The Polk County Democrat
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Title: The Polk County Democrat
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Place of Publication: Bartow Fla
Publication Date: 3/19/2011
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Democrat Vol. 80, No. 58




Man who
killed 4 stays
on death row
The Florida Supreme
Court has affirmed the
murder convictions and
death sentence of Nelson
Serrano, a dual U.S.-Ec-
uadorean citizen charged
with killing four people at
a Bartow factory in 1997.
The court on Thursday
said in a 45-page opinion
that none of the issues he
raised on appeal merited
overturning the 72-year-
old's sentence. One of
those issues was that the
state's case was based on
circumstantial evidence.
Serrano had been
convicted of the shooting
deaths of four people in
what prosecutors de-
scribed as a business deal
gone bad.
The victims were Frank
Dosso, 35; his sister,
Diane Patisso, 28; her
husband, George Patisso
Jr., 26, and a business
partner, George Gon-
salves, 69.
Serrano raised nine is-
sues on appeal, including
that the state's circum-
stantial evidence wasn't
enough to convict him.
His defense was that he


The man who has
run the Central Florida
Development Council
for the last eight years
resigned his position this
Tom Patton, 55, who
helped run the public-
private agency that was
created in 1986, told Polk
County Manager Jim
Freeman it was time for
him to pursue something
new. His last day was
Freeman said he and
his staff will look at this

Bartow, Florida 33830

Eric Duquette and some coworkers from Ground Control Lawn Care stopped to get some lemonade the
Little Squirts were selling for the Relay for Life. Brooke Linger mixes the drink while Kara Grubbs helps.

Lemonade to fight cancer

Little Squirts' stand to raise INSIDE

money for Relay for Life

The Little Squirts were
having as much fun spray-
ing as much water on each
other as they were selling
lemonade Wednesday after-
A group of four set up the
lemonade stand to raise
money for their Relay For

Life team, the Walking Bud-
dies, which teams up with
the Little Squirts for the
The Bartow Relay For Life
is scheduled the weekend
of April 8 and 9 at Bartow
Memorial Stadium at Bar-
tow High School. It starts
at 5 p.m. Friday and runs
through Saturday morn-
ing raising money for the

* Cancer fighting police chief, Page
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American Cancer Society's
fight against cancer.
This year Bartow has 53
teams in Relay, which has
the theme "A Decade of
Making a Difference." Bar-
tow started participating in

leaving may change focu
nation as an oppor- the CFDC he sees his he said, but added the merce
ty to reassess the resignation as a positive CFDC has be conscious charge
icy and he will take opportunity. of where the state is develop
e time to name an He said Patton's resig- heading in job creation a regio
:utive director. nation is not a driver to and development. Orland
don't anticipate do- look at the organization Freeman and Miller Beca
something now," he but, "We're going to use said it is time to get with an area
Thursday. "I'll have this as positive. We'll look private stakeholders, the a coun
ney Carson and Mark forward and look at how CFDC and those involved 600,001
son report to me. I the state will focus." to look at how the orga- man sa
appoint an interim He said with a new nization is set up and see examir
:utive director." governor in office and if doing something new see if it
arson is the economic not too many people would be a good move. better
elopment director of knowing exactly how The CFDC is a public now.
CFDC and Jackson is he plans to execute his and private partner- "Twe
director of tourism program to create jobs, ship between the Polk ago wh
sports marketing. the Polk CFDC could be County Board of County this co:
FDC President Jerry a model. Commissioners and all up it w
er said while Patton "We don't have to look the municipalities and Freem&
a valuable asset to directly like the state," major chambers of com- excelle

ing s


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gets 20


A Bartow man ac-
cused of killing his
roommate and drink-
ing the man's blood
was sentenced to 20
years in prison this
As part of a deal with
prosecutors, 43-year-
old Mauricio Mendez Maurido
Lopez, who lived at andenio
Mendez Lopez
1055 Martin Luther
King Blvd., pleaded
ho contest Wednesday to second-degree

Authorities say Lopez fatally stabbed
32-year-old Macario Cruz in August 2010.
The case received national attention,
because Lopez supposedly drank a cup
of Cruz's blood as part of a ritual. Witness
Mariella Mendez told police in Mexico it is
a ritual to drink a murdered victim's blood
as a gambit to elude capture and prosecu-
Both men and Mendez lived at the same
address. She is the niece of Lopez and
sister-in-law of Cruz.


in the county. It is
d with economic
pment activity in
n from Tampa to
use of working in
a that large and in
ty of more than
0 residents, Free-
aid it is time to
ie the CFDC and
t can operate any
than it is doing
nty-five years
Len the leaders of
immunity set it
as a wise move,"
an said. "It was an
nt move to diver-

sify but with the recent
economic conditions this
country is facing we can
reassess the ways we're
doing things."
Freeman said it may be
appropriate to bring in a
facilitator or consultant
to see if there is anything
the county and private
stakeholders can do to
make the CFDC better.
"Another thing that's
changed since we formed
this in 1986.is we're
much more centralized.
We've got committees (in
a lot of cities) and they're

Mayor's Council learns

about going green

A group of high school students
learned that experience is the best
About a dozen members of the
Mayor's Youth Council visited
environmentally conscious Madrid
Engineering while learning first
hand the benefits of saving the
The students listened closely
while examining solar panels, the
firm's automatic lights and watched
as the electrical meter at the engi-
neering company spun in reverse
- while solar energy panels created
a surplus of energy rather than a
drain on the power grid.

Bill Maul, construction manager
of Madrid Engineering, gave the
kids the scoop on creating power
and saving the environment and
money through solar panels.
"It's great to see," said Maul.
"They're the next generation.
"They've got the mind set to save
the planet."
Cheryll Andrews, marketing coor-
dinator for Madrid, enjoys the earth
tone paint job and natural light
streaming through double-paned
windows at the job site.
"It's a beautiful place to work,"
said Andrews.
Dave Turley oversaw the tour and
talked about his green workspace

Students from the Mayor's Council recently visited Madrid Engineering and learned about solar panels and
how that can save money and help the environment. In the front is Brawley Adams, Craig Leckie and Rick
Holland. Standing in back are Jamari McNabb and faculty advisor Misty Duncan. On the right of the sign
is, front row: 'Lyssa Rothrock and Mayor Wayne Lewis. In the middle is city employee Jacki Poole and in the
back row is Kimberly Booker, Davonte' Fason and Brandon Newton.

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Bartow officers want you to be belted

You'd better buckle up
or else the Bartow Police
Department may stop
you and that could cost
you some money.
The police department
is one of many law en-
forcement agencies tak-
ing part in the Click It or
Ticket mobilization which
started Tuesday and will
run until March 31.

Bartow area
March 1
Maurice Trotman,
Warfield Drive, no motor
vehicle registration, held
on $500 bond; possession
of marijuana less than
20 grams, held on $500
bond; possession and or
use of drug parapherna-
lia, held on $500 bond;
driving while license
suspended or revoked,
sentenced to 180 days;
possession of cannabis
with intent to sell, nolle
prosse; possession of
cannabis more than 20

grams, sentenced to 180
days; possession of drug
paraphernalia, sentenced
to 180 days; own, lease,
possess vehicle or shop
for trafficking drugs, nolle
Jasmine Richardson,
Weston Road, possession
of marijuana less than 20
grams, released on $500
Shedrick Northern,
Warfield Drive, posses-
sion of cocaine, released
on $1,000 bond.
Sixto Zaragoza, Carolyn
Way, driving while license
suspended or revoked,
released on $1,000 bond.
Kevious Burch, North
Tate Avenue, fleeing to
elude, released on $1,000
bond; driving while
license suspended or re-
voked, released on $1,000
bond; resisting officer
without violence, released
on $500 bond.

March 2
Wayne Dowdy, Twin
Pines Court, battery, held
on $10,000 bond.
Alfredo Alfaro, North

91 Mine Road, no valid
driver's license, released
on $250 bond.
Cilicia Jones, North Wil-
son Avenue, possession of
methamphetamine with-
out prescription, released
on $1,000 bond; posses-
sion of paraphernalia,
released on $500 bond;
possession of cannabis
under 20 grams, released
on $500 bond.
Michael Gant, Bartow
Place, possession of mari-
juana under 20 grams,
held on $1,000 bond;
violation of probation
for possession of drug
paraphernalia, sentenced
to 180 days: ,
March 3
Dwayne Stackhouse,
Ethelene Street, viola-
tion of probation for
possession of cannabis,
sentenced to 58 days
weekend work release;
violation of probation for
resisting officer without
violence, sentenced to
58 days weekend work
release; violation of pro-
bation of cannabis over

20 grams, sentenced to
58 days weekend work
release; violation of pro-
bation for possession of
paraphernalia, sentenced
to 58 days weekend work
William Thomas, James
Road, battery, released on
$5,000 bond.
Harry Jones, West Ethe-
lene Street, violation of
probation for possession
of drug paraphernalia,
sentenced to 183 days.
Anthony Briseno, East
Church Street, Hardee
County warrant for ag-
gravated assault with a
deadly weapon, trans-
ferred to Hardee County.
Taylor Childress, North
91 Mine Road, possession
of cannabis less than 20
grams, released on $500
bond; destroy/tamper/
fabricate evidence, re-
leased on $1,000 bond.
March 4
Linda Carey, Berties
Road,-possession of co-
caine, released on $1,000
bond; possession of drug
paraphernalia, released

on $500 bond; maintain-
ing a nuisance dwelling
for drug use, released on
$500 bond.
Tracy Sanders, Kay-
worth Court, resisting
officer without violence,
held on $5,000 bond; pos-
session of marijuana less
than 20 grams, held on
$5,000 bond; violation of
probation of community
control for Hillsborough
County, held without
Jerome Davis, South
Third Avenue, threaten-
ing a public officials, held
on $5,000. bond; resist-
ing officer without force,
held on $5,000 bond;
two counts of disorderly
conduct, held on $2,500
bond each.
Alonzo Wright, Wheeler
Street, two counts of in-
sufficient funds summons
unserved, pretrial release.
Edgardo Ortiz-Bonilla,
Patrick Henry Road,
driving under the influ-
ence refusal, released on
$1,500 bond.

