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Vol. 99 No. 261


Monday is last day to
register to vote
The last day to register to vote
for the November Presidential
election is Monday, Oct. 6.
If you are eighteen years old,
a U.S. citizen, a legal resident
of Florida and of Okeechobee
County you may register to
vote. If you are seventeen years
old, you may pre-register and
receive your card in the mail
after your 18th birthday.
Also, if a person is currently
a registered voter in any Florida
county, his/her address can be
changed up to and including
Election Day.
Voter updates, e.g. name
change and address change,
can be made up to and includ-
ing Election Day. Voters are
urged to make updates before
Election Day--e.g. voting dur-
ing Early Vote, contacting the
office--to avoid delays on Elec-
tion Day.
Any registered voter who le-
gally resides in Okeechobee can
request an absentee ballot now
through Election Day by con-
tacting the office in person, by
phone 863-763-4014, or through
the Elections Office web-site

Attention Okeechobee
Class of '89
Reunion organizers are cur-
rently collecting emails and
home addresses from all class-
mates. Please send these to
com. the hext planning meet-
ing is Sunday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m.
at Beef O'Brady's.

Healthy Start Coali-
tion to meet
The Board of Directors of
the Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalitio will meet on Wednes-
day, Oct. 8, at 11:30 a.m. in their
office, 575 S.W 28th St. within
the New Endeavors Building.
This meeting is open to the
public. For more information
call Executive Director Kay Be-
gin at 863-462-5877.

Drought Index

Current: 466
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

15.01 feet
Last Year: 9.99 feet

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

Classifieds 13-14
Community Events.................... 6
Crossword.......................... ..... 14
Lifestyles...... 2
Obituaries.................................. 6
Opinion...................................... 4
School News............................. 9
Speak Out 4
Sports 12,15-16
W weather ..................................... 8
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Water levels carefully monitored

Flood protection
balanced with water
storage needs

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It seems like it's either feast
or famine when in comes to wa-
ter in central Florida. Either the
lake is too low causing concerns
about drinking water and agri-
cultural use of water or there is
concern about Lake Okeecho-
bee being too high.
The main way the U. S. Army

Corps of Engineers currently tries
to keep the lake within the regu-
lation schedule is by pulse re-
leases designed to mimic natural
rainfall. Pulse releases are made
to the St. Lucie Canal on the east
and the Caloosahatchee River
on the west. However pulse re-'
leases are alarming to environ-
mentalists who fear the effects
of too much fresh water on the
There may soon be other
ways to take care of excess wa-
ter. Water managers are working
on several plans for storing water
north ofthe lake. Water would

be stored during rainy times and
released to the lake during dry
Several methods have been
proposed to store water includ-
ing best management practices,
(BMPs), stormwater treatment
areas (STAs) and leasing private
lands for water storage. It has
been estimated that it could take
up to about one million acre feet
of water to have a significant im-
pact on pulse releases. However,
the various water storage plans
proposed are whittling away at
that number.
Although they are shallowand

United Way: Volunteer fundraising

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OKeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The Okeechobee County United Way Board of Directors (back row-left to right) Chaka
Smith, Nick Blount, Sam Smith, Cathleen Blair, Cheryl Sutton, Epi Juarez, Kevin Fol-
som, Roslin Brown, Bill Casian, (front row-left to right) Jennifer Lafferty, Debbie Riddle,
Theresa Alexander, Mary Hurley and Melody Hodges (not pictured) Libby Maxwell,
Frank Kruppa and Robert Lee met with agencies at their second annual Kick-off Break-
fast on Thursday, Oct. 2.

More agencies seek help

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County-
United Way has started their
annual campaign.
United Way organizers met
on Thursday, Oct. 2, for their
Kick-off Breakfast to begin their
fundraising campaign for the
coming year. Budget cuts have
limited the fundsthat they have
available to grant to local agen-
cies, which have also increased
in numbers.
The United Way of Okeecho-
bee is beginning an aggressive
campaign to make sure that
local citizens know what agen-
cies they help with the money
that is donated locally to the

Okeechobee County United
Only about 1 percent of the
funds, or 4 cents of every dol-
lar goes towards administrative
costs. Ninety-six cents of every
dollar goes back into Okeecho-
bee. This is made possible be-
cause the Okeechobee County
United Way Board is strictly vol-
unteers. Boards in other coun-
ties receive payment for sitting
on the-board.
Board members include:
Chair Cathleen Blair; Vice Chair
Kevin Folsom; Sam Smith; Nick
Blount; Mary Hurley; Melody
Hodges; Cheryl Sutton; Debbie
Riddle; Jennifer Lafferty; Chaka
Smith; Bill Casian; Theresa Al-

exander; Epi Juarez; and Roslin
Their second annual break-
fast was sponsored by Rauler-
son Hospital.
Currently 18 -agencies in
Okeechobee receive funds from
the Okeechobee-County United
Way: Boy Scouts of America
Gulf Stream Council; Commu-
nity in Schools 'of Okeechobee;
Florida Community Health Cen-
ter; Girl Scouts of Palm Glades
Council; Hospice of Okeecho-
bee; Martha's House; My Aunt's
House-The Closet; Okeechobee
County Branch American Red
Cross; Okeechobee Educational
See Agencies Page 8

Arnold's Wildlife to

help with CCC Festival

Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center will be among the
participants at the 23rd annual
Civilian Conservation Corps
Festival. The event takes place
Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m. at Highland Ham-
mock State Park, located four
miles west of U.S. 27 on County
Road 634 (Hammock Road) in
"We're honored to be a part
of this celebration," said Sue
Arnold, owner and curator of
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation
Center. "It is a perfect match, as
our Center and the park have
a common mission: conserva-
tion of our natural environment
and the wildlife that inhabits
Arnold's will be set up at
Pavilion 12. Sue Arnold and
volunteers will be on hand with

some native Florida wildlife,
including Professor Possum,
Rocky Raccoon, Albert the Al-
ligator and Bobby the Bobcat.
"These critters aie some of the
stars who help us demonstrate
and explain Florida wildlife in
our educational programs,"
Arnold says. "We'll be happy
to answer any questions folks
might have about these and
other native creatures."
Other activities that day in-
clude a CCC alumni reunion,
live entertainment, antique car
show, arts and crafts vendors,
pony rides, a model railroad
exhibit, reptiles from Croc En-
counters in Tampa, $1 tram
and hay rides, festival foods
and more. Park admission is
just $4 per vehicle for up to
eight people per car.
Highlands Hammock State

Park is home to the state's Civil-
ian Conservation Corps Muse-
um and features campgrounds,
picnic areas, nine nature, bicy-
cle and equestrian trails, a res-
taurant and abundant wildlife
within its 9250 acres.
Arnold's Wildlife Reha-
bilitation Center is located in
Okeechobee. Its mission is to
rescue, rehabilitate and return
animals to their natural habi-
tat. The center also provides a
permanent and loving home
to animals unable to return to
nature. In July 2006 the center
expanded its animal conser-
vation efforts with Arnold's
Butterfly Haven, a half-acre
butterfly sanctuary laid out in
the shape of the Zebra Long-
wing, Florida's state butterfly.
See.Arnold's Page 8

designed primarily for phospho-
rus removal, STAs do have stor-
age capacity. The Taylor Creek
STA at Taylor Creek and U.S. 441
N. has a storage capacity of over
300 acre feet. The Nubbin Slough
STA on Nubbin Slough at S.R.
710 is almost operational. It will
store 2400 acre feet of water. The
third STA planned for north of
the lake, Lakeside STA, straddles
the Okeechobee Martin County
line. It is currently in the permit-
ting stage. It is to be constructed
in phases. At full capacity Lake-
side STA will have a storage ca-
pacity of 4800 acre feet.

There is also a storage pro-
gram whereby private land is
rented for water storage. That
keeps the land on the tax rolls.
There are currently eight proper-
ties involved in this program in-
cluding Williamson Cattle Com-
pany, Syfrett Ranch and Lykes
Brothers. In the past water has
been stored on Seminole land.
At this time there are no plans
to store water on Seminole land
but that idea might be pursued
in the future.
Chuck Syfrett said he has
See Water Page 8


focuses on

local issues

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
In an exclusive interview
with the Okeechobee News,
State Senator J. D. Alexander
expounded his views on a
number of subjects.
First he tackled the current
economic crisis.
State chartered banks are
in good condition according to
the senator. However, he said
that the state's ability to sell
bonds might be affected by the

current eco-
nomic situa-
He said
the proposed
deposit in-
surance in-
crease might
give some
assurance J.D.
to business Alexander
owners who keep a reserve in
their bank accounts to cover
See Alexander Page 8 -

City considers

land swap

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Council
will consider rezoning and a
land swap deal when they meet
Tuesday evening.
The council is scheduled to
conduct the first readings and
set the date for a final pub-
lic hearing for an ordinance
based on a rezoning request.
Jerry Suarez requested the re-
zoning of 1.5 acres at 701 N.E.

If you go...
What: Okeechobee City
Council Meeting
Where: Cbuncil chambers,
Okeechobee City Hall,
55 S.E. Third Ave.
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday,
Oct. 7
Third Street from residential
single family 1 to heavy com-
mercia). The applicant wishes
See City Page 8

Submitted photo/Dorothy Harris
Sue Arnold of Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center poses
with a Florida panther named Willow. Ms. Arnold will bring a va-
riety of Florida wildlife to the CCC Festival at Highlands Ham-
mock on Saturday, Nov. 1.

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Sarah Lynn Bishop and Douglas James Miller, Jr.

Perry and Janet Bishop of
Okeechobee are proud to an-
nounce the engagement of their
daughter, Sarah Lynn Bishop
to Douglas James Miller, Jr. of
The prospective groom is the
son of Doug and Cathy Miller Sr.
of Kissimmee and Kevin and Leah
Elliot of Ruckersville, Va.
The wedding is planned for
March 7, 2009 at Oakview Baptist

Church in Okeechobee.
The bride to be is a 2001 grad-
uate of Okeechobee High School.
She graduated from the University
of Florida. She is employed as a
teacher with Okeechobee High
The groom is a 1998 graduate
of Sebring High School. He gradu-
ated from Abraham Baldwin Ag-
riculture College. He is employed
as a watermelon salesman with
Six L's Packing Inc.
After the wedding the couple
will reside in Sebring.

Submitted photo/OKMS
Finding the way
The wayfinding signs are here! Okeechobee Main Street
presented the city and community with five wayfinding
signs. Four signs have been installed at the intersec-
tion of Highway 441 and 70 pointing to places of inter-
est: City Hall, Agri-Civic Center, County Courthouse, Lake
Okeechobee. The fifth sign will be placed at the entrance
road to the lake pier showing Lake Okeechobee.,

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Randy Lee Worth III
Randy and Sandy Worth of
Okeechobee are proud to an-
nounce the birth of their son,
Randy Lee Worth III.
He was born on July 28, 2008
at Palms West Hospital in Loxa-
hatchee. He weighed 7 pounds 7
ounces and was 20 inches long at
Maternal grandparents are
Mary Doney and the Late Tommy
Doney of Belle Glade.
Paternal grandparents are Ran-
dy and Annie Worth of Okeecho-
Great grandparents are Mary
Worth of Okeechobee.


Randy Lee Worth, III

Trent honored for

years of service

On Friday, Sept. 26, Ed Trent
was honored with a surprise re-
tirement party held at the civic
center. Over 100 people attended,
including family, friends, past and
present co-workers and local dig-
nitaries. Ed was awarded a plaque
for his years of service with the
Health Department as Supervi-

sor of Environment Health. His
colleagues also gave him several
Also on Tuesday, Sept. 30, he
was honored at the Health De-
partment, with a gathering of his
fellow employees who came by to
wish him well. At this time he was
presented with a certificate from

Submitted photo/Linda Vick

Happy Birthday!
Agnes Foster celebrated her 98th birthday Saturday, Sept. 27.
Mrs. Foster is a resident of Ancient Oaks. Her many friends
surprised her with a party.

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Submitted photo
The Environmental Health Staff are: (left to right) Kathy Shorter, Harry Moldenhauer, Ed Trent,
John Burton, Doug McCoy and Vicki Holland.


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Hurricane season plan should include pets

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Hurricane season is not over
until the end of November. It is im-
portant to continue to make sure
that all preparations are made to
protect your family in the event of
a hurricane. It is also important to
include your pets, no matter how
big or small into those plans.
Local veterinarian Randall
Mims spoke to Kiwanis members
on Thursday, Oct. 2, about the im-
portance of including your pets in
your family hurricane plans.
If you live in an area or home
that you would more than likely
evacuate it is extremely important
for you to research ahead of time
for a place to house your pet(s).
According to Dr. Mims it is best to
take your pet with you whenever
possible. One must research to
find a hotel or shelter that accepts
pets and also what kinds of pets
that they accept at their establish-
Locally, places in Dr. Mims Vet-
erinarian Hospital are on a first
come, first served basis due to
the fact that it is unknown how
many animals will be boarded in
the hospital on regular business

at the time when a disaster oc-
curs. It is also very important that
if your animal is boarded in a vet-
erinarian boarding unit that you
come get your pets immediately
after the storm or other emergen-
cy situation has passed.
Dr. Mims explained that dur-
ing the 2004 storms, they were
without electricity and water and
it was increasingly hard for them
to be able to take care of the ani-
mals adequately.
Be sure to have supplies for
your pets in the event of an emer-
gency including their food, drink-
ing water, medicine, carrier and
any other items that make things
more normal for your pet during
this stressful time.
Make sure that you practice
with your pet by taking them for
rides in their carrier so that in the
event of an emergency, this will
not be as foreign to them and so
stressful. Also, always have a'pic-
ture of your pet in case they hap-
pen to get lost during an emer-
.gency. There are many times that
animals get loose and run to hide
because they are scared.
Having a picture of your ani-
mal on hand will help you find

your lost pet. Always have your
pet properly identified either by a
collar, embedded microchip, tat-
too, or other means.
In the event that you lose your
pet during a disaster make sure
that you personally check the lo-
cal animal shelter daily. A phone
call doesn't always guarantee
that your pet is not there due to
the overwhelming intake after an
Animals such as cows are best
left in the pasture. Some horses
are also better left in the pasture.
Make sure that the pasture is large
enough where they can be clear
of trees that could pose a threat
to them by limbs flying into them.
Dr. Mims recommends only put-
ting animals in a barn if the barn
is built to withstand hurricane
force winds.
Before evacuating with your
pets be sure that you include all
veterinary records in your emer-
gency plan. Certain animals must
have various clearances before
they can leave the state, etc. Hav-
ing these documents on hand can
save hassles later on when you
are trying to get to your evacua-
tion location.

After a disaster, before you
let your animals go back to their
normal locations inspect the area
for things such as sharp objects,
dangerous wildlife, contaminated
water and downed power lines.
Do not let your animal re-enter
their normal environment until
daylight when they can be prop-
erly observed.
Hurricanes typically wash
away all signs and scents of
"home" to your animals and they
must become re-acclimated with
their environment.
Dr. Mims recommended visit-
ing the American Veterinary Med-
ical Association web-site at www. for more information
about your pets.
In other Kiwanis business;
members are encouraged to bring
in their baby shower items for the
Oct. 16, meeting which will be a
Baby Shower for the Okeechobee
Pregnancy Center
Baby Shower items and mon-
etary donations are accepted.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at

Drugs and weapons seized in traffic stop

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Narcotics
Task Force found weapons, ille-
gal narcotics, prescription drugs
and ammunition inside a ve-
hicle driven by a convicted felon
Thursday night during a traffic
stop on State Road 70 just east of
Okeechobee City.
William R. Roberts, 38, of
Amory, Mississippi was stopped
for driving a vehicle with illegal
window tint and for an illegal

lane change.
Narcotics Officers said they
located a pipe commonly used
to smoke crack cocaine that
contained a small amount of co-
caine, on the suspect.
The arrest report said officers
then searched the trunk and the
interior of the vehicle and located
a box of .357 ammunition, three
loaded handguns which included
a Smith and Wesson .38 revolver,
two Smith and Wesson 9 mm, a
20 gauge shotgun and a digital

Narcotics officers also found a
black leather bag under the driv-
er's seat that contained several
clear pill bottles that contained
suspected crack cocaine, pow-
der cocaine, and prescription
pills like Alprazolam, Oxycontin,
Roxicodone, Viagra, Morphine,
Methadone, Dilaudid, Adderall,
Lupin and Carisoprodol.
The bag also included several
individual bags of marijuana,
crack pipes, wire, a metal spoon
with residue and other pieces of
drug paraphernalia.

