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Come take look back at rural history with a modern twist at the annual Founders Day celebration at the Rural Heritage Center in Geneva. Calendar > 7 Interests .................................................. 5 Calendar .................................................. 7 Athletics .................................................. 9 Stetsons Corner .................................... 10 Ask Sandi .............................................. 10 Young Voices ......................................... 10 Classifieds ............................................. 12 Food Truck Wars returns to Oviedo with more food and fun. Family Calendar > 6 Athletics > 9 Knights try to build momentum before facing a grudge match. This girl started a charity reviving dead musical instruments for free. Interests > 5 A prehistoric family, forced to venture from its cave, discovers a wonderful, exotic world. Opening this week: THE CROODS Winter Springs got a little bit big ger and gained a new gas station and convenience store in the deal when the City Commission voted unanimously to annex 1.66 acres of property from Seminole County on March 11. The move is a step forward to ward Mayor Charles Laceys goal to increase business activity in the city to help balance the tax base. The three properties the city will absorb in the land grab have stood empty for nearly half a decade fol lowing the closing of the Hess gas station and convenience store at the northwestern most point of the city. The property at the south corner of the intersection of State Road 419 and U.S. Highway 17-92 will also be rezoned from mixed use to com mercial. A sprawling RaceTrac gas station and convenience store com plex will soon occupy the spot. Were excited about the oppor tunity to grow in the Winter Springs business community, RaceTrac representative Tom Sullivan said. doors of the University of Cen tral Floridas Tower 1 dormitory and onto the street just af ter midnight early Mon day. Police of through the confusion, bound for the But the police werent there the man with the guns. What had started seeming like an early morning prank had suddenly gotten far more serious when a student stepped out of his bedroom and said he saw an By the time police opened the door to his bedroom, the gun man, James Seevakumaran, was already dead. James was a loner, his fam ily described him in a released statement. and did not have a history of violence. Last door on the left The last door police opened in the apartment was the last place anyone had seen Seevakumaran alive. Hes there with some sort of, like, gun like (a) large as sault gun, roommate Arabo Babakhani had said to the po lice dispatcher. It was 12:20 a.m. when he barricaded him self in his bedroom and called 911. Then he said he thought he heard Seevakumaran follow an other roommate. Ten minutes later the alarm still screamed, deafening the main hall in the apartment as drawn. The video released by UCF Police Tuesday night leads the viewer through the apart ment with the barrel of a gun pointing straight ahead as po lice checked room by room, until the only one left belonged to the man with the guns. Strawn crouches, pistol clenched reaches to turn the knob on the Get down on the ground! Strawn yells through a blast of the room. Then they see the legs poking from behind the other end of the bed. The list Seevakumarans apartment Development is on the horizon for land in northeast Oviedo a reoccurring trend facing the city and its residents and, deemed by some, a potential threat to the ru ral character of the area. The Oviedo City Council ap proved the annexation of 7.21 acres of land surrounding Lee Avenue during Monday nights city council meeting, a sign of the times as development continues to encroach on the area just be fore the rural boundary line. The annexation was applied a homebuilder based out of Cali fornia that has plans for devel opment within the annexed area, said Oviedo Mayor Dominic Persampiere. My best recollection is that its a subdivision that theyre looking at putting in, he said. We dont have a full site devel UCF bafed about thwarted rampage Annex to cut deeper into where city meets country TIM FREED The Voice PHOTO BY TIM FREED THE VOICE Just where Lee Avenue meets Allendale Drive, a housing development may spring up, something local residents are upset will encroach farther toward the forested greenbelt and farmland area just beyond Oviedos grasp. Please see UCF on page 4 Please see ANNEX on page 2 ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice James Seevakumaran That was the best eye contact I ever had with him. He looked me dead in the eye and raised the gun. roommate Arabo Babakhani Winter Springs grabs land, gasses up ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice


Page 2 THIS WEEK in history March 23, 1839 The initials O.K. are first published in The Boston Morning Post. Meant as an abbreviation for oll correct, a popular slang misspelling of all correct at the time, OK steadily made its way into the everyday speech of Americans. Seminole Voice is published twice a month by Turnstile Media Group | POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Seminole Voice | P.O. Box 2426 | Winter Park, FL 32790 Publisher reserves right to edit or refuse all advertisements, announcements, articles and/or letters to the editor. Submission does not guarantee publication. Columnists opinions are made independently of the newspaper. All rights reserved. Seminole Voice 2012 TCraft@TurnstileMediaGroup.com IBabcock@TurnstileMediaGroup.com SWilson@TurnstileMediaGroup.com JGallagher@TurnstileMediaGroup.com jwfoley@att.net Sandi@ChristianHelp.org SundewGardens@gmail.com KarenMPhillips@bellsouth.net Josh Garrick JoshGarrick9@gmail.com Brittni Johnson Tim Freed Steven Barnhart DSheehy@TurnstileMediaGroup.com Legal@FLALegals.com AShortridge@TurnstileMediaGroup.com Florida Press Association & Oviedo/Winter Springs Chambers of Commerce Seminole Voice is published by Turnstile Media Group. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Orlando, Fla., Turnstile Media Group is also the parent of Golfweek, Golfweek Custom Media, TurfNet, Professional Artist, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, Baldwin Park Living and Turnstile Con nect. CHAIRMAN: Rance Crain PRESIDENT/CEO: Francis X. Farrell VICE PRESIDENTS: Patti Green & Jeff Babineau Periodicals postage is paid at Oviedo, Fla. 875 Clark Street,Suite A Oviedo, FL 32765 www.OviedoVision.com 407.366.7655 Fashion Frames Custom Contact Fittings Eye Exams for All Ages Designer & Rx Sunglasses Treatment of Red Eyes In-House Optical Lab Surgery Co-Management Dr. Gary D. McDonald and Dr. Jason R. Wallace Optometric PhysiciansTime for your health eye exam! opment plan though yet because were done with that, now the next step will be for them to talk to the planning department and see what theyre going to do with it. Earlier this year, less than a mile northwest from the area sur rounding Lee Avenue, 38.13 acres of land at the corner of Florida Avenue and Lake Charm Drive was denied rezoning by Seminole County. Developers Indev Inc. had plans to put in a subdivision of 20 homes that incidentally en croached on the rural boundary line. With attempts at development continuing to spring up, some Oviedo residents are expressing concern about preserving the ar eas rural character. It seems to me that the people in Oviedo dont necessarily make the decisions or drive what goes on in the city, said Robert King, an Oviedo resident who lives in Black Hammock. The city is go ing to do what the city wants to do. Quite frankly, whether its for the good of the people or not is subjective, its all in who you ask. The pro-development community believes theres no such thing as bad construction. Nowhere can you have con struction. Oviedo Councilmember Ste phen Schenck assured that the city will do its part in looking af ter the rural character of the areas along the rural boundary. Weve always respected the rural boundary, and as we get to wards it, we usually try to keep the development as much to the south if its right up against the rural boundary line, Schenck said. I think were cognizant of the rural boundary and always have been. Weve worked well with those who are in the rural boundary to make it be the best for both sides. That boundary line lies just north and east of the Oviedo bor der, where development stops. A view from above shows land north and east of Oviedo City Limits covered in trees and open land. South and west of the bor der, housing developments and After living just outside the rural boundary in Oviedo for more than 50 years, King said he doesnt think the city respects the rural area. The quiet area that he grew up in and continues to live at to this day has over time be come urbanized with businesses and homes. An area thats felt like home to King since he was a child now feels unfamiliar, and he is now considering selling his home to move to another rural area. I really actually belong here and every day I feel less and less like I belong here as this stuff goes on, King said. The place that I was born to is quickly being chewed away at. King also gave his thoughts on the future of the Lee Avenue area. The area around Lee Avenue is absolutely beautiful and its absolutely something thats pre cious to the people that live there. But I really cant see that the city or worth saving than possibly the old downtown, said Robert King. Its in the way. The land surrounding Lee Ave nue will still need to go through a rezoning process before any kind of development can continue. A representative of Standard Pa meeting refused to comment. King said he hopes residents eventually try to halt develop ment before all the available land is sold and bulldozed. Im almost 55 years old and the one thing Ive learned is that everything is for sale, King said. The question is whether people are willing to put enough money into making a change. When it gets to the point where theres enough money in it, the pressure is going to grow. ANNEX | Housing developer requests annexation less than a mile from where a development was denied C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE The place that I was born to is quickly being chewed away at. Oviedo resident Robert King


Boy Scouts go batty On Sunday, March 24, members of the Boy Scouts of America Troop #837 began the construction and installation of a bat house in the immediate area of Semi nole County Fire Station 42 in Geneva. A colony of bats has taken up residency in the attic of the re station. The scouts have been researching about bats, bat habitats and bat house construction and plan to nish the project by the end of March. SCPS Employee of the Year In a celebration held at Winter Springs High School on March 14, Ivette Garcia was named the 2013 School-Related Em ployee of the Year for Seminole County Public Schools. Mrs. Garcia has worked in the district for 17 years, the past seven as an executive secretary within the De partment of Exceptional Student Support Services. Superintendent of Schools Walt Grifn made the surprise announcement during Thursdays program, which also recognized 69 employees selected by their schools/sites. A look at the law The Seminole County Sheriffs Ofce is now accepting applications for the next class of its Community Law Enforce ment Academy. The 14-week education al academy gives residents a rsthand look at the operations of the Sheriffs Of ce. The class will begin on April 24 and will take place every Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Sheriffs Ofce main building located at 100 Bush Blvd. in Sanford. Graduation will be held on July 24. There is no cost to attend. To ap ply, visit