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Vol. 98 No. 140 Sunday, May 20, 2007 75t Plus tax


"Click it or ticket"
begins Monday
In an effort to increase
safety belt usage among
Florida motorists, Okee-
chobee City P.D. is joining
law enforcement statewide
in the "Click It or Ticket Flori-
da" initiative. From May 21
through June 3, 2007, offi-
cials will show zero tolerance
for unrestrained motorists.
SFWMD web site
offers water info
Due to the extreme water
shortage situation in South
Florida, water restrictions
have been placed throughout
the region based on impact
to the resource and they vary
from one area to the next.
The South Florida Water
Management District
(SFWMD) recently imple-
mented an interactive option
on their web site at that allows
residents to enter their zip
code to find the water restric-
tions for their area.
As the web site was initial-
ly being developed, some of
the links to the zip codes in
the Okeechobee area incor-
rectly indicated that ground-
water wells in the area were
also under mandatory
restrictions. Although every-
one is strongly encouraged to
conserve water, the use of
groundwater wells is not
restricted at this time.
For information, contact
the SFWMD Okeechobee
Service Center at (863) 462-
5260 or (800) 250-4200.
burn ban issued
Due to drought conditions
and heavy frost damage to
vegetation, a county-wide
burn ban has been issued.
The banf will include, but
not be limited to: campfires,
bonfires, burn barrels and
the burning of yard trash and
fireworks. The ban will be in
effect until further notice.
Violation of the burn ban
Sis punishable by a fine not
exceeding $500, imprison-
ment 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-

Drought Index
Current: 554
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: County-

Lake levels

9.29 feet

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




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Muck project to start soon

$11.4 M lake project
to remove sediment,
expose sand bottom

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Water managers are hoping to
start removing 3.8 million cubic
yards of muck from the exposed
lake bottom next week to take
advantage of the low lake level.

According to Susan Gray,
deputy director of the South Flori-
da Water Management District
(SFWMD) watershed manage-
ment department, the $11.4 mil-
lion project will get started as
soon as all the permits are
obtained. Another hold up to
starting the project is the final
awarding of a contract to do work
in areas around this end of the
The purpose of the project is
to remove muck sediment and

expose the natural sand bottom,
and to remove cattails from such
areas as Eagle Bay on the Rim
"We're taking advantage of
the low lake levels and taking out
sediment that is too deep to oxi-
dize and dissipate on its own,"
said Missie Barletto, lead intergov-
ernmental representative in
SFWMD's Okeechobee service
Sediment removal work on
this end of the lake will be done in

Thie Lak4 (a :Development would have 254 units

Okeechobee News/Chauna Agullar
Jose Rasco, CFO for property owners 15th Street Homes LLC and Montebello 13 LLC,
presented the plans for The Lakehouse a planned unit development that would cre-
ate 254 units In approximately 64-acres In the Southwest section of town.

Planners suggest project be denied

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The City Planning
Board/Board of Adjustments and
Appeals has recommended that
a new development application
through the 2007 Cycle II large
scale future land use map
amendment cycle be denied.
This amendment application
was submitted by John Cassels
Jr. on behalf of Jose Rasco, CFO
for property owners 15th Street
Homes LLC and Montebello 13
LLC, Joint Venture. Mr. Cassels
addressed the board at their
Thursday, May 17, meeting.
The application is to change
the future land use from single
family to multi-family for the
63.78-acre property located
between Southwest Sixth and
Southwest 15th Street.
The applicant is proposing a
planned unit development
(PUD) to be called The Lake-
house. The development will be
made up of residential single
family and multi-family units,
while maintaining a density of
equal to or less than the current
single family designation.
Open spaces will be accom-
modated in this redesign to add a

Elizabeth Maxwell elaborated her opposition to The Lake-
house development at the Planning Board meeting by cit-
ing issues with compatibility and concurrency.

1.5-acre linear park to Southwest
Ninth Street.
In order to preserve an eagle's
nest in the area and blend it into
the development, they are con-
sidering nature trails.
According to the revised
plans, the project will consist of
254 total units nine plantation
homes, 15. village homes, 24
bungalow homes, 22 cottage
homes, 96 row-homes and 88

'Doc' and Carol

Glassburn are

still going strong

By MaryAnn Morris
"Doc" and Carol Glassburn
came to Okeechobee in 1952.
On April 23 of this year they cel-
ebrated 75 years of marriage.
Three-quarters of a century is
quite remarkable.
"I remember everything
about that day walking to
the courthouse, up along the
side of the building to buy the
license," smiled Doc. "When
we came out with the license in
my hand, there was a man
standing there who said, 'I can
do that for you, come on.'
"We followed him across
the street and up stairs in the
building there to his office and

he married us.
"Back then in Indiana, after
you got married, people would
say they were coming to "bell"
you. That meant the people,
See Auto-Page 2

In accordance with the city
planner's request, they
decreased the density by 40 units
by taking away some apartment
buildings and using that space as
a park for the community.
There will be a 5,000-square-
foot clubhouse, two pools and
See Develop Page 2

the Lock 7 and fishing pier areas,
as well as Eagle Bay in the Rim
Canal, Cody's Cove and Tin
House Cove.
Mrs. Barletto said the project
will also include the area from the
Indian Prairie Canal to Horse
Island, and 227 acres between the
Harney Pond Canal and Dyess
Ditch. Work will also be done to
remove sediment from Fisheating
Bay, as well as the Bay Bottom
area in Belle Glade.
Ms. Gray said work has been

completed around the Pahokee
N, irina, and will begin around the
Belle Glade Marina once SFWMD
receives the necessary permits.
Mrs. Gray said $2.5 million of
the $11.4 million to do the project
is coming from the Florida
Wildlife and Fish Conservation
Commission (FWC). The rest,
she added, is coming from
SFWMD ad valorem taxes and the
Save Our Rivers fund.
See Project Page 2


project gets

the go-ahead

Okeechobee News
After a long process of com-
piling all the necessary compo-
nents, the City Planning
Board/Board of Adjustments
and Appeals is recommending
approval of the small scale
future land use to change from
single family to multi-family for
the Southern Trace develop-
The Southern Trace develop-
ment is located in the northwest
section of the city for the vacant
property located between N.W
Fifth and Seventh Avenue and
N.W lth andN.W. 13th Street.
The developer is planning to
build townhouses that will be

two-story units with a garage.
Some of the units will have two
bedrooms and two baths, while
some will have three bedrooms
with two baths.
According to the revised staff
report, details that had to be clar-
ified in the small scale compre-
hensive plan amendment
included transportation concur-
With the additional informa-
tion provided by Steve Dobbs, of
Rudd Jones, P.E. and Associates,
P.A. on behalf of the applicant
InSite Development, LLC the
board felt that all the necessary
documentation had been
See Fiamly Page 2

They are back,

lovebugs are

in full flight

By MaryAnn Morris
Special to Okeechobee News
The slow-moving, squishey
lovebug, often attached to a
mate, is familiar to most people
in the southern United States as
what is splattered all over their
cars in the summer and early
fall. An invasive species from
Central America, today the love-
bug-which is harmless to
humans-is found throughout
Florida. Like cute little migratory
birds, loyebugs signal changes
in the seasons from spring to

summer and again from sum-
mer to fall. Moreover, if they
were larger, people could easily
see and admire their delicate
features, particularly the big
round eyes of the males. Wil-
helm Rudolph Wiedemann
named the genus Plecia for the
lovebug and its relatives in 1828,
so his concept for the term may
never be known.
Generally, most people react
with an "Eeewww!" or a
See Bugs Page 2

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
City Ladder truck test run
The Okeechobee City Fire Department members pulled out their new ladder truck on
Thursday, May 17, to ensure that the pumps on the trucks were working properly.

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Continued From Page 1
On average, around I to 2 feet
of muck will be removed, except
for the Bay Bottom area where
roughly 3 feet of sediment will be
taken away.
"Each area has a different
depth of sediment," said Mrs. Bar-
letto. "Around Harney Pond, the
average depth is 12 inches. Our
permits allow us to go down 3 feet
or until we hit mineralized soil or
sand, whichever one we get to
first. If we get to sand, we have to
Besides the sediment, cattails
will also be removed from some
areas. In the North Shore area,
said Mrs. Barletto, contractors will
be targeting the cattails and the
muck under that emergent vegeta-
"We'll be leaving the willow
line alone," she continued. "We
will re-vegetate the area around
Harney Pond with bulrush."
Once the sediment is removed
by bulldozers, it will be loaded
onto dump trucks and taken to dif-
ferent areas. Some sites will still be
near the lake, while some dump
sites will be upland of the lake.


Continued From Page 1
several lakes.
The single family homes will
start in the mid-$300,000s, while
the town homes will start in the
mid-$200,000s. The developer is
expecting a demographic of buy-
ers of retirees, new primary home-
owners and existing Okeechobee
There are several areas in the
development that are wetlands,
and uplands where an eagle has
made its nest These areas must be
identified and incorporated as a
conservation land use category on
the future land use map, if amend-
With the new revisions, only 55
percent of the acreage in the site is


Continued From Page 1
"Yuck!" when they come into con-
tact with the black clouds of love-
Lovebugs like decaying leaves,
manure and such. They will lay
their eggs there. When the eggs
hatch, "Voila!" more lovebugs,
since they don't fly very well, they
don't fly very far from where they
hatch. "Eeeewww!" Lovebugs do
not bite, sting or transmit diseases
and are not poisonous. They are
only active in the daylight and are
much less mobile during the early
and late daytime hours. Typically,
the pairs fly across the wind and
are blown against obstacles, espe-
cially your car or truck as you tool
down the highway at high speeds.
A fan can be used outside near
work or recreational areas to keep
lovebugs away.
Lovebugs cannot be controlled
effectively with poisons or repel-


Continued From Page 1
would come and you would go to
the store and buy treats to serve
them. Well, I went to Roily Rick-
er's store and told him I had just
got married and I only had 50
cents left in my pocket but he
said, 'I'll take care of it; you pay
me back when you can.' Can you
believe someone trusting you like
that today?" asked Doc.
Doc's Auto has been a fixture
in Okeechobee since it was
opened by Doc Glassburn and his
wife Carol in 1962. Now their son
Kim runs the business, but Doc
and Carol are still going strong in
"We came to Florida in 1946
from Kokomo, Indiana," said
Doc. "That year we stayed at Pio-
neer Park in Fort Pierce. I worked
for the Oldsmobile dealer there. I
was their service manager and
RJ. Cathcart was my boss
"But we got homesick and
went back a year later," chimed in
But they came back the next
year and stayed for good.
"We stayed at Pitchford Auto
Camp in Jensen Beach at first,"
said Carol. "Tell how they came to
let us stay there, because they did-
n't allow children."
Glassburns have two daugh-
ters; at that time, they were 9 and
12 years old.
"It was because of Cliff Pull-


Continued From Page 1
received to warrant the future land
use change.
Additional information will
come into play at a later date as a
more detailed site plan is already
being reviewed by staff.
The entire development
encompasses approximately 26
acres located on three blocks from

uKeecnoDee Iews/Fete uawaa
The dry lakebed under the pier at Jaycees Park emphasizes
the seriousness of the drought. South Florida Water Man-
agement District officials held a press conference on the pier
Tuesday, May 1 to explain the seriousness of the situation.

