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March 16, 2011

One hundred years of accomplishment

Hazel Mary Grace
Alexander is an accom-
plished woman.
But then, she's had an
entire century to leave
her mark on the world,
and she is still living
Add to her long list a
new title: Centenarian.
On Wednesday, March
9, 2011, Alexander
celebrated her 100th
One of her sons, Frost-
proof's John Alexander,
noted "We've all been
blessed. Everybody
should like their mother,
but we not only like our

Mary Grace
mother, we respect her
and all of her accom-
Her other son, Jim
Alexander, was also pres-
ent for her birthday party
held at Lake Wales Coun-
try Club last weekend, in
addition to her grandson,
Senator JD Alexander.
Alexander was born in
Gardendale, Texas and
moved to East Glacier,
Montana, where her
father took a job with the
Great Northern Railroad;
She graduated from
high school as valedicto-
rian in Spokane, Wash-
ington, but the school
didn't allow her to keep
the title because she did
not live in Spokane.

Alexander has milestone birthday celebration

In 1926, the Alexanders
moved to St. Augustine,
and later she moved to
Lake Wales.
A graduate of Florida
State College for Women,
the forerunner of Florida
State University, she held
degrees in Spanish and
French with teaching
credentials. She taught in
the Monticello, Florida,
public school for one
year to earn money to
complete her degree and
later accompanied her
teacher, Dr Hay, on a
European group tour.
In Paris, she left the
group and studied
French at Sorbonne.
In 1931, she.took a
position at Lake Wales

Hazel Mary Grace Alexander celebrated her 100th birthday with her family. Hazel is dressed in
baby blue at the front and lower center of the picture, surrounded here by her family during a
lunch celebration Saturday at Lake Wales Country Club.

High School, as a Span-
ish teacher. For 30 years,
she taught Spanish,

English and Journalism.
She and her classes pro-
duced a one-page weekly

newspaper as well as the

Two Frostproof teachers earn prestigious certification

Only four in all of Polk are recognized this school year

A Frostproof Middle
Senior High School
teacher has earned pres-
tigious certification from
the Arlington-Va.-based
National Board for Profes-
sional Teaching Stan-
dards, while a second has
earned her recertification.
Dean Emery a social
studies teacher at Frost-
proof Middle-Senior was
one of two county teacher
to be newly certified this
school year.
Debbie Webber, an
English and advanced

placementliterature and
composition teacher at
Frostproof Middle-Senior

earned her first certi-
fication a decade ago,
and was.just one of two
county teachers to get her
recertification this year.
The two will be hon-
ored for their national
board status at an April
7 school district special
recognition event at
Lakeland's George Jenkins
Emery has worked as
a school social worker
and alternative education
teacher at the Donald E.
Woods Center in Dundee,

Daniel Jenkins Academy
in Haines City, Haines
City High and Davenport

Elementary (now Daven-
port School Of The Arts).
He has taught social stud-
ies at Frostproof Middle-
Senior for six years.
He has a master of re-
ligious education degree
and serves as chaplain
with the Polk County
Sheriff's Office.
S"I am part of a new
wave of teachers," he said
regarding his desire to
achieve the rigorous NB-
PTS certification. "I was
not an education major
in college and wanted

to expand my skills and
document my abilities.
The (NBPTS) program is
similar to programs for
medical and legal profes-
Webber has taught her
entire 31-year career at
Frostproof Middle-Senior.
She is her school's
language arts department
chair and serves on the
school's school improve-
ment and technology


Alexander will wait on possible pension changes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)- The Flor-
ida Senate may be on a collision course
with Gov. Rick Scott and the House over
how much public employees should
contribute to their pensions.
Scott wants more than 570,000 state
employees, teachers and local govern-
ment workers who currently do not pay
into the Florida Retirement System to
contribute 5 percent of their wages.
The Senate Government Oversight
and Accountability Committee on
Thursday, though, voted to require con-
tributions only from those making more

than $40,000.
That would exempt nearly 75 percent
of state workers, according to the De-
partment of Management Services.
The bill (SB 1130) would require only
2 percent contributions from work-
ers making $40,000 to $75,000 and 4
percent for those who bring home more
than $75,000.
The bill next goes to the Budget Com-
mittee chaired by Sen. JD Alexander,
who said on Friday that he plans to put
it on hold until the panel has a better
handle on what kind of spending cuts

can be made.
Scott's budget proposal would use the
employee pension contributions to free
up state contributions and help close
a potential $3.6 billion shortfall in the
budget year beginning July 1.
"It's not something I care to do or
want to do," Alexander said. But the
Lake Wales Republican added, "I have
to tell you I don't think it's possible to
put a balanced budget together without
new revenues and not ask associates.to
take some reductions."
Legislative leaders have put tax arid

fee increases off the table.
Alexander said he anticipated some
changes will be made in the bill and
that one matter tinder scrutiny will be
whether it's legal and constitutional to
treat some employees differently than
Scott's proposal is in a House bill (HB
1405) that has yet to receive a commit-
tee hearing.
It would amount to a five percent pay
cut for public employees, although state
workers have gone without an across-
the-board raise for five years.

Bluegrass is the pick at

Ramon Saturday

Living up to the prom-
ise of bringing a wide va-
riety of entertainment to
Frostproof, the final con-
cert of the second annual
Ramon Theater winter
music series will feature
the fast-pickin' ard foot
stompin' of bluegrass on
Saturday evening.
A2JBluegrass is a
group that has creatively
brought traditional
bluegrass, new-grass and
traditional country music
together to create a
sound that is all its own.
A2J is a group of well
rounded musicians and
vocalists with a desire to
combine our passion for
music with our passion

for God, America and
positive family values.
"Our goal is to bring
professional instrumen-
tal arrangements togeth-
er to support focused ,
vocals and tight harmo-
nies for an evening of
musical entertainment,"
said Steve Hicks.
The A2J lineup in-
cludes Hicks (vocalist/
rhythm guitar), Scott
Collins (vocalist/rhythm
guitar), Jim Reagal
,(vocals/ upright bass),
Jimmy Hicks (vocals/
rhythm guitar), Aaron
Gross (banjo), Mike Col-
lins (vocals/mandolin,
acoustic & electric lead
guitar) and Carl Bailey

Also with A2J will be
special guest Dixie Blue-
grass Express featuring
Elbert Wilson (banjo),
Adam Wilson (mandolin/
vocals), Albert Wilson
(guitar) and James Vick-
ers (upright bass).
Dixie Bluegrass is a
hard driving fast picking'
bluegrass group that is
sure to get you out of
your seat.
Tickets are $15 pre-
seale, and can be ob-
tained online at www.
ramontheater.com, or by
calling 635-7222.
Tickets at the door
are $20. Saturday's show
starts at 7 p.m.

