The Polk County Democrat
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SA October 26, 2011

Polk County Democrat

Bartow's Hometown Newspaper Since 1931

Volume 81 Number 17

USPS NO 437-320


Bartow, Polk County Florida 33830


Countdown to carnival

Crickette Club's annual parade and

The clock is ticking as the women of the
Bartow Crickette Club finalize plans for
the 69th annual Halloween parade and
carnival to be held Thursday beginning at
4 p.m. in downtown Bartow. Registering
last minute floats, coordinating vendors,
and assuring there are enough prizes to be
given away pale in comparison to the one
thing every member of the club is focusing
on as the date draws near... prayer.
"The forecast calls for some wet and
rainy weather on Thursday, which is
something we can't even think about," said
Emily Spath Clark, president of the Bartow
Crickette Club. "This is the big money-
maker for this community, so all I can
say is pray the rain holds off until after 10
p.m. We truly have no backup plan so that
would be a disaster."
At Monday's Crickette Club luncheon,
Clark gave members a big cheer and
commended them on all of the hard work
that it takes to keep the annual Halloween
parade and carnival going year after year.
Proceeds from last year's event enabled
the Crickette Club to donate $6,000 to
the Girl Scouts of America and $5,200 to
other philanthropic organizations, totaling
$11,200 in the budget that went back into
the community. Despite the threat of the
skies "raining on their parade," Clark is
determined to see that this year's festivities
go off without a hitch and that this will be
the most successful carnival in the event's
The parade will begin promptly at 4 p.m.
with marching bands, political candidates,
military units and floats decorated by
schools, churches and area businesses.
The route will begin on East Main Street
and will travel south to Mosaic Park at the
Bartow Civic Center where the carnival will
be in full bloom from 5-9:30 p.m. Activi-
ties include rides, games, food and live
entertainment along with the traditional
cake walk where lucky participants will vie
for the chance to take home a made-from-
scratch cake by members of the Bartow.
Crickette Club. Approximately 75-100
cakes will be given away by night's end.
Admission to the carnival is free with tick-
ets for the rides and games sold separately.
Parking will be on a first-come, first-
served basis along the area side streets.
Bartow police will begin closing roads and
putting up detours at 3:50 p.m.
"I'm excited and think this will be a fan-
tastic event this year," said Clark. "I've lived
in Bartow my whole life and the carnival
has always been here. It's a lot of work, but
it's so rewarding to take part in this much-
loved tradition."

carnival is Thursday

Two-year-old Porter Yates didn't seem too excited by his team winning
a cake walk at Friday Fest, but Taylor Clements (with an arm in the air)
was excited as was her friend Emily Hart. The trio picked a chocolate cake
over the vanilla cake Porter was trying to insist on them taking.

Tyler Yates, 8, was all over
the chocolate cake after
winning a cake walk at
Friday Fest. "I like the choco-
late,"' he said about picking I
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Local veterans

win home repairs


If you asked Cyrus Klein
and Mark Norris a month
ago if they believed in
miracles, the two disabled
veterans from Mulberry
would most likely have said
After enduring numerous
surgeries and still fac-
ing several more in order
to simply walk again, the
two men have been un-
able to work and have had
to watch as their families
suffer financial hardships
while living in homes that

are in dire need of repair.
Without much hope left,
it seemed each day would
be as much of a battle as
they saw overseas until
one amazing twist of fate
changed everything.
Rebuilding Together of
Polk County was named a
winner of the Sears Heroes
at Home Operation Rebuild
Contest, receiving a $15,000
grant to renovate the homes
of needy veterans. The

Former football star


for toughness, humor

Only minutes after
Tammy Putnam Abel Vietlan
was born on June
25, 1967, her mother .-,
was visited in the
hospital by a military
representative who
informed her that her
husband, Alvin Gene
Hill, had been killed "
in Vietnam.
Abel has since be-
come a mother herself and a phar-
macist in Bartow. Though she never
knew her father, she honors the
sacrifice he made for his country.
"I only know him through other
people," she said. "It's sad to not
have a father growing up, but I'm
proud of the man he was."
Those wishing to pay tribute to
Hill can do so when Fort Meade
hosts the Vietnam Traveling Memo-
rial Wall. Opening ceremonies for
the wall's showing will be Thursday,
Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. at the American
Legion grounds on U.S. Highway
17/98. The wall will be available for
viewing 24 hours a day through Oct.
31, when it closes at 9 p.m.

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Agriculture gets OK to run school lunch programs

What students in Florida will be served in their
cafeterias will soon be the decision of the Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Services instead of the
state's Department of Education. Commissioner Adam
Putnam's vision of bringing fresh fruits and vegetables
to every lunch room in every district will become a
reality when the transfer takes place on Jan. 1.
"We're thrilled to death to see this finally happen,"
said Marcia Smith, director of School Foodservice for
Polk County Schools. "It's been my goal for years to
get this law under the Department of Agriculture. Our
funding comes from congress, but all rules and regu-
lations go through the U.S. Department of Agriculture,
so why not have our nutritional programs run at the
state level instead of the Department of Education?"
Putnam, who has made taking over Florida's nearly
$1 billion school feeding programs a priority since his
election last November, made the official announce-
ment Oct. 17 during a visit at a Jacksonville elemen-
tary school. He said the transfer in January will enable
his department to allow cafeterias to collaborate
more effectively with local farmers to provide more
fresh fruits and vegetables to schools. By promoting
healthier eating habits and tackling the challenges of
the childhood obesity epidemic, Putnam estimates
the cost of health care associated with obesity and
poor nutrition would see a steady decline.
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Health, about 10 percent of Florida's middle and high
school students are obese. Nationwide, about 17 per-
cent of Americans ages 2 to 19 are obese. Over the last
30 years, the rate of nationwide childhood obesity has
skyrocketed to alarming levels.
The shifting of oversight of schools' food services
operations from the Florida Department of Education
to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services is an arrangement that only exists in
three states. Florida joins Texas and New Jersey in the
transfer to oversee the programs outside of its educa-
tion department.
"We're a model program now," said Smith who has
been at her post as Polk's school nutrition director for
the last 25 years. "We've eliminated carbonated bever-
ages and haven't fried foods for many years. We've
banned vending machines that dispense unhealthy
snacks and beverages. I was talking with Adam Put-
nam last week at a meeting in St. Augustine and he
received a standing ovation there for all he has done
to improve nutrition in schools. We're really excited to
be one of the few states who are doing this."
Currently, child nutrition programs are spread
across multiple state agencies, creating challenges
and inconsistencies. Although the transfer of all state-
level school food and nutrition programs will now be
the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services, the cost of providing fresh
foods and making sure cafeteria workers know how to
prepare them will also have to be addressed.

