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JANUARY 1, 2014The LAKERFREEThe LAKER WESLEY CHAPEL/NEW TAMPA EDITION GreatestHits The LAKER The lyrics, the harmonies, maybe the singer theres always something special about that song we enjoy hearing time and again, cranking up the volume when its broadcast across the airwaves. Some would say the same about community stories. You cant have a community without people, and as we look back at the Greatest Hits of 2013, people our community artists who make the world a better place are our focus. Put those earphones on, and let us take you on a journey back through 2013.The best stories from 2013!Enjoy,The Laker Staff 4 15 6 20 Call AttorneyJIMHOLLIDAY813-868-1887 AUTO ACCIDENT?SLIP & FALL? No Fees Or Costs Unless You WinHelping Injured PeopleHOLLID A Y BOMHOFF KARA TINOS P.L. Attorneys at LawI Will Aggressively Fight To Protect Your Legal Rights18920 N. Dale Mabry Hwy Ste 101 Lutz, FL (Corner of Sunlake & Dale Mabry) FEB 5-8, 2014 Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg 888.974.3698 | 727.248.0115 ShenYun.comPresented by Florida Falun Dafa Association, Inc. ALL-NEW 2014 SHOW with live orchestra Check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ TheLakerLutzNe wsYoull find stories, th ings to do, specials, co mm unity photos and more.

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www.LakerLutzNews.com January 1, 20142 By Diane KortusPublisherToday is Jan. 1. Which means youre probably making a list of all the things you hope to do, improve or change in 2014. But let me stop right here before you turn the page. I promise this is not another column about New Years resolutions that are almost certain to go unfulfilled. Instead, I want to look back, instead of ahead, much like this weeks paper that profiles our favorite stories of 2013. So here, in no particular order, are 10 achievements of the past year that Im most proud of professionally and personally. 1.) More readers than everIn March, we learned that our 2012 circulation audit reported that 80 percent of households in Lutz regularly read The Lutz News. And in Pasco, The Laker is read by 75 percent of households in our distribution area. This is an increase of 8 percentage points in just two years a statistically remarkable accomplishment. 2.) Better business coverageOur business reporting really took off after Michael Hinman joined our staff in July. In particular, his focus on growth and development topics readers told us they wanted more of in a readership study have added more depth and analysis to our news coverage. 3.) Breaking news reportingIn early November, we reported that the long-stalled outlet mall at State Road 56 and Interstate 75 had finalized a permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, clearing the way for construction approvals. We were the first to report this story, which was later picked up by just about every other news outlet in Tampa Bay. As a weekly newspaper, it is never our priority to be first with a story. We leave that to the immediacy of television and the daily newspapers. But it sure felt good, and made me proud, that our small news staff broke such important regional news.4.) More faith and worship stories One of my favorite stories this year was about the Rev. Garry Welsh, a new priest assigned to Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Land O Lakes. It was one of many religion stories written by B.C. Manion, a subject she does a superb job exploring and writing about.5.) Redesigned websiteA redesign of our website makes it easier to read and find stories in our archives. Check it out at LakerLutzNews.com, for everything from things to do this weekend to stories you want to share with friends and family.6.) An active Facebook page It took us a while to join the conversation with an active Facebook page. But were finally there, thanks to the combined efforts of Suzanne Beauchaine of our advertising staff, Michael Hinman of our editorial staff and Stefanie Burlingame of our design staff. This threesome makes our Facebook presence engaging and fun. See for yourself at www.facebook.com/TheLakerLutzNews.7.) Three employees celebrate 10 yearsFor a small business like ours, its quite remarkable that three out of 12 employees celebrated their 10th year with our company. Terri Williamson in sales, Carolyn Bennett in customer service, and Mary Eberhard in accounting are outstanding individuals whose commitment to our customers and company are much appreciated. Another employee, Mary Rathman, also has played a valuable role in our company for more than a decade, with a brief break in service. She's the one who makes sure our ts are crossed and our i's are dotted. 8.) My daughter turned 21 I know my daughter, Rachel Mathes, hastechnically been an adult since she was 18. But there was something about her turning 21 that has solidified our adult motherdaughter relationship. Rachel graduates from Stetson University this spring, and I am so proud of her perseverance and commitment to completing her degree in four years.9.) My sons engagement and marriageIt was a huge year for my son, Andy Mathes, a first lieutenant in the Marines. He became engaged to Erin Morgan on Labor Day and married her Nov. 2, a week before his deployment to Afghanistan. I never imagined I would be marrying off my son last year, and couldnt be happier with the daughter-in-law he chose for me.10.) Zeke dies, Jonas livesOn March 27, my family lost Zeke, our 14-year-old yellow lab. We never doubted our decision to euthanize Zeke, but that didnt make it any easier to say goodbye. Zeke left behind Jonas, our 8-year-old Airedale, who has flourished with all the extra attention and elevation to alpha dog. Sadly, Jonas had a cancerous spleen removed in September, and we were told he had only one to three months to live. Four months later, Jonas is proving the vet wrong and is livelier than ever. Were beginning to call him our miracle dog. 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We wish you a happy, safe and prosperous NEW YEAR! 813.909.2800www.lakerlutznews.com www.LakerLutzNews.com January 1, 20143 ADVERTISINGTERRI WILLIAMSON twilliamson@cnewspubs.comLutz, Wesley ChapelSUZANNE BEAUCHAINE sbeauchaine@cnewspubs.comSales AssistantCAROLYN BENNETT cbennett@cnewspubs.comCustomer ServiceRACHEL THOMPSON rthompson@cnewspubs.comClassified & Directory Sales DESIGN SUBSCRIPTIONS: Paid subscriptions available for those outside delivery area. Call 813-909-2800.CIRCULATION: If you did not receive your paper, or to stop your paper, call 727-530-5521.NEWS DEADLINE: Thursday at noon. CLASSIFIED DEADLINE: Friday at noon. DISPLAY AD DEADLINE: Thursday, 5 p.m.EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS: Suggestions for news content and coverage are welcome and e-mails are invited. Publisher reserves the right to edit and/or reject any editorial and advertising content.LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: We welcome community topics in the 250-word range. Please include daytime phone number.Opinions expressed by the writers are their own and do not reflect the opinion of the publisher.ADVERTISING ERRORS: Publisher is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of space for the first insertion, or for the validity of claims made by advertisers.MEMBER: Central Pasco Chamber, Wesley Chapel Chamber, Zephyrhills Chamber, Dade City Chamber, Florida Press Association, Free Community Newspapers of Florida, Southeast Advertising Publishers Association, Association of Free Community Papers.Advertising and editorial content copyright 2013 Community News Publications. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden without prior written permission from the publisher. LOCATION3632 Land O' Lakes Blvd. Suite 102 Land O Lakes, FL 34639MAIL P. O. Box 479 Lutz, FL 33548 PHONE/FAX ph: 813.909.2800 fax: 813.909.2802 IT SUPPORT STEVE MISTRETTA WEBSITE/FACEBOOK www.lakerlutznews.com www.facebook.com/thelakerlutznews EMAIL news@cnewspubs.com sales@cnewspubs.com DISTRIBUTION Sunset Advertising Distributors 727.530.5521 lshiflett@sunsetadvertisingdistributors.comPresident & Publisher Diane Kortus dkortus@cnewspubs.comThe LAKER/ Lutz NEWSLUTZ, WESLEY CHAPEL, LAND O LAKES, WEST PASCO, TRINITY, ZEPHYRHILLS, DADE CITYServing Pasco since 1981 / Serving Lutz since 1964EDITORIALMICHAEL HINMAN News Editor mhinman@cnewspubs.com MARY RATHMAN Editorial Assistant mrathman@cnewspubs.com ACCOUNTINGMATTHEW MISTRETTA Art Director art@cnewspubs.com STEFANIE BURLINGAME Graphic Designer art@cnewspubs.com MARY EBERHARD meberhard@cnewspubs.com KATHY WELTON kwelton@cnewspubs.com ADMINISTRATIVE B.C. MANION Community Editor bcmanion@cnewspubs.com Winning a huge jackpot poses challenges, experts sayHuge Powerball win in Zephyrhills creates buzzBy B.C. ManionOriginally published May 29The sale of the winning $590.5 million Florida Powerball ticket at a Publix in Zephyrhills created quite a stir but experts say that such instantaneous wealth comes with its own set of problems. As of press time in late May, the winner of the single-largest Powerball prize in U.S. history had not stepped forward to claim the winnings, but that is expected at any time. Florida law requires the winner to file a claim within 60 days of winning, in order to receive a lump-sum cash payment. When the winner comes forward, he or she will be stepping out of the shadows because once the claim is made, the winners identity is public record. Winning such a huge financial windfall is like flipping a switch in life, said Rhonda Cameron, a psychologist at Premier Community Healthcare Group Inc., in Dade City. Its the old, Be careful what you wish for, Cameron said. All of us have fantasies, Cameron said, but becoming instantly wealthy wont solve all of lifes problems and, indeed, it creates some new challenges. Suddenly, the winners privacy will be gone. Their picture is going to be emblazoned across every newspaper, Cameron said, not only in the United States, but in other countries, too. An ordinary trip to the grocery store will be a thing of the past, she said. People will pay attention to you. Theyll point at you and talk about you. Some winners wind up moving to a new locale, changing their way of life and going underground, she said. Its not unusual for people who encounter such a major change in life to undergo a range of emotions. In some cases, Cameron said, Theyre grieving their former life, when they were just a regular, normal Joe. In other cases, they encounter hostility from people who are not happy that they won the huge cash prize.Some people are going to hate your guts, Cameron said. Its the envy turned into anger (response). Maybe they dont view you as a good person, she said. Theyll wonder: Why did it happen to you and not me?Winners also will find themselves viewing people in a different way than they did before, Cameron said. Theyll have to be more guarded to make sure that people who are interested in being close to them are interested in them, not just their money. Your phone is going to ring off the hook, Cameron said. The calls asking for help will come from family, friends and strangers, alike. People will line up, vying for a piece of the action. You are going to have to figure out a way to protect yourself, Cameron said. There are gold diggers of every stripe. There are also those who will feel guilty about coming into so much money, Cameron said. Theyll ask, Why me? They can address that guilt by sharing their wealth, but then the question becomes with whom do you share your fortune, and how much should you give? The winner will have to think about the consequences of actions in virtually every arena of life, including emotional, spiritual, financial and legal, Cameron said. How do you deal with your kids? How do you deal with your grandkids? The ones who do the worst are the ones who are very impulsive. They have no game plan. They go out and buy five cars. They fritter it away. They end up worse than they were before, Cameron said. Camerons No. 1 piece of advice? Come up with a game plan. Planning is essential, agreed Christine B. Cooper, a retirement income planner who has practiced in Tampa Bay for 19 years. Cooper, who is president and owner of Cooper Financial Services in Land O Lakes, said she routinely tells clients to call her cell phone or text her within the first five minutes of learning they have received a financial windfall. She wants to make sure they take steps to protect their best interests. You need to have the right kind of specialists on your team, Cooper said, noting in that case it would likely include a financial planner, an attorney and a tax specialist. The winner will have to pay taxes when he or she claims the prize, but the idea is to take steps to pay no more than legally required, Cooper said. The specialists role is to help the client achieve his or her dreams, Cooper said. To use a football analogy, she sad: Were the coaches on the sideline. Youre the quarterback. When the winner works out a plan, he or she should be addressing such questions as: Why are we doing this? What is our goal? How are we going to get there? Most people dont even consider the possibility of needing to have a plan for handling millions of dollars, Cooper said. She thinks one reason many people who come into sudden wealth wind up losing it is because they lack a plan. Its also hard to resist helping others, Cooper said. Its human nature to give, Cooper said. We all, deep down underneath, we want to help one another. We put everyone elses needs before our own. Jeff Aman, an attorney in Lutz, said he wouldnt rely entirely upon himself if he won a huge cash windfall. I wouldnt want to try to figure it all out, said Aman, who specializes in estates, trusts and real estate. What the winner should do depends on the winners goals and desires. Its a very individual kind of thing, Aman said. Its important to understand tax consequences and to protect assets. If youre doing serious tax planning, youre also doing asset protection. It goes hand in hand, he said. Hiring a team of experts is important, but requiring that team to be accountable is essential, too, Aman said. You still need to maintain your personal sense of responsibility, he said. Stories abound about lottery winners who go broke. Aman doubts they had a team of specialists helping them manage their money. Greatest The LAKER / Lutz NEWS FOR THE RECORDAll the mystery surrounding the winner of the Powerball was finally revealed in early June when Gloria C. Mackenzie, 84, shared how someone let het step ahead in line and buy the winning ticket at the Zephyrhills Publix. Mackenzie ended up with $278 million in her bank account, after taxes and a lump sum payout penalty. In July, she bought a $1.2 million home in Jacksonville, according to published reports. She also reportedly split the prize with her son, who also lives in Jacksonville.Hits

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Do you really want the courts to choose who raises your child?NAMING A GUARDIAN FOR A YOUNG CHILD IN A WILL CAN BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS A PARENT DOES. PATRICIA L. FERRARIAttorney At LawOakstead Professional Center SR 54 and Oakstead Blvd, Land O Lakes, Florida 34638813-597-8348http://patriciaferrarilaw.comBy Appointment Only Estate Planning Wills and Trusts Asset Protection/Preservation Powers of Attorney Insurance Claims/Disputes www.LakerLutzNews.com January 1, 20144 By B.C. Mani onOriginally published Nov. 13Maryhelen Zopfi gets a kick out of finding new uses for old stuff. The avid gardeners green thumb is on glorious display at her North Mobile Villa Drive home in Lutz, where she grows roses, orchids, crotons, fruit trees, orchids, grapevines and all sorts of other plants. But her enthusiasm for gardening is perhaps outdone by the funky stuff she has all over her place. Recent additions to her eclectic outdoor dcor include the front end of 1997 Buick that shes converted into a waterfall for her koi pond in her backyard. The pond, by the way, is a former swimming pool, which is partially covered by a deck. The deck, it turns out, is the perfect cover for the koi should a hungry bird swoop down to try to grab a quick bite to eat. The Buicks front end is raised up on blocks, spilling water through its grill into the pool below. Meanwhile, out front, Zopfi has added an old-fashioned telephone booth amidst her plants, just for fun. She also has a smaller waterfall in her front yard, which, by the way, she thinks would be a perfect candidate for the front end of a Smart car. Zopfi, who describes herself as a stay-athome gardener, always is thinking up stuff she can do to keep adding interest to her yard. Besides being full of whimsy, her yard also is environmentally friendly, too. She won Hillsborough Countys 2012 Florida-Friendly Landscape Water-Wise Award for the many water-conserving practices she observes. For instance, she catches rainfall in a barrel to water a portion of a garden. She diverts runoff from her rooftop and pipes it into areas of her garden. She also uses landscape beds to keep storm water from spilling out of her yard. And, she uses microirrigation to apply water where needed without wasteful spraying. Zopfi gets a kick out of showing off her handiwork. She welcomes garden clubs to come take a tour of her yard. Shes also been known to set up tables in her driveway, to let garden club members have a meeting and eat lunch. Her generosity does have its limits, though. The garden club members have to bring their own lunch. If your garden club would like to schedule a visit to Zopfis garden, you can email the request to mhmango@msn.com. B.C. MANION/STAFFMaryhelen Zopfi has added another poi nt of i nteres t to her eclecti c collecti on of yard art that embellishes her garden and koi ponds at her home i n Lutz. This 1997 Bui ck front end makes a perfect waterfall, s he s a i d. Greatest The LAKER / Lutz NEWS FOR THE RECORDThe front end of the 1997 Buick, that serves as a waterfall into the koi pond in Maryhelen Zopfis backyard, now has working headlights. The avid gardener also plans to form a group in the latter part of 2014 for people who share a mutual interest in gardening. Hits B.C. MANION/STAFFZopfi recently added this pay telephone to the whi m sical yard art, s cattered lavishly around her property i n Lutz. B.C. MANION/STAFFZopfi thi nks this s mall waterfall would be the perfect s pot for the front end of a Smart car.

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Heres to a wonderful NEW YEARAnd a warm adieu to the old! Heres to happiness, good times, good cheer And the many joys yet to unfold! (813) 996-9800A chiropractor for 35 years, Dr. Craven has lived in Land O' Lakes since 1980.Happy New Year! 23110 SR 54 @ Collier Pkwy(813) 948-2287 Under New Management!5 time SCCA Race Car champion Robin, her crew chief husband, Carl and their capable crew are ready to serve you.Come by and meet Robin New Reduced Prices on Boxes and Packaging! $2 OFF UPS SHIPPING ONE COUPON PER CU STO MER. 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DANIEL HWANG22 Years Experience Americas Top Dentists Award 2013 Columbia University, BA 1987 Columbia University, DDS 199129450 State Road 54 Wesley Chapel, FL 33543813-907-6600 www.pascodental.netP asco Dental Our Motto: Integrity, Quality, Friendship 24416 State Road 54, Lutz 33559 813-428-6994info@petpointanimalhospital.com www.petpointanimalhospital.comOPEN MON, TUES, THURS, FRI 8-6 WED 10-6 SATURDAY 9-2WELLNESS PLANS & HOUSE CALLS AVAILABLEvaccinations/preventive care, general medicine, surgery, teeth cleaning, labs, digital x-ray Complimentary pet exam for all new clients. We are happy to take care of your pet s health. NOW OPEN 6 DAYS A WEEK!DROP YOUR PET OFF IN THE MORNING & PICK HIM/HER UP IN THE EVENING. By Michael HinmanOriginally published Sept. 18When the last book in J.K. Rowlings bestselling series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released in 2007, Jason De La Torre was in line ready for his copy. But once he finished the book, the Wesley Chapel resident realized a troubling fact: There was now a magical void in the world of literature. So using his own money, De La Torre created Star Mage, an enchanting story told in comic book form that takes a young wizard out into space. He wrote the story and hired an artist to ink it. And then shopped it around to all the major comic book publishers.De La Torres work has paid off. In September, he signed a deal with IDW Publishing in San Diego that will put his story on the shelves of bookstores all over the country next April. I grew up reading comics, and Ive always had a love for them, De La Torre said. At one point, in 2011, I just started wondering what goes into being a comic book writer. I knew I couldnt draw worth a lick, but I knew I could come up with an interesting story. Star Mage centers around Darien Connors, a 14-year-old boy who discovers he has magical abilities. That discovery, however, pulls him into a war that involves not only his family, but the entire galaxy as well. You dont want to be a cheap rip-off of Harry Potter, De La Torre said. You definitely have to be sure the ideas youre going with are original. That is what I try to do, come up with the most original story I could, but keeping some of the familiarity with what I love and what is successful out there, too. Dariens skills do have a much different explanation. It is part of a practice known as Kishpu, and hes not the only one that can do it. He quickly teams up with three young friends Anthaar, Tirwa and Unura and soon find themselves in battle with a hated enemy, Orasmas Xul Sarrum. Star Mage has all the elements young comic book readers are looking for, while developing a story that will give them something completely new, De La Torre said.De La Torre was born and raised in Tampa, and moved to Wesley Chapel with his wife Rita in 2007. During the day hes a tech guy with a healthcare company. His evenings, however, are spent writing the first six issues of Star Mage, which IDW will release as a limited series in the spring.If all goes well, and sales are strong, it could lead to a regular monthly series for Star Mage by the end of next year. Each comic issue takes about 90 days to create from start to finish, with most of that time devoted to the art. Ray Dillon inked the first issue, previously making a name for himself with projects based on Peter Pan and the HBO series Game of Thrones. Franco Cespedes takes over after that, continuing a world where science fiction and magical fantasy collide. IDW is a newer company, founded in 1999, but it already is the nations sixth-largest publisher for many popular franchises like My Little Pony, True Blood, Star Trek and Transformers. IDW has even had some of its comics optioned for films by studios like Paramount Pictures and Dimension Films. With comic book adaptations making billions of dollars at the box office, De La Torre said he cant help but dream of seeing Star Mage on the silver screen. If there was a movie, I definitely would want them to respect the original material, De La Torre said. But I understand that comics and the actual movie business are two different things, they have to appeal to a much broader audience. That is a part of life. And that life could change for De La Torre pretty quickly if Star Mage becomes a success. It could mean full-time devotion to writing, and possibly even adapting some of his other independently published novels to the comic form as well. I can guarantee you, I will be taking pictures the minute my comic book shows up on the shelf, De La Torre said. I have a lot of ideas Im ready to work on, and Ill always be focused on things that I would enjoy, and maybe others will enjoy as well. Greatest The LAKER / Lutz NEWS FOR THE RECORDJason De La Torre is expecting to hear from his publisher any day now on when the comic book series will premiere, but they hadnt told him by the time The Laker/Lutz News went to press. But those anxious to see Star Mage will likely see the first issue coming out later this year.HitsComics publisher finds magic in Wesley Chapel writer COURTESY OF JASON DE LA TORREThe next Harry Potter could come right from Pasco County. Writer Jason De La Torre has signed a deal to publish his comic book series Star Mage with the nations sixth-largest distributor.

