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Free! www.SeminoleVoice.com Jan. 13 Jan. 26, 2012 USPS 008-093 Publisher statement on page 2. Whats goin on?INDEXShort-term leases are on the rise at the Oviedo Mall, and two brand new busi nesses are taking advantage of the oppor tunity. It became really popular as the time changed, you know, with the economic crunch with the uncertainty, said Crys tal Hanley, specialty leasing representative for the mall. Vagabond Traveler, a leather luggage store, both opened in December under the Ovie do Malls Specialty Retail Program. The program offers business owners leases that are a year or less, versus the traditional lease of two years or more. Generally the leases are at least six months, and a year is the most common length. The mall has always had the program, which is popular with seasonal carts that offer products particular to holidays, for example Christmas and Valentines Day gifts, and the kiosks seen along the walk ways selling belts or customizable shirts. But since the economy has had its down turn, many stores are choosing the shorter lease option. Hanley said at least eight stores in the mall have now gone with shorter leases.Low riskIt gives new businesses an opportunity to test the waters without the risk of longJust because of the way the economy is and the way the market is, people are ner vous, said Sara Steffes, marketing man ager for the mall. They want to open their own store, but theyre nervous about do ing it in an environment like this, and this Twelve-year-old gives gifts to charity for his birthdayBooktastic > 11Americas largest balloon launches in Central FloridaFlying high > 4Winter Springs police gave kids a happier ChristmasSanta cops > 4Celery Stalks . ........................................... 5 Stetsons Corner . ...................................... 5 Interests . .................................................. 6 Calendar . ................................................ 12 Athletics . ................................................ 14 Ask Sandi . .............................................. 15 Young Voices . ......................................... 15 Classifieds . ............................................. 16 Calendar > 12The Central Florida Law Enforcement Car Show runs at the Oviedo Mall Jan. 21. Admission is free. Go to www. CopsandCarsForKids.com Margaret Thatcher rises to the role of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and makes personal sacrifices to get there. Opening this week: The Iron LadyShort leases, more choicesThe Oviedo Mall is seeing more businesses choosing short-term leases, which has lowered merchants riskBRITTNI JOHNSON The Voice PHOt T O BY ISAAC bBAbBCOCK t THE v V OICE HHouse of DaLe is taking advantage of a new short-term lease program thats attracted new business to the mall. Please see MAllLL on page 2 Mayors talk up economy for 2012 IISAAC BAbBCOCK The Voice Please see STATE on page 3The economic forecast for Semi nole County is tenuously positive, at least according to the mayors of Oviedo and Winter Springs, who gave their State of the Cities ad dresses on Jan. 5. That event included an intro duction for the new most powerful city staffer in Oviedo, City Man ager Kathryn Breazeale, who rose through the ranks at the city in less than two years. She outlined some changes on the horizon for the citys dealing with business. The mantra: build business by making it easy to set up shop. Our responsibility must be to make business and economic de velopment as painless as possible, Breazeale said. Oviedo Mayor Dominic Per sampiere said he saw business and economic growth slowly moving upward in 2012, and shared some city secrets in the process. I think were all starting to see a little light at the end of the tunnel, Persampiere said. Property values probably wont drop as much as last year. Will the city get a hospital any time soon? The mayor was relucKilts and cabers Its game time for a group of unusual athletes who throw giant logs by day and dance to bagpipe music at night. But the 35th annual Central Florida Scottish Highland Games is more than just kilted caber tossers on a mistSeminole County. And its coming to Winter Springs Central Winds Park on Jan. 14-15. our residents as well as drawing a worldwide The games meld together Scottish heritage plate of haggis and a glass of Dunedin Brew ery beer. heritage. a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Visit the calendar on formation. IISAAC BAbBCOCK The Voice

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Page 2 Jan. 13 Jan. 26, 2012 Seminole Voice THIS WEEK gives them that opportunity. House of DaLe owners An nette Escoffery and Patrizio Merlo jumped at the chance to see if the business, which offers the popular ness classes. Theres very little risk in volved, Merlo said. And the little risk they have taken has seemed to pay off. While the mall sees a visitor here and there early on a Monday morning, 20 women sweat off the pounds dancing during a Zumba class led by the two owners. Its almost like a dance club in the studio, where Merlo and Escoffery shake it for their class, grinning as if theyre not even at work. We love what we do, Escoffery said. We get to do what were passionate about.Here to stayAnd while the mall is opening its options and expanding the idea years ago they never wouldve thought thered be Zumba classes their storefronts, Hanley said. They want to continue with the success seen since their management changeover in November 2010 to Urban Retail Properties and General Manager Brian Olivi. The mall has had 2.9 million shop pers during the past six months, a said. Long-term tenants have no ticed the increase in visitors this holiday season compared to 2010, too. up, said Shirley Gonel, owner of Sassys Bridal. If theyre not buy ing it doesnt matter, theyll know that were here and theyll come back. At least they see that were here. Prudence Manolov, owner of Glass Slipper Cakery and Glass Slipper Academy, said shes heard positive reactions from custom ers. You can tell the mall isnt go ing anywhere, she said. Escoffery agreed, and although she does hear customers ask if the mall is here to stay, she and Merlo We wouldnt be here if we didnt think it was staying open, she said. We see their vision so were comfortable with being here.Embracing choicesVagabond Traveler owner Long Zhang said he had pretty good business during the holidays, but its slowed down since. His store isnt the cheapest, his leather bags can reach more than $300, but he hopes that the high quality of his product and unique feel will bring shoppers in. I have something people dont have, he said. You carry person ality. The mall certainly receives new ideas, and choices are what draw shoppers in, said Brian Olivi, general manager. A place to shop, exercise, see a movie, get a shirt embroidered and attend a city-sponsored event such as the Its not just about shopping thats the key is to provide a ven ue that has a variety of activities going on, he said. ThHIsS week WEEK in history Jan. 24, 1908 The Boy Scouts movement begins in England with the publication of the first installment of Robert Baden-Powells Scouting for Boys. In September 1909, 10,000 Scouts showed up at the first national Boy Scout meeting in London. Published Friday, Jan. 13, 2012PUBLISHER Kyle 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 fF ax 407-563-7099 Volume 22 Issue No. 2 The Seminole Voice is published twice a month by Community Media Holdings, LLC. USPS #008-093 Periodicals postage is paid at Oviedo, Fla. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Seminole Voice, P.O. Box 2426, Winter Park, FL 32790 REPORTER Karen McEnany-Phillipsen kphillips@observernewspapers.comSUBSCRIPTIONS/CIRCULATION Amanda Rayno 407-563-7073 arayno@golfweek.com INTERN Allison Olcsvay COLUMNISTS Janet Foley of Oviedo 407-365-6859 celerystalks@att.net Sandi Vidal of Casselberryen sandi@christianhelp.org Tom Carey of Oviedoen sundewgardens@gmail.com ADVERTISING SALES Linda Stern, 407-563-7058 LStern@observernewspapers.com 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 For more information about the Specialty Retail Program, email Crystal Hanley at hanleyc@ urbanretail.com. To browse product from Vagabond Traveler, visit www.vagabondtraveler. com, and for more information about House of DaLe and to see class schedules, visit www. houseofdalestudios.com or call 407-739-8151. Learn more mallMALL | Two new businesses bring high-end leather bags, dance and fitness to the Oviedo Mall for 2012 CC OONTIINUEED FRO OM frFR OntNT pP AGE

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Page 3 Jan. 13 Jan. 26, 2012 Seminole Voice ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENCE 395 Alafaya Woods Blvd., Oviedo, FL 32765 407-977-8786ALF License No. 9235, 9308, 9307 www.slm.net/SCOviedo1 Signature property of Located on a beautiful campus setting, our two Savannah Court communities provide full assisted living services while Savannah Cottage offers a secured residence for those with memory loss. Call us today, stop by for a visit, join us for lunch, or all of the above! You are always welcome at Savannah Court and Cottage of Oviedo. MEMORY CARE RESIDENCEWhere hospitality is truly a way of life! Savannah Court and Cottage ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENCE 395 Alafaya Woods Blvd., Oviedo, FL 32765 407-977-8786ALF License No. 9235, 9308, 9307 www.slm.net/SCOviedo1 Signature property of Located on a beautiful campus setting, our two Savannah Court communities provide full assisted living services while Savannah Cottage offers a secured residence for those with memory loss. Call us today, stop by for a visit, join us for lunch, or all of the above! You are always welcome at Savannah Court and Cottage of Oviedo. MEMORY CARE RESIDENCEWhere hospitality is truly a way of life! Savannah Court and Cottage Located on a beautiful campus setting, our two Savannah Court communities provide full assisted living services while Savannah Cottage offers a secured residence for those with memory loss. You are always welcome at Savannah Court and Cottage of Oviedo You are always welcome at Savannah Court and Cottage of Oviedo You are always welcome at Savannah Court and Cottage of Oviedo www.savannahcourtoviedo.com395 Alafaya Woods Blvd., Oviedo, FL 32765407-977-8786 Call us today, stop by for a visit, join us for lunch, or all of the above! forward with making some city property suitable for a medi cal facility of some kind. Its nothing insurmountable, Persampiere said. In the meantime, shovels are already hitting the ground for two new restaurants that will likely open earlyto mid2012. An Ale House restaurant is already in the early stages of construction sandwiched between the citys driving range and Sushi Pop restaurant on Mitchell Hammock Road. Less than a quarter mile away, a Panera Bread restaurant, pat terned after the updated Winter Park location, is also sched uled to spring up in front of L.A. Fitness, adjacent to the stag nant new downtown development, Oviedo on the Park. Thats something weve been clamoring for for a long said. On the topic of the long-awaited downtown revival, the mayor said that there have been discussions with developers We are getting very excited about that, he said. He did Winter Springs Mayor Charles Lacey offered bolder predictions for 2012, saying the city was changing the way that government operates. We dont live in ordinary times, Lacey said. Governments need to adapt the way business has had to adapt. I think that attitude is what sets us apart from any city in the county. Were going to form a new model, a permanent model for how government is going to operate. the amount of money the government needed to operate, therefore allowing the city to run at low property tax rates. Our department heads have been able to do it through attrition and frankly an increased workload on the employ ees, Lacey said. In 2007 we were the most streamlined city in the county. Now were even more streamlined. He said that would not lead to any drops in service or cancellations of city events, particularly a repeat of the can celed 2008 4th of July celebration due to lack of funds. Fortunately the answer to any of those concerns is an emphatic no, Lacey said to questions of whether that could happen again. stateSTATE | Oviedo to get a Panera CC OONTIINUEED FRO OM frFR OntNT pP AGE While much of the country contin ues to struggle with challenges from a lagging economy, the OviedoWinter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce has set the wheels in motion that could mean an increase in momentum for businesses this year. Cory Skeates, formerly known as the Chambers executive director, now has a new title: president and it means a change on his business cards. For local businesses, it means when he goes to meetings he can more quickly get things done be cause hes now on a level playing at other chambers of commerce. It was tough when I would go to meetings and tell them that I was the executive director. People generally thought I worked part time at the Chamber and theyd ask me what my full-time job was. Now people know that Im the guy who runs the show, Skeates said. Its a title usually reserved for the executive staff member. In order to give Skeates the new title, the titles among the Board of the Directors had to be changed. Before this year, the person elected to head up the Board was known as president and the person next in line was called the president-elect. Now, they are called the chairman and the chairman-elect. Skeates said that these title changes were important for corporate consistency with other chambers and businesses through out the area. New missionPaul Sladek, the new chairman of the board, said besides the title changes, changes were also made to the bylaws and mission statement. Our mission statement used to be a 200-word monster that nobody could remember, Sladek said. So the board of directors changed it to make it simple. Now, the statement reads, An advocate for business and civic interests within our communities. Sladek said though the Chamber had seen a decline in memberships, over the past six months, things have improved. Smaller businesses are opening in the area and have been joining the Chamber, Sladek said. Its not nec essarily a sign that either national or local economies are going to have a banner year, but it gave us hope that things have started to turn a little. Though there are some new ti tles and a new mission statement, nothing is as important to Chamber members as their success, Skeates said. I think there will be further part nership opportunities and growth based on everything happening with UCF and Medical City, he said. Because of [State Road] 417, this area has positioned itself to be a really positive spot for businesses to set up. You can get to the Medi cal City from Oviedo in a shorter time than from East Orange County. As long as the schools in Seminole to have businesses and families here where the schools are so good. One new Chamber undertaking includes a new location for its big gest event, A Taste of Oviedo. The event, most recently held on Oviedo Boulevard, will now be held at the Oviedo Mall. The mall, Skeates said, has really stepped up its game by bringing events to their property.More sunWinter Springs Mayor Charles Lacey said his city is busy with new devel opment, especially residential. In the past few months, Winter Springs has seen a tremendous pickup in development activity, Lacey said. Several commercial projects have been before the Commission, both single family and multi-fami ly. Rick Brown, who owns Tijuana Flats in Winter Springs and is also a city commissioner, is looking for ward to a better 2012. The economic situation for Win ter Spring looks strong, Brown said. We have had a couple of housing projects kick off, a couple of new businesses open, and lots of devel opment inquiries. up in sales and had a very good De cember. We are not back to 2008 and 2007 levels, but the trend is certainly there.Chambers new mission MMICHEllLLE Y. EERTElL The Voice