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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam displays the apron
he wore during his visit to Valleyview Elementary School in
Lakeland. The Department of Agriculture officially took over the
school lunch program Oct. 17.
Despite some anticipated hurdles Putnam will
have to overcome, the Republican citrus grower from
Bartow and father of four has gained wide approval
from lawmakers, school districts and citizens for his
determination to bring healthier eating to our youth.
The bill dubbed Healthy Schools for Healthy Lives
passed unanimously with every committee that has
examined it, and gained full unanimous approval by
the Senate and the House.
For more information about the Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.
FreshFromFlorida.com or follow Commissioner
Putnam on Facebook, Twitter or Google.



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I help create clean, green energy every day.

I am Mosaic.
rK Mosaic is about more than providing nutrients to help grow the world's crops. It's also
about environmental leadership. As an engineer for Mosaic, I help convert the steam
From our fertilizer manufacturing process into power enough to run our Florida
plants, and then some. The process, called cogeneration, requires no fossil fuels and
releases zero carbon dioxide emissions. Which means it is easy being green.

And I'm proud to be doing just that.



October 26, 2011

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Message to Tallahassee: ?

Despite back-to-back rejections, State Sen.
Nancy Detert, R-Venice, isn't giving up the fight
to get a no-texting-while-driving bill through
the Legislature. Any bill. She said recently her
proposed legislation, SB 416, was back in the
hopper for the third year, this time with a com-
panion House bill sponsored by Rep. Ray Pilon,
Our hope is that Florida will finally join the
other 34 states (plus the District of Colombia)
with anti-texting laws. Detert's bill isn't overly
Far from it. It would make texting while driv-
ing a secondary offense; police officers could
only issue citations if drivers were pulled over for
other reasons. In addition, the offense would be
a non-moving violation, which means a driver
wouldn't get points on his or her license for a
first offense.
It's about time. Having a law on the books
would finally send a message and begin to ad-
dress a growing behavioral problem, especially
among younger people. This seems as close as

Our Viewpoint
you can get to the no-brainer category, but the
telecommunications industry has had enough
clout in Tallahassee to fight off any attempts to
strengthen these safety regulations in the past.
It's a curious phenomenon, considering recent
public opinion surveys.
The latest is from the AAA Foundation for Traf-
fic Safety, which found that 95 percent of drivers
surveyed thought texting or mailing while driv-
ing was a serious threat to their personal safety.
(By comparison, 93 percent expressed concern
about drinking and driving.) Some 87 percent
of respondents supported laws against read-
ing, typing or sending a text message or email
while driving. In fact, half of the drivers surveyed
favored laws forbidding the use of all types of
cell phones even hands-free devices for all
drivers, young and old.
Then again, the AAA survey highlighted a
"do as I say, not as I do attitude" among many

Jo texting

While 88 percent thought talking on a cell
while driving was dangerous, some two-thirds
admitted they had done it themselves in the past
month. While nearly all thought texting while
driving was dangerous, 35 percent of all respon-
dents said they did it.
Of those, 54 percent said they texted while
stopped at red lights, 27 percent said they did
it while driving on residential streets and 16
percent said they texted while on highways with
heavy traffic.
In reality the numbers are probably higher. It
just indicates that some drivers will just con-
tinue to use cell phones to talk and text unless
there is a stronger reason not to. In other words,
the threat of a ticket.
There's no doubt that smart phone and cell
phone usage is becoming more and more com-
monplace, and that it will become more com-
mon for people to talk and text when they take
the wheel of a car. Maybe 2012 will be the year
Florida finally starts to put this distracting prac-
tice on hold.

The handwriting on the wall

There is a growing movement in
American education to de-emphasize
cursive handwriting.
A recent NBC feature on this phe-
nomenon said that well more than half
of the states make teaching of cursive
optional, while two have totally elimi-
nated it from their curriculum.
Great idea, in my opinion, though
about 65 years too late to do me much
When I was a little curtain climber,
kindergarten was both private and
It would be a generation before public
schools added kindergarten.
We were taught letters, numbers,
colors, and at least rudimentary read-
ing skills. For the latter, we were divided
into three groups: Red Birds, Yellow
Birds, and Blue Birds.
It took us about three-and-a-half
nanoseconds to figure out which was
the accelerated group, which was the
mainstream group, and which was
the slower learners. Our little psyches
were n'ot warped, since the concept
of warpable psyches had not yet been
Call me when it's time for RE-cess, as
it was pronounced in those days, and
you can call me anything else you like.
Above the blackboards (they were
actually black in those days) was the
obligatory row of posters showing the
letters of the alphabet in printed form.
As I recall, they were easier to master
than tying one's shoes in the pre-Velcro
And they were arguably easier to
master, if less creative, than the cave
drawings used by our forefathers and
foremothers to record history or post

shopping lists on stone walls.
It was maybe around fourth grade
that the posters with pri rted letters
were replaced by Version 2.0, which
displayed the same letters in cursive.
I was not the sharpest crayon in the
box, but I generally managed to keep
most of my grades on the sunny side of
Handwriting was the exception. The
first D in my academic career was in
penmanship in the fifth grade. Cursive
was not my strength.
To this day, if I want anyone, includ-
ing myself, to figure out something I
have written by hand, I print. The only
exception is my signature, which is
Whenever possible, I do my written
communication by computer, or for
purists, who say it is not truly a com-
puter, by iPad.
Many kids can use a computer key-
board these days before they master
tying their shoes.
So the days of cursive are numbered,
except, perhaps, for intellectual over-
achievers, the same folks who took
Latin when I was in high school.
They will become the intelligentsia of
the future, the elite few who will be able

Letters to the editor

Do away with all student breaks

This letter is written to address the
story in the County Report of your
paper from October 19th. The article
features Jim Metrock, president of some
organization named Obligation Inc. out
of Birmingham.
Way to go Einstein, you propose do-
ing away with the Channel One broad-
casts because it's a waste of 12 minutes
a day away from learning and a break
for the teachers who are being paid to
do nothing. Really?
Well, let's take your brilliance to
another level for your supporters. Let's
also do away with breaks between
classes, the students can stay in the
same room and the teachers can run to
their next class (allow one minute for
this). There is another 15-20 minutes of
learning that can be achieved. But wait,
let's not stop there, lunch is another

time frame that us lazy teachers are
paid to do nothing while the student
wastes another 25 or so minutes away
from learning. Morning announce-
ments, all bathroom visits, even taking
roll each day. These and I'm sure many
other time wasters could be eliminated.
Sound silly? Of course it does. In
my class about half of my students do
indeed watch the news while others
read a novel or do homework. Even in
business it's understood that employees
are more productive with breaks. .
This goes for 15 minute breaks as well
as lunch breaks.
Perhaps there is something a little
more important and correct that you
and your organization.could rally your
efforts around.
Michael Brennan

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We welcome your letters
Letters are welcome on virtually any subject, but we do have
some rules. Please keep them to less than 250 words. Letters
will be edited to length as well as grammar and spelling. All
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The Inquiring Photographer

Who do you want to be for Halloween and why?

Samantha Jackson

... "A flamingo because they're cool
and so pink."

Payton James

... "A werewolf because I like were-
wolves and vampires."

