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Former Winter Springs
Mayor Paul Partyka is mov-
ing back into the public
arena with a bid to unseat
freshman Congresswom-
an Suzanne Kosmas in the
Democratic primary.
Partyka, also former pres-
ident of the Oviedo-Winter
Springs Chamber of Com-
merce, announced his can-
didacy at a Chamber lun-
cheon on Thursday, Nov. 19.
He served two terms as
mayor and one as commis-
sioner in Winter Springs
until 2002, and then served
as state committeeman for
Seminole County and party
chairman for District 24.
"I've been working
behind the scenes and help-
ing people with their cam-
paigns," he said.
Recently he became
managing partner of com-
mercial real estate firm NAI
Realvest in Maitland, taking
some time off from politics
to focus on the company.
Now, he says, the timing is
right to jump back in.
"I'm excited to be in the
race," he said.
If he is successful in
the Democratic primary,
he could face Republican
challenger State Rep. Sandy
Adams or Winter Park
City Commissioner Karen

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It's been seven months
since Winter Springs' first
red-light camera started
snapping pictures and
mailing $125 tickets. A sec-
ond camera will join it early
next year.
Since the camera at State
Road 434 and Winding Hol-
low Road started nabbing
red-light runners in April,
845 citations have been
issued, according to Winter
Springs Police records.
The second camera
will be erected at 434 and
Vistawilla Drive within
three months. During the
30 days before the camera
goes "live," violators will
receive warning notices.
There have been no acci-
dents related to the traffic
light, and the average red-
light runner's speed has
F decreased an average of 20
mph on the 50 mph speed
limit road, Winter Springs
Capt. Glenn Tolleson said.
Winter Springs Police

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Retailers get creative for Black Friday

The Oviedo Marketplace
will open its doors at a
bright and early 6 a.m. this
Friday, Nov. 27.
The mall is offering a $10
gift card and a free mag-
azine subscription if you
spend $100 before noon
this Black Friday, the offi-
cial kickoff to the holiday
shopping season.
After some sluggish
seasons, retailers across
Central Florida are get-
ting more creative when it
comes to drawing shoppers
into their stores. Some are
even getting a head start.
"Retailers have had

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the realization that they
have to strike fast because
there's not going to be a
sustained wave of spend-
ing," University of Central
Florida economist Sean
Snaith said.
Karen Pridemore, of
Aston Photography, said
her Oviedo Marketplace
store is offering 15 per-
cent off portrait sessions
and portraits through-
out the holiday season.
There's a voucher on
that gives Macy's shoppers
10 percent off almost every-
thing from Nov. 27-30.
Corey Skeates, execu-

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Page A2 November 27 December 10, 2009 Seminole Voice

THIS WEEK in history

--Ii The Mary Celeste, an American vessel, was spotted sailing errati-
W cally but at full sail near the Azores Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.
The ship was seaworthy, its stores and supplies were untouched,
but not a soul was onboard. The reason for the abandonment of the
Mn h koe Mary Celeste has never been determined.

Mending a home and a life

One night Anita Hansen woke up
to a crash. It was May, as unsea-
sonably rough weather dumped 17
inches of rain on the 25-year Iraq
War Veteran's Sanford home. That's
when the ceiling started caving in,
and the flooding began.
Her home had been falling apart
for years, but the disabled 46-year-
old single mother was powerless to
stop it.
Her problems had started years
before, as the longtime Navy
Petty Officer was in Iraq during
Operation Enduring Freedom. Just
after she'd been deployed in 2004,
three hurricanes attacked the state
in a month, and her roof was ripped
Soon after she returned from
a tour of duty, she was sent to
Louisiana to help victims of
Hurricane Katrina in 2005. By the
time she returned home again,
water had found its way through
the ceiling.
"It got to the point where I was
waiting for the rest of it to fall
down," Hansen said. She attached
plastic sheeting to keep rain from
dripping on her bed. When the

plastic began to sag from water,
she'd poke a hole and drain it.
"I haven't slept in days," she
Walking across stained wood
floors covered in tarps Saturday
morning as Veterans Day parades
honored troops nationwide, she
spoke with a bit of optimism in her
voice, even as she pointed to six-
foot-wide holes where her ceiling
used to be.
Maybe the hint of a smile creep-
ing across her face was from the
sound of a more than a dozen work-
ers outside. After years of living in a
house that was slowly collapsing,
Hansen was getting her home back,
thanks to the Office of Veterans'
Affairs, the Red Cross, Orlando firm
Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor
& Reed P.A. and donations from the
Walking through a patch of half-
dead grass around her faded red
1950s-era home, she points to miss-
ing paint, rotting wood and a roof
that had turned concave under the
weight of hundreds of gallons of
She wears exhaustion on her face
that weighs down her voice like it's
been there for years. A brace holds



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Retired Navy Petty Officer Anita Hansen shows part of her home's collapsed ceiling, which volun-
teers helped fix Saturday, Nov. 14. The house had suffered severe water damage by hurricanes in 2004.

her wrist together. Another circles
her arm. Resting against her pickup
truck parked across the street, she
stares at a buzz of activity and says
she wishes she could help.
"They say I've got nerve damage
in my back," she said. "One day my
arm swelled up like a balloon. I
couldn't bend my fingers or feel my
hand anymore."
Standing on the roof, Gary
Davis and his namesake remodel-
ing and repair business rips soggy
boards out of the roof and slic-
es and installs new ones. Looking
across 30 feet of black tar paper,
the tall, slender, gray-haired build-
ing contractor said the roof was
much worse than he'd expected.
He'd donated his time and equip-
ment expecting a few small repairs.
When he climbed onto the roof he
almost fell through.
"This used to be a lake," he said.
"It's a good thing we got here now,

because this could have been a lot
Still smiling in the cool autumn
air, nearly 20 volunteers worked
from sunrise until the mosquitoes
Ginny Hillman, from the Office
of Veterans Affairs, mills about near
a table full of catered barbecue,
talking excitedly about the project
she calls one of a kind.
"This is a different kind of proj-
ect," she said. "I've never seen any-
thing like this before."
Designed to start and finish
all on one day, the project stalled
when the roof damage was found
to be so extensive that it couldn't
be completed. She said that didn't
"We've been working on this for
months," Hillman said. "If we don't
get it done today, we'll be back."
And Hansen will be able to

BLACK I Holiday sales slated to increase

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tive director of the Oviedo-Winter
Springs Regional Chamber of
Commerce, said sales numbers
could see an uptick this year.
"I'm hoping the new coopera-
tion we're getting with the mall
through the merchants association
will allow merchants to do more,"
he said. "There's a good opportu-
nity to have more traffic this year."
Retail traffic this holiday season
is expected to decrease 4.2 percent,
according to a ShopperTrak report.
But a 1.6 sales increase is predicted
during the same season. In 2008,
sales decreased 5.9 percent while
traffic fell 15.4 percent compared
with 2007.
Snaith said the forecasted num-
bers are "not a reflection of a great
holiday shopping season but of
people working a little harder for
the bargains."
Dee Dee Cutright's store,
Learning Express Toys, is one of
about 10 stores in the Winter Park