Sediment removed in the Har-
ney Pond area will go to a private
landowner, while muck taken
from the Indian Prairie-Horse
Island area will be stored tem-
porarily along side the Indian
Prairie Canal.
"Someone will come in at a
later date and remove that to an
upland site," said Mrs. Barletto.

Cove and Tin House areas will be
stored. But, as with the sediment
along the Indian Prairie Canal, it
will be moved to an upland site at
a later date.
As for the muck and vegetation
to be removed from Eagle Bay,
Ms. Gray said that will be stored
on SFWMD property near Limp-
kin Creek.

It's not been determined yet Both Ms. Gray and Mrs. Barlet-
where muck from the Cody's to said time is of the essence and

being developed with buildings.
Other concurrency issues deal-
ing with traffic, open space recre-
ation land and other infrastructure
must be confirmed in more detail
to be able to form a recommenda-
According to the developer Mr.
Rasco, they are also incorporating
green building features such as
energy saving appliances. He has
given his e-mail out to the public
for anyone to contact him concern-
ing the project: jose.rasco@straa-
The meeting room was packed
with citizens in opposition to the
development. In general, the issues
were concerning drainage, safety,
traffic, school concurrency and the
compatibility of the neighboring
single family neighborhood.
Sylvia Bandi, a citizen who lives
in the southwest section and is a

INI/Katrina Elsken
As you can see, lovebugs do
not bite or sting. They are
harmless and annoying espe-
cially they are plastered over
your windshield to the point
that you can't see.
lents. There are simply too many of
They are killed, however, by the
usual household insecticide used
to kill flies and mosquitoes -if that
makes you feel better.

local teacher, expressed that she
was "impressed with their com-
passion for a bird." But asked that
they "... please extend me.and the
other people who live on my street
the same compassion that you are
extending this bird."
"The developer can change the
architecture style of this, but what
they have told you is because of the
PUD classification and the limita-
tion on density in that respect
you are protected," said John
Cook, city attorney.
On the issues with drainage, Jeff
Sumner defended the develop-
ment by detailing the requirements
that they have to abide by in order
to maintain a development that
does not adversely affect the neigh-
boring land owners.
They are digging lakes or reten-
tion ponds in addition to the cur-
rent wetlands that are also being

Origins Contrary to popu-
lar belief, this insect was not intro-
duced to the state by the University
of Florida. Over the course of the
twentieth century,. lovebugs
migrated from Central America,
where their habitat was being
reduced by logging. They traveled
through Texas and Louisiana to get
to Florida.
Attractants Lovebugs are
attracted to diesel and gasoline
exhaust fumes. Hot engines and
the vibrations of automobiles seem
to attract them to highways like
vampires to a blood meal.
*Active times- Love bugs are
usually active between 10 a.m. and
4 p.m., in temperatures above 84*F.
Mating season-- Each gener-
ation of lovebug lasts about four
weeks in May and September. Typi-
cally there are two main genera-
tions during this time. But the
insects are seen throughout the
Problems Large numbers
of lovebugs can cause overheating

1EXAU O *_

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Doc and Carol Glassburn founded Doc's Auto Service in
1962. It is still operated by their son, Kim In the same build-
ing at N.W. Ninth Avenue and U.S. 441. This photo of the sta-
tion was taken in 1964.

man," said Doc. "He was a friend
of ours who lived there at the
camp. He went to Pitchford and
said the girls were well-behaved.
We stayed there until we moved
to Okeechobee in 1952."
"We went to meeting in Fort
Lauderdale one time, and while I
was there, I went out onto a bal-
cony and ran into a man named
Gerald Leatherman, who was
Gilbert's right-hand man.
("Gilbert" refers to Gilbert Cul-
breth, Sr. of Okeechobee who
founded Gilbert Chevrolet in 1933
and also owned the Gilbert The-
ater which used to be on Park
Street until the building was torn
down in 1970.) We talked and he

Northwest 11 th Streef to Northwest
14th Street within Northwest Fifth
Avenue and Northwest Third
Avenue, and on two blocks located
between Northwest I Ith Street
and Northwest 13th Street and
Northwest Seventh Avenue and
Northwest Fifth Avenue.
The site will hold 230 units ,as
well as required parks and recre-
ational areas.
"We have developed a model in
Oconee County, Ga., and another

asked me to come to Okee-
chobee and run their service
department which I did in Octo-
ber of 1952."
Gilbert Chevrolet was in a red
brick building on Park Street -
where they have cars painted on
the side of the building now.
"We lived out west on Park
Street just across the old railroad
tracks, west of a two-story apart-
ment building," said Carol.
"Our son, Kim was born here,
in 1955, 17 years after his
youngest sister.
That was funny, because my
daughter was expecting at the
same time. We had our babies
together 17 days apart," said

will be opening in Palm Beach
County. What it does is provide
attainable housing for RNs, med-
ical professionals and teachers,"
said InSite representative Mary Hin-
ton at a previous meeting. "When I
called the Okeechobee County
School Board their number-one
priority was housing that their
teachers could afford.
"Our hope is to be able to give
teachers, nurses, firefighters -
whoever needs attainable housing

the project must get under way
"If it starts to rain again in mid-
June it will put a halt to the work,"
said Mrs. Barletto. "We need to get
in there and get the material out as
quickly as possible."
If it starts to rain, Ms. Gray said
the project can continue until the
lake level reaches 10.3 feet above
sea level. Friday's level was 9.34
"I think it will be a question of
how quickly the lake rebounds
(after getting rain)," she said.
Most of the work will be con-
tracted to companies that special-
ize in earth moving. Although,
SFWMD will be handling the
Fisheating Bay area while Glades
County already has its permits and
will be hiring sub-contractors to
remove sediment from Indian
Prairie to Horse Island.
Ms. Gray said although some of
the work will be starting in the
next week, SFWMD is still waiting
on its final contracts for the Cody's
Cove and Harney Pond areas.
She went on to say a press con-
ference to announce and explain
the project is tentatively planned
for next Thursday.
Postyour opinions in the Public
Reporter EricKopp may be reached at

preserved in order to ensure they
do not adversely affect the sur-
rounding properties.
"The key word is not density, it
is compatibility," Elizabeth
Maxwell told the board. "Multifam-
ily use is not compatible with this
single-family neighborhood. We
do not want the City of Okee-
chobee to become urbanized. We
don't want to live in Broward
County or Palm Beach County. We
want to live in a single -family
The board chose to recom-
mend denial for the project stating
that it is inconsistent with the com-
prehensive plan.
The City Council will consider
this application at their Tuesday,
June 5, meeting.
Issues Foru

of liquid-cooled engines, cloud or
completely block the windshield
and etch automobile paint if they
are left to bake on to the surface.
Solutions Within about
twenty minutes after a lovebug-
filled drive, wash your car with
water for about five minutes and
then scrub it to remove most of the
lovebugs without harm to automo-
bile paint. A hood air deflector or
screen will reduce the number of
spattered lovebugs on your car.
For what it is worth, fabric sof-
tener sheets used in the dryer seem
to make them come off more easi-
ly. These also have the advantage
of being easier on your hands than
most other cleaners.
Pesticides Chemical con-
trols are ineffective. There are too
many of them. Source: University
of Florida Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences at httpV//solu-
MaryAnnMorris maybecoactedat

"Kim was born in a hospital,
but my daughters were born at
The girls were born in Indiana
in 1932 and 1938 and, as the story
went, while the doctor was at the
house, waiting for Carol to give
birth, he and Doc sat around he
playing the banjo and Doc plying
his harmonica.
"Then we moved out to Buck-
head Ridge in 1962. At that time
there were only five houses there.
. When you went down first street,
you had to turn around and go
back; there was no bridge across
the canal," Carol said.
"Originally, they had a stuffed
. buck in a glass case up over the
entrance road and you'd drive
under to go in," said Doc. "It was
quite a show" he laughed.
"When we lived in Buckhead
Ridge there was a wooden bridge
over the Kissimmee River there at
S.R.70 and it stayed until they fin-
ished that part of the dike around
1968,"said Carol.
"We opened Doc's Auto Ser-
vice in 1963, right where it is now
at Ninth Avenue and U.S. 441 and
we bought our gasoline from Ted
Bass as Price Oil Company when
we first opened up. We had it
when it was a state inspection sta-
tion I think that was for about
17 years," recalled Doc.
Doc retired in 1982.
MaryAnn Morris may be contacted

- 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 stay," she added.
Their next step in this process
will be for the City Council to con-
sider approval of this small scale
future land use change which will
be on the agenda at the Tuesday,
June 5, meeting.
Postyouropinions in thePublic
Issues Formn
Reporter haunaAguiarmay be

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Okeechobee Forecast

Sunday: Partly sunny with a chance of showers and a slight chance of
thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 80s. The wind will be
from the northeast 10 to 15 mph. The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Sunday night Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. The low
will be in the lower 60s. The wind will be from the east winds 10 to 15
mph decreasing to around 5 mph after midnight. The chance of rain
is 20 percent.
Extended Forecast
Monday. Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunder-
storms. The high will be in the mid 80s. The wind will be from the
northeast 5 to 10 mph, becoming east 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Monday night Partly cloudy. The low will be in the mid 60s.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.
The high will be in the mid 80s. The chance of rain is 40 percent.

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U.S.A.C.E. starts new lock schedule
LAKE OKEECHOBEE Due to low water levels the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, will begin a new lock sched-
ule on the WP. Franklin and St. Lucie locks on the Okeechobee Water-
way, effective Tuesday, May 22.
The Franklin and St. Lucie Locks will lock boats through only at 10
a.m. and 3 p.m. with one lockage in each direction. The locks at
Ortona, Moore Haven and Port Mayaca will continue to provide lock-
age on an unrestricted basis, between 6 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Conditions will be evaluated on a weekly basis.
Additional information concerning Lake Okeechobee, the Okee-
chobee Waterway and related Navigation Bulletins may be obtained
on the Jacksonville District web site at,
and linking to the Navigation section; or, by calling (904) 232-2236.
This lock schedule will be in effect until further notice.
Agri-Civic Center to host events
OKEECHOBEE A number of events are scheduled to be held at the
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E., in the coming
These scheduled events include: May 26 & 27 Memorial Day Bike
For information, call (863) 763-1666.
Summer food service program offered
OKEECHOBEE Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation will
be participating in the summer food service program from June 11
through July27.
Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regard-
less of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin during summer.
vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. All chil-
dren 18 years old and younger are eligible for meals at no charge and
there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
Non-enrolled children at open sites should pre-register for meals
with Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation, either in person at 640
N.W. 27th Lane, or by phone at (863) 763-6950, no less than 24 hours in
The programs are only approved for geographical areas of need
where 50 percent or more of the children quality for free and reduced
price meals during the school year.
The following sites will be participating in the Summer Food Service
Program: Douglas Brown Community Center, 826 N.E. 16th Ave.;
Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 U.S. 98 North; and, Central Ele-
mentary School, 610 S.W. Fifth Ave.
Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against
in any USDA-related activity should write or call immediately to: USDA,
Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave. S.W., Washing-
ton, D.C. 20250-9410; or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382

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The Okeechobee News, Sunday, May 20,2007 o

School Menu

Winners of the High School Sportsmanship Award recipients (back, left to right) are: Senior
Stephen Hirst, Freshman Valerie McKee, Junior Kylie Eckhardt, State Farm Representative
David Hester, (front, left to right)are: Junior Evettah Samuels, Senior Kayla Jeffers, and
Senior Jason Henry.

