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July 11, 2012
Polk county Democrat
Bartow's Hometown Newspaper Since 1931 750
Volume 82 Number 89
USPS NO 437-320
Bartow, Polk County Florida 33830
Copyright 2012 Sun Coast Media Group, Inc
Flight school request grounded.
Airport Authority leaves 'hangar door' open for future consideration
By STEVE STEINER
It might have been a harbinger of
what was to follow, but Gary Francis,
the owner operator of Tailwheels flight
school who is seeking to locate his flight
school at Bartow Municipal Airport, .
did not attend Monday's July 10 Airport
Authority meeting. Had he attended, he
might have been able to defend himself
and argue his request.
"Gary Francis was given the choice
to attend," said Cynthia Barrow, the
airport executive director. She had
spoken with him several hours earlier,
at approximately 3 p.m. She then
had an assistant distribute to airport
authority board members printouts of
a seven-page fax she received from the
Federal Aviation Administration just
moments after her phone conversation
The document sent was in response
to a May 15 request regarding
aircraft operational maintenance
safety records, school logs, deficiencies,
violations, safety issues, inspection
reports, penalties, grounded aircraft
and repeat offenses pertaining to
Tailwheels Etc. Inc., and another opera-
tion, Aircraft Innovation and Repair
Services Inc. The files were maintained
in the Orlando Flight Standards District
PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW
Polk County Historical Library Manager Joe Spann and the county's historic preservation manager
Myrtice Young take notes on the historic steam engine that was found in an old phosphate plant
Locomotive could stay here
By JEFF ROSLOW
IROSLO @' P'LCOLINTYDEr.1C)RAT.COM
There is a good chance the nearly-
140-year-old locomotive Mosaic em-
ployees found a few months ago buried
in water will stay in Polk County.
That's what the deputy state historic
preservation officer for Review and
Laura A. Kammerer said that while
people believe the state owns the land
where the train was found buried 20
feet deep in a cooling pond, it is not
clear who actually does own the land.
And, finding out who owns the land
could be difficult. She said Mosaic is
under contract to clean up the area
for the Department of Environmental
Resources, but the land along State
Road 60 between Bartow and Mulberry
Falling unemployment rate
may not help initiative
Economic plan looking for high-tech labor, organizers say
By CATHY PALMER
Florida's overall unemployment rate
dropped to 8.6 percent in May, but even
with a continuing drop, those without
jobs in Polk County may not represent
the labor pool the Bartow Chamber of..
Commerce's recent initiatives to recruit
new industry into the city needs to
fulfill its goals of bringing high-tech,
high-salary jobs into town.
According to former Chamber of
Commerce President Larry Madrid, the
chamber's recently unveiled Economic
Development Initiative wants to lure high-
skill, high-paying industry to the city.
Rainbow over 60
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PHOTO BY DEBRA GOUVELLIS
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Sometimes nature provides the best artwork, like this rainbow and cloud formation seen
from State Road 60 in Lake Wales. Rainy weather the rest of the week may make it possible
for people to spot another one. While temperatures aren't quite as hot as they are in the
rest of the country, highs will hit the low 90s the rest of this week and there is a call for
thunderstorms every day. Nighttime lows will drop into the low 70s.
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Editorial............... Page 4
County Report ...... Page 8
Obituaries ........... Page 12
, Sports............... Page 13
School Life ...........Page 16
Feeling Fit........... Page 22
The bill to Bartow Ford for its
fire assessment last year was
$8,462.68. A story in Saturday's
edition of The Polk County
Democrat indicated it is paying
about $30,000. The amount
would be that much if the City of
Bartow was charging 100 percent
in the fire assessment, but it is
charging 25 percent.
S E. .- Chelsea Young
S helping new
program take off
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Construction work continues this week, lane closures expected
This week on U.S. Highway 98 from Manor Drive to
County Road 540A and from Manor to Old Bartow/
Eagle Lake Road the contractor will continue per-
forming miscellaneous activities throughout the proj-
ect corridor during the day, the Florida Department
of Transportation reports.
These activities are anticipated for approximately
Depending on the weather, motorists driving
on Van Fleet Drive and U.S. 98 in both directions
should expect intermittent flagging operations as
they approach the intersection from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on
Saturday, July 14,. for paving.
This week work on new travel lanes, turn lanes,
curbs, sidewalks and drainage will continue behind
barrier walls along northbound U.S. 98 from Van
Fleet to south of Manor Drive, and along westbound
State Road 60 from Walmart Drive to U.S. 98.
With the Van Fleet entrance to Fort Fraser Trail
closed due to construction, people can access the
trail at the Wilson Avenue entrance.
Access to businesses in the work zone is being
For information on projects on U.S. 98, visit www.
At the construction site of the Bartow Northern
Connector, daily lane closures on U.S. Highway 17 are
expected from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. of the inside northbound
lane and alternating between the inside and outside
Pizza Hut is surrounded by barricades while work crews improve the intersection of State Road 60 at Wilson Avenue.
southbound lanes this week.
The improvements on U.S. 17 include right and
left turn lane construction and installation of a
signal. This project is expected to be completed this
Lane closures are expected from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
during the day this week with possible nighttime
lane closures from 7 p.m.-6 a.m. on Winter Lake Road
from west of Thornhill Road to east of Thornhill Road.
Crews are installing new signals and paving.
On S.R. 60 at the Pollard Road Extension east of
Bartow, the contractor is adding left and right turn
lanes into a new access road. Intermittent lane
closures are expected between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. as
crews work on the roadway this week. The project is
expected to be complete by the end of July.
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Letters to the editor
God and the pursuit of happiness
, In today's political correctness, there
are two words which many consider of-
fensive but whichiour Founders highly
respected: "Creator" in the Declaration,
and "Lord" in the Constitution. The
Bible was respected. Historian David
Barton documents this respect and pro-
vides further insight into early America
at www.wallbuilders.com. '
"Creator" indicates that all people
belong to Him. Why would our Lord
create this universe, especially people?
John 3:16 reveals a Gpd of love. Robots
can't love and relate; people can, if they
choose to do so.
Another question: what is the
significance of being created equal?
Hitler murdered six million Jews
because, to him, they were offensive
and inferior. Atheistic evolution does
not make people equal. Millions have
died in Russia, China, Cambodia, North
Korea, and other countries because of
What happens when America forgets
God? Consider Roe vs. Wade: 55 mil-
lion people have been deprived of life,
liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Immorality destroys people. To
defend immorality requires denying our
Why do we want a monument to
Spook Hill and it's legend?
We'consider this a "Roadside America
Revival. Project." Preserving one of the
country's great destinations, helps pass
along for posterity, what makes growing
up in America unique. Thousands have
fond memories of trying out the gravity
hill's quirky nature for themselves. Like
life, they say it's not all about the desti-
nation, but about the journey. Friends
& family enjoying the trip to Spook Hill,
and what they enjoyed while heading
for & leaving it, are all ingredients that
make up the experience.
As the monument's designer, was
privileged to be part of the artist group
that developed the Cabbage Patch Kids
business in 1978. Back then, many local
people felt that dolls with adoption
papers were an aberrant, crazy idea.
However, our group realized the local
economy was below the poverty level
and few came just to enjoy downtown
Decades later, our crazy idea gave the
area jobs, delighted thousands, & the
average income increased tenfold. No
one doubts that Cabbage Patch Kids are
a big part of Americana.
Marking Spook Hill as a landmark,
with an innovative/interactive monu-
ment, is an idea who's time has come.
Like the people who thought we were
crazy making dolls & painting murals in
an old hospital, some are thinking the
same about our monument. But these
same people can't honestly argue that
"crazy" ideas can't energize the econo-
my, make people happy, and improve
one section of the world.
Is 'We reserve the right
When I attended Florida State
University just over half a century ago,
shortly after the invention of the wheel,
there was a campus humor magazine
called "Smoke Signals."
The name was in keeping with the
Seminole namesake of the university,
back when "native American" still meant
someone who was born in the USA, and
the term "Indian" bore no stigma, other
than to focus on the navigation error that
led Christopher Columbus to believe that
he had landed in India.
"Smoke Signals" published essays,
cartoons, and other ventures into hu-
mor that were often irreverent, farcical,
boisterous, satirical, and, oh yes, funny.
One cartoon that fell into most of
these categories, and the only one that I
can still remember after all these years,
was of a revival tent with a hand-let-
tered sign in front reading, "We reserve
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the right to refuse to save anyone."
That may not resonate with today's
young people, but it was a takeoff on
a pre-civil rights era sign often posted
in places of business that read, "We
reserve the right to refuse to serve '
anyone." It was a not-so-tactful warn-
ing that minorities just might not be
welcomed as customers.
There is nothing funny about preju-
dice, then or now, and the "refuse to
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The Inquiring Photographer
What is your best advice to beat the summer heat?
Kayla Jackson Barry Moss
"Drink a lot of water and go into a "Air conditioning ... Wear s
"If you're walking around town just "We just look for the shade. When you're
go inside anywhere and drink a lot of born and raised in Bartow you find a
water." way to keep cool any way you can."
Use of banner signs questioned,
Car dealer says
By JEFF ROSLOW
The city attorney and an employee of
the'Barrow Chrysler dealership are go-
ing to work together to help in the city's
reformationr'f the sign ordinance.
' \At Monday s city commission meet-
iig Clirn Edwards, an assistant dealer
iincipal at torm Edwards Chrvsler
Podge Jeep. spoke to commissioners
tout the city's current sign ordinance, .
eamplaining that his business is
ni allowed to display banner signs
n beuse it violates the sign ordinance.
