The Polk County Democrat
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Title: The Polk County Democrat
Uniform Title: Polk County Democrat (Bartow, Fla.)
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Place of Publication: Bartow Fla
Creation Date: February 29, 2012
Publication Date: 05/30/2012
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May 30, 2012

Polk county Democrat

Bartow's Hometown Newspaper Since 1931 75

Volume 82 Number 78

USPS NO 437-320

Banow, Polk County Floida 33830

Copynght 2012 Sun Coast Media Group, Inc

Over the top

Justin Heroldt jumps the barrier past the Brainfreeze booth set up on Florida Avenue in down-
town Bartow. The Venue and 5 Star Skate Shop set up a festival Saturday featuring skate-
boarding, live music and an afternoon party downtown. Formore photos, seepage 72A.

It ony. takesone

Hurricane season

starts Friday;

There likely won't be a lack of weather
knowledge, especially when it pertains to
hurricanes, during Saturday's Polk County
Hurricane Expo, which is one day after the
hurricane season starts.
The Expo will be held from 9 a.m.-
3 p.m. at the Lake Eva Banquet Hall at 799
Johns Ave., Haines City.
The information session features
talks by five meteorologists: Fox 13's
Dave Osterberg, Dan Noah, of the
National Weather Service in Ruskin,
News Channel 8's Leigh Spann, Deputy
State Meteorologist Michelle Palmer
of the Florida Division of Emergency
Management, and Bay News 9's Josh
Osterberg said he plans to focus
on the Internet and particularly
myfoxhurricane.com, explaining what

expo Saturday

Emergency Public Shelter maps, with detailed
directions to each of Polk Countv s 45 public shelters,
are available at libraries throughout the county.
They will also be available:at many Publix
supermarkets in the area. In addition, the maps
include a list of suggested items for a three-day
survival kit, important telephone numbers, and
a list of shelters that will accept pets during an
The 2012 Emergency Shelter Map is green, so
discard any other colored-maps to best ensure
updated information on Polk County's primary shel-
ters, special needs shelters and pet-friendly shelters.
Public shelter maps will also be available at the
annual hurricane expo, at the Lake Eva Banquet Hall
from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at 799 Johns
Ave., Haines City.
Also, on June 13 the 2012 Hurricane Guide will be
distributed in this paper.

Memorial Day is a time to "help us
remember with awe the men who ga-6e
their lives with love for our country
so our children's lives can be secure,"
guest speaker Mike Valentine said
Monday at a ceremony at \American
Legion Post 3.
Valentine, a member of the Sons of
the American Revolution, said he was
there in honor of his father, a mem-
ber of the 551st Parachute Infantry
Battalion, a World War II team that
earned a Presidential Unit Citation
in 2001 for fighting in the Battle of
the Bulge in December 1944. As the
spearhead on the northern shoulder
of the Bulge, they had virtually no
sleep and were in knee-deep snow just
days before Christmas.
In his address Valentine not only
remembered him, but all the soldiers
who fought to defend the United
States' freedom.
"Children must know who they were
and \\hy they did what they did," he
said. "We must never waiver from the
path of democracy."
The ceremonywas also marked with
singing by representatives from the
Polk Coun ry Sheriffs Office Girls Villa
and there was a dedication of a wreath

Sam Glisson (left) and Brian Reeder with the
American Legion Post 3 Honor Guard stand at
attention during Memorial Day ceremonies
Monday at the post.

City won't re-analyze

Business complaints may force fire
assessment to stay the same for next year

In a discussion over the city's
Strategic Plan at the Bartow commis-
sion meeting, the city's consultant on
the fire assessment gave his overview
of the plan and forced commissioners
to put off re-analyzing the plan for a
The assessment, in place since
2009, pays for the services of the fire

department and does so without using
property taxes instead. paying for it
through a fee figured out through
a formula that consultant Willdan
Financial Services uses and charges
homes and businesses for.
Over the last few months a group of
businesspeople have complained the
fees are wrong, the method is wrong
and businesses are being hurt with the


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Editorial...........Page 4LA
Obituaries ...........Pae 6.4
Business.............. Page 7A
School Life.........Page 16A
Sports.................Page 18.4
Police Beat........ Page 19,4
County Report ....Page IB
Feeling Fit...........Page 5B

War casualties


Merchants say
is improving

Football team
has spring game
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Russ Martin, the interim public works director for Bartow,
Margaret Thompson receives a plaque from Mayor Leo accepts a plaque from Mayor Leo Longwroth Monday,
Longworth Monday, May 21, for her eight years of service May 21, prolaming National Public Works Week which
on the Historic Architechural Review Board. was May 20-26.

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Same work continues

on roads in town
This week on the construction work on U.S. 98 south
of Manor Drive to north of County Road 540A and
U.S. 98 the contractor will continue placing sod and
performing miscellaneous activities throughout the
project corridor during the day.
Depending on the weather, these activities are
anticipated for approximately two weeks, the Florida
Department of Transportation reports.
There are no lane closures scheduled on the work on
Van Fleet Drive or U.S. 98 this week.
Work on new travel lanes, turn lanes, sidewalks and
drainage continues behind barrier walls along north-
bound US 98 from State Road 60 to south of Manor
Drive, and along westbound Van Fleet from Walmart
Drive to U.S. 98.
With the Fort Fraser Trail entrance off of westbound
Van Fleet closed due to construction and a trail bridge
spanning Bear Creek now closed for repairs by Polk
County Parks & Recreation, people should access
the trail at Old Bartow/Eagle Lake Road until further
Access to businesses in the work zone is being
maintained and motorists are advised to use caution
and watch for workers.
For project information, visit www.IdriveUS98.com.




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Time to tackle Florida's broken tax structure

"Florida is trying to run a 21st-century economy
that is completely built on a 20th-century tax sys-
tem," Randy Miller, vice president of the Florida
Retail Federation and a former state revenue director,
told the Palm Beach Post in a report this week about
Florida's ongoing budgeting problems. .
Actually, outside the antigovernment halls of the
Capitol in Tallahassee, local officials have been forced
to go further back in history to solve their own budget
crises: navia aut caput. The Latin term means ship or
head, with the" head being a Roman emperor. Today,
the coin flip is an accepted form or sortition. As op-
posed to, say, Rock, Paper Scissors.
What Miller was referring to is Florida's outdated
reliance on volatile sales-based tax revenue. In ad-
dition to falling during economic slowdowns, when
demand for government services and job-creating
public spending projects actually increases, sales
taxes can't keep up with changing economic trends.
For example, before the recent dive in gas prices,
higher prices at the pump drove motorists to pur-
chase vehicles that got better gas mileage. State
analysts project a $5.1 billion drop in gas tax collec-
tions by 2020, according to the Post report.

Our Viewpoint
Since local, state and federal gas taxes are used to
fund road construction across the state, volatility in
revenues increasing the level of uncertainty in road
construction planning, which is done on a five-year
rotating cycle. Moreover, from 2004 to 2011, the
Legislature diverted some $200 million a year from
transportation trust funds to the general fund to plug
gaps caused by falling sales tax collections and tax
cuts, according to a March 2012 report from the state
Department of Transportation.
Among the conclusions the DOT report reached:
Trust fund revenues are increasingly inadequate
due to moderating growth in vehicle miles traveled,
improved fuel efficiency, and the fact that some fuel
taxes are not inflation-indexed.
The magnitude of project costs has outpaced
the ability of any single existing source to provide
adequate funds.
The Legislature has already seen the light when it
comes to disastrous cuts in school funding in the.
20.10-2011 session, when $1.3 billion was sliced
from school budgets, forcing thousands of layoffs.

Much was made of a $1 billion increase in this year's
education budget, but as the coin flip scenario clearly
shows, it wasn't enough to stave of further job cuts
(many of which are being absorbed locally via retire-
ments). Schools are also dealing with the expiration
of federal stimulus funding that provided more $500
million in much-needed revenue to keep teachers in
the classroom.
The structure of Florida tax system also means we
are falling behind on education infrastructure, which
is largely funded via taxes on utilities, such as energy
and telecommunication companies. Increased energy
efficiency and changes in consumer habits, such as
switching from landlines to cellphones, is shrinking
revenues funneled into the Public Education Capital
Outlay fund, which funds school construction and
maintenance, Frank Brogan, chancellor of the state
university system, told the Post.
Something has to give. Closing loopholes, like the
uncollected taxes on Internet sales and many servic-
es, and ending trust fund raids to bridge self-inflicted
budget gaps is a must. Roads and schools are basic
government functions. Without either, Florida can't

Are libraries next?

Many of us who enjoy unfettered
mobility most of the time have spent
a few days or weeks on crutches or in
a wheelchair as the result of a sprain,
fracture, or surgery.
And most of us have friends who must
cope with impaired mobility on a daily
Both circumstances create an aware-
ness of how helpful it is when owners of
establishments which cater to the public
make special effort to be accessible to
those with limitations. These can be
as simple as reserved parking spaces
and wheelchair ramps or as elaborate
as elevators and other lifting devices.
Wheelchair accessible restroom facili-
ties long have been mandated in public
buildings. Many property owners, both
private and public, have made such
modifications because they are the right
thing to do. Others have awaited passage
- and enforcement of Americans with
Disabilities Act standards before taking
Whatever the motivation, handicap
accessible features show the compassion
-and consideration that help make the
United States a special nation.

On at least three occasions, members of
my family have been moved to the use of
crutches or wheelchairs for periods rang-
ing from a few days to several months.
I was the lucky one whose immobility
lasted for only a week or two. And it was
my own fault. The rollerskate was on the
step, minding its own business, and one
of my feet had the temerity to intrude
into its space, for which it (the foot, not
the skate) paid the price. As luck would
have it, we had planned a trip to Disney
World for the following weekend, and my
children took on the responsibility for
wheeling me around the Magic Kingdom
in a wheelchair.

S.L. Frisbie

5.. Frisbie can be contacted at

At most of the venues, special accom-
modations were made for wheelchair
passengers and their drivers to bypass
the long lines and take a position down
front. (I have even heard stories of friends
who rent wheelchairs at WDW and take
turns pushing each other around for that
purpose, but I put no stock in their verac-
ity.) The points (and yes, there is a point
to all of this) as much as I appreciated the
courtesies extended to me in my tempo-
rary mobility-challenged state, it never
occurred to me to demand that Disney
close down Space Mountain or any other
ride that was not wheelchair accessible.
Times have changed.

The City of Bartow is considering tear-
ing down the gazebo at what is named
(quite logically) Gazebo Park, because.
it is not handicap accessible. Hey, it's a
wooden gazebo, built on private property
by a man who wanted to do something
nice for his community. The owner allows
the site to be used for that purpose. It is
used occasionally as a venue for outdoor
weddings and such by those who can
negotiate its four steps. There is no record
of a couple ever having been forced to live
indefinitely in an unwed status because
there is no wheelchair ramp.
But the city manager says it would
cost the city some $6,000 to bring this


Letters to the editor

Let us follow another way

My father always told me, when he
was teaching me about life, to be aware
how the politicians, and ideologues,
will hardly accept any wrong. They are
fanatics. They area always blaming
the other party. Take the recent article
titled "A Do Nothing Congress" that
appeared in the Lake Wales News on
May 19, 2012. In that article the Senate's
Majority Leader is portrayed as a guilty
person for following what is a favorite
congressional game at present. The
game consists of the House sending a
bill to the Senate with something the
opposition party does not like, such
as cuts to Medicare. When the Senate's
Majority Leader rejects it without even
submitting it to a vote, he is blamed for
doing nothing. That is only a half truth.
When the same Senate's Majority
Leader, or the President, submits the
idea of closing some tax loopholes so

that the rich will pay a fair share of
their, at times obscene, income read
oil companies income then, it is
time for the Speaker of the House to
pronounce that such an idea will not
be presented in the House as it has no
chance of passing.
So this political game is played again
and again. The idea, created by these
two parties, the only solution to a prob-
lem is their way of or nothing, defies
to the most basic rules of decency, we
should not tolerate it. The idea that if
you do not belong to my party, you are
my enemy, is unpalatable. This should
not have ever happened. The culprits,
in my view, are unscrupulous politi-
cians playing to a gullible electorate.
Gullibility? Let us all follow "In God We
ManuelV. Crespo
Lake Wales

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Carly Griffis Amber Eby Fred Russell Sam Glisson

"Memorial Day means not only being "It's where we celebrate what the "It means a lot to me. It's for the "I'm glad we've got people who were
with your family and friends but to veterans did for everyone of us in memory of the sacrifice the soldiers so dedicated they gave their lives in
remember the troops fighting and all the United States. If they hadn't we made of their lives to this country. I'm sacrifice to the United States."
those who have fallen and the poeple wouldn't be able to live in a free proud to have served this country."
fighting for our freedom." country and be able to reach out to
teach our children. People do care
about them."

SPCA Pets of

. the Week



Female; 2 months; small, 2.8 pounds; domestic longhair;
brown/white tabby. Orphaned since: April 9
This lovely long-hair is a beauty to behold and a delight
to play with and love. She captivates visitors with her loud
purring and sweet personality. Remi is looking forward to
meeting her forever family soon.
Learn how to adopt a pet at www.spcaflorida.org, visit
5850 Brannen Road South, Lakeland, or call 863-646-7722.