A2JBluegrass will conclude the Ramon Theater's second annual concert series.



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Bluegrass Express
A2J Bluegrass and
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(AP) Florida Sen-
ate Budget Committee
Chairman JD Alexander
is sponsoring a bill that
would let his hometown
of Highland Park fold its
. The Polk County ham-
let of about 250 residents
rents a tent for town
meetings because a tax-
payer objected to holding
them at the city clerk's
Alexander's committee
on Friday unanimously
approved his bill (SB 298).
It would let cities with
populations of 500 or less
hold public meetings up

at the Ramon, 7 p.m.
Pres'ale tickets $15, $20
at the door. Hard driving,
fast pickin' bluegrass.

Friday, March 25
Frostproof's Got Tal-
First round of the
Frostproof Rotary Club's
annual talent show, with
$1,000 prize to the win-
ner. Applications will
be online soon at the

to five miles outside city
That would let High-
land Park hold its town
meetings at the Lake
Wales City Hall about
three miles away.
About 40 other small
towns also would be
covered by the bill that
next goes to the Senate
floor, including Hillcrest
However, they have
their own small building
on Scenic Highway where
they meet.
Highland Park doesn't
have a post office, so Al-
exander has a Lake Wales

chamber website, or an
be picked up at various
business around the area
soon as well. Show starts
at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10.
Finals on April 2, all at
the Ramon Theater

Saturday, March
Frostproof's Got Tal-
Second night of open-
ing round acts for annual
Rotary Club talent show,
with $1,000 top prize.
Come see who advances
to the finals on April 2! 7
p.m. at the Ramon.

Friday, April 1
Relay for Life
American Cancer Soci-
ety Relay for Life. Starts
-at 5 p.m. runs to 9 a.m.
Saturday, April 2. This is a

unique event that offers
our community to partic-
ipate in the fight against
cancer. It is an overnight
event in which you can
walk, jog, or run around
the track. Anyone can
participate! Celebrate our
survivors, remember the
loved ones who have lost
their fight against cancer
and fight back to raise
awareness and money
for research, education,
advocacy and service.
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Budget 'cuts' will just pass the buck again

Gov. Rick Scott is targeting the
state Department of Health for an
overhaul with the same strategy
he used in taking aim at the state
Department of Corrections. It's all
sleight of hand. Watch closely as
costs he says he will make disap-
pear show up elsewhere, likely in
your local tax bill.
Our objection to Scott's propos-
als isn't about defending the status
quo. We welcome a concerted
effort to lower the cost of gov-
ernment, not because it doesn't
provide vital services, but because
restoring accountability in govern-
ment is about recognizing valid
needs and funding them, while
weeding out waste and mission
Many of Scott's supporters have
cheered his chainsaw efforts to
downsize state government. He is
farming fertile anti-government


soil. We would prefer he stop is-
suing gulp inducing pronounce-
ments about slashing state jobs
and look at services the state
provides its citizens and decide if
they have value, improve his con-
stituents' quality of life or further
legitimate state goals.
The state already does such a
bad job of providing healthcare
services to its uninsured or under-
insured citizens that those who
are insured pay a hidden tax in
the form of government payments
to hospitals to cover a portion of
unpaid emergency room bills and
higher premiums on private insur-
ance policies. Locally, hospitals,
doctors, nurses and other health
professionals have formed non-
profit health clinics to address un-

met primary care needs, the very
care Scott has labeled as waste.
As a former health-care execu-
tive, Scott must know those conse-
quences, but he has chosen to roll
the dice on the health of a demo-
graphic that is poorly organized
and underrepresented. That's not
leadership; it's passing the buck.
Watch out for the "privatiza-
tion" talk that is sure to follow any
government downsizing agenda.
Again, Floridians, including Scott
voters, should see through this.
The last time Florida privatized
a health-care service was when
former Gov. Jeb Bush dismantled
the state's mental health system,
closed hospitals and put tens of
thousands of troubled people
on the streets. An underfunded,
privatized outpatient treatment
system replaced the mental insti-
tutions such as G. Pierce Woods

in DeSoto County. Many of those
patients, and thousands more
who never received inpatient
treatment, wound up in county
jails and state prisons.
About 80 percent of correc-
tions costs are associated with
substance abuse, according to
Dr. Roger H. Peters of the Louis
de la Parte Florida Mental Health
Institute at the University of South
Florida in Tampa.
Former Gov. Charlie Crist in-
creased funding for substance
abuse programs during his term,
but Scott has now targeted both
the health-care and prison sys-
tems for budget cuts and blocked
a program that would attack the
epidemic of prescription drug
Scott can claim he is cutting
costs and taxes, but you will get
the bill.

What the Klan issue means to me

In a few short days
(April 5th), we will be giv-
en an opportunity to elect
a commissioner and a
new mayor for the city of
Lake Wales. We can either
choose to vote to stay the
course, which will take us
backward, if we vote for
Jack Van Sickle for com-
missioner and John Paul
Rogers (the former Klan
leader) for mayor or we
can choose to go forward
by voting for Betty Wojcik
for city commissioner
and Mike Carter for our
new mayor!
Jack Van Sickle And
John Paul Rogers Had
Their Chances:
Our city and commu-
nity (those who voted for
them and those who did
not) have given Jack Van
sickle and the "ex-klan"
leader (John Paul Rog-
ers) a chance to lead our
city and help bring our
community as a whole
together but they both
failed miserably!
Our city has been more
divided and more racial
tension-filled under their
leadership than it has
been in decades and one
of the responsibilities
of city leaders is to help
unite the city not to
further divide it because
"A house divided against
itself cannot stand!"
Then almost every time
the opportunity present-
ed itself before them to

apply some healing salve
onto the wounds of com-
munity unrest, they both
refused to do so. As in the
Burney Hayes' case. They
always voted no! Even
in this last win-win-win
deal presented by City
Manager Judy Delmar. It
was a win for the city, for
Burney Hayes and the
community as a whole.
How can we expect to at-
tract business and indus-
try development in our
city without first, being
willing to reach inward
into our community and
establish infrastructure
of human relationships?
Who knows how many
businesses may have al-
ready passed us by due to
racial tension. Now some
are considering voting for
a former Grand Dragon
of the United Klans of
America! For people of
color, that would add the
ultimate "insult to injury."
They [John Paul Rogers
and Jack Van Sickle] have
proven over and over
again that they are not
interested in listening to

the views of the general
public, and they convey
the attitude that they do
not have to listen to the
general public and it was
the public citizenry that
elected them to office to
represent their views -
but how can they repre-
sent the public's views if
they are not interested in
what the public's views
Our city's "dirty laun-
dry" on many occasions
has been hung out to be
viewed by everyone to
see; that was embarrass-
ing enough but just think
of what kind of embar-
rassment it would bring
to our city as a whole if
we chose as our mayor,
the former leader of the
United Klans of America!
How can we hold our
heads up as Lake Waleans
when we are asked who
did we elect as our new
mayor and we would
have to drop our heads
and say, a former "Klan"
"Venomous Words of
Hatred" he said:
Rogers stated that,
those who question his
years of Klan leadership,
are using "venomous
words of hatred". What
audacity, and unmiti-
gated gall he has to form
his lips to utter such
words with a background



