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Title: Seminole voice
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Community Media Holdings, LLC
Place of Publication: Oviedo, Fla.
Publication Date: 12-14-2012
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Seminole -- Oviedo
United States -- Florida -- Seminole -- Winter Park
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Calendar > 7 Christmas in the City will raise money for needy families Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Oviedo. week. UCFs Blake Bortles faces the biggest game of his life at the Beef OBradys Bowl.Athletics > 9Twenty-five years ago Geneva lost its library. Now its back, and tiny.This Week > 2Giving a pet for the holidays? Be sure to think it through with our handy tips.Voices > 10Celery Stalks . ......................................... 11 Stetsons Corner . .................................... 11 Interests . .................................................. 5 Calendar . .................................................. 7 Athletics . .................................................. 9 Ask Sandi . .............................................. 10 Young Voices . ......................................... 10 Classifieds . ............................................. 12 THE HOBBITDowntown gets new optionsISAAC BABCOCK The Voice Please see COUNCIL on page 3 Partin wins Blue Ribbon status To keep up to date on the happenings at Partin Elementary, visit tinyurl. com/PartinBlueRibbon. To learn more about the National Blue Ribbon honor, visit www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/ index.htmlSARAH WILSON The VoicePHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE VOICEA blue ag ies over Partin Elementary after the school was awarded a National Blue Ribbon award for 2012 a rare honor in Central Florida. Please see PARTIN on page 2 Santa cops Santa cops Santa cops Santa cops Santa cops Santa cops Santa cops Winter Springs police made Christmas brighter for 37 local children. STORY ON PAGE 6PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE

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Page 2 THIS WEEK in history Dec. 16, 1811 The greatest series of earthquakes in U.S. history begins in the Mississippi River Valley near New Madrid, Mo., when a quake of an estimated 8.6 magnitude slams the region. The earthquake raised and lowered parts of the Mississippi Valley by as much as 15 feet and changed the course of the Mississippi River. Seminole Voice is published twice a month by Turnstile Media Group | POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Seminole Voice | P.O. Box 2426 | Winter Park, FL 32790 Publisher reserves right to edit or refuse all advertisements, announcements, articles and/or letters to the editor. Submission does not guarantee publication. Columnists opinions are made independently of the newspaper. All rights reserved. Seminole Voice 2012 TCraft@TurnstileMediaGroup.com IBabcock@TurnstileMediaGroup.com SWilson@TurnstileMediaGroup.com JGallagher@TurnstileMediaGroup.com jwfoley@att.net Sandi@ChristianHelp.org SundewGardens@gmail.com KPhillips@TurnstileMediaGroup.comJosh Garrick JoshGarrick9@gmail.comBrittni Johnson DSheehy@TurnstileMediaGroup.com Legal@FLALegals.com AShortridge@TurnstileMediaGroup.comFlorida Press Association & Oviedo/Winter Springs Chambers of Commerce Seminole Voice is published by Turnstile Media Group. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Orlando, Fla., Turnstile Media Group is also the parent of Golfweek, Golfweek Custom Media, TurfNet, Professional Artist, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, East Orlando Sun, Baldwin Park Living and Turnstile Connect.CHAIRMAN: Rance Crain PRESIDENT/CEO: Francis X. Farrell VICE PRESIDENTS: Merrilee Crain, Patti Green & Jeff BabineauPeriodicals postage is paid at Oviedo, Fla. Little Free Library opens in Geneva For more information about the international Little Free Library movement, visit littlefreelibrary.org. Stop by to donate or borrow a book from Genevas new Little Free Library outside of the Rural Heritage Center located on the corner of First and Main Street.SARAH WILSON The Voice PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE VOICEGenevas Little Free Library, a free book exchange, opened Dec. 12, 25 years after the village lost its original library, a Seminole County Library Bookmobile. PARTIN | CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE VOICEOviedo Mayor Dominic Persampiere, right, and school ofcials watch as Partin Elementary students and teachers dedicate the Blue Ribbon ag on Nov. 30.

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Page 3 Member of(407)-644-6646www.aSafeHarbor.comBob Adams President/CEOA SafeHarbor, LLC bob@asafeharbor.com* Illustration period: 1-1-2000 though 1-1-2012 Now you can accumulate money for your r etir ement without the risks of market downturns by annuity. When the market goes down, your accumulated value stays put until another upswing guaranteed. Its something youve seen many times beforeand will probably see again. The market goes up, then comes down. Then up, then down again. Illustration period: 1 -1-2000 through 1-1-2012. Each example shown assumes $100,000 initial premium with no withdrawals. Market value based on the S&P 500 Historical performance o f the S&P 500 Index should not be considered a representation of current or future performance of the Index or of any annuity. Hypothetical index annuity product illustration assumes crediting method of a 6% annual point-to-point cap and annual reset. Hypothetical Income Rider Value assumes a 7% annual rate of return for income purposes. Illustration values represent gross returns. Assumed annuity rates and actual historical prices of the S&P 500 Index were used in this purely hypothetical example for the purpose of illustrating comparitive values and to illustrate how the Interest-Crediting Strategy might have guaranteed. Past performance does not guarantee future results. I f th e m a r k e t f a l l s a g a i n rest easier knowing your retirement savings wont fall with it Guaranteed. W h e n COUNCIL | Schenck says drive-thrus not likely CONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICEWill drive-thru restaurants be allowed in Oviedo on the Park? Maybe after a new code change. Swedish ChristmasPHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICEKids stole the show at the St. Lucia Festival in Sanford, celebrating the Swedish holiday on Dec. 8.

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Page 5 This is the second installment of a three-part series that examines the need for English language education through the perspective of Seminole County residents. THIS WEEK in human history Dec. 21, 1970 Rock star Elvis Presley pays a surprise visit to President Richard Nixon at the White House to discuss the war on drugs. Presley apparently was not searched before being granted admission. Upon meeting Nixon, he presented the president with a gift a World War II-era Colt .45 pistol. Fresh Fruit Vine Ripe Tomatoes Vegetables Thomas Produce110 Geneva Dr., Oviedo (Across from Ace Hardware) Get Healthy From the Inside Out! 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) English classes run from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays in the Hangar building at the First Baptist Church of Oviedo, located at 45 W. Broadway St.TIM FREED The Voice SILENCEBREAKINGOFBARRIERTHEPHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICESome adult English students bring their children to translate during lessons, as they work to become uent speakers. Learning English can be the biggest hurdle for recent immigrants to nding employment beyond menial labor and low wages. Its a very courageous thing to do, especially for an older person, to step out of their comfort zone and come to a place and learn a new language.

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Page 6 Oviedo VISION Center From our family to yours, Wishing you a safe and joyful Holiday Season! Dr. Gary D. McDonald and Dr. Jason R. Wallace Optometric PhysiciansLook Good and See Better...This Holiday Season!Fashion Frames Custom Contact Fittings Eye Exams for All Ages Designer & Rx Sunglasses Treatment of Red Eyes In-House Optical Lab Surgery Co-Management875 Clark Street,Suite A Oviedo, FL 32765 www.OviedoVision.com 407.366.7655 DEC. 14Kick off the holiday season at Cas selberrys Annual Tree Lighting Cer emony, Holiday Art & Music in the Park and Food Truck Bazaar. This years free event will be held on Fri day, Dec. 14, at Lake Concord Park, from 6 to 9 p.m. For more infor mation visit casselberry.org, email mehrlich@casselberry.org or call 407-262-7700, extension 1507. DEC. 15Come out and Drop N Shop at Spark! Family Enrichment Center at 5965 Red Bug Lake Road, in Winter Springs. Finish your shopping while the kiddos are making gifts, sipping hot cocoa, baking cookies and hav ing fun. Its Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $40 for the day or $7 an hour (with a 10 percent sibling discount). Pizza lunch is $5. Reserve your spot by calling 407-679-7775 or emailing info@sparkec.net The Christian Child Development Center at the Geneva Method ist Church is having a fundraiser on Dec. 15 by providing Christmas shopping childcare to enable par ents to shop for Christmas. Please contact the CCDC for more informa tion. Its an indoor farmers market on Saturday, Dec. 15, from noon to 3 p.m. inside The Serenity Centers CommUNITY Space at 2040 Winter Springs Blvd, Oviedo. Featuring art ists, artisans, food and local vendors. Call Cassandra Curley at 407719-8883 for more information.DEC. 20A car seat tting station event put on by the Winter Springs Police De partment will go from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 300 N. Moss Road in Winter Springs. Appointments must be made one week prior to the event date. For more in formation, call Will Maxwell at 407327-7958. Tijuana Flats will hold community nights for HOPE between 5 and 9 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month (Dec. 20) at the 1016 Lock wood Blvd., Oviedo, and the 160 Tuskawilla Road, Winter Springs, locations. Ten percent of your pur chase will go directly to HOPE.DEC. 24The Holiday Kids Camp is open Dec. 24 to Jan. 4 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Wirz Park, 806 Mark David Blvd. in Casselberry. Camp will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day. Casselberrys Holiday Kids Camp provides your child a safe, worryfree place to have fun during the holiday break. The cost is $20 per day for Casselberry residents and $25 per day for non-residents. Chil dren should bring a lunch, drink and two snacks daily. Register online at casselberry.org or call 407-2627700, extension 1576.ONGOING R.E.A.D. Book Club instills a pas sion for reading with a purpose for children in grades fourth through sixth in Oviedo and Winter Springs. Meetings are weekly and cover one book a month. Fundamentals of literature are introduced, including vo cabulary, theme, character analysis, comprehension and critical thinking. For more information, please contact Cathy McLarnon at 407-342-0483 or sundance31@bellsouth.net Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICEWinter Springs Police Corporal Allison Swain, top, helps Jose nd a toy at Wal-Mart in Casselberry. Corporal Michelle Angeloff, above, helps t a helmet for Gabriella at the Winter Springs Senior Center, part of the Shop with a Cop program.Cops shop for kids in need SARAH WILSON The Voice

