The Polk County Democrat
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Title: The Polk County Democrat
Uniform Title: Polk County Democrat (Bartow, Fla.)
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Place of Publication: Bartow Fla
Publication Date: 3/16/2011
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Recovering high-speed

rail money all uphill


Democrat Vol. 80, No. 57

Bartow, Florida 33830

Reports that the high
speed rail project in
Florida is dead might
be premature. However,
reports that Florida, via
an inter-local agree-
ment among the cities of
Tampa, Lakeland, Or-
lando and Miami, might
still be able to retain the
$2.4 billion, may also be
"We haven't done
anything at this point,"
said Lakeland Mayor Gow
Fields." We just learned of
this last Friday."
On Friday, March 11,
U.S. Transportation
Secretary Ray LaHood
announced he would
make the federal funds
available through a
competitive process, and
the decision which state
would get the funds re-
jected by Gov. Rick Scott
would be determined
after the April 4 deadline
for applications.
Since then, attorneys
for the cities have been
hard at work poring over
procedures and all other
documentation, accord-

Bob Geldner of Osprey (left) was shining his Lotus Elise at The Stanford inn Saturday as Ron Gricius from Longboat Key takes a look
at it.

Lunch turned into a car show

People passing by

stopped to see the cars

It wasn't supposed to be
a car show but it turned
into one. Twenty-three
cars from three car clubs
arrived at the Stanford
Inn Saturday drivers
stopped for lunch and
with those vehicles in
front and down the street
the cameras were snap-
ping and questions were

"This was not a car
show but it turned into
one," Rick Bucchino,
an organizer of the Fun
Run said. He said the
clubs Florida Suncoast
MG Car Club from St.
Petersburg, the Suncoast
British Club of Sarasota
and the Tampa Bay Austin
Healey Club drove the
back roads of the area on
the Fun Run, picked the


LONCH Jim and Debbie Kyle from Wachula leave The Stanford Inn
LUNCH |6A Saturday in their 1960 Austin Healey.

ing to Fields, who repeat-
edly said it was too early
to determine whether
or not the four cities (as
a unit) would decide to
compete against other
states. If the decision is
made to proceed, the
question raised is wheth-
er to expand the inter-
local group, in an effort to
give it further substance;
specifically, whether to
include Polk County and
its other municipalities.
"The entity as we laid it
out can be added to," said
Fields, who added it was
be too soon for that.
Polk County Com-
missioner Bob English
- who served on the
Transportation Planning
Organization believes
the TPO should be in-
cluded in the mix at some
point, and soon. Howev-
er, his attempt to get the
county included has been
an uphill battle.
"I think it's better to re-
quest it as a county," said
English. "Ihave been able
to get that idea across,
but I haven't gotten any

Annual UnParade is

untraditional on purpose

It will happen if anyone shows up

Mutts will strut, bellies
may dance and everyone is
Irish for two days in Bartow.
Chicago may turn the river
green, but that city's resi-
dents would be green with
envy if they saw this town's
Citrus Cinderellas in full
Only one thing is certain
about Friday's St. Patrick's
UnParade: it will happen, if
someone shows up.
With a rich history of
green pigs and wondering if
the spectators will outnum-
ber the marchers, Bartow's

UnParade is probably going
to start about 5:30 at Nye
Jordan Park on West Stuart
between Oak and Orange Av-
enues. Paraders will mean-
der up Oak Avenue to Main
Street, make an unmilitary-
like turn left and stroll or
ride on down to Friday Fest,
centered appropriately on
Central Avenue.
Of course, what everyone
wants to know is who's going
to be in the UnParade? Who-
ever wants to be, has appro-
priate attire (that would be
green or Irish tartan, natural-
ly); and/or is wild and wacky,
that according to Main Street
Bartow Inc., who try in vain

to make the event sound like
an organized festivity.
But there are a few certain-
ties, at least as certain as the
UnParade gets.
Casey O'Fletcher (the
young one, of course, his
Aunt Holly O'Wilson said)
will be Lance Romance again
this year.
"The Citrus Cinderellas
have a fabulous (?) new ad-
dition (not a big one) to their
outfits this year," O'Wilson
said. "We'll see if anyone
notices or cares." Cinder-
ella Wannabes this year
are Marissa English, Taylor

Phyllis Walters, local theater supporter, dies

Bartow has lost one of its most
ardent supporters of theater with
the death of Phyllis E. Walters,
88, of Bartow, who passed away
on Saturday, March 12, 2011.
When there was a performing
arts production in town, she was
sure to be there and, in years
past, she was probably part of
the production.
"Phyllis was passionate about
the performing arts," Chamber

of Commerce Executive Direc-
tor Jeff Clark said. "She was one
of our first patrons when BPAS
(Bartow Performing Arts Series)
was formed in 2007, and con-
tinued her support through our
current season. She was always
in the audience, and encouraged
our committee to keep a per-
forming arts program in Bartow."
Mrs. Walters was one of the
founders of Bartow Performing
Arts Council (BPAC), along with
Bonnie Allen and her brother
Mark Howard, a professional

* artist, and

with my
brother Phyllis Walters.
was very
special," Mrs. Allen remembered.
"She was a tremendous support-
er of my brother and the things
we did. She loved and supported

BPAC so much. She was always
"She's been amazing the way
she's kept going. She's a wonder-
ful person and an avid supporter
of the arts."
Mrs. Walters served as BPAC's
president from 1977-1978 and
1982-1983.-In 1984, she received
the Distinguished Career Award
from the Council. In addition to
her leadership roles with BPAC,
she also appeared in produc-

Jo Ellen Brogdon was the Gibbons
Street Elementary School Volun-
teer of the Year. A photo caption
in the Wednesday, March 2, paper
had incorrect information.
The God Stock gospel music
concert taking place Friday, March
18, and Saturday, March 19, is
at Camp Wilderness, 3065 U.S.
Highway 17 S., Fort Meade. An
incorrect address was published in
Saturday's newspaper. The show
will feature 18 bands. For infor-
mation on the show or camping,
call 430-2410 or 512-6024.

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County Report........ 1B
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Deal of the Day
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Area under construction

Tons of metal and other debris were loaded into dumpsters and hauled away from
the demolition of Publix in Bartow over the past several days. Heavy machinery
took big bites out of the structure from the back. A new store will be built on the
same site in Golden Gate Shopping Center. Part of the parking lot in front is fenced
off, but the stores and businesses on either side of Publix and on the west wing are
open for business.

March 16, 2011

P 2A Th Polk Count D t

Building infested with termites

In January thieves
made off with copper
wiring, an air handler
and several small win-
dow air conditioners,
with an estimated value
of $30,000, from a Bartow
Municipal Airport build-
ing. But all the insurance
company will pay, minus
the $5,000 deductible, is
$23,343.27, said airport
and industrial park Ex-
ecutive Director Cynthia
L. Barrow.
"I don't think that's
even enough to pay for
the demolition costs,"
she said. She was refer-
ring to the Feb. 14 meet-

ing, in which tearing
down the building was
The block-constructed
building, built in 1955,
is in a serious state of
distress, suffering from
termite damage severe
enough that it was not
one of 10 buildings reno-
vated in 2010. In addi-
tion, the electrical system
is antiquated and there
is an issue with asbestos.
However, said Barrow,
the insurance company
told her it would double
the payout to nearly
$57,000 if it refurbished
the building. Barrow
questioned the feasibil-
ity of getting a structural
person to inspect and

analyze the extent of
termite damage.
"If we pay $10,000,
would it be worth it?" she
asked. "I would love to
see the whole building
saved, but I don't know if
we can."
After Barrow told him
what the space could
rent for, Mayor Wayne
Lewis spoke in favor of
"Sounds to me it would
at least be worthwhile
pursuing," he said.
The majority of the
asbestos is in the old
floor tiles, with some in
the ceiling.
The authority did not
have to make a decision,

"We're not in a huge
rush," said Barrow.

