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Man struck by train
The death of a 31-year-old
Martin County man who was
struck by a train is being tenta-
tively ruled as a suicide by an
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) detective.
Female athlete of the
the month selected
Jami Fadley was selected as
the Publix Supermarket/Okee-
chobee News female athlete of
the month for March. Her out-
standing performance as a
member of the Lady Brahman
tennis team earned her the


Lawn watering
restrictions set
Because of a critical water
shortage, lawn watering has
been restricted.
Residents whose addresses
are even numbered can water
from 4 until 8 a.m. on Thurs-
days and Sundays. Odd num-
bered addresses can water
from 4 until 8 a.m. on Wednes-
days and Saturdays.
Vehicles and boats can be
washed between 4 and 8 a.m.
and between 5 and 7 p.m. on
the above days. Washing must
be done on, or must drain to, a
non-paved surface. It must be
done using a hose with an auto-
matic shut-off nozzle or low-
volume pressure cleaner.
Violators could be subject to
a fine.
burn ban issued
Due to drought conditions
and heavy frost damage to veg-
etation, a county-wide burn
ban-has been issued.
The ban will include, but not
be limited to: campfires, bon-
fires, burn barrels and the burn-
ing of yard trash and fireworks.
The ban will be in effect until
further notice.
Violation of the burn ban is
punishable by a fine not
exceeding $500, imprisonment
in the county jail for a term not
exceeding 60 days, or both.
A burn ban has also been
issued for the City of Okee-
For information, contact
Okeechobee County Fire/Res-
cue at (863) 763-5544 during
normal working hours.

Drought Index
Current: 630
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: Countywide

Lake levels

9.88 feet

Lake level
Last Year:
13.80 feet

South Florida
Water Management District.
Depth given in feet above sea


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16 arrested in OCSO operj-,n

Over 6 pounds
of heroin seized
in 4-day operation

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A four-day Highway Interdic-
tion Operation in Okeechobee
County ended late last week after
16 arrests were made, and over 6
pounds of heroin was seized.
The unique operation began

Tuesday, April 17, and ended Fri-
day, April 20, after 12 law enforce-
ment officers had made 205 traf-
fic stops; issued 101 citations, of
which nine were criminal notices
to appear; and, seized approxi-
mately 21 pounds of marijuana.
The marijuana had an estimated
value of $81,800.
The officers also seized some
controlled substances, along with
miscellaneous drug parapherna-
Taking part in the operation
were officers from the Okee-

chobee Narcotics Task Force, the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Drug Enforce-
ment Administration (DEA), the
Florida Department of Trans-
portation (FDOT), the Glades
County Sheriff's Office (GCSO)
and the Florida Highway Patrol
"This is the first time we have
been able to hold an operation of
this type in several years," said
Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul
May. "This type of operation is
designed to try and target large

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Twenty-nine sixth, seventh and eighth graders from Osceola Middle School went to the
skate park as a reward for good behavior in school. Assistant Principal Mrs. Slier-
Dobbs and teachers Mrs. Leko, Mr. Jackson, Mr. Lute and Mrs. Medrarjo chaperoned
the event. Students who participated: (in no particular order) Diego Rodriguez, Jesus
DelaPaz, Daniel Estey, Christofer Arce, John Alan Mericle, Michael Millek, Tyler Milrot,
Steven Plant, Derek Boykin, Bret Peterson, Anthony Sollohub, Bryan Stokes, Dallas
Parker, Jared Sadler, Samantha Harrell, Samantha Flecha, Tommy Adams, Daniel Eng,
Justin Scott, Dean Radebaugh, Ben Estey, Greg Thomas, Will Ellis, Ryan Lott, Bobby
Tarsek and Adrian Tagel.

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Osceola Middle School eighth grader Adrian Tagle did an OIlie off the half pipe at the
skate park where he went as a reward for good behavior in school with 28 other OMS

Food Pantry official

addresses Rotary Club

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Rotary Club of Okee-
chobee met Tuesday, April 24,
and heard from guest speaker
Joyce Smith about the Okee-
chobee Presbyterian Food
Mrs. Smith spoke of the his-
tory of the food pantry dating
back to 1980 when it was creat-
ed for the first time, even though
it didn't remain open.
According to Mrs. Smith, the
food pantry was reopened in
1990 by Reverend David Turner
and has been in operation ever
The food pantry is located at
312 U.S. 441 N in the Okee-
chobee Presbyterian Church fel-
lowship hall.
The mission statement for

the Food Pantry is "as a part of
our expression of our love of
God, we are called to serve and
care for our neighbors by pro-
viding emergency food for all
those in need."
Their food pantry provides to
all people who are eligible with-
out discrimination of age, sex,
marital status, religious affilia-
tion, citizenship, etc.
According to Mrs. Smith, the
number of families served has
increased 26.5 percent and the
number of individuals served
has increased 23.9 percent.
By the year's end, the pantry
expects to serve between 1,500
and 2,000 families or between
5,000 and 6,000 people.
The people they serve are
described as parents worried
about their children, the sick
and informed and elderly people

making the most of limited
incomes. Some are homeless,
while others are simply hard-
working low-wage earners who
have experienced a financial cri-
While the organization does
receive some funding from the
Federal Emergency Manage-
ment Agency (FEMA), the
amount has lessened each year.
Okeechobee County received
$15,155 which is split between
four organizations Okee-
chobee Presbyterian Food
Pantry, Big Lake Missions,
Martha's House and the First
Baptist Church.
This means that they only
received $3,788 to fund an
organization that spends an
See Pantry Page 2

quantities of narcotics moving
through our county,"
And, it worked.
While working the 8.6-mile
stretch of the Florida Turnpike
that's in Okeechobee County, a
tour bus was stopped. During a
search of the bus 6.6 pounds of
heroin was confiscated, along
with 14.95 pounds of marijuana.
According to OCSO Lieutenant
Billy Markham, there were seven
people arrested and booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail.

Blane R. Birge,22, Teka
Lane, Lake Placid. He was
charged with possession of a con-
trolled substance (valium). His
bond was set at $5,000.
Milton Jacinto Francisco, 32,
S.W. Martin Ave., Indiantown. He
was charged with violation of
probation driving under the
influence and violation of proba-
tion driving while license sus-
pended. He is being held without

See Arrests Page 2


may decide

fate of ARC

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The fate of the Association of
Retarded Citizens (ARC) could
be decided Thursday, by the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners.
When the board meets on
April 26 they are scheduled to go
into executive session to discuss
legal strategies in the case.
It is possible they could offer
- settlement.
The situation has remained
unresolved for over two years.
In 1992, ARC, an organization
that works with persons who
have disabilities, entered into a

99-year lease with the county for
the old county hospital building
on Northwest Second Street.
However, ARC has not occu-
pied that property since the 2004
hurricanes damaged the build-
ing. They are currently operating
out of spaces in Cedar Plaza.
The county's position is that
ARC is in default of their lease
because they have abandoned
the building and did not carry
the required insurance.
It is ARC's position that they
are not in default, they have not
abandoned the property and
that they notified the county they
See ARC- Page 2

New housing

on TRC panel's

meeting agenda

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The City of Okeechobee
Technical Review Committee
(TRC) is set to discuss two
developments Wednesday,
beginning at 10 a.m. on the
second floor of City Hall.
The site plan development
of Southern Trace, submitted
by Steve Dobbs of Rudd Jones
P.E. and Associates on behalf of
applicant Curt Lundberg and
property owner InSite Develop-
ment Group, concerns a multi-

family development in the
northwest section of the city.
The development is located
on three blocks from North-
west llth Street to Northwest
14th Street within Northwest
Fifth Avenue and Northwest
Third Avenue, and on two
blocks located between North-
west 11th Street and Northwest
13th Street and Northwest Sev-
enth Avenue and Northwest
Fifth Avenue.
The application is for site
See Agenda Page 2

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Joyce Smith with the Okeechobee Presbyterian Food Pantry
spoke to the Rotary Club of Okeechobee on Tuesday, April 24,
about their ministry to provide food to people in need in Okee-