State Farm announce Winter

Sportsmanship winners at 0HS

In continuing their campaign
started this year, State Farm, the
sole sponsor of the High School
Sportsmanship Award, recog-
nizes the Winter Sportsmanship
winners. The campaign pro-
motes more sportsmanship in
high school athletics by honoring
those student-athletes that dis-
play sportsmanship characteris-
tics both on and off the field. The
Play Strong, Play Hard, Play Fair
program encourages student-ath-
letes to give 100 percent on the

field as both an athlete and a
The winter athletes chosen to
receive this award were selected
from their respective coaching
staffs as recipients of this presti-
gious honor. Recipients from
winter sports were: Girls Soccer-
Kayla Jeffers, Boys Soccer-Omar
Guererro, Girls Wrestling-Evettah
Samuels, Boys Wrestling-Jason
Henry, Girls Basketball-Kylie Eck-
hardt, and Boys Basketball-

The students were treated to
lunch and presented their awards
by 'State Farm Representative
David Hester and Athletic Direc-
tor Daryl Roehm, "State Farm
continues to be a dedicated sup-
porter of Okeechobee Athletics.
These student-athletes have
worked hard throughout the year
and have represented Okee-
chobee High School very well
and this honor is one of their
rewards for doing so" said Mr.

Choose to free yourself from the past

Not long ago I was setting one
of my emails tosend out at a later
time in my email program. The
programmers who build these pro-
grams have a weird sense of
humor. I accidentally set it to go out
yesterday. I got the funniest error
message; I know you had to send
this message yesterday, but I just
can't do it until my Time Machine
gets back from the shop!
Wouldn't we all love to have a
Time Machine so we could take
back our reactions to circum-
stances? We can't ever go back in
time or can we? I think I have fig-
ured out a way to accomplish this
and it is so simple!
The way we react to things is a
- learned from our parents, spouse
and other people close to us. You
know whose voice it is. I will use
the term parent because we are
going to re-parent ourselves. Our
parents did the best that they could
with what they had. If you hear a
strange voice coming out of your
mouth when you speak to your
children or when you react to any
situation then you have a wonder-
ful opportunity to take this knowl-
edge and change it for the better.
We don't have to live this way;
we can turn back the hands of time
and re-parent ourselves. The piv-
otal point here is the realization
that we hear our mother's voice or
our father's voice coming out of
our mouths. The minute you have
this epiphany you can look back at
what triggered that voice leaving
your mouth. Did you have a flash of
anger, did your ears get hot or did
your face get red and you explode?
Look at how your body reacted to
the incident. The best thing to do at
this moment is to observe what
just happened so that you can stop
it from happening again.
We are our own person! We are
not doomed to spend the rest of
our lives hearing that voice come
out of our mouths. We can change


Floffie Dean Chambers
Floffie Dean Chambers, 71, of
Okeechobee, died Saturday, May
19, 2007 at her residence in Okee-
chobee. Born Jan. 20,1935 in Del-
mar, Ala., she had been a resident
of Okeechobee since 1966 and
enjoyed gardening, reading, puz-
zles and Humming Birds.
She is preceded in death by her
son; Armel Eugene Chambers.
She is survived by her husband
of 58 years, Armel Chambers of
Fort Drum; son, Roy (Jenelle)
Chambers of Lorida; daughter,
Debbie (George Reed) Cardell of
Vero Beach; sister, Jackie Muntz
of Springfield, Mo. In addition, she
is survived by five grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.
The family will be receiving
friends on Monday, May 21, 2007
from 1 until 2 p.m. with services
at 2 p.m. in the Buxton Funeral
Home Chapel, 110 N.E. Fifth St.
Interment will be at Fort Drum
Cemetery following the services.
All arrangements are under the
care and direction of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

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this and act in a fashion that will
help and not hurt. When I am talk-
ing about hurt, I am referring to the
fear we put into our children (Keep
in mind that fear is the opposite of
love) and the guilt we have
because we have done something
we are not proud ofi
Let me tell you! Recognizing
this is the first step to changing! I
am so proud of you when you have
this realization!
We are all dealt the hands of life!
We can choose to fold; which for
most of us is not an option because
we have people depending on us.
Some of us have gone to bed for
days to keep from having to deal
with things. In the long run we get
out of our beds and play the hand
we have been given. We are so
blessed with our talents of creativi-
ty and stubbornness. We are sur-
I am sitting here in tears. There
are people who want help to get
their homes in order. No one has
been forced to join our FlyLady
group! You are all looking for
answers to questions you have not
even had yet. You just want to get
your house in order and relieve all
the stress you have in your life. I

don't know if I can help you release
all this stress but I know that we
can help you eliminate some of the
pressure so you can contain your
explosions and learn a new way to
live! We can live and not just react
with how we have been pro-
grammed. We are not computers!
We are living breathing people and
we have a desire to love, to feel
loved and be nice!
For more help getting rid of
your CHAOS; check out her Web
site and join her free mentoring
group at or her
book, "Sink Reflections," pub-
lished by Bantam and her New
York Times Best Selling book,
"Body Clutter," published by Fire-
side. Copyright 2007; Maria Cilley;
Used bypermission in this publica-

Okeechobee County
School District
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Sausage bagel
W/W toast
Fresh fruit
Ham & cheese sandwich
Egg roll w/fried rice
Chef salad
Fruit cocktail
Fresh fruit
Tossed salad
Tuesday, May22
Grits & scrambled eggs
Cinnamon toast
Fruit juice
Fresh fruit
Turkey on bun
Cottage cheese & fruit
Tater Tots
Fresh fruit
Tossed salad
Wednesday, May23
French toast sticks
Cinnamon toast
Fresh fruit
Shepherd's Pie
Chicken patty sandwich
Chef salad
Green beans
Fresh fruit
Tossed salad
Thursday, May24
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Cinnamon toast
Fresh fruit
Manager's choice menu
Friday, May25
Breakfast Pockets
Cinnamon toast
Fresh fruit
Cheese/ Pepperoni
stuffed crust Pizza
Baked potato w/cheese
Chef salad
California blend vegetables
Diced pears
Fresh fruit
Tossed salad
Elementary menus:
Each breakfast includes: juice,
choice of entree or cereal and
toast; choice of whole, reduced
fat or lowfat chocolate milk

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RANCH RODEO About the rodeo in July, it is for National Day of
The Cowboy. I don't know the exact date. It is supposed to be a ranch
rodeo that is rumored to be put on by the Cattlemen's Association and
they are also trying to form a cattle drive down main street and to the
Ag center with the Seminole Tribe's steers. If the rodeo is a true ranch
rodeo then anyone who wants to compete is allowed. Usually the
ranch rodeos consist of peewee, junior and senior/adult competitions
such as goat tying, steer undercoating, wild cow milking, wild horse
race, bull riding and many, many, more events. Hopefully, if the cattle-
men are doing it they keep it like a real ranch rodeo is supposed to be
and do not turn it into a PRCA sanction event where if you have seen
one you have seen them all.
Editor's Note: From what we've been told, the event is tentatively
set for Saturday, July 28.

BULL RIDING: I love the wild horse race at the Okeechobee rodeos
-you never know what'is going to happen. Sometimes the horses all
get away and none of the cowboys win. If the' July rodeo is to be a
ranch rodeo with events based on real skills the cowboys use every
day, I can understand bronc riding, but would they have bull riding?
Why would a cowboy on a ranch ever have a reason to try to ride a
bull? Besides just to show someone else how tough he is. Besides,
aren't the bulls used on ranches valuable animals that they wouldn't
just mess around with like that?

Community Events

Church plans revival
Haven of Rest Church will be in revival with Brother Gary Pollard
on Sunday, May 20. For information, call (863) 357-3053.
Salvation Saloon coming to Okeechobee
The Office Bar & Grill, 6315 U.S. 441 S.E., will host the Salvation
Saloon rc h services & bike show on Sunday, May 20, beginning
at noon. See the bikes from the Tampa Salvation Saloon. There will
be a $100 best of show prize, live music and speakers. Have you
given up on church or religion but not God? For information, visit
their web site
Church plans special law enforcement service
The First Missionary Baptist Church will host their inaugural Law
Enforcement Appreciation Service on Sunday, May 20, at 11:30 a.m.
An appreciation dinner will follow the service. For information, con-
tact Cynthia Kelly at (863) 447-0671.
FYN meeting set for May 21
Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program will be presented at
the Okeechobee County Garden Club meeting on Monday, May
21, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the County Extension
Office, 458 U.S. 98 N. New members and interested gardeners
are invited. Angela Sachson, FYN representative, will explain the
nature of a Florida Friendly Yard and provide detailed informa-
tion about how landscapes are evaluated to receive a "Florida
Friendly" designation. Program staff and Okeechobee County
Master Gardeners are available to assist gardeners to achieve
this designation. Florida Yards & NeighbOthdbds is a program of
the University of Florida and the Okeechobee. Courity Extension
Service. For information, call (863) 763-6469.
Orchid group will meet May 21
Okeechobee Orchid Group will meet Monday, May 21, at 7
p.m. at the Okeechobee County extension office, 458 U.S. 98
North. The meeting is open to all who are interested in, or curi-
ous about, Orchids. For information, contact Angela Sachson at
(863) 763-6469.
United Way to meet May 22
The United Way of Okeechobee will meet Tuesday, May 22,
at 8 a.m. in the north dining room at Raulerson Hospital, 1796
N. U.S. 441.
Volleyballers plan fundraiser
The Okeechobee High School volleyball team will host a
Celebrity Server Night at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S.
Parrott Ave., on Tuesday. May 22, from 5 until 8 p.m. Tickets are
on sale for $9 each and include drink. All tips collected in the
section being served by team members that evening will go to
help pay for the girls' volleyball camp this summer at the Uni-
versity. of Tampa. You can purchase tickets from the volleyball
girls or just ask to be seated in their section. For information call
Vicki at (863) 763-4209 or (863) 610-1650; or, Cathy at (863)
Area on Aging board to meet
The Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast,
Inc. board of directors will meet Tuesday, May 22, at Fountain-
view located at 111 Executive Center Drive in West Palm Beach.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Contracts requiring
the expenditure of funds are a regular agenda item of this meet-
ing. Please call Vivian Pfau at (561) 684-5885 for information.

