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Vol. 96 No. 315 Friday, November 11,2005 504 Plus tax

Events changed
due to hurricane
The Waldau 14th annual
golf tournament and party slat-
ed for Nov. 4 has been changed
to Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Fair-
ways Golf Course at the KOA
Campground and Resort, 4276
U.S. 441 S.
The Dinner and Dance Party
will be held in the KOA Conven-
tion Center starting at 6 p.m.
The Oktoberfest celebra-
tion to be held at Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N.W
23rd Lane, has been can-
Reopened Businesses
The Market Place Flea
Market 3600 U.S. 441 S. has
D & B Housewares will
reopen in the Trading Post Flea
Market on Saturday, Nov. 12.
Corona Jewelry in the
Trading Post Flea Market will
reopen this weekend.
Herbal Life Distributor in
the Trading Post Flea Market
will reopen this weekend.
Tropics Tanning Salon,
2303 S. Parrott Ave., has
(Editor's Note: If your busi-
ness was damaged and closed
due to Hurricane Wilma,
please notify us when you
reopen by calling (863) 763-
3134. Please ask for Dee.)


Area Blue Roof
stations closing
The Operation Blue Roof
right of entry station at the
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic
Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E., will
close Sunday, Nov. 13.
The Blue Roof program in
Glades County will also close
Sunday. Until then, the entry
station is located at the Volun-
teer Fire Department, 678 S.R.
78 W, in Buckhead Ridge.
After Sunday, people can
sign up for Operation Blue
Roof in other affected counties.
For remaining locations and
information, call 1-888-ROOF-
VFW Post #4423
plans Poppy Drive
The VFW Post #4423 will
be holding their Buddy Poppy
Drive Tuesday, Nov. 8, through
Friday, Nov. 11.
Post members and mem-
bers of the auxiliary will be
posted outside local stores. All
proceeds will go to help less
fortunate veterans and their

Drought Index
Current: 142
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

17.11 feet

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


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Comics ............8
Community Events ... .4
Crossword ..........9
Obituaries ..........3
Opinion .......... .4
Speak Out ..........4
Sports ............ .7
TV .............. .10
Weather ........... .2
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Documentary: 'Lest They Be Forgotten'

Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Bob Pecce (left) of the Fighting 4th Marine Division served in four major battles in 13
months during World War II. He and his wife Blanche (right) have been married 59 years.

Citizens pay tribute to veterans

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Instead of the youthful
cheers and screams of' high
school athletes and fans, the
Okeechobee High School gym-
nasium was strangely quiet
Wednesday evening as a group
of Okeechobee citizens came
together to watch the documen-
tary "Lest They Be Forgotten" by
Larry R. Cappetto.
The documentary honored
the soldiers who fought at the
D-Day, Normandy Invasion.
Mr. Cappetto's interest in the
military and those who served
led him to produce a series of
documentaries honoring the
sacrifices made by these
unsung American heroes. Mr.
Cappetto has stated that the sol-
diers of World War II are now
elderly and are dying at a rate of
1,500 per day and unless their
memories of these battles are
recorded, they will be lost forev-
Because of this, Mr. Cappetto
has traveled around the country
interviewing World War II veter-
ans to record their memories of

let the secretary of state refuse
a candidate's request to quit
the ballot is unconstitutional,
the Florida Supreme Court said
The seven justices unani-
mously agreed with lower
courts that found the Legisla-
ture had delegated too much of
its power to the Department.of
State because the law lacks any
standards or criteria for deter-
mining who should be allowed
off the ballot.
That violated the separation
of powers between the three
branches of government that is
required by the Florida Consti-
tution, the high court ruled.

"The Legislature must pro-
vide adequate standards,"
Chief Justice Barbara Pariente
wrote for the court. "Other-
wise, there is nothing to pre-
vent the department from mak-
ing an arbitrary decision."
The case originated when
former Wilton Manors Mayor
Jim Stork, a Democrat, submit-
ted a sworn notice asking to
withdraw as a candidate for
Congress for health reasons 40
days before last year's election.
The law gave Secretary of
State Glenda Hood the power
to deny such a request after the
42nd day before an election.
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Beach tribute and watched the Larry R. Cappetto docu-
mentary "Lest They Be Forgotten" Wednesday evening at
the Okeechobee High School gymnasium. Mr. Joiner had
been a member of the 78th Lightning Infantry Division at
the invasion of Normandy.

Omaha Beach and Iwo Jima.
He will also produce documen-
taries of the Korean Conflict and
the Vietnam War. Mr. Cappetto
was in attendance Wednesday
The majority of those in

attendance were veterans;
many from World War II. They
sat mesmerized by footage that
brought back memories of fall-
en comrades and sights so hor-
See Tribute Page 2

Martha's House offers safe haven

By D. Hamilton
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Chamber
of Commerce held their general
membership meeting on
Wednesday to discuss upcom-
ing events within the local busi-
ness community.
Executive Director Brenda
O'Connor noted several events
to the group including the Cof-
fee Klatch meeting on Nov. 17 at
8 a.m. The business-social event
will be hosted by the American
Cancer Society and will be held
at the First Baptist Church, 310
S.W Fifth Avenue. All Chamber
members and their guests are
welcome. Mrs. O'Connor also
told Chamber members that
they are ready for the upcoming
Nov. 18 Barbeque in the Park
fundraiser. Chamber of Com-
merce members will volunteer
from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. to bar-

becue and serve up a homestyle
chicken dinner. She told every-
one that this barbecue will
include curbside pickup for
those who have purchased tick-
ets. Tickets for the barbecue
dinners are available at the
Chamber of Commerce, 55 S.
Parrott Ave., The Rustic Ranch,
123 S.W Park St., or from any
Chamber board member.
For any questions regarding
upcoming events, call the
Chamber of Commerce at (863)
The general membership
meeting also spotlighted a guest
speaker from Martha's House
Counseling and Outreach Cen-
ter. Executive Director
Stephanie Locke spoke to
Chamber members about the
services provided by her organi-
zation to victims of domestic
abuse and violence. She stated
that the center has been in exis-

tence since 1986 and has helped
many victims of domestic vio-
lence and abuse, including rape
and sexual assault victims.
S"We offer a 24-hour hotline
at (863)763-0202 where victims
can call and get help in crisis,"
she said.
SShe also noted that the cen-
ter has an emergency shelter
and outreach programs to help
those in abusive situations to
cope with the situation facing
them and family members
alike. Counseling is also avail-
able by referral to five psycho-
therapists who work closely
with the center.
"There are 12 employees
who work with the center as
trained victims advocates and
can help to assist anyone seek-
ing help in the direction of safe-
ty," stated Mrs. Locke.
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Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brenda O'Connor
(left) introduced Stephanie Locke (right), the executive direc-
tor of Martha's House, and Shirlean Graham (center), a mem-
ber of the victims advocate team from Martha's House, to
Chamber members at their general membership meeting.

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Property taxes
due as of Nov. 1
chobee County real and personal
property roll has been certified by
the Okeechobee County Property
Appraiser and is open for collec-
tion of taxes for 2005.
Residents of the city and coun-
ty can pay their property taxes at
the Okeechobee County Tax Col-
lector's Office in the Alderman
Building, 307 N.W Fifth Av., Suite
Discounts will be allowed as
follows: 4 percent on payments
made Nov. 1 Nov. 30; 3 percent
on payments made Dec. 1 Dec.
31; 2 percent on payments made
Jan. 1, 2006 -Jan. 31,2006; 1 per-
cent on payments made Feb. 1,
2006 Feb. 28, 2006; and, net if
paid in March.
For information on fire,
garbage and Country Hills road
assessments, call (863) 763-9312.
Office hours are Monday
through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30
For information, call (863) 763-

Barbeque planned
as part of reunion
OKEECHOBEE -- A reunion
for those graduating or attending
Okeechobee High School before
1960 which includes classes
1921 through 1959 -will be Nov.
12 at the Shrine Club on S.R. 78
On Friday, Nov. 11, a barbeque
will be hosted by Haynes and
Susan Williams for reunion ticket
According to the reunion's
sponsor, the Okeechobee Histori-
cal Society, over 200 reservations
have been made for the reunion.
Reservations had to be made
prior to Nov. 1. No tickets will be
sold at the door on the day of the
For information, contact Betty
Williamson at (863) 763-6226 or
(863) 763-3850.

Loans help replace
storm-damaged homes
i OKEECHOBEE -- The Okee-
chobee Non-Profit Housing, Inc.
has received $500,000 for the
HOME Again Loan Program,
which helps homeowners with
replacement of their hurricane
damaged or destroyed homes.
The HOME Again Prdgram will
help applicants who meet the fol-
lowing criteria:
You owned your home in
Okeechobee County and it was
your primary residence during
hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in
You have been unable to fix
your home due to a lack of insur-
ance or other assistance.
Your gross household
income is at or below the follow-
ing levels: one person in the
household $24,000; two per-
sons $27,650; three persons -
$31,100; four persons $34,550;
five persons $37,300; six per-
sons $40,100; seven persons
- $42,850; and, eight persons -
Interviews for applications for
this program are by appointment
only. To make an appointment for
an interview, call Jessie Vazquez
at (863) 467-5525. The Okee-
chobee Non-Profit Housing Inc.
office is open 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.,
Monday through Friday.

Book on area
currently on sale
"Strolling Down Country Roads"
is currently available at the Okee-
chobee Historical Society, U.S. 98
N., or the Okeechobee County
Chamber of Commerce, 55 S. Par-
rott Ave.
The price of the book is $35
per copy through Dec. 31. After
that date, the per copy price will
be $40.
For information, send ques-
tions to: Okeechobee Historical
Society, P.O. Box 248, Okee-
chobee, Fl., 34973; or, call Betty
Williamson at (863) 763-3850 or
(863) 763-6226.
Legislative body
will meet Nov. 21
sentative Frank Attkisson, chair-
man of the Okeechobee County
Legislative Delegation, said the
delegation's next meeting has
been changed to Monday, Nov.
The group was originally slat-
ed to meet Nov. 2.

The panel will meet from 1:30
until 4 p.m. in the chambers of
the Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners, 304 N.W
Second St.
The delegation will hear con-
cerns and ideas for potential legis-
lation. Members of the communi-
ty, as well as local and county
governments, may present their
concerns to the delegation at this
If you are want to address the
delegation, contact the Rep.
Attkisson's district office at (407)
943-3078 by Oct. 3.