No restaurant rent yet
Another issue that
arose was the takeover
of the restaurant inside
the terminal. For the
most part, the transi-
tion to the new owner
has been smooth, said
Barrow. Currently leased
by Martha Fox and Tracy
Farmer, Airside Bar &
Grill is now Alfredo's
Airside Delights. The new
restaurant is being run
by Alfredo Saltos, who
owns Havana Delights
& Cafe in downtown
However, there have
been some issues. Saltos

had agreed to pay by
March 18 for some
equipment currently in
the restaurant owned by
Fox. Thus far he has not,
and Fox may remove the
Nor has he paid rent,
but that may be due to
at least two factors, said
Barrow. She offered the
possibility that Saltos is
still awaiting the lease
papers. The second
possibility is because
the rent is based upon 7
percent of gross sales per
month and it would be
made "in arrears." That
means until operating
revenues for March are
calculated, it cannot yet
be determined what the

payment should be.
Would it have been
better going to a flat
rate, asked Commis-
sioner Adrian Jackson.
Yes, said Barrow, but the
drawback to that is the
economy. As an example,
Barrow said that during
the holiday, Fox barely
made $1,000 for the en-
tire month.
There was no talk
about shutting down the
"The restaurant is
important to the airport,"
said Commissioner Leo

Fall seriously injures Commissioner Bell

Let it not be said that
Polk County Commis-
sioner Melony Bell does
not have a leg to stand
on. She does. But only
one. On March 9 in a
parking lot in Winter Ha-
ven, Bell hit a slick spot
on the asphalt.
"My right leg went
forward and my left
leg bent," she said. "I
thought I was going to be
Then she attempted
to stand and found she
could not. Fortunately, a
passerby came to her aid,
amidst the traffic swirling
about Bell.
"Thank goodness, this
lady stopped traffic," said
Bell. "She was my guard-
ian angel."
Bell was rushed to
Winter Haven Hospital,
where she had surgery
the next day. Her knee-
cap was totally destroyed

Melony Bell
in the fall, she said, and
surgeons went through
the back part of the knee
in order to reconstruct
the joint.
For the next several
weeks, Bell's leg will be
immobilized, set in
place with an inflatable
cast. Bell jokingly said it
meant that no, no one
will be able to autograph
her cast. Turning serious,
Bell said that recovery
will include at least nine

months of rehabilitation
and therapy.
The injury could not
have come at a worst
"It's been an awful
weekend," she said. The
past weekend was the
wedding of a niece, and
family members from
out of town and out of
state were coming in,
and a number of them
had been invited to stay
at her and husband Rob-
bie's home. In fact, Bell
was walking toward the
store when she fell, to
buy groceries and other
household items for her
Bell kept her con-
dition from outside
family members until
they arrived. She didn't
want them making
arrangements to stay
elsewhere over concerns
they would be a further
burden. In addition to
the wedding, several days

later Bell was supposed
to fly out to Texas to visit
several elderly aunts.
Her injury proved to
be a rallying point. While
there, family members
tended to her garden,
knowing how devoted
she is to it. Plus they all
pitched in with other
things around the house,
such as cleaning, and
preparing meals, Bell
said. Since the weekend,
her husband and two

daughters have been
helping, and friends have
agreed to pitch in and
help, in part, to allow her
husband, a beekeeper,
to return to running his
Except for the imme-
diate upcoming days,
Bell will still be active
as commissioner. While
she doubted she will be
able to attend the Friday,
March 18, work ses-
sion, she intends to be


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March 22, public meet-
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of the more immediate
ones she felt she would
have to miss would be in
Poinciana; she expressed
doubts she would be able
to handle the nearly one-
hour drive. However, she
would not entirely rule
out her attending.

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March 16, 2011

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March 16, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott is targeting the
state Department of Health for an
overhaul with the same strategy
he used in taking aim at the state
Department of Corrections. It's all
sleight of hand. Watch closely as
costs he says he will make disap-
pear show up elsewhere, likely in
your local tax bill.
Our objection to Scott's propos-
als isn't about defending the status
quo. We welcome a concerted
effort to lower the cost of gov-
ernment, not because it doesn't
provide vital services, but because
restoring accountability in govern-
ment is about recognizing valid
needs and funding them, while
weeding out waste and mission
Many of Scott's supporters have
cheered his chainsaw efforts to
downsize state government. He is
farming fertile anti-government


soil. We would prefer he stop is-
suing gulp inducing pronounce-
ments about slashing state jobs
and look at services the state
provides its citizens and decide if
they have value, improve his con-
stituents' quality of life or further
legitimate state goals.
The state already does such a
bad job of providing healthcare
services to its uninsured or under-
insured citizens that those who
are insured pay a hidden tax in
the form of government payments
to hospitals to cover a portion of
unpaid emergency room bills and
higher premiums on private insur-
ance policies. Locally, hospitals,
doctors, nurses and other health
professionals have formed non-
profit health clinics to address un-

met primary care needs, the very
care Scott has labeled as waste.
As a former health-care execu-
tive, Scott must know those conse-
quences, but he has chosen to roll
the dice on the health of a demo-
graphic that is poorly organized
and underrepresented. That's not
leadership; it's passing the buck.
Watch out for the "privatiza-
tion" talk that is sure to follow any
government downsizing agenda.
Again, Floridians, including Scott
voters, should see through this.
The last time Florida privatized
a health-care service was when
former Gov. Jeb Bush dismantled
the state's mental health system,
closed hospitals and put tens of
thousands of troubled people
on the streets. An underfunded,
privatized outpatient treatment
system replaced the mental insti-
tutions such as G. Pierce Woods

in DeSoto County. Many of those
patients, and thousands more
who never received inpatient
treatment, wound up in county
jails and state prisons.
About 80 percent of correc-
tions costs are associated with
substance abuse, according to
Dr. Roger H. Peters of the Louis
de la Parte Florida Mental Health
Institute at the University of South
Florida in Tampa.
Former Gov. Charlie Crist in-
creased funding for substance
abuse programs during his term,
but Scott has now targeted both
the health-care and prison sys-
tems for budget cuts and blocked
a program that would attack the
epidemic of prescription drug
Scott can claim he is cutting
costs and taxes, but you will get
the bill.

On Aug. 28, 1992,
Hurricane Andrew came -
ashore in Homestead in
south Dade County.
It caused 40 deaths- and
an estimated $30 billion
in property damage.
It was, in financial
terms, the most disas-
trous hurricane in history.
The Florida National
Guard responded, as did
other agencies.
Three weeks into the
recovery efforts, I called
my Guard boss-, Brig. Gen.
Richard Capps, and said,
"General, if I had been
in Homestead for three
weeks, I would figure
it was about time for
somebody else to come
take my place for the next
three weeks.
"I'm volunteering to be
that guy."
"S.L.," he replied, "I
have more volunteers
than I can use."

A few days later, Law-
rence Crow, Polk County's
sheriff, called, and told
me he was going to fly
down to Homestead in a
confiscated drug plane
to visit Polk's deputies
who were working in
Homestead, and he had a
vacant seat. He offered it
to me.
"Thanks, Larry," I re-
plied. "But this is an elec-
tion year, and neither you
nor I need to have the trip
become an election issue.
Sign me up for the seat,
but send me a bill."


S.L Frisbie I

He did, and the price
would have covered a first
class ticket on a commer-
cial flight.

The destruction was
Relief agencies had
placed 55-gallon drums
bearing street names at
intersections because
street signs had been
blown away, and visiting
relief workers had no way
to identify streets.
I got a photo of a 2x8
timber that had been pro-
pelled through the trunk
of a palm tree.
Some homes consisted
of little more than vacant
concrete slabs.
Many of the homes
that were still standing
had spray-painted signs
bearing the names of the
insurance companies and
policy numbers of the
The most memorable
sign read, "This property
protected by pit bull with

The destruction was so
devastating that I became
numbed to it in a matter
of minutes.
It was not until I

returned home and had
the film processed that I
fully comprehended how
devastating the damage
Unless you have experi-
enced it, I cannot explain
that phenomenon.

These memories were
brought back by the
coverage of the tsunami
in Japan.
The onslaught of a
mountain of muddy wa-
ter across miles of homes
and businesses, sweeping
away vehicles and build-
ings, represented another
of Nature's excesses.
It was a reminder that
Man never has outsmart-
ed Nature, and probably
never will.