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Page 4 Jan. 13 Jan. 26, 2012 Seminole Voice The Government Affairs Committee of the Presents: An Evening with the Mayors A Community Discussion Wednesday, January 25 5:30pm 7:30pm Oviedo Mall (former FYE) Residents encouraged to attend Refreshments will be served Media Partner So this is our commitment to you. We will work as diligently to help grow and protect your money as you did earning it. And help create a passionately disciplined plan designed to provide sustainable income for your riveting next chapter. Discover all that we can do for you. LIFE WELL PLANNED. YOU STOP WORKING AT 65. YOUR MONE Y STOPS WORKING AT 65. T HIS COULD BE A PROBLEM. YOU STO P W ORKING A T 65. YOUR MONEY STO PS W ORKING A T 65. THI S COULD B E A P ROB LEM.2010 Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC 10-BDMKT-0426 RJA 10/10 Scott R. Nickerson, AAMS www.fortresswmrj.com Associate Vice President, Investments 301 East Pine Street Suite 1100 Orlando, FL 32801 407-246-8895 scott.nickerson@raymondjames.com 1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd Oviedo FL 32765 Proceeds bene t local Optimist youth programs and childhood cancer campaigns. Hosted by Oviedo Police, Winter Springs Police and Oviedo-Winter Springs Optimist Club. SATURDAY JANUARY 21, 2012 10 AM 4 PM www.CopsAndCarsForKids.com PUBLIC & LAW ENFORCEMENT CLASSESENTRY FEES $25Paid by 12/31/11$35After 1/1/2012 Young Guns16-21 Pay your age CLUB DISCOUNTSFREE SPECTATOR ADMISSION COPS N CARS FOR KIDS The hottest thing in the air PHOt T O BY ISAAC bBAbBCOCK t THE v V OICE OOrlando Balloon RRides ofcially launched AAmericas largest balloon on Dec. 16 in Reunion. PHOt T O BY ISAAC bBAbBCOCK t THE v V OICE Winter SSprings Police helped needy kids at the annual Shop with a CCop event on Dec. 17. Shopping with cops

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Page 5 Jan. 13 Jan. 26, 2012 Seminole Voice A decade or two ago, with my the road toward college, I took a several year hiatus from grow ing my garden while pursuing a less risky career option (as an electrician at the Mousehouse). Upon my return to the daily dance with Mother Nature, the remnants of my garden were in dire need of refurbishment. Once the framework of fences, greenhouse, water supply, grow ing beds and other functional pieces were in place, the routine of growing crops commenced. routine, I began to innovate. After the basics are initially created, wanting to improvise and improve the garden are as much of the fun as sticking seeds in the soil. During long hours of seemingly repetitive work, the gears of my mind are churning to the point of distraction. Dreaming is free, but cre ation beyond the dream requires commitment and cash. The dedication of spending choices toward innovation instead of labor is recognized by many as Gardening is a labor of love for me, plus I would rather spend the cash in my backyard than at the mall. Innovating beyond success appears to be the problem be hind many of the worlds symp toms. If a little fertilizer grows the plants to their full potential, why not add a lot of fertilizer? Spraying for bugs when damage holes in the beets, but spraying on a Monday and Thursday just in case now disrupts the The feedback loop of innovation must be recognized as important as the implementation. Irrigation is an area where we can easily apply the principles of innovation. Never one to stand idly by while schlepping a watering can through the gar den, a succession of sprinklers were tried and discarded. Based on the design and shape of my garden, I cobbled together PVC contraption that waters several long growing beds in a few easy moves. Not leaving well enough alone, a timer on the hose allows me to tackle other projects and not to worry about wasting water and inconsistent soil saturation. But the timer valve point of leaving the plants on the edges dry. Our civilization has more potential to innovate than at any other time in history. The blank canvases our gardens provide allow us to easily practice this esoteric science. Pick a project you love, immerse yourself in that project, and enjoy the art of innovating for its own sake. Now I see the secret of making the best persons, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth. Geneva celebrated a milestone of one of its own as Talon Mi ducted into very select company. Falconer earned the Eagle Scout award, Scouting's greatest hon or, an achievement that less than attain. The ceremony known as the Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held in the First United Methodist Church of Geneva on a beautiful Sunday afternoon the week before Christmas. Rever end Lisa Carboni began with a moving invocation recognizing that God created the ponds in which Talon swam, the trails that he forged and the animals and nature that caused him wonder. Scouting has British rootsThe audience learned that British military leader Lord BadenPowell founded the world Scouting movement in the early 1900s and is fondly revered as Chief Scout of the World. His book Scouting for Boys was a bestseller as small groups of boys earned badges from mastering key scouting skills. Talon's journeyTalon's trail to Eagle began as most boys do as Cub Scout and Weblo. Later he became Assistant Senior Patrol leader and soon was voted Patrol Leader. He enjoyed water activities, especially small boat sailing and canoeing. He liked tracking aniatically earned his badges along the way. His family, friends and mentors watched with pride as candles were lit representing the Scout Spirit, Scout Oath and Scout Law.Trail to the EagleThe process from Life Scout to Eagle is rigorous. It involves not only earning many more Eagle Badges but also an Eagle Service Project with its own application process and strict guidelines and requirements. They have been working years developing the leadership and management skills which will be put to the test as they plan, present and coordinate their project idea. Thanks to parents & communityMost Eagle Scouts have very supportive and involved parents and Talon was no exception. In recognition of the critical role that parents play, Talon's mother and father were honored and also involved in the ceremony. It a pin to his mother and then Then his dad was recognized as was his Scoutmaster, his troop and the community who supported him. Always an Eagle just begun. The Eagle Award is a lifelong rank and each recipient is admonished to live up to its expectations. Astronauts, presi dents, military commanders and ment are often found to be Eagle Scouts. Sincere congratulations to Eagle Scout Talon Michael Falconer, his family Scoutmaster Randy Deavers, Committee Chair Cindy Deavers and all the members of Troop 837 and Pack 837.Save the Date: Saturday, Feb. 4Geneva's Annual Historical Bus Tour and Pancake Breakfast is just three weeks away and reservations for those coveted bus seats are going fast. Call 407-947-4412 or email margieilj@ aol.com and leave your name, phone number or email, number of people and which tour you prefer, 9:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. You will receive a call or email tours start and end at the Geneva Community Center and are $10 per person. Tom Carey GARDENFrom my to yoursTom Carey is the owner of Sundew Gardens, a you-pick gardening business in Oviedo. Visit the Sundew Gardens Facebook page.WHO ISCAREY > Do you innovate?Happy New Year! I hope all had a very good one. Parties and fun things are over now, Christmas decorations all put away for another year, and now it is time to get back to business. I know some moms and dads were delighted when Monday, Jan. 9, rolled around last week. Schools days are here again! Happy parents and sad children, but kids do like to go to school to see all their best buddies, but they of course are not thrilled with the studies and that homework mess. New stores at MallLooks like this month will be quite busy. We have two new stores that opened up in the Vibe Studio Operators are now House of DaLe, which is located in the former Sports Fanattic space and offers a variety of a focus on Zumba as well as personal training and products including Herbal Life. For complete information and schedule, please call 407-739-8152. The studio does plan to move into a large space within the next three to six months. The second store, Vagabond Traveler, has leased a 1700 square feet next to JoS. A. Bank and offers handbags, brief cases, wallets, purses and related accessories. Online sales make up the majority of the business, but adding a retail storefront allows customers to interact with the product before making a pur chase. Please check out the Malls events calendar for this month: Playathon, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Food Court and admission is free. Its a full day of music at the Mall provided by the Orlando Music Club students and teachers. Fashion Show is 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. located in the West Court, near Dillards. Its free admission. Goody bags will be presented to and a grand prize valued at $300. Also on Jan. 15 Food Truck Crazy is 5-9 p.m. located in the parking lot between Chamber lins and the North Entrance. The event is free, but the food is not, and they will be there rain or shine.MLK celebrationThe City of Oviedo and Oviedo Citizens in Action, Inc. presents the Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration on Monday, Jan. 16, starting with the parade at 10 a.m. Family Fun Day follows at Round Lake Park.Strawberry pickinEverybody loves Strawberries and now Pappys Patch, our local strawberry patch, is open. The patch is located on Florida rections, days and times the ber ries are ready for picking. Their number is 407-366-8512.OHS meetsThe Oviedo Historical Society ing of the New Year on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Building on Central Avenue. The society will present its guest speaker, Lars White, Oviedos society, speaking about the Fire Department. Do come, the meeting is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.Free concertSt. Lukes Concert Series is 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at St. Lukes Lutheran Church, 2021 W. State Road 426 in Oviedo. The Orlando Concert Band will present the program Pillars, a tribute to the work and icons of the musical world. Its free admission, and if you need more information, please call 407-365-3408.Cops and carsThere was a busy last Saturday among vendors and visitors, es pecially the men, at the Farmers Market last Saturday about the Central Florida Law Enforcement Car Show; they all said it is getting bigger and better than ever. The show is 10 a.m. 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Oviedo Mall. The Winter Springs Opti mist Club in cooperation with the Oviedo Police Department will host the event. The show will include hun dreds of classic, modern and an tique show vehicles of all types, numerous law enforcement, EMS and Fire-Rescue and safety vehicles, military vehicles, and and Orlando Health, K-9 demonstrations, and more. Individuals and area clubs can also compete in a variety of public classes. Vehicle registration is $25-$35 de pending on date of registration. Clubs youth, family and special needs programs, as well as child hood cancer campaigns. Admis sion to the event is free, and if you need more information, call 407-971-5711 A thoughtOne advantage of marriage is that, when you fall out of love with him or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together Viorst in Redbook 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 > Geneva honors newest Eagle ScoutGo outside at winter events

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Page 6 Jan. 13 Jan. 26, 2012 Seminole Voice IINt T ERESt T S Its 3 a.m. and theyre still play ing. Hundreds of runs have been ticked up on the scoreboard; the bright spotlights shine on the now ens of cleats. Its the longest game of softball ever played in Florida, and theres still a chance to see it happen, because it hasnt hap pened quite yet. High school softball standouts from across Central Florida make up Americas Team, and theyre working to raise $56,000 to go on a July trip to Italy to play soft ball against local Italian teams. They hope to raise $30,000 of that through a marathon softball game in Winter Springs, 24 hours of ball with 48 teams, and a score that keeps going with each pairings hour-long play. I dont want money to stand in the way of this opportunity, Coach Cindy Corrado said. High hopesAnd thats why they need this fundraiser to be a homerun. It costs $10 a player, with each team requiring 10 players, and anyone can play. Theyve got about half the teams they need to play the game, and will also raise funds through concession stand sales, a silent auction and meet and greets with Olympians. But with only $8,000 in the bank, theyve got a long way to go. But Corrado has the passion to make it work, said Jim Lucas of Jim Lucas Sports, the man behind the marathon idea and the company helping the team organize the event. Shes got a never say die atti tude, Lucas said. Experience of a lifetimeCorrado is the embodiment of with a commanding tone when they talk about committing to make the trip a reality, which takes work. Corrado has been a professional softball player, and her cur rent job as an Orange County Jail The girls naturally, and respect fully, perk up when she speaks. But when it turns disappointing out because of the cost of the trip tional. Corrado is dedicated to seeing her team make the trip. Its a dream for me, she said. Its an experience most will never have in their lives, and the 14 girls on Americas Team have that chance, and they know it. I thought it was like the op portunity of a lifetime, how could you not take it? said Sable Lee, a senior at Oviedo High School. Showing the world Americas pastimeTheyll get to see the sights in three Italian cities, and play against two teams in each. The Americas Team chosen by Corrado based on their academic achievement, attitude in each city so that they can get an educational and cultural experience while exposing Americas pastime to a country that doesnt quite appreciate it the way we do. Their goal is, of course, to win. But its also to promote the sport and try to get softball back in the Olympics. Its important to travel to other countries, to reach out, Lee said. To show them the love of the game, added Kiersten Coffman, a senior at Winter Springs High School. And they do love it. They itch to play after a couple weeks off, antsy to feel the rush and calm that comes with their favorite thing to do in the world. Nothing exists when the game is on. No school worries, no stress, only them and the ball. Theres nothing better, Coff man said. Its the game I love. ThHIsS week WEEK in human history Jan. 18, 1912 After a two-month ordeal, the expedition of British explorer Robert Falcon Scott arrives at the South Pole, only to find that Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had preceded them by just more than a month. Caught in a storm on the way back to base camp, Scott and two others perished. 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 Individual & Family health plans For an Instant Quote or to apply, visit our website www.HealthInsuranceIBS.com407-831-5166 BRITTNI JOHNSON The Voice PHOt T O BYBY BRITTNI jJOHNSON THE v V OICE AAmericas T T eam, above, will need $30,000 to get to EEurope, but theyre expecting sponsor teams to have fun playing softball all night in their fundraising tournament, which is open to the public. Visit www.hometorome.net for more information about the game, to register your team and to contribute to their fundraising. The game will start at noon on Jan. 28 and end at noon on Jan. 29 at Central Winds Park in Winter Springs. Theres a cost to participate, but its free to watch. Learn more Ball all night High school softball standouts from across Central Florida make up Americas Team, and are hoping to raise money to play their sport in IItaly with a 24-hour softball game

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Mike Melone was raised on a farm. He learned very quickly to adapt and to repair things with whatever could be found to get the job done. His skills developed further as he worked in service stations and numerous automotive dealerships, as a master technician in most of them. Throughout that time, out of the box thinking became a normal approach for Mike to complete many challenging repairs. In 2008 the purchase of a new welder to repair a boat trailer revealed his gift for a different kind of creativity. Mike began using that welder to create those objects into birds, people and animals that others recognized as art. Twelve of his pieces were taken to a folk art gallery in Sanford, where they were placed on display and sold. Mike Melone the master technician met Mike Melone the artist. Since that time, his pieces and characters have found homes in museums and in permanent collections across Florida in Orlando, Eustis and Lake land as well as in Davis, California, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and at the House of Blues in Orlando. Many of his pieces have been donated to good causes, including the start up of a childrens art gallery in New Jersey in 2008 and to a Winter Park day care center in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Southern Metal Folk Art grew from the creativity of Mike, his belief in the recy cling of found objects and his philosophy Go Green! Go Rust. Mikes creations now are sold in galleries throughout the U.S. and have become part of the lives of interested children young and old at over 100 art shows, which have featured is work. In 2012, some of Mikes unique, one-ofa-kind welded metal sculptures have been nated to be the top tier trophies for the an nual Central Florida Cops n Cars for Kids Law Enforcement Car Show, which last year had nearly 200 vehicles on display. Held in Mikes hometown of Oviedo, since 2005 and hosted by the Oviedo Police Department, the Winter Springs Police Department and the Oviedo-Winter Springs Optimist Club, this regional car show draws participants and spectators from across the state and beyond. Mikes donation of the one-of-a-kind top tier trophies for Cops n Cars for Kids helps set this car show apart from all others. In do youth, family-focused and special needs pro grams offered by the Oviedo-Winter Springs Optimist Club to serve the people of Central Florida. Thank you, Mike!Mike Melone is based out of Oviedo. Visit www. southernmetalfolkart.com Cash America is a proud sponsor of the Central Florida Law Enforcement Car Show, serving local Optimist Youth Programs and Childhood Cancer Campaigns.www.cashamerica.com Auto parts become trophies at Cops n Cars for Kids

