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Drive a car and help the seniors

Fundraiser to help Project Graduation's night-time cruise

Anyone can test drive
a brand new F150 today
and help the high school
senior class go on a
cruise on the Gulf of
Mexico at the same time.
And, it doesn't have to
be the F150. Anyone 18
or older and has a valid
driver's license can test
drive a Ford Fusion, a
Ford Fiesta, the new Ford
Explorer, Ford Edge, Ford
Taurus or a F250 or F350
and Weikert Ford of Lake
Wales will donate $20 to

the senior class' Project
Graduation. The dealer-
ship will donate up to
$6,000 to the class. That's
300 test drives.
Just go to the high
school, for the Drive One
for Your School fund-
raiser which is being held
from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. from
the parking lot. Anyone
can drive one of the cars
mentioned that will be
on hand.
"We'll have those cars
and either an F250 or

F350," Weikert Ford em-
ployee Lee Knight said.
"We want to get as
many people out there
as we can," said Project
Graduation President
Debbie Norris.
She said this is the first
time Frostproof High
School has had an event
like this and said raising
as much as $6,000 would
go a long way toward
being able to afford the
The cruise, which

would leave from Clear-
water and spend the
night on Tampa Bay is on
graduation night June
7. It's open to all seniors
and the 140-150 seniors
already signed up to go
would leave from the cer-
emony on charter buses
for the cruise.
"There will be pizza,
drinks, live entertain-
ment and we won't
be back until the next
morning," Norris said.
Norris said their goal is

to raise a total of $20,000
and that would pay for
the cruise, T-shirts and
prizes they plan to give
"We're a long ways
from that," she said
"We've been fundraising
for a couple of months
While this is the first
fundraiser of this type for
the high school, Weikert
Ford has done fundrais-
ing for schools before.
This one is being orga-

nized by Knight, a Weik-
ert Ford employee who
graduated from Frost-
proof in 1999. He said
this is the fifth fundraiser
that he knows of that his
employer has done, but
he thought the fundrais-
ers had to be done only
in Lake Wales, where
Weikert is located on U.S.
27. When he found out
that wasn't the case, he
worked on getting one in


Views on



Opinions differ

over impact mitigation

Participants in a two-day
conference on the state
of phosphate mining
that concluded Tuesday
came away with varying
degrees of optimism ovei
whether mining com-
panies and their gov-
ernment regulators are
doing enough to mitigate
their impacts.
Brian Winchester of
Winchester Environ-
mental Associates, for
example, told the audi-
ence in closing com-
ments that he evaluated
30 manmade wetlands
on phosphate mine sites
in 2003-04 as an expert
witness in a challenge
against a state permit for
the Ona mine. He said he
found the vast majority
to be a "dismal failure."
To be fair, many of
them were sufficiently
inundated with water,
supported fish and were
vegetated by cypress
trees and pickerel weed.
However, they still fell
"abysmally" short com-
pared with "the biologi-

cal diversity of a wetland
system we have in the
natural landscape,"'
Winchester explained
in comments after the
He said the industry
could improve its
wetlands reclamation
r by setting aside com-
ponents of the under-
ground layers of the
earth as it gets exca-
e vated. That way, clay
layers could be returned
deeper underground and
more muck soil at the
"It's doable, and there's
enough science right
now to start doing it," he
told the audience.
However, executives
from Central Florida's
two mining compa-
r nies, CF Industries and
Mosaic, each highlighted
more positive reports
from other speakers, in
comments after the con-
Richard Ghent of CF
cited a talk by mining hy-
drology consultant John
Garlanger, who used a
water-balance formula


This was the scene at lunchtime Thursday when a torrential storm containing potential tornado activity roared through Lake
Wales. The storm started shortly after a National Weather Service warning was aired on radio channels.

Storm rages through town at lunchtime

Gully-washer downs trees, power lines and signs

March usually "comes in like
a lion and goes out like a lamb,"
but that wasn't the case Thursday
Anyone going out for lunch
found themselves caught up in a
storm of significant wind and tor-
rential rain.
According to National Weather
Service Meteorologist Dan Noah,
a Lake Wales citizen called in wind

gusts of at least 60 miles per hour.
In some areas closer to the Tampa
Bay, there were reports of the wind
reaching 90 mph.
A tree snapped and fell into the
Lake Wales Library, creating a hole
through which water poured.
Even after the worst of the storm
was over, the rain continued into
the evening.
Twenty-year-old Rachel Cur-
tis was leaving her room at the
Seminole Hotel to walk across the

street to a convenience store called
"I just wanted some Gatorade,
that's all," she said.
While she was inside the store,
high winds started to suction the
door outward, to the point that
the one man trying to pull it shut
could not do so.
It took two men to shut the door.
"Then the water started pouring


At the conclusion of
last weekend the Frost-
proof Rotary was one
step closer to taking a
$1,000 hit on its-bank
Thanks to the generos-
ity of silver and bronze
sponsors Ben Hill Griffin
Inc., Eager Beaver Trail-
ers, Fort Meade Animal
Clinic and Watson's Phar-
macy as well as to many
event and patron spon-

Talent called the best ever

I wasn't a judge."
Makayla Snyder
competed in the Kin-
dergarten through third
grade age group and will
represent that age group
on Saturday, April 2. Last
Saturday, she played
"Minuet" on the violin.
Her sister Nichole will
represent the fourth to
fifth grade age group,
earning this honor with
her performance of "Fur
Elise" on the piano.
The middle school age
group will be represented
by Crystal Williams and
Taylor Waters. Crystal

signed to the song "In-
describable," and Taylor
played "Fireflies" on the
The high school age
group was more difficult
to narrow down, so four
talents will move to the
finals. Claudia Ayala, and
Marisol Espinoza danced
while Viviana Cisneros
sang "Pretty Girl Rock."
Michelle Castillo, who
gave an emotional rendi-
tion of "Malaguena" on
the piano, will also be
there on Saturday night.
Paige Castle's voice and
guitar interpretation of

"Jolene" won her the
honors. And Sam Shaw
wowed the audience
while dancing to "An-
droid" and will perform
again on Saturday, April
2 at the Ramon Theater
as well.
Four performers from
the adult age group will
also move to the finals.
On Friday night, Jarred
T. Gravley impressed the
judges by singing and
accompanying himself
on the guitar to "You
and Me." Chasity Kin-
caid's singing of "Turn
on the Radio" made

her a judge's selection
as well. Last Saturday,
Julie Granger performed
"Don't It Make My Brown
Eyes Blue?" She'll sing
that again April 2. And
the final competitor
on last Saturday, Kathy
Drainville, played and
sang to an original song,
"You're the One," and will
make another visit to the
Ramon Theater April 2.
The final round will
be held at the Ramon
Theater in Frostproof at
7 p.m. Saturday, April 2.


sors, on Saturday, April
2, the Rotary will award
$1,000 to the winner of
its Fourth Annual talent
show and competition,
"Frostproof's Got Talent."
"The talent was the
best ever ," said Rotar-
ian Diana Biehl. "I saw
major improvements in
all of the returning com-
petitors, and the new
competitors were terrific
as well. I'm sure glad that

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April 2, 2011

Frostproofs Got Talent

finals set Saturday

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Ben Hill Griffin Memorial Golf Tournament

Ben Hill Griffin, III (left), presents winner
Derrick Tomco with the trophy at the 43rd
Ben Hill Griffin Memorial Golf Tournament
Saturday, held at the Lake Wales Country



Golfers and guests gathered after the 43rd Ben Hill Griffin Memorial Golf The 16 finalists in the 43rd Ben Hill Griffin Memorial Golf Tournament held
Tournament. last Saturday.


Email information
to Frostproof News
at news@frostproof-
news.net or mail it to
Frostproof News, 14 W.
Wall St., Frostproof FL

Saturday, April 2

Relay for Life
American Cancer
Society Relay for Life.
Runs to 9 a.m. Sat-
urday, April 2. This is
a unique event that
offers our community
to participate in the
fight against cancer. It
is an overnight event
in which you can walk,

a Happy 85th

jog, or run around
the track. Anyone can
participate! Celebrate
our survivors, remem-
ber the loved ones
who have lost their
fight against cancer
and fight back to
raise awareness and
money for research,
education, advocacy
and service. For more
information, contact
Lessa Bradford at 757-

Music Zone Jam

5 to 8 p.m. every Fri-
day at the Music Zone.

Saturday, April 2
Frostproof's Got
Talent Finals
$1,000 top prize for
the most talented act
in the greater Frost-
proof area. Come
cheer on your favorite
act. Tickets $10. All
money raised goes to
community and edu-
cation projects sup-
ported by the Frost-

proof Rotary Club.
Don't miss it, 7 p.m. at
the Ramon.

Tuesday, April 12
Community Day
of Prayer
Sponsored by the
Frostproof Ministe-
rial Association at city
hall auditorium, from
12:10 to 12:30 p.m. sec-
ond Tuesday of each
month. Open to the
public. For more infor-
mation call 257-0244.


Lifelong Frostproof resident
Edith Marlow celebrated
her 85th birthday Saturday,
March 19, at the Babson Park
Woman's Club. All six of her
children and several grandchil-
dren and friends attended.


Serious Injuries *

Medical Negligence


Bartow Office (Next to the Courthouse)
Lakeland Office (Available for ConiiultatiQn).

(863) 733-9090
- (863) 284-9090
tA ;r*

As a city commissioner, I was able to watch the spectacular growth of the
hospital. We have a new ER, outpatient facility, imaging area, Wound Healing
Center and much more. And the Lake Wales Medical Center Foundation is
providing wonderful support all over town. But most important, the people truly
care about every patient. My father, who was a family doctor there for 50 years,
must be beaming at the hospital he always envisioned for Lake Wales.


Visit www.lakewalesmedicalcenter.com/IChoose to learn more.

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April 2, 2011


April 2, 2011 Frostproof News Page 3A

"We in America do not
have government by
the majority; we have
government by the
majority who participate.
Thomas Jefferson, 1787


State lawmakers have been say-
ing the Department of Community
Affairs, among other state agen-
cies, is ripe for reform. We agree
that there are some legitimate
complaints with DCA.
But what passes for reform these
days is usually rhetoric, followed
by scapegoating and special inter-
est concessions.
When enough confusion has
been created, the real issue is
obscured and reform goes out the
What's wrong with DCA is not
that it has too much power to limit
development. If DCA were such
a job-killer, we never would have
had the monstrous real estate
boom and bust, the worst real
estate bust in Florida since the
Great Depression. DCA approved
too many homes to be built during
that time period not too few.


