Osceola news-gazette
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Title: Osceola news-gazette
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Place of Publication: Kissimmee Fla
Publication Date: 4/7/2011
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By Fallan Patterson Staff Writer Terry Andrews, a former deputy superintendent for the Osceola County School District and the principal at St. Cloud Middle School, was chosen 4-1 T uesday to serve as interim superintendent for the district. It was standing-room only at Tuesdays School Board meeting, where for 25 minutes the public offered support and criticism to board members on replacing Superintendent Michael A. Grego, who tendered his resignation March 2 effective May 31. However, the board voted 3-2 March 29 to force Grego out seven weeks early. Board Member Jay Wheeler was the lone vote against giving Andrews the job. I think its time we had (a superintendent) who knows all the levels, parent Tonya Culver said of Andrews 36 years with the school system. Hes the best person for the job. Board Chairman Cindy Hartig and Member Tom Long commented that hundreds of people had contacted them with suggestions for interim superintendent and an overwhelming majority supported Andrews. Hartig suggested Andrews in combination with other top administrators would be the perfect mix to enable the community to start to heal. School Board Attorney Suzanne DAgresta said a contract would be drawn up by Wednesday morning and Andrews would be paid the amount he makes as principal, $104,072 annually, a figure he agreed to when he spoke to individual board members. Grego earns $192,202 as superintendent. Andrews also will have the same benefits he has now and will serve until June 30 and then have a monthly contract until a permanent superintendent is chosen. A clause in Andrews contract also would allow him to return as a middle school principal or be given a comparable position at the district. By Fallan Patterson Staff Writer Despite seeing an angry, mysterious man creeping in the bushes ar ound Kissimmees Kensington Apartments and hearing a womans terrified screams, neighbors did not call police until shots wer e fired. Mother of five, Jackinlin Jackie Estremera, was killed by her estranged hus band Ramon Bartolomey in a murder-suicide early Sunday mor ning after she returned from a girls night out with her roommate and a friend. Stacie Miller Kissimmee Police Department spokesperson, said r esidents should follow See it, Say it recommendations and report all suspicious activity to law enfor cement. Can we say if someone called the police that it would have prevented this situation? No, we cannot, Miller said. However sometimes just the sight of an officer in an area can diffuse a situation. The couple, separated and in middle of a divorce, both died from gunshot wounds to the head, police reports said. Police in both Osceola and Orange counties were very familiar with Bartolomey. He had several traffic infractions and a few serious brushes with the law including a November 2010 domestic violence charge in Orange County. The victim in that incident could not be verified. Additionally, Bartolomey was given five years of probationAr ound Kissimmee, Around St. Cloud and surrounding areas featured in zoned editions.S S e e c c t t i i o o n n B BHomebuilder offers new model home in Davenport.P P a a g g e e C C 1 1All-County girls soccer team selected.P P a a g g e e A A 6 6Sports HomefinderClassifieds . . C-4 C ommunity . . B-3 Homefinder . C-1 Legals . . . . C-7 Ne w s brief s . . A-2 Opinion . . . A-4 Sports . . . . A -6 Inside News for you www.aroundosceola.com www.holaosceola.com 112TH YEAR THURSDAY EDITIONAPRIL 7,2011 50 CENTSOSCEOLANEWS-GAZETTEOSCEOLANEWS-GAZETTE For the latest community events, classes and activities, see page B-3. Police news Spring Fling shuf fle News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanLouise Owens, a member of the St. Cloud Shuffleboard Club, pushes a shot with her cue on the shuffleboard play area the club set up temporarily along Lakeshore Avenue for the St. Cloud Spring Fling last weekend. See Police news, page A-2 Murder, suicide in Kissimmee Bartolomey Estremera Andrews is interim superintendent See School Board, page A-3 Hartig By Marvin G. Cortner Edit or The Osceola County Com mission Monday took under advisement a r ecommendation fr om Sheriff Bob Hansell that it impose a moratorium on licenses for new pain management clinics to help deal with the pr oliferation of illegal pr escriptions. While Hansell said all 14 such clinics operating in the county now are doing so with in the law, he r ecommended that no more licenses be granted until the county, in cooper ation with the Sheriffs Office, can develop and adopt an ordinance related to pill mills, the name given to pain clinics that arbitrarily write prescriptions, with some clinics run ning their own phar macies. Hansell recommended that the ordinance set hours of operation, zoning restrictions and ban cash transactions. Last year, we had 10 deaths attributed directly to oxycodone overdose, Hansell said. We had 300 arrests last year (illegal possession of pr escriptions), Sherif f supports pill mill ordinance See Pill mills, page A-3 By Marvin G. Cortner Edit or Osceola County on Monday eliminated three positions in its legal department: Deputy County Attorney Kate Stangle and Assistant County Attor neys Olga Sanchez and Sherry Hopkins. The staff cuts, according to Interim County Attor ney George Nickerson, follow recent direction by the County Commission to reduce the departments budget to $1 mil lion or less. In a memo to the commission, Nickerson said the staf f cuts would allow the depart ment to create a flex fund that could be used to outsource legal services or accommodate a further budget cut. Stangle, Sanchez and Hop kins, according to Nickerson, have waived their rights to be r ehir ed if a new county attor ney once hired were to decide to add staff. The three attorneys will leave at the end of April and after their departure two attorneys would remain until a new county attorney is hired. This will necessitate a severe, albeit temporary, reduction in our ability to deliver timely legal services, Nickerson wrote in his memo. As you know, it has been our practice to accept legal assignments from all levels of the County Commissions management structur e. In order to manage the demand for legal services under the current cir cumstances, however, we will be able to accept requests only from the county manager and commission auditor. Nickerson also stated that his department would continue with the litigation currently being handled in-house, but would be unable to properly Three attorneys cut in budget r eduction See Attorneys, page A-3 Osceola County news School Board Hansell Find our GRANDP ARENTS BRA G P A GEWINNERSin the Osceola Ne ws-Gaz ette 2011 KIDS STUFF SECTION Satur da y April 16!Weve got


stemming from a March 2003 incident, in which he was charged with criminal mischief, resisting an officer with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer. Bartolomey owned a Kissimmee auto repair shop, according to state records. Estremera was the mother of five children, ages 1 to 13, including Bartolomeys 4-yearold twins and a 3-year-old. The Department of Children and Families, Miller said, assisted placing the children with relatives. All five children lived with Estremera at the Kensington Apartments, located at 2610 Kent Place. Brittany Lee Baxter, Estremeras roommate, told police that earlier Sunday she overheard Estremera speaking with Bartolomey, 31, on the phone and told him I dont want problems, Ramon. I dont want to fight. According to the police report, Estremera, 30, went to the Spanish bar Mojitos with Baxter and a neighbor, Wilzenith Aquino, that night. Baxter told officers she returned to their apartment around 12:30 a.m. and left the other women at the bar. Baxter, according to the police report, saw Bartolomey sitting in a taxi and circled the parking lot to avoid him because she knew how violent he could be. Nearly two hours later at 2:30 a.m., Baxter told police she called Estremera to tell her Bartolomey was outside the apartment. Aquino, who lived in the same complex, drove Estremera home that night and told police Bartolomey began walking toward the women as they exited her vehicle. Aquino then walked to her apartment. At about the same time, accor ding to the police r eport, several neighbors heard a womans scream, then gun shots. Baxter also heard the gunshots and texted her friend to see if she was OK. After Estremera failed to reply, Baxter went outside and saw her roommate and Bartolomey lying in the parking lot motionless.J uv eniles arrested for robbing classmate at school bus stopT wo students at Liberty High School Monday were arr ested for robbing a classmate at a school bus stop. On Monday at appr oximately 6:10 a.m., Osceola County Sheriffs Office deputies responded to Cambridge Court in Kissimmee in reference to a robbery. The 16-year-old victim told deputies he was walking to his bus stop when two unknown juveniles approached him, held him down and took his personal property. During the struggle, the bandana that covered the face of one of the suspects came off. The victim was able to identify the suspect as a classmate at Liberty High School. Detectives located the two suspects at school and both cooperated with the investigation. Nicholas Alexander Reyes, 15, of 309 Chelmsford Court, Kissimmee, and Tyrece Hill, 17, of 229 Churchill Court, Poinciana, wer e arr ested and charged with robbery, wearing a mask while committing r obbery, grand theft and aggravated battery. Both were booked into the Osceola County Juve nile Detention Center. The victim received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.Arr ested for le wd a nd lascivious conduct with gir lA Palm Bay resident was arrested March 31 by Osceola County Sheriffs Office deputies for lewd and lascivious conduct with a 12-year-old girl. Deputies wer e patrolling near the Poinciana Library, 101 N. Doverplum Ave., wher e they noticed two individ uals sitting near a fence. They spoke with a female and a male, and the male was identified as Anderson Scantlebury, 22, of 496 Hatcher St. SE, Palm Bay. The female initially told deputies she was 19 years old, but later admitted she was only 12. Both the man and the girl cooperated with deputies and said they had met through an online website, after which they agreed to meet. The girls mother dropped her off at the library to meet Scantlebury, who took a bus to the area from Palm Bay. Her mother met Scantlebury, but she told deputies she did not know his age. Scantlebury told deputies he did not know the girl was only 12 years old because she indicated online she was 18. He also told deputies that during his encounter with the girl, he touched her inappropriately several times. Based on the information provided, Scantlebury was arrested. He was booked into the Osceola County Jail without bond.Baby sitters boyfriend arrestedOn Friday, Osceola County Sheriffs Office detectives arrested Daryl Alan Rea, 59, of 5575E. U.S. Highway 192, St. Cloud, and charged him with two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation. The investi gation began March 31 when deputies responded to Hickory T r ee Elementary School to take a complaint about possible sexual abuse. Detectives spoke with a teacher who said one of her students told her she did not want to go to a babysitters residence. The 10-yearold victim told deputies that Rea, the babysitters boyfriend, touched her inappropriately several times. Detectives contacted Rea, who cooperated with the investigation. Based on the information, Rea was charged and booked into the Osceola County Jail.Multiple injuries in Sunday crashFour passengers were ejected from a vehicle in a crash Sunday afternoon on Poinciana Boulevard at Reaves Road. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the one-vehicle crash occurred at about 2:30 p.m. when driver Omar Laborde, 29, of Kissimmee, drove his 1999 Ford Explorer off the roadway and it overturned. Laborde, who was wearing his seat belt, was not injured in the crash. Passenger Ana Roque, 32, of Kissimmee, received minor injuries and was taken to Osceola Regional Medical Center. She was wearing a seat belt. Passengers Annalee Roque, 1, and Joshua Roque, 5, both of Kissimmee, were critically injured and taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital. Neither child was in a restraint. Three passengers, Anna Pacheco, 15, Angelique Pacheco, 11, and Allison Pacheco, 10, all of Kissimmee, were injured. Anna Pachecos injuries were serious while Angelique and Allison Pachecos were minor, and all were taken to Osceola Regional Medical Center. None of the passengers were wearing seat belts either. According to the Highway Patrol, Laborde was southbound on Poinciana Boulevard and for an unknown reason traveled off the right shoulder of the roadway. When he overcorrected, the vehicle overturned. The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.Cocoa residents killed in crashTwo Cocoa residents, James Hudson, 55, and Mary Hudson, 56, were killed when their motorcycle collided with a pickup truck Sunday at about 4:45 p.m. on Nova Avenue near St. Cloud. Accor ding to the Florida Highway Patrol, a Ford pickup driven by Ashley Williams, 22, of Pahokee, pulled out to make a left tur n onto U.S. Highway 192 from a stop sign on Nova Avenue into the path of the Kawasaki motorcycle being driven by James Hudson. Mary Hudson was a passenger on the motorcycle. Williams r eceived minor injuries and was taken to Osceola Regional Medical Center The motorcycle hit the left front of the pickup truck. Charges are pending in the investigation.Multiple injuries in Kissimmee crashA two-vehicle crash Sunday at about 6 p.m. on Donegan A venue at Smith Str eet in Kissimmee caused minor injuries to four people in one vehicle and critical injuries to the driver of the other vehicle. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, critically injured in the crash was Cady B. Bryce, 47, of Kissimmee, who was driving a 2002 Saturn. He was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center. The other vehicle was being driven by Christian Montes, 23, of Kissimmee. He received minor injuries and was taken to Florida Hospital. He was not wearing a seat belt, according to patrol reports. Passengers riding in Montes car who received minor injuries and who were taken to Florida Hospital, were: Lannin D. Montes, 1; Josh Omar Cappas, 5; and Garial D. Montes, 1. The only child in any kind of restraint, according to the Highway Patrol, was Lannin D. Montes. According to police, Montes was traveling north on Smith Street approaching a stop sign at Donegan Avenue and Bryce was traveling east on Donegan Avenue approaching Smith Street. Montes entered the intersection in the direct path of Bryce, as Bryce was crossing Smith Street. The front of Montes vehicle collided with the right side of Bryces. This crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.Kissimmee man arrested for multiple bur g lariesA Kissimmee man has been arr ested for multiple nighttime occupied burglaries to homes in Bella Vida, a vacation rental subdivision at 1172 Marcello Blvd., south of Oren Brown Road. During March, the Kissimmee Police Department noticed an increase in occupied r esidential burglaries in a vacation rental subdivision. During these burglaries, the suspect would enter the rear patio door of each r esidence. The suspect would cut the screen doors and unlock the doors or enter See police news, page A-5 By Fallan Patterson Staff Writer Just before her trial was to begin, first-degree murder charges were dismissed March 16 against Kathryn Raver, wife of Bradley Raver, the St. Cloud man who was murdered in his sleep in September 2007. Orange-Osceola County Assistant State Attorney Kenneth Lewis, who dropped the charges, said he was unable to comment on why the charges were dropped because it is still an ongoing case. Charles W. King, an employee of Ravers roofing company, was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder in May 2009 and is currently serving a life sentence at Gulf Correctional Institution in Wewahitchka. King was being held at the Osceola County Jail awaiting Kathryn Ravers trial when the charges were dismissed. King was convicted of shooting Bradley Raver as he slept in the early morning hours of Sept. 27, 2007. King, 54, told investigators at the time of his arrest in 2007 that he believed he was saving Kathryn Raver from ongoing domestic violence at the hands of her husband. Just after Kings sentencing in 2009, Kathryn Raver was arrested and charged with first-degree murder with a firearm. Police newsContinued from page A-1 KU A helped other communities in power restorationResponding to requests from two storm-battered utilities last week, crews from Kissimmee Utility Authority traveled to Orlan do and Bartow to assist in the restoration of power. As part of KUAs mutualaid agreement with utilities throughout the state and across the nation, the utility on Thursday sent nine line men, a convoy of vehicles and supplies to Orlando to assist crews at Orlando Utilities Commission. OUC was working to restore service to 2,500 customers who were still without power following Wednesdays severe thunderstorms. Six linemen also were dispatched to Bartow to help determine the extent of damage to the electrical system there.City of Lifes Easter ExperienceCity of Life Church in Kissimmee has announced its Easter Experience program at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 24, at the Silver Spurs Arena, 1875 Silver Spurs Lane, Kissimmee. During the program, attendees will witness the debut of The Blood, a short film from the producers of Blink: The Door . Mor e than 17,000 people attended per for mances of Blink: The Door in September at the chur ch. The producers of City of Lifes Easter Experience promise that it will be an even greater production than Blink: The Door. 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By Rick Madewell Assistant Editor Employees with the longstanding downtown Kissimmee business Makinson Hardware went into emergency mode Tuesday morning after portions of the business roof collapsed during a thunderstorm. Buster Makinson, owner of the business at 308 Broadway, said the wind and rain swept through around 10 a.m., raising the roofing and slamming it back down, creating large open areas. If you walk upstairs, you can see a lot of daylight, Makinson said Tuesday afternoon. The hardware building, Makinson said, is about 115 years old and the company had some extensive roof repair in late 2004 after the hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne came through. Makinson said about seven employees were in the store T uesday afternoon covering the merchandise with storecarried poly tarps, as the storm caused water to get inside the shop. Were using those to cover our own merchandise; I know weve lost some, Makinson said. His business is the oldest operating retail hardware store in Florida, having started business in 1884. The store was closed throughout the day Tuesday but had plans to reopen the next day. Makinson said he would soon be checking into the stores insurance coverage. Osceola County spokeswoman Niki Whisler said there were no other reports of weather-related damage within the county. Makinson Hardware store roof damaged in Tuesday storm In an effort to test the response time and operational readiness of its employees, Kissimmee Utility Authority today is conducting a fullscale mock disaster exercise. The drill will involve a wide range of activities, including both live-action training and tabletop exercises. Activities will include preand post-hurricane scenarios that will be handled with the same intensity as real-life incidents, utility officials stated in a utility press r elease. A team of employee evaluators will observe the exercises and identify the strengths and weaknesses of the utility. These observations will be shared with utility management in a drill debriefing. One of the primary goals for us is to learn where our shortfalls are, Jef Gray, KUAs vice president of information technology and this years drill coordinator, stated. We want to identify these shortfalls now so they can be addressed prior to the start of hurricane season. The drill will not impact normal utility operations. The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30. Weather forecasters are predicting an active season for 2011 with 15 named storms, eight hurricanes and more impact on the U.S. coastline than last year. The district has received six applications for the superintendents job since opening the position last week, district spokesperson Dana Schafer said. T wo separate motions to appoint current Deputy Superintendents Debra Pace or Beverly Carbaugh failed 3-2, with both Board Members Julius Melendez and Wheeler making and seconding the motions. Pace pr eviously told the board she had no interest in becoming superintendent but would serve if appointed. The unsuccessful votes caused Wheeler to conclude secret conversations had taken place among Hartig, Long and Barbara Horn. Ill work with you if the boar d votes you in, Wheeler told Andrews. But this whole thing smells of backroom dealings. Issues arose when board members began alluding to alleged hit lists Andrews was said to have of district employees he wanted to fire. As interim superintendent, he would have that power. That is totally, completely absurd, he said, adding he has been taking heat all week with rumors and Internet blogs attacking his character. If you dont pick me, youll still have my support, Andrews said before the vote. No matter what position you put me in, I will give you my heart and soul. Melendez questioned Andrews incomplete school grade given during his tenure as principal of Gateway High School during the 200405 school year. Andrews answered that the Florida Department of Education found anomalies in the FCAT testing and although his staff was cleared, Andrews said he couldnt even tell you what the discrepancies were. Before the final vote, Hartig said she hoped for a united board going forward and the majority of her peers agreed. Melendez said his goal is to have the best superintendent to move students forward into the future. and 100 of those wer e for traf ficking amounts. Hansell added that surr ound ing counties have ordinances controlling pill mills and that businesses will seek out places wher e it is not contr olled. We are sick and tired of going on calls involving 20-yearolds who arent waking up, Hansell said, adding that Florida is a destination for residents of other states to come and illegal ly acquire pain medication. One person arrested said he made $15,000 per trip coming down here from another state. Commissioner Michael Harfor d said the county should meld the strongest ordinance possible, using the or dinances of surrounding counties as examples. Both Polk and Orange counties have or dinances in place, as does the city of Orlando. The city of St. Cloud recently approved a moratorium on licensing of pain management clinics to give officials there time to develop an ordinance. Commissioner Frank Attkisson said the commission doesnt need to be hesitant on this issue, adding that illegal prescription drug dealers arent going to sue the county. County Manager Don Fisher said the county should consider a moratorium of between 90 and 180 days, to give staf f from both departments the time to develop an or dinance. While ther e is local support for greater control of pill mills, ther e is disagreement on the issue statewide. Pill mills have been a controversial issue dur ing this springs legislative session, as Gov. Rick Scott and House leaders have called for scrapping a prescription-drug database that lawmakers appr oved in 2009 to help track painkiller sales. A Senate committee r ecently r ejected a proposal to kill the database, which has not started operating. Senate Health Regulation Chair man Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, proposed the elimination because he said the database could lead to invading the privacy of people who legitimately need contr olled substances. And a House committee recently approved a bill that would make changes to pr escription-drug laws passed during the past two years. One change would eliminate a ban on doctors dispensing more than a three-day supply of drugs to patients who pay with cash or credit cards. Lawmakers said last year that such a ban would help prevent drug abusers from going to clinics with wads of cash and walking out with large supplies of drugs. However other lawmakers have said they ar e concer ned about hindering legitimate dispensing of drugs.Statewide effortScott on March 28 announced a compr ehensive statewide response to criminal drug trafficking that involves a drug strike force to assist local law enforcement. One of the areas of enforcement will involve prescriptions. The strike force will assist local law enforcement by providing intelligence and analytical and investigative support. Scott dir ected that $800,000 in unused grant funds be made immediately available for local law enforcement investigative efforts. The funds will go to the local strike teams to support overtime and other expenses. The numbers plainly show that Florida has a serious problem that demands a serious, coordinated law enforcement response, Scott stated in a press release announcing the strike force. According to the governors press release, 98 of the top 100 doctors dispensing oxycodone nationally are in Florida concentrated in the Miami, Tampa and Orlando regions. In addition, he stated 126 million oxycodone pills are dispensed through Florida pharmacies most in or near the Tampa, Orlando and Miami ar eas. prepare for trial on a condemnation set for the August court docket or to represent the countys interests in the administrative proceedings related to the Northeast District Conceptual Master Plan, which the state has r ejected. Nickerson stated the board might wish to consider engaging special counsel for these cases using other budgeted funds. The other remaining staff attorney in May would be Frank Townsend. Support staff for the three attorneys would also be let go. At Mondays County Commission meeting, Commissioner Fred Hawkins Jr. questioned how the legal department would operate with two attorneys and how outsourcing would work. Among his questions were how the cut would affect all the different county departments that have legal questions such as code enforcement or animal control and how residents now dealing with county attorneys on various issues would get appointments with private attorneys representing the county. County Manager Don Fisher said access to the private attorneys would be an important issue and that he could not predict the impact the r educed legal staff would have on the various departments. Fisher also said the attor neys office budget is blended from a variety of sources, including tourist development taxes, and that it probably would take a couple of years of operating to find out how a system extensively using private attorneys would work. Its the access to those folks that would be important, Fish er said. Hawkins said he has had many emails and telephone calls on the legal department issue and added that he doesnt want to anger constituents with difficult or lack of access to private attorneys dealing with county business. It is a tough issue to deal with; to me, there are so many unknowns out there, Hawkins said. Commission Chairman Brandon Arrington sided with Hawkins previously on voting against cutting the legal department budget and outsourcing legal work. Commissioners John Quiones, Frank Attkisson and Michael Harford favored the budget cut and outsourcing. The county started considering revamping the legal department in early December when it voted 3-2 to terminate thenCounty Attorney Jo Thacker. Both Arrington and Hawkins voted against that dismissal. 