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LAKERLUTZNEWS.COMThe LAKER WESLEY CHAPEL/NEW TAMPA EDITION The LAKERFreeOCTOBER 3, 2018 Auto Accident? Slip and Fall? FREE CONSULTATIONNo Fees Or Costs Unless You Win Walk-Ins 18920 N. Dale Mabry Hwy Ste 101 Lutz, FL (Corner of Sunlake & Dale Mabry) HOLLIDAY KARATINOSLAW FIRM, P.L. I Will Aggressively Fight To Protect Your Legal RightsŽCall AttorneyJIM HOLLIDAY813-868-1887 CORNERSTONEPROS.COM813-990-0561 $25 OFF SERVICE REPAIRA/C, Plumbing or Electrical $39.95 Service callMon-Fri 7am-5pm LK/LZ LK/LZ Same-Day Service Free 2nd Opinion* Free Estimates** 24/7 Emergency**Free estimates for new A/C, water heater, water treatment, whole home generators, whole home repipe and electrical panel upgrade. *Free second opinion with written diagnosis from another company.CAC1816647 CFC1428982 EC0001103 Must present coupon. cannot be per visit. exp10/31/18. 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They also can do it at Flor ida Hospital Center Ice, at 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. Rink instructor and Tampa Bay Curling Club member John Drysdale, left, talk s about broom technique during a Learn to Curl session at Florida Hospital Center Ice. Equipment is provided for the four-week sessio ns held on Wednesday mornings throughout the year. There are also lessons available after league play on Saturday evenings. To find out mo re, call Drysdale at (813) 618-9889. By B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.comThe Pasco County Commission is considering changes to its mobility fee rate structure, which could lead to higher rates in a couple of categories by virtue of removing discounts they now receive. The update also calls for lowering fees in seven land-use categories, and changing the fee charged for residential development in rural areas on lots of 5 acres or more. Mobility fees are based on the transportation impacts caused by new development, which is typically expressed in the number of trips the development generates, as well as the length of the trips it creates, according to Bill Oliver, of W.E. Oliver P.E., LLC, the county’s consultant on the mobility fee update. The mobility fees are charged to new construction. Currently, the mobility fee for a new single family home is $9,800 in the rural district; $8,570 in the suburban district; and, $5,835 in the urban district. During a Sept. 25 workshop, a majority of commissioners agreed that removing a 7 percent incentive for apartments in the county’s urban fee district would not pose any problems for the county. Commissioner Mike Moore urged his colleagues to drop that incentive. “It’s no secret, my frustration, on every corner and every street, we’re putting up apartments,” Moore said. “We don’t need any more high-end apartment complexes on 54 and 56, in that corridor. So, why would we incentivize them?” “We’re talking about taking up valuable land, frontage of (State Roads) 54/56, that could be job creators, and they’re getting filled with apartment complex after apartment complex and storage facility after storage facility, and it’s getting crazy. See MOBILITY, page11A Pasco considers mobility fee rate updateBy Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comIt’s fitting Karen Coss teaches AP Human Geography and World Cultural Geography at Land O’ Lakes High School. After all, she has visited 16 countries on six continents. “I like to travel,” said Coss, who also teaches psychology at the high school. Her most recent international stop came this past summer, in South Korea. The trip was part of a teaching fellowship through the Korean War Legacy Foundation. Coss was one of just 30 teachers selected for the fellowship, which took place the last week of July. According to the foundation, the fellowship “focused on building a deeper understanding of the Korean Peninsula’s rich history, its simultaneous achievements of rapid economic development and democratization, and close friendship with the United States” through visits to key historical sites, museums, and conversations with Korean teachers and students. The trip marked the teacher’s first visit to Asia, and her first fellowship. “It was a whirlwind, but absolutely amazing, to be able to go,” she said. “They really did get to show us so much of Korea. To do as much as we did in five days was amazing.” The trip’s high point, for Coss, was visiting the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a 160mile border that has divided North and South Korea for more than 60 years since the end of the Korean War. Fellows were allowed special access to the border area and were able to stand feet away from North Korea near where interKorean summits take place. Coss quipped she actually stepped foot in North Korea — for about 10 minutes. Of course, she and other fellows were safely secured by South Korean guards in the zone’s joint security area. “It certainly didn’t disappoint,” Coss said, of visiting the border. “The DMZ was amazing,” she said, adding she’s sure her visit there will figure into future lessons she delivers to her students. As an educator, Coss also valued the opportunity to meet with Korean teachers and gain some insight into the country’s education system. Her group visited Seoul Digitech High School, a school for gifted students known for its technology and graphic design programs. While there, fellows tested out a virtual reality video game built by students. They were also given a comic book that students made. “We knew we were going to meet some teachers in Korea, but we did not know that we were actually going to visit a school, so that was real cool,” Coss said. During the visit, the Land O’ Lakes teacher discovered school days in South Korea are much longer than in the States, oftentimes from 8 a.m. until as late as 10 p.m., five days a week. Coss learned that classes in South Korea finish around dinnertime, but most students typically remain at school through the evening to work on various assignments and projects, or get help from teachers. Fellows, too, were introduced to Korean history and culture across the weeklong trip. That portion included stops at the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History in Seoul and the Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty built in 1395. They also stayed at a Buddhist temple on Gangwha Island near Incheon — the trip’s “unexpected highlight, by far,” Coss said. At the temple, fellows learned about a monk’s daily life, practiced meditation and had a special question-and-answer session with the head monk of the monastery. They dressed in traditional monk garb and made prayer bead bracelets during the stay.See KOREA, page11A COURTESY OF KAREN COSSLand O Lakes High School geography teacher Karen Coss was among teachers selected to be a Korean War Legacy Foundation fellow over the summer. Forensics research center expected to break new groundBy Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comConstruction is now underway in Land O’ Lakes on a forensics and training facility that will offer a collaborative resource for universities, forensic scientists and law enforcement. Ground was broken during a Sept. 19 ceremony for the K9 Tactical Center/Florida’s Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactics, or F.I.R.S.T for short. The complex will be next to the Adam Kennedy Memorial Forensics Field, otherwise known as the “body farm” that sits on 5 acres next to the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center, off U.S. 41. The forensics research and training center will strive to improve crime scene operations and investigations in the realm of homicides, missing persons cases and so on. It will include a laboratory for research and forensic casework, classrooms, a morgue and evidence storage. The educational focus will be on forensics, anthropology, geochemistry, legal medicine, forensic intelligence, aviation reconstruction and cyber forensics. Technology, too, will play a major role in the research, including virtual autopsies with 3-D scanning and chemical isotope analysis. The K-9 portion of the project, meanwhile, will be the first time Pasco has had a dedicated facility for tactical training for the K-9 unit, the Pasco Unified SWAT team and sheriff’s deputies. When completed, the F.I.R.S.T campus also will house training facilities in the arenas of cybersecurity and unmanned vehicles. The $4.3 million state-funded project is expected to be complete by late 2019. Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco said the campus — particularly the forensic anthropology “body farm” fields — will have international draw, because of the location’s subtropical climate. The sheriff also said the facility overall will advance national policies for public safety, in the realm of forensics, K-9 tactics, crisis management, design thinking and so on.See FORENSICS, page11A Teacher broadens her horizons through a fellowship in Korea B INSIDE, PAGE 1B