Narcotics Officers said Roberts
had 16 grams of crack cocaine,
five grams of powder cocaine,
and 16 grams of marijuana inside
the vehicle.
Charges include possession
of a firearm by a convicted felon,
possession with the intent to sell
cocaine, 12 counts of posses-
sion of a controlled substance,
possession with the intent to sell
marijuana, and possession of
drug paraphernalia.

Local banks in good shape

Disability Awareness Week
Okeechobee County Schools Superintendent Dr. Patricia
Cooper, (left) and the school board chair Joe Arnold (right)
presented Cathleen Blair, director of exceptional student
education with a plaque honoring Disability History and
Awareness Weeks as declared by the Florida State Leg-

Okeechobee's Most Wanted

The following five people are
among Okeechobee's Most Want-
ed persons. There are active war-
rants for each of them. The criteria
for making Okeechobee's Most
Wanted top five is based on the se-
verity of the crime in conjunction
with the age of the warrant.
If you have any information
on the whereabouts of any of
Most Wanted ,,
you can call
the Treasure
Coast Crime
Stoppers at 1
(800) 273-TIPS
(8477). If you
call Treasure
Coast Crimes
Stoppers, you Alieta
have the op- Aleen

Glades County
* Demetre Moore, 25, of Moore
Haven, was arrested on Sept.
24, charged with principal in the
first degree (aiding in inmate
escape). He was held in custody
with bond set at $20,000.
Natale Chillemi, 30, of Buck-
head Ridge, was arrested on Sept.
24, on an active warrant for vio-
lation of probation. He was held
without privilege of bond.
Santos Torres Tinizaray, 31,
of Deerfield Beach was arrested
on Sept. 24, on an active Brevard
County warrant. He was later
turned over to Brevard County.
Jean Lafalaise, 26, of Belle
Glade, was arrested on Sept. 28,
charged with escape from custo-
dy. He was held in custody with-
out privilege of bond.
This column lists arrests, not
convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone who is listed here
and who is later found not guilty
or has the charges against them
dropped, is welcome to inform
the newspaper. We will confirm
the information and print it.



By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
According to officials at local
banks the economic situation may
not be as dire for local people as
the national media portrays.
Debbie Malcomson, advertis-
ing and communications officer
for Riverside Bank said her bank
has experienced an influx of de-
positors from other banks that
were not doing so well.
"Standards have been tight-
ened, but we certainly have mon-
ey to loan," Ms. Malcomson said.
She does not think raising the
maximum amount of insured ac-
counts from $100,000 to $250,000
will make much difference. Cur-
rently, if a person has more than
$100,000, Ms. Malcolmson said
there are ways of providing full
"Things really haven't
changed," according to John Gei-
tner, senior vice president of Sea-
coast National Bank.
Mr Geitner said that money

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tion of remaining anonymous. You
can also receive a reward if the in-
formation results in an arrest.
Alieta Aleen, 31, aka Brian
White, Manford Clifford White;
Black male; No known address;
Wanted for failure to appear on
bail robbery with other weap-

Rigoberto Gama Chavez,
31, Arson.
David Yoder, 26; FTA Poss
Methadone, FTA DWLS.
Becky Cook, 28, Third De-
gree Grand Theft.
Estavan Villegas-Urbina,
21, Robbery..

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is still available to lend, however
his bank may start looking a little
closer at credit scores.
"In general terms, there -is
plenty of money available," he
As for insured coverage over
$100,000, Mr. .Geitner said that
investments can be structured to
give full coverage. However, he
did say that increased coverage
would give more peace of mind
to the general public.
He blamed the proliferation of
credit cards, in part, for the pres-
ent financial situation.
"Your banks here, in general
terms, are in pretty good shape,"
he added.
Bank of America is still pro-
viding mortgages, however, the
bank: may soon be requiring
higher credit scores and higher
down payments according to Rob
Darmanin of Bank America's me-
dia relations department. He said
that increased insurance cover-
age of deposits from $100,000 to
$250,000 would give more assur-
ance to investors. However, he,
too, said amounts over $100,000
can currently be fully insured with
multiple accounts. On the posi-
tive Mr. Darmanin noted that in
recent weeks his bank has seen
an increase in deposits.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Veterinarian Dr. Randall Mims (center) spoke to Kiwanis.
members such as President Frank Irby (left) and President--
elect Jim Vensel (right) during the weekly Kiwanis Luncheon.
at the American Legion Post 64.

Arrest Report

The following persons were ar-
rested on felony or DUI charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), Okeechobee City
Police (OCP), Florida Highway
Patrol (FHP) or the Florida Wild-
life Conservation Commission
(FWC). This column lists arrests,
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone who is listed here
and who is later found not guilty
or has the charges against them
dropped, is welcome to inform
the newspaper. We will confirm
the information and print it.
:* Alecia Nichole Gilman, 18, of
Northwest 98th Street, was arrest-
ed Oct. 2 on charges of burglary

of a residence and grant theft.
OCSO Detective Rick Durfee was
the arresting officer. She was re-
leased on her own recognizance.
Trevor Lewis Blevins, 34, of
Northwest 22nd Drive, was arrest-
ed Oct. 2 and charged with three
counts of incest. Bond was set at
$7,500. OCSO Detective Sgt. T.J.
Brock was the arresting officer.
Bettie Thigpen, 48, of Eagle
Lake Road, was arrested Oct. 2
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant and charged with failure to
appear in court (original charges
were possession of cocaine and
possession of drug parapherna-
lia.) Bond was set at $6,000.

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Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and
easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the community name and your
local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating
BROTHER: According to a CNN special report Obama's half
brother, George Obama, lives in a slum in Kenya. Even the villagers
say they wish Obama would come and help his brother. So obviously
he is not a lobbyist in D.C. Obama lives in a million dollar home and
he can't even help out his brother and he is supposed to be for the
working man? Think again. Obama is for Obama. Editor's note: Ap-
parently Barack Obama has-two half-brothers. The older brother is
Sa consultant who does spend time in Washington, D.C The younger
brother is the one featured on the CNN special. The brothers all have
the same father but different mothers.
MCCAIN: For the person who wrote that they were no longer vot-
ing for John McCain because he did not look at Barack Obama during
the debate-do you realize that he cannot easily turn his head due to
the injuries he sustained in Vietnam? You are discriminating against a
war veteran. Shame on you.
EYE CONTACT: The issue of McCain not looking at Obama dur-
ing the debate was to be addressed in the media. Now, of course this
is just me and the way I was trained and maybe it applies here. The
debate is to answer to the public. His eye contact was with the pub-
lic. If you are choosing a president because of his eye contact or lack
there of with his opponent, then you better start getting facts about
both candidates and the American issues before you make a vote.
MCCAIN: In the debate when McCain answered a question, he
was usually looking at the person who asked the question, the mod-
erator. Or he was looking at the public. Just because he wasn't look-
ing at his opponent does not mean he was being rude to Mr. Obama.
When someone asks me a question, I usually look at the person who
asked. Obama is very media savvy. He has been called a "rock star."
When he has a script to follow he comes across very well and knows
how to play for the cameras. I was more interested in the fact that he
was stuttering on some of his answers. It seemed that without a script
to follow, he didn't know what to say. I'd say McCain is the better
choice to actually run a country. Obama would be the better choice
on picking a spokesperson.
DEBATE: The questions are what put Obama down, not McCain.
McCain answered the questions while Obama stood there and stut-
tered, "wait a minute" and such while McCain was talking. Rude in
my opinion as each had time to speak and the bther should have kept
their mouth closed like Mama taught them when someone else is
speaking. Not once did McCain interrupt Obama but McCain did wait
and then voiced his side of the comment.' McCain was the gentle-
man. Imagine Obama with some foreign leader ... "wait a.minute"...
"ahhh" ... "wait".... just too pitiful.
PALIN: Well I believe this debate was way above the presidential
candidates' debate. There was professionalism on both parts, no in-
terruptions or stuttering. Which president do you want, one that al-
lows same sex marriage to be the same as a man and woman? So far
I give Palin the first win. Do you want white flag of surrender? Biden
says that there will be no more war, Palin, I believe, won this debate.
ELECTION: In an Obama administration, I see Biden as a point
man in the Congress pushing legislation and forging agreements, a
Point man in the world meeting with foreign leaders and representing
the U.S. well, and a point man in getting out in the country to work
with others on important issues. With Palin in a McCain administra-
tion, do you see her accomplishing the first two? I can see her doing
the third and maybe organizing the Easter Egg Roll, but that's about
- VOTE: Those who are voting for Sen. Obama will state that Sen.
Biden (a 30+ year Veteran of the Senate) will have won. Those who
will vote for Sen. McCain will state that Gov. Palin will have held her
own. And the REAL poll ends in November.
POLLS: The television people put so much faith in the polls. But
elections have shown that the polls can be wrong. We have had close
races in the polls that turned into landslides at the election booth.
Polls.have given the advantage to the wrong person. In this election,
I think there are a few people who are very vocal about who they are
voting for and a great many who just don't answer the polls because
they don't want to get into a heated political debate. The silent major-
ity will decide this election and they may surprise the TV pundits. I
also don't think it matters who won or lost a debate because I don't
think anyone is choosing a candidate based on the debates this time.
The candidates are so different and the issues are so emotional that I
think people are going to vote from their gut feelings.
BIDEN: Fred Thompson, who has been in.the senate for a long
time also, said that Biden mischaracterized McCain's position on
several counts. He said that he had been there and heard McCain's
statements. Karl Rove, whose mental catalog of facts and figures is
amazing, says that many of Biden's statements were flat out wrong,
and quoted Biden, then gave the correct account. I had a feeling dur-
ing the debate that Biden was winning it, but when you can smoothly
lie and your listeners do not know the difference, as I didn't, you can
win over a lot of people. Obama and Biden are good at this. Pie in
the sky is what the Democrats are grasping at. I don't mean Biden
was winning me, only that it appeared he was winning the debate.
When the Democrats say McCain is out of touch, they must be think-
ing he has been unaware of their crooked activities. Contrary to
what the Dems say McCain has been urging oversight of Fannie and
Freddie. Now that the crash has occurred all of a sudden they want
oversight. Obama's association with ACORN, through his community
organizing, along with legal representation of it, had people going to
the bank presidents and putting the pressure on them to make loans
to people who in no way could afford them. This person, Obama,
who supposedly wants to get us beyond racism, was using the race
card, because many of the low income folks he wanted to get into
the housing were black and of course the bankers were afraid of dis-
crimination lawsuits. Anybody can check these facts about Obama's,
associations and who the money was coming from toward him and
his Chicago cronies.'
BAIL OUT: Why should people who made bad choices, or were
led to do so, be "bailed out?" This entire mess originated in the Clin-
ton Administration, which attempted to expand home ownership
amongst minorities. A worthy goal, but the fallacy of these Affirma-
tive Action mortgages was that these people did not have the income
to make the payments. Why should the rest of us pay for their mis-
MORTGAGE: I would never mortgage my home for a loan. I have
always thought that real estate was the best investment of all, if it's
paid for, that is. The idea being that values may fall and then rise
again. However, now you can't afford to pay the taxes even on vacant
land. The local authorities have figured out ways to take, in taxes, any
security or investment value you may have, not to mention the fact if
there are improvements on the land, you're going to have to insure
BAIL OUT: I don't think they should bail crooks out. If you run up

too much debt to pay it all, no one is going to give you the money to
fix it. Why should we give them our money that we have paid in for
our taxes to fix it, justto keep paying them? How greedy can people
get? This country is in sad, sad shape.
REAL ESTATE: Part of the problem are Real Estate agents, for in-
stance, in my area, someone bought a piece of land they had not even
seen. They were from out of state. They paid way, way too much for
the property. Now, when someone wanted to sell their home here in
this area, Real Estate agent said, well, you can ask this much because
John Doe paid this much for his property. All of a sudden, prices go
up, appraisals go up because people are paying the prices put on the
houses for sale. And yes, loans were made to people who didn't re-
ally have the money. BUT, they were also charged a higher interest,
so the banks made money, don't think they didn't. Even now with all
foreclosures and houses banks are stuck with, many of them were
overcharged on anyway, so they didn't lose as much as one would

Reflections from the Pulpit

Repentance: Facing
the Apocalypse

By Rev. Loy Mershimer
Pastor, Okeechobee Presbyterian
The rush of natural disasters,
hurricanes, wind and fire, the
march of terror and war, the hint
of economic crash... these things
we can no longer ignore. People
now ask me, "Is this the begin-
ning of the end?"
It is a serious question.
I try to answer it in biblical
terms. Scripture never empha-
sizes the when of apocalypse, but
always emphasizes the what of
apocalypse, as in, "What should
be our response in such a time
as this?" "How then should we
The Hebraic prophets called
for repentance when faced with
national disaster. Such teaching is
totally opposite our postmodern
intuitions. What? A spiritual re-
sponse to physical disaster!
We then ask, "Why?" Why
would the prophets call for a mor-
al response to material calamity?
Why would Jesus finish His ser-
mon .on apocalypse by saying,
"Watch, therefore..."? In other
words, "Live a certain way."
Is there some link between
moral and physical reality? Scrip-
ture answers this, a resounding
Scripture asserts that our spiri-
tual thoughts, our mental and
internal status, affect physical re-
ality. Our universe is first a spiri-
tual universe. All that is, is held
together by the Spirit of God. "In
Him we live and move and have
our being." "And He is before all
things, and in Him all things hold
together." "By the word of the
Lord were the heavens made..."
"You send forth your Spirit and
they are created..."
So when faced with physical
calamity, the prophets say, "Re-
When humans repent, we
bring our lives into line with the
Spirit that holds the whole to-
gether. An actual connection with
the eternal occurs whether we
realize it or not.
This is why it is no mere child's
game to say that our prayers af-
fect even physical disasters, such
as hurricanes or economic crash.
The prophets emphasized this,
repeatedly: And they were only
applying the specific covenant
promise of God.
"If my.people, who are called
by my name, will humble them-
selves and pray and seek my face
and turn from their wicked ways,
then will I hear from heaven and
will forgive their sin and will heal
their land." (II Chronicles 7:14)
It is the same promise that God
offered them in when He brought
them out of Egypt:
"There the LORD made for
them a statute and a rule, and
there He tested them, saying, 'If
you will diligently listen to the
voice of the LORD your God, and
do that which is right in His eyes,
and give ear to His command-
ments and keep all His statutes, I
will put none of the diseases on
you that I put on the Egyptians,
for I am the LORD, your healer."
(Exodus 15:35, et al).
In covenant repentance, God
acts on behalf of His children.
"I am your healer; I will heal
your land." Penitence and prayer
thus become the most powerful
things in the universe things
that re-connect us to the One
who renews us, even if silent and

Physical reality is connected
with spiritual actions. Sara Yohev-
ed Rigler, a Jewish writer, puts it
this way:
"A person stealing $100 in Tel
Aviv lowers the moral fiber in
Mexico City and could encour-
age massive embezzlement in
Melbourne. Conversely, a person
(praying) in Haifa may avert an
auto accident in London or pre-
vent complications during open-
heart surgery in Los Angeles. The
spiritual channels of effect run far
below the surface, untraceable
but powerful."
Spiritual forces, like ocean
waves, do not lose their power
over distance.
Our repentance, covenant re-
pentance, means that the power
of God comes to bear, to forgive
past offenses and grant healing.
God promises himself as healer
and deliverer.
Covenant repentance: exactly
what is it? Since it is so compel-
ling, how does it happen?
II Chronicles 7:14 gives the pat-
tern: humble the self, pray, seek
the face of God, and turn from
personal unrighteousness. This
is biblical penitence: Humility,
committed prayer, wholehearted
seeking of God, and turning away
from known sin: Life in light of
the gracious choice of God.
It is so powerful, it could save
a nation. It could save a city. It
could save a family. It could save
a relationship. It could save you.
C.S. Lewis frames repentance
as lived remorse, "where we lay
down our (weapons) and.surren-
der, say we're sorry, realize we're
on the wrong track, and move
full speed astern." Repentance,
he says, is "the only way out of a
In practical terms, penitence is
humbly living in the grace of God
and this to such degree that we
bring God into the details of daily
life, into the small things. This is
the test of grace.
Francois de Fenelon says:
"To do small things that are
right much more
important (than doing 'great
things'). These small acts attack
our pride, our laziness, our self-
centeredness, and our oversensi-
tive nature. It is much more ap-
pealing to make great sacrifices to
God, however hard they might be,
so that we might do whatever we
want with the small decisions of
life. Faithfulness in the little things
better proves our love for God. It
is the slow, plodding path (of dai-
ly obedience) that matters....
S.Y Rigler, "A spiritual re-
sponse to disaster," Society
tothe_ Tsuami.asp
Righteousness is letting God
into the small things, and then re-
alizing tlat He owns all things.
Our defense against the day
of apocalypse is the action of this
day. This day! "Today, if you will
hear my voice," says the Lord.
"Harden not your heart as in the
day of provocation..." "Now is
the appointed time. Today is the
day of salvation..."
Hear the voice that calls for
repentance, and face the Apoca-
lypse. It could be that your prayers
will avert the day of disaster. Your
prayers might save a relation or
save the nation.