seminolesheriff.org. Applications should be submitted by April 3 to ensure a seat in the class. Researcher of the Year Mary Lou Sole, coordinator of UCFs Clin ical Nurse Specialist masters and doctor al tracks, recently earned the Researcher of the Year Award from the National As sociation of Clinical Nurse Specialists. The award for work that has signicantly con tributed to advancing the nursing profes sion was presented in San Antonio at the associations annual conference. Reveal the Deal Local, state and federal law enforcement ofcials and prosecutors announced the charging of 57 individuals for their roles in an organized $300 million conspiracy or chestrated by Allied Veterans of the World. Operation Reveal the Deal uncovered a sophisticated racketeering and moneylaundering scheme stemming from 49 illegal gambling centers operating under the guise of internet cafes. The organi zation falsely claimed to be a charitable veterans organization, but instead de ceived the public and government while lining the pockets of its operators. Magic sponsored scholarship The Orlando Magic is teaming up with Seminole State College of Florida to offer a full scholarship worth $3,000 per year to one graduating senior in Seminole, Or ange or Osceola county enrolling in Semi nole State this fall. The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation will award the two-year scholarship to a degree-seeking student with demonstrated nancial need who is dedicated to excellence inside and out of the classroom. Applicants should have an unweighted grade point average of at least 2.5 and test scores of at least 880 on the SAT or 18 on the ACT. The com pleted scholarship application is due April 1. Visit tinyurl.com/MagicScholarship for more information. Dream big The Foundation for Seminole State Col leges 29th annual Dream Gala the Colleges biggest fundraiser raised $270,000 for college support. The soldout, black tie affair took place on Feb. 16 at the Orlando Marriot Lake Mary and was attended by more than 350 people, including prominent community leaders. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com Page 3 March 22 March 28, 2013 One Senior Place ... 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Page 4 bedroom looked like any college students: Dimly lit by the glow of a television left on. Crumpled But then there were the two guns laying on the ground: an American-Tech tactical .22 caliber handgun. Both had high capacity magazines. Then there was the rounds of ammunition and im provised explosives. They found a drum magazine, like the one used in the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., eight months ago. Then there was the list. The plan for the apparent kill ing spree was simple, hastily scrawled in sharpie on a random sheet of printer paper. Half of it read like a night on the town, starting at 11 p.m. Sunday: Dress for bar. Head to Mad Hatter. Get drunk. Have to head back. Take a shower. Shave up. But then the list takes a turn for the sinister, just as the sharpie stopped crossing things off. There were three things left to do. 2:55 a.m. put up youtube (video) 3:00 a.m. pull alarm 3:05 a.m. good luck + and give them hell! Police dont know exactly what Seevakumaran planned next. The hell the former student was about to give to the school that was evicting him exists only in theory, though police say he appeared to be deep into preparing a ram page on campus. But that night the plan suddenly changed. Just before crossing off the last items on his list, he picked up the .45, cocked it, and pulled the trigger. Unraveling Seevakumaran was already in the process of being forced out of his apartment at UCF. It had been months since the former business major had been in a classroom, and weeks since hed paid his rent. It had only been days since he started buying guns and ex plosives, some at an Orlando gun store, some online. All of those compounding trouble signs seemed to be accel erating toward the night that the despondent 30-year-old wrote his list. Some of the weapons hadnt even arrived yet when he pulled It all happened faster than any one could see coming, at least on record. Seevakumaran had never sought counseling, never been re ported for unusual behavior, UCF spokesman Grant Heston said. His parents said he was never violent. But he was a loner, they said. He was distant. For the most part if you said anything to him he would ignore you, he would stare off in the dis tance and pretend like you didnt exist, Babakhani told ABC news when asked about his roommates demeanor. But he made eye con tact with me when he pulled the gun on me. That was the best eye contact I ever had with him. He looked me dead in the eye and raised the gun. minutes after Babakhani called 911 and when Seevakumaran took ties. Babakhani said he thought Seevakumaran ran after another roommate, and then he heard a gunshot. The shooting has already been called a suicide by police. UCF Po lice Chief Richard Beary said the gunman killed himself before he could kill anybody else. The ram page ended just as it was about to begin. Phone: 407-365-3722 Fax: 407-365-7786 Phone: 407-365-3722 Fax: 407-365-7786 Phone: 407-365-3722 Fax: 407-365-7786 Phone: 407-365-3722 Fax: 407-365-7786 www.signman.net www.signman.net www.signman.net www.signman.net www.signman.net www.signman.net www.signman.net www.signman.net www.signman.net Computerized Laser & Rotary Engraving Custom Name Badges Signs & Banners Large Format Printing Rubber Stamps Awards, Trophies, and Novelties The Sign Man UCF | Plan scribbled on piece of paper outlined night out followed by a chilling final item: ...Give them hell! C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE PHOTO COURTESY OF UCF POLICE DEPARTMENT A partially scratched out list planning the night UCF police say James Seevaku maran planned an attack on fellow students, starting in his dorm building.


