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Vol. 99 No. 126 Monday, May 5, 2008
Big Lake Hospice
SRetired Judge Ed Miller has
generously donated 'a 2005
Aliner Sofa Model Camper to
Big Lake Hospice, in memory
of Jack and Frances Raulerson
and Waymon Jones of Georgia.
Tickets for the drawing are $5
each or 5 for $20 and can be
purchased at the Big Lake Hos-
pice office or Thrift Store locat-
'ed at 3543 Highway 441, next
to Publix. The winning ticket
will be drawn on Father's Day,
June 15. The winning ticket will
be published in the Okeecho-
bee News and announced on
WOKC. All proceeds from the
drawing will benefit Big Lake
Hospice's patient care fund.
For more information or ques-
tions please contact Big Lake
Hospice at 863-763-0707.
Hospice Thrift Store
SBig Lake Hospice needs vol-
unteers for our Thrift Store. Do
you enjoy helping people and
talking with others? Do you like
tfo help others by giving a few
'hours of your time? Then think
about volunteering for Big Lake
:Hospice Thrift Store. Call to-
:day at 863-763-0707 and learn
,more about how to become a
volunteer for Big Lake Hospice.
You can also visit our website at
find out more about us.
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and Girls Clubs
Now that the price of scrap
metal has sharply risen, the
Boys and Girls Car Campaign
will accept most any car with
no restrictions. Cars will be
picked up anywhere in Florida,
usually within a week, and are
sold at auction. To donate, call
800-246-0493. Funds obtained
by the sales go directly to help
the Florida clubs.
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Now in Okeechobee: Horse therapy
Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
Traci Ward quickly found her comfort zone while riding one of the horses in the OSE
program. Her student walkers helped to assure her that she was safe during her ses-
program helps children
By Tonya Harden
A horse therapy program
two years in the planning is a
reality in Okeechobee County.
Mimi Arnold and her team have
made it happen.
The Okeechobee Special
Equestrian program held ev-
ery few weeks at MiCin Ranch
is a unique way of providing a
relaxing therapy for those with
disabilities. Their mission is to
provide equine assisted activi-
ties to the physically and men-
tally challenged. Ms. Arnold
explained the program puts
Christian principles into prac-
tice through horse related pro-
grams that build mind, body
and spirit for both the client
and the volunteer.
Research has shown that
children and adults who par-
ticipate in riding programs
can experience a wide range
of benefits regardless of their
abilities or disabilities. Ranging
from increased flexibility and
better balance to greater confi-
dence and self esteem, the ben-
efits gained through this kind of
therapy can be limitless.
A member of the North
American Riding for Handi-
capped Association, the
Okeechobee Special Eques-
trians (OSE) conforms to the
NARHA's guidelines for accred-
ited operating and educational
centers. Ms. Arnold, Director of
the program, enforces the idea
thai "f'F', inc.Ortm ors a rp li.
censed professionals dedicated
to creating unique programs
based on the principles that
people, challenged or not, are
capable of doing more than
they think they can."
The horses used are trust-
See OSE - Page 2
Okeechobee News/Tonya Haraen
Before dismounting Andrew Patrick wanted to pat the
horse he enjoyed riding so much. During his riding ses-
sion with the OSE program Andrew appeared to find
peace being on the horse.
Railroads were important
By Pete Gawda
The railroad played an im-
portant part in the development
The first railroad to reach
Okeechobee was the Kissim-
mee Valley Extension of the
Florida East Coast Railroad,
which came south from New
Smyrna Beach through Ken-
ansville to Okeechobee.
The old steam engines had
to stop at regularly-spaced de-
pots to take on wood and wa-
ter. There were several of those
depots between the northern
county line and the City of
Okeechobee. Some, like Fort
Drum and Osowaw Junction,
are still on the map, while oth-
ers such as Opal and Efaw are
In 1910 J.R. Parrott, the
president of the Florida East
Coast Railroad, announced that
a branch line would be built
to the northern edge of Lake
Okeechobee. In 1911 construc-
tion began southward from
New Smyrna Beach and the
rails reached Okeechobee in
The first train arrived in
Okeechobee in January, 1915.
A,depot was built at the west-
ern end of Flagler Park. This
was Okeechobee's first real
link with the outside world as
there were no paved roads to
the east coast.
That rail line was eventually
abandoned and the rails were
taken up in the mid 1940s, leav-
ing an almost forgotten string
of stations at regular intervals
between the City of Okeecho-
bee and the county line. Com-
munities that came into being
with the coming of the railroad
in 1914 flourished and then
died with its death.
Just north of Okeechobee,
on land now owned by Wil-
liamson Cattle Company, was
the station called Opal. There
is a flowing well there that was
used as a water source for the
Sonny Williamson said the
water was carried from the well
in a square pipe made from
four cypress boards nailed to-
gether. In constructing a road
in that area, he dug up some of
The trains also took on
wood at Opal. Nearby there
was a small community popu-
lated by people who gathered
turpentine from the pine trees.
There was a freight platform at
Opal where barrels of turpen-
tine were loaded on the trains.
Mr. Williamson said there
are still scars on the pine trees
on his land where turpentine
There was also a sawmill
at Opal according to long-time
resident Ephraim Norman. Mr.
Williamson said there are plac-
es on the old railroad bed on
his property where short lines
branched off to haul logs out of
A few miles to the north was
Efaw. According to Mr. Nor-
man, Ela% \was a cattle loading
station north of Dark Hammock
Hilolo station was located
at the intersection of S.R. 68
and Hilolo Road. In fact, Hilolo
See Railroad - Page 2
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in lake area
Late Thursday night, the
Florida Division of Forestry was
notified about a 20 acre wild-
fire inside the levies of Lake
Okeechobee. "Due to dry con-
ditions, the lake level is down
and very receptive to burning,"
said Melissa Yunas, Wildfire
Mitigation Specialist with the
Division of Forestry. Firefighting
crews are patrolling the lake to
make sure that fire is contained
within the lake bed. "Right now,
the dry marsh and grass islands
within the lake are burning and
causing a smoke nuisance,"
Ms. Yunas said.