Village that are opening early for
this year's Black Friday.
She's pumped.
"I'm not one of those doom-
and-gloom retailers," Cutright
said. "I order heavily and have an
optimistic attitude."
Cutright said she's stocking her
shelves with her specialty toys no
matter what the forecasters say.
"I guess I'm the crazy toy store
lady who opens before anybody
else," she said. "But then [other
retailers] will look at the lines
outside my store in the morning
and maybe say 'Wow, that's a good
Local businesses and even cit-
ies are partnering to drive traffic
to their retail areas. Light Up UCF
opened last week. Another ice skat-
ing rink opened in Winter Park.
"Instead of people spending
the day in a box store or a mall,"
Chamber President Patrick Chapin
said, "they can experience the
whole atmosphere of Park Avenue
and Hannibal Square."

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Page A4 November 27 December 10, 2009

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

Did you all have a happy
Thanksgiving? I sure hope
so. Our family gathered at
my youngest son's home
for turkey and all the trim-
mings, which were pre-
pared so well and tasted oh
so very good. My son lives
near Lake Kathryn and
there is nothing like a long
walk after a delicious meal
so that one can make room
for dessert of pumpkin or
apple pie loaded with ice
cream or whipped cream.
Like most of our family and
our friends, we were very
thankful for being together
once again this year in
good health and happi-
ness. Today, we exercise to
slim that waistline back to
where it was. But, oh that
turkey dinner was just so
yummy. Say, leftovers aren't
too bad either.
Did you notice the
Christmas music is back in
the stores again? Really it
started before Turkey day.

In the wake of a recent
push to find legislative
support and funding for a
Central Florida commuter
rail system, Florida Sen.
Paula Dockery of Lakeland
has been touring local cit-
ies speaking about financial
hurdles and liability issues
with a potential rail deal.
As with the previous deal
between the state and rail
company CSX, the proposed
SunRail system would carry
commuters from Volusia
County to as far down as
Osceola County, making

Rushing the season a bit,
are we? Well, here are some
exciting activities that I
have learned about so far,
I will begin to list them for
your outings.
St. Peter and Paul
Catholic Church will host
a craft fair from 9 a.m. to
3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29.
The church is at 5300 Old
Howell Branch Road in
Winter Park. Call 407-677-
1662 for details or to sell
your handcrafted items at
the fair.
Christmas in the Park
- 6:15 p.m. Thursday,
Dec. 3, Central Park Stage,
Park Avenue, Winter Park.
The Morse Museum of
American Art will light
Central Park with century-
old Tiffany windows from
its renowned collection at
the 31st annual Christmas
in the Park. The leaded-
glass windows set the stage
for a performance of sea-
sonal favorites by the 150-

r speak:
numerous Seminole County
stops along the way.
Dockery had led the
opposition to the deal in pre-
vious legislative attempts
to pass it. On Monday an
uproar reached from the
audience into the Winter
Park City Commission dais
as Dockery spoke about the
financial issues surround-
ing the deal.
But she didn't utter a syl-
lable before the questions
flew the other way, with
residents and prominent
local officials probing her
motives for appearing.
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voice Bach Festival Choir.
Admission to the event is
Santa Claus is coming
to Citizens Bank on Friday,
Dec. 4. He will arrive by
fire engine at 10 a.m. at
156 Geneva Drive (main
branch) in Oviedo to greet
children from 10 a.m. until
noon and then from 1 p.m.
until 5 p.m. So come down
and bring the little ones to
see the jolly man and enjoy
some punch and cookies.
St. Luke's Lutheran
Church in Oviedo will
host its popular and
free holiday concert on
Friday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m., and
Saturday, Dec. 5, and 2 p.m.
and 7 p.m. Michael J. Garasi
directs the Brass Band of
Central Florida as they per-
form Christmas and holi-
day favorites.
Oviedo's annual
Christmas tree lighting
will be held at the Oviedo
Aquatic Center this year
at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec.
12, on Oviedo Boulevard.
Come see the parade,
enjoy cookies from the
Oviedo Woman's Club and
see Santa arrive by fire
engine. This event is always
enjoyed by the folks in
town. It's a timely tradition.

Breakfast with Santa will
be held at the First United
Methodist Church on King
Street starting at 8 a.m. on
Saturday, Dec. 5. There will
also be storytelling and
crafts for the children to
hang on their Christmas
Candle Light Tour of
Homes in Sanford: 6-9:30
p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at tour
headquarters, Oak and
Eighth Street in Sanford.
Sponsored by the Historic
Trust, the event features a
candlelight stroll through
historic homes, a reception
by the park with live music,
carolers and food sampling
from local restaurants.
Cost: $25 in advance and
$30 at the door. Need more
information, please call
The Artistic Hand is
proud to be participat-
ing in the Oviedo Potter's
Tour alongside Barbara
Bailey, Mary Loving and
Ann Robinson. Please
come see what teachers
and students have been up
to during the Teacher and
Student Show and Sale.
Take a trip into the gallery
to experience new exciting
pieces. The tour will take
place on Saturday, Dec. 5,

and Sunday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.
through 5 p.m. Need more
information, please call the
Artistic Hand at 407-366-
7882. They also will have
tour maps available.
Stop by the Light Up
UCF holiday light shows
event with film screening
and outdoor skating, start-
ing now through Jan. 8 at
the University of Central
Florida Arena, Building 50,
North Gemini Boulevard,
Orlando. Entry is free but
ride prices may vary. Please
call 407-823-6006 for
Winter Park Christmas
Parade 9 a.m. Saturday,
Dec. 5, downtown Winter
Park. Free Admission.
Tree Lighting and
Holiday Stroll 5 p.m.
will be held Dec. 5 at
Central Park Stage, Park
Avenue, Winter Park. Free
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out against rail deal

favor of SunRail. Is that
not correct?" resident Jim
Cooper asked. "I want to
know why we have our big-
gest opponent of SunRail
here. I think this is good for
our economy and good for
Winter Park."
Dockery's presenta-
tion focused largely on
financial conditions for
the rail deal, which have
been hotly debated in the
state Legislature. She had
opposed a rail deal that
died in the Legislature in
the spring session.
She presented figures
showing that the proposed
rail deal could cost more
than 15 times the national
average per mile.
"Why is Florida paying
$10.5 million per mile?"

she asked. Answering her
own question, she pointed
to a figure of $198 million,
which the state would pay
to CSX as part of the com-
muter rail deal, but would
go to fund improvements
to its freight rail system. She
suggested removing that
She also reiterated an
argument that the SunRail
deal's accident liability pro-
visions left the state largely
responsible for damages,
even if CSX were at fault.
"It's like saying I'm going
to sell you a house that's
worth $200,000, and you
have to pay $2 million for
it, and if I set the house on
fire, you have to pay for it,"
Dockery said.
Commissioner Karen

Diebel pointed toward
strong public support for
the system, and said that
municipalities involved in
the system would be safe
from dealing with potential
future funding problems.
"We think we've pro-
tected ourselves up to the
seven-year mark for a dedi-
cated funding source to be
found," said Diebel, who is
running for District 24 Rep.
Suzanne Kosmas' seat.
The discussion ended
quickly with Dockery's
final call to seek a dedicat-
ed funding source to make
SunRail possible.
"We need the funding or
this plan will never work,"
Dockery said.




