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Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The City of Okeechobee showed their appreciation to Pinellas Park with the presenta-
tion of a plaque from Mayor Jim Kirk to Pinellas Park City Council member Rick Butler.
City and county firefighters as well as city staff and council members were all on hand
for the special delivery. On hand were:(front row, left to right) Tin Pham, Deputy Chief
Pinellas Park Steven McCarthy, District Chief of Special Operations Bob Dixon, Pinellas
Park City Councilman Rick Butler, Okeechobee Mayor Jim Kirk, Okeechobee City Fire
Chief Herb Smith, County Fire/Rescue Chief Nick Hopkins, retired City Fire Chief Keith
Tomey; (back row, left to right) City Administrator Brian Whitehall, Earl Wooten, Dustin
Werk, Okeechobee City Assistant Fire Chief Bill Douglas, Adam Crum and Okeechobee
City Council members Lowry Markham, Lydia Jean Williams and Dowling Watford.

City Fire Dept. gets ladder truck
By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News a'-*

Drought Index
Current: 653
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

11.28 feet

Lake level
Last Year: (
15.38 feet { k;
South Florida R '
Water Manage-
ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)

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Opinion ............ 4
Speak Out . . ... .4
Sports ............. .5
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how to contact the newspaper.
Community Links. Individual Voices.

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The City of Okeechobee is '
proud to announce the award of a
grant-funded fire ladder truck
from the City of Pinellas Park.
The ladder truck was obtained
through a grant that City of Okee-
chobee Fire Chief Herb Smith
applied for back in November of
2006. The truck was delivered
Monday, Feb. 26, by Pinellas Park
Deputy Fire Chief Steven
McCarthy along with other mem-
bers of their fire department as
well as Pinellas Park City Council-
man Rick Butler.
Local city and county fire
departments were on hand to
receive this gracious donation as
well as City of Okeechobee Mayor
Jim Kirk, along with City of Okee- i.i
chobee Council members Dowl-
ing Watford, Lydia Jean Williams,"
Lowry Markham and Clayton
Williams and other city staff.
Retired City of Okeechobee Pinellas Park Fire Rescue donate
Fire Chief Keith Tomey was also through a grant to the Okeechob
present for the special delivery as ment. With a 93 feet ladder and sev
it was his dream for his 25 years from the platform, the ladder reach
(1979-2004) as chief to obtain a the reach of the firefighter. The eq
ladder truck for Okeechobee. ity to pump 1500 gallons per minu
The ladder truck came from to pipe breathing air to the top of t
See Truck- Page 2 fighter to utilize.

Deputies compete

in motorcycle rodeo

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two members of the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) Motorcycle Traffic Unit took
part in a recent motorcycle rodeo
and came away with high finishes.
OCSO Sergeant Gary Bell and
Corporal Brian Hagan competed in
the third annual-Capital City Chal-
lenge, Law Enforcement Motorcycle
Rodeo in Tallahassee. There were 18
law enforcement agencies from
across the state and as .far away as
North Carolina taking part in the
four-day event.
Proceeds from the competition
will go to the Special Olympics.
Sgt. Bell placed first in the Harley-
Davidson Electra Glide Advanced
Class, while Cpl. Hagan placed third.
Next, the two Okeechobee County
deputies teamed up with Sergeant
Eric Westfall and Deputy Wes Whit-

ed of the Volusia County Sheriff's
Office to take second place in the
Team Slow Ride event.
The events at the Feb. 21-24 com-
petition were based on riding skills
used by motorcycle officers in their
daily work.
This was the first year that mem-
bers of the OCSO unit took part in
the Tallahassee event. However, the
unit regularly competes in the South-
east Police Motorcycle Trials held
each year in Fort Lauderdale. That
competition benefits the concerns of
police survivors.
The entry fee in the Tallahassee
event was $50 per rider. There was
also a $30 per rider charge for a spe-
cial banquet. The sheriff's office paid
the entry fees, while the deputies
paid for the banquet.
The OCSO motorcycle unit has
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Motorcycle Rodeo in Tallahassee. Sgt. Bell won the Harley-Davidson Electra Glide
Advanced Class, while Cpl. Hagan placed third. The deputies used a donated pick-
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Wildfire burns in Lake Okeechobee

Glades County Personnel
from the Division of Forestry, Fish
& Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion, and South Florida Water
Management District responded
to a 3,000 acre wildfire inside the
levies of Lake Okeechobee on
Sunday, February 25. "Due to dry
conditions, the lake level is down
and very receptive to burning",
said Dale Armstrong, Senior
Forester with the Division of
Forestry. Firefighting crews
patrolled the lake to make sure the
fire was contained within the lake
bed and did not escape. "Right


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Pinellas Park Fire/Rescue who
had recently replaced a refur-
bished ladder truck with a new
piece of equipment and offered to
donate the retired apparatus to
any jurisdiction in Florida or the
Gulf Coast region.
With the assistance of Okee-
chobee City Administrator Brian
Whitehall and the City of Okee-
chobee Finance Director India
Riedel, Chief Smith prepared the
formal grant application.
Chief Nick Hopkins of Okee-
chobee County Fire/Rescue
Department added to the applica-
tion by speaking with the Pinellas
Park committee and confirming
the close relationship between


now, the dry marsh and grass
islands within the lake are burning
and causing a smoke nuisance",
Armstrong said.
Forestry firefighters and South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict personnel are going to
remove grass and other brushy
fuel in the fire's path today. A 20-
person crew will burn off the
remaining islands in order to
reduce the prolonged smoke
impact. Six engines will patrol the
perimeter, while a helicopter will
drop incendiary balls igniting
small spots fires that burn into

each other and then burnout.
Smoke is expected to be an issue
for communities to the northeast
of Lake Okeechobee. This may
create conditions where visibility
on roadways is seriously
impaired. Under these conditions
drivers need to: turn on low-beam
headlights, slow down and be pre-
pared to leave the roadway if con-
ditions continue to deteriorate.
This wildfire is the third wildfire
on the lake this month for a total
of 5,397 acres burned. The causes
of all three fires are unknown. If
you know of any information per-

training to these fires or see anyone
acting suspiciously before, during
or after a fire has started, please
call the toll free Arson Alert Hot-
line (1-800-342-5869).You may be
eligible for up to a $5,000 reward
for information leading to the con-
viction of a woods arsonist.
Anyone needing additional
information may contact the local
Division of Forestry at 772-219-
1248 (St. Lucie, Indian River, Mar-
tin, Okeechobee Counties) 863-
655-6407 (Highlands and Glades
Counties). Please visit our website

the two departments. He told gallons per minute during fire- community "... especially in the
them the piece of equipment fighting operations," said Chief commercial areas."
would be utilized for all citizens of Smith. "The ladder has fire sup- Truck specifications include:
Okeechobee due to the mutual pression capabilities as well as refurbished enclosed cab with
and automatic aid agreements the ability to pipe breathing air to seating for four with air condition-
between the two entities. the top of the ladder for the fire- ing and intercom; 138,000 miles
"The truck acquisition has fighter to utilize. There is a diesel motor replaced new in the
been a part of the city's budgeted 10-kilowatt generator available mid-'90s; automatic transmission
concern for some time with the to light up any emergency scene (new 2005); 10kw Onan genera-
understanding that the city/coun- for safety." tor; 1,500 GPM Hale single stage
ty is growing and needs have A ladder truck is an important pump (rebuilt in 2006); 300-gal-
increased accordingly," said Mr. tool that the fire department uses Ion tank; two 1.75 cross lay dis-
Whitehall. for above-grade rescues, large- charges; one 2.5 rear pre-connect
Chief Smith described the water streams for defensive fire discharge; hose bed capacity 800
truck a 1983 Sutphen Quint Aerial operations, vehicle extrications LDH; ISO ground ladder compli-
Platform (100 feet), and said the and other emergencies. ment; gross vehicle weight 52,000
vehicle has been refurbished and Currently the city has a mutual lbs.; road height 10-feet, 10 inch-
many items such as the transmis- aid agreement with St. Lucie es; overall length is 47 feet; alu-
sion and engine have been County to provide a ladder truck minum aerial platform with high
replaced. from Fort Pierce when needed. hand rails; 700-lb. rated platform
"It will be able to reach any Chief Smith said the ladder with twin turrets; and, a breathing
building presently in Okeechobee truck will also play an important air system with connections in
and has the ability to pump 1,500 role in the insurance rates of the platform.

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News Briefs

OUA board members are sought
OKEECHOBEE The Okeechobee City Council is seeking
interested applicants to serve on the Okeechobee Utility Authority
(OUA) board of directors.
Applicants are being sought to serve as a regular member for a
term of four years, or as an alternate to serve a two-year term.
Applicants must be residents of the City of Okeechobee and
must live in the OUA service area.
To receive an application, contact the City Clerk's Office at 55
S.E. Third Ave., or call (863) 763-3372, ext. 215.
No member of the citizen board shall be an employee of, or
hold an elective position with the government of the City of Okee-
chobee or Okeechobee County.

File now for senior homestead exemptions
OKEECHOBEE Applications for homestead exemption,
additional senior exemption for persons 65 years or older and
agriculture classification should be filed with the Okeechobee
County Property Appraiser's Office by March 1.
The property appraiser's office is located at 307 N.W. Fifth Ave.
in the Alderman Building.
Exemption for seniors 65 and older is subject to income limits.
For information, contact the office at (863) 763-4422.

Hospital hosting Dine with the Doctor
OKEECHOBEE The Dine with the Doctor medical series will
take place at Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N., on Tuesday,
Feb. 27.
Dinner will be served at 4:45 p.m. Dr. Rene Loyola's presenta-
tion on the topic of general and vascular surgery will follow at
5:30 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $5 and includes entr6e, salad,
desert and beverage.
For reservations, call Bill Casian at (863) 824-2702.

Today's Weather

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Okeechobee Forecast

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.
The high will be in the lower 80s. The wind will be from the south-
west at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 40 percent.
Tuesday night Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and a slight
chance of thunderstorms. The low will be around 60. The wind will
be from the south around 5 mph in the evening, becoming light. The
chance of rain is 30 percent.

