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October 26,2011

Frostproof News

Frostproof's Hometown News for more than 85 years

Volume 91 Number 65

USPS NO 211-260


Frostproof, Polk County Florida 33843


State program kicks off in Frostproof today

Dozens of high school students

volunteer as Teen Trendsetters

Some 40 students from both Frost-
proof High and Ben Hill Griffin El-
ementary will meet to kick off this
year's "Teen Trendsetters" program
in Florida. The statewide launch will
be this afternoon at Ben Hill Griffin
Elementary school in Frostproof.
The youth-led reading program,

managed by the Volunteer USA Foun-
dation, focuses on improving student
achievement by pairing high school
student mentors with second and
third-graders for weekly mentoring and
reading sessions.
Frostproof has one of the largest
Teen Trendsetters program in the state,
according to FPMSHS Coordinator An-
nette True.
She said often, older students make

a larger impression on their younger
proteges than many others. One such
student in the program, for instance,
was mentored by Carlton Thomas, a
star running back for the Bulldogs who
now plays for the University of Georgia.
That student still religiously follows
Thomas' career.
"He still watches Carlton every time
he's on TV" True said. "The kids look
up to high schoolers more than any

Selected for their character were, from left: Michael Gunnoe, sixth grader; Zachary Homuth, seventh grader; and Crystal Williams, eighth

Character counts at

Frostproof Middle School

Being a good student isn't always
just about good grades, and officials
at Frostproof Middle School are out to
prove that.
The school is initiating a new
program this year which will recog-
nize students for different positive
character traits. For October, school
officials selected "self-control" as their
trait, defined as "having power and
control over your emotions, words,
actions, impulses and desires; show-
ing perseverance and commitment to
achieving goals."
One student each in grades six,
seven and eight was selected for rec-

ognition. They are Michael Gunnoe,
a sixth grader; Zachary Homuth, a
seventh grader; and Crystal Williams,
an eighth grader.
In order to be recognized, students
must be nominated by a teacher at
the school.
Gunnoe was nominated by band
director Ralph Blackmon.
"He shows excellent self control be-
cause I never have to say anything to
him when I'm working with a different
section," Blackmon noted.
"He follows along in his music and
is ready to go when I am ready for him
to play. For a sixth grader, I find this

Homuth was nominated by phys ed
teacher Karen Bolin.
"When I was dean of students last
year, I saw Zach a lot in my office. He
has come a long way in a year's time,"
Bolin said. "He is able to control his
emotions and now we are really able
to see the fine young man he is."
Williams was nominated by math
teacher George Wrye.
"Crystal shows self-control by
staying on task and ignoring distrac-
tions around her," Wrye noted. "She is
always pleasant and willing to adjust
no matter the circumstances."

teacher or parent. It makes lasting im-
pressions on them."
The Frostproof program started in
2005. At Ben Hill Griffin Jr. Elementary
School, True works with Assistant Prin-
cipal Beth Wilkin.
True said it isn't always just about
academics either.
"Our main goal is just giving them

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Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m.
Fred Moore, a retired high school
teacher for 33 years in Illinois, will
present this German music sing-a-long,
During his tenure as a teacher in
Downers Grove, Ill., Fred taught Ger-
man levels 1-5 and traveled extensively
with his students in Germany and Aus-
tria. It was in the classroom and later



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Friday, Oct. 28
Murder Mystery Dinner
The Ramon Theater will host another
popular murder mystery dinner theater
called "Evil Never Dies." Dinner goers
are encouraged to wear their best
Halloween costumes; prizes will be
awarded. Cost is $25 which includes
dinner and the Ramon's own "special
cast of characters". Show starts at 7
p.m. Go to www.ramontheater.com to
purchase tickets in advance (recom-
mended) or call the theater at 635-7222
for information or tickets.

Saturday, Oct. 29
Haunted House
Frostproof's Project Graduation
will host a special "Haunted House"
experience at the Depot on Wall Street.
Admission is just $2, and all proceeds
go towards helping defray the cost of a
drug and alcohol free post-graduation

event next spring. Young children are ciation, and runs from approximately
invited from 2-5 p.m. and all others are Saturday, Nov. 5 12:10-12:30 p.m. Free and open to the
invited from 6-10 p.m. Games, goodies, public.

face painting, food ... come out if you

Trick or Treat
Official trick or treat for Frostproof
youngsters will run Saturday night from
6-8 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 2
Reading Group
Frostproof's new reading group
will meet in "Paradise," aka The Latt
Maxcy Memorial Library every other
Wednesday, beginning Nov. 2 from
10:30 a.m. to noon. Organizers plan an
"exciting reading experience and lively
discussion." Your suggestions and input
are welcome. Stop by the library's front
desk to sign up or call 863-635-7857. Or
you may also call Susanne, the group's
founder at 863-635-2426.