March 5
Irine Lopez, expired
driver's license more than
six months, released on
$250 bond.
Francisco Benitez,
Cynthia Street, expired
driver's license more than
four months, released on
$250 bond; possession of
marijuana less than 20
grams, released on $500
March 6
Robert Cole, North
Holland Parkway, driv-
ing under the influence,
released on $500 bond.
Kira Smith, East Ave-
nue, driving while license
suspended or revoked,
released on $250 bond.
March 7
Katin McGriff, South
Golfview Avenue, bat-
tery domestic violence,
pretrial release.
Genar Smith, South
Avenue, driving while
license suspended or
revoked, released on $250

City commissioners
will meet Monday to
discuss whether pri-
vate energy producing
customers might "sell"
any self-generated excess
power back to the city.
The city work session
will start at 5:30 p.m.
Monday, with the regular
meeting scheduled to
start at 6:30 p.m. at City
A resolution to buy
back excess energy from
customers generating
more than they use listed
as an agenda item for

Monday's meeting.
The "net-metering
arrangement" would
reward customers creat-
ing excess energy for "the
amount of energy gener-
ated by the renewable
system over and above
what the customer used
and delivered back into
the grid," reads the meet-
ing packet.
Customers like Madrid
Engineering generating
electricity through solar
energy panels would be
able to "sell" any excess.
Bill Rettew Jr.

Bartow Police Chief Joe Hall is the celebrity guest April 1 at
The Stanford Inn at a dinner benefiting Relay For Life.


police chief
Bartow Police Chief Joe Hall is fighting the crime
of cancer and inviting guests to join the fight by
dining with him at The Stanford Inn on Friday, April
As the inn's guest celebrity, Hall will grdet guests
and share information about Bartow's Relay For
Life, set for Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9, in
the stadium at Bartow High School. Hall, chairman
of this year's American Cancer Society fundraiser,
might even play a tune or two.
The evening of fine dining will run from 5-9 p.m.
with a special menu. The Stanford Inn will donate
15 percent of guests' food and drink totals to Relay
For Life.
Reservations are necessary and may be made by
calling 533-2393. Coupons and/or other promo-
tional offers for The Stanford Inn may not be used
during the Celebrity Guest event.

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Property tax deadline March 31

The deadline for pay-
ment of 2010 property
taxes is Thursday, March
31. After that, 2010 prop-
erty tax payments will
be considered late and
fees and interest will be
Those who pay their
property taxes by mail
must have.their payment
postmarked on or before

March 31, the Tax Collec-
tor's Office said.
Payments should be
mailed to:
Joe G. Tedder, Polk
County Tax Collector
P.O. Box 1189
Bartow, Fla. 33831-1189
Payments can also be
made on the Internet.
Those payments should
be made on or before

March 31 to avoid late
fees and interest. Transac-
tions may be conducted
online at www.PolkTaxes.
com or at any of the Tax
Collector Branch Offices:
Bartow Main Branch
Office 430 E. Main Street
Lakeland Branch Of-
fice Polk County Gov-
ernment Center, 930 E.
Parker Street

Square Lake sites

offered at auction

Homesites and land
in Bartow's Square Lake
subdivision will be auc-
tioned at 7 p.m. Tuesday,
March 29 at Bartow Civic
Eight homesites, 49 lots
offered in two blocks, and
an approximately 8.5 acre
development on County
Road 555 will be offered
in the absolute auction
to the last and highest
bidder by Higgenbotham
Auctioneers International
of Lakeland.
Homesites are ready

for construction, while
lots are unimproved, a
Higgenbotham represen-
tative explained.
The auction is being
held to settle the estate of
Richard Clark.
In 1995 he and his
wife, Maybe Burdin Clark
began development of
Square Lake, a gated
community on Wood-
lawn Avenue with custom
homes, lakefront lots and
low-maintenance garden
homes. Their "vision was
to create a neighbor-

hood community where
residents felt comfortable
within the development
to interact with each
other in an old fashioned
neighborhood setting,"
Higgenbotham's news
release said.
A preview of the prop-
erty will be held from 1-4
p.m. Saturday, March 20
on Square Lake Drive.
For complete informa-
tion call Angie Poole at
800-257-4161 or visit

Re-exploring a new road

Commissioner James
E Clements asked about
building a new road that
would lead directly to
the terminal during the
Bartow Municipal Airport
Authority meeting Mon-
It was a matter that had
come up as early as four
years ago, said BMA Ex-
ecutive Director Cynthia

At that time, she added,
the Florida Department
of Transportation had
"strongly suggested"
building a road and said
that it would cover half
the then-estimated $3
million cost. However,
there were some hurdles,
she said.
A new road would have
an impact on several of
the businesses that would

lose property, especially
the lumber yard. On the
positive side, though, part
of the airport's long-range
plan is the building of a
Barrow said that mak-
ing the proposal to FDOT
would have to wait until
between August through
October. She was given
the go-ahead by the BMA

Haines City Branch
Office 74 Maxcy Plaza
Lake Wales Branch
Office Polk County
Government Center, Lake
Wales Plaza, 642 State

Road 60 West
Tax payments may be
placed in drop boxes
located inside the Branch
Offices at those locations
and at the Winter Haven
Tag Agency, at 300 Avenue

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Saturday, April 9,2011 3PM to 5PM
No charge for admission! Fly in an antique biplane then enjoy
gourmet burgers and hot dogs and relax in the bees garden. Have
your photo taken with early antique cars or shop for Centennial
T-shirts, calendars, books and other commemorative items. You
are also invited to attend a silent auction to be held at the event.

Saturday, April 9,2011 6PMto 9PM
Enjoy great food and dance to the elegant music of the Unstrung
String Quartet. Dress for this event-of-the-century, once in a life-
time occasion is semi-formal or period costume. Tickets for the
Centennial Ball are $25 and there will be a cash bar. Tickets avail-
able at Main Street office, The Lake Wales News, Gallery and
Frame Shop, Chamber of Commerce and Depot Museum.

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Sunday, April 10,2011 2PM to4PM
The Library and the Depot Museum are teaming up to present
anunforgettable open house event at the Library on Centennial
Day: Sunday. April 10. 2011 from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free!
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Remove the 'undue' burden from the process

It is a given that government
regulations are burdensome to
business. In a sense, that is the
Land use, building and environ-
mental codes are put in place to
protect broader public interests
that may compete with narrower
private interests.
The regulatory hurdles protect
the public's interests, presumably.
Sometimes they make sense
and sometimes they don't. Often,
whether they do or not just de-
pends on one's perspective.
In some circumstances, the pub-
lic demands the hurdles be raised:
when housing development looks
like it's on a course that could
overwhelm public services, when
pollution threatens water sup-
plies, or when historic buildings
are ripped down to make way for
another convenience store.


Those were the circumstances
years ago.
Then there are circumstances
that demand less. We are in those
times riow. The Great Recession
has fueled a clamor for govern-
ment to lighten up on regulations
in order to spur business growth,
create more economic opportuni-
ties and more jobs.
We see it in Washington and Tal-
lahassee, and we see it on "Main
Street" in our communities. No
surprise, given the circumstances.
Ideally, well-intentioned govern-
ments try to strike a reasonable
balance, and the swings of the
pendulum can help reset that bal-
The real question right now is
whether the hurdles of regulations

are so high they choke off reason-
able attempts to conduct busi-
ness or build businesses, which,
presumably also would be in the
public interest.
We won't speak to Washington
or even Tallahassee, but we do
believe county governments have
begun to take healthy steps during
the recession to re-examine their
policies and regulations with an
eye toward creating a better envi-
ronment for people to do business.
We don't want a wild swing that
does away with public protec-
tions, but we don't believe that is
happening on the local level. The
attitude seems to be: We need to
do better. They do, and in some
instances, they are.
The overall gripe from the busi-
ness community is not necessarily
the existence of regulations, but
the difficulty of navigating the

Businesses and citizens just
trying to remodel homes, for that
matter said they wanted a
system that is simpler, clearer and
more predictable.
They don't like surprises. They
don't want to be told early on
that they have to jump through
Hoop A, B and C, then come back
months later to find out there's an
additional Hoop D and E.
That costs time and money, and
it is extremely frustrating. It eats
away at trust in government.
Of course, a regulatory process
that is too lax and perceived to be
too cozy with business can also
destroy that trust.
The hard part is finding the right
balance, and that's always a work
in progress. But it needs to be
We need to do better.

One amendment is needed

In more than 47 years
of writing columns and
editorials, one of my con-
sistent themes has been
opposition to amend-
ments to the United
States Constitution to
respond to the issue du
Yes, I have supported
many of the goals (and
opposed many others),
but with a single excep-
tion, I have opposed
amending the Constitu-
tion to accomplish them.
Because the Founding
Fathers did a remarkable
job in writing the Consti-
How good?
In more than 220 years,
only 27 amendments
have been adopted.
The first 10 the Bill of
Rights did not change
the document. They
spelled out fundamental
rights of citizenship.
Only 17 actually
changed the workings of
government. Of these,
two Prohibition and
Repeal cancelled each
other out.
Of the other 15, some
were little more than
housekeeping changes,
while others, like those
eliminating slavery,
guaranteeing civil rights
and extending the right
to vote to minorities and
women, changed the
fabric of society.


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In recent years, most
Congresses (by definition,
each Congress serves for
a two-year period) have
considered more than 100
Several responded to
unpopular decisions by
the Supreme Court. They
would allow school prayer
(or "moments of silence");
prohibit abortion; or
permit criminal sanctions
for burning the American
Others would establish
English as our official lan-
guage (Duh! Why not call
it "American" and be done
with it); lower the voting
age to 16 (gasp!); or repeal
the 16th Amendment,
enacted 98 years ago, that
authorized the personal
income tax (now that's
more like it).

The one amendment
concept that I have
supported is a Balanced
Budget Amendment.
That is an issue so
fundamental to the
long-term survival of the
republic and so un-
likely to be embraced by

politicians with an eye on
the next election that
it needs a place in the
The more serious BBA
proposals have included
exceptions for time of
war or other national
emergencies. But none
has gotten far enough
through the process to be
submitted to the states
for ratification.
This year, a similar
measure is being pushed
in the Florida Senate. It
is an amendment to the
Florida Constitution that
would limit the growth
of the state budget to the
growth in population plus
the rate of inflation.
Those are reasonable
But lacking the author-
ity to print money or to
borrow unlimited sums
from foreign countries,
a state budget-limiting
amendment is of less im-
portance than a Balanced
Budget Amendment to
the United States Consti-
Class is dismissed.
(S.L. Frisbie is retired,
and lives on a balanced
budget. He cannot imag-
ine what happened in
1913 to prompt national
acceptance of a personal
income tax. He figures you
had to be there to under-
stand. And despite what
his children may believe,
he was not.)