Extended Forecast
Wednesday: Partly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thun-
derstorms. The high will be in the mid 80s. The wind will be from the
northeast around 5 mph, shifting to the southeast in the afternoon.
The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Wednesday night Mostly clear with the low in the lower 60s.
Thursday: Partly sunny with the high in the mid 80s.
Thursday night Partly cloudy with the low in the upper 60s.
Friday: Partly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunder-
storms. The high will be in the upper 80s. The chance of rain is 20 per-
Friday night Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thun-
derstorms. The low will be in the lower 60s. The chance of rain is 20
Saturday: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.
The high will be in the lower 80s. The chance of rain is 30 percent.,
Saturday night Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunder-
storms. The low will be in the upper 50s. The chance of rain is 30 per-
Sunday* Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.
The high will be in the mid 70s. The chance of rain is 30 percent.

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The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, February 27, 2007 3

UKeechobee News/unauna Agunilar
Future Cuties All about Testing
South Elementary School kindergartners showed their support at the FCAT pep rally for
the third though fifth graders who began taking the FCAT on Monday, Feb. 26. Their sign
decorated by all the kindergarteners says "Future Cuties All about Testing." The kinder-
gartners are (left to right) Mariah Wooten, Mi'Kayla James, Antonella Garcia, Logan Scrib-
ner, Shahmir Ali, Abigail Myers and Jacob Myers.

Rewards encourage good behavior

Have you noticed how .much
:easier it is to get something done
*when there is a tangible reward
attached? Everyone likes to be
acknowledged for his or her
efforts, don't they?
.* I sure do! When I make dinner,
.one of the favorite parts is hearing
-my family respond positively. You
sort of burst with pride when you
hear your husband proclaim,
"Wow, this is delicious!" or your
children say, "Make this again,
Mom!" Those are great rewards
for those of us who work in our
kitchens everyday to feed our
Rewards are great they
inspire us to do more and keep
trying. Children especially are
propelled toward greatness when
offered a reward! They love being
rewarded for doing the right
thing. When I was in 5th grade
taking piano lessons, my piano
teacher would put a gold star on
each page of music I mastered. I
lived for those gold stars!
Remember this when you're
trying to get your children to eat
their vegetables. They aren't
going to be telling you how much
they love their green beans! Per-
haps a little reward is in order, like
a choosing a toy at the dollar store
at the end of the week for eating
as many bites of their vegetable
that was on their plate each night
as their age. In other words, if
your child is 3, having him eat
three bites will earn him a gold
star. Put a gold star on the calen-
dar and at the end of the week, ta
da! He gets a reward!
This isn't bribing! This 'is
rewarding excellent behavior. You

4, The Dinner


are teaching your child life skills
when they learn to eat their .veg-
etables. And vegetable eating is
very important for understanding
the significance of nutrition and
how that will impact him or her
for the rest of their lives.
This week, sit down with your
children and give them the oppor-
tunity to earn a reward! Teach
them that vegetables build mus-
cles (ask to feel your child's mus-
cles before they eat their veggies
and after-let them know you
think you felt them grow!) and
make sure you're setting a good
example, too! Your child won't
eat his vegetables if you don't.
Remember gold stars are
for everyone, young and old!
Here's my recipe for Gold Star
Cheesy Broccoli Soup-a great
warmer upper, chock full of phyto
nutrients. Enjoy!
1 tablespoon butter
1 medium oniion, chopped
1 large bunch broccoli
3 medium potatoes, peeled
and diced
6 cups chicken stock
1 1/4 cups milk (lower fat
grams by using skim)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
cheese (can use less)

Salt and pepper to taste. 1 cup
low-fat cheddar cheese, shredded
(can use less)
Melt butter in a 4-6-quart soup
pot. Saute onion until softened,
about three minutes. Cut broccoli
into flowerets and thinly slice ten-
der upper portion of stems. Add
to pot along with potatoes and
chicken stock. Cover and simmer
until potatoes and broccoli are
tender, about 20 minutes.
Puree mixture in several batch-
es in food processor or blender.
Return puree to soup pot and stir
in milk, Parmesan cheese, salt
and pepper to taste. Gently heat
(a hard boil will cause the soup to
break and the milk to turn to
To serve, ladle 8-ounce serv-
ings into broiler-safe dishes.
Sprinkle each bowl with a little bit
of shredded cheddar cheese, put
it on the broiler for a second and
serve, all hot and bubbly. Your
family is going to love it!
Makes enough for 10 bowls.
Nutritional Data: Per serving:
234 calories; 15g fat; 10g protein;
15g carbohydrate; 3g dietary
fiber; 21mg cholesterol; 1728mg
sodium. Exchanges: 1/2 grain
(starch); 1 lean meat; 1 vegetable;
0 non-fat milk; 2 1/2 fat.

For more help putting dinner
on your table check out her Web
site or
her" Saving Dinner" book series
published by Ballantine and her
New York Times Best Selling
book "Body Clutter," published
by Fireside.. Copyright 2007;
Leanne Ely: Used by permission
in this publication.


Hugh Herbert Murphy,
. Hugh "Murph" Herbert Mur-
phy passed away peacefully on
Feb. 23, 2007, at the Hamrick
Home. Mr.
Murphy known
To many as
came to Okee- "
chobee in
1989. He wasa
devoted fisher- '
man, hunter
and enjoyed
spending time Hugh
with his grand- Murphy
children and
He leaves behind his loving
wife of 33 years, Sandy; two sons,
Scott Murphy of Georgia, Steve
(Jane) Murphy of Pennsylvania; a
sister, Margaret Buchert of Neva-
da; brother, Johnny Murphy; 13
grandchildren; and, three great-

Mr. Murphy is preceded in
death by his daughter, Dawn
Marie Murphy; his brothers,
Jimmy and Charlie Murphy; and,
parents, Martin and Sarah Mur-
A memorial service will be
held Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007, at 6
p.m., at the Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home & Crematory.
In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to the St. Jude Chil-
dren's Research Hospital, Mem-
phis, 501 St. Jude Place, Tenn.
Friends may sign the guest-
book at www.bassokeechobeefu-

Wayne Bruce Purdy
Wayne Bruce Purdy, age 67,
died Feb. 13, 2007, at West Palm
Beach Veterans Hospital. He was
born Oct. 3, 1939, in Cold Spring,

N.Y. Mr. Purdy served in the, U.S.
Army and was a Korean War vet-
eran. He was a longtime resident
of Florida and resident of Okee-
chobee for 15 years. He enjoyed
fishing, boating, gardening, and
spending time with his grandchil-
dren teaching them about the
wonders of the outdoors.
Mr. Purdy is survived by his
wife, Phyllis of 44 years; son, Scott
Purdy of Rock Hill, S.C.; daughter,
Alison Schram of Jupiter Farms;
four grandchildren, Britnee, Kyle,
Stephanie and Johnny of the
USMC who recently served in Iraq
and is currently stationed at Camp
Pendleton, Calif.; sisters, Joan
Houst, and Carol Lapis; and,
brother, Allen Purdy.
The family requests in lieu of
flowers please send donations to
American Brain Tumor Associa-
tion, 2720 River Rd., Des Plaines,
Ill. 60018.

Don't giv4

experts say it's good advice and
real food for thought: meals
shouldn't go from your table to
Those high-fat table treats
could cause your pet much pain
and an extended stay in the ani-
mal hospital.
"High-fat foods can overload
the digestive system and result in
pancreatitis," notes Dr. Melanie
Landis, a veterinarian in the Col-
lege of Veterinary Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences at Texas
A&M University.
Pancreatitis occurs when the
pancreas becomes inflamed.
The pancreas is a glandular
organ located near the liver and
duodenum. It makes insulin
(which controls blood sugar lev-
els) and -makes digestive
enzymes that are secreted into
the intestine to aid normal diges-
tion of food and absorption of
Pancreatic inflammation can
be severe because the organ con-
tains digestive enzymes that can
be activated within the pancreas
(instead of the intestine) and pro-

table food to pets

duce swelling and inflammation,
Landis explains.
Pancreatitis can also affect
other organs including the liver.
"Signs of pancreatitis are vom-
iting, diarrhea, and abdominal
pain resulting in lethargy, dehy-
dration and decreased appetite,"
Landis adds. To diagnose pancre-
atitis, blood work and urinalysis
tests are performed to determine
enzyme and protein levels and
rule out other metabolic dis-
To treat the illness, Landis says
the gastrointestinal tract must
have complete rest with no food
or water for 48-72 hours.
Hospitalization is required so
intravenous fluids (to prevent
dehydration), medication for
vomiting/pain and antibiotics can
be administered. When nothing
is taken by mouth, the stimulus
for pancreatic secretion decreas-
es and the inflammation sub-
"When the pancreatic
enzyme'sretuYrn to nomnal, a
bland diet and water may be rein-
troduced slowly," notes Landis.
So you're still thinking about

serving gravy on your pet's food?
Landis encourages pet owners
not to feed human foods to their
"Pets do not need the fatty
foods or additional calories," she
explains. "Table-treats should not
become a part of their diets."
Some small breed dogs may
be more prone to pancreatitis.
Miniature Schnauzers are predis-
posed to elevated blood fat (lipid)
and cholesterol levels, notes Lan-
dis, and pancreatitis can occur in
cats, but is more difficult to diag-
nose and seems more prevalent
in dogs.
If it is hard to say no to those
longing-eyes and you feel you
must treat your pet, Landis sug-
gests a small serving of gourmet
pet food rather than table food.
"Feeding your pet appropriate
foods can be a caring way to.
share," she adds.
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service of the College of Veteri-
nary .Medicine, Texas A&M Uni-
versity. Stories can be viewed on
the World Wide Web at>.

Arrest Report

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving under
the influence (DUI). charges by the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
4 Freddien James Williams, 54,
N.W. Eighth Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested Feb. 23 by Deputy W
Suggs on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with unem-
ployment compensation fraud.
His bond was set at $2,500.
Hollis Marion Shepard, 46,
N.E. 170th St., North Miami Beach,
was arrested Feb. 23 by Deputy P.
Massung on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with
violation of probation attempt-

ed assault on the elderly. Her bond
was set at $10,000.
Teresa Landaverde, 22, N.W.
47th Terrace, Okeechobee, was
arrested Feb. 24 by Deputy J. Hall
on an Okeechobee warrant charg-
ing her with violation of probation
- uttering a forged instrument (six
counts) and violation of probation
- grand theft (three counts). She is
being held without bond.
Scharlett Rose Yates, 25,
N.W Fifth St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Feb. 24 by Deputy Matt
Hurst on a charge of worthless
check (over $150). Her bond was
set at $2,500.
Majin Cardenas, 19, N.W.
Fourth St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Feb. 24 by Deputy Matt
Hurst on a charge of driving under
the influence. His bond was set at
Alma Louvenia Wright, 23,

N.W Ninth St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Feb. 24 by Deputy R.
Gilchrist on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging her with
violation of probation bomb
threat, false report. 'She is being
held without bond.
Michael Walton, 49, N.W.
24th Court, Lauderhill, was arrest-
ed Feb. 25 by Deputy P. Massung
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with violation of
probation possession of cocaine
and violation of probation pos-
session of drug paraphernalia. He
is being held without bond.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this newspa-
per. The information will be con-
firmed and printed.