Scenic Highway yard sale
Frostproof will be one of the commu-
nities participating in the 39-mile
Scenic Highway Yard Sale, which will
run from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. For more infor-
mation, visit www.ridgescenichighway.
com, or look on Facebook at "the Ridge
Scenic Highway."
Monday, Nov. 7
City Council meeting
The Frostproof city council will hold
a regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m.
in City Hall.

Tuesday, Nov. 8
Community Prayer
The monthly community prayer
event will be held in the American
Legion Post 95 Memorial Auditorium in
Frostproof City Hall. Event is sponsored
by the Frostproof Ministerial Asso-

Thursday, Nov. 17
Chamber banquet
The FrostproofArea Chamber
of Commerce will hold its annual
banquet at 6:30 p.m. at the Ramon.
Call the Chamber at 635-9112 for more
information. Highlight will be the
announcement of the Frostproof Man
and Woman of the Year.

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Hip, hip, hooray

for Ford fundraiser

Coffee and doughnuts taste better when you

are reading your

Don't believe it?

Call today and
subscribe to the
Frostproof News
and see for yourself.


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Frostproof cheerleaders held a fund raiser Saturday, the Ford "Drive one 4 UR School" event,
where a donation was made to the group for every test drive taken in a Ford vehicle.Here, Tammy
MacCurrach takes a test drive in the Ford King Ranch pickup along with Marion Clements.

Weikert Ford in Lake Wales provided a number of different vehicles that Frostproof residents
could take out for a spin, including the Focus, Fiesta, Taurus, and of course, pickup trucks.

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If you have a wound that has lasted more than
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help. You need The Wound Healing Center at
Lake Wales Medical Center. Our combination
of nationally accredited care, expertise and
technology means we can heal almost any wound
even those that won't respond to conventional
For more information, call 863.679.1986.

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includes physician owners, including certain members of the hospital's medical staff.

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Message to Tallahassee: I

Despite back-to-back rejections, State Sen.
Nancy Detert, R-Venice, isn't giving up the fight
to get a no-texting-while-driving bill through
the Legislature. Any bill. She said recently her
proposed legislation, SB 416, was back in the
hopper for the third year, this time with a com-
panion House bill sponsored by Rep. Ray Pilon,
Our hope is that Florida will finally join the
other 34 states (plus the District of Colombia)
with anti-texting laws. Detert's bill isn't overly
Far from it. It would make texting while driv-
ing a secondary offense; police officers could
only issue citations if drivers were pulled over for
other reasons. In addition, the offense would be
a non-moving violation, which means a driver
wouldn't get points on his or her license for a
first offense.
It's about time. Having a law on the books
would finally send a message and begin to ad-
dress a growing behavioral problem, especially
among younger people. This seems as close as

The handwriti
There is a growing movement in
American education to de-emphasize
cursive handwriting.
A recent NBC feature on.this phe- ,
nomenon said that well more than half
of the states make teaching of cursive
optional, while two have totally elimi-
nated it from their curriculum.
Great idea, in my opinion, though
about 65 years too late to do me much
When I was a little curtain climber,
kindergarten was both private and
It would be a generation before public
schools added kindergarten.
We were taught letters, numbers,
colors, and at least rudimentary read-
ing skills. For the latter, we were divided
into three groups: Red Birds, Yellow
Birds, and Blue Birds.
It took us about three-and-a-half
nanoseconds to figure out which was
the accelerated group, which was the
mainstream group, and which was
the slower learners. Our little psyches
were not warped, since the concept
of warpable psyches had not yet been
Call me when it's time for RE-cess, as
it was pronounced in those days, and
you can call me anything else you like.
Above the blackboards (they were
actually black in those days) was the
obligatory row of posters showing the
letters of the alphabet in printed form.
As I recall, they were easier to master
than tying one's shoes in the pre-Velcro
And they were arguably easier to
master, if less creative, than the cave
drawings used by our forefathers and
foremothers to record history or post

Our Viewpoint
you can get to the no-brainer category, but the
telecommunications industry has had enough
clout in Tallahassee to fight off any attempts to
strengthen these safety regulations in the past.
It's a curious phenomenon, considering recent
public opinion surveys.
The latest is from the AAA Foundation for Traf-
fic Safety, which found that 95 percent of drivers
surveyed thought texting or mailing while driv-
ing was a serious threat to their personal safety.
(By comparison, 93 percent expressed concern
about drinking and driving.) Some 87 percent
of respondents supported laws against read-
ing, typing or sending a text message or email
while driving. In fact, half of the drivers surveyed
favored laws forbidding the use of all types of
cell phones even hands-free devices for all
drivers, young and old.
Then again, the AAA survey highlighted a "do
as I say, not as I do attitude" among many driv-

ing on the wall

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shopping lists on stone walls.
It was maybe around fourth grade
that the posters with printed letters
were replaced by Version 2.0, which
displayed the same letters in cursive.
I was not the sharpest crayon in the
box, but I generally managed to keep
most of my grades on the sunny side of
Handwriting was the exception. The
first D in my academic career was in
penmanship in the fifth grade. Cursive
was not my strength.
To this day, if I want anyone, includ-
ing myself, to figure out something I
have written by hand, I print. The only
exception is my signature, which is il-
Whenever possible, I do my written
communication by computer, or for
purists, who say it is not truly a com-
puter, by iPad.
Many kids can use a computer key-
board these days before they master
tying their shoes.

