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Large flags surrounded the Mt. Peace Cemetery on Memorial Day. The perimeter flags were placed by St. Cloud Parks and Recreation Department, while the graveside flags were placed by local Boy Scout Troop 298.
NOAA issues Atlantic hurricane season outlook, encourages preparedness
OAA forecasters say a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year. However, as with any season, the need to prepare for the possibility of a storm striking near you is essential. “Today, more than 35 million Americans live in regions most threatened by Atlantic hurricanes,” Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said. “Timely and accurate warnings of severe weather help save lives and property. Public awareness and public preparedness are the best defenses against a hurricane.” In its initial outlook for the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June through November, NOAA’s National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center calls for a 50 percent probability of a near-normal season, a 25 percent probability of an above-normal season and a 25 percent probability of a below-normal season. Global weather patterns are imposing a greater uncertainty in the 2009 hurricane season outlook than in recent years. Forecasters say there is a 70 percent chance of having nine to 14 named storms, of which four to seven could become hurricanes, including one to three major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5). “This outlook is a guide to the overall expected seasonal activity. However, the outlook is not just about the numbers, it’s also about taking action,”
Legion Riders, Marie Eatman (l) and Cindy Hoover (r) with fellow Legion Auxiliary member, Sam Farrugello (center). Eatman and Hoover were key in the recent Veterans4Veterans Money4Miles motorcycle ride to benefit Give2TheTroops of Greenville, NC.
he Memorial Day service held at Mt. Peace Cemetery was a day of remembrance for about 200 local residents. Master of Ceremonies, VFW Post 3227 Commander Johnnie Hayes, spoke of the men of the Forgotten Army in Burma and their legacy. ‘When you go home, tell them of us. For your tomorrow, we gave our today.’ The respect and appreciation was evident on all the faces in attendance while flags and patriots alike solidly covered the cemetery’s grounds in remembrance of our fallen soldiers. The ceremony opened with a prayer from Vietnam Veteran, Chaplain Walter Eatman, followed by the posting of the National Colors and colors from the various patriotic organizations. The Pledge of Allegiance, led by Lakeview Elementary students of Patty O’Brien, demonstrated that Memorial Day is not limited to any age group. The National Anthem, sung by Megan Hodge, resonated among the crowd before the Marine Corp League Detachment 1092 lowered the flag to half staff. Many veterans organizations and community departments presented wreaths in the traditional Laying of the Wreaths procession that began at the Monument to the Unknown Soldier then placing the wreaths around the main podium of the ceremony. The guest speaker Circuit Judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit, Jim Turner, was a Vietnam Veteran. He spoke not of his service, but rather the patriotism and sacrifices made by all that have served and still serve. “Just as their predecessors
June 3-9, 2009
YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER
Honoring our Veterans at Mt. Peace
By Emily E. Bean, Intern Writer
In The News
in the two World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, Beirut, Grenada, and the Persian Gulf, the Global War on Terrorism is being won by ordinary Americans making extraordinary sacrifices.” Judge Turner spoke of the call to defend freedom and the heroes that answered it. His words echoed amongst each individual. “Many will return home with the pride of having served their country honorably. Others will return to be honored for fighting and falling in the line of duty.” Turner urged the gathering to exhibit their patriotism. He asked that upon seeing an active-duty soldier, thank them for their service and sacrifice. He suggested that everyone should volunteer at a veteran’s administration hospital or nursing home and participate with organizations that benefit both our soldiers and veterans. Lastly, he encouraged veterans to join the American Legion or another veteran association and become involved. He closed his remarks with the final stanzas of Taps: ‘Love, good night, must thou go, when the day, and the night need thee so? All is well. Speedeth all to their rest.’ The ceremony included the traditional 92 seconds of silence in memory of all veterans from the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq, and MIAs. As the breeze gently glided over the assembly, even the small children present quieted in recognition of the reverence and gratitude to the legacies of these soldiers. As words of “God Bless the USA” began to flood the cemetery, civilians, veterans, and soldiers alike sprang up to sing the words and emanate the emotions in their hearts
said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. “Prepare for each and every season regardless of the seasonal outlook. Even a near- or below-normal season can produce landfalling hurricanes, and it only takes one landfalling storm to make it a bad season.” Shaping this seasonal outlook is the possibility of competing climate factors. Supporting more activity this season are conditions associated with the ongoing high-activity era that began in 1995,
which include enhanced rainfall over West Africa, warmer Atlantic waters and reduced wind shear. But activity could be reduced if El Nino develops in the equatorial Eastern Pacific this summer or if ocean temperatures in the eastern tropical Atlantic remain cooler than normal. NOAA’s seasonal hurricane outlook does not project where and when any of these storms may hit. Landfall is dictated by weather patterns in place at the time the storm approaches. For each storm, NOAA’s National Hurricane Center forecasts how these weather patterns affect the storm track, intensity and landfall potential. “NOAA strives to produce the best possible forecasts to help emergency
officials and residents better prepare for an approaching storm,” said Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “I’m pleased to have the Administration’s support for an additional $13 million in next year’s budget request to continue the trend of improving hurricane track and intensity forecasts.” Tropical systems acquire a name – the first for 2009 will be Ana – upon reaching tropical storm strength with sustained winds of at least 39 mph. Tropical storms become hurricanes when winds reach 74 mph, and become major hurricanes when winds increase to 111 mph. An average season has 11 named storms, including six hurricanes with two becoming major hurricanes. NOAA scientists will continue to monitor evolving conditions in the tropics and will issue an updated hurricane outlook in early August, just prior to what is historically the peak period for hurricane activity. NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources.
