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Place of Publication: Okeechobee, Fla
Creation Date: July 13, 2008
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Vol. 99 No. 195 Sunday, July 13, 2008 Po BOX 117007
.......... .. ...-...-.- - GAINESVILLE FL 32611


State parks offer
free day on Sunday
Florida is waiving admission
to all state parks on Sunday,
July 13. To celebrate July as
Recreation and Parks Month,
the Florida Department of Envi-
ronmental Protection's Division
of Recreation & Parks is encour-
aging family friendly, outdoor
recreation with the launch of
its "Family. Friends. Fun." cam-
paign to reconnect children
and families with nature. Since
1985, the National Recreation
and Park Association has des-
ignated July as Recreation and
Parks Month.

Realtors help
with school supplies
The Okeechobee County
Board of Realtors is hosting a
School Supply drive for the up-
coming school year. Collection
-boxes will be located at the lo-
.cal Lending Institutions and
local Real Estate Offices, any
:supplies that you can donate
'would be greatly appreciated.
'If you are doing your personal
shopping and you see school
items that are one sale that
would be a great time to grab
up a few of the things that are
greatly needed. The list of items
that the schools have requested
are: pencils, dry erase markers,
erasers, glue sticks, notebook
paper, copy paper and hand
sanitizer. Any help you can give
will be greatly appreciated.

Drought Index

Current: 366
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.92 feet
Last Year: 9.1 feet
So ored By:

Pogey' Family Restaurant
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

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Scrapbooking: Group holds crop

Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon
Magi Cable, Heather Dobbs, Jane Stough, Laura Feightner, Pat Bennett, Kim Senna,
Carolyn Burdeshaw, Corry Geissinger, Joan Rueff, Kathy McMahon, Lisa Conner and
Carol Grosvenor were in attendance at the July 12 scrapbook party held at the First
United Methodist Church. This event takes place once.or twice a month and is open to
anyone that wishes to attend.

Scrapbook party held

at Methodist Church

By Victoria Hannon
Okeechobee News
Once or twice a month a
dedicated group of women
gather to partake in a hobby
that they enjoy with friends.
This.event is an all day scrap-
booking crop, which lasted
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sat-
urday, July 12 and was held at
First United Methodist Church.
At the meeting, there was
a derni:,nstration of how Tyvek
paper and Lumiere paint could
be used in scrapbooking.
This is the "paper" that is of-
ten used as envelopes from the
post office, which is actually a
type of plastic.
This paper can be painted
and then ironed to create differ-
ent objects like clouds or leaves
that can then be used to deco-
rate a scrapbook page.
When it is ironed this mate-
rial bubbles or melts, depend-
ing on the intensity of the heat.
"When you scrapbook, you
are always thinking of different
things that you can do," Ms. Ru-
eff said. "I try to introduce dif-
ferent ideas to the girls."
In addition to the fun of be-
ing with a group of people that
share an interest, the group
also shares a potluck lunch on
the days of their meetings.
"One of the hardest parts of
a crop is bringing everything
you think you're going to use,"

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Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon
Corry Geissinger shows Laura Feightner her scrapbook
at the July 12 scrapbook party held at the First United
Methodist Church. This event takes place once or twice
a month and is open to anyone who wishes to attend.
Ms. Rueff said. containers of supplies.
She brought four rolling
See Scrapbook - Page 2

Fundraiser planned

to help local family

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
J.R. Wilson and April Pe-
terson received the news on
Wednesday, July 2, that their
two-year-old daughter Emily
Wilson was diagnosed with a
childhood form ofcancerwhich
primarily affects children.
The family is in need of help
with Emily's medical and per-
sonal expenses since both her
mother and father have been
with the hospital with her in
Loxahatchee at Palms West. To
help with their expenses, local
friends and family are holding
a fund raising golf tournament
at the Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club on Saturday, Aug.
2. Sponsorship opportunities
are also available.
There will be a 50/50 draw-
ing, closest to pins, door prizes,

long drive, hole in one, and
the first second and last place
will receive prizes. At the event
there will also be a silent auc-
Cost for the tournament
is $65 per person or $260 per
learn Hole sponsors are $100
or $50
You may also make dona-
tions to help Emily's family by
.donating moneyto the Emily
'.Vilkon Benefit Account at Sea-
coast National Bank. The tour-
nament is also in need of vol-
unteers during the tournament
for serving food, cooking, etc.
If you would like to donate
merchandise for door prizes or
the silent auction or just want
additional information please
contact Tim Craig 863-763-3101
See Family - Page 2

Okeechobee News/Chauna
Friends and family are
holding a benefit Golf Tour-
nament at the Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club on
Saturday Aug. 1, for Emily
Wilson who was recently
diagnosed with a childhood



in Florida

By Elizabeth White
Associated Press Writer
Three Americans freed after
being held more than five years
by rebels in Colombia are giv-
ing thanks and urging people to
not forget other hostages who
were left behind.
The three men are heading
home to Florida after 10 days of
treatment in Houston at Brooke
Army Medical Center.

Former hostage Marc Gon-
salves said as he boarded a
plane for home Saturday with
Thomas Howes and Keith Stan-
sell that the three men were
going to rest and "unwind for
about a month and a half."
They were rescued by the
Colombian military on July 2
after being held by the Revo-
lutionary Armed Forces of Co-

Little leaguers

compete in


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee defeated Se-
bastian but lost to Port St. Lucie
and Sebastian in a rematch as
the little league Dii ; I 17 tour-
nament for boys 15 and over
continued last week in St. Lucie
Okeechobee opened the
tournament with an exciting ex-
tra inning, 9-8 win over Sebas-
tian. In game two the all stars
were blasted by Port St. Lucie,
13-0. In game three Okeecho-
bee lost to Port St. Lucie, 6-2.
"The boys have played
hard," Head Coach George Val-
ladares noted, "They get down,
but they fight back. Win or lose
I'm proud of them, they are
one of the best bunch of kids
I've ever coached."
Okeechobee has some play-
ers with high school experience
but no varsity players. They do
have a couple of junior varsity

veterans. They are going up
against teams with a number
of high school varsity players
on their rosters so the tourna-
ment has been a challenge.
"Port St. Lucie is an excel-
lent team, il-wl, pitlh ,.\ eii,-and
they hit the ball. Still our boys
are fighting, and getting some
valuable experience," Valla-
dares noted.
Okeechobee was scheduled
to play Friday night at Sports-
man's Park in Port St. Lucie in
the loser's bracket.
Michael Valladares pitched
Okeechobee past Sebastian
in the opening game and
Okeechobee got some clutch
hits. Since the opener the
team's bats have gone cold,
perhaps because they are fac-
ing tougher pitching'than they
faced during the regular sea-
"We've gotten some big hits
See Tournament-Page 2

Preparing for hurricanes
As part of Florida Power & Light's (FP&L) Storm Secure
Program, concrete electric poles have replaced the wood-
en poles on lines serving Raulerson Hospital to make
them more resistant to hurricanes. Hospitals around the
state are the first priority in the program. Then the utility
will concentrate on "hardening" the lines going to other
vital facilities such as police stations and emergency op-
erations centers. The FP&L program is the first one in the
nation to harden electric lines going to critical facilities.
The program is tailored to provide the various wind resis-
tances needed in different parts of the state.

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SEmily recently underwent sur-
'gery at Palms West where the
'doctors had to remove one of her
'kidneys. Emily has what is called
'a Wilms' tumor, also known as
'nephroblastoma, which is the
'most common malignant tumor
'of the kidneys in children accord-
'ing to information from the Mayo
:Clinic website. The peak time of

Continued From Page 1
but they've come with the bases
empty, we need to bunch hits to-
gether and get hits in clutch situa-
tions," Valladares added.
He praised hitters like Frankie
Decarlo, Brant Harden, Charlie
Lang, Ryan Meigs, and his son,
Michael, for how they have swung
the bats during the tournament.
David Altman took the mound
in the game Wednesday night, a

Continued From Page 1

Wilms' tumor occurrence is at
age 3, and it occurs only rarely
after age 8.
Wilms' tumor may arise in ei-
ther or both kidneys. The condi-
tion is named for the 19th-century
German surgeon who recognized
that the cancer develops from im-
mature kidney cells.
The outlook for children with
Wilms' tumor has greatly im-
proved in recent decades. Im-
proved imaging techniques help
doctors to determine the extent of
the cancer in Wilms' tumor and
to plan treatment.