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OPINIONOPINIONAs we have said before, we are not convinced that Osceola County would be money ahead by outsourcing the job of county attorney to a private legal firm. We as are some county commissioners also arent sure what the county charter really requires in terms of this office. The issue is coming to a head, now, with the impending departure of three staff in the legal department the deputy attorney and two assistant attorneys at the end of April following their notice of dismissal Monday. The dismissals, coming in the form of a memo from Interim County Attorney George Nickerson, followed the County Commission directive of reducing the legal department budget. There will bea huge amount of institutional knowledge walking out the door with these three employees who were axed, we believe, unfairly because they were also required along with all the other administrative county employees to take 10 furlough days this fiscal year. In addition, the county, through requests for letters of interest, is now or soon will be soliciting for both an in-house, salaried county attorney and for a firm to function in that capacity. With the dismissals, the county will still have three attorney positions authorized as well as three support positions. That level of staffing, if kept, would allow some in-house legal work to be accomplished. One of the biggest issues with outsourcing, though, is that the county cannot accurately predict costs. What happens if, for example, the county is embroiled in a legal case that drags on and on. In-house staff attorneys would work on the case as part of their salary pretty much for as long as needed; private attorneys would bill by the hour. There also is the question of access. The county legal staff in the past has been available to offer advice to the various departments and to meet with constituents when needed. What kind of access would the private law firm provide? Thats another unknown. County officials hope to have a new county attorney hired sometime in June. However, for at least a month, there will be only two attorneys working. The short-staffing will mean that the legal department will accept requests for work only from the county manager and the county auditor. That could be a problem. Our ViewApproves of Scotts decisionTo the editor: In regards to Thursdays edition of March 10, the Osceola News-Gazettes front-page headline read, Disappointment over high speed rail. A great lament by County Commission Chairman Brandon Arrington, Mayor Jim Swan, Democrat Sen. Arthenia Joyner and Republican Sen. Thad Altman. Two misguided state senators who wasted taxpayer money to sue Gov. Rick Scott for not accepting Barack Obamas offer of $2.4 billion printed dollars to fit Florida into his pocket. We Americans have a problem with the printed news media. The Osceola News-Gazette and the Orlando Slantinel support this president who does not believe in freedom and liberty the power of the American citizens over the power ofa failed executive entity. Thank you, Gov. Rick Scott. Stand fast. Please do not cave to this leftist, Democratic, anti-American criticism. The Osceola News-Gazette proves my point by their Our View segment on Page A4, March 17 issue. The editorial staff cannot see the forest for the Obama trees. I am an 81-year-old veteran of three wars, nearly 8,000 hours of flight time through 21 years, with scars. I love my country of freedom and liberty, which many of us lived and died for. Where have all the Americans gone? Allen Schmitt Kissimmee Y our view Their View Outsourcing: Mystery costsOSCEOLANEWS-GAZETTE Editor MARVIN G.CORTNER Assistant Editor RICK MADEWELL Associate Editor BRIAN McBRIDE Sports Editor RICKPEDONE Advertising Director TOM LATOS Production Manager ELLEN JOHNSTON Circulation Manager KATHY BECKHAM(USPSNumber 513540) (ISSN 1060-1244) Published each Thursday and Saturday for $52 per year, by Sun Publications of Florida.All rights reserved.Periodicals postage paid at Kissimmee, FL. Postmaster:Send address changes to: Osceola News-Gazette,108 Church St., Kissimmee,FL 34741. The Osceola Ne ws-Gaz ette is pub lished by Sun Pub lications, a division of Independent Publications.Phone 407-846-7600.Fax 407-846-8516.E-mail at news@ osceolanewsgazette.com.The Osceola NewsGaz ette is on the W orld Wide Web at: www.aroundosceola.com.Year 112 No.28Publisher: PAULA STARKW atch out, ladies, the government is coming after your reproductive rights. Election victories by a raft of self-proclaimed small-government Republicans mean that Big Brother is on the warpath against womens autonomy. Weve seen this before, but this time its a true onslaught. In Florida alone there have been at least 20 abortion-related bills filed. The states 1 million unem ployed will just have to wait while the legislatur e attends to the serious business of for cing women seeking an abortion to have an unnecessary ultrasound. This year Republican politi cians see their best opportunity since 1973 to insinuate themselves between women and their doctors. GOP control of more statehouses and governorships has coincided with a U.S. Supreme Court primed by Bush-era appointees to slice and dice Roe v. W ade. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito have yet to explicitly call for Roes demise, like their colleagues Justices Antonin Scalia and Clar ence Thomas have, but, at the very least, theyre willing to see Roe er ode into insignificance. Meanwhile, Jus tice Anthony Kennedys swing vote doesnt sway very far in the direction of abortion rights. In 2007, Kennedy upheld a federal law that banned so-called partial birth abortions, even though it failed to include an exception to protect the womans health. Kennedys majority opinion included a paternalistic lament for women getting this kind of abortion who come to regret their choice to abort. In other words, the courts will allow Congress and state legislatures to swoop in to protect women from their own impulsive and uninformed decisions on abortion as if women choose abortion like they choose new shoes. Whats clear is that Republicans are willing to abandon every other principle they claim in order to actively erode abortion rights. They will tell doctors what to do, force expensive and unnecessary regulations on small-business abortion clinics, require women to get medical tests they dont need or want, and restrict the ability of private insurance companies to offer abortion coverage. It all points to one thing: Republicans view women as incubators first, autonomous beings second. And theyre on the cusp of making this the law of the land wherever they hold sway. Y ou can respond to Blumners column at blumner@sptimes.com.Assault targets abortion rights Robyn BlumnerTribune Media Page A4, NEWS-GAZETTE Online All The Time www.aroundosceola.com Thursday, April 7, 2011 ProposedlegislationSPB7204andHB89wouldremoveyourrighttoread publicnoticesinnewspapersrestrictingthemtogovernmentwebsites only.Thepublic'srighttoknowcannotbeabandonedinfavorofpresumed costsavings,whichareelusive. 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urrection for Central Florida that will include live music, powerful dramatic presentations, film, dance, aerialists and visual marvels, church officials stated in a press release. This will be an Easter service like none other. City of Lifes Easter Experience will be the first time all of the churchs attendees from both campuses and all service times will be in the same building at the same time, church officials stated.Hydrilla treatment plannedThe South Florida Water Management District and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were scheduled to begin hydrilla treatments Tuesday on about 600 acres of Cypress Lake; the invasive plant can clog waterways, impede navigation and affect wildlife. W orking in cooperation with the FWC Invasive Plant Management Section, the SFWMD Vegetation Management Division was set to apply the herbicide Aquathol, which is approved for lake use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Allowing for inclement weather, the aerial treatments are scheduled to be completed this week. For more information on the districts vegetation management efforts, visit www.sfwmd.gov.Posey supports legislation to help seniorsCongressman Bill Posey, RRockledge, recently announced he is re-introducing the Senior Citizens Income Security Act of 2011 (H.R. 1140) legislation to help seniors improve their economic well being and to restore some of the original promises that were made years ago through SocialSecurity. Most seniors have spent their entire lives working and paying into a system that guaranteed certain benefits at retirement age and this bill r estores those promises, said Congressman Posey. We also make sure that should the federal government hit the debt ceiling in a few months, seniors continue to receive their Social Security checks. The legislation would: Repeal the 1993 Clinton tax increase on Social Security benefits so that no senior is double taxed on the earned Social Security benefits; Eliminate the requirement that seniors begin mandatory withdrawals from IRAs at age 70 and a half. This change would remove seniors from the unfair burden that forces them to begin withdrawals from retirement accounts in the aftermath of significant market losses; Eliminate Social Security payroll taxes for Social Security recipients. Since they are already receiving Social Security benefits, it makes no sense to take Social Security taxes out of their paychecks; Allows seniors to continue receiving their earned Social Security benefits if they choose not to enroll in Medicare Part A; and Creates a new $250 exemption to eliminate burdensome tax paperwork for small amounts of income from savings accounts, dividends or capital gains. In the event that the federal statutory debt ceiling is reached, the federal government would service the debt and pay Social Security benefits.Openings for self-defense program for womenThe Osceola County Sheriffs Office has openings for a self-defense awareness program for women scheduled for April 14 at 6 p.m. Self Defense Awareness Familiarization Exchange, or SAFE, is designed to educate women on how to protect themselves if they should become a victim. The class is two hours long. T o sign up for the free class, call 407-348-1105 or email aveg@osceola.org. through a door left unlocked by a guest staying at the property. Once inside, the suspect would use a flashlight and look throughout the residence to determine if anything of value was in plain sight. Items stolen were money, both American and foreign, jewelry and some small electronic devices, such as iPods. Detectives conducted surveillance within the subdivision and observed David Dwayne Houston, 30, a transient, breaking into two rental properties. Detectives were unable to apprehend Houston on the night of the burglaries. On March 31, an arrest warrant was issued for Houston, who was later located and arrested for the outstanding warrant. During the interview, detectives learned of Houstons involvement in five burglaries. Of the items taken, detectives ar e still looking for a missing wedding band valued at $4,000. Houston was transported to the Osceola County Jail, where he is being held on a $30,250 bond. If any residents have information on the ring, they are asked to contact the Kissimmee Police Departments Property Crimes Unit at 407846-3333, by email at seeitsayit@kissimmee.or g or Crimeline at 1-800-423TIPS (8477).Stolen motorcycle investigation leads to two arrestsOsceola County Sheriffs Office deputies Friday served a search warrant at 2426 Harbor Town Drive in Kissimmee for a stolen motorcycle and trailer and ended up arresting two people living at the address for grand theft and grand theft auto, among other charges. The motorcycle was stolen Feb. 22 on East Lakeshore Boulevard in Kissimmee, and the investigation led to suspects living at 2426 Harbor T own Drive in Kissimmee. After searching the residence, which is south of Fortune Road, deputies also located two stolen televisions and illegal drugs. Luiggi Gesualdo-Irizarry, 34, was arrested and charged with grand theft auto, two counts of grand theft, thr ee counts of dealing in stolen property, possession of cannabis under 20 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and resisting without violence. Norimar Fernandez, 29, was charged with grand theft auto and two counts of grand theft. Additional charges are pending. Police newsContinued from page A-2 News briefsContinued from page A-2 Houston Fernandez GesualdoIrizarry Thursday, April 7, 2011 Online All The Time www.aroundosceola.com NEWS-GAZETTE, Page A5 040711.TNG * * rffr r fnrtb r *See Players Club for complete details. Must be at least 21 years old and a Seminole Players Club member to participate.Valid ID required. Management reserves all rights. Offers are non-negotiable, non-transferable and must be redeemed in person at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa. 