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Serving Greater Oviedo and Winter Springs for more than 16 years

June 27 July 3, 2008

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This Week Interests.
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GONE ^Winter Springs gives its

fire department to county

plum OR 11


Winter Springs' fire depart-
ment will cease to exist
Oct. 2, when its firefighters
officially become Seminole
County employees.
Commissioner Joanne

Krebs' voice cracked as she
made the motion to approve
the agreement between the
municipalities Monday,
June 23. Commissioner Rick
Brown was the only dis-
senting vote. Commissioner
Robert Miller was absent.
The next day, June

2-4, the Seminole County
Commission made the fire
department merger official,
unanimously approving the
agreement. ,
County Commissioner
Mike McLean said
Wednesday that the agree-
ment ensures the level of

fire sen ice in the city stays
the same, while allowing
citizens' tax dollars to be
used more efficiently.
Winter Springs will join
Altamonte Springs in the
county's fire service tax dis-
trict. That tax, for which
a rate hasn't yet been set,

will be included in city resi-
dents' property tax bills. In
2007 the county's fire prop-
erty tax rate was $2.33 per
$1,000 of property value.
"By us expanding the
[district], it may be adjusted

> turn to MERGER on page A8


S. ,"., I I j- uA u uut U n - "
Oviedo Fire Lieutenant Ed Ruping, at left, mugs for the camera during a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new fire station.

Dirt flies at station site

W.S. boosts police

presence near 417


Winter Springs Police are
setting up shop on the city's
east side, near the intersec-
tion of State Road 434 and
Highway 417.
The substation will open
within two months in the
Vistawilla Office Center,
police spokesman Captain
Kevin Brunelle said.- The
1,100-square-foot space,
donated by property owner
Tom Corkery, is an empty
shell ready to be painted
and carpeted.

Because of its location,
officers will be able to more
regularly monitor the traf-
fic coming in and out of the
city via 417 traffic that
may include potential crim-
"Having a police presence
at the exit will help deter
those bad guys from coming
into our city," Mayor John
Bush said.
That monitoring is
already happening, but now
officers won't have to go all
the way to the Moss Road

> turn to POLICE on page A9

Standing on the warm
ground Saturday morn-
ing, a dozen pairs of shoul-
ders wide, Oviedo's City
Council and Fire Rescue
Department finally broke
ground on Station 48, an
occasion some said was
eight years in coming.
"Most of the community
is built out here already,"

Mayor Mary Lou Andrews
said. "This completes the
The temporary solution
of a double-wide trailer had
served as the city's east-
ern fire station for nearly
a decade while firefighters
waited for permanent quar-
ters. That was long enough,
Councilman Steve Schenck
"We used to ask the ques-
tion 'How long is tempo-

rary?'" he said. "It's about
Though the Council
and fire department slung
chunks of broken dirt
with golden shovels while
flashbulbs flickered, the
real groundbreaking had
already begun behind them.
Latticework for the fire sta-
tion and administration
complex's infrastructure

> turn to STATION 48 page A5



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TJE 1wea` cgan Onever orgive.rgxive^nessis tea -
bute of the strong."
Mahatma Gandhi, Indian spiritual leader, 1869-1948

A suit filed by Oviedo-based
Palm Tree Mobile Billboards
against the head of the
Department of Highway Safety
and Motor Vehicles was dis-
missed June 19. The court was
deemed an improper venue.
The company's trucks have
TV-like displays that display
video advertisements to motor-
ists on screens the width and
length of the truck, mounted
on the sides and back of a box
frame. In September, a driver
received a traffic ticket for nav-
ng flashing red and blue lights
- violation of a law meant
to keep cars from looking like
emergency vehicles.
Palm Tree wants the statute
changed or to get a waiver.
A lawsuit is also filed against
Orange County Sheriff Kevin
Beary for tickets received from
sheriff's deputies.
-Jenny Andreasson
The Voice

Awkward talk: politics at work


It's tough not to hear the
names John McCain and
Barack Obama these days.
News of their presiden-
tial campaigns floods media
outlets and ripples off the
tongues of Americans every-
where. But there's one place
this sort of chatter still isn't
commonplace: the office.
A 2008 American
Management Association
survey of 700 executives,
managers and employees
found that just 40 percent
were comfortable talk-
ing about politics at work,
while more than one-third
of them were uncomfort-
able. The other 25 percent
said they were neutral.
The comfortable per-
centage may be on the rise
due to people staying more
in tune with elections, said
Tim May, Orlando-area team

manager for Administaff,
which provides human-
resource services to small-
and medium-sized busi-
"People are becoming
bolder," he said.
But 35 percent still don't
approve. The main reason
a person might not discuss
politics is a fear of offending
someone, May said. There's
also the old adage that says
it's not politically correct to
talk politics, religion or sex
in mixed company.
"That adage kind of
sticks with people," he said.
But that's not true of every-
one, which is a reason why a
business should have a well-
crafted policy that spells
out early on what can be
discussed or distributed on
company time, he added.
By law, employers can
prohibit in-office cam-
paigning. Also, employers
can choose to limit politi-

cal discussions to non-work
times, such as lunch or
breaks, May said.
However, there's no use
forbidding such a topic,
said Foard Jones, chair-
man of the Department
of Management at the
University of Central
Florida's College of Business
"It's just one of those
things you can't stop people
from talking about," Jones
As an employer, Jones
said he would be most con-
cerned about people spend-
ing all their time talking
about politics on company
time. He said there should
be an all-encompassing
policy that addresses non-
business talk: sports, TV,
politics and so on.
He said if people are
allowed to talk about the
Celtics and the Lakers or
"Sex and the City" on

their breaks, they should
be allowed to. talk about
McCain and Obama.
Usually employees will
know when not to share
their views, Jones said. "I
have a very good friend at
work, and we are on total
opposite ends of the politi-
cal spectrum. We just don't
go there," he added with a

1. Limit political talk or activi-
ties to lunch and break times.
2. Consider banning political
gear in public spaces.
3. Avoid taking an official
stance on a candidate or
political issue.
(Source: Adminisiaffti

Gilmore makes it official


Winter Springs City
Commissioner Don
Gilmore launched his
campaign for re-election
Tuesday evening, June 24,
in the Tuscawilla Country
Club, beneath a stormy sky,
but storm clouds haven't
descended upon the race
for Seat 3 yet.
At the party,
Commissioner Sally
McGinnis and fellow
Gilmore-supporter Bob

