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May 23, 2012

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Maryland Fried

Chicken is back, again

Helping cut the ribbon on the opening of Maryland Fried Chicken recently were, from left: Delores
Thompson, Tammy Brooks, Dennis Lewis III, Evelyn Lewis, Char'Nise Cobb and Jasmine Lewis.

Crowds happy as eatery

When y6u enter Maryland Fried Chicken,
expect one of two things: a friendly service
person greeting you with a smile, and an
interior that lets you know this is a Frostproof
The new owners, Evelyn and Dennis Lewis,
are Frostproof natives and Bulldogs fans, and
their restaurant shows it. The walls are covered
with Frostproof memorabilia from vintage
high school photographs to football jerseys.
"When you walk in, you know you are from
Frostproof, a little town that has a lot of love,"
Evelyn said.
Aside from the d6cor, Evelyn also wanted
to offer a hometown feel by making everyone
feel welcome through friendly customer
"Our philosophy is to treat people the way
you want to be treated, because when you
treat people well, they will continue to come
back," she said. "We want to offer customers
nothing less than the best. If they have a com-
plaint, they can always come to me about it.
"But," she added, "they won't have to,
since I don't expect them to have anything to


Business was so good on opening day, that the
restaurant ran out of chicken!
complain about."
She and her husband bought the restaurant
back in March and spent the next two months
working hard to renovate the place and pro-
vide both a clean and inviting setting. It has
for a long time been a fried chicken spot with
various owners. Most recently, it was a BBQ
restaurant before the Lewis' brought back the
community favorite.

Utility rate hikes

seem likely now

Despite the probable refinanc-
ing of some long-term debt,
Frostproof homeowners and busi-
ness owners hoping to see a break
in their utility rates will apparently
have to wait a little longer.
City council members learned
Monday night that two costly
projects that are unavoidable, and
are not in the'Frostproof's current
budget, will need to be addressed
soon. One is relocation of water
lines in connection with the state
Department of Transportation's
sidewalk project on Scenic
I highway, and the second is the
expansion of the city's waste water
treatment plant.
The plant expansion had been
planned for, but when bids were
opened last week, they came in
higher than expected, by some
5i82.0010. It was hoped that a
grant would cover the work at the
plant, but it only covered what city
olticials expected the bids to come

in at.
Engineer Steve Dutch said he
can likely cut between $160,000
to $180,000 off the bid prices by
deferring some of the expansion
work, but likely would not be able
to cut enough to completely offset
the higher prices. The city does
have about $121,000 in a reserve
fund associated with waste water
Jn addition, the city will be on
the hook for between $75,000 and
$100,000 to relocate 1,200 feet of
waterline along Scenic Highway
when the sidewalk project begins.
Dutch noted that the city had no
choice but to spend the money.
Some of the lines are only six inch-
es deep at'present, and should be
four feet deep, he said.
The city will be able to do much
of the work itself, but having DOT
involved makes it a more compli-
cated and expensive job, he said.
"You're going to go through a
whole bureaucratic mess," Dutch

Citrus group to spend

less on marketing

Griffin asks commission to consider

Simore money to pushrsh fresh fruit

Faced with revenues lowered by
$5.8 nullion for next year's budget, the
Floiida Citrus Commission approved
a less cosly media plan during
the Mai 16 meeting at the Florida
Department of Citrus in Bartow.
\t the same time, however,
F rostproof resident Ben Hill Griffin
III asked the group to direct more
monei into marketing fresh fruit.
The commissioners saw the
pi opposed preliminary budget for
2012- 13. but they did not vote on it.
That will take happen next month.
The commission voted for a media

plan that is about $1.1 million less
than this year. A total of $13.6 million
was budgeted for 2011-12. The
amount for next year for advertising is
just under $12.5 million.
Griffin told the commission he
is concerned about emphasis on
processed and fresh fruit advertising
and merchandising in light of recent
reports of declining orange juice sales.
"Considering our limited budgets,
it appears to me that we are doing a
pretty good job on advertising" he
said. "However, in my opinion we
could do even a better job in return-
ing sales to a more acceptable level.


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Commissioner meets with community

Polk County Commis-
sioner Melony Bell,
-j Iright, chats with
;:- Marleen Riddle, a
Frostproof resident
who works for Polk
County Fire Rescue,
during Bell's"A
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Melony" constituent
outreach program.
S She was at the
Frostproof Care
Center last Tuesday
morning to meet
with city officials and
local residents about
,- whatever concerns
might have been on
their minds. She has
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May 23, 2012
Free kids meals for summer
The Polk County School Nutrition
Department will provide nutritionally bal-
anced meals to children starting in June.
The summer food service program
begins June 13 and will last until Aug. 1.
Meals will not be available on July 4 in
observation of Independence Day.
Nutritionally balanced meals will
be provided to all children regardless
of race, color, sex, disability, age or
national origin during summer vaca-
tion when school breakfast and lunches
are not available.
All children 18 years old and younger
are eligible for meals at ho charge.
The programs are only approved for
geographical areas of need where 50
percent or more of the children qualify
for free and reduced-price meals during
the school year.
Summer feeding sites provide meals
to all children in the immediate vicinity
in addition to those enrolled in sum-
mer programs.
In Frostproof, the program will be of-
fered at Ben Hill Griffin Jr. Elementary,
with breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
It will also be available at the Lakeview
Park Community Center, with breakfast
running from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and
lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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It's still so easy to phone and drive

Here's the thing about talking or texting on a cell
phone while driving:
It's just so dar easy. It's just so darn convenient. It's
just so darn tempting.
You're in the car. Just pick up the phone. It's sitting
right there on the passenger's seat, or in your purse.
Simple. Right there.
Just call ahead and let them know you're on the
way. Quick, find out where you're supposed to meet
for dinner.
Or you can just keep in touch, maybe see what your
sister or girlfriend is up to. What's for lunch. How
the kids are doing. Find out what color your friend
decided on for the kitchen. Granite countertops? Hot
dogs or steaks for the barbecue on Saturday? Simple.
Just a phone call.
Or check in with work. Did Mr. So-and-So call
back? Any new orders? Make the call. Or text.
After all, you are not really doing anything anyhow.
It's dead time. Boring. You're just driving a car from
here to there. Commuting back and forth to work.
On a long drive to the airport. Headed out alone on
the interstate to visit your mom. Coming back from a

Drink up,

There is something about the arrival
of our Scriptural allocation of three
score years and 10 that focuses our
attention on each new study on what
increases our longevity.
Having achieved three score and 11,
these stories hold a special interest for
Many accounts use phrases like
"23 percent of people who take 153
milligrams a day of Vitamin P, a major
ingredient in pepperoni pizza, have
been shown to survive the top 17 causes
of death."
Conspicuously lacking from such sta-
tistics is a disclaimer that puts a finite
limit on this longevity. The projections
are not for survival to a ripe old age, like
117. Taken at face value, they promise
eternal life.
If you do the math, never my greatest
skill, a week's reading of the popular
press will disclose research that shows
your chances for infinite survival to
be well over 100 percent if you read
enough stories.

The latest prognosis for immortality
comes from a study of coffee drinking.
I found it encouraging, since I con-
sume coffee the way that an aquarium
catfish consumes algae. If the Road to
Eternal Life is paved with caffeine, my
prospects are encouraging.
An Associated Press report published
in newspapers declared that a recent
medical study revealed that, "Coffee
drinkers are a little likely to live longer."
Frankly, I would prefer a stronger
declaration. Phrases like "a little likely"
are not as encouraging as those math-
ematically questionable projections that
show that my chances for immortal life
are now approaching 500 percent.

Our Viewpoint
Nothing to do but drive from here to there. Put the
car in drive and hit the accelerator; touch the brakes
now and then. Keep one hand on the wheel and use
the other to call or text.
No big deal. It's nothing but down time. It's so darn
easy and convenient and so darn tempting to be able
to get something important done.
That's the problem. So darn easy and we are so ac-
customed to multi-tasking. On one level we know it is
dangerous behavior navigating a heavy vehicle at
varying speeds alongside other somewhat-unpredict-
able vehicles and obstacles like pedestrians and trees
is not really "doing nothing." But that's a generality.
Individually, at any given moment, we feel much
more confident about our own ability to overcome
the laws of chance. We are over-confident. It's worked
before, and it will probably work again.
And it is just so easy and convenient. That is
why we see so many other people doing it, why we
ourselves do it when we're bored and need to make
a call and the cell phone is sitting there within reach.

live longer


S.L. Frisbie

5.. Frisbie can be contacted at

"There actually may be a modest ben-
efit of coffee drinking," said a spokes-
man for the National Cancer Institute.
"May be" and "modest benefit" do
not exactly inspire me to cancel my life
But it's better than nothing.

Coffee, for example, is reported to
contribute to our accumulation of
If you are, say, a non-galvanized
10-penny nail, this will help keep you
from rusting. OK, I have a Pacemaker,
and if a couple of cups of Joe a day will
keep the rust away, that is more appeal-
ing than taking a shot of Liquid Wrench
once a week.
One disturbing caveat in the latest
story reported that "coffee drinkers were
more likely to die at any given time."
But that finding was then qualified
by the finding that coffee drinkers also
consume more alcohol and red meat;
exercise less; and smoke.
I do not smoke, and if a sirloin a week
and an exercise regimen that consists
primarily of hunting for the TV remote
are deal breakers, I have lived the good


And that's why so many of us will continue to do it
unless someone in authority the state, in this case
- eventually tells us we cannot.
Maybe next year.
The best the Legislature could muster this year was
a texting-while-driving ban bill sponsored by Sen.
Nancy Detert, R-Venice, which passed the Senate by
an overwhelming 34-4 margin. Gov. Rick Scott gave
it a thumbs up. The House, though, sat on it, and the
measure died.
As we've noted before, this is a relatively weak
initiative. It bans texting only, not other cell phone
usage. It would have allowed police officers to impose
a $30 fine for a non-moving violation if they saw
someone texting. But it was something. It was a start.
We had hope that Florida would have joined 37 other
states with some sort of text-ban law.
A text-ban falls into the no-brainer category. But
holding a phone to your ear and talking while you
drive merrily along is dangerous too. You see it all the
time. It's unhealthy. But its easy and convenient. And
we are unlikely to stop doing it unless someone stops
That's what laws do.