When I was a kid, go-
ing to Camp Arrowhead,
N.C., in the summer, we
tried to divert the path
of mountain streams by
stacking up river rocks.
We always failed, but
today, more than half a
century later, I see efforts
to do the same in our vis-
its to the Smokies. It still
doesn't work.
Similarly, beach
nourishment projects in
Florida often are exercises
in futility. What the tide
washed away once it will
wash away again.
Nature 1, Man 0.

Japan will recover from


Golf course idea is dumb

Audubon of Florida
totally agrees with your
editorial but for one
The real Audubon
Society (AOF and Natonal
Audubon, also known as
"Florida Audubon" here
in our state) has nothing
to do with the "certifi-
cation of golf courses,"
which is a questionable
program operated for
profit by an entity called
'Audubon International."
Unfortuantely, the
"Audubon". name is in the

public domain so we can't
stop "Audubon Interna-
tional" and even for-prof-
it entities like real estate
developers from calling
their projects "Audubon."
like to ... but like
"Washington" or "Lin-
coln" the "Audubon"
name can be picked up
by anyone (good or bad)
and used or misused.
With that said, the real
Audubon Societies (op-
erating in Florida since
1900, 111 years ago) don't
necessarily "knee jerk"

against golf courses.
However we are hon-
est about their many
negative environmental
And, no matter how
well managed a golf
course is, destroying a
state park to put in a
golf course when there
are hundreds around
the state going bankrupt
due to low player use is a
dumb idea.
Charles Lee
Director of Advocacy
Audubon of Florida

Fort Meade power a mistake

Fort Meade Commis-
sioners, with visions of
dollars dancing in their
heads, decided that tiny
Fort Meade (about 2,700
customer base) could
support a full services
Electric Power Company
a few years back.
With much hubris and
little foresight, they rolled
the dice, creating the Fort
Meade Power Company,
leaving Fort Meade Utility
customers to carry the
almost unbearable finan-
cial burden of extremely
high electricity bills.
Fort Meade has fre--
quently been the Num-
ber 1 leading city in
Florida electricity rates.
Compounding their ini-
tial mistake the commis-
sioners signed a 30-year
contract with FMPA that
appears to be unbreak-
Basically this means
Fort Meade will continue
to decline in ability to at-
tract new businesses and
new residents; and Fort
Meade Residents can look
forward to almost a life-

time of unconscionable
electric rates.
"City Attorney Tom
Cloud described the City's
contract with Florida
Municipal Power Associa-.
tion as outrageous and
further stated that the
City may be better off to
declare bankruptcy than
to litigate the contract."
FMPA and Fort Meade
is not a match made
in heaven; Fort Meade
should discard Fort
Meade Power Company
Also the Commission
should notify all employ-
ees of Fort Meade that all
documents concerning
Fort Meade Power and
FMPA are Public Informa-
tion and should make
them available, with
courtesy, when requested.
Mr. Warren, Director
of Winter Park Electric
was hired by Fort Meade
as a "Consultant" on the
FMPA $660,000 over-
charging mistake.
He gave a presenta-
tion explaining the origin
of the error. FMPA has

admitted to making this
mistake, and will return
the $660,000 over-charge
to FMPC.
He also suggested that
if a similar mistake was
made in Winter Park
Electric, such as this huge
over-billing of custom-
ers, he would feel free to
use the money in one of
several ways.
There is only one way
to disburse this over-
charge; return to each
and every Fort Meade
Power Co. customer
the exact (within rea-
son) amount that was
overcharged relative to
amount paid.
This is the moral and
Christian way. "The
responsibilities of the
Fort Meade City Commis-
sion are to represent the
public interest..." not to
overcharge Fort Meade
utility customers and not
pay back each and every
customer that was over-

Bill Field
Fort Meade

Obama's restraint echoes Bush

On the day the Berlin
Wall fell in November
1989, I remember watch-
ing President George H.W.
Bush react with reserve
and an absence of gloat-
ing despite the sheer size
of that victory for democ-
racy, signaling the West's
triumph in the Cold War.
Bush's low-key stance
drew some criticism. But
combined with subse-
quent encouragement of
both Soviet restraint and
the region's democratic
forces, it helped pave the
way for a peaceful transi-
tion that ended nearly
five decades of artificial
political and military bar-
riers within Europe.
In a sense, the demo-
cratic revolutions sweep-
ing the Arab world bear
some similarities to the
ones two decades ago
in Eastern Europe. They,
too, reflect the impact
of a global communica-

tions revolution, although
they basically represent
indigenous uprisings fu-
eled by long-simmering
resentment of authoritar-
ian rule.
And President Obama,
coping with the same
sorts of issues the Bush
faced two decades ago,
is showing the same wise
restraint, despite pressure
for a more assertive U.S.
role, especially in the bit-
ter struggle now enmesh-
ing Libya.
Obama's path ultimate-
ly should turn out to be
the best one, especially
since the Arab wqrld's

transition may prove far
more complex than East-
ern Europe's transforma-
tion from Soviet satellite
to sometimes uneasy
partners with the West.
The countries that
stretch from Morocco
in northwest Africa to
the oil-rich Persian Gulf
emirates make up one of
the world's most volatile
regions, partly due to
continuing tensions from
the Arab-Israeli dispute
and partly from strains
within Islam itself.
Not only does Obama's
careful approach re-
semble that of Bush, it
also mirrors those of
other Cold War presidents
from both parties who
resisted direct U.S. in-
volvement in the sporadic
anti-Soviet uprisings that
rocked Eastern Europe
from World War II to the
collapse of the Soviet

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Community Calendar

Fish Frydays starting

The Bartow chapter of
the Knights of Columbus
is planning Fish Frydays
during Lent until Good
Friday on April 22. There
will be no fish fry on
Good Friday.
Dinners are from 5:30-7
p.m. (or until food runs
out) at the social hall of
St. Thomas Aquinas Cath-
olic Church in Bartow at
the corner of Mann Road
and Kissingen Avenue.
Dinners include fish or
shrimp (or both), french
fries, grits, cole slaw, hush
puppies and a drink for

All phone number
area codes are 863 unless
indicated otherwise. The
deadline to be included
in the upcoming calendar
is 4 p.m. Monday and
Thursday of each week.

Wednesday, March 16
FSC Jazz Ensemble con-
cert, 7:30 p.m., features
smooth sounds from

the various instruments
and musicians slated to
perform. $15, 680-4296 or
visit www.flsouthern.edu/
ffa. Branscomb Audito-
*rium, Florida Southern
College, 111 Lake Holling-
sworth Drive, Lakeland.

Wednesday, March 16
The Who's "Tommy,"
7:30 p.m. Theatre Winter
Haven, Chain of Lake
Complex at 210 Cypress
Gardens Blvd., Winter
Haven. $10 at 294-7469
(SHOW) or by going on-
line to www.theatrewin-

Friday, March 18
Moonlight Caril-
lon Concert, 7:30
p.m.. William De Turk,
Gardens carillonneur,
performs on the 60-bell
Singing Tower carillon.
De Turk will be available
to meet visitors at the
Tower moat gate near
the Information Booth
following the concert.
After 5 p.m., admission
$5 adults, $1.50 children
5-12. Those less than 5


Barbara A. Light

Barbara A. (Doss)
Light, 67, of Cape Coral,
died Wednesday, March
2, 2011, at Cape Coral
Barbara was born in
Kingsport, Tenn., on May
22, 1943, to Walter Ray
and Fannie Irene (Davis)
She was a graduate
of Athens State Col-
lege where she earned a
bachelor's in elementary
education. She also held a
master's in library science
from Alabama A&M.
Mrs. Light was dedi-
cated to children and
education, her family
said, and retired from the
Lee County School Board
where she worked as a
teacher and a librarian.
She also worked at Edison
State College as a refer-
ence librarian.
She was a member of
First Christian Church of
Cape Coral where she was
an active volunteer.
Survivors include
her husband, Charles

Barbara P. Light
"Chuck" E. Light; a
daughter, Carmen M.
(Doss) Amburgey; five
grandchildren, Saman-
tha and Haley Amburgey
and Justin, Nicholas and
Mackenzie Light; and a
brother, David Pratt.
Funeral: Monday,
March 21, at 11 a.m. at
First Christian Church of
Cape Coral, 2620 Country
Club Blvd., Cape Coral.
Arrangements: Fuller
Metz, Cape Coral.
Visit www.fullermetz.
com to view her Life
Tribute page and share a

and members free. Visit
org or call 676-1408

Saturday, March 19
a.m.-2:30 p.m., Ramon
Theater in Frostproof.