An Sough the city has been working
on-hWging 'Tigf ordinance to make
it.easier for businesses to display signs it
isn't done yet.
he can't use them without violating city ordinance
In one move the sign ordinance was isn't sure what is being done to that Fourth of July sale and it's Sept. land
a mended to allow the. Polk County part of the ordinance. the sign is still up there, that's really
History Center to place its sign on the "Quite a few areas are being re- pushing matters.
front lawn facing Broadway. However, viewed, but I'm not sure about the Commissioner Wayne Lewis brought
City Planning Director Bob Wiegers banners," he said. up the potential loss toBartow if this
and his staff are working on the rest Edwards said he was not against issue is not talked about in the review.
of the sign ordinance now but it isn't the aspect of signs being tasteful "Say it's the Fourth of July and they
completed. The specific crisis for and added the signs should relate to have a Fourth of July sale and they have
Edwards was the banner signs the something about the business, but City a banner with a big red exclamation
Chrysler dealership gets. Manager George Long interjected that point and a purple smiley face and this
"In my industry we receive banners tastefulness is subjective. ., can't be put-up?" he said. His thought
from business and because of the "What is tasteful?!' Long asked is drivers would go by the dealership
Bartow ordinance we can't put it up," Edwards. "If you can advocate and and when they get to someplace like
Edwards said. show to the Planning Board maybe we Lakelahd, and see-the banner someone
City Attorney Sean Parker told com- can get something modified." in the car may say that looks like what
missioners the sign ordinance is still Commissioner Adrian Jackson they saw on TV 'and stop there.
being worked on and Edwards has a added that how long a sign would be "They pretty much have their hands
correct interpretation of what the law appropriate also mattered, saying, for tied," he said. "I think we have to look
savs in regard to banner signs, but he instance, that if there's a banner for a at it." ':
Alexander leaves Atlanticblue board of directors
By BILL ROGERS
BROGERS@'L KEWVALESNE\ S.COM
State Sen. J.D. Alexander has left the
board of directors of the Atlanticblue
'Group, the Lake Wales-based land
development and real estate manage-
Alexander resigned as president of
the family-owned company earlier this
year to assume a more active role in
Alico Inc., a land management com-
pany in Fort Myers. Alexander became
CEO arid president at Alico in early,
According to a press release from
Alico, Alexander has served as the
company's chief executive officer and
president on a less than full-time basis
since February 2010. He previously
served as a director of Alico in 2004 and
2005 and has served on the Alico board
from lanuar 2008 to the present. He
FROM PAGE 4
Lord or twisting His Word. Don't judge?
God has already judged immorality in
the Old and the New Testament.
Love and respect everyone? Yes, but
God fir't: and don't forget the babies
and the handicapped. Audhen tic love
for people requires not loving bad
habits or unhealthy lifestyles.
When voting, which of the two
candidates would offend oi.i \VW'Oild
also serves as the board's vice chair-
man and will continue to serve in that
The Lake Wales Republican has served
as a Florida State senator from 2002 to
the present and previously served as a
Florida State representative from 1998 to
2002. His term as a Florida State senator
ends Nov. 6 this year. He can't run for
re-election due to term limits.
"The board believes that JD
Alexander and his team have been
very effective in reducing operating
costs and improving the efficiency of
the company's operations since his
appointment in February 2010," said
Ramon Rodriguez, chairman of Alico's
"We recognize there is work to be
done to broaden the shareholder base
and increase capital market awareness.
The Board believes that JD is uniquely
qualified to lead the company in these
it be the one who "professes to know
God, but by [his] deeds denies Him"
or the one who understands that "God
will bring every deed into judgment
including every hidden thing" (Titus
1:16, Ecclesiastes 12:14)?
Immorality violates our Creator's
design for our "pursuit of happiness."
Everyone is guilty- except One; He is the
only door to heaven. A sincere "Lord, I
repent" is never offensive to Him.
In the year of our Lord, 2012.
efforts," Rodriguez added.
"I am excited about the opportunity
to focus my efforts exclusively on
Alico," Alexander said in the press
release. "We have made tremendous
progress since my appointment in
February 2010, and while our work is
not complete, I am confident we will
FROM PAGE 4
save anyone" cartoon was a perfect way
of ridiculing this endemic practice of
That cartoon was brought to mind
when a lifeguard named Thomas Lopez
was fired after his employer said h& had
saved the wrong person.
Working at Hallandale Beach (and I
must confess that I do not even know
where that is) Lopez went to the aid of
a drowning man who was outside of his
assigned zone of protection.
His employer said he had left his
own patch of sand unprotected, and
Several of his fellow lifeguards
resigned in protest.
The decision, which has been widely
ridiculed in the media, was rescinded,
and Lopez was offered his job back.
He declined, and if he plays his cards
right, he can turn his 15 minutes of
fame into a tour circuit on the late
night TV shows and perhaps even a line
continue to build our operating results
and focus significant effort on broad-
ening the capital market awareness
of the company. I thank the Board
for their continued trust and con-
fidence in me and look forward to
working with them for the future of
of swimwear,.or at least rescue equip-
ment, marketed under his name.
Itishard to imagine a lifeguard
watching a man drown and refusing to
go to his rescue because the hapless
swimmer was 50 strokes beyond the
pile of seashells that marked his area of
Indeed, it is hard to imagine that
Lopez would not have been roundly
-condemned in the court of public
opinion if he had refused to rescue the
swimmer because he got in trouble on
the wrong sandbar.
When it comes to life-saving emer-
gency services, "That's not my job" has
a really hollow ring.
There is nothing new about young
people who think they are smarter than
Sometimes they are.
(S. L. Frisbie is retired. In his career,
he probably had a few employees who
considered themselves to be smarter
than the boss, and some of them prob-
ably were. But they were smart enough
not to say so to h is face. Wisdom comes
in many forms.)
sandals. It's been difficult to get
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Through Friday, July 13
Vacation Bible School, Amazing
Wonders God Created. 6:30-
9:05 p.m. each day, registration at
6 p.m. Wildwood Baptist Church,
1120 S. Woodlawn. 863-533-6944
Through Saturday, July 14
2012 Unity in Christ Conference.
Services at 7 p.m. nightly. with a midday
worship service on July 13, at 12:30 p.m.
Gathering of believers whose "vision is
to de% elop and maintain a oneness in
the body of Christ and to empower the
Church." Turning Point Worship Center,
1400 E. Georgia Ave., Bartow. 757-
630-1556 or unitvinchrist98"@yahoo.com
Friday, July 13
View and Review, critique on artwork
performed by area artists by Vilas
Tonape, 6-8:30 p.m. Admission is $15 per
artwork with maximum of two pieces
for artists and $5 for audience members.
Cash bar. Polk Museum of Art, 800 East
Palmetto St., Lakeland. 863-688-5423.
Babysitting class, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Covers being a responsible babysit -
:ter, accident prevention, how to
handle emergencies, age appropriate
playtime activities and Child CPR.
Pre-registration required, $30. Regency
Center for Women & Infants, 101 Ave. 0.
SSE, Winter Haven. Call 863-294-7020.
Saturday, July 14
Imperial Polk Genealogical Society
meeting, 1 p.m., free. "Tricks for Family
Search and Ancestry." Unitarian
Universalist Congregation. 3140 Troy
SAve., Lakeland. 863-686-3886:.
VISTE, Wings of Eagles, READ
Lakeland and Good Shepherd Hospice
there and food boxes by Lighthouse
Ministries Inc. distributed to all who ap-
plied. Free lunch of hamburgers and hot
dogs will be provided to those registered
for the event. First Baptist of Eaton Park,
3044 Atlantic Ave., Lakeland. 863-687-
4076 or visit www.lighthousemin.trg.
Family Fun Day, 10 a.m.-noon, Polk
County History Center, 100 E. Main St.,
Monday, July 16
Bartow City Commission, work
session 5:30 p.m., regular meeting
6:30 p.m., 450 N. Wilson Ave., Bartow.
863- 534-0100. www.cityofbartow.net.
Tuesday, July 17'"
"Grander in Her Daughters Women
and the Civil War" with speaker Tracy
Revels. 12:15 p.m. Polk History Center,
100 East Main St., Bartow.
Wednesday, July 18
Polk County School Board Strategic
Planning Session, 8:30 a.m. Pre-planning
meeting with all the board members and
Tom Freijo. Superintendent's confer-
ence room, Polk County Public Schools
District Office, 1915 S. Floral Ave., Bartow.
Thursday, July 19
Bartow Community Redevelopment
Agency. 8 a.m. Discussion of search for a
new executive director. Florida Department
of Citrus, 605 E. Main St., Bartow.
Friday, July 20
Main Street Bartow's Friday Fest, 6-9 p.m.
Downtown Bartow block party featuring
live music, vendor booths, children's fun
activities, great food, beer and other drinks.
Also included is the Friday Fest Cruise-
in Car Show with dash plaque awards.
Alzheimer Support Group, 10 a.m.,
Good Shepherd, 105 Arneson Ave.,
Saturday, July 21
Model train show and swap meet, 10 a.m.-
3 p.m., early bird admission 9 a.m. $5
for adults, children 12 and younger free.
Knights of Columbus, 401 Third St. S.W,
Winter Haven. 727-244-1341.
Monday, July 23
West Central Florida Area on Agency
on Aging public hearing. Invite commu-
nity to comment on how local services
will be funded in 2013. For residents of
Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties.
10 a.m.-noon, Lakeland Public Library,
100 Lake Morton Drive. 813-676-5583
Tuesday, July 24
Vacation Bible School Rocky Point
Lighthouse through Friday, July 27, at
Asbury United Methodist Church, 1650 S.
Jackson Ave., 6:30-8:30 p.m. 863-533-2301.
Special School Board meeting, 9 a.m.
Request permission to advertise the
tentative budget. Polk County Public
Schools District Office, 1915 S. Floral
Ave., Bartow. 863-534-0521.
Community Dinner, 5-7 p.m., free.
Fort Meade First United Methodist
Church, 135 East Broadway Ave., Fort
Friday, July 27
"The Goonies," Main Street Bartow
Movies on the Lawn, 8:30-ish,
northwest corner of Wilson
Avenue and East Main Street. Movie
munchies sold by Main Street
Tuesday, July 31
Polk School Board, work session
12:30 p.m., meeting 5 p.m. School
District, 1915 S. Floral Ave., Bartow.
PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER
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start of the Monday, July 9, monthly meeting.
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By STEVE STEINER
One of the most recent programs
at the Polk County History Center
(formerly the Polk County Historical
Museum) is its Lunch 'n' Learn
Speaker Series. Already the program
lias proven to be one of the most
popular of all the Center's offerings,
and attendance grows larger with
each event, held the third Tuesday of
I rA good measure of that program's
success can be attributed to its in-
tern, Chelsea Young. A Barrow native
who graduated in 2005 from All Saints
, Academy,-Young has already earned a
bachelor of arts degree in art his-
tory from the College of Charleston
and currently is working toward her
master's degree in museum studies
through the online program offered
by the University of Oklahoma.
