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SPORTS | C1TAVARES GIRLS TRACK TEAM JELLS INTO STRONG SQUAD LOCAL & STATE | A3PARKLAND TEENS SPEARHEADING WORLDWIDE MOVEMENT Opinion .......................A7 Weather .......................A8 Salute ...........................B1 Faith ...........................B3 Sports..........................C1 Classifieds ...................C6 Volume 142, Issue 83 2018 GateHouse Media Home delivery: 352-787-0600 @dailycommercial YOUR LOCAL SOURCE FOR LAKE & SUMTER COUNTIES Saturday, March 24, 2018 75 ¢ SALUTE | B1EUSTIS VETERAN IS LIVING THE DREAM By Frank Stanfieldfrankstanfield @dailycommercial.comWILDWOOD „ Earthmoving equipment is growling, and workers are stacking up underground util-ity supplies as The Villages continues expanding „ make that exploding „ with growth. That includes work on a six-story Center for Advanced Health Care and an adjoining seven-story Brownwood Hotel and Spa on State Road 44.The health facility will be 197,892 square feet, according to records with the city Devel-opment Services Department. The hotel and spa is projected to be 144,614 square feet.There is no hard timetable for completion of the project, but it is expected to be sometime in 2020.Gary Lester, vice president and spokesman for The Growing up and outA small shopping center is under construction on State Road 44, just west of Brownwood, in Wildwood. [FRANK STANFIELD / DAILY COMMERCIAL] The Villages exploding in Wildwood, Leesburg, Fruitland ParkBy Steve Peoples and Emily SwansonThe Associated PressNEW YORK „ Support for tougher gun control laws is soaring in the United States, according to a new poll that found a majority of gun owners and half of Republicans favor new laws to address gun violence in the weeks after a Florida school shooting left 17 dead and sparked nation-wide protests.The poll, conducted by The Associated PressNORC Center for Public Affairs Research, found that nearly 7 in 10 adults now favor stricter gun control measures. Thats the strongest level of support since The Associated Press first asked the ques-tion five years ago. The new poll also found that nearly half of Americans do not expect elected officials to take action.It feels hopeless,Ž said 30-year-old Elizabeth Tageson-Bedwin, of Durham, North Carolina, a self-described Republican who teaches seventh-grade English. Considering recent events, gun control in this country needs to be Poll: Support soars for stricter gun control laws By Jill Colvin, Catherine Lucey, Lisa Mascaro and Alan FramThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending measure Friday, averting a midnight government shutdown just hours after declaring he was considering a veto.Trump said he was very disappointedŽ in the package, in part because it did not fully fund his plans for a border wall with Mexico and did not address some 700,000 DreamerŽ immi-grants who are now protected from deportation under a pro-gram that he has moved to eliminate.But Trump praised the increases the bill provides for military spending and said he had no choice but to fund our militaryŽ My highest duty is to keep America safe,Ž he said.The bill signing came a few hours after Trump created last-minute drama by saying in a tweet that he was con-sideringŽ a veto.With Congress already on recess, and a government shutdown looming, he said that young immigrants now protected in the U.S. under Barack Obamas Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded.ŽTrumps veto threat was at odds with top members of his administration and House Speaker Paul Ryan, who had said Thursday that he was supportive of the measure. The White House also issued a formal statement of admin-istration policy indicating Trump would sign the bill. Several advisers inside and outside the White House said earlier Friday that they suspected the tweet was just Trump blowing off steam.Finally, in made-for-TV scheduling, Trump took to Trump signs $1.3T budgetPresident had threatened to veto package over immigration details but ultimately relentedBy Seth BorensteinThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ Earth is losing plants, animals and clean water at a dramatic rate, according to four new United Nations scientific reports that provide the most comprehensive and localized look at the state of biodiversity.Scientists meeting in Colombia issued four regional reports Friday on how well animal and plants are doing in the Americas; Europe and Central Asia; Africa; and the Asia-Pacific area.Their conclusion after three years of study : Nowhere is doing well.The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem was about more than just critters, said study team chairman Robert Watson. It is about keeping Earth livable for humans, because we rely on biodiversity for food, clean water and public health, the prominent British and U.S. scientist said. This is undermining well-being across the planet, threatening us long-term on food and water,Ž Watson said in an interview.Scientists pointed to this weeks death of the last male northern white rhino in Africa, severe declines in the UN reports see planet with fewer plants, animalsSee GROWING, A6See SUPPORT, A5 See BUDGET, A5 See FEWER, A5


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Prepayments for 3 months or more, mail to: Circulation Dept., the Daily Commercial, P.O. Box 490007, Leesburg, FL 34749-0007. Billed monthly at the rates shown. LOTTERY By Jonathan Lemire and Zeke MillerThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ Presi-dent Donald Trump is tired of being told no.ŽSix weeks of staff churn and pronouncement shocks reflect a president who has grown increasingly confident on the job and more trusting of his instincts. After 14 months in the Oval Office, Trump is more com-fortable bucking the advice of White House staffers and congressional Republicans, and that is increasingly put-ting even his allies on edge.Trump may have an even more dramatic shake-up in mind for his administration.The president has floated to outside advisers a plan to do away with the traditional West Wing power structure, including the formal chief of staff role, to create the more free-wheeling atmosphere he relished while running his business and later his presidential campaign at Trump Tower.The sense of apprehension is palpable in the West Wing, where tempers are running short and uneasy aides discuss their future employ-ment prospects behind closed doors, according to six White House officials and several outside advisers. They all spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the internal dynamics.Recent blows to staff con-fidence have been almost exclusively instigated by the president himself. He con-gratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election and didnt chide him about the tainted vote or the poisoning of a spy on British soil. He pushed forward with steel and aluminum tariffs, prompting his chief economic adviser to quit. And he agreed to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to the surprise of many national security officials.Thursdays announcement of National Security Adviser H.R. McMasters impending exit continued the trend. The two men never clicked personally, and Trump was known to complain when he saw extended meetings with the national security adviser on his schedule. Trump also, as he did with fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, grew frustrated when McMaster would try to curb some of his instincts on international relations, according to White House officials and outside advisers.Now he has turned to former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, whom Trump described to one outside confidant as a killerŽ on tele-vision and likely to forcefully advocate for the presidents beliefs, despite sometimes divergent views on American intervention overseas, according to a person famil-iar with the presidents views but not authorized to discuss them publicly.Trump has admired Bolton for years, tweeting in 2014 his praise of an article in which Bolton argued for more domestic oil drilling. He has expressed appreciation for Boltons appearances defending Trump even though he has voiced some unhappiness about the look of Boltons bushy mustache, according to the person familiar the presidents thinking.Trump is not entirely unmoored from his aides. After threatening on Friday to veto a $1.3 trillion spending agreement his staffers had already promised he would sign, Trump came back around after a concerted lob-bying effort by his legislative team and Cabinet secretaries. But not before venting his frustration at the process and the bill „ drafted in part by his own team „ in a hastily called press availabilityŽ in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House.Trump has long chafed at how chief of staff John Kelly has curbed access to him in the Oval Office and has mused about doing away with the gatekeepers, according to two people familiar with the presidents thinking but not authorized to publicly dis-cuss private conversations.Trump, who frequently muses about staff shake-ups without following through, appears to have tabled the idea for now. But it received a ringing endorsement from his former chief strategist Steve Bannon during a panel discussion in New York on Thursday.Bannon suggested a system of five or six direct reportsŽ to the Oval Office would fit the presidents preferred management styleI think the president is a very hands-on manager and feels more comfortableŽ with such a style, said Bannon who spoke admiringly of Kelly but said the chief of staff put too much structure into the White House.ŽReince Priebus, Trumps first chief of staff, was a little bit more like President Trump was used to. Gen-eral Kelly came in and it was completely different, very ordered, very structured,Ž said Bannon, who had his own falling out with Trump. I think weve seen a reaction to that and I believe youre going to see the president much more directly in con-tact with staff people.ŽSta on edge as Trump eyes next shake-upPresident Donald Trump walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Friday as he heads to Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base. Trump is heading to Florida, where he will spend the weekend at the Mar-a-Lago estate. [SUSAN WALSH/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] DATELINESMOSCOWVladimir Zhirinovsky, ultranationalist Liberal Democratic Party leader, gestures Sunday after voting in the presidential election in Moscow, Russia. A Russian television news reporter has accused the six-time Russian presidential candidate of groping him years ago. Renat Davletgildeyev, a respected reporter with Radio Free Europes Current Time TV, said Thursday that Zhirinovsky groped him at an event he covered in 2006 when he was 20. [PAVEL GOLOVKIN/AP]PITTSBURGHFred Rogers wife, Joanne Rogers, shares a laugh with friends Friday in front of a giant Mister Rogers Forever Stamp following the “ rst-day-of-issue dedication in WQEDs Fred Rogers Studio in Pittsburgh. The U.S. Postal Service on Friday released a stamp featuring Fred Rogers, the gentle TV host who entertained and educated generations of preschoolers on Mister Rogers Neighborhood.Ž [GENE J. PUSKAR/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]BRUSSELSEU nations to take more action against Russia over spySeveral European Union countries said Friday they may follow Britain in expelling Russian diplomats, as EU Council chief Donald Tusk predicted member states would introduce more measures against Moscow for the poisoning of an ex-spy in England.At a summit in Brussels, the 28 EU leaders agreed with Britain that it is highly likelyŽ Russia is responsible for the March 4 attack on Sergei Skri-pal and his daughter, Yulia. They remain unconscious in critical condition after being exposed to a military-grade nerve agent.The EU has recalled its ambassador from Moscow for consultations over an incident it called a grave challenge to our shared security.ŽLIMA, PERUPerus new president vows to tackle endemic corruptionNew President Martin Vizcarra promised to fight Perus corruption head on as he assumed the office Friday vowing to heal the wounds left by a vote-buying scandal that abruptly forced his predeces-sor from office.In his first address as president, the relatively unknown former governor of Perus second-smallest state appealed for national unity and urged young Peruvians not to succumb to cynicism.Dont lose faith in our institutions,Ž Vizcarra, who had been vice president, said in remarks to congress shortly after being draped in the red and white presidential sash. Let us show you that Peru is bigger than its problems.ŽMADRIDSpain charges 13 Catalan leaders with rebellionA Spanish Supreme Court judge charged 13 Catalan separatist politicians with rebellion Friday for their attempts to make the region independent of Spain, dealing a heavy blow to the secessionist movement with an indictment that could put its political elite behind bars for decades.Judge Pablo Llarena ordered five of the Catalan politicians who answered a court summons Friday to be held without bail. The judge also ordered that European and international arrest warrants be issued for six fugitive Catalan politicians, including former regional president Carles Puigdemont and Rovira. Two other Cata-lan politicians are already in jail. The Associated pressIN BRIEFThursday, March 22 Fantasy 5: 8-9-16-24-33 Cash 4 Life: 2-8-15-40-41-4 Friday, March 23 Pick 4 Afternoon: 4-6-8-0 Evening: 9-5-9-7 Pick 3 Afternoon: 1-9-8 Evening: 6-5-3

PAGE 3 | Saturday, March 24, 2018 A3 LOCAL & STATETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 By Christine SextonNews Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE „ A smol-dering controversy over Floridas landmark tobacco settlement and how money should be spent has been snuffed out.Rep. Jeanette Nunez, a member of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, said Thursday she will no longer push a proposed constitutional amendment that would have eliminated a requirement that the state set aside 30 percent of overall tobaccoeducation and prevention funding for an edgy advertising and marketing campaign.I dont ever want to call myself fat, but Im singing. Im done,Ž Nunez, R-Miami, told The News Service of Florida.Nunezs remarks come after the commission, which has the power to place potential constitutional amendments on the Novem-ber ballot, did not approve the proposal while meeting Tobacco fund ght zzlesBy Jessica SaggioFlorida TodayMELBOURNE „ 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... 4 ... 5 ... 6 ... 7 ... 8 ... 9 calls, counted Scott Gardiner of Melbourne, tallying how many spam calls he received in one day. Nine calls.Im pretty sure its been a phone number from every one of the 50 states, too,Ž said Gardiner, noting hes losing patience.  ... Ive asked to be put on the Do Not Call list. Yeah, that doesnt work.ŽBut Gardiner knows he isnt special. He said his wife and mother-in-law are in the same boat.Ž Then there were the dozens of people who responded to a Facebook post noting they too under-stood the burden. Some were reporting upward of 20 calls a day.Its a problem most people have in the Sunshine State have encountered, and „ bad news „ its only getting worse.So bad, in fact, that based on recent data from the pop-ular app RoboKiller, which heavily monitors spam calls, Florida is one of the worst states for calls due to an influx of robocalls the company has flagged since the beginning of this year.Data collected by the Federal Trade Commission, which monitors complaints, show Florida has always been among the worst states in sheer volume. Last year, 588,021 formal complaints were filed to the FTC, second only to California, which reported 823,692 spam or scam telemarketing calls „ and those are just the calls actually reported.We accurately define it as an epidemic,Ž said Ethan Garr, co-creator of RoboKiller, an app made to stop the calls. What drives this is basic economics. Making these phone calls is so inexpensive for scammers. It costs them less than a penny per minute.ŽGarr said that Floridians get an average of 2.1 spam State hit hard by robocall epidemicBy Kelli Kennedy The Associated PressPARKLAND „ They cant buy a beer or rent a car and most arent even old enough to vote, yet the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have spearheaded what could become one of the largest marches in his-tory with nearly 1 million people expected in Washington and more than 800 sister marches from Cali-fornia to Japan.In the wake of a Valentines Day shooting that killed 17, the teens have pulled all-nighters, scheduling speakers, petitioning city councils, renting stages and walking march routes with police in a grass-roots movement that has raised more than $4 million. Students will walk down Pennsylvania Avenue during March for Our Lives on Saturday alongside pop stars Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato.They have requested 14 Jumbotrons, 2,000 chairs and 2,000 public restrooms.People dont think about all these little things, but they add up,Ž said Marjory Stoneman Doug-las senior Ryan Deitsch, who is 18.Several student organiz-ers have become mainstays on national TV, promoting the marches, and they landed on the cover of Time magazine. In the first two weeks after the shooting, Deitsch worked 22-hour days, often sleep-ing in his clothes.Id basically keep going until I shut down, like Id just collapse, some-times Id be on the floor,Ž Deitsch said.Seasoned activists have marveled at what the stu-dents accomplished so far, Rallying for changeHow the Parkland teens have spearheaded a worldwide movementThis March 14 “ le photos shows students at Roosevelt High School taking part in a protest against gun violence in Seattle. In the wake of a Valentines Day shooting that killed 17, a handful of Parkland teenagers are on the cusp of pulling off what could be one of the largest marches in history with nearly 1 million expected in DC and more than 800 sister marches planned across every continent. [MANUEL VALDES/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] LOCAL MARCH FOR OUR LIVES EVENTS TODAY10 a.m. 310 S. Tremain St., Mount Dora Noon, at Wooton Park in Tavares Noon, 1000 Lake Sumter Landing in The VillagesBEST BETS37TH ANNUAL SUNNYLAND ANTIQUE BOAT SHOW: From 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, weather permitting, at Wooton Park in Tavares. Admission is $10. 3RD ANNUAL BUSKER FESTIVAL: From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Eustis. There are “ ve different juggling acts, a saw player, musicians and more competing for cash prizes. WINE & SEAFOOD FESTIVAL: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Lakeridge Winery on US 27 in Clermont. AUDIBLE EASTER EGG HUNT: From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Hickory Point Park, 27341 County Road 19 in Tavares. Visually impaired children will search for beeping Easter eggs along with blindfolded sighted children. Participants must pre-register at newvision” .org. NEWS BRIEFSMOUNT DORAMan charged with “ ghting, kicking at cops in Mount DoraA 26-year-old man approached because of his strange behavior fought with officers early Friday morning claiming someone was out to kill him, according to Lake County Sheriff's reports. Undray Arcotos Allen Jr. of Sanford reportedly was banging on doors and tried to force his way into one home in the 4300 Block of North State Road 19A near Mount Dora. Just after 3 a.m., deputies spotted Allen trying to hide in the doorway of a building. When they approached him he did not respond to questions and eventually tried to flee. An officer took Allen down and handcuffed him, reports state. Allen started to claim some-one was trying to kill him. As deputies led him to a patrol car, Allen tried to break away and resisted going into the car. He called out to his mother and kicked at deputies forcing them to put Allen in a four-point restraint, commonly referred to as a hogtie, reports state. His charges include loitering or prowling, battery on a law enforcement officer and resist-ing an officer with violence. His bond was set at $10,500 and he remained in the Lake County Jail as of Friday afternoon. EUSTIS Report: Woman took cocaine to get up for family gatheringA 44-year-old woman reportedly told a Lake County Sheriff's deputy she took cocaine to get up for a family gathering on Thursday afternoon, but a search of her car revealed a cornucopia of other drugs. Christina Elizabeth Wesner, of Eustis, was sitting in her car at a boat ramp in the 16000 Block of State Road 19 near Groveland. A deputy noticed the car parked in the same spot for two hours. When he approached the black Toyota just before 3 p.m. he spotted Wesner applying makeup. She told the deputy she was fiddling with her GPS, according to sheriff's reports. The deputy asked to search the car and Wesner declined. After the deputy called for a K-9 officer to conduct a drug check on the vehicle, the woman admitted to snorting cocaine because she was very tired. A search of her car turned up the cocaine, but also liquid THC the active component in marijuana hard candy infused with THC, a tablet of the seda-tive clonazepam and two bags of dried psychedelic mushrooms. Another plastic baggie con-tained a powdery substance that Wesner said was ecstasy and a sugar cube which contained a dose of LSD, reports state. Her charges included pos-session of liquid THC, cocaine, clonazepam without a prescrip-tion, psychedelic mushrooms and drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $12,000 and she remained in the Lake County Jail as of Friday afternoon. South Florida businessman founded Waste Management, Blockbuster; owned two sports teamsBy Steven Wine and Terry SpencerThe Associated PressMIAMI „ College drop-out Wayne Huizenga started with a trash hauling company, struck gold during Americas brief love affair with VHS tapes and eventu-ally owned three professional sports teams.Huizenga owned Blockbuster Entertainment, AutoNation and the worlds largest trash hauler, and was founding owner of baseballs Florida Marlins and the NHL Florida Panthers. He bought the NFL Miami Dolphins for $138 million in 1994.The one thing he never got was a Super Bowl win.Huizenga died late Thurs-day, according to Valerie Hinkell, his longtime assis-tant. He was 80. The Marlins won the 1997 World Series, and the Panthers reached the Stanley Cup Final in 1996, but Hui-zengas beloved Dolphins never reached a Super Bowl while he owned the team.If I have one disappoint-ment, the disappointment would be that we did not bring a championship home,Ž Huizenga said shortly after he sold the Dolphins to New Huizenga, who went from trash to billions, dies at 80Wayne Huizenga, who built a business empire that included Blockbuster Entertainment, Waste Management, AutoNation and three professional sports franchises, has died. He was 80. [WILFREDO LEE/ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO] See HUIZENGA, A4 In this March 19, “ le photo, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Alex Wind and Ryan Deitsch, right, discuss the upcoming marches in Washington and elsewhere. [BEBETO MATTHEWS/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] See CHANGE, A4 See FIGHT, A4 See ROBOCALL, A4