Rucci both agreed it could
get messy.
Running against Gilmore
is Gary Bonner, an adver-
tising and marketing busi-
nessman in Winter Springs.
Bonner kicked off his cam-
paign in March with a party
hosted by Commissioner
Rick Brown at his Tijuana
Flats restaurant in the Town
Center. Bonner has also
clinched the endorsement
of the Winter Springs Fire
Department Union, which
will be working on Bonner's
campaign despite the fire-

fighters leaving for the
county in October, union
President Jeff McCall said.
Mayor John Bush is on
Gilmore's side. "It's not the
right time to bring a rookie
in," he said, citing the tough
economic situation.
Gilmore, an engineer,
does his homework when
it comes to city issues,
said Kurt Miericke, a resi-
dent and Tuscawilla Home
Owners Association board

> turn to GILMORE on page A8

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Published Friday,
June 27, 2008

Lynch makes his move

Longtime Oviedo police lieutenant shifts to community policing


Oviedo Police Lieutenant
Dennis Lynch says he's
excited to get back to pre-
venting crime and inter-
acting with residents. The
former public information
officer and internal affairs
investigator just got a new
title: corfimunity relations
lieutenant in the C.O.P.S.
and Volunteer Center in the
Oviedo Marketplace.
Lynch, who's been in
police work for 37 years,
spent two and a half
years as the department's
spokesman. Rotating into
Lynch's former position is
Lieutenant George Ilemsky,
with 22 years of Oviedo
policing logged. Ilemsky,
the police training coordi-
nator since 2001, said he
looks forward, to learning
the administrative side of
police work after always
working in operations.
Ilemsky will also be tak-
ing over Lynch's "Be on
the lookout!" column in
The Voice. The column lists
the prior week's crime and
arrest news and includes
tips for public safety.
Lynch's creative touch
made his column informa-
tive and entertaining. "I'd

Lt. Dennis Lynch, above, will work at the Oviedo Marketplace substation for the Oviedo
Police Department, after stepping out of his role as the department's public information
officer. Replacing him in that role will be Lt. George Ilemsky, at right.

like to think I added some
measure of humanity," he
Some sample crime
entries: "Hello, police? Help,
but stay out of my house,"
"These crimes became
lessons learned," "Car

exchanged for cocaine,"
and "Hamster, ferret stolen
by bikers."
"Two years ago they told
me to tone it down a little
bit," Lynch added with a

A flavorful family at Dipsters


Kathy Pecylak warmly
recalls her carefree sum-
mer days as a child grow-
ing up in Connecticut. Back
then, she spent nearly every
day leisurely riding her
bicycle around town with
her friends. The highlight
of those hot summer days
was a stop at the local Dairy
Queen for a refreshing soft-
serve cone.
Decades later and 1,200
miles south, Kathy is where
she once dreamed of being:
in an ice cream shop, cre-
ating happy memories for
other children.
Today, Kathy and her hus-
band, Steve, are the proud
owners of "Dipsters Ice
Cream &..." a modern store
with old-fashioned stan-
dards. The couple and their
two sons, 14-year-old David
and 16-year-old Michael,
have spent the past three
years.planning and building
a family business. Dipsters,
which served its first cone
in February, has become a
home away from home for
the family of four.
Children stand at the
large ice cream case, faces

pressed against the glass,
trying to choose from a
large selection of ice cream
ranging from 15 traditional
ice creams to three flavors
of 95 percent fat-free soft-
serve ice cream. Dipsters
also carries a sugar-free, fat-
free vanilla and a lactose-
free soft-serve, which is
rotated weekly with flavors
such as raspberry, pineap-
ple, mango and strawberry.
The most popular fla-
vors at the store, the fam-
ily agrees, are Cappuccino
Crunch for adults and
Superman strawberry,
banana and a blue raspber-
ry for children.
The Pecylaks said they
chose their ice cream brands
carefully and actually per-

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formed multiple blind taste
tests before theyselected the
manufacturers. "You know
an ice cream brand is good
when the vanilla is good,
because you can't hide the
flavors," Steve said.
Dipsters is most famous
locally for its special dips
that harden when chilled,
such as chocolate or coco-
nut shell. "A.lot of the peo-
ple who come in are from
the Northeast and they
know the soft serve," Kathy
said. The ice cream brings
back pleasant memories for
many people, she added.
Additional toppings can
be added to the ice cream,
from traditional chocolate.

> turn to DIPSTERS on page A5


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It's easy to forget Geneva is an island

By Karen McEnany-Phillips

No man is an island, but
our Village of Geneva actu-
ally is. Even those of us who
call Geneva home some-
times forget that it used
to be advertised to north-
erners as "The Island and
Village of Geneva."
If you have recently
driven toward Oviedo on
County Road 426 you may
have noticed a new sign
by the Little-Big Econ Barr
Street trail and parking
area. The sign says "Salt
Creek," and it is one of the
five bodies of water that
has surrounded Geneva for
thousands of years.
Indians, settlers
and explorers tra-
versed the St. Johns and
Econlockhatchee riv-
ers, Lake Jesup and Lake
Harney, and the fifth water-
way, Salt Creek, which con-
nects the Econ River with
Lake Jesup.

It has only been in the
last century that roads
overtook waterways as the
primary source of trans-
portation. Canoes, kayaks,
steamboats and ferries
used to carry people and
cargo to and from Central
Florida. Commerce and
livelihoods thrived as a
result of the waterborne
highways surrounding
Geneva's 100 square miles.
Christopher Stapleton,
president of the newly
formed Geneva Rural
Heritage Center, marvels at
the unique geological for-
mation that has provided
such significance to Geneva
for thousands of years. "If
you think about it," he said,
"water has supported local
cultures for thousands of
years through economic
booms and busts, all the
while supporting man's
ability to live in harmony
with nature. We need to

honor this aspect of our
unique home by drawing
attention to Salt Creek,
the last waterway that
closes the loop of these five
After a daily summer
thunderstorm only the
damp creek bed is visible
by the roadside, but when
water levels are high, water
does flow through Salt
Creek. It is the western con-
nector with Lake Jesup, fol-
lowed by the St. Johns River
on the northern border,
and Lake Harney through
which the St. Johns River
flows through on the east.
The St. Johns River
connects with the
Econlockhatchee River on
the southern border. The
mighty St. Johns River is
one of a few dozen rivers in
the world that flows north;
two more famous rivers are
the Shenandoah River in
Virginia and West Virginia
and the Nile River in Egypt.
On a daily basis, when
we leave Geneva we cross
bridges or travel over flow-
ing or almost flowing -
water. Water is also active
below us. The "Geneva
Bubble" supplies much of
the area's drinking water.
Not covered by clay, the