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Thanks for attending forum
would like to take Also having them give 6 to 8 p.m., at the high
opportunity to thank their read on the Amend- school on March 28, 6 to
'one who attended ments that will be on the 8 p.m., and at the Ma-
sday night's "Meet ballot was helpful. sonic Lodge on March 31,
candidatess Forum" at If anyone wants to have 6 to 8 p.m.
:are Center. another opportunity to All of these forums are
e forum was infor- meet the candidates there to encourage everyone to
ve. The candidates are a few more scheduled vote informatively.
ered all the ques- this month. A forum at Sylvia Rogers
without hesitation. the Library on March 24, Lake Wales

Elections in La
were once civil,;
on the surface.
However, just.

An appeal for civility
ake Wales of anonymous letters cation, to youth athletics.
at least spreading unfounded These organizations are
facts about specific can- in dire need of volunteers
as it has didates. and would welcome these

at the national and state Most of these authors "agitators" with opera
level, our local politics are intelligent, educated arms and recognition
has been infected by the folks who could be far If any would like a
disease of degeneration greater assets to our of organizations nee
of public discourse. community if they would volunteers, I'll give ti
Sadly most of this focus their energies posi- a list as long as my a
venom is being spread as tively in our community. Rather than wastir
hate mail, often anony- Some of these folks do their time on this wo
mous and sometimes occasionally volunteer less vitriol they could
declared, their time but by and be doing their comm
I'm sure that just before large they do nothing but nity a far greater sen
the election there will be waste their talents at a through volunteering
an amazing "disclosure" time that they are needed The community n
of distorted facts or out- the most. their talents and the'
right falsehoods directed There is any number find that serving oth
against one candidate or of worthwhile charitable a reward unto itself.
another. organizations serving the Lee Alex Wh
In fact we've already public with everything Lake'
seen the distribution from free clinics to edu-

Why won't Rogers apologize?

Sunday afternoon at a
Lake Ashton candidate
forum, the former Grand
Dragon of the United
Klans of America, and
now candidate for mayor
of our city, John Paul
Rogers, had a chance to
renounce his past his-
tory as a Klan leader and
apologize to the Black
community and the rest
of Lake Wales, and he
Rogers was asked how
he could be an effective
leader of our city and
help with the race-rela-
tions in Lake Wales given
his past history. Rather
than dealing with this
sensitive issue and giving
an answer that many
people in Lake Wales

Vote foi
The present debate if
you can call campaign
rhetoric a debate re-
minds me of our national
debate over government
spending and national
Here in Lake Wales we
had three commissioners
with the audacity to take
steps to curb our wasteful
spending and increasing
It took 3 election cycles
to reach a majority and
begin the process to bring
Lake Wales back to fiscal

have been waiting a long
time to hear, Roger's first
response was to correct
the lady and tell her he
"never belonged to the Ku
Klux Klan," he went on to
admit he was the Grand
Dragon of the "United
Klans of America." I guess
he thought that was cute,
but it wasn't. Actually it
shows his indifference
to.the Black community
that he would have to
deal with if he ever was
elected mayor.
Jack Van Sickle, can-
didate for seat 4 on the
commission, said he felt
that this "Klan issue" was
being made too much of.
He said we all have things
in our past that we're not
proud of. Then, he had

r Rogers, Va
These same people
crying foul today find it
convenient to forget that
another 3 to 2 majority
was necessary to bring
this about.
They didn't seem to
worry then that this was
But those who some-
how get a perverse
pleasure out of spending
someone else's money are
bound and determined to
Citizens of Lake Wales,

ng ,
ers is


the audacity and total
lack of understanding
and compassion to say
that most all of us have
probably had a "speeding
ticket" at some time in
our past. Can you believe
that, equating being a
Grand Dragon of the
United Klans of America
- a domestic terrorist
organization with get-
ting a speeding ticket.
Anyone who agrees
with that analogy please
step forward and vote for
Van Sickle and Rogers.
The rest of us who are
appalled by that analogy
please get out on April 5
and vote for Mike Carter
and Betty Wojcik.
Howard Kay
Lake Wales

[n Sickle
our town is broke the
economy (read tax rev-
enues) is in a mess and
will get worse our debt
is breaking our back we
cannot continue down
this path.
All the campaign rheto-
ric in the world cannot
change this.
We need to continue
a firm policy of fiscal re-
straint. A vote for Rogers
and Van Sickle will ensure
Rip Walser
Lake Wales

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A true forgiveness

I write this letter after
reading a letter, published
in your newspaper, in
March 9, 2011 edition. An
outstanding member of
our Christian community
sent this letter. I always
pay good attention to
what this member of our
community says, however
I find myself in disagree-
ment with the contents of
his letter. I do not believe
a person needs to ask for
forgiveness to another
person in order for the
forgiving person to grand
forgiveness. The most
beautiful prayer ever
wrote indicates "forgive
our trespasses as we for-
give those who trespass
against us." There is no
condition attached to the
forgiveness in order for it
to be granted, it does not

Van Sickle
It's very easy to criticize
and easier still to criti-
cize a group rather than
When certain elements
of this town complain
about 3 commissioners
they conveniently forget
one important point: not
too long ago it was also
3 commissioners whose
collective vote dominated

ask us to forgive unless
the other person requests
it, or unless the other
person admits to any
wrongdoing. Better yet,
during His crucifixion,
Jesus said, "Father, forgive
them; they do not know
what they are doing" (Lk
23.34). Again, no condi-
tion was given for that
forgiveness to occur. The
same situation repeats
itself when Stephen, after
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stoned to death, in his
last invocation while be-
ing stoned, knelt down
and in a loud voice said
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The letter also men-



tions Mr. Rogers' past
Klan connection. Two
bastions of our U.S. Sen-
ate in Washington, now
defunct Senators Robert
Byrd (Dern., W.V.) and
Strom Thurmond (Rep.,
N.C.) also had Klan ties.
These two gentlemen,
these two pillars of inner
strength, gave this na-
tion invaluable, historic
service for decades, as
public servants. The only
conditions West Virginia,
North Carolina asked
of them was to be good
lawmakers, they were the
best. The same should
be asked of Mr. Rogers,
nothing else.
So far his present
performance has been
excellent. Elect him.
Jose Angel Navarro
Lake Wales