6-2 loss to Port St. Lucie, and did a
good job in keeping Okeechobee
in the game.
"He threw everything but
the kitchen sink at them but we
couldn't get the job done," he
noted. Okeechobee was held to
three hits in the game.

"Usually if you don't have cer- I'
tain supplies someone else does," .
Corry Geissinger, who has been
part of the group for about a year,
said. "Everyone is really good
about sharing."
This is beneficial due to all of
the different things that can be
done with scrap booking.
"I like to layer things," Ms. Ru-
eff said.
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has a number of punches which
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sizes and shapes," she said. "I
have some big ones at home that
are shaped like a baby's bottle.
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^YoU can even download blank
pages from the internet; photo
goes here, place flower here."
There are always new things
coming out in the world of scrap-
"They always come out with
new ideas and new ways to do
things," Ms. Rueff said. "We are
always interested in new ladies
coming and joining our group.
They don't need to do anything
fancy to come, but they might
catch the bug."
Most of the group members
scrapbooked on their own before
entering the group, but that is not
a requirement.
"I've learned a lot form these
ladies," Ms. Geissinger said. "The
best part is the friendships we
make here."

Man is


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card theft

TAMARAC (AP)'-- Federal au-
thorities say a South Florida man
racked up more than $100,000 in
fraudulent charges after stealing
credit card numbers from cus-
tomers at a restaurant.
According to charges filed in
U.S. District Court, investigators
believe Coral Springs resident
Bruce Horner deposited bad
checks totaling more than $4
millionn into his bank account be-
Iween March 2007 and February
2008. Before bank officials real-.
fzed the problem, Horner with-
drew about $400,000.
Prosecutors believe Horner
took credit card numbers from
customers at Wat a Lunch n More
in Tamarac, a restaurant he sold
in May 2007. F
It was not immediately clear if
Horner had an attorney.

According to the Mayo Clinic
information on Wilms' tumor
one may feel a mass in their
child's abdomen during bathing
or dressing, or the child's doc-
tor may detect it during a routine
physical examination. The tumor
may be firm to the touch, and you
might be able to feel it on either
side of your child's abdomen.
Wilms' tumor may also go
undetected early on, because the
tumors can grow large without
causing pain. A child may appear
healthy or may have symptoms
such as:

Kevin Christenson also has
pitched a game for Okeechobee.
Okeechobee's 13-0 defeat to
Port St. Lucie was marred by eight
fielding errors.
"They boys are playing their
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season," Valladares added.
The boys did win the junior di-
vision regular season title with a
record of 15-3.
"We've had a good season but
let's face it right now we are play-
ing better ball players," Valladares

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Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Considerable cloudiness. -A'slight chance of showers
and thunderstorms iTl- iough late rnirrrng. Then numerous after-
noon showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 80s. Southwest
winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Tonight: Considerable cloudiness. A chance of showers and
thunderstorms through midnight...Then a slight chance of show-
ers and thunderstorms after midnight. Lows around 70. Southwest
winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain,30 percent.
Extended Forecast
Monday: Considerable cloudiness with scattered showers and
thunderstorms. Highs around 90. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of rain 50 percent.
Monday night: Considerable cloudiness. Scattered evening
showers and thunderstorms...Then a slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms after midnight. Lows around 70. Chance of rain 30
Tuesday: Considerable cloudiness with scattered showers and
thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 80s. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Scattered evening showers and
thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunder-
storms. Highs around 90. Chance of rain 50 percent. Partly cloudy.
Scattered evening showers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower
70s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

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News Briefs

Grief sharing for parents of
deceased children
Have you had a recent or past death of a child? A local support
group is forming for parents (only) who have had a child precede
them in death. The parents will meet and talk about their feelings,
emotions and their life going forward without their child. If you are
interested please email grievingparent3@yahoo.com.

CCC sponsors back to school supply drive
The Shared Services Networks Community Collaborative Coun-
cil is sponsoring its annual Back to School Supply Drive and you
can help. School supplies will be given to needy and foster children
in Okeechobee before the new school year starts. Item suggestions
are: pencils, pens, markers, colored pencils, crayons, highlighters,
notebook paper, construction paper, folders, binders, backpacks,
glue, scissors, rulers, erasers, index cards and calculators. Supplies
may be brought to the Community Collaborative Council during the
July meeting. Okeechobee County School Board Office, 700 SW.
Second Ave., Room 301. For more information call Sharon Vinson
at 863-462-5000.

Main Street Mixer
Okeechobee Main Street invites you to the Main Street Mixer
on Tuesday July 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. This month's mixer will be
hosted by Western Living, located at 123 S.W. Park Street. Mark your
calendar and invite a friend, this is a great way to network in the
community and meet our local business representatives. There will
be door prizes and refreshments will be served. For more informa-
tion please contact Main Streets Executive Director Toni Doyle at
863-357-MAIN (6246).

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Okeechobee News, Sunday, July 13, 2008 .

Bermuda issues tropical storm warning

By Elizabeth Roberts
Associated Press Writer
Hamilton, Bermuda (AP) - Ber-
muda is preparing for heavy rains
and wind this weekend as Hurri-
cane Bertha churned slowly across
the Atlantic.
The Bermuda Weather Service
issued a tropical storm warning Sat-
urday morning and the outer bands
of Bertha threatened to sideswipe
the island on Sunday.
The U.S. National Hurricane
Center said the Category 1 hurri-
cane was chugging north at about 2
mph (4 kmh). The storm remained
mostly stationary on Saturday, and
even forecasters hit a lull: "After a
week or so ... I am running out of
things to say about Bertha," read
one official report.
Most tourists chose to hang out
in pools and walk along the beach
instead of battle the stronger surf
and rip currents along Bermuda's
southern coast. Signs have been

Pensacola Beach, Fla. (AP)
-Escambia County authorities
say three people were struck by
lightning at an air show in Pensa-
cola Beach.
Sheriff Ron McNesby said three
people were transported from the
beach to a hospital Saturday after-

posted announcing that beaches
are closed.
"You can go out and swim if you
like, but lifeguards will not come
out and get you," said Darnell Joell,
a bartender at Coco Reef resort.
Lifeguards at Horseshoe Beach
blocked the shoreline with bright
red tape and turned tourists away.
Many lingered, however, taking pic-
tures of the crashing waves.
David Nardella, who was visiting
from Ohio, remained on the beach
with his wife and young son.
"Hurricanes are fun," he said.
"We're not hoping for a direct hit,
but I'm hoping that as a 5-year-old,
Ryan can understand hurricanes
aren't always bad if you are safe
On Saturday afternoon, Bertha
was centered about 215 miles (345
kilometers) southeast of Bermuda
and had maximum sustained winds
of about 80 mph (130 kph) with
some higher gusting.
The storm is expected to pass

Sheriff's spokesman Glenn
-Austin said the injuries did not ap-
pear to be serious.
Gulf Breeze Hospital spokes-
woman Candy McGuyre said 10
people were transported to the
hospital from the show with vari-
ous injuries. The names of the vic-
tims and their conditions haven't


well east of Bermuda, although any
inclination toward the west would
create stronger winds. Bermuda will
likely receive up to 2 inches (5 centi-
meters) of rain over the weekend.
Rain had already started falling
at Elbow Beach by midday on Sat-
urday, driving tourists away.
But many remained largely un-
"It's not really going to hit that
hard," said Eilif Kenny, 21, who is
visiting from Ireland. "If it was, I'd
go stay in the holiday apartment,
and I'd be under the bed."
Some hotel owners recommend-
ed that their guests visit beaches
along the north coast, where waters
are calmer.
Bertha became the Atlantic sea-
son's first hurricane on July 7 and
has vacillated between a Category 1
and 2 storm.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Elida
formed off Mexico's Pacific coast
The U.S. National Hurricane

been released yet.
:� authorities say between 100 to
200 thousand people had packed
the beach to see the Blue Angels,
the Navy's elite aerial demonstra-
tion, team, perform at the show.
-McNesby said the show was
canceled Saturday but might con-
tinue another day.

