Okeechobee news
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Title: Okeechobee news
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Okeechobee News
Place of Publication: Okeechobee, Fla
Creation Date: May 11, 2008
Publication Date: 2000-
Frequency: daily
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
General Note: Latest issue consulted: Vol. 91, no. 182 (June 30, 2000).
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such as FPL employees man-
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tracking maps and more.
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IRCC Chamber
Series to begin
Encore Chamber Players
at the IRCC Lifelong Learning
Summer Sunset Series Thurs-
day, May 22, 8 p.m. at the
Wynne Black Box Theatre, on
the IRCC Main Campus at 3209
Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce.
The Encore Chamber Players
are one of Florida's Most Presti-
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Music Groups. Tickets are $10.
Call 1-866-866-4722 ext. 7880.

Mixer Street Mixer .
date set
Okeechobee Main Street
invites you to the Main Street
Mixer on Wednesday, May 14,
from 5 to 7 p.m. This month's
mixer is hosted by Raulerson
Hospital, located at, 1796 High-
way 441 North. Mark calen-
dar and invite a friend, this is
,a great way to network in the
community and meet your lo-
cal businesses. Refreshments
will be served. If you have any
questions, please contact Main
Streets Executive Director Toni
Doyle at 863-357-MAIN (6246).

Drought Index

Current: 438
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.10 feet
Last Year: 9.37 feet

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

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Earth Day: Central Elementary winners

Third grade winners
South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and Riverside National Bank spon-
sored an Earth Day coloring contest at Central Elementary School. Freddie, the SF-
WMD mascot, came to the school on Wednesday, May 7, to present certificates and
savings bonds to the third grade winners. Taking part in the ceremony were, left to
right, Heather Hancock. Riverside National Bank, Ramiro Hernandez, third place, Al-
yssa Bessenbacher, second place, Freddie, Natalee Trimble, first place, Tabitha Trent,
Riverside National Bank and Victoria Nolan, SFWMD.

Earth Day artists
The fourth grade winners of an Earth Day coloring contest at Central Elementary
School were presented certificates and savings bonds by Freddy, the South Florida
Water Management District (SFWMD) mascot. Taking part in the presentation were, left
to right, Heather Hancock of Riverside National Bank, AshleeHtagan, third place, Agus-
tin Baltazar, second place, Freddie, Jose Perez, first place, Tabitha Trent, Riverside
National Bank and Victoria Nolan, SFWMD. The presentation took place on Wednesday,
May 7.The contest was sponsored by Riverside Naitonal Bank and SFWMD.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Fifth grader winners
Riverside National Bank and South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) spon-
sored an Earth Day coloring contest at Central Elementary School. Freddy, the SFWMD
mascot, came to the school on Wednesday, May 7 to present certificates and savings
bonds to the fifth grade winners. Pictured are, left to right, Heather Hancock of Riv-
erside National Bank, Jaime Soto, third pace winner, Berenice Licea, second place,
Freddy, Nikki Kieffer, first place, Tabitha Trent, Riverside National Bank and Victoria
Nolan, SFWMD.

Commissioners plan for future

By Pete Gawda

Okeechobee News

Okeechobee County Com-
missioners are taking action to
prepare for the future.
Most of the afternoon session
of the Thursday, May 8 meeting
of the county commission was
taken up with workshops deal-
ing with future renovations of
the jail, sheriff's office, and the
courthouse. preparing,for pos-
sible future emergencies.
"I have heard a rumor that
I am asking for a new jail and
sheriff's office and nothing

could be further from the truth,"
said Okeechobee County Sher-
iff Paul May said in announcing
a feasibility study he ordered.
"All this feasibility study is
for is to meet our needs in the
future years," the sheriff contin-
ued. "I think it would wrong on
my part not to plan ahead."
Joseph Mrka of RQAW Cor-
poration said that RQAW has
extensive experience in design-
ing jails. The company special-
izes in such projects and has
built 150 jails and public ser-
vice facilities and conducted
over 90 feasibility studies. He
added that most of the compa-

any's projects were county jails.
They do all their architectural
work and engineering inhouse.
Currently RQAW is also work-
ing on projects for the Hendry
County and St. Lucie County'
The object of the feasibility
study was to project conditions
20 years in the future. They
started by gathering informa-
tion and developed an archi-
tectural program to show how
the facility could be expanded.
They also developed a staffing
Mr. Mrak's conclusion was
See Plawn- Page 3

Dunklin aids

the addicted

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Kiwanis members met a
new location this week when
they got together at the Ameri-
can Legion Post and heard from
Fred Treadwell from Dunklin
Memorial Camp.
Dunklin is located on Ho-
sannah Lane off of Martin C.R.
714, otherwise known as Mar-
tin Grade.
According to their website,
at the Dunklin City of Refuge
they "believe the Christian ap-
proach to alcohol and drug ad-
diction produces the most ef-
fective and enduring results."
Mickey and Laura Maye Ev-
ans started Dunklin Memorial
Camp in 1962 when they re-
sponded to a vision for them to
build a small "camp" for recov-
ering alcoholics in a wilderness
area of South Florida.
In the beginning they had
a 90-day program that was
housed at two cottages and a
tent. At that time the men were
typically older alcoholics who
were mostly widowed or di-
However, their population
changed drastically to the 20-
30s and many men still had
remnant relationships with
their dysfunctional families dur-
ing the 1970s due to the rapid
influx of crack cocaine and am-

phetamines in Florida.
This inspired the Family
Recovery Process: classes and
the building of the Good Sa-
maritan Inn and the Emmaus
Retreat Lodge to house families
that came to spend weekends
to participate in reconciliation
programs. There are currently
45 hotel rooms for families of
men in the program to stay on
They stay from Saturday at
noon until Sunday at 5 p.m.
During that time they attend
counseling classes to help
them. reconcile with their loved
The program is now a 10-
month program, rather than 90
days due to the differences in
a drug addiction compared to
The program earns 65 to 66
percent of their own income
through various industries such
as cattle, citrus and woodwork-
ing. The program houses a 72-
bed facility which costs a total'
of $11,000 per day to operate.
Dunklin receives no govern-
ment funding. The remaining
third of funding comes from
community support through
According to Mr. Treadwell,
chaplain officer at Dunklin, "we
have never had two months of
See Dunklin- Page

Illegal alien skips

court; feared gone

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A bench warrant has been
issued for an illegal alien that
was arrested earlier this year
for using the identity of a local
man who has been dead for
nearly a year.
Jaime Soto Samperio, 25,
was scheduled to be in circuit
court at the Okeechobee Judi-
cial Complex Tuesday, May 6,
but failed to show up. A bench
warrant, signed by Circuit Judge
Lawrence Mirman, has been is-
,sued for Samperio's arrest.
Samperio was arrested
March 13 on a felony charge of
fraudulent use of personal iden-
tification of a deceased person
by Detective Susan Morrison of
the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO). He was
then booked into the Okeecho-
bee County Jail under a bond
of $50,000.