Saturday, March 26
"Hog Wild" Platform
Art, presented by Bartow
Performing Arts Series,
7:30 p.m. in the Historic
Polk County Courthouse.
Combines visual and
performing arts, interac-
tive. Tickets $15 (seniors
$12, students K-12 $10) at
Bartow Chamber of Com-
merce. 533-7125.

Wednesday, March 16
Chamber Young Profes-
sionals Networking Event,
7:30 a.m. Good Measure
Coffee & Cafe, 135 E.
Main St., Bartow.

Thursday, March 17
Building the Ultimate
Business Plan I is 10 a.m.-
noon, $35, Neil Combee
County Administration
Building, room 139, 330
W. Church St., Bartow.

Thursday, March 24
Concert with the
American Cancer Society,
sponsor the annual Sur-
vivor Dinner for Bartow
and Fort Meade, at the
Bartow Civic Center. Reg-
istration at www.relay-
forlife.org/bartowfl or by
submitting the survivor
registration form avail-
able at www.bartowrelay.
com. Sunrise1790@com-
cast.net with questions.

Wednesday, March 16
Little Squirts Lemonade
Stand, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sell-
ing lemonade for Bartow
Relay For Life benefiting
the American Cancer
Society. Corner of Hooker
and Jackson in Bartow.

Friday, March 18
Friday Fest, 5:30-7 p.m.
Main Street Bartow office,
165 E. Main St., 165 E.
Main St., Bartow. 533-

Saturday, March 19
Pix and Popcorn at
the Library, "Megamind"
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Saturday, March 19
Paws to Read, 1:30-
2:30 p.m., Bartow Public
Library, 2150 S. Broadway.

Saturday, March 19
20th annual Kathleen
Area Historical Society
Heritage Day Festival,
8 a.m.-2 p.m., free. Polk
County Historical &
Genealogical Library
director Joe Spann will
speak at noon. Live en-
tertainment, craft dem-
onstrations, food, bring
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Heritage Park, 8950 N.
Campbell Road, Lake-
land. 686-9036.

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Adult Band Concert,
Bartow Civic Center, 2250
S. Floral Ave, free one-
hour concert. 2:30 p.m.

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Introduction the
Internet, 1-3 p.m., register
at the Circulation Desk or
by phone. Bartow Public
Library, 2150 S. Broadway,
Bartow. 534-0131

Wednesday, March 23
3-5 year-old Story Time,
10-10:45 a.m., Bartow
Public Library, 2150 S.
Broadway. 534-0131

Wednesday, March 16
Building Fundraising
Committee for Achieve-
ment Academy, 8 a.m.,
Putham, Creighton &
Airth, PA, 500 S. Florida
Ave., #300, Lakeland. 683-

Monday, March 21
Open House, 5:30 p.m.,

The Roberts Academy at
Florida Southern College,
1140 McDonald St., Win-
ter Haven. The Roberts
Academy, which opened
in August, is Florida's
only school for talented
children with dyslexia.

Monday, March 21
Bartow City Commis-
sion, 5:30 p.m. work ses-
sion, 6:30 board meeting,
450 N. Wilson Ave. Call

Friday, March 18-
Saturday, March 19
God Stock, two days of
gospel music and fellow-
ship. 3 p.m.- Friday, 10
a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday.

Free. Primitive camp-
ing available for $5 per
day per person. Camp
Wilderness, 3065 U.S. 17
S. Fort Meade. 430-2410,

Thursday, March 24
26th annual Mayor's
Prayer Breakfast fea-
turing Susie McEntire.
Doors open at 6:30 a.m.,
program begins at 7 a.m.
Susie McEntire is Reba
McEntire's sister. She has
directed her talents to
the country gospel side
of American roots music,
garnering much acclaim
from her peers and fans
alike. $10 tickets available
at Greater Bartow Cham-
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LUNCH: Turned into a car show

Stanford Inn in Bartow
for lunch and drove back,
but people driving down
Stanford Avenue Satur-
day who saw the cars got
out and starting shoot-
ing pictures. Members of
other car clubs were also
taking pictures and ask-
ing questions.
Bucchino of St. Peters-
burg also helped make it
a car show. His favorites
were a 1952 Bentley and
the car parked next to it,

a DeLorean. He also liked
the 2008 Lotus Elise.
"It's like a go-cart," said
owner Bob Geldner, an
Osprey resident. "They
just want to speed."
The back roads drive
through Hillsborough
and Polk counties isn't
exactly what the Lotus
is built to do as Geldner
said the car can prob-
ably go about 140 miles
per hour. The fastest he's
driven it is about 100.
But the springtime

drive is something mem-
bers of car clubs like to
do and finding the places
to go isn't always so easy,
Bucchino said.
"We do this kind of
thing almost every week-
end in the spring," he
said. "In the summer it's
a little too warm, espe-
cially in these open cars."
He said they started
their day in Ellenton
about 9:30 a.m., drove
the mine roads and ar-
rived in Bartow at about

11 a.m. for lunch. About
1 p.m. they drove back to
"It's hard to find the
twisting and turning
roads in Florida," he said.
As part of the Fun Run
they picked a place for
lunch and the Stanford
Inn was it. They found
it by accident found the
Stanford Inn.
"Tony Grainger (the
owner) told me he never
had a car club stop at his
place before."

And while they enjoyed
their lunch, they said,
they equally enjoyed
admiring the cars.
Glenn Lenhard of St.
Petersburg also admired
the Elise. Though he
knew that car didn't need
any work, he explained
that he turned his hobby
of repairing cars into a
career. He has a business
in St. Petersburg that
fixes classic cars. He has
six employees and said
it probably takes about

700 hours to make a car
ready for the road. He
learned to make them
work because he had to.
"I bought my first
one when I was in high
school and I couldn't find
anyone to make it run,
so I learned how to do it
myself," he said.
He used whatever he
could, once using an old
swing set for chains.
"A lot of people do
work on their cars out of
necessity and fun."

WALTERS: Passionate theater supporter dies

tions of "The Sound of
Music" and "Harvey."
Also involved in the
first days of BPAC was
Kathy McMicken, who
performed in the group's
first production and
many others. As a result,
they have been best
friends for more than 30
"We did everything to-
gether," Mrs. McMicken
said, including, naturally,
attending shows in New
York City and the Tampa
Bay Performing Arts
"Phyllis was part of
everything we did as
a family," she said. In
fact she introduced the
McMickens' oldest son,

Tommy, to his wife, Terry.
They've been married
20 years and have two
"We have so many
great memories," Mrs.
McMicken said. "We're
going to miss her."
Mrs. Walters was born
t on Sept. 6, 1922, in Chel-
sea, Mass., to Beryl and
Lena Escovitz. She mar-
ried Lt. Col. William E.
Walters on Aug. 30, 1941.
She was a dedicated
community volunteer
and proponent of the
arts throughout her life.
During Workl War II, Mrs.
Walters was a member of
the Massachusetts Wom-
en's Defense Corps and
was part of the response
team to the Coconut
Grove fire disaster.

RAIL: Money all uphill

Like Fields, English also
voiced that to expand the
entity at this time might
be premature.
"I don't know how far
along they are in putting
this together," he said.
"You just don't organize

these things overnight."
Both Fields and English
are in agreement on one
thing, and that is con-
vincing LaHood to award
the $2.4 billion to Florida.
"Right now, we're not
on first base yet," said
Fields. "We're just getting
to the batter's box."