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Center says Elida had maximum
sustained winds of nearly 45 mph
(65 kmh), with higher gusts.
Elida was located about 270
miles (440 kilometers) southeast of
Acapulco, its tropical storm-force
winds extending outward for up to
35 miles (55 kilometers).
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the Pacific, away from land, at
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next 36 to 48 hours, with additional
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OHS GRADE: This is directed towards the people complaining
about the "D" grade. I am going to be a senior at the high school this
year, and although I do agree that is a poor grade, I do not think most
of what you say is right. You cannot blame movies and assemblies or
poor studying for the FCAT results, mostly because it is not just regular
students who are taking it. ESOL, ESE and new students are required
to take it, too. And while we are learning things for the FCAT, we are
also having to juggle the regular curriculum for our nine weeks grade.
I was still given homework in my afternoon classes on the days I had
FCAT. And to the person saying that school isn't the same as it was for
them. Did you have to come home right after school just to change
into your uniform and work 6 hours into the night? Did you have four
or five clubs to do volunteer work for? Did you have to come home to
cook dinner and watch your younger siblings for a single parent who
had to work double shifts? But besides that, even though we did get a
"D," I haven't heard anyone at least thank us for trying. So on behalf
of the student body, we're sorry for not being good enough, but why
don't you try being us for a day?
WAL-MART THIEF: This is about the article about the nice gentle-
men who always greeted my wife and I at Wal-Mart, who was injured
by a thief who was running out of the store. I don't know why the
judges in this town let these people back on the street. I think they
should let everyone know in Okeechobee that anyone who does this
kind of thing will be horse whipped in the town square on Saturday
morning where all his friends can see what a miserable piece of hu-
manity he is. Then send them to Arizona to that sheriff and let them
live in tents wearing pink underwear. There's nothing worse than a
thief, and if we don't stop them now they will grow up and run for
public office.
GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE: This is from the GSA Website: "Mis-
sion Statement -- Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a youth leadership
organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs)
to each other and community resources. Through peer support, leader-
ship development, and training, GSA Network supports young people
in starting, strengthening, and sustaining GSAs and builds the capacity
of GSAs to: 1. create safe environments in schools for students to sup-
port each other and learn about homophobia and other oppressions,
2. educate the school community about homophobia, gender identity,
and sexual orientation issues, and 3. fight discrimination, harassment,
and violence in schools." This is from the Okeechobee School Board
Site: "Our Mission: It is the mission of the Okeechobee County School
District to prepare every student to enter college or technical training
without need of remedial instruction and/or enter the job market at a
level significantly above minimum wage. All students will be instilled
with knowledge of the democratic process and possess the attitudes
and values necessary to function as productive members of society."
SKUNK APE: We've been in the woods a long time and never seen
hide nor hair of the thing. However there is a man that lives not far
from the Big Cypress Reservation, and if he said the sky was falling,
he would have my attention. He is a quiet, honest man, They feed
the deer and turkeys, hogs etc. year round. He said he was going to
a feeder one day to fill it up and there was something under it and it
stood up and walked in the woods; This man kept on driving, didn't
stop. He said he didn't know what it was. He knew that it wasn't a
bear. My daddy has always said our family has been in these woods
from Little Marco north since the 1830s, don't you think if the Skunk
Ape was around, somebody would have seen it? I don't know.
GSA: Maybe the school board, courts, etc. should just table this
Gay Straight Alliance business and ask the county to put it on the bal-
lot. Let the residents of the county decide by a vote to allow the Gay
Club or not when we vote in the fall. I think that would be totally
fair. The coalition has time to hold some open forums for residents
to come and get info to help them make an informed decision. They
could get a bulk mail to every household with information about the
Gay Strait Alliance and how they feel the importance of their presence
is warranted in our schools. Once they have the high school under
wraps, they will be better ready to prepare the middle school children
for their input into the organization. It only takes a couple of students
to say they want it to get the ball rolling. I think once it's allowed to ex-
ist it will not be able to be stopped from starting in our other schools.
FCAT: For parents with students at the high school who are grouped
in the "lowest 25 percent," the recent FCAT scores should be of con-
cern. Students who are coded in the lowest 25 percent are usually
ESE and ELL (English Language Learners) students -- but not limited
to. Schools cannot score greater than a "D" if less than 50% of these
students do not show improvement in reading and math over the year.
Okeechobee dropped from 42 percent making gains in reading to 28
percent. Their math gains were the same as last year 60 percent. Stu-
dents in this grouping are now monitored very closely as these were
the students who in past years were simply promoted from one grade
to the next without learning much. How are students able to get a
high school diploma without being able to read? Students who fail
to pass the FCAT do NOT get a regular diploma. Instead, they receive
a "Certificate of Completion" severely limiting their future education
and employment options. Perhaps some of Okeechobee's district lev-
el personal should focus more attention on the special needs students
at the high school if they ever hope to score better than a "D."
CHICKENS: Here a chick, there a chick, everywhere a chick,
chick. In Treasure Island, I didn't realize that chickens are allowed
here. They roam in your neighbors' yards. The crowing, the pecking ...
can't something be done about this. Otherwise pass some of the eggs
to your neighbors. The chickens are a nuisance.

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Reflections from the Pulpit

This thing called forgiveness

Rev. Loy Mershimer
Pastor, Okeechobee Presbyterian
Sometimes God's way seems
tough at the beginning, but in the
end it is always easier. On the oth-
er hand, the way of the false self
always seems easier at the begin-
ning, yet the end of it is bitterness.
God never asks His children to do
anything that is bad for them, but
Satan always asks God's children
to do things that destroy their
health and peace.
It is like that with forgiveness.
God asks His children to forgive.
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus
tells us to "leave'our gift at the al-
tar and go be reconciled" with the
brother or sister that has some-
thing against us (Matthew 5:230.
In other words, our acts of wor-
ship to God require our ongoing
reconciliation with other people.
This is consistent with the Prayer
of our Lord, where He taught us
that we are forgiven our sins as
we forgive those who sin against
us. However, this is not easy at
the beginning. Sometimes at the
outset, the hardest thing seems to
be to forgive! But God requires it.
And the end of that path is peace.
The way of the unforgiven is
hard. And it never stops with just
one person. It surely poisons the
well for generations.
Several years ago I was amazed
to discover that the two most fa-
mous newspaper advice colum-
nists, Dear Ann [Eppie Lederer]
and Dear Abby [Pauline Phillips],
were twin sisters who for years
refused to be reconciled to one
another... all the while passing
out advice to millions of readers.
The irony is deep, and sad. The
story gets even sadder, as eventu-
ally both of their daughters began
feuding. Ann's daughter Margo
Howard took over her deceased
mother's column, only to accuse
Abby's daughter, Jeanne Phillips,
of politicizing her mother's death!
The estrangement now reaches
across generations...
And that story is multiplied
exponentially across our world.
Truly, an ounce of God's advice
is worth a million pounds of hu-
man conventional wisdom. The
way of the transgressor is hard.
The end path of unforgiveness is
bitterness. And that is not God's
way. He calls us to take the tough
medicine and go about reconcili-

Who has something against
you? Go and practice God's wis-
dom: be reconciled to them. To-
ward whom have you any hard
thoughts and unkind feelings?
Take God's medicine and humble
yourselves to be reconciled. As
Jesus taught, pray for those who
persecute you and you will be a
child of your Father in Heaven!
God's way will give you a
great return of peace and inter-
nal rest. "Great peace have those
who love Your law, and nothing
causes them to stumble!" (Psalm
119:165). God's medicine is worth
far more than a ton of human
,cure and a truckload of newspa-
per advice. Take a pill of this thing
called forgiveness and find out for
P.S. And an important post-
script to these thoughts: If you
are reading this article and you've
been sinned against by someone
in a criminal way (e.g. sexual
abuse, etc.) then please under-
stand the difference between for-
giveness and pardon. Forgiveness
is releasing a person to God, in-
ternally, in your heart and mind,
giving the pain and hurt and bit-
terness to God so that God can re-
lease you from the control of that
person, and release divine peace
into your life. Pardon is a judicial
act in the eyes of the law - both
divine and human law. We have
the power to forgive but only
God has the power to pardon;
and offenders must answer to
both divine and human law. The
distinction between forgiveness
and pardon is important, as many
have refused to forgive because
they felt it would release the crim-
inal offender from just punish-
ment. This is so regretful, because
the victim ends up bearing all the
negative results of bitterness, cre-
ating themselves in the image of
the offender - caught in negative
internal control of the offender,
without peace. Bitterness never
really punishes the offender - it
only punishes the person holding
it. So forgive! Forgive and release
that person to God, and to the
due course of just law.
God bless you as you walk the
healing path of forgiveness!

