FCB OFFICERS, 2010 - 2012
President, Paul Edwards
20330 N.E. 20th Ct., Miami, FL 33179
1st Vice-President, Debbie Drylie
1544 Walnut Creek Dr., Flemming Island, FL 32003
2nd Vice President, Sharon Youngs
237 Maple Avenue, Palm Harbor, FL 34684
Treasurer, Dale Roberts
919 S. E. 8th Terrace Unit #2, Cape Coral, FL 33990
Membership Secretary, Sally Benjamin
1531 Dempsey Mayo Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308
Recording Secretary, Sila Miller
2201 Limerick Dr., Tallahassee, FL 32309
Immediate Past President, Debbie Grubb
4215 17th Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205-1418
Editor of White Cane Bulletin, Sharon Youngs
237 Maple Avenue, Palm Harbor, FL 34684
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FCB Officers 2010-2012
Presidents Message: by Paul Edwards
Board Meeting Reminder
Debbie Grubb, Advocate, contributor, Supporter, Friend, Angel In the Spot Light: by Sila Miller
Fond Memories: Submitted by Sally Benjamin
Convention Connections and Recollections 2010 By Sila Miller
What’s Happening @ Hadley: by Randy Morgan
Miami Lighthouse Press Release: Submitted by Sharon Lovering
Miami-Metro Council of the Blind: by Barbara Coleman
Mid-Florida Council of the Blind: by Jay Bader
Handy Telephone References
The last couple of months have been very busy for me and they have been eventful as well for the Florida Council of the Blind. Those of you who were at our convention will remember that we passed a resolution that called on me to convey to the members of the Florida Association of Agencies Serving the Blind (FAASB) our unhappiness with their unilateral decision to pass a bill that allowed them to get funds from people renewing licenses. That, as you know, happens to be one of our primary sources of revenue for FCB. At the recent Rehabilitation Council meeting held in Ocala Florida, there was a joint meeting of DBS, FAASB and the Rehab Council. I think it was supposed to be just an opportunity for the three groups to become acquainted with each other and not much was expected to come from it immediately. However, I asked to speak and made it clear that FCB is not happy with what happened and that we feel that we need assurances that this kind of thing will not happen again. I pointed to the fact that Florida is one of the few states where the whole blindness system has been able to function as one united front with the legislature and among ourselves. I made it clear that we felt our trust had been betrayed. Clearly, we do not have the right to tell FAASB they cannot go after funding wherever they can find it. However, we do have the right to know about it in advance if people want to talk about a state where open communications is a hallmark of how we do business.
In my presentation, I made two proposals. One was that FAASB consider inviting consumer organizations to meet with them twice a year at a minimum so that better communication would happen. Second, I proposed that all of the organizations of and for the blind look at putting together some legislative initiatives that we would work together to get considered and passed during the next legislative session. We will have to see where these proposals go. I hope they will bear fruit. We are a tiny minority. We cannot afford to be divided. However, FCB cannot afford to be treated in the cavalier manner that we were last year, either.
Over the? past week, we have had good news at the Federal level. House Bill 3101 and Senate bill 3304 have both passed. They are companion bills which will take the first steps toward creating greater accessibility for cell phones, cable set top boxes, communication on the internet, and will once more require at least a minimum of audio description. I frankly did not expect this bill to pass. It is an immense credit to the many organizations and individuals who worked on it that it did. While there is still a need to pass the measure once more in the House, it appears that this will not be a problem. The Bill, like so much that we do, does not give us nearly all that we either want or need. It is, however, a wonderful first step.
Now for the disgrace! I do not have all the details but I want to put us on notice that, as some of us expected, we will need to take a stand on an issue we thought we had dealt with several years ago. Many blind people have lost state jobs because the state has implemented computer software programs that are not accessible. FCB took the lead in getting the Governor to create a task force that recommended legislation that would require state agencies to henceforward assure that programs that were adopted are accessible. It now appears that there has been a fairly major update of People First, a Florida software program, that is used by virtually every state agency and it appears that the new version is even less accessible than its predecessor. I have asked Robert Miller and the Technology Committee to report back to the Executive Committee as soon as they can. If things are as bad as they seem, FCB must take action or admit that the Bill we worked so hard to pass means nothing. It may well be that our only recourse is some kind of legal action. I should know more by the time of my next message to all of you.
I think that what my message this month tells us is that there is a huge need for the Florida Council of the Blind. At the national level, ACB has clearly won a victory of major proportions. At the state level, we have work to do. We must strive to preserve our ability to work with all the other blindness organizations in the Sunshine State. We can only do this if everybody is reading from the same book and reading aloud to each other. We must also do something to make sure that people who are blind or have low vision can function independently on web sites designed by the state to be used by all of its residents, not just those who can see. Are we having fun yet?????
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F.C.B. will be having its 2010 Board Meeting at the St. Petersburg Hilton Bayfront, 333 First Street South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701 telephone number: (727) 894-5000 from Friday, December 3rd thru Sunday December 5th.
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Deborah Louise Carey Grubb was born in Salisbury, on the eastern shore of Maryland on October 4, 1947. Debbie, her parents and her younger sister Terry lived in Pocomoke City, near the Virginia state line. Frank Carey, Debbie’s dad was a farmer. “Just about every major thing I learned as a child, I learned from my father. He took me to vote for the first time, he taught me long division, how to sign my name, my directions…I had a wonderful relationship with my dad, one of the most phenomenal human beings I have ever known in my whole life. My mother’s name is Norma and she has a heart of gold, wants to help everybody and has never met a stranger in her life. She was a very nurturing and caring mom, but my dad was the one always helping me realize my independence,” Debbie reflects.
Debbie attended the Maryland School for the Blind from kindergarten through her graduation in 1966. Located in Baltimore, the school was about three hours from her home. During her 11th and 12th grades, Debbie participated in a cooperative educational program and attended Eastern High, a public high school near the Maryland School for the Blind. “I had two high school graduations,” Debbie chuckles, “one from residential and one from public school. In those days, there was no office for people with disabilities, so it was up to us to make our own arrangements, making sure materials were accessible, arranging for readers, and getting public transportation. It could be daunting, but I learned the value of being self-reliant and it prepared me for college, the workforce, and for life,” says this independent lady.