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The second segment focuses on writing. Forum participants play an interactive role — with each author sharing copies of his or her work and reading for the group. Between readings, group members offer suggestions to help the author enhance his or her skills. Tammy Kennedy was a first-time visitor to the writers forum. “I had to go through something so awful,” she told the group, referring to some difficult childhood experiences. Kennedy, who wrote the books, “From Rubble to Royalty” and “Jingles Lost Her Jingle,” said she has used writing as an outlet for dealing with domestic abuse she experienced as a child. She hopes her work will inspire others who have had similar experiences. She recently self-published “Lil’ J Lost His Jam.” She said it has been difficult to get exposure for the book because of its subject matter on child abuse. Nanian, who is an author herself and has attended several writing forums, had a wealth of information to share. She told the writers it’s important to identify the genre of literature they’re creating and to be aware of the audience they’re seeking to reach. When it comes to social issues, she said, “colleges are a great place to approach.” Nanian also advised beginners to “build credibility” by sending short stories or poems to magazines for publication. Doing this puts one in direct contact with an editor, without the use of an agent. Forum member Jack Olson is a photographer, who has experience sailing overseas. He said he intends to publish his writings as a keepsake for his family. Olson said he doesn’t feel qualified to offer feedback. But, those taking part in the forum are encouraged to kindly point out errors or ways to polish up each other’s work, to foster better writing. So, as forum members shared their work, they exchanged suggestions, such as avoiding too much detail, steering clear of repetition, using precise language and creating more emotional depth in characters. “Whenever you introduce it [author’s work] to the group, you actually get criticism and learn from it,” said Eugene Bozeman, who shared his poem about a newborn baby’s perception of birth. The topics that writers tackle range widely. While Bozeman wrote poetry about a newborn baby, Bonnie Nye’s story focused on a girl falsely accused of murder in the late 1970s. The writers said their interest in writing developed at different stages in their lives. Some said creating literature did not become appealing until later in their lives. Others developed a love for language quite early. Kara Teresi knew she had a passion for writing since elementary school. “This is my destiny, this is my identity – to be a writer,” she said. “That’s why I’m here.” The forum is open to the public. It welcomes anyone who wants to share and improve their writing — whether they are professionals, just starting out, or somewhere in between. For more information, contact Marjorie Nanian at (248) 231-7167 or BRIAN FERNANDESEast Pasco Writers Forum participants for the Sept. 13 meeting were, seated from left: Eugene Bozeman, Kim Fleming, Tammy Kennedy and Kara Teresi; and, standing from left: Jack Olson, Marjorie Nanian, Bonnie Nye and Marilyn Miller. If you goEast Pasco Writers ForumWHERE: Country Aire Manor clubhouse, 10249 U.S. 98 in Dade CityWHEN:The club meets on the second Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon.DETAILS:Members and visitors share their own works and offer suggestions to help each other hone writing skillsCOST:FreeINFO: Contact Marjorie Nanian at (248) 231-7167 or COURTESY OF PASCO COUNTYPasco CountyCommissioner Mike Moore, who represents District 2, joins Grand Oaks residents and HOA members at the now-activated, traffic signal at Wesley Chapel Boulevard and Grand Oaks Boulevard.The Laker/Lutz News Staff ReportA traffic signal has been installed at the intersection of Grand Oaks and Wesley Chapel boulevards, and a ribbon-cutting was held on Sept. 20 to celebrate. Increased area traffic prompted the installation of the signal, according to a Pasco County news release. “We are pleased to announce this latest traffic improvement on the east side of the county,” said Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore, in the release. “We worked closely with our neighbors in the Grand Oaks subdivision to develop and fund a safer traffic solution for this growing area,” said Moore, who represents District 2 on the commission.New traffic signal installed at Grand Oaks


COURTESY OF RICHARD K. RILEY Sister Helen Lange, a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Florida in Saint Leo, celebrated her 105th birthday on Sept. 28. There were 75 guests at the party, including three relatives, according to Cheryl Chadick, development assistant for the Benedicting Sisters of Florida. The relatives who came to the party were Sister Helens cousin, Joan Schmidt, from Brandon; and, her niece, Monica Shotsie Keyes, who traveled from Salem, Virginia. Keyes was accompanied by her daughter, Stefanie Martin, who is Sister Helens grandniece. Kym Hoerr honored Sister Helen with three dozen roses, Chadick added. The party was a huge success. Sister Helen looked beautiful, as usual, Chadick said. The festivities were held at Heritage Park Health and Rehabilitation Center in Dade City. Sister Helen, formerly known as Laurina Lange, was still a teenager when she traveled by train from Texas to Florida to pursue the religious life, according to an Aug. 17, 2016 Laker/Lutz News report. The year was 1930, and she was accompanied by four of her cousins Irma Multer, Pauline Block, and Rosaria and Rosanna Matthiesen. They, too, had decided to answer Gods call. She recounted many of her experiences in a memoir she wrote called Kicking the Habit. In the account, she describes growing up on a farm in Olfen, Texas. Her family prayed often, enjoyed making music, and had frequent gatherings with friends and relatives, her memoir says. One of her favorite times of the year was Easter. Holy Week was truly Holy Week. There were no radios, no running around, no dancing or partying, her memoir says. On Holy Saturday, all of us kids were sent out to pick flowers to build Easter nests for the bunny to come. While we were out hunting the flowers, little did we know that mom was busy dying the eggs which we never saw until Easter morning. We made small nests with the wildflowers we picked out in the fields. On Easter Sunday morning, we all tumbled out of bed to see what the Easter bunny had brought. There were eggs of all colors neatly laying in our nest of flowers. What a beautiful day! She enjoyed shopping days with her mother, her memoir reports. Once the necessary items for the household were purchased, she and her mother would stop by the drugstore for an ice cream soda. They only cost 25 cents back then, her account says. Another favorite treat was a chocolate bar with marshmallows and nuts. This was called a Tango. It was only five cents, the memoir adds. Of course, living on a farm required hard work. There was cotton to chop, cotton to pick, maize to head, tractors to run, cotton to haul to the gin, repairs to be done. Too many chores to mention, the book recounts. And, she attribute her familys deep faith as a key influence in her decision to pursue the religious life. Over the years, Sister Helen would be a teacher, a band director and a principal. She would oversee a hostel for visitors from other countries. And, later, she would work in elder care. She also moved around quite a bit. Her first assignment took her back to Texas, but she also worked in New Orleans and Slidell, Louisiana, and in various parts of Florida, including San Antonio, Venice, Sarasota, North Miami, Ocala and Jacksonville Beach. 3A SUBSCRIPTIONS: The Laker/Lutz News is a free newspaper distributed to 44,800 homes and businesses in Pasco and Hillsborough counties. Mail subscriptions are sold to cover postage cost: $40/3 months, $80/6 months, $160/12 months. DELIVERY PROBLEMS:If you do not receive your paper, or want to stop home delivery, email Or, to stop delivery, go to www.lak, select About tab and complete Opt Out form. 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4A FAMILY NIGHTUnity North Tampa will host a Family Night on Oct. 