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Page 7 Calendar ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENCE 395 Alafaya Woods Blvd., Oviedo, FL 32765 407-977-8786ALF License No. 9235, 9308, 9307 www.slm.net/SCOviedo1 Signature property of Located on a beautiful campus setting, our two Savannah Court communities provide full assisted living services while Savannah Cottage offers a secured residence for those with memory loss. Call us today, stop by for a visit, join us for lunch, or all of the above! You are always welcome at Savannah Court and Cottage of Oviedo. MEMORY CARE RESIDENCEWhere hospitality is truly a way of life! Savannah Court and Cottage ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENCE 395 Alafaya Woods Blvd., Oviedo, FL 32765 407-977-8786ALF License No. 9235, 9308, 9307 www.slm.net/SCOviedo1 Signature property of Located on a beautiful campus setting, our two Savannah Court communities provide full assisted living services while Savannah Cottage offers a secured residence for those with memory loss. Call us today, stop by for a visit, join us for lunch, or all of the above! You are always welcome at Savannah Court and Cottage of Oviedo. MEMORY CARE RESIDENCEWhere hospitality is truly a way of life! Savannah Court and Cottage Located on a beautiful campus setting, our two Savannah Court communities provide full assisted living services while Savannah Cottage offers a secured residence for those with memory loss. You are always welcome at Savannah Court and Cottage of Oviedo www.savannahcourtoviedo.com395 Alafaya Woods Blvd., Oviedo, FL 32765407-977-8786 Call us today, stop by for a visit, join us for lunch, or all of the above! FOR LEASING INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT rffntb JOINING NATIONAL TENANTS NOW O PEN 130 E Altamonte Drive Altamonte Springs PictureShow Cinemas DEC. 15Country night at the Black Hammock brings live music, dancing and drink spe cials Saturday, Dec. 15 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Its all happening at The Black Ham mock, 2356 Black Hammock Fish Camp Road, in Oviedo. Call 407-365-1244 for more information. The Mid-Florida Milers Walking Club will host a walk in Casselberry at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Secret Lake Park, located at 200 N. Triplet Lake Drive in Casselberry. Participants may register and start the walk any time between 9 and 10:30 a.m. Walkers should plan so they can nish by 12:30 p.m. For information, contact Mike Lanpher at mlanpher@c. rr.com or 407-695-9181. Come for a free evening of old-time music at the Geneva Jam at the Geneva Commu nity Center. There is acoustic, toe-tapping bluegrass, old country and gospel music to enjoy, plus some holiday songs. Hamburg ers, sausage and hot-dogs will be for sale at a very modest cost from 6 to 7 p.m. (or until the food runs out). The music starts around 6:30 p.m. If you play an acoustic instrument, come get a chair up front as room permits. A 50/50 rafe is held each month where the winner gets half the pot with the other half of the pot and food proceeds to help the Geneva Community Center. Christmas in the City will raise money and get donations to help needy families on Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Oviedo; 45 W. Broadway St, Oviedo. In four years the program has provided $682,572 worth of donations. DEC. 17Oviedo City Council meetings take place at 6:30 p.m. on the rst and third Monday of each month (Dec. 17) in the Oviedo City Hall Council Chambers. Visit cityofoviedo. net to view the agenda. As a gift to the community this holiday season, Huey Magoos Chicken Tenders will be providing free meals from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, at both of its Orlando area locations. In addition, the company will be partnering with the Christmas Dreams childrens charity to provide Christmas trees to select Semi nole County families. Visit HueyMagoos. com for more information. DEC. 18Labor and employment law rm of Fisher & Phillips LLP is hosting two separate hour-long webinars for employers to get a sense of what labor law changes might be on the horizon. Its Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. Participants can register for the second session by visiting www1.gotomeeting. com/register/238580321DEC. 19 Celebrate Black Hammock founder Joels birthday with 2-for-1 all beer bottles, drafts, calls and wells! He would love for you to party with him on Dec. 19 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. with a very special live per formance by Bubba Whoopass Wilson! The Planetarium at Seminole State College of Florida will host a free outdoor Winter Sky Festival on Thursday, Dec. 20, from 6 p.m. until midnight. Visitors will be treated to telescope viewings of Jupiter, the moon, galaxies, star clusters and nebulas, as well as a live presentation of the planetariums agship show, Central Florida Nights, at 7:30 p.m. At 9 p.m., the planetarium will present Fire of Creation: The Maya on a giant screen. Visitors are invited to bring chairs, blankets and beverages. Food trucks will be on site serving a variety of cuisines. For more information, visit the planetarium website at seminolestate. edu/planet/, or contact Planetarium Direc tor Derek Demeter at 407-708-2409.DEC. 27This holiday season enjoy a relaxing time without leaving our village with two fabu lous and complementary yoga classes. There is Gentle Yoga from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 27, followed by a Soothing Yoga for Stress Relief at 6 to 7:15 p.m. in the Geneva Community Center. Everyone is welcome. Wear comfortable clothing. Contact 407-538-2433 or emilylovesyo ga@yahoo.comDEC. 29 There is a Mens Breakfast and Leader ship Discussion at 8:30 a.m. at the Oviedo Diner. All men are invited to meet with the Geneva Community Church of God and Oviedo Presbyterian Church mens fellow ship groups for breakfast and a leadership discussion led by Paul Simpkins, a found ing partner in the John Maxwell Team of Certied Leadership. ONGOINGThe Casselberry Farmers Market will be open every Sunday at Lake Concord Park from noon to 4 p.m. until May 2013. For more information, updates on weekly vendors or to sign-up to be a vendor, visit the Casselberry Farmers Market Facebook page at facebook.com/CasselberryFarm ersMarket or email Steve and Bonnie Rich at CasselberryMarket@gmail.com The Winter Springs Farmers Market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday in the Winter Springs Town Center. Visit Win terSpringsFarmersMarket.com for info. Send submissions to ibabcock@turnstilemediagroup.comDEC. 15Boys Town Central Florida invites the community to participate in the Sixth Annual Candy Cane 5K Run at 8 a.m. on Dec. 15 at the Winter Springs Town Center, 160 Tuskawilla Road. The race will benet Boys Town Central Florida. To register, interested participants can visit racetimesports.com/candy-cane5k/ The Geneva Historical Society will have its history books, T-shirts, historic prints, note-cards, old-fashioned toy stocking stuffers and more for sale at the annual Geneva Post Ofce Parking Lot Sale on Dec. 15 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. We will also have our newest pub lication about Lewis Thornton Powell who was part of the Lincoln assassina tion conspiracy. Therell be great ideas for gifts for those who love history or love Geneva. Come get some great Christmas gifts and old-fashioned toys for stocking stuffers. Christmas in the City will raise money and get donations to help needy fami lies on Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Oviedo; 45 W. Broadway St, Oviedo. In four years the program has provided $682,572 worth of donations.DEC. 20Ofcers from the Winter Springs Po lice Department Motorcycle Unit, along with other Motorcycle Units in Semi nole County, will be participating in our annual Santa Run. This is the ninth year of the Santa Run. Members of the Motorcycle Units will meet and escort Santa to Boys Town in Oviedo on Dec. 20. There will be a box for donations in the lobby of the Police Department located at 300 N. Moss Road. Dona tions will be accepted through Dec. 19. If you have any questions, contact Lt. Will Maxwell at 407-327-7958.DEC. 24The First United Methodist Church of Geneva will have its Christmas Eve Worship Service at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. H LIDAY CALENDAR Dec. 14: Casselberry lights up its treeKick off the holiday season at Casselberrys Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Holiday Art & Music in the Park and Food Truck Bazaar. This years free event will be held on Fri day, Dec. 14, at Lake Concord Park, from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information visit cas selberry.org, email mehrlich@casselberry. org or call 407-262-7700, extension 1507.

