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Wednesday, March 12,2008

Babson Park leader looks to facilitate

News Editor
As president of the Babson
ParkVisioning Committee, Susan
Welborn's view of ongoing
annexation anxieties between
her community and neighboring
Frostproof might surprise a few
In fact, she agrees that it's easy
to see both sides of the equation:
Frostproof wanting to expand its
tax base and facilitate future
growth and Babson Park's quest
to make sure that growth doesn't
seriously compromise their more
bucolic view of life.
Welborn hopes she and her
group can help facilitate an
amenable solution.
"My role as I view it, as the
president of the visioning group,
is to provide that balance,"
Welborn said. "There are other

community groups that are more
active on one end of the spec-
trum or the other. The only way
that I think that we're going to be
able to proceed with something
is to find that balance in the mid-
The two neighbors have been
on edge because of a series of
recently enacted voluntary land
annexations north of the current
Frostproof city line, near the less
clearly defined Babson Park
A number of Babson Park resi-
dents have made appearances at
recent Frostproof city commis-
sion meetings to express their
concerns over the annexations,
even though there are no public
or immediate plans to develop
that land.
'"As the visioning group, we're
not opposed to development at
all," Welborn added. "We want

something complimentary.
Hillcrest Heights has that two to
three per acre density, and that is
what is historic. That is what we'd
like to see our neighboring com-
munity of Frostproof do.
Look at two to three, look at
the resources, particularly the
water issues, and how important
the ridge is to supplying water."
Welborn attended Monday
night's Hillcrest Heights city
commission meeting, beginning
dialogue on one potential solu-
tion, which would involved the
incorporated city of under 300
residents to annex Babson Park.
Although it might provide the
unincorporated Babson Park
area more immediate develop-
ment protection, some residents
have expressed a concern that
the area's name would lose its
historical identity and signifi-

Hillcrest Heights, all .16
square miles of it, has an estimat-
ed median household income of
$65,700, according to city-, more than twice that
of its neighbors of Frostproof to
the south and Lake Wales to the
Next week, Welborn will chair
the monthly visioning- group
meeting in Fellowship Hall at
Babson Park Community
The 7 p.m. parley is. open to
the public, and will be a follow-
up and guided discussion pre-
senting the results of a survey
residents filled out at January's
visioning meeting. At that get-
together, Carol Westmoreland,
from the Florida League of Cities,
attended that session to outline
what options might be available
in Babson Park to help preserve
its identify, including the option

of becoming its own incorporat-
ed municipality.
Welborn said the survey
results have indicated a few com-
mon threads.
"Most people were interested
in preserving the identity," she
noted. "There was a strong inter-
est in Hillcrest Heights, to see
what the opportunity there was.
But the overall interest was to do
something, not do nothing.
"We're just trying to explore
how to preserve the Babson Park
history and identity arid charac-
ter, 'and not go beyond that,"
Welborn added.
Besides incorporation or
annexation by another city, the
area could also become a so-
called "selected area study" for
Polk County, which would pro-
vide at least a little more control
over development than is
presently available.

Rotary Talent Show finalists announced

Two wonderful nights of family entertainment
have come to an end, but there's still one night left
in the "Great Talent Escape Show and Competition"
Aimpresented by the Frostproof Interact and the
Frostproof Rotary and by major sponsors Cargill
Juice North America, Alico and Wal-Mart.
"' -On Friday and Saturday nights, March 7 and 8,
the stage at the Frostproof High School Performing
S Arts Center was filled with the best entertainers in
Frostproof and the surrounding cities! Some enter-
tainers attend Ben Hill Griffin Elementary School,
1Y'Aothers attend Frostproof Middle Senior High
SSchool, and others were adults from Frostproof,
Lake Wales, .Babson Park and Avon Park. N6 matter
their age, they performed with heart and gave the
best they had. In return, they received the audi-
ence's appreciation, encouragement and hearty
applause. Performers, volunteers and the audience
alike received the gratitude and thanks of the
Frostproof Interact Club' and the Frostproof Rotary
for their community spirit in supporting the
fundraiser that will provide the monies for projects
and grants for Frostproof's schools and the commu-
The competitors were placed in categories based
on type of talent and age group. One finalist was
selected from each category and age group; two
were selected if four or more acts competed. Ties
were riot broken and all acts involved in a tie will
compete in the finals. The finalists from each
evening will compete on Saturday evening, March
Photos by Bea Reffeis 15, 7p.m. at the Frostproof High School Performing
ra Balleza, Antonia Chavez, Esmeralda Gauzin and Norma Carrizales entertained their way to the final round of the "Great Arts Center.
nt Escape Show." The finalists (with category and age group) from
the Friday evening show are Jarred Gravley playing
the guitar and singing (Instrumental/Instrumental
with Vocal Grades six through 12); Cheyenna
Lightsey, Sarah Beth Hand, and Juliana Socorro
singing (kindergarten through fifth grade); Phillip
Bracken II playing the flute (Instrumental / Adult);
Mayra Balleza, Norma Carrizales, Antonia Chavez
and Esmeralda Gauzin dancing (Other / Grades six
through 12); Jaquis Hall and Dave Thomas singing
(Vocal / Adull).
The finalist'from Saturday evening are Jeff Bailey,
Todd Daniels, Brian Deal, and Jake Smith playing
guitars, drums and singing; Jeffrey Brewer and
Jeffrey Valentine playing guitars (Instrumental with
or without vocal / Bands); Robert Baldwin singing
and dancing and Chasity Kincaid singing (Vocal /
Grades six through 12); Laura Swygert dancing ea
9 ballet (Other / Adult); and Rise Singer and Maegan
Weir singing (Vocal / Adult).
One of the youngest Tickets for the final evening, Saturday, March 15,
performers making it. are a bargain at $10,each when you consider that
to the "Great Talent you will enjoy an evening of exciting entertainment,
Escape Show" finals have the opportunity to support and encourage
is Juliana Socorro. budding local talent, and are providing the means
for the Frostproof Interact Club and the Frostproof
tRotary to provide community service including the
See more purchase of document cameras and classroom
libraries for Ben Hill Griffin Elementary School. For
photos on tickets, stop by Pizza Box, see any Frostproof
PageA3J Interactor or Frostproof Rotarian, or call (863) 635-
son Park resident Laura Swygert per- Jeffrey Brhewer and Jeffrey Valentine were chosen as final- 4668. Don't miss out on finding out who will win the
ed a Ballet which landed hera place in the ists in the Rotary "Great Talent Escape Show and $1,000 grand prize!
.e a Bt c- ha c hCompetition" for plaving guitars Finals will be held March

s of the "Great Talent Escape Show."

15 at Frostproof High School Performing Arts Center.

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March 12,2008

2A The Frostproof News


Quilt Workshop
Frostproof Art League
will host a quilt workshop
on Friday, March 14, at
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Double
Pinwheel Quilt by Eleanor
Burns of Quilt in a Day
will he 1 :
Tharp, a certified Quini in
a Day' teacher.
A wall-sized quilt,
approximately 44 x 44 will
be completed in class
using Eleanor Burns
methods. Cost of $50
includes a complete quilt
kit (several colors to
choose from) and the
workshop. A book will be
available for $15. For more
information or to register
call (863) 635-7271.