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at its new location, at 19520 Holly Lane in Lutz. Families get together the first Friday of the month for a potluck supper and activities, including games, art, construction toys and more, for toddlers through teens and accompanying adults. Everyone is welcome. For information, call (813) 9484884.BOOK BAZAARThe Friends of the Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host a book bazaar Oct. 5 and Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a diverse selection of books, audio and video media, magazines, and related materials, for a modest cost. For information, call (352) 567-3576.OUTDOOR MOVIEThe Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce will host an outdoor movie night, Cinema Under the Stars, Oct. 5 at Land O Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O Lakes Blvd., featuring the film Hocus Pocus. Admission is free. Concession items will be available for purchase.WOMANS CLUBThe Womans Club of Zephyrhills will meet Oct. 5 at noon, at the clubhouse, 38545 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills. Lunch will be served. There also will be an unveiling of a new Little Free Library, which will be installed in co-op with the New River Library. The club is open to ages 18 and older. For information, email Becky Finley at PARTY FUNDRAISERLucas Magazine will host The Black Honkeys Halloween Spooktacular Dance Party on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m., at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., in New Port Richey, to benefit Pasco Kids First. Wear a costume. There will be a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle and a photo booth. The cost is $50 per person and includes dinner, and a sweets and treats dessert table. A vegetarian option will be available. For information, call Yvette Behmer at (727) 849-5353.THE MUSIC OF PRINCEThe USF Sun Dome will host U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. The show will feature a live band performing alongside a full symphony orchestra, highlighting Prince hits, as well as his lesser-known music. For tickets, call (800) 745-3000.YARD SALE FUNDRAISEROld Spring Lake Community Center/Museum, 4184 Spring Lake Highway in Brooksville, will host its annual yard sale fundraiser Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a variety of vendors and a food truck. Proceeds will help pay utilities and other needs to keep the building up and running. At the end of the year, the center/museum also donates $500 to the needy. For information, call (813) 363-3535.AUDUBON SOCIETYThe West Pasco Audubon Society will meet Oct. 6 at J.B. Starkey Wilderness Park Education Center, 10500 Wilderness Road in New Port Richey. At 8 a.m., there will be a morning nature walk. At 10:30 a.m., there will be a Beginning Birding: Introduction to Birding class. The program at 11 a.m., will be Northern Parula Story, presented by Ken Tracey. For information, email J. Mike Kell at, or visit HOUSE PARTYThe Straz Center for the Performing Arts will host an Open House Party on Oct. 6 from noon to 4 p.m., at 1010 N. MacInnes Place in Tampa. There will be entertainment, including DJ Cutty Jones, the Opera Tampa Singers and local performers; an unveiling of the new Art on the Walk exhibit, with live painting by local artists; and, a KidZone with face painting, games, crafts and a few surprises. There also will be a gourmet popsicle truck, backstage tours, a musical bench and Fin Harp.SAUCY SPOOKTACULARThe Main Ingredient, 1903 Collier Parkway in Lutz, will host Saucy Spooktacular Oct. 6 starting at noon. There will be a live cooking demo from the Eat Up Show from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; the Saucy Queen Michele Northrup from noon to 2 p.m.; and a costume contest from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free and includes samples. For information, contact Christina Sweet at (813) 388-6472 or SAM PERFORMSSilly Sam The Music Man will perform Oct. 6 at 11 a.m., at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Rehearsal Hall. Silly Sam will bring his wind instruments, strings, percussion and electronics. Tickets start at $7.50. For information, visit FOR HOSPICEThe fall Brewfest for Hospice will take place Oct. 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Land O Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O Lakes Blvd., to benefit Gulfside Hospice. The event will feature unlimited sampling of craft beer and wine, live music, vendors, food trucks, games and more. Tickets are $25 for a single, $45 for a double or $120 for a six pack. Admission includes a souvenir cup, and access to all the vendors and music. Food trucks are an additional cost. For information and tickets, call (727) 845-5707 or WORKSHOPUnity North Tampa, 19520 Holly Lane in Lutz, will host Ignite Your Intuition, a workshop presented by Rev. Mary Lou Houllis, Oct. 7 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Participants can learn how to recognize and trust their inner voice, practice techniques for calming the body and mind, and understand the language of symbols. Suggested cost is $30. For information, call (813) 948-4884, or visit FOR A CAUSEULTA Beauty will host its annual Cut For a Cause, to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at all ULTA stores. No appointments are necessary. Walk-ins only. The salon will make available $20 cuts with flash dry, $10 facials, and $10 pink extensions, while supplies last.KIDS YOGASun Yoga Tampa, 19026 Geraci Road in Lutz, will offer kids yoga Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. Participants can learn basic poses and play games. The cost is $10 per child, $15 for two and $20 for three. Adult family members are free. For information, visit FILMCobb Grove 16 Theatres, in Wesley Chapel, will show the movie, Halloween, on Oct. 7 and Oct. 10, as part of its Flashback Cinema classic movie series. Tickets are available online at, or at the box office.INTERACTIVE CONCERTThe Florida Orchestra will perform Get Up and Move at the Glazer Childrens Museum, 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza in Tampa, Oct. 7 from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Participants can explore the minuet, tango, ballet, square dancing and more at this interactive concert. Admission is free with paid admission or membership to the museum. VIVA TAMPA FESTIVALCelebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the free ViVa Tampa Bay Hispanic Heritage Festival Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Centennial Park, 1800 E. Eighth Ave., in Tampa. There will be Latin food vendors, cultural and artisan vendors, local band performances, cultural dance exhibitions, and an award ceremony recognizing the citys most influential Hispanic leaders. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Course of Action Foundation, which provides USF students at the Muma business school with scholarships to broaden their studies. For information, visit PATCHHarvester UMC, 3432 Collier Parkway in Land O Lakes, will host its annual Playtime in the Pumpkin Patch on Oct. 9 and Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. The event is recommended for ages 2 to 8, but all are welcome. Admission is free. Pumpkins will be for sale daily from 3 p.m. to dusk, starting Oct. 1.EAST PASCO WRITERSThe East Pasco Writers Forum will meet Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon, at Country Aire Manor, 10249 U.S. 98 in Dade City. Meetings are divided into two sessions: critique of original works brought by members and visitors, and critiques of voluntary monthly writing assignments. For information, call Marjorie Nanian at (248) 231-7167.PIZZA & PJ SHABBATCongregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa, will host a Pizza & PJ Shabbat on Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. There will be guitar playing, singing, dancing and food. PJs are not required. Participants can dress comfortably. The program is recommended for ages 15 months through second grade. Family Shabbat services will take place at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person, with a $25 family maximum. RSVP by Oct. 10 by emailing MARKETThe San Antonio Farmers Market will take place Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at City Park, 12202 Main St., in San Antonio. There will be fresh produce, plants and herbs, honey, jams, jewelry, wine, baked goods, yard art and more. The market is sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Antonio.HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIRKeystone United Methodist Church, 16301 Racetrack Road in Odessa, will host a Holiday Craft Fair on Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be handmade crafts, plants, gift baskets, vendors, a bake sale, and refreshments. For information, visit LEGIONThe Lutz/Land O Lakes American Legion Post 108 will meet Oct. 13 at 9 a.m., at Harvester United Methodist Church, 2341 Collier Parkway in Land O Lakes. The Posts home building was damaged by a storm, and the group is looking to build its membership and find a new home. For information, email Ray Williams at TIMERS PICNICThe annual Old Timers Picnic will take place Oct. 13 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, Clayton Building, 36722 State Road 52 in Dade City. Anyone who has lived in Pasco County more than 20 years can attend, along with family members. Participants should bring a covered dish and their own table service. Ice tea and lemonade will be provided. Lunch service begins at noon, but guests can arrive early to talk old times. There also will be prizes and a short meeting to elect officers. For information, email Diane Jones at WANTEDBeach House Wiregrass Assisted Living & Memory Care, 30070 State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel, is looking for vendors for its Fall Festival on Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $10 a table, and all proceeds to the Alzheimers Association. For information, call (813) 508-6677. Newland Communities will host Concerts for a Cause at Bexley, 16950 Vibrant Way in Land O Lakes, to benefit Feeding Tampa Bay. All concerts are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The upcoming lineup is: Oct. 6: From Me 2 You (Top 40 dance tunes) Oct. 13: The Rhythmics (pop, funk and dance music) Oct. 20: Frequency (cover tunes) Oct. 27: Fall Festival featuring Raydio (songs from the s) The festival also will have a pumpkin patch, costume contest, face painting and food trucks. 