A4 Saturday, March 24, 2018 | Funeral Services Robert E. BobŽ Lee, 79, of Lake and Sumter Counties, FL, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Tampa, FL. He was born on December 16, 1938 in Connecticut. He attended First Baptist Church and was past District Governor of the Lions Club International. He is survived by his wife; Anne Carter of Lake and Sumter Counties, FL; step-daughters: Darla A. Elliott of Hernando County, FL, Deborah Jean Carter of Center Hill, FL; nephew: Jody Canaday (Rachael) of Moniac, GA; cousins: Emory and Betty Wine of Lake Wales, FL; Roy and Nancy Pierce of Lake Wales, FL; Lois Canaday of Moniac, GA; numerous nieces and nephews and Life Long Friend Jim of Groveland, FL. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Purcell Chapel. The Service will be held on Monday, March 26, 2018 10:00 a.m. at Purcell Chapel with Pastor Don Grant of“ciating. Interment will follow at Center Hill Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell, Florida.Robert E. Lee TodaysServices including a sweeping gun bill in Florida and school walkouts attended by over a million students last week, according to orga-nizers Womens March. Oprah Winfrey and George and Amal Clooney have each donated $500,000. The cast of Modern FamilyŽ did a public service announce-ment, and Broadway stars Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt recorded a song for the march.The Womens March, Everytown for Gun Safety and the gun violence pre-vention group founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords provided heavy support for the march, opening the youths up to criticism that they are just pawns of left-wing organizations that have been fighting guns for years.The students said, how-ever, they are calling the shots, and have refused money and turned down support that doesnt align with their vision.They like to believe were puppets, they like to believe that were being controlled by some-one else because ... they dont want to believe that human beings have this power because if they have this power then they might not need a gun,Ž Deitsch said.In Arizona, well over 20,000 people on social media promised to attend the student-led march, said leader Jordan Harb, a 17-year-old junior at Mountain View High School in Mesa. He coor-dinated vendors and met with police to talk about barricades and security as they expect counter-protesters to bring assault weapons.Theyve raised roughly $34,000 through T-Shirt sales and donations. The group Arizonans For Gun Safety is handling the money since the teens are underage.All of my waking hours are pretty much spent on the march right now,Ž Harb said. Im in class and all I do in class is march stuff. I was in Spanish yesterday depos-iting $10,000 in our bank account.ŽMarjory Stoneman Douglas student Casey Sherman spends most of her time in class working on a sister march in Parkland, where theyre expecting more than 20,000 people. She and fellow students suc-cessfully petitioned city commissioners to get permits and shes learned about sponsorships and tax exemptions for chari-table groups.Every day its kind of cool because Im learn-ing things I dont learn in school,Ž the 17-year-old said. Broward County Prop-erty Appraiser Marty Kiar helped the students navi-gate local government but credited the rest to them, saying Ive never seen anybody be able to bring so many stakeholders together in such a short period of time.ŽRiley Helberg, a 14-year-old freshman at Crescenta Valley High School, said the Los Angeles march could eclipse the Womens March there with more than 100,000 expected, along with a performance from singer Charlie Puth.In New York, 17-year-old Winter Minisee, who spearheaded the student walkouts, dismissed criti-cisms that the teens dont have the credentials to change laws.Historically youth have led all the major movements in America, whether it was the civil rights movements, whether it was the move-ment against the Vietnam war,Ž Minisee said.The ultimate goal, the students said, is to harness the support into actual voters, with their sights set on Novembers midterms.The high-schoolers and the college students are sick of this normalcy in this environment that we live in where we have to live with mass shoot-ings and code red drills,Ž said Alex Wind, a junior at Stoneman Douglas. CHANGEFrom Page A3This March 14 “ le photo shows students from Westglades Middle School walking out of their school as part of a nationwide protest against gun violence in Parkland. [LYNNE SLADKY/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] calls per day. He attri-butes that to the number of retirees here, as scam-mers generally go after the elderly who may not be as up to date with technology.But where are these calls coming from? Are they even legal? And better yet, how do you get rid of them?Well, they most certainly are not legal, said Keith Keogh, a lawyer out of Chicago who has been part of multiple classaction lawsuits against companies that robocall.He referenced the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which designates that companies and individuals cannot bombard a persons phone with robocalls without their consent. If youre on the Do Not Call list, the calls arent legal.That doesnt stop them, though.The masterminds behind these calls could be anyone: A guy sitting in his basement, a call center overseas, even ter-rorists, said Garr.Many of the calls are run by small companies or even large overseas call centers that are look-ing for leads. They aim to refer people to different health care companies or loan agents who then pay them for the referral, said Keogh.They key is to find out who is calling, he said, and if its a legitimate company a person can sue if theyre being harassed. Take screenshots of the call, and submit a formal complaint to make it all public record, Keogh advised. Consumers may be entitled to $500 per call, he said. However, settlements in class-action suits generally pay out less than that.We spend a lot of our time trying to find out whos calling ... and trying to go after these people,Ž Koegh said. Theres really no way to get them to stop besides litigation. Their whole business model is making these calls in mass.ŽIt seems hopeless sometimes, said Koegh, especially when callers are using local numbers to trick people into answering.Chris Sharpe of Titus-ville knows this struggle. She shared a screenshot of seven calls she received in on day, all from spam callers. Five of those calls used a local area code.But people are generally not litigious, said Koegh, and most of the people he represents have tried time and time again to stop the calls to no avail.Thats where apps like RoboKiller step in, said Garr. His app uses audio fingerprinting and a constantly-updated algorithm to block calls before they get to a persons phone. The apps algorithm is also able to decipher legitimate calls from spam calls, he said.But they dont just stop there. The best mechanism of defense is to connect to a real human, he said, and waste their time.If you can waste the humans time, you can start winning the battle,Ž Garr said. Time is money for them.ŽThe company uses what it calls an answerbox,Ž which interacts with the robocall and is designed to get to an actual human and stall them. Users can customize their answer-boxes as well for added fun, he said. Many of the answerboxes are actually hilariousŽ he said.RoboKiller is currently only available on iPhone, but will expand to Android later this month. Subscriptions cost $2.99 per month or $24.99 per year.There are other options, though. According to CTIA, an FTC-recom-mended trade association representing manufacturers and providers of wireless products and services, there a number of call blocking apps available for various operating systems. Among the free options are Mr. Number (iPhone) and Blacklist (Android), which both have positive reviews.Heres the advice I give to people,Ž said Garr. If youre not going to invest in a solution, dont answer calls and dont give away information.Ž ROBOCALLFrom Page A3this week in Tallahassee.Anti-smoking groups that have lobbied fiercely against the proposal, though, arent letting their guard down. We dont want to assume anything with regard to the process they are following,Ž Pro-tect Tobacco Free Florida spokeswoman Heather Youmans said in a pre-pared statement.The Constitution Revi-sion Commission, which meets every 20 years, has unique authority to place proposed constitutional amendments directly on the ballot. The commission this week voted to move forward with 25 proposed amendments and send them to its Style and DraftingŽ committee. That committee has key duties such as finding ways to consolidate proposals with similar themes and writing ballot summaries.Proposals emerging from the committee then will go back to the full Constitution Revision Commission for final votes. They need support from 22 of the 37 members to go on the November ballot.Commission rules make clear that the Style and Drafting Committee can only consider proposals that have been backed by the full commission. When asked whether the tobacco-money proposal was dead, Style and Draft-ing Committee Chairman Brecht Heuchan said yes.ŽNunez said she sponsored the amendment because she doesnt think its appropriate that the Constitution include required spending amounts for any program, including the anti-tobacco campaign.Voters put the tobacco-spending mandate in the Constitution in 2006 after the Legislature drastically scaled back funding for the advertising campaign. The advertising campaign is funded from a multibillion-dollar settlement that the state reached in 1997 with the tobacco industry.Nunez on Tuesday asked that a vote by the full commission on her proposal be delayed after she spent more than an hour answering questions about what the amendment would do and why she wants to add it to the Constitution.Some of the toughest questions came from Commissioner Lisa Carlton, a former state senator, who told Nunez that there wasnt any public support for the proposal during public hearings held across the state.Instead, groups such as Protect Tobacco Free Florida, which is comprised of the American Cancer Societys Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Associa-tion, and the American Lung Association, got volunteers to attend the public meetings to oppose the proposal, along with sending thousands of emails opposing it.Wheres the groundswell telling us that we need to change something that was passed (in 2006) by the people by the super majority of the people?Ž Carlton asked Nunez. Wheres the groundswell? Help me understand that.ŽWhile Nunez acknowl-edged that she didnt have the firepowerŽ of those organizations, she said she isnt alone in her thoughts.What I will tell you, is there is something to be said about the silent majority,Ž Nunez said, adding that when she speaks with people who voted for the 2006 amendment they are unaware of the spending mandate for marketing.Their comments, and Im not saying theyre right, but their comments are, Oh that was probably some big ad agency that got that in there that are wanting to dupe the public,  Nunez said. State records show that companies such as Altria Client Services, the parent company of cigarette maker Philip Morris USA, and Miami-based Dosal Tobacco Corporation hired lobbyists to lobby the commission.I havent had one conversation with one tobacco lobbyist on that proposal or any other pro-posal,Ž Nunez said.Along with the tobacco-advertising issue, the commission has considered a separate Carlton proposal that would ban electronic cigarettes and other types of vaping in workplaces, similar to the states smoking ban. Tobacco companies such as Philip Morris have moved into the elec-tronic-cigarette business in recent years.Nunez told Carlton that the tobacco-advertising amendment would allow the Legislature to review the program to ensure that it works efficiently. When Carlton „ a former Senate budget chief „ said the Legislature could conduct a review without a change to the Constitution, Nunez again countered, noting that if the review found wasted spending, there would be nothing the Legislature could do.ŽBut Carlton, who spent 14 years in the Legislature, said that wasnt the case and said that as a lawmaker, Nunez had the power to file a proposed constitutional change if there was something wrong with the way the dollars were being spent.ŽAccording to the Florida Department of Health, the anti-smoking initiative has been a success. In 2006, the adult smok-ing rate was 21 percent, and in 2015 it was 15.8 percent, the lowest it has ever been. Fewer young people have started smok-ing since the Tobacco Free Florida program was cre-ated. The youth smoking rate has decreased from 10.6 percent in 2006 to 3 percent in 2016. FIGHTFrom Page A3York real estate billionaire Stephen Ross, who still owns the team. Its something we failed to do.ŽHuizenga earned an almost cult-like following among business investors who watched him build Blockbuster Entertainment into the leading video rental chain by snapping up competi-tors. He cracked Forbes list of the 100 richest Americans, becoming chairman of Republic Ser-vices, one of the nations top waste management companies, and AutoNa-tion, the nations largest automotive retailer.You just have to be in the right place at the right time,Ž he said. It can only happen in America.ŽFor a time, Huizenga was also a favorite with South Florida sports fans, drawing cheers and auto-graph seekers in public. The crowd roared when he danced the hokey pokey on the field during an early Marlins game. He went on a spending spree to build a veteran team that won the World Series in only the franchises fifth year.But his popularity plummeted when he ordered the roster dis-mantled after that season. He was frustrated by poor attendance and his failure to swing a deal for a new ballpark built with tax-payer money.Many South Florida fans never forgave him for breaking up the championship team. Huizenga drew boos when introduced at Dolphins quarterback Dan Marinos retirement celebration in 2000, and kept a lower public profile after that.In 2009, Huizenga said he regretted ordering the Marlins payroll purge.We lost $34 million the year we won the World Series, and I just said, You know what, Im not going to do that,Ž Huizenga recalled. If I had it to do over again, Id say, OK, well go one more year.ŽHe sold the Marlins in 1999 to John Henry, and sold the Panthers in 2001, unhappy with rising NHL player salaries and the stock price for the teams public company.Huizengas first sports love was the Dolphins „ he had been a seasonticket holder since their inaugural season in 1966. But he fared better in the NFL as a businessman than as a sports fan. He turned a nifty profit by selling the Dolphins and their stadium for $1.1 billion, nearly seven times what he paid to become sole owner. But he knew the bottom line in the NFL is championships, and his Dolphins perennially came up short.Huizenga earned a reputation as a handsoff owner and won raves from many loyal employees, even though he made six coaching changes. He eased Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Shula into retirement in early 1996, and Jimmy Johnson, Dave Wannstedt, interim coach Jim Bates, Nick Saban, Cam Cameron and Tony Sporano followed as coach. HUIZENGAFrom Page A3

PAGE 5 | Saturday, March 24, 2018 A5Twitter again to announce hed be holding a news conference to talk about the bill. The drama was short-lived: An aide told reporters the signing was on. And telegraphing the outcome, an internal television feed advertised its next program: President Trump Participates in a Bill Signing.ŽAsked why hed made the threat, Trump said hed looked very seriously at the veto,Ž but because of the incredible gains that weve been able to make for the military that overrode any of our thinking.ŽTrump also warned Con-gress: I will never sign another bill like this again.ŽThe will-he, wont he episode came hours after the Senate early Friday morning passed the $1.3 trillion spending package aimed at keeping the government open past midnight.Trump has been increas-ingly frustrated with media coverage of the bill, spurred on by conservative Repub-lican lawmakers and other critics who had spent recent days calling the president, inciting him, and making their cases loudly on cable news shows Trump is known to watch.Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus and a friend of the president, said in a tweet that the group would fully supportŽ a veto, adding that Congress should pass a short-term budget resolution while Trump and congressional leaders negotiate a better deal for the forgotten men and women of America.ŽSen. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., also egged Trump on. Please do, Mr. President,Ž he tweeted. I am just down the street and will bring you a pen. The spending levels without any offsets are grotesque, throwing all of our chil-dren under the bus. Totally irresponsible.ŽMake my day, Mr. Pres-ident,Ž taunted Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore.Senate passage of the bill averted a third federal shutdown this year, an out-come both parties wanted to avoid.While Trump has repeat-edly criticized Democrats over DACA, he canceled the program last fall, ending the issuance of new DACA per-mits. A judge has forced the administration to continue issuing renewals.The spending package includes $1.6 billion for Trumps long-promised border wall with Mexico. But less than half of the nearly 95 miles (153 kilome-ters) of border construction that have been approved can be spent on new barriers. The rest can only be used to repair existing segments.The money was far less than the $25 billion over 10 years Trump had asked for as part of a last-ditch deal that would have included providing a temporary extension of the DACA pro-gram. White House budget officials have nonetheless tried to spin the funding as a win.We ended up asking for 74 miles worth of wall, we get 110. Not exactly what we wanted where we wanted,Ž budget director Mick Mulvaney said Thursday. But generally speaking, we think this is a really, really good immigra-tion package.ŽThe House easily approved the spending package Thursday, 256167, a bipartisan tally that underscored the popularity of the compromise, which funds the government through September. It beefs up military and domestic programs, delivering federal funds to every corner of the country.But action stalled in the Senate, as conservatives ran the clock in protest. Once the opponents relented, the Senate began voting, clearing the package by a 65-32 vote.Shame, shame. A pox on both Houses and par-ties,Ž tweeted Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who spent the afternoon tweeting details found in the 2,200-page bill that was released the night before. No one has read it. Congress is broken.ŽThe omnibus spending bill was supposed to be an antidote to the stopgap measures Congress has been forced to pass „ five in this fiscal year alone „ to keep government temporarily running amid partisan fiscal disputes.But the overall result was unimaginable to many Republicans after campaigning on spending restraints and balanced budgets. Along with the recent GOP tax cuts law, the bill that stood a foot tall at some lawmakers desks ushers in the return of $1 trillion deficits.Trying to smooth over differences, Republican leaders focused on military increases that were once core to the partys brand as guardians of national security. BUDGETFrom Page A1 numbers of elephants, tigers and pangolins, but said those are only the most visible and charis-matic of species that are in trouble.Whats happening is a side effect of the world getting wealthier and more crowded with people, Watson said. Humans need more food, more clean water, more energy and more land. And the way society has tried to achieve that has cut down on biodiversity, he said.Crucial habitat has been cut apart, alien species have invaded places, chemicals have hurt plants and animals, wetlands and mangroves that clean up pollution are disappearing, and the worlds waters are overfished, he said.Man-made climate change is getting worse, and global warming will soon hurt biodiversity as much as all the other prob-lems combined, Watson said.We keep making choices to borrow from the future to live well today,Ž said Jake Rice, Canadas chief government scientist for fisheries and oceans, who co-chaired the Amer-icas report.Duke University con-servationist Stuart Pimm, who wasnt part of the study team, said the reports make sense and are based on well-established scientific data: Are things pretty dire? Yes.ŽAmong the regional findings: The AmericasIf current trends continue, by the year 2050 the Americas will have 15 percent fewer plants and animals than now. That means there will be 40 percent fewer plants and animals in the Americas than in the early 1700s.Nearly a quarter of the species that were fully measured are now threat-ened, Rice said.And when all of natures contributionsŽ are taken into account, nearly two-thirds are declining and more than one-fifth are decreasing strongly,Ž Rice said. Asia-Paci c If trends continue, there will be no exploitable fish stocksŽ for commercial fishing by 2048. Around that same, the region will lose 45 percent of its biodiversity and about 90 percent of its crucial corals, if nothing changes, said Asia co-chair Sonali Sen-eratna Sellamuttu, a senior researcher at the Interna-tional Water Management Institute.All major ecosystems are threatened in the region,Ž she said. Europe and Central AsiaEven though it is the region that Watson said may be doing the best, 28 percent of the species that only live in Europe are now threatened. In the last decade, 42 percent of the land plant and animal species have declined, said Europe co-chair Mark Rounsevell of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.Wetlands have been cut in half since 1970. AfricaAfrica could lose half of some bird and mammal species by 2100. And more than 60 percent of the continents people depend on natural resources for their livelihoods, said report co-chair Luthando Dziba of South African National Parks.Already more than 20 percent of Africas species are threatened, endan-gered or extinct.While scientists said government and society needs to change its ways, individuals can use less energy, less water and eat less red meat, Watson said.A balanced diet can really help,Ž he said. There are lots of indi-vidual things you can do.ŽThe outlook is bleak if society doesnt change, but it still can, Watson said. FEWERFrom Page A1stricter „ and it can be without infringing on anyones rights.ŽOverall, 69 percent of Americans think gun laws in the United States should be made stricter. Thats up from 61 percent who said the same in October of 2016 and 55 percent when the AP first asked the question in October of 2013. Overall, 90 percent of Democrats, 54 percent of gun owners and 50 percent of Repub-licans now favor stricter gun control laws.Sixty percent believe that making it harder to legally obtain a gun would result in fewer mass shootings; just 49 percent said the same in the 2016 poll.The new poll finds support for specific gun control measures even among those who bristle at the term gun control.ŽThats what Hitler did,Ž said Flora McIntyre, of Simi Valley, California, repeating a common, but inaccurate, line of criti-cism against gun control measures. Hitler made everyone register their guns. Then he came and collected all the guns.ŽBut when asked about specific gun control prescriptions, the 82-year-old retired nurse, who said she owns a rifle and a .44 Magnum, said she favored stronger background checks and limits on the number of bullets allowed in a gun magazine. She also opposes President Donald Trumps plan to give guns to trained teachers.The poll shows that McIntyre is not alone.More than 8 in 10 Americans favor a federal law preventing mentally ill people from purchasing guns, along with a federal law expanding background check requirements to include gun shows and private sales.Nearly 8 in 10 favor allowing courts to pre-vent people from owning guns if considered a danger to themselves or others, even if they have not been convicted of a crime. And 7 in 10 favor a nationwide ban on devices known as bump stocksŽ that allow semi-automatic guns to function like automatic guns.Nearly 6 in 10 favor a nationwide ban on AR-15-style rifles.They should take them off the market. Too much power right there,Ž 25-year-old Sedrick Clark, of St. Louis, said of AR-15s. Clark, a self-described Republican, said he recently purchased a handgun for protection. But he said hed support police efforts to go door-to-door to confiscate dirty gunsŽ from convicted felons and others who shouldnt have them.I know Trump would do it,Ž Clark said, praising the Republican president.Americans have mixed views on whether they expect any elected leaders to enact tougher gun control laws in the next year. SUPPORTFrom Page A1


Villages, could not be reached for comment on the new facilities.It is not the only construction underway at the sprawling retirement community, of course, and the developer keeps moving closer to Fruit-land Park and Leesburg in Lake County. More than 125,000 people already call The Villages home, and the numbers will keep going up.The Brownwood commercial district is reshaping its boundaries on SR 44 in Wildwood.Wildwood city commissioners on March 12 approved removing 25 acres, and then adding 67 acres, bringing the Brownwood Community Development District up to 240 acres. Commissioners are scheduled to take a second and final vote at their meeting on Monday.It is not the only item on the agenda for the retirement community. The Villages also wants the city panel to give a second and final reading to expanding Community Development District No. 9, bordered by County Road 466A and Morse Boulevard just west of the Lake County line.If approved at the Monday commission meeting, it would add 13 acres to the 1,285-acre site.Other developments are also up for approval, including Powell Plaza, a 31,000-square-foot shopping center that will include an indoor shoot-ing range. It will be built at the corner of Powell Road and 44A.It may seem small by comparison, but a development called Novello is set for approval across the street from the bronze cattle marking the entrance to the Brownwood com-mercial center. The 7-acre Novello parcel is to be the site of 40 apartments, a 2,500-square-foot clubhouse and 70,000 square feet of commercial space.An even bigger development, Beaumont Community Development District, is planned on a 154-acre site at the north-east corner of County Road 462 east of Powell Road and CR 466A. Plans call for 254 single-family detached homes, 132 townhomes and about 22-acres of commercial space in that district. Beaumont is not being developed by The Villages.Meanwhile, the city of Leesburg and The Villages continue to work on the checklist they need to finish before they can close on the $12 million land deal that will bring 4,500 new homes to 1,900 acres at County Road 470 and Floridas Turnpike.The city is expanding its natural gas service to the retirement commu-nity, and it is gearing up to become the bulk wastewa-ter treatment provider.Both sides have to sign off on a service agree-ment for things like police protection. Because the developer provides a lot of infrastructure in its community development districts, it will get impact fee credits, according to City Manager Al Minner.The city must also pay back federal grant money it got to buy the CR 470 property it purchased for a wastewater treatment sprayfield site.Im very optimistic that we will meet our goals by August and close in Sep-tember,Ž Minner said. My goal is to beat that goal.ŽThe Villages must perform one of the biggest tasks. It is seeking to get a consumptive use permit from the St. Johns Water Management District.A consultant for The Villages told city commis-sioners in January that golf courses will be watered with captured stormwater runoff and reclaimed water. Homeowners will get their water from the lower Floridan aquifer, so it will not affect surface water. Wells will be drilled 1,000 feet deep. Meanwhile, in Fruitland Park, First Baptist Church of Leesburg plans to start moving dirt on a new church campus in April.The church owns 204 acres on County Road 466A. It is selling 65 acres to an assisted living com-pany for facilities housing 900 residents. It also has four commercial spaces it hopes to sell along the roadway.Well be digging like badgers,Ž said Executive Pastor Art Ayris. A6 Saturday, March 24, 2018 | GROWINGFrom Page A1Villagers, in their golf carts, make their way around Brownwood Paddock Square on April 17, 2015. The square features a movie theater, restaruants, shops and other businesses. [DOUG ENGLE / GATEHOUSE MEDIA]

