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Vol. 96 No. 148

Saturday, May 28, 2005

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FWC pushes for
boat-safety campaign
The Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) is keying in on
three core messages as its Divi-
sion of Law Enforcement gears
up for a busy summer boating
season: stay alert, wear your life
jacket and don't drink and
operate a boat. The agency
says keeping these messages in
mind can dramatically
decrease your chances of get-
ting into an accident and
increase your chances of sur-
vival if you do.
"In 2003, Florida led the
nation in boating deaths with
64, and last year we had 68. We
hope to reverse that trend by
alerting boaters to the biggest
dangers," said Capt. Richard
Moore, Florida's boating law
Moore said the agency
honed in on the three safety
messages after analyzing Flori-
da's boat accident data.
Collisions with vessels or
fixed objects are the two lead-
ing types of accidents. Last
year, they accounted for nearly
half of the mishaps on Florida's
waterways. Moore said this
reflects the importance of stay-
ing alert to everything going on
around you.
Tate ends Brahmans'
quest for state title
A tough Tate High School
baseball team (26-2) brought
the state title dreams of the
Brahmans (20-10) to an end
Friday afternoon with an 11-2
victory in the State 4-A baseball
tournament in Sarasota.
The parking lot of Okee-
chobee High School was
strangely empty and radios
throughout town were tuned
into Uhe sui '2-_ sti>lion to listen to
a game that racna\ thoul-.t
would never have taken place
as the underdog Brahmans
took on the powerful Aggies of
A large Okeechobee crowd
had traveled to Sarasota to
show their support for the Cin-
derella team that made it to
state semi-finals.
Brahman senior right-han-
der Blake Marsocci drew the
starting mound assignment
with Duane Bowman behind
the plate in Okeechobee' first
visit to the state semi-finals
since 1985.
The fired-up Brahmans
made quick work of the Aggies
in the top of the first, putting
them away in order.
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Drought Index
Current* 240
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

14.01 feet

Lake level
Last Year:
13.03 feet
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)

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Obituaries . . .3
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Weather . . .. .2
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Life sized murals: Students show interest in art


will streamline

planning office

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One of the murals recently completed by members of the Yearling Middle School Art
Club shows a reporter conducting an interview. This is one of the two murals that the
club painted on the walls of the school at the entrance to the school's audio-video pro-
duction room.

YMS art club beautifies school

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Ms. Andrea Hortman may be
a reading teacher at Yearling
Middle School I MS), but her
great love is art.
In fact, early in her 16-year
teaching career Ms. Hortman
had taught art. Several years ago
Ms. Hortman asked if there
were any students interested in
forming an art club at the
school. To her joy and amaze-
ment, she was inundated with
students wanting to join.
Since that time, the YMS Art
Club has spent countless hours
beautifying their school. They
painted life-sized murals of
Florida landscapes and wildlife
in the school cafeteria.
Through all the hurricane
damage and renovations to the
school, the murals c> 'liniu:J Lto
shine. Originally, each grade
See Art -Page 2

"YMS Live" members take their places in front of the cam-
eras to report on the day's news, weather and school
events. They are (left to right) Tiffany McGee, Mandi Har-
rison and Dylan Hughes.

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Thanks to recent action by
the Okeechobee County Board
of County Commissioners, pro-
cedures in the planning depart-
ment should become more
streamlined and the county
should be better prepared for
natural disasters.
At their Thursday meeting,
commissioners voted to transfer
$6,080 from the Unincorporat-
ed Service Area contingencies
account to the planning and
zoning department budget to
fund the services of Craig A.
Smith & Associates to review
regulations and procedures.
The review will develop a set
of self-contained subdivision
regulations and procedures that

should make the process easier
for staff and developers. The
review will update and go over
current procedures, but should
also result in some recommen-
dations on updates to the land
development regulations. The
review is also expected to result
in an updated construction
manual and better procedures
for evaluation and approval of
large lot subdivisions.
With the rapid increase in
the number of subdivisions
being developed in the county,
the review is a proactive effort to
more closely monitor develop-
ment activity and correct out-
dated procedures and regula-

See Office Page 2

Hurricane tax

holiday set to

begin on June 1

A new law recently signed
by Florida Governor Jeb Bush
will mean a savings to people
buying certain items in prepa-
ration for the upcoming hurri-
cane season in Florida.
On Monday, May 23, the
governor signed the Hurricane
Preparedness Sales Tax Holi-
day into law. Simply put, this
means no sales tax or discre-
tionary sales surtax also
known as a local option sales
tax will be collected on the
sale or purchase of certain
items related to hurricane pre-
paredness for the first 12 days

of the 2005 hurricane season.
This special sales tax holiday
will begin at 12:01 a.m. on
June 1 and will end at midnight
on June 12.
This special sales tax holi-
day does not apply to clothing,
books or school supplies.
The sales tax exemption
does apply to each eligible item
regardless of the number of
items sold on the same invoice
to a customer. If the sales price
of a qualifying item exceeds
the allowable amount, this
See Tax Page 2

Hospice of Okeechobee

looking to branch out

By D. Hamilton
Okeechobee News
Visitors to the weekly meet-
ing of Kiwanis Club were Lisa
Blackman and Theresa Davis
from Hospice of Okeechobee.
"Anyone can use hospice
regardless of ability to pay for
services," Ms. Blackman told the
She explained that individu-
als need only have a physician's
statement declaring their termi-
nally ill status to have hospice
care supplied for themselves or
family members.
Theresa Davis, the volunteer
coordinator at Hospice of Okee-
chobee, told Kiwanis Club
members in attendance that the
non-profit organization would
like to branch out to serve areas
in the iceighboring communi-
Ms. Blackman said Hospice
of Okeechobee is going through

a 'certificate of need process'.
"We have applied to the state
for a license to provide service to
residents in Highlands County.
We would like to ask that club
members and residents of High-
lands County assist us by writing
letters in support of our request
to branch into that county to
serve the residents there," she
The letters that received will
be forwarded to the Agency for
Health Care Administration
(A.C.H.A.) in order to obtain the
'certificate of need' necessary
for the expansion of service.
Also, Ms. Davis announced
the upcoming opening of their
new building that will house
their donations center located at
the corner of S.E. Fourth St. and
Third Ave. The new building will
be funded with monies from
See Hospice Page 2

Hospice of Okeechobee CEO Lisa Blackman and volunteer coordinator and outreach social
worker Theresa Davis have served the local community for the past 23 years with care for
the terminally ill.

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reverse that trend by alerting
boaters to the biggest dangers,"
said Capt. Richard Moore, Florida's
boating law administrator.
Moore said the agency honed in
on the three safety messages after
analyzing Florida's boat accident
Collisions with vessels or fixed
objects are the two leading types of
accidents. Last year, they account-
ed for nearly half of the mishaps on
Florida's waterways. Moore said
this reflects the importance of stay-
ing alert to everything going, on
around you.

"One of the biggest misconcep-
tions about boating accidents is
that they are caused by extremely
reckless behavior, but when you
look at the numbers you see that it
comes down to people not paying
attention or making one careless
move," said Moore. "We want
people to go out and have fun, but
also to understand the minute they
lose focus something could hap-
Moore said alcohol and not
wearing a life jacket are the two
major contributors to fatal acci-
dents. In 2004, alcohol use was the

primary cause of 21 percent of
boating deaths. Almost one-third of
the fatal accidents were classified
as "falls overboard," and drowning
was the cause of death in 65 per-
cent of those fatalities.
"We don't know the exact
number of people who would
have survived these accidents had
they been wearing a life jacket, but
there is no doubt that most might
still be alive today if they had worn
a life jacket," explained Moore.
Beginning May 21, the FWC will
flood Lee County with the three
key messages to test out a new

boat safety campaign. The
$250,000 pilot program will target
boaters with television, print and
radio advertisements, billboards,
point-of-sale dii .1,i. and hand-
outs from law enforcement offi-
cers, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
and the U.S. Power Squadrons.
The agency is conducting pre-and
post-campaign surveys to evaluate
the campaign's effectiveness. If the
pilot program is successful, the
FWC will roll out the campaign 'o
other target areas with high boat-
ing-accident numbers.

county fair. A 25-member com-
mittee must be formed to elect
officers to begin the charter
process through the county com-
missioner's office. Applications
will be available June 1-21 either
at the county courthouse or
through Dr. Mims. Members and
non-members are encouraged to
apply and applications will be
screened for eligible committee
New member Danielle Lam-
oureux told club members that
the Project Linus project is going
well and has recently received 23
blankets. The blankets will soon
be sent to the University of Florida
in Gainesville and Shands Hospi-
tal to comfort those children who
are abused, neglected, injured or
those children who have lost their
homes or loved ones due to
tragedy. Project Linus, which
began in February, is scheduled to
extend one year.
Weekly Kiwanis Club meet-
ings are held every Thursday at
the Village Square Restaurant, 301
S. Park St., at noon.


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Home Depot in the amount of
$25,000, through the Florida Vol-
unteer Foundation as part of the
Hurricane Relief fund from Gover-
nor Bush. The building will be
ready by the end of June.
In other action, Kiwanis Club
s p, voted to nominate and elect
a new slate of officers. They are:
president, Marcos Montes De
Oca; president elect Noel
Stephen; vice president Brandon
Tucker; treasurer Frank Irby;
and, secretary Wendy Wood-
Three new members were
inducted into Kiwanis Club by
Dowling Watford. They are: Sean
Daley, Danielle Lamoureux and
Epifanio Juarez.
Club member Dr. Randall
Mims announced that Okee-
chobee County has approved a
motion to obtain a charter for a

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YMS Art Club members who worked on two murals for the school stand under their painted
palm tree. They are (left to right) Andrea Hortman, club advisor, Chantel Dupuis, Clayton
Colt, Samantha Lawrence and Renee Almond.


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level in the school contributed
one mural to dressing up their
cafeteria. Surprisingly, even after
several years, the murals are as
well-preserved as though they
were new.
The art club's latest project
was to paint murals on the wall at
the entrance door to their audio-
video production room. This
room is home to "YMS Live", a tel-
evision production of daily news
and school events. It is filmed by
students under the watchful eyes


Continued From Page 1
The process should start as
soon as Craig A. Smith gets a
signed contract.
Okeechobee County Planning
Director Bill Royce said he expect-
ed the entire process to be com-
pleted in less than two months.
Mr. Royce said there are a lot of
details involved in approving a
subdivision plat, and this process
would ensure the staff and the
applicant were familiar with the
process and would be able to
complete it in a timely manner.
He said there was definitely an
increase in the number of subdivi-
sions developed in the county in
recent years, and he is expecting
the number to increase even more
this year. Mr. Royce said he hoped


Continued From Page 1
exemption will not apply. The
exemption does not apply to the
leasing of a qualified item.
The following items that quali-
b wW fy for this sales tax exemption are:
Qualifying items selling for $20
SO or less: any portable self-powered
light source, battery-powered
flashlights, battery-powered
lanterns, gas-powered lanterns
and candles.
Qualifying items selling for $25
or less: any gas or diesel fuel con-
Qualifying items selling for $30
or less: batteries, including AA-
cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt (exclud-
ing automobile and boat batter-
ies), 9-volt (excluding automobile
and boat batteries) and recharge-
able batteries of qualifying types,
coolers (food storage; non-electri-
cal), ice chests (food storage;
non-electrical), first aid kits (first
aid kits are always exempt from
sales tax regardless of the sales
Qualifying items selling for $50
or less: Radios (self-powered or
battery-powered), two-way

of school computer guru Paul
Walker every morning and is
shown .on all the televisions
throughout the school at the start
of each day.
Ms. Hortman has given all the
credit to her club members for the
beautiful job they have done hon-
oring "YMS Live" through their
Club members worked on the
two murals an hour or .more
every Wednesday after school in
order to have them completed
before the end of the school year.
The two murals depict a reporter
conducting an interview and a
cameraman filming the event.
Club members working on

the review process would be com-
pleted in time for this year's antici-
pated rush of subdivisions.
He also said that larger lot sub-
divisions on existing roads should
be simpler to develop once this
review is completed.
In addition, Mr. Royce said
Craig A. Smith would review the
development process for condo-
In another building department
matter, commissioners directed
staff to obtain cost for a computer
system that builders could use to
monitor the status of permit appli-
cations and inspection results.
Emergency Operations Direc-
tor Gene O'Neill presented the
countywide local mitigation strate-
gy (LMS) that he said must be
updated every five years. He said
any federal funding would be tied
to the LMS. He added that the LMS
contains general areas and specific

radios (self-powered or battery-
powered), weather band radios
(self-powered or battery-pow-
ered), tarpaulins (tarps), flexible
waterproof sheeting (visqueen),
ground anchor systems and tie-
down kits.
Qualifying item selling for $750
or less: portable generators that
will be used to provide light or

the murals were Clayton Colt,
Samantha Lawrence, Renee
Almond and Chantal Dupuis.
Other members of the club are
Maria Gonzalez, Rosio Rojas,
Brittany Scott, Flavia Escobar,
Kayla Sweat and Tessa Werther.
Ms. Hortman is understand-
ably proud of the students and of
their artwork.
"I hope they continue to enjoy
art as they go into the high
school and beyond," stated Ms.
"These murals are beautiful,"
said Mr. Walker. "The kids and
Ms. Hortman worked very hard
on them and they really add to
'YMS Live'."

projects. However, he said that just
because a specific project is men-
tioned does not obligate the coun-
ty to that project.
Commissioner Ray Domer
noted that the LMS covers every-
thing from drought to tornadoes
and hurricanes.
The 120-page document,
which the commissioners
approved, contains strategies for
dealing with a variety of natural
In other action, the board:
authorized purchase of a
rubber tire excavator from Kelly
Tractor Company for $218,034.15;
authorized asphalt overlay to
the streets adjacent to the new
courthouse at a cost not to exceed
$50,000; and,
directed staff to work on
plans for construction of access to
the sports complex from U.S. 441

communications, or to preserve
perishable food in the event of a
power outage due to a hurricane.