Rogers have my vote
lis city. that added to our indebt-
It is no coincidence that edness. I will be voting to
during this period Lake keep a commission that
Vales went on the longest has shown the ability to
pending spree this town make the hard choices.
ver experience and, John Paul Rogers and Jack
unfortunately, a very large Van Sickle have both my
portion of this money vote and my gratitude for
*as simply wasted. To their ability to get the job
dd insult to injury, as the done.

saying goes, we had to
borrow 9.5 million dollars

William T. Johnson
Lake Wales

After being so blessed
as an English major to
have a language carry me
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and Florida Atlantic Uni-
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feel it is my total duty to
rise up and defend her.
First our language is
very difficult we have
differently words mean-
ings (our, hour) etc. So
having diagramming as
a basic tool in 3rd grade
in Pine Bluff, Ark. proved
very helpful. Picturing the

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on a line with adverbs
and adjectives as de-
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learning so easy.
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me," 2. He can sprint as
fast as a greyhound, like a

gazelle (preposition).
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friends boyfriend, like, at
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even there."
So I am appealing for
new teacher training on
"diagramming" before
this goes on longer.
Verna Echols
Lake Wales

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of leading an organiza-
tion of Klansmen that
did nothing but preach
hate, practice hate, lived
and breathed poisonous
hatred 24/7 shame on
Speaking the truth
about his past involve-
ment in a hate group, is
not hatred on our part,
but rather a concern as
to whether he still hates
minorities (especially
Blacks) the way that he
used to. After all, I am
not so naive to think
that "hoods" cannot still,
symbolically be worn
today; though they may
take on a more sophis-
ticated and a more
high-tech form. For
instance, "hoods" can be
symbolically worn in the
way one leads, in the way
one votes on issues, and
according to the causes
one chooses to support
or not support.
"Purely About Politics,
Not Morality" he said:
He also commented
that these letters about'
his past are "purely about
politics, not morality."
As if to say: if my past
involvement with the
"Klans" was judged on
"morality" instead of
"politics", my election
would pass with flying
colors because what
we inflicted on people of
color, was about "mo-
rality!" Now he night
get away with attempt-
ing to play the victim
by that statement if his
editorial was going out
to, and being read by
white subscribers only
who may not be able
to speak to the crimes
against Blacks from a
personal experience but
his editorial is also being

read by minorities and
especially "Blacks" who
lived on the other side
of that hatred and many
other horrible crimes.
Tell me, what's moral
about that? And Sunday,
at the Candidates Forum
in Lake Ashton March
13, 2011, Mayor Jack Van
Sickle didn't do "people
of color" any favors when
he compared having a
past as a "Grand Dragon"
of the United Klans of
America, to having a
"speeding ticket", in your
past! Imagine that!! The
Mayor of our City!
And for John Paul Rog-
ers to brush our concern
off to be nothing more
than "purely political"
sheds further light on
how calloused and cold-
hearted this organization
was! They obviously
thought they were doing
society a favor in their
treatment of Blacks.
And even now, after
all these years, John
Paul Rogers showed no
remorse in his editorial
but rather tried to justify
his actions and affiliation
with the Klan by shifting
the blame on others for
them "puking their guts
out" because they cannot
stomach the thought of
what the organization he
led stood for and did.
"Is This Type of Guilt
by Association Fair?" he
Concerning his leader-
ship role with the Klan,
he asked: "Is this type of
guilt by association fair?"
He uses "guilt by associa-
tion" so lightly! As if he
was not involved in any
of the Klan's hate tactics,
but as if he was just an
innocent child and some
of the members were his
friends who just hap-
pened to be "Klansmen"
and he just only associ-
ated himself with them

after they took off their
"hoods" and put on their
"church clothes" on Sun-
day morning, or when
he saw them at school!
DUH! But even if the for-
mer "Klan" leader doesn't
get it we get it.
He was not just an
innocent child, he was
the Grand Dragon of the
United Klans of America
and they were more
vicious than the KKK!
If one could be more
vicious! To say the least,
he had to display some
mighty strong Klan char-
acteristics to get awarded
the top position! They
did not promote him to
Grand Dragon for his
innocence. It was the
leader's responsibility
to give the orders that
would lead the charge
against people of colors
"Politics Is More
Dangerous Than War" he
He also quoted Win-
ston Churchill to say:
"Politics is more dan-
gerous than war, for in
war you are only killed
once." I say "in war" you
can expect to be killed.
In war, they kill without
even hating you; killing is
the nature of war but as
for heinous acts of crime,
for no reasons, except for
the fact that God made
your skin a different
color; why a little of you
dies each time you see
something or someone
that reminds you of what
that hatred represented.
Frankly, we don't need
that kind of reminder sit-
ting in the head position
of our city.
I Still Will Not Treat
Him Any Less Than A
Human Being:
Of course, I will not
treat him any less than
a human being in spite
of his past involvement
in the Klans organiza-

tion that he led; but
when I think about the
inhumane treatment
that my yet alive, 85 year
old parents received, my
deceased grandparents
and all other Blacks liv-
ing and dead suffered at
the brutal hands of this
organization and others
like it, "I be dogged" if I
will set idly by and let his
comments and attitude
of passing off what they
went through so lightly
as being "purely about
politics, not morality"
go unchallenged! Am
I ticked off? You be the
I Owe It To The Silent
Voices To Speak Out:
My parents and
grandparents loved their
children enough to hold
their peace well I love
my parents and grand-
parents enough to speak
Our parents and grand-
parents 50 years ago and
further back were not
afraid for themselves as
to the reason why many
held their peace but for
fear of them being sepa-
rated from their children
or their children sepa-
rated from them, made
many hold their peace.
Now for those living
voices that are left too
old, feeble and trembling
to speak for themselves,
as well as for those that
have been hushed in
death, but are now crying
out from the grave, seek-

