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7 TI NEWS-PRESS A (( Tl rf 1r mTQ deaths 4 i Kf i JJLZLCyiii 1LJJ ly Monday, February 14, 1983 ff Denial training undleir way in Chairllofitte By MARY HICKERT Newt-Press Bureau PORT CHARLOTTE Southwest Florida dentists soon should be getting something they've wanted for a long time ready-trained dental assistants. The Charlotte County Vocational Technical Center opened the first dental assistant training program in the area last month with students from as far away as Englewood, Venice and Fort Myers. Manatee and Palm Beach community col- leges had the closest dental assistant training programs until now. While Sarasota dentists hired only certified dental assistants, some local dentists trained their own. Sometimes they were lucky and found an assistant who trained elsewhere and relocated here.

Inez Blunt said she's one of only two trained dental assistants in the county. She started working in a dental office in 1964. Blunt searched for a correspondence program and finally settled on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Blunt worked for two years on her certification. After completing each study section she commuted to Edison Community College, where her tests were monitored.

When she finished the course, she spent a week at the University of North Carolina taking finals. The Vo-Tech course, Blunt said, is more convenient. The one-year course lasts through December. Seven people signed up for the 20 openings in January's class, said Vo-Tech Director Roseann Samson. After completing the course, students qualify to take a test for state certification.

Students range in age from 18 to 38. One of the current students Is Debbie Gih lespie, a 25-year-old single parent. After working for years as a waitress with hours which took her away from her children, ages 4 and 1 0, she looks forward to a new career. "In this type of work you always have a job," Gillespie said. Samson agreed the demand for dental assistant graduates will be high although she intends to keep the enrollment low and not "oversaturate" the area.

Gillespie said she was apprehensive about studying again. She dropped out of school to marry and hasn't studied since. Like many of the other students, Gillespie worked on her reading, writing and math skills through the school's laboratory. Now she talks of specializing. "Just from the little bit I've done" in the dental assistant program "I'd like to go on," Gillespie said.

See DENTAL, page 3B Edison light shed on royal youngsters (Mffl.w'-tlu miii Here's a list of today's and Tuesday's Edison Pageant of Light activities: Today 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Art show, Arcade, First Street By MARK HART News-Press Staff Writer From their perspective, it was an awfully long walk down the aisle under a bright spotlight with a lot of big people watching every move. The children handled it with the poise of the royalty they were pretending to be. The occasion was the Edison Pageant of Light Junior Coronation at the Fort Myers Exhibition Hall which followed the Children's Parade festivities on Sunday.

The complex was transformed for event into a glittering silver and green royal hall. The children, who on any other Sunday might have been romping around a playground, became elegant little princes and princesses. "These little ones are so cute. To me, it (the junior coronation) just makes the pageant," said LaNelle Hudnall, coronation coordinator. Cute they were.

After the introduction of dignitaries and dance performances by Bob-bi Lynn Kirkland, the reigning Miss Lee County, and the Robin Dawn Showstoppers and Dancers of Cape Coral, the Junior Court was ushered in. See) ROYAL, page 3B 10 a.m. Fort Myers Historical Museum, spe til' T.I cial exhibits, Peck Street. 1 0 a.m. Seminole Indian Day featuring arts and crafts, dancing and a fashion show, Edison Mall.

Tuesday 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Art show, Arcade, First Street, downtown Fort Myers. 10 a.m. Fort Myers Historical Museum, spe cial exhibits, Peck Street.

1 0 a.m. Lee Middle School Band, Lee Coun ty Courthouse, Main Street. 11 a.m. Gulf Middle School Band, same. A 6 p.m.

Edison First Films, Cape Coral Li brary, free. News-PressDan Fltzpatrlck 7:30 p.m. Square and Round Dancing, Fort Myers Exhibition Hall. KING PHILLIP YOUNGBLOOD AND QUEEN JENNIFER RAWE AT SUNDAY'S JUNIOR CORONATION they handled the pomp and circumstance with regal ease 8 p.m. "Edison A Man," Edison Park School, Euclid Avenue.

Tickets: $3.50 and $2. E.T. gets Fort Myers' number in chilly pageant youth parade the parade." Other award-winners included: Sierra Horlacher as Little Bo Peep. The Edison Learning Center. Angela Lynn Smith as Winnie the Pooh.

Chad Perkins as a crayon box. Amber and Charles Reese for their float, "We're Thomas Edison's initials, T.E., came In handy Sunday afternoon as several floats in the Edison Pageant of Light Children's Parade reversed the letters to capitalize on the movie phenomenon, "E.T." The popular alien was a passenger on at least six floats, some of which were emblazoned with sayings such as "T.E. You light up our heart lights" and "T.E. helps E.T. phone home." Little Orphan Annie, Pac-Man and the Smurfs populated several other floats, which were flanked by clowns and marching bands.

But E.T. and his fellow paraders almost didn't make it to the streets of downtown Fort Myers Sunday as rain and chilly weather delayed the colorful celebration for more than two hours. Still, many of the hundreds of shivering spectators who lined First and Monroe streets thought it all was worth it, especially if their children were participating or watching. "I promised the kids," said Darlene Waugh of east Fort Myers before the procession began. "And I've never seen the children's parade before.

Everyone says It's better than the Edison Pageant of Light parade." "It's really cute, and the weather's not that bad," said Candy Lidey of Fort Myers. "But I really came to see my nephew who's marching with the J-Lee tae kwon do people." One man defied the cold as he licked an ice cream cone while watching his child from a doorway on First Street. "I promised myself an ice cream cone no matter what," said Dave Springer of Fort Myers. "Everybody here must have a kid or a brother or sister in that parade." Several paraders won awards, including a haunted house float which was voted "most outstanding entry in Looking for Daddy Warbucks, Mr. Edison." Kelly Mcintosh as Jack and the Beanstalk.

"A Southern Toast to Mr. Edison." Cub Scout Pack No. 2. Girl Scout Troop No, 368. Body found at Cape Coral Bridge identified as that of Beach woman County doctor licensed licensed to administer experimental heart drug I By JEFF ROBERTS News-Press Staff Writer A Fort Myers Beach resident was Identified Sunday as the slain woman whose naked body was found Saturday afternoon near the Caloosahatchee River shoreline at the east end of the Cape Coral Bridge, the Lee County Sheriffs Department said.

Michelle Hart, 20, who lived off Main Street, died from suffocation after she was struck at least four times in the neck and upper chest with a blunt instrument, according to results of an autopsy performed Saturday night. "As far as the type of instrument, we have no idea," said Sam Johnson, an investigator with the Medical Examiner's office, "but it had to be something heavy, like a tire iron or a long screwdriver." Hart, who was nicknamed "Breeze," last was observed hitchhiking north to Fort Myers from the San Carlos Boulvard and Main Street area of Fort Myers Beach, the sheriffs department said. Hart was wearing only a pair of brown sandals and unmatched pierced earrings when she was found. She may have been wearing jeans and a light-colored shirt while hitchhiking, the department said. She had been dead about 12 hours when three boys riding their bicycles discovered her at about 2:30 p.m., Johnson said.

Investigators described her as being 5 foot 5, 172 pounds, with shoulder-length blonde hair and gray eyes. She had a prominant tattoo on the rear of her left shoulder depicting a red and blue bird with outstretched wings hovering over a flower. Agents are investigating Hart's death as a homicide. Anyone with information on iier slaying is asked to contact the criminal investigation division of the sheriffs department at 335-9244. us, 1 rinone manufacturer Sterling Drug New York City.

Like, digitalis, a drug used for congestive heart failure for the past 200 years, amrinone can be taken orally, he said. The FDA wants more data on the long-term oral use before approving it, Kelley added. Rosenfield said the University of Pennsylvania is compiling much of the data. Although Rosenfield is not participating in the study, the FDA required him to keep data on the two patients for whom he prescribed amrinone. It filled two volumes.