PAGE 7 | Saturday, March 24, 2018 A7 ANOTHER OPINION OPINIONSteve Skaggs | Publisher Tom McNiff | Executive Editor Whitney Lehnecker | Digital Editor, Lifestyles Editor Tom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 Last week, a local development group joined the city of Eustis in announcing a plan to redevelop more than 11 acres on the Eustis waterfront. Eustis Lake Club will feature more than 80 Key West-style homes and a clubhouse on property overlooking Lake Eustis, astride Lakeshore Boulevard. The $21 million project is being touted as an important economic driver for downtown Eustis, which is in the midst of a pretty strong renaissance that in recent years has been marked by an influx of condos and new businesses. The developers believe it will bring an important aesthetic quality, along with new residents and, importantly, tax revenue. There is a consequence to this project, however. It is slated for the property now occupied by Sharp's Mobile Home Park, and it will displace perhaps 100 people who currently reside there. How can that happen? Because at this mobile home park, like most of them, many of the residents own their homes, but the park owns the land on which they all sit. If the park sells the land, the new owner has the right to ask the residents to go. The developer has pledged to help relocate the residents, some of whom have lived there well over 40 years. The move is not completely unexpected. The city of Eustis has for years longed to see that property redeveloped as something prettier, more upscale. And there is no question Eustis Lake Club will be prettier and more upscale. The city, meanwhile, has effectively become a partner with the developer in making this happen. Under an agreement forged late last week, the city is agreeing to give the developer up to $3 million to get the soggy, low-lying property ready for new homes. The money will be covered by future tax revenues generated by the project. In essence, the city will help pay to get the development off the ground and then will repay the public treasury with the tax revenues that the project generates once it is finished. This isn't unheard of. In fact, many communities do this as they try to redevelop blighted or run-down areas, although it's a first for Eustis. Critics will cry corporate welfare, yet cities that exercise these kinds of deals follow a simple logic: If we don't help, the land will sit there underutilized and producing minimal taxes, so this is an investment in the future. Here's why this deal is different. Often, the properties slated for redevelopment are vacant, even derelict. They aren't occupied by real people. In this case, Eustis hasn't just chosen to replace one low-income community with a higher-income community. It has chosen to replace lower-income PEOPLE with higher-income people. More to the point, it has chosen to spend public tax dollars to displace poor people for the benefit of wealthy people. So while there is little question that this is both legal and good for the success of the downtown area, we would argue that the city now has a duty to assist the residents of Sharp's Mobile Home Park in relocating. The City Commission bought into this project, so it must recognize its responsibility to the people whose lives it is helping uproot.OUR OPINIONEustis must take care of mobile park residentsA $100-million-plus development with a hotel, restaurant, townhouses, medical offices, retail and an assisted-living facility will be coming to Dixie Avenue in Lees-burg. Heres what Facebook users had to say:Jobs & Industry, not a bad thing!ŽLisa MarieWonderful!, bringing Lees-burg into the 21st century.Ž Angela Hardee WhitenerBring in the quality restaurants please!ŽStacey Bellus KottkeDan Robuck III, isnt this the same person that purchased the Lee School, and there it sits, falling apart.. hope he follows through on this project.Ž Joyce HueyYeah same guy involved with both, although hes just the front man, not actually investor. Im more optimistic about this one since the inves-tors are local doctors who are building offices for themselves as part of the project. That being said he also told us that the hotel was a done deal which is different from what he told the newspaper.Ž Dan Robuck IIIThis is exciting!!Ž Bryan LoughranTraffic nightmare.Ž Patrick Steven BryantYayyy, More medical offices and an assisted living facility... Just when you thought busy days and sleep-less nights couldnt get any worse... I hope people appre-ciate the Firefighters and EMS personnel that cover that zone... Already the busiest in the county and gonna get busier.Ž Matthew AndersonI wish this would fare better for downtown.Ž Teresa Lovette PellegrinoI wish more fast food restaurants would locate on Dixie. People visiting the hospital have no where to eat (except in hospital cafeteria) unless they drive all the way out to Hwy. 27. If they go to 441 and head east, they have a ways to go before they get to good restaurants like Cracker Barrel, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, etc.Ž Karen Chapman GardinerHow are we going to pay for road development when road impact fees are discounted so drastically? This money will have to come from some-where, just curious what that will be.Ž „ Scott Larson „„„Many users reminisced on the topics of the Lake County history feature about the views of the orange g roves from the Citrus Tower. Heres what they had to say:Once a beautiful picture of citrus trees.Ž Howard DavisI remember that view.Ž Carole Gelm HoldenDad took us there the year it opened. It was beautiful. Now the view is over devel-oped and crap.Ž Marleen LancasterI lived next to it in the 80s. It was nice then.Ž Tammy AthertonIn the 60s I remember citrus from one end of I-4 to the other, and the smell!Ž Bill MachovinaThe view was so beautiful that first time I went to the top in 1973. I was work-ing at Disney World and could almost see the castle.Ž Jim HillFACEBOOK FORUM By Carl HiaasenIf you care about what's left of the Everglades, here's what passes for a victory these days: Florida is moving ahead with plans for a reservoir and a cleansing marsh to handle some of the fertilizertainted, algae-spawning deluge that gets dumped from Lake Okeechobee to both coasts every rainy season. In theory the collected water will be scrubbed and sent south to nourish parched stretches of the Everglades, and ultimately, imperiled Florida Bay. Take a moment to celebrate, but don't go wild. At 10,500 acres, the reservoir will be relatively small and so deep (23 feet) that some scientists don't think it can do the job. The design was chosen over better options by the board of the South Florida Water Management District, which under Gov. Rick Scott functions as a policy arm of Big Sugar. As one example, TCPalm reporters exposed how the water district in 2015 allowed a U.S. Sugar lobbyist named Irene Quincey to "edit" and weaken planned regulations on harmful phosphorous pouring out of Lake O. Among her contributions to the final draft was deleting the word "enforceable" from three key passages. So it's no shock that the water district bowed to the corporate cane growers this year, too. The original reservoir proposal by Sen. Joe Negron, a Stuart Republican whose tourism-dependent district gets slimed hard by the green algae blooms, called for a 60,000-acre project. That would have been big and shallow enough to deal with much of the fouled lake discharges. However, sugar producers didn't want a larger reservoir because they opposed taking any cane acreage out of production, even if the state paid them for it. Some of Big Sugar's subsidized crop grows on land owned by Florida and leased back to the growers. Yet neither lawmakers nor district officials pushed to end those leases so that the tracts could be used for Glades restoration. The Everglades Foundation and some other groups that had blasted the small-reservoir concept backed off after the state Department of Environment Protection promised strict terms for maintaining safe water quality. If that sounds encouraging, don't forget we're talking about another agency castrated by Scott and the Republican leadership in Tallahassee. The priority of the DEP's shriveled staff is fast-tracking development permits, not cracking down on polluters. But let's say a small reservoir that catches and reroutes Lake Okeechobee's marathon toilet flushes is better than nothing. The project still must be approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, an often sluggish partner, and also by Congress, which is supposed to fund half of the estimated $1.4 billion tab. If all that goes smoothly „ which would be miraculous „ the most optimistic prediction for finishing the reservoir and its 6,500-acre treatment marsh is in eight years. That's a long wait, and it's not as if engineers must invent a daring new concept in drainage. Reservoirs were a crucial feature of the landmark Everglades restoration plan approved by Congress (and wellcelebrated) back in 2000. Nobody ever said that saving the place would be easy. A re-plumbing project so huge, complex and vulnerable to political tides was destined to be a long, hard slog. Actual progress has occurred. Elevating segments of the Tamiami Trail to free southward water flow was something few of us thought we'd see in our lifetimes. Farther north, new filtering marshes are actually cleaning some fertilizer from farm runoff. All this happened because smart scientists and dogged bureaucrats overcame maddening hurdles. Some of these good folks are still around, working behind the scenes with bare-bones government budgets. For them, finishing this new reservoir in eight years will be a steep challenge. Unfortunately, for those whose lives and businesses are upended by seasonal discharges from Lake O, eight years could be a crushing eternity. In 2017, about 192 billion gallons of nutrient-laden lake water was released down the St. Lucie River toward the Indian River Lagoon and salty estuaries of the Treasure Coast. Another 397 billion gallons went west down the Caloosahatchee to the inshore Gulf of Mexico. So, yes, building any reservoir is urgent. But even the rosiest forecast means many more seasons of algae eruptions and sea grass die-offs on the east coast, and caustic red tides and fish kills on the west. Meanwhile Florida Bay will keep struggling, its basins cloudy and feeder creeks starved for fresh water from the mainland. Worsening conditions already threaten the marine industries of the Upper Keys. In reality, then, the dubiously designed future reservoir is being celebrated only because those who love the Everglades are desperate for anything that resembles a victory „ even with a delivery date in the too-distant future. Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald.ANOTHER OPINIONNobody said saving the Everglades would be easy


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PAGE 9 | Saturday, March 24, 2018 B1 SALUTETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 CHAT WITH A VETERAN Staff ReportTHE VILLAGES „ The Villages Honor Flight's first flight of 2018 will depart April 4, taking 42 area vet-erans to Washington, D.C.Of the 42 veterans, 10 served in World War II, 27 in the Korean War, four in Korea and Vietnam and one in Vietnam. Seventeen served in the Army, 15 in the Navy, three in the Air Force, six in the Marine Corps and one in the Coast Guard. They are from Bronson, Gaines-ville, Groveland, Hernando, Lady Lake, Lecanto, Leesburg, Mount Dora, Ocala, Starke, Summerfield, The Villages and Wildwood.While in Washington, the veterans will visit Arlington National Cemetery and various war and service memorials. Each veteran has a volunteer guardian to Honor ight to take rst trip of 2018A group of veterans and guardians talk next to the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. [VILLAGES HONOR FLIGHT] By Keith OliverCorrespondentI must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied.Ž „ John MasefieldLEESBURG „ Jim Calvin, owner of Underwater Adven-tures in Leesburg, knew from a lad what he wanted to be. He also knew where he wanted to be: beneath the water.Dressed down to a scuba vest and oxygen tank in nearby Alexander Springs or steering a 2,400-ton attack submarine during the height of the Cold War, Jim was always a water person,Ž saidDawn Gosnell Diehl, a Eustis High School 1971 classmate.I remember in Mr. (Bill) Kelseys marine biology class,Ž she said, Jim was the guy absolutely passionate about the ocean and our lakes and everything within and around them „ the fish, the mammals, even the marshes and all the vegetation.We were not surprised to learn that hed joined the Navy,Ž Diehl said.Calvin, 65, was a jack-ofall-trades aboard the USS Spadefish (SSN-668) where his qualifications and duties included torpedoman, diver and photographer.His four-year enlistment was spent almost entirely aboard the Norfolk, Virginia-based boat. The moniker, ship,Ž is reserved for the sur-face Navy, explained Calvin, a more genteel, less crazy sort.ŽWithin that four years was also a fair amount of training,Ž he said, learning everything from periscope photography to military diving to nuclear reactors „ not to mention the care and handling of 48 Mark torpedoes and a lethal assortment of Harpoon and Tomahawk (cruise) missiles and tube-launched mobile mines. For a Florida boy who wore a perennial sunburn, Calvin was impressed with his initial sub training in New London, Connecticut, where we swam in the same lake in the summer that we ice-skated on in the winter.ŽEven though Spadefish was scrapped at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Washington in 1997 „ Shes razor blades, now,Ž said Calvin „ many of the far-ranging subs specific capabilities remain classified.Ever the loyal sailor during an interview in his familiar, nautically-appointed dive shop on Magnolia Street, Calvin cast as many knowing smiles and winks as straight answers when it came to matters involving Soviet submarine chases and Spade-fishs legendary dwell time.The crew found themselves on a memorable libertyŽ with their Russian counterparts in Naples, Italy; they tied-up in Holy Loch, Scotland (but did not see Nessie); they spent time in Englands Isle of Portland; and they operated in the Arctic.Calvin put his scuba skills to work on several occasions, performing propeller changes and hull checks (with his trusty underwater Nikon in hand) and, when the boat caught a welcome break in Puerto Rico, he was able to treat the entire Spadefish complement to more than 200 personally fresh-caught lobsters. Diehl said the lobster story does not surprise me at all. Jim was always such a nice guy.ŽQuick to deflect such praise, Petty Officer Third Class Calvin pointed instead to his wife Marcia and other blessings.ŽThe simple truth,Ž he said, is that I have been able to live my life doing what I love to do.ŽNavy vet still living the dreamJim Calvin shows demonstrates how dive tanks are “ lled in his dive shop on Magnolia Street in downtown Leesburg. [BOB SNOW / CORRESPONDENT] Jim Calvin, of Eustis, is a lifelong under-water adventurer TODAYDINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT: At 5 p.m. every Saturday at Amvets Post 1992, 32201 Amvets Way in Mount Dora. Nonmembers must be signed in by a member of the post. Go to SPAGHETTI DINNER: At 5 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month at AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Guests must sign in with a sponsor. Call 352-323-8750 or go to BUFFET: From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Sunday at Amvets Post 1992, 32201 Amvets Way in Mount Dora. With biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, eggs and pancakes. Cost is $6.50. Free to “ rst responders with ID and kids under 6. Call 352-483-3327. WINGS AND KARAOKE: At 2 p.m. every Sunday at AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Nonmembers must be signed in by a member of the post. Call 352-323-8750, email amvetspost2006@gmail. com or go to PACKAGES FOR TROOPS: From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Monday at AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Drop off and label "care package for our troops." Call 352-430-4355 or email CHICKEN WINGS, PIZZA AND CORNHOLE: At 5 p.m. every Monday at Amvets Post 1992, 32201 Amvets Way in Mount CALENDARTown: Dona Vista Branch of service and rank: U.S. Army reserves, on active duty for 20 years and 2 months, lieutenant colonel Enlisted or drafted? My degree was in chemistry and I worked as a chemist the last “ ve or six years it took me to get it, but once I got it there were very few jobs in chemistry. My dad was in the service and my granddad was in the Prussian service, so I thought maybe it was time to give something back to my country. So I enlisted. What did you do in the service? I taught trainees nuclear, biological and chemical warfare. Later I went to computer school and I did computer forecasting. Why was it important? Because in my family, patriotism is important. Your country is important. What is your most important memory from service? When you meet people like Grace Hopper (pioneer computer scientist), looking forward, you could see the future. And I remember that ah-hah moment when I realized that major was not a limiting factor for me. What did you like least about service? The old-boy system, because it didn't include me. What do you want people to understand about war? We'll always have wars, because we are human. War is not good, but we are human. We are just going to do it.GLORIA CORBET See SALUTE, B4See TRIP, B4


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PAGE 11 | Saturday, March 24, 2018 B3 FAITHTom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 By Lucy LuginbillTribune News ServiceThe voice on the loudspeaker rose above the noise in the Greyhound bus terminal, alerting the weary passenger to a waiting call. In a matter of moments, that message would irretrievably change the young college students life.His words were deafening and put me right to my knees,Ž Jack Jennings, now 66, said as he remembered the Illinois state troopers words. Is your mom Mabel, and your dad Charles? They were killed in an automobile accident.ŽThe blunt announcement struck with force. Stunned, the 19-year-old could barely process the news that his parents station wagon had been crushed by a fastmoving cattle truck that December of 1970.In the aftermath, Jacks heart was crushed, too.I was totally devastated, hardly knew my own name,Ž Jack said, reflecting on his shock that day, and the horrific news he would have to identify his mother and fathers remains. They put me in the back of the troop-ers car as if I were arrested.ŽDuring the long drive to the morgue, Jack knew he could never go home again „ his world was demolished. Left were only childhood memories of growing up in Caon City, Colo., until he went off to college and his dad, a New Jersey Zinc Co. manager, was transferred to Dalzell, Illinois. Those early years had been happy times when his mom worked at the local hospital and was a leader in their faith community. His dad, ever the encourager, helped his young son become an early entrepreneur.ŽI started a fishing worm business at 7 years old,Ž Jack said, thinking back on the roughhewn sign advertising fruits and vegetables from their acreage. So many came through on Highway 50 to go fishing for rain-bow trout, and they needed worms. I started making a lot of money „ more than some adults at that time.ŽBut those idyllic days were past, and what lay ahead was financial and emotional debris. A lawsuit by the cattle company destroyed the familys estate, and with it any hope of Jack returning to Southern Colorado State University in Pueblo. With only $1,400 in his pocket and a used car to drive, Jack forged ahead for years on a trail of grief.By his third marriage, Jack had eight children „ one who now lives in Tri-Cities, Wash., „ and a life in Ft. Collins that some might have envied. He and his wife had rental properties, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, nice cars, including a beautiful truck,Ž Jack said, and a motorhome. Their savings account was plush, but ruin was on the horizon.We hooked up with a co-ed softball crowd and traveled around a lot,Ž Jack said, recalling the temptation to party. We drank heavily when we won and drank heavily when we lost.ŽBefore long their new life-style seduced even more. CrackŽ cocaine became their drug „ their god, Jack said „ and a choice he deeply regrets.I probably spent over a quarter of a million in value Gods recyclable treasures shine againJack Jennings with his dog, Maggie Mae, who discovered cash in a frozen snowbank, the “ rst of many blessings, the Colorado native said. [PHOTOS BY JACK JENNINGS] Hoarfrost shimmered on everything the February 2012 morning Jack Jennings experienced what he calls his burning bushŽ moment. TODAYEASTER EGG HUNT: At 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 117 S. Center St. in Eustis. Following childrens Walk with Jesus event in the fellowship hall. Call 352357-2833 for information. SHABBAT SERVICES: At 10 a.m. every Saturday at Chabad House Center for Jewish Life and Learning, 13030 County Road 103 in Oxford. Call 352-3304466 or go to CHRISTIAN BREAKFAST CLUB: From 8 to 10 a.m. every Saturday at Perkins Restaurant, 27811 S. Highway 27 in Leesburg. Interdenominational and all welcome. Call Dan or Lynda Rushing at 352-530-2518. PAWS OF PRAISE: At 9:30 a.m. every second and fourth Saturday at Bark Park, 6085 County Road 44 in Wildwood. Community gathering for humans and canine companions. Contact Michael Beck at 352-203-7258. GUEST SPEAKER: At 6 p.m. at Tri-County Unitarian Universalists Church, 7280 SE 135th St. in Summer“ eld. Professor emeritus at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point Dr. Mark Welton on Iran today. Refreshments will be served. Free but donations welcome. Call 352-408-4920 for information. POTLUCK AND CONCERT: At 6 p.m. at Tavares First United Methodist Church, 600 W. Ianthe St. Public is invited. Free but a love offering will be taken. For information call 352-343-2761. SHABBAT MORNING SERVICE: At 10 a.m. at Congregation Beth Sholom Synagogue, 315 N. 13th St. in Leesburg. Led by Rabbi Karen Allen. Kiddush will follow service. Go to bethsholom” or call 352-326-3692 for information.SUNDAYPALM SUNDAY: At 10 and 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 117 S. Center St. in Eustis. Children's procession and performance with palms and songs. Call 352-357-2833 for information. GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: From 3 to 5 p.m. every Sunday at First Presbyterian Eustis, 117 S. Center St. To help people face challenges and rebuild their lives. Go to EASTER MUSICAL: At 6 p.m. at GraceWay Church, 10200 Morningside Drive in Lessburg. On a Hill Too Far Away. Call 352-7281620 for information.MONDAYOUR FATHER'S HANDS CRAFT GROUP: From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Monday at New Life Baptist Church, 35300 Radio Road in Leesburg. Most items created are donated to charity. Call 352728-0004 for information. GRIEFSHARE: At 3:30 p.m. every Monday at First United Methodist Church of Tavares, 600 W. Ianthe St. For those grieving the loss of a loved one. Cost is $15 for workbook. Call Betty at 352308-8229 to register. TOASTMASTERS MEETING: From 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Monday at Clermont Seventhday Adventist Church, 498 W. Montrose St. Call 352-234-6495.TUESDAYLADIES PRECEPT BIBLE STUDY: From 9 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday at Fairway Christian Church Classrooms A-B, 251 Avenida Los Angelos in The Villages. Call 352-259-9305 for information. LADIES TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY: From 9 to 11 a.m. every Tuesday at Fairway Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 251 Avenida Los Angelos in The Villages. Call 352-259-9305 for information.WEDNESDAYEASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA: From 6 to 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Montverde, 17409 Eighth St. With bounce houses, pony rides, hot dogs, popcorn and egg hunt. Free admission. Call 407-469-4569 for information. LADIES BIBLE STUDY: From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Wednesday at New Life Baptist Church, 35300 Radio Road in Leesburg. Call 352-728-0004 for information. GRIEFSHARE: From 2 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday at Fairway Christian Church Room C/D, 251 Avenida Los Angelos in The Villages. For all who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Call 352259-9305 for information. YOGA THERAPY CHURCH: At 11 a.m. every Wednesday at Wildwood United Methodist Church, 300 Mason St. Amrit Yoga Therapy and Christian Scripture. Call 352-203-7258. WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDIES: From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Fairway Christian Church, 251 Avenida Los Angelos in The Villages. Call 352-259-9305 for information. MEN'S BIBLE STUDY: From 8 to 9 a.m. every Wednesday at Fairway Christian Church Classrooms C-D, 251 Avenida Los Angelos in The Villages. Call 352-259-9305 for information. LADIES WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY: From 6 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Fairway Christian Church Classrooms A-B, 251 Avenida Los Angelos in The Villages. Call 352-259-9305 for information.THURSDAYTENEBRAE SERVICE: At 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 117 S. Center St. in Eustis. Call 352-357-2833 for information. LADIES THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY: From 9 to 11 a.m. every Thursday at Fairway Christian Church Classrooms C-D, 251 Avenida Los Angelos in The Villages. Call 352-259-9305 for information. MAUNDY THURSDAY PROGRAM: At 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Mount Dora, 222 W. 6th Ave. Chancel choir presents Lord of the Dance, a Lenten musical, then share in the Lords Supper. Go to or call 352-383-4089 for details. MAUNDY THURSDAY PRAYER CALENDAR Have you ever walked along and realized an angel has visited you? Or maybe two? Thats who greeted Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James and some other women. It was first day of the week, after Jesus Christ was crucified, and the women arrived at early dawn, taking spices to the tomb to prepare the slain body of Jesus. At least thats what they were prepared to do. They wondered who would move the large stone covering the entrance. But when they got there they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. When they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. Instead, they found two men in dazzling apparel.Ž Naturally they were frightened and bowed their heads to the ground. The men, really angels, replied, Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.Ž It changed everything. But the women were still a bit confused. The men replied, Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.Ž But we cant blame the women for their response, or lack of it. No one came looking for the risen Savior. Finally they remembered His words and returning from the tomb told the 11 Apostles and all the rest what they had seen and heard. This time it was the men who didnt understand. Luke tells us, These words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them.Ž But Peter didnt stay put. Luke doesnt tell us whether he believed the women or not but he decided to see for himself. He ran to the tomb, stooped and looked in. He saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.Ž I have to imagine I would be in the same boat if I were there 2,000 years ago. I probably would have stayed in the room and not gone with Peter to see for himself. What do we look for on Easter Sunday? Am I like most of the world and dont really see anything, certainly nothing miraculous? It is a miracle. The world was turned upside down. But is that how I treat it? Unfortunately, yes, but maybe this time will be different. Why do we seek the living among the dead? How many of our church services are more funeral services and not a celebration? He is not here, but has risen.Ž It changes everything. Let us live like it. It doesnt even need to be Easter Sunday. Rick Reed is a columnist for the Daily Commercial. Email him at us live like Jesus has risen Rick ReedSee AGAIN, B4 See FAITH, B4