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By B.C. ManionOriginally published Oct. 9It happened more than a decade ago, but the Rev. Garry Welsh said the event was a turning point in his life as a priest. I woke one night to the sound of wood burning, recalled Welsh, then pastor of St. Ludger Catholic Church, a parish in the small town of Creighton, Neb. The rectory caught on fire. Welsh descended from his second-floor bedroom to search out the source of the fire. I saw a kind of a glow at the end of the hallway, and when I walked down toward it, I discovered the kitchen was on fire, he said. The black smoke was so thick that Welsh became disoriented. He suffered burns on both of his hands and feet. They tell me I dont remember much about the night that I did walk across a floor that was on fire. It was a laminate floor, so it was hot and it burnt the bottom of my feet, Welsh said. I was in the hospital for quite a while. I had to learn how to walk again. Investigators traced the cause of the fire to a candle that Welsh had left burning on the stove, he said. The rectory had just been renovated, and it and all of its contents were destroyed. Recovering from his injuries kept Welsh away from full-time ministry for quite some time. Now, however, hes on loan to Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Land O Lakes. And despite the fires destructive nature, Welsh said it held lessons for him. I think what it gave me, as I look back now, is that it gave me a better appreciation of the struggles people go through, Welsh said. I was in a wheelchair for quite a while. I think it made me understand (the impacts of) when people start to lose their mobility. The experience gave him a greater appreciation of being able to do things independently and changed his perspective on life, people and the priesthood, he said. It changed my outlook on ministry, entirely, Welsh said. Before the fire, Welsh said he was a priest that was driven by a schedule. The experience of the fire, and recovering from it, however, softened and mellowed him. Welsh became more aware of the value of savoring the gifts that God bestows. Before when I would visit with people, it was very much an in-and-out, Ive got other things to do, he said. Now, I take more time. Im more liable to sit with people and listen to people a little bit more. Before the fire, Welsh said he was an ambitious priest. That changed, as well. As a priest, I used to try to be the best, he said. I discovered that when I try to be the best, its all about me. What I try to do now is that I try to be the priest that people need today. So, when someone comes to me, my prayer always is: What do you need from me as your priest, now? That might be a listening ear. That might be some advice. It might be a pat on the back to say youre OK. It might be that you need me to sit and listen to your joke and laugh at it, even if its bad. Welsh said he asks himself: What does this person, or these people, or this group what do they need from me, now? They dont need me to be the best priest. They need me to be their priest, their priest who loves them, he said. Welsh was born in England to Scottish parents, but grew up in Ireland. He came to the United States in 1998, and was ordained three years later in Nebraska. Welsh said spiritual needs are universal, people need to know that spiritually, theyre loved. When fellow priests and brothers are struggling, Welsh reminds them that we make priesthood difficult because we think its about doing, he said. Its more about being. When were ordained, were ordained to be in the image of Christ. And we forget that and were lost in our own image, Welsh said. And we get disappointed, and the people get disappointed. We dont get fulfilled, and the people dont get fulfilled. And we all end up in this bad place. Instead it should be more about the image of Christ. What did Christ instruct us to do? Welsh said. He said, Love one another, as I have loved you. Thats the key, I think, to all faith, he said. No matter what we do, we have to do it with love. People will respond to love. When Welsh officiates the mass, he begins with a reminder that those present are on a journey together. As such, they are bound to stumble and fall. But they are there to help each other and to continue together on the journey, he said. When he prepares his homilies, he consults a number of sources and draws on his personal experiences. As a priest, I struggle like you struggle, Welsh said. I have good days and bad days. I have high moments and low moments. Were journeying together. When others hurt him, he said, he realizes he is unable to forgive them. I ask God to forgive them, he said. Like commentator Bill OReilly, he enjoys being pithy. He also recalls this bit of advice offered by a professor when Welsh was learning to write homilies: In three minutes, youll move hearts. In 10 minutes, youll freeze butts. Welsh, who has been an associate and a pastor at several churches in Nebraska, said he has never requested a particular assignment, trusting the Holy Spirit will lead him to the right place to use his skills. Currently, he is on loan to the Diocese of St. Petersburg, from the Archdiocese of Omaha. Hes not sure how long this assignment will last. When I came down here, my archbishop said, This is for three years. And, I said, Well, let the Holy Spirit decide that. B.C. MANION/STAFFFather Garry Welsh is on loan to the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary in Land O Lakes. He says a fire that destroyed the rectory where he was living in Nebraska transformed his ministry. By B.C. ManionOriginally published March 20Pasco County Schools superintendent Kurt Browning has dropped the idea of closing Moore-Mickens Education Center in Dade City. Browning had been considering a move that would have closed the center and relocated its programs. That proposal would have saved about $1 million to help plug a $23 million budget shortfall the district is facing. Browning shifted gears on March 12 after hundreds of supporters attended a community meeting on the previous evening in a show of support at the center. I have heard the heartfelt pleas from Moore-Mickens students, graduates, staff and supporters, and I cannot in good conscience move forward with the recommendation to close the school at this time, Browning said in a release. While Moore-Mickens will not close, the district will shift the Early Head Start prekindergarten program to Pasco Elementary School beginning in the 2013-14 school year. The pre-k program belongs at an elementary school with students of that same age group, Browning said. The Cyesis teen parent program, FAPE 22 program for Exceptional Education students from age 18 to 22, Adult Education and the Support our Students last-chance program all will remain at Moore-Mickens. Even before the meeting began on the evening of March 11, it was obvious that people had rallied to do what they could to keep their beloved Moore-Mickens open. Supporters stood at the centers gate, holding signs and chanting, Save our school, and, Give us our school back. The centers parking lot was jammed with people parking on the grass and near the school. Hundreds crowded into the cafeteria. Speakers from all walks of life approached the microphone during the meeting, which lasted more than two hours. At times, the meeting felt like a pep rally with people singing the schools alma mater and chanting, More Moore-Mickens. More Moore-Mickens. At other times, it was like a political rally, with speakers chastising Browning for his proposal and criticizing the school district for what they consider to be unequal educational opportunities on the east and west sides of Pasco. There was a spiritual element, too, as Margarita Romo a widely known advocate for migrant workers and social justice lifted the issue up in prayer. She asked God to intercede to find a way to not only continue to provide programs at MooreMickens Center, but to expand them. Browning said despite rumors to the contrary, the district had no intention of closing down the building and bulldozing it. He told the crowd that part of the rationale for shifting the programs to Pasco High School would be to enable the young women who are pregnant to enroll in programs such as Advanced Placement and dual enrollment classes, which would enable them to earn college credits. But speakers told Browning and school board members that it wasnt just the building they were worried about. They didnt want to lose the environment that exists at Moore-Mickens. Dozens weighed in. Some talked about how Moore-Mickens staff members had helped them to get their GED diplomas. Others said staff members encouraged them when others had written them off. Some talked about being welcomed at the center when theyd been shunned or bullied elsewhere. Speakers urged Browning and the school board to find another way to plug the budget gap. Charlene Austen of Dade City wondered why the district selected the most vulnerable sector of the student population. These students do not easily adapt. You can move students. You can move furniture, she said. You cannot move environment. Moore-Mickens employee Chris Barber said he previously worked with special needs students at John Long Middle and Wiregrass Ranch High, both schools in Wesley Chapel.Heres the thing, Barber said, special needs students at those schools were falling through the cracks. This is a very unique place.Lisa Ciganek, a teacher at MooreMickens, said a raise is not worth it to me to see these students lose what is working for them. They choose to come here. We see the potential in them. This environment is what gives our kids their future. Please dont take that away from them.Sister Roberta Bailey, prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Saint Leo, urged the crowd to voice its support for the school in writing. She urged them to focus on the positive why Moore-Mickens should be kept.Moore-Mickens is a chance for change, Bailey said. If it aint broke, dont fix it. That sentiment drew a standing ovation from the crowd. It turns out those letters of support wont be needed now. Browning and the school board must now find another way to come up with the nearly $1 million that would have been saved with his previous proposal, if employees are going to get any type of raise next year. District staff has not received pay increases in six years. B.C. MANION/STAFFProtesters stood at the gates of Moore-Mickens Education Center urging officials to drop the idea to close the school. Superintendent Kurt Browning said he heard the community and the center will stay open. www.LakerLutzNews.com January 1, 20146 Moore-Mickensto stay open

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By B.C. ManionOriginally published June 19Chances are, if you dont live in Lutz, or havent been to the communitys giant sports complex off Lutz Lake Fern Road, the name Oscar Cooler may not ring a bell. But for thousands of athletes and their families, Coolers contributions left a permanent imprint, said Mitch Wilkins, president of the Lutz Leaguerettes. Being able to bring all those families together to interact makes him an icon, Wilkins said.Cooler, 84, died on June 13 and was laid to rest on June 18 with a memorial at Loyless Funeral Home in Land O Lakes, followed by a graveside service at Lutz Cemetery.Those who knew Cooler described him as a tenacious man, with a heart for the communitys children all of the communitys children. The Rev. Alan Burner of the First Baptist Church of Lutz officiated at the memorial. Oscars family told me that he got what he wanted 99.9 percent of the time, Burner said. And, for the Lutz community, that worked out very well. And for young people, that worked out very well. Boddie Osteen, Coolers friend for a halfcentury, recalled the retired flooring salesmans determination to get a Little League ballpark for the community. He didnt take no for an answer, Osteen said. Before Cooler got involved, Lutz had one Little League field behind Lutz Elementary School. Cooler wanted more opportunities for the communitys youth, so he spent two years lobbying the Hillsborough County Commission before he finally persuaded the board to buy an orange grove to give the children additional fields. After they purchased the land, commissioners said it would be a couple of years before the ball fields could be built. Cooler refused to wait. He marshaled an army of volunteers to get the job done. We had engineers, builders, painters, everything we needed to build a park, Cooler said in a 2008 interview with The Tampa Tribune. We had people who didnt mind getting their hands dirty. Everything that was done, laborwise, was done voluntarily. Within nine months we built this thing. The Lutz Park Youth Complex, later renamed in Coolers honor, opened in 1975 with three baseball fields. Over time, the complex, at 19045 Crooked Lane, has vastly expanded, now featuring fields for baseball, softball, football and soccer. It also has a playground, restrooms and concession stands, as well as an adjacent nature park. Osteen, who coached Little League for some five years and umpired for about 35 years, said Coolers sole motivation was to provide a wholesome outlet for kids. As Cooler put it in a 2010 interview with Dogs play & socialize four times a day! 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By Michael HinmanOriginally published Aug. 14Academy at the Lakes, central Pasco Countys private school that hugs both sides of Collier Parkway off State Road 54, is getting a lot larger, growing by more than 46 acres. The school has purchased a large chunk of land near its existing campus that has belonged to the pioneer MacManus family for decades, with an eye toward a major campus expansion in the coming years. The land grab is four times larger than the schools existing campus, and allows Academy at the Lakes to extend its reach to 20 Mile Level Road with a total of nearly 60 acres of land. About six years ago, my sister and I, and our brother, started talking about what we wanted to do with this land, said Dr. Lou MacManus. A retired surgeon who lived for decades in Ohio and Tennessee, MacManus grew up in a modest house built a year before she was born on the property now owned by Academy at the Lakes. She shares many memories of her childhood on the land with her sister, University of South Florida professor Susan MacManus, as well as her late brother, Dr. H. Cameron MacManus, who was killed in a plane crash last spring. Theres been a lot of changes here since we were kids, and many of them good changes, MacManus said. But we didnt want to see a bunch of homes on this land.MAKING IT WORKAcademy at the Lakes had plans to expand for the last two years, but the deal to purchase this piece of MacManus land came together only recently, thanks to the work of the MacManus family, as well as the Academys head of school Mark Heller and then board of trustees chair Cynthia Miller. The MacManuses have been very interested in seeing the future of their parents and grandparents land used for something productive and positive for the community, Heller said. They couldve easily sold this land to a developer for a lot more money. But instead, decided that they should take a philanthropic route, and dedicate this land to the same thing they have always dedicated their lives to: education. Academy at the Lakes is paying slightly more than $2 million for the land, equating to a little less than $44,000 per acre. MacManus set up a charitable remainder annuity trust, which holds the 16-year mortgage for the property. Excluding any interest or other fees, that will cost the growing school approximately $10,500 per month on average. While it might seem high, Heller sees it as an investment in the future for a school that is key to the economic growth in central Pasco County. The north side of the county is growing so fast, certainly now that construction and homebuilding is picking back up again, Heller said. The north side is going to be burgeoning again, just like it did 10 years ago, and were going to be able to grow with that community, and provide resources to that growing community. There are no immediate plans to build on the land, but it is something the school expects to do at some point to accommodate student needs, Heller said. In the meantime, some of the older students will tend to the land and learn how to grow oranges and take part in other agricultural activities. Food raised will be donated to local charities. Heller talked about expansion in August 2011 when he said Academy at the Lakes should explore ways that would set it up for the next 100 years. This is something that could absolutely transform the footprint and the presence of the school, Heller said at the time. What happens is up to the schools board of trustees, but there are many possibilities. One could include integrating the entire campus into one site, instead of having the younger and older students divided physically by Collier Parkway. The land could also become a sports complex center, among other things. Theres just so much that we can do that we havent really even talked about yet, Heller said.NEVER FORGET HISTORYThe matriarch of the MacManus family had always pushed education on her children, explaining why Lou MacManus and her siblings all reached doctorate levels in their schooling. Knowing that the farm she worked so hard to build would now be used for educating hundreds of young people not just three would make her mother proud, MacManus said. Education was so big for us growing up, and we were always out learning everything, MacManus said. We spent a lot of times outdoors, and didnt watch much TV. We were doing sports, riding bicycles, and I even had a horse. The 2,200-square-foot house that served as the MacManus home for more than half a century still stands on the property. There are trees in front where the young MacManus children would hang their wet clothes after swimming in the nearby lake. We were together and outside from dawn until dusk, MacManus said. We spent our days swimming in the lake and roaming around the orange groves. And while the lake may no longer be a place where young people can just jump in, the land will be there to help educate many generations to come. MICHAEL HINMAN/STAFF Dr. Lou MacManus, right, shares stories about growing up on the land she recently sold to Academy at the Lakes, with former Academy board chair Cynthia Martin and current headmaster Mark Heller. MacManus childhood home looms in the background. Keeping you a step ahead! Pediatrics Heel Pain Ingrown Toenails Corns / Calluses Fractures Warts Custom Orthotics Wound Care Diabetic Foot CareNo insurance, no problem. GREAT RATES!Notary services by appointmentFAMILY FOOT & ANKLE CARE William Trabulsi, D.P.M.Podiatric Physician 813-406-4806Located at the Greystone Professional Park 19013 Dale Mabry Hwy N., Lutz

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Jeffries, the Civil War veteran who settled Zephyrhills in the hopes of bringing other war veterans with him. Its been everything from the home of prominent city residents over the years, to a commercial office in what was once a bustling downtown area. Today, however, the Jeffries House is spotted with warped wood. The white wraparound porch is sagging in a few places. And the main entrance that once welcomed Capt. Jeffries home each night is now capped with a No Trespassing sign. The home is almost out of place in what would later become the commercial nerve center for Zephyrhills. And as community business leaders work to revitalize the downtown section, questions abound on what to do with the Jeffries House after it suffered through a foreclosure two years ago, and has been abandoned ever since. I think the Main Street Zephyrhills office would look great there, said Gina King Granger, executive director of the citys Main Street group. Our board had actually discussed that at one time, but our funding was so tight, there was no way we could make it work. CenterState Bank of Florida owns the house, but is looking to get back the nearly $280,000 it lost when the previous owner defaulted on the mortgage. However, Main Street may get another shot at the building if city officials move forward with plans to buy the house from CenterState, and then possibly leasing it out. Such a move would make the site much more attractive from a financial standpoint for potential tenants like Main Street. Theres a lot of interest in it, Granger said. Folks are just shying away from it because they think there is a lot more involved in terms of restoration and what would be needed to get it back into good shape. While the house itself would likely not be a strong anchor to help draw other businesses into the downtown district, there are a number of other possibilities for the Jeffries House as well, ranging from bed and breakfasts to restaurants, even to becoming a residence again. Thats exactly how Jerry Pricher remembers the Jeffries House growing up. That house was the only residence on that block for many, many years, said Pricher, who is vice president of the Zephyrhills Historical Association. I walked by that house all the time when I was a kid, pretty much whenever we would walk down to the Home Theater to go to the movies. The Jeffries House is hardly the only house with local historical significance in Zephyrhills, but it gets the most attention because of its location right in the middle of town, Pricher said. Because of that, and its place in the citys history, it could be the perfect place for a museum. The only drawback to that idea is that Zephyrhills already has the Depot Museum on South Avenue. The Depot Museum is slap full, so (the Jeffries House) could be nice as a secondary museum, Pricher said. We could always use more room to display some of the many historical items we have. Vicki Elkins, who runs the Depot Museum, says they do regularly have to switch out exhibits because of space constraints in the old railroad depot. However, she may need some more exhibit donations before they can think of a second location. We dont really have an overflow right now, but certainly at some point we might, Elkins said. She feels that the Jeffries House could be turned into a nice museum remembering the school history of the city. Or, it would make a wonderful Main Street office. Its historic, and its what Main Street is all about, Elkins said.No matter who might end up in the Jeffries House, chances are it wont be as expensive to move in as many might think, Main Streets Granger said. A city inspection of the house showed that despite some exterior issues, the interior is structurally sound. And outside money might be available to convert the historic house into a new business. A lot of work would be needed to bring it up to code, but it could be done, Granger said. There are a lot of grants for restoring these old properties at both the state and national levels, but money like that might not be available for a few years. And that could be a death knell to the Jeffries House if it remains empty and is not properly maintained. As passers-by have already noticed in recent years, a house like this can deteriorate fast. Obviously, to those of us who love the history of Zephyrhills, we would rather not lose it, Pricher said. Something needs to be done with that building, and we need to do it right now.Historic Jeffries House seeks place in 21st century Greatest The LAKER / Lutz NEWS FOR THE RECORDAfter receiving its appraisal, the Zephyrhills City Council tasked Mayor Danny Burgess to sit down and negotiate with house owner CenterState Bank, which he has been doing ever since. Burgess tells The Laker/Lutz News that he hopes to reach an acceptable number to then present to the City Council at a later date for their approval or disapproval. However, Burgess did not offer a timetable on when those negotiations might yield results.Hits MICHAEL HINMAN/STAFF Capt. Harold Jeffries made this his home for years after founding Zephyrhills, but now this historic structure in the middle of the citys main street business district is suffering from neglect. City officials are looking to buy the house, but it still leaves the question of what they will do with it once they sign the deed.