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SPORTS SPORTS Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/OsceolaNGSportsHorns duo leads the way All-County girls soccer Liberty boys are favored at meetBy Ken Jackson Sports Writer Go to a loud, lively party and theres always two people who arent whoopin it up with the rest of the revelers. They just go about their business almost unnoticed. Out front, theres the bouncer, busy keeping out the uninvited. On the inside, theres the party host, running about making sure everyone else is involved and having a good time. No bouncer, no host no party. Girls soccer games at Harmony High School this past winter were a lot like wellorchestrated, expertly executed parties. Thanks to a season-long Lady Longhorn group effort that was highlighted by Anna Blanchard, Emily Johnson and six other fellow seniors, the team coached by Stephanie Jones got to throw a bash on the states hottest scene the state tournament at the University of Tampas Pepin Stadium, where the Longhorns lost a Class 4A state semifinal, 1-0, to eventual champion Steinbrenner. Blanchard and Johnson didnt do the big flashy things that dot the stat sheet, like score tons of goals or make saves on defense. Blanchard, the sweeper and anchor of the defense, prevented the shots from being taken on the Harmony goal, and Johnson, the center midfielder, put the rest of her talented teammates in position to score goals. For their dirty, yet essential work, the two share the honor of Osceola News-Gazette Girls Soccer Players of the Y ear. Blanchard earned a piece of that last year as well. Simply put, without them theres no party at the U. of T. The duo provided a team that went 19-2, won its firstever district title and made the first team-sport state tour ney appearance in school history with a calming leadership presence. Y ou knew they wer e the leaders, you could see it fr om early on this year, Jones said. They wer e both mor e confident and had a presence, and sweeper and center midfield are the two best spots to have players like that. The teams only losses came to the 4A state champ and Vero Beach, the Class 6A state runner-up. Only four opponents scored on the Longhorns. Anna anchor ed the defense, you have to attribute our 15 shutouts to a lot of her work, and in most cases the number of shots were minimal, Jones said. Even in the state game, their two forwar ds didnt have any angles to run in with the ball (Steinbr enners By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Liberty Highs boys and Har monys girls will defend their Orange Belt Conference track championships today at St. Cloud High, beginning at 11 a.m. with the field events. The running pr eliminaries begin at 2 p.m. The finals will follow 30 minutes after the pr eliminaries, at about 5 p.m. The host Bulldogs, with the countys strongest contingent of distance runners, both boys and girls, are contenders for both championships. The Bulldogs havent won since 2003; the Lady Bulldogs last won in 2006. Libertys boys, loaded with depth and talent, are the favorites. Liberty Coach Robert Pauley is counting on a str ong per for mance fr om his underclassmen. The men will have to stay consistent like we have doneSee Track, page A-7By Rick Pedone Spor ts Edit or With the Kissimmee Klassic behind them, the Osceola Lady Kowboys softball team turns its attention to winning the last 4A District 6 game on its schedule at Davenport Ridge Community High Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Kowgirls can clinch the No. 2 seed at the upcoming district tournament with a win. Osceola defeated Naples Barron Collier, 6-2, Saturday in the gold bracket consolation final of the Kissimmee Klassic softball tournament at the Osceola County Softball Complex, its fourth game in 36 hours at the tournament that was shortened from three to two days because of rain. I thought our girls played very, very well, Coach Geor ge Coffey said. The Lady Kowboys, 15-4, scored five runs in the fifth inning to secure the win behind pitcher Sasha Mendez, who scattered eight hits over seven innings. Sasha really didn't have many problems at all after the first inning. She threw a real solid game, Coffey said. Alexa Ballard (6 for 12, 3 RBIs at the Klassic) and Carmen Nadal each had two RBIs. Nicole Osterman, Chantal Crockett and Jessica Callahan all knocked in a run for OHS. Osceola lost its first-r ound game against Naples Gulf Coast, 5-2, after the Sharks scored four times in the sixth inning to erase a 2-1 OHS lead. The Lady Kowboys scored both runs in the first inning when Osterman walked and scored on Ballards double. Nadals double drove in Ballar d. The Sharks sixth-inning rally was aided by three OHS errors. Coffey said what seemed to be an inconsistent strike zone may have frustrated pitcher Kenya Pereira against Gulf Coast. But, that isn't something you can do much about. It's something that you just have to work through. It may have opened the gates a little for them, he said. The Lady Kowboys lost a 6-5 decision to Riverview in nine innings in their early game Saturday. Riverview scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to win. That was one of those games with a lot of excitement, a lot of back and forth and back and forth, Coffey said. It was exciting for the fans, and (assistant) Coach (Fr ed) Klammer did a great job unveiling our run and gun offense. It changed things up a little, and I think our kids enjoyed that. What I liked about our team was its r esiliency. They kept coming back, they didn't let anything stop them. Oster man homered in the Lady Kowboys 4-3 win over Bradford Starke Friday. Crockett, Callahan and Nadal also had run-producing hits Osceola wins a pair at Klassic softball tourneyShortstop Nicole Osterman tags Gulf Coast runner Carleigh Haas Friday at the Kissimmee Klassic softball tournament at the Osceola County Softball Complex. News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan Blanchard, Johnson helped Harmony make state tourneyLonghorns midfielder Emily Johnson created scoring opportunities for her teammates.News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan Pla Pla y y er er s of the s of the Y Y ear ear: Anna Blanchard (Sr.,HHS)All-county team All-county team:Harmon Harmon y y: Caitlin Beam (Jr .), Kaylee Horn (Sr.), Payton Leffew (Sr.), Sage Leffew (Fr.), Kaley Ward (Soph.), Kendall Pollock (Soph.), Osceola: Osceola: Leah Mullins (Jr.), Kiersten Martinez (Jr .). Celebration: Celebration: Daniela Castano (Soph.), Lexi Stephan (Soph.), Laura Rodr iguez (Sr.). Liber Liber ty: ty: Alicia Font (Sr.). Gate Gate wa wa y: y: Atar Hajali (Sr .). P P oinciana: oinciana: Estelle Esper ance (Soph.).Honorab Honorab le mention le mention:Celebration: Celebration: Jillian Strogis (Sr.), Mar iana Villaroel (Jr .). Harmon Harmon y y: Breana Plattner (Fr .), Lindsey Johnson (Fr.), Heidi Mobley (Jr.). Osceola: Osceola: Claire Tudor (Jr.), Sarah Lambert (Jr.). Liber Liber ty: ty: Diana Ar iza (Jr.), Christina MacDonald (Sr.). Gate Gate wa wa y: y: Kaley White (Sr.). St. St. Cloud Cloud: Rebecca Creagen (Sr .), Lynnsey Glunt (Jr.), Megan Lubick (Sr.). P P oinciana oinciana: Andrea Betancur (Soph.). AAllll--CCoouunnttyy ggiirrllss ssoocccceerr Emily Johnson (Sr.,HHS) Harmony sweeper Anna Blanchard anchored a defense that posted 15 shutouts. News-Gazette Photo/Andrew Sullivan See Soccer, page A-7 See Softball, page A-7 Page A6, NEWS-GAZETTE Online All The Time www.aroundosceola.com Thursday, April 7, 2011


goal came off a free kick sent long onto the net). If they worked free shed chase them down with her speed. At the other end she developed into a penalty kick and free kick go-to person. Blanchard scored eight goals, mostly on set-piece free kicks. Probably the biggest came three minutes into the Longhorns regular-season meeting with longtime district bully Eustis. The 1-0, earlyseason victory likely set the tone for the expectation-blasting season. More importantly, it made the team believe it could win in big situations, Blanchard said. We played Eustis again for the district title, and we just kept pushing forward and believing we were going to win, she said. After that, the playoff wins kept feeling better and better, and by the end we were living the dream. We lost, but I was still so happy that we got that far. Johnson, who had been a defender all her life until reaching high school she still plays there and forward for the MeGu club team out of Melbourne that she and Blanchar d play on but finally grasped the concepts of playing center midfield in a dominating way this season. I had more confidence in my game this year, and it helped me distribute the ball better, Johnson, who had six goals and five assists this season, said. Jones said Johnson got her teammates involved in the offense this season. Emily brought a pr esence to the midfield. She controlled how we played, all of our runs went thr ough her, she said. Defensively she shut down other midfield attacks. Jones called the pair constants of the program for their four-year varsity runs. They showed what they truly provided this year, in spots that get little glory because theyr e not scoring consistently themselves, she said. But, Blanchar d and Johnson both diverted credit to other talented Longhorns. Emily played awesome, and her sister (Lindsey, a freshman) did a great job. Kaylee (Horn, the goalkeeper) was great, Blanchard said. The freshmen up front (like 19-goal scorer Sage Leffew) and Breana (Plattner) with me in defense made us forget they were freshmen. This year our team was better, and it made my job a whole lot easier to do. Im going to miss this team a lot. Said Johnson: We had a senior in goal, Anna behind me, and everywhere else there was veteran leadership helping a freshman who was learning to start, like Caitlin (Beam, 11 goals, 14 assists) and Sage up front. I felt like if I could just possess the ball and get to them, we would score. Weve set the bar so high for our freshmen, who are going to expect this every year because they went to state their first year. When we were freshmen and sophomores we were so happy to have a winning record, beat St. Cloud and win the OBC. But sadly, this may be the end of the line for Blanchard and Johnson, who ar e attending the University of Georgia and the University of Florida, respectively, for academics, and are not intending to seek soccer scholarships. I may walk on and try out, Blanchard, considering a sports science major, said. My club coach told me to go to a practice and mark up their fastest forward, and she wont get past me. Im not done playing, but Ill miss the competition. Johnson, who will study pediatric nursing, is getting pressure to do the same. My dad wants me to try to walk on, she said. While it hurt for a while that we were one goal away from the state champions, we played so hard on that stage that it felt good if it was my last game in a tour nament like that. So, in an odd way, a pair of college-bound kids may be putting their partying days behind them.SoccerContinued from page A-6for the Lady Kowboys. Mendez pitched 4 1/3 innings to ear n the win. Morgan Crapo earned a save. Sarasota edged Plant City, 2-0, to win the blue bracket championship and Keystone Heights out-hit Pine Castle Christian, 10-6, for the gold bracket crown. Cape Coral Baker edged Lake Brantley, 2-1, for the white bracket title. Cof fey said Osceola is ready for the district tournament at Lake Wales in two weeks. The team plays at St. Cloud next Thursday before going to Naples for a tour nament. We're pretty well set. It's just a matter of getting ourselves prepared for what's ahead, Coffey said. Harmony will visit St. Cloud today at 7 p.m for a r escheduled game that was rained out last Thursday. The Longhorns, the No. 1 seed at the 4A-6 district tournament, will host Pine Castle Christian Friday at 7 p.m.SoftballContinued from page A-6 throughout this season. But, just because we are the favorite doesnt mean anything until you do it, he said. St. Cloud Coach Kevin Harkema said Liberty and Celebration may be the class of the boys meet. We have a shot, but a lot would have to go right for us. Celebration has two superstars for our county, and Liberty looked really strong in the field events, he said. Celebration brings several athletes capable of winning Class 3A state championships in hurdler and middle distance runner Tyler Osorio, distance runner Quincy OConnor and female pole vaulter Jessica Harter. Along with OConnor and the St. Cloud runners, Libertys Robbie Johnroe and Harmonys Matt Henning will contest for titles in the distance races. Osceola High senior Defario Phillips is one of the states best at 100 meters and 200 meters. He won both events at the OBC meet last season. I think its pretty open this year, Osceola boys coach Mike Clemens said. As far as sprints go, we will do OK in that area. I thank that whoever has the depth to clean up in the fourth through eighth places will win the (boys) meet. The girls meet has several potential state champions, led by Osceolas standout senior sprinter Tynia Gaither, who owns four state titles. She is favored at 100 and 200 meters. Gaither set a personal record of 11.54 in the 100 at the recent Steinbrenner Invitational and was second last weekend at the Florida Relays in 11.55 seconds. Her times rank second in the nation. Osceolas 4 x 100 relay of Gaither, Atarah Clark, Jameshia Gant and Jodiann Crooks clocked a school record 46.59 at the Florida Relays last weekend, finishing thir d with the thir d-best time in the nation. Despite Osceolas speed, Coach Eric Pinellas said his team will be fortunate to win today. I have no distance or throws, really. I would be surprised if we won, he said. St. Cloud girls coach Ettie Singleton said depth could drive her team to the title. Cierra Adams is one of the countys best shot putters, and the team has speed in Jennifer Fullwood, Ishanay Pacheco and Jaquita Manning. Janice Velez pole vaults, and Kirsten Chambers, Diana Gatlin and Yazmelis Santos are strong in the hurdles and jumps, Singleton said. The distance squad of Katelyn Stadtlander, Ashlyn Stadtlander Kristen Detroyer and Anaya Reid is one of the strongest in the state. I think we have a good shot if the girls bring their A game at the same time, Singleton said. Harmony Coach Jerrad Butler said his team is a contender, as well. Like St. Cloud, it is deep in the distance and field events. I think we can sneak in and do a lot better than most would give our team credit for, he said. Our girls have worked hard and we should be healthy going into OBCs. We will have our best on the track. If we come up short, so be it. Poinciana has one of the countys best 4 x 400 relay teams with Madjah Barnett, Estelle Esperence, Gabriella Rodriguez and Kenina Bonner. Esperence and Rodriguez also compete at 800 meters. Bonner will lead the sprinters, Coach Bryan McLoughlin said. Liberty boasts one of the countys most talented jumpers in freshman Marion Brown.TrackContinued from page A-6 Storm clinches OBC tennis title By Rick Pedone Sports Editor Celebrations boys clinched their second consecutive Orange Belt Conference tennis championship Monday by defeating St. Cloud, 5-2, at the St. Cloud courts. The Storm finished 6-0 against conference competition, 7-7 overall. The Lady Storm also won, 6-1. Celebration is 5-0 in conference play with a postponed match against Harmony pending. Both teams are competing today at the 3A District 13 tournament in Melbourne, along with local teams Harmony and Liberty. Celebrations boys won at No. 2 singles with Richard Cruz (6-0, 6-0), No. 3 with Jacob Gloddee (6-1, 6-0) and Luis Penagos (6-4, 6-3). Celebration won both doubles with Tyler Young and Cruz (8-4) at No. 1 and Gloddee-Penagos (8-1) at No. 2. St. Clouds Trevor Foshee (6-0, 6-0) won No. 1 singles and Zack Hull (6-2, 6-1) won No. 5 singles. Celebrations girls won all matches except at No. 1 singles, where St. Clouds Amanda Pence defeated Anu Gupta, 6-0, 6-1. Lexi Stephan won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles to run her record to 13-0 prior to Wednesdays singles matches at the district tournament. She is a great athlete. Shes won against Viera, Melbourne, Circle Christian thats very good competition, Coach Robert Tripp said. Shes had a great season for us. Yuja Niruge (6-0, 6-0) won No. 3 singles, Kelsey Scurlock (6-0, 6-0) won No. 4 singles and Maria Caicedo (6-0, 6-0) won at No. 5. Gupta and Caicedo (8-7, 86 tiebreaker) won No. 1 doubles, and Stephan-Scurlock (80) won at No. 2. The No. 1 singles and doubles district champions advance to the state tournament in two weeks at Seminole County. The top two teams advance to regional play Tuesday. Osceola and Gateway played at the 4A-8 district tournament at Vero Beach, which was rained out Tuesday and resumed Wednesday. 