Kiwanis Club Learns About Loving Our Heroes Care Packages (AUDIO INCLUDED)

Kiwanis Club Learns About Loving Our Heroes Care Packages (AUDIO INCLUDED)

Caption is: Gina Buhlmaier on the left with Kiwanian Courtney Moyett

Caption is: Gina Buhlmaier on the left with Kiwanian Courtney Moyett

When Gina Buhlmaier sent a care package to her son serving in the military last year, she had no idea it would turn into a not for profit organization. Loving our Heroes Care Packages Inc is a local group that sends care packages every week to men and women serving overseas in the military. Buhlmaier recently spoke with the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee and spoke on how the club was formed and what the process of sending several packages every week across the world entails.

The group takes both monetary and material donations such as beef jerky, trail mix, drink mix packages and toiletries. If you are interested in becoming involved in Loving Our Heroes Care Packages Inc, email or call Gina at 261-1774


Alligators, crocodiles get active this time of year

Alligators, crocodiles get active this time of year

As spring weather replaces cold winter, Florida’s alligators and crocodiles become active. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) once again reminds state residents and visitors to be cautious when having fun in and around water.

Florida is home to two native crocodilians: the American alligator, which is found in all 67 counties; and the American crocodile, which may be found in coastal areas of the Keys and in southeast and southwest Florida. Both species have shared Florida’s waters with people for centuries.

The FWC recommends keeping pets away from the water. There are other precautionary measures people should take to reduce the chances of conflicts with alligators and crocodiles, and they are available in the Living with Alligators brochure at and the Living with Crocodiles brochure at

The FWC advises people who have concerns with an alligator or crocodile posing a threat to people, pets or property, to call the FWC’s Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (392-4286).

Alligators and crocodiles are an important part of Florida’s heritage and play a valuable role in the habitats where they live. For more information on alligators and crocodiles, visit

Avon Park offers Certified Professional Food Manager Review Class/Exam

Avon Park offers Certified Professional Food Manager Review Class/Exam

AVON PARK – A Certified Professional Food Manager Review Class & Exam is scheduled for Friday, May 1, at Ridge Area Arc Training Room.
The review class will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The exam will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The facility is located at 120 West College Drive, Avon Park.
The cost is $150 per student. The fee includes a ServSafe® Manager Review Guide, Review Class, ServSafe® CPFM Exam and a First Time Passing Guarantee for those attending the review class and buying the guide. If a student does not pass the first time, the second time the review class and exam are free as long as the student calls within 21 days of original exam. Materials are in English. Seating is limited.

Those who just want to recertify can take the exam only for $60 or if a student needs a book to study for the exam then it is $90. The review class or free second test are not included. Students wanting to take the exam only can come at 1:30 p.m.

Register for the class by April 17. Bring payment to Ridge Area Arc Administration, 120 W. College Dr., Avon Park where students can also pick up their Manager Review Guide. Checks or money orders must be made payable to Ridge Area Arc. Cash and credit cards are accepted. A $20 fee will apply to all returned checks. A “no show” will result in a loss of all registration fees.

For more details, call Cindy Marshall at 863-452-1295, ext. 124.

The National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification is nationally recognized. It is good for five years from the exam date. Local laws apply. Earning the certification tells the industry that the certified manager knows food safety and the critical importance of its role – and enables them to share food safety knowledge with every other employee.
Through ServSafe Food Safety, students will master sanitation, the flow of food through an operation, sanitary facilities and pest management. ServSafe is the training that is learned, remembered, shared and used.
According to Florida Statutes and related administrative rules, managers responsible for storage, preparation, display and service of food in the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation-licensed food service establishments to pass a Certified Food Manager examination. Every DBPR-licensed food service establishment must have at least one certified food manager, and one must be present any time four or more employees are engaged in preparation, storage, or service of food. Managers have 30 days after employment to become certified.

The food training programs are a service 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 food programs are open to all individuals.

WOKC Okeechobee’s True Country Events

Okeechobee’s Upcoming Events 4-20-15

Please help us build our supply by donating during the month of March at any of the following drives.

Thurs., April 23 – SFWMD field office on Hwy 70E, 1 – 5

Fri., April 24 – Seacoast Bank, South, 10 – 4

Sat., April 25 – Wal Mart, 11 – 4

Tues., April 28 – Raulerson Hospital, 1 – 6

  • 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 OCRA Monthly Membership Meeting is scheduled for April 30, 2015 at 7:30 pm.  It will be held at the Okeechobee County Civic Center on Hwy 98.  Any questions please call Lawrence Fipps at 863-801-0901.
  • If you have never been to a Chamber Business After hours please join us for the next one on April 21st being hosted by Staffords Salon (A Paul Mitchell Focus Salon) located at 313 SW Park Street. Please RSVP at everyone is welcome. See you then

Sport Related Events

  • Celebrate Earth Day witnessing the beauty and biodiversity in your own backyard. Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, 54000 acres of unique Florida dry prairie in Okeechobee County, is reminiscent of the Florida’s past, as described in Patrick Smith’s book “A Land Remembered.” Join us for a Spring Prairie Wildflower Walk led by two of Florida’s leading wildflower experts: Roger Hammer & Craig Huegel.Cost is $24 for Friends of Kissimmee Prairie Preserve members and $34 for non-members. A $4 per vehicle entry fee is also required and must be paid at the gate when you enter the park. Each walk is limited to 20 participants, and many spots are already filled.Participants may also sign up for a free 45 minute buggy ride in the Prairie.Visit the Friends of Kissimmee Prairie Preserve website for more information and to register

Agri-Civic Center Events

April Ag Event

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 or fax us at 1-888-875-1570. Thank you!



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