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February 23, 2013

Lake Wales News Lake Wales’ Hometown Newspaper Since 1926

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Bowlin withdraws Will Not run for Mayor By BILL ROGERS


Ed Bowlin is not going to run for mayor of Lake Wales. City Clerk Clara VanBlargan sent out an email late Wednesday afternoon that said Bowlin withdrew as a candidate for the office of Ed Bowlin Mayor/Seat 1 in the municipal election. Bowlin’s name will not appear on the April 2 election ballot. When asked why he decided to drop out, Bowlin replied, “No comment.” A longtime resident of Lake Wales, Bowlin has been a vocal critic of the

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Batter Up! Lake Wales Kiwanis ready to serve 1,000 IHOP pancakes By CASSIE JACOBY

Larry Tonjes loves pancakes. The Lake Wales Kiwanis president is a regular at the Lake Wales IHOP where he often enjoys an earbreakfast with his father as he preIHOP pares for March Manager annual Pancake Donna also a graduKidd “IHOP Pancake University.” “It’s all in the technique,” said Donna Kidd, IHOP manager, about the secret for making perfect pancakes. “We train all our cooks how to cook them to the right


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PANCAKES | 1 Lake Wales Kiwanis President Larry Tonjes hopes to help grill pancakes for 1,000 on Pancake Day, March 2.

Art show is “Up, Up and Away!” Commission By CASSIE JACOBY

Citizens Bank and Trust, presented a check for $25,000 to It’s a launch! A contest is underway to the Lake Wales Arts win a free hot balloon air flight for two Council on Wednesday, plus an overnight stay and breakfast at Feb. 20. Chalet Suzanne Restaurant and Country “We are so proud to Inn as the countdown begins for the be the title sponsor for the Citizens Bank and Trust 42nd annual Citizens Bank and Trust Lake Wales Art Show on March 42nd Annual Lake Wales Art Show,” said 23-24. Greg Littleton, president Littleton. “This event truly enriches our and community here in Lake Wales.” CEO of The Central Florida Visitors and Convention Bureau, Visit Central Florida, will give away the prize package through the online social media channel Facebook. Enter to win by “liking” Visit Central Florida on Facebook. Visit VisitCentralFlorida and click on the enter to win tab. Entries can be made until noon on Saturday, March 23 PHOTO BY CASSIE JACOBY when the winner will be announced by Balloons Citizens Bank and Trust President and CEO Greg Littleton and Beyond owner and CJACOBY@HEARTLANDNEWSPAPERS.COM

(center) presents $25,000 check to Lake Wales Arts Council President Barb Conner (L) and Pirjo Restina, art show chair (R).

agrees in principle

But may tweak Chamber proposal By BILL ROGERS


Although they agreed in principle with the Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce’s proposal to create a partnership and set up an economic development council, city commissioners didn’t formally vote on it during Tuesday night’s meeting. The commission voted 3-1, with Commissioner Jonathan Thornhill opposed, to table a Memorandum of Understanding submitted by the Chamber until the March 5 meeting. Changes in the language of the document are expected to be made in the

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LWCS Superintendent proposes McLaughlin become charter school By CASSIE JACOBY


The phone calls have begun. Lake Wales parents are frustrated that there’s not enough room to get their students into Bok Academy. A possible solution was presented at the Lake Wales Charter Schools Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19. “We have to gain control over McLaughlin Middle School and Academy of the Arts not as a possession, but as an opportunity to serve those kids in a better way,” said Jesse Jackson, LWCS superintendent. “If we


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Putting in the miles

Tug of war over McLaughlin




Highlander boys take the prize, ready for what’s next


Public defenders office starts initiative


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McKinze has a match! One in 38,000 chance to find matching donor gives 7-year-old Lake Wales girl a life-saving bone marrow transplant By CASSIE JACOBY

It was an answer to prayers. A match has been found for 7-yearold McKinze Clayton, diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome in September. Doctors gave her 36 months to live without treatment, but tests in January showed her bone marrow had mutated into a second disease, Monosomy 7, a form of leukemia. Her prognosis of survival decreased to only one year. Because chemotherapy was not possible without a bone marrow transplant, the community joined forces to help find a match. McKinze’s Crusade was launched and teamed up with Be The Match to find a donor. “I was amazed,” said Donna Hayes Whitaker, McKinze’s mom who was at All Children’s Hospital when she received news. “The doctor said we need to start planning for the transplant as soon as possible.” McKinze will be admitted into All Children’s Hospital on March 11 to start a 10 day treatment that includes three different types of chemotherapy. After a day of rest, she will start the marrow transplant. Finding the match was a one in 38,000 chance. None of her relatives were a perfect match. The donor will remain anonymous for at least a year according to the privacy rules of the national marrow donor program, Be The Match, that connects patients with CJACOBY@HEARTLANDNEWSPAPERS.COM

life-threatening blood cancers with their donor match for a life-saving transplant. “It is amazing how the community came together so quickly to help McKinze,” said Mark Silver, senior account executive for Be The Match in St. Petersburg. Volunteers have taken samples from more than 800 potential donors during four swabbing events. “That’s 20 percent of my annual goal that has already been met through McKinze’s events.” Before she leaves to begin the transplant, McKinze will be honored at the Lake Wales High School Highlanders baseball team home game on March 1 at 7 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend the game where the team will present McKinze with a personalized Highlander jersey before she throws the game’s first pitch. Be The Match representatives will be at the game and offer free admission to those who are swabbed. Otherwise, admission tickets for adults are $5 and students are $2. “Thank you for swabbing and being supportive of McKinze,” Whitaker cried to a group of 40 supporters who gathered on Tuesday night to hear the news. “And, please don’t stop swabbing now that McKinze has a match. There are so many more who need a donor. Please swab for them. Please help Be The Match.” PHOTO PROVIDED Visit McKinze Clayton sits with the supplies needed to create 1,500 BeTheMatch for more information about McKinze’s story swabbing kits. and upcoming events.

Meeting date switched in April By BILL ROGERS


The Lake Wales City Commission agreed Tuesday night to reschedule its first meeting in April due to the municipal election. The date has been switched to April 3. Right of way case settled The commission voted 5-0 for a resolution providing for approval of a right of way agreement and partial settlement of eminent domain litigation in the case of the City of Lake Wales v. The Estate of Willie Jenkins. The city agreed to pay $9,150 for the purpose of making payment for the easement interest of B&S and the attorneys fees and cost of B&S as set forth in the right-of-way agreement and the stipulated settlement agreement The commission has identified the need for the replacement of sewer lines and a lift station that serve properties within the city in the general vicinity of C Street. The commission has previously authorized the acquisition of easement interest necessary for the placement of the replacement sewer lines in the C Street and has previously authorized Bryant Miller Olive P.A. as special eminent domain counsel to file an action in eminent domain for the acquisition of those easement interests not acquired through a voluntary conveyance. Maintenance agreement approved The commission unanimously approved a resolution to continue the highway maintenance for certain state road rights of ways with the Florida Department of Transportation for an additional three-year period for an annual compensation of $23,606.26. The work includes portions of US 27, SR 60 and SR 17 (Alt. 27) within the city.

Art show permit Ok’d Commissioners approved a special event permit for the 42nd annual Lake Wales Art Show to be held in Lake Wailes Park March 22 to 24 and allow artists to set up on Friday, March 22. The hours are as follows; March 22 – set up at noon and evening festivities beginning at 5 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m., March 23 – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 24 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CenterState Bank chosen The commission approved the selection of CenterState Bank for the city’s banking services. The initial term of the contract will be from Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014 with an option for extension for two additional one-year terms, provided both parties can annual negotiate mutually acceptable terms. Finance Director Dorothy Ecklund told commissioners that the city has 17 bank accounts.

It is the city’s intent to use this method for service fee collection. Service fees are those that result from services provided by the city to clean properties, repair buildings and the like. When a service fee is left unpaid it is recorded as a service lien against the real property where the service was performed. This does not include fines or administrative liens. Ordinance 2013-04 lays out the policy and procedure in the city’s code

for applying the assessment method in Lake Wales. Voter drive at City Hall Citizens who are not registered to vote in the April 2 election can do so from 9 - 11 a.m. Feb. 26 at Lake Wales City Hall. The last day to register for the city election is March 4.

Pulling the plug

Ordinance covers service fees Ordinance 2013-04 Abatement and Violation Correction Assessment passed on second reading. It is an amendment to the Lake Wales Code of Ordinances Chapter 17.5 Special Assessments. This amendment allows for the collection of unpaid code enforcement service fees through the uniform method for the levy, collection, and enforcement of non-ad valorem assessments. In September 2012 the commission adopted Ordinance 2012-17 to incorporate the International Property Maintenance Code as a tool for code enforcement. It was also commission’s desire to implement an alternative collection method for abatement and violation correction costs incurred by the city.


Lt. Roy Wilkinson of the Lake Wales Fire Department works on disconnecting the battery of a 2012 Jeep Compass that collided with a Florida Refuse garbage truck near the intersection of Third Street and State Road 60 on Wednesday afternoon. There were no injuries.

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Canadian license flap: Take off, eh?