Right now there are hundreds of
thousands of pre-approved den-
sity units for residential construc-
tion in Sarasota, Charlotte and
DeSoto countieshroughout the
Builders can build houses on
those lots just about anytime they
want, but they are not. Builders
aren't building as much because
prices are depressed for buildings
and lots and it is harder for them
to compete with the depressed
used housing market.
There are lots just begging to
be built on for as low as $2,500,
but builders are not building.
No amount of deregulation will
change that, but as the famous
line goes, "Never let a crisis go to

Actually, the problem with DCA
is not its power, but its plasticity.
The latest push to reform the
agency is merely the latest per-
mutation of state growth manage-
ment policy.
When Charlie Crist succeeded
Jeb Bush, cities, counties and
regional planning councils had
spent thousands of hours fashion-
ing comprehensive plans and the
regular updates required by the
state constitution.
Crist's new focus on infill (steer-
ing development closer to existing
infrastructure, amenities and ser-
vices) was a 180-degree shift from
Bush's sprawl-friendly policies.
Developers crave regulatory and
cost certainty (or as close as the
real estate market can provide,
given its risky nature). For the
same reason that impact fee ad-
justments don't produce verifiable

results, regulation by itself doesn't
block development.
It is the market for homes,
condominiums and commercial
space that drives construction, not
friendly impact fee levels or comp
plan squishiness.
Ironically, the anti-tax senti-
ment driving the DCA reform
effort ignores the fact that DCA's
chief mission is to guide growth
management practices to ensure
public infrastructure and services,
such as utilities and public safety,
can be provided most efficiently.
Stripping DCA of power isn't
about jump-starting the hous-
ing market, it's about exploiting a
crisis to eliminate common-sense
growth policies. Calling DCA a
"job-killer" is ludicrous and, as
always, when the term is used,
get ready for the baloney to start

Well, they deserved fame

If you are a stick-in-the-
mud who believes that
smiling is a waste of facial
muscular energy, or that a
baby's first smiles are ac-
tually grimaces caused by
gas pains, this magazine
is not for you.
But if your next most
favorite thing is poking
fun at your friends, and
your most favorite thing
is having them poke back
at you with an even better
Gotcha, you would enjoy
a magazine called Mental
One of my daughters,
knowing her father not to
be a member of the it's-
set, has subscribed to it
for me for the past couple
of years.
It defies simple descrip-
tion, a bit as this column

Among articles in the
March/April issue that
appealed to me:
How to get your face
on a postage stamp.
(First, you gotta die;
there's a five-year post
mortem wait, except for
dead presidents, who
only have to wait one
A feature about a
man with a rare eating
disorder and an unusu-
ally thick lining of his
digestive tract. He has
consumed seven TV sets,
18 bicycles,; and a Cessna


S.L Frisbie

150 airplane. Burp.
A listing of unusual
measurements of the pas-
sage of time, including a
beard-second, the length
that a man's beard grows
in one second. Experts
can't agree on this one.

But my favorite article
was on five successful
people who never existed.
Among them:
George P Burdell, an
identity created by a stu-
dent who mistakenly was
sent two applications to
Georgia Tech. He submit-
ted one in his own name,
and another in Burdell's.
Both were admitted.
His creator did enough
work in Burdell's name
that he graduated. Other
students who learned of
the hoax credited George
with 12 combat flight
missions in World War II
and got him elected to
the board of Mad maga-
zine for 12 years.
He almost was named
Time's Man of the Year,
garnering 57 percent of
the on-line votes cast for
the honor.
David Manning, film

reviewer for the Ridge-
field Press. Neither Man-
ning nor the Ridgefield
Press ever existed.
They were created by
Sony to write rave reviews
of its movies that were
panned by real critics.
Two unamused movie
goers filed a class action
suit, which Sony settled
by paying claimants who
fell for the ruse. Sounds
to me like a good plot for
a movie.
Taro Tsujimoto of the
Tokyo Katanas hockey
team was the 11th round
draft pick of the Buffalo
Sabres in the 1974 NHL
draft. Neither Tsujimoto
nor the Katanas existed.
The general manager of
the Sabres, who did exist,
got fed up with the te-
dium of the draft process,
and created the fictitious
player and his team.
Despite the fact that he
never existed, Taro lives
on in the records of the
1974 player draft. Prob-
ably the only NHL player
ever to keep all his teeth.

These delightful stories
reminded me of my
favorite newspaper ruse.
I regret that the passage
of time has erased the
name of both the news-
paper and the character
from my memory, and an
hour-long search of the


This senator is

Recent polls show that
Americans are already
disenchanted with the
new Congress, which is so
collectively inept that it
can't even pass a budget.
Public sentiment is not
likely to improve with the
news that lawmakers are
forcing NASA to spend
$1.4 million a day on
a troubled space pro-
gram that was officially
scrapped last year.
It's a lesson in the poli-
tics of Waste, as practiced
by those who pretend to
be crusaders for thrift.
When President Obama
submitted his 2011 bud-
get plan to Congress, he
cancelled funding for the
space agency's Constella-
tion program, the prima-
ry mission of which was
to return astronauts to
the moon. The decision
wasn't a surprise.
More than $9 bil-
lion had been spent on
developing a new space
capsule and the Ares
series of rockets, but Con-
stellation was plagued by
long delays and hefty cost
overruns. An independent
panel of experts conclud-
ed that 2017 was the ear-
liest that the Ares rockets
would be ready for flights,
and that a lunar mission
wouldn't occur until the
mid-2020s, at the soonest.
Obama and top NASA
officials wanted to scrap
the project because it was
too costly, and to refocus
on deep-space explora-
tion and development of
commercial launches.
"The truth is, we were
not on a sustainable path
to get back to the moon's
surface," said NASA
Administrator Charles
Some lawmakers were
irate, none more than
Sen. Richard Shelby, a
Republican from Ala-

bama. This wouli
same Richard Sh
every year introd
ment; the same I
Shelby who pious
about runaway g
ment spending, a
trashes TARP and
about the terrible
But wait. Some
work on the Ares
was taking place
Marshall Space F
Center in Shelby'
state, which mea
jobs would be los
tunately, that's w
pens when you e
a big federal con
So, as a pre-em
strike, the senate
serted a sentence
2010 federal bud
basically barred]
from de-funding
stellation space I
until the 2011 bu
But in October
gressional leader
on a NASA fund
bill that contain
White House pro
to scratch the ma
lunar project. Th
have been the en
Since then, the
called Shelby pro
- only 70 words
remained intact
temporary spend
measures that ha
passed to keep g
ment running. M
ously, nobody se
able to get the la
deleted, which w

lost in space

shut off the $1.4 million
a day that's being wasted
on a space program that
no longer exists.
The largest beneficiary
is Alliant Techsystems,
Carl a prime contractor on
Hiaasen the first phase of the
Ares I rocket. You prob-
ably won't be shocked to
know that last year Sen.
d be the Shelby received $10,000
elby who in campaign contribu-
tuces a tions from ATK's political
amend- action committee, and
Richard thousands more from
sly rails company employees.
overn- In January, NASA
and Inspector General Paul
d frets Martin called for Con-
e deficit. gress to take "immediate
of the action" to halt funding
rockets on Constellation. Florida
at the Sen. Bill Nelson, who
-light chairs the Senate Com-
's home merce subcommittee on
nt that science and space, prom-
st. Unfor- ised to get the Shelby
hat hap- provision removed from
eliminate the budget resolutions
tract. because "we can't afford
iptive to be wasting money."
ir in- Last week, a spokesman
e in the for Nelson said "partisan
get that politics" had stalled the
NASA senator's efforts to fix
,the Con- the spending bill, but he
program remained confident that
idget was he'll be successful.
Meanwhile, tax dollars
, con- keep flowing to the aban-
*s agreed doned moon-shot pro-
ng gram about $250 million
id the since Oct. 1, according to
)posal a report in the Orlando
banned Sentinel. Add another $29
at should million by the time the
id, but it current budget extension
lapses in April.
so- Politicians who go to
)vision Washington are expected
has to fight for local projects,
in the and over the years Shelby
ding has brought loads of
ave been federal pork home to Ala-
overn- bama. This time he lost.
lysteri- Yet instead of doing
ems what's best for all Ameri-



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April 2, 2011

P e 4A Frost roof Ne s


DCA reform push is not about jobs

State-of-the-art pallet maker

considers Lake Wales

In a bid to replace
wood with cardboard
in the production of
shipping pallets, a Poole
County, Georgia com-
pany is looking to move
to the City of Lake Wales,
one of the potential loca-
tions for its new head-
PalletKraft wants to
replace some of 1.9 bil-
lion pallets used in the
United States with card-
board pallets.
At the start, new tech-
nology could produce up
to 900 eco-friendly pal-
lets per hour, or 14,000 a
day, utilizing one ma-
chine and two shifts.
PalletKraft expects to
create 300 jobs for local
workers at an average
wage of $25 an hour
within the next five years,
according to Lake Wales
Economic Development
Director Harold Gallup.
Gallup said the com-
pany might start produc-
tion in Lake Wales by
July 1.
PalletKraft President,
Chief Executive Officer
and Director Richard W.

Olvey Sr. wants to move
a portion of the firm's
production facility to
Lake Wales.
At the local site, Olvey
hopes that machinery
for other plants will be
built and an engineering
department would be
charged with design and
But first, up to $10
million in financing must
be negotiated, along
with possible economic
incentives from the
government sector. The
Polk County Industrial
Development Author-
ity gave the project its
preliminary nod with
a unanimous vote at
Wednesday's board
The company seeks
up to $10 million in
industrial revenue bonds
through banks. Gal-
lup said he is exploring
incentives including,
qualified target industry
programs for tax cred-
its, utility credits, job
creation centered credits
and other options.
Lake Wales is compet-
ing with sites in Georgia,
California, Texas, Arizona
and Mexico. PalletKraft's

Olvey has his sights set
on developing the 38-
acre former Sealy factory
site near the Lake Wales
Airport, at 309 Acuff
A $3 million dollar
payroll is expected with-
in a year of operation,
with salaries totaling $10
to $12 million within five
years, said Gallup.
.The economic devel-
opment director said
that after five years the
company would pump
$25 million into the local
economy and generate
an additional 75 to 100
jobs through offshoot
Corrmissioner John
Paul Rogers is urging
Olvey, his long-term
friend, to move south.
Rogers is excited by his
buddy's company which
he says "specializes in
hiring the handicapped"
at the same wage as
other workers.
Rogers also said that
the firm often hires hard-
working single mothers.
Gallup said the company
also targets minority
"We need this worse
than a dead man needs a

coffin," quipped Rogers,
When Olvey was asked
why he was considering
a move from Georgia to
Florida, he replied that
he "wanted to go where
the food products are-it's
a more immediate op-
"This is too big of
an opportunity for us.
There's no produce in
that region of Georgia."
One of the advantages
of using recyclable, cor-
rugated cardboard rather
than wood is its ability to
eliminate 80 percent of
the "shock" said Olvey.
Wood transfers shock
during shipping of food
products-with $485
billion of losses due to
damage- while Olvey
maintained that many
of those losses could be
prevented through vibra-
tion absorbent pallets
and packaging. Less Sty-
rofoam and less interior
packaging is needed with
cardboard pallets.
The new product has
been patented in 30
countries and Olvey said
the foreign market is
much larger and could
prove more lucrative

than the domestic mar-
Many countries require
heat-treatment of wood-
en pallets and additional
certification documents
at a substantial cost to
the shipper.
The material used will
be produced elsewhere
by other companies and
assembled in Lake Wales.
A PalletKraft informa-
tion packet distributed
at the meeting reads that
the fully recyclable prod-
uct can support up to
5,000 pounds. Research-
lasted four years, with
field testing for an addi-
tional four years prior to
the start of sales in 2005.
The new product
eliminates all wood,
bolts, nuts and nails and
can also support aisle
displays in stores to
reduce set up time, reads
the packet. The weight of
a standard pallet would
drop from about 70 to 25
pounds and should re-
duce employee injuries.
Almost 3,000 compa-
nies produce pallets in
the U.S., with 420 million
new pallets created each
The company literature

reads that 16 million tons
of wood pallets entered
municipal solid waste
landfills or construction
and demolition landfills
during 1995.
"Approximately 4.7
billion ft. of hardwoods
were consumed by the
pallet industry in 1992,"
reads the company
report. "Experts now esti-
mate the current produc-
tion level of new wood
pallets to be greater than
400 million annually.
"This requires the cut-
ting of one million acres
of hardwood, 30 percent
of the country's annual
hardwood harvest," ac-
cording to the report.
An EnergyOne propos-
al to turn the site into an
ethanol plant is "appar-
ently gone," according to
Ed Vogel, legal council to
the Industrial Revenue
Bond Authority, at the
Wednesday meeting.
Those plans called for
using corn to produce
"When corn prices
went up, they couldn't
make it work anymore,"
said Vogel. "EnergyOne
has given up the option
on the property."