Lindsey and Frank Olinger
... Lindsey: "Batgirl. My fiance's
favorite thing is Batman."
Frank: "Batman. The Caped Crusader
is the best and my fiancee looks cool
dressed as Batgirl."

Joseph O'Neal
... "Jason, because I think it's cool"

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social media contest gave Americans
the chance to support military members
through Facebook voting over the last
month. Based on the total vote tallies,
Sears and Rebuilding Together awarded
25 grants totaling $250,000 to Rebuild-
ing Together affiliates including Polk
"We were thrilled to be selected for
the Operation Rebuild contest and even
more excited that we won," said Alice
Spivey, executive director of Rebuilding
Together of Polk County.
"This grant means so much to both
Mark and Cyrus. It gives them some-
thing to hold on to and a chance to
remain in their homes," she said.
For Klein, good news has been a
stranger. After enlisting in the Army in
1969 and training in the airborne divi-
sion, he was sent to Vietnam where he
broke his ankle 18 months later during
a night combat jump in 40 mph winds.
Despite excruciating pain and having
several crushed bones, Klein continued
to serve in the field for two more weeks
until a combat fire fight broke out. He
awoke three days later in a hospital
after undergoing surgery to place pins
in his ankle and foot.
Over the years, the cartilage in his
ankle deteriorated causing him to fall
and injure his knee. To date, he has had
three surgeries on his ankle and still
faces a full knee replacement. Klein
hasn't walked in six months.
"I was in the middle of fixing up our
house when I underwent surgery on
my ankle and couldn't finish after that,"
said Klein. "I tore up all the worn carpet
and was going to replace it with new
flooring, but now we have bare cement
throughout the house as well as several
doors that need replacing."
After approximately six more weeks
of healing, Klein will have the stitches
in his ankle taken out and will then go
through weeks of rehabilitation. Once
that is accomplished, Klein will undergo
a full knee replacement, which will put
him back in the wheelchair unable to
walk again. One of the main goals with
the renovations is to add a ramp to his
front door so he can go in and out unas-
sisted. The work began Oct. 22 by volun-
teers who have adopted the Klein family
at Ardella Baptist Church in Lakeland.

Mark Norris and Alice Spivey, the execu-
tive director of Rebuilding Together of Polk
County, sit in his living room. Norris, a winner
of Operation Rebuild for Heroes at Home, will
get part of a $15,000 prize to help him with his
house repairs.
Mark Norris lives with his wife of
nine years and several dogs in a single-
wide trailer 10 minutes away. News
that he would also share in the grant as
a winner of the Operation Rebuild at
Home contest was the only thing to put
a smile on his face in a very long time.
After suffering a knee injury while in
the Army in 1978, Norris got used to
hobbling on his "good leg" and contin-
ued working as a chef at TGI Friday's.
Over time, the pain and damage to the
tendons and ligaments made surgery the
only option, so Norris had to leave his job
and rely on a meager disability check. He
has had seven operations in the last three
years with little success in reversing the
damage. Wheelchair-bound and unable
to even bathe himself, Norris may need
his leg amputated if the next surgery
doesn't improve things.
"My wife works 12-hour shifts at
Walmart just to keep us afloat," said
Norris. "She has her own serious health
issues and although we have a strong
marriage, she has too much on her plate
with work, taking care of the yard, cook-
ing, errands, shopping, and taking care
of me. My wheelchair doesn't fit down
the small hallways in this mobile home,
so I'm confined to this front room."
"Mentally, it's hard to take." he said.
Renovations badly needed to the mo-
bile home include replacing rotted win-
dowsills, patching holes in the drywall,
laying down new linoleum flooring

which is now torn and poses a danger
to Norris in his wheelchair, new skirting
to the outside as the existing skirt-
ing is rotted and falling apart, secure
front and back doors, the interior and
exterior freshly painted, new trim and
baseboards that have been damaged by
Norris' wheelchair and having the front
porch enclosed. The work is scheduled
to begin on Nov. 2 and is estimated to
cost $6,000.
"When Alice called me from Rebuild-
ing Together of Polk County and told me
about winning the Operation Rebuild
for Heroes at Home contest, I thought
she was joking," said Norris. "It's really
like a world of sunshine has just opened
up after being in the dark for way too
long. My dream is to one day walk again
and be a part of Alice's team going out to
veterans' homes and giving them a help-
ing hand. She's been like an angel to me.
I don't know what I would do without
her help and support."
Spivey doesn't see herself as anything
out of the ordinary and credits the entire
team at Rebuilding Together of Polk
County for making such a difference. She
has devoted herself to helping veterans
as well as disaster victims in need since
the organization started in 2004. Al-
though so many of the stories are heart-
breaking and she is constantly in the field
working with those that have little hope,
Spivey admits she wouldn't want to be
doing anything else with her life.
To date, the Sears Heroes at Home
Program has raised more than $23 mil-
lion and helped more than 62,000 fami-
lies. Next week will mark their 1,000th
renovation in Washington, D.C.
For additional information on the
Sears Heroes at Home program, visit
Facebook.com/Sears or go to Sears.com/
heroesathome. To learn more, make a
donation or volunteer for Rebuilding
Together of Polk County, contact Spivey
at (863) 683-0509 or by sending an email
to info@rebuildingtogether.org.


Carroll G. 'Mac'

Carroll G.
"Mac" McDowell,
86, passed away
on Oct. 13. 2011.
due to cormnlica-
tions of Pair kinl
son's disease.
He was a resi-
dent at Salannah
Court of Bar1ow
for the last -eveni
He was born Carroll McDowell
May 11, 1925, in
Charleston, WV, the son of Hobart H.
and Sadie Belle McDowell.
Mr. McDowell was a proud 1943
graduate of St. Albans High School in

Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, in
1949 with a bachelor of science. He
was a retired geologist for the state of
Colorado and moved to Florida in 1988.
He was a member of Fellowship Baptist
Church in Lakeland.
He collected rocks, fossils, and ar-
rowheads and enjoyed bowling and
He was predeceased by his second
wife, Iva Lois McDowell.
Survivors include a son, John E Mc-
Dowell; a grandson, Army Spec. Alex-
ander R. McDowell; a great-grandson,
John D. Rucker; and two sisters, Doris
K. Yonally and husband Jim, and Janice
R. Piper and husband Bill.
Funeral: Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. at Heath
Funeral Chapel in Lakeland.
Condolences may be sent to the fam-
ly at www.heathfuneralchapel.com.

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Hill was born Nov. 22, 1945. Living
in a small town like Bartow during the
1950s, he grew up with a close-knit
group of friends whom he knew from
elementary to high school.
"That was part of the uniqueness of
the '60s," Steve Earley, his classmate
and the class president of 1963, said.
"We had a family atmosphere growing
up back then. You weren't considered
fully grown at age 14. You never had
to lock your doors and parents looked
after each other's kids. We all benefited
from it, especially Gene. He was your
typical all-American small town young
man. He was well-loved by everybody,
good with the girls, and an all-around
good fellow one of your good bud-
dies to count on."
Hill had a whimsical sense of humor.
His girlfriend from eighth to 10th
grade, Ginger Tate, recalls one St.
Patrick's Day when Hill came to school
with the front part of his hair dyed
"Everyone laughed and teased him
about it," Tate said. "He always made us
laugh, and we loved that he did that."
Hill participated in various extracur-
ricular activities from band and Glee
Club to track and the senior class play.
But he loved sports most of all.
"He was a really tough guy not
tough as in he loved to play rough,
but that he was really athletic," Doug
Spence, his close friend since first
grade, said. "He was always the spiri-
tual leader on every team, having a
gung-ho 'let's go get them' attitude."