Page 5 THIS WEEK in human history March 22, 1908 Louis LAmour, the author of scores of bestselling Western novels, is born in Jamestown, N.D. After returning from World War II, LAmour began writing short stories and novels. His big break came when a novel he wrote at the age of 46 became the basis for the popular John Wayne movie Hondo. During one of Erica Chemtobs many visits to Muni Strings with walls covered in smooth, cherry wood violins and perfect, distinguished cellos she no ticed a few instruments lying there, broken. She learned that they were from schools, and that owner Daniel Muni was donating his time to repair them because the schools couldnt afford to. Her own school, Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, had the same problem. Then she won dered: If her own private school, with all its resources, had this problem, what must it be like for all the public schools out there? There are often instruments that go unused because of lack very tragic because music is such a gift. Erica couldnt imagine that, either. Her life has been music she has played the violin since she was 3 years old, spends summers at music camp and has played at Carnegie Hall. Being a violinist is integral to her whole identity, her mom Candace Chemtob said. Its so much a part of her life. Erica Chemtob started String Together, a nonprofit that gets broken string instruments repaired and supports her music enrichment program BRITTNI JOHNSON The Voice Please see STRING on page 6 Instrumental repair


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String Together So Erica started String Togeth to repair string instruments for schools in Central Florida, which Muni Strings does for her at a very low cost to keep it free for the Trinity Prep junior started when she was in ninth grade, also supports her music enrichment program at Jones High School in Orlando, where she teaches violin classes for an hour almost every Friday afternoon and pays for the teacher to attend. She was recently the Prudential Spirit of Commu nity Awards, a national contest for community service, for her work with String Together. Erica has raised more than $4,000 for String Together, and has repaired more than a dozen instruments and donated four in struments and many accessories. Shes received heartwarming let ters from the schools she helped, saying that without her, a student wouldnt have been able to play in a special concert coming up, or at all. At many schools, funds are used to buy the students the instruments be cause they cant, but there are no funds to ever keep them up or repair them, Muni said. Some children are playing on steel violin and cello strings from the 1990s, which can be pretty painful if theyre breaking. But they do it because they love music. Kids want to play instru ments, but they dont have the re sources, Erica said. They want to learn. For Muni, this is personal, too. When he was learning to play vio lin at age 10, his instrument wasnt set up correctly, and he nearly quit from all the problems it gave him. A simple switch with his teacher and he was playing like nothing could hold him back. He knows the importance of a good in strument, and without that moment his life wouldve been totally different. Thats why its essential to him to give back, re gardless of the cost. Were into helping out people and bridging the gap between desire and means, Muni said. Jones program While Erica loves working with Muni and hearing about how the new instruments make music programs better, what she loves most about String Together is her music enrichment program at Jones High School. She works on the students scales and mu sic from their class and a little on technique about once a week. I want to share with people who havent been able to get the experiences that Ive gotten, Er ica said. Im always the student, so its fun to be able to share what you know with the students. And Erica has learned a lot from interacting with the Jones students. She discovered that re gardless of life experience, music still feels the same. Music really transcends peoples culture, peoples back ground, Candace said. Theyre eager to learn, but its not always easy for every student to come. Sometimes the whole class of 10 to 12 will show up, sometimes its just three or four. But theres a certain three or four who always come, because they cant wait to take advantage of love for music. Theres power behind the mu sic, Erica said. Theyre just start ing to learn that maybe music has something behind it other than the notes that you play. STRING | Broken instruments had been going to waste, so she started fixing them C ONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 For more information about the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, visit spirit.prudential.com I want to share with people who havent been able to get the experiences that Ive gotten, Erica said. Im always the student, so its fun to be able to share what you know with the students. Erica Chemtob PHOTO BY BRITTNI JOHNSON THE VOICE MARCH 22 On Friday, March 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. UCFs Public History Cen ter is hosting an African American Culture Festival The daylong festival will include hands on activities for ev ery age level. The cost is $13 for kids and $7 for adults. For more informa tion or a registration form, call Ashley Wilt at 407-936-1679 or email pub lichistorycenter@ucf.edu Looking for something fun for your kids to do over spring break? If so, then look no further. The city of Cas selberry has planned a fun-lled Spring Break Kids Camp and Art Academy to keep even the busiest of kids entertained for days. The Spring Break Kids Camp is open Friday, March 22, to Friday, March 29, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Wirz Park, 806 Mark David Blvd. in Casselberry. Register online at casselberry.org or call 407262-7700, ext. 1576. MARCH 23 Food Truck Wars will be at the Oviedo Mall, 1700 Oviedo Marketplace Blvd., on Saturday, March 23, from noon to 6 p.m. Please visit foodtruckwars.com for more information, or email info@ foodtruckwars.com Saturday, March 23, is the Annual Founders Day at the Rural Heritage Center, 101 E. Main St. in Geneva, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Founders Day is an exciting event for the entire fam ily, and a great way to spend your Saturday in the country while expe riencing local history with a modern spin. Call 407-792-0758 or email RuralHeritageCenter@gmail.com for more information. Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is Kids Fun Day at the Lake Mary Historical Museum. Kids can create Easter cards and crafts for only $2. Reservations are needed. Call 407-585-1481 or email info@lake maryhistory.org On Saturday, March 23, there is an Owl Class at the Ed Yarborough Na ture Center on County Road 426 in Geneva from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost will be $5 per person. Join the Seminole County Natural Lands Program to learn about owls, the silent hunters of the night! Dissect your own owl pellet and hike to listen for owls. The event is open to ages 7 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required by calling 407-349-0959. MARCH 27 A Shrinky Dinks craft program for middle-school and high-school stu dents will help teens turn their favor ite super hero into a charm for key chains, jewelry and more. The class is free, but registration is required. Event begins on Wednesday, March 27, at 3 p.m. at the Central Branch Library, 215 N. Oxford Road in Casselberry. For more information and to register, call 407-665-1500. ONGOING In celebration of Seminole Countys 100th Birthday, Historic Seminole is issuing a passport to history! Pick up your passport and visit Historic Seminole spots on Centennial Sat urdays, running through April 13. For general questions about Centennial Saturdays, contact Ashley Wilt at 407936-1679 or email ashley.wilt@ucf. edu. For more information, visit his toricseminole.org Visit www.seminolevoice.com/ events/search for more details. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com


Page 7 Cli ck her e to add photo or Dr ag photo her e Nerd is the word $2.00 Not everyone gets one, but its always a welcome sight a tax refund. If you receive a refund this year, how can you best put it to work? The answer depends, to a large extent, on the size of your refund. In 2012, the average tax refund was about $3,000, according to the IRS. Lets look at a few possibilities for how you might use this amount: Help fund your IRA In 2013, you can now put in up to $5,500 per year (up from $5,000 in 2012) to a traditional or Roth IRA. And if youre 50 or older, you can put in an addition al $1,000 per year above the new contribu tion limit. Consequently, your $3,000 refund could cover more than half of your maximum IRA contributions, or slightly less than half if youre 50 or older. And if you dont think that $3,000 would make much of a difference, consider this: If you invested the $3,000 in an IRA that earned a hypothetical 7 percent annual return, and you never put in another dime, youd end up with nearly $23,000 after 30 years. And if you put in that same $3,000 per year to your IRA well below the maxi mum every year for 30 years, earning that same 7 percent annual return, youd accumu late more than $303,000. (Keep in mind that youd eventually be taxed on your traditional IRA earnings; Roth IRA earnings grow taxfree, provided you meet certain conditions.) Pay off some debts In the last few years, Americans have done a pretty good job of lowering their individual debt loads, accord ing to the Federal Reserve. But if you still have some outstanding loans or a credit card balance that carries a high interest rate, you might want to consider applying your tax re fund to these debts. The lower your monthly debt payments, the better your cash flow and the more money youll have available to invest for your future. Help build an emergency fund Life is full of unexpected events. If you need to purchase a new air conditioner or pay for an expensive car repair or incur a hospital bill, will you have the money available? If you dont, you might be forced to dip into your IRA or other investments. This move could result in taxes and fees; more importantly, it will reduce the financial resources youre counting on to help meet your long-term goals. You can help avoid this problem by building an emergency fund containing six to 12 months worth of living expenses, kept in a liquid, low-risk ac count. Your tax refund could give you a nice start to this fund. Invest in a 529 plan If you have children (or grandchildren) whom youd like to send to college, you may want to invest in a 529 plan. Your earnings grow tax-free, provided withdrawals are used for qualified higher education expenses. (Withdrawals for other purposes will result in taxes and possible penalties.) Contribution limits are quite high, so you can put in significant amounts each year including a $3,000 tax refund. As you can see, youve got some attractive options for using your tax refund so con sider them carefully. If you can apply more resources to your various financial goals, you may find yourself in a better position in the future. Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation.Put Your Tax Refund to Work Brent Ramsey Financial Advisor Edward Jones 1875 W.CR 419 Ste. 300 Oviedo, FL 32765 PH: 407.359.8055 Calendar MARCH 22 On the fourth Friday of each month, March 22 this month, multiple venues in Sanfords downtown his toric district showcase local talent along with oppor tunities to meet visiting artists for the Sanford Art Walk. The event is free and runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit sanfordartwalk.com The SSC Planetarium presents Whos Who? Wom en in Astronomy from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on March 22. The show features the study of stellar spectra, the science of measuring the luminosity of stars, and the modern cataloging of the night sky, all of which were pioneered by female astronomers. Whos Who? Women in Astronomy explores the contribu tions and discoveries of Caroline Herschel, Dorrit Hofeit, Antonia Maury and Henrietta Swan Leavitt. For more information and a schedule, please visit seminolestate.edu/planet, or call 407-708-2360. MARCH 23 The second annual English Symposium: Consum ing Objects conference will be held Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in UCFs Colbourn Hall Graduate Student Center, Suite 146. The event is free and open to the public. Visit cah.ucf.edu/events.php MARCH 25 The Artistic Hand is featuring new classes for adults starting the week of March 25 in Silver Clay, Glass & Tile Mosaics. MARCH 26 Seminole State College of Floridas Tuesday Voices, an open-mic poetry reading series continues its season on Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the San ford/Lake Mary Campus Multipurpose Room (build ing C). This event is free and open to the public, and everyone in attendance is invited to read an original poem or a favorite poem by another author. Tuesday Voices is sponsored by the Seminole State College English Department and the Gwendolyn Brooks Writ ers Association of Florida Inc. For more information, please contact Webb C. Harris Jr. at 407-708-2691 or by email at harrisw@seminolestate.edu MARCH 27 The UCF Health Services Administration Alumni Chapter is hosting the