It has been an interesting journey,
"I was in the performing arts and.
scenic design for theater at the.. ,.
College of Charlestoh,'" aii Young.
Sl.did visual arts on a smaller scale."
Yet when she graduated, the question
was. what was she gding to do with
a degree in arhi"torySheid+d not
have to wait long to find the answer.
"I taught at the Polk Museum of Art
in Lakeland," she said. "I found that
However, Chelsea was not immedi-
ately handed the plum assignments.
She had to prove her mettle and
began with the "grunge" work, writing
letters and filing for grants. To the de-
light of everyone, Chelsea discovered
she had a knack for finding grants
and for filing them.
"I just submitted an application for
a grant equal to $250,000, to be paid
out over three years," said Chelsea.
"It's in cooperation with the county
library system." .t will be learned this
September whether the grant has
But Chelsea wanted to do more to
promote the History Center, and was
given the green light.
"Myrtice is really fantastic about
letting me have an idea and running
with it," said Chelsea. She looked
around to see what other museums
were doing and found herself enam-
ored of a lunch 'n' learn lecture series
being held. Thus was started the one
in Bartow, beginning this past March.
As earlier stated, it has been an
"I think we found something the
community was wanting," she said.
For those not familiar, attendees
bring their own lunch and then listen
to a lecture ranging anywhere from
45-60 minutes. Topics thlus far have
included smuggling and the Florida
economy; Florida in the movies;
r .., -oacerns about suburban sprawl; and
T g1 a10 ;, most recently, a lecture on a particu-
S_ _. s~~ .~a s I' atate phenomenon, the Florida
wev wa -~'e _--' rweyent agroup or itinerant,
'. .! taught black artists who have.
long, er s epmoer,tire Fung. ecoime world-renown.
who is manager of the museum in 'e lunch 'n' learn series has been
BaFtow, turned rob er-rigbt Ifefore s essful enough, she added, that
Thanksgiving.'-- th -'story Center is looking at the
"Myrtice asked me to come out to potential of developing partnerships
help one day per week," said Chelseaa, with downtown restaurants and other
S qtrittHy'b'e aTTi'e Ve'days- businesses. But Chelsea is not one to
rest on her laurels.
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PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER
Chelsea Young points to one of the more popular displays to be found at the Polk County History
Center, a plaster mold of a prehistoric alligator head that was discovered in Polk County.
"We realized we needed something
for families, so we developed Family
Fun Day, which is held the second
Saturday of each month," she said.
Turnout thus far has been strong.
The first month it was held, in May, '*
approximately 20 families partici-
pated. A good number come from a
"We're tapping into the home-
school market," she said. Regardless,
the fun day is a hands-on experience,
and children get a literary packet
to go with what they have learned
during the day. "Families that learn
together promote better education."
Young spoke excitedly about future
possibilities, such as a Saturday eve-
ning series of portrayals by present-
ers (historians who act in costume)
through the Florida Humanities
Council out of St. Petersburg.
"I think it's an interesting way of .,
seeing history presented," she said.
Also on slate is promoting heri-
'tage tourism. That would be a joint
venture with other entities, including
other museums and arts facilitators.
As for her personally, after she
earns her master's degree, Young has
"I would hope that when I graduate
I will be able to advance my career in
the museum field," she said. "i have a
soft spot for it." .
She also has a soft spot for Florida;
a fifth generation Floridian, she .
would like to remain in the state.
Of course, if she was to receive an
offer from a major museum, such,
as the American Museum of Natural
History, or Museum of Modern Art
(both in New York City), or perhaps
The Smithsonian ...
Woman gives CPR to another who collapsed in line
By DAVID H. RINALD
and JEFF ROSLOW
Crystal Shannon found herself in a
heroic situation last week.
At about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, lune 26,
Shannon was standing in the customer
service line at the SebringWalmart store
when a woman collapsed at a nearby
"It appeared that the woman had had
a heart attack and was in severe breath-
ing distress," Shannon related.
While others gathered around,
Shannon, who is beginning nursing
studies at South Florida State College in
Avon-Park, went into action.
"A staff member from Walmart gave
me a CPR kit, but it was incomplete, so
I immediately began mouth-to-mouth
CPR and continued until the EMS crew,
came and relieved me," Shannon said.
The woman, Deanna Sparks, 64,
collapsed because her lung was 90
percent blocked. Her husband, Victor,
said her heart stopped once on the
floor in Walmart and twice more in the
emergency room at the hospital.
"She died once at Walmart and twice
at the hospital," Victor said. "They had
no pulse and had to use the paddle on'
her and got her back. Then they got her-
PHOTO BY DAVID RINALD
Crystal Shannon was standing in line at
Walmart in Sebring when a woman collapsed.
With Shannon's quick action and the help of
a CPR kit provided by Walmart, the woman
stayed OK until EMS arrived.
to the ER."
The doctor told Victor she had less
than a 10 percent chance of living.
Deanna was at Walmart picking up
some final items for her daughter's wed-
ding which was four days away.
Because of this experience she never
went to the wedding, but now she's at
home recovering after spending nine
days in the hospital.
"They told me when they moved her
from the emergency room to critical
care they didn't think she had a chance
to make it," Victor said. "It's a miracle in
The day following her arrival at the
hospital, the doctors put her into a
coma. During the operation she had
a stent put into her heart and nurses
came out to give the family updates.
Even the doctor came out once to tell
them what was happening. .
Following the wedding ceremony her
daughter,"husband and seven others
went to visit her and though she was
delighted to see them she doesn't
remember the visit.
"It was a real good seven-day roller
coaster ride," Victor said. "The wedding
was bittersweet. We all went to the hos-
pital afterward ... there were nine of us.
My wife was so happy but she doesn't
remember them coming in."
And that's not all. The photographer
made a collage of the wedding with
some 300 pictures and delivered them
to Deanna the day of the wedding.
."We were shocked," Victor said. "That
was above and beyond."
Victor said though she is still a little
weak while she's recovering, the doc-
tor said she should be able to resume
normal activities. She is wearing a vest
with a defibrillator and a monitor and
her blood seems to be flowing well but
she is still very sore from being shocked
"The lower part of her heart has to be
saved now. We're taking it one day at a
time," he. said.
Victor pointed out Shannon did
get help in her life-saving effort from
the EMTs and from the nurses in the
emergency room, and he is grateful to
her for jumping right into action.
"God had all the right people in the
right time in the right place," he said. "If
this happened at home we're so far out
she wouldn't have survived. If she were
in a car ... we were in the right place,"
said Victor, who had just celebrated his
48th anniversary with his wife less than
a month earlier.
This has been equally life-changing
for Shannon and she has become a
frequent visitor to Deanna.
"This was a life-changing experience
for me," Shannon said. "When you take
the CPR class for the first time you don't
think you'll ever have to use it, and then
something like this happens and it's
really good to be prepared."
July 11, 2012
CO UNTY REP RT
Intern helps History Center grow
New DUVCW group chartered
... Florida members of Daughters of
Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-
1865 met in St. Cloud when the new
Louisa May Alcott Tent #11 received its
charter on June 16.
Welcoming new members was an ex-
citing way to commemorate the 150th
anniversary of the Civil War, they said.
Barbara Waltz Stone, national presi-
dent of DUVCW, presided over the instal-
lation of organizing officers: President
Sandra Vogelpohl, Orlando; Senior Vice
President Sharon Pelfrey, Micco; Junior
Vice President Mere Schartz, Jacksonville;
Chaplain Nancy Caldwell, Jensen Beach;
Patriotic Instructor Ellen Gordon,
Poinciana; Treasurer Virginia Okie, Lake
Wales; Secretary Bobbie Hoffman, Palm
City, and Historian Doris Vickers of
Four members of the Mary Todd
Lincoln Tent #10 of Tampa/Bradenton
also attended to assist in installing the
The DUVCW society is open to
women who descend from soldiers
who served in the U.S. military during
the Civil War. For more information on
honoring your ancestors, visit www.
Polk County members of Daughters of Union
Veterans of the Civil War met the organiza-
tion's national president. From left are Ellen
Gordon, Poindana; Virginia Okie, Lake Wales;
Doris Vickers, Winter Haven; DUVCW National
President Barbara Stone; and Gay Harlowe,
Turning Point Worship Center in
Bartow will be the site for the 2012
Unity in Christ Conference July 11-13.
Services begin at 7 p.m. nightly, with a
midday worship service also scheduled
for Friday, July 13, at 12:30 p.m. Each
evening service will have an inspira-
tional and a keynote speaker.
Unity In. Christ Conference is a
gathering of believers whose "vision is
to develop and maintain a oneness in
the body of Christ and to empower the
Inspirational speakers are Apostle
David Williams of Freeport, Bahamas;
Pastor Wesley Ferguson of Nassau,
Bahamas; and Pastor Teresa Norris of
Seffner. Keynote speakers are Apostle
Frank Eluett of Margate, Pastor Tom
Presley of Bartow, and Apostle Kelson
Miller of Nassau, who is also the confer-
ence host. Dr. Philbert Bailey will speak
at the midday service. Minister of music
for the conference is Apostle Leroy
Begun in 1998 the conference has
been held in the Bahamas, Washington,
Jacksonville and Margate, among other
Turning Point Worship Center is at
1400 East Georgia Ave., Bartow. For
more information call 757-630-1556 or
send email to unityinchrist98@'yahoo.
corn or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Red, White & Blue Community
event will be held at First Baptist
Church of Eaton Park, 3044 Atlantic
Ave., Lakeland, on Saturday, July 14,
from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
A free lunch of hamburgers and hot
dogs will be provided to those regis-
tered for the event.
Joining them in this event will
be VISTE, Wings of Eagles, READ
Lakeland and Good Shepherd Hospice.
Food boxes provided by Lighthouse
Ministries Inc. will-be distributed to
all who applied.
For information contact Steve
Turbeville, of Lighthouse Ministries,
-at 863-687-4076 or visit www.
Amazing Wonders at Wildwood
Wildwood Baptist Church has a display items people know of such as the
Vacation Bible School through Friday, Northern Star and the Grand Canyon.
July 13. VBS is open to children from kinder-
The classes are scheduled from garten through 12th grade. It is free.