Jeanette King

Jeanette King, 66, of
Lake Wales passed away
Thursday, March 10, 2011
at her residence.
Marion Nelson Funeral
Home is in charge of ar-

ing a voice to speak for
them while they loved
their children too much
to speak out, I love them
too much to hold my
peace. I owe them that
much and more!
An Apology Is In Order
For The Former Klan
If only John Paul Rog-
ers had said to the effect
that: Yes, I was a leader
in a "White supremacy"
hate group that did hor-
rible and inhumane acts
against people of color.
I am sorry for my past
involvement with them;
I now renounce what
that organization stood
for and did; that I have
had a change of heart
and I no longer em-
brace their philosophy
or principles", then his
comments would have
been met with apprecia-
tion for his apology and
would have made his
change of heart more
believable by everyone!
We as a Black people are
a very forgiving people -
when the apology comes
from a sincere heart. God
requires us to forgive
one another but he also
requires the guilty to
repent! But even after 30
years, John Paul Rogers
still has not publically
shown or expressed any
remorse for his past
leadership role in the
Klan organization. He
was given an opportunity
by one of the residents

Aaron Green

Aaron Green of Apopka,
Fla. died Saturday, March
5, 2011. He was 65.
Caver Funeral Home in
Lake Wales was in charge
of arrangements.

of Lake Ashton on the
13th of this Month to
apologize for his past but
brushed over it by saying:
"If being against commu-
nism, drug addicts and
state rights, was wrong,
then I was wrong!" As
if that was all he was
against. He said nothing
about the "hate crimes
committed against
people of color" as being
wrong and nor did he
apologize for it.
Our wonderful young
people who get along
with each other all so
well, regardless of race,
or skin color, are too
young to remember
the horrible treatment
inflicted upon Blacks by
the Klan and other hate
groups but they would
only need to refer to the
documentation by the
late Alex Haley entitled
"Roots" to know what
this organization repre-
sented. And while there
might be a fewWhites
who might take a dim
view to my editorial, yet
I believe that the over-
whelming majority of
whites in our great city
will read this editorial
and shout "YES!"
This is my opinion;
and I wrote this letter
"without" help.
J. J. Pierce, Sr.
Lake Wales

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Debbie has also co-
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graduation require-
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required to research
Sand shadow a career or
profession they may be
Interested in pursuing.
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seniors to panels of busi-
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She also completed a
master's degree in cur-
riculum and instruction
in 2010.
"The National Board
recertification process
provided an opportunity
for me to reflect on my
teaching practices and
professional develop-
ment growth since the
initial certification in
2000," Debbie said.
The school district had
its first group of teach-
ers earn national board
certification in 1999.
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total of 414 national
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classrooms. According
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BIRTHDAY: Senator's mom turns 100

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Sin St. Augustine and the
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and even after a stroke,
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During the season, lo-
cal residents and visitors
have an abundance of
musical offering to enjoy.
From sacred music
at the churches to the
schools with orchestras
and choruses to the visit-
ing performers, one only
has to visit "What's hap-
pening in Lake Wales" in
the local paper to find
an enjoyable and special
way to spend some time
with family or guests.
Below are pictures of
people enjoying three
events, all of which were
well received and offered
a wonderful opportunity

for relaxation and the
beauty of mupic at its
From Music at Pine-
wood to the Theresa
Walters concert at Lake
Wales Arts Center, to
music presented by First
Presbyterian Church of
Lake Wales, melodies
have woven their way
into the hearts of those
who seek them. Pine-
wood is a long time tra-
dition enjoyed by many.
And Walters' concert at
the Art Center was a thrill
as well.
Walters is an extraordi-
nary pianist. Presenting
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Life and Love," she has
performed in most of

the 50 states, including
Carnegie Hall, the Lin-
coln Center in NewYork,
Wigmore Hall in London,
and Jerusalem's Concert
She was the first Amer-
ican invited to Hungary
to present the Anniver-
sary concert in-honor of
Liszt's birthday.
Then there is the eve-
ning of music presented
by First Presbyterian
Church of Lake Wales,
when the Philadephia
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performed on the organ
and piano, presenting
both classical and sacred
music, accompanied by
the director of music, H.
Vince Treadway.

Bok events coordinator, Pirrjo Restina, honored guest Mary Beery and Gloria Caraxis visiting from

Anne and Edward Turgeon performing at Pinewood.

Gale & Don Hussey.

One piano, four-Hands playing Debussey, Brahms, Schubert and Pianists Edward and Anne Turgeon serve on the faculty
Mozart. at Florida Atantic University in Boca Raton. Marilyn Fisher and Theresa Walters.

Louise Gingrich, Jane Crewe Linton, Max Linton, and Irene Johnson.

Johanna Buscher (far right) and guests from Milwaukee, Owen and Sue Purvis.

Kichard M. Amoroso violin, Richard Amoroso Sr. Cello, Burchard lang viola, Nancy Gossard -
member Lake Wales Chorale and William Polk violin.

Harrison School of the Performing Arts violinist Michael L. Smith Jr. with violinist Richard M.

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BHG Field Day is always a big hit

As you can tell from the photos, Field
Day is always one event at Frostproof's
Ben Hill Griffin Elementary School that
is a big hit with the kids. And, yes, even
(most) of the teachers too.
The day pits third, fourth and fifth
graders together in a number of fun

and competitive events. It is a "re-
ward" for students who have earned it
through the school's Positive Behavior
Support program which encourages
good behavior everywhere, from the
classroom, to the lunchroom, to the

SEvents were held last Friday, a good
send off into Spring Break. Pictured
here are third grade students who got
to try their hand at tug-of-war, softball
throw, 15-yard dash, soccer ball dribble
and three-legged race.
One observer said the three-legged

race looked more like a hop, since
students had trouble getting in synch,
but no doubt, a good time was had by
many under sunny skies and comfort-
able temps. Fourth and fifth graders
got to hit the playground later in the

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Senior games

Jerry Patton of Lake Wales
(on right in photo at left) runs
during the Polk County Senior
-." Games Satuday as volunteer
S. Michael Riskin looks down the
road for more participants.
Riskin who has volunteered
.' for a few years for the Polk
County Senior Games said he'll
.;. run the race when he turns 50
but first, he said, he's going
.., to have to get some practice
Sto do it.