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Page 8 Notes NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Tickets are limited and subject to availability. All federal, state and local regulations apply. A recipient of prize assumes any and all risks related to the use of the prize and accepts any restrictions specied thereon or required by the prize provider or venue. Location of seating (if any) is subject to availability. Tickets cannot be exchanged, transferred or redeemed for cash. We are not responsible if recipient is unable to use his/her ticket in whole or in part, or for lost, delayed or misdirected entries. Void where prohibited. IN THEATERS DECEMBER 25 www.parentalguidancemovie.comINVITE YOU TO REGISTER TO WIN A CHANCE TO ATTEND AN ADVANCE SCREENINGTHURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 7:30PM at the AMC ALTAMONTE MALLTo get your free pass for two, go to GOFOBO.COM/RSVP and enter code VOICELHGQ Sheriffs Ofce searching for suspectsThe Seminole County Sheriffs Ofce (SCSO) is seeking the publics help in identifying two suspects who burglarized a Longwood home and hurt the familys dog. On Nov. 30 at approximately 12:30 p.m., a residence in the 300 block of Beach Avenue in Longwood was burglar ized. The homeowners discovered Lilly, their three-year old pit bull, was missing. Review of the in-home video cameras showed the suspects taunting the dog and throwing a large object at her.Fireghter arrested for domestic batterySeminole County Fireghter Dean Erlandson of Winter Springs was arrested on Dec. 9 for domestic battery by strangula tion and aggravated assault with a weap on. He is accused of repeatedly throwing his girlfriend to the ground and threatening to kill her and himself. Become a community service ofcerThe Seminole County Sheriffs Ofce (SCSO) is now accepting applications for the next class of its Community Law Enforcement Academy. The 14-week edu cational academy gives residents a rst hand look at the operations of the Sher iffs Ofce. The class will begin on Jan. 9. There is no cost to attend. To apply, visit seminolesheriff.orgSchools rezoning, but where? Learn about which students will have to change schools and where theyll be going at East Phase Elementary Rezon ing Core Committee meetings scheduled for Wednesdays Jan. 9 and 16 at 6 p.m. at Winter Springs High School; 130 Tus kawilla Road, in Winter Springs.Orlando Volleyball 2012 championsOrlando Volleyball Academy (OVA) is one of the nations most prominent junior vol leyball clubs, and in the 2012 season took home four national championship titles (three AAU national titles and one USAV national title).Fifth Third big promotionFifth Third Bank recently announced that Alex Gourlay of Longwood has joined as the director of private banking for central and north Florida. In his new role, he will lead the effort to grow Fifth Third Banks wealth planning business, as well as manage the team of wealth management advisors and private bankers in Orlando and Jacksonville.Oviedo Fire Rescue in top three nationallyThe Fire Rescue Department was recog nized during the City Council meeting for receiving the ICMA Voice of the People Award of Excellence. The Fire Rescue De partment was one of the top three among all the eligible jurisdictions and within the top 10 percent among more than 500 ju risdictions in the National Citizen survey. All Seminole State nurses passGraduates of Seminole State College of Floridas nursing program have achieved a perfect 100 percent pass rate this year on their licensure exams, according to results recently released by the Florida Board of Nursing. All of Seminole States 70 Associate in Science (A.S.) RN gradu ates passed on their rst try.New animal rescueKatrinas Animal Rehabilitation and Edu cation (KARE) is a new animal rescue based out of Oviedo. The rescue is dedi cated to the rescuing, rehabilitation and adoption of animals in need. They are in need of foster homes and donations. Con tact KARE at Facebook.com/kareofoviedoInvestigator arrested for false Medicaid claimsInvestigators with the Seminole County Sheriffs Ofce (SCSO) on Nov. 20 arrested Syberina Wynn. Wynn, a civilian child protection investigator who worked offduty as a counselor for Medicaid provider Circle of Friends, submitted false claims that resulted in reimbursement from the organization and Medicaid. Wynn also submitted false time sheets to SCSO and used Sheriffs Ofce property to submit the claims. BUSINESS Dunkin Donuts in OviedoNAI Realvest recently negotiated a new long-term lease agreement for 1,780 square feet in the Boardwalk Plaza at 3100 Alafaya Trail in Oviedo. The Dunkin Donuts should open by the end of this year. EMS Designs wins trade show awardsAdvanced EMS Designs in Winter Springs won top awards for their latest invention at emergency medical equipment trade shows in Baltimore and New Orleans re cently.SCHOOL NEWS Seminole State honors past employeeSeminole State College held a ceremony Nov. 9 naming its technology support suite in honor of Michael Holmes, a longtime employee who passed away in 2010. Holmes worked for Seminole State for more than 30 years and was one of the rst employees in the Computing and Telecommunications Services area.Lyman hosts Greyhound Challenge 2012Lyman High School is hosting the Grey hound Challenge 2012, a regional FIRST Technical Challenge (FTC) robotics-quali fying tournament. This competition will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15. FIRST, For In spiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, facilitates more than $20 million in scholarships each year. Oviedo honor studentJohn Gnan, a student in the fourth form (10th grade) at Kent School in Kent, Conn., was named to the honor roll for the fall term of 2012-2013. Gnan is the child of John and Roberta Gnan of Oviedo. Record number of families helped On Nov. 3, Families in Transition held its seventh annual, A Day of Magical Connections, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Winter Springs High School. More than 300 homeless families, 300 volunteers, and 50 agencies and businesses at tended, making it a record number for this event. Catholic Relief Services helps ship 500,000 mealsOn Sunday, Nov. 18, 3,000 vol unteers from churches, schools and businesses came together at Rosen Shingle Creek for the Mil lion Meal Challenge Orlando event, which aimed to put together a million meals for the west African country of Burkina Faso. The volunteers produced a total of 500,688 meals.

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Page 9 THIS WEEK in sports history Dec. 15, 1973 Sandy Hawley becomes the first jockey to win 500 races in a single year. Hawley achieved his historic win aboard Charlie Jr. in the third race at Marylands Laurel Park racetrack. Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome? If so, there is now an opportunity to join a new research study.Are you eligible? irritable bowel syndrome Abdominal Pain, Bloating, DiarrheaQUALIFIED PARTICIPANTS:Will receive investigational medication or inactive placebo, study-related testing, physical exams, and lab work at no charge. ADDITIONALLY:Compensation may be available travel).For More Information Call: 407 937-1036 r fnrtbtrr rfntbrfnrtbtrr rf rfntb f The UCF Knights have only faced Ball State three times in their en tire history. The last time they met was nearly a decade ago, when the Knights lost by less than a touchdown. Now the Knights (9-4) face a Ball State team (9-3) with the top middle linebacker in the nation gunning for UCF quarterback Blake Bortles head. Itll be a test by Conference USA First Team center Jordan Rae, to stop Travis Freeman, who has more career tackles 455 of them than any college player in the country. Not that the Knights are shy ing with triple digit tackles this season alone. Led by free safety Kemal Ishmael the C-USA defensive player of the year the Knights have a formidable secondary. Just this season two Knights Lyle Dankenbring and A.J. Bouye grabbed two of the top six longest interception re turns in UCF history with 78 and 76 respective yards. And they have a habit of shut ting down teams that overesti mate them. In the last year the Knights have faced more fourth down conversion attempts than all but one team in the FBS. And among them, theyve allowed by far the lowest success rate at just above 38 percent. Against Tulsa in the C-USA championship game the Knights only allowed one suc The Knights will have to face a resurgent Ball State team thats been accelerating throughout ing 3-3, the Cardinals won six season. That includes a 52-27 rout of Ohio in which they gained 588 total yards, including 169 on the ground for Jahwan Edwards. In that game the Cardinals used three quarterbacks to throw for 231 yards, but most of their of fense came on the ground. The Knights may have one of the cleanest-throwing quarter backs in their history in Blake Bortles, who has had two streaks this year without interceptions that have rivaled the Knights alltime great QB, Daunte Culpepper. Now at 141 straight pass at tempts without a pick, Bortles is looking to lead the Knights to ful win. The last time the Knights made it to a bowl game in 2010, they shocked the University of Georgia with a 10-6 nailbiter win program history. Whether they do it again remains to be seen. The Beef on Dec. 21 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, televised on ESPN. Oviedo Lions, but a last minute run into a screeching halt. The Li ons lost 35-29 to Tallahassees Lincoln Nov. 30, ending their post season with a runner-up in the Class 7A regional championship. The two teams had traded touchdowns the entire game, rarely pulling out a safe lead un range with less than a minute left. Thats when Lincoln quarter back Cameron Joseph hit wide re ceiver Reggie Davis for a 50-yard touchdown reception that would That single pass would be the longest one of the night for Joseph, Davis and Lincoln, all in one the momentum instantly shifted against the Lions, who only sec onds earlier had scored the goahead touchdown that seemingly had given them the win. Even with a botched two-point conver sion attempt the Lions were up 29-28 with only a minute to go. Oviedo ends its season with an 11-2 record, one of the best in team history. But theres reason to hope for more for the Lions, who will return with their dynamic duo of quarterback Chris Davis and running back Jurell Green, as receiving corps, plus some upand-coming running backs.Lions fall in Lincoln comeback shockerISAAC BABCOCK The VoicePHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICEJurell Green had trouble with Lincoln, which held back Oviedos running game just enough to leave a hole open for a last-minute comeback win on Nov. 30.PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICEUCF quarterback Blake Bortles will face the game of his career against Ball State (9-3) at the Beef OBradys Bowl on Dec. 21. The Oviedo High School graduate is starting in his rst bowl game in his second season with the Knights (9-4). Knights bowl boundISAAC BABCOCK The Voice

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Page 10 THIS WEEK in political history Dec. 11, 1946 The United Nations votes to establish the United Nations International Childrens Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to provide relief and support to children. Only two countries have failed to ratify the treaty Somalia and the United States.Heres what kids at the Winter Springs Holiday Parade said they want from Santa and what they like about the parade and Christmas.I hope Santa brings me toys maybe a white truck or trains. I like Santa and I like this parade too. Stone L. 4 years old I hope Santa brings me a Barbie Dream House. It will have three stories, a Jacuzzi and an elevator. Presents are my favorite part of Christmas. We come to this parade every year. Aylah P. 7 years old I hope Santa brings me a Nintendo 3DS and maybe Mario Kart 7. This is our first time at the parade. Our elf on the shelf was on the curtain rod today. Seeing my grandma will be nice. Jacob G. 6 years old I hope Santa brings me Littlest Pet Shops and a fluffy pink cat. Decorating our house and our tree puts us in the Christmas spirit. We like the parade, seeing the people dance and walk on stilts. Reagan D. 7 years old I hope Santa brings me roller skates Ive never roller-skated before. I like when they throw candy dur ing the parade. It is great when you wake up on Christmas Day and can open presents and have new toys. Taylor R. 6 years old Many people think the holiday time is not a good time for job searching. The number of times the job found bell is My younger daughter just got her mall. She was one of 30 applicants for the positions they had. I asked her how she prepared for the interview and she told me she Googled the company and typical interview questions they ask. Funny thing was, they did ask her those questions. While the job is not a high level professional position, they were still very focused on their process. They do a group interview and then follow up with individual interviews using a behavioral interview model. Those are the questions where you are asked to give an example of a time where you did x,y and z, how you accomplished it, and what the result was. Even though she has never had a paying job, through her preparation she had come up with examples she could use. The result was that she got hired. I cannot stress the importance of preparation enough. If you are fortunate enough during this busy time to land an interview, please study up on the company before you go. Glassdoor.com is a great place to look up information about companies (good and bad), and get an idea of questions they might ask you. Being prepared helps you to stand out from the crowd. It also gives you more Interviews can be scary, but they can also with the people you are talking to. Hope fully the end result is a great job. Every parent loves to see their childs face light up with joy when they open the per fect present. So, when a new puppy, kitty or other pet appears at the top of a young sters wish list, its important to realize that unlike other holiday gifts, bringing lot of planning. However, with seven simple steps, its easy for any parent to plan ahead and make smart decisions around adding a new pet to the family.Tips for giving pets as gifts:1. First, go over a childs wish list together to see if they will appreci ate and care for a new pet. Ask the child how he or she would care for the pet if someone granted his or her wish. Make sure to remind them that pets need to be fed, taken care of, and they can often make extra messes. Of course, a child is likely to promise to do everything involving the pet, so its important to remember that the younger the child is, the more the respon sibility will fall on the parents.2. Take the child to an adoption what breed or type of pet he or she wants. Some gentle steering will be able to sway him or her to the best option for the family. In addition, Petco hosts free monthly Meet the Critters events where kids and pets, their habitats and care3. Thoroughly research the animals care, maintenance, grooming and training requirements. Prepare a list of staples the pet will need and put them on a wish list. Be sure to include a cage, food, leash, shampoo, treats, toys and acces sories so there arent any surprises by the barrage of additional expenses. Then, add on health and cleaning items to cope with the accidents that are part of every new 4. Once youve decided to add a new pet to the family, identify a good veterinarian in the local community. Determine whether a license or commu nity permit is needed, set a vaccination schedule and take care of any necessary paperwork.5. If adding a puppy to the family, be sure to check out local dog training classes and/or free workshops in the neighborhood. This will help make certain the family puppy is set up for success. free seminars to help raise a well-behaved companion.6. Then its time to get the house ready for the new family member. Try to prepare as much as possible prior to bringing the new pet home. Amphibians, heaters, plants and other accessories many of these need time to settle before they will sustain a new pet. A new bird or rodent will require a cage, bedding or cage liner, dishes and toys. A larger animal, such as a puppy or kitten, will also need a bed and a carrier or crate. Petco provides free care sheets, which list the recom mended supplies for each animal, in ad dition to important information and care requirements.7. When its time for the big unveil, it can be enticing to tie a red bow around a new puppys neck or the hamsters cage and leave them amid the other packages. However, this guarantees stressing out the newest family member before he or she is even discovered by the family. Its better to wrap the cage and accessories with a photo of the animal for presentation on the actual holiday, which also helps to prevent a new pet from being mistak to introduce a new pet into the home is to wait until after the holiday season is over and things have settled down. The hustle and bustle of the holidays can stress out any new pet, and possibly the pet parent! The largest tourist attraction in Seminole County is the Central Florida Scottish Highland Games each January. Winter Springs is pleased to present the Games on Jan. 19 and 20 at Central Winds Park. In the meantime, merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, and happy New Year! City Commission reportcate of Appreciation to Bucks Catering in honor of their outstanding contributions to the Winter Springs Police Department during a recent event. The City Commission presented a Life for his valor and exemplary service to the community. The City Commission presented a Bernie McPherson, for his valor and out standing service to the community. The second regular meeting in December, which normally would be held on Dec. 24, has been canceled. Did you know that you are welcome to address the mayor and City Commis sion during public meetings? During all regular meetings of the City Commission there is a section of the agenda called the opportunity to address the mayor and City Commission on any issue. observance of Christmas Day, and Jan.1 in observance of New Years Day. On-street parking ban suspendedOn Nov. 19 the City Commission approved Resolution 2012-38, temporarily suspending the prohibition of parking on certain roadways through Jan. 7. However, on-street parking on collector roads and arterial roads is not permitted. on what streets youre allowed to park on for the holidays, and what streets are still banned. 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. For questions, please call 407-834-4022 (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 > EMPLOYMENT Ask Sandi Job searching for Christmas Mayor Charles Lacey WINTER SPRINGS CITY TALK Scottish games are coming! Thinking of a pet for a holiday gift?HOLLY HITCHCOCK Guest Writer