Que pasa? When Florida legislators approved a law last year requiring special, international licenses for foreign citizens driving in the Sunshine State, they apparently forgot about one bunch of foreigners who always blend in seamlessly here. Oh, that’s right: Canada. So it was a slapshot to the midsection when Our Neighbors to the North suddenly discovered they could be considered law-breakers if found driving sans special permit this year. When the CAA (their version of the AAA) sounded the alert, the news spread like arctic air from Toronto and Kitchener (H-E-double hockey sticks!) to Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City (sacre bleu!). Automobile associations were suddenly inundated with anxious snowbirds. It turns out legislators had justified the new law on the grounds that law enforcement had a hard time dealing with foreign-language licenses. It was a matter of “public safety.” They overlooked the fact most of Our Neighbors to the North (bonjour, Quebecois!) speak English. Different accents, y’all,

Our Viewpoint but same mother tongue. By last weekend, state officials (hosers!) were scrambling to ease the Great White Northern Panic. The state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles released a communique saying the tortuous licensing requirement might violate the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic. It was unclear whether the same international treaty extended to other nationalities. Gov. Rick Scott and state legislators promised quick fixes in the coming legislative session, which starts March 5. The short of it was the Florida Highway Patrol promised not to ticket anyone quite yet. As Motor Vehicle Department spokeswoman Kirsten OlsenDoolan summed it up for CBC Radio in Montreal: “We looked into it and we’re just going to hold on to it, and then try and get some language in there to clarify it.” Beauty. Except questions remained for car rental

and insurance agencies. The CAA still recommended members get the $25 (Canadian) international license before heading south. In nothing else, a tip of the toque to Olsen-Doolan for seizing the opportunity for marketing while shoveling damage control: “We don’t mean to alarm anyone; we love our Canadians. I know it’s really cold up there; don’t let this stop you coming down,” she told the Toronto Star. You bet your snowshoes. Canada is Florida’s number one tourist market. Some 3.6 Canadians visited the state last year, about one third of the total “foreign” visitors here. We’d be loonie to drive them away over something as silly as this. To all our northern neighbors, we say: Drive carefully, but drive easily. Stay as long as you please. Enjoy the sunshine. Think miles, not kilometers. Shed your native costume, if you like, but make sure to wear sunscreen with a high SPF rating. As for the rest of us, you know what they say in Quebec: Je me souvins. Let’s hope they don’t.

Tidewater Red Cypress: The hotel’s doors and windows If you had landed on the coast during the time of the Spanish explorers, instead of the hotels and mansions that now dot the shoreline, you would have seen the typical Florida scrub brush and palmettos, but you also would have witnessed some of the oldest living trees on earth. Many of us are familiar with the pond cypress that we see around the lakes. The bald cypress is found more along river flood plain or marshes. Those bodies of water that were closer to the ocean and consisted of brackish water gave the cypress more of a red hue due to the salts effects on the tree. These trees were given the informal name of Tidewater Red Cypress, or Gulf Red Cypress. The Tidewater nomenclature came from up north in the Virginia and Delaware area where they had some stands of Cypress trees in George Washington’s time. Roof shingles that George Washington himself cut were still on the roof of Mount Vernon until it was recently re-roofed in 1994. The Bald Cypress will grow to over 150 feet tall (taller than the hotel) with trunks as wide as 10 feet across. The salt water had the effect of stunting the growth of the tree, if you can imagine a 10 foot wide tree as “stunted.” A Montezuma cypress tree located in Oaxaca, Mexico, has a trunk diameter of 37.5 feet. The Red Cypress had resistance qualities much greater than the standard Bald Cypress due to the harder environment of brackish water. Red Cypress is one of the most bug and rot resistant trees on the planet, if not the most. Cypressene is the preservative that the tree creates for itself. It takes decades

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for this cypressene to accumulate in the center of the tree, also known as the “heart.” Old growth trees have the largest heart wood, which had the highest concentration of cypressene and was also prized for its strength, stability from warping, and even grain. Red Cypress Trees that had roots near iron ore deposits would pick up attractive black streaks and those prize boards were known as “Nero” boards. The local Seminole Indians used the Red Cypress to carve their canoes; and some ancient canoes are being excavated after being buried for centuries and are found to still be in very good shape. In Hungary in the year 2007, they found a stand of trees that had been buried in sandstorm during the Miocene period EIGHT MILLION YEARS AGO, and the wood was still in good condition! These trees have been known to be with us since the Jurassic period more than 150 million years ago. In the Orlando area of Longwood, A tree by the name of the “Senator” which was named for Senator Moses Overstreet, who had donated the park land the tree was located in, had lived


Who is Allen Cox and what can we learn from him? On Feb. 11, with the utterance of three words, “Guilty, Your Honor,” Jim Greer prematurely ended an ugly and convoluted chapter in the Republican Party of Florida’s history. The disgraced former party chair also dashed the hopes of many who wanted to see the fireworks of a full-blown trial and accountability for all who participated in illegal or unethical behavior. The story was years in the making. It began in 2006, when Greer, handpicked by then Gov.-elect Charlie Crist and backed by leaders in the Florida Legislature, just barely received enough votes to become the Republican Party of Florida’s chair. He was re-elected two years later with only 75 percent of the vote, even though he was not officially challenged.

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Some school workers gets bonuses, others do not By MARY CANNADAY


Some might see contradiction in two financial issues that came up Tuesday at the Polk County school board meeting: approval of $1,500 bonuses for 32 Information Technology employees while putting raises on hold for two other groups of school employees. The bonuses were requested last month by senior IT director Abdu Taguri, to try to stem the exodus of technical staff to higher paying jobs in the private sector. “We have lost three programmers in the past month,� Interim Superintendent John Stewart said during the board discussion, noting it is hard to replace these highly skilled workers. However, some felt the employees represented by AFSCME (those who work in food service, transportation, custodial and warehouse positions) and employees not represented by a union (school-based administrators, professional/technological employees,

DOCKERY FROM PAGE 4 Republican Party started to express grave concerns about fiscal mismanagement, credit card scandals, and the financial health of the party. But the elected elite, who enjoyed unfettered access to party resources, circled the wagons by sending a not-so-subtle message to dissenters to cease and desist. Some of the grassroots party members caved to the influence of these powerful forces. Others, who took their fiduciary responsibilities seriously, didn’t believe that keeping Greer in charge and allowing the questionable financial practices to continue were in the best interest of the party. Enter Allen Cox. Cox, who then served as vice chairman of the party, was the man brave enough to stand up against the power elite to expose the misuse of party funds. He, along with a few others, not only repeatedly called for a full financial audit, a request rebuffed by the attorney general and legislative leaders. He also enlisted 50 Republican Party of

HOTEL FROM PAGE 4 to be 3,500 years old and was recently burned down in 2012 by a meth addict smoking meth inside the tree. The tree had originally grown to a height of 165 feet before losing about 40 feet to a hurricane in 1925. The trunk had a diameter of 17.5 feet. Today, in green building we talk about harvesting from “sustainable�

secretaries and district administrators) were getting the short end of the stick by not getting raises when teachers and paraprofessionals received increases earlier this year. Raises for teachers and paraprofessionals are currently being paid out of reserve funds, which Stewart warned was risky and could affect the district’s bond rating. Stewart was not in office when those raises, and the method of funding, was approved. Not giving the other two groups their estimated raises would save the district a million dollars, but in discussion during the work session, chairperson Hazel Sellers said “I feel it is a breach of faith for them not to get raises when the teachers have.� The board has been discussing at each meeting ways to cut the budget to cover a $23 million shortfall caused by new expenses and the need to provide for the teacher raises (approximately $14.5 million,) next year, when they will no longer be paid from reserve funds. Board member Debra Wright made no bones about her opinion that approving the one-time IT bonus “was unfair to others who work equally hard.� She

noted that some of those employees make more than $50,00 a year, while “We have paraprofessionals making below the poverty level,� she added. Wright and board member Kay Fields voted against the proposal Tuesday. Wright called for a person-byperson vote on the measure to make clear where each member stood. Hunt Berryman, Lori Cunningham, Hazel Sellers, Dick Mullenax and Tim Harris voted for the bonuses. Harris noted “This (IT) is a small department that cannot afford to lose anyone else. When there’s no one left to turn on the lights, what are we going to do then?� It was also pointed out that the bonuses were being funded from leftover salary of those who had left, increasing the workload on others in the department. After the meeting, Milhorn, and AFSCME vicepresident Ray Charbonneau told The Democrat that their members had gone five years without a substantial raise. “We got a $300 bonus about four years ago,� Milhorn said. On top of that, there is a proposal on the table to extend benefits only to those working 30 hours or more. The current level is 18.75.

Florida members — state committee men and women and county party chairs — to sign a written request for a special meeting of the party’s state committee to rescind the January 2009 election of Chairman Greer. The request outlined four charges, including financial mismanagement, violation of party rules, and violation of two articles of the Republican Party of Florida’s constitution. Greer continued to be protected by those in position to force a full accounting. Was their intention to protect the party, as they claimed, or to protect their shared secrets with a chairman who was losing the support of his organization? Allen Cox reached out to me and several supportive elected officials to back up his call for cleaning up the party. A few of us joined in to publicly call for a full and open audit, to no avail. Party leaders supported a less transparent accounting while expressing their confidence in the embattled chairman. Renowned British conservative Edmund Burke reportedly said, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.� Clearly Cox is a good man who didn’t stand by and do nothing. His

reward, however, was to be ostracized by his own political party. What a shame! Allen Cox is an unsung hero. He epitomizes what is right within the party. He called out bad behavior and had grassroots support in doing so. And instead of good behavior being rewarded, unfortunately the opposite occurred. Instead of the open process requested, clandestine agreements were signed, Greer resigned and the powers that be installed a sitting state senator to serve as chair, someone who was part of the secret contract. The result was more top-down command, little accountability, and business as usual. Imagine what the past three years and the last election cycle could have been like for the Republican Party of Florida if they had heeded Cox’s call for coming clean and reforming the party. Instead, the party suffered through a long period of rumor, innuendo and finger pointing that led up to the much anticipated trial that ended abruptly last week with Greer’s guilty plea, leaving a plethora of unanswered questions. The lone casualty — Jim Greer — became the fall guy for all the bad behavior. His supporting cast walked

away relatively unscathed. While it’s hard to feel sorry for Greer, it’s harder to believe that justice was served or that lessons were learned. Cox recently said, in an article in The Miami Herald, that he hoped Greer’s case would serve as a catalyst to end the tradition of legislators using party funds to skirt state law. He suggested eliminating the loophole that allows legislative leaders to raise money and park it at the party and have near total discretion in how it is spent. This year the Florida Legislature is bringing forth ethics reform and campaign finance reform legislation. Yet not included in either bill is any reform requiring political parties to disclose how they collect or spend political contributions. Allen Cox was one of the bravest and most ethical among the Republican Party of Florida in 2009 and he was cast aside. The powers that be didn’t listen to him then. Will they be smart enough to listen now?