Never too early to prepare

for hurricane season

It's almost three
months before the hur-
ricane season starts and
the Emergency Manage-
ment Department here is
telling people it's time to
prepare for it.
With the struggling
economy, some may be-
lieve it's just too expen-
sive to buy the items they
need to be self-sufficient
for five days if a hurri-
cane were to strike Polk
County. So with that in
mind, the department
said start shopping now
and put the stuff away
just in case by following a
12-week to-get list.
"We spelled out a
12-week program, so
instead of trying to cram
all payments, now is the
time to get into it," said
Pete McNally, director of
Polk County Emergency
He said it's never too
early or too late to start
and noted the list has
some one-time buying
items that people may
already have.
The hurricane season
starts June 1 and lasts
until Nov. 30.
Here's the suggested list
the department sent out
to get people ready for
the season:
Grocery Store: One gal-
lon of water per person
(and each pet), one jar of
peanut butter, one can of
meat, hand-operated can
opener, instant coffee,
tea, powdered drinks,
matches (wooden ones
are best).
Hardware Store: Flash-
lights, hammers, assorted
nails, wood screws.

Grocery Store: One gal-
lon of water per person,
one box of heavy duty
garbage bags, one can
fruit, personal products,
video tape or recordable
DVDs, pet food, diapers,
baby food (if needed).
Hardware Store: Smoke
alarm with battery, heavy
work gloves, extra flash-
light batteries, duct tape

Grocery Store: One gal-
lon of water per person,
one can of vegetables,
one jar of jelly or jam,
two rolls of toilet paper,
one large tube of tooth-
paste, one box of sanitary
wipes/liquid sanitizer,
special foods for special
diets (if needed).
First Aid Supplies: As-
pirin and/or acetamino-
phen, rolls of gauze or
bandages, first aid tape,
adhesive bandages (as-
sorted sizes).

Grocery Store: One gal-

lon of water per person,
o ne can of ready-to-eat
soup (not concentrate),
one can of fruit, one can
of vegetables, one bottle
of shampoo.
First Aid Supplies: Scis-
sors, tweezers, antiseptic,
thermometer, spare eye-
glasses or contact sup-
plies, items for denture
care (if needed).

Grocery Store: One can
of ready-to-eat soup (not
concentrate), liquid dish
soap, unscented liquid
bleach, one can of meat,
mosquito repellent.
Hardware Store: Wa-
terproof portable plastic
container (with lid) for
important papers, por-
table AM/FM radio (with
batteries or hand crank),
blankets/sleeping bag for
each family member, por-
table camp stove or grill,
stove fuel or charcoal
and/or lighter fluid.

Grocery Store: One
large can of juice, one
large plastic zip-trpe food
bag, one box of quick en-
ergy snacks, two rolls of
paper towels, aluminum
foil, oven mitts.
First Aid Supplies: Anti-
diarrhea medicine, rub-
bing alcohol, two pairs
latex gloves, hydrogen
peroxide, petroleum jelly,
first aid book, items for
denture care (if needed).

Grocery Store: One can
of meat, one can of fruit,
one can of vegetables,
one package of paper
plates, one package of
eating utensils, one pack-
age of paper cups, adult
Hardware Store: Whis-
tle, ABC fire extinguisher,
pliers, vise grips.

Grocery Store: One
can of meat, one can of
vegetables, one box of
heavy-duty garbage bags,
tissues, two rolls of toilet
paper, one box of quick
energy snacks.
Hardware Store: Leash
or carrier for pet (if need-
ed), tarpaulins or canvas
for temporary roof repair,
crowbar, hatchet.

Grocery Store: One box
of crackers, assorted plas-
tic containers with lids,
assorted safety pins, dry
cereal, disposable eating
utensils, plates, cups.
Hardware Store:
Double-sided tape or
Velcro-type fasteners to
secure moveable objects,
masking tape.
First Aid Supplies: Extra
hearing aid batteries (if



needed), extra prescrip- J
tion medications.

Grocery Store: One box
of heavy duty garbage
bags, one box of quick The
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Hardware Store: Camp- heard
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It's a go.
The Atheists of Florida, Inc.,
lawsuit against the city of Lakeland
may proceed; the lawsuit also lists
EllenBeth Wachs as a co-plaintiff.
The United States District Court
handed down a ruling late Tuesday
morning, March 15, that denied
a motion by "the City of Lakeland
and Mayor Gow Fields in his of-
ficial capacity as Chairman of the
Lakeland City Commission and in
his individual capacity" to dismiss
the suit.
"This is very good news," said
Wachs. "I am happy to hear this."
AoF, Inc., and Wachs, the plain-
tiffs, filed the lawsuit July 12, 2010,
to get the practice of invocations
given at city commission meetings
halted. The suit was filed after failed
efforts by AoF to persuade Fields
and the city commission to volun-
tarily discontinue the practice and

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United Way of
al Florida hasn't
yet but it is hop-
r some federal
y to help those in
pay their rent, buy
and more tnder
nergency Food
shelter Program.
tally the money
land by March
ebbie Wilson said
ise of the budget
ion in Washington
because there has
no vote yet on an
opriations bill, the
*y hasn't come yet.
aid according to
mail there could
money coming in
ext week or two.
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ch year we get
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il and was told it
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p to $100 million.
s quite a bit of
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ars. Polk County,
n said, has gotten
;y in each of the
0 years she has
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142,998 and that
*y was distributed
organizations that
o fill out applica-

tions and be accepted
by the United Way to get
some of the funds.
The money helps
people with rent, mort-
gage, utilities and, in
recent years, has helped
with food and shelter.
Two years ago coun-
ties were eligible for
extra money because of
federal stimulus funds
but that money is not
coming this year.
"When we got that we
thought about what else
we could do," she said,
realizing now that some
of those extra things
may go away with the
reduction in funding
likely to happen and
the stimulus money no
longer there.
To be eligible for
money a local board,
made up of local
government officials,
clergy, emergency ser-
vice providers, home-
less representatives
and United Way, will
determine how money
will be awarded to Polk
County. The local board
is responsible for rec-
ommending agencies to
receive these funds and
any additional funds
available under this
phase of the program.
To be eligible, lo-
cal agencies must
be private voluntary
non-profits or units of
government, be eli-
gible to receive federal
funds, have an account-
ing system, practice

have demonstrated the
capability to deliver
emergency food and/or
Shelter programs, and if
they are a private volun-
tary organization, they
must have a volunteer
The delay may mean
agencies will get the
money a little later, but
the United Way is work-
ing on getting agencies
to apply for the money,
to minimize the delay.
Wilson said it is likely
Polk County will get
money, but she said
the amount isn't known
and whether or not it is
definitely getting money
is also really not known.
That's just sometimes
the way it is with gov-
ernment money.
"I'm hoping that it
is not to be decreased
that much. Even if it's
just cut 25 percent that
would still be bad," she
said. "The House and
Senate have been asked
to limit the'cutting, but
25 percent would still
be better than $100
"I hope we'll get some
money but just don't
Agencies interested
in applying for EFSP
money should contact
Wilson at 648-1500,
ext. 236, for an applica-
tion or e-mail Debbie.
Wilson@uwcf.org. The
application deadline is
March 21.