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By Rick Pedone Sports Editor It took former Osceola High football and wrestling standout Robert Strader longer than usual to earn a football scholarship. Wearing his No. 47 OHS football shirt, he signed a letter of intent to Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D. recently at the OHS gym as his parents, Robert Sr. and Colleen Strader, watched. It was a circuitous and painful recruiting process after Strader graduated from OHS in 2009. He had a solid career as a defensive lineman for Coach Jeff Rolsons football teams, making 49 tackles during his senior season. He also placed fifth at 215 pounds at the 2009 state wrestling tournament, helping the Kowboys win their first team championship. Strader had scholarship offers during his senior year, and he also had the grades with a 3.2 GPA. But, as Osceola Athletic Director and Wrestling Coach Jim Bird said, Hes always beenagood kid, but sometimes he struggled a little bit. Sometimes he got with the wrong crowd. One night, several months after he graduated, Strader got involved in an argument at a party. The guy threw a punch at me, and I took him down with a double-leg takedown. It was a good wrestling move, he said with an ironic grin. The bad thing was that when he went down, he hit his elbow and hurt it. W orse, according to Strader, his opponents friend came out of an adjoining room with gun, pointed at Strader. I got the heck out of there, he said. Several days later, police officers arrived at Straders parents home and arrested him for aggravated assault. I was looking at 10 to 15 years in prison, he said. He spent several months at the county jail while his case worked its way through the system. It came up for trial four times, and it was delayed each time, he said. When it came up the fifth time, my witnesses didnt show up. Strader eventually pleaded to battery with intent to do bodily harm, a misdemeanor. Strader realized that he was squandering an opportunity to have a good life, and he made it his purpose to do something about it. I took out all of the recruiting letters I had gotten and started calling every single one of those coaches, he said. Colleen Strader encouraged her son. I told him, You can do it. Prove that youre better than they think you are. You can do it. she said. He did it all on his own. His dad told him it had to be that way. Robert Strader Sr. said, If he did it on his own, he would appreciate it more. Hed feel like he earned it himself. Not surprisingly, given Straders legal problems, most of those coaches did not respond even though he got letters of recommendation from employers and former teachers. Meanwhile, Strader visited his former OHS position coach, Bill Buldini, at St. Cloud High after Buldini was made the Bulldogs head coach last summer. Buldini gave Strader a job as a volunteer defensive line coach for the Bulldogs. Mike Short, who became the St. Cloud head football coach earlier this year after Buldini r esigned, said that Strader did a good job for the Bulldogs. He brought an incredible work ethic. Hes a great kid, Short said. I actually coached Robert in wrestling at Denn John Middle School, so Ive known him forever. When Bill Buldini got the job here, Robert would drop by just to stay in touch, and Bill added him to the staff. He did a good job. Strader finally hit the jackpot when Dakota Wesleyan Coach Brad Pole contacted him in December. He asked me if I wanted to play football for him Jan. 3, Strader said, r ecalling a lifechanging moment. I told him that Id do whatever he needed me to do. Straders paperwork wasnt processed in time for him to enroll for the spring semester, but all is on track for Strader to join the Tigers for summer practice. I want to be a coach one day, and this is the way Im going to do it, he said. You realize after what I went through that you have to be focused on a goal to be successful. Ive had an opportunity to meet a ton of great coaches around here, so hopefully I can use those contacts to maybe get a job one day right here in this county. Strader will play outside linebacker at Dakota Wesleyan, a NAIA Division II program that was 4-6 last season in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. To prepare, he has set up a conditioning course in the front yard of the family home. Ive got everything there I need to train, he said. Im fortunate to have this opportunity, and Im going to take advantage of it. Former OHS athlete promises to make the most of 2nd chanceFormer Osceola High football player and wrestler Robert Strader celebrated his football scholarship at the Osceola High gym recently with his parents, Robert and Colleen Strader, seated. Standing, from left, are Osceola Athletic Director Jim Bird, Damien Noret and Ty Ensor. Photo/Special to the News-Gazette Sports BriefsW ater polo todayOsceola will host Gateway today at 5 p.m. at the Osceola YMCA for a water polo match that was postponed due to thunderstorms last week.Ha rmony physicalsHar mony High will hold its annual Physical Day April 20 fr om 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the gym. The fee is $10. For mor e infor mation call 407933-9900 or email Harmony trainer Craig Carnell at carnellc@osceola.k12.fl.us.St. Cloud physicalsSt. Cloud High will hold its Physical Day April 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gym. The fee is $15. Pop Warner athletes ar e welcome to attend. For mor e information email Athletic Dir ector Chad Ansbaugh at ansbaugc@osceola.k12.fl.us.Stewart GolfClassicRegistration is now open for Kissimmee Parks and Recr eations annual Terry Stewart Memorial Golf Classic at Kissimmee Golf Club April 16 at 8 a.m. The fee of $65 per person ($260 per team) includes golf fees plus a commemorative golf towel and cup. 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Section B Go to www.aroundosceola.com for all St. Cloud news April 7, 2011AROUNDKISSIMMEEAROUNDKISSIMMEEINCLUDING: POINCIANA BVL INTERCESSIONCITY By Brian McBride Associate Editor From the Fire Department opening a new fir e station to the Parks and Recreation staff establishing new playgrounds, the city of Kissimmee recently released the 2010 Annual Citizens Report touting its successes last year. The comprehensive report features the citys 12 departments and outlines the programs and projects respective staffs were able to complete in 2010. Produced by the citys Public Information Office, the report is available for free by going to the citys website at www.kissimmee.org and clicking on the link. I think we have done an excellent job in serving the needs of the community, City Commissioner Art Otero said, adding that the protection Kissimmee provides to its residents was paramount. Some of the successes the departments had, according to the report, were: Developmental Services Reduced transportation impact fees by 27 percent. Developing an inter-local agreement with Osceola County to establish a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) along the Vine Street corridor to help make area improvements. Purchased 19 homes and donated nine homes to the Osceola County Council on Aging. More than 3,600 code enforcement cases were processed with a 99.5 percent voluntary compliance rate. Collected $425,522 in permitting fees.Community Redevelopment Agency The Carson Home Restoration, 808 Bryan St., the new home of the Kissimmee Community Redevelopment Agency, is the last r emaining example that will serve as a best practice model for the community to encourage preservation, according to the report. Master redevelopment plan: The CRA is curr ently updating the long-range plan for the community, which will highlight the districts assets and needs. Commercial and residential grant programs: The CRA provided a variety of grants for the rehabilitation of residential and commercial structur es located within the overlay district. T o date, the CRA has awarded mor e than $1.1 million in grants with a direct reinvestment of mor e than $8.1 million in the district, the r eport stated.Economic Dev elopment Coor dinated the grand opening of the downtown UCF Kissimmee Business Incubator in City Centre. This facility will house start up businesses and assist in the beginning stages of their development. In the first two weeks, accor ding to the report, the incubator was suc cessful in becoming the home of two budding companies. This incubator is expected to gener ate a $2 million in economic impact within the community. Initiated conversations with the business development offices of five colleges and universities to encourage them to open campuses along U.S. Highway 441/ Orange Blossom T rail, which would develop into an educational corridor. Kissimmee Fir e Department Fire Station 11 was completed and dedicated on June 4, 2010, at 343 N. Clyde Ave. The station is the citys first green building, using envir onmentally sustainable methods and mate rials. In coordination with Osceola County and the city of St. Cloud, Kissimmee fir eofficials developed and implemented shared post-disaster damage assessment program. The agency was awarded several local, state and federal grants that totaled mor e than $60,000 allowing for programs that otherwise would have been dif ficult to fund, the r eport stated. These grants provided for special operations and hazardous materials training, purchase of an interactive mannequin for real-life simulation training and the purchase of a child search and rescue mannequin. For the fifth consecutive year ther e were no fire fatalities in the city of Kissimmee, the report stated.Park sa nd Recreation Received a $10,000 Tony Hawk grant for a new skate park to be built at Lakeside Park Hosted the Easter Eggstravaganza at the Shingle Creek Regional Park for the first time. The event drew mor e than 3,000 people, according to the report. Initiated several new programs at the Kissimmee touts 2010 successes in report Celebrating the city lifeNews-Gazette Photos/ Andre w SullivanThe annual Kowtown Festival was held at Toho Square in downtown Kissimmee on March 19.Above left, Community Service Officer Cinthia Pabon, of the Kissimmee P olice Department, works on her throwing technique at a game in a midway.Above, Craig Holland, development services director for the city of Kissimmee, displays a look of triumph after winning this year's hot dogeating contest at the f estival. Below, morning crowds gathered to peruse vendor tents along Pleasant Street in downtown Kissimmee during the festival. News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanThe Kissimmee Fire Department opening the new station 11 in June was touted as one of the many successes the city of Kissimmee listed in its recently released 2010 Annual Citizens Report. A Capitol tripSubmitted PhotoThis year during spring break, 20 high school students from Heritage Christian School, 1500 E. V ine St., Kissimmee, took the Amtrak train to Washington, D.C. This is the first time that students from Heritage have had the opportunity to take this trip. Some of the highlights included a tour of the White House, Capitol Building and time at the Arlington National Cemetery.They also went on a night tour of the monuments, spent a day at the National Zoo and visited the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. See Report, page B-2Kissimmee Elks Lodge 1873 on March 26 named Carolyn Meyer its volunteer of the year. According to an Elks press release, Meyer was a dedicated volunteer at Give Kids the W orld V illage in Kissimmee. She travels from her home in Davenport several times a week to greet guests at the front desk, supply stars at the Castle of Miracles, operate the carousel, greet arriving families at Orlando International Airport, offer Village tours to guests and she also serves as an Angel Ambassador at various events. Twice a week, Meyer is the lead photographer for the Disney character program. She snaps photos of Wish families coming face-to-face with their favorite characters, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse. She also has captured thousands of pictures at various V illage events, like Halloween and nightly entertainment pr ograms. Meyer is a dedicated volunteer having completed more than 4,558 service hours since January 2001, the press release stated. According to the Give Kids The World website, the Village provides memorable, magical, cost-free experiences to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.Meyer named Kissimmee Elks volunteer of the year Meyer