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November 27 December 10, 2009 Page A5

Give thanks for change of scene

By Karen McEnany-Phillips

Thanksgiving is one of my
favorite passages of the
year. If I had my way we
would celebrate it more
often two or three times
a year feels about right.
Harvests, hay bales, and
the golden colors of fall are
appropriate for November
but in our accelerated time
warp of Blu-ray, Bluetooth,
instant texting and
Twittering it's easy to lose
sight of life's little treasures.
Recently we had the
good fortune to spend
some time in the Caribbean
with dear friends and that
change of pace and place
surely provided inspiration
for thankful reflection.
This vacation was a per-
fect opportunity to enjoy
time with our buddies from
Michigan's Upper Peninsula
and happily return home to
family, including our pups.
In addition, our grand-
daughter just turned 3
and we returned home the
afternoon of her birthday

party. Along with the infi-
nite bounce house tumbles
and slides of our princess
and her friends, what
struck me was her pure
joy as each friend arrived.
First she called out their
name several times then
just gazed at them with
the biggest smile, barely
holding in her joy as if she
had just received the best
present in the whole world.
As I watched Snow White,
Sleeping Beauty, Belle and
Ariel run through the house
- sparkly princess heels
clicking on the tile, giggling
uncontrollably, exchanging
tiaras, and blowing bubbles
- I wondered if they would
remain friends five, 10, or
15 years from now. Boy, I
hope so.
On our trip we visited
Caribbean islands that
were mountainous and full
of dense rainforests with
amazing waterfalls and
turquoise waters bordering
secluded white beaches.

Other islands were arid,
filled with cactus, bordered
with steep rocky cliffs ris-
ing from the crashing surf.
Visions of pirate ships,
parrots and canoes filled
with Arawak Indians filled
our imaginations and the
beauty was breathtaking.
Some islands had black
volcanic sand and others
had enormous rocky coast-
lines reminiscent of Hawaii
with natural bridges, amaz-
ing caves and impossible
boulder formations.
It was lovely to enjoy
island time, kick back and
relish the beaches, calm
seas and constant breezes.
Yes we are fortunate to
live on our own peninsula
where beach and breeze
are nearby, but enjoying
it far enough away from
responsibilities and routine
was wonderful. I suppose
when tourists visit Orlando
they feel the same way: that
somehow they are tempo-
rarily transported to a truly
magical place.
From our tour bus win-
dow we saw lovely homes
and interesting cultures but
also poverty and lifestyles
lacking many of the com-
forts we take for granted.
Minimal medical care and
waste removal, and in some

cases an escalating rat
population (due to a lack of
snakes) gave us pause.
Island people are lovely,
laid back and eager to
sell their wares but not
untouched by the global
economic downturn. Fewer
passengers per cruise ship
and more frugal shopping
trickled to the island entre-
preneurs who set up ven-
dor tents portside.
I confess that I intended
to take my laptop with me
but decided against it while
I was packing. As I watched
others texting and tapping
away on their keyboards, I
realized another price: the
peace of mind that comes
from leaving work behind
and letting your mind take
a vacation too. Arriving
back, we were thankful to
return to familiar comforts
of home and hearth. As my
girlfriend said, what better
welcome than a 3-year-old
granddaughter and two
excited puppies! Happy
Thanksgiving weekend to
all enjoy your blessings.
P.S. Don't forget the
Community Meeting on
Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.
at the Historic Geneva
Schoolhouse (brick build-
ing at Main and First
Street). An explanation of

the Master Plan being pre-
sented to the county for
the Rural Heritage Center
at the Historic Geneva
School will be given as well
as the longer vision for its
use. This is a community
project that will serve the
rural areas of Geneva, Black
Hammock and Chuluota so
please come and see what
it's all about and how you
can help it grow.
Also: Saturday, Dec. 5, is
the day of the 9th Annual
Geneva Community
Yard and Craft Sale at
the Community Center.
Call 407-349-5697 or
GenevaHGS@aol.com for
information about rent-
ing a booth. Great time for
holiday shopping.

Please share your thoughts about
Geneva at 407-221-7002,
corn with "Stetson's Corner" in the
subject 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.

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Chief Kevin Brunelle said
that the camera measures
the speed of cars going
through red lights, although
the department cannot
issue speeding tickets based
on that data. He said he's
still happy to see that red-
light violators are slowing
down instead of speeding
"They're still running
it," he said, "but they're not
going 60 or 70 miles per

During the first cam-
era's warning period, where
motorists are issued warn-
ings instead of tickets,
there were a high number
of "right-turn violations" -
where the car did not come
to a complete stop at the
stop line before making a
right on red.
But once the camera
started issuing tickets, driv-
ers started stopping com-
pletely before turning,
and the total violations

decreased by more than 50
percent, Brunelle said. The
number of right-turn viola-
tions went down to zero.
Mayor John Bush said
he's happy with the red-
light program and is look-
ing forward to more cam-
eras being installed.
"It's been effective and
people are obeying the law,"
he said.
The city is currently
negotiating with property
owners to get control of the
right-of-ways where other

cameras would be installed,
such as 434 and the inter-
sections of Tuskawilla Bou-
levard and Hayes Road.
Also, the Seminole Coun-
ty Sheriffs Office is consid-
ering the use of red-light
cameras. If the agency goes
forward with the program,
the city could be able to
place cameras in county
right-of-ways, beginning
with Tuskawilla Road. Cur-
rently, cameras can only be
placed on city-owned prop-

Red-light camera pro-
grams have been criticized
as moneymaking machines
for municipalities in tough
times. But Brunelle said
it's all about safety, and it's
"I can never understand
why people say it's the rev-
enue," he said. "The fact
that [the cameras] are there
makes people do what
they're supposed to do."

Seminole Voice

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It's all downhill at the derby

Seminole Voice

Racers use gravity and their own skill to test each other at Derby Park in Sanford last Saturday. The park gives young racers the chance to build their own car and race it, qualifying for national-level championships.