For information regarding this
exemption visit
www.myflorida.com/dor or call
the Department of Revenue, tax-
payer services, at 1-800-352-3671
or 1-850-488-6800.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
is keying in on three core messages
as its Division of Law Enforcement
gears up for a busy summer boat-
ing season: stay alert, wear your life
jacket and don't drink and operate
a boat. The agency says keeping
these messages in mind can dra-
matically decrease your chances of
getting irito an accident and
increase your chances of survival if
you do.
"In 2003, Florida led the nation
in boating deaths with 64, and last
year we had 68. We hope to

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OMS ends school year

on a positive note

Congratulations to the OMS
Students of the Week! They are
Jazmine Harper, Brittany Pethy-
bridge, Jessica Dawson,
Jonathan Schrock, Michael
Goins, Martin Macias, Emily Rit-
ter and Ashtyn Brown. Thanks,
students, for ending the year on
a positive note.
Upcoming Events:
May 30: No School Memori-
al Day Holiday; June 1: Last day
of school and June 3: 8th grade
trip to Islands of Adventure.
Hero award was awarded to
Taylor Pritchard and Victor Gan-
OMS Thank you recognition
was awarded to:
Bears: Jessica Albarran,
Guadalupe Almazan, Roger
Duque, Tyler Ferris, Carla Garcia,
Maria Garcia, Devon Scurry, True
Story and Justin Sweatt.

Bobcats: Nicole Futch.
Dolphins: Kaysey Adams, Bri-
anna Aguilar, Erick Aguirre,
Jacquitta Boswell, Tony Bowers,
Garrett Brummett, Shayne Bur-
ton, Jocelyn Cardenas, Alex
Castilleja, Tamara Collins Joey
Conroy, Todd Daughtrey, Tyler
Dickinson, Karson Fowler, Brit-
tney Freeman, Tommy Gipson,
Nickey Ingram, Taylor Kinman,
Ethan Lightsey, Ryan Lott, Mack
Lowe, Martin Macias, Tate
McDonald, Travis Murray, Char-
nay Myers, Danielle Racine,
Katherine Ragamat, Andrew
Rogers, Brent Rucks, Kera Sny-
der, Shelby Spires, Cassandra
Torres, Audrey Turbeville, Liz
Turner, Kenneth Webb and
Stephany White.
Eagles: Anselmo Aponte,
Marshall Eng, Marissa Garcia,
Megan Harper, Mikey Hernan-

dez, Charles Lang, Cody Oden,
Alyssa Power, Amanda Rum-
baugh, Taylor Spearow, Shelby
Thomas, John Velez, Scott Wan-
der, Lavonda Williams and
Justin Wolf/
Jaguars: Courtney Beamer,
Kayla Benson, Brittany Carrier,
Josh Christian, Alexis Colon,
Brittny Cutler, Curtis Everett, Noe
Garcia, Josh Jackson, Jessica
Joles, Allison Kuipers, Seva
McGriff, Tiffany Parow, Vianey
Pineda, Norma Ruiz, Justina
Stokes, Patricia Sulzer and Grace
Ospreys: Tracy Arnold, Brice
Buckner, Dwight Chandler,
Megan Clements, Ehrica Cruz,
Billy Foley, Michael Goins,
Augustin Gomez, Damon
Heater, Justin Hoover, Troy
Howard, Erin Moore and Taylor

Staff photo/D.Hamilton
Kiwanis welcomes new members
Kiwanis Club board member Dowling Watford, inducted three new members into the local
chapter of Kiwanis Club at the May 26 meeting. They are, Epifanio Juarez, Sean Daleyand
Danielle Lamoureux, all joined Kiwanis Club to serve the local community.

Corp of Engineers makes releases from Lake Okeechobee

Army Corps of Engineers will
begin a Level 1 pulse release
from Lake Okeechobee to the St.
Lucie Canal and a Level 2 pulse to
the Caloosahatchee River starting
Saturday, May 28. The reduction
of a Level 3 to a Level 2 on the
Caloosahatchee will allow for
some improvement of light and
salinity conditions for the

Caloosahatchee Estuary.
The Corps' South Atlantic Divi-
sion recently approved a tempo-
rary deviation known as Class
Limits Adjustment (CLA) to the
normal operations of Lake Okee-
chobee under Water Supply/Envi-
ronment (WSE). CLA is a fine-
tuning of some of the schedule
parameters to improve the per-
formance of the regulation

schedule. CLA provides lower
volume releases more frequently
when the lake is in Zone D. The
goal is to mange the lake releases
in Zone D to potentially avoid
higher releases required when
the lake is in Zone C. The devia-
tion will be in effect through
March 15, 2007.
Pulse releases are designed to
mimic nature and provide dis-

charges from the lake to the estu-
aries via the St. Lucie Canal to the
east and the Caloosahatchee
River to the west. They attempt
to strike a balance between the
lake's littoral zone and the estuar-
ies. In ten days, a Level 1 pulse
release to the Caloosahatchee
River can lower the lake 0.07 ft.
(average of 1,600 cfs/day), a
Level 2 can lower it by 0.10 ft.

(average of 2,300 cfs/day), and a
Level 3 by 0.13 ft. (average of
3,000 cfs/day). In ten days, a
Level 1 pulse release to the St.
Lucie Canal can lower the lake
0.03 ft. (average of 730 cfs/day), a
Level 2 can lower it by 0.04 ft.
(average of 950 cfs/day), and a
Level 3 by 0.05 ft. (average of
1,170 cfs/day)
Friday's lake level is 14.01 feet,

which is 0.21 feet below the aver-
age for this time of the year
(based on the period from 1992-
2000), and in Zone D of the WSE
(Water Supply/Environment) reg-
ulation schedule.
For information, please call
the Jacksonville District Corpo-
rate Communication Office at
(904) 232-2236 or (cell) (904)

Community Events

History Center closes for summer
The Okeechobee Family History Center of The Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St., will be closed from May 2 until
Aug. 31. They will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 11:30 a.m. until 3
p.m. The center will also be open Friday, Sept. 9, from 11:30 a.m. until 3
p.m. It will then be open every Wednesday and Friday. Please call ahead
one day to reserve any specific equipment you may need. For informa-
tion during working hours call (863) 763-6510. During hours the center
is closed call (863) 467-5261, or (863) 357-7711.

Grace Christian Schools seek help
Grace Christian Schools need the help of the community and are
seeking tax deductible donations to help rebuild their playground that
was damaged during the hurricanes. For more information, call Grace
Christian Schools at (863) 763-3072."


Glenn Watson
Ronald "Tiny" Glenn Watson
age 43, of Moore Haven, died
May 18, 2005 at his home. He
was born April 22, 1962 in
Talladega Ala. to William Paul
and Dolly Watson. He was a
recovery agent having come to
Moore Haven from Okeechobee
13 years ago.
Mr. Watson is survived by:
two sons, William Paul and
Ronald E. Watson both of Moore
Haven; two daughters, Evelyn
Nicole Watson of Moore Haven
and Gina Watson; his beloved

companion Lena 'Missy' Lamb
of Moore Haven; brother,
George (Katherine) Watson; and
nephew and niece, Patrick and
Melissa Watson
Visitation will be from 11 a.m.
until p.m., Sunday, May 29, at
Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home
with funeral services following
at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at
Evergreen Cemetery with Pastor
Monroe Arnold of Basinger
Christian Brethren officiating.
All arrangements are entrust-
ed to the loving care of Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and

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"My puppy has Parvo. I live in Four Seasons and if your dog has-
n't been vaccinated for it, you had better get it done. Parvo is a
deadly disease and it is highly contagious. Please get your dog's
shots, and be aware of this situation."
Shame on You
"To the person who called who called Speak Out and tried to
shame Sheriff May and T.J. Brock; we thank God that we have peo-
ple like them that will go around and do whatever it takes to teach
our young people to not drink and drive. I assume you have no one
you care enough about. The shame is on you."
"Why would the city want more industrial zoning? To me indus-
try means noise. Who wants to live by it? Leave that to the county
with some of its wide open spaces."
Good Job
"I just read the letter to the editor and I think the child did a very
good job. I will cut it out and save it for my two children."
"You're surprised that cleaning bathrooms comes under agri-
culture department rather than health department? It's easier for
the politicians to pass bills with money for the agriculture depart-
ment, because everybody thinks they're helping the farmers! Ha
Ha. In the U.S.A., there's 1-to-I ratio of agriculture department
employees to the number farmers. Here's a good example, a con-
cealed weapons or firearm license is issued by the Florida Depart-
ment of Agriculture and Consumer."

Community Events

Hospice will hold yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will be holding a yard sale on Friday,
June 3, and Saturday, June, 4 from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The sale
will be held at the air conditioned Hospice of Okeechobee Volun-
teer House located at the corner of S.E. Fourth Street and Third
Avenue. All proceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee.

Lake will be talk show topic
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday,
June 4, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at I and 6 p.m. on
WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. The guest will be D. Paul Gray, sci-
ence coordinator for the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Program for
the Audubon of Florida. The topic will be the health of Lake Okee-
chobee and its vegetation and birdlife. For information, contact Dr.
Paul Gray at (863) 655-1831.

Church plans vacation Bible school.
Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church, 4212 U.S. 441 N., will
host vacation Bible school June 6-10, starting at 7 p.m. This year's
theme will be extreme adventure. Classes are for adults and chil-
dren. For information, call (863) 763-7743.

Free Hair Cut Day aids ranch
Eddie Accardi Dodge is sponsoring the second annual Free Hair
Cut Day at Chuck's Barber Shop, 3651 U.S. 441 S.E., on Monday,
June 6, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Real Life
Children's Ranch.

Clown class to begin
Another class of Junior Joeys will be held June 6-10 from 9 a.m.
under the auspices of Toby the Clown Foundation. The class will
be taught at the Highland Shrine Club, 2606 S.R. 17 South, in Avon
Park. Junior Joeys are children between the ages of 8 and 15 who
want to learn to become clowns. The foundation is nonprofit. The
Optimist Club of Sebring and Jim's Auto Salvage are sponsors of
the program. A parent or guardian must sign an application form
and must accompany the child to and from classes. Class size is
limited and applications are currently being taken. Applications
can be picked-up at the foundation building at 109 W Interlake
Blvd. in Lake Placid, or downloaded from the foundation's web
page at www.tobysclownalley.com. For information or enroll-
ment, call Francis "Choo Choo" Yorio at (863) 465-2780 or Dennis
'Bobber' Koranda at (863) 382-9560.

Hospital looking for volunteers
Attention students between the ages of 14-17: would you like to
make a difference in the lives of others? Raulerson Hospital Auxil-
iary has many opportunities of service for students seeking volun-
teer hours during the summer. Volunteer as little as four hours a
week or as many as 16 hours a week. Morning, afternoon and
evening shifts are available. Contact the lobby desk at Raulerson
Hospital for a volunteer application. The deadline for submitting an
application is June 7.