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2 The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Martin County man struck by train

Investigators believe
he wanted to die

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The death of a 31-year-old
Martin County man who was
struck by a train is being tentative-
ly ruled as a suicide by an Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) detective.
Detective M.D. Faulkner said
the body of Raymond Shawn
Wienczkowski was found lying
near the CSX railroad tracks that
run parallel to State Road 710
around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday,
April 21. The operator of an
Amtrak train saw the man's body
lying near the track and called in
the location.
Pending the outcome of an
autopsy, statements from those


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e Tyler Jay Willis, 27, N.E. 60th
Ave., Okeechobee. He was
charged with the misdemeanors
of driving while
license sus-
pended with
knowledge and
resisting arrest
without vio-
lence. His bond
was set at
L. Dent, 19, Blane R.
N.W 192nd Birge
Terrace, Miami.
She was charged with possession
of marijuana over 20 grams. Her
bond was set at $10,000.
Candice Marie Carver, 36,
N.W. 14th Place, Miami Gardens.
She was charged with possession
of marijuana over 20 grams. Her
bond was set at $10,000.
Eduardo J. Sanchez, 43, Sec-
ond Avenue, North Adelboro,
Mass. He was charged with traf-
fickinrig in heroin. He is being held
without bond.
Jonathan David Sommers,
24, Burnett Drive, Wilmington,
Del., was charged with the
felonies of possession of a con-


Continued From Page 1
development improvements with
238 units on 37.73 acres. The
development is a multi-family res-
idential development that is to be
developed in two phases.
These units, which will be
sold, will be two-story units with
a garage. Some of the units will be
two bedroom, two bath while
some will be three bedroom with
two baths.
"Our hope is to be able to give
teachers, nurses, firefighters who-
ever needs attainable housing first
shot at them and try to get them in
with a rent they can afford with an
option to buy if they choose to


Continued From Page 1
average of $960 per month,
which totals a yearly expense of
approximately $11,520.
Currently five churches -
Crystal Lakes Community
Church, Church of Our Savior,
First United Methodist Church,
Peace Lutheran and the First Bap-
tist Church participate regular-


Continued Froni Page 1
had dropped insurance on the
Nancy Ziegler, ARC's executive
director, stated that the organiza-
tion received a Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA)
grant of $500,000 to be used solely
for restoration of the old hospital
In June of 2005 the board voted
to lease ARC an equal amount of

who had talked with the man and
an apparent note stating his inten-
tions led the detective to believe
Mr. Wienczkowski's death was a
At this point, he said, there is
nothing to lead him to believe
According to Detective Faulkn-
er, Mr. Wienczkowski parked his
white Toyota pickup at a drive-
through convenience store at the
intersection of U.S. 441 S.E. and
County Road 15-A. He then
walked east to the railroad tracks
where he apparently sat down on
a rail, pulled the hood of his
sweatshirt over his head and wait-
ed for a train, said the detective.
His body was found approxi-
mately 560 feet from C.R. 15-A,
stated the detective's report.
The detective said the incident
happened sometime between 3
and 4 a.m.


trolled sub-
stance (Oxycodone), possession
of a controlled substance (Xanax)
and possession of a controlled
substance (Vicodin). He was also
charged with the misdemeanors
of possession of marijuana under
20 grams and possession of drug
paraphernalia. His bond was set
at $20,000.
Lt. Markham said Sanchez was
arrested on the turnpike after
FDOT stopped a tour bus on
which he was traveling. The hero-
in, said Lt. Markham, was found in
an overhead compartment and
had an estimated street value of
After the heroin was found, all
the passengers were taken off the
bus. FDOT K-9s then began to
work the bus and alerted on the
baggage compartment, where
14.85 pounds of marijuana was'

TRC Meetng
WHAT. City's TRC
WHEN: Wednesday, April 25, at 10
WHERE: City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave.

stay," said InSite Development's
Mary Hinton to council members
at a previous meeting.
This development currently
has a future land use change
pending at the planning board
stage to change the remaining
portion from single family resi-
dential to multi-family.
The second item on the agen-
da concerns a development of a
four-lot subdivision known as
Central Park Oak.
This application is a pre-appli-

ly with either food or monetary
To make them more effective
in their ministry of providing food
for those with modest means they
need more help.
Their needs include: food for
distribution, or money for food;
volunteers to help distribute food;
volunteers with a van or truck to
go weekly to the Treasure Coast
Food Bank to bring back free food
and food at modest costs; volun-

airport property on Northwest
Ninth Avenue. However, the Feder-
al Aviation Administration (FAA)
did not approve of such a non-avia-.
tion use of the land.
On April 13, 2006, the board
offered to buy out the reminder of
ARC's 99-year lease for $150,000.
Colin Cameron, attorney for
ARC, contended that if ARC accept-
ed that offer and relocated they
would forfeit part of their FEMA
In a letter dated April 25, 2006,
Mr. Cameron offered a counterpro-

"Some trains are equipped
with a camera system and this is
being reviewed by CSX to see if
the incident was recorded," said
Detective Faulkner. "Apparently, it
was a northbound train that
struck him."
The detective said what is
believed to be a suicide note was
found in his truck, along with a
bottle of liquor with a small
amount left inside. Detective
Faulkner's report indicates that
the note stated that Mr.
Wienczkowski intended to take
his life.
"Alcohol also appears to be a
factor," said Detective Faulkner.
The detective went on to say
that statements from those who
new Mr. Wienczkowski indicated
that he was upset over the recent
breakup with his girlfriend.
"He left a suicide letter stating
he was upset with his girlfriend,"

Shanelle L.

found. Lt. Markham said no one
has been charged in connection
with this because it's unknown at
this time to whom the pot
Nine other individuals were
arrested on misdemeanors and
were issued a criminal notice to
appear. They were not booked
into the county jail.
Lt. Markham said Carver and
Dent were also stopped on the
turnpike and arrested after officers
stopped a vehicle in which they
were traveling. He said between
the two women, they had a total
of 5.6 pounds of marijuana. A
third party was in the vehicle with
them but was not arrested.
This operation differed from
most traffic operations in that it
did not target traffic infractions,
although the officers used such
infractions as a reason to stop the

cation plat review which is
required for a subdivision. It was
submitted by Asmussen Engi-
neering on behalf of applicant
and property owner RJ Remodel-
ing Enterprises, Inc.
The development concerns .7
acres located at 417 S.E. Fifth St.
The cityplanner's staff report sug-
gests that the requirements for
this residential multi-family dis-
trict have been met due to the
area of each lot being 7,125
square feet, with a width of 50
The minimum lot area allowed
is 6,250 square feet and the mini-
mum width is 50 feet.
Some submitted items were
not provided as required by the
land development regulations.

teers to unload occasional trucks
that bring food to Okeechobee;
grocery bags; clean sealable con-
tainers for cooking oil, laundry
soap and shampoo; volunteers to
repackage commodities that are
bought at large quantities; volun-
teers to help pick up food orders
in Okeechobee; and, volunteers
to pick up donated bread weekly.
If you are able to complete any
of these tasks contact the Okee-
chobee Presbyterian Food Pantry

posal. He estimated the remaining
time on ARC's lease was worth
The lease states that if the coun-
ty needed the property, they could
relocate ARC to other county-
owned property at the county's
Mr. Cameron went on to state
that if the county would not buy
out the lease or pay to relocate ARC
the organization would proceed in
renovating the existing building.
For a time, there was a sign on
the property stating "We're coming
home" and "Restoration beginning

said Detective Faulkner, "and
decided to end his life."
Detective Faulkner said Mr.
Wienczkowski was an electrician
and lived in Martin County at the
J&S Fish Camp. The detective's
report states that a neighbor of
Mr. Wienczkowski's read the pur-
ported suicide note, but did not
believe he would actually kill him-
The detective said prior to his
death, the man apparently called
family and friends in Pennsylvania
and "told them what he was
going to do."
Cell phone records indicate
that Mr. Wienczkowski called his
former girlfriend at 3:13 a.m., and
she was apparently the last per-
son to whom he spoke.
Mr. Wienczkowski moved to
Florida from Pennsylvania and
had lived in this area for four to
five years, said Detective Faulkner.