Casino Night
The Babson Park
Woman's Club is sponsor-
ing a Las Vegas style
Casino Night on Saturday,
7 to 11 p.m. This enjoy-
able evening will offer
many favorites including

Texas He Em, Black
Jack, Craps, Bingo and
Roulette. A variety of
prizes will be awarded to
the top winners. Later in
the evening a silent auc-
tion and a raffle will be

I. Czeb. i or A u oi
$15 per person or $25 per
couple, each guest will
receive $1000 in play
money. Everyone is invit-
ed to participate in this
popular community
event. The club is located
at 1300 North Scenic
Highway (SR 17) across
from Webber
International University.
The Babson Park
Woman's Club uses this
popular fundraiser to
help restore and maintain
the 74 year old historic
building. Come casual,
BYOB (set-ups are provid-
ed) and get ready for some
Las Vegas style fun. Call
(863) 638-1621 for addi-
tional information.
City Council plans

The next joint
Frostproof City Council
and Planning and Zoning
meeting will be held at 6
p.m. on Monday, March
17. The regular city council
., are h ,;. first
and third Monday of each
month. Frostproof City
Hall is located at 111 First
Street. For more informa-
tion call 635-7855.

Community Egg Hunt
What can be more fun
than an egg hunt?
Remember the excitement
of discovering eggs when
you were little? These
brightly colored eggs have
prizes inside! The
Frostproof Ministerial
Association and Family
Life Church will hold a
community egg hunt on
Saturday, March 22, 2008,
11 a.m. at the Frostproof
Middle/Senior High
School Track and Field on
the east side of the cam-

pus. There will be hun-
dreds and hundreds of
eggs, maybe even thou-
sands, grand prizes will be
four bikes provided by the
Ministerial Association.
Ages two to 10 are invited.
Contact Pastor Kelly Galati
for more information (863)

Easter Sunrise Service
The Frostproof
Ministerial Association's
Community Easter Sunrise
Service will be held at 7
a.m. at the East end of
Wall Street in downtown
Frostproof on Sunday,
March 23. This year the
event is hosted by Pastor
Jim Isaacson and the First
United Methodist Church.
Watch the sunrise over
Lake Reedy, renew your
relationship with your
heavenly Father, and fel-
lowship with friends and
neighbors. Please bring
your own chair if you can.
Contact Pastor Jim

Isaacson for more infor-
mation (863) 635-3107.

Lion's Camp Yard Sale
The Florida Lions
Camp is clearing space
for summer camp 2008.
Come and join us for the
biggest yard sale of the
season. You'll find appli-
ances, furniture, dishes,
and much more! The Yard
Sale will take place Friday,
March 28 and Saturday,
March 29, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Florida Lion's Camp is
located at 2819 Tiger Lake
Road (Off Highway 60
East), Lake Wales. For
more information call
(863) 696-1948.

Free TaxAide at LMML
Free federal income tax
assistance and E-filing tax
assistance is available now
through April 15.
Volunteers with the AARP
TaxAide program will be at
the Latt Maxcy Memorial
Library, located on the

corner of Wall Street and
Magnolia Avenue, to assist
in preparing and E-filing
2007 personal federal
income tax returns.
Taxpayers should bring
picture identification with
them as well as Social
Security cards for all fami-
ly members. Please bring a
copy of your 2006 federal
income tax return and all
necessary papers for filing
2007 tax returns. This is a
free service for everyone.
There are no age or mem-
bership requirements.
Assistance is available
Monday and Thursday
mornings 8:30 a.m. until
noon. Volunteers are also
available on Monday
evenings from 4:30 to 7
p.m. as well, to assist the
working public who are
unable to come in during
morning hours. For more
information please call the
Latt Maxcy Memorial
Library at 635-7857.



Grant Money available
forCommunity Service
Youth-oriented groups,
associations and organiza-
tions are invited to apply for
grant money to be used for
community service projects
addressing a local need. The
Polk County Youth Service
Learning Council, com-
posed of public and private
school students, is awarding
grants of $250 to $500 to
youth groups.
The groups are required
to use the grant money for
community service projects
that serve the elderly,
improve literacy, prevent

drug use or violence or help
The application deadline
is Friday, March 14. For fur-
ther information on the appli-
cation process and project
requirements contact Jayne
Bates, Crowe Chizek and
Company LLC, at (863) 603-
4836. Grant awards will be
announced on April 1, 2008.
The Service Learning
Council, consisting of 19
young people, will review
applications and select grant
awardees. Lakeland's Crowe
Chizek and Company LLC is
a Polk'County Youth Service
Learning Council sponsor.
Funded projects are
required to submit a final
report describing prepara-
tion, service provided, pro-
ject activities, participants,
accomplishments and an
accounting of how awarded

funds were spent. Groups
awarded a grant will also
participate in an end-of-
project event and make a
presentation on their activi-
Projects also need to be
started by April 25, Global
Youth Service Day. The .
Service Learning Council is
tying-in this endeavor with
Global Youth Service Day.

Fifth Grade E-Team Finals
The 27th Annual 5th
Grade E-Team Academic
Tourney Finals will held
Wednesday, March 19, 1
p.m. at the Lakeland Center,
701 West Lime Street. The
public is invited and there is
no charge to attend as fifth
grade students will repre-
sent their schools and test
their knowledge of econom-
ic terms, language arts,

mathematics, science and
social studies. School teams
competed throughout the
school year for the right to
compete in the finals. An
awards ceremony immedi-
ately follows the finals.
Information: Peggy Harrod,
(863) 968-5168.

Workshop for Special
Needs Individuals
The Florida Diagnostic &
Learning Resources System
and the Center for Autism
and Related Disorders will
hold a free workshop for
parents and guardians of
special needs individuals.
This workshop will
include discussion about
social services and agen-
cies that assist special
needs individuals. The
workshop will include
information about the

Division of Vocational
Rehabilitation, the Agency
for Persons with
Disabilities and the Social
Security Administration.
The workshop will be
held Tuesday, March 25, 9
a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Palm
Room of the Jim Miles
Professional Development
Center, 5204 U.S. Highway
98, Lakeland. Call (863) 647-
425.8 for further information
or registration details.

Superintendent's 5K
Run/Walk planned
The Superintendent's 5K
Run/Walk for Excellence will
be held Saturday, April 5, at
the Fort Fraser Trail in
Highland City, south of
Lakeland just off U.S.
Highway 98 South.
A 5K Run/Walk begins at
8 a.m. followed by a Kids

Fun Run at 9 a.m. Entry fees
for the event will be used for
programs in the school dis-
trict's gifted student educa-
tion department. There are
no entry fees for children in
kindergarten through fifth
grade. Race awards will be
given out to male and
female overall winners, male
and female masters (40 and
over) and the top three fin-
ishers in gender and age
group divisions.
Contact Pam Sudzina at
(863) 534-0934 for event
details and registration
information or for informa-
tion on the school district's
gifted student education
programs. Parking on race
day is available at the Jim
Miles Professional
Development Center, 5204
U.S. Highway 98 South,

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The Frostproof News 3A

March 12,2008

TALENT From PageAl

Cheyenna Lightsey and Sarah Beth Hand were all smiles to
hear they made it to the finals of the "Great Talent Escape

Band members Jeff Bailey, Todd Daniels, Brian Deal, and Jake Smith played guitars, drums and sang their way to the final

Robert Baldwin singing and dancing
talents secured him a spot in the "Great
Talent Escape Show" finals.

Lake Wales resident Chasity Kincaid
won her a place in the final round of The "Great Talent Escape Show"
the "Great Talent Escape Show" with judges voted Jaquis Hall into the
her singing vocals, finals for her singing perfor-

Phillip Bracken II played the flute for his performance in the
"Great Talent Escape Show and Competition." Phillip will
move on to the final round.

