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County and City Commissioners Host Lakeland Town Hall

Polk County Commissioner John Hall and City of Lakeland Commissioner Phillip Walker are hosting a town hall at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 at the North Lakeland YMCA, 2125 Sleepy Hill Road, Lakeland.

Residents are invited to meet with the commissioners to discuss issues and concerns relevant to the community.

For more information, contact Commissioner Hall’s office at 863-534-6049 or the City of Lakeland Communications office at 863-834-6264.


MICHAEL S. FOLSOM TO RUN FOR LAKELAND CITY COMMISSION, AT LARGE SEAT 1

LAKELAND, FL (February 8, 2013) – Michael S. Folsom filed papers today to become a candidate for the Lakeland City Commission, At Large #1. Michael is the first to file paperwork for the At Large seat being vacated by Howard Wiggs due to term limits and his campaign for Mayor. Michael states, “I was born and raised in Lakeland, it is the place I call home, and I feel a strong urge to serve the citizens of this dynamic city as a City Commissioner. I will bring hard work and integrity to the city commission.”

 

Michael Folsom is a 4th generation Lakeland resident and is the proud father of a four year old daughter, Lyla. He has strong business and community ties. Michael is an honors graduate of the University of North Florida with a degree in Building Construction Management and is the President of Folsom Construction Management, LLC. He has been actively involved in the Lakeland community through his service on various boards and committees, including:

·         City of Lakeland Planning and Zoning Board

·         Leadership Lakeland Class 27

·         The Lakeland Rotary Club, Paul Harris Fellow and Former Board Member

·         Learning Resource Center of Polk County Inc., Immediate Past President Board of Directors

·         Platform Art, President Board of Directors

·         Sheriffs Commendation Award

·         Leadership Polk Class 5

·         Ducks Unlimited Lakeland Chapter, Past Chairman

·         Ducks Unlimited State Chairman Elect

 

“As a small business owner, it is extremely important to me that we are able to attract new businesses to Lakeland that will provide jobs to our citizens and create a more diverse economic base. As an entrepreneur and a young professional, it is a goal of mine to foster and support programs designed to compel our graduates to continue to call Lakeland home and immerse themselves in our community. I look forward to the opportunity to serve in a leadership position within our City and to provide continued support for the growth of existing businesses, attracting new businesses and enhancing the quality of life we all enjoy as ‘Lakelanders’.”

 

Michael Folsom is honored that Mr. Michael Carter of Lakeland has agreed to serve as his Campaign Treasurer.

 



EDDIE HALL ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR LAKELAND CITY COMMISSIONER

 LAKELAND, FL (February 13, 2013) – Eddie Hall filed papers on Monday, February 11th to become a candidate for the Lakeland City Commission, At Large # 1 position.   Hall is the second person to file paperwork for the At Large seat being vacated by Howard Wiggs. Mr. Wiggs is not seeking re-election due to term limits and his campaign for Mayor.  Hall states, “I love Lakeland!   I have lived, worked and been involved with many activities in the Lakeland area for the past 41 years.   I have seen the City of Lakeland grow over this time period, having lived in the north Lakeland area for 27 years and in the south area for the past 14.” He added,  “Lakeland has a very diverse community and I want to serve as a representative for ALL the citizens of Lakeland.   I will bring the same drive and determination I have always had to the office of City Commissioner when representing the people of our community.”

 

Hall was born in Kalkaska, Michigan in 1964 and raised on his family’s farm until age 8 when they moved to north Lakeland.   Several weeks after moving to the Lake Gibson area, Hall was struck by a car traveling approximately 70 mph, leaving him a paraplegic for life.   Hall said, “The doctors were amazed that I survived the accident and declared it a miracle.”   Having multiple fractures and concussions, he went through several operations after the accident and was able to return home, even though the doctors felt there was no hope for a normal future.  

 

Hall returned to the Polk County School system at Padgett Elementary as the first wheelchair bound student and participated with all the other children.  Determined not to allow his disability to prevent him from leading a normal life, Hall learned to become quite proficient with his wheel chair.  His determination helped him to earn letters in three sports (football, basketball and track) at Lake Gibson Senior High (LGSH) while serving as team manager.  He became known as “Fast Eddie” for his ability to respond quickly to player requests.  After graduating from LGHS, he went on to Polk Community College where he obtained his Associates of Science degree in Computer Engineering and was an equipment manager with the basketball team.  

