical structure should not be assumed as the intended speed, especially when hunger pangs thwart our obvious goals. Picking up the pace entails acceleration, an attribute understood to be contrary to the implicit leisurely endeavor of the hobby of gardening. To hasten any process, design better tools or routines to get more work done in less time. Newtons falling apple acof gravity must not be ignored. Use gravity when throwing the compost to loosen up the components, mix in some air, and rebuild the pile in a new location. Using our space most judiciously brings a sequencing aspect into play. The seed packet claims a crop of beans will be ready in 55 days. Harvesting from those plants may last 3 weeks, tying up the limited space of the garden. Starting other transplants in a greenhouse manages the risk of unsuccessful germination, but it also allows for two crops to grow simultaneously. Immediately upon harvesting the last of the beans, a ready trans plant plopped into a growing bed provides a six-week jump in production. Hows that for time travel? Peering into the future, a gift of sages, is a tool frequent ly used by gardeners. Planning for my winter solstice celebrations requires prescience and risk management. Weather prognosticators, noting this as a La Nina year, predict a dry and warmer growing season. But as the daylight decreases approaching Dec. 21, crop growth slows. Pushing this an intended expectation requires attention to detail. Weeding, mulching, fertilizing, watering and controlling pest are all steps taken in order to control time. Albert Einstein would be proud of us!Heres what kids at the Geneva Elementary Musical Mustang holiday presentation had to say about the holidays. THIIS WEEEEK in political history Dec. 30, 1922 In post-revolutionary Russia, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is established. In the USSR, all levels of government were controlled by the Communist Party. Soviet industry was owned and managed by the state, and agricultural land was divided into state-run collective farms.Were going to my grandmas house for Christmas. Ive been very good the last three days because Randall the Deer is in our house like the Elf on the Shelf. Alexis B. 5 years old Were celebrating Christmas by putting together our tree and decorating it. Weve been making our wish lists, and this is our first Christmas in Florida and without snow. Kailynn D. 12 years old Were getting ready for Christmas with a real tree and its lights. Were making our Christmas lists too. My favorite Christmas song is one were singing tonight called A Candle for Peace. Matthew E E. 9 years old Weve been doing online Christmas shopping. I like to help decorate the house and our tree. I will miss going sledding in New York, but getting money is great! Ashley D. 13 years old I like giving and getting presents and having my family together for Christmas. Were getting a real tree tomorrow, and well decorate it. We also have a fake tree too. I like to help decorate the trees. Michael B. 9 years old We all heard the phrase appearances can be deceiving. Not for job inter views. You are judged by what you wear as much as what is on your resume. Many men tend to under think interview attire. While the general rules are pretty simple, they ought to be followed to increase your chances of being hired. Job interviews are stressful. Thats have worn before to feel more comfortable. If you want to wear new clothes, wear them a few times around your home to get a feel for them. This is especially important with dress shoes, since new shoes can be uncomfortable and may take a while to break into. spect your clothes a few days before the interview to make sure they are neatly pressed and there are no stains or holes. Whether to wear a suit depends on jobs typically require wearing a suit to an interview. You want to wear a solid color, conservative suit (think gray or blue). Stay away from black, however, as it is too formal. A freshly dry-cleaned, solid white or light blue shirt (avoid deep colors), a solid or striped brown or blue tie (bright red and yellow can a pair of polished brown or black dress shoes with a matching color belt should SeminoleVoice.com Michael G. Snytkin, Esq. President of The Style Consultants, Inc. Managing Partner of Azam | Snytkin, P.A. EEMPLOYMEENT 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@christianhelp.org, or mail Ask Sandi C/O Christian HELP, 450 Seminola Blvd., Casselberry, FL 32707.TALK tT O SANDI >Job interview tips for men Tom Carey is the owner of Sundew Gardens, a you-pick gardening business in Oviedo. Visit the Sundew Gardens Facebook page.WHO ISCAREY > Tom Carey GARDENFrom my to yoursLearn to garden in the fourth dimension Letters to Santa contest winnerThe winner of Seminole Voices inaugural Letters to Santa contest is 10-year-old Nevada Cullen from Oviedo. He also received Light Up UCF tickets. Thanks to our contest sponsor, city of Oviedo. Heres his winning entry:Dear Santa, The gift I most want to give is time-time travel that is. There are lots of things in history that went wrong or we dont fully know about. It would be great if we could journey back and x the disasters and mistakes, and learn more about certain things. If we could time travel, we could stop the assassination of presidents Lincoln and Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr.s assassination. People could prevent World War I and II and the Korean and Vietnam War from occurring. That would save a lot of lives, and I know that it isnt fun when people die. We also could prevent the Great Depression from happening. The Great Depression made a lot of people lose their jobs and struggle through this tough time. Think of how we use fossils to interpret how dinosaurs looked like. Scientists could see them in person and take notes on what they looked like and how they behave. Also, we could see early Native Americans and cavemen up close and study their way of life more. So you see, if everyone could time travel our lives would be more enriched and happy. Sincerely, Nevada Cullen Nevada

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Page 12 Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 12, 2012 Seminole Voice Artists in Florida have a wellwork at the theme parks that larger-than-life environments for the millions of guests who visit Central Florida every year. Our artists, illustrators, costume de signers, FX creators and make-up artists collaborate with one goal: to entertain. Now the Orange County History Center pres ents The Serious Art of MakeBelieve through April 29. The exhibit goes behind the scenes at Universal Orlando to show more than 200 original drawings and models among the 1,000 pieces of artwork and artifacts from the resorts events, including Halloween Horror Nights and Mardi Gras. This collaboration between the museum and Universal is never-before-seen glimpse into Universal Orlandos archives and warehouses. The History Center is downtown at 65 E. Central Blvd. Visit www.thehistorycenter. org or call 407-836-8500.Artists get to be winners!For months Ive been telling you that Third Thursday is the time to join the Gallery Crawl through the art galleries of downtown Or lando. Lately, the Thornton Park area has joined in this tradition of changing exhibits and intro ducing new artists on that date. The excitement of Decembers Third Thursday will come from downtowns anchor gallery, the Gallery at Avalon Island. The reception there from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, is based around the Members Jur ied Exhibit in which the artwork is judged by an outside expert for monetary prizes. Its always fun to see which of our artists are recognized, because the tastes of the judges vary as much as we do, and its always wonderful to see artists being recognized for their talent. The Gallery at Avalon Island is at 39 S. Magnolia Ave. in downtown Orlando. Visit galleryatavalonisland.com.Scrooge by candlelightMy favorite re-telling of the classic Dickens ghost story of Christmas is the Robin Olson production in which three actors portray dozens of characters as they perform among the audience. Audience members are seated at tables enjoying homemade Christmas cookies and a pot of tea while the actors perform around us, coming just this close to touching us. This years production of Dickens by Candlelight: A Christmas Carol will be staged in the main hall of the Dr. Phillips Center from Friday, Dec. 16, to Friday, Dec. 23. The audience feels like part of the production, especially as an actor suddenly speaks from beside you. The cast is made up of John DiDonna, Morgan Russell and Monica Tamborello, who have each acted before in this beloved story of Scrooge and his awakening. Performances are at the Dr. Phillips Center on Lake Ivanhoe at 1111 N. Orange Ave. Caroling and wassail begin an hour before the show. Call 407-491-4663 or visit DickensByCandlelight.com.Holidays (and more) at the Morse MuseumEvery Friday evening through Dec. 30 we are invited to the Morse Museum for free from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition, those evenings will feature live music and live curator tours of the Admission will also be free all day on Christmas Eve, with a program of live music set for the afternoon. The holiday music includes: Friday, Dec. 16: Lynn Peghiny, pianist; Friday, Dec. 23: Three Flutes Only; Saturday, Dec. 24: open house, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Raintree Chamber Players; Friday, Dec. 30: Beautiful Music Sweet Sounds Jazz Trio. The Museum houses the worlds most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including jewelry, pottery, paint ings, leaded-glass lamps and windows, and the chapel interior he designed for the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Visit morsemuseum.org. Laser light holidaysBuilding on the success of their Rock n Roll Laser Light Shows, the Orlando Science Center introduces Holiday Laser Light Shows. Bright lasers, holiday music and fun graphics provide a sensory experience that is a whole new way to enjoy traditional classics from Tchaikovskys Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy to Mariah Careys All I Want for Christmas Is You. The light shows play through December in the Science Centers Dr. Phillips CineDome. Call 407-514-2000 or visit osc.org. Josh Garrick A rare look behind the theme-park experienceJosh Garrick is a writer, photographer, educator, and ne art curator. He is a member of the Curatorial Council for the Museum of Florida Art. Garrick can be reached at joshgarrick9@gmail.com or 407-522-3906.WHO IS GARRIcCK > Dickens by Candlelight TheMarketplace1 ACRE PRIME LOT OVIEDO1 acre prime lot for sale near downtown Oviedo. Great location, minutes from UCF and 417. 