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Don’t miss the 4th Annual Roar and Soar event at Fantasy of Flight, November 13-14. This land and sea event combines planes parked and in fl ight, cars - from vintage to Jags, and boats, with a classic regatta. Read of Kermit Weeks’ passion and bring the family to enjoy this lively festival.



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Lighthouse Ministries has served the hungry, homeless, and hurting in Lakeland since 1977 by providing spiritual growth, nourishment, shelter, education, and employment opportunities. Meet Executive Director Steve Turbeville to learn how the program began, how it operates today, and what it hopes for the future.

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t seems like the older we get, the harder we’re working. I look back on past phases of my life and think about how much easier I had it then, knowing full well in twenty years I may very well say the same thing about where I’m at right now. However, the more I think about it, I’m not so sure life keeps getting harder. Rather, as we enter into each new phase of our lives, we face new obstacles and challenges. Once we get through it, it doesn’t seem as difficult as it looked from the other end.




For example, I think most of us look back at our high school years and wish we could have appreciated how simple life was. You don’t have to manage a family, pay bills, meet the demands at work, etc. However, I know several high school students whose lives don’t seem as uncomplicated as I remember mine being.


Students are waking up between 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., earlier than a lot of people do for work, so they can be in their desks when the bell rings at 7:00 a.m. They spend all day in the classrooms and are released about 3 p.m., at which time they have a 15-minute window to get set up for practice, whether it’s band, sports or any other activity. Depending on the program, practices will usually last until 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. Students then eat a quick dinner at home before starting on an evening’s worth of homework. This routine goes on each day, but on top of it, they also balance many other extra curricular activities, part time jobs and anything else they choose to add to their plate. Every student’s story and schedule looks a little different, but it’s not rare to see students putting in 12-18 hour days every single weekday. And yet, as the teenagers around us stress out, we may roll our eyes thinking they don’t realize how easy they have it. What I realize now is as we grow older, life tends to hand to us the most we can handle at that time. As we grow into stronger individuals, life will send us a new challenge to learn from. Read the interview this month with Steve Turbeville of Lighthouse Ministries. Everyday he’s dealing with people whose lives seem to have taken a turn for the worst and they help to get them back on their feet. I’m sure that losing everything and finding yourself on the street would feel like the worst and hardest thing you could ever face, but those who go through the program at Lighthouse are able to learn strong lessons and skills and turn things around. Steve himself, shares about the experience of losing his first wife and then getting back on his feet when he met his current wife, Bonnie. We all face these challenges that seem like the hardest thing we’ve ever been through, and then when it’s over we’re stronger because of it.

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March of Dimes Chefs’ Auction F Written By: john ross

or the 20th consecutive year, Polk County had its annual Signature Chef ’s Auction. About twenty local chefs, restaurants, and caterers came and provided food for attendees to the auction. For $40 per person, people sampled a vast array of high end cuisine and drink, all while bidding on donated item packages. Connie Young, event organizer, is a passionate driving force behind the March of Dimes. She explained the purpose of the event and of March of Dimes. “Our mission is to prevent pre-mature birth, birth defects, and infant mortality,” she said.

Started in 1938 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the March of Dimes (first named the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis) was established to defeat the polio epidemic (which Roosevelt himself had contracted at age 39). It supported the doctor who invented the vaccine for polio and the mission was accomplished approximately 20 years after its inception. Today the prevention of premature birth, birth defects, and infant mortality is the focus.

“A healthy baby costs $3,000,” said Ms. Young. “A baby that requires care in a neo-natal unit costs $42,000 or more,” she said, emphasizing the need for preemptive health measures for babies. She explained that doctors can prick the heel of an infant to catch and treat thirty different diseases. This heel prick test is not mandatory in every state in the U.S., but the March of Dimes is lobbying Congress to make it so. “If we can prevent it at birth, we can prevent it for the rest of their lives.” Approximately 1,000 people came to the silent auction and walked away with such packages as a year membership to Gold’s Gym, an interior design package valued at $1,250, and even a chance to spend a day at work with Polk County’s Sheriff, Grady Judd! For dinner, food was provided by such great restaurants as Harry’s Seafood, Grillsmith, and Outback Steakhouse. To date, the event has raised more than $1.5 million over the last 20 years.

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Heather’s Hope H eather would have been proud.

More than 400 participants enjoyed the sun, exercise, and camaraderie at the 1st Annual Purple Ribbon 5K Run/Walk around Lake Hollingsworth on October 9, 2010. Proceeds from the event benefit the Heather’s Hope Foundation, a nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to promoting awareness and prevention of domestic abuse through education and public service.