EYDC needs
Volunteers do make a differ-
ence. This statement is proven daily
by hundreds of private citizens
who, as volunteers, enter juvenile
justice programs throughout the
state. The Eckerd Youth Develop-
ment Center (EYDC) needs you to
share your skills or special talents in
making a difference in the lives of
troubled youth. Volunteers are
needed as tutors, translators, arts
and crafts instructors, mentors, job
preparation and search instructors,
recreation aides and assistance in
developing a youth choir. Wouldn't
you like to make a difference? If so,
please contact EYDC, 7200 U.S.
Hwy. 441 N., Okeechobee, Fl.
34972. (863) 763-2174, ext. 234.

Read library
books online
The Okeechobee County Public
Library has announced a new serv-
ice for those patrons with e-mail
accounts. You can join the Chapter-
A-Day Online Book Club spon-
sored by the Friends of the Okee-
chobee County Library. All you
need to do is visit the library's web
page at and
choose the link to the Online Book
Club. Simply follow the directions
on the page. You will start receiving
chapters from popular books in
your daily e-mail. After you have

read two or three chapters from a
book, you will begin receiving
chapters from a new one. Each
Monday you will start a new book.
There is no charge for this service.
You don't even need a library card.
All you need is an e-mail address
and five minutes a day to sample
the wonderful world of reading.

Food Pantry
is open
Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church Food Pantry is open. again.
We are located at 312 N. Parrott
Ave. in the back parking lot of the
church. Our temporary gray box is
stocked and ready for anyone who

needs food. All you need is an I.D.
The hours of operation are Tues-
day, Wednesday and Thursday
from 9 a.m. until noon.

Mentors make
a difference
. 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 Lisa Coleman at
(863) 462-5863.

JIM- Alm

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
SEM prepares for testing
Three cousins (left to right) third grader Daniela Espinal, fourth grader Julissa Baltazar,
third grader Lisette Medrano and their friend fourth grader Yolanda Vasquez enjoyed the
sunshine at the Seminole Elementary School FCAT cookout in celebration of their hard
work in preparation for FCAT testing which began on Monday, Feb. 26, and will continue
throughout the week.

Girlfriends on the trail
Shannon Woodin and Rusty (right) and Rebecca Pruitt, and Kayla Bean, (left) are old
hands on the Cracker Trail Ride on Friday, Feb. 23, the fifth day of the ride. "This is my
fifth year," said Shannon. "And my second," said Rebecca. "Last year I got my history
credit for participating, since I'm home-schooled," said Shannon. "But what is important
is that we're keeping history alive here."

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PLANNING: I am a homeowner in the southwest section of town. I
watched one morning-and counted 30 adults walking and riding bicy-
cles to town. The crime rate in this area has risen -'my daughter's
bike was stolen from my yard in the daytime in five minutes and we
really have a drainage problem in this area. I don't understand why we
have a city planner it we don't follow his recommendations. I am sure
we would not have hired an incompetent city planner.

HOMES: In reference to the controversy about the concrete homes,
plant and residential community associated with this construction in
Okeechobee, I have been in direct hands-on participation of their
buildings for over six years. They not only build fast, they are sound
homes that are the strongest structures in our hurricane-prone part of
the United States. They also produce totally approved units for use by
the State of Florida Department of Education along with many other
Florida counties buildings that meet all the requirements for replac-
ing of portable wooden or metal classroom structures that must be
retired by state mandate. They not only will give our school board
strong, sound and a rapid remedy to class-mandated reduction in size
as required by Florida law but also will create a very large spurt in
Okeechobee's economy. So I say "Kudos to Royal Concepts." We
should welcome them here and the jobs they bring and create.
Remember, progress will prevail.

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Community Events

Yard sale benefits Grad Nite
Thrivent Financial for Lutheran Church will hold a yard sale on
Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Peace Lutheran
Church Fellowship Hall, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane. Proceeds will benefit
the Okeechobee community Grad Nite and other projects. Donat-
ed items can be dropped off during the week of Feb. 25 in room
205 in the Fellowship Hall. For information call (863) 763-5042, or
Debbie at (863) 610-1738.

Fire volunteers to host breakfast
The Buckhead Ridge Volunteer Fire Department on S.R. 78 will
have an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast served with sausage,
juice and drinks on Saturday, March 3, from 8 until 11 a.m. for a
donation of $4. For information, call (863) 357-1364.

Women's Ministry plans quilt show
The Women's Ministry of Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church, 8
Cypress Street/Hunter Road, will be having their second quilt show
on Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Fellowship
Hall. For information, call (863) 763-2106 or (863) 763-1555.
Quilt show planned for March 3
Tantie-Quilters will hold a quilt show at the Historical Society
building on U.S. 98 N. on Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. until 3
p.m. Admission will be a $3 donation at the door. Tickets are avail-
able for a donated quilt by calling (863) 357-0166, or (863) 467-
2473 and at the Historical building on Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 2

Yard sale benefits CES
Central Elementary School, 610 S.W. Fifth Ave., will hold a fund-
raising yard sale/bake sale at the pavilion in back of the school on
Saturday, March 3, beginning at 8 a.m.

Red Cross offers classes
The Okeechobee Branch of the American Red Cross, 323 N. Par-
rott Ave., will hold the following classes in March: A baby sitting
class for teens aged 11-15 on Monday, March 5, from 6 until 9 p.m.
The fee is $35.; Adult CPR on Wednesday, March 7; First Aid Basics
on Monday, March 12, and Infant/child CPR on Wednesday, March

Guardian ad Litem plans training sessions
The Guardian ad Litem program will be training volunteers
from Okeechobee, Indian River, Saint Lucie and Martin counties to
advocate for the best interest of abused, abandoned and neglected
children on March 6, 8, 13, 14 and 20 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Train-
ing sessions will be held at PNC Wealth Management, in the third
floor community room at 3001 Ocean Drive in Vero Beach. For
information and reservations, call (772) 785-5804.

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At Your Service On Page 2

Letter to the Editor

got too lean

One of your readers recently
complained about the lines
being too long at the Okee-
chobee Post Office. He's right.
They were too long. We recently
lost two of our employees and
have not been able to replace
them. I am working on filling
these positions and hope to have

a resolution soon.
The reader also complained
about the lack of a package pick-
up window. He's right. In
response, I have started this
service again. Now, customers
who have a package to pick up
- or any other transaction that
does not involve money can
call at the Dutch door from 9
a.m. until 3:30 p.m., six days a
Once again, I apologize for

Upcoming Events

Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
t6 the public. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863) 467-
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St., at 8 p.m.
(A.A.) Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
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)
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 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 Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
call (863) 357-0297.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invit-
ed to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, 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 information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
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.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Women of Tomorrow ABWA Women of Tomorrow chapter meets
from noon until 1 p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott
Ave. For information call Marilyn Rinear at (863) 697-1807.

Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798
N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group facili-
tator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Gra-
ham as the facilitator. For information, call (863) 763-2893.}
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.

Tantle Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Mar-
garet at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 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 Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center, 412
N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fel-
lowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For Information, call (863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at
Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at (863) 357-
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m.
at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us
or ask questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636 or Hazel at (863) 763-
4923 for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third
Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863)
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m.
For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene
Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One
Stop Center, 209 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will
be available there from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Okeechobee Outreach Hope Narcotics Anonymous will meet
from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. For
information, call Hugh Lambert at (863) 763-7185.
Okeechobee Citizens Recreation Association, OCRA will meet
at 7:30 p.m. at Teen Town, 305 N.W. Second St. Anyone interested
may attend. For information, contact Frank Coker at (863) 467-1941.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and
the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is
welcome to join. The group is facilitated by social workers and pro-
vides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, infor-
mation and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E.
Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-2321.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Step Study
meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda
Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780.
Okeechobee Main Street's Farmer's Market will be held every
Thursday evening from 4 until 7 p.m. in Flagler Park 3. Any questions
and/or comments can be directed to the Main Street office at (863)

Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is
invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing
weight and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to
come and see what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie
Morgret at (800) 932-8677.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. at the Sebring Lions
Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 In Sebring. Tick-
ets are $5 for members and $6 for guests. For Information, call
(863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6671.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church 200 N.W. Second 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.
Nar-anonHelps the family of the drug user attain serenity and a
more normal home life, regardless of whether or not he or she has
stopped using. We meet every Friday at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead
Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road For information, call (863)

the inconvenience and hope that
the reader who complained -
and others who may have been
similarly affected will under-
stand that we are trying to keep
the operation as lean as possible
to keep the cost of postage
In this particular case, the
operation got too lean. However,
I hope to have that corrected
By the way, traffic at our cus-

tomer service windows is lighter
on most Wednesdays, Thursdays
and Fridays. If your schedule
allows you to visit to Post Office
on one of those days you may
find that you have the entire cus-
tomer service lobby to yourself.

Mark Pinson

Community Events

United Way to meet
The. United Way of Okeechobee will meet Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 8
a.m. in the north dining room at Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441

Collaborative council meeting set
The Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Ser-
vices Network, will meet Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. The meeting
will be held in the auditorium located next to the Okeechobee
County school district offices at 610 S.W. Second Ave.

Annual Indiana snowbird lunch slated
The annual Hancock County, Ind., snowbird lunch will be held
Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Homer's in Sebring starting at 11 a.m. Reserva-
tions are not required. The group will be in the large dining room.

SSN council meeting scheduled
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee
County Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meet-
ing on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the Okee-
chobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. Second Ave. The purpose of
the meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collabo-
rate and share information regarding services for children and their
families. The guest speaker will be Cathy Viggiano, from the Divi-
sion of Vocational Rehabilitation with the Department of Educa-
tion. The public is invited. For information, call Sharon Vinson at
(863) 462-5000, ext. 257.

BHR church hosting gospel musician
Gospel musician Thomas Shelton will be sharing his God-given
talent at Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 21300 Linda Lane N.E.,
on Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. Everyone is wel-
come. There is no charge. For information, call (863) 357-6500.