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Brass with a Beat October 27th 5 7pm HERITAGE PARK Land O LakesFree Admission $5.00 preferred parking MOVIE AT 8:00PM BRING A CHAIR 1 mile north of downtown Dade City off US Hwy 301 at 15602 Pioneer Museum Road 33523352-567-0262 www.pioneerfloridamuseum.orgTWO SETS...10:30 A.M. AND 1:30 P.MSaturday, October 139 a.m. 5 p.m. Come Make Your Own Scarecrow! S carecrow Festival S carecrow Festival A Fun Event For The Whole Family! LIVE ON STAGE! Mr. Tommy will lead the crowd in an active, interactive, exciting and fun musical experience which includes singing, dancing and learning about music! CHECK OUT OUR EXCITING NEW CORN MAZE!(NEW THIS YEAR)PRESENTS SOLUTIONS Thrift Store SPONSORED BY Arts & Crafts Touch A Truck Photos with a Scarecrow (Ruby Cornbread) Pumpkin painting Concessions Petting Zoo sponsored by Blake Veterinary Hospital Knockerball Rock Climbing Carnival Games Pony Rides Vendors Bounce House & Slide Face Painting Pumpkin patch Barrel Train Rides with Conductor JoeFREE REMOTE PARKING in downtown Dade City at the Pasco County Judicial Courthouse located at 38053 Live Oak Ave. Shuttles will pick up and return every 30 minutes beginning at 9 am with the last shuttle to museum at 3:30 pm. FREE PARKING AT THE MUSEUM. (Mounted Posse is donations only) $10 ADULTS $5 STUDENTS UNDER 5 FREE No coolers, food or beverages allowed. NO PETS ALLOWED.(Service animals only) 5A Closer Look an advertiser Profile Discover Sugarshak Designs Special to The Laker / Lutz News When you step into Sugarshak Designs in Dade City, Goldie the stores greeter and former farm dog welcomes you with a wag of her tail and invites you to browse for that perfect gift or home decoration. Sugarshak Designs specializes in home dcor, upcycled and repurposed items, gifts, consignments, wedding and party decorations, flower arrangements, quirky signs and hats, one-of-a-kind jewelry, local honey and jelly, and handmade greeting cards. Owner Denise Scopel creates many of the items in her store, including decorating bottles, tumblers, lampshades, mannequins and much more. I enjoy making and decorating things, Scopel said. I look for things that I can either repurpose some way or upcycle, to make it different. I do wreaths, flower arrangements, horseshoes. If you show me a picture, I can usually create something pretty close to what the item is. Scopel began exhibiting and selling her creations under a tent in the outdoor market scene, and then managed someone elses store, before opening Sugarshak last spring. The stores name is a tribute to Scopels five grandchildren, who call her Sugar. I wanted a store that wasnt just antiques or purchased gifts. I wanted to have local artists items, plus repurposed and recycled, so its an all-around kind of store, said Scopel. I keep my prices low, because I want people to find something they love and be able to afford it. Unique among stores specializing in home dcor, Sugarshak has a Male Room, a space designed for items that interest and make appropriate gifts for men. We have something here for everyone, Scopel said. We created the Male Room because I wanted something for men to be able to look at and relate to while their wives are shopping. In addition to owning Sugarshak, Scopel also does planning for small weddings, and her store has a space devoted to wedding decorations. We have toasting glasses, cake knives, ring-bearer pillows and flower-girl baskets, fun things like socks for the brides fathers, tote bags for the wedding party and even little wedding signs with clever sayings, said Scopel. Scopel does as much or as little decorating and planning as a bride wants, and also helps with smaller events, such as baby showers and anniversary parties. Whatever the event, Ill set it up and make it look pretty, she said. Because Scopel wants you to feel at home in her store, she provides a comfortable couch for weary shoppers and waiting spouses. The couch also gives people a handy place to lavish attention on Goldie, the stores canine ambassador of goodwill. Goldie was my grandfathers dog, and I brought her home with me about six years ago, Scopel says. Goldie was a farm dog who lived underneath the house, and shes just the best dog ever she doesnt bark and is very friendly and laid back. Goldie may pass the day napping, but she loves her job at Sugarshak. She knows when its time to go to work, and lies by the back door waiting on me to leave, Scopel said, Shes become my mascot, and people always come in asking about Goldie. On your next visit to Dade City, be sure to visit Sugarshak, take a seat on the couch and be greeted by Goldie. And then take home something rustic, western, or just plain fun for that bare wall, bakers rack or empty end table. There's something here for everyone, and Ill bet you'll find something that you can't leave without, said Scopel. (813) 526-6631 14247 7th St Dade City HOURS: Tuesday Saturday 10am Sugarshak Designs WWW.THEGREATCATCHSEAFOOD.COM $3.00 OFF$20 OR MOREMust present coupon. Not valid on daily deals or with other coupons. Exp 10/31/18.BOGO 1/2 OFFMON-FRI IN HOUSE OR TAKE-OUT 11AM-3PM1 per table. Excludes all you can eat, senior meals, and lobster. Exp 10/31/18. 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At Obstetrics and Gynecology of Trinity our skilled and friendly team provides high quality, comprehensive and personalized medical care for women in all stages of life. Services include routine gynecological and pregnancy care, family planning and surgical procedures. Our physicians are especially skilled in the areas of minimally invasive surgical procedures, including those utilizing the daVinci robot. We are located on the campus of Medical Center of Trinity, just 15 minutes west of the Suncoast Expressway on State Road 54. Nay Hoche, MD, MSc, FACOG Malieri Colon-Rivera, MD, FACOG Jenny Buck, MD, FACOG FREE FLU CLINICSFlorida Hospital Centra Care will host two free flu shot community clinics. Oct. 4 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Citrus Park Centra Care, 6930 Gunn Highway in Tampa Oct. 8 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Carrollwood Centra Care, 4001 W. Linebaugh Ave., Tampa BIRTH CENTER TOURSSt. Josephs Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will offer birth center tours at 1 p.m., on Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, in its Labor & Delivery Unit. The tour is designed to introduce the services available to the entire family and is an opportunity to have questions answered. To register, call (813) 443-2046.TROUBLESHOOTING DIABETESSt. Josephs Diabetes Center will offer a free three-week course on Troubleshooting Diabetes at St. Marks Episcopal Church, 13312 Cain Road in Tampa. Classes are at 6 p.m., on Oct. 9, Oct. 16 and Oct. 23. Week 1 will address target values and the factors that can affect them. Week 2 will cover diet concerns, pitfalls and myths. And, Week 3 will be a workshop to guide you on how to partner with your diabetes health care team for optimal results. To register, call (813) 870-4995.BREAST-FEEDING SUPPORTSt. Josephs Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will offer a breast-feeding support group Oct. 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., in Garden Classroom B. Admission is free. To register, call (813) 443-2046.MARTIAL ARTS & SELF-DEFENSEPasco-Hernando State College will offer a Martial Arts and Self-Defense course for health care professionals starting Oct. 9. The course will be offered through six two-hour classes (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) at the PHSC West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road in New Port Richey. Martial Artist Master James Rivera will teach how workers can protect themselves and safeguard their clients. Caregivers and community members also can participate. Participants can learn the principles of the techniques to prevent injury and will receive 1.2 continuing education credits. To register, call (727) 816-3123, or email HEALTHFlorida Hospital Wesley Chapel will offer Whats Going on Down There? as part of its Pelvic Health Series, Oct. 10 at noon, at Inspiration Place, Wellness Plaza, third floor. The discussion will include how to take care of yourself after childbirth and beyond. Topics will be urinary incontinence, pelvic pain and back pain. To preregister, please visit OF A CHILDOur Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway in Land O Lakes, will offer a candle ceremony for remembering the loss of a child on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., in the church. Regardless of whether the loss was decades ago or last week, any parent, grandparent, family member or friend who has ever suffered the loss of a child, by miscarriage, stillbirth, infant death or abortion, can attend to share in this time of remembrance. To register the childs name, call (813) 949-4565.NAMI AWARDS BANQUETThe 12th annual Mental Illness Awareness Week Education and Awards Banquet will take place Oct. 