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MacNamara, more political

consultant than public servant

When newly elected governor and
political outsider Rick Scott realized his
inner circle's inability to navigate the
murky waters of Florida government,
he turned to the ultimate Tallahassee
political insider, Steve MacNamara.
The governor's original team consist-
ed of political outsiders, most of whom
were also Florida outsiders. While
intelligent and accomplished individu-
als, they lacked familiarity with Florida's
political players, climate and process.
And after six months in office and one
unremarkable legislative session, the
governor's favorability in the polls fell
to roughly 29 percent. So to improve his
battered image, he brought in someone
who knew all the major players: Steve
MacNamara, his new chief of staff.

Paula Dockery

The press hailed MacNamara's arrival
as a smart political move, citing his
close ties to legislative leaders and mov-
ers and shakers as strengths. I feared
this would be a destructive move for
those very same reasons.
Is he smart? Absolutely.

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So far their philosophy of offering custom-
ers a restaurant with hometown appeal has
proven successful, as their grand opening has
"We had a good turnout that day," she said.
"The doors never stopped swinging and the
customers kept coming on in. We literally ran
out of chicken."
On opening day, they offered a two-piece
chicken dinner special with French fries and a
side for $5.99. They plan to offer a similar spe-
cial during football games once football season
starts a wise business decision considering
the restaurant is near the football field.
The restaurant also plans to name dishes in
honor of football coaches Farris Brandon, Jim
Boyd, George Jackson, and Gary Garret all
whom have been inducted into the Hall of
Fame, and all whom are considered pillars of
Frostproof, according to Evelyn.
As the name implies, Maryland Fried
Chicken serves chicken (fried, gizzards, and
nuggets) along with other southern classics
including fried shrimp, catfish, baked beans,
cole slaw, macaroni salad, fried okra, corn nug-
gets, and french fries.
Maryland Fried Chicken is located at 404 S.
Scenic Highway and is open Monday through
Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed on Sunday.


said. "They (DOT) are going to do it
whether you move the waterlines or
not. They will force you to move the
waterlines at your expense. It's got
to be done. You're stuck with that
Even with a refinancing of some of
the sewer system's long-term debt,
raising rates seems almost inevitable.
The council looked at two options
that might provide relief for some bill
payers including one that increased
the minimum use charge for water
and sewer from 3,000 gallons a
month to 5,000 gallons a month. A
second decreased the monthly water
minimum to 2,000 gallons.
Under either scenario, between
$37,000 and $40,000 would be lost
in revenue. Earlier this year, before
the latest expenses were unearthed
Monday, city auditor Turner Wiggins
warned council members that the
city's utility fund was essentially op-
erating at just a "break even" point.
Both scenarios leave surplus rev-
enue of more than $220,000, but that
is before any unanticipated expense
like the plant overbid or waterline
relocation is considered. The surplus

is also often used to cover unex-
pected expenses like broken water
lines or broken equipment related to
the sewer or water system.
"Any problem is big bucks," noted
city finance manager Melody Walsh
when it comes to utility issues.
A third option, which raises
the sewer and water rates by the
Consumer Price Index average, about
2.4 percent, was also presented. That
would raise the current water rate
from $13.94 to $14.30 per month
for a 3,000 gallon minimum, and
the sewer rate from $54.28 to $55.58
"Option three, as sad as the case
may be, looking at the numbers,
seems to be what we have to do
if we're going to provide for the
system's maintenance and improve-
ments that are out there and we
know we have to deal with already,"
Councilwoman Diana Webster-Biehl
said. "Those other projections don't
even cover what we know we need
right now. As our auditor mentioned
to us, as painful and awful as it is,
as much as I certainly don't want to
do it, it doesn't leave us with a lot of
Mayor Kay Hutzelman agreed.
"With what we know that is com-
ing, we are $25,000 short, and that's
with nothing (else) happening,"

Hutzelman added.
The city was hoping that refinanc-.
ing a 2001 bond, which has about
$1.725 million remaining to be paid,
might help the rate situation. And,
indeed, the city will realize a savings
of about $285,000 over the next .19
years if it goes ahead with the plan.
The annual savings would be about
$16,000. A second option would
allow interest only payments for the
first two years, which would net the
city about $125,000 in savings in
years one and two, but only $11,000
in savings a year thereafter. The
overall savings under that plan would
be $252,000.
The $125,000 could then be used
to pay off other debt or perhaps to
subsidize the utility fund's current
operation as opposed to a rate hike
However, most on the board ap-
peared to favor the plan that would
provide $16,000 in annual debt relief.
As opposed to bigger savings now,
but smaller annual savings over the
final 17 years of the bond.
No decisions on either a new rate
structure or a final go-ahead for the
refinancing was reached, but it is
likely both topics will be up for ad-
ditional discussion and action at the
council's next regularly scheduled
meeting on June. 4.

ISBI F I In the words of Sgt. Joe Friday, "Just age." (S. L. Frisbie is retired. He has dis-
Ethe facts, ma'am." That is good enough Those are pretty good odds. covered that the next best coffee in the
for me. I liked even more the way the story world is the cappuccino dispensed at
FROM PAGE 4A Quoting again from the AP report, was reported on TV: that drinking six rest areas on Interstate 75 near Ocala.
"Men who had two or three cups a day cups of coffee a day results in "a 10 The very best coffee is the cappuccino at
The latest coffee study does not find were 10 percent less likely to die at any percent reduction in mortality." the Watson Clinic cafeteria in Lakeland.
a reason why coffee drinkers live lon- age." Fill'er up, please. Make of that what you will.)
ger; it only reports that to be the case. There's that statistic again: "at any


Is he shrewd? You betcha.
Is he well-connected? Most definitely.
Can he play hardball? With the best
of them.
When he worked as chief of staff
for then-Speaker John Thrasher,
MacNamara kept the Republican
caucus in line and used all the tools at
his disposal to ensure unquestioned
loyalty to the speaker's priorities.
A decade later, when he took the
same spot for Senate President Mike
Haridopolos, MacNamara started
with a massive house-cleaning of the
Senate's professional staff, people who
had admirably served leaders of both
parties for decades and were known
experts in key subject areas.
The loss of institutional knowledge
and the incredibly low morale proved
disastrous for the Senate. The legisla-
tive session of 2011 will be remembered
for the meltdown that occurred on the
final night of session. Senators openly
rebelled over being asked to blindly

rubber stamp back-room deals that
had not been vetted.
MacNamara didn't mind firing
people, exacting retribution or doing
any dirty work he deemed necessary. It
could be successfully argued that he is
more Machiavellian than Machiavelli.
His network of friends is a who's who
of powerful lobbyists, career-state
employees and young but eager college
So it was surprising when the
governor, who campaigned against the
"good old boy" way of doing things in
Tallahassee, hired the ultimate insider
after only six months in office.
A true reformer would have devel-
oped working relationships with all
120 House members and 40 Senators
to move his priority issues. Instead,
with MacNamara calling the shots,
deals were cut with the few people
in top leadership. In the last session,
issues that Gov. Scott stressed in the
campaign, such as immigration and
financial accountability, were ignored.
Instead, special interests dominated
the agenda, including a push for prison
privatization and a parent-trigger bill
that would benefit private education

companies. Fortunately, both bills were
defeated, despite the governor's lobby-
ing efforts.
And despite pleas from the Council
of 100, advice from Tax Watch and
concerted efforts from the Tea Party,
budget turkeys were approved and bad
bills signed because deals had been
made and votes traded. In other words,
business as usual.
In the 10 months that MacNamara
led the governor's inner circle, he
focused on changing Scott's image,
making him more accessible to the
press and making an art out of spin-
ning the governor's actions.
Meanwhile, honorable people were
being forced but of the administration
and the facade was beginning to crack.
Agency heads hired from major cor-
porations or other state governments
were dismissed for daring to express an
opinion. Rumors were running ram-
pant in the Capitol about MacNamara's
heavy-handed tactics, but most insid-
ers conceded his job security due to the
governor's unrelenting faith in him.
MacNamara's largest public-relations
disaster happened in Miami, when he
combined the governor's signing of a

bill that enacts a trade ban with Cuba
with a letter saying the state wouldn't
enforce it. His job security began to un-
ravel with a series of media stories that
exposed his no-bid deals to friends,
improper use of staff and political
favoritism. Enemies he made along
the way were eager to talk. At least
one person filed an ethics complaint
against him.
MacNamara claims his buddy-buddy
dealings with taxpayer dollars were not
illegal. While that may be true, they cer-
tainly appear to be improper. Certainly,
they are unethical. It's no surprise my
ethics-reform measures regarding con-
flicts of interest were stymied during
MacNamara's time in the Senate. While
the governor needed experienced help
to run the executive branch, he reached
out to an opportunistic political insider
with a questionable record, instead of
enlisting the help of a proven, fiscally
conservative, experienced manager
with a public servant's heart.
Paula Dockery is a term-limited
Republican senator from Lakeland
who is chronicling her final year in the
Florida Senate. She can be reached at

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"With that said, I am of strong belief that
we need to siphon a few million dollars
from processing advertising to enhance
our fresh fruit portion of the industry," he
added. "Fresh fruit is in a more serious
decline relative to sales than processing. In
my opinion fresh fruit was the firm foun-
dation upon which our citrus industry
grew to where it is today. It was the first
product we had for sale that helped make
this industry and I believe it could play a
major part in turning our sales around as
we go forward.
Griffin discussed advertising to the food
service industry the use of fresh orange or
grapefruit slices as garnishes to enhance
food presentation.
"Sometimes I feel there has been a lack
of appreciation by many growers and even
the commission of the importance of fresh
fruit appeal to our advertising program,"
he said.
'All the above is doubtful to be ac-
complished unless we are able to pull
from process advertising a small portion
of dollars for silent sales by depicting the
fresh fruit as part enhancement of product
such as being processed for not from
"Taking into account the more recent
high fruit returns, we need to give consid-
eration to the level of taxes we growers pay
for advertising $50 million to $70 mil-
lion versus the same back some 20 years
ago," Griffin said. "You can compare the
two and understand the lessened impact
we have today.
S"We are keeping pace and we will for-
ever be faced with losing shelf space if we
don't add additional dollars for a stronger
presence in the marketplace."