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Upcoming Events

A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our
Saviour, 200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
(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.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okee-
chobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone
who enjoys singing is invited to join the group. For information or
to schedule an appearance, contact Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S.
98 N. Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business
meeting. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in
September. For information, call Betty Williamson at (863) 763-
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for open discussion at
Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road. For information
call (863) 634-4780.
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 8 p.m. at the Buckhead
Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road For information, call (863)
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 Chad Rucks at (863)
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 Okee-
chobee. Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid
Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
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.
Widlows 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.
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 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 Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Span-
ish groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian
Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilita-
tor. 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 facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until
7 p.m. with Shirlean Graham 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 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
someone 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. Representa-
tives 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, information 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 Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Step Study
meeting at 8 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda
Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780.
ABWAWomen 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 wel-
come. For information, call Marilyn Rinear at (863) 697-1807.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Church of God, 301 N.E.
Fourth Ave. at 8 p.m. For information call Monika at (863) 697-
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area's golf courses are still brown.
The lakes on the courses are way
down. Worse yet, the state is chok-
ing on smoke from dangerous fires.
We are not in hell, but for our brave
firefighters it might seem that way.
While a golf course superinten-
dent's job is not life and death like a
firefighter's, keeping the members
at the country club happy can often
be more hazardous than the 17th
hole at the TPC Sawgrass'
kWater is a precious commodity
in Florida While keeping your
lawn green seems important, con-
sider firsl and foremost, we all need
water to drink. Many businesses,
like \our local carwash or pressure
washer need water for their liveli-
hood. How many Florida business-
es depend upon freshwater fishing
and he levels of the waterways?
And, of course, tourism is

extremely important to Florida's
economy. What do many tourists
come to Florida for? Golf!
Many homeowners who are
frustrated about their burnt lawns
are unhappy if they see golf courses
watering regularly. Of course, they
are usually not golfers! However,
many golf courses are taking the
lead by using recycled water.
According to the Golf Course
Superintendent's Association of
America, another name for recy-
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"gray water." It usually is cleansed
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cadmium) anld .-baceria ',,u prob-
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that use effluent water warning you
not to drink it or to s\\ im in it.
In the past, communities often
simply dumped etlluent back into
lakes and r iers But today golf
courses are being vie\\ed as envi-
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sites for eftluert In fact, olflcours-
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The Okeechobee News, Sunday, May 20,2007

Sr Livestock Market Report

May 15, 2007
Breaking $51.00 $60.00
Cutter $50.00 $59.50

1000-1500 $61.00
1500-2000 $58.50
Calves N
dows 0
Hfrs S
Bulls A
Yrlngs L
Mix E
Med #1 Steers
150-200 170-210
200-250 167-185
250-300 150-160
300-350 131-152
350-400 123-133
400450 119-123
450-500 114-121
550-600 101-108
600-650 95-102
Med #2 Steers
150-200 140-170
200-250 120-150

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Okeechobee Braham Dairy Judging team with their trophies (standing, left to right) Kelly
Buchannan, Felicia Sultzer, Alecia Lewis, and Jamie Burnham. Yearling Middle School Dairy
Judging team (kneeling, left to right) Shyanne Prescott, Emily Berggren, Taylor Comtois, and
Raychel Raybon.

FFA Judging teams compete

. The Yearling Middle School
Dairy Judging team and the Okee-
chobee Brahman Dairy Judging
team competed in the Future Farm-
ers of America State Competition.
The teams were required to
answer questions pertaining to the
management of dairy cow health,
nutrition and approved practices.
Each year, the Future Farmers of
America and the National Dairy
Farmers Association .decide the
topic of testing, and the students
are required to read and study the-
subject area. Along with the man-
agement test, there was also a
team activity that required the
entire team to solve mathematical
equations to determine milk pro-
duction and pedigree records to
determine the individual cow pro-
duction and the placement of these
animals in correct order. The team
members are required to conduct

evaluation of animals in classes
and determine placing of the four
animals in each class. The math
skills involved are directly related to
the Sunshine State Standards
which is taught in classroom les-
sons. The members are required to
give oral reasons on class of dairy
cows at the state level contest. This
part of the contest enhances stu-
dent ability to communicate by
speaking and supporting their deci-
sions concerning the placing of
each animal in the class.
The purpose of this Career
Development Event is to promote
student knowledge of proper dairy
cattle management and care'
The 2006-2007 Yearling Middle
School Future Farmers Dairy Judg-
ing team are as follows: Raychel
Rabon, Taylor Comtois, Emily
Berggren, and Shyanne Prescott.
Raychel Rabon won second high

individual for the middle school
division scores. The team mem-
bers and advisor, Buddy Mills, are
grateful to Ms. Jamie Burnham for
her unselfish dedication in teach-
ing and coaching to achieve this
degree of success.
The 2006-2007 Senior team
members were Kelly Buchannan,
Felicia Sultzer, Alecia Lewis, and
Jamie Burnham. The team finished
first in the state which will enable
them to travel to the National
Future Farmers Convention at Indi-
anapolis, Ind. to compete in the
National contest in October. Kelly
Buchannan finished third in the
state results individually and Jamie
Burnham finished fourth overall in
the state competition.
Congratulations to all the teams
and good luck at the Nationals.



Wakulla County
Property recognized
as Century Pioneer

Family Farm
culture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bronson
announced that the Clara and D.R.
Sparkman property in Wakulla
County has qualified as Century
Pioneer Family Farm. Recognition
in this program means the families
have maintained continuous own-
ership of the property for at least
"This family has been able to
retain ownership of their land
through the depression, droughts,
freezes and the urbanization of
Florida," Bronson said. "That is a
great tribute to the many genera-
tions of these families.
The Sparkman property has
produced sweet potatoes, water-
melon, field peas, corn and soy-
beans during the last one hundred
years. Clara Sparkman was born
on the property in the old family
home which has now been
." Since the program began 26
years ago, 129 farms families have
received the Century Pioneer Fami-
ly Farm designation. The program
is administered by the Florida
Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services with assistance
of the Florida Agricultural Museum.
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300-350 117-138 105-118
350-400 113-127 95-106
400-450 100-121 89-104
Small #1
Prices still pretty good this week.
Feeders under 400 lbs. $1-2 lower,
although 500 lb. calves $1-2 higher.

Slaughter cows and bulls $1-2 high-
er. Quality was a little better too.
Adams Ranch, Ft. Pierce and Pete
Beaty Ranch, Lake Wales topped
the calf mkt. with a high of $2.10.
Seminole Tribe, Brighton topped
the cow market with a high of $60.
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Dogs may suffer painful ear infections

seems that everything you say to
Rover goes in one ear and out the
other, it's probably not just a rebel-
lious phase he may be suffering
from an ear infection or other con-
dition that may require ear surgery.
Dr. Phil Hobson, a veterinarian
in the College of Veterinary Medi-
cine & Biomedical Sciences at
Texas A&M University, says most
ear surgery in dogs is surprisingly a
result of a skin or food allergy.
"Dogs with pendulous ears, or
floppy ears, are the most suscepti-
ble to severe ear infection," Hob-
son explains. "The shape of the
ears and the position of the ear
canal in these breeds creates a
warm, moist environment ideal for
the growth of infection."
Hobson says dog ear infections
are usually secondary to an under-
lying food or skin allergy.
"These dogs may shake their
heads or scratch their ears, the ear
canal can become inflamed and
swollen, and their hearing damp-
ened," he adds. "Your veterinarian

can perform tests to indicate what
your dog is allergic to that may be
predisposing the infection."'
If your veterinarian does rec-
ommend ear surgery to correct the
problem, you'll be glad to know
that your dog will feel better within
a few days of the 75-minute sur-
After surgery, antibiotics are
administered for about five to
seven days, and pain medication is
usually required for two or three
"This type of ear surgery, called
'total ablation,' includes the
removal of the ear canal down to
the middle ear and cleaning out
the infected tissue," Hobson says.
"During surgery, the veterinari-
an may find mineralized cartilage
(infected cartilage that turns into
bone) or tumors within the ear
canal. Most dogs undergoing this
ear surgery have eardrums that
have been completely destroyed
by the infection.
"In such cases, the dog's hear-
ing cannot be improved, but the

dog will feel much better because
the painful infection is gone and
the chance of recurring infection is
nearly eliminated," adds Hobson.
Although unlikely, one possible
risk of ear surgery is temporary or
long-term facial nerve damage.
Most pet owners, he believes,
will find their dogs seem healthier,
happier and more attentive as a
result of the surgery. While it can-
not restore hearing, it can certainly
improve the dog's quality of life.
For many breeds, allergies and
recurrent ear infection may be
unavoidable, but Hobson encour-
ages dog owners to clean and
inspect their pets' ears regularly,
while being careful to avoid push-
ing debris further into the ear
Hobson also suggests that dog
owners watch for any behaviors
that indicate their dogs' ears are
becoming bothersome.
When it comes to your dogs'
ears, Hobson says it's best to use
this rule of thumb: A visit to your
veterinarian can keep a small itch

Pet birds need proper nutrition

that Polly may want a cracker, she
may also want a salad to go with it.
Pet birds especially parrots -
often can eat the same food you
might prepare for yourself, and in
fact, often prefer such food, and it
can be healthy for them, says Dr.
Alice Blue-McLendon, a veterinari-
an at Texas A&M University's Col-
lege of Veterinary Medicine & Bio-
medical Sciences.
Proper nutrition for birds is
often overlooked or misunder-
stood by many bird owners, who
tend to believe that birds will only
eat birdseed.
While many birds do eat seed -
the correct term is pelleted food -
there are other birds that can eat
many of the same things people
can, says Blue-McLendon.
"As long as the table food is not
high in sugar or fats, it's usually
okay to give birds what you might
be eating at the time," says Blue-
"Birds especially like different
kinds of fruits and vegetables, but
they also like other foods, too. A
few things to stay away from are
chocolate, avocados and onions.,
"But in general, foods that are
rich in protein, vitamins and calci-
um are good for birds."-
Like people, many birds need to

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for storms
With an above-average hurri-
cane season predicated for 2007,
now is the time for pet owners to
get prepared by creating a plan and
gathering supplies so you are ready
when a hurricane strikes.
"The key to survival during a dis-
aster for you and your animals is to
be as prepared as possible before
the storm hits," commented Randy
Covey, director of disaster services
for The Humane Society of the
United States. "Take the time to cre-
ate a plan and assemble an emer-
gency kit for you and your pet. By
taking these steps now, you will
greatly increase your pet's chances
of survival." There are over 358 mil-
lion companion animals living in
American homes. According to
national surveys post-Hurricane
Katrina, 61 percent of pet owners
will not leave their companion ani-
mals behind during a disaster,
which highlights the need for pet
owners to prepare.
The Humane Society of the
United States advises all pet owners
to have a kit for their pet, which
should include:
Three-or-more-day supply of
food in airtight, water proof con-
tainer, and drinking water
Current photos and physical
description of your pets, including
details on markings
Medications, vaccination
records and first aid pet supplies
Comfort items such as a toy
and blanket
For dogs include-leash, har-
ness and a sturdy carrier large
enough to use as a sleeping area
For cats include-litter and lit-
ter box and a sturdy carrier large
enough for transport and for your
cat to use as a temporary "apart-
ment" for several days
Planning is key, and Mr. Covey
also advises:
Placing the pet emergency
supply kit by the door or directly in
your car so it is ready to go if you
need to evacuate quickly
Making sure your pet has visi-
ble identification on right now,
before you have to leave home
For more details on how you
can prepare, visit Read
more about Hurricane Prepared-
ness Month at: http://
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count their calories, Blue-McLen-
don says.
Certain species of birds tend to
get obese. These include Amazon
parrots and some cockatoos, and
these birds' food intake needs to be
closely regulated, she adds.
"Also, many types of birds are
prone to get hardening of the arter-
ies much the same way as it occurs
in people," Blue-McLendon notes.
"Some birds need a low-fat diet.
Too much cholesterol may con-
tribute to heart disease."
Besides diet, bird owners
should be aware of changing tem-
peratures that can be fatal to birds.
In Texas where it can be 80
degrees one day and 20 degrees
the next sudden temperature
changes can be harmful to pet
"If a bird such as a parrot has
been in a warm kitchen for days
and is suddenly placed out in a
porch during a cold night, it might
have some problems," Blue-

McLendon says.
"Birds need to be able to adjust
to the changing temperatures. A
heat lamp placed nearby is often a
good idea if the bird is to be outside
in an enclosed area. Birds kept out-
doors must have protection from
the wind.
"Also, birds that do remain out-
doors should probably be given a
little more food and fed at least
twice a day.
"In Texas, we usually have a
fairly mild climate, and most birds
will be fine, but it's still a good idea
to keep an eye on the thermometer
and take some extra precaution to
keep birds from getting too cold,"
he adds.
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Movie times for Friday, May 18,
through Thursday, May 24, are as
Theatre I "Shrek 3" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9:30
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday

and Thursday at 2, 4:30, 7 and 9:30
Theatre II "Hills Have Eyes"
(R) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2,4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre III "Spiderman 3".(PG-
13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9:10
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,

4:15, 7 and 9:10 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9:10
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4.50; senior
citizens are $4.50 for all movies;
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Available in Bassinger Ceme-
tery. To Inquire call:

DOBERMAN (f): 1 yr old. Also
found brown female dogw/
gray face. Vie of Cowboy
Way & 80E. 863-673-4220.