The bond was handed
down by County Judge Jerald
Bryant. Court records state that
Judge Bryant levied the high
bond because Samperio was in
the United States illegally, was
a flight risk and because of pos-
sible additional charges.
However, Samperio's at-
torney Hugo J. Concha of Fort
Pierce went before Judge Mir-
man on April 9 and asked' that
his client's bond .be reduced
to no more than $2,500. Court
records state that Mr. Concha
was seeking the lower bond
because Samperio had a wife
and two children to care for
and because he allegedly used
the other man's identity for the
sole purpose of gaining em-
Despite the arguments of
Assistant State Attorney Brenda
Sexton, Judge Mirman reduced
See Alien - Page'2

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
SFWMD coloring contest
Students from Everglades ElemenTary School participated
in a coloring contest with the South Florida Water
Management District. First.place winners received a $50
savings bond from Riverside Bank. Winners are in first,
second and third place order: Kindergarten-Marie Wood,
Brenda Sixto, Kayla Saunders; First grade-Daniel Campos,
Mariah Wooten, Codle Safewright; Second grade-Haylie
Underhill, Samuel Clarke, Rosy Yazimin; Third grade-
Tyler Kerby, Marcelo Rodriguez, Analleli Hernandez (not
pictured); fourth grade-Yariza Otero, Kaley Lowry, Summer
Cotton (not pictured); fifth grade-Kelly Smith, El sabel
Piedra and Pablo D. Alvarez.

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-income at once in our accounts,
but we also have never been un-
'able to pay a bill."
Through the donations of the
community, a way to make ends
meet has always been provided
through faith.
There are five stages to the
10-month program and many
extensions beyond that program
if the men choose to go forward
in ministry.
An eight-week stay in the Pot-
ter's House in Indiantown is one
of these extensions where the
men are employed at the camp in
'the lumber mill so they can make
money to pay debts and buy a
car, yet still have study classes
and be in a healthy environment
while they seek direction for their
There is also a one-year family
development program for con-
tinuing care to families who need
community support beyond the
weekend recovery program.
Servant Leadership Training-
SLT) is another avenue that a
graduating program complete
:can become involved in with
heir wives who want to go into
lull-time recovery ministries. In
2his program they are in classes
four hours every morning and
Thre assigned mentors from the
3enore experienced staff members
,who give them practical training
Zn all the skills needed to work
.and teach in a Christian recovery

Staff training is extended SLT
level training to further develop
their teaching and administrative
skills. They can also choose to
attend Freedom Seminary, their
campus Bible school that offers
seminary level courses to give
them a firm Biblical foundation
for their future ministries.
Dunklin also offers, as the sin-
gle source provider for the Florida
Certification Board for Supervi-
sion, and to give the CEU class-
room hours to prepare students
to take the board exams and re-
ceive their CAP certification. This
certification is required for their
county jail program and for their
City of Refuge programs in Co-
lumbia, South America, and for
other programs overseas.
Currently three staff members
work four days a week with 39
men in the Martin County Jail
Substance Abuse Prevention Pro-
gram. They work with them for
two hours in the morning and
two hours in the afternoon. Their
goal is to make those men realize
and understand that there is pur-
pose for their lives.
' "A man does what he has to
do, not what he wants to do,"
is what they want these men to
learn, according to Mr. Treadwell.
He went on to state that, "this
is the most rewarding thing I have
ever done in my life," in regard
to the jail program. Through this
program he has seen men in jail
help each other in many ways as,
they are learning that there is a
reason to give back to others and
not to always take.
Church services are also held
at Dunklin Memorial every Sun-

day, with Sunday School begin-
ning at 9:30 and worship services
following from 11 a.m. until 12:30
Outreach ministries that are
associated with Dunklin are:
Gethsemane Ranch; The Refuge
Ranch; and many others area
ministries which Dunklin opens
their hands to help support.
This ministry also extends
nationally into Georgia, Indiana,
North and South Carolina, Vir-
ginia, Louisiana and Washington.
They are internationally in Esto-
nia, Canada, South Africa, Colom-
bia, Costa Rica, Australia, Haiti,
Honduras and Jamaica.
All of these ministries cost
money to continue. Just meals
at the Dunklin Camp alone cost

$6,000 per month.
There are several ways to help.
According to Mr. Treadwell, first
and foremost is prayer. Donations
of all kinds are accepted includ-
ing cattle, memorial gifts, spon-
sorships, scholarships for servant
leaders in training, volunteer labor
and more and more prayer.
They have monthly yard sales
at the Potter's House.
For more information about
Dunklin visit their website www.
dunklin.org, call 772-597-2841, or
mail to Dunklin Memorial Church,
Inc., 3342 S.W Hosanah Lane,
Okeechobee, FL 34974.
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Okeeclobee News/unauna Aguniar
Kiwanis member Mark Reynolds (left) and vice president Jim
Vensel (right) heard from Ken Treadway (center) from Dunk-
lin Memorial about their ministries and how the community
extends their helping hand to allow them to flourish.

Continued From Page 1
Samperio's bond to $5,000.
� "He was a flight risk," said Ms.
Sexton said of her argument. "He
ran from the cops twice."
She went on to say Samperio
may have also committed a feder-
al crime by using another man's
name in order to get a resident
alien card.
"I have no idea where he could
be," said Detective Morrison Fri-
day afternoon. "I guarantee you
he's gone."
She said as soon as her depart-
ment receives the bench warrant
they will try to arrest Samperio.
If Samperio has fled the area,
Ms. Sexton said that would not
surprise her.
"That's the problem when
lowering bonds in these cases,"
she said Friday.
Samperio was arrested at a lo-
cal dairy where he was working
under the other man's name. He
was finally caught when the man's
widow received notice from the
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
that she owed over $900 more on
this year's taxes - even though
her husband had been dead for
nearly a year.
The widow has also been
denied Social Security benefits
for the couple's three children
because records indicate that
her 'husband' was still alive and
Detective Morrison said Sam-
perio apparently stole the man's
personal information about four
years ago. He used that informa-
tion on his employment applica-
tion and was going by the dead

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man's name, she added.
"He (Samperio) had been
working at the dairy for four years,
* as of March 12," said the detective
in a March interview.
She went on to say the IRS had
continually sent notices to the
man and his wife that they owed
more on their taxes than what
they had claimed, and the couple
paid their tax bills. The detective
estimated the couple has paid
over $6,000 in additional taxes.
When the widow received
a notice that she owed an ad-
ditional. $900 this year, she con-
tacted the IRS and told them her
husband died nearly a year ago.
But, the IRS said that wasn't pos-
sible since he was working at the
"The victim had never worked
at the dairy," said Detective Mor-
rison immediately following Sam-
perio's arrest. "The victim was
born in the United States. Sampe-
rio is here illegally."
The widow's husband was
also Hispanic, added the detec-
Detective Morrison said it's not
known if the IRS will return any
of the extra money paid them by
the victims.
Ms. Sexton said the state could
ask for restitution, but it would
probably be for naught.
"With this guy, you're not go-
ing to see that," she said.
Detective Morrison said she
has not contacted Immigration
and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
of Samperio's arrest.
Ms. Sexton said when Sampe-
rio is arrested he will be held in
the Okeechobee County Jail with-
out bond.