Debbie continued her education at Salisbury State College, where she obtained her Bachelors degree in 1970 in education, with a major in English. She sang in the chorus and was involved with a historical fraternity there. Her student teaching was completed at Wicomico County high school and she then proceeded to complete her graduate studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she obtained her Masters degree with an emphasis in American Literature in 1971. “I had a wonderful educational experience,” Debbie remembers.
Debbie began her career teaching secondary English to high school students in Frederick County Maryland, in the 70s. “During the time I taught, there was a lot of change in the education policy towards trying to bring innovative programs to students and get them excited about learning. We were getting away from the traditional classroom teaching and moving towards team teaching. I truly enjoyed making a difference in students’ lives,” Debbie says. During the 80s, Debbie worked for an insurance company, assisting insurance adjusters, and interviewing people who’d been in accidents for claim information.
Debbie first met her husband, Frela while they were students at the Maryland School for the Blind. Life took them down separate paths but in the late 70s, they were reacquainted and their friendship matured into a strong bond of love and respect that would span the next 30 odd years. They were married on Halloween, in 1980. The couple lived and worked in Baltimore, where Frela was a systems analyst, designing computer systems for Peterson, Howel and Heather, a national car leasing company, and for Alexander and Alexander, a large insurance consortium.
In the mid-80s, Debbie stopped working, for pay that is, and became involved in the hard, sometimes thankless work of advocacy, her true passion. She joined the Governor’s Advisory Council for Individuals with Disabilities, which has since transitioned into a full-fledged Commission for People with Disabilities in Maryland. Debbie’s first advocacy efforts were on behalf of the human rights of people with disabilities who are poor. Some recipients of Medicaid or Medicare were having trouble finding people to meet their personal care needs. As a result, they were getting sick, having medicine and property stolen, and frequently the underpaid personal care attendants wouldn’t even show up.
Debbie began attending Central Maryland Council of the Blind meetings and it wasn’t long before she found plenty of areas there where she could help. “We realized that we needed a Braille bill, since technology was displacing the rights of children learning to read on a level with their peers,” she explains. “I was naive but very determined and reached out to the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) in Maryland and together, we began talking to the state Department of Education and working with the State Advisory Council. We went to testify before the legislature about the realities of this bill, how children not being able to read on a level with their peers was negatively impacting their future in terms of finding employment and living meaningful lives, and this dear lady, Senator Garrett, who had also participated in those meetings stood up and told all the people before whom we were testifying that I knew what I was talking about, and that they should listen to me,” Debbie declares.
Obviously they listened, because Debbie’s advocacy career exploded from there and she began to have regular visits with legislators in Annapolis. “I advocated for access to secret, verifiable, and independent voting, better sidewalks, accessible street crossings, all of the things, unfortunately, that we continue to advocate for today,” Debbie laments. Debbie was elected as the president of the ACB of Maryland and served two two-year terms in that office. She edited their newsletter, got dedicated people involved, and they began to make progress and get things accomplished.
In 1998, Debbie and Frela relocated to Bradenton Florida, where Frela was originally from. Debbie was very reluctant to move as she had found her niche in the advocacy arena in Maryland. “I was busy. I was happy. People knew who I was, plus, I didn’t want to give up our season tickets to the theater,” she laughs. “I was very involved in church, singing and teaching bible study and I didn’t want to leave all that.
After we’d been here a while, I reached out to the FCB. Dear Gayle Krause, bless her heart, made a real effort to reach out to me. She gave me a job on the Convention Committee, putting together a program for the upcoming convention,” Debbie recants. “People began giving me work, and Robert Miller, who was President at that time, asked me to chair the Convention Committee. It was a wonderful way to get to know people in the FCB. I made wonderful friends and contacts and again became involved, working on accessible voting with Robert and Jim Kracht. We were on the Secretary of State’s select taskforce. And, although the outcome of that was not what we had hoped or expected, at least we got the initiative out there,” Debbie sighs. “I would say that it was FCB reaching out to Catherin Harris, the then Secretary of State that brought the task force into being in the first place.
It is disappointing that more of us do not get out and vote, when so much time, attention, and energy has been given to this issue. I would say to our constituency, I get it, that transportation is hard. I get it, that it’s easier to stay at home or get somebody to mark your absentee ballot. But, if you consider how few times we are asked to get out and vote. If you could just bite the bullet and make the effort to go to your poling place and cast a vote so that people can see you, and know that you are out there, and that you are interested, and that you care about what happens to you and what is going on in the government, it would just be a wonderful thing. I think about the difference that my husband and I, just two people have made because we would walk together to our poling place every time with our guide dogs. People remembered us!” Debbie says with conviction.
Debbie has recently completed four years of exemplary leadership of FCB. “Because I wasn’t from Florida and didn’t have a long history here, it was quite an honor for me to be elected. I think one of my major achievements as President, is that I have helped to make FCB a more cohesive group through my outreach to chapters. I have tried to respect everyone and make people understand that their views, opinions, and needs are important. I implemented the monthly Presidents meetings. I wish all chapter presidents attended these meetings but the ones who did enjoyed sharing and dialoguing with each other and learning what is going on. We have also coalesced with other consumer organizations, the NFB, Florida Associations Serving the Blind (FAASB), Parents of Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired, and Blind Veterans on issues of importance to people who are blind. We continue to work together in coalition on improving the voting abilities to figure out a way, whereby people with disabilities would vote on the same system as everybody else by 2012, despite the legislature not honoring that agreed upon deadline. We joined together in interviewing the finalist for the Division of Blind Services Director’s position and the person that we recommended, Joyce Hildreth, was indeed hired.
By far, the thing that disappoints me the most about all of the advocacy work that I’ve done over the years, is that so many people who are blind do not understand how truly empowered we are, that as an advocate, in some meaningful way, I haven’t been able to instill in people the fact that they can have a voice. They can make things happen. If we would just pick up the phone and make a call or write a letter, what a difference that could make. We’ve got some wonderful leaders in FCB who know the issues, who are articulate, who are willing to go out there and beat the bushes but each one of you has a legislator that represents you. Each legislator has a local office that you can go to, a local phone number that you can call. I just feel somehow that we are missing the boat because many of our members are not doing this. If nothing else comes out of this article, I would hope that at least some of you would say, “I can have a voice. Some of the outcomes may be disappointing but if I keep knocking on that door, picking up that phone, writing a letter or dictating a letter and have someone write it for me, I can have a voice.” Legislators who know someone personally with a disability are far more likely to be caring and knowledgeable and open about our initiative. It never fails, if they can put a name and a face and a voice with a disability, they feel compelled to help. If we aren’t a presence in their lives, if we’re just some statistic on a piece of paper, they feel ok about saying we don’t have the money right now.”