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Free! www. Seminole Voice .com Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 12, 2012 USPS 008-093 Publisher statement on page 2. Whats goin on? INDEX Turtle power > 2 Gymtastic > 6 Champions > 10 These swimmers have the competition in their wake Local little gymnasts have big aspirations Oviedo institute draws researchers worldwide Oviedo and Winter Springs both made strides forward in cutting budgets and keep ing up city services during a tough 2011. What can you expect in your city in 2012? Take a look at what your leaders had to say as they peered into their crystal ball. Oviedo City Council Mayor Dominic Persampiere: The city of Oviedo had many great accom plishments in 2011, but the top of the list is being named a top 10 family-friendly city by Family Circle magazine. It was quite an honor for our entire community to be recog nized as such, and being able to share with the entire world what we already knew. We have also once again done a tremen dous job balancing our budget. Hopefully for us all the New Year will bring the end of this prolonged economic slump. Looking forward to 2012, we have many development projects we are working on for Oviedo: a medical facility, new downtown, re-development of the historic downtown and continued revitalization of the Oviedo Mall, to name a few. We have much to look forward to and to be thankful for. We also welcome our new City Manager Kathryn Breazeale and new Assistant City Manger Bryan Cobb. If the names sound familiar, they are, as your Council has pro moted from within to these two very impor Holmes and Watson play a deadly game of wits against their most daunting opponent, Professor Moriarty. Opening this week: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Calendar > 8 The Environmental Studies Centers Winter Break Camp offers outdoor adventures for ages 8-12 on Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 2-6. Celery Stalks ........................................... 4 Stetsons Corner ...................................... 4 Interests .................................................. 6 Calendar .................................................. 8 Athletics ................................................ 10 Ask Sandi .............................................. 11 Young Voices ......................................... 11 Classifieds ............................................. 12 Healthy habits for preschool BRITTNI JOHNSON The Voice Please see KIDS on page 3 For Marva Forbes and her family, dinner was coming home, hot oil in a pan and frying up some chicken. As a rule, she said. There was also lots of pizza, Mc Donalds and chips and candy for snacks. Not much thought went be hind planning meals for her family, which includes three of her children and two grandchildren. Our eating habits were: we just ate, Forbes said. That is until four years ago, when her 6-year-old grandson started go ing to Winter Park Day Nursery. The nursery, which offers free train ing from their chef on how to make healthy, affordable meals, taught Forbes and her grandchildren the wonders of eating healthy. Adopting the program Though the nursery has always had a healthy meal plan, a year ago they adopted a new program offered by the Nemours obesity prevention initiative. The initiative has already helped 11,000 Central Florida kids and more than 600 child-care pro viders. With a recent $50,000 grant from the Winter Park Health Foun dation (WPHF), it will help 14 more A saintly Christmas PHO T O BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE V OICE St. Lucia girls perform the traditional Swedish procession at the St. Lucia Day celebration at the Museum of Seminole County History in Sanford on Dec. 10. Leaders offer resolutions for New Year PHO T O BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE V OICE Oviedos City Council had reason to smile after the city made a top 10 list for family-friendly cities. Please see RESOLUTIONS on page 5

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Page 2 Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 12, 2012 Seminole Voice THIS WEEK For the past 40 years Peter Prit chard has dedicated all aspects of his life to the research and conser vation of the worlds turtle and tortoise populations. Throughout his career, Prit chard, founder of the Chelonian Research Institute in Oviedo, has amassed a collection of nearly 14,000 different turtle and tortoise specimen ranging from four inch es to seven feet long, housed be tween the institute and his home. We are one of the biggest turtle and tortoise museums in the world, Pritchard said. Yet people drive by us everyday and never even know were here. Those who certainly do know of the institutes presence, howev er, are the researchers who travel from across the country and globe to visit it. I always like it when people go to the biggest museums in New York and Washington and ask if they have something and they have to tell them, Oh, youll have to go to Oviedo for that, Pritchard says. On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the Che lonian Research Institute hosted a Theater to commemorate the 40year milestone of Pritchards ca reer and bring together his friends, family and colleagues to honor his continued world-renowned work and research being done at the in stitute. The next generation Growing up in Northern Ireland, Pritchard said the main reason he started studying turtles was be cause he had such little access to them. We take them for granted here (the United States), he said. For me growing up, they werent an everyday thing that you saw. on a grade school trip to the Lon don Zoo and was instantly fasci nated and amazed by the durabil ity, mobility and body structure of the slow-moving creatures. Years later, when he went to study at Oxford, originally to study chemistry, his boyhood curiosity of discovering the un known would be sparked again, starting him on the career he con tinues today. I was studying chemistry when I realized the kids study ing zoology were out traveling the world, uncovering new, rare species instead of sitting in a lab, he said. What they were doing looked like much more fun. He graduated Oxford with a degree in zoology, and after years more of research and schooling, eventually ended up at the Uni versity of Florida teaching biology before coming to Oviedo to open the Chelonian Research Institute in 1998. Studying, raising and search ing for tortoises and turtles even tually became the everyday norm for Pritchard, giving his own chil dren the access to the creatures he had yearned for when he was young. Growing up, we had Gala pagos tortoises that lived outside that we would bring inside during the winter, his son Cameron said. I would be laying around next to the heater with all these tortoises around while I was watching T.V. and I had no idea that wasnt nor mal until my friends would come over. The Chelonian Research In stitute provides local adults and children with similar access to the creatures; not in their living rooms but just around the corner in their neighborhood, and Pritchard says he hopes that will encourage their curiosity. World-class institute in Oviedo The institute, Pritchard said, is equal parts museum, library and art gallery. He said he has re searchers from across the globe come for weeks at a time to study his collections. from Torino University in Italy, visited Oviedo for a week in No vember to examine Pritchards collections for a book he is writing on turtles from the Mediterranean area. Maybe it seems strange, but for me the best thing I could do was to come here, he said. There but they dont have as many ar cheological samples as they do here in Oviedo. In addition to the thousands of preserved specimens and doz ens of live turtles and tortoises housed at the 10-acre compound, Pritchard also has rooms in the the research areas for traveling and stay in right on property. not only materials from the U.S., no said. In this single place, you THIS WEEK in history Dec. 22, 1900 The first car to be produced under the Mercedes name is deliv ered to its buyer, Emil Jellinek, an Austrian car racer and auto dealer to the rich and famous. In exchange for buying 36 of the cars, the auto company agreed to name its new machine after Jellineks 11-year-old daughter, Mercedes. 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The Chelonian Research Institute is located at 402 S. Central Ave. in Oviedo. For more information on Peter Pritchard and the institute, visit www.chelonianri.org. Learn more Dear readers, By the time this newspaper is in your hands, you may be having a Christmas Eve feast, watching your children open presents on Christmas morning, watching the ball drop on 2012, or lounging on the couch on New Years Day. We at the Voice hope every one of those times brings you happiness and joy. We also hope this issue is packed with enough news and information to keep you tided over through the holidays, because it will be on the news stands until Jan. 12. The next printed issue of the Voice will arrive on Jan. 13, but please stop by our website, SeminoleVoice.com, for updates throughout the holiday season. Happy holidays, Your Seminole Voice staff

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Page 3 Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 12, 2012 Seminole Voice providers in the area. Preschools are struggling when it comes to teaching healthy habits, said Dr. Lloyd Werk, director of Nemours Florida Preven tion Initiative. Theres a knowledge gap, and we can make a difference. They hope to saturate the area with their program. Nemours will have volunteers and paid staff train the child-care providers on two programs: Nemours Healthy Habits for Life and the Nemours plan for a healthy lifestyle: 5-2-1 Almost None. Healthy Hab its teaches preschool children about some times and anytime food, eating the colors of the rainbow and including move ment in all play. Almost None focuses on more exercise, reducing TV and computer time, making nutrition interesting and lim iting sugary drinks. Were trying to build a culture of well ness, Werk said. Many of our lifelong habits are developed in this time period. WPHF President Patricia Maddox agreed and said this program will help ex pand their current efforts, which include teaching public school children healthy habits, to an even younger group. The earlier habits are engrained in our lives the better chance we have to keep them, Maddox said. Changes to the nursery Since implementing Nemours program, the Day Nursery has most changed their movement policy. Now, they include move ment at least two to three more times than they did before. There isnt any sitting around and waiting to start activities there. Kids are encouraged to play a slow-motion game, copy the leader and act like animals. They hop and skip to their next activity. Its all about integrating movement into parts of the day they never thought they would. And its the kids favorite part of the day moving and playing is natural for them, unlike sitting quietly, Nursery Director Ali DeMaria said. Games to