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Looking Back ...
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Upcoming Events

Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome House,
which is located next to the driver's license office at 1857 U.S. 441 S.E.
It is a self-help group for people with a desire to stop using alcohol
and other intoxicating drugs and a desire to manage their emotional
or psychiatric illness. It's an open discussion group.
The Okeechobee Marshals are a cowboy action shooting club that
will be holding shoots in Okeechobee. Everyone is invited. Just fol-
low the signs for the sporting days at the Thunder Cross Race Track.

A.A meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. This will be an open step meeting.

There are no events scheduled for this day.

Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863)
Woman at the Well meet at 7 p.m. at 1404 S.W Second Ave. for
community Bible study for women. For information, call Theresa
Brown at (863) 467-1112.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church
.of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interest-
ed in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call (863)
763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
call (863) 357-0297.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meeting at noon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. All Rotarians and anyone else interest-
ed are invited. For information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting.
For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave.,
at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, which is locat-
ed next to next to the driver's license office at 1857 U.S. 441 S.E. It is a
self-help group that offers support and education for people who
have been diagnosed with clinical depression, bipolar, schizophre-
nia, schizo-affective disorder or dual diagnosis.

The Okeechobee Jaycees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the American
Legion Post #64, 510 S.E. Second St. The Okeechobee Jaycees would
like to welcome all energetic young people between the ages of 21
and 39, who are interested in working towards the betterment of our
community. For information, call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399.
AA meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It's an open meeting.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meet in the New Horizon building,
1600 S.W Second Ave., from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. For information, call
(863) 763-1191.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next
to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys
old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, con-
tact Randy or Larese Maycumber at (863) 467-0359.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Alternative Lifestyle is meeting at the A.A. Clubhouse (Sobriety in
the Swamp), 50 U.S. 441 S.E., at the corner of U.S. 78 and U.S. 441.
For information, call (863) 763-5385.
Lakeside Cruise'n Car Show will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. in the
Wal-Mart parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stop by to
show a car you may have, or check out the cars and visit with the car
owners while you listen to the great oldies music.
The Disabled American Veterans meet at 12:30 p.m. at V.F.W. Post
#4423, 300 N.W. 34th St. All service-connected veterans are invited.
For information, call Keith at (863) 357-1335.

Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N: For information call Mar-
garet Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Cen-
sus, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call (863)
763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center, 412 N.W.
Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at
Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863)
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W Fifth Street, is open for
blood donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call (863)
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m.
at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or
ask questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206, or Hazel at (863) 763-
4923 for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W Third
Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863)

Community Events

Cemetery group plans cleanup day
Fort Kissimmee Cemetery Association will be holding there
annual cleanup and barbecue on May 28. Family and friends are
invited. Please bring a covered dish. For information, call Jimmie
Howell at (863) 467-0981.
Yard sale benefits church youth group
Grace Christian Church will hold a yard sale on Saturday, May
28, from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. All proceeds benefit youth conference
fund. If you would like to make a donation or have any questions,
call (863) 763-3218.
Memorial Day bike rally planned
Okeechobee's first Memorial Day Bike Rally and Corvette Show
will be held at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center on S.R. 70
E. on May 28, 29 and 30. Everyone is welcome. The cost is $5 a day
or $10 for the weekend, and children under the age of 12 are free.
There will be live music, games and food. Come see outrageous
machines, custom paint jobs and lots more. Vendors for T-shirts,
face painting and more will be there. This is a time to honor those
who have served and are currently serving this great nation. Gates
are open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. For information, check out
www.fl-bike-rally.com; or, call (863) 634-8980.
Fifth Sunday service planned
The Okeechobee Ministerial Association Fifth Sunday worship
service will be held Sunday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Treasure
Island Baptist Church, 4209 U.S. 441S.E.
Treasure Island's pastor, Rev. Duane Eatmon will deliver the
message. The First United Methodist Church's Praise Team will
lead the praise music. The Mount Olive Baptist Church Choir will
share two special selections. A nursery will be provided.
Hurricane Awareness Week starts May 29
The Okeechobee County Office of Emergency Management,
Rebuilding Okeechobee After Disaster (R.O.A.D. and Project Help-
ing Our People In Emergencies (H.O.P.E.) are jointly sponsoring
Hurricane Awareness Week, May 29 through June 4. Collection
boxes will be set up at different businesses during the week to col-
lect hurricane supplies to be donated to charitable organizations.
For each item donated, the donor will be entered into a'drawing for
donated prizes. The drawing will be held at the grand finale. Col-
lection boxes can be found at: Publix Plaza, Monday through Fri-
day; Winn Dixie Plaza, Monday and Tuesday; and at Wal-Mart,
Wednesday through Friday. The grand finale will take place at 10
a.m. on Saturday, June 4, at Flagler Park and will feature live music,
a guest speaker, a puppet show and youth art awards.
Legion hosts Memorial Day service
Memorial Day service will be held Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m. in
Veterans Memorial Park at the corner of U.S. 441 and S.R. 70. This
service is to honor all veterans of the United States, both living and
deceased, and all of their families. The public is invited. The Okee-
chobee Memorial Post #64 of the American Legion has sponsored
this program for over 50 years. On Memorial Day afternoon, dinner
will be served from 12:30 until 3 p.m. for a donation of $6. Music
will be provided starting at 2 p.m. at the Post home, 501 S.E. Sec-
ond St.
Hospital hosts dinner and lecture
Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N., will host a dinner/lecture
on May 31. Dinner will start at 5 p.m., and the lecture will start at
5:30 p.m. The lecture will be on cancer and radiation, and will be
presented by Dr. Ramesh Kumar, radiation oncology. For reserva-
tions, call Raulerson Hospital at (863) 763-2151, ext. 2702.
Hurricane sales tax seminars offered
The Florida Department of Revenue will be offering a free 2005
hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday seminar located at sever-
al locations on the Treasure Coast. The classes for Okeechobee
County will be held at the Okeechobee Department of Health, 1798
N.W Ninth Ave., on May 31, at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m.
These classes are for the laws and regulations concerning the 2005
hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday June 1 through June 12.
Classes are free and open to the public. For information, contact
the Fort Pierce Service Center at (772) 429-2173.
Hurricane awareness meeting slated
There will be a hurricane awareness meeting for Fort Drum resi-
dents on Wednesday, June 1, at 6:45 p.m. at the Fort Drum Com-
munity Church on U.S. 441 N. All residents in the Fort Drum area
are invited. Discussion will include the setting up of a disaster distri-
bution station in the Fort Drum area. For information, contact Gene
O'Neill at (863) 763-3212.
Annual grad party being planned
Plans are under way for the 17th annual Non-Alcoholic Gradua-
tion Party to be held June 2 at Stardust Lanes from 11 p.m. until 5
a.m. The community is urged to support this event with cash and
gift donations. Those who would like to continue their annual sup-
:port of this event are asked to make checks payable to Grad-Nite,
and mail it in care of Paul M, Buxton, 110 N.E. Fifth St., Okee-
chobee, Fla. 34972. It is asked that no other graduation party be
scheduled for that particular night. The success of the Non-Alco-
holic Graduation Party is dependent upon total participation and
the intent is to provide a safe, alcohol- and cigarette-free environ-
ment. Full cooperation is needed. For information, contact Paul or
Matthew Buxton at (863) 763-1994.
Teen block party planned
The Communities In School's next Middle School Teen Block
Party has been rescheduled for June 3, at the Okeechobee Skate
Park, 300 N.W. Sixth Ave., from 8 p.m. until midnight. Admission is
$5 per student. This party is for grades six through nine only. All stu-
dents who attend will have a chance to win a video game system
donated by Wal-Mart. There will also be games and other give-
aways. For information, call (863) 462-5863.

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The Brahman wrestling team
held their end-of-the year ban-
quet last Wednesday, which
included some highlights from
the season including an 8-4 dual
record and top three finishes in
the Treasure Lake Conference,
district, Big Lake Classic and Polk
County Invitational tourneys.
The team also finished second
in the Hendry County Tourna-
ment and their winning tradition
continued with three wrestlers
qualifying for the state tourna-
Top awards went to Cory
Wright and Tommy Landgren.
Wright received the MVP
Award for finishing his senior sea-
son with a 24-2 record. He won
every tournament he was in dur-
ing the regular season. He was
also. named the outstanding
wrestler by the coaches at one
Wright is a four-time letter win-
ner, a two-year captain and a four-
year scholar athlete. Wright car-
ried a 3.5 grade point average
through his entire high school
career, and earned the respect of
those around him for his academ-
ic prowess as well as his mat
Landgren received the presti-
gious Brahman Award. He fin-
ished his high school career with
impressive stats and was a two-
time state qualifier, two-time dis-
trict and conference champion
and a captain during the past two
"Both Tommy and Cory led the
team by example. They were the
first ones in the room and the last

By Loma Jablonsld
Okeechobee News
A tough Tate High School base-
ball team (26-2) brought the state
title dreams of the Brahmans (20-
10) to an end Friday afternoon with
an 11-2 victory in the State 4-A
baseball tournament in Sarasota.
The parking lot of Okeechobee
High School was strangely empty
and radios throughout town were
tuned into the same station to lis-
ten to a game that many thought
would never have taken place as
the underdog Brahmans took on
the powerful Aggies of Tate.
A large Okeechobee crowd had
traveled to Sarasota to show their
support for the Cinderella team
that made it to state semi-finals.
Brahman senior right-hander
Blake Marsocci drew the starting
mound assignment with Duane
Bowman behind the plate in Okee-
chobee' first visit to the state semi-

to leave. I feel the reason for our
success this year was due to these
young men," stated, Brahman
head coach Bruce Jahner.
The Most Improved award
went to Josh Raulerson. Rauler-
son is a second year wrestler and
made great strides on the mat this
past season including a second-
place finish at the district tourna-
Rookie of the Year went to
Nick Clements, who has been
wrestling in the Okeechobee
Wrestling Club program for many
years. As a freshman, he success-
fully stepped into the lineup
against upper classmen.
Team Leader awards are given
out to the top wrestler in each of
the following eight categories:
takedowns, record, pins, rever-
sals, escapes, team points, three-
point near falls and two-point
near falls.
The Team Leader awards went
to: Takedowns Peritz Samuels
(62); Record (tie) Tommy Land-
gren, Cory Wright and Jonathan
Suarez (24); Pin awards Tommy
Landgren (18); Three-point near
falls Josh Borgstrom (27); Two
point near falls Cory Wright (15);
Reversals Scott Bush (16);
Escapes Jonathan Suarez (27);
and, Team Points Cory Wright
The final award of the night
was not given to an athlete, but to
a parent/coach.
In recognition of her diligent
work and time put in with the girls
program, girls coach Bobbi Jo
Register was presented with the
Outstanding Coach Award by Jah-

finals since 1985.
The fired-up Brahmans made
quick work of the Aggies in the top
of the first, putting them away in
The Aggies came alive in the top
of the second, and by the top of the
fourth were ahead 3-0. In the top of
the sixth, the Aggies padded their
lead with three more runs to take a
6-0 scoring bulge.
But, the Brahmans weren't
ready to give in to the state's num-
ber-two ranked Aggies.
Singles by Marsocci, Brian Due-
nas and Myke Davidson loaded the
bases and brought Mike Wise to
the plate. Wise's ground ball
brought in two runs and earned
him a pair of RBI. But, that's where
Okeechobee's rally ended.
Tate added five more runs in
their half of the seventh, then held
Okeechobee scoreless in their last

Bobbi Jo Register (left) received the Outstanding Coach
Award from Brahman head wrestling coach Bruce Jahner

(right) at the wrestling team
Okeechobee High School.
"Coach Register does a won-
derful job with these young
ladies. Her commitment is sec-
ond to none," stated Jahner.
During the evening, the team
received some bad news. Assis-
tant coach Norm Thomas will
be leaving the O.H.S. wrestling
program. He will be returning to
New York. Thomas coached

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and taught over 20 years in the
north and came out of retire-
ment to help the Brahman pro-
"Coach Thomas was a
breath of fresh air for the team.
He brought the old school of
wrestling back onto the mat for
the, Brahmans. We thank him
for his help. He will be deeply
missed," said Jahner.

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Sports Briefs

Memorial tourney
scheduled for today
The Okee-Tantie Team Trail
has announced its 2005 tourna-
ment schedule.
The trail will kick off with the
Russ Bringger Memorial Tourna-
ment on May 28. The official trail
will begin on May 29. The dates
for the rest of the trail are June 26,
July 10, Aug.7, Sept. 11 and Oct. 9.
The trail's classic will take
place on Nov. 19 and 20.
The tournaments will all be
held at Okee-Tantie Marina and
Campground. Registrations for
the memorial tourney and the
trail cart be made at the Wanta-
Linga Motel or at the dock on the
day of the tournament.
For information, contact Larry
Crossman at (863) 763-1020.