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Page 11 Jan. 13 Jan. 26, 2012 Seminole Voice FamilyCalendar Cleaning your room and getting in trouble with your parents are two necessary evils every adoles cent tries, yet fails to avoid while growing up. Twelve-year-old Ryan Hart of Oviedo is no stranger to the pit falls of both. However instead of sulking, Ryan decided to learn his lesson and try to make the best out of both situations. For his sixth birthday, Ryans parents decided none of his friends would be allowed to bring him presents for his birthday party. We thought he wasnt acting grateful or realizing how lucky he was to have all that he had, his mother, Lisa Hart, said, so we made him tell his friends to each bring a stuffed animal to the party to be donated to a local childrens shelter, instead of regular gifts. The next year, when his birthday rolled around, and every year since, it has been Ryans own idea to forfeit gifts and instead ask his friends to donate money to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Not only did the punishment work, but Ryan said it also made him more conscious of different ways he could help his community. Every summer, Ryan said his parents make him clean out his entire room to get rid of things he no longer needs, wants or uses. The most daunting part of this: his bookshelf. For the boy with the second most Accelerated Reader points to ever graduate from Rainbow Elementary, sifting through and parting with his books, his mother said, has always been an ordeal. Usually, his mother said, the books would be passed down to his younger sister, but this past August, with a stack of giveaways nearly 100 tall, Ryan decided he had a better idea. I thought it was just a waste to throw them out or just put them up in the attic or something, so I talked to my mom about trying to get a project started to give books to other kids that really need them, Ryan said. With that, Project Book Storm was born. Since Aug. 22, Ryan has collected more than 3,000 books from friends, family members and local schools to donate to different local organizations to give to kids in need. In December, the Sanford Middle School sixth-grader was recognized by the Seminole Coun ty School Board for his efforts.Hooked on booksBooks, Ryan said, give him an escape from everyday life. On one page, hes a wizard dueling a dragon, and the next hes in the trenches of war, ducking from en My favorite part of reading is probably just the mystery of a book and all the adventures you can have visualizing whats hap pening in your head, he said. He hopes the books hes collecting and donating to kids in need provides them with the same sort of joy and escape, and also brings families together like reading has in his own. But his dreams dont stop there. I feel like maybe I could be doing something to help change the world, something thatll make the world a better place, he said. This is helping kids learn to read, which makes the literacy rate go up. That makes them have a better chance at jobs, so that means the country gets better workers. After collecting more than 1,000 drives at Ryans school and with his basketball team, the Harts de cided to think bigger, enlisting the help of the Seminole County Pub lic Schools Title 1 Department and partnering with their Fami lies in Transition program. There are an estimated 1,000 homeless students in Seminole County. The project hit the 3,000-book mile stone just three months later. Ryan has seen his books do nated to kids in need at events at both Winter Springs and Seminole high schools, and has plans for two more large donations in January to celebrate literacy month at Indian Trails and Lawton Chiles middle schools. Ryan said Project Book Storm has grown far larger than he ever anticipated, but hopes to keep it growing, with each new book donated getting him a step closer to his ultimate goal. I want to try and give all the kids in Seminole County in need something they can enjoy and have fun with, Ryan said. Im hoping to change as many kids lives as we can. Oviedo VISION Center 875 Clark Street,Suite A Oviedo, FL 32765 www.OviedoVision.com 407.366.7655 Dr. Gary D. McDonald and Dr. Jason R. Wallace Optometric PhysiciansFashion Frames Custom Contact Fittings Eye Exams for All Ages Designer & Rx Sunglasses Treatment of Red Eyes Treatment of Infections & Glaucoma In-House Optical Lab Surgery Co-Management For more information on Project Book Storm and how you can get involved and sign your business up as a book drop-off location, visit their Facebook page at www. facebook.com/projectbookstorm or email projectbookstorm@gmail. com Their only current public donation location is Integrity Dance Studio at 853 E. State Road 434 in Winter Springs, where books can be dropped off Mondays and Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m. Learn moreRyans birthday wishEvery year he forfeits presents and gives to childrens charities SARAH WILsSON The Voice PHOt T OS BY IsSAAC BABCOCK t THE v V OICE RRyan HHart, 12, turned a punishment into a philanthropic hobby, donating books to local needy children. Take a rsthand look at what St. Lukes Lutheran School has to offer during two upcoming open house events, taking place on Friday, Jan. 13, and Friday, Feb. 17, starting at 8 a.m. If you are not able to attend one of our open house events, please contact Sherry Abell, School Admissions Director, for a personalized tour of campus, at 407-365-3228 or sabell@ stlukes-oviedo.org The Orlando Music Club Playathon is 10 a.m.to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Oviedo Mall food court. Orlando Music Club students and teachers will provide a full day of music. The event is free. Sassys Bridal is hosting a prom fashion show 1-2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Oviedo Malls West Court, near Dillards. The rst 50 guests receive a free goody bag, will be entered to win door prizes and have a chance at a grand prize valued at $300. Entrance to the show is free. Visit www.myo viedomall.com for details. Kids pottery classes begin Sunday Jan, 15th. Adult evening pottery class es begin Thursday, Jan. 19 and on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Adult day pottery classes begin Wednesday Jan. 18. Its all at the Cup O Pottery, 1977 Ala faya Trail, Suite #1091, Oviedo. Call 407-421-5460 or visit www. cupopottery.com SAK Comedy Lab comes to Winter Springs High School for a great night out without having to drive downtown or pay for park ing! Tickets are on sale now for the show, which happens on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Winter Springs High School Auditorium. General Admission in advance is $15 and at the door $18. Reserved seat ing is $20. Contact phylliscraw ley@gmail.com for information. HOPE volunteers will be located in the Oviedo Mall at the old Kirk land space near Sears through Jan. 29 collecting, counting and weighing non-perishable food items for our biggest food drive ever! All items will be counted/ weighed, and the winner of the largest donation will be an nounced at Oviedo Mall, along with HOPE staff and leaders from our community, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. Join Seminole County Natural Lands Program for guided hikes and programs throughout the county. Come learn about habitats and the wonderful and sometimes mysterious creatures that live there. For information about any of the hikes or programs, call 407-349-0959. Its $3 per person. Please register in advance. (*for swamp walks, children must have completed fth grade). Email calendar submissions to editor@observernewspapers.com

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Page 12 Jan. 13 Jan. 26, 2012 Seminole Voice JAN. 13 The Central Florida Scottish Highland Games are happy to offer Whisky Tasting at the Altamonte Hilton, 350 N. Lake Blvd. It will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13. Space is limited to adults, 21 and older. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door (cash only).JAN. 14The 35th annual Central Florida Scottish Highland Games is Satur day and Sunday, Jan. 14-15 at Cen tral Winds Park in Winter Springs. Its open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tick ets for adults on Saturday are $17 in advance and $20 at the gate. Tickets for adults on Sunday are $12 in advance or $15 at the gate. Children ages 6-11 can get in both days for $5, and students age 12-17 can get a two-day pass for $10. For tickets visit tinyurl.com/scottishgames or call 407-426-7268. The Cuplet Fern Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Societys January eld trip is 9 a.m. Jan. 14 at the Chuluota Wilderness Area, 3895 Cur ryville Road. Sherry Williams, chapter vice-president, will lead this hike through the 625-acre preserve lo cated in southeast Seminole County. Its free and open to the public. Call 407-302-7616 for more information. The Refuse to Be A Victim seminar teaches tips to avoid dangerous situations. Topics include: Home, Personal, Automobile and Workplace Security. The class is at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Rural Heri tage Center, 101 E. Main St., Geneva. The cost is $20. Please contact Dawn Kight to register: dmkight4@att.net Dinner & Movie Night at the Gene va Bijou is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. There will be pizza followed by a movie at 7 p.m. Admission is a $5 donation for adults and a $3 donation for kids younger than 16. The event is at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E. Main, Geneva. Send an email to GenevaHGS@aol.com join their movie club list.JAN. 18Tuskawilla United Methodist Church will present Dave Ramseys Finan cial Peace University. The class helps people transform their nancial lives. Classes are 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 18 at Tuskawilla UMC, 3925 Red Bug Lake Road, Casselber ry. Child care will be provided. Con tact Jo-Anne Holleran at shellqueen@ juno.com or call 407-699-8155 for further information.JAN. 19The Fine Arts gallery at Seminole State College will host an exhibit by artists Jeff Hoffman and Aaron Vaaler called Flat Planes. The exhibit opening reception is at 5 p.m. Thurs day, Jan. 19. For information, visit www.seminolestate.edu/arts, or call 407-708-2040.JAN. 21The Central Florida Law Enforce ment Car Show runs at the Oviedo Mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. Admission is free. Find more details at www.CopsAndCarsForKids. com St. Lukes concert series presents Pillars, on 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. The performance will be at St. Lukes Lutheran Church, 2021 W. S.R. 426, Oviedo. For information, call church ofce 407-365-3408 or visit www.stlukes-oviedo.org Join us for the 10th Annual Air Potato Raid at the Spring Hammock pre serve, 2985 Osprey Trail, Longwood, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 21. For information contact Lori Hart sock at 407-349-0959 or lhartsock@ seminolecounty.gov Healthy Yeast bread baking class runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Satur day, Jan. 21 at the Seminole County Extension Services kitchen, 250 W. County Home Road, Sanford. Class size is limited. Call 407-665-5560 to register. Each class is $10. Goldenrule Housing is assisting rsttime homeowners who wish to re ceive down payment assistance. This mandatory class is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. Participants must register in advance. No walk-ins will be accepted. Call 407-878-3759. The Geneva community center will host a free evening of music at the Geneva Jam with acoustic music including bluegrass, old country and gospel. The Jam is 6 p.m Saturday, Jan. 21. There will be a 50-50 rafe to benet the Community Center. The Orlando Area Citrus Drive will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at Oviedos First United Methodist Church, 263 King St. Fruit collected will be distributed to local food pan tries. For information contact Amanda Rich, Society of St. Andrew at 407650-1956. JAN. 25Learn about FairTax at the Semi nole County Sheriffs Annex, 1225 E. Broadway, Oviedo from 7-8:30 Wednesday, Jan. 25. For informa tion, call 407-949-2959. The event is free. The Planetarium at Seminole State College will offer Backyard Astronomy, a free course for those interested in learning about the night sky. The course is 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25.JAN. 26Breakthrough Fitness is hosting a four-week Fat Loss Workshop 6-7 p.m. beginning Thursday, Jan. 26 at 269 Aulin Ave. Ste. 1011, Oviedo.JAN. 27The Lake Mary Senior Center is hosting an Abstract Painting Class1:30-2:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at 911 Wallace Ct. Class fee is $12. Registration and supplies are required. E-mail Rusty at rsty wahl@bellsouth.net or call 407688-0537.JAN. 28The All Around Geneva Relay for Life Team Chili Cook-Off is from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Enjoy chili, live music, kids fun at the Jolly Gator Fish Camp, 4650 E. St. Road. 46, Geneva. Registration is $5 in advance and $10 the day of. Eemail mconsolato@bellsouth.net A 24-hour softball game fundraiser begins noon on Jan. 28 and ends at noon on Jan. 29 at Central Winds Park in Winter Springs. Visit www. hometorome.net for more informa tion. Theres a cost to participate, but its free to watch. SaleDOWNTOWN WINTER PARK sidewalk Park Avenue and Hannibal Square stores offering merchandise from 50-75% OFF For more information, visit winterpark.org or call 407.644.8281Please see participating stores for details.Friday, January 13th through Monday, January 16th 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) Fresh Fruit Vine Ripe Tomatoes Vegetables Thomas Produce110 Geneva Dr., Oviedo (Across from Ace Hardware) Get Healthy From the Inside Out! Calendar From the Gut The Jeanine Taylor Folk Art gallery is hosting the opening for Matt Sesows From the Gut 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 at 211 E. 1st St., Sanford. The event is free. Hours are Tuesday Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.; and Monday by appointment. Visit www.jtfolkart. com