forests. In the early 1900s they gave forecasts, often very liberal forecasts of how long the yields would last. Many times their harvesting rate was far beyond what anybody could imagine. The Florida Department of Forestry estimates that today we have 2 billion board feet of cypress in the entire state of Florida; in 1915 the mills harvested over 1 billion board feet in just one year, if you could imagine half of all the cypress trees we have in Florida now being cut in one year. To harvest these trees in the early 1900s, they were

floated down rivers to saw mills. To insure the buoyancy of the logs, before cutting it down, the lumberjacks would score the circumference of the tree to kill it and reduce its water content, returning weeks later to fell the tree. A small percentage of the trees maintained a higher concentration of water that would cause it to sink to the bottom of the rivers. These trees, known as “sinkers� are being re-harvested from the bottoms of rivers by dive teams and sold for sums in the $15,000 to $25,000 range.

The sad thing is we have lost most of these old-growth trees to non-sustainable harvesting techniques, the good news is that we are preserving these doors and windows, wainscoting and baseboards, all hand selected of clear, knot-free, old-growth, heart , “Nero� quality Tidewater Red cypress for future generations to see it’s warmth and enjoy its history.

Paula Dockery was term-limited as a Republican state senator from Lakeland after 16 years in the Florida Legislature. She can be reached at pdockery@

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PANCAKES FROM PAGE 1 beautiful fluffiness. The Kiwanis are trained professionals now, too.” “We receive instructions from Donna,” explained Tonjes. “We don’t want to give them a bad name by making an inferior pancake.” Kidd not only donates the batter for Pancake Day, she makes it herself. “It’s a secret recipe provided by IHOP and I mix 25 gallon buckets to make approximately 3,600 pancakes.” “We start everyone off with three pancakes, but it’s all you can eat along with sausage links, coffee and milk plus orange juice that’s donated by Florida’s Natural,” Tonjes said. “We want to do everything we can to support the Kiwanis. They work really hard and do a lot of good things for the community,” Kidd stated about why they support the Kiwanis every year. “We also take pancakes to the schools for the kids to decorate and raised $400,000 local children’s hospitals statewide.” IHOP serves a variety of flavors 24

BOWLIN FROM PAGE 1 city. In a January letter to the editor of the Lake Wales News, Bowlin wrote: “I believe that the current City Commission and the City Manager are the most inept the City has ever had — at least in my 46 years living in Lake Wales. Major changes need to be made to alter the current culture of the City Commission and the city administration, but those changes cannot be made without the overwhelming support from the residents ... ” Bowlin has also said the commission doesn’t have its priorities in order concerning infrastructure.

February 23, 2013 hours a day including the new red velvet and cheesecake pancakes. “Chocolate chip is a favorite of the kids along with silver dollar pancakes,” Kidd added. The first ready-mix food to be sold commercially was Aunt Jemima pancake flour. It was invented in St. Joseph, Mo. and introduced in 1889. The batter usually consists of eggs, flour, milk or water and oil or melted butter. The recipe for the batter often varies to include such ingredients as buttermilk, sugar and sourdough starter. Sponsored by Century 21 At Your Service Realty, pancakes will be served at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 644 9th St. in Lake Wales from 7 to 10 a.m. A charitable auction will begin after the pancake eating contest at 10 a.m. “We have some great auction items including passes to Disney, Lion Country Safari, Sleuths Mystery Theater and the Lakeland Center,” said attorney Cynthia Rignanese. Proceeds from the sale of pancakes and the auction support youth programs, Kiwanis Park and Barney’s dream. Tickets purchased at the door will be $5. Call Larry Tonjes at 863-676-7278 for more information. Bowlin filed a lawsuit in federal court against City Manager Terry Leary in December. The case stems from the circumstances of Leary ordering VanBlargan not to deliver a letter to members of the commission and then later reprimanding the clerk, according to the lawsuit. It will be a two-man race for mayor between Gene Fultz and Jack Van Sickle. Van Sickle said that he didn’t know who will pick up the votes that Bowlin would have received. He said they share one thing in common — both are conservative. “It may be a plus for Jack,” Fultz said, noting that he doesn’t know who Bowlin’s constituents are. “He might get votes Ed would have gotten. Some votes might come my way.”

ART FROM PAGE 1 pilot Bob Carlton. The winner does not have to be present to win. Carlton, who will have his 70-foot tall balloon tethered at the show on Saturday, donated the flight after learning that Dundee Ridge Middle School 8th-grader Zacharia Hussain’s artwork inspired the hot air balloon theme. When Digital Media Services cinematographers Brian Satchfield and Lance Robson caught wind of the art show, they had the lofty idea to create a TV promo. They donated their services and hitched a balloon flight with Carlton to produce a thirty second public service announcement that will air on WEDU, the state’s largest public TV station and a media partner for the show. Each year thousands of visitors attend the critically acclaimed juried art show that will have 93 artists, artist demonstrations, kid’s activities, a student art show, entertainment, food, free admission and parking. An “Art-B-Cue” will kick off the festivities on Friday night with preshow entertainment by Wiregrass beginning at 5 p.m. Barbecue tickets may be purchased for $10 or the public is invited to bring a picnic along with blankets, chairs and insect repellent. Hubo Bentley and Dem Crooked Fools will perform from 6-9 p.m. Artists will exhibit their works in eight categories: clay; drawing, graphics and digital; jewelry; mixed media and fiber; oil and acrylic; watercolor and pastel; photography; and sculpture, wood and glass. The variety of media, subject matter and style will offer price points for every level of collector. Large cash awards add to the popularity of the show and the stiff

competition to enter. “Artists love this show because the $8,000 we collected for pre-purchased art last year and the $30,000 in total awards that we expect to have this year show artists that serious buyers have made a commitment to purchase artwork,” explained Pirjo Restina, art show chair. “Art patrons who pledge to spend $350 or more will receive special privileges including reserved priority parking plus invitations to Saturday’s breakfast and the awards reception.” With three prizes in each of the eight categories, a $1,000 Award of Excellence, a $500 Award of Distinction and a $250 Award of Merit, more artists will have an opportunity to win. Artists will compete for the $3,500 for Best of Show, the $2,500 Judges Award for Exceptional Work and the $2,500 Citizens Bank and Trust Award for Exceptional Work. “The History of Citrus” is the theme for the $400 Helen Aufford Memorial Purchase Award offered and judged by Historic Lake Wales Society. The Lake Wales Arts Council was founded by a small group of arts enthusiasts wanting to share their passion with the community. Call 863-676-8426, e-mail or visit www. to volunteer, purchase T-shirts and for more information.

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A Week of Cultural Events at Vanguard which chronicles her recovery from sexual abuse. The book, Berkowitz said, was intended to help girls and women cope with losses of all sorts, and develop skills to deal with setbacks and problems in their personal lives. Berkowitz, managing editor for the Lake Wales News, was also a part of the Guest Writer Series at the school. Folk musician and song historian Adam Miller visited the school Wednesday, providing students with a glimpse into the stories behind favorite songs. Miller’s recounting of events which inspired common tunes provided students with a taste of social studies along with music. The school will be continuing its Guest Writer Series in April, when poets from around the state will help the school celebrate National Poetry Month.

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From authors to musicians, the Vanguard School hosted a number of exciting guests this week. Continuing the school’s emphasis on African-American History, Dr. Richard Harris of Southeastern University spoke to the student body Friday about his time inside the Ku Klux Klan and his transformation from hate. “They lied to me,” he told students, referring to the KKK’s misinterpretation of the Bible and other documents. Harris told students to make good choices and decisions, and to avoid those who would use their abilities negatively. Harris is the author of the book One Nation Under Curse, and his appearance was also a part of the school’s continuing Vanguard Guest Writer Series. On Thursday, author Kathy Leigh Berkowitz spoke to two groups of female students about her book entitled The Brighter Side of a Darker Thing,

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FROM PAGE 1 had possession of that public school, it would become a different school.� “This is the first I’ve heard of it,� said Polk

McLaughlin Middle School and Fine Arts Academy Ag Teacher Ashley White teaches “horse sense� with 23-year-old Arabian Crystal in the new Equestrian Program.