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Community Calendar

Sunday, Oct. 5
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) A.A. weekend noon meeting
Open Discussion. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affili-
ated with any 12 step fellowships.

Monday, Oct. 6
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Sickest Of The Sick Open
Discussion at 7 p.m. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not af-
filiated with any 12 step fellowships.
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 Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace Lu-
theran Church, 750 N.W 23rd Lane at 7 p.m. For information, contact
Robert Rosada at 863-467-5440.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeecho-
bee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at the
Moose lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.

Tuesday, Oct. 7
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-
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) NA. Nowhere Left To Go
Group Open Discussion at noon. NA. Sickest Of The Sick Group Open
Discussion. The Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated
with any 12 step fellowships.
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.
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.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA.A Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Family History Center meets from 1 until 5 p.m.-at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone irnter-
ested 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.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is iri-
vited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
S 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
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 meet-
ing. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a
member is welcome. For information, contact,Elder Sumner at 863-
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. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For
information, contact Brenda Nicholson at 863-467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will rfeet at 7 p.m. at the church
.next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, '200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meet-
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will
be hosting God's Time a morning of free organized Christian
activities that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents
and their pre-school children. The event will be held each Tuesday
from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be provided for infants
during the class. For information, call 863-763-4021.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third Terr., holds meetings for
persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For informa-
tion call 863-357-3053.
Compulsive overeaters are invited to a weekly meeting, Over-
eaters Anonymous (OA) meets at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Avenue on Tuesdays, 6 until 7 p.m. (Use 4th
Street entrance.) Overeaters Annonymous is not a diet club. There
are no dues, fees or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership
is a desire to stop eating compulsively. For more information call Lo-
retta at 863-763-7165 or 863-697-0206.
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 niore information call Donna Dean at 863-801-9201 or 863-357-

Wednesday, Oct. 8
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 N.W Fifth Street,
Okeechobee, (Behind Napa Auto Parts) AA. Grapevine Group open
discussion 6:30 p.m.; N.A. Nowhere Left To Go Group 8 p.m. The
Just for Today Club of Okeechobee is not affiliated with any 12 step

Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798
N.W Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group
facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean
Graham as the facilitator. For information, call 863-763-2893.
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church of Our 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Bingo at the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge. Food will be served at
5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Public is welcome.
Ministerial Association meets the second Wednesday of every
month at noon at the Clock restaurant. All area ministers are invited
to attend.

Okeechobee News, Sunday, October 5, 2008


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ABWA recognizes Local Women of Distinction

On Sept, 25, the Woman of
Tomorrow chapter of American
Business Women's Association
honored three Okeechobee busi-
nesswomen for their valuable
contributions to the business
community and for the enhance-
ment of the image of women in
business. The honorees were
Mary Snyder, One Stop Career
Center Program Manager, for
Business Leadership; Gay Carl-
ton, School Board Member for
Education; and Linda Woloski,
Florida Inland Realty, for Com-
munity Service. Marilyn Rinear,
past president, presented each
recipient with a plaque and a rose
corsage. The recipients and their
guests were honored with lunch
at the Brahma Bull.
Each year in keeping with the
national organization's mission
statement "to bring together busi-
nesswomen of diverse occupa-
tions and to provide opportunities
for them to help themselves grow
personally and professionally
through leadership, education,
networking, support and national
recognition," ABWA selects the
Top Ten Businesswomen in the
nation. From these women, one
is selected as the Business Wom-
an of the Year. She is recognized
at the National Convention in
conjunction with National ABWA
Day, September 22. In 2003, the
Woman of Tomorrow chapter de-
cided that local businesswomen
deserve recognition as well. Thus
was born The Woman of Distinc-
tion program. These women are
recognized annually at the pro-
gram meeting the last Thursday
in September.

Previous recipients:
2003 -- Business Leader-
ship, Shirley Johnson, The Bail
Girl; Community Service, Linda
Rochford, top volunteer with
Hospice of Okeechobee.
2005 --Business Leadership,
Phyllis Folkens, Sales Director -
Mary Kay, Inc.; Community Ser-
'ice Cathy Scott, Tourism Board;
'Education, Phoebe Raulerson,
Florida State School Board.
2006 --Business Leadership,
Shelley McKay, Law Offices of
Shelley McKay, Esquire: Commu-
nity Service, Maureen Burroughs,
Syble's Flowers and Gifts and
Main Street President.
2007 -- Business Leadership,
Maureen Budjifnski, Okeechobee
the Magazine; Community Ser-
vice Linda Syfrett, President of the
Okeechobee Fair Board; Educa-
tion, Patricia Alfrey, IRSC.
Several former recipients at-
tended to applaud the women
receiving the 2008 award: Linda
Rochford, Phoebe Raulerson,
Maureen Budjinski and Linda
Syfrett. Each received a long-
stemmed pink carnation.
Last year, instead of inviting a
professional speaker, we asked
the recipients to speak to us about
their careers and the qualities that
made them successful. That ap-
proach was so well received that
we called upon this year's recipi-

Submitted photo/Marilyn C. Rinear
ABWA Women of Distinction honorees are (left to right) Mary
Snyder, Business Leadership; Gay Carlton, Education; and
Linda Woloski, Community Service.

ents to do the same.
The Business Leadership
Woman of Distinction is selected
because of her role in exemplify-
ing the ABWA mission values of
personal and professional growth
and image enhancement for
women in their local community.
She is instrumental in promoting
the economic situation of women
in business and serving as a role
model for other career-minded
Mary Snyder, our Woman of
Distinction in Business Leader-
ship, is one of Okeechobee's
unsung heroines, because most
of her work is done "behind the
scenes." She started her speech
by announcing that she is a cancer
survivor. Many who had known
Mary for years were unaware
that she had fought and won the
terrible battle of cancer. Her ac-
complishments and Workforce
certifications are too numerous
to list. She has spent her career in
the Workforce field, working her
way into management by dint of
continual training and exhibiting
the expertise of a "proactive indi-
vidual with a logical approach to
challenges." Her own bio states
that "Mary Snyder is an enthusi-
astic and dedicated professional
with extensive experience across
all areas of management. She is
an exceptional leader who is able
to develop and motivate others
to achieve goals and objectives."
Mary has devoted over 28 years
to service in the workforce field,
sixteen years as manager of the
Heartland Private Industry Coun-
cil and twelve as manager of the
Okeechobee One Stop Career
Center. "Through her efforts,
thousands of individuals and em-
ployers have been able to receive
services and benefits through fed-
eral and state funding." Mary is
truly a leader in business.
The Community Service
Woman of Distinction personifies
both professionalism and service
by her vast volunteer contribu-
tions. She enhances the image
of businesswomen by serving to
improve her community as it im-
proves her.
Though also a businesswom-
en, Linda Woloski, retired Bell
South Network Sales Engineer

and current realtor, is more rec-
ognized for her visibility at every
fundraising and charitable event
in Okeechobee and the state. She
is a certified Emergency Number
Professional (ENP) and is past
president of the Florida Chapter
of the National Emergency Num-
ber Association (NENA). She was
also Conference Chair for the An-
nual NENA Conference in Tampa
in August 2008. She is a licensed
realtor and auctioneer. After mov-
ing to Okeechobee in 1996, she
and husband John became in-
volved in their church and share
jewelry designing. Linda joined
Kiwanis and is a Board Member of
the County Fair Board, a Director
of the Board of Realtors, secretary
for the Friends of the Okeechobee
Battle, and past promotions direc-
tor and current volunteer Director
for Main Street. She joined the
Okeechobee Women's Referral
Network and will be walking with
them in the Making Strides Against
Cancer Walk for the American
Cancer Society. She said, "I enjoy
giving back to a community that
has given me so much. Of all the
organizations that I am involved
with, the Guardian Ad Litem pro-
gram has come to mean the most
to me. If I can help one child then
all the work I do is worthwhile.
These children need someone to
speak for them." Your community
thanks you for giving back.
The Education Woman of Dis-
tinction is recognized for being a
leader in the education business,
one who has served in the ranks
as a teacher/instructor and has
gone beyond having a fulfilling
career to serving her community
by rising to a place where her
actions and decisions have influ-
ence in our public/private schools
or higher institutions of learning.
Now, Gay Carlton will tell
you she is nervous when speak-
ing to groups, but, once you get
her wound up, she can be as
confidently articulate as the best
trained public speaker. Gay, like
Phoebe, is almost an institution
in Okeechobee education circles.
She is a product of the Okeecho-
bee public schools, having lived
here for 57 of her young years.
After receiving her Bachelor's

Submitted photo/Marilyn C. Rinear
Previous honorees (left to right) Phoebe Raulerson, Maureen Budjinski, Linda Rochford, and
Linda Syfrett joined the celebration.

Degree from Troy State College
in 1964, she began her career as
a physical education teacher. "I
started at the bottom literally,
my classroom, locker room and
office were in the same room in
the basement, next to the boiler
room. The combined budget for
the boys and girls gym program
was $60." She took some time to
advance her education, getting
Masters and Doctoral Degrees
from the University of Alabama
in 1966 and 1969. Gay settled
at the new Okeechobee High
School in 1966, serving as Senior
Class Advisor from 1968 to1991,
Department Chair from 1972-94
and Athletic Director from 1988 to
1994. She also coached boys' and
girls' tennis, girls' basketball and
girls' softball during her 30 years.
Upon retirement in 1994, Gay
decided to run for school board.
She won and hasn't looked back.
Some of her numerous awards
include the Governor's Point of
Light (2004), Take Stock in Chil-
dren Mentor of the Year (2000
and 2002), and Character Counts
Mentor of the Year (2000). She
is a member of the Florida State
School Board and a member of
the Florida Retired Educators As-
sociation (FREA). She is an ac-
tive member of the Okeechobee
Retired Educators Association, an
affiliate of FREA. She has served
recently as the Director of Chris-
tian Education at Peace Lutheran

Church. Her list of volunteer ser-
vices in reading to children and
mentoring is extensive. She just
never stops teaching. In the five
years since its inception, this
program has become one of the
chapter's most rewarding pro-
grams. It gives us an opportunity
to show the women of Okeecho-
bee the appreciation of the whole
community. The humility of the

recipients never ceases to amaze
us. They always seem surprised
that someone wants to recognize
their service, and yet, from the
list of recipients, you can tell the
caliber of women who shape our
community framework. These
are just a sampling, however;
there are so many more deserv-
ing women. Our chapter hopes il
will survive to recognize them all.



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Hopefully prices will straighten
out in a while. Slaughter cows
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Billy Joe Henry of St. Cloud,
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A. Duda & Sons of Melbourne,
topped the cow market with
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Lemmon Angus Oct. 24;
Little Creek Brangus/Jorgensen
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Community Events

Real Life Childrens
Ranch yard sales
Real Life Children's Ranch
yard sale will be open on Thurs-
days and Fridays, starting Oct. 9.
They will not be open the week
of Thanksgiving or the week of

Low cost spay/neuter
Low cost spay/neuter vouch-
ers for dogs and cats. Participating
veterinarians in Vero Beach. For
information, call United Humani-
tarians Port St. Lucie volunteer:
772-335-3786. Email: Petscryl@ Okeechobee veteri-
narians-are invited to participate.
in this low cost spay/neuter pro-

OHS to present
"Little Women"
The Okeechobee High School
Drama Club will present the play
"Little Women," on Oct. 9 and
11. All performances will be at
7:30 p.m. in the Okeechobee
High School Auditorium. Tickets
are $4 for students, $8 for adults.
For more information, call 863-

Blessing of animals
The annual blessing of ani-
mals will take place at the Sacred
Heart Pavillion 901 S.W Sixth St.,
on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 11:30
a.m. until 12:35 p.m. All animals
and pets, with their owners are
welcome to attend this annual
blessing. For information call 863-

State Veterans
nursing homes
Are you a veteran in need of a
nursing home or assisted living fa-
cility? The Florida Department of
Veterans Affairs can help you. The
Department operates five veterans
nursing homes and one assisted
living facility throughout the state,
with a new nursing home being
built near St. Augustine. The basic
admission criteria for all of the fa-
cilities is an honorable discharge,
Florida residency for one year pri-
or to admission and certification
of need of assisted living facility or
skilled nursing care. The VA Nurs-
ing:homes are located in Daytona
Beach, Land O' Lakes, Pembroke
- Pines, Springfield (Panhandle)
and Port Charlotte with the VA As-
sisted Living Facility being located
in Lake City. For further informa-
tion on VA nursing homes contact
the County Veteran's Service Of-
ficer, Betsy Grinslade at 863-763-

Obituaries should be submit-
ted to the Okeechobee News by
Customers may also request
photos and links to online guest
books. A link to the obituaries is
available at

Cynthia Lee McClure, 45
McClure, died Wednesday, Oct. 1,
2008, in Martin Memorial Hospital.
She was 45.
Born Sept. 14, 1963 in Ft. Lauder-
dale, she had been a resident of
Okeechobee for the past 29 years.
She is survived by her daughter,
Toni Leigh Bush; granddaughter,
Alissa Buzzo; mother, Trenia Blasser
(Burl); father, Frank McClure Sr., all
of Ft. Lauderdale; brothers, Frank
McClure Jr., and Rodney McClure
(Cathy); and companion, Willie Jen-
kins, all of Okeechobee. In addition
she is survived by a niece, Amber;
nephews, Brent, Rodney Jr., and
Clayton, all of Okeechobee.
A memorial service will be 10 a.m.
Monday, in the Buxton Funeral
Home Chapel and Crematory, 110
North East 5th St., Okeechobee.
Martha J. Butler, 61
NAPLES Martha J. Butler, died
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008, in her resi-
dence. She was 61.
Born Nov. 25, 1946 in Lake Worth,
Fla., she had been a resident of Na-
ples for the past 16 years.
She is survived by her sons, Radie
Godwin, David Butler (Laura);
daughter, Deane Newton, all of Na-
ples; daughter-in-law, Ivonnie Estra-
da of Naples; brother, Tim Heldt
(Cindy) of Purvis, Miss.; sisters, Shar-
on Reeves of Lake Harbor, Ellen
Smith of Moore Haven, and Anola
Heldt of Purvis, Miss.; and mother,
Bettie M. Allen of Naples. In addition
she is survived by ten grandchildren

Cub/Boy Scouts Free
selling popcorn scree
Fundraising season is here On
again and the local Cub Scouts zheime
and Boy Scouts of America, are sor fre
trying to get support. They will at the
sell popcorn every weekend until 208 S.
Oct. 19. They will have booths until 2
set up at different, local business- needed
es every Saturday and Sunday. at 1-8(
On top of the weekend setups, ings
the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts conceal
will always have a flyer and order Screen
form with them to sell popcorn from S
throughout the week. So if you center.
cannot make it out to one of their
booths, you can always order it Histe
personally from one of the pack/
troop members.All proceeds from editi
the fundraiser will go to help pay
for their summer camp expenses, On Si
supplies, badges and just general The
expenses for their groups. Parents Educal
and volunteers will be with the third
scouts at each booth to help sell for Ch
the popcorn and provide infor- are 24k
nation about the group. They are numbm
always looking for people to join. cal inf
There are no sign up deadlines, $15. P.
you can join at any time during ship.
the year, so if you think that the Old C
cub scouts or boy scouts is some- will a
thing you are interested in, you name
can get information about it while quanti
you get some popcorn! Parents those.
are welcome to become volun- call G'
teers. They would also like to say Kay M
thank you to all of the local busi- letter
nesses who are allowing them to Mario
set up in front of their stores. For Maino
more information on locations Regin
or joining, please contact Alison
Hudson, Committee Chair Troop OHS
964, at 863-634-8628. throt

