The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 10, 1976 · Page 100
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 100

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Friday, December 10, 1976
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D2-Palm Beach Post, Friday, December 10, 1976 St. lucie County i)ru- Probe Ends In Three Arrests Something In a Name I, k t ! i' ' II M 1 ate the city as scheduled its Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the traditional feast day of Saint Lucy, regarded as patron of light. History books say Saint Lucy, in the old days, was invoked by those suffering from eye disease. In setting the Dec. 13 date, city officials said the feast of Saint Lucy will be observed every year with the lighting ceremony, planned this year for 7:15 in front of City Hall. Area Deaths Zeitler, Evelyn T., 70, of 619 Willows Ave., Port St. Lucie. Funeral at 1 p.m. today at St. Lucie Catholic Church. Port St. Lucie Funeral Home. Stainoff, James Sr., 73, of 1714 S. 17th St., Fort Pierce. Funeral and burial in Battle Creek, Mich. Yates Funeral Home, Fort Pierce. Caton, Walter A., 68, of 1175 SW Tropical Terr., Stuart. Aycock Funeral Home, Stuart. Strub, Marguerite R., 80, of 2600 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart. Aycock Funeral Home, Stuart. Movie Clock STUART Mayfair Theatre: "The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday," 6, 8, 10 OKEECHOBEE - Three men were arrested yesterday in what is believed to be this city's biggest drug-related arrest, according to a spokesman for the Okeechobee Police Department. Police concluded a two-week investigation, when they arrested Edward G. Ortiga, 24, of NW Ninth Street, Okeechobee, and two Texas residents, Javier C. Rodrieguz, 34, and Hose M. Vento, 23, after finding 25 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of their car. They were charged with possession and control of more than 5 grams of marijuana. Bail was set at $10,002 each. Woman Awarded $1,050 for Fall FORT PIERCE - A St. Lucie County Circuit Court jury yesterday awarded $1,050 in damages to a Fort Pierce woman who said she was injured when she slipped in a local supermarket. Evelyn Cullins said she broke her leg when she slipped and fell in the Winn Dixie store in November 1973. The jury also awarded her husband $600. The two had been seeking $20,000 in damages. PSL Tree Lighting On Feast Day PORT ST. LUCIE - It's appropri It seems boat owners have a literary bent these days, at least judging by the names of these boats in the Fort Pierce city marina. Who wouldn't love to make his great escape in this power cruiser (below), while in the next slip this sloop sort of reminds you of the great white whale it's named for. Further down the dock is another boat named after a book, or a seagull (right). The nearby pelican on the piling is probably jealous. More boats are pulling into area marinas these days, as they sail their way south to these warmer climes, escaping the winter weather of the north. Staff Photos by John Bartlott Chosen To Lose Status Telegram Deliveries May Become Costly Some residents and store owners in Chosen are concerned about the changes, too. Carlos Allred, owner of a reuphol-stery shop south of the Chosen Bridge, said cutting off free delivery at the city limits is too arbitrary. "You can walk across the street (SR 715) and you are in Chosen," he said. Allred said Western Union may face a dilemma when it comes to delivering a telegram to his store. "When I opened the shop two years ago, the city people told me I was in the county and the county people said I was in the city. So I bought licenses from both just to be safe," he said. "As far as I can tell, we're half in the county and half in the city. Allred said the Chosen Missionary Baptist Church and two homes on the next block to the south actually are in the city, even though the homes just a few feet behind them are in the county. Belle Glade City Manager Frank Anderson said the situation is a little confusing. "We always say Chosen starts on the west side of SR 715 and goes on a ways," he said. Allred thinks it would be fairer to make the cutoff line 1 mile from the city limits in any direction. "I've never found anybody who says they live in Chosen," he said. "We all consider ourselves residents of Belle Glade." By JOHN KOTLER Post Staff writtf CHOSEN - This unincorporated community of about 50 homes, a few stores and one church, sandwiched between Belle Glade and Lake Okeechobee, is about to lose free telegram delivery service, Western Union officials said recently. J.H. Baker, assistant supervisor of the Western Union headquarters in Miami, said Chosen is one of many small communities that will lose their "2-star" status if the move is approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). He said the volume in these areas is too low to continue regular service. "Actually, we charge a $3 delivery fee to the sender of a telegram even within the city limits, but there will be an extra charge for delivery to Chosen," Baker said. Dwight Holt, manager of White's Auto Store in Belle Glade, which serves as the local Western Union office, said he had not been told about the proposed change yet. He said the