 

One of Hall’s goals was to work for Publix Supermarkets.  In 1984, his dream came true when he started a successful career with Publix in the Dispatch Department.  Upon completing 10 years of service working in Lakeland Dispatch, he was promoted to the Corporate Distribution and Warehousing Division working as a Systems Administrator for the Transportation Routing system.   In this capacity, he served all Publix distribution centers in the southeast United States and traveled to Miami, Atlanta, Tennessee and other locations. 

 

He participated in a number of committees for Publix during this time as well as representing Publix on the Orlando and Tampa Bay Regional Metropolitan Planning Organization, and Polk County Transportation Planning Organization. In 2000, he was promoted to Inventory Control Manager for Publix Dairy processing where he was responsible for the purchasing of ALL products for the Plant.   Hall is the first wheelchair employee employed at Publix.  He has spent his entire adult life as an advocate for the disabled and mobility impaired.  Hall said, “It is an Honor and Privilege to be a part of the Publix Family.”  

 

He retired with distinction from Publix in 2010 after 26 years of service and is now employed part-time as a Lead Sales Generator with the South Lakeland Home Depot store.  After many years as a local pioneer and advocate, Hall wants to continue serving the local community.  He will use his many years of experience of working in the corporate world and on issues for persons with disabilities to serve ALL of the citizens of Lakeland.  Hall is married and has two children, Evert and Edilson.  His wife Katty is from Babahoyo, Ecuador.

 

Eddie Hall Volunteer activities in Lakeland and Polk County:

 

Lakeland Sister Cities International – Chairman, Babahoyo, Ecuador Committee
Polk County Transportation Planning Organization – Board Member, Disabled Representative

Polk County Transportation Planning Organization- Citizen Advisory Council, City of Lakeland Representative
Lakeland Housing Authority - Commissioner
Polk County Council Parent Teacher Association - Treasurer
Polk County Schools – Exceptional Student Education – Executive Board and Advisory Council
Polk County Schools - Jesse Keene Elementary School Student Advisory Council

Home Depot Diversity Committee

Lakeland Physically Handicap Club, former President

Lakeland Handicap Bowling Club, former President

Lakeland Jaycees, former Director

 

 

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Major League Scramble with the Detroit Tigers

Major League Baseball’s Spring Training is just around the corner and the boys are back in town!  Your 2012 American League Champion Detroit Tigers are ready for spring and ready to tee it up with you!

Central Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing has once again teamed up with the Detroit Tigers and the City of Lakeland to present the 18th Annual Major League Scramble. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, February 21st, at Cleveland Heights Golf Course in Lakeland, Florida.

This unique event offers you a rare opportunity to spend a day on the course with the Tiger legends of yesterday and 2012 ALCS Championship team.  The proceeds from this year’s event will benefit local youth organizations and the Common Ground Park Endowment Fund on behalf of The Detroit Tigers Foundation of Florida and the City of Lakeland respectively.     

Join us and your favorite Tigers in celebrating 77 years of Detroit Tiger Spring Training in Lakeland!

Please complete the ENTRY FORM and mail along with payment to the address provided.  You may fax your entry form, but please follow with prompt payment by mail.  Entry fees includes lunch, a goodie bag, awards reception following the tournament, and a tremendous selection of raffle prizes!

If you have any questions regarding the event, please feel free to contact our Tournament Director, Brock Witmyer at (863) 834-2379 or Bill Tinsley at (863) 860-2176.   We look forward to seeing you at the 18th Annual Major League Scramble. 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Okay, let’s make sure we have the date and location down.

Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at Cleveland Heights Golf Course, 2900 Buckingham Avenue, Lakeland, Florida.  Please find additional facility information by calling (863) 834-2377.

My significant other is not a golfer, but is it okay to bring him/her along?

We will be more than happy to assist you with finding wonderful activities for your spouse/significant other. They are certainly invited to attend the events special activities including the luncheon, and dinner reception following the golf scramble. 

Please call with request of additional guests.

Which celebrity will join my group?

While we cannot guarantee a particular celebrity for your group, you may place a request.  If at all possible we will honor that request provided the celebrity is in attendance and an earlier reservation did not request the same celebrity.

Are there contests on the course?

You bet!  We will have a number of contests out on the course this year, including the traditional putting contest, longest drive and closest to the pin.

How about raffle prizes?

We will have plenty of varied raffle prizes. You won’t be disappointed by the large assortment of prizes available to win.

What is the schedule for the day?

10:30 a.m.      Registration Opens

11:30 a.m.       Lunch

1:00 p.m.         Shotgun start

6:00 p.m.         Reception, awards presentation and raffle ticket drawings