Main Street to host A t
Halloween celebration Okeec
Okeechobee Main Street, the 1950s.
City of Okeechobee and Okeecho- 8 at th
bee County are hosting the Fourth some
Annual Halloween Celebration. send t
The community celebration will son, P
be held at the Agri-Civic Center on FL, 34!
Highyway 70 East, on Friday, Oct. and ha
31, from 6 until 9 p.m. This year's the pas
Costume Contest will be in four know;
age groups: 0-2 from 6:45 to 7:15 matior
p.m., 3-5 from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m., is spoi
6-10 from 7:45 to 8:15 p.m. and Histori
11-14 from 8:15 to 8:45 p.m. Reg- will as
istration for the costume contest two $5
will be at the Seacoast National year tc
Bank Booth. Please help to pro- and m
vide a safe and fun Halloween for
the children. They will have games 2008
and activities, a haunted house, a
costume contest and treats! Event, plan
organizers welcome donations of Oc
treats and candy or monetary do- cie Cou
nations to purchase candy. Your Midwa
business or agency is welcome to Fort Pi
set up a booth for games or ac- Chili C
tivities for the children. For more til 10
information, please contact Toni chili a
Doyle at 863-357-MAIN (6246). until 7
and er
Hospice of Okeechobee compel
hosts fundraiser nissC
Hospice of Okeechobee pres- test an
ents Boots and Pearls "Gone pete in
Wild," a fundraiser social event. All pr
The event will be held on Friday, Pierce
Oct. 10, at Okeechobee KOA and prever
includes a social hour starting at sure C
6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.
Dinner will be a Prime Rib dinner Anlg
with all the trimmings. Music and
dancing will be by, "The Chase." offer
Tickets for the event are a dona- For
tion of $50 each or $500 per table Minist
and are available at Eli's Western nuriti
Wear..All proceeds go to benefit nutritl
Hospice of Okeechobee patient regular
care. Sponsorship opportunities ee a
are available. For more informa- The rr
tion, please contact Frank Irby at tober
863-357-1639. meats
fish ai
Join the Red Hatters Senior
For ladies looking for fun and also av
meeting some new lady friends, orders
the Red Hat Group is looking for site to
ladies to join who want to do at:
things. For information call 863- comE;
763-5836 or 863-357-1944. meetir





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and one great-grandchild.
The family will be receiving friends
from 10 a.m. until service time of 11
a.m. Monday in the Buxton Funeral
Home Chapel. Burial will follow in
Port Mayaca Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contri-
butions may be made to St. Jude's
Children's Hospital.
All arrangements are under the di-
rection and care of the Buxton Fu-
neral Home and Crematory, 110
N.E. 5th St., Okeechobee.

Memory loss
Friday, Oct. 10, the Al-
er's Association will spon-
e memory loss screenings
Visiting Nurse Association,
E. Park St., from 11 a.m.
:30 p.m. Appointments are
d, please call Donna True
)0-861-7826 Ext. 1. Screen-
ire for anyone,.any age
rned about memory loss.
lings are conducted by staff
it. Mary's Memory Disorder
. Immediate results.

orical limited
ion ornaments
ale now
S Okeechobee Retired
tors will be selling their
limited edition ornament
iristmas 2008. Ornaments
k gold on brass, includes a
ered certificate with histori-
ormation. Ornaments are
proceeds fund their scholar-
The 2008 ornament is the
countyy Courthouse. They
so have 2007 and 2006 or-
Its available in a limited
ty for those who wish to get
To purchase an ornament
ay Carlton at 863-763-5755,
cCool at 863-763-2829, Pau-
Whipple at 863-467-2487,
n Davis at 863-763-3991 or
SHamrick at 863-763-8865.

reunion- 1950
ugh 1959
reunion will be held for
that graduated or were in
hobee High School in the
The event will be held Nov.
e Shrine Club. If you know
ne who should be invited
hat name to Betty William-
.O. Box 248, Okeechobee,
973. Also if you are eligible
ave changed your address in
st five years please let them
so you can have more infor-
n sent to you. The occasion
nsored by the Okeechobee
cal Society and any profit
;sist with projects such as
500 scholarships given each
Sa deserving senior female
ale student.

Chili Cook-off
neda .... :.. ..
t. 10 and 11,.at the St: Lu-
unty Fairgrounds, 15601 W
ay Rd, Ft. Pierce, will be the
ierce Exchange Club 2008
:ook-off. Friday night 5 un-
).m. will be live music and
nd Saturday from 10 a.m.
p.m. will be games, food
entertainment, over 25 teams
eating in the chili cook-off
tt at 4 p.m. will be the Little
:hili and Mr. Pee Wee con-
.d cowboys 18-25 can com-
n the Mr. Hot Sauce contest.
oceeds will benefit the Ft.
Exchange C.A.S.T.L.E. to
it child abuse on the Trea-

el Food Ministries
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fourteen years, Angel Food
ries has provided balanced
on and variety through its
r box, with enough food to
family of four for a week.
ienu for the month of Oc-
is now available including
, pasta, fruits, vegetables,
nd complete meals with a
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Book Club
plan to meet
Friends of the Okeechobee
Library Book Club will meet on
Thursday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. in
the Okeechobee County Library
Board Room. The group will sug-
gest titles for the next six months
and vote on them. Everyone is
encouraged to bring their favor-
ite Halloween cookie. For more
information call Jan Fehrman at

CRA Nutritional
class scheduled
Monday, Oct. 13, at 5:30 p.m.
Dr. Edward Douglas will teach a
CRA Nutritional Analysis class at
Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness
Center. For more information call

Historical Society
collects info for book
Mrs. Betty Williamson, from
the Historical Society is in the
process of writing a book about
Okeechobee Women. She is look-
ing for all of the Speckled Perch
Queens from 1968 to recent.
Please call the Chamber of Com-
merce at 863-763-6464 or Betty
Williamson at 863-763-3850 if you
are able to help. The Queens will
be listed in the book.

New Date set for Sour
Orange Festival
The date for the Sour Orange
Festival in Lakeport has been
changed from the second Satur-
day in February to the second Sat-
urday in January. We are looking
for venders and volunteers. The
new date will be Jan. 10. Please
mark the date on your calendar
now and plan to make this a fun
day. At the next meeting on Oct.
7, at 7 p.m. we will begin our
plans for the festival. Please con-
tact us at 863-227-4323 if you can
participate. October 25, will be a
chili supper and fun for the chil-
dren beginning at 4 until 7 p.m.
This activity will be at the com-
munity center. More information
next week.

Ladies Auxiliary
Spaghetti Night
i The. VFW'Post' 10539 L.o'i,_,
Auxiliary will -hold a Tue'_sa\
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.

Healthy Start to hold
benefit drawing
The Healthy Start Coalition is
hosting a Baby Shower for their
clients. They are selling drawing
tickets for a candy bouquet. The
tickets are just $1 each. They will
use these funds to help defray the
cost of food items for the Baby
Shower. For more information,
please call Becky at 863-462-5877
and your donation will be picked
up at your convenience.

Rescue available for
local wildlife
Florida Wildlife Rescue Ser-
vice Inc. is a non profit orga-
nization providing free rescue,
pick up, and transport of sick,
injured and orphaned wildlife in
the Okeechobee area. We are
licensed by the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion to provide these services. If
you find a wild bird or animal in
need of assistance please contact
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and Girls Clubs
Now that the price of scrap
metal has sharply risen, the Boys
and Girls Car Campaign will ac-
cept most any car with no restric-
tions. Cars will be picked up any-
where in Florida, usually within a
week, and are sold at auction. To
donate, call 800-246-0493. Funds
obtained by the sales go directly
to help the Florida clubs.

Career Center helps in
Martha's House
collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting
used cell phones to return for
money. Martha's House can also
have them 9-1-1 activated for par-
ticipants. If you have any used cell
phones to donate call 863-763-
2893, or drop them off at their
administrative office at 103 N.W
Fifth St.

Advocacy group seek-
Grief support group

ing members
The Florida Local Advocacy
Council in this area has openings
for membership. The members
of the volunteer council protect
and advocate for a better quality
of life for Floridians with unique
needs. Volunteers are appointed
by the governor for a four-year
term. Local meetings are held on
the second Tuesday of the month
in Fort Pierce. Call Penina Popper
at 800-342-0825 for information;
or, visit

Parent education
classes offered
The Okeechobee County
Healthy Start Coalition will be of-
fering parenting education classes
for 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,
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.

. .. . . .
for parents
A grief and healing group dedi-
cated to helping parents deal with
the loss of a child will meet at
the Red Cross Building on Thurs-
day nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
For more information contact
Georgene at 863-763-2957.

My Aunt's House
seeks volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501
(c) (3) organization is looking for
two to three volunteers to work in
our Closet any day, or days, Mon-
day through Friday during the
hours of 9 a.m. until 2 'p.m. We
are also looking for a volunteer to
become the director and a board
member of The Clothes Closet..
The volunteer should commu-
nicate well with the public and
should be able to seek support
from city and county officials,
business executives and other or-
ganizations. Work days and hours
are flexible. Call 863-634-2306 for

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Waste Management brings book donations to kids

Submitted photo/Waste Management
Jenny Pung, Waste Management Community Outreach Rep-
resentative presents Lynn Greeson, Seminole Elementary
Media Specialist with a copy of Michael Recycle after reading
it to a class of third graders.

All five local elementary
schools received a special sur-
prise recently courtesy of Waste
Management. In addition to the
monetary donation Waste Man-
agement provides for local needy
youth during the annual back-to-
school supply drive, this year the
company made a separate dona-
tion that could benefit all children
in our school system.
On Sept. 12, Assistant Super-
intendent Mary Hurley and Waste
Management Community Out-
reach Representative Jenny Pung
made their way from Everglades
Elementary, to Central, then
Seminole and North, and finally
South Elementary School. The
purpose of the visit was two-fold,
to make a special book donation
to their respective media centers,
and emphasize the importance of
First, Ms. Hurley spoke to the
students about their reading hab-
its. She encouraged them to keep
reading in and outside of school.
The third grade students shared
that many of them read at home.
Throughout the day, different stu-

dents shared about whom they
read to at home, including little
brothers and sisters, their parents,
themselves arid even pets.
Mrs. Pung asked the students
where they may have heard or
seen Waste Management before,
The students recognized the com-
pany as the people who collect
their waste and recyclables. This
led into the book, Michael Recy-
cle that, Mrs. Pung read to the stu-
dents. It is a new children's book
about recycling and environmen-
tal awareness by Ellie Bethel.
After reading and discussing the
.book with the third graders, Mrs.
Pung surprised the students by
telling them Waste Management
would donate a copy of Michael
Recycle to their,library, so they
could out anytime they
Middle and High School media
centers were not forgotten. Waste
Management purchased three
books for each school. Both mid-
dle schools, the Freshman Cam-
pus and Okeechobee High School
received the following book titles
for their media centers, Garbage

Program to build 'conservation culture'

Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash,
Waste and Want A Social History
of Trash, and Rubbish! The Ar-
cheology of Garbage.
Waste Management under-

stands the importance of educa-
tion and focuses many outreach
events around education, com-
munity and environment.

Plan proposes
regulatory, financial
incentives and

Recognizing the need to pro-
tect South Florida's water re-
sources and help ensure sustain-
able water supplies, the South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict (SFWMD) Governing Board
approved a Comprehensive Wa-
ter Conservation Program that
will 'guide efforts to develop a
lasting, water conservation ethic
throughout South Florida.
"South Florida is at a criti-
cal turning point," said SFWMD
Governing Board Chairman Eric
Buermann. "Population growth-
coupled with weather extremes
that include periodic drought-
remind us that the days of cheap
and unlimited water are over. We
all must adopt a culture of con-
servation to protect and sustain
our region's water resources."
The 'Comprehensive Water
Conservation Program fosters a.,
conservation culture with regula-
tory, voluntary and financial in-
centives as well as education and
marketing strategies. All com-
ponents of the Comprehensive
Water Conservation Program are
designed to build on and comple-
ment successful water conserva-
tion initiatives at the local, state
and national levels. The dynamic
and flexible program also is de-
signed to evolve with any chang-
es in Florida law and the District's
progress in environmental resto-
Components and key strate-
gies of the plan include:
Goal-based conservation
planning, implementation and
improved reporting for large, per-
mitted water users.
Conservation-based rate
structures for utilities designed to
encourage water savings and dis-
courage high-volume use.
Retrofitting of outdated, wa-
ter-guzzling plumbing devices.
Year-round landscape irriga-
tion measures.
Adopting and incorporating
Florida-friendly landscaping prin-
Water conservation educa-
tion strategies, including class-
room education, social marketing
and professional development.
A call for governments and
large users to lead by example.
"Residents and businesses have
repeatedly demonstrated their
willingness to reduce water use
during times of adversity," said
SFWMD Executive Director Carol
Wehle. "Now, thanks to the fore-
sight of the Governing Board, we
are building on that positive mo-
mentum, actively turning a short-
term challenge into an opportu-
nity for long-term change."
The new conservation mea-
sures are designed to accomplish
a measurable change in water
use. According to the latest U.S.
Geological Survey water use re-
South Florida residents con-
sume 179 gallons per person per
day-the highest usage in the
state. Up to one-half of all potable
water produced in our region
goes to outdoor irrigation. More
than 50 percent of the water ap-
plied to lawns is lost to evapora-
tion or run-off because of over-
watering. By 2025, six million new
residents are projected to make
Florida their home, swelling the
state's population to more than
24 million. More than half of these
new residents will settle in South
Florida. Work on the plan began
in October 2007 when the Gov-
erning Board called for a public
Water Conservation Summit and

a series of stakeholder meetings.
The summit was held on Decem-
ber 4, 2007, to gather information
and input from local, state and
national experts on the compo-
nents of an achievable, meaning-
ful and lasting water conserva-

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from a wide variety of interests for
development of a comprehensive
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Use summer harvest for tomato pie

By Heather Menendez
Hi, and welcome to Kitchen
My name is Heather Menen-
dez and I am a home schooled
high school senior. I haven't de-
cided if I want to go to college to
study journalism or to go to culi-
nary school. I enjoy interviewing
people and trying to find out what
makes them interesting. What
other job do you know where you
can talk for hours, pick people's
brains, and even find out secrets
but not get into trouble for doing
what you love? I also truly live to
cook. You could even say I love to
create new experiences in flavor.
I'm hoping that by speaking
to people in our community and
having them share their favorite
recipes, that I'll be able to decide.
My mom says I should become

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payroll. He said they might sleep
a little easier.
"Most of these excesses came
out of subprime loans from Fred-
die Mack and Fannie May," he
He attributes the present crisis
in part to large-imprudent loans
granted by those institutions.
On the state level, the sena-
tor said the state is experiencing
shortfalls in revenues which is
causing additional spending cuts.
"It does not appear to be bet-
ter next year. I'm planning on it
not being better. I think we will be

Continued From Page 1
about two inches of water over
600 acres. However he still needs
to install some culverts on his
Since the abundant rainfall
brought by Tropical Storm Fay
in mid August, there have been
three back-to-lack pulse releases
designed to mimic natural rainfall
and keep the lake within the ap-
proved 12.5 to 15.5 feet level.
As of Friday, Oct. 3, the lake
level was at 15.03 feet. Last year
at this time, when the area was in
a drought, the lake level was 9.96.
The average lake level for this
date is.14.91.
T The current lake level is at

Continued From Page 1

Foundation; Real Life Children's
Ranch; The ARC of Okeechobee;
Treasure Coast Food Bank; Early
Learning Coalition; Big Brothers
Big Sisters; CASTLE; Area Agency
2-1-1; United for Families; and
Planned Parenthood.
Each of these agencies are re-
quired to fill out a grant proposal
form requesting funding for their
agency. The United Way has ex-
perienced an increase in requests
from agencies and a decrease in
funding which has caused them
to have to spread their monies
Stephanie Locke, executive
director of Martha's House ex-
plained that without the money
from the United Way, they would
not be able to serve the commu-
nity as they do.