Hospice volunteers hosting yard sales
Hospice of Okeechobee volunteers will hold yard sales on
Thursday, March 1, from 8 until 11 a.m.; Friday and Saturday,
March 2 and 3, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.; and Thursday and Friday,
March 8 and 9, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. All yard sale proceeds help
with care at Hospice of Okeechobee and The Hamrick Home. For
information, call Rhonda at (863) 467-2321 or (863) 697-1995.

Library hosting annual book sale
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library annual book sale will be
held at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St.
Sale days will be: Thursday, March 1, from 10 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.;
Friday, March 2, from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, March
3, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Hardcover books are $2 and paper-
backs are $1. Library discards are half price. For information, call
the library at (863) 763-3536.
OCT presents 'Dearly Beloved' ,
The Okeechobee Community Theatre (OCT) will present
"Dearly Beloved," a new comedy that includes a bonus gospel
music performance. Curtain times will be 8 p.m. on Friday and Sat-
urday, March 2, 3, 9 and 10, at the theatre on S.W. Second Avenue
at Seventh Street, behind the Golden Corral Restaurant. Reserved
seat tickets are on sale at the Chamber of Commerce office, 55 S.
Parrott Ave., or, if available, at the door on the night of the perform-

KOA to host Speckled Perch contest
The annual Speckled Perch Beauty Contest, sponsored by the
Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce, will be held Friday,
March 2, at the KOA Convention Center on U.S. 441 S. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-6464.
Main Street plans annual barbecue
Okeechobee Main Street will host its fifth annual barbecue
March 2 and 3. Those wanting to take part in the event should call
(63) 357-MAIN.
Learn to make scrapbooks
A scrapbooking crop party will be held on Friday, March 2, from
6 until 10 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.
All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. This month Carolyn will
give a tea-bag folding demonstration. She will also be available to
assist you with your scrapbooking questions and supplies. Refresh-
ments will be served and there will be door prizes. Bring any scrap-
book pages on which you are currently working. For information,
call Carolyn at (863) 634-1885 or Joan at (863) 467-0290.
Cancer Society plans fundraising ball
The American Cancer Society's second annual "Denim to Dia-
monds" Cattle Barons' Ball will be held Saturday, March 3, at Quail
Creek Plantation, 1907 N.E. 224 St., from 6:30 until midnight. The
event is being held to raise money for continued research, educa-
tion and the Reaching Out to Cancer Kids camp for children. Tick-
ets are $150 per couple which includes a steak dinner and live
entertainment. Seating is limited. For information, call Teresa
Chandler at (863) 697-6819.

Cub Scouts plan yard sale
Cub Scout Pack 909 will hold a yard sale behind the Buckhead
Ridge Fire Department, S.R. 78, on Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m.
until 2 p.m.
Library hosting play on Florida
The Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., will host
actor/playwright J.D. Sutton on Saturday, March 3, at 7 p.m. Mr.
Sutton will portray 18th Century naturalist William Bartram in the
one-man play "William Bartram: Puc Puggy's Travels in Florida."
Mr. Sutton will share tales of Mr. Bartram's adventures including his
encounters with the Seminoles, his battles with alligators and his
awe at the beauty of Florida. This program is sponsored by the
Florida Humanities Council, and is free and open to the public.
Yard sale benefits genealogical group
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will hold a yard sale
on Saturday, March 3, at the Trading Post Flea Market, 3100 U.S.
441 S., starting at 8 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the genealogical sec-
tion of the Okeechobee County Library. Donations will be grateful-
ly accepted. Call Eve Olson at (863) 467-2674 to arrange for a pick
Church hosting gospel concert
Brighton Baptist Church, 24050 S.R. 70 W, will present McMil-
lan & Life in a Southern gospel concert on Saturday, March 3, at 7
p.m. A free potluck supper is open to the public and will be held
from 5 until 6 p.m., prior to the concert. This concert will precede a
week of revival meetings, with guest speaker Reverend Richard
Pickup. Services will be held nightly at 7 p.m. with special music

beginning at 6:45 p.m. A nursery will be available. For information,
call (863) 763-6626 or (863) 763-9377.


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Lady Brahman 2007 softball schedule

Head coach: Kim Hargraves (varsity) 5 p.m. Mar 29: vs. Poly Prep H.S.-5/7 Apr 13: vs. Key West High
Junior varsity game times list- Mar 13: at Sebastian River p.m. School-7 p.m.
ed first, H.S.74/6 p.m. Mar 30: vs. Glades Day H.S.-5/7 Apr 14: vs. Key West High
Varsity games follow Junior Mar 14: at Vero Beach H.S.-5/7 p.m. School-11 a.m.
varsity p.m. Apr 4: at Port St. Lucie (junior
Mar 1: at Jensen Beach H.S.- Mar 15: vs. Port'St. Lucie H.S.- varsity) (double header)-5/7 p.m. Apr 17, 18 & 20: District Tour-
5/7 p.m. 5/7 p.m. Apr 4: vs. Glades Central H.S. nament at O.H.S.-TBA
Mar 2 and 3: Fourth Annual JV Mar 22: vs. Jensen Beach (jun- (varsity)-7 p.m. Apr 24, 27 & May 1: Regional
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Sports Briefs

Bass club
will meet
Taylor Creek Bass Club will
hold its monthly meeting on
Thursday, March 8, at the Buck-
head Ridge VFW Post 9528 begin-
ning at 7 p.m. The club holds its
meetings on the second Thurs-
day of each month with bass
tournaments being held the fol-
lowing weekend. New member
boaters and non-boaters are wel-
come. For information contact

Dave Stout at (863) 467-2255..

Xtreme Bulls Tour
to come to Brighton
The Dodge Xtreme Bulls Tour
will make its first-ever stop in
Okeechobee at the Brighton
Seminole Reservation's Fred
Smith Arena on March 10 at 8
p.m. Forty of the world's top bull
riders will compete for a $60,000
purse. Ticket prices are $25 for
general admission and $35 for

premium seating with children
under 5 admitted free. They may
be purchased at Eddie Accardi
Dodge on U.S. 441 South or Eli's
Western Wear on S.R. 70. Direc-
tions to the arena can be found at

Rodeo tickets
now on sale
Reserved seat tickets for the
Okeechobee Cattlemen's spring
rodeo are now on sale at Eli's

Western Wear, 907 West North
Park Street. Tickets are $13 in
advance and $15 at the gate. The
rodeo is scheduled for March 13
and 14 at the Cattlemen's Rodeo
Arena on U.S. 441 North. Both
performances will begin at 2:30
p.m. The rodeo is sponsored by
the Okeechobee Cattlemen's
Association, the Professional
Rodeo Cowboys' Association and
the Women's Professional Rodeo
Association. For ticket informa-
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More blood donors

needed in winter

This time of year, more blood
donations are needed in Florida for
several reasons. The population
swells during the "tourist" season,
and more people in the state means
hospitals face more medical emer-
gencies. More traffic on the road-
ways increases in the chance of auto
accidents. Some people put off non-
emergency surgeries until after Jan.
1 because they don't want to have
surgery during the holidays, or due
to insurance reasons.
As the need for blood increases,
many communities increase the
number of blood drives and blood
mobile visits.
Donating blood is safe, simple
and nearly painless.
A visit to the blood bank takes
about 30 minutes, including a mini-
physical. An actual blood donation
takes about 10 minutes. Blood dona-
tion is safe sterile needles are used
only once and then thrown away.
Statistically, blood donors live
longer than those who do not
donate blood. There are several the-
ories for this benefit.
Since blood donors have their
blood pressure, iron levels and cho-
lesterol levels checked each time
they give blood medical problems
may be caught sooner. By removing
blood from the body, blood may also
help reduce excess iron in the blood.
When blood is removed, the body is
forced to make fresh blood.
Or, blood donors may simply live
longer because of the "good karma"
they put into the world by donating
One donation of blood may help
several people. After it is donated,
blood is tested, typed and processed.
If the testing shows any medical
problems, the blood bank notifies
the donor. A blood donation is often


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broken down into blood products
such as packed red cells, plasma and
blood components. Blood compo-
nents are needed to treat people
with specific blood-related diseases
such as hemophilia.
It takes about 24 hours from the
time it is donated to process a unit of
blood for use in a hospital. So blood
must be donated, typed, tested,
processed and at the hospitals ready
to use before an emergency arises.
Some people wonder why, since
blood is donated, hospital patients
are charged a fee for blood transfu-
sions. The fee is not for the blood
itself the fee is to cover the
expense of collecting, testing, pro-
cessing, storing and distributing the
blood and blood products.
If you have any questions about
blood donation, talk to a blood bank
professional at a blood bank or a
blood drive.
Blood donors must be over the
age of 17 and in good health. If you
have any questions about whether it
is safe for you to donate blood, con-
sultyour doctor.
(Before making any change to
your diet or exercise program, con-
sult your doctor. This is especially
important if you are on any prescrip-
tion drugs. Some drugs may interact
with foods that would otherwise be
considered "healthy.")