Local Male vocalist Dave Thomas sang his way into the
"Great Talent Escape Show" finals.

Jarred Gravley made it into the "Great Talent Escape Show"
finals playing his guitar and singing.

Rise Singer will

move into the "Great Talent Escape Sho1w
move into the "Great Talent Escape Show"

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4A The Frostproof News


Don't leave Florida out of picture

As it stands today, delegates rep-
resenting Florida Democrats will
not be seated at the party's August
nominating convention because
the Legislature moved the state's
presidential primary to Jan. 29.
Democratic and Republican
Party bosses said that date wasn't
acceptable. Both preferred to pre-
serve the traditional role played by
early-voting states such as Iowa
and New Hampshire. The
Democrats essentially nullified
Florida's primary and no candi-
dates campaigned here.
The GOP penalized the state by
halving the number of delegates it
would seat at its convention in the
Twin Cities.
Florida, with its potentially deci-
sive delegates doesn't exist this
year. And neither does Michigan,
for the same reason. The
Legislature's political gamesman-
ship exacted a price.
What does this mean? It means
that the party disenfranchised

5,163,271 citizens of Florida and
Michigan for the offense of voting
early. What if they had all been
women, or minorities, instead of
just early to the polls?
The Democratic Party's highly-
publicized action has taken some
heat off of the Republican Party.
Sen. John McCain's early clinching
of the GOP nomination also means
the RNC's sanctions had no affect
the Republican nomination.
On the Democratic side,. the
nominating picture is now mud-
died by the prospect of so-called
"superdelegates" deciding the
nomination. Superdelegates are
elected office holders and party
bigwigs who are not committed to
follow the will of the voters as
expressed in party primaries. They

make up about 20 percent of the
They are the party pros, who give
great weight to the "electability" of
any given nominee, while the vot-
ers vote for the candidates who
most appeal to them.
Despite party primaries, about
one-fifth of the convention dele-
gates are not required to vote the
wishes of their constituents. Surely
that is enough power to give to the
party pros.
The alternative is to do what
most of us learned in elementary
school, a do-over. In recent days,
the remaining Democratic candi-
dates, Sens. Hillary Clinton and
Barack Obama, state and national
party officials and Gov. Charlie
Crist have indicated a willingness

to hold another primary.
The estimated cost is uncertain,
but a figure as high as $25 million
has been reported.
A do-over, by definition, is
nobody's first choice. It is an
admission that the dispute a fair
or foul ball, a touchdown catch or a
presidential primary election -
cannot be resolved. But the alter-
native is unthinkable.
Florida by virtue of its size,
diverse demographics and historic
past role simply cannot be left out.
We can't help but think a deep-
pocketed donor wouldn't bankroll
a revote. Imagine the PR coup. So-
and-so rescues Florida votes from
scrap heap.
Failing that, the state, the
Democratic Party and the candi-
dates who cannot accumulate
the required number of delegates
to clinch the nomination without
winning Florida and Michigan -
must cover the cost. Leaving
Florida out is not an option.

Our area still retains

its original character

From the Files
Compiled By PAT HALL

Five Years Ago
The Warner Southern
College baseball team
hosted the 18th Annual
Warner Southern
Invitational Baseball
Tournament last weekend
and won the champi-
onship for the eighth con-
secutive year..
Like going for a Sunday
drive, the wheels are in
motion to have the State
Road 17 corridor, some 35
miles running from
Frostproof to Haines City,
designated an official
scenic highway.
More than 1,700
exhibitors are expected to
show more than 3,800 pro-
jects in the 56th annual
Polk County Youth Fair
beginning March 15.
15 Years Ago
For most Lake Waleans
the "spring blizzard of '93"
caused more aggravation
than actual damage
although up to three inch-
es of rain were recorded
Friday overnight and winds
gusting to 50 miles per

hour and above were
relentless through the
night and for much of
After a number of delays
caused primarily by
reduced city cash flow, the
new police headquarters
building is about to be
Lake Wales High
School's Academic Team
placed fifth in the county
on Tuesday at the Polk
County High School
Academic Tournament.
25 Years Ago
Approval of the city's
plan to dump treated
sewage into the Peace
Creek Drainage Canal does
not mean immediate
implementation of the
plan, and environmental-
ists in the area still have
hopes of finding another
County Commissioners
voted unanimously
Tuesday to ask the state for
the three-laning of State
Road 60 from Capps Road
to Tiger Creek Road, a dis-
tance of nine and one-half

Two Lake Wales High
School choirs, the concert
choir and women's chorus,
become the only choirs in
the county to earh an invi-
tation to the state contest
in May after competing at
the District VI Chorus
Contest in Orlando.
35 Years Ago
Lynn Bassett, 16-year-
old, junior at Lake Wales
High School, placed first in
the Leto Invitational
Diving Contest at Tampa.
Twenty-five schools werd
represented at the swim
The Lake Wales
Highlanders' baseball team
bounced back Tuesday and
defeated the Bartow Yellow
Jackets, 4-3, in a Southwest
Florida Conference game.
Lake Wales area resi-
dents who use the county
landfill on Ninth Street
were given no advance offi-
cial notice Tuesday when
the county director of envi-
ronmental services abrupt-
ly ordered the cite closed to
further use.

The Frostproof News
Jim Gouvellis -- Publisher
Bob Bobber -- General Manager
Cindy Monk - Editor

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Long before Lake Wales
was built and a source of
turpentine in 1911, the
Indians would travel for
miles from surrounding
villages to visit the top of
Iron Mountain as part of
an annual pilgrimage to
revere their Spirits. Iron
Mountain, the highest
point in Peninsula Florida
at 298 feet above sea level,
would be the eventual site
of Bok Tower.
When the Spanish
explorer, Ponce de Leon,
tried to establish a colony
of 200 settlers in Charlotte
Harbor in 1521 on the west
coast, hostile Indians
repeatedly attacked them
and forced them to retreat.
It wasn't until St.
Augustine was built on the
east coast that European
influence was established
with any permanency in
Florida. The French tried to
settle along waterways,
especially on the St. John's
River but were eventually
killed or driving off by the
Spanish military.
England also recognized
the value of Florida and
made inroads to establish
small settlements on the
peninsula. But it was slow
to grow with only a few
thousand European inhab-
itants by the early 1800s.
It took years before a
meaningful population in
Florida was recognized as
more people migrated
from the northern states or



Europe. Growth was con-
centrated along the coastal
areas where seaports were
Central Florida was slow
to develop with Bartow far
ahead of Lake Wales. When
the Atlantic Coastline
Railroad first laid tracks in
Lake Wales in 1911, it
opened an opportunity for
local products to be rea-
sonable transported out of
the area. Oranges were a
promising investment and
the rolling ridge and hills
surrounding Lake Wales
was ideal for citrus.
Long leaf yellow pines
were thick in the area and
processing turpentine was
a promising enterprise.
Soon Lake Wales had a
thriving turpentine busi-
ness with good rail trans-
portation. The small com-
munity was off and run-
ning with a few houses, a
25 room hotel and a large
boarding house. By 1917
there was a two-story bank
and a "downtown" area on
Stuart and Polk Avenues,

featuring a variety of dry
goods, grocery and supply
stores. The streets were
still unpaved but Florida
was at the eve of the big
Florida Boom where devel-
opment would change
Florida forever, with the
exception of interior cities.
They would remain much
the same, with the exclu-
sion of the larger cities.
The downtown core of
our city still retains much
of its original character as
it was back in the 1940s
with a few exceptions. This
makes Lake Wales unique
and a prize for any devel-
oper interested in retaining
the architecture of an age
There used to be an old
pine tree behind the library
next to Crystal Lake that
had sap-taping grooves on
it. It was cut down in the
late '90s or maybe one of
the three 2004 hurricanes
took it, but it's gone now. It
has been suggested, if you
have a sharp eye, you
might discover an old pine
tree somewhere around
greater Lake Wales that still
has the sap grooves of the
turpentine-harvesting era
of yesteryear.
Indians stopped their
annual pilgrimages to
Historic Bok Sanctuary,
atop Iron Mountain, but
remain in Lake Wales. To
experience their presence,
you'll have to visit Spook