Friends and family established the Heather’s Hope Foundation to preserve the memory of Heather Lynn Rimmer, a young mother and teacher who passed away in 2008 at the hands of her abusive spouse. Funds generated through events such as the run/walk assist victims of domestic abuse through support of local shelters and scholarships for worthy students. The nonprofit group created in Rimmer’s


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Domestic Violence – Nip it in the Bud Written By: Cheryl Johnston

name exists to help provide an escape route for victims of domestic abuse and to make sure other women in similarly dangerous situations know there is help for them. Heather’s mother and stepfather, Bonnie and Bob Roebuck, determined after their daughter’s death that the “silent tragedy” of domestic violence could only be eradicated through public awareness. Local businesses and individual supporters also do their part help spread the word. The weather cooperated beautifully for the event and according to Roebuck, “The community support has been overwhelming.“ Maj. Larry Williams of the Polk County Sheriff ’s Office encouraged the crowd with a few words after Dave McClamma, Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church at the Mall opened with prayer. Twenty-eight volunteers assisted with registrations, water, and medal distribution for Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels in each division. Heather’s best friend since middle

school, Margaret Boswell, also stocked a merchandise table as another source of fundraising for the cause. Heather was a recreational runner before the tragedy and a well-loved teacher at Valleyview Elementary and South McKeel Academy.. It seemed only natural that a family friendly run/walk could provide the perfect venue for shining some sunlight on this dark issue that affects more than four million American women and their families annually. Early prevention of domestic violence is a passion of the foundation. According to the Roebucks, who are raising Heather’s two beautiful daughters, Paige and Jordyn, educating teens is critical. Our slogan, ‘Domestic Violence ……Nip in it the Bud’ says it all. We are committed to promoting awareness and prevention of teen dating abuse.” Heather would be proud of the way her community has kept her memory alive by

embracing this cause. The fundraiser was successful thanks to generous $500-level sponsors GEICO, Family Life Chiropractic Center, John C. Ricotta & Associates, Polk County Sheriff ’s Charities and Texas Cattle Company. Many others sponsored at the $250-level and of course, the runners gathered pledge commitments. The success of this 1st Annual ensures there will be a 2nd in 2011. Dust off those running shoes and organize your team for next year’s Purple Ribbon benefit. A tribute tent is planned for any who would like to post photos or share stories of loved ones lost to domestic violence. The foundation graciously welcomes volunteer and tax-deductible financial support from sponsors/donors as they continue the cause against domestic violence. Mail checks payable to Heather’s Hope Foundation, Inc., to P.O. Box 92985, Lakeland, FL 33804.

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osaic Park in Bartow was host to the 2010 Polk Start! Heart Walk, sponsored by the American Heart Association on Saturday, October 2. The Heart Walk is a 3-mile walk benefiting the organization. As the signature fundraising event for the American Heart Association, the Start! Heart Walk promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living. Approximately 1,200 walkers turned out to participate in the Polk Start! Heart Walk, raising funds to save lives




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i f f l i g h t i s yo u r fa n ta s y, fa n cy t h i s FA N TA S Y O F F L I G H T G E T S R E A D Y T O R O A R A N D S O A R Written by: BrIAn West

In 1993, ImmedIAtely FolloWIng the destruCtIon oF hurrICAne AndreW, kermIt Weeks hAd some deCIsIons to mAke. he’d suFFered some oF the destruCtIon From AndreW WIth the loss oF severAl AIrCrAFt. Weeks WAs AlreAdy At A CrossroAds ABout the neXt steP In hIs lIFe, And AndreW helPed hIm mAke one oF those deCIsIons. he WAnted to shAre hIs vAst ColleCtIon oF AIrCrAFt WIth the World, And Chose CentrAl FlorIdA As the PerFeCt destInAtIon. Weeks Is the oWner And oPerAtor oF FAntAsy oF FlIght, WhICh Is sItuAted on 250 BeAutIFul ACres on the eAst sIde oF lAke Agnes In Polk County, just north oF InterstAte 4, ImmedIAtely oFF County roAd 557. It’s A PerFeCt loCAtIon. the lAke ProvIdes the ABIlIty For seA PlAnes to tAke oFF And lAnd, the sIte Is lArge enough For Its oWn runWAy And BeIng sItuAted on InterstAte 4 CreAtes lots oF oPPortunIty to AdvertIse to PAssers By; mAny oF WhICh Are tourIsts lookIng For FlorIdA vACAtIon destInAtIons. 12

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or years, Fantasy of Flight used a plane as its primary billboard for drivers on the interstate. The plane was situated with its nose to the ground and tail in the air so the underside of the wings could be read – Fantasy of Flight. To add a bit of whimsy, a dummy hung from the underside of the plane in a parachute. It was a GREAT idea. It was unique. It stood out. It was different, and effective. Weeks has this kind of creativity in everything he does, especially when it comes to Fantasy of Flight. Problem was many passers by frequently dialed 911 to report they’d just seen a plane crash, and unfortunately the ambulances and fire trucks had to respond. Weeks describes Fantasy of Flight as, “It has everything to do with going beyond ourselves. It’s really about self discovery.” When Weeks was 15 years old, he met someone who was building their own airplane. The concept fascinated him, so when he was 16, he bought a set of plans. It was just a set of plans, not a kit. He built his first airplane when he was a senior in high school. He flew with the U.S. Aerobatic team for 15 years and was very successful – in two airplanes he designed and built himself. He won 20 metals at the world level and was a two-time national champion. So he knows a little about planes and flight. Weeks began to collect aircraft, and today his vast collection reaches a number too high to believe, but it includes more than 40 planes that are available to the public at any time, and a maintenance and restoration hanger he can use to rotate them in and out from the display; conservatively keeping at least 40 available for viewing. Weeks collection is considerably more extensive, and a special pass will allow visitors to see more. There’s a significant amount of work that must take place to maintain the aircraft. In fact, you may not know this, but most aircraft on display in museums, are on display without an engine. But that isn’t the case at Fantasy of Flight. These are flyable aircraft with oil pans on the floor beneath the engines. Fantasy of Flight is a different experience. Kim Long, General Manager, said, “It is a working airport, so there are safety restrictions in place. It is not a museum. It is an interactive, people driven and emotionally engaging experience.” There are tours that take visitors throughout the grounds and hangers. Guided tram tours provide an education to visitors, even on something as simple as runways. This may sound very basic, but have you really