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prevention for seniors at their Tuesday, March 6, breakfast meet-
ing at 8 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Clock Restaurant,
1111 S. Parrot Ave. The program will be presented by Wayne J.
Picone. Mr. Picone is the regional director for Seniors vs. Crime, a
special project of the Florida Attorney General. The purpose of the
* Project is to not only inform seniors of possible scams, but to aid
them in disputes of overcharging, scams and other problems that
confront them. The public is invited. Non-members should make
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At the Movies

The following movies are
now showing at the Brahman
Theatres III.
Movie times for Friday, Feb.
23, through Thursday, March 1,
are as follows:
Theatre I -"Bridge to Ter-
abithia" (PG) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "Norbit" (PG-13)
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
Theatre III "Ghost
Rider"(PG-13) Showtimes: Fri-
day 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 $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
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CLASS RING- lost 14 ct gold,
2008 Okeq HS, purple stone,
vic of More to Life Church
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Carpenters, Iron worker
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Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street

Immediate Openings CNAs
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Start a new career in the much needed field of
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:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442

Immediate Openings All Shifts
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Benefits Available.
Apply at
Walpole Feed &

2595 NW 8th Street

Big Cypress & Brighton Reservation
Minimum 1 yr. supervisory experience.
Excellent communication & computer
skills.-Good leadership skills, positive
attitude. Flexible 'io'ui., Florida Drivers
License. High School Diploma or GED.
Excellent benefits incl. i dial, dental
& 401K. Salary based on experience.
Fax resume to (954) 967-3477

ties. Answer phones. maintain files, pro-
cess documents for payments. Assist with
the preparation of weekly and monthly
reports. High School iii1.ii,,, GED. Good
typing & computer skills. (MS Office).
Good interpersonal communication. Expe-
rience in clerical and customer service.
Fax resume to 954-967 3477

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growing & we have several
openings available. We are
looking for team players foi
the following positions.
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Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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Chil Care 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

Affordable Computer Repair
Home/small office.
All work guaranteed.
Free pickup'& delivery.
Call Dean at 863-447-1155

hours for$50
In your home
SNetwork & Office PC's
Ask for Ron

Pressure Washing &
Minor repairs.
Roof coating, Repair to
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
estimates. 863-467-2917
Lic. # 2349 &# 5698

Nursing Home Alternative
Will care for your loved
one. Private room from
light assistance to full
assistance. 24 hr. Eight
yrs. exp. References
provided. 8637-96383


Fill Dirt/Shell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
Call 863-467-4734

Do-It-Yourself Ideas

Princes and princesses of all
ages will love this do-it-your-
self castle doll house. The
project features a working
drawbridge, realistic battle-
ments and bright pennants. It
measures 36 in. tall by 30 in.
wide by 20 in. deep.
Castle Doll House plan
(No. 794) ... $7.95
Victorian Doll House plan
(No. 671)... $9.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds
of projects)... $2.00
Please add $4.00 s&h
(except catalog-only orders)
To order, circle item(s), clip
and send with check to:
U-Bld,; 15241 Stagg St.,
Van Nuys, CA 91405,
Please be sure to include
your name, address, and the
name of this newspaper.
Allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.
Or call (800) 82-U-BILD
Money Back Guarantee


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets, Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware. Etq. 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
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools S Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/ladio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

4yrs old, good condition,
$75 (863)467-0122
dow units, $100 for both.
It's never too late to find
the perfect gift. Look for
it in thn cIlaisiflti0t.

slide cases. All excellent
condition. $60.
(863)357-0835 Jonnle
A.E. Backus, J. Hutchinson
H. Newton, G. Buckner, E.
Buckner, L. Roberts, A. Hair,
R A. McClendon, S. Newton,
BIG $$ (772)562-5567

works fine. $40
small. $20, (863)467-4567
Maytag, with ice maker,
$175 or best offer
(706)273-0190 Okeechobee
Almond color. Full size.
Looks & works good. $75.
more side by side w/ice mak-
er, dispenser & water. Exc
cond. $450. 863-824-6712
STOVE, GE, Electric range,
$25 (863)946-3822.
STOVE: GE, w/ self-cleaning
oven, excellent condition.
STOVE, Whirlpool, Electric,
30", 2005 Model. New con-
dition. White. $125.
STOVE- White with black front,
Kenmore, Electric, Excellent
cond. Needs 1 top burner.
$75. (863)824-6712
heavy duty, super capacity,
approx. 3 yrs. ole, $375.

by Robin of Lake Wales,
wired for w/d, $500 or best
offer. (270)331-4090

Stainless sink, facets, spray-
er, garbage disposal & 12'
bar. $500. (863)467-8681

Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.
Installation qfStorm
Shutters & Seamless
Rain Gutters
Licensed & Insured

1551 N.W. 24th Drive
License #765
containers, Exc. for wood
fences, decks, New, $65
(863)697-2032 Okeechobee

CARPET- Used 14'x15.5' Gray
burber. Like new condition.
$100. (863)467-6060
RUG, New, 8'2" x 10" Country
Garden Past, red, green, mus-
tard, brown & beige. Never
opened. $200 (863)674-0098

COMBO, 15x15, Great condi-
tion. $2500 (239)298-6160
or (863)675-1113 LaBelle
BO, 10x10, Great condition.
$500 (239)298-6160 or
(863)675-1113 LaBelle

PANTS & SHIRTS: size 3X,
new, name brands with tick-
ets, $30 will separately.
(954)237-4846 Clewiston

standing, holds up to 48
cans or bottles. Very good
cond. $125. (863)467-0627
items, Rare items, items from
Graceland, memorabilia. $350
neg. (863)467-0627

COMPUTER: Dell Dimension
4550, Windows XR Pentium 4,
30gb, 256k Ram, CO RW,
speakers. $350.863-763-5316'
COMPUTER DESK: Large, with
adjustable height, good con-
dition $50 or best offer
DELL- 4400 Pentium 4 Pro-
cessor, 17" monitor, Incld CD-
RW drive & more upgrades
$450. (863)634-4888
games, Fast, $149
(863)517-2782 Call Tony
80 GB, 512 MB. XP Pro,
DVD RW, KB/M/Spkr.
$399. (863)517-2782 Tony

BED- King size, Complete, in-
cludes comforter, Shams
with skirt. $200.
BED King Size, Sealy Posture-
pedic $150. (863)467-8464
BED: TRUNDLE w/2 Twin, Like
ne,w mattresses. $45.
BEDS, Twin: Matching Set,
Pine w/box springs & mat-
tresses & 2 matching ward-
robes. $300. (863)675-0378
DAY BED: With trundle bed,
wrought iron frame, nice.
$200. LaBelle area.

oak, with 6 chairs, exc.
cond. $300 or best offer.
china cab, 4 side chairs, 2
arm chairs, $750 or best of-
fer (863)675-4696
Wrought iron, 1 king. 1 queen,
exc cond. $125 or will sell
separately. 863-983-7011
chair & ottoman. $300.
LIVING SET: Sofa sleeper,
chair & ottoman, 2 end ta-
bles & sofa table. Excellent!
$425/all! 863-673-5256
green, Sofa, Loveseat, recliner,
Big chair w/ottoman 18 mo old
$900. (863)357-0391. Okee.
made, cypress, $300
MICRO RECLINER, (2), camel,
end tables & coffee table,
$150 will sell separately.
RECLINER, Medium gray with
thin blue lines. $60
(863)612-9831 Labelle
SOFA, Loveseat Recliner &
Ottoman, Pine $300. for all.
TV STAND- solid wood,
bought at Rustic Furniture
$300 (863)634-7629
TWIN CAPT BED: Arbor Creek,
Rooms to Go, w/ nightstand,
excellent condition. $275 or
best offer. 863-763-6617

BB GUN: 760 pellet, pump w/
scope, new. $40.
863-675-3032 (Labelle)
45 auto., 10 shot, 2 clips,
satin chrome, like new. $400
neg. (863)763-7161
PISTOLS: Smith & Wesson &
Winchester: 22 cal., semi au-
to., Shot Gun: Stevens 410 ga.
$600 will sep. (606)219-3890
RIFLE- All original Romanian
AK 47 Like new condition.
$800. (863)467-1958
RIFLE- Custom built AR15,
Brand new Paid $2800.
Asking $1400.
(863)467-1958 ,

BOW FLEX SPORT- Great con-
dition. $400. (863)635-7616
stomach machine. $60
(863)612-9831 Labelle
TREADMILL- Proform Ad-
vanced. Heart rate monitor,
cool air fan, cushioned deck
$475 (863)763-0625
TEM- competition set, like
new, used Indoors only $200
neg (863)634-6636
WEIGHT BENCH, Dual Station,
3 yrs. old $100.

Great condition. Only a few
months old. Fits 36" window.
$20. (863)357-6315

TABLE LAMPS- 3, Excellent
condition. $30. will sep.

PATIO, 4 Chairs, Umbrella,
Good condition. $100.
Includes slider & 2 seatees.
$75. 863-763-6220 or
PATIO SET- white with glass
top, 4 chairs & teal color
cushions, metal, 5ft long,
$125 neg. (304)582-2116
PATIO TABLE: 42" x 60" & 4
blue chairs. $50.

PATIO TABLE- Oval, with six
reen & white stripe chairs.
150. 863-763-6220 or

It, Asking '$150
HOVEROUND elec 3 wheel
scooter, used once, like
new, $550 (561)670-3636
SCOOTER- Handicap, Very
good condition. $350.
(239)986-0296 Immokalee

Motorola H500 pink (pink-
ish/purple) bluetooth wireless.
Used lightly w/charger &
manual. $35. (561)924-2208
used one time, MR7, Mag-
num, Books, Asking $500.
or best offer. (863)697-9704
Tanning Canopy. $300. dr best
offer. 863-634-5888
like new, used only 4
months. $450 or best offer

CABINET: 77"T x 42"W, 2
solid doors & shelf, $350 or
best offer(561)633-1371
PIANO- Kimball Spinet, Upright
with bench. Good condition.
$475. (863)763-2601

$25 (863)983-7702
CHINESE PUG, miniature,
$500. (863)634-6087
COCKATIEL, Home bred &
hand fed, very tame. $40
FISH TANK- 55 gal. Red oak
stand, Large filter. Ready to
go. Just needs fish. $250.
Call (863)763-4098
FISH TANK, 75 Gallon, Salt or
Fresh, 1 yr. old. Paid $850...
Asking $550 or best offer.
doors & shelves. Fits 25 gal.
tank. $20. Call
mos. old, large, red &
brown. $150 includes cage,
food, etc. (863)357-1310
Parents are hip certified.
Blacks & Merles avail. Ready
3/26. $1200-$1500. Now tak-
ing deposits. 863-447-3357
JACK RUSSEL, AKC reg., 11/2
yrs. old, with kennel, $450
for both or best offer.
Lady Gouldian Finch, beautiful
colors, $80. (863)610-2126
male, 9 mos old, $350
Miniature Dachshunds (2):
Males, 9 wks old, w/papers.
$425 (863)634-2479 anytime.
BIT: $15. (863)610-0843
POODLE PUPPY: Black male,
10 wks, shots, vet cert,
adorable IllI bear! $475 cash.
$200. (863)673-3894
WANTED: Female Cur to raise
1 litter of puppies w/my male
dog. (863)634-7023

SUANA: Cedar, infrared, by
Airwall, 2 seater, like new.
Paid $3400, sacrifice $1695.

makes you a more informed
and,.nteresting person. No
wonder newspaper reuden
ore more sc-essful!