Rosenfield said he is pleased with amrinone's results. "One patient got up and walked down the hall. She did well for the first time in a while," Rosenfield said. Amrinone "bought an extra month" for the second patient, he added. But the drug does have its side effects, possible bleeding, liver infla-mation and hepatitis, Rosenfield added.

By MARY HICKERT News-Press Bureau PUNTA GORDA The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has licensed a Medical Center Hospital cardiologist to use a new drug for treating severe congestive heart failure. Congestive heart failure means the heart cannot pump adequately and fills up with fluids. The FDA restricts the use of amri-none to cases om which conventional treatment does not work. Dr.

Louis Rosenfield said he used amrinone on only two patients because others responded to conventional treatment transplants or other drugs. Patients who took amrinone were too old for heart transplants. Because of their condition, they generally have a 75 percent mortality rate during the first year after congestive heart failure is diagnosed, Rosen-field said. Amrinone dilates the capillaries and strengthens the heart, according to Terry Kelley, a spokesman for am MICHELLE HART body was found Saturday Center's counselors treat rich and poor DATELINE: SOUTHWEST FLORIDA Couple sought in flea market theft News-Press Bureau PORT CHARLOTTE Authorities are looking for a couple suspected of distracting a clerk and stealing $1,220 from Florida Farm Market, 690 Tamiami Trail, on Saturday afternoon. The man purchased some bananas.

When the clerk bagged his purchase, she turned away from the open cash register drawer, according to the Charlotte County Sheriffs Department report. When the clerk waited on the next customer she noticed the $20 bills were missing, reports said. The couple already had left. Fire started by child guts home PUNTA GORDA A child playing with a lighter started a fire which destroyed his home, authorities said. Five occupants escaped uninjured.

Fire Chief Don Romer said smoke woke Mary Weise, 319 Burland St. She went to the living room where she found her son, Christopher Wilson, 2, watching a chair burn. The two escaped through a bedroom window onto the porch. Weise's daughter, Mindy Wilson, 4, and two other residents, Oma Hurta-do and Gary Moree, escaped through the back door, Romer said. Damage to the house and contents is estimated at $20,000, The owner of the house, Margaret Riggs, 329 Burland said she recently added a new and paneling to the three-bedroom frame structure.

Inside Top drug suspect apprehended 5 Martha Libia Cardona, sitting among affluent women at a West Miami baby shower, glared at her former boyfriend, Mario Estevez, and cursed as he pointed her out Saturday to federal drug agents. Cordona, described as the nation's top drug fugitive, had been sought since she jumped a $1 million bond on narcotics and weapons charges two years ago. By DEBORAH SHARP News-Press Bureau NAPLES Depression does not discriminate by social class or economic standing. The treatment for depression or any number of personal and psychological problems often does. Clients at the Church Counseling Center, between 250 and 300 each year, range from wealthy Naples residents to indigent farmworkers.

No one is refused help, according to the Rev. Frederick C. Harrison, executive director of the center. A non-profit counseling and psychological services program in Naples with offices in Fort Myers, the center assigns fees based on income. Those in a position to pay full rate are billed $60 an hour.

The formula for those with virtually no income is simple, Harrison said. "They don't pay." Harrison, who holds a doctorate in psychology, works with two other counselors. Roy O. Ostenson, an Episcopal priest with a master's degree in clinical psychology, recently has joined Harrison at the center's main office in downtown Naples. The Rev.

Earl K. Heverly provides counseling services for Lee and Charlotte county clients from St. Luke's church in Fort Myers. Although he is affiliated with the Episcopal Church, Harrison stresses that the therapy Is not church-oriented. "We don't do any religious talk unless they ask for it." Harrison said therapy centers on teaching self-worth.

"That is the essence of what the Christian faith Is all about that man is worth something and has value." The philosophy behind the technique, he said, could be classified as existential counselors encourage the clients to assess their problems, take action to solve them, and then See CHURCH, page 3B Bundy's views on killings published A new book includes Theodore Bundy's detailed, psychologically searching assessment of what moved "the individual" who killed the women of whose murders he has been convicted. 8 ft?.

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