a food critic. :
which would
incorporate [.
writing and
the culinary
world. t WI
If you
would like to ..i
be interviewed
for this col-
umn, and your
favorite recipe please contact me
Since I mentioned my mom
earlier I decided to share one of
her recipes. When I asked her
to share a recipe, she looked at
me and said she knew exactly
which one to share with me. She
explained that in Rhode Island
where she grew up, that she al-
ways had a small summer garden.
My grandmother and mom came

making more cautious decisions
on spending,"
"I do believe the federal gov-
ernment may need to intervene
in capital markets to ensure sta-
bility," the senator said. However,
he thought the proposed $700
million bailout was excessive.
Even so, Senator Alexander
was optimistic about the eventual
"We will go through these
issues," he explained. "It will
be challenging for the next few
Turning to the subject of the
buyout of U.S. Sugar by South
Florida Water Management (SF-
WMD), the senator has a lot of
unanswered questions.
"I'm not supportive of this un-

the upper range of the regula-
tion schedule and is the cause for
some concern since we are still in
hurricane season.
The third release began on
Tuesday, Sept. 30 and' is sched-
uled to last 12 days. The goal of
COE is to provide an average flow
not to exceed 2,200 cubic feet
per second (CFS) to the Caloo-
sahatchee River and 1,000 CFS to
the St. Lucie Estuary.
To help visualize those
amounts, one CFS equals
646,316.9 gallons per day and will
fill one Olympic size swimming
pool. One Olympic size swim-
ming pool is approximately. 2
acre feet. Two acre feet is approxi-
mately 1 CFS.
"You could look at it as a bell
curve with small releases at first,

Martha's House is a domestic
violence shelter and outreach ser-
vice which provides counseling
and many other services to indi-
viduals who have been victims
of physical abuse, psychological
abuse, sexual abuse and neglect.
They serve women, men and
"Our clients are so confidential
that sometimes people don't real-
ize how much we do in the com-
munity," stated Mrs. Locke. "This
year we had to cut a position due
to budget cuts for the first time
in the ten years I have been with
Martha's House."
Martha's House has three sub-
contracted therapists who work
with their clients. They are also
in the process of creating a Sex-
ual Assault Hotline which will be
headed up by Shirlean Graham.
Martha's House is also a vic-
tim's compensation provider
which assists clients with apply-

up with this to-
mato pie recipe
Sto help use the
excess. She
said first time
S. sshe and Nana
made it, they
weren't so sure
how it would
,,.' turn out. Then
they tasted it,
and Nana had her write it down.
On the original recipe the spices
are written correctly but tomato
is spelled wrong. My mom ex-
plained that she copied the spice
labels but tried to spell tomato
on her own it shows "tomotoe."
She also explained how Nana al-
ways used her hands to measure,
so they had to pour some in her
hand and then try to measure the
amounts with measuring spoons.

less they can answer some ques-
tions," he commented.
He was uncertain about buy-
ing such a huge amount of land,
some of which he felt the state
did not need. He also expressed
concern about a large loan that
would reduce the capacity of SF-
WMD to do the work necessary
with the acquired lands. Aftei
spending $1.5 billion to acquire
the land, he was wondering
where the money would come
from to build the necessary reser-
voirs on the property.
The senator is not in favor of
using tax dollars to eliminate over
5,000 jobs. That is the number of
jobs the University of Florida esti-
mates would be eliminated by the

then larger releases before taper-
ing ioff," said Sean Smith, chief
of water resource engineering
Under the new schedule COE
has some leeway as to the vol-
ume of releases. They can release
up to 3,000 CFS to the Caloosa-
hatchee River and 1,170 CFS to
the St. Lucie Estuary. However,
Mr. Smith said his organization
felt the current release rate would
serve the purpose.
Under the new regulation
schedule the volume of releases
to the west is measured at the
Franklin Lock and Dam in Fort
Myers rather than at Moore Ha-
ven as was done previously. It
also takes into consideration local
runoff. Currently local runoff into
the Caloosahatchee upstream -

ing for funding for relocation.
Martha's House is very grate-
ful for all of the donations that the
United Way can attribute to help
the local citizens of Okeechobee
in their times of need. They will
be celebrating their 20th Anniver-
sary in Okeechobee next year.
The Okeechobee County Unit-
ed Way has a goal to raise $80,000
this year to make sure that they
can offer the maximum funding
to all of the much needed local
Raulerson Hospital is proud
to sponsor the United Way
of Okeechobee, third annual
"Greater Open" Golf Tournament
on Oct. 18, at the Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club. Funds
raised through the United Way of
Okeechobee, stay in Okeechobee
Sponsorship opportunities are
available for this event.
Registration takes place at 7

My Nana always guesstimates
amounts, but to share recipes you
need something more accurate.
First let's talk about cheese.
A sharp cheddar is my mom's
favorite for this recipe; she says
she loves the extra flavor it adds
to the dish. My grandmother
preferred mozzarella, she liked
the mild taste and said it gave
the pie more of an Italian twist.
Use your favorite, even a cheese
blend can be used. Canned to-
matoes can be used but must
be drained extremely well and
peeled. They both have added a
1/2 lb of browned hamburger as
a bottom layer to make it more of
a meal but I prefer it without. Also
other vegetables can be added for
different flavor and texture or as a
way to hide them from children.

"There might be, a way to
make it work." Senator Alexander
predicted, if there were some way
to keep the mill operational and
some land in sugar cane produc-
While he supports improving
the ecology of the Everglades and
Lake Okeechobee, Senator Alex-
ander doesn't think the state has
the billions of dollars required.
He noted that after all the
promises of federal help, only the
State of Florida is funding Ever-
glades restoration.
Senator Alexander proposes
that SFWMD publish specific de-
tails dealing with the buyout and
allow at least four months for
public comment before making
a decision.

from Franklin Lock and Dam is
greater than the authorized pulse
release rate, therefore, since the
beginning of the current pulse
release cycle, no releases have
been made to the west. The start-
ing date and volume of westerly
releases will depend on local run-
off. Pulse releases are still being
made to the east.
"It's a tough balancing act,"
said Mr. Smith of determining the
rate of a 'pulse release, There are
many factors to be taken into ac-
count which affect the health of
the lake and the health of the es-
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

a.m. the day of the event.
The "Best Ball" tournament
will begin with a shotgun start
at 8 a.m. Following the competi-
tion, a luncheon for the awarding
of prizes for accomplishments
achieved during the tournament
will take place.
Best of all, a brand new vehicle
from Accardi/Milrot Jeep Chrysler
in Okeechobee will be provided
for a "Hole In One" on the par 3,
hole 2. Additional prizes will be
awarded for competition on the
remaining par three holes.
Cost to compete in the event is
$50 per player or $200 per team.
Cost includes breakfast and lunch;
green fees; and cart:
Funds from the Holiday Tour
of Homes also goes to the United
For questions about the Golf
Tournament, contact Bill Casian,
Tournament Chairman, 863-824-
2702. For other United Way infor-
mation contact 863-634-0915.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Chauna Aguilar can be
reached at

Tomato Pie
1 1/4 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sour cream
5 tomatoes cut thin and peeled
(medium sized tomatoes)
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 cup shredded cheese
Utensils needed: Measuring
cups, measuring spoons, spatula,
shortening cutter (your hands will
work but shortening may melt to
quickly), two bowls, knife, cut-
ting board, mixing spoon, 9 inch
pie pan
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Combine flour, baking pow-
der, salt, and basil in bowl. Cut
in shortening until crumbly. Add

"That is a good question" was
his reply when asked why, if the
buyout would benefit the entire
state, and indeed the entire nation
if the Everglades is considered a
"national treasure," the total cost
is borne only by the taxpayers
in the 16 South Florida Counties
served by SFWMD.
Turning to another subject, the
senator is hoping that more state
grants will be available to help ru-
ral counties such as Okeechobee
but that is uncertain given the rev-
enue shortfall.
"Meeting the needs of rural
counties is important to me," he
Senator Alexander was instru-
mental in getting help to pay for
the second round of mosquito
spraying a few weeks ago. The
county had to bear the cost of
the first spraying because county
commissioners thought the situa-
tion was grave enough to warrant

sour cream. Spread into pie pan
to form crust (chilling the dough
will help in handling.) Put toma-
toes into crust. In another bowl
combine the mayonnaise and
cheese, pour over tomatoes.
Bake at 375 for 30-35 min-
utes. Cheese will be melted and
browned depending on the type
of cheese used. This recipe makes
8 servings and each serving has
373 calories per serving.
Since I shared a mom/Nana
recipe this week, next week a
plan to share one of my grand-
father's (Papa) recipes, which is
one of my favorites. If you would
like to share your opinions, stories
and your favorite recipe please emaiJ
me at

spending county funds without
waiting to go through proper
The senator said there are sev-
eral funding sources available to
help with mosquito spraying.
Senator Alexander is fighting
to get S.R. 70 four-laned through
Okeechobee County. It is gener-
ally recognized that the lack of a
four-lane highway is hurting the
economic development of- the
county. However he noted that
gas tax revenues are declining so
it is going to be difficult to keep
the four-laning in the Department
of Transportation's five year plan.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

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remodel the single family struc-
ture on the site to be used as a
commercial office. The fish house
on the property would continue
in use temporarily. .However,
staff has recommended the zon-
ing be changed to commercial
light because of the surrounding
area and the concern for traffic
in nearby residential areas. Plans
call for the adjoining property to
the south, which is owned by the
same family, to be developed into
a commercial center with a mul-
tipurpose building that would be
rented for parties, wedding recep-
tions and other large gatherings.
The council will also be con-

sidering an interesting real estate
transaction. The same family
owns several lots in the Douglas
Park area that have collectively
accumulated a large fine for code
violations. The family has pro-
posed to donate one of the lots to
the city in lieu of paying fines. In
return they would clean up all the
code violations.
The mayor is scheduled to
present Kim Barnes with a certifi-
cate for five years' service to the
In other action, the council is
expected to:
consider a developer's agree-
ment for Park Street Business
discuss traffic analysis for
Oaks Plaza;
consider approval of a con-
tract with the firefighters' union;

consider a temporary street
closing request submitted by
Central Elementary School for a
fall carnival on Oct. 24;
consider a temporary street
closing request submitted by First
Baptist Church for a fall festival on
Oct. 31;
consider waiving formal bid-
ding procedures and award a sole
source bid to Global Mapping,
Inc. for annual mapping services;
consider appointing coun-
cilman Dowling Watford as city
representative for the Battle of.
Okeechobee Re-enactment Com-
mittee; and
*consider changing the coun-
cil meeting scheduled for 6 p.m.
on Nov. 4 to 2 p.m. on that date.
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Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

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Students are achieving excellence everyday at Everglades Elementary School. Students of the Week are: Kindergarten:
Gabriela Flores-Perez, Makayla Burnham, Carlos Garcia-Montoya, lan Hernandez-Alfaro, Jolene Sutton, Kase Myers;
First grade: Kolby Yerkes, Yamilet Jimenez-Gandarilla, Gabriela Carrillo, Hailey Macrae, Chelsea Burgos, Victor Hernan-
dez, Trey St. Pierre; Second grade: Dylan Jacobs, Ariel Eason, Macy Collier, Jacqueline Luviano, Brittany Parker, Gabino
Lopez-Diaz; Third grade: Destiny Reynolds, Keith Morgan, Tanner Conrad, Nathanael Nicoll, Ronnie Eckenwiler, Jacob
Kahn; Fourth grade: Lisette Yanez, Kasey Durand, Brittney Kicklighter; Fifth grade: Mia Murray, Selena Jimenez-Torres,
Valerie Alvarez, Daniel Alvarez, Alanah Mosley, Ithzel Hernandez. Congratulations to our many outstanding students!

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Yearling Middle School Vol-
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all students who are participating
this year. The official
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Report cards
The end of the first nine weeks
is on Oct. 15 and there will be a
teacher plan day on Oct. 20. Re-
port cards will be released on
October 27. If you have any ques-
tions or concerns regarding your
student's report card feel free to
contact us or schedule an ap-
Tutorial programs
SYearling Middle School offers a
morning and an after school tuto-
rial program.
The after school tutorial pro-
gram operates two days a week
from 3:30 until 5 (Tuesday and
Thursday). Parents must' provide
their own transportation for the
after school tutorial.
The morning tutorial operates
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day from 7:10- 8:20. Transporta-
tion will be provided. The tutorial
will also begin on September 9.

Please contact Dylan Tedders
at Yearling Middle School, 863-
462-5056 for more information.
Soccer concluded
its tryouts on Thurs-
day (Sept. 4). Good
luck to all students
who are participating
this year. The official
roster is as follows:.
Jose Bucio, Felipe
Arroyo, Angel Alva-
rez, Ricardo Calzada,
Taylor Boyett, Israel
Ascencio, Jose Loredo, Pedro
Cervantes, Juan Medina, Luis
Martinez, Edgar Gonzalez, Victor
Nunez, Esteban Rodriquez, Devin
Jimenez, Hanna Raulerson, Ser-
gio Vargas, Marco Martinez, Saul,
Rios and Diego Vega.
Information hotline
Yearling Middle School offers
an Information Hotline to assist
students and parents; As of right
now, parents and students will
be able to call the Information
Hotline at 462-5066 and listen
to their work assignments for
the day or week. Please call our
school office if the Information
Hotline seems incorrect.
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ing at our school? Please contact
Mrs. Markham (Assistant Princi-
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the regular school day hours.
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to provide time for teachers to do
academic planning, attend train-
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School hours for these days
will be: 8:55 12:15 p.m.
Students will be fed a light
breakfast and a meal prior to dis-
Regular bus service (trans-
porting students home) will oc-
cur at the Early Release'dismissal
times, Parents may pick up stu-
dents at the Early Release dis-
missal times.
Our third SAC meeting will be
held on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m.
in the office conference room. Ev-
eryone is welcome to attend.
Student Council
Our students, who were elect-
ed for student council, were an-
nounced on Monday. They are as
President, Ami Nunez, Vice
President, Roman Mattson, Sec-
retary Hunter Boshnell and Trea-
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OFC Top 12
On Wednesday, Oct. 1, Okeechobee Freshman Campus Assistant Principal, Matt Koff,
drew names to determine the most recent top 12 students for the 2008-2009 school year.
The students were entered into the drawing if they received five positive signatures in
the last three weeks. The winning students from the class of 2012 received a book or t-
shirt and candy. In the back row from left to right are: Jamie Reyna, Judson Harris, Noah
Pulitzer, Brett Simmons In the front row from left to right are: Tim Farrell, Hector Torres,
Pauline Aguilar, Andrea Starke, Nasheed Walton, Rey Nieto. Not pictured due to absence
are: Kayla Harrison and Joshua Johns.

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ber and included: In the back row from left to right are: Zach Fowler, Cindy Wine, Hilda
Medrano and Kyle Foster. In the middle row from left to right are: Paige Arnold, Kaitlyn
Gaucin, Ana Baz and Tangela McAffee and in the front row from left to right are: Sarah Lay,
Sarah Brewei. Not pictured are: Valerie McKee, Brittany Whirls, Jasmine Harper, Krista
Ibay and Owen Ritter.

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North Elementary School stu-
dents are busy checking out li-
Sbrary books to read at home with
Their families. Accelerated Reader
j is in full swing as students are
busy reading and taking compre-
hensibn quizzes. Nancy Carlson
: "i- s our special author. In PE, the
students are beginning to swim.
We are learning about basic

Peace Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten along with
the congregation of Peace Lutheran Church collected 773
bars of soap to be sent to Haiti as part of the hurricane re-
lief effort. Students are Shane Adler, Autumn Melear, and
Kaitlyn Brewer. Karen Smith, Preschool & Kindergarten
Director, Drew Achong, Director of Christian Education,
Pastor John Hirst.

safety skills around water, as well
as some techniques to use in the
pool. Please check your child's
agenda each night so that you will
know when to send your child's
swimsuit in with them.
Mrs. Lewis' students are work,
ing on compassion and caring
in class. They are also learning
about matter in Science: The kids
are enjoying class experiments
with liquids and gases.
Kindergarten News
The Kindergarten partied this
week for the letter "P." It was Pa-
jamas and Pancakes Day on Fri-
day. It was a perfect day for the
letter "P."
Third Grade
.Ms. Gaus' class is enjoying the
investigation of our new Reading
series. We could all relate to the
"First Day Jitters."
Mrs. Dennison's class has been
studying the needs of plants. We
are enjoying watching our lima
bean seeds sprout. We have also
been reviewing addition and sub-
traction skills.
Mrs. Van Deman's class is set-
tling in and learning third grade
procedures. We are really enjoy-
ing our introduction to cursive
writing. We have some wonder-
ful writers!
Mrs. Suarez' class is learning
the classroom procedures quick-
ly. We have been reviewing ad-
dition and subtraction skills. We
have also practiced map skills in
Social Studies.