ROUND REC.- 6 channel in-
put, 2 spkrs, 15" woofers,
$300 neg (863)634-6949
sional, Optimus, Peavey,
RCA, cassette duplicator &
more. $500 (863)763-3551

ered w/dual tanks. Asking
$350. (863)634-7706
Honda, wheelbarrow type,
factory reconditioned. lyr
warr $495 (863)763-4149
set, on a dolly. $450.
GENERATOR- 4 stroke, 600
watts, small, very quiet,
$200 (863)610-1120
GENERATOR, Briggs & Strat-
ton, 7350 watts, $450.
SPOT WELDER, with 13"
tongs, 220 amps, good con-
dition, $225. (863)357-5754
WELDER, Hobart, portable,
260 amp, $600


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Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed.'Products B 10
Farm Miscellaneous 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

FORD TRACTOR: 9-N, original,
great condition, $2500 firm

$33 each, 3 bale minimum,
Floralta Hay, Located on the
Prairie, (863)610-1616

Needs a little work but, stur-
dy. $500. Negotiable

15 yr old rideable with 4 mo
old filly. $1500.
CHILD HORSE- 10 yrs old.
13.2, Dapple Palomino. Very
gentle. $1100.
Big stock room, 3 stall. Sad-
dle/rm in back. Needs work.
$1800. Neg. (863)201-3492
MARE, 12 yrs. old. Rides well.
Coggins & All Shots. Good
disposition. $1800 or best of-
fer. 863-675-2215 LaBelle

LAWN MOWER: Craftsman,
rear engine, snapper, many
new parts, old but runs
good. $550.863-983-7807
ROTO TILLER- Huskee, brand
new, never used. Tills 13,
22, 24" width. $300 or best
offer (863)801-3291
SUPER AV '49: Farmall Trac-
tor, 4 parts w/ plenty of im-
plements. $500.

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

$825 mo. which includes wa-
ter bill. Pets okay upon ap-
proval. Call 561-255-4377
EFFICIENCY on 441 & 15 A,
For Single Person, furnished
w/utilities. $125 wk. + $300
sec. dep. Call 863-610-1027
on quiet St. Kids & pets wel-
come. $850. mo. & $2200
Moves you in. 561-795-1965
pets. $700/mo. 1st, last &
$400 sec. to move in. 2 units
available. (863)763-9225

Professional Building North
East Section of city limits,
1916 sq. ft., 4/2 private
offices, conference room
area, C/A/H. Excellent terms.
Contact Robin Chesser at
863-763-5593 or

newly renovated, $825/mo.
1st, last & security deposit re-
quired. (561)818-7380
pool, jacuzzi & sunroom,
lake access w/boathouse,
nice Fla. rm., $1200 mo., 1st
last & sec., possible rent to
own. (863)763-1673
RENT Be the first ones in!!
3/2, W/D, lawn & water

maint incld, $1100, 1st, last
& $500 sec. 2 avail in Bass-
wood, 1st week in March
Small pets ok. Call
front 3 Bdrm., 1/ Ba. 2 Story
w/Lake Okeechobee access &
boat ramp. Wrap around
porch. Fenced yard. Pets wel-
come! $1100. mo. + 1st, last
& sec. 561-346-3620
CBS Home for Rent
North East Section of city
limits, 1916 sq. ft., 3/2with
family room and sitting
room, C/NA/H. Contact Robin
Chesser at 863-763-5593 or
3 BR, 2 BA, Lots of tile! Large
yard. $1100. mo. Immediate
Occupancy. Call Lalrence
Associates 1-800-543-2495

OKEECHOBEE- 3/2/1 Ever-
glade Estates, tile throughout,
1295/mo, 1st &sec, No pets
Kings Bay. $1150 / month.
Call Rick (863)697-3096 or
Sammy (305)775-6579
acres. Newly remodeled.
$1000/mo. 1st, last & se-
curity. (863)634-3650
Everglades Elem area, 3/2/2,
Bruised Credit Okay. $3000
down. $1500 mo. with $300
going towards down payment,
Call 863-467-0128

OKEECHOBEE- Kitchen privi-
leges, Cable, W/D, $150/wk,
first & last (863)634-8374

!:Rentals 0965

room, lba, full kitchen, tile,
porch, $490 + sec., inclds
City water (561)346-4692

Real Estate
lIItI in"

Frms ais i u1 u
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 Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

$103,000. (863)467-6669

GLADES CO: 100 acre land
auction on 03/31/07. Owner
/ agent brokers welcome.
NEW 2br/2ba 2 car garage.
$175,000. Now $160,000.
$1100/mo, 1st & sec gets
you in. Roland 863-634-7722
NEW HOME On Your Lot!
3br, 2ba, Garage, Lg. Liv. Rm.,
Maintenance Free Exterior.
$115K. Lawrence Associates
1 car garage plus den. Buy for
$1,175 per month. $165,000.
E-Z Financing. Can be seen at
3632 NW 5th St.
PALMDALE- 5 acres on pri-
vate road, 2br, 1ba, in Oak &
Cabbage Hammock, new
paint in and out, new panel-
ing, new ceramic tile, over-
size shower, walk in closet,
1 mile from Fish Eating
Creek, fishing, hunting & co-
noeing (863)675-8735

TAYLOR CREEK: Vacant wa-
terfront lot, 80 x 100.
$98,000. 863-467-2225 or
You next Jb could be in
today's classfleds. lU
vou lookfor It?

Mobile Homes


WIDES. No pets, yeadrly lease,
starting @ $650/mo + se-
cuity deposit, 863-763-4031
Brand new, waterfront, all new
apple's Incl. w/d, lake access.
$1200/mo. (954)610-5345
RV, IBR, kit., full bath, $490
mo., incl. elec. & water,
1BR/1BA SW $600 mo.,
3br/2ba MH, $625 mo. +
1st, last & sec., incl. city wa-
ter. (561)346-4692

BHR Resort, 12x40, Fla. room
20x12, furnished, $38,000,
land rent $300 mo. on Rim
MOBILE HOME, lbr, w/d incl,
12x36, w/10x30 Fl/room,
C/A & heat, 12x24 carport,
new kit., in adult park, hot
tub! Part/furn. $14,000. neg
Must See! 863-532-9224
FL room, 14x48 concrete car-
ort, 8x12 outbuilding w/dou-
le sink & washer/dryer, fish
cleaning station, grapefruit,
orange & banana trees, a/c
with heat, furniture Included,
Immediate possession in adult
park. Inquire at Lot 134 at
Town & Country Park.
(615)804-2474 or
PARK MODEL '89: 12x35,
very clean, fully furnished,
ready to move to your lot,
$9500. (863)467-6300
SW Mobile Home, 2BR/2Ba,
'05 Model on lot in Treasure
Island, all appl's incl;,
$98,000. 863-634-6114

Recreation -

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

220 Motor, 15x8 Apache
H(ull with rod lockers,
carbon prop, double
seat plus single seat
and a Ram Line Trailer.
Excellent condition.
Complete package is
$6,500 firm.
Please call
in the evenings.

V, 40hp Yamaha motor trail-
er, needs some work $1600
BASSTRACKER, '87, Tourna-
ment TX 17, Classic 50
Mere., outboard mtr., w/tdr.,
$2300. (863)635-5039
DEEP V: 12ft, aluminum, like
new 15 hp mercy, trolling mo-
tor, has oars and good trail-
er. $1100. 863-467-4328
FISHING BOAT, 16'9" deep V
Hull, '85hp Suzuki mtr.,
w/trolling mtr., $1600 or
best offer. (863)357-6617
JON, BOAT: 12 ft, game fisher,
excellent condition. $200 or
best offer. Call
17', 70hp Evinrude w/troll.
mtr. & trir., other access.
incL, $3300. (863)946-0112
18.9ft. long, trolling motor,
livewell, fishfinder, 50hp John-
son. $2000 (863)357-6709
SEA NYMPH '80, 12 Ft., Deep
V Bottom & big 9 spd. trolling
motor. Heavy duty marine bat-
tery. $750.863-824-0899
STARCRAFT: Aluminum, 18ft
center console, 90 hp Johnson
motor & troll motor, full elec &
ti. $2000 (863)763-0728
racing sale, fiberglass center-
port$1500 (863)467-7336

FORD E350 '82 MOTO-
RHOME- good running cond.
under 50K, $1900 .neg
MOTORHOME- '91, Winneba-
go Elaindan. 33', 460 Ford
eng. 6500 watt gen. 72K Good
shape. $9500.863-824-0365
NEAR LaBelle, 30 Ft.Furnished
w/built up roof. Must be
moved. $1500. 863-675-1891
or (540)616-7319 (Cell)
RV BOUNDER '87: 35', 41.5k
mi, new tires, awning & frig,
screen/rm, gen, lots ext/int stor-
age, $8000.863-675-2339
STOVE TOP, 3 burner, Wedge-
wood, for camper, brand
new. $100 (863)946-3822

CARRIAGE '03: 32', 2 slides,
GelCoat, loaded, many extras!
w/ PullRite attachment.
$52,000 total or $25,500 for
carnage. 574-215-2663
lent condition. $500. or best
offer. (863)697-0158

Evinrude & Johnson motors,

rude Zephyr, 4 cyl., 7hp, not
running, wall hanger. $200

HONDA SHADOW 04- 750cc,
like new, $3900 or best offer
(772)618-0555 cell
Red & Silver, New tires,
Runs great! $2000 or best
offer. (863)612-1357
low mi., liquid cooled shaft
drive, w/2 helmets, $975
neg. (863)946-3196
SCOOTER: 2004 Verucci, 50
cc, 152 mi. $1000 or best
offer. 863-467-4253
YAMAHA 750'Special 1979,
Dry Shaft, Runs great. $500
Lost title. (863)467-2609 af-

YAMAHA YZF-R6 '03- black &
silver, low miles, $4000 or
best offer (561)436-9225
45-50MPH, Good cond.
$550 or best offer.
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DIRT BIKE: 2002 Yamaha
TTR225, very nice condition.
DIRT BIKE, 2005 TTR 125,
with after market muffler,
exc. cond. $1600 or best
offer. (863)697-9649

Damon, 1999: 21 ft., never
traveled, kept under roof in
LaBelle, Must See! $6500.
NOMAD- '92, 32', New FL/rm,
Furnished. Lot #19 on Canal
in Fijian Park. $6500. Neg.
Cell# 765-617-0015
TRAILER: 26ft, screen room,
storage area, all contents.
Must be moved. $1000.
863-674-0531 Labelle area

"' Screen Rooms Carports
1 Room Additions Florida Rooms i
Garages Seawalls
Ernest Lancaster (863) 634-2044