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rific that they began to weep.
Well-known local vocalist and
principal of North Elementary
School Pat McCoy and her hus-
band Doug opened the program
with the National Anthem, fol-
lowed by moving renditions of
"America" and "Letters from
This moving documentary
uses actual D-Day film footage
and photos, as well as the inter-
views of those who were there, to
give the viewer a sense of actually
being on the Normandy beaches.
Robert Joiner, an Army.78th
Lightning Division infantryman,
was present with his wife of 61
years Martha. Mr. Joiner was at
Normandy those many years ago.
He spoke of their grandson
Willard Watts III, who will be
heading back to Iraq on his third
tour of duty with the U.S. Marines.
Mr. Watts is a career Marine with a
wife and three children.
Mr. Joiner spoke of a recent


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The guest speaker also said the
center offers group counseling
with 12-week sessions in the
"Women Win" groups along with
legal advocates for,court injunc-
tions and Latino advocates for
Spanish speaking victims.
For more information about
services provided by the center,
call (863) 76-2893.
In other Chamber of Com-
merce business:
Bass Okeechobee Funeral
Home Director Paul Mitchell

conversation with his grandson
regarding his return to Iraq for a
third time.
"I have to go back. There are
'too many still there. We cannot
leave them over there like that,"
stated Mr. Watts to his grandfa-
Bob Pecce of the fighting 4th
Marine Division was present with
his wife of 59 years, Blanche.
Mr. Pecce's unit was in four
major battles in 13 months during
World War II. Mr. Pecce brought a
piece of history with him. He had
a copy of a journal of the Bomb-
ing of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945,
by Captain Robert A. Lewis of the
Capt. Lewis was aboard the
Enola Gay when the atomic
bomb was dropped on Hiroshi-
ma. Mr. Pecce obtained a copy of
this valuable piece of history from
the Harry S. Truman Library of
general historical documents col-
Paul Buxton, owner and oper-
ator of Buxton Funeral Home and
Crematory, hosted this touching
event. He explained that this doc-

noted to members that there will
be a remembrance service held at
Bass Funeral Home Chapel on
Saturday, Dec. 3. The service will
feature an open house from 6
until 7 p.m. with a tree of remem-
brance service to be held at 7
p.m. Complimentary angel orna-
ments can be placed on the tree
in memory of a loved one.
Refreshments will be served at
the evening of uplifting holiday
music and candlelight remem-
brance. Call (863) 763-2111 prior
to Nov. 30 to RSVP.
The annual turkey dinner at
the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge
will be held Saturday, Nov. 12,
from 4 until 7 p.m. The suggested

umentary had been shown to
approximately 6,000 Okeechobee
County students at the high
school, the Freshman Center and
both middle schools earlier in the
day. He went on to state that a
copy of the documentary was
being presented to each school,
the public library and local veter-
ans' organizations.
Mr. Buxton also explained that
the Buxton family has taken on
another project for the veterans of
Okeechobee. The final touches
are being put on the three
replacement granite memorial
stones for Flagler Park and will be
dedicated at the Veterans' Day
ceremony on Friday at the park.
Matthew Buxton personally
handled this project from the let-
tering to the placing of the 3,000-
lb. stones with help from Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory
employees Jeff Whitlock and Rick
The evening ended as many of
the audience tearfully shook
hands and patted the backs of
those comrades seated around

donation is $6 for adults and $3
for children under 10. The event
will be held at 107 N.W Fifth
Avenue. For questions or to pur-
chase tickets, call Rich Sweet at
(863) 824-0262, Kip Gardner at
(863) 357-0427 or Matt Buxton at
(863) 357-9992 Eat-in or take out
will be available.
Mrs. Brenda O'Connor
reminded members about the
annual Christmas Festival in Fla-
gler Park, and the annual lighted
Christmas Parade scheduled for
Dec. 10. Anyone interested in par-
ticipating in the holiday events, is
asked to contact the Chamber of
Commerce for an application at
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Hood rejected Stork's request "in
the interest of avoiding disruption
and confusion."
That in effect left the Democra-
tic Party without a candidate to
oppose U.S. Rep. Clay Shaw, R-
Fort Lauderdale, in the 22nd Dis-
trict, Pariente wrote.
Democrats challenged the law.
A trial judge and then the 1st Dis-
trict Court of Appeal in Tallahas-
see ruled the law was unconstitu-
tional and allowed the Democrats
to select a replacement for Stork.
Although Stork's name
remained on the ballot, his votes
went to Hollywood Democrat
Robin Rorapaugh, the replace-
ment chosen by party officials.
Shaw won with 62 percent of the
vote over Rorapaugh and Consti-

tution Party candidate Jack
The Supreme Court declined
to consider the issue until after the
The Department of State and
Florida Democratic Party did not
immediately return calls seeking
In declaring the law unconsti-
tutional, the justices cited their
earlier decision to strike down a
2003 law that similarly violated
the separation of powers doc-
trine. It gave Gov. Jeb Bush the
authority to prevent the withhold-
ing of tube feeding from Terri
Schiavo in 1993.
Schiavo lived in a persistent
vegetative state for 15 years
before dying in March after a pro-
tracted legal battle over her end-
of-life wishes. She died from
dehydration after the feeding tube
was disconnected at a hospice in
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Community Events

Elks will host Law and Order awards
The Okeechobee Elks Lodge #2558, S.R. 70 E., will hold it annual
Law and Order Awards Night on Dec. 16. Social hour will start at 6 p.m.
and the dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 per person and are
available at the Elk's Lodge, the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, the
Okeechobee City Police Department and the Okeechobee County
Fire/Rescue Department. For information, call Tom Elmore at (863) 763-
7370 or (863) 801-3142.

Santa to tour city
Santa Claus will tour the city of Okeechobee on a fire truck beginning
on Dec. 21. On that date, he will tour the northwest and northeast sec-
tions of the city. On Dec. 22 Santa will tour the southeast section of the
city. And on Dec. 23, he will tour the southwest portion of the city.

OHS teams selling discount cards
The OHS Brahman boys and girls basketball teams are selling their
annual discount cards for $10 each. The card offers continuous discounts
to 18 various businesses throughout the year. If you would like to purchase
your discount card, contact coach Enrico or coach Pung at (863) 462-5043.
Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers
Habitat for Humanity, an ecumenical housing ministry working in
partnership with the community and local families in need, is looking for
volunteers to help complete construction on their first house. Construc-
tion experience is appreciated but not required. Work days are Saturdays
and Tuesdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Volunteers are also needed to
work on the following committees: public relations, fundraising, legal
advice, family support and volunteer coordination. An experienced
bookkeeper is also needed. Call (863) 357-1371 for information.

Regions accepts Red Cross donations
All Regions banks can now accept donations to the American Red
Cross disaster relief efforts. Cash and checks will be accepted at any
Regions bank. Locally, Regions Bank is located at 305 E. N. Park St.
S Checks must be written to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina
Disaster Relief Fund, and the customer will be given a Red Cross receipt.

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Submitted to the Okeechobee News/Alice Kane
Visiting residents
Madlin Alice Kane, Maggie Long Colburn and Linda
Abrahms, all members of the Fountain of Life Church, visit
the Okeechobee Health Care Facility three to four times
each week to sing and dance and pray with the residents.
On Oct. 28, the physical therapy room at the facility was
visited by Andy the Clown (M. Kane) and Raggedy Ann
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EES to help with food drive
Everglades Elementary Food for Families

School (EES) is very proud to
announce its Students of the
Week. Those students who
received the award included:
Troy Faye Ms. Hollin's class;
Darrell Christian Ms. Murrish's
class; Caeleb Smith Ms.
Laskey's class; Matthew Barlow
- Ms. Wisecarver's class; Jen-
nifer Murphy Ms. Osuldsen's
class; David Crosby Ms. Par-
rish's class; and Bianca Torres -
Ms. Bartlett's class. Congratula-
tions to all of our 'Students of the

During the week of Nov. 14,
our school will participate in the
Food for Families Drive. Our
school has been successful in col-
lecting food for needy families.
The food drive will extend through
Nov. 18. Send us canned or non-
.perishable food items and togeth-
er we can make a difference.
Everglades Student Council
will sponsor the annual Turkey
Trot contest for our food drive.
The grade with the most items
collected during the week of
Nov. 14 through Nov. 18 will
receive a 'Grand Gator Award'.

Honoring veterans
Bob Glenn, a marine veteran of World War II, and his wife
Josie had lunch at Central Elementary School on Wednes-
day, Nov. 9 with their great granddaughter, kindergarten
student Abbey Jones. Students at Central honored veter-
ans a little early rather than on the traditional Veterans
Day date of Nov. 11.

Educational Briefs

Scholarship fund established
A scholarship fund is being established through the Okeechobee
Education Foundation in memory of Joyce Ruth Hacker, who recently
died of lung cancer.
Ms. Hacker was a physical education teacher that taught in the
Okeechobee County school system for 30 years.
To contribute to the fund, mail or take contributions to the Osceola
Middle School, 825 S.W. 28th St., in Okeechobee. Contributions can
also be taken to the Okeechobee County School Board offices at 700
S.W. Second Ave.
Checks should be made payable to the Okeechobee Educational
Foundation, and note that it is for the Joyce Hacker Scholarship.

Freshman may be eligible for scholarship
The 'Take Stock in Children' scholarship is a full tuition scholarship
to Indian River Community College followed by two-years at a public
university in the state of Florida. Students are selected on the basis of
academic performance and recommendations from counselors and
teachers. If your child is in the ninth grade, has a minimum 2.0 grade
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Gussie Mae Seel
Gussie Mae Seel, age 90, died
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005, in McKenzie
Regional Hospital in McKenzie,
Tenn. She was born July 21, 1915,
in Cairo, Ga., and was formerly of
Okeechobee. She was a member
of theLadies of the Moose.
She is preceded in death by: her
husband, Albert Bill Seel.
She is survived by: her daugh-
ters, Donna Faye Walker of McKen-
zie, Tenn., and Jean Gamage of
Wellington; her three grandsons,
Thomas Richard Gamage, Christo-
pher Lawrence Gamage, and
Daniel Wayne Walker.
Visitation will be Saturday, Nov.
12, 2005, from 9 until 10 a.m. with
the service to follow at the Buxton
Funeral Home, 110 N.E. Fifth Street.
There will be a graveside service at
Hollywood Memorial Gardens, 6301
Taft Street, Hollywood at 3 p.m.
All arrangements are under the
care and direction of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Grady Wayne Thomas
Grady Wayne Thomas, age 68,
died Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005, at
Martin Memorial Hospital North in
Stuart. He was born Feb. 22, 1937,
in Fort Pierce, and was a resident of
Okeechobee for two years. He is a
former Mason and enjoyed fishing
and Nascar.
He is preceded in death by: his
parents, Fred and Ethel Thomas;
and, by his two brothers, Fred

Thomas and Eddie Thomas.
Survivors include: his wife of 23
years, Janelle Thomas; his sons,
Daniel Wayne Thomas of Palm City,
and Mark Gregory (fiance, Chris-
tine) Thomas of Plant City; his
daughters, Susan (Richard) Dowl-
ing of Sevierville, Tenn., Jennifer
(Kevin) Hare of Bradenton, and
Stephanie "Thffy" (George) Weldon
of Okeechobee; brothers, Ronnie
(Joan) Thomas of Bowling Green,
and Dale (Wanda) Thomas of Win-
ter Haven; sister, Doris Thornton of
Bowling Green; sister-in-law,
Eleanor Thomas- of Immokalee;
and, eight grandchildren, Gregory,
Chelsea, Cortney, Jared, Garrison,
Haley, Julia, and Kassie.,

Services will be held on Satur-
day, Nov. 12, 2005, at 11 a.m., at the
Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church, 8
Cypress Street N.E., Okeechobee,
with interment at 3 p.m., at Ft.
Green Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial con-
tributions can be made to Molly's
House, 430 S.E. Osceola Street, Stu-
art, Fla. 34994.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Lena G. Craig
Lena G. Craig, age 59, died
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2005, at Rauler-
son Hospital in Okeechobee. She

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FARMER'S MARKET: I am calling in regard to all the hoopla that has
been raised about the Farmer's Market being held in the park. What is the
problem? Is that not public land? Are we all not entitled to public use of
that land? Was that not the purpose of conveying use to the county? What
about the private vendors who sell crafts and such for profit during festi-
vals? How is that different? Those people aren't even from our town. This
community has a serious lack of fellowship. We are not the close knit
small town that we used to be. Yes, we are growing, but that doesn't mean
that we have to grow apart. Doesn't anyone else in this town long for the
days when you waved at your neighbor because you knew them, not
sped past them in your vehicle barely missing their children or animals?
Now the owners' are going to sell the land because we are trying to do
something as a community. That's just selfish and greedy, and let's face it,
how much more money do they want? A group of people are trying to get
a plan to bring some togetherness to this community and like everything
else it gets stifled and buried. Well, I say thanks Okeechobee! My family
has been here for generations and it is this kind of selfish act that makes
me want to raise my children elsewhere. (Editor's Note: FlaglerPark is not
public land, and is still owned by the Hamrick family. When R.E.
'Colonel' Hamrick was alive he would often let non-profit organizations
use the park, and when he died the property was put into the Hamrick
Trust. Briefly stated, the park is to remain available for free and public
use and is not to be used by commercial ventures. Col. Hamrick wanted
the property to remain available for area churches and the Seminole
Indians to use, as well as other non-profit organizations. The trust main-
tains the park is not to be used by businesses in orderto make a profit.)