Community Calendar

Sunday, July 13
AA. 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 meeting at 7 p.m. at
the Just for Today club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please call
Monday, July 14
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.VP. to 863-763-2308.
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.
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
Tuesday, July 15
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is for women who are
hurting, homeless or been abused. They meet on the first and third
Tuesday of every month from noon until 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church,
401 S.W Fourth St., and on the second and fourth Tuesday of every
month from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave.
For more information call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-357-
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition meets the second
Tuesday of the month, at 11:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, lunch is provided. For information contact Jim Vensel at 863-
New Beginning's meeting of Narcotics Anonymous will be
held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at Believers Fellowship
Church, 300 S.W. Fifth Ave. It will be an open discussion meeting. For
more information call Monika Allen at 863-801-3244.
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, at Maureen Budjinski 863-484-0110.
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.
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Citrus industry ends good year

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LAKELAND - Florida's 2007-
2008 orange crop finished at
169.7 million boxes, according
to the U.S. Department of Agri-
culture (USDA) which last week
released its final citrus report of
the season.
The crop represents a 32 per-
cent increase from the 2006-2007
"This was a pretty good re-
bound year for the Florida citrus
industry coming off the hurri-
canes," said Michael W. Sparks,
executive vice president/CEO of
Florida Citrus Mutual. "Prices to
growers were reasonable and
that's important. We need higher

prices to offset the increased pro-
duction costs associated with pest
and disease management and en-
ergy prices."
"The recent rains bode well for
next season," Sparks continued.
"However, the industry is facing
many challenges right now, most
prominently a disease called cit-
rus greening which has the po-
tential to devastate our crop. We
will continue to fight it through
research and best management
practices as we head into next
The 169.7 million boxes are
made up of 83.5 million boxes of
Early-Mids and Navels and 86.2

million boxes of Valencias.
The Florida citrus industry saw
a decline in orange production
from 230 million boxes to 129
million boxes during the five-year
period between the 2001-2002
season and the 2006-2007 season.
This reduction was due in large
part to the effects of hurricanes,
development and pests and dis-
eases such as citrus canker and
The USDA issues its initial esti-
mate in October and then revises
it each month through the end of
the citrus season in July.
In today's final report, Florida
grapefruit increased from 26.5

million boxes to 26.6 million box-
es. Tangelos remained unchanged
at 1.5 million boxes as did tariger-
ines at 5.5 million boxes.
The complete USDA crop fore-
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line at http://www.nass.usda.gov/
Founded in 1948 and currently
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Celebrity black bear moved to zoo

A 375-pound black bear that
captured worldwide attention
when a wildlife biologist rescued
it from drowning during a capture
attempt will spend the rest of its
days in a zoo.
On July 7, less than two weeks
after the Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC) captured and relocated
the bear for the third time, the
animal turned up again in a resi-
dential area at Horseshoe Beach
in Dixie County. The bear had
traveled 110 miles from the spot
where the FWC had released it in
the Osceola National Forest.
At first, the bear's captors did
not realize it was the same one
that dashed into the water when
hit with a tranquilizer dart at Al-
ligator Point in June. The bear,
known to the FWC as "Bear

W007" probably would have
drowned if FWC biologist Adam
Warwick had not pulled the ani-
mal back to shore during the op-
Tim Breault, director of the
FWC's Division of Habitat and
Species Conservation, said three
unsuccessful attempts to relocate
the bear to keep it away from
populated areas led officials to
conclude the bear cannot remain
in the wild.
"The bear has learned that
populated areas are an easy
source of food from garbage
cans, barbecue grills, pet food
and, in some cases, deliberate
feeding by residents," he said.
"The potential threat to human
safety from this bear is too great
to allow it to continue to venture
into populated areas. This is not

Livestock Market Report

Slaughter cows and bulls were Tuesday now.
$2 to $3 higher. Call early for trucking.
Feeder calves were steady. See you next week,
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Around" horse day camp. The Okeechobee County Extension
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Community Events

Red Cross offers CPR
On Tuesday, July 29, the
American Red Cross Okeechobee
Chapter will offer Adult CPR/AED
at 6 p.m. All classes are held at
their Branch office located at 323
N. Parrott Ave. To register, or for
more information call 863-763-

Support group holds
The Okeechobee Autism Sup-
port Group will hold a yard sale
to raise funds for their group on
Saturday, July 19, from 8:30
a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at 2729
N.W. Fifth St. (right off Hwy 98 by
Taylor Rental.) For information or
directions please call Danielle at

Summer Book Club
meetings planned
Friends of the Okeechobee
Book Club will meet on Thurs-
day, July 24. The book for dis-
cussion will be Cannery Row by
John Steinbeck. The book for
Thursday, Aug. 28, is The Book of
Salt by Monique Truong, and for
Thursday, Sept. 25, it is Animal,
Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara
Kingsolver. For more information
call Jan Fehrman 863-357-9980.
Free and open to the public.

CCC to holds monthly

The Community Collaborative
Council of the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Shared Services Network will
conduct their monthly meeting
on Tuesday, July 22, at 10 a.m. in
the board room of the Okeecho-
bee School Board Office. Guest
speakers will be Wanda Klesper
with My Aunt's House and Mike
Faulkner with Okeechobee Emer-
gency Management. The public
is invited to attend. For more in-
formation, call Sharon Vinson at
863-462-5000, ext. 257.

Day of the American
Cowboy set for July
The Okeechobee Cattlemen's
Association and Okeechobee
Main Street will hold the 2008 Na-
tional Day of the American Cow-
boy on Saturday, July 26. The
event will start at 10 a.m. with a
cattle drive beginning downtown
and ending at the Agri-Civic Cen-
ter on State Road 70 East. The fes-
tival at the Agri-Civic center will
include a ranch rodeo, backyard
beef barbecue contest, storytell-
ers, poets, farriers and displays
of the heritage of the American
Cowboy. If you're interested in
helping to sponsor this event,
participant for the Backyard BBQ
contest or a vendor for the event,
all forms and applications can be
picked up at the Main Street Of-
fice, 111 Northeast Second Street,
Okeechobee or email Toni Doyle,
Executive Director at okms@
mainstreetokeechobee.com. For
more information call 863-357-
MAIN (6246).

Sons of the American
Legion Steak Dinner
The Sons of the American Le-
gion will sponsor their monthly
Ribeye steak dinner on Sunday,
July 27, from 3 until 6 p.m. at
the American Legion Post 64, 501
S.E. Second St. Dinner includes,
steak, baked potato, salad, roll
and dessert. Donation of $12. The
public is welcome.

Orchid Club meeting
The Okeechobee Orchid Club
will meet Monday, July 28, at
7 p.m. at he Cooperative Exten-
sion Office at 458 Highway 98 N.
A DVD produced by the Universi-
ty of Florida on orchid cultivation
will be shown. Harry Hoffner,
the club president will be avail-
able for orchid consultation. For
more information call the exten-
sion office at 863-763-6469.

Ladies Auxiliary Spa-
ghetti Night
The VFW Post 10539 Ladies
Auxiliary will hold a Tuesday
night spaghetti night. All you can
eat spaghetti, garlic bread and
salad for a $5 donation. The din-
ner starts at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is
welcome. For more information
call 863-763-2308.

Join the Red Hatters
For ladies looking for fun and

meeting some new lady friends,
the Red Hat Group is looking for la-
dies to join who want to do things.
For information call 863-763-5836
or 863-357-1944.

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spokesman says a faulty exhaust
fan sparked a fire at a Tallahas-
see day care center that killed a
4-year-old girl.
Tallahassee police spokesman
David McCranie said Saturday the

Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Lady Brah-
man softball program doesn't
quit for summer.
In addition to the Fire sticks
travelling softball program, indi-
vidual instructions are available to
all age groups, at the Okeechobee
High school softball fields, Coach
Kim Hargraves said.
Open field nights for the OHS
field will be held through Aug. 14.
The field will be open each Mon-
day through Thursday night from
5-7:30 p.m.
Free instruction will be avail-
able to those who desire it, Coach
Hargraves added.
Anyone with questions can
call Coach Hargraves at 863-634-


fan was in a bathroom at Step-
ping Stones day care.
About 37 children were inside
the day care when the fire broke
out Friday. The children were
evacuated and taken to a busi-
ness next door.

As the facility's employees did
a head count, one child said her
friend Gracie Chen was missing.
Firefighters rushed in the build-
ing and found Chen unconscious.
An autopsy is slated for Saturday.