CHAMBER FROM PAGE 1 mean time. Only four commissioners voted. Commissioner Betty Wojcik recused herself at the beginning of Tuesday’s workshop that preceded the regular meeting because she is the executive director of the Chamber until she retires June 1. Brian Marbutt, the Chamber’s president this year, made a presentation during the workshop and told the commissioners “working together offers the best opportunity for success.� Marbutt started by saying that the proposal is “not a bail out,� noting that the Chamber is “doing fine.� He said it is “not a power-grabbing trip� and that the Chamber is “not trying to get Betty (Wojcik) a new job.� Marbutt said economic development is not new for the Chamber, noting that former executive director Carl Durso worked on economic development for the city before a director was hired. A public/private partnership is not a new concept either, Marbutt said. He said Haines City, Winter Haven and Lakeland have created EDCs. Paul Senft, president of the Haines City EDC, and Steve Scruggs, executive director of the Lakeland EDC, attended the meeting. They briefly talked about their organizations and answered questions from the commission. According to the proposal, the EDC will exclusively lead and operate economic development efforts within the Lake Wales area, which shall include, among other things, hiring an executive director who is an economic development professional with the knowledge, skills, expertise and proven track record necessary to lead the economic development efforts of the Chamber and the city. The city will have to contribute $100,000 from the General Fund. The economic development budget currently is $129,409, which includes the salary for the director and other operating costs. A total of $51,109 is absorbed by the CRA. Since CRA monies can’t be used for this joint venture, the entire $100,000 will need to come from the General Fund. A large group of local business people showed up to support the proposal. “We need jobs; the economy is terrible around here,� Steve Sorensen said. “What we’re doing isn’t working right now. The business people want to contribute on their own time and they want to help their community,� he added. Mayor Mike Carter agreed with some of the business leaders who spoke during the meeting that the city needs to take a different approach. “Our economic development effort


“There’s a huge difference in the scores of kids who come from Bok and McLaughlin. It’s true that the free and reduced lunch percentage is less at Bok than it is at McLaughlin. A lot of charter schools don’t want those kids, but we’re saying give us those kids. We want them to be a part of us. Let us have them whether they’re on free lunch or not.� Trustees were given an update on the charter schools. At Hillcrest Elementary, host school for the meeting was held, students provided the entertainment after principals provided updates on their school activities. At Bok Academy, teacher Richele Floyd and several students visited the Goodyear Blimp when it was tethered in Winter Haven on Monday. Floyd teaches STEM classes (science, technology, engineering and math) and works with a special interest group called “The Flying Knights.� Also, more than 500 Bok students attended the special presentation to celebrate the Apple Distinguished Program status. At Polk Avenue Elementary, families gathered on Wednesday, Feb. 6 for a fun family night focused on FCAT testing resources and strategies for students. At Janie Howard Wilson Elementary, a special re-dedication of the Johnnie L. Batson Media Center and Art Gallery during a Chamber After-Hours event Tuesday, Feb. 12 honored the past, present and future. Teachers Molly Garrett, Sharon Kochanowski and Gwendolyn Hayes earned their certifications to borrow moon rocks and meteorite specimens from NASA. At Lake Wales High, football players Jonte Sergeant, David Jones and Bobbie Leath signed with Coffeyville in Kansas) Community College and track athlete Deja Jones signed with Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

Hillcrest elementary student Allyssa performs a dance at LWCS board of trustees meeting on Tuesday, Feb.19. teacher who teaches “horse sense.â€? In addition to the dance and drama, McLaughlin offers arts with 3D, 2D and digital graphic arts plus music with band, guitar and mariachi. It is one of 23 schools in Florida to be named an “Arts Achieve! Model Schoolâ€? for 2011-12 through 2013-14 by the Florida Alliance For Arts Education. “Parents say they’re interested in Bok for the safety, but also for the actual instruction and extracurricular activihas pretty much been the Achilles heel ties,â€? Jackson added, citing differences in Lake Wales for quite some time,â€? in the students from the two schools Carter said. “It hasn’t worked and it is who all end up at the Lake Wales High not working. School. “We need to make a change,â€? he “The stumbling block is that there added. “I think this partnership gives us was such an effort to control for loss the foundation that we need to put the and not have all the schools in Lake strategies in place to put Lake Wales on Wales be charter schools. We need to the economic map in Polk County.â€? focus on what is best for the students. Commissioner Chris Lutton said he We’ve proven that given this opportunididn’t think it is “good practiceâ€? for the ty we could make a difference for all of commission to make decisions that the kids in this community. Our hope quickly unless it is about something is that somehow we can partner with less than $1,000. the District. In an ideal world, we hope “I was a little taken aback that we had they’ll say you’ve done a good job and a workshop and then an agenda item to we’ll give you a chance to work with the make a decision on that workshop that high poverty, high risk students.â€? night,â€? Lutton said. Jackson presented an analysis of Lutton said he would like to find out current LWHS students based on their specifically how the city will get the FCAT scores from feeder schools. $100,000 to pay the Chamber. “Right now I’m not seeing we have that whole $100,000,â€? he said. “Whether we have to jump through a hoop with the CRA plan and adjust it or what, I don’t know.â€? Commissioner Terrye Howell said she favors the proposal because it is something different. “I just want something to happen in Lake Wales that is going to make Lake Wales better,â€? Howell said. Thornhill had some concerns, including that some meetings of the EDC would not be open to the public. In commenting on the proposal, Thornhill referred to the Scriptures. “The main thing it comes down to is I’m a firm believer in the Bible and the thing I can’t get over when I keep reading this is that the Bible says you can’t serve two masters,â€? he said. “What’s going to happen is we as this commission, we may set policy, and say we want to set the direction in this way for economic development in the city. But     

  then it gets over there to the EDC and     the EDC can out rule us.� Several citizens, including former   

     City Commissioner John Paul Rogers, focuses on retail and category businesses. The ideal person to fill these jobs is spoke against the proposal. comfortable with mom-and-pop businesses as well as major accounts. “I don’t want taxpayer dollars going to the Chamber,â€? Rogers said. “This is       wrong.â€?        “This is a siege; it’s not a partnership,â€? Ed Bowlin said.  Â?     The proposal calls for the city’s economic development director position Â?  

     Â?  to be eliminated.  Â? Harold Gallup, who has been the director since 2004, didn’t want to  comment after the regular meeting. He  did say after the workshop that the job  ­€

Â?Â? is “far more encompassingâ€? than the Chamber has envisioned. ‚ƒ„    Gallup gave reporters a summary of Â…Â?††‡†‚ economic development that included  Â?  ˆ  5-year goals, objectives, responsibilities and activity. The information include more than three pages of what were called performance highlights. When asked if he would apply for the new position, Gallup said he is not interested. 2839809


County School District Superintendent John Stewart when asked to comment about Jackson’s remarks. When LWCS system was starting in 2004, teachers at McLaughlin voted twice against converting to a charter school. “There is still no desire and the last time they voted, they voted not to vote again. Communications between the two systems should be conducted from school official to school official. I’m very pleased about what’s going on there. The leadership is great and physical improvements are planned for the school.� “We have some awesome programs going on here where students choose the discipline they prefer in our academies,� said McLaughlin Principal Sharon Chipman. “The goal of our new equestrian program is to teach students to have a love of animals and nature. The students love it as do I.� Two Arabian horses in the horse lab, 23-year-old Crystal and 25-year-old Valentino, belong to Ken Allen, the grandfather of Ashley White, the ag

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Public Defender’s office starts outreach initiative Helping clients find services may stop ‘revolving door’ By MARY CANNADAY


Rex Dimmig, newly elected public defender for the Tenth Judicial Circuit, is hoping that his division’s new program, We CARE, will slow the revolving door of clients in and out of the system, if not stopping it altogether. The CARE part of We CARE stands for “comprehensive assisted redirection effort.” Dimmig first mentioned the new program at his swearing-in ceremony Jan. 15, and with help from staff, the program is beginning to take shape. Assistant public defender Howardine Garrett is spearheading the program, and Brittani Munchel, a licensed therapist who works with the public defender through the Behavioral Court program, will be applying her skills in We CARE as well. “I think this is an excellent idea that can really help a lot of people,” she said. “The most important point to understand is that we’re hoping to really help the clients, not just to push them through the system.” Munchel said they are drawing on all aspects of social services, and that some in the behavioral health community have already offered assistance. As well, a representative from the Polk County Health Care Plan has been screening and enrolling clients for medical benefits. Dimmig feels We CARE will help guide their clients, especially those who

want to change but don’t know how. In addition, it will aid his attorneys by reducing heavy caseloads (many of these repeat offenders) and last but not least, will benefit society by cutting down on crime. Dimmig noted the typical public defender attorney in the felony division carries 80 to 85 cases at any given time, and in misdemeanor court, the average is 130 to 140 cases. Dimmig said, “I see three classes of people in the court system. First, there are those who are really bad. We will make sure they get a good defense, but they may belong in jail for society’s sake. Second are those the exact opposite. They do something foolish and get caught, and one time in the legal system is enough to cure them of ever wanting to do it again. “The big group is in the middle. These are the people we’re trying to help through this program. They may well have been arrested two, three or four times, but there are factors contributing to this. Mental illness for example. Perhaps depression. Look at all the ads on TV for anti-depressants. When people can’t afford medication or don’t know how to get help, they often self-medicate, by drinking or using drugs. “If we can direct them toward a better way to deal with their problems, we want to do so.” Dimmig noted that the Polk County Jail is full of people with mental health

problems who often get no help. Tri-County’s Jasa substance abuse treatment program is there, but has a waiting list, and treatment is for a fixed period of time. “We really don’t want people in jail longer than they need to be because they are finishing the program,” Dimmig said. He suggested an alternative model might allow inmates to complete part of Jasa in jail and continue it on the outside when released. Dimmig acknowledged that there is an overload on funded, traditional services, so they are taking a different approach; starting with appeals to churches for help with such things as transportation and counseling. “Transportation is a big problem here,” Dimmig said. “For example, if a person lives in North Lakeland, it may take two hours each way to come to a program in Bartow. This is hard, especially if you’re working.” Noting that a lot of the churches have 15 passenger vans which are not in constant use, his team may approach churches about sharing or loaning these. And many have social workers or counselors on staff or in their congregations who may be willing to help, Dimmig noted. “We thought the churches would be a good place to start,” he said, “since they are full of caring people.” Volunteers are welcome, Dimmig said. The public defender himself is


Rex Dimmig, newly elected public defender for the Tenth Judicial Circuit, wants his office to be a conduit between clients and needed social services such as counseling or substance abuse treatment. Clients are often motivated, but have no idea what’s available or how to start, Dimmig says. The new initiative, called We CARE, is a win-win for the clients, the Public Defender’s office and for society, he says. 100 percent behind the program. “We don’t have much space here (in the public defender’s office)” he said, “but if space for a counseling session is needed, heck, I’ll work in the hallway and they can use my office.” That’s what you call a real buy-in.

