The news-sun
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Title: The news-sun
Uniform Title: News-sun (Sebring, Fla.)
Alternate title: Sunday news-sun
News sun
Physical Description: v. : ill. ;
Language: English
Publisher: Sebring News-Sun, Inc.
Place of Publication: Sebring Fla
Publication Date: 12-31-2010
Frequency: triweekly (wednesday, friday, and sunday)[1996-<1997>]
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Edition: Sebring/Lake Placid ed.
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Highlands -- Sebring
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Coordinates: 27.495556 x -81.444444 ( Place of Publication )
Additional Physical Form: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 62, no. 21 (Nov. 9, 1988)-
Numbering Peculiarities: Each day's issues carry distinct numbering schemes, <1997>.
General Note: Also published for Avon Park.
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News-Sun staffAlot happened in 2010. And people had a lot to say about it. The News-Sun was around for a lot of that discussion, and we have culled a few of the more memorable things people in Highlands County said about the big issues this past year."Greening is a disease that could take out the whole Florida citrus industry."Joe Davis, former president of Florida's Natural Growers, Jan. 3"We cook in the rain, we've just never cooked in the snow."Jack Pollard contestant Pig Fest, Jan. 10"Why do you want to reinvent the wheel and change every address along U.S. 27? I don't know what you guys are doing."John Griffin, Sebring city councilman Jan. 27"It was bodies on top of bodies." Josh Smith, who helped rescue victims of the Feb. 22 bus crash on U.S. 27. Anatomy of a hangoverPAGE12BAsk The Board column debutsPAGE2ABuick flips on 27, injuries are minorPAGE2ANEWS-SUN Highlands County's Hometown Newspaper Since 1927 Friday, December 31, 2010www.newssun.comVolume 91/Number 159 | 50 cents www.newssun .com 079099401001 HighLow 76 52Complete Forecast PAGE 12A Partly sunny and pleasant Forecast Question: Do you think the economy will be better in 2011 than it was in 2010? Next question: Would you be able to operate your vehicle if gas was $5 per gallon? Online Inside Obituaries Charles Williams Age 80, of Sebring Obituaries, Page 5A Phone ... 385-6155Fax ... 385-2453Online: www.newssun.com Yes 16% No 84% Total votes: 106 Classifieds10A Community Briefs5A Community Calendar7B Dear Abby11B Editorial & Opinion4A Healthy Living5B Lottery Numbers2A Money Matters8A Movie Reviews/Times11B Religion8B Sports On TV2B Index 2010's memorable mutterings See QUOTES, page 6A 2010's memorable mutterings News-Sun staffWe lost too many wonderful people in 2010 some wellknown leaders of the community, some of our beloved pastors and teachers, and some folks who gave quietly behind the scenes so many people left us this year, in fact, we worry we've missed someone along the way. Listed here or not, everyone we lost left voids and grieving hearts but also legacies of hard work and compassion; hope and the love of life. We treasure their examples and remember them fondly from Jim McCollum in his kilt and funny hats; to Charles Bryan, the campfire's "high tech redneck;" to Jim Higgins reading Harry Potter. Paul W. Sparks, 56, on Jan. 30, of cancer. School district transportation fleet manager. Sparks was so respected by his peers, the school district's fuel depot was named in his honor after his death. "He had a passion for making sure that kids got to school Saying a final farewell Naiche Foster McCollum Owen Carlson Bryan See COUNTY, page 5A By ED BALDRIDGE ed.baldridge@newssun.comSEBRING Everyone makes money when customers use the Coast2Coast discount RX card, and Highlands County taxpayers are no exception. County Commissioners were given an update on Tuesday that their agreement with the Financial Marketing Concepts, Inc. (FMC) the company that is promoting the Coast2Coast RX discount pharmacy card has generated $10,648 for the county since the contract was signed in January 2009. During the county meeting, June Fisher, Community Services Division Director informed commissioners that the contract seemed to be working so far, and that there is room for growth. "The Coast2Coast prescription discount card is available to the citizens of Highlands County at no cost to the County. We currently are receiving 50 cents for each prescription filled using the Coast2Coast RX card," Fisher said. Here's how the system works: FMC Markets the discount idea to large pharmacies as a way to bring them customers. The large pharm acies pays up to $1.75 to FM C for beginning in the new cu stomer because of the di scount. The pharmacies ho pe that the customer will st ay and shop for other items, li ke cosmetics or milk while th ey are there. FMC signs an agreeme nt with municipalities or coun ty governments to help with t he promotion, and in retu rn gives back up to 75 cents, in Highlands County's case 6 5 cents, of that royalty mon ey from the pharmacy per pr escription purchased by t he customer using the discou nt card. The customer can recei ve up to 30 percent off of the ir prescription at the time of purchase, the pharmacy sav es money on recruiting cu stomers, FMC gets a royalt y, and so does the county. "The funds that a re received as a result of t he usage are dedicated to an assistance program within t he Human Services departme nt that assists qualified citize ns with prescription needs ," Fisher told the commissio ners. Although Fisher did n ot give a month-to-mon th Prescription discount cards paying off See CARDS, page 6A Follow the News-Sun on www.facebook.com/newssun News-Sun f ile The brush fire danger is extremely high in the area, and it doesn't take much for a small fire to get out of control. By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY christopher.tuffley@newssun.comSEBRING One last warnin g to be very careful with firewor ks and bonfires this New Year's Ev e. Freezing temperatures ha ve killed back many trees, shrubs an d ground covers. Strong, dryin g winds have turned the vegetatio n into perfect tinder. While there are no current n o burn notices, the danger is st ill high. Be very careful about escapin g sparks and burning material. Clear set backs. Have wat er handy. Do not light bottle rockets or other fireworks over dead gras s, or aim them into the brush. Never re-light a "dud" and so ak Don't let the new year go up in smoke Wildfire danger extremely high See FIRE, page 6A


By BRENDAN FARRINGTON APPolitical WriterTALLAHASSEE Florida's representation in government underwent a huge change in 2010 and voters can either blame or thank former Sen. Mel Martinez, depending on how they feel about it. Republican Martinez's December 2008 announcement that he would not seek a second term created a domino effect that led to an election year unlike Florida had seen in more than a century. If Martinez had just stayed put, Gov. Charlie Crist probably would have run for reelection. Same with Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink and Attorney General Bill McCollum. Instead, Florida has a new U.S. Senator, a new governor and three new Cabinet members. And it was a year when tea party fervor over federal spending helped Republicans take back four U.S. House seats, including two candidates considered safe when the election cycle began. "We could write a book, couldn't we," said Deborah Cox-Roush, the state GOP's vice chair. "It was an unusual year and one we might not ever see again. It's a second chance and we have to work very hard to make sure that we keep the momentum going into 2012." The year began with political pundits assuming that McCollum would be the Republican facing Democrat Sink for governor. Then Naples businessman Rick Scott shook things up by investing tens of millions of his own dollars to defeat McCollum in the primary and later to beat Sink. Despite repeatedly raised questions about massive Medicaid fraud at the Columbia/HCAhospital chain while Scott was CEO, Scott was able to buy name recognition through television ads that portrayed him as a political outsider who would use his business experience to turn around the state's economy. His catch phrase, "Let's get to work," was heard over and over again. The Senate race also had several twists and turns. When the year began, Crist was struggling to maintain his lead over former House Speaker Marco Rubio, a tea party favorite who quickly gained support by criticizing President Barack Obama's spending policies and Crist's support of Obama's $787 billion federal stimulus package. Page 2ANews-SunFriday, December 31, 2010www.newssun.com Published every Sunday, Wednesday & Friday at 2227 U.S. 27 South € Sebring, Florida 33870 A Harbor Point Media Company OFFICE: 2227 U.S. 27 South, Sebring, FL 33870 OFFICE HOURS: 8 a.m.-5 p.m, Monday-Friday PHONE: 863-385-6155 MAIN FAX NUMBER: 863-385-1954 NEWSROOM FAX NUMBER: 863-385-2453 POSTMASTER: Send address change to: News-Sun, 2227 U.S. 27 S., Sebring, FL 33870 USPS … ISSN 0163-3988 Periodical postage paid at Sebring, FL and additional entry office(s)CIRCULATION SUNDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY EDITIONS: If you do not receive your home delivered newspaper by 6 a.m., please phone the circulation department before 10 a.m. on Wednesday and Friday publication days, and before 11 a.m. on Sunday publication days and a replacement copy will be delivered to you. Subscribers who notify us after the times mentioned will receive credit to their account. 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Each week, the NewsSun will forward questions from readers to commissioners and give them an opportunity to respond in a public forum. This week's question was e-mailed to each commissioner at their public address listed on the www.hcbcc.org Web site. This week's question was: Q: Unemployment in Highlands County has reached 13.4 percent. How do you plan on addressing that issue? A: Commissioner Don Elwell: Without question, the most important, immediate issue facing our county is the economy and the devastating unemployment rate that our residents are facing. There are many immediate, small things that can be done to try and reduce the unemployment rate, but it will take a lot of creative thinking. First, there ARE companies hiring, but in many cases those listings may not reach the folks looking for the jobs, so it may be time to think "outside the box" a bit. I don't purport to have all or even some of the answers, but here are a few random ideas that I do have: I'd like to see organizations like the Heartland Workforce promote their many, many openings in new ways to folks that might visit their offices often enough to know of the latest job postings. A dedicated radio program with their most recent listings would be one way. Perhaps a special small section of the paper each week with "This Week's Featured Listings" offered at minimal or no cost. Particularly, I encourage them to embrace social media. There are thousands and thousands of Highlands County residents with Facebook accounts. Heartland Workforce can establish a Facebook page, and post their most recent or highlighted listings 2-3 times a week. Other Facebook users, like myself, can see and link their friends to those postings, and in mere minutes the word can get out to thousands o f Highlands County residents who might be keeping an "ear open" for thei r friends and family. Other ideas include monthly flyers containing "Top Ten Lists" of open positions posted on bulletin boards and at businesses where many peopl e go each day, including libraries. How about smal l job fairs in each of our three towns on a quarterly or semi-annual basis? Finally, I'm all too aware that the economic recession is certainly not restricted to Highlands County alone. However, that doesn't mean we can 't do some things to lessen its effect on our citizens and put our county in the best position possible when things do start to turn around. Highlands County wasn't the first county in Florida to feel the pinch when things began to slow a couple of years ago. Th at said, we don't have to lag behind during the recovery; we can be poised to bounce back quickly, hav ing become a lot wiser an d a little closer as a commu nity in the process. There was no response from Commissioners Greg Harris, Barbara Stewart and Jack Richie. Submit questions to editor@newssun.com or call Ed Baldridge at 385-6155, ext. 541 Ask the board By SAMANTHAGHOLAR sgholar@newssun.comSEBRING An 87-year-old man received minor injuries after his Buick flipped on U.S. 27 North in Sebring on Thursday morning. Just before 11 a.m., Louis Mangacci Sr. was involved in a two car accident, the other car driven by a female occupant whose name or condition were unavailable at press time. The second vehicle in the accident was a white Toyota SUV, which was parked several yards from the overturned Buick. Afamily passing by saw the Buick on its roof just a few feet north of Whisper Lake and stopped to help Mangacci, who had already crawled out of the vehicle. "We just saw him and stopped to help," said one witness offering Mangacci a white towel for the scratch on his forehead. Mangacci seemed unaffected by the accident itself and expressed that physically he was "fine." Highlands County Sheriff's Office deputies and EMTs waited with Mangacci until the Florida Highway Patrol and the towing crew arrived on scene. Driver receives minor injuries after Buick flips on U.S. 27 News-Sun photo by KATARASIMMONS Louis Mingacci Sr. looks at his car in disbelief Thursday morning after being involved in a rollover accident along U.S. 27 North in Sebring. Mingacci received only minor scratches during the crash and said that he felt lucky that he avoided any serious injuries. The News-Sun would like to remind the readers that the names listed below reflect those who have been charged with a crime, but they are all innocent until proven guilty by a court of law. If anyone listed here is acquitted or has charges dropped, they can bring in proof of such decision or mail a copy to the paper and the News-Sun will be happy to report that information. The News-Sun is at 2227 U.S. 27 South, Sebring, FL 33870. The following people were booked into the Highlands County Jail on Wednesday, Dec. 29: Justin Guadalupe Alvarez, 25, of Sebring, was charged with sexual assault. Little Leonard Carrizales, 27, of Sebring, was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon. Antonio Chavez Cruz, 38, of Avon Park, was charged with operating a motor vehicle without a valid license. Pauline Ann Heminger, 38, of Lake Placid, was charged with two counts of failure to appear reference use or possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine. Gerson Herrera, 32, of Miami, was charged with possession of marijuana, fraud-illegal use of credit cards, and possession of counterfeited credit cards. Misael Herrera, 21, of Miami, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession and or use of drug equipment. Jose Octavio MunozRosas, 26, of Fort Myers, was charged with operative a motor vehicle without a valid license. Anthony Lanette Pugh, 42, of Miami, was charged with three counts of failure to appear reference battery, domestic violence battery and driving with license suspended or revoked. Michael John Pursell, 46, of Kissimmee, was charged with withholding support of children or spouse. Efrain Ramos-Ochoa Ramos, 28, of Sebring, was charged with DUI and driving while license suspended. James Paul Reed, 34, of Sebring, was charged with battery on an officer/firefighter/EMT, and resisting an officer without violence. Christopher Paul Salogga, 29, of Lake Placid, was charged with three counts of violation of probation reference utter forged instrument, forgery and grand theft. Casy Davious Stukes, 22, of Sebring, was charged with possession and or use of drug equipment, possession of cocaine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a place of worship or business, and sell cocaine within 1,000 feet of a place or worship or business. The following people were booked on Tuesday, Dec. 28: Jaime Kenyatta Martinez, 19, of Sebring, was charged with resisting an officer without violence and battery. Dawna Lucretia McKenzie, 44, of Frostproof, was charged with violation of probation reference driving with license suspended or revoked. Rashael Dewann Reed, 29, of Sebring, was charged with fraud. Tiffany Genorris Roux, 34, of Sebring, was charged with petit theft. Cara Rene Skeens, 25, of Lake Placid, was charged with failure to appear reference use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Shirley Anne Smith, 58, of Avon Park, was charged with hit and run, DUI and DUI and damage property. Renita Annetta Sutton, 33, of Sebring, was charged with petit theft. Joshua Lee Young, 23, of Sebring, was charged with batter y POLICEBLOTTER News-Sun staffLAKE PLACID Lt. James Fansler, of the Lake Placid Police Department, warns merchants to be on the lookout for counterfeit money. "Pay close attention to all bills," he said, declining to describe details but adding the counterfeits come in different denominations. Several cases of passed bills have been discovered and an investigation is under way. Anyone receiving a counterfeit bill should contact law enforcement immediately. If possible, the police say, seize the bill and turn it over to authorities. Fansler may be reached at 699-3758. Counterfeit bills circulating in LP See ELECTION, page 6A Follow the News-Sun on www.twitter.com/thenewssun www.facebook.com/newssun


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T he tax bill approved by Congress and s igned by President B arack Obama is e mblematic and s ymptomatic of p olitics in America.It is the product of a divide d government, a reflection o f a politically divided n ation. No one is satisfied with the b ill or happy about the outc ome, even those Democrats a nd Republicans who voted f or it. In fact, it seems everyone in the White House, in C ongress and across the n ation has serious probl ems with key aspects of the b ill. Democrats, including t he president, are irritated by t he extension of tax cuts for h igh-income Americans; R epublicans are troubled by t he extension of unemploym ent benefits without accomp anying budget cuts. Everyone agrees, however, t hat the legislation an $ 801 billion package of tax c uts and $57 billion for e xtended unemployment bene fits will exacerbate fede ral budget deficits and lead, a t least in the short term, to h igher levels of public debt. Nevertheless, passage of t he bill represents a necess ary compromise to prevent f iscal and political chaos in 2 011. Had Congress not passed t he bill for the president's s ignature, the across-theb oard tax cuts approved duri ng the George W. Bush a dministration would have e xpired resulting in higher r ates for middleand loweri ncome Americans, who are m ost sensitive to tax increases. ... This bipartisan agreement to increase the deficit was reached following national elections in which candidates and voters called for fiscal restraint and responsibility. The irony is inescapable. The agreement, while politically pragmatic, is emblematic of the nation and its inability to agree on the ultimate compromise: reducing unnecessary spending and increasing revenue through taxation in order to reduce the federal budget deficit and manage the public debt at sustainable levels of the gross domestic product. For all the rhetoric about fiscal responsibility, Americans and their representatives appear to want their tax cuts and their spending, too. An editorial from the Gainesville Sun.An integral part of that cell phone you can't live without is neodymium, a rare earth mineral used in magnets for computers, audio speakers and those ubiquitous phones.Holmium, another mineral, has the greatest magnetic strength of any element and is used in medical and dental lasers. Truth is, an amazing number of technologies and military weaponry rely on a group of 15 rare earth minerals... They are especially important components of green technology products energy-saving light bulbs, wind turbines, Toyota's gassaving Prius hybrid, to name a few. They also figure in the manufacture of some military and national-security hardware. In other words, these elements are important to the future of the United States. And where does the U.S. get most of its rare earth minerals these days? You guessed it: China. That could spell trouble for U.S. manufacturers in the not-too-distant future, according to a new U.S. Department of Energy report. As recently as 1990, the U.S. mined its own "rare earths," as the elements are called. But mining can seriously damage the environment, and the U.S. gradually closed its mines. Now, we are more than 90-percent dependent on rare earths imported from China or from countries that get these materials from China. The DOE has wisely, if belatedly, launched efforts to diversify the U.S. supply of these elements and ensure that the country will have substantial stockpiles as new technology finds more uses for them. One mine in California plans to reopen in 2012, a good sign. And many of these elements can be recycled (just think about all those obsolete cell phones you've sent to Mt. Trashmore), which the DOE is promoting. It is also investing in research to develop viable substitutes. There is some urgency because this year China began to limit its rare earth exports. Now that it has cornered the world market, it also has slapped higher export tariffs on some minerals while reducing taxes for its domestic rare earth users. One result of this is that more clean-energy technology companies are moving operations to China to save costs. ... It's worth noting that the DOE calls these minerals "strategic materials." Exactly -they are strategic to our economy and to our national security. We can't afford to continue relying on China as our major source for them. An editorial from the Miami Herald. Page 4ANews-SunFriday, December 31, 2010www.newssun.com EDITORIAL& OPINION TODAY'SEDITORIALTODAY'SLETTERS 2227 U.S. 27 South Sebring, FL 33870 863-385-6155 NEWSROOMROMONA WASHINGTONPublisher/Executive Editor Ext. 515editor@newssun.com SCOTT DRESSELEditor Ext. 516scott.dressel@newssun.comDAN HOEHNESports Editor Ext. 528daniel.hoehne@newssun.com ADVERTISINGVICKIE JONESExt. 518vickie.jones@newssun.com CIRCULATIONTONY MCCOWANExt. 522anthony.mccowan@newssun.com PRE-PRESSKEN BAREFIELDProduction Coordinator Ext. 594prepress@newssun.com BUSINESS OFFICEJANET EMERSONExt. 596legals@newssun.com Other viewpoints The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to get its grasping hands around the throat of the Internet, the international town hall where Americans have been free to express their opinions without Big Brother's permission or interference. That makes the FCC unhappy. It seems that this taxpayer-supported, intrusive federal agency simply can't bring itself to allow anything having to do with Americans communicating with each other in public without their lordly oversight or permission. The Internet despite Al Gore's absurd claim the he used his political powers to invent it is largely free of U.S. or foreign government regulation or interference. In its present form, free from any government's rules or regulations, it's the finest example of what freedom of speech is all about, on a worldwide scale. That seems to irk the compulsive regulators at the FCC, hence their determination to drag the Internet into their regulatory lair. According to Rasmussen Reports, American voters believe free-market competition will protect Internet users more than any government regulations. Moreover, they rightly fear government regulation will be used to push what is certain to be a leftist political agenda. Anational telephone survey conducted by Rasmussen revealed that only a scant 21 percent of likely U.S. voters want the FCC to regulate the Internet as it already does radio and television. Fifty-four percent are opposed to such regulation, while only 25 percent are not sure. That's a pretty healthy percentage that thinks the government should keep its sticky hands off the World Wide Web a percentage that the FCC will ignore at its own risk. The compulsive regulators at the agency need to keep in mind that within a few days the U.S. House of Representatives will be under the control of Republicans, and that the House controls the nation's purse strings. It would be very unwise for the FCC regulators to fail to recognize that at the moment Congress reconvenes in early January their finan cial future will be in the hands of a part y largely composed o f glorious skinflints, most of whom view any government regulatory power a s inherently dangerous and in need of the most careful oversight. And that's what they are going to get. Much of that oversight will focus on the fact that the FCC decision, based on a party-line vote, decided to impose what they termed "net neutrality" regulations on the World Wide Web. This despite the fact that by a whopping 52 percent to 2 7 percent margin, Americans are convinced that more free-market competition is far better than having more regulations that allegedly protect users of the Interne t. As shown by Rasmussen Republicans and unaffiliate d voters overwhelmingly sha re this view, yet a plurality of the Democrats among them some 46% percent think that more regulation i s better. As a veteran radio broad caster, I relish the freedom to express my opinions wit hout some would-be, present day version of Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels looking over my shoulder and telling me wh at I can say and what I can't say. That's not what Americ a is all about. Americans need to keep in mind the fact that government regulators use the tim ehonored tactic of tightening their grip on the citizenry one small step at a time. It appears that in the case of the FCC's power grab, they would like Americans to believe that they are only seeking to protect us from some unnamed abuse of the freedom of speech and not in imposing government censorship on the Internet. They should recognize that we are not that stupid, something the new GOPcontrolled House hopefully will teach them starting nex t month. Happy New Year! Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan and a political consultant. He is the founder and chairman of The Reagan Group and president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Look for Mike's books and other information at Reagan.com. Email comments to Reagan@caglecartoons.com. Uncle Sam: Hands off the Internet! Making Sense Michael Reagan Make sure to sign your letter and include your address and phone number. Anonymous letters will be automatically rejected. Plea se keep your letters to a maximum of 400 words. We have to make room for everybody. Letters of local concern take priority. Send your letter to 2227 U.S. 27 South, Sebring, FL33870; drop it off at the same address; fax 385-1954; or e-mail editor@newssun.com. To make sure the editorial pages aren't dominated by the same writers, letters are limited to two per month and a guest column can be submitted once every three months. Opinions expressed in letters or columns are solely the opinion of that author and not necessarily the opinion of the staff or editors of the News-Sun. All items will run on a first-come basis as space permits, although more timely ones could be moved up. We believe your viewpoints are just as important as any community leader or government official, so consider this a personal in vitation to get your two cents in. The News-Sunhas a long history of encouraging public discussion through letters, guest columns, and Reader's Response questionnaires. Providing this forum for our readers is a pleasure, not an obligation. EDITORIALPAGEPOLICY This country is broke E ditor: There is something drastically w rong with this country and the p eople running it. The country i s "broke" but in recent months t he government has given aid to H aiti, Chile, Turkey and also P akistan, the home of bin L aden. This aid amounting to b illions of dollars. However, at the same time we c annot help our seniors, vetera ns, orphans, the homeless and s o on. There are hundreds of adopta ble children in this country w ho are put aside to make room f or the adoption of foreign o rphans. Thousands of retired seniors w ho are living on "fixed i ncomes" get no aid nor any b reaks from our government or r eligious organizations, while t hese organizations pour billions o f dollars and tons of food into f oreign countries. America, today, is a country w here we have homeless witho ut shelter, children going to b ed hungry, elderly going witho ut needed medical care and m entally ill without treatment. Y et they have a "benefit" for the p eople of Haiti on TVstations, a nd ships and planes being f illed with food, water, tents, c lothes, doctors and medical s upplies. But our government a nd the people running it can't b e bothered to help its own citiz ens. Don't tell me this isn't a very s ad situation. No wonder this c ountry is going down the tube. Dick Ford Sebring