teach nutrition include learn ing sometimes and anytime foods. Pizza pops up, and the children crouch down for sometimes, she shows cereal with fruit so they hop up and down from the energy they would get from that any time food. Next, they roll dice to see what move ment theyll do and how many times theyll do it. The children obviously love it, excit edly hopping around, dancing and wig gling. DeMaria loves that the teachers have a new resource to teach children about nutri tion, and the children are really grasping the concepts. They know more about what theyre given, she said. And while the nursery has always had healthy meals, chef Shirley Shankle has made the change from canned to fresh fruit. She exposes the children to vegetables ev ery day, and they are encouraged to try new things. She likes making eating broccoli a game dinosaurs eating trees. Parents tell her that their children know what theyre eating and request anytime foods. Shan kle said she loves getting the kids to try new things, and, eventually, like them. I feel that this is their most impression able age, she said. Changes at home Forbes sees those habits growing stron Her children now ask for carrots instead of candy, she bakes everything and her micro wave has gotten dusty. Her picky family eats asparagus, which Forbes never imag ined in a million years. They spend lots of time walking and outside, and television and computer time is stopped at 30 minutes each from the ding of an egg timer. They feel healthy. Its funny because I never thought changed. STRESSBALL MEATBALLM AITLAND ORLAND O | FLORIDA MALL Stress less this holiday... leave your party to Buca This Holiday Season, think of Buca when planning office parties or family get-togethers. Whether you bring them to Buca, or bring Buca to them, we know how to feed a crowd.HO LIDA Y G AT H ERIN G S G I F T C ARDS | P ART Y P ANS T O GOPerfect for bucadibeppo.comBOOK YOUR HO LIDA Y E V ENT TODAY!OP EN CH RISTMAS DA Y Individual & Family health plans For an Instant Quote or to apply, visit our website www.HealthInsuranceIBS.com407-831-5166 If youd like to volunteer, or are interested in getting this program at your child care center, email FLPrevention@nemours.org Learn more KIDS | New program teaches children to adapt to healthier lifestyles they can sustain through adulthood C ONTINUED FR OM FR ONT P AGE PHO T O BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE V OICE Students pretend theyre dinosaurs and broccoli are trees to encourage them to eat healthier. PHO T O BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE V OICE Winter Park Day Nursery chef Shirley Shankle prepares peanut butter bagels for the kids.

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Page 4 Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 12, 2012 Seminole Voice One of my very favorite things about Geneva at Christmas is the glow of candles, lights and man gers. Rural areas are naturally of ground light. So whether the lights are strung across roof tops, fence lines, azalea bushes or around the trunks of palms and live oaks, they embrace our spirits with serenity and hope. There are three lovely crches that are lit at night, on State Road 46 at the end of Avenue C and on Main Street, and we thank our churches for sharing their nativi ties with us. Geneva mourns Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of 5-year-old Liam Dorst in the wake of a tragic ac cident last weekend. Liam died when a car his dad was work ing on slipped off its temporary foundation and the child was pinned beneath it. Our thoughts and prayers are with this family struck by tragedy in a season that should be joyous. Newest Eagle Scout Geneva celebrates the mile stone of our own Talon Michael Falconer, who has achieved his ship service project involved rebuilding and erecting two stor age sheds at Fort Lane Park. The Geneva Historical & Genealogi cal Society newsletter describes to Randy Deavers (Scout Master) Talon Falconer, we now have installing ceiling fans, a water heater and the sheds this year. We are truly grateful for their work with our organization and look forward to continuing to make improvements in the future of Honor will be held for Talon on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 4 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Geneva. Historical Society holiday gift sale gifts for a history buff or new Geneva neighbor, check out lot sale on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Find stock ing stuffers, Geneva Historical Society gift memberships, prints, note-cards, T-shirts and old-fash ioned toys. Christmas Horse Parade Santa arrives at Focal Point Landscape Nursery & Gift Shop on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. including pictures with Santa and sleigh rides. Stick around for the Christmas Horse Parade. Happy New Year Geneva Peas and Plenty Plan to come on out Sunday, Jan. 1, to the third annual Peas and Plenty celebration at the Com munity Center. Black-eyed peas, rice and corn are said to bring luck because they swell when they cook, as we hope good luck will too. Pork is also offered because hogs root in a forward motion symbolizing forward progress. Greens are delicious and are also the color of money. This feast will be provided free to all Genevans. If you are able consider bringing a pot of turnip, mustard greens or cabbage, a pan of cornbread, a vegetable side dish or a pie. Donations to offset the cost of the pulled pork are gratefully a.m. to 2 p.m. or until the food runs out. For more information contact Wanda Currie at wanda_ currie@yahoo.com, 407-519-8838 or Cindy Simonton at tacybell@ earthlink.net 407-312-2204. Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, joyous Kwanzaa and Happy New Year! See you in 2012! Its time for the jolly man in the red suit to come visiting lots of us. Did you write your letter to Santa? I know of a great mailbox to put your letter to Santa in. The mailbox is located in the front of the Lawton House, and a little elf told me that lots on letters have been received already. So, my little friends, hurry up, because Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa. I remember seeing him Satur day, Dec. 3, in the evening at the Lawton House, and to all out there, do have a very happy and wonderful holiday. I wish you well. Mall is business of the year Did you know that the Oviedo Mall was named Business of The Year? The Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce named the Oviedo Mall the Busi ness of the Year for 2011 at the December awards luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Oviedo Mall. Ten awards were given out during the luncheon, honoring various chamber members and their organizations. Receiving this award is a true surprise and honor to the entire management at Oviedo Mall, marketing manager Sara Steffes said as she and general manager Brian Olivi accepted the award together. We are ecstatic that our ef forts thus far have made such a positive impact, Olivi said. I have never seen a business make such drastic and positive changes in such a quick amount of time, said Cory Skeates, he presented the awards with the chamber chairman Todd Cluxton of Citizens Bank. Santa visits Santa Claus is coming to Geneva at the Focal Point Landscape Nursery & Gift Shops Annual Christmas Celebration on Satur day, Dec. 17. Pictures with Santa and sleigh rides will be 10 a.m.noon and 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. There will be a Christmas Horse Parade from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Geneva Jam Also on Saturday, Dec. 17, come for a free evening of old-time music at the Geneva Jam at the Geneva Community Center. This is a mix of several musical genres for you to enjoy. Food and drinks are available for purchase from 6-7 p.m. (or until the food runs out). Music will start around 6:30 month with half of the pot and the food proceeds going to help pay for the upkeep of the Geneva Community Center. Christmas in the City is hosting a Christmas in the City event at the Oviedo Baptist songs of the season, a shared meal, children playing and more. Last year, more than 500 families toys, shoes, gift cards, clothing and a pre-packaged Christmas dinner. Police car show Car Show will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Oviedo Mall, 1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd. This event will be hosted by the Winter Springs Optimist Club in cooperation with the Oviedo and Winter Springs police. The show will include hundreds of classic, modern and antique ve hicles of all types; numerous law vehicles; military vehicles as well as helicopters from the sheriffs Floridas Blood Centers Big Red Bus and specialized public safety equipment from multiple agencies will also be present. Local area clubs can also com pete. Registration for vehicles is $25-$35 depending on the date of registration. There will also be a the Optimist Clubs youth, family and special needs programs as well as early childhood cancer campaigns. Free admission and if you need more information, call 407-971-5591 Glass show I love going to the Depression Glass Show to be held Satur day, Jan. 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m-4 p.m. in the Sanford Civic Center, 401 Sanlando Depression Glass Show will feature authors Barbara and Jim Mauzy, displays, seminars and hourly door prize drawings. $4.50 admission good for both days. Call 407-298-3355 if you need more information. A thought The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise. Alden Nowlan, Between Tears and Laughter TAX DEFERREDFIXED ANNUITY RATE FOR 5 YEARS.Bob Adams 407-644-6646THE NATIONAL 5 YEAR CD RATE IS 1.34%*3.65%* OF CENTRAL FLORIDA CELEBRATING OVER 25 YEARS SERVING YOUR COMMUNITYBernard S. Zeffren, MD Eugene F. Schwartz, MD Winnie Whidden, MSN, ARNP-CVoted Best Doctors of Central FL, Orlando Magazine for 7 consecutive yearsDiplomates American Board of Allergy and Immunology Evening Hours Available793 Douglas Ave. Altamonte Springs, FL 32714407-862-5824 2 locations in Seminole County7560 Ste. 2064 407-366-7387www.orlandoallergy.com Oviedo Antique MallOpening December 1stNew 5,000 square foot antique & collectibles mall in downtown Oviedo.Primitives, furniture, jewelry, lp albums, collectibles, coins & moreOpen 7 Days! Limited Dealer Space AvailableKay Halley & other Halleys Antiques dealers are now located at Oviedo Antique Mall Dec. 1-8 watch batteries installed $2.00+tax each 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 > 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 > Holiday cheer Have a peaceful Christmas Sign of the times The recently redubbed Oviedo Mall continues to spruce up its image, garnering the OviedoWinter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce award for Business of the Year for 2011. 