The magic of a potluck meal

Aren't potluck suppers
great? They are the sim-
plicity of having a great
get-together with little or
no effort for entertaining,
especially if you are plan-
ning on a large crowd. As
my mother used to say,
"Whatever food one is
lucky to find in the pot
makes a great dish to
share." Another meaning
I heard was "Whatever is
available in a particular cir-
cumstance or a particular
Last Saturday evening
the members of the First
United Methodist Church

of Oviedo threw what
was supposed to be a
surprise party for Pastor
John Powers and his wife,
Sharon, only they found
out about it by mistake
when an e-mail strayed to
his computer. The party
was, you guessed it, a pot-
luck with food, food and
more food a delicious
variety of all sorts of good-
ies. Pastor Powers is leaving
our church after 10 years,
and the family will be truly
missed by all members
and the community as he
becomes the district super-
intendent of the Gulf Coast

Coming up is Oviedo's
Annual Independence
Celebration on Friday,
July 4, at the Oviedo
Gymnasium and Aquatic
Facility. A pool party will
be held from 11:30 a.m. to
5 p.m. and the block party
from 5 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.,
when the fireworks show
begins. If purchased at the
Facility before July 1, wrist-
bands are $4 per person.
They are $7 afterward. Call
407-971-5575 for more
Also Sanford's Fourth
of July Celebration with
fireworks and music by
Orleans and Friends. The
event runs from 5:30 p.m.
to 10:30 p.m. at Fort Mellon
Park on East First Street.
Admission is free. Call
407-330-5697 for more
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celebration with fireworks
and outdoor concerts from
Simple Plan, Kate Voegele
and others, is from 4 p.m.
to 11 p.m. on Thursday, July
3. The event will take place
at Cranes Roost Park on
Altamonte Springs Drive.
Admission is free. Call
407-571-8180 for more
I guess you all saw the
article in the paper say-
ing another store in the
Oviedo Marketplace mall
"bit the dust." It is like a
tomb in the mall when we
walkers walk in the morn-
ings. There is no music and
nothing inviting to really
window shop for at a later
time. No wonder stores
are pulling out due to rent
increases and the non-
attractive types of stores in
the mall. The only stores
holding the mall together
are Dillard's, Macy's, the
movie theater and the sev-
eral old-faith chain stores.
On another shopping
note: With food prices ris-
ing for vegetables and the
like, why not try to shop at
the local farmers markets?

It's also a way to spend
the day visiting places
you might not normally
see on your daily rounds.
Try the farmers market in
Sanford on Saturdays on
First Street from 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m. The Lake Mary
Farmers Market is open 8
a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays
at Lake Mary City Hall on
100 N. Country Club Road
and the Maitland Farmers
Market is open from 9 a.m.
to 1 p.m. on Sundays at
Quinn Strong Park, 347 S.
Maitland Ave. All the farm-
er's markets sell veggies
and plants, and some even
have specialty items.
A thought Life is
always walking up to us
and saying, "Come on in,
the living is fine," and what
do we do? Back off and take
its picture.


Send word to Janet Foley about
events and let her know what's
going on around town by e-mailing

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ground lets rainwater filter
straight to the water table
Geologists discovered
the oval-shaped pocket in
the 1930s and measured it
to be about 24 square miles
and 600 feet at its deep-
est point. The Bubble is an
essential geologic and prac-
tical treasure that we must
protect from contamina-
tion and intrusion.
The circle of water of
life that surrounds and
nourishes Geneva is part
of the foundation of our
connection to the past,
present and future. It is fit-
ting that the recognition
of Salt Creek at this point
in our history reminds us
that our rural heritage is a
gift that we are obligated to
share and celebrate.
When you see the brown
Salt Creek sign, think back
to the Indian tribes that
thrived along its shores.
Then imagine your future
contribution to the Island
of Geneva and the legacy
that you will pass to future
Come be a part of
Geneva, past, present and
future by attending the
Fourth of July Parade and
Festival. This year learn

how you can have an active
part in creating the Rural
Heritage Center that cel-
ebrates man living in har-
mony with the land and
preserves traditions that
continue to shape Geneva
and surrounding commu-
Watch your children
enjoy authentic games,
steeped in history enjoyed
by great grandparents,
constructed by local vol-
unteers. The parade starts
at 10:30 a.m. and the fes-
tival runs from 11 a.m. to
2:30 p.m. Come orre, come
all and celebrate our rural
Thanks to Mal and Mary
Jo Martin for contributing
historical records used in
this column.


Please share your thoughts about
Geneva at 407-221-7002, kar-
enp@theoviedovoice.com with
"Stetson's Corner" in the sub-
ject line, or fax 407-349-2800.
This column is dedicated to
Deputy Sheriff Gene "Stetson"
Gregory, killed in the line of duty
on July 8, 1998. Geneva will never
be the same because of Deputy
Gregory it will be better.

The Voice

DIPSTERS I Friends helped Oviedo family start this ice cream shop

June 27 July 3, 2008 Page A5

< continued from page A3

chips or M&Ms to the more
unusual, such as Nerds can-
dies or gummy bears. The
shop offers three flavors of
freshly made gelati, with
flavors such as pink grape-
fruit, coconut and lemon.
Homemade waffle cones
add an extra indulgence.
Frozen treats such as ice
cream cakes, chocolate chip
cookie ice cream sandwich-
es and frozen bananas can
be taken home. Frozen cof-
fee, slushies, smoothies and
frozen lemonade are also
Customer Gary Winarski
of Chuluota said the high-
light of his evening is to
stop by and select a new
flavor at Dipsters. "We come
about four to five times a
week," he said. He typically
brings 10-year-old Rebecca
and 11-year-old Kelsey

A nso

Dipsters Ice Cream
is at 1945 County Road 419,
Suite 1151, in Oviedo.
Summer hours are noon
to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday
and noon to 11 p.m.
Friday- Saturday.
Call 407-366-8588
for more information

Whitehead, who are visiting
from Texas. Both children
agreed they enjoy the large
selection of toppings they
can add to their latest con-
coc-tion of flavors. Rebecca
said the temptations are
Steve, who works in the
health care industry during
the day while Kathy runs
the store, takes over some
nights and on weekends,
while both sons alternate
their hours. Although the
family members agree they
enjoy their time working
together, Kathy admits that
the long hours can make it
difficult to maintain a home
Steve, though, wouldn't
have it any other way. "For
me it's easier because we
know each other and what
to expect. We can rely on
one another. The boys have
been here since the begin-
ning, through the construc-
tion. They know all the
equipment," Steve said.
David said working at his
family business has been
a good experience. "I've
learned a lot," he said.
Michael agreed, adding,
"I like how [the business]
has evolved over time from
a big building to this space,"
Michael said.
With little experience in
the ice cream industry, the
Pecylaks relied on the exper-

Kathy Pecylak offers up a cone of sweetness at her family-run Dipsters ice cream
shop in Oviedo. The family's stated goal is to offer Oviedo a neighborhood-style shop.

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was being laid. The land is
already clear. The construc-
tion is already well under-
And $2.1 million in parts
and labor later, the city will
have a new outpost to serve
the city and some parts of
Seminole County in a pinch,
as well as a new administra-
tion building to add offic-
es and serve as a possible
extension to the emergency
operations center.