company representative in West Palm Beach had not heard about it either. "I'd sure like to get this settled," he said. "It's really bugging me." According to Holt, Chosen is closer to the city than either Glades Correctional Institution (GCI) or the city-owned Okeechobee Center Housing Authority, both of which are serviced at city rates. "- "" Friends of Lottie's Can Pay Tribute to Her Today By FRAN KERCE Pott Staff Writer OKEECHOBEE - There may be many Raulersons in the county. But there'll never be but one like Mrs. Lottie Rauler-son, affectionately called "Miss Lottie." Both city and county officials have designated today "Lottie Raulerson Day." A covered dish dinner is being held at Okeechobee High School's cafeteria beginning at 6:30 p.m. A "This Is Your Life" program is planned to unravel the pages of many memories in Miss Lottie's life. With her white short hair and large, round eyes, she commands attention from any audience, be they a roomful of schoolchildren or a gathering of senior citizens. She has worked with both groups, for 48 years as a public schoolteacher and later as the initiator of the local Council on Aging. "I think Lottie has done a wonderful service, both as a schoolteacher and citizen, for the county. She is just as active now as she ever was," County Commissioner Hiram Raulerson said. "I don't believe in resorting to the principal for everything. I found if I didn't take care of it (discipline problem) myself, I lost something," she said. The veteran teacher taught the first Indian in the Okeechobee school system, Ruth King. "At first mixing with the Indians scared the fool out of me," Lottie said. "But Ruth adjusted real well, and it was only I who was afraid I wouldn't treat their race the same." Actually Miss Lottie appears unafraid of anything. Mrs. Raulerson's career is as broad as it is long. She was one of the early organizers of the Classroom Teachers' Association, the Okeechobee Rehabilitation Facility that she has chaired for years, the Farm Bureau that she has served as board secretary since it began, and has helped many other organizations. But her most colorful career centers on the classroom, her domain since she was 15 and began teaching. In those days she passed a state teaching examination and qualified for a Grade II certificate at the age of 13 or 14. She has taught the first through 10th grades. But the sixth grade is the age level she preferred for more than 25 years. "I found this grade offered the greatest challenge. I liked the questioning and in-quisitiveness of the students who're still too young to defy you," she said. "Being fair and consistent" and "practicing what one preaches" are her two secrets of success. She did not always spare the rod, she said, "I do think teachers ought to have the authority to mete out whatever punishment is necessary. Tm No Expert' But Chief Ready To Motivate Department i 1 v 1 , 14 m : ' r 3vif, mQ 1 Q 4 j leadership and motivation," Smith said. "I have to gain their confidence and there's no reason we can't build the finest volunteer fire department anywhere." All except four or five of the former department members have joined the new department headed by Smith, and yesterday he said some of those "holdouts" have indicated they may join soon. About 20 persons have signed up with the new department headed by Smith. "I told the members the other night that as far as what has happened in the past to forget it," Smith said. "I really know very little about what happened in the old department." "I've told them what I expect of them and what they can expect of me," he said. "I'll nip them when they do something wrong, but it will be for their personal safety and I don't want them getting mad at me. "I'll be pretty darn firm with the men, but I will be just as fair with them as I am firm," he said. Smith said he plans to work toward drawing new bylaws for the department and drafting a set of standard operating procedures. A standard maintenance program to keep all equipment in working order also will be instituted, he said. By JIM REEDER Post Staff Writer STUART - Ed Smith said yesterday he has been interested in fire fighting "since I was knee high to a grasshopper." And now he's been put in charge of reorganizing the District 2 Volunteer Fire Department after a period of turmoil which led County Commissioner Tom Higgins to remove former Chief Danny Brady. Smith, a retired Army veteran and resident of Conquistador Condominium, has 31 years' experience with fire departments and has been active in volunteer brigades. "I spent 30 years in the Army and much of my spare time in fire service," Smith said. "But I'm no expert and don't claim to be." "I could use a refresher course in fire fighting," he said. "But there's more to this job than just fire fighting," Smith said. "That's a small part of the job. "It goes hand In hand with training, fire prevention and public relations," he said. But Smith sees his first and most important task as gaining the confidence of members of the department and let them know what he expects of them. "We have a good department, but the men need Staff Photo by Jim Rtodtr Smith Says Some Holdouts May Join New Group

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