Parents' story: After

crying, we opened

On Oct. 16, 2010, our
lives changed forever
when my stepdaughter,
Elise, accidentally and
tragically died from a
multi-drug overdose in
Pinellas County. Prescrip- Shawn
tion medication, street Seliger
drugs and alcohol were
contributing factors in
her passing.
Elise was a beauti- House still needs to ap-
ful and accomplished prove the committee bill
21-year-old senior at Eck- and the Florida Senate
erd College. She had been would need to adopt a
on the dean's list and had companion bill. There is
a wonderful life ahead of much more work to be
her. Each day, I see the done.
effects of our devastating PDMP funding was to
loss; a mother grieving for occur through private
the daughter she loved so foundations and grants,
much and my stepsons not through taxpayer
missing their loving sister. funds. Enough money has
The perils of inappro- been raised to launch and
private prescription drug run the PDMP for a year.
use affect people in all The PDMP was designed
walks of life, from young to be a tool for physi-
people to middle-aged cians and pharmacies to
and senior citizens. It reduce doctor shopping,
does not discriminate fraud and limit the flow

against economic class,
gender or race, and the
results are devastating.
Per the Florida Depart-
ment of Law Enforce-
ment, seven people die
each day from prescrip-
tion drug overdoses in
Florida. While we cannot
bring Elise back, my wife
and I have made it our
mission to reduce the
daily number of prescrip-
tion drug-related deaths
from seven to zero.
Recently, I have met
or spoken with elected
representatives of both
legislative chambers and
community leaders to
gather information and
offer our support to save
On March 10, the
Florida House Health
and Human Services
Committee passed a bill
to end the Prescription
Drug Monitoring Program
(PDMP) authorized by
the Florida Legislature
in 2009. The full Florida

of Schedule II through IV
narcotics. It would allow
doctors and pharmacies
to check and see if a pa-
tient is receiving the same
or comparable narcotic
prescriptions elsewhere.
The majority of the
committee believes that
they need an approach
that stops the supply, not
monitors the problem.
My family and I respect-
fully disagree. The issue
isn't the supply of the nar-
cotics coming from the
wholesalers, but rather,
whether the drugs are
being abused by patients
and used by other people.
Governor Scott and
others have publicly
cited privacy concerns
and the premise that it's
not the role of govern-
ment to oversee/regulate
narcotic prescriptions.
As a lifelong conservative
Republican, I do not like
government intrusion
and regulations placed
on the lives of American

our eyes

citizens. However, if gov-
ernment has any role, it
must be to provide for the
public health and safety
of its citizens. It rightfully
does so by criminalizing
illegal drug use, under-
age drinking and drunken
driving. We need to take a
further step in eliminat-
ing the poison of pre-
scription drug abuse.
The same privacy con-
cern was initially raised in
the other states that have
a PDMP. However, those
states found ways to safe-
guard patient privacy and
comply with HIPAA. If 34
states took the necessary
steps to protect patient
privacy, then Florida can
do it, too.
As the PDMP and pill
mill debate heats up, it is
important to avoid doctor
and pain clinic "bash-
ing" and have a fair and
balanced approach to the
surrounding issues. We
must not forget that most
doctors and licensed
pain management clinics
are seeking to look after
the health and safety of
their patients without
overmedicating them. We
need to protect individu-
als with cancer or verifi-
able back and neck inju-
ries, so they can receive
the care and treatment
that they need. Law en-
forcement must continue
to pursue the physicians
and pain clinics that are
giving the medical profes-
sion a black eye through
excessively dispensing or
prescribing narcotics and
engaging in illegal opera-
The prescription drug
issue is a multi-faceted
problem that requires
multiple solutions. We
need to implement the
PDMP without using tax-
payer funds, strengthen
the criminal penalties
against individuals who

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Rodwick Green

Rodwick Rayshell
Green, 47, of Bartow, died
Monday, March 14, 2011,
at Lakeland Regional
Medical Center.
He was a member
of Providence Progres-
sive Missionary Baptist
Church of Bartow.
Mr. Green was the son
of the late Edward Whita-
ker and Elvira Green
Myrick of Bartow.
Survivors include two
sons, Rodwick Green, Jr.,
of Orlando and Myles
Green of Winter Haven;
two sisters, Rosittia Fulse
and husband Cepada of

Rodwick Green
Fort Meade, and Mona
Coleman and husband
Kendall of Lakeland; a
brother, Willie Myrick,
Jr., and wife Tammy of

Corps study will

Lakeland; two stepbroth-
ers, Edward Whitaker
and Corey Whitaker, both
of Atlanta; a stepsister,
Zandra (Missy) Robinson
of California; an aunt,
Sherrell Northern and
husband Charles of Lake-
land; and an uncle, Mack
A. Green and wife Emma
of Bartow.
Memorial service:
Saturday, March 19, at
11 a.m., at Providence
Progressive Missionary
Baptist Church, Bartow.
Arrangements: Gause
Funeral Home, Bartow.

Scott L. Hawkins

Scott L. Hawkins, 35, of
Lakeland, passed away
Monday, March 14, 2011,
at the Community Care
Center in Plant City.
A native of Ohio, he
moved to the area 12
years ago and was a heavy
engine technician for Bar-
tow Ford for 10 years. He
was a Baptist.
Mr. Hawkins was
known by his friends as
the "Mustang Guy" for
his love of working on
and racing his Mustang.
He was a loving husband,
father, son and brother,
his family said.
He was preceded in
death by his father, Wil-
liam Hawkins.

Scott Hawkins

Survivors include his
wife of 19 years, Angela
Hawkins of Lakeland; two
daughters, Taylor and
Samantha Hawkins, both

Alma D. Nelson

Alma D. Nelson, 91, of
Fort Meade, died March
10, 2011, of heart failure.
She was born Dec. 25,
1919, in Friendship, Ga.
A member of Peaceful
Believers Church,
Mrs. Nelson was a

Rolland 0. Bell, 56, a
native of Bartow, died
Monday, March 14, 2011,
at Bartow Regional Medi-
cal Center.
Mr. Bell was born Aug.
24, 1954. He served in
the U.S. Army and was a
heavy equipment opera-
tor for McDonald Con-

She was preceded in
death by her husband,
Jesse Nelson.
Visitation: Friday,
March 18, from 5-7 p.m.,
at Peaceful Believers
Church, Fort Meade.

Rolland 0. Bell
Survivors include his
wife, Sallie A. Bell of Bar-
tow; a daughter, Denise
Bell of Bartow; two sons,
Dexter Bell of Bartow and
Dennis Bell of Mulberry;
his mother, Ruby Johns
Bell of Highland City; two
sisters, Carol Armstrong
of Salemburg, N.C., and
Elizabeth Modrall of Bar-

of Lakeland; two broth,
ers, Steve Hawkins of
Highland City and James
Hawkins of Toledo, Ohio;
and two sisters, Theresa
Adkins of Bartow and Kim
Rieger of Delta, Ohio.
Visitation: 10-11 a.m.,
Saturday, March 19, at
Christian Home Freewill
Baptist Church, Bartow.
Funeral: follows at 11
a.m. at the church.
Arrangements: Whid-
den-McLean Funeral
Home, Bartow.
Condolences may sent
to the family at www.

Funeral: Saturday,
March 19, at 1 p.m., at
Beulah Baptist Church,
Fort Meade.
Arrangements: Williams
Funeral Home, Bartow.

tow; a brother, John Bell
of Lakeland; and three
Arrangements are being
handled by Whidden-
Mcl.ean Funeral I Iome,
Condolences can be
sent to thile family at www.

Bobby Gene Larramore, Sr.

Bobby Gene Larramore,
Sr., 64, of Bowling Green,
died Thursday, March 17,
He was born Jan. 2,
1947 in Lacoochee.
Mr. Larramore served
12 years in the U.S. Navy
as an air traffic control-
man. He had many
different occupations in
his life. He worked as a
maintenance man for the
mines for many years,
then moved to Jackson-
ville and worked for the
Post Office.
Later he moved back to
Bowling Green, where he
worked as a park ranger
at Paynes Creek Historic
State Park.
He was a member of
Mulberry First Assembly
of God.
Survivors include two
sons, Chuck Larramore
and wife Wendy Walters
and Bo Larramore, Jr.,
and wife Lorie, all of
Jacksonville; two sisters,
Lois "Jeanette" Larramore

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of Bartow, Debra Kautz
and husband John of
Lake Wales; a sister-in-
law, Shirley Ann Larra-
more of Jacksonville; a
brother, Marshall Lar-
ramore and wife Frankie
of Bowling Green; seven
grandchildren; one great-
granddaughter; and many
nieces and nephews.
Visitation: Monday,
March 21, from 6-8 p.m.
at Fraser Funeral Home,

8168 Normandy Blvd.,
Funeral: Tuesday,
March 22, at 1 p.m., Fra-
ser Funeral Home. Burial
will follow at Jacksonville
National Cemetery.
Local arrangements:
Whidden-McLean Fu-
neral Home, Bartow.
Condolences can be
sent to the family at www.

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look at mining

By BRIAN ACKLEY acres, the Corps indicated
EDITOR there are three specific
projects that prompted
Polk County isn't the the study: CF Industries'
only public entity trying South Pasture Extension
to take a long-range view in Hardee County (7,153
of how mining operations acres), Mosaic's Four
may affect our area. Corners Surface Tract and
The Army Corps of Mosaic's Ona Mine in
Engineers, which must Hardee County. (20,726
grant permits for phos- acres).
phate mining operations According to a Corps
largely because of water memo from last August,
used to separate materi- there are 11 pending
als once they are taken permit applications in
from the group goes back the study area. In all, they
into the local water table, cover more than 46,000
is launching an area-wide acres.
Environmental Impact "An EIS is simply a tool
Study of the business, that must be approached
The study does not with careful thought on
involve the South Fort how the tool will be used
Meade mine expansion post development," noted
plan, which has been Corps Mining Coordina-
hung up in court actions, tor Tunis Mcelwain. He
That expansion already said the document must
has gotten approval from "emphasize real issues,"
the Corps. instead of just "insignifi-
According to the federal cant ones."
organization, the EIS was "The Corps has deter-
initiated "Based on the mined that, when viewed
continued applications collectively, the separate
for expanded mining proposed phosphate
in the Central Florida mining-related projects
Phosphate District, the have similarities that pro-
size of the project area, vide a basis for evaluat-
the CFPD characteristics, ing their environmental
and the potential envi- consequences together
ronmental impacts, both in one comprehensive
individually and cumula- environmental impact
tively." statement," according to
The first public scop- the Corps in making the
ing session in the process study's announcement.
will be held March 23 in The study area primar-
Lakeland. ily involves Polk, Hardee,
Although the area in Hillsborough, Manatee
question is broad, cover- and DeSoto counties.
ing some 1.32 million The Corps noted that


it has issues so-called
CWA Section 404 mining
permits since 1977, some
of which permit existing
mining through 2028, but
up until know did not feel
that such a broad look at
the industry was required.
"The Corps has deter-
mined as recently as June
2010 that the cumulative
effects, past, present and
reasonably foreseeable,
of phosphate mining
from 1977 to 2028 in the
Peace River watershed,
part of which lies within
the CFPD Region, had not
reached the significance
threshold," according to a
website dedicated to the
The Corps indicated
it hopes to have a draft
study available by Octo-
ber. A second round of
public meetings would
then be held in Decem-
ber, and a final report is
expected to be available
by August 2012.
The March 23 meet-
ing will be held at the
Lakeland Center, starting
at 6:30 p.m. Polk County
is in the middle of its
own study, known as the
.Bone Valley Selected Area
Study, which is taking a
look at potential long-
term development and
growth issues in south-
west Polk.
The Corps website
dedicated to the study is