B4 Saturday, March 24, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comassist them. The trip is free for veterans, but guardians and staff pay their own way.The flight begins with an early morning sendoff at the Lady Lake American Legion Post on Rolling Acres Road. The day-long trip concludes with a welcome home celebra-tion at the American Legion Post at 12.15 a.m. on April 5. The public is invited to par-ticipate in the celebration and is encouraged to bring a lawn chair and an American Flag.Entertainment begins at 10 p.m., with the Village Cheer-leaders, Village Twirlers, Clown Alley 179 and Ralph DiNome and his Flashback band.Villages Honor Flighthas flown more than 1,000 veterans since its first flight in May of 2012 and serves Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter counties. For details, go to www. TRIPFrom Page B1Dora. Nonmembers must be signed in by a member of the post. Go to DAR CLASS: From 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. the second, third and fourth Monday of the month at Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive in Clermont. Daughters of the American Revolution help decode your documents and “ nd your ancestors. Call 352242-9805 for information.TUESDAYBINGO: At 1:01 p.m. every Tuesday at Amvets Post 1992, 32201 Amvets Way in Mount Dora. Nonmembers must be signed in by a member of the post. Go to TACO TUESDAY: At 5 p.m. every Tuesday at AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Nonmembers must be signed in by a member of the post. Call 352-323-8750, email or go to From 6 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday at AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Sign in at the door. Connect with members and see what the post is all about. Call 352-323-8750, and ask for an AMVET of“ cer or auxiliary of“ cer. WACKY WEDNESDAY: From 4 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday at Amvets Post 1992, 32201 Amvets Way in Mount Dora. Nonmembers must be signed in by a member of the post. Go to VETERANS MEETING: At 2 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month at the Leesburg Senior Center, 1211 Penn St. Korean War & Service Veterans Chapter 169. Call 352-748-7009.FRIDAYDINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT: At 5 p.m. every Friday at Amvets Post 1992, 32201 Amvets Way in Mount Dora. Nonmembers must be signed in by a member of the post. Go to amvet FRIDAY FISH FRY: From 5 to 7 p.m. every Friday at AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Non-members must sign in with a sponsor. Wear red to honor those deployed. Call Post Commander or Vice at 352-323-8750, email or go to, APRIL 4WELCOME HOME CELEBRATION: At 10 p.m. at American Legion Post 347, 699 W. Lady Lake Drive in Lady Lake. For Villages Honor Flight's “ rst ” ight of 2018. Public Welcome. Bring lawn chair and American Flag. With Village Cheerleaders and Twirlers, Clown Alley 179 and Ralph DiNome and his Flashback band. Go to villageshonor” SALUTEFrom Page B1on drugs,Ž the once successful businessman said as he remi-nisced about hocking all they had. It was the death blow to their 27-year marriage.I lost everything wed ever built, and we went into horrible debt,Ž Jack said. All our kids „ grown at the time „ were distraught. They had no idea we were doing drugs.ŽFrom then on, Jacks life was a blur of alcoholism with no money for his drug habit. He would scrape enough cash together from working odd jobs and selling scrap metal to keep a roof over his head, but not much else.Bereft of family and finances, and facing the threat of eviction from his apartment, the destitute man called out to God.I dont cry often, but that morning I was so distraught. I had no hope,Ž Jack said, remembering how he had blindly wept as he walked his dog toward a nearby field, and then caught sight of a breathtaking scene. The hoarfrost was everywhere, like oneor two-inch ropes of tinsel on everything. I stopped and put my arms up in the air and I said, God please help me! In that moment, a few clouds cleared and the sun shone like a spotlight on Jack, the icy field and trees turning into a sea of gold.I looked back up „ the sun-shine was blinding „ and a loud inner voice beyond my own thoughts said, Give me your heart. Come follow me. Every step you take in my name I will bless you forever, Ž Jack said, remembering the indescribable love and warmth that penetrated his very being. It was the most pleasant thing Ive ever felt, and then suddenly all these doves flew up from behind my head. At the same time the frost broke and there were bright particles of ice floating around the birds as they flew.ŽAbove the tumult of his tormented soul, God had dramatically answered Jacks call. From that moment in February 2012, his desire for alcohol vanished, and the blessings promised began immediately.On his walk that same morn-ing, Jacks dog suddenly dug intently into a crusty snow-bank to find 30 dollars in cash, enough to fill his van at the pump and include a gas station deli meal. Then, upon arriving at a craigslist site to pick up a freebie, not only was he given the metal shed as adver-tised, but he was also invited to remove old decorative ore carts to recycle as scrap metal. Before the end of the day he had enough money to put toward the rent and even more to advance his business after later dismantling the iron decor.I named the business RecycleJacks because my heart „ and Jack „ had been recycled,Ž he said.Nowadays from his new home in the Centennial State, this entrepreneur continues to recycle what others discard. And through The Vineyard Church of the Rockies where he is the hospitality administrator, he often crosses paths with impoverished, discouraged folks who are where he once was.Not surprisingly, Jack Jennings is quick to share a truth he knows firsthand: No one is a throwaway, only Gods recy-clable treasure. AGAINFrom Page B3 VIGIL: Public invited to pray anytime between 5 and 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Mount Dora, 439 E. Fifth Ave. Call 352-383-2005 or go to for information.FRIDAYGOOD FRIDAY SERVICE: At 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 117 S. Center St. in Eustis. A contemporary service in the fellowship hall. Call 352-357-2833 for information. SHEAR LOVE SOUL SALON: From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Friday at Wildwood United Methodist Church, 300 Mason St. With Pastor and cosmetologist Krista Olson. Wash hair beforehand and bring Bible. Call 352-203-7258. GOOD FRIDAY PROGRAM: At 6 p.m. at Fairway Christian Church, 251 Avenida Los Angelos in The Villages. Ancient of Days, with music and telling the story of Christ and His Last Supper. Communion will be served. Call 352-259-9305 for information. GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE: At 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Mount Dora, 439 E. Fifth Ave. Lamentations of the Lamb, a Service of Tenebrae. Call 352383-2005 or go to mtdorafumc. org for information.SATURDAY, MARCH 31EASTER EGG HUNT: At 10:30 a.m. at Welcome Home Christian Church, 335 Tomato Hill Road in Leesburg. With free food, games and petting zoo. Egg hunt for grades 6 and younger. Call Cheryl Dykstra at 352-406-9254 or go to welcomehomechristian. com. PASSOVER SEDER DINNER: At 5:30 p.m. at Pennbrooke Fairways, 32900 Countryside Blvd. in Leesburg. With Rabbi Karen Allen of Congregation Beth Shalom. Cost is $40, $15 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and under. Call Burt Kraft at 352-513-3517 for reservations. Go to bethsholom” for information. FAITHFrom Page B3

PAGE 13 | Saturday, March 24, 2018 C1 SPORTS BASEBALL | C4AMERICAN LEAGUE SEASON PREVIEW Paul Jenkins, Sports editor 352-365-8204 paul.jenkins@dailycommercial.comBy Doug FergusonThe Associated PressAUSTIN, Texas „ In a showdown that turned sloppy, Patrick Reed nearly holed a wedge to seize control and finished off Jordan Spieth with a 40-foot birdie putt from behind the 17th green to advance to the weekend of the Dell Technologies Match Play.The 2-and-1 victory sent Spieth home in search of his game with the Masters just two weeks away.Spieth, the No. 4 seed, wasnt the only player leav-ing early.Justin Thomas (No. 2) and Sergio Garcia (No. 7) were the only top-10 seeds to advance to the fourth round. Thomas had the easiest time, a 7-and-5 victory over Fran-cesco Molinari. And with defending champion Dustin Johnson already eliminated, Thomas can go to No. 1 in the world if he wins this week.But theres a long way to go.Asked how he felt going into the weekend, Thomas replied, The same as the other 16 guys. We all start at the same place.ŽPaul Casey might have had the toughest day: He lost twice.Casey only had to halve his match to advance for the third Reed beats Spieth as top seeds fallBy Beth HarrisAssociated PressLOS ANGELES „ Florida State takes its win-by-com-mittee philosophy seriously.The Seminoles crowded six players on the dais with coach Leonard Hamilton for Friday's news conference at Staples Center. They were only required to bring five, but nobody gets left out on this team, including the walk-ons.Most coaches shorten their bench the closer they get to the Final Four, but Hamilton won't consider going away from his 11-man rotation. As a result, every player believes they are equally as important as their teammates. "The coaches preach all the time it's going to be a differ-ent guy every night," forward Phil Cofer said. "Everybody is definitely locked into helping each other."Ninth-seeded Florida State (23-11) plays No. 3 seed Mich-igan (31-7) on Saturday in the West Region final. A victory would move the Seminoles into the Final Four for the second time in school history. They lost to UCLA in the 1972 national championship game."We always envisioned this and we always talked about it," guard Terance Mann said, "so to finally be here definitely means a lot."The Seminoles have knocked off three higherseeded teams in the NCAA Tournament, including No. 1 Xavier in the second round.Each opponent experienced Florida State's so-called junkyard defense, a scrappy mindset embodied by pres-suring the ball and going after little things like steals and deflections."Playing hard to exhaus-tion," Cofer adds. "That's one of the key things of our junkyard defense."Hamilton fosters FSUs unsel sh spirit in NCAAs Florida State guard Terance Mann (14) celebrates after scoring against Gonzaga during the second half of an NCAA Tournament regional semi“ nal Thursday in Los Angeles. [AP PHOTO / JAE HONG] By Frank Jolleyfrank.jolley@dailycommercial.comBUSHNELL „ Charlie Cerney wasnt sure what he had when the Tavares High School girls track team came together for its first practice of the season.The Bulldogs coach headed into the season with a number of holes to fill due to graduation, but held out hope his returnees and new-comers could jell in time to return the team to its 2016 form when it earned a runner-up finish at the Class 2A-District 8 finals.With a one-point win recently against a stout field Clearing the hurdlesTavares Emma Monthony th rows the discus at the Raider Open at South Sumter High School in Bushnell on Friday. [PHOTOS BY PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT] Tavares girls track team jells into strongsquadTavares Alaijah Buie wins the 100-meter dash at the Raider Open at South Sumter High School in Bushnell on Friday. See FSU, C3 See GOLF, C3 See TRACK, C3The Associated PressOMAHA, Neb. „ No crazy comeback story here.Top-seeded Kansas brought at least a temporary halt to the insanity this March, withstanding a wild comeback from fifth-seeded Clemson for a too-close-for-comfort, 80-76 victory on Friday.Malik Newman led the Jayhawks (30-7) with 17 points in a one-time runaway that got much closer and, quite frankly, wont mean much if KU cant finish the job in the regional final Sunday.For the third straight year as a No. 1 seed, KU made its way through the Sweet 16. Getting to the Final Four has been a different story „ and the Jayhawks are on the door-step once again.As a top seed the last two seasons, Kansas made it through the regional semifi-nals, only to flop a game shy of the Final Four both times. In fact, this is the sixth time Bill Selfs team has been seeded first since winning it all in 2008; the Jayhawks havent made the Final Four one of those times. It couldve ended Friday.Clemson trailed 62-42 midway through the first half, but climbed to within six with 2:27 left. But thanks to Devonte Grahams offensive rebound with 1:57 left, the Jayhawks ran almost a minute off the clock. The Tigers got the ball with a chance to cut it to a one-possession game, but misfired on back-to-back 3s. From there, Kansas overcame a dogged Clemson press just long enough to ensure that the Tigers couldnt pull any closer until the final buzzer. Kansas came into the game a 4 -point favorite.Gabe DeVoe had a careerhigh 31 for Clemson (25-10), which couldnt replicate the magic it showed in beating Auburn by 31 to reach its first Sweet 16 in 21 years. Villanova 90, WestVirginia 78Top-seeded Villanova beat the press of West Virginia and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.Jalen Brunson scored 27 Kansas holds o Clemson rallyVillanova defeats WestVirginia 90-78See NCAA, C3