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Dear Abby

Two authors, one book create jealous household

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend,
"Scott," and I are writers, although
we both have day jobs. During the
-two years we've been together,
we have always supported each
,other's writing careers.
Things changed after my first
novel was published. While ini-
tially congratulatory, Scott's be-
havior was different as the publi-
cation date neared. He declined to
help my friend throw me a party.
When I spotted my book on the
,shelf of a bookstore for the first
time, he chided me to keep my
'voice down. My novel has now
.been out for months, but he still
'hasn't read it. (I gave him one of
.my free copies.)
When I told Scott how much
this hurt me, he agreed to read it
and said he was proud of me. But
after reading only one chapter, the
book was left on the nightstand
and he hasn't touched it since.
Scott is a talented writer. He
has been published in literary
magazines, but hasn't yet pub-
.lished a book. I sympathize with
:his jealousy and have tried to
keep talk of my novel to a mini-
mum. But I'm troubled by Scott's
Refusal to participate in this excit-
ing period of my life.
If he had written a 600-page
tome on the digestive habits of
the three-toed sloth, and I had to
Drink a pot of coffee to stay awake

through the first chapter, I would
still be first in line to buy it. Abby,
what gives? -- FRUSTRATED
you have pegged "what gives"
accurately. Your boyfriend is suf-
fering the effects of having been
bitten by the green-eyed monster.
Every reminder of your success
gives him a pang because he
wasn't published first -- and he
may be punishing you for your
success by leaving the book un-
read by the bed. (Anything else
going on there?)
I'm sad to say that not every
man is man enough to appreciate
his woman's success. Some are
emasculated by it. And frankly, it
will be interesting to see if your
relationship survives this.
DEAR ABBY: I have a close
friend who is divorced with one
son. What is your opinion of a
father who insists his 11-year-
old son -- and since he was even
younger -- respond to his father
with, "Yes, sir"? If the son re-
sponds with, "Yes, Dad," "Yes,"
"Yeah, Dad," etc., the father re-
sponds with "WHAT did you
say?" until the son responds with
"Yes, sir."
The father has been deemed a
narcissist by three court-appointed
psychiatrists. He is a control freak,
and I feel this is mental abuse to

the son. What are your thoughts?
don't be so quick to judge. The
"narcissist" could also come from
a military background or be from
the South, where "Yes, sir," and
"Yes, ma'am," are considered
common good manners.
DEAR ABBY: I am a program
director for young profession-
als. There are 75 students in my
group. Many of them get married
in our program and invite me to
their weddings.
Should I always go and give
the same type of gift, or give a gift
based on how well I know the in-
DEAR SEEKING: An invita-
tion is not an obligation.
Buying wedding gifts for many
couples every year could take a
serious bite out of someone's in-
That's why you should attend
only the weddings of students to
whom you feel a closeness, and
base your gift on how much you
can afford.
For those couples whose wed-
dings you choose not to attend,
send a lovely card with a note of
congratulations along with your

Today in History

SToday is Sunday, July 13, the
195th day of 2008. There are 171
'days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On July 13, 1793, French revo-
lutionary writer Jean-Paul Marat
was stabbed to death in his bath
by Charlotte Corday, who was ex-
ecuted four days later.
On this date:
In 1787, Congress enacted an
ordinance governing the North-
west Territory.
In 1863, deadly rioting against
the Civil War military draft erupt-
ed in-New York City.
In 1878, the Treaty of Berlin
amended the terms of the Treaty.
of San Stefano, which had ended
the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-
In 1886, Father Edward Jo-
seph Flarnagadn, the founder of
Bo6s TOTI, \was born in County
Roscommon, Ireland.
In 1960, John F. Kennedy won
the Democratic presidential nom-
ination at his party's convention

in Los Angeles.
In 1967, race-related rioting
that claimed some two dozen
lives broke out in Newark, N.J.
In 1972, George McGovern
claimed the Democratic presiden-
tial nomination at the party's con-
vention in Miami Beach, Fla.
In 1977, a blackout lasting 25
hours hit the New York City area.
In 1978, Lee lacocca was fired
as president of Ford Motor Co. by
chairman Henry Ford II.
In 1985, "Live Aid," an inter-
national rock concert in Lon-
don, Philadelphia, Moscow and
Sydney, Australia, took place to
raise money for Africa's starving
Ten years ago: A jury in
Poughkeepsie, N.Y, ruled that
the Rev. Al Sharpton and two oth-
ers had defamed a former pros-
ecutor by accusing him of raping
Tawana Brawley. (Pagones won a
$345,000 judgment.) Four young
cousins in Gallup, N.M., died after
becoming trapped in a car trunk.
Five years ago: With the

Sunday Crossword
Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis

"CHUCK SCHWA" 84 "_ Gold":
By DAN NADDOR Fonda film
85 Novelist de
1 Lacking luster 86 Kilimanjaro
6 Horse of the convoy?
Year, 1960-64 92 It's in the
11 Lots nosebleed
16 Self starter? section
19 Pope after 93 Gossip
Sergius II 94 Ill-tempered
20 Serengeti grazer 95 Tropicana option
21 Tiny type size 96 Heavy wts.
22 Whiz-bang 97 Calls from
23 Tough time spent donkey colts?
between jobs? 99 He played
25 Positioning Roger in
system "Airplane!"
26 Spot checker? 101 Taxonomic
27 Like some suffix
patches 102 They can result
28 Terrifying strains in shark attacks
of algae? 103 Delicate greens?
30 Text-interpreting 108 French
technology, possessive
briefly 109 Fall bumper
33 Visit sticker word
34 Flora and fauna 110 Japanese
35 Fab Four name porcelain
36 Vientiane native 111 Woods rarely in
38 Poetry about tin? the woods
41 Some insurance 1 2 3
42 One way to 19
43 School of -
44 Knockoff from
Nantes? 27
46 Small amounts
49 Salinger 30 31 32
character who
said "I prefer 36 37
stories about
squalor" 41
53 Capital of Peru?
54 Flamenco shout 44
55 Perfumery
fixative 53
57 With "the,"
Boston 57
familiarly 63
58 L-P series
59 Play 67 -
62 Blotto
63 Applause for 71 72
67 Light bit 75
68 Decisive
69 Gnarly 82
70 Tribute of sorts
71 Stereotypical as 87 s8
headgear 93
73 Make a face
74 FG's three -
75 Arp works
76 Nearly 29% of 1Oi -
Tel Aviv?
77 "Woe is me!" to To -
"How are you?"?
82 Grammar best- - -
seller "Woe "

112 Realm until
1806: Abbr.
113 Certain locks
114 'Two Women"
Oscar winner
115 Some NCOs

1 Org. for Aaron
and Ruth
2 Lingus
3 When repeated,
4 Exotic bar type
5 From then on
6 Actor Wynn
7 NFL Hall of
Famer Hirsch
8 Reclined
9 _-Caps: candy
10 Unexpected
11 Kestrel, for one
12 Rabbitlike rodent
13 Place for a
14 Pierre's South
15 Men of La
16 Refuges
17 Long cold spell

18 Underground
24 Fertilizer type
28 Trig ratio
29 Less likely to
give in
30 Minnesota's St.
_ College
31 Singer Vikki
32 What Mrs.
Kennedy did in
34 Clam
37 Get in shape
38 Gin flavoring
39 Like some ears
40 Called on
42 Heir, for one
45 Trust, with "in"
46 Part of a quad
47 They may be
found under
coffee tables
48 "Hamlet" star,
50 Mensch on the
51' Wavelike
52 Kitchen addition

blessing of U.S. administrators,
Iraqis inaugurated a broadly rep-
resentative governing council.
Cuban musician Compay Segun-
do died in Havana at age 95.
One year ago: Former media
mogul Conrad Black was con-
victed in Chicago of swindling the
far-flung Hollinger International
newspaper empire he once ran
out of millions of dollars. (Black
is serving a 6/2-year sentence at a
Federal prison in Florida.) Family
prayer services and a huge pub-
lic outpouring in Austin, Texas,
ushered in three days of memo-
rial ceremonies honoring the late
Lady Bird Johnson.
Thought for Today: "If Iwere
to wish for anything, I should not
wish for wealth and power, but
for the passionate sense of the
potential, for the eye which, ever
young and ardent, sees the pos-
sible. Pleasure disappoints, pos-
sibility never." Soren Kierkegaard,
Danish philosopher (1813-1855).