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., in New Port Richey. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Pasco (NAMI Pasco) will host the event. The keynote speaker will be Alisa LaPolt, NAMI Florida executive director, on Politics after Parkland. Deadline for ticket purchases is Oct. 5. Tickets will not be available at the door. 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If your lawn is regularly under stress from lack of water, poor fertilization, excessive traffic, insect damage, or injurious mowing techniques, it will be more susceptible to diseases and pests. It’s important to be on the lookout for problems, because it is easier to identify and solve pest and disease issues when they are noticed early. For example, large patch is a fungal disease that occurs when temperatures cool, typically from November to May. Large patch primarily affects St. Augustinegrass and zoysiagrass lawns. Unfortunately, many disease problems aren’t noticed until the roots are destroyed, and the above-ground leaves appear yellow or brown. Sometimes, homeowners see these symptoms, and respond with additional water and/or fertilizer. Unfortunately, if the problem is fungal, water and fertilizer can worsen the situation. Once fungus has damaged a plant, that portion of the plant cannot “heal.” Fungicides help stop the disease from spreading to healthy plant tissue. Homeowner-approved fungicides may be applied, but they do not repair dead or dying turf. If you spot and treat disease early, turf damage may be minimal, and you should see improved growth in the healthier areas of the lawn. But, if you wait too long, the disease may progress quickly, killing grass and resulting in costly treatment and sod replacement. WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU SEE A PROBLEM?Bring a sample of your turf to your local county Extension office. A good sample size is a square-foot of grass. Select your sample from an area that is on the border between healthy grass and the discolored or unhealthy-looking grass. This type of sample shows a progression of symptoms, and helps Extension staff and master gardener volunteers to determine what issue is affecting your lawn. Use a shovel to dig up this piece of sod, including the roots. Then, place the sample on newspaper or in a cardboard box and bring it to your local Extension office. (You may place the sample back in the yard when you return home.) Another option is to send a sample directly to the University of Florida lab. The lab will determine if a pathogen is present on the turf and has a quick turnaround time with a preliminary diagnosis provided within 24 hours to 48 hours. A Rapid Turfgrass Diagnosis costs $75 per sample, and you will receive a report with recommendations. (For more information about this, go to this link: Insects that may be present include fall armyworms, chinch bugs, mole crickets and sod webworms. Check the free, UF/IFAS online library, called “EDIS,” for more information on each of these pests, and other gardening and home topics. EDIS stands for Electronic Data Information Source, and the website is If you don’t know if you have an insect or disease problem, rule out the insects first.DO A SOAP FLUSHWhen you notice signs of damage, do a soap flush. Besides being simple, sometimes people discover they have beneficial insects in their yards. For instance, earwigs and bigeyed bugs eat chinch bugs. To perform a soap flush, you’ll need:  Liquid dishwashing soap. Some publications suggest that lemon-scented works best (Note: Don’t use a degreaser)  A watering can or bucket  A container or zip-top bag to collect insects for ID Here’s what you do:  Look for an area that shows a progression of symptoms, such as an area with signs of damage and no damage.  Use a watering can to mix 2 Tablespoons of liquid dishwashing soap with 2 gallons of water.  Apply the soap mixture to a 2 foot-by-2 foot area of grass.  Wait 2 minutes to 3 minutes. Insects will begin to appear as they move to the soil surface.  Flush late in the afternoon or early morning for best results.  Check for different stages of an insect’s life cycle, such as adults and caterpillars.  Collect samples. Bring to the Extension office for assistance, identification and control recommendations.  Repeat the process in several areas of the yard to get a good sample of insects present. If you need help identifying an insect, check with your local county Extension office.For additional information, check out these IFAS publications: “Insect Pest Management on Turfgrass” by E. Buss and A. Dale (2017) and “Turfgrass Disease Management” by M.L. Elliott and P.F. Harmon (2018). Both of these publications were used as sources of information for this column.For additional information, contact, or call (813) 744-5519, ext. 54145.Nicole Pinson is the Urban Horticulture Agent in Hillsborough County. COURTESY OF NICOLE PINSONEarwigs are considered beneficial because they feed on chinch bugs, mole crickets and other insects in the soil. NATURE NOTES Gearing up for fall lawn care


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The TCC Foundation will award more than $250,000 in scholarships to students based on merit, need and other factors during the fall 2018 semester.NEW ADMINISTRATORSPasco-Hernando State College recently named the following people to new administrative positions. Lisa Richardson succeeds recently retired William Shustowski as executive director, PHSC Foundation. Richardson began her new role as associate vice president of alumni and college relations/executive director in August. Most recently, she served as provost at the East Campus in Dade City. Richardson received a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from Argosy University in Phoenix, Arizona; a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from National-Louis University in Evanston, Illinois; and a Bachelor of Arts in education from the University of Florida, Gainesville. Ed Goolsby is now provost of the East Campus. He has served in various capacities at the college since 2007, including associate dean at North Campus; interim dean, arts and sciences, West Campus, and most recently, dean of workforce development. Goolsby earned a Doctor of Management in organizational leadership, specializing in information systems technology, at the University of Phoenix; and a Master of Business Administration, Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in management information systems from the University of South Florida. Marcia Austin was selected as the new dean of workforce development, care and technical education. Previously, Austin was employed with Hernando County Schools for 28 years, serving in a variety of positions. She also was an adjunct professor at PHSC for more than seven years. Austin earned a Doctorate in education leadership and an Education Specialist in education from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale; a Master of Science in education from Fordham University, Bronx, New York; and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York. Gerene Thompson began her new role as dean of arts and sciences. Previously, she was the associate dean of academic affairs at Polk State College in Lakeland. Thompson earned a Doctor of Philosophy in higher education, graduate certificates in leadership in higher education and college teaching, and Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Florida; a Master of Arts in history from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas; and a Bachelor of Arts in pre-law/history from Barry University in Miami Shores.DONATIONS HELP ELEMENTARY STUDENTSBusinesses and citizens in Wesley Chapel came together to donate more than $2,000 worth of food to support local elementary students in need for the 2018-2019 school year. Full Circle Food Outreach hosted and benefited from a Stock-the-Pantry Food Drive over the summer. Raffle tickets also were sold and generated another $250 in donations and raffle items. Food and donations generated from the food drive and after-party at Country Walk Clubhouse in Wesley Chapel will fill weekly food bags for students who are dependent on free or reduced school meals, or identified by school staff as food insecure. Students enrolled in Full Circles program receive a bag filled with two breakfasts, two lunches and snacks each Friday during the school year. For