HIAASEN: Lost in space

FRISBIE: Deserved fame

can taxpayers (and for
NASA, which is scraping
for funds), the senator is
content to sit back and
watch nearly $280 mil-
lion go down a black hole
_ and into the hands of
major campaign con-
A few weeks ago, an
aide who didn't mean to
be humorous asserted
that Shelby wasn't "ac-
tively trying" to protect
the 70-word budget item

that's kept the Constel-
lation money flowing.
That's not to say he has
tried to stop it, either
actively or passively.
Judging from public
opinion surveys, the
American people might
be getting wise to phony
deficit hawks who want
everyone to sacrifice
except for their own
constituents and fat-cat
Shelby is fond of bash-
ing Democrats and warn-
ing, "We are on the road

to financial destruction."
Given his own not-
so-stellar role in the
Constellation debacle, he
gives new meaning to the
term "space case."

Carl Hiaasen is a
columnist for the Miami
Herald. Readers may
write to him at: 1 Herald
Plaza, Miami, Fla. 33132;
e-mail: chiaasen@miami-

MS Citrus Tour registration

The Citrus Tour 2011
rolls out next month and
more than 1,000 bicyclists
will be peddling from
Lake Wales to Orlando
and back.
This year's goal is
It starts at Bok Tower
Gardens Saturday, May 14
and finishes day one at
The Caribe Royale Hotel
in Orlando. On day two -
Sunday, May 15 riders
reverse the route.
Teams of all sizes can
ride. Registration is re-
quired and a $20 mini-
mum pledge is requested.

In Memory Of

Deacon Johnnie
Lowe, Sr.
Mar.29,1930 -
Nov. 13,2010
You are gone but
live forever in our
Beloved husband,
father, brother,
prayer warrior,
confidante and
trusted friend
to so many.
We celebrate the
love that you gave,
the life you led
and the example
that you set.
We love and miss
i you so much!
Your family and

To receive a Walk MS 2011
T-shirt, the minimum
fundraising amount is
$125. Additional prizes
are available based on
funds raised. Registration
for Bike MS starts at a $35
fee per participant (with
fee increases leading up
to the event date) and
requires a fundraising

minimum of $250 per
individual biker.
To register visit www.
for Bike MS: The Citrus
Tour 2011 or to make a
donation or volunteer,
visit flc.nationalmssoci-
ety.org or call Bill Con-
way, Mid Florida Chapter,
NMSS, (813) 889-8363.

Internet was fruitless.
The news staff, or at
least one member there-
of, created a fictitious
character who became,
among other things, a
world traveler.
Stories of his adven-
tures appeared periodi-
cally in the paper. In the
days before computers,
when stories were writ-
ten on typewriters, it was

impossible to trace who
had written them.
Management, not
amused, promised to fire
the reporter if identified,
but never figured it out.
And in its last issue,
when the newspaper
folded, an obituary
reported the death of
the fictitious character;
listing his occupation as
world traveler and his
age as the number of
years that the newspaper

had been published.

(S.L. Frisbie is retired.
In more than 50 years of
writing for newspapers,
he never created a ficti-
tious character Unless,
that is, you count Bo,
Bubba, and-Clyde, to
whom he occasionally
addresses his remarks in
this column.)

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April 2 2011

HELP: Drive a car

place for Project Gradu-
"I found out Frostproof
is in our area," he said .
"And when I found out
about that I told (the
school) and they got
excited about that."
Knight said that him
knowing there was a

cruise and that they
needed money for it
helped him to try to get
something going. When
he graduated in 1999 his
Project Graduation was a
party in the cafeteria.
"Then the next year
my brother got to go on
cruise," he remembered.
He said the rules of the
fundraiser are pretty sim-

ple. The money, which
is coming from the Ford
Motor Company, will
donate once per family.
Anyone who drives or
is a passenger in a test
drive has to sign waiver
and no car seats are al-
lowed to be installed for
the drive. Drivers have
to have a valid license.
And that's all it takes for

the auto company to
donate S20 to the senior
class. Plus people who
do drive will be eligible
for prizes in two different
ways. Each driver will be
eligible for a raffle from
Project Graduation for a
$100 prize. Plus Weikert
Ford will enter the names
into a drawing that will
be held at a later date for

a prize that will be deliv-
ered to their home.
,"Frostproof (High)
seems real excited about
doing it and we've been
looking forward to doing
it," Knight said.
And though there have
been other fundraisers
Project Graduation has
done, people can spon-
sor their drive to provide

the cruise by taking
out a sponsorship in a
senior's name. They can
mail $100 and name a
senior he or she wants to
sponsor to P.O. Box 1292,
Frostproof, FL. And, Nor-
ris said, if they don't have
the name of a senior
they want to sponsor the
Project Graduation group
can name one.

WETLANDS: Mixed views

to show that the min-
ing poses insignificant
impacts on Peace River
Ghent also cited a
talk by Michelle Sims, a
Florida Department of
Environmental Protec-
tion mining regulation
administrator, who said
she inspected all the
manmade wetlands on
phosphate sites within
the past few years and
found them to be satis-
They were ranked
an average of .57 on a
uniform wetlands evalu-
ation scale that ranges
from zero to 1.0, she
Those talks illumi-
nated some "positive"

accomplishments, Ghent
Russell Schweiss of
Mosaic also pointed to
a talk by mining consul-
tant Shirley Dent, who
analyzed several man-
made bayhead swamps
on mine sites. She found
them all to be thriving,
with sufficient inunda-
tion, muck soil and
healthy trees.
However, Percy An-
gelo of the Sierra Club
pointed to a geologist's
presentation Monday
about how phosphate
mining led to the col-
lapse of the aquifer
under the upper Peace
"So I think (mining)
has had impacts and
certainly could have in
the future," Angelo said.

"I think there was a lot
of talk about historical
issues with the industry,
and that's something we
totally acknowledge,"
Schweiss said after the
meeting.-"As we look
forward, we look toward
any input on how we
can accomplish favor-
able outcomes regarding
The intent of the
conference was to in-
form regulatory staffers,
conservation advocates,
and citizens on a variety
of phosphate mining
impacts so they can pro-
vide input on the scope
of a U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers Areawide
Impact Statement, said
John Fellows; biolo-
gist for the U.S. Envi-
ronmental Protection

Agency, which organized
the event.
And there was plenty
of variety in the topics
Robert Whelan of
ECONorthwest presented
his study that showed
Hardee County's econo-
my would grow by
$96 million if it allowed the
recently approved S. Fort
Meade mine extension.
Whelan cited increased
property taxes, severance
taxes and mining jobs.
However, economist
Richard Weisskoff of
the University of Miami
said the mining would
not generate as much
commerce for the local
economy as the rural
land now supports.
That's because the
mining industry merely

works to extract materi-
al, which is then shipped
elsewhere. There's little
"connection" to the local
economy, Weisskoff said.
The mining would also
conflict with hunting,
fishing, tourism and
other economic engines,
he said.
"Did you know there's
a center for great apes in
Hardee County?" Weiss-
koff asked. "Did you
know there's a Florida
Institute for Neurologi-
cal Rehabilitation Center
(in Hardee)? It employs
500 people.
"I can't imagine that
center will benefit from
air quality declines,"
he added.
Health physicist Brian
Birky of the Florida In-
dustrial and Phosphate

Research Institute also
presented his case that
the increase in radioac-
tivity caused by mining
is not enough to pose
health concerns.
However, Jon Rich-
ards of the EPA's Super-
fund Division, which is
considering conducting
flyovers of the phos-
phate region to measure
gamma rays, said similar
flyovers over the Coronet
Industries site, a former
phosphate mine, found
radiation levels from
20 to 40 picocuries per
gram of soil.
By comparison, natu-
ral soil in the region has
less than 2 picocuries,
he said.

E-mail: gmartin@sun-herald.com

STORM: Wild weather hits during lunchtime

in and hail was hitting
the door," she said.
Rachel contemplated
making a run back across
the street to her room,
but one man looked at
her and said
"Do you want to go out
The short lived burst
lasted only a few min-
"It was crazy, for that
like five minutes," she
"This poor guy was
running, he was trying
to run against the wind.
He ran in the store with
a towel on his head," she
Joshua Sawyer, a pizza
delivery man for Piz-
zano's in Winter Haven,
was on his Thursday
noontime pizza route
through downtown Lake
Wales when the skies
burst open.
"And I'm dripping," he
But Pizzano's delivers.

"Rain, snow, it doesn't
matter, we still get the
pizza there," he said.
"Even in a hurricane,
as long as our power is
on. I've been through six
tornadoes and three hur-
ricanes," he added.
And, the inclem-
ent weather that swept
through the area it could
be compared to a hur-
ricane. The National
Weather Service put Polk
County out of the torna-
do warning at 12:45 p.m.
but while it was raising,
there were sheets of rain
falling and the wind was
so strong, the tops of the
palm trees were parallel
to the ground..
There were reports of
four tornadoes in Polk
County and Polk County
Public Safety officials
said the tent that col-
lapsed at Lake Linder
Airport in Lakeland had
70 people inside at the
annual Sun 'N Fun avia-
tion festival.
Officials reported
seven people from the

tent were transported
to Lakeland Regional
Medical Center for treat-
ment. They all had minor
"The worst injury was
a fractured hip," said Polk
County Sheriff's spokes-
man Scott Wilder. About
70 people were under the
tent when it collapsed
and some crawled out,
he said.
"It wasn't like a mass
of people trapped in a
building or anything like
that," he said.
Statistics show that
Polk County had about
2.63 inches of rain Thurs-
At Polk Avenue El-
ementary, schoolchildren
had just finished run-
ning through a routine
tornado drill two hours
before the storm hit, ac-
cording to Sue Medders,
administrative assistant
for the Lake Wales Char-
ter Schools.
Children across the
city were moved from
portables to permanent

TALENT: The best ever

There will be 12 acts.
One hundred dollars
will be awarded to the
best talent in each age
group, and $1,000 to
Frostproof's best talent
for 2011. Tickets are $10

for adults, $5 for children
4-12, and free for those 3
and younger.
The proceeds will be
used for scholarships
for the Frostproof High
School Class of 2012,
and also for the Teacher's
Breakfast, sictionaries

for fifth graders, Inter-
act Club sponsorship,
Leadership seminar, Teen
of the Month recognition
and financial support
of the Frostproof Care
Center. For. tickets for the
event, call (863) 635-


Notice is hereby given the Canvassing Board for the
City of Frostproof Municipal Election will meet at
3:00 p.m. on April 8, 2011, in the Council Chambers
at 111 W. First St., Frostproof, FL, to'certify the elec-
tion results of the April 5, 2011 election.