Events planned at lodges, postsAVON PARK The Combat Veterans M emorial VFWPost 9853 w ill have a New Year's Eve g athering with dinner, music b y Big Freddie and party f avors for $20 per person. S chedules subject to change; c all for details. For more i nformation, call 452-9853. The Highlands County M oose Lodge in Avon Park w ill have a New Year's Eve p arty with dinner and music i nside by Woody and outside b y Ransom Band for $25 per p erson. For more informat ion, call 452-0579. LAKE PLACID The Veterans of Foreign W ars 3880 will host L&L D uo today. ANew Year's E ve gathering will include d inner, music with Country C ajun and champagne at m idnight for $17 per person. F or more information, call 6 99-5444. The Lake Placid Moose 2 374 will have a New Year's E ve party with music by S outhbound. For more inform ation, call 465-0131. SEBRING The Sebring Moose Lodge w ill have music by Frank E. f rom 7-11 p.m. Saturday. For m ore information and menu s elections, call 655-3920.Reflections hosts New Year's Eve danceAVON PARK R eflections on Silver Lake's N ew Year's Eve Dance with Don and Allen is from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. today. Bring your own snacks and drinks. Tickets are $15 and on sale to the public. For more information, call 452-5037.Woman's Club serves spaghetti dinnerSEBRING The GFWC Woman's Club of Sebring at 4260 Lakeview Drive (across from Veteran's Beach) will serve its annual spaghetti dinner from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13 for a donation of $8 each. Menu includes salad, entrŽe, dinner roll, dessert and beverage. Reservations at 385-7535 are helpful, but not required; take-out is available.Lake Placid Garden Club's Annual Fashion Show setLAKE PLACID The Lake Placid Garden Club's Scholarship Fund presents "Blossoming Friendship" Fashion Show & Luncheon. The event is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Lake Placid High School Auditoruim, 101 Green Dragon Drive. Fashions will be provided by Elizabeth's Bridal & Formal Wear, Kelly's Florist & Decorating, Lake Placid Embroidery & More, Lake Placid Feed & Western Wear, Steve & Co., Sue's Cubby Hole Boutique and Tropical Island Wear. Entertainment during intermission will be provided by the Covered Bridge barbershop quartet, The Bridge Bunch. Catering will be by The Depot Restaurant. There will be door prizes and opportunity table. Tickets are $22. For tickets contact Diane Brouhle at 465 5425 Book publisher to return for writers meetingSEBRING The Florida Writer's Association group, Sebring Scribbler's and Scribes, will hold its first meeting of the new year at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11 at the clubhouse in Sebring Village, 4343 Schumacher Road, just west of U.S. 27 near the Walmart. The guest speaker is Ted Bowman, who will continue his discussion on solving publishing mysteries and missing the stumbling blocks and pitfalls of the industry. For more information, call Barbara Beswick, 402-9181.Highlands Social Dance Club cancels New Year's Eve partySEBRING The New Year's Eve party scheduled by the Highlands Social Dance Club for today has been canceled. Scheduled ballroom dancing will resume on Friday, Jan. 7 with the Skylarks providing the music. For more information, call 314-9215.Recreation Club hosts carry-in dinnerSEBRING The Sebring Recreation Club will host a New Year's Day carry-in dinner at noon Saturday. For details, call (262) 2243819. www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 31, 2010Page 5A SUNDAY BRUNCH11am 1:30pm Lunch served after 1:30pmwith purchase of beverageReceive$200 OFFExpires 12-31-10 Trishs Paradise GrilleHighlands Ridge South(863) 382-2131$1095 LIMITED SPACE … CALLTODAY! 5 DAYS a week$ 30 Get In Shape Learn Self Defense Improve Self Esteem Make Better Grades MARTIAL ARTS AMERICA471-2467 Best After School Program in SebringFREEPICKUP from: Kindergarten Learning Center, Cracker Trail, Sun-N-Lakes, Woodlawn, Fred Wild, Memorial, Hill Gustat, Sebring Middle/High Located on Kenilworth Sebring*Some Restrictions Apply Life Care, Not Day Care Dr. Rey Pardo, M. D.13 Ryant Blvd., Sebring, FL 33870 (863)382-2110IMAGINE YOUR LIFEƒ WITHOUT PAIN!CALL TODAY FOR A CONSULTATION!NOW OPEN COMMUNITYBRIEFS Charles WilliamsCharles B. (Chuck) Williams, 80, of Sebring died Dec. 26, 2010. Born in Syracuse, N.Y., he served in the U.S. Coast Guard as a sonar technician. He retired as an instructor in the language lab at the State University of New York Oswego after 28 years. He is survived by his wife, Maude; sons, Charle s, Dennis and Roger; a daug hter, Sandy Osborne; a si ster, Luella Brown; a brot her, Roger Williams; a ha lfbrother, George Elsbree; a half-sister, Sally Russe ll; eight grandchildren an d five great-grandchildren. Amemorial service w ill be held to honor his life a t a time to be determined b y the family in New Yor k. Stephenson-Nelson Funer al Home, Sebring, is in char ge of local arrangements. OBITUARY s afely," said Brannon Sparks, his son, s aid at the time. Charles L. Bryan, 74, on April 24, o f idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Highlands County Tax Collector. In the 15 years he served as the c ounty's tax collector, Bryan improved c ustomer service, consistently managed h is office under budget (in 2009 he r eturned $800,000), and promoted high m orale among his staff who will r emember his way of cooking hot dogs a nd making three bean salad. N ews-Sun article Jeanne Griffin, 65, on May 3, of i diopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Interior designer and co-owner of G riffin's Carpet Mart, along with her h usband of 43 years, Sebring Council m ember John Griffin. "Jeanne touched the lives of many p eople and was well known for her k ind and loving spirit," her memorial e ulogy said. Johnny Mae Pringle, 50, on May 2 2. Served the public school children of A von Park for 24 years. She began as a b us driver, becoming the transportation s upervisor for the Avon Park schools. L ater she moved to the Student S ervices Department where she served a s a court liaison for truancy cases. In testimony of her spirit, when she t urned 50, a large group of friends and c o-workers, including school princip als, turned out to celebrate her. Harold Owen, 81, on July 9. When he arrived in Lake Placid after r etiring in 1982, Owen still didn't stop w orking. He dedicated countless hours s erving on more than 13 local boards, i ncluding the Caladium Festival and H ighlands County Planning and Z oning. He also served as chairman of the L ake Placid Chamber of Commerce, w here an award recognizing excellence i n business leadership and community i nvolvement is named after him. Julie Carlson, 38, on July 25 in a b oating accident. Wife of former county commissioner J eff Carlson. "Whenever Julie set her mind to a g oal, she always succeeded. She was p assionate about her community and e njoyed giving back to help others m ake it a better place," wrote the staff o f Big Brothers & Big Sisters of the S un Coast, where Carlson had been a v olunteer and board member for many y ears. Elizabeth W. Walker, 88, July 30. She was a prolific local historian, News-Sun correspondent and community volunteer. Amember of the Historical Preservation Commission, she was instrumental in rescuing the Woolly Mammoth and Saber Tooth Cat mural from the former post office now the Sebring Police Department and moving it to the Sebring Library. Mary Toney, 76, on Aug. 11. She was a woman deeply committed to her community. She worked for the School Board of Highlands County where she served in the transportation department. Aleader in her neighborhood, and an active citizen, she was elected to the Sebring City Council where she served 11 years. James McCollum, 64, on Aug. 14 of a heart attack. Private attorney and community leader. Afounding member of the Highlands Little Theatre, permanent judge on the Heartland Idol, tireless supporter of Relay for Life and Good Shepherd Hospice. "Jim's encouragement, drive and passion ... will always be remembered," said Chris Bredbenner, executive director of Good Shepherd Hospice. Betty Humphrey, 84, on Aug. 24. She was an active community volunteer with the Humane Society and The Salvation Army, taking on just about any task from transporting animals, to serving meals, to raising record sums for "Jerry's Kids" during Labor Day telethons. "Betty wasn't all talk. She walked the walk," said Barbara Clark, at the time president of Humane Society Jim Higgins, 52, on Sept. 6 of Legionnaire's Disease. Higgins was the superintendent of the municipal golf course and managed Max Long Field for the city. He earned the community's respect and affection after 21 years in Highlands County. "What can you say bad about a good person," said Gene Sauls, who was on the city council that hired Higgins in 1988. Robert Henderson, 81, on Sept. 15. He spent his retirement days taking tender, loving care of the Bougainvillea Cemetery for years maintaining an oasis of peace for the living and the dead. Fred Sandlin, 70, on Sept. 17. Aformer Avon Park High School coach and driver's education teacher he was head basketball coach for 10 years in the 60s was found bludgeoned to death in his home in Daytona Beach. Sandy Foster, 65, on Sept. 26 due to the effects of Ischemic heart disease. Foster was a Vietnam veteran, and executive director of Nu-Hope. Maureen Kelly, of the West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging, said at the time, "(His death) is very difficult to grasp and accept. Sandy was a colleague and friend; a man of integrity and a passion for making life better for older adults, their caregivers and families." James Taveniere, 81, on Nov. 5. For 38 years he coached many teams at Sebring High School, helping young men achieve their fullest potential. He was particularly respected as a basketball coach. The Taveniere Tournament is named in his honor. Naich, HCSO bloodhound K-9, on Nov. 5 of a nasal tumor. He was responsible for 216 arrests and found 44 missing people over a 10 year career. Frances Archbold Hufty, 98, on Nov. 19 She took on a leadership role at the Archbold Biological Station in Venus, serving as the chairman of Archbold Expeditions, the station's parent organization from 1976 to her death. Her brother, Richard Archbold, founded the environmental center in 1941. She not only nurtured his dream, but expanded the station's scope to include educational programs for young people. Under her foresight, generosity and leadership, her admirers at Archbold wrote at the time, the station doubled in size and its research abilities were increased and enhanced. Dr. J. David Nunez, 62, on Dec. 10 of a heart attack. He practiced medicine with skill and compassion for 30 years in Lake Placid. Hundreds of people turned out for his memorial service. "He was a wild, conservative straight shooter," his friend, Fabio Oliveros, said at the time. Continued from page 1A County lost a lot of good people during 2010 Frances Archbold Hufty Classified ads get results! Call 385-6155 Associated PressNEWYORK It's the biggest public party in the country. Nearly a million revelers will cram into the streets of Times Square to watch the ball drop on New Year's Eve. It's also remarkably crime-free, safe and orderly. In the past decade, there have been few arrests and virtually no major problems funneling people in and out of the confetti-filled streets to ring in the New Year. That's due mostly to what the partygoers don't notice: Throngs of police and counterterrorism officers blanketing the area, working from a security plan specifically tailored for the event. Manhole covers are sealed. Counter-snipers are stationed on secret rooftops. Officers carry beeper-sized radiation detectors. Plainclothes officers are stationed in the pens with the crowds, along with a uniformed presence and undercover officers. Bomb-sniffing dogs are on site. Purses are searched. Checkpoints are set up and perimeters are created using concrete blocks. Passing vehicles are checked for safety. Haz-mat teams are on standby. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Thursday that there are no "specific threats against the city" on Ne w Year's Eve. NYPD brass tweak the ir security plan every yea r, using lessons learned fro m previous scares like t he botched Times Square c ar bombing in May and t he attempted bombing of a Christmas tree lighting in Portland, Ore., ne ar Thanksgiving. Police began to ramp u p their security effort wi th worries over millenniu m threats. Officers used metal pe ns to control where the crow d stood keeping a pa th clear for emergency truck s. And they banned alcoh ol and backpacks. Uniform ed police officers flooded t he area. Plainclothes office rs roamed the crowds. After Sept. 11, 2001, "w e added a counterterroris m overlay" to New Year 's security, said Paul Brown e, the NYPD's deputy com missioner for public info rmation. "We have ke pt changing it based on t he needs ever since." Since the terror attac k, there have been at least s ix foiled plots against the ci ty including the plot b y Faisal Shahzad to bom b Times Square with a us ed car stuffed with a propan eand-gasoline bomb on M ay 1. Securing Times Square for New Year's no easy task MCTpho to Nearly a million people will jam Times Square tonight.


"There was a learning c urve. We used extra fuel at t he start up not associated w ith production, and f rankly, we had some incid ents out here that we were n ot counting on." Ken Wheeler, former county solid waste director when asked about the asphalt plant, Feb. 5 "We were slammed, but w e weren't overwhelmed." Sara Carnes, director of nursing at Florida H ospital Lake Placid, recalling the day of the bus accident, Feb. 27 "Admit it, we're a $5 mill ion business. I think we h ave the responsibility to s pend wisely. We need to l ook at the entire system's s tructure." Ray Royce, Lake Placid c ouncil member, during town manager debate, March 8 "This is still ouryearof f avor, and I am just glad we g ot the chance to be here." Luther Clemmons, APHSboys basketball coach after team lost in the state final four, March 3 "We don't want the thing p aved. We just want it m aintained. Hell, give us b ack ourtaxes and we will m aintain the thing." Richard Bruley, Avon Park Lakes resident about conditions of area roads, April 9 "This is the kind of thing y ou fire people for." Steve Bastardi, Lake Placid town council, reacting to budget shortfalls and complaints of neglect at Oak Hill Cemetery, June 21 "Before we got started I w as behind the wheel, but J eff took overthe wheel. J eff can be a little difficult i n that respect." Scott Noethlich, a pass enger, to authorities investigating the July 24 boating accident that killed Jeff Carlson's wife (the report was released in December). "Words just can't d escribe how it feels." Dean Frazier, Sebring coach, on winning Dixie Ozone World Series, August 5 "They are too small and y ou can't plant high p lants." Margie Rhoades, Sebring city council, about the new planters on the Circle, Oct. 5 "I understand your p oints. If the town were l arger, orgrowing, I might a gree with you, but this is p utting the cart before the h orse." Bill Compton, Lake Placid resident opposed to a town manager, Oct. 18 "This needs to stop. T hose groups have no d esire to build right now, so w hy are we posturing to s pend tens of thousands to f ight this?" Paula House, about the county commission's intention to appeal the DCA's finding that proposed developments are out of compliance with state statute, Oct. 26 "I hate to rain on your p arade. The constitution d oes not say that you cann ot give funds to do religious activities. It says that you cannot provide funds to sectarian orreligious institutions." Ross Macbeth, county attorney after county commission approved two grant agreements between the hospital district and Samaritan's Touch, Nov. 2 "You've only been here 29 days ... I think that before you make any appointments, you should see what the city wants." Brenda Gray, Avon Park city council, on City Manager Bruce Behrens appointing Mike Rowan police chief, Nov. 8 "This is a great county, enjoy it." Retiring county commissioner Guy Maxcy to new commissioners, Nov. 9 "The recreation budget is a financial train wreck. It is time we started treating taxpayermoney like a precious commodity, less like a renewable resource." Steve Bastardi, Lake Placid town council member, about the town's budget and recreation costs, Nov. 8 "I am having a very surreal feeling being up here. In the past I was the one throwing spitballs and rotten tomatoes, but now I am the target of those spitballs and rotten tomatoes." Don Elwell at his first county commission meeting, Nov. 16 "(The county) did not collect the data. What data they did collect was destroyed." Preston Colby, spoken to Avon Park council regarding requirements for FEMA mitigation funds, Nov. 22 "I am very proud of the way the department is thinking about the community." Avon Park Police Chief Michael Rowan on the Holiday Feast prepared by the police department for citizens with contributions by local businesses, Dec. 3 "I lost a lot of guys over there (in Iraq). It makes you appreciate the smaller things in life once you've been overthere. This walk is the same thing. I'm out here forthem, and out here I get time with ourmaker and He gets me through it." Army Sgt. Michael Cox, chaplain's assistant, walking across the state to honor fallen soldiers, Dec. 8 "The market continues to slide forhome values. We are very early in the process to give an accurate number, but from the raw data, year-to-date, residential home values are down about 10 percent." Raymond McIntyre, Highlands County Property Appraiser, Dec. 14 Page 6ANews-SunFriday, December 31, 2010www.newssun.com 401 West Interlake Blvd. € Lake Placid, FL 33852(863) 465-1725 Continued from page 1A breakdown of the income from the card, she did say that the amount could grow as citizens continued to sign up for the program. There is a 60-day delay in payment to the County, but, according to Fisher, the total royalty returned to Highlands County is $10,648, and the total number of claims (prescriptions filled with the card) was $21,296. Through September, discounts given to local card holders was $705,432, and the savings for the card holders was $595,846, or about 45.79 percent, according to a memo from Fisher giv en to commissioners. Those wishing to participate in t he discounts can pick up a card at t he libraries or ask for it at their pharmac y. FMC has agreements with 29 cou nties within Florida so far, and is loca ted in Ponte Vedra Beach. Continued from page 1A Quotes to remember from the past year Cards making money for county, consumers Rubio began raising more money than Crist and the once-obscure candidate was getting national attention. When he passed Crist in the polls, speculation began that Crist would run as an independent candidate. Crist finally made that announcement in late April, just before the deadline to get on the ballot. On the Democratic side, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek struggled to gain attention, but still remained the presumptive nominee. That was until billionaire Jeff Greene got in the race on the final day to qualify and began spending millions of dollars on ads. Greene took a lead in the race and appeared heading toward victory, but his campaign ended up faltering in a circus-like atmosphere with stories about his ties to former boxer Mike Tyson and troubled actress Lindsay Lohan. Greene's efforts to talk about policy were often sidetracked with questions about excessive partying on his yacht and similar issues. Meek won the nomination by a landslide, 57.5 percent to 31 percent, but trailed badly throughout the general election. As Crist tried to pull votes away from Meek, there was pressure on Meek to drop out of the race so the split Democratic vote wouldn't help Rubio. Meek stayed in, and Rubio won by a wide margin, taking about 49 percent of the vote compared to Crist's 30 percent and Meek's 20 percent. Republicans were able to take advantage of antiDemocratic Party backlash and easily swept all three Cabinet seats, with Pam Bondi winning the attorney general's race, Adam Putnam winning the agriculture commissioner position and Jeff Atwater earning the chief financial officer seat. In the House races, Republican Dan Webster knocked Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson out of office after one term. Republican Sandy Adams did the same to Rep. Suzanne Kosmas. Allen West, who was trounced by Democratic Rep. Ron Klein two years earlier, used the tea party movement to reverse those results, easily beating Klein by nearly 9 percentage points. In north Florida, Democratic Rep. Allen Boyd lost by more than 12 percentage points to Steve Southerland, ending his seven terms in office. "Someone said to me the other day Allen Boyd's never had a close race and that's true. And this one wasn't either. Allen's always won that seat handily," said Rod Smith, who was Sink's running mate and who is likely to become the state Democratic Party chair next month. He said voters frustrated with the economy took their anger out on the party in charge, and while Republicans have controlled Florida government since 1999, Democrats at the state level suffered because of leadership in Washington. "This was certainly the toughest election that I can recall in recent memory," Smith said. "These things come in cycles. Acouple of years ago they were saying the Republicans were out of power for a generation and they weren't even out of power for two years." Continued from page 2A Election changed state's political landscape in 2010 MCTphoto Marco Rubio celebrates after winning his Senate seat in November. He fills the position left open when Mel Martinez (below) decided not to run, creating a void that led to a new governor and cabinet in Florida. The news is just a click away!www.newssun.com NEWS-SUN it in water before discar ding. Use good sense. Don 't drink and drive or drin k and play with flames. Remember that peop le who cause brush fire s, even by accident, c an now be held responsib le for negligent behavi or and charged for the cos ts of fighting the fire, in addition to fines and po ssible incarceration if actual arson is involved For an idea of ho w expensive it is to fig ht fires, consider that it costs about $1,000 an hour just to keep a he licopter in the air, sa id Melissa Yunas, fire mi tigation specialist for t he Division of Forestry. Conditions are so da ngerous at the momen t, Yunas added, that ev en golf carts and ATVs pr ovide hazards. "Exhau st heat starts more fires th an cigarettes." she sai d. "Anything that can cau se a spark." The most importa nt thing, she added, is ca lling 911 if a fire does g et started. Yunas emphasized th at the division understan ds how a situation can g et out of hand quickly, d o not be afraid to call f or help. She described seeing a fire start from a car's ca talytic converter. Whi le the people in the c ar jumped out and tried to stamp out the fire, th ey couldn't keep up with t he wind and dry condition s, so it spread quickly. Continued from page 1A Fire risk very high Police: Bank robber wanted to go to prisonWESTPALM BEAC H (AP) Asuspected ban k robber made no effort to mask his identity at h is own bank branch becau se he wanted to go to priso n. Police say 47-year-o ld Charles Latham w as arrested Wednesday. Aday earlier, poli ce say the Latham enter ed the Bank of Ameri ca branch on Flagler Dri ve and passed a no te demanding cash. Get the paper delivered to you! NEWS-SUN€385-6155


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Even if you're far from r etiring, it's never too early t o start planning for it. But as y ou may quickly learn, it can b e more challenging than you t hink. It can be difficult to k now what opportunities are b est for you when it comes to s aving for your retirement. When considering retirem ent savings opportunities it i s easy to overlook the tradit ional IRA. Many individuals a ssume they are not eligible t o make contributions to a t raditional IRA, presumably c onfusing the rules regarding e ligibility to contribute with t he more commonly noted r ules regarding the d eductibility from income for c ontributions. Rob Fishbein, a vice presid ent and corporate counsel in P rudential's Tax Department, a nswers these frequently a sked questions about IRAs: Q: Who is eligible to cont ribute? A: The surprising answer f or some people is that if you e arn income and are younger t han 70 1/2 you can cont ribute to a traditional IRA, r egardless of income level a nd regardless of whether y ou or your spouse are cove red by a work-sponsored r etirement account such as a 4 01(k) plan. Q: How much can I cont ribute? A: Most individuals have t he option in 2010 and 2011 o f contributing $5,000 to a t raditional IRA, or $6,000 if y ou are age 50 or older, and e njoying tax deferred earni ngs. This is a powerful savi ngs opportunity that should b e used to the maximum e xtent possible. Q: How can an IRAimpact m y tax liability? People often confuse the e ligibility rules with the d eductibility rules. Whether y ou can deduct the contribution from income depends on whether you or your spouse are covered by a retirement plan at work. If neither of you are covered by a plan then you can take a deduction for an IRAcontribution no matter what you earn. If both of you are covered by a plan, or if only the spouse making the IRAcontribution is covered by a plan, then for 2010 you can still take a deduction if you make less than $89,000. But you lose eligibility to take a deduction if you jointly make $109,000 or more. In between those two numbers you can take a partial deduction. Similar rules with different income limits apply for single taxpayers or where the spouse making the contribution is not covered by a plan. Q: Why should I make the maximum contribution each year? A: Even if you are not eligible to deduct your contribution to a traditional IRA, the traditional IRAoffers a way to grow your savings for retirement on a tax-deferred basis, since income earned is only subject to income tax when distributed. Second, you can convert the traditional IRAto a Roth IRAbecause the income limits that previously were in place for Roth conversions have been eliminated. This means that even if you make too much income to contribute to a Roth IRA directly, you can do so indirectly and enjoy tax-free earnings after the date of conversion. Q: How can I get started? A: The first call to make should be to your financial planner or tax adviser to review your personal circumstances and to make sure that starting or contributing to a traditional IRAmakes sense for you. ARAContent Page 8ANews-SunFriday, December 31, 2010www.newssun.com MONEYMATTERS The Internet has become a g reat place to do a lot of t hings: go shopping, sociali ze with friends, stay i nformed and play games, to n ame just a few. However, i t's important for consumers t o be aware that the Internet i s also giving new life to a lot o f common scams. "Fraudsters have been a round for years, but the I nternet has given them a w hole new way to steal from p eople," says Denise J aworski, vice president of g lobal consumer protection at W estern Union. Two of the m ost common scams that can o ccur when buying or selling i tems online are the overpaym ent scam and the online p urchase scam. In the overpayment scam, t he criminal sends you a c heck as payment for a servi ce or product. The check is t ypically for more than the p urchase price, and the thief a sks you to cash the check, k eep the portion owed to you a nd perhaps a little extra for y our trouble, and send the r est of the money to him right a way. Waiting to send the c ash might help you catch the scam, but if you send the money right away, you'll find the check ultimately bounces, leaving you responsible to the bank for the full amount, plus any penalties. In the online purchase scam, a seemingly legitimate seller asks you to wire money for a product, auction item or service. Once he or she receives the money, you'll never get your purchased item or service. You can avoid becoming a victim of a scam when buying or selling online. Jaworski offers a few tips: Only send money to people you know and trust. Never send money to someone you met over the Internet or to someone you've never actually met and dealt with in person. If an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Never send funds from a check in your account until that check officially clears, which can take weeks. Likewise, never send funds from a money order until it clears. Don't send a money transfer to pay for online purchases. Reputable, honest online merchants will accept your credit card and will never pressure you to send funds immediately in order to secure a deal. Other scams are less high tech but can be just as effective. For example, you may receive a phone call from someone claiming to be a relative or friend. The caller claims to need money immediately because of an emergency, and convinces you to send the funds. This scam is often used against seniors by thieves posing as their grandchildren. If approached through email or phone by a friend, family member or acquaintance asking for money for an emergency situation, verify the person's identity and that an emergency really exists before you send any funds. If you sent a Western Union money transfer and think you've been a victim of fraud, call the company at (800) 448-1492. Visit www.westernunion.com to learn more. ARAContent Tips on how to recognize and avoid scams The more you know about credit card information, the better you can manage your financial life. "Separating the myths from reality when it comes to credit card use is an important step on your way to ensuring a good credit history and financial security," says Beverly Ladley, Unsecured Borrowing & Small Business Products executive for Bank of America. Ladley offers the explanations and truths behind five common misconceptions about credit cards: 1. Myth: Applying for a new credit card will not impact your credit score, unless you use the card. Reality: There are five key calculations that are combined to generate your credit score. Applying for new credit, even if you don't use the card, accounts for up to 10 percent of your credit score. Frequently applying for new credit can hurt your credit score, so think twice before applying for a new credit card to be sure that you actually want it. 2. Myth: Paying less than the minimum on your credit card bill doesn't count as a missed payment. Reality: If you pay less than the minimum payment on your bill, it may be considered a late payment. Frequently paying less than the minimum will hurt your credit score and make it harder for you to qualify for credit. Check your statement for the required amount due, and always pay it on time to keep your account current. And remember, paying more than the minimum is a great way to improve your credit profile and pay less interest over time. 3. Myth: Ahigh cred it card limit is bad. Reality: If you manage your cred it cards wisely, a high cred it limit can in fact be advant ageous. Thirty percent of your credit score is dete rmined by calculating yo ur overall credit card balanc es as a percentage of yo ur total available credit on a ll your cards. The lower yo ur debt-to-credit ratio, the be tter. If you have a high cre dit limit and you keep yo ur balances low, your debt-t ocredit ratio will indeed be low, so a higher credit ca rd limit can help you prote ct your good credit score. 4. Myth: You must car ry a balance on your cred it cards to build a credit hist ory. Reality: You must u se your credit cards to build a credit history, but that do es not mean you must carry an unpaid balance. In fac t, your best strategy is to u se your credit cards and p ay off the bill in full ea ch month so you keep yo ur overall debt-to-credit lim it low. 5. Myth: The more cred it cards you have, the bette r. Reality: Awallet stuff ed with credit cards can ma ke financial institutions ner vous that your spendin g could get out of hand. Yo u don't need to restrict you rself to just one card, b ut refrain from opening cred it cards including sto re cards frequently. T he number of credit cards yo u carry makes up about 1 0 percent of your cred it score, so having a lar ge number of credit cards m ay negatively impact yo ur credit score. Your credit card is mo re than just a convenient w ay to make purchases an d manage your expenses. ARAConte nt Credit card facts to help you protect your score 5 questions you need to ask about IRAs NEWS-SUN


