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Teen dance party
A chaperoned private "Teen
Dance Party" will be held on
Sunday, July 27, from 5 until 9
Sp.m. at the Pier II Motel. Pier 11
will be closed to the public other
than guests at the party.
The cost for the event is just
$5 for young people ages 12-16
and will feature a live D.J. with
the latest hip hop music. Party
goers can purchase pizza for
$1 and sodas and chips for just
50 cents. All proceeds from the
event will benefit the American
Cancer Society - Making Strides
Against Breast Cancer Campaign.
For more information, call Teresa
Chandler at 863-697-6819.
A benefit has been planned
for Saturday, July 26, to help
raise money for medical ex-
penses. Emilio is currently in
ICU at Lawnwood Regional
Medical Center. The benefit
is being held at Good Spirits
Lounge, starting at 12:00 p.m.
A Chinese Auction will take
place along with 50/50 draw-
ings, door prizes, pool tourna-
ment, and live entertainment
by Howard Hates Us II. For
,more information or if you
would like to make a donation
please call Jessica Dorrance at
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition. will be
offering parenting education
classes for parents with children,
infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encour-
aged to attend. Each participant
will receive a gift. This "adults"
only parenting class consists of
six classes. You must attend all
six classes to get a certificate of
completion. Day and evening
classes are available. No child
care will be available. Call 863-
462-5877 for registration.
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: None
Last Year: 9.12 feet
Pogey's Family Restauramnt
1759 S. Parrott Ave.
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level
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Monday, July 21, 2008
Wildlife sanctuary: Elephants and owls
OKeechobee News/Pete Gawda
On Friday, July 18 four barn owls that had been rescued as chicks from a construction
site and raised in captivity were released on Waste Management property off Berman
Road. Taking part in the release were, left to right, Jeff Sabin, government affairs man-
ager for Waste Management, Barbara Nussa, corporate director of community relation
and public sector services for Waste Management, Tim Brown, director of education
for Treasure Coast Wildlife Center, and Jeff Boiling representing the National Elephant
Center. The property has been leased by the National Elephant Center which plans to
open an elephant sanctuary late next year.
Rescued barn owls fly free
By Pete Gawda
Owls and elephants were
the topics of discussion Friday
morning, July 18 at a remote
area off Berman Road.
Officials of Waste Manage-
ment; the Treasure Coast Wild-
life Center, St. Lucie County and
the National Elephant Center
released four barn owls that
had been rescued as chicks
from a construction site.
Waste Management owns
4,100 acres on the east side of
Berman Road that straddles the
Okeechobee-St. Lucie County
line. The release occurred on
a 300 acre section of the prop-
erty in St. Lucie County that has
been leased to The National
Elephant Center (NEC), a non-'
profit organization that is in-
volved in elephant population
management. Earlier this year
NEC officials announced plans
to open an elephant sanctuary
on the property. Plans are still
in the permitting stage and no
elephants are expected until
late next year. Elephants will be
bred there and zoos undergo-
ing refurnishing will be able to
keep their elephants there tem-
porarily. The elephant popula-
tion is not expected to be more
than 15 at any one time.-Both
African and Asian elephants
will he housed there. However,
they will be kept separate to
prevent the spread of disease.
The facility will consist of barns
and grazing and recreation ar-
eas for the elephants.
There will be three types of
fencing. The wetlands within
the 300 acres will be fenced
off to protect them from the el-
ephants. There will be a study
perimeter fence to contain the
elephants and an outer fence to
keep the public out. The fences
will be designed so as not to in-
terfere with native wildlife. The
area will not be open to the
public, however school groups
will be given tours.
"From elephants to owls,
Waste Management is com-
be a welcome addition to our
The barn owls were rescued
as chicks when the building
containing their nest was de-
molished. They were raised in
captivity at the Treasure Coast
Wildlife Center but trained for
release in the wild by being
kept in a flight cage to condi-
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
This is part of the 300 acres off Behrman Road leased to
The National Elephant Center by Waste Management. By
the end of next year an elephant sanctuary should be in
operation on the property. On Friday, July 18 the property
was the site of the release of four barn owls that had been
rescued as chicks and raised in captivity by the Treasure
Coast Wildlife Center.
mitted to thinking green, said
Jeff Sabin government affairs
manager for Waste Manage-
ment. "Our Okeechobee site
is already home to a number
of endangered species includ-
ing sandhill cranes. The barn
owls, like the elephants, will
tion themselves for flying in the
wild. They were also given the
opportunity to develop their
skill at catching rats and mice.
Okeechobee Boy Scout
Troop 964 did their part by
See Owls - Page 2
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By Pete Gawda
It looks like the old Thunder
Cross Motorsports Park may be
reopening. This time, however,
the use will be restricted to mo-
torcycles and dirt bikes.
When the . Okeechobee
County Planning Board/Board
of Adjustments and Appeals
meets July 22 they will consider
a request for a special excep-
tion from Dudley Kirton, Spen-
cer Kirton and Scott Kirton to
allow a motorsports park for
motorcycles and dirt bikes in
an agriculture zoning district.
The property in question on
N.E. 80th Avenue formerly op-
erated as Thunder Cross Motor-
sports Park, an automobile dirt
track and motorcross facility.
It has been closed for several
years and the previously grant-
ed special exception has been
invalidated because of discon-
tinuance of the use.
If you go...