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When he left his village in Uganda in July, more than 30 members of his extended family joined him at the airport nearly all of them watching a plane take off for the very first time in their lives. Not only was it his first plane ride and his first trip to America, but it was also the first time Mukwaya has ever left the Kyotera region of his country, where running water was just introduced last spring, and electricity is still a future goal. Despite that, Mukwaya has schooled more than 650 orphans whose families were ravaged by the HIV epidemic there. He has pushed for more adult education as well especially for women, who traditionally did not go to school when they were younger. Some of the people in my district went to school and were not doing good, and others could not afford to pay for the school fees, Mukwaya said. We started a sustainability project where, in the long term, we can help those who might not be able to learn otherwise. Mukwaya returned home in August after his two-week trip to Land O Lakes, participating in the annual International Leadership Fellows Institute from the National Educator Program. That program, based in Denver, chose the Pasco County Schools out of more than a dozen national applicants to host this institute. Its designed to empower teachers to become strong leaders, and give students equal access to success. The seminar itself, which also included 20 handpicked Pasco educators, lasted two weeks. Its part of the overall institute program designed to operate for the next year, connecting participants not only with faceto-face visits, but also technologically through online communication services like Skype. Its meant to be a give and take, where these administrators learn from each other, and take all of it back to incorporate into their own classrooms. What we have found so far that whether youre teaching in a major metropolitan area or in the jungle by the lake, its remarkable the similarities on how schools and classrooms operate, said Mark Thompson, executive director of NEP. We found much more in common than we thought. The recent conference in Land O Lakes was led by Diane Varano, principal of the Cultural Academy for the Arts and Sciences in Brooklyn. She makes the trip each year to help form new bonds among the education leaders, giving them tools to reinvigorate classrooms. Its a much-needed wakeup call for many teachers, who in recent years have complained about being forced to teach to state-mandated tests like the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Instead, the learning process must be more experiential, said Mark Xing, who is the director of teaching affairs for a 2,000-student school system in Shenzhen, China. Located just north of Hong Kong, Shenzhen is a city of more than 10 million people that was an early adopter of capitalism in the traditionally communist country. Because of that, the school there has been working to include both Chinese and American curriculums. In China, a lot of parents would like to send their children to study in the United States, Xing said. They want their children to know more about American culture, and we actually started this program to meet the parents needs. There was some concern that requiring both Chinese and American studies for elementary school-aged students might be too much. Instead, Xing has found his students embracing both equally, and that will give them an edge as technology continues to shrink the world and China plays an ever-expanding role in world economics. Mukwayas curriculum also is experience-based, but not quite the same way. In his region, English is being taught as a third language behind the local Luganda and the regional Swahili. But while math and reading are essential in the learning process for both children and adults, so are vocational skills that will help not only make money for his students, but save money as well. We started with writing and reading, and now they are going up to do more functional things like how to weave mats from palm leaves and make bags from banana fibers, Mukwaya said. Were also teaching many of our women how they can save money, and how they can be sustainable financially. Both Mukwaya and Xing will return to Land O Lakes next year to share progress on changes theyve instituted because of the program and report back on how well they have worked, with the goal of helping the districts program to grow and evolve. This isnt just about someone coming here and learning things. We are learning a great deal from them, Thompson said. We can teach them some of our best practices when it comes to education, but they are not just learning ours, they are teaching us theirs, too, and thats the kind of dialogue we want to have.Pasco conference proves education is worldwide concern

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www.LakerLutzNews.com January 1, 201413 By B.C. ManionOriginally published April 10Margarita Romo will be the first to tell you that she is a flawed woman, and that some people simply do not like her.But the path shes traveled led her to advocating for farm workers, immigrants and the poor. Her work has been recognized by Gov. Rick Scott, who selected her to be inducted into the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame.The honor goes to people who have made significant contributions to improving the lives of minorities and all Floridians. Romo, 76, founded Farmworkers SelfHelp in Dade City, a nonprofit organization that has focused on education, advocacy, and addressing the needs of migrant farmworkers and immigrants for more than three decades. The organization helps with immigration issues, gives bread to the poor, advocates for legislative changes, and seeks to improve conditions for the impoverished. It has been particularly active in seeking improvements for Tommytown, a community northwest of downtown Dade City. It wasnt anything that I purposely went out to do, Romo said. Her involvement began when she was asked to translate church services at migrant camps. Her commitment grew from there. Romo said she didnt have a strategic or systematic method for helping people. They came to her with a need, and she explored ways to help them. As time went on, Romo became more knowledgeable and established more relationships making it possible for her to help more people. In my wildest dreams I never thought Id be doing this, especially with the history that I had. It seemed like there was just disaster after disaster, Romo said. * Romo was born in Texas, and at age 3, her mother died. Her father placed her in an orphanage and sent her three brothers to another orphanage. They stayed there a couple of years until he remarried. I went in as Margarita and I came out as Margaret, Romo said, and she was no longer speaking Spanish. She joined the convent when she was 15, and left two years later with the hopes of mending a strained relationship with her stepmother, which never happened. Romo has been divorced three times, and along the way she had six children. She believes her personal failings and the challenges shes faced have helped her become more compassionate. We all have issues, and well always have issues. Theres no one who is ever going to be perfect, but I think knowing your own imperfections causes you to be more understanding about others, Romo said. She also understands despair. She was so despondent after her first divorce that she attempted to take her own life, she said. Shed taken some pills and someone found her otherwise, her life would have ended then. Im a real miracle, walking, Romo said. That experience made her realize how important it is for people to seek counseling when they need it. Im a real champion about mental health, Romo said. She also understands poverty. Romo needed help after one of her divorces, and a woman from a migrant camp understood that need. Ill never forget, Romo said. She gave me some of her food stamps. While she is being honored for her work, Romo is quick to give credit to those who have helped her to help others.Its not about me, Romo said. If it hadnt been for those undocumented farmworkers, we wouldnt be here. Theyre the ones who walked with me. They went to Washington, D.C. They went to Tallahassee.She also said mentors shes met have helped her to be more effective. Romo views herself as an activist, but uses a different approach than many young organizers whom she sees as being more aggressive and eager to take on the world.When she goes to Tallahassee to advocate for changes, she said she reads scripture to lawmakers and prays for God to guide them.We need God to go in front of us, Romo said. We need to do battle with the Bible in our hand. I really believe that God has to be called in, and I believe God hasnt been called into the middle of all of the crises. God has got to be in the middle of everything we do. Sometimes she feels conflicted.Being a pastor and being an activist organizer is just a real difficult place. You have to constantly forgive, and at the same time youre in the middle of a battle, said Romo, who became an ordained minister 10 years ago.She was reaching out spiritually to children in her community even before she was ordained. * Romo was inducted into the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame on April 24 along with Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore and Judge James B. Sanderlin. They were among the nominees the Florida Commission on Human Relations recommended to Scott.As Florida marks its 500-year anniversary, we want to honor individuals who have stood for equality in our states history even in the face of adversity, Scott said in a release. These champions of freedom have paved the way for equal rights among all Floridians. Romo said shes not really sure what the induction means. If they really want to do something, then give us (Florida) KidCare for legal immigrant children, she said, talking about the low-cost or free health insurance program. Shed also like to have a conversation with lawmakers about the negative impacts she believes zero tolerance has on kids. She also thinks the state should allow immigrants who arrived here before age 16 and who have no criminal record to attend Florida colleges at in-state tuition rates. You can pick enough oranges to pay instate tuition, but you cannot pick enough oranges to pay out-of-state tuition, Romo said. Thats just the bottom line. Romo could go on and on about injustices that need to be addressed and opportunities that need to be offered. She tackles what she can in Tallahassee, in the community and her office, a humble white house on Lock Street. Photographs on the walls of her office serve as constant reminders of the work that remains. One photo shows a smiling girl who died before she reached age 5 because she could not get the medical care she needed quickly enough.Another photo shows an old man standing in a dumpster. Hed rummage around wherever he could to find cans he could sell, Romo said. When he died, it cost $800 to buy his ashes so his life could be honored.Theres also a photo of a young man who died from AIDS-related complications, and another of a man who died from prostate cancer. Romo said she remembers those people when she thinks about the work she needs to do. She also thinks about tragic things that have happened because of dangerous working conditions. She thinks of workers who have lost their eyesight because of pesticide or fallen off ladders and broke their back and got no compensation. Romo aims to help people help themselves. If were really about teaching people to be free, then youve got to give them the tools to do that, She said. To help us learn to think for ourselves is where the real work comes in and the real love. Romos organization encourages students to attain their GED diploma, enroll in college and seek job training. She said she feels blessed to do the work she does. When youre a community organizer and you help organize your community, then that community grows and it becomes a whole different place and everybody who received the benefit of that growth takes it with them and plants it somewhere else, and it never stops growing, she said. No matter how dark things can get at times, Romo hangs on. Thirty-three years, and were still here, she said. 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The FDOT asked for the proposals after it received an unsolicited request to lease the rights of way to build a 33-mile elevated toll road that could possibly shorten the trip between Zephyrhills and New Port Richey to less than 30 minutes. Gerald Stanley and International Infrastructure Partners LLC piqued the interest of state officials and the county, as a whole, with the request in June, and its created debate on not only if its good for the county, but if such a project is even feasible. Those answers are yes and yes, said John Hagen, president and chief executive of the Pasco Economic Development Council. The fact is, Pasco County is growing quickly, and even an expanded State Road 54 struggles to accommodate the traffic it receives. You either have to build a bunch of new lanes and widen it out, or you have to build up, Hagen said. And in some places, (widening) just wont work very well. You have stores and neighborhoods right up to the road. If you end up widening with new lanes, youre going to be bulldozing. Some business owners, however, disagree. In an August meeting with Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey, a few members of the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce expressed opposition to the road, fearing it would allow traffic to bypass their businesses. Things are going to get congested if we keep going the way were going, Hagen said. The idea that youre going to attract more business somehow as we turn the place into a parking lot is something to rethink here. A way for local businesses to get more business is to separate out the people who are not planning to stop anyway who are just wanting to get across the county and opening up the surface roads to local traffic.Following the moneyIf built, the elevated expressway would be the first privately owned toll road in Florida. Cost estimates werent shared, but using the elevated road built for Tampas Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in the early 2000s as a model, builders could be looking at a cost of $70 million per mile. That would bring the total price tag of this project to around $2.3 billion. Stanleys group, IIP, would raise the money through private sources like hedge funds, and then try to recoup that investment with the necessary profit through toll revenue collected by travelers who choose the expressway. Yet, that profit model could be troubling. Last year, toll roads in Florida collected revenue of $616 million from travelers. Thats broken down to $1.3 million per mile. Applying those numbers to this project would generate prospective revenue of $44.2 million each year. Even if IIP never spends another dime on the road, it would take the company 52 years to recoup its investment. But that might be OK. Neil Gray, director of government affairs for the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association in Washington, D.C., says investors in projects like this know what theyre getting in to, and many are willing to play the long game. Were talking as much as 99 years, Gray said. A 99-year concession is patient money. It also allows them, from the private side, to make these things happen that might not be viable on the state level. They can pool that money together right now, and build it right now. Not accounting for inflation or other increases and variables, a 99-year agreement on a Pasco elevated roadway would generate revenue of $4.4 billion doubling the initial investment.Learning from others mistakesThe FDOT, however, should be very careful about such long deals, says the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, an independent advocacy group that has spoken out against road privatization. In a 2009 report authored by Phineas Baxandall, any agreements between the government and a private entity should clearly spell out expectations, and leave some of the decision-making like toll rates to the public. On top of that, no deal should last longer than 30 years, because even if the toll road fails, the structure will still be there, and the county will have to deal with it. Toll roads really can fail, by the way. Just look at the Camino Colombia Toll Road in Texas. Built in 2000 at a cost of $90 million, the 22-mile road between the Mexican border and Interstate 35 north of Laredo was expected to generate $9 million in its first year alone based on the traffic created by the North American Free Trade Agreement, U.S. PIRG said. Instead, the road that charged tractor-trailers $16 each earned just $500,000. Within a few years, the road was sold at auction to an investment company for $12.1 million who in turn shut it down. The Texas Department of Transportation needed that road in operation, and it cost the government entity $20 million to buy it and reopen it. No matter who runs it, the physical structure is going to be there, and it never goes away, said Gray, adding that lessons are being learned to prevent another Camino Colombia debacle. Each time these transactions are done, the government side is getting smarter and smarter and smarter. Now you have governments that negotiate contracts that include a series of performance metrics. If you fail to maintain those level of standards, you will breach the contract, and the government gets the road for free.Something has to be doneFlorida has a big problem on its hands when it comes to roads, and it may depend on private proposals like IIPs to grow the states infrastructure. By 2020, Florida is expected to be $47 billion short in funding transportation improvements, like repaving, lane expansion and new roads. Our gas tax funding that pays for the highway system is no longer sustainable, said Christa Deason, a spokeswoman with Floridas Turnpike. People are driving less, they are using transit more, and buying hybrid cars. There is not a ton of money pouring into the coffers anymore to build these roads, or even to maintain the ones we built 50 years ago. Pasco County has hit a similar wall. Commissioners had proposed a local gas tax increase to help fund road maintenance and construction for the coming year, but it failed under public pressure. We need to look at progressive ways to move traffic on 54, Commissioner Starkey said. During its presentation last week to county officials, the Urban Land Institute the independent growth and development analytical group strongly suggested Pasco stay away from the elevated road, and instead concentrate on reducing the need for more roads in the first place. That means developing communities that have live, work and play all within walking distance, or easily accessible through public mass transit. What ULI was trying to say is that we need to reduce trips so that people dont have to go all the way across the county to get to a Wiregrass mall for instance, Pasco EDCs Hagen said. We should create shopping experiences that are close by, that people can walk to. No matter what someones position is on the proposed elevated road, the conversation must continue, he said. People are just reading a small article in the paper, or they see a 30-second thing on television, and it doesnt really explain the full complexity of how to do traffic planning, and how it fits into good community planning, Hagen said. Trying to get people engaged to create some light rather than heat, that would be a good step. Greatest The LAKER / Lutz NEWS FOR THE RECORDAfter hearing some negative feedback from county leaders, International Infrastructure Partners asked for and received a delay until early December to submit their proposal. When the proposals were opened on Dec. 9, only IIP had submitted. Details of that proposal wont be released until early January, however. Just a week before, the Pasco County Commission unanimously approved a resolution supporting the elevated road concept along the State Road 54/56 corridor, even though the final decision will be up to the Florida Department of Transportation.Hits MICHAEL HINMAN/STAFF International Infrastructure Partners have proposed building a 33-mile stretch of elevated road, like this one built over the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in Tampa, to help move traffic from one side of the county to the other. But some observers warn that state officials should keep some hand in any project that gets approved.

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DownsOld 5475 WHEN WAS YOUR LAST CHECKUP? www.brittendental.com213 Crystal Grove Blvd. Lutz, FL 33548-6452 Leonard L. Britten, D.D.S. Nicholas L. Britten, D.M.D. IF IT FEELS LIKE IT HAPPENED IN ANOTHER ERA, IT PROBABLY DID.CALL OUR OFFICE TODAY. 813.949.8411 www.LakerLutzNews.com January 1, 201415 By B.C. ManionOriginally published Sept. 11When Andy Hamilton goes rummaging around at a swap meet or flea market, hes always on the lookout for the makings of his metal works of art. What might look like a colander to most instead looks like a turtle shell to Hamilton. Pot lids and air-conditioning gauges are eyes. Hedge clippers and rakes make good wings. Rusty pipe wrenches bounce back to life as grasshoppers. Hamilton sees possibilities everywhere. These two bikes here, they came from a flea market, said Hamilton, 62, outside his workshop in Lutz. The guy was just trying to get rid of them. Five dollars a piece. Ill take the front forks off of them, use them for legs. Chains, Ill use for manes on a horse. The satellite dish arm? This is the neck of a horse. And the post-hole diggers? These are the heads for alligators, he said. Potato forks are usually tail feathers for a bird. Hamilton is a Lutz-based artist with Twisted Mind Rusty Metal, a company that specializes in recycling old metal and other objects into art. Where other people see obsolete car parts, rusted garden implements, empty bottles and old tools, Hamilton envisions whimsical works of art. Somehow, I can see something, Hamilton said. People have asked me, What kind of drug do you take? Do you drink a lot? It seems like the crazier I make stuff, the more people like it. Bins and shelves in his workshop are chock-full of the raw materials of his artworks. He has another collection of salvaged goods that he plans to recycle outside next to his shop. Youve got to have a stockpile, Hamilton said.As he surveys his shop, there is stuff everywhere. Its a disorganized, organized mess, he said.Hamilton hunts regularly for old golf clubs, and often finds them for a dollar each at thrift stores. I just cut all of these off the shafts, he said, motioning to a stack of club heads. The steel pieces become ears for dogs and feet for pigs.A lot of people throw these away, Hamilton said, pointing to some empty helium tanks. They end up in the trash and when I see em, I grab em.The tanks become the bodies of pigs and other animals. Hamilton, who has spent more than four decades working in masonry, started his metal art business more than two years ago. It started when he decided to make a couple of things for his wifes garden. A friend of hers had sold plants at plant shows, he said. She told me to bring some along and see if they would sell. They did sell, and the company was born using a name his wife, Sheila, created. Over the past couple of years, he has sold 700 to 800 pieces, ranging in price from $35 to $400. He now spends nearly every evening out in the workshop behind his house, where he sandblasts rusted parts, welds pieces together and paints to create Chihuahuas, pigs, robots, weather vanes, sunflowers, birds and all sorts of critters. On weekends, one can find Hamilton making the rounds either to events where hes selling his art, or at swap meets, garage sales and flea markets where hes picking up materials he can recycle.Starting September through basically March, thats the busy season, Hamilton said.Over Labor Day weekend, for instance, he had a booth at the 13th annual Gulfport Geckofest on Saturday. By Sunday, he was at a swap meet in Bushnell. Monday, he hit the flea market in Webster.During the off-season, typically November through March, Hamilton spends Saturday mornings in Dunedin at the Green Market. And the third Friday of each month, hes in Safety Harbor between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. He also does three shows a year in Lakeland.He also attends the Lutz Arts & Crafts Festival Christmas show. Last year we sold like 26 pieces on Saturday, and at least 10 or 12 on Sunday, Hamilton said, adding he sells even more during the towns Fourth of July celebration. Hamiltons wife is a big supporter of his artistic pursuits.She wants me to quit masonry for this, said Hamilton, who believes someday he will. Greatest The LAKER / Lutz NEWS FOR THE RECORDAndy Hamilton is still working away at turning metal parts into works of art. He sold 34 pieces at the Lutz Arts & Crafts Festival at Lake Park and soon will be offering his works of metal art at the Dade City Annual Kumquat Festival on Jan. 25.HitsFor Lutz man, its not junk its art B.C. MANION/STAFFAndy Hamilton uses his welder to bind pieces of metal together as he works on a crab, one of many creatures he creates from recycled materials.

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Suddenly communities that once had to figure out how to build homes fast enough were now trying to figure out how to sell the homes they already had. Life switched from community developers making huge profits, to just trying to survive. And it was clear that not everyone was going to make it through with all eyes on Connerton. There were a few times when we thought the market was getting better, only to find it didnt, said Stewart Gibbons, an executive-turned-consultant with Connerton. The community, which was considered one of Pascos crown jewel developments when it was first proposed in the 1990s, was designed to eventually bring 8,000 homes just off U.S. 41 just south of State Road 52. By the time of the crash, however, just 300 homes had been built, and there was tremendous concern by some there wouldnt be any more. Especially when Terrabrook, Connertons original developer, pulled out in 2009. There was a lot of information out there, frankly some information that was incorrect and slanted, and naturally, when youre a large community, people are going to focus on you, Gibbons said. We certainly saw the effects of that to some degree. However, Connerton may be emerging from dark times. The construction industry, dormant for years, has now returned. And since relaunching under a new owner last May CoastOak Group and Hayman Woods LLC Connerton has sold some 40 homes, and is poised to do even more before the year is out. And Connerton is not alone. Some of Pascos other large communities, which suffered during the downturn, are starting to come back. And the timing couldnt be better to see more people calling this part of the county home.Bright future?We love the Tampa market, said Barbara Kininmonth, sales and marketing director for Crown Community Development, which owns the WaterGrass development off Curley Road. We love it so much that we sold out all our single-family lots at WaterGrass.The community, designed for just under 1,200 homes, has more than 600 in the books already. With the first phase complete, Crown now has plans to start 356 additional homes using five builders Standard Pacific Homes, Ryland Homes, Homes by WestBay, Bakerfield Luxury Homes and Arthur Rutenberg Homes. Sales picked up briskly once the housing market returned because WaterGrass spent the money needed to maintain common areas, and to keep it attractive for any potential buyers who wandered in. We develop communities across the country, and our standards never decreased, Kininmonth said. The level of upkeep for the community never changed. We worked to make sure lots were ready for builders, and we continued on plans for parks and other amenities, all as they were originally planned during the boom. The spring quarter has made many builders optimistic. Metrostudy, a company that tracks housing data across the country, said the Tampa Bay area experienced 1,838 housing starts during that time period, up nearly 48 percent from a year ago. However, actual closings are down a bit compared to the same time in 2012, off by just less than 6 percent. That may be because of the lukewarm job growth in the area. Were very bullish on the whole Tampa market, said David Caillouette, the owners representative for LakeShore Ranch off U.S. 41, not far from Connerton. I would love to see job growth come back because housing is dependent on job growth. Last spring, 33,300 new jobs were reported in the Tampa Bay region, according to the same Metrostudy report, up nearly 3 percent. However, unemployment rates are still fluctuating between 6.9 percent and 7.2 percent. Yet, its a far cry from more than 9 percent unemployment, which is where Florida was a year ago.Help wantedSome of the jobs coming back are construction. In fact, the only reason why the construction industry hasnt grown faster is because there arent enough skilled people in the area to fill the jobs. And that could slow housing growth in Pasco. We lost an awful lot of the labor force after the crash, said Connertons Gibbons, who also speaks on behalf of the Tampa Bay Builders Association. They just wanted jobs, so many people moved on to other geographic areas like Texas, and others left the industry altogether, and probably wont be coming back. Also possibly hurting some communities is the Pasco County Commissions recent failure to pass a gas tax hike. Such money couldve been used to maintain worn roads, like those found in communities trying to get back on their feet. Connerton, for example, built its roads several years ago, but depends on the county to maintain them. If you dont maintain potholes, they only get bigger and more expensive to fix, Gibbons said. The tax wouldve cost people an additional $2 or $3 a month, which seemed like a fairly modest number. The county has such a strong emphasis on economic development, but its hard to do if the roads are bad.Since the housing crash of 2008, there have been several starts and stops in the market that only teased a recovery. That has resulted in a cautious approach by builders, even as Pascos demand for homes continue to grow.We dont want a repeat of a few years ago where everyone built far more homes than people were actually able to buy, LakeShore Ranchs Caillouette. People wanted to move to the suburbs before the economy went south, and Pasco was the next spot they were all going to. We expect well be picking up right where we left off. Except now at a much different and slower pace. Greatest The LAKER / Lutz NEWS FOR THE RECORDSales continue to move forward strongly for Pasco County communities as the housing market continues to improve. For example, Connerton has sold more than 75 homes since May, and Lennar recently announced it would build more than 100 houses on spec in its communities around the region, expecting most of them to sell before the construction is even completed.HitsSleeping Pasco communities reawakened with new homes