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Notes Lewis reenlists Sergeant Linda Lewis from Winter Springs has reenlisted to continue service with the 1569th Transporta tion Company of the New York Army National Guard.GRADUATIONS BelhavenThe following local students gradu ated from Belhaven University on Dec. 8: earned a Bachelor of Science in Man agement. earned a Bachelor of Health Admin istration. plied for December Graduation and is pursuing a Master of Science in Leadership.Nebraska-LincolnCheryl Knodel of Longwood was among nearly 1,500 students who received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at commencement exercises Dec. 16 and 17. Knodel received a master of science. FlaglerThe following students were awarded bachelors degrees from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla.: Springs Springs Springs ExcelsiorRiya R. Mehan, a resident of Oviedo, has earned a Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College.40K pounds donatedDuda Farm Fresh Foods announced today that it has donated 40,000 pounds of fresh produce to Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) Fami lies in Transition (FIT) program. The retail value of the donated produce is about $30,000.417 extension opensMotorists now have a newer and quicker way to access International Parkway in the Heathrow and Sanford area. The State Road 417 extension opened Dec. 14. The new road takes travelers beyond Interstate 4 far ther west and increases mobility in northwestern Seminole County and into Lake County.Spirit Cares needs donationsDue to the current economic crisis, there is an increase in the number of Geneva families that are in need. Ge neva Elementary, along with the PTA, have partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank to address this need in Geneva. In addition to the support of the entire community, the success of the Spirit Cares program depends on cash donations, which are now gra ciously being accepted. Checks may be made payable to Geneva Elemen tary PTA, with Spirit Cares on the memo line, and can be sent to school with students or mailed to: Geneva PTA, 275 1st St., Geneva FL 32732. Questions? Contact Cindy Decker at genevapta@gmail.com or Barb Atkins at Barbara_Atkins@scps.k12..usBIZ NEWS Sushi Pop in top 100Sushi Pop in Oviedo has been named a winner of OpenTable Diners Choice Awards for the top 100 best restau rants in the United States. The list of winners is derived from more than 10 million reviews submitted by OpenT able diners. We are very pleased by this acknowledgment from our OpenTable diners, manager Michael Ring said. We are proud to know that our guests thoroughly enjoyed their overall experience at Sushi Pop and gave us such high marks. New signs for IncubatorThe University of Central Florida Busi ness Incubator, along with the OviedoWinter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce, recently held a ceremony and reception to recognize and light up new street-level signs at the UCF Business Incubator Winter Springs, 1511 E. State Road 434.Densch sets up scholarshipSeminole State College of Florida has received $2 million from the Wayne M. Densch Charities to establish a schol arship program for rst-generation college students. The donation, which will be distributed in $200,000 incre ments over 10 years, also gives the Orlando-based Densch trust naming rights to the Partnership Center that opened in 2010 as the centerpiece of the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. Unexpected New Years arrival It was a busy New Years at Winnie Palmer Hospital where many families rang in the New Year with a bundle of joy. One baby in particular had an interesting story to share. The Klammer-Sherman family of Oviedo was visiting Sea World on Saturday, New Years Eve, when mom went into labor. An ambulance brought her to Winnie Palmer Hospital where she delivered Max Wade Sherman at 1:01 a.m. By 8 a.m. New Years Day, more than a dozen babies had been born at Winnie Palmer Hospital. First bachelors Eighteen students made history at Seminole State College of Florida on Friday, Dec. 9, becoming the rst graduates to earn a fouryear degree in the Colleges 46year history. The students, whose journey began in January 2010, crossed the stage at the Fall 2011 Commencement Ceremony, earning their bachelors degrees in interior design.

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Page 14 Jan. 13 Jan. 26, 2012 Seminole Voice ATHLETICS The Knights are already beginning to ex orcise demons they had on the basketball court last year, storming into conference play with two straight wins heading into the start of the week. Now theyre star ing down the thick of C-USA play with an eye on the champion ships. They headed into a showdown against Houston at press time Jan. 11 with a fresh set of conference wins under their belts. Their most recent, on Jan. 7, came on the road at East Carolina, where the Knights (12-3, 2-0) blew out the Pirates 81-63. thanks to the increasing prowess of rising star Isaiah Sykes, who hit 20 points and grabbed 10 boards to bamboozle the Pirate defense on both ends of the court. A.J. Rompza was in top form against East Carolina, with 16 points, 9 assists, 7 re bounds and 5 steals in an energetic perfor mance that ran circles around the Pirates. Adding some energy of his own, Keith Clanton picked up 16 points, 6 rebounds 3 blocks and 2 steals. If the Knights can keep up that kind of intensity for the remainder of the season, theyll have a strong chance at making it to end with a road trip to Marshall, tipping off at 7 p.m. Jan. 14. Then the Knights will swing back to the UCF Arena for an 8 p.m. Jan. 18 tip-off against Memphis. New leader in athleticsUCF athletics has a new head after the Knights announced Jan. 10 that former Or egon State University Executive Associate Athletic Director Todd Stansbury will have an only slightly shorter title at UCF. vice president and director of athletics, cementing the biggest hole in the Knights athletic program in the wake of a recruiting scandal that rapidly gutted the schools two biggest sports programs. Stansbury had helped run the business side of Oregon States athletic program since 2003. Now hell lead the Knights as they enter the Big East Conference in all ThisHIS week WEEK in sports history Jan. 20, 1980 Bleachers at a bullring in Sincelejo, Colombia, collapse, killing 222 people. The deadliest tragedy at a sporting event in Colombias history was the result of overcrowding and poor construction. PASSES ARE AVAILABLE ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS. ONE PASS PER ADULT. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. RATED PG. SEATING IS LIMITED SO ARRIVE EARLY. PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE A SEAT AT THE SCREENING. 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Against Hagerty, the Lions showed more offensive spark than they had since the start of the season, lagging early but then exploding on offense to try to close a massive gap. Jarrell Greens 18 points provided the Lions share of scor ing. R.J. June wasnt far behind with 12 points, and Thomas Wixted and Colby Bortles had 11 points each. Wixted was the sharpshooter of the night, hitting 80 percent of his shots. Lackluster rebounding by the Lions may have done them in, as they only picked up a total of 23 on the night. Hagerty (10-3) opened up scoring early and often in that game, nailing 50 by halftime as they seemingly ran away with the game. But they tired in the third quarter, and then in the fourth, they let Oviedo back into the game as the Lions scored 27 points in a failed comeback at tempt. For the Huskies the win was the fifth of a six-game winning streak theyve car ried over since December. Winter Springs and Lake Howell will take to the court and possibly revive an old rivalry this Friday, but theyll be coming from two very different places. For the Bears, a tough season has land ed them at 3-13 with district play still remaining. Their only win in the last 10 games came against a Pace team that had only won one game all season. Against a much smaller Lake Mary Prep team on Jan. 9, they struggled to contain the Grif fins offense, giving up a 90-68 loss. Longtime Coach Steve Kohns Silver Hawks are 6-6 so far, and even at 1-1 in district play. They already played the Bears once this season, and dominated them in a 62-40 win. For the Lions, a road trip to Evans will tip off at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13, then theyll head home for a 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 game against Lyman. Hagerty will host De Land starting 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 before hosting Seminole at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17. Winter Springs hosts Lake Howell (6-6), coming off a 53-46 loss to Seminole, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13, then heads to Orange wood for a 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 showdown. IsISAAC BBABCOCK The Voice IsISAAC BBABCOCK The Voice Knights exorcise C-USA demons Stansbury

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Page 15 Jan. 13 Jan. 26, 2012 Seminole Voice VOICES Young Voices We would love tohear yourfromYoungVoices! THIS WEEK in political history Jan. 17, 1893 On the Hawaiian Islands, a group of American sugar planters under Sanford Ballard Dole overthrow Queen Liliuokalani, the Hawaiian monarch, and establish a new provincial government with Dole as president. Three hundred U.S. Marines were called to Hawaii, allegedly to protect American lives.On Jan. 4, the Seminole County Sheriff's agency ever wants to see when we laid Miller, a 28-year law enforcement veteran, became the sixth deputy to make the ulti after Christmas. While its never easy to say goodbye, we did not do so alone. Our fellow law enforcement agencies and this community came out in full force to express sympathies and support. Police departments, ment agencies from across the southeast joined us in paying tribute to Deputy Miller. Many others from across the nation reached out to offer condolences. The outpouring of support from the community was tremendous. People called, sent cards, offered to volunteer and brought food. Many posted online messages. Businesses reached out with offers Church and families lined the processional to honor Deputy Miller. The men and women of the Seminole worked alongside Deputy Miller, and we are proud to serve this county. We join Deputy Millers family in thanking the residents of our county and the Central Florida community for uniting with us to honor his memory. Eslinger is Seminole County sheriff.Call 407-563-7026 or e-mail editor@observernewspapers.com to have The Voice visit your class or group.We planted vegetable seeds. We learned about the water cycle and how rain happens. We made a gallon man with water and Gatorade bottles and their bottle caps. Abigail A. 12 years old We made a movie about clouds. Its the first time we made a video. We drew our own clouds with blue crayons and paint. I also like pottery; its my favorite. Id like to open a pottery store someday. Mia W. 14 years old Im on a team and were partners. Our project is about clouds. We used cotton balls for the clouds and we used crayons too. This project was mediumhard but fun too. Luke P. 14 years old We did a rap song about clouds. The water evaporates and goes into the sky, becomes water vapor and then clouds. When it is too heavy it comes down like rain, snow or hail. CJ H. 14 years old I made a story about a water droplet. She has a family and then she gets evaporated. I read it to the little kids. Im also making a cloud video. Isabella H. 13 years old Heres what students at Lawton Chiles Preparatory School in Casselberry said about their water project exhibits. 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 tT O SANDI >Is your New Years resolution going to serve you well?Being unemployed could be a very demoralizing phenomenon. However as believed in cognitive psychology over a 100 years ago, then coined for "The Secret" again, your thoughts guide your actions. If you are a hard working indi vidual, with drive and motivation, clar ity of goals and persistence, but have not found that right job, challenge yourself this 2012 into doing things differently. Attend some new networking events, seminars and job centers. It is believed that our brain needs stimulation to your own "chimney" and evaluate what worked for you in 2011. Dare to think outside the box and be creative during these stressful times. Stress is the enemy of creativity, forcing us to stick to routine and the status quo. Pump up your veins with some oxygen, and give your brain the adrenaline it needs by being proactive about your job search. Oh yeah, and leave behind that source of negativity. Wouldn't it be nice if you found someone like yourself who right job? Your friends at Christian Help are always here to connect you to em ployers and provide resume assistance. you are good at and what organizations out there are a good match for you, we are by your side as well.Farnaz Namin-Hedayati Doctor of Corporate Psychology and HR Strategist and Peak Performance Consultant DONALdD F. EsSLINGeER Guest WriterA farewell, and a thank you Miller Be prepared for cold weatherThe coldest weather of this season is upon us in Central Florida. Unfortunately, this often means public safety responding to cold-related injuries. Remember to practice of the season. Persons that work outside should take special care. Wear layered clothing, gloves and a hat. Cover your mouth to pro tect your lungs from extremely cold air. Watch for signs of hypothermia. Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. cold weather safety: People: Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, even in Florida, runs the risk of hypothermia. This is especially true if you are wet, including from sweating. Plants: The hard freeze tem peratures predicted can easily kill outdoor plants, which are not cold tolerant. Bring them indoors, if possible, or cover them up. Pets: Just like you, pets in Florida are not accustomed or equipped (thin undercoat) to these temperatures. Please bring them indoors. Pipes: Exposed pipes run the risk of freezing and bursting. The same is true for irrigation systems; do not turn sidewalks into ice rinks. Practice Fire Safety: "Give space heaters space", carefully The Rescue Outreach Mission of Central Florida, 1701 W 13th St., Sanford, opens its doors to persons seeking refuge from the cold weather when temperatures dip below 40 degrees. Seminole County ment urges all citizens to take extra care when trying to stay warm. Cold weather shelter plans will be activated for the extreme cold. Visit www. information.Alan Harris Emergency manager Seminole County Ofce of Emer gency ManagementBank on this: a return to lending in 2012As 2011 comes to a close, Americas big banks remain in the spotlight. Large banking corporations have made head lines with layoffs, proposed debit card fees have infuriated customers, and the countrys to draw the ire of the Occupy Wall Street movement. It certainly is an interest ing time to be in banking. But I believe the year ahead will bring a return to the traditional strengths of banks, helping to enhance customer satisfaction and cultivate business growth in our community. First, interest rates on deposits will continue to drop. Customers who rely heavily on CDs as an investment strategy may be disappointed in the rates offered at both large and small banks. Another trend to anticipate is a renewed emphasis on the complete banking relationship. Traditionally, the goal for big banks was to acquire as many customers as possible. Com munity banks have always been different we want loyal customers who bank only with us. temperature Though there are signs our economy is on the mend the upswing and in October, Central Florida home sales increased 17 percent from the previous year I believe each of us should make a New Years resolution to improve As a community bank, Florida Bank of Commerce cares about our customers towhy we recommend an annual checkup with a professional banking representative or your lifestyle and prioritizing monthly expenses, you can identify saving opportunities. You may be surprised how small savings add up to a sig one year. As we kick off a New Year of hope and possibilities, now in shape. Just think: By this time next year, you could be For more information, visit FBCbank.comRosemary Maisenholder Vice president of Florida Bank of Commerces Winter Park branchLetters to the editor