Sanford's Derby Park is a
little more restless on Nov.
21. At the foot of a gently
rising hill, packs of child-
sized rocket-shaped cars
roll through a makeshift
village of tents and trailers.
A few yards away, a pickup
hitched to a flatbed trailer
waits to haul them to the
top. In 30 seconds, they'll
be 20 feet higher in altitude
and ready for takeoff.
Under a canopy on the
hilltop, drivers just old
enough to ride their first
bicycle contort their tiny
bodies into the slippery
fuselages of fiberglass and
steel racecars, as parents
aim them straight toward a
wall 100 yards downhill.
Then the voice of Edna

Brewer, a member of the
Central Florida Soap Box
Derby announcing the
event, leaps out of dual
loudspeakers and turns all
eyes to the top of the hill.
The soft pop of the metal
bars holding the racers in
place collapses, and the cars
start to pour down the road,
slowly at first but gaining
speed, the drivers just small
helmeted dots hunched
forward in the center, their
eyes poking a hair above
the horizon.
They punch through the
finish line, and Brewer mea-
sures the distance between
the winning car's nose and
the other's rear to the thou-
sandth of a second. Then
it's back to the top of the
hill, where the racers will
change tires, switch lanes
and race again. The win-

ner of both or the one with
the largest time differential
moves ahead in the brack-
"Sometimes when you
really want to win, it's
heart-pounding," said Kirby
Gagne of Winter Springs.
At 16, Gagne is an old vet
among rookies. Now in the
Master's Division, he talks
of retirement that's only
a year away, just as he's
becoming a senior in high
His name adorns the
entrance to the park in
honor of being a Rally Stock
world champion in 2005.
But on this Saturday, Gagne
didn't win, the brakes fail-
ing to stop his car before it
hit into the soft barricade of
orange traffic cones. Gagne,
though, seems to shake off
the loss; a racer since the

age of 10, he's seen them
come and go.
"Everyone who comes
here," he says, "we're all
friends just one big fam-
Located in the center of
the action, Central Florida
Soap Box Derby's director
Eric Griffin tries to manage
all of the confusion. Griffin
became fascinated with
soap box racers at a young
age and was a city cham-
pion for Albuquerque, N.M.
in 1970. His son, Evan, was
a world champion in 2002.
Griffin said his favorite part
of the sport is the family
"The family actually stays
together and helps each
other," he said.
Soap box racing isn't a
spectator sport, with dad at
the top of the hill helping to

move the car into place and
mom at the bottom taking
the car aside and getting it
ready to roll again.
It's a personal day for
Griffin too. At one point he
stands with his other son,
Ben, back from Iraq with
an up-armored Humvee.
They're behind a moun-
tain of toys to be donated
to Toys for Tots. In lieu of
race fees, participants were
asked to pay an equivalent
amount in toys.
Ben, like his dad, is a
racer too, finally giving up
the sport in 1999. "It's fun,"
he said.
Although he admits
driving a Humvee is a little

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High schooler aims to feed 500
CARMEN CARROQUINO High School senior Zavia and her friends and family,
GUEST REPORTER Menning said she slid a Menning started the "Feed
decisive finger beneath the 500 Families" campaign, .
Holding the sealed, white seal and found a task from hoping to raise $5,000 to _
envelope up to the light God: Feed 500 families on dress the tables of local ,,Mvo
didn't reveal its contents. Thanksgiving. families in need with tur- i l il
After an hour of delib- Menning received the key and all its trimmings.
eration and prayer, Hagerty envelope at a summer Pounding the pavement
youth group conference of Oviedo businesses such -
in Tennessee and was told as Winn Dixie and Wal-
Sto only open it if she was Mart asking for donations,
DIonatio I ready to accept the chal- Menning also recruited
lenge within. a local Girls Scouts troop,
Rier Rn"I thought the task was her soon to be alma mater,
a little crazy to accomplish Hagerty High School and
at first," Menning said. River Run Church to hold
"But after thinking about food drives and collect
it, I realized that God had monetary donations.
Sll faith in me and chose me to With the $5,000 goal,
collc ei do this when anyone else's Menning said she would
envelope could have said like to be able to give fami-
the very same thing." lies at least a $10 gift card to
Brian Dorn, Zavia's youth buy Thanksgiving groceries.
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l iity to handle such a daunt- enough food items to make
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"I'm very impressed out to families and make
with Zavia," Dorn said. deliveries downtown and
"She received this mission to those homebound.
Nv26 and made a commitment Not only is Menning col-
between herself and God lecting food for families,
to accomplish it by open- but for their pets too, say-
I oaha ing that envelope. Even if ing that everybody should PHOTO BY CARMEN CARROQUINO THE VOICE
gshe doesn't reach her goal, eat well on Thanksgiving. Hagerty High School senior Zavia Menning buys groceries for people and their pets
she'll learn valuable les- Janette Menning, Zavia's at a grocery store. Her goal is to raise $5,000 in food and cash donations.
she'll learn valuable les- Janette Menning, Zavia's
sons of giving and generate mother, said she is very
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the holidays, but for every always taught her children financially difficult times. from this experience and
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American Red Cross babysitter's
course is for those participants
11 to 15 years of age who
want to learn the importance of
leadership, infant care, accident
prevention and basic CPR and
First Aid. The class will be held
for one day at Riverside Park,
1600 Lockwood Blvd., on Dec.
5, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The
cost is $45 for Oviedo residents,
$55 for non-resident members,
and $65 for non-residents. There
is a minimum of five participants
to hold the class. For more
information please call 407- 971-

The SNAP Club is for teens
and older who are mentally and
physically challenged. Participants
must be accompanied by a
companion. There will be fun
and games, craft-time, bingo and
more. Classes are held on the first,
second and third Wednesday of the
month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The
location is Riverside Park, 1600
Lockwood Blvd., 407-971-5575.
A minimum of five participants are
needed to hold the class. The cost
is $12 for Oviedo residents, $13
for non-city residents and $20 for

Santa's Calling will be held from
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday,
Dec. 10. The Recreation and
Parks Department has made
arrangement with the North Pole
Telephone Co. to have Santa give
local children of the community a
holiday phone call. This activity is
for children ages 3 to 9. It is free
to Oviedo residents, $1 for non-
resident members and $2 for non-
residents. For more information or
a form to fill out, stop by 1600
Lockwood Blvd. or 148 Oviedo

Story-time with Santa will
be held this year in Oviedo on
Thursday, Dec. 17. There will be
two sessions available: 6 p.m.
to 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 8:30
p.m. children ages 9 years and
under may celebrate the holiday
season with Santa and his
helpers. You will get a chance to
enjoy Holiday crafts, snacks, and
an opportunity to visit with Santa.
You must pre-register by Monday,
Dec. 14. Registration is limited
to 160 participants per session.
To register, or more information,
contact Jenette McKinney at
407 -971- 5591 or e-mail

Get into the Holiday spirit by
decorating your Oviedo home
and win great prizes. The contest
categories will include the best
Holiday Theme or Griswald, first
and second place. The registration
will begin Monday, Nov. 30
through Dec.13. The judging
will take place on Tuesday, Dec.
15. Your lights must be on by 6
p.m. This event is for Oviedo city
residents. To register call Jenette
McKinney or e-mail jdmckinney@

Ice skaters enjoy a rare opportunity at Light Up UCF, an annual event on the UCF campus featuring a skating rink, light shows and movie screenings.