Saturday Morning, the Flori-
da Division of Forestry reported
two wildfires within the lake
and the acreage had increased
to 600 acres. "The potential
growth of these wildfires is up
to 6,000 acres. The wildfires are
burning slowly and crews are
having difficulties accessing the
wildfires," Ms. Yunas said. The
main concern is smoke on US
Smoke may create condi-
tions where visibility on road-
ways is seriously impaired.
Under these conditions drivers
need to: turn on low-beam
headlights, slow down and be
prepared to leave the roadway
if conditions continue to dete-
The cause of these two wild-
fires is incendiary. The Florida
Division of Forestry is asking
anyone who knows about of
any information pertaining to
these fires or see anyone act-
ing suspiciously before, dur-
ing or after a fire has started,
please call the toll free Arson
Alert Hotline (1-800-342-5869).
You may be eligible for up to a
$5,000 reward for information
leading to the conviction of a
Judge rules on
S.R. 70 fatality
By Charles M. Murphy
A Lorida woman will spend
the next 12 years in prison for
an alcohol related crash near
Brighton that claimed the life of
a Palm Beach Gardens man.
Brenda Sue Oberdier-Mar-
tinez, 51, was sentenced on
April 24 at the Highlands County
Court House by Circuit Judge Pe-
ter Estrada. She had pled guilty
to charges of DUI manslaughter
and DUI causing serious bodily
injury earlier this year.
The Florida Highway Patrol
reported that Charles J. Polovny,
62, of Palm Beach Gardens was
killed on April 14, 2007 when
Martinez sideswiped his motor-
cycle as he attempted to pass
her east bound vehicle. The mo-
torcycle spun out of control, left
the road and struck a sign.
Polovny was pronounced
dead at the scene, but his pas-
senger, his wife Leanne Polovny,
survived: Both were wearing -
helmets at the time of the crash,
alcohol level was recorded at
.155, nearly twice the leggl limit
in Florida. She had ;r prior
criminal convictions in .High-
lands County. Witnesses'stated
she had left the scene of the
crash for a brief time, but re-
turned. Troopers and Highlands
County Sheriff Deputies had re-
ported they smelled alcohol on
her during their investigation of
Court records said the sen-
tence also included better than
$7,000 in court costs and fines,
and three years of probation.
She also will lose her driving
privileges for life.
Editor's Note: This map was used through the courtesy of the Florida
Center for Instructional Technology, College of Education, University of
This 1920 U.S. Railroad Administration map of the south-
ern end of the Kissimmee Valley Extension of the Florida
East Coast Railroad shows long forgotten depots that
were once the center of thriving communities.
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Continued From Page 1
ing, chosen for their forgiving
attitudes, and well schooled for
their task. It is an understood and
proud statement that the bond
developed between horse and
human is one of the lifetime ben-
efits that can be gained by partici-
pating in the OSE program.
The program is committed to
improving the lives of, individu-
als through the use of a horse.
The dedicated team involved in
the program includes an advi-
sory board, a board of directors,
supporting organizations, caring
volunteers and professionals spe-
cializing in therapy, recreation,
sports, education, mental health
The program maintains a ther-
apeutic stance through the natu-
ral movements of their horses.
The movement and rhythm of
the gaits of the horse provides
neuromuscular stimulation to the
rider. By learning to navigate and
manipulate the reins, the rider
can improve upper extremity and
"Horseback riding and driving
are two of the many equestrian
activities which can benefit indi-
viduals. And the ability of riders
to actively take control of moving
from point to point without de-
pending on assistive devices is of
immeasurable value to their mo-
rale," she said.
On Monday, April 28, a group
of Yearling Middle School students
traveled to MiCin Ranch to partici-
pate in the conveniently available
program. Jane Ehrhart, Yearling
Middle School teacher of the
Trainable Mentally Handicapped
(TMH) class, was relieved to learn
that such a program would now
be available in Okeechobee.
"It's such a good program and
now it's so convenient. Just four
miles from the school, whereas
in the years past we would have
to spend over $120 dollars to go
to Sebring. And we could only
do that a few times a year. This
program really helps the kids and
I know they enjoy it," Ms. Ehrhart
Mounting the horses using a
block mount, the kids were all
smiles and beaming with excite-
ment to. be able to do something
'that they clearly were enjoying. A
group of his FFA students assisted
during the two-hour class. As stu-
dent side walkers, their jobs were
to calmly show the challenged
riders what to do and what not
to do and to provide a sense of
safety for the riders.
Tatyana Futch, Traci Ward,
Mark Youmans, Erik Ottersan,
Denis Hernandez, and Andrew
Patrick were the lucky few of the
day who got to enjoy the benefits
the program has to offer.
"I am hoping that the program
will be provided with some grants
so we can get more buses, driv-
ers and donations to be able to
do this every other week next
year. At the most the distance to
travel is only nine miles from any
Okeechobee School. And there
are mentally challenged children
at Yearling, Seminole and South
Elementary that I know of. We
could really benefit from this,"
said Mrs. Ehrhart.
With the program being oper-
Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
_ Tatyana Futch, was all smiles while she was riding a horse
from the OSE program. FFA teacher Mr. Mills led her horse
while side walker students guided Tatyana with proper riding
Continued From Page 1
Road follows the right of way of
the old railroad.
According to the Web site
once had a population of around
The rail line then travelled
northward to a station at Fort
Drum. Unlike the other stations
mentioned, Fort Drum was in ex-
istence long before the railroad
came. It was the site of a Semi-
nole War fort built in the 1840s on
a military road crossing central
Florida from Tampa.
After the Seminole Wars, the
fort was abandoned. Around 1870
Henry Parker opened a store and
trading post and later became
Fort Drum's first postmaster.
Mr. Norman said his father
cleared a 50-foot right of way for
the railroad in the Fort Drum area
for $25 a mile. His father also built
fences on each side of the right of
way for $25 a mile. However, he
had to furnish his own posts and
ated at MiCin Ranch, the conve-
nient location provides an oppor-
tunity for any Okeechobee school
to take advantage of the benefits.