What: Monthly meeting of the
Okeechobee County Planning
Board/Board of Adjustments
When: 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 22
Where: Commission meeting
room, Okeechobee County
Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second
The board will 'also con-
sider an item tabled from last
month's meeting. Lightsey En-
terprises, LLC, property owner
and Richard Smith, applicant,
requested a special exception
for a banquet hall in a heavy
See Park - Page 2
anxious to help
By Charles M. Murphy
Jim Otterman, named the
new executive director of the
Florida Heartland Rural Eco-
nomic Development Initiative
(FHREDI) in June, is no new-
comer to .economic develop-
,The 30-year resident of
Highlands County owned the
Coldwell Banker Real Estate
franchise in Lake Placid for
many years and knows first
hand how important real estate
is to the economy of the six
"I've been in business for
many years and I've seen this
area grow, however some of
our counties have not grown as
well," he said.
IMr. Otterman was involved
with FHREDI when it was first
created. He noticed they were
looking for an executive direc-
tor this spring due to the retire-
ment of Lynn Topel and.decid-
ed to put in an application. He
was selected last month by the
FHREDI board which includes
be a chal-
I'm learning JiOtterman
Mr. Otterman said hlie is will-
ing and ready to help Okeecho-
bee County all he can in efforts
to improve the economy, and
create jobs here. He noted
Okeechobee is an important
See FHREDI - Page 2
Photo shows us another
side of famous lawman
By Pete Gawda
There appears to be another
side of colorful early Okeecho-
bee County Sheriff "Pogy Bill"
Collins that is not well known.
Pogy Bill was know for his
drinking and fighting as a com-
mercial fisherman. After a
stint in a Fort Pierce jail, he re-
formed, did a 180 degree turn
and became a lawman, serving
as town marshal, county sher-
iff and chief of police in Frost-
proof. Many tales are told of his
escapades as a lawman.
However, a photograph
supplied by Collins Duke,
great nephew of the legend-
ary lawman, shows him to be
a member of a Christian-based
fraternal organization noted
for supporting youth groups
and raising money for medical
research and educational assis-
tance. The photograph shows
the illustrious sheriff in the uni-
form of the Masonic Knights
There are two branches of
Masonry, Scottish Rite and York
Rite. The highest level of Scot-
tish Rite Masonry is a Thirty
Second Degree Mason. The
highest level of York Rite Ma-
sonry is Knights Templar.
The Masonic Knights Tem-
plar organization is based on a
Crusades-era group. The origi-
nal Knights Templar, or Knights
of Solomon's Temple as they
were first called, were knights
who had fought in the First
Crusade. After the Crusade,
they banded together to protect
See Pogy - Page 2
Another side of Pogy Bill
William "Pogy Bill" Collins was well known for his exploits
as an early sheriff of Okeechobee County. However, this
photograph, supplied by his great nephew, Collins Duke,
shows the little known fact that the sheriff also belonged
to the Masonic Order Knights Templar.
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Tropical Storm Cristobal brushes N.C. coast, weakens
By Estes Thompson
Associated Press Writer
Raleigh, N.C. (AP) - Tropical
Storm Cristobal dumped rain and
brought rough seas to the North
Carolina coast Sunday, and fore-
casters predicted the weakening
system was headed for the open
At 2 p.m. EDT Sunday, the
National Hurricane Center said
maximum sustained winds had
dropped to 45 mph from a high
of about 50 mph. A tropical
storm warning was posted from
north of Surf City to the Virginia-
North Carolina border.
The center of Cristobal was
about 25 miles east of Cape
Lookout along the central North
Carolina coast, moving northeast
at about 7 mph.
The storm's strongest winds
Continued From Page 1
part of the region and that Lake
Okeechobee is one of the great-
est assets of this part of Florida.
He also applauded the civic lead-
ers here for their hard work and
their interest in economic devel-
Mr. Otterman said Okeecho-
bee has considered creating a de-
partment at the county level to ad-
dress economic development: He
said that is something that most
counties have looked at and is re-
ally the trend of the future.
"It is a challenging time in our
economy. Together we can do
more than what we can do, on
our own,", he said.
The FHREDI group is com-
prised of Highlands, Hardee,
Glades, Hendry, Desoto, and
Mr. Otterman said he didn't
have any second thoughts about
taking the job, even after he
learned the state intended to buy
Continued From Page 1
commercial zoning district in the
Treasure Island Plaza. Staff rec-
ommended disapproval for lack
:of sufficient parking places. The
item was tabled to allow the ap-
plicant time to submit additional
information concerning parking.
In another item that was tabled
from last month the board will be
Continued From Page 1
tion themselves for flying in the
wild. They were also given the
opportunity to develop their skill
at catching rats and mice.
Okeechobee Boy Scout Troop
964 did their part by building nest-
ing boxes for owls. Dan Martinelli,
executive director of the Treasure
Coast Wildlife Center, stated that
there was plenty of prey and wa-
ter for the owls there but a limited
number of suitable nesting sites.
"The Elephant Center site is
perfect for the owls. It has a mix-
ture of open woodland and prai-
rie areas, said Mr..Martinelli.
The Treasure Coast Wildlife
Center is a non-profit organization
that offers help for sick, inured
and orphaned wild animals, plus
information and education for hu-
man visitors. It serves Martin, St.
Lucie, Indian River, Okeechobee
and Palm Beach counties.
The owls were brought out
two to a cage. When the cage
doors were opened the nocturnal
were east of the center, out at sea,
National Weather Service meteo-
rologist Rich Bandy said. Winds
on the coastal side of the storm
were about 25 mph and will have
little impact on coastal cities un-
less the storm strengthens.
"There is a little more rain that
earlier in the day," Bandy said.
"It's not like the whole area is be-
Bandy said some rain was fall-
ing over the smoldering wildfire:
that has burned 64 square miles.
in Pocosin Lakes National Wild-
life Refuge since it was started by
lightning June 1.
The storm was forecast to
head away from the Southeast
coast "Monday, a prospect that
pleased a fishing captain stand-
ing on a dock at Ocracoke, an
island south of Cape Hatteras.