6:30-9:05 p.m. at the church at 11i20 Registration is open every evening at
S. Woodlawn, Bartow. The theme is 6 p.m. There will be snacks, recreation
'"Amazing Wonders God Created." and crafts as well. Call 863-533-6944 for
Rooms in the church will be set up to information.
Boys brave TS Debby
The Lakeland Jr.
proud over the JuJly
at the Federation .
Nation Jr. BASS State
Championship held -
on Lake Okeechobee. .
with the lake, the 24-
man team moved into R
great position after
day one, claiming
the top three posi- From left are Luke F
tions in the 15-18 age Linsinbigler.
group anchored by
Luke Ferguson's 21.11
pound bag, Harry Linsinbigler's 14.11
pound bag, and Dustin Bozeman's
14.03 pound bag.
The 11-14 age group made a solid
start with Mica Patel and Chris Cooper
in the top 10.
Tropical Storm Debby brought
increased wind and rain to the area
complicating day two of the competi-
tion, but not deterring the anglers.
Dustin Bozeman, the defending state
champion, made another strong come-
back run this year finishing in second
place with 33.05 pounds.
This also put him over 100 pounds in
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erguson, Dustin Bozeman, Micah Patel, and Harry
the club with half the season to go.
Luke Ferguson took third place with
31.73 pounds, and Harry Linsinbigler
finished his debut championship event
in fourth place with 27.92 pounds forF
Micah Patel, also fishing his first state
championship, took second place in
the 11-14-year-old group with 21.86
Thanks to Debby, the next tourna-
ment is scheduled for Lake Hartridge
on July 14.
For information, visit www.lakeland
juniorbassmasters.com, or call Martin
Bozeman at 863-640-8349.
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Electric departments prepared for season
, y-ATH PALMER
In Polk County in the summer, the
temperatures hover in the 90s and we
all rely on air conditioning to weather
the heaL But, in hurricane season,
most of us don't fear the storm, we
fear the aftermath days with out
power hot, humid and oppressive.
Polk County's power companies
haven't been sitting idly by while
we stew about the possibilities of
powerless days and nights. they
are busy making plans for how and,
how quickly they can restore elecuic
In Bartow, for instance, Brad Hiers,
the city electric department's saletr
and training superintendent, has
been honing a hurricane plan that's
already in place and testing the city's
response to a make-beliete Category3
.We've had a mock-up scenario
- like Hurricane Charley where-we
gather as if a storm came through."
he explained. "We send out an assess-
ment team-and send our crews into
the field to work ondamages to test
Bartow has 31 people in its electric
* department and has eight bucket
trucks, three differ derricks ready to
reset power poles, a crane truck, a
12.5 truck for heavy lifting, according
to Hiers, as well as a ditch witch and
"We had power restored in 14 days
after Charley (in 2004 j; four days after
Frances and nine days after Jean," he
said. "And that's a pretty good track
Meanwhile, Bartow isn't alone in is
Progress Energy, the commercial
power company that serves most of
eastern Polk County, also has its plans
in place, according to Community
Relations Manager lerry Miller.
"We do a full-blown stoi m drill
with all departments working to re-
spond to various scenarios," he said.
"We have our staging and logistics all
worked out including securing hotel
rooms for but of state people if we
have to call them in.
' "We really take this to heart," he
says. "'We keep preparing, and, no
matter what, we have arrangements
Miller said Progress covers a large
portion of the Eastern United States,,
so his company has a broad area
from which to draw both supplies
"We've got a large company so we
can get transformers, cable, poles,
whatever we need."
Even smaller communities like
Fort Meade have their plans in place.
Mel Parker. the city's finance director
and Emergency Operations Center
representative, says they have plans
in place for quickresponse after a
"We have 14 employees, plus all
the other city staff, that know they are
on call if a storm is heading our way,"
Parker said, adding the city has three
bucket trucks, and other equipment
that would be called out to help
restore power to the city's residents.
He said that in 2004, the city crews
had managed to restore power to
residents within a week.
"We're in really good shape." he
says. "We have staft that has been
through storms and know what
to expect. They are experienced in
getting the job done."
Cities like Bartow and Fort Meade
may not have the vasts resources
.that Progress Energy does, but both
city representatives said they had
mutual aid agreements with neigh-
boring communities and counties
to help if needed. "With our mutual
aid agreements, we can call on any
number of sister cities for help. In
2004, we had help from Lakeland
and Ocala," Hiers said. "We've also
sent our people to help them out
when they need it."
"We're as ready as we can get,"
Parker said, "and we're always trying
to get better and we review our plans
constantly to make sure everyone is
on top of it."
"We just hope we don't have to use
those plans," Hiers said.
Polk County special
needs program defined
Polk County residents
with medical conditions
who require assistance
during disasters such
as hurricanes may be
eligible for the county's
Special Needs Shelter
This service, provided by
Polk County Emergency
and transports residents
with medical or physi-
cal conditions that have
no other options. This
includes those who are
dependent on medical
electrical equipment that
require assistance during
Those eligible include
Polk County residents,-
who live n mobile homes,
unstable homesite struc-
tures or areas of the county
subject to flooding. Eligible
persons, regardless of age,
include those who:
1. Are unable to admin-
ister frequently required
or dailyinjectable medica-
tions on their own.
2. Require daily or
frequent dressing changes
because of moderate or
copious drainage, such as
ulcers, fistulas, etc.
3. Need assistance with
ostomy management, and
indwelling catheters of any
kind n/g rube. colostomy
4. Have daily activities
that are so restricted by
immobility that their basic
needs must be met by
others and those people.
are unavailable for this
5. Require daily assess-
ment of unstable medical
condition by professional
nursing personnel (i.e.
cardiac. diabetic, etc. .- -
6. Ha\ e cardiac or respi-
ratory conditions which .
require special equipment
such as oxygen (three lters
or less), apnea monitors, or
7. Have a terminal illness,
ambulatory, and need
professional assistance in
8. Have other special
medical needs deemed by
a triage nurse.
For information and
how to register, call
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July 11, 2012
Vera Mae Pitts
Dolores M. 'Dee' DeFina
Vera Mae Pitts, 81, a longtime resident
of Bartow passed away Friday, July 6,
2012, at Kindred Hospital in Tampa.
Mrs. Pitts was born July 24, 1930. in
91, of Fort
Meade, died on
Sunday, July 8,
March 24, 1921,
in Ben Wheeler,
in the Army: V-
Air Corps as
a gunner in
World War II.
He was a float Raymond M. Smith
for Mobil Chemical.
He was a member of Cornerstone
Church of God.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by
Lott Losh, 87,
passed away on
July 4, 2012.
Born on May
25, 1925, in
D.C., she was
the daughter of
the late Robert
Alfred and Marie
(Glasscock) Lois Losh
Owens. At an '
early age Lois was adopted by the late
Kenneth O'Neal and Bertha Lott.
Mrs. Losh was a loving mother,
homemaker and a longtime member
of First United Methodist Church of
Bartow. Her hobbies included playing
cards with her Pinochle group and the
Merry Makers Social Club. She was
also a member of the Bartow Lioness
Club and the Bartow Daughters of the
Visitation: Monday, July 9, 10-11 a.m.,
followed by funeral at 11 a.m., at Word
of Life Christian Center, 1555W. Main
St., Barrtw. Arrangements: Whidden-
McLean Funeral Home.
his wife, Pauline Smith.
He is survived by his daughter, Pam
Filyaw and husband Leonard of Fort
Meade; his son, Wylie R. Smith of
Sparta, Tenn.; sister, Lois White, and
sister-in-law, Freida Smith, both of
Van, Texas; three grandchildren, Candi
Lott and husband Wes of Fort Meade,
Leonard Filyaw and wife Brandi of
Fort Meade, and Wylie Smith, Jr., and
wife Stacey of Orlando; and eight
Visitation: 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday,
July 11, at McLean Funeral Home, 306 E.
Broadway, Fort Meade.
Funeral: 11 a.m., Wednesday, at the
funeral home, with Pastor Bill Whitener
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Fort
Condolences may be made to the
farimily at www.Mcleanfuneralhome.net.
Mrs. Losh was preceded in-death by
her husband, Charles R. Losh.
She is survived by two daughters,
Bertha Ann Losh "Bert" Quint (Dave)
of Cincinnati, and Mary Jane Losh
Sanchez (Carlos) of Bartow; son, Charles
Richard "Rick" Losh, Jr. (Glenda) of
Bartow; grandchildren, Jarrod, C.J.,
J.D., Maryann, Amanda, and Dale; her
.great-grandchildren, Caily and Nevaeh;
half-brother, Haywood Owens; and half-
sister, Sarah Boren.
'The family will receive friends on
Saturday, July 14, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.,
at First United Methodist Church,
310 S. Broadway in Bartow.
Memorial services will follow at
11:30 a.m. at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to
Bartow First United Methodist Church
or Compassionate Care Hospice of
Condolences to the family may be made
passed away '
at her home
July 8, 2012.
was born on
N.Y., and was.
Fort Meade. Dolores M."Dee" DeFina
from the banking industry after 20
years, and then later became a full-time
seamstress, owning her own business.
Mrs. DeFina was a member of First
Lanier, 84, a
native of Fort
away surrounded _A
by her lov-
ing family on
Monday, July 9,
Velma was born
Dec. 29, 1927, in
Fort Meade. She
was preceded Velma Lanier
in death by her
husband of 65 years, Marvin Lanier;
daughter, Rita Kay Lanier; two sisters,
Walton Brewer and Doris Hendrick; and
four brothers, John, Matthew, Charles
and Clois Cannon.
She is survived by her daughters,
Sandy DeVane and husband Kenny of
United Methodist Church, Fort Meade,
where she was a very active member.
Mrs. DeFina was preceded in death
by her husband, Jano DeFina.
She is survived by her son, Raymond
Lenczewski of Somerset, N.J.;
daughters, Christina Clements of
Robbinsville, N.J., and Wendy Dotson
of Ocala; brothers, Fred Seltman, Jr., of
Fort Meade and Jack Seltman of New
Port Richey; and her grandchildren,
Robert Lenczewski, Ryan Lenczewski,
and Riley Dotson.
Memorial service: Thursday, July
19, at First United Methodist Church,
Fort Meade, with Pastor Vince Price
Condolences may be sent to the fam-
ily at www.hancockfh.com.
Hancock Funeral Home, Fort Meade,
is in charge of arrangements.