State declines land tied to settlement Mosaic land gift now likely to go to nonprofit conservancy By GREG MARTIN


The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has declined the gift of the 4,414-acre Peaceful Horse Ranch in southern DeSoto County for a proposed park, according to the president of a nonprofit organization that now is set to receive the property. Located between Horse Creek and the Peace River, the ranch was offered to the state by the Mosaic phosphate company in the settlement of a lawsuit filed in 2010 by the Sierra Club, People Protecting the Peace River and Manasota-88 regarding expansion of the South Fort Meade mine. Under the settlement, which was approved by a federal judge in March 2012, Mosaic had one year to transfer the property to the state. If the state declined it, Mosaic was to donate it to a nonprofit such as the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, which would hold it until it could be donated to another public agency. The conservancy now is poised to receive the property, Andrew McElwaine, conservancy president, said eearlier this month. The DEP’s parks division, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the state’s forest

service “have evaluated the property to assess the most appropriate land manager for the property,” said Dee Ann Miller, DEP spokeswoman, in an email responding to questions from the Sun Coast Media Group. “It is our understanding, however, that the plaintiff has decided to donate the parcel to a nonprofit,” Miller added. “Therefore, there is nothing left for the state to contemplate at this time.” After the DEP declined to accept the property, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam of Bartow expressed interest in seeing it donated to the state’s forest service, according to Glenn Compton, president of Manasota-88. The settlement pact doesn’t allow Mosaic the option of donating the ranch to forestry. But the conservancy can consider that option after it takes possession, said Percy Angelo, phosphate chairwoman for the Sierra Club. She said the forestry division has “some pretty attractive plans, mostly conservation with some limited hunting,” for the property. Mosaic purchased the property for $10 million specifically to offer it as part of the lawsuit settlement, Mosaic officials have said. The settlement also requires Mosaic to donate $2 million for a maintenance fund for the ranch.


The Peace River winds through Peaceful Horse Ranch in southern DeSoto County. The suit had claimed Mosaic had failed to evaluate ways to avoid disturbing wetlands on its 10,856-acre South Fort Meade mine. Mosaic’s permit calls for some 535 acres of wetlands and 10 miles of streams to be excavated. The ranch contains some 3,500 acres of wetlands. It encompasses 7.6 miles of frontage on the Peace River, and 5.6 miles on Horse Creek. The plaintiffs’ goal is both to preserve the property for the ecosystem and to provide public access, Angelo said. McElwaine said his group expects to receive the deed plus the $2 million within a couple of weeks. He said the conservancy plans to invest the fund so its interest could cover the

conservancy’s land-holding expenses. That would preserve the principal, so it could be part of a public offer in the future. McElwaine said he met with DEP Secretary Herschel Vinyard a month or so ago to discuss the proposed gift. Vinyard “turned it down cold,” saying the maintenance costs would be “too expensive,” McElwaine said. McElwaine said he plans to approach several other public agencies to see if they’d be interested in the ranch. He said the conservancy would insist on a written promise assuring the ranch would be preserved. “I don’t want 20 years from now to see it getting mined or all its trees getting cut down,” he said.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 23 Prom Dress Drive at Eagle Ridge Mall Help a teen attend prom by donating gently used dresses. Gowns must be clean and no more than 5 years old. Jewelry, accessories and make-up must be new. All sizes needed, especially sizes 14-40, long and short accepted. For more information go to www. Gowns accepted from Feb. 4-28. Chess for Kids At the Lake Wales Library, 290 Cypress Garden Lane from noon - 3 p.m.

Lake Wales Downtown Farmer’s Market Sponsored by Lake Wales Main Street, Inc., 2nd & 4th Saturday each month. 8 a.m. – noon. Located in the Market Square between Stuart Ave. and Park Ave. Locally grown – fresh produce. For more information, call Mike Morrow – 863-412-6960 or e-mail - mike.lwcc@ Events at FL Natural’s Grove House “Pull Tab Ring” Art Project Stop by and make let us show you how to make a recycle craft. Circle of Friends 6th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Art Fair Cost $7 for all the chili you can eat. Serving at 5 p.m. Purchase beautiful prints and original art at our art fair beginning at 4 p.m. Children’s “Creativity Corner” and face painting booth. Enjoy the antique car show. Lake Wales Car Show Fourth Saturday of every month. Many special

events and prizes. Location: in Historic Downtown Lake Wales. Contact : Larry Bossarte: 863-207-3402. Casino Night at Lake Ashton to benefit local schools from 7 - 10 p.m. in the Lake Ashton Club Ballroom, 4141 Ashton Club Drive, Lake Wales, FL 33859. Tickets are $25 per person. Participants must be 21 years or older. Ticket holders will receive $5,000 in funny money, 4 raffle tickets, and 1 door prize ticket. Tickets may be purchased by mail for $25 each : LARV Benefit, c/o Ann Boogher, 4121 Limerick Drive, Lake Wales, FL 33859. MONDAY, FEB 25 Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group The Gulf Coast Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Assoc. conducts a monthly caregivers’ support group. Meet with a trained Alzheimer’s counselor to discuss issues faced by caregivers. Meet others who are providing care to Alzheimer’s patients. From 1- 2:30 p.m. Location: Schoenoff Meeting Room, Lake Wales Library, 290 Cypress Garden Lane. Contacts: Chris Wilcox, 863-2929210. e-mail Yoga At Lake Wales Library, 290 Cypress Garden Lane at 5:30 p.m. - meeting Room. Class fees are $10 per class, $32 for 4 classes or $60 for 8 classes of instruction. Class fees may be paid at the City of Lake Wales Cashier’s Office, 201 West Central Avenue, Lake Wales. Cash, checks or major credit cards are accepted. Payments of cash or check may be made at class. Contact 863-678-4004.

Craft Day Monday At Lake Wales Library, 290 Cypress Garden Lane from 9 a.m. - 6:15 p.m. Curious Kids Storytime Preschool Storytime ages 4-6 at Lake Wales Library, 290 Cypress Garden Lane from 11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Voter Registration in Lake Wales Elections staff will be at Polk State College, 152 E. Central Ave., from 9 - 11 a.m. Feb. 25 and at the Lake Wales Health Department, 835 W. Central Ave., during the same hours Feb. 27. Guardian ad Litem presentation at Lake Wales Library Advocate for a Child Court and be their voice, at the Lake Wales Public Library, 290 Cypress Garden Lane. Free and open to the public presentation 4th Monday of the month 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. TUESDAY, FEB. 26 LWACC Business-After-Hours at Lake Wales Library “Love Your Library” Lake Wales Public Library 290 Cypress Garden Lane. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. The Night Owl Book Discussion Group Meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. The February title is “Show of Hands” by Andrew McCarten. Books are available for checkout or to purchase for $5. Contact 863-679-4004. Wiggles & Giggles Toddler Storytime At Lake Wales Public Library, 290 Cypress Garden Lane, from 11 a.m.

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February 23, 2013

Hardman logs lots of miles in ultra-marathon

Lake Wales woman tells Rotarians about event By BILL ROGERS


Putting it in some perspective, the distance is like going from Lake Wales to the outskirts of Orlando and back. Molly Hardman logged 100 miles — on foot — last month when she competed in the aptly named Long Haul 100 UltraMarathon in the Tampa area. The Lake Wales woman recalled what she said what was “an incredible experience” for members of the Noon Rotary Club of Lake Wales during the Feb. 12 meeting at the Lake Wales Medical Center. Fifty runners started and 22 finished the grueling event. Hardman’s goal was to finish in under 24 hours and she accomplished that with a time of 23 hours and 27 minutes. She did address the frequently asked question as to why she puts herself through such “torture.” Hardman’s answer touched on the physical, mental and spiritual. She explained that people need to “understand my wiring.” She said she grew up as a competitive swimmer and did long distance races. During her workouts she would stare at the black line in the pool and learned how to tune out things. “It’s amazing what your mind can do,” she said. While running she says she likes to pray and feels most connected to God. She noted that she “loves the simplicity of running.” In a way she is running long distances to honor her father who suffers from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). His situation has inspired her and helped her to cope with pain. The course was 14.3 miles and competitors made seven loops. Hardman ran the first 70 miles before her knee began hurting. She said she took a “walk break” but knew she had an injury, which turned out to a stress fracture. She experienced sleep deprivation and did some hallucinating. She said while on the course she saw a stick and thought

it was a cobra. She said the nutrition component is big, noting she tried to consume 300 calories per hour. She ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, shot blocks, which taste like Gummy Bears. She said some participants ate pizza and hamburgers at the food stations. Hardman drank Cytomax, which she described as “Gatorade on steroids.” An upcoming golf tournament was announced during the meeting. Florida’s Natural Charity Classic, which will be held March 22-24 at Lake Region Yacht and Country Club in Winter Haven, is a tour stop on the Symetra Tour, which is the developmental tour of the LPGA. Volunteers are being sought to handle a number of jobs. For the first time a run/walk is being scheduled in conjunction with the golf tournament. The 5K event is set for 8:30 a.m. March 16 at the Grove House Visitor Center, 20160 U.S. 27, in Lake Wales. There will be a Kids Fun Run for children 8 and younger at 9:30 a.m. The fee is $25 for adults. Kids 13 and under are free as well as high school track and/or cross country athletes. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation. Since the Foundation was created in 2008 nearly $500,000 has been awarded to PHOTO BY BILL ROGERS charitable organizations in the Central Florida area, Molly Hardman spoke to members of the Noon Rotary including a lot to Lake Wales. Club of Lake Wales recently. Call 863-676-1411 ext. 3543 for more information.