Male; 2 years; medium, 52 pounds; black/
brown; Labrador/retriever mix.
Orphaned since: May 7
Jackson is a very handsome boy that
loves belly rubs. He's excellent with other
dogs and frequently plays in the exercise
yard with his four-legged companions.
Jackson listens to his humans and is eager
to be the most loyal, loving companion
you'll ever meet. He's really hoping to land
his fur-ever home very soon.

Female; 2 months; small, 3.1 pounds;
domestic longhair; brown tabby.
Orphaned since: April 9
Adorable is the middle name of this
striped, longhair kitten. Riley loves to play
and to amuse her guests with boundless
energy and curiosity. She plays hard in the
morning then enjoys a kitten nap in the
afternoon. She'd love to show her moves
with the jingle bell ball and rub up against
you for some unconditional love.

Male; 9 months; medium, 48 pounds;
blue-fawn; black-mouth cur mix
Orphaned since: &Jay 9
The Energizer bunny is no match for
Red. This pup will keep you motivated and
on the go. He loves exercise, so grab your
running shoes and that Frisbee and let's
go! Our certified dog trainer is working
with Red to teach him doggie manners
like sitting and walking on a loose
leash. He's going to keep practicing his
commands and manners, and hopes you'll
come soon to adopt him.

picturesque facility which cost the city
nothing into compliance with ADA
standards. It would be cheaper to tear it
down. Also in jeopardy of demolition is
the old city power plant building. It has
not been used for that purpose since the
city started buying electricity from what
was then Florida Power Corp. more than

half a century ago.
When I was a kid, a popular field trip
for elementary school youngsters was
to go to the building where Bartow's
electricity was produced. It has been
used for a variety of other municipal
purposes since the mid-20th century,
most recently for the city's information
technology operations. It is hardly a
Mecca'for elementary school field trips
or any other large number of visitors, but
it is not handicap accessible, and it may
have to go.

Am I the only person who sees the dif-
ference between requiring that restrooms
in high-traffic locations like civic centers
be made accessible to people in wheel-
chairs, and requiring wheelchair ramps
for gazebos and offices which have little
public traffic?
If this standard is applied to all
tax-supported facilities, how long will
it be before we must tear down librar-
ies because some people are sightless,
or concert halls because some people

cannot hear?
But that's different, you say.
It is? Why?
Because it would make no sense?
I rest my case.

(S. L. Frisbie is retired. He is fortunate
to be in pretty good health, but like many
retirees, winces at the thought of climbing
all those steps to the top of a high school
football stadium. He has no wish to see
stadiums torn down, however.)

Jackson Riley

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May 30 2012

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The Inquiring Photographer

What does Memorial Day mean to you?

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And the race begins.

Bok Tower 5K

Carillon race a draw

The Inaugural A-C-T Carillon
Classic 5K Run & Walk at Bok Tower
Gardens held May 26 was success,
with more than than 250 runners
and walkers who laced up their
shoes and made history during the
first 5K race ever to take place at
Bok Tower.
During the 5K, runners and
walkers enjoyed a scenic route as
they were serenaded by carillon
music from the tower itself. The
A-C-T Carillon Classic 5K took
place on Memorial Day weekend,
and Polk County's Fire Rescue
Color Guard presented the flag,
followed by Cindy Rodriguez and
Ginger Whittington, of A-C-T
Environmental and Infrastructure,
Inc., who brought the National
Anthem. After the pledge of al-
legiance, Harriet Harris, the wife
of the late George W. Harris, and
Robert Kincart, president of A-C-T,
signaled for the race to begin.
The event was presented by the
Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter
of the Florida Public Relations
Association and proceeds went to
benefit its educational and profes-
sional initiatives, as well as the
George W. Harris, Jr..Runaway and
Youth Crisis Shelter.
Winner of the overall male race was
Tom Wodrich of Lakeland at (19:15);
overall female Molly Hardman,
Lake Wales (22:17); overall Master
male Majricio Falco, Winter Haven
(20:39); overall Master female Karen
Vanblarcom, Lake Wales (24:33).

Eight-year-old Ryan Coleman, Hannah Thrasher
and five-and-a half month old Cason Thrasher
are ready to race.



Bartow resident
94, died May
21, 2012, in .
Decatur, Ga.,
with her family
at her side.
Mrs. Hunt
was born May
12, 1918, in ',
Philema, Ga., '
to Mr. and Mrs. Carol Hun
B. J. Harris.
Her father was a railroad dbpot


master and her mother was a devoted
. Carol attended Florida Southern
College where she met her future
husband, Bowdon Hunt. Carol and
Bowdon settled in Bartow in the early
1940s. He was a longtime judge in the
court system of Polk County and she
was a mother and homemaker.

Carol was an active member of
First United Methodist Church of
Bartow and was also a member
of the Daughters of the American
Revolution. Her interests included
family, restoring antique furniture,
sewing, reading, playing bridge and
She was preceded in death by
Judge Hunt and a nephew, Terry
Nolan, whom she raised from the
age of 12.
She is survived by two daughters,
Fran Hunt Lewis and Lynn Hunt
Bronson; a son, Bowdon Hunt, Jr.; four
grandchildren; two great-grandchil-
dren; and her brother, Bert Harris, Jr.
Graveside service: Saturday, June
2, 2012, at 11 a.m. atWildwood
Cemetery in Bartow.
The family requests that in lieu of
flowers, a donation be made to First
United Methodist Church of Bartow,
455'S. Broadway Ave., Bartow, FL 33830.

Spivey completes Navy training

Navy Seaman Aaron G. Spivey, son of
Sherry B. and Roy G. Spivey of Bartow,
recently completed U.S. Navy basic train-
ing at Recruit Training Command, Great
Lakes, Ml.
During the eight-week program, Spivey
completed a variety of training which
included classroom study and practical
instruction on naval customs, first aid,
firefighting, water safety and survival, and
shipboard and aircraft safety. An empha-
sis was also placed on physical fitness.
The capstone event of boot camp

is "Battle Stations." This exercise gives
recruits the skills and confidence they
need to succeed in the fleet Battle
Stations is designed to galvanize the basic
warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication,
teamwork and endurance in each recruit
through the practical application of basic
Navy skills and the core values of honor,
courage and commitment. Its distinctly
"Navy" flavor was designed to take into
account what it means to be a sailor.
Spivey is a 2005 graduate of Bartow
High School.

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Downtown business appears to be increasing

Merchants noticing more businesses, more operations moving in

Some of Bartow's newest down-
town businesses appear to be pros-
pering, their owners say, thanks to
ongoing promotions by Main Street
Bartow, mandatory open hours and
municipal contributions to alleviate
building rent and utility services.
Some of the latest retail offerings
in the downtown core include the
Casual Chic Boutique, 5-Star Skate
Shop, the Doggie Bag, Made of Clay,
Bartow Flowers and Gifts, Parker
Place, and Antiques on Main. Other
new businesses include the Halycon
Salon, JFD's Seafood Restaurant,
Bartow Appliance and Bartow
Consignment Shop, and the soon-to-
open Stanford on Main cafe.
The new stores run the gamut
of endeavors, from Casual Chic
Boutique's classy women's clothes to
5-Star Skate's urban chic skateboard
wear, as well as pet supplies and
ceramic decorating.
Casual Chic Boutique owner Carin
Jones says her ladies' shop is faring
"well" since opening in March. "We're
gradually building up our clientele,"
Jones said, "and taking our time to get
the word out." She adds she is relying
on promotions by Main Street Bartow
for now, but plans to launch her own
marketing and outreach programs in
the coming months.
"We're trying to get our feet on the
ground first," she said, "then we'll
go after the major market in the
county offices." Her shop special-
izes in "comfortable, classic upscale
looks for every day and beyond," she
Jones added the Main Street
Bartow incubator program, where
new businesses were provided a rent
and utility subsidy, played a major
part in her decision to expand her
Auburndale shop into the county
seat market. "That certainly helped
us make the decision to open here
after we looked all over the county
for our second location."
The Doggie Bag owner Heather
Moran echoed Jones' position.
She also has another location in
Lakeland and opted to expand into
the Bartow market when she learned
that subsidies were available to assist
new business in locating into the
downtown core.
"We felt a pet supply store was
needed in Bartow," she said. "And
with the help of Main Street and the
support from the community, we're
happy we opened here." She says her
specialty pet supply shop is "doing
really well" thanks to "Bartow people
wanting to shop locally."
5-Star Skate Shop owner Verton
Stephens echoed his Central Avenue
neighbors' comments.
"It's a good location and we're
doing very well," he said. Stephens
and Main Street partner The Venue
celebrated their success with a joint
skateboard competition and music
festival on May 26.
Made of Clay, also on Central
Avenue, is a ceramics shop where
customers paint and decorate their

Dr. Alex Aqui decorates a special coffee mug at
Bartow's Made of Clay ceramics shop.

individual pieces. Owner Valerie
Moyer opened her doors in April
and is seeing steady growth "as the
word gets out," she says. She recently
had more than half-a-dozen crafters
inside and outside her shop painting
their selections which she will then
fire in her own kiln. She has more
than 1,000 ceramic molds which she
uses to create pieces ready for ar-
tistic embellishments. She also says
"Main Street has been a great help to
us, with the rent and electricity and
advertising. It's been a big help."
As part of the Main Street Bartow
incubator program, the shops must
be open 11 a.m. until -7 p.m. on
weekdays and on Saturdays. Moyer
said she plans to ask for a variance
to those hours so she can be open on
Saturday and Sundays from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
While the Central Avenue shops
appear to be flourishing, at least one
new Main Street business in the 300
block says his Antiques on Main is
also seeing a surge in business.
"I'm thrilled," he said. "Things are
looking up. We're not getting rich,
but we're paying all our bills and
for just seven months, that's a great
He suggested, however, that all the
retail businesses in the downtown
area would benefit from opening for
a full day on Saturdays. "People want
to shop here on Saturdays," he said.
"I feel that as businessmen, we have
an obligation to them. We're still
seeing some problems, like visibility,
but we're working on that." He also
said that more events would draw
shoppers into the downtown area,
citing the monthly Antique Fair as
an example. "We trying to draw more
higher-end vendors to that and that
will be a help."
Milano also said he was promoting
periodic sidewalk sales and hopes
other businesses will coordinate with
him to organize a downtown-wide

Ceramics enthusiasts (from left) Lorean Moyer, Reyna Feran, Lindsay Saccucci, Sarah Atkinson,
Mathew Lieto and John Saccucci take advantage of spring weather to enjoy Central Avenue while
indulging in their art outside Made of Clay ceramics shop.

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Heather Moran, owner of The Doggie Bag on South Central Avenue in Bartow, restocks her
shelves with specialty pet food.

Carin Jones, owner of Casual Chic Boutique in
Bartow, rings up a sale while associate Joann
Smith wraps up the purchase.

Valerie Moyer owns Made of Clay ceramics

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City of Fort Meade

We're very pleased to provide you with this year's Annual Quality Water Report. We want to keep you informed
about the excellent water and services we have delivered to you over the past year. Our goal is and always has
been, to provide to you a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. Our water source is three wells that draw
water from the Floridan aquifer. The water is then aerated to remove volatile contaminants, disinfected with
chlorine, and then delivered to your home or business.
If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact David Wooten at the City
of Fort Meade, (863) 285-9222. We want our valued customers to be informed about their water utility..If you want
to learn more, please attend any of our regularly scheduled City Commission meetings. They are held on the
second Tuesday of the month at City Hall. This report will not be mailed to our customers or the general public,
unless requested. Copies are available at City Hall.
The City of Fort Meade routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal and State
laws, rules and regulations. Except where indicated otherwise, this report is based on the results of our monitoring
for the period of January 1st to December 31st, 2011. Also included are test results in earlier years for
contaminants sampled less often than annually. For contaminants not required to be tested for in 2011, test results
are for the most recent testing done in accordance with regulations authorized by the state and approved by the
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In 2009 the Department of Environmental Protection performed a Source Water Assessment on our system. The
assessment was conducted to provide information about any potential sources of contamination in the vicinity of
our wells. There are 4 potential sources of contamination from petroleum storage tanks identified for this system
with a moderate susceptibility level. The assessment results are available on the FDEP Source Water Assessment
and Protection Program website at www.dep.state.fl.us/swapp or they can be obtained from David Wooten at the
City of Fort Meade, (863) 285-9222.
As water travels over the land or underground it can pick up substances, or contaminants such as microbes,
inorganic and organic chemicals, and radioactive substances. All drinking water, including bottled drinking water,
may be reasonably expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. It's important to remember
that the presence of these contaminants does not necessarily pose a health risk. More information about
contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency's Safe
Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain
contaminants in water provided by public water systems. FDA regulations establish limits for contaminants in
bottled water, which must provide the same protection for public health.
The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs,
springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally-
occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the
presence of animals or from human activity.
Contaminants that may be present in source water include:
Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic
systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife.
Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally-occurring or result from urban
stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming.
Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater
runoff, and residential uses.
Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of
industrial processes and petroleum production, and can, also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and
septic systems.
Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally-occurring, or be the result of oil and gas production or mining
In the data table you will find many terms you might not be familiar with. To help you better understand these terms
we've provided the following key to these terms' abbreviations and definitions:
Action Level AL The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system
must follow
Not Applicable N/A Does not apply.
Parts per million ppm or Milligrams per liter (mg/l) one part by weight of analyte to one million parts by weight of the water sample.
Parts per billion ppb or Micrograms per liter (pg/l) one part by weight of analyte to one billion parts by weight of the water sample.
Picocuries per liter pCi/L picocuries perliter is a measure of the radioactivity in water
Maximum Residual MRDL The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is
Disinfectant Level necessary for control of microbial contaminants.
Maximum Contaminant MCL The "Maximum Allowed" is the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to
Level the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.
Initial Distribution IDSE An important part of the Stage 2 Disinfection Byproducts Rule (DBPR). The IDSE is a one-time study conducted
System Evaluation by water systems to identify distribution system locations with high concentrations of trihalomethanes (THMs) and
haloacetic acids (HAAs). Water systems will use results from the IDSE, in conjunction with their Stage 1 DBPR
compliance monitoring data, to select compliance monitoring locations for the Stage 2 DBPR.
Maximum Contaminant MCLG The "Goal" is the level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of
Level Goal safety.
MCLs are set at very stringent levels. To understand the possible health effects described for many regulated
constituents, a person would have to drink 2 liters of water every day at the MCL level for a lifetime to have a one-
in-a-million chance of having the described health effect.