instead replace it with a moment of
silence. Separately both Fields and
Wachs admitted discussion over the
issue grew heated at times.
In its lawsuit, AoF brought forth
four counts that alleged violations
The Establishment Clause,
Establishment Clause of the
Florida Constitution,
Equal Protection Clause, and
Freedom of Speech Clause.
In response, the city of Lakeland
sought to have the suit dismissed
because the conditions) that ex-
isted had been "relieved."
"They (city of Lakeland) said the
case was moot because the invo-
cation had been codified," said
In its motion, Lakeland claimed
that by moving the ritual of invoca-
tion to take place before the start
of city commission meetings that
the issue had been resolved, as it
was a voluntary practice in which
people were free to participate, but

not mandatory, and that by doing
so, the invocation was no longer a
The Court disagreed.
However, it was not a clean
sweep for either party. The court
ruled against Lakeland on the first
two counts. It ruled against AoF
on the third and fourth counts. Of
the latter two, the court charged
that the plaintiffs' claim "rested
on far shakier ground" and in the
final analysis, ruled that AoF and
Wachs failed to prove their point.
Wachs said she was not surprised
by counts three and four being
dismissed; it was, she said, a novel
What is not novel is what next
"Now the defendants have to file
an answer to our complaint," she
said. "They have 10 days to do so."
Mayor Fields said he couldn't
comment on an ongoing case,
referring it to the city attorney. The
city attorney couldn't be reached.

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Jeannette Williams of Winter Haven runs to the finish Saturday
during the Polk County Senior Games. The 5K began and ended
ended at Bartow High School. Runners from all over Florida and
as far away as Minnesota ran.

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Friday Fun at Spook Hill

Staff Writer

Who says school is
not a blast? You'd have a
hard time proving that by
the kids at Spook Hill Ele-
mentary. Last Friday was
especially fun. Parents
were treated to breakfast,
door prizes, and eclec-
tic dance performed by
students in kindergarten
through fifth grade.
While budget cuts
have whittled down the
opportunities for cul-
tural activities, Spook
Hill has carried on a 35
year tradition of teach-
ing dance to the kids.

Coach Ronald Kingrey
started the tradition
35 years ago, teaching
primarily square dance.
The repertoire has grown
to include just about
every type of movement.
Each year, he and fellow
coaches put on a show
amazing in its ability to
have kids as young as
five years old dancing in
sync, while giggling and
having a ball. For the past
18 years, Marion McCoy
has been his fellow coach
and co-producer. "Square
dancing is great because
it teaches them to treat
each other like ladies and
gentlemen," McCoy said.

From square dances
to "The Martian Hop,"
to a "Beach Boys" dance
number Or a rhythm
sticks routine, the kids'
knew their parts and did
them well, and it might
be added they were well-
behaved in the process.
Kingrey was the emcee
and he and McCoy joined
some of the dances on
the sidelines.
The crowd was en-
thusiastic, cheering and
clapping for each group.
One thing is for sure;
there is no lack of school
spirit and excitement at
Spook Hill. "Dosie-Do
and Around We go."

Final Bistro of the

2010-2011 School Year

On Saturday, April
9, 2011, the Vanguard
School will be hosting its
final Bistro of the school
year. During this event,
the Vanguard School Din-
ing Hall transforms into a
"Bistro," where students
from the Culinary Arts
Program are "greeters"
and "servers" in this
charming atmosphere.
Chef Paula prepares
delicious dishes from
her exciting kitchen. The
menu for this event may
include entrees such as:
Baked Fresh Salmon with
Beurre Blanc, Chicken
Picata, and Marinated
Skirt Steak ranging in
price from $8 to $15.
This is just a sampling of
some of the wonderful
dishes that are offered at
the Bistro.
Vanguard is excited
about getting to know

The Vanguard Bistro Student Wait Staff. Top row, left to right:
Hilda Irizarry, Rosana Rivera, Juan Pai, Darren Kenney, Jake
Klein, James Weichel, Dr. Cathy Wooley-Brown. Bottom row,
left to right: Levi Nicholas, Lucas Cartwright, Omari McKenzie,
Stephen Mink, Jorge Hernandez.

members of the commu-
nity and having the com-
munity learn more about
the school, so please
join them for their Bistro

Grand Finale' April 9.
Reservations are re-
quired and easily made
by calling the Vanguard
School at (863) 676-6091.

JH Wilson students jump

for healthy hearts

On a recent cool and
cloudy day, the play-
ground at Janie Howard
Wilson Elementary was
"jumping" with students
trying to raise money for
a good cause.
After learning basic
jump rope skills in their
physical education class,
students were jump-
ing rope in the school's
annual Jump Rope For
Heart event. This year
they raised $862 for the
American Heart Associa-
"Students always look
forward to this event,"
said Coach Gary Fulton.
"It's a great event for the
kids, and they are help-
ing others."
Janie Howard Wilson
has participated in Jump
Rope For Heart for nine
years, raising more than
$10,000 for the American
Heart Association.
"Our students learn
about heart health, and
how physical activity can
help them live longer,
healthier lives. They also
learn that they provide
a community service
by helping others," said

Principal Beverly Lynne.
Jump Rope For Heart is
a national education and
fund-raising event spon-
sored by the American.
Heart Association and
the American Alliance for
Health, Physical Educa-
tion, Recreation and
Dance. The American
Heart Association uses
money raised through
the program to support
research for new treat-

ments; to advocate for
physical education and
nutrition wellness in
schools; and to provide
CPR training for middle
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March School Board
Meeting Schedule
The school board will
meet in a work session at
8:30 a.m., Tuesday, March
22 in the superintendent's
conference room of the
district administrative
office, 1915 South Floral
Ave., Bartow. A school
board meeting will be
held at 1:30 p.m., Tues-
day, March 22 in the
auditorium of the district
administrative office. Call
(863) 534-0521 or visit
bers/meetings.htm for
work session and board
meeting agendas.
The school board will
meet in a retreat at 9
a.m., Monday, March 28
to evaluate and update
strategic plan goals. The
retreat will be held at the
Jim Miles Professional
Development Center,
5204 U.S. Highway 98
South, Lakeland. Contact
school board chair Kay
Fields, (863) 534-0529 or
by email at kay.fields@
polk-fl.net for further in-
formation on this retreat.