ninth annual State of Health Care in Central Florida Symposium on Wednesday, March 27, from 5:50 to 8 p.m. at the UCF Fairwinds Alumni Center. This years event will concentrate on the changing needs of hospitals and practices due to new health care regulations resulting from the Af fordable Care Act. Advance registration is required and guests can register at: ucfknightsnetwork.com/ symposium. For more information, please call 407823-3525 or email healthservices@ucfalumni.com MARCH 29 Community Education & Resource Afliation (CERA) is holding its annual Senior Expo at the city of Cas selberry Recreation Center on Friday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to noon. Everyone is invited to attend this free event. Come visit the vendors and learn about pro grams and services available to seniors. For more information, contact Betty Teagle at bteagle@cas selberry.org or 407-262-7700, ext. 1575. ONGOING Farmers Market at Oviedo YMCA is every Wednes day at the Oviedo YMCA, 7900 Red Bug Lake Road, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. or until all the vegetables, fruits and other great items are gone. For more information contact Kim Lett at klett@cfymca.org The Winter Springs Farmers Market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday on State Road 434 and Tus kawilla Road in the Winter Springs Town Center. Visit WinterSpringsFarmersMarket.com for more informa tion. Tijuana Flats offers live entertainment on the pa tio at three neighborhood locations (Winter Springs, Avalon Park and Oviedo) from 7 to 10 p.m on Satur day nights. Visit the locations on Facebook and Twit ter for more information. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com PHOTOS BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE Oviedo gave visitors their ll at the 19th annual Taste of Oviedo on March 9. Megan Katarina, left, performs for the crowd. 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The Knights only needed three hits to score their The win added to a big weekend for the Knights, who smashed Co lumbia by a total run margin of 25-10 in four games. The Knights were looking to keep up that momentum Wednesday against Jacksonville, on the verge of starting a long streak of Conference the conference. They take off for Birmingham this weekend to face UAB, part of an unusually strong C-USA lineup this season. The Blazers are near the bot tom of the conference in overall re cord, at 9-11. None of the teams have played a conference foe yet. The Knights will be looking for UAB since last years C-USA cham pionships, when UCF lost 15-1 in a mercy rule game that was cut short in the seventh inning. The losing pitcher in that game, Skoglund, may have a shot at redemption in this weekends three game series, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday. After that series the Knights will return home to battle old foe South ern Miss in a three game series start ing at 6:30 p.m. March 28. The Gold en Eagles are 8-11 so far this season. Its been nearly a year since their bi zarre series against the Knights last season that opened with a 14-inning scoreless stalemate that the Knights would eventually lose with one swing of the bat. The next two games they throttled the Eagles by a com bined score of 23-9. Knights surging before C-USA play ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE VOICE Eric Skoglund threw eight innings of shutout pitching to lead the Knights to a blowout over Columbia Monday.


Page 10 Heres what kids at A Taste of Oviedo said about what they liked about the event, and their preferences between citrus and celery. We went to some of the bouncy places and we went bungee jumping it was fun! Im a gymnast at Lawton Chiles Middle School. I dont really like celery, but I do like orange slices. Amanda G. 11 years old Im a gymnast and doing bungee jump ing here at Taste of Oviedo helped me get better at my skills. They gave us instructions before we bungee jumped. I like orange juice and orange slices. Gatienne J. 11 years old We spun the wheel for free stuff. It has been fun spending time with my fam ily we ate grilled cheese on cornbread. I like celery sticks with ranch dress ing and also orange slices. Nikki Z. 11 years old Ive had fun walk ing around with my friends. Im in third grade, and Im color ing bears in a book I got here. Later I will go bungee jumping for the first time. I like celery sticks with peanut butter. Sami Z. 8 years old Weve been walking around today and we saw all the classic cars. I liked the Camaro. This blueberry ice is good. We might come back later for the fireworks tonight. I like plain celery sticks and also orange slices. Justin C. 12 years old THIS WEEK in political history March 24, 1603 After 44 years of rule, Queen Elizabeth I of England dies, and King James VI of Scotland ascends to the throne uniting England and Scotland under a single British monarch. Queen Elizabeth I passed into history as one of Englands greatest monarchs. Her hands were puffy and a little sore, so she cradled the still warm hard-boiled eggs with care. The spill she had taken from her cutter horse earlier in the day bruised her left hip, so she rested against the kitchen counter to ease the ache. Easter was a deeprooted family holiday, and even the effects of that stubborn steer with a bad attitude werent going to stop her from helping her little sister prepare for the big egg hunt tomorrow afternoon. Although her years of rodeo team sports often found a rope or reins in her hands, the prospect of holding a thin paintbrush topped with pretty pastel colors touched the center of her 15-yearold heart. Geneva ranch hosts rodeo It isnt often we talk about decorating Eas ter eggs and decorating steers in the same sentence. But this year we do because in our rural area with ranches aplenty, we are blessed to have the third annual Junior Ranch Rodeo sponsored by the Seminole County Cattlemens Association (SCCA) hosted again at The Yarborough Ranch off Snow Hill Road. This year the rodeo falls on Saturday, March 30, the day before Easter. From 2 p.m. on, you and your family will get to watch the young members of the Seminole County Junior Cattlemens Association show off their skills by com peting in events such as team sorting, steer decorating, steer penning, calf branding, steer riding and relay racing. It is truly a family event, and one that many kids rarely get to see. Youll be close to the corral arena and will be able to admire these teen cowboys and cowgirls and their horses work seamlessly together. Brig some canned goods for admission and your donation will Home of Orlando. To learn more about the event, the SCCA and information about the steak dinner (limited