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Page 11 A Difcult Journey Her belly was so stretched she could no longer see her swollen, dusty feet now tightly wedged in leather sandals. The muscles of her young back ached hard as the sun sunk in the western sky. This journey was taking longer and had become much more demanding than either of them had anticipated. He noticed that over the last few hours she had grown quiet, but he didnt ask why. He could hear her breaths sighs escaped uncontrolled. There was no point in complaining, she thought. She didnt want to slow their progress, but the truth was the pains had been coming all afternoon, and with greater fre quency. Stars would soon glisten across the sky and all she wanted to do was lay down and rest, then baby into the world.No VacancyAt a small inn a few miles to the east no one was quiet and everyone was complaining. The innkeepers looked to the heavens and asked the same questions hoteliers had asked for centuries. Where did all these people come from? When was the last time we had to turn travelers away? Do we have enough food, water and clean linens? Has everyone paid? Are their horses and donkeys fed and watered? Running an inn was so much work, especially when all the rooms were packed and everyone needed something. Yet the alternative was to look out and see a deserted, empty road with no money coming in. Everyone was weary, but the chaos would subside and soon all would be fast asleep. God is great, God is good.Silent, Starry NightThis is how I picture the early evening hours of Christmas Eve, just before Mary and Joseph ar rived in Bethlehem within hours of the birth of Jesus. When they no room left at the inn, and everyone was settled. No one was going to switch inns or give up a room even for a young mother in labor. The stable was the only and simple shelter from the night cold. The hay was scratchy but provided a cushion from the damp ground. It held contented livestock with full bellies that looked with curiosity and under standing at the human who was about to give birth. Birth was a natural part of life, and they were content to share their small, warm stalls with this new family. The nearest midwife was many miles away, but somehow this do. She brought her son into the world under a blanket of brilliant stars, and his cries mingled with the gentle lowing of the cows and horses. Silent night, holy night.Genevas MangerMy favorite Christmas memory of Geneva has and always will be the life-sized wood manger and nativity that sits in the meadow of the First Baptist Church at the end of Avenue C. It is framed in hay with a spotlight, and it looks just like a stable that Mary and Joseph might have used had they stopped in Geneva along their way. Geneva would have been a perfect place to welcome the Christ child. Hay and livestock, a warm shelter far from the city and looking down, a blanket of brilliant stars.Happy Holidays to AllIts easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of expectations in the days before Christmas. Keep your emotions and wallet under control and show your family the deeper meaning of the holidays. We wish everyone a very season. No matter what or how you celebrate this season, we and wisdom to nurture spiritual peace for yourself and your family.Stetsons Corner By Karen McEnany-Phillips Please share your thoughts about Geneva at 407-221-7002, kphillips@turnstilemediagroup.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 >A journey of faithHappy holidays! is what I am hearing now and I agree with that saying. The past several weeks Christmas events. At the Hometown Holiday Tree Lighting, the Oviedo Histori cal Society put on an excellent event with more than 800 people. I know we ran out of the 600 free hot dogs, and did have to send out for more cookies. What a success, and poor Santa must have been extremely tired as he was still checking his list with the children til 9 p.m. Did you happen to go to the Christmas Parade and the Snow Mountain event? The mall area was packed, and the Oviedo Womans Club gave out more than 900 cookies and hard candy and still ran out. It was a fun day for all the Oviedo citizens, and Santa was around to check out all the little girls and boys. On Monday, Dec. 15, Santa will get be riding, throwing candy out in most of the local neighborhoods. Friday and Saturday are the last days of Festival of Trees held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lake Mary Historical Museum, 158 N. Coun try Club Road in Lake Mary. See the beautifully decorated trees donated by the community. The donated trees and other decoraproceeds going to support future exhibits and events. Admission is free, and if you need more infor mation, please call 407-585-1481. The 5K Candy Cane race is Saturday, Dec. 15, at 8 a.m. in the Winter Springs Town Center, 1160 E. State Road 434 and the proBoys Town Central Florida. Cost varies based on age and registration time. Please call 407-792-6521 for more information. Geneva now has a Christmas present its own Little Free Library. The grand opening was on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 12:30 p.m. The library is located on the Rural Heritage Center grounds. The free library will initially stock itself with a variety of books that we hope will interest our neighbors. Stop by and take whatever catches your fancy. You then can return and bring books to contribute. They are always a gift never for sale. Little Free Library is a movement started in 2010 that has grown to include LFLs in most states and dozens of countries. Now Geneva has one, thanks to the Homemakers. You may check out the LFL story on page two of this weeks Voice. Special Needs Activity Program will be held 2 to 4 p.m. the days of each month at Riverside Park Complex, 1600 Lockwood Blvd. in Oviedo. Cost is $5 per session for city of Oviedo residents, $6 for non-resident members and $7 for non-residents. Call 407-971-5575 for more information.A thought Ive learned that maturity has more to do with what types of experi ences youve had and what youve learned from them, and less to do with how many birthdays youve celebrated. H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Several decades ago, during my segment on one of the live local television daybreak programs, I demonstrated how to sharpen a steel shovel. Firmly grasping a evoke a little drama in the wee hours of the morning, I gave the spade a swift swipe in one deft move. The proximity of my lapel microphone to steel upon steel pegged out the audio system, sending everyone in the studio wearing earpieces into a near tantrum. Upon reviewing the video, the startled reaction success. (Shortly afterward, around the time Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, my segment was dropped.) Selecting and maintaining the tools of your trade are almost as important as their productive uses. This concept is especially true with gardening equip ment, as the moisture, soil, and sun easily wreak havoc on any material, whether metal, wood or plastic. Applying my concept of quantity having a quality all its own, buying several cheaper economy of scale to consider. If I frequently use a hand pruner in various capacities at numerous locations around the gardens, purloining a few extra at yard sales or a big box discount accomplishes my goals far better example. Not worrying about security or preservation on these low cost versions saves hours of daily seek and rescue missions before, or protective sheltering after, their use. A few basic maintenance tricks to avoid wasting resources easily extend the life of a gardening ap paratus. Simply hiding tools from life. Keep wood handles primed with linseed oil or paste wax (not toxic used motor oil). Sharpening steel edges takes a few simple Recognizing that tools are an extension of our bodies, but to avoid the clutter and unfamiliar ity of too many choices, I have winnowed down my tool inven tory wish list to those few 20 percent that perform 80 percent of my duties. Starting with a plastic tub wheelbarrow, I load in a spade shaped shovel, bow rake, 5-tine pitchfork, loping shears, and bypass hand pruners. Keeping this basic work-truck within shouting distance, my productivity hovers near a constant high. An accumulated inventory of leaf rakes, square shovels, palmetto hooks, grub hoes, axes, wood mauls, sledge hammers, garden weasels, stirrup weeders, machetes, sickles, and broadforks will eventually cost more to store than provide productive value. Consider their decorative value to justify this unwieldy morass, or pass them on at your next yard sale. Tom CareyFrom my garden to yoursTom Carey is the owner of Sundew Gardens, a you-pick gardening business in Oviedo. Visit the Sundew Gardens Facebook page and email him at sundewgardens@gmail.com WHO IS CAREY >The (few) tools of my trade CELERY By Janet Foley the BetweenStalksSend word to Janet Foley about events and let her know whats going on around town by emailing jwfoley@att.net TALK tT O JANET >Happy holidays First Baptist nativity scene Tom Carey and tools