ever wondered why grass runways were constructed? Visit Fantasy of Flight and you’ll learn. The trams are used to get visitors from one location to another when long distances need to be covered, but visitors may also walk freely throughout the facilities, with the exception of the restricted areas. Visitors can even take self-guided tours of the hangers and surrounding areas. There are even tours of the maintenance and restoration hanger that allow visitors to interact with the Restoration Specialists. Visitors can see how a wing is constructed using fabric and hardened with paint – “dope.” The storage areas show the engines that are on display and explain their significance in the evolution of flight. So the entire visit it not only interesting, but it’s also very educational. Whether you’re a flight enthusiast or just someone with an interest in a different experience, this is special. At different times of the year, they also offer specialty tours. In October, there is a haunted hanger tour; a tongue in cheek offering to Halloween – the scary elements of flight and the Bermuda triangle. Visitors can also participate in the paranormal night flight experience. You’ll join a team of paranormal experts searching for activity between this world and the next. This was introduced earlier this year to sold out audiences. So you may want to call now. Expect to spend 5-6 hours during a typical visit to Fantasy of Flight. This will allow you to make time for everything there is to do, including all the videos, tours, interactive areas and even lunch. For those who might be thinking, ‘Yeah, planes just aren’t for me.’ it’s very common for the staff to receive surveys from visitors with comments such as, “I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it, but my husband made me go. It was a great experience. I enjoyed myself and had a full day.” And don’t worry about packing a lunch. The main facility has a diner that provides a great view of the runways and the north hanger. And the food is great too. In fact, many

people local to the area have discovered the diner as a great place to have lunch. There’s no fee to enter the main building where the lobby, gift shop and diner are located. So stop in just to have lunch some time. Long said, “One of the nice things about Fantasy of Flight is the people working there. They are people who are passionate about flight and aircraft, so they love to talk about it and answer your questions. There is a desire within the staff that they really want visitors to be surprised by what they find and learn during their visit.” They even have costumes that are pulled out from time to time for characters like Rosie the Riveter and they’re working on other characters, not only for their tours, but also characters that can get out into the community to interact and bring interest to Fantasy of Flight. On November 13th and 14th, Fantasy of Flight will host its 4th annual Roar and Soar event. This is a land, sea and air festival. Polk County Sports Marketing and Tourism provided seed money for a grant to help support the event, which is a

combination of cars, boats and planes – even remote controlled cars, boats and planes. There will be a race boat regatta on the lake with classic race boats. There will also be vintage cars and planes on display. The remote controlled boats will run on the lake in between the heats of the larger vintage boats. The car show is open and not specific in nature. There are some requirements for quality standards, but it’s open so anyone can apply and register to participate. The Jaguar Club of North America will be running a slalom course on the ramps near one of the hangers. The event will cover the gamut for land, sea and air. Everything from a hobbyist level to full-blown enthusiast will be on hand. Aircraft from Weeks’ collection will also fly. His P-51 will fly along with some of the more interesting

aircraft that aren’t as well known. There will also be aerial demonstrations and opportunities for visitors to learn about the all of the vehicles, boats and aircraft, and their history. Visitors will also have an opportunity to get close to the action with all the remote controlled craft – even the planes and helicopters. You can even talk to the pilots. They expect a few thousand visitors, so you may want to arrive early. If you’re interested in participating, there is an application and registration process, but it is open to anyone interested in participating, given that you can meet their qualifications. They are also beginning preparations for their third year of programming with their symposium series. It is a Living History symposium series, which starts in February. There will be a program on the Tuskegee Airmen in February, the Women of Aviation in March – including the WASP, and a full series going into a legacy tribute of a variety of aviators that are noted in aviation history. Fantasy of Flight is about so much more than just the aircraft. It’s really about the historical significance of the aircraft and the cultural and societal changes that took place specifically related to the impact of flight. Remember when you were a child and first grasped the concept that birds could fly? Those thoughts were likely followed by dreams of being able to fly with your own wings. This is where the concept of Fantasy of Flight begins. Sure there are tangible things to discover with the historic aircraft, but it’s alo about inspiring people to think beyond themselves. They hope to be able to inspire people to understand that flight symbolizes reaching beyond your capabilities – and they do that very well. It provides a great platform for story telling, and over the years they’ve evolved into discussing a larger mission related to flight. Children even start with the basics of making paper airplanes. It is a unique experience. Parking is free, except during special events. Children under the age of 6 are free. There is a youth rate for ages 6-15 for $14.95. Day rates for adults are $28.95 and they do recognize discounts through AAA. An annual pass is available for $69.95 and allows access even for all the special events. It is suggested that you visit the website to see what special discounts may be available at that time. They can be reached at 863984-3500, or visit their website at www. So if you haven’t been to Fantasy of Flight, make time to take your family. You will not be disappointed.