Page 5

56 Place for a 83 Eponymous lord
father-to-be: of hockey
Abbr. 84 Surfer's "favorite
57 LA. beachfront places" entries
community _ 86 "Heavens!"
del Rey 87 Four-time discus
58 Brno's region gold medalist
59 VCR button 88 Apprehension
60 Chapter 89 1979 peace
61 Rank above treaty country
maj. 90 It can be hard to
63 Street asset, detect
briefly 91 Risky dates
64 PTA's concern 92 Slyly attract
65 Blow off steam 95 Man with a
66 Packinga punch mission
72 Oscar-winning 98 Gaucho's '
songwriter Buffy weapon
-Marie 99 Bump on a log
73 Carriage 100 Tests for ones
74 Sales rep's list on the DL,
77 Latitude perhaps
78 Island welcome 103 Up to, in ads
79 Old German 104 Funnyman
coin Philips
80 Scientology 105 A chick may be
founder seen coming out
Hubbard of one
81 Trees used in 106 On easy street
making 107 Many AARP
longbows members


ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Plan a little adventure and excite-
ment and it will enhance your
love life. Don't hesitate to please
someone by contributing to the
comfort at home. A little money
spent will bring huge returns. 3
'TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Be careful: Someone you are
close to may be trying to catch
you in the act of doing some-
thing he or she can complain
about. Do what you promised
and move on. Change is required
but, for now, you must be secre-
tive about your plans. 3 stars
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
Put extra hours in on something
you enjoy that can turn into a
profitable venture. Don't worry
about a negative person who
is trying to discourage you. Fol-
low your heart and do what you
must. Expect added responsibili-
ties. 3 stars
CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Don't be afraid to make a move
or do something that intrigues
you. You have what it takes to
succeed -- all you need now is the
confidence to put your plans into
motion. Talks, trips and teaming
up will come into play. 5 stars

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Put-
ting pressure on someone may
initially work but, given time,
you will be condemned for do-
ing so. You are better off working
on projects alone. Conflicts will
result in emotional flare-ups that
may lead to isolation or unwant-
ed changes. 2 stars
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Personal matters can go either
way today. Sit on the fence and
observe. Playing it safe will allow
you to be there for the people
you care about who didn't take
precautionary measures. 4 stars
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
You don't have to overdo to im-
press. Make simple and practical
plans and you will have every-
one's blessing. Love is on the
rise and emotional matters can
be cleared up. 4 stars
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov.
21): Don't put work ahead of
your personal obligations. Even
if you aren't interested in some-
thing friends and family are do-
ing, go along. You will benefit by
showing your support. 3 stars
Dec. 21): Take a few lessons
from one of your friends or rela-
tives who takes a wait-and-see

approach. If you jump into a trip,
an investment or signing on the
dotted line without thinking it
through, you can expect to lose.
3 stars
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): Go over personal papers
and plans so you are sure every-
thing is going according to your
specifications. Don't leave any-
thing to chance or to someone
else's discretion. Changes are
necessary and you must be the
one to decide. 3 stars
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): Someone who cares for you
will have a 'suggestion to help
your financial situation. Look for
something that interests you and
you will find a new direction or
vocation. You can expect love
to be emotional, intense and re-
warding. 4 stars
PISCES (Feb. 19-March
20): You may be surprised by
the reaction you get from some-
one you thought you could trust.
Don't share your secrets or in-
ner thoughts if you don't want
to face emotional questions.
Honest talks will help solve past
problems. 2 stars

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Today's Fun ...

Yesterday's Games

What can we do?
School's been out for a few weeks. Are
you looking for something new to do?
You could look back at something old.
Many of the games that your
grandparents or their parents played as
children are still fun - and they might
be new to you!
The Mini Page researched old-time
games to give you some ideas of how to
fill your summer days. (Rules for these
games may vary.)

Hopscotch is still popular
with kids. The game goes
back to ancient Rome, when
soldiers played it at high
To begin, a player throws
a potsie or pitcher into
the first square. Most kids use a small
stone or piece of chalk today.
The player hops from one end of the
grid to the other without hopping where
the potsie landed. In single squares, the
player hops with one foot; in double
squares, he or she lands with two feet.
On the way back, the player must pick
up the potsie and throw it into square
No. 2. The first player continues until he
or she throws the potsie into the wrong
square or onto a line; then the next
player-gets a turn.

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Early marbles the 1700s are made of
made of clay have stone, clay and
been found in marble.
Egyptian tombs and in Native American
burial grounds. Around 120 years ago,
machines were invented to make
Marble games
In most marble
games, players shoot
their marbles. They
aim for another
player's marbles or
for a target, such as
a hole in the ground.

National champion Nick
Anderson of Mesa County, Colo.,
lines up a shot at the 2007
National Marbles Tournament in
Wildwood, N.J. In this contest,
"mibsters," or marble shooters,
play a game called Ringer.
Thirteen marbles are placed in
an X shape in the middle of the
circle. The first player to knock
seven marbles out of the ring

Ring Taw
In this marble game, players make a
circle about 3 feet wide on the ground. Each
player puts several marbles in the circle.
A larger circle is drawn around the
first one. Players choose a starting point
on the outside circle. They use a taw, or
shooting marble, to try to hit another
player's marble out of the inside ring.
If the shooter hits a target marble and
it goes out of the ring, the person gets one
point. If his shooter stays in the ring, he
may shoot from the place his taw
As long as he continues to knock a
target marble out of the ring, his turn
continues. His turn stops if his taw does
not hit a target marble or if his taw
leaves the ring.
The winner is the player with the most
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Quick and Tasty Sugar Snap Peas
You'll need:
* 1 (8-ounce) package sugar snap peas
* 1 cup boiling water
* 1 tablespoon reduced-fat margarine or butter
* 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
* 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
What to do:
1: Wash and trim the ends of the sugar snap peas.
2. Bring one cup of water to boil.
3. Add peas; boil for 3 minutes.
4. Drain peas and rinse with cold water.
5. Melt margarine or butter in microwave.
6. Stir in lemon juice; pour mixture over the peas. Sprinkle salt as
desired. Makes 4 servings.
*You will need an adult's help with this recipe.
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Meet Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford stars as Indiana Jones in the
movie "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the
Crystal Skull."
Harrison's most famous roles are in the Indiana
Jones movies, and as Han Solo in the original
"Star Wars" trilogy. He has also starred in movies
such as 'Tatriot Games" and "The Fugitive." He
has appeared in about 40 movies.
Harrison, 66, was born in Chicago. After college,
he moved to Los Angeles to become an actor. He worked as a
carpenter for four years until his acting career took off.
Harrison has given much time and money to environmental
causes. In honor of his environmental work, he was chosen to name a
new type. of butterfly. He named it after his daughter, Georgia. Also
in his honor, he has a type of ant and type of spider named after him.
He has homes in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and New York City. He built
his own home in Jackson Hole. He is also'a pilot.
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Supersport: Katie Burkhart
Height: 5-10 Birthdate: 2-24-86
Hometown: San Luis Obispo, Calif.
It takes great pitching to win a national championship,
and Katie Burkhart provided it for Arizona State. The senior
left-hander won all five games for the Sun Devils in the
women's softball College World Series, shutting out Texas
A&M in the finals.
While her performance was dominating, it wasn't surprising. An All-
American and holder of all ASU pitching records, Burkhart finished the
-season with a 41-5 record and 513 strikeouts.
An item posted on the Arizona State Web site tells much about Burkhart's
competitive fire. Asked to name her favorite quote, she listed: "Never give up,
never surrender." On attitude, she offered this advice: "Stay positive even
when the negative seems like the easiest way out."
Determined. Positive. Talented. Add it all up, and that explains a lot about
why this Sun Devil found her place in the softball sun.

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Games to Play Indoors

Some favorite indoor games from
years ago are still played today. Do you
know these games?

Song Book Movie
Each player writes down a word,
name or phrase on a piece of paper and
puts it in a bowl or hat. One at a time,
players choose a piece of paper, then try
to act out the words in one or two
minutes. The actor can offer clues like
those above, but cannot speak. The
player who guesses correctly goes next.

In this game, players use a flat disk
called a shooter, or squidger, to press
down on one edge of smaller disks,
called winks, and try to
flip them into a target. "
The winner is the first
to flip all his or her
winks into the target.

Dominoes are flat
tiles with different
numbers of dots on
them. They are called
tiles or bones.
There are different
games played with
dominoes, but one
popular one is called
All the tiles are put
face-down on the
table. Each player
draws three tiles and
looks at them. The
player who has the
tile with the most dots lays it down
face-up. The next player tries to lay
down a tile that matches the number of
dots. If he or she doesn't have a
matching tile, new tiles have to be
turned over until one is found.
The first player to lay down all his
tiles wins.