YMS girls host
golf tournament
The Lady Yearlings' volleyball
team will host a golf tournament
on Saturday, June 4, at the .Okee-
chobee Golf and Country Club,
with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
The fee is $50 per person
($200 team of four), which
includes a rib dinner after play is
completed. Buddy Mills and the
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There will be plenty of prizes,
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Brahman grapplers receiving awards at the wrestling team
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award; Josh Borgstom-Team Leader award; Peritz Samuels-
Team Leader award; head coach Bruce Jahner; Scott Bush-
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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, May 27,
through Thursday, June 2, are as
Theatre I "Star Wars Episode
III" (PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at
7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Theatre II "Madagascar" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre III "The Longest
Yard" (PG-13) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Mon-
day at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-


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ative and confidential boat
inspection. A vessel safety check
decal will be placed on boats that
meet all the requirements. Call
(863) 467-3085 to arrange a boat

Club will
care for ferrets
The Okeechobee Ferret Club
and Rescue will take in unwant-
ed, abandoned and injured fer-
rets. For information, call (863)

Equipment available
for the handicapped
American Legion Post 64, 501
S.E. Second St. has used handi-
capped equipment such as walk-
ers, portable toilets, crutches,
canes, etc. Anyone requiring the
use of such equipment is wel-
come to stop by the post and
pick out what they need. There is
no charge and anyone is wel-
come. This is not restricted to
veterans. Call the Post at (863)

looking to expand
The Just for Kicks barbershop
quartet group is looking for men
who .like to sing. Tenors, bari-
tones, leads and basses are all
invited to join our group. We
practice on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at
the Okeechobee Health Care
Center, 1646 U.S. 441 N. Join us
in singing some old time songs
and community entertainment.
We are looking to expand our
group. Good clean fun and a
great sound are our objectives.
For information, call (863) 763-
0175 or (863) 467-6347.

Volunteers wanted
for hospital auxiliary
Would you like to make a dif-
ference in the lives of others?
Raulerson Hospital Auxiliary has
many opportunities of service for
adults seeking volunteer work.
Volunteer as little as four hours a
week or as many as 20 hours.
Morning orafternoon shifts are
available. Many opportunities
currently exist and new pro-
grams to begin soon. Please con-

tact the lobby desk at Raulerson
Hospital for a Volunteer Applica-
tion. For information, call (863)
763-2151, ext. 3312. The hospi-
tal's Volunteen Program (ages
14-17) begins in June.

Items needed
by wildlife center
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center, 14895 N.W 30th Ter-
race, is seeking paper towels, old
large towels, blankets, old ken-
nels, a push lawnmower, garden-
ing utensils and laundry deter-
gent. Anyone wishing to donate
any of the above items is asked to
call (863) 763-4630.

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BASSET HOUND- Frostproof
area on 05/13/05. Call to
identity. (863)635-5833.
DOG, White & Brown, Male,
Found in SW area. Call to ID.
scribe. Leave message

CAT, male, smokey gray, neu-
tered, timid, vic. of Ft. De-
naud Bridge, south side,
named Tibs. (863)675-2491

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Missing since Fri. May 20th,
black w/tan. $200 Reward. No
questions. 863)467-7953
DACHSHUND- Brown & gray
spots, Green eyes. Vic. R-
Bar, Evergreen Cemetery
area. (863)634-1909
Black & Brown, Lost Fri. 5/13
in vicinity of Whispering Pines.
Black/white, Missing since
May 14th, vic of Hwy 98 &
Civic Ctr. Family Pet, Please
call if found. REWARD
LOST PEACOCKS (3), brown
females, Mosquito Creek
area. (863)467-1558 or
Lost: wallet, vic. of Wal-
mart/Dairy Queen, REWARD!
PIT & LAB MIX- Male, Black,
little white on chest. Approx
251bs. Vic. near SW 10th St.
(863)763-7553 Reward.
Find It faster. Sell it sooner
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ADULT HOUSE CAT 1'/ yr old
Spayed and housebroken
Free to good home
housebroke, loves kids &
other animals, to good lov-
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John Deere 212
Lawn Tractor, 12 hp, Kohler,
No deck, not running. FREE.
MOBILE HOME- must move,
needs very little TLC,
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27th-28th, 8am-1pm, 25 8th
St, Buckhead Ridge. New
custom fishing rods & tack-
le, old tools, aquarium,'
clothes, and lots of misc.

Fri. & Sat. May 27th & 28th,
8am-?, 3636 SE 21st Ave.
4 Family Sale,
Something for everyone!!!

Two Family
Sat., 5/28, 7am til 12 Noon,
2130 SW 22nd Circle South
Toys, furniture, lots of misc.

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Job Information 225
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Dependable, clean DL, Good
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Okeechobee A/C 763-8391
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son to do lawns, wash
trucks, etc. 863-467-1717.
Daily work Daily pay
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Busy Medical Office looking
for Front Office Professional
Fax resume 772-335-2119.
Earn Salary + Room & Board.
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60 ton American friction,
piling, materials, concrete
bucket experience.

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Tropicana has a position for a Quality Control Lab Technician
to facilitate the utilization of testing and sampling processes to
maintain product quality, sanitation, HACCP and GMP
operations. The Technician will actively work to ensure
compliance with company policies and procedures.
One to three years experience in juice/beverage/food
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or fax to 772-429-6469. No phone call inquires please.
Drug-free workplace. EOE M/F/D/V.

Area's Fastest Growing RV Dealership
Great American RV's is in search of Individuals interested
in a career selling RV's. Experience in sales helpful, but not
necessary. Will train the right candidate.
6 day work week, Mon thru Sat. 9-5, Sun. 12-4.
Excellent pay with Benefits.
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then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
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McArthur Farms, Inc., Maintenance Shop,
1550 N.E 208th St., Okeechobee, FL 34972.
863-763-7233. Benefits include group health
insurance, profit sharing, and 401 (k).
Drug Free Workplace. E.O.E.

Pharmacy Consultant
Pharmaceutical Services
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Call (863) 357-2442 for more information

a a -mnt.
Meic. 21

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Registered Nurses L-2
Public health nursing position
handling all clinical health services in LaBelle.
Must be licensed professional nurse;
possess valid Florida Driver's License;
Pre-employment Drug Testing, Background
screening/fingerprinting required. EEO/AA
Apply on line: https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com
or Call Pat @ 863-674-4041 x118
for more details.



UV Sales dba iZone group
Has 4 seasonal (6/1/05-11/01/05) positions.
40 hp/w, 8-5. Okeechobee, Florida.
$11 p/h. High School & 1 yr. related experience.
Ability to lift 35lbs, stand for several hrs continually.
Operate kiosk selling UV3 brand eye ware.
Sales to customers display & restock inventory.
Open/closes kiosks, deposits cash in bank.
Responsible for all phases of store operations.
Send resume to:
Agency f orkforce Innovation,
PO. Box 10869,
Tallahassee, FL 32202.
Job order #FL-2654720

Call today,work
tomorrow, Lori:
adelphia. net
(Must be 21)
-Must have CDL. Exc.
Benefits! Apply at:
Wastes Management,
Inc. 10800 NE 128
.Ave.Okeechobee, FL
34972. No phone
calls please[!

Dickerson needs Dump Truck
& Service Truck Drivers.
Must have clean driving record
Drug Test Required.
Call 772-429-4440

Diamond R Fertilizer Co.Inc
is looking for a F/T loader/
operator. Excellent benefits.
Apply in person @
710 NE 5th Ave.
Diamond R is a drug-free workplace.
Exp. Heavy Diesel Mechanic
for asphalt equipment.
Drug Test Required.
Call Dickerson

Sign-Up Bonus
We are now accepting
applications for Cashier, Fuel
Attendant and Wrecker Driver
positions. Training will be
provided for responsible
people. We offer good pay,
rewarding work, benefits
and mileage reimbursement.
For a limited time, qualified
applicants who are hired will
receive a $200 sign-up
bonus. Apply at Ft. Drum
Citgo mm 184 Fl. Turnpike.
863-763-9383. DFWP

Maintenance Man needed.
Must have Class D
For job description and duties
Call 863-467-0541
Class A CDL
Benefits Available.
Apply @ Syfrett Feed Co.,
3079 NW 8th St. Okeechobee
Walpole Feed
& Supply
Benefits avail. Apply at:
2595 NW 8th Street

Bartender & Cook
Part time
Call (863)763-8549
for interview
Must be able to work week
days & weekend evenings.
Apply at the American Legion
501 SE 2nd St (after 10 am).

Looking to baby sit Weekdays
or Weekend. Reasonable rates
& references. (863)634-5377


Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310)
Tax Preparation 315

Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toil costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.


Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered-115
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

We Clean
Homes, Offices,
Carpets, Windows.
Call (863)357-6005
Licensed& Bonded
How do you find a job
in today's competitive
market? In the
employment section
of the classified

Electricians &
.iM in'i F'liT jii ltr trri,
Inc. a great employment
opportunity with competi-
tive pay and benefits
Headquartered in Clewiston
Is seeking experienced
Electricians, Foremen and
Please call our office to
inquiry 863-983-5450 or
fax resumes to

License # CBC055264
Screen Rooms, Carports
Room Additions
Aluminum Roof Over

Ispecial Notice


Oklahoma .
Shoes= $70
Trim = $25

Reasonable Rates
Licensed & Insured.

Vinyl siding, skirting, Interior
Repairs, & Carports
Call BOB Now!!
Licensed, Insured, Bonded
Your next job could be in
today's classified. Did
you look for it?

30 ears experience
All Types of Roofs
5 Year Warrantee
Shingles Available
Free Estimates
All Phases of Repair
Call Ray, Toll Free @
(877)999-3348 Stuart, FL
Licensed & Insured


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books I Magazines535
Building Materials50O
Business Equipment 545
Carpets Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China. Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer Video 580
Crafts Supplies 585
Cruises 590
D'ape,, Linens 8 Fabrics 5955
Fireplace Fixture 6%0
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment.
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps. Ughts 64-0
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies.
Equipment 665
Pets Supplies.
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700:
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 7'10
Television Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys 9 Games 730'
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

20K BTU Reverse Cycle,
window unit, $300 or best
offer (863)674-0467.

20 yrs old, runs, makes
noise, $200 neg.
(863)763-8833 days,
863)763-4169 eve.
Victorian Games Compendi-
um: Cards, Chess, Backgam-
mon, Horse Racing, etc. Rules
book. $1500 (863)532-9013

$50 or best offer
(863)763-3679 after 6pm
FREEZER- 15 cu. ft. $100. or
best offer. (863)763-3679.
. REFRIGERATOR- Frigidare,
Almond, 16 1/2 cu ft Clean,
Runs Good. $125.
Frigidaire, Upright, 2 door,
white, runs great $125.
STOVE, Gas, White. $150 Or
best offer (863)357-3639
Good condition. $150 or best
offer. (863)467-7180
heavy duty, super capacity,
2 yrs. old, work great, $425.

LADIES BIKE, good condition, -
$20. (863)763-6936

$5000, you move.

3@ 37X52. $85 FOR ALL.
10 Sheets 46"x46"
$50 for all or will separate

COOLER 6x8 walk in cooler
w/floor, good for drinks,
produce or hunters game
$2500 (239)657-3316
3 door, good for drinks or
produce $800 (239)657-3316
TYPEWRITER, Memorywriter,
Xerox 6010 w/correction fea-
ture. Exc. cond. Works fine.
$35 (863)357-3779 "

Area Rug, 5x7, Safari Palm,
exc. cond., $50.

FANT SWING- Great condi-
tion. $30. 863-763-2413
BABY CRIB Oak color, grows
w/ child into youth bed $75
BOY'S CLOTHING- 4 boxes,
Premature to 9 mo. $150.
Will separate. 863-763-2413
CRIB, beautiful, dark wood,
sleigh style w/ mattress. $80
STROLLER Limo, double"
baby stroller $40
Toddler Bed, kids & infants
furniture & toys, newborn
clothes & up, $150. will sell
sep. (863)801-6031

RARE STAMPS-Legends of
the West error & corrected
sheets, in original collectors
cover $199 (863)532-9013 .
78's & 33's $100 for all or will
separate (863)763-6291

COMPAQ- '2000, HP 825'
printer, access. $200. Great
Deal! (863)467-1704.