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Go 'Hog Wild' at BPAS Platform Art

Bartow Performing
Arts Series will present
Platform Art's "Hog Wild"
on Saturday, March 26,
at 7:30-10 p.m. at the
Polk County Historical
Platform Art events
showcase new talent in
visual arts, film, fashion,
music and performance.
Florida Dance The-
atre will perform at Hog
Wild, along with other
area music and fashion
artists, plus a variety

of paintings will be on
display and for sale. Food
and wine also are part of
the experience.
Committed to cultivat-
ing an understanding
and appreciation of art in
its many forms through
production of multiple
art events yearly, Plat-
form Art brings art to a
new and broader audi-
ence, and builds a larger
audience for all art orga-
It all began in San

Francisco in 2002-2003.
A group of out-of-work
creative dot-comers got
together with an innova-
tive idea of what viewing
art could be.
Well, not just viewing
art, but experiencing art.
And the art party events
were born.
All it took was one
visit to a Platform event
in San Francisco for the
vision to travel cross-
country to Florida where
Platform was hatched in

the fall of 2003. For the
past six years, more and
more people have been
following Platform to
surprising venues all over
Today, Platform is the
highest attended art
event in Polk County, a
spokesman said. Plat-
form was voted the
best art event of 2008
by readers of Art-i-facts
Last year, Platform
came to Bartow as "Dis-

Order in the Court!" -
also a Bartow Perform-
ing Arts event, offering
attendees visual arts
from folk to abstract to
photography, sculpture
and representational,
plus performance arts in
fashion and dance. This
year it returns in "Hog
Wild," with new visual
and performing arts in
and around the Polk
County Historic Court-
Platform Art is unique

and non-traditional in its
approach to exhibiting
art and experiencing art
in its many forms. Each
show presents artwork
and performances that
might zing the viewer's
imagination. Platform
shakes off the old
perceptions that "art is
Tickets are $15, on sale
now at the Greater Bar-
tow Chamber of Com-
merce. Call 533-7125 for
more information.

Walk and bike ride raise funds for MS

The National MS Soci-
ety Mid Florida Chapter
is looking for families,
corporations, individuals
... anyone who wants to
support their community
and have fun at the same
time to take part in Walk
MS 2011 and Bike MS:
The Citrus Tour 2011.
The events support
those in the community
suffering with Multiple
Sclerosis and fund educa-
tional programs, self-help
groups, research, medical
equipment, loan closets,

transportation, literature,
referrals, information and
On Saturday, March
19, walkers will converge
at Lake Bonny Park in
Lakeland for Walk MS
2011. The goal of a total
of eight walks taking
place throughout greater
Central Florida is to raise
$535,000. Annually, Walk
MS takes place in more
than 600 cities nation-
wide. About $35,000 more
than was raised in 2010
Walkers of all skill levels

are invited to participate
in this family-friendly
event with an option of
eight-tenths of a mile
or 1.3 miles. Interactive
booths and activities are
available before and after
the events.
Following the walk
events, Bike MS: The
Citrus Tour 2011 rolls out
on Saturday and Sunday,
May 14 and 15. Last year,
some 1,500 cyclists ped-
dled their way throughout
Central Florida to raise
more than $920,000 for

MS research as well as for
comprehensive programs
and services for people
living with MS. This year's
goal is $935,000. The '
event starts at Bok Tower
Gardens in Lake Wales
and finishes day one of
the ride with a celebra-
tion at The Caribe Royale
Hotel in Orlando. On day
two, riders reverse the
route. Teams of all sizes
are invited to participate
in various routes includ-
ing a 50-, 75- or 100-mile
route on Saturday, with

the option of a 75- or
100-mile return route on
While there is no regis-
tration fee to participate
in Walk MS 2011, regis-
tration is required and a
$20 minimum pledge is
requested. To receive a
Walk MS 2011 T-shirt, the
minimum fundraising
amount is $125. Addi-
tional prizes are available
based on funds raised.
Registration for Bike
MS starts at a $35 fee per
participant (with fee in-

creases leading up to the
event date) and requires a
fundraising minimum of
$250 per individual biker.
To register for Walk
MS 2011 or the virtual
Walk MS 2011 visit www.
for Bike MS or to make
a donation or volunteer,
visit http://flc.nation-
almssociety.org or contact
Bill Conway, Mid Florida
Chapter, NMSS, 813-889-

Summerlin Class of '66 reunion coming

Summerlin Institute's
Class of '66 will hold
their 45th reunion Friday
and Saturday, March 25
and 26, in Bartow.
They will meet and
at 7 p.m. greet Friday
night at Mulligan's and
have invited members
from other classes to join
them for a $5 donation
paid at the door. This
and all other events are

casual and carefree.
Saturday morning they
will have a classmates
brunch at 10 a.m. in the
high school cafeteria. An
auction will be held to
raise money for Bartow
Relay For Life in memory
of classmates who have
lost their battle with
Barron Oglesby will be
the auctioneer offering

items such as weekend
trips, plane rides and
more being donated by
classmates, Spath Jewel-
ers and Apple Seeds.
There will also be a short
program and a guided
tour of the school and '
Summerlin Academy for
those wanting to see the
Saturday night starting
at 6 p.m. Beef O' Brady's

will close to the public
and host the class dinner.
Videos of past reunions
will be shown on the
TV's while the music of
the '60s will play in the
background. Classmates
will be able to order from
the menu for dinner.
The Class of '66 had
227 graduates having lost
35 classmates in the past
45 years. They are still

looking for: Jerry Mor-
rison, Richard Swaine,
Dorothy Carr, Kenneth
Daniels, Janette Davis,
Karen Dykes, Jeanette
Flanders, Michael Floyd,
Henry Van Kent, Jose
Monte, James Russ,
Deborah Wells, Alicia
Leon, Dale Moore, Judy
Haire, Myra Mann, San-
dra Turner, Barbara Tack-
ett, Joel Bennett, Betty

Jo Collins, Judy Morris,
Donald Reass.
Anyone who knows
where these people is
asked to call Gail Bretz at
533-1467 or Dixie Yost at
534-8383. Registrations
are still being accepted
for any and or all of the

Fifth annual 180 Film Festival coming

For three minutes
everyone can see you on
the screen.
The Fifth annual 180
Film Festival is happen-
ing on Saturday, March
19 in the Bush Chapel at
Southeastern University
in Lakeland.
The 180 Film Festival
is a The festival is the
culminating exposi-
tion of the skills and

trade learned in the film
studies classes, says
Ryan Terry, a senior film
studies major and event
organizer for this year's
Terry said about
30 independent film
submissions from the
student body. He says the
majority of the films are
three minute long, which
is where the film festi-

val's name originated,
films three minutes or
180 seconds-- long. Last
year a 10-minute film
category was added as
well. As the film festival
continues branching
out, students are submit-
ting films in new genres,
such as musical, silent
and foreign, in addition
to films that are drama,
comedy, music video and

Doors for the Festival
open at 12:15 p.m. Tick-
ets cost $5.
For more information
and to buy tickets, call
the Southeastern Univer-
sity Box Office at 863-
669-4010 or visit the Arts
and Events Calendar at

Poly offers 'Active Living Every Day'

The University of South
Florida Polytechnic's ex-
tended university offers
'Active Living Every Day."
This behavior-based
program addresses the
'root cause of physical
inactivity rather than
simply prescribing exer-

The program will
help people identify
and address barriers to
physical activity, re-
cover from lapses in
physical activity, increase
self-confidence about
becoming physically ac-
tive, create realistic goals
and rewards for physi-

cal activity and develop
social support, a spokes-
man said.
"Active Living Every
Day" meets online from
April 1 to June 26.
Registration is $70,
which includes a USF
Polytechnic electronic
step counter. Registration

'Night at the Keys' concert Saturday

Four area pianists will
entertain at "A Night
at the Keys," the third
annual piano concert
presented by First United
Methodist Church in Fort
The event is planned
for 7 p.m., Saturday,
March 19, at the church.
The concert this year will

be hosted and performed
by Chuck Hancock,
pianist of First United
Methodist Church, Fort
Meade; Tim Walker,
pianist of First Baptist
Church, Fort Meade;
Sylvia Spencer, pianist
of Asbury Methodist
Church, Bartow; Win-
nie Gordon, organist of

First United Methodist
Church, Fort Meade; and
other guests.
"The Old Country
Church" will be the
theme this year.
For more informa-
tion, contact First United
Methodist Church office
at 285-9059 or Chuck
Hancock at 581-6101.

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Art dean to.speak

at guild meeting

Karen DeMichael,
dean of visual arts at the
Harrison School for the
Arts in Lakeland, will talk
about print making at the
Bartow Art Guild's meet-
ing Monday.
DeMichael has been
teaching advanced
placement studio art
classes for 29 years, first
at Northeast Junior High,
then at Lakeland Senior
High, and at Harrison for
21 years. She has been in
the Polk County School
System for 37 years.



DeMichael earned her
degrees from the Univer-
sity of South Florida: a
bachelor's degree in art
education in 1972 and a
master's degree in cur-
riculum and instruction
education in 1975. She
has continued to pur-
sue additional graduate
The meeting is sched-
uled at 7:30 p.m. A social
begins at 7 p.m. in the
Adult Lounge at the Bar-
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SERRANO: Stays on death row for quadruple homicide

was in an Atlanta hotel
room suffering from a
migraine headache when
the killings occurred.
The court's opinion,
however, noted that fin-
gerprint evidence placed
him at the Orlando air-
port on Dec. 3, 1997, the

day of the murders.
The court also men-
tioned a taped interview
with police the day after
the murders in which
Serrano said Diane Patis-
so must have "walked in
the middle of something"
- a fact that hadn't been
released to the public.
Serrano's comment

suggests that she "was
not the target of the
crime, but rather a
witness who had to be
eliminated," the court
Moreover, Serrano had
said he felt like killing
Gonsalves, and Serrano
had access to the kind
of gun used to kill the

victims, the opinion said.
The three men were shot
Dosso and the Patisso
couple were related to
another business partner
in the conveyor-system
factory where the mur-
ders took place.
Friction between the
partners developed in

the 1990s, resulting in
a lawsuit and Serrano
being locked out by the
other partners.
Serrano was living in
Ecuador when he was
arrested in 2002. Seven
years later, Ecuador's
government had de-
manded his return,
saying Florida police

kidnapped him from that
country in a dog kennel.
Ecuador has no death
penalty. He was sen-
tenced to death for each
of the murders in 2007.
All seven justices con-
curred in the per curiam
decision, a legal term
referring to an opinion of
the whole court.