It's beginning to feel a lot
like winter, as temperatures
dip into the 40s in Central
Florida on Thanksgiving
In honor of the season,
cities and businesses are
opening ice rinks and host-
ing light shows and parades.
One city is even trucking in
Here's your guide to fam-
ily-fun activities through
On Nov. 20 Light Up UCF
began on the UCF campus
next to the Arena. Holiday
light shows are scheduled
at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11
p.m. daily, and there will be
ice skating in front of the
Arena from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Monday through Thursday,
5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday, 11
a.m. to 12 a.m. Saturday and
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.
Outdoor Christmas movie
screenings are also sched-
uled on certain evenings at
7 and 9:30 p.m. The event is
through Jan. 8. It costs $12
to skate and the screenings
and light shows are free.
For more information, visit
lightupucf.com or call 407-
The Leu House
Museum, located at 1920
North Forest Avenue in
Orlando, has been deco-
rated for the holidays. Each
of 11 rooms in the home
has its own theme from
Victorian to Art Deco fused
with dioramas "so there's
something for everyone to
enjoy," said Tracy Micciche,

event and marketing man-
ager for the museum.
Seminole Community
College Interior Design stu-
dents and designers from
Ron's Miniature Shop and
Museum dedicated their
time and trimmings, turn-
ing the home into a holiday
showcase, which the muse-
um couldn't have gone
without, Micciche said. The
admission is $7 for adults
and $2 for children K-12th
grades. For more informa-
tion call 407-246-2620 or
visit www.leugardens.org.
On Dec. 12 Orlando's
annual Christmas parade,
the Holiday Sidewalk
Sashay, will march along
a one-mile route in down-
town Lake Eola Park. This
year's version is down sized
and "going green" said Terri
Boardman, producer of the
parade. They're using deco-
rated golf carts, pedicabs
and wagons instead of big
floats. The parade will fea-
ture marching bands, dance
troops, and Santa alongwith
a song and dance show tap-
ing featuring celebrities at
the Eola amphitheater. The
Sashay is from 3:30 p.m. to
5 p.m. and is free. For more
information, visit orlando-
The "Winter in the
Park" ice skating rink
opened Nov. 20 in Central
Park West Meadow locat-
ed at the corner of Morse
Boulevard and New York
Avenue in downtown
Winter Park.
More than 3,200 square
feet of grass is covered
with 2,500 gallons of fro-

zen water to welcome
the thousands of skat-
ers through Jan. 3. Skaters
can enjoy the rink for $10
Monday through Thursday
3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and
Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
Call 407-599-3203 or visit
for more information.
The Orlando
Philharmonic Orchestra
will present its annual
Holiday Pops concert in
Winter Park's Central Park
on Sunday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m.
The concert, full of holi-
day favorite tunes, is free.
For more information call
407-896-6700 or visit www.
The Winter Park
Playhouse, located at 711-B
Orange Ave., will be pre-
senting "Haul Out the
Holidays," a tradition-
al and inspiring holiday
show featuring a cast of
four adults and four chil-
dren who will help ring in
the holidays with every-
one's favorite tunes from
Broadway, film, television
and radio. The show costs
$32 for adults and $22 for
students. Performances will
be on Fridays and Saturdays
at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays
and Sundays at 2 p.m. For
more information, call 407-
645-0145 or visit www.win-
The traditional lighting
of Cranes Roost Park in
Altamonte Springs will be
on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 5
p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Eddie
Rose Amphitheater. There
will be music, entertain-

ment and fireworks. A large
Christmas tree will be on
display as well as the holi-
day fountain show. Santa
and Mrs. Claus will be there
that night as well as every
Tuesday before Christmas
thereafter. Food and drink
will be available for pur-
chase throughout the
venue. This event is free.
For more information, visit
The Eddie Rose
Amphitheater, located at
247 Cranes Roost Blvd. in
Altamonte Springs, is fea-
turing two holiday con-
certs. The Robert Harris
Holiday Jazz Show will
take center stage for a per-
formance of both holiday
favorites and a selection
of the groups many popu-
lar songs on Dec. 11 from
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy the
great holiday sounds of
"The Ritz Featuring Carol
Becker" on Dec. 18 from
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Carol and
the Ritz will be performing
your favorite holiday tunes.
For more information visit
The city of Casselberry
will host the lighting of
the tree at the City Hall,
95 Triplet Lake Drive, on
Dec. 5 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Enjoy children from local
schools singing Christmas
carols and free cookies and
hot chocolate. This event is
free. Call 407-262-7720 for
more information.
The Casselberry Senior
Center, 95 N. Triplet Lake
Drive, will host "Pancakes

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The sport division of the
Turkey Burn Adventure Race
begins on Saturday, Nov. 28, at
noon and is a four-hour event.
The elite division begins at 4
a.m. and is a 12-hour event. The
start and finish are at Wekiva
Falls Resort, 30700 Wekiva River
Road, Sorrento. Register online
cor or e-mail info@
For additional information,
contact Cristina Calvet-Harrold
407-832-4814 or cristina@

An information meeting for the
community on the plans for the
Historic Geneva Schoolhouse will
be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec.
1, at the schoolhouse located at
First and Main streets in Geneva.
There will be an overview of
the vision for the Rural Heritage
Center at the Historic Geneva
Schoolhouse, an explanation of
the master plan being presented
to county, and plenty of time for
input and questions from the

The Office of Student Activities
at Seminole State College of
Florida is partnering with Hope
and Help Center of Central
Florida to host World AIDS Day
health fairs at the Sanford/Lake
Mary Campus Student Center
Green from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on
Tuesday, Dec. 1.
Vendors from the Central Florida
community will provide free
blood pressure and cholesterol
screenings and HIV tests. For
more information, please contact
Sabrina Deshner at 407-645-
2577 or visit www.hopeandhelp.

Seminole State College of
Florida's Fine Arts Department
will ring in the holiday season
with a wind ensemble concert
and two holiday pops concerts
featuring the college's bands
and choirs. The dates are:
Tuesday, Dec. 1,7:30 p.m. (wind
Sunday, Dec. 6, 3 p.m. (holiday

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what she has. She's worked
really hard and appreci-
ates all help she's gotten on
her mission ... I couldn't be
prouder that she accepted
the challenge to do good
for her community."

