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Democrat Vol. 80 No. 66

BartowN, Florida 33830
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Saturday, April 16, 2011
Copyright 2010 Sun Coast Media Group

Pinwheels for Prevention

Ceremony marked April- as Child Abuse Prevention Month

said to the parents.
"But we have to stop
this problem (child
abuse) before it can
Smith echoed
the sheriff's call to
help parents. He
said there are many
places for help
and even the Polk
County- Commission
website can help. .
"People can visit
the county's website
and find-links to
areas that can help

.'Smith, DCF Circuit
COurt Administra-
tor Ann Berner and -
Heartland for Children
CEO Te~ri Saunders
took to the podium
to mark the month
designed to help chil-
dren have "normal"
childhoods with posi-
tive memories. Part of
that, they said, was to
help parents.
"Children make
up 24 percent of the
population but they're
100 percent of our
future," Judd told the
crowd of about 75

people who gathered
in front of the county
courthouse in Bartow
Ju~dd said.the
had more than 6,000
reports of child abuse
last year. Many times
it comes to the fact
that parents, in deal-
ing with daily life and
raising a family, can
reach a level of too
much stress and that
could make some-
thing bad happen.
"We will be there
to support you," Judd

A handful of chil-
dren, each holding a
pinwheel, from Eagles
Nest Academy delight-
ed the people at Fort
Blount Park Tuesday
afternoon with their
singing before gtiests
spoke in support of
Child Abuse Preven~-
tion Month.
The children sang
two songs before Polk
Country Sheriff Grady
Judd, county Com-
mission Chairman Ed


Eagles Nest Academy students Chelysei Brisbane
(left) and Arielle Pinkston play with pinwheels
at Fort Blount Park.

Appeals panel lea
A lawsuit filed against Mo-
saic's South Fort Meade mining
expansion has been sent back to
a lower federal court.
A three-person panel of judges
from the U.S. Eleventh circuit
Court of Appeals in Atlanta
ruled Friday that the original
district court in Jacksonville did
hot consider enough evidence
before rendering its injunction
against the phosphate company

ves 90-day window
last July. Oral arguments on the
appeal were heard Aipril 4.
However, the injunction itself
is still in effect for another 90
days, according to the appeals
court, so more time can be given
to the federal court in Jackson-
ville to render a new decision.
That time period also generally
coincides with an agreerixent
Mosaic reached with plaintiffs
last fall that allowed mining op-
erations to begin on about 200

Bartow High
School senior
Matt Geiger,
right, plays the
tuba during the
school's first
Prism Concert at
the Bartow Civic
Center Thursday.
More than 500
people showed
up for the event
-where they were
served dinner and
listened to high
school's various
bands in different
parts of the
Below, junior
Dillon Medora's
mallet solo
entranced the
audience the


Jacquelyn Moore and
Renita Wright. Last
year, the program at-
tracted 50 students.
"We will meet two
times per week, Tues-
days and Thursdays,
for approximately
three hours, from 6-9
p.m. for 11 weekss"
said Bentley. The
classes will be segre-

unrise Community in
re for themselves. They and
It Florida will be hurt by cuts
~ith Disabilities.

Scott lifted his order holding
disabled people in a deal with
Ite President Mike Haridopolos
on agreed to provide an infusion
ons with Disabilities. However,
til July 1.

rs,.we've had cutbacks
nt." -
nd similar agencies are
ate it was in 2005-06. But
do Medicaid mandates
vernment, a number of
,yees, many who barely
minimum wage. How-
nt you can't cut anything ~


atedmbee iennde Twth
days. Upon occasion,
the classes will meet
in joint sessions.
Among the topics
covered will be teen
pregnancy prevention,
workforce readiness,
effective communi-
cation and personal
Money management.

house from 9-11 a.m.,
Saturday, April 16~, at
its facility at 450 W .
Main St.
This will be the
second year of the
program, open to
teens 14-19, said Joyce
Bentley, who is serv-
ing on the planning
committee, helping
program coordinators

Preparing today's
youth for responsible
adulthood will be the
prime mission of Tri-
ple Eagle CDC's Youth
Leadership Academy
2011 program, "Un-
locking Your Future,"
when it holds an open

cormmunity ............7A
County Report........8A
Arrests ...................... 10A
Sports............ ...........11A

City to discuss
Redevelopment Agency

See Page 2A

Check out the
Easter events

See Page 7A

Reviewing Adarnl Putnam's
first 100 days in office~

See Page 8A:


The 12th annual Pinwheels for
Prevention Run is scheduled at 9
a.m. Saturday, April 23. to raise
awareness about Child Abuse
Prevention Month.
Children in kindergarten through
fifth grades can take part and '
T-h rtss Tr00piers wll e wreded
to the top three be s and girls
It is at McLau lijn Middle
School's tratk, 800 5. Fourth St.,
Lake Wales. Registration begins
at 8:30 a.in. Contact Michael
Smith at 401-2464.

Mosaic suit sent

back to lower court


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'These are human beings, U
not commodities

sitting on a shelf'
"It was like getting hit in the head with a fry-
ing pan."
So sighed Shirley Balogh, president and chief
executive officer of the Lakeland-based Alliance Many of the clients at the S1
for Independence (AFI), which has 115 clients. Lakeland are not able to car
Sigh. It was all she could do to in order to others like them throughout
comijrehend the emergency across the board to the Agency for Persons w
15 percent cut Gov. Rick Scott had imposed ~,
April 1 upon the Agency for People with Dis- C UTS STALLED FOI
Balogh said the measure was to cover an end- On Thursday, April l4 Gov. Rick
of-year deficit. back $30 million for services to
"So the impact to us for three months, April, Florida legislative leaders. Sena
May and June, is $148,226," she said. "We've got and House Speaker Dean Canne
to absorb that impact in a three-month period." of cash for the Agency for Perse
Now the question is, how? AFI, she said, had that move will stay in effect un
already cut back to bare bones. Even before
April 1, Balogh had been working with busi- "Over the past three yea
nesses, renegotiating contracts, reducing to the tune of 25 percel
expenses anywhere and everywhere she could. The problem is, AFI a
While business owners and operators were will- getting only the same r~
ing to work with her, and had, there was only so costs keep climbing, as
much they could do. They have to make a profit issued by the federal go
in order to stay operational and provide the which involve its emplo
needed services, said Balogh. And that was not make much more than
the least of her concerns. ever, there comes a poir
"Everything we do, we get reimbursed for
services. We don't get paid up front," she said.

'Unlock' door to future

Open House Saturday key for youth

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Deal of the Day
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the green
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Editorial ...................4A
Calendar ......... ........5A

C0od Morning,
EIlsworth S.

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The FCAT of music
Union Academy Magnet School chorus traveled to Haines City High School on April 7 to partici-
pate in the MPA, or Music Performance Assessment. It is an educational field trip and an mntegral
part of the chorus curriculum. Some people consider it the "FCAT of music."

Stream song utility plans get go-ahead

April 16, 2011

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Jackson and Pat Huff
seemed to favor com-
missioners gaining more
control of CRA finances,
while Mayor Wayne Lewis
and Commissioner Leo
Longworth preferred the
status quo.
Commissioner James
E Clements was absent
while representing the
city on a visit to lawmak-
ers in Tallahassee. He said
later he hasn't made a
decision on how he feels.
"I don't want to make a
decision without hearing
from my fellow commis-
sioners," Clements said.
A light agenda is on
hand for the regular com-
mission meeting at 6:30

p.m. Monday.
Commissioners will:
*Hear a presentation
by Mark Jackson, Polk
County director of tour-
ism on the opening of
*Present tokens of
appreciation to outgoing
members of the Mayor's
Youth Council and see
a presentation by the
*Present a proclama-
tion for Just Say No Week,
April 24-20
*Present a proclama-
tion for the Great Ameri-
can Cleanup on April 30;
*Receive the CRA quar-
terly report
Peggy Kehoe

Bartow city commis-
sioners will continue
discussion of the Com-
munity Redevelojpment
Agency at their Monday
work session, which
begins at 5:30 p.m. at City
With the pending re-
tirement of CRA Director
Jim Duane, commission-
ers have been considering
changes to the makeup
of the CRA board. Some
favor keeping it a citizen
board, while others favor
having the commission
administer the CRA. Also
to be discussed is hiring'a
new director.
At the April 4 meeting,
Commissioners Adrian


Offr-road park gets unanimous approval

added that those who
ride there would likely
have a "reasonable expec-
tation that if they had an
accident that there would
be a means to stabilize
themselves until such
time that emergency
services arrive."
Commission Chair-
man Ellis Hlunt, Jr., didn't
necessarily agree, but
voted for the amendment
"I used to ride dirt bikes
extensively and I say, like
anything you do, you do
it at your own risk," Hunt
observed. "If people sign
a waiver coming in, they
know it's a rural area. I
think you're going to take
According to a report
prepared by county plan-
ners, the closest EMS
station is in Frostproof, 14
miles away.
Dave Carter, represent-
ing Dirty Foot, said site
owners were not overly
concerned about that
"The owners out there
tell me the response
time is about 15 min-

utes," Carter said. "We're
comfortable that you sign
a waiver coming in, and
comfortable that the EMS
station knows where we
are, so we don't see it as a
'The site is about
seven miles southwest of
Frostproof. It is located
east of Singletary Road,
about two miles south of
thewith Avon Park Cutoff
Road. Under the tempo-
rary use permit, the site
was previously limited to
just 14 events a year.
About 29 acres would
be used for what county
planners called "self-con-
tained" camping. There
would be no utilities
provided like electric or
water hookups.
"If there's any place to
put this, it's perfect," said
Commissioner Sue Nel-
son, who said she visited
the site personally. "I can't
imagine you getting com-
plaints from anybody."
Planners said they
mailed out 22 notices
about the project, and
received no negative

An 82-acre off-road
vehicle park situated
midway between Frost-
proof and Fort Meade
got unanimous approval
from Polk County plan-
ners last week.
The site is currently op-
erating under the banner
of Dirty Foot Adventures,
thanks to a temporary use
permit. County planners
described the site as an
"off-road vehicle park
consisting of racetracks,
drag strips, mud pits
for vehicle usage, and a
Planning Commission
member John Hunt raised
concerns about safety
on site, given the nature
of the activity, and the
planning group agreed to
an additional condition of
approval relative to mak-
ing sure there is adequate
first aid equipment avail-
able in the future.
"One thing that raised
my concern is lack of
proximity to emergency
services," Hunt said. He

the two golf courses there
could open in late 2012.
Planning Commis-
sioner John Hunt raised
a concern about what
would happen to the
wastewater plant should
the resort fail and even-
tually close, asking for
"some financial instru-
ment" in that scenario.
"We have a history with
past plants," he noted. "I
just want to make sure
if there's a failure for
some reason that there's
a responsible party to -
take over that wastewater
In the end, Mosaic
officials agreed to work
with the county attorney's
office on some type of
agreement should that
unlikely scenario arise.
"If it would fail, the
facility would shut down,"
said Mosaic representa-
tive Parker Keen. "There
would be no one there
to use the facility. It's not
like we have this residen-
tial component."