Mrs. Walters travelled
extensively while her
husband was on active
duty and lived in Tokyo
and in Orleans, France.
She volunteered for vari-
ous theatrical and school
activities while her hus-
band was on active duty.
After moving to Bartow
in 1957, Mrs. Walters was
a founding member and
president of the Bar-
tow Band Boosters and
served as a Girl Scout
leader. She was also
the coordinator for the
American Friends Service

Exchange Program for
foreign high school stu-
dents in Bartow.
Mrs. Walters also
served as an evaluator
and judge of high school
drama productions
throughout Florida as a
member of the Florida
Theater Conference.
She received the Distin-
guished Career Award
from the Conference in
1987 for her "service to
community theater in
the state."
Mrs. Walters volun-
teered as a docent for the

Polk County Museum,
specializing in working
with elementary and sec-
ondary school students.
She served as a substi-
tute teacher in the Polk
County Schools for more
than 15 years and most
often at Union Academy
Elementary School.
She was preceded in
death by her husband, Lt.
Col. William E. Walters,
Survivors include her
two children, Bill and
Gae; and two grandchil-
dren, Anna and Andrew

Visitation: Thursday,
March 17, from 6-8 p.m.
at Whidden-McLean Fu-
neral Home, Bartow.
Funeral: Friday, March
18, at 11 a.m., at the
funeral home.
The family requests in
lieu of flowers, contribu-
tions may be made to the
American Heart Asso-
ciation, B'nai B'rith, or a
charity of your choice.
Condolences may be
made to the family at
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LEUBSDORF: Obama's restraint echoes Bush

Like them, he seeks to
encourage the spread of
democracy while avoid-
ing anything that makes
the U.S. an issue in the
uprisings or undermines
the fragile stability of a

region on whose rich oil
supplies Americans re-
main heavily dependent.
Obama showed how to
balance those tensions
in his evolving response
to the demonstrations
that caused the ouster
of Egypt's longtime

FRISBIE: Nature always win

its tsunami disaster, as
will Hawaii and other
places impacted by the
The spirit of Man is
That does not change

one immutable truth.
In a battle of Man vs.
Nature, the betting line
always favors Nature.

(S.L. Frisbie is retired.
He built many mini-

pro-U.S. president,
Hosni Mubarak. Ini-
tially restrained because
Mubarak has so often
supported U.S. policies,
Obama helped show him
the door when it became
evident change was

dams in North Carolina
mountain streams in the
1950s. They are all gone
today. Fontana Dam,
however, survives. You
have to hand it to the
Tennessee Valley Author-

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In Libya, by contrast,
the U.S. position has
been less ambivalent
and more direct, namely
because the coun-
try's embattled leader,
Moammar Gadhafi, is
an unstable despot not
particularly friendly to
this country and because
a speedy resolution will
help ensure the contin-
ued flow of oil.
Obama is considering
joining top U.S. allies in
implementing some sort
of an international "no-
fly" zone to protect Liby-
an rebels. But Obama has
wisely resisted pressure
for a more active U.S.

military role from those
who seem determined to
ignore the lessons from
Vietnam to Iraq, in that
what seems simple to
start can turn compli-
cated, costly and virtually
Future events in the
Arab world are likely to
proceed with unforeseen
twists and turns, given
the vagaries of the Arab-
Israeli dispute and the
parallel conflicts within
Islam between funda-
mentalist and modernist
forces and between rival
Sunni and Shiite factions.
So far, leaders of the
Egyptian and Tunisian

uprisings seem to reflect
the U.S. hope that demo-
cratic, pro-U.S. Govern-
ments will emerge. But
fundamentalist forces are
major players in Yemen,
and the future seems
especially hazy in places
like Saudi Arabia.
Still, Obama shows he
understands that while
these countries continue
to play an important role
affecting American secu-
rity, the U.S. can't control
events in them. Failure
to heed that lesson could
detract from the positive
forces already at work.
E-mail Leubsdorf at cleu-
bsdorf@ dallasnews.com.

UNPARADE: Is untraditional on purpose

Clements and Abby
Anna, Libby, and Emma
This year's crop of
Wannabes will get tips
from their beautiful and
slightly older Cinderella
mentors on the proper
way to toss Moon Pies
and beads.
No word yet on
whether the belly danc-

ers will make a return
appearance, which is as
it should be. After all, one
year a Celtic organization
showed up. They haven't
been back since.
Whether or riot they
do, folks will be dancing
in the streets as soon as
the music starts, or per-
haps before. It is after all
the day-after celebration
of St. Patrick's Day.

Oh, wait, this story isn't
organized either!
We forgot the Mutt
Strutt. Pups and their
people have their own
dog section in the UnPa-
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Mutt Strutt gives dogs a
chance to dress up, too.
For details, call 533-6807.
By the way, K-T Phar-

macy will close at 5:30
p.m. on Friday for the -
UnParade for a certain
Cinderella to make it
on time. Pickups will be
available until 6 p.m.
Now, the parade arrives
at Friday Fest, where
more green can be seen,
even in the beverages. If
you dare, try the green
beer (the less daring can
have it plain) or perhaps

a soda in a green can.
Sponsored by the Bar-
tow Irish law firm of Lilly,
O'Toole & Brown, LLP,
Friday Fest runs from 6-9
p.m. on East Main Street,
from Broadway to Wilson
Featuring Irish food
(french fries are made
from potatoes!), drink
and an Irish bouncy
house (it might be green,

who knows?), Friday Fest.
this month also offers the
music of J.D. O'Madrid.
An open cruise-in will
no doubt feature Irish
cars amongst the color-
ful classic vehicles that
line the first block of East
Main Street each month.
For information on the
car show, call 534-0121.
For information on Fri-
day Fest, call 519-0508.

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Library offers more than books

The Friends of the
Library at Bartow Public
Library told anyone who
showed-up Saturday the
great advantages of hav-
ing a library in town.
During an open house
Saturday Polk County
Library Cooperative
outreach librarian
Linda Chancey said Polk
County libraries will lose
some federal money
this year and lost a little
state money but they will
survive and they still of-
fer residents things they
probably need.
"It's the best institution
we have in the country,"
she said. "Except maybe
the church."
She said the library not
only offers what most
people know about, let-
ting people check out
books, but it offers other
items as it is part of the
Polk County Library
Cooperative. That is a
program in which all the
county's libraries are on
a sharing system and are
able to get state money
and some grants to pro-
vide other services.
"We have things some
people don't have any

idea are available," she
said. "We have books by
In that program people
can check out books
or DVDs, have them
delivered by mail to their
home and then drop
them off when they are
due. They don't have to
go to the library where
they belong to drop them
off. Drop-offs are located
in almost every city in
Polk County and the
library system will make
sure they get back to
where they belong.
"This service serves
shut-ins and they can get
use of books by mail."
Those who are not physi-
cally able to return books
to the library may qualify
for return mail service.
She said they got the
idea from Orange County
and have recently added
a private company that
delivers the books and
gets them to the person
"However, we're still
delivering it by mail," she
The library also has
an automated website
- bartowlibraryonline.
org/ where people can
not only get an update
of everything it offers


ballots available

Absentee ballots are
available for voters in
Bartow, Dundee, Frost-
proof, Haines City, Lake
Alfred, Lake Hamilton,
Lake Wales and Mulberry
that would like to cast
their ballot by mail in the
April 5 city election.
Voters can request mail
ballots by calling election
headquarters at 534-
5888 or by visiting the

Supervisor of Elections
website at www.polkelec-
tions.com. A ballot will
be mailed as soon as the
request is processed,
usually within 24 hours.
Voted ballots must be
returned to election
headquarters by 7 p.m.
on April 5.
For information con-
tact the elections office at

but also can sign up for
e-mail alerts three days
before a book is due and
when a book is available
if it wasn't when they
wanted it.
Some of the programs
offered at the library
are children's programs,
book chats, reading pro-
grams, adult activities,
computer classes and
IRS help. It even has
a monthly movie day
where kids get to see a
movie for free.
Something else is
new to the Polk County
Library Co-op. Funded
through a grant, there are
two machines at Out-
post 27 near Davenport
where people can check
out books and DVDs for
three weeks and don't
have to go to the library
at all.
"We put these ma-
chines in there in De-
cember and last month
188 items were checked
out there," Chancey said.
But with all the newer
items the library has, the
old ones still remain.
Last year at the Bartow
Public Library 169,818
items were checked
out and 126,757 people
came into the facility.

Roxanna Tovera of Bartow Public Library tells what the library can offer people during an open
house held by Friends of the Library.