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Page 5 Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 12, 2012 Seminole Voice tant positions. Mrs. Breazeale and Mr. Cobb are very familiar with Oviedo and have sat in on and helped craft our strategic plan, goals and visions for the upcom ing years. We are quite fortunate to have such talent in Oviedo for now and years to come! Wishing everyone a joyous, healthy and prosperous New Year! Steve Henken: portant event/accomplishment in 2011? The best thing we did was hire one of the most impressive people I have ever met to be our city manager: Kathryn Breazeale. She is a woman with an outstand ing vision who is well respected by the Council and all of the employees. She has made an im mediate impact and is someone who in my opinion will go down the history of the city of Oviedo. lution for the city in 2012? I want to ensure that we work very hard to deliver the long-awaited hos pital medical facility and to start deliver that vision that our resi dents have waited on for so long. I also want to thank the residents for electing me to a fourth term on Council. Their friendship, advice and trust they have in me is something I appreciate very much. They can expect another solid effort and results as Oviedo is going to do some great things in the next two years. Merry Christmas, and happy New Year to all. Stephen Schenck: Oviedo has accomplished a lot this year, being named a Family Circle magazine top 10 best town in America for families in 2011 and again being named to the Re locate America top 100 places to live in 2009, 2010 and 2011. These awards showcase the direction the City Council has been moving toward the past few years: kids and cul-de-sacs. We are a familyoriented community that is great to live in, and has a boundless future. We look forward to new op portunities that are just on the horizon, some that have been in the works for years and are now just coming forth. We have incorporated the Alafaya Utilities acquisition and are beginning to gle-source utility system. I look forward to the New Year and to enjoying new restaurants, new employers and a new overpass to link the trails into Oviedo. I wish everyone a happy holiday season, and a safe and enriching entry into the New Year. Keith Britton: By far our most prestigious ac complishment of 2011 was being named one of the Top 10 Best Cities for Families by Family Circle magazine. The distinction recognizes the many qualities of Oviedo, including its parks, low crime, support to schools and a community that has always given a helping hand to those in need. We are very fortunate to be able to enjoy the many amenities that are available to us. I am thankful for these blessings. The City Council will work with our new city manager and her team to continue our efforts to improve services and reduce costs through a streamlined city organization. Recognizing that making the government more accessible to the citizens is a continuous process; my personal resolution is to continue to serve the citizens of Oviedo through open communications and trans parent government. Cindy Drago: It has been a pleasure to serve you as an Oviedo City Council member in 2011 and it was a memorable year. Our city ac complished many things during this time, including a balanced budget without cutting services or raising taxes. This is quite an accomplishment considering the turbulent economic times were living in now. Im very proud to say that Family Circle magazine selected Oviedo to be one of the 10 best towns for families to call home because of our top-notch schools, affordable housing, green-space, access to health care, and our giving and helping spirit. Our city was also selected by RelocateAmerica.com as one of Americas Top 100 Places to live for 2011 for the third consecutive year. The year 2012 has many goals on the horizon. One is to continue on this successful path, bring emergency hospital/healthcare into our community, make strides at developing Oviedo on the Park, bring more business into our city, improve upon open ways to balance the budget again while maintaining high levels of customer service, productivity, is to help Oviedo be the best and safest city it can be. From my family to all Oviedo: merry Christmas and happy New Year! Winter Springs Commission Mayor Charles Lacey: Four years ago, the prevailing wisdom was that the city of Winter Springs had scrubbed all ment and that the circa 2007 budget and revenue levels were as tight as they could get. Against this backdrop, in 2009 the city rejected that assumption and be gan an effort to make itself more cost-effective without any reduc tion in service levels. A milestone was reached in 2011 when we approved a budget that reduced taxes to Winter Springs residents. No other city in Seminole County can make that claim. In 2012, I want to see Winter Springs make progress to expand its tax base to include more com mercial enterprises, particularly in the Seminole Way Research will be enormous: reduced tax burden to homeowners, higher home valuations and more varied places to shop, eat and work. Joanne Krebs: All events are important to our citizens and business partners, but for me the most important event is our Fourth of July event. We celebrate our nations independence and what America means to be free. At that time, made to become and remain a free country. It is truly a family and community celebration and remembrance. Our most important accom plishment in 2011 Our goal was to hold the line on taxes. We were actually able to reduce taxes without reducing services. This is directly attributable to leader ship, teamwork and dedication of the entire city staff, who are to be congratulated for their efforts and input helping reach this goal! My New Years resolution for our city Provide better economic development strategies to ensure current and future busi ness successes. Rick Brown: In my opinion, the biggest accom plishment of the city of Winter Springs last year was that we lowered taxes! And we lowered taxes while not cutting services, not laying off employees, lower ing our crime rate another 20 per cent and investing in economic development. While lowering taxes we still made a national list of best places to live proving once again it cost more every year to be worldclass. My New Years resolution for the city is for the city of Winter Springs to continue to be the shining example of municipal government transparency, and that through additional budget tightening, spending controls and careful planning we can continue a way to reduce taxes again in 2012 while maintaining the high standard of quality our commu nity has become known for. Cade Resnick: In 2011, Winter Springs re ceived a top 100 cities award. In my opinion, this reward is well deserved due to a depth of citizenry that is cohesive, strong, vocal and in many ways collegial. Winter Springs may be a city of thousands, yet within the city we work to the betterment of our own success. With this in mind, I feel that one of the most important accom plishments Winter Springs found in 2011 was at City Hall. Through the ongoing effort of an amazing staff, the people at City Hall were able to lower taxes in a time of economic hardship. We worked hard to facilitate incoming busi nesses and projects to streamline permits for future growth within the city. Within the community we were able to maintain a very low crime rate in our city thanks to a team approach from the po lice department. Our parks and recreation department worked hard to maintain success through their whole organization. There are many people who are part of this systemic success, and it is all led by leaders who know how to get the job done. My desire for the city in 2012 is to continue to move forward with streamlining our services, maintaining the highest level of customer service to the citizens and to seek out positive economic development that can bring people, jobs and success for the future of Winter Springs. Jean Hovey: event/accomplishment was lowering the millage rate for our citizens without affecting ser vices, providing our employees with a pay increase and holding three community events without using tax dollars. My New Years resolution for the city is to add lots of busi nesses to our city! Please keep in mind, past performance is not indicative of future results and an investor would incur commissions or fees (and interest charges if transacted in a margin account) related to investing in these recommendations. On a total return basis through November 8, 2011, with performances averaged as if an equal dollar allocation were made to each stock at the beginning of the period and held until December 31 of the following year. Individual results will vary and transaction costs related to investing in these stocks will affect overall performance. There is no assurance that the list will achieve the results expected, and investors may incur prots or losses. The results presented should not and cannot be viewed as an indicator of future performance. The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index of 500 widely held stocks and is generally considered representative of the U.S. stock market. Investors cannot invest directly in an index. Since 2002, the Analysts Best Picks list has recommended 117 stocks. Of those, 79 (68%) advanced and 38 (32%) declined within the recommended holding period. The holding period for each years list is approximately 55 weeks from the inception date to December 31 of the following year. A complete record of all Analysts Best Picks since inception is available upon request. Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC 11-BDMKT-0679 SFS/FJD 11/11Around this time of year, theres one list on every investors mind: the popular Raymond James Analysts Best Picks list of recommended stocks. This year is no different. The list highlights individual stocks that Raymond James seasoned analysts expect to produce superior overall results during the year ahead. Over the past 10 years, the names on this list produced an average total return of 18.1% compared to just 6.5% for the broad-market S&P 500.* Thats quite nice indeed. Dont miss it; contact me today to receive a copy of your own when it becomes available. LIFE WELL PLANNED.WEVE MADE OUR LIST AND CHECKED IT TWICE. YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHECK IT OUT, TOO. Raymond James Award-Winning Equity Analysts to Release 2012 Best PicksWEVE MADE OUR LIST AND CHECKED IT TWICE. YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHECK IT OUT, TOO. Scott R. Nickerson Associate Vice President, Investments 301 East Pine Street Suite 1100 Orlando, FL 32801 scott.nickerson@raymondjames.com www.fortresswmrj.com Tom Carey SundewGardens@gmail.comEvery home should have a garden Experience homegrown gardening: RESOLUTIONS | Hospital in 2012? C ONTINUED FR OM FR ONT P AGE Christmas on the lawn PHO T O BY JENNY ANDREASSON THE V OICE Santa Claus greets visitors at Oviedos Lawton House at the citys tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 3.