CHIHUAHUA, Tea-cup, fe-
male, It. brown, last seen be-
hind Rodeo Grounds on 5/5.
REWARDI (863)697-1884
old blond. Missing since
05/13 from Bet Her Acres.
Reward 863-610-1027
MALTESE, female, 2 yrs. old,
white, between the Meat
Shop & NY Style Clothing.
POODLE, Black, male, small,
last seen 4/8, Taylor Creek
Isles, has red radio fence
collar. (863)357-6799
WALKER HOUND, female, tr.i-
color, spayed, looks like a tall
beagle, missed very much,
$700 Reward! (954)793-3203

female, 11 wks old, kennel
trained/ hse brk, good home
only (904)483-7348
CAT: Female, approximately 5
years, spayed, Indoor, black &
white, Very affectionate. Call
DOGS, different breeds, up for
adoption, (863)983-6537
KITTEN- 1 female calico, 7
weeks old, to good home.

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Siamese, 1 calico, 2 orange,
free to good home.
KITTENS (6) 1 Male, 5 Fe-
male. Free to good homes
only. (863)230-0026
good home. Neutered, 1 year
old. LaBelle area.

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IPu Tme 205
Employment -
MedIcal 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job T'eining 227
Sales 230

with my father. Light duties,
medical exp a plus. Call Sheryl
at 863-634-1343 after 5pm.
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
gwage? Advertise your
yard sale In the clssi-
Ilode and make your
clean up a breozel

Live-In companion / caregiver
for elderly woman living at Ave
Maria, Room and board and
$1,500 $2,500 monthly
depending on hours. Lovely
BR condo overlooking the
church and library at new town
of Ave Maria. Some light
cooking and light cleaning
Involved, Must have some
related caregiver experience.
Please call 320-656-4140.

needed in Belle Glade &
Okechobee. Track hoe, dozer,
end dump.60-70 hrs/wk.
Call 61-793-4655
q- -

has a new exciting position
open for a Multi-Task person
for Equipment & Parts Sales.
Must be computer literate.
Full benefits: 401K Health
Insurance and paid holidays
Drug Free Workplace
Apply in Person
No phone calls, please
Great Pay/Benefits!
Long Term Job.'
Growing Trucking Co.
in West Palml
Call Kevin 800-818-5895

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is seeking a full time
Outside Sales Consultants

The right applicant will:
Be Highly Motivated
Be Service Oriented
Be Well Organized
Minimum 3 Years Sales Experience
Be Able to Thrive in a Fast Paced Environment
Have Excellent Computer Skills
SReliable Transportation

We offer:
Potential for Advancement
A unique Work Environment where employees are
Trusted and Empowered
Competitive Pay and Benefits based on experience
Life and Disability Insurance
401(K) Retirement Plan
Generous time off program
An Equal Opportunity Employer

Needed Full Time. Must be computer literate,
proficient in Excel & have the ability to multitask.
Benefits include group health,
profit sharing, and 401(k).
Fax resume to 863-763-7142
or deliver to McArthur Farms, Inc.
1550 N.E. 208th St., Okeechobee, FL 34972
Drug Free Work Place, E.O.E.

Okeechobee County Health Department
currently has openings for:
Social Services Counselor Requisition ID
Interviewing Clerk- Requisition ID
View the job announcement and apply online at:
htto:// For assistance with the People
First website, you may contact the applicant customer ser-
vice via telephone at 1-877-562-7287, TTY users call
1-866-221-0268. Job closing date is close of business May
28, 2007. Background Screening and Fingerprinting re-
quired. EEO/AA/VP Employer.

F iySoutheast Milk Dairy Co-op
| Dispatch position 11 pm-8am |
Experience preferred. Will train energetic, detail ;
oriented person. Start at 25K-30K. Annual I
, Increase, Paid Vacation, Christmas Bonus, & ;
I Holidays. 401K, Profit Sharing & Medical. I
Applications & Interviews
i Monday- Friday 7:30am to 5:00pm
9400 SE 126th Blvd, Okeechobee.
* Call David @ 800-598-6533 ,
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English skills a must.
Computer skills helpful.
SPart or Full Time. On
occasion, some nights and
weekends may be required.
Send resume, job history to
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Energetic, self-motivated
person who loves children to
work for busy Childcare
Center. 863-467-5588
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Licensed by the State of Florida in 1981
Hope Connections
-Case Aide-
Assists case manager and clients
with care plan implementation.
Must have clerical and computer
experience. This position is located
in our LaBelle office.
100% Paid Benefits Provided
Medical, Dental, Life, Disability,
Retirement Plan
Up to 26 Paid Days Off Annually
Email Resume: careers(
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Complete an application at:
Hope Connections
473 E. Cowboy Way, LaBelle or
Hope Employment Welcome Center
2668 Winkler Avenue
Fort Myers
8:00am to 5:00pm, Mon.-Fri.
Applications also available online at:
EOE /Drug Free

Seminole Tribe of Florida
Knowledge of equipment
operation. Daily equipment
maintenance. Ability to lift
more than 50 lbs. Valid
Florida driver's license.
Fax 954-967-3477 or email

BUFFET ATTENDANT. Presentable, dependable
& hard working individuals. 1FT& 2PTyear round
positions available. Must be able to open the buffet
at5am. Taking applications untl June 15,2007
$9.00 per hour

SERVERS. clean cut, personable& hard working
qualities is a must Exp. preferred but not
necessary Hiring AM &PM for only the right people.
MANAGERS Train in Okeechobee for relocation

SSince 1973, Abney & Abney Construction
Inc. has been a name synonymous with
quality and we are looking for a quality
person to expand our team. Seeking
trim/finish carpenter with initiative and
good judgment. We offer great work
environment with benefits and good pay
based on experience. Dependable and
experienced need only apply, drug free
work place & EOE. Apply in person M-F
between 10 AM and 3 PM,
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MIDFLORIDA Federal Credit Union
seeks a full time teller for its Okeechobee
branch location. Responsibilities include
serving members, performing transac-
tions, and cross selling credit union
products and services. Candidates must
possess previous teller experience as well
as a commitment to providing exceptional
customer service. Excellent benefits
package to include medical insurance,
401(k), tuition assistance, sales
incentives, and annual bonus. Apply
online at
Drug Free Workplace

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 arid become a CNAin 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


Seeking experienced
Chef & Line Cook

Please no phone calls.
Apply in Person


Come grow with ABLE BODY LABOR, the fastest
growing, privately owned staffing company in the US,
specializing in servicing the construction, hospitality,
light industrial and special events markets. The candi-
date will be responsible for managing the day to day
operations of a branch including: planning, directing
and monitoring branch sales and marketing activities,
recruiting and dispatching temps to jobsites in the
Okeechobee area. Must be able to work flexible hours
to include weekends and early morning shifts. Must
have excellent customer service skills. Competitive
salary, bonus and benefits pkg.
Email resume to region36iobs( or fax to
772-467-9983. DFWP EOE.

*Immediate Openings*
Relief Managers
& 3rd Shift Managers
Starting Pay: $11.00/hr.
with potential to make $50k
Full Benefit Package
Monthly Bonus
Unlimited Growth Potential
Starting Pa: $9.00/hr.
2pm-10pm &10pm-6am
Advancement Opportunities
Scholarship Program
Weekly Pay Checks
Management A licants Call:
Associate Applicants Call:

Now taking applications for
Cleanliness & personality a
Experience not necessary,
training Is provided.
No phone calls please,
apply In person between noon
7 days a week.
(behind Dollar General on 441S)
Computer exp. req'd.
QuIckBooks pref. M-F,
8:15am- 5:15pm.
CEECO (863)357-0798.

Full-time with benefits.
Part-time also needed.
Experience Required.
Fax resume to:
-Pier 2 Resort Hiring-
Night Audit
Front Desk
*Experienced Only Apply*
Apply Within (863)763-8003

has a new position available
for a Service Technician.
Having experience with small
engine repair a plus. Full
benefits: 401K Health
Insurance and paid holidays.
Drug Free Workplace
Apply in Person
No phone calls, please

For Community Health Center
in Okeechobee. Must have 5
years experience in business
or health care management,
organizational & supervisory
skills & team approach.
Starting salary $35k+ based
on experience. BA / BS
preferred. Fax resume & cover
better to Human Resources:

CASTLE The Parenting
AS LE Professionals
Support our fight for the prevention of child abuse
Call 772-465-6011

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Now Hiring NURSES, HHA's &
documentation Okeechobee
County Benefits Now
Available!!! Toll-Free
Fax 772.223.4054

Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North

Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442

Energetic, Personable Medical
Assistant Needed. Full Time
in busy medical office. Exp.
necessary. Fax CV to
MA/RMA 1 yr. exp. needed.
Bilingual pref. Apply at FL
Community Health Centers,
15858 S.W. Warfield Blvd.,
Indiantown or fax resume to
(772)597-4194. EOE/DFWP
How do you find a Job In
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-


Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
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true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
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you check with the Better
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long distance toll costs. We
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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 10
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435


Framing, inc.

Danny Lopez
1900 NE 138th St.
Okeechobee, FL
office 863.357.4145
fox 863.357.9033

Ron's Pressure Washing
& Minor repairs
Roof coating, Repairto
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
estimates. 863-763-76750or
cell 863-261-1565
New Lic. #2423

417 W.S. Park
Call 863-467-1243

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I All Dithell Rock wP

I& Bob Catwork.
Bmoted Chlck0e

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


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building MaterialsO540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Unens & 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 & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

A/C /HEAT UNIT- 5 ton, for a
Mobile home. $800. or best
offer. (863)675-9218 or
AC UNIT 5,000K, exc. brand
and new cond. $75,
ton mobile home unit. $400,
863-675-0358 or 234-9901.