Fort Meade, and Brenda Looker and
husband Jim of Panama City, Fla.; a
son, Dale Lanier and wife Cathy of Fort
Meade; a sister, Rozene Proctor ofWinter
Haven; grandchildren, Jason and Olivia
DeVane, Derekand Brooke DeVane,
Kyle and Stephie DeVane and Lynn and
Junior Shiver, all of Fort Meade; 14 great-
grandchildren; one great-great-grand-
child; and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from
10-11 a.m. on Thursday, July 12, at First
Baptist Church, 307 E. Broadway, Fort
Funeral service will follow at 11'a.m.
on Thursday at the church. Burial will be
in Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Meade.
Condolences to the family may be
made at www.McLeanfuneralhome.net.
Arrangements: McLean Funeral
Home, Fort Meade.
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B artow High School standout
linebacker Freddie Stevenson has
taken away one distraction in his
preparation for his final season of high
school football. Last week, Stevenson
committed to playing his college career
under Coach Jimbo Fisher at Florida
With that piece of business out of
the way, Stevenson can now focus on
recovering from a late season leg injury
that took him out of the final games
of last season. Stevenson did not dress
for the spring game at Hardee in May
and has not participated in off-season
Stevenson's playing abilities have
clearly outweighed any injury concerns.
A t J-way player during most of the
year, Stevenson excelled on both sides
of the line. His collegiate focus will be
on defense. He attended the Florida
State University camp in mid-June as a
spectator (also attending a camp at the
University of Florida). With the signing,
Stevenson joins former Yellow Jacket
Odell Haggins, who is Florida state's
defensive line coach (and the longest
tenured coach on the staff).
At the time of his signing, Stevenson
was among the top 300 football players
ranked by ESPN. He was considered the
17th best at outside linebacker in the
Stevenson also received offers from
*Duke, Louisville, North Carolina State,
Penn State, South Florida, Texas A & M,
Vaiderbilt, West Virginia and Western
Stev'enson's Yellow Jacket teammate,
, quarterback Dimitri Leverett, has
maintained a buss off-season sched-
ule, attending a number of camps in
preparation for his year ahead. The
junior signal caller was-invited to the
ultimate 100 Camp in College Park,
Ga., earlier this month. Despite the 105
degree heat, athletes from throughout
the Southeast were put through com-
bined and individual drills, one-on-one
competition and the seven-versus-skills
performances. Leverett was singled out
as the quarterback MVP of the camp
and one of only two quarterbacks who
were mentioned in the post-camp re-
port. Organizers said Leverett was "one
of the most fiery and exciting players to
watch in this camp. He not only came
here to show off his football skills, but
his versatility and toughness."
Leverett, while primarily a quarter-
back, was also invited to drill as a wide
receiver, often going from one position
to the other without a break.
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The Yellow Jackets will open their
2012 season with a string of three home
games. The opener is the pre-season
classic, where Bartow will seek revenge
on George Jenkins on Aug. 24. The sea-
son opener will pit the Yellow Jackets
against Mulberry on Aug. 31 with the
Jackets keeping the home field the fol-
lowing week to play the Bloodhounds
Bartow goes on the road to meet up
with Lake Region, returning home on
Sept. 21 to face off with the Fort Meade
Miners. The longest road trip of the
year will follow as Bartow leaves for
two games. The first will be a visit to
Bryant Stadium in Lakeland to meet
up with the Lakeland High School
Dreadnaughts on Sept. 28. Bartow goes
back up Highway 98 the following week
to spar with the Kathleen Red Devils.
For the first time since 2009, Lake
Gibson will come to Bartow for a
district matchup. The long road trip
comes on Oct. 26 with a journey to
Sebring before returning for the final
home game on Nov. 2 against Winter
Haven. Bartow closes off the year with
a road contest against the Lake Wales
Highlanders. ._ - -"
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of the 15th annual Junior Tournament
for the Youth Villa Classic, sponsored by
Gibson &Wirt, Inc. The two-day event
will be held Saturday and Sunday, July
14 and 15. There will be four divisions:
ages 8-10, 11-12, 13-15 and 16-18. The
two youngest divisions will play nine
holes each day while the older groups
will have 18-hole play.
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second set of players hitting the course
at 10:30 a.m. An awards ceremony is
scheduled for Sunday afternoon at
approximately 1 p.m. or shortly after
the end of the tournament. The male
overall winner in the 13-15 age group
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The summerof 'Cutch
Former Fort Meade Miner is 'center' of baseball world this week
By BOB COHN
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-RE\ rEn
Pirates fans watching on TV recently ut-
tered a collective gasp and then a whoosh,
of relief after Andrew McCutchen fell on
his wrist This past week at PNC Park, there
has been loud, sustained cheering for the
Pirates and chants of "M-V-P" aimed at
Strange sounds have augmented the
usual booms ofthunder and fireworks dur-
ing this sweltering summer, the summer of
Like the weather, the Pirates are sizzling.
Not coincidentally, so is McCutchen, die
multiskilled, 25-year-old center fielder who
was named National League Player of the
Month for June, although May was pretty
good, too. He played in Tuesday's All -Star
Game in Kansas City and participated in
Monday's Home Run Derby (where current
Fort Meade baseball coach Jon Spradlin
was his pitcher), his splendid play, cha-
risma and flying dreadlocks rapidly raising
his national profile.
"This hasn't happened in a Pirates
uniform in a long time," Manager Clint
In his fourth season, McCutchen is
perhaps exceeding the expectations borne
when he was taken from Fort Meade High
School with the. 1 ltlrpick in the 2005 draft.
As catalyst of the club's sudden surge to
first place, he has been so good that any
absence would be unthinkable.
The point was hammered home
when he made a diving catch against the
Cardinals in St. Louis and landed on his left
wrist. Known for his physical and mental
toughness, McCutchen winced in pain and
:,did again later while checking his swing.
It turned out to be a minor sprain, but an
entire organization and its fan base saw
the end of a promising season flash before
their eyes, ........ .... .... ...
McCutchen is that important. ,
Asked a Few weeks ago if extra time
is spent discussing how 10to piclfto
NMcCutchen, Tigers Manager Jim Leyland
said, "We spend less time. You just.say, ..
'Don't let him beat you.'"
The plan issound but hard to imple-
ment. McCutchen is hitting .362, tops in
the majors. With Pedro Alvarez and others
- finally helping ut offensively, the Pirates
are 27-13 since May 25.
In the NL, McCutchen ranks among the
top 10 in runs, hits, home runs, RBI, total
bases and OPS (on-base plus slugging
percentage), plus several more complex
stats that further reveal his value. Going
into Saturday, he had all 18 of his homers
;and 51 of his 60 RBI since May 8. He also
plays a slick center field. "
Shortstop Clint'Barmes said
McCutchen's relentless pace reminds him
of playing in Colorado two years ago with
Carlos Gonzalez, who hit .336 with 34
homers, 111 runs, 117 RBI and a league-
leading 197 hits in his first full big-league
"You kept thinking, 'He's gonna slow
down. He's gonna slow down,' "Barmes
said. 'A couple of weeks go by, then a
couple of months, and the next thing you
know it's the last week of the season."
"He's playing the game with confidence,"
Hurdle said of McCutchen. "He's playing
the game with joy."
Room for improvement
McCutchen said he always loves to play
but admits the second half of last season
was difficult. After making his first All-Star
Game, he sought to personally lift the team
out of the 19-43 descent that would ruin
the year. He tried to pull everything and
"change the game with one swing," Hurdle
McCutchen had 23 homers and 89 RBI
but batted just .216 during his final 72
games and ended up at .259. As soon as
the season ended, he returned to Florida to
work with former teammate Steve Pearce,
study other hitters and revamp his stance
"I knew I could do better," McCutchen
said. "I wasn't satisfied with mediocrity,
being OK. To others it was good. To me it
was horrible. That's why I didn't take much
time off. I wanted to get back at it, get
"I basically just stopped listening to
Se\erything and asked myself, 'What do I
need to do?' Because I know myself the
best. Nothing against anyone else, but
that's what I told myself. The only thing
I told myself was, 'Be comfortable. Be
comfortable. Get comfortable.' And that's
basically what I did."
( .McCutchen this season is hitting to all
,lds even his home runs. Infielder Casey
N cGehee said he is struck by how "stub-
born" IcCutchen is at the plate, meaning
"he refuses to change what his approach is
., andlwhat his mindset is," he said.
"I think he's got a good grasp of what he's
good at and what his strengths are, and he
really sticks to his guns, and he's gonna at-
tack this at-bat the way he wants to attack
it and not let die pitcher dictate what he's
gonna do," said McGehee, who spent the
previous three seasons in Milwaukee play-
ing with outstanding hitters Ryan Braun
and Prince Fielder.
He added, "It would really have been
easy for him, especially early in the season
when he was the only one hitting, to feel
like he had to carry the weight of the world
on his shoulders. But he stayed in his area
and kept doing what he did really well."
It was a busy offseason for McCutchen,
Andrew McCutchen takes a curtain call on the dugout steps after hitting his second two-run
home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in
whose agent worked out a six-year,
$51 million contract extension.
"It definitely helped," McCutchen said. "I
don't have to worry about putting pressure
on myself. Now I can just go out and have
Even though he is among the fastest and
best-conditioned players, the 5-foot-10,
185-pound McCutchen also put himself
through a month of tortuous workouts at
the IMG Academy in Bradenton.
"These things echoed to me," Hurdle
said. "They screamed to me. This man is
not your common player. He's a crafts-
man. He wants to find a way to master his
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BHS grad, Gause teacher score high in PBL competition
E ric Konkol-Bennett, from the
University of Florida in Gaines-
ville, won a first place and fifth in
the PBL Awards of Excellence on June
27. The Bartow High School graduate
"competed in Computer Concepts and
brought home first place. In the Help
Desk event, he placed fifth. Konkol-
Bennett also went to Polk State College.
The award was part of a comprehensive
national competitive events program
sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes
and rewards excellence in a broad range
of business and career-related areas. For
Eric Konkol-Bennett, right, receives a national
recognition award at the PBL Awards of Excel-
lence on June 27.
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many students, the competitive events
are the capstone activity of their academic
careers. In addition to the competitions,
students immersed themselves in educa-
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packed exhibit hall, and attended moti-
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Konkol-Bennett's mother, Gause
Academy business teacher Melissa
Konkol, placed third in the Leadership
event. In the events held June 25-26, she
also served as a competitive events judge
for the PBL division.