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Seminole Elementary School offers tutorial sessions

We're happy to announce that
Seminole Elementary School fac-
ulty and staff are offering two tu-
torial sessions this year.
The Seminole Tutorial is held
every Monday and Wednesday
afternoon until 4:15 p.m. Stu-
dents will have an opportunity to
increase their academic perfor-
mance by receiving explicit, small
group instruction from a certified
teacher. The students will also
have an opportunity to go to the
computer lab to complete River-
deep, FCAT Explorer, and other
computer based lessons. We want
this tutorial experience to serve as
an opportunity for your child and
others to strengthen their aca-
demic skills. Please help us make
this tutorial successful by:
Encouraging your child to
attend each and every session.
Students will stay for the tutorial,
each Monday and Wednesday,
unless we have received a note
or call stating otherwise. Calls
should be received before 2 p.m.
Reading with your child ev-
ery night and reinforcing the skills
they are learning in school and
during the tutorial.
Picking your child up at 4:15
p.m. Students may only be picked
up by those listed on our school
contact list, unless a note or call
has been received stating other-
If you have any questions,
please contact Tracy Downing at
The Supplemental Education-
al Services (SES) Tutorial is held
every Tuesday and Thursday until
4:15 p.m. Students who receive
free or reduced lunches qualify
for this grant funded program.
Students who are in this program
are provided services by one of
fifteen tutorial providers. Parents
or Guardians who are interested
in having their children) partici-
pate in this program can make
an appointment to speak to Kim
Quinlin, one of our SES Educators.
Together, you can choose the best
provider who will meet the needs
of your child. Some providers pro-
vide In-Home Tutoring and others
Computer Based Tutoring.
Students who qualify for the

SES program may also enroll in
the Seminole Tutorial and benefit
from tutoring four days a week.
We look forward to meeting
the needs of all
of our students.
Thank you for tak-
ing an active role
in the education of
your child.
The kinder-
garten students
are enjoying their
new reading se-
ries. They have
been talking about
own and animal
families. In math the students
are learning to make patterns.
Parents, please watch the home-
work assignments each week.
The extra practice will help your
child to do well at school. Mrs.
Peterson's class is talking about
responsibility and families in the
social studies lessons. In science
they learned about the energy re-
ceived from the sun and from the
food we eat. The class enjoys their
great helpers. Mrs. Emily helps
throughout the day. Miss Saman-
tha is the high school helper who
helps during math time and Mrs.
Lopez helps the ELL students. If
you would like to be a school vol-
unteer, contact Mrs. Downing at
the school.
Second grade students are
learning many new skills this year
in reading. They have been read-
ing stories to find the main idea,
identify story elements and are
making and confirming predic-
tions. One of their reading goals
is to read every night for the 100
Book Challenge Program. Parents
please be sure to sign your child's
log each day. In math they have
been reading graphs and tables.
Students in Mrs. O'Bannon's
class enjoyed reading the story
"Meet Rosina." This story about
a deaf girl led them to an interest
in sign language. They read sto-
ries about Helen Keller and her
remarkable accomplishments.
I'd like to thank Nate Pippin's
mother for coming into the class
and signing the book "The Kiss-
ing Hand".

Everyone has been practic-
ing spelling their name in sign
language. Congratulations to our
Students of the Week. So far they
are Alex Hernan-
dez, Jason Zuniga,
Kalysta Fowler,
Cain Ponce and
Thomas Garcia.
SYour exemplary
behavior, attitude
and work is to be
Third grade has
been practicing
their FCAT skills
in reading by iden-
tifying the main
idea of passages and determin-
ing author's purpose. We have
been looking at different fiction
and non fiction selections, *and
examining if the author wrote the
selection to entertain, inform or
persuade the reader.
All third graders are busy read-
ing two steps every night for their
100 Book Challenge. The student
reads every morning for 15 min-
utes earning a minimum of one
step prior to classes. As a third
grader your child should be on
step 82 by Friday, Oct. 3. Every
15 minutes of reading earns 1
step. Their 100 Book Challenge
log sheets are to come home
every night for signature. Please
remember to sign their agenda
every day. It is very important to
keep in close communication.
For any questions or conferences
please contact the school at 462-
Congratulations' to the follow-
ing students of the week. From
Mrs. Padgett's class Justin Rog-
ers and Stephanie Sippert have
been selected. Mrs. Reed's class
selected Leon Jones and Jesenia
Hernandez. Denise Lopez and
Ray Quan Futch were chosen
from Mrs. Johnson's class. Mrs.
Coldiron's class chose Machenzie
Martinez and Johnny Rodriguez.
Mrs. McCranie's room selected
Cierra Schoonmaker and Car-
issa Tripp as their students of the
week. Congratulations to all our
students representing fantastic
behavior and attitude for the past
two weeks.

Mrs. McCranie's class earned
their first ice cream treat by earn-
ing 15 compliments from various
adults on campus. Their class
works together as a "family"
when the class is acknowledged
for excellent behavior from adults
on campus, they earn a point to-
ward a treat. Way to go, they are
currently 3 points from a second
ice cream treat in less than six
weeks of school!
Mrs. Reed and Mrs. McCranie's
classes have been learning about
reducing, recycling and reusable
resources in their Science les-
sons. Mrs. Coldiron's class has
been conducting science experi-
ments on matter. They have been
exploring solids, liquids, and gas-
es. Mrs. Johnson's class has been
using her interactive board to
practice reading and math skills.
They have had a lot of hands on
learning fun. Mrs. Padgett's class
will be working on a rainforest
unit in the weeks to come. She is
in need of empty Pringle's cans to
make rain sticks.
Third graders are busy learn-
ing their multiplication facts. We
have covered 0, 1, 2, 5, 10, and
currently on 9s. Our goal is to
learn all our multiplication facts
by January and have an ice cream
party with the principal.
The students in Ms. Kenney's
class have been reading about
frogs and toads and creating a
Venn diagram comparing traits
that are the same and those that
are different. Students have also
been reading their books for the
100 Book Challenge, James Cum-
mings, Laquavius Williams, and
Kellfonny Files are close to their
20 step mark. And the students
have set their goals for the begin-
ning of Book It! They are thrilled
to read towards that goal and the
pizza from Pizza Hut. In math, the
students have been engaged with
place value, addition facts, FCAT
practice, and number and shapes
identification. Congratulations to
Laquavius Williams for earning
Student of the Week and Student
of the Month for September!


Submitted photo/SEM
Seminole Teacher Highlight: Mrs. Letta Jordan, a Kindergar-
ten teacher at Seminole Elementary School, began working
at Seminole when the school opened in 1990. Her students
benefit from explicit instruction and a warm, inviting, com-
fortable classroom. Thank you, Mrs. Jordan, for dedicating
yourself to the education of our students.

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South Elementary School
students in grades 2-4 voted for
books on Wednesday, Oct. 1.
They had been introduced to the
books in the Media Center by Al-
isha Pearce, Media Specialist. On
Wednesday, our Media Special-
ist, Mrs. Alisha Pearce, invited
Gwen Chandler, Supervisor of
Elections and an assistant, Mea-
gan, to set up voting booths and
a machine to count the ballots.
They handed out ballots to each
student, discussing with them the
importance of voting. Privacy of
voting was also explained. The
students were excited to choose
their favorite book and to decide
how South Elementary students
feel about the Presidential race.
Two hundred forty-three students
voted. John McCain won South's
vote by a hefty margin as did
the book, "Where the Sidewalk
Ends." South students appreci-
ated the time that Mrs. Chandler
and her staff spent preparing for
and assisting with the voting.
Third grade is holding an elec-
tion for Pumpkin Patch President.
Students have designed their own
jack-o-lanterns and are writing
persuasive papers about why
their candidate should be elected.
The candidates will be displayed
in the hallway and a ballot box
will be available for passers-by to
vote. Third grade also investigated

alternative energy this week dur-
ing science. They built their own
solar ovens. In order to determine
which design worked the best,
they cooked S'mores in them. It
may take more research to deter-
mine a clear winner.
All students watched the pre-
sentation "An Extreme Health
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This presentation discussed many

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Girl's volleyball continues winning ways

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Kari Berger led the team in
assists in their. victory over
Forest Hill.

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee returned home
after a two week road trip to win
their fourth consecutive match
Thursday night over Forest Hill,
25-11, 25-17, and 25-11.
Okeechobee played solid if not
spectacular defense and had solid
net play as they improved to (9-5)
on the season.
"I'm very pleased with our
play," Coach Jacque Robinson
said, "We are down a few players
but the girls have come together
and are trying new positions and
new things."
Courtney Marker had 10 kills,
Megan Clements had 10 digs
and Marie Renfranz had five aces
at the service line. With all the
personnel changes on the team,
Renfranz saw more playing time
and took advantage of her oppor-

"I felt really good about it. I
feel we're really improving as a
team and working together," she
Marie, only a freshman, has
played volleyball since the fifth
grade. Her older sister Amy, was
also a fine volleyball and basket-
ball player while in Okeechobee.
Marie noted this is the first time
she has used a jump serve in a
match and she was pleased with
the results.
"I think were doing very well
and I think we'll keep improv-
ing as the season goes on," she
Forest Hill was much better
than usual. At times they pushed
the Brahmans defense and did a
good job handling the Lady Brah-
mans power game at the net.
The lop-sided score did al-
low Okeechobee to use some
reserves for key segments of the
Coach Robinson was pleased
with how the team hustled on
defense. One point in particular
when Monica Koger dove to the
floor to stop a sure winning, got
the.girl's going in the final game.
"In the locker room all of the
talk was about our hustle drill.
The girls go running around the
gym picking up balls and they
thought tonight's defense reflect-
ed that hustle," Robinson said.
In recent matches the girls de-
feated Vero Beach 25-23, 20-25,
25-20, and 25-14. The match was
played Tuesday in Vero Beach.
In the match Courtney Marker
had 12 kills, two aces and three
blocks. Monica Koger had 10 kills,
and 12 digs. Megan Clements had

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Rebekah Bryan (right) awaits a serve as Courtney Marker
and Kari Berger position themselves around the net.

31 digs. Kari Berger had 28 as-
On September 22, Okeecho-
bee defeated Sebring, 25-21, 25-
18, and 25-13 in Sebring. Rebekah
Bryan had 10 kills and 10 digs.

Monica Koger had 10 kills and 19
digs. Megan Clements had 24 digs
and three aces..Kari Berger had
29 assists.
Coach Robinson said the team
is improving but they still have

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Courtney Marker celebrates a point during Thursday's win.

room for improvement. "We
were better tonight than we were
in our last match. That's how you
want to progress throughout the
season. We aren't ready to peak
The girl's will be home on

Tuesday, October 7th to play
Glades Central. The varsity match
is at 6:30, and the JV plays at 5:30
p.m. The girls play in the Palm
Beach Classic varsity tournament
on October 10-11th.

Turnovers doom JV football at Lake Placid

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School
Junior Varsity football team had
no problem moving the ball
Thursday night, they just had a
problem getting the ball into the
end zone.
Turnovers and other mistakes
in the red zone, or the territory
inside an opponent's 20 yard
line, led to the JV's 7-0 defeat to
the Lake Placid Green Dragons in

Highlands County.
A key fumble by Tommie Jack-
son early in the third quarter set
up the Green Dragons at the Brah-
mans 15 yard line and one play
late they scored the only touch-
down of the game.
"We drove the ball willingly all
night," Coach John Kemp said,
"We had some red zone turnovers
and mistakes. We were down
there twice late in the fourth quar-
ter and couldn't get it done."

A fumble by QB Colby Frank
doomed one of those drives. The
second ended on a-fourth and
three when the offensive line
couldn't pick up a blitz and the
ball carrier was dropped for a
"It was 0-0 at halftime and it
was a good hard hitting and hard
fought game," Kemp noted.
Kemp said his defense really
played well. He noted they had
one blown assignment all night

which led to the touchdown.
Lake Placid was able to move
the ball on the ground and had a
couple of pass completions but
couldn't put any consistent drives
"They had a nice tailback and
a nice running game. Our pass
defense was much improved in
this game. Our defense played
well," Kemp added.
Kemp said Deforrest Shanks
played a strong game for

Okeechobee as he had several
big tackles including some in the
open field.
Jonathan Kemp rushed for 69
yards on 11 carries. Jamie Gonza-
les carried twice for three yards.
Dennis Cummings rushed for 39
yards in six carries.
Colby Frank had an intercep-
tion in the end zone. He returned
it 36 yards.
The JV will travel to Avon Park
next Thursday, Oct. 9.

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ace during Thursday's victory
over the Forest Hill Falcons.

OHS Celebrity servers
Kevin Shumate, Patrick Neal, Gustavo Garcia, Ethan Kersey are former band students who
came to show their support of the OHS Blazin' Brahman bands Color Guard at the fund-
raiser they held at Golden Corral.

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excellent pay
and benefits!
Fax resume to
or mail to
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: Box 1436

Drivers-Owner Operators!
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Limited Positions Competi-
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772-489-8790, 8400 W
Orange Ave. Ft. Pierce, FL

New 500+ site RV Village
needs experienced park
model Sales Coordinator.
Duties include working
with buyers, ordering,
coordinating delivery &
set up, obtaining permits,
titling and closings. Other
duties include clerical,
answering phones and
assisting sales efforts.
Must be computer literate.
$2,000 per month salary.
Please email resume to:
or fax to 863-467-5804
Position Available Staff Per-
son Administration, male/fe-
male, high school diploma or
equivalent. Valid FL DL,
clean driving record manda-
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consumption for trucks &
equipment.-Deliver parts &
supplies to all job sites. Must
be able to enter all data into
computer program. Exp. in
Excel & Word. Apply in per-
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Employment -
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Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

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commission. Position is
Monday-Friday. Please fax
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pref. Fax resume to:
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Okeechobee, FI
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and current FL RN or LPN
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& excellent benefits. Fax
resume to (561)924-3405
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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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Buckhead Ridge area's. Call
Sandy (863)763-8581


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SAir Conditioners 505
IAntiques 510
Appliances 515
SAppliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books 8 Magazines 535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health 8 Reducing
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Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
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Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

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BOOKCASE Pigeon Hole,
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DINING TABLE Italian marble
& glass. Cost $5,000 new,
asking $260. Call
Health Car

Health Foods

Vitamins, Minerals

Nature's Pantry
417 W S Park St (863) 467-1243

pleads you to the best
111 s products and services.


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

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AIRBOAT, '03 laser, 260hp
Lycoming eng. 0540, new
prop, $10,000.
36x78, with jamb & track,
$75. (863)467-4611

Established Lawn Business
or Lawn Accounts near
Okeechobee. (954)793-


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space ,
Rent 960

2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo. +
$500. sec. (863)634-5780
Lg. 2BR- Close to town, A/C,
clean, $850 + sec., wa-
ter/sewer included Call Vikki
561)255-4377 or Kelly
Taylor Creek Condo-
2BR/1BA, furnished, boat
dockage, pool & water in-
cluded, completely remod-
eled, totally new kitchen &
bath, $800 month + 1
month security No pets, Call
Very clean! $600/mo. In-
cludes utilities. Nopets. Call

KING'S BAY, 2/1, Pool, Ten-
nis, etc. Nice! $950 mo. +
sec. Includes water, electric,
cable.. 863-697-6428

BLUE HERON Beautiful 3/2/2
to rent. $1,200/mo.
Ist/last/sec., refs. req.
Call John at 772-475-5240
2br house, furn., all util,
W/D, beautiful front screen
porch w/hot tub. $1200

BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, laundry,
tiled, $1100/mo. rent.
$5,000 applied to purchase
of $149,900 after 1 year.
3429 NW 40th Dr., Bass-
wood. (561)718-2822
Home. Furnished. All appli-
ances. Call (863)357-6700
between 9am-5pm.
Moore Haven completely
remodeled, 3BR/2BA, w/
kitchen appl's & w/d &
12x20 storage shed, on 1/3
acre. Call 863-946-0505
or 863-983-8787
2 bed/2 bath/2 car garage
All appliances included,
and many extras.
Great neighborhood;
A Must See!
$1,000.00/mth + sec.
plex, W/D hookup, central
a/c & heat. $690 mo. +
$500 sec. (863)763-4414
OKEE 2/1, 3405 NW 2nd St,
totally renovated, corner lot.
$600/mo + $600 dep. Op-
tion to buy (239)707-5155
OKEECHOBEE 2/1 House at
310 NE 4th Ave., $750 mo.,
2/2 Townhouse, Oak Lake
Villas, Unit 17, $875 mo.,
1st, last & $500 sec. on both
req'd. (863)467-5965
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
OKEECHOBEE- On the water,
1br, 1ba, fully turn. W&D,
Elec & satellite, HBO incld.,
$600/mo. (863)467-1950
Landlords, tenants Welcome
Century 21 Horizon
SW Section- CBS, 3BR/1BA,
Close to Wal-Mart, 2200 SW
3rd Ave, $875 mo., $2000
moves in (863)634-0512
How do you find a job
in today's competitive
market? In the
employment section
of the classified

Real Estale

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspectioni 060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

Absolutely Beautiful 2BR/1BA
home on V2 acre lot, Ig. ma-
ture oak trees, completely
renovated inside, Ig. shed
on property, in city limits,
$124,000. (863)634-5586
Your next job could be in
today's classified. Did
you look for it?