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Phone: 863-679-9494
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structures during the
raging storm.
The Polk County
School District found
itself having a busy day.
The phones were con-
stantly ringing and Greg
Bondurant, the Direc-
tor of Safe Schools, was
exchanging e-mails and
phone calls with prin-
cipals throughout the
Schools in Bartow,
Mulberry, Kathleen were
under a tornado warn-
ing and students were
duck and cover where
they would get under the
desks and stay away from

the windows and doors,
Bondurant said. He also .
said the portables were
closed all day Thursday.
Ultimately damage was
minor at the schools and
there were no injuries.
"Trees fell and one
tree fell on a teacher's
car (at Spessard Holland
Elementary Schqol), but
all the students got off
campus safely," he said.
There was some con-.
cern with students being
able to ride buses home
but by the time schools
were dismissed the heavy
rain in eastern Polk
County and in an e-mail

the district sent out it
said there was a chance
for some delay but they
will operate normally.
Overall, Bondurant
said, everything went
"I'm very pleased with
the way the principals
and staff responded. This
weather waswicked as
you well know. I can't
say enough great things
about how everybody
handled this,"

Staff Writers Kathy
Leigh Berkowitz, Bill
Rettew, Peggy Kehoe and
JeffRoslow contributed to

DOCKET NO. 10-CIE1 -NOI-5308-(A)-(I)

The Department gives notice of its intent to find the
Amendment(s) to the Comprehensive Plan for the City of Frostproof,
adopted by Ordinance No. 2010-28 on December 20, 2010, IN
COMPLIANCE, pursuant to Sections 163.3184, 163.3187 and
163.3189, F.S.

The adopted City of Frostproof Comprehensive Plan
Amendments) and the Department's Objections, Recommendations
and Comments Report, (if any), are available for public inspection
Monday through Friday, except for legal holidays, during normal
business hours, at the City of Frostproof, City Hall, 111 West First
Street 2nd Floor, Frostproof, Florida 33843-0308.

Any affected person, as defined in Section 163.3184, F.S.,
has a right to petition for an administrative hearing to challenge the
proposed agency determination that the Amendment(s) to the City of
Frostproof Comprehensive Plan are In Compliance, as defined in
Subsection 163.3184(1), F.S. The petition must be filed within
twenty-one (21) days after publication of this notice, and must
include all of the information and contents described in Uniform Rule
28-106.201, F.A.C. The petition must be filed with the Agency Clerk,
Department of Community Affairs, 2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard,
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2100, and a copy mailed or delivered to
the local government. Failure to timely file a petition shall constitute
a waiver of any right to request an administrative proceeding as a
petitioner under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S. If a petition is
filed, the purpose of the administrative hearing will be to present
evidence and testimony and forward a recommended order to the
Department. If no petition is filed, this Notice of Intent shall become
final agency action.

If a petition is filed, other affected persons may petition for
leave to intervene in the proceeding. A petition for intervention must
be filed at least twenty (20) days before the final hearing and must
include all of the information and contents described in Uniform Rule
28-106.205, F.A.C. A petition for leave to intervene shall be filed at
the Division of Administrative Hearings, Department of Management
Services, 1230 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-
3060. Failure to petition to intervene within the allowed time frame
constitutes a waiver of any right such a person has to request a
hearing under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S., or to participate in
the administrative hearing.

After an administrative hearing petition is timely filed,
mediation is available pursuant to Subsection 163.3189(3)(a), F.S., to
any affected person who is made a party to the proceeding by filing
that request with the administrative law judge assigned by the
Division of Administrative Hearings. The choice of mediation shall not
affect a party's right to an administrative hearing.

~s~ J. Thomas Beck, AICP
Director, Division of Community Planning
Department of Community Affairs
2555 Shumard Oak Boulevard
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2100

April 2, 2011

e gaP 6A Frostproof N s

Blessing and more

Prosthetic for

Staff Writer

Thanks to 'An extremely generous
gift" from a Lake Wales woman, Vince
Moore now has a prosthetic for the
portion of his leg lost in a motorcycle
accident last summer, according to his
wife Lisa.
Former law enforcement officer and
motorcycle shop owner Vince Moore
lost part of his leg following a seri-

injured cyclist considered

ous motorcycle accident last summer.
Vince's wife, Lake Wales muralist Lisa
Moore, spoke to The Lake Wales News
last week about the challenges the fam-
ily has had, including the uphill battle
to obtain medical coverage.
In particular, raising the S35,000 min-
imum for a prosthesis was a concern.
A Lake Wales woman, Sue Abate read
Vince's story and immediately knew
how she could help. Her husband, Joe,
passed away just seven weeks ago, and


had worn two leg prostheses, having
had both legs amputated below the
knee. She called Lisa and as it turned
out, the shoe size and approximate
height was the.same for both men, so
she and the Moores got together for
a visit and Vince now has the needed
prosthesis, which he can have custom-
fitted once the final healing of his leg is
Lisa, who was already a fan of the
generous people of Lake Wales, said

generous gift"

this is another example of the good-
ness of the local people. "She is just an
amazing and wonderful person," Lisa
said of Sue Abate.
NOTE: There are still three prostheses
available for donation, two right legs
and a left, since Joe Abate had two sets.
Those who have a genuine need for the
prostheses can contact Mary Cannaday
at the Lake Wales News; (863) 676-3467,
who will pass the information to Sue

Jackson is Charter

s biggest cheerleader

Staff Writer

The Lake Wales Charter
Schools can rest assured:
they have 200 percent
support and enthusiasm
of their chief administra-
tor, Superintendent Jesse
L. Jackson.
Jackson's ideas and
positivity fill the room
as he talks about his
three-plus years as su-
perintendent. He came
here under sad circum-
stances, Jackson said,
the first superintendent,
Clint Wright, having died'
But once he was
selected from a final
field of 9 candidates, "all
very well qualified," he
hit the ground running.
Jackson started visiting
Lake Wales weekly from
his home in Tallahassee,
even before his tenure
began. He toured the
schools, talking to prin-
cipals, staff and board
members about their
vision for the Charter
Schools. From these
conversations and his
research, a goal-oriented
document called "Super-
intendent Talking Points"
The Talking Points

have resulted in a num-
ber of initiatives, includ-
ing weekly meetings
with school principals
and staff; transparent
communication with the
public and among the
Charter Schools; fis-
cal belt-tightening, and
several programs aimed
at academic improve-
ment and involvement.
Finding ways to recog-
nize and encourage all
students, not just some,
is a passion of Jackson's.
While not minimizing
the hard work of A/B stu-
dents, Jackson believes
that all students have the
ability to improve their
grades and contribute,
given the right motiva-
Examples of these in-
clude the BUG Club and
the Young Leaders Pro-
gram. BUG is an acro-
nym for Bringing Up Your
Grades. While it is impor-
tant to make A's and B's,
it is also important for "C
and below" students to
work on improving their
GPA, he said. The BUG
Club rewards and rec-
ognizes those who do so
each grading period, and
the prizes, such McDon-
ald's food, seem to be
good motivators, Jackson

noted. Plus, a pat on the
back goes a long way.
The Young Leaders
Program is designed to
shape student leaders by
pairing high-achieving.
role-modeling students
with those who may
be struggling academi-
cally or behaviorally. The
model is based on peer
pressure; positive rather
than negative, Jackson
said. Recently some
of the members did a
project at Ronald Mc-
Donald House, preparing
and serving food to the
families who stay there
while their children are
A third program, long-
time coming but finally
taking hold, Jackson said,
is the Student Success
Plan; documentation
that follows the kids
from elementary through
high school. The student
identifies a goal, such as
"wanting to be a nurse,"
then curriculum, grades,
test scores, etc. are
tracked to make sure the
student's path leads to
their goal.
There is also a scholar-
ship available now to a
senior student each year.
Jackson believes so
strongly in the Charter

Schools' student pro-
grams that he offered
part of his salary to
fund them when he first
started, and still does
so. There are additional
funding sources, such as
philanthropies and clubs
that are also onboard
now with additional
There are programs
in place for staff as well,
such as the Aspiring
Leaders program and
local training workshops.
Jackson notes that hold-
ing the training locally
saves money and helps
customize to their needs.
And elaborating on the
topic of fiscal responsi-
bility, Jackson said the
Charter Schools had
identified places where
expenses could be safely
cut, and had a pretty
good track record over
the past couple of years,
plus stimulus funds to
enable the system to gain
solid footing. It is man-
dated that the Charter
Schools have a balanced
budget, but due to
conservative spending,
the Lake Wales Charter
Schools will not be in a
good position even when
stimulus funds end and
state budget cuts kick in

Superintendent Jesse Jackson reflects on the last few years and
continues to anticipate success in the future.

this year.
Jackson said that if
someday Spook Hill,
McLaughlin, and Roos-
evelt Schools vote to
join the Charter System,
they would be more than
welcomed. "My hope and

my dream is that we will
all become one system
here, because we are
one community and the
prosperity of the com-
munity depends on the
educational system," he

Generous community pays for child's seizure dog

Staff Writer

It's a dream come true.
When people put their
efforts together, much
can be accomplished.
A Lake Wales Police
detective's daughter will
now get the special sei-
zure dog that she needs,
thanks to the generos-

ity of Lake Waleans, the
efforts of the Lake Wales
Police Officers' Asso-
ciation, and a weekend
extravaganza at the Avon
Park Moose Lodge com-
bined to cover the cost
of a helper dog for Ciara
Nicole Yoxall, daughter of
LWPD Det. Bruce Yoxall.
Ciara has intense
epileptic seizures and

has applied for a service
dog with the ability to
sense seizures before
they begin, so she can
short-circuit the seizure
with an implanted device
called a Vagas Nerve
The Lake Wales News
ran a story on March 19,
2011 about the'Police Of-
ficers Association fund-
raiser for Ciara's dog.
The response from Lake
Wales residents, along
with a weekend fund
raiser by the Avon Park
Moose Riders resulted in
raising the $7,500 needed
to pay for the dog, Det.

Yoxall said.
"We just can't say
enough to thank every-
one for their donations,"
Yoxall said. "This is go-
ing to make such a differ-
ence for my daughter."
A chocolate labrador is
currently being trained
as a seizure dog by No-

elle's Dogs Four Hope,
based in Monument,
Colorado. Ciara's mother
found the agency online
and applied for a service
dog for Ciara.
The new addition to
the family is anticipated
to arrive in June.'
Not only does the dog

anticipate seizure activ-
ity, but is trained to go
for help if needed, even
being able to summon
More information
about Noelle's Dogs Four
Hope can be obtained
online at www.noellesan-


Dr. and Mrs. A. Fleet Ryland of Babson Park announce the
engagement of their daughter Stephanie Ryland to Jason



Dr. and Mrs. A. Fleet
Ryland of Babson Park
announce the engage-
ment of their daughter
Stephanie Ryland to
Jason Woods.
The bride-to-be was
born in Gainesville, Fla.
and graduated from
Lake Wales High School,
the University of South
Florida with a bachelors
degree and Nova South-
eastern University with
a masters degree. She is
employed as an ESE spe-
cialist at Sergeant Paul R.