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"While the survey suggests t hat the economic crisis overa ll has really heightened w omen's recognition of their n eed to develop a financial p lan to meet their long-term g oals, only about a third of t hem have started down that p ath and that number gets e ven worse the younger they a re," says Joan Cleveland, s enior vice president of indiv idual life insurance for The P rudential Insurance C ompany of America. While many more women a re involved in financial d ecisions, few admit to havi ng the confidence to move f orward in any meaningful or s trategic way." Other telling facts from the s urvey: Career interruption due t o child bearing and child r earing can sideline a w oman's retirement planning g oals. Women tend to live l onger than men, resulting in a greater need for retirement s avings to live on after exiti ng the labor force. Sixty-four percent of w omen reported seeking f inancial advice from friends o r family rather than a financ ial advisor. No matter which survey findings best fit your situation, now is the time to take control of your financial future. Here are some practical steps to help you get a better handle on your financial challenges: Figure out where you stand: Stop stuffing investment statements in the drawer to look at "later." Know where your money is invested, how much debt and insurance you have, and whether a new strategy is called for. Have this information available for review. Meet with a financial professional. Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to your money, and family and friends are simply not qualified to give you expert advice. Ask friends and colleagues for referrals and look for someone you feel comfortable with who specializes in financial planning for women. Verify insurance coverage. Carefully review your life and disability insurance needs, especially if you are the primary breadwinner. Life insurance can help protect a family from the devastating loss of a wage earner. Be sure to ask your financial professional if long-term care insurance is right for you. Max out your 401(k). If you are a young woman, time is on your side when it comes to 401(k) savings. This is one of the easiest, smartest things you can do to help prepare for retirement, especially if your company matches contributions. Make a will or estate plan. Many women make the mistake of not creating a will, leaving loved ones to deal with the hassle and expense of probate court. A will leaves no doubt about what should be done in the event of death and helps protect your assets for future generations. To learn more, go to www.prudential.com/women The site includes helpful lifestage checklists, easy-tounderstand guides to financial products and services, and first-person financial accounts that provide encouragement and support. Educating yourself and getting help when you need it is worth every bit of time and effort when it comes to attaining your financial dreams. No matter what your age or situation, today is the day to take action. Doing so can place you in the financiallyconfident minority, and help put you on the road to being wealthy and wise. ARAContent A woman's guide to becoming wealthy and wise Becoming better at sticking to a budget is a c ommon New Year's resolution and one of t he hardest to keep. Yet becoming financially f it in 2011 is more important than ever for m any American families still struggling with t he lingering effects of the economic downt urn. New Year's is a perfect time to make a f resh financial start. Post-holiday bills and p re tax-season planning can inspire you to b ecome more financially fit. Financial plann ers agree that following some basic steps l ike setting priorities and taking stock of e xpenses and income can give you the best c hance of keeping this important New Year's r esolution. More people than ever are now aware of a o nce-overlooked source of "extra cash" t heir spare change. The average coin jar can w eigh anywhere from 1 to 40 pounds, d epending on the mixture of coins. Cash in y our coins and you'll find one "weight-loss p ledge" lightening your coin jar is easy to k eep. Here are some basic tips for getting financ ially fit in 2011:Set priorities Define your financial priorities for the c oming year. Is your goal to reduce or elimin ate your credit card debt? Increase your r etirement savings? Establish a college fund f or your children? Recognize the difference between needs a nd wants. Most of us have far more wants t han we could possibly finance. Plan to pay f or the needs first. Assess just how much it c osts every month to fund your family's basic n eeds, including housing, food, utilities, h ealth care, etc. Take stock Gather up all your monthly bills and m ake a list of what you pay toward each. Collect receipts for a few months. Every t ime you spend money whether it's for groc eries, going to a movie, dining out or buying a pack of gum keep the receipt. Use them to c reate a list at the end of the month to show y ou where your pocket cash is going. Similarly, take stock of all your availa ble sources of income, including your salary, s pouse's salary, bonuses, etc. Did you know t hat the average American household has a pproximately $90 in loose change lying around? This is found money you can add to your savings, put toward paying off holiday bills or use for immediate purchases. Gather up your change and take it to a Coinstar Center, found in retail locations across the country. You can count your coins for free when you place the value of your change onto gift cards or certificates from national retailers like Amazon.com, Lowe's, iTunes, Starbucks and more. Visit www.coin star.com to find a location near you.Create a budget Once you know how much money you have coming in and going out every month, create a budget based on your priorities and past experience. Be realistic about what you can and cannot do without. For example, if dining out is a big expense every month, you may be able to trim it down, but probably shouldn't eliminate it from your budget all together. ARAContent Boost your financial fitness in 2011 by cashing in your spare change


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WACASTER, and PATRICIA WACASTER, are Defendants, being Case No. 2008-SC-000606 in the said Court, I, Susan Benton, Sheriff of Highlands County, Florida,have levied upon all of the Defendant, PATRICIA WACASTER's right, title and interest in and to the following described PERSONAL property in Highlands County, Florida, to-wit: Blue 2001 Lincoln Navigator 4 Dr Wagon Sport VIN Number: 5LMFU28R11LJ08374 and on the 18th day of January, 2011 at Duck's Body Shop, 1153 Hawthorne Drive, in the City of Sebring, Highlands County, Florida, at the hour of 11:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as possible, I will offer for sale all of the said defendant, PATRICIA WACASTER's, right, title and interest in aforesaid property at public outcry and will sell the same, subject to all prior liens, encumbrances and judgments, if any, to the highest and best bidder or bidders for CASH, the proceeds to be applied as far as may be to the payment of costs and the satisfaction of the above-described execution. Dated this, December 14, 2010 SUSAN BENTON, SHERIFF OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORID A By: /s/ Kevin Awbrey Deputy Kevin Awbrey DEPUTY SHERIFF In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with disabilities needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the agency sending this notice at 434 Fernleaf Ave., Sebring, FL 33870, Telephone 863/402-7228 not later than seven days prior to the proceeding. If hearing impaired, (TTD) 1-800-955-8771, or Voice (V) 1-800-955-8770, via Florida Relay Services. December 17, 24, 31, 2010; January 7, 2011 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 10TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 09000637GCS OCWEN LOAN SERVICING LLC, Plaintiff, vs. MIRIAM PANTOJA; PABLO PANTOJA; UNKNOWN TENANTS(S); IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated the 8th day of November, 2010, and entered in Case No. 09000367GCS, of the Circuit Court of the 10TH Judicial Circuit in and for Highlands County, Florida, wherein OCWEN LOAN SERVICING, LLC, is the Plaintiff and MIRIAM PANTOJA; PABLO PANTOJA; UNKNOWN TENANTS(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, are defendants. I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the HIGHLANDS COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 430 SOUTH COMMERCE AVENUE, SEBRING, FL 33870 at the Highlands County Courthouse in Sebring, Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on the 9th day of February, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 7, OF HEIRING SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 8, AT PAGE 27, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Office of the Court Administrator, 255 N. Broadway Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830, (863) 534-4686, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Dated this 9th day of November, 2010. Robert W. Germaine Clerk Of The Circuit Court By: /s/ Priscilla Michala k Deputy Cler k December 31, 2010; January 7, 2011 NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW PURSUANT TO SECTION 865.09, FLORIDA STATUTES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the ficitious name of FAILURE UNIVERSITY, located at 3209 Avery Ct., in the County of Highlands, in the City of Sebring, Florida 33870 intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations of the Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Dated at Sebring, Florida, this 29th day of December, 2010. Demetri A. Duncan December 31, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. PC 10-494 IN RE: ESTATE OF EDWARD HERMSEN NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of EDWARD HERMSEN, deceased, whose date of death was June 25, 2010, is pending in the Circuit Court for Highlands County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 590 S. Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative's attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 24, 2010. Personal Representative: /s/ Janet Hermsen 410 Mac Lane Sebring, Florida 33875 Attorney for Personal Representative: /s/ Charlotte C. Stone Attorney for Janet Hermsen Florida Bar Number: 21297 Stone & Walder, P.L. 3200 US Hwy 27 S., Suite 304 Sebring, FL 33870 Telephone: (863)402-5424 Fax: (863)402-5425 E-Mail: Charlotte@StoneandWalder.com December 24, 31, 2010 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 10-874-GCS HIGHLANDS INDEPENDENT BANK, Plaintiff, vs. GUILLERMO F. RUBIO; ERICA D. BROWN; AND ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THEREIN NAMED DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; TENANT #1, TENANT #2, TENANT #3, AND TENANT #4, THE NAMES BEING FICTITIOUS TO ACCOUNT FOR PARTIES IN POSSESSION, Defendants. Notice of Action TO: Guillermo F. Rubio Last Known Address: 11019 148th Ct., S.W., Miami, fL 33196 Current Mailing Address: unknown Current Residence: unknown Erica D. Brown Last Known Address: 820 Tivoli Circle, #208, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 Current Mailing Address: unknown Current Residence: unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property in Highlands County, Florida: Lot 5, in Bock 25, of SECOND RESUBDIVISION OF HOFFMAN'S GROVE ADDITION TO LAKE STEARNS, according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 96, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. Real Property Address: 204 Palmetto Avenue, Lake Placid, FL 33852; f/k/a 210 Palmetto Avenue, Lake Placid, FL 33852. Real Property tax identification number is: P-06-37-30-040-0250-0050. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Mark A. Sessums, Plaintiff's Attorney, whose address is 625 Commerce Drive, Suite 304, Lakeland, FL 33813, on or before the 28th day of January, 2011, a date which is within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this Notice in the NEWS-SUN and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff's Attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED this 20th day of December, 2010 Bob Germaine Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Toni Kopp As Deputy Clerk December 24, 31, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 10TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY CASE NO.: 2010-CA-000273 HSBC BANK, USA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR SG MORTGAGE SECURITIES TRUST 2005-OPT1, ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-OPT1 Plaintiff, vs. MARIAN GRASS; FRANCISCO GRASS; SAND CANYON CORPORATION F/K/A OPTION ONE MORTGAGE CORPORATION. Defendant(s). AMENDED NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order rescheduling Foreclosure sale dated December 22, 2010 entered in Civil Case No. 2010-CA-000273 of the Circuit Court of the 10th Judicial Circuit in and for Highlands County, Florida, wherein HSBC BANK, USA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR SG MORTGAGE SECURITIES TRUST 2005-OPT1, ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-OPT1, Plaintiff and MARIAN GRASS are defendant(s), I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, AT THE JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM IN THE BASEMENT OF THE HIGHLANDS COUNTY COURTHOUSE LOCATED AT 430 SOUTH COMMERCE AVENUE, SEBRING, FLORIDA AT 11:00 A.M., January 19, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: PARCEL 1: THE SOUTH 41.21. FEET OF THE WEST HALF OF THE NORTHWEST QUARTER OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF THE SOUTHEAST QURTER AND THE WEST HALF OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION 4, TOWNSHIP 33 SOUTH, RANGE 29 EAST, LESS THE SOUTH 50 FEET OFTHE SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION 4, TOWNSHIP 33 SOUTH, RANGE 29 EAST, LING WEST OF SSTATE ROADNO. 64, HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. PARCEL 2: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION 4, TOWNSHIP 33 SOUTH, RANG E 29 EAST, HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE RUN EAST ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION 4, A DISTANCE OF 110.0 FEET; THENCE RUN NORTH 03 DEGREES 05 MINUTES 00 SECONDS WEST ALONG A LINE PARALLEL WITH THE WEST LINE OF SAID SOUTHEAST QUARTER, A DISTANCE OF 50.07 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING OF A PARCEL OF LAND HEREINAFTER DESCRIBED; THENCE CONTINUE NORTH 03 DEGREES 05 MINUTES 00 SECONDS WEST, A DISTANCE OF 396.6 FEET; THENCE EAST 110.0 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 03 DEGREES 05 MINUTES 00 SECONDS EAST, A DISTANCE OF 396.6 FEET;T HENCE WEST 110.0 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, LESS THE SOUTH 50 FEET OF THE SOUTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION 4, TOWNSHIP 33 SOUTH, RANGE 29 EAST, LYING WEST OF STATE ROAD NO. 64, HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. DATED at SEBRING, Florida, this 23rd day of December, 2010. ROBERT W. GERMAINE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Highlands County, Florida By: /s/ Priscilla Michalak Deputy Clerk ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF: SHAPIRO & FISHMAN, LLP 4630 Woodland Corporate Blvd. Suite 100 Tampa, FL 33614 (813)880-8888 December 31, 2010; January 7, 2011 If alive, and if dead, all parties claiming interest by, through, under or against WILLIAM J. MORAN; GAYLE P. MORAN and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property described herein. YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property: LOT 30, BOCK 60, OF PLACID LAKES, SECTION SIX, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 7, PAGE 68, PUBLIC RECORDS OF HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA. a/k/a 125 LIME RD NW LAKE PLACID, FL 33825 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if an, to it, on Diana Chung, Attorney for Plaintiff, whose address is 2901 Stirling Road, Suite 300, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312 either on or before January 29, 2011. and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff's attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court this 20th day of December, 2010. ROBERT W. GERMAINE As Clerk of the Court By: /s/ Annette E. Daff As Deputy Clerk December 24, 31, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY CASE NO. 10001205GCS PHH MORTGAGE CORPORATION, Plaintiff, vs. WILLIAM J. MORAN, et. al. Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: WILLIAM J. MORAN Whose residence is: 125 LIME RD NW, LAKE PLACID, FL 33852; 247 MADISON TERR, BRIDGEPORT, CT 06606; 22 DORIS ST., TRUMBULL, CT 06611; 1251 NW 90TH DRIVE, PLANTATION, FL 33322 TO: GAYLE P. MORAN Whose residence is 125 LIME RD NW, LAKE PLACID, FL 33852; 247 MADISON TERR, BRIDGEPORT, CT 06606; 22 DORIS ST., TRUMBULL, CT 06611; 1251 NW 90TH DRIVE, PLANTATION, FL 33322 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 10-1169-GCS HIGHLANDS INDEPENDENT BANK, Plaintiff, vs. SUN 'N LAKE BUILDERS, INC.; WILLIAM C. HAMM; JEFF ENDSLEY; JOSEPH D. ENDSLEY; FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL YACHTS, LLC; AND ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THEREIN NAMED DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; TENANT #1, TENANT #2, TENANT #3, AND TENANT #4, THE NAMES BEING FICTITIOUS TO ACCOUNT FOR PARTIES IN POSSESSION, Defendants. Notice of Action TO: William C. Hamm, III and Sun 'N Lake Builders, Inc. Last Known Address: 3131 West Xavier Road, Avon Park, FL 33825 Current Mailing Address: unknown Current Residence: unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property in Highlands County, Florida: Lots 26, 27 & 28, in Block 344, of SUN 'N LAKE ESTATES OF SEBRING, UNIT 16, according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 10, Page 4, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. Real Property Address: 4982, 4988, 4994 Myrtle Beach Drive, Sebring, FL 33872 Real Property tax ID #: C-04-34-28-160-3440-0280; C-04-34-28-160-3440-0270; C-04-34-28-160-3440-0260. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Mark A. Sessums, Plaintiff's Attorney, whose address is 625 Commerce Drive, Suite 304, Lakeland, FL 33813, on or before the 28th day of January, 2011, a date which is within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this Notice in the NEWS-SUN and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff's Attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED this 20th day of December, 2010 Bob Germaine Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Toni Kopp As Deputy Clerk December 24, 31, 2010 Current Mailing Address: unknown Current Residence: unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property in Highlands County, Florida: Lot 7 and 16, THE GROVE ON LAKE FRANCIS, according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 16, Page 68, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. Real Property Address: 2029 Jack Creek Drive, Lake Placid, FL 33852; and 2065 Jack Creek Drive, Lake Placid, FL 33852. Real Property tax identification numbers are: C-22-36-29-020-0000-0070; & C-22-36-29-020-0000-0160. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Mark A. Sessums, Plaintiff's Attorney, whose address is 625 Commerce Drive, Suite 304, Lakeland, FL 33813, on or before the 28th day of January, 2011, a date which is within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this Notice in the NEWS-SUN and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff's Attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED this 17th day of December, 2010 Bob Germaine Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Toni Kopp As Deputy Clerk December 24, 31, 2010 1050Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 10-953-GCS HIGHLANDS INDEPENDENT BANK, Plaintiff, vs. GEORGE N. JACOBS; DELORES A. JACOBS; Husband and Wife; THE GROVE ON LAKE FRANCIS PROPERTY OWNERS' ASSOCIATION, INC.; AND ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THEREIN NAMED DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; TENANT #1, TENANT #2, TENANT #3, AND TENANT #4, THE NAMES BEING FICTITIOUS TO ACCOUNT FOR PARTIES IN POSSESSION, Defendants. Notice of Action TO: George N. Jacobs and Delores A. Jacobs Last Known Address: 47 Meadowlake Circle S., Lake Placid, FL 33852 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 10-790-GCS HIGHLANDS INDEPENDENT BANK, Plaintiff, vs. CASA BELLA DEVELOPERS, LLC; C & G FAMILY VENTURES, LLC; THREE (3) TEAM HOLDINGS, LLC; RICARDO D. GOMEZ; DENNISE S. AUSTIN; ANTHONY D. CASERTA; HIGHLANDS PARK ESTATES ASSOCIATION, INC; AND ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THEREIN NAMED DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS; TENANT #1, TENANT #2, TENANT #3, AND TENANT #4, THE NAMES BEING FICTITIOUS TO ACCOUNT FOR PARTIES IN POSSESSION, Defendants. Notice of Action TO: Anthony D. Casserta, Three (3) Team Holdings, LLC; and C&G Family Ventures, LLC Last Known Address: 12121 NE 16th Avenue, Pembroke Pines, FL 33161 Current Mailing Address: unknown Current Residence: unknown Dennis S. Austin Last Known Address: 415 SW 183rd Way, Pembroke Pines, FL Current Mailing Address: unknown Current Residence: unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following described property in Highlands County, Florida: Lot 17, in Bock 10, of HIGHLANDS PARK ESTATES, SECTION D, according to the plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 86, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. Real Property Address: 106 Marshall Avenue, Lake Placid, FL 33852. Real Property tax ID #: C-20-36-30-040-0100-0170. AND Lot 3, in Block 10, of HIGHLANDS PARK ESTATES, SECTION D, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 86, of the Public Records of Highlands County, Florida. Real Property Address: 134 Marshall Avenue, Lake Placid, FL 33852. Real Property tax ID #: C-20-36-30-040-0100-0030. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Mark A. Sessums, Plaintiff's Attorney, whose address is 625 Commerce Drive, Suite 304, Lakeland, FL 33813, on or before the 28th day of January, 2011, a date which is within thirty (30) days after the first publication of this Notice in the NEWS-SUN and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiff's Attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED this 20th day of December, 2010 Bob Germaine Clerk of the Circuit Court By: /s/ Toni Kopp As Deputy Clerk December 24, 31, 2010 1050LegalsIN THE CIRCUIT COURT HIGHLANDS COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION FILE NO. PC 10-501 IN RE: ESTATE OF DONALD J. NEAL, a/k/a DON NEAL, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS (Summary Administration) TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS A GAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: You are hereby notified that an Order of Summary Administration has been entered in the estate of DONALD J. NEAL, a/k/a DON NEAL, deceased, File Number PC 10-501, by the Circuit Court for Highlands County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 590 South Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL 33870; that the total cash value of assets in the estate are $12,687.00. The names and addresses of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are: Name & Address DONALD R. NEAL and ELLA M. RITCHIE, Co-Trustees of THE NEAL FAMILY TRUST under agreement dated 10/30/2002 16390 Waynesfield Road Waynesfield, OH 45896 Description A portion of the North 400 feet of the Southwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section 6, Township 34 South, Range 29 East, LESS State Road 17 Right-of-Way, Highlands County, Florida A lso known as Lot 1, in Block 2, of HARRY LEE'S TRAILER VILLAGE LAKEMONT, Highlands County, Florida, unrecorded. Together with a 1960 VENTO Mobile Home, Title No. 44430133,, ID No. GS50DJS2090, RP# 246774. Valued at $12,687.00 A LL INTERESTED PARTIES ARE NOTIFIED THAT: All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent's estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served, must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODES WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of the first publication of this Notice is December 31, 2010. Person Giving Notice /s/ Donald R. Neal 16390 Waynesfield Road Waynesfield, OH 45896 A ttorney for Person Giving Notice / s/ Robert E. Livingston Florida Bar No. 0031259 445 South Commerce Avenue Sebring, FL 33870 Telephone: (863)385-5156 December 31, 2010; January 7, 2011 1050Legals 1000 Announcements Subscribe to the News-Sun Call 385-6155 Classified ads get fast results Page 10ANews-Sun Friday, December 31, 2010www.newssun.co m


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SPORTS B SECTION News-Sun Friday, December 31, 2010 Page 3B By J. WAYNE FEARS Many states have ended t heir deer seasons, but othe rs are still going strong. Here are some strategies t hat will pay-off for you at t he end of deer season. Public Land Tactics: An o lder sportsman once s hared with me the secrets t o taking elusive late-seas on bucks. "To take a nice buck in J anuary on public lands, get i nto your tree stand long b efore daylight. Stay there u ntil you take a buck or d ark arrives." Then this veteran woodsm an smiled each time he g ave-up a secret on how to h unt late-season bucks on p ublic lands. "Generally, only three t ypes of hunters hunt the l ate season the outdoorsm an who hasn't bagged a b uck, someone who has one m ore deer tag to fill and the t rophy hunter who has a bout run out of time to t ake a monster-sized buck. A lthough these hunters h ave tremendous pressure o n them to find and take b ucks, they generally will spook more deer than they ever see. The first secret is when everyone else in the woods moves, climb into your tree stand and sit there all day. You'll be the only person not moving in the woods." This hunter related his belief that his remaining on his stand while all the other hunters walked around or went up and down trees changing stand sites drove deer to him. The old hunter then suggested that an end-of-theseason hunter should take a stand in the thickest cover he could find perhaps only where he could see for 20 or 30 yards. "You can expect to see bucks in the thickets just at first light when most of the other hunters are coming into the woods. Another time you'll spot bucks is in the middle of the day, when the hunters leave the woods to eat lunch, and the bucks move out of the thick cover to feed and breed and then return to the thick cover. End-of-Season Deer Tactics See DEER, page 4B Photo courtesy of Nighthawk Publications T here are still some tricks of the trade to employ at the tail end of deer season News-Sun file photo by DAN HOEHN E Devontray Fleming's scoring surge of late continued at the KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament at Disney as he scored 26 in Tuesday's win. Courtesy photo In 2005, Blake Germaine was a state wrestling champion for the Sebring Blue Streaks. T his past Saturday, Dec. 25, he was a featured guest as the current Avon Park assistant wrestling coach, on Ed Lynch's "Sports Talk" show. The show airs live each Saturday immediately following the Noon News on WWTK 730-AM. Scheduled guests f or the New Year's Day broadcast are former Sebring baseball coach Don Hansen and f ormer Blue Streak athlete Brannen Dorman, currently playing football at Wheaton College in Illinois. Ed Lynch hits the mat with Blake Germain on Sports Talk' By DAN HOEHNE daniel.hoehne@newssun.comSeeking to broaden their horizons, the Green Dragons of Lake Placid headed to the KSAHoliday Basketball Tournament at the Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney this week. Through the first two days, it was a mixed bag facing teams from Louisiana as the Dragons fell to Northwood of Shreveport Wednesday, 7348, after topping Albany by a big margin in Tuesday's opener. "We jumped out on them 12-2 to start the game," head coach David Veley said of Tuesday's 77-50 win. "We used our full-court, man-toman pressure and Andre (Wilson) was able to get some baskets in the paint." Wilson powered inside for 10 points in the opening period and paced Lake Placid to an 18-10 lead. Using an eight-man rotation to keep the starters fresh, the Dragons continued to force the issue in the second quarter. "We did a nice job controlling the defensive glass, which allowed us to get out and run," Veley said. The running offense made for a 17-9 margin in the second frame and pushed the lead to 35-19 at that half. Coming out for the third, that running offense kicked into another gear, scoring 26 points over the following eight minutes. "Devontray (Fleming) got out, ran the floor and got some quick transition layups," Veley said. Which was timely as Albany's Ian Goodman got hot in the period, scoring 12 of his team-high 18 points to keep things moderately close for the Hornets. But in the end, Lake Placid just had too much and sealed away the win. "I think our defense just wore them down and forced them into mistakes which we were able to take advantage of," Veley said. Fleming continued his high scoring with a game-high 26 points to go along with 10 rebounds and four steals. Wilson had 19 points and eight rebounds, Kirk Veley had five points, 12 rebounds and five assists to fill up his stat sheet while the Dragons also saw contributions from Devonta Chisolm, nine points, Brody Carr, eight points, and Nevada Weaver, six points and seven rebounds. The team had a chance to get a look at the Class 4A Northwood Falcons as they topped St. Pete Catholic, 5648, Tuesday and knew it would be a tough test. And while their goal of reaching Thursday's finals were cut short with Wednesday's loss, the goal of a new experience, facing different competition was certainly achieved this holiday season for Lake Placid. Done with their Louisiana tour, the Dragons were slated to face Miffinburg of Pennsylvania Thursday to complete their KSA Tournament run before getting back to their regular season at Mulberry Tuesday, Jan. 4. Green Dragons split at KSA News-Sun file photo by BETH BALDRIDGE Alonzo Robertson powered to an 18-point, 10-rebound double double in Avon Park's win over Eastside Tuesday. By DAN HOEHNE daniel.hoehne@newssun.comTaking their show on the road for the holiday season, the Red Devil basketball squad found itself in Gator country for the annual Hitchock's Holiday Challenge in Alachua. After winning Tuesday's opener over Gainesville's Eastside High, Avon Park lost a nail-biting, doubleovertime, 66-64 contest to the host Santa Fe Raiders Wednesday. Heroic, game-tying three pointers in the waning seconds staved off defeat for t he Devils at the end of both re gulation and the first overtim e. Marcus Dewberry drain ed one with five seconds left in regulation to send the gam e into the extra period an d Avierre Conner connect ed from the corner with 14 .6 seconds left in the first add ed frame. Senior scoring machi ne C.J. Wakeley scored a gam ehigh 37 points and his tw o free throws with 46 secon ds in the second overtime p ut Avon Park downed in double OT See DEVILS, page 4B News-Sun file photo by DAN HOEHNE Toby Solobello lead Sebring with 17 points Tuesday, but it wasn't enough as the short-handed Streaks fell to Pembroke Pines Flanagan 54-49. The loss, on the heels of Monday's one-point defeat to the Frostproof Bulldogs ended Sebring's Taveniere Tournament unceremoniously early. Already without spark-plug scorer Devin Clarke, who is in South Carolina for a football All-Star game, missed practices by other players forced head coach Princeton Harris to make some changes to the line-up in trying to further instill the "team first" attitude needed to succeed. Sebring is back in regular season action this Monday, with hopes of a little payback, at Frostproof before hosting the Haines City Hornets in district action Thursday, Jan. 6 Short-handed Blue Streaks topped at Taveniere