Veterans4Veterans’ Miles4Money Ride
Local military organization raises big bucks for American troops overseas By: Emily E. Bean, Intern Writer
Memorial to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Mt. Peace Memorial Day Service 2009.
The playing of the Taps at the close of the Memorial Day Service.
Saluting the Flag as it is returned to full staff at the end of the ceremony. and minds. As the song approached the last bridge, every individual was standing to sing: ‘I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend Her still today… There ain’t no doubt I love this land… God Bless the USA!”
he troops overseas are never far from the thoughts of the citizens of St. Cloud. This is especially true for the [American] Legion Riders Unit 80, and specifically Marie Eatman. This past Mother’s Day, Eatmen organized a fundraiser, the Veterans4Veterans raising Miles4Money motorcycle ride. The group hoped to raise $10,000, but far exceeded their goal by raising $13,049 for the Give2theTroops organization located in Greenville, NC. Eatman first became involved with the organization when she went to get rid of sports equipment. She decided she did not want to throw things away and began to research some options. She found the Give2theTroops organization and mentioned the organization at a Legion Riders meeting. “We got started with just golf balls and golf clubs. That’s how we got involved,” said fellow Legion Rider, Bill Yarber, president of the unit. The Legion Riders began to gather articles for care packages, equipment, and other items that could be sent to the troops, including 75
Christmas stockings. “A lot of the kids over there [on military duty] don’t realize how much people care here at home,” said Eatman. After a donation visit in December to the organization in Greenville, NC, they found that the director, Barbara Whitehead, sent a variety of items to the troops ranging from care packages to sports equipment. Care packages contained Girl Scout cookies, shampoo, lip balm, and sunscreen, while the sports donations included basketballs, golf clubs, and even horseshoes. They were awed by the size of the organization and the vast facility. However, Whitehead introduced her main problem to the group – postage funds. “She’s got stuff. She needs money. And that’s when we thought the run, Miles4Money, would be a great way to raise money,” said Eatman. The ride included 12 riders, starting in St. Cloud and more riders joined the group along the way. They carried two banners up to the Greenville facility along with what would comprise one-third of the Give2theTroops annual monetary budget. When asked about plans
for a run next year, Legion Rider Cindy Hoover replied, “I don’t think we have a choice. It’s already happening! They’ve already put out the word.” Perhaps the most surprising thing to the group was the ride home. Passersby and strangers at many stops simply felt the need to give. The riders recounted stories of generosity towards the cause at many intervals. A couple, upon seeing the group in Savannah, asked about the ride and donated. The riders told them they were finished with this year but the donation kicked off the efforts for the 2010 ride. Similar stories occurred along the way and a truck stop employee even donated a bag of 350 phone cards. The Legion Riders continue to plan for next year and constantly think of the troops. “We’ve got troops now going into Afghanistan, that are going into areas that I don’t think people realize how isolated they are. They need the moral support,” said Eatman. For more information on the group and to get involved please contact Marie Eatman at MarieEatman@cfl.rr.com.
Speeding leads to car crash By Chris Falkowski, Managing Editor
t approximately 6:45 AM on Sunday morning May 24, driver Bradley Busch of Kissimmee and passenger Jordan Allgood of St. Cloud ended a speeding spree down Jersey Avenue at Lakeshore Boulevard, when the vehicle they were in left the roadway and landed in one of
the lakefront detention ponds. No one was injured in the accident, although divers and rescue personnel were required to retrieve the vehicle from the water and provide emergency assistance to Busch and Allgood. Busch was administered a roadside sobriety test and passed. He was arrested for Reckless Driving and processed through Osceola County.
Neighbors in the area told St. Cloud In The News they heard a vehicle accelerating through at least three gears, a sudden thump and then a splash. The neighbors went outdoors to check out the situation and the two young men were already exiting the sinking vehicle. One neighbor said, “It’s amazing to me how they missed the signs at Please See Crash Page A4