"Let's get it over with so we
out U.S. Sugar in Clewiston, one
of the regions' top employers. The
FHREDI board will meet Monday
in Clewiston and will discuss the
pending sale and the impacts on
the local economies. The meeting
starts at 10 a.m. at the John Boy
"I think long term we will have
economic recovery. It is a very
long process and it will take a lot
of work. Sometimes you work
very hard to make something
come to fruition and it disappears.
Lots of things go on behind the
scenes. In order to do something
right in economic development, it
should be viewed as a long-term
thing," he stated.
Mr. Otterman said the areas
designation as a rural area of
critical economic concern will
only help his efforts to bring in
new employers and build the
economy. He noted a project
FHREDI has pursued, the catalyst
project, which recently named
the Sebring Airport as the site of
a life sciences industry or medical
health care project, should help
the entire region.
discussing a proposed landscape
regulation for the county. The or-
dinance would regulate landscap-
ing for single family residences,
multifamily residences and non-
residential properties. It states that
landscaping must be completed
prior to issuance of a certificate of
occupancy and contains a list of
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birds were reluctant to come out.
Perhaps they were frightened by
all the commotion and photogra-
phers. Each one had to be picked
up and removed from the cage
and tossed into the air. Once air-
borne, each owl took off toward
the woods on the far side of the
"Today's barn owl release illus-
trates how NEC and Waste Man-
agement are strongly committed
to wildlife conservation," said Jeff
Boiling, representing NEC. "As
the National Elephant Center pre-
pares to embark on its work on
behalf of elephants, we're excited
to work with the Treasure Coast
Wildlife Center and others who
share our passion and dedication
for conserving all wildlife."
"The Elephant Center's sup-
port for wildlife along with Waste
Management's belief in conserv-
ing natural habitats provides a
wonderful opportunity to relocate
the birds, to a place where they
can thrive and live full lives," said
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On Friday, July 18 four barn owls that had been rescued as
chicks from a construction site and raised in captivity were
released back to the wild on Waste Management property.
Taking part in the release were, left to right, Jeff Boiling of
the National Elephant Center, Jeff Sabin of Waste Manage-
ment and Mark Satterlee growth management director for St.
can go fishing," said Capt. Da-
vid Nagel, who has operated the
"Drum Stick" charter boat for
31'years. "Nobody's out. Every-
body's tied up."
Nagel said he saw ominous
clouds looming to the south and
that the seas outside his harbor
-were 6 to 8 feet with winds blow-
ing about 25 mph.
Most visitors and residents
along the coast are seeing "a typ-
ical summer day with scattered
heavy thunderstorms," Bandy
Rainfall was expected to be 1
to 2 inches with isolated amounts
of 4 to 5 inches in areas where
heavy rain bands passed over-
head, he said.
Tony Spencer, chief of emer-
gency management in Hyde
County, which includes Ocra-
coke, urged beach goers to stay-
"If its successful, other sites
in the region will benefit," he
Mr. Otterman said he is not
targeting any specific industry at
this time. However he noted the
bio fuel industry appears to be
interested in the region. He noted
he also wants to preserve agricul-
ture as a leading industry in the
"I'd like to see it preserved as
much as possible. Nobody wants
to see every square inch of Flori-
da developed with concrete and
steel," he noted.
"Each of our communities has
their own attributes. We have a
good cross section of people and
workers, many with experience
in the agriculture industry," he
Continued From Page 1
pilgrims to the Holy Land. They
were noted for their fierceness
and courage in battle.
The website of the modern
Masonic Knights Templar says it
is a "Christian oriented fraternal
organization" that consists of
people from all walks of life.
Mr. Duke's grandmother was
a sister to Pogy Bill's wife. Mr.
out of the ocean because of the
danger of rip currents.
Cristobal was expected to
push tides 2 to 3 feet above nor-
mal. The National Weather Ser-
vice said'a few areas could see
flooding from heavy rain.
Minor flooding was reported
in Wilmington, N.C., on Satur-
day, and the area picked up 3.43
inches of rain, a record for the
The Hurricane Center also
.said Tropical Storm Bertha had
lost its tropical system character-
istics and was expected to weak-
en during the next day or so. The
center of Bertha was 850 miles
east-northeast of Cape Race,
Meanwhile, in the western
Caribbean sea, Tropical Storm
Dolly, the fourth named storm
of the Atlantic hurricane season,
Mr. Otterman said Okeechobee
will be a big part of the regions
economic future. .Okeechobee
recently added a new concrete
plant with spinoff industries and
that is a good sign for the future.
He noted the designation from
the state as an area of economic
concern is designed to bring in
jobs and higher wages.
"The intent of that designation
was to offer advantages so we
can create future jobs and pro-
vide amenities that lure employ-
ers. We must all work together
to get that outcome and be more
competitive. We aren't just com-
peting with all of Florida, we are
competing with all of the south-
east," he said.
Duke's father, Perry Duke, a 1941
graduate of Okeechobee High
School, named his son Collins af-
ter the famous sheriff and called
him "Pogy Bill."
Editor's note: Pogy Bill Col-
lins' name is sometimes spelled
"Pogey," in historical documents.
The "Pogy" spelling is used on his
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Tim Brown, director of education for the Treasure Coast Wild-
life Center, examines an owl nesting box built by members
of Okeechobee Boy Scout Troop 964. On Friday, July 18 The
Treasure Coast Wildlife Center released four barn owls on
property belonging to Waste Management. As chicks, the
owls were rescued from a construction site and raised in
captivity. The Boy Scouts built nesting boxes for the owls.
The property has been leased to the National Elephant Cen-
ter for an elephant sanctuary.