Letters to the editor

Helpful Social Security folks

Today I had a most in a comfortable setting.
enjoyable experience with I would encourage, any-
a representative from the one having a need to get
Lakeland office of the information, get help with
Social Security a problem with your
Administration. account, find out how to,
These are not volunteers and receive assistance in
but members of the staff. It filing for benefits, to avail
was a pleasant, relaxed and themselves of the very
most informative session helpful service that is avail-

able at the Bartow Public
Library each Wednesday
from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
If you have ever had to
go to the Lakeland Social
Security office, you will
really appreciate this ser-
Ivan Richardson



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Several street improvements are coming your way

Street improvements are
coming our way! In addi-
tion to the resurfacing of
many streets being
planned for the spring and
summer, some state and
county roads are also being
reviewed for improve-
ments. Let's review what is
in progress:

US 27

The granddaddy of
street projects in our town
is the widening of US 27.
The section between
Cyprus Gardens Boulevard
and Vanguard School was
finished first. The current
phase of this project is
between Vanguard School
and State Road 60, and
includes a new bridge over
the railroad tracks and spe-
cial landscaping at Central
Avenue. This phase is

Tony "
Otte, City

scheduled to be completed
in the spring of next year.
The entire project will add
a lane in both directions,
from SR 60 to 1-4.

Scenic Highway
The intersection of State
Road 17 (Scenic Highway)
and Mountain Lake Cutoff
Road is of special interest.
Our City Commission has
directed staff to follow-up

with state and county rep-
resentatives to ensure
that improvements are a
priority. The county
installed the blinking light
about 7 years ago, and the
state is planning to con-
struct a center turn lane
for all four directions.
However, there are strict
state guidelines, which
must be met regarding
the volume of traffic
before the signal will be
installed. The Florida
Department of
Transportation (FDOT)
takes traffic counts on a
regular basis, but as of yet
the volume of turning
movements is not quite
sufficient. This project is
estimated to cost $2.4 mil-
lion, with $1.25 million to
come from FDOT's
Highway Safety program.
The City will be requesting

the County's
Transportation Planning
Organization (TPO) to add
the remainder of the fund-
ing needed to their 5-year

State Road 60
A number of improve-
ments are in the works for
SR 60. The installation of
raised, grass medians on
SR 60 from 11th Street to
Buck Moore Road is being
planned. On some sections
of SR 60 in the City there is
a grass median with raised
concrete curbs. In the area
between 11th Street and
Buck Moore Road there is a
center, omni-directional
turn-lane. This type of
design was common years
ago, but has been rejected
by FDOT for the last 15
years or more. Grass medi-

ans have several safety fea-
tures: They allow pedestri-
ans a "safe haven" when
crossing at designated
crosswalks, and they con-
trol the places where dri-
vers can turn. They are also
more aesthetically pleas-
ing. The present center
lane is sometimes misused
by drivers during periods
of heavy traffic as a way to
turn left and then speed up
and merge into a driving
lane. This lane could also
cause two drivers who are
going to turn left to have a
head-on crash. FDOT staff
is finalizing plans for the
median in this area and
will display them and
answer questions at a spe-
cial meeting to be
Several years ago city
staff requested FDOT to
install lighting on SR60 in

this same section, from
llth Street to Buck Moore
Road. That project is mov-
ing forward.
FDOT staff is also look-
ing to re-surface that por-
tion of SR 60 from US 27 to
the Scenic Highway over-
pass. In addition to the re-
surfacing project, City staff
has requested funds for
additional landscaping of
the existing medians in this
area, and for signage to
direct trucks away from the
red, railroad bridge at Polk
Avenue and Scenic

Burns Avenue
The City Commission
has regularly asked the
County to improve Burns
Avenue, a County road.
This re-surfacing project is
set to begin.

Music will fill the air at dance bazaar

Music will fill the
Marketplace this Saturday,
March 15th when Lake
Wales Main Street hosts the
1st Annual World Dance
Bazaar! All types of
dancers are scheduled to
perform from 2:00 pm to
6:00 pm. Many of the
dancers will also be offer-
ing free dance instructions
and will welcome audience
participation. Bring you
lawn chairs and watch
cloggers, square dancers,
belly dancers, ballroom
dancers, line dancers, and
more. Ben Pugh will play
the Scottish bagpipes and
music will be provided by
J.P Henderson Galaxy of
Lights Traveling

Entertainment Complex.
The festivities will continue
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm with a
street dance in the
Marketplace where every-
one is invited to join.
Each month, two Open
Forums are held: one with
City Manager Tony Otte
and the other with Main
Street Board members and

These Forums are
designed so citizens can
talk to us, bringing their
concerns, ideas and sug-
AThis month, we are
doing something new.
The two Forums will be
combined, in an effort to
meet with more people,
especially regarding the
downtown area.
The Open Forum will be
held Thursday, March 20th
at 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the
Community Room of the
Care Center, 140 E. Park
Ave. Mayor Alex Wheeler
and City Planner Margaret
Swanson havd been invited
to attend and will be able

Putnam offers help with

dealing with agencies

to address some of the
questions posed at the last
Main Street Forum which
was held February 28th.
Everyone is welcome. For
more information, please
call me at 678-4182 x270.
Plans are being finalized
for March's Friday Night
Live, which will be held
March 21st, 6:00 9:00 pm
in the historic downtown
area. Watch for press
releases containing the
names of those who will be
Stores and restaurants
will be open late that
Lake Wales Main Street
is planning to host a
"Candidates Forum" and

has invited the four people
who are running for one
seat on the City
Commission. It will be
held at the Lake Wales Care
Center's Community Room
on Monday, March 24th,
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

Everyone is invited to meet
the candidates, hear what
they have to say, and have a
chance to ask them ques-
tions. Rich Thompson
from PCC Corporate
College will be the modera-



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will be at locations in Polk
and Hillsborough counties
in March to help con-
stituents with federal pro-
grams such as Social
Security, Medicare or vet-
erans benefits.
Caseworkers will meet
with constituents of
Florida 's 12th
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need help with any federal
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Absentee ballots
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April 1 elections
Absentee ballots are
now available for voters
wishing to cast their bal-
lots by mail in the April 1
city elections. Voters can
request a mail ballot by
phoning Election
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5888 or by visiting the
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A ballot will be mailed as
soon as the request is
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24 hours. After designating
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March 12, 2008


