Cyanobacteria Bloom Response Summary
During a fly over exercise performed by the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) on Thursday, May 14, an algal bloom was observed from the area of the Lake Okeechobee pier and Pierce Canal along the outer edge of the marsh to the south of Cochran’s Pass. The SFWMD conducted a follow-up investigation on Monday, May 18, which confirmed the extent of the bloom to be from the Lake Okeechobee observation pier on the north end of the lake to Cochran’s Pass and in and around the area of the S77 Moore Haven Lock on the west side of the lake. Samples were collected at four locations identified on the map below (two locations sampled near the S77 structure) and shipped to the DEP laboratory for algal identification and toxin analysis. Results should be available by the end of the week.
Florida Residents Save Big Through June 14 at
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Save $60 on Regular Admission Tickets with ‘Florida Four-Pack’
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER/CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (May 19, 2015) – With the return of the popular Florida Four-Pack special, there is no better time for Florida residents to experience Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The Florida Four-Pack offers a party of four Florida residents the opportunity to experience all the fun and excitement the Visitor Complex offers at the special price of $139 plus tax – a savings of more than $60.
Available now through June 14, 2015, the Florida Resident $139 Four-Pack is available only via a coupon which can be accessed on the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex website.
Guests must present the printed coupon and proof of Florida residency at the Visitor Complex ticket plaza to qualify for the special rate. Smartphones, PDF or soft copy of the coupon will not be accepted. Guests must also provide one of the following: Florida driver’s license, Florida state-issues ID card with a Florida address, or a utility bill with a Florida address and corresponding ID. For more information, call 866-638-5091
With the Four-Pack special, now is the ideal time to visit Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. There is more to see and do than ever before at the Visitor Complex, including:
“Journey to Space” 3D film – The new film showcases NASA’s bold plans for the future, including landing astronauts on Mars and capturing asteroids – painting a clear picture for viewers that “NASA’s next era will be its greatest yet.” Through extensive interviews with astronauts Chris Ferguson, commander of the final shuttle mission, and Serena Aunon, a new astronaut chosen for future flights, as well as narration by film and television legend Sir Patrick Stewart, the film gives a sweeping overview of NASA’s past space accomplishments, current activities and future plans for missions to Mars.
Orbit Cafe – Orbit Cafe at the Visitor Complex is now using hydroponics to grow fresh lettuce and herbs on site following a recent renovation. The open kitchen layout allows guests to watch chefs as they toss salads using the produce picked from several white hydroponic towers standing side by side. Each tower grows a different kind of lettuce, making a variety of salads available for purchase.
Space Shuttle AtlantisSM – Visitor Complex guests can see the priceless, historic Atlantis spacecraft as only astronauts have seen it before – rotated 43.21 degrees with payload bay doors open and its Canadarm (robotic arm) extended, as if it has just undocked from the International Space Station. But getting nose-to-nose with Atlantis is not all guests can do at the 90,000-square-foot attraction. The immersive experience invites guests to “be the astronaut” with technologically sophisticated multimedia presentations and more than 60 interactive, touch-screen experiences and high-tech simulators that bring to life the people, passion and patriotism of the 30-year Space Shuttle Program.
KSC Bus Tour – The standard bus tour, included with admission, explores the history of the Apollo moon and space shuttle programs, and the future of space exploration, with panoramic views of Kennedy Space Center, the Vehicle Assembly Building’s exterior and a stop at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, where visitors see an authentic 363-foot Saturn V moon rocket and relive the historic Apollo missions that saw man land on the moon.
Great Balls of Fire – This interactive exhibit allows guests to discover the risks that asteroids, comets and meteorites present to our planet. The exhibit explores how we keep track of near-Earth objects while examining the effects of possible impacts. Within the Great Balls of Fire exhibit is Asteroid Encounter, where guests can climb aboard a “spaceship” and blast off to the asteroid belt and Jupiter while compiling data about asteroids and comets. Guests also can explore what would happen if one of these celestial bodies were to hit their hometown, determine Science Fact or Science Fiction of Hollywood movie clips and much more.
Located only 45 minutes from Orlando, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex features many attractions and year-round interactive programs, including meeting real astronauts. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex attractions and activities also include Shuttle Launch Experience, an incredible simulated journey of vertically launching into space and orbiting Earth aboard the space shuttle, Rocket Garden, two IMAX® theaters, Astronaut Encounter, and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame®. The Visitor Complex also is the ideal location for viewing the ongoing schedule of rocket launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
For more information, please visit www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.
34th Annual Country Showdown is set for July 18th at Good Spirits!
That’s right the 34th Annual Country Showdown is back for 2015! WOKC will be hosting this awesome event at Good Spirits Package and Lounge in Okeechobee. Contestants from all over are welcome to sign up for their chance to win $100,000 dollars! The showdown is the longest running #1 country talent music search in America!
Registration forms are available at WOKC, 210 WN Park St. Suite 102. Sponsorships will be available for local businesses or organizations! For more info on this event, go to www.countryshowdown.com or like em on Facebook for daily updates!
For any questions, comments, concerns, feel free to call WOKC at 863-467-1570 or 863-467-1009. You can also email us by sending it to Countrystore@wokc.com!
AVON PARK – Ridge Area Arc will offer a SafeStaff Foodhandler Certificate program from 1-5 p.m., Thursday, May 28, at Ridge Area Arc’s main campus.
Anyone in the food service industry or those who are interested in working in the field and want to obtain a certificate can enroll in this class being taught by a Certified Professional Food Manager. Florida law requires that all food service employees be trained in an approved food safety program. A public food service establishment has 60 days from the date of hire to train their employees with a Florida approved food safety training program. This includes all employees responsible for food storage, preparation, display or any service of food and beverages. It is recommended that even volunteer organizations (churches, clubs and other non-profits) serving food should have their food workers trained in a food safety program.