As the star
and defen-
sive tackle
on his high
school foot-
ball team,
the Yellow
and the
only player
to play
varsity his PHOTO PROVIDED
year, he Bartow's Alvin Gene Hill was
helped lead killed in Vietnam. He was a
the team star football player for the
into their Yellow Jackets, and is still
undefeated annually remembered in a
senior sea- special way by the Bartow
son in 1962 Class of 1963.
and win the
All-Star Conference,
Eight years ago, Spence wrote of him
in a tribute on the Summerlin Insti-
tute's Class of '63 website.
"As far as toughness goes, there was
no give-up in him,"said his teammate
John M. Kautz, who played offensive
center. "I remember during a confer-
ence game in Auburndale he got a gash
on his thigh that was bleeding pretty
badly, but he managed to bandage it
up somehow. He told me not to tell
anyone because he didn't want to be let
out of the game. He may have been 180
pounds, but he was all tough."
His achievements on the high school
football team helped win him a foot-
ball scholarship to the University of
Tampa where he played on the college's
football team, the Spartans, for one
semester until a sports injury forced
him to quit.

He dropped out of college and joined
the military in December 1963, receiv-
ing basic training in Fort Benning,
Ga., and being stationed in Germany
for two years, after which he returned
home and married his wife, Linda Phil-
lips Hill.
He was deployed to Vietnam March
17, 1967, where he was assigned to
Company A, 2nd Army Airborne Bat-
talion, 503 Infantry, 173rd Airborne
Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division.
On June 6, 1967, his division was
engaged in the Battle of the Slopes in
the Da Kota province. Being one of the
first to jump from the helicopter, he
received a gunshot wound to the head,
Abel said.
He had attained the rank of sergeant
and received two Purple Hearts, a
Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge,
National Defense Medal, Vietnam Ser-
vice Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal,
Military Merit Medal and Gallantry
Cross with Palm. He was buried in
Wildwood Cemetery in Bartow.
Every year on his birthday, Nov. 22,
the Class of '63 hosts an online chat in
his honor.
"We still recognize everything he has
done," Tate added. "Even to this day ev-
eryone misses him and loves him. Even
I'm still emotional about it."
His sister Sylvia Teston was born a
month before his death, but she honors
him for the person that he was and
the sacrifice that he had made for his
"I have always wished I could have
known you because of how the rest of
the family talked about you and how
much they seemed to miss you," she
wrote of him on the Virtual Wall web-
site in 2002. "They would always say

Attention / Post Colors Wayne Guest,
American Legion Post #23.
National Anthem Lance Cpl. Landon Beaty,
USMC Reserves, Fort Meade Middle High School
Band, Director Michael Yopp
Pledge of Allegiance Don Lipps, Christian
Motorcyclist Association.
Invocation Lou Kovacks, chaplain, VFW Post
#4289, Winter Haven.
Welcome Herman Fisher, commander, VFW
Post #11179, Fort Meade.
Introduction of Speakers S. L. Frisbie, IV,
colonel (ret.) FLARNG.
Special Speakers: J. W. Manley, It. col. (ret.)
Army, and Jay Blaine Fitch, major (ret) USMC.
Presentation of Missing Place Setting Vietnam
Vets/Legacy Vets MC/U.S. Military Vets MC.
The Riderless Horse Debra Howell.
Making the Wall Personal Allen Hancock,
commander, American Legion Post #23.
*"Amazing Grace"- Rebecca Blackwelder, Lake
Wales High School Pipes.
Attention Wayne Guest, American Legion Post
21 Gun Salute.
*Taps Stefani Sellers and Sharon Noone.
Benediction Pastor Vince Price, First United
Methodist Church.
Families of fallen escorted to Wall.
Disabled Vietnam War veterans escorted to Wall.
Public visit to Wall.
how you were a very hard-worker and
very kind-hearted. I remember how
they said you could have gone to West
Point Military Academy, but that you
went to serve your country in Vietnam
instead because you felt it was more
important to serve your country than
going to West Point."

Fire breaks out at Progress Energy plant

No one was injured Tuesday from
a fire at the Progress Energy's Hines
Energy Complex, but details about how
it happened are sketchy.
The fire happened shortly after 4 p.m.
at the complex off County Road 555
west of Fort Meade and company of-
ficials said they are working on putting
it out and finding out how it started.
Thick black smoke was visible billow-
ing from the plant for a few minutes
after the initial call was received, but
that quickly dissipated.
Company officials said the blaze hap-
pened at the inlet filter of Power Block
4. That power block was closed for
"It will not affect any operations
because 4 was shut down for routine
maintenance," said Rob Sumner with
the communications department of
Progress Energy.
He added the power blocks are closed
for maintenance on a routine basis
and it generally takes two power blocks
to cover the energy demand that is
The complex serves customers in

Fort Meade, Frostproof and Lake Wales,
however, the complex is on the same
grid as the rest of Progress Energy's lines
so if something did go wrong with the
plant it would draw from elsewhere to
supply customers.
At least three Fort Meade fire trucks
responded to the scene, as well as an
ambulance from Polk County Fire
Sixty-five people work at the complex.

to read original copies of such docu-
ments as the Magna Carta, the Declara-
tion of Independence, and school writ-
ing assignments completed in cursive
by their grandparents, pledging, 100
times, "I will not talk (or chew gum, or
pray) in class."

(S. L. Frisbie is retired. His adult
children have inherited his knack for
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The information is gathered from police, sheriff's office, Florida Highway Patrol, jail and fire records.
Not every arrest leads to a conviction and guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.