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ManionOriginally published Jan. 30The trees in the medians on a stretch of U.S. 41 in Lutz are staying at least for now. Besides putting away the chainsaws, the county also offered an olive branch to pacify an angry crowd gathered at the Lutz Community Center on Jan. 24. I apologize that the county government didnt reach out to you earlier because its not the way we want to conduct business, deputy county administrator Lucia Garsys told a crowd of roughly 100 to 150 people. Where did we goof? We goofed because we didnt get to you in advance to have this conversation way before these trees were marked, Garsys said. She asked the community to give the county time to work things out, and she asked for the communitys help in finding a solution. I am here to say that we need to figure out a way to work together, Garsys said. For their part, speakers made it plain they oppose the removal of the trees. They also voiced skepticism about the countys sincerity. The countys conciliatory tone followed its initial plan to chop down the trees without public input. Crews had marked trees within the medians of U.S. 41. Some trees have orange ribbons indicating they should be spared, and some have orange Xs to show they should be cut. Lutz residents began asking questions when they noticed the markings on Jan. 11. The county initially planned to begin chopping down the trees on Jan. 14. But it put the brakes on that plan after residents found out what was going on and peppered the county with complaints. Instead of taking the trees down, the county scheduled the community meeting. Garsys provided some background on the issue at the meeting. The county signed an agreement roughly 15 years ago to maintain the trees, she said. At the time, the county intended to partner with volunteer groups to provide the maintenance. That could not be accomplished, however, because the volunteers were unable to meet requirements set by the Florida Department of Transportation. In November, the county decided it was going to return maintenance to the FDOT. When the FDOT learned the county was backing away from the maintenance agreement, it identified 80-plus trees that would need to be removed and about 50 that could stay, according to Jim V. Moulton Jr., director of transportation operations for District 7 of the FDOT. The Department of Transportation is not in the position to maintain those landscaped areas, Moulton said. Thats not what our budget covers. Our budget is for mowing grassed areas. So, the county marked the trees and planned to cut down dozens before residents noticed and rebelled. Their anger was apparent at the Jan. 24 meeting. Im not a tea party guy, but I dont trust anything you all say, Lutz resident John Hodges said. These people pay a lot of money in taxes. For the dollars, the people here in Lutz, they dont get their moneys worth, in my opinion. You want involvement in government? You got involvement in government. Mike White, founder and president of the Lutz Citizen Coalition, echoed Hodges sentiments. There is a distrust, and truthfully there has not been a whole lot of effort on your part to resolve that, he said. Theres a huge disconnect on multiple levels. Jan Smith recalled that the trees were planted to provide visual relief from the ugly six-lane highway that was pushed through the community. Gaye Townsend, who has been active on Lutz issues for decades, insisted that the county has an obligation to maintain the trees. She cited an agreement made in 1997. It is legal and its binding, Townsend said. Ron Stoy, also active in Lutz issues for decades, urged community members to remain involved. This is a political problem. Thats all it is, he said. Its a matter of showing up here today and showing people were serious about our community. Mary Danielewicz-Bryon, a certified arborist, urged officials to keep the trees. She said the trees are planted in a large enough area, are doing well and were planted to replace trees that were removed to construct the road. Beyond that, they provide many benefits, including beauty, she said. They create a sense of place. Dont remove our sense of place, the arborist said. While the community appears willing to help, using volunteers doesnt seem to be an option. Moulton noted that the FDOT has standards for who can maintain the medians, with a focus on safety for the people doing the work as well as motorists. Allowing teenage volunteers, or even older ones, to maintain the medians would not be wise, Moulton said. Its just not safe. You need to have professionals, he said. State Sen. John Legg, R-Lutz, summed up the session, which lasted more than two hours, in this way, Youve heard the old saying, Dont mess with Texas. Dont mess with Lutz. He told the crowd that he heard the county, the community and the FDOT say that they want to work something out. The crowds reaction to Leggs assessment of the FDOTs attitude indicated that they didnt agree, but Legg pressed on that he thinks the state roads agency will cooperate. Legg also told residents they shouldnt be too concerned about how long it takes to find a solution as long as the county continues to maintain the median landscaping in the meantime. Greatest The LAKER / Lutz NEWS FOR THE RECORDThe communitys outpouring of support for trees in the medians on U.S. 41 in Lutz prompted Hillsborough County officials to back away from a plan to chop them down. At a community meeting at the end of October, the county assured residents that the trees will stay.Hits FILE PHOTOTrees in a median along U.S. 41 in Lutz will stay, at least for now. Hillsborough County officials pledged to work with the community on finding median maintenance solutions.

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By Michael HinmanOriginally published Oct. 2Kris Keppel is never one to give up. Always a fighter in his 20 years as a coach of the Land O Lakes High School cross-country team, he now is facing an even tougher battle pancreatic cancer and his team, school and community are rallying around him to notch yet another big win. Life has definitely turned on a dime, said Karen DeHaas, the coach of the Gators girls cross-country team. Better known as Mima to the runners because of her granddaughters influence on the team, DeHaas was one of the first to find out about Keppels diagnosis just a little more than two weeks ago. I cried so much, DeHaas said. You dont know how much I cried. Id be lost without him. Breaking the news to the rest of the team was hard, especially when Keppel could not be at his first cross-country event in the two decades hes been a coach. But he was still there, thanks to technology, as he watched the first runners cross the finish line thanks to a FaceTime video feed from someones smart phone. The runners, who have never felt abandoned by Keppel over all these years, were going to stand by him, too. Two of DeHaas runners, Carolyn Estrella and Mary-Kathryn Guenette, got together and designed I run for Keppel T-shirts. Complete with a purple ribbon, representative of those who are fighting pancreatic cancer, the girls have already raised more than $1,000 for Keppels family. And they plan to add even more. Coach Keppel always cancelled doctors appointments in the past just so he doesnt miss practice, so when he didnt cancel one appointment for a practice, we knew something was wrong, said Estrella, a junior at Land O Lakes High School. The next day after that missed practice, we found out he had cancer. It was hard for all of us. Estrella and Guenette had 100 shirts printed right away, which the entire crosscountry team donned in his honor last Friday, and DeHaas is confident that the two can actually sell more than 1,000 after its all said and done. Each one costs $15, and the proceeds go to Keppel.There are so many coaches that have already stepped up, DeHaas said. We have this big invitational coming up, and I have had phone calls from coaches in Brandon, Tampa, Hernando, all the surrounding counties. I cant believe all the compassion and support that I have received from all these coaches.For Guenette, the cancer diagnosis hit closer to home. Her younger brother, Spencer, battled brain cancer at a very young age. But he also proved that the fight is quite winnable, and now at 14, is in remission.I know what the Keppels are going through right now, and its a tough time, Guenette said. My parents were really proud that we stepped up and made a difference (for Keppel). Its a good way of coping.There is no such thing as an easy cancer to be afflicted with, but pancreatic cancer is aggressive. In 2013, the American Cancer Society estimates that more than 45,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, evenly split between men and women. Treatment ranges from chemotherapy and radiation to surgery. All of that will require a lot of attention and energy on Keppels part, but DeHaas knows that hell still find a way to influence the runners he has led for so many years. Hes hoping that even if he has to be pushed in a wheelchair, hes going to be out there watching regionals, DeHaas said. I told him he could use my chair, which has a big umbrella on it to protect him from the sun. Either way, if there is any chance he can make it out there, hell be there. The I run for Keppel shirts are available to the general public as well, with proceeds benefitting the Keppel family. To order, email carolyn011jr@hotmail.com thats carolyn followed by a zero, two ones and jr or visit the athletics department social media page at Facebook.com/lolhsgators.Your Neighborhood Sports Source Community SportsCommunity Sports MICHAEL HINMAN/STAFF Land O Lakes girls cross-country coach Karen DeHaas, center, better known as Mima to her runners, provided encouragement to Carolyn Estrella on left, and Mary-Kathryn Guenette, after they came up with the idea of selling T-shirts to support Coach Kris Keppel as he fights pancreatic cancer. By Michael MurilloOriginally published Oct. 9Everything was in place for a successful year for Land O Lakes High School crosscountry team: High expectations, skilled runners and a dedicated coach with decades of experience under his belt. The runners were optimistic and prepared for whatever they had to face on the various courses. Unfortunately, nobody was prepared for Coach Kris Keppels recent pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Now the man who hadnt missed a competition in 20 years of coaching has been forced to miss practices and meets, leaving the team stunned and concerned. I was just shocked, and I think the rest of the team was, too, said Tyler Stahl, one of the teams top runners. You feel like if youve been through something like this before like with Steven theres no way it could happen again. Steven is Steven Barnebei, a cross-country athlete who was diagnosed with brain cancer in his junior season. After emergency surgery and dozens of radiation doses, Barnebei has returned to the sport in his senior year with a cancer-free diagnosis and a determination to compete at a high level. That experience was emotionally taxing for the team last year. And now, after rallying around their teammate, the runners now have to rally around their coach. Since the diagnosis, its the experienced runners who have stepped up to lead the team. Stahl and Travis Nichols seniors, team captains and state qualifiers last year are getting a lot of support from parents and Rick Moody, a friend of Keppels with experience coaching Olympic athletes. But they know that to keep things running smoothly, they have to demonstrate real leadership both on and off the courses. Weve had to really step up in keeping our team focused on post-season goals, and keeping them from being discouraged from the setbacks, Nichols said. That means coaching teammates in practice and keeping them focused and upbeat during events. Keppel still guides the team by sending out workouts and goal times via email, and the team leaders know that everyone wants to succeed for him. The team is staying pretty focused and we just keep saying that they need to work hard and perform well for coach, Stahl said. Working hard and performing well was commonplace when Keppel was at every practice and competition, and its carrying over in his absence: The team placed third in the 2013 Gator Invitational Oct. 5 at Crews Lake Park. At the event, the top times were nearly dominated by Land O Lakes runners. Nichols took first place, Stahl took third and teammate Jake Poore finished fourth. All three broke the 17-minute mark easily. Both Stahl and Nichols share optimism for the rest of the year, and look forward to having their coach back as soon as possible. And while it might seem difficult to keep running and stay focused while missing their leader, nobody is letting up or lowering their goals because Coach Keppel isnt able to be there right now. In fact, Stahl said hes been able to improve his concentration in the face of the teams recent adversity. I think it is actually easier to focus on running after hearing about Keppels diagnosis, Stahl said. I have more of an incentive to work hard and do well than before. I want to make him proud. Greatest The LAKER / Lutz NEWS FOR THE RECORDT-shirt sales continue to go strong, even two months later, with more than $3,000 raised for Kris Keppel. Even more were sold during the 20th annual Flapjack 5k that Keppel hosts every year in Land O Lakes. Anyone wishing to get a shirt can still order them. Just reach out to Carolyn Estrella at carolyn011jr@hotmail.com. Hits Greatest The LAKER / Lutz NEWS FOR THE RECORDThe boys cross-country team placed first all the way up to regionals. At the state meet, three senior runners Travis Nichols, Tyler Stahl and Jake Poore made it to the all-star team. Coach Kris Keppel reportedly said that its the best season hes ever had in all his years of coaching. And not to leave out the girls crosscountry team, they finished as runner-up in districts, falling short of first place by just four points. Most of the varsity team set their personal records at this meet, and finished strong at regionals.HitsRunners take over for Keppel on the track Kris Keppel OBCAD-2-4.875x3.75-A-GRY-1113Insurance underwritten by Freedom Life Insurance Company of America / National Foundation Life Insurance Company Confused About Healthcare? We Can HelpAs a Licensed Agent, I can: Talk with you about your options Help you find affordable benefits Custom tailor your coverage to fit your needs & your budgetContact me for a FREE consultationEd Klaameyer( 813 ) 318-1012edwin.klaameyer@ushadvisors.com www.LakerLutzNews.com January 1, 201420

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By Michael MurilloOriginally published Oct. 2When Wesley Chapel District Park opened in 2007, the county hoped that residents would use the 140-plus acres for a variety of activities. And they have. Football, baseball, softball, basketball, lacrosse, cheerleading and soccer draw thousands of participants each year. The park has become a magnet for local youth sports, and thats considered a good thing.Only now it might be too much of a good thing. Overcrowding is creating a difficult situation for concurrent activities, but a few fields also need repair, and that means even less space for everyone. As a result, some participants have been pushed out of the area altogether until the repair work is done: Eight soccer teams and 120 players now have their practices and games at the Samuel W. Pasco Recreation Complex in Zephyrhills. That extra 20-mile round trip can be a challenge to participating families, despite the fact that they paid a convenience fee to park at the Wesley Chapel Park. Jeff Olsen, a soccer coach whose daughter now plays in Zephyrhills, says the situation is anything but convenient. It places a burden on the families. Theres lost time as a family, theres lost time for homework, he said. Theres an extra rush on the evening schedule and extra costs for gas. So theres a burden there. The teams started their season on Aug. 1 and estimated theyd be displaced for about six weeks. But more than two months later, theres still no timetable for return. Aside from the inconvenience, playing outside Wesley Chapel can impact the areas reputation regarding youth soccer. Gil Gonzalez, a coach who also leads public relations efforts for the Wesley Chapel Soccer Club, says local parents want their children to play locally. If their first taste of local youth sports is a lot of inconvenience, it affects their impression of the organization. I think the biggest impact, in my opinion, is for newer parents, who dont have the background in terms of understanding that this is really a temporary issue, he said. But if we have new parents and new players, I think it creates a negative experience for them. If word of mouth is negative as a result of those experiences, families might start considering competing programs for their children. If not resolved, those issues could affect recruiting and the programs ability to grow. The displaced teams arent the only ones dealing with issues related to overcrowding, Gonzalez said. The players and teams who are still at the park have to contend with their own problems. Scheduling can be a challenge, with some teams dealing with later practices. The games themselves also are affected: Gonzalez said that matches are so close together that parents cheering at one game might have to duck incoming soccer balls from a nearby contest. Throw in some long walks due to crowded parking lots, and its a situation everyone hopes is resolved quickly. Unfortunately, predicting how and when the county will provide a satisfactory resolution is a bit more difficult. Interest and participation in youth sports has increased since the park opened, while related budgets have decreased. According to the Wesley Chapel Soccer Club, the county has decreased park and recreational spending by more than 28 percent since 2006. Still, Gonzalez whose daughter also now practices in Zephyrhills is hopeful that there will be both short-term solutions (resodded fields at Wesley Chapel District Park) and long-term solutions (more space) on the horizon, whenever that may be. I think what will happen is there will be continued discussions for the county to acquire additional property near the district park to expand it as well, he said. If theres a silver lining, it might be that player interest in soccer hasnt really waned as a result of the extra challenges. Olsen said that even those who have to play in Zephyrhills still enjoy the sport and the competition. Do they mind? They like to play, Olsen said. But nobody wants to take a 30-minute drive out there when the rains start coming down, then take a 30-minute drive home. By Michael MurilloOriginally published Sept. 18When Brian Vaile took over as coach of the boys swim team at Land O Lakes High School this year, he saw a lot of things he liked: A dual-meet winning streak spanning more than a decade, a few very talented athletes, and an interest in maintaining a strong program. But it was the one thing that was missing that worried him: Swimmers. As in, not enough swimmers to field a competitive team. Unfortunately, you could win first place in every event and still lose the meet, said Vaile, who has more than 15 years experience as a swim coach. In high school swimming, teams need more than just the fastest athlete in the pool. They need enough competitors to challenge for the secondand third-place spots and collect those points as well. Otherwise, a team could win individual competitions but still lose the overall contest if their opponent takes the points associated with the other places. And without enough swimmers to challenge for those spots, Vaile knew his team would face a lot of disappointment no matter how fast they swam: The schools win streak would evaporate and be replaced with a season of frustration. With just seven experienced swimmers on the roster and needing to increase those numbers quickly Vaile called upon his team to recruit others to join the cause. And the team responded; the Land O Lakes boys swim team now has 12 members. While Vaile would have liked 16 swimmers, the Gators have enough to compete in their meets. And he feels good about where the team is headed this season. Im a science teacher. I look at it like an atom: We have a really good nucleus, he said. Youve got seven strong swimmers who can swim almost any stroke or event you ask them to. And with the added depth, they can work toward keeping their winning streak intact. That streak is important to the team, but its a source of family pride for Cam Hilgenberg. The senior has been with the team since his freshman year, but hes not the first of his family to swim for Land O Lakes. His brother Craig was on the team when its dual-match streak began back in 2000. Another brother, Curt, kept it going after him. His mother, Robin, even coaches the girls swim team. So a lack of numbers that threatened the Gators winning ways had Hilgenberg worried. At the end of last year we werent sure what was going to happen, he said. Even at the beginning of this year, until the week before (the first meet), I was still pretty nervous. Hilgenberg is the youngest of his siblings to compete for the Gators. Im the last Hilgenberg, he said. Im just trying not to blow the winning streak. As one of the teams leaders and top swimmers, Hilgenberg did his part to boost their numbers: A member of the schools baseball team, he recruited one of the pitchers to compete in the pool as well. And along with the other experienced swimmers, he helps guide and advise the new members, working on techniques and providing pep talks when necessary. That work has paid off. The team has won all their meets so far, and the members have confidence as they complete the schedule. I think if we keep on the same path as were on right now, I think well do pretty well, Hilgenberg said. Vaile wants to prepare the swimmers for conference, district and state competitions, but he still has an eye on the dual-meet schedule. He said theyve defeated some quality opponents and still have challenges on the schedule, but he feels confident the streak wont end under his first season as coach. I think its safe for the rest of this year, he said. Greatest The LAKER / Lutz NEWS FOR THE RECORDRelief isnt expected to come anytime soon. After a heated debate a few weeks after this story ran, the Pasco County Commission chose to move forward with the construction of artificial turf fields to help with tourism, rather than build several more grass fields. They would rather have five grass fields than two artificial fields, Commissioner Jack Mariano said of the people who use the park. Yet, the countys tourist development administrator, Ed Caum, said he cant market grass fields to outside groups.HitsAll hands on deck: Swimmers scramble to compete at elite level FILE PHOTORepair work at Wesley Chapel District Park has gone on longer than expected, with the commute to Zephyrhills creating concerns about attracting new players to the various recreational sports there.Overcrowding creates challenges at parkSPORTS

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A SHEN YUN SHOW is a fusion of classical arts with modern appeal. As one audience member put it, Its like a fashion show, opera, concert, and dance performance all rolled into one. The passion of the artists spurs them to bring all these elements together into one extraordinary experience. CLASSICAL CHINESE DANCE Classical Chinese dance is a vast dance sy stem tempered over thousands of years. It is one way in which 5,000 years of Chinese culture have been passed down and retained. It is a dance form built on profound traditional aesthetics. Richly expressive, it portrays personalities and feelings with unparalleled clarity, depicting any scene in a strikingly vivid way. In addition to the classical form, Shen Yun features the distinctive colors and styles of ethnic dance and folk dance. With over 20 dynasties and 50 ethnic groups to draw upon, Shen Yun portrays an astounding range on stage with color and exhilarating energy. THE SHEN YUN ORCHESTRA The Shen Yun Performing Arts Or chestra masterfully blends two of the worlds greatest classical music traditions, Chinese and Western. Ancient Chinese instruments such as the soul-stirring erhu and the delicate pipa, lead the melody on top of a full Western orchestra, creating a fresh, glorious sound. EXQUISITE COSTUMES Apparel has always been an essent ial part of Chinas fivemillennia-old culture, and Shen Yun Performing Arts brings this heritage to life on stage. From radiant golden-hued Tang Dynasty gowns to elegant Manchu chopine shoes, each costume is designed and tailored with meticulous care. STUNNING BACKDROPS Shen Yuns breathtaking dynamic backdr ops bring classical Chinese dance into the 21st century, adding visual depth and grandeur. Each backdrop is custom designed to exactly match the costumes, storyline, lighting, and even choreography of each dance. A GLOBAL PHENOMENON Millions have seen Shen Yun. St anding ovations at the worlds top venues, royalty attending in Europe, sold-out shows throughout North America, and packedhouses across Asia have made Shen Yun an international phenomenon. Embark on an extraordinary journey across 5,000 years of Chinese civilization! From ancient dynasties to the modern day, witness inspiring stories and legends come alive on stage. Featuring classical Chinese dance, a full orchestra, exquisite costumes, and dazzling animated backdrops, Shen Yun will transport you to another world. Experience a performance that can truly touch your soul. Experience Shen Yun. Shen Yun will present four shows at The Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg, February 5-8, 2014. Beautiful sound! Strikingly intricate melodies. NYTheatre.com ALL-NEW 2014 SHOW WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA February 5-8 The Mahaey Theater, St. Petersburg Online: Shenyun.com/st-petersburg Phone: 888-974-3698 or 727-248-0115 Order Your Tickets Now to Secure the Best Seats! Reviving 5,000 Years of civilizationThe human spirit, the dignity, the power, the love of those people was astounding. Jim Crill, Bob Hope Producer n d! e lodies. o m The hu m p eop l e w Its a new realm of dance!Theres a lot of depth to it, and a lot of meaning. Vanessa Harwood, former Principal Dancer of National Ballet of Canada Happy Holidays! witness the divine cultures return, live on stage www.LakerLutzNews.com January 1, 201428



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JANUARY 1, 2014 The LAKER FREE The LAKER WESLEY CHAPEL/NEW TAMPA EDITION Embrace medical, ditch old habits GreatestHits The LAKER The lyrics, the harmonies, maybe the singer — there’s always something special about that song we enjoy hearing time and again, cranking up the volume when it’s broadcast across the airwaves. Some would say the same about community stories. You can’t have a community without people, and as we look back at the Greatest Hits of 2013, people — our community artists who make the world a better place — are our focus. Put those earphones on, and let us take you on a journey back through 2013.The best stories from 2013!Enjoy,The Laker Staff 4 15 6 20 Call AttorneyJIM HOLLIDAY813-868-1887 AUTO ACCIDENT?SLIP & FALL? No Fees Or Costs Unless You WinHelping Injured People HOLLID A Y BOMHOFF KARA TINOS P.L. Attorneys at Law I Will Aggressively Fight To Protect Your Legal RightsŽ18920 N. Dale Mabry Hwy Ste 101 Lutz, FL (Corner of Sunlake & Dale Mabry) FEB 5-8, 2014 Mahaffey Theater, St. Petersburg 888.974.3698 | 727.248.0115 ShenYun.com Presented by Florida Falun Dafa Association, Inc. ALL-NEW 2014 SHOW with live orchestra Check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.co m / TheLakerLutzNew s You’ll f i nd s tor i e s th i ng s to do, s pec i al s co mm un i ty photo s and m ore.