The SafeStaff Foodhandler Training Program is the contracted program of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The class will cover the six mandated key food safety principles: 1. Ensuring proper personal hygiene; 2. Preventing cross-contamination; 3. Controlling time and temperature when handling food; 4. Proper cleaning and sanitizing; 5. The causes and effects of major foodborne illnesses; and 6. Ensuring proper vermin control.
A study guide will be provided and given to each student. A certificate and an original wallet card will also be presented to the students at the end of the class that will be valid for three years. Students only need to bring to class a No. 2 pencil and a picture ID.
Cost is $15 per student and must be paid in advance by 5 p.m., Friday, May 15. There will be no refunds for students not attending the class since books have to be ordered in advance but a substitution of another person can be made. Checks can be made payable to Ridge Area Arc and mailed to 120 W. College Dr., Avon Park, FL 33825 or stop by the Arc administration office on College Drive to make a payment. When submitting payment, include your name, birthdate, address and phone number. For more details or to verify there is still an opening, call 452-1295, ext. 124.
The class will be taught in Ridge Area Arc’s training room at the workcenter, 120 W. College Dr., Avon Park. Students can show up 30 minutes prior to class time but must show up promptly at 1 p.m.
The Foodhandler Training Program is a service being provided to the community by Ridge Area Arc. Arc is a local non-profit charitable organization that offers training and education to individuals with disabilities. The Foodhandler program is open to all individuals.
Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 5-11-15
Please help us build our supply by donating during the month of May at any of the following drives.
Fri., May 22 – Wal Mart, 1 – 6
Sat., May 23 – Publix, 12 – 5
Mon., May 25 – Memorial Day Gathering, Courthouse, 9 – 1
Mon., May 25 – Wal Mart, 1 – 6
Thurs., May 28 – Tires Plus, 11 – 4
Fri., May 29 – Publix, 1 – 7
Sat., May 30 – Wal Mart, 11 – 4
- Habitat for Humanity is now open here in Okeechobee! They’re located at 1321 HWY 70E in the Old Apple Crate building. Open Monday through Friday 9-5. Accepting donations of any kind except clothes! Call for more information at 863-763-1371, volunteers are always needed!
- K9 Resque is in need of volunteers for both the rescue and the pet food pantry, and we are also are looking for good loving foster homes for our dogs, if interested please call 863-824-5373
- The Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Evening Networking Social the “Business After Hours from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. This event has been rescheduled to be held on May 21, 2015 ! This is an excellent opportunity to get to know your local business people and build lasting relationships in a professional environment. The host this month is Stafford’s Salon. Members are $5 dollars, non-members are only $10.
- The Concealed Weapon Permit class will be conducted on Thursday evening May 21, 2015 beginning at 7 PM at the Chamber. The class will last approximately two hours. Range qualification will take place on Saturday May 23, 2015. You will be instructed where to meet on Saturday during the Thursday evening class. You may use your own weapon or you may use the weapon we provide you during qualification.The costs of the class is $40.00 which must be paid in advance. You may sign up by clicking on register online. You may pay for the class online with a credit card or stop by the Chamber and pay for the class with a check or cash. Those people who sign up and do not pay in advance will not be guaranteed a seat in the class.
- The Library is hosting a Beach Day on Wednesday, May 27th beginning at 10:30am and 3:30pm. Kids and adults can wear bathing suits, sun glasses and flip flops! They’ll have paper strip pools for the kids to sit in during story time. They’ll also have visors and popsicles! Come out and join the fun for their last story time until September.
- Students at Okeechobee High School began a program three years ago to stop the cycle of hunger at one Okeechobee elementary school. We pack breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks for both Saturday and Sunday. All of the food is kid-friendly and non-perishable. National Honors Society students have provided meals for 36 students every weekend for the last three years by doing their own fundraising. We run the program for a little less $5000 a year.
We recently applied for a grant from State Farm. Of over 4,000 applicants nationwide, we were selected into the top 200. This group will be narrowed down to 40 winners. All 40 groups selected will win $25,0000. If we win the $25,000 we could feed over 180 students in Okeechobee County.
You can help us feed children in Okeechobee. Voting for the top 40 programs will be done on Facebook. Please click the link below to vote. Each “vote” will count for 10 points toward our program. You can vote EVERYDAY until June 3rd. The winners will be announced June 16th.
Please consider taking ten seconds from your schedule to make a difference in our community.
(You may need to forward this message to your personal email account or open the message on your personal computer/cell phone to access the link, as it is from Facebook.)
- Okeechobee County Library invites you to join their Children’s and Adult summer reading program “Be a Hero – Read”. Children’s program runs Wednesday, July 1st through Wednesday, July 29th at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Adult program is open any time. Call or stop by for details. 863-763-3536 and ask to speak to Kellie!
- Leadership Okeechobee is now accepting applications! The purpose of the Leadership Okeechobee Program is to cultivate leadership through education, exposure to the community, and interaction between class members. Our ultimate goal is to prepare students for a personal journey along the wonderful and rewarding path to community service. The following are our program objectives: To prepare future/potential leaders to meet the challenges ahead for Okeechobee. You will explore critical issues via a series of seminars and related activities. You will interact with key decision-makers, local leaders and representatives of local government to gain a better understanding of the forces which impact your community as a whole. The key to preserving and enhancing the quality of life is a well-informed citizen. The program begins in September and continues each month until graduation in May. Once accepted, a fee of $425 is required to cover meals, transportation and other program expenses. If you have any questions, please call the Chamber at (863) 467-6246
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If you’re a non-profit organization and have an upcoming event please send all of your information to 210 WN Park St. Suite 102, email it in at email@example.com or fax us at 1-888-875-1570. Thank you!