The library's 16 comput-
ers were used by 34,168
people and 6,807 people
attended the 337 pro-
grams offered by the
"People go to the doc-
tor and some of them
come here to find out
what the doctor told
them or find out what he
prescribed," she said.

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Senior games

.;Jerry Patton of Lake Wales
(on right in photo at left) runs
during the Polk County Senior
Games Satuday as volunteer
S Michael Riskin looks down the
road for more participants.
Riskin, who has volunteered
S . for a few years for the Polk
County Senior Games, said
he'll run the race when he

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Jeannette Williams of Winter Haven runs to the finish Saturday
during the Polk County Senior Games. The 5K began and ended
at Bartow High School. Runners from all over Florida and as far
away as Minnesota ran.

Never too early to prepare

for hurricane season

.It's almost three
months before the hur-
ricane season starts and
the Emergency Manage-
ment Department here is
telling people it's time to
prepare for it.
With the struggling
economy, some may be-
lieve it's just too expen-
sive to buy the items they
need tobe self-sufficient
for five days if a hurri-
cane were to strike Polk
County. So with that in
mind, the department
said start shopping now
and put the stuff away
just in case by following a
12-week to-get list.
"We spelled out a
12-week program, so
instead of trying to cram
all payments, now is the
time to get into it," said
Pete McNally, director of
Polk County Emergency
He said it's never too
early or too late to start
and noted the list has
some one-time buying
items that people may
already have.
The hurricane season
starts June 1 and lasts
until Nov. 30.
Here's the suggested list
the department sent out
to get people ready for
the season:
Grocery Store: One gal-
lon of water per person
(and each pet), one jar of
peanut butter, one can of
meat, hand-operated can
opener, instant coffee,
tea, powdered drinks,
matches (wooden ones
are best).
Hardware Store: Flash-
lights, hammers, assorted
nails, wood screws.

Grocery Store: One gal-
lon of water per person,
one box of heavy duty
garbage bags, one can
fruit, personal products,
video tape or recordable
DVDs, pet food, diapers,
baby food (if needed).
Hardware Store: Smoke
alarm with battery, heavy
work gloves, extra flash-
light batteries, duct tape

Grocery Store: One gal-
lon of water per person,
one can of vegetables,
one jar of jelly or jam,
two rolls of toilet paper,
one large tube of tooth-
paste, one box of sanitary
wipes/liquid sanitizer,
special foods for special
diets (if needed).
First Aid Supplies: As-
pirin and/or acetamino-
phen, rolls of gauze or
bandages, first aid tape,
adhesive bandages (as-
sorted sizes).

Grocery Store: One gal-

Ion of water per person,
one can of ready-to-eat
soup (not concentrate),
one can of fruit, one can
of vegetables, one bottle
of shampoo.
First Aid Supplies: Scis-
sors, tweezers, antiseptic,
thermometer, spare eye-
glasses or contact sup-
plies, items for denture
care (if needed).

Grocery Store: One can
of ready-to-eat soup (not
concentrate), liquid dish
soap, unscented liquid
bleach, one can of meat,
mosquito repellent.
Hardware Store: Wa-
terproof portable plastic
container (with lid) for
important papers, por-
table AM/FM radio (with
batteries or hand crank),
blankets/sleeping bag for.
each family member, por-
table camp stove or grill,
stove fuel or charcoal
and/or lighter fluid.

Grocery Store: One
large can of juice, one
large plastic zip-type food
bag, one box of quick en-
ergy snacks, two rolls of
paper towels, aluminum
foil, oven mitts.
First Aid Supplies: Anti-
diarrhea medicine, rub-
bing alcohol, two pairs
latex gloves, hydrogen
peroxide, petroleum jelly,
first aid book, items for
denture care (if needed).

Grocery Store: One can
of meat, one can of fruit,
one can of vegetables,
one package of paper
plates, 6ne package of
eating utensils, one pack-
age of paper cups, adult
Hardware Store: Whis-
tle, ABC fire extinguisher,
pliers, vise grips.

Grocery Store: One
can of meat, one can of
vegetables, one box of
heavy-duty garbage bags,
tissues, two rolls of toilet
paper, one box of quick
energy snacks.
Hardware Store: Leash
or carrier for pet (if need-
ed), tarpaulins or canvas
for temporary roof repair,
crowbar, hatchet.

Grocery Store: One box
of crackers, assorted plas-
tic containers with lids,
assorted safety pins, dry
cereal, disposable eating
utensils, plates, cups.
Hardware Store:
Double-sided tape or
Velcro-type fasteners to
secure moveable objects,
masking tape.
First Aid Supplies: Extra
hearing aid batteries (if


needed), extra prescrip- I
tion medications.

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of heavy duty garbage
bags, one box of quick TIC
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Hardware Store: Camp- hear
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It's a go.
The Atheists of Florida, Inc.,
lawsuit against the city of Lakeland
may proceed; the lawsuit also lists
EllenBeth Wachs as a co-plaintiff.
The United States District Court
handed down a ruling late Tuesday
morning, March 15, that denied
a motion by "the City of Lakeland
and Mayor Gow Fields in his of-
ficial capacity as Chairman of the
Lakeland City Commission and in
his individual capacity" to dismiss
the suit.
"This is very good news," said
Wachs. "I am happy to hear this."
AoF, Inc., and Wachs, the plain-
tiffs, filed the lawsuit July 12, 2010,
to get the practice of invocations'"
given at city commission meetings
halted. The suit was filed after failed
efforts by AoF to persuade Fields
and the city commission to volun-
tarily discontinue the practice and

United Way seeking

money to help needy


he United Way of
:ral Florida hasn't
d yet but it is hop-
or some federal
.ey to help those in
d pay their rent, buy
and more under
Emergency Food
Shelter Program.
rually the money
hand by March
Debbie Wilson said
use of the budget .
Ltion in Washington
because there has
n no vote yet on an
ropriations bill, the
ey hasn't come yet.
said according to
e-mail there could
noney coming in
iext week or two.
much, though, is
ach year we get
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much money is
g funded," she
"This year I got an
al and was told it
P) was going to be
up to $100 million.
's quite a bit of
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in existence for
ears. Polk County,
on said, has gotten
ey in each of the
.0 years she has
with the agency.
year Polk County
442,998 and that
ey was distributed
organizations that
to fill out applica-

tions and be accepted
by the United Way to get
some of the funds.
The money helps
people with rent, mort-
gage, utilities and, in
recent years, has helped
with food and shelter.
Two years ago coun-
ties were eligible for
extra money because of
federal stimulus funds
but that money is not
coming this year.
"When we got that.we
thought about what else
we could do," she said,
realizing now that some
of those extra things
may go away with the
reduction in funding
likely to happen and
the stimulus money no
longer there.
To be eligible for
money a local board,
made up of local
government officials,
clergy, emergency ser-
vice providers, home-
less representatives
and United Way, will
determine how money
will be awarded to Polk
County. The local board
is responsible for rec-
ommending agencies to
receive these funds and
any additional funds
available under this
phase of the program.
To be eligible, lo-
cal agencies must
be private voluntary
non-profits or units of
government, be eli-
gible to receive federal
funds, have an account-
ing system, practice

have demonstrated the
capability to deliver
emergency food and/or
shelter programs, and if
they are a private volun-
tary organization, they
must have a volunteer
The delay may mean
agencies will get the
money a little later, but
the United Way is work-
ing on getting agencies
to apply for the money,
to minimize the delay.
Wilson said it is likely
Polk County will get
money, but she said
the amount isn't known
and whether or not it is
definitely getting money
is also really not known.
That's just sometimes
the way it is with gov-
ernment money.
"I'm hoping that it
is not to be decreased
that much. Even if it's
just cut 25 percent that
would still be bad," she
said. "The House and
Senate have been asked
to limit the cutting, but
25 percent would still'
be better than $100
"I hope we'll get some
money but just don't
Agencies interested
in applying for EFSP
money should contact
Wilson at 648-1500,
ext. 236, for an applica-
tion or e-mail Debbie.
Wilson@uwcf.org. The
application deadline is
March 21.