Ms. Arnold's goal is to be able to
establish her own arena as a not
for profit organization and make
OSE a permanent program in
The idea that Okeechobee
Special Equestrian can provide
the ability to overcome disability
is welcomed by more than just
those who ride. The general ben-
efits that this type of program can
* therapeutic and recreational
activities at various levels of par-
* diverse, supportive and
interactive programming with
structure and routine whether in-
dividuals ride or not;
* a non-institutional and novel
environment to facilitate an indi-
vidual's ability to learn;
* has a great deal to do with
functional activities in a normal
* provides fun, a challenge,
and a sense of self worth and ac-
complishment to the client;
* fosters the integration of the
disabled and able bodied com-
munities and will support the
equestrian sport for individuals
* their competition programs
will give the disabled individuals
positive attainable goals, the rec-
ognition they deserve, and allow
them to serve as role models to
those struggling through therapy;
* the program necessitates a
high level of community and re-
gional involvement to be success-
The program uses the horse
as a tool. Individuals will increase
their abilities to learn and func-
tion to independent life skills
which will improve. Horses are
reactive and respond to individu-
als, enhancing interactive learn-
ing processes. Horses and people
have parallels - body parts and
activities - however, horses un-
like people, do not judge.
The program can provide a
sense of normalcy, adventure and
even peace to each of its visitors.
Some disabilities that thera-
peutic riding can aid include:
Amputation, Arthritis, Attention
Disorders (ADD/HDD), Audio Im-
pairment, Autism, Cerebral Palsy,
Head Trauma, Learning Disabili-
ties, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular
Dystrophy, Speech, Spinal Cord
Injuries, and Visual Impairment.
Although the program has
overcome the challenges it has
faced for two years while trying
to be established in Okeechobee,
UKeecnooee News/ lonya naraen
With the help of Mimi Arnold, Jane Ehrhart and FFA volun-
teers Andrew Patrick used a side block mount to begin his
riding time. The Okeechobee Special Equestrian program
specifically designed to offer countless benefits to the handi-
capped has received a warm welcome in Okeechobee, more
especially by Yearling Middle School and their students.
At Fort Drum there was a well
to furnish water for the trains.
From Fort Drum, the trains
travelled on to Osowaw or Oso-
waw Junction before reaching
the county line. According to
ghosttowns.com the word "Oso-
waw" is a Seminole word mean-
ing "bird". It was a citrus town
with many orange and tangerine
In 1921, the year the U.S. Rail-
road Administration published
a map showing these stations,
both Fort Drum and Osowaw
had schools in addition to train
The railroad line went out of
existence some time in the mid
1940s and the rails and cross ties
were taken up. After that these
once thriving communities dwin-
Editor's Note: Some of the ma-
terial in this article came from the
book "Strolling Down Country
Roads" by Twila Valentine and
Betty Chandler Williamson.
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Okeechobee Special Equestrian
is still in the early stages of devel-
opment. Relying on volunteers
and community generosity to be
able to provide the services, the
program cannot maintain a per-
manent schedule. With help from
this community this new kind of
therapy can become a staple
within Okeechobee, providing
all the benefits it has to offer on a
To learn more about the pro-
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a donation to help permanently
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Contact Mimi Arnold at 863-393-
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Okeechobee News/Tonya Harden
Denis Hernandez, a student with the Yearling Middle School
Trainable Mentally Handicapped class, experienced first
hand the benefits of horseback riding on Monday, April 28
during a visit to MiCin Ranch for the Okeechobee Special
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Okeechobee News, Monday, May 5, 2008 -
Phililp DeBerard law firm wins awards
. The Accident Law Offices of
'Philip DeBerard has been recog-
nized for an outstanding public rela-
tions project by the Treasure Coast
Chapter of the Florida Public Rela-
tions Association (FPRA). The law
firm earned a coveted Image Award
and a Judges Award in the Public
Relations Program/Special Event
Category. The award was presented
o Robin Delgado, the firm's Com-
nunity Relations Coordinator at
�PRA's annual award banquet.
SThe awards recognized the law
SGail P. Dawley-Knight, an
:Okeechobee resident, just re-
ceived an exciting gift from Riv-
erside Bank - the Bank paid her
mortgagee for one month, a value
of more than $1,000. Presentation
)o the winner of Riverside Bank's
'Live One Month Free on Us"
sweepstakes was held recently at
the Bank's Okeechobee office at
1506 S. Parrott Avenue.
"I am so excited. I have never
won anything in my life until
now," said Ms. Dawley-Knight.
"There is no other bank in the
world like Riverside Bank. Thank
you very much!"
."All of us at Riverside Bank are
happy that we can help Gall pay
her mortgage for one month,"
said Tabitha Trent, Riverside's Of-
fice Manager in Okeechobee. "By
eliminating the responsibility of a
month's payment, Gail can use
the extra money toward paying
off other bills or whatever else
she wishes to use it for. It's Riv-
erside's way of showing we care
about the citizens in our home
towns, especially in this difficult
The contest began Jan. 14, and
ended at 11:59:59 (EST) on March
31, . A total of 15 winners were
selected.throughout the sweep-
stakes; five at the end of each of
there' m hs, one in each of the
firm for organizing the Diploma
Dash 5K run in May for arranging
and coordinating a special, commu-
nity event that helped raise aware-
ness and money for Project Gradua-
tion Foundation. Project Graduation
Foundation is a non-profit organiza-
tion that provides three all night al-
cohol free party's for Martin County
graduating seniors on graduation
Image award winners demon-
strate the very best examples of
innovation, planning and design.
To qualify for judging, entries must
incorporate sound public relations
research and planning, as well as
meet the highest standard of pro-
duction, execution and evaluation
of results and budget. The Law firm
has earned over twenty local and
State Image awards in the last fif-
The Accident Law Offices of Phil-
ip DeBerard practices in the area of
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
with offices in Stuart and Okeecho-
Gail Dawley-Knight, (center) sweepstakes winner, stands
with Jennifer Lafferty, AVP Regional Sales Leader (left) and
Tabitha Trent, VP Okeechobee Branch Manager (right).
Bank's five operating regions --
Central Region (Indian River, St.
Lucie and Martin Counties), Palm
Beach County, Heartland Region
(Polk, Highlands and Okeechobee
Counties), North Region (Volusia
and Lake Counties) and Brevard
Region (Brevard County).
To enter the contest, individu-
als were required to visit any Riv-
erside Bank branch and complete
an entry form. They did not need
to be a Riverside customer and
did not need to open an account.