Rochelle School Of
The Arts Special Event
Lakeland's Rochelle
School Of The Arts is
having a special event
fundraiser featuring
comedian Justin Fennell
and performances by the
school's staff. The event
is 7 p.m. Friday, March 25
at Rochelle, 1501 Mar-
tin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,
Lakeland. Tickets are $5.
The event will include
the school's staff perform-
ing segments in saxo-
phone, clarinet, blues,
classical orchestra, band,
vocals, drama, dance and

puppetry. Visual art from
the school's staff will also
be displayed at the event.
Event proceeds will
help fund a restaurant
trip to St. Pete Beach's
famous Don CeSar res-
taurant for the school's
Ladies & Gentlemen of
Distinction group. The
Ladies & Gentlemen of
Distinction is an after-
school group of students
receiving training and
instruction in social skills,
social interaction and
This is the seventh year
of the group and the trip
to the Don CeSar will
culminate a section on
dining etiquette which
includes learning about
table settings, menu
reading, ordering at a fine
dining establishment,
appropriate dining con-
versation, proper semi-
formal dress and other
Contact Rochelle guid-
ance counselor Crysandra
Chatman at (863) 499-
2755 or by email at cry-
net for further informa-
tion on the event or the
Ladies & Gentlemen of
Distinction group.

Parent Workshops
The Florida Diagnostic
Learning Resources Sys-
tem (FDLRS) is hosting
two free parent work-
shops. FDLRS primarily
works with parents and


families with special
needs children, but all
parents are invited to at-
tend the workshops.
The first workshop is
titled "Exploring New Ter-
ritories" and will be held
9 to 11 a.m., Tuesday,
April 5 in the Polk County
School Board building
located on 2nd Street in
the business complex of
the Bartow Municipal
Airport off U.S. 17. At-
tendees will learn about
free resources, materials
and Web sites to assist
them with helping their
children learn.
The second workshop
is titled "Handwriting for
Home" and parents will
learn fun and interactive
strategies to help children
with handwriting skills.
Parents will learn tech-
niques to teach proper
pencil grip, letter forma-
tion and spacing, rever-
sals and more.
The intended audience
for this workshop are
parents of kindergarten to
fifth grade students strug-
gling with handwriting.
The handwriting
workshop will be held 9
to 11:30 a.m., Thursday,
April 7 also in the School
Board Building at the Bar-
tow Municipal Airport.
Contact Laura Taft
at (863) 647-4258 or by
email at laura.taft@polk-
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further information on
both workshops.

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Wednesday, March
Relaxation Yoga
This twice-weekly class
is led by a Certified Yoga
Instructor each Monday
and Wednesday, 5:30
to 6:45 p.m. in the Lake
Wales Public Library
Meeting Room. Wear
loose-fitting clothing and
bring water if desired.
SClass fees are $10 per
week, $32 for 4 weeks .
or $60 for 8 weeks of
instruction. (All fees are
collected by the City of
Lake Wales Recreation
Department). Class
fees should be paid at
the City of Lake Wales
Cashier's Office, 201 West
Central Ave., LW. Cash,
checks or major credit
cards accepted. Fees
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may be paid by cash or
check at the class. Credit
.cards are only accepted
at Cashier's Office. Call
the LW Public Library
for payment or location
information, (863) 678-
4004, ext. 221.
DivorceCare for Sepa-
rated or Divorced
The DivorceCare is a
special weekly seminar
and support group for
people who are sepa-
rated or divorced. It's
a place where you can
be around people who
understand what you are
feeling. It's a place where
you can hear valuable
information about ways
to heal from the hurt
of divorce. DivorceCare
groups meet every week
on Wednesday from 6
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Rags N Riches Carpets, Inc takes this
opportunity to thank our customers for
allowing us to decorate their lives for
30+ years. We look forward t providing
the same beautiful flooring and window
treatments to the businesses and resi-
dents of this community for many more
years to come.

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SCommercial SAVINGS!
Outdoor Turf
2325 Hwy 60 West Lake Wales
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to 8 p.m. in Room 312
of First Baptist Church
of Lake Wales, 338 E.
Central Ave., Lake Wales.
There is no charge for the
class or workbook. For
more information, call
the church office at (863)
Thursday, March

Lake Wales Women's
Connection "Passion"
Special Feature: "A Pas-
sion for Fashion," step
into Spring with Fashions
from JC Penney. Special
Music: "A Passion for
Music;" pianist Barbara
Taylor; special speaker
"A Passion for Peace"
Marcia Trego. The event

features "Superwoman
Syndrome: The fast lane
is scary and I can't find
the exit!" Time: 11:30
a.m. 1 p.m. Cost: $14 in-
clusive. Place: Lake Wales
Country Club, 2925 Hwy
60 E, Lake Wales.
Lake Wales Area
Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors Meet-

At the Chamber Office,
340 W. Central Ave. from
8:30 to 10 a.m. Contact:
(863) 676-3445 for more


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Please join our workshop and learn about:
Maintaining a beautiful landscape
Saving water the Florida-friendly way
Reducing fertilizer and pesticide use
Friday, March 18, 2011, 5:30-7 p.m.
S\Main Street Bartow Office
165 E. Main Street, Bartow
; \ : Please call (863) 533-1773 to register.
The workshop will Je presented by the UF/IFAS Polk County
Extension's Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program Coordinator
Sponsoring Organizations: West Bartow Front Porch, Main Street
Bartow, Inc., Bartow CRA, Greater Bartow Chamber and the Peace River
Basin Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
.On the Chain '0 Lakes and Off The Hook!

Our First Annual St. Patrick's Day
Bash is Just The Beginning!
Come Join Us March 17, 2011

Talk to me about Golf Cart Insurance.
Did you know that you can get a policy
for about $5 a month? Call me and I can
help you select the right coverage to fit
your needs and your driving preference.

Rip Walser, LUTCF
(863) 676 5658

240 S First Street
Lakel Wales

You're in good hands.
Auto Home Life Retirement

SAverage monthly premium based on Florida customer data for policies written in 2008.
SActual premium will vary based on amount of Insurance purchased and other factors.
: Insurance subject to terms, conditions and availability. Allstate Property and Casualty
Insurance Company: Northbrook, IL 2009 Allstate Insurance Company

White Sandy Beach
Volleyball Courts Coming Soon
Waterfront Dining
Open Thursday-Sunday ,.

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a Spring Celebration!

Start the festivities with

a great breakfast!
On March 18th from 9am-10am the
first 50 Mall Walkers will receive free
breakfast and a $10 gift card to JC


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March 18th, 19th, 20th

For OurAnnual




Contact Michele Martinelli
for All The Details


451 Eagle Ridge Drive
Lake Wales, Florida

Happy Hour

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