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Friday, July 18 was the day of freedom for four barn owls
that had been rescued as chicks from a construction site and
raised in captivity by the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center. They
were released on Waste Management property that has been
leased to the National Elephant Center for an elephant sanc-
tuary. Taking part in the release were, left to right, Jeff Sabin,
government affairs manager for Waste Management, Barbara
Nussa, corporate director for community relations and public
sector services for Waste Management and Jeff Boiling, rep-
resenting the National Elephant Center.
Tropical storms have maxi-
mum sustained winds of at least
The Atlantic hurricane season
runs through Nov. 30.
AP Photo/The Jacksonville Daily News
Robin Heath, right, from Pink Hill, N.C., walks out of the surf
after swimming by the Surf City Pier in Surf City, N.C. late
Saturday afternoon July 19, 2008. Dark clouds are slowly
approaching from the south in the background as Tropical
Storm Cristobal forms off the coast.
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Today: Partly sunny. Scattered afternoon showers 'and thun-
derstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of rain 30 percent.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Isolated evening showers and thunder-
storms. Lows in the lower 70s. Southeast.winds around 5 mph.
Chance of rain 20 percent.
Tuesday: Partly sunny. Scattered afternoon showers and thun-
derstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of rain 30 percent.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with isolated showers and thun-
derstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunder-
storms. Highs around 90. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Isolated evening showers and
thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Thursday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunder-
storms. Highs in the lower 90s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Isolated evening showers and
thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Friday: Partly cloudy with scattered showers and thunder-
storms. Highs in the upper 80s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Friday night: Partly cloudy. Isolated evening showers.
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Okeechobee's Most Wanted
The following five people are
Okeechobee's Most Wanted per-
sons. There are active warrants
for each of them. The criteria
for making Okeechobee's Most
,Wanted top five is based on the
'severity of the crime in conjunc-
:tion with the age of the warrant.
If you .have any information
on the whereabouts of any of
.Okeechobee's Most Wanted you
,can call the Treasure Coast Crime
:Stoppers at 1 (800) 273-TIPS
(8477). If you call Treasure Coast Delburt AIIbritton, 51,
,Crimes Stoppers, you have the AllWhite Male
option of remaining anonymous. Steven Cody Crose, 19, No known address
:You can also receive a reward if White Male Wanted for: failure to regist
'the information results in an ar- No known address as a sexual offender
.rest. Wanted for: grand theft, deal-
ing in stolen property
Lawrence Baum, 46,
No known address
Wanted for: aggravated bat-
tery, assault, battery
Alieta Aleen, 31,
aka Brian White, Manford
No known address .
Wanted for: failure to appear
on bail - robbery with other
Jose Tagle, 32,
aka Big Nasty
Last known address - 2228
S.E. 32nd St., Okeechobee,
Wanted for: lewd & lascivi-
ous battery, interference with
custody of parent and con-
tributing to the delinquency
of a child
Search continues for 2-year-old girl
ORLANDO (AP) -- Authorities her daughter at a baby sitter last ducting her own investigation.
are working on dozens of tips in month but hadn't seen her since. On Friday, authorities used
their search for a missing 2-year- The charging affidavit says the cadaver-sniffing dogs to search in
old central Florida girl. mother didn't call authorities im- the back yard of a home belong-
Orange County Sheriff's of- mediate because ing to the woman's parents.
ficials say Caylee Marie Anthony ..
mysteriously.vanished more than
a month ago.
Her mother, 22-year-old Casey ' i
Marie Anthony, was arrested after 0 T O
she went to police this week to CO '0,
report the disappearance. She's S -
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Study by Cambridge University in England Reveals Key Answer
Until recently, there was no practical
way to identify dead regions of hearing
cells in the ear. However, a new British-
developed procedure using standard test
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dead hearing cell regions. The study sug-
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regions may have serious implications in
the fitting of hearing aids.
This research reveals that amplifying
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DRAFT: I think a draft might be good for this country. It would get
some of these kids motivated to get into college so they could apply
for a draft deferral, instead of just sitting around waiting for someone
to give them a job.
TEEN PREGNANCY: The caller who said the teen pregnancy prob-
lem was because they can't get birth control without parental permis-
sion was off base. That just isn't true. They can get birth control from
the health department. I think the problem is that some girls actually
want to get pregnant. It looks glamorous because single women on
television have babies. Look at that teenage Spears girl, on the cover
of the magazine with her new baby, all smiles like it is such a great
thing to be a single teenage mom. How do you like that for a role
ENERGY: If I could afford it I would have a house built with both
solar panels and a wind mill. Have FPL paying me every month.
Wouldn't it be great to threaten to cut their power off for being late.
DRUGS: What kind of message does it send when someone who
was caught with drugs is still allowed to represent the state of Florida
at a national event? I guess to some people winning is the only thing
that is important. They say rodeo is not the same as other high school
teams, but they use Okeechobee High School in their name. So they
are still viewed as representing OHS.
RAIN: Thank God for the wonderful rain we have been getting late-
ly. However, the lake is still very low -- just over 10 feet. That means we
all still need to conserve water. With so much rain, those sprinklers
need to be turned off and stay off. You people who have them on tim-
ers, turn that dial to 'off.' You don't need to water your lawn when we
are getting so much rain. You are just wasting water.
SHUTTERS: I was reading in the paper from the coast about the
controversy over hurricane shutters. Winter residents want to put up
their shutters before they leave for the summer and take them down
when they return. That sounds sensible to me, but in some cases the
neighbors are complaining because they don't want to look at the
houses all around them with the shutters up and homeowners' as-
sociations are cracking down on it. I would think as long as they have
attractive shutters it should be allowed. I could see a problem if they
were boarding up the windows with plywood. Should Okeechobee
have any rules about this? It's something to think about before you
buy a home, especially in an area with a homeowners' association.