The promotion was open to legal
residents of the United States who
were 18 years of age or older as
of Jan. 14. Commercial mortgage
and commercial rent payments
were not eligible. Employees of
Riverside and their immediate
families were also not eligible.,
The April Main Street Mixer was held at the office of Phillip DeBerard. Phyllis Schumate
was the winner of the door prize provided by Seacoast National Bank. (Pictured are) Mark
Smith, President/Seacoast, Phyllis Schumate, The Alarm Co. and Bonnie Kindren, Phillip
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RELIGION: I want to congratulate the paper for printing two op-
posite points of view on religion one after the other in the Wednes-
day and Thursday editions. America and especially this town need
more diversity of thought and responsible discussion of that subject.
I received a traditional Christian upbringing as an adolescent and am
comforted and uplifted daily by my Faith but I still reacted to that first
piece by thinking aloud "there does not need to be a media conspira-
cy to make religion seem ridiculous - religion does that quite well on
its own." There is a never ending parade of bad men masquerading
as ministers - youth ministers arrested for sex crimes with their trust-
ing young victims on the south shore, senior preachers with a history
of illegitimate children from adulterous affairs in counties just north
of us, pederast Priests, kinky Swaggarts, ripoff Bakers, and little old
church secretaries embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars. The
media does not make this up - it just reports it. It makes the second
writer seem correct in considering them commercial businesses and
they seem to have a store selling their brand on every corner in this
town, tax free. All this finds me tending to agree with that second and
longer item. She or he did not condemn or propose to restrict indi-
vidual beliefs but just criticized the abuses of organized religion and its
influence. I agree we need to start cleaning our own houses, including
houses of worship, and stop badgering everyone else to think, read,
and speak only as we do and stop twisting the Bible to justify it. Tens
or maybe hundreds of thousands of local school dollars were wasted
right here in this economically challenged town defending the inde-
fensible attacks on our gay students which have gone on for decades.
Religion is supposed to encourage love but instead too often foments
hate. Only the graduation of the plaintiff saved us losing the case and
facing further expense. Sadly, no lesson has been learned as those
student needs remain unmet due to religious pressure and weak or
fearful administrators. Another suit and more wasted money is almost
SIDEWALKS: These construction people up here need to fix the
concrete sidewalks. They keep falling and hurting themselves and it
ain't worth it. And they need to start working instead of just wanting
TRAIN STATION: Concerning the train station, why couldn't it be
made into a transportation hublike a place for buses, taxis and the
train? Combine all of them and have a shuttle maybe to the airports
even out of there.
WE THE PEOPLE: I would like to say to whoever wrote the article
out about what "we the people" would like, RIGHT ON. I would like
to see a petition on this so that we could send it to our Congress and
Washington. I don't have a computer, but I wish somebody would
start that. I would sign one right now-they've got everything right.
BEE STORY: To the person who is so concerned about taxes and
the squatter rights, the man that died was a hard worker and a great
family man. You should check your facts because you don't know
them. Do you work? Do you pay taxes?
GSA: Concerning the Gay/Straight Alliance at the high school, its
a law that in order to sue somebody you have to have an interest in
the case or be damaged by the case and if the person who had some
interest is no longer there, then there is no case. The judge said that
when he threw it out. The new people if they want to follow through
with a case and think they have damages and they have an interest
then they have to file a new case, but we in Okeechobee County do
not need the ACLU trying to jump in here and tell us what we need to
do as a county, or trying to lead our children down some path that is
against the constitution and is putting them into something they have
no right getting into:
THANK YOU: Thank you, thank you, Sheriff Paul May for getting
that drug dealer off the streets and he'll be an old man, possibly too
old to sell drugs when he gets out of prison. We need to try to get the
+ rest of them.in jail for that many years also. Lets keep trying.
PIG: It is very surprising when you look out your back door and
find a four legged pig. We have called the police, we have called ani-
mal control and nobody wants to help us. He is wandering around
Oak Park and is there for somebody to have a good home or for some-
body to have a good meal.
SMOKING. This is to the individual that is talking about wanting
to ban smoking in public parks and baseball games. Well remember
back in the 30s and 40s when Adolf Hitler came along and started
banning all of the stuff. First it was simple stuff, then all of a sudden if
you were Jewish you were extinct, then after a while they tried ban-
DRIVERS LICENSE OFFICE: In regards to the Driver's License
Office, please give the new County Administrator a change to work
out something for here. He seems like a pretty nice and decent guy, I
met him before and he seems very honest. Also, why can't they build
another factory here like they had years ago with Mr. Marcum that way
people could also get jobs.
PRIVATE CLUBS: I would like to know why all of these private
clubs such as, the VFW, the Moose, and the American Legion, why are
they allowed to smoke? I just found out that they smoke in their clubs.
Tell me why. Editor's note: Under Florida law, smoking is banned in
restaurants and most public places. However, smoking is allowed in
bars that meet certain state requirements. Smoking is also allowed
in private clubs that do not have employees, so long as the club has
a smoking policy that was agreed on by the members. So if the only
employees of the club work in the bar, the club could allow smok-
ing. To report a violation of the Florida Clean Indoor Air Act, contact
the Department of Health, Division of Health Access and Tobacco,
Tobacco Prevention Program at 1-800-3FRESH-AIR (1-800-337-3742).
The following information is required for processing the complaint:
Name of workplace (where violation is occurring); the mailing ad-
dress, city, county and zip code; nature of the violation (ex. smok-
ing in an enclosed indoor workplace); and, if available, provide the
name of the person in charge of the workplace.
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Monday, May 5
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane at 7 p.m. For information,
contact Robert Rosada at (863) 467-5440.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call (863) 634-
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. 'Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at (863) 532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at the
Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Karen Graves at (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
meetings 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, May 6
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 AA 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.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. 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.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film speeds and technology
and how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through
extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863)
467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big
Lake Mission's Outreach.
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Healthy Start directors meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition
will meet on Wednesday, May 7, at 11:30 a.m. in their office, 575 S.W
28th St. within the New Endeavors School Building. This meeting is
open to the public. For more information contact Executive Director,
Kay Begin at the Coalition Office at 863-462-5877.