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Calendar > 7 Christmas in the City will raise money for needy families Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Oviedo. week. UCFs Blake Bortles faces the biggest game of his life at the Beef OBradys Bowl. Athletics > 9 Twenty-five years ago Geneva lost its library. Now its back, and tiny. This Week > 2 Giving a pet for the holidays? Be sure to think it through with our handy tips. Voices > 10 Celery Stalks ......................................... 11 Stetsons Corner .................................... 11 Interests .................................................. 5 Calendar .................................................. 7 Athletics .................................................. 9 Ask Sandi .............................................. 10 Young Voices ......................................... 10 Classifieds ............................................. 12 THE HOBBIT Downtown gets new options ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice Please see COUNCIL on page 3 Partin wins Blue Ribbon status To keep up to date on the happenings at Partin Elementary, visit tinyurl. com/PartinBlueRibbon. To learn more about the National Blue Ribbon honor, visit www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/ index.html SARAH WILSON The Voice PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE VOICE A blue ag ies over Partin Elementary after the school was awarded a National Blue Ribbon award for 2012 a rare honor in Central Florida. Please see PARTIN on page 2 Santa cops Santa cops Santa cops Santa cops Santa cops Santa cops Santa cops Winter Springs police made Christmas brighter for 37 local children. STORY ON PAGE 6 PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE

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Page 2 THIS WEEK in history Dec. 16, 1811 The greatest series of earthquakes in U.S. history begins in the Mississippi River Valley near New Madrid, Mo., when a quake of an estimated 8.6 magnitude slams the region. The earthquake raised and lowered parts of the Mississippi Valley by as much as 15 feet and changed the course of the Mississippi River. Seminole Voice is published twice a month by Turnstile Media Group | POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Seminole Voice | P.O. Box 2426 | Winter Park, FL 32790 Publisher reserves right to edit or refuse all advertisements, announcements, articles and/or letters to the editor. Submission does not guarantee publication. Columnists opinions are made independently of the newspaper. All rights reserved. Seminole Voice 2012 TCraft@TurnstileMediaGroup.com IBabcock@TurnstileMediaGroup.com SWilson@TurnstileMediaGroup.com JGallagher@TurnstileMediaGroup.com jwfoley@att.net Sandi@ChristianHelp.org SundewGardens@gmail.com KPhillips@TurnstileMediaGroup.com Josh Garrick JoshGarrick9@gmail.com Brittni Johnson DSheehy@TurnstileMediaGroup.com Legal@FLALegals.com AShortridge@TurnstileMediaGroup.com Florida Press Association & Oviedo/Winter Springs Chambers of Commerce Seminole Voice is published by Turnstile Media Group. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Orlando, Fla., Turnstile Media Group is also the parent of Golfweek, Golfweek Custom Media, TurfNet, Professional Artist, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, East Orlando Sun, Baldwin Park Living and Turnstile Connect. CHAIRMAN: Rance Crain PRESIDENT/CEO: Francis X. Farrell VICE PRESIDENTS: Merrilee Crain, Patti Green & Jeff Babineau Periodicals postage is paid at Oviedo, Fla. Little Free Library opens in Geneva For more information about the international Little Free Library movement, visit littlefreelibrary.org. Stop by to donate or borrow a book from Genevas new Little Free Library outside of the Rural Heritage Center located on the corner of First and Main Street. SARAH WILSON The Voice PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE VOICE Genevas Little Free Library, a free book exchange, opened Dec. 12, 25 years after the village lost its original library, a Seminole County Library Bookmobile. PARTIN | C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE VOICE Oviedo Mayor Dominic Persampiere, right, and school ofcials watch as Partin Elementary students and teachers dedicate the Blue Ribbon ag on Nov. 30.

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Page 3 M ember of(407)-644-6646w w w .aS af eHar b or .c omB ob A dams P r esiden t/CEOA S af eHar bor LL C bob@asaf ehar bor .c om* Illustration period: 1-1-2000 though 1-1-2012 Now you can accumulate money for your r etir ement without the risks of market downturns by annuity. When the market goes down, your accumulated value stays put until another upswing guaranteed. Its something youve seen many times beforeand will probably see again. The market goes up, then comes down. Then up, then down again. I llustr a tion per iod: 1 -1-2000 thr ough 1-1-2012. Each e xample sho wn assumes $100,000 initial pr emium with no withdr a w als M ar ket v alue based on the S&P 500 H i s t o r i c a l perf o r m a n c e o f the S & P 5 0 0 I n d e x s h o u l d not be c onsider ed a r epr esen ta tion of cur r en t or futur e per f or manc e of the I nde x or of an y annuit y H ypothetical inde x annuit y pr oduc t illustr a tion assumes cr editing method of a 6% annual poin t -t o -poin t cap and annual r eset H ypothetical I nc ome R ider V alue assumes a 7% annual r a t e of r etur n f or inc ome pur poses I llustr a tion v alues r epr esen t g r oss r etur ns A ssumed annuit y r a t es and ac tual hist or ical pr ic es of the S&P 500 I nde x w er e used in this purely hypothetical example for the purpose of illustrating comparitive values and to illustrate how the Interest-Crediting Strategy might have guaranteed. Past performance does not guarantee future results. I f th e m a r k e t f a l l s a g a i n rest easier knowing your retirement savings wont fall with it Guaranteed. W h e n COUNCIL | Schenck says drive-thrus not likely C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE Will drive-thru restaurants be allowed in Oviedo on the Park? Maybe after a new code change. Swedish Christmas PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE Kids stole the show at the St. Lucia Festival in Sanford, celebrating the Swedish holiday on Dec. 8.

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Page 5 This is the second installment of a three-part series that examines the need for English language education through the perspective of Seminole County residents. THIS WEEK in human history Dec. 21, 1970 Rock star Elvis Presley pays a surprise visit to President Richard Nixon at the White House to discuss the war on drugs. Presley apparently was not searched before being granted admission. Upon meeting Nixon, he presented the president with a gift a World War II-era Colt .45 pistol. Fresh Fruit Vine Ripe Tomatoes Vegetables Thomas Produce110 Geneva Dr., Oviedo (Across from Ace Hardware) Get Healthy From the Inside Out! 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) English classes run from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays in the Hangar building at the First Baptist Church of Oviedo, located at 45 W. Broadway St. TIM FREED The Voice SILENCE BREAKING OF BARRIER THE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE Some adult English students bring their children to translate during lessons, as they work to become uent speakers. Learning English can be the biggest hurdle for recent immigrants to nding employment beyond menial labor and low wages. Its a very courageous thing to do, especially for an older person, to step out of their comfort zone and come to a place and learn a new language.

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Page 6 Oviedo VISION Center From our family to yours, Wishing you a safe and joyful Holiday Season! Dr. Gary D. McDonald and Dr. Jason R. Wallace Optometric PhysiciansLook Good and See Better...This Holiday Season!Fashion Frames Custom Contact Fittings Eye Exams for All Ages Designer & Rx Sunglasses Treatment of Red Eyes In-House Optical Lab Surgery Co-Management875 Clark Street,Suite A Oviedo, FL 32765 www.OviedoVision.com 407.366.7655 DEC. 14 Kick off the holiday season at Cas selberrys Annual Tree Lighting Cer emony, Holiday Art & Music in the Park and Food Truck Bazaar. This years free event will be held on Fri day, Dec. 14, at Lake Concord Park, from 6 to 9 p.m. For more infor mation visit casselberry.org, email mehrlich@casselberry.org or call 407-262-7700, extension 1507. DEC. 15 Come out and Drop N Shop at Spark! Family Enrichment Center at 5965 Red Bug Lake Road, in Winter Springs. Finish your shopping while the kiddos are making gifts, sipping hot cocoa, baking cookies and hav ing fun. Its Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $40 for the day or $7 an hour (with a 10 percent sibling discount). Pizza lunch is $5. Reserve your spot by calling 407-679-7775 or emailing info@sparkec.net The Christian Child Development Center at the Geneva Method ist Church is having a fundraiser on Dec. 15 by providing Christmas shopping childcare to enable par ents to shop for Christmas. Please contact the CCDC for more informa tion. Its an indoor farmers market on Saturday, Dec. 15, from noon to 3 p.m. inside The Serenity Centers CommUNITY Space at 2040 Winter Springs Blvd, Oviedo. Featuring art ists, artisans, food and local ven dors. Call Cassandra Curley at 407719-8883 for more information. DEC. 20 A car seat tting station event put on by the Winter Springs Police De partment will go from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 300 N. Moss Road in Winter Springs. Ap pointments must be made one week prior to the event date. For more in formation, call Will Maxwell at 407327-7958. Tijuana Flats will hold community nights for HOPE between 5 and 9 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month (Dec. 20) at the 1016 Lock wood Blvd., Oviedo, and the 160 Tuskawilla Road, Winter Springs, locations. Ten percent of your pur chase will go directly to HOPE. DEC. 24 The Holiday Kids Camp is open Dec. 24 to Jan. 4 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Wirz Park, 806 Mark David Blvd. in Casselberry. Camp will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day. Casselberrys Holiday Kids Camp provides your child a safe, worryfree place to have fun during the holiday break. The cost is $20 per day for Casselberry residents and $25 per day for non-residents. Chil dren should bring a lunch, drink and two snacks daily. Register online at casselberry.org or call 407-2627700, extension 1576. ONGOING R.E.A.D. Book Club instills a pas sion for reading with a purpose for children in grades fourth through sixth in Oviedo and Winter Springs. Meetings are weekly and cover one book a month. Fundamentals of lit erature are introduced, including vo cabulary, theme, character analysis, comprehension and critical thinking. For more information, please contact Cathy McLarnon at 407-342-0483 or sundance31@bellsouth.net Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE Winter Springs Police Corporal Allison Swain, top, helps Jose nd a toy at Wal-Mart in Casselberry. Corporal Michelle Angeloff, above, helps t a helmet for Gabriella at the Winter Springs Senior Center, part of the Shop with a Cop program. Cops shop for kids in need SARAH WILSON The Voice