information about Full Circle Food Outreach, call (813) 619-8009 or email SCHOOLS ENHANCE EVENT SECURITYPasco County Schools has installed new safety procedures for all sporting events, as of Sept. 14. From now on, only clear plastic, clear vinyl and clear Ziploc bags will be permitted. No other bags of any kind will be permitted, including backpacks, fanny packs, purses and duffle bags. Some exceptions will be made for diaper bags, medically-necessary bags, and school/professional photographers camera bags. Meanwhile, no re-entry will be allowed into games if a patron leaves, and no tickets will be sold after the beginning of the fourth quarter for football and basketball. Parking lots will be cleared immediately after games, and no loitering or after-parties will be allowed. The rules were developed in conjunction with the Pasco Sheriffs Office after violence occurred at two Florida high school football games this season, and after surveying other school districts that are implementing similar procedures. For more information, please visit A BEXLEY SPONSORBexley Elementary, off State Road 54 in Land O Lakes, is looking for business sponsors for the 2018-2019 school year. A Silver Paw Partnership sponsor will have its business cards displayed in the front office, and a business recognition on the schools website and Facebook page, as well as the PTO Facebook page and newsletter. The silver sponsor also will receive a Certificate of Sponsorship and a Paw Partner car magnet. A Gold Paw Partnership sponsor will include everything in the Silver level, plus: a business banner displayed outside the school for the 2018-2019 school year, and a complimentary booth space at the annual Bexley Elementary School Carnival, in the spring. For more information, contact Kathy Hrach at (813) 382-3138 or email her at 10A M E MORIAL GAR TRINIT D E NS TY 8 139 9 20-424 1 ime ight cr t o f asco to P sre yl l... s ioner rk with S o Wo elcome h We e s eep tax Ke e Mik our Yo As Y K W W District 2 for Pasco County Comminssioner Republican, ,e e Moor Mik y ved oteMik Vo V asco wing P o ucture in a gr nfrastr is Nocco to f f Chr ff Sher y high-paying emplo w s loe Moore will...County Commissioner i f ro ing i n Fix agPolitical advertisement paid for and app r COURTESY OF THE GREATER ZEPHYRHILLS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Ten students awarded citizen honors


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In this case, they agreed to bring back the apartment incentives issue for when they hold a public hearing on the proposed fee update. On another category, Starkey failed to sway a majority of commissioners when she suggested eliminating, or at least reducing, the incentive for hotel development. Im not sure we need to subsidize hotels anymore, Starkey said. Theyre running at 90 percent occupancy. Moore said hed want more information before going that route. Do we have enough product yet? How much product do we need in Pasco County before we take that away? Moore asked. Starkey said the incentive wouldnt have to be stripped entirely, but the county could charge something. Theyre paying zero, she said. Commissioner Jack Mariano suggested looking at the issue again in five years, when the county plans to do its next update of the mobility fee rates. Commissioner Ron Oakley agreed: Were trying our best to be a premier county and were getting there. Dont put the brakes on before we get there. On another issue, Oakley said asked if the county could reduce the gap between the fees paid in rural districts, versus the other fee districts. Oliver explained that the rates paid in rural areas are higher because residents living there drive longer distances, thereby having a greater impact on the countys roads. They also enjoy a higher level of service because theres less congestion. Oakley said the disparity in rates bothers rural residents. Theyre concerned about having to pay so much more here, and everybody says Well thats because youve got a longer trip on the road and thats got more impact. It seems like its harsh, Oakley said, noting a lot of have been arguing and fussing because of high mobility fees. David Goldstein, chief assistant county attorney, said the proposed fee schedule addresses that issue. Under that schedule, a new single-family home built on 5 acres or more in the rural district would pay the same fee as the samesize home built in the suburban district. Those built on smaller lots in the rural district would continue to pay the rural rate. Goldstein noted: Our vision for the rural area really is larger lots, so we didnt think that a large lot in the rural area should be penalized for building on a large lot in the rural area. The update calls for reducing fees in these categories: High-rise condominiums; age-restricted communities; congregate care facilities; college/university in suburban/rural areas; churches in suburban areas; hospitals; and hardware/paint stores (but not big box stores such as Lowes or Home Depot).The update also introduces five new land uses: Non-veterinary kennel; breakfast/lunch only restaurant; fast-casual restaurant; iceskating arena; and active/passive warehouse.Besides changing specific categories, theres also a proposal to update the mobility fee schedule every five years, instead of approximately every three years, as has been the practice. Lengthening the time between updates, coupled with an increasing number of permit applications, would allow the county to reduce the permit administration fee from $392 per permit to $136 per permit, Goldstein said. The update also proposed additional incentives to spur development along U.S. 19. Next, the proposed fee schedule goes to the Pasco County Planning Commission for its recommendation, and then it comes back to County Commission for final action. Were going to be training people from all over the country, Nocco said. This is not about the Pasco Sheriffs Office. This is about all of us. This is about saving lives and making our community better. He added: The amazing thing is, as we keep building this out and as we break ground, more partners keep coming on and on, and we keep expanding. Once complete, the forensics center will be the first in Florida, and only the seventh in the nation. The University of Tennessee in Knoxville started the first forensic training and research center in the 1970s. Other facilities are at Western Carolina University, Sam Houston State University, Texas State University in Carbondale, Southern Illinois University and Colorado Mesa University. A ONE-STOP RESOURCEBut, F.I.R.S.T is touted as the first true cooperative effort between academia and practitioners. Academic partners include the University of South Florida, University of Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University and Pasco-Hernando State College, among others. The project already has some Floridabased forensics scholars buzzing. Dr. Phoebe Stubblefield is a forensic anthropologist and research assistant scientist at the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida, in Gainesville. For her, F.I.R.S.T means having a one-stop resource for university-based forensic labs from all across the state. Why should we not work together? First, it gives us a chance to share our ideas between ourselves. Itll produce more research for the whole state, said Stubblefield, who plans to bring her graduate students to the campus on a cyclical basis. Stubblefield also noted the forensics center will facilitate long-term studies on body decomposition rates in subtropical climates, something she said is presently not well researched. That whole overall decomposition area were still bringing the picture together, Stubblefield said. I know (F.I.R.S.T) will help with research, because theres just not enough data. The possibilities also excite Dr. Heather Walsh-Haney, an associate professor who chairs the Department of Justice Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University, in Fort Myers. Walsh-Haney has been studying forensic anthropology for 21 years. She gets called upon to help solve anywhere between 80 to 110 cases every year across the state.She, like Stubblefield, stressed the need for more comprehensive studies on body decomposition rates within subtropical conditions, for crime-solving and death investigation purposes: It doesnt take a neurosurgeon to realize our temperatures are hotter, we have different animal scavenging habits, our plants are different and our soils are different.Once F.I.R.S.T is in operation, she and her group of graduate students plan to visit on a bi-weekly basis. Aside from conducting forensic research studies and experiments, she said theyll also assist detectives and other law enforcement officials on an assortment of hot and cold cases. The complex, she said, highlights the fact that we have to have community involvement in order to solve cases. She added: The only way we can catch the folks who perpetrate these crimes is through science and the collaboration with law enforcement. This facility