Senior water exercise offered at local pool
The pool offers swimming lessons as well and from May 6 un-
til Sept. 30, they will be offering Senior Water Exercise on Mondays,
Wednesday and Fridays from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. for $1.50 per
VFW Post 9528 host district meeting
Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528 will be hosting a District Meeting
at 2002 Hwy 78 West on May 10, at 10 a.m. We will be honored to
have as guest, Jodi Nerney - State President and Dave Harris - incom-
ing State Commander. All members please plan to attend the meeting
and make our guest feel welcome in our community. If you have any
questions please contact the Post at 863-467-2882.
Benefit for Patsy Arnold
Saturday, May 10 at 8 a.m. a benefit will be held for Patsy Ar-
nold, who will be getting a kidney transplant soon, will be held at the
Okeechobee Golf and Country Club. Entry fee: $60 per person or $240
per team. If you would like to join them for lunch, it can be purchased
for $7. There will also be a gun give away courtesy of the Gun Shoppe.
For ticket information or entry information please call 8763-697-6377.
Summer Play Camps sign up postponed
Sign ups for Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation's 2008 Sum-
mer Play Camps have been postponed and will not open until Mon-
day, May 12 at 8 a.m. Pre-Registration will be held at the Okeechobee
County Sports Complex in the Parks and Recreation office, 640 N.W.
27th Lane, from May 12 through May 30. Enrollment is limited and
slots are filled on a first come, first serve basis. Campers must be 6-12
years of age. Play camps will operate Monday - Friday, from June 16
through August 1 (except on July 4) from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at
Douglas Brown Community Center and the Okeechobee County Civic
Center. (Availability of a third site has not yet been determined.) The
regular camp fee is $50 per week per participant, plus fees for field
trips and special activities. Special rates have been set at $25 per week
for a child on the reduced school lunch program and $10 a week for a
child on the free school lunch program within the Okeechobee Coun-
ty School System for the 2007-08 school year. A letter of participation
from Okeechobee County School Food Service must be presented at
the time of registration in order to qualify for these special rates. Ex-
tended hours, 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. will be available at
the Okeechobee County Civic Center (and possibly an alternate site,
to be determined prior to registration) for an additional $10 per week
Mainstreet Fun Shoot
Okeechobee Main Street will host a 100 Target Fun Shoot on Satur-
day, May 17 at beautiful Quail Creek Plantation. The proceeds from
the event will benefit Main Street's beautification and restoration proj-
ects. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., course opens at 8:30 a.m., with last
shooter by 10 a.m. Door prizes, raffles, and barbecue lunch will be
provided. For more information about the fun shoot please contact
Program Manager Karen Hanawalt at 863-357-6246, reservation forms
are available at Mike's Okeechobee Guns, The Gun Shop and the Main
Street office, 111 N.E. Second St.
Class of 89' plans reunion
Attention Okeechobee Class of 89, - We are currently collecting
emails and home addresses from all classmates. Please send these
to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our next Reunion planning
meeting will be held Sunday, May 18 at 5 p.m.. at Beef O'Brady's.
Arts, crafts and Antique Cars
J & S Fish Camp, 9500 S.W Conners, is looking for crafters and
antique car owners for their third annual Arts and Crafts Festival and
Antique Car Show on May 31, and June 1, which will be held to sup-
port Martha's House through a $10 donation. For more information
call Patricia Brown 772-332-3149.
Stepping Stones supports Martha's House
Stepping Stones Academy I, will be collecting the following items
throughout the month of April and May to help support Martha's
House: women's toiletries, sheets, towels, washcloths, paper goods,
and any products to help with everyday needs.
Proud to be an American
Fawn Lake Press is offering free "Proud to be an American" flag de-
cals for a self-addressed stamped envelope. The decals are 2x3 inches
and are printed in full color. This offer is valid as long as our troops are
deployed. Members of the military need not attach postage to their
self addressed envelope. Fawn Lake Press pays the postage. Send your
request with the self addressed envelope to Fawn Lake Press, 54 Fawn
Lake Rd., Durango, Colo. 81301.
,Okeechobee News, Monday, May 5, 2008
Does retirement mean losing your identity?
From the American
If you're someone who is
facing retirement in the near fu-
ture, it's a question you've heard
countless times: "What are you
going to 'do?" It seems an inno-
cent enough query, but in reality
,can be a troubling question with
a number of levels of meaning.
For the great majority of us,
"what we do" is often the larg-
est component of our personal
identity. It's information we usu-
ally seek quickly when we meet
someone new, and we're not sur-
prised when others ask it of us.
But when that question is
asked of someone about to give
up his or her job, it can take the
form of a type of probing that of-
ten has negative implications. We
live in a society that places a great
deal of value on "doing" things.
We've been taught to be busy,
productive citizens and, for many
of us, our lives revolve around that
thing we "do" for a living. Many
of us may judge people who are
not "doing" things as being of less
When you ask that soon-to-
be-retiree what he or she is going
to do, the implication can seem
to be, now that the defining job
will be gone, what can there pos-
sibly be of value in that person's
life? And while you may not con-
sciously be trying to be negative,
making jokes about the person
becoming a soap opera addict, or
big chased out of the house by his
or her spouse, is sure to convey
the impression that the person's
new lifestyle appears to be worth
less than his or her working life
One way to avoid this seem-
ingly negative judgment of some-
one's approaching retirement is
simply to ask a different question
than, "What are you going to
do?" Think how much more in-
teresting a response you will get
by asking, "What are you looking
forward to doing?"
Or, if you want to discuss
some substantive issues, try ask-
ing, "What's been the best retire-
ment advice you've received?"
or "What kind of issues are you
dealing with about retirement?"
It takes time for someone ap-
proaching and entering retire-
ment to accept that this is a new
life stage with different meanings
and a new status. Successful re-
tirement takes more than simply
financial planning. It requires un-
derstanding that there are many
changes that will have to be
faced, and answering questions
a lot more important than, "What
are you going to do?"
The Counseling Corner" is
provided as a public service by
the American Counseling Asso-
ciation, the nation's largest orga-
nization of counseling profession-
als. You can learn more about the
counseling profession at the ACA
web site, www.counseling.org.
Getting around your keyboard
By Diane Timmons,
Getting around your keyboard
,may seem like an odd topic, but
I thought it deserved a mention.