Candice Eduardo J.
Marie Carver Sanchez
"The four-day operation
proved to be very productive and
I'm sure, with the cooperation of
the agencies around us, we will
continue to conduct these types of
operations targeting drug traffick-
ing in and around our county,"
said Sheriff May.
Besides the turnpike, the oper-
ation also targeted major road-
ways in the county such as U.S.
441, S.R. 70 and U.S. 98. The offi-
cers spent two days working the
turnpike and two days working
local roads.
The hours of the operation var-
ied from afternoon to early morn-
Lt. Markhafmt said K-9s were
utilized a total of 30 times, and in
22 of those occasions they alerted
to narcotics.
Postyour opinions in the Public
ReporterEricKopp may be reached at

The planner chose to review the
submitted items since the submit-
ted material appeared to be
intended to meet those require-
The next step for this develop-
ment will be for the general serv-
ices coordinator to forward a
copy of the TRC comments to the
developer along with changes, a
conditional plat approval applica-
tion and a schedule of fees to the
This conditional plat approval
application as well as the final plat
application will then go before
the Okeechobee City Council for
Postyouropinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter ChaunaAguilarmay be

at either (863) 467-5826 or (863)
In other business, the Rotary
announced their fourth annual
Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail
(LOST) Ride-Run-Walk to be held
Saturday, May 19, at 8 a.m. For
additional information, contact
Jim McInnes at (863) 763-3101.
Postyour opinions in the Public
Reporter ChaunaAguilarmay be
reached at

soon." It appears that some minor
work was done on the building
and then work ceased.
At the May 12, 2006, meeting
the commissioners decided to set-
tle the issue in court. However, it
still has not been settled.
William Winkle, the attorney
who is currently representing ARC,
is waiting the results of Thursday's
executive session to decide on fur-
ther actions.
Postyouropinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawdamay be reached at

Community Events'

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 am. 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. Tickets
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 Missions, the
Pregnancy Resource Center and More 2 Life Ministries. Vendors, 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 Splinter 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 at -
select Info & Education. This contest is open to amateur photographers
only. Individuals may submit up to three photos. For information, call
(863) 462-5260.

Realtors establish new scholarship fund
The Okeechobee County Board of Realtors will be offering a scholar-
ship in memory of the late Liz Weisser, a longtime local Realtor, to any stu-
dent studying Real Estate. All scholarship donations can be mailed to the
Okeechobee County Board of Realtors Liz Weisser Scholarship Fund, 326
N.W Fifth St., Okeechobee, FL, 34972. Call Toni Doyle, association execu-
tive, at (863) 467-0004 for information.

Classes offered to stop smoking
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will be offering smoking ces-
sation classes for pregnant women, women, or family members living in
the household with children 0-3 years old at Florida Community Health
Centers, Inc., 1100 N. Parrott Ave. Call Leah Suarez at (863) 763-1951, ext.
24, for class dates.

News Briefs

Realtors establish scholarship fund
OKEECHOBEE The Okeechobee County Board of Realtors will
be offering a scholarship in memory of the late Liz Weisser, a long-
time local Realtor, to any student studying Real Estate.
All scholarship donations can be mailed to the Okeechobee
County Board of Realtors Liz Weisser Scholarship Fund, 326 N.W.
Fifth St., Okeechobee, FL, 34972.
For information call Toni Doyle, association executive, at (863)

Group providing animal rescue
OKEECHOBEE Florida Wildlife Rescue Service of Okeechobee
is currently providing rescue, pick up and transport of sick, injured,
orphaned or otherwise impaired wildlife.
Anyone who finds a wild animal in need of help is encouraged to
give us a call. A volunteer transporter, licensed by the'Florida Fish &
Wildlife Conservation Commission, will be more than happy to help
you and the animal.
This is a free service to the community and to wildlife.
For information, call (863) 634-1755 or (863) 357-7955.

Christian school taking registrations
OKEECHOBEE Registration is open now at Okeechobee Chris-
tian Academy for the 2007-08 school year for Pre-K through 12th
For information, call (863) 763-3072 or stop into the office at 701
South Parrott.

Club offers free dance lessons
SEBRING The Highlands Social Dance Club will host a dance
from 7 until 10 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Sebring Lions Club on
Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27.
The G. I. Joe Band will play for your dancing and listening pleas-
ure. Dance the night away to waltzes, cha-chas, foxtrots, rumbas,
tangos and other ballroom steps.
Admission is $4 for members and $6 for non-members, and club
membership is available. The dance is open to the public.
Free ballroom dance class at 6:30 p.m. The Friday night dances
will resume on Sept. 7.
For more information call (863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6671.

Today's Weather

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Okeechobee Forecast

Wednesday: Partly sunny, with the high in the upper 80s. The wind
will be from the southeast at 5 to 10 mph, increasing to 10 to 15
mph in the afternoon.
Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with the low in the lower 60s. The
wind will be from the southeast at 10 to 15 mph, decreasing to
around 5 mph after midnight.
Extended Forecast
Thursday: Partly sunny, with the high around 90. The wind will be
from the southeast at 5 to 10 mph, increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with the low in the upper 60s.
Friday: Considerable cloudiness, with a slight chance of showers
and thunderstorms. The high will be in the upper 80s. The chance
of rain is 20 percent.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers in the
evening. The low will be in the upper 60s. The chance of rain is 20
Saturday: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers and thun-
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Amputation may be a life saving procedure for your pet

the neighborhood called him
"Tri-pod," but the owners of the
dog called him "Lucky" even if
he hobbled around on three
legs. After Lucky had been diag-
nosed with bone cancer, his vet-
erinarian decided that a hind leg
had to be amputated. But Lucky
was quick to adapt to life on
three legs.
Amputation may be a life-sav-
ing procedure for animals that
only minimally impacts their
comfort and quality of life, says
Dr. Sharon Kerwin, small animal
orthopedic surgeon at Texas
A&M University's College of Vet-
erinary Medicine & Biomedical
Sciences. And Kerwin knows
this first-hand.
Kerwin is a proud owner of a
three-legged cat that amazes her
with its ability to jump on and off
counters, run quickly, and still
gets into all kinds of mischief. "It
is nice to have personal experi-
ence and the ability to say, yes,
my own pet is an amputee and it
really has a great quality of life,"

she says.
Cancer is the most common
reason for amputations in pets.
Sometimes cancer is present in a
leg, and the only way to save the
animal is to amputate, which
may eliminate the cancer fully or
just extend the life of the pet.
Nerve damage or a severely bro-
ken limb can also result in
amputation, Kerwin notes.
Both the veterinarian and the
pet owner must consider several
aspects before an amputation is
"People should have a clear
understanding of why the sur-
gery is being performed and
what can be expected after-
wards," says Kerwin. "One of
the biggest issues people worry
about is the psychological
impact on their pet."
An amputation of a limb is
different for a dog or cat than for
a human, so it may be difficult
for owners to understand how
their pet will feel or act. "We
have found amputations do not
seem to slow animals down or

even bother them too much.
Since dogs and cats are four-
legged animals, they can get
along really well on three legs,"
says Kerwin. "Most animals will
tolerate an amputation extreme-
ly well and have a really good
quality of life afterwards."
Kerwin says most animals
that have had amputations have
probably already learned to walk
on three legs and owners may
not realize this. Often, the ani-
mal may be relieved to have the
painful leg removed and may
feel even better after the ampu-
tation than it did before surgery.
Another aspect to consider is
the long-term effect of an ampu-
tation, Kerwin adds. An early
amputation may be more bene-
ficial for your pet than for it to go
through multiple painful surger-
ies to save the leg.
One of the most important
factors in after-surgery care and
transition to life for your pet is
pain management.
"Ensuring your pet goes
home with appropriate pain

medication is essential to recov-
ery. Keeping your pet comfort-
able is the key," says Kerwin.
Medication is usually taken for a
week or so after the surgery, she
says. .
In addition, after bringing
your pet home, you can help
your animal friend adapt more
quickly by providing good food
and lots of rest and care. "Make
sure you supervise your pet,
especially when you first get
home because it can slip and fall
on a slick floor," advises Kerwin.
Even though pets adapt
amazingly well to an amputa-
tion, sometimes situations can
be difficult due to owner expec-
Animals that were used for
performance, hunting, or other
higher levels of activity may have
some athletic limitations after an
amputation. However, the
impact of amputation on the life
of a house pet is usually mini-
Kerwin says that as a life-sav-
ing or pain reducing alternative