Robyn Martin, associate strategy direc-
tor for the media buying agency PHD, said
consumers want more media and that
media is increasing among adults in the
United States. She noted that 48 percent of
the population is on Facebook.
"You need to be relevant to the con-
sumer," Martin said.
Martin said TVwill be the top media
in the plan. The focus will be on the
time period from October through April.
There will be a mix of cable and-network
The budget for digital will increase
about 20 percent, Martin said. Advertising
for mobile and tablet devices will be
Although the final budget for next year
has not been adopted, the commission
went ahead and voted on the media plan
because ad space has to be purchased in
The total proposed operating budget
for next year is $50,415,538. The 2011-12
budget is $56,232,201.
The proposed domestic marketing
budget that includes public relations
programs, processed orange advertising
and fresh fruit/grapefruit juice advertising
for next year is $25,101,250, which is down
from $28,283,450 for this year.
According to the staff, the
Citrus Research and Development
Foundation's expenditures are down
$2.5 million from the current budget;
the domestic orange juice budget is
$22.7 million, which is $2.3 million
less than the current budget; and the
domestic grapefruit budgets are down
$819,000 from the current budget.
Commission Chairman Martin
McKenna said contributions from the
state and federal governments totaling
$5 million will make the reduced budget
a little easier to take. He added the money
will be used for disease research.

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favorite color was red; he loved red gummy
bears and drinking Publix sweet tea. He
also loved going to Lorraine's Place for his
Blakey hotdog. Blake got to accomplish a
lot of things in his life before he passed.
These are some of the things he was
able to accomplish: Lucas Boyce of the
Orlando Magic, got the family courtside
seats against the New Jersey Nets on Dec.
29, 2011. The highlight was an after-game
meeting with Dwight Howard and Ryan
Johnson outside the locker room, with the
big man coming out to meet Blake shirtless
with a towel draped around his neck.
The next morning, they were off to
Denver for an all-expenses paid trip that
included tickets to the final regular-season
home game for the Denver Broncos,
against the Kansas City Chiefs. After
Denver Police officers volunteered to escort
Blake to Mile High Stadium, the family
stepped onto the field during the pre-game
activities when Tebow dropped by. Tim
Tebow called Blake in early December,
but nothing compared to this. Blake had
always idolized Tebow because he and his
family are Florida Gators fans. During one
round of chemo treatments, when he went
to Shand's Teaching Hospital in Gainesville,
Blake actually beamed "I am going to
Tebow country!"
He traveled to NewYork City where he
got to spend time with the NYFD were he

met the firefighters of Engine
S, 54 Ladder 4 and Engine
10 Ladder 10, the first to
'respond to 911. He rode in
"" one of the fire trucks to the
World Trade Center Mural of
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truck as he honked the hor
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loved firefighters because
they are so courageous.
He also metAmar'e
Blake Cooper Appleton Stoudemire and Jr. Smith of
,the NY Knicks and was the

recipient of the Care 2 Tri Award. Blake
was a Miles for Hope ambassador, City of
Lake Wales Key Holder, Junior Firefighter,
Honorary Deputy Sheriff, member of the
PCSO Swat Team, and K-9 Units, a deep
sea fisherman, and on April 27, 2012, he
received the Polk Avenue Elementary
School's "Leader of Courage Award."
Blake Appleton will be missed by all.
He touched the lives and hearts of so
many people around this community
and around the world. He leaves a legacy
of hope, faith, courage and love. As we
go on with our everyday lives, we will
NEVER forget Blake Appleton, with that
smile bigger than the moon and brighter
than the sun.
Blake is survived by his mother, Miranda
Joe Appleton; his father, Jason Earl
Appleton; his big sister, Morgan Michelle
Appleton; his grandparents, aunts, uncles,
cousins and lots of friends that loved him.
Blake's Memorial Service is open to all of
his family and friends on Saturday, May 26
at 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 338
East Central Avenue, Lake Wales, FL 33853.
For Blake's celebration of life, please wear
BRIGHT colors. Any donations in memory
of Blake Appleton can be made to the
Arnold Palmer Hospital and to any other
charity of your choice.
Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in
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On May 15, 2012, Blake
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with the Lord. Blake led a valiant
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at his home in Lake Wales sur-
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Commissioners don't like term

limits but will follow them


The Florida Supreme Court unani-
mously ruled last week that voters
can impose term limits on county
The court went
back from a
2002 ruling that
blocked term
limits for other
offices such as
clerks of court.
"Receding from
the Cook (the
2002 case) deci-
sion will promote
stability in the
law by allowing Bob English
the counties to
govern them-
selves, including term limits of their
officials, in accordance with their
home-rule authority," the opinion
According to The News Service of
Florida, the ruling applies to what
are known as charter counties,
where voters have approved govern-
ing structures that can differ from
basic requirements in the Florida
Charters in at least 10 counties,
including Polk, include term limits
for commissioners, a court filing by
the Florida Association of Counties
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Commissioners Sam Johnson and
Bob English.
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English said he
is not for term
limits. He noted
that it takes

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years to become
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a large county like Polk, which has a
$1.3 billion budget.
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Johnson is serving his second term.
He said he was planning to seek a
third term and added that he wanted
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doesn't agree with term limits. He
believes a county commissioner faces
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voters can decide if a person will
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In the effort to increase business
growth in Polk County, and after
hearing from six people who have
taken advantage of not having to pay
impact fees the last two years, Polk
County Commissioners approved an
18-month extension of a moratorium
on the fees.
To spur business development,
commissioners started the morato-
rium in August 2010 on the fees which
helped pay for transportation, parks,
jail, police, ambulance service and
Though commissioners seemed
encouraged about the business
growth that has occurred, one warned
his colleagues of what they have given
up over the last two years and to keep
their eyes on it.
"Keep your eyes focused on the
priorities of the community," Sam
Johnson said, pointing out what was
not being funded with the morato-
rium and that the county could get
behind on its infrastructure. "We
are using the funds to grow what is
necessary for a good community."
However, because of the need to
encourage business growth, he said,
he voted in favor of the moratorium.
The unanimous vote extends the
moratorium until Jan. 1, 2014. In the
public hearing, commissioners were
faced with four options: Extend the
impact fee moratorium for 12 months
until July 31, 2013, extend it for 18
months to Jan. 31, 2014, extend it for
24 months to July 31, 2014, or end the
Six business people commission-
ers heard from Tuesday all said
they would not have been able to
construct buildings without the
moratorium but with it they have
provided new construction jobs and
then new permanent jobs in the area.
They have also provided the county
with new property taxes, sales taxes
and increased revenue for existing
businesses they use and that new
employees would use just by moving
Commissioners enjoyed hearing
that and felt the moratorium's exten-
sion would help Polk County com-
pete with neighboring counties like
Hillsborough and Orange that are also
trying to attract businesses.
"I got some information on what
they charge, and like Mr. (Steve)
Sloan said earlier, for us to stay
competitive we are in the belt buckle

incentive encourages business growth, increases employment

of Hillsborough and Orange coun-
ties," Commissioner Melony Bell said.
"People are looking at us wanting to
She said she has thought about this
moratorium quite a bit and voting to
extend seemed the proper thing to do.
"I've wrestled over this but we've got
to look at the bottom line," she said.
"Sitting on the commission, we've got
to create jobs for the county."
Bell was referring to Steve Sloan's
pitch during the public hearing.
Sloan, from Pickett Engineering in
Bartow, asked for a 24-month exten-
sion of the moratorium. He said
he has taken many new customers
with the moratorium and more were
waiting on commissioners' decision
Tuesday on whether to consider Polk
County to located.
"I want to let you know we have
several clients waiting for today to see
what you guys may do as to whether
or not they will come to Polk County,"
he said.
Born and raised in Polk County,
Sloan said commissioners had heard
earlier from a businessman who em-
ployed local talent to build a medical
center and the thought of losing that
talent to neighboring counties would
disappoint him.
"We are in the center of the best
state in the country," he said. "As the
county continues to heal we've got to
set an example and step out ahead
of Hillsborough and Orange coun-
ties and the rest of the state. Get the
people to stay here and grow here."
Sloan was referring to Mike
Hickman of Hickman Homes and
Contracting, who is completing a
medical facility near Highland City on
U.S. Highway 98. He said the build-
ing which will have a ribbon cutting
within the next two months that could
not have taken place with impact fees
in place. It will provide $5 million to
$6 million a year to the local economy,
he said.
"Forty Polk County companies have
been working on this and 200 employ-
ees which I imagine to mostly be Polk
County residents," he said. "This is
the immediate impact you have with
this project. This project never would
have occurred if the impact fee was in
place. We would not have been able to
get the appraisal, the mortgage."
He said the 10,000-square-foot
building would provide the county
with about $35,000 a year in land
taxes, stamp taxes of about $3,000,
and state tax of $5,000. It will house
four doctors and 28 employees.