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www.LakerLutzNews.com January 1, 20142 By Diane KortusPublisherToday is Jan. 1. Which means you’re probably making a list of all the things you hope to do, improve or change in 2014. But let me stop right here before you turn the page. I promise — this is not another column about New Year’s resolutions that are almost certain to go unfulfilled. Instead, I want to look back, instead of ahead, much like this week’s paper that profiles our favorite stories of 2013. So here, in no particular order, are 10 achievements of the past year that I’m most proud of professionally and personally. 1.) More readers than everIn March, we learned that our 2012 circulation audit reported that 80 percent of households in Lutz regularly read The Lutz News. And in Pasco, The Laker is read by 75 percent of households in our distribution area. This is an increase of 8 percentage points in just two years — a statistically remarkable accomplishment. 2.) Better business coverageOur business reporting really took off after Michael Hinman joined our staff in July. In particular, his focus on growth and development — topics readers told us they wanted more of in a readership study — have added more depth and analysis to our news coverage. 3.) Breaking news reportingIn early November, we reported that the long-stalled outlet mall at State Road 56 and Interstate 75 had finalized a permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, clearing the way for construction approvals. We were the first to report this story, which was later picked up by just about every other news outlet in Tampa Bay. As a weekly newspaper, it is never our priority to be first with a story. We leave that to the immediacy of television and the daily newspapers. But it sure felt good, and made me proud, that our small news staff broke such important regional news.4.) More faith and worship stories One of my favorite stories this year was about the Rev. Garry Welsh, a new priest assigned to Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Land O’ Lakes. It was one of many religion stories written by B.C. Manion, a subject she does a superb job exploring and writing about.5.) Redesigned websiteA redesign of our website makes it easier to read and find stories in our archives. Check it out at LakerLutzNews.com, for everything from things to do this weekend to stories you want to share with friends and family.6.) An active Facebook page It took us a while to join the conversation with an active Facebook page. But we’re finally there, thanks to the combined efforts of Suzanne Beauchaine of our advertising staff, Michael Hinman of our editorial staff and Stefanie Burlingame of our design staff. This threesome makes our Facebook presence engaging and fun. See for yourself at www.facebook.com/TheLakerLutzNews.7.) Three employees celebrate 10 yearsFor a small business like ours, it’s quite remarkable that three out of 12 employees celebrated their 10th year with our company. Terri Williamson in sales, Carolyn Bennett in customer service, and Mary Eberhard in accounting are outstanding individuals whose commitment to our customers and company are much appreciated. Another employee, Mary Rathman, also has played a valuable role in our company for more than a decade, with a brief break in service. She's the one who makes sure our t’s are crossed and our i's are dotted. 8.) My daughter turned 21 I know my daughter, Rachel Mathes, hastechnically been an adult since she was 18. But there was something about her turning 21 that has solidified our adult motherdaughter relationship. Rachel graduates from Stetson University this spring, and I am so proud of her perseverance and commitment to completing her degree in four years.9.) My son’s engagement and marriageIt was a huge year for my son, Andy Mathes, a first lieutenant in the Marines. He became engaged to Erin Morgan on Labor Day and married her Nov. 2, a week before his deployment to Afghanistan. I never imagined I would be marrying off my son last year, and couldn’t be happier with the daughter-in-law he chose for me.10.) Zeke dies, Jonas livesOn March 27, my family lost Zeke, our 14-year-old yellow lab. We never doubted our decision to euthanize Zeke, but that didn’t make it any easier to say goodbye. Zeke left behind Jonas, our 8-year-old Airedale, who has flourished with all the extra attention and elevation to alpha dog. Sadly, Jonas had a cancerous spleen removed in September, and we were told he had only one to three months to live. Four months later, Jonas is proving the vet wrong and is livelier than ever. We’re beginning to call him our miracle dog. 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We wish you a happy, safe and prosperous NEW YEAR! 813.909.2800www.lakerlutznews.com www.LakerLutzNews.com January 1, 20143 ADVERTISINGTERRI WILLIAMSON twilliamson@cnewspubs.comLutz, Wesley ChapelSUZANNE BEAUCHAINE sbeauchaine@cnewspubs.comSales AssistantCAROLYN BENNETT cbennett@cnewspubs.comCustomer ServiceRACHEL THOMPSON rthompson@cnewspubs.comClassified & Directory Sales DESIGN SUBSCRIPTIONS: Paid subscriptions available for those outside delivery area. Call 813-909-2800.CIRCULATION: If you did not receive your paper, or to stop your paper, call 727-530-5521.NEWS DEADLINE: Thursday at noon. CLASSIFIED DEADLINE: Friday at noon. DISPLAY AD DEADLINE: Thursday, 5 p.m.EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS: Suggestions for news content and coverage are welcome and e-mails are invited. Publisher reserves the right to edit and/or reject any editorial and advertising content.LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: We welcome community topics in the 250-word range. Please include daytime phone number.Opinions expressed by the writers are their own and do not reflect the opinion of the publisher.ADVERTISING ERRORS: Publisher is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of space for the first insertion, or for the validity of claims made by advertisers.MEMBER: Central Pasco Chamber, Wesley Chapel Chamber, Zephyrhills Chamber, Dade City Chamber, Florida Press Association, Free Community Newspapers of Florida, Southeast Advertising Publishers Association, Association of Free Community Papers.Advertising and editorial content copyright 2013 Community News Publications. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden w ithout prior written permission from the publisher. LOCATION3632 Land O' Lakes Blvd. Suite 102 € Land O Lakes, FL 34639MAIL P. O. Box 479 € Lutz, FL 33548 PHONE/FAX ph: 813.909.2800 € fax: 813.909.2802 IT SUPPORT STEVE MISTRETTA WEBSITE/FACEBOOK www.lakerlutznews.com www.facebook.com/thelakerlutznews EMAIL news@cnewspubs.com € sales@cnewspubs.com DISTRIBUTION Sunset Advertising Distributors € 727.530.5521 lshiflett@sunsetadvertisingdistributors.comPresident & Publisher Diane Kortus dkortus@cnewspubs.com The LAKER/ Lutz NEWSLUTZ, WESLEY CHAPEL, LAND O LAKES, WEST PASCO, TRINITY, ZEPHYRHILLS, DADE CITYServing Pasco since 1981 / Serving Lutz since 1964 EDITORIALMICHAEL HINMAN News Editor mhinman@cnewspubs.com MARY RATHMAN Editorial Assistant mrathman@cnewspubs.com ACCOUNTINGMATTHEW MISTRETTA Art Director art@cnewspubs.com STEFANIE BURLINGAME Graphic Designer art@cnewspubs.com MARY EBERHARD meberhard@cnewspubs.com KATHY WELTON kwelton@cnewspubs.com ADMINISTRATIVE B.C. MANION Community Editor bcmanion@cnewspubs.com Winning a huge jackpot poses challenges, experts sayHuge Powerball win in Zephyrhills creates buzzBy B.C. ManionOriginally published May 29The sale of the winning $590.5 million Florida Powerball ticket at a Publix in Zephyrhills created quite a stir — but experts say that such instantaneous wealth comes with its own set of problems. As of press time in late May, the winner of the single-largest Powerball prize in U.S. history had not stepped forward to claim the winnings, but that is expected at any time. Florida law requires the winner to file a claim within 60 days of winning, in order to receive a lump-sum cash payment. When the winner comes forward, he or she will be stepping out of the shadows because once the claim is made, the winner’s identity is public record. Winning such a huge financial windfall is like flipping a switch in life, said Rhonda Cameron, a psychologist at Premier Community Healthcare Group Inc., in Dade City. “It’s the old, ‘Be careful what you wish for,’” Cameron said. “All of us have fantasies,” Cameron said, but becoming instantly wealthy won’t solve all of life’s problems and, indeed, it creates some new challenges. Suddenly, the winner’s privacy will be gone. “Their picture is going to be emblazoned across every newspaper,” Cameron said, not only in the United States, but in other countries, too. An ordinary trip to the grocery store will be a thing of the past, she said. “People will pay attention to you. They’ll point at you and talk about you.” Some winners wind up moving to a new locale, changing their way of life and going underground, she said. It’s not unusual for people who encounter such a major change in life to undergo a range of emotions. In some cases, Cameron said, “They’re grieving their former life, when they were just a regular, normal Joe.” In other cases, they encounter hostility from people who are not happy that they won the huge cash prize.“Some people are going to hate your guts,” Cameron said. “It’s the envy turned into anger (response). Maybe they don’t view you as a good person,” she said. They’ll wonder: “Why did it happen to you and not me?”Winners also will find themselves viewing people in a different way than they did before, Cameron said. They’ll have to be more guarded to make sure that people who are interested in being close to them are interested in them, not just their money. “Your phone is going to ring off the hook,” Cameron said. The calls asking for help will come from family, friends and strangers, alike. People will line up, vying for a piece of the action. “You are going to have to figure out a way to protect yourself,” Cameron said. “There are gold diggers of every stripe.” There are also those who will feel guilty about coming into so much money, Cameron said. “They’ll ask, ‘Why me?’” They can address that guilt by sharing their wealth, but then the question becomes with whom do you share your fortune, and how much should you give? The winner will have to think about the consequences of actions in virtually every arena of life, including emotional, spiritual, financial and legal, Cameron said. “How do you deal with your kids? How do you deal with your grandkids?’ “The ones who do the worst are the ones who are very impulsive. They have no game plan. They go out and buy five cars. They fritter it away. They end up worse than they were before,” Cameron said. Cameron’s No. 1 piece of advice? “Come up with a game plan.” Planning is essential, agreed Christine B. Cooper, a retirement income planner who has practiced in Tampa Bay for 19 years. Cooper, who is president and owner of Cooper Financial Services in Land O’ Lakes, said she routinely tells clients to call her cell phone or text her within the first five minutes of learning they have received a financial windfall. She wants to make sure they take steps to protect their best interests. “You need to have the right kind of specialists on your team,” Cooper said, noting in that case it would likely include a financial planner, an attorney and a tax specialist. The winner will have to pay taxes when he or she claims the prize, but the idea is to take steps to pay no more than legally required, Cooper said. The specialist’s role is to help the client achieve his or her dreams, Cooper said. To use a football analogy, she sad: “We’re the coaches on the sideline. You’re the quarterback.” When the winner works out a plan, he or she should be addressing such questions as: “Why are we doing this? What is our goal? How are we going to get there?” Most people don’t even consider the possibility of needing to have a plan for handling millions of dollars, Cooper said. She thinks one reason many people who come into sudden wealth wind up losing it is because they lack a plan. It’s also hard to resist helping others, Cooper said. “It’s human nature to give,” Cooper said. “We all, deep down underneath, we want to help one another. We put everyone else’s needs before our own.” Jeff Aman, an attorney in Lutz, said he wouldn’t rely entirely upon himself if he won a huge cash windfall. “I wouldn’t want to try to figure it all out,” said Aman, who specializes in estates, trusts and real estate. What the winner should do depends on the winner’s goals and desires. “It’s a very individual kind of thing,” Aman said. It’s important to understand tax consequences and to protect assets. “If you’re doing serious tax planning, you’re also doing asset protection. It goes hand in hand,” he said. Hiring a team of experts is important, but requiring that team to be accountable is essential, too, Aman said. “You still need to maintain your personal sense of responsibility,” he said. Stories abound about lottery winners who go broke. Aman doubts they had a team of specialists helping them manage their money. Greatest The LAKER / Lutz NEWS FOR THE RECORDAll the mystery surrounding the winner of the Powerball was finally revealed in early June when Gloria C. Mackenzie, 84, shared how someone let het step ahead in line and buy the winning ticket at the Zephyrhills Publix. Mackenzie ended up with $278 million in her bank account, after taxes and a lump sum payout penalty. In July, she bought a $1.2 million home in Jacksonville, according to published reports. She also reportedly split the prize with her son, who also lives in Jacksonville.Hits

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Do you really want the courts to choose who raises your child?NAMING A GUARDIAN FOR A YOUNG CHILD IN A WILL CAN BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS A PARENT DOES. PATRICIA L. FERRARIAttorney At Law Oakstead Professional Center SR 54 and Oakstead Blvd, Land O Lakes, Florida 34638813-597-8348http://patriciaferrarilaw.comBy Appointment Only € Estate Planning € Wills and Trusts € Asset Protection/Preservation € Powers of Attorney € Insurance Claims/Disputes www.LakerLutzNews.com January 1, 20144 By B.C. Man i onOriginally published Nov. 13Maryhelen Zopfi gets a kick out of finding new uses for old stuff. The avid gardener’s green thumb is on glorious display at her North Mobile Villa Drive home in Lutz, where she grows roses, orchids, crotons, fruit trees, orchids, grapevines and all sorts of other plants. But her enthusiasm for gardening is perhaps outdone by the funky stuff she has all over her place. Recent additions to her eclectic outdoor dcor include the front end of 1997 Buick that she’s converted into a waterfall for her koi pond in her backyard. The pond, by the way, is a former swimming pool, which is partially covered by a deck. The deck, it turns out, is the perfect cover for the koi — should a hungry bird swoop down to try to grab a quick bite to eat. The Buick’s front end is raised up on blocks, spilling water through its grill into the pool below. Meanwhile, out front, Zopfi has added an old-fashioned telephone booth amidst her plants, just for fun. She also has a smaller waterfall in her front yard, which, by the way, she thinks would be a perfect candidate for the front end of a Smart car. Zopfi, who describes herself as a “stay-athome gardener,” always is thinking up stuff she can do to keep adding interest to her yard. Besides being full of whimsy, her yard also is environmentally friendly, too. She won Hillsborough County’s 2012 Florida-Friendly Landscape Water-Wise Award for the many water-conserving practices she observes. For instance, she catches rainfall in a barrel to water a portion of a garden. She diverts runoff from her rooftop and pipes it into areas of her garden. She also uses landscape beds to keep storm water from spilling out of her yard. And, she uses microirrigation to apply water where needed without wasteful spraying. Zopfi gets a kick out of showing off her handiwork. She welcomes garden clubs to come take a tour of her yard. She’s also been known to set up tables in her driveway, to let garden club members have a meeting and eat lunch. Her generosity does have its limits, though. The garden club members have to bring their own lunch. If your garden club would like to schedule a visit to Zopfi’s garden, you can email the request to mhmango@msn.com.Old car, pay phone booth perfect for this garden B.C. MANION/STAFFMaryhelen Zopf i ha s added another po i nt of i ntere s t to her eclect i c collect i on of yard art that embell is he s her garden and ko i pond s at her home i n Lutz. Th is 1997 Bu i ck front end make s a perfect waterfall, s he s a i d. Greatest The LAKER / Lutz NEWS FOR THE RECORDThe front end of the 1997 Buick, that serves as a waterfall into the koi pond in Maryhelen Zopfi’s backyard, now has working headlights. The avid gardener also plans to form a group in the latter part of 2014 for people who share a mutual interest in gardening. Hits B.C. MANION/STAFFZopf i recently added th is pay telephone to the wh i m si cal yard art, s cattered lav is hly around her property i n Lutz. B.C. MANION/STAFFZopf i th i nk s th is s mall waterfall would be the perfect s pot for the front end of a Smart car.

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But once he finished the book, the Wesley Chapel resident realized a troubling fact: There was now a magical void in the world of literature. So using his own money, De La Torre created “Star Mage,” an enchanting story told in comic book form that takes a young wizard out into space. He wrote the story and hired an artist to ink it. And then shopped it around to all the major comic book publishers.De La Torre’s work has paid off. In September, he signed a deal with IDW Publishing in San Diego that will put his story on the shelves of bookstores all over the country next April. “I grew up reading comics, and I’ve always had a love for them,” De La Torre said. “At one point, in 2011, I just started wondering what goes into being a comic book writer. I knew I couldn’t draw worth a lick, but I knew I could come up with an interesting story.” “Star Mage” centers around Darien Connors, a 14-year-old boy who discovers he has magical abilities. That discovery, however, pulls him into a war that involves not only his family, but the entire galaxy as well. “You don’t want to be a cheap rip-off of Harry Potter,” De La Torre said. “You definitely have to be sure the ideas you’re going with are original. That is what I try to do, come up with the most original story I could, but keeping some of the familiarity with what I love and what is successful out there, too.” Darien’s skills do have a much different explanation. It is part of a practice known as Kishpu, and he’s not the only one that can do it. He quickly teams up with three young friends — Anthaar, Tirwa and Unura — and soon find themselves in battle with a hated enemy, Orasmas Xul Sarrum. “Star Mage” has all the elements young comic book readers are looking for, while developing a story that will give them something completely new, De La Torre said.De La Torre was born and raised in Tampa, and moved to Wesley Chapel with his wife Rita in 2007. During the day he’s a tech guy with a healthcare company. His evenings, however, are spent writing the first six issues of “Star Mage,” which IDW will release as a limited series in the spring.If all goes well, and sales are strong, it could lead to a regular monthly series for “Star Mage” by the end of next year. Each comic issue takes about 90 days to create from start to finish, with most of that time devoted to the art. Ray Dillon inked the first issue, previously making a name for himself with projects based on Peter Pan and the HBO series “Game of Thrones.” Franco Cespedes takes over after that, continuing a world where science fiction and magical fantasy collide. IDW is a newer company, founded in 1999, but it already is the nation’s sixth-largest publisher for many popular franchises like “My Little Pony,” “True Blood,” “Star Trek” and “Transformers.” IDW has even had some of its comics optioned for films by studios like Paramount Pictures and Dimension Films. With comic book adaptations making billions of dollars at the box office, De La Torre said he can’t help but dream of seeing “Star Mage” on the silver screen. “If there was a movie, I definitely would want them to respect the original material,” De La Torre said. “But I understand that comics and the actual movie business are two different things, they have to appeal to a much broader audience. That is a part of life.” And that life could change for De La Torre pretty quickly if “Star Mage” becomes a success. It could mean full-time devotion to writing, and possibly even adapting some of his other independently published novels to the comic form as well. “I can guarantee you, I will be taking pictures the minute my comic book shows up on the shelf,” De La Torre said. “I have a lot of ideas I’m ready to work on, and I’ll always be focused on things that I would enjoy, and maybe others will enjoy as well.” Greatest The LAKER / Lutz NEWS FOR THE RECORDJason De La Torre is expecting to hear from his publisher any day now on when the comic book series will premiere, but they hadn’t told him by the time The Laker/Lutz News went to press. But those anxious to see “Star Mage” will likely see the first issue coming out later this year.HitsComics publisher finds magic in Wesley Chapel writer COURTESY OF JASON DE LA TORREThe next Harry Potter could come right from Pasco County. Writer Jason De La Torre has signed a deal to publish his comic book series ‘Star Mage’ with the nation’s sixth-largest distributor.