Teen charged with throwing golf balls

Motorists driving in the area of U.S.
17 and Church Street in Bartow Monday
evening found themselves the target of
flying golf balls.
At approximately 8 p.m. Bartow Police
officers responded to the area after
receiving calls from motorists stating a
group of teen boys were walking along
the street with one of them throwing golf
balls at passing vehicles. After getting
an accurate description by one of the
drivers, Officer Michael Lewis was able
to locate the suspect one block from the
scene. While talking to the teen, Lewis
found he was in possession of golf balls
and acquired an admission, the police
report. The other boys seen with the
suspect by witnesses did not take part
in the attack on motorists prompting no

Oct. 12
Janine Danzey, 27, 385 S. Ninth Avenue possession
of cocaine and possession of paraphernalia.
Oct. 13
Lawanda Ceazer, 34, 2765 Frazier Street driving with
a suspended license.
Timothy Graydon, 30, 780 W. Davidson Street -
possession of cocaine with intent to sell, evidence
tampering or destroying, possession of paraphernalia and
resisting arrest without violence.
Deborah Griffis, 52, 615 S. Carpenter Avenue---
obstruction of public streets without a permit.
Acralys Toledo, 34, 780 W. Davidson Street #6 larceny.
Nathan Robinson, 26, 2776 Frasier Street possession

further action, police report.
Marqus Cooper, 14, of Bartow was ar-
rested and charged with throwing a deadly
missile, which is a second degree felony.
In a separate incident at approxi-
mately 1 a.m. Tuesday, Officer Michael
Lewis noticed a suspicious teen stand-
ing against the east wall of the Bartow
High School at 1270 S. Broadway. Lewis
began speaking with the suspect while
other officers checked the building
adjacent to where the teen was stand-
ing and found an unsecured classroom
door. Lewis questioned the suspect who
admitted to breaking in to the build-
ing using a knife to pry open the door
and confessed to stealing $11 worth
of candy from the classroom. Both the
knife and the stolen candy were in the
subjects possession, police report.
Douglas Fante, 16, of Bartow was
arrested and charged with burglary, a

of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of
Oct. 14
Alyssa Oneal, 22, 2958 Morris Drive driving without
a valid license.
Candy Dease, 38, 2405 E. State Road 60 #217 -
possession of a controlled substance without a prescription,
possession of paraphernalia and violation of probation.
Ethan Young, 43, 2998 Mays Court possession of
methamphetamine with intent to sell, possession of a
controlled substance without a prescription, possession
of cocaine, possession of paraphernalia and keeping a
shop or vehicle for the sale of drugs.

felony of the third degree; possession
of burglary tools, a felony of the third
degree; and petit theft, a misdemeanor
of the second degree.

Woman killed after being
hit by three vehicles
Early morning commuters in Eloise
witnessed a grim scene on Friday after a
pedestrian was struck by three separate
vehicles on US 17 at Third Avenue. The
accident was reported at 6:50 a.m. with
traffic delays and street closings from
northbound US 17 to Snively Avenue.
According to reports by the Florida
Highway Patrol, Joshua William Bas-
comb, 24, of Bartow, was driving
northbound on US 17 in the inside lane
where Shantal Louise Waugh, 36, of
Winter Haven, was walking across the
street near Third Avenue. Bascomb hit

Waugh with the front right area of his
2001 Mitsubishi propelling the woman
into the middle lane, FHP reported.
Directly following the initial hit, two
more vehicles drove over Waugh's body
as she lay in the roadway. Diana Lundy
Glenn, 55, of Winter Haven, was the
second motorist involved driving a 2004
Freightliner van, with Wayne Carl Toering,
39, of Eagle Lake, coming right behind
driving a 1999 Ford F150 pickup truck.
Although toxicology tests are still
pending on the deceased, reports state
that none of the drivers were injured
and no alcohol was involved. Witnesses
also described the area of the collision
as dark and non-lighted with Waugh
attempting to walk across US 17 outside
of a crosswalk area.
Sgt. Steve Gaskins, of FHP, said the
incident remains under investigation
and no charges have been filed.



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Residents in service graduate

Army private
completes training
Army Pfc. Jonathan R. Keene has
graduated from basic infantry training
at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
During the nine weeks of training,
the soldier received training in drill and
ceremonies, weapons, map reading,
tactics, military courtesy, military jus-
tice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army
history, core values and traditions.
Additional training included de-
velopment of basic combat skills and
battlefield operations and tactics, and
experiencing use of various weapons
and weapons defenses available to the
infantry crewman.
Keene is the son of Jessica Goff of
South Floral Avenue, Bartow, and James
Keene Sr. ofWakeford Road, Lake Wales.
He is a 2011 graduate of Bartow High

BHS grad completes training
Navy Midshipman Marc-Antoni Julia,
son of Raquel Julia of Bartow. and more
than 900 other freshmen recently com-
pleted Plebe Summer while attending
the United States Naval Academy.
Plebe summer is the summer training
program which is required of all incoming

freshmen to the U.S. Naval Academy.
The six-weeks training developed Julia
morally, mentally and physically. He
was also instilled with the highest ide-
als of duty, honor and loyalty. Julia will
go on to complete the academic year as
a midshipmen.
Julia is a 2010 graduate of Bartow
High School.

Reynolds finishes
engineering courses
Marine Corps Cpl. Donnie A. Reyn-
olds, son of Marilou O. Haas of Winter
Haven and Lendel R. Reynolds, of
Bartow recently graduated Advance
Engineer Equipment Electrical Systems
Technician Course, Marine Corps Engi-
neer School, Camp Lejeune, NC.
Reynolds conducted troubleshoot-
ing and repairing the electrical circuits
of mobile electrical power generating
sources. He also became qualified in
maintenance management.
During the 10-week course much em-
phasis was placed on the present day
applications of electrical and electronic
theory to the maintenance and repair
of control circuits.
Reynolds is a 2008 graduate of PCC Col-
legiate High School of Lakeland and joined
the Marine Corps in September 2008.

Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church
in Mulberry will celebrate its 82nd an-
niversary Sunday, Oct. 30, with a tribute
to its oldest member, 95-year-old Lillie
Mae Wesley.
Wesley will turn 96 on Nov. 15. She
has been a member of the church all
her life as was her husband, Eugene,
who died in 1976. The couple raised 11
children, three of whom have died.
Mrs. Mae, as she is commonly
known, is very close to her daughter
Odell'Talor. who lives in Sebring.
Her family includes 24 grandchildren,
38 great-grandchildren and 18 great-
The church is at 306 S.W Second
Avenue in Mulberry.

St. John. Missionary Baptist
has annual holiday service
St. John Missionary Baptist Church has
scheduled its third annual Pre-Thanksgiv-
ing Service on Sunday, Nov. 6.
The keynote speaker will be pas-
tor Stanley R. Jones Sr. of Zion Hope
Baptist Church of Lakeland. The service
starts at 4 p.m. at the church at 430
Seventh Ave., Bartow.
During the service the congregates are

Lane closure this week on 60-98 project

This week on the construction to
link State Road 60 and U.S. 98 there
will be one lane closure. It will be
from 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27
to 5:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28 along the
stretch from Van Fleet Drive from
west of U.S. 98 to east of Wilson
Avenue, the Florida Department of
Transportation said.
Looking to the future, there will be
lane closures on this same stretch of
Van Fleet and on southbound U.S. 98
on different dates starting on Sunday,
Oct. 30. There also will be a detour
starting at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 30 when the
segment of U.S. 98 between Manor
Drive and S.R. 60 will be closed for
the removal of an overhead sign.
Drivers in both directions on U.S.
98 between S.R. 60 and Manor Drive

will face a detour on the Sunday
night for the removal of an overhead
DOT also reports that fines are
doubled for speeding in the con-
struction zone when workers are
People driving on U.S. 17 south of
Homeland can expect daytime lane
closures 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and night-
time lane closures 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Work is being done clearing and in-
stalling drainage and bridge railing.
Regarding work to widen the road
on S.R. 540, also known as Winter
Lake Road, there will be lane clo-
sures from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during
the day and night and from 7 p.m.
to 6 a.m. A turn lane is being built
along S.R. 540 and Thornhill.