So the days of cursive are numbered,
except, perhaps, for intellectual over-
achievers, the same folks who took
Latin when I was in high school.
They will become the intelligentsia of
the future, the elite few who will be able

No testing

While 88 percent thought talking on a cell
while driving was dangerous, some two-thirds
admitted they had done it themselves iri the past
month. While nearly all thought texting while
driving was dangerous, 35 percent of all respon-
dents said they did it.
Of those, 54 percent said they texted while
stopped at red lights, 27 percent said they did
it while driving on residential streets and 16
percent said they texted while on highways with
heavy traffic.
In reality the numbers are probably higher. It
just indicates that some drivers will just con-
tinue to use cell phones to talk and text unless
there is a stronger reason not to. In other words,
the threat of a ticket.
There's no doubt that smart phone and cell
phone usage is becoming more and more com-
monplace, and that it will become more com-
mon for people to talk and text when they take
the wheel of a car. Maybe 2012 will be the year
Florida finally starts to put this distracting prac-
tice on hold.

Letters to the editor

Do away with all student breaks

This letter is written to address the
story in the County Report of your
paper from October 19th. The article
features Jim Metrock, president of some
organization named Obligation Inc. out
of Birmingham.
Way to go Einstein, you propose do-
ing away with the Channel One broad-
casts because it's a waste of 12 minutes
a day away from learning and a break
for the teachers who are being paid to
do nothing. Really?
Well, let's take your brilliance to
another level for your supporters. Let's
also do away with breaks between
classes, the students can stay in the
same room and the teachers can run to
their next class (allow one minute for
this). There is another 15-20 minutes of
learning that can be achieved. But wait,
let's not stop there, lunch is another

time frame that us lazy teachers are
paid to do nothing while the student
wastes another 25 or so minutes away
from learning. Morning announce-
ments, all bathroom visits, even taking
roll each day. These and I'm sure many
other time wasters could be eliminated.
Sound silly? Of course it does. In
my class about half of my students do
indeed watch the news while others
read a novel or do homework. Even in
business it's understood that employees
are more productive with breaks.
This goes for 15 minute breaks as well
as lunch breaks.
Perhaps there is something a little
more important and correct that you
and your organization could rally your
efforts around.
Michael Brennan

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Frostproof neighbor hosting

Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall this weekend

Years of dreaming and months of
hard work and planning will culminate
Thursday when the Vietnam Travel-
ing Memorial wall arrives just west of
Opening ceremonies are planned for
6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, which will
officially begin the visit of the Vietnam
Traveling Memorial Wall to Fort Meade.
Earlier in the day at 11 a.m. the Wall
will be escorted into Fort Meade from
East U.S. 98 (East Broadway) onto U.S.
17 North (North Charleston) to its des-
ignation at the American Legion next to
Patterson Park.
Pre-school and elementary school
children will line the streets along
with residents and businesses for this
historic and patriotic event. Teachers
have changed their history curriculum
to prepare students with some back-
ground on Vietnam and the war the
United States was engaged in.
Those who ordered honor T-shirts
received a free American flag and flags
will be handed out to spectators as long
as supply lasts.
During the afternoon, dozens of vol-
unteers will erect the Wall and prepare
the grounds for the opening ceremony
that will take place at 6 p.m.
People can drop by and watch
the process and enjoy hot dogs and
hamburgers, BBQ sandwiches and
soft drinks that will be sold next to the
Legion hall throughout the day by the
VFW and VFW Ladies Auxiliary to cover
event expenses.
There will be music and a home-
coming party going on for many of the
escort veteran bikers who will be com-
ing together from throughout Central

But at 4:30 p.m. the atmosphere
at the location will change to one of
solemn reverence and respect. From
that point on until the Wall is removed
on Monday, Oct. 31, loud music, cell
phones, animals, and boisterous
behavior and language will not be al-
"The grounds are considered sacred,"
said Greg Welsh with Vietnam and All
Veterans of Brevard Inc., which is the
organization that owns and transports
the 3/5 scale replica of the Vietnam
Wall all over the country.
To enjoy the opening ceremony in
comfort, the public is requested to
bring lawn chairs or blankets to the
General parking will be handled on
site at the American Legion and handi-
cap sticker parking will be designated
to a special area. Overflow parking has
been planned for and will be handled
as needed. Golf carts will also be on
hand to aid in transporting elderly or
handicapped attendees to and from
stage area.
Immediate family members of those
named on the Vietnam Wall will be
asked to come to the head of the seat-
ing area in front of the stage.
The Wall wall will be open to the
public 24 hours a day. An information
tent will be set up from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
to help find names on the Wall by using
a computer and throughout the night
there will be someone on hand with a
book to locate names,
Paper and pencil will be available to
the public for rubbings.
Individuals may leave photos, flow-