E' is I05
Econo Kiln 22"x25", Double
layer, runs great, easy to
move $450 (561)662-3335
Assorted styles in good
shape, $50 for all or will
separate. (863)763-6291
MENT, cutting tools, sten-
cils, how to books, patterns,
etc., $500 (863)467-8580

BAHAMA BED w/ corner table
sheets/spreads. $150 or
best offer (863)357-1577
COFFEE TABLE, 2-End tables
& Sofa table, chrome &
brass w/glass tops.
$300/all. (863)674-0467.
gray, must see, will deliver
locally, $60. 983-0950 Cle-
CUTTING BLOCK- roll around,
Good condition. $25.
DESK, Roll Top. Fair condi-
tion. $50 (863)467-4192
DINETTE SET, 4 chairs on
caster wheels.. $50
Black Lacquer Table w/4 grey
upholstered chairs. Good
cond. $250 (863)467-6550
Dining Room Set, 7 pc., like
new, $2500 or best offer.
Good condition. $50.
oak, asking $125 or best of-
fer. (863)357-3773.
DR SUITE- glasstop table, 6
chairs, lighted China cabinet,
Loveseat, 6mos old, $250
will sep. (863)357-0916.
6' long, light oak color, $75
Good condition. $36. Will
separate (863)467-5477.
SPRING- King size, $275.
WATERBED- King size, read
to set up. No headboar)
$100. (863)763-6909.

The Okeechobee News, Saturday, May 28, 2005


The Okeechobee News has immediate
opportunities for New Independent
Delivery Agents who want to provide
excellent service to our readers.

Opportunities Now Open in these Areas:



Okeechobee Must have a dependable
car and provide excellent
XT -..- service to our customers


Come in and fill out a contractors
information sheet at the Circulation office
107 S.W. 17th St., Suite D, Okeechobee, FL.
Call Janet Madray at 863-763-3134 Ext. 233

MOVING SALE- Apartment
Full of furniture Everything
Must Go! Cheap! Sale as a
lot. (863)763-1527.
RECLINER, Lazy Boy. Large.
$30 (863)357-3439
SLEEPER SOFA- Overstuffed
blue w/ floral print, Gently
used, Clean & comfortable,
$150 (863)357-0060.
Leather, light brown, fairly
new, great cond. $800
Early American, over 40 yrs
old, $100 or best offer

CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
stored, $2200.
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $799.
Neg. (863)697-1350 or
GOLF CART- Lincoln Town-
car, Good cond. Lights & ra-
dio $1600. Or best offer.
763-4149 or 561-758-4337

SMITH & WESON 357- Model
66, Stainless, Like new in
original box. Asking $500.

Call after 5pm

vehicle, FREE to person with
need. (863)675-4990.

DRAFTING TABLE, great con-
dition, $25. (863)763-6936
biss/Hankscraft, works
great, $10. (863)763-9410
Pull Small Utility Trailer To:
126 SC. orto 177 NC. orto 177
& 181 VA, Leaving Around
Memorial Day, or After.

GUITAR- Ovation Celebrity
Deluxe, 12 string Acoustic,
electric, w/custom hardshell
case. $700 (863)610-3489.
ORGAN, Large, Lowery, Holi-
Sday. Asking $200 or best of-
fer. (863)610-0521

ARACANA CHICKS- (5) all for
$10. (863)675-4981.
BIRD CAGE- large outdoor
hanging wire cage with
wood roof. 22x25x38 $25.
CHIHHUHUA, Male, 5 months
old. All shots & wormed. CKC
papers. $250 (863)763-2749
leave message.
mini, (4 M), 2 choc/tan dap-
ple, 2 blk/tan, $350-$500
ready 6/18 (863)243-1413
AKC, health cert., blues, rusts,
& blacks $500

males, Blue parents on site,
$500-$750. (863)763-7045
FERRET, albino, spayed, neu-
tered, descended, with cage,
$50. (863)467-2702
FERRET- comes with cage
and food, 15 wks, female,
descented and spayed, $150
neg. (863)261-3108.
BIT- asking $6.
PIT BULL PUPS- Brindle, 8
wks. old, ready to go, $350
PITBULL, Male, Brindle, 8
months old. Neutered w/all
shots. County license. $300

Don't lMiss

This One
CKC, 4 Males & 1 Female, all
blue eyes, $500 each
(863)763-2749 Lv. Msg.

TOILETS (2), New, never
used, $100 will sell separ-.
ate. (863)227-6210.

er, with attachments, $200.
Table top, portable
$30 (863)467-5477



BOWLING BALL- Ladies, Ayr-
way Mustang, Tan/Gold, mar-
bleized, ex. con $12.5 lb.
w/bag. $40 (863)357-3779
you disassemble & remove,
$25 (863)763-6468

SPEAKER- 10" in a box, 300
amp. $150. Or best offer.
(863)634-4238 .
SPEAKER- Planet Audio, 10"
in a box. 2 Air horns. $100.
Or best offer.

COLOR TV- 19", Good condi-
tion. $30. (863)532-8158
RADIO, Old Fashioned Look
Thomas Collectors Edition,
w/cassette. (863)467-4192

BAND SAW- Wilton, Good
condition. $200.
Floor model 1600,3/4 h/p, 16
speed. $100 or best offer
TOOLBOX, very Ig. Maximizer,
top, bottom & side cabinet,
as is including tools, $5000.

Scooter, $500. Or best of-
fer. (863)610-1500.

A.E. Backus, H. Newton,
Highwaymen Art.

Agriculture I


Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies.'
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn 8 Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry.'Supplies 8601)
Seeds- Plants.
Flowers 865

84" Toro Turfmaster Diesel w/
hyd mower lift and hydrostatic
drive.$4000 (863)675-2392

$20. @.

CHICKEN COOP, (4), 10x10,
all pressure treated wood,
$3500 value, asking $1200.
You Move. 863-634-1343

Craftsman w/ Briggs & Strat-
ton 5 h/p eng. $250

FLAG POLE- 20', 4 sections
Beautiful condition. $60.
firm. (863)675-6556
9 h/p, Wizard 6 h/p push
mower, Yard Machine weed
eater $300 (561)662-3335
Craftsman, like new, $350
RIDING MOWER- Craftsman,
6 spd, 12.5HP, 38" deck,
$450, (863)357-0916.
RIMS (2) 21-20", Off of Front
of Massey Ferguson 253 4x4.
$300 for both. (863)674-5744
AG Tread, High traction, lug
size 14.9-28. $600 for the
pair. (863)234-1230

20 feet long with a new top,
(863)634-8960 after 5pm.


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 93b
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 9-15
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

Office Space
For Lease, needs build
out completed. Approx.
2000 sq. ft. willing to di-
vide into 2 separate of-
fice spaces, close to
hospital. For information






Community Events

Wildlife center hosts summer camp
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will host its annual sum-
mer camp during the month of June. This wildlife education camp is
open to campers ages 8-12.
There will be four separate sessions: June 6-10; June 13-17; June
20-24; and, June 27-July 1. The camp will be open from 8 a.m. until 5
p.m. The cost is $100 per camper. Campers will learn about wildlife
and the environment. There will be a day devoted to survival in the
wild. Florida Wildlife Conservation officers Kevin Losee and Sean
Smith will teach the young campers how to survive in the wilderness.
There will also be daily crafts, one large take-home craft, ice cream
parties, and a field trip to and a pontoon boat ride at River Woods.
Since enrollment is limited, it is important to sign up as soon as
possible. For information contact Sue Arnold at (863) 763-4630.

Swimming lessons are offered.
Registration for swimming lessons will be held June 7-10 from 8
a.m. until 6 p.m. Lessons are $25 and will be on a first-come, first-
served basis. For information, contact the pool office at (863) 467-

Frank Attkisson to speak at dinner
The Republican Party of Okeechobee will be hosting its annual
Lincoln Day Dinner on Friday, June 10, at the Shrine Club on U.S. 78.
Social time will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
This year's keynote speaker will be Florida State Representative Frank'
Attkisson, District 79. Dinner will include a sirloin steak served with a
baked potato, green beans and a salad. Tickets are $30 per person. If
you or your business would like to sponsor a table for this event
please call Joe Arnold at (863) 357-6507 or (863) 610-1639. If avail-
able, tickets may be purchased at the door..

Wal-Mart hosts bubble blowing contest
The Double Bubble Gum national bubble blowing contest will be
held at the Okeechobee Wal-Mart Supercenter, 2101 S. Parrott Ave.,
on Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The contest is open to
children ages 12 and under. From these preliminary contests, five
finalists from across the country will compete in the national finals in
August. These five kids will compete for a grand prize of a $10,000
U.S. Savings Bond and a $1,000 donation in the winner's honor to
Children's Miracle Network. For information, contact Erin LaBarge of
the Salmon Borre Group Communications at (847) 295-4235.

Methodist church hosts Bible school
The First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee, 200 N.W. Sec-
ond St., will hold vacation Bible school June 13-17 from 5 until 8:10
p.m. daily. The theme this year is the Circle G Ranch: Ask, Seek,.
Knock. Each adventure is filled with a powerful Bible story and fun

crafts, games and music. There is also an adult Bible study, which will
be led by Reverend. Bruce Simpson and Reverend Jim Dawson. A
light meal will be served each day. Registration fee is $5 per child,
with a $10 maximum per family. Call the First United Methodist
Church office at (863) 763-4021 for information.

Treasure Island church plans VBS
Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E., invites all chil-
dren kindergarten through sixth grades to join us at vacation Bible
school June 20-24 from 5 until 8:15 p.m. VBS creates a fun and excit-
ing safari atmosphere where children will have a great time singing,
watching skits, creative crafts, playing games and getting to know
God through prayer. Along with VBS for the little ones, we will be
offering a parent seminar entitled Making Your Children Mind With-
out Losing Yours. For information call (863) 763-0550.

Oakview hosting Bible school
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W.32nd St., will host a vacation
Bible school June 20-24, from 6 until 9 p.m. The school will be titled
"Ramblin' Road Trip" a trip across America to learn how to make
right choices. It will be for ages 3 through adult. Registration kick-off
will be Saturday, June 18, from 9 until 11:30 a.m. and will include
games, crafts, food, fun and fellowship. For information, call the
church at (863) 763-1699.

Martha's House plans training session
Martha's House will offer eight hours of training on June 22, in the
South Florida Water Management Auditorium, located in the Bank of
America building, 205 North, Parrott Ave., from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The
cost for the training is $10. Certificates will be given. For information,
contact Shirlean Graham at (863) 763-2893.

Book discussion group will meet
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Discussion Group
will continue to meet at 7 p.m. in the Okeechobee Library meeting
room. Everyone who lives to read and discuss books is invited to
attend. The group's next meeting will be Thursday, June 23, to dis-
cuss "Before Women Had Wings" Connie Fowler. If you have ques-
tions or would like more information, call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-

Red Cross offers babysitting course
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch is offering a
babysitter's training course on Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m. until 3
p.m. This is a great course for any young person wanting to baby sit
during the summer. Infant/child CPR and FA basics are covered in this
course. The cost is $25. If your child is interested in taking the course,
call the office at (863) 763-2488.

Guardian ad Litem training offered
You can be the difference to a child in need. The Guardian ad Litem
program will be training volunteers from Okeechobee, Indian River, St.
Lucie and Martin counties to represent the best interest of abused,
abandoned and neglected children in court. This meeting will be June
27-30 and July 1 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the South County Annex, St.
Lucie West Courthouse, 250 N.W Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie, on
the second floor meeting. For information, call (772) 785-5804.

Lake Denton offering summer camps
Lake Denton Camp in Avon Park is offering summer camps to be
held July 2-5, July 6-8 and July 9-12. We also have dates available year-
round for camp rental for your church, family reunion or group. For
information, call Pam at (863) 453-3627 or (863) 634-9280. Their web-
site is lakedentoncamp.org.

Application available for ESE scholarships
The Okeechobee County School Board Exceptional Student Educa-
tion Department has sent out letters to parents of ESE students that
may be eligible for John McKay scholarships. An eligible student is a
child that has an active IEP, and was enrolled in public school in Okee-
chobee during both the October and February child counts. The schol-
arship can be used to attend a private school that accepts the students,
or students may attend another public school that has a similar pro-
gram. There is an application process that can be accessed through the
internet at www.fldoe.org. For information, call Cathleen Blair, ESE
director, at (863) 462-5000, ext. 255. The deadline for applications is
July 3.