Package deal: $35k tirm for
both; One high and dry on
North side of 28th,
one Ig. corner lot on 33rd,
125x90. (863)697-9830

Mobile Homes

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

furnished or unfurnished.
Move in for $750 mo. w/ref's
(863)824-0981 1st mo free!
Doublewide 3BR/1BA, cen-
tral a/c & heat, 1st, last &
sec., $650 mo., in town, no
pets. (863)763-6232
Waterfront, Clean & Quiet,
Okeechobee's Nicest.
1 Bedroom & 2 Bedroom
furnished & unfurnished
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/lba,
$500/mo + lst, last & Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets. Call
3br/1.Sba, $550/mo + 1st,
Last & Sec. Dep. In town. No
pets. Call (863)763-6232
3BR, 2/BA, 925 SW 39th
Lane. Call 863-610-1092 or
RIVER RUN-2br/2ba
carport & laundry room,
large florida room, includes
water & elec. $800 month
(863)357-4164 til 5pm &
leave message or
(863)610-9465 after 5pm
and weekends
Lake access, quiet area. No
pets. $650/mo., 1st, last &
sec. dep. (561)743-4331

ADULT PARK in Okeechobee.
8'x24' w/10'x20' attached
family rm. 8'x8'6"Shed w/
W&D. $4000 863-381-7835
Mobile Home Angels
2002- 2/2, Moore
Haven or Okeechobee
$25,000 Set Up & A/C
$42,900 Set Up, A/C
& Skirting. EZ Financing.
Park Model w/Fla. room,
carport & shed, on rental lot
in adult park, $30,000.


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Come see us for huge discounts
on all homes in stock. New,
used, rentals & sheds.

Park Model w/Fla. room,
carport & shed, on rental lot
in adult park, $30,000.


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

IRWIN 37' center cockpit Sail-
boat, needs work, but a steal
at $5,000. Call
MORGAN 24 cc fishing boat,
new Seacocks/fresh bottom,
inbrd diesel needs rebuild,

How fast can your car
go? It can go even
faster when you sell it
in the classified.


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars' 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

Door, Five Speed, Blue,
everything works, great on
gas. $1300.(863)447-5410
spd., cold air, good gas
mileage, $1600 or best offer.
Saturn SL2 00'- 4 dr, cold air,
Auto, PS/PB, 101K miles,
New tires/battery, ex. cond.
$3850 neg (863)357-0224




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Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet
in regular session on Tuesday October
14, 2008 at 8:30 A.M., at the Okee-
chobee Utility Authority Offices, 100
SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee,
Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Flori-
da Statutes, it a person decides to ap-
peal any decision made by the
Authority with respect to such meet-
ings, he or she will need a record of
proceedings and for such purpose
may need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made;
which record includes the testimony
and evidence upon which the appeal
Is based. Such person may provide a
court reporter, stenographer, or tape
recorder for such verbatim record.
John F. Hayord
Executive Director
294461 ON 10/5/08

Slic otce 50 5

NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechabee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on'Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 6:00
p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55
SE 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florida.
to consider Special Exception Petition No. 08-011-SE, submitted by Muhammad
Noorudin on behalf of property ownerss, A.M.S.A. Holding, LLC, to allow an as-
sisted living facility within a Commercial Professional Office Zoning District (Ref.
Code Book Section 90-223(10)).
Property Is located at 608 Northeast 2nd Avenue. Legal description: Lots 3 to 6 of
Block 78, City of Okeechobee, and is approximately 0.5 acres.
A copy of the entire appllcation(sand agenda are available in the General Services
Office, Rm 101 at City Hall or by calling Betty Clement at (863) 763-3372 x 218.
Please be advised that the Board of Adjustment and Appeals will serve as the de-
cision making body (quasi-judicial), on behalf of the City, to approve or deny Spe-
cial Exception Petitions.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any mat-
ter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based. General Services media is for the sole purpose
of backup for official records of the department.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; If you are hearing o voice im-
paired, call fDD 1-800-955-8770 (voide) or 1-800-95-8771(TTY).
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 08-011-SE
294826 ON 10/5,15/08

I Publc Notice

Sealed Bids will be received bythe City of Okeechobee General Services Department
no later than 100 p m on Wednesday October 15 2008 at which time they will be
publicly opened and read aloud in the City Council Chambers. Any BIDS received
after the lime specified will not be accepted.
The bids are for one unit price per square foot for removal and disposal of broken
and/or cracked sidewalk and one unit price for replacement for sidewalks in the
Southwest section of the City, also two areas of tlatwork, approximately 9,500 s..
Descriptions and specifications are available in the Bid Packets for the purchase
price of $50.00.
The City has the right to accept or reject any and or all bids. Bids must be sealed
and the outside of the envelope MUST be marked: CITY OF OKEECHOBEE SIDE-
Bid Packets are available at the General Services Department, Room 101 at City
Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, (863)763-3372 ext. 218.
Brian Whitehall, City Administrator
294819 ON 10/5/08

NOTICE: The City of Okeechobee Planning Board will meet as the Local Planning
Agency on Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter as pos-
sible, to consider any proposed amendments, submitted by City Staff or citizens, to
the adopted City Comprehensive Plan, which may Include amendments to the
adopted Land Development Regulations (LORs). All amendments are forwarded,
with a recommendation, o the City Council for final consideration. The meeting will
be held at City Hall, 55 Southeast 3rd Avenue, n the Council Chambers, Room 200,
Okeechobee, Florida.
A copy of the agenda may be obtained from the City web site www.clvofokeecho- or contact the General Services Department, bclementocllvofokeecho-
.coeom, (863) 763-3372 x 218.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that If any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning Board with respect to any matter considered at this
meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings Is
made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is
to be based. General Services media are used for the sole purpose of back-up for
the department.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilites Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; If you are hearing or voice Impaired,
call TOD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-888-955-8771 (TTY).
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
294822 ON 10/5,15/08

NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 6:00
p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55
Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Flori-
To consider a request to change the zoning district from Residential Single Family-
One (RSF-1) to Heavy Commercial (CHV) for Petition No. 08-006-R. The petition
is being submitted by Frannie Watford and Elbert Batton, on behalf of property
owners) Abdul and Yasmin Cumber. The vacant property is located at 309
Northeast 41h Street.
Legal description: Lots 1 to 12, inclusive of Block 110, Okeechobee, according to
the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5; Page 5 Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida, and Is approximately 1.92 acres;
A copy of the agenda may be obtained from the City website www.cltvofokeecho-
heecom,or contactthe General Services Department bclement(citvofokeecho- (863) 763-3372 x 218. A copy of the entire applications) are available
at the General Services Departmen. The Planning Board will makerecommenda-
tions to the City Council for consideration and final adoption tentatively scheduled
for Tuesday, November 18, 2008.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals with re-
spect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a
verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony
and evidence upon which the appeal Is to be based. Media are used for the sole
purpose of back-up for the General Services Office.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; if you are hearing or voice Im-
paired, call TOO 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-888-955-8771 (TiY).
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 08-006-0
294831 ON 10/5,15/08

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise
your yard sale in the
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your clean up a breeze!

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NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 6:00
p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55
Southeast 3rd Avenue, In the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Flori-
To consider a request for a Comprehensive Plan SmallScale Future Land Use Map
Amendment Application No. 08-006-SSA. The application Is submitted by Fran-
nie Watford andElbert Batton, on behalf of property ownerss, Adbul and Yasmin
Cumber. The application Is to change the Future Land Use designation from Sin-
gle Family (SF) to Commercial (C) for vacant property located at 309 Northeast
4th Street.
Legal description: Lots 1 to 12, inclusive of Block 110, Okeechobee, according to
the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5 Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
A copy of the agenda may be obtained from the City website www.citvolokeecho-, or contactthe General Services Department bclement@cityofokeecho-, (863) 763-3372 x 218. A copy of the entire applications) are available
atthe General Services Department. The Planning Boar will make recommenda-
tions to the City Council for consideration and final adoption tentatively scheduled
for Tuesday November 18, 2008.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning Board with'respect to any matter considered at
this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made, which record Includes the testimony and evidence upon which the ap-
peal is to be based. General Services media are used for the sole purpose of
back-up for the department.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, personswith disabilities needing special accommodationto participate In
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; if you are hearing or voice Im-
paired, call TDD 1-800-955-8770(voice) or 1-800-955-8771 (TTY).
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Application No. 08-006-SSA
294832 ON 10/5,15/08

NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the City of Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and Appeals on Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 6:00
p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 55
Southeast 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers, Room 200, Okeechobee, Florida.
To consider a request to change the zoning district from Industrial (IND) to Resl-
dential Single Family-One (RSF-1) for Petition No. 08-007-R. The petition is being
submitted by property owners) Roland and Michele Mossel. The property is local-
ed at 116 Northwest 9th Street.
Legal description: Lots 19 and 20, of Block 37, Okeechobee, according to the plat
thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 5 Public Records of Okeechobee County,
Florida, and is approximately 0.321 acres;
A copy of the agenda maybe obtained from the City website www.citvolokeecho-
beacom, or contact the General Services Department, bclementOcltvofokeecho-
beeSom, (863) 763-3372 x 218. A copy of the entire applications) are available at
the General Services Department. The Planning Board will make recommendations
to the City Council for consideration and finaladoption tentatively scheduled for
Tuesday, November 18,2008.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that If anyperson desires to appeal any
decision made by the Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals with re-
spect to any matter considered at this meeting, or hearing will need to ensure a ver-
batim record of the proceedings Is made, which record includes the testimony and
evidence upon which the appeal Is to be based. Media are used for the sole pur-
pose of back-up for the GeneratServices Office.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate In
this proceeding should contact Betty Clement, no later than two (2) working days
priorto the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x 218; ifyou are hearing or voice Impaired,
call TOD 1-800-955-8770 (voice) or 1-888-955-8771 (TTY).
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
Petition No. 08-007-R
294829 ON 10/5,15/08

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During the month of September,'
Central Elementary School Kindergar-
ten celebrated an endless number of
activities which involve our children
and the community. We will begin.
with the Freaky Friday on which we
celebrated Johnny
Appleseed's. birthday.
There were different. / '
creative and original '
activities in which / .,..-"
the children changed oi,. ( ..
teachers in the morn- ''--
ing. All these activi- -
.ties-were related with.,. v.-4 ,_
Johnny. 'Mrs.:'Davis and .';~.~ .-
Mrs. Nipper carried
Apple prints after read-
ing one of the stories of
Johnny. Mrs. Weigand made apples
with socks; Miss Garcia puts the artis-
tic abilities of the children to the test
with puppets of Johnny Appleseed.
In Mrs. Tillis class they made Apple
Cores. That's interesting! Then Miss
Saine made patters necklace out of
Applejacks. That's was tasty! In Miss.
Toms they make Johnny Appleseed
hat.. How cute! It was a very interest-
ing and entertaining day, the children
learned sciences, art and mathemat-
ics of unique way. They also showed
their writing displays and had the
student of the week luncheon, where
family and students could share their
achievements and efforts. The writing
display was very pretty and showed
the abilities of our children and what
they have learned since the beginning
of school year, In the future they will
be excellent writers.
During that week we held the
BASE parent's night in which the
parents were oriented about the pro-
gram and how they can help their
children. Thanks to all that attended
during BASE night. The Spanish class
of the program BASE is studying the
community workers, five senses, pat-
terns and the letters M and P. We start
our activities of fall and Halloween.
Our program consists of teaching the
languages of English and Spanish to
our children (half and half) It very is
The students of the weeks in Kin-
dergarten BASE are Sara Raulerson
and Beyonece Garcia

First grade
Mrs: Vaughn's class has been re-
viewing for the Unit 1 test in reading.

We have reviewed short a, short I, MiguelFlores, NicholeFolbrecht, Halle
beginning blends, and ending blends. McDuffie; Jennifer Salas-Garcia, Vic-
We have reviewed periods, question toria Cline, Pedro Perez, Reed Jones,
marks, exclamation points, and pos- Cason Cooper and Delaney Jones.
sessives. Almost everyone in class has Happy Birthday this month to Eliz-
20 steps or higher in 100 Book Chal- abeth Casas and Richard Ayala.
lenge. Keep reading. In math we are
learning different strategies for adding Second grade
such as counting on, Mrs. Greseth's second grade has
using number line been having a great time reading sto-
S' and doubles. n sci- ries about friends and families. One
S ence we have started group in the class read Polar Bears
learning the different Past Bedtime and they did some won-
S states of matter such derful polar bear projects. Way to go
as solids liquids and Dylan, Josh, Ashley, Brenden, and Da-
S.--.. gases. We enjoyed our kota! The projects will be displayed
.v i- s r thei. w. ?s -o'n ithba-ndxt writingidisplay day (Oct.
S' we learned aBout fire-.
a fety. Our students 29th). In Math we are well into sub-
Our sdens traction now. Keep practicing addition
nf the week are Jona- and subtraction facts at home! Way
thon Mejia and Anallely Maldonado. to go Jenna, Dylan, Daniela, Dakota,

First grade base LaTaveous, and Brenden for having
over 50 steps in 100 Book Challenge.
First graders in Mrs. Howard's and Keep on reading!
Mrs. Garcia's rooms have learned Miss Miller's second graders have
some really cool stuff! We just fin- had a blast learning about the dif-
ished our first thematic unit called "All ferent changes that can happen to
about Me." Teaching' with a theme matter. Do you know why your glass
enables us to integrate science and "sweats" on a hot day? Your son or
social studies standards more eas- daughter can tell you! :) We have also
ily. We learn the same vocabulary been practicing our addition and sub-
in Spanish as we do in English then traction facts.
we are able to build our centers and Congratulations to the following
activities around our monthly theme. Students of the Week: Andrew Sim-
This past month we've learned the mons, Michael Watson, Mariah Raul-
names of some of our body parts, our person, and Armando Garcia.
five senses, and our six major organs. Congratulations to Mariah Rauler-
We're learning this week about nutri- son for having the most steps for 100
tion and about the important foods Book Challenge! Keep reading ev-
we need to eat to give us energy to ery night for 15 minutes to get those
do the things we do. We appreciate steps!
Mrs. Nast, -our cafeteria manager, for Mrs. Bostwick's class at Central
giving us pencils and a book about Elementary School went on their first
eating breakfast in the cafeteria. We field trip this week. We want to thank
read a story about James who did not Ms. Pat for giving us the grand tour of
eat breakfast every day and did not al- the library! We learned a lot and re-
ways do so well in school. He ste te l W le a o rarted We
eating breakfast and everything abodu ally enjoyed the storytelling! We had a

eating b reakfast and everything about andmath curinculum-whew! On to
his day went much better. Nowh we great time eating at Dairy Queen after
all make it a point to eat a good break- our fun learning experience. Students
fast every day. Thanks Mrs. Nash! of the Week these past two weeks
This month we are starting the were Moises Fernandez and Lana Van
BOOK IT program. Our students are derhoff. Keep up the good work! We
reading at home for 15 minutes and have completed Unit 1 in our reading
writing it down in their agenda books. and math curriculum-whew!! On to
When they have reached their goal Unit 2!. In science, we have learned
for the month they earn a free per- that everything is matter, .and we are
sonal pan pizza and a-tag for their currently exploring the different types
book bag. Thank you Pizza Hut for and properties of matter. Thank you
generously rewarding, our students to all of my students and parents for
for reaching their reading goals! reviewing class work, spelling and
Congratulations to our students of sight words, and reading for 100 Book
the week. They are Laura Rodriguez, Challenge. Remember.....readers are


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Class Officers
The Freshman Class Officers for the Class of 2012 are (left to right) Taylor Fulford Vice President,
Emily Raulerson President, Shyanne Prescott Treasurer, Erika Klingler Secretary.