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Page 6 Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 12, 2012 Seminole Voice INTERESTS THIS WEEK in human history Dec. 28, 1895 The worlds first commercial movie screening takes place at the Grand Cafe in Paris. The film was a series of short scenes from every day French life. Admission was charged for the first time. They may only be in elementary school, but Caleb Marcum, Evan Johnson, GianCarlos Coris and Raiden Donlon already have their sights set on athletic gold. From starting in mommy and me classes and moving on to practicing five days a week at ACE Gymnastics in Longwood, these Seminole County kids are on the fast track to the top. Ive been coming to the gym since I was in a car seat, said Raiden, 10. My mom says even when I was in the womb I did gymnastics. Earlier this year the four boys, ages 8-10, were selected to participate in the Future Stars Program, a developmental feeder program for the Junior National Development Team. Their coach, Greg Weller, says it serves as a gifted program for the top young gymnasts across the country. These kids are good, he said. By doing this theyre only getting better, and theyre get ting a few steps ahead of their competition. As their competition sea son looms closer, with 10 meets scheduled from December through April in places ranging from Miami to Tallahassee, the boys are trying to get a jumpstart on not only their competi tion, but also their futures. Flipping out Whether theyre in the gym, at home or out running errands, each of the kids parents say the boys live and breathe gymnas tics. We cant go to Target with out Caleb trying to use the big cement balls outside as a pom mel horse, said Doug Marcum, Calebs father. Sometimes hell stop traffic, and theyll be a whole crowd and I have to tell him to get off so he doesnt get hurt. GianCarlos used to play soc cer, and when they scored hed start doing flips up and down the field, said Melissa Coris, his mother. Thats how you could tell gymnastics was just his thing. When theyre out together, the parents say its quadruple trouble. Well go out together after meets, and theyll start flipping and walking on their hands, Coris said. Its hilarious, but he always have to reel them in and get them to stop. In the gym, its Coach Wellers job to keep the boys focused, something he says is not always easy, but is also never boring. Theyve definitely got a lot of energy, he said with a laugh. But, he adds, the training they do is serious stuff. Training time The boys practice, depending on their age, four or five days a week. Half of their practice is spent on conditioning and the other on different skill sets, from parallel bars to vaulting and floor routines. The kids go to school all day and then maybe have an hour or two break and come straight here, Weller said. Its a big un dertaking. An undertaking the boys hope will pay off. As participants of the Future Stars Program, their intensive practice schedule, Weller says, helps prepare for and introduce them to what its like to be mem bers of the Junior National De velopment Team and helps build the skills they need not only as a gymnasts, but as a people. This teaches them hard work, dedication, sportsman ship and sacrifice all lessons thatll help them outside of gym nastics as well, he said. The boys say the training is hard, but worth it. Each of them says theyve eventually got their eyes set on Olympic gold. After all, 8-year-old Evan said with his mischievous grin, if gymnastics was easy theyd call it football. Fresh Fruit Vine Ripe Tomatoes Vegetables Thomas Produce110 Geneva Dr., Oviedo (Across from Ace Hardware) Get Healthy From the Inside Out! PLEASE MARK YOUR RESPONSE HERE:Will you please review and respond as soon as possible? We are waiting for your approval. Please NOTE: this is NOT a second opportunity to design the ad. Redesign changes may result in additional charges. Thank you!1. Please circle A or B below: A: I approve this ad as shown here B: I approve this ad with changes as marked (How many changes are marked? _____)2. Please double check phone/address/names.Phone & address are correct (initials here) ________ With this signature, I signify my understanding that payment for this ad is due per Advertising Agreement.Signed ________________________________Since 1995(407) 366-8696 Fax (407) 359-2118 P.O. Box 4548 Winter Park, FL 32793FOR YOUR INFORMATIONThis ad will appear in these areas and months. ____Waterford Lakes__________________ ____College Park/Orlando______________ ____Winter Park/Maitland_______________ ____Sweetwater/Heathrow______________ ____Tuscawilla/Wntr Sprgs _____________ ____Oviedo__________________________ ____ Baldwin/Winter Pk. East ____________X JUNE 2011 X JUNE 2011 A Better Plumber407-644-4000 X JUNE 2011 Tiny gymnasts are future stars Four Seminole County elementary schoolers earned spots on the same elite gymnastics team SARAH WILSON The Voice PHO T OS BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE V OICE Raiden Donlon, above from left, Evan Johnson, Caleb Marcum and GianCarlos Coris are rising stars in gymnastics. Below, GianCarlos takes ight on the rings.

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Page 7 Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 12, 2012 Seminole Voice DEC. 17 Strolling carolers will be at the Oviedo Mall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. Santa Claus is coming to Geneva at the Focal Point Landscape Nursery & Gift Shops annual Christmas Cel ebration on Saturday, Dec. 17. Focal Point is located between the Geneva General Store and the Subway. Pic tures with Santa Claus and sleigh (hay) rides will be from 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3:30 p.m. There will be a Christmas Horse Parade from 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Contact 407-3492200 or liz@focalpointlandscape. com for more information. On Saturday, Dec. 17, the Seminole Audubon Society is leading its efforts for the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count at Spring Hammock Re serve (2984 Osprey Trail, Longwood). No fee. The bird count begins at 8:30 a.m. and we walk the trails to Lake Jesup and Soldiers Creek document ing birds. RSVP is required; please contact Joy at joy7audubon@aol.com or Shirley at 407-977-4389. Christmas in the City a day the community 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. Visit www.hopehelps.org. DEC. 18 Ballet South and The School of Per forming Arts, a student dance com pany based in the Maitland/Fern Park area, will be presenting a benet performance of Claras Nutcracker Dream on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Preparatory School Auditorium at 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park. Ticket prices are $15 and may be purchased at the door only. Call 321-282-2508 or at pap inj@trinityprep.org. Holiday caricatures is 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at the food court at the Oviedo Mall. Its free. DEC. 22 Seminole County Schools winter break is Thursday, Dec. 22, to Fri day, Jan. 6. Enjoy the holidays with your family! School starts back up on Monday, Jan. 9. DEC. 23 Come join the holiday festivities in downtown Sanford on Friday, Dec. 23, with the holiday Art W alk On the fourth Friday of each month begin ning at 6 p.m. and lasting until 9 p.m., downtown Sanford hosts the Sanford Art Walk, a gallery tour around town. The event is open to the public and ad mission is free. In conjunction with the Sanford Art Walk, The Sanford Welcome Cen ter will be hosting the Friday, Dec. 23, Calling All Holidays art show from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. If you would like to submit your artwork or if you have any additional questions, contact 407302-2586 or visit www.sanfordwel comecenter.com. DEC. 25 The First United Methodist Church of Geneva is having their Christmas Cantata at 10:30 a.m. on Christmas Day. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy this Christmas Day musical program. JAN. 1 The Third Annual Peas & Plenty New Years Day Meal at the Geneva Com munity Center on First Street is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1. New Years food, barbecued pork, chicken, sand wich rolls and beverages will be pro vided. Bring a traditional New Years Day side dish, or any family favorite side dish, and enjoy food, fun and fellowship. Call or email Wanda (407519-8838, wanda_currie@yahoo. com) or Cindy (407-312-2204, tacy bell@earthlink.net) with any questions and to let us know how many from your group of family, neighbors and friends will be attending. ONGOING Oviedo Malls Photos with Santa run through Saturday, Dec. 24, with a spe cial pet night on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Its located in the west court near Dil lards. Light Up UCF features an outdoor skating rink, holiday movies, music and a world-class holiday light show. The event runs through Sunday, Jan. 1. Enjoy music, ice-skating and car nival-style rides. Entry is free, with skating and ride prices varying. Call 407-823-6006 for more details or visit lightupucf.com. Oviedo VISION Center From our family to yours, Wishing you a safe and joyful Holiday Season! Dr. Gary D. McDonald and Dr. Jason R. Wallace Optometric PhysiciansLook Good and See Better...This Holiday Season!Fashion Frames Custom Contact Fittings Eye Exams for All Ages Designer & Rx Sunglasses Treatment of Red Eyes In-House Optical Lab Surgery Co-Management875 Clark Street,Suite A Oviedo, FL 32765 www.OviedoVision.com 407.366.7655 MindGymDecember 12, 2011 H o l i r a d n e l a C d a y Grinch that stole a parade PHO T O BY JENNY ANDREASSON THE V OICE Studio 5D Dynasty Dance Company performs a Grinchmas routine during the Winter Springs Holiday Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting event on Dec. 3.