"They deserve it,"
Operations Division Chief
Jeff Buchanan said of his
firefighters. "The guys have
been waiting for the light at
the end of the tunnel. This
station should be good for
well into the future."

Oviedo leaders mark the construction
of a new fire station by pitching dirt from
gold-painted shovels at a ground-breaking
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Do not eat weed even
if you're caught with it
On June 19 a 50-year-old
man was arrested for pos-
session of marijuana, resist-
ing an officer without vio-
lence, and tampering with
evidence. After an officer
conducted "a traffic stop
because the driver failed to
come to a complete stop
at a stop sign, the driver
attempted to eat the mari-

juana in an obvious effort to
destroy any evidence.
Additionally, he was cited
for the stop sign violation
and for having illegal tint.

Rash of vehicle burglaries;
windows broken
Several vehicle burglaries
were reported during the
past week, with items stolen
and some damage caused to

On June 19 a vehicle
burglary was reported on
Swanson Drive. The perpe-
trator caused damage to a
window but nothing was
reported missing. Another
incident occurred on
Alafaya Woods Boulevard
near a karate school. The
same method was applied
whereby the window was
broken. This time a lady's
handbag was stolen.
Kelly Creek Circle expe-
rienced a couple of vehicle
burglaries but these times it
appeared the vehicles were
left unlocked or had faulty
door locks. Awoman's hand-
bag, which included credit
cards and a MP3 player val-
ued at $200, was reported
as stolen. In another case
an iPod, Jensen stereo face-
plate, a Polk/MOMO ampli-

fier and a baseball cap were
stolen, worth $610 in total.
Another vehicle left
unlocked on Moccasin Run
became an easy target. This
opportunist of a burglar
made out with a wallet and
a pair of Oakley sunglasses.
Also on June 19 a vehi-
cle burglary was reported
at a medical plaza on Red
Bug Lake Road. The victim
actually witnessed the bur-
glar enter her vehicle and
remove a radio from the
back seat. The victim identi-
fied Marlon Michael Smith,
38, and he was subsequently
arrested and charged with
burglary to a conveyance
and petty theft.
On June 20 three more
vehicle burglaries were
reported. On Kingsbridge
Drive, a work laptop in a

leather case and a black
IBM Lenovo computer were
stolen from a vehicle. There
was no evidence of forced
On Summer Oaks Drive,
a vehicle that was unlocked
had a broken cell phone
and some loose change
taken. There were two vehi-
cles burglarized at the same
location on Shady Oak Lane.
The doors and trunks were
unlocked on both vehicles,
but nothing of value was
reported missing, and the
victim did not wish to pur-
sue the matter.

Police note
It is wise to secure your
property at all times. Do not
allow yourself to become
easy prey.

Dorothy B. Jordan, 90, of Oviedo, Fla., died Thursday, June
19, 2008. She was born to John and Bessie Moreland on Jan.
2, 1918, in Durant, Okla. Dorothy was a homemaker.
She is survived by son Larry M. Jordan, sister Ann Newell,
two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Dorothy will be buried at Oak Ridge Memorial Park in Oak
Ridge, Tenn.

James Anthony "Tony" Banks, 51, of Orlando, Fla., died
Saturday, June 21, 2008. He was born to James H. and Nelle
Banks on June 3, 1957 in Baltimore, Mo. James was an

audio-visual manager in the hospitality industry.
Banfield Funeral Home handled funeral arrangements on
Thursday, June 26, with Pastor Dan Fowler presiding.
James is survived by wife Sheila Banks, daughters Laura
Banks, Sandy Tucci, step-daughter Katie McNaughton, broth-
er Larry Banks, sister Rosalie B. Loughry, granddaughter
Keirstin Tucci and grandson Austin Tucci.

Linda E. Kimball, 71, of Winter Park, Fla., died Tuesday, June
24, 2008. She was born to Horace and Jane Everett on Nov.
17,1936 in Binghamton, N.Y. Linda was a retired counselor

and teacher.
She is survived by husband Charles B. Kimball, sons
Charles S. Kimball, Christopher D. Kimball, daughter Christine
Kimball Partin, sister Susan Moellering and granddaughter
Lindy Kimball Sherwood.
Linda's funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at
Community United Methodist Church at 4921 U.S. Highway
17-92 South in Casselberry, with Pastor Dick Mailman and
Pastor Ken Garrison presiding.

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Granddaughter of W.S.
resident serving in Iraq
Army Capt. Rachel Springer is cur-
rently deployed overseas at a for-
ward operating base in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2000, the
captain graduated from Osceola High
School and received a degree in 2004
from Florida State University.
Operation Iraqi Freedom is the offi-
cial name given to military operations
involving members of the U.S. armed
forces and coalition forces participat-
ing in efforts to free and secure Iraq.
Mission objectives focus on force
protection, peacekeeping, stabiliza-
tion, security and counter-insurgency
operations as the Iraqi transitional
governing bodies assume full sov-
ereign powers to govern the peoples
of Iraq.
I Members from all branches of the
U.S. military.and multinational forces
also assist in rebuilding Iraq's eco-
nomic and governmental infrastruc-
ture and training and preparing Iraqi
military and security forces.

Springer, a human resources man-
ager and personnel officer, is deployed
with the 56th Multifunctional Medical
Battalion. She has served in the mili-
tary for four years.
She is the granddaughter of Audrey
Grantier of Apache Trail in Winter
Springs. Her husband, Matthew, is
the son of Mark and Barbara Springer
of N.W. 46th Court in Sunrise.

Intensive dance workshops
coming to Riverside Park
Choreographers from all over the
state will be instructing students of
all ages in intensive hip-hop, reggae,
house, pop and contemporary dance
workshops throughout the day from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 29,
at Riverside Park at 1600, Lockwood
Blvd. in Oviedo.
Male and female, beginner and
advanced students are encouraged to
come, and sneakers or dance shoes
are required. The registration fee is
$20 and a $60 fee includes all-day
sessions and lunch from Donatos.

T-shirts are available by pre-order
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Calling all alumni of
The Old Geneva School
Group photos of alumni from The
Old Geneva School will be taken
in front of the school at 9:30 a.m.
before the 4th of July parade starts
in Geneva. Students, volunteers or
employees of the school are asked
to e-mail sloan_sonya@hotmail.com
with their contact information and
year of attendance.
Those taking part in the photo
should e-mail ruralHeritage@simio-
sys.com to confirm.