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The band performs in the Red Rose Dining Room, plus Ralph Allocco & Second Wind perform before and after the show

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The band performs in the Red Rose Dining Room, plus PJ Leary & The Las Vegas Sounds before and after the show


RALPH ALLOCCO & SECOND WIND Performing in the Red Rose Dining Room



A dynamite crowd pleaser! P.J. Leary & The Las Vegas Sounds perform before and after the show.


RALPH ALLOCCO & SECOND WIND Performing in the Red Rose Dining Room






A dynamite crowd pleaser! Destiny perform before and after the show.

Performing in the Red Rose Dining Room




Hear the hits from one of the 60’s top bands - The Four Seasons! “Sherry,” “Ronnie,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Dawn,”“ Ragdoll,” “Let’s Hang On,” and many, many more. P.J. Leary & The Las Vegas Sounds open and close the show. This event benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.



Bobby Palermo plays several instruments and has composed many songs that he sings in his show. Plenty of laughs, impersonations, and music. PJ Leary & The Las Vegas Sounds also perform.



Shirley Alston Reeves, former lead of the Shirelles and Bobby Hendricks, formerly of Bill Pickney’s Original Drifters perform, plus PJ Leary & The Las Vegas Sounds with Ken Brady of the original Casinos before and after the show in a Supper Club Atmosphere in the Ballroom.



A big hit and a Red Rose tradition!!! Fresh fruits, warm breads, roasted turkey, traditional dressing, seasoned prime rib, glazed ham, fresh fish, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, pasta, omelet/waffle station, and an assortment of desserts, including chocolate fountains, are only a few of the many delighful dishes that will make your mouth water! Three seating times available. Call to reserve your table soon.



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Hope and Guidance for Those in Need Lighthouse Ministries proviDes a guiDing Light

there is an overlooked segment of humanity, crying out for help. Founded by Carl Warnock and jim Welch in 1977, the homeless now have a place of hope lighthouse ministries. daily chapel services provide a foundation for those who need to a path to a life of peace through god. steve turbeville, executive director of lighthouse ministries, recently spent some time with me to talk a little about himself, and his passion for helping those in need. Focus: Where are you from, originally? Turbeville: I was born and raised in Lakeland. Focus: Tell me about your family. Turbeville: My parents were from Alabama, so I’m a first generation from Lakeland. My first wife, Diane, and I have three children. Diane passed away in 2007. Eventually, I met a beautiful volunteer at Lighthouse Ministries, Bonnie. She had lost her husband, Bobby Griffin. He was actually on the original board of Lighthouse Ministries. We fell in love and were married October 4, 2009, so we’ve just celebrated our first anniversary. Together, we have 8 children and 13 grandchildren. Focus: How did you get involved with Lighthouse Ministries? Turbeville: Carl Warnock, the founder,


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asked me to come and pray with some of the board members that met on Wednesday’s at noon at the Men’s Mission. The Women and Children’s Center had not been built at that time. I would come in and pray with them. After about four months, I was asked to join the board. I was on the executive board for about 18 months, and now I’m in my 9th year as the Executive Director. Focus: Tell me about Lighthouse Ministries. Turbeville: It started in 1977 as a gospel rescue mission for down and out men on the streets. Over time, we realized there was a large need to help families, so we began an outreach mission. The vision was to have a women’s and children’s center, so in December of 2001, we moved into the Jay and Eloise Troxel Life Center. Lighthouse Ministries started out preaching the gospel, providing food and showers for men in need. Our mission is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to the poor and at-risk population

and meet their physical and emotional needs. Our vision for those we serve is to have an overall outcome of God’s peace. It gives them confidence. We really want our supporters to understand that Lighthouse Ministries is a Life and Learning campus. Our residents may begin their life here in the Gospel Rescue Mission, but as they chose the path to education and employment, it becomes a campus with dorms, instruction and servant leadership for students to become productive and skilled. Our core values are Jesus Christ, Truth – which is the gospel of Christ, Integrity – how that truth is lived out, Compassion, Accountability, Discipline and Unity. Our 4 pathways are Spiritual Growth, Community, Industry and Education. So what we try to do is develop the systems where we put Christ first, emphasize the need to get along with others, build life skills for that to be done, be good parents and productive in the community. We also have an education center which provides for the GED and computer skills to help people turn their lives around and get them on the right track. Some come to us with high school diplomas or college educations. The trauma they go through in life can be so intense that they forget how to learn. The system we use is the NOVA program, which is an innovative learning system. It helps people learn again. It give them confidence. We also have a program through the industry component through our family stores, thrift stores and hydroponics gardening and some other things to help them learn work skills and put them to practice. In some cases, they learn hospitality as they take care of others that come into the shelter. They also learn record keeping, merchandising, transportation, logistics and retail sales. We also have an outreach program, and through the holidays, we’ll help thousands of people. We believe that hope begins with a meal. So one of the ways we communicate the gospel is to just make sure that people have the food they need. Sometimes it’s a hot meal and people come into the shelter to eat. Other times we provide boxes or food bags that will feed a family of four for about 4 days. We really want people to think of Lighthouse Ministries as a life and learning campus, rather than a shelter.

