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Vol. 99 No. 112 Monday, April 21, 2008

PO BOX 117007


Habitat plans
yard sale
Habitat for Humanity
Okeechobee County Inc. is go-
ing to have a yard sale on April
26 and is in desperate need of
donations. If you would like to
donate items please call Shirley
at 863-467-6484 Carol at 863-

Water restrictions
still in effect
The South Florida Water
Management District (SFW-
MD) has declared an extreme
District-wide water shortage,
directly affecting more than five
million South Florida residents
and thousands of farms and
Those in the Lake Okeecho-
bee Service Area are still lim-
ited to a one-day-per-week
landscape irrigation schedule
with two "watering windows."
Odd street addresses may irri-
gate lawns and landscapes on
Mondays between 4 a.m. and 8
a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Even street addresses may
irrigate lawns and landscapes
on Thursdays between 4 a.m.
and 8: a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8
p.m. Residents and businesses
with more than five acres have
expanded irrigation hours, be-
tween midnight and 8 a.m. OR
.4 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. on their
'designated irrigation day.
Hand-watering with one
hose fitted with an automatic
shut-off nozzle is allowed for 10
minutes per day for landscape
.stress relief and to prevent plant
Low-volume irrigation, in-
cluding the use of drip and mi-
crojet systems that apply water
directly to plant root zones, is
not restricted but should be
voluntarily reduced.
Additional watering days
and times will be allocated for
the establishment of new lawns
and landscapes.
No restrictions apply to
other outside water uses, such
as for car and boat washing,
pressure cleaning of paved sur-
faces, decorative fountains and
water-based recreation (e.g.
swimming pools, water slides).
The Lake Okeechobee Ser-
vice Area includes all custom-
ers of the Okeechobee Utility

Drought Index

Current: 229
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.43 feet
Last Year: 9.94 feet

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

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Community Events................... 4
Crossword ................................. 5
O bituaries ................................. 3
O pinion................................... 4
'Speak Out ............................. 4
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W eather ..................................... 2
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OUA: Prepared for emergencies

Submitted to the Okeechobee News/OUA.
This building, designed to withstand 140 mile per hour winds, houses pumps that can
be used in an emergency to pump water from the Rim Canal to the Okeechobee Utility
Authority surfacewater treatment plant across the road.

Pumps connect to Rim Canal

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee Utility Author-
ity (OUA) is now better pre-
pared to face hurricanes. The
utility has taken steps to pre-
vent a recurrence of what hap-
pened in 2005 when they were
forced to use a pumper fire
truck to help pump water into
OUA's intake water system.
Hurricane Wilma had stirred
up so much sediment that lake
water could not be used. A fire
truck and two pumps were
used in an attempt to pump
water from the Rim Canal over
the dike to the OUA intake at
the edge of the lake.
At that time OUA could

not take water directly from' that is necessary to activate the
the Rim Canal. That has all system is for someone to cross
changed with the recent instal- the road from the surfacewater
lation of pumps to supply wa- plant and throw a switch.
ter from the Rim Canal to the The pumps are housed in a
surfacewater treatment plant. building designed to withstand
The project, which began 140 mile per hour winds. The
in March of 2006 was com- concrete pad it rests on is 18
pleted with the recent testing inches thick and reinforced
of the new system. Total cost by added weights. This sys-
was around $315,000. tem could also be used if the
The capacity of the surface- drought conditions cause the
water treatment plant is 3500 lake level to drop below the
gallons a minute. To provide OUA intake in the lake. Treat-
redundancy, the new intake ment of Rim Canal water is
system has two 3500 iallon ot different form treatment of
per minute pumps. In case of lake water.
,the pumps can Post your opinions in the Public
power failure, theIssues Forum at www.newszap.
be powered from the genera- com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be
tor across the road at the sur- reached at pgawda@newszap.

Submitted to the Okeechobee News/OUA
The Okeechobee Utility Authority recently successfully tested its new emergency raw
water pump system. The utility can now use two 3500 gallon per minute pumps to
pump water from the Rim Canal to the surfacewater treatment plant if an emergency
prevents use of lake water.

OHS student serves as a Senate Page

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Justin Hover, a sophomore
at Okeechobee High School,
learned about state govern-
ment first hand when he re-'
cently spent a week as a page
in the Florida Senate.
Pages serve for one week at
a time. They assist members of
the Florida Senate by running
errands for senators such as
picking up and delivering pa-
perwork and messages. Pages
see the legislative process in ac-
tion and take part in a mock ses-
sion. They work from 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
While they' are responsible for
providing their own food and

lodging, pages do receive a sti-
pend. They must wear a tie and
a suit with a special emblem
sewn on it. Pages range in age
from 15 to 18. A page must be
sponsored by a senator. Each
senator can sponsor up to four
pages for one week.
Justin, a straight A student,
was sponsored by Senator Ken
Pruitt who represents a por-
tion of Okeechobee County
and is President of the Senate.
The President of the Senate is
also in charge of the page pro-
gram. Justin also got to meet
Okeechobee County's other
senator, J. D. Alexander. He was
the only student from the coun-
ty participating in the page pro-
gram. That might change since

Justin, who has been invited to
come back next year, has been
telling his friends about his ex-
perience. Pages must have a 3.0
average and be recommended
by their principal. Justin's week
was during spring break so he
didn't miss any school. He was
accompanied to Tallahassee by
his father, Joey Hoover. A friend
of Mr. Hoover's flew them to
Tallahassee and they stayed at
a hotel within walking distance
of the capital. Toward the end
of the week, Justin's mother,
Dawn, drove to Tallahassee to
join them.
On their first day, the pages
were given a tour of the state
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County Pool

open and ready

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Although the last few days
have been on the cooler side,
the Okeechobee County Sports
Complex pool is open and
ready for business for the typi-
cally hot times that will be com-
ing shortly.
The pool opened just in time
for Spring Break in March and
has been going strong since.
Certified lifeguards are on duty
at all times where children of
all ages and adults can come
have a good time in the cool
water. The county currently has
eight lifeguards and one pool
manager Shellie Mitchell.
The pool is located at the
Sports Complex, 580 N.W. 27th
Lane which runs between Year-
ling Middle School and North
Elementary School.