FLAGLER PARK: I think that the prospect of a real Farmer's Market is a
great idea for the local farmers but, not in our beautiful park. Of course
I could bring my old junk car there as I have certified papers that shows it
was farm raised and without the use of fertilizers.
I grew up around farmers markets. I sure don't remember flea mar-
kets attached to them selling their gadgets. I just read the story about the
plans for this market in the Okeechobee News on Nov. 9 and it looks like
a flea market to me.

GET A LIFE: You all need to get a life. Our beautiful parks are used for
nothing. What a waste of space and tax dollars. The homeless go there to
sit. Now that's beauty at its best. It that the way we want people to see
Okeechobee? The Okeechobee News said "... conch salad, fritters,
mixes, dips, coffees, etc." not junk! And what about the Chamber's
use of the parks? I see more junk there during the Speckled Perch Festival
than any other time of the year. And tell me that all the people in the park
are non-profit. All the venders are selling for a church or civic organiza-.
tion? I think not. I know several vendors that I still order things from and
they ship to me. They have business cards and business phone number
and they charge me sales tax. Since when does a non-profit organization
charge sales tax? So I say what is good for the Chamber is good for Main
Street! And I don't think Main Street is charging $250 per vender for the
Green Market. Just something to think about. And by the way, "free and
public use" means that we the people of Okeechobee pay for some of
the cost of upkeep for the parks. Not so free! (Editor's Note: According to
paper work from Main Street, they are charging vendors weekly fees of
$15 for space with no electricity, and $20 for each space with electricity.
They also state that fees may be waived for charitable and/or educa-
tional purposes. For the three-day Speckled Perch Festival, the Chamber
charges arts and crafts vendors $75 and for those groups with food
booths the charge is $171.20 per booth.)

WHY PUSH IT?: I love the idea of this farmer's market that Main Street
Okeechobee has planned, but if the personal representatives of the trust
don't think it's an appropriate event to be held in.the park, then don't do it.
Why push the matter? Simply find another location in this wonderful town of
ours. Sure, it might be a little more out of the way, bwttig deal: Do you really
want to keep pushing until the representatives of the trust get fed up and sell
the land? I hope Main Street Okeechobee and the City Council comes to its
senses and changes the location before we all lose use of the park.

FRESHMAN FOOTBALL: I don't.think enough is said about our fresh-
man football team. They have played their hearts out and have done a
great job this year. The whole team has done a great job. I congratulate
you all! I'm sure we'll be seeing you in a conference title game your junior
and senior years. Good Luck guys.

YOUNG GRIDDERS: The freshman team did a great job this year and
the city of Okeechobee should be really proud of these young men. I
have had the honor of getting to know some of these young men and
they are not only good football players but very nice people also. They all
played well as a team, the coaches and parents should be proud of these
players. I think we will see great things from this team in the future. And a
big thanks to the coach for keeping the freshman team together.

BOIL WATER: This is a question for OUA. If you have a filter system in
your house, can you use the water if you have a boil water alert if you
have a filter system? (Editor's Note: We posed your question to OUA
Operations Manager John Hayford. Without knowing the type of filter
system you have, he advised consulting with the filtermanufacturer.)

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Guest Commentary

Don't forget the

value of freedom

By Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.)
As we pay tribute to our armed
forces past and present this Veteran's
Day, 1 am reminded about the value
of freedom in this great country.
We owe a debt of gratitude to
the brave soldiers who have fought
for our safety and security and have
given us the privilege to live in a
free land. This day takes on addi-
tional significance, as we support
and reflect on the deployed troops
in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere
throughout the world.
Though officially recognized as
Veteran's Day in 1954, Nov. 11 was
originally recognized at the conclu-
sion of World War I in 1918 as the
day that ended "the war of all
wars". Since then, Nov. 11 has right-
ly become a day of remembrance
and tribute to all uniformed individ-
uals who have fought in the name
of America- in the name of life, lib-
erty and the pursuit of happiness.
After the attacks on Sept. 11,
2001, 1 sat with President Bush at
the Cabinet Room table as we dis-
cussed what was to follow. It was
that day we truly realized that our
freedom and future safety wdre at
stake, and direct action was
required. Our courageous military
willingly accepted the call-to-action,
and still today they continue to per-
severe under harsh circumstances.
In response to the needs of these
men and women that risk their lives
each day and our veterans from
throughout the country, President
Bush and this Congress have sup-
ported the greatest increases in vet-
erans spending and benefits in our
history. Today we are spending
more money then ever before on
veterans' care, increasing their
health care benefits by 47 percent
over the past five years.
Even so, there is still more to be
Since taking office, I have joined
my Senate colleagues on a number
of measures important to improv-

ing services for veterans and mili-
tary retires, including major
improvements in health care serv-
ices. In the 2006 Budget Resolution,
we rightly set aside a full $70 billion
for the Department of Veterans
Affairs almost half of this
amount specifically designated for
the Veterans Health Administration.
Not only are we focused ,on
improving veterans' healthcare,
but I also joined my colleagues to
co-sponsor the Senate Retired Pay
Restoration Act (S. 558). This legis-
lation would allow military retirees
to receive full concurrent receipt of
both deserved-disability compen-
sation and retirement pay, regard-
less of the disability rating.
In addition, individuals who
have retired or separated from mili-
tary service due to a service-con-
nected disability would be eligible
for concurrent receipt of veterans'
disability compensation and either
military retired pay or combat-
related special pay. This will be
effective Jan. 1,2006.
Another important issue for vet-
erans and their families is survivor
benefits. By passing the Military
Survivors Benefit Equity Act (S.
185), we can repeal the reduction
of military survivor benefit pay
(SBP) annuities for survivors
receiving dependency and indem-
nity compensation (DIC).
Teddy Roosevelt once said, "A
man who is good enough to shed
his blood for his country, is good
enough to be given a square deal
afterwards." In that same vein, I
too believe we must come togeth-
er as a nation to commemorate
and reward the sacrifice of our
men and women that have fiercely
protected our freedom.
On this Veterans Day, I com-
mend our dedicated veterans for
their sacrifices to our nation, and I
want to reaffirm my commitment
to protecting our veterans for many
years to come.
God bless.

Upcoming Events
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. Anyone
interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becoming a part of a
caring group is welcome to come and see what we are all about. For informa-
tion, contact Ollie Morgret at (863) 467-9766.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance every
Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic Center, located at S.E.
Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are $5 foo members and $6
for guests. For information, call Fran at 382-6978 or Juana at 471-9795.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles holds a ride every Saturday, weather
permitting. The group meets at 7 a.m. at the Style Studio, 1600 S.R. 70 E. for
the weekly meeting and leaves promptly at 7:30 a.m. Anyone interested in
riding is invited. For information contact Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251,
Debbie Izzo at 634-6257, or Gene Roddenberry at 610-1841.
Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome House, which is
located next to the driver's license office at 1925 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. For information, call (863) 467-1026.
Teen Talk from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade Mission,
1401 N.E. Park St. Every teen is invited. Topics of education include: AIDS;
free HIV testing; STDs; personal issues; domestic violence; abstinence;
abuse of drugs; sex abuse; plus, educational materials and prevention tools.
Call (863) 634-9340 or (863) 357-6248, for information.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
The Society of Young Magicians will meet from 10 until 11 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church in Avon Park. For information, call Dick
Laneau at (863) 467-9540 or (727) 345-4323.
Barnyard Buddies meets from 10 a.m. until noon at the County 4-H
Extension office at 458 U.S. 98 N. Everyone who would like to be part of the
Barnyard Buddies is invited, or you can sign up at the Okeechobee County
4-H Extension office Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For
information, call the extension office at (863) 763-6469.
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at noon at the
Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are invited.
Please R.S.V.R to (863) 763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeechobee'Presby-
terian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys singing is invited.
For information or to schedule an appearance for your organization or group,
contact Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the
Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. This meeting is open
to anyone interested in tracing their ancestry. The annual membership is $10
per person, and $12 for a family. For information, call Eve at (863) 467-2674;
or, visit their web site at http://www.rootsweb.com/-flgso.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third
St., at 8 p.m.
'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 interested 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.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology; and, how to see your
world and capture it on film. Class is basic through extensive. Registration is
$20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for information.
Some of the proceeds will go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at noon at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. All Rotarians and anyone else interested are
invited. For information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, call
(863) 763-5887 or (863) 357-0297.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited to
participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information, contact
Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763) 4320.
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 infor-
mation, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a member is
welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-6076.
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.
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) 467-2321.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, 1925 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, schizophrenia, schizo-
affective disorder or dual diagnosis. For information, call (863) 467-1026.
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, contact Dr. Edward
Douglas at (863) 763-4320.

Submitted to Okeechobee News/Joe Paige
Looking Back...
A Standard Oil service station was located on South Parrott
Avenue at the corner of Southwest Fourth Street. At the time
of its construction, it was the first service station after exit-
ing the toll booth of the Conners Highway, located further
South on U.S. Highway 441 South. It was operated at the
time of this photo by S.C. "Boss" Paige (1891-1957), and his
family. It was later operated by Martin Hancock (1904-1982).
Do you have any old photos of the Okeechobee area or of
Okeechobee citizens? If so, bring them by the Okeechobee
News office, 107 S.W. 17th St., and we can copy them while
you wait. Or, you can e-mail the photo and information about
the photo to okeenews@okeechobee.com.

Community Events

OFC to honor veterans
Okeechobee Freshman Campus will have a Veteran's Day cere-
mony to honor all veterans on Friday, Nov. 11, at 8:30 a.m. at the
Recreational Outreach Center (ROC), 310 S.W. Fifth Ave. All Veter-
an's are cordially invited.

Hamrick estate items to be auctioned
Items from the estate of the late Frieda Hamrick will be auc-
tioned by Jim Watford of Watford Auction Friday, Nov. 11, at the
Okeechobee Shrine Club, S.R. 78 W, beginning at 6 p.m. Proceeds
from the sale will go to help Hospice of Okeechobee. Items to be
auctioned include some antiques, furniture and collectibles.