Debbie’s voice resounded with conviction as she continued, “My plea to you, is that each one, as chapter members or as members at large, will begin a process of making your selves known. Not only to your local legislators, but to your County and City officials who determine what your sidewalks will be like, if you’re gonna have accessible pedestrian signals, or if you’re gonna have a decent transportation system to take you where you need to go. You need to be a face and a voice and a name that these people know. And suddenly, they’re accountable to people not statistics!”
Debbie has Optic nerve hyperplasia which means her optic nerves did not develop properly. As a result, she has been blind since birth. Debbie had a small portion of usable vision in her early years that was helpful to her with mobility. The loss of that bit of vision, coupled with her meeting an independent lady named Mary Otten, who was inspiring in her independent travels with her guide dog, led to Debbie’s decision to obtain a guide of her own. “I have enjoyed working with three successful guide dogs,” Debbie states.”The first was Libbie Birdie, a 45-pound, golden retriever from The Seeing Eye, then Magic, a saintly dog from Southeastern Guide Dogs, who truly is “magic” and lived up to her name the entire time I worked her and now Dena, who is an enduring imp, sound as a dollar but as mischievous as she can be,” Debbie laughingly says. “Dena always makes me and everybody else smile. Everyone loves Dena and she cares about everyone. Dena is also from Southeastern Guide Dogs, right here in Florida. So, I have had three very different, very wonderful guide dogs who’ve each brought uniqueness to my life that I’ll never forget. Frela and I also enjoyed being a couple who both used guide dogs.
My work in the guide dog movement has been extremely important to me, both personally, in working a guide dog and in advocating. I had the honor of serving as president of Guide Dog Users Inc. for four years. During my presidency, we began the initiative of working with the Department of Justice to develop a fair and meaningful definition that honors the spirit of the ADA of a service dog. Soon after I came to Florida, I was invited to serve on the Board of Southeastern Guide Dogs and I very much enjoy that experience. I have found that having a guide dog has enriched my life as much as anything that I have ever done for myself. I have absolutely adored that,” Debbie asserts.
Debbie was recently appointed as chair of the Public Education Committee and continues to serve on the Convention and Access Committees. She also serves on the Board of VSA, formerly Very Special Arts of Florida.
“I love and respect the FCB family and it is an honor to be a part of this organization. I truly believe in its ability to change the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired; that we can truly make the state of Florida a place who’s programs, services and amenities are truly accessible to ALL of its citizens and that our civil rights are just as valued as the rights of any other segment of the population in Florida. I believe that the FCB is an organization that is growing, evolving, becoming something even more special. I believe that the founders of FCB that we honored some few years back with the celebration of our 50th anniversary would be proud of where we are but would also be cognizant that we have a way to go,” Debbie says.
Debbie includes attending live theater, reading, singing, cultivating interesting friendships, and bible study among her favorite past-times. She attends the First Baptist Church in Bradenton and responded to my inevitable mentor question by saying, “Frela helped me be independent. So much of what I know and so much of what I’ve been able to do is directly attributable to my husband. He taught me email and Word Perfect and so many other things. I can’t think of many things that my father and my husband haven’t had a major influence in my life on,” she thoughtfully says. Debbie’s other mentors include Ellen Leiserson with whom she worked on attendant care issues as well as some folks in ACB whom she’d call and ask questions of. “I can remember so often talking to Paul Schroeder, Mark Richert, or Julie Carroll, all of these people who held office, early on in ACB, and Scott Marshall, who now works for AFB. When I entered the advocacy arena as a volunteer, I just had a will to do the right thing,” she says. “Folks in the California Council of the Blind were also willing to give me documents and information. In terms of Florida, I never hesitated to call on Paul Edwards and Robert Miller. Both of those gentlemen have a strong foundational history of FCB and of Florida. We might not always agree, but I knew they would give me the facts as they saw it. Without all of these people and too many others to list in this “short” article, I know that I wouldn’t be the person that I am today,” Debbie reflects.
Sadly, Debbie’s dear husband, Frela went home to the Lord about a month ago, following a valiant battle with two aggressive types of cancer. While still grieving, Debbie is carrying out Frela’s wishes and continuing her advocacy work. She is leading Florida in hosting the 2011 Top Dog conference which will be held in Orlando in January and caring for their four dogs, two of whom are retired guides.
“I’ve always taken a real pro-active interest in my own life and in charting my own course. And Frela, although he was entirely different from me, had that same attitude,” Debbie wistfully says. “We always felt it was important not to place ourselves in places where we would have to be dependent on other people. And that, over the years has served us well and it continues to serve me well, as I move on now as a single person. It is the most liberating thing to be able to set your own course. You have the power to set the course for your own life and what you want it to be like. It’s never too late to do that.
Sometimes advocacy has been disappointing and sometimes it has been a joy but it has always been rewarding. The good has far outweighed the bad. I have my FCB family, my Southeastern family and my church family and I consider myself to be a very lucky person,” Debbie states.
FCB and her friends are the lucky ones, to have been touched by such an inspiring, resilient, independent, and talented example of a real-life Angel. Debbie, how does one adequately say thank you for such service, such dedication, and commitment? From public addresses to the legislature, to walking the “blind” walk, from traveling alone in strange cities to attend meetings on behalf of people who are blind, to writing letters, papers, articles and everything in between… THANK YOU on behalf of ALL of us here in Florida for your time, talent, knowledge and encouragement.
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There's just no easy way to put this news. This morning, around 9:00 a.m., David Land, a good friend of mine and a loyal FCB member peacefully passed into another life. David had been very ill and in a lot of pain for some time. His loving wife Patti has been by his side throughout his illness. They both told me how much they hated missing first our December Board meeting and then the convention. David loved FCB from the time in 2002 when Bill Freeman first invited him to a MFCB meeting. He worked tirelessly alongside Patti, helping with the treasury duties. He was a quiet soul until you got to know him. I am thankful beyond words to have had that opportunity.
David's memorial service is scheduled for next Saturday, the 17th at 2:00 p.m. Fittingly, the service will be held at "New Life" Community Church of the Nazarene. Memorial gifts may be made to either Lighthouse Central Florida, 215 E. New Hampshire St., Orlando, FL 32804 (which is where David and Patti met) or FCB, 919 S.E. 8th Terrace, Unit #2, Cape Coral, FL 33990, in care of Dale Roberts.
Please keep Patti and David's children and brother in your prayers. It's the ones left behind who need the love, support and prayers now.
Pattianne, if there's any thing we can do for you, all you gotta do is call. I hope and pray for peace and comfort.
David, "the Milk Man," I'll never forget you and the laughter we shared and the good memories I have of you. You can put that old "readn iron" and stick down now. I know you can see perfectly. I raise my glass of good, cold milk up high! God rest and keep you, Friend.
Oh my Gosh! This is so sad to hear! I am a member of David and Patti's chapter here in Orlando and am completely shocked by hearing this! My love and thoughts go out to Patty and her family at this very difficult time! He was one that never spoke much at our meetings but I had just started talking to him off and on this past year or so! I new Patty prior to meeting him and feel just terrible for all concerned! GOD bless all of Patty and his family to give them the strength to get through this time of healing and tremendous loss! Patty, we Love you! Always your friend, Kirk
Thank you Sila. The MFCB and FCB have lost a great member! Nancy and I send our best to Patti and their families. Doug and Nancy
Patti, I have known you forever it seems like. You are one of the first blind people I met when moving to Florida. I was shocked to hear of your loss! You have been through so much. God says he will not give us more than we can handle. You are a very strong and courageous person. Just hearing your voice on the other end of the phone has lifted my spirits many times. If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know! My sincere condolences to you and yours.
Thank you for sharing Sila. David's love for Patti showed in every move he made. Together, Patti and David exemplified true love and happiness. David will be missed and has gone to the FCB chapter in a better place with many of our other dear, departed members. Patti, you know how special you are to me, FCB and the world as one. Call for anything I can do to help.
Love to you always
FCB has indeed lost a wonderful friend in David Land. He worked behind the scenes to assist Patti to carry out her Treasurer responsibilities with no desire for any recognition. His only desire was to work for the Florida Council of the Blind and to assist his dear Patti. Although David and Patti had only nine years together, all of us were warmed and enriched by witnessing their deep love for and devotion to one another.
I am so honored to have had the opportunity to present David and Patti with the 2010 FCB President's Award as one of my last duties as FCB President. No award was more richly deserved.
We will miss you, kind David and we promise to be a good friend to your own Patti as she continues to walk life's path as she has always walked it with wisdom, grace and a desire to make the world that she touches a better place.
With loving respect,
Debbie Grubb, Immediate Past President
I met David during the 2002 convention and as with all those who have written to this list, I immediately discovered that though quiet David had much to teach, and was a great gentleman. He was always willing and ready to work for the cause of helping blind people to achieve all they can and ready to join in the fight for our rights. As I have written before life the one we at this moment know is only one part of a journey, I know the next part of that journey is now opening to Mr. Land. Will miss you Senor.
And Ms. Patti remember we are all here for you and whatever I can help with please do not hesitate to call. Many hugs for you dear lady.
Again I say sad and tough week for all of us in FCB. I've only gotten the chance to comment on this now as I've been in Chicago all week.
FCB and MFCB have lost a true treasure in David Land. As so many have said here, he worked behind the scenes without the necessity for any recognition himself. He was always there with a smile to lend a hand regardless of the task.
I was first introduced to David probably some time in 1999 I think when he was my computer student at Lighthouse Central Florida which was called CITE at the time. He was a true joy to have in my class and he always asked for what he could learn next. I was pleasantly surprised to cross paths with him again at MFCB functions and was honored to attend his and Patti's wedding. I was so happy that two people I really liked and called my friends had found such happiness in each other. Now that he's gone home, he will truly be missed.
Patti, as I said to you on the phone, I'm here for you. Don't hesitate to call on me for anything any time. Love ya.
Rachel and Kelly
Frela Grubb, the tall bearded man seen with his guide dog throughout Bradenton passed away on July 14, 2010, at TideWell Hospice House. Although he grew up and conducted his career as a systems analyst in Baltimore, MD, Frela was always proud to say that he was born in Bradenton.
Frela is survived by his wife, Debbie, brother, Vernie, and nephews, Donald and Brian. When asked how he would prefer to be memorialized, Frela said, "do something good in my name." Follow your heart in that or send donations to Southeastern Guide dogs, 4210 77th Street East, Palmetto, FL 34221 or Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612.
Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel 604 43rds Street West, Bradenton, FL 34209 in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Dear FCB Family,
I come to you again, all too soon with difficult news. Frela passed away peacefully this afternoon. His devoted wife, Debbie and friends were all around him at their local Hospice House. As most know, Frela has fought a long hard battle with 2 very aggressive types of cancer.
Frela loved FCB and especially our affiliate, Guide Dog Users of Florida. It was his wish that Florida host the Top Dog conference in January. With some wonderful volunteers and great team work, we will carry out that wish and make it the best it can be without Frela.
It was Frela's desire that rather than a memorial service, people remember him by, in his words, "doing something good in my name." If you would like to remember Frela, you may make donations to Southeastern Guide Dogs, Florida Council of the Blind or Moffitt Cancer Treatment Center. Debbie will be sending a message in the near future with all the contact information for these "good" organizations that Frela loved and supported.
Please remember Debbie, Frela's brother and their family in your prayers. I talked to Debbie earlier and though she has a heavy heart, she has a sweet spirit of peace, thanks to her very strong faith. She knows Frela is home, safe in the arms of our Lord Jesus and is no longer suffering.
Frela, my brother, I will miss you and your laid back manner and incredible intelligence. I am so happy I had the all too brief time to get to know you and call you friend. Thank you for your patience, your laughter and for letting me stroke your lovely beard. I will even miss asking you to repeat yourself a hundred times because I couldn't ever hear you on the phone. Be at peace, gentle spirit and know your wife will be cared for until she gets up there to you.
Dearest Debbie, I can not even begin to imagine your loss and pain. I am hear for you any time. I will continue to lift you up in prayer and I know that God in His kindness will bring you peace and comfort in the many beautiful and happy memories that you and Frela made together. I love you, Friend.
Wow! What a sad and difficult week for FCB! I've been in Chicago all week and look what happens.
Although I've been praying for recovery for Frela throughout his battle with cancer and know that he's had such a difficult fight, I still sit here shocked now to know that he's gone home. I know he's in a better place but I know we will all miss him with his gentle spirit and passion for causes close to his heart.
When I was traveling the state of Florida for my Florida Reading job a few years ago, every time I was in the Bradenton area I stayed with Frela, Debbie and the girls as we all called the dogs. All of them made Kelly and me like that was our home in Southwest Florida. Frela genuinely showed interest in the work I was doing and cared about my well-being as I went through some difficult times in my life. He was always there to listen as was Debbie and he said to me one time that I was almost like the daughter he never had. I personally will miss him and always fondly remember all our trips to the Shake Pit.
Debbie, my love and prayers are with you and yours and Frela's families as you go through this difficult time. Know that I love you and am here for you any time at all. Kelly and I send virtual hugs to you, Magic, Deana, Bonnie and Horace. Lean on all your four legged creatures for comfort and strength as I know they'll be leaning on you too.
Love Rachel and Kelly
Thank you Sila for sharing this bad news. Nancy and my warm wishes go out to Debbie and the family left to deal with Frela's departure.
Even though I knew that it was coming, it was still a shock! I'm certain that Frela was Debbie's quiet and supportive presence for Debbie's advocacy and community involvement. Debbie, you know that your friends in FCB are ready to help out.
Nancy, Doug and Wolf
I am very sorry for the sudden loss of your husband. If there is anything that I can do for you please let me know.
While I did not get to know Frela well, personally, I am very aware of all the advocacy work he did on behalf of dog guide handlers, and when I did get to meet and talk to him briefly, I was so in awe of his gentle spirit, even in the face of what must have been a lot of physical pain.
As others have said, we won't leave his work; we shall continue, as best we can, to keep that torch moving toward more access for guide dog handlers, and we will be with you, Debbie, in whatever way you need us to be.
With Love and Respect,
Darla & Precious Roxy
And for the second time this week I read sad news, but as stated before another of our family continues his journey. I met Frela almost at the same time I met Debbie, I am not going to say all that has been said already suffice it to say Frela you will be missed and are already missed. However travel on friend and see you one day.
Debbie as I wrote to Patti you know if you need anything please pick up the telephone. Many big hugs dear lady.
Thanks Sila for doing such a wonderful job with sharing this very sad news with us. I didn't get to know Frela until he became involved with GDUF. Although quiet for the most part, I believe he was a tower of strength and support for Miss Debbie, and will be missed by many. May you rest in peace, Frela.
Thank you again for keeping us informed with this sad news. You are so awesome with your words, and my heart is breaking for Debbie and Patti. I know they are hurting, and I know that Frela and David are at peace.
Thank you for your eloquent messages.
There are no words that I can use to express the relationship we have had with the two of you, only the beating of my heart.
We will stay in touch and know that God will be with you.
William and Sally
Good day to everybody. I once again bring some sad news to our organization. I received word around 12:00 noon that one of our members, John Cottrell had passed away. John or (Jc) to a lot of his friends lived here in the West Palm Beach area and currently served as Second Vice-President of the Palm Beach Chapter #24.
John played an integral part in our local chapter serving as head of our recording membership duties, and at one time chaired our constitution and bylaws committee.
John might be more familiar to folks as a radio personality on various Internet radio stations such as ACB radio Interactive where he had at one time, up to three different and distinct shows. His most recent home and up to this past Thursday was on The Global Voice.
At this time the cause of his death is unknown. In addition, no further information is known regarding any type of services.
When more information becomes available I will certainly share it with the list.
Was he the one known as JC The Ghost Writer? I knew him briefly. If you have any updates for us, please keep us informed, Jason. I sure am sorry to hear of his passing.
To Kristine Beltz: This is the same John Cottrell in the profile as the one who passed away today. We will all miss him.
Sincerely, Randi Rabiner Sanfilippo
I knew him when we both broadcasted on ACB Radio interactive together. I heard the news yesterday from another fellow broadcaster at that time who was very close to him, Darlene Sparks. She is going to get back to me when she hears more from his sister, so if no one has posted any news by then, I will send an update. Did not know he was a member of the FCB, but that is great to hear.
Yes, that's JC. This is sad news indeed and it does grieve me to hear it.
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If you couldn't make this year's FCB convention, you missed a good time and we missed you. Despite illness, complicated coffee pots and a little chaos, all went pretty smoothly and everyone seemed to have a good time.
Things got off to a bang with several members of the Jacksonville chapter and other local volunteers helping stuff goodie bags for registration, orientating folks to the hotel and assisting them to their rooms. Thanks to each of you, as well as to GW Micro for those cute little purple bags!
Then it was off to the Annabelle Lee dinner boat cruise and dancing on the top deck. Yes, dogs allowed! Mr. Elliott Benowitz, you ain’t a bad dancer for 80 years young! During the bus ride back, I had a chance to talk with one of the quietist but hardest working folks in FCB, Larry Turnbull. Lair just got a new guide dog, TJ and he’s working out beautifully.
Next morning, despite too little sleep, it was off to my “home away from home,” the registration table in the splendid atrium of the hotel. I particularly love this part of convention though it makes for some long hours and hard work ahead of time. I get to meet and greet and talk and laugh. I’ve learned a lot from serving FCB in this capacity and have determined that it’s someone else’s turn now. This was a hard decision, but we all deserve an opportunity to learn from it, as I have.
There were many workshops, meetings and seminars which were educational, fun and helpful. Our Exhibit Hall was full to overflowing with a variety of venders from massage therapist to kitchen aids to technology to guide dog school representatives. There were a plethora of door prizes, raffles and drawings. We joyfully welcomed many first-timers and almost all of our scholarship winners and their families. We had a total of 167 folks registered at this year’s convention. Much of our gathering was streamed online and will be archived so those of us who couldn’t attend might still listen and gain valuable insight from the variety of subjects covered.
Friday evening’s festivities were all about recognizing hard workers and their dedication to FCB and to all people who are blind. We also celebrated the accomplishments of our scholarship winners while presenting their scholarships and getting to know them a bit. Best of all, we had fun while doing it with a sort of Jeopardy game. Later, we were properly welcomed by the Jacksonville and Clay Chapters at the awesome party they threw. I was tickled to see Ms. Gloria Simmons there, in spite of her recent and unfortunate accident and in defiance of her Doctor’s orders. It just wouldn’t have been the same without her.
Ms. Dianne Ketts, an expert in the field of pedestrian access got our Saturday morning off to an interesting start with much good information about pedestrian safety and navigating Florida’s busy streets and properly reading traffic and signage. Folks were exercising, reading, learning about how dogs think and are trained to associate objects and activities and learning how to apply for grants, recruit and keep members.
Later that afternoon, we heard from several staff members and the director of the Division of Blind Services about personnel changes, decisions about different directions in technology and plans for improvement. There were many interesting questions posed and FCB stands to obtain a surplus but serviceable Braille printer soon.
Next, the special affiliates, Coalition of Citizens who are Totally Blind and Florida Council of Citizens with Low Vision met. They conducted their business meetings and heard from an innovative guest speaker, Paul Kurtz, an entertainer who is blind and unwound with some “laughter medicine”.
This year’s banquet speech was definitely not “run-of-the-mill”. Delivered by Jeff Thom, it was thought provoking and interesting. I encourage you to partake of those archives and listen to it. I fully intend to listen again myself. Jeff is an intelligent and genuinely nice guy and it was my pleasure to have been able to share a couple of meals with him while he was visiting our Florida gathering even if he does have blue hair. That is according to Paul Kurtz, that blind entertainer and his band, Class Act who rocked the house and had lots of us up dancing to their tunes after the banquet.
The ticket man, Bill Freeman then took the helm and assisted by our young, agile scholarship winners, shuffled and stirred those tickets in that huge container. The only thing wrong with this year’s raffle is that again, they didn’t draw my name! Congratulations to those of you lucky dogs who did win!
Sunday morning’s general business meeting was lively, interesting and yes, a bit sad. Whenever there is change due to elections, illness or just change it’s self, I tend to get a bit nostalgic. Notable people missing from this year’s gathering were Patti and David Land, Frela Grubb and Jeanne Sanders. I missed each of you so much and pray for a swift recovery and to again work along side you soon. Additionally, this convention was Harley, Robert’s guide dog’s last. He turned 11 in April and it is clear that he’s ready to retire.
My goodness, I don’t want to leave you feeling sad because our gathering wasn’t all sad. But, like life, there are highs and lows and I want to honestly convey the flavor of convention for you. Thanks to so many who worked hard to bring this weekend together, planning, performing, partying, presiding, delivering, organizing and on and on. No one pulls this type of success story together alone. Together, we have, and will continue to make FCB the GREAT organization that it is.
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By the time that you read this, those of you who know me will have probably heard that I am now working for The Hadley School for the Blind. No, I have not moved to Illinois; I am still located in Jacksonville, Florida. For those of you who do not know me, I was employed by the Florida Division of Blind Services for 30 years as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Supervisor, and District Administrator. Thanks to a grant from the Florida Division of Blind Services, Hadley has hired me to represent them through September, 2011 as the Florida Coordinator. I was hired to teach people in Florida about Hadley, as well as to teach the courses of Finding Employment, and Business Fundamentals. As a result of the grant, all courses, including professional development courses are free of charge through September 2011!
The Hadley School for the Blind is physically located in Winnetka, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. It is the largest worldwide distance educator of blind and visually impaired people, their families and blindness service professionals. The school serves more than 10,000 students annually in all 50 states and 100 countries. 492 students were enrolled in Florida in 2009. In addition, Hadley-China has an annual enrollment of 1,022 students. Hadley relies on contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations to fund its programs with only 2% of its funding coming from government sources.
The Hadley School began in 1920 when a 55 year old high school teacher named William Hadley, lost his sight. After teaching himself to read and write braille, he began corresponding with a Kansas housewife who was blind. With the help of his neighbor and Ophthalmologist E.V.L. Brown, The Hadley School for the Blind was born. And now we are celebrating our 90th anniversary!
Hadley has four categories of courses. Adult Continuing Education, High School, Family Education, and the Hadley School for Professional Studies. With over 100 courses, there is something for everyone who can understand the English language – whether you are a person with a visual impairment aged 14 or older, a relative of a blind child, a family member of a blind adult or a volunteer or professional who works directly with visually impaired people.
Courses are fully accessible, offered in braille, large print and audio, and one-third of the 100 plus courses are online. Hadley is also fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement.
Enrollment is easily accomplished by phone or online at www.hadley.edu
To communicate in writing with the school, use the following address:
The Hadley School for the Blind
700 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL 60093-2554
Always include your full name and return address on the envelope. Or call toll-free: 800-323-4238. So, search the web site, find some courses that will enrich your life, or the life of a visually impaired person, family member or professional. I will be seeing many of you soon as I travel around the state.
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Greetings WCB Readers,
My comments will be brief. The following was submitted by Sila Miller in loving tribute to Harley, whom most of us know and love. Thank you Sila, and thank you Harley for all you have given to us all.
My name is Harley, I’m a gentle giant, German shepherd and I'm eleven years old,
I have eyes like a hawk, can spot a pretty lady or baby and have a heart of pure gold.
I came to my folks from a school called Leader Dogs in the autumn season of the year,
I was 84 pounds back then, ribs and legs, full of vigor and youth, not an ounce of fear.
With the dawning of the new century of 2000, our family realized both bitter loss and sweet gain,
My mom lost her parents, my dad reconnected with his son, they got me and then Gibson died, it almost drove our family insane.
I've taken my family through many different feelings and emotions,
I've run away, scavenged in the garbage and caused my share of commotion.
When I first came to live with my folks, my predecessor, Gibson was still here,
I missed my trainer, my mom didn't like me, and it was hell that first year.
But somehow we made it work; I won that stubborn woman over and claimed her heart,
Now it's come full circle and it'll soon be time for a new and young upstart.
I'm now upwards of 120 pounds but wouldn't hurt a flea,
But sometimes I forget myself and chase the cats with pure glee.
My muzzle is getting gray and my hips are giving out,
But my appetite is good and thus I'm a little stout.
Our house has lots of stairs and sometimes I have trouble getting around,
My mom is anxious and stresses that I’ll go tumbling down.
I've led my dad and sometimes my mom to places near and far,
And I was with them both when they were struck by cars.
My dad fully trusts me and will go where ever I lead,
But my mom thinks she can "see" and sometimes wants to proceed.
So I'm glad when its dark and we're out for a walk, she follows right behind,
I have finally convinced her that she needs me, after all she is legally blind!
I have my parents trained to our routine and they know the drill,
Ice and treats, playing with my "Baby" and lottsa love, that's the deal.
I carry on conversations with my folks and they interrogate me about everything under the sun,
From how many pieces of ice I want, to where is your baby, to my political goings on.
"Who did you vote for," my parents will frequently ask,
So I respond with barks and song and I prance and jump and bask.
I'm a top-notch dog guide and am serious about my work,
Though occasionally I check my "pea-mail" in harness and my dad gives my chain a jerk.
I'm slowing down now and will soon retire,
But for now, I'm King of the mountain and guard my empire.
My folks dread the day when we must make hard decisions,
To say when it is time, or call it merciful, there’s no real precision.
Despite the coming heartache and tears, they wouldn’t trade a minute of our life together,
I’m a cherished member of this family and in their hearts forever.
This poem is written in loving tribute to Harley Miller, one fantastic guide dog. He underwent surgery just yesterday, has 40 plus stitches and just got back from outside patrolling the back yard. Half of his hip and tail are shaved and he has a huge bandage on. It’s Spring and all are feeling frisky. Thank you God for the unconditional love of beautiful animals! – April 2, 2010
P.S. Harley retired on August 6th and the Miller household now has a new member, Sherman. Stay tuned for more about him soon.
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Virginia A. Jacko
MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE RECEIVES $50,000 FOR THE HEIKEN CHILDREN’S VISION PROGRAM FROM THE DR. JOHN T. MACDONALD FOUNDATION
MIAMI - July 7, 2010—Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired has received a grant award of $50,000 from the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation to support its Heiken Children’s Vision Program, a mobile eye care program that ensures underprivileged children in Miami-Dade do not go without necessary eye care.
“The Miami Lighthouse Heiken Children’s Vision Program provides free comprehensive eye examinations and eyeglasses to thousands of low-income children who have failed the state-mandated vision screening in Miami-Dade County,” said Miami Lighthouse President Virginia Jacko. The funding is crucial to fill the widening gap, as each year more than 8,000 schoolchildren need eye care that their families cannot afford and that is not covered by other resources.
"Without these services many Miami-Dade Public School children who fail their school’s vision screening would continue to go through school unable to read and see the board, because their families do not have access to insurance and are financially disadvantaged," CEO Jacko said.
The Heiken Children's Vision Program was started by the Dade County Optometric Association in 1992 and merged with Miami Lighthouse in 2007. Since its inception, almost 50,000 needy children have received free eye examinations and glasses when prescribed.
The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation grant will help support the direct operating cost of two mobile eye units and a portable optometric office which provide examinations and prescription eyeglasses for children who fail the state-mandated vision screenings. Five schools which are of special interest to the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation will be included in the program: Fulford Elementary, Gertrude K. Edelman Sabal Palm Elementary, Greynolds Park Elementary, John F. Kennedy Middle School, and North Miami Senior High. Miami Lighthouse operates three mobile optometric units that travel to schools to provide comprehensive eye examinations on-site under an agreement with Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation, Inc. is a private grant-making foundation, supporting projects and programs designed to improve, preserve or restore the health and health care of the people in Miami-Dade County. For more information or a grant application, please contact Ms. Kim Greene, Executive Director, 1550 Madruga Avenue, Suite 215, Coral Gables, FL 33146, (305) 667-6017, website: www.jtmacdonaldfdn.org.
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is located at 601 S.W. 8th Avenue, Miami, FL 33130. Since 1931, Miami Lighthouse has provided vital rehabilitation and low vision services and training to give blind and visually-impaired people of all ages hope, confidence and independence. In 2009, Miami Lighthouse received its third consecutive a four-star rating, the highest rating, from Charity Navigator the independent evaluator of not-for- profits in recognition of its fiscal responsibility. This rating reflects Miami Lighthouse’s continued stewardship and places it among the elite 13% of not-for-profit organizations nationwide to achieve such a distinction. The rating is based on 2009 financial statements. Visit www.miamilighthouse.org for more information.
MIAMI LIGHTHOUSE MISSION STATEMENT: To provide vision rehabilitation and eye health services that promote independence, to educate professionals, and to conduct research in related fields.
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On July 17, 2010, under partly cloudy skies, at Arcola Lakes Park the groove was on. Miami-Metro Chapter #28's had a concert.
(MMC-28) annual event was in full blast with contemporary music and song. Musician, Sheron Kendrick on keyboard accompanied singers Jamila Butler and Mara Patterson. The audience was encouraged to clap their hands and sing along. DJ, Jethro Patterson provided music and equipment. There were also board games and a game of “Name That Tune” was enjoyed. Children had their play with plenty of dancing to rhythmic tunes.
Many delicious platters were also served: hamburgers, hot dogs, Barbecue chicken and ribs, baked beans, corn, sodas, snacks, water, and cakes. The caterer, Neal on the grill was assisted by Carol Brown and Denise Parks. The event lasted well in to the evening hours. The concert was well attended.
Barbara Coleman took the opportunity to sign up MMC-28 members. Geneva Cox, activity director, Betsy Bessie? Butler, and Antwan Warren, coordinators did a superb job with the event. President, Lorean Darby-Henry and guests had a joyous occasion to reminisce.
MMC-28 will resume its regular meeting on September 10th, 2010 at five-thirty pm. with president Lorean Darby-Henry. President Henry will be discussing the upcoming election for new officers in November at the Lighthouse for the Blind. Barbara Coleman, Treasurer, is now collecting membership dues for the MMC-28 2011 registration.