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By B.C. ManionOriginally published Oct. 9It happened more than a decade ago, but the Rev. Garry Welsh said the event was a turning point in his life as a priest. “I woke one night to the sound of wood burning,” recalled Welsh, then pastor of St. Ludger Catholic Church, a parish in the small town of Creighton, Neb. “The rectory caught on fire.” Welsh descended from his second-floor bedroom to search out the source of the fire. “I saw a kind of a glow at the end of the hallway, and when I walked down toward it, I discovered the kitchen was on fire,” he said. The black smoke was so thick that Welsh became disoriented. He suffered burns on both of his hands and feet. “They tell me — I don’t remember much about the night — that I did walk across a floor that was on fire. It was a laminate floor, so it was hot and it burnt the bottom of my feet,” Welsh said. “I was in the hospital for quite a while. I had to learn how to walk again.” Investigators traced the cause of the fire to a candle that Welsh had left burning on the stove, he said. The rectory had just been renovated, and it and all of its contents were destroyed. Recovering from his injuries kept Welsh away from full-time ministry for quite some time. Now, however, he’s on loan to Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Land O’ Lakes. And despite the fire’s destructive nature, Welsh said it held lessons for him. “I think what it gave me, as I look back now, is that it gave me a better appreciation of the struggles people go through,” Welsh said. “I was in a wheelchair for quite a while. I think it made me understand (the impacts of) when people start to lose their mobility.” The experience gave him a greater appreciation of being able to do things independently and changed his perspective on life, people and the priesthood, he said. “It changed my outlook on ministry, entirely,” Welsh said. Before the fire, Welsh said he was a priest that was driven by a schedule. The experience of the fire, and recovering from it, however, softened and mellowed him. Welsh became more aware of the value of savoring the gifts that God bestows. “Before when I would visit with people, it was very much an in-and-out, I’ve got other things to do,” he said. “Now, I take more time. I’m more liable to sit with people and listen to people a little bit more.” Before the fire, Welsh said he was an ambitious priest. That changed, as well. “As a priest, I used to try to be the best,” he said. “I discovered that when I try to be the best, it’s all about me. What I try to do now is that I try to be the priest that people need today. So, when someone comes to me, my prayer always is: ‘What do you need from me as your priest, now?’ “That might be a listening ear. That might be some advice. It might be a pat on the back to say you’re OK. It might be that you need me to sit and listen to your joke and laugh at it, even if it’s bad.” Welsh said he asks himself: “What does this person, or these people, or this group – what do they need from me, now?” “They don’t need me to be the best priest. They need me to be their priest, their priest who loves them,” he said. Welsh was born in England to Scottish parents, but grew up in Ireland. He came to the United States in 1998, and was ordained three years later in Nebraska. Welsh said spiritual needs are universal, people need to know that spiritually, they’re loved. When fellow priests and brothers are struggling, Welsh reminds them that “we make priesthood difficult because we think it’s about doing,” he said. “It’s more about being.” “When we’re ordained, we’re ordained to be in the image of Christ. And we forget that and we’re lost in our own image,” Welsh said. “And we get disappointed, and the people get disappointed. We don’t get fulfilled, and the people don’t get fulfilled. And we all end up in this bad place.” Instead it should be more about the image of Christ. “What did Christ instruct us to do?” Welsh said. “He said, ‘Love one another, as I have loved you.’” “That’s the key, I think, to all faith,” he said. “No matter what we do, we have to do it with love. People will respond to love.” When Welsh officiates the mass, he begins with a reminder that those present are on a journey together. As such, they are bound to stumble and fall. But they are there to help each other and to continue together on the journey, he said. When he prepares his homilies, he consults a number of sources and draws on his personal experiences. “As a priest, I struggle like you struggle,” Welsh said. “I have good days and bad days. I have high moments and low moments. We’re journeying together.” When others hurt him, he said, he realizes he is unable to forgive them. “I ask God to forgive them,” he said. Like commentator Bill O’Reilly, he enjoys being pithy. He also recalls this bit of advice offered by a professor when Welsh was learning to write homilies: “In three minutes, you’ll move hearts. In 10 minutes, you’ll freeze butts.” Welsh, who has been an associate and a pastor at several churches in Nebraska, said he has never requested a particular assignment, trusting the Holy Spirit will lead him to the right place to use his skills. Currently, he is on loan to the Diocese of St. Petersburg, from the Archdiocese of Omaha. He’s not sure how long this assignment will last. “When I came down here, my archbishop said, ‘This is for three years.’ And, I said, ‘Well, let the Holy Spirit decide that.’” B.C. MANION/STAFFFather Garry Welsh is on loan to the parish of Our Lady of the Rosary in Land O’ Lakes. He says a fire that destroyed the rectory where he was living in Nebraska transformed his ministry. Fire inspires priest to transform ministryBy B.C. ManionOriginally published March 20Pasco County Schools superintendent Kurt Browning has dropped the idea of closing Moore-Mickens Education Center in Dade City. Browning had been considering a move that would have closed the center and relocated its programs. That proposal would have saved about $1 million to help plug a $23 million budget shortfall the district is facing. Browning shifted gears on March 12 after hundreds of supporters attended a community meeting on the previous evening in a show of support at the center. “I have heard the heartfelt pleas from Moore-Mickens students, graduates, staff and supporters, and I cannot in good conscience move forward with the recommendation to close the school at this time,” Browning said in a release. While Moore-Mickens will not close, the district will shift the Early Head Start prekindergarten program to Pasco Elementary School beginning in the 2013-14 school year. “The pre-k program belongs at an elementary school with students of that same age group,” Browning said. The Cyesis teen parent program, FAPE 22 program for Exceptional Education students from age 18 to 22, Adult Education and the Support our Students last-chance program all will remain at Moore-Mickens. Even before the meeting began on the evening of March 11, it was obvious that people had rallied to do what they could to keep their beloved Moore-Mickens open. Supporters stood at the center’s gate, holding signs and chanting, “Save our school,” and, “Give us our school back.” The center’s parking lot was jammed with people parking on the grass and near the school. Hundreds crowded into the cafeteria. Speakers from all walks of life approached the microphone during the meeting, which lasted more than two hours. At times, the meeting felt like a pep rally — with people singing the school’s alma mater and chanting, “More Moore-Mickens. More Moore-Mickens.” At other times, it was like a political rally, with speakers chastising Browning for his proposal and criticizing the school district for what they consider to be unequal educational opportunities on the east and west sides of Pasco. There was a spiritual element, too, as Margarita Romo — a widely known advocate for migrant workers and social justice — lifted the issue up in prayer. She asked God to intercede to find a way to not only continue to provide programs at MooreMickens Center, but to expand them. Browning said despite rumors to the contrary, the district had no intention of closing down the building and bulldozing it. He told the crowd that part of the rationale for shifting the programs to Pasco High School would be to enable the young women who are pregnant to enroll in programs such as Advanced Placement and dual enrollment classes, which would enable them to earn college credits. But speakers told Browning and school board members that it wasn’t just the building they were worried about. They didn’t want to lose the environment that exists at Moore-Mickens. Dozens weighed in. Some talked about how Moore-Mickens staff members had helped them to get their GED diplomas. Others said staff members encouraged them when others had written them off. Some talked about being welcomed at the center when they’d been shunned or bullied elsewhere. Speakers urged Browning and the school board to find another way to plug the budget gap. Charlene Austen of Dade City wondered why the district “selected the most vulnerable sector of the student population. These students do not easily adapt.” “You can move students. You can move furniture,” she said. “You cannot move environment.” Moore-Mickens employee Chris Barber said he previously worked with special needs students at John Long Middle and Wiregrass Ranch High, both schools in Wesley Chapel.“Here’s the thing,” Barber said, special needs students at those schools “were falling through the cracks. This is a very unique place.”Lisa Ciganek, a teacher at MooreMickens, said “a raise is not worth it to me to see these students lose what is working for them. They choose to come here. We see the potential in them. This environment is what gives our kids their future. Please don’t take that away from them.”Sister Roberta Bailey, prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Saint Leo, urged the crowd to voice its support for the school in writing. She urged them to focus on the positive — why Moore-Mickens should be kept.“Moore-Mickens is a chance for change,” Bailey said. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That sentiment drew a standing ovation from the crowd. It turns out those letters of support won’t be needed now. Browning and the school board must now find another way to come up with the nearly $1 million that would have been saved with his previous proposal, if employees are going to get any type of raise next year. District staff has not received pay increases in six years. B.C. MANION/STAFFProtesters stood at the gates of Moore-Mickens Education Center urging officials to drop the idea to close the school. Superintendent Kurt Browning said he heard the community and the center will stay open. www.LakerLutzNews.com January 1, 20146 Moore-Mickensto stay open

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By B.C. ManionOriginally published June 19Chances are, if you don’t live in Lutz, or haven’t been to the community’s giant sports complex off Lutz Lake Fern Road, the name Oscar Cooler may not ring a bell. But for thousands of athletes and their families, Cooler’s contributions left a permanent imprint, said Mitch Wilkins, president of the Lutz Leaguerettes. “Being able to bring all those families together to interact makes him an icon,” Wilkins said.Cooler, 84, died on June 13 and was laid to rest on June 18 with a memorial at Loyless Funeral Home in Land O’ Lakes, followed by a graveside service at Lutz Cemetery.Those who knew Cooler described him as a tenacious man, with a heart for the community’s children — all of the community’s children. The Rev. Alan Burner of the First Baptist Church of Lutz officiated at the memorial. “Oscar’s family told me that he got what he wanted 99.9 percent of the time,” Burner said. “And, for the Lutz community, that worked out very well. And for young people, that worked out very well.” Boddie Osteen, Cooler’s friend for a halfcentury, recalled the retired flooring salesman’s determination to get a Little League ballpark for the community. “He didn’t take no for an answer,” Osteen said. Before Cooler got involved, Lutz had one Little League field behind Lutz Elementary School. Cooler wanted more opportunities for the community’s youth, so he spent two years lobbying the Hillsborough County Commission before he finally persuaded the board to buy an orange grove to give the children additional fields. After they purchased the land, commissioners said it would be a couple of years before the ball fields could be built. Cooler refused to wait. He marshaled an army of volunteers to get the job done. “We had engineers, builders, painters, everything we needed to build a park,” Cooler said in a 2008 interview with The Tampa Tribune. “We had people who didn’t mind getting their hands dirty. Everything that was done, laborwise, was done voluntarily. Within nine months we built this thing.” The Lutz Park Youth Complex, later renamed in Cooler’s honor, opened in 1975 with three baseball fields. Over time, the complex, at 19045 Crooked Lane, has vastly expanded, now featuring fields for baseball, softball, football and soccer. It also has a playground, restrooms and concession stands, as well as an adjacent nature park. Osteen, who coached Little League for some five years and umpired for about 35 years, said Cooler’s sole motivation was to provide a wholesome outlet for kids. As Cooler put it in a 2010 interview with Dogs play & socialize four times a day! 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Rates effective through January 10, 2014. By Michael HinmanOriginally published Aug. 14Academy at the Lakes, central Pasco County’s private school that hugs both sides of Collier Parkway off State Road 54, is getting a lot larger, growing by more than 46 acres. The school has purchased a large chunk of land near its existing campus that has belonged to the pioneer MacManus family for decades, with an eye toward a major campus expansion in the coming years. The land grab is four times larger than the school’s existing campus, and allows Academy at the Lakes to extend its reach to 20 Mile Level Road with a total of nearly 60 acres of land. “About six years ago, my sister and I, and our brother, started talking about what we wanted to do with this land,” said Dr. Lou MacManus. A retired surgeon who lived for decades in Ohio and Tennessee, MacManus grew up in a modest house built a year before she was born on the property now owned by Academy at the Lakes. She shares many memories of her childhood on the land with her sister, University of South Florida professor Susan MacManus, as well as her late brother, Dr. H. Cameron MacManus, who was killed in a plane crash last spring. “There’s been a lot of changes here since we were kids, and many of them good changes,” MacManus said. “But we didn’t want to see a bunch of homes on this land.”MAKING IT WORKAcademy at the Lakes had plans to expand for the last two years, but the deal to purchase this piece of MacManus land came together only recently, thanks to the work of the MacManus family, as well as the Academy’s head of school Mark Heller and then board of trustees chair Cynthia Miller. “The MacManuses have been very interested in seeing the future of their parents’ and grandparents’ land used for something productive and positive for the community,” Heller said. “They could’ve easily sold this land to a developer for a lot more money. But instead, decided that they should take a philanthropic route, and dedicate this land to the same thing they have always dedicated their lives to: education.” Academy at the Lakes is paying slightly more than $2 million for the land, equating to a little less than $44,000 per acre. MacManus set up a charitable remainder annuity trust, which holds the 16-year mortgage for the property. Excluding any interest or other fees, that will cost the growing school approximately $10,500 per month on average. While it might seem high, Heller sees it as an investment in the future for a school that is key to the economic growth in central Pasco County. “The north side of the county is growing so fast, certainly now that construction and homebuilding is picking back up again,” Heller said. “The north side is going to be burgeoning again, just like it did 10 years ago, and we’re going to be able to grow with that community, and provide resources to that growing community.” There are no immediate plans to build on the land, but it is something the school expects to do at some point to accommodate student needs, Heller said. In the meantime, some of the older students will tend to the land and learn how to grow oranges and take part in other agricultural activities. Food raised will be donated to local charities. Heller talked about expansion in August 2011 when he said Academy at the Lakes should explore ways that would set it up for the next 100 years. “This is something that could absolutely transform the footprint and the presence of the school,” Heller said at the time. What happens is up to the school’s board of trustees, but there are many possibilities. One could include integrating the entire campus into one site, instead of having the younger and older students divided physically by Collier Parkway. The land could also become a sports complex center, among other things. “There’s just so much that we can do that we haven’t really even talked about yet,” Heller said.NEVER FORGET HISTORYThe matriarch of the MacManus family had always pushed education on her children, explaining why Lou MacManus and her siblings all reached doctorate levels in their schooling. Knowing that the farm she worked so hard to build would now be used for educating hundreds of young people — not just three — would make her mother proud, MacManus said. “Education was so big for us growing up, and we were always out learning everything,” MacManus said. “We spent a lot of times outdoors, and didn’t watch much TV. We were doing sports, riding bicycles, and I even had a horse.” The 2,200-square-foot house that served as the MacManus home for more than half a century still stands on the property. 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Jeffries, the Civil War veteran who settled Zephyrhills in the hopes of bringing other war veterans with him. It’s been everything from the home of prominent city residents over the years, to a commercial office in what was once a bustling downtown area. Today, however, the Jeffries House is spotted with warped wood. The white wraparound porch is sagging in a few places. And the main entrance that once welcomed Capt. Jeffries home each night is now capped with a “No Trespassing” sign. The home is almost out of place in what would later become the commercial nerve center for Zephyrhills. And as community business leaders work to revitalize the downtown section, questions abound on what to do with the Jeffries House after it suffered through a foreclosure two years ago, and has been abandoned ever since. “I think the Main Street Zephyrhills office would look great there,” said Gina King Granger, executive director of the city’s Main Street group. “Our board had actually discussed that at one time, but our funding was so tight, there was no way we could make it work.” CenterState Bank of Florida owns the house, but is looking to get back the nearly $280,000 it lost when the previous owner defaulted on the mortgage. However, Main Street may get another shot at the building if city officials move forward with plans to buy the house from CenterState, and then possibly leasing it out. Such a move would make the site much more attractive from a financial standpoint for potential tenants like Main Street. “There’s a lot of interest in it,” Granger said. “Folks are just shying away from it because they think there is a lot more involved in terms of restoration and what would be needed to get it back into good shape.” While the house itself would likely not be a strong anchor to help draw other businesses into the downtown district, there are a number of other possibilities for the Jeffries House as well, ranging from bed and breakfasts to restaurants, even to becoming a residence again. That’s exactly how Jerry Pricher remembers the Jeffries House growing up. “That house was the only residence on that block for many, many years,” said Pricher, who is vice president of the Zephyrhills Historical Association. “I walked by that house all the time when I was a kid, pretty much whenever we would walk down to the Home Theater to go to the movies.” The Jeffries House is hardly the only house with local historical significance in Zephyrhills, but it gets the most attention because of its location right in the middle of town, Pricher said. Because of that, and its place in the city’s history, it could be the perfect place for a museum. The only drawback to that idea is that Zephyrhills already has the Depot Museum on South Avenue. “The Depot Museum is slap full, so (the Jeffries House) could be nice as a secondary museum,” Pricher said. “We could always use more room to display some of the many historical items we have.” Vicki Elkins, who runs the Depot Museum, says they do regularly have to switch out exhibits because of space constraints in the old railroad depot. However, she may need some more exhibit donations before they can think of a second location. “We don’t really have an overflow right now, but certainly at some point we might,” Elkins said. She feels that the Jeffries House could be turned into a nice museum remembering the school history of the city. Or, “it would make a wonderful Main Street office.” “It’s historic, and it’s what Main Street is all about,” Elkins said.No matter who might end up in the Jeffries House, chances are it won’t be as expensive to move in as many might think, Main Street’s Granger said. A city inspection of the house showed that despite some exterior issues, the interior is structurally sound. And outside money might be available to convert the historic house into a new business. “A lot of work would be needed to bring it up to code, but it could be done,” Granger said. “There are a lot of grants for restoring these old properties at both the state and national levels, but money like that might not be available for a few years.” And that could be a death knell to the Jeffries House if it remains empty and is not properly maintained. As passers-by have already noticed in recent years, a house like this can deteriorate fast. “Obviously, to those of us who love the history of Zephyrhills, we would rather not lose it,” Pricher said. “Something needs to be done with that building, and we need to do it right now.”Historic Jeffries House seeks place in 21st century Greatest The LAKER / Lutz NEWS FOR THE RECORDAfter receiving its appraisal, the Zephyrhills City Council tasked Mayor Danny Burgess to sit down and negotiate with house owner CenterState Bank, which he has been doing ever since. Burgess tells The Laker/Lutz News that he hopes to “reach an acceptable number to then present to the City Council at a later date for their approval or disapproval.” However, Burgess did not offer a timetable on when those negotiations might yield results.Hits MICHAEL HINMAN/STAFF Capt. Harold Jeffries made this his home for years after founding Zephyrhills, but now this historic structure in the middle of the city’s main street business district is suffering from neglect. City officials are looking to buy the house, but it still leaves the question of what they will do with it once they sign the deed.