Yard sale aids church mission
The Brighton Baptist Church will sponsor a yard sale to be held
Nov. 11 and 12 at 17516 Brynwood Lane in Kissimmee River
Estates, which is located 11 miles west on S.R. 70 W. Proceeds
from the yard sale will help fund the church's mission trip to Haiti.
Among the items to be sold are: washer/dryer, stove, furniture
cement mixer, interior doors, tools and clothing. There will also be
baked goods, coffee and sodas. For information, call (863) 763-

CES hosts annual Fall Festival
Central Elementary School, 610 S.W Fifth Avenue, will host
their annual Fall Festival on Friday, Nov. 11, from 5 until 8 p.m. Chil-
dren are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes. Refresh-
ments will be available, and children can have their picture taken
on a horseback ride.

Veterans Memorial Services are Nov. 11
The Okeechobee Veterans Memorial Services will be held in the
Veterans Park on Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. At that time, the new stones
provided by Buxton Funeral Home will be unveiled and blessed.
We ask that all veterans be available to post their colors. The public
is invited.

Photo portraits aid Martha's House
Martha's House will once again be offering the Antiquity Pho-
tographs just in time for Christmas gifts. Pictures will be taken Fri-
day, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 12. Photo sitting is $10, and you
will receive a free 8 X 10 portrait. For information, call (863)763-

Sacred Heart planning white elephant sale
Sacred Heart Catholic Church will hold a white elephant sale on
Nov. 12 and 13 and again on Nov. 19 and 20. The sales will be held
at the pavilion located at 901 S.W. Sixth St. in Okeechobee begin-
ning at 8 a.m. each day. For information, call (863) 763-3727.

Church will host yard sale
Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane, will hold a giant
yard sale and bake sale Saturday, Nov. 12, from 8:30 a.m. until 1

Okee-Tantie Blast will be Nov. 12
The annual Okee-Tantie Blast will be held at the Okee-Tantie
Campground and Marina on Saturday, Nov. 12. There will be food,
fireworks and games for children. Non-profit groups, organizations
and businesses are invited to be involved. For information, contact
Kathy Scott at (863) 763-3595; or, Susan Baker at 763-2622.
Benefit barbeque is planned
A barbeque dinner benefit will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, from
noon until 5 p.m. at the Coquina Water Control District new barn in
Basinger one half mile east of 700A on C-724, Eagle Island Road.
Each dinner will include pork, baked beans, boiled corn, bread
and iced tea. Meals are $7.50 each with all proceeds going to help
with medical expenses for Darrell Hennon. Donations are also wel-

Bazaar helps aid missionary projects
The Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave., will
host an old-fashioned bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 12, beginning at 9
a.m. There will be many hand-crafted items, white elephant items
and baked goods for sale. The event is sponsored by the ladies of
the church, with the proceeds going toward their support of mis-
sionary projects. For information, call (863) 467-2482 or (863) 824-
Mason's to host turkey dinner
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave., will host
their annual turkey dinner on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 4 until 7 p.m.
Proceeds from the dinner will benefit distressed worthy brothers.
Eat in or take out will be available. The suggested donation for
adults is $6, and for children under the age of 10 it is $3. The chil-
dren's plate will not be available for take out. For ticket information
call Rich Sweet at (863) 824-0262; Kip Gardner at (863) 357 0-1.7,
Matt Buxton at (863) 357-9992; or, any member of Okeechobee
Lodge #237, F&AM.
Church plans patriotic service
Heavenly Trumpet Ministries will present a patriotic service in
honor of local veterans at His House Fellowship Church of the
Nazarene, 425 S.W 28th St., on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m.

Benefit barbecue is planned
The Good Spirits Lounge, 245 U.S. 441 S.E., vI ll io.,t a barbecue
on Nov. 13 from 2 until 8 p.m. to benefit John and Connie Stanley,
who recently had their mobile home destroyed by fire. Pork, cole
slaw, potato salad, green beans and baked beans will be served.
The cost will be $5 per plate. For information, contact the Good
Spirits Lounge at (863) 763-2734.
Restaurant giving free meals to veterans
The Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave., is offering a

free buffet dinner for all U.S. veterans and military personnel cur-
rently on active duty. The dinner will be Monday, Nov. 14, from 5
until 9 p.m. The dinner will be dine-in only. Also, representatives
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The Okeechobee News, Friday, November 11, 2005

A veteran looks back at World War II

By Herbert Saltzsieder
Special to the Okeechobee
O.K. the hurricane at sea was
the most exciting event of my 21
months at Attu, but there were a
few other events to break up the
monotony of guarding a part of
the world the enemy was no
longer interested in. They had
fought very hard to retain control
of Attu in 1942, but when they
were finally beaten they with-
drew their troops from Kiska
without offering resistance to the
reclaim by our side. Those were
the only two islands in Alaska
that they held even briefly. They
lost a few thousand fighting men
on Attu but the story goes that
the troops on Kiska were mostly
technicians and construction
experts so they were too valuable
to sacrifice in a hopeless cause.
Our crew met Sir Hubert
Wilkinson who was knighted for
his exploration efforts in Antarc-
tica, way back when. He was
working for the U.S. Army testing
experimental cold weather cloth-
ing to find out what kind the
Army should have made in order
to protect our troops from the
cold on battlefields around the
world. He set up a life raft with a
tent attached on top of our pilot
house for a week or so. He
stayed on or just outside his tent
all week, never going inside for
any reason. The only thing he ate
looked like hard candy except it
didn't come in colors. It was
clear transparent and probably
pure sugar. He conserved water
by scraping frost from the inside
surface of the tent. We always
had someone on watch in the
pilot house so we had opportuni-
ties to spend an hour or so on top
talking to a very interesting gen-
tleman until we got cold enough
to retreat to our wheelhouse. He
would wear a glove on one hand
and a mitten on the other and
compare the efficiency of one
against the other. He'd wear one
outer garment for awhile and
next time you saw him he'd be
wearing another. Our daytime
temperatures in winter hardly
ever got over 45 degrees or so
and at night it always dropped
below freezing but the ocean
current coming up from the
Japanese coast (the Japan cur-
rent) kept it from dropping very
far below. In my two winters
there, the three coldest nights
had readings of 18 degrees above
and one at 15 degrees above.
Occasionally, it gets colder than
that in parts of Virginia. He was-
n't as well known as Amundsen
and Adm. Perry but his track
across the frozen wasteland can
be found in most encyclopedias.
We also had occasion to meet
the unfortunate Adm. Fletcher. It
seems he decided to break up a
boring week with a fly fishing trip
and our ship was selected to
carry him and the captain of the
Charleston and one other four
striper as well as three chief petty
officers to a stream where they
might catch some trout. The next
bay West of our harbor was
Temnac Bay and there was a
happy little stream bubbling into
the bay at its farthest point. We
anchored 150 yards from the
mouth of the stream and took
the fishing party ashore in our
small boats. They were gone sev-
eral hours and if they caught any-
thing they must have released the
fish right away. Meanwhile my
mother back in Sheepshead Bay
had sent me a few drop lines in
case I had a chance to do any
fishing and we decided to get
them wet while we were waiting.
Apparently the fish in the bay
had washed out of the stream
and were drunk on brackish to
downright salty water because
we caught 15 or 20 averaging
four or five pounds but with very
little inclination to resist being
taken. I wish I could find that pic-
ture of me holding up a 50 pound
string of them. (Mom sent a box
camera too.) I thought the pic-
ture was lost years ago but ran.
across it recently (or the nega-
tive) and now have misplaced it
again. Anyway they bit well on
the dough balls the cook made
for us and we had fish for dinner.
We offered some to the fishing
party but they declined.
Island patrol was an all day
affair. Our ship was capable of
making 10 knots with our 400

horse Atlas diesel and that was
enough to go all the way around
the island and make sure the
Martians weren't building a
space base in one of the remote
coves. The Japanese of the time

also had a sneaky reputation.
The Army maintained a weather
reporting station on the West end
about 35 miles from all the mili-
tary installations near the East
end of Attu. We occasionally
took about 50 drums of diesel to
them and a few snacks to keep
them in operation. Our crew
would put about six drums
upright on the broad top of our
afterdeck railing and throw a
clove hitch around each one with
a 500 ft line. The first 150 feet had
no drums and would be taken to
shore by the wherry. When all six
drums were tied the first one was

pushed over and it pulled the
others after it. Then six more
were lined up. Once in awhile a
drum would get loose before the
tug of war team on the beach
had it under control, and I would
chase a couple loose ones down
with a heaving line and tow them.
in to the soldiers. After I went for
the third or fourth one the skip-
per would say "let it go" which
seemed wasteful after shipping it
a thousand miles or so.
We went to Shemya once or
twice. Shemya, Nizki and Alaid
constitute the Semechi Islands.
Anyway the Semechis and Attu
and Agattu are named the near
islands because before the U.S.
bought Alaska from Russia for 1
1/4c an acre that part of Alaska
was nearest to. Mother Russia.
(The Komandorskis don't count.
They are not part of Alaska but
halfway between.)
One time docking at Shemya
the skipper forgot one of his ship
handling lessons. We
approached the dock on our star-
board bow with left rudder and
he ordered the engine reversed.
A single crew ship or boat will
always back to port. We did and
when our bow started pointing at
the dock he ordered "shift the
helm". I told him this wasn't
going to work but he knew bet-
ter. Manual steering on a 96-foot-
er made it difficult and slow, but I
got it to midships when the water
against the rudder pitched in to
help and the spokes, I was hold-
ing, on the left side of the wheel
threw me into the skipper's lap
and the rudder slammed into the
rudder stop with not quite
enough force to require repairs.
My Captain was quite apologetic.
I'm pretty good at concealing my
feelings-almost. Well he didn't
think too much of me either. As a
matter of fact after the hurricane
he called me in to say he had not
been putting very good perform-
ance reports into my service
record up until then, but after our
wild ride home from target build-
ing on Agattu he wanted me to
take the test for promotion to
second class as soon as possible.
So I never was very impressive
but I grow on you.
When I first reported aboard,
most of the crew were the expe-
rienced sailors who had brought
the ship up through the Inland
Passage after the Japanese had
been driven off the island. They
told us of a pet they had on board
for a month or two. It was a blue
fox they caught somehow. Their
coat must change color in winter
because they are also called a sil-
ver fox. Anyway this thing must
have gotten tired of being fed and
petted by a bunch of strange
characters because about the
time mating season approached
the fox took off and was never
seen again. There were no large
animals on those islands. Kodiak
is 800 or 1000 miles away off the
Southwestern coast.
There were no natives on the
island either. There had been less
than 100 Aleut Indians but the
Japanese sent them and the
Aleuts from Kiska back to Japan
when they occupied the two
undefended islands. They were
not treated badly.. The Japanese
did not even consider them
Americans but indigenous
natives. Apparently the bureau of
Indian affairs had little or nothing
to do with them also. They were
so far away as long as they didn't
make waves the bureau didn't
bother with them. Anyway the
Japanese set them up in camp
on the northernmost of the
home islands. (Hokaido) After
the war they were returned to the
U.S. but now the bureau took an
interest. They refused to allow
them to return to their home
islands and set up a community
for them on Kodiak. They tried
for years to get permission to
return to a home the younger
ones had never seen but the
bureau claimed it would be dan-
gerous to their health because
there were no doctors there. That
doesn't seem reasonable