Polk County planners
havd given their en-
dor'sement to Mosaic for
construction of a water
treatment and wastewa
ter treatment plan for
its planned Streamsong
The water plant will
be able to produce up to
96,800 gallons of potable
water a day. The waste~
water treatment plant
will have a capacity of
100,000 gallons daily. Two
wells will be dug at the
site south of County Road
630, about five miles west
of Fort Meade.
The wastewater plant
will cover about seven
acres, at a west central
location of Streamsong's
1,941 acre footprint. The
water treatment plant
will cover about 1.5 acres
and include an 11,0d00
square foot building and
40' x 25' water storage
tank. Both plants will be

Officials said the plant
Will help improve another
part of the resort's opera-
tions as well,
"The wastewater facility
will treat the effluent to
public access standards
and utilize the reclaimed
water for irrigation
purposes within the
proposed golf course,"
according to a document
provided to the county
planning board.
A reject pond is pro-
posed if any effluent does
not meet public access
standards, officials added.
Approval was also con-
tingent on "the continued
presence of the existing
screening, tree and shrub
cover surrounding the
site," although the actual
plants are not located
next to any existing road-
ways that would be in site
of the public.
Documents indicate
that construction on both
plants would begin some-
time in 2012. The resort
is scheduled to open in
the fall of 2013, although

Commission to discuss CRA

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on "deadbeats." Or an exploitation
of the old "welfare Cadillac" stereo-
But let's assume good intentions:
*Most would agree it's in the best
interests of society to discourage the
use of illegal drugs when possible.
This is especially true if children are
*Taxpayers may accept that needy
citizens in dire circumstances need
help, but they are naturally offended
when their tax money may support
drug habits.
*Many employers now includ-
ing the state government require
random drug testing of employees,
so it only seems fitting to apply the
same standards to people who re-
ceive their "income" from taxpayers.
*A strict "just-say-no" state policy
could help "break the cycle of drug
abuse" in poor communities, as one
senator recently put it.
People would be help account-
able. They might learn an important


Teachers should take FCAT

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solve toug]
All viable arguments. But here are
the problems:
When welfare benefits are cut,
the consequences always trickle
down to children.
*Without the temporary state
assistance, the penalized family
faces a situation that is even more
extreme. The consequences may be
increased levels of homelessness,
more problems in schools and more
*Past attempts to impose similar
drug-testing policies proved to be
ineffective. In a $2.7 million test
program in the Jacksonville region a
decade ago, only 335 people tested
positive from drugs out of 8,797
tested. Of the 258 people tested in a
Michigan program during the same
period, 21 tests indicated drug use.
All but three were for marijuana.
We may think testing programs
unearth crack-heads and oxy-ad-
dicts, but more often they weed out
the casual pot smoker.
*Michigan's random drug-testing
law was subsequently found to
violate the Fourth Amendment's
protection against unlawful search

Ten years from now, when Florida
repeals the law that forced prospec-
tive welfare recipients to take ~drug
tests, we may look back and ask how
we were again led into bad policies
by soundbite politics that offered
simple solutions to complicated
societal problems. -
A bill making its way through the
Florida Legislature would require
anyone seeking temporary welfare
payments to undergo screening for
illegal drugs. The person would have
to pay for the test. If she and it
is "she" in most households seeking
welfare failed the test, the fam-
ily would not be eligible for welfare
for a year. According to an amend-
ment to the bill that passed a Senate
subcommittee this week, the person
could apply for benefits again if she
completed a drug-treatment pro-
She'd have to pay for that, too.
Tough love or tough luck? It may
be hard not to see this as a punative
measure aimed at easing budget
pressures by making life even more
miserable for families in distress. Or
a way to avoid spending tax money

FCAT is here again.
I keep thinking that
the teachers should have
to pass the FCAT so we
know they are capable of
teaching the students to
that level.

Now, I am thinking
teachers should have to
pass the 12th grade FCAI'
before they are hired as
teachers in Florida.
Then, we would know
that the teachers who are

teaching in any grade at
least have the equivalent
of a high school educa-
Lynn Rhodes

Scriptures that speak of
"science so called." The
latter issue of a "'fragile
habitat" has also been
repeatedly discredited
and yet radical environ-
mental groups continue
to present these spurious
arguments as fact.
Unfortunately, these
shall groups of radicals
aligned with a radical
Democratic administra-
tion have thwarted oil
exploration in the U.S.
Mr. Obama placed a
drilling moratorium in
April, 2010, lifted it in
October, 2010, and has
not approved a single
new exploratory drilling
plan in the Gulf of Mexico
while over 100 permits
await review.
As gasoline approaches
$4 to $5 per gallon, it is
estimated that this policy

is costing our country
$3.7 million/day. To add
,insult to injury, the Wil-
'liston Basin, in northern
M~vongana, North Dakota
and Canada, is estimated
by the Energy Informa-
tion Administration to
potentially contain 503
billion barrels of oil.
The evidence is over-
whelming that Mr.
Obama and radical
environmentalists seem
intent on bankrupting
this nation.
Tr~ue conservationalists
must call on Congress
to "Drill here and Drill
We cannot delay in
making America free from
foreign oil used to sup-
port regimes that hope
and pray for our downfall.
Dan C. Frodge, P.E.

My father, Albert
Frodge, returned from
fighting in World War II .
as a wounded combat
veteran, determined to
inculcate into the lives
of his six sons a love for
hunting, fishing and the
Consequently, I am a
conservationalist, but I
am not a radical envi-
ronmentalist. Recently, I
received some interest-
ing propaganda from
the Sierra Club that is
concerned that "no action
can be taken under the
Endangered Species Act
to stop global warming or
oil drilling in fragile polar
bear habitat."
I am surprised that the
Sierra Club is still clinging
to the discredited theory
of "global warming" and
am reminded of the Holy

TOUgh 8St 10b D 1 t
Am I the only person
who has pondered what THINKINGS. F i b e8
it must be like to be the OUT LOUD
British military com- I
mander of Prince Wil- ) 3
liam, search and rescue ~
helicopter pilot in the .*
RAF and future King of SLFibe
England? Prince William
was commissioned a cor- Windsor.
net (second lieutenant) in Having a name that
the Blues and Royals regi- long must have been re-
ment of the Household ally convenient when his
Cavalry, and as best I can mother, Princess Diana,
determine from on-line became angry at him and
research, now holds the (all boys are fainiliar with
ranks of flight lieutenant this tradition) summoned
in the Royal Air Force and him by his entire name.
captain in the Blues and By the time she got to
Royals. Mountbatten-Windsor,
He holds honorary she probably had forgot-
ranks as Commodore-in- ten why she was mad.
Chief of HMNB Clyde, the For short, he is properly
Royal Navy Submarine known as William Wales.
Service, and Scotland, In college, he was ad-
and Colonel of the Regi- dressed by a pseudonym,
ment of Irish Guards. Steve.
He is the one-thou- But how is he ad-
sandth member of the dressed by his flying
Order of the Garter.What- buddies? Lieutenants are
ever that is. not known for formality
Not bad for a guy who in addressing each other,
was commissioned on though somehow I just
Dec. 15, 2006. cannot imagine his fellow

officers shouting, "Hey,
Wills. Let's hit the club for
a cool one!" But I suppose
it could happen.

"If you want an abor-
tion, you go to Planned
Parenthood. And that's
well over 90 percent of
what Planned Parenthood
does." Sen. Jon Kyl, R-
Ariz., April 8, 2011
"(The statistic Kyl used)
was not intended to be
a factual statement ..."
Statement from Kyl's of-
fice to CNN, later that day

website. By my count,
of the 70 that originated
with an identifiable
individual or group (as
opposed to a chain email
or miscellaneous source),
61 were from the political
right. That includes Rush
Limbaugh saying Presi-
dent Obama is going to
take away your right to
fish, Arizona Gov. Jan
Brewer saying beheaded
bodies are being found
in the desert, Sarah Palin
claiming death panels
will stalk the elderly 90
percent of the most auda-
cious lies coming from
And that word is used
advisedly here. There is
little that is truly conser-
vative about what we are
truN thii i re tar sdm,
committed to their ideo-
logical crusades that they
feel justified in vandaliz-
ing reason and sacrificing
integrity in furtherance of
their cause. The end justi-
fies any means. So, as was
the case with Jon Kyl, if
you can't prove your point
with the facts at hand,
make up some facts and
prove it with those.
It says much about the
intellectual state of what

Hillary Clinton and Harry
Reid have all, at one point
or another, been at vari-
ance with the truth. But
when it comes to serial
lying, to the biggest, most
brazen, most audacious
lies, the lies repeated ad
nauseam until people
mistake them for truth,
when it comes to the
most absolute contempt
for the facts and for the
necessity of honest de-
bate, t sno ee en close.

Consider: Politifact has
six categories for judging
veracity. A statement is ei-
ther true, mostly true, half
true, barely true, false, or
"Pants On Fire," after the
old schoolyard taunt that
begins "Liar! Liar!" Politi-
fact uses this designation
for statements that are
not only untrue but also
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that Kyl "vastly over-
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and seizure, so any new law will face
a protracted court fight.
Drug abuse is a terrible societal ill.
(Alcohol abuse is also.) It is also ex-
tremely difficult for addicts to break
bad habits. We know that. We also
know the "just-say-no" approach
is an ineffective way to fight root
problems. What works is drug and
alcholol treatment programs.
We might look more favorably
on a bill that required drug testing
for welfare recipients, but only if
it allowed those who tested posi-
tive to collect a temporary welfare
check while requiring attendance at
a state-sanctioned program at state
expense. That might actually help
some people break out of a destruc-
tive cycle.
But that assumes good intentions,
as well as a commitment to pro-
grams that cost money. It assumes
legislators are serious about deal-
ing with underlying problems, not
grandstanding with bumper-sticker
And since the Senate's proposed
budget cuts funding for drug pro-
grams, it's fair to assume the latter.