Local talent show has $1,000 top prize

Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation Charity Classic 5-K Nature Run/Walk

poise, charm and talent.” There are divisions for kindergarten through third grade, fourth and fifth grade, middle school grades six through eight, high school grades nine through 12 and adults. There are smaller prizes available for each of the division winners as well. Acts can either be solo or group efforts.

Saturday, March 16th, 2013 at 8:30am Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation is hosting their first annual Charity Classic 5-K Nature Run/Walk at the Grove House Visitor Center at Saturday, March 16th, 2013 at 8:30am with a Kids Fun Run for ages 8 and under at 9:30 am. The event will conclude with an awards presentation at 10 am. On-site registration begins at 7 am and is $25.00 per race participant. Each participant will receive a shirt and a race-day bag. To pre-register online, go to and click Register for the 5-K. Registration forms are also available at the Grove House Visitor Center. Participants registered by February 28th are guaranteed a t-shirt. Entry fees may be mailed to ATTN: Florida’s Natural Fun Run/Walk, PO Box 1111, Lake Wales, Florida 33859, dropped off at the Grove House Visitor Center, or may be paid on the day of the race. Children 13 and under free. The course is a combination of off-road hills, wetlands and natural Florida terrain. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Florida’s Natural Growers Foundation. Since the Foundation was created in 2008, nearly $500,000 has been awarded to charitable organizations in the Central Florida area.


Lake Wales resident Brent Walker at last year’s Frostproof Talent Show. The show is open to any resident of Polk County.


Got talent? If so, and you live in Polk, Highlands or Hardee, the Frostproof Rotary Club has $1,000 waiting for you. The local service club will host its sixth annual “Frostproof’s Got Talent!” show at the historic Ramon Theater, with a top award of $1,000 to the grand prize winner. Preliminary rounds will be on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 at the Ramon, and the finals will be Saturday, March 16. All shows start at 7 p.m. There is no fee to enter, but only the first 36 acts to sign up will be accepted. Applications and eligibility rules can be found online at Applications can be mailed or returned via email to “frostproofrotary@ gmail. com.” For those who need more information, or have questions, please email the club. This is the first year the contest has been opened up to acts in all three counties. Tickets for each night are $10 for adults and $5 for children, and will be available at the door. “We encourage contestants to bring all their supporters. It might be the difference in getting an act into the finals, and once you’re in, anyone can win,” noted Club Secretary Brian Ackley. “Last year’s grand prize winner was a fifth grade pianist who wowed judges with her


For questions or additional information about participation or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Amber Johnson at 863-676-1411 ext 3543 or via email at

Thanks to: MCD of Central Florida, Lake Wales Medical Center, CenterState Bank & Progress Energy who have already contributed to this event. Another community sponsored event by your local hometown newspaper, The Lake Wales News.

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Meetings seek input on school proposals Proposal to shave one period off school schedules drawing attention By MARY CANNADAY


One proposal floating around to help balance the school district’s budget is to reduce by one the number of periods in middle school and high school schedules. In the case of high schools, this would leave scant room for failing any class and still having enough credits to graduate. Parents and students are apparently emailing board members and staff about the proposed change, and at Tuesday’s board work session, members decided to hold three “town meetings,” one to be televised, to allow for public input. Board chair Hazel Sellers noted, “We

did this in the past, and the turnout was dismal.” She suggested a call-in or televised format. Board member Debra Wright suggested the meetings, but on a broader scale, proposing school board meetings be held in various parts of the county, “bringing it to the people.” (The Lake Wales charter schools do this already, holding monthly board meetings at area schools on a rotating basis.) As The Polk County Democrat reported in January, class reductions were one of several proposals for balancing the 2013-14 budget, which was thrown off by several unexpected or increased expenses. One of these was the raise approved for teachers

and paraprofessionals, at a price tag of $14,490, 705 annually. This year, the raises are being paid from reserves, which interim superintendent John Stewart said could endanger the district’s credit rating if they fall too low. Therefore, finding places to shift revenue is crucial. Reducing high schools to a six-period day would save $6,776,500, and changing middle school from eight to seven would save about $3.5 million. Part of the savings would come from reduction in teaching staff, but the plan is to do this by not replacing retiring teachers (attrition) or by reassignment. Stewart noted that there are some misperceptions about the six period days, but he pointed out that the

meetings would have to be held soon, because “final decisions must be made.” Consensus was reached to hold three town hall meetings, and to televise one for those who can’t make it in person. The three meetings are scheduled: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m. in the School Board Auditorium located at the Polk County Public Schools District Office, 1915 South Floral Avenue, Bartow. Monday, March 11, 6:30 p.m. at Harrison School for the Performing Arts located at 750 Hollingsworth Road, Lakeland. Thursday, March 14, 6:30 p.m. at Ridge Community High located at 500 Orchard Drive, Davenport.

Bok Tower Gardens Moonlight Carillon Concert


Mike Manis lights the way for concert goers. The Bok Tower Gardens Moonlight Carillon Concert had lighted lamps guiding people on the walkway to the tower.

The hour-long carillon concert under the light of the full moon could be watched at the outdoor televised area of the gardens as well as heard throughout the entire gardens.

Author to hold book signing downtown, speaks at AAUW This Wednesday, Feb. 27, Kathy Leigh Berkowitz, author of The Brighter Side of a Darker Thing, will hold her first book-signing at V. Smith and Company, located at 230 E. Park Avenue in Historic Downtown Lake Wales. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is invited to celebrate the launch of her book. Then, on Thursday, at 5 p.m. at the Administration Building of Warner University campus, come and share in an PHOTOGRAPHY evening with the ROV I D E D BY author, presented P JEANNE HACKWORTH by the Lake Wales Chapter of Kathy Leigh Berkowitz the American Association of University Women. The Brighter Side of a Darker Thing is a testimony of one woman’s journey of healing from sexual abuse. Kathy Leigh Berkowitz takes a final step toward her healing in the public telling of her life and her recovery from her past, ending with a bold resolve to continue sharing her story, in hopes that others likewise may find healing. Fallout from abuse often leaves behind broken pieces of a shattered self-esteem and many questions about “the why.” The author explores her own feelings and shares her innermost thoughts, while encouraging the reader with Scriptures to allow the

Holy Spirit to do His perfect work, the strengthening of the inner soul. Kathy Leigh also faced numerous other challenges, including the death of her baby sister, her mother’s mental illness, her father’s post-traumatic stress disorder, time spent in a Texas orphanage, poverty, and suicidal thoughts. The Brighter Side of a Darker Thing includes triumphant moments, her awards for various high school beauty pageants, the births of her four children, and the eventual path that led her to a full-time career in journalism. The Brighter Side of a Darker Thing is proof that a person’s past doesn’t define who they are, and that no matter the pain, there is hope and healing in Jesus. It is the author’s belief that healing from sexual abuse is a lifelong journey, but along the way, there will be much cause to celebrate, especially when one walks through the portal of forgiveness. Kathy Leigh Berkowitz is an accomplished journalist and public speaker. She is the managing editor at The Lake Wales News in Lake Wales, Florida, and has received four Florida Press Association awards for her work. She is a student at Polk State College, is married and makes her home in Central Florida with her family. The Brighter Side of a Darker Thing is available at in softcover, hardcover, and eBook editions, and is also sold in downtown Lake Wales at The Exchange on Stuart Avenue, One of a Kind on Stuart Avenue, and V. Smith and Company at Park Avenue.

The “Peace” family, Geoffrey, Jennifer, Roan and baby Cyrus came all the way from Altamonte Springs to experience their first Moonlight Carillon Concert.

Here’s a view of the sunset as it made way for the full moon to light the gardens for the Moonlight Carillon Concert.

Rotary partners with Compelled by Christ By KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


It’s the kind of cause Rotary members like to support — that of helping their fellowman, in any way, around the world. And Tuesday morning, Lake Wales Breakfast Rotarians did just exactly that. They decided to partner with Compelled by Christ Ministries to help an orphanage in Honduras. Alison Felix and Bonnie Parker brought the presentation, via PowerPoint, showing scenes of what the orphanage looked like as workers originally arrived in the country. Parker deferred the program to Felix, who took over, noting, “If I start talking, I won’t stop.” Parker is one of the first missionaries that was sent to the orphanage. Felix described a poverty stricken scene, a building surrounded by a barbed wire fence. “These children, it was basically a prison for them,” she noted, adding that there was a 6-year-old in charge of toddlers and infants, 37 children in total. “They were basically left to fend for themselves,” she said. The children were often dropped off, abandoned and abused. Felix notes, “It’s really hard” for the workers, when they saw the conditions the children were living in. So, Compelled by Christ started “a home” specifically for those who were abandoned and abused.

Flipping through pictures of specific children, Felix introduced a few of the little ones to the Rotarians. “This is Kevin,” she noted, of a 10-year-old boy with a wide Alison Felix smile. He was abandoned to live with his aunt, who abused him until he ran away. He spent two weeks on the streets until he was picked up by another organization, who delivered him to Compelled by Christ. “He is now in our home, and he is happy,” she said. He likes to fish and play games, and loves school. He wants to be a pastor when he grows up. Cristian, 10, was a young man who came from a very undeveloped, poor village with no electricity. He worked in the fields, until he no longer could find work, and then his parents kicked him out. Rotarians studied the photos carefully. It was apparent what they were going to do. And the amount, whatever amount of money it is, that the breakfast Rotary gives is matched by Rotary International, which doubles their contribution. And that is something that makes all Rotarians smile.