The cost is only $2 per per-
son and children under 3 years
old are free with a paid adult.
The pool also requires chil-
dren who are not potty trained
must wear swim diapers which
are also available in the office
for $2 each.
Children under the age of
seven must be accompanied by
an adult. Everyone must show-
er before entering the pool.
Every swimmer must be
wearing a bathing suit; no
street clothing is allowed in the
. Normal hours of the pool
vary as the season goes on.
From now until June 4, the pool
hours are as follows: Tuesday
thru Friday from 3 p.m. until
6 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m.
See Pool Page 2

SuOmittea pnoto
Justin Hoover, left, a sophomore at Okeechobee High
School recently served as a Page in the Florida Senate.
His is pictured with Senator Ken Pruitt, his sponsor, who
represents a portion of Okeechobee County.

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until 6 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m.
until 5 p.m.
Beginning June 5, the pool will
be open Monday thru Saturday
from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Sunday
from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.; and on
Tuesdays and Thursdays will be
family night from 7 p.m. until 9
The pool also offers swim-
ming lessons as well and from
May 6, until Sept. 30, they will be
offering Senior Water Exercise on
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fri-
days from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.
for $1.50 per class.
Blow up flotation devices are
only allowed in designated areas
of the pool and there is no diving.
The county pool also allows
the Okeechobee County School

system to utilize the pool for their
physical education water safety
unit. Each elementary school par-
ticipates with their own physical
education teacher and lifeguards
on hand.
Yearling Middle School also
utilizes the facilities periodically
throughout the year.
The Okeechobee High School
swim team also utilizes the fa-
cilities for practices and meets,
as does Shockwaves, part of the
South Florida Recreational Swim
League with children ages 5 to
Shockwaves swimmers have
already began practices, but the
absolute deadline for joining the
team is May 1. Cost is $60 for the
league fee and $15 for insurance.
The minimum depth of the
pool is 3 feet and tops out at 5
feet. You must be 18 years of
age or older to swim in the lanes
unless you are on a local swim

The pool also has a THOR
Guard lightening prediction sys-
tem which keeps swimmers safe
by detecting lightening within
two miles. The system alerts the
lifeguards when the pool is safe
for re-entry.
The pool is also responsible
for reservations for the pavilion
and parties at the pool. To reserve
the pavilion requires a two week
notice. There is no charge for use
of the pavilion.
To rent the pool after hours,
for the first 2 hours is $50 for 50
people. Every additional hour
costs $15.
For more information about
the pool operations or renting the
pool for a party please contact
Mrs. Mitchell at 863-467-7667.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at



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Mr. Hoover said he was im-
pressed with how casual and ap-
proachable the 'senators were.
When the Senate is not in ses-
sion, the pages gather in a special
room and wait to be summoned

by senators. When the Senate is
in session they sit in the back of
the Senate Chamber and wait to
be summoned for errands.
One of the highlights of Jus-
tin's week came when he got to
meet Governor Charles Crist in his
office. He also got to meet com-
missioner of Agriculture and Con-
sumer Affairs Charles Bronson.
Justin and three other pages got
to go up to the president's podium

at the beginning of a session and
lead the senators in the Pledge of
Allegiance. During the mock ses-
sion on Friday, Justin sponsored a
bill that received a majority vote
from his fellow pages.
Even though they have no
duties to perform at committee
meeting, pages are allowed to sit
in on those meeting.
Justin learned parliamentary
procedure by first hand observa-

tion. Several senators spoke to
the pages about various bills that
were pending. Senator Steven
Geller of Broward County spoke
to them about becoming involved
in government.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
at pgawda

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Students of the week
South Elementary Students of the Week proudly show off their certificates recognizing their hard work and good behavior.

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Enjoying the Sun
(front) Savannah Goggans, (I r) Taylor Anuez, Caitlin Shef-
field, Isa Ortega, Anna Hipsley, Kristina Hipsley, (back) An-
dee Garcia, Neli Maldonado

Small Talk
Mrs. Geeting talks with her fourth grade students while they
enjoy their day outside the classroom.

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Say Cheese!
Colby Thomas, Hannah Fralix, Halle Baker, Haley Allen,
Josie Lopez pose for a picture during their free day.

Submitted photo

Mrs. Lundy's first grade class take a minute for a group pho-
to sending the general message of peace with their body

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,Okeechobee News, Monday, April 21, 2008

Americans are living longer, study shows

Average life expectancy contin-
ues to increase, and today's older
Americans enjoy better health and
financial security than any previ-
ous generation. However, rates
of gain are inconsistent between
the genders and across age brack-
ets, income levels and racial and
ethnic groups. Some critical dis-
parities also exist between older
Americans and older people in
other industrialized countries.
These and other trends are report-
ed in Older Americans 2008: Key
Indicators of Well-Being, a unique,
comprehensive look at aging in
the United States from the Federal
Interagency Forum on Aging-Re-
lated Statistics.
Older Americans 2008, the
fourth chartbook prepared by the
Forum since 2000, provides an up-
dated, accessible compendium of
indicators, drawn from the most
reliable official statistics about the
well-being of Americans primarily
age 65 and over. The indicators are
categorized into five broad areas:
population, economics, health sta-
tus, health risks and behaviors and
health care.
The Forum -- a consortium rep-
resenting 15 agencies with respon-
sibilities for Federal data collection
or aging programs -- collects, inter-
prets and updates these data and
makes them available to govern-
ment agencies, policymakers, the
media and the public.
"This report comes at a criti-
cal time," according to Edward
Sondik, Ph.D., director, National
Center for Health Statistics. "As the
baby boomers age and America's
older population grows larger and
more diverse, community lead-

ers, policymakers and research-
ers have an even greater need for
reliable data to understand where
older Americans stand today and
what they may face tomorrow."
"The 'greatest generation'
made enormous gains in health
and financial security, although
the gains were not shared equal-
ly," says Richard Suzman, Ph.D.,
director of the Behavioral and
Social Research Program at the
National Institute on Aging, part of
the National Institutes of Health.
"We'll be tracking their children,
those just reaching their 60s, to
see whether those gains can be
sustained or even improved." Dr.
Suzman cautions that there could
be problems, however. For exam-
ple, he notes that increased rates
of obesity among today's middle-
aged could threaten the health of
these adults as they age.
"The sheer size of the baby
boom cohorts is certain to affect
our health, long-term care and
pension systems," says Benja-
min E. Sasse, Assistant Secretary
for Planning and Evaluation, De-
partment of Health and Human
Services. "As we look ahead, it
is imperative that we collect and
analyze quality data to help policy-
makers plan for the future of these
programs so important to aging
The report findings include:
In 2006, an estimated 37
million people in the United States
-- 12 percent of the population
-- were 65 and older. Projections
forecast that by 2030, approxi-
mately 71.5 million people will be
65 and older, representing nearly
20 percent of the total U.S. popu-