Smith Middle School.
The groom-to-be is the
son of Robert Woods of
Cassleberry and Shirley
Penter of Tampa. He was
born in Willard, Ohio and
graduated from Kaiser-
slautern American High
School in Germany and
California University
of Pennsylvania with a
bachelors degree. He is
employed as a field su-
perintendent for Allstate
The wedding is set for
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Expect, and Be Part of, A Miracle

When I look at the
miracles of Jesus, it is
common that he not only
welcomed, but often
directed engaged the
community's participa-
tion. In changing water
to wine, he instructed the
servants to fill each of 6
jars with 20-30 gallons
of water. That would not
have been turning on the
tap and letting the hose
fill the jars. He told the
mourners to roll back the
stone at Lazarus' grave,
and then told others to
untie the grave cloths.
He did not just wave his
magic wand, but invited
others to be active par-
ticipants in the miracle.
You and I can be part
of a miracle right here in
Lake Wales. Part of my
preparation for Easter
this year is responding to
an urging of the Spirit to
speak up about a situ-
ation in our city which
I find unthinkable and
unacceptable: the sewer
problems in the North-
west part of Lake Wales.
I recently walked the
area with a Polk County
deputy who said to me,
"Pastor, sometimes on

Rev. Jeff Kantz
First United Methodist

Sunday morning the
smell is so bad we can't
use the front door of our
church, we have to go in
the side door." I know
our city officials are
working on the prob-
lem with a projected 1.8
million dollar price tag. I
certainly don't envy them
that task or deny their
effort. But meanwhile,
citizens in our town are
living with the persistent
smell of sewage. We need
a miracle.
Those kind of condi-
tions simply would not
be allowed downtown. I
would not tolerate it in
my children's neighbor-
hood, or my grandchil-
It would not be accept-
able if the neighborhood
was Muslim or Jewish
or atheist. It would not
be acceptable if the
neighborhood was black,
white, or Hispanic. It is
simply not OK with me
that some of my fellow
citizens in Lake Wales

live with this 24-7! In
preparing for the miracle
of the Easter resurrec-
tion I must speak up and
say 'this stench of death
and decay needs to be
reversed and righted by
the resurrection power of
the One who calls us out
of darkness and into His
marvelous light.'
There are at least two
things each of us can do.
First, in preparation for
Easter on April 24th, over
the next three weeks, I
invite and call on every
citizen and every busi-
ness of Lake Wales to
offer a minimum of a
tithe (one tenth) of one
day's income, to be used
to address the issue with
A person with.a
monthly income of $500,
working 5 days a week,
(about 20 working days
for a working day wage
of $25) would offer at
least $2.50 to be part of
bringing the hope of new
life and resurrection to
fellow citizens. Perhaps
a business had a $2,500
average daily income; a
'tithe' would offer $250
as part of the Lake Wales

miracle of offering reso-
lution and restoration of
dignity. Together, all our
citizens can be part of
the solution, part of the
miracle of caring.
Being part of the mir-
acle is a choice I can
choose to buy that candy
bar, that magazine, that
toy, that soda or I can
let it go, let something
go, let anything go, to
become part of bringing
hope to my neighbors.
Personally, my wife and I
have chosen to contrib-
ute not a tithe, but a full
day's income because
we are not willing to
just wish someone else
would do something.
Offering ourselves, and
the resources God has
entrusted to us, is simply
part of the miracle God
is working in our midst.
The miracle will happen
when, and because, we
choose to work together,
standing up for life and
dignity for all our fellow
After a discussion on
this topic at the greater
Lake Wales ministe-
rial meeting, attorney
Howard Kay, president

of "Unity in Commu-
nity," agreed for U.I.C. to
become the conduit to
receive and administer
such gifts to the city for
addressing the sewer
So, I invite every
citizen; man, woman and
child, and every business
owner and manager to
become part of the resur-
rection miracle, bringing
the sweet fragrance of
caring concern to fellow
citizens who have lived
in the stench of a faulty
and poorly designed
sewage system for too

Contributions may be
sent to:
'Unity in Community"
Attn: Howard Kay
Lilly, O'Toole and
815 SR 60 E.
Lake Wales, FL 33853

Tell others about the
problem, and the oppor-
tunity we have to choose
to be part of the miracu-
lous solution. I've just
mentioned it twice and
over $200 has been given

by individuals who want
to be part of the solution.
Ask your pastor if you
can give through your
church, or if your church
is willing to participate in
being part of the caring
The second thing we
can all do, is to "cheer"
for Lake Wales at www.
readersdigest.com. Lake
Wales is currently 120th
place in competition for,
$40,000. Individuals can
"cheer" for their city 10
times (all at once), every
If just half of Lake
Wales citizens cheered 10
times each day every day
until May 16, when the
sweepstakes ends, we'll
have nearly 3,000,000
'cheers' and potentially
an additional $40,000 for
our city. You can do it, or
you can choose not to
do it.
This is America, after
all. We choose to be part
of the solution, or not.
We can participate in the
resurrection miracle, or
just take it easy and rest
in the grave. It is our

Farm Bureau names executive director

Carole McKenzie was .
named the Polk County
Farm Bureau's executive
director, President Larry
Black said.
She replaces Heather
Nedley, who has accept-
ed a position as public
affairs manager with Mo-
saic in DeSoto County.
"Agriculture's econom-

ic impact on Polk County
is a direct result of our
industry's ability to in-
corporate sustainability
with innovation," said
Black in a press release. "
McKenzie was vice
president of public af-
fairs for Clear Springs
Land, Clear Springs
Farms and Clear Springs

Packing in Bartow since
2007, where she has rep-
resented the company in
community, political and
educational forums. She
was previously a promo-
tions manager for Citrus
Industry magazine and
public affairs manager
for Florida Citrus Mutual.
Her family owns citrus
and cattle operations in

Polk and DeSoto coun-
McKenzie graduated
from Florida Southern
College in 2003 with a
bachelor's degree in pub-
lic relations and is also
an alumnus of Polk State
College. She is a member
of the current Leadership
Polk IV class, a graduate
of the Bartow Chamber

Leadership program
and serves on numerous
industry and community
boards, including Florida
Ag in the Classroom and
Polk State College's Cor-
porate College Advisory
"I'm delighted to have
the opportunity to serve
and represent Farm
Bureau and its member-

ship," McKenzie said.
The Polk County Farm
Bureau's mission is to
protect and enhance the
viability and profitability
of commercial agricul-
ture in Polk County. With
more than 4,500 mem-
bers, Polk County Farm
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county farm bureau in

Stephanie Tschida is serving in the United States Navy.

Serving her


Stephanie Tschida,
who is serving in the
United States Navy, took
her Basic Training at the
Recruit Training Com-
mand in Great Lakes,
Illinois in 2009. She was
sent later to Pensacola,
Florida Naval Base to
attend Aviation Techni-
cian School after she
graduated in the spring
of 2010. She was sent for
additional training to
Oceana, Virginia.
Currently she is sta-
tioned in Jacksonville,
Florida Naval Base at the
FRC Southeast division.

Stephanie will deploy this
May on the USS George
H.W. Bush out of Norfolk,
Virginia for duty to the
Middle East.
She is the daughter
of David Tschida, Lake
Wales, Fla. and Jane Ts-
chida Phillips.
Tschida has commit-
ted herself to serving her
country. She has an aunt,
Lt. Col. Carol Tschida,
who is currently serving
in the United States Army
in the Middle East.
She is a 2008 gradu-
ate of Lake Wales High

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CRAC discusses

race concerns in schools


What Polk County
Schools Superintendent
Sherrie Nickell told
the Community Rela-
tions Advisory Council
she wanted to do was
listen. What she ended
up getting was an earful
from one person who
discussed wrongs he felt
done to him and sev-
eral others more than
30 to 40 years ago by the
school system.
The CRAC formed
in 1992-1993 to advise
and assist the Polk
County Board of County
Commissioners and
various other organiza-
tions and governmental
agencies on matters of
race had requested
Nickell meet with it on
Monday, March 28, and
discuss 14 "suggested
actions" it wished ad-
dressed, issues centered
primarily upon the
dearth of black teachers
and administrators, as
well as that of black and
other minority students,
especially whether black
and minority students
were being more severely
The overall goal of the
meeting, stated CRAC
Chairman Tom Freijo,
was for the council to
help the school system
address the issues. It -....
Was the same approach -
Nickell desired.
"I want this to be a
night that met your ob-
jective," she said.
But almost immedi-
ately, it got sidetracked
if not derailed. From
the onset, CRAC mem-
ber L.D. Wilcox took an
adversarial position to
the entire proceedings.
He began by quoting

Jerome Corbett, senior
director, Department of
Specialized Services for Polk
County Schools, tells how the
district's approach to disci-
plinary situations has evolved.
statements made by
Nickell in a newspaper .
article .about her desire
to increase the number
of black teachers and
administrators, then
dismissed her efforts to
"I can't say we've come
a long way, but I can
say we have a long way
to go," Wilcox said. He
pointed out that pres-
ently there were no black
principals in the school
system, then said the
community wonders why
so many black males go
to prison. He attributed
it in part there being a
lack of role models with
whom black male stu-
dents could identify.
"This is why we're los-
ing a lot of our-students." -
He warned o'f further
consequences, that if
these young people were
not caught at an early
age, it would be too late.
"The time is now. We can
ill afford to lose another
After Nickell re-
sponded, saying the
school system targets
predominantly black and
Hispanic colleges dur-

ing recruitment drives,
she introduced Annissa
Wilfalk and Cheryl L.
Joe; the former with Polk
County Schools Human
Resources, Office of
Recruiting, and the latter
the director of the Pro-
fessional Development
Department. Each spoke
of the approach they and
the school system em-
ploy to boost the number
of minority instructors
and administrators.
Their explanations
did not seem to placate
"What you're saying,
in reality, I cannot buy,"
he said.
With that he launched
into a litany about one
of his mentors who, back
in the 1960s following
school integration, did
not climb up the admin-
istrative ladder. "You're
saying we're doing better.
I say we're not doing
He was not the only
CRAC member who ex-
pressed dissatisfaction.
Leroy Smith Jr., CRAC
vice chairman, felt
that the question had
not been sufficiently
answered, that what
he heard from Nickell,
Wilfalk and Joe were the
qualifications necessary
to get into the school
administrative "track.".
The subject then shift-
ed to the issue of disci-
pline, about which Nick-
ell had Nancy Woolcock,
Amy Looker and Jerome
Corbett answer specific
questions. Woolcock and
Looker are both with
the Exceptional Student
Department; Woolcock
is the assistant superin-
tendent, while Looker
is the project manager
for SEDNET (Severally ,
Emotionally Disturbed&

Polk County Schools Superintendent Dr. Sherrie Nickell and L.D. Wilcox (right) listen as Commu-
nity Relations Advisory Council Chairman Tom Freijo (center) expresses the purpose and hope of
the council's March 28 meeting with Nickell.