Ask your parents or grandparents about
games they remember playing as kids. They
may want to play with youl

Gossip, or Telephone
You might
know this game
as Telephone, but
it was once called
The first
player whispers
a sentence into the next player's ear.
Players continue to send the sentence
around the circle until the last pla' er,
who says it out loud. By the time the
sentence makes it to the end, it's usually
very different from how it began!

Checkers or Chess
In Checkers, two players move dark-
and light-colored pieces on a checkered
board. They try to capture all of the
other player's pieces to win the game.
Chess is a little more complicated.
Players try to "checkmate," or attack,

king. Chess is
a game of
great strategy

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Play a Game From Yesterday

Kick the Can
Kick the Can is a little like Tag.
Players draw a large circle on the
ground and put a can or other object in
the middle. The player who is "It"
guards the can. Other players try to run
in and
kick it
out of the
kicks the
can, "It"
must go to get it back. Meanwhile, the
other players run to hide. When "It" gets
back to the circle, he or she yells
"Freeze!" and the others must stop.
"It" calls out the names of the players
he or she can see, and they are
prisoners. Then "It" must find the other
players. But if someone who's hidden
can run in and kick the can, the
prisoners are free.
If there are no prisoners, one of the
hiding players can run into the circle
and shout "Home free!" Then everyone
runs back to the circle, and the last
player to get there is "It" for the next

Three-Legged Races
In this racing game, each kid has a
partner. Your right
leg is tied to your
partner's left leg, or
you put your legs
into a sack
together. Then you
and your partner
try to outrun the
other teams to the
finish line.

Ghost in the Graveyard
This tag game might also
have been called Midnight
Ghost. It can be played with
any number of kids.
One person is chosen as the
ghost. While everyone else
stays at a home base, the ghost
runs away and hides. The
group chants "one o'clock, two
o'clock, three o'clock ..." up to
12 o'clock, then shouts The gar
"Midnight! I hope I don't see America
the ghost tonight!" is called
Then all the kids runin
around. When someone sees the ghost,
he or she yells, "Ghost in the
graveyard!" and tries to run away. If the
ghost catches you, you become a ghost,
too. In the next round, all the ghosts
hide and the others count again. The
last person caught is the ghost for the
next round.

Egg in the Spoon
racing game
balance and concentration.
Each player gets a spoon with an egg
on it. When the starter yells "Go!"
players must run for the finish line
without dropping their eggs. The first
one across with an uncracked egg wins.

You may play this game at school.
Two teams grab either end of a long
rope. A line is drawn between the two
teams, and the team that pulls the
other group over the line wins.

ie crack the Whip was capture Dy me
in painter Winslow Homer. His famous painting
"Snap the Whip." He painted it 136 years ago,

Crack the Whip
Crack the Whip can
be played running
around outdoors or on
S ice or roller skates.
In the game,
players form a long
line and hold hands.
The first person starts
Winslow Homer running (or skating).
1836-1910 He or she takes sharp,
unexpected turns, which makes it hard
for the person at the end of the line to
keep holding on.
Those players who have fallen off can
grab on if they can catch up with the
end of the line.
Play Crack the Whip carefully so no
one gets hurt!

Shinny was a boys' game something
like street hockey and ice hockey.
Players formed teams. They found a
field or empty city lot and marked off a
goal area. Players used sticks or tree
branches to hit some kind of ball into
the goal. Balls might be made of leather.

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Betty Debnam - Founding Editor and Editor at Large Lisa Tarry - Managing Editor Lucy Lien - Associate Editor Wendy Daley - Artist

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Bay, call (863)447-0552
MIX - 7/3 just North of She-
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w/collar. (863)697-1304
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$1,000 Sign-on bonus.
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Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
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Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
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Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
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Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
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Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health 8 Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
.Luggage 645
SMedical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
stereo o Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
l FIRs 735
nted to Buy 740

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Un'0ry Oak Dining Room Set
g' rourlid or oblong, 6 chairs &
.'' 1 ,r,-ij cabinet, excellent con-
- dton $500 (863)763-0416

Lamps $17, 100 Barstools
$.9 up p .1 ' i.97 up,
3P it ri ai Doi ii .197,
50 Tjtl, jn,Jl 4 Crijir '$397
uip, 20u iRe -i eri '97 up,
50 2id: .,ii0 j . L:v'Eeat
,; r il;1Q.i;, up 50 iv Ent.
r enLierr: 1.16. up, 2 Pc
Ouren Bed set $297 up, 50
4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
3Pc Livingroom tables
$97up, 100 headboards
$79 up.

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Okee-Red/Blue Heeler Mix
puppies- 3 females, 1 male,
4 weeks old, ready to go in 2
weeks $250 (863)697-1565

new. $60 (863)467-7589
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3/2/2 & 3/1/1 Bring Pets,
Large Yards. Jacuzzi Tub
$1100 &U:j5l.1, 23-2226b
1 Car gjjgr All Illidi
'1100 m: L wreni(r AAo' (
2Ba. S1100 moe -flast,
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OKEE. - tr. t., unurinhdird
duplex. $550/mo + $550
dep. 3624 SE 35th 'Ave.
(239)707-5155 : :
OKEECHOBEE - 4 mi East on
Hwy 70. 2br, 1ba, .W/D
hookup, $750/mo, NO Pets,
Ibr 1u.i fully lurr, SDD
Elri & 6 ltelllre.,HBR3, tl
$700/mc i863467.1950
RANCH SETTING - 2 Bdrm., 1
B.'k '.Available �now! Very
clean, no pets. $526.&mo. +
sec. (863)467-1717
Rent to Own - 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
863-599-0156 or.
561-248-3888 ;
Treas. Island.- ,3036.SE 36th
St., 2BR/1.SBA, Ig1 garage,
shed, on water, ;vy clean,
$800 mo. (561)308'7566

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property - Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Properft 1030
Property - Sale 1035
Land- ale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
Open House P s 0
Out of State- .
Property - Sal f 55
Property lnspecti 60
Real Estate WAnt$ M065
Resort Propert-'i-
Sale 1D_0
Warehouse Spac* 15
Waterfront Property 1080

BA, 1 Car Garage. $1 5,000
Lawrence A8 o-- tes
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er il the classlifeds

Mobile Homes

Mobile Home � Lots 2005
Mobile Home. Parts 2010
Mobile Homes.- Rent 9015
Mobile Homes - Sale 2020

MH - 1BR/1BA, all utill fur-
nished $650 mo. -+:'$200
sec. dep. 828 Hwy. 441 SE.

Mobile Homes For Rent
2 and 3 Bedrooms
Easy Payments
New Mobile Home- 2br/2ba,
furnished, washer/dryer, off
of 15A, $850 month + $600
security (863)634-2953

lot in quiet neighborhood
close to town. Front porch,
fenced yard. Will lease with
option to buy. $59,000.
$650/mo. (863)634-3451
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/lba,
$450/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets. Call
2 BA, 1 Car garage. Lake
access on canal. $800 mo.
+ $800 sec. 561-441-2668
Lake access, quiet area. No
pets. $650/mo., 1st, last &
sec. dep. (561)743-4331
2br, 2ba, Lake access, nice
lot, $800/mo or purchase
$60,000. (954)610-5345

Mr i H) TO ,'0l.FR Ld l.
M:tile Hum� Arngt-l.
Mobile Home For Sale
On Large Lot
Owner Financing


Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035

BASS BOAT, 2000, 283 Stra-
tus Vindicator w/175 hp John-
son. Tournament Rigged.
$6,000 or best offer

Continental Air Boat parts-
0520, set of headers, wood
prop, other miscellaneous
items $900 (863)261-5826
Hard Top Cuddy- 23 ft., Mer-
cruiser, dive platform, tan-
dem axel trailer, GPS $6000
Minn Kota Bass Boat- 2 man,
9.4', 2 HP outboard trolling
motor, very nice, new seats
$875 (863)467-0506

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250R, been in storage less
than 10 hrs., mint cond.,
$3500 neg. (863)697-8056


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars,, - 4430
Four Wheel DrAve 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts - Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

1992 Cadillac Brougham,
white, good condition, runs
good, good tires, very clean
3500 (863)763-6520
2000 Chevy Silverado 1 ton- 4
door, long bed, clean, good
shape $4000
(863)447-2276 Anytime
Ladder rack or boat rack for a
long bed or short bed pick
up $200 firm
(863)447-2276 Anytime
Love the earth Recycle
your used Items by sel-
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Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

Okeechobee County School
July 22 and July 31.2008
The Okeechobee County School Board
will meet on July 22, 2008, to con-
sider advertisement of proposed
village rates and the proposed bud"
get for 2008-09. The School Board
will meet on July 31, 2008, to con4
side adoption of tentative millage
rates and the tentative budget for
2008-09. Both meetings will be a
6:00 p.m. in Room 303 of the
School Board Administrative Offic
at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeecho,
bee, and are open to the public.
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
281650 ON 7/13,15/08





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 :, ' 815
Lawn & Parden 850
Livestock ' 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

WEEDEATER - Battery, new.
$60 (863)467-7589


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Condos/ '
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

For Rent- 2 br/1.5 ba, 2nd
floor, large deck, in town on
rim canal, $700 month Call
for app. (863)467-9413
Nice New CBS
1/1, $750 & 2/1, $850
1st, last, sec. & until ,
lbr/lba, Furnished. $650/mo,
1st. last & sec. For Details.