C2 Saturday, March 24, 2018 | SCOREBOARD HOW TO REACH USPaul Jenkins, Sports Editor Email: Phone: 352-365-8204SPORTS RESULTSSchools or coaches can report game results by calling 352-365-8204. Submissions also can be emailed to Results submitted after 9:30 p.m. may not appear in the next days edition of the Daily Commercial.SPORTS ON TV COLLEGE BASKETBALL MENS BASKETBALL NCAA TOURNAMENTAll times Eastern EAST REGIONAL At TD Garden, Boston Regional Semi“ nals FridayVillanova (32-4) vs. West Virginia (26-10), late Purdue (30-6) vs. Texas Tech (26-9), lateRegional Championship SundaySemi“ nal winnersSOUTH REGIONAL At Philips Arena, Atlanta Regional Semi“ nals ThursdayLoyola of Chicago 69, Nevada 68 Kansas State 61, Kentucky 58Regional Championship TodayLoyola of Chicago (31-5) vs. Kansas State (2511), 6:09 p.m.MIDWEST REGIONAL At CenturyLink Center Omaha, Neb. Regional Semi“ nals FridayKansas (29-7) vs. Clemson (25-9), late Duke (28-7) vs. Syracuse (23-13), lateRegional Championship SundaySemi“ nal winnersWEST REGIONAL At STAPLES Center, Los Angeles Regional Semi“ nals ThursdayMichigan 99, Texas A&M 72 Florida State 75, Gonzaga 60Regional Championship TodayMichigan (31-7) vs. Florida State (23-11), 8:49 p.m.FINAL FOUR At The Alamodome, San Antonio National Semi“ nals March 31South champion vs. West champion East champion vs. Midwest championNational Championship April 2Semi“ nal winnersNATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENTAll times Eastern Semi“ nals At Madison Square Garden, New York TuesdayWestern Kentucky (27-10) vs. Utah (22-11), 7 p.m. Penn State (24-13) vs. Mississippi State (25-11), 9:30 p.m.Championship March 29Semi“ nal winners, 8 p.m.COLLEGE BASKETBALL INVITATIONALAll times Eastern Semi“ nals March 21North Texas 90, Jacksonville State 68ThursdaySan Francisco 65, Campbell 62Championship Series (Best-of-3; x-if necessary) MondayNorth Texas (18-17) at San Francisco (21-15), 10 p.m.WednesdaySan Francisco (21-15) at North Texas (18-17), 8:30 p.m.March 30x-San Francisco (21-15) at North Texas (18-17), 7 p.m.COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT Quarter“ nals March 21UIC 83, Austin Peay 81 Northern Colorado 86, San Diego 75ThursdaySam Houston 76, UTSA 69TodayCentral Michigan (21-14) at Liberty (21-14), 2 p.m.Semi“ nals March 28Game 1, 7 p.m. Game 2, 9 p.m.Championship March 30Semi“ nal winners, TBANCAA DIV. II TOURNAMENTAt Sioux Falls, S.D. Semi“ nals ThursdayFerris State 85, West Texas A&M 79 Northern State 105, Queens (NC) 99, 2OTChampionship TodayFerris State (37-1) vs. Northern State (36-3), 3 p.m.NCAA WOMENS TOURNAMENT All times Eastern ALBANY REGIONAL Regional Semi“ nals Today At Albany, N.Y.South Carolina (28-6) vs. Buffalo (29-5), 11:30 a.m. UConn (34-0) vs. Duke (24-8), 2 p.m.Regional Championship MondaySemi“ nal winners, 7 p.m. SPOKANE REGIONAL Regional Semi“ nals Today At Spokane, Wash.Notre Dame (31-3) vs. Texas A&M (26-9), 4 p.m. Oregon (32-4) vs. Central Michigan (30-4), 6:30 p.m.Regional Championship MondaySemi“ nal winners, 9 p.m. KANSAS CITY REGIONAL Regional Semi“ nals Friday At Kansas City, Mo.N.C. State (26-8) vs. Mississippi St. (34-1), late UCLA (26-7) vs. Texas (28-6), lateRegional Championship SundaySemi“ nal winners, 7:30 p.m. LEXINGTON REGIONAL Regional Semi“ nals Friday At Lexington, Ky.Oregon State (25-7) vs. Baylor (33-1), late Louisville (34-2) vs. Stanford (24-10), lateRegional Championship SundaySemi“ nal winners, noonFINAL FOUR At Columbus, Ohio National Semi“ nals March 30Albany champion vs. Spokane chamion, 7 or 9:30 p.m. Kansas City champion vs. Lexington champion, 7 or 9:30 p.m.National Championship April 1Semi“ nal winners, 6 p.m.WOMENS NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT Third Round ThursdayIndiana 73, Purdue 51 Virginia Tech 81, Fordham 50 St. Johns 65, Duquesne 52 Alabama 61, Georgia Tech 59 South Dakota 85, Michigan State 83, OT TCU 81, New Mexico 72FridayJames Madison (23-10) at West Virginia (23-11), late UC Davis (27-6) at Kansas State (18-15), lateWOMENS BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL Semi“ nals FridaySouth Alabama (21-12) at Yale (17-13), lateTodayNevada (19-16) at Central Arkansas (24-9), 6 p.m.NCAA WOMENS DIV. II TOURNAMENTAt Sioux Falls, S.D. Championship FridayCentral Missouri (29-3) vs. Ashland (36-0), late PRO BASKETBALL NBAAll times EasternEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division W L PCT. GBx-Toronto 53 19 .736 „ x-Boston 48 23 .676 4 Philadelphia 41 30 .577 11 New York 26 46 .361 27 Brooklyn 23 49 .319 30Southeast Division W L Pct GBWashington 40 31 .563 „ Miami 39 33 .542 1 Charlotte 32 41 .438 9 Orlando 21 51 .292 19 Atlanta 21 51 .292 19Central Division W L Pct GBCleveland 42 29 .592 „ Indiana 41 31 .569 1 Milwaukee 37 34 .521 5 Detroit 32 40 .444 10 Chicago 24 47 .338 18 WESTERN CONFERENCESouthwest Division W L Pct GBy-Houston 58 14 .806 „ New Orleans 43 30 .589 15 San Antonio 42 30 .583 16 Dallas 22 50 .306 36 Memphis 19 53 .264 39Northwest Division W L Pct GBPortland 44 27 .620 „ Oklahoma City 43 30 .589 2 Minnesota 41 31 .569 3 Utah 41 31 .569 3 Denver 39 33 .542 5Paci“ c Division W L Pct GBy-Golden State 53 18 .746 „ L.A. Clippers 38 33 .535 15 L.A. Lakers 31 40 .437 22 Sacramento 24 49 .329 30 Phoenix 19 53 .264 34 x-clinched playoff berth; y-won divisionThursdays GamesCharlotte 140, Memphis 79 Philadelphia 118, Orlando 98 New Orleans 128, L.A. Lakers 125 Houston 100, Detroit 96, OT Utah 119, Dallas 112 Sacramento 105, Atlanta 90Fridays GamesDenver at Washington, late L.A. Clippers at Indiana, late Brooklyn at Toronto, late Minnesota at New York, late Phoenix at Cleveland, late Miami at Oklahoma City, late Milwaukee at Chicago, late Utah at San Antonio, late Boston at Portland, late Atlanta at Golden State, lateTodays GamesMinnesota at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. Chicago at Detroit, 7 p.m. Phoenix at Orlando, 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Memphis, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Houston, 8 p.m. Charlotte at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.Sundays GamesCleveland at Brooklyn, 1 p.m. San Antonio at Milwaukee, 3:30 p.m. Miami at Indiana, 5 p.m. Boston at Sacramento, 6 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Toronto, 6 p.m. New York at Washington, 6 p.m. Portland at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Houston, 8 p.m. Utah at Golden State, 8:30 p.m. PRO HOCKEY NHLEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA x-Tampa Bay 74 51 19 4 106 271 211 x-Boston 72 45 17 10 100 240 186 Toronto 74 44 23 7 95 251 210 Florida 72 37 28 7 81 219 222 Detroit 74 27 36 11 65 189 229 Montreal 74 26 36 12 64 185 237 Ottawa 73 26 36 11 63 201 257 Buffalo 73 23 38 12 58 173 240Metropolitan Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA Washington 74 43 24 7 93 230 217 Pittsburgh 74 42 27 5 89 243 225 Columbus 75 42 28 5 89 214 206 Philadelphia 75 38 25 12 88 226 223 New Jersey 73 37 28 8 82 219 221 Carolina 74 32 31 11 75 203 237 N.Y. Rangers 74 32 34 8 72 214 240 N.Y. Islanders 74 31 33 10 72 241 270WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA x-Nashville 73 48 15 10 106 238 183 Winnipeg 73 44 19 10 98 242 190 Minnesota 73 41 24 8 90 227 210 Colorado 74 40 26 8 88 237 217 St. Louis 73 40 28 5 85 203 194 Dallas 74 38 28 8 84 212 201 Chicago 75 30 36 9 69 211 233Paci“ c Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA Vegas 74 47 21 6 100 249 202 San Jose 74 42 23 9 93 227 202 Los Angeles 75 41 27 7 89 219 187 Anaheim 74 38 24 12 88 210 197 Calgary 75 35 30 10 80 204 226 Edmonton 74 33 36 5 71 214 236 Vancouver 74 26 39 9 61 192 242 Arizona 74 25 38 11 61 184 237 x-clinched playoff spot; 2 points for a win, 1 for OT loss. Top three teams in each division and two wild cards per conference advance to playoffsThursdays GamesPhiladelphia 4, N.Y. Rangers 3 Carolina 6, Arizona 5 Columbus 4, Florida 0 Tampa Bay 7, N.Y. Islanders 6 Washington 1, Detroit 0 Edmonton 6, Ottawa 2 Toronto 5, Nashville 2 Vancouver 5, Chicago 2 Los Angeles 7, Colorado 1 San Jose 2, Vegas 1, OTFridays GamesMontreal at Buffalo, late New Jersey at Pittsburgh, late Anaheim at Winnipeg, late Vancouver at St. Louis, late Boston at Dallas, lateTodays GamesVegas at Colorado, 3 p.m. Calgary at San Jose, 4 p.m. Chicago at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Buffalo at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. Detroit at Toronto, 7 p.m. Arizona at Florida, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Washington at Montreal, 7 p.m. Carolina at Ottawa, 7 p.m. St. Louis at Columbus, 7 p.m. Nashville at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Los Angeles at Edmonton, 10 p.m.Sundays GamesPhiladelphia at Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m. Nashville at Winnipeg, 7 p.m. Vancouver at Dallas, 7 p.m. Boston at Minnesota, 7:30 p.m. Anaheim at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. GOLF INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF PGA TOURSWORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP DELL TECHNOLOGIES MATCH PLAYThursday at Austin Country Club, Austin, Texas Yardage: 7,108. Par: 71 (seedings in parentheses)Second RoundAlex Noren (13), Sweden, def. Thomas Pieters (39), Belgium 5 and 4. Tony Finau (29), United States, def. Kevin Na (61), U.S., 3 and 2. Jordan Spieth (4), U.S., def. Li Haotong (34), China, 4 and 2. Patrick Reed (19), U.S., def. Charl Schwartzel (49), South Africa, 1 up. Tommy Fleetwood (9), England, def. Kevin Chappell (33), U.S., 7 and 6. Ian Poulter (58) England, def. Daniel Berger (26), U.S., 2 and 1. Jason Dufner (42), U.S., def. Jason Day (8), Australia, 3 and 1. James Hahn (56), U.S., def. Louis Oosthuizen (25), South Africa, 3 and 1. Matt Kuchar (16), U.S., def. Yuta Ikeda (47), Japan, 1 up. Ross Fisher (27), England def. Zach Johnson (54), U.S., 2 up. Adam Hadwin (38), Canada, def. Dustin Johnson (1), U.S., 4 and 3. Kevin Kisner (32), U.S., def. Bernd Wiesberger (53), Austria, 5 and 4. Bubba Watson (35), U.S., def. Marc Leishman (11), Australia, 3 and 2. Branden Grace (23), South Africa, def. Julian Suri (64), U.S., 2 and 1. Rory McIlroy (6), Northern Ireland, def. Jhonattan Vegas (44), Venezuela, 2 and 1. Brian Harman (18), U.S., def. Peter Uihlein (57), U.S., 3 and 2. Phil Mickelson (14), U.S., def. Satoshi Kodaira (40), Japan, 1 up. Charles Howell III (59), U.S., def. Rafa Cabrera Bello (17), Spain, 3 and 1. Chez Reavie (43), U.S., def. Jon Rahm (3), Spain, 1 up. Kiradech Aphibarnrat (28), Thailand, def. Keegan Bradley (63), U.S., 1 up. Paul Casey (10), England, def. Kyle Stanley (45), U.S., 4 and 2. Russell Henley (51), U.S., def. Matt Fitzpatrick (31), England, 2 and 1. Sergio Garcia (7), Spain, def. Dylan Frittelli (41), South Africa, 2 up. Xander Schauffele (20), U.S., def. Shubhankar Sharma (62), India, 3 and 1. Webb Simpson (37), U.S., def. Pat Perez (15), U.S., 3 and 1. Si Woo Kim (50), South Korea, def. Gary Woodland (24), 5 and 3. Justin Thomas (2), U.S., def. Patton Kizzire (48), U.S., 3 and 1. Francesco Molinari (21), Italy, def. Luke List (60), U.S., 3 and 2. Tyrrell Hatton (12), England, def. Brendan Steele (36), U.S., 3 and 2. Alexander Levy (55), France, def. Charley Hoffman (22), U.S., 1 up. Cameron Smith (46), Australia, def. Hideki Matsuyama (5), Japan, 1 up. Patrick Cantlay (30), U.S., def. Yusaku Miyazato (53), Japan, 1 up.PGA TOURCORALES PUNTACANA RESORT & CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPFridays leaders at Corales Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Purse: $3 million. Yardage: 7,670; Par: 72 (36-36)Second RoundBrice Garnett 63-68„131 Steve Wheatcroft 66-66„132 Keith Mitchell 66-66„132 Xinjun Zhang 66-68„134 Seungsu Han 67-67„134 Hunter Mahan 70-65„135 Matt Every 69-66„135 Corey Conners 64-71„135 Denny McCarthy 66-69„135 Seamus Power 68-67„135 Trey Mullinax 69-66„135 Geoff Ogilvy 69-67„136 Matt Atkins 69-67„136 David Lingmerth 70-67„137 Tom Lovelady 69-68„137 Joel Dahmen 71-66„137 Lanto Grif“ n 69-68„137 Kelly Kraft 68-69„137 Tyler McCumber 67-70„137 Ethan Tracy 68-69„137 Paul Dunne 67-70„137 George McNeill 67-71„138 Abraham Ancer 71-67„138 Tommy Gainey 70-68„138 Andrew Putnam 70-68„138 Daniel Chopra 70-68„138 Ricky Barnes 70-68„138 Martin Flores 68-71„139 Patrick Rodgers 74-65„139 Troy Merritt 69-70„139 Matt Jones 72-67„139 Fabin Gmez 69-70„139 K.J. Choi 71-68„139 Richy Werenski 71-68„139 Chris Wood 71-68„139 Troy Matteson 66-73„139 Kevin Tway 67-72„139 Shawn Stefani 68-72„140 Nate Lashley 70-70„140 Stephan Jaeger 72-68„140 Santiago Rivas 71-69„140 Cameron Percy 69-71„140 Jonathan Byrd 66-74„140 Emiliano Grillo 72-68„140 Harris English 71-69„140 Retief Goosen 70-70„140 Mark Wilson 69-72„141 Dicky Pride 71-70„141 Harold Varner III 71-70„141 Andrew Yun 71-70„141 Augusto Nez 70-71„141 Rob Oppenheim 70-71„141 John Merrick 73-68„141 Brendon de Jonge 66-75„141 Fabrizio Zanotti 71-70„141 Brett Stegmaier 72-69„141 Adam Schenk 70-71„141 Ken Duke 67-75„142 Rory Sabbatini 72-70„142 Julio Santos 70-72„142 Ryan Brehm 73-69„142 Ben Crane 70-72„142 Scott Piercy 70-72„142 David Hearn 69-73„142 J.J. Henry 71-72„143 Trevor Immelman 69-74„143 Mike Weir 72-71„143 Davis Love III 71-72„143 Johnson Wagner 73-70„143 Michael Kim 68-75„143 Cameron Beckman 73-70„143 Stuart Appleby 69-74„143 Tim Herron 73-70„143 Eric Axley 72-71„143 Robert Allenby 73-70„143 D.J. Trahan 71-72„143 Parker McLachlin 73-70„143 John Daly 73-70„143 Vince India 73-70„143 J.T. Poston 72-71„143 Omar Uresti 71-72„143Failed to make the cut Jason Bohn 74-70„144 Sam Ryder 72-72„144 Jonathan Kaye 75-69„144 Kyle Reifers 70-74„144 Dudley Hart 69-75„144 Bronson Burgoon 75-69„144 Jason Gore 75-69„144 Arjun Atwal 71-73„144 Jim Furyk 72-72„144 Frank Lickliter II 71-73„144 Shaun Micheel 74-71„145 John Rollins 73-72„145 Rafael Campos 72-73„145 Zac Blair 71-74„145 Smylie Kaufman 73-72„145 Conrad Shindler 74-71„145 Dru Love 73-72„145 Carl Pettersson 75-71„146 Daniel Summerhays 76-70„146 Graeme McDowell 70-76„146 Roberto Daz 75-71„146 Tyler Duncan 74-72„146 Brendon Todd 73-74„147 Zecheng Dou 76-71„147 Richard S. Johnson 72-75„147 Marc Turnesa 72-75„147 Derek Fathauer 72-75„147 Hiram Silfa 71-76„147 Kyle Thompson 75-73„148 Andres Romero 76-73„149 ngel Cabrera 73-76„149 D.A. Points 79-70„149 Robert Garrigus 74-75„149 Cameron Tringale 74-75„149 Greg Chalmers 74-75„149 Brian Davis 77-73„150 Steven Bowditch 76-74„150 Ted Purdy 73-77„150 Robert Streb 74-76„150 Matt Bettencourt 71-79„150 George Riley 74-76„150 Zach Zaback 74-76„150 Andrew Filbert 76-75„151 Guy Boros 79-72„151 Willy Pumarol 76-75„151 Heath Slocum 75-76„151 Robert Gamez 77-75„152 Len Mattiace 75-77„152 Keith Clearwater 77-75„152 Rhadames Pena 71-82„153 Tony Romo 77-82„159 ODDS PREGAME.COM LINENATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONTodayFAVORITE LINE O/U UNDERDOG at Philadelphia 7 222 Minnesota at Detroit 11 210 Chicago at Orlando Off Off Phoenix L.A. Lakers 5 218 at Memphis at Houston 8 226 New Orleans Charlotte 1 214 at DallasCOLLEGE BASKETBALLTodayFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG Kansas St. 1 Loyola Of Chicago Michigan 4 Florida St. at Liberty 2 Cent. MichiganMondayat San Francisco 3 North TexasTuesdayW. Kentucky 1 Utah Penn St. 2 Mississippi St.NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE TodayFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG LINE at N.Y. Islanders -123 Chicago +113 at Colorado Off Vegas Off at San Jose -165 Calgary +155 at Florida -198 Arizona +183 Washington -179 at Montreal +167 Tampa Bay -163 at New Jersey +153 at Columbus -145 St. Louis +135 at Toronto -250 Detroit +220 Carolina -130 at Ottawa +120 at N.Y. Rangers -170 Buffalo +158 at Minnesota Off Nashville Off Los Angeles -120 at Edmonton +110 Updated odds available at TRANSACTIONS BASEBALLMajor League BaseballOFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF BASEBALL „ Suspended Boston RHP Steven Wright 15 games for violating Major League Baseballs Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy. Suspended Chicago Cubs minor league RHP David Garner (Iowa-PCL); Boston minor league C Oscar Hernandez (Pawtucket-IL) and St. Louis minor league RHP Matt Pearce (Memphis-PCL) 50 games each, after second positive tests for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Suspended Pittsburgh minor league SS Andrew Walker (West Virginia-SAL) 50-games for a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.American LeagueCHICAGO WHITE SOX „ Reassigned LHPs Xavier Cedeo and Robbie Ross Jr. and INF Matt Skole to minor-league camp. NEW YORK YANKEES „ Optioned RHP Luis Cessa to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL). Released LHP Wade LeBlanc. SEATTLE MARINERS „ Released INF Gordon Beckham. Reassigned RHP Christian Bergman to minor-league camp.National LeagueNEW YORK METS „ Optioned C Tomas Nido and RHP Hansel Robles to minor league camp. PITTSBURGH PIRATES „ Released OF Daniel Nava and signed him to a minor league contract. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS „ Optioned RHP Josh Lucas, 1B Luke Voit and OF Harrison Bader to Memphis (PCL). Granted RHP Jason Motte his unconditional release. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS „ Released INF Andres Blanco.Frontier LeagueGATEWAY GRIZZLIES „ Signed RHP Garrett Woods. JOLIET SLAMMERS „ Signed 3B Danny Zardon to a contract extension. RIVER CITY RASCALS „ Signed 1B/OF Paul Kronenfeld to a contract extension. SCHAUMBURG BOOMERS „ Signed INF Joel Davis.BASKETBALLNational Basketball AssociationLOS ANGELES LAKERS „ Signed F Travis Wear. Assigned Cs Thomas Bryant and Ivica Zubac to South Bay (NBAGL).FOOTBALLNational Football LeagueNFL „ Suspended New York Giants DE Josh Mauro and Los Angeles Chargers DL Corey Liuget four regular-season games each for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. ARIZONA CARDINALS „ Signed CB Bene Benwikere to a one-year contract. CAROLINA PANTHERS „ Signed S DaNorris Searcy and CB Ross Cockrell to two-year contracts and G Jeremiah Sirles to a one-year contract. CLEVELAND BROWNS „ Signed DB E.J. Gaines. GREEN BAY PACKERS „ Signed CB Tramon Williams. MIAMI DOLPHINS „ Signed RB Frank Gore and QB Brock Osweiler. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS „ Re-signed LB Marquis Flowers. NEW YORK JETS „ Signed LB Kevin Pierre-Louis to a two-year contract and WR-KR Andre Roberts to a one-year contract. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS „ Re-signed OL Evan Smith. AUTO RACING 10 a.m. FS1 „ NASCAR, Monster Energy Series, STP 500, practice, at Ridgeway, Va. 11 a.m. FS1 „ NASCAR, Camping World Truck Series, Alpha Energy Solutions 250, qualifying, at Martinsville, Va. 12:30 p.m. FS1 „ NASCAR, Monster Energy Series, STP 500, “ nal practice, at Ridgeway, Va. 2 p.m. FS1 „ NASCAR, Camping World Truck Series, Alpha Energy Solutions 250, at Martinsville, Va. 5 p.m. FS1 „ NASCAR, Monster Energy Series, STP 500, qualifying, at Ridgeway, Va. 12:55 a.m. (Sunday) ESPN2 „ Formula One, Australian Grand Prix, at Melbourne, Australia BOXING 8:30 p.m. ESPN „ Jose Martnez vs. Alejandro Santiago, junior bantamweights, at Ponce, Puerto Rico 10 p.m. HBO „ Dillian Whyte vs. Lucas Browne, heavyweights, at London (same-day tape) COLLEGE BASEBALL Noon ESPN2 „ Arkansas at Florida COLLEGE BASKETBALL 3 p.m. CBS „ NCAA Division II Tournament, championship, Ferris St. vs. Northern St. (SD), at Sioux Falls, S.D. 6:09 p.m. TBS „ NCAA Tournament, South Regional, “ nal, Loyola-Chicago vs. Kansas St., at Atlanta 8:49 p.m. TBS „ NCAA Tournament, West Regional, “ nal, Florida St. vs. Michigan, at Los Angeles COLLEGE GYMNASTICS 7 p.m. ESPN2 „ Women, SEC Championships, at St. Louis COLLEGE HOCKEY 9 p.m. ESPN2 „ NCAA Tournament, West Regional, “ nals, St. Cloud St.-Air Force winner vs. MSUMankato„Minn.-Duluth winner, at Sioux Falls, S.D. COLLEGE SOFTBALL 3 p.m. ESPN2 „ Tennessee at South Carolina 5 p.m. ESPN2 „ Texas A&M at Florida FIGURE SKATING Noon NBCSN „ World Championships, Ice Dance Free Program, at Milan 5 p.m. NBCSN „ World Championships, Mens Free Program, at Milan (same-day tape) GOLF 10 a.m. GOLF „ PGA Tour, WGCDell Technologies Match Play, round of 16, at Austin, Texas 2 p.m. GOLF „ PGA Tour, Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, third round, at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic NBC „ PGA Tour, WGCDell Technologies Match Play, quarter“ nals, at Austin, Texas 5 p.m. GOLF „ Champions Tour, Rapiscan Systems Classic, second round, at Biloxi, Miss. 7 p.m. GOLF „ LPGA Tour, Kia Classic, third round, at Carlsbad, Calif. MLB BASEBALL 1 p.m. MLB „ Houston vs. Boston, at Fort Myers 10 p.m. MLB „ Colorado vs. Chicago Cubs (split squad), at Mesa, Ariz. MOTOR SPORTS 6:30 p.m. FS1 „ AMA Monster Energy Supercross, at Indianapolis NBA BASKETBALL 7 p.m. FS-Florida „ Phoenix at Orlando 8 p.m. NBA „ New Orleans at Houston NHL HOCKEY 7 p.m. SUN „ Tampa Bay at New Jersey SOCCER 3:30 p.m. LIFE NWSL, Portland at North Carolina SKIING Noon NBC „ Alpine skiing, U.S. Championships, Mens and Womens Super G, at Sun Valley, Idaho WINTER SPORTS 2 p.m. NBCSN „ Curling, Womens World Championship: Semi“ nals, at North Bay, Ontario WOMENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11:30 a.m. ESPN „ NCAA Tournament, Albany, N.Y. Regional, “ rst semi“ nal, Buffalo vs. South Carolina 2 p.m. ESPN „ NCAA Tournament, Albany, N.Y. Regional, second semi“ nal, Duke vs. UConn 4 p.m. ESPN „ NCAA Tournament, Spokane, Wash. Regional, “ rst semi“ nal, Texas A&M vs. Notre Dame 6:30 p.m. ESPN „ NCAA Tournament, Spokane, Wash. Regional, second semi“ nal, Cent. Michigan vs. OregonCOLLEGE SOFTBALLLake-Sumter 6-5, Santa Fe 3-2Lake-Sumter State Col-lege swept a doubleheader against Santa Fe with 6-3 and 5-2 wins to move into third place in the Mid-Flor-ida Conference.Jasmine McQuaig picked up the win in the first game, striking out 11 before Allie Geier came on for the save.In the second game Rachel Phelps provided the big hit with a two-run double in the fifth inning and she also stole home to give the Lakehawks a 5-1 lead. Abbey Primavera earned the win with five inning of work and Geier retired all six batters she faced over the final two innings for her second save of the day and fourth of the season.The Lakehawks improve to 27-18 overall and 6-4 in the conference, trailing only nationally ranked No. 11 Seminole and No. 3 Cen-tral Florida.COLLEGE BASEBALLLake-Sumter 11, Seminole 4Robbie Scott went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI to lead Lake-Sumter State College to an 11-4 win over Semi-nole State on Friday at Jack Pantelias Field in Sanford.Tanner Clark, Alan Alonso, Spencer Taylor, Brody Rubenstein and Connor Andrews had two hits apiece for the Lakehawks as the team collected 15 hits in the game.Lake-Sumter improves to 12-20 overall and 4-4 in the Mid-Florida Con-ference. Seminole falls to 17-18 overall and 0-8 in the conference.HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALLLeesburg 10, Colonial 5Alexis Quevedo went 4-for-5 with four runs while Jack Musgrave and Chase Owensby drove in two runs each to lead Leesburg to a 10-5 win over Colonial on Thurs-day in the Sanford spring break tournament.Seth Bryant went 3-for-5 and Shaun Smith went 2-for-4 for the Yellow Jackets.Leesburg improved to 4-8 with the win.LOCAL ROUNDUP