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Contaminant MCL Level Monitoring
and Violation Detected MCLG MCL Period Likely Source of Contamination
Unit of Measurement Yes/No ** Month/Year
** Results in the Level Detected column for radiological contaminants and inorganic contaminants are from individual samples..
Radiouactive Contaminants
Alpha emitters (pCi/L) No 2.3 0 15 1/08 12/08 Erosion of natural deposits

Radium 226 + 228 or I
Radium 226 + 228 orNo 1.5 0 5 1/08 12/08 Erosion of natural deposits
combined radium (pCi/L)
Inorganic Contaminants
Discharge from petroleum refineries; fire retardants;
Arsenic (ppb) No 1.2 0 10 1/11 -12/11 ceramics; electronics; solder
ceramics; electronics; solder
Residue from man-made pollution such as auto
Lead (point of entry) (ppb) No 3.3 0 15 1/11 12/11 emissions and paint; lead pipe, casing, ansolder
emissions and paint; lead pipe, casing, and solder
S/ Pollution from mining and refining operations.
Nickel (ppb) No 2.4 N/A 100 1/11 12/11Naturaloccurrence in soil
Barium (ppm) No 0.0321 2 2 1/11 -12/11 Discharge of drilling wastes; discharge from
Barium (ppm) No 0.0321 2 2 1/11 12/11
metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits
Chromium (ppb) No 4.9 100 100 1/11 12/11 Discharge from steel and pulp ills;eroson of
natural deposits
Erosion of natural deposits; discharge from
fertilizer and aluminum factories. Water additive
Fluoride (ppm) No 0.465 4 4 1/11 12/11
which promotes strong teeth when at-optimum
levels between 0.7 and 1.2 ppm
Sodium (ppm) No 7.76 N/A 160 1/11 12/11 Salt water intrusion, leaching from soil

TTHMs and Stage 1 Disinfectant/Disinfection By-Product (D/DBP) Parameters
Chlorine (MCL 4.0) Level Detected is the 2011 annual monthly average result, Range of Results is lowest to highest monthly average result.
HAA5 (MCL 60) and THM (MCL 80) Level Detected is the annual average of the quarterly averages. Range of Results is the range of individual sample results (lowest
to highest) for all monitoring locations, including Initial Distribution System Evaluation (IDSE) results as well as Stage 1 compliance results.

Contaminant and Dates of MCL Level Range of MCLG or MCL or Likely Source of
Unit of Measurement Detected Results MRDLG MRDL Contamination
(mo./yr.) Yes/No
1/11- Water additive used to
Chlorine (ppm) 12/11 No 1.11 0.38-2.38 MRDLG = 4 MRDL = 4.0 Wacontroladdmicrobesed to
.12/11 control microbes
Haloacetic Acids (five) (HAA5) 8/11 No 444 NA NA MCL = 60 By-product of drinking
(ppb) __________________________water disinfection
TTHM [Total Trihalomethanes] 8/11 No 48.7 NA NA MCL = By-product of drinking
(ppb) water disinfection

Lead and Copper (Tap Water)
Contaminant and Action 90th Number of
Unit of Level Percentile Sampling sites Sample
Measurement Violation Result exceeding the Action Date Likely Source of Contamination
Yes/No Action Level MCLG Level MoNr
Corrosion of household plumbing
copper tap water)No 0.483 0 1.3 AL=1.3 9/09 systems; erosion of natural deposits;
(ppm) leaching from wood preservatives
Lead (tap water) AL=1 9/09 Corrosion of household plumbing
(ppb) Nsystems, erosion of natural deposits

If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young
children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home
plumbing. The City of Fort Meade is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the
variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can
minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for
drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested.
Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available
from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general
population. Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing
chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other
immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections.
These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/CDC
guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by cryptosporidium and other
microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

Thank you for allowing us to continue providing your family with clean, quality water this year. In order to maintain a
safe and dependable water supply we sometimes need to make improvements that will benefit all of our customers.
These improvements are sometimes reflected as rate structure adjustments. Thank you for understanding.
SPlease call our office if you have questions.

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Museum sign likely to go outside

.Soon there will be a sign outside
the Polk County Historical Museum
letting people know it is not the
county courthouse.
In a first reading last week the
Bartow City Commission indicated
it will change the sign ordinance to
allow a 14x8-foot sign that has been
inside the museum for 13 years
to be erected and face drivers on
What changed in the ordinance
is a regulation regarding commu-
nity heritage signs signs that are
used for landmarks in the city. The
change will allow this sign to be
erected and will pave the way for
other heritage signs.
Bob Wiegers, the city's planning
director, said another example he
could think of this change would
allow is one for the Thompson Cigar
Factory which the city is currently
"There could be a need for a bet-
ter sign than what would be permit-
ted, to do something different and
that wouldn't mess around with the
rest of the ordinance," he said.
Next the sign ordinance will go
before the Historical Architectural
Review Board, then to a public

'hearing at the next commission
meeting on June 7 before it becomes
"It's almost like starting out with a
clean slate for signs," said Wiegers.
The struggle to get the sign posted
outside the museum started in 1999
after the city passed its current
,sign ordinance. The county sign,
which had verbal approval from the
city to be posted, cost the county
$10,000 to build. Soon after that,
the city passed the ordinance that
made the sign in violation of the
ordinance. Despite pleas from the
county, Bartow officials at the time
said there was never something in
writing to allow the sign and so it
sat inside for all these years.
Wiegers, who was not the plan-
ning director when the sign ordi-
nance was passed, said there was
nothing he could do about the
situation. But, he said, the muse-
um's current historical preservation
manager, Myrtice Young, did make
something happen.
"In the past when people asked
me if the sign could be posted all I
could say is no," Wiegers said. "This
went on for years. Myrtice was the
only one who asked what are our
He said they talked about what
could be done and took walks
around the museum to find what
could be done.
"I give her all the credit for getting

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This sign reflecting the style of the Historic Polk County Courthouse has been on display in the
Historical Museum for several years. Museum staff hope to get a variance to finally erect it
outside, on the northwest corner of the lawn, to help people identify the museum and genea-
logical library location.

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this thing going," he said.
"We did a site plan and Bob and
I walked around the office," Young
said. "We were talking about put-
ting the sign in the same place, just
back-a little bit. There are some
utility items we have to work around
The sign will be posted on the
northwest corner of the building
and be placed diagonally facing
Broadway. The placement of the
sign is certainly going to help the
museum as people still confuse the
museum for the courthouse on a
regular basis, though the building

has not been the courthouse for
At a recent roundtable to discuss
how to increase marketing and
increasing visitation to the court-
house, Young said people still come
to the museum when they think
they're going to the courthouse.
"We had a group yesterday come
over from Lakeland and they went
to lunch afterward downtown," she
said Friday. "I had a minimum of six
woman circling lost and they said
they didn't see the building. They
said you don't have a sign and I said
just wait, it's coming."

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Polk properties going to Habitat


In an effort to upgrade the prop-
erty values in the area covered by
the Community Redevelopment
Agency, CRA board members allowed
a transfer of funds and two properties
on Polk Street were sold to Habitat
for Humanity for a house to be con-
structed on.
The properties were owned by West
Bartow Front Porch and both 780 and
790 Polk Street were sold for $4,201.
A three-bedroom, two-bathroom,
1,200-square-foot house will be
built on the property by Habitat for
The board OK'd the purchase and
transfer of the two parcels to Habitat
for Humanity at its April meeting, but
at the May 23 meeting a few changes
were made to make the transfer go
more quickly and also to help out Front
Porch, a non-profit agency. The CRA
will cover the closing costs on the sale
providing they don't amount to more
than $500. Levonia Wynn, director of
Front Porch, who was present at the
meeting, OK'd the change.
Since the meeting in April A-C-T
Environmental and Infrastructure did
an environmental assessment of the
properties and Floy Graves told com-
missioners they passed without any
problems to report.
The two properties will be combined
into one for the home construction.

Commission tables U.S. 17 study
A proposal to have a University of
South Florida professor do a study in
order to design an urban design plan

for the U.S. Highway 17 area was tabled
by board members until they have
more time to study the proposal.
Under the pact Trent Green, a profes-
sor in the School of Architecture and
Urban Design, who was the author of
the West Bartow Revitalization Study,
would be paid $20,000 to study an area
that is bordered by Martin Luther King
Boulevard to the south, L.B. Brown
Avenue on the west, East Church Street
on the north and the U.S. 17 com-
mercial corridor to the east. The study
would identify the area's long-term
economic viability, competitiveness,
employment base, redevelopment
opportunities, infrastructure problems
and aesthetic identities.
The problem board members had
with the study was understanding why
$20,000 has to be spent to do this study
and whether or not they can afford it.
"This study would accomplish
strategic plan goals for this year," CRA
Executive Director Patrick Brett told the
When board member Rod Hudnell
asked about the financial situation,
Brett said there is a HUD grant that
could make it an 80-20 percent split
the CRA could apply for, but he had no
idea what the chance was the agency
would be able to get it. But, he added
the study is something the CRA could
"Based on Green's past work, we
believe the study is something we need
for that area," he said.
Clifton Lewis, Bartow's commu-
nity development coordinator and
the director of the Neighborhood
Improvement Corp. the agency the
$20,000 would be funneled through

- said this quadrant is a very impor-
tant area in Bartow.
But commissioners were skeptical
they could delve into something like
this now.
"What is the CRA's advantage in purs-
ing this in this way?" Hudnell asked.
"The advantage is none to us," Brett
said. "The advantage is on USF's side."
"I'm not looking forward in moving
in this fashion," Chairman Alan Rayl
said, to which board member John
Bohde responded he'd like to read the
document more until he can make a
"I want to vet this thing more and see
if taxpayers are getting their money's
worth," Bohde said. "This may be a
benefit for the city and for the CRA.
Perhaps we should get with (Bartow
Planning Director Bob) Wiegers first."

Batting cage net needed, but...
The batting cage at the Polk Street
Community Center needs a net that
could cost about $1,100 and though
board members indicated this is some-
thing that should be done they weren't
sure this was the board that should be
funding that.
Brett said it has fallen to them
and that's why the item was on their
"I don't want to be a grinch but have
we exhausted all procedures?" Rayl
Brett said he approached city
Parks and Recreation Director Angie
Whisnant who told him they didn't
have the money but she would cer-
tainly have the people to install the net.
Bohde said certainly there is a need
for something like a net for a batting

cage and not having one is definitely
a problem but with money being so
tight he also questioned whether this
should come from the Community
Redevelopment Agency and also
whether it is something that should be
within the CRA's responsibility.
"I would like there to be a net ... we
need it," he said. "I just think it's kind of
odd the city can't get it."
He wondered about the cages at
Mosaic Field and who keeps those
equipped properly. No one knew who
Brett said the net was- one of two
requests from the Polk Street park. The
other was for an ice machine and that
was donated.
The item was tabled and the board
asked Brett to talk to the city about the
situation and report back to them. The
suggestion that a car wash could be
held to raise some money had some
support from the board.
"I'll bring my car over to the car
wash," Rayl said.
"Count me in, too," Bohde added.

In other business:
In a 5-0 vote the board OK'd Brett
as the budget officer for the CRA with
an OK for him not to transfer money
of more than $5,000. This means Brett
can move money on the budget as long
as it does not exceed $5,000 without
the board's approval. The budget is
approved and voted on by the board
and previously could only be changed.
by then.
A plan to allow a Bartow city com-
missioner and a Polk County com-
missioner to sit on the CRA board was
rejected by the CRA in a 7-0 vote.

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Skateboarders wait their turn while Brad PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW
Stryke sings during a festival on Florida Avenue Caleb Hutchinson gets ready to skateboard along Florida Avenue Saturday during a festival while the band Red Stryke from Lakeland plays behind him.