Network). Corbett is the
senior director, Depart- '
ment of Specialized
Again, Wilcox related
his experiences of how
he believed he had been
shortchanged by the
school system. He tied
it into how he used to
approach students with
disciplinary problems.
Yet for his efforts, he was
passed over for promo-
tion, he said. It got to
the point that he left
Polk County Schools for
Broward County's school
Almost immediately
after he left, Wilcox said
he received a phone
call telling him that the
Polk County Schools
had made a mistake and
begged him to return. It
was another two years
before he acquiesced to
their request. It was just

one of two times he left
the school system, he
said. The other time, he
went into the business
sector. But during his
time as a Polk County
school administrator, he
never expelled a single
student, he said.
Nickell said she and
the school system do ev-
erything possible to not
expel any student.
"It's heart-wrenching
for me, because I don't
want any students ex-
pelled," she said.
Toward that end, the
School system is tak-
ing a new tack. Instead
of punishing a student,
teachers and administra-
tors attempt to divert the
student, through conver-
sation, to focus on posi-
tive behavior support.
Looker told the CRAC
that the school system
also has concluded that

out-of-school and in-
school suspensions are
not effective. The school
administration is also
performing a self-exam-
"We are actually look-
ing at changing the cul-
ture," said Looker, who
projected it would take a
three to five year transi-
tion process.
"I want to see a lot of
mentors, especially men
for our young men," said
Nickell. She provided an
example of the vision she
"I don't need someone
to teach math, but to
ask, 'Did you go to math
class? How did you do?'"
Nickell said she would
like to launch a mas-
sive mentoring program
starting in July, so asked
those assembled to let
her know if they knew of
anyone interested.

State attorney believes probable cause exists


This is the third and
final article in a series
.regarding the arrest
ofEllenBeth Wachs, a
member and officer with
Atheists of Florida (AoF),
a Tampa-based organiza-
The question is, was
the say-so of Lakeland
Mayor Gow Fields, legal
affair coordinator Ann
Gibson and Lake Victoria
Homeowner's Associa-
tion Board of Director
member Stacy Butterfield
justification for the is-
suance of the arrest and
search warrants? '
EllenBeth Wachs said
the charge under which
she was arrested was
specious. She said she
Shas never represented
herself as anyone legally
entitled to practice law
in Florida. In fact, the
reason she is not practic-
ing is because she suffers
from MS multiple
Assistant state attorney
Chip Thullbery disagreed
the arrest was specious.
"Our office believed
there was probable
cause," he said. Nor was
it only the State Attor-
ney's office of the same
opinion. "The judge
found the information in
the complaint served as
probable cause."
Yet when asked, Fields
said there was no written
statement, recording
or transcription of the
meeting he had with
Wachs and several other

AoF members about
their request a halt to
invocations at Lakeland
city commissioner meet-
ings be made. Fields said
that lack did not bother
"They (the State At-
torney's Office) asked me
what I recalled in that
meeting," said Fields,
who said he was not
concerned what and how
he would be questioned
if he had to get on the
witness stand. "All I have
to testify is what I recall."
Gibson was asked
whether she, as the PC-
SO's legal affairs director,
ever question Wachs to
ascertain her (Gibson's)
"impression" that Wachs
was indeed licensed to
practice law in Florida.
Gibson was also asked if
Wachs ever directly said
she was representing
the AoF as its attorney
when she made requests
of the Sheriff's Office
for documents regard-

ing a donation the PCSO
made in December 2010
of basketball equipment
to eight area churches.
The request for com-
ment was turned over
to Scott Wilder, a public
information officer with
the PCSO. He said he
was asked by Gibson to
respond. Wilder limited
his comments to saying
the department could
not comment as the
matter was ongoing; that
and that as an attorney,
Gibson rarely comments.
Butterfield said she
also was confident in her
contention, although
admitting she had never
verified whether her
impression was accurate.
"I feel pretty comfort-
able, based on things she
has said, that she was a
practicing attorney."
Wachs contended her
arrest was a deliber-
ate effort to harass and
intimidate her. She also
firmly believed the arrest,

which took place March
3 was no coincidence
and was deliberately
timed, less than a week
before a scheduled
March 9 deposition hear-
ing with the City of Lake-
land over its invocation
practices. That lawsuit
stems from the refusal of
a request by the AoF to
Mayor Fields to replace
the prayer with a mo-
ment of silence.
In a press release is-
sued July 12, 2010, by,
the AoF and posted on
its website (sic): Fields
has disregarded these
requests and, in a letter
to the group, wrote that
the practice has a "long
history and will continue
unless the City Commis-
sion decides it should
be changed." Because of
the raid, her computer,
which contained infor-
mation related to the
deposition, was seized,
as were backup discs and
other electronic devices.
It prompted a reschedul-
ing, which is tentatively
slated for May.
Wachs' case is sched-
uled to go to a status
conference April 15. A
pre-trial conference is set
for May 17.
Wachs said she also
did not believe an
incident when she was
being booked at the Polk
County Jail was a coinci-
dence either, just another
example of the intimida-
tion campaign against
her and other atheists.
"While I was standing
at the booking, (Sheriff
Grady) Judd came in

along with a commis-
sioner," said Wachs. That
commissioner was Todd
Dantzler, who said that
he was taking a tour of
the facility for the very
first time, and that the
only reason he and Judd
entered into the booking
area when they did was
time-related to the tour.

Does Esq. mean at-
The crux of the matter
may be, who is entitled
to employ the use of the
word or term "esquire"
or "Esq," Does such use
constitute a crime if one
is not licensed to practice
law? Was Wachs' use of
either deliberately em-
ployed to mislead, thus
served as the premise to
open up an investigation
into her that led to her
Wachs defended her
right to use the title,
Esq., or word, Esquire.
She gave as an example
a person who studies to
become a physician and
graduates with a degree.
That person, she con-
tended, is entitled to ad-
dress himself or herself
as a doctor, regardless
whether he or she ever is
certified or practices.
. "That person is still
a doctor," Wachs said.
"It's the same with being
a lawyer." At this point
in her life, the title is
"honorific" and she is
entitled to use it. She
added she is also entitled
to use her knowledge
of law when addressing
issues, and that doing

so does not mean she is
practicing law without
a license. She repeated
that just because she
knows how to argue a
case, and knows how to
word requests and other
documents, not having a
license doesn't mean she
is forbidden to employ
that which she studied
and had been trained
to use. She again em-
phasized she has never
represented herself as
an attorney licensed to
practice in Florida. The
same holds true over her
use of the term "Esq."
that follows her name
on the Atheist of Florida
website, which appears
several times. That, and
the fact she is also listed
as the organization's legal
affairs coordinator, she
said, did not connote
the right to practice law,
which, she again empha-
sized, she does not do.
Wachs was a licensed
attorney in Pennsylvania
and retired from the bar
there in 1997. She has
never been a member of
the Florida Bar.
When Thullbery was
asked if there was a spe-
cific law in Florida that
spelled out when the use
of Esquire or Esq. may
and/or may not be used,
his initial response in an
e-mail was, "The use of
the term esquire is sim-
ply one part of the proof
in this case." When asked
again, Thullbery replied
(in an e-mail) "As far as
I am aware there is no
Florida Statute relating to

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April 2, 2011

Winter Haven 7-11 Store donates plaque

On Sunday, December
12, 2010, 15-year PCSO
veteran Sgt. Wes Whit-
more died in the line of
duty when he and his
patrol car were struck by
an out-of-control SUV
that careened through
the parking lot of the
7-11 store located at 4000
Recker Hwy (at the in-
tersection of Recker Hwy
and Spirit Lake Road),
where Sgt. Whitmore had
just made a traffic stop.
The store is a franchise
owned and operated by
Douglas Bryant. Bryant
and his staff have always
had a close working rela-
tionship with the PCSO
members who frequent
the store it is located
approximately half of
a mile from the PCSO
Central District substa-

tion. Bryant and Sgt.
Whitmore also had what
he describes as more of
a "friendship, not just a
working relationship."
And on the day that Wes
died, Bryant and the 7-11
employees grieved along
with PCSO members and
the Whitmore family.
Together, deputies and
7-11 employees came up
with a way to honor Wes'
memory. The district
manager for the store,
John Womack, insisted on
commissioning and pay-
ing for a bronze plaque to
be placed on the outside
wall of the store near
where Wes was killed. The
plaque's design is a col-
laborative effort of Wes'
family, PCSO members,
and the 7-11 employees.
The plaque will be

oring Sgt.
unveiled by Mrs. Sherry
Whitmore in a ceremony
including Sheriff Judd,
District Manager John
Womack, store owner
Douglas Bryant, PCSO
members, and 7-11 em-
ployees, at 9:30 a.m. on
Tuesday, April 5, 2011.
The media and the
public are invited and
encouraged to attend this
"The people in the
community, at this store,
and our PCSO fam-
ily members have been
grieving since Decem-
ber 12th for the loss of
a great man and a great
friend, and have had the
desire for something to
be placed at the store to
honor his memory," said
Sheriff Grady Judd. "We
are truly humbled by the

Wes Whitmore

generosity of the 7-11
employees and manag-
ers, who insisted on fully

funding this project. Now
everyone who visits this
store will never forget

howWes died doing what
he loved, for the commu-
nity that he loved."

Rays sign Davis for 4


- Tampa Bay pitcher
Wade Davis has agreed
to a $12.6 million, four-
year contract with the
AL East champions that
could be worth up to
$35.1 million.
The deal was an-
nounced Thursday on
the eve of the Rays'
season opener against
The 25-year-old went
12-10 with a 4.07 ERA
as a rookie last year.
The first four years are

guaranteed, ensuring
Davis will'earn at least
$12.6 million.
The club holds op-
tions for the 2015, 2016
and 2017 seasons. The
deal covers the right-
hander's final arbitra-
tion year and first two
years of free agency.
Davis is scheduled to
make his first start of
the season against the
Orioles on Sunday.
Under the new deal,
Davis gets $1 million
this year, $1.5 million
in 2012, $2.8 million in
2013 and $4.8 million

in 2014. The Rays hold
a $7 million option for
2015 with a $2.5 million

PCSO's Own Deputy Sheriff Mike

Braswell Nominated for

AMW All Star Award

During the early morn-
ing hours of June 25,
2010, Deputy Sheriffs
Mike Braswell and Paul
Fairbanks were patrolling
their area of responsibil-
ity in west Lakeland when
they noticed a young man
riding a bicycle down the
road; they would not have
been suspicious, however,
the young man was riding
late at night in the dark in
a high-crime area.
What happened next
would change the lives of
all three men, and is the
basis for Mike Braswell's
nomination for this pres-
tigious award.
The following is an
excerpt from the award
submission to America's
Most Wanted (AMW)
nominating Deputy
Sheriff Braswell for their
national All Star Award:
The deputies' suspi-
cions grew when the indi-
vidual quickly crossed the
street and later jumped
off his bike upon real-
izing that they were law
enforcement officers.
"It was the look on his
face when we pulled him
over...the wad of cash that
fell from his pocket...I've
seen it 100 times and ev-
ery time its drug related,"
said Deputy Braswell.
After pulling him over

to ask if everything was
alright, Braswell and
his partner attempted
to build a rapport with
the young man. Shortly
after the suspect agreed
to allow the deputies
to search him, he gave
them his ID and headed
toward the patrol car for
his pat down. Braswell
was following behind him
when out of nowhere the
suspect turned and fired
several shots at Deputy
Paul Fairbanks.
Mike Braswell watched
his partner stumble
backwards and fall to
the ground; he had been
shot. "He was only five to
seven feet away...I fired *
my weapon from my hip
and then I felt myself get-
ting hit twice in the vest,
once in the hand, and
then again in the leg as I
fell to the ground," recol-
lected Braswell. Accord-
ing to Braswell, he, the
suspect, and his partner
were all lying wounded
on the ground and his
partner was fighting for
his life.
The suspect, later
identified as convicted
felon Matthew Tutt, had
dropped his weapon. "I
told him not to move and
that nobody had to die
that night...but he contin-

ued to move for his gun
and I was forced to shoot
him," said Braswell. Ac-
cording to his supervisor,
Mike Braswell refused to
die; he had a wife and two
sons at home. His super-
visor shares his amaze-
ment at how Braswell
remained so composed
through the incident, that
he managed to comfort
his partner and radio
the information to the
department in spite of
being shot.
His instincts and his
will to survive saved his
and his partner's lives
that night. Doctors told
him that he was nearly
fatally wounded and that
the bullet in his leg was
only one centimeter away
from taking his life; how-
ever Mike Braswell was
back to work in six weeks.
America's Most Wanted
has hundreds of nomina-
tions from all over the
country for this pres-
tigious award. The "All
Star" is chosen from the
applicant with the most
votes. We encourage you
to go online and vote
for Deputy Sheriff Mike
Braswell -- click this link
to vote now:


Rev. Curtis A. Arnold, Sr.