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"To say building isn't paying its fair
share just isn't true," he said.
Johnson repeated his assertion that
he moved ahead with this project
because there was no impact fee and
asked if it was in place would there
have been a job for the 40 people who
went to work in other parts of his
residential and commercial building
"We built this building in record
time-because people were standing in
line to work on this. I've worked for 25
years in this county and these people
were sitting at home because they
couldn't get work," he said. "These
people are your neighbors who were
unemployed or under-employed. The
shame is we're seeing these people go
Commissioners also heard of the
moratorium's benefits from repre-
sentatives of McDonald's and Dollar
General stores.
Justin Pope from Sanford told com-
missioners that from 2004 to 2010 no
new McDonald's restaurants came to
Polk County. Since the moratorium
was passed, four new McDonald's
opened and three more were planned.
Sarah Case with JCK Consultants said
the moratorium resulted in four Dollar
General stores coming to Polk. Stores
opened in Winter Haven, Dundee and
Polk City and there is one in Bartow
under construction on U.S. Highway
17. She said the stores average about
$1.5 to $3.5 million in sales and have
about 30 people employed at each.
And, in residential growth, Brian

Walsh told commissioners of three
multi-family apartments being built
that would not have been if there was
an impact fee.
"With the impact fees we couldn't
have made the numbers work," he
said. "Without them we can."
Commissioners commenting after
the public input were pleased with the
positive reaction they've heard and it
made them feel extending the mora-
torium would be a good idea.
"I think about (impact fees) a lot
and there's a lot to deal with and look
at what local government can do. I
feel like gilming ou' t of this barrier, but
I want to send the message that Polk
County is open for business and ready
for job growth," Commissioner Rick
Dantzler said.
Commissioner Bob English, always
a supporter of impact fees, felt now
was not the time to lift the morato-
rium, but added when it becomes
time to reinstate impact fees, commis-
sioners should consider carefully how
much to charge to pay for what may
be needed.
"We have put thousands to work
in road projects and various projects
around the county. I'm hoping as the
economy improves, the county will
look at increasing the impact fees,"
he said. "But now is not the time to
increase impact fees. We have to make
ourselves attractive to businesses.
As much as I like impact fees and as
much as we need them, I think we did
well with the impact fees and I will
vote in favor of extending them."

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Even the youngsters found things
of interest at Saturday's Frostproof
market event held at the historic
depot. Organizers are hoping that
the new event will grow over time
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May 23, 2012

Alico report shows rising financial picture

Company officials at Alico, a major
landholder in and around the Frostproof
area, reported a more robust financial
picture last week.
For the second quarter of fiscal year
2012, total operating revenue was
$54.1 million as compared to $36.5 million
for the second quarter of fiscal year 2011,
an increase of 48.2 percent. Agricultural
revenue was $53.4 million in the second
quarter of fiscal 2012 as compared to
$35.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal
2011, an increase of 49.6 percent.
JD Alexander, Alico's president and chief
executive officer, indicated that much of
the positive news came out of the firm's
citrus division.
"Our second quarter results from citrus
operations were exceptional. We finished
harvesting our early and mid-season crop
in the second quarter and have substan-
tially completed the harvest of ourValencia
crop," Alexander said. "We anticipate the
overall citrus crop production of all variet-
ies for the 2012 fiscal year to be approxi-
mately 13 percent greater than the prior
year. In comparison, the U.S. Department
of Agriculture is forecasting the State of
Florida citrus production to increase by
approximately 3.3 percent over the prior

year harvest season. We are particularly
proud of the efforts of our citrus opera-
tions management and employees as this
is the second consecutive year they have
significantly outperformed the statewide
increases in production."
He said despite a downturn recently in
citrus futures, Alico is well positioned to
weather that drop.
"Over recent weeks, there has been a
significant decline in the citrus and sugar
commodity prices. These short term com-
modity price fluctuations underscore the
importance of our preference for multi-
year delivery contracts," Alexander added.
"These contracts are with financially strong
organizations that have downside price
protections that mitigate the impact of
short term commodity fluctuations in our
revenue streams. Because of these multi-
year contracts and our improved produc-
tion results, we continue to be confident
about our future outlook."
Historically, the company's agricultural
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with the second and third quarters gener-
ally producing the majority of its annual
revenues and the first and fourth quarters
producing less revenue.
Second quarter fiscal year 2012

agricultural revenue included
$45.4 million in citrus revenues
compared to $31.6 million in the same
period of fiscal year 2011; the increase of
$13.8 million or 43.7 percent was primar-
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from increases in production of citrus, an
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than the previous fiscal year, increases in
harvest and haul revenues and, to a lesser
extent, favorable pricing, officials added.
Sugarcane revenue was $7.6 million for
the second quarter of fiscal year 2012 as
compared to $3.7 million during the same
period of fiscal year 2011, an increase of
$3.9 million or 105.4 percent, primarily due
to 4,000 additional acres harvested in fiscal
year 2012 and favorable pricing.
Total operating expenses for the
second quarter of fiscal year 2012 were
$39.9 million compared to $28.4 million
for the second quarter of fiscal year 2011.
Operating expenses increased as a result
of increases in the purchases of citrus fruit,
harvesting costs of our sugarcane due to
the additional acres planted in 2011 and
an earlier start to the Valencia harvest
season than the previous fiscal year, the
company's report noted. Gross profit for
the second quarter of fiscal year 2012 was

$14.3 million compared to $8.1 million for
the second quarter of fiscal year 2011, an
increase of 76.5 percent'
Net income applicable to common stock
for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 was
$7.4 million, or $1.01 per share, compared
to net income of $2.7 million, .or 37 cents
per share, in the second quarter of fiscal
On Feb. 17 the Board of Directors of
Alico declared a cash dividend of 4 cents
per share on its outstanding common
stock, which was paid on April 16, to
shareholders of record as of March 30.
Net income for the six months ended
March 31 was $9.3 million, or $1.27 per
share, compared to $2.6 million, or
36 cents per share, for the same period of
fiscal 2011, an increase of 257.7 percent.
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This is part 3 ofa three-part series about
the history ofIrwin Arthur Yamell, his con-
tribution to Lake Wales, and later the home
he built for his wife, La Casa de osefina in
Highland Park History for this article was
provided by Highland Park Deputy Clerk
Blair Updike, in addition to interviews con-
ducted by The Lake Wales News with Vicki
Flint, the woman who is now co-owner of
La Casa with her brother, Larry Louwsma,
during a tour of the exquisite castle.

The community read the news of his
death. At age 61, in 1936, Irwin Yamell
suffered a heart attack.
According to history records provided by
Highland Park Deputy Clerk Blair Updike,
newspapers noted Yamell was, "Aloyal
friend of LakeWales and of the Ridge, one
who has done as much or more to build it
up and make its advantages known to the
world as perhaps any other man had done.
He wrote his name large on the history of
Josephine kept her beloved Casa by care-
fully handling her estate, Updike noted,
"gradually selling their tens of thousands of
acres of prime land and mineral rights."
She sought to continue the Yamell's
legacy of caring for the needy when she
could, sometimes allowing families stay in
her properties without paying rent because
they could not afford to do so.
History also notes that "more than once"
she paid for young women to travel to
another state "to hide their pregnancies."
Josephine then married Clarence Tibado
in 1954, a 33-year-old artist.
"It was a practical marriage for shared
companionship and their interest in the
arts. Tibado helped manage the house,
which they opened as a museum,"
Highland Park records note.
Josephine's life was centered around her
home, her children and grandchildren, and
her love for horticulture.
She was also president of the Lake Wales
Women's Club for more than 20 years,
Updike notes.
In 1967, at age 82, Josephine passed
away of natural causes and was laid to
rest in the LakeWales Cemetery with her
husband and children.
During the 1960s and 1970s, La Casa
remained largely vacant, according to La
Casa's present owner, Vicki Flint, who with
her brother Larry Louwsma, inherited the
house from their parents, Lou and Jean
There were a handful of owners who
passed it from one person to the next
before the Louwsma couple bought it in
The Spanish-Moroccan castle sports
a spacious 27 rooms, with various wings

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home were wide open and the house was
considered a "hippy-pad."
At one time it also served as a nursing
home, she said.
Flint's mother, Jean Louwsma, had a
love for antiques, and after cleaning and
restoring the home, filled the mansion
with numerous items. Eighteen loads of
antiques were removed after her death,
notes Flint.
The garden had overgrown the house,
so that was one of the first things she took
care of- paying someone to mow the
grass and get the flowers in shape.
Flint and her brother started a remodel
after their mother's death, and said there is
no asbestos in the building, and everything
inside has been updated.
Smiling as she looked up at the "La Casa
de Josefina" glass window at the top of the
vaulted parlor, she said her mother used to
believe the house was "haunted."
"Those ghosts really weren't living," she
says as she laughs.
And she, for the record, doesn't believe in
those haunts.
She credits her father's disappearing
house shoes to the housekeeper moving
things about.
Flint says that remodeling the home af-
ter her mother's death helped her and her
brother cope with her loss, she believes.
Both of their parents passed away there,
she notes. The Yamells had lost numerous
children in the home as well.
But Flint says they had many fond
memories there, the most recent of which
was when the county clerks held their
annual meeting in one of the castle's wings.
With their parents gone, Flint and her
brother are now ready to move on La
Casa de Josefina is up for sale.
The mansion sits majestically at the
entrance to the Highland Park community.
Records note "Its placement was certainly
part ofYamell's promotional strategy for
the development" An entrance hall with
a vaulted ceiling opens into a great room
with a large fireplace.
A Spanish yogi named Mr. DeSoto
designed the house in an E-shape, which
features a beautiful garden and a fountain
in one courtyard. The mansion also has a
swimming pool, added by a later owner, in
a "what had been a courtyard for children's
play," and thus is so designed.
"The rooms all open onto a breezeway
around the courtyard, inviting breezes
cooled by the fountain into the home dur-
ing the warm months," notes Updike.
And there is something else unusual
about the home. It is built with steel frame,
a quite modem touch for the 1920s.
Wrought iron gates and light fixtures,
as well as coquina stone moldings crown
various vistas around the home.
At Yamell's direction, one coquina
stone was to be carved like a heart and

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One can almost picture a princess living here, and perhaps that is what Irwin Yarnell had in mind
when he built this love gift for his wife, Josephine, in Highland Park. Many famous people have
been entertained there, according to historical accounts.

placed in a wall.
The fireplace was lifted in its entirety
from the ruins of a Spanish castle, notes
La Casa's tower is a replica of one seen by
the Yamells in their Mediterranean travels.
Handmade Spanish tiles adorn the roof.
History notes the Yarells furnished the
home with antiques collected on their
European travels, some of which are said to
date back to Pompeii and the Catacombs.
"There was a vast collection of Persian
rugs and a chandelier from a Turkish
harem," records note, "and rare, hand-
made Italian laces graced the tables and

Updike notes that no matter where you
stand in the mansion, there is an exquisite
view of the outdoors, but then, that of
course, was part ofYaell's plan.
Highland Park records note "The home
looked out on the deer park that Yamell
had preserved around Lake Amoret. The
tropical garden incorporated many varieties
of palms, rare trees, flowering plants, cacti,
and exotic foliage, as well as native long
leaf pines. At the time the Yarnells had the
largest collection of palms in the country.
Bird perches were installed throughout the
grounds and played host to tropical parrots
as well as native birds, which Mrs. Yamell