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Free! www. Seminole Voice .com Jan. 13 Jan. 26, 2012 USPS 008-093 Publisher statement on page 2. Whats goin on? INDEX Short-term leases are on the rise at the Oviedo Mall, and two brand new busi nesses are taking advantage of the oppor tunity. It became really popular as the time changed, you know, with the economic crunch with the uncertainty, said Crys tal Hanley, specialty leasing representative for the mall. Vagabond Traveler, a leather luggage store, both opened in December under the Ovie do Malls Specialty Retail Program. The program offers business owners leases that are a year or less, versus the traditional lease of two years or more. Generally the leases are at least six months, and a year is the most common length. The mall has always had the program, which is popular with seasonal carts that offer products particular to holidays, for example Christmas and Valentines Day gifts, and the kiosks seen along the walk ways selling belts or customizable shirts. But since the economy has had its down turn, many stores are choosing the shorter lease option. Hanley said at least eight stores in the mall have now gone with shorter leases. Low risk It gives new businesses an opportunity to test the waters without the risk of longJust because of the way the economy is and the way the market is, people are ner vous, said Sara Steffes, marketing man ager for the mall. They want to open their own store, but theyre nervous about do ing it in an environment like this, and this Twelve-year-old gives gifts to charity for his birthday Booktastic > 11 Americas largest balloon launches in Central Florida Flying high > 4 Winter Springs police gave kids a happier Christmas Santa cops > 4 Celery Stalks ........................................... 5 Stetsons Corner ...................................... 5 Interests .................................................. 6 Calendar ................................................ 12 Athletics ................................................ 14 Ask Sandi .............................................. 15 Young Voices ......................................... 15 Classifieds ............................................. 16 Calendar > 12 The Central Florida Law Enforcement Car Show runs at the Oviedo Mall Jan. 21. Admission is free. Go to www. CopsandCarsForKids.com Margaret Thatcher rises to the role of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and makes personal sacrifices to get there. Opening this week: The Iron Lady Short leases, more choices The Oviedo Mall is seeing more businesses choosing short-term leases, which has lowered merchants risk BRITTNI JOHNSON The Voice PHO T O BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE V OICE House of DaLe is taking advantage of a new short-term lease program thats attracted new business to the mall. Please see MALL on page 2 Mayors talk up economy for 2012 ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice Please see STATE on page 3 The economic forecast for Semi nole County is tenuously positive, at least according to the mayors of Oviedo and Winter Springs, who gave their State of the Cities ad dresses on Jan. 5. That event included an intro duction for the new most powerful city staffer in Oviedo, City Man ager Kathryn Breazeale, who rose through the ranks at the city in less than two years. She outlined some changes on the horizon for the citys dealing with business. The mantra: build business by making it easy to set up shop. Our responsibility must be to make business and economic de velopment as painless as possible, Breazeale said. Oviedo Mayor Dominic Per sampiere said he saw business and economic growth slowly moving upward in 2012, and shared some city secrets in the process. I think were all starting to see a little light at the end of the tunnel, Persampiere said. Property values probably wont drop as much as last year. Will the city get a hospital any time soon? The mayor was reluc Kilts and cabers Its game time for a group of unusual athletes who throw giant logs by day and dance to bagpipe music at night. But the 35th annual Central Florida Scottish Highland Games is more than just kilted caber tossers on a mistSeminole County. And its coming to Winter Springs Central Winds Park on Jan. 14-15. our residents as well as drawing a worldwide The games meld together Scottish heritage plate of haggis and a glass of Dunedin Brew ery beer. heritage. a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Visit the calendar on formation. ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice

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Page 2 Jan. 13 Jan. 26, 2012 Seminole Voice THIS WEEK gives them that opportunity. House of DaLe owners An nette Escoffery and Patrizio Merlo jumped at the chance to see if the business, which offers the popular ness classes. Theres very little risk in volved, Merlo said. And the little risk they have taken has seemed to pay off. While the mall sees a visitor here and there early on a Monday morning, 20 women sweat off the pounds dancing during a Zumba class led by the two owners. Its almost like a dance club in the studio, where Merlo and Escoffery shake it for their class, grinning as if theyre not even at work. We love what we do, Escoff ery said. We get to do what were passionate about. Here to stay And while the mall is opening its options and expanding the idea years ago they never wouldve thought thered be Zumba classes their storefronts, Hanley said. They want to continue with the success seen since their manage ment changeover in November 2010 to Urban Retail Properties and General Manager Brian Olivi. The mall has had 2.9 million shop pers during the past six months, a said. Long-term tenants have no ticed the increase in visitors this holiday season compared to 2010, too. up, said Shirley Gonel, owner of Sassys Bridal. If theyre not buy ing it doesnt matter, theyll know that were here and theyll come back. At least they see that were here. Prudence Manolov, owner of Glass Slipper Cakery and Glass Slipper Academy, said shes heard positive reactions from custom ers. You can tell the mall isnt go ing anywhere, she said. Escoffery agreed, and although she does hear customers ask if the mall is here to stay, she and Merlo We wouldnt be here if we didnt think it was staying open, she said. We see their vision so were comfortable with being here. Embracing choices Vagabond Traveler owner Long Zhang said he had pretty good business during the holidays, but its slowed down since. His store isnt the cheapest, his leather bags can reach more than $300, but he hopes that the high quality of his product and unique feel will bring shoppers in. I have something people dont have, he said. You carry person ality. The mall certainly receives new ideas, and choices are what draw shoppers in, said Brian Ol ivi, general manager. A place to shop, exercise, see a movie, get a shirt embroidered and attend a city-sponsored event such as the Its not just about shopping thats the key is to provide a ven ue that has a variety of activities going on, he said. THIS WEEK in history Jan. 24, 1908 The Boy Scouts movement begins in England with the publication of the first installment of Robert Baden-Powells Scouting for Boys. In September 1909, 10,000 Scouts showed up at the first national Boy Scout meeting in London. Published Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 PUBLISHER Kyle Taylor, 407-563-7009 kyle@observernewspapers.com ASSOCIATE EDITOR Isaac Babcock 407-563-7023 isaacb@observernewspapers.com MANAGING EDITOR Jenny Andreasson 407-563-7026 editor@observernewspapers.com DESIGNER Jonathan Gallagher 407-563-7054 jgallagher@observernewspapers.com ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER Tracy Craft 407-515-2605 tcraft@observernewspapers.com CLASSIFIEDS LISTINGS classieds@observernewspapers.com P hone 407-563-7000 SeminoleVoice.com F ax 407-563-7099 Volume 22 Issue No. 2 The Seminole Voice is published twice a month by Community Media Holdings, LLC USPS #008-093 Periodicals postage is paid at Oviedo, Fla. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Seminole Voice, P.O. Box 2426, Winter Park, FL 32790 REPORTER Karen McEnany-Phillips kphillips@observernewspapers.com SUBSCRIPTIONS/CIRCULATION Amanda Rayno 407-563-7073 arayno@golfweek.com INTERN Allison Olcsvay COLUMNISTS Janet Foley of Oviedo 407-365-6859 celerystalks@att.net Sandi Vidal of Casselberry sandi@christianhelp.org Tom Carey of Oviedo sundewgardens@gmail.com ADVERTISING SALES Linda Stern 407-563-7058 LStern@observernewspapers.com 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 For more information about the Specialty Retail Program, email Crystal Hanley at hanleyc@ urbanretail.com. To browse product from Vagabond Traveler, visit www.vagabondtraveler. com, and for more information about House of DaLe and to see class schedules, visit www. houseofdalestudios.com or call 407-739-8151. Learn more MALL | Two new businesses bring high-end leather bags, dance and fitness to the Oviedo Mall for 2012 C ONTINUED FR OM FR ONT P AGE

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In the meantime, shovels are already hitting the ground for two new restaurants that will likely open earlyto mid2012. An Ale House restaurant is already in the early stages of construction sandwiched between the citys driving range and Sushi Pop restaurant on Mitchell Hammock Road. Less than a quarter mile away, a Panera Bread restaurant, pat terned after the updated Winter Park location, is also sched uled to spring up in front of L.A. Fitness, adjacent to the stag nant new downtown development, Oviedo on the Park. Thats something weve been clamoring for for a long said. On the topic of the long-awaited downtown revival, the mayor said that there have been discussions with developers We are getting very excited about that, he said. He did Winter Springs Mayor Charles Lacey offered bolder pre dictions for 2012, saying the city was changing the way that government operates. We dont live in ordinary times, Lacey said. Govern ments need to adapt the way business has had to adapt. I think that attitude is what sets us apart from any city in the county. Were going to form a new model, a permanent mod el for how government is going to operate. the amount of money the government needed to operate, therefore allowing the city to run at low property tax rates. Our department heads have been able to do it through attrition and frankly an increased workload on the employ ees, Lacey said. In 2007 we were the most streamlined city in the county. Now were even more streamlined. He said that would not lead to any drops in service or cancellations of city events, particularly a repeat of the can celed 2008 4th of July celebration due to lack of funds. Fortunately the answer to any of those concerns is an emphatic no, Lacey said to questions of whether that could happen again. STATE | Oviedo to get a Panera C ONTINUED FR OM FR ONT P AGE While much of the country contin ues to struggle with challenges from a lagging economy, the OviedoWinter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce has set the wheels in motion that could mean an increase in momentum for businesses this year. Cory Skeates, formerly known as the Chambers executive director, now has a new title: president and it means a change on his business cards. For local businesses, it means when he goes to meetings he can more quickly get things done be cause hes now on a level playing at other chambers of commerce. It was tough when I would go to meetings and tell them that I was the executive director. People generally thought I worked part time at the Chamber and theyd ask me what my full-time job was. Now people know that Im the guy who runs the show, Skeates said. Its a title usually reserved for the executive staff member. In order to give Skeates the new title, the titles among the Board of the Directors had to be changed. Before this year, the person elected to head up the Board was known as president and the person next in line was called the president-elect. Now, they are called the chairman and the chairman-elect. Skeates said that these title changes were important for corporate consistency with other chambers and businesses through out the area. New mission Paul Sladek, the new chairman of the board, said besides the title changes, changes were also made to the by laws and mission statement. Our mission statement used to be a 200-word monster that nobody could remember, Sladek said. So the board of directors changed it to make it simple. Now, the statement reads, An advocate for business and civic in terests within our communities. Sladek said though the Chamber had seen a decline in memberships, over the past six months, things have improved. Smaller businesses are opening in the area and have been joining the Chamber, Sladek said. Its not nec essarily a sign that either national or local economies are going to have a banner year, but it gave us hope that things have started to turn a little. Though there are some new ti tles and a new mission statement, nothing is as important to Chamber members as their success, Skeates said. I think there will be further part nership opportunities and growth based on everything happening with UCF and Medical City, he said. Because of [State Road] 417, this area has positioned itself to be a really positive spot for businesses to set up. You can get to the Medi cal City from Oviedo in a shorter time than from East Orange County. As long as the schools in Seminole to have businesses and families here where the schools are so good. One new Chamber undertaking includes a new location for its big gest event, A Taste of Oviedo. The event, most recently held on Oviedo Boulevard, will now be held at the Oviedo Mall. The mall, Skeates said, has really stepped up its game by bringing events to their property. More sun Winter Springs Mayor Charles Lacey said his city is busy with new devel opment, especially residential. In the past few months, Winter Springs has seen a tremendous pick up in development activity, Lacey said. Several commercial projects have been before the Commission, both single family and multi-fami ly. Rick Brown, who owns Tijuana Flats in Winter Springs and is also a city commissioner, is looking for ward to a better 2012. The economic situation for Win ter Spring looks strong, Brown said. We have had a couple of housing projects kick off, a couple of new businesses open, and lots of devel opment inquiries. up in sales and had a very good De cember. We are not back to 2008 and 2007 levels, but the trend is certainly there. Chambers new mission MICHELLE Y. ERTEL The Voice

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Page 4 Jan. 13 Jan. 26, 2012 Seminole Voice The Government Affairs Committee of the Presents: An Evening with the Mayors A Community Discussion Wednesday, January 25 5:30pm 7:30pm Oviedo Mall (former FYE) Residents encouraged to attend Refreshments will be served Media Partner So this is our commitment to you. We will work as diligently to help grow and protect your money as you did earning it. And help create a passionately disciplined plan designed to provide sustainable income for your riveting next chapter. Discover all that we can do for you. LIFE WELL PLANNED. YOU STOP WORKING AT 65. YOUR MONE Y STOPS WORKING AT 65. T HIS COULD BE A PROBLEM. YOU STO P W ORK IN G A T 65. YOUR MO NEY STO P S W ORK IN G A T 65. T H I S COU LD B E A P ROB LE M.2010 Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC 10-BDMKT-0426 RJA 10/10 Scott R. Nickerson, AAMS www.fortresswmrj.com Associate Vice President, Investments 301 East Pine Street Suite 1100 Orlando, FL 32801 407-246-8895 scott.nickerson@raymondjames.com 1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd Oviedo FL 32765 Proceeds bene t local Optimist youth programs and childhood cancer campaigns. Hosted by Oviedo Police, Winter Springs Police and Oviedo-Winter Springs Optimist Club. SATURDAY JANUARY 21, 2012 10 AM 4 PM www.CopsAndCarsForKids.com PUBLIC & LAW ENFORCEMENT CLASSESENTRY FEES $25Paid by 12/31/11$35After 1/1/2012 Young Guns16-21 Pay your age CLUB DISCOUNTSFREE SPECTATOR ADMISSION COPS N CARS FOR KIDS The hottest thing in the air PHO T O BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE V OICE Orlando Balloon Rides ofcially launched Americas largest balloon on Dec. 16 in Reunion. PHO T O BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE V OICE Winter Springs Police helped needy kids at the annual Shop with a Cop event on Dec. 17. Shopping with cops