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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 Conservation
Commission (FWC) or the
Department of Corrections
(DOC). I
Christopher Joyner Jr., 36,
N.E. County Road 354, Mayo, was
arrested April 13 by the Lafayette
County Sheriff's Office on an
Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with failure of a sex-
ual offender to report to the
Department of Motor Vehicles.
His bond was set at $5,000.
Lamar Ardley, Jr., 20, N.E.
15th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested April 20 by Deputy Roy
Gilchrist on charges of possession
of cocaine and tampering with
physical evidence. His bond was
set at $10,000.
Pedro Alaniz, 25, N.E. 169th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested

April 20 by Deputy P. Massung on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with the felony of
driving while license revoked -
habitual offender. His bond was
set at $7,500.
Gabriel Sosa, 32, S.W Sec-
ond Way, Okeechobee, was
arrested April 21 by Detective Rick
Durfee on a felony charge of pos-
session of cocaine, and misde-
meanor charges of possession of
marijuana under 20 grams and
driving without a driver's license.
His bond was set at $4,250.
Gabriel Hernandez, 32, S.W.
Second Way, Okeechobee, was
arrested April 21 by Detective Rick
Durfee on a felony charge of pos-
session of cocaine and a misde-
meanor charge of possession of
marijuana under 20 grams. His
bond was set at $3,250.
Michael Vaughn, 19, N.E.
10th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested April 21 by Deputy Roy
Gilchrist on a charge of posses-
sion of cocaine. His bond was set
at $1,000.
Juan Villanueva-Medina, 35,

N.W. Fourth St., Okeechobee,
was arrested April 21 by Detective
Willy Post on a charge of aggra-
vated battery with a deadly
weapon. His bond was set at
Jeffrey Thomas Howze, 42,
S.E. Sixth Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested April 21 by the OCPD on
felony charges of felony battery
and aggravated assault, and a
misdemeanor charge of improper
exhibition of a dangerous
weapon. He is being held without
John Alec Yargee, 26, Okee-
chobee, was arrested April 21 by
Deputy P. Massung on an Okee-
chobee County warrant charging
him with aggravated battery. His
bond was set at $50,000.
Martin Huerta-Torres, 23,
Okeechobee, was arrested April
22 by Detective Willy Post on a
misdemeanor charge of trespass
after warning. His bond on that
charge was set at $500. He was
later arrested by Deputy Roy
Gilchrist on a charge of posses-
sion of cocaine. His bond on the

felony charge was set at $5,000.
Jose Denova, 27, S.W. Sec-
ond Way, Okeechobee, was
arrested April 22 by Deputy A
Majere on an Okeechobee Coun-
ty warrant charging him with the
felony of leaving the scene of an'
accident with personal injury, and
the misdemeanor of driving while
license suspended. His bond was
set at $100,000.
Nathan Fernell James, 28,
N.E. 14th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested April 23 by Deputy
Donna Lee on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with criminal mischief $1,000 or
more, discharging a firearm in
public and possession of a
firearm by a convicted felon. His
bond was set at $30,000.
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 news-
paper. The information will be
confirmed and printed.


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James L. Marker
James L. Marker, 86, of Okee-
chobee died April 21, 2007, in
Okeechobee. Mr. Marker was
born Aug. 29, 1920, in Bradford,
Ohio to Ora and Bessie Marker.
He was a yard conductor for Con-
rail before coming to Okee-
chobee from Rushsylvania, Ohio
in 1984. Mr. Marker was an avid
fisherman and NASCAR enthusi-
ast. He loved wood carving and
wood working.
Mr. Marker is survived by his
wife, Alice Marker of Okee-
chobee; four sons, Jerrold (Billie
Sue) Marker of West Liberty,
Ohio, Richard (Marlene) Marker
of Bellefontaine, Ohio, Edward
(Lyn) Marker of Huntsville, Ohio
and John (Pat) Marker of San Mar-
cos, Texas; daughter, Judy (Rex)
Means of Spencer, Ind.; ten grand-
children; thirteen great grandchil-
dren; two brothers, Charles Mark-
er of Celina, Ohio and Chester
Marker of Bellefontaine, Ohio;
and two sisters, Mary Catherine
Sheeley of Bellefontaine, Ohio
and Edith Wilson of Arlington,
Services will be held at a later
time in Ohio.


Public recycling
drop-off bins open
Public recycling drop-off bins
are located at the Okeechobee
County Vehicle Maintenance
Facility, 306 N.W. Ninth Ave., and
the Okeechobee Landfill, 10800
N.E. 128th Ave. The vehicle
maintenance facility is open
from 8 a.m. until noon and from
1 p.m. until 5 p.m., Monday
through Friday. It is closed on
weekends and holidays. Only
recyclable materials such as
newspaper, aluminum and
metal cans, corrugated card-
board, glass jars and bottles and
plastics #1 through #3 are
accepted at the public facilities.
Items not accepted include:
plastic shopping bags; commer-
cial business items; tires; appli-
ances; electronic devices; yard
trash; household trash; oil, gas,
paint or household hazardous
waste; and, batteries. For more
information: contact Russell
Rowland, county solid waste
manager, at (863) 763-1811, or
Waste Management of Okee-
chobee at (863) 357-0111, or
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Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobeefu-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.
205 N.E. Second Street, Okee-
Estelle Burney
Patricia Estelle Burney, 61 of
Okeechobee died Saturday, April
21, 2007, at the Hamrick Home in
Okeechobee. Born Aug. 1, 1945,
in Watertown, N.Y. she had been
a resident of Okeechobee for the
past 10 years and was a member
of the Okeechobee Moose Lodge.
Mrs. Burney is survived by her
husband, Franklyn R. Burney of
Okeechobee; daughter,, Jayme
Lynn Burney of Vero Beach;
brothers, Paul Dunaway and
Richard Dunaway both of Dexter,
N.Y, Robert Brown of Liverpool,
N.Y. and Steve Brown of
Dunellen; cousins, Bethel,
Donna, Bill, and Ellen. In addition
she was survived by four grand-
A memorial service is planned
for Sunday, April 29, 2007, at 2

p.m. at the Moose Lodge #1753
in Okeechobee.
In lieu of flowers memorial
contributions can be made to
Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O.Box
1548, Okeechobee.
All arrangements are under the
care and direction of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee.
Wilma M. Davis
Wilma M. Davis, age 96, of
Okeechobee died April 24, 2007,
at Raulerson Hospital. Mrs. Davis
was born Dec. 14, 1910, in Sims,
Ind. to Cordia and Sarah Allen.
She worked the switchboard in
Sims, Ind. and ten years as a
lunchroom worker in the Okee-
chobee County Schools. She was
a member of the First United
Methodist Church for 44 years.
She also taught Sunday school
classes at First United Methodist
Mrs. Davis was preceded in
death by her husband, Wilson A.
She is survived by two daugh-
ters, Joyce Ilene (Harlan) Warren
of Swayzee, Ind. and Sandra Davis
of Okeechobee; two sons, Glen