coming to us for food clothing and shelter. We serve anywhere from 45-75 people an evening. In our men’s program, we serve about 30 men. That’s a more comprehensive

should be on prayer first, at least for those who believe. From a tangible standpoint, because of the different numbers that we serve and donations from large corporate givers not being as present this year, financial help is very important to us. We have over 40 homeless people who are now employed with Lighthouse Ministries, throughout our different operations. So we have successes through our programs. The financial need is great to help subsidize those efforts. Focus: You’re also working with your clients to get them employed?

program. They stay on campus under our guidance and protection. With the women and children, we have approximately 17 women and 27 children. We also have a community preschool where we serve another 20 children through the community. Focus: If someone is in need of the types of service offered through Lighthouse Ministries, how do they get involved? Turbeville: If there is a need, there are several ways. We receive recommendations through people at our church through a voucher program. We also have people that come in with an application to stay and go through our program. It is an application process through both methods. But pretty much anyone with a need can apply. If we believe there is a legitimate need, we can take them through the program, or just help with their basic needs. But we generally don’t turn anyone down. We get referrals through local churches, United Way and several other agencies and even friends and families.

Turbeville: We consider ourselves a one-stop-care for both men and women. We provide for everything; food clothing shelter, education and we hire them after 6 months in our program. They’re able to save 80% of their income. They’re making child support payments, restitution and still saving 80% of their income. When they leave the program, they typically have about $3,500 in savings, or more, and they continue to stay employed through Lighthouse Ministries. It helps them stay focused, and allows us to be an accountability partner with them so they stay on task. Focus: Given the economic struggles in cities around the country, I would imagine your client base has changed in the past few years. Turbeville: Yes. We’re seeing many more middle class, lower middle class and working poor coming for our services. There are

mothers who have worked a job and are trying to keep their family together. There are mothers and fathers who are both working two jobs. So yes, we’ve seen everything from that standpoint. What touches me most are the children that are affected. In Polk County alone, we have over 2300 children who are homeless. We’re just seeing so much more of this. Focus: Are there specific fundraisers for Lighthouse Ministries? Turbeville: We do direct-mail for donations for meals, which is our most immediate need. But it’s not just the food, it’s the cost of operations to deliver the food. There’s just so much needed for the depth of services we offer. Focus: What’s the typical timeline for those going through the program? Turbeville: There is an average timeline of about 18-24 months where they are involved and supported at the ministry through our services. Also, our successes are measured by the four pathways I mentioned earlier. If they are working or continuing in three of the four pathways a year after they’ve been away from the program, they are considered a success. We’re at about 75% success rate for the women and about 50% for the men. Turbeville has a strong passion for his work; a passion you can hear in his voice. He has pride in the success of those who’ve come through the program at Lighthouse Ministries; those who continue to find peace in their lives. Thanks so much your efforts, Steve. Lakeland is a better community because of your work.

Focus: If someone wanted to help Lighthouse Ministries as a volunteer or through donations, how can they get involved? Turbeville: They can visit our website for donations, and they can visit our administrative office, which is located at 215 East Magnolia Street, here in Lakeland. They can really get involved anyway they like, but we can work with them to determine where they could fit in best.

Focus: Tell me about your client base.

Focus: Is there any specific need that Lighthouse Ministries currently has?

Turbeville: We serve the homeless men

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extra » al reuchel wheel chair who, by now, was so humiliated not only by her accident but by the cancerous scares that are unfortunately taking their toll on her. There was not an ounce of compassion or understanding from this shop owner to this person with an obvious affliction. Sneering down at the woman said told me daughter that would be $45-dollars. Never mind the sales person said not to worry about it. Sure, I could argue my daughter is a student who doesn’t have much money. It’s obvious the disabled woman isn’t wealthy. And yes, the shop owner probably does have a policy if you touch it and it breaks you are responsible for the item. So why didn’t she just say that instead of snapping and snitting away in such a cruel fashion?

Treating them with dignity! A Written By: Al Reuchel

ll too often we hear stories in the news about people with disabilities and handicaps taking on the establishment. It’s usually about things folks without handicaps take for granted like bathrooms too small and the absence of entrance ramps. We’ve even seen occasions when disabled use the Americans with Disabilities act like a battering ram which can end up costing business thousands of dollars to modified buildings or even force some of them out of business altogether. I know some folks think ADA is crazy law gone bad because it makes what seem to us to be unreasonable demands of businesses. For example, on Clearwater beach the city was being asked to add an elevator to the second story of the life guard station to accommodate those with disabilities. It was going to cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars for the accommodation. So, would the city hire a handicapped person to be a


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lifeguard in the first place? How is a person in a wheel chair who can’t make it up a flight of stairs going to rescue a troubled swimmer? Does that make a lot of sense? Now let me change the focus. I think the greatest benefit from the ADA is not providing job access or ease of maneuvering, but demanding, yes, demanded that persons with handicaps or disabilities be provided with respect. It requires these individuals be treated as equal citizens and not berated or made to feel less than human for a condition over which they have no control.