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Page 5 Jan. 13 Jan. 26, 2012 Seminole Voice A decade or two ago, with my the road toward college, I took a several year hiatus from grow ing my garden while pursuing a less risky career option (as an electrician at the Mousehouse). Upon my return to the daily dance with Mother Nature, the remnants of my garden were in dire need of refurbishment. Once the framework of fences, greenhouse, water supply, grow ing beds and other functional pieces were in place, the routine of growing crops commenced. routine, I began to innovate. After the basics are initially created, wanting to improvise and improve the garden are as much of the fun as sticking seeds in the soil. During long hours of seemingly repetitive work, the gears of my mind are churning to the point of distrac tion. Dreaming is free, but cre ation beyond the dream requires commitment and cash. The dedication of spending choices toward innovation instead of labor is recognized by many as Gardening is a labor of love for me, plus I would rather spend the cash in my backyard than at the mall. Innovating beyond success appears to be the problem be hind many of the worlds symp toms. If a little fertilizer grows the plants to their full potential, why not add a lot of fertilizer? Spraying for bugs when damage holes in the beets, but spraying on a Monday and Thursday just in case now disrupts the The feedback loop of innovation must be recognized as important as the implementation. Irrigation is an area where we can easily apply the principles of innovation. Never one to stand idly by while schlepping a watering can through the gar den, a succession of sprinklers were tried and discarded. Based on the design and shape of my garden, I cobbled together PVC contraption that waters several long growing beds in a few easy moves. Not leaving well enough alone, a timer on the hose al lows me to tackle other projects and not to worry about wast ing water and inconsistent soil saturation. But the timer valve point of leaving the plants on the edges dry. Our civilization has more potential to innovate than at any other time in history. The blank canvases our gardens provide allow us to easily practice this esoteric science. Pick a project you love, immerse yourself in that project, and enjoy the art of innovating for its own sake. Now I see the secret of making the best persons, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth. Geneva celebrated a milestone of one of its own as Talon Mi ducted into very select company. Falconer earned the Eagle Scout award, Scouting's greatest hon or, an achievement that less than attain. The ceremony known as the Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held in the First United Methodist Church of Geneva on a beautiful Sunday afternoon the week before Christmas. Rever end Lisa Carboni began with a moving invocation recognizing that God created the ponds in which Talon swam, the trails that he forged and the animals and nature that caused him wonder. Scouting has British roots The audience learned that Brit ish military leader Lord BadenPowell founded the world Scouting movement in the early 1900s and is fondly revered as Chief Scout of the World. His book Scouting for Boys was a bestseller as small groups of boys earned badges from mas tering key scouting skills. Talon's journey Talon's trail to Eagle began as most boys do as Cub Scout and Weblo. Later he became As sistant Senior Patrol leader and soon was voted Patrol Leader. He enjoyed water activities, especially small boat sailing and canoeing. He liked tracking ani atically earned his badges along the way. His family, friends and mentors watched with pride as candles were lit representing the Scout Spirit, Scout Oath and Scout Law. Trail to the Eagle The process from Life Scout to Eagle is rigorous. It involves not only earning many more Eagle Badges but also an Eagle Service Project with its own application process and strict guidelines and requirements. They have been working years developing the leadership and management skills which will be put to the test as they plan, present and coordinate their project idea. Thanks to parents & community Most Eagle Scouts have very supportive and involved parents and Talon was no exception. In recognition of the critical role that parents play, Talon's mother and father were honored and also involved in the ceremony. It a pin to his mother and then Then his dad was recognized as was his Scoutmaster, his troop and the community who sup ported him. Always an Eagle just begun. The Eagle Award is a lifelong rank and each recipient is admonished to live up to its expectations. Astronauts, presi dents, military commanders and ment are often found to be Eagle Scouts. Sincere congratulations to Eagle Scout Talon Michael Falconer, his family Scoutmas ter Randy Deavers, Committee Chair Cindy Deavers and all the members of Troop 837 and Pack 837. Save the Date: Saturday, Feb. 4 Geneva's Annual Historical Bus Tour and Pancake Breakfast is just three weeks away and reservations for those coveted bus seats are going fast. Call 407-947-4412 or email margieilj@ aol.com and leave your name, phone number or email, number of people and which tour you prefer, 9:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. You will receive a call or email tours start and end at the Ge neva Community Center and are $10 per person. Tom Carey GARDEN From my to yours Tom Carey is the owner of Sundew Gardens, a you-pick gardening business in Oviedo. Visit the Sundew Gardens Facebook page. WHO IS CAREY > Do you innovate? Happy New Year! I hope all had a very good one. Parties and fun things are over now, Christmas decorations all put away for an other year, and now it is time to get back to business. I know some moms and dads were delighted when Monday, Jan. 9, rolled around last week. Schools days are here again! Happy parents and sad children, but kids do like to go to school to see all their best buddies, but they of course are not thrilled with the studies and that homework mess. New stores at Mall Looks like this month will be quite busy. We have two new stores that opened up in the Vibe Studio Operators are now House of DaLe, which is located in the former Sports Fanattic space and offers a variety of a focus on Zumba as well as personal training and products including Herbal Life. For com plete information and schedule, please call 407-739-8152. The studio does plan to move into a large space within the next three to six months. The second store, Vagabond Traveler, has leased a 1700 square feet next to JoS. A. Bank and offers handbags, brief cases, wallets, purses and related ac cessories. Online sales make up the majority of the business, but adding a retail storefront allows customers to interact with the product before making a pur chase. Please check out the Malls events calendar for this month: Playathon, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Food Court and admission is free. Its a full day of music at the Mall provided by the Orlando Music Club students and teachers. Fashion Show is 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. located in the West Court, near Dillards. Its free admission. Goody bags will be presented to and a grand prize valued at $300. Also on Jan. 15 Food Truck Crazy is 5-9 p.m. located in the parking lot between Chamber lins and the North Entrance. The event is free, but the food is not, and they will be there rain or shine. MLK celebration The City of Oviedo and Oviedo Citizens in Action, Inc. pres ents the Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration on Monday, Jan. 16, starting with the parade at 10 a.m. Family Fun Day follows at Round Lake Park. Strawberry pickin Everybody loves Strawberries and now Pappys Patch, our local strawberry patch, is open. The patch is located on Florida rections, days and times the ber ries are ready for picking. Their number is 407-366-8512. OHS meets The Oviedo Historical Society ing of the New Year on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Memo rial Building on Central Avenue. The society will present its guest speaker, Lars White, Oviedos society, speaking about the Fire Department. Do come, the meet ing is open to the public and light refreshments will be served. Free concert St. Lukes Concert Series is 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at St. Lukes Lutheran Church, 2021 W. State Road 426 in Oviedo. The Orlando Concert Band will present the program Pillars, a tribute to the work and icons of the musical world. Its free admission, and if you need more information, please call 407-365-3408. Cops and cars There was a busy last Saturday among vendors and visitors, es pecially the men, at the Farmers Market last Saturday about the Central Florida Law Enforce ment Car Show; they all said it is getting bigger and better than ever. The show is 10 a.m. 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Oviedo Mall. The Winter Springs Opti mist Club in cooperation with the Oviedo Police Department will host the event. The show will include hun dreds of classic, modern and an tique show vehicles of all types, numerous law enforcement, EMS and Fire-Rescue and safety vehicles, military vehicles, and and Orlando Health, K-9 demon strations, and more. Individuals and area clubs can also compete in a variety of public classes. Vehicle registration is $25-$35 de pending on date of registration. Clubs youth, family and special needs programs, as well as child hood cancer campaigns. Admis sion to the event is free, and if you need more information, call 407-971-5711 A thought One advantage of marriage is that, when you fall out of love with him or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together Viorst in Redbook 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 > Geneva honors newest Eagle Scout Go outside at winter events

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Page 6 Jan. 13 Jan. 26, 2012 Seminole Voice IN T ERES T S Its 3 a.m. and theyre still play ing. Hundreds of runs have been ticked up on the scoreboard; the bright spotlights shine on the now ens of cleats. Its the longest game of softball ever played in Florida, and theres still a chance to see it happen, because it hasnt hap pened quite yet. High school softball standouts from across Central Florida make up Americas Team, and theyre working to raise $56,000 to go on a July trip to Italy to play soft ball against local Italian teams. They hope to raise $30,000 of that through a marathon softball game in Winter Springs, 24 hours of ball with 48 teams, and a score that keeps going with each pairings hour-long play. I dont want money to stand in the way of this opportunity, Coach Cindy Corrado said. High hopes And thats why they need this fundraiser to be a homerun. It costs $10 a player, with each team requiring 10 players, and anyone can play. Theyve got about half the teams they need to play the game, and will also raise funds through concession stand sales, a silent auction and meet and greets with Olympians. But with only $8,000 in the bank, theyve got a long way to go. But Corrado has the passion to make it work, said Jim Lucas of Jim Lucas Sports, the man behind the marathon idea and the company helping the team organize the event. Shes got a never say die atti tude, Lucas said. Experience of a lifetime Corrado is the embodiment of with a commanding tone when they talk about committing to make the trip a reality, which takes work. Corrado has been a profes sional softball player, and her cur rent job as an Orange County Jail The girls naturally, and respect fully, perk up when she speaks. But when it turns disappointing out because of the cost of the trip tional. Corrado is dedicated to seeing her team make the trip. Its a dream for me, she said. Its an experience most will never have in their lives, and the 14 girls on Americas Team have that chance, and they know it. I thought it was like the op portunity of a lifetime, how could you not take it? said Sable Lee, a senior at Oviedo High School. Showing the world Americas pastime Theyll get to see the sights in three Italian cities, and play against two teams in each. The Americas Team chosen by Corrado based on their academic achievement, attitude in each city so that they can get an educational and cultural experi ence while exposing Americas pastime to a country that doesnt quite appreciate it the way we do. Their goal is, of course, to win. But its also to promote the sport and try to get softball back in the Olympics. Its important to travel to other countries, to reach out, Lee said. To show them the love of the game, added Kiersten Coffman, a senior at Winter Springs High School. And they do love it. They itch to play after a couple weeks off, antsy to feel the rush and calm that comes with their favorite thing to do in the world. Nothing exists when the game is on. No school worries, no stress, only them and the ball. Theres nothing better, Coff man said. Its the game I love. THIS WEEK in human history Jan. 18, 1912 After a two-month ordeal, the expedition of British explorer Robert Falcon Scott arrives at the South Pole, only to find that Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had preceded them by just more than a month. Caught in a storm on the way back to base camp, Scott and two others perished. 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 Individual & Family health plans For an Instant Quote or to apply, visit our website www.HealthInsuranceIBS.com407-831-5166 BRITTNI JOHNSON The Voice PHO T O BY BRITTNI JOHNSON THE V OICE Americas T eam, above, will need $30,000 to get to Europe, but theyre expecting sponsor teams to have fun playing softball all night in their fundraising tournament, which is open to the public. Visit www.hometorome.net for more information about the game, to register your team and to contribute to their fundraising. The game will start at noon on Jan. 28 and end at noon on Jan. 29 at Central Winds Park in Winter Springs. Theres a cost to participate, but its free to watch. Learn more Ball all night High school softball standouts from across Central Florida make up Americas Team, and are hoping to raise money to play their sport in Italy with a 24-hour softball game

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Chamberlins Market & Cafe INFO REGIST & CHECK IN Picnic Tables Picnic Tables Picnic Tables SIGNS: Permit Parking & H/C ONLY Permit Parking Dign. Spaces: 5 Fire Safety Trailer &First Aid FireRescue:OFD & SCFD WALK WAY DURING SHOW NORTH Spectator Entrance OVIEDO MALL ENTRANCE/EXIT OVIEDO MALL ENTRANCE/EXIT GENERAL & SPECTAOR PARKING GENERAL & SPECTAOR PARKING P U B L I C V E H I C L E D I S P L A Y F I E L D C O P C A R S&MOTORS F.B.C.Blood DriveBIG RED BUS DJ& STAGE Artist Mike Melone N W E S Oviedo Recr & Parks Oviedo Police IN Staffed IN Staffed XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXXX X X X X XXXXXXX X X X X X X X X STATIC DISPLAYS: Emergency Response & Tactical Vehicles STATIC DISPLAYS: U.S. Army Reserve, Emergency Response & Tactical Vehicles KIDS ZONE Mix 105.1&Sunny 105.9 DOT NO ZONE Demo Staging TRACTOR-TRAILER plus Vehicles DEMONSRATIONS: K-9s, Veh. Rollover, Jaws of Life. Spectator Parking ------> ^ ^ Handicapped Permit Parking Spectator Parking ------> Spectator Parking ------> Spectator Parking ------> Spectator Parking<-----Spectator Parking ------> Spectator Parking ------> Spectator Parking ------> Spectator Parking ------> Food Vendors Food Vendors Vendors/Non-profits V e n d o r s & E v e n t S p o n s o r s V e n d o r s & E v e n t S p o n s o r s Rest (others elsewhere) Rooms 7thAnnual Central FloridaCops n Cars for KidsLaw Enforcement Car Showat 1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd., Oviedo, FL 32765 Saturday, January 21, 2012Public Event Hours 10 AM to 4 PMver. 01-11-2012 To SR 426 ==> Cops n Cars for Kids Jan. 21 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Oviedo Mall 1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd., Oviedo T he Seventh Annual Central Florida Law Enforcement Car Show returns to the Oviedo Mall on Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with activities, vendors and displays to thrill children, adult family members and car enthusiasts alike. There is no admission cost for spectators of any age. In addition to hundreds of classic, modern and antique show vehicles of all types from Florida and beyond, there will be displays and demonstrations spread across acres of the Oviedo Mall parking lot and its adjacent green spaces. Numerous law enforcement, EMS and Fire-Rescue vehicles will be staged with U.S. Army vehicles from the 143rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). Last years show also included helicopters from the Sheriffs Ofce and Orlando Health; K-9 demos; the Oviedo Fire-Rescue safety trailer; Floridas Blood Centers Big Red Bus; and specialized public safety equipment from multiple agencies. Kids and adults should bring cameras to photograph the amazing sights and special guests. Each year, a dedicated Kids Zone offers inatable play areas, games, face-painting, safety education, crafts and a race track for kids homemade pine racecars. Hosted by the Oviedo-Winter Springs Optimist Club in cooperation with the Oviedo Police Department, this year the Winter Springs Police Department has joined as a co-host. Car show entry fees as well as corporate and business sponsorship donations will benet the Oviedo-Winter Springs Optimist Clubs many youth, family and special needs programs, as well as childhood cancer campaigns. A Kids Choice award will be picked based on youth spectator voting while experienced independent judges will select multiple standouts in the various vehicle classes, as well as Best of in each class and the overall Best in Show. In 2012, about 90 awards will be earned by Best of winners and others for specialty awards. Personal vehicles may be pre-registered for $35. Drivers 21 years of age or younger can enter a vehicle in the Young Guns class and pay only their age ($16 to $21) even on the day of the show. Whether you will be among the thousands who attend Cops n Cars for Kids to have a great time without admission costs, or you want your company or business represented at the show, full event and sponsorship information plus photos and video of the last show are online at www. CopsAndCarsForKids.com or www.OviedoOptimist.com