Elks Lodge 1529 Golf TourneySEBRING The monthly Elks golf tournament will be held on Monday Jan. 3 at Harder Hall Country Club. Cost for the 8 a.m. shotgun start is $32 per player. To register either your team or as an individual player, contact Jack McLaughlin at 471-3295 or by email at jacknjudy33872@gmail.com Check in not later than 7:40 AM in the Harder Hall Golf Course restaurant area.New Year Golf BenefitSEBRING ANew Year's golf tournament to benefit Eddie Bateman will tee off Saturday, Jan. 15 on the Deer Run course at Sun N Lake. The four-person scramble format will kick off with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Cost is $55 per person/$220 per team. There are also sponsorships available. AGold sponsorship is $1,000 and gets four hole signs, a banner and one team entry. ASilver sponsorship is $500 and includes two hole signs, a banner and one team entry. ABronze sponsorship gets two hole signs and a banner and a single hole sponsorship, for $100, gets one hole sign. There are also single sponsor donations available for $25. For more information, contact Jady Prescott at 381-2117 or jady_52@hotmail.com .Panther Volleyball CampAVONPARK The South Florida Community College Volleyball program will be hosting a four week training camp running from Jan. 6-Feb. 3 for players from 6th to 12th grade. The camp will meet Tuesday's and Thursday's from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and provides individual skill development and basic tactics in a positive learning environment. All campers will receive individual and team instruction from Coach Kim Crawford and members of the 2010-11 Lady Panthers. Crawford is a three-time college AllAmerican and played professionally in Europe, on the Bud Light Professional Beach Tour for Team Nike and on the Pro California Grass Tour. She has been trained by many Olympic coaches and looks forward to sharing her vast volleyball knowledge with all camp participants. The camp cost is $100 and is limited to the first 30 to register. To register, go to www.southflorida.edu and select the volleyball site. Click on "volleyball camp," print out Admissions Application and Emergency Treatment forms. Mail Admissions Application and Emergency Treatment forms as indicated on application form, or bring to the Cashier's Office in Building B. For more information, contact the SFCC Athletic Department at the following campus phone numbers at extension 7037 Avon Park/Sebring, 784-7037; Lake Placid, 465-5300; DeSoto, 4947500; Hardee, 773-2252; or email kim.crawford@southflorida.edu .YMCA New Year's 5KSEBRING The Highlands County Family YMCAwill hold it's first annu al New Year's Day 5K Run/Walk starting at 9 a.m. at Highlands Hammock State Pa rk on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011. To register for the 5k run go to t he YMCAto pick up an entry form. Race day registration starts at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $20. For more information contact Jonath an at the YMCA, 863-382-9622.Panther 5KAVON PARK The second annu al South Florida Community Colle ge Panther 5K Run/Walk has been plann ed for Saturday, Feb. 26 at the SFC C Highland Campus. The SFCC Foundation, Inc. and B ill Jarrett Ford Mercury are sponsoring t he event, and proceeds benefit the college 's intercollegiate athletics programs. The entry fee for the SFCC Panther 5 K Run/Walk is $20 through Feb. 16 and $2 5 from Feb. 17 through the day of the rac e. Students with a current I.D. may regi ster for $15. Every participant receives a Dri-F it long-sleeve shirt sizes cannot be gua ranteed for those who enter after Feb. 17 Registration is 7-7:45 a.m. on race d ay in the parking lot in front of the SFC C University Center. The race begins at 8 a.m. Entry forms are available online at www.southflorida.edu/panther5k Participants can mail their copies an d entry fees to the SFCC Foundation, In c., 13 East Main Street, Avon Park, F L 33825; or fax forms to 863-453-8023 an d call 863-453-3133 with credit card info rmation. For more information about the SFC C Panther 5K, call the SFCC Foundation at 863-453-3133. The Foundation will be closed for wi nter break Saturday, Dec. 18 throug h Tuesday, Jan. 4. KOC Free Throw ChampionshipsSEBRING All boys and girls ages 1 014 are invited to participate in the loc al level of competition for the 2011 Knigh ts of Columbus Free Throw Championship The local competition will be held o n Saturday, Jan. 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Highlands County Family YMCA located 100 YMCALn., off of Hammo ck Road. The Knights of Columbus Free Thro w Championship is sponsored annuall y, with winners progressing through loca l, district, and state competitions. International championships a re announce by the K of C internation al headquarters based on scores from t he state-level competitions. All boys and girls will compete in the ir respective age and gender division s, based on their age as of January 1, 2011 All contestants on the local level a re recognized for their participation. Since it beginning in 1972, over 2 .5 million youths have participated in t he contest. For entry forms or additional inform ation contact: Justin Platt at (863) 44 62171, or by email at jplatt23@msn.com Participants may also register throug h their schools or at the court on the day of competition. Participants are required to furnish a birth certificate or passport as proof of age, and written parental consent prior to participation. AMERICAN CONFERENCE East WLTPctPFPA y-New England1320.867480306 x-N.Y. Jets1050.667329297 Miami780.467266295 Buffalo4110.267276387 South WLTPctPFPA Indianapolis960.600412368 Jacksonville870.533336385 Tennessee690.400336316 Houston5100.333356410 North WLTPctPFPA x-Pittsburgh1140.733334223 x-Baltimore1140.733344263 Cleveland5100.333262291 Cincinnati4110.267315382 West WLTPctPFPA y-Kansas City1050.667356295 San Diego870.533408294 Oakland780.467379361 Denver4110.267316438 NATIONAL CONFERENCE East WLTPctPFPA y-Philadelphia1050.667426363 N.Y. Giants960.600377333 Washington690.400288360 Dallas5100.333380423 South WLTPctPFPA x-Atlanta1230.800383278 x-New Orleans1140.733371284 Tampa Bay960.600318305 Carolina2130.133186377 North WLTPctPFPA y-Chicago1140.733331276 Green Bay960.600378237 Minnesota690.400268328 Detroit5100.333342356 West WLTPctPFPA St. Louis780.467283312 Seattle690.400294401 San Francisco5100.333267339 Arizona5100.333282396 x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division ___ Sunday's Games Kansas City 34, Tennessee 14 St. Louis 25, San Francisco 17 Chicago 38, N.Y. Jets 34 Baltimore 20, Cleveland 10 New England 34, Buffalo 3 Detroit 34, Miami 27 Washington 20, Jacksonville 17, OT Indianapolis 31, Oakland 26 Denver 24, Houston 23 Cincinnati 34, San Diego 20 Green Bay 45, N.Y. Giants 17 Tampa Bay 38, Seattle 15 Minnesota at Philadelphia, ppd., snow Monday's Game New Orleans 17, Atlanta 14 Tuesday's Game Minnesota 24, Philadelphia 14 Sunday, Jan. 2 Oakland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Miami at New England, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Detroit, 1 p.m. Carolina at Atlanta, 1 p.m. Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Buffalo at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Cincinnati at Baltimore, 1 p.m. Arizona at San Francisco, 4:15 p.m. San Diego at Denver, 4:15 p.m. Chicago at Green Bay, 4:15 p.m. Jacksonville at Houston, 4:15 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Washington, 4:15 p.m. Dallas at Philadelphia, 4:15 p.m. Tennessee at Indianapolis, 4:15 p.m. St. Louis at Seattle, 8:20 p.m.EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division WLPctGB Boston246.800 New York1813.581612Philadelphia1319.40612 Toronto1120.3551312New Jersey923.28116 Southeast Division WLPctGB Miami259.735 Orlando2012.6254 Atlanta2113.6184 Charlotte1119.36712 Washington822.26715 Central Division WLPctGB Chicago2010.667 Indiana1317.4337 Milwaukee1218.4008 Detroit1121.34410 Cleveland824.25013WESTERN CONFERENCESouthwest Division WLPctGB San Antonio274.871 Dallas246.800212New Orleans1814.563912Houston1516.48412 Memphis1418.4381312Northwest Division WLPctGB Utah2210.688 Oklahoma City2211.66712Denver1813.581312Portland1616.5006 Minnesota825.2421412Pacific Division WLPctGB L.A. Lakers2210.688 Phoenix1317.4338 Golden State1219.387912L.A. Clippers1023.3031212Sacramento623.2071412___ Tuesday's Games Orlando 110, Cleveland 95 Boston 95, Indiana 83 Miami 106, New York 98 Chicago 90, Milwaukee 77 Toronto 84, Dallas 76 San Antonio 97, L.A. Lakers 82 Denver 95, Portland 77 Wednesday's Games Atlanta 103, Golden State 93 Charlotte 101, Cleveland 92 Washington 104, Indiana 90 Detroit 104, Boston 92 Denver 119, Minnesota 113 L.A. Lakers 103, New Orleans 88 Oklahoma City 114, New Jersey 93 Miami 125, Houston 119 Philadelphia 123, Phoenix 110 Sacramento 100, Memphis 98 Utah 103, L.A. Clippers 95 Thursday's Games New York at Orlando, late San Antonio at Dallas, lat Utah at Portland, late Friday's Games New Jersey at Chicago, 3 p.m. New Orleans at Boston, 3 p.m. Golden State at Charlotte, 3 p.m. Washington at Indiana, 3 p.m. Toronto at Houston, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Detroit at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Philadelphia at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.EASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division WLOTPtsGFGA Pittsburgh251135312691 Philadelphia22954911993 N.Y. Rangers221424611898 N.Y. Islanders101962680115 New Jersey92522062115 Northeast Division WLOTPtsGFGA Boston201144410074 Montreal20152429386 Ottawa161843686112 Buffalo151843498108 Toronto131843082107 Southeast Division WLOTPtsGFGA Washington2212549117105 Tampa Bay2111547115120 Atlanta1914644123117 Carolina1715438102108 Florida16171339389WESTERN CONFERENCECentral Division WLOTPtsGFGA Detroit249452128103 St. Louis19125439597 Chicago2015343120108 Nashville17136408791 Columbus181533993105 Northwest Division WLOTPtsGFGA Vancouver22854912190 Colorado1912543125117 Minnesota171453991103 Calgary1618335100107 Edmonton121763091120 Pacific Division WLOTPtsGFGA Dallas2212448109105 Los Angeles221314510984 San Jose1913543109105 Anaheim1917442102116 Phoenix171274198103 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. ___ Tuesday's Games Carolina 4, Toronto 3 Pittsburgh 6, Atlanta 3 Washington 3, Montreal 0 Boston 4, Tampa Bay 3 St. Louis 3, Chicago 1 Dallas 4, Nashville 2 Buffalo 4, Edmonton 2 Anaheim 3, Phoenix 1 Vancouver 6, Philadelphia 2 Wednesday's Games N.Y. Islanders 2, Pittsburgh 1, SO N.Y. Rangers 3, New Jersey 1 Carolina 4, Ottawa 0 Minnesota 5, San Jose 3 Detroit 7, Dallas 3 Phoenix 6, Los Angeles 3 Thursday's Games Columbus at Toronto, late Boston at Atlanta, late Montreal at Tampa Bay, late San Jose at Chicago, late Colorado at Edmonton, late Philadelphia at Los Angeles, late Friday's Games Atlanta at New Jersey, 5 p.m. Montreal at Florida, 5 p.m. Nashville at Minnesota, 6 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Detroit, 7 p.m. Ottawa at Columbus, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Anaheim, 8 p.m. Vancouver at Dallas, 8 p.m. Phoenix at St. Louis, 8:30 p.m. Colorado at Calgary, 9 p.m.FOOTBALLNational Football League NFLFined Minnesota QB Brett Favre $50,000 for hindering a league investigation into his personal conduct. ATLANTA FALCONSSigned S Rafael Bush. Signed WR Brandyn Harvey to the practice squad. DETROIT LIONSFined C Dominic Raiola $15,000 for his actions after the Lions beat Miami on Sunday. GREEN BAY PACKERSSigned LB Cardia Jackson to the practice squad. Released WR Terrance Smith. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTSSigned WR Buddy Farnham to the practice squad. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERSSigned LB Alex Joseph off Carolina's practice squad. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERSPlaced WR Arrelious Benn on injured reserve. Signed DT Doug Worthington from the practice squad.HOCKEYNational Hockey League NHLSuspended Philadelphia F Jody Shelley two games and fined him $26,829.27 in salary for a punch to the head of Vancouver D Andrew Alberts during Tuesday's game. ANAHEIM DUCKSSigned RW Devante Smith-Pelly to a three-year contract. BOSTON BRUINSReassigned G Matt Dalton from Reading (ECHL) to Providence (AHL) and G Michael Hutchinson from Providence to Reading. CAROLINA HURRICANESRecalled F Jon Matsumoto and D Bryan Rodney from Charlotte (AHL) on an emergency basis. DALLAS STARSSigned D Trevor Daley to a six-year contract extension. NASHVILLE PREDATORSClaimed F Marek Svatos off waivers from St. Louis. NEW JERSEY DEVILSPlaced F Brian Rolston on re-entry waivers. NEW YORK RANGERSAssigned F Todd White to Connecticut (AHL). OTTAWA SENATORSRecalled G Mike Brodeur from Binghamton (AHL) on an emergency basis. PHOENIX COYOTESAssigned D Nolan Yonkman to San Antonio (AHL). Recalled RW Brett MacLean from San Antonio. SAN JOSE SHARKSRecalled LW Brandon Mashinter from Worcester (AHL). WASHINGTON CAPITALSAssigned RW Andrew Gordon and C Keith Aucoin to Hershey (AHL).COLLEGEMIAMINamed Tom Anagnost women's soccer coach. LOCALSCHEDULE SPORTSSNAPSHOTS THESCOREBOARD Lake Placid MONDAY,Jan.3: Girls Basketball at Sebring,6/7:30 p.m. TUESDAY,Jan.4: Boys Basketball at Mulberry,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Basketball vs. Mulberry,6/7:30 p.m.; Boys Soccer at McKeel,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Soccer vs.McKeel, 6/7:30 p.m. FRIDAY,Jan.7: Girls Basktball vs.Okeechobee,6/7:30 p.m.; Boys Soccer at Frostproof, 6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Soccer vs.Frostproof,6/7:30 p.m. Sebring MONDAY,Jan.3: Boys Basketball at Frostproof,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Basketball vs.Lake Placid,6/7:30 p.m. TUESDAY,Jan.4: Girls Soccer at Lake Wales,6/7:30 p.m. THURSDAY,Jan.6: Boys Basketball vs.Haines City,6/7:30 p.m.; Boys Soccer at Haines City,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Soccer vs.Poinciana,6:30 p.m.; Girls Weightlifting hosts meet,5 p.m. Walker TUESDAY,Jan.4: Girls Basketball at Sebring JV,6 p.m. THURSDAY,Jan.6: Girls Basketball at Victory Christian,6 p.m.; Boys Basketball at Victory Christian,7:30 p.m. SATURDAY,Jan.8: Boys Basketball at Heartland Christian,6:30/8 p.m. Heartland Christian TUESDAY,Jan.4: Boys Basketball at Wellington Christian,American Airlines Arena, Miami,2 p.m. THURSDAY,Jan.6: JV Basketball vs.Moore Haven,6 p.m. SATURDAY,Jan.8: Boys Basketball vs.Walker Memorial,6:30/8 p.m. Avon Park TUESDAY,Jan.4: Boys Basketball at McKeel,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Basketball vs.McKeel, 6/7:30 p.m.; Boys Soccer vs.Tenoroc,6:30 p.m.; Girls Soccer at Tenoroc,6:30 p.m. THURSDAY,Jan.6: Boys Basketball vs.Hardee,6/7:30 p.m.; Girls Basketball at Lake Region,6:30 p.m.; FRIDAY,Jan.7: Boys Soccer at Hardee,7:30 p.m.; Girls Soccer at Hardee,6 p.m. N N H H L L S SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 1 1 p p . m m . Washington at Pittsburgh, Heinz Field . . . N N B B C CC C O O L L L L E E G G E E B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L F FR R I I D D A A Y Y N N o o o o n n Kentucky at Louisville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C C B B S S N N o o o o n n Northwestern at Purdue . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2 2 2 p p . m m . College of Charleston at Tennessee . . . E E S S PP N N 2 2 2 2 p p . m m . Eastern Kentucky at Georgia . . . . . . . . . . S S U U N N 4 4 p p . m m . Florida at Xavier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2 4 4 p p . m m . Washington at UCLA . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . S S U U N N 6 6 p p . m m . Ohio State at Indiana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2 8 8 p p . m m . Seton Hall at Cincinnati . . . . . . . . . . . .. E E S S P P N N 2 2 1 1 0 0 p p . m m . Oklahoma State at Gonzaga . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2S SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 1 1 1 1 a a . m m . West Virginia at Marquette . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2C C O O L L L L E E G G E E F F O O O O T T B B A A L L L L F FR R I I D D A A Y Y N N o o o o n n Meineke Car Care Bowl Clemson vs. South Florida. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2 p p . m m . Sun Bowl Miami vs. Notre Dame . . . . . . C C B B S S 3 3 : : 3 3 0 0 p p .. m m . Liberty Bowl Central Fla. vs. Georgia . . E E S S P P N N 7 7 : : 3 3 0 0 p p . m m . Chick-fil-A Bowl Florida State vs. South . Carolina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N NS SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 1 1 p p . m m . Outback Bowl Florida vs. Penn State . . . A A B B C C 1 1 p p . m m . Capital One Bowl Alabama vs. Michigan . State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 1 1 : : 3 3 0 0 p p . m m . Gator Bowl Michigan vs. Miss. State . E E S S P P N N 2 2 5 5 : : 0 0 7 7 p p . m m . Rose Bowl TCU vs. Wisconsin . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 8 8 : : 3 3 7 7 p p . m m . Fiesta Bowl Connecticut vs. Oklahoma E E S S P P N NTimes, games, channels all subject to change G G O O L L F F S SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 4 4 p p . m m . ADT Skills Challenge, Day 1 . . . . . . . . . . . N N B B C CN N B B A A F FR R I I D D A A Y Y 3 3 p p . m m . New Jersey at Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W W G G N NS SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 7 7 : : 3 3 0 0 p p . m m . Golden State at Miami . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S S U U N NB B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L S SA A T T U U R R D D A A Y Y 7 7 p p . m m . Harlem Globetrotters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . E E S S P P N N 2 2 LIVESPORTSONTV NFL NBA NHL Transactions Page 2BNews-Sun Friday, December 31, 2010www.newssun.co m


Special to the News-SunSEBRING For the seco nd year in a row, the comm unity of Sebring showed t heir support for the teen's f inding safe haven at Hansen C enter and got to enjoy a b eautiful day hitting the l inks. The 2nd Annual Hansen C enter Golf Tournament, h eld at Sun n'Lake Golf C lub, was a huge success in r aising funds and awareness t o support Hansen Center, l ocated in Sebring. The tournament committee m ore than doubled it's partici pation this year, having to s plit the tournament into t hree flights. The winners of the first f light were Derek Melvin, T erry Little, Mike Lamere a nd Gibron Fenrello, who c ombined to shoot a 58 in the f our-person scramble. It came down to the wire in t he second flight, but the t eam of James Goins, Jimmy G oins, Mike Traegde and K en Danielson came out on t op with a score of 67. The third flight was won b y the team of Mike H uffman, Jason Pewitt, L awrence Hunt and Maria W eber, who combined to shot a 69. We would like to recognize our tournament chair, Summer Rose Tucker, for her continued support and advocacy on behalf of our teen girls. We would also like to thank our major sponsors, Alan Jay Automotive Network, Budweiser, Fast Lane Promotions, Cohan Radio Group, Homegrown Magazine, Heartland for Children and Sebring High School Student Government Association. Without their generosity, this event would never be possible. Over the past 2 years this event has raised more than $11,600 for the Hansen Center. This program of the Children's Home Society of Florida provides 24-hour awake care for teenage girls who have been removed from their homes, providing them with a safe place to live, caring adult relationships and activities for healthy development. These teens come from some of the unhealthiest living situations in our community, arriving with unbearable hurt and confusion resulting from unimaginable traumas they have survived. Our goal is to heal their wounded bodies and hearts by offering them a consistent, nurturing environment. Created in 1902, Children's Home Society of Florida (CHS) is the oldest and largest statewide private not-for-profit provider of services to children and families in Florida. The Gulf Coast Division serves more than 5,600 children and families in the Tampa Bay and Tri-County areas each year through a full spectrum of prevention and intervention programs. Services include foster care, adoption, child development, emergency shelters, residential group homes, independent and transitional living for teens, parent education, counseling, mentoring, treatment for developmentally disabled children, and more. CHS, which serves close to 100,000 children and family members annually, is headquartered in Winter Park, Fla., and offers services in more than 100 locations b y more than 1,500 staff mem bers dedicated to providin g child-focused, family-ce ntered care. For more information co ntact Kelly Breeding at 81 3740-4266, ext 237 or kelly.breeding@chsfl.org; or log onto www.chsfl.org. Lake June West Golf ClubA scramble was played on Thursday, Dec. 23. Winning first place was the team of John and Virginia Simmons, Joe and Joyce Swartz with 46; second place, Ron and Sylvia West, Ken and Norma Colyer with 48; and third place, Ken Rowen, Rex Simmons, Orville and Eva Huffman with 51. Closest to the pin: (Ladies), No. 2, Betty Billau, 13-feet. (Men), No. 2, Joe Swartz, 4-feet-8-inches; and No. B.C. Michael. The men's association played a Men's League event on Wednesday, Dec. 22. Winning first place was the team of John Byron, John Simmons, Ward Shaw, Bill Fowler and Ken Raub with 35; and second place, Richard Loomis, Orville Huffman, Mario Cappelletti and Bob Williams with 39. Closest to the pin: No. 2, Pete McNamee, 9-feet-2-inches; No. 4, Bill Fowler, 16-feet-7-inches; and No. 8, John Simmons, 1-foot. The ladies association played a Ladies League event Monday, Dec. 20. Tying for first/second places were the teams of Virginia Simmons, Joyce Swartz, Betty Billau and Barbara Cash; Mary McNamee, Elaine Orr, Sylvia West and Pat Asmus with 38 each. Closest to the pin: No. 2, Virginia Simmons, 2-feet-1-inch; and No. 8, Betty Billau, 4-feet-9-inches.PinecrestThe Men's Association played Team and Individual Pro-Am Points Wednesday, Dec. 29. Don Lamb, Don Billy, George Pinkerton and Roger Dowe won the team competition with +12, three ahead of the +9 posted by Fred Latshaw, Jim Elliott, Terry Crocker and Paul Brown. Latshaw and Mike McCarville, Sr. tied for the individual lead in A Division with +4 apiece while Mike McCarville, Jr. tied with Scott Kammerman for the B Division prize at +3. Ray Smoleck won C Division with +6 with Dowe and Ed Truax tying for second at +4. Pinkerton took D Division honors with his +7 and Brown, Carl Sachetti and Eric Christie tied for second at +4.Placid LakesThe Men's Golf Association played a 1, 2, 3 event Wednesday, Dec. 29 and a match of cards was needed to decide the winner. Ed Bartusch, Frank Fisher and Chuck Fortunato came in with a -22 and won the match of cards over the 22 brought in by Bob McMillian, Al Verhage, Bruce Miseno and Howard Tricknor. Taking third were John Rosettis, Darrell Gardner, Bud Snyder and David Raciti with a -11. Getting closest to the pin was Gardner, who got to 20-feet, 612-inches from #13.River GreensThe ladies association played a pro am tournament on Thursday, Dec. 23. Winning first place was the team of Karen Speaker, Carol McClay, Peggy Wehunt and Pauline Bridge with plus9.5; second place, Kay Conkle, Colleen Hughes, Donna Johnson and Nancy Long with plus-3; and third place, Pat Graf, Ann Purdy, Mary Beth Carby and Barb Stuber with plus-2.5. The Morrison Group played a game on Thursday, Dec. 23. The winners were: First place, Jim Anderson and Clark Austin with minus-9. Tying for second/third places were Lefty St. Pierre and Bob Stevens; Russ Rudd and Ray Delsasso with minus-6 each. The men's association played a pro am tournament on Wednesday, Dec. 22. Winning first place was the team of Leo Persails, Bob Stevens, Cecil Lemons and John Smutnick with plus16.5; second place, Dick McClay, Tim Thomas and Dave Stoddart with plus-8; and third place, Terry H. Lewis, Bill Mountford and Dale Mundt with plus-2.5. The individual winners were: A Flight (28-over): First place, John Smutnick with plus-7; and second place, Bill Joysey with plus-4.5. B Flight (23-27): First place, B.C. Roberts with plus-1; and second place, Cecil Lemons with plus-.5. C Flight (18-22): First place, Bob Stevens with plus-7; and second place, Tim Thomas with plus-5. D Flight: (17-under): First place, Terry Lewis; and second place, Dan Pelfrey. The Morrison Group played a game on Tuesday, Dec. 21. Winning first place was the team of Harold Plagens, Leo Persails, Fred Evans and Joe Graf with minus-26; second place, Romy Febre, Joe Graf, Lefty St. Pierre and Tim Thomas with minus-22; and third place, Paul Johnson, Jim Cercy, Ken Brunswick and Bob Stevens with minus-18. The Golfettes played a game on Tuesday, Dec. 22. The winners were: Tying for first/second places were Dianne Stoddart and Penny Anderson; Laura Smutnick and Pat Graf with 58 each. Third place, Peggy Wehunt and Mary Beth Carby with 59. The Morrison Group played a game on Monday, Dec. 20. Winning first place was the team of Harold Kline, Johnny Wehunt, Jim Cercy and Jim Anderson with minus23; second place, Fred Evans, Harold Kline, Russ Rudd and Bob Stevens with minus-21; and third place, Skip Eglinton, Butch Smith, Gil Heier and Larry Roy with minus-18. A Jingle Bells event was played on Sunday, Dec. 19. Tying for first/second places were the teams of Larry and Carol Roy, Fred and Diane Evans; Dave and Diane Stoddard, Dick Garceau and Al Farrell with minus-34 each. Third place, Len and Rhonda Westdale; Leo and Jeanine Purcells with minus-33. Closest to the pin: No. 3, Karen Speaker; No. 5, Paul Johnson; No. 12, Anne Kelly; and No. 17, John Smutnick. www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 31, 2010Page 3B 6 MONTH MEMBERSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE (863) 382-0500 € 3201 Golfview Rd. € Sebring(863) 382-0744for 9 Hole Executive RatesPrices good thru 12/31/10 Incl. Tax & CartMonday thru Friday:8am … 1pm $25By 8, After 1 $20 Saturday & Sunday: $20 Annual Golf Tournament supports Hansen Center Courtesy pho to Derek Melvin, Gibron Fenrello, Terry Little and Mike Lamere teamed up to shoot a 58 to win the First Flight of the 2nd Annual Hansen Center Golf Tournament Special to the News-SunThe Avon Park Chamber o f Commerce presents the 1 4th Annual Chamber Golf T ournament, sponsored by H eartland National Bank, H ighlands Independent B ank, Florida Hospital, C enturyLink, Avon Park M ain Street CRA, Progress E nergy, The News-Sun, H ighlands Today and B ernie Little Distributors S aturday, Feb. 12 at River G reens Golf Course. The format is a two-pers on scramble with registrat ion at 7 a.m. and a shotgun s tart at 8 a.m. The $60, per-person entry fee includes golf, lunch, range balls, refreshments on the course and tournament prizes. A$2,000 Hole-in-One prize is sponsored by the Cohan Radio Group. We have hole sponsorships available for $100 that include a professional sign on a golf hole to promote your business. To obtain an entry form, or for more information, contact the Avon Park Chamber office at 4533350. Avon Park Chamber Golf Tournament Classified Ads € 385-6155 NEWS-SUN Associated PressEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Brett Favre's finale is in doubt. Minnesota Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier said Thursday that Favre hasn't passed a concussion test that would clear him to play in the season finale Sunday at Detroit. Frazier said on a conference call with Detroit-area reporters that it hasn't been determined if Favre will take another test on Thursday or Friday. He added that Saturday would probably be the latest the tests could be administered. The 41-year-old Favre has said this will be his final season and Minnesota is closing the season on the road against the Lions. Favre's NFL-record of starting in 297 straight regular-season gam es ended earlier this year. He suffered a concussio n against the Bears 11 days ag o and wasn't cleared to play in this past Tuesday's game at Philadelphia. Favre still has not passed concussion test TOM WITHERS Associated PressBEREA, Ohio Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis is missing his second straight day of practice to rest sore ribs. Hillis was injured in Sunday's loss to Baltimore when Ravens safety Ed Reed drilled him on his second carry. Hillis, who has rushed for 1,164 yards this season, also sat out Monday's outdoor workout. Browns coach Eric Mangini believes Hillis will be ready to play this week against Pittsburgh in the season finale. The Steelers have the NFL's best rushing defense and the Browns (5-10) need him to play. If Hillis can't go, Mike Bell will get the bulk of carries. Browns' Hillis not practicing