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Okeechcbee News, Sunday, May 11, 2008 3

Continued From Page 1
that the capacity of the jail will not
meet future needs.
"Generally our jail is a not a
bad jail and is certainly capable
of being expanded," he said. The
consultant stated that the medical
area, food service preparation ar-
eas and storage areas would need
to be expanded as well as adding
addition cell space.
His projected figures showed
that normal population growth,
excluding The Grove, a nine
square mile development planned
for the northern part of the coun-
ty, would create a demand for an
additional 200 beds.
Mr. Mrak went on to say that
four percent of the cells must be
made handicapped accessible.
He presented drawing of sug-
gested additions. The estimated
design and construction costs for
adding a 196 bed pod plus nec-
essary expansion in other areas
would be about $25 million. The
study also recommended adding
13 new staff members.
Turning to disaster prepared-
ness, Leo Lechat, chief of pre-
paredness for the Florida Divi-
sion of Emergency Management
explained how his organization
could help local residents. In ad-
dition to hurricanes, his organiza-
tion deals with such emergencies
as wildfires, flooding, airplane
crashes and biological events.
The objectives of the division
of emergency management are to
meet the needs of disaster survi-
vors and take care of responders.
Mr. Lechat explained the chain
of command for requesting disas-
ter assistance. The governor is the
only person who can request as-
sistance from the president.

Search and rescue is their
number one priority. They pro-
vide medical needs, water, food,
shelter, emergency fuel and ice.
After a disaster emergency man-
agement strives to restore critical
infrastructure and open schools
and local business as soon as
"The quicker you can open
schools, the quicker you can get
kid's lives back to normal" he
In an emergency, state and
federal officials work together in
a coordinated effort.
Mr. Lachat said that disaster
response can be either cost effec-
tive, mistake free or fast.
"You can't do all three," he
said. "We try to be fast."
On the other hand he stressed
that they use discretion in spend-
ing state money.
The state emergency response
team is made up of a variety of
state, local and volunteer agen-
cies and the private sector.
Turning to a more pleasant
topic, commissioners saw a mov-
ie presented by architect Tom
Hammer showing a simulation
of proposed restoration efforts to
the courthouse.
. The entrance walkway would
be sloped slightly to eliminate the
entrance steps - making the build-
ing handicapped accessible.
In place of the present gate
to secure the front entrance, Mr.
Hammer proposed a roll up door
that would secure the entire front
archway and provide protection
from hurricanes. When not in
use, the door would roll up out of
sight behind the arch. W
The windows will have lami-
nated glass for storm protection.
A generator and mechanical
equipment would be hidden out-
side behind walls at the east and

west ends of the rear of the build-
The original breezeway would
be restored. Both ends would
be closed with clear glass walls.
Entrance from either end of the
would be from glass doors in
the glass end walls. Traditional
doors would open into offices on
either side of the breezeway.
Upstairs the east and west hall-
ways would be entered through
glass doors.
The upstairs courtroom would
be used for commission meetings
and other public gatherings. The
county seal will be placed on the
rear wall of the room and audio
visual equipment and screens
would be installed for power
point presentations.
Mr. Hammer noted that the
exterior stucco is extremely good
shape and the original windows
in the courtroom would be kept
He said that local historian, re-
tired Judge William Hendry, had
offered them many old photo-
graphs to use for reference
Since these were workshops,
no official action could be taken.
The material was presented to in-
formation and discussion only.
However, in anissue relatedl'f-,
courthouse restoration, the com-
mission voted to spend $17,475.48
for office furniture. This furniture
would be used by courthouse
staff in their temporary quarters
in the judicial center during the
restoration of the courthouse.
When restoration is completed
the furniture would be used in the
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easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to
www.newszap.com, 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 okeenews@newszap.com 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!
OHS PLAY: There should not be a seat left in the house -- every-
one should try to go to one of the remaining shows. You can see that
there are good things for our kids to do in Okeechobee! Further, you
will see that we have talent here. Way to go Drama Club.
DISABILITY: I am looking for families who have been responsible
and working people in their community all of their lives, but as soon
as they become injured on the job or permanently disabled due to
no fault of their own they are turned down for VA. disability, work-
man's compensation and Social Security benefits. I am talking about
those who had been living the "American Dream" until the disability
happened and now you are losing everything you own because our
government refuses to give us the assistance we have paid into all of
our working lives. At this point, my husband was in the Army and
was injured while enlisted. Later in life, he was injured at his place of
employment and was denied workman's'comp because they claimed
it was caused from the previous injury, even though he had worked
without any problems for over 30 years. The VA. denied him service
connected disability and his doctors have said he is permanently dis-
abled. So we apply for Social Security benefits. Social Security denied
him benefits because of his age and his background. All of these were
applied for on the same day as soon as the injury happened. In the
meantime, we can't make our bills because we have no income and
are losing everything we own due to the governments of the state of
Florida and the governments of the U.S. Are there any other persons
out there who have fought to survive, only to be shot down? I need
true stories of survival.
CHANGE: All this "change" talk is fine and dandy but lets get real.
Change has a purpose when there is need for it. Now, of course we
do need changes. Petrol is a million dollars a gallon, food is going up,
the cost of living is going up and aren't we still at war? I know there
aren't any more green night vision cities on CNN but I'm sure we're
still in some kind of war, right? Anyway, what we need right now is
a change in policy, not a change in skin color or gender. Take your
revolution elsewhere. We need someone who, can get the country
back on track. Don't get me wrong, I'm no liberal hippy ninny. I don t
think that Obama or Clinton riding in on their white steeds will lower
gas prices or get us out of war, but I'm rooting for a Democrat. Gas will
never be $1.56 again. That we need to live with. I predict gas to never
go below $2.20 again. Speaking of gas, do McCain and Clinton really
want this gas-tax holiday? Sure it sounds good, 18 cents off of every
gallon, but wait: that will increase demand and prices will go back up
to their $3.50 and we still will be in the same boat. The gas tax holiday
is a political ploy.
GASOLINE ROBBERY: It seems like the thieving pieces of slime
now have a new angle. They have stolen both gas tanks off of my
pontoon boat sometime in the past few days. I live in Buckhead Ridge
and I can identify the gas tanks and am offering a $50 reward for infor-
mation leading to the return of my tanks. I called the Glades County
Sheriff's Office but all you get is a recording with a promise to call
back, which is a nothing but a joke.
DRIVER'S LICENSE OFFICE: I 'have been doing a lot of thinking
about the possibility of our driver's license office closing. We live in
a community that has a good size population that doesn't have a lot
of income. You talk about the people going "on-line" to renew some
of the services. A lot of people in our area can't afford a computer
and also don't know how to use a computer. A personal computer
is a luxury item. Then you also have to have an internet provider and
that's a costly monthly item. I really don't think people are giving con-
sideration to these people that can't afford a computer or an internet
provider. Okeechobee is 40 miles away from the nearest driver's li-
cense office and not convenient for our older citizens to travel too.
Gas is also expensive. I think we need to consider these people before
we close that office. The office in Okeechobee is always busy and we
are the county seat.
Editor's Note: The local driver's license office is not going to close,
+ thanks to calls and letters sent to state officials from Okeechobee.
Instead, the state will close the driver's licence office in Merrit Island/
DRUG USE: Drug use is at an epidemic level in our society. I speak
for the silent majority, by thanking Sheriff Paul May and his Narcotics
Task Force for sending the message to drug dealers and users that
you are "not welcomed in Okeechobee County." There are men and
women who put their lives on the line for us. Drug abuse leads to
crimes on our citizens. Therefore, we all must do our part and not be
intimidated, to speak out and report any suspicious activities in our
neighborhoods and to keep them a safe place to live.
YOUNG DEATHS: This are too many deaths of young people.
Parents, take out life insurance when they are first born. You can go
through that Gerber Life Insurance program and its cheap. Please,
keep life insurance on your children. There are too many young
people dying and parents and everybody wanting help to bury them.
People shouldn't have to bury your loved ones, you bury them.
OBITUARIES: This is to the Okeechobee News. Whenever you
all do obituaries, I realize that you do not have mftch space but you
should put the obituaries for each person in one single column and
not split up. People sometimes save these obituaries to pass on to
their other family and generations to come. And here you have them
split up -- half at the bottom and half at the top. It's very poorly done. It
can be done better. I realize you don't have much space, but you can
do better. Please see if you can improve the newspaper to do this.
PARENTS: This is to all you parents who keep calling in and com-
plaining that the kids don't have anything to do. Well, if the kids don't
have anything to do, why don't all these complaining parents get to-
gether and donate their time and their money to build them a skate
rink, or water park and supply them with what they want. But don't
expect the taxpayers to fit the bill. I'm not paying for your kids to have
a good time. They're not my kids, they are your ids -- so you need to
take care of them. If you took care of your kids they probably wouldn't
be out drunk driving, smoking dope or getting arrested. So why don't
you know where your kids are? Keep them at home where you can
watch them all the time.