BLOOD: Drinker gets 20 years in plea agreement

Mendez told investi-
gators "prior to fleeing,
the defendant raised
the glass in the air and
said aloud, '...this is my
secret' and laughed as
he ran away from the
"When asked if he
drank the victim's blood,

Lopez stated he was ex-
tremely intoxicated and
didn't remember drink-
ing any blood," reads a
press release prepared
by Detective Sgt. David
Bartow police said Lo-
pez killed Cruz because
he believed Cruz was
having a relationship
Mendez. He got angry

when he thought he
had been locked in his
room. He climbed out a
window, it was reported,
attacked Cruz's younger
brother, who got away,
then found Cruz in the
kitchen and stabbed him
twice in the chest.
Lopez was arrested
three days after the
killing at the intersec-

LEMONADE: Kids help Relay For Life

the event in 2002 when
John Hutto started it here
and with help from the
city of Fort Meade, which
had already held a Relay
in 2001. Hutto remained
the chairman until 2004.
Fort Meade joined Bar-
tow's event in 2003 until
again holding its own
Relay beginning in 2005.
In the first year the
Bartow Relay for Life
raised $62,000 for cancer
research and patient
care. Last year it raised
$186,878.51. That figure
was down from $233,000
in 2008 and $258,000 in
The Little Squirts don't
intend to make nearly
that much money, but
last year they raised
between $200 and $300
for the Walking Buddies
team that put about
$6,000 into the total.
"There are a lot of yard
sales and golf tourna-.
ments that go on every
year to raise money,"
said Candy Grubbs, the
grandmother of some of
the Little Squirts. Grubbs,
the chairman of the 2007
and 2008 Bartow Relay
For Life events, allowed
the Little Squirts to use
her front yard at Jackson
and Hooker to sell the
lemonade. Those selling
it were Kara Grubbs, 11;
Brooke Linger, 12; Hayley
Grubbs, 1.3; and Lane
Grubbs, 9.
Candy Grubbs has
been involved in the

Relay For Life every year,
and she is involved be-
cause she is a cancer sur-
vivor. The Little Squirts
are involved because
Kara said she wanted to
do something good.
"We were at the beach
and Kara said she wanted
to something for charity,"
Candy recalled. "And this
is what we did."
However, Wednesday
with the temperatures
reaching into the 80s
playing with squirt guns
was nearly as much fun
as selling lemonade to
the passersby.
"I just like being out-
side," she said, later add-
ing she is involved in the
Relay For Life "hoping to
find a cure for cancer."
There are many other
events going on in Bar-
tow to help raise money
for Relay for Life teams
and to get a rundown
people can visit www.
On the days of the Run,
team members come
together to celebrate,
barbecue, play games
and walk the track.
Highlighting the
evening is the lumi-
naria ceremony that
takes place after dark to
honor cancer survivors
and to remember those
who have lost the battle
against cancer. In it
hundreds of luminaria
bags filled with sand
and a lit candle line the
track and are left burning
throughout the night to
remind participants of


all important and we've
got to work with these
sister organizations."
Miller agrees.
"Our organization
looks like the state did

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time to look at what the
state's doing plus we
have two new county
commissioners and a
new county manager,"
he said. "Now is the time
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the importance of their
One of the features of
the event is the Sticky
Fingers Barbecue Coo-
koff. Hutto initiated the
event and there will be
plenty of meat to eat.
Tickets for complete
barbecue dinners and a
drink are being pre-sold
for $6 each at Bartow
Chamber of Commerce
and BB&T Bank, or by
calling 6442.

tion of Golfview Avenue
and Magnolia Street, by
the Bartow Police Patrol
Squad Bravo Unit after
a warrant was issued for
his arrest.
Police say Lopez asked
a motorist who recog-
nized him for a ride and
she then reported him to
Police reported that

Relay teams always
have lots of food and
other goodies for sale.
And the Walking Buddies
will be selling fried Oreos
and iced tea at the event.
"It sounds disgusting,"
Candy said about fried
Oreos. "But they're really
She added, "We prob-
ably wouldn't be doing
this if this raised money
for the American Heart

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defendant was "carrying
a knife in his right hand
and a drinking glass in
his left hand which ap-
peared to be coated in
Prosecutors say they

and the student visit.
"It's good for the
planet," said Turley.
Madrid was not the
only green activity the
students and Mayor
Wayne Lewis experi-
enced. During an earlier
monthly session, stu-
dents created recycling
bins to be placed at area
events and gatherings.
The group of Bartow
High School students
learn about their town
and visit several places

made the. plea deal
because a major witness
the victim's brother
was in Mexico and
unavailable to testify.
Prosecutors said Lopez
faces deportation after
he serves his sentence.

g green
the public typically
doesn't get to see, includ-
ing the waste disposal
plant and a landfill.
Senior Craig Leckie
appreciated the peek
"behind the scenes"
and 10th grader Lyssa
Rothrock enjoys experi-
encing new places and
Brawley Adams is a se-
nior and said the Madrid
site for the company that
specializes in sinkholes
seems "more efficient
and better for the envi-

SELIGER: Parents

illegally dispense and/or
possess these narcotics,
and enhance the criminal
sanctions against people
who crush, inject or in-
hale these pain pills.
Every day I am remind-
ed of Elise's loss. I see
my 12-year-old stepson
growing up without his
loving sister and my wife
missing the daughter
whom she loves. We are
calling on the governor

and those opposed to
the PDMP to abandon
"politics as usual." Pass a
law for Elise and all of the
other victims, so we can
reduce the daily number
of deaths in our state
from seven to zero.
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and Seliger Law Firm. He
is a former assistant state
attorney, assistant public
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Wachs arrest may be

based on impression

This is the second in a series on
the arrest ofEllenBeth Wachs, a
member and officer with Atheists
of Florida, a Tampa-based orga-
nization. The first article, which
ran March 12, focused on her
March 3 arrest, charged by State
Attorney Jerry Hill's office with
practicing law without a license.
According to the State At-
torney's Office, as it was in-
vestigating Atheist of Florida
president John Kieffer, who had
been arrested at the Feb. 22 Polk
County School Board public ses-
sion charged with resisting an
officer without force, disorderly
conduct, and possession of drugs
without a prescription the
question arose what law firm
EllenBeth Wachs was with as she
was listed on the AoF's website
as its vice president and its legal
affairs coordinator on the AoF
web site, under officers. Her
name appears as: Vice President:
EllenBeth Wachs, Esq.
It spurred an investigation into
Wachs, where it was discovered
she had been admitted as an at-
torney in Pennsylvania in 1993,
and that she had retired from
the Pennsylvania bar approxi-
mately 1997. The investigation
also revealed that Wachs was not
a member of the Florida Bar and
was not licensed to practice law
in Florida.
The State Attorney's Office
then called in and interviewed
Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields; Ann
Gibson, legal affairs coordina-
tor for the Polk County Sheriff's
Office and Stacy Butterfield, a
member of the board of directors
for the Lake Victoria Homeown-
er's Association, the subdivi-
sion where both Butterfield and
Wachs live. Butterfield is also
with the Polk County Clerk of
Courts Office and is the director
of fiance and accounting with
the county comptroller's office.
In sworn statements, each stated
they were "under the impression"
Wachs was a licensed attorney,
which the State Attorney's Office
based its arrest warrant.
In Fields' situation, as mayor
of Lakeland, following a meeting
in either March or April 2010,
in which she and another AoF

EllenBeth Wachs

member attended to discuss the
issue of prayer offered at the start
of city commission meetings,
that (cited in the arrest warrant)
"based upon his contact with Ms.
Wachs he felt that Ms. Wachs was
a practicing licensed attorney."
In the arrest warrant, Gibson
stated that through her personal
contacts with Wachs, that she
also felt Wachs was a licensed
attorney, especially in the way
three letters sent to the PCSO
were worded, plus the fact that
below Wachs' signature was
typed EllenBeth Wachs, Esq.
Gibson's impression was "based
under a totality of circumstances
such as: the manner in which
the above described letters were
written, Ms. Wachs spoke like an
attorney citing statute and case
law opinions, and the fact that
Ms. Wachs informed Gibson that
she was representing the athe-
ist organization when personal
contact was made."
"Goodness forbid I know how
to word letters. After all, I did
train to be a lawyer," said Wachs.
"However, I never, ever said I was
a licensed attorney allowed to
practice in Florida. I'm not."
Butterfield said that about a
year earlier, although she was
not sure whether it had occurred
during a homeowner's associa-
tion meeting, that Wachs had
informed her that she, Wachs,
was an attorney.
Based upon the statements
made in the arrest warrant,
it appeared as if each bore a
personal animus towards Wachs

and, by extension, Atheists of
Florida. However, nowhere in
the arrest warrant were there any
statements that investigators
questioned Fields, Gibson and
Butterfield over whether their
impressions were correct.
"The judge found the informa-
tion in the complaint served as
probable cause," said assistant
state attorney Chip Thullbery,
when asked if the impression of
the three was sufficient enough
to issue an arrest warrant.
Wachs dismissed that asser-
tion. Saying she could never
prove it, she suspected that a
reason the arrest warrant was
because it came before a judge
with relatively little time on the
bench; a more seasoned judge
would have refused the arrest
warrant. In response, Thullbery
said if Wachs believes that the ar-
rest and subsequent search war-
rants are invalid, she could make
a motion to have both dismissed.
Why, Wachs rhetorically asked,
would Butterfield have to say
about those matters be of inter-
est to the state attorney's office.
Moreso, Wachs wondered, with
that in mind, how did the state
attorney's office be made aware
of Butterfield.
"I'm not going to comment
further," said Thullbery when
asked about Butterfield. For her
part, Butterfield said she did not
have any idea how her name and
interactions with Wachs came
to the attention of the state at-
torney's office. Still, it was not
comfortable for Butterfield.
"It's still unnerving," said But-
terfield. As a result, she said did
not think to ask how the state
attorney's office had learned
about her and her interactions
with Wachs. "I was just focused
on answering the questions."
Wachs said she did not believe
Butterfield's claim of a lack of
knowledge. While Wachs would
not specifically name who she
believed provided Butterfield's
name, she did say she was con-
vinced it was someone currently
with the sheriff's office who, at
one time, was in the employ of
a certain department of Polk
County that has frequent in-
volvement with the county court