TAX REBATE: Well I got a letter in the mail telling me I would
get a tax rebate. Then I got a rebate check. Now what was the pur-
pose of sending the letter in a separate envelope,, other than to create
more work for the government employees who sent them out, and
pay for an extra stamp with taxpayers' funds? Instead of mailing out
rebates, they should have just let us deduct it from next year's taxes.
That would have helped us just as much and saved millions in the
time and labor used to generate and send out all those checks. That's
government in .action for you. They say the checks are to stimulate the
economy, but everyone I know is just using them to pay down bills
and credit card balances. We can't buy more stuff. We have to pay the
bills we already owe.
THANK YOU: I was at the hospital the.other dayand I had a flat tire
and there was a young man there who helped me and fixed my tire for
me. I just want to say thank you to him. His wife was in the emergency
room and he took time to fix my car. Its great to know that there are
people like that still in the world today.
SOLUTIONS: I have a solution to help the Sheriff Department and
their gas prices and saving a little money on gas. Leave your cars at the
department, drive to work like everybody else does.
SKUNK APE: Hi, I just saw the Skunk Ape. It was over in Playland
GAS PRICES: I am calling in reference to the gas prices going up
and I was thinking about riding my bike to work, but I live behind.
Semindle Elementary and from my house to my work there are no
street lights or sidewalks. And its not that I don't follow the proper
safety measures like wearing bright clothes, but on'my way home
when it's dark there are no street lights or sidewalks or anything and
people can't see very well. I was wondering what I would have to do
to maybe start a petition to get some street lights or something put out
there. Maybe there is someone to call to see if they can help me get
OBAMA SUPPORTERS: I would just like to say to.all of the Bar-.
rack Obama supporters, the reverends and priests, where do they get
off calling themselves that when they are just full of hate and spew
immoral stuff out of their mouths? I don't understand how they can
be called reverend like Rev. Wright and now Reverend Jackson. To me
a reverend is somebody-who is reverent; Look the word up. Now for
these guys to be spewing this hate and garbage and taking the Lord's
name in vain and showing hatred, to. me they're not reverends or
priests. A true reverend or a true priest is, godly. Any reverend or priest
who shows hatred and uses fowl language and such have a heck of a
lot of nerve to put that before their name.
ROAD AND BRIDGE DEPARTMENT: I would just like to make a
comment about the Road and Bridge department. You always hear so
much bad about what goes on there. Well I went up there the'other
day to talk to them about something going on with my ditch and they
came out and looked the situation over and they fixed it. I would just
like to say good job to the Road Department.
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Monday, July 21
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited to join the group. For information or to schedule an
appearance, contact Patsy Black at 863-467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S.
98 N. Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business
meeting. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in Sep-
tember. For information, call Betty Williamson at 863-763-3850.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
the Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road, in
Buckhead Ridge on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Karen Graves,
Chapter leader would like to extend a warm welcome to any interest-
ed persons to come by and see what they are about. For information
Tuesday, July 22
The Lighthouse Refuge Support Group is for women who are
hurting, homeless or have 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-
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 Maureen Budjinski at 863-484-
New AA. Meeting in Basinger: There is now anA.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at 863-
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 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 Mim
Kapteina at 863-763-6510.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
is invited to participate with vocal' and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
The Gathering Church! Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 pr.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.
Main Street Mixer planned
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 information please contact
Main Streets Executive Director Toni Doyle at 863-357-MAIN (6246).
Fort Drum Church plans VBS
Stampede to vacation bible school at Fort Drum Community_
Church. Avalanche Rance will bring you on a wild ride through Gods,
word from July 21-25 from 6 until 8 p.m. each night. For more infor-
mation call 863-467-1733.
CCC to hold monthly meeting
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County
Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tues-
day, July 22 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee School
Board Office. Guest speakers will be Wanda Klesper with My Aunt's
House and Mike Faulkner with Okeechobee Emergency Management.
The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Sharon Vin-
son 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 National Day of the American Cowboy on
Saturday, July 26. The event will start at 10 a.m. with a cattle drive be-
ginning downtown and ending at the Agri-Civic Center on State Road
70 East. The festival at the Agri-Civic center will include a ranch rodeo,
backyard beef barbecue contest, storytellers, poets, farriers and dis-
plays of the heritage of the American Cowboy. If you're interested in
helping to sponsor this event, participant for the Backyard BBQ con-
test or a vendor'for the event, all forms and'applications can be picked
up at the Main Street Office, 111 Northeast Second Street, Okeechobee
or e-mail Toni Doyle, Executive Director at okms@mainstreetokeecho-
bee.com. For more information call 863-357-MAIN (6246).
Sons of the American Legion Steak Dinner
The Sons of the American Legion 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 po-,
tato, salad, roll and dessert. Donation of $12. The public is welcome.
Orchid Club meeting planned
The Okeechobee Orchid Club will meet Monday, July 28, at 7 p.m.
at he Cooperative Extension Office at 458 Highway 98 N. A DVD
produced by the University of Florida on orchid cultivation will be,
shown. Harry Hoffner, the club president will be available for' orchid
consultation. For more information call the extension office at 863-
Ladies Auxiliary Spaghetti 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 dinner 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 ladies to join who want to do things. For
information call 863-763-5836 or 863-357-1944.
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Today in history
Today is Monday, July 21, the
203rd day of 2008. There are 163
days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On July 21,1861, the first Battle
of Bull Run was fought at Manas-
sas, Va., resulting in a Confederate
On this date:
In 1831, Leopold I was pro-
claimed King of the Belgians.
In 1925, the so-called "Mon-
key Trial" ended in Dayton, Tenn.,
with John T. Scopes convicted of
violating state law for teaching
Darwin's Theory of Evolution.
(The conviction was later over-
turned on a technicality.)