because there is much less sick-
ness there because of a shortage
of sick visitors and the rather
large air base on Shemya today is
probably not trying to operate
without medical facilities.
Still the bureau must know
best because most of their
bureaucrats probably have col-
lege degrees. The government
always knows best. Ask any
On the way back from Attu
when my tour was over my sec-
ond class petty officer status enti-
tled me to air transportation for
the first part of the trip. The S.S.
Chirikoff was moored behind
YP400 at the dock in Attu harbor
but they sent a jeep from the
Army Air Base for me and my
gear. We took off in a c47 and
stopped at Amchika to pick up a
Brigadier General. I was struck
by how many pretty little lakes
there were on the ground.
Years later after I retired I met
a fellow who witnessed the test-
ing of a nuclear bomb on Amchi-
ka. He told me when the bomb
went off all those pretty little
lakes went straight up and never
came back down. Anyway next
stop was Adak and I got bumped
by a lieutenant so I spent a few
days in a transient barracks until
the S.S. Chirikoff showed up in
the harbor. Grab your gear and
find a top bunk. I always man-
aged to find a top bunk because I
don't get seasick. I grew up with-
in walking distance of the roller
coasters in Coney Island. Ahh!
but that was my downfall on this
trip. We were crossing the Gulf of
Alaska which is almost always
rough and I was standing on a
hatch hanging onto a boom
cable when a chief petty officer
came down the deck saying
"You, you and you follow me."
I asked where and he said,
"mess cooking". I told him I was
a second class petty officer and
not supposed to work and, unim-
pressed, he said, "You're too
healthy, follow me". So I served
up chow for the rest of the trip.
All the original mess cooks had
gotten seasick and the Navy did
what the Navy had to do.
When we arrived in Prince
Rupert, Canada there were trains
waiting for the soldiers but the
sailors were going on to Seattle
or Bremerton, Wash. before we
would get off. The smell of a
steam locomotive was haunting-
ly familiar but I couldn't figure
out what it was until I saw the
train crawling along the shore-
line four or five miles away.
Homesick smell if I ever sniffed
one. Then someone noticed a
number of ships running up a
flag hoist. Several men knowing I
was a quartermaster asked what
the letters spelled out. Every one
spelled out the same thing. VIC-
TORY. It was VJ day and we
thought we could go ashore and
celebrate with the Canadians,
but some big shot was afraid of
losing his gold braid so they dou-
bled the guard and we all stayed
aboard. By the time we reached
Seattle a few days later you'd
think the war had been forgot-
I had 30 days leave before
reporting to Receiving Station,
Brooklyn, N.Y. and being sent to
Newport, R.I. where they were
assembling the U.S.S. Tarawa
detail in preparation for commis-
sioning a new aircraft carrier.
She was the last "Essex class"
straight deck carrier built and
they wanted the new slant
decked Franklin Delano Roo-
sevelt so badly they pushed her
commissioning ahead of ours. I
was part of the commissioning
crew, a plank owner, but was dis-
charged at Lido Beach, Long
Island before she went on shake-
down to "Gitmo".
Editor's Note: This article was
reprinted with the express per-
mission of Herbert Saltzsieder
and is his memoirs of World War

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Okeechobee County Parks &
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Teams in the "Rec" division are
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Teams in the "E" division are
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Monday, Nov. 14: Field #2 (7
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Tuesday, Nov. 15: Field #1 (7
p.m.) Quality Turf vs. Cobras. (8
p.m.) J&S Electronics vs. Big Lake
Hauling. Field #2 (7 p.m.) Temp
Star vs. Muddawgs. (8 p.m.) Beef
O'Bradv's vs. Barney's.
Wednesday, Nov. 16: Field #2
(7 p.m.) Paulson's Peeps vs. Hurri-
canes. (8 p.m.) Bad Boys vs. Eddie
Accardi Dodge.
Thursday, Nov. 17: Field #1 (7
p.m.) Cobras vs. Brighton Recre-
ation. (8 p.m.) Big Lake Hauling vs.
Quality Turf; Field #2 (7 p.m.) Mud-
dawgs vs. Beef O'Brady's. (8 p.m.)
Barney's vs. Team Gee Gonky.

through Feb. 15.
Hunting clubs, landowners or
anyone wishing to hunt deer with
dogs on a particular tract of land
can register by completing an
application, available from all
regional FWC offices and at
MyFWC.com/hunting. The appli-
cant may be the landowner or a
person representing a group
(hunting club) leasing the land for
Proof of landowner permis-
sion or a copy of the written lease
agreement must accompany the
application along with a general
map of the property showing
boundary lines and legal descrip-
After processing the applica-
tion, the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
(FWC) will issue the applicant a
unique registration number, and
that number must be affixed to

the collars of all dogs used to pur-
sue deer on that registered prop-
erty. Where a group or hunting
club is hunting the same tract of
land, one registration number will
be issued for all dogs used on that
property or hunting lease.
Any individual engaged in
hunting or training deer dogs on
private lands must possess a copy
of their registration while doing so
and must not allow their dogs off
the registered property, whether
intentionally or negligently.
This new rule does not apply
for hunting or training deer dogs
on public lands and wildlife man-
agement areas.
For more information on how
to register for deer-dog hunting
on private lands or to follow up
on the registration process, call
(850) 488-3641 or visit

Sports Briefs

O.H.S. grapplers
match rescheduled
The South Fork dual meet
originally scheduled to take
place on Wednesday, Nov. 16,
has been rescheduled to Thurs-
day, Nov. 17, beginning at 7
p.m., in the Okeechobee High
School gym.

IRCC announces
volleyball academy
The Indian River Community
College volleyball program has
created the Indian River Volley-
ball Academy, a joint AAU/USA
V Juniors volleyball club. The
Academy will offer two levels of
play; a local developmental
league for ages 8-16, and a travel
league that will be more com-
petitive for ages 10-18. The trav-
el league will participate in four
overnight tournaments around
the state of Florida. Come find
out more information at two
information sessions to be held
on Monday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in
room H106 of the Health Sci-

ences building and on Thursday,
Nov. 17, in room N135 of the Sci-
ence building. Both sessions will
be held at the IRCC Main Cam-
pus located at 3209 Virginia Ave.
Try-outs for the Academy will be
held on Nov. 19 and 20 at John
Carroll High School; times to be
discussed at information ses-
sions. For more information,
contact IRCC Volleyball Coach
Ron Jacobs at 772-462-7763 or
via email at rjacobs@ircc.edu.

Men's softball
games scheduled
Okeechobee Parks and
Recreation has announced that
their men's adult softball league
began on Wednesday. All games
will be played at the adult soft-
ball field across from Yearling
Middle School. The lower divi-
sion teams will play on Mondays
and Wednesdays. Game times
are 7 and 8 p.m. each night. The
upper division teams will play
on Tuesday and Thursdays.
There have been no games
scheduled for a ladies' softball
league due to lack of teams.

oc1 Festival
\iDSSi0 Sat., November 12th
2 pm 9 pm
Okee-Tantie Campground & Marina
FREE Bounce House & Water Slide
Music, Food, Display Booths
At Dark A Pyrotechnics, Spectacular
Presented by
Vendor Space Call -am Son s~o1b bnationa,
763.2622 Okeechobee County and
Non-Profit FREE For-Profit $50 Okeechobee County
Further Info. 763,3959 Tourist Development Council
(Activity Field Next to the Bait & Tackle Shop)
10430 State Road 78 W., Okeechobee


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showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Nov. 11,
through Thursday, Nov. 17, are as
Theatre I "Chicken Little" (G)
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.
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
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Make a difference
through mentoring
Making a difference through
mentoring needs you! You can
make a difference in the life of a
teen by mentoring. Adolescence is
a time of risk and opportunity. The
youth in Okeechobee County need
you. If you have a caring heart and
one hour a week to share in the life
of a teen, you can be a mentor. For
information, call Toni .Doyle at
(863) 462-5863.

One Stop Center
lists job openings
If you're looking for a job, look
at the One Stop Career Center, 209
S.W. Park St. In the past 60 days, 33
companies have listed 43 jobs and
45 people have been hired. The
center is open from 8 a.m. until 5
p.m., Monday through Friday.

You can be a
volunteer mentor
Help encourage a middle or
high school student to reach his or
her full potential and become a
volunteer mentor for the Presi-
dent's Challenge to SOAR/Take
Stock in Children Scholarship pro-
gram. It's a proven life-changing
program that provides four-year
college scholarships to deserving
sixth and ninth graders in local
communities. The mentor meets
with the student one hour per
week at his/her school. Volunteer
opportunities are available in Indi-
an River, Martin, St. Lucie and
Okeechobee counties. Please call
the Indian River Community Col-
lege Foundation at (772) 462-4786.

Halfway House
looks for volunteers
Eckerd Intensive Halfway
House, 800 N.E.72nd Circle N., is
looking for volunteers to work
with our adolescent boys. If you
have any free time or talents you
would like to share, call Ed Wimes
at (863) 357-0047.

Consumer credit
counseling offered
If debt threatens you, talk with
your creditors about developing a
revised payment schedule or call
Consumer Credit Counseling Ser-
vice for a free and confidential
appointment. For information, call
(561) 434-2544 or (800) 330-2227.

Church offers
lending library
You are invited to become a
patron of the Family Church Lend-
ing Library, on the corner of north-
west Second Street and Second
Avenue. Entertain or educate your-
self, using 486 audiocassettes,
including audio books, plus Christ-
ian romances and 575 videos. Pre-
pare a paper on comparative reli-
gion, a book report, programs for
men, women or children, a craft
project or a Sunday school lesson.
We use the Dewey Decimal Sys-
tem, the same as school and pub-
lic libraries. As a private library we
can and do preview our media.
Currently, the library is staffed Sun-
day from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30
p.m., and Wednesday evening
from 6 until 8 p.m. Contact Doris
Entry at (863) 763-4021.

Library hosting
computer classes
The Heartland Library.Cooper-
ative is a six library cooperative
serving Highlands, Hardee, DeSo-
to and Okeechobee counties. The
Heartland Library Cooperative will
be holding basic and advanced
computer classes throughout the
six libraries in the four-county
area. A technology information
trainer will take a mobile comput-
er lab to each location four times
per month to teach computer
classes. The classes will teach
basic computer skills such as how
to start up and use a computer,
how to log-on to the Internet and
how to communicate via e-mail
with friends and relatives. The
more advanced computer class
will teach how to keep the com-
puter clean and how to send pic-
tures. You may also contact your
local libraries for these same class-
es. In Okeechobee, call (863) 763-
3536 or contact Gabriell Turner,
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BEAGLE- Male with collar
found in Frostproof on North
Lake Reedy approx 1 week
ago (863)635-2565
DOG: Chocolate Lab call
FOUND: Many Animals Due
To The Storm.
Around Lehman Auto Body
on Hwy. 98. around circle K.
Call to ID. (863)634-1796
KITTEN- male, 7 wks old, grey
tabby, vic of NW 6th St.
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PIGEON- Off white & rusty red.
Banded (Blue), Found in Ft
Drum area Cemetery Road
SMALL DOG Okeechobee
area (863)763-1997
vic of Ft. Denaud Rd., wear-
ing collar, (863)673-0655.