here, smack dab in the center (of Florida), is a wonderful location for scientists and law enforcement from the south and north to come here and train. Meantime, local officials believe F.I.R.S.T will be an economic driver for the county.Bill Cronin, president/CEO of the Pasco Economic Development Council, who was present at the groundbreaking ceremony, stated F.I.R.S.T will have an economic impact to the county of at least $7.8 million in its first year, with a recurring impact of $2.8 million each year thanks to the hundreds of visitors that are going to come here and train.Furthermore, he noted the facility will attract other forensics-related businesses and organizations to Pasco, possibly along U.S. 41. This particular location will help us activate the part of U.S. 41 thats been fairly difficult for us to draw business into, he said, and it takes what was an otherwise non-producing government-owned site and creates a real asset for economic development. Coss recalled waking at 4 a.m., for morning prayers. The Buddhist prayers entailed performing prostrations, or bows, 108 consecutive times to show reverence to the Triple Gem (comprising the Buddha, his teachings, and the spiritual community) and other objects of veneration. Of the prostrations, the teacher proudly noted she did them all. I did all 108. It was a little rough. I didnt exactly do them correctly, she said, with a chuckle. Another memorable part of the trip: Fellows visited the War Memorial of Korea and were special guests at the United Nations Armistice Day celebration, which was attended by Korean War veterans from several nations and the Prime Minister of Korea, Lee Nak-yeon. Coss said she found the citizens to be very welcoming to Americans and anyone who had anything to do with the war. We were like celebrities everywhere we went, Coss said. Everything is very pro-U.S. Like, theyre very, Oh, Americans! Its not like going to Europe. 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12A The Land O Lakes High varsity football team upending Sunlake High in the 12th annual Butter Bowl wasnt the only long-running sports streak broken between the two rival schools.The other came in girls swimming and diving with Sunlake finally getting the upper hand against its crosstown foe. The Seahawks girls defeated the Gators in a dual meet 108-78, on Sept. 19 at the Land O Lakes Recreation Complex Pool. It marks the first time Sunlake has defeated Land O Lakes in a head-to-head competition. Further, its just the third time that Land O Lakes has lost a dual meet since 2004. The Gators entered the season with a 144-2 streak in this type of meet, according to longtime Gators head coach Robin Hilgenberg. Sunlake head coach Lorin Macdonald said the momentous win plus the sizable point margin is a big confidence builder as the team enters its conference and state series meets later this month. We ended up beating (Land O Lakes) by a lot more points that I was anticipating, she said, noting the scores are usually much closer between the two schools. Sunlakes rare victory against one of the states perennial swim programs is no fluke. Last year, the Seahawks girls team were regional champions in the Class 3A-Region 3 meet. They followed that performance with a fourth-place finish (out of 48 schools) at the Class 3A state finals, shattering numerous school records along the way. This years squad, however, may be even better. Its certainly deeper and more experienced. Just about every key contributor returns from last season. That includes junior Chloe Grimme, who at last years state meet won the 50 free (23.11) and placed second in the 100 free (51.18), earning All-American honors. She was also part of the 200 free relay and 200 medley relay that placed first and third at states, respectively. Other Sunlake standouts include future Division I talents in seniors Elise Ballash (verbal commit to University of North Florida) and Hanna Barton (verbal commit to University of South Carolina), along with Tori Eurell, Audrey Ballash and Alex Sprague. With a roster of 31 swimmers, the Seahawks also have added depth, buoyed by a formidable freshman class paced by Amber Ewald and Leah Fonnotto. We have a really, really strong team this year, Macdonald said. Theres a lot more drive, especially behind our girls who went to states last year. They have a lot of drive and they have a lot of hunger to do very well this year. Barton, a team captain, put it like this: We definitely are stronger (this year). I think we are closer because we won last year and so we were all like really proud of each other. I think its even more close-knit this year. We all definitely are a lot more motivated and realize what were capable of doing. Fellow team captain Elise Ballash added: We are the strongest, most positive and close-knit that I think weve been in the past four years. Im really looking forward to this season.GRIMMES PRESENCE FELTTheres no question what Grimmes impact means to the team as an individual state champion and the 2017 Sunshine Athletic Conference East Swimmer of the Year. Aside from her swimming ability, Grimmes everyday drive has also set the tone for the team. As a freshman, she earned the nickname, Beast Mode. When Grimme hits the water, Macdonald said shes like a machine. The amount of focus that she has is crazy, Macdonald said. She just goes for it. Theres no turning back when shes got her mindset on it. Such presence and determination serves as a motivator for everyone else, teammates say. Shes a good teammate, Ballash said. She like amps up the training atmosphere and the standard of training that we have here, too. We want to be able to contribute as much as Chloe does and do what Chloe can do, said Barton, so it definitely pushes all of us, and it also just gets us more excited for each other because we know that with her, we are capable of doing some pretty cool things. Grimme, surprisingly, didnt begin swimming until middle school. She had played just about every sport until deciding to give competitive swimming a shot. Her initial feelings toward the waterbased sport: Well, lets see how it goes. The star swimmer admitted she didnt really know how to do anything when she first hopped into a pool. She was immediately drawn to the 50 freestyle, because it was the shortest event. Fair to say, it became a natural fit. The more I worked on it, the speed of my stroke (improved), so I really tapped into the 50, she said. This year, Grimme hopes to repeat as 50 free state champion and win a state title in the 100 free. Shes also striving to break her own records. Ive always wanted to be the best at what I do. I want to reach my full potential, she said. In the meantime, Sunlakes coaching staff is focused on keeping the team grounded and supportive of one another in advance of the Sunshine Athletic Conference meet, on Oct. 13 at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center. Its another event like the dual meet Sunlake hopes to capture from Land O Lakes, which has won every year since 2009. Even though we have such a strong team, I dont want us banking on the fact that we have a strong team and going in overly confident, Macdonald said. If we go in overly confident then theres that chance we take a misstep. 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Proceeds from the event will benefit Alegrias Kickin for Kids, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides new athletic-style school shoes to disadvantaged children throughout the Tampa Bay area. For information or to register, visit DERBY BOUTThe Rolling Valkyries womens roller derby team, of Revolution Roller Derby, will skate against Lakeland-based Swan City Roller Derby on Oct. 7 at 5:30 p.m., at SpinNations Skating Center, 8345 Congress St., Port Richey. Revolution Roller Derby will donate a portion of its proceeds from the bout to benefit Sunrise of Pasco County Inc. Domestic & Sexual Violence Center. Tickets are $12 at the door, or $10 if you bring a canned good or toiletry donation. For information, visit, or email RUN 5K SET NOV. 4The eighth annual Buddy Run 5K is set for Nov. 4 at 8 a.m., at Trout Creek Park, 12550 Morris Bridge Road in Tampa. Cost is $30 if registered by Oct. 17, $35 after Oct. 17 and $40 on day of event. Awards will be given for overall and masters male and female winners. Proceeds from the event benefit Buddy Baseball, a noncompetitive league for boys and girls with special needs; and, Congregation Beth Am, a Reform Jewish congregation serving North Hillsborough and east Pasco. To register, visit For information, email High swimming primed for a big splashWHARTON HIGH SHINES AT CROSS-COUNTRY MEETScholarship seeks to salute student-athletes who have demonstrated a commitment to improving themselves, their teammates and their sport as a whole, according to a release. Applicants had to submit essays and receive at least three recommendations from coaches, teachers or administrators. A total of 44 Tampa Bay-area student-athletes from the high school class of 2019 were named