In 1930, President Hoover
signed an executive order estab-
lishing the Veterans Administra-
In 1944, American forces land-
ed on Guam during World War II.
In 1949, the U.S. Senate rati-
fied the North Atlantic Treaty.
In 1954, the Geneva Confer-
ence concluded with accords di-
viding Vietnam into northern and
In 1955, during a summit in
Geneva, President Eisenhower
presented his "open skies" pro-
posal under which the U.S. and
the Soviet Union would trade
information on each other's mili-
tary facilities and allow aerial re-
In 1961, Capt. Virgil "Gus" Gris-
som became the second Ameri-
can to rocket into a suborbital
pattern around the Earth, flying
aboard the Liberty Bell 7.
In 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts
Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz"
Aldrin blasted off from the moon
aboard the lunar module.
In 1980, draft registration be-
gan in the United States for 19-
and 20-year-old men.
Ten years ago: President
Clinton announced a crackdown
on nursing homes that were lax
about quality and on states that
were doing a poor job of regu-
lating them. The Pentagon said
it found no evidence to support
allegations in a CNN report that
U.S. troops had used nerve gas
during a 1970 operation in Laos
designed to hunt down American
defectors. Astronaut Alan Shepard
died in Monterey, Calif., at age 74.
Actor Robert Young died in West-
lake Village, Calif., at age 91.
Five years ago: President
Bush said he was working to
persuade more nations to help
in Iraq. Carlton Dotson Jr., the
roommate of missing Baylor bas-
ketball player Patrick Dennehy,
was arrested and charged with
Dennehy's murder. (Dotson later
pleaded guilty and was sentenced
to 35 years in prison.)
One year ago: Doctors re-
moved five small growths from
President Bush's colon after he
temporarily transferred the pow-
ers of his office to Vice President
Dick Cheney under the rarely in-
voked 25th Amendment. Ruedi-
ger Diedrich, one of two Germans
kidnapped in southern Afghani-
stan on July 18, was found dead.
David Beckham made his debut
with the Los Angeles Galaxy in
front of a sellout crowd of 27,000.
(Beckham got into the exhibition
game in the 78th minute of Chel-
sea's 1-0 victory.) "Harry Potter
and the Deathly Hallows," the fi-
nal volume of the wizard series by
J.K. Rowling, went on sale.
Thought for Today: "This
is the final test of a gentleman:
His respect for those who can be
of no possible service to him."
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school supply drive
Big Lake Missions Outreach
is currently sponsoring their an-
nual School Supplies Drive for the
needy children in Okeechobee
County. They will be collecting
items from now until Aug. 15. If
you child needs supplies, please
contact them. Proof of eligibility is
needed to qualify. For further in-
formation or to make donations,
call the mission at 863-763-5725.
CCC sponsors school
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 sugges-
tions are: pencils, pens, markers,
colored pencils, crayons, high-
lighters, notebook paper, con-
struction paper, folders, binders,
backpacks, glue, scissors, rulers,
erasers, index cards and calcula-
tors. Supplies may be brought
to the Community Collaborative
Council during the July meet-
ing. Okeechobee County School
Board Office, 700 S.W. Second
Ave., Room 301. For more infor-
mation call Sharon Vinson at 863-
Realtors help with
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 do-
ing 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 sani-
tizer. Any help you can give will
be greatly appreciated.
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will of-
fer parenting education classes
for parents of infants to age 3. All
pregnant women and parents are
encouraged to attend. Each partici-
pant will receive a gift. This adults-
only parenting class consists of six,
one-hour classes. You must attend
all six classes to get a certificate of
completion. We now have day and
evening classes available. No child
care will be available. Call 863-462-
5877 for registration.
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At the Movies
The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres III. Movie times for Friday, July
11, through Thursday, July 17, are as follows:
Theatre I - "Hancock" (PG-13) Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tues-
day, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre II - "Meet Dave" (PG) Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at
2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9:15 p.m.
Theatre III - "Wall-E" (G) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9 p.m.. Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:30,
7 and 9 p.m., Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:30 and 7 and 9
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and
under are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call 863-763-7202.
CLOSE TO HOME
"Take it out on the interstate for about 20 minutes
while Luther here tries to figure out where that
tapping sound is coming from."
Husband's cancer puts boy's future in question
DEAR ABBY: My cousin's
9-year-old son, "Andy," has been
living with me for the past few
years. Now my husband has been
diagnosed with cancer, and I must
return Andy to his mother.
Abby, his mother is an alcohol-
ic and drug addict. She has no in-
come, and the list goes on. How
do I return that boy to this type
of environment? My immediate
and extended families insist he
go home to his mother, but I am
worried about his future. What do
I do? I need to concentrate and fo-
cus on my husband's health, but
who will give Andy the care that
he needs? WORRIED AUNT IN
DEAR WORRIED AUNT:
There is an alternative to return-
ing Andy to that unhealthy envi-
ronment, but it will require coop-
eration from your immediate and
extended families. Keep the child
with you, but have him stay with
the relatives at the times your
husband is getting his treatments.
If they are unwilling, perhaps
the parents of some of Andy's
friends would be willing to help
out. Please give it a try and let me
know what happens, because
the best place for Andy is with re-
sponsible people.who know and
DEAR ABBY: I am in my early
40s. Most of my good friends,
whom I have known my whole
life, have not given a second
thought to our approaching
"golden years." No one is saving
money for retirement, participat-
ing in any sort of plan or even
thinking about how they will
manage later in life.
They all have fun, interest-
ing, low-paying jobs. This mind-
set may have been fine 20 years
ago, but we aren't kids anymore.
.1 worry that when my friends are
senior citizens they will be desti-
tute. They laugh off my worries.