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Community Calendar

Sunday, May 11
SA.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meetifig at 7 p.m. at
the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please call

Monday, May 12
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.
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary-lunch and bingo will start at noon
at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are
invited. Please R.S.V.P. to 863-763-2308.
Okeechobee SeniorSingers meetat9:30 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.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at 1:30
p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. The
meeting is open to anyone interested in tracing his or her ancestry.
The annual membership is $10 per person, and $12 for a family. For
information, call Eve at 863-467-2674; or, visit their web site at http://
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at the
Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780.
O.C.R.A. meets at Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W 23rd Lane at
7 p.m.
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. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any interested
persons to come by and see what they are about. For information call
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 13
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets every second
Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church. For
information contact Jim Vensel at 863-697-1792.
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.
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at the
Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave..Anyone
currently home schooling or interested in home schooling is welcome.
For information, call Lydia Hall 863-357-6729 or Betty Perera 863-467-
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, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone
is welcome. For information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-
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.
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.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
. Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets every second
Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church. For
information contact Jim Vensel at 863-697-1792.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers
Fellowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave. from noon until 2 p.m. then
from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional support or
someone just to care are welcome. For information call the hot line
863-801-9201 or 863-697-9718.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will
be hosting God's Time --a morning of free organized Christian
activities that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents
and their pre-school children. The event will be held each Tuesday
from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be provided for infants
during the class. For information, call 863-763-4021.
Narcotics Anonymous will begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at the Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third Terr., holds meetings
for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For
information call 863-357-3053:

Wednesday, May 14
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798

N.W Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group
facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean
Graham as the facilitator. For information, call 863-763-2893.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church of Our 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
N.A. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.
Bingo at the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge. Food will be served at
5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Public is welcome..
Ministerial Association meets the second Wednesday of every
month at noon at the Clock restaurant. All area ministers are invited
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New carbon market opportunities Livestock

for Florida agriculture

farmers, ranchers and private for-
est owners may be able to capi-
talize on a new partnership be-
tween the state's largest general
agricultural organization and the
nation's leading supplier of car-
bon credit aggregation services to
The Florida Farm Bureau Fed-
eration and AgraGate Climate
Credits Corp. have agreed to part-
ner in providing carbon credits
services to farmers, ranchers and
private forest owners. Those inter-
ested in learning more can attend
one of three meetings being held
this month in north Florida.
Producers with continuously
no-tilled fields and newly estab-
lished grasslands, managed re:
forestation or new plantings on
forested land, and on-farm meth-
ane digesters can earn credits
based on the amount of carbon
sequestered by their agricultural
practices. Producers can then sell
these carbon credits, also called
offsets, to utilities, manufacturing
companies and others who want
to offset their carbon emissions.
As a contract facilitator, the
Florida Farm Bureau will as-
sist landowners in registering
eligible properties and practices
for carbon credits. AgraGate, a
subsidiary of the Iowa Farm Bu-
reau, collects credits from indi-
vidual farmers and ranchers and
combines the credits into sizable
pools. The carbon credits are sold
on the Chicago Climate Exchange
(CCX), with the proceeds returned
to the agricultural producers.
"We're pleased that the Flor-
ida Farm Bureau Federation has
agreed to work with us as we ag-
gregate carbon credits from farm-
ers and ranchers in the state,"
said Dave Krog, chief executive
of AgraGate. "The market for car-
bon credits offers farmers, ranch-
ers and private forest owners a
brand new revenue opportunity.
It's important to partner with

people who have significant ex-
perience in the state so they can
help explain both the opportuni-
ties and the risks involved in the
The Florida Farm Bureau Fed-
eration and AgraGate are holding
a series of educational seminars
describing how landowners with
qualified projects can sign up
their carbon credits. These meet-
ings are open to any farm opera-
tor or landowner who is inter-
ested in learning more about this
new market.
"We are always looking for
new ways to help keep Florida 's
agricultural producers profitable.
Giving them access to a volun-
tary market that will compen-
sate them for their environmen-
tally friendly practices is clearly
a good thing, and it's something
we are proud to be promoting,"
said John L. Hoblick, president of
Florida Farm Bureau Federation.
"There will continue to be op-
portunities for Florida agriculture
to produce alternative energy and
provide additional environmen-
tal benefits. We look forward to
working with AgraGate, the CCX
and the University of Florida-IFAS
to identify other innovative proj-
ects for Florida's agricultural pro-
The meeting dates, times and
locations include:
Gainesville: Monday, May 19,
at 6:30 p.m. at the Florida Farm
Bureau Building, 5700 S.W. 34th
Street Gainesville, Florida.
Green Cove Springs: Tuesday,
May 20, at 10 a.m. at the Clay
County Extension Office, 2463
State Road 16 West Green Cove
Live Oak: Tuesday, May 20, at
6:30 p.m. at the Suwannee Coun-
ty Farm Bureau Office, 407 Dowl-
ing Ave SE Live Oak.
For more information on the
educational seminars please call
Florida Farm Bureau at 352-374-

The Florida Farm Bureau Fed-
eration is the state's largest gen-
eral agricultural association with
approximately 140,000 member-
families statewide. Headquar-
tered in Gainesville, the Federa-
tion is an independent, non-profit
agricultural organization and is
not associated with any arm of
the government. For more infor-
mation, visit http://FloridaFarm-
Carbon Sequestration Basics
Sequestering, or holding, car-
bon in the soil helps reduce car-
bon dioxide, one of several green-
house gases that contribute to the
warming of the atmosphere.
Carbon dioxide can be stored
in the soil through no-till planting,
restoring wetlands, converting
cropland to permanent grass or
trees, planting conservation buf-
fers and using cover crops.
The carbon stored in the soil
creates an offset, or credit, that
can be sold on the CCX. Not only
is this good for the soil and the en-
vironment, it can also help facili-
tate the adoption of carbon emis-
sion reductions by companies.
Companies that have made com-
mitments to reduce their carbon
footprint pay farmers, ranchers
and foresters for these credits.
CCX-approved third parties
must verify aggregated offsets
before they can be registered and
sold through the CCX. More infor-
mation is available at the Agra-
Gate web site: www.agragate.
com, and at the Chicago Climate
Exchange site, www.chicagocli-
AgraGate, a subsidiary of the
Iowa Farm Bureau, is the leading
aggregator of carbon credits from
agriculture. On behalf of farmers,
ranchers and private forest own-
ers, the company has marketed
carbon credits from more than
2.1 million acres in 26 states on
the Chicago Climate Exchange.