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Screen Rooms Carports
I ,E I Room Additions t Florida Rooms
H lli j ~ Garages- Seawalls
Ernest Lancaster (8631634-2044

Thinking about new carpets?
Zet one of our professionals help you.!


9v 513 S.W Park Street -(863) 763-7131

5,600 btu, older, but works
well, $20 (863)763-2232
WINDOW UNIT, Wrrlpool,
11,600 btu, like new, min.
30" wide. $100

tique, Mahogany, Excellent
condition. $500.

point, 15 cu. ft., $65.
Gas, new. $279.93
New. $439.99
New $359.99
Works well. $75
FRIDGE Side by side, ivory,
$75. (863)357-5773
good cond., $100.
electric, white, clean, works
& looks good. $75
side by side, 22 cu. ft., ice
maker, works well. $250
STOVE TOP: Stainless Steel,
electric, slightly used. $100.
954-237-4846 (Clewlston)
more, Victorian reproduction,
black Iron, 37", beautiful.
$500 (772)812-3300
WASHER & DRYER, Manufac-
tured 12/03, lots of bells &
whistles. $300 for both.
'Biccles 0530

condition. $125.
(863)467-4498 Okee area
dition. $100 863-467-9892
GIRL'S HUFFY: 12", excellent
condition. $15. Call
863-357-0223 after 7 pm or
SCOOTER- Electrical with
charger. Good condition.
$150. (863)467-4498


iox2x Amoassaaor
Vertical (2:12) Roof, Soffit/Fasca,
I Sectionalor 2 Roil-upDoors,
I Man Door, 1 Window,
2 Gable Vents
4" Concrete Slab*

30x35x9 Executive
ertical (312) Roof, Sofl/Fascia
2 Roll-up Doots,
1 Man Door. 1 Window,
2 Gable cents
4' Concrete Stab*
*Concrete & Instatlltion by
Independent Licensed

Up to 35' wide, unlimited length
FLA Engineered Plans,
Meets/Exceeds Wind Code
Price plus sales taxicounty fees
|Pr,,1, fei l,.pl.g.., ,puip ;, ,in. y

PLYWOOD- (50 sheets) $300
(561)762-4620 Jupiter area
SCAFFOLD: Steel, platform &
wheel brakes. 763-8156.
$400/ guywire job labor

Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.

Licensed oc nsured

1551 N.W. 24th Drive
License #765
UTILITY SINK, All-in-one, from
Home Depot, new. Pd. $175,
asking $65 (863)763-7497

BABY SWING- Brand new.
Used only briefly. Battery or
electric. Many settings. Very
nice. $150. (863)509-8179
Pink w/ Blue Roof. $50.

CHINA (39 pieces): Vintage
France UNC7 Lamoge. Assort-
ed items: cups, saucers, plates,
etc. $300. 863-946-1896 '

JACKET, extra Ig. genuine
leather, new made by Euro-
pean Step, $125 or best of-
fer. (863)824-8703
PANTS & SHIRTS (6): Ladies,
size 3X. $30 for all or will
separate. 954-237-4846

BARBIE DOLLS, Mint, 2 diff.
Nascar, Elizabeth Taylor, Ms.
Albee & Rosie O'Donnell.
$100. (863)763-7609
ing price guides $100 or
best offer (863)824-3358
items, Rare items, items from
Graceland, memorabilia. $350
neg. (863)467-0627
Various designs & artists.
$630 value asking $200

DELL B110 w/ Processor, CD,
DVD Player & Burner, 2
spkrs. & photo printer. 1 yr.
old. $500 (239)634-2478
tlum 4, XP Pro, monitor, key-
board, mouse & speakers.
$249. (863)517-2782 Tony
LAPTOP, Fast, Win XR wire-
less card, power adapter,
etc., for school or business.
$325 (863)674-0212

single, vibrates. $1500 value.
Asking $750. 863-357-5774
or 305-360-9901.
AERO BED, queen size, raised,
$100 or best offer.
ARMOIRE: Beautiful, large,
black, mirrored. $200 nego-
tiable. 863-675-2959
with horse design engraved
on them. $250.
863-528-3235 W. Frostproof
BED FRAME, New, metal, fits
twin or full size, wheels, $25
BED: King size, new condition.
Remodeling, must sell! Only
BEDROOM SET: 4 piece, Solid
Oak, Bassett, brand new,
never used. $1000 will fi-
nance. 863-634-7465
BR SET, king sz., 2 night ta-
bles, dresser w/mirror, chest
of drawers, matt./boxspring,
$500. (863)467-5756
COUCH, leather, rusty brown,
w/white wash coffee & 2 end
tables, $75 will sell
COUCH: Multi-colored, 83" x
37", excellent condition.
$100.863-675-3944 Labelle
ble, 4 chairs, china cabinet.
Paid $3000, asking $1000
with hutch. Paid $1700. Ask-
ing $300.863-467-5756
chairs (2 Captain chairs), 1
leaf, pedestal. $400 for all.
Call 863-634-8863.
elled. Smoke glass, with 4
chairs, Like new. $350.
shaped, w/leaf, 6 chairs,
asking $300 or best offer.
Call (863)610-0219
END TABLES (2), Wooden.
$25 (863)357-3106
Large, holds up to 32: TV.
Has shelves and DVD / CD
holders. $50,863-697-2813
HEADBOARD, Queen size, $25
queen & king, brand new,
still in plastic. $1 89.
MATTRESS- Memory Foam,
Queen sz, 9" thick, By NASA
as seen on TV, 20 yr wrty.
$450. Cash (772)418-0537
temporary. Florida colors
Aqua, Pink & Cream Exc.
cond. $50. (863)467-8681
mirror. 18.5"x64.5"x30" and
18.5"x40.225"x30.5". $60
for all. 863-528-3235
SOFA & LOVESEAT- seafoam
green, needs to be cleaned,
good condition, $150 or best
offer (863)447-5195

I Home Improv

RING- Size 7, (66 diamond ba-
guette) Certified appraisal
$1110. Asking $900.
(863)357-3567 After 5pm
RING- Size 7, (72 diamonds &
2 Onyx) Have certified ap-
praisal. $1550. Asking
$1100. (863)357-3567
RING- Size 7 (8 lolite stones,
48 diamonds) Certified ap-
pralsal for $920. Asking
$750. (863)357-3567 Aft 5p

new. $30. $30. (863)467-8681

CANE- Ladies Quad, Has de-
signs on it. Never used. Cost
$55. will sell for $25. or best
offer. (863)824-0765

ics, "Cadillac of wheelchairs!"
Immaculate, used very little on
carpet only. Paid $5000, asking
only $1000. 863-357-5988
HOSPITAL BED- Electric, No
side rails. Works good. $75.
or best offer. (863)824-0765
HOSPITAL BED- Electric, Set
up with a vibrations. Very
good condition. $1000.
(863)467-4735 or 610-1135
pops up to help you get up
from chair. Paid $99. Asking
$30. 863-763-7584
POWER CHAIR: Pride Jazzy
#1113 w/joystick. Exc cond.
Small turn radius. New $5800,
Now $1500. (863)763-6907
SCOOTER, Electric, Golden
Companion w/Lift. Reese
hitch ready, $1500 neg.

CARPORT- 20 X 20, you take
down and remove $250
$75. (863)467-3051
prox. 1000. 15x10x10. .67
per box. Minimum of 10 per
sale. (863)465-4213

ACCORDIAN- With velvet lined
case. Made In Italy by
Gretsch. $125.
CABINET: 77"T x 42"W, 2
solid doors & shelf, $350 or
best offer(561)633-1371
PIANO- Baldwin Console with
bench. Good condition.
$300. (863)467-5360
PIANO- Wurlitzer, Small up-
right. Excellent condition.
$200. (863)467-4735 or

I Home Improv

Lamps $17, 100-Barstools
$39up, 50-Desks $97up, 3 Pc
Dropleaf dinette $197,
50-table and 4 chairs $397up,
200-Recliners $297up,
50-2 Pc Sofa & Loveseat sets
$687up, 50-TV Ent. Centers,
$167up, 2 Pc Queen Bed Set
$297up, 50-4PC bedroom sets
$387up, 3Pc Livingroom
tables $97up,
100-Headboards $79up.
2346 U.S. 27 North
Sebring FL
Next to Lowes & across
from Home Depot

new, still in plastic. $189.
Call 561-351-9085
SECTIONAL: Leather, hunter
reen, very good conditions
250. 863-697-2813
TABLE & (4) CHAIRS, Maple.
$200 (863)357-9676
TWIN BED: With plain metal
frame, great shape. $40.
TWIN BEDS (2), Frame, box
springs, mattress, sheets,
head & foot board, white.
$300/both. (863)801-3980
WALL UNIT: Walnut, 18"d x
30"w, with 2 shelves & 2
doors below. $90.

GOLF CLUB SET, ladles,
graphite, almost new, com-
Slete with bag, $125 or trade
or pistol. (772)461-8822

M-1 GARAND, Semi-auto.,
man. 1941, exc. cond.,
18XX)M, serious inq. only.
$1600 firm. (863)610-8730
RIFLE: AR15, custom built,
330 round mags, all the
best. $999 or best offer.
SHOT GUN, 20 gage, Moss-
berg, $165. (502)931-8101
SMITH & WESSON 640, stain-
less, 347 mag, 2", 5 shot,
like new, $400 firm.

Cardlo, Pro-Form brand, ex-
cellent condition. $250.
863-675-3944 Labelle
TOTAL GYM: Brand new. Paid
$400, asking only $125.
WEIGHT BENCH- Cross bow,
Paid $900. asking $400. or
best offer. (863)467-4566
WEIGHT SET: Full, asking
$300. 863-228-3203

Elliotts Pawn
419 W.S. Park
Call 863-763-5553


neck, needs some body
work,.floor good cond.,
$1500 neg. (863)201-3492
broke, very gentle, $500.
yr. Good mouth reining. Cant
eep anymore. Tack Included
$1500. (772)460-0817

BUSH HOG: 6 ft, needs some
work. $100. 863-675-1816
sey Ferguson. $2500.
MOWER: Swisher, 44", pull
behind, 10.5 Briggs & Strat-
ton, runs great, used 24 hrs.
$500 neg. 863-675-1816
bell Hausfeld, 1750 PSI. $50
firm. 863-357-0354 or
Craftsman, LT1000, 17.5hp,
42" cut, new, mower deck,
$600. (863)763-7376
RIDING MOWER- Murray '03,
42" cut, $400.
181h HR 46" twin cut, new
blades. $400. 863-763-6073
RIDING MOWER: Murray, 42"
cut, 16 HP. $400.