finalists for the Triple-Impact Competitor, which is presented by Sagicor Life Insurance Company. The Positive Coaching Alliance nationally received more than 3,000 applications for Triple-Impact Competitor scholarships from the Class of 2019. Next, each finalist will be interviewed by selection committee members. Scholarship winners will be named at a Tampa Bay Rays game during the 2019 season.SHARE THE LOVE GOLF TOURNAMENTThe first annual Share the Love golf tournament is set for Nov. 2 at Northdale Golf & Tennis Club, 4417 Northdale Blvd., in Tampa.Check-in for the four-person scramble begins at 11:30 a.m., with a 1p.m. shotgun start. The tournament will also feature prizes,LOCAL SIGNINGLand O Lakes High School senior lefthanded pitcher Callie Turner has signed to play collegiate softball at Division I University of Tennessee. One of the states top arms, Turner was named 2018 Miracle Sports Class 6A Player of the Year and Class 6A Pitcher of Year (which she also won in 2017). Turner last season went 17-6, posting a 0.78 earned run average and 252 strikeouts in 153.1 innings pitched. She also tallied 20 complete games, including one no-hitter and six shutouts. As a sophomore in 2017, Turner helped guide the Gators to its first fast-pitch state title, in Class 6A. That season, Turner went 17-2 with a 0.21 earned run average and 249 strikeouts in 132.2 innings pitched, also registering 18 complete games, 10 shutouts and four no-hitters. Shes also been a .300 hitter the past two seasons.Softball recruiting website ranks Turner as the nations No. 14 prospect for the 2019 recruiting class.ALZHEIMERS FAMILY ORGANIZATION CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT The 18th annual Alzheimers Family Organization Tampa Bay Charity golf tournament is set for Nov. 10 at 9:30 a.m., at Crescent Oaks Country Club, 3300 Crescent Oaks Blvd., in Tarpon Springs. Cost is $75 for player. It includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart rental on day of event, and breakfast and lunch. For information, visit COMPETITOR FINALISTS NAMEDNine senior athletes from schools in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area were recently named finalists for the Triple Impact Competitor Scholarship through the Positive Coaching Alliance-Tampa Bay. The Triple Impact CompetitorCOURTESY OF JOHN MEDVID HUGE HAUL COURTESY OF LAND O LAKES HIGH SCHOOLWhartons top finishers North PortBOYSTre Rivers 12th place (16:26) Josue Reyes 23rd (16:48) Anthony Stephens 32nd (17:06) Jared Hammill 37th (17:09) Thomas Walter 68th (17:51)GIRLSNicolina Otero 14th place (19:43) Nia Rivers 26th (20:23) Amanda Brake 31st ( 20:33) Michelle Sullivan 62nd (21:22) Callie Zack 64th (21:25) COURTESY OF POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE-TAMPA BAY Triple Impact Competitor Scholarship finalists Estefania Acosta Land O Lakes Jessica Amis Wiregrass Ranch Riddhi Banerjee Steinbrenner Alyssa Ferrante Gennaro Gaither Shea Forgas Sunlake Adam Hahn Land O Lakes Adyson Harvey Gaither Jameson Miller Steinbrenner Esel Ro Freedom


OCTOBER 3, 2018The LAKER/ INSIDE: Directories, Classifieds, Games & MoreThe LAKER/ Lutz NEWSLutz NEWS B By Randy UnderhillSpecial to The Laker/Lutz NewsRevving up and getting ready to race is the name of the game at Dade City Motocross Raceway, behind the Pasco County Fairgrounds, at 36722 State Road 52. And, if you enjoy motocross, you’d likely enjoy an evening at this raceway. A preview of what the place has to offer was on full display during a recent Saturday night practice session. The raceway, established in 1979 and now owned by Randy Yoho, offers about 100 acres of a clay/sand track with tight turns and jumps galore. Sanctioned by the American Motorcycles Association (AMA), the events include a local series, Gold Cup Series, Florida/Georgia Series, Florida Series and area qualifiers for the famous Loretta Lynn Championship series held on property owned by Loretta Lynn in Tennessee. Practice nights are Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m., for peewee and novice riders, and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., for all other classes. Saturday evening sessions are from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., following the same order when no other events are scheduled for Saturday night races. The practices keep safety in mind, and are divided into groups, generally by age and experience levels. The fees are $10 for spectator and $10 per rider, with a membership of $25, or $10 a day. Lessons also are available on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The instruction is available for people of all ages and no experience is necessary. Classes are $25 each and no membership is required. The racetrack keeps both racers and spectators in mind, with restrooms equipped with showers, water hookups for RVs, a sheltered concession stand with seating, bleachers for seating, bike spray area and ample parking.Motocross enthusiasts get their fill at Dade City trackRANDY UNDERHILL Running nose-to-nose into the turn is 23-year-old Sam Madl, left, of Dade City, and 46-year-old Christian Shallo, of Tarpon Springs. Following them is 41-year-old Charles Conger, of Brandon. From left: 11-year-old Kylen Bruce, 9-year-old Kolton Bruce, 10-year-old Tyler Ballenger, 11year-old Anthony Monteleone and 5-year-old Whalyn Ballenger wait their turn before taking some practice runs. Twenty-year-old Giarrett Bercaw, of Wesley Chapel, launches upward. Hes been racing motocross since age 4. Nick Stokes, 24, of Land O Lakes, heads into a tight turn on the track, made up of clay and sand.


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3B October 3, 2018 PET PAWS BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS Oct. 7 at 10:30 a.m.: Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 37015 Orange Valley Lane in Dade City, to commemorate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. For information, call (352) 567-8424. Oct. 7 at 5 p.m.: Wesley Chapel Episcopal Church, 3758 Maryweather Lane in Wesley Chapel. For information, visit & BLESSING OF PETSCongregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa, will host its 10th annual Parade of Pets and Birkat Behemot (Blessing of the Beasts) on Oct. 14 at noon, in the North Barking Lot. For information, call (813) 962-6338.SHARE YOUR PET NEWSIf you have pet news about adoptions, walks or other events for pet owners and their pets, you can let us know by sending us an email. We just need the basics: who, what, when, where and why. The information should be submitted two weeks prior to the desired publication date. We also need a contact name and number, in case we have questions. There is no guarantee of publication, but we consider each item we receive. If youd like to make a submission, send it to Readers can now find Pets of the Week and Local Wildlife photos on our website at, under the Pets/Wildlife link. Soaking up some rays 24416 State Road 54, Lutz 33559 813-428-6994At the corner of SR 54 and Oak Grove PREVENTIVE CARE MEDICINE SURGERY DIGITAL X-RAY PET BOARDING Open Monday-Friday 8am-6pm Saturday 8am-4pm VACCINE HOURS: WEDNESDAY 2-4 Dr. Moses Kawalya, DVM, DABVP(Board Certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners) L L O O C C A A L L W W I I L L D D L L I I F F E E BARKTOBERFESTThe 10th annual Barktoberfest will take place Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, 8737 U.S. 19 in Port Richey. The event will feature vendors, demonstrators, education, entertainment, dog rescue groups, a super adopt-a-thon, and a pet costume contest. Admission is $5 per person. Children age 12 and younger are free. There also will be a Barking Bash 5K and Fun Run. This is not a chiptimed event. All runners will receive entry into the state park, entry to Barktoberfest, a race bib, a raffle ticket, a soft cooler/goodie bag, and a finisher medal. There also will be prizes for the most festive, fastest male and female, and the fastest male and female with a dog. The cost is $35 until Oct. 19 and $40 the day of the event. For more information, please visit READERS CAN NOW FIND PETS OF THE WEEK AND LOCAL WILDLIFE PHOTOS ON OUR WEBSITE AT LAKERLUTZNEWS.COM, UNDER THE PETS/WILDLIFE LINK.


HISPANIC HERITAGE CELEBRATIONViVa North Tampa Bay will celebrate Hispanic Heritage on Oct. 9 from noon to 2 p.m., at Pasco-Hernando Porter Campus at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel. The cost is $25. A panel discussion is planned featuring Jay Rasario, owner of Wesley Chapel Nissan; Janet Cruz, of the Florida House of Representatives; Roberto Seaz, the owner/principal, Design & Construction Innovations; and Margarita Romo, executive director, Farmworkers Self-Help Inc.NETWORKING GROUP FEATURES MIKE WELLS JR.Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Wells Jr., will be the featured speaker at the East Pasco Networking Group breakfast meeting Oct. 9, starting at 7:30 p.m. The group meets at IHOP Dade City, at 13100 US 301 in Dade City. 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