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What is the Agriscience Education Leadership Program?

The Agriscience Education
Leadership Program further de-
velops agriscience teachers and
administrators' ability to improve
their agriscience programs and
refine their leadership capabilities
in order to provide quality agri-.
cultural 'ectcation for studerits.
Additionally, this program allows
participants to expand their cur-
riculum to include all compo-
nents 6f a igullure, which will
* help lay a 'strong foundation that
students can build on.
What Is The Need For This
Agriscience Education
Leadership Program
Alumni Conference
-Many of Florida's agriscience
teachers often leave the class-
room to work in business and
industry, ultimately leaving Flor-
ida with a constant shortage of
instructors in this field of study.
Additionally, until the 2001 Flori-
da Legislature added language to
Chapter 232.246(1), F.S., that in-
cluded Agriscience Foundations I,
the core course in secondary Agri-
science and Natural Resources
programs, to count as one of the
required science credits needed
to graduate, student participation
in agriscience programs had sig-
nificantly decreased. Prior to this

language being added, a student
would need three agriscience re-
lated courses in order to receive
one science credit. In an effort
to make this field of instruction
more desirable to teachers and to
encourage more students to take
the agriscience courses offered in
their schools, the Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices, the Department of Educa-
tion, and the agriculture industry
developed this training program.
How are participants se-
Each school district superin-
tendent is asked to nominate an
agriscience teacher or curriculum
administrator with five years of
experience from their county to
participate. The nominees must
submit completed applications,
which are reviewed by the se-
lection committee. The selec-
tion committee then chooses 20
participants based on their ap-
plication information and essay
What does the program
consist of?
The participants travel six times
throughout the year to various ar-
eas of the state. The first meeting
takes place in Tallahassee where
the participants spend four days
observing and learning about
the various programs within the

Department of Agriculture and 'da. In addition to the tours, Farm
Consumer Services. The partici- Bureau members speak on milk
pants travel back to Tallahassee pricing, growing caladiums, sod
in March when the Legislature is farm production and what South
in session. This trip concentrates Florida means to the agriculture
primarily on the various functions .,industry.
of government, both the legisla- The two Central Florida trips
tive and executive branch. Partici- Thetwo Central Florida trips
pants attend a Cabinet meeting, include tours of strawberry fields
meet with various legislators and and processing plants, food ir-
observe the members when they radiation plant, dairies, citrus
are in session. Other meeting ar- processing plants and a Publix
eas around the state include the Super Market Warehouse. Par-
Panhandle, Central Florida, and ticipants receive first hand knowl-
South Florida. edge about how strawberries are
The Panhandle trip includes a produced, why irradiation is so
complete overview of a working important to today's society, best
forest as the participants spend management practices by dairies,
one day touring the Blackwater citrus and its important role in
State Forest. This trip also in- citrus and its important role in
cludes meeting with Suwannee Florida agriculture and Florida's
River Water Management District, economy and what happens to
Baker Farm Supply, Jay Research food once it is taken out of the
and Education Center, observing field and becomes ready for pub-
cotton modules, ginning, grading, lic consumption. The participants
shipping and storage and peanut also toured the horticulture indus-
buying, sampling, grading, stor- try including tissue culture and a
age, and shipping. The South foliage nursery.
Florida trip includes a complete In addition to meeting and
overview of the sugar industry, learning about the industry, dur-
including best management prac- the evening hours participants
tices from the South Florida Water s
Management, a citrus processing work on group projects thatben-
and gift basket plant, and a tour of efit other teachers and their stu-
Roth Farms where Rick Roth gives dents and are also taught strong
an overview of the winter crops leadership skills from various
that are produced in South Flori- speakers.


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Yearling Students of the Week
Students of the Week April 10 are: Jaislyn Santiago, Maria Bucio, Maggie Buccino, Krista Ward, Brittany Runyaon, Wesley
jHolden, Mr. Greseth, Terrence Billie.

Okeechobee Future Scientists

* In April, twelve Okeechobee
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sent the Heartland Region at
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in Lakeland. Students spent an
entire day presenting their re-
search to different judges, and

could be awarded first through
fourth place plaques, honor-
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special recognition ribbons. The
following students won awards
and recognition at this year's
State Science Fair: Monica Her-
nandez (YMS), Chris Boney
(YMS), and Wesley Mims (OFC)

each won a $50.00 savings'
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Science and Engineering: Macy
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ham (OFC), and Joy Burnham
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6320 or 863-462-5000, ext. 282.

YMS collecting print-
er cartridges
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(YMS) is collecting empty print-
er and copy toner cartridges.
They are sent in for credits that

Classroom: Celena Letcher
(OFC) won an Honorable Men-
tion paperweight, and Angela
McCall (OHS) was awarded a
third place plaque. Congratula-
tions to all of the participants.
Okeechobee is proud of you !!!

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under way
Peace Lutheran Preschool is
now taking enrollment for the
coming school year. They have
openings in Jr. Preschool, 3
and 4 year old's and Kindergar-
ten. Call the school for more
information, 863-763-7566.

- Obituaries

Elaine Belle Prather
: Elaine Belle Prather, age 83,
of Okeechobee died May 9, 2008
at Treasure
Coast Hospice,
Fort Pierce.
Mrs. Prather

was born Sep-
tember 14,
1924 in Lance,
Ohio to Henry,
Jr. and Ethel
Lambert. Mrs.
Rather came to


Okeechobee from Marion, N.C.
in 1984 and was of the Baptist
Mrs. Prather is survived by her
husband, Eugene of Okeecho-
bee; daughters, Debra (Frank)
Marsocci of Okeechobee, JoAnn
(Marvin) Baker of Okeechobee,
and Linda (Gary) Mehler of King-
sport, Tenn.; son, Bill (Debra)

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or perhaps a
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regular that you
can just look at them and see loneliness
in their eyes. This is someone you have
never spoken to, a stranger to you.
You see this person crying out for help
but you do nothing. Maybe you are
scared or feel funny going up to a com-
plete stranger and intruding on their
lives or afraid of not knowing what to
do. But have you ever thought that
maybe that individual just needs a
friend, someone to listen to or someone
not to speak but just to sit there and
offer support? There are so many
strangers out there that don't have to
be a stranger. God might be calling out
to you help make a difference in that
lost and sad soul. The next time you
see a stranger go up and introduce
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happen if you do something instead of
sitting back and ignoring an opportu-
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10 grandchildren; 10 great grand-
Visitation will be Monday,
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peting in spring football practice
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getting a lot of productivity out of our practices.
Hopefully we'll have this all spring"
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The Brahmans also have 39 in-
coming freshman to add to their
veteran players. Both groups will
be playing at the spring game on
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"I'd like to have some older

players but the eighth graders
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he noted.
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Main Street, Inc. receives 2008 national program accreditation