,The keys on your computer key-
board allow you to do some cool
things. In the early 80s (before the
mouse was developed) computer
screens were controlled entirely
with the keyboard. Certain capa-
bilities from that time still work
on today's keyboard.
You.might say, but I just use
my mouse! Let's suppose your
,mouse stopped working; perhaps
,the cursor froze on your screen.
'How would you get your docu-
Iment saved and closed without
.losing everything you had just
done? Here are some ideas. These
;keyboard commands or shortcuts
work in many programs but not
Tabbing around: Depend-
ing on the program you are in,
you can move from spot-to-spot
around some screens' with the
,tab key. Tabbing around an in-
formation box combined with
the arrow keys allows you to
-move from place to place on your
screen. How do you know where
you are? Look for the highlighted
or selected object. Highlighting
usually means the file name or
object has a color such as grey or
blue surrounding the object. The
highlighting moves each time you
'hit the tab key. But what then? In
a dialog box you would use the
enter deyto make your selection.
Control (ctrl) key combina-
S -tions: Save your document by us-
ing Ctrl+S (use this often while
Print by using Ctrl+ P.
Cut whatever you have high-
lighted in your document using
Ctrl + X.
SCopy' whatever is highlighted
'in your document using Ctrl + C.
Paste whatever you just copied
-by using Ctrl + V.
Go to your desktop by using
Windows + D. The Windows key
is usually next to Alt and has the
Windows flag on the key. This
-minimizes any programs or win-
dows you have open and gives
'you clear view of the desktop.
You will have your own favor-
ites before long.
Function keys: Experiment
with your function keys. Depend-
ing on the application, you may
.find a quick way to get Word
help or a quick way to do a spell
Shift key does more than up-
Shift + arrow selects text in
the direction of the arrow.
Caps lock: Makes any key you
strike print the capital or top sym-
bol and stays that way until you
release the caps lock key.
- Tilde: What is that? It looks like
a little wavy line (-). The Tilde
MARATHON - Leaders
from the Florida Keys city of
'Marathon are trying to per-
suade federal lawmakers .to
.help pay for an $85 million ad-
vanced wastewater installation
Mayor Pete Worthington and
two other officials spent three
days in Washington this past
week, meeting with lawmak-
Marathon already has a fi-
nancial plan in place to pay for
installing sewers. But officials
have been seeking grants to
help ease the burden on local
property owners, who will end
up paying for most of the proj-
The state says Marathon and
the rest of Monroe County must
have updated wastewater treat-
ment facilities in place by July
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(shift of the key next to the 1) is
often used in Internet addresses.
Arrow keys: Move you around
the screen. It's often used in com-
bination with other keys.
Home, page up, page down,
and end keys: A fast way to get
around a document.
Enter key: (formerly the re-
turn key). The enter key not only
moves you to a new line in your
text, but also completes a choice
in a dialog box. Think of the save
box that appears when you close
a document that hasn't been
saved. The tab key moves you
among the choices. Use the enter
key to make the choice you have
Backspace and delete: How
do they differ? The backspace key,
just like it sounds, moves your
cursor back erasing everything in
its way. The delete key, however,
deletes forward.'You can edit
quickly using the arrow keys to
move around your document and
the backspace and delete keys.
the document or screen freezes,
you may be able to get out of that
trouble with Ctrl+Alt+Delete.
It opens a box (a task manager)
with tabs along the top. It defaults
to the applications tab. Using your
tab and arrow keys, highlight the
program that has stopped work-
ing. Use your enter key to choose
One way to find shortcuts in a
particular application or program
is to go to the help menu in your
program (menus are listed along
the top of the screen). Key in the
word "keyboard" and you will
find a topic that covers shortcuts
specifically for that application.
Another even better way to.find
keyboard commands is to look at
the menus. When you click and
drag down to a menu item, you
may see the shortcut expressed to
the right of the command. Not all
commands have a shortcut.
Try a keyboard command next
time you print, save or close your
screens. You may find it's a nice
alternative to the mouse.
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The Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on May 10, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. or as soon thereafter as possi-
ble, at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, for the purpose of adopting budget amendments to
the Fiscal Year 2007-08 Budget for Okeechobee County to reflect actual cash balance forward dollars from the prior fiscal year and revised
current year revenue above or below current budget estimates, and as more specifically set forth below.
Transportation Trust Fund
Tourist Development Fund
Fine & Forfeiture Fund
Criminal Justice Fund
Law Library Fund
Law Enforcement Trust'Fund
Unincorporated Service Area Fund
Fire Rescue Fund
Landfill Trust Fund
HRS Bldg. Maint. Fund
Cemetery Trus Fund
Canal Maint. Fund
CDBG Disaster Fund
Court Innovation Fund
Legal Aid Fund
Impact Fee Fund
Teen Court Fund
Special Grant Fund
Solid Waste Mgmt Fund
Courthouse/Ag Center Loan Fund 889,609
Capital Projects Fund 14,976,099
Okee-Tantie Enterprise Fund 857,170
Agri-Civic Center Enterprise Fund 621,064
PUBLISH: May 5, 2008
Total FY 2007-08
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
6 Okeechobee News, Monday, May 5, 2008-
Students learn a
Central Elementary School
took a trip to
Riverside Bank '.
to learn more
about money. ~ .'*' '
The students are - -
studying money . -
in math this '~ -'
month. They are
learning coins, and how much
they are worth. Our trip gave our
students good insight on money
and what banks do. We also en-
joyed lunch at Captain D's and at
On Cinco de Mayo we will
have a first grade fiesta. Our stu-
dents are excited for crafts and
Students of the Week are:
Shelby Hannah, Cayla Kite, Felipe
Montoya, Daniel Garcia, Ryan Al-
bers, Blaze Clark, Rocky Resen-
diz, Daviana Miller, Alec Muller,
Alexis Figueroa, Hannah Harper,
Jenna Lowry, Gisell Leal, Imri Mo-
rales, Dylan Hodges, Gatlin Gebo,
Sumer Baker, Edana Scalf, David
Solorzano, Judele Root, Natalie
Saucedo and Madisyn Gonzalez.