Davis of Okeechobee and Larry
(Carolyn) Davis of Marion, Ind.;
16 grandchildren; many great-
many great-
great grand-
law, Lucy Davis
f of Marion, Ind.,
and sister,
Norma Davis
of Swayzee,
Wilma M. Ind.
Davis Visitation
will be from 4
until 7 p.m. April 27, 2007, at Bass
Okeechobee Chapel. Funeral
services will be 10 a.m. Saturday,
April 28, 2007, at Bass Okee-
chobee Chapel with Pastor Bruce
Simpson officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to Hospice of Okee-
chobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okee-
chobee FL 34973.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobeefu-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.
205 N.E. Second Street, Okee-

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ATVs: ATV's have their place and just as any other vehicle operators
you're going to find your bad apples. We use ours for other purposes
than tearing up the neighbors' yards and ditches. It came in real handy
pulling the trailer loaded with hurricane debris, tree limbs, tree trunks,
leaves, and whatever mess was able to be loaded up on it. The lawn-
mower would have never made it around the yard with the saturated

CLUBS: I don't think 4-H and FFA are necessarily ag interests. Lots
of kids in these programs don't go into agriculture careers. Some do,
but certainly not all. Plus, FFA is a school-related program. Taxpayers
foot the bill for public schools, so letting a school group use a county
building is not a big deal to me. Before we had the agri-civic center,
they used to have the livestock show at the high school's ag barn. I
think it would be good if the county let more youth groups use that
center for free. We are paying for it anyway so someone might as well
use it. I agree it was a huge mistake building something that expensive
that has so few uses. But now it's there and we, the taxpayers, have to
pay for maintenance anyway we might as well let someone use it.

STREET: I applaud the city for changing the name back to Osceola
Street. It was Osceola Street when I was a child and it should remain
Osceola Street. The Seminole Indians have contributed a lot to the
state of Florida and they have all been good friends of mine for many
years. Again, I applaud the city for renaming the street back to the orig-
inal name of Osceola Street.
WONDERFUL PLACE: After seeing the great article in the paper
about the livestock show, you just have to realize what a clean, won-
derful place Okeechobee is to grow up in. Everyone should give spe-
cial thanks to the FFA and 4-H and all the sponsors that made it possi-
ble. Thanks Okeechobee.

MORALS: All you women wearing those low-cut dresses and blous-
es, what are you thinking about? Christians don't dress that way.
Where are your morals?

CAR WASH: I am calling about groups having a car wash to raise
money. I was wondering if that is feasible at a time like this, when our
water situation is what it is. We are all trying to cut down on water use
and I just wondered how important that really is.

WATERING: This is about water being wasted by local businesses.
Three local businesses downtown were seen using their sprinklers
between 7 and 7:30 a.m. and watering the sidewalks. All the runoff this
causes is not good for the lake and we are in a drought situation. I
would like something to be done about it.

SIGN: I wonder why we ever took the Osceola sign down to start
with. Other streets around here have both name and number such as
Wolff Road and Berman Road.

PRESIDENT: I agree with the caller about the woman president. I
would have no objection to an African-American as president.

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Community Events

LOST event benefits Rotary scholarship fund
Rotary's fourth annual Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST)
ride-run-walk will be held Saturday, May 19, beginning and ending
at the Scott Driver boat ramp, S.R. 78 W Welcome and orientation
will begin at 7 a.m. For those who make their reservations on or
before May 7, they will receive a registration package (goodie bag
and T-shirt) for a registration fee of $20 for adults, and $15 for chil-
dren 10 and under. To register only, the cost will be: adults, $10,
children (10 and under) $5. For those registrations received after
May 7, the cost will be: adults, $15, children (10 and under) $10. All
proceeds benefit the Okeechobee Rotary scholarship fund and
Martha's House. Make checks payable to Rotary's LOST Ride-Run-
Walk and mail registrations to Jim Mclnnes at Farm Bureau Insur-
ance Co., 401 N.W. Fourth St., Okeechobee, FL, 34972. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-3101.

OSAC resource group to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community
resource committee will meet Monday, May 7, 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 Val
Marone at (863) 462-0040 or Keith Stripling at (863) 763-6064.

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Upcoming Events

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 Depart-
ment, 1798 N.W Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as
the group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m.
with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information, call (863)
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.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
A.A Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
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. Any-
one interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to
attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
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) 357-1639.
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) 763-4920, for information.
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-
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W
Third Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher
at (863) 357-6257.
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 meetat 6 p.m. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck
at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet
at 7 p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at (863)
763-2893 days, or (863) 467-2480 evenings. If you know of some-
one that might need this group, please pass the word.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One
Stop Center, 209 S.W Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will
be available from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W Sixth St.
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. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides
an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, informa-
tion and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice, 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 meet-
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.
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until 1
p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The cost is
$6.63 plus tip for lunch. Anyone interested in attending is welcome.
For information, call Marilyn Rinear at (863) 697-1807.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Church of God, 301 N.E.
Fourth Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at (863) 697-
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from
6:30 until 8 p.m.
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discus-
sion meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3
Linda Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-
4780 or (863) 467-5474.
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 invit-
ed. 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
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. It will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
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.
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)
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at 7:30
a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride will follow
a short business meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride twice before
joining. For information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863) 697-
2247; Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257; or, Holly Stewart at (863) 610-
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W Third St. This will be an open step meeting.
(A.A.) open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are
open to the public. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863)
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 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.

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. Any-
one interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to
attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology
and how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call
Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will
go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is
invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For infor-
mation, call (863) 357-0297.

Community Events

Main Street to hold elections
Okeechobee Main Street will hold elections for its board of direc-
tors Wednesday, April 25, at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S.
Parrott Ave. Nominations are being accepted for the positions of:
president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, design chair, promo-
tions chair, economic restructuring chair, arts and culture chair and
volunteer chair. Nomination forms are available at the Main Street
office, 111 N.E. Second St. For information, call Karen Hanawalt,
program manager, at (863) 357-6246; or Paul Mitchell, election
chair, at (863) 763-2111.
Cheerleading clinic slated
Planet Cheer is competitive cheer teams for kids ages 5 and up. A
clinic will be held at Kid Space, 818 E.N. Park Street, on Thursday,
April 26, from 6:30 until 8 p.m. with tryouts on Saturday, April 28, at
noon. For information and to get a try-out packet prior to try outs,
call (863) 357-4496.
Child CPR class offered by Red Cross
American Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave., will conduct an
infant/child CPR class on Thursday, April 26, at 6 p.m. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-2488.
Annual Agri-Council meeting is April 27
The 17th annual meeting of the Okeechobee Area Agri-Council
will meet Friday, April 27, at the Okeechobee County Civic Center,
U.S. 98 N. A covered dish dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The
guest speaker will be Mr. Charles Schinn from the Florida Farm
Bureau. He will speak on the subject of Agriculture and TMDLs.
Please RSVP to (863) 763-5586.
OSAC sponsors drug-free concert
As part of Alcohol Awareness Month, the Okeechobee Sub-
stance Abuse Coalition will sponsor a drug-free concert on Friday,
April 27, from 8 until 10 p.m. The concert will be held in the Okee-
chobee Freshman Campus auditorium, and is open to middle
through high school-aged students. Students must present their stu-
dent ID in order to attend. The first 300 students who present their
student ID will be admitted. There will be three bands performing -
The Eighth Hour Romance, Adoration and Redneck Rampage -
snacks and giveaways.
Trust Quartet in concert Saturday
Trust Quartet, singing Gaither style in four-part harmony, is
scheduled to perform in concert on Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m. at
Bethel Worship Center (formerly Bethel Assembly of God), 1109
S.E. Seventh St. For information, call (863) 467-0060.

Church youth plan car wash
Treasure Island Baptist Church youth, grades one through six,
will hold a car wash at Taco Bell, 3498 U.S. 441 S., on Saturday, April
28, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for a donation.
Housing is talk show topic
Family Stations, Inc. will host a radio talk show on Saturday, April
28, starting at 7:30 a.m. The show will be rebroadcast at 1 and 6
p.m. on WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. The special guest will be
Donna Carman, executive director, Indiantown Non-profit Housing,
Inc. The topic of the show will be affordable housing, and the
upcoming Cinco de Mayo Festival. For information, call Donna Car-
man or Delia Garcie at Indiantown Non-profit Housing at (772) 597-
Basinger school reunion planned
A Basinger school reunion will be held Sunday, April 29, starting
14 a.m, There will be a covered dish lunch at 1 p.m. Meat, paper
goods .and iced tea will be furnished. Please invite anyone you
know who attended Basinger School. For information call Alta Lee
Barber at (863) 634-9735, or Beedie Mae Thomas at (863) 763-3579.