12 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, February 27, 2007

11'x30' 'FI/rm. lbr, W/D incld.
Part./furn. $8800. Ne ,
FIhI ItastrW W.Blt son-
r In the ctfaililet


BUICK SKYLARK, '70, rebuilt
350 engine. Needs work.
$1200. (863)228-1528
needs minor work, $400 or
best offer. (863)763-4333
1yr on wart, 5 spd, AC, ask-
ing $6800 (772)618-0555
SELL great condition, cold
AC, $2400 or best offer
(863)357-3369/ 634-2154

DODGE NEON 1997: 50K
miles. $2500 or best offer.
(863)673-3314 LaBelle area.
FORD ESCORT 1995 Wagon,
Runs very good. $1400
FORD FOCUS ZX3- '01, Auto.,
Custom paint. Body kit. Runs
good. $4200.
Ford T-Bird '94 & Mercury
Cougar '88: excellent body,
bad motors, have motors.
$600 neg. (561)676-0427
F150 Deck Buggy, excellent
condition. $2500 firm.
X Racing auto. trans., looks
& runs good. $1800
PLYM ACCLAIM '91- runs
great, $600 or best offer
PONTIAC SE, '88, full power,
a/c, orig. owner, $1200 or
best offer. (863)697-8507
SATURN '93- needs AC, runs
well, $650 (239)690-2055
Alva, FL
TOYOTA CAMRY '91- runs
good, cold AC, $1000 or
best offer(863)261-1407

Tree Boom Attachment Heavy
Duty. Like new. Asking $850
(863)697-2032 Okeechobee

CHEVY '87, 4 speed, new
clutch, good toy. $500
V-8, 360, 4x4, Very good
condition. $2500.
FORD BRONCO, '89, 4x4, 6"
lift, 33x12.50R16, $1500 or
best offer. (863)1634-3878
Iv. msg.

CLUB CAR '03, 48 volt, lights,
mirrors & windshield. $2500

4L80E, $200.
(863)467-5401 or
Fifth Wheel Hitch for back of
truck & 3 sway bar sets,
$300 for all will sell separ-
ately. (863)763-96,26
HITCH, Trailer weight limit,
3500 Ibs. $75
HOOD: Fits 80's 90's Ford
Van, new in box. $75.
LADDER RACK- fits smaller
trucks, $400 (863)983-7100
PLATE & BALL, For goose-
neck hitch mount in bed of
truck, fits bed of Ford F350.
$250 Neg(863)51T-0519

CHEVY C10 1968: Runs good,
body needs TLC. $2500.
CHEVY S10 '93- good shape,
runs good, V6. 5 spd, $1800
or best offer (863)983-7100
great, red, 114k mi., lots of
extras, $5500 or best offer.
Laramie, silver, loaded.
"Ready to tow" behind a mo-
tor home. Blue ox hitch
adaptor, M&G air brake sys-
tem, awesome telescoping
tailgate ramp for easy load-
ing of motorcycle, air bag
leveling. 6500 mi, over $35k
invested. Must sell. $21,900
negotiable. 239-898-6396
DODGE RAM 150 PU '91- new
paint & tires, $2500 or best
offer (863)467-7520.)
FORD E350, '98, 16' cargo,,
.38,700 mi., exc. cond.,
$12,900 or best offer. Cle-
wiston (313)319-3039.
FORD F150 '86- runs good,
$1200 or best of-
NISSAN '86, Great motor &
transmission, no a/c or heat.
Needs TLC on looks. $600
TRUCK CAP: For Ford Ranger
pickup, side entries. $150.

extra seat, rear door, alum
wheels, 350 engine, $2999

FORD EXPLORER 2000: 4x4,
transfer case & motor ONLY,
just pulled, runs good. $650.
863-763-0547 Okeechobee
end damage, good motor,
$500 (863)675-6432
JEEP PICKUP, '90, needs mi-
nor rear end repair & battery,
4300. (863)467-5401 or

TOW DOLLY- '04, Like new.
Good tires & straps. Pulls &
looks good. $800. or best
offer. (863)697-9704
UTILITY TRAILER- 4x8, excel-
lent condition, $800 or best
offer (863)781-0484

CHEVY LUMINA 93 Van, 3.1,
Runs good. $1600
3.1L, runs good, $1500 or
best offer. (863)447-5213
$1200 or best offer.
(863)673-3314 LaBelle area
DODGE CARAVAN, '93, blue,
auto, a/c, new tires, brakes
& battery, 185k mi., $1300
or best offer. (863)885-1026
VAN '99, Cold a/c, runs
excellent, 196k. Below blue
book. $3500 (863)763-3451

I a PubIco ic

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Bid No. 2007-01
Notice is hereby given thal Okeechobee County Florida, hereby requests sealed bids
to provide the following:
* Provide and deliver one (1) new, self propeleteled tecopic boom manllft
as equipped below.
* Telescoping boom nd articulaing Jib In models specified below.
* 3idegree turetbleretalin.160 degree hydraulic planorm ration
8' 13'plat rmwith 500 b minimum lifcapacity
Four wheel drive and nonmmarking (turflriendly) Urea
110 AC recedptaie ami alpine supply to platform
Please InciH a lintofoptions and/or accevese drewith appropriate pricing
All required atety feature included, wih the vendor prding on-

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employee tole IntlenaedIn tIa recognieon and aveideanc o unsafe
condlieno (as related to the aerial lilt).
OperatIln and malatenanca manuals
DeIvered readyforopeerolen
S S BIB Shall he for a Genie Model li5 or a JLG Model 660SJ or equal as
TEBii: SteShall be for a Genie Model 585 o a JLG Model 860SJ or equal
an speM -d above
Please provide written bi d to n a sealed enveope being the name and address of
NO. 2 n07-01 marked clearly on the outside.
For more Information contact Tony Ard, Facilities Maintenance Director at
The lead ids hall be delivered o:
Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners
304North West2nd StreetRoom 106
Okeechobee Couty, FL34972
eadline: Tea Ma 20,2007 at l3p
Bids received after ntattime whl be unopened.
Okeechobee County accepts no responsibilitiesfor any expense related to preara-
tion or delivery of proposals, reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, to
waive error or Informalities nd to accept the proposal: which, in its judgment, best
serves the County's needs.
Okeecihoee County Is an EOE/lDrug Free Workplace.
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Community Events

Health screening at Civic Center
Life Line Screening will be at the Okeechobee Civic Center, 1750
U.S. 98 N. on March 7. Residents living in and around Okeechobee can
be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke. Appointments will
begin 10 a.m. and pre-registration is required. A complete vascular
screening package, which takes less than an hour to complete, is $109.
A complete vascular package plus the osteoporosis screening is $129.
For information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appoint-
ment, call 1-800-697-9721 or visit
AARP driver's course scheduled
An AARP driver safety course will be held Wednesday, March 7, and
Thursday, March 8, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Church of the
Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St. Both days must be attended to complete
the course. The $10 tuition covers course material. Make checks or-
money orders payable to AARP Driver Safety Program. For informa-
tion, call Nell Bostwick at (863) 763-4134.
Ministry meeting slated for March 8
Hand and Hand Ministries will meet Thursday, March 8, at the
Palmdale Community Building on the corner of Fifth and Main for food
and fellowship at 6 p.m. Gospel music and the word will follow at 7
p.m. The word will be brought this month by Pastor Paul of Moore
Haven. Also joining us will be the praise and worship team from
LaBelle. Everyone is welcome. For information, call (863) 612-0640.
OSAC board meeting slated
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's advisory board will meet
Thursday, March 8, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at 1600 S.W. Sec-
ond Ave. This is a brown bag lunch meeting and is open to board
members. For information call Jim Vensel at (863) 357-1977, or Val
Marone at (863) 462-0040.
Church plans a gospel sing
Believers Fellowship Church, 300 S.W Sixth Ave., will hold a gospel
sing hosted by Sister Hampton on Friday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. All
singers and musicians are welcome to participate. Fellowship will fol-
low. For information, call (863) 357-0455.
VNA hosting memory screenings
The Visiting Nurse Association, 208 S.E. Park St., will host free
memory loss screenings sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association on
Friday, March 9, from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The screenings will be
conducted by St. Mary's Memory Disorder Center staff for anyone, of
any age, who might be concerned about memory loss. The screenings.
are free of charge and results are immediate. For information and to
make an appointment call Donna True at (772) 285-6291.
Contests planned for county fair
The Okeechobee County Fair Association is seeking contest partici-
pants in our inaugural fair to be held March 9-18. The contests consist
of quilting, sewing, painting, drawing, photography and woodwork-
ing. There will also be food competitions such as home baking and
canned goods; and a vegetable competition featuring categories such
as garden vegetable, fruit and vegetable and largest vegetable. Entry
forms and rules are available at the Okeechobee County Extension
Office, 458 U.S. 98 N. For information, contact Linda Syfrett at (863)
763-6232 or Dianne Spann at (863) 634-3327.
Church planning St. Patrick's Day parade
Sacred Heart Catholic Church will hold a St. Patrick's Day parade in
conjunction with the Speckled Perch Parade on Saturday, March 10.
Parade entrants should assemble at 9 a.m. on the grounds of Sacred
Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. Individuals or groups who
wish to participate may call Joe Michener at (863) 467-2058. Also on
Saturday, March 10, there will be a bake sale from 10 a.m. until-? in the
park. On Saturday, March 17, the Saint Patrick's Day celebration on the
church grounds will include a corned beef and cabbage dinner from
noon until 4 p.m. at a cost of $6; a martial arts exhibition from noon
until 1 p.m.; a bake sale from noon until 4 p.m.; and splendid Irish
entertainment from 2 until 4 p.m.
Bake sale helps missionary projects
The Ladies of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church USA, 312 N.
Parrott Ave., will hold a bake sale on Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m.
until noon. Proceeds will go towards support for several missionary
projects. For information, call Eleanor Newhouse at (863) 763-6128.
Speckled Perch Parade scheduled
The annual Speckled Perch Parade will be held Saturday, March 10,
in downtown Okeechobee. A car show will also be held in Flagler
Park. The annual, festival, sponsored by the Okeechobee County'
Chamber of Commerce will continue on Sunday, March 11. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-6464.
OSAC training group to meet
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community
outreach/training committee will meet Monday, March 12, from 9 until
10 a.m. at 1600 S.W. Second Ave. The meeting is open to the public.
For information call Val Marone at (863) 462-0040, or Ken Kenworthy
at (863) 462-5000, ext. 273.
Sharron King in concert March 17
The Living Word of Faith, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., will present Sharron
Kay King on Saturday, March 17, at 7 p,m. Ms. King was nominated for
Christian music's Top Vocalist of the Year and Christian Bluegrass
album of the year. For information, call Lee Minton at (863) 697-8517.
Church hosting guest speaker
Janet Folger will be speaking at the First Baptist Church, 401 S.W.
Fourth St., on Saturday, March 17, from 2 until 4 p.m. She will be
speaking on many current events. Everyone is welcome. There is no
charge. For information, call Debi at (863) 634-3525.