PAGE 15 | Saturday, March 24, 2018 C3at the Highlander Relays at Orlando Lake Highland Prep on March 16, Cerney learned his Lady Bulldogs may on the verge of something big.Honestly, the girls performance at the (Highlander Relays) was a little surprising,Ž Cerney said Friday as he watched his boys and girls teams prepare for the Raider Open at South Sumter. There was a lot of talent at that meet, but our girls put in a lot of work leading up to it and really pro-duced. One of the questions I had early in the season was how well we would respond when challenged.I got that question answered with that win.ŽCerney credits the leadership on this years roster with bringing everything together in a relatively short period of the time. Among those leaders are senior Emma Monthony, junior Kaycie Whitaker and sopho-more Alaijah Buie.Monthony qualified for the state finals last year in the discus, while Whitaker has stepped up in the hurdle events. Buie transferred to Tavares over the summer from Ohio and has performed well in sprints and relays.I knew Emma would do well, just based on what she did last year,Ž Cerney said. Kaycie has shown a lot of improvement with the experience she gained last year and Alaijah has done a really nice job filling an opening on our sprint relay teams and shes done well in the individ-ual sprint events. Everyone has contributed to our success.ŽMonthony finished 10th at last years state finals with a throw of 107 feet, 9 inches. Admittedly, she was often her toughest opponent last year and has spent a lot of time this year getting out of her own head.I psyched myself out a lot last year,Ž Monthony said. I still do that every now and then, but Ive gotten much better at staying focused and concentrating on technique rather than who Im competing against. I try to just do what I have to do and perform to the best of my ability.ŽMonthony did just that at the Highlander Relays, beating the competition by nearly 20 feet with a throw of 102 feet, 7 inches.For Buie, the biggest question was adjusting to tougher com-petition in Florida than what she previously faced in Ohio. While she might suggest her work isnt done, Buie certainly has made her presence known to the local track community.She helped the Bulldogs 4x100 meter relay team to a first-place finish at Lake Highland Prep, a second-place finish in the 4x200 and fourth place in the 4x400 event.Ive spent a lot of time working on improving my personal-best times since I transferred to Tavares,Ž Buie said. My previous best times in Ohio werent good enough to compete down here. Im work-ing a lot harder, but Im happy with what Ive done so far.ŽWhitaker established a new personal best at the High-lander Relays in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.51 sec-onds, good for fifth place. She finished fourth in the 300meter hurdles with a time of 51.02.Her biggest problem in the past, she said, has been getting comfortable when she competes.Im more relaxed now,Ž Whitaker said. I think my past experience has helped me. Im more confident now and thats helped me relax and run.ŽWith the progress hes seen with the Lady Bulldogs, Cerney believes the team can finish second in the district meet, set for April 12 at Lake Highland Prep. He considers Orlando Jones to be the team to beat at districts and the Tigers over-all depth may be too much of an obstacle to overcome.These girls have come a long way since the season started,Ž Cerney said. Weve got a legitimate shot to finish second and have some nice individual performances. Im very happy with where we are right now and I believe our future is bright.Ž TRACKFrom Page C1At one time, the Seminoles kept a picture of a dog with a collar in the locker room and each player touched it on their way to the court."We want to be like junk-yard dogs that really want to protect their yard," Hamilton said, adding with a laugh, "It doesn't always work now. Sometimes we run into some junkyard lions, elephants.""Coach Ham," as he's known to his players, has fostered an unselfish spirit among his players despite initial skepticism."Everybody at first was like, 'Uh, I don't know about this,'" Cofer said, "but when we started winning games it kind of changes everything."And when they're trailing and the outcome is in doubt, Hamilton is in his players' ears with positivity."He's always encouraging us," Cofer said. "We even get down on ourselves and he just keeps telling us to keep pushing through. It gives us confidence. It feels like a second father."Hamilton credits his upbringing in the church for his nurturing manner. Grow-ing up in the South, he would attend a different church every Sunday with his grand-mother. Living close enough to hear the church organ in his bedroom, he developed a passion for gospel music and owns a record label."It's kind of my way of giving back," he said.Hamilton, who at 69 could pass for someone much younger, is known to dance and joke with his players. He doesn't drink or smoke, although he admits to curs-ing "every once in a while."In his three years at Florida State, Mann has seen a number of former players who come back and visit Hamilton, and also reach out to the current team. That sense of community, more than his 1978 national championship ring as a Ken-tucky assistant or his other coaching honors, is what Hamilton enjoys."I'm more excited about when they graduate and get their degrees, when I get a chance to go to their weddings and be the godfather to their kids," the coach said.With Michigan and its 12-game winning streak looming, Hamilton is eager to see his players create more memories they can cherish the rest of their lives."I hope that my reward would be to see the smiles on their face and hear their tone of voice and the excitement in it if we can win this game tomorrow," he said. "This is a bunch of guys that are con-nected together. They cheer for one another." FSUFrom Page C1time in four years. He lost to Matt Fitzpatrick, and even then had a chance to win his group if the other match was halved. Instead, Kyle Stanley made an 8-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to win, and then he beat Casey on the second hole of a playoff.Tyrrell Hatton also was forced into a playoff, and he beat Bren-dan Steele on the first extra hole.Rory McIlroy still had a chance until he lost to Brian Harman. Phil Mickelson was eliminated when Charles Howell III, who beat Lefty on Wednesday, completed a 3-0 mark in group play by beating Satoshi Kodaira.Howell and Ian Poulter, who swept his matches when Kevin Chappell conceded at the turn with a back injury, still have a chance to earn a spot in the Masters by getting into the top 50 at the end of the week. They both need to win at least one more match.The tightest match was Alex Noren and Tony Finau, one of four matches between players who had not lost all week. Finau won three straight holes on the back nine to take a 1-up lead, only to lose the 14th with a bogey. With the match all square, Noren made a 10-foot birdie at the 17th to go 1 up, and then holed a 15-foot par putt on the final hole to avoid going to a playoff with Finau. GOLFFrom Page C1points to lead the Wildcats to a 90-78 victory over fifth-seeded West Virginia.Villanova trailed by 6 before scoring 11 straight points to take a 65-60 lead with 9:03 remaining. The 2016 national champions led 68-64 before scoring 10 of the next 14 points to pull away.Omari Spellman scored 18 with eight rebounds for Villanova, which overcame Press Virginias wellknown defense by hitting 13 of 24 shots from 3-point range.Daxter Miles Jr. scored 16 for the Mountaineers before fouling out with just over two minutes left. Sagaba Konate added 12 points with nine rebounds. NCAAFrom Page C1


C4 Saturday, March 24, 2018 | MLB 2018 | AMERICAN LEAGUE PREVIEWBoston Red Sox2017: 93-69, “rst place, lost to Houston in ALDS. Manager: Alex Cora (“rst season). Projected Lineup: RF Mookie Betts (.264, 24 HRs, 102 RBIs), LF Andrew Benintendi (.271, 20, 90), 1B Hanley Ramirez (.242, 23, 62) or Mitch Moreland (.246, 22, 79), DH J.D. Martinez (.303, 45, 104 with Tigers and Dia mondbacks), 3B Rafael Devers (.284, 10, 30 in 58 games), SS Xander Bogaerts (.273, 10, 62), CF Jackie Bradley Jr. (.245, 17, 63), C Christian Vazquez (.290, 5, 32) or Sandy Leon (.225, 7, 39), 2B Eduardo Nunez (.313, 12, 58, 24 SBs with Giants and Red Sox) or Dustin Pedroia (.293, 7, 62, .369 OBP in 105 games, expected to be out until late May following knee surgery). Rotation: LH Chris Sale (17-8, 2.90 ERA, MLB-best 308 Ks, MLB-high 2141/ 3 IP), LH David Price (6-3, 3.38, 11 starts, 5 relief appearances), RH Rick Porcello (11-17, 4.65), LH Drew Pomeranz (17-6, 3.32, expected to begin season on disabled list with strained left forearm), RH Hector Velazquez (3-1, 2.92) or RH Steven Wright (1-3, 8.25 in 5 starts) or LH Eduardo Rodriguez (6-7, 4.19). Outlook: The key „ and really only „ addition is J.D. Martinez, who gives them someone to replace longtime slugger David Ortiz after “nishing last in the AL in homers without Big Papi in 2017.New York Yankees2017: 91-71, second place, wild card, lost to Houston in ALCS. Manager: Aaron Boone (“rst season). Projected Lineup: LF Brett Gardner (.264, 21 HRs, 63 RBIs, 96 runs, 23 SBs), RF Aaron Judge (.284, AL-leading 52, 114, MLB-high 208 Ks), 1B Greg Bird (.190, 9, 28 in 48 games), DH Giancarlo Stanton (.281, MLB-leading 59, MLB-best 132, 163 Ks with Marlins), C Gary Sanchez (.278, 33, 90, 120 Ks in 122 games), SS Didi Gregorius (.287, 25, 87), CF Aaron Hicks (.266, 15, 52 in 88 games), 2B Neil Walker (.265, 14, 49 with Mets and Brew ers), 3B Brandon Drury (.267, 13, 63 with Diamondbacks). Rotation: RH Luis Severino (14-8, 2.98 ERA, 230 Ks in 1931/ 3 IP), RH Masahiro Tanaka (13-12, 4.74, 194 Ks), LH CC Sabathia (14-5, 3.69), RH Sonny Gray (10-12, 3.55 with Athletics and Yankees), LH Jordan Montgomery (9-7, 3.88 in 29 starts). Outlook: New York “gures to score a lot and strike out a lot, a reason the Yankees signed the switch-hitting, highcontact Walker during spring training. Drury also was a late addition, enabling New York to start prospects Gley ber Torres and Miguel Andujar in the minors. Betances faded in the second half last season, struggling with his mechanics and control and diminishing from a four-time All-Star to a mop-up man.Tampa Bay Rays2017: 80-82, third place. Manager: Kevin Cash (fourth season). Projected Lineup: LF Denard Span (.272, 12 HRs, 43 RBIs, 31 2Bs, 12 SBs in 129 games with Giants), CF Kevin Kiermaier (.276, 15, 39 in 98 games), C Wilson Ramos (.260, 11, 35 in 64 games), RF Carlos Gomez (.255, 17, 51 with Rangers), 1B C.J. Cron (.248, 16, 56 with Angels), DH Brad Miller (.201, 9, 40), 3B Matt Duffy (sidelined by Achilles tendon injury), 2B Daniel Robertson (.206, 5, 19) or Joey Wendle (.285, 8, 54 in 118 games with Triple-A Nashville), SS Adeiny Hechavarria (.261, 8, 30 with Marlins and Rays). Rotation: RH Chris Archer (10-12, 4.07 ERA, 249 Ks in 34 starts), LH Blake Snell (5-7, 4.04 in 24 starts), RH Nathan Eovaldi (missed season following Tommy John surgery), RH Jake Faria (5-4, 3.43 in 16 games, 14 starts). Outlook: The question that remains unanswered is, for how long? Cash and general manager Erik Neander arent making any bold predictions but they insist that despite all the changes, the Rays have a chance to be a lot more competitive than it appears on paper.Toronto Blue Jays2017: 76-86, fourth place. Manager: John Gibbons (sixth season of second stint, 11th overall with Blue Jays). Projected Lineup: 2B Devon Travis (.259, 5 HRs, 24 RBIs in 50 games), 3B Josh Donaldson (.270, 33, 78), 1B Justin Smoak (.270, 38, 90), DH Kendrys Morales (.250, 28, 85), LF Steve Pearce (.252, 13, 37) or Curtis Granderson (.212, 26, 64 with Mets and Dodgers), C Russell Martin (.221, 13, 35), SS Troy Tulowit zki (.249, 7, 26 in 66 games), RF Randal Grichuk (.238, 22, 59 with Cardinals), CF Kevin Pillar (.256, 16, 42). Rotation: LH J.A. Happ (10-11, 3.53 ERA), RH Aaron Sanchez (1-3, 4.25 in 8 games), RH Marco Estrada (10-9, 4.98), RH Marcus Stroman (13-9, 3.09), LH Jaime Garcia (5-10, 4.41 with Braves, Twins and Yankees). Outlook: If Donaldson and Smoak help the offense rebound from last seasons injury-induced stumble, when Toronto scored an AL-low 693 runs, and the starting pitching stays strong and healthy, the Blue Jays might be able to mount a playoff push.Baltimore Orioles2017: 75-87, “fth place. Manager: Buck Showalter (ninth season). Projected Lineup: LF Trey Mancini (.293, 24 HRs, 78 RBIs), 2B Jonathan Schoop (.293, 32, 105, 35 2Bs), SS Manny Machado (.259, 33, 95, 33 2Bs), CF Adam Jones (.285, 26, 73), 1B Chris Davis (.215, 26, 61, 61 BBs, 195 Ks), 3B Tim Beckham (.259, 12, 36 in 87 games with Rays; .306, 10, 26 in 50 games with Orioles), DH Mark Trumbo (.234, 23, 65, 149 Ks), RF Colby Rasmus (.281, 9, 23 with Rays), C Caleb Joseph (.256, 8, 28). Rotation: RH Dylan Bundy (13-9, 4.24 ERA, 152 Ks), RH Kevin Gausman (11-12, 4.68, 179 Ks), RH Alex Cobb (12-10, 3.66 with Rays), RH Andrew Cashner (11-11, 3.40 with Rangers), RH Chris Tillman (1-7, 7.84) or RH Miguel Castro (3-3, 3.53 in 39 games, 1 start). Outlook: The Orioles were 25-16 and in “rst place last year before fading to their “rst losing season since 2011. The prospect for improvement will rest on a power-laden lineup that needs Davis and Trumbo to rebound from poor performances, but both sluggers fought through injuries this spring and Trumbo will be on the disabled list on opening day.Cleveland Indians2017: 102-60, “rst place, lost to Yankees in ALDS. Manager: Terry Francona (sixth season). Projected Lineup: SS Francisco Lindor (.273, 33 HRs, 89 RBIs, 44 2Bs, 15 SBs, 10 errors), 2B Jason Kipnis (.232, 12 HRs, 35 RBIs in 90 games), 3B Jose Ramirez (.318, 29, 83, AL-leading 56 2Bs), DH Edwin Encarnacion (.258, 38, 107), 1B Yonder Alonso (.266, career-high 28 HRs, 67 RBIs with Athletics and Mariners), RF Lonnie Chisenhall (.288, 12, 53 in 82 games), C Roberto Perez (.207, 8, 38, club went 44-22 in his starts) or Yan Gomes (.232, 14, 56), CF Bradley Zimmer (.241, 8, 39, 18 SBs, 0 errors), LF Michael Brantley (.299, 9, 52 in 90 games) or Rajai Davis (.235, 5, 20, 29 SBs with Oakland and Boston). Rotation: RH Corey Kluber (18-4, 2.25 ERA, 265 Ks, 2nd Cy Young Award), RH Carlos Carrasco (18-6, 3.29, 226 Ks), RH Trevor Bauer (17-9, 4.19, 10-1 in “nal 13 starts), RH Mike Clevinger (12-6, 3.11, 137 Ks in 1212/ 3 innings), RH Danny Salazar (5-6, 4.28, 12.67 Ks per 9 innings). Outlook: Alonso must help the offense offset the losses of Santana and Bruce. Francona wont have Bryan Shaw in the bullpen anymore after the durable reliever pitched in at least 74 games each of the past four seasons. Winning the AL Central wont suf“ce for the Indians, who are determined to “nish the job this year.Minnesota Twins2017: 85-77, second place, lost to Yankees in wild-card game. Manager: Paul Molitor (fourth season). Projected Lineup: 2B Brian Dozier (.271, 34 HRs, 93 RBIs, 106 runs), 1B Joe Mauer (.305, 7, 71, .384 OBP), 3B Miguel Sano (.264, 28, 77, 173 Ks in 114 games), DH Logan Morrison (.246, 38, 85, .868 OPS with Rays), LF Eddie Rosario (.290, 27, 78), SS Eduardo Escobar (.254, 21, 73), CF Byron Buxton (.253, 16, 51, 29/30 SBs), RF Max Kepler (.243, 19, 69), C Jason Castro (.242, 10, 47). Rotation: RH Ervin Santana (16-8, 3.28 ERA, 5 CGs, 2111/ 3 IP, expected to begin season on DL), RH Jose Berrios (14-8, 3.89), RH Lance Lynn (11-8, 3.43 with Cardinals), RH Jake Odorizzi (10-8, 4.14 with Rays), RH Kyle Gibson (12-10, 5.07). Outlook: This is a team, even with the bold offseason moves made by AL heavyweights Boston and New York, and the strength of reigning AL Central champion Cleveland, that has the talent and spunk to be right in the playoff mix. With Hughes and Tyler Duffey on track for long-relief roles and a spate of well-regarded prospects set to “ll out the rotation at Triple-A Rochester, this is as much starting pitching depth as the Twins have had in years. Kansas City Royals2017: 80-82, third place. Manager: Ned Yost (ninth season). Projected Lineup: CF Jon Jay (.296, 2 HRs, 34 RBIs with Cubs), 2B Whit Merri“eld (.288, 19, 78, AL-leading 34 SBs), 3B Mike Moustakas (.272, 38, 85), C Salvador Perez (.268, 27, 80), 1B Lucas Duda (.217, 30, 64 with Mets and Rays), DH Jorge Soler (.144, 2, 6), LF Alex Gordon (.208, 9, 45), RF Paulo Orlando (.198, 2, 6), SS Alcides Escobar (.250, 6, 54). Rotation: LH Danny Duffy (9-10, 3.81 ERA), RH Ian Kennedy (5-13, 5.38), RH Jason Hammel (8-13, 5.29), RH Jakob Junis (9-3, 4.30), RH Nate Karns (2-2, 4.17). Outlook: This was supposed to be a rebuilding year in Kansas City, when most of the Royals top players hit free agency en masse. With Moustakas and Escobar “nding little market, both returned to Kansas City with proveit contracts. That gives the Royals a “ghting chance to stay competitive into July, and then all bets are off. But the reality is there are still far too many holes, both in the lineup and on the pitching staff, for the Royals to be considered contenders.Chicago White Sox2017: 67-95, fourth place. Manager: Rick Renteria (second season). Projected Lineup: 2B Yoan Moncada (.231, 8 HRs, 22 RBIs), RF Avisail Garcia (.330, 18, 80), 1B Jose Abreu (.304, 33, 102), DH Matt Davidson (.220, 26, 68), C Welington Castillo (.282, 20, 53 with Orioles), SS Tim Anderson (.257, 17, 56), 3B Yolmer Sanchez (.267, 12, 59), LF Nicky Delmonico (.262, 9, 23), CF Adam Engel (.166, 6, 21). Rotation: RH James Shields (5-7, 5.23 ERA), RH Lucas Giolito (3-3, 2.38), RH Reynaldo Lopez (3-3, 4.72), RH Miguel Gonzalez (8-13, 4.62 with White Sox and Rangers), RH Carson Fulmer (3-1, 3.86) or LH Hector Santiago (4-8, 5.63 with Twins). Outlook: For a team with “ve straight losing seasons and a record that ranked among baseballs worst last year, the White Sox are generating plenty of buzz. Thats because theyre loaded with promising young players after going all-in on a rebuild prior to last season. The moves have sparked a belief that better days are ahead. Detroit Tigers2017: 64-98, “fth place. Manager: Ron Gardenhire (“rst season). Projected Lineup: CF Leonys Martin (.172, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs with Mariners and Cubs), 3B Jeimer Candelario (.283, 3, 16 with Cubs and Tigers), 1B Miguel Cabrera (.249, 16, 60), RF Nicholas Castellanos (.272, 26, 101), DH Victor Martinez (.255, 10, 47), C James McCann (.253, 13, 49), LF Mikie Mahtook (.276, 12, 38), SS Jose Iglesias (.255, 6, 54), 2B Dixon Machado (.259, 1, 11). Rotation: RH Michael Fulmer (10-12, 3.83 ERA), RH Jordan Zimmermann (8-13, 6.08), LH Francisco Liriano (6-7, 5.66 with Blue Jays and Astros), RH Mike Fiers (8-10, 5.22 with Astros), LH Daniel Norris (5-8, 5.31) or LH Matthew Boyd (6-11, 5.27). Outlook: The Tigers traded Justin Verlander, Justin Upton and J.D. Martinez last season, then dealt away Ian Kinsler during the offseason. There could be more big moves on the horizon „ Fulmer, Iglesias and Castellanos should all have some trade value, but each of them is young enough that he could be useful to the Tigers when they become competitive again.Houston Astros2017: 101-61, “rst place, won World Series. Manager: A.J. Hinch (fourth season). Projected Lineup: CF George Springer (.283, 34 HRs, 85 RBIs), 3B Alex Bregman (.284, 19, 71, 39 2Bs), 2B Jose Altuve (MLB-best .346, 24, 81, 39 2Bs, 32 SBs, AL MVP), SS Carlos Correa (.315, 24, 84), 1B Yuli Gurriel (.299, 18, 75, 43 2Bs), LF Marwin Gonzalez (.303, 23, 90, 34 2Bs), DH Evan Gattis (.263, 12, 55), RF Josh Reddick (.314, 13, 82, 34 2Bs), C Brian McCann (.241, 18, 62). Rotation: LH Dallas Keuchel (14-5, 2.90 ERA, 251 Ks), RH Justin Verlander (15-8, 3.36, 219 Ks with Tigers and Astros), RH Gerrit Cole (12-12, 4.26, 196 Ks with Pirates), RH Lance McCullers Jr. (7-4, 4.25), RH Charlie Morton (14-7, 3.62). Outlook: With almost everyone back from last years championship team, the Astros fully expect to contend for another title. They have a right to be con“dent with Altuve leading a potent lineup that includes Springer, the World Series MVP, and Correa, a young All-Star shortstop coming off his best season. Their rotation is one of the best in baseball, with Cy Young Award winners Keuchel and Verlander leading the group and new acquisition Cole and young star McCullers following that 1-2 punch. Barring debilitating injuries, the Astros should win the AL West and have an excellent chance to repeat as champs.Los Angeles Angels2017: 80-82, second place. Manager: Mike Scioscia (19th season). Projected Lineup: 2B Ian Kinsler (.236, 22 HRs, 52 RBIs, 14 SBs with Tigers), CF Mike Trout (.306, 33, 72 in 114 games), LF Justin Upton (.273, 35, 109 with Tigers and Angels), DH Albert Pujols (.241, 23, 101), RF Kole Calhoun (.244, 19, 71), 3B Zack Cozart (.297, 24, 63 with Reds), SS Andrelton Simmons (.278, 14, 69), 1B Luis Valbuena (.199, 22, 65), C Martin Maldonado (.221, 14, 38). Rotation: RH Garrett Richards (0-2, 2.28 ERA in 6 starts), RH Shohei Ohtani (3-2, 3.20 for Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters in Japan), LH Tyler Skaggs (2-6, 4.55 in 16 starts), RH Matt Shoemaker (6-3, 4.52 in 14 starts), RH J.C. Ramirez (11-10, 4.15), LH Andrew Heaney (1-2, 7.06 in 5 starts). Outlook: The Angels made several apparently savvy offseason moves and are in position to end the big-budget franchises eight-year stretch without a playoff victory. Theyve assembled veterans Upton, Kinsler and Cozart around Trout and Pujols to create a potentially dangerous lineup, and they should be one of baseballs best defensive teams with Gold Glove winners Simmons and Maldonado leading the way.Seattle Mariners2017: 78-84, tied for third place. Manager: Scott Servais (third season). Projected Lineup: CF Dee Gordon (.308, 2 HRs, 33 RBIs, .341 OBP, MLB-best 60 SBs with Miami), SS Jean Segura (.300, 11, 45, 22 SBs), 2B Robinson Cano (.280, 23, 97), DH Nelson Cruz (.288, 39, 119), 3B Kyle Seager (.249, 27, 88), 1B Ryon Healy (.271, 25, 78 with Oakland), RF Mitch Haniger (.282, 16, 47 in 96 games), C Mike Zunino (.251, 25, 64), LF Ben Gamel (.275, 11, 59) or Ichiro Suzuki (.255, 3, 20 in 215 plate appearances with Miami). Rotation: LH James Paxton (12-5, 2.98 ERA, 156 Ks), RH Mike Leake (10-13, 3.92 with Cardinals and Mariners; 3-1, 2.53 ERA in 5 starts with Seattle), RH Felix Hernandez (6-5, 4.36 in 16 starts), LH Marco Gonzales (1-1, 5.40 in 10 games, 7 starts), LH Ariel Miranda (8-7, 5.12). Outlook: The Mariners odd place in the AL was only ampli“ed by what happened to them in spring training. Injuries illustrated the slim margin they have if they plan to contend for a playoff spot. Theyre probably not good enough to catch the Astros in the division.Texas Rangers2017: 78-84, tied for third place. Manager: Jeff Banister (fourth season). Projected Lineup: CF Delino DeShields (.269, 6 HRs, 22 RBIs, 29 SBs, 13 sac bunts), 1B Joey Gallo (.209, 41, 80), SS Elvis Andrus (.297, 20, 88, 25 SBs), 3B Adrian Beltre (.312, 17, 71, 3,048 career hits), RF Nomar Mazara (.253, 20, 101), DH Shin-Soo Choo (.262, 22, 78), LF Drew Robinson (.224, 6, 13) or Ryan Rua (.217, 3, 12), 2B Rougned Odor (.204, 30, 75), C Robinson Chirinos (.255, 17, 38). Rotation: LH Cole Hamels (11-6, 4.20 ERA), LH Martin Perez (13-12, 4.82), RH Doug Fister (5-9, 4.88 with Red Sox), LH Matt Moore (6-15, 5.52 with Giants), LH Mike Minor (6-6, 2.55, 6 saves with Royals), RH Jesse Chavez (7-11, 5.35 with Angels) or RH Bartolo Colon (7-14, 6.48 with Braves and Twins). Outlook: AL West champs in each of Banisters “rst two seasons, the Rangers are coming off their second losing season in nine years. With most of their everyday lineup back, they should be able to hit and score runs again.Oakland Athletics2017: 75-87, “fth place. Manager: Bob Melvin (eighth season). Projected Lineup: SS Marcus Semien (.249, 10 HRs, 40 RBIs), LF Matt Joyce (.243, 25, 68, 33 2Bs), 2B Jed Lowrie (.277, 14, 69, 49 2Bs), DH Khris Davis (.247, 43, 110), 1B Matt Olson (.259, 24, 45), RF Stephen Piscotty (.235, 9, 39 with Cardinals), C Jonathan Lucroy (.265, 6, 40 with Rangers and Rockies), 3B Matt Chapman (.234, 14, 40), CF Dustin Fowler (.293, 13, 43 at Triple-A with Yankees). Rotation: RH Kendall Graveman (6-4, 4.19 ERA), LH Sean Manaea (12-10, 4.37), RH Paul Blackburn (3-1, 3.22), RH Daniel Mengden (3-2, 3.14), RH Andrew Triggs (5-6, 4.27) or RH Trevor Cahill (4-3, 4.93 with Padres and Royals). Outlook: The As have followed up three straight playoff appearances with last-place “nishes the past three seasons. There are signs of a potential turnaround but rebuilding will still take some time, especially in a division with the defending World Series champions and other possible contenders. The bullpen should be improved. The strength of the team is power. Davis leads the way with 85 homers the past two seasons. A L EastAL CentralAL WestA look at prospects for all AL teams, listed in order of “nish last year. Capsules by The Associated Press Astros second baseman Jose Altuve Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale

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YTD Stocks Recap AT&T Inc T 32.55 41.89 34.70 -.67 -1.9 t t t -10.8 -10.4 13 2.00f Advance Auto Parts AAP 78.81 151.72 110.84 -.87 -0.8 t t s +11.2 -26.0 21 0.24 Amer Express AXP 75.51 102.39 90.45 -.96 -1.1 t t t -8.9 +19.4 15 1.40 AutoNation Inc AN 38.20 62.02 46.42 -.68 -1.4 t t t -9.6 +11.1 12 ... 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But year to date, sales are up 2.2 percent compared with 2017 in a sign that buyer demand remains solid. The Commerce Department said Friday that last months sales came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 618,000, down from 622,000 in January and 653,000 in December.SAN FRANCISCOCraigslist closes its personals sections in USCraigslist has taken its personals section offline in the United States.The action comes after the U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed an anti-sex trafficking bill that could hold the website and others responsible for ille-gal activity if it becomes law. The company says the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act seeks to subject websites to criminal and civil liability. The Associated Press American farmers say no one wins in Trumps trade dispute with ChinaBy David Pitt and Steve KarnowskiThe Associated PressDES MOINES, Iowa „ From hog producers in Iowa to apple growers in Washington state and winemakers in California, farmers expressed deep disappointment Friday over being put in the middle of a potential trade war with China by the president many of them helped elect.After President Donald Trump announced plans to impose tariffs on products including Chinese steel, Beijing responded Friday with a threat to slap an equal 25 percent charge on U.S. products such as pork, and a 15 percent tariff on such things as wine, apples, etha-nol and stainless-steel pipe.American farmers should be not necessarily infuriated but close to it,Ž said Wayne Humphreys, who farms corn and soybeans and raises hogs and cattle near Colum-bus Junction, Iowa. Weve invested a lot of time, talent and treasure in developing markets around the world, and with the stroke of a pen, that investment has been jeopardized.ŽOverall, the nations farmers shipped nearly $20 billion of goods to China in 2017. The American pork industry sent $1.1 billion in products, making China the No. 3 market for U.S. pork.No one wins in these tit-for-tat trade disputes, least of all the farmers and the consumers,Ž said National Pork Producers Council President Jim Heimerl, a pig farmer from Johnstown, Ohio.The U.S. has complained for years about Chinas sharp-elbowed trading practices, accusing it of pirating trade secrets, manipulating its currency, forcing foreign companies to hand over technology, and flooding world markets with cheap steel and aluminum that drive down prices and put U.S. manufacturers out of business.On Thursday, the Trump administration declared the talk approach a failure, noting that the U.S. trade deficit in goods with China last year hit a record $375 billion. In a move to punish Beijing for stealing American technology, the White House set in motion tariffs on up to $60 billion in Chinese imports and restrictions on new Chinese investment in the U.S.Were doing something that will be the start of making trade with China more fair,Ž Trump said. Our past presidents should never have allowed this to happen.ŽThe stakes are high: China is Americas largest trading partner. Last year, the two countries exchanged $636 billion worth of goods, and American companies such as Boeing and Caterpillar depend on the Chinese market.Farmers voted overwhelmingly for Trump in 2016. But now many worry about economic blowback from his combative approach.When you start hurting this big segment of the economy from the people that gave him a lot of support in the election, I think its going to hurt him. I really do,Ž said Dave Struthers, who raises pigs, corn, soybeans and hay on a 1,100-acre family farm 30 miles northeast of Des Moines.He said hog farmers are already struggling to make a profit, with prices below the break-even point, and any more pressure against that is just going to hurt us that much more.ŽWere very concerned about what might happen as far as a tariff,Ž he said.Some are holding out hope a trade war can be averted and the disputes can be resolved through negotiation.I think its important to realize that China has said this, but it hasnt been implemented,Ž said David Preisler, CEO of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association. Hopefully theres still time to sit down and have respective governments work through things.ŽU.S. apple growers just got their foot in the door in China in 2015, and the country is now their 10th-largest market, with demand growing. They expressed frustration that their efforts could be dam-aged with tariffs.We are competing, and winning, with our exports to China growing nicely from zero to about 2.5 million boxes per year,Ž said Jim Bair, CEO of the U.S. Apple Association, a trade group. He warned that U.S. apple growers are going to get hurt in a fight we didnt start and in which we have no interest.ŽAt a time when U.S. wine exports have been slipping overall, theres been growth in exports to China, where a rapidly growing middle class is adopting many Western tastes.Exports to China, Hong Kong and Taiwan grew 10 percent to $197 million in 2017, the San Franciscobased Wine Institute said. The value of U.S. wine exports to China alone increased 450 percent in the past decade, the indus-try group said.Chinese retaliation against U.S. wine would put our producers at a sig-nificant disadvantage in one of the most important mar-kets in the world at a critical time,Ž said Bobby Koch, CEO of the Wine Institute. He said the industry could end up losing market share for years to come.About 97 percent of U.S. wine exports come from California.Ham-handed move?Hogs are seen at Everette Murphrey Farm in Farmville, N.C. After President Donald Trump announced plans to impose tariffs on products including Chinese steel, the Chinese government responded Friday with a threat to add an equal 25 percent charge on U.S. products, including pork. [GERRY BROOME/ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO] By Marley JayThe Associated PressNEW YORK „ Stocks around the world plunged Friday as inves-tors feared that a trade conflict between the U.S. and China, the big-gest economies in the world, would escalate. A second day of big losses pushed U.S. stocks to their worst week in two years.As of Friday afternoon, Chinas only response to the tariffs President Donald Trump announced this week was to say it would defend itself. But investors are con-cerned tensions will keep rising, and that a round of sanctions and retalia-tion will affect the global economy and corporate profits.The Chinese government did say it might place tariffs on a $3 billion list of U.S. goods such as pork, apples and steel pipes. That was a response to the tariffs on steel and aluminum imports that Trump announced earlier this month.The losses were wide-spread. Technology companies were pummeled. They have made enormous gains over the last year, but since they do so much business out-side the U.S., investors see them as particularly vulnerable to the effects of a trade dispute.Stocks sagged at the start of this month after the tariffs on aluminum and steel were announced, but they quickly recovered as the administration said the tariffs wouldnt be as severe as they first looked. The losses this week were worse, and investors are hoping for hints the sanc-tions on China are more of a negotiating tactic.There could be a pos-sibility of a bounce back if, as this progresses, both sides look like theyre negotiating,Ž said Lisa Erickson, chief investment officer at U.S. Bank Wealth Management. There could be further decline if people get a sense there could be more trade restrictions in place.ŽThe S&P 500 index dropped 55.43 points, or 2.1 percent, to 2,588.26. The index skidded 6 percent this week, its worst since January 2016. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 424.69 points, or 1.8 percent, to 23,533.20. The Nasdaq composite fell 174.01 points, or 2.4 percent, to 6,992.67.Stocks tumble on trade fears


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PAGE 25 | Saturday, March 24, 2018 E1 HOMES APPLIANCESTRENDS FOR 2018Among the top trends showcased at this years Kitchen & Bath Industry Show were appliances that can do it all. As home chefs have become much more re ned, the need for kitchen appliances capable of delivering to these expectations has increased, according to LG. There now even are built-in sous vide ranges. TIP OF THE WEEKSINK SHOPPING Here are some tips to choose the perfect kitchen sink, according to Sterling. € A deep basin o ers a more functional space for those big cleanup jobs, including oversized pans and grilling grates. € Look for a material with real staying power as far as looks and durability, like stainless steel. „ Brandpoint BATHROOMSCLEAN WITH TECH TOOLSKohler determined 42 percent of consumers see cleaning the toilet as one of their most disliked chores. If youre among the naysayers, consider how the following inventions might help: € Powerful batteryoperated rotating brush scrubbers can now do the heavy li ing in scrubbing soap scum o your shower walls, sinks and grout; some even t onto a normal household drill. € Sanitize your bathroom oors, counters, tub and shower enclosures without chemicals via one of the e cient handheld steam cleaners now available. Tom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 By Laura FirsztMore Content NowThe definition of bliss: A luxurious soak in a hot, bubbly bath. The definition of misery: Cleaning the dirty, grimy bathtub that results. Who else hates cleaning the tub? Just about everyone, from what I hear. Thats the reason I decided to do some hands-on research into the best way to clean a bathtub. Heres what I found. Where does that scuzz on the tub come from? Understanding why the tub gets so filthy might make it simpler to tackle the task of de-filthing it. After all, it really doesnt seem logical. If you shower every day, arent you immersing an already clean body in that deliciously scented bath? Well, hate to break it to you, but the scent may be part of the problem. That unsightly gray scuzz is a witches brew of residue from bath oil, hair conditioner, or similar products, along with soap scum and dead skin cells. If you live in an area with hard water, youre spicing up the mix with a little limescale, as well. What actually is the best way to clean a bathtub? My personal bathtub (fiberglass, with a non-skid pebbled bottom) seems ingeniously designed to trap dirt „ in other words, the perfect subject for some serious experimentation. So I spent a morning trying out different methods, to determine the best way to clean my bathtub.Melamine sponge. Im a huge fan of melamine sponges (AKA Magic ErasersŽ), which seem capable of removing all kinds of spots and stains. However, the prospect of kneeling on the cold, hard tile floor while I slowly hand-scrubbed the entire surface of my tub was intimidating, so I regretfully moved on.Broom plus dish liquid. Always on the lookout for an easier, softer way, I liked the sound of this tip: Spritz the tub with dish liquid (to remove built-up grease), and then sweep it off with a new plastic-bristled broom. Not having a brand new broom handy, I used a long-handled brush instead, without much luck.Dish liquid plus baking soda plus vinegar. By this point, stuck with a tub slathered in dish soap, I decided to go with the flow, as it were, and try adding vinegar (to combat grease and scale) and baking soda (as a gentle abrasive) to the mix. I sprayed on vinegar, sprinkled on soda, and let them steep a while before wiping the goo evenly over my bath. After leaving that for a further 10 minutes, I scrubbed down the tub to reveal a nice beige color, instead of its former shade of grimy gray.Hydrogen peroxide. One thing that the above method did not remove was a bit of staining. A few days before, Id tried to protect the tub with newspaper before cleaning my stove hood filter, ending up with ink marks on the fiberglass. A paste of 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide to 1 cup of warm water took care of the stains very nicely, thank you. Caveats€ Test cleaning products on a small area of the bathtub “ rst. € Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands. € Be careful using hydrogen peroxide, which can damage clothing and paintwork. € Rinse tub well to remove all dish soap, to avoid a slip hazard.Preventive maintenance to keep your tub clean€ Sub liquid soap or body wash for the traditional bar of Ivory or Dial. It washes away more readily, leaving less scum behind. € Switch from baths to showers ƒ or try Japanese-style bathing „ climbing into the bathtub to soak (sans bath oil, soap, etc.) only after you have already washed yourself clean. € Clean the tub after every use (some folks even clean the bath while they shower „ merrily brushing or sponging away any traces of their presence) or at least every week so grime doesnt have a chance to build up. Keep supplies close at hand. € Ensure your bath drain is ” owing freely so soapy, oily water doesnt linger on the tub surface. Clean out your drain strainer before a bath or shower, repair your drain stopper, and call a plumber to clear any clogs.Laura Firszt writes for scrubWhats the best way to keep it clean? BIGSTOCK A homeowners association (HOA) is defined as an organization in a subdivision, planned community or condominium that makes and enforces rules for the properties within its jurisdiction, and those who purchase property within that jurisdiction are normally required to become a member and pay HOA fees. These fees are typically used to operate the HOA, maintain common areas and improve infrastructure that was turned over to the HOA by the original developer. Of course, there are other variations and conditions, but for the most part this is a basic HOA. Under Chapter 720, Florida Statutes, the state has developed very specific guidelines and laws governing homeowners AROUND THE HOUSEUnderstand HOA rules before buying Don MagruderLawsuits are “ led every year throughout Central Florida because of disputes with homeowners associations. Typically, the HOA wins because the homeowner did not understand the rules, requirements and covenants. [TITLESTREAM.COM] See MAGRUDER, E2