Indian Hammock
House for Rent
2 story, 3br/2ba,
barn, 3 fenced
pastures, immed.
occupancy, 1st
& last $4800

2/2-W&D-Lg. screened patio
2 util. rooms. $850 mo., 1st
last & sec. (863)634-3313

3/2 home on 4 acres, all tile,
washer/dryer, horses ok, 5151
SE 128th Ave., $950/mo, 1st,
last & sec., (561)756-3724.

We Buy Scrap Gold,
Silver and Coins

Elliot's Pawn Shop
419 W S Park St * (863) 763-5553

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Okeechobee News, Sunday, July 13, 2008 11

Junior golf program encourages family fun Jill---

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Jim and Bridgette Waldau
spoke to the Okeechobee Rotar-
ian Club Thursday about their
mission to help the children of
Okeechobee get an early start in
golf which encourages family in-
teraction, friendly competition,
possible college scholarships and
future business networking op-
In 1992 Jim Waldau moved to
Okeechobee from Hialeah where
ihe had retired as a Fire Fighter
'Due to the continued camarade-
,fie surrounding fire fighters life-
style he has continued to have a
,yearly party for all his family and
friends including his fire fighter
Friends from Hialeah.
SOver the years more locals be-
0came involved in the party too as
.,they made friends locally. In 1994,
sMr. Waldau and his wife Bridgette
Waldau turned this golf party into
1 benefit for junior golfers and be-
gan to award scholarships, as well
;as donate to the local Okeecho-
bee High School golf team and
;young junior golfers. They have
given yearly to the OHS golf team
since 1997.
This summer Waldau's Junior
Golf, Inc. held their sixth annual
junior Golf Clinic where 27 junior
golfers under the age of 13 expe-
-ienced a week of instruction, golf
'tiquette, practice and golf games.
They ended the clinic with a tour-
S.nament and awards luncheon.
Seven OHS students volunteered
tall week to help with the clinic.
They served as role models to
sthe young golfers who are look-
ling forward to being on the OHS
,golf team.
r Waldau's Junior Golf, Inc., is.
;a non-profit organization, whose
goal is to promote the sport of
,golf to elementary, middle and
high school students. Their long
Iterm plan is to open a state of
the art driving range and learning
,center within close proximity to
'local schools.
Plans are to make it not only
,available, but affordable; while
still maintaining the integrity of
4he game.
Waldau's Junior Golf, Inc. just
*announced their next Junior Golf
�Clinic due to the high demand of
Pthe last clinic. They had to turn
away young golfers because they
did not have enough space in the
This clinic will include 20 golf-
'ers .and three inhsiruciors. The
,clinic will be held'at the KOA Lake
,Okeechobee Resort for boys and
girls, ages eight to 13 years old.
'The clinic will run from Monday,
Aug. 4 until Friday, Aug. 8, from 8
,a.m. until noon each day.
KOA Lake Okeechobee Golf
,Resort is located at 4276 HWY
S Each day at the clinic includes
"instruction, practice, and golf
,games. Tournament competition
ton the final day. Junior golfers
"'ill be placed into groups based
'on age and ability. Beginner to in-
termediate players will be taught
Athe aspects of the full golf swing,
including the grip, stance and ball
Junior golfers are also intro-
.iduced to the short game, includ-
ing putting, chipping and sand
play. The rules of golf and golf
etiquette will be presented to the
'junior golfers, with fun being the
underlying objective. Golf Clinic
'will also provide educational lit-
erature, shirts, and prizes.

Sports Brief

Golf clinic fees are $125 for
the week. Space is limited to first
20 paid applicants. All applicants
must pre-register with payment.
For more information contact
Bridgette 863-467-7300 or visit
Waldau's Junior Golf, Inc. Web
Site www.floridajuniorgolf.org.
Applications available at

Bridgette Waldau, Studio of
Graphics, 111 NE 2nd Street,
Okeechobee or online.
Post your opinions in the
Public Issues Forum at www.
newszap.com. Reporter Chauna
Aguilar can be reached at cagui-

UKeecnoDee News/Unauna Aguilar
Jim Waldau (left) and his wife Bridgette Waldau (right) were
invited to speak to Rotarians about their work promoting golf
to elementary, middle and high school students in Okeecho-

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Free Sports Camp
July 14-17, from 6-8 p.m., the
First Baptist Church of Okeecho-
bee will host a free sports camp
at the ROC (Recreational Out-
reach Center). The camp will be
open to boys and girls who have
completed kindergarten and/or
all grades through sixth. Sports
offered include basketball, t-ball,
flag football, soccer, cheerlead-
ing, tennis, fishing, golf and inline
skating/skateboarding. Register
NOW as some sports are limited
at the First Baptist Church office
located at 401 S.W. Fourth Street
or at the ROC. For more informa-
tion, please call 863-763-2171.

TCBC meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge VFW
Post 9528 on the second Thursday
of each month. Tournaments are
held the following weekend. New
boaters and (especially) non-boat-
ers are welcome. For information
call Dave Stout at 863-467-2255.
The club also sponsors and pres-
ents the annual Lee McAllister Me-
morial Kid's Fishing Festival.

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Wedding Announcements


Richard Allen (Rick) Bryant
and Pamela Edmunds Poole
were united in marriage on Sat-
urday, June 21, 2008. The double-
ring ceremony took place at the
Okeechobee Shrine Club, which
was decorated for the occasion
in white and yellow daisies.
The bride is the daughter of
the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ed-
munds. The groom is the son of
Vera Bryant, of Okeechobee, and
the late Joseph W. Bryant.
The ceremony was performed
by the groom's brother, Hon.
Jerald D. Bryant, County Court
The bride was escorted and
given away by her brothers, Jeff
Edmunds and Ryan Edmunds.
Attendants to the bride were
Peggy Ginter, the Maid of Honor,
with bridesmaids Sarah Bryant,
the groonr's niece, Brittany Scola,
and Samantha Scola, both nieces
of the bride. The Best Man was
Joel Bryant, son of the groom.
Serving as groomsmen were
Glen Poole, Jr., son of the bride,
Heath Hughes and Jesse Bryant,
both nephews of the groom. Troy
Hughes, nephew of the groom,
served as usher. The flower girl
was Payton Bolonka, the bride's



Brittany and Ignacio Gomez
of Okeechobee are proud to an-
nounce the birth of their son, Ig-
nacio Gomez. He was born on
June 9, 2008 at Florida Heartlan
Division in Sebring. He weighed
8 pounds 4 ounces and was 20
inches long at birth.
Ignacio was welcomed home
by big brother, Andres and his big
sister, Esperanza Gomez.
Maternal grandparents are
Debbie and Jackie Raines and
William and Suzanne Shepherd
of Okeechobee.
Paternal grandparents are Elda
and Genaro Bautista of Okeecho-

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Allen Bryant

IRSC pre

The Indian River State Col-
lege Lifelong Learning Institute
will present the third and final
performance in the annual Sum-
mer Sunset Series with classical
pianist Benjamin Bradham on
Thursday, July 24, at 8 p.m.
A reception will begin in the
adjacent Art Gallery prior to the
performance at 7 p.m.
The 90-minute performance
will take place in the intimate
100-seat Wynne Black Box The-
atre on the IRSC Main Campus in
Fort Pierce. Longtime friends and


supporters of the arts and educa-
tion, the Wynne's are selecting
classical musicians who are new
to Treasure Coast audiences.
The series is underwritten
by Lifelong Learning Institute
founding members Joel and
Deena Wynne.
The program is open to the
public and all ages are welcome.
Handicapped seating is available.
Reservations are $10 per person.
Phone to reserve toll-free 1-866-
866-4722 extension 7880.

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