Future Business Leaders of America-
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student business organization, held
its National Leadership Conference.
Participants from across the United States
and two countries were in attendance for
this conference to sharpen their core busi-
ness skills, expand their networks, and
participate in more than 55 business and
business-related competitive events.
selected for studies
Bartow Middle School teacher Samantha
VanCamp will attend a summer seminar
in Philadelphia, sponsored by the Gilder
Lehrman Institute of American History.
The July seminar on "Race, Gender, and
Nation in Civil War" will take place at the
University of Pennsylvania.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of
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history education. Each year the Institute
offers support and resources to teachers..
Through them the institution enhances the
education of more than a million students.
The Truman Library Institute at the
Harry S. Thuman Library and Museum
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For more than 40 years, the Truman
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Bartow IB teacher Theodore "'ed"
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a framework for learning within and
across the subjects. Students are
required to study their first language, a
second language, humanities, sciences,
mathematics, arts, physical education
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Discussion first concerned itself
whether Francis and Chief Instructor
Jonathan Amundsen had been totally
honest when they had been questioned
by the Airport Authority at its June
session about whether there were any
pending lawsuits. It was a gray area,
according to Authority attorney Sean
Parker, because the lawsuit, which
involved an accident that took two
lives, appeared to have been settled
before going to trial. Parker's answer
did not sit well with board Member A.J.
" "The way I phrased it, was there any
outstanding litigation," said Jackson.
Barrow pointed out that when
Jackson had asked about that, it had
been Amundsen, not Francis, who
had responded. This was immediately
following her.reminding authority
members that Francis and Amundsen
had not hidden the fact they had a
disgruntled ex-employee making a
number of allegations.
She added that Francis had been
pressing her to begin working on a
lease contract. She told him such
action might be unnecessary unless the
board gave its OK. She asked the board
whether she should put the request on
the August agenda, or did they wish
to discuss it further. Again, Jackson
"The biggest thing that sticks out to
me in on page four," he said. It was a
bullet point compilation of violations
regarding flight school instruction. "It's
indicative to me of taking shortcuts."
Jackson expressed concern over what
impact approving Francis' request
would have, wishing to protect the care
and reputation of the airport. He also
raised an aspect about Francis.
"There are two camps of thought.
Those who love and swear by him, and
those who are surprised the FAA hasn't
shut him down," Jackson said. "Those
at Winter Haven Airport are glad he.
isn't there any further."
Jackson was joined in his concerns by
Members Pat Huff and Wayne Lewis.
"I'm concerned about the allega-
tions," said Huff. "Sounds like they're
running a shoddy ship."
Lewis said he was concerned about
instructors approving students getting
certified who shouldn't. He compared
it to having a son or daughter learning
how to drive a car.
"It's one thing sitting alongside our
son or daughter who's learning to
drive versus just tossing them the keys,
figuring if they know how to put the
key in the ignition, that's fine," said
Lewis. "It (Tailwheels) doesn't look
like a.benefit to me, to the airport and
Jackson said, "According to my
calculations, there are 23 allegations.
Nine about operations and 14 over
maintenance. Pretty revealing, I think.
If things were so good, there wouldn't
be whistleblowers and a lot of instruc-
tors walking away, not having anything
more to do with them."
Lewis made a motion to table the
request for up to 180 days, to await
additional information from the FAA.
Hopefully, he said, all parties would
have all the information. He would
withdraw that motion following a.series
of questioning whether that was too
much time, and made a new motion.
After being seconded it was approved
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site of the old Mulberry Phosphate
"So we don't know who owns it," she
said, adding that finding the owner
"looks pretty rough."
She said there is an effort to find who
owns the land and it would determine
what is proper to do with the loco-
motive. But, she said there is a good
chance that if the state owns the land,
Polk CountN would get to keep the
"If it is owned by the state then it is
our artifact, but the state most likely it
would turn it over (to Polk County),"
That was good news to hear for Joe
Spann, the Polk County Historical
Library director, who did some research
on the locomotive to determine its
origin and facts about it. There has
been some discussion of putting it on
display in Homeland Heritage Park. It
would have to be put in indoors and
protected because it has been so rusted
and damaged over the years it was
buried that it needs to be in a con-
trolled, air-conditioned environment to
"It would rust avwa\ to nothing."
Spann said. "It would haxt to be inside
with climate control."
Spann said he believes the team of
Richard Fifer, Scott Young and himself
have done all the research they can
do on the locomotive. It was built by
Manchester Locomotive Works New
Hampshire. It seems like it was bought
second-hand but by whom is not clear.
"Where it was found was mined for
phosphate in 1913," Spann said. "And
by that time it was 30 years old."
He said the locomotive was ill-suited
for hauling phosphate as the passenger
locomotive was designed for "running
"It could have been purchased
cheaply second-hand," he said, and
added it really isn't clear what it mayv
have been ued tor It could hae been
tor phosphate or timber or anything
else that was used for hauling in the
beginning of the 20th century.
What he does know is all the parts
that could be have been stripped, and
though it needs a lot of cleaning up
and restoration to be put on display,
it will never work again, just like it
was abandoned when steam engines
While the feeling now seems to
be that Polk County could keep the
locomotive, there is always a chance it
Kammerer said there was a locomo-
tive found in the Suwanee River some
years ago and because that river is state
land at went to Tallaha'see's. But, she
added, "People there are interested and
ma\ be that's where it should stay."
FROM PAGE 1
How tlit affects the Chamber's
industry recruiting remains to be seen,
according to Madrid. "We know the
kinds of industry we'd like to lure into
Bartow demands different skills and
there may be a lack of people at that
level," he said. "The key in Lhe long run
will be to look for and recruit high-
skills or high-wage:industry and then
be able to do training specific to the
Madrid said one of the problems in
Bartow arid Polk County in general is
that much of the existing unemployed-
workforce is considered "unemploy-
able" by many industries.
"We're seeing that the percentage of
unemployable people in Polk County is
increasing," he said. "That's because a
lot of these people have either an arrest
history or a drug problem that follows
them. Employers, regardless of their in-
dustry, are not going to hire somebody
with an arrest record or a documented
,. He added, however, that the
Chamber's plan is "in its intanc," and
"we hope to also take existing busi-
nesses and help them prepare for
He cited an example where a
Colorado community\ lost a longtime
defense contractor, leaving 4,000
people out of work. He said the com-
munity "incubated other businesses
to hire many of those people" which
resulted in a more stable business.
community in that area.
"That's the kind of thing we have to
look at," he said.
"We also need to look at strengthen-
ing the small businesses we already
have here," he added.
But, Madrid also maintains, "we have
to change attitudes. Not just about
their businesses, but about Bartow. We
want to be a choice city for industry,
and we've got to plan with a broad
He says "the city is not an island"
and is continuing to work with the
Central Florida Development Council
and with agencies like Polk Works to
"make Bartow and all of Polk County
attractive to any kind of industry that
can become an integrated part of our
Whether the drop in unemployment
in Florida will pla\ a part in the cirm
and Chamber's success in recruiting
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PSC alumni help unravel decades-old mummy mystery
In the decades since it was unearthed,
a hulking mummy stored at a museum in
Lima, Peru, had perplexed scientists and
researchers, taunting them with questions
about what could be contained within its
nearly 200-pound bundle.
Now, thanks to two Polk State-trained
radiographers, the mummy's story is
beginning to form- just as they begin an
exciting, personal chapter.
About a year ago, Patrick Phillips, who
holds two associate degrees and a bach-
elor's from the College, and who works
as an adjunct in Polk State's Radiography
program in addition to his full-time work as
a radiographer at Winter Haven Hospital,
learned about the use of X-rays to study
mummified remains as old as 4,000 years
The mission immediately appealed to the
well-traveled Phillips, as well as his then-
girlfriend Megan Dennis. Dennis earned
her associate degree from Polk State.in
2010, and is now studying for her bachelor's
at the College. She works as a radiographer
at Winter Haven Hospital and Bond Clinic.
In late May, they traveled to, llo, Peru,
accompanying a team of researchers led
by Sonia Guillen, a Lima, Peru-based
bioarchaeologist. While there, Phillips and
Dennis X-rayed nearly 250 specimens,
all perfectly preserved by the region's arid
conditions, with hair and connective tissues
still intact .
In particular, Phillips and Dennis were
looking for signs of trauma to the remains
- broken bones, stab wounds, anything
that might speak to whether the deceased
lived peaceably or were prone to violence.
Each scan proved fascinating, Phillips
"We didn't find a lot of trauma. These
were peaceful people almost like hip-
pies," he said.
Many of the fractures the pair did find
were from falls which is determined by
the location of the injury and other details
- further lending to the idea that the
people got along with one another.
"When we did find fractures, many times
they had healed. If you break your leg today,
in 2012, it's a big deal and a lot of things
can go wrong. The fact that the bones had
healed tells us that thousands of years ago,
these people had ways for dealing with
those kinds of injuries," Phillips said.
The most incredible discovery, however,
involved that huge museum mummy. Its
sheer mass had led to years of speculation,
with some researchers contending it must
belong to a single, larger person, while oth-
ers were sure that at least two bodies were
under all the layers of fabric and llama fur.
Phillips, Dennis, and their research
partners carefully collected a series of X-ray
images that when pieced together revealed
something unexpected: The mummy
contains the body of a child, probably no
more than 10 years old.
"Everybody was shocked to see what was
in there, we weren't expecting it at all," said
The discovery, while significant, spurs
numerous other questions.
"It raises all kinds of avenues and pos-
sibilities about what these people believed
about the afterlife," Phillips said.
Phillips theorizes that those who pre-
pared the child's body were distraught by
their untimely loss, and therefore wanted to
send the child into the afterlife in the form
he or she should have achieved on earth -
big and strong.
"That was a moment where I realized
that the work we were doing had a global
impact," he said. "We were answering ques-
tions that will benefit the world about
these people and how they lived."
Though momentous on a global,
historical level, the trip was also intently
personal with Phillips getting an answer
to a burning question of his own.
Phillips proposed to Dennis during an
excursion to Machu Picchu, an ancient
Incan site in the Andes Mountains.
"Words can't describe that experience. It's
such a beautiful view. It doesn't seem like it
was real," Dennis said.