Dolly ,


Jones continues to rack up the hardware

The awards for Lake
Wales native Dominique
Jones continue to pile up.
For the fourth time this
season, the former
Highlander was named the
Big East Rookie of the
Week, and the conference
announced Monday that
he is also been picked to
the league's All Rookie
Team and as an honorable
mention team member as
Jones is USF's third All-
Big East honorable men-
tion selection and the first
Bull named to the All-
Rookie team.
He led the team in scor-
ing at 17.1 points per
game, and added 4.6
rebounds an outing. His
scoring average is 18.2 in
conference play, the best of
any freshman and third
best in the league. Jones
was the only Bull to sLart
all 31 games and scored in
double figures in 28 of 31
games, including scoring
20 or more points 10 times
and 30 or more three
times. His 31 vs. Seton Hall
last week was his career
high and is the highest
scored by a Big East fresh-
man this year.
Jones' three 30-plus
point games are already
tied for fourth on the USF
all-time career list and he
was the only USF player to
play all 40 minutes in a

game during the season,
doing it four times.
He has shattered the
USF freshman scoring
mark by tallying 531 points
on the year. The previous
freshman record was 455
set by B.B. Waldon during
the 1998-99 season. The
531 points scored ranks
11 lth on the USF single-
season scoring list, just two
points behind
Darrell "Th
Coleman for
10th (533, thing
"He was maybe
spectacular," him
said Seton Hall
head coach bein
Gonzalez. "He Fresi
was just of th
unstoppable. of
That was the is,
best offensive
performance reco
we've had
against us all USF
has had a terrific freshman
season and breaking the
USF freshman scoring
record is quite an accom-
plishment," said USF head
coach Stan Heath. "He has
certainly positioned him-
self for other end-of-the-
year awards, including the
Big East Rookie of the Year
award. There are so many
great freshmen in the Big-

East and around the coun-
try and I'm extremely
happy with the one I have.
Dominique can compete
with any player in the
"It's an honor to break
the USF freshman scoring
record," said Jones.
"Individual honors are nice
but the goal is to continue
to get better as a player
and help USF
e only basketball get
to the next
that level."
It's not just
StOpS Heath singing
from his praises
g the "He's as good
as any top
Iman freshman in
SYear our confer-
ea ence," said
OUF Louisville head
coach Rick
ird." Pitino earlier
this year. "I'd
head coach love to have
Stan Heath him, he's a ter-
rific basketball
Jones was also named
the Sporting News
National Player of the Week
earlier this year. The four .
Big East Rookie of the Week
awards were second most
in the conference this sea-
Earlier this year he also
became the first freshman
in USF history, and only

the third USF player ever,
to score 30 or more points
in back-to-back games. He
was also the first Big East
freshman in 13 years to
score 30 or more points in
consecutive games. The
last league freshman to
accomplish it was
Georgetown's Allen
Iverson in December of
"Dominique is a player
who came to USF
unknown nationally," said
Heath. "But he made a
tremendous impact on
our team and around the
league. We see an exciting
future for him as he con-
tinues to develop."
Jones was named the
Big East Rookie of the
Week for a fourth time
after after he averaged
24.0 points, 6.5 rebounds
and 2.5 assists in a 1-1
week. He scored a career-
high 31 points in a 79-75
loss to Seton Hall. In a 54-
52 win at Rutgers, the first
road win for USF in three
seasons of Big East play,
Jones finished with 17
points and scored the
game's winning basket.
"The only thing that
maybe stops him from
being the Freshman of the
Year is our record," Heath
added. "Outside of that I
don't think there's any-
body as a freshman that's
outplayed him."

Lake Wales native Dominique Jones, who plays for University of
South Florida, was named Big East Rookile of the Week.

Wallace grabs a sixth at nationals

Webber International's
Anna Wallace was the local
star as the Warriors sent
five members of the
women's track team to the
NAIA indoor national
championships this past
weekend in Johnson City,
Wallace set a new school
record and personnel best
time after placing sixth in
the 60m hurdles (9.00).
Wallace also competed in
the triple jump where she
placed 22nd out of 26 par-
Sarah Long, Portia
Dudley, Stephanie
Gurganious, and Juline
Brice were part of the 4x400
meter relay team, which
placed 14th out of 26
teams. Brice also competed
in the 800m where she
placed 12th out of 16 par-
ticipants. Gurganious com-
peted in the 1,000 meters
and placed 12th out of 12

Softball team
still on streak

Winning the last 11 out
of 12 games and continu-
ing their winning streak to
nine games, the Warrioit
took two from the Lady
Cougars of Mountain State
University, 7-2 and 8-0, in
local college softball action
Monday. The Lady
Warriors improve their
record once more, going
13-10 in the season and 2-
4 in the Florida Sun
On the mound for the
Warriors in game one was
Kaysha Hillard, who
pitched all seven innings,
allowing two runs on six
hits, and five strike outs.
Offensively the Warriors
executed at the plate as
Stephanie Ryan and Sara
Harwood both laid down
bunts in the first inning to
allow a 2-0 lead. Fighting
back the Cougars came
back in the top of the sec-
ond to put a run on the
board making it a 2-1

1-, A I ., . : -..._ :_..
Anna Wallace finished sixth In the 60 meter hurdles at the NAIA
championship meet last weekend In Tennessee.

game. Going scoreless in
the second, the Warriors
make up for it in the fourth
putting four more runs on
the board to take 6-1 lead.
Both teams scored once
more in the sixth inning,
and the Warriors held a
tight defense in the sev-
enth to take the win.
Leading the Warriors at
the plate was Krysti
DiMartino going 2-for-2
with one run scored. Also

contributing were Christin

Carson, Stephanie Ryan,
and Blair Hardy all going
1-for-2 at the plate.
Entering into the sec-
ond game the Warriors
again opened the first
inning scoring three runs.
Sara Harwood hit a two
run homerun, followed by
a solo homerun by
Amanda Maclntrye. With
both teams going two
scoreless innings, the
Warriors came back in the
in the fourth putting two
more runs on the board.
Rachel Kidd received
the win on the mound for
the Warriors, and her first
shut game of the season.

0 0 00 0 0 00 0

The Warriors next double
header will be March 22

against PHCC, in Lake
Wales, at Warner Southern


Notice is hereby given that the City Council
of the City of Frostproof, Florida, will hold a
Public Hearing on Monday, March 17, 2008,
at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of
City Hall, 111 West First Street, for Second
Reading of Ordinance 2008-10 extending
the corporate limits of the City. The proposed
Ordinance is entitled:


EFFECTIVE DATE. General Location:
(North of Hollister Road and West of S
Scenic Highway (S.R. 17)
(Approximately 36.1415 Acres)
283105-000000-012010 012020 and

-- 283105-0000o-012010
SI- 12020 and 012030

,-, --- -

The Ordinance, including a complete legal description of the area proposed
to be annexed, is available for review in the office of the City Clerk,
Frostproof, Florida, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interested parties may
examine the Ordinance there or appear at the meeting and be heard with
respect to such proposed amendment. In compliance with the American
Disabilities Act (ADA), anyone who needs a special accommodation for this
meeting should contact the City Clerk's 'Office at (863) 635-7854 at least 48
hours in advance of this meeting. At said hearing any person, his Agent or
Attorney, may appear and be heard. If a person decides to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at
such hearing, they will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such
purposes, they may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based (F.S. 286.0105). 2039946