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.
(holiday pops)
The three concerts will be held in
the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
Fine Arts Concert Hall (building
G).AII events are free and open to
the public. For more information,
visit www.seminolestate.edu/
arts, or call 407-708-2040.

The Orlando Museum of Art's
1st Thursdays event "The Line
Art Party" from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
on Thursday, Dec. 3, welcomes
visitors to experience an
exhibition of artistic expression.
Admission is $10, always free
for OMA members. Call 407 896
4231 x260, or visit www.OMArt.

"Healing the whole man" will
be hosted by Joan Hunter at 7
p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3 at the
Greater Life Church, 145 W.
Broadway Street in Oviedo. For
more information about this free
event call 407-365-5950 or
visit joanhunter.org. Her mission
is to set people free spiritually,
physically, mentally, emotionally,
and financially.

A Lake Howell High School
student, Chelsea Smith, was
chosen to have her artwork
displayed for the Sanford Historic
Trust's 21st Annual Holiday Tour
of Homes cover art and poster.
This year's event will be held
Dec. 4-5 at the Historic Sanford
Welcome Center, 230 E. First
For more information on
tickets and prices visit www.
sanfordhistorictrust.org or call

The Artistic Hand is proud to
participate in the Oviedo Potter's
Tour alongside Barbara Bailey,
Mary Loving and Ann Robinson.
Come see what the teachers and
students have been up to during
Teacher and Student Show &
Sale. Take a trip into the gallery
to experience the new, exciting
pieces. The tour will take place
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on

Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday,
Dec. 6. For more information call

All are welcome to a Christmas
Open House Sunday, Dec. 6
between 4:30 p.m.and 7:30 p.m.
at the Lake Mary Chapel of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-
day Saints, 2255 Lake Emma
Road, Lake Mary. Chapel serves
residence in Winter Springs,
Casselberry, Longwood, Sanford
and Altamonte Springs.

The Seminole County
Engineering Division invites
you to attend a public information
meeting about the County Road
419 Road Improvement Project.
The county will present design
alternatives proposed for the
segment of roadway between the
Seminole County line and Snow
Hill Road at 7 p.m. on Thursday,
Dec. 10, in the cafeteria at
Walker Elementary School, 3101
Snow Hill Road, Chuluota.

The 10th annual Freaks and
Geeks, a gaming competition
and expo, will take place Friday,
Dec. 11, beginning at 6 p.m.
at Seminole State College of
Florida's Center for Economic
Development at Heathrow.
For more information, please
visit www.seminolestate/
digitalmedia, or call 407-708-

The Planetarium at Seminole
State College of Florida will
present "Winter Wonderland"
from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on
Saturday, Dec. 12. Enjoy
apple cider and hot chocolate
while visiting Santa's Winter
Wonderland at this free
planetarium event. The evening
will include the "Cool as Ice
Laboratory," demonstrating how
Santa's North Pole workshop
operates; a game of "Christmas
Jeopardy"; holiday arts and
crafts; caroling; stargazing with
the planetarium's telescopes;
and two showings of "Star of
Bethlehem," at 8:30 and 9:15

Doing good in the community

With about $1,000 col-
lected as of Nov. 16, enough
to feed about 100 families,
Menning said she's got a
long way to go, but a short
time before Thanksgiving.
"Even if we don't reach
our goal, it's still a gratify-
ing experience," she said. "I

just hope to give as many
families as I can through-
out the community a good
Thanksgiving. I just want
to make them happy and
spread the love since God
has blessed me with so

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at the Pole," a holiday
themed family breakfast
complete with elves and
Santa. There are seatings
at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
The cost is $5 for residents
and $7 for non residents.
For more information con-
tact Erin Myers at 407-262-
The Oviedo Gymnasium
and Aquatic Facility, 148
Oviedo Blvd., is bringing a

"Snow Mountain" to resi-
dents on Dec. 12 from 5
p.m. to 9 p.m. Play in 60
tons of snow delivered
straight from the North
Pole. Tickets are $5 before
Dec. 12 or $10 the day of the
event and include unlim-
ited rides while snow lasts,
inflatable games, carnival
games, activities, entertain-
ment and more. For more
information call 407-971-
The city of Sanford will

present "Christmas in
the Square" at Magnolia
Square and First Street on
Dec. 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The free event will feature
a tree-lighting ceremony,
face painters, balloon art-
ists and Santa. Then on
Dec. 5 will be the city's
4th Annual Illuminated
Christmas Parade at 6 p.m.
on First Street. There will
be floats, music and danc-
ing at this free event.

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Sunday, December 13th, 2009
7:30 p.m.
The First Presbyterian Church of Maitland
341 North Orlando Avenue, Maitland FL, 32751

The Maitland Symphony Orchestra welcomes
you to experience the excitement and wonder of the
holiday season by unwrapping musical presents with
you. There will be surprises from 'The Polar Express,"
"The Nutcracker," Leroy Anderson, George Gershwin,
and even "Cirque du Soleil." Special guests include the
scintillating Orlando Brass Quintet and the talents of
Jeremy and Johanna Hunt.

We hope you will bring the family and let us
transport you to a musical place of holiday love and de-
light. The concert is sponsored by the Performing Arts
of Maitland and is free to all.




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Cn e m a A showcase of this week's releases,
In e ma Iand a look ahead to upcoming movies.

'The Lovely Bones'

Coming Dec. 18


Coming Dec. 25

'It's Complicated'


There is an upcoming reunion for
the Winter Park High School Class
of 1970. Contact the committee on
Facebook: "Wphs NineteenSeventy"
or e-mail WPHS.1970.Alumni@gmail.
You can make a difference in the
life of a child, by bringing a new
unwrapped toy to any Central Florida
Chick-fil-a or Qdoba Restaurant
location or Centra Care clinic location.
Drives will be held Nov. 27-Dec. 14.

For more information, call 407-834-
Poetry Ensemble of Orlando invites
all poets to participate in our 2010
annual poetry contest. We welcome
all original, unpublished poetry of
32 lines or fewer. The contest begins
Dec. 1. Entries must be received by
March 5. The first prize is a collection
of poetry books, certificate, and
invitation to read the winning poem
with Poetry Ensemble of Orlando
during a May performance at Maitland

Public Library. To enter, mail the poem
and a cover sheet with name, address,
telephone number, email address,
poem title, and the number of lines.
The author's name must not appear
on the entry. Make checks payable to:
Poetry Ensemble of Orlando. Send to
Poetry Ensemble of Orlando c/o Bob
Osborne, 319 Casa Grande Court,
Winter Springs, FL 32708.
The Motorcycle Officers' annual
holiday toy drive in Seminole County

is underway to collect new, unwrapped
toys and gifts for the law enforcement
"Santa Run." The 2009 "Santa Run"
benefits children ages 8 to 17 who are
served by Boys Town Central Florida.
"Santa Run" gift donations should be
delivered to a collection location or an
Optimist Club meeting no later than
Thursday, Dec. 10.
Help the community celebrate the
holiday season by participating in
our annual "Bring a Toy for a Tot"

community project. Bring a new,
unwrapped toy for children ranging in
ages from infant to 12 years. All toys
will be given to the Hope Foundation
annual Christmas in the City event
held at the Oviedo Gymnasium/
Aquatic Facility, 148 Oviedo Blvd. on
Friday, Dec. 20 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
They are accepting donations through
Dec. 18. You may take your toys to
1600 Lockwood Blvd, 148 Oviedo
Blvd. or 400 Alexandria Blvd.