Real conservatives will drill

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premise, as a senior cap-
tain or junior major as-
signed as his commander,
how do you give an order
to the man who is second
in line of succession to
the throne? "Prince Wil-
liam of Wales, member of
the Order of the Garter, if
it suits Your-Highness-To-
Be, Sir, right face, forward
How does one shout or-
ders to Queen Elizabeth's
eldest grandson? Perhaps,
as in answer to the ques-
tion, "How do porcupines
make love?" The answer
is, "Very carefully."

I have not kept track of
these things, b2ut it seems
to me that Prince William
and his rakish younger
brother, Prince 'Arry, have
taken a little more leave
than most members of
the military.
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Series," Greed or Need:
The Struggle Between
Unnatural Consumption
and Natural Resources,"
5-7:30 p.m. $12 mem-
bers, $15 non-members.
Polk Museum of Art, 800
E. Palmetto St., Lakeland.

Saturday, April 16
Ben Prestage in the
Visitors Center, 7:30 p.m.
Soaked in blues tradition
and Mississippi culture.
Limited seating; reser-
vations recommended.
$25 with a 10 percent
discount for members.
Bok Tower Gardens, 1151
Tower Blvd., Lake Wales,
676-1408 or viisit www.

Sunday, April 17
Adult Band Concert,
Bartow Civic Center, 2250
S. FloralAve, free one-
hour concert. 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 17
Piano prodigy Robert
Fleitz, 2:30 p.m. Florida
Southern College's Brans-
comb Auditorium, $35
adults, $17.50 students.
To purchase tickets or for
more information about
the Festival of Fine Arts,
call 680-4296 or visit
www.fls southern. edulffha.

Saturday, April 16
Travis Williams &
Adrienne Plati concert, 7
p.m. The Doggie Bag of
Lakeland, 1745 E. Edge-
wood Drive, Lakeland.

Monday, April 18
Grant seekers comput-
er class, 1-3 p.m. Register
at the Circulation Desk
or by phone. Bartow
Public Library, 2150 S.
Broadway, 534-0131.

Tuesday, April 19
Bartow Lock & Safe
ribbon-cutting, 9:30 a.m.,
1620 N. Broadway.

Wednesday, April 20
Fort Meade Chamber
of Commerce luncheon,
11:45 a.m., $10 at the
door. Polk Health Care's
Jan Howell to discuss
available healthcare
coverage for the unin-
sured. Fay Downing, Polk
County Tourism sales
and marketing manager,
gives update on Lego-
land. City Mobile Home
Park, 1046 S.E. Second,
Fort Meade. 285-8253 or
to RSVP by Monday, April

Wednesday, April 20
CCC Group, Inc.,
ribbon-cutting, 9 a.m.
5000 Old Highway 37 S.,

Thursday, April 21
Building the Ultimate
Business Plan II, 2-4
p.m., hosted by CFDC.
Neil Combee County
Administration Build-
ing, Room 139 (first
floor), 330 W. Church St.,
Bartow. $35, reservations
may be made at www.
polksbdc.org no later
than 24 hours before the
session. Call 534-5915 for
registration and informa-

Thursday, April 21
Chamber Young Pro-
fessionals Luncheon,
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Profes-
sional Development Mini
Seminar featuring Marcia
Corbett. Polk County
Historical Museum, Main
Street, Bartow.

Monday, April 18
Friends of the Bartow
Public Library annual
meeting, 9:30 a.m., at the
Bartow Public Library,
2150 Broadway. Meeting
to elect officers for next

Tuesday, April 19
Royal City Gospel
Quartet and Wade Shirah
at Golden Age Club,
group of citizens 55 years
of age and older. Covered
dish luncheon, noon-1
p.m. Bartow Civic Center,
863-533-1091, 412-1006,

Saturday, April 16-
Sunday, April 17
The Blue Max Scale
R/C Challenge and
Fly-In, competition for
vintage and World War
I era models and radio-
controlled aircraft, 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. Also Sat-
urday, "Calculated Risk:
The Extraordinary Life of
Jimmy Doolittle." $28.95
for adults and $14.95
for children, ages 6-15,
Fantasy of Flight, 1400
Broadway Blvd. SE, Polk
City. 984-3500 or visit
www.fantasyof'flight. com.

Saturday, Apri 1hp,
9-11 a.m., free, Mulberry
Civic Center, 901 NE 5th
St., Mulberry.

Saturday, April 16
Pix and Popcorn at the
Library, "The Tourist"
(adults), 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Children must be ac-
companied by an adult at
all times. Bartow Public
Library, 2150 S. Broad-
way, 534-0131.

Saturday, April 16
Pink in the Park,
fundraiser for the Mary
Kay Fo~undation to sup-
po. eindit g d rn st c

Tigers vs. Daytona Cubs
game, Joker Marchant
Park, Lakeland. $10, $5
to be donated to T'MKE:

Saturday, April 16
Friends of the Parks
and Magnify Ulniversity
free dirt day, I p.m. Polk
County A~gricultural Cen-

ter, 1702 U.S. Hwy. 17 S.,

Saturday, April 16
Art and Soul Festival
event, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,
free. 50 artisans provide a
day of interactive art ex-
periences, live music and
soulful conversations.
Starts with a live butterfly
release. Drops of Jupiter,
253 Ave. A S.W., Winter
Haven. 287-2656.

Monday, April 18
Foreclosure workshop,
6-8 p.m., free, Champi-
ons Church, 1801 Haven-
dale Blvd., Winter Haven.

Tuesday, April 19
Terrific Tuesday, "Fun
Flyers," 10:30 a.m. Explo-
rations V Children's Mu-
seum, 109 N. Kentucky
Ave., Lakeland. 687-3869.

Wednesday, April 20
3-5 year-old Story .
Time, 10-10:45 a.m., Bar-
tow Public Library, 2150
S. Broadway. 534-0131.

Wednesday, April 20
Wacky Wednesday,
"Jell-O Jigglers," 10:30
a.m. Explorations V Chil-
dren's kluseum, 109 N.
Kentucky Ave., Lakeland.

Thursday, April 21
Foreclosure Workshop,
6-8 p.m., free, Adult
Transition Center, Gause
Riverside Academy,1002
6th St. N.E., Fort Meade.

Thursday, April 21
"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., Win-
ter Haven. $5 donation
suggested for each class,
299-9070 to register.

Saturday, April 23
12th annual Pinwheels
for Prevention Run, reg-
istration 8:30 a.m., run at
9 a.m. To raise awareness
of Child Abuse Preven-
tion Month. McLaughlin
Middle School's track,
800 S. Fourth St., Lake
Wales. 401-2464.

Saturday, April 16
Plastic surgeon Dr.
Raam S. Lakhani, semi-
nar "Spring Into a New
You," 10 a.m., free. Third
floor ofWatson Clinic's
Bella Vista Building at
1755 N. Florida Avenue,
Lakeland. RSVP 904-

All phone number -
area codes are 863 unless
indicated otherwise. The
deadline to be included
in the upcoming calen-
dar or for news stories
is 4 p.m. Monday for
Wednesday's newspaper
and 4 p. m. Thursday for
Saturday's newspaper
Call/effRoslow or
Peggy Kehoe at 533-4183.

Saturday, April 16-
Sunday, April 17
Smoke on the Moun-
tain Homecoming, 7:30
p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 2
p.m. Sunday. $20 adults,
$15 students with an ID,
$10 for 18 and younger,
available at Lakeland
Community Theatre, 121
S. Lake Ave., 603-7529 or
at www.1akelandcommu-

Saturday, April 16
Creative Studies

Tuesday, April 19
Medicare help, 10 a.m.-
noon, to receive help on
accessing and utilizing
Medicare. Bartow Public
Library, 2150 S. Broad-
way. 534-0131.

Saturday, April 16
The Bill Brooks Band,
5:30 p.m., free, Gospel
Music Coffee House, 325
Lyle Parkway, Bartow.

Monday, April 18-
Thesday, April 19
Passover dinner, 7:30
p.m. Tradition comes to
life with clear English
explanations at each
stage and Kabbalistic in-
sights from Rabbi Moshe
Lazaros. Adults $36,
child,$18, sponsor $180,
benefactor $360. No
one will be turned away
for lack of funds. 3500
South Florida Ave. Suite
3, Lakeland. 877-0072 or
e-mail rsvp@chabadpolk.

Tuesday, April 19
Round-Up of Hope by
Lighthouse Ministries.
Doors open at 10:30 a.m.
for the first round-up,
reopen at 4:30 p.m. for
the second round-up.
Western-themed festival,
complete with horses,
cowboys, games, cotton
candy. Performances by
, The English Brothers and
horse trainer Dr. Lew
Sterrett. $25 per person
includes a meal ticket
and free parking. Chil-
dren 3 and younger free.
The Lakeland Center, 701
W. Lime St., Lakeland

Thursday, April 21
Unifying The Mind
Through Meditation with
facilitator Susan Quinn,
1:30-3 p.m., $7. The Cen-
ter for Personal Growth,
'151 Second St. S.W.,
Winter Haven. To register
call 393-8197.

Saturday, April 16
12th annual Golf
Tournament Benefiting
Women's Care Center
of Bartow. Four-person
scramble, registration at
7:30 a.m., start at 8:30
a.m. Awards luncheon,
random prize drawings,
prizes for each flight,
longest drive and closest
to the pin. Kelley Buick
GMC of Bartow giving a
GMC Terrain to the golfer
hitting a hole-in-one on
third hole. Call 534-3844.

Beverly R. Baker, 57,
of Lake Alfred, died April
10, 2011, at Winter Haven
She was born in Lake
Alfred on Nov. 4, 1953.
Ms. Baker was a dietary
aide at Winter Haven
Hospital. She was a mem-

Hazel Francis, 98 of
Bartow, died on Friday,
April 8, 2011, at Spring
Lake Nursing Center in
Winter Haven.
Born Feb. 17, 1913, in
Kettle Falls, Wash., Mrs.
Francis was a resident of
Bartow 49 years, mov-
ing from New Brighton,
She was a member of
First Christian Church of
Bartow and the Golden
Age Club.