Substance abuse board meeting set
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's advisory board
will meet Wednesday, May 2, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 1600
S.W. Second St. 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.
Children's Ranch plans final yard sales
Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold their final
yard sales a $3 bag sale on Thursday and Friday, May 3 and 4.
We are no longer accepting donated yard sale items. Thank you for
helping make this year a success. For information, call Rosie at
(863) 763-4242.
Airboat group meeting slated
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will hold its monthly
meeting at the Pier II lounge on Thursday, May 3, at'6 p.m. Please
note that the meeting is scheduled one week earlier than usual.
Agenda items include discussion of the association's plans for par-
ticipation in the Memorial Day Bike Rally. For information call (863)
VFWhosting Loyalty Day
Big Lake VFW Post #10539,3912 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold Loyalty
Day on Saturday, May 5, beginning at 1 p.m. in honor of our fellow
Americans. For information, call (863) 697-2930.
AARP driver's course offered
An AARP driver safety course will be held Saturday, May 5, and
Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee
Christian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Both days must be attend-
ed to complete the course. Tuition of $10 covers course material.
Make checks payable to AARP Driver Safety Program. AARP mem-
bership is not a requirement. All seniors age 55 and over are invited.
Consult your auto insurance agent for your three-year discount
upon completion of the class. For information, call Mrs. D.J. Bryan
at (863) 763-0351.
OSAC outreach panel to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community out-
reach/training committee will meet Monday, May 7, 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 Kenwor-
thy at (863) 462-5000, ext. 273.
Special parent meetings on the internet
Okeechobee County Schools will be hosting two parent nights
to discuss internet safety for students. We will be discussing what
parents can do to help keep their children safe while on the internet.
Cyber-bullying and online predators will be discussed as well as
popular social sites. The first night of the program will be Tuesday,
May 8. The program will start at 6:30 p.m., and is for parents whose

children are of middle school or high school age. The second night
will be Wednesday, May 9. The program will start at 6:30 p.m., is for
parents whose children are of elementary school age. Both meet-
ings will be held at the Freshman Campus Auditorium, 700 S.W.
Second Ave. For information, contact Shawna May at (863) 462-
5000, ext. 298. Due to the topics that will be discussed, we are ask-
ing that only parents (adults) attend these meetings. The meetings
are open to all interested parties.
OSAC plans monthly meeting
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's monthly meeting
will be Tuesday, May 8, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second Ave. Everyone is wel-
come and lunch will be served. For information, call Val Marone at
(863) 462-0040. There will also be an evening meeting on May 8
from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Central Elementary School Library, 610
S.W Fifth Ave. for anyone who cannot attend the afternoon meet-
ing. All parents and PTO members from all Okeechobee public and
private schools are encouraged to attend.


The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, April 25,2007

The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, April 25, 2007 SPORTS 5

Cheering for grades
The Okeechobee Platinum competitive cheerleading squad had 13 members on the honor
roll this past quarter. They are (top, left to right) Allison Chandler, Tiffany Frederick,
Samantha Flecha, Nikki Kiefer, Hanna Sadler, Destinee Villarreal, Desiri Villarreal, and
Kimberly Hernandez; (standing) Marie Howard, (bottom, left to right) Kayla Runyon, Erica
Frederick and Masie Trent. Not pictured is Brittany Haas.

Fadley receives athlete award

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Jami Fadley was selected as
the Publix Supermarket/Okee-
chobee News female athlete of
the month for March. Her out-
standing performance as a mem-
ber of the Lady Brahman tennis
team earned her the award.
Fadley was 8-0 in singles competi-
tion and 9-0 in doubles competi-
tion during the month of March.
She was the only singles winner
against good Martin County and
Jensen Beach teams.
"On a team that has players of
very equal abilities, Jami has post-
ed superstar-like statistics and
scored at a time in our season
when we needed the wins the
most," stated Lady Brahman ten-
nis coach Jay Huffman.
She has been playing tennis for
the past four years and was the
recipient of theiBrahman'award.-
Fadley is an 1lth grad'e"tudent
at Okeechobee High School who
hopes to attend the University of
Miami to train for a career as a
She is the daughter of Jeff and
Maggie Fadley.

Lady Brahman tennis player Jami Fadley (left) received the
Publix Supermarket/Okeechobee News female athlete of the
month award for the month of March from her coach Jay
Huffman (right).

Venables named male athlete

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Brahman third baseman Devon
Venables was selected by the
Okeechobee High School coaches
as male athlete of the month for
Venables has been on the Brah-
man baseball team for four years.
In that period of time, he has select-
ed to the all-conference, all-area,
and all-district baseball teams. His
current batting-average is .391, with
15 hits in 10 games.
"Devon is our rock at third base
and in the line-up," stated coach
Mark Ward. "Teams pitch around
him and he still drives the ball all
over the park."
He is also a member of the
Brahman golf and soccer teams.
Venables is an outstanding stu-
dent, as well as athlete. His 3.6
grade point average places him
firmly on the school's honor roll.
His future plans are to play baseball
in college and major in pre-med.
He would eventually like to
become an orthopedic specialist.
Venables is the son of Peter and
Dainae Venables.

Submitted to Okeechobee News/Daryl Roehm
Brahman baseball player Devon Venables was selected as
the Publix Supermarket/Okeechobee News male athlete of
the month for March. Venables (left) accepted his award from
Mark Ward (right), one of the Brahman baseball coaches.

Sports Briefs

Local mat
club meets
The Okeechobee Wrestling
Club meets on Tuesday and
Thursday evenings at the Okee-
chobee High School gym.
Elementary school children
practice from 6 until 7 p.m. Mid-
dle and high school students
practice from 7 until 8 p.m.
New members are always
For information contact
O.H.S. wrestling coach Bruce
Jahner at (863) 462-5025.
Cheerleading squad
accepting members
The Okeechobee Platinum
Elite competitive cheerleading
squad continues to grow every
day. We currently have 23 mem-
bers. It's not too late to join the
fun. Call Kathy at (863) 697-0812
to join.
Summer play camp
sign-ups end soon
Sign ups for Okeechobee
County Parks and Recreation's
2007 summer play camps will
open on Monday, April 23, at 8
a.m. at the Okeechobee County
Sports Complex in the Parks &
Recreation office, 640 N.W. 27th
Enrollment is limited and
slots are filled on a first-come,
first-served basis. Campers must
be 6-12 years of age.
Play camps will operate Mon-
day through Friday from June 11
until July 27, (except Wednes-
day, July 4), from 8:30 a.m. until
4:30 p.m. at Douglas Brown
Community Center, Okeechobee
County Civic Center and Central
Elementary School.
The regular camp fee is $50
per week, per participant plus
fees for field trips and special
activities. Special rates have
been set at $25 per week for a
child on the reduced school
lunch program, and $10 per
week for a child on the free
school lunch program with the
Okeechobee County School sys-
tem for the 2006-07 school year.
A letter of participation from
Okeechobee County School
Food Service must be presented
at the- time of registration in
order to qualify for these special
Extended hours, from 7:30
a.m. until 8:30 a.m., and 4:30
p.m. until 5:30 p.m., will be
available at both the Okee-
chobee County Civic Center and
Central Elementary School sites
for an additional fee of $10 per
week, per participant.
For information, call (863)
BFL launch
site changed
The Wal-Mart BFL bass tour-
nament scheduled to take place
at Okee-Tantie Marina on April
28 will have a change in launch
site. Instead of launching from
Okee-Tantie, boaters will use the
ramps at Scott Driver Park at safe
light. They will weigh-in at the
Okee-Tantie Marina beginning at
Bass club
meeting slated
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528, 2002 S.R. 78 W,
on the second Thursday of each
Tournaments are held the fol-
lowing weekend.
New member boaters and
non-boaters are welcome.
For information, call Dave
Stout at (863) 467-2255.