OSAC panel schedules meeting
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community resource
committee will meet Monday, March 12, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30
p.m. at 1600 S.W. Second Ave. This is a brown bag lunch meeting and
is open to the public. For information call Keith Stripling at (863) 763-
6064, or Val Marone at (863) 462-0040.
Prevention tops OSAC meeting plan
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's monthly meeting will be
held Tuesday, March 13, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second Ave. Discussions will-
include prevention needs in the community, as well as gathering data
to submit for further funding. The meeting is open to the public. For
information, call Val Marone at (863) 462-0040.
Church hosting special speaker
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave., will present
Dr. Clarence Menninga on Sunday, March 18, at 4 p.m. Dr. Menninga is
chemist, geologist and teacher from Grand Rapids, Mich. He will be
presenting a program entitled "Science and the Christian Faith."
Juvenile justice group plans meeting
The Okeechobee Juvenile Justice Council will conduct their
monthly meeting on Friday, March 23, at noon in the meeting room at
Beef O'Brady's, 608.S. Parrott Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to
enhance prevention and intervention of at-risk youth in Okeechobee
County. The public is invited. For information, call Pat O'Connor at
(863) 763-3536.
Fun shoot benefits Hospice
A 100 target fun shoot will be held Saturday, March 24, at Quail
Creek Plantation, 1907 N.E. 224th St., to benefit Hospice of Okee-
chobee. Gorge and Mary Beth Cooper will provide lunch, and Davey
Raulerson will provide the swamp cabbage. There will also be prize
giveaways. Fax registration requests to (863) 763-7856; or, call Hospice
of Okeechobee at (863) 467-2321 for information.
School board hosting special meeting
The Okeechobee County School Board will host a meeting to
inform private schools of federal grant opportunities for the 2007/08
school year. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 26, at 1 p.m.
It will be held in room 303 of the Okeechobee County School Board
office, 700 S.W. Second Ave.
Easter cantata set for March 30 & 31
This year's cantata "Lord of Lords" will be presented by the.
Okeechobee Community Choir on Palm Sunday weekend, March 30z
and 31, at the KOA Convention Center, 4276 U.S. 441 S. For informa-
tion, call Sandy Perry at (863) 634-7714.
Prom dress rescue is being formed now
A prom dress rescue is being organized for girls who want to attend
their high school prom but cannot afford the price of a dress. The
Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St., will be the fitting location.
Girls can come here to select and try on dresses on Friday, March 30,
from 3 until 6 p.m. The plan is to assemble all the beautiful gowns that
were worn once and are now sitting idle in closets, and make them
available free to those who need them. Arrangements can be made to
pick up the gowns. For information, call Pam Chesley at (863) 946-
2736 or (863) 634-7158.
Activity guide being prepared
The Shared Services Network (SSN) is preparing the 2007 Summer
Activity Guide to assist you in selecting activities appropriate for your
children. The deadline for submitting your activity is Friday, March 30.
Our hope is that this guide will assist you in finding activities to keep
your children safe, supervised and active this summer. SSN is looking
for activities to promote for children in Okeechobee this summer in
this guide. If your organization,, club, church or neighborhood is spon-
soring a camp, day program or supervised activity for local children
please call Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257, to submit your
information. There is no charge to submit your activity.
Masonic Lodge hosting hog roast
Okeechobee Masonic Lodge No. 237-F&AM, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave.,
will hold their annual hog (domestic pork) roast on Saturday, March
31, from 4 until 7 p.m. Eat-in or take-out will be available for a suggest-
ed donation of $6 for adults and $3 for children. A traditional barbecue
menu will be served and the dinner is open to the public. For informa-
tion, call Jim Green at (863) 634-4401 or Jose Verano at (863) 634-
Horse trainer to visit
Cornerstone Christian Home Educators will host horse trainer Skip
Calder on Thursday, April 5, from 2 until 4 p.m. The event will take
place in the empty lot at the corner of S.W. Fourth Street and S.W. Fifth
Ave., across from the First Baptist Church and the ROC. Mr. Calder will
be presenting horse training techniques along with sharing how living
for God has many things in common with horse training. The event is
open to the public.
Give-away benefits March of Dimes
Tickets are available at Riverside National Bank, 1506 S. Parrott Ave.,
for a 2006 90 CC Adley four-wheeler. Tickets are $10 each and the pro-
ceeds will benefit the March of Dimes. The drawing will be held April 2.
AARP offers free tax service
AARP-Taxaide will hold a free tax counseling preparation and e-fil-
ing service each Monday and Tuesday through April 17, from 9 a.m.
until 1 p.m. at American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St. Last
year's tax return, all financial documents for 2006, picture ID, Social
Security card and birth dates are required for everyone listed on the
return. For information, call Nei!e Foreman at (863) 357-1694.

Bike rally benefits local charities
Splinter Productions will present an Okeechobee Memorial Day Bike
Rally on Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, at Okeechobee Agri-Civic
Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E. Gates open both days from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Events include live music, food, drawings, bike show, contests, vendors,
poker runs and motorcycle events. Children 12 and under are free. Tick-
ets are $10 per person on Saturday and Sunday. A full weekend pass is
$15 per person. A percentage of the proceeds will support Big Lake Mis-
sions, the Pregnancy Resource Center and More 2 Life Ministries. Ven-
dors, bands, sponsors, parking attendants, cleaning crews and security
personnel are currently being sought. For information call (863)-634-
8980 or (863) 634-4151; log onto; or by mail at Splin-
ter Productions, P.O. Box 623, Okeechobee, FL 34973.
SFWMD stages photo contest
The.South Florida Water Management District's Okeechobee Service
Center is seeking Lake Okeechobee area photographs for the 2008 Lake
Okeechobee calendar. Winning images will be published as the featured
monthly photos. Applications will be taken until July 31 and entry forms
and complete contest rules are available select
"Info & Education. This contest is open to amateur photographers only.
Individuals may submit up to three photos. For information, call (863)
Eagles forming new Aerie
Treasure Island Fraternal Order of Eagles in now forming. Ladies Aux-
iliary members are being sought to sign up as charter members. The time
and place for meetings will be announced. For information call Bill at
(863) 763-1187, or Diana at (863) 357-2009.
ORE offering special Christmas ornaments
Okeechobee Retired Educators (ORE) are offering their second limit-
ed edition Christmas 2007,24 karat on brass, ornament including a num-
bered certificate with historical information. Ornaments are $15 and pro-
ceeds fund the, ORE scholarship. The 2007 ornament will be the
Southland Hotel. The 2006 ornament was the first brick school 1916. A
limited quantity of the 2006 ornaments is available. Those who pur-
chased ornaments last year and would like the same ornament num-
ber(s) and quantity please call one of the following members: Gay Carl-
ton at (863) 763-5755; Kay McCool at (863) 763-2829; Paulette Whipple
at (863) 467-2487; Marion Davis at (863) 763-3991; or, Regina Hamrick at
-(863) 763-8865.
Martha's House in need of help
Martha's House Domestic Violence Shelter is in need of your help!
The screen porch at our shelter needs to be enclosed with windows. We
need a contractor, handyman or someone that could perform this service
and donate, all or part of the supplies. We are also in need of two new or
gently used stoves. If you can help us out, we would be very grateful. All
donations are tax deductible. Contact Stephanie or Kim at (863) 763-2893
or Stephanie at (863).610-9192.
Free summer program offered
A Child's World Childcare and Preschool will be offering a free sum-
mer program for 4-year-old children. Space will be limited so register
early. To qualify for the program the following requirements must be
met: the child must have turned 4 by Sept. 1, 2006; the child could not
have participated in aVPK program during the school year; and, the par-
ent must obtain certificate of eligibility from the Early Learning Coalition
located at the One Stop Career Center. For information, call Malissa at
(863) 763-5453.
Children's Ranch hosting yard sales
The yard sale at Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., is now
open every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Please bring us all your unwanted treasures. Tax receipts are available at
the office. For information, call Rosie at (863) 763-4242.
Help to pay electric bill available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering FPL's
Care to Share Program in Okeechobee County. The Care to Share pro-
gram is funded by Okeechobee's FPL customers and FPL corporate
funds. The program provides emergency assistance funds to customers
who are in a crisis situation and unable to pay their FPL electric bill. There
are rules and guidelines that must be met to quality. If you are a FPL cus-
tomer and need help call (863) 763-6020 to leave your name and num-
ber. Your call will be returned and an interview will be done over the
phone to determine if you qualify. Interviews with your local Salvation
Army are by appointment only, no walk ins are accepted.
Healthy Start can provide help
Are you pregnant? Have you been turned down for Medicaid? Healthy
Start may be able to help. For information, call Becky Smith at (863) 462-
Martha's House offers workshop
Martha's House will offer workshop called Deafening Silence, which
deals with providing services to deaf and hard of hearing survivors of
domestic violence. The date and time will be announced at a later date
according to community interest and response. Contact Shirlean Graham
at (863) 763-2893.
Artists wanted for mural project
Okeechobee Main Street's Mural and Visual Arts committee is seeking
an experienced mural artist to paint an outside mural. The building the
mural will be painted on is the Embarq/Sprint building located in the
heart of the City of Okeechobee at 110 S Parrott Ave. The expected size of
the mural should cover the front of the two-story by 30-foot building. The
theme of the mural will feature the history of the telephone service in
Okeechobee. Two portraits will be required for this project. The mural
committee is accepting designs and proposals for this mural project. Pro-
ject is to begin in the spring of 2007. Please contact Bridgette Waldau at
(863) 467-7300 for information.

FORD F350 '89- 16 passen-
ger, diesel engine, dual
wheels, $2490
miles, blown head gasket,
rest is good, as-is. $500
Good running condition.
$800. If interested, call
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quests for Proposals), or a copy may be
picked up at United for Families, Inc.'s
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