Rev. Curtis A. Arnold,
Sr. of Frostproof passed
away Saturday, March 26,
2011 at the Winter Haven
He was born July 28,
1924 in Shorter, Ala., to
the late Evetus Ethel &
Julia Willard (Kirkland)
Arnold; he came to Frost-
proof as a child in 1936
from Montgomery, Ala.,
spent his youth here. until
moving away for college
and the beginning of his
pastoral career.
His pastorates include
Church of God in Brown-
ville, Va., Zanesville, OH,

William H. Gill of
Lake Wales passed away
Wednesday, March 30,
2011 at his residence. He
was 94.
He was born Oct. 1,
1916 in Gray County,
Texas to the late Robert
and Loyce (Buzan) Gill;
and came to Lake Wales
in 2001 from Lynnwood,
Wash. He was the owner/
operator of Gill Plumb-
ing in Lynnwood, Wash.,
a member of the Edge-
wood Baptist Church of
Edmonds, Wash., and a
member of the United
Association of Plumbers
and Pipe Fitters.
Survivors include his
wife of 57 years, Regina S.
Gill; daughters, Dorothy

Sebring, Fla., Louisville,
OH and retired from the
Frostproof Church of
God. He enjoyed hunting
and fishing.
Survivors include his
wife, Alvena Arnold;
daughters, Raggi Hol-
linshead of Temecula,
Calif. and Lujean Plair
of Lakeland; sons, Curtis
A. Arnold, Jr. of Alabama
and Danny Blackwelder
of Avon Park; 14 grand-
children and 7 great-
A memorial service will
be held 2 p.m., Thursday,
March 31, 2011 at the

William H. Gill
Ruth Mann of Marquette,
Mich., Susan Gill Nelson
of Everett, Wash.; sons,
John Gill of Las Vegas,
Nev., Thomas H. Gill of
Marquette, Mich., John
Francis Gill of El Cajon,
Calif.; sisters, Mildred
Dupau of Austin, Texas,
Billye Russell of Plain-
view, Texas; brother, John
Gill of Silverton, Texas;
15 grandchildren and
numerous great-grand-
Graveside service will
be held 11 a.m., Monday,
April 4, 2011 at the Lake
Wales Cemetery. Condo-
lences may be sent to the
family at www.marionnel-
Marion Nelson Funeral

Arts Council extends gallery hours John Soevig,
Jr. ,

The Lake Wales Arts
Council, Inc., is pleased
to announce extended
hours for the Michael
Crews Gallery to allow
more local area students
and their families more
opportunities to view the
Student Art Show exhibit
in the next two weeks.
The Michael Crews
Gallery will be open until
.7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday,
April 5-7, and Monday-
Tuesday, April 11-12. Sat-
urday, April 9, the Gallery
will be open from 9 a.m.
until noon.
On Sunday, April 17,
the Gallery will be open
for two hours before the
Awards Ceremony, begin-
ning at 2 p.m. The Awards
Ceremony will begin in
Updike Hall at 4 p.m.
This year's Student
Art Show showcases
13 elementary schools,
including Alta Vista,
Alturas, Babson Park,
Dundee, Ben Hill Griffin,
Eastside, Frostproof, Lake
Marian Creek, Laurel,
Polk Avenue, Ridgeview'
Global Studies Academy,
Sand Hill and Spook Hill;
four middle schools,
including Bok Academy,
Dundee Ridge, Frostproof

and McLaughlin Fine
Arts Academy; and five
high schools including
All Saints' Academy, Lake

Sandy Odom and Tracey
Thompson helped serve food
at the annual Lake Wales Area
Chamber of Commerce free
barbeque for members and
volunteers that took place
Friday afternoon. Unlike the
previous day when storms
ripped through Lake Wales,
the weather was balmy and

Wales High, Frostproof,
Haines City and Haines
City International Bac-
calaureate. The par-

ticipating students are
in Kindergarten through
Twelfth grade.

Mr. John Soevig, Jr.,
82, of Lake Wales, died
on Wednesday, March
30, 2011, at his home.
Johnson Funeral Home in
Lake Wales is in charge of


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Christian Fellowship As-
sembly in Frostproof with
Pastor Thelma Gandy and
Dr. Jim Adams officiating.
In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made
to Christian Fellowship
Assembly, Building Fund,
16 East First Street, Frost-
proof, FL 33843. Condo-
lences may be sent to the
family and the webcast of
the service can be viewed
at www.marionnelsonfu-
Marion Nelson Funeral
Home is in charge of ar-

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The meeting of the
Canvassing Board of the
City of Lake Wales will
convene at 5:30 p.m. at
the Supervisor of Election
Headquarters, 250 South
Broadway Avenue,
Bartow, on Tuesday, April
5, 2011 for the purpose of
publicly canvassing
absentee ballots and pro-
visional ballots, and for
the public canvass of total
votes received by each
charter amendment and
candidate seeking elec-
tion as Commissioner or
Mayor in the April 5, 2011
City Election.

The meeting of the
Canvassing Board of the
City of Lake Wales will
convene on Friday, April
8, 2011,1:30 p.m. at the
Municipal Administration
Building, 201 W. Central
Avenue, Lake Wales, for
the purpose of certifying
the total results received
in the April 5, 2011 City

Immediately following cer-
tification of the election
results, the Canvassing
Board will randomly select
a race that appears on the
Ballot for the purpose of
conducting a manual audit
of the voting system used
in the April 5, 2011 City
Election on Monday April
'11, 2011 at 2:30 p.m.

The meeting of the
Canvassing Board of the
City of Lake Wales will
convene at 2:30 p.m. on
Monday, April 11, 2011 at
the Supervisor of Election
Headquarters, 250 South
Broadway Avenue,
Bartow, to conduct a man-
ual audit of the voting sys-
tem used in the 2011 City
Election which shall
include a tally of the
selected race for ballots
cast on Election Day,
absentee ballots, and pro-
visional ballots.


City of Lake Wales Water Department
Public Information Hydrant Flow Testing
The City of Lake Wales will be flow testing all the
fire hydrants within the water system. The Water
Department will start January 24, 2011 and con-
tinue until all the hydrants in the City's water sys-
tem have been flow tested. Flow testing will be
on: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and
Thursday. No flow testing will be conducted on
Friday, Weekends, or holidays. For information
related to this notice, call the Utilities Department
at (863)678-4196. 2528958

April 2, 2011

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Saturday, April 2
"The Miracle Worker"
at Lake Wales Little
Immortalized onstage
and screen by Anne
Bancroft and Patty Duke,
this classic tells the story
of Annie Sullivan and her
student, blind and mute
Helen Keller. The Miracle
Worker dramatizes the
volatile relationship be-
tween the lonely teacher
and her charge. Trapped
in a secret, silent world,
unable to communicate,
Helen is violent, spoiled,
almost sub-human and
treated by her family as
such. Only Annie real-
izes that there is a mind
and spirit waiting to be
rescued from the dark,
tortured silence. Direc-
tor Glenda Thurmond,
runs March 25 April 10.
Reserve seats for each
show at Cliff's True Value
Hardware, 101 East Park
Ave., downtown Lake
Wales, Monday through
Friday. Call 863-676-7278
for more information.
Family Tree Climbing
at Bok Tower Gardens
Tackle the challenge
of trying to scale one of
the Gardens' tall live oak
trees. Climb 60-80 ft.
above the ground, or just
sit in the harness to study
the environment, Singing
Tower and rolling hills of
citrus. $17 General Public
/ $12 Members. Contact
676-1408 for more infor-
Magic: The Gathering
Come and explore
another world as we
introduce you to clas-
sic game playing from
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Magic:
The Gathering has been
around since the early
90's, with good reason. It's
a fast paced card game
where you rule your own
universe. You're welcome
to bring your own Magic
cards. For teens and

adults, ages 13 and up.
Antiques, Arts & Oddi-
ties in Downtown Lake
The folks from It's Hap-
pening Downtown have
a very special day lined
up with special events
and activities for the
whole family. Coverage of
the event can be viewed
on the Lake Wales Main
Street website, www.
Just click on the Virtual
Tour tab and watch the
It's Happening Downtown
video to get a sample of
what to expect.
But, while this event is
held on the first Saturday
of every month in the
Market Place, it's never
the same twice. Loca-
tion is the Marketplace in
Downtown Lake Wales.
Contact: It's Happening
Downtown at 863-528-
3188 or 863-604-2800 for
details or vendor tables.

Sunday, April 3
Free Tae Kwon Do at
Christ's Church
Tae Kwon Move Group
every Sunday night from
7 to 8 p.m. at 2039 State
Road 60 East in the shop-
ping plaza across from
Walmart. Contact Rick
McCoy at 863-632-1781 or
net for more information.

Monday, April 4
Dali Museum Tour with
Lake Wales Arts Center
The Lake Wales Arts
Center is pleased to offer
a bus tour to the new Dali
Museum in St. Peters-
burg on April 4, 2011. The
chartered bus will leave
the Arts Center at 10 a.m.
and Water's Edge at 10:10
a.m. and will return at
5:30 p.m. The ticket price
includes transporta-
tion, museum admission
and private docent tour.
Tickets are $45 for Lake
Wales Arts Council and

Bok Tower Gardens mem-
bers and $55 for non-
members. Lunch will be
available at the Columbia
Restaurant on St. Peters-
burg Pier, prices ranging
from $9 to S17.
Auditions Lake Wales
Little Theatre for Teen
Audition Announce-
ment: "Guys and Dolls,
Jr." Teen production Ages:
12 18. Auditions: April 4
and 5 from 6 p.m. 8 p.m.
Audition Music Workshop
- April 2, from 3 p.m. 5
p.m. Anyone auditioning
is encouraged to attend
the music workshop. Per-
formances run June 17,
18, 24 and 25. For more
information, contact
Director Sandy Cain at
Tween Program
From 4 p.m. 5 p.m. at
the Library. Program for
young people ages 11-12.
Call 678-4004, ext. 224 for
Teen Crochet Class
Teens and Tweens, ages
10 through 19, can learn
to crochet with library
staffer, Dawn Copple.
Dawn instructs, one-
on-one, each Monday
afternoon, 4 p.m. Sup-
plies provided, no charge
for teens. Call 678-4004,
ext.d 224.
Hope Hospice Grief
Support Groups
Hope Hospice Grief
Support Groups are free
and available to anyone
in the community who
has experienced the loss
of a loved one.
Group sessions last
approximately one hour
and are moderated by
a trained, professional
therapist from Hope Hos-
pice every Monday at the
First Presbyterian Church
from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
For more information call

On Tuesday, the Southeastern University group SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) more than
1,700 pounds of food to The Lake Wales Care Center food pantry. Assisting in the delivery are
Southeastern students (I to r) Davis Garcia, Heather Erickson, and Brian Fish.Southeastern
Professor and faculty advisor Tim Welch said there are 60 SIFE student members on their campus,
and more than 5,000 chapters worldwide.