Caleb Hutchinson goes airborne Saturday at a festival in downtown
Bartow where skateboarders filled Florida Avenue and live music was
featured all day long.

Mock's arms
go up as he
jumps on his
while Danny
Cruz checks
it out. The
festival in
a Bartow
drew plenty
of people for
the skate-
board and
live music
by The
Venue and
5 Star Skate
I Shop.

Cameron Browning was all air on this jump as he skateboards on Florida
Avenue Saturday in Bartow.

Michael Mock jumps the barrier Saturday in downtown
Bartow during a festival that featured skateboarding and
live bands on Florida Avenue in Bartow.

Danny Cruz skateboards along Florida Avenue
Saturday during a festival put on by The Venue
and 5 Star Skate Shop.

Adam Demalignon jumps on his skateboard Saturday on
Florida Avenue downtown during a festival put together by
The Venue and 5 Star Skate Shop.

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and a flag raising with the wreath and
flag donated by the auxiliary's Chaplain
Kim Koehlert and Sgt. at Arms Toni
Jenny Smith, in her first year selling
poppies in memory of the soldiers
who died in war, read "In Flanders
Fields," a poem that started the
tradition where military posts sell red
poppies with money helping veterans
in need.
Lt. Col. John McCrae, a Canadian
physician, wrote the poem in 1915
after a funeral for.Alexis Helmer, who
died in the Second Battle of Ypres.
The references to red poppies that
grew over the graves of fallen soldiers

has made them a symbol for soldiers
who have died in war.
"We are the Dead. Short days ago/
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow/
Loved and were loved, and now we
lie/In Flanders fields," she quoted
as she read the poem. The senti-
ment was not foreign to those who
"I know I live in a free country
and they were loved and they loved
us," Amber Eby, who attended the
ceremony, said. "I know they are in
heaven watching over us."

The American Legion 3 Honor Guard fires
a 21-gun salute during Memorial Day
ceremonies there on Monday. From left are
Jim Kailbia, Ed Krawiec, Sam Glisson and
Brian Reeder.


fire assessment.
Lee Evett, the CEO of Willdan, said
this is happening due to a lack of
understanding on their part.
The assessment currently charges
homes and businesses 25 percent of
what the fire department needs. The
rest of the money is paid for through
property taxes. It started in 2009 at 1
percent and will eventually fund the
fire department entirely, an effort to
have everyone pay the same amount.
It is supposed to be reviewed by the
commission every three to five years,
but City Manager George Long said
that could be put off this year and it
could be re-analyzed next year.
Because of the complaints the city
has been fielding and because the
media has looked into the issue, Long
recommended hesitating on a re-analy-
sis, which commissioners agreed to.
"Until we get to a point that we're
comfortable with, I'm hesitant to move
forward with a re-analysis," he said.
Evett said he has been "working
closely" with the city's staff over the ,
last few weeks on how properties have
been charged.
Of the errors reported to him by the
media he found a few errors in what
businesses are being charged, but
mostly what he found was the formula
was not being used correctly.
He said he found four errors in the
7,814 city properties that were charged
and he found 65 properties where
numbers were not entered correctly.
Those businesses were not charged a
fee at all. He took responsibility for the
errors, what he called "computer mal-
functions," and those businesses will
be charged in the next year to make up
for the problems.
"(An assessment) is one of the most
difficult things for people to under-
stand. But what we're doing is charging
people fairly," he said.
Among the problems businesspeople
have brought up is some businesses


terms mean and how to get to certain
Osterberg said he doesn't want to
lecture and wants to provide information
that people want to know.
The other guest speakers are Jessica
Lawson, SPCA Florida, "Hurricane
Preparedness and Your Pet"; JuddWright,
Blue Skies Professional Services, "The Top
Hurricane Myths"; Capt. Mike Hilliard,
Lake-EMS, "Staying Alive: Disco CPR";
local Emergency Management staff,
"Keeping Polk County Prepared."
"The Hurricane Expo is an educational
event for the entire family," said Rosa
Driggs, Polk County Fire Rescue public
education officer. "This is a'one-stop
shop' to learn about weather, disasters

are not being charged per actual square
foot because only first floor of multi-
ple-story businesses are being charged.
In another item viewed as being wrong,
buildings that were single-family
homes that now house businesses are
not being charged like businesses. The
businesspeople are not necessarily
objecting to the amount as they are
objecting to the fairness.
However, that's where the mis-
understanding comes in, Evett rold
"There are 53 properties in Bartow
that were built residential and are
used as businesses," he said. Those
properties have the same fire hazard
as single-family homes and they are
charged on the single-family home rate
as they should be, he said.
He also told commissioners a multiple-
story business is charged only for its first
floor because if a fire gets larger, then
units from other fire departments are
called in. Those instances have impact
on the fire hazard and what the resident
should pay in those instances.
"Those (single-family buildings) have
the same fire demand as a residence," he
Bartow Ford was brought up as an
example of a local business that pays a
lot of money for relatively new buildings,
but Evett said its bill of $8,462 is based on
the square footage of eight buildings on
the properties not their quality.
However, Commissioner Wayne Lewis,
who has been skeptical of the plan, said
this doesn't take into play that their
buildings are probably safer than most
and should get something from that. It
doesn't get anything even for its-sprinkler
During the Evett's presentation the
commissioners, which was the same
board of five that passed the assessment
in 2009, asked about other things they
thought would happen. Commissioner
James Clements said he remembered the
"process was sold" that the ad valorem
tax rate would drop to make up for in
payments with the assessment.
"That concept was rejected and we
didn't bring that back because it was
rejected," Long said.
Long added paying for the fire

and preparedness for your families and
your homes."
The 2012 season has gotten off to an
early start. Tropical Storm Alberto formed
the third weekend of May off South
Carolina. Tropical Storm Beryl, whose
winds nearly reached hurricane strength,
hit northeast Florida over the weekend.
The season officially begins June 1.
"(They) don't pay attention to the cal-
endar," said Pete McNally, Polk County's
Emergency Management director.
It has been almost eight years since Polk
received a triple punch from hurricanes
Charley, Jeanne and Francis. The summer
of 2004 was a historic time for the county.
McNally said National Weather Service
officials told him that the eye of three hur-
ricanes had never struck the same county
in the same year in the United States.
And those three storms struck in Polk in a
period of six weeks.
He believes that those residents who

department is very expensive and with
an assessment, everyone has to pay for
the service and the ad valorem tax rates
have remained the same or been reduced
in the last three years.
Mayor Leo Longworth pointed out
there were people who were not paying
property taxes and not helping with the
fire department before but are doing that
now. His objection to the fire assess-
ment three years ago was low-income
people being charged for something they
couldn't afford then but have to pay for
Clement reminded commissioners
that hardship cases could get help in
paying the assessment. When he asked
how many there were, Long said though
there have been a few inquiries, there are
Clements also said the city is cur-
rently in a situation where there have not
been a lot of complaints because of the
financial troubles the country has foftund
itself in the last few years. Property values
have declined, so to charge people with
something else like a fire assessment,
the total amount of money people pay is
Long though, said property values
could be lowered if the cost of the
assessment gets too high. That is the
commissioners' decision.
"You can at any time lower the ad
valorem rates if the fire assessments
rise. The assessment is based on fair
share allocation of the cost. Is it fair for
some to pay for others?" he asked.
Commissioner Adrian Jackson, in
favor of the assessment since it first
passed, agreed with that thought.
"I'm pretty impressed its been so fair
... four errors. I think the problem is
the public's lack of understanding," he
said, adding the problem could be a
public relations issue.

Can anything change?

The fire assessment will come up again
as commissioners set next year's budget
Right now they decided to keep the rate at
25 percent for the next year. When asked
what, if anything, should be done to con-
sult with the businesspeople complaining,
he said he wasn't sure anything had to be

lived through those storms aren't compla-
cent and "take it really serious."
McNally said the real impact of a storm
is high winds for a sustained period of
time. Inland flooding is also a concern.
Residents of mobile home parks or low-
lying areas need to be thinking that they
might have to leave, McNally said.
He advises people to be prepared to be
self-sufficient for three days.
As far as predictions, McNally said it
doesn't matter because "it just takes one."
He recalled that the first named storm
in 1992 was Andrew and it devastated
South Florida and made landfall Aug. 24,
three months after the hurricane season
U.S. forecasters predicted last week this
year's Atlantic hurricane season would
produce a normal number of about nine
to 15 tropical storms, according to the
Associated Press.
As many as four to eight of those

done. Though there is a group objecting,
only individuals have approached him and
a response, he said, may not be necessary.
One business person, Gary Newell, the
owner of the owner of Central Florida Truss
Inc., said he tried to fight this issue with the
city in 2009, but was unsuccessful and felt
he was not treated fairly. He is not sure he
wants to spend the time again, feeling he
can't fight city hall.
He said the best way to pay for the
department is through property taxes.
"We should have one tax bill and split
anyway you want But to have to come
back to this tax every year it's more of a
hidden thing," he said.
"I went to the meeting and talked to four
of them and said no don't do it," he said. 'AJ
was adamant to push it through."
AJ Commissioner Adrian Jackson said
the fire assessment is a more fair system to
get money that will and can only fund the
fire department.
"It's based on data and metrics," he:
said. "With the consultant it's very data-
oriented. It's defined the class of proper-
ties whether it's a business or residential
and determined on the pro-rata calls."
He feels that while this makes sense,
he's willing to listen to what people have
to say.
"That's what a free county and freedom
of speech is," he said.
Others on the board feel the same way.
"The intent was to come up with a
method to spread the cost in relation
to the protection you got," said Huff.
"But I think that in our sharing the
load there may be something flawed.
The new way may be flawed and may
put a higher burden on business than
Clements, who was against the assess-
ment originally in 2009, but changed his
vote when the 1 percent figure was used,
said a review of what's happened may be
"It may need to be tweaked a little bit,"
he said.
He added, the "ones that think it's not
fair, we can take a look at those and see if
it's being done correctly."
Lewis pointed out people may not
know much about it now, but when the
city starts charging 75 percent or 100
percent, "we may have to make a change."

storms could strengthen into hurricanes,
according to the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration's initial
outlook for the six-month storm season.
One to three of those could become major
hurricanes with top winds of 111 mph or
The weather phenomenon known as
El Niflo, which warms Pacific waters near
the equator and increases wind shear over
the Atlantic, may develop by the late sum-
mer or early fall and help suppress storm
development, forecasters said.
"It depends on when and if it develops,"
Osterberg said of El Nifio."It would be
better right now."
Osterberg, who noted that 1992 was
also an El Nifio year, said he doesn't care
about the number of predicted storms.
He added if one storm hits the U.S. it is a
bad year.
Forecasters name tropical storms when
their top winds reach 39 mph.

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Arts Show


Twin brothers Lucas and Jacob Manley give the listeners some
violin music when they played with the strings at Floral Avenue
Elementary School on Tuesday, May 22. The students performed Members of the Floral Avenue Elmentary School chorus sing "Yakety Yak" John Goss plays the cello; behind him are Riley Allen
six songs for a full house at the Fine Arts Night. and make hand motions at their Fine Arts Celebration. and Luis Villegas on the violins.

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May 30, 2012



Summerlin students shine in national competitions

Summerlin Academy Cadet Jessica
Wile placed first in the nation in
the Armed Solo Exhibition Drill
at the 2012 National High School Drill
Team Competitions in Daytona Beach
this month.
And, she and Cadet Leonardo
Bermudez at competition the same day
placed second in the nation in the Dual
Armed Exhibition Drill.
Armed with a full weight M1903
Springfield rifle Wile wowed the panel of
judges enough to clinch the title. They
were so impressed, one of them stated,
"She is, without exception, the best
spinner we have evaluated this year."
"When my name was announced,
there was an instant flood of excite-
ment. I just couldn't believe that I had
won," Wile said.
She partly attributes her victory
to being resilient and finding inner
confidence and strength.
"It takes an extreme amount of
confidence, because if you have any
doubt it will hold you back from giving
it your all," she said.
This is the third year in a row teams
and individuals from the school
have qualified to compete nationally.
Summerlin Academy JROTC instruc-
tor First Sgt. Cordale Jackson says he
regularly makes changes to routines in
order to improve upon the team's efforts.


Cadet Leonardo Bermudez and Cadet Jessica
Wile won second in the nation in the Dual
Armed Exhibition Drill.