New charge leveled at AoF president


"Right now, we're in a holding
So said John Kieffer, presi-
dent of Tampa-based Atheists of
On Thursday, he was arraigned
in criminal court on charges
stemming from Feb. 22, when he
was arrested at the Polk County
School Board public meeting. At
that meeting, Kieffer, along with
EllenBeth Wachs, made an ap-
pearance to object to the invoca-
tion given prior to the start of the
As a minster gave the invoca-
tion at the school board meeting,
Kieffer and Wachs were reported
to have moved about the room,
talked aloud and took photos.
As soon as the invocation was
finished, several board members
exploded as Kieffer shouted that
the practice was illegal. He was
instructed to leave the assembly
hall. When he refused, Fred Mur-
phy, assistant school superinten-
dent of school service, instructed
Bartow police officers to remove
Kieffer, who refused to cooperate
and was subsequently arrested
and charged with resisting an
officer without force, disorderly
conduct, and possession of drugs
without a prescription; the lat-
ter charge was subsequently
dropped when Kieffer presented
proof he had a legal prescription,
but a new charge was leveled:
Disturbing schools and religious
and other assemblies, reads in
section 1, "Whoever willfully

After refusing to be escorted from the School Board meeting on Feb. 22, John
Kieffer, president of Tampa-based Atheists of Florida, was handcuffed and
arrested by Bartow police. He appeared in court Thursday for an arraignment.

interrupts or disturbs any school
or any assembly of people met
for the worship of God or for any
lawful purpose commits a mis-
demeanor of the second degree."
"It's really an obscure law," said
Kieffer, who added he was not
surprised it had been added to
his arraignment. He also ex-

pressed the belief it runs counter
to the First Amendment in the
U.S. Constitution regarding the
right to assembly.
Kieffer did not have to make a
personal appearance and instead
was represented by his attorney,
Nick Ficarrotta, of Tampa. A pre-
trial will be held April 7.


jumps 25%

Census numbers
released Thursday show
why Florida will gain two
seats in Congress and
Central Florida stands to
be in that mix when new
lines are drawn.
Polk County's popula-
tion is 602,095 accord-
ing to the 2010 census,
growing by 24.42 percent
since the 2000 census.
That is almost 7 percent
more than the state grew.
Florida has 18,801,310
The central and north-
central part of the state
could pick up some ad-
ditional influence.
"We're going to see
some more districts
carved out of the heart-
land of Florida," said Dan
Smith, a political-science
professor at the Univer-
sity of Florida.
The most overpopu-
latedcongressional seat
is currently held by U.S.
Rep. Richard Nugent,
who represents a district
stretching from Polk
County to Levy County
that is now 33.5 percent
larger than it should be.
All congressional districts
are required to be roughly
the same size under U.S.
Supreme Court rulings.
Rep. Connie Mack's
Southwest Florida district
and Rep. Dennis Ross'
Central Florida seat are
among the other seats

with large overpopula-
tions. The Miami-area
district of Rep. David
Rivera a freshman
already facing ethics
questions is also likely
to significantly change
before he faces voters
The most dramatically
undersized congressional
districts are all urban -
those.represented by Rep.
C.W. Young's seat in Pinel-
las County; Rep. Frederica
Wilson's Miami-based
district; and Rep. Cor-
rine Brown's district, an
odd-shaped heavily black
district that runs from
Jacksonville to Orlando.
Of the 18 municipalities
in Polk County, Haines
City was the fastest grow-
ing city in the last 10
years. It grew by almost
56 percent and has a
population of 20,535. The
only other Polk County
city to grow by more than
50 percent was Davenport
which has a population
of 2,888, according to the
2010 census numbers.
Lake Wales grew by
39.5 percent and has a
population of 14,225.
Bartow, with a population
of 17,298, grew by 12.8
percent; Frostproof, with
a population of 2,992,
grew by 17 residents since
2000; and Fort Meade,
with a population of
5,626, has 65 fewer resi-
dents than it did in 2000.

Polk County com-
inissioners Tuesday will
tell the county attorney
how to proceed with a
$5 million stabilization
program and also direct
the county manager how
to proceed with park
property buildings it has
spent nearly $35,000 on
to repair.
Polk can get a federal
grant of $5,443,116 for
a Neighborhood Stabi-
lization Program. If the
BOCC approves, 50 per-
cent of the monies must
be expended within two
years and entirely within
three years. Of the, nearly
$5.5 million, $1,360,779
must be used to house
individuals or families
whose income does not
exceed 50 percent of area
median incomes.
County Manager Jim
Freeman is to ask the
BOCC for direction on
the use and disposition
of a former restaurant
building the county
acquired when it bought
the Port Hatchineha Park
property. The buildings
were constructed by for-
mer property owners and
consist of a 2,025-square-
foot lounge/covered deck
and a 2,576-square-foot
commercial restaurant
building that are con-
nected by a screened
entry area.
So far the county has
spent $34,788 on the
buildings to repair roof
leaks and correct mold
and ADA compliance
issues. An effort to secure
a vendor yielded one re-
sponse that was deemed
The BOCC will be pro-
vided four options:
Demolish the build-
ings for additional ve-
hicle/trailer parking. The
facility currently has 32
vehicle/trailer spaces and
12 standard spaces. This
would add 10 spaces.
Utilize the build-
ings as rental facilities
for birthday parties,
group meetings, fain-

ily reunions, etc. Some
building modifications
and furniture purchases
would be required. The
recommended rate for
rentals is $200 per four-
hour use /$50 per ad-
ditional hour with a $100
Demolish existing
buildings and replace
with a large, screened
pavilion with restrooms.
The pavilion could be
used by park patrons or
reserved at adopted rate
($75) for birthday parties,
family reunions, etc.
Lease building to
generate revenue to
offset maintenance costs
at the facility. Recom-
mend contracting with
a commercial real estate
firm to find a vendor that
is compatible with the
community and Parks
and Recreation mission.
Parking will be a chal-
lenge for any vendor
Also under the county
commissioners will be
a request to OK design,
permitting, bid and con-
struction phase services
for the U.S. Highway
27 Utility Relocation
Plans, and a transfer of
funds within the Utilities
Community Investment
Program budget for not
more than $118,727.
The Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation
is planning to widen
several sections of US
27 throughout many
areas of Polk County.
The FDOT has identified
a particular section of
the highway, US 27 from
Ritchie Road to Berry
Road, which will be com-
pleted soon.
The project will include
the design of water
mains, reclaimed wa-
ter mains, and sanitary
sewer force main adjust-
mnents within the pro-
posed construction area
along US 27 between
Ritchie Road and Berry
Road. The estimated cost
of tie utility adjustments
is $3,290,000. It should be
done by April 2013.

Several options for

county commissioners

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Crickette members spotlighted at the March 7 meeting were (from left) Christine Jacobson, Emily
Clark, Rebecca Chinault, Carla Meeks, Jill Jones and Shirley Brosie.

These are the Crickettes

Who are the Crick-
ettes? Well, the members
know more about six
Crickettes because they
were spotlighted during
the meeting on Monday,
March 7.
We know that Shirley
Brosie (Polk Education
Foundation) has a pas-
sion for the Foundation,
Christine Jacobson (Cus-
tom Avionics) is back in
her husband's business
and learning all the new
instrumentation, Re-
becca Chinault (Chinault
Chiropractic) opened her
practice two years ago.
She is also an equine chi-
ropractor and travels all
over Florida for this part
of her practice.
Carla Meeks (Webpro
Realty) is excited to see
the market improving. Jill
Jones (Haverty's Furni-

Sharing stories of the American Revolution were DAR and SAR members (from left) Doris Wooden,
Ken Wooden, Gay Harlowe, with McKeel Academy teacher Debra Kelly. Dressed In 1770s-era
clothing, the speakers used costumed dolls, historical facts, and even PowerPoint to teach
students about the Revolutionary War.



The March 14 Crickettes meeting was a birthday celebration for
Karen Boswell (left) and Sandy Dobbertean. The chef Crickette,
Terri Lobb, baked "Green" Red Velvet Cupcakes.

ture) just missed winning
the monthly sales contest
but is determined to win
March and Emily Clark's
(Spath Jewelers) pas-
sion and expertise is in
diamonds. Spath Jewelers
is in an elite group that

travels to Antwerp an-
nually to pick their own
One of the goals for the
Crickette Club this year is
to learn more about each

Public dinner at Tuscan Lodge

Tuscan Lodge No. 6,
Free & Accepted Masons,
will serve a country-fried
steak dinner on from
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday,

March 20.
The dinner is open to
the public. An $8 do-
nation is suggested, a
spokesman said.

Tours of the Lodge
room are available upon
request. The lodge is
at 320 S. Florida Ave.,

Speakers in colonial
dress and Revolutionary
War uniforms brought
history alive to about 175
students and eight teach-
ers on George Washing-
ton's birthday.
Debra Kelly, history
teacher at South McKeel
Academy, arranged for
representatives from local
chapters of Sons of the
American Revolution and
Daughters of the Ameri-
can Revolution to speak
to fifth grade classes on
Feb. 22.
Gay Harlowe, a Bartow
DAR Chapter member,
highlighted famous men
and women of the Revo-
lutionary War era with her
collection of dolls dressed
in appropriate period
clothing. She stressed the
importance of American
heroes and their roles
in the founding of this
country and in achieving
its independence.

SAR visit schools

Lakeland Chapter SAR
Past President Ken Wood-
en role played his ances-
tor, Lt. Simeon Wheelock,
a minuteman at the
battles of Lexington and
Concord and an officer in
other battles. The oldest
house in Uxbridge, Mass.,
was built by Wheelock in
1768 and is now owned
by the.Deborah Wheelock
DAR Chapter, named
after Simeon's wife.
Wooden recounted
George Washington's
crossing of the Delaware
River and the Battle of
Trenton which were
turning points for the
Continental Army. He has
traced. his ancestry back
for eight generations.
Lakeland DAR Chapter
Registrar Doris Wooden
celebrated George Wash-
ington's birthday with
her PowerPoint presen-
tation, "Our American
Heritage: Roots." She .

showed students how to
research and depict their
family trees. She encour-
aged them to talk with
their parents and grand-
parents, begin a record
of their family history,
and perhaps even find a
Revolutionary War soldier
Student Deajah Cun-
ningham held the
Philadelphia Light Horse
Troop flag while Wooden
described its history and
use in the Revolution.
The history teachers
were given a set of Revo-
lutionary War flags and a
CD about those American
. If anyone thinks she
has a Revolutionary War
ancestor and is inter-
ested in joining DAR may
contact Anne Raulerson
at 533-6293 or Freddie
Wright at 533-3710.