Happy Birthday to: Martin
Bornheimer, Daniel Pineda,
Judele Root and Malek Alvarado
Second Grade News
Mrs. Greseth's class has been
working very hard on their autobi-
ographies. They are writing these
in their bare books. The students
are all enjoying working in litera-
ture groups and reading chapter
books. One group is reading
Buddy and the other is reading a
biography about George Wash-
ington Carver. They are learning
all sorts of interesting facts from
these books. We are also learning
about atlases, map keys, globes,
etc. In Math the students are learn-
ing about measurement. Keep up
the great work students!!!
2nd Grade BASE
In 2nd Grade BASE, students
are having fun learning La Raspa,
a folk dance from Mexico that is
performed during celebrations.
Students will perform this dance
at BASE Family Night on May 13th.
Everyone is also looking forward
to our big Cinco de Mayo celebra-
tion and their lesson on making
Don't forget to read every
night and have your mom or dad
sign your folder so we can go to
BASE 4th Grade News
Mrs. Fulleda's class: Students
of the week for the months of
March and April are Elizabeth
Johnson, Yailin Gonzalez, Jes-
sica Bylsma, Maria Grisales, Sofia
Medrano, Bridget Jimenez, and
Kelsey Orr. Happy Birthday to Ra-
I am proud of all of the students
for doing such a wonderful job
on their Tropicana Speech. They
researched on topics such as Sec-
ond Hand Smoke, Bullying, Feline
and Canine Breeds, Recycling,
Baseball, Parent Rules, and Cinco
de Mayo. Did you know Cinco de
Mayo actually commemorates an
initial victory of Mexican forces in
the Battle of Puebla on May 5th,
1862, and is not Mexico's Inde-
pendence Day, which is on Sep-
Mrs. Fulleda's class is on the I
Food unit in Spanish. Student's:
will visit the restaurant Santa Fe,
an authentic Mexican restaurant,,,
and order from the menu in',
Spanish. This experience will give
them the opportunity to use their
second language in daily life. We.J
are also learning about the folk
dance "Cumbia" of Colombia
S.A. Students will be performing
the dance on May 13th, for BASE
The students enjoy learning
about other cultures.
Learn a Language. Share a
Culture. Change the World. (un-.
Fun outside of the classroom
Jakayla Moore runs fast to win the race as South Elementary enjoys a field day outside.
Zachary Pattison and Kaitlyn Williams, kindergarten students, laugh all the way to the fin-
ish line while they are hopping along in the potato sack race.
Two accused of travel fraud
TALLAHASSEE - Florida
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices Commissioner Charles H.
-Bronson is announcing felony
charges have been filed against
two Orlando, Florida residents
for defrauding numerous cus-
tomers.who purchased cruises
and nyver got them.
Mirna Fernandez, 51 was ar-
rested today and charged with
four counts of grand theft, a
third degree felony; eight first
degree misdemeanor charges
for failing to register with the
state as a seller of travel and for
failing to post a performance
bond; and four charges of
Knowingly Committing Acts
which Constitute Fraud, also
first degree misdemeanors. A
warrant has been issued for
her son, 22 year old Kenneth
Fernandez, who faces the same
charges. Investigators with
Bronson's Office of Agricultural
Law Enforcement (OALE), say
Fernandez and her son operat-
ed USA Latino Cruises & Tours,
an unlicensed travel agency in
the Winter Park area.
Fernandez applied for a sell-
There's a wonderful world around
us. Full of fascinating places.
Interesting people. Amazing
cultures. Important challenges. But
sadly, our kids are not getting the
chance to learn about their world.
When surveys show that half of
America's youth cannot locate India
or Iraq on a map, then we have to
wonder what they do know about
their world. That's why we created
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er of travel registration last May
but the department's Division
,of Consumer Services denied
the application because it was
incomplete. USA Latino Cruises
& Tours failed to secure a certif-
icate of deposit, bond or letter
of credit and failed to disclose
the names of authorized inde-
pendent agents. The business
was given thirty days to provide
corrections and supporting
documents to the department
but never did. A denial letter
was sent to USA Latino Cruises
& Tours and a cease and desist
Order was sent to USA Latino
Cruises & Tours' corporate of-
fice ordering the business to
stop selling travel.
In November, officers
launched an investigation
when they received informa-
tion that USA Latino Cruises
& Tours was selling cruise
packages. During the course
of the investigation, investiga-
tors located four victims who
were defrauded approximately
$12,863 dollars. The victims
had booked packages for cruis-
es through USA Latino Cruises
& Tours, and had given down
payments to the travel compa-
ny. The travel company refused
to issue refunds after claiming
the cruises were canceled.
"We take very seriously vio-
lations of laws that are in place
to protect Florida consumers,"
Bronson said, "and those who
would attempt to defraud peo-
ple of their money should know
we will take strong action to
ensure justice is served."
Mirna Fernandez was
booked into the Orlando Coun-
ty, jail on a $5,800 bond. Ac-
cording to investigators, Ken-
neth Fernandez is out of state,
and will be charged when he
returns to Florida.
Bronson encourages con-
sumers who wish to buy travel
services to call his depart-
ment's toll-free helpline at 1
800 HELP FLA (435-7352) to
determine whether the busi-
nesses are registered and to
check their complaint history.
Consumers can also obtain a
complaint form by calling the
Today in History
Today is Monday, May 5, the
126th day of 2008. There are 240
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On May 5, 1961, astronaut Alan
B. Shepard Jr. became America's
first space traveler as he made a
15-minute sub-orbital flight in a
capsule launched from Cape Ca-
On this date:
In 1945, in the only fatal attack
of its kind during World War II, a
Japanese balloon bomb exploded
on Gearhart Mountain in Oregon,
killing the pregnant wife of a min-
ister and five children.
In 1958, the Arkansas Gazette
received the Pulitzer Prize for its
coverage of the Little Rock Cen-
tral High School integration crisis;
James Agee was posthumously
honored for his novel "A Death in
In 1981, Irish Republican Army
hunger-striker Bobby Sands died
at the Maze Prison in Northern
Ireland in his 66th day without
Ten years ago: An exasper-
ated Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright called on Israel to agree
to hand over an additional 13
percent of the West Bank to the
Palestinians, on top of the 27 per-
cent already relinquished; Israel,
however, continued to balk at the
Five years ago: Searchers
using dogs and heavy equipment
went from one crumbled home
to another after tornado-packed
storms flattened communities
in four Midwestern states. In Co-
lombia, a botched rescue attempt
resulted in the deaths of a state
governor, former defense minis-
ter and eight other hostages be-
ing held by rebels; three hostages
survived. Walter Sisulu, the quiet
giant of South Africa's anti-apart-
heid struggle for five decades,
died in Johannesburg at age 90.