tickets), the hot dog meals and the schedule, go to semino lecountycattlemen.com Easter in Geneva Spring is one of the loveliest seasons in Geneva, and this Easter Sunday the community will once again gather before Church to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Start a tradition, bring your family and lawn chairs to take part in this lovely morning with your neighbors. Founders, owls & 4th of July Genevas annual Founders Day is celebrat ing its third anniversary from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday March 23, at the Rural Heritage Center. Enjoy music, youth and adult performances, local produce, bar becue, baked goods, honey, and pie and poster contests. There are still a few booth spots available for arts and crafts (not yard sale items) for $10. Call 407-792-0758 or email ruralheritagecenter@gmail.com Who cooks for you? Later on from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, there will be another Owl Class at the Ed Yarbor ough Nature Center on County Road 426. Your kids will love it, and they will learn some cool secrets about owl anatomy and behaviors. I have attended this class before and absolutely loved it including dissect ing the owl pellets and an evening hike. Call 407-349-0959 to pre-register. The cost is only $5 per person. The next planning meeting for the annual Geneva 4th of July Parade and Festival will be from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, at the Geneva Com munity Center. There are jobs both small and large for everyone the more hands that help the less work and more enjoy ment for everyone. Centennial Farm Tour On Friday, April 5, celebrate our farming heritage with the 2013 Seminole County Centennial Farm Tour. It is a self-guided tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. visiting U-pick groves, fruit and vegetable farms, a work ing cattle ranch, a foliage nursery and a hydroponic vegetable farm. Pre-registra tion is required by April 3. Call 407-6655560 to register. See the event brochure online at tinyurl.com/2013FarmTour Last week I had the opportunity to meet with several very professional women who have great resumes and experience. They each have great potential for any employer, and appear to have all of their ducks in a row. The issue all of them are facing is depression. Each one of them has issues in their lives and job searches that are holding them back. They are doing their best to have a positive attitude and move forward in their lives, but they dont seem to be able to do it alone. One of the ladies has been to a coun selor and seems to have a good grasp on her situation; the other ones really need help. where the world seems dark and just you are hiding from the pain instead of moving forward it might be time to seek professional help. Losing a job is a crisis in anyones life, the normal stages of grief: Denial: This cant be happening to me Anger: I cant believe they would do this to me Bargaining: I will do anything Depression: I dont want to do this anymore Acceptance: It will be OK If you are having problems moving forward through any of these stages, please reach out for help. There are many 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. For questions, please call 407-834-4022 ( fax 407-260-2949) sandi@ christianhelp.org or mail Ask Sandi C/O Christian HELP, 450 Seminola Blvd., Casselberry, FL 32707. TALK T O SANDI > EMPLOYMENT Ask Sandi Counseling and your job hunt Rodeos and resurrection Stetsons Corner By Karen McEnany-Phillips Please share your thoughts about Geneva at 407221-7002, karenmphillips@bellsouth.net with Stetsons Corner in the subject line, or fax 407349-2800. Thanks! 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. TALK T O KAREN > HAVE AN OPINION? We want to hear it! Send your thoughts (400 words or less) to Managing Editor Isaac Babcock at ibabcock@turnstilemediagroup.com This Easter Sunday the community will once again gather before sunrise in the field next to the First Baptist Church to celebrate the resurrection of Christ.


Page 11 During last months State of the Union address, the president made it very clear that he wanted to work with states to expand preschool across the nation: I propose working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America. Every dollar we invest in highquality early education can save more than seven dollars later on by boosting graduation rates, reducing teen pregnancy, even reducing violent crime. The president is proposing to work with Congress to provide all lowand moderate-income 4-year-old children with high-quality preschool, while expand ing such programs to reach hundreds of thousands of middle-class children, and incentivizing full-day kindergarten policies. On the surface, such a proposal seems like a great idea, and there is plenty of research to support the premise that access to preschool leads to more suc cessful educational outcomes especially amongst lower-income groups where quality childcare may be lacking. Those homes in which languages other than English are spoken. However, there is also considerable evidence suggesting that the style of preschool is of the utmost importance. Evidence from European studies suggests that lowering the age of school entrance to four years of age results in no tangible detrimental to childrens progress. So, we should be careful to ensure that preschool is not just an extension of regular school. For many years, the U.K. has expected children to start school at an earlier age than other countries. Supporters of early school entry argue that young children are capable of learning the more formal skills inherent in the school curriculum, and that starting school early enables children to get a head start in learning. In addition, it is argued that an early start provides an opportunity for children from lessadvantaged backgrounds to make up the of the most frequently-cited arguments for starting schooling early). On the other hand, concerns have been raised about the appropriateness of a school environment for young children. Do teaching reading, writing, and math early result in any long-term advantage? Is there a danger that young children will miss out on other important experiences or even be damaged by an early start? Worryingly, the White House released a blueprint after the speech that included Education and job training are critical to strengthening the middle class and pre paring our kids to compete in the global economy. The presidents plan provides high-quality preschool for every child and teaches high school graduates the today. With the current focus on educa tional standardization and measurement, not become part of the school production line. There is a growing