Barbara A. Lewis, 68,
of Bradley, died April 10,
2011, in Lakeland.
She was born in Brews-
ter on Feb. 28, 1943.
Mrs. Lewis was a retired
Walt Disney World chef
and a member of Mt.
Olive Missionary Baptist
Church in Bradley.
Survivors include four

ber of~rinity Worship
Center in Auburndale.
Survivors include a
sister, Shanita Baker of
Winter Haven, and a
brother, Michael Baker of
Lake Alfred.
Visitation: Friday, April
15, from 5-7 p.m., at

Hazel Francis

Church of God By Faith in
Lake Alfred.
Funeral: Saturday, April
16, at 11 a.m., at Trinity
Worship Center, Auburn-
Arrangements: Williams
Funeral Home, Bartow.

She was preceded in
death by her husband,
Summer Francis, and
brother, Harvey Reeder.
Survivors include her
sister, Wanita Hestrin of
Hemet, Calif., and several
nieces and nephews.
Arrangements: Whid-
den-McL~ean Funeral
Home, Bartow.
Condolences to the
family may be made at

Visitation: Friday, April
15, from 5-7 p.m., at
Mt. Olive M.B. Church'
Funeral: Saturday, April
16, at 11 a.m., at St. James
Primitive Baptist Church'
Arrangements: Williams
Funeral Home, Bartow.

Barbara A. Lewi!
daughters, Clara Shoots
of Deltona, Melessa Low-
ery of Orlando, and Taka-
sha Lewis and Stephine
Lewis, both of Lakeland;
a son, Kenneth Warfield
of Lakeland; two sisters,
Eunice Warfield and Eva
Saunders, both of Lake-
land; 10 grandchildren;
and two great-grandchil-

Steven Alan Martin

Steven Alan Martin,
50, died Sunday, April
3, 2011, at his home in
Born Aug. 28, 1960, in
Tampa, Mr. Martin was
the son of the late James
K. Martin and Barbara
Mr. Martin was a mem-
ber of Main Street Baptist
Church. He was also the
owner and operator of
Martin's Computer Sales
and Service.
He was preceded in

Gayle Whitney,~ of Au-
burndale, died of ovarian
cancer Monday, April 11,
2011, at Good Shepherd
Hospice Center in Au-
burndale. She was 67.
Born Sept. 3, 1943,
in Lakeland, she was a
lifelong resident of the
area. She was a member
of First Baptist Church
of Polk City, and was
employed as the office
manager for Madrid
Engineering Group, Inc.,
of Bartow.
Survivors include a

death by his grandpar-
ents, Mr. and Mrs. EJ.
Martin and Cleo Walker
Hagle; his father, James
K. "Bud" Martin; and a
brother, James K. Martin,

Survivors include his
mother, Barbara Martin
of Bartow; two broth-
ers, David Martin and
wife Shannon of Bartow,
and Scott Martin and
wife Heidi ofWilming-
ton, N.C.; five nephews,
Zachary, Spencer, Chr~is,

Gayle Whitney
son, Tim Thompson of
Largo; a daughter, Gina
Callender of Dothan,
Ala.; a sister, Jan Shockley
ofAuburndale; and five
Visitation: Saturday,
April~l6, at 2 p.m., at
First Missionary Baptist
Church of Auburndale.
Funeral: Saturday at 3
p.m., at the church.
In lieu of flowers, it was
the desire of Ms. Whitney
that contributions be
given in her name to Kes-
wick Christian School of

Chase, and Chad; and
numerous members of
his extended family.
Funeral: Graveside ser-
vice, Thursday, April 14,
at 11 a.m., at Wildwood
Cemetery in Bartow.
Arrangements: Whid-
den-McLean Funeral
Home, Bartow.
Condolences may be
made to the family at

St. Petersburg, designated
to help with tuition costs
for her grandsons. For
specific instructions, the
school may be reached at
Questions regarding
food for the family should
be directed to the office
of First Missionary Bap
tist Church, at 967-2303.
Condolences may be sent
at www.oakridgefuneral-
Arrangements: Oak
Ridge Funeral Care, Win
ter Haven.

brother, Wayne Johnson
of Fort Meade.
Visitation: Friday, April
15, from 6-8 p.m., at
Wrilliams Funeral H-ome,
Funeral: Saturday, April
16, at 1 p.m., at Beulah
Baptist Church, Fort

Wiilma Jean Wilhia
Wilma Jean Williams, daughters, Rosalind Staf-
70, of Fort Meade, passed ford of Lakeland, Rhonda
away on April 8, 2011, in Freeman of Fort Meade,
Lakeland, and Ratania Minniefield
She was born in Fort of Winter Haven; a son,
Meade on Sept. 30, 1940. Reggie Henry of Lakeland;
Mrs. Williams was a four sisters, Auther Ree
cashier. She wais a mem- Murry, WJillie Mae Lewis
ber of Friendship Baptist and Blondia Johnson, all
Church. of Fort Meade, and Katy
Survivors include three James of Bartow; and a

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children are future vot-
ers, parents, teachers,
business owners, em-
ployees and community
leaders. Children, it says,
thrive and grow when
their parents and care-
givers have knowledge,
skills and resources.
"The pinwheel sym-
bolizes the promise and

promotes the campaign
to give children positive
memories," Kim Daugh-
erty, a spokesperson for
Heartland for Children,
said. She added that
while many parents are
doing fine raising their
young, some may feel
that it can sometimes be
too much.

"When the stress fac-
tors get to be too much
it's OK to ask for help,"
she said.
Smith said, "We must
understand the needs of
children." ,
Judd said giving more
help to the parents will
only help the children.
"We want to provide

more nutrients to the
environment of the child
and to do that we have to
provide more nutrients
for the parents. There has
to be concrete support
in (the parents') times of
need," he said. "If we fol-
low the efforts and save
one child that would
make this all worth it."

play in.children's daily
lives. Circuit 10, which
includes Polk, Hardee
and Highlands coun-
ties, is home to 164,855
children and youth up
to 18 years old. Of those
children, 138,917 live in
Polk County.
Heartland for Children
points out that these

evaluating the Corps'
practical alternatives
The appeals court also
noted that "based on the
limited record before
us ... we are presently
no better equipped to
resolve this dispute than
was the district court."
Mosaic said they were
heartened by the deci-
"We appreciate this
timely ruling and are
pleased with the out-
come and directions
provided by the Eleventh
Circuit," said Richard
Mack, Mosaic's Executive
Vice President and Gen-
eral Counsel. "We look
forward to presenting
our case to the District
Court as mandated by
the Court of Appeals."
He added that the min-
ing giant had done its

homework in preparing
for expansion.
"The H~ardee County
Extension permit was an
exhaustive, multi-year
effort that resulted in the
most extensively re-
viewed and environmen-
tally protective phos-
phate mining permit
in Florida's history. We
expect that our ongoing
operations at South Fort
Meade, together with
other mitigation efforts,
will be sufficient to sup-
port our finished phos-
phate production for the
90-day period set forth
by the Court of Appeals."
Dennis Mader, presi-
dent of People For Pro-
tecting Peace River Inc.
agreed it was not a help-
ful ruling for their side.
"You can compare
this to a boxing match,"
Mader said. "There's 15

rounds, we won the first
round and they won the
second round, now lets
see what happens. We're
He said the lawsuit was
spurred in large part to
protect wetlands areas,
which he says Mosaic .
views as a good place
extract phosphorus.
He termed the rami-
fications of the suit
"monumental" if it could
be shown that company's
could mine just non-wet-
land areas and still make
enough of a profit.
"All I know that is in
the mediation process,
when we listed a wet-
lands site, they imme-
diately quote what the
value of the mineable ore
is in that wetland," he
said. "That is their focus,
how much money is in
that wetland for us."

He also said recent
information at an EPA
conference indicated
that it was very difficult
to properly reclaim wet-
"The people who are
saddled with the job
of actually recreating
wetlands presented that
unless the soil structure
is corrected under these
sites, it's extremely diffi-
cult to create a function-
ing wetlands."
In October, Mosaic and
the plaintiffs reached a
deal that would allow 200
acres of land in Hardee
County to be mined, thus
avoiding layoffs of about
150 workers. It preserved
about 40 acres of wet-
It goes back to Judge
Henry Lee Adams Jr. in

and potentially less on
information provided
by the Environmental
Protection Agency.
"While the Environ-
mental Protection Agen-
cy may prove helpful in
evaluating the ultimate
merits of the Clean Water
Act claim, the full record
will need to be analyzed
through the deferential
lens mandated by the
Administrative Procedure
Act to determine whether
the Corps came to a
rational conclusion."
"The district court
based the entry of the
preliminary injunc-
tion entirely on letters
from the Environmental
Protection Agency which
expressed concerns with
the permit," the court
wrote, "and failed to
apply the arbitrary and
capricious standard in

"We're really against
the wall," she said. "Each
family is struggling what
to do. But to put it on the
backs of those who can
least afford it?"