Dates for fall bazaar announced
The annual Fall Bazaar Arts and Crafts Show and Sale sponsored by
Xi Nu Sigma, the Avon Park Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, is scheduled for
Saturday, Oct. 1, at Donaldson Park in Avon Park. Proceeds from this
fundraiser are used throughout the year for community projects. Past
proceeds have been used to purchase canned goods and blankets for
the Sun Room, Avon Park Church Service Center, scholarships and
donations to the juvenile diabetes fund. Vendor applications are now
being accepted. Contact Linda Dalke, 1608 Booth Drive, in Sebring; or,
call Lynn Cloud at (863) 382-4487 or (863) 381-5680.

Headstart now accepting applications
The Economic Opportunities Council Headstart is accepting appli-
cations for the 2005/06 school year. Children turning 3 on or before
Sept. 1, but not yet eligible for kindergarten, may apply at Northside
Headstart, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave. For appointments, call Sheryl Heater
at (863) 357-8677 or Antonia Nunez at (863) 357-2242. Headstart opens
as early as 7 a.m. Qualifying children may stay as late as 5:30 p.m.

HORSE Pasafina Gelding,
loves attention, does not
spook. $2500.
V2 yrs old, green broke, very
sweet, $1500.

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Mobile Homes

Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes. Sale 2020

Four risers w/ aluminum rail
$100 for both, will sep.

glass, 5 risers, 2 aluminum
rails, $350. (863)467-0506

OKEECHOBEE- 3br/2ba,
DWMH, '01, w/Screened
Patio in Otter Creek, Horse
stalls & 5 acres avail.,
$1250/mo, 1st, Last, & Sec
Dep, (863)610-1171.

RENTAL- Lg. furnished,
3br,2ba, DWMH, on Taylor
Creek, w/boathouse, near
Lock, short or long term
avail. (561)385-5979.

Recreation I

Boats 3005
CampersRVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles ATVs 3035

Aluminum, w/trailer. $500

lHorses ,


Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

South Georgia, 15,000 acres,
timber-merchantable & pre-
merchantable, owner be-
lieves it would convert to
cattle ranch, $1550 per
acre, Clark Investment Prop-
erties, 850-224-1854.

W/trailer, vinyl top & 35 h/p
Evinrude motor. $1500
AIR BOAT- 440 engine, Runs
good. $2495.
AVENGER '86- 17' Bass boat
& trlr, 150 HP Johnson, runs
great, $2500 firm or trade
for ATV, etc..
BASS BOAT- 18' Fiberglass,
with custom hauler trailer.
115 HP Mercury motor. New
seat, pumps, trolling motor.
$3500 Neg. Call
BASS BOAT- 2004, 18'Triton,
30hrs, mercury 150hp. Ma-
rine Master trailer. Motor
guide trolling motor 71lbs
thrust. Digital. $17,000.

1986 with 150 h/p Mercury
Opti Max, low hrs w/trailer
$6000 (863)946-0307
GOLF CART- Yamaha Gaso-
line motor, Very nice.
$2000. (863)801-1666.
MERCURY '01, 25 HP, electric
start, O/B Motor, 2006 war-
ranty. Perfect cond. $2000.
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ginia dissolve the church's pas-
toral relationship with Falter effec-
tive next Wednesday.
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the country have struggled with
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narrowly rejected a measure that
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Buick's new LaCrosse will satisfy many


By Greg Hendriks

Trucks, particularly SUVs,
looked to be the consumers
choice not so long ago but
across the automotive industry
cars are making a strong come-
And this is especially true at
Buick. It's newest offering is the
LaCrosse, a new name for a new
mid-sized Buick sedan, and it
promises to be a preview of
Buicks to come.
After a couple of years of
product expansion into the luxu-
ry crossover and truck classes
with the Rendezvous and Ranier,
respectively, Buick is starting to
finally renewing its cars. The first
Buick sedans to get a makeover
were the Regal and Century,
which together accounted for
nearly half of Buick's sales in
recent years.
Actually, more than a
makeover was involved. Except
for a short run of 2005 Centurys,
the Regal and Century are. now
!history, replaced by the new
LaCrosse. However, the
LaCrosse is not a radical depar-
ture from the Regal and the Cen-
lury, and that's fitting as they
were very successful cars for
Buick, and Buick is GM's conser-
vative division.
The LaCrosse's platform
underpinnings are, in fact, the
venerable W platform upon
which the Regal and Century
were based, but updated and
upgraded. The engine for the CX
and CXL models is the latest,
Series Ill version of the.
renowned 3800 V6, but the
supercharged 3800 that pow-
ered the premium Regal GS has
-gone the way of the Regal GS
itself, replaced in the LaCrosse
CXS by an aluminum alloy dual
overhead cam 3.6-liter V6 also
found in the Rendezvous Ultra.
So, with new styling, a signifi-
cantly-upgraded chassis, and
new power, if the LaCrosse is
not absolutely, completely new
from the ground up, it is
changed enough to merit its new
Chassis improvements ;and
enhanced soundproofing mate-
rials make it quieter, and both
exterior and interior panel gaps
are noticeably smaller, providing
a better fit and finish. Unlike any
of its domestic or imported com-
petilors, the LaCrosse is avail-
able in a sLx-passenger configu-
ration, for the Buick
traditionalist, as well as the now-
standard five-passengei mode. .
The well-equipped CX has
standard high-quality cloth
upholstery, and could be consid-
ered to take the place of the Cen-
tury. With the 3800 Series II

engine and standard leather, the
CXL is a fine successor to the
Regal LS. An upgraded suspen-
sion.and the twin-cam 3.6-liter
V6 allows the LaCrosse CXS to
nicely replace the Regal GS.
Over the years I've spent a fair
amount of time in Regals, partic-
ularly in the Regal GS, and hold
that car in high regard. The
LaCrosse is not merely a Regal in
new skin. It's more modern, qui-
eter and more refined, and can
hold its own against its intended
competitors in the mid-size,
middle-class and entry-luxury
With its new styling and
improved fit and finish, it can
appeal to a wider group of
potential customers. The
LaCrosse is the most important
Buick in recent years, and points
to a bright future for the compa-
There is no doubt that the
LaCrosse is a Buick just look
at the chrome-trimmed, oval
'waterfall' grille and rounded
shape, both virtually Buick trade-
marks in recent years. But the
LaCrosse shows 'i'jal excite-
meni that \\da aTbsent in both the
Regal and Century, with creased
outer lines td both the front and
rear fenders and sculpted details.
The new four-light headlight
treatment echoes some much
pricier imports, as do details like
chrome trim on the corners of
the bumpers and the large,
rounded-triangular 'taillights.
Panel gaps and fit are noticeably
improved. The message is that
this is no longer a car only for
domestic-brand buyers, but for
those who previously consid-
ered only imports as well.
Even more noticeable on the
inside than out, the past bland-
ness has been banished from the
LaCrosse. A two-tone, dark-
over-light color scheme, copious
use of woodgrain trim on the
main instrument panel, console,
and doors, and a tasteful touch
of chrome trim help give it an
airy, spacious look. With an inte-
rior' design that is. more interna-
tional than has. ever been found
in a Buick before, it is a definite
upgrade from the old Regal ...
The spacious appearance is
no illusion, as there.is more inte-
rior room, particularly in rear-
seat legroom and both front and
rear shoulder room too. The top
of the instrument panel sits
lower for improved vision.
Interestingly, in an age where
it seems that everything related
to an automobile is first done by
computer simulation, the
LaCrosse is the first GM vehicle
in over a decade to have its inte-
rior designed the old-fashioned
way with what is called the

With the Buick LaCrosse's new styling and improved fit and finish, it will appeal to a widi
group of potential customers with its chrome-trim, oval 'waterfall' grille and rounded shap
The LaCrosse shows visual excitement that was absent in both the Regal and Century, wil
creased outer lines to both the front and rear fenders and sculpted details.
S' ., :

The interior of the LaCrosse is comfortable, its instruments are easily visible and all of i
controls are simple to use. All important controls are backlit at night, for safety and eas
of use.

"Interior Craftsmanship Buck",
Even at an early design stage,,
real people could sit in a more-I
or-less real interior, and critique
'.the position and usefulness of,
the instruments, controls, and
console. This paid off the inte-
rior is comfortable for real
humans, instruments are easil\
Visible, and all controls are sim-
ple to use. All important controls
are backlit at night,.for safety and
ease of use.
My test car was in five-passen-
ger configuration, with comfort-
able front bucket seats and a

rear split-folding contoured From a safety perspective, tl
bench. The driver's seat is LaCrosse's chassis structure fe
power-adjustable': in standard. lies improved strength through
trim, with a power passenger the central safety cage bu
seat part of an option package.' around the passenger compa
This design features a large con- .ment. You also get a new fou
sole, box/center armrest in addi- wheel disc brake system wi
tion to useful storage spaces at larger brake discs, with antiloc
the front of the console 'and in standard on the CXS and optio
the doors: al on other models, and stand
With a .trunk that is quite' OriStar telematics (with a on
large for the size of the car, and year subscription). The Stabi
the split-folding rear seat that trak stability enhancement sy
can easily accommodate over- tem is available in the CXS, at
size items, you will have no trou- side-curtain airbags are offer
ble loading up the car for a as an option for all models.
weekend get-away. Buick buyers value a smoot

quiet ride and they get it with the
LaCrosse. It's a great highway
cruiser, and pleasant around
town and on back roads as well.
Although the basic suspension
design, with MacPherson struts
in front and an independent tri-
link system in the rear is familiar
from the Regal, it has been
extensively reworked for
improved comfort and control.
Over 80 percent of the stan-
dard components have been re-
tuned, and the standard spring
rates are 20 percent stiffer than
in the Regal, for improved ride
control. The "Gran Touring" sus-
pension in the CXS has the same
spring rates but larger, stiffer sta-
bilizer bars, for less body roll
when cornering.
It's still soft, befitting a luxury
car, but very well controlled. A
bump is dealt with by the sus-
pension and then-forgotten, with
no following oscillations.
er Improved soundproofing
e: technology and additional
th sound-absorbing materials, and
improved fit and finish make
for a pleasingly quiet driving
'experience. "Magnasteer" a
computer-controlled,' magneti-
2' cally-assisted speed-sensitive
steering keeps the steering
effort light at low speeds for
easy parking, and heavier at
highway speeds for stability.
From a performance stand
point, there are both plusses
and minuses comparing the
new 3.6-liter twincam V6 with
the departed 3800 super-
charged engine, but the pluses
win do win overall.
The new engine is quieter
"' and much more refined in oper-
ation. Both develop the same
horsepower, 240, but the blown
S3800 wins the torque race with
a maximum of 280 lb-ft, versus
230 for the new engine.
Acceleration from the super-
, charged 3800 was character-
. ized by a healthy low-end and
midrange wallop from that
torque, but it was noisy and had
noticeable vibration at speed -
ts characteristics that are not all
se that suitable for a luxury car
The new 3.6, like most
he newer engines, doesn't pack
;a- the same low-end punch but
gh does have better midrange and
ilt top-end power. It runs much
rt- quieter at highway speeds, par-
r- ticularly when passing. And,
th although the lower torque
ck makes it feel slower than the
n- Regal GS, the LaCrosse CXS has
n- better acceleration to highway
rd speeds.
e- .As I mentioned at the begin-
ii- ning of this review, since the
's- 2005 Buick LaCrosse is the first
id of a new generation of Buick
ed sedans, then it is save to say
that the Buick faces a fine
th, future.