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Page 7 Calendar ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENCE 395 Alafaya Woods Blvd., Oviedo, FL 32765 407-977-8786ALF License No. 9235, 9308, 9307 www.slm.net/SCOviedo1 Signature property of Located on a beautiful campus setting, our two Savannah Court communities provide full assisted living services while Savannah Cottage offers a secured residence for those with memory loss. Call us today, stop by for a visit, join us for lunch, or all of the above! You are always welcome at Savannah Court and Cottage of Oviedo. MEMORY CARE RESIDENCEWhere hospitality is truly a way of life! Savannah Court and Cottage ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENCE 395 Alafaya Woods Blvd., Oviedo, FL 32765 407-977-8786ALF License No. 9235, 9308, 9307 www.slm.net/SCOviedo1 Signature property of Located on a beautiful campus setting, our two Savannah Court communities provide full assisted living services while Savannah Cottage offers a secured residence for those with memory loss. Call us today, stop by for a visit, join us for lunch, or all of the above! You are always welcome at Savannah Court and Cottage of Oviedo. MEMORY CARE RESIDENCEWhere hospitality is truly a way of life! Savannah Court and Cottage Located on a beautiful campus setting, our two Savannah Court communities provide full assisted living services while Savannah Cottage offers a secured residence for those with memory loss. You are always welcome at Savannah Court and Cottage of Oviedo www.savannahcourtoviedo.com395 Alafaya Woods Blvd., Oviedo, FL 32765407-977-8786 Call us today, stop by for a visit, join us for lunch, or all of the above! FOR LEASING INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT rffntb JOINING NATIONAL TENANTS NOW O PEN 130 E Altamonte Drive Altamonte Springs PictureShow Cinemas DEC. 15 Country night at the Black Hammock brings live music, dancing and drink spe cials Saturday, Dec. 15 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Its all happening at The Black Ham mock, 2356 Black Hammock Fish Camp Road, in Oviedo. Call 407-365-1244 for more information. The Mid-Florida Milers Walking Club will host a walk in Casselberry at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Secret Lake Park, located at 200 N. Triplet Lake Drive in Casselberry. Participants may register and start the walk any time between 9 and 10:30 a.m. Walkers should plan so they can nish by 12:30 p.m. For information, contact Mike Lanpher at mlanpher@c. rr.com or 407-695-9181. Come for a free evening of old-time music at the Geneva Jam at the Geneva Commu nity Center. There is acoustic, toe-tapping bluegrass, old country and gospel music to enjoy, plus some holiday songs. Hamburg ers, sausage and hot-dogs will be for sale at a very modest cost from 6 to 7 p.m. (or until the food runs out). The music starts around 6:30 p.m. If you play an acoustic instrument, come get a chair up front as room permits. A 50/50 rafe is held each month where the winner gets half the pot with the other half of the pot and food proceeds to help the Geneva Community Center. Christmas in the City will raise money and get donations to help needy families on Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Oviedo; 45 W. Broadway St, Oviedo. In four years the program has provided $682,572 worth of donations. DEC. 17 Oviedo City Council meetings take place at 6:30 p.m. on the rst and third Monday of each month (Dec. 17) in the Oviedo City Hall Council Chambers. Visit cityofoviedo. net to view the agenda. As a gift to the community this holiday season, Huey Magoos Chicken Tenders will be providing free meals from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, at both of its Orlando area locations. In addition, the company will be partnering with the Christmas Dreams childrens charity to provide Christmas trees to select Semi nole County families. Visit HueyMagoos. com for more information. DEC. 18 Labor and employment law rm of Fisher & Phillips LLP is hosting two separate hour-long webinars for employers to get a sense of what labor law changes might be on the horizon. Its Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. Participants can register for the second session by visiting www1.gotomeeting. com/register/238580321 DEC. 19 Celebrate Black Hammock founder Joels birthday with 2-for-1 all beer bottles, drafts, calls and wells! He would love for you to party with him on Dec. 19 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. with a very special live per formance by Bubba Whoopass Wilson! The Planetarium at Seminole State College of Florida will host a free outdoor Winter Sky Festival on Thursday, Dec. 20, from 6 p.m. until midnight. Visitors will be treated to telescope viewings of Jupiter, the moon, galaxies, star clusters and nebulas, as well as a live presentation of the planetariums agship show, Central Florida Nights, at 7:30 p.m. At 9 p.m., the planetarium will present Fire of Creation: The Maya on a giant screen. Visitors are invited to bring chairs, blankets and beverages. Food trucks will be on site serving a variety of cuisines. For more information, visit the planetarium website at seminolestate. edu/planet/, or contact Planetarium Direc tor Derek Demeter at 407-708-2409. DEC. 27 This holiday season enjoy a relaxing time without leaving our village with two fabu lous and complementary yoga classes. There is Gentle Yoga from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 27, followed by a Soothing Yoga for Stress Relief at 6 to 7:15 p.m. in the Geneva Community Center. Everyone is welcome. Wear comfortable clothing. Contact 407-538-2433 or emilylovesyo ga@yahoo.com DEC. 29 There is a Mens Breakfast and Leader ship Discussion at 8:30 a.m. at the Oviedo Diner. All men are invited to meet with the Geneva Community Church of God and Oviedo Presbyterian Church mens fellow ship groups for breakfast and a leadership discussion led by Paul Simpkins, a found ing partner in the John Maxwell Team of Certied Leadership. ONGOING The Casselberry Farmers Market will be open every Sunday at Lake Concord Park from noon to 4 p.m. until May 2013. For more information, updates on weekly ven dors or to sign-up to be a vendor, visit the Casselberry Farmers Market Facebook page at facebook.com/CasselberryFarm ersMarket or email Steve and Bonnie Rich at CasselberryMarket@gmail.com The Winter Springs Farmers Market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday in the Winter Springs Town Center. Visit Win terSpringsFarmersMarket.com for info. Send submissions to ibabcock@turnstilemediagroup.com DEC. 15 Boys Town Central Florida invites the community to participate in the Sixth Annual Candy Cane 5K Run at 8 a.m. on Dec. 15 at the Winter Springs Town Center, 160 Tuskawilla Road. The race will benet Boys Town Central Florida. To register, interested participants can visit racetimesports.com/candy-cane5k/ The Geneva Historical Society will have its history books, T-shirts, historic prints, note-cards, old-fashioned toy stocking stuffers and more for sale at the annual Geneva Post Ofce Parking Lot Sale on Dec. 15 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. We will also have our newest pub lication about Lewis Thornton Powell who was part of the Lincoln assassina tion conspiracy. Therell be great ideas for gifts for those who love history or love Geneva. Come get some great Christmas gifts and old-fashioned toys for stocking stuffers. Christmas in the City will raise money and get donations to help needy fami lies on Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Oviedo; 45 W. Broadway St, Oviedo. In four years the program has provided $682,572 worth of donations. DEC. 20 Ofcers from the Winter Springs Po lice Department Motorcycle Unit, along with other Motorcycle Units in Semi nole County, will be participating in our annual Santa Run. This is the ninth year of the Santa Run. Members of the Motorcycle Units will meet and escort Santa to Boys Town in Oviedo on Dec. 20. There will be a box for donations in the lobby of the Police Department located at 300 N. Moss Road. Dona tions will be accepted through Dec. 19. If you have any questions, contact Lt. Will Maxwell at 407-327-7958. DEC. 24 The First United Methodist Church of Geneva will have its Christmas Eve Worship Service at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. H LIDAY CALENDAR Dec. 14: Casselberry lights up its tree Kick off the holiday season at Casselberrys Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Holiday Art & Music in the Park and Food Truck Bazaar. This years free event will be held on Fri day, Dec. 14, at Lake Concord Park, from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information visit cas selberry.org, email mehrlich@casselberry. org or call 407-262-7700, extension 1507.