Our Schools

By Christine

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He believes, "Our endeavor is to never
become complacent, we are competing
against our self: imposed limitations, our
fears and our desire to be better today
than we have ever been."
Four Bartow IB students win
National Merit scholarships
Four Bartow International
Baccalaureate students were named
National Merit scholarship winners last
week by the National Merit Scholarship
The students are Jacob Renuart,
Steffanie Munguia, Samuel Phen and
LindseyWard. Also winning a scholar-
ship is Leah Spann who attends the
Haines City IB.
Renuart and Phen plan to attend the
University of Florida, Munguia plans to
attend the University of South Florida
and Ward plans to go to the University
of Texas in Dallas. Spann plans to at-
tend Vanderbilt.
College-sponsored awards are renew-
able for up to four years of undergradu-
ate study at the institution and provide
stipends that range between $500 and
$2,000 per year. College-sponsored
merit scholarship award winners are
selected by officials at each college.
The amount of the annual stipend is
decided by the institution.
No individual results here
The newly started FCAT 2.0 Call
Center the state Department of
Education set up does not have indi-
vidual student assessment results. When
FCAT results become available, they are
provided to school districts and subse-
quently sent home to parents from local
school administrators, the state said,
noting people have been trying to get
those results from this call center.
This center has experts to answer
parent questions from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.,
Monday through Friday. Parents can
call 866-507-1109 toll-free to ask
questions about FCAT testing, recent
changes to Florida's accountability

system and how this impacts students
and teachers.
There's also a website with informa-
tion at www.floridapathtosuccess.org
and a public forum at parents.fldoe.
Employee health clinic to open
The Polk County School Board plans

a ribbon cutting ceremony for its first
Employee Health Clinic on Friday, June 1.
The clinic will be open to Polk
County School Board active and
retiree health plan members, including
covered spouses and children.
The ribbon cutting will take place at
10 a.m. at 63 IB U.S. Highway 17/92,
Haines City.

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Economic and Property Damages Settlement
Providing Money to Individuals and Businesses

If you have economic loss or property damage because of
the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, you could get money from
a class action settlement with BP Exploration & Production
Inc. and BP America Production Company ("BP"). Go to
DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com for more information,
including information on how to file a claim.

The -Economic and Property Damages ("E&PD") Settlement
Class includes people, businesses, and other entities in the
states of Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, and certain
counties in Texas and Florida, that were harmed by the oil
spill. The website DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com has
detailed descriptions and maps to help you determine whether a
geographic location may. be included in the E&PD Settlement.
Additionally, you can call 1-866-992-6174 or e-mail questions@
DeepwaterHorizonEconomicSettlement.com to find out if a
geographic location is included.

The E&PD Settlement makes payments for the following types
of claims: (1) Seafood Compensation, (2) Economic Damage, (3)
Loss of Subsistence, (4) Vessel Physical Damage, (5) Vessels of
Opportunity Charter Payment, (6) Coastal Real Property Damage,
(7) Wetlands Real Property Damage, and (8) Real Property Sales
Damage. There is no limit on the total dollar amount of the E&PD
Settlement; all qualified claims will be paid.

You need to submit a Claim Form to request a payment. You
can get a copy of the various Claim Forms by visiting the website
or by calling 1-866-992-6174. Claims can be submitted online or
by mail. If you have questions about how to file your claim, you

should call the toll-free number for assistance.
The deadline to submit most E&PD claims will be April 22,
2014 or six months after the E&PD Settlement becomes effective
(that is, after the Court grants "final approval" and any appeals
are resolved), whichever is later. There will be an earlier deadline
to submit E&PD Seafood Compensation claims. The earlier
deadline to submit Seafood Compensation claims will be 30 days
after final approval of the Settlement by the United States District
Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (regardless of appeals).
Actual claim filing deadlines will be posted on the website as they
become available. Valid claims will be paid as they are approved,
beginning shortly after the Court-Supervised Settlement Program
commences. It is highly recommended that E&PD Settlement
Class Members complete and submit their claim forms promptly.
Please read- the Medical Benefits Settlement notice because you
may also be eligible for benefits from that settlement.

If you do not want to be legally bound by the E&PD Settlement,
you must Opt Out or exclude yourself by October 1, 2012 or
you won't be able to sue BP over certain economic and property
damage claims. If you stay in the E&PD Settlement, you may
object to it by August 31, 2012. The Detailed Notice explains how
to exclude yourself or object.
The Court will hold a hearing on November 8, 2012 to consider
whether to approve the E&PD Settlement. You or your own lawyer
may ask to appear and speak at the hearing at your own cost. The
Court will also consider Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses
including an interim payment of $75 million and additional awards
equal to 6% of class claims and benefits paid. Class Counsel fees,
costs and expenses under the Economic and Property Damages
Settlement Agreement and the Medical Benefits Settlement
Agreement jointly cannot exceed $600 million. Class members'
payments will not be reduced if the Court approves the payment of
Class Counsel fees, costs, and expenses because BP will separately
pay these attorney fees, costs, and expenses.

Medical Benefits Settlement
Providing Benefits to Clean-Up Workers and Certain Gulf Coast Residents

If you have a medical claim related to the Deepwater
Horizon oil spill, you could get benefits from a class
action settlement with BP Exploration & Production Inc.
and BP America Production Company ("BP"). Go to
DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com for more information,
including information on how to file a claim.

The Medical Class includes (1) clean-up workers and
(2) certain people who resided in specific geographic
areas in coastal and wetlands areas along the Gulf
Coast during specific periods in 2010. The website
DeepwaterHorizonSettlements.com has detailed
descriptions and maps to help you determine whether a
geographic location may be included in one of these zones.
Additionally, you can call 1-866-992-6174 or e-mail info@
DeepwaterHorizonMedicalSettlement.com to find out if a
geographic location is included.

The benefits of the Medical Benefits Settlement include:
(1) payments to qualifying people for certain acute (short-
term) and chronic (ongoing) medical conditions occurring
after exposure to oil or chemical dispersants; (2) provision
of periodic medical examinations to qualifying people; and
(3) creation of a Gulf Region Health Outreach Program,
consisting of projects to strengthen the healthcare system.
Benefits (1) and (2) will be provided only after the Court
grants final approval and any appeals are resolved.

You need to submit a Claim Form to request benefits. You
can get a copy of the Claim Form by visiting the website
or by calling 1-866-992-6174. Claims can be submitted by

mail. If you have questions about how to file your claim,
you should call the toll-free number for assistance.
The deadline for filing a Claim Form is one year after
the Medical Benefits Settlement becomes effective (that is,
after the Court grants "final approval" and any appeals are
resolved). The exact date of the claim filing deadline will
be posted on the website. It is highly recommended that
Medical Class Members complete and submit their claim
forms promptly. Please read the Economic and Property
Damages Settlement notice because you may also be
eligible for a payment from that settlement.

If you do not want to be legally bound by the Medical
Benefits Settlement, you must Opt Out or exclude yourself
by October 1, 2012 or you won't be able to sue BP over
certain medical claims. If you stay in the Medical Benefits
Settlement, you may object to it by August 31, 2012. The
Detailed Notice explains how to exclude yourself or object.
The Court will hold a hearing on November 8, 2012 to
consider whether to approve the Medical Benefits Settlement.
You or your own lawyer may ask to appear and speak at
the hearing at your own cost. Class Counsel will ask the
Court to consider an award of fees, costs, and expenses of
6% of the value of the benefits actually provided under the
Medical Benefits Settlement Agreement. Class Counsel fees,
costs, and expenses under the Medical Benefits Settlement
Agreement and the Economic and Property Damages
Settlement Agreement jointly cannot exceed $600 million.
Class members' payments will not be reduced if the Court
approves the payment of Class Counsel fees, costs, and
expenses because BP will separately pay these attorney fees,
costs, and expenses.

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Field training for football

W "th all due respect to the great
Vince Lombardi, I'm going to
start by taking exception to his
famous quote of "Winning isn't everything;
it's the only thing."
I just don't believe that the final score
is any way to measure true success. You
simply can't judge the big picture on such a
small amount of testing.
The Yellow Jacket football team traveled
to Wauchula to meet up with the Hardee
High School Wildcats Friday for the spring
football game. Some of you already know
that because about 100 people sat in the
Bartow stands and watched the game. We
sat together as the rain came during the
opening ceremonies, subsiding to leave
the game precipitation free for the rest of
the night. We walked out of those stands
about 2 and a half hours later as they shut
off the scoreboard that last read Home 21,
Visitors 17. ,
Comparatively speaking, that is a lot
prettier than what it showed last year when
Hardee beat Bartow 41-7.
A spring game serves one purpose for
the visiting team and this contest did the
job well. It allows the coaches to take an
assessment of the talent in a real-time
situation. It allows them to understand a
little bit better about what a player is going
to ,do during the season.
The game did not include any kickoffs or
live action on punts or field goals. Still, that
appears to be a bright spot for Bartow as
kicker Alex Montes nailed a 40-yarder with
plenty to spare. We will see more than a few
touchbacks in games this season.
More than 50 players dressed out for
the game, a far cry more than 30 or so that
made the trip last year. A few names famil-
iar to Yellow Jackets fans weren't playing
in this one, including Freddie Stevenson,
Roy Graham and Gabriel Al-Shaer, but
they were on hand to help when needed.
Stevenson joined Rico Mathis and Dmitri
Leverett for the coin toss which gave
Bartow the ball to start the contest.
On the Yellow Jackets' first possession,
one area on the "needs improvement" list
showed up. A false start penalty set Bartow
back five yards on their first drive which
eventually ended in a punt. Penalties at
inopportune times were a big problem in
S 2011 and the number of penalties seen in
the spring game will demand attention to
this matter. The total number of penalties
was far greater than the two false start
penalties and one holding penalty (which
brought back a 51-yard Wildcat touch-
down) assessed against Hardee.
On the positive side, the turnover factor
went to Bartow as the Yellow Jackets gave
up the ball fewer times than Hardee.
The Bartow defense created many of the

Dmitri Leverett
makes a run
around the side
against Hardee
on Friday in the
spring practice
game. Hardee
won the game,
but Coach Brett
Biggs saw a lot
of improvement
over last year in
the team in the

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turnovers with hard hits and ball hawking.
There was seldom a single Bartow player
making a tackle as the team swarmed to
the opponent to bring him down. The
defensive line held its own in the battle
of the trenches, supported well by the
linebackers. On pass plays, there were
just a few times when aWildcat was open
enough for a pass to get through. Big gains
against the Bartow defense were rare, but
a 35-yard run and 31-yard scamper, the
latter coming with six minutes remaining
in the game, were morale killers.
On the offensive side, blocking will have
to be a focus of the coaching staff. Running
back MichaelWalker seldom had a chance
when he was handed the ball, being
tackled in the backfield more times than
not Walker would occasionally be able to
break free, only to have the play called back
for a penalty. Quarterback Dmitri Leverett
played the entire game except for a few
series in the second quarter and showed
poise under pressure. When given time,
he was able to find receivers who were
splitting zones to be wide open. When
pressured, Leverett could often find a way
to turn a loss into a gain. Leverett ran the
ball into the end zone for the first Bartow
score. His early throws involved simple 10
to 15 yard routes that were enough to move
the chains. When the defense reacted to
these, Leverett looked for Jeremy Williams
streaking down the left sidelines for a
42-yarder that put Bartow ahead 17-14.
Coach Brett Biggs did a quick assess-
ment: "There was a lot of improvement
out there. They've worked their tails off and
it shows. They are developing confidence
with each other. We have a lot of fine tun-
ing to do. We have a lot of little things that
we need to work on and we know that now
that we have had this game experience."
If you took last year's schedule and held
it up to a mirror, you'd see this year's slate.
Bartow plays the same teams in the same
order, but at the opposite field. Team opens
with home games against George Jenkins,
Mulberry andAubumdale, goes to Lake
Region, hten home for Fort Meade before
road games at Lakeland and Kathleen.
Lake Gibson comes to Bartow. Then they
go to Sebring. Winter Haven comes here
then the season ends at Lake Wales.

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The information is gathered from police, sheriff's office, Florida Highway Patrol, jai and fire records.
Not every arrest leads to a conviction and guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.

Hall: Community policing helping

Burglaries and drugs are among the
most numerous crimes in Bartow and
with a new community policing program
Police Chief Joe Hall said the city is
making progress,and the $25,000 the
Community Redevelopment Agency
has given to the police department has
In Hall's two years running the police
department he has brought commu-
nity policing to town and he said it has
"I appreciate what the CRA board
has provided and see if we can sustain
that," Hall told board members at last
week's meeting. "I am a big proponent of

community policing. It has kind of phased
out with what's happened to budgets (in
the country) but it's a good philosophy."
Community policing involves people
and the police communicating with each
other regularly about crime. While crime
can't be stopped, some of it can avoided,
Hall said. With the size of the police de-
partment officers cannot be everywhere,
but with the community's help they can
fight crime more effectively. It also helps
people and police officers to know and
possibly get along with each other better.
He said crime, by his department's
statistics, has steadily decreased over the
last three years, though since Feb. 1 it has
remained fairly static. He won't know the
official numbers until the uniform crime
statistics are released on July 1.

"The UCR statistics will be released
on July 1 and I hope to see a six-month
reduction then. What we did see is a 27
percent increase in calls for service," he
said. "You might think that's bad, but I
don't see it that way. A 27 percent increase
means there is a merging; more people
are willing to call the police department."
He said the $25,000 from the CRA has
allowed the police department to hold
town hall meetings, put on more bicycle
and foot patrols and increase narcotics
investigations. He told the CRA board
the concentration on this effort and on
burglaries which could be related to drug
crimes has been a key.
CRA Commissioner Gloria McCoy
appreciates the police department's focus
on the drugs. She said the problems on

the east and west sides of town keep
people from being able to comfortably
leave their homes.
"The traffic is so bad that people are
directing traffic in the neighborhoods
where I live," she said. "When people
knock on doors at six in the morning for
drugs, it's just not safe for our citizens."
She said people are hesitant to sit
outdoors anymore.
"I'm glad you're making this a top prior-
ity," she said.
Hall countered that though it may be
more visible in those neighborhoods, the
drug problem is citywide.
"We have drug issues that need to be
addressed with the burglary problems,"
he said. "It's not just an east and west side
thing, it's all through Bartow."