Children of Oviedo make
Savannah dean's list
Two local students were named to the
dean's list at the Savannah College of
Art and Design in Savannah, Ga., for

the past spring quarter. Amy Ju, an
animation major, and Tyler Hall, an
architecture major, both of Oviedo,
are full-time undergraduate students
who earned a.grade point average of
3.5 or above for the quarter in order
to receive recognition on the dean's

Mayan culture explored
at planetarium show
The Seminole Community College
Planetarium's June show, Creation
of Fire: The Mayans, part of the
Planetarium's summer cultural series,
explores one of the world's puzzling
and intellectually-advanced ancient
cultures at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June
Tickets are on a first-come, first-
served basis and priced at $6 for
adults, $4 for seniors and K-12 stu-
dents. Admittance for preschoolers
and.SCC students, faculty and staff
is free with a valid I.D. The SCC
Planetarium does not take reserva-

Visit SCC-FL.edu/planet to view the
entire summer schedule and SCC-FL.
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Still time to join
Eco Camp in Geneva
Does your child enjoy learning about
nature? If so, there are still a couple
of spots left in the second session of
Seminole County Natural Lands' Eco
Camp! The camp is for middle school
age students ages 10-13. This day
camp will run July 7-11 at the Ed
Yarborough Nature Center in Geneva.
Students will get hands-on learning
about Central Florida's Ecosystems in
this interactive camp.
The cost for Seminole County
Residents is $135. Non-county resi-
dents pay $145. Call Amy Raub at
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MERGER I Firefighters say shift to county will give them more pay, benefits

Winter Springs fire trucks will soon see their labels rewritten to "Seminole County Fire Department" with a
message in smaller script, possibly reading "Proudly serving Winter Springs."

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to go down," County Commissioner
Bob Dallari said Wednesday.
Both Dallari and McLean said
they felt consolidation was a good

move for Winter Springs and could
prove a good move for other cities
in the county as well. But the cities
have to make the first move.
"It's certainly open to anyone,
but it's not something we're going

to try to dictate," McLean said.
"With today's fiscal challenges, it's
certainly something to consider."
Winter Springs Commissioner
Brown, who voiced opposition to
the plan, said that the city should
work to fix its own problems. "We
are giving away our fire depart-
ment," Brown said.
But it's time to cut the depart-
ment loose, city Fire Union President
Jeff McCall said. Most
of his members now
see consolidation as a "Years of I
way out of an unfor-
tunate situation, in dug a hole t
which they have the 35-foot exte
lowest wages and
retirement benefits can't help
and the oldest emer- Fire
agency vehicle fleet in
the county.
McCall said once
they have "graduated"

to the county,
get upgraded
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has served Winter Springs for the
past 26 years, urged the Commission
to address the two staffers' futures
with the city.
Although many firefighters will
get to stay in the same stations, it
won't be the same, Beck said. "Part
of me will be lost ... how can a
fire department that's provided 30
years of service just
be given away?"
'glect have But the city's.name
shouldn't disappear
at even our completely from the
vision ladder trucks. There will be
a phrase on the truck
us out of." that says something
akin to "Proudly serv-
nion President ing Winter Springs,"
Jeff McCall county Director of
Public Safety Tad
Stone said.

their equipment will Stone showed the Commission
and they will have examples of the phrase. "That's so
Florida Retirement small," Krebs said, alarmed. Stone
said its size is negotiable.
neglect have dug a hole Also, a deadline of July 15, which
.r 35-foot extension was set for the firefighters to elect
elp us out of," McCall to stay in the Winter Springs pen-
r in Seminole County sion or to go to the FRS, was extend-
d what the city will ed until September.
Matt Matisak, resident and chair-
will not absorb two manoftheCodeEnforcementBoard,
department's employ- also called for the Commission to
provide a financial planner or a
...................... .. stipend for each employee to seek
Professional advice before a choice
is made. "It's not a selection that
can be made lightly," he said.
The citizen outcry that was pres-
ent while the city wrestled with the
fire service fee was eerily absent
throughout all of the consolidation
Just one resident, Dale Kirby,
spoke about the merge at Monday's
meeting. "It's a no-brainer," he said.

Friends sing the
praises of political
candidate Gilmore
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Resident and developer Tom
Corkery agreed, comparing
Gilmore's tough questions about
his office building to an FBI inves-
Y tigation complete with hot spot-
)m McGinnis said she first realized
how smart Gilmore was when
they worked together on a charter
review committee. "After working
with him, I really came to appre-
ciate the depth of this man," she
said, "and you know something? I
-hean to fall in love with him."

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POLICE I Eyes turn to the 417

Police presence near Highway 417 will get beefed up by Winter Springs to thwart
efforts by criminals to use the road as a quick getaway after committing crimes in the
city. The new station should also save officers time by giving them a new location to file
police reports, rather than driving to West Winter Springs' police headquarters.

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station to complete reports,
Brunelle said. "They'll be
out in the jurisdiction lon-
It will also make it more
convenient for residents
that live on the east side of
the city to file reports and
follow up on them.
"It will offer us a little
more visibility at the far
reaches of our city," Police
Chief Dan Kerr said. "It gives
us just a better opportunity
to serve the community."
Kerr said the station will
be staffed Monday through
Friday with two community

relations officers, who will
hold citizen classes, such
as crime prevention and
women's self-defense. Also,
some community meetings
will take place there.
Sister city Oviedo, has
had a substation since
January 2006. The C.O.P.S.
and Volunteer Center in the
Oviedo Marketplace mall is
the hub for community ser-
vices and the police volun-
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Brunelle said Winter
Springs' substation will
strive to follow in Oviedo's
footsteps. "That's absolute-
ly what we want [ours] to

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~- 'iTHIS WEEK in human history

R& Sony released its portable cassette tape player, a blue and white
square known as the Walkman. It ran on two AA batteries and had
two headphone jacks in order to share music. It also came with
a "hotline" button, which would allow one user to temporarily
I speak into a built-in microphone and override the music.

Lizard or gecko? Make the call.