ers, notes or tokens at the Wall.
Residents in the area should be
aware that the 21-gun salute may be
extremely loud and will take place at
approximately 7 p.m.
"There is no way to appropriately
thank those who have generously
donated to this event. We have received
hand change and we have received
stunning checks. But we knew that
those who gave did so with the same
focus as ours to honor those who
died in the Vietnam War. Some we
knew and many we did not," said
Priscilla Perry, Fort Meade's Chamber of
Commerce director.
"We have not met an obstacle that
was not graciously attended to by city
administration and staff or volunteer
workers who brought their own equip-
ment and spent their own time helping
out," she continued.
The year-long plans to bring the Viet-
nam Traveling Memorial Wall to Fort
Meade have been coordinated through
the joint efforts of American Legion
Post #23, Fort Meade Chamber of Com-
merce, and VFW Post #11179.
Fort Meade businesses are requested
to fly the American flag beginning Oct.
27 through Nov. 11 to honor all United
States military service veterans.
Major sponsors for the event are:
Connie Hodge, Lakeland AutoMall,
Mosaic, Polk County Commission,
Republic Services, Sun Coast Media,
American Legion Post #3, Fort Meade
Historical Society, City of Fort Meade,
Floyd and Joyce DeVane, Fort Meade
Animal Clinic, Fort Meade City Mobile
Home Park, MidFlorida Credit Union
and Peace River Packing.

Additional sponsors include Chinoi-
serie Antiques & Gifts, Abel Putnam,
Vicki White, Agnes Weldy, Thelma
Chambers, R&S Pawn, R & C Groves,
Tracy Millen, TCI Tire Center, Ruby
Moody, Bartow Chevrolet, Badcock
Corp., Florida Air Tool, Victor B. Story,
Jr., Masonic Lodge (Fort Meade), U.S.
Military Vets MC, Florida Metallizing,
VFW Post #4, Coronet, X Tech, Joy Club
of Fort Meade First Baptist Church,
Floral Lakes Social Club, Tom Edwards,
Inc., Kitty Guest Hurst, Emmett Purvis,
Bohde Grove Service, Bowling Green
United Methodist Church, McBride
Insurance, Sarah Putnam, Donna
Renfroe, Putnam Groves, Dusty's, San-
dra Mitchell, and Harley Davidson of
Special thanks also go to the to Polk
County Sheriff's Department, Agape
Sod Inc., Quality Turf, and Steve Lanier.
For more information contact the
Chamber at (863) 285-8253.

to read original copies of such docu-
ments as the Magna Carta, the Declara-
tion of Independence, and school writ-
ing assignments completed in cursive
by their grandparents, pledging, 100
times, "I will not talk (or chew gum, or
pray) in class."

(S. L. Frisbie is retired. His adult
children have inherited his knack for
creative if illegible signatures.)

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Judy Clair Milton


Judy Clair
Milton Johnston,
72, ofFrostproof
passed away Mon-
day, Oct. 24, 2011,
at the Somers
Hospice House in
She was born
April30, 1939,
in Lake Wales to
the late Julian A.
Milton and Othel Judy Clair
Clair Pearce Milton Milton Johnston
of Frostproof. She
was a second generation Floridian, raised
in Frostproof and attended Florida State
University and was a member of the Pi
Beta Phi Society.
While raising her children, she was an
active school, community and charity
volunteer. She worked for the Polk County
School Board from 1997 until her retire-
ment in 2006.
She was a member of the First Presbyte-
rian Church of Frostproof, a charter mem-
ber of the Library Board in Frostproof and
a former member of the Frostproof Care
Center. She enjoyed reading and other ac-
tivities but she was a devoted mother and
grandmother, and always said her greatest
accomplishment was her children.
Judy Clair is survived and deeply
missed by her children Elizabeth Tippett
Johnston Burrows (Danny) of Freeport,
Bahamas, Matthew Milton Johnston
(Kimberley) of Danville, Calif., and Juli-
ana Johnston (George Nsiah) of London,
England; brother, Julian A Milton, Jr. of
Frostproof and Montana; four grandchil-
dren, Julian and Jacob Johnston, Chard&
and Sheigen Jonsiah; and numerous
cousins and dear friends.
Visitation will be held from 3-5 p.m.,
Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at the Marion
Nelson Funeral Home in Frostproof. The
funeral service is 10:30 am, Monday, Oct.
31, 2011, at the First Presbyterian Church
in Frostproof with Rev. William "Buzzy"
Elder Jr. officiating.
Interment will follow at the Silver Hill
Cemetery In lieu of flowers, donations
may be sent to First Presbyterian Church,
General Fund, Youth Fund or the-Good
Samaritan Fund, 101 N. Palm Ave., Frost-
proof, FL 33843; Good Shepherd Hospice,
1110 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33870;
or Latt Maxcy Memorial Library, 15 N.
Magnolia Ave., Frostproof, FL 338-13.
Condolences may be sent to
the family and the webcast of
the service can be viewed at
Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in
charge of arrangements.