CALF, Black & White Spotted.
Last seen Okeechobee Little
Farms, (863)467-8844
CELL PHONE Silver Nextel
lost at Okeechobee Halloween
Festival. Reward offered.
Please call (863)697-3074
GLASSES, prescription, in red
case, behind Rodeo
grounds, 15th or 16th St.,

leads you
to the
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and serves.


PIT BULL MIX-4 mo. old fe-
male. White, w/ two freckles
on right ear. Purple collar w/
bell. 4yr old daughter can't
sleep with out her!! Please call
w/ any info. (386)864-3043 or
YELLOW LAB, Female w/red
collar? Lost in the vic. of Tay-
lor Rental area. Dear pet. $100
Reward. (863)763-0503

CURR DOG, Female, 1 year
old. Kind of small. To good
home only. Will not hunt, I've
tried. (863)634-0971
CURR PUPPIES- 7, There go-
ing to be large dogs. To.
Good Homes Only!
PUPS- 6 wks old, free to
good homes (863)763-5178
KITTENS- 2 Adorable, Free to
great loving homes.
KITTENS- 2, Bobtail, Gray,
Free To Good Only!

For Mission Trip To Haiti
Fri. & Sat., Nov. 11th & 12th
17516 Brynwood Lane,
11 miles west on Rt. 70.
Washer, Dryer, Stove, Good
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Fan, Tools, Building Materials,
Roller Blades & Helmet,
Stereo/Woofers, Bikes, Sewing
Machine & Cabinet, Clothing:
Baby Plus size Women's &
Much More. Hot Food, Baked
Goods, Coffee & Soda.

OKEECHOBEE, Fri., 11/11 &
Sat., 11/12, down 33rd Ter-
race by Wanna Linga Motel
which goes into 29th Lane
8am til 1pm, 2911 SE 29th
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& misc.

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8am-Noon, 4300 SW 11TH
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Job Information 225
Job Training 227
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Immediate Openings CNAs
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All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
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406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442

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nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
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for Construction Company located
in Okeechobee County.

Must have a working knowledge of computerized
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A working knowledge of Percentage of
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Salary commensurate w/experience.

Fax resume to 954-969-4937
or email to bgcpasdaol.com

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Lykes Bros, Inc. Ranch Division
has an opening in our
Forestry Division located in
Palmdale, FL
Successful candidates will oversee a Palm Tree
production crew. Individuals should have
some experience in the harvesting and loading
of Sabal Palm Trees. A valid Florida drivers li-
cence and communication in English required.
Accepting applications
Monday-Friday 8am-3pm at:
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Ranch Division
S 106 SW County Rd. 721
Okeechobee, FL 34974
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and good communication skills a valuable as-
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Journeymen or exp.
Mechanics. Only seri-
Sous self motivated
need apply. Must
have good driving
record. Weekly travel
required in FL. Paid
travel time, overtime
per diem. DFWP.
Benefits, 401k, paid
holiday & vac.
Wilson's Petroleum

Estimator, exp. for local con-
struction company. Knowl-
edgeable in commercial
work, must know how to
read plans & do take-off.
Benefit pkg. incl., paid holi-
days, vacations, 401k &
health ins. avail. DFWP.
(863)467-0831 or fax re-
sume to (863)-763-6337.
for Construction Company
located in Okeechobee County.
Must have a working
knowledge of computerized
job costing, reconciliations
and AIA billing. A working
knowledge of Percentage of
Completion accounting
would be a plus. Salary
commensurate w/experience.
Fax resume to 954-969-4937
or email to bgcpasOaol.com


Highway 710 West
Helpo Wanted
Salary commensurate
with experience.
Call Mr. Lonny Griggs,
For experienced Cook. Call
Sandy @ Ranchers
Restaurant. (863)763-8115
needed. Pay to com-
mensurate w/exp. Call
Bruce (863)697-8840.

Apply in person Wed.-Fri.
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Okeechobee Discount Drugs
203 SW Park St.
Okeechobee, Florida 34972

Must have experience &
own transportation.
Call (863)763-0881
Class B CDL
Mid-Florida Portable Toilets
Top pay to the right person
Benefits. Please call

Now Hiring!
*Tow truck driver
*Fuel attendant/stock
Training will be provided
for responsible people.
We offer good pay, re-
warding work, benefits
and a substantial mileage
reimbursement. For a
limited time, qualified ap-
plicants who are hired
will receive a $200 sign-
up bonus. Apply at:
Ft. Drum Citgo
mm 184 FL. Turnpike
Skips BBQ is now opening for
breakfast and hiring a:
Manager, Cook, Prep Cook &
more! Experience preferable.
Apply in person
104 SE 6th St
between 10:30am & 2pm
Experience required.
Full Time position avail. Please
fax resume to 863-824-0802.
WANTED: Experienced
Dump/Roll-off Drivers
Top pay to the right person.
Benefits. Please call

Needed Part Time.
P/T Motel Housekeeper.
Weekends a must. Only re-
liable, honest, energetic need
apply (863)763-1020

Available for private duty.
Cooking, laundry & light
cleaning. 863-634-0322
Time .to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise
your yard sale in the
classified and make
your clean up a breeze!


Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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call a number out of your
area, use caution.

One man's trash is
another man's treas-
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to treasure with an ad
in the classified.


Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

Roof & Interior Framing
All Home Repairs
Lic. #2603


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
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
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps., Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies,'
Equipment 665
Pets Supplies'
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools B Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
TelevisionRadio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

3.5 ton package unit w/heat
$1075 (954)309-8659

DRYER- GE, white, runs good,
$75 (863)675-0104. La
DRYER, Kenmore, Extra Large
Capacity. $75 (772)215-9168
MICROWAVE Works good.
$10 (863)763-5120 aft. 3
stove is self cleaning & elec-
tric. $150 both or will separ-
ate. (863)673-3620
white, side by side, water &
ice dispenser. Excellent condi-
tion $375 (863)763-5792
REFRIGERATOR, 2 Door w/ice
maker. STOVE, 30", Electric
w/black glass door. $325.for
all, will sep. (772)215-9168
patio, $20. (863)467-2011
& RANGE, Continuous clean-
ing. Almond. Both Kenmore.
$200 will sep. 863-467-8254
STOVE- GE, 2/2 yrs old, excel-
lent condition, white, $150.
'02, 11.7 cu. ft.., excellent
condition, $125.

large capacity, upright. Both
work well. $300 for both
(850)519-2160 LaBelle

SHED- Wolly, 14'x28', 8K
new, Extras. Asking $6000.

SCHWINN, 1955- Original
condition, $900.

SHED-8 x10, wired, vinyl
siding, windows, 1 yr old, a
must see!! $1295

CERAMIC TILE, 190 sq. ft.,
light beige, 16 1/4"x16 1/4",
w/3 bags of mortar & grout,
$325 neg. (863)467-9443

ROOF PANELS (8), Aluminum,
used, 8 ft. long. $30 takes all.

Windows, Aluminum, 50x52
in. w/3 louvers, (2) alum.
doors w/windows, $230.

(4) wooden, 24" x 48" w/ cov-
ers. $80 (863)763-0266

piece, Great for pictures,
Size 0-3 mo, (6-121bs) $5.

COLLECTION: Approx. 44 yrs.
old. Rare items. $1500 all or
best offer.. 863-824-3358

Football & Baseball Card Col-
lection. Mid 80's & 90's
$500 or best offer. Call
(863)763-8943ask forTracy

Eclectic selection. 100+
Something for everyone! $100
for all (863)763-5792

COMPUTER running Win-
dows XP & Microsoft 2003.
17" monitor. Complete sys-
tem. $250 (863)763-2034

Win. XP, Word, Games,
Complete $150.

Q Pi

The most important
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.

/Oxygen tanks, hoses & gaug-
es, drill presses, multi grind-
ers, $2000 (863)763-9527

BEDROOM SET- 5 piece,
dresser w/hutch, bureau,
nightstand, head/foot board
$500 neg (863)824-8703
Cabinet, oak finish, for DVD &
VHS tapes, 19"wx39"hx31"d,
locking dbl. doors, $50.
nice, Lighted, Light wood,
$300. (239)645-3620
$1000 will sell separately.
(863)763-4248 or
CHAIRS, $100.
DOUBLE BED- Box spring &
mattress & frame. Good
condition $40.
DRESSER, w/ Ig. mirror, light
brown, 3 sm. drawers & 4
Ig. drawers, w/nightstand,
$150. (863)763-8562
END TABLES- 2, Formica Step
Down, Good condition $20
Little Tykes Fire Engine Tod-
dler Bed, w/mattress, exc.
cond., $150. (863)634-9373
Mattress & Box Spring, queen
size, $100. (863)697-0951
wood, glass door, 20" wide,
48" tall. $15 (863)467-8681
Twin Sleigh Bed, solid wood,
.whitewash, w/mattresses,
$350. 863-634-5943
new, Dark blue, $200. Will
separate. (239)645-3620

CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $799.
Neg. (863)697-1350 or
GOLF CART- Club Car, 2000,
Gas, Reconditioned. Low
hours w/top & windshield.
$2450. (863)675-1472
GOLF CART- Club Car, '90,
Electric w/36 volt battery
charger. Reconditioned.
'$1295. (863)675-1472
GOLF CLUBS- Smith with bag
$200. or best offer.

SHOT GUN- Remington, 1187
semi auto. New deer gun
$435. (863)467-7838
WINCHESTER- Model 12 ,12
Gauge, Scoped; Excellent
condition $400.

EARRINGS Ladies, Peacock
design. Hand made, 24K,
100yr old. Asking $575 nego-
tiable (863)634-9620 Okee
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LAMPSHADES (3) nice. $12
for all or will separate.

pieces, great cond. 1 yr old.
Pd. $1300, sell for $500.
Call 863-467-1860.
ROCKERS (2), Loveseat (1),
chaise lounge (1) bar stools
w/ backs (4). $400 all, will
separate. (863)763-9608

LIFT CHAIR- Like new condi-
tion. $425. (863)467-4328
SCOOTER "Action". New.
Bought as demo. Retail
$1695. Now $995.
SCOOTER, Motorized, Inside
/Out w/handle bars & Toshiba
Modem. Like new. Pd. $850
Now $450 neg 863-634-9620

* ei Il

Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Mfiscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

HORSE- Palomino gelding
10yr old, 15.2 hands $1500.
MARE AQHA, child safe.
Good for beginning barrels.
$1000 (863)675-4981

ISpecial NoticE]

NEON SIGN- 3'x8', Aluminum,
Lights up, Nearly new,
$1000. (863)634-1909
Power Pole, w/150 amp ser-
vice, $100. (863)634-9373
Store Display Fixtures: quads,
cash register, walk in cooler
w/front display, 4 burner cof-
feemaker, microwave oven,
table w/4 chairs, air cleaner,
etc. (863)357-6525
Sears, programmable, whole
house. 2 yrs. old, pd $1257,
sell for $400. (863)467-1860

DRUM SET- 5pc, excellent
condition, $200
GUITAR, IBANEZ, Left handed
$200. (863)763-9527
GUITARS (2) 1 black Austin
6 string. 1 Secova 6 string
Spanish style. $225 for both
or will sep. (863)467-1910
sound & beautiful pc. of furni-
ture: Moving. Pd. $4800, sac-
rifice $1200 (863)763-9608

BUCK GOAT for pet. 9 mos
old, $65 LaBelle area.
old, neutered. Needs room to
run & someone to play with.
$275 neg. (863)824-0703
with tray, asking $20.
very sweet, $160 with cage.
PET SHEEP- 3 mos, female,
$75 (863)675-0247.
RABBIT (10) $100 for all, will
sep. (863)635-4690
RABBIT CAGES (10) $100 for
all, will sep. (863)635-4690
YELLOW LAB Female, good
hunting pedigree, 3yrs old,
needs good home w/ room to
run $100 (863)467-0631

HOT TUB- Like new, Excellent
condition, 18 jets, Seats 6
adults $1499.