May 4
Melondy Huggins, 34, 3481 U.S>
Highway 17 North battery.
Kyle Harris, 21, 980 E. Church Street,
Building F 30 driving with a sus-
pended license.
William Blount, 19, 927 Park Hill
Avenue --possession of marijuana and
possession of paraphernalia.
Cedrick Cherry, 36, 1010 E. Laurel
Street resisting arrest without
violence and trespassing.
Ronald Williams, 36, 475 N. 91 Mine
Road, Lot 24 escape, criminal mis-
chief, armed trespassing, resisting ar-
rest with violence, battery on an officer,
possession of a controlled substance

without a prescription, delivering or
disturbing a controlled substance,
trafficking methamphetamine, and
possession of paraphernalia.
May 5
Willie Lewis, 46, 980 E. Church Street,
Apt. 206B driving under the influ-
ence, possession of cocaine, possession
of paraphernalia, and driving with a
suspended license.
Karen Sturgill, 45 battery, cruelty
toward a child and false imprisonment.
Alex Reyes, 18 battery and false
Samuel Mitchell, 62,2475 E. Gibbons
Street possession of marijuana and

possession of marijuana with intent to sell.
Agustin Montejo-Perez, 45, 753 Grove
Drive driving without a valid license.
Robert Willis, 27, 1796 Williamsburg
Drive grand theft of a motor vehicle.
- Benjamin Luckett, 29, 775 S. Seventh
Avenue driving with a suspended
license and driving with an expired
motor vehicle registration.
Paul Westley, 48, 770W. Polk Street -
grand theft and resisting arrest without
Robert Harrison, 21, 210 Old
Lake Wales Road possession of
Ausencio Rivera-Galicia, 29, 495 Oak
Avenue driving without a valid license.

Gregory Thompson, 51, 3375 South
Avenue possession of paraphernalia.
Ivan Cansino, 30, 1105 Summerlin
Street driving without a valid license.

May 6
Craig Hill, 26, 3520 E. Gaskin Road Lot
14 obstructing justice and battery.
Teronza Rudolph, 36, 1120 E.
Summerlin Street battery.
Allan Bing, 21, 525W. Easy Street
- burglary.
Jermaine Williams, 38, 650 South
Third Avenue grand theft and deal-
ing in stolen property.


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AQ U I will end with the Final Weigh-In on August 29, 2012. COUPLES (spouses, friends, family, co-workers, etc...) will compete to
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CLINIC, LLC the Aqui Chiropractic Clinic, LLC. They will return for the final weigh-in which will be on August 29, 2012. During the final 4,
weeks participants will not know the rankings'of any participant until the final weigh-in.
The cost of the challenge is $50 per person (10 weigh-ins at $5 each). To enter the Challenge the full $50 registration fee and
Participant Registration form are due by June 5, 2012. Registration fee also includes a Belly Off Bartow T-shirt. Payments
may be made by cash, check or credit card. Receive a $5 discount by providing current proof of a gym or fitness
program membership. A portion of registration fees goes toward the prize money.
A penalty of $2 will be assessed for every pound or fraction of gain as of the previous week weigh in. For example if you gain
1.4 lbs. since last weigh in, you will owe $4. If your weight stays the same from the previous, you will also owe $2. The
purpose of the challenge is to lose weight not stay the same. All fines are due at that week's weigh-in. A portion of fines
collected will be.donated to charity.
Cash prizes will be disbursed to the top 3 couples and top 3 male and female individuals with the highest percentage weight
loss at the end of the 12 weeks. Adults and youth are welcome to participate and each participant will choose their own diet
and exercise program (cost of diet and exercise programs not included). There will be weekly prizes for weeks 1-8 and week
12 awarded to the team that has the highest percentage of weight loss for those weeks.
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PCSO awards banquet honors those who serve


Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is
proud of the men and women in his
department. On Thursday, as part
of the 2012 Polk County Sherriff's
Department annual awards dinner, he
related a recent story as to why.
Judd read a letter from the the son of
a man who not only was a World War
II veteran, he had also served 30 years
with the Chicago Police Department.
After retirement, he and his wife moved
to Haines City, but they never had any
interaction with either the Haines City
Police Department or the Polk County
Sheriff's Office.
That changed, wrote the letter writer,
when the PCSO responded to a call to
his parents' home. The PCSO tried to
revive the writer's father, to no avail.
All the time there, the officer who
responded with the call remained by
the side of the man's wife; the couple
had been married 68 years. He was
with her as she said her final good bye.
The next day, the officer returned to the
writer's mother's home, this time with
a condolence card he and the other
members of his division had signed.
It did not stop there, continued
Judd. The writer contacted the
Chicago Police Department Pension
Department, hoping to obtain a U.S.
flag that had flown over the city. Their
response was that the department was

owed two days of the pension it had
paid as the writer's father passed away
two days short of the month.
The next call was to the Chicago
Police Department itself. After being
bounced from one person to another,
he was told he should simply go out
and buy a flag.
A call to a local American Legion
post yielded no results, but of them the
writer stated he understood. For one
thing, his father's funeral was slated for
Sept. 11. For another reason, the Post
was composed primarily of veterans his
father's age (he was 89 when he died).
Finally, the writer contacted the Polk
County Sheriff's Office. At that point,
all he requested was a patrol car to lead
the funeral procession. Instead, the
PCSO did more than that, it provided
an honor guard.
All this, said Judd, was for a person
the PCSO did not know, but respected,
because the deceased was both a
patriot who had served his nation, and
a "brother in blue."
"It's a noble few who will give their
lives for people they don't even know,"
he said.
Judd told of two other incidents,
which drove home the point he made
at the start of his delivery, these are
people day in and day out who put
their lives on the line, who go above
and beyond the call of duty. At the con-
clusion of his presentation, a number
of people were heard saying "'Amen." ,

The food was delicious and plentiful and the two buffet lines were more than enough to accom-
modate the many people who attended the awards ceremony.

The event was held at the Lake
Eva Banquet Hall, Haines City, on
May 24. The ceremony also included
special recognition to law enforce-
ment officials and personnel by
agencies and organizations such as
American Legion Post No. 8, Sons of
the American Revolution, the Bartow
Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus,
M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk
Driving, both the Polk County and
the state chapters) Fraternal Order of

Police State Lodge, Florida Sheriffs
Association, Florida Attorney General,
as well as several others.
A video presentation by Polk County
TV which also broadcast the ceremony,
highlighted each officer cited for a
variety of awards and commendations
- a total of nine categories. In every
situation, officers as well as civilians,
including volunteers had given of
themselves, far exceeding the scope of
their responsibilities.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd elaborates upon how and why he believes 2L. -.-.
this department is among the tops in the nation. Of more than 15,000 law -' .
enforcement agencies throughout the U.S., the Polk County Sheriff's Office The Polk County Sheriff's Office is composed of officers, reservists and civilians, as well as volun-
is one of only four that is a "Dual Flagship" agency. teers. Among those recognized was William Jones, 2011 Volunteer Member of the Year.

Davenport man to compete in Spartan Death Race


Last year, Doug Bush, of Davenport, did something
he said many people considered crazy or dumb.
"I signed up to compete in the Spartan Death
Race," said Bush. "Basically, this race is a 40-plus hour
endurance event with numerous tasks that must be
completed before we can finish the race."
The Spartan Death Race will be held June 15 in
Pittsfield, Vt.
What makes the Spartan Death Race unique, said
Bush, is that it changes every year and entrants have
no idea what they will have to do until they get to
that point in the race. According to the organization's
websites (www.spartanrace.com or www.youmaydie.
com), it could be any number of things, such as car-
rying logs, cinder blocks or other bulky, heavy objects
for hours at a time and that's just the physical
component. There are also mental challenges. Bush
heard about one. Supposedly, participants had to hike
up a 2,000-foot mountain, memorize the names of the
first 10 U.S. Presidents, hike down and tell someone
the names.
"If they got it wrong, they had to go back up the
mountain and do it again," he said.
Participating in these sort of competitions is an
activity Bush is doing more frequently.
"I've done an organized half-marathon, the Wine
and Dine, which was conducted on Disney Properties
last Oct. 10," he said.
Bush added that he likes to run because he enjoys
staying active.
"I usually run five to 10 miles a day," he said, and
added that not only is running fun, but that he finds
it relaxing and addicting. "When I was in high school,
I played baseball. Our coach made us participate in a
fall sport and I chose cross-country."

In addition to running and exercising, Bush has a
physically demanding job. He works in animal nutri-
tion services at Disney World. His primary assignment
is the African hoof stock: giraffes, antelope and cattle.
"I think having a physically demanding job helps
with my training, too," he said.
Bush learned about the Spartan Death Race when
he came across an article in a men's health and
lifestyle magazine.
"In the corner of the article there was a snippet
on two, three extreme races, and Spartan was one
of them," he said. He did some further research.
"Spartan puts on a whole slew of races, anything from
three miles and up."
The time it takes to complete a competition also
varies. When Bush viewed the first video, the people
who participated and finished did it in 19 hours. It led
him to believe his completing the challenge was "do-
able." Over the years, Bush said, he learned something
else about the death race.
"Over the years it seems to get longer and longer,"
he said.
Still, he is not discouraged. Besides, he joked, it is
too late now to back out. He has already signed up,
plus he has purchased his airfare and hotel stay.
In addition to running, Bush said the Spartan
website also posts a workout of the day.
The research Bush has done has also revealed
another aspect.
"The obstacle race has exploded in personal ac-
complishment," he said. "But what I've noticed is that
people help out. It becomes a 'community' of people
helping out."
It is also helpful that his girlfriend supports his
"She helps motivate me to work out, although she
does worry," said Bush.
While one of his managers at work is intrigued

Doug Bush runs five-10 miles a day, training for the Spartan
Death Race, which takes place June 15 in Pittsfield, Vt.
about Bush participating, the same cannot be said for
his peers.
"Most of my co-workers don't understand why," he
said and added a final thought. "Sometimes I think I
don't understand why."

A muck fire outside Davenport has
caused a lot of smoke in the area and
the underground fire that now mea-
sures more than 1,000 acres is under
control and it will be monitored.
"We want to reassure everyone that
this fire is contained," Polk County Fire
Rescue Chief David Cash said Sunday.
"Polk County Fire Rescue is continuing
to monitor the situation and will offer
any assistance and resources to Florida
Forestry should they need it. Other than
the smoky conditions there is no real
threat to our citizens and guests and
we have taken precautions to mitigate
those risks. As always their safety is our
number one concern."
Beginning at 4 a.m. on Friday, May
25, Polk County Fire Rescue personnel
began visibility patrols on the east side
of the county.
Poor visibility and unsafe driving con-
ditions are immediately relayed to the
Emergency Communications Center.
Polk County Roadway Maintenance
crews then put out appropriate sig-
nage to alert motorists, and if deemed
appropriate law enforcement will shut
down roads.

Livable Polk Awards
The Polk County Board of
Commissioners is accepting applications
and nominations through July 31 from
the public and private sectors for the
inaugural Livable Polk Awards.
The awards will recognize innova-
tive projects from around the county
that utilize cutting-edge development
practices that can serve as models for
the future in the areas of conservation
development, healthy community
design and sustainable development.
Any projects completed or approved
in the past five years are eligible and the
winners will be announced at an awards
program in the fall.
Award winners will receive: a trophy
featuring original artwork; a video pro-
duced through PGTV that can be used
for educational and marketing purposes;

These are the areas and list of the
stations that will be patrolled.
Polk City Station will check
Interstate 4 from Highway 559 east to
Highway 532
Northridge Station in Davenport will
check U.S. Highway 27 from Highway
54 north to Highway 192
Cottonwood Station in Davenport
will check U.S. Highway 27 from 1-4
south to Highway 542
Caloosa Lake Station in Lake Wales
will check U.S. Highway 27 from the
station south to U.S. 98
Peace Creek Station in Bartow will
check State Road 60 from the station
east to U.S. Highway 27
Golfview Station in Lake Wales will
check State Road 60 from the station
east to Sam Keen Road
Indian Lake Estates Station will
check S.R. 60 from Indian Lake Estates
east to the Kissimmee River.
The Polk County Department of
Health said people that have respira-
tory conditions and do not have access
to air conditioning should consider
spending time in areas such as shop-
ping malls and public libraries.

seeking nominations
an official proclamation at a Polk County
Commission meeting and post-event
publicity that will highlight their project.
To be considered for a Livable Polk
Award, applicants must send in a
1-2 page project summary to Charlotte
Fillmore at charlottefillmore@
The summary should include a de-
scription of the project, an explanation
of how it represents a best development
practice (list measurable results if avail-
able) and a narrative of how the project
can serve as a model for future ideas. A
PDF file is preferred.
A complete explanation of application
.requirements and the principles that will
be considered for each awards category
are available online at www.polk-county.