MIXED, Male, 18 mths, great
nose, $250 (863)763-0356
CHIHUAHUA, black/tan male
9 wks. old. $230.
(863)675-2541 (days) Barb
LaBelle area.
3 black males, $600.
males left. 8 wks old. Ready
to go. Shots up to date.
YORKIE, Female. Will be
small. Daddy weighs 3 Ibs.,
Momma weighs 5 Ibs. $900.
AKC Reg w/ health certif.
Will be small, ready 05/20,
$800 ea. 863-697-9865
ZIBRA FINCH: $8.00 Moving
must sell. (863)610-2465

Family, friends, scenery
or pets from your photo.
Gliotfs Quick Photo
419 W.S. Park
Call 863-763-5553

engine. Runs good. $2000
or best offer. (863)634-0582
POOL TABLE, old, slate, needs
repair. $75. (863)467-3051
TRAMPOLINE 15' w/8' net &
shoe holder. $125.
VARMIT TRAP: 12 x 12 x 36.
$25. 863-763-7161
iuiment 0710^

OAK LAKE VILLA: 2br/2ba.
$900/mo plus $500 security.
No pets. Non-smoking envi-
ronment. Call 863-610-1750.
OKEECHOBEE: 1br, furnished,
screened porch, utils incl'd.
$175/week. (772)359-1640

BEAUTIFUL 3 Bdrm., 2 Ba:
home in Basswood Estates.
$900. mo. + sec. dep. &
ref's. Call (786)417-2135
BHR- 3br, 2ba),Furni'i0pd.
$1000. mo. + 150Sec.
dep. 863-447-0850 or
CBS: SW Section, 3/1, no
pets. $950/mo, $2400 to
move in. 2200 SW Third
Ave., Walmart, Call
(863)634-0512 for details.
& dryer. Rug just cleaned
$750. me. (863)763-3977
2 Ba., $1200 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. dep. & refs. Call for more
info. Call Barry 772-216-1461
Indian Hammock, 1800 sq.
ft., 3/2, w/2 stall barn,
fenced, $2400 mo., 1st, last
& sec. (863)467-0831 ask
for Judy
3br/2.5ba, 1 car garage, in-
law suite, ideal for sharing.
$1100/mo. (772)359-1640
Nice remodeled 3/2 CBS
In town, near Blue Heron.
Application, lease, FL&S.
$1195 mo. + utilities.
OKEE: 3/1 on % ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $1250 + 1st,
last, sec/refs. 305-458-8659
OKEE., 3br, 1ba, Carport,
Yard, W/D, Partly Furnished
$1150. mo + Sec. 1008 SW
2nd Ave. (954)658-0108

OKEE: Large 3br + retreat
(possible 4th br), 2 full ba,
garden tub, walk-in shower, fp,
In-ground pool on water.
$1250/mo. 1st, last, sec & ref
req'd. 863-634-8863
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 1 ba, Lg
yard, Inside city limits, $900.
mo. + Util., 1st & Last mo.
sec. dep. (863)697-6098

to share 2br/2ba, outside of
LaBelle. References required.
Call 863-517-1518

OKEECHOBEE Furnished Rm.
Single occupancy, $140/week
plus deposit, utilities Included.

OKEE., Large lbr Mobilehome
with dock. No pets. $600.
mo. + Electric.

8HP, 30" cut, electric start.
Asking $400. 863-467-2446
Rear Engine, 30" cut, $450
46" cut, very good condition.
Needs motor. $100.
Kohler 25HP engine. $1500.
863-467-0139 leave msg.
Heavy duty. Paid $250. will
sell for $150.
(863)467-7151 after 6pm

BILLY GOAT: Large, healthy,
good breeding goat, very
gentle. $100 or best offer.


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

Very clean, 11 miles N. of
Okeechobee. 2BR/1BA.
$590/mo. 1st& security. No
pets. Call only M-F 9a-3p.

OKEE. 2br, 2ba Oak ake Villa
Brand New Construction
1183 sqft. Asking $158K
MUST SELL. (863)610-0219

OKEE., 2br lba CBS, SW City
Limits. Fenced yard, Shed.
Corner Lot. $140K or best
offer. (863)824-0336
OKEECHOBEE- 3br, 2ba, CBS,
on 5 acres, w/barn, near
schools & airport, only 2 mi
from town. Asking $390,000
Contact Laura

acre blocks. Deed restricted,
road front, high & dry. Call
863-673-2794 for more info.
OKEE., 5.5 ac.,
Vacant beautiful oak trees, 2
buildable lots, 1.7 ac & 3.8 ac.
can be separated. Located in
Edwards Subdivision. Asking
$175K. Neg. MUST SELL,
appraised for $190K.

PLACID, FL., New 2BD cottag-
es on Lake Placid, 300' white
sand beach, dock & addl.
amenities. Call (863)441-2659
Nightly, wkly & mthly, rentals
also avail. Call (863)465-2135

Mole Homes


OKEECHOBEE, lbr/lba, in RV
Park, living room, kitchen,
Florida room, furnished. Pool
& laundry avail. Adult, gated
comm. Non smkg env, no
pets. $800/mo. & electric.
$200 non refundable deposit.
Refs required. (863)467-0455
No pets. $700/mo. & $550
security. (863)763-0648
Clean. Fully fumished. 2br,
2.5ba, DW MH, FL Rm.,
Screen Rm, C/Air, Lake ac-
cess. $1200/mo + 1st, & sec.

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The plan includes step-by-step instructions with
photos, large construction diagrams and a complete
shopping list and cutting schedule.
Rigid Frame Cabin plan (No. 370)... $9.95
Cabins Package (No. C81)
Three projects incl. 370... $22.95
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Real Estate

Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Salet1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sate 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

Mobile Home Angels

MOBILE HOME: Ou .- 55-
Community. Park Model.
Screened in room. $7500.
OKEECHOBEE, 1br/1ba, setup
in park, needs some work, has
had work done, with 2 sheds.
$5000 neg. (863)261-4363
3/4ba, SW on 1.9 acres, can
have up to 3 head of livestock,
$45,000 firm. (863)467-0755


Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles.'ATVs 3035

ALUM LOWE: 14' w/trailer.
New tires & wheel bearings,
15hp, merc, MK troll mtr.
$2000 neg. 863-224-5017
BOAT, 14f1., aluminum, '97
3hp OMC galvanized trailer,
$600 (863)697-3094
Johnson, just been redone,
runs like new, $525.
RENKEN, Cuddy cabin,
24.5ft., 110hp OMC C Drive
engine, trailer, runs. $1500
(863)763-3507 after 4pm
SAIL BOAT: Hobie Cat, 14
feet, excellent condition.
V-HAUL: 14ft, Lowe, alumi-
num, 5ft wide. Trailer needs
some work. $700 or best of-
fer. 863-357-5774

ALEGRO, 1978 Travel Trailer,
25 Ft. w/generator. Runs
great. Needs minor repairs.
1500 neg. (863)673-1249
handy man's special! $1000.
RV, 30', with Florida room.
Handyman's special. $2500
or best offer. (863)517-1888
RV- '93 Jayco Eagle 5th
Wheel. Super slide, Many
new upgrades. Nice cond.
$7500. Neg. (863)447-1836
RV CAMPER w/ FL Rm., Ap-
prox. 25 Ft Lc";.' 3200 or
st offer. Located near Big
LaketfV Park 772-985-4620

CHATTEAU: 2002, 3112 ft, ful-
ly loaded, very good condi-
tion. $15,500. Call Frank
Ottaviano at 863-517-1925.-

FISH FINDER- Wireless, Brand
new still in box. Great for any
type of fishing. $150.
'98 225hp Mercury, guages
& controls included. Quick
sale, $1500 (863)675-1634

H.D. '98 FAT BOY, Black Extra
chrome. 2 addl. seats. New
tires/battery. 18,500 mi.
$8700. (863)467-2423

watt's, Brand new in box.
$350. or best offer.
MMATS In box. $1800 new,
Asking $1000.
KICKER 650SX AMP & 12"
Subwoofer, all new, in box,
never installed, $400.

Electric, 1 Portable. Asking
$775 will sep.
BENCH LATHE, 4" chuck, 36"
long & all tooling tool, like
new cond. $400
new, used 1 time for 3
hours. Paid $600, Asking
$400. (863)697-9704
SORS (2) 1- 3hp vertical
tank, 1- 2hp 20 gal tank,
$370 or sep (561)676-0427
TABLE SAW, Sears Craftsman
SR 2412, 3hp, 10", $250.

new condition. $45
hpi, Gas powered w/remote.
Lifted w/Bigger Tires &
Rims. $400.863-357-8788
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16 The Okeechobee News, Sunday, May 20,2007

HD FAT BOY- '02, Black &
chrome, 12K mi. Exc cond.
$13,500. Felda area
HONDA MAGNUM, '83, runs,
1100 $1500.
Stand up, single. Call for in-
fo. $1500. (863)467-8292
SUZUKI C90, '05, 1500cc,
w/less than 3k mi., leather
saddlebags, sissy bar & full
windshield, $8500.
(863)763-1106 Iv. msg.
$2500 or best offer.
(863)674-0898 or

FOUR WHEELER- '2001, Ka-
wasaki Bayou, w/trailer,
Good condition. $1000.
(863)675-9218 or 234-1015
GO CART, as-is. $300
GO CART, large, one seater,
wit oil cage & 5hp motor,
$500 or best offer.
GO CART, "Thunder Cart" 5 hp
Briggs & Stratton, Perfect
condition. $475.
Low hours. Excellent condi-
tion. $2500. or best offer.
RIMS & TIRES (4), New, for
ATV, 400 Eiger. Front
25x8x12, back 25x10x12.
$150 (863)763-8414
'87, Runs great, tractor tires,
$2200 (954)445-6383 or
4x4, ITP Rims & Tires, runs
great, $3300.

QUAD RUNNER: '97, Suzuki,
excellent condition. $1200
negotiable. 863-801-3739
27', good condition, BHR
area. $2500 negotiable or
trade. 863-763-4475


CHEVY CAMARO, '02, 35th
Anniv. Ed., 50k mi., t-tops,
blacked out windows, new
tires, $9000. (863)357-1733
brakes. Runs great. Cold
A/C. Good Shape. $3500. or
best offer. (863)697-6731
green. Low miles. Looks &
Runs great! $8,000.
(863)675-0430 LaBelle
cyl, 80K original miles.
$1000. (305)731-7111
GEO STORM 1990, 5 spd.
Great for parts. $250.
(863)675-3161 LaBelle
orig miles, asking $500
works, Needs front end
alignment. $700.

KIA SPECTRA: 2000, runs
good, cold a/c. $1800 or
best offer. 863-634-1598
LINCOLN MARK VII: '90, sports
coupe, 2dr, 50 HO, air ride,
all orig, good rubber, cold ac.
$1500 863-447-1808
Runs good. New transmis-
sion. $1100. or best offer.
(863)357-3567 After 5pm
needs work. $1000.
PT CRUISER 2002, 63K mls.,
5 spd. w/CC, w/CD & tape
player. New tires. Fog lamps.
$6500. (863)599-2556
VW JETTA, '88, runs, needs
starter, $900 or best offer.

GMC K30: 1988, 4x4, 1 ton,
ps, pb, 6 brand new tires
(916 Military's). $5000 w/9'
until body. 772-201-7950

CHEVY 810 BLAZER, '88, 4.3
mtr., motor runs good,
$1000. (863)763-8201
needs rear end work, runs
great, clear title, $800.
(863)674-5752 evenings
V6, good cond., 2 new tires,
air bags, 4 dr., keyless entry,
$5995. (239)250-8780
GMC JIMMY 1994, 4x4, Swap
for 2 wheel drive pick up or
sell for $15.00.
(863)635-1096 Frostproof

BED RUG, fits '02 Dodge Ram,
6.5 bed, asking $150.
DODGE RAM 50 1989, For
parts. $200. (863)824-0406
HOOD: Fits 80's 90's Ford
Van, new in box. $75.