The following programs are being of fer ed at the Buenaventura Lakes Library, 405 Buenaventura Blvd., Kissimmee: Story time on W ednesdays10 a.m., Toddler Tales W alkers from 18-36 months are invited to dance, sing, do finger-plays and listen to stories. Story times encourage emer ging language skills. 11 a.m., Preschool Rockin Readers Preschoolers and their parents are invited to theme-based story times geared to the interests and developmental stages of 3to 5-year -olds. Sing songs, watch flannel boar d stories, practice rhymes and learn about books. This 30-minute interactive program supports early literacy skills. 2:30 p.m, Kidz Kaboom Imaginations go KABOOM The International Baccalaureate Organization has approved Celebration High School as an International Baccalaureate World School. This distinction allows the school to begin the IB diploma program for the next school year providing a twoyear international baccalaureate curriculum leading to final examinations and a qualifica tion that is welcomed by leading universities ar ound the world, according to an Osceola County School District pr ess r elease. Celebration High began the authorization process in 2008-09, and it usually takes up to three years to complete. The process has a number of phases including the consideration phase, a request for candidacy, the candidacy phase and a request for authorization. Thr oughout the process, the school works with the Inter national Bac calaur eate Organization in: Making the decision to become an IB World School. Understanding the nature and requirements of the IB program. Defining the school's readiness to implement the program. Planning to sustain the program in the long term. IB pr ogram students study six courses at higher level or standard level. In addition, the program has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding: The extended essay is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through an in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying. Theory of knowledge is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, math ematical and historical). Cr eativity, action, service r equir es that students activelyCelebration High approved for the IB school program BChambers Park Community Center, such as Teen Alliance, Parents Night Out, Jit Jams and a gardening program. Partnered with various volunteer groups, such as Olive Garden, Home Depot for Lake Tohopekaliga and Shingle Creek clean-ups. Constructed new playgr ounds in Chambers Park, Ladue Park and a Tot Lot in North Kissimmee, with funding assistance from the community Development Block Grant (CDBG).Kissimmee Police DepartmentKPD introduced two new educational programs to Osceola County Schools including texting while driving and sexting. In an effort to deter and r ecover stolen bicycles, the Kissimmee Police Departments T raffic Enforcement Unit launched BikeTrack on the departments website. It is a program that allows bicycle owners to register their bikes with KPD. When an officer finds an abandoned bike, it will be run through this database to find the owner The data base can be accessed through the Kissimmee Police Departments website at police.kissimmee.org KPD partnered with Crimeline and other local law enforcement agencies in the annual Kicks for Guns program. Officers collected 64 firearms and three samurai-style swords during the event.Public Works and Engineering Martin Luther King Jr. Phase III design plans ar e in progr ess. Appr oximately one mile of new roadway from Thacker Avenue to Dyer Boulevard is being designed and will be constructed. Hoagland Boulevar d widening Phase II and III with Osceola County. The design phase is under way. ReportContinued from Page B-1 The city of Kissimmee Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with the Osceola Safe Families Task Force to host the Easter Jam and Family Safety Fair. The event is open to the public and will be at the Chambers Park Community Center from 1 to 4 p.m. Satur day, April 16. Chambers Park is at 2380 N. Smith St. in Kissimmee. Accor ding to a city press release, the fair will include fun activities for the entir e family. Some of the highlights include a visit from the Easter Bunny, an Easter egg hunt and a bounce house. Several vendors will be on hand to pr omote safety, healthy living and provide educational information about the community resources available. Participants can learn about Internet safety, poison pr evention, food allergy awareness, child-proofing your home, how to prepare for a natural disaster and other useful topics. There will be a special Fun Zone filled with games and fun activities for the children. Wristbands are $2. Photos and a variety of food also will be available for sale. For more information, call the Chambers Park Community Center at 407518-2599.Parks and Recreation to take par t in a safety fair City of Kissimmee The Poinciana Ladies Club is a cornerstone of the community. Through goodwill and a strong love of the community, the ladies club has formed scholarship opportunities, bestowing two scholarships to deserving high school seniors. This group has been consistent with its community service and activities. The club will celebrate this Easter season with a perfect spring gift. Plan on attending the club-sponsored carnival, which will be Friday, April 22, through Sunday, April 24. This family-friendly fair features all the rides and games as in years past. The carnival will be held adjacent to Vance Harmon Park on Country Club Drive. The club will hold its big fundraising effort during this weekend and you can bea part of it. On Saturday, April 23, adjacent to the carnival site (Vance Harmon Park) will be a rummage sale. At a cost of $12, vendors may secure a space and sell items. This massive garage sale runs Saturday only. Contact Ve Saunders at 863-496-2285 or Connie Lopez at 407-345-4581 to arrange for space at the rummage sale. The Poinciana Ladies Club takes the summer months off. At the upcoming April meeting, members will discuss the installation of officers for the upcoming year. The groups next meeting will be Monday at 7 p.m. at the Poinciana Community Center, 395 Marigold Ave. For more information on the Poinciana Ladies Club, call Irene Gilbert at 863427-9733. ooo So far this year, with the exception of last weeks scary weather days, Florida is the envy of all those cold states. Make the most of this beautiful spring by learning how to landscape with plants you can grow and eat. Edible Landscaping is the topic of the presentation given by the Osceola County Extension Service. This class will be at the Poinciana Branch Library, North Doverplum Avenue, today from 10 a.m. to noon. The class is free and open to the public. ooo Maybe its time to restock your home library or buy books to donate to schools or hospitals. Whatever time it is, it is always a good idea to support the Friends of the Poinciana Library. The group will hold a book sale at the Poinciana Branch Library Thursday, April 14, to Saturday, April 16. Thursdays sale will be from 1 to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friends of the Poinciana Library meets September through May on the third Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. at the Poinciana Library. When you stop in at the book sale, ask the Friends more about this group. ooo If you have any Poinciana news or information that you would like to share, call Lisa DCato at 407846-7122 or email news@ osceolanewsgazette.com.Poinciana Ladies Club carnival to be April 22-24 Lisa DCatoPoinciana Writer See Celebration, page B-6 Buenaventura Lakes Library See Library, page B-6 Page B2, NEWS-GAZETTE Online All The Time www.aroundosceola.com Thursday, April 7, 2011 Electrical Needs?Open 6am-6pm Emergency on-call av ailableCall Today! 407-483-3111Cindy Hartig, Owner033111.TNGwww.EDICF.com www.ITDSCorp.com3184 S. John Young Pkwy. KissimmeeLic. #EC-13004110 Computer Needs? 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Whats new?R egister for football leagueKissimmee Youth Football League will have a sign-up for football and cheerleading at Play Again Sports on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at 2900 W. Vine St., Kissimmee. Call Jasper Thompson at 407-908-0086 for more information or visit the website @www.kissimmeekowboys.comD AV eventsThe Disabled American Veterans No. 148, 21 E. Keen St., Kissimmee, 407-846-4141, are hosting the following events: The Tanzanite Stone raffle drawing is on Mothers Day, May 8. Tickets are $5 or five for $20. Saturday: The band Les and Pup's will perform from 2 to 6 p.m. April 16: Barnyard bingo at noon. The band Professor Les and Flock of Buzzards will perform from 2 to 6 p.m. April 17: There will be elections for DAVA 148 at 2 p.m.; 3:30 p.m. for DAV 148. April 23: The band Sling Shot will per form from 4 to 8 p.m. April 30: The band Dragon Head and Friends will perform from 2 to 6 p.m. Happy hour is every day from 5 to 7 p.m. Every Tuesday and Thursday, a service officer will be available at noon. Corn hole games are every weekend and every Sunday there will be a $2 Bloody Mary special.Fina ncial semina r setRobert Rosen, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, Kissimmee, is holding a free seminar at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Tarantino's Italian Restaurant, 4150 W. Vine St, Kissimmee. The seminar is called It's Always Something. There will be a discussion on how to see beyond today's issues and worries, take advantage of today's trends and put long-ter m investment strategies to work for you. The guest speaker is John Gavin, representing The Hartford investment products. RSVP by calling 407-870-5464.Wills and trusts seminarCapital Estates Educational Ser vices will host an informational lectur e by Wealth Preservation Associ ates on wills and trusts Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Adult Learning Center Osceola, 2320 New Beginnings Road, Kissimmee. The lectur e infor mation is pr ovided purely as an educational service. No legal matters will be discussed and all requests for more information will be referred to appropriate legal counsel for individual con sultation. Have you recently relocated to Florida? Updated your will? This seminar is for you. Reservations are required. RSVP to Joe McQuaid at 407-593-2243 or Tom Dalton at 407-908 3708. Rummage sale setThe PoincianaLadies Club is having a rummage sale April 23 in conjunction with the club's annual car nival, which will run from April 22, 23-24 at Vance Harmon Park, which is between Country Club Road and Cypress Parkway.Tribute to Elvis, DarinThe St. Cloud Senior Center will present An Evening with the Kings Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Peter Alden will present a tribute to the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley, while Ronnie Howe will present a tribute to The King of Swing Bobby Darin. Both also will perform a selection of jukebox favorites from other stars of the 1950s and 1960s, including Ricky Nelson, Buddy Holly, Bobby R ydell, Carl Perkins and Dion and the Belmonts. Cost is $8 per person.United Daughters of the Confeder acyUnited Daughters of the Confederacy, Osceola Confederate Dames Chapter 2684, meet the thir d Monday of the month at 7 p.m. The group is a historical, benevolent, educational, patriotic and memorial organization of ladies with Confederate ancestors. Any interested ladies with such ancestors who would like to attend a meeting can call 407-361-0984.Golf tourna ment setThe St. Cloud VFW Golf T ournament will be April 16 at the Kissimmee Bay Country Club, 2801 Kissimmee Bay Circle. Tee time is at 8 a.m., registration begins at 7 a.m. It's limited to 64 players and is $65 per player. There will be contest prizes, raffles, doughnuts and coffee, entertainment, goodie bags and more. Lunch will be provided. For more information, call Thomas Jones at 407-414-4713, Kyle Hickman at 407-864-2042 or email at kyle@orlandorock.com.Confederate campThe Sons of Confederate Veterans Jacob Summerlin Camp 1516 meets every second Monday (except in December) at 6:30 p.m. at Fat Boys restaurant in St. Cloud. Visit www.JacobSummerlin.org Yard sale/car washThe Ladies Association of the Church of God of Kissimmee will hold its first yard sale/car wash Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2550 Flamboyan St., Kissimmee. For more information, contact Carmen M. Ramos at 407-348-8788.Golfclassic to support campOsceola County Sheriff Bob Hansell will host the 28th E.P. Murphy Golf Classic, Saturday, May 14, at Kissimmee Bay Country Club. The event has been hosted annually since 1983 to honor former Sheriff E.P. Kayo Murphy and his 30 years of service as sheriff of the county. Last year, the event raised approximately $9,000 for the Sheriff's Adventure Camp. Cost per player is $70 and a corporate sponsorship (team of four and tee sponsor) is $400. The camp encourages at-risk youth to stay in school and build pos itive r elationships with law enfor cement and the community. Activities include ropes, confidence courses, canoeing, tubing and swimming. Children also play games to teach them how to set goals and work together as a team. For a registration form, go to osceolasheriff.org For mor e infor mation, call 407348-1141.Elvis sho w setJohnny Derose and the Heart Breaks will perform an Elvis show Satur day at the American Legion Post 10 at 200 Lakeshor e Drive, Kissimmee. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. followed by the show at 7 p.m. Cost is $15 per person or $8 without the dinner Make the pur chases at the bar.Cultural P otpourr i Celebration setEducation Foundation Osceola County Association, a not-for-profit or ganization, will be hosting its first annual Cultural Potpourri Celebration Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. This celebration will be at Osceola High Schools auditorium at 420 S. Thacker Ave., Kissimmee. The show will be full of exciting entertainment, according to an association press release. There also will be space available for product display and for spon sors to give out information. Vendor tables (limited spacing) are available for sponsor levels platinum ($1,000), gold ($750), silver ($500) and br onze ($250). Any individual also can make a $50 donation. Sponsorships ar e needed to defray cost and support the OCEA Minority Scholarship Fund. The funds will assist minority students who have demonstrated academic improvement and volunteer community service an opportunity for higher education. Make checks payable to OCEA (memo: MAC Scholarship Fund). Checks are due by Friday. Friends Who Ca r e ClubThe Friends Who Care Club meets monthly at the St. Cloud Senior Cen ter, 3101 17th St. The club raises funds annually for the American Cancer Society. It is conducting an indoor flea market/mini-health fair today from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hall A at the center. The public is invited to attend the event to buy merchandise for sale and obtain health-related information. For more information, call Irene at 407-847-0049.Vegas Night VFW Post No. 3227 will host Fabulous Vegas Night Satur day, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the post, 915 New York Ave., St. Cloud. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. Seats are sold in advance; walk-ins will be subject to availability. Its $60 in advance for T exas hold em, $70 at the door. Its $30 in advance to play blackjack, $35 at the door Its $20 to re-buy back in and extra chips ar e $20. Food will be available from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. along with a cash bar. There also will be raffle prizes, a Chinese auction and a 50/50 raffle. For more information, contact Christine Endicott at 407361-3176, Nicole Lane at lane@scyfbulldogs or Franny McNutt at 321-624-6250.Mended Hea r ts to meetMended Hearts of Osceola will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at the Osceola Regional Medical Center 700 W. Oak St., Kissimmee, in classroom A. Dr. Patrick Mathias will be discussing, Life after stents. Refreshments will be served. The group is open to heart patients, caregivers and medical pr ofessionals. Register on the website www.mendedhearts-Osceola.or g or call 407-348-2489.Healthy Kids Day expoThe Fifth Annual Poinciana Expo and Ys Healthy Kids Day will be April 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It will be at the Poinciana Commu nity Complex, 395 Marigold Ave., Poinciana. Learn about partnering with the Y in Poinciana, information on exercise plans, healthy diets, proper rest and much more. For mor e infor mation, call the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce at 407-847-3174. Republicans Womans Netw or k to meetThe Greater Osceola Republican W omen's Network meets the second Thursday of every month at Kissimmee Bay Country Club. The next meeting will be April 14. The group will be having sliced ham with all the trimmings. Cost is $15. The guest speaker will be Derrick Hicks, a historian. Social time starts at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. RSVP to vickywells @aol.com or 407-892-8695 or bsnyder0021@ aol.com or 407-460-2660.Griefand Loss Support Cornerstone Hospice is inviting anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one to join its grief and loss support group every Monday fr om 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Good Samaritan Village clubhouse boardroom, 4250 Village Drive, Kissimmee. Call Claudia Swonger bereavement counselor at 407-206-2273 for mor e infor mation.Book sale setThe Poinciana Friends of the Library will hold a book sale on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 14, 15 and 16, at the Poinciana Branch Library. It's 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; Saturday it's from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Veterans dinnerThe Osceola County V eterans Council will host the 10th Annual V eterans Dinner called Thank a Korean Veteran Saturday, April 16, from 5 to 11 p.m. at the Kissimmee Elks Lodge, 1655 Kings Highway. The keynote speaker has yet to be announced. Dinner will be buffet style with roast beef and chicken. Tickets are $15 per person. For reservations and tickets, contact Don Smith at 407-846-8599 or 407973-8113. The deadline for tickets is Monday. T oastmaster s of St. CloudT oastmasters of St. Cloud meets the first and thir d Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the St. Cloud Civic Center. For more information, call 407-729-4144.Church to host authorCornerstone Church, 2925 Canoe Creek Road, in St. Cloud Sunday, April 17, will welcome Don Piper, the New York Times best-selling author of Minutes in Heaven at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Piper will be sharing his story about driving home from a church conference in 1989, when his For d Escort was struck head-on by an 18-wheeler. He was pronounced dead by paramedics, but came back to life. T o date, 34 sur gical procedures have taken place. Since the release of his book, Piper has traveled across the country and around the world sharing his story. For more information, call the chur ch at 407-892-3300.Libr a ry Boa r d to meetThe Osceola County Library Advisory Boar d will meet W ednes day, April 20, at 6 p.m. in the Monument Room of the Hart Memorial Central Library, 211 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee.Book donations soughtThe Delta Kappa Gamma,an international teaching society, is collecting new and used books forthe OutReach Center in Kissimmee, a safehouse for abused women and their children.Bring the books to the lobby of the CFE Credit Union, in St. Cloud or Kissimmee. For more information about Delta Kappa Gamma, contact Susan Schmidt at suzierhere@comcast.net.Kast ClubThe Kast Club has shuffleboard at Good Samaritan Village, 1441 Hoeger Circle, Kissimmee, from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Bingo is at the Kissimmee Civic Center Thursdays at 7 p.m. Five-card pinochle Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m. and euchre on Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Kissimmee parks and recreation building, 717 N. Palm St.KAST club bingoThe Kissimmee All States Tourist Club (KAST) has grocery bingo every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Kissimmee Civic Center. Cost is $2 at the door or a seasonal membership of $10. FWA Osceola Writers GroupAre you writing a book, screenplay or short story and need help with the craft or publication? If so, then join the FWA Osceola Writers Group, which offers education, critique, networking and support to adult writers. Monthly meetings are every second Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Susans Courtside Caf, 18 S. Orlan do, Kissimmee. For mor e information, e-mail Vicki Riley-Fischer at vfischer@ cfl.rr.com. Also visit the Florida Writers Association website for a link to the gr oups blog www.floridawriters.net. Click on Groups/Central Florida/ Osceola Group.Ladies needed for g amesLadies are needed to fill in some empty spots for bridge and canas ta games at the Kissimmee W omens Club on Oak Street in Kissimmee. For more information, call Marilyn Smith at 407-348-5682. COMMUNITY COMMUNITY See additional Community Events/News at www.aroundosceola.com JohnnyDeroseandthe HeartBreakswillperforman ElvisshowSaturday,atthe AmericanLegionPost10at 200Lakeshor eDrive, Kissimmee.Dinnerstartsat 5p.m.followedbytheshow at7p.m.Costis$15perpersonor$8withoutthedinner.EEllvviiss iiss hheerree!!BK3 News-Gazette Photo/Andrew SullivanHundreds gathered March 12 to attend the annual Community Appreciation Day and open house at the Osceola County Sheriff's Office administration complex. Above, 7-year-old William Thomas, of St. Cloud, pokes his head out of a porthole atop the Sheriffs Office SWATTank. Liking law enforcementWhats happening? See Community, page B-5 Thursday, April 7, 2011 Online All The Time www.aroundosceola.com NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B3


R eagan Republican AssemblyThe Ronald Reagan Republican Assembly and the Spirit of Club have joined together to form Ronald Reagan Conservatives, a Republican assembly. The meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at7 p.m. at the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce, 1425 E. Vine St. The groups mission is to promote and educate on the Second Amendment and promote conservatism in the tradition of the Founding Fathers. For more information, call Dave Scherer at 407-873-1048.Osceola Singles ClubThe Osceola Singles Club meets Mondays at 7:30 p.m. at the Moose Lodge Post 2056, 1019 N. Main St., Kissimmee. For more information, call Anne at 407933-1100 or Joan at 407390-8199.Kissimmee LionsThe Kissimmee Lions Club meets the first and third Monday of each month at the clubhouse, 3050 Lions Court, just off Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. Men and women 18 and older are invited to visit the club. Used glasses and hearing aids will be collected. Call Phyllis Brannaman at 407847-2744.Kissimmee Elks Lodge 1873The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is a fraternal organization that supports many charities among which are the Childrens Therapy Services of Florida, The Veterans Clinic in Orlando, drug awareness programs for school children and the thirdgrade dictionary project. They give scholarships on the local, state and national levels as well as recognize Student of the Year at the high schools in our area. The Elks support and send children to the Youth Camp in Umatilla, sponsor citizenship and Americanism essay competitions and donate trophies and support to the youth soccer and hoop shoot competitions each year. There are facilities at the lodge used by Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. The members of Elks Lodge 1873, 1655 Kings Highway, Kissimmee, meet at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. The Elkettes (Lady Elks) meet the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Food service starts at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Sunday, the lodge is open for happy hour from 1 to 7 p.m. with hot bar food available. Doors open for evening events at 5:30 p.m. For more information about dinners or reservations, call 407-847-2444 after 3 p.m. and ask for Bill or Brian. For lodge information, call Earl or Paul in the office from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday or Friday at 407-847-2913.Osceola Toastmasters ClubOsceola Toastmasters Club 1841 meets every Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Kissimmee Utility Authority, 1701 W. Carroll St., Kissimmee. Toastmasters purpose is to help men and women improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. For more information on the club, contact Michael Aun, vice pr esident of public relations, at 407-870-0030 or toll free 1800-356-0567. Visit the website at http://www.toastmasters1841.org/ Alzheimers support groupThe Alzheimer Resource Center (ARC), the East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic and the Osceola County Council on Aging offer an Alzheimers Family Support Group the second Friday of each month from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Barney E. Veal Center, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee. All are welcome. Call 407483-1494 to register.R epublican Executive CommitteeThe Osceola County Republican Executive Committee meets every fourth Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the city of Kissimmee Commission Chambers, 101 N. Church St. Kissimmee. The committee stands for lower taxes, personal responsibility, family values and strong national defense. For more information, call 407-846-8889 or visit www.osceolarepublicans.org. Civic groups BENNETT Mr. John J. Bennett, 69, of, Kissimmee passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2011. Arrangements entrusted to the car e of Osceola Memory Gardens, Kissimmee. DUNFORD Jonathan Edward Dunford, 40, passed away on Mar ch 29, 2011. He is survived byhis mother, Maureen Trevino, sister, Heather Dunford, uncle, Michael Duggan, and his two daughters, Camdyn and McKenna. Jonathan attended Dillard High School in Ft. Lauder dale and Florida State University. He was a proud member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He worked summers while in school at Broward General Medical Center in Ft. Lauderdale and later made a career in the restaurant business. In 2005, he moved from Ft. Lauder dale to Kissimmee to be near his mother and sister. There he would eventually take on his favorite role, that of being a father. A college fund has been set up for his daughters and donations may be made by contacting the family. May Jonathans spirit live on through his daughters, family and friends. Memories may be shared at http://jonathan dunford.forevermissed.com/ MASSEY James Edward Massey, 81, of St. Cloud, FL, passed away on April 2, 2011. He was born in Toccoa, Georgia, to Mary Zelma Bell and John Lee Massey. He attended North Geor gia Military College and was a proud graduate of the University of Georgia. He was a USAF Veteran of the Korean conflict and retired from Hartford Life and Casualty Co. He is proceeded in death by his granddaughter, Amandalee W eiss and survived by his daughters, Bonnie Jo (Alden) Weiss, St. Cloud, FL, and Dinah Lee Schar fenberg (John), Abingdon, VA, grandson, 2nd Lt. Bryan Edward Weiss (Brittany), Chester, VA, and granddaughter, Jennifer Schweizer, (Mark), Chesterfield, VA. Graveside service was at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, at Mt. Peace Cemetery in St. Cloud, by Pastor Andy Aikens from Grace Community Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Amandalee Fund, Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL, 33612. The Massey family is being car ed for by Conrad& ThompsonFuneralHome, 511 Emmett St., Kissimmee, FL, 34741; 407-847-3188 www.conradandthompson.com OJEDA Andres R. Jacome Ojeda, 19, of Davenport, passed away Monday, April 4, 2011. Arrangements entrusted to the car e of Funeraria Y Crematorio Porta Coeli, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. www.PORTACOELIFH.com Phone 407-846-2804 SOLER Aur elio (Junior) Soler, 62, of Kissimmee, passed away Saturday, April 2, 2011. Arrangements entrusted to the car e of Funeraria Y Crematorio Porta Coeli, 2801 E. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee. www.PORTACOELIFH.com Phone 407-846-2804 SP ARKS Mr David A. Sparks, 75, of St. Cloud, FL, passed away on Saturday April 2, 2011. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Osceola Memory Gardens, St. Cloud TREASURE Raymond D. Treasure,48, of Kissimmee, passed away Sunday, April 3, 2011. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Funeraria Y Crematorio Porta Coeli, 2801 E. 