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Page 8 Notes NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Tickets are limited and subject to availability. All federal, state and local regulations apply. A recipient of prize assumes any and all risks related to the use of the prize and accepts any restrictions specied thereon or required by the prize provider or venue. Location of seating (if any) is subject to availability. Tickets cannot be exchanged, transferred or redeemed for cash. We are not responsible if recipient is unable to use his/her ticket in whole or in part, or for lost, delayed or misdirected entries. Void where prohibited. IN THEATERS DECEMBER 25 www.parentalguidancemovie.comINVITE YOU TO REGISTER TO WIN A CHANCE TO ATTEND AN ADVANCE SCREENINGTHURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 7:30PM at the AMC ALTAMONTE MALLTo get your free pass for two, go to GOFOBO.COM/RSVP and enter code VOICELHGQ Sheriffs Ofce searching for suspects The Seminole County Sheriffs Ofce (SCSO) is seeking the publics help in identifying two suspects who burglarized a Longwood home and hurt the familys dog. On Nov. 30 at approximately 12:30 p.m., a residence in the 300 block of Beach Avenue in Longwood was burglar ized. The homeowners discovered Lilly, their three-year old pit bull, was missing. Review of the in-home video cameras showed the suspects taunting the dog and throwing a large object at her. Fireghter arrested for domestic battery Seminole County Fireghter Dean Erland son of Winter Springs was arrested on Dec. 9 for domestic battery by strangula tion and aggravated assault with a weap on. He is accused of repeatedly throwing his girlfriend to the ground and threaten ing to kill her and himself. Become a community service ofcer The Seminole County Sheriffs Ofce (SCSO) is now accepting applications for the next class of its Community Law Enforcement Academy. The 14-week edu cational academy gives residents a rst hand look at the operations of the Sher iffs Ofce. The class will begin on Jan. 9. There is no cost to attend. To apply, visit seminolesheriff.org Schools rezoning, but where? Learn about which students will have to change schools and where theyll be going at East Phase Elementary Rezon ing Core Committee meetings scheduled for Wednesdays Jan. 9 and 16 at 6 p.m. at Winter Springs High School; 130 Tus kawilla Road, in Winter Springs. Orlando Volleyball 2012 champions Orlando Volleyball Academy (OVA) is one of the nations most prominent junior vol leyball clubs, and in the 2012 season took home four national championship titles (three AAU national titles and one USAV national title). Fifth Third big promotion Fifth Third Bank recently announced that Alex Gourlay of Longwood has joined as the director of private banking for central and north Florida. In his new role, he will lead the effort to grow Fifth Third Banks wealth planning business, as well as manage the team of wealth management advisors and private bankers in Orlando and Jacksonville. Oviedo Fire Rescue in top three nationally The Fire Rescue Department was recog nized during the City Council meeting for receiving the ICMA Voice of the People Award of Excellence. The Fire Rescue De partment was one of the top three among all the eligible jurisdictions and within the top 10 percent among more than 500 ju risdictions in the National Citizen survey. All Seminole State nurses pass Graduates of Seminole State College of Floridas nursing program have achieved a perfect 100 percent pass rate this year on their licensure exams, according to results recently released by the Florida Board of Nursing. All of Seminole States 70 Associate in Science (A.S.) RN gradu ates passed on their rst try. New animal rescue Katrinas Animal Rehabilitation and Edu cation (KARE) is a new animal rescue based out of Oviedo. The rescue is dedi cated to the rescuing, rehabilitation and adoption of animals in need. They are in need of foster homes and donations. Con tact KARE at Facebook.com/kareofoviedo Investigator arrested for false Medicaid claims Investigators with the Seminole County Sheriffs Ofce (SCSO) on Nov. 20 arrest ed Syberina Wynn. Wynn, a civilian child protection investigator who worked offduty as a counselor for Medicaid provider Circle of Friends, submitted false claims that resulted in reimbursement from the organization and Medicaid. Wynn also submitted false time sheets to SCSO and used Sheriffs Ofce property to submit the claims. BUSINESS Dunkin Donuts in Oviedo NAI Realvest recently negotiated a new long-term lease agreement for 1,780 square feet in the Boardwalk Plaza at 3100 Alafaya Trail in Oviedo. The Dunkin Donuts should open by the end of this year. EMS Designs wins trade show awards Advanced EMS Designs in Winter Springs won top awards for their latest invention at emergency medical equipment trade shows in Baltimore and New Orleans re cently. SCHOOL NEWS Seminole State honors past employee Seminole State College held a ceremony Nov. 9 naming its technology support suite in honor of Michael Holmes, a longtime employee who passed away in 2010. Holmes worked for Seminole State for more than 30 years and was one of the rst employees in the Computing and Telecommunications Services area. Lyman hosts Greyhound Challenge 2012 Lyman High School is hosting the Grey hound Challenge 2012, a regional FIRST Technical Challenge (FTC) robotics-quali fying tournament. This competition will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15. FIRST, For In spiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, facilitates more than $20 million in scholarships each year. Oviedo honor student John Gnan, a student in the fourth form (10th grade) at Kent School in Kent, Conn., was named to the honor roll for the fall term of 2012-2013. Gnan is the child of John and Roberta Gnan of Oviedo. Record number of families helped On Nov. 3, Families in Transition held its seventh annual, A Day of Magical Con nections, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Winter Springs High School. More than 300 homeless families, 300 volunteers, and 50 agencies and businesses at tended, making it a record number for this event. Catholic Relief Services helps ship 500,000 meals On Sunday, Nov. 18, 3,000 vol unteers from churches, schools and businesses came together at Rosen Shingle Creek for the Mil lion Meal Challenge Orlando event, which aimed to put together a million meals for the west African country of Burkina Faso. The volunteers produced a total of 500,688 meals.

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Page 9 THIS WEEK in sports history Dec. 15, 1973 Sandy Hawley becomes the first jockey to win 500 races in a single year. Hawley achieved his historic win aboard Charlie Jr. in the third race at Marylands Laurel Park racetrack. Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome? If so, there is now an opportunity to join a new research study.Are you eligible? irritable bowel syndrome Abdominal Pain, Bloating, DiarrheaQUALIFIED PARTICIPANTS:Will receive investigational medication or inactive placebo, study-related testing, physical exams, and lab work at no charge. ADDITIONALLY:Compensation may be available travel).For More Information Call: 407 937-1036 r fnrtbtrr rfntbrfnrtbtrr rf rfntb f The UCF Knights have only faced Ball State three times in their en tire history. The last time they met was nearly a decade ago, when the Knights lost by less than a touchdown. Now the Knights (9-4) face a Ball State team (9-3) with the top middle linebacker in the nation gunning for UCF quarterback Blake Bortles head. Itll be a test by Conference USA First Team center Jordan Rae, to stop Travis Freeman, who has more career tackles 455 of them than any college player in the country. Not that the Knights are shy ing with triple digit tackles this season alone. Led by free safety Kemal Ishmael the C-USA defensive player of the year the Knights have a formidable secondary. Just this season two Knights Lyle Dankenbring and A.J. Bouye grabbed two of the top six longest interception re turns in UCF history with 78 and 76 respective yards. And they have a habit of shut ting down teams that overesti mate them. In the last year the Knights have faced more fourth down conversion attempts than all but one team in the FBS. And among them, theyve allowed by far the lowest success rate at just above 38 percent. Against Tulsa in the C-USA championship game the Knights only allowed one suc The Knights will have to face a resurgent Ball State team thats been accelerating throughout ing 3-3, the Cardinals won six season. That includes a 52-27 rout of Ohio in which they gained 588 total yards, including 169 on the ground for Jahwan Edwards. In that game the Cardinals used three quarterbacks to throw for 231 yards, but most of their of fense came on the ground. The Knights may have one of the cleanest-throwing quarter backs in their history in Blake Bortles, who has had two streaks this year without interceptions that have rivaled the Knights alltime great QB, Daunte Culpepper. Now at 141 straight pass at tempts without a pick, Bortles is looking to lead the Knights to ful win. The last time the Knights made it to a bowl game in 2010, they shocked the University of Georgia with a 10-6 nailbiter win program history. Whether they do it again remains to be seen. The Beef on Dec. 21 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, televised on ESPN. Oviedo Lions, but a last minute run into a screeching halt. The Li ons lost 35-29 to Tallahassees Lin coln Nov. 30, ending their post season with a runner-up in the Class 7A regional championship. The two teams had traded touchdowns the entire game, rarely pulling out a safe lead un range with less than a minute left. Thats when Lincoln quarter back Cameron Joseph hit wide re ceiver Reggie Davis for a 50-yard touchdown reception that would That single pass would be the longest one of the night for Jo seph, Davis and Lincoln, all in one the momentum instantly shifted against the Lions, who only sec onds earlier had scored the goahead touchdown that seemingly had given them the win. Even with a botched two-point conver sion attempt the Lions were up 29-28 with only a minute to go. Oviedo ends its season with an 11-2 record, one of the best in team history. But theres reason to hope for more for the Lions, who will return with their dynamic duo of quarterback Chris Davis and running back Jurell Green, as receiving corps, plus some upand-coming running backs. Lions fall in Lincoln comeback shocker ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE Jurell Green had trouble with Lincoln, which held back Oviedos running game just enough to leave a hole open for a last-minute comeback win on Nov. 30. PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE UCF quarterback Blake Bortles will face the game of his career against Ball State (9-3) at the Beef OBradys Bowl on Dec. 21. The Oviedo High School graduate is starting in his rst bowl game in his second season with the Knights (9-4). Knights bowl bound ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice

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Page 10 THIS WEEK in political history Dec. 11, 1946 The United Nations votes to establish the United Nations International Childrens Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to provide relief and support to children. Only two countries have failed to ratify the treaty Somalia and the United States. Heres what kids at the Winter Springs Holiday Parade said they want from Santa and what they like about the parade and Christmas. I hope Santa brings me toys maybe a white truck or trains. I like Santa and I like this parade too. Stone L. 4 years old I hope Santa brings me a Barbie Dream House. It will have three stories, a Jacuzzi and an elevator. Presents are my favorite part of Christmas. We come to this parade every year. Aylah P. 7 years old I hope Santa brings me a Nintendo 3DS and maybe Mario Kart 7. This is our first time at the parade. Our elf on the shelf was on the curtain rod today. Seeing my grandma will be nice. Jacob G. 6 years old I hope Santa brings me Littlest Pet Shops and a fluffy pink cat. Decorating our house and our tree puts us in the Christmas spirit. We like the parade, seeing the people dance and walk on stilts. Reagan D. 7 years old I hope Santa brings me roller skates Ive never roller-skated before. I like when they throw candy dur ing the parade. It is great when you wake up on Christmas Day and can open presents and have new toys. Taylor R. 6 years old Many people think the holiday time is not a good time for job searching. The number of times the job found bell is My younger daughter just got her mall. She was one of 30 applicants for the positions they had. I asked her how she prepared for the interview and she told me she Googled the company and typical interview questions they ask. Funny thing was, they did ask her those questions. While the job is not a high level professional position, they were still very focused on their process. They do a group interview and then follow up with individual interviews using a behavioral interview model. Those are the questions where you are asked to give an example of a time where you did x,y and z, how you accomplished it, and what the result was. Even though she has never had a pay ing job, through her preparation she had come up with examples she could use. The result was that she got hired. I cannot stress the importance of preparation enough. If you are fortunate enough during this busy time to land an interview, please study up on the com pany before you go. Glassdoor.com is a great place to look up information about companies (good and bad), and get an idea of questions they might ask you. Being prepared helps you to stand out from the crowd. It also gives you more Interviews can be scary, but they can also with the people you are talking to. Hope fully the end result is a great job. Every parent loves to see their childs face light up with joy when they open the per fect present. So, when a new puppy, kitty or other pet appears at the top of a young sters wish list, its important to realize that unlike other holiday gifts, bringing lot of planning. However, with seven simple steps, its easy for any parent to plan ahead and make smart decisions around adding a new pet to the family. Tips for giving pets as gifts: 1. First, go over a childs wish list together to see if they will appreci ate and care for a new pet. Ask the child how he or she would care for the pet if someone granted his or her wish. Make sure to remind them that pets need to be fed, taken care of, and they can often make extra messes. Of course, a child is likely to promise to do everything involving the pet, so its important to remember that the younger the child is, the more the respon sibility will fall on the parents. 2. Take the child to an adoption what breed or type of pet he or she wants. Some gentle steering will be able to sway him or her to the best option for the fam ily. In addition, Petco hosts free monthly Meet the Critters events where kids and pets, their habitats and care 3. Thoroughly research the animals care, maintenance, grooming and training requirements. Prepare a list of staples the pet will need and put them on a wish list. Be sure to include a cage, food, leash, shampoo, treats, toys and acces sories so there arent any surprises by the barrage of additional expenses. Then, add on health and cleaning items to cope with the accidents that are part of every new 4. Once youve decided to add a new pet to the family, identify a good veterinarian in the local community. Determine whether a license or commu nity permit is needed, set a vaccination schedule and take care of any necessary paperwork. 5. If adding a puppy to the family, be sure to check out local dog train ing classes and/or free workshops in the neighborhood. This will help make certain the family puppy is set up for success. free seminars to help raise a well-behaved companion. 6. Then its time to get the house ready for the new family member. Try to prepare as much as possible prior to bringing the new pet home. Amphibians, heaters, plants and other accessories many of these need time to settle before they will sustain a new pet. A new bird or rodent will require a cage, bedding or cage liner, dishes and toys. A larger animal, such as a puppy or kitten, will also need a bed and a carrier or crate. Petco provides free care sheets, which list the recom mended supplies for each animal, in ad dition to important information and care requirements. 7. When its time for the big unveil, it can be enticing to tie a red bow around a new puppys neck or the hamsters cage and leave them amid the other packages. However, this guarantees stressing out the newest family member before he or she is even discovered by the family. Its better to wrap the cage and accessories with a photo of the animal for presentation on the actual holiday, which also helps to prevent a new pet from being mistak to introduce a new pet into the home is to wait until after the holiday season is over and things have settled down. The hustle and bustle of the holidays can stress out any new pet, and possibly the pet parent! The largest tourist attraction in Seminole County is the Central Florida Scottish Highland Games each January. Winter Springs is pleased to present the Games on Jan. 19 and 20 at Central Winds Park. In the meantime, merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, and happy New Year! City Commission report cate of Appreciation to Bucks Catering in honor of their outstanding contributions to the Winter Springs Police Department during a recent event. The City Commission presented a Life for his valor and exemplary service to the community. The City Commission presented a Bernie McPherson, for his valor and out standing service to the community. The second regular meeting in Decem ber, which normally would be held on Dec. 24, has been canceled. Did you know that you are welcome to address the mayor and City Commis sion during public meetings? During all regular meetings of the City Commission there is a section of the agenda called the opportunity to address the mayor and City Commission on any issue. observance of Christmas Day, and Jan.1 in observance of New Years Day. On-street parking ban suspended On Nov. 19 the City Commission ap proved Resolution 2012-38, temporarily suspending the prohibition of parking on certain roadways through Jan. 7. However, on-street parking on collector roads and arterial roads is not permitted. on what streets youre allowed to park on for the holidays, and what streets are still banned. 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. For questions, please call 407-834-4022 ( 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 > EMPLOYMENT Ask Sandi Job searching for Christmas Mayor Charles Lacey WINTER SPRINGS CITY TALK Scottish games are coming! Thinking of a pet for a holiday gift? HOLLY HITCHCOCK Guest Writer