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6 LIFESTYLES The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, April 25, 2007


Cameron Alien, II
S. ... Cameron Allen and Victoria
King, of Okeechobee, are proud
to announce the birth of their son,
Cameron Gene Allen, II. He was
born March 24, 2007, in Stuart. He
weighed 8 lbs. 6 ozs,,, and was
18.5 inches at birth.
Maternal grandparents are
Carol Crowther and James King.
Submitted photo Paternal grandparents are
Cameron Allen, II Sharon Allen and BJ Duquette.

Submitted photo
75th Anniversary
Doc and Carol Glassburn, of Okeechobee, celebrated
their 75th wedding anniversary on Sunday, April 22, at a
cookout held in Basinger on the river. Their children, Bev-
erly Fullwider, Carolyn Blount and Kim Glassburn; 13
grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and, 11 great-
great-grandchildren with another grandchild due in Octo-
ber enjoyed the celebration with them.

Spotlight on Okeechobee

Thank you
for being there
Thank you to everyone who
helped us through the recent
loss of our Ellen. She was a wife,
mother, daughter, sister, aunt,
cousin, friend and a teacher. She
touched so many lives in her
brief time with us. The outpour-
ing of love we have received is
helping us to be able to pick up
the pieces.
-To each and ':',''. 're who
hugged and shed tears with us,
we thank you for sharing our
grief and the loss we felt. Angela
King said it best, "tears are the
words the heart can not say." To
all who shared with the family
your thoughts and memories of
Ellen, we found comfort. To all'
who visited and took care of our
needs, we thank you. We are so
fortunate to have so many peo-

pie in our lives that care about
our family.
Thank you for being there for
us when our needs were so
great. God bless each one of
The family of
Ellen Rucks Sieracki

Thank you for
your support
The Okeechobee Squadron
-of .the Civil Air Patrol would like
to thank the Okeetjobee Publix
and the Okeechobee Jet Center
for their continued support. We
would especially like to thank
our friends and neighbors for
their financial support this week-
end at our fundraiser. Please
stop by and visit us at the Big
Lake VFW #10539 Loyalty Day
celebration on May 5 beginning
at 1 p.m.
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Submitted photo

Jamie Werk and Chucky Gagliardi

Doug and Robynn Werk, of
Okeechobee, are proud to
announce the engagement of
their daughter, Jamie Werk to
Chucky Gagliardi of Okeechobee.
The prospective groom is the

Lauren Telesmanic and Donald
Telesmanie -
Lauren Telesmanic and Don-
ald H. (Trey) Burdick, III, of Talla-
hassee, announce their wedding
planned for June 2, 2007, at Mel-.
hana Plantation in Thomasville,
The bride-to-be is the daughter
of Anthony and Connie Telesman-
ic of Lafayette, Colo. and the
granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Mario Telesmanic of Summer-
She is a graduate of John Paul
II High School in Boca Raton;
received her bachelor of science

son of Joe and Nancy Gagliardi of
The bride-to-be is a 2006 grad-
uate of Okeechobee High School.
The groom is a 2001 graduate of
Okeechobee High School.
The wedding is planned for
June 9, 2007, in Helen, Ga.
After the wedding, the couple
will reside in Okeechobee.

Submitted photo
and master's in education
degrees from Florida State Univer-
sity; and, is currently a teacher at
Florida State University Research
The groom-to-be is the son of
Don and Gayla Burdick, of Talla-
hassee, and the grandson of Mrs.
Edith Burdick of Okeechobee; Ms.
Fern Sloan of Tallahassee; and,
Mr. Jay Sloan of Crawfordville.
He is a graduate of Lincoln
High School in Tallahassee;
received his bachelor's degree
from Florida State University; and,
is currently a teacher and assistant
football coach at Amos P. Godby
High School in Tallahassee.

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The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, April 25, 2007 7

IRCC hosting

planetarium show

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River Community College Hall-
strom Planetarium will present
"Report from Venus" a planetari-
um show.
Audiences will learn how
Venus is like Earth and is often
described as the Earth's twin.
Marvel as the Magellan space-
craft reveals the secrets of
"Report from Venus" will be
presented on May 11 & 12, and
June 8 & 9. Planetarium show
times are Friday evenings at 7
and 8 p.m., and Saturday after-
noons at 2 and 3 p.m.
Tickets are $3 each and may
be purchased in advance or 30
minutes prior to show times at
the IRCC Box Office depending

on availability. Planetarium
shows are recommended for
adults and for children over the
age of 4.
The Hallstrom Planetarium's
temperature is maintained at 72
degrees for the benefit of the sys-
tem's optics and electronics. Vis-
itors may want to bring a
Tickets for all shows may be
purchased at the IRCC box
office, located at the IRCC main
campus at 3209 Virginia Ave. in
Fort Pierce, Monday through Fri-
day, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.; or by
telephone with VISA, Master-
Card, or American Express.
Call the IRCC box office at
462-4750 or toll-free at 1-800-
220-9915 to reserve your seats.

Submitted Photo
New Horizons of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast hon-
ored their volunteers during a National Volunteer Week
breakfast. John Romano, CEO and Jose Rocha, volunteer
coordinator, thanked board members Ida Clemons and
Coach Havert Fenn for their dedication to New Horizons.

New Horizons


Volunteer Week

New Horizons of Okeechobee
and the Treasure Coast celebrated
National Volunteer Week by host-
ing a festive breakfast to honor the
organization's loyal volunteers. Vol-
unteer coordinator Jose Rocha
thanked the group of hard-working
people for contributing more than
13,000 hours to New Horizons.
"The hours represent more than
$100,000 in services provided to
clients and staff," he said.
The highlight of the morning
was the presentation of the Volun-
teer of the Year Award to Sylvia
Submitted photo Robinson. "Sylvia is the inspiration
grant of the New Horizon's Volunteer
Program," said Rocha. This quiet
ent of the newly woman from Fort Pierce has been
resented a $500 a volunteer for two years and has
echobee County donated more than 2000 hours to
e funds will be New Horizons.
nses for depart- Ida Clemons, a board member
nade at the new of New Horizons, was on hand to
441 S.E. Sheriff join in the early morning celebra-
441 S.E. Sheriff tion. She is one of many volunteers
state officials of from Okeechobee supporting the
nt. organization.
New Horizons of Okeechobee

and the Treasure Coast is the pri-
mary provider of behavioral health
services for adults and children in
four counties. The main campus is
located on Midway Road in St.
Lucie County and thereare outpa-
tient centers in Okeechobee, St.
Lucie, Indian River, and Martin
New Horizons Outpatient Cen-
ter in Okeechobee is located at
1600 S.W. Second Avenue. Individ-
uals interested in volunteering for
the organization may contact office
manager Liz Woods at (863) 462-
0040 or volunteer coordinator Jose
Rocha at (772) 468-5600.

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Volunteer Week and organiza-
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ed the contributions of dedicated
volunteers who embody caring
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ers too. Some care for our
patients, others cook and clean at
The Hamrick Home, and other
volunteers raise much needed

without the dedicated efforts of
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Mayor James Kirk proclaimed April 22-28 as National Crime
Victims' Rights Week in Okeechobee. He is seen here sign-
ing the proclamation.