March 12, 2008

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The Lake Wales News 7A



B. "Maddy"
Madeline B. "Maddy"
Burnside of Lake Wales
died Saturday, March 8,
2008, at her home. She
was 57.
Born Sept. 17, 1950, in
New York City, N.Y., she
came here in November of
2007 from Conyers, Ga.
She was a cashier for Wal-
Mart, was of the Catholic
faith, and enjoyed needle-
Survivors include a son,
Michael Burnside of New
Hampshire; a brother,
Alfred E Jagusch of
Chesterfield, N.H.; and,
three sisters, Alberta
Smith of Lake Wales,
Elizabeth "Betty" DeBair
of New Jersey; and Audrie
Prnia of Minnesota.
Marion Nelson Funeral
Home was in charge of

Herbert "Herb"
Carlton Conner
Herbert "Herb" Carlton
Conner of Lake Wales died
Friday, March 7, 2008, at
the Lake Wales Medical
Center. He was 79.
Born May, 11, 1928, in
Dothan, Ala., he came
here 65 years ago. He was
a retired supervisor for
Citrus World and served in
the U.S. Navy. He loved to
Survivors include his
wife of 59 years, Hazel
Conner of Lake Wales; two
daughters, Bonnie Bohan-
non of Lake Wales and
Shari Thomas of Lake
Wales; two sons, Danny
Conner of Haines City and
Steve Conner of Lake
Wales; a sister, Mary
Conner of Lake Wales; six
grandchildren and six
Visitation was held from
5 until service time at 6
p.m., Monday, March 10, at
the Marion Nelson Funeral
Home in Lake Wales. In
lieu of flowers the family
requests donations be
made to the American
Heart Association or the
American Lung Associa-
Marion Nelson Funeral
Home was in charge of

Dolores A.
Dolores A. Conover of
Lake Wales died Monday,
March 10, 2008, at her
home. She was 77.
Born Sept. 28, 1930, in
Atlantic City, N.J., she has
been a winter resident for
20 years, coming from
Galloway, N.J. She was a
retired head teller at First
National Bank in Absecon,
N.J. and was a member of
the First united Methodist
Church in Conovertown,

N.J. She was a member of
the Bayview Fire Co.
Auxiliary in Conovertown,
N.J. and enjoyed family
time with her children,
grandchildren and great-
Survivors include her
husband, Howard E.
Conover Sr.; two daugh-
ters, Barbara Edwards of
Galloway, N.J. and Susan
Roberts of Mays Landing,
N.J.; a son, Howard
Conover Jr. of Millville,
N.J.; a brother, John
Toland of New York City,
N.Y.; five grandchildren
and eight great-grandchil-
No local services will be
held. Interment will take
place at Germania
Cemetery in Germania,
Marion Nelson Funeral
Home was in charge of

Barbara Cook

Barbara Cook of Lake
Wales died Thursday,
March 6, 2008, at Palm
Garden in Winter Haven.
She was 81.
Born Feb. 18, 1924, in
Cambridge, Mass., she
came here from Miami in
1988. She was a home-
maker and of the Catholic
Survivors include her
husband, Frank "Cookie"
Cook of Lake Wales; a
daughter, Joyce Ann Cook
of Pensacola; and a sister,
Jean Marie Lalone of
Visitation was held
from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday,
March 9, at the Marion
Nelson Funeral Home in
Lake Wales.
Marion Nelson Funeral
Home was in charge of

Fannie Gertrude
Tucker Rhoden

Fannie Gertrude Tucker
Rhoden of Lake Wales died
Friday, March 7, 2008, at
Lake Wales Medical
Center. She was 84.
Born Jan. 25, 1924, in
Lake Wales, she was a life-
long resident of the area.
She was a homemaker and
was a member of the
Church of God and the
VEW. Auxiliary. She loved
to needle point, crochet-
ing and cooking for her
Mrs. Rhoden was pre-
ceded in death by her hus-
band, James A. Rhoden Sr.;
three sons, James Rhoden
Jr., Joseph Rhoden and
Kenneth Rhoden Sr.; a
daughter, Lona Younger;
parents, Elisha and Ruby
Tucker; and numerous

brothers and sisters.
Survivors include five
daughters, Lue Geiger, Sue
Richardson, Rosalee
Lewis, Mary Collins and
Ruby Britt, all of Lake
Wales; two sons, George
and Aubie Rhoden, both
of Lake Wales; three sis-
ters, Louise Atwell of St.
Augustine, Oveida
Prescott of Lake Placid
and Ida Mae Taylor of
Sebring; 69 grandchildren
and great-grandchildren.
Visitation was held
from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday,
March 11, at the Marion
Nelson Funeral Home in
Lake Wales. Funeral ser-
vices will be held at 2 p.m.,
Wednesday, March 12, at
the funeral home.
Marion Nelson Funeral
Home was in charge of

Williams Jr.

Roscoe Williams Jr. of
Lake Wales died
Wednesday, March 5,
2008, in Grand Rapids,
Mich. he was 72.
Born May 18, 1935, in
Waterboro, S.C., he
worked for Hill Brothers
Orchard and was a mem-
ber of Greater St. Thomas
Holiness Church.
Mr. Williams was pre-
ceded in death by a son,
Aaron Williams; two sis-
ters, Fannie Mae and
Carrie Mae Williams; and
a brother, Willie James
Survivors include nine
children, Michele Snell,
Roscoe Williams III,
Kindreek 'Williams, Ellis
Williams and Elliot
Williams, all of Lake Wales,
Dora Kozminski of Grand
Rapids, Mich., Susie
Leonard of Sebring, Jackie
Hutchinson of Winston,
N.Y., Johnny Anderson of
Haines City; four sisters,
Lena M. Bailey, Georgia
Farley, Lucille Williams, all
of Sylvester, Ga., and
Bobbie Gaines of
Jacksonville; a brother,
Sam Williams of Sylvester,
Ga.; an aunt, Mildred
Tucker of Tampa; special
friend, Willie Pearl Charles
of Lake Wales; 22 grand-
children and 11 great-
Services will be held at
11 a.m., Saturday, March
15, at Mt. Zion Progressive
Baptist Church with
Bishop John Bowers of
Lena, S.C. officiating.
Johnell Carver Your
Home For Funerals is in
charge of arrangements.

To have your non-profit,
civic group, church or school
event included in Lake Wales
Area Events, e-mail information
to news@lakewalesnews. corn or
fax to 678-1297, attn. Area
Events. The area code for all
phone numbers is 863 unless
otherwise stated.


Marjorie Mead lecture
The First Presbyterian
Church of Lake Wales will
host Marjorie L. Mead, well-
known author and expert
on C.S. Lewis. Mead will
speak on "To see with other
eyes: Spiritual reality in C.S.
Lewis' Narnian Tales." Both
lectures begin at 6:30 p.m.

Good Shepherd Church
hosts Robyn Wilk
RobynWilk, an evangelist
with the Jews for Jesus, will
speak at the Church ofthe
Good Shepherd, Wdnesday,
March 12, 6:30 p.m. For
more information or direc-
tions, call 676-8578.


Fire Dept. yard sale
The Timberlane Volun-
teer Fire Department will be
holding its annual Spring
yard sale Thursday through
Saturday, March 13 through
15, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thousands of items in good
condition have been donat-
ed. The fire station is located
north of Lake Wales, on
Timberlane Road, one mile
north of Masterpiece Road.

Community yard sale
The Timberlane Neigh-
borhood Association' is
holding its annual commu-
nity yard sale and bake sale
Saturday, March 15, 8 a.m.
to 3 p.m., at the Timberlane
Clubhouse, off Timberlane
Road on Lakeside Drive,
north of Masterpiece Road.