instead replace it with a moment of
silence. Separately both Fields and
Wachs admitted discussion over the
issue grew heated at times.
In its lawsuit, AoF brought forth
four counts that alleged violations
The Establishment Clause,
Establishment Clause of the
Florida Constitution,
Equal Protection Clause, and
Freedom of Speech Clause.
In response, the city of Lakeland
sought to have the suit dismissed
because the conditions) that ex-
isted had been "relieved."
"They (city of Lakeland) said the
case was moot because the invo-
cation had been codified," said
In its motion, Lakeland claimed
that by moving the ritual of invoca-
tion to take place before the start
of city commission meetings that
the issue had been resolved, as it
was a voluntary practice in which
people were free to participate, but

not mandatory, and that by doing
so, the invocation was no longer a
The Court disagreed.
However, it was not a clean
sweep for either party. The court
ruled against Lakeland on the first
two counts. It ruled against AoF
on the third and fourth counts. Of
the latter two, the court charged
that the plaintiffs' claim "rested
on far shakier ground" and in the
final analysis, ruled that AoF and
Wachs failed to prove their point.
Wachs said she was not surprised
by counts three and four being
dismissed; it was, she said, a novel
What is not novel is what next
"Now the defendants have to file
an answer to our complaint," she
said. "They have 10 days to do so."
Mayor Fields said he couldn't
comment on an ongoing case,
referring it to the city attorney. The
city attorney couldn't be reached.

st lawsuit against

land to proceed

March 16, 2011

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Bartow IB grad featured

International Bac-
calaureate program at
Bartow High apd a 2002
graduate from there is
featured in the newest
marketing materials of
the International Bacca-
laureate organization.
Jing Liu, a former Lake-
land resident and 2002
graduate of Bartow IB, is
in a full-page, article of a
print and electronic IBO
marketing brochure.
Jing currently oversees
international exchange
programs at Miami
University of Ohio. She
earned a master of edu-
cation degree in 2009 in
international education;
policy from Harvard Uni-
versity's Graduate School
df Education.
She earned a bachelor
of arts degree in psychol-
ogy from the University
of Virginia in 2006.
The article notes Jing's
experiences living in the
University of Virginia's
international dormitory,
her semester studying
abroad in Italy and

her work as a lecturer
in English as a foreign
language at a U.S.-China
combined university, Lia-
oning Normal University-
Missouri State University
College of International
Business in Dalian,
The article notes how
Bartow IB prepared her.
"The most memorable
components of the IB
were the extended essay
ahd theory of knowledge
course which chal-
lenged us to approach
issues from multiple
perspectives," Jing said in
the article.
The Geneva, Switzer-
land-based IBO works
with 3,157 schools in 140
There are two IB high
schools in Polk: Bartow

and Haines City High.
BHS grad gets 1st place
2009 Bartow High
graduate TJ Konkol-
Bennett won a first place
award for Statistical
Analysis at the PBL state
leadership conference
this month.
Konkol-Bennett, a se-
nior majoring in Chem-
istry and Statistics at the
University of Florida, also
earned a fourth place fin-
ish in Economic Analysis
and Decision Making. He
will represent Florida at
the PBL National Lead-
ership Conference in

Jing Liu, a 2002 graduate of Bartow IB, is featured in a print and electronic IBO marketing
brochure. This photo is from its website at www.ibo.org.

Orlando later in June.
He won the award at
the 61st Annual Florida
Phi Beta Lambda State
Leadership Conference
March 10-12 in Tampa.
There were students
from 20 colleges and'
Tidwell's work on display
Bartow High Schooler
Hannah Tidwell's
"Through the Looking

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at the Polk Museum of
Art until April 10.
She is among 96 stu-
dents that submitted art.
The piece awarded Best
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ington, D.C., to be dis-

played for one year in the
U.S. Capitol. Tidwell's
teacher is John Aho.
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Twenty-nine people
visited Bartow Middle
School for the an-
nual Teach-In Day on
Wednesday, March 8.
Area professionals from
the community dis-
cussed their careers with
sixth, seventh and eighth
grade students. The goal
of the exercise-was to
educate students in op-
portunities available to
them and to give them
exposure to real-life ex-
periences that may guide
them in their decisions.
Participants were: Me-
lissa Pittman and Rich-
ard Maier, MidFlorida
Credit Union; Josephine
Roberts, Polk County
Cooperative Extension
Service; Clifton Lewis,

L.B. Brown Historical
House; Miles Davis and
Mike Douglas, State Fire
Marshal Bomb Squad;
Dr. Thomas McMicken,
Watson Clinic; Dirk Wil-
liamson, Florida Wildlife
Control; Joe Aguilar,
Mosquito Control; Darryl
Johnson, Carlton Music
John Calandros and
Mike Hancock, Bartow
Fire Department; Deputy
Brett Socha, Polk County
Sheriff Department;
Jennifer Bell and John.
Kazaklis, George Harris
Youth Shelter; County
Commissioner Edwin
Smith; Carlos Sandoval,
Bartow Ford; Clay McK-
owan, Allen & Company;
Hilda Ringley, Traviss

Career Center; Joyce and
Ernie Sanborn, Florida
Air Museum Sun 'n' Fun;
Debra Munchel and
Jennifer Perez, Public De- -
fender's Office; Christine
Roslow, The Polk County
Paul Roberts, Peace
River Electric Coop;
Marta Strawser, Florida
Department of Law
Enforcement Forensics; -A
Mary Torrusio, Southwest- :
Florida Water Manage-
ment District; James -
Duane, Bartow Com-
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Agency; Emily Clark,
Spath Jewelers; Melissa
Causey, Bartow Public

Luis Vergara (left) and Marco Ortiz peruse the local paper as they learn a little about the daily
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Detective Michael Douglas speaks to students about how he
and his dog Misty respond to different situations that arise in
the State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad.

Dirk Williamson, an officer with Florida Wildlife Control, spoke
with students about his responsibilities on the job during the
Teach-In at Bartow Middle School Wednesday.

Detective Chris Nicolussi (left) and Detective Miles Davis from
the State Fire Marshal Bomb Squad show students a remote-
controlled detection device Wednesday at Bartow Middle
School's Teach-In.



The Summerlin Academy Equestrian team put on a demonstration of dressage riding, a form of competitive horse training
occasionally referred to as "horse ballet."Team members (from left) are John Thompson, Tasia Habbershaw, Lauren Kirby and Leah

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Bartow Elementary Academy student Katie Moore watches the
horse riders as they put on a riding show set to popular music.

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Brianna Clay (left) and Ashely Helvestin enjoy some time outside on a beautiful day while
watching the Summerlin Equestrian Team perform Wednesday.

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Summerlin student John Thompson and his horse Crystal dance
past Bartow Elementary Academy students Logan Francoeur
(left) and Noah Jones.

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The Bartow Hi
School Lady Jack
softball team jus
on winning, takir
last three games,
On Thursday, 1
3, the team trave
Tenoroc and tac
Titans with an 11
In the circle fo
was Rachael "Bu
Imig (1-0).
Leading the hi
was Kimmy "the
Booker who cran
triple, a double a
two RBIs to boot
"Shattering" Glas


Lady Bugs ho

ING two-for-three at the plate
)ENT with three RBIs, and Em-
ily "True Grit" Sanders
gh also delivered at the dish,
.ets going three-for-four with
t keeps an RBI.
ng its Imig, Brittany "Big
two by Mac" McNeil, Shelby'
"Mustang" Duncan and
March Marissa "Emmo" Ortiz
led to also had hits.
kled the Then on Friday the
1-1 shel- fourth, the Bugs went
busing to Lake Region
r 'Tow and thumped the Thun-
bbles" der 4-0.
Bartow's ace pitcher for
tters 2011, Lauren "Wild Wild"
Good" West (5-0) got the start-
iked a ing nod from head coach
and had Glenn Rutenbar, and the
. Lizzie talented tosser answered
ss was the call by throwing a


st softball tourney Friday, Saturday

no-hitter. She fanned 16
batters and walked two.
McNeil was 2-for-4 at
the plate, scored twice
and had two stolen bases.
Ortiz had the big hit of
the game, a triple and
had 2 RBIs. Booker, Taylor
"Stitch" Wagner and
"Dandy" Danielle Yost
also had hits.
Tuesday, March 8, saw
the Eagles of George Jen-
kins High School fly into
Bartow's Lady Jacket Sta-
dium to battle the Lady
Bugs. Bartow again came
out on top with a 4-0
blanking of the Birdies.
From the circle, West
threw nine strikeouts,.
walked two and gave up
three hits.