Swiftmud governing board

re-elects officers

H. Paul Senft Jr. was re-elected to
serve as Governing Board chair of the
Southwest Florida Water Management
The Governing Board also decided to
re-elect its other current officers which
are: Hugh M. Gramling, vice chair;
Douglas B. Tharp, secretary; and Albert
G. Joerger, treasurer.
Senft of Haines City was appointed
to the Governing Board in March 2008.
He has also served as the Governing
Board secretary.
Senft graduated from Druid Hills
High School in Atlanta. He earned a
bachelor's degree in management from
Emory University and his master's
degree in business administration
from Georgia State University.
Senft is the owner of Townsend-
Senft Consulting and Insurance Inc.,
and is past president of the Florida
Association of Insurance Agents. He
has also served in numerous appoint-
ed and elected government positions
on the Polk County Commission,
Polk County Industrial Development
Authority, Polk County Zoning Board,
Polk Community College Board,
and the State Board of Independent
Colleges and Universities.
He is a past chairman of the Central
Florida Economic Development
Council and is currently the direc-
tor of the Haines City Economic
Development Council.
Gramling of Plant City was ap-
pointed to the Governing Board in
April 2008. He has also served as the
Governing Board secretary.
Gramling graduated from Plant
City High School. He earned a bach-
elor's degree in journalism from the
University of Florida.
Gramling retired as executive
director of the Tampa Bay Wholesale
Growers in March. He is also a mem-
ber of several professional organiza-
tions, including the International
Plant Propagators Society, the Florida
Nursery Growers & Landscape
Association, the American Nursery
& Landscape Association, and

the Florida Society of Association
Tharp of The Villages was appointed
to the Governing Board in September
2008. He has also served as the
Governing Board treasurer.
Tharp graduated from Shamokin
High School in Shamokin, Pa. He
earned a bachelor's degree in indus-
trial engineering from Penn State
Tharp is a retired industrial engineer.
He has more than 15 years' experience
managing large government contracts.
He also has more than 10 years'
experience as an outreach specialist
for the Penn State Department of
Engineering, where he advised entre-
preneurs and manufacturers on using
technology to improve efficiency.
Joerger of Sarasota was appointed to
the Governing Board in February 2008.
Joerger graduated from Council
Rock High School in Newtown, Pa. He
earned a bachelor's degree in econom-
ics from Cornell University. Joerger
continued his education at Cornell by
earning a master's degree in landscape
architecture and a doctorate in envi-
ronmental information science with a
minor in conservation and sustainable
Joerger is founder of the
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf
Coast in Osprey. He also currently
serves as president emeritus of the
Florida Alliance of Land Trusts. He
served two governors on their transi-
tion teams. He was recognized as one
of Sarasota's top "40 Under 40" by the
Gulf Coast Business Review for his
work in the Sarasota community, as
well as an "environmental hero" by
Sarasota Magazine.

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Dantzler joins Gu
Brad T. Dantzler, a financial advisor
for 18 years and senior vice president
of investments with Raymond James,
joined the board of directors of the
Guardianship Office of the 10th Circuit
He has been a member of the
Raymond James President's Club for five
years. Currently he is a member of the
Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce,
president of the Winter Haven Library
Board, and was in the inaugural
Leadership Polk County class. He has
served many years in the Winter Haven
Chamber of Commerce in various
capacities, including president.
Additional members of the board of
directors of the Guardianship Office are
founders Peggy DeVivo and Shannah
Butcher, national and state certified
guardians; Kevin Campbell, Florida
Fiduciary; William Heineken, Heineken
& Associates; S.T. "Pat" Patrick, Patrick
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disabled, and
indigent popu-
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organizations, grants, individuals and
fundraisers. Guardians oversee and
obtain proper medical care for these
individuals who would otherwise have
no one.
For information call DeVivo at 863-
875-4809 or Whitney at 863-644-4145.

Disney awards Explorations Museum

Explorations V Children's Museum
got a grant for $20,000 from Walt Disney
World Resort as part of this year's
Disney Helping Kids Shine initiative.
Georgann Carlton, Explorations V
Children's Museum's CEO, accepted the
grant during an event at the Orlando
Repertory Theatre that included Mickey
Mouse and dozens of VoluntEARS.
The dollars will impact the Museum's
After School with the Arts & Sciences, a
program designed to immerse under-
served children in the arts and sciences
while developing and enhancing academ-
ics, character, compassion and life skills.
In addition to ExplorationsV
Children's Museum, another 58 or-
ganizations from Orange, Osceola,
Seminole; Lake arid Polk counties
received grants totaling $1.5 million
which represents a record for the
Disney Helping Kids Shine program.

"At Walt Disney World Resort, our
vision is to build on our philanthropic
legacy by investing in programs that
make a lasting change in our communi-
ty and promote the happiness and well
being of children and families," said
Nancy Gidusko, director of community
relations for Walt Disney World Resort.
"These organizations represent the best
of the best."
Walt Disney World's philanthropic
focus is on helping families meet basic
needs, youth development and educa-
tion. Disney Helping Kids Shine grants
support organizations in Central Florida
that inspire creativity and innovation,
encourage a sense of compassion for
others and promote the health and well
being of families.
Explorations V Children's Museum
is located at 109 N. Kentucky Ave.,

Theatre Winter Haven to start 43rd season

Theatre Winter Haven, in the Chain of
Lakes Complex at 210 Cypress Gardens
Blvd, SW, will start its 43rd season in
Season subscriptions for the five
mainstage productions are available at
the Box Office by calling 863-299-2672
or by going on-line to www.theatrewin-
If you subscribe before July 1, last
season's prices will apply. They are $79 per
person for the full season, $66 for 4 plays
and $50 for three plays. Student prices, age
17 and younger, are $69 for the five plays,
$50 for four plays and $40 for three plays.
Beginning July 1, the prices will be
$86 for one adult subscription for five
plays, $70 for four plays and $55 for
three plays. Student prices beginning

July 1 for those ages 17 and younger are
$74 for five plays, $60 for four plays and
$47 for three plays.
The family price is $232 which
includes two adults and all students in
same household.
The shows on our Mainstage this season are:
ANNIE-- Sept.20-Oct. 14
This timeless tale of Little Orphan Annie is back on
Following the enormous success of "The Marvelous
Wonderettes,"the girls are back to sing holiday tunes -
with a few delightful twists.
From the author of "Lend me a Tenor,""Moon Over
Buffalo" and "Leading Ladies"this new uproarious
comedy at a local country club features more laughter
than lost golf balls.

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Rep. Ross talks '-

hurricanes with students

Hurricane season is on the way.
History teaches us that a lack of.
hurricane knowledge and preparation
are common threads among all major
hurricane tragedies. By knowing the
areas of susceptibility and what mea-
sures to take can decrease the effects of
a hurricane disaster.
With assistance from Shandale
Terrell, on Monday, May 21, students at
Crystal Academy Science Engineering
and Crystal Lake Middle School had a
keynote speaker, a Lakeland native, U.S.
Rep. Dennis Ross educated students on
hurricane preparation.
He discussed
Science Technology Engineering
and Mathematics, Thematic Units, and
how the subject areas can enhance
Hurricane Preparation.
Elevation levels of property and
whether the land is flood-prone.

Understanding storm surge or tidal
flooding are forecasted.
Identify levees and dams in your
area and determine whether they pose a
hazard to you.
Learn community hurricane evacu-
ation routes and how to find higher
ground. Knowing where to exit and
when to evacuate.
Ross affirmed to students, hurricanes
cause heavy rains that can cause
extensive flood damage in inner-lands,
coastal and inland areas. If a major
disaster occurs, government resources
will be provided to the citizen if needed.
But it is imperative for families to
be very proactive then deactivate. He
informed students, if your area is at risk,
you should consider flood insurance
protection. Flood insurance is the only
way to financially protect your property
or business from flood damage.

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U.S. Rep. Dannis Young, R-Lakeland, and Crystal Lake Middle School dean Shandale Terrell told
students at the school of what to be concerned with in the upcoming hurricane season.

Mosaic honors 107 local safe contractors

Mosaic Fertilizer honored 107 local
contractors with exemplary safety re-
cords at its fifth annual Contractor Safety
Recognition Luncheon held recently..
The contractors were recognized for
achieving excellence in safety through
demonstrated safety leadership and
performance. To be eligible for recog-
nition, contractors were required to
have worked more than 2,000 hours
last year at Mosaic facilities.
"Those contractors who demonstrate
the highest standards of safety perfor-
mance are recognized during this very
special event," said Mike Neal, Director-
Heath, Safety & Security-Phosphates &
The Mosaic Contractor Safety
Recognition Luncheon is an annual
event where Mosaic recognizes con-
tractors who exemplify the company's
commitment to safety and the relent-
less pursuit of an injury free workplace.
Contractors who represented the high-
est standards of safety performance
were recognized at three levels: Gold,
Silver and Bronze.
Companies receiving a Gold des-
ignation: Acuren Inspection, Penn
Pro, Inc, Bul-hed Corporation, Plants
by Prophit, Corrosion Control, Inc.,
Rita Staffing, Dale C. Rossman,
Inc., Road and Rail Services, Inc.,
Electrical Engineering Enterprises,
RSS Field Services, Inc., Flanders
Electric Motor Srv., Safety Training and
Consulting, Ground Level, Siemens
Water Technologies, Inc., Industrial
Engineering Services, Skipper Grassing,
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Line Services, James Construction
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Companies receiving a Silver desig-
nation: Plibrico Sales & Service, Inc.,
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Companies receiving Bronze
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Although there have been six positive cases
of rabies in Polk County this year, there is not
a problem with rabies, according to the public
information officer for the Polk County Sheriff's
Four of the six cases have occurred in the eastern
part of the county. The most recent case happened
May 11 on Sand Mountain Road in Fort Meade, ac-
cording to the Polk County Sheriff's Office Animal
Control Section. The resident said he found his
two dogs with a dead raccoon.
, The year is not even half over and there are
already more positive cases in Polk than all of last
year. Carrie Eleazer with the sheriff's office said
there were four cases in the county in 2011 -
three bats and one raccoon.
Eleazer said Friday more people are reporting
possible cases which is good.
She added the most important thing people can
do is vaccinate their pets.
A few years ago Eleazer said the county partici-
pated in a program in which food containing a
vaccine was dropped from thy air by helicopter. It
seemed to be effective with fewer animals having
the rabies virus. But she noted the $400,000 cost of
the program became prohibitive.
The cases of rabies this year, and last, were not
detected in domestic pets, it can infect them if
they come into contact with these animals and it
can causes illness and maybe death in pets and .
According to the sheriff's office website, the
virus is spread only by mammals. Rabies is most
often found in raccoons, skunks, coyotes, foxes,
bats, stray cats, dogs and ferrets. It lives in brain
tissue of infected animals and is fatal once it
reaches the brain.
There are two signs people where people can
recognize rabies.. One is called dumb rabies where
animals are shy and may hide or may be unusually
friendly. This is often seen in wildlife species. The
other is furious rabies where animals are agitated
but may also act confused or calm at times. They

Rabies is transmitted by infected saliva through bite or wound.


Wild bats are mammals that frequent victims of the rabies virus.
may attack when approached and lose fear of
The threat to humans can often affect them
without them even knowing it, the sheriff's office
website reports.
In February 1995, the aunt of a four-year-old girl
was awakened by the sounds of a bat where she
was sleeping. The child stayed asleep until the bat
was captured and killed. She didn't appear to have
a bite that was found after she was examined. A
month later she died. The dead bat was recovered
from the yard and tested positive for rabies.
In January 1997, a 65 year old man died from a
strain of rabies associated with silver haired bats.
His family could not recall any history of contact
with ill animals during these activities though.
They did recall a bat came into the home through
his bedroom window in late summer 1996.
They noticed the bat roosting during the day
and flying around the house at dusk. He victim
eventually forced the bat out of the house with a
broom. His wife denied any known contact with
the bat and did not recall her husband having
reported direct contact with the bat.
The Florida Department of Health advises
people to avoid direct human and domestic
animal contact with wild animals. It suggests:
Have your veterinarian vaccinate pets and at-
risk livestock, make sure you follow your veteri-
narian's instructions for revaccination.
Do not allow your pets to run free. Follow leash
laws by keeping pets and livestock secured on
your property.
Never feed wild or stray animals avoid at-
tracting them with outdoors food sources (like
uncooked trash). Feed your pets indoors.
If your animal is attacked by a wild, stray or
unvaccinated animal, do not examine your pet