AMY K.D. TOBIK lime-green exterior to soft ards. area, along with the broad- Pat Burkett, presi-
THE VOICE brown with exotic triangu- AmyRaub, program coor- head skink and Southern dent of the Friends of
lar markings. Some main- dinator for the Seminole fence lizard, the Environmental
Just what are those crea- tain a shiny black appear- County Natural Lands The Cuban brown anole, Studies Center in eastern
tures crawling on the patio, ance with stripes and snake-. Program in Geneva, said the Indo-Pacific gecko and the Longwood, said the non-
scurrying up the side of the like tongue, while others green anole pronounced Mediterranean gecko, Raub native lizards are aggressive
house and darting from have striking metallic blue uh'no-lee six-lined race- explained, are not native to and are killing the green
bushes? These small, some- bellies, runner, five-lined skink Florida and were most like- anoles. "Unfortunately, the
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Science is interactive at OSC


Hundreds of children converged
onto the four floors of the Orlando
Science Center on a recent Friday.
There were grade-school children,
kids in strollers, kids hanging onto
their grandparents' hands, and
whole classes of kids in match-
ing shirts. There were squeals of
joy, laughter and excitement. They
came, they saw, they explored.
They got their hands dirty, looked
for buried treasure, explored caves
and interacted with hands-on ex-
hibits. Their shouts of laughter and
excitement filled the air at the Sci-
ence Center.
They enjoyed the shows in the
CineDome and explored Beakman's
World while finding out how the
world works. At the Science Center,
families can search for aliens, visit
the rainforest and discover "mys-
tery" bugs, travel inside the human
body, and dig for fossils.
Children and parents alike will
enjoy using scientific tools to ex-
plore four amazing worlds: the hu-
man body, space, dinosaurs and
rainforests. Learn about the won-

ders of science while playing with
bugs, digging up bones and burp-
ing as loudly as possible. Each
area has computer stations where
visitors participate in challenges
and demonstrations, including in-
structions for experiments to try
at home. Tour "Beakman's Home
Place" and "Darwin's Living Room"
or check out "Mount Beakmore" -
the shrine to Beakman's scientific
role models: Galileo, Isaac Newton,
Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein.
Kids can take a seat in "Art Burn's
Diner" the "lunch" counter that
serves up hands-on activities such
as "Chemistry in the Cabbage Patch"
and the "Floating Egg." A recipe for
"Beakman Slime" is the diner's top
item on its "to-go" menu.
Beakman's World on Tour is
based on the popular "Beakman's
World" TV series, which currently
runs in syndication. It is seen lo-
cally on WRBW-My65 on Monday
and Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m.
The program stars actor and pup-
peteer Paul Zaloom as Beakman, an
eccentric who performs "comical"
experiments and demonstrations
in response to viewer mail, to il-
lustrate various scientific concepts

from density to electricity to flatu-
lence. This new interactive touring
exhibit will be on display at the Sci-
ence Center until Jan. 4, 2009.
Beakman will come to the Or-
lando Science Center at 12:30 p.m.
on Saturday, June 28, in the Science
Center's Darden Theater. Scien-
tist Beakman will bring his perfor-
mance to a live show t II a ud iec -es
of all ages.
Admission to Bctakman's
World is included with thie lull .
experience to the Orlando
Science Center, which is '3
for adults and $18 f...r kid- -A
ages 3-11. This ticket al-so
includes Titanic: The Experi-
ence, Rockwell's AmeriCa. Giant
Worlds, and all the hins,
and exhibits currently
on display at the Sci-
ence Center. Sci-
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members receive
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and free admission
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series, Beakman's World, will con-
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Merritt was nurturing, loyal and brave

Oviedo paid its last respects
to Merritt Staley on
Tuesday, June 17.1 I found
myself having mixed feel-
ings. On one hand, it was
a celebration of the life
and the powerful bonds
he formed with his Maker,
four generations of family,
those who might as well be
family, and many friends
of every color, gender and
age group. On the other,
it means we'll have to do

without him for a while,
and that's going to be a
tough row to hoe.
Sitting in the quiet and
cool of the Methodist
Sanctuary, I could see
myself as a child in that
same place on homecom-
ing Sunday. Homecoming
meant everybody came
regardless of what church
they attended. Five gen-
erations of my family have
attended the Baptist and

Methodist churches of
Oviedo, and while I am
primarily a Baptist, I con-
sidered Foster Chapel and
the later "New Sanctuary"
of 1956 to be my second
church home.
I recalled the choir sit-
ting behind the pulpit'
underneath the shining
brass Cross of Christ in
stately robes, ready to give
vent to glorious praise.
Within their ranks, there
was a particularly bright
spot that captured your
attention. Merritt Staley's
twinkly eyes revealed a
combination of love, rev-
erence for his Lord's day,
and a mischievous spirit,
all wrapped up in a joyous,
beaming countenance,
endearing to all and so
uniquely his.

That was the first of
many things I thought
about during the service.
There was his ability to
appreciate growing things,
be they plants, puppies or
people, and the natural
desire he had to care for
and encourage them as
they developed. It was a
part of everything he did.
Merritt took over grove
management from Uncle
Jim Lee in 1956, a position
he served with distinction.
I grew up with his son Mike
and worked in the groves in
the summers, where I had
the chance to observe and
learn. By that time, I recall,
segregation was legally
over, but the lines were
still clearly drawn. Because
of Merritt's abilities with
people, I had the good for-

tune to witness a leader
who was firm, strong,
happy, and most of all, one
who practiced humanity
toward others. I saw him
get angry when something
wasn't done right, but I
never saw him disrespect
anyone. He valued his rela-
tionships, considered the
men friends, and if he ever
actually fired anyone, it is
eclipsed in memory by the
positive leadership style he
Back in the days when
we irrigated out of Lake
Jesup, a dry spell came one
time and water was hard
to get without stopping
up the pumps with bot-
tom material. They built a
cypress box about 8 by 8 by

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6 feet to be sunk in the lake
so the suction line could
get water without stran-
gling on debris. When it
came time to float it out in
the lake and sink it, Merritt
got wet right along with
Bud Ross, Mr. Never Fall,
and the other men, taking
the lead in a dangerous
dirty task no one wanted.
For all the gentleman he
. was, Merritt was a straight
talker, which I admired
'cause you never had to
wonder what he was think-
ing. He was fiercely loyal
and quick to rally around
friends and family. One
time at a basketball game
in the old gym, he whipped

up on one of our players,
right on the court. No one
who saw that incident will
ever forget Merritt boiling
up out of the bleachers and
charging onto the court
ready to take on multiple
men half his age in defense
of the wronged party. They
should have counted their
blessings 'cause they knew
not whom they were mes-
sin' with!
I don't suppose we'll
ever know, nor should we,
how many people he loved
and encouraged along life's
way, but there were many,
and I can tell you I was one.
The old folks have a saying
about people like Merritt
when they pass. They'd
say, "He preached his own

funeral." It is a compliment
of the highest order com-
posed of short words and
long wisdom.
As part of the service,
we were privileged to hear
two of Merritt's recordings:
"The Lord's Prayer," and my
personal favorite, "Just A
Closer Walk With Thee." His
talent was a gift from Old
Maker; the feeling that you
hear so plainly in his deliv-
ery was from his heart. To
hear once more that gold-
en voice walking through
these beloved melodies was
like unto a child picking its
way through a rose garden,
enraptured by the beauty,
serenity and peace.
We planted Merritt
beneath the shady oaks, a

fitting place, it seemed to
me, for one who so loved
growing things. As in tune
with all things living as he
is, I know he'll be happy
with that. We commented
among ourselves that the
ranks of "The Old Crowd"
are getting pretty thin. It's
true, they are, but we will
cleave to each other as
family and friends, all of us,
until we are no more.
I told Tina it would rain
after the funeral. That's
something we believe in: a
rain after a funeral washes
out the tracks leading up to
the grave, leaving our loved
ones to rest in peace. With
Merritt, it seemed a particu-
larly fitting tribute, and it
came a fine rain with great

bolts of lightning, crashing
thunder, and raindrops big
as nickels leaving teardrops
in the sand before giving
way to sheets of rain to
wash away the last signs of
pain and loss.
When the storm had
passed, I stood in our back-
yard on Lake Pickett, listen-
ing to the lingering sound
of raindrops falling into the
leaf litter from the orange
trees Merritt nurtured so
faithfully. Standing there
in peaceful silence, I heard
the great gates open, and
Merritt's golden voice drift-
ing down from the heavens
on the evening mists for
you see, Merritt is singing
now greater than ever, in
the greatest choir of all!