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County Commissioner Cliff Betts, Jr. is pictured with Irene
Luck, manager of Martha's House at the victims' rights ban-

Gathering honors victims of abuse

It was fear that kept Natasha in
an abusive marriage. But fear was
also what finally prompted her to
leave. This "fear factor," as she calls
it, led her to escape her abusive
relationship on July 21, 1983. That
evening was the last time her hus-
band ever hit her.
"Something told me you've
got to get out of here, girl," Natasha
told the audience at the annual vic-
tims' rights banquet hosted by
Martha's House. Natasha, originally
from Canada and now re-entry
assistant director for the public
defender in Fort Pierce, used her
experiences to advocate for
changes to child support laws in
Canada and the United States.
The victims' rights banquet fea-
tured another guest speaker and
survivor of domestic violence,
Karyne. Searching for the "silver,
lining" to suffering over three
decades of physical and emotional
abuse, Karyne hopes that other vic-
tims will find inspiration in her
story of overcoming wounds of her
past. Karyne, administrative secre-
tary employed by Okeechobee
County, shared publicly her story of
domestic violence for the first time
just a few months ago.
She still has nightmares of the
broken bones, a near-fatal gun-
shot, and verbal abuse she has sur-

e Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church Praise Dance Team performed at the Martha's

House victims rights banquet.
vived. While being able to "forgive
and forget" is important to moving
on, Karyne admits that she will
never really forget those years of
Women like Natasha and
Karyne are representative of count-
less other survivors of domestic vio-
lence. At Martha's House, shelter
employees, advocates and coun-
selors offer a helping hand to
women and men who want
to break the cycle of domestic vio-
lence. "Our goal is to educate and

give them support," said Irene
Luck, manager of the emergency
shelter operated by Martha's
Mayor James Kirk attended the
banquet, and he proclaimed April
22-28th as National Crime Victims'
Rights Week in Okeechobee.
Another tribute to the importance
of recognizing victims' rights was
offered by the First Missionary Bap-
tist Church Praise Dance Team. The
group of five teens, dressed in flow-
ing white skirts, performed an

Community Events

Driver safety course offered
An AARP driver safety course will be held Tues-
day, May 8, and Wednesday, May 9, from 9 a.m. until
1:30 p.m. at Okeechobee County Extension office,
458 U.S. 98 N. Both days must be attended to com-
plete the course. Tuition of $10 covers course materi-
al. Make checks or money orders payable to AARP
Driver Safety Program. No cash please. You do not
have to be a member of AARP to attend these class-
es. For information, call Nell Bostwick at (863) 763-
Masonic Lodge sponsors clay shoot
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge #237, in con-
junction with Acacia Lodge #163 from Stuart, will
hold their first sporting clay shoot at Quail Creek
Plantation on Saturday, May 12. Sponsorships are
available. Call Matt Buxton at (863) 357-9992 for
applications and information. Proceeds from the
event will go to the club's building fund.
Church to host Youth Day
First Missionary Baptist Church of Dean's Court,

on the corner of N.W Ninth St. and Ninth Ave., will
host its first Body and Soul Youth Health Day on May
12, from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Activities will include:
motivational speakers who will discuss a variety of
subjects appropriate for teens ages 13-17; a question
and answer session; private counseling will be avail-
able; a Spanish and deaf interpreter will be available;
and, a health fair. There is no charge for this event.
Please RSVP to Shirlean Graham at Martha's House
(863) 763-2893 by April 30.

Coalition offers summer program
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition will
offer a free summer program, The Traveling Medi-
cine Show: S.O.S. Students Offering Solutions -
performance troupe. Thirty youth between the ages
of 12-18 will be trained to perform alcohol/drug pre-
vention skits, write skits and learn to give presenta-
tions. The program will run for six weeks from July 6
through Aug. 10 and there are two sites from which
to choose: First Baptist Church and Douglas Park
Community Center. For information and an applica-
tion, call Val Marone at (863) 462-0040.

IRCC presents 'Everything in the Garden'

Keeping up with "the Joneses"
quickly becomes the new obses-
sion of Jenny and Richard when
Indian River Community College
OnStage presents Edward Albee's
"Everything in the Garden" April
25, 26, 27, 28 at 8 p.m. The one
thing that seems to stand in the
way of Jenny and Richard's true
happiness is a lack of money yet
their new neighbors seem to have
plenty of wealth. Enter the menac-
ing yet fascinating Mrs. Toothe,

who offers Jenny the perfect
opportunity to make more money
than ever imagined to buy a green-
house and all the other luxuries for
their garden and for their lives.
Richard quickly learns, however,
that their recent upturn in wealth is
the product of his wife's unsavory
dealings. Action and comedy blend
in this tale of rottenness and cor-
ruption of money.
"Everything in the Garden" will
be presented at the McAlpin Fine

Arts Center located at the IRCC
Main Campus at 3209 Virginia Ave.
in Fort Pierce. Tickets are $12 and
may be purchased through the
IRCC box office on Monday
through Friday, from 11 a.m. until 3
p.m., or by telephone with VISA,
MasterCard, or American Express.
Call the IRCC Box Office at 462-
4750 or toll-free at 1-800-220-9915
to reserve your seats today. (adult

interpretative dance to Psalm 23.
Martha's House employee Kim
Hawes expressed her awareness of
victims rights through a poem titled
"The Tree of My Life," which illus-
trated the strength victims must
have to persevere and thrive after
suffering abuse.
Martha's House would like to
thank the Onyx & Pearls Red Hats
and Martha's House staff for the
donation and preparation of the
food and Maria Ramos for all her
assistance. Special thanks to Rent A
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For more information about
National Crime Victims Rights'
Week or domestic violence issues,
contact Martha's House at (863)

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The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, April 25, 2007 ,

My Safe Florida Home program resumes inspections

Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink
announced today that the My
Safe Florida Home (MSFH) pro-
gram has been streamlined to
provide better service and has
been expanded to offer free
wind inspections to eligible
Floridians statewide. As of Mon-
day, April 23, the popular pro-
gram aimed at hardening the
homes of Floridians will begin
serving the more than 50,000
homeowners on the pilot pro-
gram's waiting list for wind
inspections and will begin
accepting new applications.
"I am pleased to announce
that we have retooled the My
Safe Florida Home program and
expanded it statewide for Flori-
da's homeowners," said CFO
Sink. "Through the newly-
designed program, we will work
to increase awareness about the
importance of mitigation and
educate Floridians on how they

can better protect their families
during a storm."
The first priority of the MSFH
program is to begin serving the
more than 50,000 homeowners
on a waiting list from the pilot
phase of the program. To pro-
vide efficient service, 11 certified
wind inspection firms were cho-
sen to provide the free wind
inspections, based upon scores,
capacity to perform a minimum
number of quality inspections
each week and in-house
resources available to manage
the large number of applicants
to the program.
The homeowners on the
waiting list do not need to re-
apply and will receive an update'
from the program via email or
letter before the end of April.
These homeowners will be
served in the order their com-
pleted applications were
received and should expect to
be served by the end of the sum-
mer. Any Floridians on the wait-

Sheriff's Dept. receives grant
On Sunday, April 22, Corporal Keith Stripling representing
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Department accepted a
$500 grant from the newly forming Fraternal Order of Eagles
#4509. The grant will be used for the volunteer Citizens
Observation Patrol (COP) training program. The presenta-
tion was made at the new Aeries home at Cypress hut, 4701
U.S. 441 S.E. with Sheriff Paul May and state officials of the
Fraternal Order of Eagles present.

ing list who have not heard from
a participating wind inspection
firm by June 30, 2007, should
contact the MSFH program's
toll-free helpline at 1-866-513-
MSFH (6734).
New applicants can apply
over the MSFH program's Web
site at www.MySafeFlorida- or over the pro-
gram's toll-free helpline at 1-
866-513-MSFH (6734), but
should not expect to receive a
free wind inspection before
August 2007, as the more than
50,000 pilot phase applicants
have first priority. However,
Floridians who are not interest-
ed in participating in the MSFH
program and are willing to pay
the $150 fee for a wind inspec-
tion, can visit the Web site to
learn how they can contact one
of our 11 wind inspection firms
To date, the MSFH program
has awarded nearly $100,000 to
43 Florida homeowners who


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in time of disaster, please call
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(863) 763-2488.

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hardened their homes against
hurricanes through the MSFH
program. The homeowners,
who received free wind inspec-
tions during the pilot phase of
the program, are being reim-
bursed. for half the cost of a vari-
ety of home improvements,
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