In 1965, 24 percent of
older adults had graduated from
high school, and 5 percent had
bachelor's degrees. By 2007, 76
percent were high school gradu-
ates, and 19 percent had at least
a bachelor's degree. Substan-
tial educational differences exist
among racial and ethnic groups.
Eighty-one percent of non-His-
panic whites age 65 and older
had finished high school in 2007,
compared with 72, 58 and 42 per-
cent, respectively, of older Asians,
blacks and Hispanics.
Income generally rose
between 1974 and 2006. The
proportion of older people with
incomes below the poverty line
went from 15 percent to 9 per-
cent; those categorized with low
income dropped from 35 percent
to 26 percent; those with high in-
comes increased from 18 percent
to 29 percent.
Median net worth for
households headed by whites age
65 and older was six times that of
older black households, although
the gap has slightly narrowed
since 2003.
More older people, espe-
cially women, continued to work
past age 55.
Life expectancy in the
U.S. is lower than that of many
high-income countries, such as
Canada, France, Sweden and Ja-
pan. For example, in 2003, wom-
en age 65 in Japan could expect
to live 3.2 years more on average
than women in the United States,
with the difference among men at
1.2 years. In the early 1980s, U.S.
women age 65 had one of the

highest average life expectancies
in the world, but over the next two
decades, the life expectancies of
older women in many countries
surpassed that of women in the
United States.
The prevalence of cer-
tain conditions differs by sex and
by race and ethnicity. Women
reported higher levels of arthritis
than men did, while men report-
ed higher levels of heart disease
and cancer. Non-Hispanic blacks
reported higher levels of hyper-
tension and diabetes than did
non-Hispanic whites. Hispanics
reported higher levels of diabetes
than did non-Hispanic whites.
The prevalence of func-
tional limitations declined from 49
percent in 1992 to 42 percent in
There was no significant
change in the percentage of older
people engaged in physical activity
between 1997 and 2006.
The percentage of peo-
ple age 65 and older who are
obese, as with other age groups,
increased between 1988-1994 and
2005-2006, from 22 percent to 31
percent. However, over the past
several years, the trend appears to
have leveled off.
The percentage of older
people living in counties with poor
air quality for any air pollutant de-
creased from 55 percent in 2000 to
34 percent in 2006.
Between 1992 and 2004,
average inflation-adjusted health
care costs for older Americans
increased from $8,644 to $13,052.
Costs varied by race and ethnic
group, income and health status.
In 2004, as in the previous

Counseling Corner

Is aging affecting your memory?

From the American
Counseling Association
A common problem associat-
ed with getting older is the mem-
ory loss most of us seem to en-
counter. Forget a couple of names
or misplace those car keys again
and we begin to think it's a first
sign of Alzheimer's and that we'll
soon be forgetting everything.
While Alzheimer's and other
types of dementia are certainly
very real problems, the reality is
that gradual, mild memory loss is
.usually just a part of the normal
aging process, although not one
that we have to simply sit back
and accept.
In reality, there are many things
that can be done to maintain and

improve your memory. It's simply
untrue that every elderly person
is going to have a poor memory,
or that it's impossible for an older
person to learn new things.
For most of us, memory de-
cline is usually very gradual, gen-
erally not even noticeable before
the age of 70. And it doesn't oc-
cur in the same way for everyone,
since loss of memory can be af-
fected by our physical health,
lifestyle habits and even level of
Most importantly, there are
things we can do to help over-
come the natural weakening of
memory that may occur as we
One important step is to keep
an active mind. Just because you

are older does not mean you can't
learn something new, like playing
chess, how to cook, or any of doz-
ens of other new activities that get
you actively using your mind.
Activities that engage your
mind and make you think all help
improve memory. When you read
a book or go to a movie, and then
discuss with friends its details,
themes and what did or didn't
work, you're keeping your mind
active and forcing your memory
to work.
If memory loss is worrying
you, check your library or book-
store for books with suggestions
for improving memory. Some
provide tips on how to organize
materials and information to
make remembering easier. Oth-

ers offer strategies, training sug-
gestions and practice sessions to
help improve memory skills.
The bottom line is that some
memory loss as we age is perfect-
ly normal, not necessarily a sign
of serious mental deterioration.
But if you are worried that
your memory problems seem
more serious, talk to a counseling
professional or your family physi-
cian. They can offer tests to help
pinpoint any possible problems.
"The Counseling Corner" is provided
as a public service by the American
Counseling Association, the nation's
largest organization of counseling
professionals. Learn more about
the counseling profession at the ACA
web site,

four years, over half of out-of-pock-
et health care spending (excluding
health insurance premiums) by
community-dwelling older people
was for purchase of prescription
drugs. By 2004, prescription medi-
cations accounted for 61 percent
of these out-of-pocket expenses.
Out-of-pocket costs for prescrip-
tion drugs are expected to decline
because of the savings available
through the Medicare prescription
drug program.
The implementation of
the Medicare Part D prescription
drug benefits is included in the In-
dicators volume for the first time.
From June 2006 through Septem-
ber 2007, the number of benefi-
ciaries age 65 or older enrolled in
the program increased from 18.2
million to 19.7 million, with two-

thirds selecting stand-alone plans
and one-third in Medicare Advan-
tage plans.
The proportion of leisure
time that older Americans spent
socializing and communicating
-- such as visiting friends or at-
tending social events -- declines
by age, from 13 percent in those
ages 55 to 64 to 10 percent for
those 75 and over. The proportion
of leisure time devoted to sports,
exercise, recreation and travel also
declines with age. On an average
day, most Americans age 65 and
older spent at least half of their
leisure time watching television.
Americans age 75 and older spent
a higher proportion of their leisure
time reading, relaxing and think-
ing than did those ages 55 to 64.