Students at CES learn

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Okeechobee News, Sunday, October 5, 2008 15

Okeechobee wins with offensive explosion

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Two offenses put up 90 points
Friday night'in 48 minutes as
Okeechobee survived an offen-
sive battle with Glades Day to post
a 49-41 win at Brahman stadium.
Lonnie Pryor rushed for 327
yards and five touchdowns as he
broke loose for long touchdown
runs of 80, 69, and 46 yards. He
also scored on a 23 yard run and
a two yard run.
"It felt good. I actually had to
go inside and put on my Nikes, I
was wearing soccer cleats and I
had to change them..The offen-
sive line blocked great, the wide
receivers did a great job blocking
downfield. I just thank God, with-
out those three, I couldn't do it.
I'm blessed," he noted.
Glades Day (2-2) got a won-
.derful effort from De-Andres Jack-
son who had 298 yards in total of-
fense from the wide receiver, QB,
and running back positions.
"This game was something
else," Brahmans Coach Chris Bra-
nham noted, "It's the best game
that I've been involved with that
we actually won. Every time we
scored they would answer. That's
one stinking good football team
over there."
The game started ordinarily
enough as it was only 7-7 at the
end of the first quarter. Okeecho-
bee (4-1) failed to get a first down
on their opening possession and
Glades Day promptly drove 56
yards in five plays to take a 7-0
lead. A key play was a 35 yard
pass from QB Bo Schlechter to
Jackson. Kelvin Taylor scored on
a five yard run to open the scor-
Okeechobee drove 80 yards to
tie the game on their second pos-
session. The drive took most of
the quarter as it took 17 plays and
over seven minutes to complete.
Key plays included a 10 yard pass
to Shane Taggart, an 11 yard pass
to Walt Fortner on third and eight,
and a 15 yard run by Pryor. Lon-
nie ran the final 28 yards of the
drive to tie the score.
Glades Day answered the
score with a 70 yard drive in just
five plays to go up 14-7. Key plays
included a 36 yard run by Jack-
son. Taylor ran the final five yards
to give Glades Day the lead for a
second time.
Okeechobee took just one play
to tie the score. Pryor took a han-
doff oveb tihe rightside arndrodei
block by his linemen and wide
receivers to a 80 yard touchdown
dash in just 12 seconds. The game
was tied again, 14-14, two min-
utes into the second quarter.
Offensive linemen Lelarid
Schoonmaker said the blocking
up front was a key in the Brah-
mans victory. "I just think we
stuck together as a team. We
worked hard all week. I think we
did a pretty good job this.week."
Schoonmaker helped Pryor tie
the game at 21 in the second quar-
ter after Glades Day had scored
on a 57 yard pass from Schlech-
ter to tight end Alex Mann. Mann
was uncovered in the secondary
as the Brahmans had a blown
Pryor returned the kickoff 25
yards and then carried it for 69
yards and a touchdown to get the
Brahmans even for a third time.
Schoonmaker admitted it helps
the line to have a great back run-
ning behind them "It really does
help us. I don't think he could do
it without us and we couldn't do
it without him."
Okeechobee caught a break

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Mike Minondo was praised
for his blocking down field
against Glades Day.

later in the half as Glades Day
fumbled at the Okeechobee
47. and Sam Dixon recovered.
Okeechobee then down field in
nine plays to take a 28-21 lead.
The key play was a 37 yard pass
from Madrigal to Walt Fortner.
Madrigal scored the touchdown
on a quarterback sneak to give
Okeechobee the lead.
Glades Day was not done as
they scored the sixth touchdown
of the quarter just before the half-
time break. They drove 90 yards
in just 1:30 to tie it at 28. The key
play was a 48 yard pass to Davon-
te Allen. Two plays later Schlech-
ter found Clinton Johnson alone
in the end zone to give the Gators
another touchdown.
Glades Day was forced to punt
for the first time early in the third
and Okeechobee once again went
on top thanks to a 94 yard drive.
Key plays included a 23 yard pass
to Dixon, a 21 yard reverse by
Fortner, and a 23 yard touchdown
run by Pryor. Okeechobee actu-
ally went.for it on 4th and short
at their own 15 yard line to get the
much needed first down.
Trailing 35-28, Glades' Day
made another mistake as Schlech-
ter tried to force a throw into dou-
ble coverage and Nate Pollard in-
tercepted it. He returned it all the
way to the Gators four yard line
but the return was called back by
a penalty. The Gator defense held
and Okeechobee failed on third
and fourth down pass plays.
From there the Gators drove 72
yards to tie the score. This drive
took six plays and just two min-
utes off the clock. Key plays were
a 27 yard run by Jackson, and a
28 yard touchdown run by Taylor.
Late in the third quarter the game
was tied gain atV3S :-:
Okeechobee didn't wait long
to score as they drove 61 yards
in just four plays- to go up 42-35,
Madrigal hit Pollard in stride on a
slant route and he outran the de-
fense for a 38 yard touchdown.
Once again Glades Day came
back with a 66 yard drive in just
four plays. Jackson ran three
times for 57 of those yards. How-
ever Glades Day missed the extra
point and they still trailed 42-41.
Okeechobee scored their final
touchdown on the next drive.
Pryor rumbled 61 yards down
field to make it 49-41 with just
over five minutes left. Offensive
Guard Chris Tulio said it was
great to be a part of such a great
offensive effort, "It' was a go6d
game, a hard game. We played
well. Lonnie sure knows how to
hit the hole."
The final five minutes must
have seemed like an eternity to
the Brahman defense as Glades
Day again threatened to score.
Glades Day moved the ball out
to midfield but a big defensive
play by Shane Taggart put them
in a third and 12. Schlechter hit

Jackson on an 11 yard pass to set
up a fourth and one at midfield.
However Schlechter miss handled
the snap and fumbled it and was
stopped short of the first down.
Okeechobee had a chance to
run out the clock'but a huge hit by
Cody Dionne on Pryor jarred the
ball loose and Glades Day recov-
ered at their 30 yard line with two
minutes left. A pass interference
call and a 12 yard pass to Jackson
put Glades Day at the Brahman
43. Schlechter hit Johnson for a
17 yard pass to the Brahman 25
with 30 seconds left. From there
Glades Day fired some deep balls
but Walt Fortner and Nate Pollard
were there to bat the balls away.
"That's the kind of team we
can be when we work together,"
Brahmans Coach Chris Branham
said, "It was a monstrous night.
for everyone on offense, everyone
made plays, everything clicked.
I'm proud to be a part of it."
Branham said if the team con-
tinues to play this week the com-
munity can expect a lot of great
things out of the Brahmans.
Game notes
Alan Najera had a great night
on extra points as he nailed all
seven of them. Those points
proved to be crucial in the high
scoring affair.
Pryor laid the ball on the
ground twice, his first fumbles of
the year. Okeechobee recovered
one of the miscues.
Glades Day copied the wild
rebel offense Mississippi used to
defeat Florida last week. Jackson
worked in a shotgun set and would
either run it himself or hand it off
to Kelvin Taylor. Okeechobee had
a hard time catching up to the for-
Sam Dixon recovered a fumble
for Okeechobee. Justin Conrad
dropped Taylor for a loss in the
second quarter. Leland Schoon-
maker dropped Jackson for an
-eight yard loss in the third quarter.
Kareem Jones had a QB sack for

Glades Day 7 21 0 13 41
Okeechobee 7 21 7 14 49

First Quarter
Glades Day-Taylor one yard run.
(Schlechter kick), 7-0. 9:10.
Okeechobee-Pryor two yard run.
(Najera kick) 7-7. 1:03.
Second Quarter
'Glades Day-Taylor five yard run.
(PAT), 14-7. 10:42.
Okeechobee-Pn'or 80 yard run
(PAT) 1-111. 10:.3 .
Glades Day-Mann 57 yard pass.
From Schlechter. (PAT) 21-14.
Okeechobee-Pryor 69 yard run.
(PAT) 21-21. 8:36.
Okeechobee-Madrigal 1 yard run.
(PAT) 28-21. 2:07
Glades Day-Johnson 28 yard pass

From Schlechter. (PAT) 28-28.
Third Quarter
Okeechobee-Pryor 23 yard run.
(PAT) 35-28. 2:21.
Fourth Quarter
Glades Day-Taylor four yard run.
(PAT) 35-35. 9:22.
Okeechobee-Pollard 38 yard pass
From Madrigal. (PAT) 42-35. 7:56.
Glades Day-Taylor 28 yard run.
(PAT failed) 42-41, 6:05.
Okeechobee-Pryor 61 yard run.
(PAT) 49-41. 5:14.

Team statsOkee
First Downs
Third downs
Rushing yards
Passing yards
Punt returns
Kick returns

Glades Day
16 20
7-10 3-5
5-42 6-43
381 282
126 245
1-35 1-41
0-0 0-0
3-39 5-83
1-34 0-0
2-1 3-1

Frostproof 34
Treasure Cst 13
Sebastian Rvr 28
Kathleen 21
Jensen Beach 56
Benjamin 26
Braden River 42
Brynes, S.C. 38

Avon Park 6
Westwood 0
Orldo Jones 18
St.Lucie W 10
Sebring 42
John Carroll 11
Lake Placid 0
Pahokee 12

District 13-4A Standings
Team W-L All PF PA
Okeechobee 1-0 4-1 189 108
Fort Pierce 1-0 2-2 113 131
Westwood 1-0 4-1 131 73
Jensen Beach 0-1 3-2 115 157
Sebastian 0-1 2-3 93 113
Martin Cty 0-1 0-4 50 136
District player of the week.
Gerald Footman of Jensen Beach.

He ran for 205 yards and five
touchdowns in Jensen's win over
How Okeechobee oppo-
nents fared in week five.
Jupiter Christian ripped Ft.
Pierce, 61-26. Avon Park lost to
Frostproof,34-6.' Sebring lost to
Jensen Beach,56-42. Sebastian
River defeated Orlando'Jones, 28-
18. Glades Day lost to Okeecho-
bee, 49-41. Ft. Pierce lost to Ju-
piter Christian, 61-26. Westwood
lost to Treasure Coast, 13-0.
Martin County was off this week.
Jensen Beach defeated Sebring,
56-42. Clewiston defeated Ameri-
can Heritage Delray, 26-17.

Passing AttComp Yds TD Int
Madrigal 12 6 126 1 0

Rushing No. '
Madrigal 4
Pryor. 30 3
Fortner 1
Taggart 5
McQueen 4
Totals 44 3

Receiving No.
Fortner 3
Taggart 1
Dixon 1
Pollard 1
Totals 6

Glades Day
Passing Att
Jackson 4
Totals 22

Rushing No.
Schlechter 4
Taylor 13
Jackson 19
Totals 36

Receiving No.
Jackson 6
Mann 1
Allen 1
'Swaby 1
Johnson 2
Totals 10








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16 Okeechobee News, Sunday, October 5, 2008

Fishing remains a fun, healthy tradition

By Bob Wattendorf
Freshwater fishing is one of
the many outdoor recreational
activities encouraged by the Flor-
ida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC).
The FWC views outdoor rec-
,reation as a tremendously ben-
eficial opportunity that should
be available to all residents and
visitors, and it strives to provide
quality fishing, hunting and wild-
life-viewing opportunities.
Cheryl Charles, president of
the Children and Nature Network,
points out, "People throughout
the world,are increasingly con-
nected by a resonance and pas-
sion, to create a new common

sense for the good health of chil-
dren today and generations to
Dr. Andrew Lepp, assistant
professor of recreation, park and
tourism management at Kent
State, said the benefits from out-
door recreation are varied and
plentiful. Outdoor recreation has
psychological benefits, including
the prevention or reduction of
stress and improved self-esteem,
confidence and creativity. Lepp
also contends it adds to spiritual
growth and leads to an increased
sense of exhilaration, adventure
and challenge from life. Getting
outside provides physical ben-
efits, such as aerobic, cardiovas-
cular and muscular fitness, as
well as improved functioning of

the immune system.
It even offers benefits for the
social life. The great outdoors
affords social benefits, such as
bonding with like-minded people
who also enjoy outdoor activities,
and feeling an increased pride in
your community and nation.
The economy benefits from
all of this activity as well. Outdoor
recreation creates job opportuni-
ties for others, which leads to
economic growth and preserva-
tion of the natural areas needed
for outdoor recreation increases
property values. The workplace
wins because people who regu-
larly participate in outdoor recre-
ation tend to be more productive
at work, Lepp said.
The list continues with posi-

tive outcomes for the environ-
m'ent. People who participate in
outdoors activities usually have
increased environmental aware-
ness. This awareness translates
to increased involvement in envi-
ronmental issues.
Specific activities such as fish-
ing can add to the enthusiasm
and provide a fun challenge to
become increasingly skillful. In
Florida, the abundance of natu-
ral waters (7,700 named lakes,
12,000 miles of fishable rivers and
canals) means the opportunity is
available to everyone. From dig-
ging worms and making your
own cane pole, to casting a lure,
you develop a connection with
nature that comes naturally and
has been an American 'tradition

since long before Mark Twain's
tales of the adventurous Huck
Every year the FWC works
with the Florida Disabled Out-
dobr Association at its Sportsabil-
ity event, and this year we joined
them at the Family Caf6 event
in Orlando. These opportunities
reinforce the pure fun of experi-
encing nature, and we redouble,
our commitment to making fish-
ing accessible for everyone.
Clay Dyer a professional
bass fisherman who was born
without lower legs, no arm on
the left and a partially developed
arm on the right inspired hun-
dreds of individuals with physical
and mental challenges during
his motivational presentation at
the Family Cafe event. Clay is a
hero and inspiration to virtually
everyone he touches with his life

story, which he calls "The View
from Down Here is Just Fine."
He is also a spokesperson for the
C.A.S.T. for kids program.
The FWC is doing its part by
teaching kids to fish, sponsoring
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman
events, helping create bank-fish-
ing access and building acces-
sible boat ramps, courtesy docks
and fishing piers. Most impor-
tantly, the FWC is dedicated to
conserving and enhancing fish-
eries habitat and fish populations
for everyone.
Instant licenses are avail-
able at or
by calling 1-888-FISH-FLORIDA
(347-4356). Report violators by
calling *FWC or #FWC on your
cell phone, or 1-888-404-3922.
dates for more Fish Busters col-


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Colts squad
Coach Amanda Markham
Colts cheerleading squad.

Submitted photos/Teresa Chandler

heads up the 2008 O.C.R.A.

Submitted photo/reresa chandler

Cheering Eagles
Coaches Courtney Coyer and Shelly Bemedicis head up
the 2008 O.C.R.A. Eagles cheerleading squad.

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Browns cheer
Coach Mrs. Harris heads up the 2008 O.C.R.A. Browns cheerleading squad.

Team leaders
Coaches Allison Chandler, Darrin Washington, Mike Radebaugh and helper, Savanna
Hunter lead on the 2008 Midget Seminoles football and cheerleading team.

Sports Briefs

Benefit golf tourney
Raulerson Hospital will spon-
sor the Third Annual United Way i o
"Greater Open Golf Tournament"
on Oct. 18, at the Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club. Great t
prizes.will be offered, a vehicle
for a "Hole in One," closest to 1
the Line, closest to the Pin on all
par 3s, a personally autographed 1
Jack Nicklaus 460 driver with
head cover, and much more. The
"Scramble" tournament starts
with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.
Hole sponsorships are still I ,
available and teams are now
forming. For more information
or to register for this United Way
Fund Raiser golf tournament,
please call Bill Casian at 863-824-
2702 or e-mail me at: i

Signups planned for
Upward Basketball
The First Baptist Church of
Okeechobee will be hosting up-
ward basketball and cheerleading
for grades first through sixth, boys
and girls. Registration is open.
The cost is $65 through Oct. 26
and $75 if signup occurs between
Oct. 27 and Nov. 4.
The deadline for registration
will be Nov. 4. To register, come !
to the ROC or the church office.
For more information, please call
863-467-7625 or 863-763-2171.

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