Lake Wales
Women's Club
Dinner Dance, Thursday,

March 13, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at
the clubhouse. Music by Pat
Montaine and donation is
$10 per person. For more
information call Jeanie, 676-

The Taffetas
Enjoy a musical journey
through the Fabulous '50's!
as "The Taffetas" perform
Thursday, March 13, 7:30
p.m. at The Lake Wales Arts
Center. This charming off
Broadway musical comedy
hit features four singing sis-
ters who provide a rousing
tribute to the girl groups of
the '50's ... the Maguire
Sisters, the Fontaine Sisters,
and the Chordettes. The
Taffetas performance is
generously sponsored by
Mrs. Dale Fisher; Ms. Nancy
Hale Hoyt; Peterson &
Myers, PA; Florida's Natural
Growers; and Mr. and Mrs.
Keith Wadsworth. Tickets
are $14 for Arts Council
members and $20 for non-
members. Reserving tickets
through the Lake Wales Arts
Center at 676-8426.


Wild Beast Feast
Lake Wales FFA Alumni
presents Wild Beast Feast,
Saturday, March 15, 1 to 3
p.m., Legion Field, North
Lakeshore Blvd., on the
northwest shore of Lake
Wailes. Advance tickets $10
available at Lake Wales High
School or from FFA mem-
bers. Ticket holders get bar-
becue chicken or hamburg-
er dinner, plus samples of
the Wild Beast Feast, includ-
ing venison, hog, turkey,
gator and other wild game
plus the chance to sample
entries in the chili and bar-
becue cook-off competi-
tions. McLaughlin Middle
School's FFA group will sell
$3 strawberry shortcake.
After 3 p.m., Lake Wales FFA
will set hot ears of corn and
peanuts. Drinks available
for purchase throughout the
event. Come at noon for an
agricultural trade show, live


auction, student displays,
games, and two live bands.
For more information, call
678-4222 or 528-7801.

Holy Spirit Church St.
Patrick's Day Dinner
Parish Center, 644 S.
Ninth St., Lake Wales on
Saturday, March 15, 5 to 7
p.m. Food service until 6:30
p.m. Menu includes Irish
stew, soda bread, and cake.
There will also be a 50/50
raffle. Tickets may be pur-
chased after all weekend
Masses: Saturday, March 1;
Sunday March 2; Saturday,
March 8; Sunday, March 9 or
at the church office, 676-
1556, Monday through
Friday, 9 to 4 p.m. Final
sales Wednesday, March 12.
Donation $6 in advance, $7
at the door. For more infor-
mation contact Hilda
Wener, 678-1998.

Green Horizon
annual dinner
Don't miss this year's
Green Horizon annual din-
ner, Saturday, March 15,
5:30 p.m., at Historic Bok
Sanctuary. The evening will
feature a heavy hors d' oeu-
vres buffet catered by every-
one's favorite, Chef Terrie
Lobb, and a silent auction
has been an exciting part of
the annual dinner for sever-
al years. Tickets are $30 per
person. If you to
donate to the silent auction,
call the Green Horizon
office, (863) 678-1237.

Train show
and swap meet
H.B. Plant Railroad
Historical society 18th
annual model train show,
March 15, Hillsborough
Community College Plant
City campus John Trinkle
Building, 1206 N. Park Road,
Plant City. Admission is $6
for adults; children 17 and
under free with paying par-
ent. To learn more about the
club, visit www.hbplantrr.

Vintage clothing exhibit 2008

The Lake Wales Depot
Museum and Lake Wales
Historical Society are
pleased to announce the
opening of our annual exhib-
it "American Fashion
through the Ages: Vintage
Apparel and Accessories.",
This year we have another
outstanding display of
women's fashions, including
apparel from the late nine-
teenth century through the
1970s. We also have several
wedding dresses on display
in this years exhibit includ-
ing one from the 1890s. The
exhibit will be on display
through May.
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Kochanowski and Kauffman

announce engagement

Randi Lynn Parker engaged

to wed Cody Lee Sackett

Christen Michelle
Kochanowski of Lake
Wales and Charles Brown
Kauffman of Stone
Mountain, Ga. announce
their engagement.
The bride-to-be is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Bob Kochanowski of
Lake Wales. She grew up
in Lake Wales and gradu-
ated from Lake Wales
High School in 2005. She
is currently studying
meteorology at Embry
riddle Aeronautical
University in Daytona
The groom-to-be is
the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Kauffman of
Stone Mountain, Ga. He
also attends Embry
Ridge and is earning an
Aviation Business
Administration degree.
The wedding is sched-
uled to be held on Aug.
16, 2008, at South Lake
Wales Church of God.

Christen Michelle Kochanowski
and Charles Brown Kauffman

Patricia Parker and
Hugh Gregory of South
Carolina and Tony and
Andrea Parker of Fort
Meade announce the
engagement of their
daughter, Randi Lynn
Parker, to Cody Lee
Sackett of Fort Meade.
The prospective bride-
groom is the son of
Anthony and Bonnie
Skipper of Fort Meade
and David and Carol
Sackett of Frostproof.
The bride-elect is a
graduate of Fort Meade
Middle/Senior High
School and Traviss
Technical Center. She is
employed by Roberts
Barber Shop of Fort
The prospective bride-
groom also is a graduate
of Fort Meade
Middle/Senior High
School. He is employed
by Ardaman and
Associates of Bartow.
A Saturday, April 19,
2008, wedding is planned
at 5 p.m. at First Baptist.

Randi Lynn Parker and Cody Lee Sackett


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Relay for Life
of Lake Wales
Meeting schedule:
(Planning committee
meets from 6 to 6:30 p.m.;
teams meet from 6:30 to
7:30 p.m.)
March 18, walk
through at site.
March 25, location to
be determined
April 5-6, Relay for Life!
For more information,
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Volunteers need-
Join Keep Polk County
Beautiful, Inc. for the
Great American Cleanup
on Saturday, March 29, 8
a.m. to noon. Activities
will include beautifica-
tion projects and litter
removal from public
parks and rights-of-way.
More than 2 million vol-
unteers are expected to
participate in this nation-
wide cleanup initiative
led by Keep America
Beautiful, Inc. The mis-
sion: To empower individ-
uals to take greater
responsibility for enhanc-
ing their community
Neighborhood groups,
churches, schools, civic
clubs, businesses and
individuals are encour-
aged to participate in the
cleanup. Participants in
the cleanup who pre-reg-
ister by March 1 will
receive free T-shirts and
complimentary admis-
sion into Historic Bok
Sanctuary in Lake Wales.
For more information on
how you can get involved,
contact Keep Polk County
Beautiful, Inc., 676-7019.

Lake Wales Care
Center Work
Lake Wales Care Center
is preparing for the 23rd
annual Stay-at-Home
Work Camp. The purpose
of this camp is to help
provide Lake Wales
homeowners with a safe
living environment.
During the weeks of

camp, local students are
engaged in home repair,
mostly repairing roofs
and painting homes. At
this time, Lake Wales Care
Center is seeking home-
owners who need to have
repairs done on their
homes and who wouldn't
be able to have it done
otherwise, due to physical
or financial limitations.
The dates for the camp
. have been set for June 8-
14 for students who have
completed 9th 12th
grades; June 29-July 2 for
students who have com-
pleted 6th-8th grades;
and July 6-9 for students
who have completed 8th-
12th grades. The campers
will provide the labor that
is done on the homes
during these weeks.
Any homeowner in
Lake Wales or Waverly
interested in having
repairs made on their
home may call Ben
Newcomer at Lake Wales
Care Center, 676-6678, to
set up an appointment for
an evaluation.