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LIZARDS I Competition for bugs pits natives against immigrants

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invasives will take the best display
perches, putting a hitch in the
courtship of the green anoles. In
some places, the green anoles are
entirely absent," Burkett said.
While a bit creepy to some, espe-
cially when they're unexpected,
these insectivores have played an
important role for decades with
their large appetite for insects and

"The benefits of all of these liz-
ards are that they will help keep
down the pest population," Raub
said. "The negatives about the non-
native lizards are that they could
out-compete our native lizards for
food and habitat and could have
a negative effect on their popula-
One of the most unusual char-
acteristics of a lizard is its survival
mechanism. Because of a single nat-
ural weak point

in the vertebrae, a lizard's tail can
break off easily and will continue
to wiggle on the ground after sepa-
ration. It is believed the movement
of the detached tail distracts preda-
tors. Luckily, for the lizard, a new
tail will grow back within several
weeks as the result of regeneration.
Burkett said people sometimes
mistaken the green anoles for cha-
meleons because they have the abil-
ity to change from green to brown
to blend in with the background.

"They are also not geckos,"
Burkett likes to remind people.
"Geckos have specialized toes that
hang on to things with molecular
forces, it has been discovered. Our
anoles have plain toes, some with
Summer is an ideal time to take
a closer look around the backyard
and have some fun identifying what
may be lurking in the crevices or in
the brush...

Anolis carolinensis
'Description: The green anole is the only anole native to the United States. They can grow to 8 inches in length and have longer
-, snouts than the brown anole intruders. They can change color rapidly from green to brown.
-. The anole has different feet than most lizards. Eath toe has adhesive pads called lamellae on its central portion, which allow
,' the anole to cling to vertical surfaces.
S' Food: Anoles eat only live prey such as insects and bugs, sometimes stalking and grabbing prey. They also may eat brown
anole hatchlings..
Habitat: The green anole prefers to live in bushes, in rock walls, patio plants, and trees below 15 feet.
Breeding: Female green anoles can lay single eggs every two weeks and breed from late March to early October. These small
and leathery eggs are buried in the soil.

Eumeces inexpectatus
Description: This shiny creature is one of several species of skink in Florida, including the broadhead skink. It generally has short legs compared to other
lizards and grows to a maximum length of 8.5 inches It is very fast and can flick its tongue similar to a snake. The younger skinks are dark bluish-black
with bright blue tails while adults are more brown in color. The males lose most of their lines with age.
Food: The skink prefers insects, spiders, snails and earthworms
Habitat: This ground dweller can be found in dry to damp woods, dead leaves, rotten logs, and '.......H
boardwalks of nature trails. '. -COURITZ GE
Breeding: The skink lays nine to 12 eggs from May to July in rotten logs. stumps, or loose damp soil .OF FRITZ GEL

Cnemidophorus sexhneatus
SDescription: This very fast lizard can grow to a maximum length of 10.5 inches. It is identifiable by three light-colored lines along each side
of its dark back, and a tail that is twice the length of its body. Male racerunners have blue coloring underneath the head and throat.
Food: The six-lined racerunndr prefers insects, spiders and snails.
Habitat: It is always found in natural dry habitats at ground level and prefers sandy or rocky soil. short grass and dusty roadsides
Breeding: The racerunner lays between one and six eggs from June through August under rocks or logs, or in holes in sandy soil.

Sceloporus undulalus undulatus 1 '
Description: The Southern fence lizard, also known as the Fence Swift, can grow to approximately seven inches in length. Its rough body is a
gray and black with zigzag patterns along its back. t 1
Adult males may be very dark gray in color and are identifiable by their patches of metallic blue along the undersides of their bellies and throats.
They like to show off their bright colors by doing what looks like push-ups to attract the attention of females or to defend their territory.
Food: The Southern fence lizard eats mainly insects, but will also eat other invertebrates.
Habitat: These lizards prefer to live in pine flat-woods, hammocks and Longleaf Pine or Turkey Oak areas.
Breeding: The Southern Fence Lizard can lay about eight to nine eggs and will either bury them in loose soil or place them in a cavity in a log -
or under a rock.

Non-native I ,.



Hemidactylus garnoti

Anolis sagrei
S. Description: The brown anole, also called the Banaman anole, is native to Cuba and the Bahamas. It is said to have arrived in South
S Florida and Mexico between 50 and 60 years ago. They are typically between 5 and 8 inches long, with the females a bit smaller. One of
its most obvious features is its brightly-colored dewlap, or throat fan Male anoles display their dewlap when defending their territory and
to attract the attention of female anoles, accompanied by a series of head bobs and what look like push-ups. While the green anole prefers
. to spend time on foliage, the.brown anole prefers the ground.
Food: Anoles eat only live prey such as insects and bugs, sometimes stalking and grabbing prey as big as they are. They may also eat the green
anole and lizard eggs, along with their molted skin.
Habitat: While the green anole prefers to live in foliage, the brown anole is more of a ground-dweller.
Breeding: The brown anoles breed in late spring to early summer. The eggs are laid under decaying vegetation on the ground.

Description: This brown or gray gecko native to Southeast Asia with pale spots grows to
a maximum length of 5 inches. Its unusual toe pads and bulging eyes with vertical pupils
distinguish it from anoles. It's also capable of vocalizing by making a barking noise to protect
territory or ward off a predator.
Food: This gecko eats insects, spiders and other invertebrates.
Habitat It is primarily nocturnal but said to be most active around dusk when rocks and walls
are still warm from the heat of day. They can frequently be found feeding near insect-attracting
Breeding: The Indo-Pacific gecko is unisexual. All individuals are self-fertilizing females,
which allows for large populations.