Donnellon Updike
Frances Don-
nellon Updike
died of natural .
causes on Oct. 21,
2011. She was
in her home at
Vicar's Landing
in Ponte Vedra
Beach, Fla., sur-
rounded by family
and friends.
Born in New
York City, Fran Frances Donnellon
was reared in Updike
Westchester Coun-
ty, N.Y, whereher family resided first in
Larchmont and later, in New Rochelle.
She attended the Ursuline Academy
and Barnard College where in 1943 she
earned a B. A. from Columbia University.
Following graduation Fran was em-
ployed by American Airlines. During
WWII, she worked in their engineering
department on the design of the DC-3
aircraft. In 1945 she married Archibald
R. Updike, Jr. of the United States Navy.
"Arch" had just returned from the war in
Europe. Shortly after their marriage, Arch
and Fran moved to Lake Wales.where
Arch joined his family in the citrus busi-
ness. Their company was called Alcoma
and its grove holdings extended through-
out the state.
Together with her sisters-in-law, Jinny
Herndon and Jean Updike, and her
mother-in-law, Mildred Updike, Fran
provided the base of home support for
the extended family effort at Alcoma.
During her 50 years in Lake Wales,
Fran participated fully in the life of the
community. She was an active member
of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, serving
as President of the Women's Club and
Secretary of the Western Deanery for the
.State. She was a charter member of the
local chapter of the American Association
of University Women and served as its
As an accomplished oil painter herself,
she was very active in the Lake Wales Arts
Council. As a philanthropist she ledthe
effort to preserve the Spanish Mission
Style Holy Spirit Church. It was designat-
ed a national architectural landmark. The
restored church later became a center for
the arts. The performance hall is named
Updike Hall in honor of Fran.
Fran and Arch were members of the
Florida Club where they advocated for the
interests of the citrus industry,:accompa-
nying the Commissioner ofAgriculture
on trade missions to China. Fran's other
philanthropic interests included start-up
funding for the Lake Wales YMCA and
LArche Harbor House in Jacksonville. In

1984, Fran was named Citizen of the Year
for the City of Lake Wales.
During their life together Fran and
Arch traveled extensively. They enjoyed
the outdoors and hunted in the Rocky
Mountains, the Alaskan wilderness and
the forests of Scotland. They fished the
gulf waters from Boca Grande to Choko-
loskee. They made two African safaris to
Mozambique and Botswana. Arch built a
camp in the Everglades and together they
traversed the Big Cypress in a custom
built swamp buggy.
Fran is remembered for her love of
faith, family, friends and fun. She was pre-
ceded in death by Arch who died in 1982
and her brother John B. Donnellon.
She is survived by her sister Mary D.
Blohm and her brother Samuel Donnel-
lon. She is also survived by four children:
Sam Updike of Lake Wales and his wife
Amelia; Larry Updike of Lake Wales and
his wife Monica; Virginia Daily of Hous-
ton, Texas and her husband Jayar; and
Mary Updike of Atlantic Beach, Fla. She
has 17 grandchildren, to whom she was
their beloved "Gigi." She has 24 great-
Six days before her death her entire
family gathered for her 90th birthday. She
participated fully in the celebration. Her
family is gratified to know she went to
heaven with her heart filled with their love.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Holy Spirit Catholic
Church in Lake Wales, Floiida.
A memorial mass will be celebrated
Thursday, Oct. 27, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady
Star of the Sea, in PonteVedra Beach,.
Donations may be made to the Lake
Wales Arts Council (1099 State Road 60
East, Lake Wales, Florida 33853-4208)
or Our Children's Academy (555 Burns
Avenue, Lake Wales, Florida 33853-3335).
Condolences may be sent to the family at
Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in
charge of arrangements.

Yvonne Mary

Yvonne Mary Symonds of Lake Wales
passed away Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at
the Lake Wales Medical Center. She was
86. Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake
Wales is handling the arrangements.

Ethyl Eleana

Ethyl Eleana Maurer of Frostproof
passed away Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at
the Lake Wales Medical Center. She was
92. Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake
Wales is handling the arrangements.