Special to the News-SunOKEECHOBEE National Guard FLW College Fishing is headed to Lake Okeechobee Jan. 8 for the first of four stops in the Southeast Division. Forty college teams will be competing for a top award of $10,000 to be split between the school and bass fishing club; $7,500 for bass club and $2,500 for their school. "For the past six months Okeechobee has been the best bass fishing lake in the country," said National Guard pro Scott Martin of Clewiston, Fla., who won the 2010 FLWSeries event on Lake Okeechobee. "But the lower than normal lake levels and the major cold front that plagued south Florida has really created some issues to contend with on the lake. "There is no warm water for the fish on the flats so they have gone deeper and into heavier cover making it difficult to find and catch the fish. Weights are probably going to be a bit lower than we have seen recently, 15 to 16 pounds could win it where a couple of weeks ago it was taking 20 pounds to win. "Flipping will still be good, lipless crankbaits will work and good old fashioned worm fishing would be the way to go," added Martin. "Anglers should really prepare for cooler than normal conditions which will slow the bite down, as well as warm temperatures. If it does warmup, spawning will take off." Anglers will take off from C. Scott Driver Park located at 10100 West Highway 78 in Okeechobee, Fla., at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Weigh-in will be held at the marina beginning at 1:30 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public. The top five teams from each tournament will qualify for the regional championship where the first-place team wins $12,500 cash for their school and $12,500 cash and a Ranger 177TR bass boat with a 90 horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard wrapped in school colors for their fishing club. The top five teams from each regional tournament advance to the national championship where the first-place team wins $25,000 for their school and $50,000 cash and a Ranger 177TR bass boat with a 9 0 horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard wrapp ed in school colors for the ir fishing club.About FLW OutdoorsFLWOutdoors is t he largest fishing tourname nt organization in the wor ld offering anglers worldwi de the opportunity to compe te for millions over the cour se of 191 tournaments in 201 1. FLWOutdoors has tak en fishing mainstream with t he world's richest fanta sy sports game, FLWFanta sy Fishing, where competito rs can play for free as well as sign up for Player 's Advantage to gain an edge For more informatio n about FLWOutdoors an d FLWFantasy Fishing, vi sit FLWOutdoors.com o r FantasyFishing.com Low water levels and cool temperatures could challenge young anglers Page 4BNews-SunFriday, December 31, 2010www.newssun.com CUSTOMORDERS AVAILABLEBEST SELECTION BEST QUALITY BEST PRICE€ Aluminum € PVC Sets € Wicker Sets € Bars & Bar Stools € Glider Chairs € Swivel Chairs € Outdoor Rugs € Outdoor Fireplaces € Umbrellas € Gas Fire Pits NEW STOCK JUST ARRIVED! J ust at dark when hunters s tart to leave the woods, a gain the bucks will come f rom the heavy cover into m ore-open areas." Private Land Strategies: H unting over green fields p ays buck dividends during t he first weeks of deer seas on, but then most of the b ucks feed on green fields a nd meet does in these r egions in the middle of the d ay and after dark, the safest t imes for them to frequent t hese fields. Bucks in Weird Places: In t he South, hunters often disc over end-of-the-season b ucks in cotton fields ideal d eer hideouts where no one t hinks to look for deer during d aylight hours. Deer everywhere also like s mall drainage ditches with b rush on their edges in agric ultural fields with no crops. Abuck in a ditch often can s ee for 100 to 200 yards in all d irections. Too, you may locate bucks i n the last part of hunting seas on along roads leading to t he hunting camp perhaps e ven within 150 yards of the c amp and areas where t rucks move through the w oods or along the edges of w oodlots. Bucks soon learn vehicles p ose no threat to their surv ival, and hunters seldom c onsider finding a trophy b uck right behind a camph ouse. One friend told me, "Our c lub had a dog pen with a b riar thicket on its backside, 5 0-yards behind our clubh ouse, where we kept the b ird dogs and beagles we h unted with after deer seas on. One morning I got up b efore daylight and spotted a n antler moving in that t hicket, while I was sipping m y coffee. I took my shotgun a nd walked behind the dog p en. Then the biggest buck I'd ever seen stood-up, looked at me and turned to run. The slug from my 3-inch Magnum found the target behind this buck's shoulder that we'd never seen on the property before." Love on the Move: If you hunt in a state where the rut occurs during the late season, you'll find scrape hunting deadly effective on bucks looking for love, if you understand when to hunt what scrapes. Some bucks work their open scrapes like those along the edges of logging roads or fields only after dark and come looking for love in their thick-cover scrapes during daylight hours. Donald Spence of Mississippi, a very-successful veteran deer hunter, explains, "Most hunters spook the bucks they're trying to take when they hunt scrapes, because late-season deer go to their scrapes just at daylight. You must be on your stand watching the scrape before the sun comes up to bag these bucks. Also look behind your stand frequently, since a buck may come near a scrape and then circle downwind to try to pick up the smell of a doe close to the scrape." You can learn more about how and where to hunt lateseason bucks and other proven deer-hunting tactics that will take the biggest bucks in my "Ultimate Deer Hunter's and Land Manager's Pocket Reference," available at http://www.protoolindustries.net/products/j-waynefears-ultimate-deer-hunterspocket-reference. To bag these older-ageclass, end-of-the-season bucks that have dodged hunters the entire season, break with traditional hunting methods. Continued from 1B Deer season still offers some hints Special to the News-Sun The Lake Placid Youth B aseball Board has a nnounced they are taking r egistrations for the upcomi ng 2011 season until T hursday, Jan. 13 2011. The open draft will be held o n Saturday, Jan. 15 for ages 7 -8 and 9-10. No registrations will be t aken after this date and the p layers draft is mandatory. Any player not showing up f or evaluation willbe rand omly placed on a team. League Age For T-Ball and B aseball is child's age as of A pril 30, 2011. Baseball age groups are as f ollows :T-Ball ( age 5-6) B aseball (7-8) and Baseball ( 9-10). League Age For Softball is c hild's age as of January 1, 2 011. The Softball age groups a re as follows : Softball (7-8) a nd Softball (9-10). Registration prices are as f ollows T-Ballis $ 40with B aseball and Softball being $ 50. Registration forms will be handed out at schools the week of Jan 4 and registrations will also be available on the new web site www.lpyb.net. Questions regarding Baseball can be directed to Sheri Griffin at 441-1955. Questions regarding Softball can be directed to Linette Wells at441-2320. The registration form, your payment (Make Check Payable to Lake Placid Youth Baseball) and a copy of your child's birth certificate can be mailed or dropped off at the following locations: Brantley Properties ( 417 Interlake Blvd) or mailed to LPYB -PO BOX 1668 Lake Placid 33862. The league is also looking for coaches, team sponsors or banner sponsors. The season will be kicking off on Saturday, Feb. 12. Board President Randy Harris encourages everyone to come out and see the amazing youth in our area play the great game of baseball. Lake Placid Youth Baseball/Softball Registration the Raiders up 65-63. Conner then split a pair at the line to halve the lead before Santa Fe's Diante Davis took a quick foul and made one-of-two to keep the margin at a deuce. Scrambling to get another last-second score to push the game further, the Devils first attempt missed, but Alonzo Robertson corralled his 14th rebound of the game and got his putback shot off in time but the ball torturously circled the rim and rolled out. Conner lead a balanced Avon Park attack with 18 points, Dewberry added 1 7 and Robertson 13 for h is second double-double in as many days. Facing Gainesville 's Eastside High Scho ol Tuesday in the tourname nt opener, Avon Park rode 1 8 points and 10 reboun ds from Robertson to com e away with a 50-45 win. The Devils were fort unate in eking out the vict ory as the Rams were just 7of-22 at the foul line. Avon Park returns to di strict action Tuesday, Jan. 4 with a road game at McKeel. Continued from 1B Devils one of two at Hitchcock Get the paper delivered to you! NEWS-SUN€385-6155 News-Sun file photo by DAN HOEHNE Avierre Conner hit a dramatic three to send Wednesday's game into double overtime, but Avon Park fell to host Santa Fe at the Hitchcock's Holiday Challenge in Alachua. FLW College Fishing to open on Lake Okeechobee Schools competing: Auburn Austin Central Florida (2) Clemson Coastal Carolina Columbus State University Florida (2) Florida Gulf Coast Furman University Georgia Georgia College Georgia Southern Jacksonville State Kennesaw State Lagrange Lander Lipscomb Middle Tennessee State Mississippi College Mississippi State Montevallo North Alabama Seminole State South Alabama South Carolina South Carolina Upstate Southern Florida Southern Mississippi Southern Polytechnic State Tennessee Tech Tennessee Wesleyan Trevecca Nazarene Tennessee Tennessee Chattanooga (2) Tennessee Martin Valdosta State Young Harris College


Dear Readers: Here are the most interesting products that became available in the past year, 2010. I wish you all a very happy new year! Dream Water, OTC: Try the "Snoozeberry" drink, it's a delicious way to fall asleep because the blueberry-pomegranate drink contains allnatural sleep-inducing ingredients like GABA, melatonin and 5-HTP. Sold at pharmacies. www.drinkdreamwater.com Axiron (testosterone), Rx: Testosterone isn't new. This drug helps men who have low testosterone. Low T can cause low libido, erectile dysfunction, weight gain, loss of muscle mass and fatigue/depression. www.axiron.com Halaven (eribulin), injection, Rx: Used for metastatic breast cancer. www.halaven.com Smooth Sphere Lip Balm by "eos," OTC: I wish I had thought of this myself. Such pretty little spherical containers with natural ingredients to moisten your kisser with irresistible flavors. These are junk-free meaning they do not contain parabens, phthalates or gluten. These contain vitamins, herbal extracts, zinc, shea butter and come in several flavors. I like the Summer Fruit. www.evolutionofsmooth.com Beyaz and Safyral (estrogen/progestin and folate), Rx: These are two different birth control pills made by the same drug maker. The two-pill packs use different ingredients for oral contraception but they share one cool thing in common. Both Beyaz and Safyral are fortified with a form of folic acid. This is Bayer's attempt to restore what the drug mugger stole. If you've read my book, "Drug Muggers," you know that estrogen-containing drugs are notorious for reducing folate levels, which may raise your risk for heart disease. Bayer puts the lost nutrient (folate) into these birth control pills. Outstanding to see a drug company replenish what the drug mugger stole, and patent a product that minimizes side effects for you. www.beyaz.com and www.safyral.com Ella (Ulipristal), Rx: Did the condom break? Anew morning-after contraceptive pill that delays pregnancy for up to five days after intercourse. It's similar to Plan B, which is available OTC for women over the age of 17 but it works for a longer time. Prescription only. Ampyra (dalfampridine), Rx: This is a tablet that blocks potassium channels in the body, and it works to help people get up and start walking again if they have mul tiple sclerosi s. www.ampyra.com Cystex Liquid Cranber ry Complex, OTC: You drink it, for urinary health. One tabl espoon equals about eig ht glasses of cranberry juice an d it doesn't have the sugar th at cranberry juice cocktails d o. The D-mannose from cra nberries attacks E. coli, t he most common UTI bu g, along with bromelain (fro m pineapples) to reduce inflam mation and vitamin C to maintain acidity. It's glute nfree. www.cystex.com Sorilux (calcipotriene ), Rx: Apply the foam to yo ur skin for psoriasis. It's relat ed to vitamin D. Oravig (miconazole), R x: It's an anti-fungal lozen ge that treats oral candida infe ctions. The first and only o ne FDAapproved lozenge f or thrush. www.oravig.com Suzy Cohen is a registered pharmacist and the author of The 24-Hour Pharmacist' and Real Solutions.' For more information, visit www. DearPharmacist. com. This information is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure your condition. New prescription and OTC drugs for 2010 www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 31, 2010Page 5B 64 WEST COLLISION REPAIR863-453-5445Avon Park € 2215 SR 64Wwww.64westcollisionrepair.com FREE ESTIMATES COMPLETEAUTO BODY REPAIRAND PAINTAll Insurance Companies Welcome AVON PARK BINGO1091 W. Main St., Avon Park € 863-453-2727 (Corner of SR 64 & US 27) 7 NIGHTS A WEEK! MATINEE SUN & WED ELECTRONICPOWER TOUCH LIVING BRINGS IT IN. WE TAKE IT OUT.Call for Our Weekly Specials.AVON PARK 452-5800 SEBRING 382-3363 LAKE PLACID 465-1530 130 S. Commerce Ave. Sebring, Florida863-385-3497Mon. Fri. 9am 4pm Closed Wednesdays 100% INVISIBLE100% amazing Largest American made hearing aid company The only 100% custom, invisible, digital and fully programmable hearing aid. Deep Canal aid with Comfort Fit Designed to be removed daily to promote better ear health Virtually no whistling or buzzing Natural sounding Custom designed for your ear Works great on the phone Lakeshore Car Wash 991USHwy27NorthSebring (863) 471-9274 LubeOil&Filter $22. 95 YourFullService Wash&DetailCenterŽ 5005 Sun N Lake Blvd., Sebring, FL 33872863-386-1060 Care You Can Trust, Service You DeserveŽ € Secured Memory Care Unit € Now Accepting Medicaid Diversion € Respite Care € Independent Living € Assisted Living HEALTHYLIVING Special to the News-SunSEBRING The Palms o f Sebring is proud to introd uce the Dine with the D octors Program beginning i n January. In an effort to e ducate the public on prev entative treatments and d isease management, the P alms will have a physician c ome once a month to s peak on their area of e xpertise. On the third Tuesday of e very month the Palms will f eature a local doctor. The d octor will speak for about 3 0 minutes before engaging t he audience with answers t o questions. The program w ill kick off at 5 p.m. T uesday, Jan. 18. The cost i s $10 per person and will i nclude a salad, an entrŽe, v egetable, and desert with b everage. Reservations are required and can be called in to the front desk at the Palms of Sebring. The Palms of Sebring is Highlands County's only Continuing Care Retirement Community. The facility is constantly striving to meet its mission statement, "Together We Improve Lives". Therefore keeping the elder population at their healthiest and most independent. The Health Care Center at the Palms is a skilled nursing unit specializing in short term therapy with the physical, occupational, and speech therapist. Palms Home Care rounds out the umbrella of services by providing in-home Medicare services to seniors in the county. Dear Pharmacist Suzy Cohen Special to the News-Sun GAINESVILLE A h and-held device that s trengthens the muscles i nvolved in swallowing can a ddress a serious symptom of P arkinson's disease, accordi ng to a new University of F lorida study. In what researchers believe i s the largest randomized trial o f a behavioral swallowing t reatment in patients with P arkinson's disease, scient ists found that about onet hird of the volunteers who u sed the device improved t heir ability to swallow. The f indings appear in the Nov. 2 3 issue of the journal N eurology, the medical journ al of the American Academy o f Neurology. Nearly 1 million A mericans have Parkinson's d isease, according to the P arkinson's Disease F oundation. Finding solut ions to their swallowing p roblems is important b ecause their most common c ause of death is pneumonia c aused by inhaling foreign m aterial, such as food, during s wallowing. "The many muscles i nvolved in swallowing prog ressively weaken in patients w ith Parkinson's disease and b ecome uncoordinated in the s ame way that patients lose c oordination and strength in t heir arms and legs," said M ichelle Troche, Ph.D., the s tudy's lead investigator and a clinical lecturer and speech p athologist in the UF College o f Public Health and Health P rofessions'department of s peech, language and hearing s ciences. It also becomes more diffic ult for patients to sense m aterial in their airways and c ough hard enough to expel i t, she said. For the study, researchers t rained participants with P arkinson's disease to exhale i nto an Expiratory Muscle S trength Training, or EMST, d evice. In previous studies, E MSThas improved swall owing and cough function in p atients with multiple scleros is and in elderly, sedentary adults. "EMSTuses the basic exercise theory behind any strength training program," said co-investigator Christine Sapienza, Ph.D., a professor and chair of the department of speech, language and hearing sciences. "This small device capitalizes on that concept of overload with a calibrated pressure release valve that won't open until you generate a great enough lung pressure. The patient or clinician can vary how much pressure is needed to open the valve on the device. The greater the pressure you need, the stronger the muscles have to be. It acts much like a pin on a weight machine and uses the same concept to strengthen the muscles involved in swallowing and breathing." Sapienza developed the device along with UF researchers Paul Davenport, Ph.D., a professor and interim chair of the department of physiological sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine, and A. Daniel Martin, Ph.D., P.T., a professor in the department of physical therapy. "Their efforts are pioneering and it is likely that this study will stand the test of time as a landmark in Parkinson's disease swallowing research," said research collaborator Michael Okun, M.D., a co-director of UF's Movement Disorders Center and an associate professor of neurology with the College of Medicine and UF's McKnight Brain Institute. Participants in the Parkinson's disease study were divided into two groups of 30. In one group participants used the EMSTdevice with proper calibration. The other participants used a device that looked exactly the same, but did not work to strengthen the muscles. Neither the participants nor the study therapists knew who had the real device and who had the sham device. Participants used the devices in their homes for 20 minutes a day, five days a week for four weeks. Therapists visited once a week to make sure participants used the device correctly. Following the study period, participants in the sham group received the EMSTtreatment. The researchers measured participants'swallowing function before and after treatment with a standardized swallow safety scale, the Penetration-Aspiration scale, developed in part by UF faculty member John Rosenbek, Ph.D., also with the department of speech, language and hearing sciences. Researchers used videofluoroscopy to obtain motion Xray images of the participants'swallowing muscles as they swallowed liquid. One-third of participants who used the device with calibration had significantly improved swallow safety scores compared to 14 percent of the participants in the sham group. The researchers also found that for patients in the treatment group, there was greater movement in the muscles that lift the voice box out of the way during swallowing. Quality-of-life measures related to swallowing improved in both the treatment and sham groups. Dine with Doctors Program comes to the Palms of Sebring The news is just a click away!www.newssun.com NEWS-SUN UF-developed device may reduce swallowing health risk in patients with Parkinson's disease Photo by Jesse S. Jones/University of Florida Speech pathologist Christine Sapienza (right) helps patient Lou DeLaney use an Expiratory Muscle Strength Training device at the UF Speech and Hearing Center on Sept. 29. New UF research shows that EMST therapy can improve swallowing function in patients with Parkinson's disease.