Sanders launched a
three-bagger and racked
three RBIs, while Glass
crushed a double. McNeil,
Duncan, Yost, Ortiz and
DeeAn "D-Squared" Davis
also got hits.
Wrapping up this
Lady Jackets roundup,
the Kathleen Red Dev-
ils dropped by One Bug
Place for a game on
Thursday, March 10.
They should've stayed
The Jackets drummed
the Devils with a 10-0
shutout in five innings.
Imig (2-0) got the win
for the Lady Jackets,
striking out six in three
innings. Jessica "Fan-
tasy" Eiland and Tiffany

Bartow Blarney Triathion

"Last Dance" Waltz each
pitched one inning and
both fanned one batter in
Duncan (1-for-31 swat-
ted a triple, while Booker
(2-for-3) and Glass (2-for-
3) both drilled doubles
in the ball game. McNeil,
Wagner, Sanders, Imig,
and Yost all got base hits
for the Bartow Lady Bugs.
(A Big Bug Bonus: Com-
plete stats for Friday's
game with the Naples
Golden Eagles were not
available at this writing,
but Bartow was victorious
in their away game with
an 8-2 win. The Ladies
racked up 10 hits in the
game.) .
Friday and Saturday,
_. Arn

March 18 and 19, the
Lady Jackets host the
Home of Champions
Tournament. Games will
be played at BHS as well
as the 555 Softball Com-
plex in beautiful, upscale
Lady Jackets tourna-
ment games will be held
Friday at 6 and 8 p.m.
at the stadium, with the
Lady Jackets playing
Lakewood Ranch and
Alachua Santa Fe, respec-
tively. On Saturday, it.will
be a game with Durant
High School at 10 a.m.
and another game at 1
p.m. with a team to be

Scott Nyhoff cheered for himself as he crossed the finish line in the second
Bartow Blarney Triathlon Saturday at the Bartow Civic Center.


Jason Magnetico was prepared for St. Patrick's
Day on Saturday wearing a green wig during
the second Bartow Blarney Triathlon. Here he,
George McGill, Trey Williams and Aaron Griner
(from left) watch the swimmers during the
first leg as Ellen Vargo turns around to take
another leg on her eight-lap trek.





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Winners in the 2011
Bloomin' Arts Festival,
held March 5-6, in Bar-
Adult Awards
Best of Show: Vicki
Ferguson, $2,250.
Second place: Samuel
Ruder, $1,500.
Third place: Patricia
Karnes, $1,000.
Achievement: Gene
Gandee, $750.
Merit: William Under-
wood, $500; Stephen
Koury, $500.
Honorable Mention:
Rolly Ray Reel, $350; Ray
McLendon, $350; Greg
Jones, $350;.Terry Duff,
Judge's Award: Hernie
Vann, $250; Berry Smith,
Best Still Life or Land-
scape watercolor: Pat
Heyer, $150.
Elementary School Awards
Best Display: Pine-
wood Elementary, $100.
All Saints: Ariana
Kirkner, first; Steffany
Williams, second; Reese
Tittel, third.
Alturas Elementary:
Cameron Edwards, first;
Angel Carde, second;
Sonia Montoya, third.
Auburndale Central
Elementary: Brittany
Murray, first; Yingfeng
Lian, second; Cindy
Wang, third.
Bartow Elementary:
Lane Edelson, first; Ally-
son Bambridge, second;
Cody Gunter, third.
Boswell Elementary:
Jacob Odom, first; Gabri-
elle Reeves, second; Eli

Furno, third.
Chain of Lakes Ele-
mentary: Jordan Gosse-
lin, first; Savanna Lang,
second; J. Riley Lawhorn,
Dr. N.E. Roberts Ele-
mentary: Madison Hales,
first; Madalyne Guthrie,
second; Tristan Hendry,
First Methodist School:
Caleb Baker, first; Laurel
Buchanan, second; Cole
Hall, third.
Floral Avenue Elemen-
tary: Aly, first; Adrian,
second; Jadah, third.
Highlands Grove Ele-
mentary: Sydney Golden,
first; Jordan Graffam,
second; Megan Lepere,
Kingsford Elementary:
Monica Munoz, first;
Rich Bridgeman, second;
Jamie Cornelio, third.
Laurel Elementary:
Delilah Adadia, first;
Brenda Pierre,-second;
Yoshua Rivera, third.
Lewis Anna Woodbury
Elementary: Aracette
Peralto, first; Layne Nick-
ensen, second; Ta'Darius
Howard, third.
North Lakeland El-
ementary: Raven Smith,
first; Gianna Mantegna,
second; Greg Palchulski,
Pinewood Elementary:
Chayanna Dorcant, first;
MagalyVasquez, second;
Jaquoi Dorsett, third.
Polk City Elementary:
Williams, first; Michaela,
second; Carly, third.
Ridgeview Academy:

' Arts Festival Awards

Mark Rivera, first; Fujika
Nimmo, second; Desma-
rie Laureano.
Sandhill Elemen-
tary: Makyla Burks, first;
Kristen Luongo, second;
Sahara Mahabub, third.
Snively Elementary:
Denise Osorio, first; Alex
Huggins, second; Dylan
Jones, third.
Southwest Elementary:
Sam Trabelssi, first; Gil-
lian Schwabland, second;
Davinna Miranda, third.
Spessard Holland
Elementary: Colby Fus-
sell, first; Tucker Wiltrout,
second; Dario Cabral,
Stephens Elementary:
Karina Rosillo, first; Kayla
Green, second; Tony
Osorio, third.
St. Paul Elementary:
Autumn Moore, first;
Grace Aqui, second; Kelly
Schmaedeke, third.
Wahneta Elementary:
Jessie Cisneros, first;
Angelina B., second;
Marilou Lenol, third.
Young Artist: Sarah
Schatz, first; April Lee,
second; Grace Bell, third.
Inwood Elementary:
Kaitlyn Shepherd, first;
Earth Carter, second;
Rayona Boriye, third.
Valleyview Elementary:
Krista Haynes, first; Jay
Patel, second; Brenda
Arzola, third.
Highland City Elemen-
tary: Jennifer V, first;
KaleyT., second; Natalie
C., third.
Middle School Awards
Best of Show: Yesenia
Alvarez and Natalie Be-

hler, McLaughlin Middle.
Awards of Distinction:
Tony Bradley, Union
Academy, $50; Jenni-
fer Santo, McLaughlin
Middle, $50.
Ribbon awards: Jonah
Pitman, McLaughlin,
first; Jack James, Union
Academy, second; Jenni-
fer Carr, Union Academy,,
Senior High Awards
Best of Show, Joshua
Veasey, Harrison School
for the Arts, $500.
Awards of Distinction:
Amalia Fredricksen, Har-
rison, $75; Reba Reece,
Young Artists, $75; Car-
rianne Bullard, Harrison,
$75; Jerrod Naberhaus,
Bartow High School, $75.
Awards of Achieve-
ment: Hannah Estes,
Young Artists, $25; Ciera
Grainger, Bartow High,
$25; Olivia Mason, Bar-
tow High, $25; Carina
Olalz, Lake Region, $25.
Festival Judge's Awards:
Joshua Veasey, Harrison,
$20; Amalia Frederick-
son, Harrison, $20.


Fort Meade's Lewis Anna Woodbury Elementary students
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a $10 donation to The Polk County Democrat by 5 p.m. Friday, March 25,

Beginning Saturday, April 2, 2011 photos will be published in The Lake
Wales News, Polk County Democrat,The Frostproof News and Fort Meade
Leader where readers can vote for their favorite pet photo by submitting
a ballot and a .25cent donation pet vote.

The contest will consist of four rounds through 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 17,
2011 to determine the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners by process of elimi-
nation according to reader votes.

Mail your entry to The Polk County Democrat (190 S. Florida Avenue, Bar-
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