Mario Ducato
Mario Ducato of Lake Wales passed
away Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at his
residence.He was 79. Marion Nelson
Funeral Home, Lake Wales is handling

Pete Jeanette
Pete Jeanette of LakeWales passed away
Tuesday, Oct. 18,2011, at the LakeWales
Medical Center.
He was born Jan. 5,1923, in Philadelphia,
Pa., to the late Anthony and Helen
(Holmes) Jeanette; and came to LakeWales
fromVineland, NJ in 1992. He was a retired
truck driver, attended the First Christian
Church of Babson Park, and was a member
of the Lake Wales Elks Lodge.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Jea-
nette; sister, Catherine Catterton of Lake
Wales; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be scheduled at
later date.
Condolences may be sent to the family
Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in
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October 26, 2011

Rotary hosts 29th teacher,

staff appreciation event

Frostproof Rotary Club President T.R. Croley, right, chats with members of the Frostproof Middle Senior High School
Interact Club prior to Wednesday's Teacher and Staff Appreciation Breakfast. The club is an extension of Rotary, and
features middle and high school students who volunteer their time for a wide array of school and community events
and programs.

Salomon Chavez is president of the school's Interact Club, which is an
extension of the Rotary Club. He offered a special welcome for the
teachers and staff who assembled Monday.

Sarad Adelt and James Keene, president-elect of the Frostproof Rotary Club, heped put together and dish up the
breakfast casserole that has become a staple of the breakfast. Teachers and staff also had a selection of fresh fruit and
Danish, along with coffee, tea and orange juice which was donated by Florida's Natural.

Frostproof Interact Club members served as, um, servers for the local Rotary Club's annual Teacher and Staff Apprecia-
tion Breakfast. It was held Monday morning, the 29th annual, in the cafeteria of the middle senior high school. Almost
200 district employees were feted.

Sarah Adelt hands out one of the many door prizes that were awarded to
lucky teachers and staff who held winning tickets. More than $1,000 in
prizes were donated by a number of area individuals and businesses to
help support the annual event.

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October 26, 2011

Beautiful Saturday brings out

bikers and barkers aplenty

Frostproof Chamber representative Eric Hill
has a few last minute instructions for the
"Bikers" portion of the event. Saturday, the
Chamber held its annual "Barks and Bikes"
which featured riders who could cover a course
anywhere from 12 to 100 miles, and a wide
variety of dogs and their people competing in
everything from biggest and cutest to fastest,
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Tinkerbell took second place
in the costume category but
received first place honors as
smallest dog.

Maddie the "bird dog" is shown with her owner Gale Reeder who makes some final adjustments
to her outfit. They worked as Maddie, not too surprisingly, got first place in costume judging, and
would have gotten first, no doubt, in the sweetest category, too, if there were one.

Several kids entered the bike decorating contest, including from left: Trevor Melhorn, winner
Bryson Melhorn, Dylan Melhorn, Brandon Garbowski and Racheal Garbowski. All kids received
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loving machine.

Deputy Heiser and K9 Officer Luuk of
the Polk County Sheriffs Office drew
an interested crowd to hear about
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Page 10A Frostproof News October 26, 2011

TREND: Program gets kickoff

GERMANY: Art League brings music

somebody that they can have some one
on one time with," True said.
State Representative Kelli Stargel of
Lakeland and Polk County Commis-
sioner Melony Bell are scheduled to
attend the kickoff event. This year, State
Farm Insurance and the Florida Legis-
lature are making a $7,000 donation to
the Polk County program for reading
A total of 400 Polk high school and
elementary school students will be
participating in "Teen Trendsetters" at
Bartow High, Bartow International Bac-
calaureate, Frostproof Middle-Senior,
Lakeland Senior High, Polk Collegiate
High, Ridge Community High Winter
Haven High, Floral Avenue Elementary,
Blake Academy, Ben Hill Griffin El-
ementary, Dixieland Elementary, Elbert
Elementary, Horizons Academy and

Brigham Academy.
Each week, the young mentees meet
with their teen mentors to read and
learn about weather, animals and fa-
mous scientists.
The curriculum used is based on
national standards to promote specific
reading skills and also the state's FCAT
testing program.
It has been shown the teens volun-
teering in the program are motivated to
be high achievers and role models, with
99 percent of Teen Trendsetters gradu-
ating from high school, compared to
the state average of 79 percent, and 80
percent of Teen Trendsetters earning
a college scholarship compared to 38
percent of their peers, district officials
(Information for this story was also
provided by the Polk County School

Buddy Hopson recently snagged a piece of Frostproof history that was of interest to him, because
of his father. He is shown with Sonia Skinner of Citizen's Band & Trust.