A ce Homecare has outreach programsAce Homecare C ommunity Outreach cale ndar for January includes: Tuesday, 8 a.m., health f air, Brookside Bluffs, RT 1 7, Zolfo Springs; 10:30 a .m., health fair, NuHope E lder Services, 310 N. 8th A ve, Wauchula; 11 a.m., h ealth fair, Forest Glades, T ownsend Street, W auchula; 1 p.m., c aregivers support group, C rown Pointe Assisted L iving Community, Sun 'N L ake Boulevard, Sebring. Wednesday, 1 p.m., h ealth fair, Groves, behind S ebring Diner, U.S. 27, S ebring. Thursday 8 a.m., h ealth fair, Crystal Lake V illage, off RT17, W auchula. Friday, Jan. 7, 9 a.m., h ealth fair, Fair Havens A partments, Spinks Road, S ebring. Saturday, Jan. 8, 9 a.m., h ealth fair, Highland V illage, Villa Road, S ebring; 12 p.m., health f air, Free Will Parkway C hurch, Sebring Parkway, S ebringAmplified telephones distributionSEBRING Hearing Impaired Persons will distribute amplified telephones to Florida residents who have a hearing or speech loss, in the Conference Room at Nu-Hope Elder Care Services, 6414 U.S. 27 South, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Important: By appointment only. Call (941) 7438347.Florida Hospital offers seminarSEBRING Florida Hospital and its orthopedic surgical team have been performing high-volume total joint replacement surgery with the assistance of computer navigation for the past four-plus years. This advancement in total joint replacement surgery affords a degree of accuracy in the placement of implants minimizing risk for leg length discrepancy, instability of total joints that can dislocate, or malalignment that can lead to premature wear and failure. Florida Hospital, as part of its community medical education series, will offer a seminar specifically to explain the surgery and advances in total joint replacement from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18 at in conference room 1. The presentation will be offered by doctors from the Florida Joint and Spine Institute. Page 6BNews-SunFriday, December 31, 2010www.newssun.com Pool Enclosures & Rescreening Screen Rooms „ Vinyl & Glass RoomBobby Lee Aluminum Inc.863-453-254345 N.Central Ave.,Avon Park SERVING HIGHLANDS, HARDEE & POLK COUNTIESLicensed & Insured HC 01918 Rescreen Your Pool Enclosure or Screen Room COUPONREQUIRED CEILINGS 85¢ per sq. ft. (Reg. $1.10)WALLS 75¢ per sq. ft. (Reg. $1.00)Some restrictions apply. Not valid with any other offer. EXPIRES 11/30/10 Phifer Screen Some Risks Are Worth Taking. Your Health Isnt One of Them. First, 32 people die every day of skin cancer in the USA. Second, most skin cancer deaths are preventable. Therefore, forgiveness is the chance to prevent skin cancer with a Dermatology skin exam. Therefore, forgiveness is the Lord offering you free will to not be a statistic. SAVE YOUR OWN LIFE. OR LET US DO IT FOR YOU.Darrin A. Rotman, M. D. Julie L. Iellimo, P. A. C. Jennifer A. Wolf, P. A. C.863-386-0786Darrin A. Rotman, M.D. € 126 Bed Inpatient, Acute Care Hospital € 16 Bed Intensive Care Unit € New 13 Bed Emergency Department with fully integrated Electronic Medical Records at each Bedside € 12 Bed Ambulatory Care Center € 7 Labor Delivery Recovery Postpartum (LDRP) Beds in the OB Unit € Our newly transformed digitally integrated Operating Rooms featuring state of the art Smart ORsŽ consist of “ve suites … one cysto room and four major suites as well as two Endoscopy Suites. € Cardiac Catheterization Lab € Vascular Care Unit with focus on dialysis, “stula, and shunt revisions € Outreach Laboratory with extended hours and accredited by CAP and AABB € CT Scanner, MRI, PET CT Scanner, and fully functional PACS System € New Sleep Center offering week-end appointments. Three Board Certified Physicians. Beautiful appointed comfort rooms, group support and follow ups. € Coming Soon New Digital Mammography Center € Highlands Medical Group, A Medical Practice that includes 14 physicians and 10 locations in Sebring and Lake Placid serving Highlands County. Specialties include: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, OB/GYN, Orthopedics, Urology, General Surgery and Vascular Surgery. For more information or to schedule an appointment (863) 471-9964. € The Wound Care Center 7200 South George Boulevard, Sebring. The Center is staffed with a unique team of doctors and nurses all dedicated to the healing of Chronic Wounds. For more information (863) 382-2032. No referral necessary. € Highlands Regional Rehabilitative Services Out-patient Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, 3345 Medical Hill Road, Sebring. For more information (863) 471-6336. Life is about making choicesƒ Shouldnt they all be this easy? 3600 Highlands Avenue, Sebring 863-385-6101 www.highlandsregional.com Exclusively Available at Highlands Regional Medical CenterExtra Fast, Extra Easy, Extra Great Emergency Care HEALTHYLIVING By MIKE STOBBE APMedical WriterATLANTA More older Americans are getting tested for colon cancer, with nearly two out of three getting recommended screenings. Meanwhile, rates for breast cancer screening remain stuck on a higher plateau, according to a government report released recently. U.S. health officials estimate that at least 10,000 lives could be saved each year if more people got checked. "We have further to go," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC report comes from a 2008 national telephone survey. About 200,000 people ages 50 to 75 answered questions about colon cancer screening. About 63 percent said they'd had a recommended test to look for colorectal cancer. That could include a home test kit that looks for blood in stool done in the past year, or a colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy done within the last 10 years. The 2008 result was up from 52 percent in 2002, a 21 percent increase. Colonoscopies considered the most discerning of those screening tests are uncomfortable, expensive and often require taking a day off from work. So health officials say they are encouraged by the increase. For breast cancer, the screening rates have been much higher. About 81 percent of 120,000 women surveyed said they'd had a mammogram in the previous two years, as experts recommend. But there was no improvement. The rate is about the same as it's been since 2000. Part of the reason may be lack of health insurance among some women, noted Elizabeth Ward, who oversees surveillance and health policy at the American Cancer Society. "I don't think anybody knows for sure why it's be en leveling off," she added. More than 51,00 0 Americans are expected to die of colon cancer this yea r, while nearly 103,000 ne w cases will be detecte d, according to Cancer Socie ty estimates. Cancers of t he colon and rectum are toget her considered the secon d leading type of cancer death s. Lung cancer kills more. About 40,000 deaths a re expected from breast canc er this year, with more th an 209,000 new cases dia gnosed. Screening rates for bo th types of cancer were high er among people with more ed ucation and with insuran ce coverage. They also we re generally highest in Ne w England, the CDC repo rt found. Health officials are op timistic screening rates w ill improve, thanks to feder al health reform measur es expected to expand covera ge and eliminate at least som e insured patients'copays. Online: CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns Colon cancer screenings up, breast rate stalled Special to the News-SunSEBRING The Highlands County Health Department is offering Diabetes Self-Management Education classes as part of its Wellness and Diabetes Education Program. This program serves Highlands County residents of all ages, especially those with diabetes or at risk for developing diabetes. These classes are free of charge and provided by a certified diabetes educator. Classes in English are scheduled in Sebring from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 11-13 at the Highlands County Health Department (7205 S. George Blvd.). Enrollment is limited and registration is required. To register and for more information, contact the HCHD Wellness and Diabetes Education Program, at 382-7294. HEALTHSNAPSHOTS Navigating the grocery s tore aisle to find a lowerf at or lower-calorie salty or s weet snack alternative that t astes just as good as its regu lar counterpart can be a d aunting challenge. According to a recent surv ey conducted by Cape Cod P otato Chips, only 33 perc ent of respondents said the l ow fat version is always or o ften as good as or better t han the original. Luckily, t here are a variety of snacks a vailable that offer a lower f at/lower calorie indulgence w ithout sacrificing the taste o f the original. Here are some things to c onsider that can affect the t aste and nutritional value w hen searching for tasty l ow-fat indulgences as well a s tips on how to make the s witch to low fat: Taste matters. If a low f at version of your favorite s nack doesn't taste as good a s the original, how likely a re you to continue eating i t? Not very, according to s ame survey by Cape Cod P otato Chips. While 62 perc ent of respondents said t hey would try a lower fat v ersion of their favorite s nack, 90 percent said they w ould switch to the lower f at version if it tasted the s ame as the regular. After a ll, if it doesn't taste good, i t will be that much harder t o sustain sensible snacking h abits. Figure out why the s nack has reduced fat by c arefully reading the packa ging, ingredients or produ ct website to learn why the s nack is considered more s ensible. For example, the u se of fat or sugar substit utes often alters the taste. S earch for snacks that a chieve lower fat or calorie c ontents without using subs titutes. Cape Cod Potato C hips uses the exact same p rocess and ingredients to k ettle cook its reduced fat c hips. They simply take an extra step to naturally remove additional oil in its 40 percent less fat versions of Sea Salt & Vinegar, Sweet Mesquite Barbeque and Original flavors. Take portion size into account. Some snacks may be able to promise low calorie counts because the serving size is not very large. Consider whether such snacks will actually be able to satisfy hunger cravings or send you reaching for a second bag. Use the resources available to discover the good and bad. Awide variety of magazines like Fitness have annual awards for the healthiest snacks and websites and blogs like Hungry Girl (www.hungry-girl.com) follow developments in the world of healthy snacking. Nutrition facts for most foods can also be found online with a simple search or at www.nutrition.gov Don't go about it alone. It's no secret that friends influence healthy habits. Once you find more sensible snacks, incorporate them into your get-togethers, like wine or movie nights. Have your friends try the snacks you have found and rank them so you know which ones to continue buying and which ones do not have as much appeal. Try a lower-fat or lowercalorie switch. The next time you have friends over to watch sports, celebrate a holiday or just to hang out, try putting out those greattasting lower-fat and/or lower-calorie dishes and see if anyone can tell the difference. 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T he Community Calendar prov ides a brief listing of local c lubs and organizations who m eet on a regular basis. It is t he responsibility of the group t o update the News-Sunon a ny changes in this listing by c alling 385-6155, ext. 516; s end any changes by e-mail to e ditor@newssun.com;or mail t hem to News-SunCommunity C alendar, 2227 U.S. 27 South, S ebring, FL33870. Holidays m ay cause the cacellation of c ertain meetings.FRIDAY Alcoholics Anonymous O ne Day At ATime group m eets for a closed discussion a t 9:30 a.m. Monday and F riday at Covenant P resbyterian Church, 4500 S un N Lakes Blvd., Sebring. F or details, call 314-0891. American Legion Post 25 h osts a fish fry from 5-7 p.m. a t the post, 1490 U.S. 27, L ake Placid. Cost is $6. S hrimp also is available for s ame price. Open to the publ ic. Tickets in the lounge on F riday night. Lounge hours are f rom 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For d etails, call 465-7940. American Legion Post 74 h as karaoke from 7 p.m. until f inal call at the post, 528 N. P ine St., Sebring. Post open at n oon. Happy Hour from 4-6 p .m. Members and guests o nly. For details, call 4711 448. AvonPark Breakfast R otary Club meets 7 a.m., R otary Club building. Bridge Club of Sebring ( American Contract Bridge C lub)plays duplicate games at 1 2:30 p.m. at 347 Fernleaf A ve., Sebring. For details, call 3 85-8118. Better Breathers Club S upport Group This A merican Lung Association a ffiliated group meets the last F riday of each month, at 12:00 p m in Conference Room 3 at F lorida Hospital Heartland M edical Center, 4200 Sun n L ake Blvd. Contact Mike N apper, RRTat (863)402-3450 f or more information. Buttonwood Bay Squares m eets first and third Friday in r ecreation hall, Sebring. Early r ounds are from 7-7:30 p.m., a lternate mainstream/plus / rounds are from 7:30-9:30 p .m. Everyone is welcome to a ttend. For details, callLarry G ow at 382-6995. Grand Prix Cloggers B eginner classes are at 9 a .m., EZ Intermediate classes a re at 10 a.m., and I ntermediate classes are at 11 a .m. every Friday at Reflection o n Silver Lake, Avon Park. Call J ulie for further information at 3 86-0434. Harmony Hoedowners S quare Dance Club offers a c lass in Lake Placid at the S unshine RV Resort from 9-11 a .m. Friday. For more informat ion, call Sam Dunn at 3826 792 or e-mail him at samd unn@samdunn.net. Highlands Social Dance C lub hosts ballroom dancing e very Friday, October through M arch from 7-9:30 p.m. at the S enior Center on Sebring P arkway. Dance the night a way to the music of the a rea's Big Bands. All club d ances are open to the public. A ppropriate dress required. A dmission is $5 for members a nd $7 for non-members. Call 4 71-0559. Lake Placid Elks Lodge 2 661 has lounge hours beginn ing at 1 p.m. There is a fish f ry from 5-7 p.m. Cost is $8.50 p er person. The lodge is open t o members and their guests. F or details, call 465-2661. Lake Placid Moose serves w ings, fish and burgers at 6 p .m. Music provided from 7-11 p .m. Pool tournament is at 8 p .m. Open to members and q ualified guests only. Loyal Order of Moose H ighlands County Lodge No. 2 494, 1318 W Bell St., Avon P ark. Karaoke from 7-10 p.m. L odge phone number 4520 579. MOM's Club meets at 10:30 a .m. first Friday at the First U nited Methodist Church on P ine Street in Sebring. Narcotics Anonymous N ew Day Group meets at 6 p .m. at First Presbyterian C hurch, 319 Poinsettia Ave, S ebring. For information call H eartland area helpline (863) 6 83-0630. More information on o ther meetings and events at w ww.naflheartland.org. Sebring Eagles Club 4240 serves chicken or fish baskets from 5-7 p.m. at the club, 12921 U.S. 98, Sebring, for a $4 donation. Blind darts is played at 7 p.m. For details, call 655-4007. Sebring Elks Lodge 1529 serving buffet dinner at 5-7 p.m. Elks and guests invited. Dance music in ballroom at 7 p.m. Dinner and dance is $10 donation. For reservations, call 385-8647 or 471-3557. Lounge is open from 3-10 p.m. Sebring Moose Lodge 2259 serves beef franks and Italian sausages served from 1 p.m. to closing at 11675 U.S. 98, Sebring. For details, call 655-3920. Sebring Recreation Club plays bridge at 12:30 p.m. and table tennis at 4 p.m. at 333 Pomegranate Ave. For details, call 385-2966 or leave a name, number and message. Teamster Retiree's meet at the First Assembly of God, 485 W. Haines Blvd., Lake Alfred at 11 a.m. on the last Friday of the month (except June, July and August). For details, call Paul Thomas at 471-9684. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3880, 1224 County Road 621 E., Lake Placid. Texas Hold em lessons, 2 p.m. For more details, call 699-5444. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4300 serves pizza from 5:30-7 p.m. and music is from 6-9 p.m. at the post, 2011 SE Lakeview Drive, Sebring. For details, call 385-8902SATURDAY Airborne (Paratrooper) Breakfast Club meets at 9 a.m. every first Saturday at Bob Evans Restaurant, Sebring. All paratroopers and their guests are invited. For details, call Joe Noto at 4520106. American Legion Post 25 serves sirloin burgers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the post, 1490 U.S. 27, Lake Placid. Jam session is from 24 p.m. The lounge hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Members and guests invited. For details, call 465-7940. American Legion Post 69 in AvonPark serves dinner at 5 p.m. and music is from 6-9 p.m. American Legion Post 74 open noon to 8 p.m. Hot dogs served. Happy Hour 4-6 p.m. Call 471-1448. Avon Park Public Library has a free Adult Film Series at noon. For details, call 4523803. Car Show from 5-8 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month at Woody's BBQ. Proceeds benefit Hope Hospice.Heartland Horses & Handicapped Inc. provides free assisted riding sessions for adults and children with special needs from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 118 W. College Drive, AvonPark. For details or to volunteer, call Mary McClelland, coordinator, 4520006. Highlands Chapter 601 meets at Golf Hammock Restaurant in the Golf Hammock Country Club at noon. Any service person who was awarded the Purple Heart is invited to attend and bring their wife or husband. Highlands Shrine Club, 2606 State Road 17 South, Avon Park (between Avon Park and Sebring) has a flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., country store open from 8 a.m. to noon and pancake breakfast served from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Vendors are welcome. No setup fee is charged for the summer months. Plenty of off road parking. For details, call 382-2208. Highlands Woodcarvers meet from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at 825 Sunbird Terr. (Community Center off Thunderbird Road). Call Bob Seybolt at 471-6077. Lake Placid Elks Lodge 2661 opens the lounge at 1 p.m. Card games are played at 1 p.m., and Bar Bingo is at 1:30 p.m. The lodge is open to members and their guests. For details, call 465-2661. Lake Placid Art League has a class in Pastels/Acrylics taught by Llewellyn Rinald from from 9 a.m. to noon at the Cultural Center, 127 Dal Hall Blvd. For information call Dan Daszek at 465-7730. Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) South Central Florida Chapter Board meets at 9:30 a.m. on the first Saturday at the Military Sea Services Museum on Kenilworth and Roseland. The monthly members luncheon is on the third Saturday of each month at noon (except holidays). Location is at Kenilworth Lodge. For further information call Roy Whitton at 465-7048. Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 601 meets at noon on the first Saturday at Sunrise Restaurant. All recipients and wives of the Purple Heart are welcome. Call 471-9190 or 465-7074 for details. Narcotics Anonymous New Day Group meets at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 319 Poinsettia Ave, Sebring. For information call Heartland area helpline (863) 683-0630. More information on other meetings and events at www.naflheartland.org. Overeaters Anonymous meets at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Oak Street, Lake Placid. For more details, call 382-1821. Paratrooper breakfast every first Saturday of the month at 9 a.m. at Bob Evans. Call John Schumacher at 382-8648. Scleroderma Support Group meets from 9:30-10:30 a.m. second Saturday of each month at Avon Park Library, 100 N. Museum Road. Sebring Eagles Club 4240 serves dinner from 5-7 p.m. at the club, 12921 U.S. 98, Sebring. Music is from 7-10 p.m. For details, call 655-4007. Sebring Moose Club 2259 offers line dancing lessons at 2 p.m. the first and third Saturday for members and guests at 11675 U.S. 98, Sebring. For details, call 6553920. Twelve Step Study Group for Adult Children of Alcoholics meets at 11 a.m. first and third Saturday, at first building south of Union Congregational Church, 105 N. Forest Ave., AvonPark. Parking available south of old church. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3880 1224 County Road 621 E., Lake Placid. Laides auxiliary dinner from 5:30-7 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month. For more details, call 699-5444. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4300 serves a meal for $6 from 5:30-7 p.m. and music is from 6-9 p.m. at the post, 2011 SE Lakeview Drive, Sebring. For details, call 3858902. SUNDAY American Legion Post 25 Lake Placid has lounge hours from 1-9 p.m. Live music is from 5-8 p.m. For details, call 465-7940. American Legion Post 74 open 1-8 p.m. Happy Hour 4-6 p.m. Members and guests only. Post is at 528 N. Pine St., Sebring. Call 471-1448. Lake Placid Elks Lodge 2661 lounge is open from 1-7 p.m. Card games start at 1:30 p.m. The lodge is open to members and their guests. For details, call 465-2661. Lake Placid Moose has karaoke in the pavilion. Horseshoes played at 9:30 a.m. Food available at 4 p.m. Open to members and qualified guests only. Loyal Order of Moose Highlands County Lodge No. 2494, 1318 W Bell St., Avon Park. Cards start at 4 p.m. Music outside Tiki Hut at 3 p.m. Lodge phone number 452-0579. Overeaters Anonymous, meets from 4-5 p.m. in second floor conference roomNo. 3 at Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center, 4200 Sun N Lake Blvd., Sebring. For details, call 382-7731. No dues, fees or weigh-ins. For details on the organization, go to www.oa.org. Ridge Area Missionary Soldiers AvonPark Pathfinder Club meets from 9 a.m. to noon every first and third Sunday at 58 E. Sixth St., Avon Park. For details, call 471-2143. Sebring Eagles Club 4240 serves lunch at 2 p.m. at the club, 12921 U.S. 98, Sebring. For details, call 655-4007. Sebring Moose Lodge 2259 offers NASCAR racing in the pavilion at 1:30 p.m. Bar open and kitchen open from 25 p.m. Lodge is at 11675 U.S. 98, Sebring. For details, call 655-3920. Society for Creative Anachronism (Local Chapter: Shire of Stagridge) meets at 2 p.m. first and third Sunday at Brewster's Coffee House on U.S. 27 in Sebring. For details, call 214-5522. The Artists'Group at South Florida Community College will hold a critique clinic the first Sunday of every month, 2-4 p.m., at the Hotel Jacaranda, Avon Park. Professional local artists will discuss and evaluate participants'paintings. The fee is $5 with a two painting limit. For more information, call 784-7346. U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club meets at 1 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month at VFW Post 9853, State Road 64 West and North Oliva Drive. For information call Hocky at (954) 5924847 Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3880 serves hamburgers from 4-5:30 p.m. and plays poker at 5:30 p.m. at the post, 1224 County Road 621 East, Lake Placid. For details, call 699-5444. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4300 plays euchre at 1:30 p.m. and E&J Karaoke is from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the post, 2011 SE Lakeview Drive, Sebring. For details, call 3858902. MONDAY Al-Anon LET IT BEGIN WITH ME family group meets at 10:30 a.m. every Monday at the Heartland Christian Church on Alt. 27 in Sebring. The church is behind Southgate Shopping Center where Publix is. For more information call 3855714. Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, 8-9 p.m. at Episcopal Church, Lakeshore Drive, Sebring. For more details, call 385-8807. Alcoholics Anonymous One Day At ATime group meets for a closed discussion at 9:30 a.m. Monday and Friday at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 4500 Sun N Lakes Blvd., Sebring. For details, call 314-0891. Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Rosewood Center, 517 U.S. 27 South, Lake Placid. Alanon meets at 8 p.m. at St. Agnes Episcopal Church, 3840 Lakeview Drive, Sebring. For details, call 202-0647. Ambucs a local charity that assists people with disabilities, meets at noon every first Monday at R.J. Gator's Sea Grill and Bar, Sebring. The meeting is open to the public. For details, call 386-4387. American Legion Placid Post 25Lake Placid has shuffleboard at 1 p.m. Lounge hours are 12-9 p.m. Legion and auxiliary boards meet at 6 p.m. General meeting at 7 p.m. For details, call 465-7940. American Legion Post 74 open noon to 8 p.m. Happy hour from 4-6 p.m. Call 4711448. AmVets Post 21 plays darts at 7:30 p.m. for members and guests. For details, call 3850234. Avon Park Lakes Association has shuffleboard at 1 p.m. and bingo at 7 p.m. The clubhouse is at 2714 Nautilus Drive in Avon Park. AvonPark Veterans Honor Guard meets first Monday at the American Legion Post 69, AvonPark. For details, call 382-0315. Boy Scout Troop 482 meets 7 p.m., 34 Central Ave., Lake Placid. Bridge Club of Sebring (American Contract Bridge Club)plays duplicate games at 12:30 p.m. at 347 Fernleaf Ave., Sebring. For details, call 385-8118. Corvette Cruisers meets at 6:30 p.m. first and third Monday at the Dairy Queen in front of The Home Depot, Sebring. For details, call Ed Robson at 655-2092. Florida Association Home and Community Education meets from 9-11 a.m. weekly on Mondays at The AgriCenter. The group of sewers and crafters make items for residents of adult congregate living facilities. Call Penny Bucher at 385-0949. Grand Prix Cloggers EZ Intermediate and Intermediate Clogging class are held at 9 a.m. every Monday at Reflections on Silver Lake, Avon Park. Call Julie for further information at 386-0434. Harmony Hoedowners Square Dance Club meets from 7:30-9:30 p.m. the first and third Monday at Sebring Civic Center from December through April. There will be alternating mainstream and plus dancing with rounds. Casual dress or square dance attire is acceptable. For more information, call Sam Dunn at 382-6792 or e-mail him atsamdunn@samdunn.net.Heartland Horses & Handicapped Inc. is offering pony rides every Monday and Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m., weather permitting. $5 donation per child. Call 4520006 for more information. All proceeds raised support our free equine assisted riding program for adults and children with special needs, which resumes in September.Heartland Pops rehearses at 7 p.m. Mondays at Avon Park High School Band Room, 700 E. Main St., under the direction of Anthony Jones. Musicians of all ages are welcome. For information, call 314-8877. Highlands County Concert Band rehearses 7-9 p.m. every Monday at Sebring High School band room. All musicians are welcome. Vic Anderson, musical director. Call Bill Varner at 386-0855. Highlands County Sewing Group meets from 1-3 p.m. at the Highlands County AgriCivic Center in the 4-H laboratory, Sebring. For details, call 402-6540. Highlands County Rotary Club meets at 6 p.m. at Charlie's Restaurant, Commerce Street, Sebring. Highlands Stamp Club meets the first Monday. Talk and swap at St. John's United Methodist Church, 3214 Grand Prix Drive. For details, call Bob Gleisner at 471-6526 or Budd Steinke at 382-9373. Insulin Pump Support Group meets from 3:30-5:30 p.m. first Monday at Conference Room 2, Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center, 4200 Sun N Lake Blvd., Sebring. For details, call 402-0177. Lake Placid Art League will have classes in Drawing and Painting, conducted by Anne Watson, from from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center, 127 Dal Hall Blvd. From 1-4 p.m., Mary Gebhart will teach Fabric Painting at the center. For information ca ll Dan Daszek at 465-7730. Lake Placid Democratic Club meets at 6 p.m. first Monday at Placid Lakes Town Hall, 2010 Placid Lakes Blvd. Call Bill Sayles at 699-6773 f or details. Lake Placid Elks 2661 opens its lounge at 1 p.m. at the lodge. Ladies crafts at 2 p.m. Sign up for darts is at 6:30 p.m.Music from 5-8 p.m. It is open to members and their guests. For details, call 465-2661. Lake Placid Library has storytime at 10 a.m. for ages 3-5 except during holidays. Lake Placid Moose plays cards at 2 p.m. Open to mem bers and qualified guests only Lodge closes at 6 p.m. Let It Begin With Me Alanon Group meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon every Monday at Heartland Christia n Church, 2705 Alt. 27 South, Sebring. For details about Alanon, a self-help group for families and friends of alcoholics, call 385-5714. Loyal Order of Moose Highlands County Lodge No. 2494, 1318 W Bell St., Avon Park. Meetings held first and third Mondays at 8 p.m. Lodg e phone number 452-0579. Narcotics Anonymous Never Alone Candlelight meets at 8 p.m. at 133 N. Butler Ave. in Avon Park, nea r the First Congregational Church. For information call Heartland area helpline (863 ) 683-0630. More information on other meetings and events at www.naflheartland.org. National Association for Advancement of Colored People, Highlands County Branchmeets 7:30 p.m., 401 Tulane, Avon Park. Patriots Chapter, Daughte r of the American Revolution meets at 1:30 p.m. on the firs t Monday of each month September through May at th e Church of the Redeemer Parish Hall on U.S. 27 directl y across from Wells Motor Company, three-tenths of a mile north of the South Florid a Community College stoplight. Call 471-2096. Rotary Club of Highlands County meets at 6:15 p.m. a t Beef O Brady's, Sebring. Sebring AARP meets 1:30 p.m., The Palms, Pine Street, Sebring. Sebring Historical Societ y open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Located in back side of Sebring Public Library building on Lake Jackson. For information, call 471-2522. Sebring Optimist Club meets at 6:15 p.m. first and third Mondays at Jim's house For details, call Jim Harrison at 381-9767 or Gabriel Read at 453-2859. Sebring Women of the Moose has chapter meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the lodge, 11675 U.S. 98, Sebring. For details, call 382-8782. Sebring Eagles Club 4240 has a joint officers meeting on the first Monday of each mon th at the club, 12921 U.S. 98, Sebring. Call 655-4007. Sebring Elks Lodge 1529 has the lounge open from 127 p.m. Smoke-free environmen t. Call 471-3557. Sebring Moose Club 2259 serves beef franks and Italian sausages from 1 p.m. to clos ing at 11675 U.S. 98, Sebring The Women of the Moose meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday for chapter enrollment, refreshments and trivia pursuit. Call 655-3920. www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 31, 2010Page 7B E.O. 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Page 8BNews-SunFriday, December 31, 2010www.newssun.com Places to Worship is a paid advertisement in the News-Sunthat is published Friday and Sunday. To find out more information on how to place a listing in this directory, call the NewsSunat 385-6155, ext. 502. APOSTOLIC Greater Faith Apostolic Church, 24 Rainer Drive, Lake Placid, FL33852. invites you to come worship with us in spirit and truth at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. For information contact 840-0152. Pastor Larry Carmody. ASSEMBLY OF GOD Christ Fellowship Church (Assembly of God), 2935 New Life Way. Bearing His Name; Preaching His Doctrine; and Awaiting His Coming. "Worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth." Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10 a.m.; Evening Worship, 5 p.m. Wednesday: Worship, 7 p.m. Pastor Eugene Haas. Phone 4710924. Crossroads Community Church 114 South Central Ave., Avon Park, FL33825. Phone: 4534453. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday Children's Church: 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Adult Bible Study and Youth/Royal Explorers, 7 p.m. Pastor: John E. Dumas. First Assembly of God, 4301 Kenilworth Blvd., Sebring. The Rev. Wilmont McCrary, pastor. Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Morning Worship and KIDS Church, 11 a.m.; Evening Worship, 7 p.m. Wednesday Family Night, (Adult Bible Study), LIFE Youth Group, Royal Rangers, Missionettes, 7:30 p.m. Phone 385-6431. BAPTIST Avon Park Lakes Baptist Church, 2600 N. Highlands Blvd., AvonPark, FL33825. George Hall, Pastor. Christ centered and biblically based. Sunday worship services, 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nursery facilities are available. Bible studies at 9:45 a.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Prayer Time 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Bible classes at 9:45 a.m. are centered for all ages. Choir practice at 5 p.m. Sunday. Church phone: 452-6556. Bethany Baptist Church (GARBC) We are located at the corner of SR17 and C-17A(truck route) in Avon Park. Join us Sunday morning at 9:00 AM for coffee and doughnuts, followed with Sunday School for all ages at 9:30. Sunday morning worship service begins at 10:30 a.m., andevening worship service is at 6 p.m.On Wednesdays, the Word of Life teen ministry and the Catylist class (20's+) begin at 6:30 PM. The adult Bible and Prayer Time begins at 7 p.m. For more information go to www.bethanybaptistap.com or call the church office at 863-452-1136. Faith Missionary Baptist Church, off State Road 17 North of Sebring at 1708 LaGrange Ave. Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Morning Worship, 11 a.m.; Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday Service, 7 p.m. Deaf interpretation available. Ken Lambert, Pastor. Phone 386-5055. Fellowship Baptist Church, 1000 Maxwell St., AvonPark, FL 33825. Sunday: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10:45 a.m.; Wednesday: Evening Service, 7 p.m.; Children/Youth, 7 p.m. Telephone: 453-4256. Fax: 453-6986. E-mail: office@apfellow ship.org; Web site,www.apfellow ship.org. First Baptist Church ofAvon Park 100 N. Lake Ave., Avon Park. Rev. Jon Beck, pastor; Jared Hewitt, youth minister; and Joy Loomis, music director. Regular Sunday schedule: 8:30 a.m. Orchestra rehearsal; 9 a.m. Library open; 9:30 a.m. Sunday School; 11 a.m. Morning Worship; 11 a.m. Children's Church; 4 p.m. Evening Service. Tuesday schedule: 8-10 a.m., basic computer class/Sonshine House; 7-9 p.m. conversational English and citizenship classes/Sonshine House. Regular Wednesday schedule: 5:15 p.m. Family Night Supper; 6 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer; 6 p.m. Adult Choir Practice; 6:30 p.m. children's choir rehearsals; 7 p.m. children's mission groups. Call 4536681 for details. Primera Mision Bautista, 100 N. Lake Ave., Avon Park, Johnattan Soltero, Pastor. Regular Sunday schedule: 10 a.m., Bible Study; 11 a.m., Worship Service. Wednesday schedule: 7 p.m., Bible study. First Baptist Church of Lake Josephine, 111 Lake Josephine Drive, Sebring (just off U.S. 27 midway between Sebring and Lake Placid). Your place for family, friends and faith. Sunday morning worship service is 11 a.m. Nursery is provided for both services with Children's Church at 11 a.m. Life changing Bible Study for all ages starts at 9:45 a.m. Associate Pastor Allen Altvater leads the youth in their quest to become more like Christ. Sunday night worship at 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study and Prayer meeting at 7 p.m. along with youth worship in the youth facility, and missions training for all children. Call the church at 655-1524. First Baptist Church of Lake Placid, Knowing God's Heart and Sharing God's Hope, 119 E. Royal Palm Street. (2 blocks south of Interlake Blvd) Lake Placid, FL 33852 (863) 465-3721, Email: www.fbclp.com. Pastor Brett Morey, senior pastor. Sunday services Traditional Service 9 a.m., Contemporary Service 10:30 a.m. Link Groups at 9 and 10:30 a..m., Senior Sunday Night and Sunday Evening Bible study at 6 p.m. Wednesday Activities: Family dinner at 5 p.m. ($3 per person, reservations required). Adult-LifeSource classes, prayer meeting, Youth Intersections, and Kids K-5MaxKidz Extreme meet at 6:15 p.m. Men meet at 8 a.m. every Tuesday for prayer breakfast and women's prayer breakfast is at 8 a.m. every Wednesday, both at the Family Restaurant. First Baptist Church of Lorida located right on U.S. 98 in Lorida. Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. for all ages. Sunday worship services are at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Preschool care is provided at the 11 a.m. worship service. Wednesday evening Bible Study and Prayer meeting is at 6:30 p.m., followed by adult choir rehearsal. From September to May our youth group meets. First Lorida is the "Place to discover God's love." For more information about the church or the ministries offered, call 6551878. First Baptist Church, Sebring, 200 East Center Ave., Sebring, FL 33870. Telephone: 385-5154. Dr. David E. Richardson, senior pastor; Rev. Joe Delph, minister of youth and activities. Contemporary Service, 8:30 a.m.; Group Bible Studies, 9:45 a.m.; Traditional Worship, 11 a.m.; Mision Buatista Hispana, 2 p.m.; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday night programs at the ROC begin 5:30 p.m., at church begin 6:30 p.m. Preschool and Mother's Day Out for children age 6 weeks to 5 years old. Becky Gotsch, director. Call 385-4704. Florida Avenue Baptist Church, 401 S. Florida Ave., Avon Park. Mailing address is 710 W. Bell St., AvonPark, FL33825. Telephone, 453-5339. Rev. John D. Girdley, pastor. Sunday School, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Worship, 11 a.m.; 11 a.m. Children's Church; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday night programs for children, youth and adults at 7 p.m. Independent Baptist Church 5704 County Road 17 South, Sebring, FL33876. Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship, 10:30 a.m. Sunday evening, 6 p.m. Wednesday service, 7 p.m. Fundamental, soul-winning, mission-minded, King James Bible Church. Larry Ruse, pastor. Phone 655-1899. Bus transportation. Leisure Lakes Baptist Church 808 Gardenia St., Lake Placid (just off of Miller at the west end of Lake June) "Where the old fashion gospel is preached." Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Worship service at 11 a.m.; Sunday Evening Service is at 6 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at 7 p.m. Call the church at 699-0671 for more information. Maranatha Baptist Church (GARBC), 35 Maranatha Blvd., Sebring, FL33870 (Ahalf mile east of Highlands Avenue on Arbuckle Creek Road.) Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Morning Worship, 10:15 a.m.; Evening Service, 6 p.m. Mid-week service, Wednesday, 6 p.m. Daily Prayer and Bible Study, 8 a.m., Hamman Hall. Pastor Gerald Webber and Associate Pastors Don Messenger and Ted Ertle. Phone 382-4301. Parkway Free Will Baptist Church, 3413 Sebring Parkway, Sebring, FL33870. Welcome to the church where the "Son" always shines. Sunday School, 10 a.m.; Morning Worship, 11 a.m.; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m.; and Wednesday Evening Worship, 7 p.m. End-of-the-Month-Sing at 6 p.m. on the last Sunday of each month. The Rev. J.S. Scaggs, pastor. Church phone: 382-3552. Home phone: 214-3025. Affiliated with the National Association of Free Will Baptists, Nashville, Tenn. Sparta Road Baptist Church, (SBC) 4400 Sparta Road. Rev. Ken Geren, interim pastor. Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship, 11 a.m.; Sunday Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer/Bible Study, 6 p.m. Nursery provided. For information, call 3820869. Southside Baptist Church (GARBC), 379 S. Commerce Ave., Sebring. David C. Altman, Pastor; Aaron Snider, Youth Pastor. Sunday School for all ages, 9:30 a.m.; Morning Worship Service, 10:45 a.m.; Awana kindergarten through fifth grade, 5:30 p.m.; Evening Worship, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Student ministry, 6:30 p.m.; Adult Midweek Prayer and Bible Study, 7 p.m. Anursery for under age 3 is available at all services. Provisions for handicapped and hard-of-hearing. Office phone, 385-0752. Sunridge Baptist Church, (SBC) 3704 Valerie Blvd. (U.S. 27 and Valerie, across from Florida Hospital), Sebring. Ed Howell, transitional pastor. Sunday School, 9;30 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship, 10:45 a.m.; and Sunday Evening Service, 6 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer, Bible Study, and Youth, 6:30 p.m.Nursery provided. For information, call 3823695. CATHOLIC Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 595 East Main St., Avon Park, 453-4757. Father Nicholas McLoughlin, pastor. Saturday Vigil Mass is 4 p.m. in English and 7 p.m. in Spanish; Sunday mass 8 and 10:30 a.m. in English; 6 p.m., Life Teen Mass. Weekday mass at 8 a.m. Confessions are at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Religious Education Classes are 9-10:20 a.m. Sunday for grades K through 8th. Confirmation class is from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday. Youth Nights grades 6th and up, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday. St. Catherine Catholic Church, 820 Hickory St., Sebring. Mailing address: 882 Bay St., Sebring, FL 33870, 385-0049. www.stcathe. com. Very Rev. JosŽ Gonz‡lez, V.F., Pastor. Masses Saturday Vigil: 4 p.m. Sunday: 7:30, 9 and 10:30 a.m. and noon Spanish Mass. Daily Masses 8 a.m. and noon Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. Saturday. Confessions: 3-3:45 p.m. Saturdays, 7:15-7:45 a.m. first Friday, or by appointment. Enrollment for Catholic School grades K3 through 5 not being accepted. St. James Catholic Church, 3380 Placidview Drive, Lake Placid, 465-3215. Father Michael J. Cannon. Mass schedule: Summer (May 1 to Oct. 31) Saturday Vigil, 4 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.; Weekdays, 9 a.m. December thru Easter Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.; Weekdays 9 a.m.; and Holy Days 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., first Saturday at 9 a.m. CHRISTIAN Eastside Christian Church, 101 Peace Ave., Lake Placid, FL 33852 (two miles east of U.S. 27 on County Road 621), 465-7065. Ray Culpepper, senior pastor. Sunday: Bible classes, 9 a.m.; Worship Celebration with the Lord's Supper each week 10:15 a.m. Thelma Hall, organist; and Pat Hjort, pianist. Wednesday: Praise and Prayer, 6:30 p.m.; "Building God's Kingdom for Everyone." "Jesus Christ, the Way, Truth and Life!" "Alive and Worth the Drive!" Sebring Christian Church, 4514 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33872. Tod Schwingel, Preacher; Marco Gallardo, Youth Pastor. Sunday Worship, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School, 11 a.m.; Sunday Youth Service, 6 p.m; Evening service at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night meals, 5:30 p.m. followed by classes at 6:30 p.m. Office hours, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Phone 382-6676. First Christian Church, 1016 W. Camphor St., Avon Park, FL 33825; (863) 453-5334; on the Web at www.firstchristianap.com. Our motto is "Jesus is First at First Christian Church."Greg Ratliff, Senior Minister; Ray Culpepper, Family Life Minister; Jon Carter, Music Director. Bible School 9 a.m.; Worship 10 a.m.; Bible Study, 6 p.m.; Wednesdaystudies for all ages, 6 p.m. Nursery provided for all events. First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 510 Poinsettia Avenue, (corner of Poinsettia and Eucalyptus), Sebring, FL33870. Phone: 3850358 or 385-3435. The Rev. Ronald Norton, Pastor; Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Praise Breakfast, 10 a..m., Morning Worship, 10:30 a.m.; Children's Church, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Praise and Worship, 6:45 p.m. Youth Fellowship, 7:15 p.m.; Midweek Bible Study, 7:15 p.m. CHRISTIAN & MISSIONARY ALLIANCE The Alliance Church of Sebring, 4451 Sparta Road, Sebring, FL33875. Call 382-1343. Rev. Steve Hagen, pastor. Sunday services: Sunday School meets at 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Morning Worship Service meets at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday Evening Bible Study meets at 6 p.m. (off site); Wednesday Prayer Gathering meets at 6 p.m. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE Christian Science Church, 146 N. Franklin St. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. morning worship and Sunday school. Testimonial meetings at 4 p.m. each second and fourth Wednesday. Afree public reading room/bookstore, located in the church, is open before and after church services. The Bible and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures'by Mary Baker Eddy are our only preachers. All are welcome to come and partake of the comfort, guidance, support and healing found in the lesson-sermons. CHURCH OF BRETHREN Church of the Brethren 700 S Pine St., Sebring, FL33870 Sunday: Church School, 9 a.m .; Morning Worship, 10:15 a.m Wednesday: Temple Choir, 7:3 0 p.m. Phone 385-1597. CHURCH OF CHRIST Avon Park Church of Chris t, 200 S. Forest Ave.,Avon Park, F L 33825. Minister: Larry Roberts Sunday Worship Services, 10:3 0 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nursery facilitie s are available at every service. Bibl e Study: Sunday, 9:30 a.m. an d Wednesday, 7 p.m. Bible centere d classes for all ages. Church phone : 453-4692. Sebring Parkway Church o f Christ, 3800 Sebring Parkwa y, Sebring, FL33870; 385-7443. W e would like to extend an invitatio n for you and your family to visit wit h us here at Sebring Parkway. Ou r hours of service are: Sunda y Worship Service, 9 a.m.; Sunda y Bible Class, 10:15 a.m.; Sunda y Evening Service, 6 p.m .; Wednesday Service, 7 p.m. CHURCH OF NAZARENE First Church of the Nazaren e of AvonPark, P.O. Box 1118 ., AvonPark, FL33825-1118. 707 W Main St. Randall Rupert, Pasto r. Sunday: Sunday school begins a t 9:45 a.m. for all ages; morning wo rship at 10:45 a.m.; and evenin g service at 6 p.m. Wednesda y evening service is at 7 p.m. wit h special services for children an d adults. Special services once a month for seniors (Prime Time) an d Ladies ministries. If you need an y more information, call 453-4851. First Church of the Nazaren e of Lake Placid, 512 W. Interlak e Blvd., Lake Placid, FL33852 Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; Mornin g worship, 10:45 a.m.; Evening serv ice, 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, 7 p.m. Classes for adult children an d youth. Call 465-6916. Pastor Tim Taylor. CHURCHES OF CHRIST IN CHRISTIAN UNION Community Bible Church Churches of Christ in Christia n Union, (Orange Blossom Conference Center) 1400 C-17 A North (truck route), AvonPark Presenting Jesus Christ as th e answer for time and eternit y. Sunday morning worship service 10:30 a.m. Nursery provided Junior Church activities at sam e time for K-6 grade. Sunday Schoo l Bible hour (all ages), 9:30 a.m (Transportation available.) Sunda y evening praise and worship serv ice, 6 p.m. Wednesday evenin g prayer service, 7 p.m. Children an d youth activities at 7 p.m Wednesday. Everyone is welcome please come worship with us. Do n Seymour, Senior Pastor. Phon e 452-0088.PLACESTOWORSHIP RELIGION A tonement Lutheran Church ELCASEBRING Sunday m orning, The Epiphany of o ur Lord worship service w ill be led by Dave T horesen at the with Holy E ucharist. Council meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday in the fell owship hall. Weekly Bible study r esumes at 10 a.m. Thursday w ith reading and informed d iscussions of the book of M atthew. Sunday, Jan. 9 following m orning worship, January B irthday Celebration during c offee hour. Sunday, Jan. 16 at 3 p.m., T horesen will be consecrated a s a Deacon in ELCA. B ishop Ed Benoway of the F lorida Bahamas Synod and o ther dignitaries will particip ate in the service. Everyone i s welcome to attend the s ervice as well as a reception f ollowing the service. A von Park Church of ChristAVON PARK "Going O n from Where I Am" (Job 2 3:8) will be the message S unday morning presented b y Minister Larry Roberts. There will be a dinner in t he fellowship hall immediately following the morning worship. The Timothy Class will meet at 5 p.m. Sunday. Jeff Parker is in charge. Avon Park Church of Christ is at 200 S. Forest Ave. For information, call 453-4692.Christ Lutheran ChurchAVON PARK Second Sunday after Christmas, Pastor Scott McLean will preach a sermon titled "Chosen in Christ." The church is at 1320 County Road 64, east of the Avon Park High School. For more information, call 4712663 or search the Web for christlutheranavonpark.org.Christian Science ChurchSEBRING The lesson sermon on Sunday morning is titled "God." The keynote is from Psalms 135:2-3, "Ye that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God, Praise the Lord; for the Lord is good:" The church is at 146 N. Franklin St.Christian Training Church SEBRING The Rev. Linda M. Downing will bring the message titled "Fervently Expecting" at the Sunday morning service. The Wednesday night Bible study will continue the book of Hebrews.Emmanuel United Church of ChristSEBRING The Rev. George Miller will deliver the Sunday morning sermon, "Resting the Body, Renewing the Soul," with Scripture from Isaiah 58. The church is 1.7 miles west of U.S. 27 on County Road 634 (Hammock Road). Call 471-1999 or visit sebringemmanuelucc.com .Faith Lutheran ChurchSEBRING The pastor will deliver his sermon titled "Chosen Ones" based on Ephesians 1:3-14 on Sunday. First Baptist Church of Placid LakesLAKE PLACID Pastor Jerry Harper will preach both the Sunday morning and evening messages. The church is at the corner of Washington and Kemper Avenues in Placid Lakes. For more information, call 465-5126 from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday or e-mail the church at placidlakes@hot mail.com .First Baptist Church of SebringSEBRING Sebring First Baptist Church Sunday services will be led by Pastor Emeritus James McCall, who will present the first sermon in a series on prayer. Dr. David Richardson will continue the series beginning Jan. 9. Wednesday night activities will resume next week, but there will be no Wednesday meal. Tuesday, Jan. 11 First Baptist will host a return concert by Tim Zimmerman and The King's Brass. This free concert will be in the sanctuary at 7 p.m.First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)SEBRING At the Lord's Table this Sunday morning will be Bob Harcourt and Betty Simpson. Communion will be served by Sandi Laufer, Carol Chandler, Gretchen Ames and Chris Baker. Greeting the congregation will be Peggy Cousins. Juanita Roberts will lead the Call to Worship. Carol and Mike Graves will work with children's church. Lighting the candles during the month of January will be Daniel Thibodeau. The Rev. Ron Norton's sermon is titled "The Coming of the Son of Man" with Scripture from Matthew 24:36-44.First United Methodist Church of SebringSEBRING The Rev. A.C. Bryant will bring the message on Sunday and the service of Holy Communion will be observed. The United Methodist Women will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Family Life Center. At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday the "Growing with God" family night resumes in the Family Life Center. The church is downtown at 126 S. Pine St. Visit the Web site at www.sebringfirstumc.com Call the church office for information at 385-5184.Heartland Christian ChurchSEBRING The Praise and Worship Service begins with Jennifer Moore singin g "Walk With Me Jesus" and Flossi Moore singing "Sometimes Alleluia." Pastor Ted Moore's sermon this week will be "New Things" with Scripture from Matthew 14:20-31. Bible study is "I & II Peter and Jude" taught by Fran VanHooreweghe. Sunday at 6 p.m. is the Happy 10th Anniversary Celebration featuring a movie, cake and coffee. Starting on Sunday, Jan. 9 early service will be at 8 a.m. and Praise and Worshi p Service at 10 a.m. The church is at 2705 Alternate Route 17 South in Sebring (behind Publix). Look for the lighthouse.Memorial United Methodist ChurchLAKE PLACID Sunday morning, Senior Pastor Fred Ball will preach in the Heritage (traditional) Worship Service and at the Celebration (blended) Worship Service held in the Sanctuary. Claude Burnett will preach in the New Son g (contemporary) Service in Rob Reynolds Fellowship Hall. Holy Communion wil l be served at all three servic es. Continued on page 9B