The powers that be
No economic class is
immune, be it low-, mid-
dle- or upper-income,
blue, pink or white collar.
Steve Fettke and Rickey
Cotton hail from aca-
demia. Fettke is~a profes-
sor of religious studies
and Cotton is a professor
and chairman of English
and foreign languages,
both at Southeastern
University. Fettke has a
27-year-old son, Phillip,
who is on the severe side
of the autism spectrum.
Even so, his son lives in a
group home. Cotton has
a 25-year-old daughter,
Catherine, and she is also
on the severe side of the
autism spectrum, but her
condition is much more
acute than Phillip's. She
lives in one of the only
two remaining state-run
They expressed con-
cerns over the possibility
the governor and the
Legislature, especially
those put into office by
Tea-Party supporters and
voters, will privatize the
entire system, or failing
that, as much of it as
possible. The problem
with that is "when you
privatize, you cut," Cot-
ton said.
Currently, the two

remaining state-run
facilities are being run
in a proficient manner,
precisely because it is
operated by the govern-
ment, said Cotton. That
would change under
"You privatize, their
goal is profit, not the
people," said Fettke.
Cotton was more cyni-
"The governor wants to
privatize the two insti-
tutions, then just turn
away," he said.
What if privatization
should fail?
"The state can say, we
tried," answered Fettke.
Both believed the
situation will be worsen-
ing, and they expressed
concern over Medicaid
mandates and the abys-
mally low pay scale many
employees earn.
"If you can make more
money at McDonald's or
Walmart, why would you
want to work with the
severely disabled when
they're difficult to work
with?" asked Cotton.
.Another problem is, if
further cuts are enacted,
how many facilities will
have to close because
they can no longer afford
to operate? Where will
clients go?
In theory, if a facility
shuts down, the state is
obligated to find another
place. However, with a
reduced pool from which
to turn, and almost all
of those already at full

capacity, where would
the state go if no other
places existed?
Both men feared the
future, not just for their
children, but for others,
especially those who no
longer have any other
living relatives. Fettke
rhetorically asked, are
these people going to
be turned out onto the
"These are the most
helpless in society," he
said. Yet Fettke, Cot-
ton and others in the
same situation also are
helpless. It appears as if
Tallahassee has turned
a mostly deaf ear. They
have pleaded and pro-
tested, seemingly to no
or little avail.
"The governor is not
listening," said Fettke,
who added that the only
ones able to persuade
legislators, it seemed,
were anyone but the
average citizen.
"We're regular people.
It's hard to do. We're not
professional lobbyists."

More than
15 percent cut
Don't be misled that
Gov. Scott enacted a 15
percent cut, said Beverly
Standridge, executive di-
rector with Sunrise Com-
munity, Inc. The actual
percentage is two to two-
and-a half times higher.
That is because there is a
two-tier system of care to
those who are disabled:
agency and individual.

The latter, said Stan-
dridge, does not have the
same overhead costs, as
it is a one-to-one ratio,
caregiver to client, hence
an individual gets a lower
"Governor Scott signed
an emergency order
cutting rates after first
reducing agency rates
to that of independent
rates," Standridge said.
"So it was not a 15 per-
cent cut, but a 30 to 40
percent cut for agencies."
She felt the shortfall
that prompted Scott's
emergency decision
(since rescinded as of
Thursday, April 14), was
the result of poor plan-
ning on the part of the
Agency for People with
"Providers didn't cause
the deficit. Clients did
not cause the deficit,"
she said. "This was insuf-
ficient planning on the
state of Florida. APD
"We were all prepared
for a decrease in fund-
ing," she added. "What
we were not prepared for
was an emergency reduc-
tion, a catastrophic cut."
Although she is grate-
ful Scott has rescinded
the emergency measure,
it is but a short-lived re-
prieve. Come July 1, the
new state budget goes
into effect. Right now, to
make up for shortfalls,
Standridge and Sunrise
Community have turned
to in-kind funding,

financial resources from
private businesses and
the community.
"Polk County is one
of the best partnerships
anyone can ask for," she
said. But private, in-kind
funding is not going to
cover entire costs. As a
result, it may become
necessary to cut ser-
vices, such as companion
services. Companion ser-
vices provide clients with
meaningful activities,
such as allowing clients
to serve, often as volun-
teers, for some organiza-
tions such as Meals on
"They want to give
back to the commu-
nity," said Standridge. "It
makes them proud."
Other services help
some to live independent
lives, with limited assis-
tance. So what will occur
if the situation worsens
over the near future?
"My worry is, we've
helped these individuals
get to, or as close to, 100
percent (living on their
own). Now we're tak-
ing that away," she said.
"What's going to happen
to those people?"
The thought has
caused Standridge and
many others tearful,
sleepless nights. She is
angered at the thought
the disabled are being
treated as if they are
"These are human
beings, not commodities
sitting on a shelf."

There also will be a
visit to MacDill Air Force
Base, because some
youth might plan to go
into the military first
before pursuing further
formal education, and
others might be planning
to make the military their
As some point in
the program, Bentley
said, there will be a
youth summit, to which
parents as well as the
business community will
be invited to attend. The
final details are still being
worked out.
One facet of the pro-
gram, said Bentley, will
be the adult leadership
"We're going to have
a life coach assigned
them," she said. "The
life coach will work with
them in workshops, ac-
company them on tours,
and find answers to '

questions students may
Other features will
be workshops on anger
management, as well
as the consequences of
"You want to make
sure you don't have bag-
gage that are liabilities.
You want baggage that
are assets," she said.
There is no cost to
youths or parents to
enroll, as the program is
being made possible by
a mini-grant from Polk

Works, the result of a
successful RFP (Request
For Proposal) applica'-
tion. While there is no
cost, youths who are
minors will need to have
parental consent.
"Our main focus is tO
get information to youth,
so they can make quality
decisions," said Bentley.
Want to learn more?
Triple Eagle CDC, Inc.,
is located at 450 W. Main
St., Bartow. Call 534-1630
for more information-

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you," he said.
The campaign, which
is marked by pinwheels'
signifies the push to stop
The pinwheel repre-
sents the need to pri~
oritize children in the
community and is a re-
minder of the role people

MOSAKC: Suit sent back to court

acres of the expansion
site in question.
In part citing pro-
visions of the Fed-
eral Clean Water Act, a
consortium of groups,
lead by the Sierra Club,
People for Protecting
Peace River, Inc. and
Manasota-88 Inc. had
asked the court to halt
Mosaic's mine expansion
into Hardee County. The
land in question covers
over 10,800 acres, about
7,500 of which had been
approved for mining by
the U.S. Army Corps of
The three-page ap-
peals court decision
seemed to indicate that
the lower court needed
to consider more docu-
mentation from the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers,

AGENCY: Not sure it could cover cuts

else, she said.
"Every time we turn
around, it's more train-
ing," said Balogh. "We're
not complaining, but
we're not getting reim
bursed to cover these
Those costs eat up 75
percent ofAFI's budget.
But her deepest con-
cerns were not for AFL. It
was for those who need
its services. They are the
ones, along with their
families, who are imme-
diately affected. As Ba-
logh explained, a client is
assessed by the state and
put into one of four tiers.
Each tier is assigned
an annual budget, with
tier one being the most
acute care needed. With
the financial cutbacks,
clients also are having to
cut back.
"So now, instead of
coming here five days
per week, perhaps, they
can only come three
days," she said.
As a consequence, the
clients at AFI are regress-
ing. By not being able to
attend more regularly'
their health, safety and
well-being ard being
critically affected. It's
scary for the families'
and they're really having
to make some serious
decisions on what to do'
Balogh said, then added
AFI was doing everything
possible to minimize the
damage to families. But
prospects look dim.

UN LOCK: Door to future success

"We're going to intro-
duce these topics. Take
them on college campus-
es as well as job sites ,,
sad Bentley For to e

higher education, visits
will be made to Polk
htt PCTollgFlor d
Southeastern University.
Workforce readiness is
a priority, according to
Bentley. Not every youth
is ready to or wants to at~
tend college. Some want
to go directly to work
upon graduating from
high school. Learning
how to write an effec-
tive resume and how
to conduct themselves
in an interview will be
"We did this last year,"
said Bentley. "They
learned how to make
their best effort, presen-

The Polk County Democrat Page 7A

Bartow Easter dr Holy Week Events

April 16, 2011

Sculptor Kriston at Art Guild meet
Sculptor Al Kriston -d
of Winter Haven will
present a program at the
Bartow Art Guild meeting
on Monday, April l8.
Working in a variety of 1\
materials, Kriston strives I
to entice the viewer to -
feel as one with his pre- I
sentations, his website :
says. He wants to touch '
all of the senses of his

veesKriston works mn nar-
row steel, aluminum,
fiberglass, stained glass, f
cast marble, plaster and
even polyester. His web
page at www.alkriston.
com shows many ex-
amples of his art.
Kriston's work comes
from "a vigorous, hon-
est and at times, very
sentimental man." He .
says that "he is a work in
progress, always evolv- -
ing, always creating." lif
The meeting will be
held in the Ad lt Leounge

ter. Refreshments will be
served at 7 p.m. and the
meeting will start at 7:30.

Sculptor AI Kriston will speak at the April l8 meeting of Bartow
Art Guild.

Palm Sunday Cantata

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choir, Adult Bell Choir,
Adult Chancel Choir
Easter Egg Hunt at
11:30 or immediately
after the service.
1650 S. Jackson Ave.'
Bartow, 533-2301.

First United Methodist
April 17
Palm Sunday, 11 a.m.
worship, children's pro-
cession; 2 p.m., children's
Easter Egg Hunt at educa-
tional building; 6:30 p.m.,
Praise to Passion service.
April 21
Holy Thursday commu-
nion service, 7 p.m.
April 22
Meet at 6:30 p.m. to
carpool to Alturas United
Methodist Church for 7
p.m. Good Friday service.
April 24
8-11 a.m., place flowers
on Easter cross in front of
11 a.m., worship ser-

Club fe

An informational meet-
ing for a new Quilters
and Sewers Club will be
held Monday, April 18, at
6:30 p.m.
Instructor Jackie Ewing
will meet with anyone
interested in learning

310 South Broadway,
Bartow, 533-0904.

Peace Creek Baptist
Today, April 16
Annual Egg Hunt for
children through grade
5, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Lunch and baskets will be
provided or children may
bring their own.
Thursday, April 21
6 p.m., traditional Jew-
ish Seder Passover Feast.
Sunday, April 24
Easter sunrise service,
in front of the church,
7 a.m. Breakfast will be
served at 8 a.m., followed
by Sunday School at 9
3070 State Road 60 East,
Bartow, 533-9263.

To add your church
Easter events to the
calendar e-mail news@
com, or call Peggy Kehoe
at 533-4183.

& Sewers

or quilting together at
Asbury United Methodist
Church, in the fellowship
The church is at 1650 S.
Jackson Ave., Bartow. Call
533-2301 for information.

April 22
Noon, Good Friday
Cross Walk, Polk County
Historical Museum,
Downtown Bartow.
1-9 p.m., Gospel Fest
featuring "Love like Gray-
ity" and local singers, Fort
Blount Park in Downtown
Bartow, sponsored by
Main Street Bartow.
April 23
10 a.m., Kiwanis Club
Easter Egg Hunt at
Mosaic Park, next to the
Bartow Civic Center, 2250
S. Floral Avenue.
10:45 a.m.,West Bartow
Men's Club Easter Egg
Hunt, at Polk Street Com-
munity Center, 1255 W
Polk Street.
April 24
7 a.m., Community-
wide Easter Sunrise
Service, Mosaic Park
bandshell, South Floral
Avenue, north of Bartow
Civic Center.