Unique table is treasured

piece of history

in the mountains of Tyrol that Fred
developed his interest in German folk
He already knew how to play the gui-
tar, but decided to teach himself to play
the "Ziehharmonika" and later the Lute
to accompany sing-a-longs.
"Gemuetlichkeit" is a feeling, an
atmosphere of good fellowship, and
it's a special feeling that Fred brings to
this program, as he presents traditional
German folk music and the "musical
literature" of Heine and Goethe.
His wife Sharon joins him with the
alpine bells and the two of them also
sing a lovely duet. Join arms around
the table and sing the songs with them,
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mountain and travel the countryside
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It's a "trip" to central Europe that
you'll enjoy without leaving home -
with "Fritz" in his "lederhosen" as your
guide. For further information regard-
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the American Heart Association and
event itself that set a few local hearts a
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preparing for its annual yard sale when
a unique piece of Frostproof history
was donated, an old 1950 wood and
leather card table that had advertise-
ments of the local businesses back
This item was originally sold by the
Woman's Club in 1950 as a fundraiser,
bank officials indicated
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He wanted the table because his
grandfather, who was chief of police
from 1947-1950, had his name on the
corner of the table.
That's not the whole story, however.
There was an error in the printing, and
it read "A.J. Hobson" instead of the cor-
rect spelling of "A.J. Hopson."
"He will treasure this found piece of
family history," said assistant branch
manager Missy Maxwell.
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Rather, it was a play on
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Defense rises in key district win for Bulldogs

The Frostproof Bulldogs had two
primary goals in mind Friday night at
Faris Brannen Stadium.
One, of course, was to win the game.
In order to do that, however, they knew
they would have to accomplish the
second, shut down Cardinal Mooney
running back Anthony Caiazzo.
To quote a former president, who
may or may not have been all that right
at the time he said it, mission accom-
plished. On both fronts.
Caiazzo, a junior, came into last
Friday's game having rushed for 733, in
an even more remarkable 84 carries, in
just his previous two games. (He had
just under 1,300 yards for the season.)
He left with just 85 yards rushing as
Frostproof clawed its way to a 12-7
"Frostproof got off the ball real good.
They put seven or eight in the box and

they have good linebackers," Caiazzo
told the Sarasota Herald Tribune.
Cardinal Mooney Coach Sean Mc-
Adams figured a night like this was
coining too.
"I told you somebody was going to
stop (Caiazzo) one day, and we couldn't
make them pay," McAdams said. "We
can't expect to Caiazzo to run for 400
yards every week."
Frostproof Coach Price Harris said
he was comfortable with his defensive
backs matched up against the Cardinal
Mooney receivers, a key to keeping the
Cougars in check overall. The visitors
had just 45 yards in offense outside
what Caiazzo was able to contribute.
"We felt we could match up with
their wide receivers and commit seven
defenders to the run," Harris said.
"Most people can't do that against
Cardinal Mooney. They've been spread-
ing everybody out and mashing them
up front."
Frostproof's defensive backs made it

difficult to get the passing game going
"We did a great job. We press covered
them and it took away their outside
threat," Harris added.
An eighth-grader, of all people, made
sure Frostproof had a happy 2011
homecoming Friday night.
Xavier Gaines, who quarterbacked
the Bulldog JV program to a 5-0 start
this season before being called up to
the varsity before last week's game at
Hardee, jumped on a fumble late in
the fourth quarter as Cardinal Mooney
appeared to be driving for the winning
points to preserve a Frostproof win.
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There was no scoring in the second
half in a game slowed by penalty flag
after penalty flag. The unofficial press
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FOOTBALL: Defense rises in win

Frostproof had a long scoring run
from Jaylan McKinney called back on
penalty in the third quarter.
The win kept the Bulldogs squarely in
the thick of the fight for a Class 3A, Dis-
trict 6 playoff berth. The Bulldogs and
Cardinal Mooney are now 1-1 on the
season. Fort Meade handily defeated
Lakeland Christian Friday night in the
other district match up. Fort Meade is
2-0 in the league, while Lakeland Chris-
tian fell to 0-2.
Frostproof would assure itself of a
playoff berth with a win two weeks
when it plays at Lakeland Christian.
Cardinal Mooney defeated the Lake-
land school 35-21 earlier this season.
Caiazzo opened the scoring exactly
half way through the first half after Car-
dinal Mooney got great field position
on the Frostproof 23 after a nine-yard
punt. The scat back needed four plays
to cover all the yardage necessary for
the game's first score. The PAT kick was
good, and the Cougars held a 7-0 lead
with 6:00 to play in the opening frame.
Frostproof parlayed a similar sce-
nario into their first points of the night.
A short punt by Cardinal Mooney
from deep in its own territory, along
with a personal foul penalty, put the
Bulldogs in business at the Cougar 19.
After a five-yard penalty, quarterback

Zack Jenkins scampered 21 yards to
the Mooney three where Smith did
the honors carrying the final yards.
The kick was blocked, and Frostproof
trailed 7-6 with 7:44 to go before inter-
The Bulldogs marched 78 yards in
just under four minutes to take the lead
right before the end of the half.
Taking over with 4:03 left in the sec-
ond quarter, Frostproof's big plays on
the drive include two passes to Smith,
one of 22 yards and another 10 yarder,
and runs of five, eight and 10 yards by
McKinney -- another JV call up two
weeks ago -- who completed the pos-
session with a one-yard TD run. Again
the PAT was missed, this time on a pass
attempt, which left the Bulldogs advan-
tage at 12-7 at intermission.
McKinney finished the night with 99
yards on 14 carries while Smith had 10
runs for 33 yards. Zach Jenkins was six-
of-13 throwing for 84 yards, although
he threw the ball as well as he has all
Defensively, Smith was his usual
large self, with 12 tackles including one
for loss. Tyrone Hamilton had eight
stop, two for negative yardage, and a
forced fumble. Kaleel Gaines had seven
tackles, and interception, and a pass
break up.
Frostproof is on the road for each of
the next two weeks, starting with a trip