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Money woes complicate

summer schools

Polk County third graders who are
struggling with reading may be headed to
a summer reading camp this year while
middle and high schoolers with academic
problems will be going to summer school,
according to Polk County Senior Director
of K-12 Curriculum Paula Leftwich.
Only third graders with reading prob-
lems will head to "reading camps" to boost
their reading and comprehension skills
to meet Florida Competency Assessment
Test grade levels, Leftwich said. Other
grades will be left to their own or their
parents' devices, because, according to
Leftwich, "there's not enough funding for
Students and their parents will be noti-
fied if they need the extra schooling after
the recent state assessment test results are
evaluated and returned to the schools.
"We'll give these students the opportu-
nity to gain grade-level proficiency so they
can be reconsidered for promotion," she
explained. Leftwich said she expects some
1,600 elementary students to attend the
reading camps at 16 county schools.
For older students, only those in need
of 'credit recovery' will be enrolled in
summer classes, the curriculum coordi-
nator explained.
"We have nothing for the general stu-
dent population," she said, "Our efforts
will concentrate on students with specific
identified academic needs."
Those primarily will be for students
who failed to obtain the required credits
for graduation or promotion in English,
math, social studies or science, she

"We haven't had the funding for a
number of years for a traditional summer
school," she said, "and because of fund-
ing limitations, we have had to limit what
we can provide."
Leftwich didn't have a number for high
or middle schoolers who would require
remedial instruction, but said "it's a
relatively small number."
Leftwich also didn't have a handle on
exactly how many teachers would staff
the summer classes.
"We're still determining what our needs
will be. It depends on how many students
are identified after the FCAT results are
in," she said.
She explained that most of the summer
classes involve both computer-based
studies and teacher-led instruction.
"We're working with the virtual educa-
tion department to develop a curriculum
that combines the use of computers
bolstered by classroom teachers.
Polk County charter schools may be
holding summer school classes, but
parents and students were directed to
their individual administrations for that
While other electives aren't offered at
summer school, Leftwich said, however,
driver education remains on the sum-
mer class schedule at most secondary
schools. Local school administration
should be contacted for additional
information on those classes.
In some cases, Leftwich added, local
schools are working with area colleges
and universities to provide some sum-
mer classes for advanced students. She
said those were primarily in the science,
technology, engineering and mathematics
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The Bulldogs will have their annual Red and White intrasquad scrimmage Friday at 7 p.m.
at Faris Brannen Stadium, and then will be playing in a jamboree next Thursday in Winter
Haven where they will meet the Blue Devils in two quarters of play, and then face Tenoroc
for a half. That starts at 7 p.m. as well.

May 23, 2012

Page 16A Frostproof s


Drug court graduates turn lives around

Friday, May 18, was a day to celebrate.
Friday marked the finish to an 18-month
program that educated participants about
the pitfalls of addiction. By successfully
completing the course, graduates of Polk
County's 13th Annual Drug Court class not
only turned their lives around hopefully
forever but also kept them from going
to jail.
It was not an easy accomplishment,
acknowledged Judge John K Stargell, Tenth
Judicial Circuit, who presides over the
program. In his address to the graduates at
the ceremony held in the Oliver L. Green
Jr. courtroom, located in the Polk County
Courthouse in Bartow, one of the first
criteria was finding the people who wanted
This was preferable to what Stargell
termed "warehousing" offenders. On top
of that, was the need, he said, to motivate
participants to succeed.
"We needed to find how to reward
people when they do the right things," he
said. Upon graduation, he announced, one
of the participants would have her proba-
tion terminated. Then, added Stargell,
another graduate, this one someone with
a violent background would also have her
probation terminated upon graduation.
Of the latter, Stargell said she had been
through some difficult times, having lost
her husband within the past year.
Stargell, and those who followed, were
magnanimous in their congratulations, yet
they tempered their congratulations in a
mix of admonitions and encouragements.
"Surround yourself with the right
people," said the Judge RobertWilliams.
"Continue to make the right decisions."
For Karolyn Nunnallee, who heads

I.D.EA Polk County (Impaired Drug
Education and Awareness), May 18 was a
day of mixed emotions.
"This is not easy for me," she said.
"Monday marked the 24th year my daugh-
ter, Patty, died. Monday, May 14,1988." A
silence fell upon those present when they
heard those words. For her part, Nunnallee
never lost her composure despite the
However, she told graduates, their
"work" was just getting started. If they
thought getting through drug court was
tough, the would soon discover that the
day after graduation will be their toughest,
followed by the day after that, and the day
after that, and so on.
Graduates, she said, now had the ability
to decide what direction they wished to
take their lives.
"I think destiny is a choice made by
you. Destiny is not handed you on a silver
platter," she said. "You have to work hard
for what you want in life."
It would not be an easy or simple task.
"Life is like a ladder, and you must climb
it one step at a time," Nunnallee said. "I
have faith you're going to make the right
Before she concluded, Nunnallee told
the story of what happened. Her daugh-
ter was a 10-year-old student and was
traveling on a bus north of Louisville, Ky.,
when it was struck by a driver who was
intoxicated. In addition to being drunk
he was also a repeat offender. Nunnallee
said she could have chosen to forever hate
the man who took her daughter's life; she
instead chose to forgive. Once she put
aside her anger and her grief, she made
great accomplishments.
"Never think you can't do some-
thing. You can, if you put your mind to
it," she said. "Your future should not

be left to chance."
Living proof of that was Ken Berman,
who graduated years earlier from Drug
"Last month I celebrated seven years
clean," he announced. "Those seven years
I've observed a lot ofjoys, a lot of sorrows.
I've experienced those sober."
It has not always been easy Recently, his
10-year-old son was discovered to have a
tumor. Fortunately, it was caught in time
when it was still benign. Berman left no
doubt that he could have used his son's
condition as an excuse.
There was, he later stated, another
benefit to being "clean." He spoke of the
freedom he enjoys when he spots a police
car in his rearview mirror. There is a free-
dom, he said, knowing there is no "secret"
life anymore.
Some of the graduates, he said, might
already be thinking they are going to once
again return to the previous ways. Don't, he
"I challenge you not to get high tonight,"

: The Honorable John K.
Stargell, Drug Court Judge,
Tenth Judicial Circuit, speaks
About some of the changes
Drug Court underwent the

said Berman. "It takes a lot of courage.
It takes a lot. It's what separated the
men from the boys, the adults from the
Again, making a choice was hammered
at, this time by Drug Court Manager Richard
Rhodes. He called the 13th Drug Court
graduation the biggest class ever. He spoke
of there being a fork in the road, that they
could choose the path that brought them to
court in the first place, or the other path.
He spoke of their conditions. It was nei-
ther a matter of will power nor weakness,
nor whether they were good or bad.
'Addiction is a disease. We don't cure. We
don't heal," declared Rhodes. "What we do
is teach people like you how to live with a
potential fatal disease."
He closed telling graduates they have
been given "tools" that should be used.
"Choose either to leave the tools alone,
nice and shiny," he said. "Or you can use
them. They're going to get nicked, they're
going to get dirty. But they're going to get

Frustration mounts over FCAT changes


The changes in the scoring methods
of the FCAT tests this year have school
officials across the state, as well as those
in Polk County, frustrated and have left
parents wondering if their students
know less than they previously thought
they knew.
Scores released recently by the
Department of Education show that in
Grade 4 students who earned a 4.0 went
down in the last year from 81 percent to
27 percent, in Grade 8 from 82 percent
to 33 percent and in Grade 10 from 80
to 38 percent.
In Polk County the administration
expected an outcry and confusion
and Superintendent Sherrie Nickell
sent a letter to parents and frequently
asked questions and answers. Among
the questions is what the changes
"The FCAT 2.0 measures the Next
Generation Sunshine State Standards
and replaces the Sunshine State
Standards. The FCAT 2.0 has more rigor-
ous expectations. Students will have
to read longer passages, think more
deeply, answer harder questions, and
solve harder problems," part of the Q&A
The changes included that two scor-
ers evaluated each test, something the
state had eliminated as a cost-saving
measure and that scoring was more
stringent on basics of standard English
such as punctuation and grammar.
In addition, more attention was paid

to the quality of details, word choice,
specificity, relevance and thoroughness
and how often a student misspelled
commonly used words had more
impact than if a student took a risk by
misspelling a word not commonly used
at their grade level.
And part of the problem and
at the stem of the frustration felt at
the schools was teachers were not
trained or knew what the updated test
would encompass. Last week the state
reacted by changing what a passing
grade would be after the results were
"The interpretation of the rubric
was different than in the past on what
they didn't emphasize this year," Wilma
Ferrer, the Assessment, Accountability,
and Evaluation Department in
Polk County said. "This is why the
Department of Education never gave
the training to the teacher so they
would have a better understanding
of how the papers were going to be
She said more dialog is needed and
the state seems to have changed the
standards without going through the
process properly.
"There is a tremendous need for more
dialog so this doesn't continue to hap-
pen. It can't continue to happen," she
said. "All these changes in the school
grading is going to happen again in two
year all over again when we go into the
Common Core."
She said what's happening is akin to
building the bicycle as you ride it.
The Superintendent of the Lake Wales

Charter School District Jesse Jackson
said it was hard to comment on the
situation but this year's results were
"It creates a bleak forecast if the
writing set the curve for school grades,"
he said.
The outcry made state DOE chief
Gerard Robinson hold a press confer-
ence Friday, three days after a press
conference where the DOE lowered
the passing score. Last Tuesday, they
proposed reducing the FCAT writing
passing score from 4.0 to 3.5. Under
that standard, 48 percent of fourth-
graders would have passed the test with
a 3.5 or better, along with 52 percent
of eighth-graders and 60 percent of
On Friday, Robinson and others with
the DOE went on the defensive with'
what has happened so far.
After telling about the results of the
testing, Robinson seemed to act as if
the results were OK, but when asked if
half of the ninth and 10th graders failed
reading does it seem the results were
satisfactory? He didn't directly answer
"We were clear there was going to be
downtrend," he said. "When you look at
last year for 3 and above was 49 percent.
In grade 10, 39 percent was 3 and above.
This year it was 50 percent. While we
want that number to be higher it was
higher than last year.
During the one-hour press confer-
ence both he and Jane Fletcher at the
DOE said the test was a valid test and
added new areas on the state's website