Main Street, Inc. has been ac-
credited as a 2008 National Main
Street Program for meeting the
commercial district revitalization
performance standards set by the
National Trust Main Street Cen-
ter�. Okeechobee Main Street
joins over 675 other Main Street�"
revitalization programs being rec-
ognized as 2008 National Main
Street Programs. Each year, the
National Trust Main Street Cen-
ter and its coordinating program
partners announce the list of ac-
credited National Main Street Pro-
grams around the country that
have demonstrated their ability to
follow the Main Street methodol-
"We congratulate this year's
accredited National Main Street
Programs for meeting our estab-
lished performance standards,"
says Doug Loescher, director of
the National Trust Main Street
Center. "Rebuilding a district's
economic health and maintaining
that success requires broad-based
community involvement and sup-
port, in addition to establishing
a solid organization with sound
management that is committed
to long-term success."
The National Trust Main Street
Center works in partnership with

"Rebuilding a district's economic health and
maintaining that success requires broad-based
community involvement and support, in addition
to establishing a solid organization with sound
management that is committed to long-term
-Doug Loescher,
Director of National Trust Main Street Center

Coordinating Main Street Pro-
grams throughout the nation to
identify the local programs that
meet the National Trust Main
Street Center's ten basic perfor-
mance standards. These stan-
dards set the benchmarks for
measuring an individual Main
Street program's application of
the Main Street Four-Point Ap-
proach'" to commercial district
revitalization. Evaluation crite-
ria determines the communities
that are building comprehensive
and sustainable revitalization ef-
forts and include standards such
as developing a mission, foster-
ing strong public-private partner-
ships, securing an operating bud-
get, tracking economic progress,
and preserving historic buildings.

For more information on the Na-
tional Main Street Program ac-
creditation, visit www.mainstreet.
The organization's perfor-
mance was evaluated by Florida
Main Street Program, which is
the coordinating organization for
Main Street programs in Florida.
Maureen Burroughs, President,
Okeechobee Main Street, stated
"Our Board, Executive Director,
members, and volunteers make
our organization what it is. This
group is so dedicated to the Main
Street cause and goals, and the
energies within make this orga-
nization a powerful force. Thanks
to everyone involved and special
thanks to the City and County for
their support."

Since 1980, the National Trust
Main Street Center has helped
hundreds of downtown and
neighborhood commercial dis-
tricts across the nation reclaim
the unique quality of life that only
a thriving community center can
provide. Through the Main Street
Four-Point Approach to commer-
cial district revitalization, which
combines historic preservation
and economic development,
the Center has forged a nation-
wide movement for the revival of
America's historic and traditional
commercial districts. The Center
provides a nationwide member-
ship network, comprehensive on-
site consulting services, in-depth
seminars and conferences, tech-
nical publications and training
materials, and national advocacy
for commercial districts.
The National Trust for His-
toric Preservation is a non-profit
membership organization bring-
ing people together to protect,
enhance and enjoy the places
that matter to them. By saving
the places where great moments
from history - and the important
moments of everyday life - took
place, the National Trust for His-
toric Preservation helps revitalize
neighborhoods and communities,
spark economic development

Builders association hosts Parade of Homes

sure Coast Builders Association
(TCBA) hosted its Grand Awards
Banquet to celebrate the conclu-
sion of its 20th Annual Parade of
Homes. The event, held at the
Pelican Yacht Club in Fort Pierce,
recognized 32 Grand Award Win-
ners, a People's Choice Winner,
and the inaugural recipient of the
Annual Parade of Homes Green
Building Council Award.
All entries were judged by 20
building and design professionals
from outside the Treasure Coast
area, plus three students from the
Future Builders of America chap-
ter at Fort Pierce Central High
- Geronimo Sanchez, Miguel
Barboza, and Kraig Glenton-
along with Todd Cash, a graph-
ing and design teacher from the
high school. Entries were judged
based upon exteriors, interiors,
kitchens, bathrooms, bedroom
and other features to score and
+ determine Platinum, Gold and
Silver winners for each catego-
ry. Platinum winners were then
compared to select the Grand
Award designee for each catego-
ry. (Grand Awards winner listed
"We're proud once again to
have such a large pool of highly
qualified entries," said Parade of
Homes co-chair Arlene Brown
from Fast Title, Inc. "These
awards recognize the best of the
best from across the Treasure
Coast and demonstrate our mem-
bers' commitment to top-quality,
state-of-the-art construction."
"I surely don't envy the judges
difficult challenge in selecting the
winners amongst so many im-
pressive entries," said Parade of
Homes co-chair Don Santos from
Santos Construction Company.
"To be chosen as winner is defi-
nitely a feather in the cap for the
winning companies."
Additional awards were pre-
sented during the banquet, in-
The People's Choice Award
(voted on by the public): Gable-


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The Treasure Coast Builders Association hosted its Grand
Awards Banquet to celebrate the conclusion of its 20th An-
nual Parade of Homes.

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Abney and Abney Construction won FPL's Most Energy Ef-
ficient BuildSmart Home award as well as the Green Build-
ing Council award. Both awards were in recognition of Abney
and Abney's Ivey Model.

Munir Homes.
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ficient Builder Award presented
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preferred. HIV Early Intervention Services
Program. Must have HS diploma, reliable
transportation and valid FL drivers lic. Exp
with community health fairs, HIV testing,
networking with community svcs agencies.
Computer Exp. needed.

Fax resume to: (863) 357-2991 or apply at:
FL Community Health Centers,
308 NW 5th Ave.,
Okeechobee, FL

Avg Pay $20/hr,
$57 K/yr, incl. Fed Ben, OT
Placed by adSource,
not aff w/USPS who hires.


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. serve.

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never accept any advertise-
ment that Is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs - if
It sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.


Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

elderly. 24 hour care by
registered nurse. TLC in
nice family home.

makes you a more informed
and Interesting person. No
wonder newspaper readers
are more successful


Day care.
Fun-Leaming Activities In A
Classroom Settng, Fenced
Playground and much more
Preschool Ages: 1w - 5yrs old

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

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

Why Rent a
Storage Unit
when you can
own a Shed for
the same Price.
Call Stanton
Homes at

Lamps $17,100 Barstools
$39 up, 50 Desks $97 up,
3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197,
50 Table and 4 Chairs $397
up, 200 Recliners $297 up,
50 2pc Sofa & Loveseat
sets $687 up, 50 TV Ent.
Centers $167 up, 2 Pc
Queen Bed set $297 up, 50
4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
3Pc Livingroom tables
$97up, 100 headboards
$79 up.

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Turn your Gold into Money
Wolfgang Jewelers
1416 S Parrott Ave
Okeechobee, FL
(next to UPS store)

Konetco country plank collec-
tion floating locking floor
system, 1103 sq. ft., $1,470
great price (863)763-7386

a 3 =

Duplex For Rent
2/2 w/ garage, access to pool
and tennis courts, lawn
maintenance included
$800/mo. 1st & security
NEW Z BR, 2/2 BA Apt., All
major apple's. included. Near
hospital. $975 mo. + $500 -
sec. dep. (863)763-0111
REMODELED - 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $700/mo, 1st, last
& sec. (863)634-3313
We have over 50 Rentals!
Century 21 Horizon

\(863) 824-004C Indian Hammock
House for Rent
or Toll Free 2 story, 3br/2ba,
(888) 824.004C barn, 3 fenced
-__ -,., pastures, immed.
, occupancy, 1st
& last $4800
_ w/$2400 sec. dep.