Tire pressure monitoring systems to be required

By Ken Thomas

A light on motorists' instru-
'ment panels will soon warn them
when a tire is underinflated.
The safety regulation has its
roots in the Firestone tire recall of
2000. It requires new passenger
cars to have tire pressure moni-
toring systems in place by the
2008 model year.
Automakers most likely will
attach tiny sensors to each wheel
thatwill signal if a tire falls 25 per-
cent .below the recommended
inflation pressure. If any one of
the four tires is underinflated, the
sensor sets off a warning light.
Automakers will begin using
the technology in September. The
National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration estimates the

upgrade will cost manufacturers
between $48.44 and $69.89 per
The government said underin-
flated tires affect a vehicle's fuel
economy and can increase -stop-
ping distances, contribute to the
likelihood of tire failure and lead
to skidding on wet surfaces. One
NHTSA survey found about 30
.percent of cars and light trucks
have at least one tire underinflat-
ed by 8 pounds per square inch
or more.
All new four-wheel vehicles
weighing 10,000 pounds or less
must be equipped with the sys-
tems by the 2008 model year, the
government said. The regulation
affects passenger cars, sport titili-
ty vehicles, pickup trucks and

NHTSA estimates that 120
lives a year will be saved when all
new vehicles are equipped with
the systems.
The regulation was proposed
last September. Tire manufactur-
ers have questioned whether the
warning system would signal low
pressure early enough. Automak-
ers have raised concerns that
motorists may ignore the lights if
they appear too frequently..
Donald B. Shea, president and
chief executive of the Rubber
Manufacturers Association, the
trade group that represents tire
makers, said, "Unfortunately, this
regulation may give motorists a
false sense of security that their
tires are properly inflated when
they may be significantly underin-

Eron Shosteck, a spokesman,
.for The Alliance of Automobile
Manufacturers, which represents
nine automakers, said about 18
percent of their vehicles already
have the technology. It first
appeared in the 1997 Chevrolet
Corvette and is currently used in
some luxury vehicles.
"We're gratified that there's a
final rule which allows us to con-
tinue the implementation of the
technology as we've been
doing," Shosteck said. Automak-
ers estimate the upgrade will
cost an average of $115 per vehi-
Congress, aiming to' prevent
SUV rollovers after the massive
Firestone tire recall began in
August 2000, sought the warning
devices in the Transportatibn

Recall Enhancement, Account-
ability and Documentation Act.
NHTSA originally issued a
rule in Dec. 2001 that would
have required vehicles made
after Nov. 2003 to have dash-
board' lights warning drivers, if
'their tire pressure was low.
But Public Citizen and other
consumer groups sued the gov-
ernment agency, arguing the
rule weakly allowed automakers
to choose between cheaper
"indirect" monitors, which oper-
ate off the antilock braking sys-
.tem, or "direct" systems, which
have monitors attached to each
A federal appeals court in
New York agreed with the con-
sumer groups and tossed out
NHTSA's rule in Aug. 2003, lead-

ing to the new process of issuing
the regulation.
Joan Claybrook, the president
of Public Citizen and a former
NHTSA administrator, said the
rule was long overdue. She
would have preferred that
motorists get quicker warnings
about low tire pressure.
The rule requires the system
to warn the driver within 20 min-
utes of additional travel within a
speed range of about 30 mph to
60 mph. Claybrook said
motorists driving locally at lower
speeds might be delayed in
receiving the dashboard warn-
"It's not exactly what we
hoped but I think that it will
work," Claybrook said.


14 The Okeechobee News, Saturday, May 28, 2005

'06 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is

By Ann M. Job
The early-for-2006 ML350 and
ML500 models are bigger and
faster than their predecessors and
have a more refined interior.
They're also restyled and use
lighter-weight unibody construc-
Starting manufacturer's sug-
gested retail price, including desti-
nation charge, for a new, base M-
Class now tops $40,000 for the
first time.
The 2006 ML350 with 3.5-liter
V6, cloth seats and black grille
starts at $40,470. The uplevel,
2006 ML500 with 5-liter V8, shiny
silver-colored grille and standard
leather-trimmed seats starts at
$49,220. All M-Classes have stan-
dard full-time, four-wheel drive.
In comparison, the 2005 Lexus
RX 330 starts at $36,675 for a two-
wheel-drive model with V6. The
RX doesn't offer a V8 but has a
gasoline-electric hybrid version
that starts at $49,185.
Another luxury SUV competi-
tor, the 2005 BMW X5, starts at
$42,395 for a V6 model and stan-
dard all-wheel drive.
The optional third-row seats in
the M-Class are gone. Mercedes
officials said few consumers
bought them. Besides, the com-
pany plans to introduce a new
vehicle, the R-Class, later this year
that will include three rows of
seats standard.
The 2006 M-Class is 5.9 inches
longer and 2.8 inches wider than

its predecessor, though the added
dimensions are integrated so
neatly into the styling that con-
sumers might not notice, from the
outside, that the vehicle is larger.
In fact, the '06 M-Class is a bit
longer and taller than the seg-
ment-leading RX 330 as well as
BMW's X5.
But inside, passengers can
sense the increased size. Front
passengers have decent room
between them. Second-row rid-
ers get additional shoulder room,
and legroom in both front and
back is increased by some 2 inch-
Mercedes maintained the
wedge shape of the M-Class, but
it's more "slippery" in its design
and less blockish now.
To me, the styling makes the
M-Class look similar to a Lexus RX
330, which probably isn't a bad
thing, considering the RX 330 had
record sales last year and outsold
the M-Class by4-to- 1.
The M-Class interior is quieter
than ever, and in the test vehicle,
an uplevel ML500 with V8, I could
converse with passengers easily.
Wind noise came on only at
top highway speeds, and even
then, it wasn't.obtrusive.
The only other outside sound
was the deep, confident swell that
emanated from the engine when I
pressed hard on the accelerator.
This 5-liter V8 generates 302
horsepower and 339 foot-pounds
of torque as low as 2,700 rpm, up
from 288 horses and 325 foot-

pounds of torque starting at 2,700
rpm in the 2005 ML500.
It's easy enough to power the
now-lighter-weight '06 M-Class in
strong fashion, though it's still a
bit less than the 315-horsepower
V8 in BMW's midline X5 4.4i.
But the new base M-Class
engine, a 3.5-liter V6, outshines
six-cylinder powerplants in major
Its 268 horses and 258 foot-
pounds of torque starting at 2,400
rpm compare with the X5's 225
horsepower, 3-liter inline six that
generates 214 foot-pounds of
torque at 3,500 rpm. Lexus' RX
330 has a 230-horse, 3.3-liter V6
capable of 242 foot-pounds of
The new M-Class is the first
production SUV in the world with
a seven-speed automatic trans-
mission, replacing the old five
The new tranny shifts oh-so-
smoothly, even when the vehicle
is being driven aggressively.
Its Touch Control shift-it-your-
self feature is noteworthy because
a driver can even select to skip as
many as three gears during down-
Only thing is, when I shifted
manually during my test drive, I
hardly used the sixth and seventh
gears, both of which felt like over-
drive gears. I had the best all-
around response, though less fuel
efficiency, in third and fourth
The new seven speed helps

improve fuel economy fo
engines, though this luxury
size SUV still ranks in the
half of SUVs.
Specifically, the new V6
is rated at 16 miles a gallon
driving and 20 mpg for hi,
travel, while the V8 model i
at 14/19-mpg.
People who are familiar
the inside of today's Mei
vehicles will quickly feel co
able in the M-Class.
The dashboard audio an
tilation controls and instri
gauges are like those on
Mercedes vehicles.
Thankfully, though, Mer
did away with the damage
cupholders that were local
the ends of the dashboard,
they often were banged an
ken as people entered and
the M-Class.
Front-seat passengers
have two cupholders, ti
they are exposed, without a
ful cover over them, in t
Class center console.
To accommodate
cupholders, Mercedes h
move the shifter from the c(
to the steering column, an(
new electronic shifter that d
require the amount of space
the old one did.
So drivers must lear
workings of the new s
which is more of a short
than a traditional shift lev
operation is akin to that
BMW 7-Series sedan.


r both Other new M-Clas
y, mid- Optional Sirius satellite
lower an optional auxiliary I
glovebox for an iPod.
model In addition, big, s
in city inch wheels from the
ghway first for the M-Class
s rated offered.
The 2006 M-Class h
ir with nent four-wheel drive
rcedes tronic system that adapt
)mfort- cle's traction control to
power, when needed
id ven- wheels that can grip
ument situations.
other A driver doesn't n
anything to engage th
rcedes and in normal driving
-prone power is automatically
ated at to the front wheels and
where rear wheels.
id bro- An optional off-road
exited age is due late in the 2
year and will include a
now transfer case with low
hough rugged off-roading.
a taste- Unlike the previous
he M- this low range will en
the vehicle moving,
these speeds are under 25 ml
ad to Other new tractio
console include a hill descent c
d it's a lets the driver 'set
doesn't between 4 and 12 mil
ce that that he or she wants the
travel in.
n the And a new, start-of
shifter, ture can keep the ve
knob rolling backward on ste
ver. Its "M-Class passengers
in the than they do in cars
someone 5-feet-4, lik

and faster

s features: get inside the new M-Class with-
e radio and out having to scramble awkward-
plug in the lyupward.
Steering is decently respon-
showy, 19- sive, with good on-center feel.
e factory a The suspension manages road
now are bumps well to keep them from
jolting passengers, and the vehi-
has perma- cle feels stable, not loose and
via an elec-
its the vehi- tippy.
help divert Company officials look for M-
d, to the Class sales between 30,000 and
in slippery 40,000 annually. While this is
down from the peak of 52,764 in
ieed to do calendar 2000, it's up from last
his system, year's 25,681.
g, half the Median age of targeted M-
y allocated Class buyers is in the early 40s
1 half to the with median household income
of $100,000, the company said.
d pro pack- Women are often the primary
:006 model drivers of M-Classes.
two-speed Just introduced, the 2006 M-
y range for Class has not been the subject of
a safety recall. The National High-
is M-Class, way Traffic Safety Administration
engage with does not have crash test results
as long as for the new M-Class, and Con-
ph. summer Reports does not provide
ontr features reliability data.
control thaed A final note: A fuel-thrifty, 224-
es an hour horsepower, 3.2-liter, diesel V6 is
e vehicle to offered in the M-Class overseas,
but Mercedes officials said they
f assist fea- don't have a set date to bring it to
hicle from the States.
eep hills. They do, however, plan to
s sit higher introduce a high-power, perform-
, but even ance AMG model with gasoline
e me, can V8withinayear.

The new mid-size Montego is moving Mercury upscale

By Ann M. Job
Mercury's new sedan, the
2005 Montego, looks deceptively
But it has nearly as much pas-
senger volume inside as the full-
size Mercdry Grand Marquis and
more trunk space than the longer
and wider sedan.
Eventually slated to replace the
Mercury Sable, the Montego
includes upscale styling, more
responsive handling and yes, a
noticeably roomy interior.
The Montego is even offered
with all-wheel drive and can be
had with a continuously variable
transmission (CVT), rather than a
traditional transmission, to better
optimize performance and gaso-
line usage.
The Montego's starting manu-
facturer's'suggested retail price,
including destination charge, of
$24,995, is nearly $3,300 higher
than the Sable's, which continues

to be sold.
The Montego's starting price
also is higher than that of its Ford-
branded twin, the Five Hundred
sedan, which starts at $22,795,
and the top-selling mid-size sedan
in the country, the Toyota Camry.
A V6-powered, 2005 Camry starts
at $22,920. Toyota also sells four-
cylinder-powered Camry models
that start at $18,585.
Available in Luxury and Premi-
um trim levels, the Montego has
one engine, a 203-horsepower, 3-
liter, double overhead cam,
Duratec V6 that provides good
Torque is a maximum 207
foot-pounds at 4,550 rpm and
doesn't come on in a rushed,
eager way. Rather, the Montego
responds in a .sle-.dv er, r man-
The test car, the top-of-the-line
Premier with all-wheel drive, was
the heaviest of all Montegos,
weighing more than 3,900

pounds. Yet ft moved without
sluggishness up highway grades
in the mountains and merged into
city traffic well.
The only transmission for the
all-wheel-drive Montego is a Ger-
man-built CVT that drivers oper-
ate like an automatic. The tranny
automatically seeks the best
"step", from among a gear ratio
range that's larger than in a typical
Officials said the CVT provides
better start up performance, but
drivers may notice that there are
no normal-feeling shift points
from this tranny.
Front-drive Montegos get a six-
speed, conventional automatic
transmission and are the fuel-
economy leaders of the line with
a rating of 2'1 miles per gallon in
city driving and 29 mpg on the
The Camry offers a choice of
V6s with five-speed automatic.
The 3-liter V6 generates 210 hors-

es and 220 foot-pounds of torque
at 4,400 rpm, while the 3.3-liter V6
can produce 225 horses and 240
foot-pounds of torque at a low
3,600 rpm.
The Camry is shorter in overall
length and lighter than the Mon-
tego, which conveys a more Euro-
pean character, especially in han-
Based on a modified platform
from Volvo's S80, the Montego
has steering that feels more pre-
cise than you might expect in a
Mercury family car.
For example, the Montego test
car was poised and confident on
twisty mountain roads. Yes, there
was some body sway here and
there, but it was well-controlled
even in aggressive curves and
There wasn't much wind
noise, and engine sounds from
the V6 were muted.
The Montego's all-wheel drive
system also is borrowed from

Volvo. It can send all the torque to
the rear wheels from the front in
just milliseconds, if it detects a
loss of front-wheel traction.
Still, no one seemed to notice
the test Montego as I drove it.
It's carefully dressed with
pieces of shiny chrome here and
non-shiny, satin-finish, silver
metal there.
But as much as the Montego
was designed to look contempo-
rary and sophisticated, it seems to
blend in with other cars rather
than shine among them.
I found that the most interest-
ing view of the Montego was at
the rear. Its light-emitting-diode
taillamps are shaped and posi-
tioned such that, at a quick
glance, you'd swear you were
looking at the back of a Mercedes-
Benz sedan.
That said, I admit I like the
Montego's sizable wheels and
tires. On the uplevel Montego,
they're 18-inch wheels with Pirelli

tires that help fill the sizable
wheel wells. The biggest factory
wheels on the Sable are 16-inch-
The Montego's interior, a
whopping 107.5 cubic feet vs.
108.2 in the Grand Marquis and
101.8 in the Camry, is dressed up
with some satin-finished metal.
pieces here and there. Yet, it
comes across as uncomplicated.
The seat position of passen-
gers in the Montego have a slight-
ly higher riding position than
what's found in many other cars
and sit more upright, thanks to
the Montego's taller roofline.
This gives the driver, especially
someone who feels as if she's
peeking over the steering wheel, a
much more comfortable view out
of the vehicle. It's also makes it a
bit easier to get into and out of the
Montego, because passengers
don't drop down onto low-posi-
tioned seats.