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'Computer friendly' for Seniors

By Diane Timmons
By way of introduction, this
column is for people who just
want to understand the personal
computer a little better. It will be
written on a very basic level. My
intended audience is the people
who learned to type on typewrit-
'ers. Of course, now "typing" is
called "keyboarding."
Our first topic is email. Where
'did email come from and how
did it get here?
Email appeared in our lives
sometime in the late 80s, but the
beginning is kind of hazy. For
many people, AOL or America On-
line, provided their first email ad-
dress (e.g.,
Email caught on because it's so
much faster than stamped mail,
sometimes called snail mail.
Email is why many of us go to
the computer in the first place.
-Email was one of the first capabil-
ities of the Internet reaching back
to the 70s. But in the 70s, unless
you were with the government or
;a university, you didn't realize that
this powerful capability was even
,being used. In the 80s, companies
,like General Electric were offering
email to large corporations for
in-house use. After a while tech-
nology developed to the point
,that different companies could
,exchange email between them-
'selves. But it wasn't until the 90s
.with the wider use of the Internet
;that people like you and I could
exchange email as we know it


Share your questions
for this column by email to
today to communicate almost in-
stantly with friends and family.
It was the development of In-
ternet browsers (Netscape and
Internet Explorer) that allowed
us to see the computer screen in
a graphical environment. Then
someone invented the mouse,
which is the device we now
use to point and click on screen
items. Suddenly the computer
had developed into something
that wasn't text based anymore
and was getting fairly easy to use.
The computer screen showed
color and pictures. Pictures of the
grandkids! And we wanted some
of that.
So let's talk about the simplest

element of email, your email ad-
dress. Why is it so important to
get it just right? Here's why. Un-
derlying all those graphics on the
computer screen is still a machine
that only understands machine
language, and your email ad-
dress must be perfect. Your email
address is composed of two ele-
ments joined by the "at" symbol
or @.
So a typical email address
looks like this: myname@com-
First of all, the address can be
in lower case or all capitals. Case
doesn't matter when it comes to
email addresses. The first half of
the email address before the @
symbol is unique to you and iden-
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No one else can have this com-
bination of letters or numbers
within that email provider's spe-
cial address (the domain). Some
examples of a domain are:
I'll explain domain more in a
future column. For now under-
stand that my example "com-" is unique to that orga-
nization or company that is your
email provider. The combination
of your username and domain
tells the Internet how to send that
message to your in box, just as
your mail carrier needs your street
address to deliver to the correct
mail box at your house.


Norma Katrina Colon
Norma Katrina Colon, age 23
,of Okeechobee died Wednesday,
April 16, 2008 at Martha's House.
'Born in Staughton, MA., She has
,been a resident of Okeechobee
for the past two years.
She is survived by her daugh-
ter Genisis Katrina Colon of Mi-
ami; mother, Norma Colon of
Okeechobee; father, Carlos Colon
II of Plymouth, Mass.; brothers,

Rayond Colon
Ill of Okeecho-
bee; and sister,
Nelida Frost of
Also surviving
are her paternal
Norma grandmother
Colon Rosa Aponte of
Brockton, Mass.;
maternal grandmother Norma
Ocampo, and several aunts and

uncles including Uncle Osvaldo
Saldago of Okeechobee.
The family will receive friends
at the Buxton Funeral Home on
Wednesday, April 23, from 5 to 7
p.m. with services beginning at 7
In lieu of flowers, the family
asks for donations be made to
help defray costs.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the Bux-
ton Funeral Home.

Here are a couple more email
conventions before we close.
There can be no spaces in an
email address. If someone says
"underscore" when giving you
their email address, they are re-
ferring to the shift-hyphen key. If
they say "dot" they mean the pe-
riod key.
Now you have a brief history
of email and the anatomy of an
email address. Next week, we will
discuss Email etiquette. Yes, it is
possible to be rude via email.
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Speak Out
Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and
easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the community name and your
local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating
TRAIN STATION: 1 think it would be a great thing to have a place
to wait for the train. Of course restrooms are what really are needed
since often the train is very late. That involves a big problem I know!
DRIVERS LICENSE: All of you calling in complaining about the
drivers license bureau closing because of cutbacks, please read this.
Whether or not the Homestead Exemption had passed is almost a
moot point. The exemption had been $25,000 for many years. Dur-
ing that time, housing prices have gone up, thus revenues have gone
up plus there are a lot more properties here which also means more
tax dollars. Of course with more people there is a need for more ser-
vices, but taxes have more than made up for that. Whether it's federal
money, state money or county money, it has all been spend very un-
wisely. They paved a road that didn't need paving and spent millions
because there was a government grant that we had to "use it or lose
it." We take care of illegal aliens-feeding them, giving them medical
care and places to live. What was lost in revenue from Homestead
Exemption is a drop in the bucket compared to what has been wasted
over the years. Lets give the elderly and the disabled and single parent
families a little tax break on their home. If we give the government
more money to do more, all they do is spend it on things we don't
need. Just the money from the war alone would solve a lot of prob-
lems in this country. Don't let the media and the government fool you
that they can't afford to keep this place open. There are plenty of other
programs that can be cut. Thank you!
CODE: I also read the article about code violations at Mi-Gin ranch.
The code enforcement officer stated there was a safety concern with
the uninspected lights and the unfinished announcer's booth with
open insulation and electrical outlets.
WE THE PEOPLE: We the people would like to see all election
activity begin no earlier than six months prior to November of an elec-
tion year, with all primary voting being held three months prior to the
election date. We the people would like a forum for each candidate to
state what each one of their qualifications are and what they propose
to do for the people if elected. We the people would like no sneers
made by any candidate of another. We the people demand that our
individual votes be counted only to elect our president by popular vote
and not interpreted or changed in any way, shape or form by any del-
egate or super delegate. And finally, we the people respectfully remind
the person elected that they were voted into office to listen to and
uphold the voice of all the people and not just the chosen few. May
God bless and help America.
ATV ISSUES: Well folks, Country Hills has ATV issues too. Around
10 p.m. two young men -- probably middle school age -- began tearing
down the street and continued until around 2 a.m. They were travel-
ling at top speeds with no lights. When we went to investigate, we
found them tearing through yards and on a vacant property which
used to be the Lonesome Dove. They need to know that we know
exactly who they are and that they are being watched. This neighbor-
hood is not going to put up with unruly brats. We are going straight to
the sheriff, in fact, we already have. When these ATVs are confiscated
what excuse will your parents have?
HOSPICE: I just want people who may have a ill loved one and
needs short or long term care to know that there are two hometown
hospices in Okeechobee. The local hospital gives the names of both,
but leads people to think that one is not local nurses and social work-
ers. I'm using them now and they are interested in long term care,
keeping the patient comfortable and assisting the caregiver. The pa-
tients and family should get all the information on the choices and
decide who will give them the best care for their situation.
DRIVER'S LICENSE OFFICE: I just found out that as of July 1,
2008 the Okeechobee Branch of the Florida drivers License may be of-
ficially closed. Does the state not understand that this is the only one in
the county of Okeechobee? That means that anyone in Okeechobee
who wants to renew or get a drivers license is going to have to com-
mute to Clewiston, Belle Glade, maybe even Sebring. What are they
thinking? Do they not take this into thought? What are everybody elses
thoughts on this?
BUSH: Wouldn't it be interesting to know how many people who
have lost their jobs in the past eight years voted for Bush? Also how
many that have lost their savings, voted for Bush? How many that have
lost their homes, voted for Bush? How many that have lost a relative
in this so-called war, voted for Bush? I am 72 years old and I have
warned thousands of people what would happen if Republicans and
Bush ever got in control of the government. The rich help the rich get
filthy rich at the cost of the middle and low class.
ATVS: This is to the parents of the kids who run the ATVs illegally.
I'm going to tell you a quick little story. I have been with the same
woman for 18 years, when we got together, she had a son that was
15, he is 33 years old now and has been away to prison three times
and she still looks at me every day and says "well he didn't do nothing
wrong to be put in prison." So when your little darlings are sitting in
prison for killing someone on those ATVs, don't sit there and say "well
they didn't do nothing wrong." They just get what they deserve. If
you're so blind that you cannot see, then you need to get someone to
help you professionally. You need to be a parent not the kid's friend.
You can't think, "well he is my buddy and my pal and I don't want to
upset him/her." If you do, y'all are a bunch of fools. When your kid is
either dead or in the penitentiary maybe you'll be more happy.