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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 Happy Holidays from Savannah Court and Cottage of Oviedo DEC. 17 There is a gun safety class for women taught by Dawn Kight at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E. Main Street, Geneva. It begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, and lasts until about 1 p.m. The class is $30 per person. Participants need to bring a handgun, ammunition, cleaning kit and targets. You must pre-register by contacting Dawn Kight at 407-491-4171 or dm kight4@att.net. Come for a free evening of old-time music at the Geneva Jam at the Geneva Community Center on Sat urday, Dec. 17. (To celebrate the season, Christmas music will also be played.) This is toe-tapping and acoustic music bluegrass, old country and gospel for you to enjoy. Hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, chips, dessert and drinks are for sale at a very modest cost from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. (or until the food runs out). The music starts around 6:30 p.m. If you play an acoustic instru ment, come get a chair up front. A 50-50 rafe is held each month where the winner gets half the pot. The other half of the pot and the food proceeds help pay for the upkeep of the Geneva Community Center. DEC. 26 Join us at the Environmental Studies Center in Longwood for an exciting Outdoor Adventure Campers ages 8-12 will have hands-on experi ence with plants and animals, dis covering their unique adaptations. Theyll have fun with nature games, wildlife arts and crafts and more! Winter Break Camp is an Outdoor Adventure and Environmental Edu cation program that is committed to promoting individual growth and environmental awareness for chil dren. Dates are Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 2-6. Call 407-349-0959 for more information. JAN. 10 On Tuesday, Jan. 10, Heathrow Womens Club will feature the wellknown local community players Celery Soup, Floridas Folk Life Play. The group will present vi gnettes from Touch and Go. This inaugural production tells the col lected stories and memories of the people of Sanford, their struggles, losses and indomitable spirit. The award-winning production, with singing and dancing, is a must-see for those interested in the heritage of our community. Spouses and partners are invited to this fun eve ning held at the Heathrow Country Club. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is at 6 p.m. Open to all. Reg ister online: www.heathrowwom ensclub.com by Thursday, Jan. 5, $21 JAN. 11 Epiphany Lutheran Church, 1498 Tuskawilla Road, Oviedo, will be hosting Dave Ramseys Financial Peace University starting with a preview date Wednesday, Jan. 11. This life-changing program teaches you to achieve your nancial goals by eliminating debt, saving for the future and giving like never be fore. You will be challenged and motivated to make a plan for your money and change your family tree forever. Call 407-678-6672. JAN. 12 Kick off the 2012 Alive After 5 sea son with our famous Chili Cook-Off on Thursday, Jan. 12. With food and beverage samples, live music, local art and community businesses, its the perfect excuse to go out on a Thursday. For the Chili Cook-Off this month, come and sample all types of chili, then vote on your favorite for the Peoples Choice award. Only $7 per person. Alive After 5 is every second Thursday of the month from 5-8 p.m. For further questions con tact The Historic Sanford Welcome Center at 407-302-2586, info@ sanfordwelcomecenter.com, or visit us at 230 E. 1st St. in Sanford. JAN. 21 The seventh annual Central Flor ida Law Enforcement Car Show returns to the Oviedo Mall on Sat urday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with activities, displays and demonstrations to thrill children, adult family members and car en thusiasts alike. There is no admis sion cost for spectators of any age. Event information, judging classes, registration instructions, sponsor ship details plus photos and a video of the 2011 show are online at www.CopsAndCarsForKids.com or www.OviedoOptimist.com. Calendar This years holiday food trend will be a throwback to tradition when foods were lovingly made by hand. This trend is also indicative of a desire for simplicity, value and comfort. Filling gift baskets or decorating your party table with old fashioned cookies, cakes, pies and sweet breads brings back some of the comfort that comes with smelling and eating food from our childhoods. Homemade food items also make an excellent centerpiece for a buffet or traditional family holiday dinner. For example, a whimsical gingerbread house or tower of dec orated cookies or cupcakes will es pecially delight the children at the table. Simplicity, value and com fort can still be elegant. Varying the heights of food on a buffet table adds interest and is a great way to showcase a pretty serving bowl or to make sure everyone notices a special treat youve prepared. For adults, wrap one of your favorite sweet breads in clear cel lophane wrapping secured with an elegant holiday ribbon and name tag as a welcome or parting gift for holiday party guests. Remember to keep your menu manageable and not overcomplicate your party or you will be overwhelmed and miss out on the fun. I am getting married in Decem ber, and I am not only planning my own wedding, but catering my own reception, too. I use magazines to help inspire me with ideas that are fresh and ignite my imagination. You can do the same for your holi decoration ideas, Southern Living and Food Network magazines are useful. The recipes are simple, good and reliable. The key to a memorable holiday made from scratch with the freshest ingredients in their purest forms. If you are making your own baskets, make sure to include a comple menting beverage, such as a bottle of wine with a chocolate or Italianthemed basket; or coffee, teas and hot cocoa mix for sweet breads and cookies. For example, sweet holiday breads, handmade with the sights, smells and taste of tradition, from bread, to a really decadent cocoabased kirsch-infused bread loaded with chocolate chips, and bing and maraschino cherries. with pre-packaged cookies and crackers from Europe which, I guess, is supposed to make the item appear special or somehow worth these items less than tasty and often these foods are packaged weeks or months in advance of them appear ing in your gift basket, hence they are dry and sometimes stale. Kim Pearson is an executive chef with a culinary arts degree from Johnson & Wales University and the owner of Pearsons Catering. KIM PEARSON Guest Writer Give the gift of food

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Page 9 Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 12, 2012 Seminole Voice New 4 Rivers location The new 4 Rivers Smokehouse Longwood lo cation (1855 W. State Road 434, Suite 230 Long wood, FL) ofcially opened on Dec. 5. 4 Rivers Smokehouse has an in-house bakery and ice creamery exclusive to this location called The Sweet Shop helmed by Amanda Eubanks. Good Deed winner Casselberry Dentist Dr. Tim Chatterley spon sored a Good Deed Contest. The winning es say was submitted by 17-year-old Lake Howell High School student Omeed Zarae who re ceived a brand new laptop computer. Omeed has volunteered at various non-prot organiza tions and believes that good deeds are impor tant because you never know how they can impact someones life and how they can cause a ripple effect. Visit http://dentistcasselberry. com/index.php/category/community/ Toy drives Seminole County Fire Department Toy Drive collection bins have been placed at 17 of our Seminole County Fire Stations and are ready for your holiday donations of dried/canned goods and/or toys throughout December. There are currently over 1,000 homeless students in Seminole County. To nd the Seminole County Fire Station located most conveniently to you, please visit: http://www.seminolecounty.gov/ dps/ems/pdf/stationlisting.pdf Casselberry Dentist Dr. Tim Chatterley is also hosting a Toy Drive Drop off new, unwrapped toys at his ofce, Bright Smiles Dental, located at 1012 State Road 436, Casselberry through Dec. 21. All of the collected toys will be donated to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Volunteers needed Volunteers are needed in Hopes Sonshine Thrift Store & Food Pantry Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. We also need a volunteer to be at the Welcome Desk Monday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Please contact Karol at volunteer@hopehelps. org if you can volunteer for any of these dates. Court nominees Krewe of Leaders recently announced the nom inees for the 2012 Krewe of Leaders Royal Court Members of the Royal Court are highly esteemed individuals who assist in community efforts and business advancement. This years nominees are: Ramon Ojeda, Richard Blystone, Del Burt, Pam Carroll, Barbara Watkins, Felicia Slattery, Kevin Boyle, Alex Rolenski, Mike Ertel, Laura Donaldson, Laura Leigh Wood, Jeremy Donaldson, Phyllis Kent, Amir Ladan, Joe Horn stein, Lillian Casselberry, Karen Monteleone, Don Ellison, Jim Boswell, Marci Gordon, Linda McKenzie and Johnny Lynaugh. Visit www. kreweoeaders.com for more information. Local