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Despite that, Mukwaya has schooled more than 650 orphans whose families were ravaged by the HIV epidemic there. He has pushed for more adult education as well — especially for women, who traditionally did not go to school when they were younger. “Some of the people in my district went to school and were not doing good, and others could not afford to pay for the school fees,” Mukwaya said. “We started a sustainability project where, in the long term, we can help those who might not be able to learn otherwise.” Mukwaya returned home in August after his two-week trip to Land O’ Lakes, participating in the annual International Leadership Fellows Institute from the National Educator Program. That program, based in Denver, chose the Pasco County Schools out of more than a dozen national applicants to host this institute. It’s designed to empower teachers to become strong leaders, and give students equal access to success. The seminar itself, which also included 20 handpicked Pasco educators, lasted two weeks. It’s part of the overall institute program designed to operate for the next year, connecting participants not only with faceto-face visits, but also technologically through online communication services like Skype. It’s meant to be a give and take, where these administrators learn from each other, and take all of it back to incorporate into their own classrooms. “What we have found so far that whether you’re teaching in a major metropolitan area or in the jungle by the lake, it’s remarkable the similarities on how schools and classrooms operate,” said Mark Thompson, executive director of NEP. “We found much more in common than we thought.” The recent conference in Land O’ Lakes was led by Diane Varano, principal of the Cultural Academy for the Arts and Sciences in Brooklyn. She makes the trip each year to help form new bonds among the education leaders, giving them tools to reinvigorate classrooms. It’s a much-needed wakeup call for many teachers, who in recent years have complained about being forced to teach to state-mandated tests like the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. Instead, the learning process must be more experiential, said Mark Xing, who is the director of teaching affairs for a 2,000-student school system in Shenzhen, China. Located just north of Hong Kong, Shenzhen is a city of more than 10 million people that was an early adopter of capitalism in the traditionally communist country. Because of that, the school there has been working to include both Chinese and American curriculums. “In China, a lot of parents would like to send their children to study in the United States,” Xing said. “They want their children to know more about American culture, and we actually started this program to meet the parents’ needs.” There was some concern that requiring both Chinese and American studies for elementary school-aged students might be too much. Instead, Xing has found his students embracing both equally, and that will give them an edge as technology continues to shrink the world and China plays an ever-expanding role in world economics. Mukwaya’s curriculum also is experience-based, but not quite the same way. In his region, English is being taught as a third language — behind the local Luganda and the regional Swahili. But while math and reading are essential in the learning process for both children and adults, so are vocational skills that will help not only make money for his students, but save money as well. “We started with writing and reading, and now they are going up to do more functional things like how to weave mats from palm leaves and make bags from banana fibers,” Mukwaya said. “We’re also teaching many of our women how they can save money, and how they can be sustainable financially.” Both Mukwaya and Xing will return to Land O’ Lakes next year to share progress on changes they’ve instituted because of the program and report back on how well they have worked, with the goal of helping the district’s program to grow and evolve. “This isn’t just about someone coming here and learning things. We are learning a great deal from them,” Thompson said. “We can teach them some of our best practices when it comes to education, but they are not just learning ours, they are teaching us theirs, too, and that’s the kind of dialogue we want to have.”Pasco conference proves education is worldwide concern

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www.LakerLutzNews.com January 1, 201413 By B.C. ManionOriginally published April 10Margarita Romo will be the first to tell you that she is a flawed woman, and that some people simply do not like her.But the path she’s traveled led her to advocating for farm workers, immigrants and the poor. Her work has been recognized by Gov. Rick Scott, who selected her to be inducted into the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame.The honor goes to people who have made significant contributions to improving the lives of minorities and all Floridians. Romo, 76, founded Farmworkers SelfHelp in Dade City, a nonprofit organization that has focused on education, advocacy, and addressing the needs of migrant farmworkers and immigrants for more than three decades. The organization helps with immigration issues, gives bread to the poor, advocates for legislative changes, and seeks to improve conditions for the impoverished. It has been particularly active in seeking improvements for Tommytown, a community northwest of downtown Dade City. “It wasn’t anything that I purposely went out to do,” Romo said. Her involvement began when she was asked to translate church services at migrant camps. Her commitment grew from there. Romo said she didn’t have a strategic or systematic method for helping people. They came to her with a need, and she explored ways to help them. As time went on, Romo became more knowledgeable and established more relationships — making it possible for her to help more people. “In my wildest dreams I never thought I’d be doing this, especially with the history that I had. It seemed like there was just disaster after disaster,” Romo said. * Romo was born in Texas, and at age 3, her mother died. Her father placed her in an orphanage and sent her three brothers to another orphanage. They stayed there a couple of years until he remarried. “I went in as Margarita and I came out as Margaret,” Romo said, and she was no longer speaking Spanish. She joined the convent when she was 15, and left two years later with the hopes of mending a strained relationship with her stepmother, which never happened. Romo has been divorced three times, and along the way she had six children. She believes her personal failings and the challenges she’s faced have helped her become more compassionate. “We all have issues, and we’ll always have issues. There’s no one who is ever going to be perfect, but I think knowing your own imperfections causes you to be more understanding about others,” Romo said. She also understands despair. She was so despondent after her first divorce that she attempted to take her own life, she said. She’d taken some pills and someone found her — otherwise, her life would have ended then. “I’m a real miracle, walking,” Romo said. That experience made her realize how important it is for people to seek counseling when they need it. “I’m a real champion about mental health,” Romo said. She also understands poverty. Romo needed help after one of her divorces, and a woman from a migrant camp understood that need. “I’ll never forget,” Romo said. “She gave me some of her food stamps.” While she is being honored for her work, Romo is quick to give credit to those who have helped her to help others.“It’s not about me,” Romo said. “If it hadn’t been for those undocumented farmworkers, we wouldn’t be here. They’re the ones who walked with me. They went to Washington, D.C. They went to Tallahassee.”She also said mentors she’s met have helped her to be more effective. Romo views herself as an activist, but uses a different approach than many young organizers whom she sees as being more aggressive and eager to take on the world.When she goes to Tallahassee to advocate for changes, she said she reads scripture to lawmakers and prays for God to guide them.“We need God to go in front of us,” Romo said. “We need to do battle with the Bible in our hand. I really believe that God has to be called in, and I believe God hasn’t been called into the middle of all of the crises. God has got to be in the middle of everything we do.” Sometimes she feels conflicted.“Being a pastor and being an activist organizer is just a real difficult place. You have to constantly forgive, and at the same time you’re in the middle of a battle,” said Romo, who became an ordained minister 10 years ago.She was reaching out spiritually to children in her community even before she was ordained. * Romo was inducted into the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame on April 24 along with Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore and Judge James B. Sanderlin. They were among the nominees the Florida Commission on Human Relations recommended to Scott.“As Florida marks its 500-year anniversary, we want to honor individuals who have stood for equality in our state’s history even in the face of adversity,” Scott said in a release. “These champions of freedom have paved the way for equal rights among all Floridians.” Romo said she’s not really sure what the induction means. “If they really want to do something, then give us (Florida) KidCare for legal immigrant children,” she said, talking about the low-cost or free health insurance program. She’d also like to have a conversation with lawmakers about the negative impacts she believes “zero tolerance” has on kids. She also thinks the state should allow immigrants who arrived here before age 16 and who have no criminal record to attend Florida colleges at in-state tuition rates. “You can pick enough oranges to pay instate tuition, but you cannot pick enough oranges to pay out-of-state tuition,” Romo said. “That’s just the bottom line.” Romo could go on and on about injustices that need to be addressed and opportunities that need to be offered. She tackles what she can in Tallahassee, in the community and her office, a humble white house on Lock Street. Photographs on the walls of her office serve as constant reminders of the work that remains. One photo shows a smiling girl who died before she reached age 5 because she could not get the medical care she needed quickly enough.Another photo shows an old man standing in a dumpster. He’d rummage around wherever he could to find cans he could sell, Romo said. When he died, it cost $800 to buy his ashes so his life could be honored.There’s also a photo of a young man who died from AIDS-related complications, and another of a man who died from prostate cancer. Romo said she remembers those people when she thinks about the work she needs to do. She also thinks about tragic things that have happened because of dangerous working conditions. She thinks of workers who have “lost their eyesight because of pesticide” or “fallen off ladders and broke their back and got no compensation.” Romo aims to help people help themselves. “If we’re really about teaching people to be free, then you’ve got to give them the tools to do that,” She said. “To help us learn to think for ourselves is where the real work comes in and the real love.” Romo’s organization encourages students to attain their GED diploma, enroll in college and seek job training. She said she feels blessed to do the work she does. “When you’re a community organizer and you help organize your community, then that community grows and it becomes a whole different place and everybody who received the benefit of that growth takes it with them and plants it somewhere else, and it never stops growing,” she said. No matter how dark things can get at times, Romo hangs on. “Thirty-three years, and we’re still here,” she said. M ob i le Deta i l i ng Basic Wash € Wash & Wax € Full Detail € Home Pressure Washing Also Available Keep your car looking great.Call Curtis for Appointment 813.347.0502$55.00 WASH & WAX $75 Value$65.00 HEADLIGHT RESTORATION up to $100 Value Greatest The LAKER / Lutz NEWS FOR THE RECORDMargarita Romo intends to keep pushing for health care insurance for children of immigrants who are legally here, but cannot qualify for insurance for five years. 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The FDOT asked for the proposals after it received an unsolicited request to lease the rights of way to build a 33-mile elevated toll road that could possibly shorten the trip between Zephyrhills and New Port Richey to less than 30 minutes. Gerald Stanley and International Infrastructure Partners LLC piqued the interest of state officials and the county, as a whole, with the request in June, and it’s created debate on not only if it’s good for the county, but if such a project is even feasible. Those answers are yes and yes, said John Hagen, president and chief executive of the Pasco Economic Development Council. The fact is, Pasco County is growing quickly, and even an expanded State Road 54 struggles to accommodate the traffic it receives. “You either have to build a bunch of new lanes and widen it out, or you have to build up,” Hagen said. “And in some places, (widening) just won’t work very well. You have stores and neighborhoods right up to the road. If you end up widening with new lanes, you’re going to be bulldozing.” Some business owners, however, disagree. In an August meeting with Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey, a few members of the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce expressed opposition to the road, fearing it would allow traffic to bypass their businesses. “Things are going to get congested if we keep going the way we’re going,” Hagen said. “The idea that you’re going to attract more business somehow as we turn the place into a parking lot is something to rethink here. A way for local businesses to get more business is to separate out the people who are not planning to stop anyway — who are just wanting to get across the county — and opening up the surface roads to local traffic.”Following the moneyIf built, the elevated expressway would be the first privately owned toll road in Florida. Cost estimates weren’t shared, but using the elevated road built for Tampa’s Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in the early 2000s as a model, builders could be looking at a cost of $70 million … per mile. That would bring the total price tag of this project to around $2.3 billion. Stanley’s group, IIP, would raise the money through private sources like hedge funds, and then try to recoup that investment — with the necessary profit — through toll revenue collected by travelers who choose the expressway. Yet, that profit model could be troubling. Last year, toll roads in Florida collected revenue of $616 million from travelers. That’s broken down to $1.3 million per mile. Applying those numbers to this project would generate prospective revenue of $44.2 million each year. Even if IIP never spends another dime on the road, it would take the company 52 years to recoup its investment. But that might be OK. Neil Gray, director of government affairs for the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association in Washington, D.C., says investors in projects like this know what they’re getting in to, and many are willing to play the long game. “We’re talking as much as 99 years,” Gray said. “A 99-year concession is patient money. It also allows them, from the private side, to make these things happen that might not be viable on the state level. They can pool that money together right now, and build it right now.” Not accounting for inflation or other increases and variables, a 99-year agreement on a Pasco elevated roadway would generate revenue of $4.4 billion — doubling the initial investment.Learning from others’ mistakesThe FDOT, however, should be very careful about such long deals, says the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, an independent advocacy group that has spoken out against road privatization. In a 2009 report authored by Phineas Baxandall, any agreements between the government and a private entity should clearly spell out expectations, and leave some of the decision-making — like toll rates — to the public. On top of that, no deal should last longer than 30 years, because even if the toll road fails, the structure will still be there, and the county will have to deal with it. Toll roads really can fail, by the way. Just look at the Camino Colombia Toll Road in Texas. Built in 2000 at a cost of $90 million, the 22-mile road between the Mexican border and Interstate 35 north of Laredo was expected to generate $9 million in its first year alone based on the traffic created by the North American Free Trade Agreement, U.S. PIRG said. Instead, the road that charged tractor-trailers $16 each earned just $500,000. Within a few years, the road was sold at auction to an investment company for $12.1 million who in turn shut it down. The Texas Department of Transportation needed that road in operation, and it cost the government entity $20 million to buy it and reopen it. “No matter who runs it, the physical structure is going to be there, and it never goes away,” said Gray, adding that lessons are being learned to prevent another Camino Colombia debacle. “Each time these transactions are done, the government side is getting smarter and smarter and smarter. Now you have governments that negotiate contracts that include a series of performance metrics. If you fail to maintain those level of standards, you will breach the contract, and the government gets the road for free.”Something has to be doneFlorida has a big problem on its hands when it comes to roads, and it may depend on private proposals like IIP’s to grow the state’s infrastructure. By 2020, Florida is expected to be $47 billion short in funding transportation improvements, like repaving, lane expansion and new roads. “Our gas tax funding that pays for the highway system is no longer sustainable,” said Christa Deason, a spokeswoman with Florida’s Turnpike. “People are driving less, they are using transit more, and buying hybrid cars. There is not a ton of money pouring into the coffers anymore to build these roads, or even to maintain the ones we built 50 years ago.” Pasco County has hit a similar wall. Commissioners had proposed a local gas tax increase to help fund road maintenance and construction for the coming year, but it failed under public pressure. “We need to look at progressive ways to move traffic on 54,” Commissioner Starkey said. During its presentation last week to county officials, the Urban Land Institute — the independent growth and development analytical group — strongly suggested Pasco stay away from the elevated road, and instead concentrate on reducing the need for more roads in the first place. That means developing communities that have live, work and play all within walking distance, or easily accessible through public mass transit. “What ULI was trying to say is that we need to reduce trips so that people don’t have to go all the way across the county to get to a Wiregrass mall for instance,” Pasco EDC’s Hagen said. “We should create shopping experiences that are close by, that people can walk to.” No matter what someone’s position is on the proposed elevated road, the conversation must continue, he said. “People are just reading a small article in the paper, or they see a 30-second thing on television, and it doesn’t really explain the full complexity of how to do traffic planning, and how it fits into good community planning,” Hagen said. “Trying to get people engaged to create some light rather than heat, that would be a good step.” Greatest The LAKER / Lutz NEWS FOR THE RECORDAfter hearing some negative feedback from county leaders, International Infrastructure Partners asked for and received a delay until early December to submit their proposal. When the proposals were opened on Dec. 9, only IIP had submitted. Details of that proposal won’t be released until early January, however. Just a week before, the Pasco County Commission unanimously approved a resolution supporting the elevated road concept along the State Road 54/56 corridor, even though the final decision will be up to the Florida Department of Transportation.HitsElevated road proposal finds lessons in history MICHAEL HINMAN/STAFF International Infrastructure Partners have proposed building a 33-mile stretch of elevated road, like this one built over the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in Tampa, to help move traffic from one side of the county to the other. But some observers warn that state officials should keep some hand in any project that gets approved.

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CALL OUR OFFICE TODAY. 813.949.8411 www.LakerLutzNews.com January 1, 201415 By B.C. ManionOriginally published Sept. 11When Andy Hamilton goes rummaging around at a swap meet or flea market, he’s always on the lookout for the makings of his metal works of art. What might look like a colander to most instead looks like a turtle shell to Hamilton. Pot lids and air-conditioning gauges are eyes. Hedge clippers and rakes make good wings. Rusty pipe wrenches bounce back to life as grasshoppers. Hamilton sees possibilities everywhere. “These two bikes here, they came from a flea market,” said Hamilton, 62, outside his workshop in Lutz. “The guy was just trying to get rid of them. Five dollars a piece. I’ll take the front forks off of them, use them for legs. Chains, I’ll use for manes on a horse. The satellite dish arm? “This is the neck of a horse.” And the post-hole diggers? “These are the heads for alligators,” he said. “Potato forks are usually tail feathers for a bird.” Hamilton is a Lutz-based artist with Twisted Mind Rusty Metal, a company that specializes in recycling old metal and other objects into art. Where other people see obsolete car parts, rusted garden implements, empty bottles and old tools, Hamilton envisions whimsical works of art. “Somehow, I can see something,” Hamilton said. “People have asked me, ‘What kind of drug do you take? Do you drink a lot?’ It seems like the crazier I make stuff, the more people like it.” Bins and shelves in his workshop are chock-full of the raw materials of his artworks. He has another collection of salvaged goods that he plans to recycle outside next to his shop. “You’ve got to have a stockpile,” Hamilton said.As he surveys his shop, there is stuff everywhere. “It’s a disorganized, organized mess,” he said.Hamilton hunts regularly for old golf clubs, and often finds them for a dollar each at thrift stores. “I just cut all of these off the shafts,” he said, motioning to a stack of club heads. The steel pieces become ears for dogs and feet for pigs.“A lot of people throw these away,” Hamilton said, pointing to some empty helium tanks. “They end up in the trash and when I see ‘em, I grab ‘em.”The tanks become the bodies of pigs and other animals. Hamilton, who has spent more than four decades working in masonry, started his metal art business more than two years ago. It started when he decided to make a couple of things for his wife’s garden. “A friend of hers had sold plants at plant shows,” he said. “She told me to bring some along and see if they would sell.” They did sell, and the company was born — using a name his wife, Sheila, created. Over the past couple of years, he has sold 700 to 800 pieces, ranging in price from $35 to $400. He now spends nearly every evening out in the workshop behind his house, where he sandblasts rusted parts, welds pieces together and paints to create Chihuahuas, pigs, robots, weather vanes, sunflowers, birds and all sorts of critters. On weekends, one can find Hamilton making the rounds — either to events where he’s selling his art, or at swap meets, garage sales and flea markets where he’s picking up materials he can recycle.“Starting September through basically March, that’s the busy season,” Hamilton said.Over Labor Day weekend, for instance, he had a booth at the 13th annual Gulfport Geckofest on Saturday. By Sunday, he was at a swap meet in Bushnell. Monday, he hit the flea market in Webster.During the off-season, typically November through March, Hamilton spends Saturday mornings in Dunedin at the Green Market. And the third Friday of each month, he’s in Safety Harbor between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. He also does three shows a year in Lakeland.He also attends the Lutz Arts & Crafts Festival Christmas show. “Last year we sold like 26 pieces on Saturday, and at least 10 or 12 on Sunday,” Hamilton said, adding he sells even more during the town’s Fourth of July celebration. Hamilton’s wife is a big supporter of his artistic pursuits.“She wants me to quit masonry for this,” said Hamilton, who believes someday he will. Greatest The LAKER / Lutz NEWS FOR THE RECORDAndy Hamilton is still working away at turning metal parts into works of art. He sold 34 pieces at the Lutz Arts & Crafts Festival at Lake Park and soon will be offering his works of metal art at the Dade City Annual Kumquat Festival on Jan. 25.HitsFor Lutz man, it’s not junk … it’s art B.C. MANION/STAFFAndy Hamilton uses his welder to bind pieces of metal together as he works on a crab, one of many creatures he creates from recycled materials.