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Community Calendar

Monday, April 21
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeecho-
bee 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 Sep-
tember. For information, call Betty Williamson at 863-763-3850.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
the Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, in
Buckhead Ridge on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any interest-
ed persons to come by and see what they are about. For information
call 863-763-6952.
A.A. meetings Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,
holds open meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance abuse. They also have Al-Anon meet-
ings on Monday nights from 7 until 8 p.m. to help family and friends of
alcoholics. For information call Chris at 863-467-5714.

Tuesday, April 22
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 863-763-8999.
New A.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Al-anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at 863-
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, call
Robert Massey at 863-763-6510.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
is invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For 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 Events

Red Cross class dates slated
The Okeechobee American Red Cross will be offering the following
classes in April: Monday, April 21 Infant/Child CPR; Thursday, April'
24 First Aid Basics. All classes will begin at 6 p.m. and all classes;
will be held at the branch office. To register, or for more information'
please stop by their office located at 323 N. Parrott Ave. or call 863-:
CCC to meet
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee Shared
Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tuesday,.
April 22, at 10 a.m. in the Board Room of the Okeechobee School
Board Office. Guest speakers will be, Positive Behavior Support Pro-
gram Pam Chandler and Cathleen Blair, Healthy Start Becky Smith
and New Horizons Pam Stierwalt. This meeting is open to the public.
For information, call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000 ext.257.

IRCC Theatre to perform "Mulan"
The IRCC Theatre department will present "Mulan" on April 25:
at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the McAlpin
Fine Arts Center at the IRCC Main Campus, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort:
Pierce. The action-packed stage adaptation of Disney's "Mulan," per-
formed by IRCC Performing Arts Academy students. Tickets are $8.
Call the IRCC Box Office at 1-800-220-9915.

Martha's House opens Outreach facility
Martha's House will host an "Open House" at the grand opening
of their new Outreach Facility, on Friday, April 25, 2008 from 11 a.m.
until 3 p.m. at 4134 Hwy 441 North (the second driveway north of
Cemetary Road.)

Earl Harmon Benefit
A benefit for Earl Harmon will be held on April 26 starting at noon,
at the Eagles #4137, 9985 N. 441. There will be a live,band, and auc-,
tion, a cookout and a 50/50 drawing. Donations are being accepted for'
the auction. For more information call 863-357-2552.

Florida friendly gardening
and native plant sale
A free class on Florida Friendly gardening and native plant will be,
given on Saturday, April 26, from 8:30 a.m. until noon at South Flori-
da Community College, 2251 N.E. Turner Avenue in Arcadia.
Learn how to transform your property into a beautiful oasis for peo-
ple and wildlife that will not only conserve precious water resources
and reduce pollution but may also save time and money. Learn about
organic gardening and get answers to gardening and plant questions
during the Ask-the-expert session.
Angela Sachan from the local extension service Florida Yards and
Neighborhoods program will be there to help with questions for area
residents attending the program.

Bassinger School Reunion planned
The Bassinger School Reunion will be held on Sunday, April 27.
Beginning at 11 a.m. with lunch served at 1 p.m. Please bring a cov-
ered dish. Meat, paper goods and iced tea will be furnished. Please
invite anyone anyone you know that attended Bassinger School to this even. If
you have any questions please call Alta Lee Barber at 863-634-9735.

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April 18, through Thursday, April 24, are as fol-
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and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "Nims Island" (PG) Showtimes: Fri-
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Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North

for plumbing contractor. FT
Good pay, benefit pkg.
DFWP (863)763-6461
for residential & commercial
work valid driver's license.
Good Benefits. DFWP

FT Needed Immediately
(863)467-4007 for interview
Ask for Shannon
Join all the people who
say, "I sold It In the clas-

For Busy
Medical Practice.
Part-time possible
Experience A Plus!
Fax Resume To

Financial |

Business .
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

$17.89 $28.27/hr, Now
Hiring. For application &
free government job info.,
Call American Assoc. of
Labor 1-913-599-8226,
24hrs. emp. serv.

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


License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
License #1126
or (863)261-6425

Painting, Repairs, Carpentry


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs -550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/!
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
PQols & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695a
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705

Toy s& Games 730s
V Rs 735
Wanted to Buy 740r

COUCH beige background,
w/blue & burgundy flowers,
like new, $400.