The state Department of Education has launched a
campaign to give parents more information about
the new, tougher version of the Florida Comprehen-
sive Assessment Test on Monday, six days after the
State Board of Education passed an emergency rule
lowering scores on the FCAT 2.0 writing exam.
The rule allowed about 80 percent of students to
pass the same as last year. Otherwise, only
about a third of students would have passed.
One part of the campaign is a call center where
parents can get questions answered from 7 a.m.
to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. The toll-free
number is 866-507-1109. There's also a website with
information at http://www.floridapathtosuccess.
org/ and a public forum at http://parents.fldoe.org/
would be open for parents to send their
concerns and comments.
"On Monday we're also going to have
a special website that lays out the FCAT
reading scores," he said. "We'll have
a parent portal and we are going to
make sure we're doing a better job with
He also said there will be an email set
up where parents can send comments.
These changes may help, but locally,
the fight will have to continue, Ferrer
said, and it seems like it has been hap-
pening already. Lawmakers have voiced
objections, teacher union representa-
tives have voiced objections and have
threatened legal action and parents
have been showing frustration.
"(So far, I'm) extremely frustrated,"
Ferrer said. "You can fight city hall, I just
don't know who is going to do it."

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organization. The event draw several thousand -
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and featured Lance Armstrong, who would go on to .
win the triathalon. Crowds were estimated between
8-10,000, and the event was projected to bring in .
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Arcadia boy still critical after wreck

The Polk County Sheriff's Office
reported as of Monday morning that
12-year-old Tyler Morr of Arcadia
remained in critical condition at All
Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg fol-
lowing a wreck at Auburndale Speedway
in Winter Haven.
According to the PCSO report, Morr had
been competing in a "Kids Club" race at
the speedway around 7:45 p.m. Saturday.
He was driving a black stock car, appar-
ently the same car in which he is pictured
in his Facebook profile photo. These races
are regularly scheduled events for youth
between the ages of 10 and 16. They are
legal because they do.not involve children
driving on public highways.

During the race, authorities said,
Morr was on the outside of the sec-
ond turn at the southwest corner of
the track. His was one of five cars in
an eight-lap race. Another stock car,
driven by 12-year-old Justin Cribbs of
Lakeland, was passing on the inside and
to the left of Morr's vehicle.
As Morr passed Cribbs, he moved
toward the inside of the track and
into Cribbs' vehicle. Morr apparently
lost control of his car, which traveled
straight into the concrete wall sur-
rounding the outside of the track.
Track rescue and medical staff respond-
ed immediately. Morr was first airlifted
to Lakeland Regional Medical Center
with life-threatening injuries, said PCSO's
report. Once he was stabilized, he was

then flown to All Children's Hospital in St.
Petersburg, where he remained in critical
condition as of Monday morning.
Both Morr and Cribbs were harnessed
and wearing helmets. The cars are
reinforced inside, a common practice
with standard race cars. Both vehicles are
modified for racetrack use and are not
registered. According to PCSO, the vehicles
involved in the crash were estimated to be
moving no faster than 40 to 45 m.p.h.
According to the Auburndate
Speedway website, Justin placed
second and Tyler third during a May
5 Kids Club race. Kids Club races are
scheduled to take place there again
June 2, 16 and 23.
PCSO said the investigation is

On display
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Polk County Utilities' 2012 Water Conservation
Art Contest entries are available for viewing
this week. All 204 submitted pieces of artwork
are on display in the lobby of the Board of
County Commissioners Neil Combee Adminis-
tration Building, 330 W. Church St., Bartow. .

The following places are closed for the
Memorial Day holiday:
The Polk County Courthouse:
Monday, May 28.
The Polk County Public Schools: Monday,
May 28.
The Lake Wales Charter School District:
Monday, May 28.
Neil Combee Administration Building:
Monday, May 28.
The city of Lake Wales: Monday, May 28.
The city of Bartow, library and Parks and
Recreation: Monday, May 28.
The city of Fort Meade, library: Monday,
May 28.
Frostproof City Hall and library: Monday,
May 28.
For garbage collection in Bartow: No
garbage pickup on Monday, May 28. Those
who have their garbage picked up on Monday
will have their garbage collected on Tuesday.
Those with Tuesday pickup will have their
garbage collected on Wednesday. Thursday
and Friday pickup will be normal.
Waste Resource Management Division
closed Monday, May 28, 2012, the North
Central Landfill will be closed and there will
be no residential collection service. All collec-
tion services for the week of May 28th will be
picked up one day later.
Business and editorial offices are closed
Monday, May 28 for the Polk County Demo-
crat, Lake Wales News, Frostproof News, Fort
Meade Herald and Your Haines City Herald:
Monday, Jan. 2.
Most banks will be closed on Monday,
Dec. 26 and Monday, Jan. 2. However, people
should call their banks and branches.
The U.S. Post Office: Monday, Jan. 2.

Going for the record
Four hundred is the record for the
most number of beach balls thrown
simultaneously and on Thursday,
May 24, there will be an attempt to
break that record.
Four hundred is the number in the
Guiness Book of World Records and
at an event at Legoland, Florida, pass
members will try to break the record.
The event is scheduled at 9 a.m.

PSC professors to
lead Europe trip
Students and members of the com-
munity are invited to accompany Polk
State College professors on a 10-day trip to
Germany, Italy and Switzerland.
The trip is planned for May 9-18, 2013.
Participants will have a full itinerary
including tours of Munich, Venice and
Lucerne, and a visit to the Swiss Alps.

Polk State College Professors Rosalinda
Rivera Collins and Penny Morris lead the
"Our trip will be the experience of a
lifetime," Collins said.
The cost $3,203 for students and $3,443
for adults who are 30 or older at the time
of the trip. The price includes departure
fees; airfare; hotels; a full-time multilingual
tour guide; specialized city tour guides; a
private, air-conditioned motor coach;.two
meals per day; all-inclusive insurance; and
all planned tours and attractions included
in the itinerary.
The cost to enroll and lock in fees is $95.
Monthly payment plans are available.
The College's International Circle and
Phi Theta Kappa organizations will present
an orientation session about the trip on
Thursday, May 31, from 2-3 p.m. in LLC
2205 on the Lakeland campus.
For information, visit www.eftours.com
and enter Tour No. 1235144, or contact
Collins at rcollins@polk.edu or 863-669-
2857 or Morris at pmorris@polk.edu or


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Most common cancer in US is skin

Doctors say it is one of the most preventable, too

WASHINGTON -- As summer quickly
approaches, the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency joined the National
Council on Skin Cancer Prevention,
Food and Drug Administration and
National Park Service to emphasize the
dangers of skin cancer and has pro-
vided simple steps Americans can take
to protect themselves.
The National Council on Skin Cancer
Prevention designated the Friday
before Memorial Day "Don't Fry Day"
as a way to highlight sun safety.
"Skin cancer prevention and sun
safety are important issues for EPA
- our primary mission is to protect
people's health and the environment,"
said Gina McCarthy, assistant ad-
ministrator for EPA's Office of Air and
Radiation. "While the agency has made
steady progress protecting the Earth's
ozone layer, the SunWise program and
Don't Fry Day help teach children and
families simple steps to stay safe in
the sun and protect themselves from
harmful UV rays."
"The risk of skin cancer is very real.
It's therefore important that consumers
prevent sunburn and protect them-
selves from the risk of skin cancer and
early skin aging throughout the year,"
said FDA Commissioner Margaret
Hamburg, M.D. "The FDA strongly
recommends that consumers regularly
use a Broad Spectrum sunscreen with
an SPF value of 15 or higher in combi-
nation with other protective measures

to more effectively protect themselves
and their families whenever they are in
the sun."
"Whether you hike or stroll, paddle a
canoe or kayak or just sit in a mountain
meadow watching the clouds go by,
remember to put on your hat, apply
sunscreen and have plenty of water
to drink," said National Park Service
Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "These sun
safety tips will protect your skin and I
think guarantee that we'll see you often
in your national parks."
Skin cancer is the most common
form of cancer in the U.S. and the most
common cancer among 20 to 30 year-
olds. It's estimated that one American
dies every hour from melanoma,
the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Approximately 76,000 new cases of
melanoma will occur this year.
To help protect people's health, EPA's
SunWise program, one of the nation's
largest environmental and health
education programs, encourages kids
and their caregivers to practice safe
sun habits and raises awareness about
UV sunlight that penetrates the Earth's
ozone layer.
Here are some tips to help Americans
continue to exercise, get outside and be
SunWise this Memorial Day weekend
and throughout the summer:
Check the UV Index app: Check the
ultraviolet index anytime by download-
ing EPA's app (epa.gov/enviro/mobile)
to help plan outdoor activities in ways

artificial light sources such as tanning
ibed) cn ld to skin c er.

loin: Appy a pa-l of sn-

scthat preen with SPF 15 or higher the sun.

vides broad-spectru am protection from
UV rays from the sun (and from
artificial light sources such as tanning
beds) can lead to skin cancer.
Apply sunscreen and wear protective
clothing: Apply a palm-full of sun-
screen with SPF 15 or higher that pro-
vides broad-spectrum protection from
both ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B
rays to exposed skin about 15 minutes
before heading outdoors. Reapply every

More on SunWise: http://www.epa.gov/sunwise
More on FDA sun safety: http://www.fda.gov/
More on NPS Healthy Parks Healthy People:
More on CDC skin cancer prevention efforts:
The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention
social media opportunities: http://twibbon.com/

two hours. Wearing protective clothing,
a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses
also prevents sun damage.
Seek shade, not sun: The sun's UV
rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and
4 p.m., so seek shade during this time.
Although less common in individuals
with darker complexions, skin cancer
does not discriminate and is more
often fatal for individuals with darker
skin. Overexposure to the sun also
causes immune suppression and up
to 90 percent of wrinkles, brown spots,
leathering of the skin and sagging.
EPA's SunWise program offers fact-
sheets online that have state-specific
information (epa.gov/sunwise/
statefacts.html). According to the
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, the states with the high-
est melanoma death rates include
Nebraska, Vermont, Colorado, Kentucky,
West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Idaho.