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

LAWN MOWER - Murray Hy-
drostat, 14hp, 2 cyl., 42"
cut, asking $300.


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

lbr/lba-Taylor Creek Condo,
round floor, 1 yr. lease,
675/mo, 1st & last, water &
sewer inc., (863)697-9043
Townhs. Updated kitchen. All
appl's. W&D. $950 mo. 1st,
last& sec. (863)467-5965

Avail. Immediately! Fully
furnished. New carpet. Pool,
Tennis & Boat dock. 1IBA 1BR
$695 or 2BR $895 + electric.
Annual lease. 215-359-7779

2 Bedroom,
2 Bath, 2
car garage.
Kings Bay

$1,000 a

BASSWOOD - Almost New!
Affordable 3br, 2ba, 2 gar for
rent. $1000. mo. + Sec.
dep. (772)323-4758
Basswood-New 3BR/2BA,
garage, fenced, good neigh-
borhood(561)379-9417 or
2/1 Available, no pets,
$590/mo + Sec Dep.
Call (863)467-9800
BHR - 3br, 2ba,
1800 sf, Lake Access
$900 mo.

CIhristian Booes,
v1,idelos, TBilses
Vitamins, Minerals,
Heal cth Food _
17SatATrre'es P nfts
417 WS Park Streeoot - Okeocrhobee
S6 3-a467-1243

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CASTLE Professionals
Support our fight for the prevention of child abuse
Call (863) 467-7771


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Ranch Acres, W&D Hookup.
$1100 mo. 1st, last & sec.
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, laundry,
tiled, $1100/mo. rent.
$5,000 applied to purchase
of $149,900 after 1 year.
3375 NW 40th Dr. Bass-
wood. (561)718-2822
BUCKHEAD - 3/1, lots of stor-
age, fenced, w/d, 1 pet.
$750/mo (863)763-0445
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, $11'00 per month
3 br, 2 ba, SW sec, office,
Must See!
Reduced $159,500
Lawrence Real Estate Co.
closed porch, W&D, Ig stor-
age shed, large lot, $825/mo
inclds water (786)201-0306

2BR/1BA, 1 car garage, CBS
House. central a/c & heat,
dishwasher,W/D, storm shut-
ters. $900 mo. + $900 sec.
dep. Avail Now 863-467-8434
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
OKEECHOBEE- 4/2/1 Ever-
glade Estates, tile throughout,
1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
3/2, only $850 + $500 sec.
1 sm. pet considered, pay
own electric. (863)697-0214
2/1, furnished, $800/mo +
1st& sec. (863)634-8757
1 ba, waterfront house, large
fenced yard. $750/mo
We have over 50 Rentals!
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Professional Office Space
for Lease - near Courthouse,
immediate occupancy.
available, within new com-
mercial bldg., all utils incld.
$600/mo (863)467-1545

OKEECHOBEE- Wanted Senior
Male or Female, roommate
or companion to share ex-
penses in a 2br/2ba home.
Call (863)467-4285

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W&D, Furnished. $450/mo
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Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property - Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property - Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property - Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

Pre-Construction $119K"
2/21/2, 1149 sq. ft. CBS
Century 21 Horizon

NEED TO SELL! Owner finance
avail. 3/2 lake access. Around
corner from Buckhead Lock.
1730 SF, L/R, D/R, F/R. Metal
roof, front/back decks. $155K.

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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 Homes

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

Okeechobee News, Sunday, May 11, 2008

ANCIENT OAKS -55+, Gated,
lbr , Sunroom, Covered
patio, Carport, Boat ramp,
Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. Cable
TV included. $400/mo. +
Electric. 954-610-5345
BH RIDGE - 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$800 mo. + $1000 Sec.
dep. (772)370-1095
2/2's @ $500, 3/2's @
$650, yearly lease, No pets,
$1000 sec. (863)763-4031
FT. DRUM - Just set up! Beau-
tiful D/W on Sac. Ft Drum
creek/pond in back $1500 dep
reg' $800 mo. 772-464-9226
Mobile Homes For Rent
2 and 3 Bedrooms
Easy Payments
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/1ba,
$475/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets. Call
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 3br/lba
doublewide in town. No pets.
$675/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. Call (863)763-6232
We have over 50 Rentalsl
Century 21 Horizon

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waterfront lot. New seawall,
$1000/mo (954)610-5345

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Mobile Home For Sale
On Large Lot
Owner Financing
TRAILER - 8x24, w/10x20
Screened room. Shed w/
washer & dryer. $5000 or
best offer (863)381-7835

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Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
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

Okeechobee Squadron of Civil Air Patrol reaches milestone

The Okeechobee Squadron of
the Civil Air Patrol achieved a sig-
nificant milestone this past week.
On Sunday, April 20, at approxi-
mately 12:30 a.m. the squadron
responded and completed their
first Mission wholly staffed by
Okeechobee Squadron Person-
nel. This mission included a three
person Aircrew launched form
Okeechobee Regional Airport in
a Civil Air Patrol Cessna 172 air-
craft and a three person Ground
Team dispatched from their
headquarters at the Okeechobee
Airport, which included a mis-
sion radio operator. The Squad-
ron Commander, Lt. Joe Papasso
could not comment on the de-
tails of the mission because Civil
Air Patrol Missions are consid-
ered confidential by both Civil Air
Patrol Regulations and Air Force
Regulations and therefore cannot
be discussed. However Papasso
was able to disclose The Mission
was in support of Air Force Res-
cue Coordination Center which
resulted'in locating and disabling
an Einergernc Locater Trans-
miller in Northern Palm Beach
County. The mission was not
considered a Distress Mission.;
there was rin. inji-uv or propertyI
F- damage ir l:,\e-l The Squadron
located and silenced the transmit-
ter in less than 90 minutes from
the time of alert notification.
Papasso explained that he is
very proud of his Squadron. Less
than one year ago when he took
command of the Squadron the
members of the newly formed
squadron had no assets assigned
to them nor were they at the
ready and had little or no training.
Over the first few months of his
command, Papasso got the nec-
essary training for the members
from experienced CAP Emergen-
cy Services Personnel in Group 4
and soon there after they began
serving on missions with other
Squadron Personnel from within
Group 4. Not long after the Squad-

to joint missions, Papasso be-
gan requesting mission-specific
equipment. With the training in
place and the Squadron Mission
Service Record and experience
growing monthly, the Okeecho-
bee Squadron was granted the
necessary equipment.
Papasso shared with us what
makes him proud to be part of
the Civil Air Patrol and espe-
cially the Okeechobee Com-
posite Squadron. He explained
the normal time line to become
mission qualified for all the tasks
necessary to operate a mission
solely within one Squadron usu-
ally takes many members a few
years or more to complete the
CAP Emergency Service Train-
ing. Thanks to the hard work
and dedication of the Okeecho-
bee Squadron' Members as well
as the support and accelerated
training from Group 4 person-
nel, the Okeechobee Compos-
ite Squadron was able fast track
their training and achieve Mission
Status Ready Status signifying
they are fully mission ready and
qualified in less than one year.
This is almost unheard of in the
CAP, Organization according to
Papasso.: He mentioned Lhat this
klissionr \'.a a success r not only
because they accomplished the
goal of the mission quickly and
efficiently, but it was also a trib-
ute to the quality and dedica-
tion of the members who make
up the Okeechobee Composite
Lt. Joe Ragon who was the
Mission Pilot explains that what
makes this mission such a mile-
stone for both the Squadron and
the Okeechobee Community is
the fact that it was conducted
solely by Okeechobee Squadron
Personnel, but just as important
was the immediate response.
Up 'till now, all of the Missions
the Okeechobee Squadron has
participated in over the past year
within the 7 county area includ-
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Aircrew preflights aircraft for mission: Lt. Bud Dolphin
Ragon checking oil, Lt Gerg gernat checking fuel.