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise youp
yard sale In the classl-
fleds and make your
clean un a breezel

Parents on premises. Ready
to go! $300 (863)467-4149
or (863)697-3810


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

42" Dixon. $800
(863)763-4154 Okeechobee

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

rent. (863)763-7783 or
Apt. For Rent- 2 br., 1.5 ba.,
2nd floor, large deck, in town
on drim canal. Call for app.
DUPLEX 2 BR, 1 BA. Large,
Clean. Cathedral ceilings.
New carpet. C/Air $800 mo.
+ $500 sec. 863-697-2817
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
nity. No pets Call between
9-4 pm daily (863)357-2044
IN TOWN 2BR/1.5BA, $750
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
NEW 2 BR, 2/2 BA Apt., All
major appl's. included. Near
hospital. $975 mo. + $500
sec. dep. (863)763-0111
OKEE., Huge, Clean, 2br, 2ba
No pets, new paint & carpet.
$775/mo. 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (772)215-0098
Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car-
peted, ceramic tile, w/appls
incl. dishwasher, 1 block N.
of Walmart $700 mo. +
$700 sec. (863)763-8878
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313

back room. $695/mo.
Includes lawn maintenance.
Find It faster. Sell it soon-
er in the classlfleds
Houses- Rent09

Brand New 3/2/2
Concrete Block
Stucco homes.
$495 Down
From $895
per month

2/1 Available, no pets,
$590/mo + Sec Dep.
Call (863)467-9800
Cottage For Rent- 1 br., 1 ba.,
on rim canal, located at 15B,
partially turn., Call for app.
OKEE: 3/1 on /2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $975 mo, 1st
mo. & dep. Call 305-458-8659
OKEECHOBEE 3br, 2ba,
$1300/mo, 1st & Sec Dep.,
802 SW 3rd Ave.

Brand New 3 bedroom floor plans.
Concrete Block Stucco homes.
Payments as low as $795 per month.

'l MnlhN Inmap I

OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
Waterfront. All tile floors, Hi-
Lo Acres. $1100 mo.
772-349-3848 or 597-1967
OPTION TO BUY 3 br/2 ba,
1500 sq ft on 20 acres, 15
min N. of town. $1500/mo +
1st, last &sec.(863)447-0352

Professional Office Space for
Lease near Courthouse,
immediate occupancy.

fessional w/refs. $375/mo
plus half utilities. Call after
5pm (863)467-2963
SINGLE, no children, female
pref. to share 3BR, 2BA
home with family. Pool.
$700/month. 863-697-0218

Real Estate

Business Places -
Property Sale 1010T
Townhouseses- ale'1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 10256
IHunting Propert1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Properity -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

BASSWOOD: 3/1, Frame, Tile
Floors, Nice Deck, Lg. Lot.
3458 NW 26th Ave. $97,000
$369,000.! Lovely 3 Bdrm.,
2'/2 Bath, Fireplace, Custom
Built with park-like 2 acres
on private road in country
rural setting located in a Great
neighborhood in Okeechobee

10 acres in pvt comm
Starting at $180,000
Owner financing at 5.5% APR
First RIty (561)385-7888

PLACID, FL., For Sale. New
2BD cottages on Lake Placid,
300' white sand beach & dock
Call (863)441-2659 Nightly,
weekly & monthly rentals also
available, Call (863)465-2135.

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

ANCIENT OAKS 55+, Gated,
1br, lba, Sunroom, Covered
patio, Carport, Boat ramp,
Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. All Util.
k Cable TV included.
$475/mo. 954-610-5345
Available Immediately 3BR,
2BA, doublewide, carport,
large lot, $800/mo. 1 yr. lease
& 1 mo. sec. (863)467-5616.
BH RIDGE 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$800 mo. + $1000 Sec.
dep. (772)370-1095
BHR 2 MH for rent, lbr, iba,
from $350-$400 /mo + sec,
yearly pref. Avail now 55+
Park (863)763-7164
For Rent- Dbl. wide MH, 3/2,
quiet neighborhood, W/D
available, Call for details
(863)697-3240 Avail 6-1
OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private
lot, on water, $800/mo. 1st
& sec. Avail 04/01. No pets
Call (561)767-6112
2ba, 2007 model Dbl Wide,
on private waterfront lot.
New seawall, $1000/mo

Mobile Home Angels
SINGLEWIDE 2br, 1ba,
2005, 14' x 54', excellent
condition, furnished, never
lived in, must be moved.
$15,000 or best offer


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 401Q,
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 402(
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070
2000 Pontiac Van, Silver,
53,000 miles, perfect
condition, call to see .
$6,000 (863)467-2434

Ext. cab, 2 tone beige/brown.
Cold A/C, Standard. $3000

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the perfect gift. Look for
It In th lansslflate .

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(863) 261-2525

Okeechobee County Construction Industry
Licensing Board
Tlhe ikelicnohbe County C ionus!lucion industry Licensing Board will hniod a public
meuling oil liuos'day May 6, 2008. @ 3:30 PM. The public meeting will be held
t lihe Okuechobhe County Coinlission Chambers, located at the Okeeclhobee
County CouIthiouse i 30l NW 2nd Street. Okeechobec, Florida Foia more informal
tion. contact Brara Cash at thie Planninii and Development DoparIment. 499
N W. 51hi Shoee Ouuchobee. Florida 3.1t72: (031 763'5548.!
All iieieilded parties sal have thIe nippoiltuiity to e heard al thlls public meeting
An,' person deciding to appeal any decision y tile icen sing Boad withll respect
to aIy imat el considered at l iis meeing vill need to ensure that a verbatili
reuiod of the plocee1ing is made and that Ilhe ecorn includes tie testimony anil
eval.dnce upon whici thle appeal will be based Planning and Development tapes
mefo to the sole ipuiose ol lbackup loT official rlecord of tie Depiarlmeni
ilbibal i asi t Secetary to loaild
Okiecihoee County Construction
Industry Licensing Board
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Tips for bee-proofing your Florida yard

This week our office hosted
several seminars for emergency
personnel, outdoor workers and
homeowners on how to protect
themselves in case of a bee emer-
gency. Training is one of the stron-
gest ways to prevent another trag-
edy like the one that has effected
our community.
Homeowners can also take
stock of their Florida yards and
lookk for potential trouble spots.
"Anita Neal, St. Lucie Extension
Director, recently teamed up with
UF Extension Entomologists M.K.
O'Malley and J.D. Ellis to put to-
gether a fact sheet on Bee Proofing
your Florida home. It's the subject
for this week's column.
As Africanized honey bees
(AHBs) continue to spread
throughout Florida, the need for
awareness and precaution will
continue to grow. One AHB char-
acteristic that concerns the public
is the bee's ability to nest almost
anywhere. European honey bees--
docile honey bees that beekeepers
manage--generally only nest in en-
closed areas. AHBs are more likely
to construct exposed nests in prox-
imity to humans.
Residents often deal with many
sorts of insect issues--ants invading
the kitchen, mosquitoes hover-
ing around a backyard gathering,
wasps constructing a nest in the
doorway, etc. However, there is a
difference between these some-
what routine occurrences and an
interaction.with AHBs.
Generally, any problems insects
cause people can be fixed with a
little common sense and some
bug spray. But, when an AHB nest
is disturbed, several hundred bees
'can come out to defend the nest.
The resulting number of stings is
greatly increased from that of Euro-
pean bees, and children, the elder-
ly, and pets especially are not able
to sustain many stings. Therefore,
it is important that any AHB nesting
sites be eliminated by bee-proofing
the property.
Bee-proofing is the practice of
methodically removing or restrict-
ing access to potential AHB nesting
sites. If an area is bee-proofed, the
potential for wild (or feral) colonies
to move into that area is greatly re-
duced and the risk of stinging inci-
dents is also lowered.