Hemidactylus turcicus
Description: The Mediterranean gecko is most common in Southern Europe and Northern
Africa. It shares similar traits with the Indo-Pacific gecko and is most easily distinguished
by its bumpy or warty skin. Its unusual toe pads and bulging eyes with vertical pupils also
distinguish it from anoles. It's capable of vocalizing by making a barking noise to protect ter-
ritory or ward off a predator.
Food: This gecko eats insects, spiders and other invertebrates.
Habitat: The Mediterranean gecko is almost completely nocturnal and hides during the day.
in cracks, crevices, and under tree bark.
Breeding: Female Mediterranean geckos lay several clutches of two eggs throughout the
summer. Instances of communal nesting have been reported, with several females laying their.
eggs together under bark, in crevices, or in moist soil.

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San hrancisco uiams player wnire micovey oecameineurst player
in Major League Baseball to hit two home runs in the same inning
twice during his career. He was also the first player in the National
League to hit 17 grand slams. McCovey still holds the record for
most career grand slams in the National League with 18.

Bats and footwork save Dawgs


It was the moment of cin-
ematic legend. Bottom of
the ninth inning, two outs,
the winning run standing
on third base. And then
Winter Park's Steve Sabins
swung his bat and blasted
a ball into the night under
the Diamond Dawgs' stadi-
um lights.
The Dawgs hadn't
scored a single run in the
ninth inning all season.
But Saturday, June 21, they
scored three.
A walk-off single by
Sabins put the finishing
touches on a two-inning
vignette Saturday night
after the Dawgs seemingly
weren't there for the first
In the meantime, the
Sanford River Rats, desper-
ate for their third win in
'08 after losing four of five
one-run games to start the
season, had built a 3-0 lead.
But the Dawgs came
scrambling back in the final
two innings, sending fans to
their feet after seven innings
of sleep.
That excitement peaked
when in the ninth inning,
after being called on to
pinch run at second base

Team W-L Pct
Clermont .................... 10-3 .769
Leesburg....... ............ 10-4 .714
W inter Park................ ....7-6 .538
Orlando.......................... 6-7 .462
Belleview .................. 6-8 .429
Sanford. ................ 2-13 .133

home, and it proved too
late to stop the wily runner,
who tied the game for the
With Sabins' master-
stroke, it was all over, end-
ing the Dawgs' third week
of a roller coaster season on
a high note.
The Dawgs return home
at 7 p.m. on Wednesday,
June 25, against Clermont
after press time before going
on a two-game road trip to

Winter Park's Diamond Dawgs were cruising for a loss through the entire game Saturday night but a rally changed it all.

Leesburg and Belleview on
Thursday and Friday. They'll

be back at home again to
start a three-game home-

stand at 7 p.m. on Saturday,
June 28, against Belleview.

The Central Florida Kraze soccer team split a series last weekend in
North Carolina 1-0-1, adding valuable championship points.
They dropped the Cary Railhawks 3-2 with comeback goals from
Carlos "Junior" Araujo and Dennis Chin. Then they tied the Carolina
Dynamo 3-3, nearly winning but for a goal in stoppage time.
"The Kraze now lead the division with 28 points to Carolina's 20. They
return for their final home game at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 2.
Isaac Babcock, The Voice

Young Dawgs win Omaha title

The Winter Park Diamond Dawgs 14-and-younger team won the Road to Omaha USSSA baseball tournament last week,
beating teams from Ohio, Nebraska and Arizona to finish with a 4-0 record. From left to right are, in front: Cody Conway,
Marc Rudolph, Kyle Hamner, James Baker, Matt Robinson. Back Row: Head Coach Vic Incenelli, Tyler Homer, Coach Dwayne
Hamner, Carter Burns, Bob Qualters, Austin Smith, Zach Burger, Luis Nunez, Austin Tuttle and Coach Mike Conway.

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was properly inspected and that medicines were properly labeled
and nonpoisonous. This was the first step in banning addictive
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Lack of integrity by our bolster the campaign of serve their purpose. / "'.. i ''- ..
politicians has led to the Commissioner Joanne How can any citi- i / .. (, ,
mistrust in government by Krebs, whose cam- zen trust the new breed .. .
a great majority of our citi- paign manager is Ryser. of elected officials who .. ....
zens. Krebs is supported by choose to scam civic- .
City Commissioner Rick Commissioner Brown, minded, well-intended citi-
Brown and his queen bee who is also supporting zens that fall prey to their ,.
Denise Ryser approached a Gary Bonner against Don schemes? .... ..,
civic-minded community Gilmore, a commissioner I am writing this letter .. ..:
leader of the Highlands who has performed well. to alert the citizens as to ..
neighborhood in Winter Had they been honest the lengths politicians willW lab .
Springs recently and instead of deceitful, they go to win an election in
requested the use of the would have had to pay the order to control the voting . .
neighborhood clubhouse $150 fee. strength in the dais.
for a town hall meeting. The lack of integrity The present makeup
This action never came demonstrated by these of the Winter Springs .
up before the Commission, money ghouls goes to the Commission has been the
nor was it known to the heart of the reason why cit- worst in the past 10 years.
other members of the City izens mistrust government. It is badly divided, it is' .' ..
Commission until they read In retrospect, these are concentrating on personal .
about it in the newspapers. people elected to serve aggrandizement rather .. ;' .;. .'"" .
This wasn't an official who require residents to than fulfilling the oath of" "V ".
government meeting, so pay their taxes, water fees, office. .N .'t 1- '. Q
any pretense that it was et cetera under threat of God Bless Winter Springs ....
would be a scam to avoid severe consequences. Still and our country heading ( ) I llrV. y._I, -r "....'!
having to pay the $150 fee they will. avail themselves down a bottomless pit.
required to use the prem- of loopholes and technical- Edward Martinez Jr. ,YL f
ises. How opportune! ities to avoid paying a small Winter Springs '. .....-
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Here's what kids at
Geneva Elementary
Summer Camp
3 -had to say about
summer reading.

I really liked "Cabin
on Trouble Creek,"
about two boys
whose grandfather
goes missing ... I
like books that take
place in the outdoors
because I like being
outdoors too.
-Chaz A.
11 years old

One of my favorite
books is "Holes." I
liked the parts when
they go back in time
... when Kissing Kate
Marlow steals and
buries the treasure. I
like imaginary books
that take you places.
-Hunter M.
10 years old

I read ... "There's
a Boy in the Girls'
Bathroom." It is very
funny. A boy is in a
rush ... and goes in
the girls' bathroom.
He is made fun of,
but it has a happy
-Kahley C.
10 years old

Right now I'm read-
ing ... "Cat and
Mouse in a Haunted
House." I like ...
when Geronimo
drives to the haunted
house and the win-
dowpanes are made
of blood.
-Thomas N.
9 years old

I am reading ... "Holes." ... I also
saw the movie. I like the ending
when it finally rains and they find
the treasure.
-Marisa D.
10 years old

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All other creditors of the decedent and other per-
sons having claims or demands against decedent's
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