Southeastern students donate

1700 pounds of food to Care Center

Staff Writer

Thanks to grants from
Campbell's Soup Compa-
ny, matched by the Lake
Wales Breakfast Rotary
Club and Sam's Club,
student members of the
SIFE organization at
Southeastern University
delivered more than 1700
pounds of food to the
Lake Wales Care Center
According to Tim
Welch, Southeastern
professor and faculty
advisor, the 60 students
of SIFE (Students in Free
Enterprise) have been
collecting food since

August, with the Care
Center Drive starting in
January. SIFE, a world-
wide organization started
by the late Sam Walton,
was formed to use the
power of business to
better the world, in par-
ticular assisting those in
The grant that en-
abled their recent food
donations was fueled by
$250 from Campbell's
matched by the same
amount from the Lake
Wales Breakfast Rotary,
matched by $250 in food
from Sam's Clubs.
Beyond that, how-
ever, students undertook
their own collections,

at schools and in area
churches, said Welch. In
addition to the Care Cen-
ter donation, they also
made a delivery to a food
bank in Lakeland.
SIFE made a pledge to
collect 5,000 pounds of
food in total, so the cam-
paign is still underway.
Mike Morrow, di-
rector of Community
Relations for the Lake
Wales Care Center, said
that some of Tuesday's
donation will go to the
Charter Schools' Back-
pack Program, which fills
backpacks weekly for 38
families who might oth-
erwise go hungry during
the weekends.

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HTake Highlanders push Hornets back into their nest
Ten Boys take home 8-5 win over Haines City
Trnnc ^ *Rt nn

Time for
action, ready
to run
Sports fans, I grace your
presence once again:
lights, camera, action, it's
go time.
Track and field fans,
this past Tuesday in Win-
ter Haven was the East
Polk County meet. Various
schools from all over the
county competed. Once
again superstar Octavious
Freeman did not disap-
point. Freeman and her
teammates placed 3rd
overall. Freeman placed
first in all of her events
which included the 100
(11.72) the 200 (24.37) the
long jump (18-0) and the
4x1 meter relay, which
includes her teammates
(Freeman, Sabria Hadley,
Summer Meeks and Deja
Jones). Congratulations
to the entire Lake Wales
track team for an out-
standing job. The High-
landers' next big meet
will be this Saturday in
Gainesville at the Florida
Continuing with High-
lander news, the Lake
Wales Boys Weightlifting
team will be traveling to
Sarasota this Saturday to
compete in their sectional
meet. Coach Sam Billante
ip the head coach of the
boy's team.
Kids get ready; the
YMCA in Lake Wales
will be having Monday
night youth supef sports
basketball from 2 p.m. 6
p.m. If the child is not a
member of the YMCA,
adrhission will cost $20.
Super sports will begin
this April, come one come
Are there any bowling
fans? If so, there's some-
thing for you, too. Lake
Wales Recreation Station
bowling has a league that
competes Monday and
Thursday nights. Winter
League is almost over but
fret not.. .Summer League
will begin the first week
of May. The league is for
adults and is run by Bill
Wagner. For youth inter-
ested in bowling, every
Wednesday night the Rec-
reation Station has dollar
bowling for all ages. Come
out and join the action.
The Lake Wales Boys
and Girls Club youth
basketball league will be
traveling to Winter Haven,
where they will take on
the Haines City Celtics.
Likewise, The Lake Wales
Suns are off to a great
season. Good luck to both
Attention parents: Sum-
mer is rapidly approach-
ing and school will be out
before you know it. Pause,
and take-a deep breath.
While you're out running
your errands, make sure
you take some time out to
find a good summer camp
for your child, one that in-
cludes fun filled activities,
and did I mention sports?
There are various camps
in the Lake Wales area
such as those sponsored
by the Boys and Girls Club
and the YMCA, that would
be great summer choices.
That is all for this week's
sports. Athletes, parents,
coaches and fans, I leave
you with a health tip of
the day: "Drink lots of
water, our bodies are made
up of 70 percent water; so
make sure you consume

-Tranese Boston

Colton Davis picked up the pace after one of
the Highlander teammates singled in hope of Number 10 Justin Shafer found himself sliding into third base
an RBI. with Coach Jasone Dewitt helping Shafer keep an eye on the ball.

Davon Lopez showed up with a strong pres-
ence in Tuesday's win versus Haines City
Hornets 8-5.

Highlanders roll up sixth district win

Second in a row over Hornets


Lake Wales is starting to come
around after a tough four game
skid that came to a halt in the
latter part of last week over
Ridge Community. This week
has been much better too, as
Lake Wales notched another
district win over Haines City
Tuesday night. Although rain
has been an issue all over Polk
County this week, Highlander
Hill was all clear as Lake Wales
picked up their sixth district win
over the Hornets by the score of
Offensively and defensively,
the pitching for the Highland-
ers was much improved in the
last two games as they looked
to avenge a 6-3 defeat last night
against Osceola, which was too
late for the Lake Wales News
deadline. With not many district
games left to play, Lake Wales
still holds their own destiny in
the district with Osceola, Lib-
erty, Winter Haven, and Sebring
left to play.

Tuesday night, the hosts
jumped on the visiting Hornets
in the first frame 3-0, after Lake
Wales starter Gerardo Dudamel
held Haines City scoreless in the
top half of the first frame.
Colton Davis was the first
base runner of the ballgame for
Lake Wales, where he stole sec-
ond base, and later scored the
first run of the game on an RBI
triple by Justin Shafer a couple
of at bats later. The second run
game proceeded after a walk
by Jarred Smith to put runners
at first and third with one out.
Joseph Jusino scored Shafer on
his single, and George Kirkland
singled in Smith to put Lake
Wales ahead by three entering
the second inning.
One hit was all the Hornets
could knock out against Du-
damel, as he got all three outs
all by himself. Two strikeouts,
and a pop up were recorded in
the frame to keep Haines City
off the board.
Lake Wales added three more
runs on four hits in the fourth
frame. Dudamel, Davon Lopez,

Shafer, Smith, and Jusino all
added hits to the inning for the
The visitors came through
with three runs of their own in
the top half of the next inning
with a string of three straight
hits. Lake Wales matched them
with two in the bottom half of
that very inning after a couple of
Hornet miscues.
Dudamel and Davis scored
the seventh and final runs of the
game, as they both reached on a
walk and hit by pitch. A couple
of stolen bases, errors, and a
wild pitch is what advanced
them around the bases, where
they later scored.
Two leadoff Hornets scored
their final two runs. A walk,
single, and an Highlander error
is what put Haines City in scor-
ing position. Lake Wales did get
a little help from the defense as
a two fly-outs, and an apparent
squeeze play at the plate helped
get them out of the inning with-
out further damage.
Gerardo Dudamel pitched
the first five frames, giving up

three runs on six scattered hits
and fanning six batters. PJ Cruz
came in to pitch the final two
innings for Lake Wales to seal up:
their second win in a row and
their sixth district win.
On the offensive side, Davis
and Smith went 1-for-2 with
two walks and one run scored.
Shafer went 2-for-3 with a
triple, two runs scored, and one
run batted in. Zack Calvin and
Jusino chipped in with a 2-for-4
performance each having two
Lake Wales improved to 12-6,
6-2 with another important key-
note game last night against the
Kowboys. Next Tuesday, Lake
Wales hits the road in Osceola
County to take on Liberty High
The Highlanders look to
change their luck in a different
county, as their only non-Polk
County loss comes at the hands
of the Kowboys. Check back
next week to see how Lake Wales,
fared as they looked to keep the
momentum swinging in their

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home. tough plays in the inning. Wales, giving up only one run in five innings.

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April 2 2011

Poet Clara Davis reflects on life and learning

Staff Writer
Kids who think school
is a drag need a pep talk
from Clara Davis, local
poet and grandmother of
nine who grew up loving
learning above all else.
Clara worked in the fields
of North Florida from
the time she was seven
years old, able to attend
school only two or three
days a week. On the days
she could not attend,
she studied at home,
and was able to graduate
with her class in 1963.
She was the first from her
mother's side of the fam-
ily to graduate from high
school, she said.
Clara recalled how as a
small child she would sit
on the steps waiting for
her aunts and uncles to
arrive home from school
on the big yellow school-
bus, thinking that being
able to go to school was a
really big deal. She made
the decision at age six
that she would finish, no
matter what stood in her
She recalled that one

of her motivators was
seeing a successful and
intelligent relative who
could not write his name,
and had to sign with an
"X." That was when she
was struck by the impor-
tance of being able to
read and write.
Clara accomplished
her goals, developing
a knack for the written
word along the way. She's
won several awards for
her poetry, and has also
written a few songs. She
says that sometimes
an event or person will
trigger her poetic muse,
and she immediately sits
down and starts writing.
During the years of
child-rearing and work,
poetry was put aside
for her domestic duties.
But she never gave up
writing. A little here and
a little there, she'd write,
winning in 1985 and
1991 Golden Poet Awards
for the poems "A Friend"
and "I Believe." In 1990,
she won a Silver Poet
That made her famous.
Soon, Clara was invited
to read her poems at the

awards ceremony, and
described the thrill of
traveling to the bus-
tling cities of Las Vegas,
New York City, and San
Francisco, and sitting
amongst esteemed poets
and celebrities, including
such luminaries as Sid
Ceasar, Connie Smith,
and Rita Moreno. Lots of
excitement for a small-
town poet; it was a thrill.
Recently, Clara felt
moved to write again,
this time inspired by the
upcoming wedding of
her eldest daughter. She
said she could think of
no better gift than to pen
a poem "just for her."
Clara also shared some
of her poems, past and
present, and said she
would like to share them
with readers of The Lake
Wales News. "You never
know when something in
a poem will touch some-
one or make them realize
they are not alone," she
For Clara Davis, life is a
banquet, and she wants
everyone to share in the


Clara Davis enjoys writing poetry and has received numerous awards for her work.

"Cries from the Wilder-
ness" a Poem Written by
Clara Davis in 2008:
"We should not, we
cannot, ignore these cries
coming from the wilder-
ness. The wilderness of
poverty, wilderness of
injustice, wilderness of
suffering, wilderness of

loneliness, wilderness of
ignorance, wilderness
of the hopeless, wilder-
ness of heartbreak, the
wilderness of slavery,
the wilderness of depres-
sion. We cannot afford to
ignore these cries coming
from the wilderness at
any time, on any day, any

one of us may become a
victim of these, victims
that are crying from the
wilderness. 'Shee!' Listen."
(This poem may also
be found in the Interna-
tional Library of Poetry,
2008 book called "Col-
lected Whispers."

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