Locating Potential
Nesting Sites
Colonies that establish them-
selves inside a wall or around a
structure must be eradicated im-
mediately by a Pest Control Op-
erator (PCO). This process can
be expensive and often requires
structural repair (which also costs
time and money). Bee-proofing
a property is an ongoing process
that requires an initial inspection
to address potential problem areas.
It also it requires follow-up inspec-
tions to maintain the bee-proofed
' The first step in eliminating ar-
eas that may be attractive to honey
'bee nests is actually locating these
areas--think like a swarm. What ar-
eas might bees favor as a nesting
site? AHBs, especially, have been
known to nest almost anywhere,
yet all honey bees favor certain

sites over others. Sites that are
potentially attractive to honey bee
colonies consist of a small open-
ing that accesses an open, shaded
area. Examples are water meters,
manholes, holes in a structure that
lead to open space inside a wall,
gutter down-spouts, pipes, etc.
Other sites where colonies have
been found include signs, eaves,
hollow trees, abandoned vehicles,
empty containers, fence posts, lum-
ber piles, utility infrastructures, old
tires, tree branches, garages, out-
buildings, sheds, walls, chimneys,
playground equipment, etc.

Preventing Nests from
Once an initial inspection re-
veals what the potential nesting
sites might be, the next step is to
block-off or remove those sites.
This can be done by:
Screening: Close off areas
by stapling or attaching 1/8th inch
hardware cloth or standard insect
screen over the hole. Screening is
preferred for restricting access to
voids in trees. It is best for clos-
ing off vents, drains, downspouts,
or other plumbing as the screen
allows air/water to pass through
while stopping bees from entering.

Caulking: Use 100% silicone
caulking to seal cracks, crevices,
or other voids 1/8th of an inch or
greater. Also, latex concrete-crack
filler can be used to seal cracks and
crevices in cinder block or concrete
Foam: Expanding/insulating
foam sealant is best for sealing off
holes/cracks in walls. If foam is.ex-
posed to weather, be sure to paint
the exposed surface to prevent
cracking or eroding of foam.
Filler: Wood filler or concrete
patching can also be used to. seal
crevices or voids in walls where
foam or caulking is not appropri-.
Tape: Duct tape can be used
to close off holes in water meter
covers or other small holes.
A note on closing off holes in
walls: If bee activity is detected
within or around a hole (bees are
seen entering/exiting the hole, bees
can be heard within the wall near
the hole), do not seal off the open-
ing, for this would force the bees
further into the wall and possibly
into the structure. The colony must
be removed first, and then the
opening can be sealed.
Equipment list: silicone and
latex caulking, caulking gun, roll
of screen mesh, clippers to cut
screen, staple gun, staples, wood

DEADLINE to reserve space for your
graduation wishes is Friday, May 9,2008

Call one of our friendly Sales Consultants

today at

(863) 763-3134

The graduation section will be inserted in the
Okeechobee Newis
onWednesday, Junle 4,2008

filler, concrete filler, putty knife,
duct tape, expanding foam, and
carrying container.

Inspecting Property
It will be impossible to elimi-
nate every potential nesting site-.
AHBs can nest virtually anywhere.
However, it is still important to take
steps to bee-proof areas that would
be of considerable interest to the
bees and areas exposed to frequent
human traffic. Because some po-
tential sites will be left open, it is
essential to conduct regular inspec-
-tions of the property to check for
bee activity and to maintain previ-
ously bee-proofed sites.
I cnvlr for hbeC esentering nr/r/r

exiting an area or hole. This will
signal that a colony is nearby. Bees
visiting flowers are not a threat.
Swarming season for the bees usu-
ally occurs between March and
July, although bees can swarm in
other months, particularly in south-
ern Florida.
It is vital to inspect weekly dur-
ing swarm seasons as bees are
looking for a fitting nesting site and
are more likely to move into an
area. If a colony or swarm of bees
is found, it is imperative that a pest
control operator (PCO) who offers
bee removal services is notified.
PCOs have been trained to use the
right equipment and protection for
the removal of the bees. For a list
POrCo trained tFr- deal xiAthb hoe in

your area please contact our coun-
ty extension office or the Florida
Department of Agriculture, DPI.
For additional information, visit
the AFBEE Program's website at, the Solu-
tions For Your Life website: http:// and
our Okeechobee web page, http:// If you
need additional information on Af-
ricanized Honey Bee safety, please
email us at okeechobee@ifas.ufl.
edu or call us at 863-763-6469. Lo-
cal residents can stop by our office
at 458 Hwy 98 North in Okeecho-
bee, and visit our Okeechobee
County Master Gardeners from I to
3 PM on Tuesday afternoons. BEE