Bartow Associate
Reformed Presbyterian
April 17
Palm Sunday, 11 a.m.
service, cantata "Light in
the Darkness."
April 21
6 p.m., Maundy Thurs-
day communion service,
special music.
April 22
7 p.m., Good Friday ser-
vice wiith special music.

8:30 and 11 a.m., Easter
commumion services.
205 East Stanford St"'
Bartow, 533-3366.

Asbury United Methodist
April 17
"The King is Coming"
Palm Sunday cantata will
be presented by the choir
at the 10:30 a.m. worship
April 21
Maundy Thursday
service at 7 p.m. in the
April 22
Good Friday: Join
Alturas United Method-
ist Church at 7 p.m. for a
April 24
9 a.m., Easter potluck
breakfast. Bring your
favorite breakfast food
to share. The Flower-
ing Cross will be in the
narthex ready to receive
10:30 a.m., Easter
celebration worship with
lots of music Children's

CSC to

COm muliti
Bartow's Church
Service Center wants
to celebrate "the bless-
ings God has given us"
with a Day of Sharing on
Wednesday, April 20, from
9 a.m.-noon, Director
Dixie Shivler said.
Food and clothing will
be given out to anyone
living in Bartow or the
Bartow school district (Al-
turas, Gordonville, High-
land City, Homeland).
Only one representative
from each family can pick
up items, but can look for
items for all members of
the family. ID and Social
Security cards are re-
The front office will not
be open. Those attend-
ing should gather at the
roll-up door on the west
side of the building. The
Church Service Center is
at 495 East Summerlin St.

Holy Week services
at Bartow Associate
Reformed Presbyterian
Church begin with Palm
Sunday on April 17.
At the 11 a.m. service,
the Cantata, "Light in
the Darkness," by Patrick
Liebergen, unfolds the
drama of Christ's passion
through biblical readings
that alternate with musi-
cal performances of Gre-
gorian chants, hymns,
masterworks, a chorale,
and original music.
Rev. Rob Patrick will
give scripture readings
and meditations.

Singers are: soprano -
Marion Harrison, Helen
Gienau, Mildred Berry,
Kem Cook, Sheryl Coo-
per, Karen Hall, Liz What-
ley, Kristi Joyner, Leanna
Renfroe and Stephanie
Lazanowski; altos -
Barbara Lassiter, Martha
Post, Ellie Haag, Melissa
Witmer, Cynthia Mat-
teson and Sandy Sewell;
tenors Bob Kelly, Neil
Bontrager, Ernie Cooper,
and Jim Williams; basses
- Hugh Crawrford, Dick
Glasgow, Steve Harrison
and Billy B. Brown.
Accompanists are

Sarah Gibson, piano,
and Lyda Frankenburger,
Janet Heidtman is the
Special music will be
presented by Kristi and
Elisa Joyner at the 6 p.m.
Maundy Thursday com-
munion service on April
21. Also, special music
will be presented at the
Good Friday service by
Neil Bontrager at 7 a.m.
Friday, April 22.
Easter Communion
Services are planned at
8:30 and 11 a.m. ~Sunday,
April 24.

Lots of food and bar-
gains will be available
at Judah Deliverance
Temple's yard sale Satur-
day, April 16, beginning
at 7 a.m.
The sale will be at the
corner of Wabash Street
and U.S. 17, not at the
church, which is on East
Martin Luther King Bou-
Things for sale include

shoes, hats, clothing for
all ages, and household
Also offered are Nile
perch fish sandwiches,
hot dogs, pickles, hot
sausage, pickled eggs,
soda, chips, pigs' feet and
The sale is sponsored
oby the~ youth department
of the church.

Explorations V Chil-
dren's Museum will host
the 30th annual Chil-
dren's Festival on Sat-
urday, April 16, from 10 <
a.m.-3 p.m.
The festival will include
art, science, music, big
wheels, woodworking,
water play, giant slide,
balloon art and many
other hands-on activities
throughout Munn Park in
Lakeland. Tampa's Lowry
Park Zoo Shows will be
held at 11 a.m. and 12:45
p.m. and the Mosaic

Express Exhibit bus will
be on hand.
Admission for the
festival is $5 per person.
Museum members are $4
per person. All activities
are included with admis-
sion while supplies last.
Family-friendly snack
items will be available for
The festival is held
annually in conjunction
with the national Week
of the Young Child and
the statewide Children's
Week which focus public

attention on the needs of
young children and their
The festival is spon-
sored by Mentor Sponsor,
Bank of America, Lake-
land Electric and Bright
Smiles of Winter Haven.
The museum is at 109
North Kentucky Ave. in
downtown Lakeland.
For more informa-
tion call the museum at
687-3869 or e-mail info@

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Other Easter week
activities include a
traditional Jewish Seder
passover feast on Thurs-
day, April 21, at 6 p.m.
Easter sunrise services
will take place in front
of the church April 24 at
7 a.m. Breakfast will be
served at 8 a.m., followed
by Sunday School ser-

All children through
grade five are invited to
join in the fun and games
at the annual Easter egg
hunt festivities at Peace '
Creek Baptist Church to-
day, April 16, from 10:30
a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Lunch and baskets will
be provided or children
may bring their own.

vices at 9 a.m. Everyone
is welcome and there is
a class for every age. No
evening worship service
will be held.
Peace Creek Baptist
is at 3070 State Road 60
east of Bartow. For more
information call 533-
9263 or visit the website
at peacecreekbaptist.org.


16200 HWY 27

Hope Hospice will host
the Hospice Foundation
of America's 18th annual
National Bereavement
Teleconference, "Spiri-
tuality and End-of-Life
Care," on Tuesday, April
19, from 1-4 pj.m., at Lake
Wales Medical Center.
. Topics include:
*Differentiating be-
tween spirituality and
*How spiritual issues

and coping may emerge
during serious illness '
*The importance of
spiritual assessment
*Sensitivities to the
concerns of major faith
systems toward end-of-
life care
The teleconference is
free. Seating is limited.
Continuing Education
Credits are available for
physicians, nurses, coun-
selors, psychologists,

case managers, social
workers and others. Most
boards will recognize
three CEU credits, a
spokesman said.
Lake Wales Medical
Center is at 410 South
11th Street.
To register go on
line to http://hopehes.


1 BDRM. $575 / 2 BDRM. $650

The Bartow Adult Con-
cert Band's free one-hour
show is this weekend. It '
will be the last show of
the 2011 season, it's 21st
At 2:30 p.m., Sunday,
April 17, the 60-plus
member band's show will
include marches "Sabre

and Spurs" and "Pro-
cession of the Nobles,"
and modern tune such
as music from "Charlie
Chaplin," "Give My Re-
gards to Broadway," and
Themes of the concert
will be "That Old Black
Magic" and "The Magic

of Sammy Cahn."
Soloists for this Sun-
day's show will be Barb
Fultz and Gale Mack.
The show is at the Bar-
tow Civic Center.
There will be a "post-
season" patriotic show on
July 4.

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0 r photo?
PleaSe call
Te Democrat
533-4183 or
The Leader


Yard sale at Judah Temple

Children's Fest at Explorations V

Egg hunt today at Peace Creek Baptist


Hone Hosnice offers tele conference

Adult B and has last show Sunday


BOCC: Good news reigns, bad news rains

County told it is in good fnancial shape, bond rating at A-plus

April 16, 2011

P 8A The Polk Count t

BOCC chairman Edwin V.
Smith had only words of
praise for the mural.
"I don't know how to
describe it," he said. "It is
absolutely amazing. It is
absolutely breathtaking."
Smith was not the only
commissioner would
sang the praises of the
mural and the artists,
and all offered thanks.
As chairman, Smith had
the last word. "This is
another one of those oc-
casions when thank you
is never enough."

North Ridge Trail
construction delayed
As part of the pro-
ceedings, the BOCC
adjourned as the county
commission, and in the
next breath,' convened as
the North Ridge Com-
munity Redevelopment
Agency. With them in
session as that august
body, County Manager
Jim Freeman made the
case that a delay of a
projected minimum 18
months of the North
Ridge Trail road con-
struction, a job that is
'virtual shovel ready
be enacted. His recom-
mending the delay was
based upon economic
Over the past few
years, the CRA had seen
its incremental revenue
stream drop nearly $8
million the past five
years, from $13.2 million
in' fiscal year 2006-07
to what will be a pro-
Sjected $5.4 million in
FY 2(110-11, and with a
projected drop of an ad-
ditional 10 percent for FY
2011-12. The projected
cost of the North Ridge
Trail Road is estimated
to cost approximately
$25 million. However,
with the economy in its
present condition, that
cost could drop as low as
$16.2 million if put out
to bid. Yet to be on the
safe side, said Freeman,
it might be reasonable to
place a potential cost ap-
proximately halfway, at
an estimated $20 million.
Another reason for the
delay, said Freeman, was
a study indicated that

construction will not im-
prove traffic conditions
on U.S. 27. Improve-
ment to traffic condi-
tions would be partially
predicated upon con-
struction of the proposed
Central Polk Parkway
Expressway, which would
"provide additional
north-south facilities to
reduce traffic congestion,
including truck traffic, on
U.S. 98, U.S. 17 and U.S.
27." At this time, how-
ever, there was no fund-
ing for the Expressway.
In addition, a proposed
project development and
environmental study for
an Interstate 4 overpass
currently under way ex_
pected to take almost 14
months before conclud-
ed and disseminated.
Commissioner Bob
English expressed his
discomfort over the rec-
ommended delay, wheth-
er or not to build, to
which Freeman replied
that it was neither, but
rather a matter of prior-
ity. The CRA, he said'
had ranked North Ridge
second, behind the Ermie
Caldwell road project.
"I don't think it's an
either/or," said Freeman.
"It's a matter of timing.
The North Ridge
CRA voted to delay of
construction bid and
construction start of
the North Ridge Trai
road project until the
I-4/Grandview Over-
pass PD&E Study result
became available. From
there, a subsequent re-
determination of road
infrastructure project
based on the CRA'4s finan-
cial stability at that point
in time would be made.
Commissioner Sam
Johnson asked how long
it might be before that
study was completed
and presented, and was
told between 12 to 14

garbage carts OK'd
The BOCC unanimous-
ly approved a one time
cost of up to $775,000 for
the exchange of county-
provided garbage carts
used for weekly residen-