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OBITUARIES George Douglas Allen George Douglas Allen, 76, of Lake Wales passed away Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn. George was born Aug. 20, 1936, in Danville, Vt. to the late Gordon M. and Abbie Barbara (Wellinger) Allen and has been a resident of Florida since 1967. George was the owner/operator for Ridge Aluminum Products, was a member of the Lake Wales Elks lodge and Lake Wales Moose Lodge and served in the U.S. Army. George was preceded in death by his wife, Wendy Prescott Allen, in 2006, brother, Richard Allen and grandson, Matthew Allen. Survivors include his daughters, Donna Belcher of Lake Wales, Pam Parker of Palm Coast, Fla., Cindy Moser of Lake Wales; son, Wayne Phillips of Seymour, Tenn.; sister, Elaine Ludden

of Lake Wales; brother, Eugene Allen of Springfield, Mass., eight grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home with Rev. Keith Thompson officiating. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time. Interment will be held at the Lake Wales Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Moose Lodge or Parkinson Disease Foundation Marion Nelson Funeral Home of Lake Wales is in charge of local arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.marionnelsonfuneralhome. com Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Come see Gibson Brothers By KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Next week is an event the locals won’t want to miss. Lake Ashton is proud to present a performance by the Gibson Brothers. According to their bio, originally raised on a dairy farm outside of Ellenburg Depot, New York, in the shadow of the Adirondack Mountains, the Gibson Brothers have grown to establish a great presence in the music industry. Today, the group are a popular hit with their bluegrass harmonies, receiving the 2012 Entertainer of the Year Award at the 23rd Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The unforgettable bluegrass performance takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and go on sale Tuesday,

Dec. 4 at the Clubhouse Activities Desk. Eric Gibson notes “We are excited to be coming to Polk County, an area I have heard has many bluegrass fans. Our friends, the Spinney Brothers, recently played the Lake Ashton Clubhouse in Lake Wales and had a wonderful time. We look forward to performing new songs from our forthcoming album They called it music, as well as old favorites.” Barbara Salvin, resident of Lake Ashton, notes “We are so pleased to have a group of their stature play here at Lake Ashton. Last fall, the Gibson Brothers were named International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, against such nominees as Steve Martin and Allyson Krauss. The year before they had Album of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, and Recorded Gospel Song of the Year. This is a performance you should not miss.”

Abigail “Gayle” Anderson Mrs. Abigail “Gayle” Anderson, 90, of Lake Wales, died on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at her home. She was born on June 1, 1922, in Marion Center, Penn., and married her husband, Emory Abigail “Gayle” Anderson A. Anderson, Sr., on Dec. 19, 1941. They lived in Lake Wales from 1957 until 1964 and returned to Lake Wales from Punxsutawney, Penn., in 1986. She was a loving wife, mother, and a beautiful example of love and caring for her family. She was a bookkeeper and a secretary alongside her late husband in their family-owned businesses. Mrs. Anderson was a member of the Lake Wales Woman’s Club. Mrs. Anderson was an active member of the

Methodist Church both in Pennsylvania and Florida where she sang in the choir and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She is survived by her children Mary Beth McGill and her husband Jerry of Lake Wales, Emory A. Anderson Jr. and his wife Robin of Lakeland, Daniel R. Anderson and his wife Diane of Fredericksburg, Va., and Kathryn E. Allen of Monessen, Pa.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by six sisters and one brother. Her funeral service was held Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, from the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Phillip Short officiating. Interment followed at Lake Wales Cemetery. Memorials of remembrance may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice 105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, Fla. 33823 or the Florida Methodist Children’s Home P.O. Box 6299, Deltona, Fla. 32728-6299. Johnson Funeral Home in Lake Wales is in charge of arrangements.

Fred Shell

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Fred Shell peacefully went to be with his Lord surrounded by his wife and children on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Lake Wales Medical Center. He was 79. Marion Nelson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

May you find comfort in knowing that your loved one is at home with the Lord. For more Words of Comfort, go to

Noon Rotary Club preparing for golf tournament Golfers can tee it up for a good cause in the 25th annual Rotary Charity Golf Tournament on April 6 at Lake Wales Country Club. The tournament was the topic of discussion during Tuesday’s Noon Rotary Club of Lake Wales meeting at Lake Wales Medical Center. Registration for the four-person scramble event is set for 7:30 a.m. Coffee and doughnuts will be available then. A pitching and putting contest will begin at 8. There will be a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The $75 per player cost includes greens fee, use of a cart, lunch and door prizes. Members of Lake Wales Country Club can play in the tournament for $60 each. Each Rotarian is asked to sign up one or more teams. According to a brochure put together by the club the charities that have been supported by the tournament include: Lake Wales Care Center, Circle of Friends, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, HEART Institute, Lake Wales YMCA, Lake Wales

High School scholarships, Lake Wales Arts Council and Lake Wales Charter Schools Foundation. There are several sponsorship opportunities available, with the presenting sponsorship for $1,000, meal for $500, closest to the pin, straightest drive and chipping/putting for $250 and hole sponsors for $100. Lake Wales Medical Center is sponsoring breakfast. The golf tournament is one of two fundraisers the club organizes each year. Call Vince Mee at 692-0236 or Duncan Maccallum at 439-5924 for more information.

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Ernest R. DiPaulo of Lake Wales passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Grace Health Care. He was 83. Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales is handling the arrangements.

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February 23, 2013

Lady Highlanders fight, suffer 4-1 loss to George Jenkins


Cool weather couldn’t keep the Lake Wales fans away as the Lady Highlanders competed Tuesday night against George Jenkins at LWHS. Lady Highlander Tashayla Irvis takes a serious stance as Lake Wales and George Jenkins compete Tuesday night at LWHS.

Lady Highlanders Head Coach Nancy Denton shouts encouragement to the batter at the plate.

Lady Highlander Whykerria Dukes watches the mound.


The mood was intense as these Lady Highlanders peered out from the dugout while George Jenkins and Lake Wales competed at LWHS on Tuesday night. Pictured (l to r): Carmen Billante, Tyra Hodge, Mary Margaret Maggard and Devonna Moore.

Lady Highlander First Base Quynn Reddick stands ready as she eyes the batter at the plate. Lake Wales fell to George Jenkins; 4-1 during Tuesday night’s game at LWHS.

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Highlanders roll out victory, 74-71

Players celebrate their win as Lake Wales trumps Auburndale 74-71 during Tuesday night’s match-up at LWHS. Lake Wales’ Quay Williams picks up teammate Shaq Snell as their team wins.


It was a “pile up” at the net as Lake Wales and Auburndale battled on the court and “in the air” during Tuesday night’s match-up at LWHS. Lake Wales came from behind to win; 74-71.

Savonte Frazier of Lake Wales blasts his way past Auburndale’s Daryle Henry.

Mark the date, LWHS sports Lake Wales High School Boys’ varsity basketball defeated Auburndale in the Class 5A Basketball Regional Semifinals, Tuesday Feb. 19 in a home game. “It was a pretty exciting game. Auburndale was ahead by 18 going in to the fourth quarter,” said Marvin Pavy, Athletic Director at Lake Wales High School. They will move on to the Regional Finals at Jesuit High School, Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.

on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.

JV boys’ baseball will play George Jenkins High School in an away game on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 4:30 p.m.

The varsity girls’ tennis will play against Mulberry High School in a home match on Monday, Feb. 25 at 3:30 p.m.

JV girls’ softball will play Lake Gibson High School in an away game on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. Varsity boys’ baseball will play Lakeland High School in an away match

Varsity boys’ tennis will play at Winter Haven High School, Monday, March 4 at 3:30 p.m. Varsity boys’ track team will compete in the Lake Brantley Open Meet on Saturday, March 2nd. Time and venue are to be announced.

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The varsity girls’ track team will compete at All Saints’ Academy on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m.

Fifty colleges gather at LWHS for fair


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February 23, 2013

LW Literacy Council receives awards

Bok Academy celebrates Apple Distinguished Program Bok Academy students and faculty proudly accepted their official Apple Distinguished Program status Thursday (Feb. 21) during a school-wide ceremony complete with video tributes from former Bok students. Apple representatives praised the school for its innovation, leadership and educational excellence. Fewer than 200 educational institutions (K-12 through universities) in the United States have earned the prestigious designation. Bok Academy is the only Apple Distinguished Program in Polk County.

Bok and Apple representatives pose in front of the school with the banner and certificate.


Lake Wales Literacy Council volunteers were honored at a breakfast on Tuesday, Feb. 12: L-R (front row) Marta Torres, Fran Sweat, Marcia Mottel, Erika Sanchez and Mary Mitchell; (back row) Georgianna Pentinen (Champion of Literacy Award winner), Ed Wackerle, Jerry Juniper, Nathan Webb, Francisco Cosme and Jose Torres.

Janie Howard Wilson blacktop ‘broken’ by 3D art A giant alligator broke through the blacktop at Janie Howard Wilson Elementary on Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 20), but students calmly watched as the reptile emerged from the playground surface. Tracy Lee Stum, one of the country’s leading 3D street artists, created the image while students watched. Earlier in the day, she talked to small groups and explained the concepts behind 3D art and perspective drawing. Art teacher Tiffany Weaver has been inviting artists to the school to help students understand how varied the art world can be. Paintings and photographs of each artist’s work is added to the school’s new gallery in the Media Center. The cost of Stum’s visit was sponsored


Students and staff accept a banner and plaque from Apple representatives.


With careful strokes, the image comes to life. by business partners Dr. Willard Pearce, Paul Gerard, and Weaver, McClendon & Penrod.

Tracy Lee Stum, one of the country’s leading 3D street artists, sits close to the image she created, surrounded by students.



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The information is gathered from police, sheriff’s office, Florida Highway Patrol, jail and fire records. Not every arrest leads to a conviction and guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.