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LfHIAtitQ r_ OLEfll EO..IDS
Seleol bids will Ia leceved i y (Iil Operations Of1ice of THI SCHOOL BOARD Of
OKEECHOIIBEE COUNTY, Fl OBIDA, 93111 NW 3ltl SIreot Okeechobeeu Florida
349/2 u ) i) 10:00 a.m. May 1, 2008 for all materials and labho necessary ilo
Cilllci aReplacemurnlce Storage
Norlh Elemnentary School
3000 NOOW 1 Ol en iace
Okeechobee. Florida 34972
Plans and specificallions ae on file in the office of:
Dalel Barrett, Director of Operations
938 NW 34th Street
Okeechobee. FL 34972
863-462-5003 e-.203
BMK Architects. Inc.
323 Central Avenue
Sarasola. FL 3,1236
Copies ol said plans and specilucatuons may be obtained at the office of said Archi-
tect or tire office of Dale Barret, upon the deposit of $50.00 for one set of plans
and speciicaulns: said d eposit will be returned to tile contractor upon return of
said plans anld specifications in good condition, and upon receipt of a bona fide
Each bid shall be accompanied by the following:
List of Sub-Bidders with whom the contractor will sub-contract work in
connection with this project.
*.Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the maximum bid, payable to tihe School
Board of Okeechobee Counly, as evidence of good faith and guaranteeing that
the successful bidder will execute and furnish to thile School Board of
Okeechobee County a good and sufficient performance bond as required by
Florida Statute Section 1013.47 in the penal sum of 100% of the escalated
amount ofe ng the contact gantrge perloimanc o said contract.
Failure to provide any of the documents outlinhled above
will be grounds fot rejection of the bid.
All bids shiall he placed in all envelope, seaeld, and addressed to the School Board(
of Okeechobeen County, and the noame of the project should be placed on the out-
side of the envelope and words indicatingfl ta the envelope contains a bid for said
MANDATORY PIE-BID CONFERENCE: Thursday, Apiil 24, 2008, I10:001 a opre-
vailing ime at tir office of Date Ban0llt, IloeC f OlOperations, 93 8 NW 34th
Steaut, Okeechobre, FL 34972. Tie allowing documents shall accompany the
OwneriConi actor Agreement.
Payment Bond as irqulied by Soclion 1013.45 andl 255.05, Florida Statutes.
giiaianleeing thf payment of all debts pertaining thereto. Each bond shall be is-
sued by a surely company licensed and authorized to do business in the State of
Flaoida having a general bond holder's rating of A+ excellent and a financial
laing ofl BBB+ or better in Florida satisfactory to lie Owner within ten (10) days
after being awarded tihe conract. tire prenriuns of said bonds to be paid by the
Contractor Said bonds to be recorded in accordance with the School Board in-
Public Entity Coimes sworn statement under Section 287.133(3)(a),
Florida Statules.
Drug Free Workplace Cerlificalion.
Trench Safely Affidavit, if applicable.
SSignature Acknowledgement of the Jessica Lumslord Act, Seclion 1012.465,
Florida Slatutes
Ie Contractor will be required to linave tie project substantially coOmpleted by Au-
gust 1, 2008 ard have lie unch list items an site cleanup, totally completed
within 30 days thereafter. Failure to do so will result in liquidated damages iln the
amount of $500.00 per day for each day the date of actual substantial completion
exceeds Ilie scheduled date of substantial completion exceeds the scheduled date
of substantial completion. and a further sum of $10000 per calendar day in li qui-
dated damages for each day tHie dale of actual final completion exceeds the
scheduled date of final completion.
The successful bidder, if any, will be notified within 15 days after the bid is accept-
The School Board of Okeechobee County reserves the right to reject any and all bids
and to waive any informalities. All proposals shall remain in force for 30 days af-
ter the date of opening.
3y: Paticia G. Cooper, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
266977 ON 3/31.:47,14,21/08

Sealed bids will beo received by the Operations Office of THE SCHOOL BOARD OF
OKEECIHIOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, 938 NW 34th Street, Okeechobee, Florida
34972 up to 1:30 p.m. May 1,20B8 for all materials and labor necessary for be-
Bus Circle/Parking Area Repaying
Yearling Middle School
925 NW 23rd Lane
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
Plans and specifications are on file in toe office of:
Dale Barrett, Director of Operations
938 NW 34th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
863-462-5083, e-.203
BMK Architects. Inc.
323 Central Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
Copies of said plans and specifications may be obtained at the office of said Archi-
tect or the office of Dale Barred, upon the deposit of $50.00 for one set of plans
and specifications: said deposit will be returned to the contractor upon return of
said plans and specifications in good condition, and upon receipt of a bona fide
Each bid shall be accompanied by the following:
List of Sub-Bidders with wiomn the contractor will sub-contract work in
connection will this project.
Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the aximrum bid, payable to the School
Board oft Okeechobee County, as evidence of good faith and guaranteeing that
the successful bidder will execute and furnish to the Sclhool Board of
Okeechobee County a good and sufficient performance bond as required by
Florida Statute Section 1 013.47 in thie penal sam of 100% of the escalated
amount of the contact guaranteeing the performance ot said contract,
Failure to provide any of the documents outlined above
will be grounds for rejection of the bid.
All bids shall be placed in an envelope, seated, and addressed to the School Board
ol Okeechobee County, anud ie name o he project should be placed on tile out-
side of the envelope and words indicating that Ihe envelope contains a bid for said
MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE: Thursday, April24, 24008,1:30 p.m., prevail-
ing time at the at the ollice Dae Barret, Director of Operations, 938 NW 34th Street,
Okeechobee, FL 314972. Thre following documents shall accompany the Own-
er/Contractor Agreeiient:
Payment Bond as required by Section 1013.45 and 255.05, Florida Statutes,
guaranteeing he payment o all debts pertaining thereto Eacr h bond shall be is-
sued by a surety company licensed and authorized to do business in the State of
Florida having a general bond holder's rating of A+ excellent and a financial
rating of BBB+ or better in Florida satisfactory to the Owner, within ten (10) days
after being awarded the contract, the premiums of said bonds to be pad by the
Contractor. Said bonds to be recordedin accordance with the School Board in-
Public Entity Cnmes sworn statement under Section 287.133(3)(a),
Florida Statutes.
SDrug Free Workplace Certificalion.
STrench Safety Allffidavit., i applicable.
SSignature Acknowledgement of the Jessica Lunislord Act, Section 1012.465,
Florida Statutes.
TIe Conlractor wvill be required to have the project substantially completed by Au-
gust 1, 2008 and have the punch list items and site cleanup, totally completed
within 30 days thereafter. Failure to do so will result in liquidated damages in the
amount of $500.00 per day lor each day the date of actual substantial completion
exceeds the scheduled date of substantial completion exceeds the scheduled date
of substantial completion; and a further sum of $100.00 per calendar day in liqui-
dated damages for each day the date of actual final completion exceeds the
scheduled date of final completion.
The successful bidder, il any, will be notified within 15 days after the bid is accept-
The School Board of Okeechobee County reserves the right to reject any and all bids
and to waive any informalities. All proposals shall remain in force for 30 days af-
ter the date of opening.
By: Patdricia G. Cooper, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
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Mitchell Bryner was joined by his parents, mom Tracy and Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
dad Micky at senior night for the Okeechobee Baseball Parents Robert and Kristy Coleman join their son Clay at
Team on Thursday. OHS Baseball Team senior night festivities on Thursday.

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Senior first basemen Will Davis is joined by his parents Dr.
Candace Davis and Jim Davis at senior night.

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Mike McClain is flanked by his parents Mike Aguirre and
Jeanne McClain.

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Evan King is flanked by his parents Steve and Diane King
at senior night.

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Kyrstin Hargraves, team scorekeeper is flanked by her par-
ents Rick and Tonya at senior night.

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