My parents are enjoying a
modest but comfortable retire-
ment which they worked for --
and planned for -- most of their
lives. I want the same for myself
and my friends. How can I inspire
them to take action? -- TOM IN
LONG BEACH, CALIF.
DEAR TOM: You are a car-
ing and wise friend who is sur-
rounded by perpetual adoles-
cents. Sometimes people can be
their own worst enemies, and it's
not always possible to save them
Talking to people who choose
to live for today while ignoring
the importance of preparing for
tomorrow won't work. A better
approach would be to teach then
by example, then cross your fin-
gers and hope they catch on.
DEAR ABBY: Perhaps you
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can settle a minor disagreement
between a fellow bartender and
me. I say it is impolite to remove
a cash tip from the bar before a
patron leaves. She, however, just
grabs the money and counts it --
right in front of the customer. She
thinks it's OK because the cus-
tomer wants to be acknowledged
Abby, I always thank my cus-
tomers, whether they tip or not,
and I think counting money in
front of them sends a message
that we value their gratuity more
than their business.
What is the polite way t6
handle this? -- SHAKEN, NOT
STIRRED IN MARCO ISLAND,
DEAR "S.N.S.": Your co-
worker's technique makes me
wonder if her acknowledgment is
given on a sliding scale, commen-
surate with the tip. (Ten percent
gets a nod. Fifteen percent gets
a smile. Twenty percent and she
says, "Come back soon!")
I prefer your more low-key and
appropriate method -- and it isn't
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ARIES (Marnh 21-April 19):
You can make headway at home if
you focus on fixing, amending or
changing what needs alterations.
An interview or chance to move
ahead professionally is apparent if
you put in time, effort and detail. 3
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Do what comes naturally and you
will avoid trouble. A bargain can be
found. A relationship you have with
a friend is probably not what it ap-
pears. Don't share too many of your
secrets just yet. 4 stars
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
Emotional upset will develop be-
cause of what someone else does.
Don't let your vulnerability cause
you to make a snap decision. Stick
close to the people you know you
can trust. Being responsible will
help you find a good solution. 2
CANCER (June 21-July 22):
Be aggressive and proactive to get
things done to your specifications.
Add a little detail to something you
ate working on at home, and some-
one you love will be appreciative. A
conversation will lead to new begin-
nings. 5 stars
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): It's
time to make money, not give it away.
Put some thought into what you can
do to expand your financial earn-
ings. Industrious efforts will pay off
and enable you to be the generous
Leo you like to be. 3 stars
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You'll try to please everyone around
you but, before you get all wrapped
up in doing for others, consider do-
ing something special for you. Re-
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pick up a gift for yourself to help you
get through your day with a little
less stress. 3 stars
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that aren't your responsibility or
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are not. Put your heart and soul into
accomplishment and using your tal-
ents. 3 stars
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21): Your intuition will not lead you
astray if you are honest about the
way you feel. Talks will bring about
a resolution that should help you
make an important decision. Travel
or listen to someone with experi-
ence. 5 stars
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21): Don't believe everything ydu
hear and don't get angry. You will
find yourself in a precarious posi-
tion if you overreact. Staying calm
and watching what everyone else
does will be your ticket to making
the best choice for yourself. 2 stars.
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19): You will be likely to make
changes based on an emotional
whim. You will make the right choice
and it will help you out with a legal
matter or settlement and allow you
to find out where you stand with
someone you care about. 4 stars
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18): Nothing will go as planned but
your ability to rise to any occasion
will leave you sitting in a good po-
sition. You can discuss your future
plans, look for a better job, talk to
someone about a business that in-
terests you or even get better ac-
quainted with someone you like. 3
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20): Take a little time for yourself.
This is a good time to reevaluate
your current relationships with oth-
ers and decide who is good for you
and who isn't. Don't limit yourself. 3
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Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
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Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts - Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
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1999 Ford F350 Power Stroke
Diesel, 77,000 miles, very
nice, 5 speed, air, 12' flat
bed $7500 (812)989-3022
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door, long bed, clean, good
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NORTHSHORE VILLAGE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT
NOTICE OF INITIAL LANDOWNERS' MEETING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the first Landowners' Meeting of the Northshore
Village Community Development District will be held at 11:00 a.m. on August 14,
2008, in the offices of Tucker Group, LLC located at 104 NW 7th Avenue, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972. The pnmary purpose.of the Initial Landowners' Meeting is
to elect five (5) Supervisors for the Northshore Village Community Development Dis-
A copy of the Agenda for this meeting may be obtained by contacting the District
Manager at 561-430-4922 and/or 877-737-4922 five (5) days prior to the date of
the meeting. The meeting may be continued as found necessary to a time and place
specified on the record.
If any person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter con-
sidered at this meeting, such person will need a record of the proceeding and such
person may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made at his
or her own expense and which record includes the testimony and evidence on
which the appeal is based.
In accordance with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person
requiring special accommodations or an interpreter to participate at this meeting
should contact the District Manager at 561-630-4922 and/or 877-737-4922 at least
seven (7) days prior to the date of the particular meeting.
Northshore Village Community Development District
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How do I get an e-mail address?
Are you online, happily cruis-
ing the Internet, but you don't
have an e-mail address yet?
Briefly, let's discuss how e-
mail has evolved since its begin-
ning in the early 1970s. At first
e-mail addresses were issued by
universities and the U.S. govern-
ment. In the 80s and 90s, your ISP
would set up your e-mail account
and we used Outlook Express or
Netscape Mail programs to get
e-mail. Today, e-mail practices
are changing yet again. You can
get a free e-mail account, right
on the Internet, which is easy to
access and really very depend-
able. Yahoo, Google, and Excite
all offer free e-mail accounts with
a browser interface. Use your
browser to go to mail.about.com
and when the page pops up, click
"Top 16 Free E-mail Accounts" on
A number of people I know
actually have two e-mail address-
es. They use their ISP e-mail for
business, bill paying, family and
friends. They use their online,
free e-mail address for sign-ups,
contests, any place where your e-
mail address could be sold to an
advertising list. Why are they free?