Polk County is in good
financial shape, accord-
ing to a presentation
Mike Carter made at the
April 12 regular session
of the Polk County Com-
Carter is the manag-
ing partner, NCT Group
CPA's LLP. He was sup-
ported in his presenta-
tion by Stacy Butterfield,
director, Finance and Ac-
counting, to the BOCC.
However, just prior
to the start of Carter's
delivery, Richard Weiss,
who is the Clerk, Audi-
tor and Accountant to
the BOCC, as well as
Clerk of the Circuit Court
and County Court, and
County Recorder, made
an announcement that
was well received by the
"I'm pleased to tell you,
that without soliciting
this, Standards and Poor
upgraded the county's
bond rating from A to
A-plus," said Weiss. The
decision by S & P was
made on March 11.
Those two items were
part of the feel-good
atmosphere that perme-
ated the front part of the
dayi's session. Included as
well was the unveiling of
the PolkcProudl50 mural,
and the honoring of the
four artists who worked
on the mural: Robert
Butler, Sherry Fox, Rich-
ard Powers and Austin
Thompson. They yvere ,
cited by Jane Waters-
Thomas, executive
director of Arts Ensemble
International Education
Foundation. The four
artists, she said, put in a
total of 600 hours creat-
ing the mural, which was
delivered to Tallahassee
as part of the recently
held Polk County Day
at mn Tallahassee. The
BOCC auditorium filled
with sounds of awe and
applause as the mural
was unveiled by two of
the artists, Powers and
Fox; Butler and Thomp-
son were out of the area,
working on commis-
sioned pieces elsewhere.

Richard Powers and Sherry Fox, two of the four artists who worked on the PolkProud150 mural,
stand by the work of art after it is unveiled at the April 12 Polk County Commission meeting.
In addition to Powers and Fox, Robert Butler and Austin Thompson, all with the Arts Ensemble
Foundation in Winter Haven, worked on the mural a total of 600 hours.

back and revisit the $30
fee," she said, if that was
not part of the original
understanding. If that
was the case, she added,
she didn't believe it was
fair for the BOCC to
change the terms.

In other business
*Adopted a resolu-
tion calling for a uniform
policy for the proper
etiquette and proce-
dures to be followed for
displaying flags at county
governmental buildings.
*Heard a request
from Mildred McMil-
lon, director of Faith in
Action North Lakeland
Inc., for funding. In a
letter to the BOCC dated
April 6, the organiza-
tion, which serves those
who are poor, elderly,
disabled and home-
bound, stated it is in
need of financial assis-
tance for programs that
provide services such
as food deliver, trans-
portation, caregiving/
respite, housekeeping,
medal pep raion the
economy, it has seen a
25 percent increase for
requests, primarily for
transportation and fo ,
and has had to turn away
people because of a lack
of fu ds
o *p oved a mediated
settlement of $483,902 to
purchase property for the
Ka~thleen Road construc-
tion project.

Another problem faced
by those in the Colon-
ade subdivision was a
mandate by the hom-
eowner's association that
the containers be hidden
from sight. That posed
another imposition
because garage space is
at a premium in many
Smith told Stephenson
the county offers a back
door service, and that
all a resident has to do
in order to qualify was
notify Waste Resource
Management division
and provide a doctor's
form that the resident
is unable to wheel a
garbage container to the
curb. Smith's answer was
met with skepticism from
Stephenson, who said
there are 337 residences
in the Colonade.
Another complaint
was raised by Jim Guth,
of Poinciana. He disliked
both larger containers, as
well as the $30 fee.
"We're not talking
misunderstanding, we're
t~allong dupliclity,"asnatiedd
the large trash can in
our community." He said
the original approach
was being told to give
the cans a 30-day tryout,
then get back to the
county wtho teir assess-d

prompt Commissioner
Melony Bell, to later
"I thmnk we need to go

tial waste collection. In
his presentation, Brooke
Stayer, Division Director,
Waste Resource Man-
agement made mention
there were no 35-gallon
containers available, and
that residents could swap
a 95-gallon for a 65-gal-
lon container. Stayer also
said that residents could
either bring their larger
container to the county
landfill and complete the
swap free, or for $30, a
new cart would be deliv-
ered in exchange for the
old one. The BOCC voted
to authorize the swap
with the $30 option.
That vote would come
back to haunt the BOCC.
Jan Stephenson, who
lives in the Colonnades
spoke against both
the 65- and 95-gallon
containers. Neither, she
said are any ood for the
Colonnade, a 55-plus
"We need 35-gallon
trash cans in 55-plus
communities," she said.
"There are thirteen
55 plus immunities in

Many of the people
who live in those com-
munities are elderly,
with many infirm. The
large containers, said
Stephenson, are too large
for many to ma ageO She
pone u oteBC
several elderly seated '
including a 92-year-old
woman who was quite

Ag commissioner focusing on

and Robert Gwinn will
demonstrate their use of
Best Management Prac-
tices Program techniques
for nutrient and irriga-
tion management. Later
on Thursday, Putnam will
meet with leadership of
the Gainesville Renew-
able Energy Center for
an update on progress.
He visited two schools in
Pinellas County, where
students are growing
fresh produce to serve in
'the schools' cafeterias.
Next week, Putnam
will visit the Florida
Panhandle to provide an
update on the safety of
Gulf seafood and speak
with residents who were
impacted by the oil spill.
Putnam was sworn in
as Florida's 11th Com-
missioner of Agriculture
on January 4, 2011. April
14 was his 100th day in
office. The Bartow native
served in the U.S. House
of Representatives for
two terms. For more in-
formation about the De-
partment of Agriculture
and Consumer Services,
visit www.FreshFrom-
Florida.com or follow
Putnam at www.Face-

energy production, Put-
nam is working with the
Legislature to grow the
Department's Office of
Agricultural Water Policy
into an Office of Energy
and Water Policy.
Next, Putnam has tak-
en a strong stance on the
need to maintainI a high
standard of water qual-
ity supported by sound
science and attainable
goals. In partnership
with Attorney General
Pam Bondi, Putnam filed
suit in federal court to
challenge the U.S. En-
vironmental Protection
Agency's numeric nutri-
ent criteria for Florida's
springs, lakes and
streams. He believes this
~regulation lacks the ap-
propriate sound science
to justify its implementa-
tion and is estimated to
cost Florida billions of
Furthermore, Putnam
is focused on restoring
consumer confidence
in the safety of Florida's
Gulf seafood. Nearly one
year since Deepwater
Horizon exploded in the
Gulf of Mexico, Putnam
and the Department of
Agriculture and Consum-
er Services is debunk-

ing the myth that Gulf
seafood is tainted by the
oil spill. The Department
is the leader among Gulf
coast states in testing
seafood for effects of the
oil spill and results show
that Florida seafood is
safe and plentiful and
has not: been affected by
the oil spill. Through its
"Gulf Safe" campaign,
the Department is work-
ing to raise awareness for
the proven safety of Gulf
seafood and encourage
consumers across the
nation and all over the
world to enjoy all that
Florida's waters have to
offer. With an additional
$20 million grant award-
ed from BP, the Depart-
ment will increase its
testing capabilities and
enhance its marketing
campaign to restore pub-
lic confidence in safe and
plentiful Gulf seafood.
This week, Commis-
sioner Putnam will visit
various parts of Florida
to learn more about pro-
grams and initiatives that
advance his top three
priorities: nutrition,
energy and water. On
Thursday, he will visit the
Gwinn Brothers Farm in
McAlpin, where Donnell


approaches his 100th day
in office, Florida Agri
culture Commissioner
Adam Putnam reflected
on his accomplishments
in regard to his top

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nutrition, fosterin
expansion of Florida's
agriculture industry into
runce ab elnerre e ig
Florida's water quality
and quantity. In addition'
Commissioner Putnam is
also focused on restor-
ing public onfoidec od
te s fty ofGl efo
and carrying out other
missions.of the Depart-
ment of Agrictature and
Consumer Services.
'At the Department of
Agriculture and Consum-
er Services, we're focused
on issues that affect not
only farmers and ranch-
ers, but all Floridians'
said Commissioner Put-
nam. "Nutrition, energy
and water are issues that
will shape our state for
generations to come.
Continuing his long-
standing commitment

10 improving nutrition,
Putnam is working to
expand access to high-
quality, nutritious foods
for Floridians in urban
core areas, public as-
sistance programs and
our school cafeterias.
He worked with the
Legislature to introduce
the Healthy Schools for
Healthy Lives Act, a bill
that will move school
nutrition programs to the
Department of Agri-
culture and Consumer
Services, allowing school
cafeteria menus to offer
more of Florida's abun-
dance of fresh fruits and
vegetables. The proposed
legislation garnered
unanimous support by
the Senate Agriculture
and House State Affairs
Committees and contin-
ues to gain momentum
with strong bipartisan
"I'm proud of the
strides we've made in the
first 100 days. While we
still face many challenges
ahead, the strength of
Florida's $100 billion
agriculture industry
presents exciting oppor-
tunities for the Depart-
ment of Agriculture and
Consumer Services."

Adam Putnam

Reinforcing his belief
that Florida can be a
leader in renewable en-
ergy production, Putnam
is exploring the state's
current energy produc-
tion efforts and potential
future opportunities. Last
month, he visited two
construction sites for fu-
ture biomass conversion
facilities in H-ighlands
County. The two projects
are expected to bring
nearly 1,000 jobs to the
area and produce more
than 60 million gallons of
biofuel per year. To foster
expansion of Florida ag-
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Bobby allc dropped
the most belly in Belly
Off Bartow to win $500 in
the 12-week challenge.
And his five-member
team, the Belly Busters,
won the first team chal-
lenge and split $1,000.
"The first 10 weeks I
didn't lose much weight,"
he said. "And I work in a
restaurant so I had food
everywhere. Then the last
two weeks I made better
choices on my food and I
took up biking.",
Wallace lost 25.6 per-
cent of his weight to win
the top individual prize.
He said he bikes to wor k
every day from Lakeland
to Good Measure Coffee
House on Main Street in
Bartow. He said it's about
10 miles one way. And,
he takes to the treadmill
and walks. He said at the
beginning of the chal-
lenge he didn't think he
had time to exercise and
lose weight. But he found
after the 10 weeks that
wasn't true.
"I thought I didn't have
the time, but I found that
I do and my family loves
to go bicycle riding with
me," he said. .
Wallace beat his com-
petitors, Robert Hart,
who lost 21.33 percent
of his weight, and Chris
Dyer, who lost 20.4
percent of his weight
from, the time the contest
started in January.