FORD F150: Tailgate, chrome
step, bumper with tail lights.
$300 for all, will sep.
FUEL TANK: 110 gal, "L"
shape, steel, good shape no
leaks, fits in back of pickup
truck. $100. (863)697-9704
MOPAR PARTS: Early 70's.
Heads, engines, cranks,
carbs trans, manifold &
more. $500.239 895-3269
MUSTANG- '95, Parting out.
Ground effects, spoiler,
$1400. for all or will sell for
parts. (863)674-0467
RAPID HITCH- Aluminum, ad-
justable ball mount with dual
ball set up. $80.
REAR SEAT, For Jeep Wran-
gler, black, good shape, $75
(863)674-0898 or
(2) 425/65R22.5, 80% rub-
er, $175 for both or will sell
sep (561)676-0427
RIMS (4): Aluminum, 15"x
61/2, fit Ford Ranger, 5 lug.
RIMS, low profile, 4 lug, off of
Honda Civic, $250.
STEEL WHEELS (4): White-
wall, 225. $150 for all.
TIRES, 305/65/17 Pro Comp
Extreme A/T. Brand new. All
4 for $750. Call
TIRES (4): Super Swampers,
33/1050/15, on rims. $350.
TIRES (4): B F Goodrich,
P205/60/R15, very little
wear. $125.863-763-7295
TIRES- 4, Dayton, 245/70/15.
Good condition. $100.
TIRES (5): 4 on rims, great
tread, 33x12.50/R15, was
on Ford, $300. Call Lewis
Ft., $300. (863)634-7706

TOOL BOX, Aluminum, Like
new for Large Pick Up.
$175. (863)357-5754
TRANSMISSION, Rebuilt tur-
bo 700, $450
WHEELS & TIRES (6): Alcoa,
16" fits 88-97 Dually. $450.

CHEVY 350 '84, 454 engine,
400 turbo trans., body could
use some work. $1400 or
best offer. (863)201-3492
CHEVY '84, 4WD, 350 engine,
fiat bed, on Blazer frame,
$1000 (863)484-0268
CHEVY STEP SIDE, '94, funs
good, pw, pl, cold a/c,
2500. (863)697-1563
DODGE PICKUP: 1996, ex-
tended cab, cold ac, 18"
rims. $2500 or best offer.
FORD F150: '86, XLT, 5.0 au-
to, runs good, $900.
863-234-9901 or 234-9901.
FORD F250 1997 (2) Power
Stroke Diesel, Ext. cab, A/C,
4x4. Excellent condition.
$6000 each. (239)229-4900
cab, Great shape. $5900. View
-revwats. Phone # on Site
GMC 2500- '01, Duramax die-
sel, 4x4, 130K mi. & '2000
Lance truck camper 8.5'
stove, frig., Queen sz bed,
full ba. Fits shortbed ext
cab. $17,000. Will sep.
TOYOTA '93, 4x4, Extra cab,
no motor, $500

pkg, 2dr, runs good, low
miles, needs minor body
work $2500 (863)467-0627
Well maintained, loaded.
$12,900 (239)297-3270

dr, Leather, Low mi. Exc
cond. Factory warranty 1
owner $18K. (863)357-3026
JEEP CHEROKEE: 1979, 360
motor, 36" Mickey Thomp-
son's, custom paint. $2500
firm. 863-763-3428
needs tires, but runs good.
1991. Runs! $2000 or best
offer. 863-673-8396

DUMP TRAILER '01, Goose-
neck, 7x12, double axle.
$2500 (863)697-2032
26 Ft. Long. 102 Inches
Wide. Rear ramp. $3000.
UTILITY TRAILER: 24' x 7' 7",
2 Ft. Sides. Tandem Axel.
$300 takes it! Ask for Char-
lie (863)612-5676
duty, 5 x 8, with ramp. $625.


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Community Events

Church youth camp slated for June 4-7
The Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terrace, will host a
youth camp for children between the ages of 10 and 19. The camp
will run June 4-7 (five days/four nights). The fee is $80 per camper
and includes all expenses including three meals a day. Donations of
food and supplies would be appreciated. For information, contact
Rachel Velie at (863) 357-3053.

BHR church plans Bible school
Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church, Hunter Road/Cypress Street, will
hold a Vacation Bible School (VBS)"Game Day Central: Where
heroes are made," for children ages three through sixth grade June
4-8, from 6 until 8:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend. Registration
will be held Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. until noon with hot dogs
and snacks. For information call Janelle Thomas at (863) 467-1015,
the church office at (863) 763-7532 or the pastor at (863) 763-3442.

OC SO hosting summer camps
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) is sponsoring
summer day camps from June through August. Each camp is four
days long. The camps are for boys and girls, ages 8-12, and must be
residents of Okeechobee County. The charge is $20 per child.
Camps will be run by the OCSO Marine Unit, the NSW-Trident cadet
program with funding support from the Children's Services Council
of Okeechobee County. Kids will be under direct supervision at all'
times by OCSO personnel and selected senior Naval cadets from the
NSW-Trident program. Activities will include: Florida safe boating
course; basic boat safety and equipment; basic physical fitness exer-
cises; search and rescue boat tour/rides; drown proofing orientation
swimming evaluation (at the pool); water safety at the beach; Navy
SEAL zodiac boat rides; and, Navy UDT-SEAL Museum Tour. Inter-
ested parents should call (863) 357-1600 or (863) 634-7038 and ask
for OCSO Detective Lieutenant Muros. Application forms and sched-
ules will then be sent. Children will be taken on a first-come, first-
served basis, and camps are filling up. Camp reservations cannot be
confirmed until the OCSO has received the forms and fees.

Coalition offers summer program
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition will offer a free
summer program, The Traveling Medicine Show: S.O.S. -- Students
Offering Solutions performance troupe. Thirty youth between the
ages of 12-18 will be trained to perform alcohol/drug prevention
skits, write skits and learn to give presentations. 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 Com-
munity Center. For information and an application, call Val Marone
at (863) 462-0040.

SFWMD stages photo contest
The South Florida Water Management District's Okeechobee Ser-
vice 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.

Church hosting Worldview Weekend
The First Baptist Church, as host church, will sponsor Worldview
Weekend on Oct. 12 and 13 at Osceola Middle School, 825 S.W. 28th
St. Speakers representing Worldview Weekend will be Ken Ham,
David Barton, Bob Cornuke, Brannon Howse, and Ron Carlson. The
program is appropriate for ages 11 and up. Tickets can be obtained
from Debi at (863) 634-3525 or the First Baptist Church at (863) 763-
2171; or, online at

OHS yearbook sales continue
The Okeechobee High School Brahman yearbook has arrived.
Extra copies are on sale during bothlunches in the Journalism room
and after school until 5p.m. The cost is $45 cash only. The books
will be on sale as long as copies are available.

Church offering help to quit drugs
The Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terrace, will hold a
free drug deliverance class each Friday during the month of May
beginning at 6 p.m. Anyone wanting to quit using drugs, or anyone
who knows someone who needs help quitting drugs is welcome.
For information, call (863) 357-3053.

Realtors establish new scholarship fund
The Okeechobee County Board of Realtors will be offering a
scholarship in memory of the late Liz Weisser, a longtime local Real-
tor, 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. Call Toni Doyle, association executive, at (863) 467-0004 for

Classes offered to stop smoking
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will be offering smoking
cessation classes for pregnant women, women, or family members liv-
ing 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.

Senior Services offering assistance
Okeechobee Senior Services is currently taking applications for the
EHEAEP grant. You must be 60 and over to qualify for assistance with
electric bills and you must have a shut off notice. Call Kim at (863) 462-
5180 for the required documentation needed to apply.

Reunion for OHS class of '98 planned
Any and all graduates from the Okeechobee High School class of
1998 are asked to please submit your contact information to Include your maiden name if appropriate,
address, phone number, etc. We are in the process of planning our 10-
year reunion. More details will be published as they are available.

ORE offering special Christmas ornaments
Okeechobee Retired Educators (ORE) are offering their second lim-
ited edition Christmas 2007, 24 karat on brass, ornament including a
numbered certificate with historical information. Ornaments are $15
and proceeds 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.

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 a VPK program during the school year; and, the
parent 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.

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 customer and need help call (863) 763-6020 to leave your name
and number. 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) 462-5877.

Martha's House offers workshop
Martha's House will offer a workshop called Deafening Silence,
which deals with providing services to deaf and hard of hearing sur-
vivors 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.

Healthy Start group seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition is accepting donations of baby items
such as furniture, shoes, clothing, maternity clothes, strollers and other
items for infants and toddlers. Proceeds from the sale of donated items
will be used to benefit infants and pregnant women in the community.
For information, call (863) 462-5877.

Discount cards aid youth activities
Communities' in Schools and the Police Athletic League of Okee-
chobee have discount cards available. The cards are $10 and are good
for one year at selected businesses. Cards can be purchased at Car-
Quest, 300 N.W Park St. For information, call (863) 462-5863. Proceeds
will go toward youth activities in our community.

Red Cross offers HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch offers a basic
HIV/AIDs. instruction course that complies with Florida employment
requirements for individuals working in various vocations. This is a self-
study course that includes text work and the successful completion of a
multiple choice written test. The cost of the course is $15. Call the local
Red Cross office at (863) 763-2488 for information.

Volunteers needed at skate park
Communities in Schools is in need of volunteers to help man the
skate park during concession hours. Hours are available any day of the
week. We will provide training and background screenings. For infor-
mation, contact Mike Davis, youth project director, at (863) 462-5863.

Children's ranch plans yard sales.
Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold yard sales on
Thursday and Friday, every week from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-4242.

Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings for
membership. The members of the volunteer council protect and advo-
cate for a better quality of life for Floridians with unique needs. Volun-
teers are appointed by the governor for a four-year term. Local meet-
ings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in Fort Pierce. Call
Penina Popper at (800) 342-0825 for information; or, visit www.flori-

Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact

The USDA, Rural Utilities Service has received an application for financial assistance from
Okeechobee Utility Authority. The proposed project consists of the expansion of the existing
Cemetery Road wastewater treatment plant located at 1335 NE 39th Boulevard, Okeechobee,
Florida. The expansion includes construction of head works, treatment unit, disinfection units,
residuals processing, deep well injection and ancillary equipment. There will be no impact to
farmland or wetland and any impact to on-site floodplain will be mitigated by the creation of addi-
tional storage on-site.

As required by the National Environmental Policy Act, the Rural Utilities Service has assessed the
potential environmental effects of the proposed project and has determined that the proposal will
not have a significant effect on the human environment and for which an Environment Impact
Statement will not be prepared. The basis of this determination is that there will be no farmland,
wetland or floodplain impacts.

In order to avoid or minimize any adverse environmental impacts, the Authority will comply with
all State and Federal environmental regulations. Measures will be taken'to minimize dust, odors,
noise, erosion and disruption of traffic during construction. The applicant's work effort will be
restricted by the requirements specified in the Environmental Resource Permit as issued by the
Florida Department of Environmental Protection for this project.

Copies of the Environmental Assessment can be reviewed or obtained at 750 S Military Trail, West
Palm Beach, Florida, 33415, telephone 561 -683-2285 For further information please contact Mr.
Gregory Caruthers, telephone 561-683-2285.


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