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Page 11 A Difcult Journey Her belly was so stretched she could no longer see her swollen, dusty feet now tightly wedged in leather sandals. The muscles of her young back ached hard as the sun sunk in the western sky. This journey was taking longer and had become much more demanding than either of them had anticipated. He noticed that over the last few hours she had grown quiet, but he didnt ask why. He could hear her breaths sighs escaped uncontrolled. There was no point in complaining, she thought. She didnt want to slow their progress, but the truth was the pains had been coming all afternoon, and with greater fre quency. Stars would soon glisten across the sky and all she wanted to do was lay down and rest, then baby into the world. No Vacancy At a small inn a few miles to the east no one was quiet and everyone was complaining. The innkeepers looked to the heavens and asked the same questions hoteliers had asked for centuries. Where did all these people come from? When was the last time we had to turn travelers away? Do we have enough food, water and clean linens? Has everyone paid? Are their horses and donkeys fed and watered? Running an inn was so much work, especially when all the rooms were packed and everyone needed something. Yet the alternative was to look out and see a deserted, empty road with no money coming in. Everyone was weary, but the chaos would subside and soon all would be fast asleep. God is great, God is good. Silent, Starry Night This is how I picture the early evening hours of Christmas Eve, just before Mary and Joseph ar rived in Bethlehem within hours of the birth of Jesus. When they no room left at the inn, and ev eryone was settled. No one was going to switch inns or give up a room even for a young mother in labor. The stable was the only and simple shelter from the night cold. The hay was scratchy but provided a cushion from the damp ground. It held contented livestock with full bellies that looked with curiosity and under standing at the human who was about to give birth. Birth was a natural part of life, and they were content to share their small, warm stalls with this new family. The nearest midwife was many miles away, but somehow this do. She brought her son into the world under a blanket of brilliant stars, and his cries mingled with the gentle lowing of the cows and horses. Silent night, holy night. Genevas Manger My favorite Christmas memory of Geneva has and always will be the life-sized wood manger and nativity that sits in the meadow of the First Baptist Church at the end of Avenue C. It is framed in hay with a spotlight, and it looks just like a stable that Mary and Joseph might have used had they stopped in Geneva along their way. Geneva would have been a perfect place to welcome the Christ child. Hay and livestock, a warm shelter far from the city and looking down, a blanket of brilliant stars. Happy Holidays to All Its easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of expectations in the days before Christmas. Keep your emotions and wallet under control and show your family the deeper meaning of the holidays. We wish everyone a very season. No matter what or how you celebrate this season, we and wisdom to nurture spiritual peace for yourself and your fam ily. Stetsons Corner By Karen McEnany-Phillips Please share your thoughts about Geneva at 407-221-7002, kphillips@turnstilemediagroup.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 > A journey of faith Happy holidays! is what I am hearing now and I agree with that saying. The past several weeks Christmas events. At the Hometown Holiday Tree Lighting, the Oviedo Histori cal Society put on an excellent event with more than 800 people. I know we ran out of the 600 free hot dogs, and did have to send out for more cookies. What a success, and poor Santa must have been extremely tired as he was still checking his list with the children til 9 p.m. Did you happen to go to the Christmas Parade and the Snow Mountain event? The mall area was packed, and the Oviedo Womans Club gave out more than 900 cookies and hard candy and still ran out. It was a fun day for all the Oviedo citizens, and Santa was around to check out all the little girls and boys. On Monday, Dec. 15, Santa will get be riding, throwing candy out in most of the local neighborhoods. Friday and Saturday are the last days of Festival of Trees held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lake Mary Historical Museum, 158 N. Coun try Club Road in Lake Mary. See the beautifully decorated trees donated by the community. The donated trees and other decora proceeds going to support future exhibits and events. Admission is free, and if you need more infor mation, please call 407-585-1481. The 5K Candy Cane race is Saturday, Dec. 15, at 8 a.m. in the Winter Springs Town Center, 1160 E. State Road 434 and the pro Boys Town Central Florida. Cost varies based on age and registra tion time. Please call 407-792-6521 for more information. Geneva now has a Christmas present its own Little Free Library. The grand opening was on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 12:30 p.m. The library is located on the Rural Heritage Center grounds. The free library will initially stock itself with a variety of books that we hope will interest our neighbors. Stop by and take whatever catches your fancy. You then can return and bring books to contribute. They are always a gift never for sale. Little Free Library is a movement started in 2010 that has grown to include LFLs in most states and dozens of countries. Now Geneva has one, thanks to the Homemakers. You may check out the LFL story on page two of this weeks Voice. Special Needs Activity Pro gram will be held 2 to 4 p.m. the days of each month at Riverside Park Complex, 1600 Lockwood Blvd. in Oviedo. Cost is $5 per session for city of Oviedo residents, $6 for non-resident members and $7 for non-resi dents. Call 407-971-5575 for more information. A thought Ive learned that maturity has more to do with what types of experi ences youve had and what youve learned from them, and less to do with how many birthdays youve cel ebrated. H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Several decades ago, during my segment on one of the live local television daybreak programs, I demonstrated how to sharpen a steel shovel. Firmly grasping a evoke a little drama in the wee hours of the morning, I gave the spade a swift swipe in one deft move. The proxim ity of my lapel microphone to steel upon steel pegged out the audio system, sending everyone in the studio wearing earpieces into a near tantrum. Upon reviewing the video, the startled reaction success. (Shortly afterward, around the time Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, my segment was dropped.) Selecting and maintaining the tools of your trade are almost as important as their productive uses. This concept is especially true with gardening equip ment, as the moisture, soil, and sun easily wreak havoc on any material, whether metal, wood or plastic. Applying my concept of quantity having a quality all its own, buying several cheaper economy of scale to consider. If I frequently use a hand pruner in various capacities at numerous locations around the gardens, purloining a few extra at yard sales or a big box discount ac complishes my goals far better example. Not worrying about security or preservation on these low cost versions saves hours of daily seek and rescue missions before, or protective sheltering after, their use. A few basic maintenance tricks to avoid wasting resources easily extend the life of a gardening ap paratus. Simply hiding tools from life. Keep wood handles primed with linseed oil or paste wax (not toxic used motor oil). Sharpening steel edges takes a few simple Recognizing that tools are an extension of our bodies, but to avoid the clutter and unfamiliar ity of too many choices, I have winnowed down my tool inven tory wish list to those few 20 percent that perform 80 percent of my duties. Starting with a plastic tub wheelbarrow, I load in a spade shaped shovel, bow rake, 5-tine pitchfork, loping shears, and bypass hand pruners. Keep ing this basic work-truck within shouting distance, my productiv ity hovers near a constant high. An accumulated inventory of leaf rakes, square shovels, palmetto hooks, grub hoes, axes, wood mauls, sledge hammers, garden weasels, stirrup weeders, machetes, sickles, and broadforks will eventually cost more to store than provide productive value. Consider their decorative value to justify this unwieldy morass, or pass them on at your next yard sale. Tom Carey From my garden to yours Tom Carey is the owner of Sundew Gardens, a you-pick gardening business in Oviedo. Visit the Sundew Gardens Facebook page and email him at sundewgardens@gmail.com WHO IS CAREY > The (few) tools of my trade CELERY By Janet Foley the Between Stalks Send word to Janet Foley about events and let her know whats going on around town by emailing jwfoley@att.net TALK T O JANET > Happy holidays First Baptist nativity scene Tom Carey and tools

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