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Art Guild paintings on display in November

There are 49 paintings on display
at the Bartow Public Library and
they will be there on the second
floor until Nov. 19.
The paintings were done for the
Cornucopia Art Show sponsored by
the Bartow Art Guild. Sunday there
was a reception for the paintings
and those who won first, second and
third places as well as the honorable
mentions were honored.
The first place award for Best of
Show now called the Eilertsen
Award in honor of Norman and
Martha Ellen Eilertsen went to Pat
Meyer, for her work called the "Lady
Bug Quest." She won $400 for the
Karen Harrods from Longwood
judged the artwork and based her
judging on composition, lightness
and darkness and how the media
was used. Work ranged from color
pencil, oil and canvas, 3D paper, wa-
ter color, acrylic and much more.
Meyer said she was surprised she
won adding her work has never won
anything before. She liked many
other paintings in the competition
but said she couldn't pick any that
stood out to her as being the best
one there.
"I liked all the pictures (the judge)
picked as winners," she said, go-
ing through each one pointing out
what she liked about them. She also
showed which ones that didn't win
awards that she liked.
Regarding two houses in Bartow,
club member Martha Post did say she
liked the representations she did in
"Old Bartow Homestead and "Savan-
nah Gingerbread Cottage" and despite
what the judge said she didn't like, she


liked the way they were done.
Post said in the the homestead
painting, the Harrods said the grass
in front of the house that used to be
on Lower House should have been
lighter, but Post said originally the
grass was lighter, but she thought it
was too light and and made it darker.
Carol Conch won second place -
and $250 for "Meditative Work."
Dave Burger won $200 for "Three
Ivy Mon sees won $150 for his
fourth place finish for "Crooked

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Bruce Heyer and Pat Heyer, who won the Best of Show at the Cornucopia Bartow Art Guild
exhibit, look over paintings at the Bartow Public Library Sunday. The paintings will be on display
at the library until Nov. 19.

Left: Pat Heyer's "Lady
Bug Quest"won Best of
Show at the Cornu-
copia Bartow Art Guild
contest. The judge said
the painting showed
good composition adn
the background was
well done. There were
49 paintings in the
The honorabie
mention winners
for which each \n, n
$50, went to Jane
Bryant, Jerry Fuller.
Amalia Freder-
icksen, Kappy
Williams, Joyce
Bugatti and Nancy

Anne Raulerson (pink sweater) and Freddie Wright look at paintings on
display at the Bartow Public Library. There was a reception Sunday for
the Bartow Art Guild's Cornucopia display.




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Friday, Oct. 28
"Evil Never Dies,"7 p.m., $25, Wear your Halloween
costume. Ramon Theater, 15 E. Wall St., Frostproof. (863)
Thursday, Oct. 27
Unifying The Mind Through Meditation, 1:30-3 p.m. $7,
The Center for Personal Growth, 151 Second St. SW, Winter
Haven (863) 852-3068.
Friday, Oct. 28
Reservations and cancellations deadlines for Christian
Women's Connection of South Lakeland meeting. Meeting is
Wednesday, Nov. 2,from 11 a.m.- p.m., $16.TheClub at Eagle-
brooke, 1300 Eaglebrooke Blvd., Lakeland. (863) 425-1390.
Friday, Oct. 28
Ask a Gardener, 10 a.m. noon. Advice from experts
on how to create a butterfly garden, grow vegetables and
herbs; conserve and how to grow a green thumb. Included
with admission. Subject to change pending weather.
Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales, (863)
676-1408; www.boktowergardens.org.
Saturday, Oct. 29
Backyard Gardener's Festival and Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-
2 p.mj Items include native and other Florida-Friendly
plants, herbs and orchids, palms and trees, vegetable
transplants, melaleuca mulch, rain barrels, gardening
books and the 2012 Master Gardener Calendars. Work-
shops scheduled. UF/IFAS Polk County Extension Service,
Stuart Center, 1702 U.S. Highway 17 S., Bartow.
Thursday, Oct. 27
The 69th annual Crickette Club parade, 4 p.m.,
downtown Bartow. Annual carnival starts at about 5 p.m.
immediately following the parade. Mosaic Park adjacent to
the Bartow Civic Center.
Thursday, Oct. 27-Monday, Oct. 31
Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Opening ceremony 11 a.m. Thursday. American Legion,
#23 grounds in Patterson Park, Fort Meade. (863)
Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29
Annual DCT Haunted Tour, 7-10 p.m. through the 500
and 600 hallways of Bartow High School. $5 per entry, $3
for those 12 and younger. Proceeds go to charity. Bartow
High School, 1270 S. Broadway, Bartow.
Friday, Oct. 28
Movies on the Lawn, "Casper," about 7:30 p.m. North-
west corner of Wilson Avenue and Main Street, Bartow.
Friday, Oct. 28
Haunted Jail Tour, 6-10 p.m. $5 per entry. Proceeds to
the United Way. Tours are 30 minutes long. PCSO Main
Operations Center, Lawrence W. Crow, Jr. Building, 455 N.
Broadway, Bartow.
Friday, Oct. 28
Echoing Angels Concert, The Venue, 385 E. Main St, Bartow.
$12 in advance and $15 atthe door. Tickets can be ordered by
S email at thevenuebartow@gmail.com or call (863) 812-2960.

Saturday, Oct. 29
Haunted Jail Tour, 3-7 p.m. kid friendly; 8-10 p.m.
adults. $5 per entry. Proceeds go to the United Way.
Tours are 30 minutes long. PCSO Main Operations Center,
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr. Building, 455 N. Broadway, Bartow
Saturday, Oct. 29
Halloween party, 7 p.m., Stanford Inn, 555 E. Stanford
St., Bartow, RSVP (863) 533-2393 or (863) 529-8679.
Saturday, Oct. 29
Fall Festival, 3 p.m., gospel music, fun, food and
fellowship. Also in concert will be Central Florida's own
Amanda Massey. All About Jesus Church, 4219 Bomber
Road, Bartow, (863) 837-8086 or (863) 430-2410.
Sunday, Oct. 30
Gospel Night, 5:30 p.m. with live music from 6-8 p.m.
New Again, Amanda Massey with special featured group
Shekinah Knights. A love offering will be accepted.
The Venue, 385 E. Main St., Bartow, (863) 430-2410,
Thursday, Oct. 27
Polk State College open house, 5-7 p.m., 999 Ave. H
N.E., Winter Haven, in the Student Center on the north end:
of the campus. (863) 292-3699.
Saturday, Oct. 29
Walk to End Alzheimer's, 8 a.m. pre-walk, 9 a.m. for
walk. Lake Mirror Promenade, 121 S. Lake Ave., Lakeland.
(863) 292-9210 or (800) 272-3900.
Saturday, Oct. 29
Breastfeeding class, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Winter Haven
Hospital Regency Center for Women and Infants,101
Avenue 0 S.E., Winter Haven. For information, call (863)
Sunday, Oct. 30
82nd anniversary at Jerusalem Missionary Baptist
Church and salute to Lille Mae Wesley, 95, for being the
oldest member. Service at 11 a.m. with dinner following.
Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 306 S.W. Second
Avenue, Mulberry. (863) 425-1802.
Monday, Oct. 31
Hallelujah Night, 5-9 p.m., Turning Point Worship
Center, 1400 E. Georgia St., Bartow.
Saturday, Oct. 29
Bartow Youth Football banquet, 6 p.m. Annual awards
ceremony and induction of five to the Bartow Youth
Football Hall of Fame, Carver Recreation Center, 520 5.
Idlewood Ave., Bartow.
Saturday, Oct. 29
Curing Cancer Charity Challenge to benefit the Relay
For Life of Davenport. Registration is open. Golfers may
register for $50, or as a team of four for $200. Foursomes
will tee off with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Bartow Golf
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Advice: How to market your business cheaply