scholars Local residents have been named to the Deans List at the Savannah College of Art and Design for fall quarter 2011. Local residents include: Biz news Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce named Oviedo Mall Business of the Year for 2011 at the December awards lun cheon at Oviedo Mall. Ten awards were given out during the luncheon. The Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Cham ber of Commerce Board of Directors unani mously approved new leadership titles. Todd Cluxton of Citizens Bank of Florida has been ap pointed president to chairman of the board un til year-end. Paul Sladek will take his place as chairman for the course of 2012. Cory Skeates, formerly the executive director, will be the Chambers new president and CEO. The Board also approved a more concise mission state ment: Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Cham ber of Commerce: An advocate for business and civic interests within our communities. Big Ideas for your Growing Business Mpact Understands in Todays Economy Reaching Your Customers Now is Most Important and That is Why We Provide Quick Turnaround and Even Quicker Results. Call Mpact Today for a Free Consultation Talent Mpact Marketing will maximize your business, saving you TIME and MONEY!!Office: 407.951.5100 www.MpactOrlando.com $100 to $500 OFFAny Servicewith this ad On Call 24 Hours A DayServing Central Florida Since the s Let Us Handle Your Emergency!Call Our Hotline 877-936-8998 www.EmergencyServices24.comServing Floridas Residential & Commercial Community Since 1990 IMMEDIAT E RESPONSE Whats Your Emergency?CBC057844 F lood l Leaks l Mold l F ire l Storm l Smoke l Roong Notes 4 Rivers sweet sister Good Deed winner

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Page 10 Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 12, 2012 Seminole Voice ATHLETICS A string of wins heading deep into the holiday season has carried the Knights mens basketball team to a compellingly strong start to the 2011-12 season, but with confer ence play on the horizon, things are about to get serious. After hosting the UCF Holi day Classic to end the year, the Knights will blast into their Con ference USA schedule with eight straight league games to start 2012. That could set the tone for how they handle their postseason and exorcise some demons at the same time. Their introduction to confer ence play this time around will be who play the Tulane Green Wednesday, Jan. 4. The Green Wave had already stormed to a nearly undefeated season start in schedule. The last time the Knights played Tulane, on Feb. 16 last sea son, they won a narrow 65-62 vic tory thanks to strong all-around play by the Knights, led in scoring by 18 points from forward Keith Clanton. The Knights will likely wel come team captain A.J. Rompza of conference play. Rompza was an energizing force last season, helping engineer inspiring come teams. The action all kicks off at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the UCF Arena. THIS WEEK in sports history Dec. 19, 1986 Michael Sergio, who parachuted into Game Six of the 1986 World Series at New Yorks Shea Stadium, is fined $500 and sentenced to 100 hours of community service. Sergio had landed on the infield with a Lets Go Mets banner in the first inning of the sixth game between the Mets and the Boston Red Sox. 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) JOHN BEDELL The Voice What makes for competitive greatness? Maybe its the will to outwork any opponent. Maybe its having to compete with your triplet siblings. Maybe its both. Hagerty High School juniors Danielle Nuszkowski and Jason Coombs are both swimming from good to great. Danielle earned a pair of regional championships in the 200 meter and 500 meter free style for the Huskies this swim season, and Jason successfully de fended his Class 3A state champi onship in the 100 breaststroke. For this pair, the swimming doesnt end with the high school season. Both of them also swim the Oviedo Aquatic Center, where Jason logged a 70,000-yard week of swimming, rain or shine. For Jason, dry-land workouts can be just as challenging as time in the pool. Core workouts can focus on sit-ups, V-ups and pushups. Saturdays may mean a run of up to seven miles. In my opinion, it is way too much running, he said. But Ja son has the maturity to accept the tough stuff. I know my limits and when to push them, he said. Swim to work harder. In a job, I have an almost military-type respect for authority. I know how to work. Danielle knows about that, too; being a triplet will prime you for hard work. Sister Stephanie and brother Ricardo are also swim mers. Stephanie swims the 100 cardo competes in the 200 individ ual medley and the 500 freestyle. We all compete in school with our grades, Danielle said. When we arent competing, we are en couraging one another. My sister is the best cheerleader. Danielle defeated a longtime rival Gabi Gil from Olympia in both the 200 freestyle and the 500 200 in 1:54.17 to Gils 1:55.21 and her 5:02.95 effort in the 500 topped Gils 5:05.60. Even after dominant perfor mances in the regional champion ship, Danielle was a few strokes short of medaling at the state meet. She said the meet was a humbling experience. But she has a reprieve: she has another year in the pool to earn redemp tion. She plans on taking lessons from her losses. It is good to watch how oth ers approach the race, she said. I will take some of that strategy and apply it to state next year. I need to go out faster. Jason found it exhilarating to be defending his title in the 100 breaststroke at the state meet on Nov. 10. He said he felt some pres sure because he didnt want any one to have his title. He swam a personal best of David Morgan, from Palm Harbor University, who swam a 56.45. Ja sons reputation in the breaststroke took another big step forward in December at the USA Swimming Junior Nationals in Austin, Texas 100 breaststroke in 54.92. Like Danielle, Jason had a humbling race at the state meet in the 200 individual medley. He came into the meet with the fast a disappointing ninth in the pre liminary race and failed to qualify I can learn from that and move on, Jason said. This quick learner is gaining other life lessons too. He is learning the powerful com bination of talent and gratitude. I was blessed with talent, he said. I believe you should always thank God for what he has given you. He has given me the tools and I thank him for that. Danielle has seen her faith move her to strong performances too. She refers to some meets as her miracle races. She is con vinced those are the times her faith in God helped her to a strong One was last years district race when she posted a strong time in the 500 freestyle despite battling an illness. I have a quote book with Bible really inspirational and motivat ing. Both swimmers will continue this winter. Their workouts will point toward the Florida Senior Championships at the YMCA Swim Center on International Drive in Orlando at the end of February. Danielle and Jason will also keep aiming at a bar set high for hard work and competitive ex cellence. PHO T OS BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE V OICE Hagerty High School juniors Danielle Nuszkowski and Jason Coombs prac tice at the Oviedo Aquatic Center with the Blue Dolns swim team on Monday. Flying on the water Knights ready for redemption on court ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice

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Page 11 Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 12, 2012 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! The only television show I watch with any regularity is The Big Bang Theory. A dose of laughs is not a bad thing when delving into the 11 dimensions of quantum physics. As a mere gardener, I feel lucky to comprehend four dimensions as I cope on a daily basis. How does understand ing our journey through the space-time continuum help us grow better crops? When surveying the gar den, the obvious dimensions of width and length spread before our gaze. The depth of our laboriously improved soil delves beneath our feet. These 3-D physical characteristics, measured by comparisons to our anatomy, are quoted in feet and inches. Even the metric system is conjured by pacing the spread of land. How quickly can a row of beans be weeded? How hard must a pebble be thrown to ward off a squirrel in the carrots? Can I turn the whole compost pile before breakfast? Now we are comparing dimen sions over time. The result of actions on physical structure should not be assumed as the intended speed, especially when hunger pangs thwart our obvious goals. Picking up the pace entails acceleration, an attribute understood to be contrary to the implicit leisurely endeavor of the hobby of gardening. To hasten any process, design better tools or routines to get more work done in less time. Newtons falling apple ac of gravity must not be ignored. Use gravity when throwing the compost to loosen up the components, mix in some air, and rebuild the pile in a new location. Using our space most judiciously brings a sequenc ing aspect into play. The seed packet claims a crop of beans will be ready in 55 days. Harvesting from those plants may last 3 weeks, tying up