You will see advertising at all of
these free services. But they still
work very well.
Enough explanations, here are
Share your questions
for this column by email to
directions for a Google e-mail.
I'm suggesting Google's Gmail,
because the interface is very
1. Open your Internet brows-
er. In the address line at the top,
type in Google.com. Click Go or
the green arrow which is to the
far right. When you arrive at the
Google home page, click Gmail
near the top of the screen.
2. To the far right, click "Cre-
ate an account." Here you will
be asked to set up an account.
Google asks for your name but no
other personal information.
3. Then you create the actual
e-mail address and Google helps
you with suggestions when you
click "Check availability."
4. Then Google asks you to
make up your own password.
Make it a good one. Remember
my column on the password
manager, Any Password? Be sure
to record the e-mail and pass-
word you choose.
5. Google will ask you a secu-
rity question and also asks for an
alternate e-mail address. If you
don't have one, it doesn't matter.
6. Don't let the next step throw
you. The message, "Type the
characters you see in the picture
below" is followed by something
that looks a little crazy. This is a
security device. Just type in the let-
ters or numbers in the box. Click
"I accept, create my account.".
7. Find out if there is a special
address that will take you straight
to a login screen. For Google mail
the address is mail.google.com.
It's good to check e-mail at least
a couple times a week. Daily is
8. The welcome e-mail helps
you understand the e-mail inter-
9. Don't let spam or junk e-
mail overwhelm you. Delete it
right away. Luckily, a new e-mail
address takes a while for junk
mail to appear.
Getting an online e-mail ad-
dress also gives you access to
your e-mail anywhere. If you are
traveling, most hotels these days
have a public computer with ac-
cess to the internet. You will need
to bring three pieces of informa-
tion with you:
1. The web address where you
2. Your logirrID or name, usu-
ally your e-mail address; and,
3. Your password (never save
your password on a public com-
So that's how to get a free,
easily managed e-mail account.
I'll be back next Monday to give
you a practical reason to get the e-
mail address. Happy computing.
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way deliberately so only a person can decode what is says.
Consultants join Wells Fargo team
By Chauna Aguilar
Marnie Lauter and Donna
Huth, local home mortgage, con-
sultants with over 11 years of
experience in Okeechobee have
joined the Wells Fargo Home
Mortgage team working on a
mobile basis with future plans of
opening a Wells Fargo office in
Marnie and Donna work local-
ly as a team to meet all of the Lake
Okeechobee and surrounding ar-
eas needs for home mortgages as
a direct lender with Wells Fargo.
They also offer FHA, VA, home
equity, and renovation loans.
They joined the Wells Fargo on
June 30. Wells Fargo in Stuart is
their home office lotated off of
South Federal Highway.
According to the team, Wells
Fargo prides themselves with the
state-of-the-art technology and se-
curity with a completely automat-
ed application process. By using
an e-fax system, they are able to
receive documents faxed to them
for customer's loans and imme-
diately send them for approval
electronically. This eliminates the
overnight mailing of documents
and minimizes the wait.for ap-
While Marnie and Donna are
not new to this industry, neither
is Wells Fargo. According to their
website, Wells Fargo & Company
is a diversified financial services
company providing banking, in-
surance, investments, mortgage
and consumer finance through
almost 6,000 stores, the internet
and other distribution channels
across North America and inter-
They're headquartered in San
Francisco, but decentralized so
every local Wells Fargo store is a
headquarters for satisfying all of
their customers' financial needs
and helping them succeed finan-
cially. Wells Fargo has $595 bil-
lion in assets and 160,900 team
members across their 80+ busi-
nesses. They ranked fifth in as-
sets and fourth in market value of
their stock among their peers as
of March 31, 2008.
Wells Fargois the only bank in
the U.S. to be rated "AAA."
The Wells Fargo vision is as
follows: We want to satisfy all our
customers' financial needs, help
them succeed financially, be the
premier provider of financial ser-
vices in every one of our markets,
and be known as one of Ameri-
ca's great companies.
Marnie and Donna look for-
ward to extending that vision into
While Wells Fargo is the larg-
est financial institution headquar-
tered in the western U.S. and
span all of North America, they
strive at making each store a local
Marnie and Donna are person-
ally involved in various organiza-
tions throughout Okeechobee in-
cluding the American Red Cross.
They served as the chair and co-
chair of the Heroes Campaign for
2008 and serve on the advisory
board for the local chapter as
Submitted photo/Raphael Pacheco
Locals Donna Huth (left) and Marnie Lauter (right) are now
home mortgage consultants for Wells Fargo, bringing the
benefits of a direct lender to Okeechobee County.
They are also involved
in Okeechobee. Main Street;
Okeechobee Board of Realtors;
Business Women's Network; and
the American Cancer Society.
Marnie and Donna share the
values that Wells Fargo promotes
that regardless of how big the
company gets and how much
territory they, cover, they share,
as one team, certain values that
hold them together wherever
they are. and whatever they do. It
doesn't matter what their respon-
sibilities are, their levels or titles,
what businesses they're part of,
or where they live and work.
One special offer from Wells
Fargo Home Mortgage provides
their exclusive Wells Fargo Clos-
ing Guarantee that "We will close
your loan on or before the closing
date stated in your original pur-
chase contract or we'll write you a
check equal to your first month's
For more information about
Wells Fargo contact Mar-
nie Lauter . at 863-697-1970,
com; or Donna Huth at 863-610-
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reached at email@example.com.
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