BOW- High Country Com-
pound/case/extra string draw
29-30, pull 60-751bs 65%
let/off $100 863-763-7609

SONY VEGA 36", 2yrs old,
paid $2200 asking $1000 Firm
or trade for Pistols. Ft. Pierce

stead, 11/19/05, Sect 212
Row 17, $160 for all will
separate (863)467-8182.

ATV RAMPS- Only used 2
times. $200 or best of-
NR83A, asking $150
(863)675-0104. La Belle
GENERATOR Portable, 1280
watt. New in box. $250
GENERATOR- Coleman, 5000
watt, 10 HP, new in box,
wheel kit included. 220 plug
$515. (863)763-0944.

GENERATOR- Makita, trand
new, never used, cost $2000
sell for $1200

TABLE SAW Rigid, heavy du-
ty, 10". New, only used once.
$400 (772)216-5092 or
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regulaly:
the classified.

$75 (863)674-0539.
PLAYHOUSE, Welcome home
2 Step, outdoor, will deliver
locally, $150.

VCR, Sharp, 2 yrs. old, like
new, w/32 factory pre-re-
corded tapes & 2 new blank
tapes, $80. (772)461-8822


I; ..

50' cut, low hours, zero turn,
$1100 (863)447-2130
per, Murray, MTD, Briggs &
Stratton. All new. $300.
good condition. $75.
Deer, 38" cut.
14hp. 42" cut, engine good,
deck fair, good for parts, or
co cart $100 (863)357-1236
ROTO TILLER- Troybilt, 6HP,
$499 excellent condition,

ROUND PEN- galvanized, 2"
pipe rails, 15 panels with
gate, purchased in '05, $995
neg. (863)801-6220.



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

VILLA, 2 Bdrm., 2 Ba., Unfur-
nished. $700 mo. + 1st., last
& sec. dep. No pets. Avail.
Dec. 1st. (863)763-4034

OKEE, Female preferred, 3br,
1 ba Oak Park, Furn., Kit.
priv. Must like dogs. $425
incl util. (863)467-6251
OKEECHOBEE- male wants fe-
male roommate, $350/mo,
3br, 2ba, full house, all util
incI (863)467-7770.
mo., util. incl., full house privi-
leges. 863-697-9074

- Ifo

BOAT TRAILERS (2) -Tandem,
galvanized. $1600 for both
or will sep. (954)868-6518
DRY BOAT 11ft, 30h/p Mari-
ner, full cover, trailer, similar
to a jet ski $2500.
Crusader inboard, Warranty,
Show room new, Kept inside
$11,500. 954-868-6518

Seminole Cove, 2br, 2ba, new
screened room/carport, new
roof, $95,000.
Unique, 3BR/2BA dbl. wide
split plan, plus multi purpose
room, separate shop & car-
port located at Zachary Tay-
lor Resort, direct access to
Taylor Creek and the Big
Lake, plus perpetual mainte-
nance & membership in re-
sort. Exceptional offering,
exc. cond.. $137,500, furni-
ture optional, Owner

FULL ACRE (1) fenced,
cleared, mature oaks, Dixie
Ranch, $105,000/neg.
863-763-8465 or 634-4557
Los -S5i

LARGE LOT: Located on
SE 28th St., Seawall/Boat slip.
Serious Inquires only.

2ba. 1945 sq ft. Approx. 1 ac
land. New roof, appliances, &
flooring. Above ground pool.
30x30 metal shop, 8x10 shed
both w/ electric, sunroom,
screened porch, carport.
$98,500 (912)487-0814

Mobile Homes

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

For Sale or Rent, Oasis Village
Senior 50+ park, double
wide Mobile Home.
(863)467-4234 for appt.

Fenced yard. Front porch.
Close to town. $700 mo.
Call (863)634-3451.
OKEECHOBEE, 1br, full ba,
34', $475 mo. + 1st & Sec.
dep. Includes City water &
electric. Adult Park. Seasonal
$700., 3 mo. min.

For Sale or Rent, Oasis Village
Senior 50+ park, double
wide Mobile Home.
(863)467-4234 for appt.
New & Used
Manufactured Homes
Fleetwood, Jacobsen,
Scotbilt, Townhomes,- .. n
Best Deals Anywhere.
Clewiston, LaBelle,
Okeechobee, Punta Gorda

OKEE 2BR,2BA. 16x66. Set
up in 55+ park. In city limits
Covered deck, all appl. $30K
(863)763-6115 Pam orJohn
Buy Here Pay Here
Marginal Credit OK
Clewiston Stanton Homes
Hurricane damaged 2br, 1ba.
Lake access. Great lot. As-is.
$150K Owner is realtor


Boats 3005
Campers. RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035

: a i II

Proline, '86, 17', 90hp Yama-
ha 1998, center console, t-
top, trlr like new, $6500.
TRI HAUL- 14', 40hp Mariner,
Trailer, Live well, Fish finder,
Trolling motor $1695.

Pk- w/AC sunroom, free boat
slip w/access to river/ lake.
Best offer (863)467-6782
1989, 30 Ft., 454, Runs good.
New tires. $6995. Firm.
(863)467-5722 Lv. message.

SPORTSTER 1992, Lots of
chrome. Must see! Garage
kept. $5000. (863)467-5489
HONDA SHADOW 500- '85,
Good condition, Runs great
Gas saver. $1500 or best of-
fer. (863)634-7046

GO CART: Yerfdog, 2 seater
w/roll bar. $550 firm.
Excellent condition. $3300 or
best offer $24.
(863)357-1382 after 4pm

'1985, Self contained, Good
condition. $7000.


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

Runs great, cold air. $750 or
best offer (863)467-8013
CHEVY GEO '90- 3cyl, runs
good, needs TLC $350
FORD TEMPO, '88, 46k mi., 6
cyl., auto, runs good, needs
TLC, $1200. (863)467-8449
door, white, new tires, 91K mi,
,;5spd. Great on gas. $1200
(863)214-1286 after 5pm
TOYOTA MR 2 1988, Red w/
T-Tops. Great motor (redone).
Nice car, good on gas. $2000
best offer. (863)447-6305
VOLVO 740 ,'91- excellent
shape, cold AC, $2500

FORD BRONCO-'81, Full size,
needs motor, has some rust.
Great for hunting or play.
$500. (239)248-7960
FORD F350 '87 6.9 diesel,
4spd, flatbed. Runs good.
$2500 or best offer

V8, A/C, Dependable. $1500
firm. (863)697-1223

(3) 20", 2 on tires, $500
fits Dodge Dakota truck,
good cond. $600
Transmission. $400. or will
separate. (863)675-2558
LEER TRUCK CAP- for full size
short bed, alum, sliding win-
dows $150 (863)467-6805
tor parts. Lower unit, dis-
tributor & other parts. $100 or
best offer (863)675-6738
TIRES- 4, 31 1050 15" LT,
50% tread. $150
TIRES (6) Good Year, Wran-
gler HT 235x85R16. Load
range E. Like new. $600 for
all, will sep. (239)898-1916



OKEECHOBEE- lbr, 1ba
house, stove, refrig, W/D,
open porch, dock, fish clean-
ing station, $850/mo + elec,
1st & sec dep.
772)221-8354 or

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
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 Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

Hurricane Wind Zone 3
Manufactured &
Modular Homes
Land/Home Packages
Complete Double Section,
Setup & A/C.
From $45,000

MALONE Farmhouse & barn
on 3/, acres. Oak, pecan &
peach trees. On FL/AL line.
$98K Owners are realtors.
(863)634-3572 or 634-7547

4br 2ba On 5 wooded acres
w/lake. 4 bay utility barn,
newly refurbished, concrete
drive & parking. Must See!
Call Jay 863-634-3451

I -

The Okeechobee News, Friday, November 11, 2005

350, Rebuilt, $350 or best
offer. (863)467-8856

makes you a more informed
Interesting person. No
wonder newspaperreaders
are more successful

Rebuilt, $350. or best offer.

For small truck, Good condi-
tion $120. will separate
561-881-0318 Immokalee
bed P/U, Red. Excellent con-
dition. Orig. $1370. Asking
$400. (863)467-2777
cab, runs good $2200 or best
offer (863)763-8261
Auto, All Power, CD, A/C,
CC, Bedliner, Reese hitch
$2500. 863-763-7609 ..

FORD F100 TRUCK, '80, has
title, doesn't run, $250 or
best offer. (863)634-6708
FORD F150, '85, crew cab,
351 Windsor engine, runs
real, $1000.
FORD F150 '87- 4x4, single
cab, long bed, straight 6 cyl,
4 spd, $2500
FORD F150 '95- good condi-
tion, with camper top,
AM/FM, 10 CD changer
$6300 neg. (863)675-8999.
FORD RANGER, '88, runs
good, $600. (863)357-2395
GMC 1500 '85, runs good,
body & interior in good
shape, $1500 neg.
(863)634-7098 aft. 5pm

RAM 50 '82, red, 2.61tr 5
speed trans, good cond.
$950/neg. (863)447-2130

TOYOTA /% Ton Pick Up 1995,
Xtracab, Reliable. Clean. 20
mpg. $3995. Firm.
863-467-5722 Lv. message.

SUBURBAN '86 new tires,
rims & exhaust. Runs good.
$1500 or best offer

Good condition. $700
(561)881-0318 Immokalee

12'x6', Heavy duty, New
tires, $950. (863)467-2267

TRAILER, Flat Bed, 8x20,
triple axle. $2500.

Heavy Duty. $450.

dem axle, heavy duty, $800
or best offer (863)781-0484
or (863)781-0193.

CHEVY VAN '89 Runs good
$1095 (863)673-3620

Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
the classifeids.

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

The regular meeting of the Okeechobee
County School Board for November
will take place on Tuesday, November
22, 2005, at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of
this meeting is the annual reorganiza-
tion of the School Board and consid-
eration of regular School Board
business. The meeting will be held in
Room 303 of the School Board Ad-
ministrative Office located at 700 S.W.
2nd Avenue. The meeting is open to
the public.
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
95580 ON 11/4,11/05

NOTICE is hereby given that the under-
signed, pursuant to the "Ficittious
Name Statute," will register with Flori-
da Department of State, Division of
Corporations the fictitious name, to-
Big Lake Outdoor Adventures
under which we expect to engage in
business at:
Okeechobee, Florida
in the City of Okeechobee/County of
Okeechobee, Florida.
That the parties interested in said busi-
ness enterprise are:
Clint Vaughn
Jenny Santangelo
Dated at Okeechobee, Okeechobee
County, Florida, this the 9th day of No-
vember, 2005.
972190ON 11/11/05
One man's trash is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
your trashto treasure
with an ad in the classi-


Community Events

Church to host Blackwood Legacy group
The Blackwood Legacy group will be in concert Wednesday, Nov.
16, at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., beginning
at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Blackwood Legacy features Rick Price, for-
mer lead singer of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, and Perry Jones,
formerly of the group Mercy Me. For information, call (863) 763-6869.