consensus among psychologists and neuroscientists that children learn best when allowed to explore their environments through play. However, preschools are increasingly turning away from play-based learning to lectures and testing. Placing such empha sis on academic achievement so early in life may not help young brains develop, and it might even impede successful learning later on. Preschool should be based upon cu riosity, play, and communication, which make it the ideal environment in which to introduce music, art and other languages. Absorption through listening is natural for young children, so there is no better time for them to acquire the cognitive and at preschool. Pressure-free, subsidized, bi lingual preschools would enable the next generation to better integrate, blossom and expand their horizons. Daniel Ward is the editor of Language Magazine. Visit languagemagazine.com Rarely do federal lawmakers come upon a policy that can expand access to critical health care services and simultaneously save taxpayers money. But according to a new report from a tweak in the way Medicare pays for certain kidney disease drugs could do just that preserving the availability of crucial treatments to rural patients and saving the program billions. At issue is Medicares handling of a few oral-only dialysis medications designed for end-stage renal disease, the most severe version of chronic kidney disease. In 2011, Medicare switched to a pay ment system that reimbursed for all dialysis-related treatments in one bun dled rate. Instead of paying prevailing market prices, the government opted to compensate health care providers accord ing to a formula. But the Centers for Medicare and Med icaid Services the government agency that oversees the program decided to exempt certain oral dialysis medications from the bundle through 2014. Januarys through 2016. Instead, those drugs will continue to be dispensed by local pharmacies through Medicare Part D, the prescription drug Thats the right call. Setting appropriate compensation is a particularly time-con suming and complicated task. It requires a remarkable volume of medical data. dialysis treatment into the price-control bundle, they almost certainly would have set compensation too low. Indeed, the Government Accountability underestimate of the total cost and said that there were still questions about pay ment adequacy beginning in 2014. If policymakers had proceeded with bundling the oral dialysis medications, patients could have lost access to them. Health care providers serving the Medi care population would have started losing money when dispensing these drugs. Many would have been forced to stop of fering them leaving patients in the lurch. Patients suffering from end-stage renal failure are some of the most vulnerable in the entire Medicare population. They typi cally require at least three rounds of treat ment every week. Even minor disruptions to their health care regimens can lead to serious deterioration of their already fragile condition. Those in rural areas would have been hit particularly hard. Many communi ties outside urban centers depend on just one or two health clinics to meet their medical needs. A single clinic may serve patients coming from 50 miles away or more. These clinics typically run on very Aware of the potential adverse con sequences in rural communities, legisla tors responded by maintaining these oral medicines under the Part D prescription tain the viability of small clinics servicing rural communities. This was good for patient access but, according to the government budget accountants, also good for the Medicare program and taxpayers because it saves money. The CBO projects that extending the exemption through 2018 would save taxpayers approximately $1.3 billion. Senators Max Baucus, D-Montana, and Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, played par ticularly important roles in marshaling support for the extension of the exemption earlier this year. They should be com mended for championing the interests of rural Americans. Because Congress acted in the best interests of rural patients, Medicare enroll ees suffering from renal disease can now rest assured that they will retain access to treatments they need. Grace Boatright is the legislative director for the National Grange, an organization that advocates for rural America. On March 16, Londons Academy of St. of the Bach Festival Guest Artist Series at the Trinity Preparatory School Performing Arts Center. The outstanding oeuvre of the eve ning was Haydns Cello Concerto No. 1 featuring the world-class playing of cellist Alisa Weilerstein who possesses an awe-inspiring technique and immense passion. Every note of every run and trill was crystal clear in the virtuosic passages. As required of Haydns style, the grace and beauty of Weilersteins well-turned nuances was of consistent intensity. She is an artist of great intellect and musical intelligence. Not to be outdone by Mme. Wei lersteins performance, pianist Inon Barna tan performed the Bach Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor BWV 1052 with the clean precision required of Bachs music. Barna tan delivered a stunning performance and his playing evermore pointed up the dif ferences between the sounds of Bach and Haydn. Also a prodigious artist, Barnatan is one I look forward to hearing on future programs (with Mme. Weilerstein?) The orchestra of some 26 virtuoso play ers opened the activities of the evening with Benjamin Brittens Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge Op. 10 a con coction of interesting musical contrasts. First violin, viola, and cello solo passages contain the opportunity to show individ ual virtuosity in appropriate realms. (No conductor was present during the entire proceedings.) No. 45 in F sharp minor, the Farewell Symphony, a musical joke that always amuses, as players leave the stage until last Guest Artist Series for this season. Please allow this commentator a special thank you to Trinity Preparatory School for the use of its acoustically excellent hall what a lovely place to enjoy mu sic! What a grand thing it is for the Cen tral Florida public that the Bach Festival Guest Artist Series brings exquisite music performed by the worlds best performers in well-nigh-perfect surroundings. A winner at Trinity: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Preschool premise Fiscal cli health care policy fix: good for rural patients and taxpayers LOUIS RONEY Guest Writer GRACE BOATRIGHT Guest Writer DANIEL WARD Guest Writer EDITORIAL CARTOONS King Features Weekly ServiceMarch 18, 2013 King Features Weekly ServiceMarch 18, 2013


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