Let me relate a personal story without betraying a confidence. My daughter and her husband took a disabled person in a wheel chair to a little shop not far from Gainesville. This is a wonderful woman who is not only handicapped as a result of a horrible traffic accident but must now deal with a fatal disease. They entered this little store because my daughter enjoys the items they sell and

has loved shopping there since her days as a student at UF. They brought their wheel chaired friend with them and were enjoying themselves when by accident the woman hit reverse on her wheel chair and it rolled into a very small Christmas tree display. Three small ornaments fell off the tree and broke. My daughter’s friend was heart sick and embarrassed to say the least. One of the girls behind the counter came over to help clean up the broken ornaments and said not to worry. She said the ornaments were not that expensive and not to worry though my daughter did offer to pay for them. Enter the shops owner. If looks good kill this person was sending darts into my daughters heart by sneering with great disgust at her wheel chair friend. She wrapped the broken pieces in a bag all the while muttering and talking under her breath. It was obvious to my daughter she was looking directly at her friend in the

My daughter didn’t break into tears because of the way she was treated but rather the way the owner treated the woman in the wheel chair. It was demeaning. It was directed disgust. It was saying with her eyes and her voice....”you idiot, you clumsy oaf, you come into my story in that oversized go-cart and run over my Christmas ornaments and I have to put up with you!!!” Maybe I am exaggerating. I wasn’t there. But if my daughter says it was the most horrible moment she can ever remember for a dear dying friend with a disability it must have been just that and more. She paid the bill and left as quickly as possible and says she will never return to that store in that quaint town that she and our family have become so found of. I could have mentioned the store and the owner in this article but I won’t. It’s not fair to punish people for the actions of one very ill-informed, grouch who can’t see beyond her own profit margin into the heart of a disabled person who came only to enjoy the company of friends in an environment made all the more challenging by a disability she neither created nor is responsible for. Now, I know the ADA doesn’t have provisions to protect against accidents like this one. But can you see why it was passed in the first place? It’s not about the inconvenience or pain making isles a bit wider, protecting delicate displays, putting in ramps and restrooms and railings, and on and on. It’s a necessity made all the move obvious when we see shop owners treating these folks like dogs or bulls let lose in a china shop rather than human beings disparately seeking to be treated with dignity, respect and understanding. Is that asking too much?

extra » derek maul prove the case, nor justify so many sweeping generalizations. In the case of education, there are good teachers and there are the not so good. Professional standards, supervision and accountability often work together to accomplish a “so-so” job - as in any profession. But, and this statement needs to be hung on a huge banner in every legislature in America - and a few school board meeting rooms for good measure, “Classroom time = a mere 14,4% of a child’s year – and that’s assuming perfect attendance. Kids actually spend more or their lives with the computer and the TV than a classroom teacher! The key variable in preparing children to succeed in life is the home.” That’s worth repeating: The key variable in preparing children to succeed in life is the home. But the legislature can’t get inside my house or yours, and neither can Mr. Gates (unless Windows 7 is even trickier than we knew!). So we do what we can do and we throw rocks at the teachers instead. The Gates Grant’s end game is the laudable goal of identification and implementation when it comes to best practices in terms of classroom instruction. But, the initiative seems to be being parsed as “Fix the teachers and everything will be Okay.”

Let’s Stop Throwing Rocks at the Teachers I Written By: derek maul

don’t write much about my former career, but I’m still very much involved in education. I teach all the time, and have many friends who make their living in the classroom.

power of generosity to change the world for the better. This year, the Gates beneficence is being unleashed on Hillsborough County via an education grant to the tune of some $100 million.

I’ve been talking with teachers, and what I’m hearing troubles me. It’s early in the year, but cynicism and a sense of unreasonable burden is already taking its toll.

I’ve often wondered what good could be accomplished if we put our money where our priorities should be and actually invested in education, but I’m honestly not sure that this is what we need!

The problem is the politics, the way politics are applied, the school board, and the huge gap between what people think they know about education and the reality of great teachers doing great work.

You see there’s a huge elephant in the room we simply must address. I’m talking about the foundational set of premises that drives the 100 million dollar train.

$100 Million: The work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a magnificenttestimony to the

Here they are: Better teachers = better schools... better schools = better education... and better education = successful children who become fully functioning adults. So far,

so good.

We’re concerned about the future, and we know our children really should be better equipped than they currently are. Okay, no argument there. Therefore… ergo… we need to improve the teachers. All this leads to the following conclusion; poor teaching must be the reason society is – essentially – on the brink. Flawed logic! There you go. That’s American education in a nutshell, and there’s really not much to argue in anything I just said, at least prior to the conclusion. However (and this error is at the root of much that passes for contemporary social and political debate), stringing a series of statements together that are – ostensibly - true does not necessarily

Well, no, it won’t! 1. Bottom line, the majority of teachers don’t need fixing. Hillsborough County’s teachers are already well qualified and competent. They’ll doubtless benefit from the Gates program the same way they profit from any of the extensive training they already pursue. 2. The Gates program is already being used as an offensive weapon more than an opportunity to grow. Such an approach will negatively impact the classroom. 3. What public education really needs is a general revival of family life; one that takes more active responsibility for raising children, supports education, and works to re-craft the values that define our culture. But that’s another column – or series. Meanwhile, we should understand that we can’t blame the teachers for what we seem to be unwilling to take on ourselves. Peace - always - DEREK

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extra » Auto Review

It’s a Jeep Thing J

eeps have been a popular vehicle since they were made famous during World War II. The Jeep was invented out of necessity for American troops to navigate the rough and varying terrain encountered throughout every theatre during the war. Since then, anything that allows people to get out on the open terrain has become very popular with the buying public – especially the Jeep. When you climb behind the wheel of a Jeep, you immediately get a feeling that you could drive over or even through the Grand Canyon, if you had to.