One year ago: A Kenya Air-
ways jet crashed in southern
Cameroon, killing all 114 people
on board. Street Sense roared:
from next-to-last in a 20-horse'
field to win the Kentucky Derby.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. beat Oscar.
De La Hoya to win the WBC 154-
pound title at the MGM Grand,
Garden in Las Vegas.
Thought for Today: "Great'
minds discuss ideas, average;
minds discuss events, small minds
discuss people." Admiral Hyman'
G. Rickover, "father" of America's
nuclear navy (1900-1986).
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the Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Fri-
day, April 2, through Thursday, May 8, are as
STheatre I - "Iron Man" (PG-13) Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
STheatre II - "Leatherheads" (PG-13) Show-
times: 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.
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t4nes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.. Saturday and Sunday
a, 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m., Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
'Tesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m.
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for the Okeechobee Utility Authority.
Class "B" or "C" certification required.
OUA will consider a trainee in lieu of a
certified operator. Must possess a High
School Diploma or equivalent and a valid
FL Drivers License. Only those with a
three year clean driving record need
apply. Shift work and week-ends are
required. Applications will be accepted
until opening is filled at the Okeechobee
Utility Authority located at 100 SW. 5th.
Avenue, Okee, FL 34974. An Equal
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Job Information 225
Job Training 227
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GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPIES
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IN TOWN - 2BR/1.5BA, $750
mo., 1st&. last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
NEW 2 BR, 21/2 BA Apt., All
major apple's. included. Near
hospital. $975 mo. + $500
NW OKEECHOBEE: 2BR, 2BA,
on quiet St. Kids & pets ok.
$750-$850/mo. 1st, last &
$500 sec. 561-346-1642.
Warehouse space available
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OKEE., Huge, Clean, 2br, 2ba
No pets, new paint & carpet.
$775/mo. 1st & $500 sec.
dep. Call 772-215-0098
REMODELED - 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $700/mo, 1st, last
& sec. (863)634-3313
OKEE - 2/2, TownHome, Oak
Lake Villas, $900/mo +
sec., Available 6/1
clean, 2 BR, 2 BA, W/D
hook-up, patio, privacy
fence, no pets $700 mo. +
sec. dep., free garbage and
lawn maint. (417)848-3424
TAYLOR CREEK CONDO -
1 BR, 1 BA, Furnished. Pool,
W&D Facilities. $700 mo.
2 Bath, 2
2BR, 2BA, canal, boat house,
turn. or unfurn., in city, $825
includes lawn serve. 407 SE
8th St. (863)467-0658 6/1
BASSWOOD - Almost New!
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White House Plaza
1120 S. Parrot Avenue
2300 sq ft available
810 sq ft available
600 sq ft available
3 br, 2 ba, central heat & air,
city water, $1100 per month
3 br, 2 ba, SW sec, office,
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OKEE. - 2br/lba, unfurnished
duplex. $625/mo + $625
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5 acres in OkQechobee 3 Br
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Business Places -
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Townbouses - Sale101 5
Farms - Sale 1040
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property - Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
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Mobile Home - Lots 2005
Mobile Home - Parts 2010
Mobile Homes - Rent 2015
Mobile Homes - Sale 2020'
ANCIENT OAKS - 55+, Gated.
lbr,lba, Sunroom, Covered
patio, Carport, Boat ramp,
Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. Cable
TV included. $400/mo. +
Behind Bill's Mini Mart,
2 br, 2 ba, nice corner lot,
$600 mo., $300 sec.
BH RIDGE - 3/2 on Waterfront,
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Auction #1: 1:00 PM - 107 Hallmark; Vacant Lot 90x240, zoned
Commercial, 2nd lot north of 621, east side of Hallmark, sign on property.
Auction #2: 2:30 PM - 725 Hallmark; 2 br, 2 ba CBS house, new roof on
% acre lot, 20x20 shed, wooded lot, just minutes from fish camp and park.
,Home built in 1987. Sign on property.
SDirections: Lake Placid - 621 east to Hallmark, north to Auctions.
Terms- 10% deposit day of sale, cash or local check, bal due in 30 days,
10% buyers premium.
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.ba, w/d, pool, gated comm.,
;ibhouse, 695 mo
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*BA Dbl. Wide on 8 acres
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By Daniel Shube
MacGregor Golf is one of the
oldest (110 years) and most sto-
ied brands of golf equipment in
America. MacGregor has recently
introduced their new MT clubs as
IVell as a new Chairman, CEO and
.resident. These are crucial devel-
opments for MacGregor who will
need some positive change if they
Want to exist in a very competitive
colf equipment marketplace.
The change in management
was a long time coming. As a
,'arketer and a golf writer, I had
serious doubts about what past
CEO, Barry Schneider was think-
,ng. Their marketing and advertis-
ing left a lot to be desired. In spite
bf equipment that could hold its
own, my sources at the retail level
were selling me that the clubs
were not moving. I never found a
player at any course carrying their
What was surprising to me
Was I have been hitting their
MACTEC driver for several years.
Trust me, I tried many other driv-
ers and could not find one I could
bit belter. The fact thatlwas alone
i Ihat determination must have
iad everything to do with poor
Earlier this year, one of the
company's investors, Greg Nor-
man, was named MacGregor's
aew Chairman of the Board. Mr.
Norman is not only one of the
best golfers to play the game he
is an extraordinary businessman.
This seems to be a good start.
S More recently current Presi-
dent/CEO Suzy Biszantz and
QOO/Senior Vice President of Fi-
Kance Dave Hall departed. Now,
the company has named Michael
J. Setola as the new President and
, Mr. Setola comes from the ap-
parel arena. His expertise should
be strong in ,guiding the Greg
Doorman Collection (a division of
MacGregor Golf) however; will
he have what it takes to bring the
dub division back to life?
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;Gregor running on MT?
Courtesy photo/ MacGregor Golf
The MacGregor MT driver features cupface technology and
a full 460 cc head.
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