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Suddenly communities that once had to figure out how to build homes fast enough were now trying to figure out how to sell the homes they already had. Life switched from community developers making huge profits, to just trying to survive. And it was clear that not everyone was going to make it through — with all eyes on Connerton. “There were a few times when we thought the market was getting better, only to find it didn’t,” said Stewart Gibbons, an executive-turned-consultant with Connerton. The community, which was considered one of Pasco’s crown jewel developments when it was first proposed in the 1990s, was designed to eventually bring 8,000 homes just off U.S. 41 just south of State Road 52. By the time of the crash, however, just 300 homes had been built, and there was tremendous concern by some there wouldn’t be any more. Especially when Terrabrook, Connerton’s original developer, pulled out in 2009. “There was a lot of information out there, frankly some information that was incorrect and slanted, and naturally, when you’re a large community, people are going to focus on you,” Gibbons said. “We certainly saw the effects of that to some degree.” However, Connerton may be emerging from dark times. The construction industry, dormant for years, has now returned. And since relaunching under a new owner last May — CoastOak Group and Hayman Woods LLC — Connerton has sold some 40 homes, and is poised to do even more before the year is out. And Connerton is not alone. Some of Pasco’s other large communities, which suffered during the downturn, are starting to come back. And the timing couldn’t be better to see more people calling this part of the county home.Bright future?“We love the Tampa market,” said Barbara Kininmonth, sales and marketing director for Crown Community Development, which owns the WaterGrass development off Curley Road. “We love it so much that we sold out all our single-family lots at WaterGrass.”The community, designed for just under 1,200 homes, has more than 600 in the books already. With the first phase complete, Crown now has plans to start 356 additional homes using five builders — Standard Pacific Homes, Ryland Homes, Homes by WestBay, Bakerfield Luxury Homes and Arthur Rutenberg Homes. Sales picked up briskly once the housing market returned because WaterGrass spent the money needed to maintain common areas, and to keep it attractive for any potential buyers who wandered in. “We develop communities across the country, and our standards never decreased,” Kininmonth said. “The level of upkeep for the community never changed. We worked to make sure lots were ready for builders, and we continued on plans for parks and other amenities, all as they were originally planned” during the boom. The spring quarter has made many builders optimistic. Metrostudy, a company that tracks housing data across the country, said the Tampa Bay area experienced 1,838 housing starts during that time period, up nearly 48 percent from a year ago. However, actual closings are down a bit compared to the same time in 2012, off by just less than 6 percent. That may be because of the lukewarm job growth in the area. “We’re very bullish on the whole Tampa market,” said David Caillouette, the owner’s representative for LakeShore Ranch off U.S. 41, not far from Connerton. “I would love to see job growth come back because housing is dependent on job growth.” Last spring, 33,300 new jobs were reported in the Tampa Bay region, according to the same Metrostudy report, up nearly 3 percent. However, unemployment rates are still fluctuating between 6.9 percent and 7.2 percent. Yet, it’s a far cry from more than 9 percent unemployment, which is where Florida was a year ago.Help wantedSome of the jobs coming back are construction. In fact, the only reason why the construction industry hasn’t grown faster is because there aren’t enough skilled people in the area to fill the jobs. And that could slow housing growth in Pasco. “We lost an awful lot of the labor force” after the crash, said Connerton’s Gibbons, who also speaks on behalf of the Tampa Bay Builders Association. “They just wanted jobs, so many people moved on to other geographic areas like Texas, and others left the industry altogether, and probably won’t be coming back.” Also possibly hurting some communities is the Pasco County Commission’s recent failure to pass a gas tax hike. Such money could’ve been used to maintain worn roads, like those found in communities trying to get back on their feet. Connerton, for example, built its roads several years ago, but depends on the county to maintain them. “If you don’t maintain potholes, they only get bigger and more expensive to fix,” Gibbons said. “The tax would’ve cost people an additional $2 or $3 a month, which seemed like a fairly modest number. The county has such a strong emphasis on economic development, but it’s hard to do if the roads are bad.”Since the housing crash of 2008, there have been several starts and stops in the market that only teased a recovery. That has resulted in a cautious approach by builders, even as Pasco’s demand for homes continue to grow.“We don’t want a repeat of a few years ago where everyone built far more homes than people were actually able to buy,” LakeShore Ranch’s Caillouette. “People wanted to move to the suburbs before the economy went south, and Pasco was the next spot they were all going to. We expect we’ll be picking up right where we left off.” Except now at a much different — and slower — pace. Greatest The LAKER / Lutz NEWS FOR THE RECORDSales continue to move forward strongly for Pasco County communities as the housing market continues to improve. For example, Connerton has sold more than 75 homes since May, and Lennar recently announced it would build more than 100 houses on spec in its communities around the region, expecting most of them to sell before the construction is even completed.HitsSleeping Pasco communities reawakened with new homes

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ManionOriginally published Jan. 30The trees in the medians on a stretch of U.S. 41 in Lutz are staying — at least for now. Besides putting away the chainsaws, the county also offered an olive branch to pacify an angry crowd gathered at the Lutz Community Center on Jan. 24. “I apologize that the county government didn’t reach out to you earlier because it’s not the way we want to conduct business,” deputy county administrator Lucia Garsys told a crowd of roughly 100 to 150 people. “Where did we goof? We goofed because we didn’t get to you in advance to have this conversation way before these trees were marked,” Garsys said. She asked the community to give the county time to work things out, and she asked for the community’s help in finding a solution. “I am here to say that we need to figure out a way to work together,” Garsys said. For their part, speakers made it plain they oppose the removal of the trees. They also voiced skepticism about the county’s sincerity. The county’s conciliatory tone followed its initial plan to chop down the trees without public input. Crews had marked trees within the medians of U.S. 41. Some trees have orange ribbons indicating they should be spared, and some have orange Xs to show they should be cut. Lutz residents began asking questions when they noticed the markings on Jan. 11. The county initially planned to begin chopping down the trees on Jan. 14. But it put the brakes on that plan after residents found out what was going on and peppered the county with complaints. Instead of taking the trees down, the county scheduled the community meeting. Garsys provided some background on the issue at the meeting. The county signed an agreement roughly 15 years ago to maintain the trees, she said. At the time, the county intended to partner with volunteer groups to provide the maintenance. That could not be accomplished, however, because the volunteers were unable to meet requirements set by the Florida Department of Transportation. In November, the county decided it was going to return maintenance to the FDOT. When the FDOT learned the county was backing away from the maintenance agreement, it identified 80-plus trees that would need to be removed and about 50 that could stay, according to Jim V. Moulton Jr., director of transportation operations for District 7 of the FDOT. “The Department of Transportation is not in the position to maintain those landscaped areas,” Moulton said. “That’s not what our budget covers. Our budget is for mowing grassed areas.” So, the county marked the trees and planned to cut down dozens before residents noticed and rebelled. Their anger was apparent at the Jan. 24 meeting. “I’m not a tea party guy, but I don’t trust anything you all say,” Lutz resident John Hodges said. “These people pay a lot of money in taxes. For the dollars, the people here in Lutz, they don’t get their money’s worth, in my opinion. … You want involvement in government? You got involvement in government.” Mike White, founder and president of the Lutz Citizen Coalition, echoed Hodges’ sentiments. “There is a distrust, and truthfully there has not been a whole lot of effort on your part to resolve that,” he said. “There’s a huge disconnect on multiple levels.” Jan Smith recalled that the trees were planted to provide visual relief from the ugly six-lane highway that was pushed through the community. Gaye Townsend, who has been active on Lutz issues for decades, insisted that the county has an obligation to maintain the trees. She cited an agreement made in 1997. “It is legal and it’s binding,” Townsend said. Ron Stoy, also active in Lutz issues for decades, urged community members to remain involved. “This is a political problem. That’s all it is,” he said. “It’s a matter of showing up here today and showing people we’re serious about our community.” Mary Danielewicz-Bryon, a certified arborist, urged officials to keep the trees. She said the trees are planted in a large enough area, are doing well and were planted to replace trees that were removed to construct the road. Beyond that, they provide many benefits, including beauty, she said. “They create a sense of place. Don’t remove our sense of place,” the arborist said. While the community appears willing to help, using volunteers doesn’t seem to be an option. Moulton noted that the FDOT has standards for who can maintain the medians, with a focus on safety for the people doing the work as well as motorists. Allowing teenage volunteers, or even older ones, to maintain the medians would not be wise, Moulton said. “It’s just not safe. You need to have professionals,” he said. State Sen. John Legg, R-Lutz, summed up the session, which lasted more than two hours, in this way, “You’ve heard the old saying, ‘Don’t mess with Texas.’ Don’t mess with Lutz.” He told the crowd that he heard the county, the community and the FDOT say that they want to work something out. The crowd’s reaction to Legg’s assessment of the FDOT’s attitude indicated that they didn’t agree, but Legg pressed on that he thinks the state roads agency will cooperate. Legg also told residents they shouldn’t be too concerned about how long it takes to find a solution — as long as the county continues to maintain the median landscaping in the meantime.Lutz residents turn out to save trees Greatest The LAKER / Lutz NEWS FOR THE RECORDThe community’s outpouring of support for trees in the medians on U.S. 41 in Lutz prompted Hillsborough County officials to back away from a plan to chop them down. At a community meeting at the end of October, the county assured residents that the trees will stay.Hits FILE PHOTOTrees in a median along U.S. 41 in Lutz will stay, at least for now. Hillsborough County officials pledged to work with the community on finding median maintenance solutions.

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By Michael HinmanOriginally published Oct. 2Kris Keppel is never one to give up. Always a fighter in his 20 years as a coach of the Land O’ Lakes High School cross-country team, he now is facing an even tougher battle — pancreatic cancer — and his team, school and community are rallying around him to notch yet another big win. “Life has definitely turned on a dime,” said Karen DeHaas, the coach of the Gators’ girls’ cross-country team. Better known as “Mima” to the runners because of her granddaughter’s influence on the team, DeHaas was one of the first to find out about Keppel’s diagnosis just a little more than two weeks ago. “I cried so much,” DeHaas said. “You don’t know how much I cried. I’d be lost without him.” Breaking the news to the rest of the team was hard, especially when Keppel could not be at his first cross-country event in the two decades he’s been a coach. But he was still there, thanks to technology, as he watched the first runners cross the finish line thanks to a FaceTime video feed from someone’s smart phone. The runners, who have never felt abandoned by Keppel over all these years, were going to stand by him, too. Two of DeHaas’ runners, Carolyn Estrella and Mary-Kathryn Guenette, got together and designed “I run for Keppel” T-shirts. Complete with a purple ribbon, representative of those who are fighting pancreatic cancer, the girls have already raised more than $1,000 for Keppel’s family. And they plan to add even more. “Coach Keppel always cancelled doctor’s appointments in the past just so he doesn’t miss practice, so when he didn’t cancel one appointment for a practice, we knew something was wrong,” said Estrella, a junior at Land O’ Lakes High School. “The next day after that missed practice, we found out he had cancer. It was hard for all of us.” Estrella and Guenette had 100 shirts printed right away, which the entire crosscountry team donned in his honor last Friday, and DeHaas is confident that the two can actually sell more than 1,000 after it’s all said and done. Each one costs $15, and the proceeds go to Keppel.“There are so many coaches that have already stepped up,” DeHaas said. “We have this big invitational coming up, and I have had phone calls from coaches in Brandon, Tampa, Hernando, all the surrounding counties. I can’t believe all the compassion and support that I have received from all these coaches.”For Guenette, the cancer diagnosis hit closer to home. Her younger brother, Spencer, battled brain cancer at a very young age. But he also proved that the fight is quite winnable, and now at 14, is in remission.“I know what the Keppels are going through right now, and it’s a tough time,” Guenette said. “My parents were really proud that we stepped up and made a difference (for Keppel). It’s a good way of coping.”There is no such thing as an “easy” cancer to be afflicted with, but pancreatic cancer is aggressive. In 2013, the American Cancer Society estimates that more than 45,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, evenly split between men and women. Treatment ranges from chemotherapy and radiation to surgery. All of that will require a lot of attention and energy on Keppel’s part, but DeHaas knows that he’ll still find a way to influence the runners he has led for so many years. “He’s hoping that even if he has to be pushed in a wheelchair, he’s going to be out there watching regionals,” DeHaas said. “I told him he could use my chair, which has a big umbrella on it to protect him from the sun. Either way, if there is any chance he can make it out there, he’ll be there.” The “I run for Keppel” shirts are available to the general public as well, with proceeds benefitting the Keppel family. To order, email carolyn011jr@hotmail.com — that’s “carolyn” followed by a zero, two ones and “jr” — or visit the athletics department social media page at Facebook.com/lolhsgators.Your Neighborhood Sports Source Community SportsCommunity Sports After cancer diagnosis, community runs for Keppel MICHAEL HINMAN/STAFF Land O’ Lakes’ girls cross-country coach Karen DeHaas, center, better known as ‘Mima’ to her runners, provided encouragement to Carolyn Estrella on left, and Mary-Kathryn Guenette, after they came up with the idea of selling T-shirts to support Coach Kris Keppel as he fights pancreatic cancer. By Michael MurilloOriginally published Oct. 9Everything was in place for a successful year for Land O’ Lakes High School crosscountry team: High expectations, skilled runners and a dedicated coach with decades of experience under his belt. The runners were optimistic and prepared for whatever they had to face on the various courses. Unfortunately, nobody was prepared for Coach Kris Keppel’s recent pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Now the man who hadn’t missed a competition in 20 years of coaching has been forced to miss practices and meets, leaving the team stunned and concerned. “I was just shocked, and I think the rest of the team was, too,” said Tyler Stahl, one of the team’s top runners. “ You feel like if you’ve been through something like this before — like with Steven — there’s no way it could happen again.” “Steven” is Steven Barnebei, a cross-country athlete who was diagnosed with brain cancer in his junior season. After emergency surgery and dozens of radiation doses, Barnebei has returned to the sport in his senior year with a cancer-free diagnosis and a determination to compete at a high level. That experience was emotionally taxing for the team last year. And now, after rallying around their teammate, the runners now have to rally around their coach. Since the diagnosis, it’s the experienced runners who have stepped up to lead the team. Stahl and Travis Nichols — seniors, team captains and state qualifiers last year — are getting a lot of support from parents and Rick Moody, a friend of Keppel’s with experience coaching Olympic athletes. But they know that to keep things running smoothly, they have to demonstrate real leadership both on and off the courses. “We’ve had to really step up in keeping our team focused on post-season goals, and keeping them from being discouraged from the setbacks,” Nichols said. That means coaching teammates in practice and keeping them focused and upbeat during events. Keppel still guides the team by sending out workouts and goal times via email, and the team leaders know that everyone wants to succeed for him. “The team is staying pretty focused and we just keep saying that they need to work hard and perform well for coach,” Stahl said. Working hard and performing well was commonplace when Keppel was at every practice and competition, and it’s carrying over in his absence: The team placed third in the 2013 Gator Invitational Oct. 5 at Crews Lake Park. At the event, the top times were nearly dominated by Land O’ Lakes runners. Nichols took first place, Stahl took third and teammate Jake Poore finished fourth. All three broke the 17-minute mark easily. Both Stahl and Nichols share optimism for the rest of the year, and look forward to having their coach back as soon as possible. And while it might seem difficult to keep running and stay focused while missing their leader, nobody is letting up or lowering their goals because Coach Keppel isn’t able to be there right now. In fact, Stahl said he’s been able to improve his concentration in the face of the team’s recent adversity. “I think it is actually easier to focus on running after hearing about” Keppel’s diagnosis, Stahl said. “I have more of an incentive to work hard and do well than before. I want to make him proud.” Greatest The LAKER / Lutz NEWS FOR THE RECORDT-shirt sales continue to go strong, even two months later, with more than $3,000 raised for Kris Keppel. Even more were sold during the 20th annual Flapjack 5k that Keppel hosts every year in Land O’ Lakes. Anyone wishing to get a shirt can still order them. Just reach out to Carolyn Estrella at carolyn011jr@hotmail.com. Hits Greatest The LAKER / Lutz NEWS FOR THE RECORDThe boys cross-country team placed first all the way up to regionals. At the state meet, three senior runners — Travis Nichols, Tyler Stahl and Jake Poore — made it to the all-star team. Coach Kris Keppel reportedly said that it’s the best season he’s ever had in all his years of coaching. And not to leave out the girls crosscountry team, they finished as runner-up in districts, falling short of first place by just four points. Most of the varsity team set their personal records at this meet, and finished strong at regionals.HitsRunners take over for Keppel on the track Kris Keppel OBCAD-2-4.875x3.75-A-GRY-1113Insurance underwritten by Freedom Life Insurance Company of America / National Foundation Life Insurance Company Confused About Healthcare? We Can HelpAs a Licensed Agent, I can: Talk with you about your options Help you find affordable benefits Custom tailor your coverage to fit your needs & your budgetContact me for a FREE consultationEd Klaameyer( 813 ) 318-1012edwin.klaameyer@ushadvisors.com www.LakerLutzNews.com January 1, 201420

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By Michael MurilloOriginally published Oct. 2When Wesley Chapel District Park opened in 2007, the county hoped that residents would use the 140-plus acres for a variety of activities. And they have. Football, baseball, softball, basketball, lacrosse, cheerleading and soccer draw thousands of participants each year. The park has become a magnet for local youth sports, and that’s considered a good thing.Only now it might be too much of a good thing. Overcrowding is creating a difficult situation for concurrent activities, but a few fields also need repair, and that means even less space for everyone. As a result, some participants have been pushed out of the area altogether until the repair work is done: Eight soccer teams and 120 players now have their practices and games at the Samuel W. Pasco Recreation Complex in Zephyrhills. That extra 20-mile round trip can be a challenge to participating families, despite the fact that they paid a convenience fee to park at the Wesley Chapel Park. Jeff Olsen, a soccer coach whose daughter now plays in Zephyrhills, says the situation is anything but convenient. “It places a burden on the families. There’s lost time as a family, there’s lost time for homework,” he said. “There’s an extra rush on the evening schedule and extra costs for gas. So there’s a burden there.” The teams started their season on Aug. 1 and estimated they’d be displaced for about six weeks. But more than two months later, there’s still no timetable for return. Aside from the inconvenience, playing outside Wesley Chapel can impact the area’s reputation regarding youth soccer. Gil Gonzalez, a coach who also leads public relations efforts for the Wesley Chapel Soccer Club, says local parents want their children to play locally. If their first taste of local youth sports is a lot of inconvenience, it affects their impression of the organization. “I think the biggest impact, in my opinion, is for newer parents, who don’t have the background in terms of understanding that this is really a temporary issue,” he said. “But if we have new parents and new players, I think it creates a negative experience for them.” If word of mouth is negative as a result of those experiences, families might start considering competing programs for their children. If not resolved, those issues could affect recruiting and the program’s ability to grow. The displaced teams aren’t the only ones dealing with issues related to overcrowding, Gonzalez said. The players and teams who are still at the park have to contend with their own problems. Scheduling can be a challenge, with some teams dealing with later practices. The games themselves also are affected: Gonzalez said that matches are so close together that parents cheering at one game might have to duck incoming soccer balls from a nearby contest. Throw in some long walks due to crowded parking lots, and it’s a situation everyone hopes is resolved quickly. Unfortunately, predicting how and when the county will provide a satisfactory resolution is a bit more difficult. Interest and participation in youth sports has increased since the park opened, while related budgets have decreased. According to the Wesley Chapel Soccer Club, the county has decreased park and recreational spending by more than 28 percent since 2006. Still, Gonzalez — whose daughter also now practices in Zephyrhills — is hopeful that there will be both short-term solutions (resodded fields at Wesley Chapel District Park) and long-term solutions (more space) on the horizon, whenever that may be. “I think what will happen is there will be continued discussions for the county to acquire additional property near the district park to expand it as well,” he said. If there’s a silver lining, it might be that player interest in soccer hasn’t really waned as a result of the extra challenges. Olsen said that even those who have to play in Zephyrhills still enjoy the sport and the competition. “Do they mind? They like to play,” Olsen said. “But nobody wants to take a 30-minute drive out there when the rains start coming down, then take a 30-minute drive home.” By Michael MurilloOriginally published Sept. 18When Brian Vaile took over as coach of the boys swim team at Land O’ Lakes High School this year, he saw a lot of things he liked: A dual-meet winning streak spanning more than a decade, a few very talented athletes, and an interest in maintaining a strong program. But it was the one thing that was missing that worried him: Swimmers. As in, not enough swimmers to field a competitive team. “Unfortunately, you could win first place in every event and still lose the meet,” said Vaile, who has more than 15 years experience as a swim coach. In high school swimming, teams need more than just the fastest athlete in the pool. They need enough competitors to challenge for the secondand third-place spots and collect those points as well. Otherwise, a team could win individual competitions but still lose the overall contest if their opponent takes the points associated with the other places. And without enough swimmers to challenge for those spots, Vaile knew his team would face a lot of disappointment no matter how fast they swam: The school’s win streak would evaporate and be replaced with a season of frustration. With just seven experienced swimmers on the roster — and needing to increase those numbers quickly — Vaile called upon his team to recruit others to join the cause. And the team responded; the Land O’ Lakes boys swim team now has 12 members. While Vaile would have liked 16 swimmers, the Gators have enough to compete in their meets. And he feels good about where the team is headed this season. “I’m a science teacher. I look at it like an atom: We have a really good nucleus,” he said. “You’ve got seven strong swimmers who can swim almost any stroke or event you ask them to.” And with the added depth, they can work toward keeping their winning streak intact. That streak is important to the team, but it’s a source of family pride for Cam Hilgenberg. The senior has been with the team since his freshman year, but he’s not the first of his family to swim for Land O’ Lakes. His brother Craig was on the team when its dual-match streak began back in 2000. Another brother, Curt, kept it going after him. His mother, Robin, even coaches the girls swim team. So a lack of numbers that threatened the Gators’ winning ways had Hilgenberg worried. “At the end of last year we weren’t sure what was going to happen,” he said. “Even at the beginning of this year, until the week before (the first meet), I was still pretty nervous.” Hilgenberg is the youngest of his siblings to compete for the Gators. “I’m the last Hilgenberg,” he said. “I’m just trying not to blow the winning streak.” As one of the team’s leaders and top swimmers, Hilgenberg did his part to boost their numbers: A member of the school’s baseball team, he recruited one of the pitchers to compete in the pool as well. And along with the other experienced swimmers, he helps guide and advise the new members, working on techniques and providing pep talks when necessary. That work has paid off. The team has won all their meets so far, and the members have confidence as they complete the schedule. “I think if we keep on the same path as we’re on right now, I think we’ll do pretty well,” Hilgenberg said. Vaile wants to prepare the swimmers for conference, district and state competitions, but he still has an eye on the dual-meet schedule. He said they’ve defeated some quality opponents and still have challenges on the schedule, but he feels confident the streak won’t end under his first season as coach. “I think it’s safe for the rest of this year,” he said. Greatest The LAKER / Lutz NEWS FOR THE RECORDRelief isn’t expected to come anytime soon. After a heated debate a few weeks after this story ran, the Pasco County Commission chose to move forward with the construction of artificial turf fields to help with tourism, rather than build several more grass fields. “They would rather have five grass fields than two artificial fields,” Commissioner Jack Mariano said of the people who use the park. Yet, the county’s tourist development administrator, Ed Caum, said he can’t market grass fields to outside groups.HitsAll hands on deck: Swimmers scramble to compete at elite level FILE PHOTORepair work at Wesley Chapel District Park has gone on longer than expected, with the commute to Zephyrhills creating concerns about attracting new players to the various recreational sports there.Overcrowding creates challenges at park SPORTS

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