www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 31, 2010Page 9B EPISCOPAL The Episcopal Church of the R edeemer .Service time is 9:30 w ith Holy Communion. Coffee hour f ollowing services. Newcomers w elcome. Call 453-5664 or e-mail r edeemer1895@aol.com Web site: r edeemeravon.com. The church is a t 839 Howe's Way, Avon Park ( two miles north of Sun 'N Lake B oulevard, across from Wells D odge.) St. Agnes Episcopal Church 3 840 Lakeview Drive, Sebring, FL 3 3870. Sunday Services: Holy E ucharist Rite I 7:45 a.m., Holy E ucharist Rite II 10 a.m. Midweek s ervice on Wednesday at 6 p.m. S unday School for all ages at 9 a .m. The nursery is open 8:45 a.m. u ntil 15 minutes after the 10 a.m. s ervice ends. Wednesday: Adult B ible study, 9:30 a.m. Visitors are a lways welcome. The Rev. Jim K urtz, rector. Church office 3857 649, for more information. St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal C hurch, 43 Lake June Road, Lake P lacid, FL33852. Phone: 4650 051. Rev. Elizabeth L. Myers, R ector. Sunday Worship, 8 a.m., 1 0:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday e vening: Holy Communion with H ealing Service, 6:15 p.m. Child c are available at the 8 a.m. and 1 0:30 a.m. Sunday service. Come s ee what makes us different. GRACE BRETHREN Grace Brethren Church, 3626 T hunderbird Road, (863) 8350 869. Dr. Randall Smith, senior p astor. Sunday services at 9 a.m., 1 0:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Wednesday s ervices at 7 p.m. We offer "Kid C ity" Children's Ministry throughout a ll services, and there are variosu o ther classes for teens, married c ouples, "prime-timers," and Bible s tudies in Spanish. "Kid City" Day C are, Preschool and After-School M onday-Friday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (For r egistration call: 385-3111). Check u s out on the Web atwww.sebringg race.org. INTERDENOMINATIONAL World Harvest and Restoration M inistries, (non-denominational) 2 200 N. Avon Blvd., AvonPark, FL 3 3825. Phone: 452-9777 or 4533 771. Sunday service: Sunday S chool, 10 a.m. and worship, 11 a .m. Wednesday services: 7 p.m. p rayer meeting/Bible study. Pastor: W .H. Rogers. JEWISH Temple Israel of Highlands C ounty, 382-7744. Rabbi Lorraine R udenberg; www.templeisr aelofhcfl.org.Temple Israel is a R eform Temple that promotes the e nduring and fundamental princip les of Judaism. Through prayer, s tudy and friendship we strive to e nrich our lives and insure Jewish c ontinuity in Highlands County. F riday Evening Shabbat Services, 7 :30 p.m.; Saturday afternoon intro t o Hebrew, 12:30 p.m.; Saturday i ntro to Judaism, 2 p.m.; Saturday a fternoon Torah Study, 3:30 p.m.; H avdallah, 5 p.m. Jan. 7-8; Jan. 21; F eb. 4; Feb. 18-19; March 18-19 P urim; April 1-2; April 15-16; April 1 8, 6 p.m., Pesach 1st Night Seder; A pril 29-30 Yom Hashoah; May 131 4; May 27-28. Every Thursday will b e Hebrew and Bible classes with H oward Salles, 12:30-4:30 p.m. LUTHERAN Atonement Lutheran Church (ELCA), 1178 S.E. Lakeview Drive., Sebring. David Thoresen, Deacon, Spiritual Leader. Jim Helwig, organist/choir director. Worship service at 9:30 a.m.; Holy Eucharist is every Sunday. Coffee hour on the first and third Sunday of each month. Council meeting on the first Monday of month; Ladies Group WELCAmeets at noon second Monday of month with lunch. Bring a dish to pass. Church Vegetable Garden Club meets as needed. Labyrinth Prayer Garden open seven days a week to congretation and community. Like to sing? Come join the choir. Visitors always welcome. Come grow with us. Phone 385-0797. Christ Lutheran Church Avon Park, 1320 County Road 64, 1/2 mile east of Avon Park High School. Sunday Divine Worship is at 10 a.m. Holy Communion is celebrated every week with traditional Lutheran Liturgy, hymns and songs of praise. Fellowship time with coffee and refreshments follows worship. Come worship and fellowship with us. For information call Pastor Scott McLean at 471-2663 or seechristlutheranavonpark.org. Faith Lutheran Church LCMS, 2740Lakeview Drive, Sebring. Church phone: 385-7848, Faith Child Development Center, 385-3232. Gary Kindle, Pastor; Lea Ann Curry, Parish Nurse. Worship services: 8 a.m. Sunday; Sunday school for children and adult Bible classes is 9:15 a.m.; and Praise worship service, 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Communion is served the first and third and fifth Sunday of the month. Sunday worship service is broadcast on WITS 1340 AM at 8 a.m. each Sunday. Educational opportunities include weekly adult Bible studies. Faith's Closet Thrift Store (385-2782) is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. All are warmly welcome in the Family of Faith. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (AALC) American Association of Lutheran Churches, 4348 Schumacher Road, Sebring, one mile west of Wal-Mart. James Weed, pastor. Worship Service, 9 a.m. Sunday. Bible Study, 11 a.m. Nursery provided. Social activities: Choir, Missions, Evangelism. Phone 3851163. New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3725 Hammock Road, a Congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) in fellowship with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). Sunday Worship at 10 a.m.; Bible Study, 9 a.m. For more information, call Pastor Brian Klebig at 385-2293 or visit the Web site at www.newlife sebring.com. ResurrectionLutheran Church ELCA 324 E. Main St., Avon Park. Pastor: Rev. John C. Grodzinski. Early Sunday service, 8 a.., Sunday school at 9:10 a.m. and the second service at 10:30 a.m. Coffee and fellowship hour follow the service. Midweek Fragrance Free Wednesday worship, (year round) 7 p.m. Office phone number is 453-6858. Trinity Lutheran Church LCMS, 25 Lakeview St., Lake Placid, FL33852; 465-5253. The Rev. Richard A. Norris, pastor; and Noel Johnson, youth and family life. Worship schedule for December through Easter: Worship service 8 and 11 a.m.; Communion services, first and third Sundays; (Children's Church, 11 a.m. only); and Education Hour, 9:30 a.m. Worship schedule for summer through fall: Worship service, 9 a.m.; Communion services, first and third Sundays; Education Hour 10:30 a.m. Additional services: Lent and Advent season, 6 p.m.; Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, 7 p.m.; Easter Sunday, 7 and 10 a.m.; Christmas Eve, 7 p.m.; Christmas Day, 10 a.m.; Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, 7 p.m. Fellowship activities: Youth Group, Senior Citizens, Younger Side Adults, Ladies Missionary League, Ladies Guild, Small group studies as scheduled. Music: Choir and hand chimes. Trinity Tots Preschool (3-5 years old): 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. License: C14H10020: Susan Norris, director. Visit us online at: www.vchurches.com/trinitylutheranlp. NON-DENOMINATIONAL Bible Fellowship Church, 3750 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33872. Sunday: American Sign Language: First Worship sermon, songs signed first and second Worship services. First Worship service, 9 a.m.; Second Worship service, 10:45 a.m. Nursery (up to 2 years old) and Sunday school classes both hours. BFC Youth, 6 p.m.; Evening Service, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: Children, ages 4 years to fifth grade, 6 p.m.; Youth, 6-7:30 p.m.; Prayer time, 6:15 p.m. Todd Patterson, pastor; Andy McQuaid, associate pastor. Church office 385-1024. Calvary Church, 1825 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33872; 386-4900. An independent community church. Sunday morning worship, 10 a.m.; Bible study, 11:15 a.m.; Sunday evening worship, 6 p.m. Youth group meets at 5 p.m. Friday. Pastor Lester Osbeck. Asmall friendly church waiting for your visit. Christian Training Ministries Inc., on Sebring Parkway. Enter off County Road 17 on Simpson Avenue. Sunday service is at 10 a.m.; Wednesday Bible study at 7 p.m. Anursery and children's church are provided. The church is part of Christian International Ministries Network, a full gospel, non-denominational ministry. Linda M. Downing, minister: Phone, 3140482, lindadowning@live.com.Casey L. Downing, associate minister: Phone, 385-8171, caseydown ing@hotmail.com. Web site is www.christiantrainingministries.net Grace Bible Church, 4541 Thunderbird Road, (second church on left) Sebring, FL33872. Phone, 382-1085. Andrew Katsanis, senior pastor. Saturday Worship, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, 9 and 11 a.m. Tuesday 6 p.m. Grace Bible Academy Adult Investigating Truth; first and third Tuesday, Prayer Gathering, 7:15 p.m.; Wednesday, Children's & Youth Programs, 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., College Ministry.www.GBCconnected.org Highlands Community Church a casual contemporary church, meets at 3005 New Life Way. Coffee at 9:30 a.m.; Worship at 10 a.m. Nursery and Kid's World classes. Small groups meet throughout the week. Church phone is 402-1684; Pastor Bruce A. Linhart. Union Congregational Church 106 N. Butler Ave., Avon Park, FL 33825. Sunday worship services are at 7:45 a.m. (informal), 9:15 a.m. (traditional) and 10:45 a.m. (contemporary) in the main sanctuary. Sunday school for all ages is at 9:15 a.m. We also offer Wednesday and Saturday services at 6;15 a.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. Nursery/child care is available for all services. Senior Pastor is Bill Breylinger. Office: 453-3345. Web page at www.weareunion.org. All teachings are taken from the Manufacturer's Handbook The Holy Bible. Come join us. Unity Life Enrichment Centre, new location, 10417 Orange Blossom Blvd. S., Sebring, FL 33875; 471-1122; e-mail unity@vistanet.net. Web site, www.unityofsebring.org. 10:30 a.m. Sunday Celebration Service, Nursery and Children's Church. Weekly Classes, Christian Bookstore and Cafe, Prayer Ministry, Life Enrichment Groups. Rev. Andrew C. Conyer, senior minister transforming lives from ordinary to extraordinary. The Way Church, 1005 N. Ridgewood Drive, Sebring. Sunday school and worship service at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Youth activities, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The Way is a church family who gathers for contemporary worship, teaching of God's Word, prayer and fellowship. Come early and stay after for fellowship time. Child care and children's church are provided. Reinhold Buxbaum is pastor. The Way Aplace for you. Office Phone:471-6140, Church Cell Phone:381-6190. Email: theway church@hotmail.com. Web site:www.TheWayChurch.org PRESBYTERIAN Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) 4500 Sun N Lake Blvd., Sebring, 33872-2113. A Congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America. Worship services: Sunday morning worship, informal, 8 a.m.; regular, 10:30 a.m. Sunday School, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday evening, 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday evening Prayer Meeting, 6 p.m.; Youth Group and Kids Quest, 5:307 p.m.; choir practice, 7:15 p.m. Phone: 385-3234; Fax: 385-2759; e-mail: covpres@strato.net; Web site: www.cpcsebring.org. Rev. W. Darrell Arnold, pastor. Office hours: 8:30-11:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday. First Presbyterian Church ARP, 215 E. Circle St., (two entrances on LaGrande), Avon Park, FL33825. Phone: 453-3242. The Rev. Robert Johnson is the pastor. Sunday School, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday Worship, 10:45 a.m.; Wednesday Bible study, 10:30 a.m.; Potluck dinner, 6 p.m. third Wednesday; choir practice, 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday; Esther and Mary Circles business meeting, 3:30 p.m. third Thursday; Sarah Circle business meeting, 7 p.m. second Tuesday; Women's Ministries Combined Bible study, 4 p.m. third Thursday; Family Movie, 4 p.m. third Sunday. Be a part of a warm, caring church family with traditional services, following biblical truth. First Presbyterian Church, ARP, 319 Poinsettia Ave., Sebring, FL33870. 385-0107. Sunday School, all ages, 9:30 a.m.; Worship Service, 11 a.m.; Tuesday: Youth Group, 6-7:30 p.m.; Senior High Youth Group, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Wednesday: Adult Bible Study, 10:30 a.m.; choir rehearsal, 5:30 p.m. Nursery available for Sunday worship. Call the church office for more information and other classes. Rev. Darrell A. Peer, pastor. Gayle Sparks, director of youth ministry. First Presbyterian Church, ARP, www.fpclp.com,118 N. Oak Ave., Lake Placid, 465-2742. The Rev. Ray Cameron, senior pastor; the Rev. Drew Severance, associate pastor. Sunday morning traditional worship is at 8:15 and 9:30 a.m.; and contemporary worship is at 11 a.m. in Friendship Hall. Avariety of Sunday school classes for adults and children are at 9:45 and 11 a.m. in the educational building. Call the church office for more information about the classes offered. Nursery is provided for babies and toddlers; while young children up to second grade have a special Children's Church offered during the worship service to help them grow in their spiritual knowledge. Spring Lake Presbyterian Church (USA), 5887 U.S. 98, Sebring, FL33876. Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Worship Service, 10 a.m. Session meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month, September throughJune. Board of Deacon's meet at 5:30 p.m. first Monday of the month. Choir rehearses at 7 p.m. each Wednesday, September through April. Presbyterian Women meet at 10 a.m. the third Thursday of the month. Organist: Richard Wedig. Choir Director: Suzan Wedig. Church phone, 655-0713; e-mail,springlakepc@embarqmail.com,Web site, http://slpc.presbychurch.org. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST Avon Park Seventh-day Adventist Church 1410 West Avon Blvd., AvonPark. Phone: 453-6641 or e-mail: avonparksda@embarqmail.com,Sabbath School, 9:30 a.m Saturday. Church Service 10:45 a.m. Saturday. Wednesday prayer meeting 7 p.m. Community Service hours on Tuesday and Thursday is from 9:00 a.m. till 2 p.m. Asale takes place the first Sunday of each month. Senior Pastor Paul Boling; and Associate Pastor Kameron DeVasher. Walker Memorial Academy Christian School offering education for kindergarten through 12th grades. ALLARE WELCOME. Website is www.discoverjesus.org Sebring Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2106 N. State Road 17, Sebring; 385-2438. Worship Services: 9:15 a.m. Worship hour, 11 a.m. Prayer meeting, Tuesday, 7:15 p.m. Community service: every Monday 9-11 a.m. Health Seminar with Dr. Seralde, every Friday, 10:00 a.m. Pastor Amado Luzbet. THE CHURCH OF LATTER DAY SAINTS The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 3235 Grand Prix Drive, Sebring, FL33870. Phone: 382-9092. Dale Bargar, bishop; David Ward, first counselor; and Steve Austin, second counselor. Family History Center: 3821822. Sunday services: Sacrament meeting, 10 a.m.; Sunday school, 11:20 a.m.; and Priesthood/Relief Society, 12 p.m. Primary for children, 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Youth activities from 7-8:20 p.m. Wednesday: 11-year-old Scouts, 78:20 p.m. first and third Wednesday; and activity days for 8-11 year old boys and girls from 78:20 p.m. second and fourth Wednesday. THE SALVATION ARMY The Salvation Army Center for Worship Sunday: Sunda y School, 9:45 a.m.; Holiness mee ting, 11 a.m.; and Praise meetin g and lunch, noon. Tuesday: Bib le study, 6:30 p.m.; and Women 's Ministries, 7 p.m. Wednesda y: Youth Ministries, 4 p.m. All mee tings are at 120 N. Ridgewood Ave ., Sebring. For more information, vis it the Web site www.salvationarm ysebring.com or call Major Bruc e Stefanik at 385-7548, ext. 110. UNITED METHODIST First United Methodist Church 105 S. Pine St., Sebring,FL3387 0. The Rev. A.C. Bryant, pasto r. Traditional Worship Service at 8:1 0 and 10:50 a.m. in the sanctuar y, Contemporary Worship in the FL C at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School at 9:3 0 and 10:30 a.m. Methodist You th Fellowship at 5:30 p.m. Sunday s with Rick Heilig, youth directo r. The 10:55 a.m. Sunday worsh ip service is broadcast over WIT S 1340 on AM dial. There is a nurse ry available at all services. First United Methodist Church 200 South Lake Avenue, Avo n Park, FL33825. (863) 453-3759, R James Weiss, Pastor, Summe r Schedule, Sunday School 9:0 0 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. Memorial United Methodis t Church, 500 Kent Ave., (overloo king Lake Clay) Lake Placid, F L, 33852. The Rev. Fred Ball. pasto r. Claude H.L. Burnett, pastor al assistant. Sunday schedul e: Heritage Worship Service, 8:3 0 a.m. (October-May only); Scho ol School for all ages, 9:30 a.m .; Celebration Worship Service at 10:45 a.m.; New Song worsh ip service at 10:45 a.m. Loving nur sery care provided every Sunda y morning. Youth Fellowship, 5 p.m Bible Fellowship Class, 6 p.m (October-May only). We offe r Christ-centered Sunday scho ol classes, youth programs, Bib le studies, book studies and Christia n fellowship. We are a congregatio n that want to know Christ and mak e Him known. Call the church offic e at 465-2422 or check out ou r church Web site at www.memo rialumc.com. St. John United Methodis t Church, 3214 Grand Prix Driv e, Sebring, FL33872. The Re v. Ronald De Genaro Jr., Pasto r. Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.; Sunda y Morning Worship, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m and 11 a.m. Nursery provided for a ll services. Phone 382-173 6. www.stjohnsebring.org Spring Lake United Methodis t Church, 8170 Cozumel Lan e, (Hwy 98) Sebring. The Rev. Clyd e Weaver Jr., Pastor. Worship ser vice starts at 9:55 a.m. Bible Stud y meets at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesda y. Choir Practice at 4:00 p.m. o n Thursday. Church office phon e: 655-0040. UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Emmanuel United Church o f Christ, where God is still speaking. 3115 Hope Street, Sebring, F L 33875 (1.8 miles west of U.S. 2 7 and Hammock Road). Sunday wo rship, 9:30 a.m.; Communion wi th worship first Sunday of mont h; Chapel Communion, 8:45 a.m. a ll other Sundays. All are welcome to receive the sacrament. For mor e information, call the church office at 471-1999 or e-mail eucc@ea rth link.net or check theWeb si te sebringemmanuelucc.com. N o matter who you are or where yo u are on life's journey, you're we lcome here.PLACESTOWORSHIP AMethodist's Beliefs Class w ill be held at 9:40 a.m. S unday, Jan. 9, 16, and 23 in t he church library. The high school youth will m eet at the lighthouse for a b onfire at 5 p.m. and Bible fell owship at 6 p.m. in the chapel. The church office will be c losed on Monday and will r eopen at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The church is at 500 Kent A ve. Visitors are always welc ome. For more information, c all 465-2422.Parkway Free Will Baptist ChurchSEBRING The Sunday m orning Bible lesson, "I Am Y our Redeemer," is taken from I saiah 44. Pastor Jim Scaggs w ill bring the Sunday morning a nd evening messages. The Lord's Supper will be o bserved during the 11 a.m. s ervice, and foot washing foll ows the Sunday evening servi ce.St. John United Methodist ChurchSEBRING New Year's Eve Service will be from 7-8 p.m. today. The Rev. Ronald De Genaro's topic for Sunday morning will be "The Wise Still Seek Him."Sebring Church of the BrethrenSEBRING Pastor Keith Simmons will preach on "Jubilee: Liberty in God!" The Scripture will be taken from Leviticus 25:1-2. Sunday school will be led by the Rev. Wendell Bohrer and will meet in the Fidelis Room. They will study "I Am Your Redeemer." They will also be looking at the Scripture of Isaiah 44:21-26.Southside Baptist ChurchSEBRING The Rev. Andy Large, missionary to Managua, Nicaragua with Association of Baptists for World Evangelism, will speak in the morning and evening worship services. Children's church and a nursery are available. The church is at 379 S. Commerce Ave. For information, call 385-0752.Spring Lake United Methodist ChurchSEBRING Spring Lake United Methodist Church is at 8170 Cozumel Lane. The Rev. Clyde Weaver's sermon will be "My Covenant."The Way ChurchSEBRING "In With the New" is the title of Pastor Reinhold Buxbaum's message the first Sunday of the new year. New Year's Eve at 7:30 p.m. a family movie, "The Black Stallion," will be shown. The Way Church is at 1005 N. Ridgewood Drive. The church phone is the 471-6140; the pastor's cell is 214-6190. For church information and the pastor's messages go to www.thewaychurch.org. RELIGION Continued from page 8B Haifley Family in concert at Calvary Baptist ChurchAVON PARK The Haifley Family, from New Paris, Ind., will be at Calvary Baptist Church at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9. Be blessed by their playing, singing, preaching and sweet spirit. Admission is free. A love offering will be received. The church is at 2220 U.S. 27 South (across from South Florida Community College).Bible Fellowship Church welcomes the Sounds of LibertySEBRING Sounds of Liberty is Liberty University's premiere traveling ministry team. The team is made up of six vocalists and a fivepiece band including Sebring's own Jordan Terrell on keyboards. The team travels extensively, performing more than 100 shows annually for some of America's largest churches and organizational events. They are bringing their ministry to Sebring at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11 at Bib le Fellowship Church. Th is is a free concert and a love offering will be accepted. The church is at 3750 Hammock Road. 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Special to the News-SunFROSTPROOF Family L ife Church of Frostproof w ill host Clint and Amy H arris of Clinton Harris M inistries at the Frostproof M iddle Senior High School a uditorium, 1000 N. Palm A ve., at 7 p.m. each night t hrough Saturday and at 10 a .m. Sunday. Feeling like God is not t here? Don't understand trad itional church? Want to k now God and feel His prese nce? Come visit, sing along, b e encouraged and equipped f or excellence and success in t he new year through knowle dge of the Lord Jesus Christ. For more information call F amily Life Church office at (863) 635-2704. Visit www.mychurchlives.com or www.betweenhisshoulders.or g Page 10BNews-SunFriday, December 31, 2010www.newssun.com New York Strip or Crusted Tuna SteakSPECIAL$13.95 .(regular menu available) Includes party favors & Glass of Champagne. Music and Dancing 8PMMidnight in our lounge. No Cover Charge with dinner ticket.Music and dancing only,$10 cover.2451 US 27 S € Avon Park 453-3331 Located on Lake GlenadaEvery Weekend 9-1€ Live Music Every Wednesday 6-9pm Gary Oliver,direct from Key West Ol Rock n Roll Coming Soon Trivia,Karaoke & Singing 3 nights a week Free Buffett New Years Day during football games (4pm-8pm) NEW YEARS EVE CELEBRATION!(Serving Dinner 4-10 pm)Open 11AM-2AM on New Years Eve & Noon-8PM New Years Day€ Live Music € Party Favors € Champagne Courtesy photo Clint and Amy Harris of Clinton Harris Ministries will perform this weekend at the Frostproof Middle Senior High School. Harris duo in concert RELIGION It's that time of the year when people start making New Year's resolutions. I think very few people actually keep them for a whole year. We always start off with the best of intentions but old habits come back and take over. Still, it's worth a try. What would you like to change in your family life? What would you like to change in your marriage? Are you going to put yourself first, your own personal goals, or are you going to focus on improving your relationships? I have watched many people put their personal goals first and shake their heads in bewilderment later when their families fall apart. They wonder what went wrong. Here's the secret: If you want to be happy, put yourself last. Yes, you need to try to be healthy. You need personal fulfillment time, but if you balance everything properly and put your needs last, you and everyone around you will be happier. There may still be conflicts, but they can help us better understand each other. Here's my suggestion for the coming year. Commit yourself to being the best wife and mother you can be. Commit yourself to being your husband's best friend and your child's best coach, tutor, mentor and trainer (parent). Take responsibility for their nurturing and upbringing. Dare to be authoritative, but do it in love. Dare to be a snoop, invade your children's privacy, know what's going on in their lives. They may act resentful, but they will know you care about them. In spite of their attitudes, kids really want to know that what they go through is important to their parents. They may get mad at you but as you discuss things with an attitude of mutual respect, they will get over it. Commit your family to the Lord. Commit all of your relationships to the Lord. 2 Timothy 1:12 says, "...fo r I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep tha t which I've committed unto Him against that day." "That day" indicate s the day this life is over and we meet our Lord face to face. People will let you down. God never will. You may not always understand His purpose and will, but He is always right. You can trust Him always. Aleta Kay can be reached at themarriagementor@yahoo.com What will you commit for the new year? Marriage Mentor Aleta Kay It really puzzles me. About one-third of the Bible is prophetic, yet we hear so little about it. Hi, my name is Pastor Reinhold Buxbaum from "The Way" and I would like to have a word with you. So why is it that we don't hear more about one-third of the Bible? Is it because of the silly "competition" at check-outs at our supermarkets, the magazines with so-called prophecies for the future? Is that why we just don't take prophecy seriously anymore? Or is it because in the past so many prophetic date setters for the return of the Lord were all wrong? Or, perhaps, were prophecies written so long ago, they could not possibly come true today? But the counterfeit never invalidates the real stuff. And the real stuff is that the Bible tells us that Jesus is literally coming back. Do you know that there are over 200 Old Testament prophecies that told us about the first coming of Jesus? But how many were living in the expectation of the baby in Bethlehem? Only 2. Anna and Simeon (Luke 2:25-38). They knew the details of Old Testament prophecy and they were waiting for him. And Jesus came. Many others were looking for the Messiah as a powerful king, who will overthrow the Roman government. But they were waiting for the wrong deliverer, who never came, because the Bible never prophesied such a king. Here is my question. There are over 300 Old and New Testament prophecies about the second coming of the Messiah Jesus. But are we ready this time? Or are we also looking for a different deliver? What are the biblical signs? Let me take you to the "super sign" of the return of Jesus Christ. It happened on May 14, 1948. The U.N. gave Israel the right to form it's own country on the same property where they were driven out from in the year 70 AD by the Romans. You see, there are many propheti c reasons why Israel has to be back in it's own land, before Jesus will return. We don't have to look for the U.N. to make that possible. God told Abraham some 4,000 years ago that he and his descendants will occupy this land for all times. It was a gift of God to the Jews for ever. Yes, the stage is set for the second coming of Jesus! Reinhold Buxbaum is pastor o f The Way Church. He teaches An Evening in Prophecy' at Homer's Restaurant the first Monday of each month. Special to the News-SunSEBRING The Rev. T imothy Finch will begin his m inistry as pastor of S unridge Baptist Church on S unday. Finch was licensed t o the Gospel Ministry by F irst Baptist Church o f Leesburg in July 1 986, and ordained to t he Gospel Ministry b y First Baptist C hurch of Leesburg in N ovember 1986. He married the form er Cynthia J. M cMurtrey on July 1 8, 1987 and they have four c hildren. Finch earned a Bachelor of T heology from Florida B aptist Theological College i n Graceville in December 1 988. He earned a Master of R eligious Education degree f rom Southwestern Baptist T heological Seminary in Fort W orth, Texas in July 1992. H e is pursuing a Doctor of P hilosophy in Religion d egree from South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary in Deerfield Beach. For the last two years, Finch has served as the interim pastor of South Ocala Baptist Church in Ocala. He previously served as pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Ocala, as well as pastor of a church in Texas and a church in Georgia. Other ministry experience included service as a Minister of Evangelism Intern of a church in Texas, as well as Minister of Recreation and Children's Education at First Baptist Church of Leesburg. Finch served for a time as an adjunct professor for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Texarkana, Texas. For a number of years, Finch has served as a volunteer chaplain at Marion Correctional Institution. Finch joins Sunridge Baptist Finch Guess who knows the future? Guest Column Reinhold Buxbaum Classified ads get results! Call 385-6155