Music Club
ballet auditions
The Frances Rands
Beery awards in ballet will
be presented April 10 at
the Lake Wales Arts
Center. Ballet students
between 12 and 18 are
invited to apply to be
auditioned Awards of
$500, $250, and $25 are
administered by the
Florida Federation of
Music Clubs and the Lake
Wales Music Club in
memory of Beery, a Lake
Wales resident who was a
prima ballerina and ballet
teacher. Audition rules
and application forms are
available from Dr. Isabella
Lqaude, 638-2629 or e-
mail: isabellamary@veri- Deadline for

entries is March 15.

30th reunion
The Lake Wales Senior
High Class of 1978 and
1977 will hold their 30th
reunion the weekend of
Oct. 3 and 4. Classmates
should register on the
Lake Wales High School
Alumni website: www.
lwhsalumni assn. org to
get the latest information.
E-mail address is:
g For additional informa-
tion, call 845-0751.

Fraternal Military
Assn. tour
The Fraternal Military
Association of the U.S.A.
will tour Normandy
Invasion beaches,
London, Brussels, Paris
and more. Departs New
York, June 17, 2008.
Current, past military
personnel, and general
public are invited to par-
ticipate. For information,
call Sy Canton at (561)
865-8495, or write to
14130-C, Nesting Way,
Delray Beach, Fla.

The South Central
Florida Long Term Care
Ombudsman Program is
seeking volunteers in the
Polk, Highlands and
Hardee areas. Ombuds-
men are advocates for
residents of nursing
homes, assisted living
and adult family care
homes. Volunteers to the
program perform assess-
ments in these various
venues as well as investi-
gate complaints. There is
a formal training pro-
gram, as well as a field
training program which

allows new volunteers to
work with an experienced
Contact the director,
William Teague, 413-2764,
to arrange an interview.

Polk County Sons
and Daughters of
Italy, Lodge 2836
The lodge will award a
scholarship to a senior
high school, student of
Italian decent. For more-
information call 439-

Free federal
tax preparation
Volunteers in the
AARP TaxAide program
will be at the Latt Maxcy
Memorial Library, 15
North Magnolia Ave., in
Frostproof, Monday and
Thursday mornings, 8:30
to 11:30 a.m., and
Monday from 4:30 to 7:00
p.m., through April 14.
Through April 15, the
AARP tax aide program
will provide free tax assis-
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to 4 p.m.; Tuesdays, 9
a.m. to noon; and
Thursday, 9 a.m. to
noon., at the Episcopal
Church of the Good
Shepherd, 221 S. 4th
Street, Lake Wales.
This volunteer service
is available for taxpayers
of all ages. JBring with
you a picture identifica-
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or Individual Tax Identi-
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on the tax return, all
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direct deposit of your tax
refund please bring proof
of a bank account (check

or savings account num-
Refunds are usually
deposited to your
account within 10 to 14
days of E-filing the tax

Lake Wales YMCA
For more information
on these programs, con-
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Friday, 6:30 to 9:30
p.m., for ages 2 (must be
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snack and movie. $10 for
members and $20 for pro-
gram participants.
Middle School Night
Friday, 6:30 to 8 p.m.,
youth grades 6-8 can
hang out at the Lake
Wales Family YMCA. $5
for members and $10 for
program participants.

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civic group, church or school
event included in Lake Wales
Area Events, e-mail information
to news@lakewalesnews. corn or
fax to 678-1297, attn. Area
Events. The area code for all
phone .numbers is 863 unless
otherwise stated.
Free organic
gardening workshop
Saturday, March 22, 9 to
10:30 a.m., The Health Chic
House, 12 N. 5th St. Haines
Learn the basics of
organic gardening and how
to incorporate the princi-
ples into your landscape.
Call 519-8677, ext. 121, or
email aeyasalonis@ifas.ufl.
edu to register.

U.S. Title Series
power boat race
U.S. Title Series power
boat race, Friday through
Sunday, April 4-6, on Lake
Wailes. Approximately 80
racers are expected to par-
ticipate in the American
Power Boating Association
annual event. Included in
the activities for children
Friday evening from 5 to 7
p.m. will be an opportunity
to meet the racers, get auto-
graphs and see the boats.
Sponsored by the Lake
Wales Kiwanis all proceeds
from the event will be used
to support Barney's Dream,
the all-inclusive playground
for special needs and able
bodied children to be built
at Kiwanis Park.

Free creating a
Florida friendly yard
Tuesday, April 8, 6 to 8:30
p.m., Lake Mirror Center,
121 South Lake Ave.,
Space limited so register
now, 519-8677, ext. 121, or
email aeyasalonis@ ifas.ufl.
Lake Wales
Woman's Club
Tea Dance second
Thursday each month, 1:30
to 4:30 p.m., Lake Wales
Woman's Club, 275 Park
Ave. E. Cost $4 per person,
refreshments available. Pat
Montaine will provide live
music. Singles welcome.
Call Patti Williams, 439-
1236, for information.

The Lake Wales News 9A







Corporate Personal Representatives & Trustees

I believe it was Mark
Twain who stated the
famous truism, "You will
never truly understand
your relatives until you
have to share an inheri-
tance with them."
No matter what our
family situation and.
dynamics, the fact is that
when we die, someone or
some entity needs to
handle the affairs of our
If it's a probate pro-
ceeding in Florida, the
handler is called the
Personal Representative.
If it's a trust administra-
tion, the handler is called
a Trustee.
Not too many people
that I kriow like to think
that.. their graduation
from this earth will cause
turmoil, bitterness, and
family fighting. It's even
rarer to find, the person
who desires to cause
such chaos.
However, my experi-
ence in probate and trust
matters shows me that
some people are often.
overconfident and even a
bit naive when it comes
to expectations of how
their family will behave
with their estate.
While there are many.
topics that I could cover
relating to this concern, I
am going to focus on one
topic that I see as crucial
for a person attempting
to avoid such family
chaos the choosing of
a corporate Personal
Representative and/or
Trustee. If a person has
any concern about the
stability of his or her
family and whether there
could be disputes in the
handling of an estate, I
would strongly encour-
age the use of a corpo-
rate Personal
Representative and/or
One of the major
advantages to the use of
a bank or other financial
institution as a Personal
Representative and/or
Trustee is the impartiali-
ty and professionalism
that is secured. For
example, a man might

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not get along with his
brother and thus treat
him adversely in his
father's estate. A bank or
other financial institu-
tion, however, will not be
emotionally engaged in
such disagreements.
While a corporate
Personal Representative
or Trustee may charge
more for their services
than a family member,
the value of this impar-
tiality and professional-
ism is usually worth its
weight in gold.
In addition, the choice
of appointing a corpo-
rate Personal Represent-
ative and/or Trustee also
aids those persons who

struggle with the deci-
sion of who out of their
children to pick as the
fiduciary. Often, clients
will tell me that they
believe their oldest child
should be the Personal
Representative for the
sole reason that he or
she is the oldest child. As
you can imagine, such
reasoning could be trou-
blesome if the oldest
child happens to be a
spendthrift and is
untrustworthy. Thus,
clients occasionally find
comfort in naming an
outside party to handle
their estate.
Proper advance plan-
ning can potentially
minimize or even elimi-
nate disagreements in
the future. After all,
don't we all want harmo-
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our loved ones?
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regarding your estate
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