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Hard at work making a holiday treat

Children and most
likely, quite a few adults
from Jewish house-
holds in Polk County are
looking forward to cel-
ebrating Purim Sunday.
The holiday celebrates
a failed attempt to
exterminate the Jewish
people, this time when
they lived in ancient
Syria, as related in the
Book of Esther. It is
marked by the wearing of
costumes and masks by
children, a noise-maker
called a grogger which
is twirled whenever the
name Hamen is men-
tioned, and the eating of
hamantaschen, a trian-
gular shaped cookie-like
pastry with a fruit filling.
At 9 a.m., Thursday,
four women of Temple
Emanuel, the conser-
vative synagogue in
Lakeland, began making
hamantaschen. From the
refrigerator they removed
bowls filled with dough
made the day before -
24 batches worth, with
each batch expected to
yield two dozen haman-
taschen, 576 in all.
Cheri Glogower spread
flour on top of the
stainless steel table in
the synagogue kitchen,
placed a ball of dough
atop it and took a rolling
pin to it. Jane Renz began
preparing the cherry
filling. Tammy Serebrim
and Lorraine Nardi lined
baking trays with parch-
ment paper.
A few minutes later,
when the dough was

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feast, Purim.

Area Jews to celebrate Purim Sunday

tiful,"' Serebrim joked. County, all on Sunday.
Glogower marveled at Temple Emanuel's Purim
a tray filled with ha- festival begins 11:45 a.m.,
mantaschen Renz had when the Sunday school
created that was about to lets out. Temple Beth
go into the oven. Shalom, in Winter Haven,
"Omigosh, those look will conduct its festival
wonderful," gushed at approximately 4 p.m.
t Glogower. "I hope they The Chabad Lubavitch
S i don't break." "Purim in Disguise" will
"We hope they don't start 5 p.m., at USF Poly-
break," agreed Renz. technic.
-.Those were comments The Temple Emanuel
made tongue-in-cheek, and Chabad Lubavitch
"If they happen to Purim parties are free.
PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER break, we get to taste There is a $7 charge for
them," Renz said. "A few the Temple Beth Sha-
hard at work placing cherry pie filling inside cookie broken ones are always lom party, as a chicken
ill be shaped as a triangle to create a "haman- welcome." dinner will be served.
astry made as part of the celebration of the Jewish The making of ha- Anyone interested in that
mantaschen evoked party should call 292-

about 4-inch thick, "We started calling them
Glogower sought Sere- that because it was her
brim's opinion., recipe and she'd su-
"Is this thick enough?" pervised everything."
Glogower asked. She Although Serebrim's
added it had been awhile mother, Helen Goldberg,
since she had last made died in 2006, she was not
hamantaschen, other gone, definitely not that
than at home. Serebrim morning.
approved. "I feel her presence. I
With that, Renz and really do."
Glogower each grabbed a The other women
plastic drinking cup and also spoke of Goldberg's
began forming circles in influence.
the dough. Renz spooned "I used to learn Yiddish
cherry filling on the and other expressions
dough and then pinched (from working with
the pastry to form a Helen)," said Glogower.
triangle. Nardi asked how long
Like Glogower, Renz the first batch of haman-
asked Serebrim whether taschen should cook.
enough filling had been Because they were using
placed. It was. a convection oven, 10
Both women relied minutes should be suf-
upon Serebrim's advice ficient, said Serebrim,
because they were work- but perhaps it wouldn't
ing from a certain recipe. hurt if cooked just a little
"We call them Grand- bit longer.
ma Helen's Haman- "My mother's expres-
taschen," said Serebrim. sion was, 'burnt is beau-

other memories, such
as of their mothers' and
grandmothers' cooking;
how delicious haman-
taschen made in New
York City tasted; of a
grandmother still living
in Charlotte, N.C. They
spoke of their children,
all of them now grown.
"When I told my
daughter, Ariel, she
wanted me to bring some
home," said Glogower.
"I told her if I didn't, I'd
make some at home. She
wants only cherry."
In addition to cherry
there were apricot and
poppy seed fillings.
Serebrim also wanted
to make prune versions,
but there wasn't enough
prune filling to make
them, and it would be
too labor intensive to
buy plums and cook
them into prunes.

Want to go?
There will be three
Purim festivals in Polk

0722 no later than today
(March 19).
Temple Emanuel is at
600 Lake Hollingsworth
Drive, Lakeland, and can
be reached at 682-8616.
Temple Beth Shalom is
at 1029 Bradbury Road,
Winter Haven, and can
be reached at 292-0722.
USF-Polytechnic is at
3433 Winter Lake Road,
off U.S. Highway 98,
Lakeland. The party, in
the main auditorium of
the Lakeland Technol-
ogy Building will include
a megillah reading, a
magic and illusion show,
live music, raffle and buf-
fet dinner. Call 877-0072.

How to make Grandma

Helen's hamantaschen

To make a single batch,
you will need:
3 eggs
2 tsp orange juice
1 cup oil
4 tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder
1 cup sugar
4 cups all-purpose
Mix the ingredients to
make a cookie-like dough
and refrigerate at least 24
hours. The next day, roll
out the dough to a thick-
ness of approximately 1/8
inch. Cut the dough into
circles (recommended
diameter is 3 inches). Fill
the cut out dough circles

with a filling and pinch
the sides of the dough
into a triangle, leaving
the filling exposed at the
Preheat the oven to 350
degrees Fahrenheit and
cook until the edges of
the dough turn a golden
brown. Recommended
cooking time for a stan-
dard stove is 20 minutes;
10 minutes for a convec-
tion oven.
Standard fillings are
cherry pie filling or pre-
serves, apricot preserves,
poppy seed filling, apples
or prunes.

Anchormen to be

featured at revival

Turning Point Worship
Center will host the band
Anchormen at 6 p.m.
Sunday for a revival.
The church is at 1400
Georgia St., Bartow.
The Anchormen's last
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the show, call 559-9596.

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Bartow Area Community Calendar

All phone number area
codes are 863 unless indi-
cated otherwise. The Polk
County Democrat calendar is
provided by the public. The
deadline to be included in
the upcoming calendar is 4
p.m. Monday and Thursday
of each week.
The deadline for getting
information to the Polk
County Democrat is 4 p.m.
Monday for Wednesday's
newspaper and 4 p.m. Thurs-
day for Saturday's newspaper.
For information or ques-
tions, call 533-4183 and
ask for Jeff Roslow or Peggy

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

Saturday, March 19
Fifth annual 180 Film
Festival, 1 p.m. Student-led
event, from fundraising and
production to concessions
and ticket sales. Festival
open at 12:15 p.m. Tickets
cost $5. Bush Chapel, South-
eastern University, 669-4010,
or visit the Arts and Events
Calendar at www.seu.edu.

Saturday, March 19
Tillandsia display work-
shop, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Bok
Tower & Garden Gift Shop,
1151 Tower Blvd., Lake
Wales. 676-1408 or www.

Saturday, March 19
Creative Studies Series -
Lightning Rod or Enlighten-
ment: Society's Reaction to
Sexual Orientation, 5-7:30
p.m., $12 members, $15
non-members, Polk Museum
of Art, 800 E. Palmetto St.,
Lakeland, 688-7743

Wednesday, March 23
Musical tribute to the
Civilian Conservation Corps,
7:30 p.m., SFCC University
Center Auditorium, High-
lands Campus. $10 general
admission, buy at perfor-
mances southflorida.edu or
"841-7178 or by visiting the

SFCC Box Office, 600 West
College Drive, Avon Park

Thursday, March 24
"Write Like A Pro," taught
by Jean Reynolds from the
University of South Florida.
3:15 -4:45 p.m., The Center
for Personal Growth, 151
Second St. S.W, Winter Ha-
ven. $5 donation suggested
for each class, 299-9070 to

Thursday, March 24
"Building the Ultimate
Business Plan II" is 10 a.m.-
noon, $35, Neil Combee
County Administration
Building, room 139, 330W.
Church St., Bartow. 534-

Sunday, March 20
Country fried steak dinner,
11:30 a.m.- 2 p.m., Tuscan
Lodge No. 6, Free & Accepted
Masons, 320 S. Florida Ave.,
Bartow. Public is invited. $8
donation. Tours of the Lodge
room are available upon

Monday, March 21
Bartow Art Guild, 7
p.m. Presentation on print
making by Karen Michael.
Bartow Civic Center, 2250 S.
Floral Ave. 533-2884.

Wednesday, March 23
American Business
Women's Association, Apres-
Work & Daylight Saving Time
Networking Event, Red Door
Wine Bar, McDonald Street,
one block east of South Flor-
ida and McDonald Street,
Lakeland. Free. 686-5393 or

Saturday, March 19
Pix and Popcorn at the
Library, "Megamind" (kids),
2:30-4:30 p.m. Bartow Public
Library, 2150 S. Broadway.

Saturday, March 19
Paws to Read, 1:30-2:30
p.m., Bartow Public Library,
2150 S. Broadway. 534-0131.

Saturday, March 19
20th annual Kathleen Area
Historical Society Heritage
Day Festival, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.,
free. Polk County Histori-
cal & Genealogical Library
director Joe Spann will speak
at noon. Live entertainment,
craft demonstrations, food,
bring lawn chairs to sit a
spell. Heritage Park, 8950 N.
Campbell Road, Lakeland.

Saturday, March 19
Family Fun Workshop,
10:30 a.m., free, noon,
theme: "Make It New!
Sculptures," at Winter Haven
Public Library, 688-7743.

Saturday, March 19
Free Nature Faire for
Kids, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Street
Audubon Society, 115 Lam-
eraux Road, Winter Haven.

Sunday, March 20
Adult Band Concert,
Bartow Civic Center, 2250
S. Floral Ave, free one-hour
concert. 2:30 p.m.

Monday, March 21
Introduction to the
Internet, 1-3 p.m., register
at the Circulation Desk or
by phone. Bartow Public
Library, 2150 S. Broadway.

Monday, March 21
Magical Monday: If You
Give a Moose a Muffin.
Admission $5 per person,
senior citizens 65-plus are
$2.50, children younger
than 2 and members free.
Explorations V Children's
Museum, 109 N. Kentucky
Ave., Lakeland. 687-3869.

Tuesday, March 22
Feathered Jewels, 6-7:30
p.m., Street Audubon So-
ciety, 115 Lameraux Road,
Winter Haven. 644-5022.

Tuesday, March 22
Terrific Tuesday, Rainbow
Stew. Admission $5 per per-
son, senior citizens 65-plus
are $2.50, children younger

than 2 and members free.
Explorations V Children's
Museum, 109 N. Kentucky
Ave., Lakeland. 687-3869.