E2 Saturday, March 24, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comSpring is around the corner, and our attention turns from the brown of dormancy to the green of new growth. Its my favorite time of year as plants become a focus of our human attention. This intrigue is evident by the hundreds of folks we expect to attend the Landscape and Garden Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Discovery Gardens, 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares. For information about the event, go to Turning our attention to green, the mainstay of most urban landscapes in Central Florida is the turf, grass or lawn. This landscape element is often the most expensive of the features when considering the inputs: labor, equipment, fertilizers and pesticides. In my previous job as a professional landscape manager, I learned to value landscape maintenance by the cubic foot rather than the square foot. When viewed through that lens, an investment in a tree that only needs occasional structural pruning or a mature shrub bed needing only mulch at the edges are a particularly good value compared to the flat field of green. A Florida-friendly landscaping move is to reduce the turf area to only functional space in your landscape, such as enough area to kick a ball, walk a dog or for party guests to overflow from the patio. A reduced lawn area will save on the input expenses. If changing your landscape is not in the plan this year, perhaps youll be interested in another approach to reduce your inputs and improve your environmental footprint: topdressing your turf. Topdressing turf with a quality compost product has the potential to improve soil quality, nutrient and water-holding capacity, and plant health. Good soil quality allows more robust plant root structure, higher organic matter helps the soil hold onto water and nutrients better, and soil active microbes from the addition of compost may improve the quality and appearance of the grass. A recent field study conducted in a local development showed an average increase of soil organic matter of nearly 60 percent with compost topdressing. Anecdotally, some of the participants reported a reduced need for irrigation and fertilizer, and an improved appearance of their lawn. Topdressing is usually accompanied with an aeration that allows the biologically active soil amendment to work its way down to the turfs root zone. Watering in after application is a good practice to kick the microbes into action. Aeration and an application of one-halfto one-quarter-inch of a fine-screened, fully composted product can be done by a landscape professional with mechanized equipment, or can be done by a homeowner with a bag of compost, a shovel to toss it around and a leaf rake upside down to get it near the soil. More research needs to be conducted to validate and quantify the environmental benefit and economics of a compost topdressing to existing turf areas. In the meantime, consider giving this a try on your lawn. Do your own citizen scienceŽ and see if you are able to enjoy a beautiful lawn with fewer inputs this year. Its time to topdress your turf. Lloyd Singleton is a Florida-friendly landscaping agent at the UF/ IFAS Sumter County Extension and the interim director at the Lake County Extension. Email THE EXTENSIONTopdressing can improve soil quality, lawn appearance Lloyd SingletonTopdressing turf with a quality compost product has the potential to imp rove soil quality, nutrient and water-holding capacity and plant health. [SUBMITTED] associations and most of them have been given broader authority than many homeowners realize. A homeowners failure to pay association dues or blatantly not follow HOA guidelines can lead to fines, liens and foreclosure. Unfortunately, few homeowners read the actual guidelines and deed covenants of the homeowners association and they only focus on what the HOA fees cost. This is a huge mistake because the ability to afford an HOA fee has nothing to do with compliance, understanding and happiness. If you are a person who hates reading and deciphering legal mumbo-jumbo, then you should hire a lawyer to translate the HOA guidelines, restrictions and covenants for you. If you are a homeowner who has a dont tread on meŽ attitude, dont buy a home in a homeowners association. You will stay mad, continuously fight with the HOA and probably end up in a lawsuit or moving. To see if you could live in a homeowners association, ask yourself these two questions „ would you get mad if someone said you are not allowed to park your work truck in your driveway and would you mind asking for a group of neighbors to approve the color you want to paint your house? If you are not OK with either of these questions, then dont buy a house in a homeowners association. Millions of homeowners love their homeowners association, because these groups ensure their communities remain at high standards and they provide order, which seems to be evaporating everywhere. A well-run HOA will ensure common areas are maintained and they provide a real voice for the residents in their community. Plus, many HOAs provide the mechanism for binding neighbors socially. There are also homeowners associations that are falling apart financially and leaving their members with huge liabilities. Typically, the homeowners in the association have some form of fiduciary responsibility to the viability of the association. Some condominium associations in South Florida failed during the Great Recession, leaving residents holding the bag. Imagine as a condominium owner you are now responsible for keeping the common areas in order and repaired „ that can be very expensive. The biggest complaint most homeowners have about their HOA goes to the leadership of the association. As with anything, there are good leaders and bad leaders. HOAs are not immune to bad leadership „ those who are motivated by power or money. That is why you should get to know the HOA leadership before you buy a home in their jurisdiction. Talk to the neighbors and find out how reasonable the HOA acts and responds to disputes. Dont trust what your realtor tells you about the HOA, ask your own questions. No one wants to live in a community ruled by an overbearing, retired guy who thinks he is president of the United States. As with anything in construction, do your homework and dont be afraid to ask questions. Lawsuits are filed every year throughout Central Florida because of disputes with homeowners associations. Typically, the HOA wins because the homeowner did not understand the rules, requirements and covenants. Don Magruder is the CEO of Ro-Mac Lumber & Supply Inc. He is also the host of the Around the House radio show heard every Monday at noon on My790AM WLBE in Leesburg. MAGRUDERFrom Page E1 By Nicole AnziaThe Washington PostSome people can live with a messy home office or a disorganized bedroom closet, and it doesnt affect their lives in any fundamental way. But the kitchen is different. We all have to eat. If the kitchen is a mess, it can have a real impact on your lifestyle. If youre not inspired to cook because you cant easily find the tools you need, or if youre convinced you dont have ample space to prepare a meal, not only will your emotional and physical health be affected, but the endless takeout can also kill your budget. I consulted with Katherine DiGiovanni of Refine Home Concepts, who specializes in kitchen organization and what she calls kitchen coaching,Ž to develop some recommendations for maximizing your storage space and making your kitchen work for you. Take stock and cull the clutter First, take a complete inventory of your kitchen. Pull everything out of the cabinets and drawers and put back only the items you need and use. Less is more. Why? There are tools that every kitchen needs, but if you have too many gadgets and dishes crowding your cabinets and drawers, it makes accessing them difficult, which means youll never use them. Its better to stick with the basics and store things so that theyre easy to access. Instead of having a dozen red and white wine glasses, 18 water glasses, 4 martini glasses, 6 champagne flutes and 10 mugs crammed into one cabinet, pare down your glassware. Store the items you use daily within reach of the sink and dishwasher, and donate the extras or store them elsewhere. Likewise, you probably dont need one drawer dedicated to dish towels and another for potholders. Six dish towels and two hot pads are probably sufficient and can fit into one drawer. Kitchen helpers There are several MVP products for organizing any kitchen, but in small kitchens these items can make a big difference. Cabinets: To make things like spices, cooking oils and baking decorations easy to see and grab in your upper cabinets, use a riser or a lazy Susan. And dont be afraid to adjust shelves to make things easier to reach, if necessary. Its not as hard as it looks and can make a big difference. Installing pullout drawers in cabinets will help maximize space for things like storage containers or dish towels and will also work well on deep shelves so that food stored in the back isnt forgotten. Clear bins help corral like items and are great for keeping bags of rice, pasta, chips and cookies upright.Takeout again? Time to declutter your kitchen

PAGE 27 | Saturday, March 24, 2018 E3By Katherine RothThe Associated PressThere is nothing quite as devastating for many older people as having to leave the comfort of home because of poor health or limited mobility. But a new generation of services and technology is making it possible to stay at home longer, safely and happily, experts say. Most people would rather stay in their own homes as they age, and technology has made that easier in so many ways,Ž says Amy Goyer, a family and caregiving expert with the AARP and author of Juggling Life, Work, and Caregiving,Ž published by the AARP and the American Bar Association. There are a lot of resources to tap into, even for those on a limited budget.Ž She recommends starting with the caregivingŽ page of AARP. org and your local Area Agency on Aging network (see, which is federally funded and also can lead you to a range of state and local resources. Beyond technology, a little creativity often goes a long way toward helping people manage to live at home longer, Goyer says. Safety Digital locks, which can be part of a smart home system, can be set so the door is unlocked for a small window of time to allow a caregiver into the house. Different codes can be set up for different people. They can be monitored from afar on phones, as can digital doorbells. Digital medication dispensers can send text notifications to loved ones to let them know whether someone has taken their pills. Transportation Many counties and community agencies have some kind of senior taxi run by volunteers to take seniors to doctors appointments, grocery stores, senior centers and other errands. Ride-sharing companies have also proven helpful for many. The site for example, is designed to be easy to use for seniors „ they dont need to use a phone „ and taps into local ride-sharing services. It can be paid for by relatives living out of town, who also receive notifications of pickups and drop-offs. Justin Boorgaard cofounded the company with friend David Lung in 2016 to help Boorgaards grandmother maintain her mobility and independence. Her independence, and the independence given back to her family is something we believe the world needs,Ž he says. We screen drivers and use only those with the best reviews. We filter them to make sure they have cars with room for walkers, canes, foldable wheelchairs or service dogs, and we step in to help if somethings not going right.Ž Food Meals are a big thing when youre trying to set everything up for aging at home, and a lot of people dont have the energy or ability to cook for themselves,Ž Goyer says. In addition to Meals on Wheels which is administered by local communities and delivers reasonably priced prepared meals to those unable to cook for themselves, there are all kinds of interesting options out there for all kinds of budgets,Ž she says. Services like BlueApron and HelloFresh will deliver either ingredients or meals, and Pea Pod Amazon Fresh and InstaCart can deliver groceries and other items across most of the country. Even grocery stores that dont have a delivery service will often deliver grocery bags out to the car for those who can drive up,Ž Goyer says. Support The Agency on Aging and other local groups often have lists of services, many run by volunteers, that can provide help with household chores as simple as changing a light bulb or doing the laundry. Caregivers, too, should make sure they have supports in place for themselves as well as their loved ones. Social network Isolation and loneliness are health threats that should not be taken lightly, Goyer says. Faith-based organizations often have networks of people who can stop by and say hello every so often. Goyer says its also worth looking into national programs like the Foster Grandparent Program, which pairs seniors with younger people, and also the Senior Companion Program and the Senior Corps volunteer program. All are administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the same organization that runs the Americorps volunteer program, and can be found at www. Many communities have started a Village to Village Network where people can pool resources to get things done more efficiently; for example, someone who can drive might deliver groceries to a neighbor in exchange for a cooked meal. Sometimes it takes some creative thinking to figure out all the pieces of the puzzle,Ž Goyer says.New services, technologies can help with aging in placeIn this undated photo a Meals on Wheels America volunteer delivers a meal to a homebound senior in Trenton, N.J. From ride-sharing apps to grocery deliveries, digital door locks to smartŽ medicine dispensers, more help than ever is out there for people to live safely and comfortably in their own homes as they get older. [MEALS ON WHEELS AMERICA VIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]




DEAR ABBY: I'm 18. I started helping to take care of children at the age of 2. I have taken care of them alone since I was 7. Yet every time older people talk about child care, I am rudely excluded from the conversation with comments like, "You don't know what we're talking about. You're not a parent." And, "You're just a kid. You only THINK you know what you're talking about." I even get these kinds of comments from people who have asked me for advice. I know it shouldn't bother me, yet it does. After raising my younger siblings by myself and taking care of the house, is it wrong for me to consider myself a parent? -PRACTICALLY A PARENT DEAR PRACTICALLY A PARENT: No, in my opinion it isn't. Of this I am certain: You have more parenting experience than the adults who left a 7-year-old caring for her siblings by herself without supervision. According to the law, that qualies as child neglect and abuse.DEAR ABBY: I'm almost 30. I have a full-time job, and I'm still going to school. I recently moved back in with my parents to save money on rent so I can be debt-free in a year (I have only my car payment and one small student loan). Is it considered socially acceptable to be living with my parents at my age? By now should I already be settled in a career? I don't have friends my age inside or out of work, so it's hard for me to nd the answers to my questions. I am hoping you can help. -KELLEY IN CALIFORNIA DEAR KELLEY: Please stop beating yourself up or worrying about what's "socially acceptable." Your reason for moving in with your parents is valid. In another year, you will have achieved your goal. The success you're trying to attain takes time, not to mention some degree of luck. Accept that becoming established in a career doesn't happen overnight, and allow yourself enough leeway to earn your degree and get on track without being so self-critical. DEAR ABBY: How do I gracefully ask a bridesmaid to step down? She has been extremely unhelpful and missed all the events in the planning of my wedding. The problem is, she has already bought her dress. What do I do in a situation like this? -DRESS DILEMMA DEAR DILEMMA: It depends. Ask yourself (calmly) what will you gain by asking her to step down, and what do you have to lose? If you are considering it because you plan to replace her, the big day has already been planned and the events are over. Would her replacement be purely decorative? If you want to punish her, understand that because she has paid for her dress there will be hard feelings, and if she's a family member, there will be consequences later. (Frankly, if I were you, I wouldn't toss my bridal bouquet in her direction.) Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby. com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. How to play: Fill in the blank squares with the numbers 1 through 9 so that each horizontal row, vertical column and nine-square sub-grid contains no repeated numbers. Puzzles range in diculty from one to six stars. The solution to todays puzzle will be in tomorrows paper. YESTERDAYS SOLUTION BRIDGE CRYPTOQUOTE HOROSCOPES DIVERSIONS Teen who raised her siblings gets no respect from adults TODAY IN HISTORY HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2018:This year you could nd the crusader within you wanting to be more cohesive with your family life. You feel a sense of responsibility and a desire to be home more often. If you are single, you might jump the gun when you meet a desirable person. Do not move into a live-in situation too quickly. If you are attached, your sensitivity to your sweetie remains critical. This person needs to know how important he or she is to you. Next fall, you enter a very romantic period. CANCER usually invites you over for dinner. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) When you are energized, you are likely to take off. Process your feelings, and try to remain in control. You could be accident-prone and/or volatile. A sense of indifference or frustration takes over later in the day, unless you have been able to express yourself. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) You dont often verbalize your feelings immediately, but you will today. Your discomfort comes out when dealing with a neighbor or relative. Try to work out this issue before it gets worse. You might wonder why a situation keeps holding you back. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) You sense another persons change of mood. As a result, you might want to back away. Wouldnt it be better to socialize and get the scoop? Make a point of getting some exercise. Just walking could make a difference in how you feel. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) You feel as if so much is whirling around you right now that getting grounded is challenging. Be aware of hurt or angry feelings. The sooner you clear out these emotions, the better off youll be. A sense of defeat could come from frustration. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) Recognize that it is normal to slow down when people around you are lacking enthusiasm. Emphasize what must be done, and then be spontaneous. Understand what someone else is sharing, and be appreciative. You could be too tired for your own good. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) Join friends for breakfast and good conversation. You actually might be more upbeat than you realize. Anger could be coming from a partner or loved one who is trying to pretend that he or she is OK. Play along, for this persons sake. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) A family member could be dragging you down. You might not want to answer the phone without rst nding out who is on the line. You have very little to say and want to relax with someone who has common interests. A parent could drag you down. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) Communication sizzles, and not always in a friendly manner. Give up trying to make sense of someone elses sporadic mood. Consider withdrawing, especially if you dont want to hear any sarcasm or sharp comments. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) You could be fed up with everything that has happened with your nances. You are a risk-taker, and youre not always diligent. Take responsibility for your role in a sticky situation. Though you dont see a solution yet, know that you will soon enough. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22JAN. 19) Go within yourself if you nd a situation going south. Take responsibility for pushing so hard. The smart move is to slow down and indulge in a nap. Talk to someone whose nancial savviness is better than yours. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) Resist getting into an argument with a family member over a domestic issue. The situation will work out better if you resist taking a stand now. Time is your ally. Allow your imagination to open up to a different approach. Express hurt before it escalates. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) Your feelings about a friend could change quickly. At this point in time, you have explored what could be. However, you might nd your situation to be more exible than you think. Fatigue surrounds a constant struggle to achieve a goal. | Saturday, March 24, 2018 E5 TODAY IS SATURDAY, MARCH 24, the 83rd day of 2018. There are 282 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT IN HISTORY: On March 24, 1958, Elvis Presley was inducted into the U.S. Army at the draft board in Memphis, Tennessee, before boarding a bus for Fort Chaee, Arkansas. (Presley underwent basic training at Fort Hood, Texas, before being shipped o to Germany.) ON THIS DATE: In 1913, New York's Palace Theatre, the legendary home of vaudeville, opened on Broadway. In 1934 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill granting future independence to the Philippines. In 1965, Ranger 9, a lunar probe launched three days earlier by NASA, crashed into the moon (as planned) after sending back more than 5,800 video images. In 1989, the supertanker Exxon Valdez (vahl-DEEZ') ran aground on a reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound and began leaking an estimated 11 million gallons of crude oil. In 1999, NATO launched airstrikes against Yugoslavia, marking the rst time in its 50year existence that it had ever attacked a sovereign country. Thirty-nine people were killed when re erupted in the Mont Blanc tunnel in France and burned for two days.


E6 Saturday, March 24, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comBy Norman WinterTribune News ServiceMysty will be the hottest plant at the garden center this spring, and its likely, everyone will want several. Mysty is the dazzling new compact salvia indigo spires that was the talk of all the trials last year. Most trials score on a 1-5 scale, and Mysty was well over 4 at Young Plant Trials in Alabama, UGA Trials in Athens, Ga., and at the prestigious Penn State Trials, it was near perfect. Gardeners crave this rare blue color in the long summer garden, and Mysty will be the perfect choice reaching 12 to 18-inches tall and as wide with blooming spikes creating excitement with color and texture. These spiky blooms will thrill as they shoot above that imaginary horizontal plane of the flower border. The first Indigo Spires, our old-fashioned preserving perennial, was found growing in the Huntington Botanical Garden in the 1970s and was made available in 1979. John MacGregor, horticulturist at the California garden, described his lucky find as a sterile hybrid courtesy of the bees.Ž One of my favorite horticultural websites says, Indigo Spires tends to keep growing and growing and then falling over under its own weight. Constant pruning and pinching will keep it in bounds, and removing the flower spikes after most of the flowers have dropped off will encourage more blooming.Ž In 2006 Ball FloraPlant introduced Mystic Spires the first dwarf or compact Salvia Indigo Spires, and for 12 years it has remained one of the must-have plants in the garden, blooming all summer. Now Ball FloraPlant has done it again giving us an even tighter smaller growth habit that will not only be treasured in the garden, but that will make it the first selection of choice for mixed containers and those that might want to use it in monoculture.Near-perfect Mysty a hot commodity this springBy Lee ReichThe Associated PressI got a look of disbelief when I told a friend I had planted a tree that had been shipped from a nursery 2,000 miles away. As I went on to explain that the tree had been sent bare-root,Ž I could see him shudder. But then I showed off my robust young plant in its second year of growth. Bare-root trees are so named because the plants are dug from the ground when dormant (leafless), and then their roots are shaken free of soil. Kept cool, with their roots packed in some moist material, bare-root plants are easy to store or ship in good condition. Theyre usually less expensive and are available in greater variety than potted or balledand-burlapped trees. Care for your plant as soon as it arrives Of course, its not only the plants quality that was responsible for the good growth of my bare-root tree. Proper siting, care on arrival and planting were equally important. Two threats to a bare-root tree before it is planted are that it is kept too warm and that its roots dry out. Immediately after I receive a bare-root tree, whether it has been shipped or brought home from a nursery, I soak the roots in a bucket of water for eight hours. If planting must be delayed, I keep the tree cool and its roots moist by storing it on the cool, north side of my house with its roots covered with moist soil or mulch. Or I put it in the refrigerator with its roots wrapped in moist peat and then plastic. Keeping the tree cool delays growth of buds along the stems. Just before planting, I inspect the roots, cutting off any that are dead, diseased or broken. I shorten any that are too long to be splayed out into a reasonably sized planting hole. Plant it correctly The soil needs to be crumbly „ not sodden and not rock-hard „ before its ready to be dug for planting the tree. When I do dig, I make that hole just deep enough to get the tree in, twice as wide as the spread of the roots, and tapered down from its edges to full depth. After shoveling enough loose soil back into the planting hole to create a mound on which to set the tree, I start backfilling, tamping the soil in among the spread roots. No need to mix any other materials, such as peat or compost, into the planting hole. After I finish backfilling, I build up a slight ridge of soil around the outer edge of the planting hole to help contain water. If rodents are a threat, a cylinder of -inch mesh hardware cloth will keep them at bay. Now is when compost can be put to best use; spread it on top of the ground an inch or 2 deep. A further topping of straw or wood chips no closer than 6 inches from the trunk will keep the roots cool, moist and happy in the months ahead. Dont forget the tree a er planting it Large trees or trees in very windy sites need to be staked for a year, until their roots take hold in the soil. Tie the trunk to one or two stakes set alongside the tree, using some soft material or wire padded where it touches the trunk. Allow for some movement of the trunk or else it will be too slow in thickening. The final step in tree planting „ watering „ is critical. I slowly and thoroughly soak the ground beneath my new plant. Its important not to turn your back on any sapling after that last step in planting. Throughout its first growing season, longer for large trees, a weekly watering schedule must be diligently maintained. Figure on about 1 gallon per week per square foot spread of the roots. And that mulched circle is maintained for at least a few years. After that, the mulching can be continued or the ground could be planted with some groundcover, either of which keeps lawnmowers and weed whackers „ hazards to trees young and old „ at bay.Bare-root nursery trees do well with careful plantingThis undated photo shows a bare root tree being planted in New Paltz, N.Y. A cone-shaped hole about twice the width of root spr ead and just deep enough to get the tree in the ground is one step in getting this bare-root tree off to a good start. [LEE REICH VIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]