875 Clark Street,Suite A
Oviedo, FL 32765




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Cooler weather brings camping fun


The Fernandez family of
Lake Mary will be pitching
their tent and grilling steak
kebabs amidst the pine for-
ests of Wekiwa State Park
this weekend, free from the
rat race of work and school.
Cooler temperatures and
budget-friendly rates make
camping staycations a wel-
come solution for stressed
out families.
"Our kids love camping;
it brings us closer together,"
Elizabeth Fernandez said.
"With our camp kitchen we
eat very well outdoors and
catch up with each other.
At home during the week
everyone is going in differ-
ent directions.
"To spend quality time
together, leave the electron-
ics at home."
Lake Mary Gander
Mountain Assistant Store
Manager Chris Roody said
demand for camping sup-
plies picks up when tem-
peratures dip. High-tech
freeze dried food, hydration
backpacks, cast iron skil-
lets, bug repellent and tents
are among the most popu-
lar items.
3750 Flagg Lane, Lake Mary
Here are some camping
choices within a two-hour

Blue Spring State Park
in Orange City, known for

manatees that migrate into
the Spring from November
to March, offers 51 camp-
sites with picnic table, a fire
ring and nearby restroom/
bathhouse facilities. Park
Manager Robert Rundle
said attendance at state
parks has increased above
last year's numbers with
weekend camp sites book-
ing quickly. Water activity
is prohibited in the spring
during manatee season.
Visitors enjoy wildlife view-
ing along the boardwalk
and along the three mile
multi-use trail for hiking
and biking. The park is an
active habitat for at least 15
endangered or threatened
plants and animals includ-
ing the Florida Scrub Jay
and gopher tortoise.
Site fee: $24 per night
plus tax including electric-
ity and water.
386-775-3663; 2100 W.
French Ave., Orange City
bluespring; 1-800-326-3521

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Page A12 November 27 December 10, 2009 Seminole Voice

THIS WEEK in political history

SReagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the first treaty
between the two superpowers to reduce their massive nuclear
arsenals. Previous agreements had merely been attempts by
the two Cold War adversaries to limit the growth of their nuclear
IVOn a tog cnmhl oreftog tnE dars arsenals.

In a tough economy, hold yourself to tough standards




It's a tough economy. We all know
this by now. It's hard to find a job.
Why is it then that some people
still don't understand that a job
search requires dedication, organi-
zation and professionalism?
Every job fair I attend seems to
attract a range of people dressed
like they rolled out of bed in the

morning to professional suit attire.
I am hearing from recruiters that
it is all over the board for them as
One employer had mentioned
that flip flops are not acceptable
interview attire. I have to agree
unless you are applying for a job on
the beach.
We recently posted a posi-
tion, and I have received several
resumes, some good, some bad. I
have also received phone calls that
left me wondering what the caller
was thinking. One caller wanted to
dictate to me what they thought
the job should be and how they

could only work for "x" amount
of money. This was before I even
looked at their resume.
Employers should not be think-
ing "high maintenance" before
they interview you, during the
interview, or after you leave if you
want the job. You may have to set-
tle for less than you expect in this
economy. Companies are strug-
gling with costs and don't have as
much freedom as they do in a bet-
ter economy.
If your job search is going
nowhere, consider a job search
skills seminar. There are many
being offered at non-profits,

churches and Workforce Central
Florida. There are great tips out
there that can help you with your
Until next time,

Sandi Vidal is the executive director for Christian
HELP and the Central Florida Employment Council,
with more than 10 years of recruiting and human
resources experience. Please send questions
about employment by fax 407-260-2949, sandi@
christianhelp.org, or mail Ask Sandi C/O Christian
HELP, 450 Seminola Blvd., Casselberry, FL 32707.

Letter to the Editor

Take advantage of Part D -
before it's too late
From Nov. 15 until the end
of the year, seniors can sign
up for Medicare Part D -
the prescription drug ben-
efit for seniors. And those
who are unhappy with
their existing coverage can
switch to a new plan.
All those eligible should
take advantage of this
"open enrollment" period.
The health care reform bills
working their way through
Congress might soon make
serious and unnecessary
- changes to Part D. And
the consequences could be
Unlike most public
health programs, the
Medicare prescription drug
benefit is administered by
the private sector. The pro-
gram is subsidized by tax-
payer dollars, but seniors
are allowed to select the
drug benefit that best suits
their needs. Providers

compete for this business,
which leads to more choic-
es, better service, and lower
premiums. This feature -
the freedom to comparison
shop between competing
Medicare drug plans is
one of the reasons the pro-
gram is both popular and
cost effective.
Part D has a 92 percent
satisfaction rate among
its beneficiaries. And the
program has reduced the
number of seniors without
a drug plan by 17 percent.
Meanwhile, the price of
Part D over the next decade
is expected to be nearly
$120 billion less than origi-
nally estimated when the
program was created.
But the recent push for
health care reform has put
the program in danger. The
health care bill recently
passed in the House would
enable the federal gov-
ernment to "negotiate"
Medicare Part D drug pric-

es. The government doesn't
negotiate, though. Just look
at the drug benefit admin-
istered by the Department
of Veterans Affairs.
At the VA, the govern-
ment "negotiates" prices by
requiring drug companies
to sell their medicines at
a price that's at least 24
percent of the non-federal
average manufacturer
price. That's a price control;
not a negotiation. When
drug companies refuse to
play ball, they're not on the
VA's drug formulary, or list
of preferred drugs.
The Lewin Group, a
health policy consulting
firm, recently found that
the VA formulary contains
less than 65 percent of the
nation's 300 most-popular
prescription drugs as a
result of government nego-
tiations. The most popular
Part D plan, by contrast,
covers nearly 95 percent of
those meds. Of the brand-

name drugs on the top-300
list, just 42 percent are on
the VA formulary. A full 97
percent are available under
the most-popular Part D
Another provision being
considered on Capitol Hill
would force pharmaceuti-
cal firms to offer a substan-
tial rebate to the govern-
ment for all drugs used by
low-income Part D benefi-
ciaries. Lowering the price
of drugs for one group of
seniors, though, would
cause drug prices to rise
for every other senior. The
nonpartisan Congressional
Budget Office has con-
cluded that this proposal
could cause drug prices to
rise by 20 percent for most
Any sort of price-fixing
scheme would also stifle
research and development.
On average, it costs more
than $1 billion to produce a
new drug. Pharmaceutical

companies must be able
to recoup that cost. If gov-
ernment bureaucrats start
tampering with drug prices,
investment in new treat-
ments will drop off dra-
Fortunately, none of
these provisions have been
signed into law.
The open-enrollment
period gives seniors a valu-
able opportunity to get the
most out of their Medicare
drug benefit. Even benefi-
ciaries who are happy with
their current Part D plan
should visit www.Medicare.
gov and consider their
options. There are dozens
of plans out there, so every-
one should be able to find
one that's both affordable
and well-suited to their

-Peter J. Pitts
President of the Center for
Medicine in the Public Interest and a
former FDA Associate Commissioner.