Living Well initiatives helps employees reach goals

While the Gallup-Healthways Well-
Being Index ranked Lakeland and
Winter Haven among its 10 most obese
areas in the United States, Lakeland
Regional's employees are fighting that
statistic as they embrace the hospital's
abundance of personal health-focused
"Living Well: Lakeland Regional's
Culture of Health" is promoted within
as employees are invited to take advan-
tage of monthly classes focusing on nu-
trition, hypertension, diabetes, smoking
cessation, vaccinations and more. It
also includes an ongoing exercise series
and health screenings.
These initiatives, plus many more,
help support the hospital's strategic
effort to make the health and wellness
of their workforce a priority.
Because the Living Well initiatives
began last fall, many Lakeland Regional
employees, including Angela Fessia and
Chastity Jackson, are saying their lives
have changed for the better.

Angela Fessia
On Jan. 23, Angela Fessia, document

design coordinator in Lakeland
Regional's Strategic Performance and
Quality Department, decided she was
ready to change her life for the better.
She'd just turned 50 the week before
and knew she had to start making
healthier choices if she was going to live
the long and happy life she wanted for
herself, her children and family.
"I was in the morbidly obese category
of my BMI, had high blood pressure and
was on medication. I feared diabetes
was just around the corner if I contin-
ued to live life blindly," said Angela.
That was three months ago.
Since, Fessia has taken advantage
of Lakeland Regional's Living Well
offerings, participating in its many
educational classes and even taking up
Zumba a high-energy cardiovascular
work-out routine several times a week.
She also walked 271,000 steps for
the "Increase your Steps" contest and
participated in the "Walk to the Moon"
As a result of these programs and her
hard work, Angela recently celebrated
losing 25 pounds and was able to

reduce her-blood pressure medicine.
"All of this stemmed from the start of
the Living Well Program. It has literally
been a lifesaver for me, and I appreciate
it more than I can express," said Fessia.

Chastity Jackson
Chastity Jackson, a financial coun-
selor at Lakeland Regional's Outpatient
Rehabilitation Services, says her wake
up call came last October when she
was feeling low on energy.
"I had gained a lot of weight and I
was dealing with high blood pressure,"
said Jackson. "That's when I began
exercising and eating right. I started
walking during my lunch breaks and I
fell in love with Zumba."
Jackson said the day she received an
email saying Lakeland Regional would
be offering Zumba as one of the Living
Well initiatives, she couldn't contain
her excitement.
"I liked the fact that it was payroll
deducted and at a reduced rate com-
pared to other classes in the area. Plus,
it was a Gold's Gym instructor, which
really excited me."

As a result of Jackson's changes, she
has lost 35 pounds and says she feels
better than ever.
"I even went to the doctor recently
and she was very impressed with my
weight loss. The medication I am tak-
ing for hypertension was reduced by
half and my doctor says if I continue
on this path, she will continue to
reduce it."
In addition to feeling great, Jackson
likes the other side effect of her new
health regime looking great.
"Recently, a patient, who I have not
seen in over a year, came up to me to
say he almost didn't recognize me. That
made me feel so great inside," said
She says she is looking forward to
taking advantage of the other programs
offered through Living Well initiative
and says she wants to encourage oth-
ers to do the same.
"You have to make the decision to
change. You have to motivate yourself,"
she said. "Take advantage of the Living
Well series because it is a great, great

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Lightheadedness means different things to different people

69-year-old woman and hope you have
an answer for me. My doctor checked
me for vertigo and then gave me a
prescription of meclizine (Antivert). It
didn't help me. I am on no medicines
and have no other medical problems.
My problem is lightheadedness.
Once, I fell when I bent over to pick up
branches from the yard. At other times,
my face gets red when I am lighthead-
ed, my eyes hurt and I sweat from my
feet to my head. I have to lie down and
drink a regular Pepsi. Can you help me
on this? EB.
ANSWER: "Lightheadedness" is a
word that people use for so many dif-
ferent things that it's hard to pin down
its meaning in a particular instance.
For some, it's dizziness or vertigo.
That's not the case with you. You seem
to describe a feeling of being on the
verge of fainting. Sweating is common
in that situation. Lying down restores
your clear thinking and brings you back
to a functional state.
One possible explanation is the
diagnosis of pre-syncope, the state of
the brain right before a faint. A faint
occurs when blood pressure drops. The
person feels like things are swimming
around. Not only does blood pressure
drop, but the heart beats slowly. That's



Dr. Paul

a double whammy circulation to
the brain is insufficient to maintain
an upright position. Sweat breaks out,
and the person falls to the ground. In
the horizontal position, blood is able to
circulate again, the brain is nourished
and the spell is over quickly. I think if
you didn't lie down, this is what would
happen to you.
I'm not sure if this is what you have,
but your symptoms suggest it. I can't
figure out the eye pain. It's not part of
a faint.
You would like a remedy. I would like
to give you one; I can't. A number of im-
portant conditions have to be checked
out first. One is heartbeat irregularity.
Such irregularities can cause a drop
in circulation and can lead to your

symptoms. Another is a drop in blood
sugar. That might explain why a Pepsi
revives you. You must see a doctor to get
to the bottom of all this. There's no other
way to solve this puzzle.
People who have attacks of vertigo
(dizziness) will benefit from the booklet
on that topic. Readers can obtain a
copy by writing: Dr. Donohue No.
801, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-
6475. Enclose a check or money order
(no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Can. with
the recipient's printed name and
address. Please allow four weeks for
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Is there such
a thing as cancer of the heart? I've
never heard of anyone having it or
dying from it. H.K.
ANSWER: The heart can develop
tumors, but the five most common
heart tumors are benign growths, not
cancer. Even those kinds of tumors are
not often encountered.
Cancers of the lung, breast, liver
and thyroid gland can spread to the
heart. That spread is called metastasis.
Melanoma, the most deadly kind of
skin cancer, also can find its way to the
heart. Again, these metastatic cancers
are not everyday occurrences.
Only exceptionally rare cases of
actual cancer ever arise directly from

the heart.
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 55 years
old and still have periods. I also am
still very sexually active. My husband
and I wonder if the two have anything
to do with each other.
Would my still being involved with
sex have anything to do with the con-
tinuation of menstrual periods? C.L
ANSWER: Still having periods
indicates that you are still producing
estrogen. Estrogen does promote a
continued interest in sex. However,
many, many women who have
stopped having periods continue to
be sexually active into very advanced
ages. Having an interest in sex doesn't
promote menstrual periods. Having
menstrual periods, along with a
production of estrogen, can have some
influence on sexual desire, but they
certainly are not the only things that
promote libido.

Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable
to answer individual letters, but he will
incorporate them in his column when-
ever possible. Readers may write him
or request an order form of available
health newsletters at PO. Box 536475,
Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Readers may
also order health newsletters from

Wired to work or not

You know that guy at work; the one
who comes in early, leaves late and
never eats lunch because he is just
so driven? Well, maybe he can't help
himself, likewise for your colleague
who hardly works at all.
Researchers at Vanderbilt University
say that when it comes to how hard
somebody works to earn a living
(or not), the difference may be at
least in part a matter of brain
chemistry. Writing in the Journal of
Neurosciences, Vanderbilt scientists
used imaging technologies to deter-
mine that an individual's willingness
to work hard to earn money is strongly
influenced by the chemistry in three
specific areas of the brain.
Hard-charging, go-getters, they say,
had high levels of dopamine, a neu-
rotransmitter known to play a role in
reward and motivation, in the striatum
and ventromedial prefrontal cortex
portions of the brain. Conversely,
slackers had high dopamine levels in
the anterior insula, a part of the brain
associated with emotion and risk
The fact that dopamine appears to
produce opposing effects in different

Hernandez named
employee of the month

Registrar II in
Registration, was
named Employee
of the Month for
March at Lake
Wales Medical 4.-
Sindy is one of
the smiling faces
who first greet
patients when Sindy Hernandez
they come to
the hospital, the
hospital said. She
has been with LWMC since June 2009.
In nominating her, a coworker wrote,
"Sindy is an outstanding employee.
She has taken on additional duties and
completes tasks without hesitation. She
keeps a smile on her face and shows
passion with each patient. Sindy is a
great asset."

Scott LaFee

parts of the brain complicates things,
but the scientists say it might eventual-
ly help them improve or tease out new
treatments for neurological conditions
characterized by decreased motiva-
tion, such as attention-deficit disorder,
depression and schizophrenia.

The average duration of a single blink
of the human eye is 0.3 seconds. The
average person blinks 25 times per
minute, or about 13,140,000 blinks per

When it comes to smoking weed,
New Zealand tops the list, according to
the OECD. Just over 22 percent of the
population reportedly smokes marijua-
na. Australia is second at 17.9 percent,
followed by the United States (12.3
percent), United Kingdom (9 percent),

Pump support for all of us
The Winter Haven Hospital Center
for Diabetes Education has an Insulin
Pump support group meeting on.
Thursday, May 31 from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
at the Winter Haven Hospital wellness
center conference room.
This group meeting is open to any
adult who is using any brand of insulin
pump, as well as anyone who is con-
sidering an insulin pump and would
like to know more about living with a
There is no fee, but registration is
required as space is limited.
To register, call 863-293-1121, ext.
3066 and leave a message with names
and phone number for those to attend.

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One hour of sitting or singing in
church burns 102 calories (based on a
150-pound person) or the equivalent of
0.1 Big Macs.

Domino transplant an organ
transplant in which a donor's heart and
lungs are transplanted into a second
person whose heart, in turn, is trans-
planted into a third person

Kopophobia fear of fatigue.

The Major League Eating speed-eat-
ing record for rice balls is 20 pounds in
30 minutes, held by Takeru Kobayashi.