Jeep Wrangler 4-Door is All That submitted By: Brian West

The Jeep has evolved over the years into more than just an off-road vehicle. Now Jeep is a brand with several models. What was once just referred to as a “jeep,” must now be clarified as a Wrangler, depending on who you talk to. Just a couple of years ago, the traditional Jeep we’ve all come to know and love, realized its most recognizable change since it was first introduced some 60-70 years ago – the 4-door Jeep. It’s almost one of those ideas that when finally realized, the automaker had to question themselves, “Why didn’t we do this a long time ago?” It’s been a big hit for Jeep. The Jeep Wrangler comes in three trim

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levels: Sport, Islander, Sahara, and the topof-the-line Rubicon, and all are available in the traditional 2-door or the Unlimited 4-door version. I spent some time with a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimted 4-door. There’s such a big difference with the additional 20 inches of wheel base and 2 extra doors. The 2 extra doors add 10 inches to the overall length. The ride is so much smoother than the traditional 2-door Jeep. Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t a Mercedes. This is still a Jeep. The suspension is still very tight for off-roading, but there is a noticeable difference in the comfort with day-to-day city and highway driving.

On the exterior, not much has changed. The 2010 Jeep Wrangler still has the same basic Jeep look. But that’s one of the things that set it apart from other vehicles. The body styling is timeless. It’s recognizable. Under the hood, there’s a 6-cylinder 202 hp engine. Most Jeep owners would agree there should be more power. This Jeep, just like its predecessors, leaves the driver longing for more power. The vehicle sure seems capable of handling additional power. All in all, there’s plenty of cargo room, leg room, cup storage and the like. It’s a Jeep, not a luxury vehicle, so if you’re a Jeep person, you’re likely to love the 4-door. If you’re interested in a new Jeep, visit our friends at Winter Haven Jeep and tell them you read about the Jeep in Focus Magazine.

Entertainment » Artist of the month

a day of rain

By Laura Davis

Platform Art“Mind,toBody,Present Photographer Art” Art Party is Saturday, October 2nd Laura Davis S submitted By: Kristi Linebaugh

elf-taught photographer Laura Davis, got her love of photography from her mother as well as her first camera when she was in elementary school. “I took pictures of everything. It wasn’t until later, I realized there could be actual skill behind it, so I did some research and practiced and asked for critiques, and improved by learning from my mistakes.” Davis said. She is in her first photography class this year at Polk State College and is totally in Love with the class. As a young child Davis remembers always making art. Her parents enrolled her in the art classes at Polk Museum and she

eventually decided to enroll in Harrison Arts Center for Technical Theatre. There she developed a core set of skills in scenic design, painting, building and theatrical lighting. Her love of art continues to grow now in her photography. In the next couple of years she will finish her photography degree at PSC and go on to work for magazines or newspapers but will always keep her hand in the freelance photography arena.

Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art. (Ansel Adams world Famous Photographer)

“ I find that taking the things that people see every day and making them look extraordinary is insanely gratifying. This includes leaves, flowers, animals, everyday objects... even themselves. One of my favorite things in the world is old houses, buildings and furniture. Most people wouldn’t look twice at an old falling-down house, but I could spend all day documenting the little things that were once part of someone’s life, and then I’d bet you’d never look at an old falling-down house the same way, ever again!” said Davis. Laura Davis has two sites you may view her work on either, or the best

email to reach her is or Facebook You may attend a show that Davis will be featured in, it is called an “Art Party” and it is put on by Platform Art, a non-profit arts organization that has “parties” to showcase new talent in the visual arts, film, fashion and music world. The Date is Saturday October 2nd from 7pm-11pm at the St. Joseph’s Academy in Lakeland. The theme is “mind, body, art”. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to present my work with this amazing organization.” said Davis.

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entertainment » dining review which is made with meaty chunks of blackened chicken breast and penne pasta in a light tomato cream sauce and topped with parmesan cheese and basil. For $9.99 this quality wouldn’t be expected. “It is phenomenal,” boasted Ms. Johnson. I tried it and agreed. The grilled chunks of chicken taste very grilled and are full of flavor. The Cajun cream sauce and pepper really helped set it off -- this isn’t a mild dish, by any means. The portions were enough to absolutely stuff one person, or to fill two people comfortably with room for dessert. Speaking of dessert, Ms. Johnson served the Reese’s pie. Like a mousse, it was creamy down until the cookie shell. Peanut buttery, sweet, and like a Reese’s cup! The Red Elephant accommodates everyone. There’s a nice video game room for the kids while you parents try to finish up that second pizza you shouldn’t have ordered. There’s a private dining room available for scheduling. There’s also a place to put your car outside before you go in and eat.

The red elephant tribrca White Pizza

Photo by Tony Cartagena

The Red Elephant H

was all he could do to not repeat himeself over and over).

863-937-9141 5216 S. Florida Ave. Lakeland, FL 33813 Sun - Thurs: 11:00am - 9:30pm Fri & Sat: 11:00am - 10:30pm

The Blackened Chicken Pasta was served,

written By: John Ross

ow do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time - unless, that is, you’re at the Red Elephant, in which case you should stuff mouthfuls of delicious pizza arm over arm into your eager face.