the limited space of the garden. Starting other transplants in a greenhouse manages the risk of unsuccessful germination, but it also allows for two crops to grow simultaneously. Im mediately upon harvesting the last of the beans, a ready trans plant plopped into a growing bed provides a six-week jump in production. Hows that for time travel? Peering into the future, a gift of sages, is a tool frequent ly used by gardeners. Planning for my winter solstice celebra tions requires prescience and risk management. Weather prognosticators, noting this as a La Nina year, predict a dry and warmer growing season. But as the daylight decreases approaching Dec. 21, crop growth slows. Pushing this an intended expectation requires attention to detail. Weeding, mulching, fertilizing, watering and controlling pest are all steps taken in order to control time. Albert Einstein would be proud of us! Heres what kids at the Geneva Elementary Musical Mustang holiday presentation had to say about the holidays. THIS WEEK in political history Dec. 30, 1922 In post-revolutionary Russia, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is established. In the USSR, all levels of government were controlled by the Communist Party. Soviet industry was owned and managed by the state, and agricultural land was divided into state-run collective farms. Were going to my grandmas house for Christmas. Ive been very good the last three days because Randall the Deer is in our house like the Elf on the Shelf. Alexis B. 5 years old Were celebrating Christmas by putting together our tree and decorating it. Weve been making our wish lists, and this is our first Christmas in Florida and without snow. Kailynn D. 12 years old Were getting ready for Christmas with a real tree and its lights. Were mak ing our Christmas lists too. My favorite Christmas song is one were singing tonight called A Candle for Peace. Matthew E. 9 years old Weve been doing online Christmas shopping. I like to help decorate the house and our tree. I will miss going sled ding in New York, but getting money is great! Ashley D. 13 years old I like giving and getting presents and having my family together for Christmas. Were getting a real tree tomorrow, and well decorate it. We also have a fake tree too. I like to help decorate the trees. Michael B. 9 years old We all heard the phrase appearances can be deceiving. Not for job inter views. You are judged by what you wear as much as what is on your resume. Many men tend to under think interview attire. While the general rules are pretty simple, they ought to be followed to increase your chances of being hired. Job interviews are stressful. Thats have worn before to feel more comfort able. If you want to wear new clothes, wear them a few times around your home to get a feel for them. This is especially important with dress shoes, since new shoes can be uncomfortable and may take a while to break into. spect your clothes a few days before the interview to make sure they are neatly pressed and there are no stains or holes. Whether to wear a suit depends on jobs typically require wearing a suit to an interview. You want to wear a solid color, conservative suit (think gray or blue). Stay away from black, however, as it is too formal. A freshly dry-cleaned, solid white or light blue shirt (avoid deep colors), a solid or striped brown or blue tie (bright red and yellow can a pair of polished brown or black dress shoes with a matching color belt should SeminoleVoice.com Michael G. Snytkin, Esq. President of The Style Consultants, Inc. Managing Partner of Azam | Snytkin, P.A. 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@christianhelp.org or mail Ask Sandi C/O Christian HELP, 450 Seminola Blvd., Casselberry, FL 32707. TALK T O SANDI > Job interview tips for men Tom Carey is the owner of Sundew Gardens, a you-pick gardening business in Oviedo. Visit the Sundew Gardens Facebook page. WHO IS CAREY > Tom Carey GARDEN From my to yours Learn to garden in the fourth dimension Letters to Santa contest winner The winner of Seminole Voices inaugural Letters to Santa contest is 10-year-old Ne vada Cullen from Oviedo. He also received Light Up UCF tickets. Thanks to our contest sponsor, city of Oviedo. Heres his winning entry: Dear Santa, The gift I most want to give is time-time travel that is. There are lots of things in history that went wrong or we dont fully know about. It would be great if we could journey back and x the disasters and mistakes, and learn more about certain things. If we could time travel, we could stop the assassination of presidents Lincoln and Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr.s assassination. People could prevent World War I and II and the Korean and Vietnam War from occurring. That would save a lot of lives, and I know that it isnt fun when people die. We also could prevent the Great Depression from happening. The Great Depression made a lot of people lose their jobs and struggle through this tough time. Think of how we use fossils to interpret how dinosaurs looked like. Scientists could see them in person and take notes on what they looked like and how they behave. Also, we could see early Native Americans and cavemen up close and study their way of life more. So you see, if everyone could time travel our lives would be more enriched and happy. Sincerely, Nevada Cullen Nevada

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Page 12 Dec. 16, 2011 Jan. 12, 2012 Seminole Voice Artists in Florida have a wellwork at the theme parks that larger-than-life environments for the millions of guests who visit Central Florida every year. Our artists, illustrators, costume de signers, FX creators and make-up artists collaborate with one goal: to entertain. Now the Orange County History Center pres ents The Serious Art of MakeBelieve through April 29. The exhibit goes behind the scenes at Universal Orlando to show more than 200 original drawings and models among the 1,000 pieces of artwork and artifacts from the resorts events, including Hal loween Horror Nights and Mardi Gras. This collaboration between the museum and Universal is never-before-seen glimpse into Universal Orlandos archives and warehouses. The History Center is downtown at 65 E. Central Blvd. Visit www.thehistorycenter. org or call 407-836-8500. Artists get to be winners! For months Ive been telling you that Third Thursday is the time to join the Gallery Crawl through the art galleries of downtown Or lando. Lately, the Thornton Park area has joined in this tradition of changing exhibits and intro ducing new artists on that date. The excitement of Decembers Third Thursday will come from downtowns anchor gallery, the Gallery at Avalon Island. The reception there from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, is based around the Members Jur ied Exhibit in which the artwork is judged by an outside expert for monetary prizes. Its always fun to see which of our artists are recognized, because the tastes of the judges vary as much as we do, and its always wonderful to see artists being recognized for their talent. The Gallery at Avalon Island is at 39 S. Magnolia Ave. in downtown Orlando. Visit gal leryatavalonisland.com. Scrooge by candlelight My favorite re-telling of the classic Dickens ghost story of Christmas is the Robin Olson production in which three actors portray dozens of characters as they perform among the audience. Audience members are seated at tables enjoying homemade Christmas cookies and a pot of tea while the actors perform around us, coming just this close to touching us. This years production of Dickens by Candlelight: A Christmas Carol will be staged in the main hall of the Dr. Phillips Center from Friday, Dec. 16, to Friday, Dec. 23. The audience feels like part of the production, especially as an actor suddenly speaks from beside you. The cast is made up of John DiDonna, Morgan Russell and Monica Tamborello, who have each acted before in this beloved story of Scrooge and his awaken ing. Performances are at the Dr. Phillips Center on Lake Ivanhoe at 1111 N. Orange Ave. Caroling and wassail begin an hour before the show. Call 407-491-4663 or visit DickensByCandlelight.com. Holidays (and more) at the Morse Museum Every Friday evening through Dec. 30 we are invited to the Morse Museum for free from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition, those evenings will feature live music and live curator tours of the Admission will also be free all day on Christmas Eve, with a program of live music set for the afternoon. The holiday music includes: Friday, Dec. 16: Lynn Peghiny, pianist; Friday, Dec. 23: Three Flutes Only; Saturday, Dec. 24: open house, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Raintree Chamber Players; Friday, Dec. 30: Beautiful Music Sweet Sounds Jazz Trio. The Museum houses the worlds most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, including jewelry, pottery, paint ings, leaded-glass lamps and windows, and the chapel interior he designed for the 1893 Colum bian Exposition in Chicago. Visit morsemuseum.org. Laser light holidays Building on the success of their Rock n Roll Laser Light Shows, the Orlando Science Center introduces Holiday Laser Light Shows. 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