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Mike Melone was raised on a farm. He learned very quickly to adapt and to repair things with whatever could be found to get the job done. His skills developed further as he worked in service stations and numerous automotive dealerships, as a master technician in most of them. Throughout that time, out of the box thinking became a normal approach for Mike to complete many challenging repairs. In 2008 the purchase of a new welder to re pair a boat trailer revealed his gift for a dif ferent kind of creativity. Mike began using that welder to create those objects into birds, people and animals that others recognized as art. Twelve of his pieces were taken to a folk art gallery in Sanford, where they were placed on display and sold. Mike Melone the master technician met Mike Melone the artist. Since that time, his pieces and characters have found homes in museums and in permanent collections across Florida in Orlando, Eustis and Lake land as well as in Davis, California, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and at the House of Blues in Orlando. Many of his pieces have been donated to good causes, including the start up of a childrens art gallery in New Jersey in 2008 and to a Winter Park day care center in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Southern Metal Folk Art grew from the creativity of Mike, his belief in the recy cling of found objects and his philosophy Go Green! Go Rust. Mikes creations now are sold in galleries throughout the U.S. and have become part of the lives of interested children young and old at over 100 art shows, which have featured is work. In 2012, some of Mikes unique, one-ofa-kind welded metal sculptures have been nated to be the top tier trophies for the an nual Central Florida Cops n Cars for Kids Law Enforcement Car Show, which last year had nearly 200 vehicles on display. Held in Mikes hometown of Oviedo, since 2005 and hosted by the Oviedo Police Department, the Winter Springs Police Department and the Oviedo-Winter Springs Optimist Club, this regional car show draws participants and spectators from across the state and beyond. Mikes donation of the one-of-a-kind top tier trophies for Cops n Cars for Kids helps set this car show apart from all others. In do youth, family-focused and special needs pro grams offered by the Oviedo-Winter Springs Optimist Club to serve the people of Central Florida. Thank you, Mike! Mike Melone is based out of Oviedo. Visit www. southernmetalfolkart.com Cash America is a proud sponsor of the Central Florida Law Enforcement Car Show, serving local Optimist Youth Programs and Childhood Cancer Campaigns.www.cashamerica.com Auto parts become trophies at Cops n Cars for Kids

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Page 11 Jan. 13 Jan. 26, 2012 Seminole Voice Family Calendar Cleaning your room and getting in trouble with your parents are two necessary evils every adoles cent tries, yet fails to avoid while growing up. Twelve-year-old Ryan Hart of Oviedo is no stranger to the pit falls of both. However instead of sulking, Ryan decided to learn his lesson and try to make the best out of both situations. For his sixth birthday, Ryans parents decided none of his friends would be allowed to bring him presents for his birthday party. We thought he wasnt acting grateful or realizing how lucky he was to have all that he had, his mother, Lisa Hart, said, so we made him tell his friends to each bring a stuffed animal to the party to be donated to a local childrens shelter, instead of regular gifts. The next year, when his birth day rolled around, and every year since, it has been Ryans own idea to forfeit gifts and instead ask his friends to donate money to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Not only did the punishment work, but Ryan said it also made him more conscious of different ways he could help his community. Every summer, Ryan said his parents make him clean out his entire room to get rid of things he no longer needs, wants or uses. The most daunting part of this: his bookshelf. For the boy with the second most Accelerated Reader points to ever graduate from Rainbow Elementary, sifting through and parting with his books, his mother said, has always been an ordeal. Usually, his mother said, the books would be passed down to his younger sister, but this past August, with a stack of giveaways nearly 100 tall, Ryan decided he had a better idea. I thought it was just a waste to throw them out or just put them up in the attic or something, so I talked to my mom about trying to get a project started to give books to other kids that really need them, Ryan said. With that, Project Book Storm was born. Since Aug. 22, Ryan has collected more than 3,000 books from friends, family members and local schools to donate to different local organizations to give to kids in need. In December, the Sanford Middle School sixth-grader was recognized by the Seminole Coun ty School Board for his efforts. Hooked on books Books, Ryan said, give him an escape from everyday life. On one page, hes a wizard dueling a dragon, and the next hes in the trenches of war, ducking from en My favorite part of reading is probably just the mystery of a book and all the adventures you can have visualizing whats hap pening in your head, he said. He hopes the books hes collect ing and donating to kids in need provides them with the same sort of joy and escape, and also brings families together like reading has in his own. But his dreams dont stop there. I feel like maybe I could be doing something to help change the world, something thatll make the world a better place, he said. This is helping kids learn to read, which makes the literacy rate go up. That makes them have a better chance at jobs, so that means the country gets better workers. After collecting more than 1,000 drives at Ryans school and with his basketball team, the Harts de cided to think bigger, enlisting the help of the Seminole County Pub lic Schools Title 1 Department and partnering with their Fami lies in Transition program. There are an estimated 1,000 homeless students in Seminole County. The project hit the 3,000-book mile stone just three months later. Ryan has seen his books do nated to kids in need at events at both Winter Springs and Seminole high schools, and has plans for two more large donations in Janu ary to celebrate literacy month at Indian Trails and Lawton Chiles middle schools. Ryan said Project Book Storm has grown far larger than he ever anticipated, but hopes to keep it growing, with each new book do nated getting him a step closer to his ultimate goal. I want to try and give all the kids in Seminole County in need something they can enjoy and have fun with, Ryan said. Im hoping to change as many kids lives as we can. Oviedo VISION Center 875 Clark Street,Suite A Oviedo, FL 32765 www.OviedoVision.com 407.366.7655 Dr. Gary D. McDonald and Dr. Jason R. Wallace Optometric PhysiciansFashion Frames Custom Contact Fittings Eye Exams for All Ages Designer & Rx Sunglasses Treatment of Red Eyes Treatment of Infections & Glaucoma In-House Optical Lab Surgery Co-Management For more information on Project Book Storm and how you can get involved and sign your business up as a book drop-off location, visit their Facebook page at www. facebook.com/projectbookstorm or email projectbookstorm@gmail. com Their only current public donation location is Integrity Dance Studio at 853 E. State Road 434 in Winter Springs, where books can be dropped off Mondays and Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m. Learn more Ryans birthday wish Every year he forfeits presents and gives to childrens charities SARAH WILSON The Voice PHO T OS BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE V OICE Ryan Hart, 12, turned a punishment into a philanthropic hobby, donating books to local needy children. Take a rsthand look at what St. Lukes Lutheran School has to offer during two upcoming open house events, taking place on Friday, Jan. 13, and Friday, Feb. 17, starting at 8 a.m. If you are not able to attend one of our open house events, please contact Sherry Abell, School Admissions Director, for a personalized tour of campus, at 407-365-3228 or sabell@ stlukes-oviedo.org The Orlando Music Club Playa thon is 10 a.m.to 8 p.m. Sat urday, Jan. 14, at the Oviedo Mall food court. Orlando Music Club students and teachers will provide a full day of music. The event is free. Sassys Bridal is hosting a prom fashion show 1-2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Oviedo Malls West Court, near Dillards. The rst 50 guests receive a free goody bag, will be entered to win door prizes and have a chance at a grand prize valued at $300. Entrance to the show is free. Visit www.myo viedomall.com for details. Kids pottery classes begin Sun day Jan, 15th. Adult evening pottery class es begin Thursday, Jan. 19 and on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Adult day pottery classes begin Wednesday Jan. 18. Its all at the Cup O Pottery, 1977 Ala faya Trail, Suite #1091, Oviedo. Call 407-421-5460 or visit www. cupopottery.com SAK Comedy Lab comes to Winter Springs High School for a great night out without having to drive downtown or pay for park ing! Tickets are on sale now for the show, which happens on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Winter Springs High School Auditorium. General Admission in advance is $15 and at the door $18. Reserved seat ing is $20. Contact phylliscraw ley@gmail.com for information. HOPE volunteers will be located in the Oviedo Mall at the old Kirk land space near Sears through Jan. 29 collecting, counting and weighing non-perishable food items for our biggest food drive ever! All items will be counted/ weighed, and the winner of the largest donation will be an nounced at Oviedo Mall, along with HOPE staff and leaders from our community, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. Join Seminole County Natural Lands Program for guided hikes and programs throughout the county. Come learn about habitats and the wonderful and sometimes mysterious creatures that live there. For information about any of the hikes or pro grams, call 407-349-0959. Its $3 per person. Please register in advance. (*for swamp walks, children must have completed fth grade). Email calendar submissions to editor@observernewspapers.com

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Page 12 Jan. 13 Jan. 26, 2012 Seminole Voice JAN. 13 The Central Florida Scottish Highland Games are happy to offer Whisky Tasting at the Altamonte Hilton, 350 N. Lake Blvd. It will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13. Space is limited to adults, 21 and older. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door (cash only). JAN. 14 The 35th annual Central Florida Scottish Highland Games is Satur day and Sunday, Jan. 14-15 at Cen tral Winds Park in Winter Springs. Its open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tick ets for adults on Saturday are $17 in advance and $20 at the gate. Tick ets for adults on Sunday are $12 in advance or $15 at the gate. Children ages 6-11 can get in both days for $5, and students age 12-17 can get a two-day pass for $10. For tickets visit tinyurl.com/scottishgames or call 407-426-7268. The Cuplet Fern Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Societys Janu ary eld trip is 9 a.m. Jan. 14 at the Chuluota Wilderness Area, 3895 Cur ryville Road. Sherry Williams, chapter vice-president, will lead this hike through the 625-acre preserve lo cated in southeast Seminole County. Its free and open to the public. Call 407-302-7616 for more information. The Refuse to Be A Victim semi nar teaches tips to avoid dangerous situations. Topics include: Home, Personal, Automobile and Workplace Security. The class is at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Rural Heri tage Center, 101 E. Main St., Geneva. The cost is $20. Please contact Dawn Kight to register: dmkight4@att.net Dinner & Movie Night at the Gene va Bijou is 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. There will be pizza followed by a movie at 7 p.m. Admission is a $5 donation for adults and a $3 donation for kids younger than 16. The event is at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E. Main, Geneva. Send an email to Ge nevaHGS@aol.com join their movie club list. JAN. 18 Tuskawilla United Methodist Church will present Dave Ramseys Finan cial Peace University The class helps people transform their nancial lives. Classes are 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 18 at Tuskawilla UMC, 3925 Red Bug Lake Road, Casselber ry. Child care will be provided. Con tact Jo-Anne Holleran at shellqueen@ juno.com or call 407-699-8155 for further information. JAN. 19 The Fine Arts gallery at Seminole State College will host an exhibit by artists Jeff Hoffman and Aaron Vaaler called Flat Planes. The exhibit opening reception is at 5 p.m. Thurs day, Jan. 19. For information, visit www.seminolestate.edu/arts, or call 407-708-2040. JAN. 21 The Central Florida Law Enforce ment Car Show runs at the Oviedo Mall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. Admission is free. Find more details at www.CopsAndCarsForKids. com St. Lukes concert series presents Pillars, on 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. The performance will be at St. Lukes Lutheran Church, 2021 W. S.R. 426, Oviedo. For information, call church ofce 407-365-3408 or visit www.stlukes-oviedo.org Join us for the 10th Annual Air Pota to Raid at the Spring Hammock pre serve, 2985 Osprey Trail, Longwood, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 21. For information contact Lori Hart sock at 407-349-0959 or lhartsock@ seminolecounty.gov Healthy Yeast bread baking class runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Satur day, Jan. 21 at the Seminole County Extension Services kitchen, 250 W. County Home Road, Sanford. Class size is limited. Call 407-665-5560 to register. Each class is $10. Goldenrule Housing is assisting rsttime homeowners who wish to re ceive down payment assistance. This mandatory class is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. Participants must register in advance. No walk-ins will be accepted. Call 407-878-3759. The Geneva community center will host a free evening of music at the Geneva Jam with acoustic music including bluegrass, old country and gospel. The Jam is 6 p.m Saturday, Jan. 21. There will be a 50-50 rafe to benet the Community Center. The Orlando Area Citrus Drive will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at Oviedos First United Methodist Church, 263 King St. Fruit collected will be distributed to local food pan tries. For information contact Amanda Rich, Society of St. Andrew at 407650-1956. JAN. 25 Learn about FairTax at the Semi nole County Sheriffs Annex, 1225 E. Broadway, Oviedo from 7-8:30 Wednesday, Jan. 25. For informa tion, call 407-949-2959. The event is free. The Planetarium at Seminole State College will offer Backyard As tronomy, a free course for those interested in learning about the night sky. The course is 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. JAN. 26 Breakthrough Fitness is hosting a four-week Fat Loss Workshop 6-7 p.m. beginning Thursday, Jan. 26 at 269 Aulin Ave. Ste. 1011, Oviedo. JAN. 27 The Lake Mary Senior Center is hosting an Abstract Painting Class 1:30-2:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at 911 Wallace Ct. Class fee is $12. Registration and supplies are required. E-mail Rusty at rsty wahl@bellsouth.net or call 407688-0537. JAN. 28 The All Around Geneva Relay for Life Team Chili Cook-Off is from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Enjoy chili, live music, kids fun at the Jolly Gator Fish Camp, 4650 E. St. Road. 46, Geneva. Registration is $5 in advance and $10 the day of. Eemail mconsolato@bellsouth.net A 24-hour softball game fundraiser begins noon on Jan. 28 and ends at noon on Jan. 29 at Central Winds Park in Winter Springs. Visit www. hometorome.net for more informa tion. Theres a cost to participate, but its free to watch. SaleDOWNTOWN WINTER PARK sidewalk Park Avenue and Hannibal Square stores offering merchandise from 50-75% OFF For more information, visit winterpark.org or call 407.644.8281Please see participating stores for details.Friday, January 13th through Monday, January 16th 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) Fresh Fruit Vine Ripe Tomatoes Vegetables Thomas Produce110 Geneva Dr., Oviedo (Across from Ace Hardware) Get Healthy From the Inside Out! Calendar From the Gut The Jeanine Taylor Folk Art gallery is hosting the opening for Matt Sesows From the Gut 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 at 211 E. 1st St., Sanford. The event is free. Hours are Tuesday Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.; and Monday by appointment. Visit www.jtfolkart. com