Still reveling in his incredible journey,
Phillips said none of it would have been
possible without Polk State and he was
glad to share his Eagle pride during his time
deep in the southern hemisphere.
"It was important to me to represent
Polk. The whole reason why I was able to
go on this journey, both professionally and
personally, was that 10 years ago I decided
to go to college and I decided to go to
Radiography, and the related medical-
imaging programs of Cardiovascular
Technology and Diagnostic Medical
Sonography, all fall under Polk State's
Health Sciences umbrella. Other Health
Sciences programs at the College include
Emergency Medical Services, Nursing,
Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical
Therapist Assistant and Respiratory Care.
These programs attract students from
throughout Central Florida, and Polk State
Health Sciences students regularly outper-
form their peers in the state and nation on
required licensing exams.
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Julvy 11, 2012
Diverticulosis rarely painful; Diverticulitis always painful
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I haven't
seen anything in your column lately on
diverticulosis or diverticulitis. Will you
please explain the difference between
the two? What can a patient eat or
not eat? What medication is taken for
them? What causes them? L.M.
ANSWER: A colon diverticulum is a
small (one-fifth to two-fifths of an inch,
a little smaller than a pea) protrusion of
the colon lining through the colon wall. *
. The theory behind diverticula
formation is that hard, dry food
residue requires the generation of great
pressure by the colon to push it along.
That pressure pushes the colon lining
through the colon wall. Experts say that
this comes about because our diet has
too much refined grains (grains without
their bran covering). Unrefined grains
(whole grains) retain their outer bran
coat, which serves to keep undigested
food moist, soft and easily propelled
through the colon.
Diverticulosis is the condition in
which the colon has developed diver-
ticula. Usually it causes no pain. It's
quite common. Around 20 percent of
people with diverticulosis will come
down with inflammation of these pro-
trusions. That's diverticulitis, and it is
painful. The pain most often is located
in thelower-left side of the abdomen.
Mild cases of diverticulitis can be
treated at home with antibiotics and by
taking clear fluids only. In more-severe
cases, hospitalization is required, and
the person is hydrated with intrave-
nous fluids and given antibiotics.
The diet for diverticular disease is a
diet high in fiber (25 grams a day for
women; 35 for men). Whole grains, veg-
etables and fruits are high-fiber foods.
If you can't get enough fiber from
foods, then products like Metamucil,
Citrucel and Konsyl will furnish it. It's
also wise to cut back on red meats
and fats. This isn't a restrictive diet.
In former days, doctors insisted that
their, patients steer clear of popcorn,
nuts, corn and seeds. That's not today's
advice. These foods are now permitted.
They don't block a diverticulum or lead
to diverticulitis. ,
The booklet on diverticulosis/diver-
ticulitis explains the common malady
in detail. Readers can obtain a copy
by writing: Dr. Donohue No. 502,
Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.
Enclose a check or money order (no
cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Can. with the
recipient's printed name and address.
Please allow four weeks for delivery.
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I take lisino-
pril daily. I have looked up some of its
side effects, and I have experienced
many of them. I had a rash, a persistent
cough (which has now gone), tinnitus,
trouble sleeping and muscle weakness
and pain. Do you think lisinopril is
the cause? Are there other medicines I
could replace it with? D.L.
ANSWER: Lisinopril (brand name
Prinivil) lowers blood pressure. It's one
of many ACE inhibitors, angiotensin-
converting inhibitors. They block the
conversion of angiotensin I to angioten-
sin II. Angiotensin II constricts arteries
and thereby raises blood pressure.
Lisinopril is only one of a huge horde
of blood pressure medicines. Talk to your
doctor. He or she can prescribe another
with no difficulty. Everything you men-
tion except for tinnitus (ear ringing) is a
potential side effect of ACE inhibitors.
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I have meant
to write you in response to the man
who thinks he might be an alcoholic.
I was shocked that you didn't mention
the 12-step program of Alcoholics
Anonymous. I know the program isn't
for everyone. I encourage people-with
an alcohol problem go to a meeting
to check it out. I now have a new life
without alcohol or medicines, thanks to
ANSWER: Not mentioning AA was
an inexcusable omission on my part.
It is a program that has rescued many
alcoholics from an addiction to alcohol,
and it's done without having to resort
I have nothing but praise for the
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 an order form of available
health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475,
Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Readers may
also order health newsletters from www.
Study on 'Pass the potatoes' shows starch top in fasting breaker
File this scientific study under "Pass
Research by food scientists at Cornell ,.
University found that study participants
who did not eat for 18 hours generally
chose to break their fast with a meal of.
starch or protein rather than vegetables.
The scientists randomly assigned 128
college students to either an 18-hour fast
or no fast at all, then monitored their eat-
ing habits. At lunch after the fast, partici-
pants ate from a buffet with their choice
Keep food safe
With the return of warmer weather, the
Polk County Health Department reminds
all residents and visitors to be aware of
standard food safety tips that will help
prevent food-borne illnesses this summer.
Few things in life are better than a sum-
mer barbecue. Taking these few minor
steps to be sure that food is prepared and
stored properly can help avoid some very
Always wash your hands with warm,
soapy water before and after handling
Keep marinating foods refrigerated.
Pre-heat the coals on the grill for 20-30'
Use a meat thermometer to ensure
that food reaches a safe internal tempera-
ture. Beef should be cooked to at least 160
-- degrees F and chicken to 170 degrees E
Fish is done when the meat is no longer
of two starches (French fries and dinner
rolls), two proteins (chicken fingers and
cheese) and two vegetables (carrots
and green beans). Three-quarters of the
fasting students started their meal with a
starch, compared to less than half of the
in hot weather
clear and flakes easily.
Avoid putting cooked food on any
plate or other surface that previously held
Put plenty of ice or freezer packs
in coolers to maintain a constant cold
temperature. This is especially important
for foods that contain mayonnaise, such
as potato or egg salad.
Keep drinks in a separate cooler,
because it will be opened more often.
Keep all coolers out of the direct sun
as much as possible.
Taking a little extra time to be safe when
preparing food for picnics and barbecues
this summer will go a long way toward
keeping your family from getting sick.
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to be the food most eaten, with about
47 percent of the calories of the lunch
coming from that first preferred food
"Even relatively mild food deprivation
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The Winter Haven Hospital
Foundation had a third major
contribution from the Lewis Family
On June 27, the Lewis fund con-
tributed $25,000 to the Foundation
and directed that the money sup-
port patient care at the hospital's
The funds were raised during a
two-day event May 18-19 sponsored
by Bright House Networks and
Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka. The
event included a kickoff reception
at the Lake Eva banquet center in
Haihnes City and a golf tournament
on the following day. at the Southern
Dunes Country Club.
The tournament attracted a
capacity field of 34 teams and the
reception was attended by more
than 450 people.
Josh Lewis, who co-founded
the Lewis Family Cancer Fund
with his brother Geoff, said par-
ticipation in this year's event was
Over the past three years, the
Lewis Family Cancer Fund has
contributed a total of $70,000 to the
Winter Haven Hospital Foundation
in support of the hospital cancer
center's fight against cancer.
"We're very fortunate to have the
encouragement of so many friends
and family members who are aware
of our family's fight against canker
and who have their own friends and
family members whose lives have
been affected by cancer," Josh Lewis
said. "That we can make a substan-
tial contribution in the fight against
cancer to our community's locally
owned and locally operated hospital
is just so meaningful to us."
The Lewis Family Cancer Fund
is a donor-advised fund organized
through the Community Foundation
of Greater Winter Haven. The Lewis
brothers launched their fund-
raising initiative after undergoing
numerous personal experiences
with cancer. The two men lost their
mother, Ingred Mae, to cancer when
they were 10 and 11 years old, and
Geoff Lewis is currently undergoing
treatment for colon cancer. Their
father, Harry W. "Bill" Lewis, suc-
cessfully underwent treatment in
2009 for prostate cancer.
Lewis also expressed gratitude to
family friend and professional golfer
Fuzzy Zoeller, who has lent his
name and support to the charitable
event for three years in a row.
"Fuzzy has been extraordinarily
generous with his time and his
friendship to our family," Lewis said.
"We just can't thank him enough."
Zoeller's association with the
Lewis family dates back to 1987.
The week their mother passed away
in October of that year, the two
boys were taken by their father to
a PGA tour event at Walt Disney
World. During the tournament,
word reached Zoeller about the boys
and the loss they had suffered. The
golfer reached out to the family
and invited the boys to accompany
him inside the boundaries on the
final day of the tournament and has
remained a dear friend ever since."
"The commitment of the Lewis ,
family and the work they have done
to rally the community in the fight
against cancer should be an inspira-
tion to us all," Eric Adamson, chair-
man of the Winter Haven Hospital
Foundation Board of Trustees, said.
"On behalf of the entire Foundation
Board of Trustees and all of the can-
cer patients Winter Haven Hospital
cares for, I.offer my thanks to the
Lewis family, Fuzzy Zoeller, and all
the participants who came together
to make this happen."
Lance Anatasio, president and
CEO of Winter Haven Hospital,
said: "Throughout the history of ,
this community, we are continually
reminded of how this not-for-profit
healthcare organization came into
existence and why it continues to
endure. It has always been commu-
nity-minded individuals and fami-
lies, like the Lewis family, who have
rallied their friends and neighbors
together to provide for the health-
care needs of o.ur community. We
are all blessed by their generosity
Joel Thomas, vice president
development, marketing & public
relations for Winter Haven Hospital,
said: "Having visionary friends and
philanthropic leaders like the Lewis
family and their friends is. key to the
Foundation's ability, to advance the
future of healthcare we all want to
see right here where we live. We are
very grateful to the Lewis family for
their commitment to this continu-
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to working with them for years to
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Third annual charity event has record participation with Zoeller on hand
Study: Americans taking in too much sodium
Sodium is in almost everything and many don't realize it
By JEFF ROSLOW
IROSLO (A@'POLKCOU INTDEMOCRAT.COM
A slice of bread has about 240 milli-
grams of sodium in it. That's about
10 percent of what a person needs daily
in each slice.
Sodium is everywhere and in a
study published in the latest issue of
the American Journal of Preventive
Medicine, researchers found that
despite warnings from the health care
community Americans are still consum-
ing too much salt in their diets.