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Cornerstone HospiceCornerstone Hospice invites people to find peace while grieving. This group is open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. The group meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays at Good Samaritan Village Clubhouse Board Room, 4250 Village Dr., Kissimmee. Call Claudia Swonger, bereavement counselor, at 407-206-2273.Zumba classesThe Robert Guevara Community Center is offering Zumba classes at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays for $5 per class. For more information, call Gizela Maldonado at 407301-3190.Celiac and Crohns support g roupCeliac and Crohns support group meets every other month at Florida Hospital, 2450 N. Orange Blossom T rail, Kissimmee. Questions and answer time is taken by Dr. Atiquzzaman, board-certified gastroenterologist and hepatologist. Contact Barbara at bthomas@ embarqmail.com or call 407-908-5607 for date and time.Senior enter tainmentFor seniors every T uesday night beginning from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Osceola County Council on Aging, 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, ther e is live oldstyle country music, 1950s rock and roll and some doowop with plenty of dancing, including line dancing. There also is snacks and coffee and drinks. For more infor mation, call Dick Jones at 407-892-3335. Or ange Blossom LodgeOrange Blossom Lodge No. 80 F&AM meets on the first and third Monday of each month. The meal is at 6 p.m., with the meeting at 7:30 p.m. All Master Masons ar e invited to attend. The lodge is at 321 E. Dakin Ave., Kissimmee, just off the lakefront. For more information or dir ections, contact Rob Junecko at 407-873-6263.Osceola Singles ClubThe Osceola Singles Club meets Mondays at 7:30 p.m. at the Moose Lodge Post 2056, 1019 N. Main St., Kissimmee. For mor e infor mation, call Anne at 407-933-1100 or Joan at 407-390-8199.Confederate Da mes cha pterThe newly chartered Osceola Confederate Dames Chapter 2684 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy meets the thir d Monday of each month at 7 p.m. It is a historical, benevolent, educational, patriotic and memorial organization with membership open to women with ancestors who fought for or aided the Confederate cause during the war between the states. For more information, contact jaxiesmom93@yahoo.com.Depression, bi-polar support g roup A free depression, bi-polar support group will meet every Monday from 6:45 to 8 p.m. at the Northeast Christian Church, 2885 Partin Settlement Road, Kissimmee. For more information, call Kathie at 407-847-7420.Friends ofthe LibraryThe Poinciana Friends meets the third Tuesday each month at 2 p.m. at the Poinciana branch library. New members are welcome. The Osceola Friends board of directors meets bi-monthly at a time and place to be announced. New members ar e welcome. The West Osceola Friends board of directors meets quarterly. The time and place will be announced. The St. Cloud Friends meets the third Thursday each month at 11 a.m. following the Book Club. New members ar e welcome.St. Cl oud Horseshoe ClubThe St. Cloud Horseshoe Club will host a tournament April 9. Horseshoe pitching practice is Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join the club. The horseshoe pits ar e located between the St. Cloud Civic Center and the St. Cloud Senior Center on 17th Street. The St. Cloud Horseshoe Club will host the 51st annual state of Florida horseshoe tour nament on April 27, 28, 29 and 30. Horseshoe pitchers will be coming fr om around Florida to participate in the annual event. For more information call Carol Johns at 407-8477212; or Peg Currier at 407957-3805 or 603-312-6333 (cell phone).Cele br ate R ecoveryCelebrate Recovery meets at 7 p.m. every Friday night at Cor nerstone Church, 2925 Canoe Creek Road., St. Cloud. Celebrate Recovery is a faith-based 12-step pr ogram that provides a safe place to share your struggles with others going through similar experiences. There is no charge. Call Joe at 407-7090376 for mor e information.Lodge 221 F&A.M. meetingSt. Cloud Lodge 221 F&A.M. holds stated communications on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 7:30 p.m., Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. in the Masonic Lodge, 901 Oregon Ave., St. Cloud. Contact Jim Rouse, secretary, at 407-892-4412 or at yeggp@aol.com for more information.VITAS needs v olunteersVITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Central Florida needs volunteers in the area who can befriend terminally ill patients. They provide relief for weary caregivers, accompany their pet on Paw Pals visits, visit with veterans, provide art and music therapy, make bereavement calls, sew, make crafts, help repair medical equipment or help with administrative work. Call 407-691-4541 or email central.floridavolunteers @vitas.com for more information.R epublican W omens NetworkThe East Osceola Republican Womens Network meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Greensides restaurant in Harmony. For more information and to RSVP, call Donna at 407873-2048 or e-mail mkenl@ embarqmail.com.St. Cloud Senior Center eventsThe Fun 2 B Fit Club meets at the St. Cloud Senior Center W ednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Classes are for all ages, men and women. Bring your mat, towels, weights and water and be ready to get in shape with instructor Sherry and friends. Classes are a combo of weight training, pilates, yoga and more. Work out at your own pace and keep your body trim and toned. Every Wednesday, the Lets Dance Club meets from 7-9 p.m. at the St. Cloud SeniorB CommunityContinued from Page B-3 See Community, page B-6 Thursday, April 7, 2011 Online All The Time www.aroundosceola.com NEWS-GAZETTE, Page B5 BOARD MEMBER APPLICATIONS SOUGHTMembers of the Authoritys Board of Directors are nonpaid officials who have complete responsibility for the electric utility system in Kissimmee. This is a five-year term beginning October, 2011. Applicants for this seat must be qualified electors within KUAservice territory. The Charter of the Authority requires that members have demonstrated successful business or professional management career. The current outgoing Board member is eligible for renomination. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITYFOR INDIVIDUALS TO CONTRIBUTE THEIR TIME AND EFFORTS TO PROVIDE FOR AHEALTHYLOCAL ECONOMYTHROUGH ASUCCESSFUL LOCALUTILITYSYSTEM. If you are willing and able to serve in this capacity please contact the office of the President & General Manager, KUAAdministration Bldg., 1701 W. Carroll St., to obtain the required form for submittal of brief biographical information. This form must be completed and returned by 5:00 p.m. on April 29, 2011. All applicants are urged to discuss the details of responsibilities associated with this position with the President & General Manager. James C. Welsh Pr esident & General Manager P.O. Box 423219 Kissimmee, FL 34742-3219 407-933-7777Ext. 6100KISSIMMEE UTILITYAUTHORITY BOARD OFDIRECTORS040711.TNG Established Since 197811220055 WW.. OOaakk SStt..KKiissssiimmmmeeee (Corner of Oak & J ohn Young)407-847-3441 5 FREE WINGSW W / / A AN N Y Y1 1 0 0 W WI I N N G G S S O O R RM MO O R R E EO OR R D D E E R RWith This Coupon. 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Center. For a $1 donation, you can learn basic ballroom dances with a qualified instructor. Practice sessions are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays. A 50-cent donation helps with costs. Join the St. Cloud Senior Center center weekly for live bands every Monday at 7 p.m. for social/ballroom dances and every Saturday at 7 p.m. for country/western dances. A donation for the dances is $3 per person. For more details, contact Sheila Lauer at 407-7387546.Osceola County Camera ClubThe Osceola County Camera Club invites anyone interested in taking photographs and having a good time to attend the clubs twice-monthly meetings. The club will meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the Folsom Services, 25 E. 13th St., St. Cloud at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the websiteat occameraclub.blogspot.comor the clubs Facebook page at http://bit.ly/ackyi7.In Step with the SpiritThe In Step With the Spirit organization, a Christ-centered recovery group for alcohol and drug meets 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Osceola Christian Ministry Center 700 Union St., Kissimmee. For more information, call Richar d Burton at 407-9449968.OSCAR Toastmasters ClubThe OSCARToastmasters Club meets from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays at the Osceola County Association of Realtors (OSCAR) headquar ters, 1105 Shady Lane, Kissimmee. For more information, call 407-791-3772.Kissimmee LionsThe Kissimmee Lions Club meets the first and thir d Monday of each month at the clubhouse, 3050 Lions Court, just of f Osceo la Parkway, Kissimmee. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. Men and women 18 and older ar e invited to visit the club. Used glasses and hearing aids will be collected. Call Phyllis Brannaman at 407-847-2744.Toastmasters to meetToastmasters meets every T uesday from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. at the Lake Nona YMCA. For more information, visit www.toastmasters.org or call Will Hamilton at 321-6629517.LifeRing meetings setThe LifeRing of St. Cloud will meet in the St. Cloud Regional Hospital Directors Conference Room at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. There is no charge and it is open to anybody desiring help in recovering from substance abuse. There are no dues or fees. The only requirement is the desire to stay sober. For more information about the recovery group, visit www.LifeRing.org. For more information about the LifeRing approach and philosophy and to connect with LifeRing participants, visit www.unhooked .com.Mid-Florida Corvette ClubThe Mid-Florida Corvette Club meets the first Tuesday of the month at Starling Chevrolet, 2500 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Kissimmee. The group is a nonprofit organization that donates to local charities. Join the meeting at any of the groups events. Membership is not required. For more information, contact 407-892-1841 or visit www.midfloridacorvettes.com .Shuf fleboard ClubThe St. Cloud Shuffleboard Club meets almost daily starting at 9 a.m. at 701 Ohio Ave. Interested persons 18 years or older may participate in the year-r ound club and activities by calling the club at 407498-0603. If no one answers, leave a message and you will be contacted.Lets Dance! Every W ednesday night from 7 to 9 p.m. is the Lets Dance! program at the St. Cloud Senior Center. Its basic ballroom lessons with a donation of $1 per session with a qualified instructor There also is a practice session from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays with no instructor.A 50-cent donation is asked from each person (bring a lunch if you want to take a break from your dancing.) For more information, call Sheila Lauer at 407-7387546.F&AM PHA l odge meetingsKissimmee Lodge F&AM PHA No. 68 meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. with fellowship prior to the meeting at 7 p.m. For more information or directions, call Clifton Mathews at 321-442-5588 or Clar ence Dunkley at 407-908-3505. All master masons interested in attending should contact the group prior to the regular meeting. The lodge is at 1514 Brack St., Kissimmee, just off Orange Blossom Trail.Access outreach centerThere is a free community help center to provide the community with access to the government services food stamp application website, and help with faxing documents, printing documents, making phone calls to government agencies, making copies of documents, information and handouts about government services in the area. Its at 1372 E. Vine St., Kissimmee. Its open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 407-931-4825 and ask for Ana V illar. There is bilingual help and transportation for the seniors.Center for the Arts Big BandThe Osceola Center for the Arts Big Band, providing big band music to Central Florida since 1991, rehearses select Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the centers music room. Contact Bob Clayton at 407-957-9139 for a current rehearsal schedule.Community ChorusThe Center Singers at the Osceola Center for the Arts welcome adult singers of all ages to join their group. The Center Singers meet on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the centers music room. No professional experience is needed. The group performs concerts at the center throughout the year. A concert participation fee is required. For a current rehearsal schedule, call 407-846-6257, Ext. 0. in this after-school program for firstto fifth-graders. Investigati ons, exploration and cr eativity skills are the only things needed to join in this program series. A different theme is featur ed each month for cool activities, stories, games, crafts and more.Adult Ev entsT uesday, April 12, at 10 a.m. Book Club: A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage An offbeat history of the world traces the story of humankind from the Stone Age to the 21st century from the perspective of six different drinks beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea and cola describing their pervasive influence during pivotal eras of world history, from humankind's adoption of agriculture to the advent of globalization.Family EventsThursday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m., Jammy Jambor ee Come in your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal to the library for a fun story time and craft activity. Thursday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m., An Old Lady, Guitar, and a Senior Moment musical con cert with Jane Rosenbohm Enjoy the effervescent music of Jane Rosenbohm, an accomplished classical guitarist with more than 46 years of experience. LibraryContinued from Page B-2 learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately. I am so proud of the tremendous accomplishments of the administration and staff at Celebration High School, Superintendent Michael A. Gr ego said. This IB diploma program will change the lives of students for many generations.CelebrationContinued from Page B-2 CommunityContinued from Page B-5 Page B6, NEWS-GAZETTE Online All The Time www.aroundosceola.com Thursday, April 7, 2011 GREAT PLACE TO BUY...SELL TRADE OR RENTthe Classifieds! 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