During a physical exam, a doc-
tor remarked on a new patient's


extraordinarily ruddy complexion. The
patient replied, "High blood pressure,
doc. It comes from my family."
"Your mother's side or your father's,"
asked the doctor.
"Neither," replied the patient. "My

"A doctor's reputation is made by the
number of eminent men who die under
his care."
Irish playwright George Bernard
Shaw (1856-1950)

Robert Williams, a worker at a Ford
Motor Co. plant, became the first
known human to be killed by a robot
when, in 1979, he was struck in the
head by a swinging arm of a one-ton
factory robot.

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The Junior League of Winter Haven
teamed up with a number of Winter
Haven area businesses to create a
Mother/Baby Room for the Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit at Winter Haven
Hospital's Regency Center for Women
& Infants.
Just a few steps away from the high-
tech incubators that hold premature
infants in the first few days of life, the
Mother/Baby Room may be the first
place where a family and their new
baby spend their first quiet moments
alone, away from medical equipment
and personnel, said Susie Hart, RCWI's
executive director.
"Once our NICU babies are strong
enough to leave the incubator, it's
important to have a quiet place where
mom and dad and maybe even older
siblings can spend some time bond-
ing with each other," Hart said. "The
new Mother/Baby room contributed
by the Junior League and their partners
is just beautiful. It's warm and com-
fortable and will make those first few
days for our new families all the more
Jill Bentley, president-elect of the
Junior League of Winter Haven, said
the group volunteered to raise money
and find donations for the project after
several of its members had babies who
received NICU services. Those mem-
bers included herself, Bentley said.
"My son Tripp spent time in the
Regency's NICU and months later,
I heard from several Junior League
members who had babies that needed
the support of the NICU," Bentley
said. "We talked about the experience
and developed the idea of creating
this space and giving it a personal
homey atmosphere. We thought it


Winter Haven Junior League President-elect Jill Bentley, left with Susie Hart, executive director
of Winter Haven Hospital's Regency Center for Women & Infants; Tracy Ayers, NICU unit manager
and Junior League member Hannah Taylor. Bentley holds Olivia Taylor in her lap; Taylor hold Tripp
Bentley, who spent time in the NICU. Also shown is Amelia Taylor. Hannah Taylor was the original
chairperson of the Mother/Baby room project.

would be a great service project for our
The co-chairs of the Junior League
project team were Courtney Marshall
and Hannah Taylor. The interior
design plan was donated by Candace
Holladay, owner of Nettle Creek
Interior Design in Winter Haven.
Marshall, a designer at Nettle Creek
coordinated the project, provided cus-
tom drawings and specifications, and
obtained donations of cabinetry from
S&W Cabinets in Winter Haven and
of granite countertops from Golden
Marble & Granite in Haines City. Some

of the room's furnishings were con-
tributed by Ginny's Creative Designs of
Winter Haven.
"We wanted to make the space
soothing and very calming," Holladay
said. "And so the specified colors
and furnishings gave the room that
calm and therapeutic feeling, almost
Lance Anastasio, president and CEO
of Winter Haven Hospital, said, "This
was no small task since it had to be
coordinated and accomplished while
accommodating the medical needs of
mothers and the infants."

Winter Haven Junior League

establishes mother/baby room

Kids with brain disease improve after gene therapy

Using gene transfer techniques pio-
neered by University of Florida faculty,
STaiwanese doctors have restored some
movement in four children bedridden
with a rare, life-threatening neurologi-
cal disease.
The first-in-humans achievement
may also be helpful for more common
diseases such as Parkinson's that involve
nerve cell damage caused by lack of a
crucial molecule in brain tissue.
The results are reported May.16 in the
journal Science Translational Medicine.
The children in the study, who ranged
in age from 4-6, inherited a rare disease
known as aromatic L-amino acid decar-
boxylase deficiency, or AADC. Patients
with AADC are born without an enzyme
that enables the brain to produce the
neurotransmitter dopamine. They
generally die in early childhood.
In a phase 1 clinical trial led by
Wuh-Liang Hwu, M.D., of the National
STaiwan University Hospital, surgeons
used a delivery vehicle called an
adeno-associated virus type 2 vector to
transport the AADC gene into localized
areas of the brains of three girls and a
Before therapy, the children showed
practically no spontaneous movement
and their upper eyelids continually
drooped. After receiving the corrective
gene, the children gradually gained
some head movement. Sixteen months
afterward, the children's weight had
increased, one patient was able to stand
and the other three were able to sit up
without support.
The study shows gene therapy
that targets AADC deficiency is well-
tolerated and leads to improved motor
development and function, according

to co-authors Barry Byrne, director
of UF's Powell Gene Therapy Center,
and Richard O. Snyder, director of UF's
Center of Excellence for Regenerative
Health Biotechnology. Both are mem-
bers of the UF Genetics Institute.
"The children in this study have the
most severe form of inherited move-
ment disorder known, and the only
treatments so far have been supportive
ones," said Byrne, a pediatric cardi-
ologist and associate chairman of the
department of pediatrics in the College
of Medicine. "It is gratifying to see it is
possible to do something to help them,
other than providing feeding tubes
and keeping them safe. This absolutely
opens the door to the possibility of
even earlier treatment of neurological
diseases by direct gene transfer, and has
implications for Parkinson's disease,
ALS and even cognitive diseases such
as dementia when caused by gene
The Powell Gene Therapy Center
provided expertise to the Taiwanese
physicians on treating the patients and
engineering the corrective gene that
spurs production of the absent AADC
enzyme. UF's Center of Excellence for
Regenerative Health Biotechnology
manufactured the vector, packaging
genetic material it received from Taiwan
into virus particles that were purified,
characterized and tested for sterility
and stability before being shipped to
the clinic for use in patients.
"We are ecstatic that we manu-
factured a product that provided
therapeutic benefit to these patients,"
said Snyder, an associate professor in
UF's department of molecular genetics
and microbiology. "What really makes

it special is there are just a handful of
examples of gene therapy in children
in the world, and these patients all
Doctors injected the AADC vector
into a brain area called the putamen, a
site known for AADC activity and part of
a "loop" of brain connections related to
Postoperative CT and MRI scans of
the patients showed no evidence of
bleeding and all four patients were
discharged within a week. Three to
six months after gene transfer, all the
children had gained weight, including
one patient who doubled her weight

within a year.
Before gene therapy, all patients
showed low raw scores in cognition and
motor development on a scale called
the Comprehensive Developmental
Inventory for Infants and Toddlers.
Afterward, scores in both areas
Parents reported the children also
slept better and had improved eye
coordination, emotional stability and
body temperature stability.
Eight additional children four in
Taiwan and four in the United States -
are expected to receive the experimen-
tal treatment, Byrne said.

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Foot surgery success: Look at little Demi now


she heads home later this month,
Demi Reilly will have spent a total of
more than four months in Palm Beach
County, within a stone's throw of sights
that people travel literally across the
world to see.
But in all that time, she has not
wiggled her toes in the sand, or kicked
merrily in the Atlantic waters, or run
happily into the waiting arms of Mickey
You see, Demi's steps have been
precious. But now, she's going to be able
to do all of the kicking, wiggling and
running she wants.
"She's pretty much a normal toddler,"
says Demi's mother, Sandy, as the smil-
ing, curious 2-year-old plays a happy
game of peek-a-boo behind Sandy's
shoulder. They are standing outside
the Paley Advanced Limb Lengthening
Institute at St. Mary's Medical Center,
which last year became the Australian
family's home away from home.
Inside those doors, Dr. Dror Paley
reconstructed the then-15-month-old
girl's right foot, which from birth was
twisted to the side, had only three toes,
and was missing a bone that's supposed
to form part of her ankle. Doctors at
home had suggested amputation, but
a search by father Simon, a firefighter
in Palm Beach, Australia, found Paley's
institute in a fortuitously named county
a world away.
Soon, surrounded and embraced by
a brotherhood of firefighters in a place
they'd never been, Simon and Sandy
watched and worried as their baby girl
went through surgery and the attach-
ment of a sort of brace called a fixator,
and the sometimes painful physical
therapy necessary to keep her muscles
stretched and to get Demi used to mov-
ing around.
But now, eight months later, the
fixator is gone, replaced with a cast. Her
leg has grown the full 2 inches that the
doctors were looking for, and Paley says
that while she'll need physical therapy,
Demi won't have to come back until
she's about 7.

While the last visit was "pretty daunt-
ing, and she was in a lot of pain," this
one's been more relaxed. "She remem-
bered some of the people. She's even
yelled out some of their names," Sandy
says. "This has been a really positive
Paley says that Demi's doing "fantas-
tic. (Her progress) is exactly what we
expected. She's perfectly healed."
In the time since her surgery, Demi's
learned to walk, taking her first steps
just before Christmas. "She's gotten
used to the cast really quickly," her
mother says.
'These surgeries are part of Paley's
everyday life. "It's obviously exciting
to be able to help patients all over the
world," he says.
"But I'm thrilled for Demi. Obviously
her family are very special people. It's
not every day that parents go literally
around the world to help their child."
Time tends to move on and life keeps
happening, whether or not you've
already got a heck of a lot on your plate.
The Reillys have learned that. Simon's
father passed away recently, and
Simon hurt his collarbone in a cycling
But things are looking up since they
all came to Florida in April, moving up
to Juno Beach from where they'd been
staying in Lake Worth. During this visit,
they've been to the Palm Beach Zoo,
and to Havana Hideout in Lake Worth
with their firefighter friends for tacos.
"We've caught up with everybody,"
Sandy says.
And her daughter has caught up with
what normal toddlers just like her do,
which means she's constantly moving.
"She's amazing," Sandy says, as her
.daughter makes her way toward a
friend, purple cast and all. "That fixator
weighed a couple of kilos, and she just
worked with it. By the time it came off,
she had really muscular thighs. It didn't
slow her down. If this was us, we'd still
be in bed (whining)."
Before they leave, Sandy promises,
they're taking that walk on the beach,
and maybe even a trip to Disney World
in Orlando. The only thing they know
for sure Demi will be getting around
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In this April 30, photo, Sandy Reilly, back for a visit from Australia, holds her daughter Demi, 2, at
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