PR specialist tells young professionals how to

market their businesses without spending a lot

Cathy K. Hayes told young profes-
sionals last week in order for them to
get known and attract clients three
rules must be followed and not a lot
of spending has to go into doing it.
Hayes, a Bartow High School grad-
uate and the owner of Crescendo, a
public relations firm she started a
few years ago, told her audience they
have to develop media relations,
using social media and customer
service. Perhaps the most important
to attract customers in a cheap way
is to learn how to Facebook, Twitter
and other services on the Internet
that don't cost a lot and are used by
Small businesses don't have a lot
of money to spend and often the
people who run these companies
don't know about marketing and
generally don't have the time to take
in extra work on top of running their
businesses. To answer one mem-
ber's questions about what it would
cost to hire an outside firm to do
this work, Hayes said, her company
charges $250 for the cheapest of

Cathy K. Hayes spoke Thursday, Oct. 20 to
the Young Professionals. She is the founder
of Crescendo, a public relations company in
Lakeland. She told members how to market
their small businesses.

services. Most small businesses
probably don't want to spend that
kind of money and they probably
don't have to do that.
"Social media works well if you
have a small budget," she said. "Be
interesting, be funny and stay up to
date on events. But don't forget your
key message."
She said nobody and nothing is
necessarily too small but being able
to recognize what is interesting can
be hard, but people should focus on
what could be interesting because
that could make a difference.
"One gentleman ordered an iPad,
but when he talked to his wife about
it she said it was too expensive and
she told him he had to give it back."
The man sent back the iPad with
a note on it, she said, that said "My
wife said no."
A few weeks later he got a box from
Apple with an iPad in it and note
that read, "Apple said yes."
"The story went national," she
said. "That's just one example of how
no one customer is too small."
She said using what is out there
and is already relatively cheap such
as Facebook and Twitter can provide
small businesses great advantages if
it is used right.
One person in the club empha-
sized her point. She said a sign
company started posting pictures of
amusing signs. It would constantly
update the signs, but it still kept in
view the signs of what it offers.
"You see that is something I'd con-
stantly go back to," Hayes said.
One avenue suggested was for
members to look into what the Bar-
tow Chamber of Commerce now has.
For no price people can design their
own web page and with this service
it comes up in searches on places
like google.com and yahoo.com.
People can get the details of this
service at www.bartowchamber.com/
In another way to attract business
and not spend a lot .of money to get
to know specific people in media
outlets and to send them ideas for
stories and/or photos they can use.
She said with television be sure to
provide visuals, with the printed
media concentrate on facts and
"Make connections and know who
you are reaching," she said. "But ap-
ply your story."
When sending them information,
stay away from providing attach-
ments and put the message directly
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Seasons ending mean a new beginning

The month of October will be long
gone this time next week. In its place,
November, a time when thoughts start
drifting away from the fall sports on
the high school scene to the winter
It doesn't mean it's over yet. Football
will carry through to the final home
game on November 11. The golf state
tournament will start during the first
week of the month and still more will
see district, regional and county action.
Even so, it's time to direct some of
the focus on what's coming up. The
varsity girls basketball team has a game
scheduled for Nov. 10. The boys aren't
far behind with their pre-season action
at Lake Gibson on the 14th and the
17th. Other schedules are starting to get
firmed up and it promises to be a busy
and exciting year for high school sports
as the calendar moves along.

Congratulations to Bartow High
School varsity coach Marnee Cobb
who recently notched her 400th career
victory. The volleyball team entered dis-
trict play earlier this week with a match
against Ridge. The winner of that match
moved on to play the number one seed
Lakeland Dreadnaughts.

Bartow Parks & Recreation
Hopeffilly, you have received the
2011-12 Bartow Parks & Recreation
Activity Guide in your mailbox. The
annual publication lists off all of the
different activities and events that are
planned for the year ahead. It's a handy
comprehensive collection that makes a
great reference resource.
For those who complain there's noth-
ing to do in Bartow, this will put an end
to that. The department offers wide
variety of programs that will span inter-
ests and ages. Many children's programs
give parents a chance to encourage the
children's development in sports while
also encouraging that "playing nice with

others" concept. Adults aren't left out
of the plans either as there are several
opportunities throughout the year to
The guide also contains a listing of
park locations and the amenities of-
fered at the park. If you're looking for
a place to freestyle your own physical
activity, anything from throwing a Fris-
bee around to visiting a tennis court or
basketball court, this can give you the
answers you need.
Another way to keep on top of what's
happening is a visit to the depart-
ment's Facebook page. Launched just
a few weeks ago, you can find them by
searching Bartow Parks & Recreation.
The number of likes has been growing

Last weekend, I was fortunate enough
to be one of the volunteers at the
Children's Miracle Network Classic, the
Professional Golfers Association (PGA)
Tour event that was held at the Palm
and Magnolia Courses at Walt Disney
World. It gave me the opportunity to
realize how important the volunteers
have become to any sporting event.
On the scheme of things, this tour-
nament was a pretty big deal with 130
players and a similar number of ama-
teurs. According to Volunteer Director
Donna Rowe, it took 994 volunteers to
run the tournament. Unofficially, a large
number of those volunteers came from
Polk County. A day didn't go by that I
didn't encounter a half dozen or more
from this area.
While that was a one-shot, four-day
commitment, it caused me to think
about the volunteers who keep the
sports activities going in this commu-
nity. All of the youth football programs,
soccer programs and more are kept
going by the volunteers and they are
everywhere. The coaches, the conces-
sion workers, the ticket takers and oth-
ers aren't doing it for money. Sure, they
may have children in the program, but

not everyone is connected in that way.
The bottom line is that all the volun-
teers are committed and dedicated. If
they weren't, they wouldn't be there and
if the volunteers aren't there, neither is
the program. They don't do it for credit
or for recognition, but they deserve a
thank you. So, if you're looking for a
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October 26, 2011


Jackets return home Friday night

Bartow hosts Sebring in Homecoming contest

There's a certain strength of charac-
ter that shows itself on the back side of
defeat. In its most recent game, many
observers gave the Bartow yellow Jack-
ets little chance against the powerful
Lake Gibson Braves. After all, Lake Gib-
son had a better record in regular and
division play. Lake Gibson was going
to be home, its final home game of the
season, so this was a must win for them.
Lake Gibson walloped Bartow the year
before, so they'd probably do it again.
These skeptics didn't count on the
heart that swells up when the young
men step onto the bus, make the trip
and step off onto the field. Last week,
the Bartow Yellow Jackets showed the
heart that will tip the balance.
In a nutshell, Bartow played a bigger,
larger, more experienced team even.
The scoreboard showed 28-14 in favor
of the home team, but the scoreboard
doesn't tell the whole story. The score-
board doesn't have a column for effort.