In fact, even those who have been
diagnosed with high blood pressure are
still consuming more than the recom-
mended daily amounts. Other health
problems high sodium intake can lead
to are diabetes and possibly stroke.
The problem is most people do not
understand that regular table salt is not
the only source of sodium in the diet.
Food does not need to taste salty to be
high in sodium.
"Table salt is sodium chloride, but
other chemicals containing sodium,
such as monosodium glutamate (MSG),
sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and
sodium benzoate are used in'foods
as flavorings or preservatives," said
Umed Ajani, an epidemiologist with the
National Center for Chronic Disease-
Prevention and Promotionw ho took.
part in the study. ., '
"The AmericanMledical. Association
says that 98 percent of the people eat
twice as much-sodiunttriah'-what is
recommended for a healthy diet," said
Susan Kisler, a dietician with the Polk
County Health Department.
She said the AMA recommends
people have 3,436 milligrams daily
and adds. "If Americans cutto 1,500
. milligrams high blood pressure would
decrease 26 percent and $26 billion a
When making your own food, you can control the sodium by cutting the amount in half when preparing the recipe. This is from a salsa recipe.,
year would be reduced in health care
costs in a year."
. Four thousand milligrams of sodium
is equal to about two teaspoons.
Researchers say it is important for
people to understand that sodium is
a major ingredient used in food they
buy in grocery stores and is also highly
utilized in restaurant food.
Using less pre-packaged and pro-
cessed foods is another important step
in reducing the amount of sodium in
the diet. Fresh fruits and vegetables
are low or sodium free. Salt is often
used as a flavor enhancer for cooked
HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR CUTTING SALT INTAKE:
*Taste buds adjust. Scientists have found that when you cut back -. .
on salt, you get used to it in about three weeks.
Note that pickles, cheese, smoked meats, gravies, sauces,
salad dressings, barbecue sauces, soy sauce and broths are usually.
high in sodium, so use them sparingly.A tablespoon of soy sauce, -
for instance, contains 1,000 mg of sodium. Hot sauces are often S O d
sodium-free; read the labels S oJ ..
Ask the server for help. Request that foods be prepared without
" added salt, or ask for sauces and salad dressings on the side. For
low-sodium dressings, try lemon. lime or a splash of vinegar. Gel to know the delicious difference between the
taste of red wine, sherry, rice wine and balsamic and cider vineqars
Look for menu Iems.you can season at the (able such as a baked potato instead of mashed potatoes.
Surface sail, such.as'a'light shall e on scrambled eggs or fresh sliced tomatoes, can give you the salt flavor you
crave with just a sprinkling.
Upgrade your salt shaker. Sea salt (which by weight contains the :ame amount of sodium as regular salt)
is often brighter and livelier in flavor, so you can use less to season food, Amy Myrdal, a registered dietitian
with the Culinary institute of America s campus in Napa Vall-y, Calif.. said all salts are not alike. Kosher salt, for
example, contains only 1,120 milligrams of sodium per teaspoon.
Eat more spinach, cantaloupe, oranges and other fruits and vegetables. They're naturally low in sodium and
are excellent sources of the mineral potassium which acts as the healthy counterbalance to sodium in body
fluid regulation. Salsas made with fresh fruit and vegetables are a great way to add healthy flavors to foods.
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vegetables. Less salt is needed if
* vegetables are not overcooked (which
"In the grocery store, reading labels
is essential," Kisler said. "Labels were
revised a number of years ago to
include nutrients, but not everything is
on the label."
But the label does show the sodium
per serving and Kisler said it's also im-
portant to know what a serving means
when reading those labels.
"If it says 300 mg per in a serving
know what a serving is. If you buy a
can of Campbell's soup, it says 800-900
milligrams per serving, but there are
two servings per can."
And, while she said people can notice
the salty taste in some canned soups,
the salt isn't always tasted in all foods.
"The soups kind of taste salty, but
then bread when you eat a slice doesn't
taste salty, but it's there."
Kisler also warned people who feel
like they need to give up more sodium
to not be fooled by things labeled as
being lower in fat and healthier.
"Even though something is light,
it can have salt," she said. "Generally
that's talking about fat. When things are
lower in fat they're increasing the salt
content to make the flavor better."
Check out the enhancers, too, for
sodium content, she said.
"Seasoned salt has sodium. Spices
like jerk seasons, chili powder, have salt.
You have to kind of look at what you're
getting," she said. "Flavor enhanc-
ers like Mrs. Dash make wonderful
That is something p&!_ t m. be
challenged with in restaurants. As --
restaurants create foods lower in fat
and calories salty spice blends are being
Some chain restaurants provide
sodium information on their websites.
But when dining out, you're often on
your own. I
Most salt comes from-processed
foods such as salad dressings, soups,
cheeses, baked goods and snack foods.
So cut back on portions or choose
lower-sodium versions; there are many
better-tasting ones on the market today.
"Some restaurants buy food already.
seasoned so you can't get it off it," Kisler
said. "Some buy fish fresh and cook it
there. Don't be afraid to ask. It's all for
So the big question remains. If the
sodium is everywhere and it can cause
blood pressure problems, diabetes and
more how does someone watch their
intake to combat these problems?
"I would recommend if someone
has blood pressure problems, try first
to give up the salt shaker at the table,"
Kisler said. "The next thing I would
suggest is revise the recipe. When it says
use salt, cut in half."
See how this goes and by degrees
people will get used to it, she said.
She said don't cut out all salt because
bodies need sodium.
But, "We don't need to add sodium
to our diets," she said. "Under normal
conditions people don't need to add .
sodium." Some beverages also have
Winter Haven Hospital
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July 11,2012 The Polk County Democrat Page 23
FIAT festival to
FIAT of Winter Haven has a fiART
Festival benefittingWinter Haven
Hospital and it is seeking artists from
preschoolers all up to college students
and professionals to help out and help
the Winter Haven Hospital Foundation's
Fund for Women and Children.
Event organizers will showcase
entries from local artists on Sept. 15 as
the showroom at FIAT of Winter Haven
is transformed into an art exhibit.
The staff at FIAT of Winter Haven
is especially excited about the FIAT
category in which people can win $500
on a $20 entry fee. For $20 to enter or
free if the artist enters one of the other
categories an entrant can win $500, and
mustifeature a FIAT 500.
FIAT Category finalists will be dis-
played at FIAT of Winter Haven year
round. Finalists from each of the other
categories will be displayed throughout
Winter Haven Hospital as well as at
FIAT of Winter Haven for the year.
The awards ceremony will take place
at 5 p.m. and winners from each cat-
egory will be announced, and prizes up
to $500 will be awarded. The school with
the most submissions and the class-
rooms of winning submissions will also
be given donations during the ceremony.
For all those food lovers out there,
the fiART Festival Day will mark Polk
County's First Food Truck Rally. From
the 15 trucks attending there will be
choices of Cuban sandwiches to avo-
cado fries to Korean steamed pork buns
and even dessert, of course.
Attendees will also be invited to
help "paint the parking lot" by creat-
ing a masterpiece with sidewalk chalk
throughout our lots.
People can visit www.fiARTfestival.
com for more information and links to
the food trucks and vendors that will be
Fulfilling Lakeland Regional Health
Systems' mission of providing ex-
ceptional healthcare means offering
state-of-the-art facilities, treatments
and technologies; hiring top-notch
physicians, nurses and staff; and taking
a proactive,leadership role in deliver-
ing the quality care-residents in Polk
County and 'b oe s"on P teemna serVe.
In ase needs of this commu-
,ltisapparent that Polk County is
_.in critical shortage of physicians. Today,
Polk County has only 60.7 primary care
physicians for every 100,000 residents,
compared to 89.6 nationally and 96.9
in Florida. Consequently, Polk County
scores worse than the nation, state, and
other local counties in nearly all health
outcome measures, including diabetes,
cancer, heart disease, and stroke. The
lack of physician access results in
Lakeland Regional housing the busiest
single-site emergency department in
the state, with approximately 150,000
All of these patients could be better
treated for preventive and chronic care
by primary care physicians.
As stated in the hospital's 2011-12
strategic plans, Lakeland Regional is
addressing this community need by
evaluating the feasibility of offering
medical college graduates the opportu-
nity to complete their clinical residency
training at LRMC, thereby transforming
LRMC into ;,Not
only would thes- Aiver care
to the.comnmunity, uia many would be
expected to stay after residency to es-
tablish practices in underserved areas.
As a first step, Lakeland Regional has
engaged a consultant from Germane
Solutions to lead the hospital in mea-
-suring the operational effectiveness of a
GME program and its potential impact
on improving the already strong quality
of care. Building upon this foundational
strength, Lakeland Regional plans to
reach new standards for healthcare
outcomes and recognition. Lakeland
Regional recognizes that all of the 17
hospitals named to the U.S. News and
World Report "national honor roll of top
hospitals" are teaching hospitals. The
ability to combine leading edge educa-
tion and research with a strong care
delivery system is thought to bring the
most advanced medicine to the bedside
in real time.
Serious Injuries Medical Negligence
Daniel D. Moody, Esquire
Bartow Office (Next to the Courthouse)
Lakeland Office (Available for Consultation) (863) 284-9090
S.. PHOTO PROVIDED
From left, Cheryl Zambroski, Raeanne Cook and Sarah Wren. Cook was named the preceptor of
the year by the University of South Florida.
preceptor of the year
Lakeland Regional's Raeanne Cook
from the Mother/Baby Unit, was
named preceptor of the year by the
University of South Florida.
Cook was nominated and selected by
the students at USF for being a bright,
positive role model known for her effec-
tive communication and teaching skills.
Raeanne says sharing her knowledge
with the USF students comes naturally
because she remembers what it was like
being a student herself.
"I have only been a nurse for three
years, so I am able to put myself in
their position. I try to be patient and
lead, while providing an opportunity
for the students to have real nursing
experiences and the chance to adapt
and grow," said Cook.
"Our preceptors at Lakeland
Regional enhance the link between
theoretical knowledge arid the pro-
fessional practice bf nursing," Janet'-
Fansler, senior vice president/chief
..Gperating officer/chiefnutse execu-
tive. "They are passionate about thel
nursing profession and taking care of
patients. They serve as a role models,
problem-solvers, supporters, teachers
and coaches." ' : ': 't ;
Lakeland Regional explores
graduate medical edica tion
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