By DAVID GERMAIN APMovie WriterThe Michelle Williams and R yan Gosling marital drama Blue Valentine" is agonizing t o watch yet relentlessly c ompelling, even illuminati ng, playing almost like a s ober documentary rather t han a narrative film. Though fictional, "Blue V alentine" is a document of s orts, a chronicle of a crumb ling marriage that often f eels as honest and painful as i f it were a nonfiction film a bout real people putting e ach other through absolute h ell. That sense of eavesdropp ing authenticity results from t he commitment of Williams a nd Gosling, who remained s igned on to star for years b efore filming finally started, a nd the perseverance of d irector and co-writer Derek C ianfrance, who honed the s cript for 12 years. The behind-the-scenes t roubles for the film i ncluding an initial adultso nly NC-17 rating for sexual c ontent reflect the bumps a nd bruises of marriage that C ianfrance set out to illust rate. Like any marriage, the r esult is a beautifully idios yncratic portrait of a relat ionship that starts with the b rightest of hopes and i nevitably falters as the years a nd mileage accumulate. "Blue Valentine" follows a p ivotal day in the life of C indy and Dean, a married c ouple spending a night away f rom their young daughter (Faith Wladyka, in her screen debut) in hopes of renewing the romantic spark that has steadily faded between them. Williams'Cindy is a medical assistant who once dreamed of being a doctor, and Gosling's Dean is a housepainter whose only aspiration in life was to be a family man. They once held deep affection and passion for each other, but the unasked question with which both grapple is whether they ever were truly compatible for the long haul. Cianfrance intersperses the present-day marital scenes with lovingly nostalgic flashbacks to the start of Cindy and Dean's romance six years earlier. The authenticity is heightened by Cianfrance's filming methods. The flashbacks were shot first, on Super 16mm film using a single lens and handheld cameras, lending those portions a hazier look, like happy memories of a time of spontaneity and possibility. The presentday scenes have a sharper, unforgiving quality, shot using two digital cameras fixed on tripods, with long lenses, one each following Williams and Gosling, allowing the actors to prowl the sets at will. The scenes from their marriage were shot a month after the flashbacks. Williams and Gosling had a contest to see who could pack on the most weight in that time to help show the intervening years (Williams won, gaining 15 pounds). But camera styles and gaining weight are incidental to the film's main strength the raw, ferocious, punishing performances delivered by Williams and Gosling. There are moments of sublime sweetness in the early days of Cindy and Dean's love story that could melt the heart of the most unsentimental cynic. To see where it all leads as they drift apart is heartbreaking certainly not as heartbreaking as watching friends in real life break apart, but about as close as you can come in a film. When Williams and Gosling fight, make love, trade jokes, share an awkward conversation in the car, every second feels real. www.newssun.comNews-SunFriday, December 31, 2010Page 11B 4320 US 27 N. SebringFull Service Auto Center HONESTY WITH A SMILEŽClint CoolOwner/Technician Over 15 Years Exp. ASE/Factory Certi“ed Brakes € A/C € Belts Struts € Transmission Alignments Elec. 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Sebring NOW SHOWINGFriday 12/24 Thursday 01/06 Suick CinemasInformation 385-9980 Office 385-9908New Dolby Digital SoundAll Seats $6.00for Matinee COMING SOONJan 7SEASON OF THE WITCH By DAVID GERMAIN, APMovie Writer The really annoying thing a bout Jack Black's Gulliver's Travels" is not s o much that it's a bad m ovie it is bad, but only r un-of-the-mill bad, not e pic-misfire bad but that t he movie sullies a piece of l iterature that has endured f or nearly 300 years for the s ake of a cheap kiddie flick t hat'll be forgotten in a m onth. With Black's giant footp rints all over it, Jonathan S wift's tale of Gulliver's v oyages is pretty much out o f bounds for any filmmake rs who actually might have w anted to make a good, f aithful adaptation (you n ever know, it could have h appened). You can hear some studio e xecutive listening to the p itch a decade or so from n ow: "Gulliver? Didn't s omebody make that piece of s hipboard adventure 10 or 15 y ears ago?" Hollywood runs in cycles, a nd Black's movie takes G ulliver off the table for a g ood long time. The live-action filmmaki ng debut for Rob Letterman, a co-director on the animate d movies "Shark Tale" and Monsters vs. Aliens," 'Gulliver's Travels" is set in m odern times and borrows only a few key elements from Swift's work. Black's Lemuel Gulliver is a mailroom sluggard at the New York Tribune who bluffs his way into a travelwriting assignment in the Bermuda Triangle to impress Darcy (Amanda Peet), an editor on whom he has a huge crush. Gulliver sails into some sort of vortex that transports him to an alternate world, where he washes up on Lilliput, an island of tiny people 3 inches high. Initially imprisoned as a beast, Gulliver gabs his way into the hearts of the Lilliputians with tall tales of his exploits borrowed from "Star Wars," 'Titanic" and "Avatar" (all movies in which "Gulliver's Travels" studio 20th Century Fox has a stake, in case anyone's counting). Gulliver winds up as guardian of Lilliput against the enemy Blefuscians and befriends commoner Horatio (Jason Segel), who has his own crush on Lilliput's Princess Mary (Emily Blunt), daughter of the goodhearted king and queen (Billy Connolly and Catherine Tate). But evil General Edward (Chris O'Dowd), displaced as his realm's protector, plots to expose Gulliver and banish him from the land. "Gulliver's Travels" has been adapted a few times before, most notably in Max Fleischer's 1939 animated version. Richard Harris played Gulliver in a 1977 adaptation, while Ted Danson starred in a 1996 TV version. In Black's version, Swift's biting satire is softened to innocuous family fare, with enough cute little gags and mugging by Black that young children should stay interested, if not enthralled, for the movie's brisk running time. There's not much there for older kids and adults, the simple-minded story from screenwriters Joe Stillman ("Shrek") and Nicholas Stoller (Segel's director on "Forgetting Sarah Marshall") giving Black little to do but bumble and bray. The story is so slight Lilliputian, really that the clever visual effects continually dominate "Gulliver's Travels." Black tugging an armada of Blefuscian ships or simply strolling among the sand-castle-sized buildings of Lilliput are far more interesting to watch than any of the exchanges he and the little people have among themselves. The movie was needlessly converted to 3-D. The images are not blurry and distracting as some 3-D conversions have been, but neither are they terribly impressive, adding nothing but a few extra dollars to the price of a ticket. Maybe by the book's 300th anniversary in 2026, it'll be time for a new bigscreen version. And maybe a new quality-over-commerce attitude will have taken hold in Hollywood then, so we'll get a smart, classy take on Gulliver. Could happen. DIVERSIONS Black's Gulliver' is dull kiddie fodder DearAbby: I just lost my 15year-old sister to bullying and the school here is not doing anything about it. There have been a number of suicides due to this behavior. I want schools to realize they need to take action before someone else gets hurt. Bullying isn't a harmless prank and it should be taken seriously. I have heard of a bullying law in some schools, but it needs to be in all schools. I should not have to bury my sister at such a young age. Abby, can you please get a message out to schools and their students about bullying? Thank you. Grief-Stricken Sister in Michigan DearGrief-Stricken Sister: Please accept my deepest sympathy not only for the untimely loss of your sister, but also the tragic circumstances surrounding her death. Although bullying is something that has gone on for generations, in recent years school boards have only begun to realize what a serious and pervasive problem it truly is and have instituted zero tolerance policies. In many schools where student suicides have occurred, the administration has provided grief counseling and programs to sensitize students and faculty in order to prevent it from happening. If that isn't being done in your community, the parents should be very worried. DearAbby: What do you say to a person who never stops talking? A friend does it, and I don't want to hurt her feelings. It has reached the point where I avoid her because her nonstop babbling irritates me. I have made clear to her I don't use my phone much and prefer email, but it hasn't stopped her from calling anyway sometimes late at night. I let the machine pick up, but my sleep is still interrupted and, once again, I am irritated. Abby, this woman has a heart of gold. She is generous and sweet, but her incessant chatter diminishes any good feelings I have for her. Even when we're eating in a restaurant, she never stops to come up for air. How can I politely let her know her neverending blather is getting on my nerves? Can't Get a Word In, in Nor th Carolin a DearCan't G et a Word In: Your friend is a compulsive talker. She may d o it out of insecurity, or because the sound of silence makes her uncomfortable. She may do it because she thinks she's entertaining. But hogging the conversation is rude. And calling someone in th e late evening, after being told that the person does not want calls after a certain hour, is also rude. Much as you might like to I doubt anything you say politely will change her. S o accept her, warts and all, or move on. DearAbby: When a man meets a woman wear ing a low-cut dress or blouse, is it rude to momentarily glance down (not stare) at her cleavage ? Most men find this a natu ral, unavoidable impulse. Doin'What Com es Natural ly DearDoin': It may be a "natural, unavoidable impulse," but gentlemen have learned to control their impulses. And that's what I recommend you do unless you want to offend the woman you're with or the woman you're meeting. I'm surprised yo u haven't heard the phrase, "My eyes are up here." DearReaders: From th e bottom of my heart, I wis h all of you a happy, health y and prosperous 2011. And please, if you will be driv ing tonight, don't drink; and if you're drinking tonight, don't drive. Stay safe, everyone! Love, Abby Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. What teens need to know about sex, drugs, AIDS and getting along with peers and parents is in What Every Teen Should Know.' 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LIVING 12B PAGE News-Sun Friday, December 31, 2010 Alcohol is a big part of New Year's celebrations, but if not careful, there is a price to pay the morning afterHangover causesAlcohol is a depressant that can give a drinker trouble even after he sobers up. Research has shown what happens in the body to cause hangovers. Vasopressin: An antidiuretic hormone is blocked by the pituitary gland when alcohol is consumed. Without this chemical, the body will eventually dehydrate. Acetaldehyde: Avery toxic byproduct is produced when alcohol is broken down by the liver. Large amounts of the toxin lead to painful hangover symptoms. Glutamine: Anatural body stimulant. It is blocked when a person drinks alcohol. When a person stops drinking, the body tries to make up for lost time by producing more glutamine than it needs. The increase stimulates the brain and keeps the drinker from reaching a deep sleep. Congeners: Abyproduct of alcohol. Darker alcohol has more congeners than light; the more congeners, the worse the hangover. KEYTO SYMPTOMSRANKINGS OF ALCOHOL WITH THE HIGHEST CONGENER LEVELS FROM LEAST TO GREATEST 1. Vodka 2. Gin 3. White wine 4. Whiskey 5. Rum 6. Red wine 7. Brandy 8. Malts 9. BourbonENTERING THE BODY20% absorbed through the stomach 80% absorbed through small intestine 5% through lungs 5% through kidneys 90% broken down by liverHOW MANYDRINKSIt usually takes five to seven drinks in four to six hours to cause a hangover for a light-to-moderate drinker. This is a man who drinks up to three alcoholic beverages a day or a woman who drinks up to one.Absorbing alcoholAlcohol absorption depends on concentration of alcohol, type of drink and whether your stomach is full or empty.LEAVING THE BODYSymptomsAhangover is associated with a variety of symptoms, which vary from person to person, usually beginning several hours after drinking. The pituitary gland releases improper amounts of several hormones, disrupting the brain's circadian rhythm and interfering with normal kidney function. The brain's blood vessels dilate, causing a throbbing headache. The brain can pull from its lining, intensifying the pain. The throat and mouth feel dry and scratchy. The heart can become inflamed, start beating with an abnormal rhythm, or even stop beating. The liver builds up fatty and lactic acids, impairing the body's ability to metabolize sugar. The resulting low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can cause weakness and mood disturbances. The pancreas increases production of digestive chemicals, causing pain, nausea and vomiting. The kidneys fail to reabsorb water, causing increased urination. The stomach lining becomes inflamed, delaying digestion. Excess gastric acid contributes to nausea. Muscles become weak from low blood sugar levels. The central nervous system becomes chemically overexcited, causing sweating, tremors and sensitivity to light, sound and touch. The best way to avoid a hangover is not to drink. But if you do, research shows the following procedure works well to minimize the symptoms.RemediesBEFORE DRINKING Eat a full meal: Food in the stomach slows down the absorption of alcohol, and the body has time to process toxins. It also will decrease vomiting. Drink water: It keeps the body hydrated. Multivitamins: Prepare the body for loss of vitamins. WHILE DRINKING Drink in moderation: Limit drinks to 1 per hour. Dilute drinks: Add soda, water or tonic to drinks or have a glass of water between drinks. Choose the right drink: Avoid drinks with higher congener concentrations. AFTER DRINKING Take asprin: Take two before bedtime and two in the morning. This helps with hangover severity. Take a multivitamin: Replenish C and B vitamins. Eat breakfast: It helps the body start recovery. SOURCES: Howstuffworks, The British Medical Journal Kwency Norman/ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel