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Editorial: Second chance

Some lawmakers claim the state lacks a need to protect additional land from development. State Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, infamously said that Florida shouldn’t be known as the “hoarding-land state.” But Florida has returned to a growth rate of more ...

Legislation prohibiting giving preferences to local vendors not likely to have impact

Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, would bar municipal governments from giving preferences ...
“The net effect of (the legislation) will be to lower the costs of the project,” he said. The Florida House voted 95-22 last week to approve Hays’ measure, Senate ...

Scott gets commission plan going

Scott would like to look at similar data points for Florida's insurance companies. Several lawmakers have already raised their hands to serve on the commission, including Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla. A fond farewell With lots of time on their hands and few ...

Amendment 1 supporters aren’t giving up the fight for funding just yet

Perhaps the rawest reflection of the animosity towards the will of the voters when it comes to Amendment 1 was expressed earlier in the session when Umatilla Senate Republican Alan Hays said he thought the state had plenty enough public land in Florida ...

Florida Hospitals Feeling the Heat

Florida hospitals are in the middle of the epic budget stalemate ...
hold local hearings where the public could comment on their operations. Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, said he met with Scott and has already volunteered to serve on the new commission.

Sen. Alan Hays volunteers for hospital funding commission

Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, wants to serve on Gov ...
said the commission would "examine the revenues of Florida hospitals, insurance and healthcare providers and how any taxpayer money contributes to the profits or losses of these institutions in Florida.

Editorial: New round of assessment test glitches ramps up concerns and ire in St. Johns County

Umatilla Republican Sen. Alan Hays told colleagues on the Senate Floor Tuesday that Florida should void the contract with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) immediately. “I think we, as responsible agents of the taxpayer dollar, need to stop this

Luxury drug-rehab center in Umatilla to offer recovery in style

The former Florida Elks Children's Hospital in Umatilla is being reborn as a luxury drug-rehab center designed to attract celebrities and other affluent clients from throughout the Southeast. The Recovery Village, which will have its grand opening Tuesday ...

Umatilla, Florida Vacation Rentals

Umatilla, Florida offers great vacation house rental and home rental-by-owner deals for the knowledgeable traveler. No matter what budget or level of comfort you seek in your holiday to Umatilla, FL, there's surely a great local vacation home rental ...

Umatilla, Florida Police Chief Suspended for Playing Games

The Umatilla, Florida Chief of Police has found himself in hot water this week over playing video games on the only computer in the office - among a litany of other complaints from his subordinates, who painted him as a bit of a tyrant. Police Chief Doug ...

2 Open Houses this weekend in Westminster

Get a sneak peek of today’s open homes. Find Homes Check out 2 Open Houses this weekend: OPEN HOUSE: Sunday May 3, 11:00am to 2:00pm 13057 Umatilla Cou…

2 Open Houses this weekend in Westminster

Get a sneak peek of today's open homes. …

2 Open Houses this weekend in Westminster

Get a sneak peek of today’s open homes. Find Homes Check out 2 Open Houses this weekend: OPEN HOUSE: Sunday May 3, 11:00am to 2:00pm 13057 Umatilla Cou…

2 Open Houses this weekend in Westminster

Get a sneak peek of today's open homes. …

Baseball: Boca Raton jumps ahead of Park Vista in state rankings

For the first time this season, Park Vista is not the top-ranked Palm Beach County team in the state baseball poll. Park Vista leads the season series with Boca Raton 2-1. (Photo by R…

2 Open Houses this weekend in Westminster

Get a sneak peek of today's open homes. …

UFO Sighting in Umatilla, Florida on July 31st 1992 - Seen no UFO at all

I was about 4 or 5 years old at the time. It's hard to say what exact age I was because I've never really understood, nor explained my encounter until realizing what this could possibly be. I lived at…

Umatilla Teacher Killed in Crash near Hermiston

Date: April 12, 2015 Location: Hermiston Name: Elisabeth Flores Umatilla Teacher Killed in Crash near Hermiston A family was in a single-vehicle crash late Saturday, which killed the driver. Elisabeth…

Umatilla Middle raises $1,500 for cancer research

Umatilla Middle School’s AVID and National Junior Honor Society programs joined forces in the fight against Colon Cancer.  Colon Cancer and other colon diseases affect many of our students, teachers a…

painting: a butte in Umatilla county (04/09/15)

A friend said I needed to start painting landscapes, and I’ll be at an art show soon, so I thought she was right. Paint local scenery, for local people. This is an (as far as I know) unnamed butte jus…


Take Action to Improve Your Financial Situation in UMATILLA FLORIDA

By Katie Bryan, America Saves Communications Director.

America Saves Week, February 24 – March 1, 2014, is a time to review your finances, decide what you want to save for, and set up a system that will allow you to save automatically. That’s why the America Saves Week theme is Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically. Did you know that only half of Americans report having good savings habits? Even if you are already saving, it’s good to take a look at your goals and decide if you can save more or start a new savings goal. Join thousands of others who are pledging to pay down debt, save money, and take financial action during America Saves Week.