In these instances the wild animal tested positive for rabies and the
domestic pets were also tested forthe virus and/or confiscated.
On Thursday, Jan. 12 a 2-year old dog killed a raccoon in the 4800
block of Elam Road, Lakeland.
On Friday, March 9 the owners of a 9-year-old Labrador retriever
found their dog barking at a bat in their yard located on Lake Tennessee
Drive in Auburndale.
On Saturday, March 17 three stray dogs entered onto the property
located on Flood Court in Bartow and together attacked and killed a
On Sunday, April 29 a resident of Broken Arrow Trail, in Lakeland,
found his dogs with a dead raccoon.
On Tuesday, May 4 a man encountered a bat in the driveway of his
residence on Pine Street in Mulberry.
On Friday, May 11 a resident of Sand Mountain Road in Fort Meade
found his two dogs with a dead raccoon.
for injuries without wearing gloves. Wash your pet
with soap and water to remove saliva from the
attacking animal. Do not let your animal come
into contact with other animals or people until
the situation can be handled by animal control or
county health department staff.
Educate the public to reduce contact with stray
and feral animals.
Support animal control in efforts to reduce feral
and stray animal populations.
Provided pre-exposure.prophylaxis for people
in high-risk professions, such as animal control
and veterinary personnel, laboratory workers, and
those working with wildlife.
Bat-proof homes by sealing any gaps in win-
dows, place screens over attic vents and place a
screen over the chimney.
The telephone number for Animal Control is

Winter Haven Hospital

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Six cases of rabies more than last year's total

No need for concern, officials say, but incidents should be reported

Safe treatment for overactive thyroid gland

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My daughter
is 22 and on her own. She is being
treated for a thyroid problem. The plan
is to give her a radioactive material.
What does this do to her ability to
have children? Does it raise her risk for
cancer? Must she take special precau-
tions when she's around others? B.G.
ANSWER: Your daughter is being
treated for hyperthyroidism, a thyroid
gland that makes too much thyroid
hormone. Hyperthyroidism brings with
it a fast heartbeat, weight loss, tremor,
"intolerance to heat and menstrual
irregularities. Radioactive iodine is a
popular treatment for this condition.
Iodine, radioactive or not, rushes to the
thyroid gland like iron does to a mag-
net. It's like having the thyroid removed
without any surgery.
Doctors have used this treatment for
many decades. They haven't found that
it provokes cancer. A slight suspicion,
never proven, is that it might influence
the development of thyroid cancer. It's
an undocumented suspicion. It has \
never been linked to other cancers.
She can have children, but she
should not become pregnant for four to
six months after treatment.
Her doctor will give her instructions
about the precautions to follow after
receiving the iodine. Here's a brief

Dr. Paul

summary: She shouldn't share cups or
eating utensils with others for a num-
ber of days. She has to avoid daytime
contact with pregnant women and
with children for one to five days, and
nighttime contact for 15 to 23 days. She
should not share a bed with anyone for
three to 11 days. These restrictions vary
based on the dose of radioactive iodine
the doctor gives her. The doctor will
give her specific instructions.
Your daughter no longer will have a
functioning thyroid gland. That's easily
taken care of by swallowing one thyroid
hormone pill every day.
TO READERS: The booklet on fibro-
myalgia describes this illness and its
treatment in detail. Readers can order a
copy by writing: Dr Donohue No. 305,
Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.

A wrinkle with time no laughing matter

Those laugh lines may be no laugh-
ing matter.
A new study out of Yale University
says that the severity and distribution
of facial skin wrinkles may offer clues
about bone mineral density in early
menopausal women.
"Skin and bones share common build-
ing blocks proteins and aging is
accompanied by changes in skin and de-
terioration of bone quantity and quality,"
said Lubna Pal, an associate professor of
obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive
science who headed the study.
Pal and colleagues studied a subgroup
of early menopausal women within
three years of their last menstrual period
who are enrolled in the ongoing clinical
trial. They assessed skin wrinkles at 11
'locations on the face and neck using a
pictorial scale. Then they measured skin
rigidity at the forehead and the cheek
using a device called the durometer.
Skeletal mass and density were studied
by dual X-ray absorptiometery and a
portable heel ultrasound device.
"We found that deepening and worsen-
ing skin wrinkles are related to lower bone
density among the study participants," Pal
said. "The worse the wrinkles, the lesser
the bone density, and this relationship
was independent of age or of factors
known to influence bone mass."

Scott LaFee

In contrast to the skin wrinkles,
higher durometer scores indicating
higher skin rigidity were related to
better bone density.
"Our findings that the appearance
and physical properties of the skin can
reflect the quality of the skeleton are
noteworthy because this may allow
clinicians to identify fracture risk in
postmenopausal women at a glance
without depending on costly tests."

Your lungs are the only internal
organs that float.

An In-N-Out cheeseburger with on-
ion, ketchup and mustard (268 grams)
contains 400 calories, 162 from fat. It
has 18 grams of total fat or 28 percent
.of the recommended total fat intake for
a 2,000-calorie daily diet.
It also contains 60 milligrams of
cholesterol (20 percent); 1,080 mg of
sodium (45 percent); 41 grams of total

carbohydrates (14 percent); 10 grams of
sugar and 22 g of protein.

77 Percentage of Americans
surveyed who said all or some of the
cost of oral contraceptives should be
covered by private health insurance
Source: NPR-Thomson Reuters
Health Poll

The Health Care Blog
If you can't get enough news or inside
dope about the American health care
debate, this is the place to get your
fix. It's wonkish a recent posting
discussed the legal case of Florida v.
the Department of Health and Human
Services but very much undaunted
by the complexities of the subject.

Wallet biopsy What happens to
discharged patients when they meet
with the hospital cashier.

Phronemophobia fear of thinking

Held by Patrick Bertoletti, the world's
speed-eating record for glazed, cream-
filled doughnuts is 47 in five minutes.

"The whole imposing edifice of
modern medicine is like the celebrated
Tower of Pisa slightly off-balance."
- Charles, Prince of Wales

On the night of Feb. 2, i959, nine
ski-hikers abandoned their camp, some
clad only in underwear despite sub-
zero temperatures, and walked to their
deaths. Six died of hypothermia; three
from unexplained injuries.
. When their bodies were discovered,
the corpses showed no signs of struggle,
though one had a fatal skull fracture,
two had major chest fractures and one
was missing her tongue. Tests by Soviet
investigators noted that some of the hik-
ers had been exposed to large amounts
of radiation, but no official explanation
for their deaths was ever determined.
To find out more about Scott LaFee and
read features by other Creators Syndicate
writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators
Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I think I have
arthritis in my right knee. It's stiff in
the morning, and it aches with even
brief walks. A friend advised me to take
glucosamine. How long can I safely
take it? M.E
ANSWER: Glucosamine isn't con-
sidered a drug, so it's not under close'
scrutiny from the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration. The body makes its
own glucosamine. It's a component
of joint cartilage and joint lubricat-
ing fluid. It's natural to think it would
make an ideal material for those with
Most commercial glucosamine is
obtained from the shells of marine life,
like shrimp and crabs.
Glucosamine appears to be a safe
product. You can take it for as long
as you like. For people with diabetes,
it possibly could upset blood sugar
Doctors and the medical establish-
ment are not impressed by its perfor-
mance. Many users are. Sometimes
it's used in conjunction.with another
supplement, chondroitin.

For myself, I wouldn't continue
taking it for more than two months if it
wasn't working.

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I was born
with one kidney. I am now 67.1 I have
never had any ill effects from having
only one kidney. In fact, most of the
time I'm not aware of it.
I wonder about the safety of taking
calcium for someone without two
kidneys. I don't have osteoporosisabut
my doctor says I'm headed toward it.
She wants me to take a calcium supple-
ment. Will that do any damage to my
one kidney? A.D.
ANSWER: Nature has generously
supplied us with two kidneys. We do
quite well with only one. We can do
pretty well with just part of one. You
can take calcium without a worry.

Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable
to answer individual letters, but he will
incorporate them in his column when-
ever possible. Readers may write him
or request arn order form of available
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Chaffin named Nurse Educator of the Year

The Polk County -
Nurse Executive
Committee chose
diabetes educator
Lynda Chaffin as
the Polk County
Nurse of the Year .
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The organiza- -
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and innovation in da Chaffin
nursing practices Lynda Chaffin
throughout our
region, awarded
this honor to Chaffin during a special
ceremony held on May 10 at the Bartow
Civic Center.
"Our diabetes education program has
achieved the highest level of certifica-
tion, and that's a direct reflection of
Lynda's tireless dedication and enthu-
siasm," says Watson Clinic Clinical
Services Director Heather Gordon.
"She is not only a tremendous asset to
Watson Clinic, but a shining example of
what a true educator should be."
Chaffin began with Watson Clinic
in 1998 as the coordinator for their
Diabetes Education program. Prior to
receiving the Nurse of the Year honor,
Chaffin was recognized on five different
occasions by the American Diabetes
Association for her impact in the field of
diabetes education, and she placed sec-
ond in the nation in the "Diabetes Best
Practices Program" by the American
Medical Group Association in 2000.
Watson Clinic's Diabetes Education
program instructs patients on a series
of skills related to their diabetic condi-
tion including healthy eating, physical
activity, medications, positive coping,
monitoring, problem solving, risk
reduction, and stress management.

Telethon to feature Polk
cancer survivor
The first All Children's Hospital heart
transplant recipient in 1999 will be fea-
tured on the 2012 All Children's Hospital
Telethon which will be televised on-
Sunday, June 3 onWFLA-TV.
Hunter, a Lake Region High School
student, was only one month old when
he had the transplant; today is the
kicker for the Lake Region Thunder
football team.
Since his heart transplant, more than
130 youngsters have had heart trans-
plants at the hospital where program
that boasts a 100 percent survival rate at
the one-year post-transplant mark.
This year's Telethon theme,
"Celebrating 29 Years of Miracles," will
focus on the amazingly strong children
and their families who count on All
Children's expertise.
The AllChildren's Hospital Telethon
is part of Children's Miracle Network

Hospitals, an alliance of premier hospi-
tals for children. CMNH is a non-profit
organization dedicated to helping kids
by raising funds for 170 children's
hospitals across North America through
partnerships with their local TV stations.

Hope Blooms to honor
cancer survivors
Hope Blooms, a National Cancer
Survivors Day celebration, takes place
on Sunday, June 3, at Lakeland Regional
Cancer Center.
During the event, attendees will
hear from nationally renowned key-
note speaker Edward Leigh, who will
share his upbeat "Trauma to Triumph"
survival story and how he found joy in
the midst of his cancer journey.
Also, the 2012 Nurse of Hope Awards,
sponsored by the Oncology Nursing
Society of Polk County, will be present-
ed, and attendees will participate in a
butterfly release in the Healing Gardens.
On display, attendees will enjoy the
Lilly Art Collection, which includes works
of art by individuals from the United
States and Puerto Rico, as they expressed
their feelings about cancer. Adding to the
Hope Blooms theme, the Ridge Orchid
Society will provide an orchid display.
Hope Blooms is free and open to
the public, but advance registration is
required. To register, call 863-687-1400.
Refreshments will be served at noon
and the program will take place from
1-3 p.m. 3525 Lakeland Hills Blvd.

Baby workshop class
The Regency Center for Women &
Infants has a Baby Care Workshop class
on basic baby care for expectant, adop-
tive, or brand new parents.
The class covers issues like getting
to know your baby bathing, feeding,
crying and safety. Grandparents and
family members are welcome.
Pre-registration is required for the
class scheduled Tuesday, June 5 from
6-9:30 p.m. The Regency Center for
Women & Infants is at 101 Ave. 0. SE.,
Winter Haven. For information, call

Learn about babysitting
The Regency Center for Women &
Infants has an eight-hour babysitting
class on basic child care.
The class covers being a responsible
babysitter, accident prevention, how to
handle emergencies, age appropriate
playtime activities and Child CPR.
This is for young people between
11-16 years. Pre-registration is required.
The class costs $30. It is offered on
Friday, July 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Regency Center for Women &
Infants is at 101 Ave. 0. SE., Winter
Haven. For information and to register,

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Out and About class
The Regency Center for Women and
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About class.
This class for breastfeeding moms will
focus on breast pumps, milk storage
information, discreet nursing in public,
back to work issues and breastfeeding
and the law.
The class will be held on Saturday
from 10:30 a.m. to noon, June 23, 2012.
The Regency Center for Women &
Infants is at 101 Ave. 0. SE., Winter
Haven. For information and to register,
call 863-294-7020.

Get ready for birth
The Regency has a Birth Preparation
Workshop that focuses on physical and
mental preparation for labor and birth.
Hours for the Saturday class are
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Pre-Registration is required as space
is limited. It costs $50 per couple if
delivering at the Regency Center for
Women and Infants and $70 if deliver-
ing elsewhere. Plan to take the class
3-4 weeks before you are due.
Classes will be held Saturday, June 2.
The Regency Center for Women &
Infants is at 101 Ave. 0. SE., Winter
Haven. For information and to register,
call 863-294-7020.

Get ready for breastfeeding
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Learn how to be a parent
The Regency Center for Women &
Infants has a group meeting for.new
parents. Meeting on Wednesdays from
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Club for parents of babies, up to-2 years.
Sessions include informal sharing as well
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development Babies are welcome.
The Regency Center for Women &
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How to be a grandparent
Regency Center for Women and
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for new and expectant grandparents.
Called Grand is Grand! the goal of this
two-hour class is connecting the genera.
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childbirth, baby care and parenting.
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The Regency Center for Women &
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experts with the latest technologies and the most
effective rehab services available. And it's all backed
by the hospital you trust, Winter Haven Hospital.

Learn more at www.winterhavenhospital.org or
call 863-292-4688.

Compassion. Innovation. Trust. We're your family's choice.

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