Drive through flu shot clinic available
The Okeechobee County Health Department, 1728 N.W Ninth
Ave., will hold a drive through flu immunization clinic in the depart-
ment's north parking lot on Thursday, Nov. 17, and Tuesday, Nov. 22,
from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The cost of the vaccination is $25 and
Medicare will be accepted. Any adult over the age of 18 is eligible.
Patients will receive a consent form and information sheet when they
pull up. After signing, they will roll down their car window and receive
the vaccination. For information, call the health department at (863)

Guardian ad Litem to honor volunteers
The Guardian ad Litem program will host a breakfast buffet on
Thursday, Nov. 17, at Club Med, 4500 Pine Valley St., in Port St. Lucie to
honor volunteers in the program.

Cancer society to host Coffee Klatch
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce Coffee Klatch will
be held Thursday, Nov. 17, starting at 8 a.m. The event will be hosted
by the American Cancer Society at the First Baptist Church, 310 S.W
Fifth Ave. All Chamber members and guests are invited. Refreshments
will be served.

Chamber hosting self defense class
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce, 55 S. Parrott Ave., will
host a class on Thursday, Nov. 17, on personal self defense which will
help participants obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon. The
cost is $15 and must be paid in advance at the Chamber. Class size will
be limited to the first 20 to pay their fees. Others who wish to take the
class will be placed on the list for the December class. The November
class will be from 7 until 8:15 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 19, the class will
meet at the Chamber around 8 a.m. to go to the shooting range. If you
do not have a gun or ear plugs they will be provided. For information,
call the Chamber at (863) 763-6464.

My Aunt's House starts toy drive
My Aunt's House, Inc. The Closet, a non-profit organization, needs
the comrmunii 's help. Please bring an unwrapped toy to the open
house at Collage One-leven;, 1ll N.E. Second St., on Friday, Nov. 18,
from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. The open house is being sponsored by: Brid-
gette Waldau Graphic Design; Destiny Reef Enterprises; Okeechobee
Main Street, Inc.; and My Aunt's House, Inc. Toys donated will be dis-
tributed by My Aunt's House, Inc. The Closet to the under privileged
children of Okeechobee during their Christmas 2005 campaign. For
information, call (863) 634-2306 or (863) 763-3437.

Main Street plans open house
Okeechobee Main Street, Inc. will be holding its open house on Fri-
day, Nov. 18, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. The public is invited. The office
at 111 N.E. Second St. has just recently been renovated.

Chamber to host chicken dinner
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce will hold a bar-
beque chicken dinner on Friday, Nov. 18, in Flagler Park from 11 a.m.
until 3 p.m. Curb side pick up will be available for ticket holders, and
deliveries will also be available. Tickets are available at: Rustic Ranch
Furniture, 123 S.W. Park St.; the Chamber of Commerce, 55 S. Parrott
Ave.; or, any Chamber of Commerce board member. For information,
call the Chamber at (863) 763-6464.

Church hosting gospel concert
Allegiance will be in concert on Friday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at the
Okeechobee Church of The Nazarene, 425 S.W 28 St. For information,
call (863) 763-3519.

VNA hosts training session
A Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder training session will be held Nov.
18 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Visiting Nurse's Building, 208 S.E.
Park Street. The training program is sponsored by the Healthy Start
Coalition. The training is free but you must register. Call (863)462-5877
for information or to register.

Wildlife center sponsors yard sale
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will sponsor a yard and
plant sale on Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2704 S.E. 34th
Lane in Taylor Creek Isles from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. All clothing and
shoes will be priced at $1. Plant prices will start at .25 cents. Donations
can be dropped off at Wooley's Sheds in the Airport Industrial Park, or
by calling any of the Arnold's volunteers for pick-up Call Ray for north-
ern Okeechobee County at (863) 467-1309. Call Regina at (863) 634-
1207 or Joan at (863) 467-0290 for local pick-ups. If you are interested
in becoming a volunteer for Arnold's Wildlife, call Sue Arnold at (863)

IRCC to expand Okeechobee campus
The program on the expansion of Indian River Community Col-
lege's (IRCC) Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., has been
rescheduled for Nov. 19 from 5 until 7 p.m.

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Food drive is under way
The 21st annual Food for Families food drive is now under way in
Okeechobee County and will continue through Saturday, Nov. 19.
Raulerson Hospital is the main collection site for food. Residents
should bring their donation to the hospital's main entrance. Those
interested in participating should call (863) 467-7551; or, Bill Casian
at Raulerson Hospital at (863) 824-2771.

Church plans white elephant sale
St. Theresa Catholic Church will hold a white elephant sale Satur-
day, Nov. 19, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at S.R. 78 W. and Chobee Loop
in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 357-0670.

Golf tourney benefits United Way
Raulerson Hospital will sponsor the United Way/Raulerson Hos-
pital Greater Open Golf Tournament on Nov. 19 at the Okeechobee
Golf & Country Club on U.S. 441 N. Registration will be from 7 until
8 a.m. Green and tee sponsorships are available for $100 each. Golf-
ing fees are $50 per person which includes 18 holes of golf, cart, cof-
fee and doughnuts. A lunch will be held after the tournament. All
proceeds will go to the United Way of Okeechobee. For information,
contact Bill Casian at Raulerson Hospital, (863) 824-2702.

GPS training program offered
Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla 57 will host a newly revised GPS train-
ing program Saturday Nov. 19. Boaters will be taught the Global Mar-
itime Distress and Safety System and how it can get you out of trouble.
Anyone considering buying new electronics for their boat should
attend this program and learn how the GPS unit, marine radio, and how
the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon are linked together.
Seating is limited. Call (863) 467-3085 for information or to pre-register.

Free nutrition class offered
Dr. Edward W Douglas will host a free contact reflex analysis and
designed clinical nutrition class on Monday, Nov. 21, at 5:30 p.m.
The classes will be held in his office at 916 W. North Park St. For
details and information, call (863)763-4320.

Collaborative council meeting set
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Shared Services Network will hold their monthly meeting Tues-
day; Nov. 22, starting at 10 a.m. The meeting will- be held-in the
boardroom at the Okeechobee County School Board office, 700
S.W. Second Ave. Guest speakers will be: Hospice of Okeechobee;
Tom Jones and Lindsey Mann from Eckerd Youth Alternatives; and
Ken Kenworthy, who will give a Safe and Drug Free School report.
The meeting is open to the public. For information, call Sharon Vin-
son at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.

Main Street membership meeting planned
Okeechobee Main Street, Inc. will hold their monthly general mem-
bership meeting at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405 U.S. 441 S.E., on
Wednesday, Nov. 23, at noon. Members and general public are wel-
come. For information, contact Lydia Jean Williams at (863) 357-MAIN.

Free Thanksgiving dinner planned
Grace Ministries of Okeechobee will serve their 18th free com-
munity Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, at Grace
Brethren Schools, 701 S. Parrott Ave., from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Donations to help buy food for the free dinner can be sent to Grace
Ministries, P.O. Box 663, Okeechobee, Fl., 34973. Volunteers are also
needed to help cook the food, serve and deliver the meals. To sched-
ule a delivery or to get more information, call Malinda at (863) 467-

Festival of Trees starts Nov. 28
The annual Festival of Trees held at Hospice of Okeechobee, 411
S.E. Fourth St., will be held Nov. 28 through Dec. 4. Items for the fes-
tival will be accepted Nov. 14 through Nov. 25. To take part in the fes-
tival or for information, contact Theresa at (863) 467-2321.

City plans tree lighting ceremony
The City of Okeechobee will hold its sixth annual tree lighting cere-
mony in City Hall Park on Nov. 29 starting at 5:30 p.m. Participating in
the ceremony with be the chorus group from Okeechobee County
schools, as well as Santa Claus.

Santa to visit park
Santa Claus will be in City Hall Park Nov. 29 and Nov. 30, and on
Dec. 1,2, 5, 6, 7,8, 9, 12, 13, 14 and 15. He will be in the park from 6
until 8 p.m. Goody bags will be given to all the children. Pictures with
Santa Claus will cost $1.

Main Street to host holiday celebration
The Okeechobee Main Street will host a holiday celebration on
Park Street following the tree lighting ceremony in City Hall Park on
Nov. 29. The celebration will be held from 7 until 9 p.m. and will fea-
ture holiday music, carolers, children's activities, arts and crafts and

OCC ride aids Big Lake Missions
To help Big Lake Missions Outreach in their 11th annual Christmas
drive for the underprivileged children and families in Okeechobee
County, Okeechobee Christian Cycles is having a 120-mile motorcycle
ride around Lake Okeechobee on Dec. 3. The club is asking business-
es, churches and individuals to sponsor each participating bike. For
information contact Gene Roddenberry at (863) 610-1841, Holly
Stewart at (863) 610-1251 or Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257.

VFW Post hosting arts & crafts bazaar
VFW Post #10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E., will host an arts and crafts
bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Breakfast will be
served until 10 a.m. and will consist of sausage gravy and biscuits.
Tables are available for $10 each. For information, call Shirley Jarrell
at (863) 467-9450.

Eastern Star plans fashion show
The Okeechobee Order of the Eastern Star #128 will hold their
ninth annual Holiday Fashion Show on Saturday, Dec. 3, beginning at
11:45 a.m. The show will be held in the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge,
107 N.W Fifth Ave. There will be a tea cup auction, door prizes and
food for a suggested donation of $8 per person. Seating is limited. For
tickets contact Mary Ann Holt (863) 763-5210, Patsy Black (863) 467-
7068 or Margaret Smith (863) 467-8020.

Santa to be in Park #4
Santa Claus will be in Flagler Park #4 on Dec. 10 following the
Lighted Christmas Parade. He will also be there on Dec. 16, 17, 19, 20,
21; 22, 23 and 24 from 6 until 8 p.m. His visits are sponsored by the
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee.

Christmas festival is planned
The annual Christmas festival sponsored by the Okeechobee
County Chamber of Commerce will be held Dec. 10 in Flagler Park.
Vendor applications are available at the Chamber office, 55 S. Parrott
Ave. For information, call the Chamber at (863) 763-6464.

Christmas parade will be Dec. 10
This year's Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce Lighted
Christmas parade will be held in downtown Okeechobee on Dec. 10,
beginning at dusk. Applications are available at the Chamber office,
55 S. Parrott Ave. For information, call the Chamber at (863) 763-6464.

Grace Christian presenting holiday play
The Grace Christian School Drama Production Program will be
presenting the play "A Holiday Carol" on Thursday, Dec. 15. The first
performance will be at 8 a.m., and the evening performance will
begin at 7 p.m. Both performances are free, and will be held in the
Grace Christian School Chapel. The cast will be made up of students
from the third through 12th grades.

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