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

Wednesday, March 23
Wacky Wednesday: Teddy
Bear Rafts. Admission $5
per person, senior citizens
65-plus are $2.50, children
younger than 2 and mem-
bers free. Explorations V
Children's Museum, 109 N.
Kentucky Ave., Lakeland.

Saturday, March 26
Annual Homeland
Reunion, at First Baptist
Church fellowship hall, 208
Church Ave., Homeland. 11
a.m., bring covered dish for
luncheon at noon. Sing-
along in Old Methodist
Church at Homeland Heri-
tage Park follows. Tours of
park available from 10 a.m.-3
p.m. 533-9496, 537-2911 or

Monday, March 21
Union Academy PTO
Drive-Through Spaghetti
Dinner, tickets $5 in ad-
vance, $6 day of dinner.
Can be purchased at Union
Academy office. Dinners
to be picked up Thursday,
March 31, at Union Academy
or dine in at the cafeteria
at 6 p.m. In cafeteria there
will be an overview of the
International Baccalaureate/
Middle Years Program for
Union parents.

Monday, March 21
Open House, 5:30 p.m.,.
The Roberts Academy at
Flqrida Southern College,
1140 McDonald St., Winter
Haven. The Roberts Acade-
my, which opened in August,
is Florida's only school for
talented children with dys-
lexia. 680-3741

Monday, March 21
Bartow City Commission,
5:30 p.m. work session, 6:30
board meeting, 450 N. Wil-
son Ave.. Call 534-0100.

Monday, March 21
Meeting for off-highway
vehicle park, 6 p.m. Pro-
posed $786,712 Florida De-
partment of Environmental
Protection, recreational trails
program grant. Residents
encouraged to provide feed-
back. Parks and Recreation
Administrative Office, 515
E. Boulevard St., Bartow.

Tuesday, March 22
Polk County School Board
meeting, 8:30 a.m. and 12:30
p.m., Polk County School
District, 1915 S. Floral Ave.,
Bartow. 534-0521 to register
for agenda.

Tuesday, March 22
Polk County Commission,
9 a.m., county commission
chambers at 330 W. Church
St., Bartow. 534-6000.

Saturday, March 26
Volunteer training, a
90-minute orientation
session, Good Shepherd
Hospice, 9:30 a.m., free, vol-
unteers do not need any type
of prior experience. 551-3943
or merrickr@goodshep-

herdhospice.org for more
information or to register.

Saturday, March 26
Pranay Patel presentation
"Face a Brighter Future." 10
a.m. Free, third floor Watson
Clinic's Bella Vista Building,
1755 N Florida Ave., Lake-
land. 904-6231.

Saturday, March 19
The Blood Bought Band,
5:30 p.m., free. Gospel Music
Coffee House, 325 Lyle Park-
way, Bartow, 604-3457.

Saturday, March 19
God Stock, second day
of two days of gospel music
and fellowship. 10 a.m.-10
p.m. Free. Camp Wilderness,
3065 U.S. 17 S. Fort Meade.
430-2410, 512-6024.

Saturday, March 19
Third annual piano
concert, 7 p.m., First United
Methodist Church, Fort
Meade. 285-9059 or 581-

Sunday, March 20
Revival, 6 p.m. Features
the Anchorman. Turning
Point Worship Center, 400 E.
Georgia St., Bartow. 559-



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Effects of type 2 diabetes can trigger and strike you
anytime. This killer disease is can ruin your life. Are
you aware of the symptoms? How can you prevent
it? Let's talk about it here.

What is diabetes? It is a form of metabolic disease
in which a person can't produce enough insulin or
not producing at all. In this state, sugar in the blood
can't be metabolized for the use of the body. It is an
irreversible and debilitating disease which can af-
fect many organs of the body, like the heart, kidneys
and the eyes.

This disease if diagnosed early can be prevented,
You must just know the risk factors and the symp-
toms which accompanies this disease. Risk factors
include genetics, family .history, diet and nutrition,
exercise, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, pregnancy
and other underlying medical conditions.

Symptoms of type 2 diabetes onset include in-
creased or near maximum blood glucose levels,
blurring of vision, yeast infections, increased thirst
and hunger and frequent urinations. When you feel
you have 2 or more of these symptoms, consult your
doctor as soon as possible.

Your doctor will give you diagnostic examinations
to rule out if you have pre diabetes. Blood glucose
test and oral glucose tests are the primary diagnos-
ing procedures done. He will give you recommend,
dations and advice on what you should do when
results come up.

Preventing diabetes is like learning its risk factors.
When you feel you have the risk factors try to avoid
them, or if not, then lessen them. Preventing the dis-
ease is much easier than what you will do when you
already have acquired it.

Because of the high rising research on treatment
and prevention of diabetes, new solutions have
come up. Nowadays, supplements specially made
to prevent diabetes as well as for the maintenance
of blood sugar are now out in the market.

They are available in different forms, brands and
manufacturers. You just have to look for the quality,
not the price. You should also know which ones are
safe to use. Though we all know herbal supplements
are made from natural ingredients, it is still better to
be cautious.

Whatever products you choose just remember,
looking for a cure is more costly than preventing it.
It is for you to decide. Don't let diabetes ruin your
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You can win a car

Golf tourney benefits Women's Care Center

All you have to do is
make a hole-in-one and
you can get yourself a
new car.
Kelley Buick GMC,
Inc., is sponsoring the
giveaway during the 12th
annual Women's Care
Center golf tournament
scheduled Saturday, April
16, at the Bartow Golf
The four-person scram-
ble tournament begins
with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun
start and will include
random prize drawings, a
prize for the longest drive

Bartow Outlaws girls'
14U fastpitch softball
team fell just short of
winning another cham-
pionship this time
the ISA (Independent
Softball Association)
March Madness tourna-
ment this past weekend
in Bartow.
In a well fought battle
the Raiders edged them

and closest to the pin. A
hole-in-one on number
three will get any partici-
pant a 2011 GMC Terrain.
There are also offers for
an Escort Radar package,
a set of Calloway irons
and a trip to'a Fairmont
Resort for two in Canada.
Kelley Buick GMC also
is offering participants a
$50 gift certificate for Cal-
loway Golf for test driving
a Buick at the dealership
at 255 W. Van Fleet Drive,
Sponsorships and
teams are being sought

and include a presenting
sponsor slot for $1,500
that includes two teams,
two carts and greens
fees, lunch and two-
hole signs. A corporate
sponsorship is $400 and
includes a team of four,
cart and green fees, lunch
and a hole sign. A team
sponsorship is $300 and
includes a team of four,
cart and green fees and
lunch. A hole sponsor-
ship is $100. Individual
golfers may sign up to be
included on a team for
$75 each, which includes

a cart, green fees and
Registration deadline is
Thursday, April 14. Dona-
tions also are accepted.
To register, or to become
a sponsor, contact Mary
Smith, director of the
Women's Care Center, at
Registration forms are
available at the Greater
Bartow Chamber of Com-
merce, or at the Bartow
Golf Course.
Call 534-1561 for infor-

Outlaws tourney runners-up

out 3-2. The Outlaws
were down 3-0 going
into the final inning
of the championship
game against the Raid-
ers. Showing heart and
tenacity, they were able
to score two and had
runners on second and
third when the final out
was recorded.
The Outlaws were

awarded the top seed by
winning their seed games
against the Jaguars 13-0
and the St. Pete Fury 4-1.
The Raiders also won
both of their seed games,
but they allowed more
runs scored against them
making them the second
seeded team.
Players for the Bartow
Outlaws were Grace

McKellip, Lexi Sims,
Lauren Harris, Meredith
McGinnis, Bayli Rob-
inson, Ashley Doyle,
Brooke Olinger, Ericka
Mincey, Quinn Reddick
and Sierra Coffman.
The team is coached
and managed byWayne
Olinger, Mike Hall, Steve
Doyle, Jay Robinson and
Andy McGinnis.

You can learn to save lives and
maybe get a job at the city pool as
the American Red Cross is offering
lifeguard certification classes at
the Sam Griner Pool next month.
The classes cost $160 for a
Bartow resident or $169.99 for
non-residents and people have
to register for the class by Friday,
March 25.

To register forms are available
at the Bartow Civic Center Carver
Polk Street Community Center, 520
S. Idlewood. Or people can register
at the Bartow Civic Center, 2250
S. Floral Ave. Payments are to be
made by cash or check.
The classes are offered 4-7. p.m.
April 4, April 5 and April 8; 8 a.m.-5
p.m. April 9 or 4-7 p.m. April 13,

April 14 and April 18. To get a cer-
tification participants must attend
all three 4-7 p.m. classes or they
can attend the all-day session on
April 9.
And, by qualifying there is a
chance there is a city job, but not a
guarantee. The city of Bartow has
seven job openings in the YMCAs,
theme parks or city facilities.

Boys and girls between
4 and 18 can play some
soccer on Saturdays
through the middle of
May in the 3v3 2011
Sign-up is currently
going on. Games started
on March 5 and con-
tinue through May 14.
There is no practice, just.
three-on-three games on
Saturday at either Mary
Holland Park in Bartow
or at Lake Wales Soccer
Park on Hunt Brothers
Road in Lake Wales.
It costs $35 for fall
FYSA registered players
or $45 for new non-FYSA
registered players. The

league needs a copy of
each player's birth cer-
The game are on
smaller fields and there
are small goals. There is
no goalie in these games.
Teams with three on each
side and three goals win
the game. If there are
four players, four goals
wins a game. This is done
to keep games competi-
tive, organizers say.
Players can register at
the soccer concession
stand at Mary Holland
Park from 5-6:30 p.m.,
Wednesday, March 23, or
online at Bartowsoccerl.

Lady Bugs host softball
tourney continues

Bartow High School
Lady Jackets Home of
Champions Tournament
continues Saturday,
March 19.
Games will be played
at BHS as well as the 555
Softball Complex.
Lady Jackets tourna-

ment games were played
Friday at the stadium
against Lakewood Ranch
and Alachua Santa Fe.
Today there will be a
game with Durant High
School at 10 a.m. and an-
other game at 1 p.m. with
a team to be announced.

Marsh Rabbit Run

Trail closed for safety

Marsh Rabbit Run Trail
at Circle B Bar Reserve is
currently closed for safety
reasons as an alligator
displayed protective
actions against visitors
walking or bicycling near
her young offspring.
Alligators often become
territorial and protective
of their nests and young
during this time of year
and Polk County Parks
and Natural Resources
Division staff will moni-

tor the situation and
reopen the trail when it is
determined to be safe for
Circle B Bar Reserve is
a 1,267-acre Polk County
and Southwest Florida
Water Management Dis-
trict environmental land
site on the northwest
shores of Lake Hancock
off Winter Lake Road.
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Lifeguard classes offered

March 19, 2011

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