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1995 Toyota Tercel
2 dr, 1.5L, 5 spd. great on gas, 87k mi. .H ..... $2,795
1994 Chevrolet Cavalier
4 dr, automatic, 60k mi. M .... ...... .... $2,995
1997 Ford Escort LX
4 dr, 2.0L, automatic, air, 86k mi. m ........ $2,995
1995 Mercury Cougar
2 dr, V8, leather. M ............ $.. 3,995
1999 Ford Taurus SE
4 dr, V6, auto, pwr w/l, cass, cruise, tilt. M ... $3,995
1996 Ford Thunderbird LX
2 dr, V8, auto, power w/l, 96K mi. @iH ....... 4,495
1995 Honda Civic LX
4 dr, auto. pwr windows, stereo, great on gas. m0$4,995

2002 Hyundai Accent
3 dr, 1.6L, 5 spd, stereo/cass, factory warr. .$5,995
1997 Honda Civic LX
4 dr, 1.6L, auto, power w/l, great on gas. MH .... $5,995
2000 Dodge Intrepid
4 dr, V6, automatic, loaded, 59k mi. ._ ....... $5,995
1999 Chrysler Concorde
4 dr, V6, auto, power w/l, cd, luxury for less. MH .$6,995.
1998 Acura Integra LS
4 dr,1.8L, auto, power w/l, cd, alloys. .8 ...... $6,995
1999 Buick LeSabre
Looks and runs super. C ... .. ...$6,995
1999 Mercury Cougar
2 dr, V6, automatic, leather, sunroof. M.. ....... $6,995
1997 Mercury Grand Marquis LS
4 dr, V8, automatic, leather, luxury for less. MI.. .$6,995
1998 Mazda 626
4 dr, 2.0L, automatic, leather, 50k mi. i .$6,995
1999 Buick LeSabre
Low miles, great price. L ................ $7,995
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier
2 dr, 2.2L, 5 spd, power w/l, cd, 42k mi. .H .... $7,995
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier LS
Automatic, air, power windows/locks, cruise. f .$7,995
1997 Mercury Cougar XR7
V8, automatic, leather, 45k mi. MR............ .$7,995
2002 Saturn SL2
4 dr, 1.9L, auto, stereo/cd, 35k miles. M ...... $7,995
2002 Hyundai Sonata
4 dr, 2.4L, power windows/locks/cd, 31k mi. MH .$8,995
1999 Nissan Altima GXE
Automatic, cd, air, 58k mi. N ................ $8,995
2003 Chevrolet Cavalier
Auto, air, cd, chrome wheels, 34k mi. N ....... $9,995
2000 Mercury Grand Marquis.
48k miles. Ltw ........... ..... ...... $9,995
2001 Chrysler Sebring LX
Air, low miles, V6, clean, 59k mi. fi .......... $9,995
2002 Nissan Sentra GXE
Automatic, power windows/locks, cd, 62k mi. N .$9,995
2004 Hyundai Elantra GLS
2.0L, 5 spd. power windows/locks. 14k mi. .9,995
2001 Mercury Grand Marquis LS
4 dr, V8, automatic, leather, loaded. MH ...... $11,495
2003 Hyundai Sonata GL
4 dr,,2.4L, auto, power w/l, cd, 31k mi. MN ... $11 ,995
2000 Buick LeSabre Limited
Head-up display, leather. sunroof, low miles. C .$12,995
2002 Mazda Protege PR5
Automatic, alloys. 44k mi. r....H .. .. $12,995
2004 Pontiac Sunfire SE
. 2 r auto, power windows/locks, 14k mi. K ...$12,995
2002 Mercury Grand Marquis
White, excellent condition. L.M ...........$13,900
2003 Nissan Sentra 1.8S
Automatic, air, cd & more, 46k mi i ........ $13,995
2005 Chevrolet Cavalier
Automatic. air, cd, like new, 4k mi r .. .. 13,995
2004 Nissan Sentra 1.8S
Automatic. air. cd & more, 28k mi. r ...:..$13,995
2004 Mercury Sable LS
4 dr. V6, auto, premium pkg, 15k mi. M .....$13,995
2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser
Like new, only 8k miles. ftu . ...... $14,995
2004 Mercury Sable LS
Premium silver, 15k miles. LAW .......... $14,995
2002 Mercury Grand Marquis
Silver. 29k miles. MW ....... ...... .... ..15,995

2002 Nissan Altima 3.5se
V6 j-uii:i, jic. :urirn.ii .: r el. (1$15,995
2002 Nissan Altima 3.5s
Leallter, ruul, ,,, le li, Bose stereo, _i.I .... '$18 ,995
2002 Mercury Grand Marquis LS
19k miles. U.t .. .................... 1. $18,995
2003 Volkswagen Passat GL Wagon
Power w/l, cd, cassette, 30k mi. ......... $19,995

1997 Nissan Pathfinder
V6, 'automatic, power w/l, cd, 4wd. ..... $6,995
2000 Chevrolet Blazer LS
Power windows/locks, tilt.wheel, cruise. .... $6,995
1999 Ford Explorer
Green, tan leather, very clean. . . $9,995
1999 Ford Explorer XLS
Automatic, air, cd, cruise control, 61k mi. $9,995
2001 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS
V6, automatic, 4WD, 68k mi. ... .... $12,995
2001 Jeep Cherokee Laredo 4x4
Wheels, cd & more, 45k miles. |. ........... $14,995
2001 Chevrolet Blazer LS
Pwr windows/locks, cd, wheels, low 27k mi. F ..$14,995
2002 Dodge Durango
V8, 4 dr, automatic, power w/l, 26k mi. C ..... 15,995
2001 Honda CRV SE AWD
2.0L, automatic, loaded, 26k miles. ...... $15,995
2003 Mazda Tribute LX
V6, automatic, power w/l, cd, 29k mi. ... $17,995
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS
V6, automatic, power w/l, cd, 15k mi. A .... $17,995

2002 Toyota 4Runner SR5
Automatic, cd, leather, wheels, 46k mi. .... .19,995
2003 Toyota Highlander.

Champagne, excellent condition, 29k i. .. 19,995
2002 Chevrolet Tahoe
V8, automatic, power w/l, cd, 51k mi. MN ..... $1120,995
2003 Lincoln Navigator
Silver, 21k miles.. /N i. ... ...........$31,995
2004 Volkswagen Toureg .32,995
Burgundy, 6400 miles. .. .3,995
2002 Cadillac Escalade
Black, new chrome wheels & tires. 3 ........ -1 ,)995
2004 Cadillac SRX 18
AWD, navigation system, V8. ............. 36,995
2003 Hummer H2 5
Yellow with grey leather, 25k mi, must see! N 4. 1 ,995

1998 Chevrolet S-10 LS Xcab
5 spd, am/fm/cassette, great on gas. i ...... .$5,995
2000 Ford Windstar SEL
V6, automatic, loaded, leather .. ........... $8,995
2001 Ford F150 Super Crew Lariat
V8, leather, custom topper, loaded. i I ...... .$14,995
2002 Mazda MPV ES
V6, automatic, loaded, 32k mi. $17,995
2003 Ford F150 XLT Super Cab
V8, automatic, power w/l, cd, one owner ..$17,995

2002 Mazda MPV ES
k16 julrriali l airier. ;' mi a $17,995
2003 Ford F150 XCab XLT
V., j iuanu.:, poi.er ', I a:.d $17,995
2004 Honda Odyssey LX
V6, factory warranty, 27k mi. ......... .. $19,995
2003 Honda Odyssey EX-L
Leather, wheels, cd, all power, 47k mi. 2 ..... $22,995
2004 Chevrolet Silverado LS XCab
4WD, long bed, V8, auto, leather, cd, 36k mi. N $24,995
2005 Buick Terraza
Leather, 11k miles, like brand new. ......$25,995
2004 GMC Sierra
Automatic, air, toneau cover, 9800 mi. .. $28,995
2002 Ford F350 Super Duty Crew Cab
V8, diesel DRW automatic, 62k mi. N ........ $29,995

2000 Ford Mustang Coupe
V6, auto, power steering/brakes, 55k mi. MRS ...$7,995
1999 Mazda Miata Convertible
1.8L, 5 speed, power windows, air, 60k mi. $10,995
2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
Full power pkg, auto, air & more, 18k mi. LM .$14,995
2003 Mazda Miata Convertible
1.8L, 5 speed, Shinsen Edition, 13k mi. .$17,995
2004 Mazda RX8 Sport
1.3L, red, automatic, power w/l, cd, 19k mi. $23,995
2003 Nissan 350Z Enthusiast
6 speed, cd & more, 22k mi. .............. $24,995
2004 Nissan 350Z Touring
6 spd, cd, leather & more, 18k mi. H .... ... $29,995
2002 BMW 328i Convertible
Sliver on silver. i V ................. .$29,995
2002 BMW 330i Convertible
Pewter, black top, auto, low 20k mi. J ... .. 37,995

1995 Cadillac Deville
White diamond, showroom condition. C $7,995
2002 Hyundai XG35011995
4 dr, V6, automatic, leather, 58k mi. MNH .. $11,995
2000 Lincoln Town Car
Silver, 27k miles. ._ . . . ........ $14,99
2000 Lincoln Town Car
Silver, 27k miles LI ...... .... ... $16,995
1999 Mercedes Benz E320
One owner, garaged. . . . $17,995. ,
2004 Hyundai XG350L
4 dr, V6, cd, leather, 19k miles. __ .......... $17,995
2002 Lincoln Town Car
Beige, tan Ithr, certified to 75k mi, 31k mi. $22,995
2001 BMW 330i
Auto, sunroof, leather, loaded, 49k mi. t .... $22,995
2003 Lincoln Town Car
Luxury at its best. C .................. .. '22',995
2002 Cadillac Seville
White diamond paint, garaged. C ........... $22,995
2002 Cadillac Deville Palm Bch Ed 23,995
Low miles. C ............. 995
2002 Lincoln Town Car
Silver, 26k miles. .... ..t. 23. ,995
2002 Cadillac Deville
Presidential Edition, low miles. C ........... $23,995
2002 Cadillac Deville DHS 23
Cadillac Certified. C .......... ........... 23,995
2002 Lexus ES300
Tan leather, cheap luxury, only 35k mi. ...$23,995
2003 Lincoln Town Car
Beige, 14k miles. .v .................... $24,995
2002 Cadillac DHS
Cashmere, certified, 21k miles. W2 ......... $24,995
2003 Cadillac CTS
Sunroof, luxury package. ................ $24,995
2002 Cadillac Seville STS
Low miles, garaged, showroom condition ...$24,995
2003 Lincoln Town Car
Tan, 30k miles, certified to 75k mi. ..... $25,995
2004 Lincoln Town Car
Certified, like new, tundra, 9500 miles. I.. ... $27,995
2003 Lincoln Town Car
White, Certified Cartier, 28k miles. VS ..... .. $29,995
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