Not sure what to save for or what to save for next? Here are the most popular saving goals of those who have pledged to save through America Saves:

· Save for Emergencies - Only 37 percent of low-to-moderate income households have a savings or money market account at a bank or credit union and nearly a quarter of savers who have pledged to save have chosen “emergency savings” as their first wealth-building goal. Learn more.

· Save for Education - Saving for education is the second most popular goal savers select when they pledge to save with America Saves. There are many different things to factor in when saving and paying for college. Learn more.

· Pay Down Debt - Getting out of debt is the #3 goal Savers select when they pledge to save. That does not come as a surprise since a 2012 survey found that 45% of families with annual incomes under $50,000 rely on credit cards to pay for basic needs such as rent, utilities, insurance and food. Learn more.

· Save for a Home - For decades, home ownership has been the main path to wealth for most Americans. Today, home equity - the market value of a home minus the balance on any home loans - represents more than four-fifths of the typical family’s wealth. Learn more.

· Save for Retirement - Retirement savings is a top priority for many Savers. Saving for retirement now will ensure that you have enough money to maintain a comfortable standard of living when you stop or reduce the amount of hours you work. Learn more.

Not sure how to save for your goals? Here are some saving strategies to help:

· Save Automatically - The easiest and most effective way to save is automatically. This is how millions of Americans save at their bank or credit union, and how millions of employees save through 401(k) and other retirement programs at work. Learn more.

· Save at Tax Time - Do you spend weeks eagerly anticipating your tax refund? When the money finally comes in, is it gone tomorrow? Many people view tax refunds as unplanned bonuses. They see the money as a gift from the government, to use for splurges or treats. But a tax refund provides the opportunity to improve your financial situation. Learn more.

Take the America Saves Pledge (or re-pledge) today to set your savings goal and make a plan to save. When you take the pledge you can also choose to receive text message tips and reminders to help you save for your goal. And don’t forget to follow America Saves on Facebook and Twitter.

America Saves Week is coordinated by America Saves and the American Savings Education Council. Started in 2007, the Week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for inpiduals to assess their own saving status



Campaign in UMATILLA FLORIDA: the importance of eating fish !!!

Key message

Eat 200-350 grams of a variety of fish * each week preferably those that are low in mercury. The nutritional value of fish is important for the growth and development before birth, in infancy for breastfed infants and children.

Who should know

Women who are pregnant (or might be pregnant) or breastfeeding. Whoever feeds young children.

What to do

1. Eat 200-350 grams of a variety of fish a week.

    • That is 2 or 3 servings of fish a week.
    • For young children, give them 2 or 3 servings of fish a week acurdo with age and calorie needs.
2. Choose fish low in mercury.
    • Many of the fish we eat most often are lower in mercury.
    • These include salmon, shrimp, haddock, tuna (canned light), tilapia, catfish and cod.
3. Avoid 4 types of fish: tilefish from the Gulf of Mexico, shark, swordfish and king mackerel.
    • These 4 types of fish are higher in mercury.
    • Limit white tuna (albacore) to 159 grams a week.
4. When consumption is fish you have caught or other streams, rivers and lakes, heed warnings signs in water bodies.
    • If the advice is not available, adults should limit this type of fish to 150 grams a week and toddlers in 30-80 grams a week.
5. To add more fish to your diet, be sure to stay within your calorie needs.

Why this advice is relevant

Fish contains important nutrients to developing fetuses, babies who are breastfed and young children. Fish provides health benefits for the general public. Many people do not currently fish eat the recommended amount.


Register now and request your ballots for the year in UMATILLA FLORIDA

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote, and acts as a request for your State absentee ballots for the year. It is important to complete a new FPCA annually, every time you move or at least 90 days prior to the election you want to vote in.

Completing a new FPCA is easy at

  • Select your State from the drop-down on the home page
  • Click the box at the bottom of the page to Register to Vote, Request a Ballot or Update My Voter Info
  • The FVAP online tool will walk you through the form, and provide you with a PDF packet to print, sign and send directly to your local election official (LEO); links are also provided here for States that offer online voter registration
  • You can check the status of your registration and/or ballot request by contacting your LEO at any time

Remember, the only way your LEO knows how to reach you is with the information you provide! Some States allow a longer time between registrations, but if you submit a new FPCA every year, you wont have to worry about your registration or ballot request status and can participate in all the elections* you´re eligible to.

* While there are no regularly scheduled elections for Federal offices, there may be some elections for office which are vacated by the end of the term. Being registered ensures you will be able to participate in these elections.


If you experience any issues or have questions, FVAPs call center is available at 1-800-438-VOTE (8683), DSN 425-1584 or at Toll-free phone numbers from 67 countries are listed at Find us on Facebook at /DoDFVAP and follow @FVAP on Twitter.

PDF version of FVAP Voter Alert #1



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