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Page 13 Jan. 13 Jan. 26, 2012 Seminole Voice The patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, examination or treatment which is performed as a result of and within seventy-two (72) hours of responding to the advertisement for the free, discounted fee or reduced fee for service, examination or treatment. Only valid when insurance coverage is not applicable. 407-977-7797www.DoctorWestmoreland.comWestmoreland Dental, LLC Dr. Pamela Westmoreland Family & Cosmetic DentistryAccepting Patients 3 and Up. $75Adult Exam & X-rays $49Child Exam, X-rays & Cleaning(Under 12)With coupon. Not valid with any other offers or Dental Insurance. With coupon. Not valid with any other offers or Dental Insurance. Notes Lewis reenlists Sergeant Linda Lewis from Winter Springs has reenlisted to continue service with the 1569th Transporta tion Company of the New York Army National Guard. GRADUATIONS Belhaven The following local students gradu ated from Belhaven University on Dec. 8: earned a Bachelor of Science in Man agement. earned a Bachelor of Health Admin istration. plied for December Graduation and is pursuing a Master of Science in Leadership. Nebraska-Lincoln Cheryl Knodel of Longwood was among nearly 1,500 students who re ceived degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at commencement exercises Dec. 16 and 17. Knodel re ceived a master of science. Flagler The following students were awarded bachelors degrees from Flagler Col lege in St. Augustine, Fla.: Springs Springs Springs Excelsior Riya R. Mehan, a resident of Oviedo, has earned a Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College. 40K pounds donated Duda Farm Fresh Foods announced today that it has donated 40,000 pounds of fresh produce to Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) Fami lies in Transition (FIT) program. The retail value of the donated produce is about $30,000. 417 extension opens Motorists now have a newer and quicker way to access International Parkway in the Heathrow and Sanford area. The State Road 417 extension opened Dec. 14. The new road takes travelers beyond Interstate 4 far ther west and increases mobility in northwestern Seminole County and into Lake County. Spirit Cares needs donations Due to the current economic crisis, there is an increase in the number of Geneva families that are in need. Ge neva Elementary, along with the PTA, have partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank to address this need in Geneva. In addition to the support of the entire community, the success of the Spirit Cares program depends on cash donations, which are now gra ciously being accepted. Checks may be made payable to Geneva Elemen tary PTA, with Spirit Cares on the memo line, and can be sent to school with students or mailed to: Geneva PTA, 275 1st St., Geneva FL 32732. Questions? Contact Cindy Decker at genevapta@gmail.com or Barb Atkins at Barbara_Atkins@scps.k12..us BIZ NEWS Sushi Pop in top 100 Sushi Pop in Oviedo has been named a winner of OpenTable Diners Choice Awards for the top 100 best restau rants in the United States. The list of winners is derived from more than 10 million reviews submitted by OpenT able diners. We are very pleased by this acknowledgment from our OpenTable diners, manager Michael Ring said. We are proud to know that our guests thoroughly enjoyed their overall experience at Sushi Pop and gave us such high marks. New signs for Incubator The University of Central Florida Busi ness Incubator, along with the OviedoWinter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce, recently held a ceremony and reception to recognize and light up new street-level signs at the UCF Business Incubator Winter Springs, 1511 E. State Road 434. Densch sets up scholarship Seminole State College of Florida has received $2 million from the Wayne M. Densch Charities to establish a schol arship program for rst-generation college students. The donation, which will be distributed in $200,000 incre ments over 10 years, also gives the Orlando-based Densch trust naming rights to the Partnership Center that opened in 2010 as the centerpiece of the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. Unexpected New Years arrival It was a busy New Years at Winnie Palmer Hospital where many families rang in the New Year with a bundle of joy. One baby in particular had an interesting story to share. The Klammer-Sherman family of Oviedo was visiting Sea World on Saturday, New Years Eve, when mom went into labor. An ambulance brought her to Winnie Palmer Hospital where she delivered Max Wade Sherman at 1:01 a.m. By 8 a.m. New Years Day, more than a dozen babies had been born at Winnie Palmer Hospital. First bachelors Eighteen students made history at Seminole State College of Florida on Friday, Dec. 9, becoming the rst graduates to earn a fouryear degree in the Colleges 46year history. The students, whose journey began in January 2010, crossed the stage at the Fall 2011 Commencement Ceremony, earn ing their bachelors degrees in interior design.

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Page 14 Jan. 13 Jan. 26, 2012 Seminole Voice ATHLETICS The Knights are already beginning to ex orcise demons they had on the basketball court last year, storming into conference play with two straight wins heading into the start of the week. Now theyre star ing down the thick of C-USA play with an eye on the champion ships. They headed into a showdown against Houston at press time Jan. 11 with a fresh set of conference wins under their belts. Their most recent, on Jan. 7, came on the road at East Carolina, where the Knights (12-3, 2-0) blew out the Pirates 81-63. thanks to the increasing prowess of rising star Isaiah Sykes, who hit 20 points and grabbed 10 boards to bamboozle the Pirate defense on both ends of the court. A.J. Rompza was in top form against East Carolina, with 16 points, 9 assists, 7 re bounds and 5 steals in an energetic perfor mance that ran circles around the Pirates. Adding some energy of his own, Keith Clanton picked up 16 points, 6 rebounds 3 blocks and 2 steals. If the Knights can keep up that kind of intensity for the remainder of the season, theyll have a strong chance at making it to end with a road trip to Marshall, tipping off at 7 p.m. Jan. 14. Then the Knights will swing back to the UCF Arena for an 8 p.m. Jan. 18 tip-off against Memphis. New leader in athletics UCF athletics has a new head after the Knights announced Jan. 10 that former Or egon State University Executive Associate Athletic Director Todd Stansbury will have an only slightly shorter title at UCF. vice president and director of athletics, cementing the biggest hole in the Knights athletic program in the wake of a recruiting scandal that rapidly gutted the schools two biggest sports programs. Stansbury had helped run the business side of Oregon States athletic program since 2003. Now hell lead the Knights as they enter the Big East Conference in all THIS WEEK in sports history Jan. 20, 1980 Bleachers at a bullring in Sincelejo, Colombia, collapse, killing 222 people. 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Against Hagerty, the Lions showed more offensive spark than they had since the start of the season, lagging early but then exploding on offense to try to close a massive gap. Jarrell Greens 18 points provided the Lions share of scor ing. R.J. June wasnt far behind with 12 points, and Thomas Wixted and Colby Bortles had 11 points each. Wixted was the sharpshooter of the night, hitting 80 percent of his shots. Lackluster rebounding by the Lions may have done them in, as they only picked up a total of 23 on the night. Hagerty (10-3) opened up scoring early and often in that game, nailing 50 by halftime as they seemingly ran away with the game. But they tired in the third quarter, and then in the fourth, they let Oviedo back into the game as the Lions scored 27 points in a failed comeback at tempt. For the Huskies the win was the fifth of a six-game winning streak theyve car ried over since December. Winter Springs and Lake Howell will take to the court and possibly revive an old rivalry this Friday, but theyll be coming from two very different places. For the Bears, a tough season has land ed them at 3-13 with district play still remaining. Their only win in the last 10 games came against a Pace team that had only won one game all season. Against a much smaller Lake Mary Prep team on Jan. 9, they struggled to contain the Grif fins offense, giving up a 90-68 loss. Longtime Coach Steve Kohns Silver Hawks are 6-6 so far, and even at 1-1 in district play. They already played the Bears once this season, and dominated them in a 62-40 win. For the Lions, a road trip to Evans will tip off at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13, then theyll head home for a 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 game against Lyman. Hagerty will host De Land starting 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 before hosting Seminole at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17. Winter Springs hosts Lake Howell (6-6), coming off a 53-46 loss to Seminole, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13, then heads to Orange wood for a 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 showdown. ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice Knights exorcise C-USA demons Stansbury

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Page 15 Jan. 13 Jan. 26, 2012 Seminole Voice VOICES Young Voices We would love to hear your from Young Voices! THIS WEEK in political history Jan. 17, 1893 On the Hawaiian Islands, a group of American sugar planters under Sanford Ballard Dole overthrow Queen Liliuokalani, the Hawaiian monarch, and establish a new provincial government with Dole as president. Three hundred U.S. Marines were called to Hawaii, allegedly to protect American lives. On Jan. 4, the Seminole County Sheriff's agency ever wants to see when we laid Miller, a 28-year law enforcement veteran, became the sixth deputy to make the ulti after Christmas. While its never easy to say goodbye, we did not do so alone. Our fellow law enforcement agencies and this community came out in full force to express sympa thies and support. Police departments, ment agencies from across the southeast joined us in paying tribute to Deputy Miller. Many others from across the nation reached out to offer condolences. The outpouring of support from the community was tremendous. People called, sent cards, offered to volunteer and brought food. Many posted online mes sages. Businesses reached out with offers Church and families lined the processional to honor Deputy Miller. The men and women of the Seminole worked alongside Deputy Miller, and we are proud to serve this county. We join Deputy Millers family in thanking the residents of our county and the Central Florida community for uniting with us to honor his memory. Eslinger is Seminole County sheriff. Call 407-563-7026 or e-mail editor@observernewspapers.com to have The Voice visit your class or group. We planted veg etable seeds. We learned about the water cycle and how rain happens. We made a gallon man with water and Gatorade bottles and their bottle caps. Abigail A. 12 years old We made a movie about clouds. Its the first time we made a video. We drew our own clouds with blue crayons and paint. I also like pottery; its my favorite. Id like to open a pottery store someday. Mia W. 14 years old Im on a team and were partners. Our project is about clouds. We used cotton balls for the clouds and we used crayons too. This project was mediumhard but fun too. Luke P. 14 years old We did a rap song about clouds. The water evaporates and goes into the sky, becomes water vapor and then clouds. When it is too heavy it comes down like rain, snow or hail. CJ H. 14 years old I made a story about a water droplet. She has a family and then she gets evaporated. I read it to the little kids. Im also making a cloud video. Isabella H. 13 years old Heres what students at Lawton Chiles Preparatory School in Casselberry said about their water project exhibits. 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 > Is your New Years resolution going to serve you well? Being unemployed could be a very demoralizing phenomenon. However as believed in cognitive psychology over a 100 years ago, then coined for "The Secret" again, your thoughts guide your actions. If you are a hard working indi vidual, with drive and motivation, clar ity of goals and persistence, but have not found that right job, challenge yourself this 2012 into doing things differently. Attend some new networking events, seminars and job centers. It is believed that our brain needs stimulation to your own "chimney" and evaluate what worked for you in 2011. Dare to think outside the box and be creative during these stressful times. Stress is the enemy of creativity, forcing us to stick to routine and the status quo. Pump up your veins with some oxygen, and give your brain the adrenaline it needs by being proactive about your job search. Oh yeah, and leave behind that source of negativity. Wouldn't it be nice if you found someone like yourself who right job? Your friends at Christian Help are always here to connect you to em ployers and provide resume assistance. you are good at and what organizations out there are a good match for you, we are by your side as well. Farnaz Namin-Hedayati Doctor of Corporate Psychology and HR Strategist and Peak Performance Consultant DONALD F. ESLINGER Guest Writer A farewell, and a thank you Miller Be prepared for cold weather The coldest weather of this season is upon us in Central Florida. Unfortunately, this often means public safety responding to cold-related injuries. Remember to practice of the season. Persons that work outside should take special care. Wear layered clothing, gloves and a hat. Cover your mouth to pro tect your lungs from extremely cold air. Watch for signs of hy pothermia. Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. cold weather safety: People: Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, even in Florida, runs the risk of hypo thermia. This is especially true if you are wet, including from sweating. Plants: The hard freeze tem peratures predicted can easily kill outdoor plants, which are not cold tolerant. Bring them indoors, if possible, or cover them up. Pets: Just like you, pets in Florida are not accustomed or equipped (thin undercoat) to these temperatures. Please bring them indoors. Pipes: Exposed pipes run the risk of freezing and bursting. The same is true for irrigation systems; do not turn sidewalks into ice rinks. Practice Fire Safety: "Give space heaters space", carefully The Rescue Outreach Mis sion of Central Florida, 1701 W 13th St., Sanford, opens its doors to persons seeking refuge from the cold weather when temperatures dip below 40 degrees. Seminole County ment urges all citizens to take extra care when trying to stay warm. Cold weather shelter plans will be activated for the extreme cold. Visit www. information. Alan Harris Emergency manager Seminole County Ofce of Emer gency Management Bank on this: a return to lending in 2012 As 2011 comes to a close, Americas big banks remain in the spotlight. Large banking corporations have made head lines with layoffs, proposed debit card fees have infuriated customers, and the countrys to draw the ire of the Occupy Wall Street movement. It certainly is an interest ing time to be in banking. But I believe the year ahead will bring a return to the traditional strengths of banks, helping to enhance customer satisfaction and cultivate business growth in our community. First, interest rates on deposits will continue to drop. Customers who rely heavily on CDs as an investment strategy may be disappointed in the rates offered at both large and small banks. Another trend to anticipate is a renewed emphasis on the complete banking relationship. Traditionally, the goal for big banks was to acquire as many customers as possible. Com munity banks have always been different we want loyal customers who bank only with us. temperature Though there are signs our economy is on the mend the upswing and in October, Central Florida home sales increased 17 percent from the previous year I believe each of us should make a New Years resolution to improve As a community bank, Florida Bank of Commerce cares about our customers to why we recommend an annual checkup with a professional banking representative or your lifestyle and prioritizing monthly expenses, you can identify saving opportunities. You may be surprised how small savings add up to a sig one year. As we kick off a New Year of hope and possibilities, now in shape. Just think: By this time next year, you could be For more information, visit FBCbank.com Rosemary Maisenholder Vice president of Florida Bank of Commerces Winter Park branch Letters to the editor

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