Bartow Church of God
will honor its pastor and
his wife, Rev. Elwood and
Wanda Keen on Sunday,
April 17, at the 11 a.m.
The Keens have been
"pastor and very good

friends" for the past five
years, a church member
All friends and mem-
bers are welcome to at-
tend to honor the couple.
A covered dish luncheon
will follow the service.

Jazz lovers and ath-
letes have something to
celebrate today, April 16,
with the annual Child of
the Sun Jazz Festival and
Urban Triathlon at the
Lake Mirror promenade,
hosted by the Lakeland
Rotary Club and Wall
Foss Financial, LLC.
The day will begin at
7:30 a.m. with an urban
triathlon including a .25-
swim, 12-mile bike, and a
3.5-mile run
The free ja z festival at
the Lake Mirror Amphi-
theater begins at noon
and ends with fireworks
at 10 p.m. Food and
beverage vendors will be
on hand
Proceeds from this
event will benefit Central
Florida Speech & Hearing
Center and the Learning

Resource Center.
For more information
visit the website at www.

Musidan Lineup
Noon Free Tme Jazz
1:15 p.m. Victoria de
Lissovoy Quintet
2:30 p.m. Florida
Southern College Jazz
3:45 p.m. Buster Coo-
per Quartet

5:00 p.m. Trio Vibe
6:15 p.m. Larry Willis
Quartet featuring Steve
7:30 p.m. Belinda
Womack with Nat Ad-
derley, Jr.
8:45 p.m. Jimmy Cobb
Quartet featuring Javon

Bobby Wallace (left) accepts his first-place check for $500 for winning the Belly Off Bartow
individual weight loss competition. The contest was run by Dr. Alex Aqui, whose daughter, Lexis,
stands beside him.

few sponsors and people
gave a registration fee in
order to come up with
the money for the prizes.
And of top of that he had
plenty of teams that were
from certain offices.
There were teams
representing Spath Jewel-
ers, Main Street Bartow,
Badcock, Madrid Engi-
neering, Bartow Cham-
ber of Commerce, the
State Attorney's Office,
Heartland of Florida and
the Polk County Sheriff's
Because of the success
of this challenge he plans
to launch another one in
about six or seven weeks,
he said.

In the first-ever team
challenge, Belly Busters
finished in first place,
losing 11.56 percent of
the team's weight. Team
Wavy finished second,
losing 11.46 percent. And
Mickey's Muffins finished
third, losing 10.09 per-
cent of its weight.
Dr. Alex Aqui, who or-
ganizes the Belly Off Bar-
tow challenge, was proud
of the 65 contestants,
making up 13 teams, who
"All together everyone
lost over 1,000 pounds,"
he said. He said for the
most part the contestants
worked out on their own,
came up with their own

formulas to lose weight
despite the help they're
offered, and even made
fun of one of the team-
mates on the Belly Bust-
ers' team.
"One person when
she came in for her first
weigh-in didn't even
want to know how much
it was. She wanted some-
one else to look at it," he
The 65 people entered
into this 12 weeks was far
and away higher than the
first challenge he had at
the end of last year when
there were fewer than
20 people entered. That
was only for individuals.
For this contest he had a

Plaza, Miami, Fla. 33132.
Readers may write to him.
via e-mail at 1pitts@mi-
amiherald.com. Leonard
Pitts will be chatting with
readers every Wednesday
from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
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path is to carve out a
future of intellectual
incoherence and inter-
national irrelevance,
to doom ourselves to
yet more of a fractured
political discourse that
is loud, ignorant and in-
capable of reason,; much
Less resolution.
And maybe Sen. Kyl's

claim was "not intended
to be a factual state-
ment," but just so you
know? Mine is.

Leonard Pitts Jr., win-
ner of the 2004 Pulitzer
Prize for commentary,
is a columnist for the
Miami Herald, 1 Hlerald

.Lake Wales: 863.678.0222


(S. L. Frisbie is retired,
from bo th jo urnalism
and a 32-year military
career three decades of
which were in the Flor~ida
National Guard. He has
great respect for anyone
who serves in uniform,
doubly so for a couple
of brothers in the Brit-
ish royal family. He's just
doesn't envy the task of
the officers assigned as
their commanders.)


hirty-year-old Ashley Link is a
vegetarian, exercises regularly,
doesn't smoke and has never had
high blood pressure. So when her
arm suddenly started moving un-
conltrollably and she lost her ability
to speak, it never occurred to her
she was having a stroke. Her hus-
band immediately called 911. Soon
after, paramedlics were in commu-
nication with Lakeland Regional's

stroke team, who were ready in ad-
vance for Ashley's arrival.
Only LRMC's ER has a team
that is specially-equipped to treat
stroke beyond the first three hours
of onset, when permanent brain
damage is most likely to occur.
"I work at Lakeland Regional, so
I knew the care would be.phenom-
enal," says Ashley. "I just never
thought I would need it."

guished Gold. Seal of Approval
from the Joint Commission for
Primary Stroke Centers, LRMC
follows national standards and
guidelines proven to significantly
improve outcomes for stroke pa-
tients. According to stroke center
coordinator Dorothy Adair, ARNP)
"We have an amazingly collabora-
tive team of doctors and nurses
who really go the distance to
ensure that recovery from stroke
is maximized. To be a part of this
team, you have to be dedicated.
You have to be committed to pro-
viding the highest level of care."
Today you would never know
that Ashley had a stroke, and she
credits the ER at Lakeland Regional
for her "happily ever after." To read
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passes for conservatism
and the intellectual state
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this sort of behavior
has become business as
usual, just another day in
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To continue dobwn thi's

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couple of weeks off for
our honeymoon?" And I
envision his commander
replying, "Sorry, Flight
Lieutenant Mountbatten-
Windsor, if I made an
exception for you, I'd
have to make an excep-
tion for all of Her Maj-
esty's grandkids, and you
can see where that would
lead. .
"But I will approve a
three-day pass.,,


Ashley Link was suddenly unable

to speak. Now she can't stop talking
about the care she received.


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The Polk County D~emocrat Page 11A

April 16 2011

Registration is under
way for Bartow Parks
& Recreation's inaugu-
ral season of Itty Bitty
Indoor Soccer for 3- and
oGamesdwilb~e p ayed

30-June 4, in the gym at
Carver Recreation Center
for about 30 minutes per
To register go to the
Bartow Parks &( Rec-
rea tio COfic C t re7

a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-
Friday, April 16-23. The
fee is $16.05 for Bartow
residents and $19.26 for
non-Bartow residents.
That includes a T-shirt.
53r information, call

be Wednesday at 6 p.m.
against the winner of the
Auburndale/Lake Gibson
The Lady Jackets play
at Ocala Forest at 7 p.m.
Friday and it is their' last
regular season game.
The Lady Jackets are the
number 1 seed for the

Duncan leading the pack
With a perfect 4-for-4 at
the plate.
Jessica "Fantasy" Eiland
was the winning pitcher,
going four innings, strik-
ing out one and allowing
five hits. .
After playing Ocala
Forest last night, the team
will move on to districts
next week, played at Lake
Region High School in
Eagle Lake, where they
are the top seed. District
tournament action starts
Monday, but the Lady
Yellow Jackets' first game
in the tournament will

Bartow High School
Lady Jackets softball team
tamed the Wildcats of
McKeel Academy Tuesday
night 13-1 and improved
teilr season record to
After tasting defeat for
the first time this season,
the Lady Jackets decided
they didn't like the flavor
of losing. They feasted on
McKeel's pitching and cut
them up with 18 hits.
Suffice it to say, a lot of
ladie lateredthe aH
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Skate indoors on our Glice
Rink located near the children's

play area. It's faux ice that
performs like the real thing!

A free Aquafina@ Major
League Baseball@ Pitch,
Hit & Run Competition?"
is coming up this month,
hosted by Bartow Parks &
Recreation on Saturday,
April 30, at Bartow Park
on County Road 555.
Competition is in four
age groups, 7-8, 9-10, 11-
12 and 13-14.
Each participant must
bring a copy of his or her
birth certificate and fill
out a registration/waivler
form prior to the compe-
tition. Registration will
begin at 8 a.m. on April
30, with competition at
9 a.m.
Registration forms
are available at Carver
Recreation Center,
Bartow Civic Center and
Polk Street Community
Center. For questions call
Bartow Parks &~ Recre-

ation at 534-0120, ext. 3.
This program is de-
signed to provide young-
sters with an opportunity
to compete for free in a
competition that recog-
nizes excellence in core
baseball and softball
Individual pitching,
hitting and running
champions, along with
the all-around cham-
pion in each age group
at the local competition
will be awarded and
advance to the sectional
level. Children have the
opportunity to advance
through four, levels of
competition, including
team championships at
Major League ballparks
and the national finals at
the 2011 Major League
All-Star Game.

Jesse Roop, 12, won first place
in his division at the 2011
Smoky MountaintChung-Do
Invitational Tournament on
April 9. He won firs place in
sparring, open hand, komas
and bo staff and third place in
forms. Roop trains with Grand
Master Besley from Olympian
Tae Kwon Do in Highland City.
.The red belt tae kwon do
student from Bartow has been
practicing for two years and
has won the K~entucky State
Championship, the North
Carolina State Championship,
the Tennessee State Champi-
onship and the Florida State
championshipp two years in a
row for his division.

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Luxury Plush

51529 2p e
Twin 2-pc set 51339
Full 2-pc set $1489
King 3-pc set 51979

2-pc Set


Twin 2-pc set
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Asbury Place

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Bay Laurel Reserve
Firm or Plush

S7 9 9
Twin 2-pc set $59
Full 2-pc set 575
Kina 3-nc~ set $109


Chestnut Street
Luxury Firm or Plush

"116 9
Twiln 2-pc set $9;
Full 2-pc set SI11
King 3-pc set $161

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