A meeting will also be held at the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind at 4:00 with Pastor, Bruce Coleman to discuss the Red and White Ball that will be held on February 11, 2011; free prizes will be given for a drawing. New member Pastor Bruce Coleman, a Miami Lighthouse student is chairman for the MMC-28 annual Red and White Ball.
President Lorean Henry will be chairing the White Cane Day Brunch on October 16, 2010 at 10:00 am at the Soar Park, 100 North West Eighty Third Street. Phone: (305) 836-2125. Metro chapter 28 will be participating with the Lighthouse for White Cane Day on October 15, 2010 from 8 am to 1 pm.
If you are looking for a job, the Miami Lighthouse For the Blind Instructor Specialist, Brendan Gibson or Job Readiness Specialist, Katiria Segueroa will give a presentation and a mock interview at the MMC-28 September 10th meeting around 6:00 pm.
Special thanks goes to Carol Brady-Simmons for her presence at the annual Red and White Ball 2010, Thanks also to Paul Edwards, Debbie Grubb, Sally Benjamin, Robert and Sila Miller. Special thanks goes out to Virginia Jacko, CEO of the Miami Lighthouse For the Blind for all the support they have given to the MMC-28.
MMC-28 was proud of all of the members that attended the FCB Annual Convention in Jacksonville Florida this past May 2010.
Looking forward to seeing all of the members and friends on September 10th, 2010 meeting.
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Since our last submission to Chapter News, MFCB has been preparing for and enjoying the summer. But before our chapter took a break, we held a Tupperware fundraiser in May that proved to be lots of fun for all involved. And there was great food and company at the MFCB Annual June Awards Luncheon held at a Logan’s Restaurant in west Orlando. At the Luncheon, the Rotter-Lamb Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Emmanuel Chacin, who brought his family to the Luncheon to share in this award.
MFCB is proud to honor Leslie Spoone, as she was given this year’s Chapter Award at the FCB Convention. As in past years, Leslie continues to be involved with fundraising for the chapter, as well as continuing her “Git Fit” training to more people, from presenting at the 2010 FCB Convention in Jacksonville, to being part of a panel on “Fitness, Exercise and Health” during this year’s ACB Conference and Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. Keep up the great work, Leslie!
MFCB also wants to thank Larry Turnbull for all of his continued hard work. As Managing Director of ACB Radio, Larry has been showing the Internet Radio world how talented those with disabilities can be, and he was an integral part of ACB Radio’s coverage of the 2010 Conference and Convention in Phoenix, hosting the coverage of General Sessions, Friends in Art Showcase and Friday Banquet. He once again hosted Internet Radio coverage of the FCB Convention this year, while also receiving awards this year from FCB. And Larry has been involved with our research for a PA system that the chapter may be considering in the future. Your efforts are very much appreciated, Larry.
Our Annual MFCB Membership Drive has begun. The mailers will be sent out by early September, and the drive will continue into the fall. The Annual MFCB Membership Drive is done in cooperation with the Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library Services in Daytona Beach. Those mailers are sent with the hope that there are those people who receive it who are interested in becoming Members of MFCB. Renewals will be accepted as well, beginning in September, with the annual dues remaining at $12.00. There will be those who get this mailing that are already Members but please keep in mind that if you are a Talking Book subscriber in Orange, Osceola or Seminole County, this will arrive. So MFCB Members, if you know someone who you think may be interested in becoming a Member of MFCB, or if they would like to donate to our organization, pass it along. Just as they are on the state level, donations are always gladly accepted.
Memberships and Renewals can be paid by check or money order; however, if you attend an MFCB General Meeting, you also have the option of paying by cash. The deadline for dues is November 15th. If you cannot attend a General Meeting, please send check or money order to the following address:
MFCB Membership Secretary
5611 Pecos St.
Orlando, FL 32807
And make your check or money order payable to MFCB.
Finally, MFCB Members should take note as to the next 2 General Meetings, which will mark our return to William Booth Towers in downtown Orlando. The dates are Saturday, September 11th. (The first Saturday in September is Labor Day Weekend, so we will meet on the 2nd Saturday), and Saturday, October 2nd. The Meeting times are from 12 NOON to 2 PM, and there may be a Guest Speaker at either of these General Meetings. Please note that at the September General Meeting, the Nominating Committee will be formed in preparation for the November Election of Officers, so we strongly encourage Members to attend and express interest in serving on this committee.
There will be more from our chapter in the next Chapter News, especially on the recommended slate of Officers for MFCB for the next year.
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Rigatoni Vegetable Salad
8 ounces dried rigatoni, penne, or mostaccioli (3 cups)
2 cups small cauliflower florets
2 cups small broccoli florets
4 ounces fontina, provolone or mozzarella cheese, cubed
1/2 cup pitted ripe or kalamata olives, halved
1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots
1 8-ounce bottle Caesar vinaigrette or Italian salad dressing (1 cup)
2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil or Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again. Transfer to a very large serving bowl. Stir in cauliflower, broccoli, cheese, olives and carrots. Pour dressing over pasta mixture. Toss lightly to coat. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours.
Stir in basil or parsley before serving. Makes 8 to 10 side-dish servings.
Butter pecan ice cream
1 can Sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups Pecans; chopped, toasted
3 tablespoons Butter; melted
1 teaspoon Maple flavoring
2 cups Half and half
2 cups Whipping cream, unwhipped
In large bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, pecans, butter and maple; mix well. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into ice cream churn container. Freeze according to manufacturer's directions.
Makes 2 quarts.
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Project Insight: 800-267-4448
Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library: 800-226-6075
Division of Blind Services: (Tallahassee) 800-342-1828
American Council of The Blind: 800-424-8666 (available only 3:00 to 5:30 PM EST Monday-Friday)
ACB Legislative Hotline: 800-424-8666 (Evenings 8:00 PM - 12:00 Midnight EST Weekends 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM only)
AT&T Disability Services: 800-872-3883 Press 00 and speak with your long distance carrier or, Florida only 800-982-2891
BellSouth Disability Services: 800-982-2891 from anywhere
Social Security: 800-772-1213 24-hour voice and touch tone accessible
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