Foot chase leads to arrest

Compiled by Kathy Leigh Berkowitz


Around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, PCSO bloodhound K-9 Diego and his partner, Deputy Sheriff Joe Ranze, successfully tracked a fleeing suspect who struck an apartment building with his vehicle in Lake Wales, resulting in a swift apprehension. According to reports, 30-year-old Zachary Herring of 130 E. Northside Drive, Lake Wales, for unknown reasons (it was later PHOTO PROVIDED BY LWPD determined he had two Zachary Herring. warrants) crashed a Chevrolet Suburban into apartment number 2544 Elm Ave., Lake Wales, which is located in one of several apartment buildings in a complex. After crashing into the apartment building, Herring fled on foot, reports note. PCSO deputies in the area quickly

established a perimeter around the scene, and Deputy Ranze with bloodhound Diego responded. Diego began his track by sniffing the driver’s seat of the abandoned SUV, and tracked the scent to an apartment two buildings away. He ended the track at the doorknob to the apartment located at 2558 Elm Ave. Inside the apartment (which belonged to a friend of Herring’s), deputies found Herring hiding in a bedroom, and he was arrested without incident. After his arrest, the PCSO reports that Herring admitted to driving the SUV and fleeing the scene. The victims inside the apartment Herring crashed into were unharmed. Herring was found to have two active felony warrants, and has been booked into the Polk County Jail for additional charges, including leaving the scene of a crash with property damage. Herring has 11 prior arrests in Polk County, the sheriff’s office reports.

Runaway located in Lakeland According to reports, on Feb. 20, a complainant reported her son — a 15-year-old juvenile — has not returned home. The last time she saw him was on Friday, Feb. 15, and he was supposed to returned home on Sunday, Feb. 17. Police say she was been in contact with him until Feb. 19, when she told him that if he didn’t return home she would call the police. The juvenile was located in Lakeland. There was no foul play and nothing criminal, police say.

Disturbance call Reports note that Lake Wales Police were called to a scene in reference to a disturbance. Upon their arrival, several individuals Jeep crashes after phone call fled the scene. Police say contact was Police say that at the corner of State made with a female identified as Shawn Road 60 and 3rd Street, the driver of Jenkins, who was identified on the a Jeep Compass heard her phone ring CIC, confirming she had three alleged and looked down. Reports say the driver outstanding Polk County warrants for ran into the back of a garbage truck, battery, assault and damaging property. causing air bags to deploy and severe Jenkins was later transported to the Polk County Jail without incident.

Crash claims two lives Polk County Sheriff’s Traffic deputies are investigating a two-vehicle crash that resulted in two fatalities on Wednesday, Feb. 20. According to PCSO reports, at around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, a purple 2004 Chrysler Sebring was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed on US 27 approaching the intersection of CR 640 in Lake Wales when it crashed into a 53-foot Great Dane trailer being towed by a 1995 Peterbilt truck, which was also traveling northbound in the same lane on US 27. Reports note that the driver of the Sebring, 31-year-old Lorenzo Alonzo Veneros, 30, of 110 South Drive in Lake

damage to Jeep. The driver of the Jeep was issued a traffic citation for careless driving.

Wales, was pronounced deceased at the scene. His sole passenger was also pronounced deceased at the scene; he was a 45-year-old adult male, PCSO notes, and his name was Hipolito Mora Garcia of 1300 Carlton Avenue in Lake Wales. The driver of the truck, 64-year-old Jonas Lamar McGill of Rock Springs, GA, did not suffer any injuries, reports note. Excessive speed and impairment on the part of Veneros appears to be a factor, notes the PCSO reports. It does not appear any charges will be filed, but the investigation is ongoing.

Burglary reported According to Lake Wales Police, a burglary was reported at the Family Restaurant at 109 S.R.. 60 W., Lake

Wales. Entrance was made through the northwest door by breaking the glass. The cash register was stolen and currency with it, reports say. Retail theft reported Lake Wales Police were sent to Sears in reference to a retail theft in progress. Upon arrival, the suspect was located walking inside the Eagle Ridge Mall near Dillard’s, reports say. The alleged suspect was detained and escorted back the Sears. While going to Sears, the suspect denied removing any of Sears property from the store. Upon arrival back at Sears, Lake Wales Police reviewed the surveillance video, which police say confirmed the suspect did in fact conceal Sears’ property and exited Sears without making any attempt to pay for the property. The suspect was no longer in possession of the property. Sears’ Loss Prevention advised officers, they followed the suspect to the men’s restroom in the food court area of the mall. The suspect informed officers where he hid the property. Reports say he advised he hid the property in the men’s restroom underneath a sink. Officers then went to the men’s restroom, located and recovered the stolen property. The suspect was then taken into custody for the retail theft and later transported to the Polk County Jail without incident.


Rotarian leave for basic training By KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ


Hello, U.S. Army, goodbye, Lake Wales. Tammy Zimmerman is leaving for basic training. Tuesday morning, her fellow Lake Wales Breakfast Rotarians finished their program, highlighting her years of service with them via PowerPoint presentation, set to music. And yes, there were tears. She was truly touched, as they

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Lake Wales Breakfast Rotarians pause for a ceremonial and final photo with their dear friend, fellow RotarianTammy Zimmerman, (front and center, long hair, gray blouse, bottom row), who is leaving for basic training in the US Army this week. presented her a plaque and flowers, and posed for one final Rotary photo together, another memory for their scrapbook. Rotarians advised her that the beautiful part about Rotary is that no matter where she is stationed, she can still be a member, for it is an international organization. PHOTOS BY KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ She also leaves behind friends at Florida’s Natural Growers, where she Tammy Zimmerman, member of the Lake worked in sales and marketing. Wales Breakfast Rotary, is leaving to join the Zimmerman notes she would like to US Army, and her Rotarian chums surprised her with a special presentation, set to music, which work in aviation after basic training, included memories of her Rotary years in Lake and may pursue becoming a helicopter Wales. pilot.


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RAV4 moves the spare, but stays nimble MCT Anyone who pays attention to other vehicles instantly recognizes the Toyota RAV4 from behind. Since the compact SUV was first introduced in 1996, it’s always carted its spare tire on the back door. But as part of its 2013 makeover, Toyota’s ditching the exposed tire and tucking it where it belongs: Under the cargo floor. And the side-hinged gate that swings wide and could decapitate a toddler? That’s been changed too; to lift up, rather than out. It’s all part of an overhaul of one of the first crossovers _ a category that’s seeing more competition in today’s value-oriented marketplace, as manufacturers roll out model after new model that marry the cargo space, visibility and four-wheel capability of larger SUVs with the fuel economy and handling of smaller cars. For its fourth-generation redo, Toyota kicks its Recreational Active Vehicle with four-wheel drive into high gear, powering it with a fuel-conscious 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine. The V-6 option has been discontinued, as has the dated four-speed automatic transmission. That’s been upgraded with a long-overdue six-speed, the gearing of which has been optimized to enhance mileage at low and high speeds. New for 2013 is a drive-mode selector that lets operators switch between an eco option (that makes the accelerator feel as if it was shot with Novocain) and sport (which doesn’t quite live up to its name). Toggling between the two modes, I averaged 24.3 miles per gallon _ just shy of the 26 mpg Toyota claims for the base model front-wheel drive version I tested for a day. Like previous generations, the RAV4 is available in front-wheel and all-wheel drive, the latter of which is equipped with Toyota’s new dynamic torque control system and is probably worth the extra cost premium for those who drive aggressively or, less commonly, off-road. Most RAV4 drivers restrict their four-wheeling to the asphalt, where it felt quiet and smooth, especially for its $23,300 starting price. To help reduce noise, the front windshield is made from acoustic glass that is also designed to absorb solar energy. The glass is one of the more subtle improvements to the RAV4. The interior has been upscaled with faux carbon-fiber details and more standard technology across all three trims, including steering wheel controls for Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio, as well as a rear-view camera that displays on a 6.1-inch touch screen in the center

After 17 years, and an updated look, the 2013 Toyota Rav4 has made many upgrades and is once again a good value for the crossover SUV owner. stack. Buttons on either side of the screen toggle the display between audio, phone, CD and “car,” which provides data such as average speed, length of time driving, the number of miles left before the fuel injectors are sucking air and real-time mpg. Under the screen are three climatecontrol knobs that are aesthetically appealing but so oversized they seem designed for the sight-impaired. Does Toyota expect RAV4 drivers to be catching air off road? More likely they were designed as a distracted driving antidote, allowing operators to easily grope for the knobs without taking their eyes off the road. Design wise, the roofline is ever so slightly sloped toward the car’s rear, tapering into a mini spoiler that incorporates a bright, LED brake light that highlights the dramatic change to its surgically altered back end, as if to say, “Look, Ma, no tire!” While the sloped roof creates the illusion of diminished interior space,

opening the rear gate instantly dispels the notion. Collapse the second row of this five-door five-seater and there’s a satisfying 73.4 cubic feet of space. Even better, from a second-row-passenger perspective, is the amount of leg room. Even with the front seats rolled all the way back, there’s a terrific amount of

femur space for the gangly. There’s a reason the RAV4 is still around. For its fourth generation, the RAV4 is playing catch up, rather than blazing a new trail as it did when it first rolled into the U.S., but the 2013 model is a solid upgrade and good value.

2013 TOYOTA RAV4: • Powertrain: 2.5-liter, four-cylinder, four valves per cylinder, DOHC, six-speed automatic transmission • Maximum horsepower: 176 at 6,000 rpm • Maximum torque: 172 pound-feet at 4,100 rpm • Curb weight: 3,435 pounds • EPA estimated mileage: 24 mpg city, 31 highway, 26 combined • Mileage as tested: 24.3 combined • Base price: $23,300 • Price as tested: $23,300

February 23, 2013  
February 23, 2013