been joint participation mis-
sions. It is really rare in CAP that a
Squadron has the manpower and
asset capability to staff and sup-
port a mission solely within that
Squadron or community. While
the training and efficiency of CAP
is designed to have qualified CAP
participants from outside the area
seamlessly join a Mission, there
is a natural time delay in getting
personnel from outside the area
to the mission. Ragon elaborated
that in a Search and Rescue, time
is critical and sometimes it can be
the difference between life and
death for the victimss. Concern
over that delay time is what has
driven Lt. Papasso and the rest
of the Squadron to train and get
the necessary equipment here in
Okeechobee. The Okeechobee
Composite Squadron has always
been and always will be com-
mitted to the community and we
can now respond quickly with
full mission capability (manpow-
er, air and ground assets) if and
when called upon by Okeecho-
bee Emergency Management.
This is truly a milestone for the
community as well as the Squad-
The Okeeelobh.e Composite
Squadron mission capabilities
include land and air searches
for lost aircraft, missing persons,
shoreline searches for missing
or disabled boaters and fisher-
man, storm damage assessment,
high altitude communications
for ground based emergency
services such as fire and para-
medics, transportation of search
dogs as well as air and ground
support for natural disasters just
to name a few. If you are inter-
ested or would like to learn more
about this or any Cadet or Adult
Program the Civil Air Patrol offers
please contact Lt. Joe Papasso at
561-252-0916, or Lt. Joe Ragon
at 954-695-8000. Meetings are
every Tuesday at 7:30 to 9 at the
Okeechobee Airport. Please call

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Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

Missy Jones, you are hereby notified
that I will offer for sale and sell at
public sale to the highest and best
bidder for cash the following de-
scribed livestock; 2 year old, 750
Ib, 14.2hh bay mare, with white
star, dorsal stripe to right snip and
white coronet front left, at 12.00
o'clock, am on the 13th day of June
at Animal Control located at 1480
NW 25th Drive Okeechobee to sat-
isfy a claim in the sum of $250 for
fees, expenses for feeding and care
and costs hereof.
273534 ON 5/10/08

D o wonder newspaper
readers are more popular!

Bronco- '89, red, 4-wheel
drive, great condition, all ter-
rain tires, tinted windows,
$1500 (863)357-7265
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Okeechobee News, Sunday, May 11, 2008 13

FACE the Music

Flylady ,,/

by Maria
Cilley IT

Every time we turn around
we are slammed in our face with
.the speculation thrown at us as
'fact that our economy is in a re-
-cession. What we think about
we bring about. I am not about
to allow some talking head to tell
me how I am doing financially. I
know what is going on with my
checkbook balance and I know
where my money is going. I don't
have to rely on someone else to
tell me what to think. I am armed
with my own numbers and can
think for myself.
Who knows why the me-
dia has decided to jump on this
bandwagon, but we don't have
to follow it all the way to the
poor house. I think their method
of reporting is akin to yelling fire
in a crowded theatre. We are in
control and all we have to do is
FACE our own numbers and ad-
just our spending.
FACE stands for Financial
Awareness Continually Empow-
ers. When we know the num-
bers we are in charge. When we
allow the talking heads to tell us
what our bank balance is then
we are no better than an ostrich
sticking its head into the sand.
By the way an ostrich is smarter
than that and this is a myth.
Are you scared to look at your
checkbook balance? Do you
'know where you are spending
your hard earned dollars? We

only have so much money in our
bucket. When you don't know
where your money is going then
you are carrying all your money
in a bucket.filled with holes. No
wonder you feel poor! You are
not in control! Your emotions
You feel sorry for yourself,
so you head down to get a caf6
mocha to drown your sad feel-
ings. Well guess what after you
consume that over-priced, over
sugared caffeinated cup of cof-
fee, your bank account suffers
too and so does your waistline!
I have even heard on television,
of people taking a job at a well
known coffee house to get their
coffee fix for free. How sad is
that! Creative but is it really free if
you have to drive there and take
time away from your family to
get your coffee addiction satis-
fied. Why not make it yourself?
I know what it is like to be
poor. My car has been my home,
I have slept at the box office that
I ran and showered at a friend's
house. I have had 13 cents to my
name and have not known how
I was going to pay for a flat tire to
be fixed. This is not a fun place
to be. I thank God that I am not
there any longer but He taught
me a great lesson; To do what I
could with what I had to make
the best of my situation.
There was only one point
when I succumbed to tears. I
quickly realized that those tears
were lack of faith in God and the
common sense He gave me. I
pulled myself up with the help
of some wonderful people who
reached out to me at fny lowest.
I had to be willing to ask for help
in order to give them the oppor-
tunity to lend a hand. They were
the people at the Charlie's Tire

who notice that in order to get
the flat tire out of the trunk, they
had to move a bunch of imperfect
sweatshirts my brother-in-law
had put there for me to get rid of
for him. It just happened to be a
very cold day in February. I had
already told Mr. Charlie and his
son that I didn't have any money
and they told me not to worry
that we would figure something
out. About that time one of the
guys from the shop came in and
wanted to buy a sweat shirt. In
only a few minutes I had $200 in
my hand by selling them for a few
bucks each. This was enough to
buy a new tire to replace the one
that could not be fixed.
We have a choice. We can be-
lieve the people who tell us we
are poor or we can know what
our bank balance is and where it
is going. When the talking heads
say these things it reminds me of
all the years we were told that we
were lazy and stupid. We are nei-
ther of these!
You are prosperous in propor-
tion to what you can do without,
Can you do without the Caf6 Mo-
cha or the cost of the gasoline to
get there?
For more help getting rid of
your CHAOS; check out her web-
site and join her free life coaching
at www.FlyLady.net, listen to her
flylady show or read her books,
Sink Reflections published by
Bantam and her New York Times
Best Selling book, Body Clutter
published by Fireside. Copyright
2008 Maria Cilley Used by per-
mission in this publication.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Foster Family


At their meeting on Thurs-
day, May 8, the Okeecho-
bee County Board of County
Commissioners proclaimed
Sthe month of May to be Foster
Family Appreciation Month in
Okeechobee County. Com-
mission chairman Clif Betts
presented a copy of the proc-
lamation to Rossana Gonza-

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
MyWonderfulWorldorg. It's part of a free National
Geographic-led campaign to give your kids the
power of global knowledge. Go there today and
help them succeed tomorrow. Start with our free
parent and teacher action kits. And let your kids
begin the adventure of a lifetime.
Itsa wonderful world Explorel


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exchange. If you're not happy, we're not happy!
FAST, SIMPLE, FRIENDLY, FAIR: In short, we pledge to make your buying experience fast, simple, friendly and fair!



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