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A TH LETS THIS WEEK in sports history

Ohio State University running back Archie Griffin becomes the first
player in history to win the Heisman Trophy two years in a row.
In the 1976 NFL Draft, he was the first-round draft choice of the
STHL ET IC Cincinnati Bengals.

UCF blows out Tulane, sets records

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A.J. Guyton picked up 56 yards in the air during the Knights' rout of Tulane on Saturday, Nov. 21. Defense set records for total yards allowed and rushing yards allowed. Offense poured on 504 yards in the 49-0 win.


The Knights are Conference
USA record holders after
a historic 49-0 shutout of
Tulane on Saturday.
The winning score came
on the fourth play of the
game, as running back
Brynn Harvey broke free on
a third down and one to run
50 yards for the touchdown.
After that, the Knights
cruised, giving some new
players a chance to play for
the first time this season.
The win was the most
lopsided blanking between

two C-USA teams in con-
ference history, beating a
record dating back to 1997.
Once again the Knights
(7-4, 5-2) proved them-
selves an explosive second
half team, scoring 28 points
in the third quarter alone as
they took a 14-0 halftime
lead and increased it more
than threefold by game's
That included a plethora
of gains on the ground and
in the air totaling 504 yards
in the game. Brynn Harvey
led his team on the ground,
gaining 129 yards and pick-
ing up three touchdowns.

Meanwhile the Knights'
defense scored a monu-
mental achievement for
any NCAA team this season,
holding the Green Wave to
50 yards of total offense,
which was also an all-time
C-USA record.
On rushing defense, the
Knights had one of their
greatest performances in
school history, and the sec-
ond best in NCAA football
this year, holding Tulane to
negative 30 yards.
During that dominating
defensive demonstration
the Knights held the Green
Wave to less than a yard

per play, yet another record
for the Knights this year.
Senior Cory Hogue helped
lead his team in tackles yet
again, with five on the day.
Senior Torrell Troup provid-
ed needed pressure, break-
ing up a pass and hurrying
Tulane quarterbacks out of
the pocket.
As the scoring gap spread,
the Knights took advantage
to give backup players some
time on the field. Kicker
Jamie Boyle was 3-for-3 on
extra points, coming in to
replace Nick Cattoi in the
third quarter. Rob Calabrese
took the helm as quarter-

back in the fourth quarter,
throwing for a touchdown
on his only play of the game,
connecting with Brendan
Kelly on a six-yard pass.
Now the Knights are in a
two-way tie with Southern
Miss for second place in
C-USA. If the Knights win
against UAB, kicking off
at 1:30 p.m. this Saturday,
they'll have reversed their
4-8 record from last season,
and they could be in a three-
way tie for first. Due to tie-
breaker rules the Knights
won't qualify for the C-USA
championship game, but
are bowl eligible.

Knights dominate the court


The Knights dominated the bas-
ketball court at the Glenn Wilkes
Classic last weekend, winning three
of four games over teams from
throughout the country.
The Knights extended their
season-opening winning streak to
three games with wins over Howard
and Auburn, but fell to Niagara
63-46 on Saturday.
Against Auburn, newcomer
Marcus Jordan scored his first offi-
cial points of the season. After going
0-4 shooting from the floor in his
first two outings, he scored 7 points
in a flawless performance from the
floor and the free throw line.
Meanwhile A.J. Tyler shined,
scoring 48 points in the series,
including a season-high 19 against

They bounced back with a 59-50
win over Drake to finish off the
Five players scored at least dou-
ble digits during the series, many
of them entering the teens in two
games or more. The team worked
well to spread the ball around,
keeping opposing defenses on
their heels. A.J. Rompza dished out
15 assists in the series. Isaac Sosa
helped his team with 43 points in
the series, with Keith Clanton scor-
ing 32 of his own.
Dave Diakite pulled a double
double with 12 points and 10
rebounds against Auburn.
Now the Knights (4-1) face
Albany (3-3) at home. The tipoff is
at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Great Danes
are coming off a 71-66 win over
Robert Morris.

The Knights spread the ball around at the Glenn Wilkes Classic tournament, winning three of four games.


November 27 December 10, 2009 Page A15

Bears, Lions and Patriots fall, Seminoles survive

Lake Brantley made a late charge against Winter Park, taking the lead late in the game, but fell short when Wildcat running back Patrick Mputu scored to knock the Patriots out of regionals.


The Lions were roped by the
Kowboys Friday night in the
regional quarterfinal on the
gridiron, falling 34-14 and
snapping an eight-game
winning streak.
Two key missing play-
ers out for a "team-related
matter" and a surprise drug
arrest didn't slow Osceola's
offense, which plowed
through the Lions for five
touchdowns in the game.
Lions' quarterback Blake
Bortles, who had formed
the cornerstone of his
team's offense all season,
had one of his stingiest out-
ings of the year, passing for
98 yards and two intercep-
Bortles personally
accounted for both of his
team's touchdowns, with
the first coming on a wild
68-yard scamper in the
first quarter, and the sec-
ond coming all the way at
the other end of the game.
What would be his final
touchdown of the season
came on a nine-yard pass to
Jeremy Gallon in the clos-
ing minutes.

The loss ended the Lions'
(9-2) chances of advancing
in the playoffs after a stellar
regular season.
It took two overtimes
for the Seminoles to outlast
Timber Creek 30-27. The
Seminoles had orchestrat-
ed a dramatic second-half
comeback, tying the Wolves
after trailing by a 17-3 defi-
After regulation ended,
running back Toby Durham
came alive for the Seminoles,
scoring two touchdowns to
lead his team to the dra-
matic victory.
The Seminoles travel
to Showalter field to face
Winter Park at 7:30 p.m.
The Wildcats narrowly
outlasted Lake Brantley in
the regional quarterfinal,
fending off a strong come-
back effort by the Patriots
in the second half. The
Wildcats won 50-47 in that
game. It was the most points
the Patriots had scored all
The Winter Springs Bears
fell to Lakeland in their
regional quarterfinal Friday
by a score of 41-8, ending
their playoff hopes.

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