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WHAT: Frostproof Bulldogs
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*WHEN: Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.
still growing football program has
a very good quarterback in Travis
Tucker, who has actually run for
more than 150 yards than he has
passed for this season. While
Tucker is the main weapon for
sure, LaDaniel Brinson is a threat
as a runner and Darius Fraiser
had a touchdown catch two
weeks ago.
Frostproof has clearly gotten a
spark from its influx of junior var-
sity talent. Both Jaylan McKinney
andXavier Gaines had key mo-
ments in last week's win over Car-
dinal Mooney. Dakota McCullers
was down with a severe illness a
couple of weeks ago, but it work-

ing his way back into full health
and football shape, and will need
to be an important contributor
here late in the season.
THE SKINNY: Tenoroc isn't
a total pushover like they have
been in the last couple of sea-
sons when it was a totally new
program, despite a 49-0 loss to
Lake Wales last week. One of their
wins came against Ridge Com-
munity earlier in the season, and
they defeated Avon Park, which
defeated Frostproof in week one,
in their Kickoff Classic. Bulldogs
can't be caught looking ahead to
Lakeland Christian playoff show-
down next week. Titans feature
a spread offense, which is good
timing for the Bulldogs since
that's what Lakeland Christian
likes to run as well, so it will be a
good tune-up in that regard.

Jaylan McKinney outruns everybody, defenders and blockers alike, during Friday night's Frost-
proof football game against Cardinal Mooney. McKinney had a long TD run called back in the
third quarter, but still was the home team's best running weapon after his recent call up from the
junior varsity squad.

to Tenoroc next
Friday. In two
weeks, they
will close their
Class 3A, Dis-
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at Lakeland

receiver David
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BHG did the mash, they did the 'Monster Mash'

Students at Ben Hill Griffin Jr. Elementary School were rewarded last Friday as part of the school's
Positive Behavior Support program. Anyone at the school, from a bus driver to Principal Patti
McGill, can at any time reward a student for displaying positive behavior. Students who accu-
mulate enough PBS points in a month are treated to a reward. In October, the reward was last
week's "Monster Mash:'

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Unfortunately there
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who along with the
Crypt Kickers Five,
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recording of "Monster
Mash" to the very top
of the Billboard record
chart in 1962. Still,
students had a good
time dancing to the
holiday music.

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departments as well as Winter Haven and Lake Wales Schools.
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Memorial Wall in our city on October 27,
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and retired military veterans 11
percent off their total bill from
Oct. 27 through Veterans Day,
Nov. 11. Just a small way of
extending our sincerest thanks to
those who have so bravely
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Tables should be 8x3 or smaller-Spaces are 10x10
* $25 for space, you bring the table
* $30 we provide table
* $35 table by the window with electricity (limited)
If you need electricity please bring an extension cord
and heavy duty surge strip with you.

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ASH Thursday, October 27
6:00pm 8:00pm
For Elementary School Age or Younger
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We're not sure line dancing is actually part of the Halloween ritual, but these Ben Hill Griffin Jr.
Elementary School students decided that it should be.

This is the third year the school has used the
PBS model, and teachers and staff all say it
has improved students'outlooks. Students get
a wide variety of rewards depending on the
month. The school has held outdoor competi-
tions and other fun events as motivation for

There was lots of opportunity to wiggle and
move, and it was especially fun since students
got to do it in their socks.


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Powder Puff game ends in scoreless duel

Is this flag football or rugby? Talk about a scrum! Anna Vega is surrounded by defenders who are
eager to grab a flag. Vega had several nice runs for the seniors, but neither team was ever able to
push the ball across the goal line.

We're not sure it's exactly a highlight, but the "cheerleaders" for the annual Powder Puff extrava-
ganza are always, um, interesting, if not a little hairy.

S- Senior April Jones made this nice defensive
Junior Kaylee Norris grabs the flag of senior play as she intercepts this pass in the end zone,
Emily Andre. helping to preserve the game's scoreless result.

Not exactly your traditional cheerleading pyramid. Then again, not exactly your traditional

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Senior Brooke Mongeon (red shirt with ball ) gains a few yards for the seniors. Neither team had
much luck on offense as the game ended in a zero-zero tie.

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Office Skin Surgery
School & Work Physicals
Medicare and Insurance Accepted
Affordable Fees for Uninsured
Convenient Later Appointments
Home Visits

1110 Druid Circle, Lake Wales
(across from the Emergency Entrance of the hospital)

Monday-Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday 9AM-12PM

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