For the record books, it shows Bar-
tow's fifth straight loss, a statistic that
can have a detrimental impact on the
enthusiasm that is needed to keep the
program going. It's just a number, but in
a game where numbers mean so much,
it can one that many observers can
point to and say the program is going
This would be the same group of
"many observers" who thought Bartow
didn't have a chance last week. In other
words, they can be wrong.
The district action resumes Friday night
when Bartow hosts Sebring. The Jackets
played the Blue Streaks in early 2010, a
spring contest won by the lightning in
the night sky. Since then, the teams, who
played that game with no idea they'd
become district opponents, have gone on
their paths to set up this contest.
Each team is winless in division play
and each can claim a 2-5 record. Com-
mon opponents have been Lake Gibson
and George Jenkins. The Jenkins game
provided Sebring with one of its two
wins, an 18-0 blanking of the Eagles.

The 18 points represents the highest
score by the Blue Streaks in the regular
season. Sebring lost to Lake Gibson 36-7
at the Braves field where Bartow played
last week.
Sebring has been outscored 81-14 in
two district games. Bartow has been
outscored 52-34 and six of the oppo-
nents' points came on a fumble recov-
ery at the end of game.
Because of the distance between
the schools and relative few common
opponents, not much is known about
Sebring. What the numbers show (and
there's danger in relying too much on
numbers) is that they have trouble get-
ting points on the board, a statistic that
has to make the Bartow defense sali-
vate. Coach Biggs and the staff will con-
tinue to spend the week, studying the
opponent and drilling the fundamentals
in preparation for this game. Penalties
ticked back up after being down for the
past few games. The Jackets lost the
turnover battle, a key element in the
late stages of last week's game.
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putting the streak of defeats to an end.
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Students from the Netherlands were in town

Judith Pijnappels and Janneck
Boelaais visited visited Bartow
High School and saw a bit of
Florida while they were here from
Udenhout, Netherlands.
They, along with 17 other high
school students from the Nether-
lands, visited Bartow and Winter Ha-
ven High Schools during their visits
that ended Nov. 19.
The pair stayed with Bartow High
sophomore Emilie Marlow. While
here, they visited the Polk County
Courthouse, the Tax Collector's Of-
fice, Munn Park and Circle B Ranch.
They also went to Universal Studios
in Orlando. And when they left, they
spent a few days in New York City.
The pair were amazed at how dif-
ferent America is compared to their
own country.
"When they went into Walmart
they were amazed," said Judi Mar-
low, Emilie's grandmother. "They
said look at this ... take our picture,
take our picture."
She also said their experience in
the school was also a big change.
Their visit to a football game on
Friday night was an experience. But
there was more.
"There are no teams in the
Netherlands," Marlow said. "And,
nobody drives a car in their town.

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The parking lot (at school) has about
1,500 bicycles."
The exchange students spent a
week here, but Marlow said that was
really too short a time.
"They really need more than one
week. There's so much they could
In exchange, students in.the Neth-
erlands will host students from here
in March. Emilie plans to go visit
Judith and Janneck and will probably
split her time between their houses.

It's homecoming week
It's homecoming week at Bartow
High School this week. It's also that
time for dressing up in style, as the
pink T-shirts are for sale again.
It was such a success that future
educators instructor Kerry Smith
ordered more T-shirts. They are for
sale for $8 each and
the money goes to the-
Susan G. Komen Breast
Cancer Foundation. If
any remain at the end
of the week, they will be
sold at the homecoming
against Sebring. That
game starts at 7 p.m.
The T-shirts were for
sale the first.week of the
month and more than
500 were sold, Brown

Olivia Leverett holds Benita Conley on her lap at the Oct. 7
football game between Bartow and Kathleen. Students at the
school sold T-shirts at the game to benefit the Susan G. Komen
Breast Cancer Foundation and Leverett, a two-year breast
cancer survivor, bought one. The T-shirts will be for sale again at
this Friday's homecoming game.

The game this week-
end is being called the
Pink Out Game.
There are activities
this week for homecom-
ing and it will be high-
lighted as candidates
will ride around the
track in a parade begin-
ning at 5:40 p.m. and all
candidates will be an-
nounced in front of the
home side press box at
6 p.m. The court will be
announced at 6:45 p.m.
There is also a dance
is scheduled for Saturday,
Oct. 29, from 8 p.m.-
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exchange students Judith Pijnappels (left) and Janneck Boelaais. The girls stayed with Emilie for
a week and left Sunday, Oct. 23, to visit New York for three days. Emilie will go to visit them in
Netherlands in March.

Boo on
homecoming day
The Diversified Career Student
teacher Mike Brennan is hoping
those who attend Friday night's
homecoming game will take advan-
tage of his students' effort to raise
money for charity with a Haunted
Tour at the Bartow High School. The
tour is scheduled from 7-11 p.m.
Friday and Saturday in the school's
500 and 600 hallways. It costs $5 for
entry, $3 for those 12 and younger
and the money will go to Give Kids
to World charity. The school is at
1270 S. Broadway.

Bartow High graduate
earns AP Scholar Award
Eric Konkol-Bennett, a 2011 Bar-
tow High School graduate, earned
the National AP Scholar Award.
The award is given to students who
receive an average score of at least
4 on all AP Exams, and scores of 4
or higher on eight or more of these
exams. Last year, 1,973,545 students

took a combined 3,456,020 AP exams
nationwide. Of the 239, 532 seniors
participating, 5.99 percent qualified
for the National AP Scholar Award.
Each of the 34 different college-
level courses and exams is devel-
oped by a committee of college and
university faculty and AP teachers,
ensuring that AP Exams are aligned
with the same high standards ex-
pected by college faculty at some of
the nation's leading liberal arts and
research institutions.

Storyteller to appear
at Stephens Elementary
Michael Stern, a storyteller
who has written books that teach
children lessons and gives them
challenging vocabulary, will give
two 45-minute sessions at Stephens
Elementary School on Friday,
Oct. 28..
The shows at 12:40 and 1:40 p.m.
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kindness to animals, diversity and
conflict resolution; books will be for
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