Managers Debbie Johnson and Jason welcomed Focus out to their beautiful establishment and gave us a taste of their menu. The atmosphere itself is of a sports bar combined with a romantic fine dining establishment (think of the inside of a Beef o Brady’s except brighter, with high-end artwork on the walls and carpet.) It is colorful and comfortable inside, and the staff is friendly and accommodating. For starters we tried the Hummus Dip, newly added to the menu as of this week (like all other food that will be mentioned). It’s made with chick peas, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice, served with toasted pita chips, for $4.49. We added the Sundried Tomato & Roasted Pepper Tapenade for $.75. Whether it was the roasted pepper


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tapenade or the way the chips were made, this was easily the best hummus I’ve ever had. With thin buttered garlic toast pieces in place of the traditional pita bread slice, they themselves bend when bitten and they crunch a little bit. The hummus itself is pasty and very flavorful. While hummus at most restaurants is health-driven, this retains its healthy nature while diverging just a little bit (with the garlic buttered chips) to make it taste twice as good. Ms. Johnson served us the Tribeca White pizza, made with white sauce, ricotta and mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, spinach, and onions. First thing to talk about is the crust, which suggests real culinary skill. Upon biting it took a moment to register -like the chips that came with the hummus, it was simultaneously crunchy and chewy. The toppings went well together and the tomato slices were juicy. “That pizza’s super good man... [paused to chew] super good,” said our photographer, Tony (there’s a reason he isn’t paid to write the articles... it

Hummus dip with toasted pita chips Photo by Tony Cartagena

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saturDay, oct 16, 2010

» Red Ribbon Safe Kids Walk & Roll 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM Lake Region High School » 2nd Annual Boktoberfest Plant Sale 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Bok Tower Gardens » 24th Annual Polk State College’s Annual Fallfest 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Polk State College, 999 Avenue H NE, Winter Haven

» NightFlight Paranormal Investigations: Phase 2 9:30 PM - 1:30 AM Fantasy of Flight

sunDay, oct 17, 2010

» Kathleen Historical Society Fall Festival 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM 8950 N Campbell Rd, Lakeland » Florida Expressions Art Exhibit 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Bok Tower Gardens

» Florida Expressions Art Exhibit 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Bok Tower Gardens

» Food Drive 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Fantasy of Flight

» Food Drive 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Fantasy of Flight

» Haunted Hangar Walking Tour 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Fantasy of Flight, 1400 Broadway Blvd. SE, Polk City

» Lake Mirror Auto Classic 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Downtown Lakeland » Fall Festival 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM St. Joseph’s Academy » Haunted Hangar Walking Tour 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Fantasy of Flight, 1400 Broadway Blvd. SE, Polk City » James and the Giant Peach 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Lakeland Community Theatre » James and the Giant Peach 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Lakeland Community Theatre

» Lake Mirror Auto Classic 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Downtown Lakeland

MonDay, oct 18, 2010

» Florida Expressions Art Exhibit 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Bok Tower Gardens » Haunted Hanger Walking Tour 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Fantasy of Flight

tuesDay, oct 19, 2010 » Creepy Crawley 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM Camp Fire USA

thursDay, oct 21, 2010

» Camp Fire USA “Wine & Screams” 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM 2600 Buckingham Ave

12:00 PM -12:30 PM Bok Tower Gardens

» Family Night Hike 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

» Family Halloween Party 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Polk Museum of Art

friDay, oct 22, 2010

friDay, oct 29, 2010 » Southeastern University presents “The Fantasticks” 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM Bush Chapel

» Red White & the Blues 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM Polk Museum of Art

saturDay, oct 23, 2010

» 26th Annual Munn Park Extravaganza Plant and Flower Show 8:00 AM - 3:00PM Munn Park

» Rocky Horror Picture Show 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM The Historic Polk Theatre

» 35th Annual Depression Glass Show & Sale 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM The Lakeland Center

» Day of the Dead Celebration & Workshop 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Polk Museum of Art

» 13th Annual Hispanic Festival 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM Lake Mirrors Promenade » 14th Annual Haunted Halloween Hayride & Happenings 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Loyce E. Harpe Park

sunDay, oct 24, 2010

» 35th Annual Depression Glass Show & Sale 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM The Lakeland Center » 2nd Annual Florida Baseball Heaven Golf Tournament 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM Walden Lake Golf & Country Club

MonDay, oct 25, 2010

» 7th Annual Denis L. Fontaine Children’s Classic Golf Tournament 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM Lone Palm Golf Club

saturDay, oct 30, 2010

» Halloween Thriller Monster Mash Costume Contest and Dance 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM Holiday Inn Lakeland South

sunDay, oct 31, 2010 » The Wizard of Oz 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM The Historic Polk Theatre

thursDay, nov 4, 2010 » WE3 Expo 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM The Lakeland Center

saturDay, nov 6, 2010 » Lakeland Kidney Walk 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Lake Hollingsworth

saturDay, nov 13, 2010 » Rhinestone Round-Up, A Dinner Auction 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM 3720 Old Road 37

thursDay, oct 28, 2010 » Watercolor Art Classes

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